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This Age Awareness card tickles your funny bone!

If you’re like me and love to be sassy now and then, Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Stamp Setyou’ll just love the sayings in the Stampin’ Up! Age Awareness Stamp Set. With an attractive card like this, he or she won’t see the punch line coming because this Age Awareness card tickles your funny bone!

 
“You look way better at this age than I though you would.” cracks me up. Other greetings include “Hey, I remembered your birthday” and “Thanks, Facebook.” So true and so funny!
Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Card 
Of course, after having some fun, we do want to wish him or her a happy birthday.
 
Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Card

Here’s the thing, if you want to make some sassy birthday cards, you need to order the Age Awareness Stamp Set right away in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com! Starting May 23, 2016 (which is right around the corner), ALL 2016 Stampin’ Up! retiring products are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

That handsome, Going Places Designer Series Paper is retiring too! As well as, the Neutrals Candy Dots that provided the finishing touch of black accents. The Regals and Subtles Candy Dots are already sold out. Nipping on their heels are the Brights and Neutrals! Place your order now in my online store before you favorites are gone for good (or on eBay for  3-4 times the price)!

Age Awareness Day Card Supplies

Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack

$8.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Lost Lagoon 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$7.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Neutrals Candy Dots

$6.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Card Measurements:
 
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Basic Black Cardstock
4″ x 5-1/4″ Lost Lagoon Cardstock
4″ x 2-1/4″ Going Places
Designer Series Paper
4″ x 1/2″ Basic Black Cardstock
4″ x 1/2″ Going Places Designer Series Paper
4″ x 3/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock
4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla Cardstock (inside)

 

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Use the Stampin’ Up! Age Awareness Stamp Set to make cards that will tickle the funny bone!

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Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted!

You probably know how to watercolor a stamped Learn how to make a stamped image look hand paintedimage. Now learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted!

What we usually do is stamp in a black, waterproof ink and then color with markers, chalk, or watercolor with ink or watercolor pencils with a pretty stamped image outlined in black. Very pretty.

 

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted 
I’m going to show you how to make a stamped image look hand painted by getting rid of the black outline.

You need to start with a light ink. In the picture above, I stamped the Sweetbriar Rose Stamp on Watercolor Paper with Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad inked after first stamping on scrap paper to make the soft color even softer.
 
My first attempt was to do as if I was coloring in a black outlined image by starting with my lightest color and color in all the petals of the rose. What happened was I lost the lines to follow for the detail of the leaves.
 
What you want to do instead is outline the image in your darkest color. I used my Aqua Painter and Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad ink to outline the petals.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

 

Outline only one or two petals at a time or the color will dry and making it more difficult to blend with a lighter color.
 
Next I colored in with Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

Continue adding more ink and blending until you are pleased. Because of the amount of water you will be using, you want to use Watercolor Paper for beautiful blending and so your paper is not warped.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

Give it a try. It was a lot of fun!
 
The beautiful Sweetbriar Rose Stamp is retiring. So, too, are several other products used to make this Sweetbriar Rose card. All the supplies to make this card are pictured below and available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!
 

Remember, all retiring accessories are available only while supplies last!

Hand painted Sweetbriar Rose Card Supplies

 

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Watcoloring the black stamped image is pretty. Now you also know how to make a stamped image look hand painted.

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I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!

Making you happy makes me happy. “Love Hassle-Free Cards! I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!” is what one of my Hassle-Free Cards subscribers emailed me the other day. It made my heart happy that she is so pleased with my card ideas!

A little over four years ago I created my Hassle-Free Cards subscription service to provide card ideas that are fast, yet still fabulous, for busy stampers that want to make beautiful hand stamped cards that can be made quickly.

If you want to spend hours staring at your computer, you can hunt down card ideas. What is difficult for most of us is looking at a card and trying to figure out the measurements. You end up wasting time AND cardstock – cutting cardstock too big and then too small. Time that should be used to enjoy the craft of cardmaking.

That’s why every Hassle-Free Cards idea includes the measurements! Here is the full statement recently received from my Hassle-Free Cards subscriber:

I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards! It is definitely worth $4.95 a month to have the supply list and measurements for the cards. – Bev E

Card subscription program www.hasslefreecards.comReady to try a subscription to my Hassle-Free Cards and become a happy subscriber too? Click on Hassle-Free Cards to learn more and sign up!

I hope you’ll be so pleased after subscribing to my Hassle-Free Cards that I’ll receive an email from you, too, that reads “I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!”

 

 

 

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Use Dots for Days to create a variety of backgrounds!

Polka dots are loved by everyone. Watch to see how to use the large Stampin’ Up! Dots for Days Stamp to create a variety of backgrounds and see one used to make an easy and elegant card with the Stampin’ Up! World of Dreams Stamp Set!

