Tropical Oasis Double Z Fold Card

Hello! Today’s card is a Double Z Fold card made with products from the Tropical Oasis Suite. This was one of the projects I had prepared for my club, which meets in-person six times a year. However with the sheltering in place orders I had to switch it to a virtual club and mail out kits. Since I didn’t have enough time to prepare in advance the club members didn’t have the Timeless Tropical stamp set on hand so I kept the stamping to a minimum so that they could each use greetings from stamp sets in their own collections. I added more die cut pieces and a label that would accommodate whatever greetings they used.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Z fold base – cut piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock at 4″ x 10 1/4″, score at 2 1/2″ and 5″ and fold on score lines.
  • Cut one piece of Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Cut two pieces of DSP at 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. For one of these pieces you can use a contrasting piece of DSP. Adhere to Z fold piece. If you cut a contrasting piece of DSP adhere it to the middle section.
  • Die cut two of the labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies set. One uses a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock for the greeting. Stamp thank you greeting from the So Sentimental stamp set with Terracotta Tile ink. Cut the larger label with scrap piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock.
  • Die cut a variety of leaves from Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the dies from the In the Tropics dies. I also used the large fern die from the Tropical die set. Before adhering the two labels together, position two of the larger leaves in between both pieces at the top part of the label and then adhere them to the Terracotta label, then adhering both label pieces together. Place label halfway on top of the bottom fold. Arrange remaining leaves under the piece and then adhere them before adhering the label to the card. Apply adhesive only on the bottom half of the label in order to keep the Z fold open.
  • Add a Noble Peacock rhinestone to the greeting for a touch of bling.
  • For the inside of the card, cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting of your choice. Adhere to inside of Pretty Peacock card base. Adhere Z fold piece to card base to complete the card.

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Come Sail Away Quick Card Ideas

Today I’m sharing two quick card ideas using the Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack which is part of the Come Sail Away Suite. I’ve really enjoyed making many cards with this product suite. They make perfect “guy” cards! I’m happy that the Sailing Home stamp set and coordinating Smooth Sailing Dies will be carrying over to the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog however, all of the other products in the suite, including the Card Pack, are on the Last Chance list and will only be available while supplies last. The Card Pack is now $7.70, a 30% discount. Using the Card Pack makes putting cards together a breeze!

I recently made this card to send to my brother for his birthday. I did some stamping on this card but it still didn’t take much time to put it together. Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of the newsprint paper from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Papers at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to front of card.
  • Select a coordinating 3″ x 4″ card from the Card Pack. Stamp a greeting with Soft Suede ink and embellish with stickers from the Card Pack. I used greetings from the Perennial Birthday stamp set, one of my “go to” birthday greeting sets. Note: this set is on the Last Chance list.
  • Cut piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and adhere to the stamped piece.
  • Tie piece of Mini Braided Linen Trim around front of card and fray the edges. Attach Card Pack piece to front of card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Using one of the pieces of braided trim from the Card Pack stickers, adhere to edge on left side of piece and trim off the excess length.
  • Stamp birthday greeting with Soft Suede ink. Using the smaller sailboat image from the Sailing Home stamp set, stamp bottom boat with Crumb Cake ink. For the second boat, ink the stamp with Crumb Cake, stamp off and then stamp onto piece, overlapping the bottom boat.
  • Adhere to inside of card.

I made this card to send to my father. He is 98 years old and lives in a personal care facility nearby, however, due to Covid-19 I haven’t been able to visit with him since March 12 and am only able to do limited FaceTime sessions with him, so I send him cards every other week to say hello. There is no stamping on this card so it took very little time to put it together. Here is how I made this card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  • Select one of the 4″ x 6″ cards from the Card Pack and cut 1/2″ off both sides of the card in order for it to fit onto the front of the card. Add one of the stickers from the Card Pack as an embellishment.
  • For the inside of the card cut a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card.
  • Select a 3″ x 4″ card with plenty of space for writing a note. The lighthouse image has lines so it is perfect for writing! I also used the “Love You” sticker from the Card Pack.

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Tropical Oasis Fun Fold Card

Hello! Today’s card features the Tropical Oasis Suite and the fun fold was inspired by a recent blog post from Patty Bennett. This is such a fun suite and I especially love the bright and cheery Designer Series Papers.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Cut piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Cut piece of DSP at 5 1/4″ x 11 3/4″. Score at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″ and fold accordion style. You can either adhere the smaller front flap to the larger one or leave it open.
  • Cut Grapefruit Grove label with next-to-largest die in the Stitched Nested Label die set.
  • Cut Daffodil Delight pineapple base with coordinating die from the In the Tropics set. Cut Old Olive leaf with die from set. Adhere pineapple base to bottom of label. The leaf has some partial cut outs. Pop them open and lightly curl them so they stand out. Adhere bottom part of leaf making sure that top part extends over top of label .
  • Die cut “aloha” from scrap piece of Real Red cardstock. Adhere to pineapple base with either a Fine Tip Glue Pen or a liquid adhesive.
  • Partially adhere the label piece to the front flap, leaving part of the right side unattached in order to be able to open the card.
  • Cut another label from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the birthday greeting from the Timeless Tropical stamp set with Real Red ink. Adhere to the inside of the card, making sure that you place it close the fold so that it doesn’t stick out when the front flap is folded over.
  • Adhere folded DSP piece to the card base. You can keep the remaining flaps open or glue them shut. If you keep the back of the flaps open you can decorate them with die cuts or stamp additional greetings on pieces of Whisper White cardstock.

