Sunday, May 21, 2017

SUper Friends May Gathering Projects

Hi!  Hope you are having a great weekend!!  The SUper Friends had our May Gathering this week, and that means I have some fabulous projects to share with you!

Our swap theme was try something new, which was open for each person to interpret whether that would mean a new stamp set, new technique, new layout . . . though most of us went for new stamp sets since demonstrators have been able to preorder this month from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which will be released in June!  

On to the cards:

Margery created this gorgeous card, which offers a sneak peek of the Daisy Punch, coordinating Daisy Delight Stamp set, and Gold Faceted Gem (in the daisy's center), paired with the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder background:


Connie M.'s stunning card is created with the retiring Special Reason stamp set and coordinating dies (already sold out!).  Don't you love the elegant color combo?!  

Connie also brought each of us a special sheet with ideas for color combinations with the new In Colors!

Jana created this beautiful card with the Colorful Seasons bundle, and some of the new In Colors (I spy Berry Burst, Powder Pink, and Lemon Lime Twist).  Jana's sponging of the circular background to the card really is a perfect touch!






Agnes, drawing inspiration from the hostess tea favors here, created these sweet, tea-filled baskets, using the Window Box Thinlits Dies and the retiring Succulent dies (don't miss out, these are on sale, while supplies last here!):


Connie S.'s elegant topiary card, features the Vertical Greeting Stamp Set, along with the thumping technique.  The embossed lines around the topiary add a beautiful touch, as does the Petal Burst embossing on the Soft Suede layer.


Nancy created this Impressionistic masterpiece by smooshing ink onto her cardstock with a plastic bag.  She challenged us to finish the card with whatever sentiment or embellishments we wish.  It will be fun to see what everyone does with these!


Judy-Ann's elegant creation also features the Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch, with a crisp and modern color combo, and a beautiful clear Faceted Gem in her daisy's center:



And, my card also shows off the new Daisy Delight stamp set and punch, along with the Eastern Palace Designer Specialty Paper (available as part of this month's special in either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle):


And, I used stamps from the Daisy Delight set to finish the inside of my card as well:


As a hostess gift, I had created two baskets using the Wood Crate die, and filled those with some homemade chocolate chip cookies:




We also made these baskets as make and takes at the meeting.  The baskets are die cut using the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The doilies on the sides are 2015-17 In Color Doilies, with the color side glued toward the box (the doilies are retiring and available at a discount, while supplies last!)

Thanks so much to my SUper Friends for sharing their amazing artwork and to you for visiting my blog!  Please leave me a comment and let me know which of the sneak peek items you've seen here you are most excited about!

- Michelle

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: SUper Friends April Swap Cards

Happy Friday!  Hope you are having a great day!  I have some amazing cards from my SUper Friends demonstrator group to share with you today!  

Our swap challenge this month was to create a card inspired by either by a piece of clothing or some other object.  It was fun to see what everyone did with that!

Nancy created this elegant Mother's Day card in navy and vanilla, using a die cut from the Flourish Thinlits Dies, and lots of beautiful sparkle from rhinestones:


Judy-Ann's card incorporated a gorgeous butterfly, color combo, and polka dots from her inspiration piece -- and an impressive amount of piecing die cut pieces, cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies:



Laurie created this sweet Mother's Day card with a playful color combo, inspired by a designer bed set, using the Swirly Bird Photopolymer Bundle


Jana used stamps, papers and a tassel from the Eastern Palace Suite, from which demonstrators have been able to preorder, this month for her classy card.  (Look closely and you may be able to spot a couple new In Colors here as well!)   And, if you like what you see, stay tuned, because this new Suite will be available in May as an early release from the new catalog!


Margery's fabulous card is inspired by the current succulent trend.  She used the Oh So Succulent Bundle (retiring -- be sure to get yours while they are still available!), with a planter created using the awesomely realistic Hardwood background stamp:


Agnes created a beautifully feminine Mother's Day card, using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies and retiring Botanical Builder Framelits (on sale -- don't miss out on these either!)



Connie S.'s crisp color combo and detailed daisy design (how about that alliteration!) came from an adorable top she wore to our swap!  She, like Judy, did an incredible amount of paper piecing to create this beauty!  The daisy die is from the Timeless Tags Thinlits (retiring, on sale, and only a little bit of inventory left-- be sure to order soon, so you don't miss out!)


 And, like Jana, I used the dies and stamps from the Eastern Palace Suite to create my card -- plus some of the Eastern Gold Vinyl stickers (flower centers) and the Lovely Stitching stamp set.



Hope you enjoyed these!  Thanks so much to the SUper Friends for these amazing creations.  And, thank you for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Eggs and Cartons

Hi!  Hope you had a Happy Easter!  Life has been busy and filled with some exciting new changes, so you might have noticed that I have fallen behind in posting!  I do have some Easter projects I'd like to share with you -- better late than never, right?! ;)    

I found some chalkboard eggs, and thought it would be fun to dress them up Stampin'  Up! style!  I started by using White Craft Ink with stamps from Basket Bunch and a past Paper Pumpkin kit (February 2016's stamp set):  





I discovered that the ink was not drying on the eggs' surface, so decided to solve that problem and add a bit of color as well, using some dimensional paper paint:








I also decided to paint and decorate some wooden eggs.  I started with acrylic paint, but then decided to go for an ombre look, so sponged on some Stampin' Up! Classic Ink (Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugarplum).  I stamped dots from the Avant Garden (Sale-a-Bration) set with gold acrylic paint (an experiment . . . probably would have been a lot easier just to use gold ink!), then finished with some dimensional paint for the border and some rub-ons (sealed on with a coating of clear nail polish):




I decided to package these up in Mini Egg Cartons, which I had spritzed with Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise and a mystery color (either Peekaboo Peach or Strawberry Slush) with Calypso Coral on the outside:


For the top, I added one of the doilies from the Occasions Catalog (on the retiring list, and now sold out :(  ), some In Color Ruched Ribbon (also retiring, but still available as of the time I'm writing), and some die cut flowers (made with the Botanical Builders Framelits).  



Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retiring List is Up!

Hello!  Yesterday, Stampin'  Up! announced the list of items that will retire on May 31st or while supplies last . . . and some of these items are available at up to 50%!   


You can view the retiring list here, or see the retiring items in my online store  by clicking here.  Be sure to get your favorites before they are gone for good!

Happy Stampin',
Michelle

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pumpkin Birthdays, Bunnies, and More!

Hi!  Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Today is the deadline to sign up for this month's Paper Pumpkin kit, which is designed by Stampin' Up!'s CEO Sara Douglass, and promises to be a very exciting surprise . . . including a special gift!  To find out more about this month's kit or to subscribe, please click here


I've been finishing up projects from the past couple months' kits and have some of those to share with you today, too.  First, is this fabulous card from the February Many Happy Birthdays kit:


When you pull the tab, it reveals a hidden message inside (and a great place to put a gift card!):



I've also been having fun assembling the Bunny Buddies kit from March 2017.  Here's how the adorable bunnies turned out:



(I added a couple hearts from the Subtle Enamels Shapes on for the noses on these two!)










And, Isabella didn't like the bunnies getting all the attention, she decided to sneak in on the photo shoot, too:


The Bunny Buddies kit also contains supplies to create some coordinating note cards, and here's how those turned out:





I'm also having fun creating some alternate projects with the leftover supplies, and hope to be able to show you those soon, too!  (Still putting finishing touches on them!)

And, don't forget, if you'd like to find out more about Paper Pumpkin or subscribe, please click here.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle