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

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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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 😉

March 3 for Free: Hydrangea Haven

Each month I offer a different “free kit” for a bundle from the newest catalog: During March, when you purchase the Hydrangea Haven bundle (or Hydrangea Hill Suite Collection available again mid-March), I will send you 3 tutorials by email and the consumable supplies via USPS to complete the projects.

With blossoms beginning to burst forth this month, these lovely bunches of flowers seemed a fitting way to spring into crafting that coordinates with the season! There are a few products you’ll need to complete the projects: Scissors, adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (or Big Shot), Tuxedo Black Memento pad AND these suggested Stampin’ Up! ink pads: Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray. These colors also coordinate with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper. You may want to add these items to your cart when you are ordering the bundle.

TIP: Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray are two retiring 2019-2021 In-Colors leaving us in April, so if you need to order ink refills for your ink pads (or matching card stock or accessories), get them SOONER than later, as they tend to sell out quickly!

While these pretty purple projects are NOT part of the kit, I did show you how to use the Hydrangea with the gorgeous Mercury Glass Acetate Sheets (included in the Suite Collection) during a recent Facebook Lunchtime Live Crafting:

Want to plan ahead for future 3 for Free kits? The kit with your purchase for April will be the Sweet Ice Cream bundle (or Ice Cream Corner Suite Collection).

In case I haven’t mentioned it recently, I know you have many options for purchasing your craft supplies and I *TRULY* appreciate when you choose me to keep you stamping. Your support of my small business means the world to me, so thank you from my heart to yours.

A BURST of Berries!

This card is EXPLODING with blackberries and it couldn’t be sweeter (unless they were real blackberries):

It was created with my FAVORITE Sale-a-Bration 2021 product: The Berry Blessing Bundle is a stamp set AND matching Designer Series Paper that you can choose FREE with a $100 order during January-February… PLUS it coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry bundle (my January set of the month).

When you open the card, the pops open! It’s very simple to make and I created a video tutorial (taken from a live video on my CJBL Facebook page today) so you can make your own:

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Sweet Strawberry: 3 for Free

I have a thing for FRUIT (Creative JUICE, after all) and I love a coordinating punch, so it comes as no surprise that the FIRST thing on my list from the January-June Catalog was the SWEET STRAWBERRY bundle:

Stampin’ Up! made it SWEETER when they offered the Berry Blessings Bundle as a FREE choice during Sale-a-Bration for a $100 order…a coordinating stamp set to my beloved strawberries AND matching Designer Series Paper? YES THANK YOU!

Naturally, I’ve been playing with it night and day since I got it. I dream about berries! Yesterday, I made this card so I could see both sides of the Designer Series Paper and you can watch the tutorial to make your own version.

If you are as obsessed with these beautiful berries as I am, you’ll be happy to know that the Sweet Strawberry bundles is my 3 for Free kit in January 2021: When you order the bundle from my stampin’ store, I’ll send you the consumable supplies to create 3 projects with your new bundle ~OR~ you can come to my JAM-BERRY class in Utah County on January 23rd and stamp your projects in person with me for free!)

You will need a few items on hand to complete the projects. These items will not be included in the kit:

  • Ink Pads: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Real Red, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Tuxedo Black Memento, Whisper White Craft ink -OR- Versamark pad.
  • Heat Tool
  • White Emboss Powder

If the Sweet Strawberry bundle is on your list for “later”, move it to the top so you can take advantage of the opportunity to get the Berry Blessings bundle during Sale-a-Bration AND my 3 for Free projects!

Coming Home for Holidays & EVERY Day

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I shouldn’t look any further than my own backyard.” – Dorothy of Oz

Since there is “No Place Like Home”, I have two fun fold (and fairly simple) cards to share with you today using the Stampin’ Up! Coming Home bundle (which is retiring SOON!):

Use the tree and hill die (shown below) to cut off the top third of the front of your side-fold card, then stamp the houses in black on various colors of card stock, cut out and layer on the front of your card.

