Friday, May 31, 2013

CCM254 -and FSM 88 Goodbye Friendly Phrases

Stampin' Up!'s 2013-14 Annual Catalog becomes effective today at 2pm for those of us on the East coast, yay!  One of the stamp sets that is retiring and won't be carried over to the new catalog is Friendly Phrases; it's one of my all time favorites.  While I'll be sad to see it retire, there are a bunch of new sentiment stamp sets in the new catalog that I'm coveting and at 2pm today I plan to order all some of them.

You can still get your hands on Friendly Phrases until June 3, 2013 at my online store.

Thought I'd pay a little tribute to this very versatile set with a color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary
and adapted a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

I'm not typically a three color person, I feel my safest using one or two (with a neutral like Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Crumb Cake)  so this challenge pushed me - and I liked it!

I am thrilled with the way the X and O turned out, they remind me so much of a yellow and blue tie dye bikini I had years ago.  I miss that bikini (and the body that went with it - lol)!  I enjoyed this color challenge and will definitely work more toward three color combinations in the future.

Products Used:  Cardstock - Island Indigo, So Saffron, Pool Party, Whisper White and Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Island Indigo, So Saffron, Pool Party, White Craft
Stamp Set:  Friendly Phrases, Oh Hello
Other:   Chevron Embossing Folder, Brads, Typeset Alpha Dies, Bleach

Don't forget, you have until June 3 to purchase the Friendly Phrases or any retired stamp set from Stampin' Up! - please visit my online store to see the complete selection of retired items.  And set your alarm for 2pm Eastern time today for the release of the Annual 2013-14 catalog which can be found at my online store as well!

Thanks for looking in,

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CCMC253 -

A quick post to show off one of Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors 2013-15 Coastal Cabana and an old stand by, Night of Navy.  Love this color combination, don't you?

There are times my creative muse escapes me and rather than wait for it to return, I turn to the plethora of card sketches available on the internet.   This one from Create with Connie and Mary was the perfect starting point for me.

Here I've used our Mosaic Embossing Folder for the background, the Mosaic Madness stamp set on Whisper White card stock, Label Love stamp set and Artisan Label Punch with some Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents and some Silver Glimmer Paper.

Three days left til Friday, May 31 when you can get all this product, yay!!

Thanks for looking in,

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A little sneak peek...

I got a little late start on the new catalog pre-order, waiting until a few days into it to place mine.  And then I immediately had In Color envy as I perused pinterest and splitcoaststampers.  It seemed like an eternity waiting for my order to come in and yesterday when I returned home from work, lo' and behold there it was on my doorstep.  Giddy, I was!

It was a good sized order, even for me and as I tore through the box I was so happy there were leftovers in the fridge for dinner!

Brushed gold cardstock isn't new, but I haven't been inspired to want it until I saw the new In Color 2013-2015 collection.  Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantalope, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar, they all scream for a little gold accent.  I've poo-pooed gold for the last two decades, having had my fill of it in the 80's and early 90's.  So much so that I changed out my wedding band and engagement ring to platinum several years ago.  Gold is no longer passe and I welcome the reintroduction along with some really on trend new colors.

You just can't miss with a classic navy and gold combination with a tiny bit of crisp white; it's like sailing with the Kennedy's in Hyannis.  Or the Coppe's in Coituit.  Any captain or mate would be happy to receive this classy card.  It features the Open Sea stamp set, Banner Greetings stamp set from the new annual catalog (only available to hostesses) gold embossing powder, Brushed Gold, Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock with an adorable Carrick Hitch knot fashioned from Whisper White Baker's twine.

Crisp White and Gold, another classic color combination and here, less is more.  

Continuing with the nautical theme and the By the Seashore stamp set, a little something for mom in soft pastels like crisp cantalope and strawberry slush with a bit of watercoloring with our great Aqua Painter with our Classic Ink Pads-and a sliver of Champagne Glimmer paper.   I wish I was better at taking photos because this card is SOOO pretty in person. I love, love, love the pastel pinks and corals with gold accents. Soft and subtle, that strip of neon pink in the photo is really a subdued pink.  You'll have to trust me on this one. ;)

 And lastly, a new favorite which sorta reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream - pistachio pudding and crumb cake card stock with a splattering of acrylic gold paint. The brand new Label Love stamp set and coordinating punch tie this wedding beauty together.

Can't wait to get the new In Color products? They're not available until May 31, but the Open Sea, and By the Seashore stamp sets, along with Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Brushed Gold Card stock as well as embossing powder and Baker's Twine are all available now.  Call, text or email me with any questions or to book a workshop where you'll earn FREE products and visit my online store where you can shop 24/7 in the comfort of your home at
Thanks for looking!