While I wait to take photos of more recent projects, here’s a throwback card that remains one of my favorites. I hope to recreate a couple more soon since I still have the same materials. . . . #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #yourock #guycards #masculinecards #cleanandsimplecards #stickles #retiredstampinup #fussycutting #bandstanddsp #hamblyoverlays

I’ve been in a yellow phase, which is very odd for me. I used Tim Holtz’s Floral Collage Paper for this notecard, accented with DCWV patterned paper (Lemon Flower stack) and an Anna Griffin sentiment. #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #getwellcards

Stampin’ Up One-Day-Only Sale–15% Off Select Stamp Sets!

Hello again! I hope the arrival of fall and the cooler weather is treating you well. 🙂 (As for me, I turned on the heat today and have been enjoying my fleece pajamas!)

I just wanted to let my customers know about a quick one-day-only sale going on TOMORROW, Wednesday, 9/23/20, from Stampin’ Up! Certain stamp sets will be on sale at a 15% discount. This stamp-tacular sale only rolls around once a year—you won’t want to miss it! The prices will automatically be updated in the online store to reflect the 15% off discount at 12:00 AM on September 23, and the prices will go back to the full price at 11:50 PM MT that night. So be sure to get your order submitted on Wednesday!

(And if you were thinking about joining with the current Get-and-Go promotion, you can add the stamp sets that are on sale to your Starter Kit too…so you’d get even MORE for your $99 Starter Kit price! Ask me for details.)

Click the link (Stampin-Up-24-Hour-Stamp-Set-Sale-ConstantlyCreating) to see a printable list in PDF form listing the stamps on sale, and drop me an email at ConnieTroyer77@gmail.com if you have any questions. I’ve highlighted the sets on sale that are in English. Hope that helps! 🙂

Connie

“Embrace Today” fast and easy card using the Flowers for Every Season packs, Thick Whisper White cardstock, and some retired Crushed Curry baker’s twine. I can help you make your own! . . . #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #stampinup #stampinupdemonstrator #fastandeasy

I really am learning something. I never think I’m very good at shading, but I like how this turned out. Just goes to show that we should try things even when we’re unsure and give ourselves permission to learn or make mistakes. This embossed die-cut used to be all white. I used two colors of Dauber Duos and five colors of different brands of chalk inks (including a purple!). Looking forward to seeing what I do with it on a card. :) #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #chalkinks #colorbox #dauberduos ##powderpuff #ingvildbolme #purplebluegreen #cardmaking #diecuts #flowers

Used up some regifted scraps for this one, as well as Stampin’ Up ribbon and Martha Stewart pearls. It’s blank on the inside. Love how it turned out! #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #notecards #scrappycards #blackberrybliss

I have several cards to share with you soon, but I thought I’d show a picture of my just-out-of-the-mailbox “Box of Sunshine” Paper Pumpkin Kit for June. I’m excited to get started on it!

Created this tonight for a custom order – a twist on one of the cards in the recently retired Three Cheers for You card kit from Stampin’ Up, using two of the stamps that came with it. I like my card better than the original! #constantlycreating #thelittlewhatnotshop #2020gradcards #graduationcards #2020 #threecheersforyou

“Cherish Every Moment” Card Using Stampin’ Up’s Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and Perennial Essence DSP and Vellum

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog. I made this card last week when I spotted my remaining scrap (less than a 6×6) of this pattern of floral-patterned paper in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper pack, #149100 (which is currently on the last-chance list for $8.09! Go get one!). My scrap was just so pretty that I had to use it up. I looked up the colors in the pack (Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White) and picked Petal Pink for my card base. Then I reached for my matching vellum (Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock, #149101) and picked the Old Olive color. (The vellum pack also has Petal Pink and So Saffron.)

