New at SU!~ Butterfly Bokeh

You know we bring you the latest and greatest from Stampin’ Up! in our monthly “New at SU!” blog hops, but this month is a little different: Our design team decided to showcase some of our favorite RETIRING stamp sets *AND* show you some fabulous stamping techniques in the process.

I chose to use the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch to teach you the Bokeh technique. Yes, there are more butterflies coming (I’ve shown you the Butterfly Brilliance bundle available now as an early release) but there are none that coordinate with a punch, so if you don’t have a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (yet) or simply enjoy the convenience of a stamp set with a coordinating punch…NOW is the time to add both to your crafting arsenal.

Bokeh is a “blurry light” look in photography, and the concept converts well to paper crafting. I made two cards to show you how pretty the effect is as well as a few ideas on how to incorporate it into your crafting.

The Blending Brushes work beautifully for Bokeh: Begin by blending your colors onto a white piece of card stock.

Next, use a sponge dauber to add various depths of “blurry light” by sponging white ink through a template using a sponge dauber. I used different sized circle punches or circle layering framelits and a piece of window sheet so I could see where I wanted the circles to be. Did I mention that all our circle punches are also retiring???

After creating your Bokeh background, you can stamp directly on it with black in (as the first card sample shows) OR layer some small focal point on your card, leaving enough space to enjoy the background as well, as the “Hello Beautiful” card displays.

Now it’s on to Diane’s post to learn the Baby Wipe technique~ she is using the Arrange a Wreath stamp set that has been very popular with my customers this year!

Product List
Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp Set
$21.00
Butterfly Duet Punch
$18.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Window Sheets
$5.00
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Artistry Blooms Sequins
$7.00
Whisper White 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
$7.50
Stitched So Sweetly Dies
$32.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

April 2021 New at SU! Hop: Stamping Techniques with Retiring Stamps

Scrappy Strip Technique/Dandelion Wishes: Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Clear Block Stamping/Rooted in Nature: Sugar & Scraps

Blends & Alcohol Technique/Sweet Magnolia: Lilypad Stamper

Blistering Ink Background/To A Wild Rose: De Kijkkast

Joseph’s Coat Technique/Gorgeous Posies: Stampin’ Scrapper

Mirror Stamping/Beauty Abounds: Carterie Plus

Faux Metal Embossing/Loyal Leaves: Playing with Papercrafting

Bay Window Card/Comfort & Hope: Gifted Hands Ink

Reverse Masking/So Much Love: Stamping Flair

Bokeh Technique/Butterfly Gala: Creative Juice with Loni YOU ARE HERE

Baby Wipe Technique/Arrange a Wreath: 24/7 Inkspiration

Kissing/To A Wild Rose: Scraphexe

So Cool Crafting

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin - Kits in the Mail


The So Cool Paper Pumpkin Kit is a little taste of summer fun; with enough supplies to make 12 shaped cards (including envelopes). April’s kit was designed with the idea of crafting across generations, so subscribe by April 10th, grab the kids and create together when it arrives in your mailbox!
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Coordinating Colors:
Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile
This kit also coordinates with the Ice Cream Corner Suite (which is my April 3-for-Free Kit), so if your appetite for crafting isn’t satiated with the Paper Pumpkin kit, you can get MORE coordinating stamps and an ice cream punch, Designer Series Paper, and playful accessories in my Stampin’ Store!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin - Kits in the Mail



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Enjoy the Moment

Sometimes you don’t “see” a stamp set until you begin to work with it: That was the case when I first received the Enjoy the Moment stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for attending a virtual event. TBH, I looked at it and thought “It’s kind of ugly”.

Undeterred, I set out to make myself use it, and to my surprise, I found that the botanical images were absolutely attractive when used with a variety of techniques! My first favorite was embossing in white on Crumb Cake card stock. Pull out your Rectangle Stitched Dies to make a collage of the images and add a linen thread bow for a bit of dimension.

Next I tried a fun fold card style that I saw demonstrated during aforementioned virtual event:

I think the colors really made this card spectacular: Merry Merlot, a rich burgundy color paired with Vanilla and Sahara Sand (a color I don’t use as often) just FEELS like it was the palette to make this birthday card truly terrific.

Finally, this Monochromatic card came together in mere seconds, starting with a leftover scrap from the last card:

Isn’t that Ladybug trinket just the CUTEST detail? While the card was super simple, an accessory (just like a good pair of earrings) can transform a project!

I’m seeing the Enjoy the Moment set in a brand new light and hope you do, too.

Ice Cream Corner: 3 for Free!

The Annual Catalog Inspiration

Sprinkle beautiful colors together with sweet images, add a hint of nostalgia, and it’s the perfect recipe for the Ice Cream Corner Suite of products from Stampin’ Up!

