“Be the Change” with World of Good Memories and More Card Pack

Hello there and thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m sorry I’ve been quiet lately; I’ve had too many projects and people to please recently. (You all knows how that goes, right? Maybe I’m not the only one? 😂)

I haven’t had a lot of time in the craft room this month but I did sneak in there a couple of evenings recently to try to finish a batch for my local gift shop/employer. I’ve done a few grad cards and some easy cards. Here’s an easy one you can duplicate if you have or can find the World of Good Memories and More Card Pack and the Flowers for Every Season Cards and Envelopes.

I used a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock for my base (A6 size) first and then picked the large foil-globe card and the smaller 3×4 “Be the Change” card out of the card pack. I adhered the largest card with my preferred glue, and then I measured (yes, I actually measured!) and punched 3/16” holes in the corners for some 3/16” gold brads. Once I had the brads fastened, I popped up the card on foam dimensionals. And that was it! I used a Misty-Moonlight-lined envelope from the Flowers for Every Season Cards and Emvelopes and called it done. 😂 I guess simple and easy really is the best. (The next post about a fancy grad card I did this week will be the opposite!) Most of all, I liked the sentiment on this card. I think it could even be used as a grad card, a masculine card, or one of encouragement. Thanks again for visiting, and stay tuned for more when I get time!

Friends Are Like Seashells with Flowers for Every Season for Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday Blog Hop

Scraps of paper can make something beautiful!

Hello and thanks for stopping by my part of this Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday team blog hop! We’ve made cards “for the ladies” today.

One of my favorite things to do is to encourage my girl friends and other women on my life’s path. I had a Mother’s Day card in mind to create, but I’ve had an excess of other work during the last couple of weeks—so I went with this butterfly one instead. It’s a card I would send to one of my dear friends as a thinking of you or a birthday or a card of encouragement, to brighten their day and make them feel special.

I began the card really just wanting to use up some of my scraps of Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP (item #152486, currently on sale for $6.90 on stampinup.com during the Annual’s Last-Chance sale). I found three long and skinny scraps that were around the same size and had a pretty pattern among them that I could use as a center strip.

I decided to use the Misty Moonlight color in two of the strips as the color of my card base, and I glued a mat of Very Vanilla cardstock (item #101650) atop the card base, leaving about an 1/8″ border, to give some separation and definition to the colors in the papers that would be on top. (Forgive me for the guesstimate, but I don’t really measure things; I just work with things until they feel right.)

Once I glued the patterned DSP, I felt the strips also needed some Very Vanilla to break the color clash. Those strips are definitely an 1/8″ each because I cut them with my trimmer intentionally. 🙂 I also measured the smaller edge of the DSP strips so that I could place the floral pieces in exactly the center. I use a ruler on my work mat and inch inward by eighths and quarters until I figure out where the middle is. (I do better with seeing physical measurements than with abstract figures.)

To add the butterfly, I first took a piece of recently sold out Bijou Butterfly DSP and fussy-cut the largest butterfly with my Paper Snips before popping up the butterfly on foam Dimensionals (item #104430) in the top half of the card, leaving room for a sentiment below.

To create that sentiment, I used one of the Stitched with Whimsy Dies (item #155314) and Misty Moonlight ink (item #153118) with a sentiment from the Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set (item #158203).

I first took the die to a scrap of Very Vanilla, which impressed the stitching into the paper. The die does not cut around the stitching; I fussy-cut around it myself with my Paper Snips (item #103579) using the edge of the impression as a guide and then edged it with a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Write Marker (item #153125 for the In-Color Pack of five).

Then I placed my sentiment stamp on my Stamparatus stamping platform (item #146276), created a few test sentiments for placement, and finally stamped it where it would fit before decorating the sentiment box with embellishments from Wonderful Gems, Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems (item #153547), 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots (item #152480), and Playing with Patterns Resin Dots (item #152467).

I was able to pull out each of the colors used on the card with those embellishments, so I was pleased. (The white space in the corner was just too much for me. If you follow my blogs, you’ll have heard that I’m not a big fan of white space.) I also felt that doing something different with the gems like that spoke to the “unique” idea of the card.

I plan on decorating the inside of the card with a thinner strip of the floral paper and then selling the card to my local gift shop so one of their buyers can encourage a friend or relative too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today. To continue on with the hop, press the Previous and Next buttons or click on the linked names in the list. My team members always come up with inspiring and beautiful projects! Thanks again for hopping with me. If you like this card, please leave a comment or consider following my blog for future posts. 🙂

Thinking of You Card in Blue Roses (Stampin’ Up Embellishments and Paper Pumpkin Sentiment)

Using up a favorite piece of paper with a favorite technique—and it’s so easy that anybody can do it!

Hi, everybody! I’ve had quite a good run on cardmaking lately. I need to be reorganizing my craft room too but can’t seem to stay away from the desk! I know my schedule will be changing soon with springtime, so I’m thankful the creativity is here while it’s here.

One of the challenges I have in my craft room (just a secondary bedroom) is the amount of stuff—consumables like paper, embellishments, and more—due to the number of years I’ve been crafting (paper crafting for about 30 years now; other types, longer). I do confess: I LOVE paper and embellishments. I love having just the right special little thing to add to a card or scrapbook layout to top it off and make it perfect (or as perfect as the receiver will believe it to be 😉). And don’t even get me started on all the beautiful patterns and color choices I have in paper.

Sadly, as my “collection” grows and I fight losing space within four walls, I find myself striving more earnestly to use up my consumables to gain space. I’m not sure this will really work, considering how little room a few pieces of paper and gems take 😆, but I’m going with that for now in an attempt to feel as if I’m progressing somewhere. But that theory is why I made the card I’m sharing today.

I don’t actually know the name of the company who made today’s beautiful background. Sometimes I get papers from other crafters in destashes or swaps or RAKs (Random Acts of [Craft] Kindness). I had only two pieces of this one and always thought them beautiful but I’d moved them around a few times—in and out of the “make these next” piles of card parts, different storage options, and the like. The day I made this card, they moved from “make this sometime” to “make this NOW.” The design was too pretty to put off any longer. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it (the very reason, I suspect, that I kept moving it around in the first place). I first made a card base out of Stampin’s Up’s Misty Moonlight cardstock (item #153081), which matched the roses perfectly, while I continued to think. I use their cardstock for 99% of my card bases; this color is the regular 80-lb weight.

I must have had 3D things still in my subconscious after making the bird/flower card from a UK magazine kit in a previous post, because I was suddenly willing to sacrifice BOTH pieces of this pretty paper. I latched onto an idea of popping up some of the roses from one sheet on foam dots to give them dimension and make them 3D on the actual card. I cut out the two trio bunches for this and used Stampin’ Up’s self-adhesive Dimensionals underneath (item #104430, current). And then I used my Wink of Stella White and Clear glitter pens on top of all the lightest blue roses, because it’s been my go-to thing lately. I recently opened a new Clear one (item #141897, current) and am loving the amount of glitter it puts out. So fast and easy with an “Ooh, pretty!” punch. 🙂 The White one gives a nice whitewashed look (I only used it on the centers), but I didn’t think it was dramatic enough since the roses were already sketched with white too. It just softened the middles a little.

I was arbitrarily chatting while making this card (“Attempted Multitasking” is often my middle name), so I wasn’t feeling like complicating things further by sorting through my stamp sets, finding a sentiment that fit, hoping to ink and stamp the thing properly in between the dimensional roses—I needed more fast and easy. And then my eyes fell on some recent Paper Pumpkin sets I have stacked nearby. (Yes, Connie should make an effort to use these up more quickly—it will save space! 😂) I hadn’t even opened February 2021’s “Bouquet of Hope” kit yet but I thought there was something in there (consumable) that I could use, from what I was remembering from the promo pictures. Sure enough, sentiments in three languages, in die-cut sticker form. Perfect. And the English one even fit. No mess, no fuss, and I could nestle it into place without worrying about accidentally inking up 3D roses.

