Sorry I’m Late!

“Sorry I’m late for such an important date!” This cute little snail from Easy Events got stuck in his trail on his way to wish someone happy birthday! Don’t get stuck and be late ordering from the retired list! Today is the last day to order retiring accessories and June 3rd is the last day to order retiring stamp sets like Easy Events!

Click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to get some great deals on retiring accessories and stamps!

An Easy Trio of Thanks

“An easy trio of thanks!” This trio of flowers with a thank you are from soon-to-be discontinued Easy Events! I love these kind of sets…they are great for the new stamper! I love how the background paper adds an interesting background and the colors from the background are pulled forward in the flowers! Simple…and easy!

A few of the supplies used on this card are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EASY EVENTS – CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 123225
 
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2-1/2 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 120906
 

Perfectly Preserved Digitally

“Perfectly Preserved – Digitally That Is” We made these adorable little canning jar gifts last fall. This was a class where everyone could choose how many they wanted to make. To keep the class from putting too much time on the clock…I printed out the canning jars with My Digital Studio! So…even though this stamp set is retiring…it is truly perfectly preserved digitally in MDS! I had to play with sizing a little bit…because I still used the framelits to cut everything out. I’ve used the framelits with MDS images before…it works great! The framelits will be going away along with the stamp set however – so if you want that perfectly cut look you will need to get the framelits before they are gone! This was such a cute gift idea. I am glad it is perfectly preserved in MDS!

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

PERFECTLY PRESERVED CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 126692
 
digital download items
PERFECTLY PRESERVED STAMP BRUSH SET
Item: 129834  
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Items will be available for download after checkout

Nectar for the Hummingbirds

“Stamping is like nectar is to hummingbirds.” Sometimes when I stamp cards I feel like a hummingbird flitting around from flower to flower! Being creative soothes stress and brings a sweetness to life. It energizes my mind in a whole different way. Sometimes life brings stressful events that make it hard to focus on creating new things; but at those times I pull out my things and copy older creations just to have the satisfaction of creating and completing something beautiful! So many things on this card are retiring and some retired last year…but this card is still one that can be similarly duplicated with some of our newer product using the Elements of Style set if you snatch one up before it is gone forever on June 3rd! We have a fantastic new set of In Colors coming out in the new catalog called Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pistachio Pudding that would make a gorgeous makeover of this card! If you want to get your Elements of Style set click my order online button (above right)to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase it before it is gone for good! I think that the die cut below with an oval die cut would actually make this card look more elegant than the scalloped oval did!

OVAL ACCENT BIGZ CLEAR DIE
Item: 127005
OVALS COLLECTION FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 129381

Life is a matter of moments

“Life is a matter of moments.” I love this modified quote of Rose Kennedy. She actually said, “Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments.” However, I love the succinct version even more! I thought this spotlighting technique fit the quote perfectly. One of my favorite “life moments” is sharing a cup of coffee or tea with friends and just enjoying their company. It is one of those moments that breaks up the mundane and hard things in life. Here is a short description of the technique:

SPOTLIGHTING

1) Stamp desired image on two pieces of card stock. Set one aside to serve as background for spotlighted image.
2) On the other piece of card stock, color the area you wish to highlight.
3) Punch out the part of the image you wish to highlight.
4) Line up punched, colored piece with the separate stamped image and adhere.
5) Complete project.
Tip: Consider layering spotlighted piece over contrasting color of card stock cut slightly larger. This will help accentuate the spotlight.

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

ELEMENTS OF STYLE – CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 120045
 
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
 
SNAIL ADHESIVE
Item: 104332
 
CHERRY COBBLER 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119685
 
CHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126966
 
SCALLOP TRIM CORNER PUNCH
Item: 118870
 
EARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126974
 
EARLY ESPRESSO 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119686
 
EARLY ESPRESSO 1/8 INCH TAFFETA RIBBON
Item: 119959
 

Elements of Style Raises IQ

“Elements of Style raises IQ.” Did that get your attention? LOL! I love all things Victorian. To me, it was a romantic era. One cannot deny that it was a period of creativity; the detailed trim on homes and furniture, the elaborate clothing, etc. is a time capsule of the creativeness of the Victorians. I live in a modified Queen Anne home and although it is not quite a full blown Victorian; I appreciate all the details in the woodwork and the eclectic nature of the house. I think that is why the stamp set Elements of Style appealed to me. It felt romantic and reminded me of Victorian times. I love the details on this card and am sad that this set is retiring. I digress so back to my quote about IQ; I did not make that up! I found this article (small excerpt below) about the Victorian Brits being smarter than us and found it interesting. It also explains why all of you are so fun and intelligent! High-IQ people are more productive and creative!

