In my last post, I mentioned there were several items in my recent “investment” box that I’d been anxious to play with. Well, two of those items are featured in today’s share. Both of them are background stamps – the Corner Garden and the Hardwood stamp. The Corner Garden stamp – for me – just seems to beg to be paired with the Hardwood Stamp. My brain easily imagines the two of them together – so that’s what I did today. Take a look-see:
I started by inking the Hardwood Stamp with Smoky Slate ink. Then, I laid my Smoky Slate mat on top of the stamp, and carefully rubbed all over the card stock – insuring that I got all areas of the stamp. That’s usually the easiest way to deal with the background stamps – they’re so big that they can be a little unwieldy to stamp in the “regular” fashion – but doing it this way works every time! I stamped the Corner Garden onto my Vellum Card Stock in the same manner, this time using Versamark Ink. I sprinkled it with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up. And then I spent some time playing with my Stampin’ Write Markers. The heat embossed outlines made it easy to flood the areas with color – and any boo-boos wiped right off with a paper towel!
I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure my sentiment would be exactly where I wanted it, and stamped it in Memento Black ink. That sentiment is from the retiring Bloom with Hope hostess set (yes, another fun thing in my last box!). I love this set – the flowers are wonderful and the sentiments are lovely and written in a beautiful font! Once the ink was very dry (I helped it a little with the Heat Tool), I edged the Vellum with my Blackberry Bliss marker and then I spread very tiny amounts of Liquid Multipurpose Glue on the back behind the flowers. I stuck the vellum art piece onto the hardwood-printed mat, and then added a couple of Glue Dots into the top right hand corner – where I decided I’d stick a butterfly (as art and as a cover-up!). By this time, my design had evolved in my head and was telling me this needed to be a spring garden with flutter-bys fluttering all around in it!
I stamped the Corner Garden onto another piece of vellum, this time in Blackberry Bliss. Then I cut out the medium size butterfly from the Butterfly Basics Bundle (still available with the special offer thru the end of the month!) from the stamped vellum and from a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock. I stuck the two pieces together with a few glue dots just under the body segment of the butterfly. Adding some pearls finished it off and hid the glue dots, too. I luvs me some pearls! 🙂
I punched out some Bitty Butterflies with my….Bitty Butterfly Punch….from the stamped vellum and a bit more Blackberry Bliss CS. They were attached together in the same fashion as their larger compatriot, and adhered around the card with little dabs of Multi-purpose Liquid Glue. I just wanted it to look like they were flittering and fluttering about around a spring garden. I kind of think I achieved that! I popped the finished card front onto my Blackberry Bliss card base, and the front was done!
The inside started with some more of the Smoky Slate Card Stock, and this time I used the flowers from the Bloom with Hope set. I colored the flowers and the stem separately with my Blackberry Bliss and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped twice without re-inking, re-inked and stamped a third time. The sentiment, from the same set, is in Blackberry Bliss. And….done!
Obviously, it would be wonderful to never NEED a sympathy card, but….it’s darned handy to have one in your stash should the need arise. I’m quite pleased with how this one turned out – and I’m in love with these stamp sets! I’d highly recommend grabbing the Bloom with Hope set before it’s gone. And – don’t forget that you can still get the Butterfly Basics – either the bundle or the thinlits by themselves – thru the end of the month, at a special price and with a fun SAB item (when you buy the bundle)!
1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20! (so if you already have the Butterfly Basics stamp set, you’ll be able to complete the bundle at a great discount!
2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!
Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)
The retired list shopping pages have been updated, as have these links.
Order deadlines for the retiring items:
- Phone: Tuesday, June 2, 2015; 6:50 PM (MT)
- Online: Tuesday, June 2, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT)
Click here to go straight to my online store to start shopping these retiring products and stocking up! Remember – even though the stamp sets will be available at least through May 26, everything else on the list is available only while supplies last so shop early for the best selection!
When you DO order, don’t forget to use my April Hostess Code (unless you hit the $150 mark with your order and then you’ll want to use your OWN hostess code!!). This code – and your free gift – applies even when buying discounted retiring products!
TTFN and LLAP
APRIL 1 – 30 HOSTESS CODE: JMYYMNGF Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for April is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!
WEEKLY DEALS FOR 21 – 27 Apr 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 27 Apr!
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (Card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Butterfly die cut and punches
Smoky Slate Card Stock: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″(Hardwood stamped mat); 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (Inner liner)
Vellum Card Stock: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (art piece); butterfly die cut and punches
Shop the Clearance Rack here.
Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!
Stampin’ Up! is also retiring My Digital Studio and all products are discounted 30 percent off retail. Here are the PDF and sortable lists for the retiring My Digital Studio products:
Backorder Report – as of 23 apr 15
Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.
132061: Pleasant Poppies Wood Stamp Set
135002: An Open Heart Clear Stamp Set
136835: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set
131174: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad
131175: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad
126200: Stampin’ Scrub
130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks
135294: Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
118484: Clear-Mount Block E
129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch
133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets
Date to be Determined
122797: Love & Sympathy Clear Stamp Set
126422: Blooming with Kindness Clear Stamp Set
126532: By the Seashore Clear Stamp Set
127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
131195: 2013-2015 In Color 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
133982: Itty Bitty Baby Clear Stamp Set
135804: Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases
135806: Crumb Cake Cut & Ready Card Bases
Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
130148: Grid Paper
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
137951: So You Project Kit
Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
119859: Large Oval Punch
122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon