Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How does your garden grow?

There are many great new stamps, tools, and embellishments in the Holiday Catalog so I don't know where to begin.  Since I am not in the Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas mood YET, I will start with the probably one of my favorite stamp sets that SU! has ever offered.  The stamp set is Perfectly Preserved and it is the most versatile jar, fruit, and flower set I have used in a long time.  What makes it even better are the framelits dies that compliment the stamp set.  That's right, you don't have to cut out, by hand, any of the images! Love, Love!  SU! even offers you 15% off if buy both the dies and stamp set. 

Below are two similar cards I created with the stamp set and the framelits dies.  One is more visually clean while the other has a more vintage feel.  I was inspired by the card sample on page 29 of the Holiday Catalog. These cards use many new items from this catalog. 

Stamp Set: Perfectly Preserved
Framelits Dies: Window Frames Collection, Cannery Set, and Bitty Banners
Ink: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Whisper White CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Island Indigo CS, More Mustard CS, Orchard Harvest DSP
Embellishments: Linen Thread

Stamp Set: Perfectly Preserved
Framelits Dies: Window Frames Collection, Cannery Set, and Bitty Banners 
Ink: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Whisper White CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Island Indigo CS, More Mustard CS, Orchard Harvest DSP
PLUS the NEW Core'dinations Card Stock - Early Espresso
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Other: Sanding Block

Friday, June 1, 2012

The 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Hello Stampers!

It’s that time of year again… the launch of a new SU! catalog.  This year’s catalog is about 40 pages smaller but offers a wide range of stamps to choose from.  A larger mini catalog will come out this August full of holiday sets guaranteed to please!  

SU! has also redesigned their stamp pads.  With the release of the new catalog they are introducing their new firm foam stamp pad! A few things to note: the firm foam is nice and flat and will not become wavy, it is soft and has a nice bounce to it, and the ink lay-down (how the ink is absorbed into the card stock) is even, not blotchy, and dries quickly. It has an increased opacity and stamps solid images beautifully. 
There are more Framelits and Edgelits to make your crafting tasks easier.  I hope you enjoy looking over the catalog as much as I have.  My favorite set… A Cherry on Top – page 201!!! Can’t wait to hear which sets you have fallen for.

Happy Stamping,
           Heather Howe

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I created these cute little gift card holders for my children's teachers.  And who wouldn't like a gift card to Wawa?  Many thanks to all the teachers who work so hard everyday to educate our youth.  
  SU!'s Petite Pocket XL Die (#123131) makes creating a gift card holder so simple. It's a perfect fit!

Gift Card Holder Recipe:
Petite Pocket XL Die
It's A Wrap Occasions  Stamp Set
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (retired hostess)
Real Red Cardstock and Ink
Basic Black Cardstock and Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
Brights Pattern DSP - Real Red
1" Square Punch
Postage Stamp Punch
Mini Library Clips

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Elementary Elegance Happy Birthday Cards

When I saw the new 3/8" pleated satin ribbon in the SU! Occasions Mini I knew I had to have them ALL.  I decided to match the ribbon up with the new SAB stamp set Elementary Elegance.  The result, simple yet elegant birthday cards.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I never thought I would be stating this... I think gnomes are growing on me.  Don't worry I am not ready to fill my yard with the little creatures, however, I certainly enjoy this stamp set.  My son is a huge fan of the movie, Gnomeo and Juliet, and I plan to create gnome valentines for his classmates.  

These cards were created using lots of FREE Sale-A-Bration stuff as well as new products from the Occasions Mini.   

Be Mine Card Recipe: Gnome Sweet Gnome Stamp Set, Outlined Occasions Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Soft Suede CS, Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment DSP,  Framelits Dies - Labels Collection, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon - Lucky Limeade, Jewelry Tags Punch, Poppy Parade Classic Ink, Pool Party Classic Ink, Lucky Limeade Classic Ink

Love You Just The Way You Are Card Recipe: Gnome Sweet Gnome Stamp Set, Outlined Sprinkled Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Peach Parfait CS, Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Framelits Dies - Labels Collection, 3/8" Pear Pizzazz Pleated Satin Ribbon - Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade Classic Ink

Sale-A-Bration 2012

January 24 - March 31, 2012
During Sale-A-Bration (SAB), you can earn FREE products.  For every $50 in merchandise you purchase during the dates above you can choose a FREE product out of the SAB catalog.  There are new SAB stamp sets, ribbons, brads, and paper.  There are also a few 2011-2012 IB&C stamps and products featured in the SAB catalog you can choose as your FREE product.

Have you been thinking about joining the Stampin' Up! family? The Starter Kit is normally $175. So during SAB you will save $50 PLUS get a free pack of DSP (or digital downloads) for a year just for signing up before March 31st!!!
Contact me if you're interested in joining my team!