Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{Weekly Deals} and a Late Night with the New 2014-15 Annual Catalog!

The newest {Weekly Deals} are here! Items on this list are retiring and available as supplies last, so if it's been on your Wish List, don't delay in ordering. Here are the lists:  Retiring Stamps and Retiring Accessories.

Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, #126872, originally $4.95 and on sale for $3.71!

Downtown Grunge Photobook Template Digital Download for MDS, #126056, originally $19.95, on sale for $11.97!

Dress Up Framelits Dies, #130101, originally $24.95, on sale for $18.71!

Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, #126871, originally $4.95 and on sale for $3.71!

Merry Minis Punch Pack, #126682, originally $16.95, but on sale for $12.71!

Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, #126845, originally $8.95 and on sale for $6.71!

Regals Core'dination Card Stock, #129955, originally $23.95, but on sale for $17.96!

Talking Tag Message Labels, #129723, originally $7.95 and on sale for $5.96!

In other news, I'm a little bleary-eyed this morning, as I attended the first ever Catalog Premiere from Stampin' Up!, debuting the new 2014-15 Annual Catalog.  I've got a copy in my hot little hands and I spent the evening poring over it (and fell asleep with visions of stamping dancing in my head)!

Want your own copy?  Drop me a line!  Most Studio-Sara customers qualify for a free one!

I hope your week has gotten off to a good start!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Delicate Doilies {Fancy Fold} with a Belly Band

Here's a Fancy Fold card featuring the retiring stamp sets, Delicate Doilies and Sweet Essentials.  Click {HERE} for a list of Retiring Stamps and click {HERE} for Retiring Accessories.  Everything (including stamps this year) is only available while supplies last.

I scored my So Saffron card stock at 2.75 inches and 4.25 inches.  I didn't want the card to be open exactly in the middle.  I cut a piece of Epic Day This and That DSP to allow for a little border along the right side in which to stamp the sentiment.

Here's a shot of the card open.  The Belly Band is created using the fabulous Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, found in the Occasions Catalog.  I've fed the punched piece through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots TIEF.

The Belly Band is tied shut with the Silver 1/8-inch Ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies (W128541, C122592) and Sweet Essentials (W132085, C126457)

Inks:  Smoky Slate Classic (131179) and Pool Party Classic (126982)

Papers:  So Saffron (105118), Pool Party (122924) and Smoky Slate (131202) card stock and Epic Day This and That DSP (130814)

Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots TIEF (117335), Big Shot (113439); 2.5 Circle (120906), 1-3/8" Circle (119860), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (118874) and Scallop Tag Topper (133324) Punches; Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Stampin' Trimmer (126889)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Final Hours of {FREE SHIPPING} and a Sketch Challenge Entry

We are a few hours away from the end of the Stampin' Up! promotion offering free shipping on any purchase (NO MINIMUM!).  Been meaning to pick up a couple of items?  Want to place a big order and save $$? Now's the time!

This card was made for the Retrosketches #111 challenge.  Tag It will be a set I'll miss using.  I love to pair it with the Chalk Talk Framelits and my Big Shot.

Going away are also the 2012-2014 In Colors, which are featured here (Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit).

 Click {HERE} for the updated Retiring Stamps List and {HERE} for the retiring Accessories List.

Click {HERE to SHOP}!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Retiring Items among the new {Weekly Deals} and *FREE SHIPPING*

As we suspected, the Weekly Deals have been pulled from a collection of products that will retire at the end of this catalog.  All of the items below (and on both the Retiring Stamps and Retiring Accessories Lists) are available only as supplies last.  Click {HERE} to shop!

Here are this week's deals:

2013-2015 In Color Core'dinations 12x12 Card Stock (#129958), originally $11.95, on sale for $8.96!

Afternoon Dream Digital Download, MDS (#130861), originally $9.95, on sale for $5.97!

Afternoon Picnic DSP (#131390), originally $10.95, on sale for $8.21!

Crochet Trim Victoria (#188481), originally $6.95, on sale for $5.21!

Large Pearl Basic Jewels,  (#125577), originally $4.95, on sale for $3.71!

Naturals Designer Buttons,  (#127544), originally $4.95, on sale for $3.71!

Pacific Point Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon,  (#126878), originally $4.95, on sale for $3.71!

Rich Razzleberry Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon,  (#126876), originally $4.95, on sale for $3.71!

Things to remember:

  • Earn *FREE SHIPPING* until April 25 with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIRED!  You can purchase any current merchandise (including from the Clearance Rack)!

  • Weekly Deals and Retiring Items are available only as long as supplies last.

Monday, April 21, 2014

{Retiring Lists!} and *FREE* Shipping!

