Sweet Citrus

Stampin Up Sweet Citrus

Today’s is one of my best friend’s birthday.  Char and I have been friends for 35+ years.  We actually met because my third and and youngest son had a lot of issues when he was first born so I decided to stay home with him and his brothers.  In order to make ends meet I started a daycare.  Char contacted me and brought her children over and things just blossomed in a life long friendship.  Char is the sweetest, most kind person and I love her dearly.  Plus, she is a downline of mine, which makes it that much better.  This is the card I made for her birthday.  I love how bright the colors are and thought she would love it too.

To make this card, I first used the background stamp called Sketched Plaid.  I stamped it with a new color called Azure Afternoon onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I adhered that to an Azure Afternoon card base.  Azure Afternoon is a beautiful bright blue.  It is darker than Tahitian Tide but lighter than the retired Pacific Point.  I can see using it a lot in my future.

Next, I used the stamp set called Sweet Citrus.  This stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  The first stamp was the outlines of the fruit and the second stamp was the insides.  I actually stamped both images twice – once in Daffodil Delight ink and once in Lemon Lime Twist.  Sweet Citrus has a coordinating die set as well as an embossing folder.  The large die cuts out all the fruit at once.  Then I stamped the leaves in Azure Afternoon ink and cut them out using the die set.  I arranged all the pieces on top of the card.

Lastly, I used the stand alone die set called Wanted To Say.  This is a fun die set that cuts out various words such as “Happy Birthday”, “Celebrate”, “you’re too kind” and “Feel Better Soon”.  Then it has another die that cuts out a background for each of those phrases.  Also included are some miscellaneous dies such as stars, hearts, a flower, a bow and stems.  I cut out the word “Celebrate” in Azure Afternoon and the background in Basic White.  I layered that on top using Dimensionals.

Happy birthday, Char.  I hope you have an amazing day!


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Beautiful Balloons

Stampin Up Beautiful Balloons

Next week my entire family will be going to the Outer Banks for a family reunion/anniversary celebration of Rob and I being married 40 years.  First let me say that it doesn’t seem possible that it was 40 years ago but it was.  The exciting part though, is that it will be the first time in a very long time that all of my sons, their wives and our grandchildren will be together.  Some of the grandchildren have not even met the others (mostly due to their ages) and I am very excited that will happen.  We are going to have a photographer to take photos on the beach of all of us.  I am sure I will have lots of photos and news to share when we get back.

The card I made could be used for a birthday or an anniversary celebration.  I used a new suite from the Annual Catalog called Bright & Beautiful.  It includes the stamp set and dies called Beautiful Balloons, Bright and Beautiful 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, and Gold Celebrations 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper.

To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Bright & Beautiful DSP to an Azure Afternoon card base.  Next, I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the Radiating Stitches dies.  I stamped the three balloons in Azure Afternoon, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lolly ink and then cut them out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the ballon strings in Berry Burst ink and then layered the balloons on top using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.

Next, I used the die set called Wanted To Say for the sentiment and stars.  The stars cut out a bunch of stars that are all attached so I just cut them apart.  I love this new die set because it cuts out the words as well as the background for the words.


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Paper Florist Dies

Stampin Up Paper Florist Dies

Rob and I are finally pretty much settled into cottage life.  We spent most of this week unpacking, putting things away and waiting for the sunsets to start.  Unfortunately, most nights have been cloudy so there have not been beautiful sunsets but that is ok.  I know there are many to come.  In the meantime I was able to unpack my stamp supplies and make a couple of cards.

I made this card using a lot of new products in the 2023/2024 Stampin’ Up!®  Annual Catalog.  It is always fun to use new products and figure out how each of them work.  Sometimes the dies can be a little complicated but in this case everything was pretty easy.

I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Painted Textures 3D embossing folder.  I layered that on a Fresh Freesia card base.  Next, I used a new set of dies called Paper Florist Dies and cut out a bunch of the shapes using a lot of different colors.  You can see the color I used below this post.  Each of the flowers take a couple of different dies and you can mix and match them if you want to.  I put all the flowers together using Multipurpose Glue.  I only put the glue in the center of each layer so I could curl the edges uses my bone folder.

Next, I used a new stamp set from the Annual Catalog called Layering Leaves.  This stamp set coordinated with the Bough Punch.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder and my Heat Tool.  Then I cut it out using another new die set called Nested Essentials Dies.  Lastly, I added an extra die cut to the corner of the sentiment.

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Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

Well, it has been quite an adjustment to leave Nashville and arrive in Northern New York.  Nashville temperatures were in the 80’s when we left.  Northern New York temperatures are in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Although that doesn’t seem really cold, it is when you are used to the 80’s.  Luckily we have lots of blankets and some heat in the cottage.  It takes a while for it to warm up, but it is better than nothing.  Oh, and there has been no snow (like it was last year when we arrived)!

