Stampin’ Up!2019-2020 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek #2 – Above the Clouds

Hello Creative Friends!

I am back to share another sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog coming out June 4th! For this card I used a new Stamp set and punch, check it out!

The new stamp set used is called Above The Clouds and it has a fabulous matching punch that allows you to cut out the hot air balloons as well as the little basket. The name of the new punch is Hot Air Balloon. The stamp set and punch are not the only new things on this card. This card has TWO of the new In-Colors for the 2019-2021 time frame! These beautiful colors are called Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile! As you can see, the blue is a fabulous, soothing color and the Terracotta Tile is a superb, earthy tone you could mix with many colors. To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches card base in Seaside Spray. The next layer is a skinny layer of Terracotta Tile cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5 inches. I used one of my sponge brayers to quickly run some Seaside Spray across the White card stock in straight across lines. I wanted it to appear to be a light sky. For the clouds I used Balmy Blue stamped off once. The outline of the small balloons were stamped in Terracotta Tile full strength. The more pale inside part of the balloon is a separate stamp using Terracotta Tile stamped off once. I used this same technique for the large Balloons in both colors. the little baskets were stamped in Gray Granite. The sentiment was also stamped in Gray Granite. I popped the large balloons using dimensionals and added some basic rhinestones to finish it off.

Check out all the great stamps that come in this set and the handy punch that matches!

I hope this sneak peek helps you get as excited as I am for the new catalog! Come back soon for more creative inspiration!


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I can’t get enough of the Stampin’ Up! Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper!

Hello Creative Friends!

I am still busy trying to come up with fun creations to share that give you a sneak peek of the new catalog. In the meantime, I had to share another card I made with the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty paper!

So pretty!! I have a fun trick to give you regarding how you might add the adhesive to this super delicate paper. The paper pack comes with some card sized designs and some 12 x 12 designs. The paper used in this card is from the 12 x 12 paper. I just cut out a section big enough to fit onto a piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock. In this case that is 4 3/4 x 3 1/2. This paper looks best when well adhered to the card stock. So I used my Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue and a sponge dauber so I get glue all over. I simply put a small amount of a glue in a container and then I lightly dabbed the dauber into the glue. I laid the laser cut paper on my silicone mat so I could dot the glue all over and it would be easy to clean up the extra glue off the mat. Once I had enough glue, I carefully stuck it on the Blueberry Bushel paper! It makes it so much quicker and easier to do it this way! I then layered the laser cut paper on a Whisper White layer cut to 4 7/8 x 3 5/8. It is a super skinny layer that makes the detailed paper look as though it has a border.

The rest of the card is pretty easy. I cut a 1 x 3 5/8 Blueberry Bushel strip of card stock and then layered the 3/8 inch Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon on top. I used the Happy Anniversary sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set for my wishes. I added some pearls to finish things off.

Nearly all the items I used to make this card will soon be going away! I am happy to report for now you can get the stamp set, the paper and the ribbon, but only for a few more weeks! It is also possible it could sell out so head over to my website to grab these items today and you can make this card lickety-split! Click here to start shopping!

Check back soon as I will have a sneak peek for the new catalog on my next post!!


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Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Catalog Sneak Peek – Bird Ballad Laser Cut Card!

Hi Creative Friends!

Are you ready for the first sneak peek from the NEW catalog? Here it is!!!

Bird Ballad Laser Cut Paper

Isn’t this GORGEOUS!?!? I am a big fan of cards that come together easily and this is one of them. It doesn’t look like it was easy though, right? That beautiful paper you see is a laser cut card that just needs a little bit of creativity from you to turn it into something truly special. It comes in a pack of 12 cards with 12 matching envelopes all packaged in a beautiful tin. Here is a look at the products I used up close:

Isn’t this Bird Ballad Tin beautiful? And how about the gorgeous Organdy Striped Ribbon in Petal Pink? You can get all of these items when the catalog goes live on June 4th. If you don’t want to wait then join my team and you can get these items RIGHT NOW! Click here to sign up today!

Here is a little info about how I made the card. I cut a a piece of Petal Pink card stock to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8. I added some Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the inside of the laser cut front of the card and put the Petal Pink card stock there. The adorable bird and Thank You sentiment are both from the Free as a Bird stamp set. They are stamped in Memento Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock. I used my circle framelits to cut out the bird and a scalloped edge circle in Petal Pink. I then added one of the Pearlized Doilies and stuck that to the card with dimensionals. To color in the bird I used Light and Dark Crumb Cake Blends Markers, as well as the Light Petal Pink Blends Marker. The Thank You sentiment was cut out with the brand new Stitched Nested Label Dies. I added that to the card with a dimensional on one side and snail adhesive on the other. I finished off the card with the pretty new Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon. How easy is that? The great thing is this card looks like you worked extra hard on it too!

