Friday, April 27, 2012

Retiring Set Blog Hop: Turtle and Co.

There's a month left to purchase your favorite stamps sets yet unbought before they retire! It's my job to make you drool and want them all over again! My demo friends from Stampin' Addicts have joined together again for a review of our favorite stamp sets retiring from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog on May 31. I'm officially the first blog on the hop (an honor I am quite proud of, even if it's just because my stamp set is first in the catalog). You can visit the last stamper Paula with Borderlines and go backwards back to here or you can go forward from my blog to Lisa Young's to see her work with I Heart Hearts-- As always, you can click below to comment on a thread at Stampin' Addicts, check out the forums and galleries, and see the whole list of stops on the hop!


Without further adieu, my stamp set is....


TURTLE AND CO. , the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. Stampin' Up! donates $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities nationally, which will add to our total of more than a $100,000,000 to RMHC to date!
My first project to show in detail is the turtle birthday card:


 I used the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper as my background by cutting out 1 1/4" squares with my punch and placing them in a purposefully random pattern. The turtle is embossed in Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder and colored with Markers. I added a scallop with the retiring Scallops 2 Bigz Die and used my 2 1/2" Circle Punch for the turtle. There were too many presents to fit, so I fussy cut them out and added the message. I'm usually late on Birthdays, so this card is perfect for me.

My second card features those frogs:



Aren't they cute? I used a Mojo Monday Sketch for my idea of multiple frogs. I stamped the frogs in Basic Black on the Wild Wasabi Polka Dot sheet from the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper. I cut them out and placed them on the Marina Mist and Poppy Parade nested circles. The scallop border added a little more Poppy Parade (which is retiring as an In Color). The eyes were too light, so I used my signo gel pen to add white to them and then used my (retiring) black journaler to put new pupils inside. I also used the signo pen to free-hand dots along the top for a little extra detail.

My final project is in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week coming up. I thought about making bookmarks for my colleagues---


These might work! I used Wild Wasabi Embossing powder to outline the little guys and then colored with markers. A few scallop punches and circle punches layered together made the top and bottom of the book mark. The idea is that the top hangs out. I used the colors in the Just Add Cake paper--Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, and Peach Parfait for my images. I love markers. The ribbon is the blue denim ribbon, which I thought just looked right. Not sure why.

Well, that's all I have for you. Time to bounce to Lisa's blog "Add Ink and Stamp," and see her beautiful work with I Heart Hearts. 



Happy Stamping!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retired Accessories List is Here!

and it's long! Which means savings for you as well as a whole bunch of BRAND NEW THINGS COMING JUNE 1! You can order directly from my website store at www.lilyinkpad.stampinup.net to get the items you desire before they are gone! You can also open a pdf of the leaving items.


Also here's a list:

DISCOUNTED ITEMS:



