Please don't forget that all Stampin' Up!'s current Hostess Sets (pp. 18-26 Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Catalog) will be retiring Aug. 10, the day before the big release of the new Fall-Winter catalog (Aug. 11). No need to do a workshop or make a single brownie. Just throw yourself a little party (or team up with a friend or two) to hit the qualifying purchases, and reap the benefits of free stamp sets and hostess rewards–plus I personally offer free shipping with on-line product orders over $99. Better yet, Stampin' Up! is offering a June hostess bonus.
"For a Friend" has been by far the most popular Hostess set among my customers. The six stamps are fresh, simple and versatile (thank you, baby, birthday, friend). I began today's card by stamping the "thank you" flower in Ruby Red on Very Vanilla card stock. It was die cut and embossed using Nestabilities Rectangles. Ruby Red card stock and a scalloped rectangle of Groovy Guava follow (both cut with Nestabilities Rectangles). TIP: I added the Circle Rhinestone Brad after adding the layers, to bury the little legs of the brad.
Today's sketch follows the rules of Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC180. See sketch below. Beneath my main image, I layered a square of Ruby Red over River Rock card stock. Ruby Red receives delicious texture using a Cuttlebug and the D'vine Swirls embossing folder.
The card front is Ruby Red, 4.25 x 5.5 and scored at the top. Stampin' Up!'s Ginger Blossoms Designer Series Paper offers this adorable floral pattern and a layer of River Rock gets sandwiched in between. The Perfect Touches are three Circle Rhinestone Brads, lined up using a Paper Piercer and Template, and a snippet of Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon. TIP: For those of you who are ribbon "challenged" (like me), be sure to check out this Stay Put Bow video. It makes using ribbon a pleasure.
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Set: For a Friend (Hostess Level I)
Paper: Ginger Blossoms Designer Series, Ruby Red, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ruby Red
Cool Tools: Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Nestabilities Rectangles, Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch: Circle Rhinestone Brads (Fire Collection), Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder
TIP: For a complete list of Stampin' Up!'s Retiring Stamps, please see my right side bar.