Wednesday, April 25, 2012

card making night - April

Last Thursday I held my monthly card making night! I really enjoy the opportunities each month for me to host these events, so that I am always using my products by creating cards. Some months the attendance is higher than others, but I love a big group and I love a small group, so I'll take either!

As many of you know already, the retiring list came out on April 15th. (Visit HERE to take a peek of what stamp sets will be retiring on May 31st and click HERE to take a peek of what accessories will be retiring). Not only will there be many, many stamp sets retiring, but we are saying goodbye to the 2010-2012 In-Colors, as well. Because of this, I wanted to get some extra play time in with some of the retiring products. So, with my first card I did just that by using the retiring colors Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, and Peach Parfait. I also used the retiring stamp set Pocket Silhouettes. This is a simple design, but a classic!

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes (retiring)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Ink: markers - Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush
Accessories: Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, 1/2" Pear Pizzazz Poly-Stitched ribbon (retiring)
Tools: Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

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The second card we made was a CASE by the wonderfully talented Jen Sannes of Simple & Sincere. This is not the first time I have cased one of Jen's cards. I love, love, love her clean and simple style so much! I changed a couple of things in an attempt to add my own personal flair by snipping some banners at the bottom of each of the strips of paper. I also added a brad in the middle of the flower instead of a button. Thanks, Jen, for the inspiration! This card uses the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! is offering right now (through April 30th) as a promotion for upcoming products in the new catalog.

Stamp Set: Bold Blossom
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Dimensionals, Island Indigo polka-dotted brad
Tools: Triple Layer Bouquet punch, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Paper Snips

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The final card was something I saw on Pinterest created by Lorraine. I pinned it 9 weeks ago, but it wasn't until I saw Karen Graff-Povis's take on the same card that I remembered I had pinned it. I felt like this month was the right month to go for it and so I did, adding my own choice of colors and DSP. The candle flames are made using the Two-Step bird punch. How clever is that?!

{a little Dazzling Details for some sparkle on the flames}

Stamp Set: Happiest Birthday Wishes 
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Just Add Cake DSP 
Ink: markers - Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait 
Accessories: Dimensionals, red brads, Wild Wasabi striped ribbon (retired)
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Two-Step Bird punch

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Stampin' Up! just announced the Retired Accessories list TODAY!!
Some accessories are discounted up to 60% off, but don't wait too long to order since all accessories and Decor Elements are available only while supplies last! Click on the picture below to order straight from my website.

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