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April 2016

Retiring List is Out

The Retiring List is out.  There are a few things to remember.  Stamp sets will be produces through May 22nd.  They will be available until May 31st unless they run out after the 22nd.  Accessories are while supplies last.  No more will be made.  If you order online, please use this Hostess Code TKKZST7M.  There are some great deals to be had!

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Rolo Pencils

Do you love Rolos?  As far as I'm concerned, what's not to love!  As we get closer to May, I wanted to offer some treats for Teacher Appreciation at my booth at Shops on Main.  I decided that these would also be great as a treat for a child getting ready to take the end of grade tests.  It's a lot of pressure and kids need all the help they can get.  However, I don't recommend that a child eat a lot of chocolate right before the test.  Anyway, here's the project.

Pencil teacher Pencil student

You can find the directions for making the Rolo pencils on Pinterest in several places, just search for Stampin' Up! Rolo pencil.  I'll give you directions here.  I just want you to know it's not an original idea.

  • Cut Crushed Curry cardstock 3 1/2 x 4 5/8.  Score at 1/4 inch intervals putting the 3 1/2 inch side across the top of your scoreboard.  Use your bone folder along the scored lines.  Put Tear & Tape along the two long sides and adhere this to the Rolo.
  • Cut Blushing Bride cardstock 3 1/2 x 1.  Put Tear & Tape on this and adhere around the top of the Rolo.  Try to get the seams to match pretty closely.
  • Cut silver cardstock 3 1/2 x 3/4.  Score this at 1/4 inch intervals putting the 3/4 at the top of the scoreboard.  I did not fold these.  I just made the score lines.  Use the Tear & Tape again on this and adhere.  You can use the Silver Foil.  I used the retired Brushed Silver.  It's good to use up some of my retired product on items for the emporium.
  • With the 1" Circle Punch, punch a circle of Blushing Bride.  Glue gun this to the end of the pencil to complete the eraser.
  • A Hershey Kiss is glue gunned to the opposite end of the Rolo for the point of the pencil.

Pencil teacher tag Pencil teacher tag also

The tags use the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper.  I cut Thick White cardstock 2 x 4 1/4 and the patterned paper the same.  I glued them together.  I cut the end using the Ornate Tag Topper punch.  I rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life corner punch.  The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set.  I stamped in Archival Black on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch.  The apple is made by punching out a real red circle with the 1 inch Circle Punch.  The stem is made by punching the candle from the Party Pack in Early Espresso.  The leaf is punched with the Festive Flower Builder Punch in Pear Pizzazz.

Pencil student tag Pencil teacher tag too

The sentiment for the student tag is from the stamp set You've Got This.  This time I used the 2 inch Circle Punch.  The Good Luck was stamped using the Alphabet Rotary. The paper is 1/4 inch wide and I rounded the corners.  It's adhered using dimensionals.  The A is cut using the Little Alphabet framelits from Read Red.  The plus is made using the 4 in the Little Numbers framelits.  I had to give it a trim!

I thought my pencils turned out well.  I hope they will bring joy to others!

Pencils large group

The retired list will come out later today.  If I can figure out how to do it, I will post it to my blog.  You can always shop from this site and find the list on the Stampin' Up! site store.

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Watercolor Nature or #GDP031

Watercolor seems to be very popular these days.  You need to practice.  That's one thing I have learned.  Another is that there is no right or wrong.  You need to like what you make.  That's all.  I like my card for today!  I wanted to make a card for the Global Design Project #031.  The theme is nature.


I wanted to use the wren from the stamp set An Open Heart and the fern from Butterfly Basics.  It snowballed from there.  I ended up using bits and pieces from 5 different stamp sets.  Here is the card.

Nature three

Here are the details.

  • Begin with a card base of Mossy Meadow 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Cut a layer of Soft Sky 3 3/4 x 5.
  • Cut a layer of Shimmery White cardstock at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  This type of cardstock is great to use for watercolor and it also sparkles!
  • I used the large fern from Butterfly Basics and the small fern from the stamp set Awesomely Artistic.  I used the colors Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow.  I'm not sure how to tell you to stamp the ferns.  I started with Pear Pizzazz, inked the stamp, and sprayed water onto the stamp with the Stampin' Spritzer and stamped onto the cardstock.  I inked in Mossy Meadow and stamped on top of the wet pizzazz and stamped again in places without reinking.  In other words, I played around.  This is not my first attempt.  I added in some of the smaller ferns, spritzing some.
  • I inked the feet of the bird with Staz-on and stamped on the front of the card.
  • I stamped the wren in Staz-on on more of the Shimmery White and colored it in using the Aqua Painters.  I used Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  I cut out the wren just cutting off the feet since I had already stamped them.  I adhered the wren with dimensionals.

