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,


  1. LOVE the effect of the letters - very cool! Thanks for joining us in the color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  2. Totally love the color effect of the letters! What a creative way to use the challenge colors! And I love the So Saffron layer! Thanks for reminding me the cool effects that bleach can give! Love it!! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. Fabulous card! Love the bleach effect; Love the clean lines! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary.

  4. thanks ladies, it was a fun challenge!

  5. Very fun card Liz! I love the X and O's! Love the colours and the effect the bleach has created! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. The color combination used on the X and O is very striking! Love that, as well as the So Saffron chevron base! Thanks for joining us this week for the color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. Love your letters! Would you share how you did this? Very cool technique! I think you like being pushed beyond your comfort zone...this is a great card! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary color challenge this week!

    1. absolutely Lisa!

      I first cut a strip of chipboard 1 3/4" square and used a sizzix adhesive sheet the same size to get it sticky. I then adhered the same size square of watercolor paper to the chipboard and ran it through the big shot with the Alpha Typeset die (for each letter) - I then watercolored from top to bottom using first Island Indigo (got it very dark), then So Saffron and lastly Pool Party. Once dried I sprizted with a mixture of part water, part Bleach (and I really can't tell you the exact measurement, as I took the homemade bleach spray from beneath my bathroom cabinet as I use it to clean the tub and shower! lol

      The bleach will react almost instantly - you can go back and touch up with more color if you so choose. Hope this helps!

  8. I think the XO turned out perfectly as well! You combined both challenges perfectly! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

  9. thank you all, had a great deal of enjoyment doing this challenge!

  10. Very cute card and the beach effect is great! Good colors for the beach look.

  11. Oh your XO is absolutely AMAZING!!!! I LOVE the way it turned out...PERFECT!! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  12. LOVE the look on your XO! I'm glad you shared the directions...can't wait to play with it at my next Techniques Class! Your card just simply wonderful! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary.