Springtime Lovely as a Tree

For today’s card I used a longtime Stampin’ Up! favorite that is retiring, Lovely as a Tree. In the current annual catalog they show a technique where you color embossing paste with a re-inker and dab it for a textured look. I was inspired by the new Spring growth on the trees nearby and decided to try it using light green ink.

The only light green re-inker I have is the retired Stampin’ Up! color Pistachio Pudding, so I decided to use that since I also have an ink pad in the same color. I wanted to use a light green to represent new leaves in Spring. So I put some embossing paste in a little cup with some drops of re-inker and mixed it up. I stamped the tree line in Soft Suede on a panel of Whisper White and sponged the ground in Pistachio Pudding and the sky in Soft Sky (another retired color). Then I dabbed the tinted embossing paste on the tree branches.

I also used another oldie but goodie for the background paper – Everyday Enchantment designer series paper.  The blue swallows on the paper really go well with the Spring theme of the card.  I cut mats out of Old Olive cardstock (luckily still available) for the background and picture panel. I mounted the background panel and mat on a Pear Pizzaz card base. I cut a little banner and stamped the sentiment with versamark ink, sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set.

The new Old Olive linen thread was wrapped twice around the picture panel and tied in a bow before popping it on the background with dimensionals. Notice how I flush mounted it on the left side?

The inside of the card is trimmed in more of the Everyday Enchantment dsp and matted again with Old Olive.

It’s sad to say good bye to iconic favorites such as Lovely as a Tree, and it was fun to team it up with other retired oldies but goodies from my stash. The tinted embossing paste was a great new technique to add texture and color to the trees and was pretty easy.

There are still fabulous tree stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! will carry over into the new catalog such as Winter Woods and Rooted in Nature. I think the tinted embossing paste technique will work well on these sets, too.

Thanks for visiting and helping me bid farewell to Lovely as a Tree!


April 16 – 30 Host Code: X2NF4DNX

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
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Last Chance Products and the New Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up announced the retirement list on Monday in preparation for the release of the new Catalog.

Here are the details:

  • There is no minimum purchase required.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 3.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, these items will have guaranteed availability until May 24; all other products are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last only.
  • Items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.
  • Some of the product retiring in the Bundles section will be carrying over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  However, this will be the last time they will be available as a bundle for you to receive the 10% discount.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 9.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, Stampin’ Up! recommends buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.
  • Online order Deadline is June 3, 2019, 11:50 PM (MT)

Click on the picture below to see the last chance products in my online store:

For a list of the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog retiring products click here. Please note that highlighted in gray are current stamp sets that will be carrying over to the new catalog in cling-mount rather than clear-mount or wood-mount.

For a list of the 2019 Occasions Catalog retiring products click here.

For a list of the stamp sets that will be carrying over in the new Annual Catalog click here.

New 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog

Ordering from the new 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog will be begin on June 4, 2019. I will be ordering the new catalogs at the beginning of May and if you have placed an order with me, I will mail you one as soon as I get them. Be sure to watch for sneak peeks on social media!


April 16 – 30 Host Code: X2NF4DNX

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn free Stampin’ Up! products – Join my Wildflower Frequent Buyer Program My way of saying thank you to my online customers.
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Geared Up Garage Birthday Card

Today’s card is a masculine birthday card using the Geared Up Garage Stamp Cling Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalog.

My card is inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #383.

I started with a Basic Gray card base and used the oil stain stamp on the top of the card to give it texture.

I added a strip of the hubcap paper from the Classic Garage DSP. I didn’t want to use the silver foil for the gears because I wanted a more worn look instead of shiny, so I used some gray shimmer paper from Michaels and die cut the big gears for the black frame and the scallops on the right edge. I love the look of frames on cards, and how the gears allow the background to come through.

I stamped and colored the sports car red of course, and die cut it and popped it on the gear frame with dimensionals.

I put the greetings on the inside of the card, adding the ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Birthday Banners stamp set. The retro look of this font goes great with the vintage sports car. I also added a red gas can and some extra nuts and oil stains.


April 1 – 15 Host Code: RS7NK2EY

April 16 – 30 Host Code: X2NF4DNX

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
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Beautiful Bouquet Mother’s Day for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

I am excited to participate in my first Inkin’ Krew blog hop featuring Stampin’ Up! products! It’s an honor to join this very talented team. The theme for this month is ‘feminine’, so I created a pink floral Mother’s Day card made with the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set and Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies.

My Card was inspired by the beautiful card in this post by Laura Mackie. Starting with a card base of Flirty Flamingo, I took a piece of Blushing Bride and embossed it with the elegant Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder and matted it with the gorgeous Grapefruit Grove Foil sheet from Sale-A-Bration.

I stamped flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride and die cut them with their coordinating Bouquet Bunch dies along with some leaves from Pear Pizzaz and Garden Green. I die cut some flower clusters from the Grapefruit Grove foil for a little shine and arranged them in a little bouquet on the side of the Blushing Bride panel. I topped it off with a white satin bow and pearl accents for the flower centers.

I stamped the ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ sentiment from the retired Oh So Succulent stamp set in Blushing Bride on a white banner to the bouquet panel and popped it on the card base with dimensionals.

The inside of the card is accented with die cuts leftover from the bouquet.

The shine on that Grapefruit Grove foil is amazing, almost iridescent! I hope you like it as much as I do. What are you working on for Mother’s Day?


