Monday, June 27, 2011

Goodbye Best Bots Forever

I have to admit that this is one of the sets I've purchased that I had the best of intentions of using but never got around to even using it until now that it is retiring! Grant and I had picked it out to use for Valentine's for his class, but for several reasons I never got around to making them so I bought the similar boxes (seen in this post) for him to use instead. This is what I would have liked the cards to have looked like if I had made them!
The images were stamped using my stamp-a-ma-jig and Jet Black StazOn ink on watercolour paper. They were all then coloured using my stampin' write markers and an aquapainter. I created a little shadow underneath the robots using crumb cake ink to match the main cardstock. The designer paper is from the Nursery Suite set that is also retiring and, as seen above, is not limited to baby crafts!

Stamps: SU Best Bots Forever
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, SU regal rose, baja breeze, basic gray, crumb cake, real red, early espresso, pear pizzazz
Paper: SU crumb cake, baja breeze, regal rose, early espresso, nursery suite dsp, watercolour
Misc: SU aquapainter, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goodbye Sparkly & Bright

I know it's a bit early for Christmas cards, but it is exactly 6 months away now! Plus, the super cute Sparkly & Bright stamp set is retiring.
I decided to CASE this beautiful card by Stacey - I've had it in my favourites folder forever! I wanted to make it a standard size card instead of square because I don't have any satin red ribbon and I thought having a large card with skinny ribbon would look kind of funny. I was so annoyed because after the card was all assembled and all I had left to do was adhere the bow, I smudged the middle reindeer! If you are as picky as me, then you know this means I will probably never give this card to anyone but I was too annoyed with myself to make another! Maybe later!

It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but the one nose is coloured red,then  covered with crystal effects and dazzling diamond glitter.

Stamps: SU Sparkly & Bright
Ink: SU chocolate chip, real red
Paper: SU chocolate chip, real red, ww
Ribbon: SU 1/8" real red taffeta
Misc: SU crystal effects, dazzling diamond glitter

Friday, June 24, 2011

Goodbye Lots of Bots

Here's a card to send of the retiring set Lots of Bots. The ribbon and celebrations dsp are also retiring.
The robots were first stamped in black ink on whisper white paper and coloured using the various ink colours and blender pens. The middle part of the robot was then stamped again but this time in StazOn ink on watercolour paper, then wartercoloured with my stampin' write markers and aquapainter. Once coloured, they were cut out with my paper snips and glued on to the original stamped images.

The sentiment on the stamp was initially not coloured when I stamped the robots. Instead, I inked it up alone afterwards and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up at the top where I wanted it!

Check out the little rhinestones on the bags too!

Stamps: SU Lots of Bots
Ink: SU basic black, pear pizzazz, bashful blue, real red, basic gray, StazOn jet black
Paper: SU ww, real red, watercolour, celebrations dsp
Ribbon: SU 5/8" real red grosgrain
Misc: SU aquapainter, blender pens, paper snips, rhinestones

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tart & Tangy Teacher Thanks

Seeing as there are only a few days left of school, I thought I would use the apple image from the retiring set Tart & Tangy to create a thank you card for a teacher.
The sentiment is from Upsy Daisy and actually has another line to it, but I just inked up the thank you with my Stampin' write markers.

Stamps: SU Tart & Tangy, Upsy Daisy
Ink: SU poppy parade, old olive, chocolate chip
Paper: SU ww, poppy parade
Punch: SU 1 1/4" square

Monday, June 20, 2011

Goodbye Earthling

Time to say goodbye to the super cute set Greetings, Earthling before it retires.
This card is made using this months SFYTT. I stamped the aliens/monsters in Jet Black StazOn ink on watercolour paper, then used my aquapainter to paint them using the main colours in the also retiring celebrations dsp. I really enjoy watercolouring and have just started trying it out on stamped images that are not just flowers. I think it turned out quite well! The grass line was just made freehand using my basic black Stampin' write marker.

For my sentiment, I used a retired set from Sale-A-Bration several years ago, called Birthday Whimsy. For all the birthday stamp sets I have, none of the fonts seemed to suit this image, they were all too "pretty" looking! Guess I know what I'll have to buy from the upcoming catalogue!

