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April 2015

Sheltering Tree Watercolor Background

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This card was inspired by our apple trees that have tiny pink and white flowers just starting to open!  The sky was inspired by a perfectly beautiful day here in southern Colorado!

I did a quick and simple watercolor background by picking up various inks with an Aqua Painter, swiping and blending them on a piece of water color paper.  Before adding the watercolor background, I stamped the tree,  blooms and grass using Early Espresso, Blushing Bride and Garden Green inks, then heat embossed them using clear embossing powder.  That way, there wouldn't be any smearing when I added water.  The greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin kit Wish Big. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky

Paper: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, watercolor paper

Accessories: Aqua Painter, heat tool, clear embossing powder

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Mixed Bunch Happy Mother's Day-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #139

Be sure to check out this week's fun sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average site.

Here's my contribution:

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Just in time for Mother's Day!

I used Mixed Bunch, one of my favorite stamp sets to create this quick and easy card.  The pretty patterned paper is from All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack.

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, All Abloom Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Strips embossing folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Blossom, 1" circle and Blossom Petals punches, sponge, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

 

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Thinking of You Sheltering Tree

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 A quick and easy thinking of you card!
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Time to Say Goodbye-Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories

retiring products

It's that time of year again as Stampin' Up! says goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalog!

The retiring list is out and Stampin' Up! is discounting select product up to 50% off!
Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.
Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26.
Accessories (punches, dies, paper, ribbon, ink pads etc) are only available while supplies last and will set out fast!
All My Digital Studio products are retiring and are discounted 30%.


Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories in alphabetical order (pdf)
Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories by page numbers-Large print (pdf)

Retiring My Digital Studio as a pdf


The retiring accessories can sell out FAST, so please make your selections as soon as you can.
Order online 24/7.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
annehayward@wildblue.net


Happy Shopping! 
Anne
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Life in the Forest Happy Birthday-Nacho Average Color Challenge #138

Our color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site is: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Mossy Meadow

Here's my contribution:

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The fox and trees are from the stamp set Life in the Forest.  The greeting is Wish Big from a My Paper Pumpkin kit.  The fox and trees were stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock that was punched out using a 2 1/2" circle punch. The fox was stamped using Early Espresso ink and then colored in using a Cajun Craze marker.  I water colored the trees using Mossy Meadow ink and an Aqua Painter.  The Early Espresso background was embossed using the Big Shot and Wood Grain embossing folder.  I punched a 2" circle in the background and slipped the circle piece with the trees and fox behind it. The greeting was stamped, then cut out using the Big Shot and Word Bubbles Framelit.

 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Life in the Forest, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze marker

Paper: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelit, Wood Grain Embossing Folder, 2", 2 1/2" Circle and Lace Border punches, Aqua Painter, sponge, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

 

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Time to Say Goodbye-Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories

retiring products

It's that time of year again as Stampin' Up! says goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalog!

The retiring list is out and Stampin' Up! is discounting select product up to 50% off!
Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.
Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26.
Accessories (punches, dies, paper, ribbon, ink pads etc) are only available while supplies last and will set out fast!
All My Digital Studio products are retiring and are discounted 30%.


Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories in alphabetical order (pdf)
Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories by page numbers (pdf)

Retiring My Digital Studio as a pdf


The retiring accessories can sell out FAST, so please make your selections as soon as you can.
Order online 24/7.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
annehayward@wildblue.net


Happy Shopping! 
Anne
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Butterfly Thinlits Dies Have Landed!

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After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!

As a thank you for your patience, Stampin' Up! is offering two great deals available now through April 30!

Butterfly Thinlits

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount--just $21.20! Item # 137360

      Butterfly Basics

      2.Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sending Wishes Your Way Butterfly-Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz

Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Vellum card stock

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Die, Blendabilities, Candy Dot

 

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Celebrate Today Cupcake Toppers

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I made these cupcake toppers recently for guests at my "Happy Birthday" stamp a stack using the stamp set Celebrate Today and coordinating Balloon Framelits.  The balloons are attached to toothpicks with a little bit of Crystal Effects on the back. They're fun and easy to make!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today

Ink: various

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Crystal Effects

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Sunshine and Sprinkles Celebrate Today-Nacho Average Sketch Challege #137

We have a fun sketch this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the coordinating stamp set Celebrate Today and Balloon Framelits dies. It came together quickly.  The background paper is retired Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.  Since I had it out for use in another project, I decided it would be perfect for this one as well.

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

 

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April Showers Brings May Flowers-My Paper Pumpkin Filled With Love

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The Ladies of Wetmore get together once a month for lunch at local restaurants.  My friend Vivienne and I are the hostesses for the upcoming lunch in April. We recently got together to make these fun Ghirardelli chocolate bags using the left over pieces from the January My Paper Pumpkin kit "Filled With Love."

(click here to see the chocolate Easter rabbit bags I put together as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.)

We decided that our theme would be "April Showers Brings May Flowers!"  Since the left over tags in the kit had hearts on them, we decided we needed to come up with another patterned paper.  I searched my stash and found a packet of the retired Designer Series Paper, Sunshine and Sprinkles.  One of the patterns was pretty colored umbrellas.  Perfect!  I cut 1 7/8" x 6" strips of the paper, and then punched one end using my Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Then, they were folded in half and placed over the top of each of the bags after a Ghirardelli chocolate square was added to the inside.  These squares fit perfectly into the bags!  We punched coordinating flowers and banners and added them to the front of the tags.  The scallop punch creates a small hole in the paper, so we tied bows made with coordinating Baker's Twine through the holes.  The  bag is held closed with the clips that came in the kit.  We made 15 of these in a matter of a few minutes!  Easy, easy.

Supplies Used:

Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist

Paper: Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Rose Red, Whisper White, Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP

Accessories: Filled With Love Paper Pumpkin kit, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Pansy, Petite Petals and Scallop Tag Topper punches, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, rhinestones, Dimensionals, sponge

 

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Watercolor Pleasant Poppies-Nacho Average Color Challenge #136

We have a spring-themed color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site: Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay and Strawberry Slush.

Here is my contribution:

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 This color combination reminded me of a field of poppies on a warm spring day!  So, I created my own little spring-themed watercolor landscape.  I first stamped the image from Pleasant Poppies onto watercolor paper using white craft ink.  I then heat embossed the image using white embossing powder.  Now for the fun part!  I watercolored the poppies and background using the challenge colors, picking up each color from my stamp pads with an Aqua Painter.  Once the watercolor paper dried completely, I stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Strawberry Slush ink. 

Happy Spring!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, white craft

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, watercolor paper

Accessories: Aqua Painter, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Free Shipping-April 6-10

Free Shipping

  • Get FREE shipping on any orders placed April 6-April 10, no minimum purchase required (excludes expedited orders).
  • All order types qualify (customer, demonstrator, workshop, online)
  • Orders placed for Hawaii and Alaska will receive free 2nd Day Air shipping.
  • Paper Pumpkin past kits and kit refills are eligible for free shipping if purchased online. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are not eligible for free shipping.
  • Submit orders by: 11:50 pm April 10, 2015!

Stock up on supplies as your craft-free shipping doesn't happen often!

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Contact me if you have any questions!

annehayward@wildblue.net

 

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Easter Bunny Berry Basket

Happy Easter!

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For instructions on how to make this cute punched bunny, please click here.

Love the new Berry Basket Bigz L Die!

Make a cute basket just right for delivering a little special something. Use with a Big Shot and Standard Cutting Pads. Finished box size: 4" each side x 3-1/4" high, 5" with handle.

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 Other supplies: Easter grass

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