Sweet Thoughts of Friendship

Happy Wednesday! I’m happy to get back to posting projects after being away for a little bit.  I truly love sharing my cards here on the blog and hope it provides just a bit of inspiration along the way.  It’s also a happy day for me as I was supposed to have Jury Duty today but it was cancelled…what a relief!  I don’t know one person who doesn’t dread Jury Duty.  I live in a fairly large county but somehow my name comes up quite often.

The card I’m sharing today is one of my all-time favorite cards that I’ve made (so far).   Mostly because it came out exactly as I imagined it and that doesn’t happen very often for me.

Stampin Up Friendships Sweetest Thoughts Thinking of You Card - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

I mentioned yesterday today’s card would feature my favorite stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  I think Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set is such a charming set.  This set checks all the boxes for me:  the images are lovely and fun to color, the sentiments are so sweet and the fonts are fun and flirty.  I can tell you that although some of the sets in the 2018 Occasions Catalog will carry over into the new Annual Catalog,  this set will sadly retire on May 31st.  I’ve posted all the retiring products at the bottom of the post.

Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set
Wood Mount #145823 $27.00 Clear Mount #145826 $19.00
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The card base is Whisper White thick card stock with a mat of Real Red cut 1/8″ smaller.  Using a piece of regular Whisper White card stock cut 1/4″ smaller, I die cut the window.  I used a non-SU die for this as it had just the shape I wanted to frame the flower card.  Stampin’ Up! Lots of Labels framelits would work just as well here too. After die-cutting, I embossed it with a retired polka dot embossing folder.  Because the die set I used had the same die in a variety of sizes, I was able to use a smaller one also to cut out the Real Red Window frame.

Before adhering the embossed Whisper White layer, I stamped the flower cart image on a piece of Whisper White card stock larger than the window opening and colored it using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  I then centered the colored piece and glued it directly onto the Real Red panel.  The embossed panel is then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Friendships Sweetest Thoughts Thinking of You Card- Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

For even greater dimension, I stamped the cart canopy again on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock  and used a black Sharpie to color the alternating stripes.  Then it was hand cut and adhered on top of the cart with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.  It’s such an easy step and makes a big difference.

The sentiment is also popped with dimensionals with a Real Red enamel heart added.

Stampin Up Friendships Sweetest Thoughts Thinking of You Cards - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

I think the inside sentiment is just so sweet.  An added strip of DSP from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper collection was the perfect design to coordinate with the striped canopy on the front of the card.

Stampin Up Friendships Sweetest Thoughts Thinking of You Card -Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

Again, I used the retired Envelope Liner Framelits to line the envelope with the same Designer Series Paper pattern for a pretty finished and coordinated card.

This is such a sweet card to send to someone for just about any occasion or “just because” which is exactly why I will be sending it to a friend.  I love that this hobby allows me to make someone smile with the simple act of making and sending a card.  Not to mention, that it made me just as happy creating it….what a WIN/WIN!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope that perhaps this post brightened your day and made you smile!

Take care,

Rosanne

 

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Some Colorful News

Hello!  I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I last posted.  There is just so much to catch up on.  I was pretty sick over the Easter Holiday and into the beginning of last week with a terrible ear infection (which is the first time I’ve ever had one of those).  And I needed to get better quick as I was going to OnStage in Hartford, CT with some of the best girls around.

We rented a huge house and stamped, talked, laughed (a lot), and ate (a lot, too!).  It was a blast!  How great is it when you get to spend time doing what you love with others who love it just as much?!  Oh, and we did attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage event on Saturday which was also a lot of fun.  Stampin’ Up! never disappoints with their events.  Here is a picture of the fun group of girls I got to spend 4 days with…

And here is the house we stayed in. It was build in 1904, big and beautiful and just perfect for all the stamping supplies everyone brought, along with all the delicious food!

As I said, we did attend the OnStage Event and learned all about the fun new products Stampin’ Up! is introducing with the new Annual Catalog.  I’m sure most of you have already heard that there will be a color refresh.  This seems to happen about every five years or so.  I really look forward to it, as it’s really fun to work with some new colors even if it means saying goodbye to the old and sometimes favorite ones.  Here are the fresh new colors we can look forward to very soon….

Along with the BRAND NEW colors, a few old favorites that have been gone awhile are coming back.  This is really great as a few of these were my favorites!  Also note, that Flirty Flamingo is one of the In-Colors retiring but it’s been added to the permanent line-up now.

So with all the changes, the color families have been re-arranged a little.  Here’s how they’ll be organized.

And…here are the In-Colors.  Look how bright and vibrant the new 2018-2020 collection is!

The colors that will be retiring are:

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

If some of these are your favorites, I say keep on using them.  And if you really love any of them and will sorely miss them, make sure to order a supply before they are out of stock for good.

