Friday, April 29, 2016

Saying good-bye to favorites!

With the upcoming retirement of the 2014-2016 In-Colors, one of the cards designed for this month's card class featured two of my favorite color combinations: Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  What colors will you miss?  

All of the cards in the class used the "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set and the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (as previously mentioned, it's such a fun set to be creative with!).  This card is perfect for inviting a friend over for tea (or change it to coffee)...the sentiment is from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies A Nice Cuppa & Balloon Celebration Stamp Sets, Farmers Market Designer Series Paper

 Of course, the interior of the card could not be forgotten...

Stampin' Up! A Nice Cuppa & Balloon Celebration Stamp Sets
While the "A Nice Cuppa" and the Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies are retiring, they are a set that I will continue to use often.  Though I'm a paper hoarder (what paper crafter isn't!), I have used most of my stash and am replacing this color combo before they retire.  Be sure to order your favorites from the 2014-2016 In Color selection before they're gone forever.  To place your order, click on your favorites in the project materials below or to get your other favorites click here.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Product Sneak Peek & laughing at myself!

On Monday, my product purchase premiere of items that were ordered while at the OnStage convention arrived and for the first time, I posted a live video via Facebook.  The key word is "live" which means it's unedited!  Actually, I posted opening & unpacking the box and the other was after unwrapping a few of the items.   When I watched the videos, I had fun laughing at myself!  It was definitely unscripted, unplanned and a spur of the moment idea but the excitement was real. You could even see some of the mess on my table from the card class earlier in the afternoon.  I have been like a kid at Christmas looking at the wonderful products. Since it was a juggling act filming with my cell phone, holding it in one hand while trying to show the items with the other, I thought I would take a few photos of some of the products that I shared so you can get a better look at them. 

Stampin' Up! Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper
The lower left in the collage photo is the reverse side of the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper and the right photo is a close-up of the copper floral page from the package.  As mentioned in my video, copper is one of the new "in" looks.

Stampin' Up! Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack 
The Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack is full of fun new colors.  I pulled some of the pages to show you the front and back of papers in the stack.  The paper stack consists of 48 pages of 6" x 6" papers (4 pages of 12 different designs).  I predict this will be popular!

Color Chart of Stampin' Up! 2016-1018 In Colors
Attendees at the convention were able to make a color chart with the new 2016-2018 In Colors. While I will certainly miss the 2014-2016 In Colors (especially Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon), some of the new In Colors will definitely become favorites.  

Be sure to check out my videos on Facebook (search: Margaret Knight videos) and follow me.  You will never know when I'll do another live video! 

 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.   Your comments are appreciated!

Monday, April 25, 2016

OnStage Live 2016 Card Swap #2

Today's post will finish the sharing of the swaps made for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live convention.  In this swap, I "stepped" up the design created with the Timeless Textures stamp set by adding small flowers punched using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and edges sponged with Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Cucumber Crush inks.  To create a focal point, a flower was stamped and punched using the Flower Shop stamp set.   Notice the silver metallic thread and punched card stock flower...both add just the right touch!  The "Hello" sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit stamp set. 

"Hello" using Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures & Flower Shop Stamp Sets, Pansy Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Heads up - The Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack is on the Retiring List so you'll want to nab this set before it's gone as it's great for adding that small touch to your creations.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

OnStage Live 2016 Card Swap #1

Last week, I attended the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live (i.e. convention) in Salt Lake City.  It is a wonderful event and an opportunity to not only see new products, learn new techniques but also spend time with other demonstrators from across North America.  Another highlight was the unveiling of the new catalog to be released on June 1.  You're going to love this new catalog...can't show you what's inside but here's a peek at the cover!  (notice the flags on the right side, they aren't included but are marking the items to put on my wish list!)
Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog Cover

As in past years when attending the convention, it's been fun to swap cards with other demonstrators to get ideas for different designs, color combinations and techniques.  This year, instead of registering for a particular swap, two designs were created for random swapping. The Timeless Textures stamp set was used for both and the one shared below was a quick and easy card to make yet it has a touch of elegance.

A Happy Hello using Stampin' Up! Timeless Texture and Tin of Cards Stamp Sets
Several of the Timeless Textures stamps were used to create the background by random stamping on the page using Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron ink. To create a softer look, images were "stamped off" onto a scrap page before stamping onto the card layer. 

Another reminder:  be sure to check out the Retiring List from Stampin' Up! to get your favorites before they're gone!   Also, the 2014-2016 In-Colors are retiring so you'll want to stock up on your favorites (Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist).  Sure going to miss those colors!
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