Friday, December 14, 2007

Retirement Party!!

We had our "retiring" party last night. We had fun making some cards out of the retiring sets.

Catherine showed us this card - didn't she do an excellent job with the Serene Sunflower? Check out the other Serene Sunflower sets - this is SUCH a versatile set. Christmas Cards, Spring cards - it will be going, going gone on December 31st!!

Stamp Sets: Serene Sunflower, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Short and Sweet
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Whisper White
Ink: Summer Sun, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi
Embellishments: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon, Jumbo Pewter Brads, Small and Large Oval Punches

These next three cards are all made with Looks Like Spring which is retiring December 31st. The punch, Spring Flower Bouquet, which accents this set is also retiring.

Pink and Brown Looks Like Spring

Stamp Sets: Looks Like Spring, Short and Sweet
Card Stock: Pretty in Ink, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Rhinestone Brad, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

I stamped the large flower on Pretty in Pink Card Stock and then sponged Chocolate Chip over the outside of the petals and cut them out. Adhered it to the Whisper White on which I had stamped the open argyle. Stamped the three smaller flower again on the Pretty in Pink with Chocolate Chip ink and then used the Spring Flower Punch to punch them out and adhered them on the card.

Looks Like Spring Emboss Resist

Stamp Set: Looks Like Spring
Card Stock: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Glossy White
Ink: Versamark, Apricot Appeal, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Embellishments: Winter White Embossing Powder, Blue Gingham Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Effects

Technique: Emboss Resist
This is such a fun technique. I stamped the large flower in versamark on the glossy white card stock. I then poured the winter white embossing powder over the versamarked flowers and heat set it. MAGIC - the flowers just popped out. I then sponged over the embossed flowers with bashful blue - just a little to really make them stand out. Then I stamped with Old Olive the smaller flowers. For the centers of the daisies I used a sponge dauber and sponged apricot appeal by bouncing up and down (this was embossed, so the ink was very faint, so I sponged many times to make it as dark as possible. Then I used crystal effects and heat dryed that.

This will definitely have to be a class sometime!! Such fun!!

Looks Like Spring

Stamp Set: Looks Like Spring, Short and Sweet
Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Old Olive, Petals and Paisleys Designer Paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise
Embellishments: Scallop Circle Punch, Roud Tab Punch, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Large and Small Oval Punch, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter

This card was fun for everyone to make. I stamped the large flower with Pretty in Pink on Whisper White and then cut it out with the scallop circle punch. I punched two pieces of Tempting Turquoise with the Round Tab Punch to make the circle behind the scalloped flower. I put Crystal Effects on the center of the flower and then poured some dazzling diamonds stampin' glitter over that and heat set it - makes a wonderful flower center.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these cards we made out of some of the retiring sets.

The new catalogs should be here next week. Let me know if you would like one!! They are $5 and come with the $5 coupon to use on your first order over $25!!