Saturday, April 25, 2015

Regarding Dahlias, You Will be Missed

I hope you don't mind but I am back again with another stamp set that is retiring. This one was really easy to make because the dahlia is such a big bold flower, I didn't even have to color it.
Stampin' Up! Regarding Dahlias stamp set in soft suede. Layered on Beautifully Baroque textured background with Park Lane paper. Handmade thank you card by Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp
The background on my card was made with the retiring Beautifully Baroque embossing folder. Now this is one I will miss! I love the elegance that it lends to cards, especially floral cards. 

To keep my card simple, I used one color: soft suede. It is one of those shades that looks fantastic with all white or all vanilla. I used a few strips of the Park Lane designer series paper (retiring) and a piece of doily for a frame. Regarding Dahlias is another set that comes with its own sentiments. The "thank you" fits perfectly with the Modern Label Punch - also retiring. There are sooo many good products 

  • The retiring Stamp Sets are all available for purchase until May 26th and then it it while supplies last through June 2nd. To view and/or purchase the Retiring Stamp Sets, click Here.
  • The retiring Accessories - punches, embossing folder, paper, etc. are only available while supplies last through June 2nd. To view and/or purchase the Retiring Accessories, click Here.
  • To view the list, in pdf format, of everything that is retiring - click Here. If it is sold out it will have an X in the final column.

Here is another Regarding Dahlias card that I made, and posted back in July. The details can be seen Here.
Stampin' Up! Regarding Dahlias stamp set, Perfect Petals stamp set, and Hardwood background. Handmade card by Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp

The details for the first card: 
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias - retiring
Paper: Park Lane - retiring and available while supplies last
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: doily, Modern Label Punch - retiring and available while supplies last; Beautifully Baroque embossing folder - retiring and available while supplies last; Texture Boutique Embossing Machine - retiring and available while supplies last 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gifts of Kindness - New and Old

Ever since the list of Retiring stamps and Accessories was released this past Tuesday, I have been obsessed with using My Stampin' Up! products that are retiring - stamps and accessories. Let's just say I have been on a stamping frenzy. It was a good thing David was a way for a few days. Poor guy. He would have been eating cereal had he been home. Lol

This is the first card I made, and everything about it is retiring, except the candy dots, ink and card stock.
Stampin' Up! Gifts of Kindness stamp set and flowers made with Boho Blossoms punch and Blossoms Punch and designer series paper. Handmade thinking of you card. Details on Add Ink and Stamp blog.
Rather than use a marker and make the flowers a different color, I used the image from Gifts of Kindness stamp set as green foliage. Then I added flowers that I punched from Park Lane designer series paper. I used 2 retiring punches for the flowers: Boho Blossoms punch for the smaller flowers and Blossom punch for the large flower. I love that these punches can create pretty flowers without stamping a thing. Of course pretty paper helps too :)

The retiring product on this card that I will miss the most is the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch. I love to just tuck it under the card stock so only a bit of the edge is peeking out. That is what I did with this card. It adds just enough color.

All supplies for my card are Stampin' Up!, and can be purchased online through my Stampin' Up! website.

  • To view and/or puchase any retiring stamp sets, click Here. Note: stamps are available to purchase until May 26. After that, it is "while supplies last" through June 2nd
  • To view and/or puchase retiring accessories, click Here. Note: These are "while supplies last". 
  • To view the list in pdf form, click Here. Note: Anything that is unavailable will have an X in the last column.
Stamps: Gifts of Kindness (retiring)
Paper: Park Lane (retiring)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Old Olive
Other: Boho Blossoms punch (retiring); Blossoms punch (retiring); Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch (retiring); Candy Dots

Here is another card that I made a while back and I really like it so I thought I would share. It says Happy Easter but any sentiment would work. The nice part about the Gifts of Kindness set is that it comes with its own sentiments. The butterflies are from Papillon Potpourri stamp set and this particular ribbon is no longer available but again, you could substitute.
Stampin' Up! Gifts of Kindness stamp set in Wisteria Wonder. Yellow butterflies from Papillon Potpourri stamp set. Handmade card using all Stampin' Up! supplies.
I hope you have a creative day!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blue Roses for Mother's Day

It's Thursday, and that means a challenge from Create with Connie and Mary! This week it is a color challenge: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray. 

I made my card a week ago - before the Retiring/Last Chance List was revealed and I had a feeling that my beloved Stippled Blossoms stamp set would be retiring. I was right. Little did I know that the Fancy Fan embossing folder would be retiring too!
Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms stamp set .Handmade Mother's Day card with roses and textured background. Made by Lisa Young, Add ink and Stamp
Oh, and the Subtles Designer Series Paper stack is also retiring. This stack of 12 x 12 patterned paper is where the piece of Soft Sky paper on my card is from. 

I did a lot of fussy cutting on my card - as in every flower and leaf - and the Basic Gray centers are fussy cut too. I also sponged the edges of the flowers, especially the roses, so they would show up better against the white card stock. Once I had everything cut, I just cascaded them down the side. 

Now, I made my card a Mother's Day card, but it could easily be made into whatever you need it to be :)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! 

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (retiring), Crazy About You
Paper: Soft Sky from the Subtles dsp stack (retiring)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Ink: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi
Other: sponge, dimensional, corner punch, Texture Boutique Machine (retiring),
Fancy Fan embossing folder (retiring)

If you would like more inspiration, head over to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. And most of all, we would love to have you play along! 
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