Yesterday, Stampin' Up! released a special PDF download with sentiments perfect for sending cards while we're physically distanced. Plus, all proceeds from the Share Sunshine PDF go to organizations helping fight the pandemic. These sentiments range from sweet to powerful to humorous. There is perfect sentiment for everyone. The PDF also includes a list of all the colors used for each image and the dies and punches that coordinate with each one. How awesome is that!?
To create the faces for my emojis, I punched circles with a 1/8" circle punch. I added black dots to the center to complete the eyes. For the smiles, I used a 1/2" circle punch and cut a tiny sliver from the edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I had way too much fun with this card and I can't wait to send it to someone! Hopefully they will laugh at it as much as I'm imagining them laughing.
For the ribbon, I wrapped two pieces of Red cotton ribbon across the card and secured them with Snail adhesive. I threaded a third piece underneath one of them and tied it in a bow to give the allusion that the ribbon was wrapped all the way around and tied.
The sentiment and its mat are cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies. All of the greetings in the Share Sunshine PDF come in at least two versions. One is black and the other is colored. Some sentiments come in 3 or 4 different colors. This one is Rich Razzleberry, so I mounted it on Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I just love the idea of sending paper hugs!
I hope you are continuing to stamp and send cards to friends and loved ones. It is so important to keep sharing sunshine and paper hugs even when we can't share real ones.
I would love to see the cards you make with this card sketch or cards you make with the Share Sunshine PDF. If you aren't already part of the group, please join me over on Facebook on the On Y Go! Stamping group and share your creations there!
One of my absolute favorite stamp sets from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog will not be returning for the 2020-21 Annual Catalog. The Bonanza Buddies stamp set along with the matching dies and Designer Series Paper create wonderful birthday cards and more. I love this set because it’s so versatile. You can create birthday cards for kids and adults that are gender neutral. It also works great for baby cards and celebration cards for all occasions.
The Coastal Cabana cardstock is embossed using the Simple Stripes embossing folder which is currently available on the Clearance Rack for a discount. This is a versatile embossing folder and at just over $5, it's a steal!
I hope you've enjoyed these cards featuring the Birthday Bonanza suite. Remember, the paper and dies are only available while supplies last, so if these cuties are on your wish list, get 'em before they're gone!
Saying Goodbye to Favorite Stamps
Once per year, Stampin' Up! discontinues stamps and accessories from their annual catalog. The list of retiring products was announced on Wednesday and demonstrators got their first peek at the 2020-21 Annual Catalog that will be released in June. There are many stamps and accessories that I will be sad to see go, but there is so much good stuff coming!
Please note, the Stampin' Blends are not retiring, but they will no longer be offered as single markers. They will now be offered only in combo packs of the light and the dark for each color.
Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 22. However, paper, dies, punch, ribbons, and all accessories are only available while supplies last. Many things are already beginning to sell out!
Since I can't share any of the upcoming goodies with you yet, I'm going to be sharing projects using some of my favorite retiring stamps and accessories over the next few weeks. Today, I have two cards using the Varied Vases stamp set. For both of these cards, I created a pattern using one of the solid vase stamps. Both cards also use Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, and Gorgeous Grape.
The Varied Vases and its sister set, Vibrant Vases, are beautiful stamp sets that are fun to work with to create a variety of simple cards. They also have a matching punch that will punch out the vases. The punch is not retiring, but if you want the matching stamp set, be sure to get it before it's gone!
Sketch Challenge for April 22
I had another fun evening hosting Mystery Stamping last night. If you haven't already, I hope you'll join me next Tuesday and play along! You can always watch the replay as well.
These are the cards that I made in preparation for Mystery Stamping.
I hope this card sketch gets your creative juices flowing like it did for me! I'd love to see what you make from it. Post your creations over on the Facebook group!
Retiring: 2018-2020 In Colors
In just 2 days, Stampin' Up! will release the full list of stamps and accessories that will be retiring this year. Until then, we know for certain that the 2018-2020 In Colors are on the way out to make room for new 2020-2022 In Colors. If you love Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Color Me Clover, be sure to order them soon! Each year the cardstock, inkpads, ink refills, and other accessories for the retiring In Colors sell out very, very quickly. Don't delay and miss out on these fabulous colors.
I cut a circle from the Stitched Shape dies and stamped the balloon strings on it. Then, I stamped the balloons in Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, and Grapefruit Grove and cut them with the Bonanza dies. The greeting is stamped with Lovely Lipstick ink. The card front is "tied" together with two pieces of Whisper White Baker's Twine.
This card is filled with dimension and texture! It's a whimsical card that is perfect for anyone's birthday.