Last Day…

… to order from the Retiring List

To celebrate the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue, I thought I would share with you the box of cards I created again using Retiring Products.  The idea come about after creating my card for the current Sunny Challenges challenge, which still has one more week to run, so it is not too late to link your creation with Mr Linky.

If you remember I created a box of 3 x 3 Gift Cards using Nature Walk & the Regal Inks which are retiring, a couple of days ago, so this time I thought I do would a similar sort of thing using the retiring Subtles Colours.

I created 4 cards – 2 x Regal Rose & 2 x Pretty in Pink.  All cards have a different greeting/sentiment on them. The box has touches of Pretty in Pink.  The word “Cards” on the box was created in MDS & printed in Certainly Celery.

Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink

 
Until next time, Happy Stampin!
 
Vicky

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges is to create a project using the sketch as well as retiring Stampin’ Up! product.  To play along, all you have to do is check out that long Retiring List.

As the sketch is wide open, I thought I would try something a little different with my card this week.  In fact I enjoyed this fun technique that it is going to be included in our Technique Class next month.

I remember seeing a card which was using a tile technique on Pinterest, but as usual didn’t take much notice or didn’t save it, thinking I would not be using it, but it did stick in my mind.  Thank you so much for your inspiration.

After playing around for a little time, I eventually come up with something that I was happy with.

Not only did I do this for the challenge, but I also created a couple to post off to a couple of customers this month – different colours of course, but will show you them at a later stage.

Retiring Products I’ve used included –
Stamp Set – Nature Walk
Cardstock – Baja Breeze
Ink – Baja Breeze
SU! Write Markers – Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery

I am really going to miss the Stamp Set – Nature Walk, but no doubt SU! will have something better.

Baja Breeze
 
Bashful Blue
 
Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & check out what both Kris & Carole have created using the sketch & retiring products.
 
You have 2 weeks to create your project.  We love seeing your work & leaving comments, so be sure to link it back with Mr Linky.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
Vicky

Something a Little Different…..

I’ve been doing a Handmade Market for the last couple of months.  In fact, I attended the first one that occured & had a great time, that I have decided to go back each month.  It is purely all handmade.  It is growing each time & the talent out there is staggering.

I don’t always sell a lot of the same thing, but what I do sell, I get a lot of feedback saying how lovely my cards, etc are.  It does make you feel good & always appreciate the comments.  I love speaking with people, finding out what they do, where they live, etc.

For those of you who do markets, you are probably aware that “What sells one day, won’t necessarily sell the next.”  “What is popular at one maket is not necessarily going to be popular at the next.”  So far, I have been very happy with the result as I have managed to cover my costs plus a little extra to purchase more supplies.

I thought I would show you some of the Post-It Notes & Gift Cards I created for my first market.  They have proven to be very popular.  I have kept away from the colours I would use to create, but instead decided to go with colours that I would not norally use.  I also like to match the colour with the pen.

Bashful Blue –
 
Rich Razzleberry –
 
Gift Cards –
 
Until next time, Enjoy!

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What a great challenge we were set this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  All we have to do is create a Shaker Card – NO layout!!!!!  If you are like me, then I haven’t created one for so long that I can’t remember the last time I did one.

Measurements –
Base Card – Chocolate Chip – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Cherry Cobbler – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ or 8.5cm x 8.5cm
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla – 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ or 8cm x 8cm
Layer 5 – Window Sheet or Acetate – 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ or 8cm x 8cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Petite Pairs, Nature Walk
Ink – Chocolate Chip
Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Cherry Cobbler, Crochet Trim – Victoria
Punches – 2 1/2″ Circle
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glimmer Brad – Champagne, Glass Stampin’ Glitter – Gold (Retired), Stampin’ Markers – Marina Mist & Old Olive, Mini Glue Dots

I randomly stamped images over the DSP with Chocolate Chip Ink, prior to adhering to the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.  I ran a piece of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon across the middle, tucked ends under & adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

For my window, I inked my image with Stampin’ Markers – Old Olive & Marina Mist, stamped direct onto Very Vanilla, inked my sentiment in Chocolate Chip Ink & stamped onto the same piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I placed my images onto the Cardstock, so that they would be able to be seen once I had adhered the top piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock.

As I didn’t have any Double Sided Mounting Tape, I made my own.  I applied Sticky Strip all around the outer edge of my stamped piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, ensuring that all sides were covered.  I cut 2 pieces of thick Cardboard – from the Glitter Paper – & adhered to the tops of the Sticky Strip, ensuring that all areas were covered as I didn’t want any pieces of the glitter to escape, applied another layer of Sticky Strip, carefully poured Glitter onto my image – not too much as you don’t want it to take over – punched a circle into the middle of the Chocolate Chip Cardstock with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, adhered the Window Sheet to the wrong side & then finally to the top of the Sticky Strip.  I applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of this piece & adhered to the card.

I tied a bow with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, found 2 small pieces of Crochet Trim that happen to be in the same container as my Ribbon & decided to use them as well.  A Glimmer Brad was attached to the middle & finally adhered to the card with Mini Glue Dots.

We hope you will jon us this week for this fun challenge.  Head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to chek out what both Kris & Vicki have created, create your project, post to your blog or on line group & then link back with Mr Linky.  We would love to see your creation!

Have a great week

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Our challenge this week was set by Gwen.  Along with the sketch we have to use Embossing on our cards, ie Heat Embossing or Dry Embossing using your Big Shot & Embossing Folders or any other Embossing that you may like to try.

I’ve been playing with colours the last couple of weeks & decided to go ahead with one of the combinations I found I really liked. 

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 22cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Basic Gray – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9cm
Layer 3 – Not Quiet Navy – 1″ x 5 5/8″

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Perfect Punches, Nature Walk, French Foliage, Established Elegance
Ink – Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy
Ribbon – 5/8″ White Organza
Punches – Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Oval
Embossing Folder – Vimtage Wallpaper
Accessories – Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive, Big Shot

I randomly stamped my images onto the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist & Not Quite Navy Inks.  The whole piece was put through the Big Shot using Embossing Folder – Vintage Wallpaper.

I punched along both sides of the piece of Not Quite Navy Cardstock with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, adhered the ribbon along the middle, tucked the ends under & tied a knot.  This whole piece was then adhered to the piece of Basic Gray Cardstock & finally to the Base Card – Whisper White.

I stamped the wording onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Not Quite Navy Ink, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch & adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what the other girls have created.  This is the perfect time to dig out those Heat Tools or your Big Shot & join us this week for this fun challenge.

Until next time, Happy Stampin!

Challenge Card….

Today’s card is for the challenge over at Stampin’ Fun & Friends.  Click on the link to register for this great event.  It is not too late to do so.  There have been so many great ideas for creating lovely card sets including a matching box/bag to go with them. 

Our first challenge CherylAnn set us is to create a Project, Card, 3-D Item or Scrapbook Page going by this lovely spring photo. Isn’t that flower just gorgeous?

Measurements –
Base Card – More Mustard – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Bravo Burgandy – 5 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nature Walk, French Foliage
Inks – Bravo Burgandy, Garden Green, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Cardstock – Bravo Burgandy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Punches – Scallop Oval
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Always Artichoke
Accessories – Regal Buttons – More Mustard, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber, Very Vanilla Spritz, Paper Piercer, Silver Brad

Close up of Flower with Button
poking through….

I randomly stamped my images onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Garden Green, Always Artichoke, More MustardBravo Burgandy Inks.  With the Always Artichoke Ink, I did stamp off twice prior to stamping onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Inside Card….

I punched 5 scallop circles from the DSP with the Scallop Circle Punch, sponged around the edges using Bravo Burgandy Ink & Sponge Dauber prior to spritizing all 5 circles with the Very Vanilla Spritzer. This wet my circles so that I could scrunge & play with them.  It also made the sponging run a little & lighten the sponged Bravo Burgandy.
I carefully layered all pieces on top of each other, pierced a hole in the middle with my Paper Piercer, added a Silver Bard to the centre & squashed my flower until I was happy with the shape.

Once the flower was dry, I added a small button to the centre with a Mini-Glue Dot, tied a double bow with the Ribbon, attached to the card with another Mini-Glue Dot & adhered the flower in the centre of the bow, so that it looked a little like leaves.

Since the photo was taken, I again sponged the edges of the flower in Bravo Burgandy to bring out the colour a little more & to take away the pink tinge.

I haven’t added a greeting/sentiment to my card as you are probably all aware, I mostly post blank cards or will add the greeting later when I know what I am going to use it for.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Can you believe it – # 050…….  Sunny Challenges & Creations celebrate 12 months on this sketch.  Who would have ever thought that we would still be going?

Anyhow, Kris has set our challenge this week & we have a Technique to go with the sketch.  This week we had to do the Reflection or Mirror Image Technique.  If you haven’t had a go at this fun technique, then pop on over to Sunny Challenges for a tutorial on how to do it.

For my card, I sort of started from the inside out.  I had an idea forming in my head, but couldn’t work it out to start the card, so thought it best to play & think while doing the inside first.  Do you do your cards that way?  I often do & always amazes me how it sort of comes together in the end.

I do have another card which I was going to post instead of this one, but will post it later on in the week, so be sure to pop back to check it out!

Measurements –
Base Card – Perfect Plum – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 29.5cm x 10.5cm – Score in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Bashful Blue – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 3 – Wild Wasabi – 3 7/8″ x 3 1/4″ or 9.5cm x 8.5cm
Layer 4 – Perfect Plum – 4 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ or 11.5cm x 9cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 4 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ or 11cm x 8.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nature Walk
Ink – Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Stampin’ Up! Markers – Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Distressing Tool, White Gel Pen, Acetate, Vanilla Shimmer

My image was stamped onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Soft Suede Ink.  I created a mask for my bird & adhered it to the top of my stamped image.

Using my Sponge, the hills were sponged in Certainly Celery Ink, while the sky was sponged lightly with Bashful Blue.  The same went for the water, except as I got towards the bottom of the water I sponged it a bit darker so that it washed some of the bird’s reflection.  Once I was happy with the sponging, the mask was taken off the bird.

The images around the edges were inked with my Stampin’ Up! Markers -Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum prior to randomly stamping around the card. 

To add a bit of dimension to the water, I drew a few randomly lines with my White Gel Pen.  This sort of looks like it is the ripples in the water.  I did the same along the water’s edge.

I went around the edge with my Distressing Tool & finally sprayed the lot with Vanilla Shimmer.  It did start out with just the water so that it would give it a bit of a gleam, but ended up going over the whole card, but that it ok.
The Wild Wasabi piece went through the Bigshot using Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder & adhered to the piece of Bashful Blue Cardstock with Snail Adhesive & then finally to the Base Card – Perfect Plum.

The sponged piece was adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I have gone back to the softer colours of late.

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & check out what both Gwen & Kris have created.  We would love for you to join us & help celebrate our BIG 50!!!!!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’