How COOL is this in April:
* The April “So Cool” Paper Pumpkin Kit coordinates with the Ice Cream Corner Suite!
* My 3-for-Free Kit is all about the sweet stamping stuff in this suite, too!

The coordinating colors are: Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile

When you order the bundle or suite collection from my Stampin’ Store, I mail you the consumable supplies to make 3 projects and email you the tutorials! The ink pad colors you’ll need to complete the projects are the same as the coordinating colors above, but you are welcome to substitute similar colors.

You’ll be licking up all the goodness shared this month, starting with this card: It will melt hearts, but won’t melt in the mail. 

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Ice Cream Corner Ombre Card

Ice Cream Corner Ombre Card

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SUPPLIES:


STAMPS
Sweet Ice Cream Photopolymer stamp set (#154456)

PAPER
Pool Party (#122924), Thick Basic White (#159229), Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper (#154567)

INK
Blackberry Bliss Pad (#147092), Terracotta Tile (#150086), Bermuda Bay (#147096), Pool Party (#147107), VersaMark Pad (#102283)

ADHESIVES
Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755), Stampin’ SEAL (#152813)

TOOLS
Paper Snips (#103579), Rectangle Stitched Dies (#151820), Blending Brushes (#153611), Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch (#154241), Heat Tool (#129053)

EMBELLISHMENTS
White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109132)

Coordinating Products



January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


January-June Mini Catalog - Ice Cream Corner Suite


Ice Cream Corner Suite

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January - June Mini Catalog

Hydrangeas Abound

The Annual Catalog Inspiration

Hydrangeas represent gratitude, grace, abundance, and beauty. The Hydrangea Hill Suite offers you abundant beauty & grace with for your Spring creative projects with a two-step stamping set, coordinating dies and Designer Series Paper and accessories. 

Warm up your creativity with this bundle or suite from my Stampin’ Store in March 2021 and you’ll also receive supplies for 3 exclusive projects from me! UPDATE: We are getting low on inventory for some of the products in the suite, so this is your best opportunity to order!

Sharing a few “bonus” project photos with you as well; The first shows how lovely the hydrangea blossom is when embossed in white and watercolored.

WATERCOLORING TIP: Squeeze your ink pads when they are closed, then pick up the ink from THE LID when opened (never put your water pens onto your ink pads to pick up ink!)

This is one of our acetate card boxes that you could decorate and fill with a small gift like tea towels, napkins, cash or thank you cards for a newlywed couple. While the mercury glass acetate sheets in this suite are colored Rococo Rose or Highland Heather on one side, they are silver on the back side, as used on this sample.

Hydrangea Hill Card/Gift Box


Coordinating Products

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite
January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite

January-June Mini Catalog - Hydrangea Hill Suite


 

Hydrangea Hill Suite

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January - June Mini Catalog

Last Chance Sale

Stampin’ Up! has just released the list of retiring products and many Last Chance Products are on sale!

In Colors: All 2019-2021 In Color inks, paper, and embellishments are retiring. These items usually sell out quickly (some are already gone!) so don’t forget to add ink refills, accessories and extra card stock in your favorite colors to your craft stash.

Stamps vs. Accessories: Retiring stamps are available through April 23rd. All other retiring items such as; bundles, paper, embellishments, dies are only available while supplies last! Some are discounted up to 75% so don’t hesitate to get your favorites ordered.

Some beloved crafting *essentials* you may want to snag before they are gone are the Stitched Shape dies and circle punches…I am mourning their retirement, and won’t be selling mine in my BOGO sale during my New Catalog Reception because I use them all the time.

Bundles: Bundles (with their 10% savings) all retire! Even if the bundle items carry over to the next catalog, the discount does not… so save on bundles while you can. Bundles are only available while supplies last.

ORDERING TIP: Your best bet for grabbing items before they sell out is to order online!

Host Rewards: Exclusive Host Reward stamp sets also retire. If your order qualifies for host rewards, you may want to select those stamps. You may also apply your Host Rewards to the cost of your Starter Kit.

DID YOU KNOW: When you purchase the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit between April 1 and May 3 you get early access to add new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog preorder items in your Starter Kit? Ask me for details!

All Things Fabulous Inspired

Woke up with an urgent need to create something, so I let the #TGIFC308 challenge inspire me!

Without a lot of time, I chose to let the colors and bouquet image be my inspiration and took it quite literally with the All Things Fabulous stamp set, which I haven’t had much time to play with yet:

It’s even a surprise to me when I start with something that gets the creativity flowing (like a sketch, color palette or picture) and it comes together quickly, as this card did.