Coming Home Bundle

The second card is the same layout with different colors for a thoughtful welcome home card for a new neighbor:

The card opens to reveal the message, so you could change the sentiment and say “Welcome Home” for a missionary or someone coming home from a long time away.

I’ve created a .pdf tutorial for you to download with instructions and the supplies listed:

Plaid Tidings: 3 for Free Class Kit

When a stamp set works for more than one season, it’s a great investment. When you can get it in a bundle with dies that could be used for ANYTHING, it’s as good as if you had invested in ZOOM in 2019.

I’ve chosen this collection of products to be my “3 for Free” class in September 2020: When you purchase the Plaid Tidings Suite from my Stampin’ Store, I’ll send you the consumable supplies to create 3 projects and the tutorial for the projects will hit your email inbox before the supplies arrive in your mailbox!

It was delightful to invent this new fun fold~ calling it the Label Flap Card:

Here’s the video tutorial…count it as ANOTHER card you can create with your new supplies!

The Christmas version of the same card:

There are a few things you’ll need to complete the 3-for-Free class kit. You may substitute ink colors or adhesives you already have in your craft studio as well as a compatible die cutting machine (like the Big Shot). If you need any of these supplies, you may add them to your order at the same time.

Suggested Supplies:

Ink pads: Memento Black, Cinnamon Cider, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce.

Stampin’ Blends: Pumpkin Pie Combo

Other: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Simply Scored ~or~ Stampin Trimmer, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Seal Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Small circle punch, stapler

Click the image below to order the Plaid Tidings Suite and get the 3-for-Free Class Kit in the mail!

Theater Card: Whale of a Time

This is a card you send to someone you really *really* REALLY love… and they are going to love it, too!

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We made this at our July stamp club so you don’t need to be cautious to try it: It’s easier than it looks and the trick is to cut the basic pieces first.

Once you’ve made one Theater Card, you’ll want to make another. I’m here to make it easier for you with a video tutorial and cutting guide (see below).

Before I give you the cutting instructions, I wanted to tell you that today is World Day against Human Trafficking: Did you know we have more people enslaved now than ANY other time in the world?  And of the 30 million current slaves, 10 million are children? I’ve supported Operation Underground Rescue as my primary charity since I learned about this pernicious plague 3 years ago, so I’m linking arms again today and tomorrow with O.U.R. to help make a difference and your order will help!

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Thank you for considering how to help make a difference and Rise Up for the children. Now on to the instructions for your Theater Card pieces.

Cutting Guide:
Cut the following pieces from the same color of card stock:

  • (2) 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”
  • (2) 4” x 5-3/8” scored in landscape position at 1-1/16” and 2-5/8” (watch video for instructions to cut slits)
  • (2) 6-1/4” x 3/4” strips, scored on each end at 1”
  • (1) 1-1/4” x 4-1/4” trimmed to an i-Beam (see video)

Designer Series Paper (DSP)

  • 5-1/4” x 4” for front of card
  • 3” x 4” for back of “stage”
  • 3/4” x 4” for front of I-Beam (optional)

Tips:

  1. Layer the largest piece of DSP on the front of a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” panel (don’t adhere them together yet). Use the 4th largest Stitched Rectangle die to cut a window in the front of both
  2. Adhere the DSP frame to card stock frame, and cut the piece of DSP from the inside of the frame in half to use for the “curtain” later.
  3. Use the Multipurpose liquid glue: It has some “wiggle room” while it is wet, then a firm bond once it dries.

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G.O.A.T. Greatest of All Time

For a short while, we raised a goat. He was a curious little creature, and the kids really enjoyed his antics. They are funny four-legged animals with tons of personality…kind of like the Way to Goat stamp set: goat set

As I was playing with these stamps I happened to have a Melon Mambo frame laying on my desk that I had already cut from the Ornate Layers dies and the idea for this simple card was born:IMG_6143-(W2)

Download the Tutorial HERE

Making cards with the Way to Goat stamp set will make you laugh out loud! Thanks for ordering the necessary supplies from my Stampin’ Store and keep on crafting every day!