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  1. Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Colors
  2. Farewell Hexagon Hive
  3. Farewell Enjoy The Little Things Part 2
  4. Farewell Enjoy The Little Things
  5. Farewell Flowering Flourishes Part 2
  6. More Recent Articles

Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Colors

Let's not mince words... it's been a while. I've been wanting to revive this off & on for some time, but sorting out the whole Photobucket mess has put me off. But if I don't just start it'll never get done. Sidestepping the Photobucket situation for now, and just getting into the reason for this post. The new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue was unveiled at the recent On Stage event, and with it the new In Colors were revealed. Time for some comparisons with past and present Stampin' Up! colours to give you a better feel for how they will look until you can get them into your own hands!

Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Colors compared to other Stampin' Up! colours
I'm so looking forward to using these, particularly Purple Posy of course hehehehe. The Annual Catalogue goes live on June 4th, and then everyone can share in the joy of these lovely new colours
    

Farewell Hexagon Hive

Todays card doesn't focus on a stamp set, but a diecut thinlit. In fact, todays card has no stamping at all!

And back to the more involved cards! Going all-out with the honey/bee references, I ran some Hello Honey cardstock through the Big Shot with the hexagon thinlit. I had a few scraps of the bee paper from the English Garden DSP, so rather than stamp me some bees I cut them out of the paper. I did get a little inky by lightly sponging some Hello Honey ink on the edges of some of the cut out pieces from the hexagon thinlit and layered these in spaces where hexagons weren't cut out in the thinlit.


The leafy twigs are from the Bird Builder punch (which I'm still a bit stunned is retiring). I wasn't going to have any layers popped up on dimensionals, so give the card a little more dimension I didn't stick the twigs down flat all over. Just a little glue from the fine tip glue pen where the twigs overlapped, and a mini glue dot under one leaf on each twig to secure them at the other end.The bees are also attached with a mini glue dot, just one under their bodies so their wings can be bent up a little.


I used a couple of the sponged hexagon shapes inside the card to dress it up a little in there too.

Whenever I am working with yellow and green I find myself thinking of "green & gold" - often Australia's sporting colours - but by minimising the green I think I successfully avoided this card eliciting an "Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!" effect.

133685 Hello Honey A4 cardstock, 133683 Mossy Meadow A4 cardstock, 138345 Delightful Dijon A4 cardstock, 119982 Soft Suede A4 cardstock, 138440 English Garden DSP, 133643 Hello Honey stamp pad, 132965 Hexagon Hive thinlit die, 138275 Greetings thinlit dies, 117191 Bird Builder punch, 133773 sponge daubers, 138309 Fine-tip glue pen, 103683 mini glue dots
    

Farewell Enjoy The Little Things Part 2

Hello again all! Todays card is another one to send off Enjoy The Little Things.



My cards have been quite simple of late, but this easily takes the cake! Just the cardbase with a sentiment on a couple of layers of cardstock. That said, in my usual style I had to do it in a way that wasn't quick...


For the stamping on the card base I used the square of dots image and inked it up on an inkpad first then coloured the smaller dots with the Chocolate Chip marker. While some will think I am crazy for going with such a fiddly technique I would point out I wasn't crazy enough to ink all the dots individually with a marker :P (never say never though!)



140958 Enjoy The Little Things photopolymer stamp set, 121685 Crumb Cake A4 cardstock, 133686 Lost Lagoon A4 cardstock, 106549 Whisper White A4 cardstock, 133644 Lost Lagoon stamp pad, 126959 Wild Wasabi stamp pad, 131261 Neutrals markers, 104430 dimensionals

    

Farewell Enjoy The Little Things

Enjoy The Little Things is a set from the Occasions catalogue that won't be carrying over to the new Stampin' Up! catalogue. It coordinates with the Enjoy The Little Things Project Kit, but the set has some nice sentiments that work just as well for cards. For todays card I'm using a sentiment I've used before because I really love the font.


The long leafy image in the set reminded me of the Lost Lagoon paper in the English Garden DSP, so I came up with a design that worked in both. I deliberately stamped it so the image went off the edge both top and bottom and it would look a little more natural. After punching out the sentiment I edged the circle with a Basic Black marker to give the edge a bit more definition and make it pop out against the DSP behind it.


The Lost Lagoon cardstock, English Garden DSP, and the Enjoy The Little Things stamp set are all retiring and all still currently available.

140958 Enjoy The Little Things photopolymer stamp set, 133686 Lost Lagoon A4 cardstock, 124391 Pool Party A4 cardstock, 106577 Night Of Navy A4 cardstock, 138440 English Garden DSP, 126982 Pool Party stamp pad, 126970 Night Of Navy stamp pad, 100082 Basic Black marker, 133782 2" circle punch, 104430 dimensionals
    

Farewell Flowering Flourishes Part 2

Another Flowering Flourishes card for you today, this time a more simple one than yesterday.


For this card I stamped the large image using VersaMark and heat embossed in silver towards the top of a piece of Farmers Market DSP. The sentiment is from the You're So Lovely set, which I stamped on Smoky Slate with Blackberry Bliss ink and cut it out using the large straight die from the Bitty Banners framelits. I used a couple of mini silver brads to attach it to the card front, and used a few more mini brads to create a line across the card.


I again stamped the smallest image from Flowering Flourishes on the inside to dress it up a little.

There's quite a bit of retired product on this card, and some of it is already sold out in some format. The Blackberry Bliss A4 cardstock is completely sold out, however you still get Blackberry Bliss in some mixed colour packs. The Flowering Flourishes stamp set is sold out in clear-mount, but still available in wood-mount. You're So Lovely stamp set, Farmers Market DSP, mini brads, and Bitty Banners framelits are all still currently available


131998 Flowering Flourishes woodmount stamp set, 140762 You're So Lovely photopolymer stamp set, 133687 2014-2016 In Color A4 cardstock, 131291 Smoky Slate A4 cardstock, 138448 Farmers Market DSP, 133642 Blackberry Bliss stamp pad, 102283 VersaMark stamp pad, 109131 silver embossing powder, 122941 mini brads, 129267 Bitty Banner frameit dies
    

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