Two of these In-Colors coordinate prettily together in a lighter and darker shade of blue: Seaside Spray (2019-2021) and Misty Moonlight (2020-2022). Next week the retiring list will be released and the retiring In-Colors are the FIRST things to sell out, so add your ink refills, card stock and coordinating accessories in these retiring colors to an order TODAY!

Product List
All Things Fabulous Bundle (English)
$47.50
Seaside Spray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Seaside Spray Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
$6.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

Rainbows & Rubber Stamps

Today may be all about the wearing-of-the-green, but I prefer an expanded color palette: Like a RAINBOW!

That was my inspiration for my Lunchtime Live Crafting projects on my Facebook page on Monday, then we got LUCKY and found the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow with a FREE SHIPPING promotion today (March 17, 2021) ONLY! Don’t let it rain on your parade…gobble this up until midnight:

Now it’s time for a closer looks at some of my rainbow-inspired projects:

This one would certainly attract the leprechauns with it’s rainbow glimmer paper and sparkly sequins! And it’s so easy to make: Just cut 1/2″ strips of the glimmer paper and adhere to a piece of card stock.

My tip for this one is to lay the middle strip down FIRST so you don’t get the rainbow off-center, like I did. You could also make the rainbow fall diagonally across the card for a different look. I appreciated the timely message that after the clouds and rain comes the magnificent reminder that God was always there.

Wondering how to make the clouds? Here’s the condensed version for all the rainbow crafts I shared:

How about matching your stamping with your color blocking? The bright colors will help make this a happy birthday, because colors are magic like that.

Remember to place your order TODAY for free shipping! If you are ordering less than $150, you can also use my March Host Code 3UWP32JU and you may get lucky and win my monthly host code prize 😉

Stamp-a-Stack Card Class

Never miss a chance to celebrate!

Create a card for every occasion at the Stamp-a-Stack Card Class on Saturday, March 20th at 1 p.m. in Spanish Fork, Utah. Yes, this is an IN-PERSON class!

You’ll make 8 greeting cards (2 each of 4 different styles) as you learn new techniques and layouts to expand your craft-ability.

Bring: Scissors and adhesive (adhesive will be available to purchase at the class, if needed).

Cost: $18
Save your spot by March 17th with PayPal to loni@sfcn.org or Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

New at SU! Shark Frenzy

Happy to have you here as our international blog hop team of demonstrators is showing you how delightful the products from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalog are to craft with!

If your children (or grandchildren) have contributed to the BILLIONS of times “Baby Shark” has been viewed or listened to, you know the frenzy that surrounds this phenomenom

When my niece was born, a school teacher asked her older brother what they had names is new baby sister. He was struggling to pronounce “Charlotte” so he told the teacher his baby sister was “Sharky”. Naturally, she needed a SHARK FRENZY card to celebrate her recent age advancement (birthday)!

I noticed that the “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” could also be sung as “Happy Birthday to You” I borrowed the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set (the “to you” came from a past Paper Pumpkin set…they come in handy at times like these!) for the inside of this double-easel card.

To make a double easel card, make card base 11″ x 4-1/4″, scored at 5-1/2″ and a second piece of card stock 4-1/4″ x 5″ scored at 1″ and 3″ along the longer edge. Adhere the 1″ flap of the smaller piece to the bottom front edge of the card (with the score along the bottom edge) to create a double easel card base, then add layers of Designer Series Paper, embossed backgrounds or stamped images to embellish your card.

Combined with the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper, you’ll SEA a lot of crossover versatility with the Shark Frenzy bundle!

Your demonstrator can help you order the supplies needed for a Sharky card, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, I’ve shared the supplies I used below (U.S. customers) Now bounce on over to Suzanne’s website for another darling animal to craft with: Kangaroo & Company!

Product List
Shark Frenzy Bundle
$37.75
Whale Of A Time 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
126951
$6.50
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Adhesive Sheets
$10.00

March 2021 New at SU! Hop: January-June Mini Catalog

De Kijkkast: Brushed Blooms

Chase & Main: Handsomely Suited

Sugar & Scraps: Ice Cream Corner

Tricia’s Stamping Creations: Springtime Joy

Lilypad Stamper: Art Gallery

Carterie Plus: In Bloom Bundle

Creative Juice by Loni: Shark Frenzy. YOU ARE HERE

Mamie & Papyrus: Kangaroo & Co.

24/7 Inkspiration: Dandy Garden Suite

Stampin’ Xime: Hydrangea Haven

Stampin’ Scrapper: Hydrangea Hill Suite

Stamping Flair: Ride the Range

Scraphexe: 

Playing with Papercrafting: Simply Succulents

Stamping with the Copper Cropper: Hydrangea Hill

StampinMak: Snailed It