Stamps: SU Greetings Earthling, Birthday Whimsy (retired)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, SU real red, pear pizzazz, pacific point, bashful blue, basic black
Paper: SU watercolour, real red, ww, pacific point, celebrations dsp, in colour patterns pack (hostess)
Misc: SU circle cutter, dimensionals, aquapainter

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Goodbye Great Friend

Great Friend is another retiring set that I own that I will be sad to see go. I originally had to have it just because I loved the butterfly image.
Not much to say about this card! It's pretty self explanatory! Again, this designer paper is being retired as well.

Stamps: SU Great Friend, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: SU soft suede, baja breeze
Paper: SU soft suede, baja breeze, very vanilla, elegant soiree dp
Ribbon: SU 3/8" very vanilla taffeta
Brad: SU very vanilla
Misc: SU pearls

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Goodbye Eastern Blooms

Eastern Blooms has definitely been one of my favourite sets since I got it in 2008 so I will be sad to see it go. I recently posted this paradise card set that I modified from the original inspiration piece that had been made using the eastern blooms set (as seen here). Well, I liked it so much I made the eastern blooms version again but swapped out the colours, designer papers (to feature the retiring elegant soiree dsp) and sentiments.
Here's a closer look at each of the individual cards. You can again click on any of the images to enlarge them.
My favourite is definitely the last card in all versions I've made of it! I just love that layout!

Stamps: SU Eastern Blooms, Thank You Kindly
Ink: SU soft suede, baja breeze
Paper: SU crumb cake, baja breeze, very vanilla, elegant soiree dsp
Ribbon: SU very vanilla 3/8" taffeta
Misc: SU piercing tool, mat pack, dimensionals, paper snips

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Goodbye to Everything Nice and Bugs & Kisses

Today, I'm sharing the retiring sets Everything Nice and Bugs & Kisses as well as the retiring dsp nursery suite.

This first card is for a baby girl and inspired by the sketch Mojo194. Finally, I found a great use for some of my buttons!
This card is for a baby boy, I wish I had a little dog set to go with it too!

Baby Girl Card
Stamps: SU Everything Nice
Ink: SU chocolate chip, regal rose
Paper: SU ww, chocolate chip, so saffron, regal rose, nursery suite dsp
Button: SU so saffron from subtles designer buttons
Ribbon: SU 3/8" whisper white taffeta
Misc: circle cutter

Baby Boy Card
Stamps: SU Everything Nice, Bugs & Kisses
Ink: SU chocolate chip, baja breeze, pear pizzazz
Paper: SU ww, chocolate chip, baja breeze, pear pizzazz, nursery suite dsp

Misc: SU dimensionals, paper snips

Friday, June 10, 2011

Goodbye Baby Steps

Today I thought I would share cards made with the retiring stamp set Baby Steps. It was definitely my go to baby set this year because those elephants are too cute!

Here's the baby boy version
And the baby girl version
I really wanted the attention to be on the image so I didn't even use any designer paper. For the same reason, I kept the embellishments to a minimum. I still had to stick to quite a few layers though! I substituted the bow for a button in the second because I just couldn't get the 5/8" satin ribbon to make a bow that was both small enough for the space and pretty!

Baby Boy Card
Stamp: SU Baby Steps
Ink: SU baja breeze
Paper: SU ww, baja breeze
Ribbon: SU 1/2" baja breeze seam binding
Brad: SU whisper white
Misc: swiss dots embossing folder (similar to perfect polka dots)

Baby Girl Card
Stamp: SU Baby Steps
Ink: SU pretty in pink
Paper: SU ww, pretty in pink
Ribbon: SU 5/8" pretty in pink satin
Button: SU pretty in pink from subtles collection
Misc: swiss dots embossing folder (similar to perfect polka dots)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Goodbye Paradise

Since posting the last chance lists on June 1, I have decided to make cards for this month that feature retiring items that are some of my favourites! Today, I'm sharing items made with the Paradise stamp set and Woodland Walk dsp. I also recently discovered The Paper Players challenge blog and found that this weeks challenge #50 coincides perfectly with my need to make thank you cards for people who have donated towards my volunteer nursing trip to Haiti! Click on the photo to enlarge it for clarity!
Some of you may recognize the layouts and designs here as I used them previously in this post (which also features the soon to retire set Eastern Blooms).

Here's a closer look at each of the cards individually. Click on any of the photos to enlarge them (they appear a bit fuzzy until they are blown up).
I'm sad to see this leaf set go - it was one of my go to sets for masculine cards, but at least I will still have the Autumn Splendor leaf set to use!

The background stamp on the main panels is the grassy image from the set Inspired by Nature. I also used the linen thread for a more natural look to go along with the leaves, grass and woodgrain (plus it keeps them a bit more masculine than ribbon).

It's also hard to tell but these cards have a lot of dimension. All of the leaves are raised up on dimensionals and all of the sentiment panels are raised as well.

Stamps: SU Thank You Kindly, Inspired by Nature, Paradise
Ink: SU chocolate chip, garden green, wild wasabi
Paper: SU crumb cake, garden green, wild wasabi, very vanilla, Woodland Walk dsp
Ribbon: SU linen thread
Punch: SU scallop border punch
Misc: SU dimensionals, paper snips

Monday, June 6, 2011

CASEing Mary Fish

Here's a card I made about a month ago that I forgot to post.
I CASEd this beautiful card by Mary Fish when I was having a complete lack of stamping mojo, though I don't think I did the card much justice.
The colours don't come through well in this photo but they are pear pizzazz and early espresso. I changed the sentiment so it was just straight as opposed to having an oval at the end because I personally am not an oval fan.

I despise the placement of the brads on this card. I wish I had paid more attention so that they were centered between the right edge of the pear pizzazz cardstock and the right edge of the main panel. Probably one of those things only fellow crafters notice, but it drives me crazy!

Stamps: SU Just Believe, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: SU early espresso
Paper: SU ww, pear pizzazz, early espresso
Punch: SU corner punch
Brads: SU silver

Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Masculine

Some of you may remember this card that I made for a workshop. I thought I would take that exact same card and only change the flower to make it a more masculine card.
I think it turned out quite well. I stamped the autumn splendor leaf in early espresso on top of garden green cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Stamps: SU Thank You Kindly, Autumn Splendor
Ink: SU early espresso
Paper: SU early espresso, crumb cake, garden green, woodland walk dsp
Ribbon: SU 1/8" early espresso taffeta
Punch: SU corner rounder
Misc: SU dimensionals, paper snips, clear embossing powder

Thursday, June 2, 2011

MOJO193 Wishes

It's been a while since I participated in any of the Mojo Monday sketch challenges but I really liked the Mojo193 sketch so I gave it a try.
I love the way this card turned out. The colours are so bright but also make a perfect masculine card. I only used a little strip of ribbon and decided to use a corduroy button instead of making a bow to keep it a bit more masculine. Maybe I'm the only one that thinks bows make it more girly!

I really hope that SU brings back this cupcake stamp set in the new catalogue available July 1! SU did carry over the build a cupcake punch so it is still currently available but unfortunately this stamp set isn't. Check out this flyer to see other items from the Occasions Mini Catalogue that are carried over and still available for purchase.

Don't forget to check out the last chance lists in the post here.

And be sure to stop by this post to see the first card I posted since my month long hiatus!

Stamps: SU Create a Cupcake, Short & Sweet
Paper: SU ww, bashful blue, pacific point, celebrations dsp
Ink: SU real red, wild wasabi, pacific point, bashful blue
Ribbon: SU 1/8" real red taffeta
Punch: SU Build a Cupcake
Button: SU real red corduroy button (retired)
Misc: SU dimensionals

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance Lists Available Now!

It's that time of year when Stampin' Up! releases its last chance lists. These items will only be available until June 30 or while supplies last to make room for new products in the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue! Sad to see some of my favourites will be going.
Click here to view the last chance stamp sets (available until June 30)

Click here to view the last chance accessories list (available while supplies last). Some items are even discounted 25-40%!

Click here to view the last chance definitely decorative list (available until June 30).

NOTE: Items that are being "reconfigured" as marked with an "*" are not going to retire. They are being modified (ex. new packaging, prices, resizing) for the new catalogue.