Retiring Custom Tee Bundle – NC Demos May Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos May Blog Hop! If you’ve just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s post, I’m sure you’re inspired by her projects.  Thanks for stopping by to see my cards for this month!

This month, we are showcasing some of our favorite retiring products. The stamps and dies that I am featuring have only been available for a short period of time.  They have already become my go-to for cards for many occasions.  If you’ve been thinking about adding the Custom Tee Bundle to your collection, now is the perfect time.  [Hint- Rather than purchasing the bundle, you can save money if you purchase the stamps and dies individually.  The stamps and dies are currently on sale!  Remember – They are only available until May 31 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.]

Here are my cards for this month:

Both cards are made using these steps:

  1. Cut a piece of white card stock and a piece of black card stock to use for the top layer of the card.  Cut the black card stock a little longer and wider than the white card stock.
  2. Die cut the t-shirt shape you would like for your card in both the white and black card stock.  Hint- You should be able to die cut both pieces at the same time which will make sure the cuts are in the same place on both pieces.
  3. Use a sentiment from the Custom Tee stamp set on the bottom right of the card.  I used Basic Black to draw out the black from the frame.  There are many great sentiments in the set that can be used for several occasions.
  4. Now – Here is the fun part.  Go grab your paper scraps!  I know you have them!  Don’t feel guilty.  We all have scraps 🙂  Pick out the colors you want to use.  [For the “congrats” card, I chose the colors for the university where our niece was just accepted.]  Cut your scraps to various widths and start glueing them to a piece of white card stock.  Trim off the sides when you’re done.
  5. Keep one of the scrap pieces to use to stamp the flower or pocket image.  There are corresponding dies in the set for the flower and pocket.
  6. Assemble the card as pictured.  I used dimensionals to add the top layer to the card.

Trust me – You are going to love making these cards.  They are pretty quick and super cute.  You can personalize the colors incredibly easy.  And – you use up your scraps – what else could you want?  I haven’t tried these cards with designer series paper yet.  That will be my next step!

To continue on the blog hop, click here and you’ll go to Frances Wagner’s project.  All participants are listed below.  Also shown below are the key products used for these cards.  If you click on a picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos May Blog Hop Participants:

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner

Favorite Retiring Stamps – Papillon Potpourri and Gorgeous Grunge

I’m still in denial that both the Papillon Potpourri and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets are retiring.  They are incredible sets that I have really enjoyed using.  My Gorgeous Grunge set is very well used – just ask anyone in our stamp club 🙂

Pictured below is one of my absolute favorite cards that I made using both of these sets.  It is classic and (in my humble opinion) a real WOW factor card since it is a one-layer card that has amazing visual dimension.  Take a look –

The key to this card is masking with rubber cement.  Yup – you read correctly – rubber cement!  Here are the steps:

  1. Use Staz-on Black Ink to stamp the two butterfly images onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  The butterfly images are from the amazing Papillon Potpourri stamp set.
  2. Carefully brush rubber cement over the two butterfly images to mask them.  I use a toothpick or q-tip to get the rubber cement to just go to the edge of the butterfly.  Bring the card stock under a light and take a look to make sure that you’ve covered all parts of the butterflies with the rubber cement.  Don’t worry about the antennae.  They don’t need to be masked.
  3. Now, grab the Gorgeous Grunge set.  Get out the stamp that has the parallel lines, and stamp varying colors horizontally and vertically over the white card stock that has the butterfly images.  The ink from these stamps will not stamp onto the butterflies since the rubber cement acts like a mask or barrier to the ink.
  4. You can also use the fun random dots stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set to add additional interest to your background.
  5. When you’ve finished your stamping, simply take off the rubber cement to reveal the butterflies.  I find starting on an edge of the rubber cement and making circular motions to put the rubber cement into a ball works best.  You’ll see beautiful white butterflies when you take off the rubber cement.  It really looks like a three dimensional image even though it’s really a one-layer card.
  6. To finish the card, I used some of my favorite nested dies and cut the butterflies.  From the same set of nested dies, I used the next larger size die to cut a piece of Basic Black card stock.
  7. Silver thread was added for additional bling behind the butterflies.
  8. Pearls around the sentiment are the final touch.

This design is easily adapted to other stamps, greetings, die shapes.  Give it a try.  I bet you find that rubber cement is a great crafting tool at a really wonderful price.

Below are the main products that I used to make the card.  Both stamp sets are available only while supplies last or until May 31, whichever occurs first.  Click on any picture below and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Favorite Retiring Bundle – So In Love

The So In Love bundle helped me live up to my motto – one stamp set – three designs – endless possibilities.  The So in Love stamp set, the corresponding So Detailed thinlits dies, and the So in Love bundle are being retired.  [Hint:  Due to discounts, if you purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies separately, it’s less expensive than buying the bundle!]

Pictured below are a few cards that I have previously posted and feature this bundle.  I hope you find them inspirational and spark your interest in the endless possibilities with these stamps and thinlits!

If you don’t have these stamps and dies in your collection, you may want to take advantage of the sale price.  They are truly great designs and very versatile for many occasions.  To purchase the bundle or individual stamp and/or thinlits dies sets, click on the pictures below.  You’ll go to my website.  Remember – retiring products are available only while supplies last or through May 31, whichever occurs first.

Happy stamping!

Favorite Retiring Framelits – Star Blast

Sometimes I overlook products that are in Stampin’ Up! catalogs on my first, second, hundreth 🙂 pass through the pages.  Then, on the three hundreth pass 🙂 , I finally see the treasure that has been waiting for me.  That’s how I feel about the Star Blast framelits.

The Star Blast framelits are a wonderful set of fun, useful shapes.  The focal point of the set is the framelit used in the card pictured below.

To make the card, I used the star blast framelit to cut out three complimentary colors of paper.  The paper is a mixture of card stock and designer series paper.  There is no limit to the combinations that you can use to make this card.

“Congrats” is added as a piece of inlaid embossing.  That technique is super easy and very effective.  Simply die cut a word (or shape) of your choice in the main part of your card.  Save all the extra pieces like the middle of the “o”.  Die cut the same word from another piece of paper.  You could use card stock or designer series paper for the second die cut.  Take your second die cut word and fit it into the main part of your card where you made your first die cut.  Think of it as if you are putting a puzzle piece into the slot where it fits.  Add the extra pieces back to finish the word.  Below is a picture that highlights the inlaid embossing.

The Star Blast framelit set is still available, while supplies last or until May 31, whichever happens first.  And, it’s on sale!  Check out the details by clicking on the set pictured below.  You’ll go to my on-line store and will be able to add this fun set to your collection.

I’ll post another of my favorite retiring products tomorrow.

Happy stamping!

Favorite Retiring Stamps – Botanical Blooms

Many of you have seen previews of the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  Some of you are fortunate enough to have a copy of the catalog that you can already start looking through to begin making your wish lists.  (My wish list is pretty long already!).

Before we all turn our attention to the new catalog, let’s take some time to celebrate favorite stamps that are retiring.  I have some favorites that I am going to share with you in my next few posts.  The first one is the the bold Botanical Blooms set.

Remember – the retiring stamps sets are now available only while supplies last and only through May 31.  If you have been thinking about purchasing a particular set that is retiring, now is the time to add the set to your stash!  The Botanical Builder framelits are also still available.  The best thing is — the stamps and framelits have been discounted from their original prices.  Buy them separately and get a better deal than if you buy them as a bundle 🙂

Below is a picture of a gatefold card made with the set and corresponding dies.  For detailed instructions for the card, click here to go to my original post of the card.  The design is one that can be altered for many types of cards.

Check back tomorrow for another of my favorite retiring sets.  There are some gems!

Happy stamping!

Since I know you would like to add the stamps and dies to your collection, click on either picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store. You can’t pass up this bargain!