7 124485 October, December, Whenever Collection DVD $26.95 60% $10.78
7 125840 Sweet Retreat Collection DVD $27.95 60% $11.18
7 125841 Avante-garde Collection DVD $31.95 60% $12.78
7 125842 His & Hers Collection DVD $32.95 60% $13.18
7 124889 Express Booster Pack DVDs  $39.95 60% $15.98
176 119801 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers $14.95 40% $8.97
176 124338 2010-2012 In Color 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock $9.95 40% $5.97
176 124386 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock  $11.95 25% $8.96
176 124387 2010-2012 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock  $11.95 40% $7.17
177 124291 Regal Rose 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
177 124299 Tangerine Tango 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
177 124300 Tempting Turquoise 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
178 124286 Perfect Plum 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
178 124287 Pink Pirouette 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
178 124295 Rose Red 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
179 124264 Always Artichoke 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
179 124269 Bravo Burgundy 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
179 124270 Cajun Craze 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
179 124283 Not Quite Navy 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
180 124294 River Rock 12" x 12" Card Stock $5.95 25% $4.46
181 103104 3" x 5" Cellophane Bags $3.95 25% $2.96
182 116911 Padded Envelopes $2.95 40% $1.77
182 120435 Heart Treat Cups $2.95 40% $1.77
183 122360 Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper  $12.95 25% $9.71
185 122342 Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper  $10.95 25% $8.21
185 122351 Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
185 122354 Pocketful of Posies  Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
185 122355 Domestic Goddess  Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
185 122357 Beau Château Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
185 124339 Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
186 122349 Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper $10.95 25% $8.21
190 104521 Ring 6" x 6" Page Protectors $6.95 25% $5.21
190 122124 Post 8" x 8" Page Protectors $7.95 25% $5.96
190 122379 Beau Château Side Notes $5.95 25% $4.46
190 122467 Espresso Classic Designer Printed 6" X 6" Ring Album  $10.95 25% $8.21
190 122468 Château Designer Printed 6" X 6" Ring Album  $10.95 25% $8.21
191 108495 On Board 5" x 5" Art Journal  $6.95 25% $5.21
191 122958 On Board Merry Medley $9.95 40% $5.97
193 122376 Sweet Moments Simply Sent $13.95 25% $10.46
194 100982 Natural Hemp Twine $2.95 25% $2.21
194 119265 Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon $8.95 25% $6.71
194 119266 Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon $8.95 25% $6.71
194 119267 Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon $8.95 25% $6.71
194 125054 Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon $6.95 40% $4.17
195 109032 Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95 25% $3.71
195 122330 Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon $6.95 25% $5.21
195 124324 Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95 25% $3.71
195 124325 Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95 40% $5.37
195 124326 Basic Gray 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95 25% $6.71
195 124327 Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95 40% $5.37
196 121715 Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric $9.95 70% $2.99
196 121716 Deck The Halls Designer Fabric $9.95 70% $2.99
196 121817 Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric $9.95 70% $2.99
196 121818 Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric $9.95 70% $2.99
197 121893 Game Spinner Hands $3.95 40% $2.37
198 109110 Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads  $10.95 25% $8.21
198 109111 Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads  $10.95 25% $8.21
198 109112 Square Fire Rhinestone Brads $10.95 25% $8.21
198 112577 Filigree Designer Brads $5.95 40% $3.57
198 113144 Clear Circle Rhinestone Brads $10.95 25% $8.21
198 115604 Fleurettes II $9.95 25% $7.46
198 121881 Beveled Windowpanes $7.95 40% $4.77
198 122942 Mini Clothespins $2.95 25% $2.21
199 112533 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo Brads  $6.95 40% $4.17
199 112534 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads  $7.95 40% $4.77
199 121004 Subtles Glimmer Brads $4.95 40% $2.97
200 116797 Simply Adorned 1" x 1" Charm  $17.95 40% $10.77
200 116799 Simply Adorned 1-1/2" x 2" Charm  $21.95 40% $13.17
200 116800 Simply Adorned Chain 24" $10.95 40% $6.57
200 117342 Simply Adorned Bracelet 8" $7.95 40% $4.77
200 117349 Simply Adorned 5/8" Circle Charm $8.95 40% $5.37
200 118476 Simply Adorned 5/8" Square Charm $8.95 40% $5.37
200 121892 Trinket Keys $5.95 25% $4.46
201 102197 Powder Pals $19.95 25% $14.96
203 119967 Silver Fox Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink  $4.95 25% $3.71
203 119968 Gold Lamé Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink  $4.95 25% $3.71
203 119969 Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink  $4.95 25% $3.71
203 121093 Color Catcher $5.95 25% $4.46
207 108362 Crop-A-Dile $29.95 25% $22.46
208 112530 Circle Scissor Plus $29.95 25% $22.46
208 112531 Circle Scissor Plus Glass Mat $19.95 25% $14.96
209 119876 Large Tag Punch $15.95 20% $12.76
210 118072 Pinking Hearts Corner Punch $9.95 20% $7.96
210 122464 Blossom Bouquet Punch $23.95 40% $14.37
210 122362 Lace Ribbon Border Punch  $19.95 25% $14.96
210 122465 Doily Punch $23.95 40% $14.37
216 114300 Sticky Sheets $6.95 25% $5.21
216 114515 Flower Burst Embosslits Die $11.95 40% $7.17
217 123129 Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate $7.95 40% $4.77
221 123127 Blossom Box Bigz L Die $32.95 40% $19.77
226 107063 Color Caddy Extender Kit $14.95 25% $11.21
235 117084 I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel $8.50 25% $6.38
235 120322 Petite Petals Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel  $8.50 25% $6.38
235 123228 School Colors Stampin' Around Builder Wheel  $4.50 25% $3.38
235 123229 Elementary Alphabet Stampin' Around Builder Wheel  $4.50 25% $3.38
235 123230 For Teacher Stampin' Around Builder Wheel  $4.50 25% $3.38

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

PAPER-- all textured 12x12 and some Smooth 12 x 12 are retiring. Paper will be reconfigured, but no textured paper will be offered.

COLOR TOOLS---Markers are being repackaged, not going away.

ALBUMS--all are retiring, who knows what will be next?

TOOLS-- The Crop-a-dile, Circle Scissors seem to be leaving, but other items will be reconfigured, but are on the retirement list in their current manner--paper cutters, stampin scrub, etc.

WHEELS--Many wheels are on the list as well as all wheel-related accesories.

Happy Shopping!

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April Flowers Bring May Showers

Right? The spring wildflowers are up around here. My favorite time of year to be in the woods. Well, other than fall, winter, and summer! I have great memories of wildflower hunting with my grandparents. Ok. Time to jump off memory lane and show you my April Flowers!

Stamps: Bright Blossoms
Paper: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry,  Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Flower, Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Pearls

I love the layered look with the framelits, which is made easy by just using the Big Shot to cut out two adjacent sizes. We used markers to color the parts of the stamp we wanted and then stamped. Using the Clear Blocks, we could see where the stamps were going. The stems sometimes overlapped a bit, but we could either ignore it, label it homemade, or flip our frame over!

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

A Concord Blossom

I love purple. I don't work with it much for some reason, but, really, Concord Crush is one of my favorite colors. It will be leaving us soon, as it is a 2010-2012 In Color, so get the most out of it while you can. We made this Mother's Day card at my April Stampin' Celebrations:


Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Paper: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Blossom Punch, Petals Blossom Builder, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

The Lacey Edge was created by punching it out with the punch. My stampin' friend Mickey Roberts explains it well on her blog, A Paper Conversation.  I needed something to make the flower special and played around until I got the idea of layering the center.

Here's the inside:

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Summer-is almost here-Smooches

I hope it is, at least! My students are feeling it and so am I! Luckily, Stampin' Up! has my back with some fun, summery sneak peek products on sale in April! You can get them now or wait til the new Idea Book in Catalog in June, but I'd get yours now! (I wonder how many more exclamation marks I can fit into this post)

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry,  Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Summer Smooches Designer Fabric Brads, Oval Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Brights Buttons

I wanted fun and cheery and I think I got it! I love the brightness of these colors. I think I'll redecorate my classroom in them.

The sketch is a familiar one- 4 squares, but I added a bit of fun with the postage punch on the white. My stampers this month so far have loved it. I hope you do, too!

By the way, I didn't use the Big Shot on this card--a true achievement!

Happy Stamping!

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