Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Today Rob and I are traveling to our cottage on Lake Ontario for the summer.  Although we love Nashville, it is way too hot for us here.  Last week it was 94 degrees!  You can’t sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather without wilting so we are headed north to enjoy our beautiful summer sunsets.  That is a warning because you know I will post one or twelve sunset photos before the summer is over.  Of course, we will freeze when we first get there but it should warm up by July.

I think Sending Smiles is one of my favorite bundles in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set as well as the coordinating Sending Dies.  This bundle goes so well with the gorgeous InColors because the stamps are solid and bold.  You know I am a Brights person and the new colors are definitely bright.  Plus they go really well with some of the 2021/2023 InColors (like Fresh Freesia).  Plus Sending Smiles has some great sentiments.  There are eight of them in this stamp set.

To make this card, I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine with the Stitched Greenery Die.  I love how this die gives so much interest to the background of a card.  I adhered that to a Tahitian Tide card base.

After that, I stamped the flowers in Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis ink (with a Tahitian Tide center) and cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies.  Then I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out.  I added them to the card to make a wreath.  When I was done I thought it needed a little bit more so I cut out the smaller flowers in Tahitian Tide card stock.  Then I added a 2022-2024 InColor Matte Dot in the middle of the little flowers.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink and added it my card using Mini Dimensionals.

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

I remember when my mother was selling her house to move into Independent Living.  My sister, Emily had to do all the packing and moving because she lived near my mother and the whole sale of the house, closing and move happened really quickly.  My mom kept asking me is if I would like some of her things.  Honestly, there was very little I wanted.  My mother was a little beside herself because both of my sisters and I did not want much of anything.  She has china that had busy patterns and I am more of a plain china person.

When Rob and I moved to Nashville we asked our kids if they wanted anything.  They did not.  What? We have some beautiful things that we just did not have the room for.   I couldn’t understand why they would don’t want it. Then I remembered how I felt about my mother’s belongings.  I guess they felt the same way I did but my things are so much nicer than my mother’s!  Ha!

Tea Boutique is a suite of products in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set called Cup O Tea, Teacup Dies, Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and Envelopes.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies in a bundle, you can save 10%.

To make my card I decided to use the Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper.  My Mom had some tea cups (that I did not want!) that looked like this DSP so I decided to use the tea cup die and cut it out of this paper.  I stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink on a piece of So Saffron card stock and cut it out using a new set of dies called Deckled Rectangles.  Then I cut out a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and another piece of the Hues Of Happiness DSP using larger Deckled Rectangles.  I layered all of these onto a So Saffron card base.

After this I stamped the flowers in Blushing Bride ink on Blushing Bride card stock and cut them out using the coordinating die.  The flowers are all on one stamp and there is one die that cuts out all the flowers at once.  Lastly I stamped the tea bag using Granny Apple Green ink onto Granny Apple Green card stock and cut it out.  I added a bit of White Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack and adhered it with a Dimensional.

So, if your parents offered you possessions they own, would you take them?  Would your children take yours?  I am thinking you would agree with my decision and your kids would agree with my kid’s.

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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

Things are going well as far as my torn Achilles tendon goes.  I went from a soft cast to a hard boot.  I did not like the soft cast at all because it was so hot and itchy, but the hard boot isn’t much better.   Luckily I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon today and he told me I only had to stick with the boot for a couple more weeks.  Sigh.  He did tell me that when I stop wearing the boot I have to be very careful not to tear it again.  It takes six months to completely heal.  It is going to be a long summer!

Bottled Happiness is a stamp set I earned for free when I signed up for the Virtual OnTour mini convention.  There were four stamps set the were sent to all the participants and I was happy to receive this one.  This stamp set has a coordinating punch called Vintage Bottle Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  You can also purchase Vintage Bottle Shaker Domes where you can put some fun Effervescent Elements (which I think are tiny little beads) inside the Shaker Domes to make a fun card.

Bottled Happiness is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  The leaves and flowers are made using two different stamps.  I first stamped the flowers in Starry Sky ink and the leaves in  Parakeet Party.  Then I stamped the outline of the bottle in Highland Heather ink on Highland Heather card stock and punched it out using the Vintage Bottle Punch.  I layered the bottle using Dimensionals.  Then I cut it out using the Scalloped Contours Dies.  I love how these dies cut out the scallops and the stitching.