Nature wren close up

  • For the ground, I used the Aqua Painter and Pear Pizzazz for the base.  I added in grass using the stamp from Sheltering Tree.  Some are stamped straight on the paper and others are stamped without reinking the stamp.  I did a little outline with Mossy Meadow across the top of the grass and softened it a little with water.
  • I added a light coat of Soft Sky with the Aqua Painter.  Be careful because it will run when you brush the ferns.  I think a little is OK.  Mine ran a little.  That's how I know to tell you to be careful!
  • The sentiment, stamped in Mossy Meadow, is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set.

Nature close up

On one of my practice tries, I had a couple ferns that I liked.  I cut those out for the inside.  This sentiment is also from the Watercolor Wings set.

Nature too

I'm proud of my card.  It makes me happy.  What about you?  Are you ready to try your hand at watercolor?  See the supplies below if you need to order.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today.  I hope to see you on Monday!


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Flower Patch and the #tgifc50-Sketch

It's that time of year.  Yes, it's that time when demonstrators for Stampin' Up! start wondering what will retire from the 2015-2016 catalog and what might carry over to the new catalog coming out June 1.  Patty Bennett, my upline, gave our group a Facebook challenge to design a card using stamp sets we think might retire.  I decided to use the stamp sets Flower Patch and Chalk Lines.  Of course, right now we just don't know.  The retirement list will be out on April 18th!  You'll have to see if my predictions are correct.  I also decided to use the #tgifc50-Sketch for the card.



Isn't it wonderful when one card can settle several items on your "to do" list?  In fact, I'm also going to give this card to a friend for her birthday!  Here it is!

Flower Patch for Global Design too

I love black and white.  But, I am trying to brighten it up a bit.  Here's how I made this card.

  • Start with the regular card base in Bermuda Bay. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded)
  • Cut the layer of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper 5 x 3 3/4.  This time I wanted just a little larger border.
  • The Whisper White panel is 3 1/2 x 3.  I stamped the Flower Patch stamps in Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, and Watermelon Wonder.  I added Bermuda Bay Candy Dots on the Watermelon Wonder flowers.  They are from the Brights Collection.
  • The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Memento Black on Whisper White, notched, and attached with dimensionals.  
  • I stamped using the set Chalk Lines on several strips of Whisper White using Memento Black, one 3/4" wide and one 1/2" wide.  I taped these under the white panel leaving some space in between.
  • A ribbon of 1/8" Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon was added just under the flowers.

Flower Patch for global design close up

I do love how it all turned out.  On the inside I stamped a row from Chalk Lines in black along the bottom and added a couple flowers.  The sentiment is from the Flower Patch set.

Flower Patch for Global design inside


Let me say Happy Birthday to Faith!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Flower Patch for Global Design


So, what do you think?  Will these two sets retire?  What other sets do you think might go away?  I'm getting so excited to see what new things we will have!

Thanks for spending a little time with me.  See you Friday!

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Disc Golf Birthday

A Happy Birthday goes out to my son-in-law Robby.  His birthday was yesterday.  I try to make special cards for my family.  This year I decided to make a card about his love for disc golf.  But, sadly, I don't know anything about it.  Thanks to google images, I came up with an idea.  The trouble is, I don't know if it's really valid.  As I write this post he hasn't seen the card yet, so I guess I'll find out later.  It's in the mail.  Maybe you can comment.

Robby's birthday card

I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow.  I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set for the background.  I wanted it to appear out in nature.  The trees are stamped in Early Espresso ink.  The leaves are Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz.  When you stamp the second layer of leaves, you need to move the stamp set a little so you aren't stamping directly on top of the other leaves.  I did sponge a little with the Pear Pizzazz and add sprigs of grass with Mossy Meadow.  The patterned paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper stack.   The goal (not sure that's what you call it) is made from thin strips of Basic Black cardstock.  I used scraps.  I just pieced it all together.  The curved parts are made using the Circles Collection Framelits.  I put two circles, one inside the other, and cut.  Then I just cut that apart.  Does that make sense.  The sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.  You might be wondering about the red thing in the tree.  It's my attempt to have a disc caught in a tree.  I stamped part of a tree on a red scrap and then hand cut the disc.

Robby's card inside

I also used the Cottage Greetings stamp set for the sentiment on the inside.  I added another tree just like on the outside.  I just couldn't resist using the bicycle and yes, I know it's upside down.  Robby had a bike wreck recently.  Thank goodness, he's healing well!

Robby's card, too

Robby is also a big lover of music and the Beatles.  This is the card I made for him last year. He's a teacher so that's why the Mr. Raeford!  Hey, it's a play on the song!

Robby's bithday yellow submarine


Thanks for checking in today.  I hope you will check in again on Wednesday!




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