Tile motifs

As I was cleaning out my magazine stash from last month (apparently a bit late, as I have already received one June issue!), I ripped these pages out of the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

I am captivated by these patterns!  And, because I’m always thinking Stampin’ Up!, my thoughts went to the Eastern Palace Suite.  (Read details of this early release here.)  Because it’s available this month in two exclusive bundles that won’t be offered in the new catalog, I’ll be featuring Eastern Palace products in May stamp camps.

Truthfully, I’m not really crazy about the color combinations in the Stampin’ Up! promotional materials for this suite — too dark, too dramatic, too heavy.  So you’ll see I’m going lighter with my designs.

On my own, I’ve been using some of the tile motifs seen in this magazine article for inspiration.  I suppose this kind of repetitive, meticulous stamping doesn’t appeal to everyone — and unfortunately, it’s not really practical for camp projects — but I love the rhythm.

To those who have ordered the Eastern Palace Suite products this month, I challenge you to replicate this kind of tile work!

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Spinnin’ bee

Who doesn’t love a card with playful action?  Hardly anyone, based on the reactions to this April camp card!  Almost everyone had the same “Awww!” response, complete with big smile.

There’s plenty of retiring product on this card, including the dies, but this spinner “track” could certainly be achieved with two circle dies.  And as for the spinning object, well, just use your imagination!

Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker

Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker

So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker

So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker

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No. 1

Arf, arf.  I have been working (and stamping) like a dog, getting ready for upcoming stamp camps and some special events.

Meanwhile, I’d love to give you a bathroom remodel update … well, I don’t want to ruin a good day with bad feelings.  (However, feel free to talk to me if you are local.)

Last weekend was the April edition of the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack, one of my favorite events.  I used a card that I had sent to Peter to celebrate his gold medal award at Epic (formerly Awana).

This picture looks blurry to me, but it could be the fact that I spent a couple hours with a dozen toddlers yesterday and had a sick headache as a result.  (Really, should a person my age even attempt to participate in the “jack-in-the-box” song — with actions?)

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You are Amazing

Do you have a friend or relative who is amazing?  I won’t mention names, but there was more than one stamper in April who couldn’t think of anyone who should receive this card!  Luckily, I had more than one sentiment available.

Some of my readers received this card as part of a swap in December.  Yes, I’ve been waiting this long to use it in camp!  We colored the wings with “bands” or stripes of color using Watercolor Pencils, then smoothed and brightened the pigment with Blender Pens.  I never get tired of seeing the result.

Mint Macaron is another 2015-2017 In Color that is retiring, and I believe the paper and ribbon used here are both already gone.  (Shop for retiring products here.)

A Glue Dot adheres the trimmed Vellum wings to the dragonfly’s body, and the rhinestone was colored with a permanent marker.

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Eastern Palace sneak peek!

What to do when there’s still another month before the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is released?  Get your hands on something wonderful — a sneak peek of the Eastern Palace suite in two exclusive bundles!

Brilliant colors (including three new In Colors!) and creative shapes made with amazing dies characterize this suite.  See for yourself in a May stamp camp!

Or, take advantage of one of these early bird bundles (click to see details) that are only available in May and will not be offered in these configurations in the new catalog:

Don’t miss the free items only available as part of each bundle; you will love being able to use Very Vanilla Note Cards and Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock right away!

Ready?  Click here to go to my Stampin’ Up! online store!

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Clearance Rack sale!

Ink, ribbon, stamps, tools, embellishments — so many items were added to the Clearance Rack yesterday.  And look at the banner (click it to see the entire Clearance Rack):  there are discounts of up to 80%!

But these items are available only while the last.  Take a look, but do it fast before those wish-list items are gone!

Place your order at my online Stampin’ Up! store front here!

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My Heart Smiles

“Don’t get excited,” was my husband’s warning to me on more than occasion yesterday.  Because, as you also may have experienced, nothing goes the way it’s supposed to during a remodel.  And it’s possible my voice got a little … louder and higher.  No, I was not singing.

I’m just hoping everything is finished by Thursday evening so my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack stampers don’t have to step over boxes and tools — oh, and can have all the comforts of home downstairs!

Here’s the card I wrote about yesterday with the unusual color combo:

Do you love it, too?  You can find my inspiration on page 20 of the Occasions Catalog.  I never feel I spend enough time really studying the samples in the catalogs.  I need to buckle down and spend some serious time with the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog — I think I need a rainy day or two to keep me inside.

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Fear of colors — I never even knew there was such a thing!  It’s not something I suffer from; rather, my problem is a lack of confidence using color.  (Is there a name for that?)

For example, we’re making a card in camp this month using the Succulent Garden suite.  The combination of colors is strangely compelling, but I would have been a skeptic if someone would have suggested I use them — and would like the effect.  I’ll show you this card later in the week.

Still, a 4¼” x 5½” card is one thing, a powder room is something else entirely.  That’s the project here this week:  someone is remodeling our back-door tiny bathroom.  Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house:

Yes, that is orange and yellow shag carpeting on the floor, yellow iridescent plastic tiles, and a heavy, textured, striped wallpaper on the wall.  Don’t overlook the retro medicine cabinet and coordinating plush toilet lid cover.  Charming, would you not agree?

We had a new floor installed and removed the wallpaper before we moved, but the tiles remained.  Until today — DEMO DAY.  I have taken the Easter decorations down from the shelf on the opposite side of the wall (I learned my lesson when our old house was re-sided).

But.  The new color.  That’s my dilemma.

If the Property Brothers visited this house, they’d say “It’s like an Easter basket exploded!”  I have a silvery gray, Pool Party, Certainly Celery, sunny yellow, and a paint called Muslin, which looks just like it sounds.  I don’t want drama on the walls, but I feel like I want to do something lively and fresh in this little room.

Do you have any suggestions for me?  Pictures you’d like to share?

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Olive bucket or basket?

Did you wonder why I compared the OnStage display stamping experience to the Food Network show Chopped?  In both situations, there seems to be no logic to the items in the box!  I received a stamp set, but not the dies to cut out the images.  I received a set of dies, but no packaging to explain how they should be used and no coordinating stamp set.  Then there were some embellishments that simply perplexed me!

So it was fun to see the new catalog and and the big picture of the products I received!

I suppose this container in this sweet image could be a basket, but I saw it as a vintage olive bucket and so colored that way.

I colored the strip of Glossy White Cardstock with a scrunched-up baby wipe dabbed into several different ink pads.  The look here is subtle (and reminds me of when we used to “rag” paint walls), but you can create some drama with a heavier hand.

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks:

  • At Home with You stamp set
  • Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ Glossy White Cardstock

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Hello, Tweetie!

I have not missed many SU! events over the years, and there are many reasons why:  information, long-time friends, stamping, all-attendee giveaways, long days and late nights, training, new friends, road trips, new products, recognition, SU! corporate staff, Prize Patrol, inspiration … and more!

So when Stampin’ Up! issued the call for demonstrators to apply as a display stamper for OnStage Local, a regional gathering, I didn’t hesitate.  And when the email arrived that started “Congratulations…,” well I admit I stopped reading and ran upstairs to tell my husband.

My assignment was to prepare 15-20 samples using product from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  That exciting box arrived with plenty of time to play, and I appreciated not being rushed — it felt something like the stamper’s version of Chopped!

Here’s the first sample I’m sharing with you:

I have to laugh at the extensive supply list for this little scene!  Here’s the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek:  Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

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