I decided to cut apart the “of” and “you” words because I didn’t like how close to the edge the “you” was falling, right where a right-handed person would hang onto the card. But what to do to make everything fit? Well, I ended up sticking the “of” to the top of the bottom dimensional roses and thinly chopping up Dimensional pads to fit under the part of the “f” that hung over the flower. That was tricky, yes. But it’s possible.

Then, time for embellishments! Stampin’ Up to the rescue again (and more gems used up!). I have previously hesitated on adding the Matte Black Dots (item #154284, current) to the top layers of my projects because they’re about 1/8” thick and I often “card” in layers, stacking things even higher. But here I could use them on the bottom layer without fear because the top layer would be against the envelope. 😁 I also scribbled some fake black dots onto the topmost rose trio since I didn’t want to chance them poking through the envelope when mailing. I used my black glitter brush from Art-C for that (very similar to Wink of Stella). I also added three champagne-colored gems from the Elegant Faceted Gems pack (item #152464, current) to the bottom layer to pick up the yellow/gold tones of the smaller flowers in the background. And that took care of the outside of the card.

I kept the inside even simpler. I have several ongoing card orders to fill all the time these days, and one is for a lady who likes a simpler style. (That’s hard for me, but she’s helping me learn it!) I did think of her while making both the outside and the inside of the card, wondering whether she would want it, so I deliberately left the inside blank with just a strip of leftover background paper at the edge of miscellaneous white writing space (a substitute would be Basic White cardstock, item #159276, current).

Connie Troyer, ConstantlyCreating.Me

And now I’ve used up all that pretty paper. But it was worth it. 😍

Here are the links for what I’ve used in today’s post:

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If you’d like to own any of these Stampin’ Up products yourself, you can go to my online store and shop with me at http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2202334. The retiring list for the current Annual catalog hits this Wednesday!! Lots of good stuff coming! (But the Mini is still active until May 3. 😉) Contact me if you’d like paper catalogs instead. 🙂 You can also use Host Code WMW62ECS during checkout and receive a free gift! Orders totaling $50 before tax and shipping can choose a free gift from me up to $8 retail value; I’ll ship it separately to your preferred address after the order is placed. You’ll also earn 1 reward point toward a total of 8, which will get you a free $40 order from me. (And once you hit 8 points, the counter starts over!)

If you’d like to join a Stampin’ Up team and become a demonstrator yourself, I’d love to have you! I’m working on achieving some “leveling up” requirements and would be thrilled to have someone new! No pressure about sales amounts from me, ever. I know what it’s like to lead and juggle a busy life around many priorities. If you’re interested, contact me any time or check out my joining link at http://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2202334.

Check back on Wednesday for the 2020-2021 Annual retiring list! And thanks for stopping by. 🥰

FREE SHIPPING at Stampin’ Up Today Only! (March 17) till Midnight!

FREE SHIPPING Today Only at stampinup.com! Check out with me for a free gift!

Heads up, crafters! Stampin’ Up is offering FREE SHIPPING for one day only—March 17—till midnight, on orders of $50 before tax/shipping are figured out! (If you have coupons to add to your order to lower the price, the total you will actually pay still needs to be $50 or above before tax.

With the catalogs coming to a close in a couple of months, this is a great time to stock up on any retiring In-Colors you may need or cardstock, which is heavy to ship. Bundled 10% off prices will generally be going away when the catalogs end too, so there’s not much time left to take advantage of that. Also, the retiring list for the Annual catalog hits next week, and things will start to fly off the online shelf quickly after that. This year’s retiring In-Colors are Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile.

To place an order in my online store, go to https://www.stampinup.com/?demoid=2202334, and you can use Host Code WMW62ECS for a free gift from me! You can choose your own gift of up to $8 retail with an order of $50 or more before tax and shipping (see how these numbers work out—free shipping and a free gift? Why not?!). Contact me if you have any questions!

Birthday Wishes with Stampin’ Up’s Dandy Garden Memories and More for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Make an easy birthday card (or any other occasion!) with the Dandy Garden Memories and More Card Pack!

