Monday, May 21, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Fruit Basket

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   We're getting close to the end of the Stampin' Up year. Loads of products in the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog are retiring as of May 31st. One suite of products that I'm sad to see go is the Fruit Basket Suite from the Occasions Catalog. This suite has an adorable stamp set, "Fruit Basket"; a set of mini punches, Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack; and fun Tutti Frutti Designer Series Papers.  I made a set of cards using these products and I'll be using this design in a shoebox swap that I'm attending later this week. All the cards use the same design, but they're each a bit different.

The larger piece of DSP measures 3-3/4" by 3-1/4" and the smaller piece is 3-3/4" by 2-1/4". I adhered these pieces to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Whisper White Card Stock mat (the bottom piece overlaps the top piece a bit). I wrapped a length of ribbon--this one uses the retiring Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon around the card at the DSP seam and then adhered it to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base. 

I cut a Whisper White circle using one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered it to a Crushed Curry scalloped circle that I cut with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I adhered this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the pears on a strip of Whisper White Card Stock in Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake Ink. I stamped the outline of the bowl onto the same strip in Crumb Cake Ink and then filled it in with the coordinating stamp, also in Crumb Cake. I used the Itty Bitty pear punch to punch out the pears and I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the bowl. I adhered the bowl and pears to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Fruit Basket" stamp set twice in Lemon Lime Twist onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I used my Paper snips to cut out the individual elements and I adhered them to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here's another version of the card using the pineapples stamp and punches. The pineapples are stamped in Crush Curry and Lemon Lime Twist. The bowl outline is stamped in Crumb Cake and filled in with Lemon Lime Twist. The ribbon is (returning!) Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon.

And here's my favorite version of the card using the kiwi DSP. I used the citrus stamps and punch to make the kiwi slices in Lemon Lime Twist and Memento Tuxedo Black Inks. The ribbon is the retiring Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon.

As of today, all these products are still available to order, but don't delay because things are selling out quickly. You can still get the Fruit Basket bundle--"Fruit Basket" stamp set and Itty Bitty Fruit Punch pack--for a 10% discount over purchasing the items separately (item 145977 $35).  REMINDER: retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.











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Friday, May 18, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Cool Treats

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   A couple of years ago, I was chosen to be a display stamper at one of Stampin' Up's events. It was my first time being chosen and I was thrilled at the prospect. When you are a display stamper, Stampin' Up sends you products from an upcoming catalog release before anyone else gets hold of them and you make samples with these items for the displays at the event. I thought it would be fun and I always like to be one of the first to know about anything. And it was fun--but it was also daunting. In the end, I made some great samples that I was very proud of, and just like childbirth, I forgot the associated pain and volunteered to do it again this spring. This time, however, it was less daunting and more fun. I'll volunteer again (and again) if Stampin' Up will have me!

That first time, I was sent the "Cool Treats" stamp set and matching Frozen Treats Framelits.  The framelits were so new, that I just received a cello bag with them inside--no nice packaging. I didn't care because it was new and exciting. 

I've used that set and the framelits lots of times in the couple of years it's been in the catalog. I've made some pretty cute cards with it (if I do say so myself), including this one. I didn't want to let it retire without using it one last time. I actually had a few "card parts" in with the bag o'framelits that I used to make the Very Vanilla Card Stock ice cream scoops and Early Espresso Ink-on-Whisper White Cardstock chocolate topping! I cut two Crumb Cake cones and Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay sprinkles.

To build the card, I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I stamped a sentiment from the "Cool Treats" stamp set in Bermuda Bay at the bottom. Then I adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Lemon Lime Twist mat and then onto a 4" by 5-1/4" Bermuda Bay mat. I wrapped a length of (retiring) Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon around this before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock Card Base.

Next, I cut a Whisper White circle with a Stitched Shapes Framelit and a Lemon Lime Twist scalloped circle with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I adhered these to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I adhered the ice cream cone parts to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, too--all except the sprinkles, which I adhered the sprinkles with Fine-Tip Glue.

If you want to make some fun ice cream cards, you'll have to act fast before the "Cool Treats" stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits retire! REMINDER: retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.

 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Rose Wonder


#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I really love the "Rose Wonder" stamp set and matching Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. These two products make elegant cards for so many occasions--birthday, wedding, sympathy.  I even like it for cards of encouragement, like today's card. The scripture verse is one of my favorites. I've made loads of cards with this set and this is the last one before it goes into the retired box. 

I actually had a couple of "card parts" on my desk top. I had the two leaves already cut from Night of Navy Card Stock. I love navy and white together (and so does Stampin' Up--wait until you see the cover of the new catalog)!

I stamped the scripture stamp in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shape Framelit. I also cut a scalloped Night of Navy Card Stock square with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Night of Navy panel and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. I adhered the leaves to the back of the square element with Snail Adhesive and then adhered the square to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a bit of Fine-Tip Glue to the tips of the leaves to secure them to the card.

This card was so easy and I love the simple elegance. Remember, if you want the "Rose Wonder" stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits, you'll have to act fast. They retire at the end of this month, but retiring stamp sets are only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. Don't miss out!!











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