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April 2016

Botanical Blooms Mini Treat Bags

Here are some more thank you gifts that I made for the attendees at a recent class using the retiring Mini Treat Bag Framelits dies.

I filled then with a small Hershey bar and York Peppermint Patty.  Chocolate always goes good with crafting!

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I also used the Botanical Blooms Bundle with includes the Botanical Blooms stamp set, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  The discount for the bundle is 15% off and will expire on May 31.  I also used some retiirng In Colors: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow.


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Botanical Blooms Mini Treat Bag-Can You Case It Color Challenge #117

I really like the color combo this week over at the Can You Case It challenge:

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Update: My card was chosen as one of the Design Team Picks!

Wow, thank you ladies! It was a fun challenge!

Can You Case It Design Team Pick

Here is my contribution:

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For this project, I used the Botanical Builder and retiring Mini Treat Bag framelits dies to create a treat bag.

I am sorry the Mini Treat Bag framelit dies are retiring as I use this set often to make easy treat bags to hold candy and other goodies for quick thank you gifts.

I used Peach Parfait card stock which was an In Color that retired a few years ago.

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Peach Parfait 8-1/2" x 11"" Card Stock"
Peach Parfait 8-1/2" x 11"" Card Stock"
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Hearth and Home Red Geranium in a Blue Window

When I first saw the Hearth and Home Framelits in last year's Holiday Catalog (it has carried over into the Occasions Catalog), it immediately reminded me of the big silled windows often found in old adobe houses.  I am from Albuquerque, NM, and the house I grew up in was an old adobe with these type of windows. 

Adobe and blue windows go hand in hand.  Add a red geranium in the window, and you've got an iconic New Mexican image.

I decided to create my own version using the Brick Wall embossing folder, Hearth and Home Framelits and a flower from Vivid Vases. 

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To get the mortar in the "adobe", I first swiped my Early Espresso ink pad on the inside of the Brick Wall embossing folder before running my Tip Top Taupe card stock through the Big Shot.  I used 1 1/4" burlap ribbon for the "curtains".  I stamped, colored (with markers) and cut out the flower most resembling a geranium from Vivid Vases.  The flower, window and window sill are all popped up with Dimensionals.  The greeting is from Happy Home. 

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Thoughts of Summer with Happy Home-Clear-Block Stamping

Last Saturday, we had a big snow storm hit in Colorado.  Where we live in the Wet Mountains, we received 18" of snow!  We spent a day without power.  Thank goodness for our generator which kept the lights, water and heat on!  I spent the afternoon at the dining room table crafting.

I used the stamp set Happy Home which is found in the Occasions Catalog.  I've had the set for awhile, and thought I better get some ink on it before it retires in June. 

I made up some quick watercolor cards using the clear-block stamping technique.  I dabbed Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Cucumber Crush onto my "D" block, then spritzed it with a little water making the ink pool.  I then placed the block onto my card stock and let it sit for a few seconds. Once the block was lifted, I was left with a pretty watercolor background that I could then stamp my image on.    For these cards I used some scrap glossy white card stock (retired).  Usually I would use watercolor paper, but I decided to switch it up a little while cleaning out my paper stash.

Love these images.  They bring thoughts of summer days, which is great on these snowy days!

The images on these first two were colored in with Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush and Early Espresso markers.

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The image on this one was stamped with Archival Black ink. The card front is mounted on Basic Black card stock.

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I like how each of the backgrounds are a little different depending on how the water pooled on the block.



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2016 Retiring List of Stamp Sets and Accessories


In preparation for the upcoming 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, Stampin' Up! has released the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories.
Some items are limited and will sell out quickly.
Save up to 50% on select items!

You can view the retiring stamp sets from the SU! website HERE

You can view the retiring accessories from the SU! website HERE

You can view the alphabetical list of retiring product HERE as a PDF

Or you can view the list by page number HERE as a PDF

(be sure to zoom it to 125% or more so it is easier to read!)

Also, be sure to check the asterisks besides some of the items, especially the retiring bundles.  If there are 2 ** next to the bundle, that means that while the bundle is retiring, some of the components in the bundle are not.  Example: the Botanical Blooms Bundle is retiring, but the stamp set and framelits are not.  The bundle in this case is retiring because of the Designer Series Paper in the bundle is retiring (because it has retiring In Colors)
Hope that makes sense.  And as always, if you have questions, please let me know!

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April Nacho Average Blog Hop-Happy Birthday Build a Birthday

Welcome to the Nacho Average Design Team's blog hop for April.  This month, we are celebrating birthdays!

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Build a Birthday.


For my first project, I created a Cascading Card using Build a Birthday for the candles and Party with Cake for the greeting.  It also features It's My Party Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.

The Cascading Card technique is fairly simple to do.  (Click HERE for directions).  The key is to measure, cut and score as accurately as possible.

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I created the background for my second project using Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper.  I simply sponged on Black Archival ink making the design on the DSP pop.  I stamped the candles and flames on scrap pieces of Whisper White card stock and cut out using a pair of scissors.  They were then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.


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 For my third project, I created a birthday cake using It's My Party Washi Tape.  I stamped the cake pedestal from Build a Birthday using Black Archival ink, then added the Washi Tape. 

Easy, Easy.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)






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Cascading Happy Birthday

Stamp Sets: Build a Birthday, Party with Cake

Ink: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry marker

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, It's My Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories: It's My Party Washi Tape, Bird Builder punch

Birthday Candles

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White, Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper

Accessories: sponge, Hexagon punch, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Washi Tape Birthday Cake

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: It's My Birthday Washi Tape, Candy Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Glue Dots

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Watercolor Wings and Stenciling with Decorative Masks

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Create pretty backgrounds using one of Stampin' Up!'s decorative masks and sponge daubers!


Use different sponge daubers for each color to keep your colors from becoming muddy.
To help keep the stencil from shifting as you work, secure it to your work surface using painter's or masking tape.
And hold the stencil down with the tips of your fingers on one hand, while you work with the other.
You can also using a Stampin' Sponge to add your color.  Or add a few drops of reinker into a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water or rubbing alcohol and lightly spray the ink through the stencil.  Let the ink dry before removing the stencil.

The butterfly is from the stamp set Watercolor Wings (coordinates with the Butterfly Framelits).  This is a 4 step stamp.
For this butterfly, I stamped stamp #1 (solid image) using Blushing Bride, my lightest color.
#2 stamp (outline) was inked up in Melon Mambo, stamped off onto my work paper, then stamped over image #1.
#3 stamp (detail) was stamped in Melon Mambo full strength.
#4 stamp (body) was stamped using Gray Archival ink.

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Botanical Builder Stenciled Happy Birthday

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I recently cut a number of ferns out of Wild Wasabi card stock using the Botanical Builder Framelites for an upcoming Botanical Blooms class. 

I was left with this sheet of potential "stencils."

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I decided to use one of them to stencil a collection of ferns on the card above.  I used sponge daubers inked up in Cucumber Crush and Elegant Eggplant inks. 

The greeting is a mixture of Wish Big (My Paper Pumpkin) and Perfect Pairings (Sale-A-Bration).

Black Candy Dots were added to bring a little dimension.

Easy, Easy!


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Butterfly Basics Happy Birthday

A quick and easy share for today.

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