Avant Garden – Maybe the Best Sale-a-Bration Set!


Aloha, all!

     I have been having so much fun using the Avant Garden Stamp Set from this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Catalog. I haven't shared it much here because most of what I've done is just stamp its images on flat, blank cards, which isn't really exciting blog post-wise. But this week, I decided I had to share it because I thought it would be a great stamp set with which to make some Thank You notes I'm sending out to customers.

     This is still not all that exciting as greeting card layouts go. BUT it also includes something else that's going to be coming to an end before too very long. It's probably very likely that most, if not all, of the 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors will be retiring come May 31st. So I'm working hard to use up as much of my retiring inks, papers, and embellishments as I can.

     For this card, I stamped the flower and the sentiment using Watermelon Wonder Stamp Pad, as well as Mint Macaron for the stem and leaves. Sob! Both colors won't be in the In Color section of my craft room any more. One can only hope that both of these great colors will remain in the next Stampin' Up! catalog, perhaps replacing some colors that I hardly ever use. (Yes, I have non-favorites in my Stampin' Up! collection. But that's just a personal preference, so I shall not discuss them here.)

     Then there's the great Designer Series Paper Stacks that are available in all of the colors in the Stampin' Up! Catalog. I used one sheet of the Watermelon Wonder color from the 2015-2017 Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, with the top half of the card being the print on one side of the sheet and the bottom on the other. I saw another color used this way on Pinterest a while back, and figured it would be fun for this fairly simple card.

     The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. I punched it using the Classic Label Punch. Now, those of you who are familiar with this punch may know it's a lot larger than this photo shows. What I did was to cut the teeny tiny "Thank You" then punch the words so they were over to one side of the punched shape. Then I picked up the punched shape using a sticky note, reinserted it into the punch, and punched just on the other side of the "Thank You," shortening the shape! Much nicer that that small sentiment in the middle of a really long punched shape!

     The ribbon is an embellishment from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog – Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon. The good news is that I've almost used up my latest spool of that ribbon. Oh, and that would be the bad news, too. It's probably too late in the year to be stocking up on much that might retire. But that's just for me because I'm a demonstrator, and I try to use at least 99% current Stampin' Up! products in my blog and Facebook posts, as well as in my newsletter. For you, if you like any of these products, now is probably the time to think about finally buying them before they go away! Just sayin'

     Speaking of which, here are the products I featured in today's project. As always, you can click on the pictures of the products and get whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store!



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Posted on : Mar 15 2017
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