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Saturday Sneak Peak (Oh My!)

Preorder heading

Stampin' Up! has released a new stamp set BUNDLE (147207) from the 2017-2018 catalog and it will be available during the month of May.  The bundle is only available during May, after that the items will be available separately.  I will be featuring the products in the bundle on May 1 so that you will have additional information.  In the meantime you will be excited to know that three new in colors are included!

Card w 3 stamp sets for blog

Friday Sneak Peak

Card stock and DSP

I unpacked my NEW CATTY PRE-ORDER this afternoon and look what I found ~ gorgeous!  So gorgeous that I had to share them with you ~ I know you can't wait!  Match the colors with the original titles of the new IN COLOR COLLECTION ~ Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide!  What do you think?

Mother's Day

Cards picture Mother's Day

Make a card for Mother's Day using the Succulent Garden DSP on page 21 in the Occasions Catalog.  This set and, in fact, all of the products in the SUCCULENT GARDEN SUITE, are retiring soon  ~  sorry to see them go!  Let me know if I can order any of them for you.  Click on the link below to download a pdf of the Mother's Day gift on the left above.

Download SW_SucclentMothersGift_create_Apr25

Cards for the USS Cole on Friday night...........

We had a studio full of stampers on Friday evening with everyone working on cards to send to the sailors on the USS Cole.  I got pictures of everyone (except Rosie as she was one of the first to leave ~ sorry about that!) to show you that productive fun was had by all ~

Barbara Schweiger

Barbara is the one who actually sends the cards and is in contact with the Chaplain on the ship.

Christina and her Mom

This is Marilyn who drives all the way from Zuni to stamp with us.  She brought her daughter, Christina, who is in the Navy and presently at the Portsmouth Navel Hospital.  Christina was definitely a nice addition to our group with her personal perspective.

Marti Jones

Marti and her beautiful smile ~ I wish those on the ship could see these happy faces!

Pam Campbell

Pam with pretty Mother's Day cards.

Ann Butler ~ silly lady

I love this silly picture of Ann ~ do you think we had a good time?  Here is Ann's card ~

Ann's llama card

And, here is what I was working on ~ cards for kids ~ does anyone remember this?

Cards for Kids

So Detailed Thinlits Dies

SO IN LOVE BUNDLE is so pretty and it is retiring soon.  You can find it on page 52 in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog.  It makes a lovely card ~

Pink swap card

And, Stampin' Up! made a video to tell us more about it ~



Technique: Debossing

Debossed celebrate in blue w balloons

On page 40 in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog is something new ~ a stamp set and two embossing folders.  The interesting thing is that instead of EMbossing these folders DEboss!  The card above is one I made using the celebrate debossing folder ~ the word is indented, not raised.  After you run the folder through the Big Shot, then you stamp on top of the word.

In traditional letterpress printing a raised image is inked and pressed into paper.  That is one way to use our folders but there are a variety of ways to use the Celebration Duo folders and I am looking forward to exploring possibilities.  The folders coordinate with the Happy Celebrations stamp set and give us many opportunities to be creative.

Diamond Fold Card

Diamond Fold BD Card

This is a card we made yesterday in two of my STAMP CLUBS ~ one in the morning and one at 6:30 last night.  We stamped the greeting on the flip side ~

Diamond Fold flip side

If you would like to learn some new stamping techniques I would love to have you join one of my stamp clubs (some meet during the day and several at night).  EMAIL ME NOW if you are interested.  

Susan Tran was in our club that met yesterday at ten.  (Actually, she was the hostess and was able to get her BIG SHOT with the hostess benefits!)  Last night I got an email from Susan and she sent me a picture of a card she made Wednesday afternoon for her grandson's birthday.  I am so proud of her!  She used a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set, ZOOFARI ~ maybe you have it in your collection.  Let me know.  Susan Elise

Susan Tran's Diamond Fold card


Sarah's technique using refills

I know some of you wonder why I tell you that it is important to buy the refill bottle when you buy your Stampin' Up! stamp pad.  My answer has always been that you can't anticipate how juicy the stamp pad will be when it is sent out from Stampin' Up! and you may need to refresh the color immediately.  I have to admit that that doesn't happen very often.  At my TEAM MEETING on Saturday, Sarah Williams gave all of us another reason to be sure that we have our refills.  The theme of the meeting was TECHNIQUES so we will call this one SARAH'S REFILL TECHNIQUE.

On SHIMMER WHITE PAPER, Sarah placed one drop of ink from each of the refill bottles from the 2016-2017 In-Colors ~ Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  Using a credit card, she dragged the color from the top to the bottom the length of the paper.  It is an easy technique with stunning results!  Thank you Sarah!

Refill 1

Refill 2

Refill 3

Refill 4

Refill card

This is a similar card using the technique that Sarah showed.  So many possibilities!!  And, this is Sarah sporting a new Stampin' Up! apron!