Hello Ladybug

Stampin Up Hello Ladybug

I have been trying to diversify my stamp set collection lately.  I think that at least 75% of the sets I own are flowers.  I love flowers.  They are still my favorite but I have been purchasing things I would not normally purchase.  One reason is because of my grandchildren.  I am hoping someday they will show an interest in making cards with me so I need to be ready when that day happens.  Therefore, I ended up purchasing the Hello Ladybug stamp set and the coordinating Ladybug Builder Punch.  By the way, you can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.

I decided to use the ladybugs in their traditional colors of red and black.  Therefore, I first punched out the ladybug body in Basic Black card stock and her wings in Real Red.  Now, for some reason this just popped into my head but ladybugs can not all be female, can they?  Sounds like a Google question.  In any case, after I punched them out, I stamped the polka dots on her wings using Memento Black Ink.  I adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I took a Basic White card base and layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Real Red card stock.  Now, here is a hint.  I punched the ladybug wings out of that same piece of Real Red cardstock because I was layering a piece of Pattern Party Designer Series Paper on top.  No one will ever know I cut those wings out of the middle of that piece.  It is a great way to save some money. Next I cut a 2 1/8″ x 5″ piece of Real Red card stock and a 2″ x 4 7/8″ piece of Basic White.  I layered the ladybugs on top using Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink.  Lastly, I added the Matte Black Dots.

So I had to Google whether or not all ladybugs are female.  This is what I found

“Would you believe that not all ladybugs are ladies? It’s true! In fact, they’re not even bugs. What’s going on here?Ladybugs are actually insects known as beetles. They are from the scientific family Coccinellidae. True “bugs” are insects, such as cicadas and aphids, that are members of the scientific order Hemiptera.Just like other insects, there are both male and female ladybugs. Do the guys mind being called “ladybugs”? Since they don’t speak our language, we suppose not.”

I thought it was a cute way of answering the question.  Now you know!

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Slimline Sayings

Stampin Up Slimline Sayings

I have been waiting so patiently for Stampin’ Up!® to add a slimline collection and it is finally here! Slimline cards usually come in two sizes. The Stampin’ Up!® one is used to make a 3.5″ x 8.5″ card. The stamp set is called Slimline Sayings. It includes six larger sentiments that are a perfect size for slimline cards. There is also a coordinating die set called Slimline Card dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle. The die set has four dies in it. Two of the dies can be used for a background and two are for edges.

To make this card I first took one of the Slimline Card dies and cut it out in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay card stock. I adhered the Pool Party one to a Basic White card base and then layered the pieces from the Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay cut outs inside using Multipurpose Glue.

After this I punched out the Penguin from the Penguin Place bundle (which includes the Penguin Place stamp set and the Penguin Builder Punch). This bundle was in the July – December Mini Catalog. Although that catalog has retired, the Penguin stamp set and punch are still available and will be in the new Annual Catalog that comes out later this spring. I used Granny Apple Green card stock for the back of the Penguin and Basic White for the inside. I stamped the eyes and nose and punched out the feet in Pool Party. The Penguin Place stamp set includes the balloon. I love that our old Balloon Punch can punch of this balloon perfectly. I added the piece of white twine and attached it to the Penguin’s hand. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink. Although this sentiment fits a slimline card perfectly, it can also be used for a regular A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card too.

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Island Vibes

I am sure you already know this but right now it is the best time in the Stampin’ Up!® world. It is Sale-a-bration! This is where you can earn free products with a qualifying order. There are seven stamp sets and four different packs of Designer Series Paper. In addition to this it is a great time to join the Stampin’ Up!® family. If you sign up during Sale-a-bration you will pay $99 (plus tax) and you can pick $125 worth of products out of any current catalog AND you can pick an additional TWO stamps sets of your choice. If you would like more information, please let me know.

One of the free stamp sets I earned with a qualifying order is called Island Vibes. It is a DisINKtive stamp set. This means that the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image. If you look at the card I made you can this in the leaves. Some parts of the image are lighter and some are darker giving the image almost a 3D look.