Thanks for visiting! Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Mary Deatherage’s project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Karen Finkle created.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:

  1. Karen Ksenzakovic
  2. Karen Finkle
  3. Akiko Sudano <– you are here!
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Jaimie Babarczy
  6. Shirley Gentry
  7. Julie Johnston
  8. Terry Lynn Bright
  9. Connie Troyer
  10. Sue Prather
  11. Leslie Larkin
  12. Amy Koenders

April 1 – 15 Host Code: RS7NK2EY

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!

 


Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:



If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
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Abstract Impressions So Happy for You Butterfly Card

Before I share today’s card, I want to tell you about a new product line that Stampin’ Up! is starting today called Storage by Stampin’ Up! Information is on my Promotions page with a quick intro at the bottom of this post.

Today’s card celebrates springtime happy occasions in navy and yellow and features the butterfly die cut from the Abstract Impressions bundle.

My card is inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #381:

This is such a simple sketch and perfect for showcasing some pretty Designer Series Paper (dsp).

Starting with a Night of Navy card base, I added a piece of the Garden impressions dsp along side a strip of So Saffron cardstock embossed with one of the Petal Pairs embossing folder. I die cut the butterfly and accented it with some older So Saffron enamel dots from my stash and attached it with mini glue dots. I stamped the greeting from the Abstract Impressions stamp set on a scrap piece of Blueberry Bushel and used the Banner Punch to make a flag and attached it to the card front.

The inside of the card is trimmed with a thin strip of the Garden Impressions DSP and a die cut flower from the set.

I love butterfly die cuts, especially the delicate and intricate lacy wings. They don’t need much to make a big statement. I hope you enjoyed today’s card!


April 1 – 15 Host Code: RS7NK2EY

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:



Stampin’ Up! has just launched a new storage system for your ink pads, markers and other stamping accessories. Visit my Promotions page for more information.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
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Bloom by Bloom Thank You Card

Today I have another Thank You card using the Bloom by Bloom photopolymer stamp set and Happiness Blooms memories and more card pack, both from the current Occasions Catalog.

I just love the bold modern flowers from this set because they remind me of mod flowers that were popular in the the 70’s. And the shine!! I was surprised when I opened the memories and more card pack to see the shiny cardstock, so I was inspired to make the main flowers shiny too by using clear embossing powder.

I started by using a Calypso Coral card base and a strip from one of the shiny memories and more cards. I matted the strip with pineapple punch and and attached it to the bottom of the card with snail adhesive. I used a scrap of Call Me Clover cardstock and die cut the ‘thanks’ greeting from the Well Written framelits from the Occasions Catalog and glued it to the panel with the fine tipped glue pen.

I then stamped the large tulip image three times with Calypso Coral ink on thick whisper white cardstock. I used the stamparatus to do my stamping because I stamped each image twice to make sure I had a solid image. This stamp has thick stamped images, so it is sometimes hard to get a good image by stamping once. The stamparatus is great for this because it easily allows me to stamp directly over the image without error. I then cleaned off the stamp without removing it and inked it with versamark and stamped perfectly twice again over the Calypso Coral. I then sprinkled the image with clear embossing powder and heat set to get a nice shine. I fussy cut the flowers, adhered them to the card with dimensionals and added the Night of Navy enamel dots above each flower.

The inside of the card is matted in Night of Navy and decorated with the Calypso Coral tulip stickers from the memories and more pack.

I hope you liked this cheerful, fun thank you card! I really enjoyed thinking of the 70’s – flower power, bell bottomed jeans and tie died shirts – while making it.


March 18 – 31 Host Code: DPE6TH9A

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


There are just a few days left of Sale-A-Bration, the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year. Click the image above to learn more and see the current Sale-A-Bration items.


Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:



If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Have any questions? I’m happy to help, click here to contact me

Climbing Roses Thank You Card

Today’s card is a feminine pink thank you card full of lace and roses.

It is made with the Climbing Roses bundle from the Occasions Catalog including the Climbing Roses cling stamp set and Rose Trellis Thinlits. The lace doily stamp from the Annual Catalog hostess set Very Vintage is also used to create the embossed background.

I wanted to use soft feminine colors and I chose blushing bride, but I did not have a good match for background DSP (designer series paper). As a new demonstrator, my inventory is a little limited. So I made my own “DSP” by using the lace doily stamp in the Very Vintage hostess set (which I did have!). I randomly stamped it on blushing bride using versamark and heat embossed it in white. I cut the blushing bride cardstock to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 because I did not know how large I wanted the background panel to be. It turned out great, because when I did figure it out I had smaller strips of matching paper to trim the inside of the card. The picture below shows how I did this:

Stamp on larger piece of cardstock and trim to size. Use leftovers to trim inside of card.

I stamped and colored the large rose image from the Climbing Roses stamp set and die cut it with the coordinating die. I also stamped, colored and die cut several pieces of the smaller rose to accent the label and inside. I had to use the trellis and label die cuts because these are beautiful pieces and make great card elements. While the label and trellis were glued directly to the card, the large rose die cut was popped with dimensionals.

See how I used the leftover from my lace doily background on the inside. I also added one of the single rose die cuts.

I was happy with how pretty this card came out. The Stampin’ Up! products I used are listed below. Thanks for looking!


March 18 – 31 Host Code: DPE6TH9A

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:



If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!