Sunday, April 29, 2012

Big Yellow Flower Fest

Don’t you love this BIG Flower Fest flower. We were trying to decide what type of flower this really is in one my classes. I think we finally all decided it was some type of Chrysanthemum. Whatever it is, I love it! It’s the perfect size to be a focal point. This stamp set has great leaves, too.
I chose my leftover Bashful Blue Paisley Petals pattern for this card. The neutral Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS makes a nice subtle background for the bold red, black and yellow. The Old Olive leaves also soften the bold colors. I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the sentiment.
 Hope that you’re having a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Organic Flower Fest

So what makes this card “organic”? My son! I always get my family’s response and input to the cards I make because they’re pretty honest and aren’t worried about hurting my feelings. I appreciate the truth! When I set this card out for some input, my son told me he liked the organic look to the card, so the “organic” name stuck :-)
This is the third card we made in April’s stamp class. I stamped the BIG flower from the Flower Fest stamp set onto the peachy colored Paisley Petals DSP to create the focal point for this card. The Stripe embossing folder on the card front and Pool Party band gave the card some texture. I love texture!!

I’m going to miss this fun stamp set…I hope that the new catalog has a great replacement for the Flower Fest stamp set.
See you next time!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Word Play Flower Fest

In my last post, I shared with you the Scalloped Card I made with the Flower Fest stamp set that didn’t make April’s class. Well today I’m posting one of the cards that DID make the class using the three So Saffron stamped and watercolored roses. My layout for this card was inspired by another stamper. Unfortunately her card didn’t include her watermark, so I can’t give due credit :-/. My apologies!!

My challenge for this month’s class was incorporating my leftover Paisley Petal DSP with the Flower Fest stamp set to create three different styled cards. This is the elegant card which the green floral DSP gives a soft feel to.  I used Old Olive grosgrain ribbon to create the little ribbon leaves.

Thanks for stopping by! 
For information on the Flower Fest tutorial or kits, Click Here

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retired Accessories List is here

Get them before they are gone! The retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including Décor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of theStampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons:
(1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white
(2) Stampin' Up! is introducing a new Firm Foam pad in their Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog. The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scallop Flower Fest

Today I’m sharing a card using the soon-be-retired Flower Fest stamp set. I was disappointed to find out that this set was going to be retired, as I love it’s open and whimsy art. It’s the perfect set for watercoloring …and many of the stamp images fit a bunch of my punches (2-3/8” Scallop circle, 5-Petal Flower, 1-3/8” circle, Fancy Flower, Butterfly).
One of my classes last year was the Scrapbook in a Box class which used the Paisley Petals DSP to decorate the scrapbook. I only used half of the DSP designs for the scrapbook, so I had the other half leftover and decided to challenge myself to use it and the Flower Fest stamp set to design April’s card class. This fun Scallop card was one of my ideas. I loved it, but since I could only pick three cards for the class, this card ended up not making the cut. But good news, here’s a few card details to share with you: I stamped So Saffron CS with Black Stazon and watercolored the stamped rose images with Calypso Coral ink. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the stamp set Bring on the Cake. I made the banner flag ends using the square punch.

Thanks for visiting…have a wonderful day!!

Supply List:
CS: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Paisly Petals DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Big Shot: Scallop Circle (113488), Perfect Polka Dots EB folder (117335); Labels Framelit (125598)
Punches: Curly Label (119851), Scallop Edge Border (119882), 1-1/4” circle (119861), Itty Bitty Shapes-scallop (118309), Square Punch (119865)
Accessories: Circle Scissor Plus (125303), blender pen (102845), Basic Rhinestones (119246), Sponge daubers (102892)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stampin Up! Retired List

I'm late in posting the Retired List...but better late than never, right? So, here's the details:

Now through May 31, 2012...hundreds of stamps (accessories are coming soon and will be available April 25 - May 31, 2012, or while supplies last) from the 2011-2012 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!

      Friday, April 13, 2012

      Simple Flower Fest

      Today I'm sharing a fun and simple card using the Flower Fest stamp set. I love the whimsy, open feel of this stamp set. I stamped the flower with black Stazon on So Saffron CS. I used Calypso Coral and my blender pen to color in the flower and Old Olive to color in the stem and leaves. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs (another one of my favorite stamp sets). Poppy Parade is the card base and border around the Whisper White front panel.

      A pretty simple card, which showcases the fun Flower Fest water colored flower.
      So glad that you stopped by!

      Sunday, April 1, 2012

      April Newsletter Posted

      ...and I ain't foolin'

      The April Stamping Newsletter has been posted. You can view it HERE or by clicking on the Newsletter link on the right side bar. It features upcoming news and pictures of this month's cards, which focuses on one of my favorite stamp sets, the  Flower Fest. With it's fun and whimsy images it makes the perfect set for our bold watercoloring this month. I will be teaching this class at Tumbleweed Recreation Center and at my house this month. I've posted the dates and times below. If you live long-distance and would like to get in on this class, you can click here for more information on purchasing the Illustrated PDF Tutorial or a Class Kit To Go.
      This cute punch art purse is created with the Cupcake punch, the 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches
       Here's what's going on this month:
      April Classes
      Creative Cards: Flower Fest Cards ($15)
      Tuesday, 4/10 – 10 AM-Noon; 7-9 PM at Tumbleweed Recreation Center
      Tuesday, 4/17 – (FULL 10 AM-Noon); 1:30-3:30 PM; 7-9 PM at Heidi’s House

      See inside newsletter for registration information