More Stampin’ Up! News from Tuesday

I forgot to add the Tuesday updates to my post the other day. I had lot’s going on that day and I was away from home and my computer all day.  I got home just in time to host our MDS Virtual Crop which was a lot of fun.

So Stampin’ Up! did have quite a bit of news for us on Tuesday – some of it you may have already heard or seen.  I did share a few things between posting here and on my Facebook page.  Here we go:

Stampin’ Up! News!

  1. Retiring Products – The list of retiring products from our current catalog will be announced on Monday, April 21st.  New this year BOTH stamps AND Accessories will only be available while supplies last.  These In-Colors are retiring – Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals. If you need Ink-Refills for the ink pads order them NOW – they will sell out fast – I will be placing an order this Saturday (before the retiring list gets posted) – so hopefully they won’t be gone.  Let me know if you want to be added to that order and which colors you need.  in colors
  2. Mystery PROMO – We’re announcing a five-day promotion on Friday, and we know you’re going to love it. Once the announcement is made on Friday, April 18, at 9:00 AM (MT) with what it is and when it starts – I will post it on my Facebook Business Page – be sure that you LIKE my page and get Notifications.
  3. Introducing Project Life – Stampin’ Up! has partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal-authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.  As limited selection of Project Life products will be available to order starting May 1. And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products!  blogimage2_projectlife_april1514_all
  4. New Weekly Deals 4/15 – 4/21– This weeks deals….  weekly deal 4-15
  5. New My Digital Studio Downloads –  New stuff this week….   love, love, love Gorgeous Grunge!mds 4-15

Surely there is something in that list of things that gets you excited and ready to place an order!  I know I have list ready to go!

Order online at my store any time – START HERE.

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Scalloped Tag Topper Easter Box

Did you know that the Scalloped Tag Topper punch can be used to make a cute box?  It can!!

Look at this cute little Easter Box that I made recently -

scallop-tag-boxAdorable – don’t you think!

You have to make this box out of designer paper so that you can punch all the layers at the same time.  If you wanted to make it out of card stock you need to alter the instructions just a bit so that you punch one layer at a time.  For these instructions though I’m using designer paper.  I had a box similar to this in my mind and started working on it but then found this specific one on Pinterest and followed it instead.  Sometimes you just don’t need to re-invent something when someone else already did it.  I don’t remember how the original one was decorated but I wanted something for Easter so this was what I came up with.

So here we go:

  • cut your piece of Designer Paper (I used the Crisp Cantaloupe print from the In-Color paper stack) to 6″ x 12″ and score it at 2″ and 4″ along the short side and at 2, 5, 7, 10″ on the long side.
  • Fan fold the paper so it’s a long 2″ wide strip – put each end in the Scallop Tag Topper punch and punch all 3 layers at the same time.  Do this to both ends. scallop-tag-box-1
  • unfold the paper and now you are going to snip in between the scalloped ends up to the score line on each end and then also snip along the score lines on each side up to the score line to create tabs.   scallop-tag-box-2In the photo the left side scallop ends have been glued down already – you can see where the snips are in between each scallop section and then also the ones on the sides.
  • On one end fold back and glue down the two outside tabs – these will be on the outside of the box.  The picture above shows the ones on the left end glued down.
  • the square in the middle is the bottom of the box.  Fold in one of the center tabs, and glue one of the sides (the one without the scallop tab glued down) to it to start forming one side of the box.  Then glue the other side (the one with the scallop tab glued down) to the outside.   scallop-tag-box-3  scallop-tag-box-4
  • Now repeat with the other side and you have a box!    scallop-tag-box-5
  • I also cut strips of Crisp Cantaloupe Card stock using the fringe scissors – crinkled it up and put it inside my box for “filler”, added the candy.  Then fold down the two scalloped tabs that are on the same side as the ones you glued down. I didn’t glue them but just folded them to close the box.  scallop-tag-box-6
  • Use a piece of ribbon to close the box after you fill it.  Pull the ribbon through the holes in the scalloped tabs to tie it shut.   scallop-tag-box
  • Add the decorations to the front.  I wanted an Easter box so I used the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set.  I stamped the Egg and the bunny in Soft Suede ink on Whisper White card stock.  I used my Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin’ Write Marker to fill in the little circles and the bunny tail.  I wanted to punch them out but found that none of our oval punches fit the egg shape – cut guess what did – the oval word bubble framelit!  I used that placing the little tab on the word bubble on the bottom right hand side.  Why?  Because that is where I added the little bunny!  You couldn’t even tell could you?  The little bunny is punched with the Small Oval punch.  Both pieces are sponged with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and added to the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals. scallop-tag-box-detailFinish with a couple of Basic Pearls.  Cuteness!

