Get Retiring In Colors While You Can!

On May 31st, the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog will retire.  Many items will retire along with it, including stamp sets, accessories, embellishments, and more!  Although it is always sad to see favorite products retire each year, it is necessary to keep things fresh, as well as make room for all the new and exciting products that will be released when the NEW catalog comes out June 1st!  One of the most sought after products that retire each year are the retiring In Colors.  This year’s colors are among my favorites, and I am so sad to see them go!  So why am I mentioning this NOW, when there are still two and a half months left until the catalog retires?  Because once the retiring list is officially announced, everything retiring reverts to “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” status, and there WILL be a run on these colors.  It happens EVERY YEAR!  So to avoid disappointment later, I suggest stocking up on your favorites NOW, while there are still plenty available!

So which colors are officially retiring?  They are:

Which products are retiring?  ANY product that contains these colors.  So while the most obvious products are the ink pads, cardstock, markers, ribbon, etc., that also means that any accessories, washi tape, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, etc. that contain these colors will also retire as well!

 

To see the full line of 2016-2018 In Color products, please click HERE to visit the online store and shop! 
 
Stock up by March 31st, spend $50 or more, and get FREE Sale-a-Bration items as well!

 

If you have any questions about retiring products, please feel free to ask!
Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You Floral Card

The card I am sharing with you today was made for a team activity that I participated in earlier this month.  We were supposed to make a card for a teammate and send it to them as a “secret cardmaker” type of thing.  The catch was that we were supposed to use greens, golds, and glitter.  You can see how well I followed the directions!  LOL!  I actually completely forgot that we were supposed to use certain colors and realized it only after I put it in the mail, which of course, was too late to do anything about it!  Oops!

I used three different stamp sets on this card.  The first was the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, which I used to stamp on the gray background with Versamark.  I then used the Amazing You set for the flower, which is a Sale-a-Bration reward item!  And then finally, the sentiment is from the You’re Inspiring Set, which I heat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Basic Gray card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Gray layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Powder Pink layer:  3 x 3 inches

Whisper White layer: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Vellum, Pear Pizzazz, and White pieces for punches: 2 x 2 inches (or cut from scraps)

Other products that I used on this card include the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Baker’s Twine, and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  I used the Wink of Stella on the flower.  It’s hard to see but if you look closely, you can see some of the shine in the picture below:

Check out the links below for the full product list for this card.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Paper Pumpkin Spring Special!

NEW Paper Pumpkin promotion for April and May!  Subscribe by May 10th and get 50% off your first two months’ kits!  Here are the details:

  • Promotion is for new subscribers only.
  • Offer is available March 11th–May 10th, 2018.
  • Offer runs for 2 months.
  • Use code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout.
  • Discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.
  • Does not apply to prepaid codes.

To learn more about Paper Pumpkin, as well as see examples of past kits, please click HERE.

Feel free to contact me with questions!  Enjoy your weekend!

Nicolle

Simple Perennial Birthday Card

Today’s card is a super simple design!  It features the Perennial Birthday Stamp set, as well as the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background.  Colors are Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, and Daffodil Delight.  The flower is embellished in the center with a Clear Faceted Gem.

Measurements for this card are:

Dapper Denim Card Base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Lemon Lime Twist Middle Layer: 5-1/8 x 3-7/8 inches

Dapper Denim Top Layer: 5 x 3-13/16 inches

Lemon Lime Twist Strip: 5 x 1-1/2 inches

Whisper White Strip: 5 x 1-1/4 inches

Sometimes it’s good to just keep things simple!  A simple card and a simple message are sometimes the best way to get your point across!  (And it’s quick and easy to make too!)

If you have any questions about my project today, please don’t hesitate to ask!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

Springtime Foils and Beautiful Day Birthday Card PLUS NEW Sale-a-Bration Offerings

Thank you for checking in today!  It’s definitely been awhile since my last post!  Last Wednesday night, we had a huge snowstorm on the East Coast that knocked out my cable, internet, and phone for three days.  Then on Friday, I woke up with a little sniffle and chest congestion that ended up turning into four days sick in bed.  It was a pretty rough week!  Although everything is back up and running tech wise, I am still not feeling 100% better, though am at the point where I feel good enough to start posting again!  If you checked in while I was out, I apologize that there was nothing new for a bit!  Thanks so much for checking back!  🙂

Today’s card was made with the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and Beautiful Day stamp set.  Early last week, I posted a card made with a different design of this paper, which I had colored with Stampin’ Blends Markers.  (See it HERE.)  For today’s card, I left the paper as is, and just added a gold foil layer, as well as a gold heat embossed sentiment.  I love the foil designs and accents of the paper, and think it’s elegant enough that it needs very little extra embellishment!  I think this card would also make a very pretty wedding card…the birthday sentiment would just have to be switched to a wedding one!

Don’t forget, the Springtime Foils Paper is only available with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Sale-a-Bration!  There’s only a couple of weeks left, so scoop this paper up while you have the chance!  The final day of Sale-a-Bration is March 31st!

Speaking of Sale-a-Bration, Stampin’ Up! just released a whole new set of items that can be earned for FREE between now and March 31st!  These are regular catalog items that can be earned with a $50-100 purchase!  The only catch is that you need to use the special Sale-a-Bration item numbers shown below to get them for free.  Using the regular catalog numbers will add them to your cart at the regular catalog price!  Check out the new items just added below:

To shop, please visit the online store HERE.

Here’s a last look at today’s card so you can see the shine of the paper and sentiment!  Isn’t that gold and silver just gorgeous?

Thanks again for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

A Waterfront Tropical Island Friendship Card

As I write this post, we are getting hit with 8-15 inches of snow!  This may be a short post, as my lights have flickered a couple of times, so I need to try to get this up quick in case we lose power!  Ugh!