This is a very simple card to make (#simplestamping) as it only uses stamps, ink and paper. I used a 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 piece of Basic White card stock. I put this in my Stamparatus and stamped it once in Granny Apple Green ink in one corner. Then I flipped the paper and put it in the exact same spot as the other side and stamped it again. It kind of makes it look like it was framed. I stamped the sentiment from the stamped set called Peaceful Moments in Misty Moonlight ink.

If you would like to see all the items offered in the Sale-a-bration Catalog just click on the link to the right of this post.

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Sweet Conversations

Stampin Up Sweet Conversations

If you haven’t seen the new Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog you are missing out a lot of wonderful products. Just click on the catalog cover to the right of this post to see it.

One of the suites I really like is called Sweet Talk. It includes the stamp set called Sweet Conversations, the dies called Sweet Heart, an embossing folder, some cute little boxes, embellishments, ribbon and Designer Series Paper. As you can see, it is a very large sweet and is perfect for making Valentines. One of the nice things about this suite is you can use the dies to cut out some of the hearts in the Designer Series Paper. That is exactly what I did to make this card.

I started with a So Saffron card base. I cut out a thin piece of Highland Heather card stock and ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using a die from the Tailor Made Tags. I cut it once on the left side and once on the right side and pieced them together so it looks like one long line. Then I adhered a piece of the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper over that.

Next I cut out one of the Tailor Made Tags in Basic White card stock. I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Conversations stamp set and cut out all the hearts from the DSP using the various dies in the Sweet Heart set and adhered them to the tag. Then I cut out 3 So Saffron hearts and layered them on top. I used Dimensionals to adhere the tag to the card.


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On The Horizon

Stampin Up On The Horizon

One of my favorite new suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog is called New Horizons.  It includes the stamp set called On The Horizon, Horizon Dies, 2 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack (in Misty Moonlight and Petal Pink), Pebbles Enamel Shapes and this AMAZING Designer Series Paper called New Horizons.  This DSP is just gorgeous!  There is also another stamp set called Ocean Front that can be used with suite.

This card was as simple as it could be to make, yet it is beautiful. Literally all I did was adhered a piece of the New Horizons Designer Series Paper to a Basic White card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the On The Horizon stamp set and the birds in Misty Moonlight ink.  That is it.  It can’t get much simpler but it is a beautiful card will awe anyone who receives it.

Take a look at this suite.  It is on page 42-43 of the new Mini Catalog.

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Love & Happiness

In the June – December Mini Catalog that just retired, there was a stamp set called Merriest Moments. It had a set of coordinating dies and embossing folder called Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder. It was called that because the dies cut out the embossed image as well as the stamp images. It was beautiful. Stampin’ Up!® has now included another Hybrid Embossing Folder called Bouquet Of Love and it is gorgeous! I used the embossing folder to make the background on this card. Here is a photo of it.

The bundle that I am talking about is called Love & Happiness. It includes the stamp set of the same name and the Bouquet Of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder. If you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%. The stamp set is all sentiments about weddings, anniversaries, engagements and valentines. The dies include a couple of label dies to cut out some of the sentiments, two heart dies and some flowers and a leaf. The large heart die cuts out the heart image that the embossing folder makes.

To make this card I first embossed a piece of Blushing Bride card stock and another piece of Basic White. Look how pretty that background is! I cut the heart out of the center of the Basic White piece using the large heart die and then colored the leaves and flowers using Stampin Blends and Markers (Blushing Bride does not have a Blends so I had to use a Marker). I layered that on top of the embossing Blushing Bride piece. I stamped the sentiment (from a new stamp set called Sweet Conversations) in Fresh Freesia and cut it out using one of the label dies. I layered that on top of the heart using Dimensionals. Lastly I add some new embellishments called Polished Dots.

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Sale-a-bration & New Mini Catalog Is Available Today!

Today you can order from the new Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  There are some amazing products in both of these catalogs.  To see what is available click on the Catalog covers below.

During Sale-a-bration you can earn free products with a qualifying order.  There are stamp sets and Designer Series Paper to choose from.  It is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up!® family.  For $99 you can choose up to $125 worth of products PLUS two more stamp sets of your choice!  Plus shipping is free with your starter kit.  It is an awesome deal!