“The Victorian Era was marked by an explosion of innovation and genius, per capita rates of which appear to have declined subsequently. The presence of dysgenic fertility for IQ amongst Western nations, starting in the 19th century, suggests that these trends might be related to declining IQ. This is because high-IQ people are more productive and more creative. We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations, using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study.” To see complete article, click here.

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

ELEMENTS OF STYLE – CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 120045
 
ELEGANT EGGPLANT 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 105126
 
ELEGANT EGGPLANT CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126969
 
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
 
5/8 INCH CROCHET TRIM VICTORIA
Item: 118481
 
ANTIQUE BRADS
Item: 117273
 
SCALLOP TRIM BORDER PUNCH
Item: 118402
 
SCALLOP RECTANGLE CLEARLITS DIE
Item: 118872
 
BIG SHOT DIE-CUT MACHINE
Item: 113439
 
SNAIL ADHESIVE
Item: 104332
 

Candle-less Cupcake

“All it needs is a candle…” Part of the fun of birthday cake is blowing out the candles, don’t you agree? I think that may be why cupcakes were invented…need I say more? This is another quick and easy card using Easy Events and the polka dot layout that I shared in Wednesday’s post here! If you are burning the candle at both ends…this is the go to layout for so many things!

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EASY EVENTS – CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 123225
 
2-1/2 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 120906
 
1-3/4 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119850
 
1-1/4 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119861
 
1-3/8 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119860

Polka Dot Simplicity

“Sometimes you just need to get quacking!” Do you ever need a card in a hurry? I do. Mostly just because I am a procrastinator. I can spend hours in my stamp room; until I need to! lol! This card features the soon-to-be retired stamp set, Easy Events. Easy Events is one of those fantastic stamps sets for those who like quick and easy…or are just beginning their stamping journey. This layout just takes polka dots and plays them up from the background to an easy focal point using mostly background paper and punches. Easy and quick!

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EASY EVENTS – CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 123225
2-1/2 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 120906
1-3/4 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119850
1-1/4 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119861
1-3/8 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119860

Babies and Blimps!

“The stork is outdated, the modern baby is delivered by blimp!” This was a fun card that I made at a workshop featuring, Moving Forward, our Ronald McDonald House stamp set. $3 from the sale of every set gets donated to RMHC. This charity has a special place in my heart as my first grandchild spent some extended time in Iowa City as an infant. It was a very stressful time in our lives. The Ronald McDonald House was a lifesaver for my son and his wife. I will be forever grateful to the RMHC for giving the kids a place to be and sleep besides the hospital room. If you are like me, I don’t have a tendency to purchase many stamp sets for kids…I am pretty big into the flora and nature! However, this set has a good variety of stamps that can cover all kinds of situations and ages! Purchase your set today to help contribute to this wonderful charity!

For more card ideas click here and here.

Supplies used on this card are listed below (those that are still available). Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

MOVING FORWARD CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 126322
 
HEARTS A FLUTTER BUNDLE CLEAR
Item: 131097
 
CLOUDY DAY TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 127022
 
CHERRY COBBLER BAKER’S TWINE
Item: 123125
 
BAJA BREEZE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126960
 
ROSE RED CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126954
 
SO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126957
 
ROSE RED 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 102544
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
BIG SHOT DIE-CUT MACHINE
Item: 113439
 
STAMPIN WRITE MARKERS – BRIGHTS COLLECTION
Item: 119702
 

 

Friends are as potent as a Secret Garden!

“Friends are as potent as a secret garden!” This card was made using the Secret Garden stamp set and coordinating framelits. It was a pleasant surprise sent to me for my birthday by Jane, one of my stamping buddies! Just like a secret garden changed the outlook of Mary, became a gathering place for friends, and a place of healing and strength for Collin; getting together with my stamping friends is a very important part of my life as they help me through the stressful times of life! I intuitively knew this…but now there is a study to make it official!

A UCLA study shows that women react to stress by gathering together. Women need to gather together for reassurance and a sense of safety… Dr. Tian Dayton, UCLA

Supplies used on this card are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items! (Hint…get this set and the framelits now while they are bundled together at a discount!)

SECRET GARDEN BUNDLE CLEAR
Item: 131099
 
NIGHT OF NAVY 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100867
 
GARDEN GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126973
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS
Item: 104430