I used the stamp set and dies called Around The Bend to make this card.  It is a fun stamp set with some bendy (yes, that is a word according to Google) images which the dies cut around.  If you look at my card you can see the Night Of Navy bendy line with the dots underneath it.  That is one stamp and then the die follows the bends and cuts out a scalloped edge around the dots.  There are also some extra dies in the set that cut out flowers, leaves and a big die that cuts out leaves for a corner.  I stamped the line and dots on a 5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Basic White card stock and then cut it out.

After that I cut out a 5.25″ c 2.4″ piece of the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.  I adhered that to a Basic White card base and then the first piece I cut on top of that.  Next, I cut out a  5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Boho Blue card stock using another die that cut out the stitched curve and the various dots at the same time.  I layered that on top of the card.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from the Stylish Shapes die set.  I added that to the card and thought I was done but I noticed that the sentiment needed a little more so I cut out a Night Of Navy flower and Old Olive leaves.

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Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up!®  is the encouragement we all get to share designs with everyone.  Stampin’ Up!®, other Demonstrators and customers share their creations with each other and it is ok to use those designs on cards that you make.   It is called CASEing (Copy & Share Everything).  If you do CASE someone else’s design, the polite thing to do is give that person credit.  I CASEd this card from another demo, Connie Stewart.  I did change my design up a bit but it was based on a card she made.

The card I made is a fun fold.  This is what it looks like when you lift up the top piece.

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Then you can open the middle piece which looks like this:

I have been trying to make cards to show you the new colors Stampin’ Up!®  offers.  So far, I have used Moody Mauve, Copper Clay, Pebbled Path, Boho Blue, Lost Lagoon and Pretty Peacock.  I used Lemon Lolly and Pecan Pie for this card.

First, I took a 4.24″ x 11″ piece of Lemon Lolly card stock and folded it in half.  Then I cut out the center front using the Scalloped Contour dies which made the window.  Then I cut Basic White card stock with a larger die from the same set and then cut that piece again using a smaller die to make the frame around the window.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink and cut it out using a 1 1/4″ circle punch (retired) and layered it on a piece of Old Olive card stock that I had punched out using a 1 3/8″ scalloped punch (retired).  I adhered that to the corner of the window using Multipurpose Glue.  You have to be careful to only put the glue in one corner.

Next I cut a 4″ x 10.5″ piece of Old Olive card stock and folded it in half.  I adhered that to the inside of the Lemon Lolly card.  I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the daisies from the Cheerful Daisies stamp set in Lemon Lolly ink, the leaves in Old Olive and the flower centers in Pecan Pie.  I used a splatter stamp from Artistically Inked to add some Boho Blue splatters.

The last thing I did was stamp a daisy and center on the inside of the card.  It was a very simple card to make.  Thanks Connie for sharing your ideas.

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Petal Park

Stampin Up Petal Park

I placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up!®  2023/2024 Annual Catalog on May 2nd.  I have to admit I did expedite the order because Stampin’ Up!®  has had so many awesome deals (discounts on retiring things and a free shipping day) so receiving an order has taken a long time.  Although, I did get my order, I have not been able to play with it yet.  I spent last week taking care of some of my grandchildren while their parents were away and immediately after that I went to see my other son’s family in Alabama.  All that pretty stuff I got has been sitting there untouched and unloved.  Hopefully this week, I will be able to show you some creations using the new (amazing) products.

In the meantime, I did make a card using some of the new Designer Series Paper I was able to order in April.  It is gorgeous paper using lots of blue including Balmy Blue, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight and Night Of Navy.  It is called Countryside Inn and is part of the Countryside Inn Suite Collection.

To make this card, I first cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of this DSP and layered it on a Boho Blue card base.  Next, I used the Scalloped Contours dies with Basic White card stock and layered it on top.  I stamped the flowers from the Petal Park stamp set in Night Of Navy and Boho Blue ink.  This stamp set is a two-step set where it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case the outline of the flowers is one stamp and the inside is another.  I punched the flowers out using the coordinating Petal Park Punch.  Next I took the two leaves stamps (one for the inside of the leaves and one for the outside) and stamped them in Old Olive.  Then, I layered the flowers on top using Dimensionals.  I used the stamp set called Artistically Inked to stamp the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from Stylish Shapes. Lastly, I added some Decorative Matter Dots.

Let’s hope I can find time later this week to play with my new products. I can’t wait!

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Alphabet A La Mode

Stampin Up Alphabet A La Mode

I have to admit I am color challenged.  I know the obvious common colors you can put together (like blue, green and yellow) but when it comes to mixing things up, I fail terribly. That is one of the great things about Stampin’ Up!®.  They use different colors in the Designer Series Paper that I would not normally put together.  So if you ever get stuck on what colors look good with other colors, just look at the DSP and you will get lots of ideas.

To make this card, I first layered a 2″ x 5.5″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper  on a 2.25″ v 5.5″ piece of Daffodil Delight on a Pool Party card base.  Next, I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the Radiating Stitches Dies and layered that on top.  These dies are part of the Online Exclusive products.

