April 25, 2016

Bye bye, Typeset DSP!

Hi friends, and happy Monday!  I'm back to share another retiring favourite.

This one is special, though.  Here's the thing - I'm usually a pretty happy camper when it comes to the retiring list... because with retirement comes NEW product!  So our with the old, in with the new, I say!  

But some of those items hurt a little more than others.  I had a couple incidences of "Oh no!" with certain items, although this one wasn't entirely unexpected:  Typeset DSP. 

This fabulous vanilla-and-black, vintage-inspired, lightweight paper is the stuff dreams are made of . 

It makes the most perfect neutral that goes with everything.  I've shared three patterns included in the package on this card - the vintage sale flyer the stripes, and the ledger paper - and it all just makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy.  I'm going to be hoarding my stack for sure, and I know you will too!

Other retiring goodies on this card: the sentiment is from Silhouettes & Script, the Lost Lagoon cardstock, ink, and ribbon, the beautiful Burlap Ribbon, and my beloved 2-1/2" Circle Punch.  All gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping in today, and I'd love it if you hopped over to my online store (via the links below) to do your shopping!


April 23, 2016

Thanks Thanks Thanks!

Hi friends, and Happy Saturday!  I slept in - like, reaaaaally slept in - so here's an afternoon post instead of a morning one!

We talked yesterday about the retiring list being announced - because we're in crunch time, you're going to be seeing a lot of retiring goodies on my blog in the coming weeks!  Stamp sets will be guaranteed available until late May, but everything else is while supplies last - and trust me, it won't last long.  

Today's card features a couple of my big-loves.  The first is the Greetings Thinlits - they're responsible for the fabulous rainbow of "thanks" in the background of this card.  I just love them, and they're a total bargain.  You'll want to snap those up before they go!

The second feature is the sentiment and border in the middle - both stamps are from You're So Lovely, one of my stamp sets I was slow to notice but fast to fall in love with.  It's a keeper, for sure.

Make sure to check out what's retiring using the links below - Canadians are welcome to shop via my online store and enjoy those fabulous discounts!


April 22, 2016

Happiness Is...

Hello friends!

It's been a big week for Stampin' Up! and their demonstrators... the 2016 Retiring List was released, followed by the sneak peek of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog - now, the latter is for demos only, but lemme tell ya - it's TOTALLY worth the wait!  It will go LIVE at the beginning of June.

In the meantime - the Retiring List is where it's at! Click here to pop over to my site and check it out - not only is it the last chance to snap up some of my favourite products, but many of them are on clearance-rack prices already!  If you don't have a demonstrator already, I would love to be yours - Canada only, please!

Speaking of Clearance Rack prices... did you know Stampin' Up! has a clearance rack?!  Many of our old, retired favourites are on there, and the prices are insane.  Like, totally cray-cray.  They're practically giving them away.  And today's project features one of my favourites - the Happiness Is Project Life Kit.  The Card Collection is $7.98 - that's not a typo - and packs 100 cards in a gorgeous colour pallet.  Want to jazz it up a bit?  The coordinating accessory pack is only $5!

I used the Happiness Is collection to whip up this layout.  We had a family photo shoot in the fall with the amazing Danna Bowes, a local portrait photographer, and I wanted to do something special with one of our prints.

The colour pallet in this collection is to die for - and much of it is retiring!  Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Tangelo Twist will be gone, gone, gone come June... you'll want to be sure to grab inks and cardstock to go with this kit!

Now that I'm looking at this page a little bit more closely - there's not a single thing on here that ISN'T retiring!  The stamp, the doily, the ribbons - even the paperclip.  It's all going to be gone!  I'd cry, but I already have it all... do you??

Just because it's retiring doesn't mean you need to set it aside - use your favourites and showcase them!


April 20, 2016

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Boxes and Bows!

Hello friends, and welcome back for another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We are so excited to be sharing boxes and bows with you today - twenty stops around the world for perfect packaging!  You're currently in Calgary, Canada with me, Shannon, and you'll be off to see Steffi in Germany next - please don't hesitate to use your "Translate" button on your browser to ensure you're keeping up with all of us!

I decided to use the Boxes and Bows theme to create a suite of packaging perfect for a little boy's baby shower - and my first step was a gift box!

The Gift Box Punch Board makes creating boxes SUPER easy, and I wanted to modify mine a little bit to make it easier for clumsy hands - like mine! - that don't enjoy the criss-cross-closure.  I much prefer a classic-top tab-and-tuck closure, so that's exactly what I decided to make!

Want to know how to create a tab-and-tuck closure?  I whipped up a video tutorial for you at the last minute - so pardon my rushing, my shaky hands, and my bad Anglo accent as I pronounce fellow-Artisan Rachel's name!

Because I'm sharing a boy-themed suite, I wanted to add some boy-bows; they don't have to be girly!  The Bow-Builder Punch makes perfect little bowties, too, and there's nothing cuter than stringing them together in a garland.  These were punched with DSP (from Schoolhouse and Bohemian collections) in Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, and Tangerine Tango.  So cute!

Since so many hosts like to do favours for their guests, a few tiny boxes would do just fine!  The small gift box would make a perfect little building block, wouldn't it?  Fortunately, the Little Letters and Little Numbers Framelits are perfect for whipping them up!

Adding an A-B-C and 1-2-3 completes the look; they're just darling and they come together so quickly.  It would be a breeze to make these for a crowd!

And last but not least, no gift is complete without a card!  I was itching to create a vintage-striped onesie- my son had one just like this in brown, orange, and yellow, and I wanted to make a tiny paper version.  I love how it turned out!

Combined with touches of vellum, DSP, ribbon and sequins, there's a lot of fun packed into this card!  
I love how the whole ensemble came together; perfect for a new mom and her little man!  

Next up - let's see what gorgeous project Steffi has for us this week!  Click the button below to carry on to her blog. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining our blog hop!