Friday, June 30, 2017

At Home with You

Well today I head off to my daughters house in Jefferson City, MO to dog sit my grand dog, while hubby holds down the fort with our three dogs!  She was going to kennel him while she goes on a float trip, but that would get expensive for her, so I'll ride the train down and have fun with him.

I was able to pre-order this stamp set and framelits a month before the catalog when live.  It looks like a versatile set.  I found out last week that my cousin has moved his mother in with them, so I wanted to send her a card, I'm sure it will be a big adjustment for all of them, she lived in her home for 51 years!  A fellow demonstrator shared this card on a Demonstrator only Facebook page, thank you Karla D. for sharing your card!!  It is a total CASE too.

This card was very involved, so I would not make this for a swap!  You can click on the picture to enlarge it to see it better.

Stamp set: At Home with You
Framelits: At Home
Brick Wall embossing folder
Card stock: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Inks: Sahara Sand and Memento Black
Markers: Pool Party, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Crushed Curry
Retired Gold ink for the door handle

This set will also be good for those special Christmas cards too!

Thank you for coming by and have a great week-end too!  Mary

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Retired Stampin' Up! Blog Hop June 2017

Welcome to the very first blog hop made up of members from the Retired Stampin' Up! Products for Sale Facebook page.  Today's theme is Fourth of July and every project is made with retired Stampin' Up! products.  We are very excited to show you our creations and hope to make our hops something that you will follow each month.

For these two cards I used the retired Too Kind and Love Sparkles stamp sets.  The Too Kind stamp set is really a flower set, but if you turn the flower upside down it makes a perfect firework!  I used the Celebrate and the stars from the Love Sparkles stamp set, also retired, which I embossed with Silver embossing powder.   I used Whisper White, Real Red and Night of Navy card stock.  I also used the Star embossing folder, on the base layer, which is also retired.  I'm very happy with how the cards turned out!  Need a closer look, just click on the picture and it will be enlarged for you!

You can continue to hop from blog to blog from the line-up below to see all the projects.  Please feel free to leave comments as you hop along the way.  We hope to see you again!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daisy Delight Sympathy

Hello everyone.  Last week I was in need of another sympathy card.  My Dad's friend from the country school that they attended together passed away, so I told my Aunt that I would make his wife a card to send to her.  I hope I don't need to make anymore anytime soon!

I was inspired by Amy O. and her thinking of you card, she used the Brick embossing folder and I used the Hardwood Background stamp, which I stamped off once for a softer background.  It was a simple card, which I'm liking more and more.

Stamp set: Hardwood, Daisy Delight and Flourishing Phrases
Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Black Memento
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Whisper White
DSP is retired
Daisy Punch

You could use this lay-out for any type of card.  Thanks for coming by!  Mary

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weather Together Doodle Flowers

Oh my, I forgot to set up my blog post for today, so here it is a little bit late.

I was watching a video by Dena Rekow on how to do doodle flowers and she used a cute water can, but I don't have that stamp set, so I thought the flowers coming out of a upside down umbrella would make a cute holder for my flowers!  I do need to practice with this technique some more but really there is no right or wrong way to do them!

Pretty easy and simple to do as there is no right or wrong, just how you like it!!

Stamp set: Weather Together
Card stock: Night of Navy, Rose Red 
Watercolor Paper
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Rose Red, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach
Black Archival Ink
Project Life Journaling Pen 01--retired

Be back next week!  Mary

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool Treats Birthday

I finally got my Cool Treats stamp set out and the matching Framelits to make my Dad a birthday card.  He LOVES ice cream, so I think this card is appropriate for him!  I was inspired by Patty B. card.  Oh my Dad is turning 90 on June 23rd!!

I did use the retired Tasty Treats DSP, which really did a lot of the work for me!

Now the ice cream dish looks black in this picture but I did use Silver Foil, which I also used to cut out the spoon too.  This card is pretty flat, so it shouldn't need any extra postage, I made three cards while I had all the supplies out!

Stamp set: Cool Treats
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso
Silver Foil card stock
Tasty Treats DSP
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Craft White
Oval Stitched Framelits
Scallop Oval Framelits

Thank you for coming back to see me, I appreciate it.  Mary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Wild Ride

Well as I mentioned on Monday, I would share my card with you today.  This is the card kit I received from Erica Cerwin, but I changed the image from what she had suggested to use.  I don't know anyone who rides a motorcycle, but I maybe able to find someone to give this too!

This uses the retired Urban Underground DSP, and I did make the focal larger then what she had suggested, but I do like how it turned out too!