I will be sharing more sneak peek’s from the upcoming catalog again soon! Remember, if you need a catalog just send me a note with your address and I will get one sent your way!


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Saying Goodbye to my Dad – Father’s Day Card with Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and Thinlits

Hello Creative Friends

I have been away for a bit and sadly I have unfortunate news. My father passed away somewhat suddenly in the last 2 weeks. We knew he was sick, but we believed we still had many months left. It turns out his tumor was much more aggressive than anticipated and he was gone just one month from his diagnosis. I am happy to say I was able to see him one last time before he passed and tell him how much I love him. I had already started working on his Father’s day card so I am sharing that for you today. My dad meant a lot to me and I will cherish the memories I have of him for the rest of my life.

Here is the card I made using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and the Garage Gears Thinlits

I used many items from the Occasions catalog to make this card. I started with a card base in Shaded Spruce cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2. The patterned paper I used is part of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper. Although the green in the paper is Tranquil Tide, I felt it was close enough to Shaded Spruce to use that instead. I layered the DSP on Crushed curry paper so it would pop on the Shaded Spruce more. To get this on the Shaded Spruce paper I simple laid it diagonally until I liked how much was showing. You can see the Shaded Spruce paper has some blotches on it. This was made with a stamp in the Geared Up Garage stamp set and stamped using Shaded Spruce ink. I like the grungy appearance it gives the card. I used the Garage Gears Thinlits and Silver Foil paper to cut out the two sets of Gears you see. It is hard to see it in the photo, but I roughed up the foil paper a bit with sand paper. I did this in long straight lines to give it a more grungy appearance as well. This can be done with a nail file block if you have one. The Best Dad stamp was stamped in Shaded Spruce. I used the thinlits once more to cut out the sentiment and the border around the sentiment. I popped this up on the card with Dimensionals.

I am sure my father would have been happy to receive this card. Hopefully he can see it looking down from heaven.

While I was absent tending to many family matters there were a number of announcements that took place I have not yet posted. I am going to start with the biggest news first. Stampin’ Up! is making some changes with the catalog that begins on June 4, 2019. They have decided to discontinue the following items: The Big Shot and all the accessories; The Stampin’ Trimmer and all the accessories.

Stampin’ Up! notified the demonstrators that they are in the process of working on tools that will give Stampin’ Up! a better opportunity to support the long-term vision for this line of tools. 

The good news is Stampin’ Up! will still carry Dies and Embossing folders. You can still use your Big Shot or other comparable cutting machine to make wonderful creations. In many ways it is exciting to think about what new goodies they will come up with!

One thing to keep in mind is that items such as cutting blades for trimmer may not be available until the end of the current catalog. In fact, the blades are currently not orderable at this time. It is my understanding they will have more available and I will try my best to keep you posted when/if that happens. I am afraid the scoring blades and Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Mats have already sold out and are no longer available to order. In regards to the Big Shot Accessories all the items picture above are still available, but this may change at any point before the current catalog finishes. The Standard Replacement Cutting pads have sold out and are no longer available to order.

I have many more updates to share with you, but I will be doing so over the next few days. There are fun things to come so I hope you are getting excited!

I thank you for stopping by my blog for creative inspiration and Stampin’ Up! news. I will leave you with a picture I will cherish forever. It is the last photo I was able to take with my dad.

Sending love to my dad in heaven!


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Stampin’ Up!Accented Blooms Any Occasion Card

Hi Creative Friends,

Spring is finally starting to show up in the Chicago area! I can’t wait until I actually get to see some flowers blooming. The card I am sharing today has flowers that I will look forward to seeing in my yard soon!

This card could be used for just about any occasion and it comes together quite quickly! I started with the flower image from the Accented Blooms stamp set in the annual catalog. I colored in the flowers and leaves with the following blends: Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Pool Party and Soft Seafoam. There is not a thinlit to cut out this image so I fussy cut it out myself. The sentiment is a separate stamp that cuts out perfectly with the Tailored Tag punch. This was stamped in Pool Party and I added it to the cut out in the flower image with dimensionals. The embossed paper you see is Rich Razzleberry embossed with one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I layered this onto Pool Party Paper and then added some 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon. I added a Doily under the stamped image and finished things off with some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Rich Razzleberry.

Are you finally getting some spring where you live? I sure hope so. If not Stampin Up! has plenty of flower images to get you in the mood for spring!!

Come back soon for more creative inspiration!


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