To decide how much of the scrap I wanted to use and where to cut it, I first stamped my sentiment (from the Floral Blossoms stamp set, #151457, which is carrying over) in Old Olive ink, #146090, so that I could narrow down the dimensions and have more exact placement. I knew I wanted to mat the floral image to give it distinction from the Petal Pink card base, since there is so much Petal Pink in this particular scrap of DSP. (Isn’t it pretty? I always love a good watercolor image.)

After cutting the vellum, I then decided to emboss the Old Olive with the Subtle Embossing Folder, #151775, to have a small pattern that would complement rather than draw attention away from the flowers. When I flipped over the vellum to put some adhesive on the back that would be behind the flowers, that’s when things changed. I stopped mid-glue because I suddenly realized how cool the back side looked. The embossing—or, rather, the debossing—made the vellum turn kind of white with the creasing! Well, then I was torn; I liked both. I decided to take pictures of each side to show you and also to be able to make a decision—sometimes I see things differently when I view a photo I’ve taken, even if I’m the same distance from the image and looking at it in real life. I’m curious to see which side you like best. Leave me a comment and let me know which side—or which card—you would have gone with. 🙂

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Green debossed “whiter” side
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Green embossed vellum, colored side up

 

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The way my original idea would have looked with the green vellum pointing up

I decided that I definitely liked the whiter side up and set about doing a double layer of matting to really hone in on the vellum (while still not taking away from the flowers). Pleased with my choice, I glued the now-white vellum to the larger unembossed Olive Olive vellum and the floral piece to the other smaller piece of Old Olive vellum, for two different mats. I think double matting just gives an elegant, intentional, thoughtful look to the thing being matted. I do this in my scrapbooking at times too, to help feature certain photos. When I look at the above picture now—the green-embossed side up, without the mats—it just feels so much plainer to me. (Of course, I would have added embellishments to it too.)

And since I love details and can never stop fussing with things, I took two lengths of 1/4″ Gold Shimmer Ribbon, #152156, and snipped lengthwise through strips of 1/4″ Tear and Tape Adhesive, #138995, to have 1/8″ strips on the backs of the ribbon pieces. (My usual 1/8″ redline tape has walked off somewhere and my new one hadn’t yet arrived at the house.) I made sure I was placing the very tacky ribbon straight by using my Grid Paper from Stampin’ Up (item #130148). I think I popped up the floral/center mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430) afterward to give the ribbon room to breathe.

I’ll admit it, the Gilded Gems (item #152478) were an afterthought because I wanted gems somewhere and the ribbon looked too plain on its own. I barely have enough room between the ribbons, but it’s just enough. Note: The Gilded Gems are part of the early-release Ornate Garden Suite that will be included in the upcoming 2020-2022 Annual Catalog (ordering begins June 3!), and it’s the only thing I’ve managed to preorder from that suite so far, so I keep using them! LOL. (My upline did gift me the Ornate Thanks stamp set, so you’ll see that as well before too long.)

To finish off the card, I pulled out some non-SU gold Dazzles peel-off stickers and found the perfect size to offset the sentiment. I also used four more gold Dazzles for the corners on the inside. I’m still debating what sentiment to use on the inside, or if I’ll just leave it blank. (I’m leaning toward “blank,” as the card could currently be used for more than one type of occasion, which broadens the buying audience.)

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Exterior of finished card
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Interior of card (so far)

So there you have it, readers! Let me know what you think about this card and what you would have chosen. Clickable links for the products I’ve used are below.

If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like to receive a free catalog from me, submit your name and address in my contact form and I’ll send one right out to you (remember, the catalog goes live on June 3!). I’m also working on my first product share offering and will post details about that soon in case anyone wants to buy in. (If you’re not familiar with a product share, it’s a sampling of new product from the new catalog—though I’ll probably also have an “old product” version too, in case some want everything. That way you get a little bit of all the fun DSP, embellishments, and ribbon without the gigantic cost of buying it all individually. So stay tuned for details on that!)

Thanks again for stopping by today. Let me know if I can help you!

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