May 31, 2016

Hello, Dapper Denim!

Good morning, friends!  After taking a week off from the blog (I hope the group of cards in the last post held you over!) I'm back!  And since the launch of the new catalog is right around the corner - literally, it's TOMORROW! - I'll be sharing nothing-but-new!  There will be some sneak peeks of new products and In-Colours, and some old-but-returning favourites as well!  

Today's card is a quick "Oh, HELLO!" to one of my new favourite colours - Dapper Denim!  I am a sucker for blues.  In fact, before I completed my ink pad collection, my inks were basically 8 shades of blue and a handful of other basics!  Yes, I loooove blue.  And Dapper Denim makes my heart sing.  It's bold, handsome, strong, and rich.  So lovely!  I've shown it here in cardstock and ink, and the speckles are stamped-off once; it is a beauty no matter how you slice it!  I've paired it with Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Pool Party to make this lovely combination.  

And yes, there's some sneak peeks at returning favourites, too!  Awesomely Artistic, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Sweet Stack, and Hello You Thinlits are all back for us to enjoy.  Fantastic!

See you again for another Artisan Design Team blog hop tomorrow evening - we are going to be kicking off the new catalog so you won't want to miss it!


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May 22, 2016

One Last Goodbye... (let's make it a big one!)

Hello friends!  Today is a big day on the Stampin' Up calendar -  it's the last day that retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available!  The list of retiring supplies is already dwindling, so going forward, I'll be sharing only new products - a sneak peek before the June 1st launch of the new catalog!

Before that, though, I want to share a collection of cards I've been whipping up with my retiring supplies; mostly using up my DSP!

This first card appeared on the Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog this past Monday as part of a series of masculine cards using Guy Greetings.  While the stamp set is sticking around, the Typeset DSP is not!  This is one of my all-time favourite products.  You won't want to miss out on it!

Another stamp set sticking around is Balloon Celebration; I just love the sentiments in this one, and that sweet bow!

What's going, though, is the It's My Party washi tape, the Black Embossing Powder, and the Hearts Border Punch.  Check out the pop of Flirty Flamingo on this card - isn't it sweet?  Instant-favourite!

Another retiring DSP is Birthday Bouquet; these perfect pennants make for a cheery baby card for a little lady.  The Watermelon Wonder and White Satin ribbons are also retiring, as are the little bits and pieces from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.

And while I was at it, I cranked out a similar card in a "boy" version; the Schoolhouse DSP makes for a perfect background.

Don't miss the Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, scallop punch, or Candy Dots!

Wedding season is just around the corner, so I used some of my Fancy Vellum and Love Blossoms DSP, combined with First Sight stamp set - yes, all retiring! - to create a sweet wedding card.

The sequins in Blushing Bride are from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit - and honestly, they're worth the price alone!  Sooo pretty!

Last but not least, I want to share a sneak peek of a BRAND NEW stamp set - this one is called Confetti Celebration, and it has you covered for fun and bold birthdays - and that fabulous swirly framelit is from Swirly Bird!  I've used the "Hooray" sentiment from Confetti Celebration, and paired it with more retiring favourites to create the bright birthday card.  Everyday Chic DSP, Candy Dots, Baker's Twine Combo Pack, Fancy Foil Vellum, and White Satin Ribbon are all on their way out!

They're a perfect combo with this stamp set and make for a fabulous birthday wish, so you'll want to add them to your stash for sure!

I hope I've inspired you to use some of your retiring goodies; better to use them up than to stash them away and forget about them!

Make this a GREAT week to use your old favourites before it's time to order the new - the countdown is on!

May 21, 2016

Diamond Congrats

Hello friends!  Today is the second-last day that retiring stamps are guaranteed available, and the second-last day for retiring products on my blog!  Tomorrow will be a transition day ("old meets new") but today is to put the spotlight on Shine On Specialty DSP.  I loooove this stuff!  

The sturdiness of this paper lends itself really nicely to not just using on cards, but making embellishments (like the adorable diamond cut-out!) and envelopes, using the envelope punch board.  A pretty belly band with a big vellum bow makes for such a beautiful presentation!

This card and envelope combo make such a pretty presentation for an engagement, wedding, or anniversary.  So lovely!

Have a fabulous day!