Pals Blog Hop – May 2013

Blog 2013

Thank you for joining us for the May Pals Blog Hop and our annual retirement party! It’s time to say goodbye to stamps and accessories that will not be available in the new  2013-14 Stampin’ Up! catalog. Although it’s always sad to see wonderful products retire, it is exciting to think about all of the new products that will soon be available. So enjoy the farewell tour for our favorite retiring products – and remember you have until June 3rd to order from the retiring product lists.

You should have just left stop number 30 on the Pals Hop – The Love of Stamping – Barbara Furlong.  If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I am so excited!!! 2013 has been a season of firsts for me. Today I am participating in my first ever Blog Hop. I have had an opportunity to visit all of my fellow hopper’s sites, and I am so impressed by all of their inspirational creations.

I am extremely fortunate to be affiliated with such talented artists!!!

As we transition to our new catalog, and say goodbye to some of our much loved retiring products, I debated over which I wanted to highlight for today’s project. So in true Elaine fashion, I didn’t pick just one.

Those of you, who know me personally, know I LOVE tea. Tea cups, tea parties, tea rooms the whole antiquated Jane Austen, Royal Family romance of it all. I collect tea cups, vintage linens and basically anything relating to tea time in general. Stamps are no exception and retiring this year is the most beautiful tea stamp set “Tea Shoppe”.

For this project, I decide to create these quaint tea envelopes that can be carried with you, so you can enjoy a cup of tea, whenever the opportunity presents itself. These also make great inclusions in care packages, get well cards and as party favors.

I combined the Tea Shoppe stamp set with retiring color pretty in pink (love this pink) and retiring embossing folder Elegant Lines. If you can only choose one of these retiring items, I would recommend the embossing folder, because it is the most versatile, but if you feel like indulging, the stamp set is phenomenal.

I can’t wait to see your favorite retiring items, or what you create with mine.

Happy Crafting!


Tea for Two - 3

Tea for Two - 1

Tea for Two - 2

Tea Caddy
Base: 3.5 x 11 (Scored at 3.5, 3.75, 7.25 & 7.5) – Pretty in Pink
Exterior Matte: 2.5 x 2.5 – Basic Black
Exterior Matte: 2.25 x 2.25 – Whisper White
Interior Matte: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 (2) – Basic Black
Interior Matte:  3.25 x 3.25 (2) – Whisper White
Center Pocket: 3.5 x 2 – Pretty in Pink (Scored at .25 on 3 sides)

Stamp Set Used: Stampin’ Up! © Tea Shoppe
Ink Pads Used: Pretty in Pink and Basic Black
Punch: Modern Label and Lace Ribbon
Miscellaneous: Rhinestones (2), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

This is the last stop on the Pals Blog Hop. I’ve had a blast and hope you have too! If you wish to start the hop again from the beginning click the next button which will take you to the first stop on our hop, Stampin’ Sunshine – Sherrie Gross! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


  1. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  2. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  3. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  4. Kathleen Law at Craft With Kathleen
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  6. Kari Linder at Stampin’ Essentials
  7. nicole watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  13. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  14. Amy Lazzell at Just a Thought…Cards by Amy
  15. Leslie Davis at Life’s Moments
  16. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  17. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  18. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ and Stampin’
  19. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Peggy Noe at
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair
  28. Shirley Sumption at look at my cute stuff
  29. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  30. Barbara Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  31. Elaine Fleming at Studio Elaine

Mojo Monday Challenge No. 292

Julee Tilman designed this sketch for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge No. 292. Below is my take on the sketch.  I felt a little overwhelmed by the layers, so I maintained a neutral palette.

I’d love to see what you do with Julee’s design.
Happy Crafting!



Card Base: 8.5 x 5.5 (Scored at 4.25) – Very Vanilla
Card Matte: 5.25 x 4 – Very Vanilla
Card Matte: 4 x 2.25
Stamp Set Used: Stampin’ Up! © Antique Background, Afterthoughts, Four Frames & Heartfelt Thanks
Ink Pads Used: Baked Brown Sugar
Embossing folders: Elegant Line
Punch: Decorative Label
Miscellaneous: Embosslits Flower Burst, Mini Pearls (3), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Vintage Lace

Friday Mashup Challenge No. 108

This week at the Friday Mashup, Liliana Garcia is hosting “Let’s celebrate the Grads!”.  This is not only perfect timing because graduation season is approaching, but in less than 15 days my own baby girl will be graduating from high school. I can’t believe how fast time actually does fly.

The challenge guidelines this week are as follows:

1. Create a project for “Graduation”.
2. Create a project with “any kind of Embossing”.
3. Or Mash it Up and create a project with “Embossing for Graduation”.

Below is my take on the challenge, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Crafting!


FM108 - 2 copy















Card Exterior
Card Base:
8.5 x 5.5 (Scored at 4.25) – Whisper White
Card Matte: 5.25 x 4.0 – Basic Black
Card Matte: 5.0 x 3.75 – Whisper White
Card Matte: 2.25 x 2.25 (2) – Basic Black
Card Matte: 2 x 2 (2) – Whisper White

Stamp Set Used: Stampin’ Up! © Really Good Greetings
Ink Pads Used: Basic Black
Embossing Folders:  Lacy Brocade, Vintage Wallpaper & Elegant Lines
Miscellaneous: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Black Tulle, Jolee’s Boutique – Graduation Cap Sticker, Stampendous Embossing Powder – Marcasite

Dynamic Duos Challenge No. 51

My mother-in-law’s birthday is fast approaching, and looking for a little inspiration I turned to The Dynamic Duos challenge this week. Their challenge features the colors Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze. Below is where inspiration carried me.

I am pretty pleased with this card and would love to see your interpretations on this color combination. 

Happy Crafting!


DD#51 (1)














Card Base: 8.5 x 5.5 (Scored at 4.25) – Very Vanilla
Card Matte: 5.0 x 3.75 – Baja Breeze
Card Matte: 4.75 x 3.5 – Daffodil Delight
Stamp Set Used: Stampin’ Up! © Tea Shoppe & Create a Cupcake
Ink Pads Used: Baja Breeze & Daffodil Delight
Embossing Folders: Elegant Lines & Lacy Brocade
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes
Miscellaneous: Adhesive Backed Pearls (26), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals