I hope your Christmas was wonderful. We had a wonderful, quiet day here in Atlanta and enjoyed a couple of meals with family. I was happy to spend a little time in my Fungeon (that’s my name for my craft room) – now that Christmas has come (and gone by the time this post goes live), I’m working on Valentine’s Day cards. Yay! Here’s my card:
How cute is he?! Do you see the connection behind the big ape and the “one big thing” sentiment? You saw it – I guess there was no reason for me to point it out. Sorry for wasting your time. Here’s how this sentiment resolves on the inside of this card…
- Hey Love & Beauty Abounds. My card combines a cute image from a cute Valentine’s Day stamp set with a sentiment from a gorgeous, all-purpose stamp set. I love a whimsical animal set for Valentine’s Day – while these might be designed to give to children, they’re perfectly fun for adults, too! Here’s a look at the images and sentiments in the Hey Love stamp set:While the adorable ape coordinates with the “I’m ape over you” sentiment in the set, I chose to go with a sweeter sentiment that’s more loosely tied the gentle giant. I chose my sentiment from the gorgeous Beauty Abounds stamp set – here’s a look at this new bundle:
- I’m Ape for this Ape. I stamped this ape with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock. After that ink dried, I colored him with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends Markers. I didn’t do much “blending,” but that’s A-OK. The alcohol markers allowed me to get a smooth, streak-free coverage.I colored the heart with a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends Marker and then cropped the sweet guy with a Layering Squares Framelits Die. Easy as can be! I love working with these Stampin’ Blends – need to find more reasons to use them.
- Color Combination. Smoky Slate and Poppy Parade were easy choices in this color combination – they were pulled right from the ape. Want to know why I added all of this to the Balmy Blue base on this card? Simple answer – I haven’t used Balmy Blue very much, so I auditioned it and was happy with how it played with these colors. If you like this combination of Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue and Poppy Parade, save this:
Stamp Sets: Hey Love, Beauty Abounds Papers: Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Poppy Parade, Thick Whisper White Inks: Tuxedo Memento Ink, Stampin’ Blends Combos (Smoky Slate, Poppy Parade) Accessories: Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Don’t you love these new stamp sets? I hope so – can’t wait to create more with these fun creatures!
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TOMORROW – Product Shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books. With the release of each catalog, I offer product shares and swatch books. It’s fun to share these new products with you. My product shares and swatch books will be posted tomorrow. Yay!
Clearance Rack Update
Stampin’ Up! loaded up some goodies in the Clearance Rack this week – and lots of them have already sold out. If you haven’t already taken a look, please do so! Lots of items you love at a wee, bitty price. Click below to see what’s on sale:
Year-End Closeout & Other Information
Stampin’ Up! kicked off the Year-End Closeout last week! Many retiring items are being sold on a while-supplies-last basis. If you want to read more about the sale and retiring items, please CLICK HERE. If you are ready to peruse the list of retiring items (these items will only be available while supplies last), the click on the link below to see the items in my online store:
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