Click to watch my World of Dreams card tutorial video here if the video is not displaying properly on your device.

Stampin' Up! World of Dreams and Dots for DaysBefore cleaning a large background stamp in my Stampin’ Scrub sprayed with Stampin’ Mist, I always stamp off as much as I can on a scrap piece of paper. When I did that, I turned the stamp and that’s when I saw a new pattern emerge.

It was then trying to duplicate it, I discovered the pattern grew larger and larger five more times!

The top pattern is the one I demonstrated in the video. The rest were stamped the same as the first with the Dots for Days Stamp only at different angles.

Dots for Days Varieties I

Isn’t this wild?

Dots for Days Varieties II

All these from the same Dots for Days Stamp!

Dots for Days Varieties II

Both the Dots for Days Stamp and World of Dreams Stamp Set are retiring! Stampin' Up! World of Dreams Stamp SetThat means Stampin’ Up! will quit manufacturing them and they will soon be unavailable to order. Dots for Days Clear Mount Stamp is 25% off and Dots for Days Wood Mount Stamp is 20% off! Place your order now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com before they’re gone for good!

Several of the accessories used on my World of Dreams card are retiring too. ALL retiring accessories are available only while supplies last! All the supplies are pictured below and linked into my online store to make your shopping for these supplies as easy.

World of Dreams Card Supplies – All are available through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

You are also welcome to call me at 702-513-9997 through May 20 or after May 29 to place your order over the phone.

 

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Isn’t that something? So many different patterns from the single Dots for Days Stamp? Order before it retires and is gone for good!

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My Celebrate Today Card reminds me . . .

. . . of four things I wanted to point out to you Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today Card Idearegarding the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List. Let’s have a look at my Celebrate Today card.

The first is the two different size clouds. The largest are from the Tree Builder Punch and the smaller from the Cupcake Builder Punch. It was exciting when we could so easily make clouds in two different sizes. But, not for long because the Cupcake Builder Punch is now 30% off and available only while supplies last! Also be sure to check out the retiring Cupcake Party Stamp Set that coordinates with the Cupcake Builder Punch. You’ll then have clouds, frosting and cupcakes from one punch.

The Celebrate Today Stamp Set (includes all the stamps used on this handstamped birthday card) is NOT retiring and neither are the Balloon Framelits Dies.  What is retiring is the Celebrate Today Bundle in which you save 15% off both products. The 15% off bundle price of only $36.50 is available only through May 31, 2016!

The last two are the two embellishments that gave my Celebrate Today card the finishing touch. I’m really sorry to see all the 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon retiring. What I like most about it may not sound like a compliment, but I like that it doesn’t have any personality. What I mean by that is that it is neither cutesy or elegant, making it easy to use on almost any type of handmade card. It is also easy to tie into a bow, probably one of the easiest ribbons I’ve used to make bows. The Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon you see on the lower right corner is 30% off and now available only while supplies last!

The other is the Pacific Point button from the Brights Designer Buttons. Many times I used a button when a hand stamped card needs just a little something to dress it up. Having buttons to coordinate with all the other exclusive Stampin’ Up! color products is how they are the perfect, coordinating finishing touch. You guessed it, the Brights Designer Buttons are retiring, too, and now available only while supplies last!

All the retiring products are listed below. You want to place your order as quickly as you can get to my online store www.shopwithshelly.com before they sell out!

If you’d like to see all the cardmaking supplies to make my Celebrate Today card, click here.

Retiring Products – Available through May 31, 2016, unless supplies run out first

Celebrate Today Photopolymer Bundle

$36.50
Price includes $6.50 savings available only through May 31, 2016!

Cupcake Builder Punch

$18.00
Only $12.60 while supplies last!

Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon

$6.00
Only $4.20 while supplies last!


Please place your order for any of the retiring products you want right away. My hope is no one is disappointed from missing out on even one product they wished they had ordered before it sold out.
  

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Someone pinned my Celebrate Today card the other day. Seeing it reminded me that I wanted to show you the two different size clouds used together and that all stamp set bundles discounted prices are retiring too.

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Here’s A Great Graduation Card Idea!

Graduation season is almost here. Here’s a great graduation card Great graduation card idea with the Stampin' Up! Bravo Stamp Setidea, custom made using the Stampin’ Up! Bravo Stamp Set and Bird Builder Punch.

As cardmakers we have the opportunity to customize our graduation cards to each graduate’s school colors. My graduate’s school colors are blue and red.
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A quick look at the school website showed a picture of their mascot – a cardinal. The cardinal has a blue face instead of black. Blue faced cardinal, here we come! 

