Thursday, May 24, 2012

Goodbye, Die!

As you know, it's our annual retirement season for those of us affiliated with Stampin' Up! I had purchased the Bitty Box & Envelope die several months ago, but in all the other activity I'd just not managed to break it out. It's the story of many a love affair... realizing too late how much the object of your affections means to you! (giggle-by the way, as of this moment, you can still order this die! It is being discontinued May 31 or when supplies are exhausted.)

The box/envelope accommodates 3x3" cards, which I made from naturals ivory CS with Old Olive accents. Don't you think "wittle" things have built-in charm?! The beautiful thing is, the die cuts little envelopes too, a perfect way to use up some scraps of DSP! My sister just gave me a duplicate set of Clearly for You, and the images are ideally sized! I've used Early Espresso and Old Olive classic inks.

If you haven't yet, check out the list of retiring stamps and accessories. There are some nice deals there, don't let 'em get away!  -Kathy

Stamp Club Olathe - May 2012

The hostess for this month in the Olathe club wanted to recreate the card on p.116 of the 2011-12 IB&C using the two-step stampin' set Flower Fancy. However, she also wanted to incorporate the framelits labels. This is a great little mental exercise, and I think the results were simply charming. We gave some thought as well to gussying up the inside of the card. Version two, using hostess set Simply Soft, was created by the ladies at the second table (we split the group for practical reasons, less wait time and more elbow room!). We used a Stamp-a-ma-jig for this image, since it's smaller and more complex and we wanted to get the color on the allium inside the lines.

If you've never played with two-step stamps, give it a try! They're perfect for a casual look, and so quick and easy.  -Kathy

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Summer Smooch Wreath

Paper Rosette Wreath

DSP - Summer Smooch
Brights Button Collection
Whisper White 5/8" Stain Ribbon
Linen Thread
Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
1-1/4 Circle Punch
Simply Scored Scoring Tool 
Mulit-Purpose Liquid Glue (aka-Tombo)
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots
Non-Stampin' Up! Wood Cut-Out Frame
Non-Stampin' Up! Hot Glue Gun