Hello again, and welcome back to my blog! Thanks so much for being here. I’m hopping with my teammates from Amy Koenders’s Inkin’ Krew, and we are showcasing birthday cards this month.

I unexpectedly put most of this card together while gathering some supplies to gift another Stampin’ Up demonstrator friend. As I pulled cards for my friend to use from the Dandy Garden Memories and More Card Pack (item 154302), I realized that the larger grid card (which I consider the back of a “prettier” one) went well with the smaller colored dandelion card I’d also pulled. They just looked so nice beside each other that I had to do something about it. 🙂 Since there are two of each card in the card pack, I sent her one and made mine into a card right away.

I appreciate how the grid has that colored “frame” around it, which makes it look like another layer. It is just one card from the pack. I used the Night of Navy twine from the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack (item 154566) and wrapped it around the focal card, offsetting it, before adding Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 144108) onto the back. Then I centered the dandelion card high inside the grid. I took a piece of dragonfly paper from the Dandy Garden 6×6 Designer Series Paper (item 154297) pack and my Dragonflies Punch (item 154240) and punched a dragonfly that I could hover over a dandelion. I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (item 141897) over the entire dragonfly before adding cut-down Mini Dimensionals on the tips of the wings that are above the grid. Since I often do things out of order, I then added the cards to a card base from the Assorted Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack. My pack happens to be the now-retired Whisper White version, but the Basic White pack is available now (item 159234). I do have some of the Basic White items to use later.

Close-up of Wink of Stella on the wings

I decided to use what I’d made thus far for the birthday blog hop, so I searched my shelves for an appropriate sentiment that would fit in the space under the dandelion/dragonfly card. (Yeah, I didn’t plan ahead. But it still works.) I had several sentiments to choose from and went with the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set (item 152539), which is a new set to me. I love the size and fonts of the sentiments in it. I see me getting a lot of uses out of this particular stamp set. I picked the “It’s your day! Enjoy it” sentiment, lined it up on the grid of the card with my Stamparatus (item 146276), checked that the stamp was also straight on the grid of the plate, and inked it up with the In-Color Misty Moonlight ink (item 153118). Stampin’ Up’s In-Colors are only available for two years from the beginning of their release period. Luckily for me (because it’s one of my favorite colors), Misty Moonlight will be here through mid-2022 since it just came out last summer. I secondarily tested my inked stamp for alignment by first bringing the plate down to a sheet of the Small Grid Paper (item 149621), which fits the Stamparatus perfectly. I’ve found I’m happiest with my stamping that way. I cleaned my stamp with our Simply Shammy (item 147042).

I haven’t made the inside of the card because I’m not sure where it’s going yet. I’ll likely carry over some of the matching Designer Series Paper to the inside before I pick a sentiment.

To see the other birthday cards my team members made, check out their links below or use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons. This team never fails to impress and inspire!

If you’ve seen something you like, a purchase of $50 before tax and shipping through my online store gets you a free gift and a point to my reward system. And don’t forget that during the rest of the month of February, you’ll also get to choose a free gift from Stampin’ Up if you order in increments of $50 or more! Who doesn’t love free stuff?!

Thanks again for stopping by, and comment if I can help you!

  1. Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-gFY
  2. Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-4Pn
  3. Jillian Good – http://dyedwith.love/?p=126
  4. Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-41V
  5. Leslie Larkin – https://leslielarkin.com/a-touch-of-ink-stamp-set/
  6. Akiko Sudano – https://wp.me/paOv8E-2pi
  7. Connie Troyer – https://constantlycreating.me/2021/02/09/birthday-wishes-with-stampin-ups-dandy-garden-memories-and-more-for-amys-inkin-krew-blog-hop/
  8. Sue Prather – https://wp.me/p5yitZ-2qO
  9. Terry Lynn Bright – https://tlsbrightspot.com/2021/02/09/stampin-up-you-are-amazing/
  10. Donna Leonard – http://stampdabbles.com/?p=4327
  11. Tara Carpenter – https://tarabethstamps.blogspot.com/2021/02/stampin-up-prettiest-birthday-card-for.html
  12. Krista Yagci – https://www.thestampingnook.com/post/stampin-up-hey-birthday-chick-and-stitched-whimsy-dies-birthday-card
  13. Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-m62

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

“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

 

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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Last Chance Products (Retiring) AC (US)_June 2020

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. 🙂

Sale-a-Bration Reminders, New Product, and April Paper Pumpkin

Some Stampin’ Up “housekeeping” updates for my readers… Back with projects soon!

