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Retiring Products

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Retiring stamp sets, bundles, accessories.

Today is the last day to shop for retiring items from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual and 2017 Occasions Catalogs.

Select items are discounted up to 50%!

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Clear Block Cool Water Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams

Spring has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a dry winter, we've had a snowy and rainy spring.  Temps are rising, and the Hardscrabble Creek is running high.  That means the dragonflies will soon be patrolling up and down the creek bed in search of food.

In celebration of their return, I created this card using the Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique and the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique is my go-to whenever I want to create a landscape, whether it be on land or water.

The technique is easy.  Here's how.

Lightly tap ink pads onto a clear block, and spritz with water.  Lay the block onto a piece of regular card stock or watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Let it dry completely, then stamp your image.

For this card, I tapped Pool Party and Marina Mist inks onto my clear block "E", then added Pear Pizzazz ink along the edges.  After spritzing the block with water, I stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock. 

Once the background was dry, I stamped the dragonfly using the 2-step method.  First came the solid wings stamped in Emerald Envy, then came the body over stamped using Dapper Denim. 

I stamped the dots image using Marina Mist and Pool Party.  For the most part, I inked up the stamp, stamped off, then stamped onto my background so they dots wouldn't be full strength.  But, some of the Pool Party dots were stamped full strength.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly as well as to the background for a little shimmer.

The greeting was stamped in Dapper Denim.

Dragonfly Dreams closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water


Happy Stampin'!

That's the Tag Stained Glass

Thats the Tag Stained Glass

Create the look of stained glass by using Vellum cardstock and Stampin' Up! Write Markers. 

For this card, I paired the Stained Glass Technique with the retiring stamp set That's the Tag and coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.

The technique is easy.  Here's how:

To begin, first cut the flower oval out of Early Espresso ink using the Big Shot and Timeless Tags Thinlit Die. 

Then, cut out the solid oval out of vellum cardstock . 

You will now have 2 pieces that will need to be glued together.  For this piece, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the narrow edges of the Early Espresso frame.

Turn the piece over, and you are ready to color in the back side of the vellum, using the Early Espresso flower as your guide.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

For this card, I used Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party and Crushed Curry markers.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

When you turn it over, you will now have a pretty piece with the look of stained glass!

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

To complete the card, I applied glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen carefully along the inside of each of the segments of the flower.  This gives a lacquer finish look of glass.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass close up

I hope you'll give the Stained Glass Technique a try!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: That's the Tag

Ink: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Vellum, Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Pool Party ribbon


Happy Stampin'!

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

Here is another couple of Blast from the Past cards featuring the retiring stamp set In the Meadow and the Reflection Masking Technique.

Instructions can be found HERE

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

For the card above, after creating the sky and water by sponging Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Pool Party inks, I stamped and colored in the main images of the deer, trees, and grass. To create the reflections, I inked up each stamp with Basic Gray Archival ink.  I off-stamped the images onto my work paper, turned the stamps upside down and stamped, lining the bottom of the stamps up with the bottom of the original stamped images.

The deer were stamped using Early Espresso ink, then colored in using a blender pen and Crumb Cake ink.  The landscape is the from the stamp set Sheltering Tree stamped full strength and off stamped using Old Olive ink.

 And here is a pretty reflection mountain scene:

In the Meadow Reflection Masking Technique

To see how this card was created using the Reflection Masking Technique, please visit my instructions HERE

In the Meadow retires on May 31.

Be sure to order your set before it is too late!


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Picture Perfect Hummingbird

Picture Perfect hummingbird

The hummingbirds have arrived here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

 In celebration, I am featuring a blast from the past card I created last year using the retiring stamp set Picture Perfect.

 This is one of my favorite cards I created using this set.

There is a slight learning curve and, it takes a little practice to get the hummingbird right, but it is so worth it. 

Here are some tips that I have worked out:

1. The packaging is numbered with each stamp (1-4 for the hummingbird).  Also, each stamp has a tab at the top of it.  Use this tab for placement and alignment with each step.  To help me with the placement of the bird, I made a small tick mark on my card stock using a pencil.  I lined up the tab on the stamps with this tick mark.  Erase the mark when you are done.
2. Start with the lightest color.  For the hummingbird, I started with Smoky Slate stamped off once, then stamped the #1 hummingbird.
3. The 2nd stamp is the throat which I stamped using Real Red.  The shape of the throat matches the image of #1 stamped image.
4. I stamped the 3rd stamp using Smoky Slate full strength.
5. I stamped the 4th stamp using Tuxedo Black.
6. When aligning the stamps for the body of the hummingbird, remember to position it with the tip of the tab on your tick mark.  Other alignment points are the eye, the tail feathers, the beak and the line along the bottom of the body.