Please us the host code below when you place an order under $150 but if your order is $150 or more do not use the code so you will get the hostess benefits.

Daffodil Daydream

Stampin Up Daffodil Daydream

The brand new Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June MIni Catalog will be available to order from tomorrow, January 4th. This catalog is chocked full of wonderful brand new products that you will love! There are flowers, critters, shapes, word dies and so much more to choose from.

In addition to this, 2022 Sale-a-bration begins tomorrow too. This means you can get FREE products with a qualifying order. There are seven stamp sets and four different Designer Series Papers to choose from. There is no limit to how many items you can earn from free. You can earn one item or all eleven items with your order. It is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up!® family. You can select $125 worth of products for $99 (plus tax) AND choose other any TWO stamp sets for FREE! Shipping is free with your starter kit.

I made the card above using some products from the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog and the 2022 Sale-a-bration catalog. The flowers are from a stamp set called Daffodil Daydream. This stamp set has a coordinating set of dies called Daffodil Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle. If you order this bundle you will be eligible to get the coordinating Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper pack that I used for the background of my card for FREE from the Sale-a-bration Catalog. This paper is double sided with flowers on one side and patterns on the other.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers in Memento Black Ink on Basic White card stock and colored them using Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Stampin Blends. Then I cut them out using the coordinating die. I layered them on a piece of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and on a Pale Papaya card base. The sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration stamp set called Friendly Hello. I stamped that using Flirty Flamingo ink on a piece of Pale Papaya card stock and layered that on top using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I added some Matte Decorative Dots that will be, unfortunately retiring today.

I can’t have links to the products because they will not be live until tomorrow (sorry about that).

Garden Birdhouses

Garden Birdhouses is another stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog that has been ignored by me since the 2021 June – December Mini Catalog came out. Every time a new catalog comes out, I seem to ignore the other ones. Then I start going through my stamp sets to find one I want to use and all of a sudden I see sets that have not been used in a long time.

I have a bird feeder in my back yard that I really enjoy watching. In Nashville we have some different birds here that did not live in New York. The good thing is we have cardinals in both places. Cardinals are my favorite. They are just so beautiful. The thing is these crazy birds eat my bird food like crazy. In New York I had to fill the feeder every 4-5 days. In Nashville, I have to fill it every other day. Yes, there are a lot more cardinals here but they didn’t seem to eat so much when I first put it out in September. Rob kept saying because there was more food in September for birds than now. Well, I was just thinking these birds here are crazy, big pigs. Until this morning. This morning I woke up and there were three deer in my yard eating from the feeder! Well no wonder it was getting empty so quickly. I will have to apologize to my cardinals for blaming them.

To make this card I first stamped the branches in Granny Apple Green Ink on a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock Then I stamped the birdhouse and the birds in Memento Black Ink and colored them using Stampin’ Up!® Blends. Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner. I layered that on top of a piece of Pattern Party Designer Series Paper. This DSP is in the back of the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. You can not buy it for $18 with qualifying order. It has a whopping 48 sheets in it! One side is black and white and the other side had beautiful, bright colors and patterns. The card base is Daffodil Delight.

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Pierced Blooms

Stampin Up Pierced Blooms

Now that Christmas is over I can start posting different cards. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas and I love making Christmas cards but after a couple of months of it, I am ready for something different. Speaking of different, the new 2022 January – June Mini Catalog is going to be live on January 4th. It is filled with so many great products for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Spring and more. Stampin’ Up!® did a great job putting different things in this upcoming catalog that will make everyone happy. You are going to love it. In the meantime I am using some of the products in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog that have been neglected since the holiday mini came out.

I used a set of dies for this called called Pierced Blooms. It does have a coordinating stamp set called In Bloom although I did not use it on this card. The dies are so much fun, they can speak for themselves. The colors I used on this card are all bright and happy colors (in my opinion). They are Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. This card would cheer anyone up when it is dark and cold outside for another 3-4 months.

I cut all the flowers and leaves out and adhered them to a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Basic White cardstock. I layered that on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Daffodil Delight and a Polished Pink card base. I popped up the flower centers using Dimensionals. I added some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots. The sentiment is from Pinkfresh.

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