Thursday, April 29, 2010

Retiring Orchid Opulence

Card Club was Tuesday night.  While preparing and planning, I looked through my collection of cardstock and Designer Series Paper, deciding what needed to be used up before the colors bid a fond farewell.  Orchid Opulence is one of those colors and I still had some Shades of Spring DSP left, so I decided this would make a good substitute card from my original planned card.  I wanted to make the MOM card from my previous post, but decided this was a better choice.  The stamp set, Messages for MOM, and the embosslit, Scalloped Heart of Hearts, are both found in the Occasion Mini Catalog that expires on Friday.  If you haven't placed your order yet, call me at 221-0978.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MOM

Ready for some of the New/Old In-Colors?  I've liked this color combination since I first put them together last year, so when I found out the Pacific Point is coming back, and I still had some of the cardstock, I was very happy.  My original plan was to use this card for my card club, but decided I'd better stick with current colors for now.  Instead, I'll put this to good use and give it to my mother.  She truly is always there for me, helping me around the house when I'm feeling overwhelmed with my many responsibilities, and helping out with the kids when needed.  The background uses the new Lattice folder and makes a beautiful texture.  My mother loves nature, so will appreciate the little birdie.

Happy Stampin,


Twila

Monday, April 26, 2010

Medallion

     The Medallion background stamp is one that has been extremely popular, but I've been a little uncomfortable with it, mainly because I just haven't used many background stamps.  This has a very striking image that just begs to  be seen.  I chose to make this in Cameo Coral.  I love coral colors and this one will be retiring soon, so I wanted to be sure and use it.  I'm rather pleased with the way it turned out, though I might have tried putting the image off-center just a little bit more.  Maybe add a little shimmer?  What do you think?
     I punched a jumbo grommet in the center of the medallion, and added the sentiment over the scallop oval punch.  We'll be making this card for Card Club on Tuesday night.
     Don't forget that the Occasions Mini Catalog expires on April 30, so get your order in soon!  Also, be sure to check your supply of favorite card stock colors and inks.  Are they on the Fond Farewell list shown in the right-hand column?  If they are, you'll want to stock up while you can.  On June 1, they will only be available while supplies last!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Awash with Flowers and Spring Promotion

     During the month of April (just ten more days), Stampin' Up! is offering a sneak preview of the Awash with Flowers two-step stamp that will be offered in the new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalog.  There is also a special discount being offered off of select two-step Stampin sets from the current catalog.  For more information, check out the link to the right of this post called Two-Step into Spring.
     This card used the Awash with Flowers stamp set and the current In-Colors, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry, with some Basic Black to outline the Whisper White.
     You may be asking: What is two-step stamping?  It literally means there are two steps to complete the stamping process.  The first is the outline stamp (notice the black outlines of the flowers and stems), then the 'fill in the color' stamp.  I probably could have matched the lines better if I had used the Stamp-A-Majig, but I don't always like the extra fuss for something this simple.  You could also choose to use a watercolor technique to 'paint' the flowers.
     Remember that many of the colors will be retiring at the end of June, and after June 1, they will be only be available  'While Supplies Last', so if you have a favorite color, make sure you stock up while you can!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Friday, April 16, 2010

Simply Adorned Charms

     I've been eyeing the Simply Adorned Charms since they were introduced last fall.  The charms are a little expensive, so I was hesitant to invest in one.  I finally decided to order one with my Summer Mini Pre-order earlier this month.  I'm really glad i did!  They are such a versatile piece of jewelry, you just wouldn't believe!  Would you believe the flowers are a stamped image?
      Although I didn't picture it here, I inserted my initial on the opposite side in turquoise.  The inserts are easily replaced and can be updated as often as you feel the need or for any occasion or season.  Wouldn't you like to own such a versatile piece of jewelry for your collection?  Chains are available, but you can also substitute ribbon or satin rope.  The sky's the limit! 
     This will be one of many items displayed at the 3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus from 10 to 3.  Hope to see you there!


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Design for the Scallop Square Purse

A few weeks ago, I showed you the purse I made using Stampin' Up! Big Shot and Scallop Square Die.  My friend and neighbor liked mine so well, she asked to borrow my tools and make her own.  This is her finished product.  At first, it doesn't appear to be different than mine, except of course for the colors.  If you look closely, though, you will see strings at the sides.  This purse is made two panels wide instead of one, and she wanted to be able to close it to be less accessible to theft.  She asked about using eyelets, but they weren't really big enough, so I suggested the Jumbo Eyelets offered by Stampin' Up!  There are 6 of these eyelets on each side, then a thin cord threaded through them to tie it closed.  She used the spring closer (for lack of the proper term) like what is used on backpacks.  This is a great design.  If you'd like to see this up close and personal, I will have it on display this Saturday the the 3rd Annual Spring Home Party Extravaganza at the Knights of Columbus, 1556 E. Fremont St., Galesburg, from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. 
 There will be nearly 30 different Home-Based business demonstrators and consultants offering a wide variety of products, so come on out if you can.  Many of us will be offering specials for that day only.  I, personally, will be offering free shipping that day only.  That would be a great opportunity to order any of the card stock or Designer Series Papers that will be discontinued at the end of June.  On June 1, retiring colors will be limited to supply on hand, and will not be re-stocked, so get your favorite colors while you still can.  I hope to see many of you on Saturday.






Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Graduation is around the corner


Believe it or not, graduation is just around the corner.  Do you have a card for that special graduate in your life?  I copied a layout from another demonstrator, and the grad card idea from a good friend and card club member (Thanks, Kim!)  This card used basic black card stock, brushed gold, brushed silver, and Bride DSP.  The stamps are a sneak peak into the Summer Mini Catalog that starts May 1.  Let me know what you think.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Announcing: The New Color Renovation

     Stampin' Up! announced this week that there is a new Color Renovation coming on July 1 along with the new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalog.  Why announce so early?  There's good reason for that.  You as a customer will have a chance to 'stock up' on your favorites before they retire, and I will have the opportunity to 'use up' some of the retiring colors.  This makes sense to me as I've invested quite a bit of money for stamp pads and card stock.  You will see more of the retiring colors in the next two months as I try to deplete my  stock of supplies.  What will I do with what's left?  Well, I'm considering a couple of options, one of which will be selling what I have at a reduced cost.  That will allow me to invest in new supplies.  Of course, I may just hang on to a few of my favorites.
     If you'd like a sneak peak of the new colors, I've attached a link for the color charts on my sidebar.  As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at (309) 221-0978.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

     Looking for a unique card style for a special occasion?  This is actually what I would call a tri-fold card.  The flap with the sentiment opens to the right, while the other side of the card opens normally to the left.  The sentiment is from the Fun & Fast Notes.  I copied the card layout from a demonstrator on Late Night Stampers, but changed most everything else to make it my own design.  One of my friends commented that this would make a great graduation card.  All you need to do is change the colors to suit.  In my case, it would be Black Silver and Gold.  This was really a fun card to make, although it took a little bit to figure out the measurements for all the layers!
      If you look through my blog, you will see several different resources for ideas.  Some are other demonstrators, while some are from the individual catalogs.  You can't go wrong either way. 
     Looking for daily inspiration for card making?  Click on the link in the sidebar for Late Night Stampers.  You can join for free!
     Need a day out to stamp, scrapbook, or do another craft of your choice while enjoying great fellowship?  Join me at Scrap 'N' Chat, this Saturday April 10, from 9 to 4 at The Salvation Army, 510 N. Kellogg, Galesburg.  For more information, call Capt. Kim Ray at 342-9168.  It's a great day out for only $20.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Stamping,

Twila