Yesterday, Stampin' Up! released a special PDF download with sentiments perfect for sending cards while we're physically distanced. Plus, all proceeds from the Share Sunshine PDF go to organizations helping fight the pandemic. These sentiments range from sweet to powerful to humorous. There is perfect sentiment for everyone. The PDF also includes a list of all the colors used for each image and the dies and punches that coordinate with each one. How awesome is that!?
To create the faces for my emojis, I punched circles with a 1/8" circle punch. I added black dots to the center to complete the eyes. For the smiles, I used a 1/2" circle punch and cut a tiny sliver from the edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I had way too much fun with this card and I can't wait to send it to someone! Hopefully they will laugh at it as much as I'm imagining them laughing.
For the ribbon, I wrapped two pieces of Red cotton ribbon across the card and secured them with Snail adhesive. I threaded a third piece underneath one of them and tied it in a bow to give the allusion that the ribbon was wrapped all the way around and tied.
The sentiment and its mat are cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies. All of the greetings in the Share Sunshine PDF come in at least two versions. One is black and the other is colored. Some sentiments come in 3 or 4 different colors. This one is Rich Razzleberry, so I mounted it on Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I just love the idea of sending paper hugs!
I hope you are continuing to stamp and send cards to friends and loved ones. It is so important to keep sharing sunshine and paper hugs even when we can't share real ones.
I would love to see the cards you make with this card sketch or cards you make with the Share Sunshine PDF. If you aren't already part of the group, please join me over on Facebook on the On Y Go! Stamping group and share your creations there!
One of my absolute favorite stamp sets from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog will not be returning for the 2020-21 Annual Catalog. The Bonanza Buddies stamp set along with the matching dies and Designer Series Paper create wonderful birthday cards and more. I love this set because it’s so versatile. You can create birthday cards for kids and adults that are gender neutral. It also works great for baby cards and celebration cards for all occasions.
The Coastal Cabana cardstock is embossed using the Simple Stripes embossing folder which is currently available on the Clearance Rack for a discount. This is a versatile embossing folder and at just over $5, it's a steal!
I hope you've enjoyed these cards featuring the Birthday Bonanza suite. Remember, the paper and dies are only available while supplies last, so if these cuties are on your wish list, get 'em before they're gone!
Once per year, Stampin' Up! discontinues stamps and accessories from their annual catalog. The list of retiring products was announced on Wednesday and demonstrators got their first peek at the 2020-21 Annual Catalog that will be released in June. There are many stamps and accessories that I will be sad to see go, but there is so much good stuff coming!
Please note, the Stampin' Blends are not retiring, but they will no longer be offered as single markers. They will now be offered only in combo packs of the light and the dark for each color.
Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 22. However, paper, dies, punch, ribbons, and all accessories are only available while supplies last. Many things are already beginning to sell out!
Since I can't share any of the upcoming goodies with you yet, I'm going to be sharing projects using some of my favorite retiring stamps and accessories over the next few weeks. Today, I have two cards using the Varied Vases stamp set. For both of these cards, I created a pattern using one of the solid vase stamps. Both cards also use Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, and Gorgeous Grape.
The Varied Vases and its sister set, Vibrant Vases, are beautiful stamp sets that are fun to work with to create a variety of simple cards. They also have a matching punch that will punch out the vases. The punch is not retiring, but if you want the matching stamp set, be sure to get it before it's gone!
I had another fun evening hosting Mystery Stamping last night. If you haven't already, I hope you'll join me next Tuesday and play along! You can always watch the replay as well.
These are the cards that I made in preparation for Mystery Stamping.
I hope this card sketch gets your creative juices flowing like it did for me! I'd love to see what you make from it. Post your creations over on the Facebook group!
In just 2 days, Stampin' Up! will release the full list of stamps and accessories that will be retiring this year. Until then, we know for certain that the 2018-2020 In Colors are on the way out to make room for new 2020-2022 In Colors. If you love Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Color Me Clover, be sure to order them soon! Each year the cardstock, inkpads, ink refills, and other accessories for the retiring In Colors sell out very, very quickly. Don't delay and miss out on these fabulous colors.
I cut a circle from the Stitched Shape dies and stamped the balloon strings on it. Then, I stamped the balloons in Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, and Grapefruit Grove and cut them with the Bonanza dies. The greeting is stamped with Lovely Lipstick ink. The card front is "tied" together with two pieces of Whisper White Baker's Twine.
This card is filled with dimension and texture! It's a whimsical card that is perfect for anyone's birthday.
I am excited to be hoppin' with the Stampin' Friends again this month! The theme for April is All About Flowers and Moms which is perfect for today because it's my Mom's birthday! (Happy Birthday Mom!) If you've been following the hop, you've joined me from Kim Quade's blog. I hope when you've read about my projects, you will continue on to Katja Ettig's blog and then through all the other blogs as well. There are lots of amazing cards and projects this month!
To celebrate my Mom's birthday, I sent her this magic slider card. While it starts as a simple black and white image, by tugging where the ribbon is, you slide out an interior card to reveal a fully colored image below.
This was the first slider card that I had ever made, and it was a little more challenging than expected. Mostly because I had to have a really clear idea of what I wanted the final project to look like when I started. This card for my Mom is one of a kind, just like her!