Here is the inside of the card.

It was a pretty simple card to make and I like how it turned out too!

Stamp set:  One Wild Ride
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Urban Underground-retired
Ink: Black Memento 
Layering Square Framelits

Now I need to get busy and make my Dad's birthday card!  Thanks for coming by.....Mary

Monday, June 12, 2017

Built It Framelits

Good Monday to all of you, I hope your week-end was a great one.

I was busy yesterday trying to clean the house some but I also allotted some time too for crafting.
I wanted to finish making my two Father's Day cards so that I can get one of them mailed out to my uncle in Iowa.

I received a card kit in the mail from Erica Cerwin to make a card with the One Wild Ride, but I wanted to use the retired Built It Framelits.  My Dad use to be a carpenter and my uncle is a great mechanic, so those tools would be perfect for their cards.

Now the kit had some retired Urban Underground DSP, but there was not enough for two cards.  So being a crafty crafter, I decided to make my own DSP.  I used the Work of Art for the zigzag part of the DSP and for the small circles I used the letter "O" from a retired alphabet set and then a fine tip of the Black SU marker.  I really like how well my DSP turned out too!

Here is my version of the Urban Underground DSP.

Here is the original DSP.

Wednesday I will share the card that I made with this card base.

Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Delightful Dijon, retired
Ink: Black Memento
Stamp Set: Nailed It, retired, sentiment on the inside of card
Built It Framelits
Silver Foil
Layering Square Framelits

Thanks for coming and make sure you drop back by on Wednesday to see my other card too!  Mary

Friday, June 9, 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Well it will be a sad week-end at our house, my husband's uncle by marriage, passed away from the cancer he has been fighting.  He was a wonderful man and we will all miss him.

It seems that my go-to stamp set for men's sympathy cards is Lovely As A Tree.  This stamp set was first offered by Stampin' Up! back in 2001!  One year at Convention, Shelli made mention about this set and all the demonstrators where saying AWWW and she said, no no, we are not retiring it and we all clapped!  It truly is a very versatile stamp set.

I did make this card 5" x7", as I sent a laminated copy of the obituary to my husbands aunt.  I used the card base and envelopes that you can find at the big box store, M, for this card.

I made a frame to go around the stamped image and added color with my sponges.  Clean, simple and very mailable too, which I'm finding I like very much.

Stamp set: Lovely As A Tree and Flourishing Phrases
Card stock: Whisper White and Early Espresso
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive

Thank you for coming by and I appreciate you coming too!  Mary

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daisy Delight

The Daisy punch has been wildly popular with demonstrators so much so that they were sold out before the catalog even went live and are on back order as of right now.  Last I checked, they will be available again around June 26th.  Have no fear, the coordinating stamp set can make some really cute cards without the punch.  Here is some interesting information that Stampin' Up!  has shared with their demonstrators:

On average, Stampin' Up sells about 7,000 of any given punch in a year. Knowing that the Daisy Punch would be popular, the initial order quantity (a four-month supply) was 10,000—more than a year’s supply for a typical punch. Then, in the first two weeks of the preorder, demonstrators bought 7,200!  As soon as Stampin' Up saw how quickly it was selling, two additional orders were placed. Unfortunately, those take time to produce. After negotiating with the manufacturer and upgrading the shipping method more punches are exepected by June 26 and then an additional order in July.

I found a card made by Pat Tecza and had to give it a try.  I did change mine just a bit, but I like how clean and simple it turned out and very mailable too!  I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I repeated two of the flowers and stamped a sentiment from a retired set.  You could easily make some splatters to the background, if you desired.

I did use some retired ribbon, but everything else is current product.

Stamp set: Daisy Delight and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card stock: Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz
Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron and Pear Pizzaz

Hope you have a great day!  Mary

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone, did you miss me last week?  My family decided to have a family garage sale and we all worked on getting it set up for last Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  So I was too busy with that to make any cards and let me tell you, I really missed my creative time in my craft room too!

The card I'm sharing today is one I made for a recent online order, with a thank you note inside and a few goodies too, that I received from one of my customers, who can't use a birthday card!  I wanted to try the new Happy Birthday Thinlit.  It does have a coordinating stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, but I decided I wanted to use the circles in a stamp set called Happy Celebrations.  Makes for a quick card too!

I used Rose Red and the new Lemon Lime Twist for a fun color combo.  The card stock is also Rose Red.  Rose Red is very close in color to the new Berry Burst.  The colors are so much sharper in real life and I really like how it turned out!

Thank you for stopping by, see you Wednesday!  Mary