Monday, April 29, 2019

All the Good Things in the Catalogue I will Miss

Continuing with my theme of the products I'm going to miss when they retire, here's one that I was so excited about when I first saw it in the current Annual Catalogue, but it will be retiring in June. It's called All The Good Things. I bought it originally because my hubby has a koi pond in the backyard and I thought it would make some great cards for him. While I made one or two good ones, I didn't use it half as often as I wanted to and I'm really sorry that it is retiring. I'm going to find it hard to part with this stamp set.

  • For this one I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured in the different areas using Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pads along with a Blender Pen. Using Stampin' Blends Markers would be another option.
  • Some Copper Trim adds an interesting effect to the bottom of the card under the sentiment, and I've used the splatter stamp from the also retiring Timeless Textures set to add some Copper Stampin' Emboss powder to the card and heat set it to add some copper texture.
  • The Rectangle Stitched Framelits die cut both front panels. They are one of my most often used die sets right now.
Some other cards that I made this year using the All The Good Things stamp set can be seen by clicking the caption under each photo:

All the Good Things for Freshly Made Sketches
All the Good Things for a Simple As You See It Challenge

Corner Pop Up Card - All the Good Things

Here are some images that will help you figure out what you need to buy before it runs out forever::

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Heat Tool
Blender Pens
Big Shot

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Bike Ride to the Past for As You See It Challenges

I know everyone is dying for glimpses into the new Annual Catalogue, but in the meantime, there are many old favourites that are taking their last stands that we don't want to ignore either and there is one in particular that I thought I'd take out for a spin today, to demonstrate As You See It Challenge's latest challenge. It's a colour challenge that looks fairly innocuous at first glance, but proves to be devilishly hard to work with once you get going:

We've called it Copacabana, probably for the feathers and the colours, but there are a lot of weird elements to that challenge photo, like giant lego bricks and a fur covered chair and bright pink shag carpet, so yeah!

Anyway, the Bike Ride Photopolymer stamp set is retiring this year, as are the coordinating Build a Bike Dies, and I thought they would be a good way to use these colours so that I would have lots of options about where to use each of the three, but not huge overwhelming swaths of them either. With this combination, the more white space, the better!

  • Though I  typically don't care for stamp sets with a lot of little pieces that coordinate, using 2 step stamping, this set is actually really easy to stamp and coordinate and I find it really fun to "build the bike" with the dies. You get lots of options for what to put on the rear bike rack and a front carrier that's either this basket or a more accurate one that can be die cut.
  • I used the Pineapple Punch as the main colour for the bike with accents of Powder Pink and Lovely Lipstick and then the books and flowers used those colours as well. I had to throw in a little green for the leaves because yellow leaves just looked wrong, even though I added a little Pineapple Punch to the green leaves to see if I could bring it closer to the yellow.
  • I used an old retired embossing folder, Brick Wall, for the Whisper White background, but there is a new 3D embossing folder coming in the new Annual Catalogue called Brick & Mortar that you're going to love, if you loved this one like I did.
  • The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set, which is making a comeback, only in Cling format. The button on the flag is from the Occasions Catalogue, a Needlepoint Nook Mini Button. There are about 3 different shades of them, but this one is a pretty good match for Powder Pink.

Here's more info about the beautiful Everything is Rosy product medley limited time order coming up May 1 - 31!


And here are some projects made with it:

You can order this medley of products starting May 1 for $109.00 plus shipping and tax starting May 1. Let me know if you're interested and I will set that up for you.

Have a great weekend and Happy Stamping!

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Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
*Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Glue Dots

*No longer available