This card was made using the Waterfront stamp set!  I made a tropical island scene and paired it with a sentiment about friendship.  I decided to keep it simple on purpose, as I loved the scene and colors, so decided to forgo any additional embellishments!  I borrowed the color scheme from fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett.  I saw some cards she made on her Pinterest page, and loved the “beachy” colors she chose!  The full color scheme is as follows:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Sahara Sand card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Pool Party middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

 

 

The Waterfront stamp set is super versatile, and has LOTS of great images and sentiments!  This gorgeous set is photopolymer and contains 16 stamps.  The set includes different trees, mountains, water, and more!  Check out the full set below:
I’m going to wrap it up there for today!  Fingers crossed the power doesn’t go out!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  Thank you!

Nicolle

 

Three Shades of Green for Our March Team Facebook Hop!

Each month, a number of demonstrators from my upline’s team (myself included) participate in a team Facebook hop.  Each month has a theme, and we all create projects based on that theme.  We then each link to a different person on the list, and you go page to page using the links to see everyone’s projects!  Once you get back to the person you started with, the hop is complete!  Facebook and blog hops are a great way  to see lots of different projects, and get lots of ideas and inspiration!  If you are visiting my blog from the Facebook hop for March, WELCOME!  I hope you will check back again soon!

For this month’s hop, our theme is “Three Shades of Green”. My first thought of course was to make a St. Patrick’s Day themed project, but then decided to go with a large butterfly instead!  For this card, I used the largest butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies as the focus, along with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set.  The full Butterflies Thinlits set includes three dies:

Note: in order to make the butterfly fit on the card and leave room for the sentiment, I trimmed the little tails from the bottom of the wings.

The three greens I used for this card are:

The glimmer paper that the butterfly is cut from may be a fourth green, OR it may coordinate with Lemon Lime Twist…it’s just listed as “light green” in the description of the paper, so I am not 100% sure which green it is supposed to be!  I think it looks like Lemon Lime Twist though, so we’ll go with that!
The base of this card is Garden Green, with a Pear Pizzazz middle layer.  The butterfly is cut from the green glimmer paper using the Big Shot, with a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back to make adhering the butterfly easy and mess free!  Also, I stamped some ink spots/blotches on the background using a stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green to match the base.  The card is also embellished with a few iridescent sequins, to give it a little extra sparkle and shine!

 

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Garden Green card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Pear Pizzazz middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches
Green Glimmer Paper and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet:  cut to fit butterfly

 

If you would like to see the rest of the projects on the hop, please visit my Facebook page starting at 8:00 PM EST on March 7th, find the post for this card, and then click through the links until you get back to my page!  (I would love it if you liked my page while you’re there as well!)  Please note that the projects will NOT be posted on Facebook until 8:00 PM on the 7th!  Please click HERE to visit my Facebook page!

 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my project!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You with the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set

Tulips are hands down my favorite Spring flowers, but daffodils are a close second!  So when I saw the You’re Inspiring stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I immediately put it on my wish list!  This set is perfect for multiple Spring occasions, and includes sentiments for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more!  It includes 8 rubber stamps and comes in both Wood Mount or Clear Mount.  Here’s what the full set looks like:

The flowers on the card are colored with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I used both the light and dark shades of both.  I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them once the ink was completely dry.  I then framed the flowers with one of the Lots of Labels Framelits and cut them out using the Big Shot.  I also used my Stamparatus to stamp the “Kind thoughts for you” sentiment multiple times in the background!

The measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored and folded in half)

Night of Navy top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (used both for daffodil piece and punched piece with sentiment)

Other items used on this card include the Classic Label Punch, Linen Thread, and Pearl Basic Jewels!

Check out the supply list below for everything you need to make this card!

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Coloring Springtime Foils Paper with Stampin’ Blends Markers

The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of three new rewards items, now available during Sale-a-bration!  It was released on February 16th, and can ONLY be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) through March 31st!  This gorgeous new paper features 3 sheets each of 4 different foil designs on white paper, and measures 12 x 12 inches in size.  All of the designs are printed in silver, gold, and/or rose gold foil, giving a very elegant look to this paper!  Patterns include polka dots, florals, and stripes:

For today’s card, I used the second pattern shown in the picture above.  It features large roses and leaves in rose gold foil.  I colored the paper with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers, and used both the light and dark versions of each color.  The paper is very thick, with an almost glossy finish, so the finished result of the blending is different than on regular paper, but is still very pretty!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Black middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP Layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Black and Whisper White scraps for sentiment piece

I used a sentiment from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set, as well as the Pretty Label punch to frame it.  To make the backing layer of the sentiment, I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the same punch and cut it in half lengthwise, then adhered it to the back of the stamped sentiment piece, slightly offset to look like a separate layer.  I also embellished the card with 3/8 inch Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, as well as pearls colored with the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the color of the flowers!

While I love the look of this paper with added color, it also looks great as is!  (You can find some gorgeous samples on Pinterest, or just by simply Googling “Stampin’ Up Springtime Foils Paper”.)  I will be posting another card later this week where I did not color the paper (though with a different pattern from the package).  I hope you’ll check back later this week to see it!

Remember, Sale-a-Bration is ending March 31st!  Once it’s over, this gorgeous paper will be gone for good!  To get yours, simply place an order of $50 or more in the online store before March 31st!

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

The Importance of Handmade Cards

Just got internet and cable back after a CRAZY storm yesterday!  We never lost power, thank goodness!  I wanted to post this earlier, but couldn’t get on my computer to do it.  Better late than never!

Since becoming a demonstrator, I send lots of handmade cards to friends and family!  And I love to see how they brighten people’s day!  Why not make a handmade card for someone YOU love this weekend?  🙂

Nicolle