It's been busy few days, as our Godson Joss and a couple of his friends have been over from WA for a week of snow skiing, football and shopping. They left this morning and I've been busy with the cleaning and washing and trying to get things ship-shape before my working week starts.
First up, the list of retiring Stampin' Up! products was announced today. You can click on the image in the sidebar on the left to look at the PDF file. This will be updated on a daily basis and products will be available only while stocks last. There are some items discounted up to 40%.
You will see a lot of 12" x 12" cardstock in the list, as it is being reconfigured in the new catalogue. If you enjoy using textured cardstock (as I do), you might want to stock up on your favourite colours as in the 2011-12 IBC, textured cardstock will only be available in the assorted packs. This means you only get 2 sheets of each colour. In the new configuration, 12" x 12" will be in packs of 12 sheets of smooth cardstock only.
The cards I have today, show you one of the new border punches and more of the images from the 'Button Buddies' stamp set that I won at Convention. The cards are all 10cm x 10cm, which I think is a nice size for a gift card. Plenty of room to write your message, but quick to put together.
The first card uses the new 'Dotted Scallop Ribbon' border punch. This punch has lots of potential and this card shows you a cute frame created with the punch. This is really simple, just start with a piece of cardstock 3" x 3" and positioning the punch in the centre, punch each side of the square. You can do this with the other Stampin' Up! border punches, but I think this one is particularly nice. I have coloured the image from 'A Flower for All Seasons' with ink and an Aqua Painter and trimmed it to fit. This is one of the many stamp sets that is on the Last Chance List.
|Stamps||A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags|
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White, Marina Mist (Textured), Pretty in Pink, Watercolour, Pretty in Pink Striped DSP|
|Ink||Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede|
|Tools||Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch (NEW), Itty Bitty Flower punch, Jewellery Tag punch, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter|
The next two cards use images from 'Button Buddies', which as the name implies, is designed for use with buttons, but the images are just as cute without them. The first one is a bunch of cherries, which is perfect for the Cherry Cobbler buttons I've used.
|Stamps||Button Buddies (NEW), You're a Gem|
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White, Whisper White, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (Textured), Whisper White, Black Striped DSP|
|Ink||Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black|
|Accessories||Basic Rhinestone, 1/8" Black Taffeta ribbon|
|Tools||Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Scallop border punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Mat Pack, Paper piercer, Glue Dots|
The last one uses the flower image, which was stamped 3 times in various shades of pink and then cut out 2 of them at the different petal layers. This is also a versatile image and would look great with the petals layered as well.
|Stamps||Button Buddies (NEW), Fabulous Phrases|
|Card stock & Papers||Bazzill White, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Gray Striped DSP|
|Ink||Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink|
|Accessories||Basic Pearls, Brights and Subtles Buttons, 3/8" White Taffeta ribbon|
|Tools||Scallop Trim border punch, Word Window punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots|
Have a good week.