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Amazing Life with Retiring In-Colors

Each year, Stampin’ Up brings out new In-Colors.  They are on-trend and exciting, and oooohhh, how we love them so.  We even get to keep them around for two years, but then they retire… so sad.  BUT, at the same time we get NEW colors in their place to love so our color line is unique and always on-trend!
Amazing Life - In Colors

For this card, I wanted to highlight our retiring In-Colors, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.  I chose to showcase how these colors coordinate together, and how simple it is to put a wow into a card just by combining our exclusive colors!

I stamped the largest sentiment in the stamp set in Black Stazon and then just colored the letters and the banner in with my In-Color markers.  Such a simple process… add some ribbon and a few sequins for some sparkle, and VOILA’.  These colors are still available, but only until June 3rd, so get them now before they are gone for good!

Oh, and you see those black smudges, welllll… that’s not gunk on your screen, that is on my card.  That is what happens when its late at night and you’re so focused on your coloring that you neglect to check your fingers for ink…. sigh…. Some people may be embarrassed about that, and refuse to show it off or showcase it, BUT NOT ME!  As I always say: “If you want perfect, you go to Hallmark, if you want awesome, you go handmade”!  That is why I call my blog Stampin Awesome… because the cards and projects arent always perfect, but they are AWESOME because they are HANDMADE!  And guess what?  Nobody I’ve ever given a card to has EVER returned it or smirked that it had a smudge on it… they immediately recognize that it is handmade and because of that, they know it’s awesome and love it even more!

Scroll down below to see all the items I used in making this card.  You can click any of the items and they will link you to my online store where you can purchase them and make your very own awesome handmade cards!

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If you need any stamping supplies, or want to some stamping tips, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the SHOP button on the top of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email at virgo1978@aol.com if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

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Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Lemon Lime Twist – 5-1/2″ x 11″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
  • Basic Black (2 pieces) – 5-1/4″ x 4″ panel, & a 3″ x 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 3-3/4″ panel
  • Powder Pink — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Tranquil Tide — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Berry Burst — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Fresh Fig — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″

Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

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Saturday Organization Tips!

I didnt get to post last week, so Im giving you a bonus this week of THREE tips for organizing your craft space!

I like to have my tools and most commonly used items within my reach. I also find that having things like my Designer Paper and ribbons within my reach help to encourage me to use them more. To achieve this, I have a bookshelf on my desk that all of these items are kept on. I also spray painted it white so it would better match my room!

Tip 1:

Pre-cut your Designer Paper and store it in either clear stamp cases or these cello envelopes. I can show you how to do that if you need some guidance. I cut the information on the backing of the package out and keep it with my papers. This way all of the coordinating colors and the item number are available when I grab the paper. I got my clear envelopes from Amazon, and they are sized 6×6.

TIP 2:

Ribbons! I love using ribbon on projects. But I found if they are in a drawer or on a separate shelf from my workspace then I don’t use them. So I found this spice rack at Ikea. I painted it white, and voila! It has the little bar in front so the ribbon doesn’t roll off and the opening I can use to pull an end through. I considered getting a paper towel holder, but then removing the roll to replace or take to events would be more difficult… that would mean I wouldn’t use my ribbon, and we want to use our ribbon!! (I normally have more ribbon than this, but I cleared out my retiring ones into a box so I could focus on using them for classes)

TIP 3:

To keep my Designer Paper and other tools in reach and organized, I bought a wooden plate rack from Ikea! I also keep my Stamparatus plates on it. 3 plates will fit in each divided section. Depending on how many sheets of Designer Paper you have in a packet will determine how many packs can fit in each section. I fit at least 2.

This is the Ikea information for the plate rack and spice rack:

Hope you enjoyed these organization tips! I would live to hear some of yours, so please leave a comment below with what works for your space!

Everything is Rosy Product Medley ~ Available NOW!

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This exclusive kit is only available from May 1st – May 31st, or while supplies last!  You do NOT want to miss out on this!

Check out this video to learn more about this Product Medley:

These items are so lovely and feature a shiny rose-gold finishing.

This product suite is designed for all crafters in mind, but does include dies so you will need access to a die-cutting machine.  The cards not pre-designed, so you can freely design your OWN projects!  Here are some ideas to get your mojo going:

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Get this exclusive kit today!  They will only be available until May 31st or while supplies last so get them in my online store before they are gone!  My store is ALWAYS Open!

 

Clearance Items Added!

If you missed these items when they were originally available, here’s your second chance, but get them quick or they’ll be gone!

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Shop now and stock up.

You can access my Clearance Rack Here:, and my store is ALWAYS open!

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Last Chance ~ Bloom by Bloom

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the Bloom by Bloom bundle and the Incredible Like You stamp set!  This suite of products is on our Last Chance list so they are only available while supplies last – if you love them, then you need to order them before they’re gone!

I wanted to show how you can use the same card layout and color combination in multiple ways.  All you have to do is use a different sheet of Designer Paper , and boom, your cards are instantly different and still so striking!  This is a perfect layout and concept for doing some #loveitchopit!

Both cards use the Happiness Blooms Designer Paper, and the colors that coordinate with the paper:  Calypso Coral, Call Me Clover, Night of Navy, and Pineapple Punch.

The first card was done in Landscape, and uses Calypso Coral as my base, and Night of Navy as my stamped image layer. Which of these is your favorite?  Leave me a comment below and tell me!

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My second card was done in Portrait, and uses a Whisper White card base, and a Call Me Clover stamped layer.

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They are finished off with some of the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots.

Aren’t these cards just so bright and fun!  Stampin’ Up has mastered the art of coordinating everything so designing cards like this is so easy!  Just pick your Designer Paper, the coordinating stamp set (or two) and the ink and cardstock in the coordinating colors…done!

If you would like to purchase any of the items I have used, you can email me or you can click the images below to add them to your cart in my online store.  My store is ALWAYS open!

I am also providing an updated list of our Last Chance items… once they are gone, they are gone forever so get them now!  Click the image for an updated list…

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Craft Room Update – STORAGE by Stampin’ Up

I have been working on my craft room for quite some time.  I studied, measured, sketched, searched until I was ready to throw the notebook across the room – multiple times!  But I finally had a sketch that I loved! I have a fairly small craft space.  It is actually the sunroom in my apartment (see, who says you don’t have room for a stamping business in an apartment?!).  So I have had to be quite creative to maximize my little space.  In comes Stamp-n-Storage, Ikea, Amazon, and STORAGE by Stampin’ Up to the rescue!

Last year, I focused on my desk.  I wanted a bigger work surface and my most used items at my reach.  (More on that later).  This year,  I have focused on finishing my desktop area, and then on my other storage.  This project has expanded to the entire apartment as I had stuff stuck EVERYWHERE!!  I am so happy with my space that I want to begin sharing some of my space with you each week – look for Craft Room Updates each Saturday!  

For my first post I wanted to focus specifically on how I am using some of our STORAGE by Stampin’ Up!  This product line was just released the first of this month and is so awesome!  Now, I already had several great storage solutions in my craft room, but I was lacking a satisfying solution for my Blends!  I just hadn’t found that perfect item… at least, not until Stampin’ Up released their new Storage line! I just love how inspiring they are in my space!  Let’s face it, some days, we need all the inspiration we can get!  And they are right at my fingertips!

Check out my Blends storage before…

And now…colors are so much easier to find and keep where I can find them!

Don’t you just love it too?!  You can get your STORAGE by Stampin’ Up in my online store – its ALWAYS open!

Share your craft room storage and organization tips in the comments below!  What kind of space inspires you?  Are you a messy crafter, or does everything have its place, and thats where it always is?  Is all your craft stash in one room, or scattered across your home?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Paper Pumpkin ~ So Shelli Kit

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Our May Kit is a very special one!  It was designed by Stampin’ Up’s Chairman and Co-founder Shelli Gardner!  We saw a sneak peek of this kit at OnStage, and let me tell you, it is BEE-UUU-TI-FULLL!

So, go to my online store and subscribe today to get this special kit delivered to your home next month!  It would make a great surprise gift for Mother’s Day too (hint, hint)!

Contact me with any questions!

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