I hope you like this little Easter box.  I have a couple more Easter projects to share with you.  I realize I’m running out of time so I may have multiple posts over the next couple of days.

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Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life!

Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life and Becky Higgins!  WOW!! What exciting news!

Check out this video:

 

A limited selection of products will be available for sale starting May 1st.  And a full collection will be in our new annual catalog starting in June.

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. We’ve partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

I can’t wait to see it all!

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Spring card with Afternoon Picnic paper

Spring card with Afternoon Picnic paper

I used my Welcome Spring Scrapbook layout to inspire a spring card for one of my card groups.  I turned it into a Mother’s Day card but it doesn’t have to be.

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Does it look familiar?  I used the frame element with the flowers that I had on my scrapbook layout and put it on a card front.  I used the same supplies as the scrapbook page just added the greeting stamp and the Flower Shop stamp set to decorate the envelope.

spring-card-insideThe flowers on the front are on Stampin’ Dimensionals as well as the frame.  But the flower on the inside of the card is just glued flat.  Here is a view from the side so you can see all the dimension in the card.

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The girls loved this card.  It is a little bulky for mailing but if you see your mom for Mother’s Day you can just hand it to her.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome Spring Scrapbook Layout

We are in full spring mode around here and I’m so happy!  I love spring!  For my March scrapbook class I created this Welcome Spring two-page layout.

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It features the Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper – I used it for the border and the flowers. This is such a pretty pack of paper that I had kind of overlooked in the catalog.  It’s perfect for Spring and it may look a bit familiar – we had another pack in a past catalog with the same designs just a different color combination.

Let’s take a little closer look at this layout -

  • The base is Soft Suede 12×12 card stock
  • The Pear Pizzazz pieces are where your photos will go – either collage them or mat them or line them up all the way across the layout.
  • The border along the bottom is made with the Banner punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration brochure – it will be returning in our next annual catalog – so keep your eye out for it.  I punched pieces of the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and randomly placed them along the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz pieces.  Over the top is a piece of the Burlap Ribbon – I cut mine into 4 strips.  I also added little flowers from the Punch Pack in the coordinating colors.  welcome-spring-border
  • I used the Pansy Punch was used to punch the flowers from the Designer paper and also from Pear Pizzazz card stock (those become the leaves underneath).  Curl them all a little.  Punch Soft Suede bitty flowers with the punch from the Punch Pack.  Layer the flowers – a bitty flower, designer paper flower and card stock flower then use a paper piercer to put holes in the center and add a silver mini brad to each.
  • Cut a frame with the On Film Framelits from Very Vanilla card stock for the left page.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around the side of the frame.  I love Linen Thread.  welcome-spring-detail
  • I used the Two-Step Bird punch to make the bird and branch.  Sponge the Very Vanilla bird with Wisteria Wonder ink.  And an eye with the Soft Suede marker.  The branch is Pear Pizzazz.  I used some strands from the burlap ribbon to put under the birds beak – like he is carrying straw to build a nest.  Yeah – that’s what has been going on in my yard.
  • On the right page there is a journaling tag.  Use a 2″ strip of Very vanilla and punch with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Add a piece of Pear Pizzazz ribbon tied on with Linen Thread.  Add a strip of the designer paper and one of the flowers to the tag.  welcome-spring-tag
  • Add the photos and journaling to finish the page.