Wow, I hope this wasn’t too much color overload but there is always so much going on this time of year and the color refresh just adds a bit more excitement!  And there is still more to tell, but I’ll save that for another post.

If I haven’t exhausted you yet, here is the list of retiring products from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.  I know it’s hard to take it all in at once and there really isn’t too much urgency on the retiring stamps sets, as Stampin’ Up! will continue to make them until the end of the catalog period.  However, all the other retiring products are while supplies last!

Thanks for hanging in there with me here.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a project using one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog that’s, you guessed it, retiring soon!

Take care,

Rosanne

 

More Note Cards with Matching Wallets

Happy Friday…I hope you’re getting ready for a beautiful Easter weekend.  I’ve been battling a really nasty cold that just won’t give up.  I’m hoping it won’t spoil my holiday.

I posted a set of Thank You Note Cards with a matching “wallet” to hold them earlier in the week.  You can see that post HERE.  Well, when I’m having fun creating something, it’s hard for me to stop.  I kept the same stamp design but changed up the Designer Series Paper.  For these I used 2 pattern designs from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I thought these pretty patterns matched perfectly with the flower image from the Amazing You stamp set.

Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper #144110
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Here are the sets I created…

Stampin Up Amazing You Thank You Note Card Set - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

Stampin Up Amazing You Thank You Note Cards Set - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

I was excited to see how the different patterns translated into such pretty sets.

Stampin Up Amazing You Thank You Note Card Set- Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

The tutorial I followed to create the wallet was a You Tube video by Stampin’ Up! demonstrator France Martin.  You can view it HERE.

Even though we’re saying goodbye to Sale-A-Bration 2018 tomorrow, I know that I will be using many of the sets I earned for some time to come…they are just that good!  Click HERE for a last minute look.

Thanks very much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter.

Take care,

Rosanne


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A Beautiful Bouquet Celebration – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #041

Stampin Up Beautiful Bouquet Birthday Cards Idea - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

Today’s bright and cheerful birthday card comes courtesy of the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle available in the Annual Catalog and the Celebrate You Thinlits available only until March 31st as part of 2018 Sale-A-Bration.

It’s Thursday and time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  The very talented Peggy Noe is our lead designer this week.  Here’s Peggy’s board…

I chose the 3rd row across: green, baker’s twin, bold sentiment and also the 3rd column down: die cut, leaf/leaves, bold sentiment

As soon as I saw the bold sentiment element on the board, I knew I would be using the celebrate die from the Celebrate You Thinlits that are still available during Sale-A-Bration.  I love all the dies in this collection, but most especially this large one.  It makes such a fun statement.  For this card, I cut it out in both Berry Burst card stock and Lemon-Lime Twist card stock and slightly offset the layering for a more dimensional look.  This is a new color combination for me and I think it’s so fun and refreshing.

Remember when the Annual Catalog came out last June and there was so much excitement over the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle?  Well, just like most things, this got swept aside for first the Holiday and now the Occasions Catalog products.  This is a fabulous bundle and creates so many fun flowers.

Beautiful Bouquet Bundle #145297
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My bouquet consists of flowers stamped in Flirty Famingo, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron ink with a few leaf fronds cut out in Lemon Lime Twist card stock.

Along with the pretty flower images in this stamp set, there are some great sentiments, in a pretty font, that can be used for so many different occasions.  When a stamp set has both terrific images, useful sentiments for several occasions and a lovely font, you know it’s a good value.  And this bundle checks all those boxes!

Stampin Up Beautiful Bouquet Birthday Card Idea -Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt Stamping

Two different sentiments from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set combine to make the inside sentiment.  A small flower stamped in Berry Burst gives the inside a little added interest.

Stampin Up Beautiful Bouquet Birthday Card Idea - Rosanne Mulhern Heartfelt StampingA pattern from the Eastern Palace Designer Series paper embellishes both the card and the envelope.

I hope this project inspired you to reach back into the Annual Catalog and remember to use those products that “WOWED” you but have been put aside or maybe never even used.  But if you happened to overlook this awesome bundle, take another look and see the many possibilities it offers.  You can shop HERE for it.

Thanks for checking in today and I hope you’ll hop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see the creative and inspirational projects shared by both the design team and those who play the challenge.

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Rosanne Mulhern stampin up

Sale-A-Bration is quickly wrapping up at the end of this week on March 31st.  If there are any “must-haves” on your list, now is the time to act. Most of these products will be going away forever, however, sometimes a few will show up again in the new Annual Catalog, but there’s no way of knowing which ones.  The Celebrate You Thinlits were one of my “must-haves”!  You can check out all the Sale-A-Bration products HERE.

Thanks again for stopping by today.

Take care,

Rosanne

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