Retirement Party – I Think You’re Great!

In honor of the retiring SU! stamps, let’s have a party starting with the I Think You’re Great stamp set.  Here are two cards that feature the set and are just plain fun to make.  They also make me think of summer, which is not too far in the future!!

Here are the cards:

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And here are the directions –

  1. The I Think You’re Great retiring stamp set is a great one to use with the kissing technique.  You probably have stamps in your stash that will work really well with this technique and will extend your stamps to create new images.
  2. Stamp the “hi!” stamp using a green ink of your choice.  Stamp off onto the scalloped lines stamp from the I Think You’re Great stamp set.  This will take some of the ink off the “hi!” stamp.
  3. Now – stamp the “hi!” stamp onto white cardstock.  You’ll see the result is an image with a really interesting background.  You can get an alternative background by repeating step 2 and stamping off using the flower background stamp from the same stamp set.
  4. Important:  Be sure to clean your stamps each time you use the kissing technique.  You don’t want to transfer unwanted ink onto a stamp or ink pad.
  5. Cut out the “hi!” stamped image.
  6. We’re going to make this card as a 4” x 4” card.   Cut your choice of green cardstock into two pieces for the card.  The first is 8” x 4”, scored and folded at 4” on the 8” side.  The second is cut to 4” x 4”.
  7. To create the ice cream cone, use a favorite embossing folder to make the texture.  The examples show two choices for the embossing folder.  Punch the cone out using the Tree punch or cut out the cone using scissors.  Sponge the punched out cone with your choice of brown ink.
  8. On a piece of 3” x 3” of white cardstock, stamp the scalloped lines stamp from the I Think You’re Great stamp set.  Use a color of your choice that will work well with the stamped “hi!” image and the ice cream cone piece.
  9. Use Versamark ink and stamp the scalloped lines stamp in each corner of the 4” x 4” green cardstock.  Look at the picture above for an example of where to stamp the images.
  10. Choose the sentiment you would like to put in the bottom right corner of the white cardstock.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set provides quite a few choices.  Stamp the image using Memento Tuxedo black ink, and punch it out or cut it into your choice of shape.  Adhere to the white cardstock.
  11. Take some time to determine where you want to place the “hi!” and ice cream cone pieces and where the embellishments will be.  The pictures show a few alternatives, but the options are endless!

Happy Retirement to this great set – If you don’t have this I Think You’re Great stamp set and want to add it to your collection, just click on the image below.  You’ll go to my on-line store.  While you’re there, be sure to check out all the other amazing stamps and accessories that are retiring.

Happy stamping!

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Vivid Vases – Retiring in Style

Welcome to the April NC Demos blog hop!  You probably just hopped over from Sharon Maranich’s post.  Doesn’t she just inspire you with her designs?

Thanks for continuing your tour and stopping by to see my post for this month’s blog hop.  I am focusing on one of my favorite stamps that is retiring at the end of May.  I thought it would be fun to put together a Happy Retirement card in honor of the Vivid Vases stamp set.  I have also focused on the five colors that are retiring – Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, and Tangelo Twist.   Here is my card:


The technique that is featured in the card is paper piecing.  It’s a great way to get a new look from some of your favorite stamps.  Look for a stamp that has some large, open spaces.  For example, the vases in this stamp are perfect.

Let me take you through some of the steps that I used to create this card.  First, I did not want to use the words that come with the stamp.  I covered them with masking tape before I inked the rest of the stamp.  Tip:  Get some of the adhesive off the masking tape before you put the tape onto your stamp.  I put the tape on the back of my hand first to get the adhesive a little less tacky.


Stamp a few more vases with flowers onto additional pieces of white cardstock.  These pieces will become your “experiments” as you design the vases for the paper piecing.  Cut the additional pieces as shown below.  When you cut the vases out separately, you will have the ability to stamp each vase with different colors and different designs.


Now – choose the stamp set(s) that you want to use to design your vases.  I chose the Butterfly Basics set since there are quite a few stamps in that set that have intricate designs and are perfect for the vases.  Check out the picture below to see that I really did experiment with the colors, stamps, and intensity of the colors before finalizing the designs.  Take a look at the Butterfly Basics set to see which stamps I used on the vases.


The next step is the real paper piecing part.  Get out your scissors and fussy cut each vase.  I like to leave the black outline on the cut out pieces.  Put the cut out vases to the side while you color in your flowers and leaves.

To color the flowers and leaves, use a combination of stampin’ write markers and blender pens.  In the picture below, you’ll see that I tried to include a few colors in the same flower to add a little interest.


The next step is assembling the pieces.  Glue your vases directly onto the “empty” vases.  Aligning the vases is pretty straight forward since you have the outline as your guide.  Reverse tweezers can be helpful to get everything aligned.

The base of the card is Hello Honey.  The “Happy Retirement” stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set did the trick for the sentiment.  The card is finished by using the Banner Framelits and a piece of Tangelo Twist ribbon.  The largest banner framelit was used to die cut the black banner, and the second largest banner framelit was used to die cut the vases and flowers.

While Vivid Vases may be officially retiring, it will continue to be a go-to stamp in my craft room.  Here is one more view of the finished card:




Be sure to hop on over to Sue Root’s post to see her project for this blog hop.  Enjoy the rest of the tour!

Below are all the talented artists who are participating in this month’s NC Demos blog hop.  Be sure to visit each person’s post to get some inspiration!

Thank for stopping by!


NC SU Demo Blog Hop – April 2016

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier

Sue Root

Karel Standish

Pam Staples

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner


Retiring Products – Get them now!

Every year, I look forward to being able to look through the list of retiring products.  There are always a few surprises for me.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the list and get your orders in soon.  The stamps will continue to be made through May 21; however, everything else is available only while inventory lasts.

If you place an order of at least $50 from my on-line store, I will snail mail you a copy of the new annual catalog that will be effective at the beginning of June.  I’ve seen a sneak peek, and the catalog is pretty amazing.

Click on the picture below, and you’ll go to my store.

Retiring productsHappy Stamping!


Stretch Your Dies – Take Two

As promised, here are a few more ideas for you to use to stretch your butterfly thinlits.  Check out my initial post to see my original design.

The picture below has a few options to help make this design a little different and your own.  Use alternate embossing folders, colors for the butterflies, the stamp for the sentiment, and bling.  Pearls or jewels look great!




My third design to share with you will show another option with DSP and additional cardstock. Stay tuned!

Happy Stamping!