Now I need to print some photos to put on my layout.  I got some really good shots around the yard the last few days.

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Flying lessons going on in the backyard

I have another bluebird update for you.  I knew it would be any day that the baby bluebirds would fledge and as it turned out it was today – Saturday morning!  I let Aspen out this morning and noticed the mom and dad bluebird chasing everybody out of the yard – the other birds and they even flew after Aspen.  I noticed something rustling in the bushes so I got Aspen back in grabbed the camera and started watching.  There was a little baby behind the bushes – she must have been the slow learner – so I spent the next little while watching her as she tried to fly.  Here are some pictures.

baby 1 - out from behind the bushes hopping on the stones

baby 1 – out from behind the bushes hopping on the stones

 

baby 1 - trying out her wings

baby 1 – trying out her wings

 

baby 1 - getting a little bit higher

baby 1 – getting a little bit higher

 

baby 1 - I got up on the wall - now what?

baby 1 – I got up on the wall – now what?

 

She got down and spent some more time hopping through the bushes.

baby 1 - I got up on the fern - yeah me!

baby 1 – I got up on the fern – yeah me!

 

baby 1 - I made it up to the steps - hey I'm looking at you!

baby 1 – I made it up to the steps – hey I’m looking at you!

 

baby 1 - I'm going to get up these steps - I know I can - I know I can.

baby 1 – I’m going to get up these steps – I know I can – I know I can.

 

baby 1 - here I go up the steps!

baby 1 – here I go up the steps!

 

baby 1 - mommy I found you!  I'm trying mommy did you see me?

baby 1 – mommy I found you! I’m trying mommy did you see me?

 

That was the journey of baby nbr 1 as I watched.  I also found the other babies up in the trees here are some pictures of them.

baby 2 up in the tree

baby 2 up in the tree

 

baby3 in the tree - mom was feeding it

baby3 in the tree – mom was feeding it

 

baby 3 and mom up in the tree

baby 3 and mom up in the tree

 

baby 4 - this one is much bluer than the others.

baby 4 – this one is much bluer than the others.

 

I hope you enjoyed watching these babies from eggs to now!  Now to watch for a new nest and another set of eggs to come.

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New Bluebird Pictures

I sat outside today for a long time so that I could take pictures of the Bluebirds.  The babies are big and just about ready to leave.  I can’t open the nest box anymore to look inside so these are all from outside.  I got some good ones though.  I hope you like them.

One of the bluebird babies peeking out of the house.  "Hey what's out there?"

One of the bluebird babies peeking out of the house. “Hey what’s out there?”

 

One of the babies again.  I imagine them standing on each other trying to look out of the hole.  "it's my turn - let me get on your head now"

One of the babies again. I imagine them standing on each other trying to look out of the hole. “it’s my turn – let me get on your head now”

 

mom with a juicy bug

mom with a juicy bug

 

mom back again with another juicy bug

mom back again with another juicy bug

 

mom coming in for a landing

mom coming in for a landing

 

mom with a peanut and one of the babies is peeking out of the hole

mom with a peanut and one of the babies is peeking out of the hole

 

The male bluebird sitting watch on the fence post.

The male bluebird sitting watch on the fence post.

 

mom bringing food and dad sitting watch on the top of the house

mom bringing food and dad sitting watch on the top of the house

 

mom goes inside for a minute

mom goes inside for a minute

Supermom!  Shooting back out of the house!  I can't believe I got this picture!

Supermom! Shooting back out of the house! I can’t believe I got this picture!

mom and dad bluebird sitting on the house

mom and dad bluebird sitting on the house

 

I thought I got some great pictures today.  They were pretty active.  Dad seemed to sit nearby keeping an eye on things – either on the fence, in a nearby tree or on top of the house.  Mom seemed to be the one going and getting all the food.  And those babies are almost ready to leave the nest.  It should be any day now.  I actually saw both mom and dad checking out the other two bird houses in the yard today.  They are already thinking about that next nest and another set of babies.  Busy busy!

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