26 Jun 2008

New Product Line Announced!

Stampin’ Up! is now offering additional coordinating home décor products for making customized personal space easy, cost effective and flexible. Stampin’ Up! is introducing wall graphics, expressions, and lettering. The new product, Décor Elements™, will be available for order in July 2008.

You can add a striking element to your room for under $50 and 30 minutes time. Or decorate a mirror or photo frame for under $25 and 15 minutes time.

Be sure to check out the the brochure for ideas you can use in your own home!

15 Jun 2008

Time to Retire....

Prior to every new catalogue Stampin' Up! retires several of its stamp sets to make room for new styles and trends. The list was released today, and these stamps will only be available until August 10/08. If you want to order them before they are gone, please contact me at carolmatthews@ns.sympatico.ca

A to Z Accents
All in a Row
All Through the Year
Amazing to Zany
Artfully Asian
Background Basics
Be Happy
Best Friends, Alphabet Lower
Best Friends, Alphabet Upper
est Friends Numbers
Big Pieces
Block Party
Blossoms Abound
Bud Basics
Care Postale
Check It Out
Circle of Friendship
Create A Coupon
Dare to Be Darling
Eat Cake
Elementary Essentials
Festive Favourites
Flannel Plaid
Flower Friend
Forever in My Heart
French Flair
Give Thanks
Glad Tidings
Greetings Galore
Happy Camper
Here, Kitty Kitty
It's Your Birthday
Just Like You
Little Pieces
All Monogram Lower Case letters
Much Appreciated
Never-Ending Joy
Noble Deer
Office Accroutrement
Peace to the World
Peaceful Wishes
Perennial Favourites
Polka Dots & Paisley
Polka Dots & Petals
Print Pattern
Property Lines
Rough Edges Mini-Alphabets
Sealed with a Kiss
Snow Flurries
The Snowflake Spot
So Happy
So Much
Stamp of Authenticity
Sweet Shapes
Sweet Thing
Tagger's Dozen
Touch of Nature
Two Cute
Whale Wishes
Wild Rose
Wildlife Reserve
Word Search
Yappy Day
Year after Year

1 Jun 2008

"Fresh Cuts" Take II

Here are a few more cards using the 'Fresh Cuts' sneak peek stamp set. This time I've used the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 greeting card size.

The first is done in Old Olive (yes I absolutely adore this colour) and Regal Rose bordered with Chocolate Chip. I 'dusted' the main image with creamy caramel, coloured the riot of petals with Regal Rose, and tied it up with a ribbon in the same pink.

The second uses Old Olive card stock and ink again but this time I've combined it with Blush Blossom for a very soft effect. I added Crystal Effects to the green leaves on the image, and used an oval piece from the silver hodgepodge to frame the sentiment.

Okay - are you ready? Here's a totally new colour scheme! Brilliant Blue and white.

I embossed the main design with white embossing powder on the Brilliant Blue cardstock, then used Brilliant Blue ink to stamp the vine and sentiment. Three half pearls give it some dimension. Do you think I should add a few more pearls? I can't decide...


I love my scrapbooking class - the ladies make me work hard to keep ahead of them but it's so much fun I don't mind!

We had a travel theme this month and I heard about some fabulous trips. Here are two completed two page layouts - each with their own unique adaptations.

I'd better start working on next month's design!

Sneak Peek - "Fresh Cuts"

The sneak peak stamp set from the SU Fall & Winter Catalogue & Idea Book arrived and I've been having so much fun! It's a very versatile set, especially if you take advantage of the bundle promotion and purchase the gift cards as well.

First I made a very simple, quick card using the laser cut gift card and the two of the stamps from the stamp set. I used Pink Passion card stock behind the cut out, stamped the small flower in Lavender Lace and glued it to the centre along with a half pearl from the Pretties kit. I sponged the front of the card with Pink Passion and Lavender Lace and voila!

(Sorry about the photography - it was after midnight!!)

The second card was based on the 'Fresh Cuts' flyer design and I used Old Olive cardstock and a So Saffron designer series paper for the background. Scallops were made with the corner rounder punch, and I added an Old Olive felt flower and So Saffron button. (I know - it looks pink...)

The last card is my favourite (pink and green, what else!) and I CASED it from another demo.

I stamped the front of the card with the large background stamp using Certainly Celery ink. I then stamped the vines with Pretty in Pink. The laser cut was backed with designer paper in Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery card stock punched with the five-petal punch, and a round Rhinstone brad from the 'Ice' collection. A Pretty in Pink 1/4 grosgrain ribbon finished it off.

These cards are gift card size (4 inches by 4 inches) so they cannot be sent by mail. But my next post will show larger cards using the 'Fresh Cuts' stamp set.

If you like what you see you can order the stamp set and set of 15 gift cards and envelopes beginning June 1st! Just give me a call...