Next I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the 2022/2024 InColor Designer Series Paper in Starry Sky and layered it on a Starry Sky card base.  Then I adhered the Scalloped Contours piece.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Art Gallery onto a scrap piece of Basic White card stock and layered that on top of the bottle using a Mini Dimensionals on each side.



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Hello Lady Bug

Stampin Up Hello Lady Bug

As I was writing this blog post, I realized that the Designer Series Paper I used on this card is now retired.  It is called Pattern Party and was a hostess product that you could purchase with a qualifying order in the earlier catalog.  Sorry about that.  I made the card during the month of April and forgot to post it.  You could really use any Designer Series Paper you wish and there is one that has black and white patterns called Perfectly Penciled in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

Isn’t it funny how people are not fond of most bugs but ladybugs are loved.  If a bug lands on me I either shoo it away or jump up and run away (depending on what kind of but it was) but if a ladybug lands on me, I don’t mind at all.  I guess it is because they don’t bite and are pretty.  I can’t think of too many other bugs that have both of those qualities.  Then again, maybe it is because we grew up with the Ladybug rhyme (Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home.  Your house is on fire.  Your children all gone…..).  As a side note, I checked Google and apparently the original rhyme was Ladybird, Ladybird and not Ladybug.  Who knew!?

To make this card I first punched of the ladybug bodies using the Ladybug Builder Punch using Basic Black card stock.  Then I stamped the spots in Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Real Red card stock and punched the open wings.  I stamped the spots a couple of times again, on a piece of Real Red card stock and cut it out using the Layering Circles dies and then cut out the little “v” by hand.  I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink on Basic White card stock and cut that out using a larger circle and then again in Real Red using an even bigger die.  I layered the Designer Series Paper onto a piece of Real Red card stock and a Basic White card base.

I wonder how many other children’s rhymes we changed (or I got wrong).


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Wisteria Wishes

Stampin Up Wisteria Wishes

My most favorite day of the year happened in Nashville last Wednesday.  It is the day when all the leaves on the trees are totally open and the color of them is an amazing bright green.  When leaves first bud, they open slowly (kind of like a flower) and they are close to being Granny Apple Green.  After a little bit they open totally and turn a bit darker (like Old Olive) but they are still very bright.  I love that day because it means warm weather is here to stay.  The best part is when we go to the cottage I will get to experience my favorite day of the year twice.  Northern New York is a few weeks behind Nashville.  Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she?

Wisteria Wishes in a new bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria (clever, right?).  It is a beautiful bundle that has very nice and unusual sentiments.  I loved it the second I saw it in the new catalog.

To make this card I first stamped the Wisteria twice in Highland Heather ink.  Then I stamped two of the branches in Old Olive.  Then I cut them all out using the coordinating dies.  The Wisteria stamp three flowers at once and the die cuts out all three at the same time so it did not take long to do at all.  I layered the branches on a piece of Basic White card stock and put three of the Wisteria Flowers on using Dimensionals and two on using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink.  I layered that onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock and a Basic White card base.

What is your favorite day of the year (other than holidays and birthdays)?


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Celebrate Sunflowers

Sunflowers are very popular right now because of the war in Ukraine.  Their country flower is the sunflower and it has become a symbol of strength and support throughout the entire world.  It also happens to be the favorite flower of a friend of mine who needs some lifting up right now so I decided to use the sunflower for a card for her.

Stampin Up has a beautiful stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers.  There are also Sunflower dies to coordinate with this set.  I actually did not use the stamp set at all on this card.  I used only the dies.  They are so pretty by themselves that I felt I didn’t need the stamps this time.

To make this card I first cut all all the pieces of the sunflower and leaves using Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green and Garden Green cardstock.  I love how you can cut out the shape of the flowers and leaves and then cut out the details to put on top.  I was going to just leave it like that but decided to add the extra strips of card stock behind the flower.  I used Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point card stock for these.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point Ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Waves Of Inspiration.  I thought it fit perfectly for this card.

 


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Nature’s Prints

Stampin Up Nature's Prints

I am really loving the new Stampin’ Up!®  2022/2023 InColors.  They are just so pretty and go so well together.  I used Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky for this card with a little bit of Fresh Freesia (a 2021/2022 InColor).  I love how the look together.

