Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Last Day...And what? Another giveaway?

It's arrived.  The last day to order from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! annual catalog and Occasions Catalog.  I am going to miss a lot of things that will no longer be available...and to share in that, I thought I would share with you a stamp set that was available, only for a limited time.  I made this card, and even demonstrated it at a stampin' party, but never before shared on my blog.  The stamp set was called, Pedal Pusher, and was one of the Sale-a-bration sets.  Since I happened to order a 2nd one, I thought I would give that one away!  Leave a comment here, or at my facebook page, and you are entered.  If you place an order through my site tonight, May 31, 2016, I am sending you out a special something extra.

This stamp set is photo-polymer and works with acrylic blocks for stamping the images.  As you can see, the images stamp strong and clear with sharp images.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that tomorrow we all get to order from the new 2016-2017 annual catalog!  I am very happy to get to share with you many fun products...starting tomorrow!  Please come back!  And remember to comment here today, so you can have this lovely set.  It really was my favorite from the Sale-a-bration catalogs.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

More Butterflies!

I am going camping for the Memorial Day Weekend with my family, so won't post anything tomorrow or Monday, but I will try to be back on Tuesday.  And lest we forget....Tuesday is the very last day to order anything retiring from our 2015-2016 catalog.  And then....we can start celebrating with our brand new catalog on Wednesday.  I have my list all ready...well, that's not completely true, because I have changed it so many times!  I will provide a link to the new catalog on Wednesday as well, so you can view it via pdf file.  Of course, if you'd like an actual catalog, contact me and I can send you one.  I will only charge you my cost, plus shipping and handling, priority mail.  And, unfortunately, I can only ship within the United States.

So, I don't have a new project, but I do have additional cards like the one I shared yesterday with slight variations in colors.  I used Blushing Bride, the new Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum.

So now, I am back to my 1st attempt at fishing.  Everyone at work was laughing at me for never having fished before.  Honestly, it's never been something I've been particularly interested in....but it's fun to try new things.  It can't always be butterflies and pearls,  Right?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Friday and a Little Thank you!

Today I will announce the winner of the new set of Stampin' Write Markers.  But, first I wanted to share a card I made this morning that I absolutely love.  I wish I could say this was my original idea, but I copied it from another person whose cards are so pretty and she does wonderful tutorials that inspire me to try a little harder to make my projects special too. So credit goes to Areli!  :)

This card showcases the new In color, Peek-a-boo Peach.  I combined this with the color Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla Card stock.  As you can see, there were a lot of layering of textures with the same color.  I can't wait to make this same card in other colors.

And now, as I mentioned yesterday, I took everyone's name and numbered their entries from 1-44.  If there was a double post in the same day, I only counted it once, to keep things fair.  If you didn't win this time, please come back, and soon, because as promised, there will be more fun giveaways coming up.  I love to share and give to those that take the time to come and visit me at this blog.  So I am happy to announce the winner, as chosen by Random Generator is:
Mary Cox

I truly want to thank everyone that participated in my giveaway.  I realize I had some that came every single day and left a comment and that means so much to me that you took the time out of your day to do this.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

And the winner is....

Going to be revealed tomorrow!

Yes, yes, I know.  That was sort of tricky, but I am writing this on the evening of the 26th, and I want to count any last minute entries up until  Midnight tonight.  This will give me a day to pull up a random generator and make it all fair.  Just, for integrity sake, I counted entries in the order the comments were added to my blog.  I also counted Facebook comments on my group page.  If you are on facebook, and would like to be added to my facebook group, please join us at: Shelley Bean

So, in the meantime, I thought I would share a fun 3-D project featuring the Baker's Box Thinlit Dies.  I love this die set.  To start with, it makes an adorable little box that reminds me of a little milk carton from my elementary school days.  But second, look at all the accessory pieces come with it.

 For my creation today, I used the scalloped circle and made a window in my box with a window sheet screen.  I used some of the new designer series papers (available June 1st). The flower is from the die set Rose Garden.  This paper has some matching washi tape that I used to stripe the banner.

