Happily Ever After

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Once upon a time and happily ever after still happen. So when they do, wouldn't it be great to have the perfect card for that perfect couple? That's what the stamp set Big News provides, the greeting Happily Ever After and so many more. This stamp set is retiring at the end of the month, so be sure to get your copy while you still can!

Retiring 2016

It is always a mix bag at this time of year, so many of our favorite stamp sets and many products start to retire, but then as demonstrators we start to get a sneak peek at the new catalog and new products. I was able to preorder a few items that will be new in the catalog that starts June 1! It is always a tough choice, and extrememly difficult not to buy EVERYTHING! I learned a few years ago that I don't need everything right away, the catalog runs for a year, so I can spread out my excitement with new items. I ordered the new IN Colors in ink, cardstock, markers, and a new type of ribbon. So, for today I will leave it at that, and focus on saying good bye to the retiring sets that mean the most to me! 

I want to start with the Swallowtail stamp set. 

This background stamp can be used as the focal point of the project, like this Blackberry Bliss card. Using almost all the stamp on the card front gives a bold feature that needs very little embellishment. It is paired with a retired ribbon and matching cardstock. I added a Basic Rhinestone that I colored with a Blackberry Bliss marker, it is not permanant color, but for now matches beautifully!

The Swallowtail stamp can also be used as a background like it is on this sample:

I received this card idea in a swap from my dear friend and fellow demonstrator Lynn Dunn a few years ago. This card design was the most popular card I have ever demonstrated so you can imagine how much I am going to miss it! The Swallowtail was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. After allowing to cool down, Wisteria Wonder ink is sponged over the Swallowtail to bring out some of the detail. Focal point details are added with the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (not retiring!) stamped or punched in Elegant Eggplant and punched out with both butterfly punches - Bitty and Elegant which are not retiring either (YAY!). Final details added with Basic Rhinestones to make this card extra special. If you don't have the items shown here, I suggest you get them right away before they are gone forever!

Timeless and Classic

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I fell in love with the Timeless Textures stamp set in the Spring Occasions catalog. I imagined using it for scrapbook pages and to add depth to so many projects. For a recent swap I was in I cased a card by Angela Lorenz. I loved every detail of her card, but I made some very slight changes for mine. My color scheme is slightly different and the layering sizes are slightly different. My greeting embellishment is different so I could be sure to use two soon to be retiring punches, the washi label (sold out already) and the word window punch. This is a great masculine card, but with color scheme change could easily transition into a more feminine feel.

Classic Layout for a Classic Guy

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I have a hand full of layouts that I use over and over again for cards. This is one of them. A pop of color with the diagonal paper, but imagine if you will that you could easily put a layer of textured cardstock or simple stamped background on cardstock in it's place. The greeting and the main focus stamping on the same panel with an accent cardstock frame. This card is purposely easy so I can mass produce it. My suggestion to you is to use this layout with your choice of stamps, colors, and featured background to make a series of cards to fill your stash!

Lost without You

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A masculine card that lets you use scraps for most of the embellishments. The compass lets him know he'll never be Lost without you. This card can be a birthday card like shown or any greeting needed. The banner punches give a fun accent on this card.

Bright Flowers and Spring!

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I know if I were just a little patient then Spring would be here, but I can't wait so I made my own bright flowers! It is a snap with the Bloomin' Botanicals framelit dies! You can stamp and cut or in my case, just cut and layer to add realistic looking blossoms. This card could be used for so many upcoming occasions, such as Mother's Day, a birthday, or just thinking of you! I love the bright colors I used, but as you know, it is easy to use the same layout but change up the colors to create a completely different looking card. I'd love to see what you create!

Washi Easter Egg

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For a recent team swap we had the theme of Spring or Easter. I wanted to use product that I had on hand to make an Easter card. I love washi tape because it so colorful and easy to work with so I knew I would be using it for my card. I decided I wanted a little pattern on the top layer (that the egg shape is cut from) so I decided to use pretty paper, but this layer could have been cardstock and a pattern could have been stamped on it. I hope this gives you ideas of other shapes you could cut out and other washi tape you could use to create an easy but desirable card.

Oh, Hello

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Not too long ago I had seen a post on the Stampin' Up! facebook page about some quick notecards they made with the Honeycomb Happiness Sale-A-Bration set. They put pretty paper on the front of the note cards and punched an oval hole to expose the stamping within the card. I loved that idea and immediately saw a sweet Easter or new Baby card! I decided to go to full size card and add pretty ribbon. I plan to make several in a variety of papers to have Baby cards on hand when I need them!