Shari Fritz, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator

Shari Fritz, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator (210)680-9522

April 29, 2013

Fruit & Flowers Retiring Stamps

By now most everyone has seen the retiring lists from Stampin' Up.  Today my project uses one on the stamp sets that is soon to be retired.  I have been working on this small project for the past week trying to get my creative juices flowing.  I purchased some flower seeds for my mom and wanted to make a pretty package to present them.  I pulled out some older DSP from a couple of years ago that coordinated with the Fruits & Flowers stamp set.  In addition I used the new Round Array stamps and other miscellaneous word stamps.  As I  worked on my project I found myself wishing that Pure Poppy hadn't been retired.  It's such a vibrant red.

It's like a mini-album with pages that double as pockets.  As you can see, I attached a tab to each seed packet so they can be easily pulled out of the pockets. 
My posts are going to become extremely sparse in the coming month.  I have volunteered to make table arrangements for my son's senior banquet (40 of them), put together graduation announcements and work on my Artisan projects.  Oh, and I have a Retirement Party card class scheduled for May too!  I'd better step away from the computer and get busy.  Thanks for stopping by!

April 16, 2013

Patterned Occassions-Friday Mashup 105

I barely used my Patterned Occassions stamp set during Sale-a-Bration.  Lately that seems to be my modus operandi--never using current products and feeling like I'm always late to to market new promotions.  Stampin' Up has kicked it up into high gear for their 25th anniversary and there are new promotions on a regular basis.
This weekend I put together a couple of cards using a layout from The Friday Mashup Challenge Blog.
I don't know if I've said it before but I love this DSP.  But then I love everything flowers and bright colors.  This was a fun layout too.  I usually don't like a two panelled card (it's that even thing) but it works here. 
Yesterday I received my Stampin' Success magazine and saw a few sneak peeks of products that will be available with the new Stampin' Up year.  The new In-Colors were used in the samples and I must say I am surprised to see what will be offered.  I fully expected bold colors but that is not the case.  I will wait to pass my final judgement until after I see them IRL.  Demonstrators will be able to preorder some of the new stuff on April 24th--can't wait!  You too can get in on the pre-order if you become a demonstrator.  If you become a Demonstrator before the end of May you will also receive extra incentive.  Call me!
Thanks for stopping by!

April 03, 2013

CCMC245 Sketch Challenge

Today I used my Secret Garden stamp set again since it was sitting out.  It just now hit me that I could have used the matching die set to cut out my daffodil-like flowers, duh!  I wish I had used a different color ribbon on this card.  There seems to be too much yellow going on.  But I used Tombow liquid glue to attach the card front to the base card and it can't be changed now.  I embossed the flowers with clear embossing powder.  The little cups of the daffodils were made with the new 7/8" scallop punch using Very Vanilla cardstock, spritzed with diluted alcohol and made into a cup with the non-pointy end of my piercing tool.  I also used my aqua painter to color the inside with Daffodil Delight ink.  The greeting is from the Wishes Your Way. 

We are in the midst of spring here in San Antonio and the wildflowers are blooming.  They are not as spectacular this year since we didn't get much in the way of rain this past winter.  We were lucky enough to get some rain today.  It has been so dry here that we may be looking at severe water restrictions by the end of the summer.  We'll take every drop that we can get. See you again in a day or two. 

April 02, 2013

Secret Garden-FabFri15

Hello to all you bloggers out there!  Today's card is inspired by this sketch from the Fab Friday Blog. As usual I am a few days behind.  Last week I was hoping to get my entries completed to submit for the Stampin' Up Display Stamper contest.  Alas, with Easter and my procrastination mixed together it just didn't happen for me.  I am a little sad but I have to look at it as a head start on projects for the Artisan Award contest.

A month or two ago I was shopping in Target and saw this color combination.  I picked up some cute little dessert bowls in these colors and also a pretty teal color.  Well, back to the drawing board.  I'm collecting inspiration for my Artisan entries.  Where do you get inspiration for your projects?  Any favorite sites with scrapbooking layouts?  I'd love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by.