Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stampin' Up! card with Grateful Bunch

  • Grateful Bunch
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Grateful Bunch of Daisies

While yesterday's post featured the new Delightful Daisy paper and new Daisy punch, today's post features the daisy stamp and punch from the current catalog, called Grateful Bunch.  While its sad to see a favorite set retire, its nice to have a replacement that's equally as delightful as the set we're losing.  

I chose a DSP paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Pack.  I also used the DSP for the daises.  I stamped the three daisies in Tip Top Taupe and then uses the Blossom Bunch punch to punch them out.  This stamp and punch create all three sizes of daisies at the same time.  The Grateful Bunch stamp set includes one more larger daisies, which was too large for my layout today.  I stamped the leaves in Emerald Ivy and also used that ink pad for stamping the sentiment.  

I added a 5/8" burlap ribbon between the stamped daisies and the sentiment.  The Stitched Shapes Framelit was used to cut an oval for the sentiment.  

I used one sentiment from the Grateful Bunch on the card on the left.  I used a sentiment from the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration set for the card on the right.  I added Pumpkin Pie enamels to the center of each flower.


Stamp:  Grateful; Bunch, Avant Garden
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe,  Emerald Envy
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Tip Top Taupe, Peekaboo Peach, Playful Palette Designer Series Pack
Accessories:    5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Enamels, Corner Rounder punch, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Blossom Bunch Punch, Standard Cutting Plates, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Big Shot Platform,  Stampin' Scrub, Stampin' Mist, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals

It always amazes me how messy the creative process is.  Tying so many ideas takes time, and we are so blessed to have so many product choices that coordinate.  Some days its hard to decide exactly what to use.  Everything is a decision.  Should I have used the Cucumber Crush stripped ribbon rather than the burlap ribbon?  Should I have used the Peekaboo Peach enamel dots rather than the Pumpkin Pie enamels?  Should I have rounded the corners of the Very Vanilla piece?  Should I have used plain Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the daisey's instead of using the DSP?   

So many choices and decisions can sometime cause you to make no decision and just walk away from a card half finished.  The thing to remember is that you can make ANY decision -- just make a decision.  This isn't the last card you'll make, and like any learned skill, the more you do it, the better you become.  I read somewhere that in order to become a true master at anything, you need to do it 10,000 times. And you don't need to be a true master to be good at card making. 

When you visit a blog of an experienced stamper who makes a card a day for 20 or more years, you'll understand why you're drawn to the designs, color schemes and proportions of their cards.  They are true masters.  So what if you're cards aren't as beautiful as theirs.  Just keep at it.  The fact is that your friends and family know that you are putting thought and time into a hand made card designed and made for them.  And they truly appreciate the time and effort.  Like any other skill, the more time you put into it, the better you become.  The beauty of card making is that there is a community willing to share their ideas, and the community encourages you to CASE (copy and share everything).  So feel free to copy and modify ideas you see and like.

Retiring products continue to sell out

Items on the retiring list continue to sell out.  If you haven't placed your retiring products order, you risk not getting the items announced as retiring when the current catalog retires May 31.

The good news is that many of your favorites stamps and dies will carry over to the new catalog.  There may be some confusion about the bundles announced as retiring.  All of the current bundles will retire May 31.  However, you will still be able to purchase many of the stamp sets and matching dies in the June 1 catalog as individual products.  They will, however, not be sold as bundles with the 10% savings.   Save now by purchasing your favorite bundles before they sell out and/or retire May 31.

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You can see retiring items on my on-line store.  Some are on sale up to 50% off.  As accessories sell out, they will no longer be available.  However, retiring stamps will be restocked until May 22 and then sold only while they last.  See the products retiring May 31.  

Here's the Stampin' Up! link to download the U.S. Retiring list with catalog page numbers to help sort our your craft room shelves.   

Important Dates

Now - Demonstrator new catalog download.  Demonstrators who didn't attend OnStage, can access a down-loadable copy of the new June 1 catalog on line at the demonstrator-only website.

April 13 - OnStage Online -Demonstrators who didn't attend OnStage on April 8 will find many of the videos from the event available to view online. Get a peek at demos using new stamp sets posted at the OnStage Online link under Events on the demonstrator-only site.2017-2018 

May 02 - Demonstrators can begin placing preorders from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Sign up or re-sign up as a demonstrator now so you can order early and also order your new catalog merchandise at demonstrator-only discount prices.

May 31 - Last date to order retiring items from the 2016-2017 yearly catalog and Occasions catalog.  But don't wait as many items have already sold out.  See Retiring Products here.

June 01 - New Stampin' Up! yearly catalog release date for customers. I'll send new catalogs to customers who have ordered from me during the past year to arrive in late May so you'll have the new catalog in your hands, ready to order June 1 when items from the new catalog are available.

November 11, 2017 - Salt Lake City - next OnStage event.   If you're a Demonstrators, plan now to enjoy early access to upcoming catalogs, free stamps from the upcoming catalog, and order early with OnStage discounts only available to OnStage live attendees.  

November 2018 - Orlando - Stampin' Up! 30th Anniversary and OnStage event.  The 25th Anniversary in Salt Lake City was a blast, with more prize patrols than usual and special parties.   I know I'm already planning to attend the 30th! 

Quick Links

- Download a free copy of the Occasions catalog
- Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping
- Order at a discount as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Sign up for $99 and get $125 worth of products in your starter kit that you select.  Then enjoy your future purchases at demonstrator discount prices of 20% to 25%.
Clearance Rack items - while quantities last.
- Order current or previous Paper Pumpkin monthly craft kits



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