Eastern Palace Note for You

Last year on this date I was returning from my first-ever Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  That Mediterranean cruise was, well, I can’t describe the experience without using every cliche in the book.  Ahem.

Stampin’ Up! positively lavished attention and gifts on the achievers of the trip.  I had heard about that, but I still was overwhelmed and a bit emotional.  One of the gifts we received was the entire Floral Boutique Suite.  I had to use it one more time, this time updating the look with something new:

You can enjoy some of the wonderful prints from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper in the Fresh Florals DSP Stack in the new annual catalog, featuring the new In Colors.

This year, in less than six weeks I’ll be leaving for my second incentive trip — this one to Thailand!  There’s much going on in the meantime, so I’ll keep my excitement to a low simmer!  Maybe.

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Happiest birthday, you sweet thing!

I am down to the wire using up some of my favorite Designer Series Paper packs before new ones take their place on my shelf.  Last week I created two cards like this one, each using the beautiful embossed and glossy sheets from Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  The paper is no longer available; I got an extra pack when it was offered free as a Sale-A-Bration bonus!

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks:

  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Enjoy Cool Treats in the months ahead — it’s in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You’d think that after 30+ years of marriage, I would have already found the perfect oatmeal raising cookie — my husband’s favorite.  Well, I think I recently did, with this one that I found on Pinterest and brought to May stamp camps.  No surprise that it’s from Quaker Oats!  My cookies came out more mounded, perhaps because I used parchment paper on the cookie sheets and they couldn’t spread as much.

Click the photo (from the Quaker Oats site) to get to the recipe.  Enjoy!

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Sweet as can bee

Before I price and pack up all of the retiring products for the garage sale in a few weeks, I just had to use this set one more time.

This card, which I used for last weekend’s Big & Little Stamp Camp, was inspired by Allison Okamitsu (someone you should know!).  I just loved the random stamping on the circle, and it was the perfect exercise for my new stampers to learn the rule, “The smaller the stamp, the lighter the ink and stamping.”  (There must be a more clever way to say that!)

Although you can’t tell from this photo, we used the upcoming Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes.

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Big, big Happy Birthday

Last week I was asked to make a card celebrating a 100th birthday.  That’s big!  So I used this design from April’s All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack:

This set, Big on Birthdays, is included in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, and I say hooray for that!  What’s not included, regrettably, is this charming gingham from the retired and unavailable Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Whenever I used it, I declared (to anyone within earshot (whether family member or plumber) that I would love to have this print in every SU! color.  Alas, not this year.

So, since my supply is depleted, I’ve been substituting the dotted pattern from the color family Designer Series Paper Stacks with satisfying results.

The coloring is with Watercolor Pencils, and the coordinating image is perfect on the envelope flap!

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Thank you, Esther

Last week, ending our study of the Gospel of John, my Bible Study Fellowship discussion group met for some social time at the home of group member Esther.  Oh, and did I say lunch?  She cooked a wonderful chicken curry dish — light on the curry for those who might be new to the flavor — and rice cooked in coconut milk.  Delicious!  I was not alone in that assessment, as there wasn’t a bit left!

So this card was for her.  I thought it evoked some of her Indian heritage and the sparkle of the saris she talked about — and showed us how to wear!  She is a very special person to our local BSF.

Feel a little blurry eyed?  The shine and shadows of the embossed strip make the photo look out of focus.

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Peek-through floral card

Here’s a card I could make all day long!  I have made a peek-through card with patterned paper as the layer you see through the die cut, but this one is created by daubing areas of color.  Popping up the die-cut layer adds to the effect, I think.

It was so popular at the April camps that I created a slightly simplified version for the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack a few weeks ago.  There I offered three different ink colorways, but stampers mixed and matched to create the most amazing cards — no two alike!

We’re using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits in camp this month, and it occurred to me that we could create something similar (but not so feminine, perhaps) with those dies.  To the studio!

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Creativity starts here

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • I want a creative escape but I don’t have a lot of time.
  • I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to paper crafting, but I want to try it.
  • I love to create but I don’t always feel creative.
  • I need some fresh project ideas.
  • How can I craft when I don’t have all the “crafting stuff” I need?

Fret no more!  Because with Paper Pumpkin, you have everything you need in one box — delivered right to your door!  Each month you’ll get an expertly-designed project, all the supplies (with exclusive photopolymer stamp sets) to complete the project, and step-by-step printed instructions and video.

Ready to try this?  Stampin’ Up! is offering first-time subscribers an introductory 25% discount on June, July, and August 2017 kits.  Not only will you save money, but you’ll also love starting a new creative journey.

Just a few details to consider:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription.
  • After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 US.

Ready to get started?  Begin at the Paper Pumpkin site, then enter and apply the promo code STARTHERE (in the box at the right side of the signup screen) before you click the subscribe button.

It has never been easier to skip to the fun!

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For Mom

This is was of my 8″ x 8″ scrapbook layouts made for OnStage Minneapolis in March.  The Designer Series Paper was perfect for this picture of my mother — it is so “her”!  For this luncheon at her health care facility, she was wearing slacks and a soft pink vest, with ribbon embroidery and beadwork, and a cut-work blouse.  That pretty much defined her style.  Luckily we could find two matching earrings to complete the look.

I was happy to find out retiring Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper is still available — and at 40% off! — so I added it to an order this week.  I love the two specialty prints with gold foil accents.

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks:

  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Circle Tab Punch (to pull out the journaling card)

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Thanks a bunch

We had a beautiful early spring here this year, and I guess I can say that about most years!  The bulbs are just now beginning to die down, so I am on the search for my traditional annuals in the front yard.

It may bore some people to be so predictable in the home landscape, but not me.  There’s enough surprise with weather and wildlife!  So give me tulips and begonias and geraniums and daffodils.

Inspired by Cindy Elam, I wanted this March camp card to be frothy and light and happy.  I know in my heart there will be spring stamps in January that I will love using, but Basket Bunch will always have a special place in my stampin’ heart!

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