They're here, Studio Visitors!  The annual Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists are on the scene and to sweeten the deal, Stampin' Up! is offering free shipping on *EVERYTHING* this week (except for overnight/expedited orders) through April 25.

Click {HERE} for the Retiring Stamps List.

Click {HERE} for the Retiring Accessories List.

The new twist for "Retirement" this year is that stamp sets, like accessories, are only available as supplies allow.  It used to be that stamp sets were available until June 4, when the Annual Catalog closes.  This year, there are only the supplies of stamps on hand and none will be replenished.

You know I hate to pressure, but if there's something (like the 2012-2014 In Colors), *ACT NOW* and order.  Shipping is free with no minimum requirement, so unless you're working on compiling an order to receive Hostess Benefits, order what's on your list now so that you've got a better chance of receiving it.

The lists are updated daily to let you know what's available.  You can also click {HERE} to go to my store and the website will allow you to purchase something if it's in stock (that way you're not waiting for the daily update of the list).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

{Video Tutorial} Watercolor Tulips in a Spring-y Shaped Card

Hello, Studio Visitors!  While spring has sprung, the April showers have returned to my neck of the woods.  We've got tulips and hyacinth blooming (and the raindrops on them are so pretty!).  The trees are finishing their bloom and leaves are starting to emerge.

This card was inspired by nature and the fine folks at the Colour Me Card Challenge, who put forth the challenge of using Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.  I enjoyed making a shaped card, using my Labels Collection Framelits.  What a simple way to make fun, shaped cards! Click below to watch a tutorial outlining this simple process:

The Square Lattice TIEF added Easter basket-like texture to the Daffodil Delight piece and is mirrored by the Burlap Ribbon (also fed through my Big Shot with the Labels Collection Framelit).  

This beautiful image comes from a single stamp in the Occasions Catalog called Blessed Easter.  It includes the sentiment, "Wishes for a Blessed Easter," but I want to use this card all spring long, so I omitted the sentiment in my inking.  

I watercolored my blooms using the Aqua Painter and my Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay Classic Inks.  Since I was limited to those two colors, I had to lay down Daffodil Delight first in the stem and go over it with the Bermuda Bay to achieve something close to green.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:  Blessed Easter (OC, W133212)

Papers:  Bermuda Bay (131197), Daffodil Delight (119683) and Whisper White (100730) card stocks

Inks:  Jet Black StazOn (101406) and Daffodil Delight (126944) and Bermuda Bay (131171) Classic Ink Pads

Artist's Flair:  Big Shot (113439), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Magnetic Platform (130658), Square Lattice TIEF (119976), Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126872), Burlap Ribbon (OC, 132140), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring-y {Easter} Nest Card and Weekly Deals

Happy almost-Easter, Studio Visitors!  I had an egg-cellent time putting this card together.  I used my Pansy Punch for the nest (I sueded and distressed some layers).  The Bird Builder Punch gave me the branches with leaves and the Small Oval Punch was used to I create the eggs.  

The Whisper White piece of card stock was fed through my Big Shot and cut using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits. To give it texture, I adhered it to the Pink Pirouette piece and fed them together through my Big Shot with the Woodgrain TIEF.

Crochet Trim adds the final, whimsical touch.  This card was entered in The Shabby Tea Room Challenge, for which we were given a color palette and asked to use flowers, lace and/or ribbon.

I really had fun with this project.  I think that the next time I make it, I'll use a variety of patterns and stamp the eggs before punching them out.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:  None this time!

Papers:  So Saffron (131203), Pink Pirouette (111351), Wild Wasabi (108641), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298) and Melon Mambo (115320) Card Stocks

Inks:  Nope!

Artist's Flair:  Crochet Trim (118481), Woodgrain TIEF (127821), Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102),  Big Shot (113439), Bird Builder Punch (117191), Pansy Punch (130698), Small Oval Punch (120908)

In other news, there was so much to say about the Project Life by Stampin' Up! announcement yesterday that I thought I'd hold off on sharing this week's Weekly Deals.  {Shop} to your heart's content:

Adorning Accents Edgelits, #125595, regularly $9.95, on sale this week for $7.46!

Natural 5/8-inch Chevron Ribbon, #132982, regularly $6.95, on sale this week for $5.21!

Anywhere Glue Sticks (pkg of 2), #104045, regularly $3.95, on sale this week for $2.96!

Floral District Digital Download for MDS,  #127211, regularly $17.95, on sale this week for $10.77!

Needlepoint Border TIEF,  #129383, regularly $7.95, on sale this week for $5.96!

Night of Navy Stitched Grosgrain, #126874, regularly $4.95, on sale this week for $3.71!

Outer Space Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel,  #126398, regularly $8.50, on sale this week for $6.38!

Venetian Romance DSP,  #130144, regularly $10.95, on sale this week for $8.21!