Friday, May 31, 2013

Hello New 2013-2014 Catalog!


Hello new catalog! Hello new product! Hello new stamp sets! Hello new colors!

The new 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalog is now available for your viewing pleasure. Click here to check it out and then head on over to my website to order the awesome product for your crafting pleasures!

Happy Stampin' ....and Happy New Catalog!

~Cita

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Saying Goodbye to Raining Flowers



I've been having a fun time trying to use all the retiring stamp sets before I have to say goodbye. Some of these stamp sets I have only used once, such as the Raining Flowers stamp set. I kind of regret having shoved this set in the depths of the stamp shelf.

With Mother's Day on the horizon, I thought for once I would make my mommy a beautiful card to send to her for once. (I'm horrible at sending her cards). However, unfortunately, she will not be getting her card by Sunday because I need it for my Last Chance Card Buffet class. She has been notified of the situation and is agreeable to receiving her card late. My mommy is awesome. :-)

I CASEd this card from Mary Brown's I found on Pinterest. ( I love Pinterest). I changed up the colors and the layout quite a but, but I love how she used the flower from the Raining Flowers stamp set to make a beautiful background.

Stampin' Details:
  • Color scheme: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip 
  • Stamp Sets: Raining Flowers, Wonderful Mother, Wacky Wishes 
  • Accessories: Designer Printed Brads, Decorative Label Punch, Circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pak. Stampin' Dimensionals
  • To create the background, stamp the big flowers first in Wisteria Wonder. Then the little flowers in Lucky Limeade. Finally stamp the tulip outline in Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp the little flower in Wisteria Wonder and use paper snips to cut out the flower. Use a paper piercer to pierce a hole in the middle of the flower to make inserting the Designer Printed Brad easier.  
  • Stamp a greeting in Wisteria Wonder on Whisper White cardstock and then punch it out using the Decorative Label Punch. Remember, when punching out stamped images, stamp first and then punch out the image. 
  • Punch out a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock using the Decorative Label punch . Cut the label in half and the adhere the pieces to the top and buttom of the Whisper White cardstock.


What's great about this card is that it's so easy to switch out the sentiment and make a different card, such as a birthday card, thank you card, or something else. I made about 20 of these things, with all different greetings. This card is a great one to case. Change up the color scheme! Change up the brad!




Happy Stampin'!

~Cita

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ladybug Ink Blog Hop: Retired Style

Hello! Welcome to May's edition of the Ladybug Ink Blog Hop. If you are just joining our hop, we are showcasing retiring stamps and accessories. It's a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to some of our beloved stamp sets and accessories, yet eagerly await the release of the new 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalog that is filled with such amazing products that most of us soon forget all about the stuff we just said goodbye to.

Anyways, I'm having a hard time saying goodbye to the color Baja Breeze. It's one of my favorite colors and am I'm pretty sad that it is retiring (If you follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page, you will see me lament in real-time). So, in honor of my beloved Baja Breeze, my card for this month's blog hop features this amazing color as well as the Bordering on Romance stamp set.


Stampin' Tips:

  • Retiring items: Baja Breeze cardstock, Certainly Celery Stampin' Write marker, Regal Rose cardstock, Regal Rose Stampin' Write marker, Bordering on Romance stamp set, Parlor Prints background stamp
  • Color scheme: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray 
  • Other materials (not retiring): Blender pens, Modern Label punch, Fabulous Phrases stamp set, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Black Staz-On Ink, 3/`6" Corner punch  
  • Use the Parlor Prints stamp set and Baja Breeze ink to stamp the background. Remember, when using a big background stamp to lay the stamp upside down to ink it. 
  • Stamp the three flower image from the Bordering on Romance stamp set using Staz On ink. Let it completely dry before using your Stampin' Write markers to outline the image. Finally, use blender pens to color the inside of the images. 
  • Add rhinestones to the middle of each flowers to make it sparkle!
  • Stamp a sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set (not retiring, thank God!) on Regal Rose (retiring). Use the Modern Label punch to punch it out and adhere it to your card using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The good thing about retiring product is that it makes room for new stuff. I have to remind myself of this. I hate change, but I love surprises, and I think you will be pleased to see all the amazing product Stampin' Up! made room for. 2 weeks until the new catalog comes out!

Head on over the Cassie's blog to see what she has for your viewing pleasure. 

Happy Stampin' 
~Cita 



Saturday, May 04, 2013

25% Off My Digital Studio Products


May is a great month. The flowers are blooming, the wind is subsiding, the trees are turning green, and then Stampin' Up! is offering this awesome deal. From May 1 - June 15, you can get 25% off select My Digital Studio (MDS) content and print product.

Digital content includes ALL ensemble, calendar, photobook, and swatchbook digital content. See it here.

Print product includes ALL photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, individual pages, and calendars. See it here.

Haven't tried MDS? Check it out for FREE for 30 days. Download the program now!

Happy Scrappin'!

~Cita

Friday, May 03, 2013

Simple Hello


I love simple cards. I love how they are usually so easy to make but still give that "wow" effect when you give the card to someone. This "Hello" card is all about simple, but with its bold colors and enticing embossing, it can still make someone feel special. 

Stampin' Tips:
  • Colors: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo 
  • Stamp set: Sale-a-Bration Pretty Petites 
  • Accessories: Vine Street textured embossing folder, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Petite Curly Label punch, 1/2" Circle Punch. 
  • After using the Vine Street textured embossing folder to emboss the Rich Razzleberry cardstock, wrap the Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon around the Rich Razzleberry cardstock. Use scotch tape to secure the ribbon to the back of the cardstock.
  • Remember when you use a punch to punch out a stamped image - stamp first, then punch. 
    • To create the "Hello" greeting, first stamp the image twice in Melon Mambo. 
    • Use the Petite Curly Label punch to punch out the first stamped image. 
    • Use the 1/2" Circle punch to punch out the "hello" 
    • Layer the "hello" circle on top of the other image with a Stampin' Dimensional. 
Simple right? I hope you acquired all the awesome products from this year's Sale-a-Bration. Although the majority of the items featured in the Sale-a-Bration flyer were exclusive during the Sale-a-Bration period, the petite curly label is now available to purchase. Head on over to my online store to get you one of those!!

Happy Stampin'
~Cita