I love Paris in the springtime...in the summer...in the fall...i n the winter. Let's face it; I just love Paris! And that's the the very first thing I thought of when I saw the Builder Birdcage stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. It took me a long time to buy this, mainly because just looking at the stamp case, I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it. I mean, there's a lot of individual pieces!
I'm really glad I bought it though. It's fun to mix and match all the cage bases and tops. Should it sit on the stand or hang from the ceiling. One bird or two? Should they be inside the cage? Or outside? Art Nouveau or more modern? So many choices and and not a single one of them can be wrong!
This darling stamp set is going to feature prominently at my Super Saturday Sale-a-bration Celebration. This is a free, by invitation only VIP event for all my customers who qualified for an invitation during Sale-a-Bration, as well as all new Stamping Bee team members. I think it may just have to be a Paris inspired afternoon!
The Builder Birdcage set is retiring soon and is currently On Sale for 20% off. Regularly $17, it's currently only $13.60. After May, you'll no longer be able to purchase yours, so take advantage of this special offer today. (Thank you for using Hostess Code: 6R2E4UUP)
Here's the list of materials I used to make my cards:
Today, we bid a fond farewell to Sale-a-Bration. From the adorable Hey Chicks to the uber popular Glimmer Paper, this year's products were a huge hit.
It's also time to get ready for the retirement list. In the past, within MINUTES of the list being announced, you could no longer get the InColor re-inkers for your ink pads. Here are the colors that will be gone in just a few weeks:
Stock up today and grab the last Sale-a-Bration items for 2017!
One of the first things people ask me is, "How long have you been stamping?" I started stamping 25 years ago, when I wondered into an Inkadinkadoo store and fell in love. Browsing the stamps on display, I thought, "I should make the invitations for my parents' Silver Anniversary." Never mind the fact that I'd never stamped before, or made a handmade card. Boy, did I have a lot to learn! I wanted to heat emboss and didn't have a heat tool. Well, I tried a hairdrier and that didn't work. So I got out a pair of tongs and held the cards of the element on my electric stove! I can't even begin to tell you how many singed cards and fingers I ended up with. Then, I hand colored this beautiful embossed heart with a bouquet of flowers. I wish I had one to show you just how far I've come in my crafting!
This year, my parents are celebrating their GOLDEN anniversary. 50 years is a long time and not many marriages last that long anymore. Through the years, their love for each other and for our family, has carried us through the good times, and the bad. They are our rock and our foundation. And it is so incredible to share this anniversary with them this summer.
In the meantime, I'm working on some ideas for a special card. This delicate gate fold card might be just the answer.
Today's supply list:
Pocket cards are super popular right now. They're quite simple to make. It's a piece of cardstock, folded and glued along the edges to make a pocket. In this case, I cut a 4 1/4"x 11" piece of Blushing Bride card stock and scored it at 5 1/2", just like I would a regular card. The difference is, I use the Detailed Floral thinlet to die cut the front. See that long skinny piece in between the two floral thinlets? That's used to cut the scalloped edge. Simply align it on the top of the thinlet before you run it through your Big Shot, and it cuts your edge.
Once it's cut out, I cut a piece of vellum at 4 1/8" x 3 1/4" and ran it through theBig Shot with the scalloped edge, and then glued it to the inside (or back side) of the die cut. This added bit of softness to the design and ensures that the card doesn't snag and tear the delicate design as you slide it in and out of the pocket. Add some glue around the edge and fold it up. Voila, a pocket card!
You can add the inside card by cutting it at 5" x 3 3/4". I stamped the top with the rose from the Floral Phrases stamp set and punched a whole in the top of it with my 1/8" circle punch. Finally, I threaded a length of Whisper White Organza Ribbon through the top. Then, something wasn't quite right, so I rounded the top corners on the pocket and insert using my Project Life Corner Punch.
The Hubs and I are off to drive all the way to Boston tomorrow. I'll be teaching at a spring retreat on Saturday. I can't wait to meet and craft with everyone. I'll take lots of pictures to share with you next week when we return.
Chag Sameach! My first introduction to Passover was a young girl. At church one Sunday, the sermon was given by a young man from Jews for Jesus. As part of his talk, he called for a volunteer from the congregation. Naturally, I raised my hand. Little did I know that a Passover Seder had been prepared to be tasted. I don't remember much about it, but suffice it to say it was many years before I could eat raw horseradish again!
I feel privileged to have been asked to participate in this Passover Blog hop. Since Passover is a time of celebration, I thought I'd add some glimmer and sparkle to the cards today. I liked using the little hints of Bermuda Bay ink and paper with the black and white Inside the Lines Paper and Any Occasion Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog make it feel like spring. This card one the favorite at my Stamping Bee team meeting this month, too.