However, I wanted to make a Magic Slider card for a swap, and so I made 10 more, very similar cards. In doing so, I perfected my technique. If you would like a a card kit to make this card or a complete, step-by-step tutorial for this card including both written instructions and a link to a video, look for ordering information all the way at the bottom of this blog post.
Besides today being my Mom's birthday, Mother's Day is quickly approaching! Who knows if we'll be able to see our mother's this Mother's Day or partake in the normal rituals of Mother/Daughter banquets and Mother's Day Brunch. But, these cute little purses would make excellent name cards or favors. Or perhaps a little porch gift for your favorite mother!
Thank you for stopping by and celebrating my Mom's birthday with me. Below is a complete list of Stampin' Friends bloggers. I hope you'll take the time to click through to each one's post! Ordering information for the Magic Slider tutorial is below the list of bloggers.
Stampin' Friends Blog Hop
1. Stephanie Jandrow
2. Jo Blackman
3. Jean Bolen Beaulieu
4. Teri Pocock
5. Tiziana Milano
6. Kim Quade
7. Heidi Collins <-- YOU ARE HERE
8. Katja Ettig
9. Rachael Rife USA
10. Maureen Rauchfuss USA
11. Kim Lamos
12. Barbara Welch
13. Anne Marie Hile
14. Melissa Thomas
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Last night, I hosted a Mystery Stamping event on my Facebook group. If you haven't done Mystery Stamping before, it's a lot of fun! During a Facebook Live, I give participants written and verbal instructions on how to make the card, but I don't show them the card. I also don't tell them a specific stamp set or colors. Everyone's card turns out differently and it is great to see what everyone does. While we are stuck at home, I am planning to do a Mystery Stamping even each Tuesday night. I hope you'll join us!
Have you heard of CASE-ing? There are different opinions as to what the acronym stands for - Copy And Steal Everything, Copy And Share Everything, Copy And Selectively Edit, and more - but it all means basically the same thing. CASE-ing is when you see a card that someone else has made and you re-make it. You can either make it exactly as it was or you can change it up a bit, which is more often the case. Many stampers use the original card as an inspiration to make their own creation. Sometimes, it may be the layout that speaks to you. Other times, it might be the colors. Or maybe it's the way the embellishments are placed. There are so many different ideas that can inspire you!
Stampin' Up! puts out 3 different catalogs per year. Each of these is filled with amazing examples that you can CASE. For my card today, I CASE'd the card on p. 117 of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. I kept the layout and the same stamps, but I changed the colors. Also, because I didn't have a piece of Granny Apple Green ribbon, I replaced the ribbon with some strips of cardstock. My card looks the same, but different. I've made it my own!
What have you CASE'd lately?
Stamps: Swirly Frames, Country Home
Yup, still trying to use up those 6 sheets of Rebecca Designer Series Paper! I decided that if I have any hope of using it up, I'm going to have to create some scrapbook pages since it's easier to use large quantities of patterned paper on them. The layout ideas for these two page come from AnnMarie Bryant who runs a great Facebook group: Scrapbooking the day away! She provides monthly challenges and offers a space for scrappers to share. This month, she is doing daily layout ideas.
Once again, I used the Rebecca DSP with Sahara Sand (still available) and Chocolate Chip (retired) cardstock. I added brads from the Hodpodge Hardware kit (retired). The circles are cut with the Layering Circles dies (still available). The two lettering stamp sets are both retired and stamped with Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip ink.
To create the stitching around the outside, I used my old tool kit that Stampin' Up! used to sell when eyelets were popular. There is a plastic template in it to help you punch even holes. I poked through all the holes and then used a Sahara Sand marker to draw a line through them to look like stitching.
While the stamps and paper are no longer available, Stampin' Up! has many great options that would work as well! I hope the pages inspire you to create your own layouts and use up your stash!
Since I am focusing on using up my stash in the month of April, I will also be talking about some issues that come up with really old supplies. My first topic: the shelf life of embossing powder.
Does embossing powder go bad? This question is raised often in various rubber stamping communities and the opinions vary. Some people will say that embossing powder absolutely goes bad after a couple years. Personally, I have found that it depends. I have a number of powders and many of them are from 2005-2010. Most of these powders are generally fine.
However, as I've delved back into stamping, I did notice that I was getting poor results from my white embossing powder. I finally purchased a new jar so I can share some comparisons with you.
The jar on the left is my new jar and the jar on the right is my old jar of white embossing powder. It is hard to see in the picture, but there is a definite difference in color. The older powder has a yellowed look to it. You can also see that the older powder is clumpier. Now, often embossing powder will clump and it's not a big deal. However, I think the extra clumps in my older powder represent the general clumpiness of it, to the point that it does stick evenly to my image when I apply it.
In this picture, the top image uses my new embossing powder and the bottom uses the old embossing powder. Again, you can see a difference in color between the two. However, you can also see the difference in coverage. While it is normal to have an uneven application when using a bold stamp, the one on the bottom has much larger spaces that aren't covered and just looks lumpier. This is representative of the way this older embossing powder has been acting for me since I have started stamping again.
My final decision is that while some powders may still work fine after years, others may not. If your embossing powder isn't acting the way you expect it to or isn't giving you as nice of images as your other powders, you may want to consider replacing it.
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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