Honeybee Home

Stampin Up Honeybee Home

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with bees.  I love bees because they pollinate the flowers and they are good for the environment, etc but I get stung by those critters a few times every summer.  We have a lot of clover in our yard.  They hide in the clover and when I walk in our yard they get into my sandals and sting me on the foot or toes and it hurts a lot but there is something about bees and stamping that makes me want to buy the sets.  They are just so darn cute!

I made this card for my friend, Char’s birthday.  She has a beautiful backyard with a pond and wildflowers so I thought it was fitting.  The stamp set I used is called Honeybee Home.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Honeybee Blooms (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle). The first thing I did was stamp all the flowers in Old Olive ink and color them using my Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.  Next, I cut out the grass and other plants using Old Olive cardstock.  I layered them on a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White cardstock.  Next, I cut out the “mound” using the Basic Border Dies. I like how it adds the stitching along the top.  Then I cut out a 1/2″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the sentiment.  Lastly, I stamped the bees in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

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Sweet As a Peach

Stampin Up Sweet As A Peach

Last year Rob and I discovered The Peach Truck.  The Peach Truck comes up from Georgia and sells the most delicious peaches I have ever had.  My friend, Buffy always talks about how delicious the peaches her father would grow were and I always though eh, peaches are ok but not the best fruit I have ever had.  Of course, I only tried peaches from the grocery store.  Well, now I know what she was talking about.  Those Georgia peaches are so juicy and sweet.  You have to eat them over a sink because the juice just drips.  They are just yummy!  I can’t wait until The Peach Truck arrives this spring!

You’re A Peach is another great suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  What makes it even better is you can purchase the Sweet As A Peach stamp set and the Peach Dies for 20% during the month of March.  This suite also includes You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper and Mini Jam Jars.  You are are into making jams or jellies these Mini Jars are adorable.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves of the peach tree in Granny Apple Green ink on a 4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I inked up the peaches and flowers using Pale Papaya ink.  I took my Calypso Coral Stampin Write Marker and colors the edges of the peach stamp and the middle of the flower stamp before stamping on card stock.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I cut a 4″ x 2.75″ piece of You’re A Peach DSP.  Then I decided that I wanted to do something different.  I ended up using one of the Basic Borders dies and cut the Basic White piece of card stock that had the leaves on it to cut the stitched scallops.  I did the same with a piece of Calypso Coral and Pale Papaya card stock and layered them all together on the piece of DSP.  I wrapped the 1/2″ Pale Papaya & White ribbon along the bottom and adhered everything to a Calypso Coral card base.

I also wanted to remind you that the 2020/2022 Incolors will be retiring on May 2nd.  If they run out of stock prior to that, they will not be restocking them.  These colors include Bumble Bee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade (my favorite), Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.  If you like these colors then you need to purchase them before they run out because once they are gone, they are gone for good. 



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Hand Penned Petals

Stampin Up Hand Penned Petals

Hand Penned is a Suite in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set called Hand-Penned Petals, the coordinating dies called Penned Flowers (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), Hand Penned Designer Series Paper, and Genial Gems.  It is a beautiful suite full of gorgeous hand drawn flowers and lovely sentiments.

When I decide to make a card I usually go through my stamp sets to see which one I want to use.  Once in a while I go through my die sets to decide.  In this case, I chose the Penned Flowers Dies to see what I could make using them and not the stamp set.  It is kind of backwards but a fun thing to do every now and then.  Then I decided what colors I wanted to use.  I decided on Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent.  These are three of the newest InColors.

To make this card I first cut out the various flowers and leaves in this die set.  Then I played with them by putting them in different positions until I found a pattern I liked.  I have to say, this took me a while to figure out.  I am kind of a symmetrical person so I needed some balance doing this.  After I decided I liked them they way they were, I placed a piece of Press ‘N Seal over them so they would stay in place.  If you haven’t tried this, you should.  The Press ‘N Stick is sticky on one side so it keeps your pieces all in place.  You lay it over the pieces and press down and they stick to it.  Then you can pick up the pieces and turn them over to add adhesive (such as Multipurpose Glue).  Then you just turn it back over on top of a piece of cardstock, press them down and then gently lift the Press ‘N Seal off. It is a wonderful invention for card makers (ever though it is supposed to be used in the kitchen)

After I did this I used one of the Basic Borders dies to cut the Basic White card stock at an angle.  I did the same with a piece of Fresh Freesia cards stock and layered them together.  I ran a Pale Papaya card base through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Subtle Embossing Folder to give it some texture.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach in Fresh Freesia Ink.


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Biggest Wish

Hello everyone!  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a masculine card.  These are always the hardest for me.  Maybe it is because I love flowers so much and flowers don’t necessarily go with masculine cards.

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I first decided I wanted to use the Basic Borders Dies for my card.  I cut out five strips using these dies.  I made two in Basic White and one each in Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy.  I layered them together onto a 2.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Smoky Slate card stock.

