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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Masculine/Unisex Card with Stampin’ Up’s Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack for Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday Blog Hop

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Hello, and welcome back for my post joining Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Tuesday Blog Hop for May! This time we’re focusing on cards for the men or boys. I intended to make mine a masculine card (and it has been approved as such), but I’ve also been told by three women that it is “pretty.” So I guess it’s up to you as to how you feel about it. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. 🙂 Maybe I’ve finally achieved a perfect unisex card! 🙂

I first got the idea by thumbing through the remaining double-sided cards in my Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack (#149552), which has been put on the retiring list (first come, first serve, and they won’t last long!). I really love this card pack and am sorry to see it go. Since I fulfill orders for a gift shop (with a second shop upcoming, after things finally return to some normalcy), I’m always looking for quick and easy cards I can make. Even though I love fussy details and spending agonizing amounts of time on card masterpieces 🙂 I do have to create some that are just simple and fast. So when I saw this 3″ x 4″ “Any Day with You Is the Best” Project Life–style card, it just worked. I quickly found a matching 4″ x 6″ background piece that matched it, and then it was just a matter of finishing with details.

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I have three sets of retired or almost-retired “Cards and Envelopes” pack that are card bases and matching envelopes that I keep dipping into. For this card, because the shades in it are grey and black, a white card base and envelope from the retired Whisper White Large Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack looked the best.

To add a layer before gluing everything together, I considered using Stampin’ Up’s retired Corrugated Cardstock between the two paper pieces, but it just didn’t look right, with stripes going both ways. I chose some lightweight mulberry paper I had in my stash, instead, tearing it to leave a border around the smaller card. And then I found my roll of retired Halloween Night Baker’s Twine, which is entwined Basic Grey and Basic Black colors, so I looped it around vertically twice and tied a bow. There still weren’t enough details to suit me and just a little more white space to play with, so I used my last remaining large adhesive heart sticker from the retiring Heart Epoxy Droplets (#148583) under the words on the front piece and then added four frosted gems from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (#147801), which is carrying over to the new catalog (hooray!).

I haven’t decided what to put on the inside of this card yet, so it’s still blank for now. I’m open to suggestions if you have a fit of brilliance. 😉

Somehow I did manage to use both retiring and current products in my card, which is the theme of month for our team on our private Facebook page. 🙂 But this is a good example of why I keep or buy up retired products too, when I can get them. I literally use them for years on all kinds of projects. (And yes, the floor may fall through my craft room soon, as my husband fears. But then my craft room would be bigger! 😉 )

If you love a good sale like I do, please feel free to take advantage of the lower prices of the limited retiring stock (or carryover goodies) on Stampin’ Up’s website by shopping through my personal link at https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx. Supplies really are limited and things are already selling out. Use host code 6EFSC3TZ and get a free gift. (If your order is over $50 before tax and shipping, you can choose an item of up to $8 and I’ll ship it to you as my thanks, and you’ll earn one reward point toward a free $40 order. If your order is over $150 before tax and shipping, do not put in the host code because you’ll earn your own rewards before you confirm your order.)

And because my team is so awesomely creative, you’ll want to “hop” through the rest of the list to see what they’ve made for men or boys this month. (If you want to join my team and become a Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator like us, go here: https://ida.stampinup.com/en/?demoid=2202334.) Thanks for joining us today!

Press the Previous button to view Karen Finkle’s project or the Next button to see what Akiko created for us!

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  1. Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-cPT
  2. Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-2ap
  3. Sue Prather – https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1Ua
  4. Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-3Rf
  5. Leslie Larkin – https://leslielarkin.com/friend-like-you-bundle
  6. Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/05/stampin-up-tropical-oasis-masculine.html
  7. Connie Troyer – You are here!
  8. Akiko Sudano – https://wp.me/paOv8E-1bb
  9. Julie Johnston – https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2kc
  10. Terry Lynn Bright – https://wp.me/p8fxPh-tt
  11. Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-juR

 

I have another throwback card for you today from a few years ago. I’ve decided that I need to make another one! . . . #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #masculinecards #loveandromance #dcwvpaper #stampinup

New Stampin’ Up Retiring Lists Just Announced!

Exciting news today—Stampin’ Up just released the retiring lists for the current Annual and Mini catalogs! Supplies are only while supplies last through June 2, so don’t delay! Items like In Color products, inks, cardstock, dies, and more will go quickly. The individual lists are below for your use. 🙂

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If you wish to order, please feel free to use my monthly host code (PDPCRPUF) and let me know if you need something! I’m happy to help! The new Annual catalog begins on June 3. 🙂

I have a throwback card today from 2013 (sorry the edge is cut off – not a square photo!). This was one of my first cards, and I made it for a friend who told me it would go into her keeper box. I just may make another in her honor soon.

Since the previous post bumped over from one of my automatic setup things, it didn’t post the inside of the card. So here you go! This goes with the blue-flowered friendship card posted this morning on my blog. :)