So, lest I forget to mention, once again....time is running out to order items that will not be available after May 31st.  Here again, are the links to those retiring products in a format that makes them easy to view.  Check the list and make sure you don't miss anything you will wish you had once it's no longer available.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More Swirly Bird Stamps---Last Day to Enter the Drawing!

Here it is...May 25th.  That means, it's the last day to enter in my drawing for the FREE set of Stampin' Write Markers.  (retail price is $15.00)  Leave a comment today and you get TWO entries into the drawing as a bonus.  May 25th is/was my sweet mother's birthday, so the extra entry is from her.  Of course, if you missed a day between now and May 14th, feel free to go back and give yourself an extra advantage.

Today, I wanted to share with you another card I made with the soon available Swirly Bird Stamp Set.  This is what the set looks like:
Here is the post where I shared another card made with this set earlier.  Swirly Bird

And here are a couple thank you cards I made this morning before work.  I used the new paper, Flirty Flamingo, gold foil paper and gold heat embossing,  I think the colors look wonderful together.  And how about the new rouched ribbon?  This will also be available in all the new color choices.  I love the way this ribbon looks and the texture it adds.  I also wanted you to be aware how perfectly the paper, ribbon and the  Stampin' Write marker pictured above match each other.  The papers, inks, pens, ribbons...all match so well and the pigments are true.  It really helps to create that put together look that makes our cards and projects so special.

Here is a slight variation to the same idea, only I ruffled the rouched ribbon just a little bit to give it a little something different.

Please leave a comment on today's posts.....and get an extra entry point in the drawing,  That's 2 for the effort of 1!  :)  And just for your information...I have a lot of items tucked away in my stash to use as upcoming blog giveaways.  Please come back and visit often so you don't miss out on these special opportunities.

Also, please remember....next Tuesday is the absolute last day you can order from the retired items list, the occasions catalog and the 2015 catalog.  If you were interested in a bundle that was offered for 15% off, or a special set that is going away...perhaps even the retiring 2014-2016 in colors...(I will so miss Lost Lagoon)...this is your very last day to order them.  If I can help in any way, or answer any questions, don't hesitate to email me.  Additionally, if I can be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to fill that role.  If you are able to make an order of $150 or more, you will be able to order extra items for free!  (There is an amazing opportunity in June...but more about that later...)

I will announce our winner tomorrow...stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oh Happy Day~ Card Kit

With only 1 more day left in the opportunity to enter into my giveaway, I thought I would share with you a special item that will become available June 1st.  The Oh Happy Day Card Kit was available for pre-order only for the demonstrators that attended On Stage this past April.  I haven't always been a fan of card kits, I must confess, I like building cards from the bottom up with materials I have on hand, but these little kits are pretty fun.  This particular one reminds me a little bit of the Valentine's cards we used to give and get when I was a child.  But this is that for big girls!  :)

I decided to make a video to share with you that features this kit.  Enjoy, :)

Here is a sample of some of the cards I created.  The kit makes 20 different and individual cards.  No two are the same.

There is only 1 more day....get your comment in to enter.  Remember, you can go back all the way to the 14th of May to add entries by simply leaving a comment.  I am happy to send one lucky winner a brand new set of the In-Color Stampin' Write markers.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moroccan Nights - New Stamp Set

As we are winding down to the final days of our drawing, I thought I would share with you another new stamp set that will be available June 1st!  Moroccan Nights!  And not only this stamp set is new, but also the fantastic Copper Embossing Powder!

The large medallion is quite lovely, with it's intricate pattern, and don't you think the embossing really captures the detail so well?  I used Night of Navy and Basic Black for my base paper colors.  You might notice a little sliver of a super special copper embossed paper peeking out behind as well, and that is from one of the new Designer Series Paper packs called, Affectionately Yours.

On the inside of the card, I displayed the other stamps available in this collection.  Can you think of some fun ideas for this set?