I’m happy that the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, however please note that they will no longer be sold as a bundle at the 10% discount. The coordinating products such as the DSP, embossing folder, trinkets, etc. will be retiring and will only continue to be available while supplies last.

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Retiring Products – Last Chance Lists

Stampin’ Up! has released its lists of retiring products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the 2020 Mini Catalog. All of these items will be available while supplies last. Many of the products on these lists are being sold at discounts anywhere from 20%-60% off.

Click here for a PDF of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog Retiring Products.

Click here for a PDF of the 2020 Mini Catalog Retiring Products.

As you go through the lists please make note of the following:

  • Items marked with ** – items in bundle are not retiring bu will no longer be available as a bundle after June 2, 2020.
  • Items marked with *** – bundle includes some items that are not retiring.
  • Items marked with **** – items are not retiring but are being reconfigured with new item numbers and names.
  • Stampin’ Blends will no longer be sold as singles after June 2, 2020. Until then you will be able to order them while supplies last. After June 2, they will only be sold as a combo pack which includes one light and one dark marker.

Now is also the time to stock up on your favorite 2018-2020 In Colors: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch. If you own any of the ink pads, you might want to purchase the ink refills so that you can extend the life of the ink pads long after these colors are gone.

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Clearance Rack Update and Dies Back in Stock

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I hope that you are all doing well as we continue to shelter in place. In addition to working on projects for my blog and my clubs and classes I’m using this time to make extra cards to send to people I think might appreciate having their days brightened up a bit by receiving a handmade card.

Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack and all items are available while supplies last. There are lots of dies, ribbons, embossing folders and other goodies at reduced prices, many of which were in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Here are a just a few items that are for sale.

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Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper
Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper
[148812]
Gold 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Cord
Gold 1/8″ (3.2 Mm) Cord
[147528]
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A number of dies from the Occasions catalog that were on back order are now available once again: Detailed Bees; Garden Gateway; Bonanza; Poppy Moments; Painted Labels. The bundles that include these dies were also put on back order because of this, so they are also back in stock.

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Bonanza Dies
[151566]
$26.00

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Timeless Tulips Easter Card

Hello and Happy Easter to my friends and customers! Despite the distancing I hope you all had a meaningful holiday. Today I’m sharing an Easter card I made with the Timeless Tulips bundle. My 98-year old father is in a local skilled nursing facility and he is doing well, however, like many of the homes in the county, there has been an outbreak of the Covid virus. I decided to make some extra cards and sent them to some of the nursing staff there as a way to let them know I am thinking of them and to bring them some cheer!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of thick Whisper White cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Place the right side of the piece in the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder and run through embossing machine. Cut piece of the Daffodil Delight gingham paper from the 6×6 Brights Designer Series Papers at 2″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to left side of piece. Adhere to card base.
  • Die cut piece of Whisper White cardstock with next-to-largest die in the Stitched Nested Labels set. Die cut scrap piece of Whisper White with the next-to-smallest die in the same set.
  • Stamp stems and leaves with Old Olive ink on the large label piece. There are two leaves in the stamp set to give you both right and left images.
  • Stamp two of the largest tulip images on Whisper White cardstock with Daffodil Delight ink and punch out with the coordinating tulip punch. Stamp medium tulip in upper left. Stamp two of the small tulips on either side of the lower stems. Arrange punched tulips and adhere bottom half with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp greeting from the Fable Friends stamp set on smaller die cut label with Basic Gray ink. Cut 9″ piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon and tie in a knot around stamped image . Trim ends.
  • Adhere stamped image to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere greeting with Mini Stampin’ Dimensional at bottom of piece, placing it over the ribbon.
  • I left the inside blank so I could write a longer note, but you can use the greeting of your choice and stamp a tulip in the lower corner.

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Beautiful Friendship

Hello and Happy Passover to my Jewish friends and customers! I hosted a virtual Seder on FaceTime with a few friends yesterday and this evening will attend my temple’s second night Seder on Zoom. Although we are not able to be with our friends and loved ones in person, it is a wonderful way to still be able to spend some holiday time together.

Today I’m sharing a card featuring the Beautiful Friendship stamp set from the 2019-2020 annual catalog. I purchased it months ago and hadn’t used it yet, between the holiday catalog and the mini catalog releases keeping me busy, so finally cracked it open earlier this week. I made it for an elderly friend that lives in a local skilled nursing home and hope it cheered her up. I chose to work with a soft color palette, which can sometimes be out of my comfort zone, as I prefer more of the brights and jewel tones, but I’m so pleased with how it came out.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Rococo Rose cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Seaside Spray cardstock at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and adhere to card base.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp large rose image with Rococo Rose ink. Stamp two small roses above large rose image. Stamp centers of large rose image with So Saffron ink.
  • Stamp two blue flowers with Seaside Spray ink on either side of the roses.
  • Stamp purple flowers around bottom of large rose image. I stamped them with the Purple Posy ink pad, which was discontinued due to issues with the ink quality. However, you can color the stamp with a Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Stamp leaves around the flowers with Soft Sea Foam ink. For an extra touch and to fill in some white spots around the flowers I stamped the dots from the Painted Harvest stamp set with So Saffron ink.
  • Heat emboss the sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set. Stamp image with Versamark ink on scrap piece of Seaside Spray cardstock and use a heat tool to emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Punch out with the Pretty Label punch.
  • Cut piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and tie around stamped image with a single knot. Trim ends. Adhere piece to card. Adhere punched sentiment piece over the ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp small rose in bottom left corner, stamp leaves and stamp dots. I chose a sentiment from the Slice of Happiness set and stamped it with Seaside Spray ink.

This card was fun, quick and easy to put together!

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