Mosaic Madness bowing out in the Stampin’ Up! Retiring list

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List – Mosaic Madness is going. Check out the list soon as items are flying off the shelf!

It was a shaky start yesterday, to the Stampin’ Up! Retiring list, with all websites experiencing technical issues, but, at the time of writing these issues have now been resolved. I never cease to be amazed by how quickly items sell out though. I know that despite the technical issues some products are already gone. So don’t delay if there is something particular you would like, I would hate you to miss out.

One of my favourites from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is Mosaic Madness. I had a feeling it was going though, as you don’t tend to see it used too often these days. I used it a lot when it first came out, but until last week, hadn’t used it for an age.

Stampin' Up! - Mosaic Madness - Watercolour Card - Bedlam & Butterflies

I created a watercolour background using So Saffron, and stamped over it, whilst it was still damp. I also washed over the “for you” sentiment from the Mini Treat Bags Thinlits™ Dies with So Saffron and then stamped and punched out the shapes using the Mosaic punch (also retiring).

I hope you like today’s project. As I mentioned earlier the retiring items seem to be flying off the shelf, so don’t delay. Also whilst you’re there, check out the Weekly deals.

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A Medley of Christmas Cards – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well I finally managed to finish all my Christmas cards, including 42 for classmates and friends for Regan and 12 for Lewis’ playgroup.

Next year, remind me to pick one or two designs and stick to that. I was busy with workshops, classes and convention over October and November and didn’t really plan my own Christmas card making too well. When I finally started to make my own I ended up using up bits and pieces of what was there thinking it would save time – hmmmm not sure it did really.

Here’s a few of the designs I made:

I cut the word Merry from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Expressions Thinlits. (Top tip: use a layer of wax paper between the thinlit and card stock and the word will pop out really easily).

I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the “strings” for the baubles.

I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the border around the outside of the top layer on this card and the card at the top.

I used the sentiment from the Special Season Stamp set to stamp the greeting down the left side of this card. This card follows a design I made in August (except I didn’t do the paper piercing on this one as I made about 40 of them)

I used the Stampin’ Write markers on the gifts stack stamp from Wishing You, so each gift would be a different colour.

For these cards I have used the following products:

Card stock: Textured 12″ x 12″- Island Indigo (132132), Smoky Slate (132131), Cherry Cobbler (132129), Whisper White (106549), Silver Glimmer (124005)
DSP: Winter Frost (132341)
Ink pads: Island Indigo (126986), Smoky Slate (131179), Coastal Cabana (131175), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Old Olive (126593)
Stampin’ Write Markers: Smoky Slate (131898), Coastal Cabana (131260 set of 5 In-colours 2013/15), Island Indigo (131262 Regals Collection)
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen, Special Season (W 131766, C 131769), Wishing You (W 131748, C 131751), Very Merry Tags (W 130393, C 130402)
Punches: Mosaic (131267), Hexagon (130919)
Tools: Expressions Thinlits Dies 132171, Paper piercer (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199). Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials (126187)

Well so far I have managed to write and get about half my cards in the post. Number one task now is to complete the other half!

Today is the last day for orders if you want them before Christmas.

Top Note Gift Card Holder & Clearance Rack Blitz – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

It was my sister’s birthday recently and I wanted to get her a gift card so she could choose something she really liked. Originally I was just going to make one using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool but then I stumbled across this Gift Card holder using the top note die on Pinterest.

I love Pinterest and could spend hours getting lost browsing all the fantastically creative things that get pinned….errrr hang on a minute, I usually do! Usually late at night when I should be sleeping!

Anyway back to my gift card holder. My sister is a photographer, so I used the camera patterned paper from the I Am Me DSP pack and the camera image from Around the World stamp set.

I made her a matching card using the Circles Thinlits.

My last card class of the year was the same day as my sister’s birthday and I couldn’t help “killing two birds with one stone” as is my usual way with crafting. We made a Christmas version of the gift card holder using the Island Indigo textured card stock (shown below) with Winter Frost DSP inside (not shown). I must say I do love the Island Indigo and Smoky Slate textured card stock a lot. I don’t think they’ll be available beyond the end of January though unfortunately.

For the Gift Card Holders you will need:
Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Island Indigo textured 12 x 12, 132132
DSP: I am Me 130138, Winter Frost (inside) 132341
Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Real Red 126949, Island Indigo 126986, Smoky Slate 131179
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (sentiments) W 128547, C 122652, Very Merry Tags, Around the World W 131080, C 131083
Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die 113463, Mosaic punch 131267
For the Birthday Card you will need:
Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Daffodil Delight 121680
DSP: I am Me 130138,
Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Stazon Black 101406,
Accessories: Circles Thinlits 133480, Chevron Punch 132154

Also check out the Clearance Rack Blitz starting tomorrow – Retired products—up to 80% off—will only be available while supplies last. Last minute Christmas presents anyone?