Woohoo! New Clearance Items to be had!

The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack has been updated. Everything is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out on bargains up to 80% off! It’s never too early to get those holiday projects started — Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas and more!

To make things easier, I’ve posted EVERYTHING on clearance below. Just click to order!

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Awesome Weekly Deals!

Today’s the day to get these awesome items ON SALE! This promotion only lasts a week, so don’t wait. I think this is one of the best selections yet!
 

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Sneak Peek of upcoming Weekly Deals!

Guess what? Stampin’ Up! has released a sneak peek of the Weekly Deals that start tomorrow! So, even though you won’t have to stay up until 12:01 a.m. just to see what they are, you’ll want to stay up so you can order. I pretty much want every single thing on this list!

The images below show the products that will be on sale, but don’t reflect the sale price. To see the sale prices, go to stampinup.com and click on Weekly Deals.

Today is the LAST DAY to purchase this week’s deals on sale! Click on the image to buy!

Baby Bumblebee and PPA 244

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One of my friends recently had a baby, a sweet little boy she named Charlie. I wanted to make a card to send along with a gift, but I was a little stumped because she isn’t a traditional fluffy-animals-and-pastels kind of person.

I realized the Baby Bumblebee stamp would be the perfect reflection of the homesteading lifestyle she and her husband lead.

If you’ve see other projects I’ve made, you’ll realize this is very similar to the Seed Packet Card I made, right down to the paper choices. I just felt the colors would be perfect for this card, so why change them? I love it when I can CASE myself!

*** The Honeycomb Textured Impressions Folder is one of the Weekly Deals, which ends at midnight tonight! This is a fun and versatile TIEF that I have used time and time again, and a steal at $5.96! Click on the image below to purchase!) ***

I’m also entering this in the PPA244 Sketch Challenge, which looks like this:

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Here’s what I used to make this card (in addition to Sizzix Scallop Framelits bought through Sizzix.com):

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A spider, wine and Paper Players Challenge 236

So yesterday I shared the party invitations I made using the Flower Patch stamp set, Flower Fair Framelits (say that three times fast) and the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die.

As I was making those invitations, I wondered what the white scalloped background would look like on white card stock. The latest Paper Players Clean and Simple Challenge gave me just the reason to find out!

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As I mentioned in my last post, I had a few scallop die cuts that I messed up by not realizing the top of the die was a little off the card stock when I cut it. For this challenge, I used one of those rejects, trimming it up and adding it to the lower half of the Whisper White card base.

I love the white-on-white look! I think it adds just enough interest and texture without dominating the card or making it too busy.

I originally intended to stamp a sentiment directly on the card stock in the top right corner, but a spider ran across my desk. And I had a glass of wine on my desk. In the ensuing mayhem, I somehow got a small smudge of Tempting Turquoise on the white scallop.

Sooo…enter my Window Word Punch and my favorite sweet sentiment from the Hello Love stamp set to cover the boo-boo. I actually like the empty white space in the corner, so it turned out to be a happy accident.

(In case you’re wondering, both the spider and my wine survived, although the spider was relocated outdoors.)

Inks I used: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive.

Embellishments: Subtles Candy Dots and a sequin from the In-Color Sequin Assortment.

Here’s the product list:

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Weekly Deals, Sale-A-Bration and Paper Pumpkin, oh my!

It’s me again, with another post! I didn’t want to include this information on my last post, because I thought it might get lost. And, this news is too big to risk getting lost!

First, more new items have been added to the Sale-A-Bration promotion! Remember, for every $50 in product you purchase through March 31, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE. Click on the magpie to the right to place your order and take advantage of this promotion while it lasts! You can see the original SAB brochure by clicking on it to the right. (Note: Blendabilities are no longer available.)

These are the latest additionss:

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This is the previous group of additions:

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Lots of great stuff while supplies last!

In other news: Here are the Weekly Deals! These prices are good through Monday, so don’t hesitate if you have been wanting any of these products (Chocolate Chip Chevron Ribbon, I’m looking at YOU!)

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And last, but certainly not least, Check out the March Paper Pumpkin! You can get three months of straight-to-your-door craft kits for just $54.85, shipping included! This price is good through March 31. Order for yourself or for a gift! Awesome deal!

Partying in the Flower Patch

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One of my favorite people in the world is turning 80 soon and asked if I would make the invitations for her birthday club group.

This was exciting for two reasons:

1. I was honored she trusted me to do this for her.

2. I had been wanting the Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair Framelits Bundle since forever, and this gave me just the reason to order it.

As I was placing my order, I remembered this card I admired on the Pals Blog Hop, which used the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die as a lattice. Before I saw it “in action,” the awesomeness of this die had escaped me. It was one of those things I kept overlooking during my nearly daily perusal of the Annual Catalog. I figured it would be a good companion to the Flower Patch bundle, and a nice way to dress up any card in the future, so I added it to my order.

Wow.

Best. Order. Ever.

Not only are these products beautiful on their own, they’re A-MA-ZING together. And, all three are so versatile! There is a seemingly unending combination of colors and flower styles for the Flower Patch stamp set alone. The Flower Fair Framelits can be used with patterned paper or inks and look great either way. The Striped Scallop Thinlits Die can be cut in any color for looks ranging from sweet to dramatic, and used as a whole piece or cut to make a trellis, a border, etc. Add to that the range of card stock bases and… mind blown!

I can tell this is the beginning of a beautiful love affair.

As you can see by my photo, I decided to go with a variety of springtime colors. My color choices for card stock were: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder. There was no science to this, I just went with what I had on hand. Most were in the Subtles card stock assortment. I cut out a whole bunch of flowers and experimented with different main colors and accent colors. For the most part I ended up with:

* A two-layer pink flower using Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Rose Red. I used a Glue Dot to adhere a Strawberry Slush sequin from the In Color Sequin Assortment to accent the center.

* A flower stamped with Wisteria Wonder, accented with a So Saffron Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots . Tip: I stamped two images for each flower, cutting out then layering the first two rows of petals over another flower using a dimensional.

* A one-layer sunflower stamped with Daffodil Delight, with a center stamped in Soft Suede.

* Leaves stamped in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive (darker color). Tip: I found it easier to stamp the darker color first.

* For the Wisteria Wonder base, I substituted the Wisteria Wonder flower for one stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe.

I used the “Celebrate” sentiment from the Celebrate Today stamp set and hand cut around the word to make a banner. I adhered the banner to the card using dimensionals, and stamped a flower on the inside of each invitation (not shown).

This was a pretty labor-intensive project, but fun! Here are some things that could have cut down on the work, had I thought of them ahead of time:

* BUY TRANSFER ADHESIVE SHEETS! — My upline, Brian King, did a great tutorial on these sheets that you can see here. I didn’t think to order these sheets, but they are great for adhering Thinlits. I used Multipurpose Glue, which was very time consuming because of the thinness of the die cut. Needless to say, these will be in my next order.

* Decide on your flower colors beforehand. — I was so excited about getting the set and getting started on this project, that I went crazy stamping and cutting out flowers in all kinds of colors. By the time I realized I just needed to decide on three with accompanying embellishments, I had a whole garden. (Thankfully, I can use them on other projects!) Pinterest is a good source of inspiration for color and layering combinations since it turns out about a million other people ordered this stamp set before I did.

* Measure twice and cut once. — I messed up a couple of my scalloped backgrounds by not realizing the top of the die was off the paper. Sure, I’ll be able to use those for other things, but when you’re trying to cut a dozen for a specific project, it can be frustrating. Don’t forget to use wax paper in between the die and card stock for easier removal.

Here’s what I used on this project:

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Here’s what I wish I used: