Saturday, April 22, 2023

Ink. Stamp. Share. April Blog Hop Showcase

Welcome to the Ink. Stamp. Share. April Monthly Blog Hop as we showcase projects we are currently working on. You will be visiting with our talented Design Team members as they share their projects and ideas, which may include Sneak Peeks of new products from the upcoming 2023-2024 Annual Catalog as well as projects featuring retiring products that we are saying goodbye to. 
Today's card design features some of my retiring favorites from both the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. I love the ocean and going to the beach, so I wanted to create a design reflecting these places. The Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set and coordinating Seaside Seashells Dies are wonderful for beach theme cards and I paired them with the beautiful By The Bay 6"x 6" Specialty Designer Series Paper to create that had a calm, peaceful feel to it. I love this soft color combination and the subtle shimmer of the Clear Wink of Stella on the seashells adds a touch of sparkle. 
Products Used:
Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set (item #154368) Retiring
Seaside Seashells Dies (item #156095) Retiring
Harvest Dies (item #156504) Retiring 
By The Bay 6"x 6" Specialty Designer Series Paper (item #160434) Retiring 
Pool Party Cardstock (item #154894) 
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Sahara Sand Cardstock (item #121043) Retiring
Pool Party Classic Ink Pad (item #147107)
Petal Pink Classic Ink Pad (item #147108)
Sahara Sand Classic Ink Pad (item #147117) Retiring
Versamark Pad (item #102283)
Metallics Embossing Powders (item #155555)
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (item #141897)
Basic Pearl Jewels (item #144219) Retiring
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Pool Party Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Sentiment Label die cut with the Harvest Dies
Basic White Cardstock
Background Layer - 3 1/4" x 4 5/8"
Seashells stamped and die cut with the Seaside Seashells Dies
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sand Dollar image stamped and die cut with the Seaside Seashells Dies
By The Bay Specialty Designer Series Paper
4 Strips - 1" x 3"
This strip technique is a great way to use up scraps for designer series paper and I was able to cut 4 strips of 1"x 3" from a scrap piece of the designer series paper that I had left over from another project. I attached them to the Basic White cardstock layer, spacing them evenly before adhering them. I stamped the Pool Party card base with the "sand" image stamp around the edge of the front of the card using Pool Party Classic ink for a tone on tone design to add some texture. I attached the focal layer to the center of the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the image with Gold embossing powder onto Pool Party cardstock, to coordinate with the Gold accents on the designer series paper strips. I used a die from the Harvest Dies to die cut the long sentiment. I stamped the Sand Dollar stamp image onto Sahara Sand cardstock with Sahara Sand ink and then die cut it with the coordinating dies. I also stamped the seashells, one in Petal Pink Classic ink and one in Sahara Sand Classic ink onto Basic White cardstock and then fussy cut them both out. To create the design on the card front, I added the long sentiment label towards the bottom of the focal layer. I added the shells to the card front, popping the Petal Pink seashell up with Stampin' Dimensionals, overlapping them slightly over the sentiment label. Using Clear Wink of Stella, I added some shimmer to the seashells. To finish off the design, I added some Basic Pearls for a touch of bling. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will inspire you to take another look at the retiring products from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. You will love the way they mix and match to help you create your own beautiful projects. 
Now it's time to visit with my fellow Design Team members and see what they have to share with us. Just use the Roll Call List below to visit their blogs to see their wonderful projects. We would appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop.

If you live in the U.S. and do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to help you with your creative projects. You may also visit my Online Store to place your order and have it shipped to you. Don't forget to check the Last Chance Retiring Products Sale and take advantage of up to 60% off select retiring products. These products are available only while supplies last, so don't delay in placing your order. 

Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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