Hello there! I know I haven’t posted a lot recently, and I promise I’ll be sharing more soon. Thanks for keeping up with me in the meantime. I appreciate every one of my readers! For now, though, I wanted to give a quick reminder about Sale-a-Bration, show a new suite of products that you’ll be seeing more of soon, and let you know about April’s Paper Pumpkin details!

First, Sale-a-Bration (or SAB, as I often refer to it). News flash—it’s ending shortly! March 31 is the last day to order $50 or more in product (before tax and shipping) and receive a free something from Stampin’ Up in return. (There are items available for both “free with $50” and “free with $100” orders.) We have three free SAB products that have sold out already, since they are offered only as long as they last: 1) the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack; 2) the Kerchief Card Kit; and 3) most recently, the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. In addition, the Birthday Dies, which were with a Coordinating Product release, have also sold out.

Stampin’ Up did just release new SAB freebie products to choose from alongside the first batch, though, at the beginning of March. They are still available. And the Coordinating Product release that came between the first and second Sale-a-Bration freebie releases are products that (as you may have guessed) coordinate with something in the freebie brochures. So that I don’t slow down your internet that is increasingly important these days, I won’t attach the flyer pictures here. But here are links to access if you want to see the products in question (and I encourage you to do so!):

First and second SAB release brochure items: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/110100/sale-a-bration

Coordinating Products release items: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/111029/coordination-product-release

In addition, if you join up as a new demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31, 2020), you get the brand-new mini guillotine trimmer, a free stamp set, and a 6×6 sampler pack of most of the DSP packs available in the current Mini catalog. Great deal! And I’d love to have team members! My join-me link is https://ida.stampinup.com/en/?demoid=2202334 if you’re interested!

SAB Join Image_March 2020

Second on my updates list is “New Product.” That’s always fun, right? Stampin’ Up has just given demonstrators info about the new Ornate Garden Suite. It will be in the next Annual catalog and we are allowed to preorder items from it or the suite in its entirety for the rest of the month. And then it will be available for customers on April 1 as an early release!! I will add a flyer about that for you so you can see it and plan ahead. 🙂 There are two separate bundles in it along with separate embellishments, ribbon, Specialty DSP, and an embossing folder that can be purchased individually—or you can purchase the entire suite at once for $136.75! And let me tell you, I can’t wait to use those dies! Click on the link to see details about all the items and prices (really, do. I think the flyer is better than the image below!).

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My third update is about April’s Paper Pumpkin kit, available by subscription only. Here’s the news: it is a “fam-tastic” kit (focused on family: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother, or anyone who feels like family) and contains supplies for eight A2 cards (envelopes included). It uses the colors Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, and the stamp set includes stamps for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day along with an “I’ll always be here for you” stamp too! (Based on the image below, I’ll bet it has something to do with a tree—and maybe a bird too!) Subscribe through me at https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2202334 for your own by April 10. Subscriptions are available in 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions (you must call Stampin’ Up after your subscription ends or it—and the charges—will continue…though that’s more fun kits to play with…. 🙂 ). More good news is that the 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions will earn you free Sale-a-Bration rewards (through March 31), and all will give you access to past kits and refills! Hooray! More free stuff! 😀

April 2020 Paper Pumpkin shareable

Okay, that’s it. I’m sure this has been long enough. Thanks for reading! Now go make some cards or play with other crafting! There can never be enough crafting—or kindhearted crafters—in this world. Go be a blessing! 🙂 ❤