 Only a few more days left to enter into my drawing for a free, fun set of the new In-Color Stampin' Write Markers.  If you have never used these pens before, they are very special with their dual-tipped ends; a fine line and a brush tip.  They also match perfectly with the coordinating paper and ink pads in the same color.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Let's Talk Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is a crafting subscription kit that is mailed out directly to your home.  For only around $20 a month, you will receive everything you need to complete a project.  And when I say, a project, it can be anything from cards to gift packaging to a 3-D project.  Every month it's something different and every month it's a surprise when it arrives in your mailbox.  I thought I would share the Paper Pumpkin I received in April and how I completed it.

This cute little wreath came as a complete project to make from start to finish.  It went together in about 30 minutes and when completed, I still was left with a stamp set and a little ink square.  In addition to this project, a 2nd stamp collection was included as a bonus, and I made this delightful birthday card.  If you are interested in signing up for this fun subscription, Please follow this link

Here are some examples of previous Paper Pumpkin kits that have arrived in my mail box.  I think you could agree this is a very fun way to grow your stamp collections and inks while learning step by step along the way.  There is even a fun YouTube channel that has tutorials on each kit.  Also, there are 1000's of other tutorials from Paper Pumpkin users that have redefined how they choose to create with their kits.  Check it out:  Paper Pumpkin YouTube Channel

Past Kits

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Hi Everyone!  I was asked by a co-worker to create a card for her daughter that is graduating with her doctorate degree.  I honestly haven't even made a High School graduation card, which is interesting since I have had 4 sons graduate from High School and 2 of those also graduated from college.  I think that makes me a lazy mom!  But, I digress...

The school colors are purple and gold, so I created 3 cards and she can pick whichever one she wants to use.

The colors I decided to use were Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry.  In some instances I opted for actual gold foil paper, or glitter paper.  I also used some gold heat embossing on some of the cards.

The stamp set used to embellish this card was Timeless Textures.  I thought it might be interesting to add some filigree and layering to make an old fashioned looking design.  I used the new banner bunch and the graduation sentiment is included in the stamp set that accompanies the banner punch.  I also added a few sequins and did some gold heat embossing,

After I created this card, I decided it would probably be a good idea to try some other card ideas that go in totally different directions of style.

When I made this card, I was thinking of a more traditional graduation card with bold numbers.  Of course following the theme of gold, I opted to cut them from Glitter Paper using the Large Number Framelits, and a little feminine touch by using stamps from Number of Years stamp set that goes along with the framelits.  I thought the flower bunches stamped in Elegant Eggplant over the coordinating paper would make it subtle, and the flowers embossed in gold would help it retain some elegance.

With this last card, I decided to go more contemporary with bold lines and splashes of color.  The stamping was done with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Happy Happenings.  The stars were cut with the Stars thinlit dies.

So, I would love opinions.  Which card would you choose?  And by the way....she couldn't choose; she wanted all 3 of them!

Don't forget, every comment you leave on any post from 5/14/2016 through 5/25/2016 will enter you into the drawing for a brand new set of the new Stampin' Write Markers that feature the new in-colors for 2016-2018.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Swirly Bird Stamp Set

Here is another fun card to share with you.  The name of the set doesn't give enough credit to the versatility it can give.  Swirly Bird was a set I wasn't sure I was convinced that I needed, but I decided since it was available to me on the new catalog pre-order, I should give it a go.  Here is the card I created...and not a swirly bird in sight.
I used the new Dapper Denim Ink and paper to contrast with the Pool Party Paper.  I have decided I really like these two together.  Along with those I added a touch of Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Crumb Cake.  Did you also notice the label for the sentiment?  There are some fabulous new dies in straight and scallop edges.  Squares, circle and hearts.  Oh, and do you like the swirly seas for my little boats to sail on?  This is part of the die cut set, Swirly Scribbles, that goes perfectly with the Swirly Bird stamp set.  And if that doesn't overwhelm you enough, the sentiment is from a new stamp set that will also be available:  Layering Love.

I should have created one of the fun bird and swirly cards that shows of the quirky, fun feel of this set, but all in good time!

These little boats make me smile.