Tag Archives: Annual Catalog

Finding the Sweet Spot

By | September 28, 2016

Art is subjective and there’s also something to be said for developing a personal style; when my sister-in-law Sherry and I submit cards for consideration to the magazines, even if I haven’t seen her cards ahead of time I can usually pick them out by sight when they are published because I know her signature… Read More »

Oh, Christmas Treat!

By | September 10, 2016

On swap day, our friend Susan showed Ann and I how to make a Christmas card that I really love! It’s simple but elegant with some shiny gold accents, and it would be a really easy card to reproduce when making multiples and time gets short: It was inspired of Susan to use the Woodland… Read More »

Glimmer Paper Pumpkins!

By | September 5, 2016

Remember a couple of days ago when I was showing my Halloween swaps and I mentioned that I had an idea for how to use the new Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Catalog? Well, this weekend I had a chance to put my thoughts into action, and I designed this really fun and… Read More »

Now For the Halloween Swaps!

By | September 3, 2016

I’m glad I was swapping with Ann and Susan, because as I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t have any Halloween stamps from the current catalogs! But while my friends designed their swap cards independently of one another and they used different stamp sets, they did use the same colors of cardstock and ink,… Read More »

Beautiful Branches and Woodland Embossing Folder Together!

By | August 31, 2016

This is kind of a “good news/bad news” post. At the beginning of the month I told you about the limited edition Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies that can be purchased, separately or as a cost-saving bundle, while supplies last: The good news is, as we were told, these products would… Read More »

California Dreamin’… On Such a Summer’s Day

By | July 8, 2016

Last spring Stampin’ Up! was generous enough to award me with the new Bunches of Blossoms bundle, this new photopolymer stamp set with 26 images and the coordinating Blossom Builder Punch! I decided to try something reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts era of design (1880-1910) so I chose a popular motif of that time… Read More »

How to Get Inspiration From Swaps!

By | June 28, 2016

I attended a demonstrator’s gathering earlier this month where we swapped different card ideas, and this one was designed by Ann with the new Touches of Texture set, with a sentiment from the Perfectly Wrapped set. Her color scheme is Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon and Night of Navy with a little Always Artichoke on the… Read More »

A Summer Grapevine Wreath

By | June 10, 2016

One of the beauties of the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies is that the various flowing shapes can be almost anything – flowers, leaves, sunshine, water, bird nests and so forth. In the case of this piece, I saw a grapevine wreath – one of those rustic rounds formed of dried vines in natural colors.… Read More »

Helping Each Other Grow With Stampin’ Up!

By | June 6, 2016

As I mentioned in my last post, I got together with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Stampy Wackers and the 24/7 Stampers groups on Saturday to stamp and share ideas using some new products from our just released 2016-2017 Annual Catalog! This card, made with the Helping Me Grow set, was water colored… Read More »

New Catalog Means New Card Designs!

By | June 1, 2016

I’m excited that the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live today! This week I have been working on a card design with some new 2016-2018 In Color card stock and inks and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for a demonstrator’s swap that I will be participating in this weekend: The pink sponged centers… Read More »

Retiring Stamp Idea #4 – Swallowtail in Plum

By | May 13, 2016

The large Swallowtail background stamp is retiring, and it is truly a beautiful piece of art. It is considered a background stamp because of the size, but it is usually used as the centerpiece of a card design as I did here. Although it’s a little hard to distinguish in these photos, I used the… Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day!

By | May 8, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers today! I’m happy to be John and Anne’s mother, and so happy that I’ve had my mother, Jean, for 81 years and counting! What makes you happy? This card is meant to bring those thoughts to mind with bright colors, playful shapes and textures, and fanciful lettering. I did… Read More »

Going, Going, Gone!

By | April 20, 2016

Every year at this time Stampin’ Up! releases the “Retirement List,” those stamps, tools and accessories from the Spring Occasions and regular Catalogs that will not be returning in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, coming June 1st. The good news is you still have until May 31st to get many  of the items you’d like… Read More »

Triple Dipping – in Cards & Cones!

By | March 20, 2016

When the Stamp Group met this weekend we made a card that we had seen on page 16 of the big Annual Catalog. The card in the catalog example was made with Mint Macaron ink and floral embellishment, but I had a container of Blossom Accents in all of the 2015-2017 In Colors so I… Read More »

“Bright Spirits” – Weekly Deals – Tues. Dec. 1st thru Mon. Dec. 7th, 2015

By | December 3, 2015

The Weekly Deals have been announced and once again I’ve challenged myself to make a project with as many sale items as possible! The result is this Making Spirits Bright card: The products on sale through Monday, December 7th are the Happy Heart embossing folder, Gold Glimmer paper and Mint Macaron Classic ink pad, all… Read More »