 

The Bravo Photopolymer Stamp Set has virtually every way you can think of to encourage and/or congratulate someone! My graduation card idea uses three of the greetings for a simple, easy and attractive card.

 

It’s pretty easy to create a cardinal using the Bird Builder Punch. You just need to make a couple of additions. The picture shows you how what punched pieces you’ll need and how to trim them.

Cardinal Punch Art

 

If you’d like to make cardinals and have a fantastic stamp set to encourage others, you need to place your order right away in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com because both the Bravo Stamp Set AND Bird Builder Punch are retiring!
The Bird Builder Punch is available only while supplies last! The Bravo Stamp Set is guaranteed available only through May 22 (a couple more weeks). After May 22 it will also become available only while supplies last or May 31, 2016, whichever comes first.

 

With the Bravo Stamp Set so you can customize graduation cards for the personality of each graduate! Order it now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

 

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Use the Bravo Stamp Set to make great graduation cards!

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Clean and Simple Sweetbriar Rose Card Tutorial

Outline stamps have to be colored in, right? Not so! Watch to learn how to make my simply pretty clean and simple Sweetbriar Rose card!

Watch my clean and simple Sweetbriar Rose card tutorial here if the video is not displaying properly on your device.

Stampin' Up! Sweetbriar Rose Card in Mint MacaronThe beauty of a detailed outline stamp like Sweetbriar Rose is it looks pretty on your handstamped cards colored in or stamped in one solid color.  Look how pretty it is stamped in Mint Macaron.

Sweetbriar Rose is retiring at the end of the month. So, too, is the Trust God Stamp Set. The “Each one of us is God’s special work of art” is one of the stamps in the set. Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available to order only through May 22. After that they will be available to order only while supplies last!

The 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in all five of the 2015-2017 In Colors is one of the prettiest ribbons Stampin’ Up! has ever carried. The 15-17 In Colors will be with us one more year, but sadly the gorgeous 1″ Dotted Lace Trim is retiring and now available only while supplies last. The good news is as of recording my card tutorial video and this post, the 1″ Dotted Lace Trim is still available in ALL five colors! Two are even on sale for 30% off!

Let’s look at my clean and simple Sweetbriar Rose card in the other four 15-17 In Colors.

Delightful Dijon

Stampin' Up! Sweetbriar Rose Card in Delightful Dijon

Tip Top Taupe

Stampin' Up! Sweetbriar Rose Card in Tip Top Taupe

Watermelon Wonder

Stampin' Up! Sweetbriar Rose Card in Watermelon Wonder

Cucumber Crush

Stampin' Up! Sweetbriar Rose Card in Cucumber Crush

Want to add Sweetbriar Rose and Trust God to your stamp collection? Order them before it’s too late in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

All the supplies to make my simply pretty Sweetbriar Rose card are pictured below. All the retiring products are noted so you don’t miss out!

Clean and Simple Sweetbriar Rose Card Supplies

Sweetbriar Rose Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$13.00
Save 20%
$11.20
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Trust God Clear Stamp Set

$15.00
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Trust God Wood Stamp Set

$20.00
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim

$6.00
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Delightful Dijon 1" Dotted Lace Trim

$6.00
Save 30%
$4.20
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim

$6.00
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Tip Top Taupe 1" Dotted Lace Trim

$6.00
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

Cucumber Crush 1" Dotted Lace Trim

$6.00
Save 30%
$4.20
through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

2015-2017 In Color 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock & Classic Stampin’ Pads Kit

$32.50
The special bundle price is available only through May 31, 2016!

Glue Dots

$5.25

 

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

 

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Stamp with one of the 2015-2017 In Colors to make a clean and simple Sweetbriar Rose card!

 

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Make a new baby card to coordinate with your gift!

Diaper BagThis is the diaper bag the new mom wants. Gray has been popular for baby showers, decorating and for baby gifts too. As a cardmaker, you can make a new baby card to coordinate with your gift!

Selecting the card colors was very easy. The bag is undoubtedly Basic Gray with Whisper White trim and stripes. The green is quite close to Mint Macaron. Know what is Mint Macaron and stripes? The 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper!

Diaper Bag Bow

With the colors selected and striped paper, the card design was starting to come together. The giggle was probably audible when I realized it was possible to coordinate with the polka dot bow too! Dots for Days Stamp in Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then punched with the Bow Builder Punch.

Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch

Just had to snap a picture before continuing because the baby card was already looking so sharp. The polka dot bow is fabulous!

The coordination continues by stamping B A B Y in the diaper bag colors with the Stampin’ Up! What’s Your Type? Stamp Set. Seriously, isn’t this fantastic?!

Stampin' Up! What's Your Type Card

The Big News Stamp Set looks like it was made for the inside of my 6″ x 6″ folded size baby card.