I cut out the letters HAPPY four times using the Alphabet a La Mode dies and Blackberry Bliss card stock and layered them on top of each other.  I cut them out so many times because I wanted them to stick out and the letters are too thin to use Dimensionals.  They were very easy to line up.  The candle is from the set of dies called Sentiment Silhouettes.  I used Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Daffodil Delight for the colors.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  Originally the stamp say “happy birthday” but I masked off the word “happy” using some tape.  If you don’t know what masking means, it is when you cover part of a stamp with a Post-It Note or some tape, ink up the stamp, remove the mask and stamp.  The tape blocks any ink from getting on the part you don’t want.  I have heard that some people cut their stamps apart (gasp!!) but that would give me hives so I use the masking technique instead.


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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

Rob and I went to a Luke Combs concert last week in Nashville.  He had Riley Green and Lainy Wilson open for him.  It was an awesome concert.  It was close to being my favorite concert of all time.  Luke doesn’t need to add fancy stuff to his concerts.  He just stands up there and belts it out.  He was amazing and I highly recommend going to see him.

The concert was at Nissan Stadium.  Rob and I decided to go early and tailgate in the parking lot before the show.  It was a simple tailgate.  We just had some snacks and some drinks and relaxed under the shade of a tree. They had live music playing near us, with food trucks and beer tents.  It was lots of fun!

There are only a few more days left to purchase the Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring.  A lot of things have already sold out but there are still plenty of wonderful products left.  May 1st is the last day you will be able to purchase them.

I decide to use a few of the retiring colors (Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, and So Saffron) on my card.  The first thing I did was take a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Then I embossed it using the one the Basics 3D embossing folders that are part of the Online Exclusive products.  I layered that on an Evening Evergreen card base.  Next, I cut a piece of Basic White card stock with the Scalloped Contours Dies and layered that on top.

Next, I cut the flowers and leaves using the Dainty Delight Dies with Evening Evergreen and So Saffron card stock.  The dies, along with the Dainty Delight stamp set are in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog.  They are being carried over into the new Annual Catalog that begins on May 2nd but you will not be able to get the 10% discount after May 1st.

The sentiment is from Altenew.  I stamped it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut the ends using the Banners Pick-A-Punch and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.

Farewell So Saffron, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.  You’ve been good to me!

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Sweet Citrus

Stampin Up Sweet Citrus

Lately, I have been focusing on products that are retiring so if you like them you can purchase them before they retire.  Now, so many products are already gone, I decided I needed to focus on products that are carrying over and still available.  Even though you will be able to purchase these items, you may not get the same price once the new catalog starts.  If a bundle carries over, you will not get the 10% discount for purchasing them together.  Stampin’ Up! only offers the discount the first time a bundle is in the catalog.  If they carry over, the bundle discounts disappear.

Sweet Citrus is one of those bundles that lose the discount.  It includes the stamp set, the coordinating dies and an embossing folder.  By the way, I love that Stampin’ Up! is no longer naming the stamp set one thing and the dies or embossing folder another name.  It certainly makes it a lot easier to remember all the names.

Sweet Citrus is a two-step stamp set where it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case, the rinds are one stamp and the inside is another.  The nice thing is both of them stamp all three images at once.  Then the coordinating die cuts them apart.  I stamped both of them in Daffodil Delight ink before cutting them out.  Next, I stamped the leaves three times in Garden Green ink and cut them out using the die.

I cut out a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ piece of Garden Green card stock and a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper.  This paper will be retiring on May 1st.  As of this writing, it is still available but things change quickly so I apologize if it is gone already.  Next, I cut a piece of Garden Green and Basic White card stock using the Deckled Rectangles dies.  I layered everything onto a Basic White card base.  I layered the leaves and the lemons on top.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink.

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Artistic Dies

Stampin Up Artistic Dies

Stampin’ Up!®  makes some great dies to go along with their stamp sets.  They usually always cut out the stamped images but then they add some extra dies in the set.    They add a fun shape, some label dies or extra images.  The stamp set called Artistically Inked has coordinated dies called Artistic.  This die set has a couple of added dies. I decided to use one of them on this card.

The first thing I did was cut out the flower image in Basic White card stock.  Because I used just plain white, I wanted the background to be colorful.  I cut six 4″ x .75″ strips of card stock using Bermuda Bay (I am sad this one is no longer available because it sold out already), Coastal Cabana and Pool Party.  I adhered them to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I cut the entire thing out using the Deckled Rectangle Dies.  After that, I ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine using one of the Basic 3D embossing folders to give it some texture.  These folders are part of the Online Exclusive products.  I adhered this piece to a Basic White card base and glued the die cut on top using Multipurpose Glue.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  This stamp set will also be retiring on May 2nd.

Lastly, I added some Opaque Adhesive-Backed Gems.

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