I used a new suite in the new Annual Catalog called Sun Prints.  This suite includes the stamp set called Nature’s Prints, coordinating dies called Natural Prints, Sun Prints Designer Series Paper, and a new 3D embossing folder called Fern.  The stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.

First I stamped a couple of stems from the stamp set in Orchid Oasis and Green Freesia ink.  I cut these out using the coordinating dies.  One of the dies in the Natural Prints set cuts out a wreath.  I was originally going to use the wreath image on my card so I cut it out using Basic White card stock.  After I cut it out, I decided against using it as a wreath and instead cut it apart into different sections.  If you look at the card above you can see where there are leaves in Basic White.  These images were from the wreath.

Next I cut out another stem using Fresh Freesia card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in Starry Sky ink and layered it on the Starry Sky label that is included in the die set.

After cutting everything out I arranged all the pieces on top of a piece of Orchid Oasis backed by a piece of Starry Sky card stock and a Basic White card base. I used Dimensionals to attach the sentiment pieces.  Lastly I added some Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels (retired).

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Yesterday was the first day of the new 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I have to admit, I placed a large order.  There are so many fun things in this catalog and I am ready for new products.  I can not wait for my order to arrive!

I made this card using one of the new stamp sets in the catalog called Sending Smiles.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies (although I did not use it on this card).  I decided to just use the stamp set to show how easy it is to make a simple card just using stamps, ink and paper and that you don’t need to spend hours to make a beautiful card.  Sometimes simple is beautiful.

I decided to use some of the new InColors on this card.  The card base is Sweet Sorbet.  The largest layer is Pretty Parakeet and then Orchid Oasis.  I used the same inks as I did the card stock.  I just stamped the stem first in Parakeet Party, the flowers and the centers in Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet and the sentiment in Orchid Oasis.  The entire card took five minutes to make and most of that time was used to decide what colors I wanted to use.

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Today Is The Day!

Today is the day you can order from the new 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is an amazing catalog that I love.  The new InColors are gorgeous.  My favorite is Orchid Oasis but they are all beautiful.  There is a wide range of products in the catalog so there is something for everyone.  If you like flowers, there are flowers.  If you like critters, there are a lot of those.  There are some fabulous dies that coordinate with stamp sets and a bunch that stand alone.  I love stand alone dies!

If you would like to view the catalog online, then just click on the cover below.

If you place an order under $150 please use the host code in the box below.  You can just click on the box and it should put the host code in your order automatically.  If you order $150 or more, then do you use the host code so that you will get the host benefits on the order.

Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

Tomorrow is a BIG day in the Stampin’ Up!® world!  The new 2022/2023 Annual Catalog begins and I can not wait.  As a Demonstrator I was able to order a few of the products in this catalog but there are so many more I want.  My list is very, very long!

One of the products I could order was the Bottled Happiness Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Vintage Bottle Punch.  If you order both of these items using the bundle item number, you can save 10%.  To be honest, I did not purchase the Bottled Happiness stamp set.  I signed up for a online zoom meeting called OnTour with Stampin’ Up!® and they sent me this stamp set as part of the registration.  I was happy to receive it since it was on my list anyway.  Therefore, all I had to do was order the coordinating punch.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers in Pale Papaya ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. Then I stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green.  I love that the flowers and the leaves are two different stamps making it easier to use two different colors.  Yes, you can color a stamp using multiple colors but putting ink on a stamp using an ink pad is a lot easier.  After I stamped the leaves and flowers I stamped the bottle in Balmy Blue ink.  The Vintage Bottle Punch can be used with the taller bottle in the set.  I layered this on top of a piece of Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green card stock.

After this, I cut out the word “thanks” using the Amazing Thanks dies in Granny Apple Green card stock and adhered it to the card using Multipurpose Glue.  A liquid glue is much easier to adhere small or thin items.  Lastly I ran a Basic White card base through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Painted Texture 3D embossing Folder.  I thought it made it look like the flowers were a piece of art hanging on a stucco wall.

Lastly I added some Elegant Faceted Gems to the centers of some of the flowers.

I am not allowed to post links before the catalog goes live.  I will try to post them tomorrow.

On a side note, today is my eldest son, David’s birthday.  David is an amazing man.  He is one of the most generous people I know.  He has a beautiful wife and two adorable girls.  I am very, very proud of him.  Happy birthday, Big Guy!

 


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