This set also includes a 3-step rose and a 2-step star fish.  

It retires on May 31, so if you haven't purchased it yet, now is the time to do so!

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Anne Hayward ordering online


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Picture Perfect

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red

Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White


Happy Stampin'!

Touches of Texture Quick and Easy, No Fuss Cards

Touches of Texture with Eastern Palace Touches of Texture
Sometimes you need a quick, all-purpose card. No special techniques, just quick and easy stamping!

That is exactly what I needed recently to send out as thank you cards.

I got out one of my favorite stamp sets, Touches of Texture, paired it with three of the incoming In Colors (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide) and a couple of the designs found in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper collection and quickly put these two cards together in a matter of minutes!

Just basic stamping.  It doesn't have to be complicated!

So, next time you need a card, get back to the basics with simple stamping.  Use Designer Series Paper to add a little more interest, and you're done!

The three new In Colors, plus the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper are all part of the Sneak Peek Eastern Palace Suite available now through May 31. 

Check Here to view the Bundles and to place an order online

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Touches of Texture, Picture Perfect for the greeting (retiring)

Ink: Card # 1 Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso

Card# 2 Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Dimensionals to pop up the DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Tissue Paper Photo Tiles


Tissue and Tiles

Left to right: Marie and Rowley Frick Pease (my Great-Grandparents), Dorothy and Alvin Abraham on their wedding day (my Grandparents),  Emily (Herr) Abraham (my Great-Grandmother on my Grandfather's side)

After posting my Beautiful You Ceramic Tile Coasters HERE, I started thinking back to some of my favorite projects using ceramic tiles that I've used in my crafting.

Probably my favorite is printing photos on tissue paper and then applying and sealing the tissue to a ceramic tile. 

This is a blast from the past from 2007!

This is the coolest project ever!  When I first read about this technique, I knew I had to try it.  But to be honest, I was sure it was going to be one of those projects that sounds  great but just wouldn’t work.  I thought printing on tissue paper would be a disaster, jamming up the printer etc.

Well, I am very happy to announce it is really easy and is one of those WOW! projects.

I've made several of these over the years as this is a great way to personalize a gift for family and friends.  I have sealed and put "feet" on the bottom of some of them using felt so if they want to be used as coasters they can without scratching furniture. 

Others, I have included trinket/plate holders so they can be displayed upright.  The photo above are the tiles my Mom has displayed on her bookcase.

Instructions are below.  Have fun going through your old photos, and let me know how your project turns out.

Print out photos onto tissue paper and glue/decoupage to ceramic tiles.  Here’s what you need:

4x4 tiles (coasters) These can be any kind of tiles: tumbled marble, glazed etc

or 2x2 tiles (magnets)

mod podge

paint brush or sponge

plain white tissue paper

plain white copy paper

scotch tape


clear sealer

felt feet for coasters or magnets for refrigerator magnets


1.  Take an original photo, scan into your computer.  It can be a color photo or black and white photo.  If it is a color photo, you might want to edit it to black and white or sepia tone using a photo editing program.  The black and white and sepia photos have a nice aged, old-timey look when they are printed on the tissue paper.  You can resize the photo to fit the size of the tile with a little photo editing.

2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a piece of copy paper.  I used a larger sized piece of tissue paper, folded the edges over and taped the two together on the back.  Make sure the two pieces of paper are well taped together so you don't jam your printer.

Tissue Paper and Tiles


Tissue Paper and Tiles

Tissue Paper and Tiles

3. Insert tissue paper/copy paper into your printer. 

4. Print photo.

5. Trim tissue away from the copy paper. 

6. Cover the tile with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

7. Gently lay the tissue paper image on the tile. Starting in the middle and going out, lightly spread the tissue, adhering it the tile.  Be very careful here.  The tissue paper can tear very easily, so try not to manipulate it too much.

8. Carefully cover the entire image with Mod Podge.  Set aside to completely dry.

9. To use the tile as a coaster, seal with an acrylic sealant and allow to dry.  Add felt or cork feet using permanent adhesive.

10. For a magnet, seal with sealant and allow to dry.  Add a magnet to the back of the tile.

This is a photo of my Mom and her brother, Alan.  It is on a glazed tile, so it is smooth.

Tissue and tiles

This photo is the 4 generations of women on my Mom's side; Marie (Crawford) Pease (Great-Grandmother), Audrie (Abraham) Haskell (Mother), Dorothy (Pease) Abraham (Grandmother), and the baby is me!  It is on a tumbled marble tile, so there are some pot marks on the tile which helps add interest.

Tissue and tiles



Happy Stampin'!

Stamping on Ceramic Tiles-Beautiful You

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tiles

Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!

These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme. 

Every year, my Stamp Clubs would choose this theme for one of our monthly swaps. 

Invariably, there would be at least 1 or 2 ceramic tiles traded in the swap!

I still have them, and we use them daily as drink coasters.

I stamped and colored these coasters to give to attendees at a recent class.

The technique is easy to do!

You will first need to purchase the tiles.  These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.

There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.  

Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store.  These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.

I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.

After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.

I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.

Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear. 

If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink.  This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.

I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! markers and set them aside to dry completely.

This was the fun part.  Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit. 

I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks (Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder) and blues (Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay). 

But, I also like the one colored with Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron.

But, experimenting is half the fun!

Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks. 

When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.

The sealant will dry fairly quickly.  And now your tiles should be water resistant!

To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each.  I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.

  Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileWatermelon Wonder dress and Tempting Turquoise hat

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileThis one is interesting.  I started out using my Wisteria Wonder marker.  I didn't quite like it, so I added some Marina Mist, then a touch of Crushed Curry. 

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileCucumber Crush dress with Mint Macaron hat

Easy, easy and a perfect gift. 

These were a big hit with the ladies in the class!

If you like this project, please be sure to share on Pinterest using the Pinterest button in the footer of this post.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Black Stazon, various markers

Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive


Happy Stampin'!

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Beautiful You Paper Piecing Technique for Card Making

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

The Paper Piecing Technique in card making is adding colorful and patterned paper to a stamped image. 

When it is paired with the images found in Beautiful You, it's kind of like playing paper dolls when you were a child but with a grown up appeal.

For details on how to do the Paper Piecing Technique, please visit my posting HERE

For this card, I paired the "dancing girl" image from  Beautiful You with designs found in the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. 

Her dress was cut from the Delightful Dijon polka dot pattern, and her hat was cut from the sunflower design.  I popped the pieces up using Dimensionals.

The beach background also comes from the same paper stack.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You closeup

Add color and dimension to your stamped images! 

Give the Paper Piecing Technique a try.

I can't wait to see your creations.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Archival Gray, Island Indigo

Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: scissors, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Piecing using Beautiful You and Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper


Paper Pieced Beautiful You


The Paper Piecing Technique in card making is adding colorful and patterned paper to a stamped image. 

When it is paired with the images in Beautiful You, it's kinda like playing paper dolls when you were a child but with a grown up appeal.

And by using the patterned pieces found in  Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper ( found in this month's sneak peek bundle from Stampin' Up!), the images now have a bold, colorful look.

The Paper Piecing Technique is easy to do. 

Here's how:

Stamp your image onto a neutral piece of card stock.  For this card, I stamped the woman with the umbrella image on Very Vanilla card stock using Basic Gray ink.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, I stamped her body and umbrella on different patterned Eastern Palace DSP using Basic Gray ink.

For her dress, I used the deep colored, Fresh Fig lined pattern.  I think this is going to be one of my new favorite colors!

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

For the umbrella, I used the fun Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim polka dot pattern. 

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, with a pair of scissors, I cut out the individual pieces.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, it is just a matter of piecing them onto the stamped image.  You can pop them up with Dimensionals if you'd like.

I popped up the umbrella but decided to use SNAIL Adhesive for the dress.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

With the images in Beautiful You, the possibilities are endless for the Paper Piecing Technique.  You can make different "outfits" to match the mood of the card.  Or use your recipient's favorite colors.

See, just like playing with paper dolls!

And what is the Eastern Palace Suite anyway?

Stampin' Up! is offering customers a sneak peek of the bold and exotic product found in the Eastern Palace Suite before the release of the Annual Catalog on June 1. 

Two bundles will be available for purchase May 1-31. 

While the a la carte items will be available in the upcoming catalog, the bundles are exclusive to the Sneak Peek period.

These bundles consist of a new stamp set, thinlit dies,  Designer Series Paper, accessories and 3 of the 5 new In Colors:  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, and Tranquil Tide!  

And depending on the bundle, SU! will include a gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes OR Very Vanilla thick card stock and envelopes.

Online ordering

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Basic Gray, Dapper Denim

Paper: Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scissors, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!