Stampin' Up! Big News Stamp Set

Look at the specially designed baby card and diaper bag together.

Stampin' Up! What's Your Type Stamp Set

Next, the envelope. Thankfully a friend asked if I had considered using my Envelope Punch Board. Somehow the thought was stuff in my head because my baby card is 6″ x 6″ I’d need paper larger than 12″ x 12″.  That could not have been any more wrong. All that was needed was a 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ piece. The 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets. Perfect.

Envelope Punch Board

It was a lot of fun to make a baby card that coordinated so incredibly well with the gift. All the supplies to make my baby card are pictured below. When you click on the products you’d like to order you’ll be taken to my online store.

Several of the cardmaking products are retiring with soon to be over 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. The good news is you can pick up ALL of them at a discount!

The 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper is now available only while supplies last. The stamp sets are guaranteed available only through May 22. After that they, too, will become available only while supplies last! Place your order now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

Baby Card Supplies


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Cardmakers get to make a new baby card to coordinate with the gift!

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Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die great for card backgrounds!

Seeing the Stampin’ Up! Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set on the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories List reminded me of a hand stamped card from a couple of years ago. For Throwback Thursday we’ll revisit my Six-Sided Sampler card and see how the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die is great for card backgrounds.

Stampin' Up! Six-Sided Sampler www.stampingsmiles.comThis handstamped card idea also has stamped and punched hexagons from the retiring Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and coordinating Hexagon Punch. Each hexagon has a different pattern or sampler of patterns.

To use the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die for a background, die-cut a piece of cardstock to use as stencil and then softly sponge in some color with some hexagons darker than others.

The attractive color combination is Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz and Smoky Slate.

Both Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die are soon going to be retired from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. and no longer available to purchase. But not quite yet.

As of today, April 28, 2016 both are available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com. Retiring accessories are available only while supplies last! If you’d like to have the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die, you need to order is ASAP.

While the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set is guaranteed available through May 22, the coordinating Hexagon Punch is also available only while supplies last. Order in the Six-Sided Sampler Bundle and save 15% on both if you order before the punch sells out.

The card supplies are pictured below. Click on the items you want and be taken into my online store to purchase them.

Retiring Six-Sided Sampler Card Supplies

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

 

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See? The Hexagon Hive Thinlints Die is great for card backgrounds!

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Easy and elegant Everything Eleanor card

Would you like an incredibly easy way to add elegance to your hand stamped cards? You’ll see with my easy and elegant Everything Eleanor card how you can.

Easy and elegant Everything Eleanor cardMy easy and elegant card idea uses three very popular retiring items – Everything Eleanor Stamp Set, Bird Builder Punch and Petite Pairs Stamp Set

The beautiful swirl of the Stampin’ Up! Everything Eleanor Stamp Set can be used so many different ways! One card used it as wind on a winter card. Creative and quite pretty. Another idea I just love is pairing it with the Work of Art Stamp Set. You can see the stunning and easy card here.
The Bird Builder Punch is used on projects as much for the bird as it has the branch! The branch makes great leaves for our flowers. The punch has also been used for some fun punch art projects. Have you seen it used to create a mustache, eye brows and nose? Click here for a good chuckle. Or a roasted turkey? Click here, it looks so good it will make you
hungry! 
It’s rare to have a punch that is so versatile that it takes on the personality of the products used with it. Look at the elegance of it used with the Everything Eleanor Stamp Set.
Easy and elegant Everything Eleanor Stamp Set
The retiring bird is so pretty perched on the retiring beautiful silver embossed swirl. The shiny silver embossing coordinates perfectly with the also retiring shiny silver stripes of the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.
The small, black checked border on either side of the Whisper White Cardstock is from one the retiring rolls of Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape. It was quick and easy to use and provided the finishing touch for my elegant handmade greeting card.
The “Best Wishes” stamped in black is from the also retiring Petite Pairs Stamp Set. Perfect for those times you want to add a greeting but don’t have much space for one. Each of the nine greetings has a sentiment stamp too!

All the card making products to make my Everything Eleanor card are pictured below and linked to my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

Remember retiring accessories are available only while supplies last! Place your order now for retiring products before they sell out too!

Easy and elegant Everything Eleanor card supplies

Builder Bird Punch

$18.00
Retiring! Available only while supplies last!

Petite Pairs Wood Stamp Set

$29.00
Retiring!

Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum

$11.00
Retiring! Available only while supplies last!

Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$7.00
Retiring! Available only while supplies last!

Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape

$8.00
Retiring! Available only while supplies last!

Heat Tool

$30.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

You are also welcome to call me at 702-513-9997 to have me place your order for you.

 

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Now you’ve seen how you to make my easy and elegant Everything Eleanor card. Did you order everything you need?

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