Then I decided to use the stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love this stamp set because the sentiments are all large ones.  I stamped Happy Birthday in Night Of Navy ink using my Stamparatus in case I didn’t ink them enough the first time.  The Stamparatus allowed you to stamp in the exact same position as many times as you need to make a solid image.

Then I still felt like the card needed something.  I just received my Turtle Punch that was still sitting on my desk after making a birthday card for someone in this challenge (shhhh) so I pulled out the stamp set and saw the bird and thought it fit perfectly.

Now let’s go see what masculine cards Jackie and Buffy made.  I have to tell you that Jackie is the expert at masculine cards.

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Use That Designer Series Paper!

Remember how I have been talking about using all that gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper?  Well, I am still trying to do that.  The hard part is SU keeps coming out with beautiful patterns in every catalog which, of course I have to purchase but I still trying really hard to get myself to cut that paper and use so here are two more simple and easy cards I made using some.

Stampin Up Sweet Ice Cream

This first card using the Host Bundle of Designer Series Paper called Pattern Party.  This is an amazing pack of paper that you can get with a qualifying order.  It has 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper.  There are colorful patterns on one side and black and white designs on the other.

To make this top card I just adhered the Blushing Bride piece of DSP onto a Basic White card base.  Then I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and a different piece of DSP using the Basic Borders dies (I love these dies) and layered them on top.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet Ice Cream on a 3″ x 1 1/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.  Then I cut a full piece of Poppy Parade card stock using the same die.  I adhered them together and used Dimensionals to place them on the card.  Lastly I added a couple of leaves from Pierced Blooms in Granny Apple Green card stock.

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I used Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my second card.  This was also super easy to make.  I adhered the flower piece of DSP on top of the Fresh Freesia checked piece and then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I glued the bottom piece of a Basic White card base and then used a Foam Adhesive Sheet to layer the cut out piece so it is popped which adds dimension.  I stamped the larger sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia ink and the smaller one in Gorgeous Grape and then cut that out using another Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that on top.

This is my birthday week.   So, in honor of my birthday, I am offering 10% Off on all orders over $50 if you use the Host Code VMJYKYCW.  Just click in the box below and it will take you to my website and automatically enter the Host Code for you.   If your order is larger than $150 DO NOT use the Host Code so you can get the host benefits yourself but I will still give you the discount. You can order online and I will rebate you the discount by PayPal or I can send you a check in the mail.  This offer is good until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 29, 2021.



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Beauty Of Friendship

Stampin Up Beauty Of Friendship

Stampin’ Up!® makes the most beautiful dies that sometimes the only thing you need for a card is a sentiment from a stamp set.  In the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog there is aSuite called Beauty Of The Earth.  This suite includes a stamp set, dies, Designer Series Paper and an embossing folder. I made this card using the Beautiful Trees Dies that are included in this suite.  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set called Beauty Of Friendship (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).

To make this card I first layered the green piece of Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper onto a Misty Moonlight card base.  The I used a die from the Basic Borders to add the arch on the piece of Balmy Blue DSP and adhered that to the card base.  I love how the DSP looked like grass and the sky so I didn’t have to do anything else.  Then I cut out the trunk of the tree in Early Expresso, the background of the leaves in Mossy Meadow and the detail of the leaves in Old Olive cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight in and cut it out using the coordinating die.  It was such an easy card to make but I love how it came out.

I told you the other day that my son, Sam and his daughter, Madelyn came up for a week visit.  Prior to them coming I would talk to Madelyn on the phone and tell her all the fun things we were going to do when she got here.  She could jump in the lake, swim, go fishing, go for a boat ride and ride on the jet ski.  I picked them up at the airport and we got back to the cottage about 5 PM.  Madelyn jumped out of the car, immediately put on her bathing suit and wanted to do ALL those things immediately!  We managed to jump in the lake, swim around and go fishing but that was about it before dinner.  She literally ran from one thing to the next.  The funny thing is she did that all day, every day, until the day she left!  Even that morning she managed to do some swimming and fishing.  Whew!  Young energy is very tiring! 

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Sweet Strawberry

Stampin Up Sweet Strawberry

After a long hiatus, the Stampin’ Up!® Sweet Strawberry Bundle is back in stock.  It was so popular, it sold out quickly and due to COVID, it was unorderable for a long time.  I am so excited it is finally back because I love this bundle. The Sweet Strawberry Bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Strawberry Builder Punch.  If you purchase both in the bundle, you can save 10%!

The stamps in this set are two step stamps which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  The strawberries actually take three stamps – the outline, the inside and the little strawberry dots (or whatever they are called).  I did not use the outline stamp on my strawberries on this card.  I first stamped the strawberries in Poppy Parade ink and then stamped the dots in Soft Suede. Then I punched them out using the Strawberry Builder Punch.  I stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink and the flowers in Fresh Freesia and punched them out using the same punch.  The punch actually cuts out four separate images.  I stamped the outline of the background leaves on a piece of Basic White card stock and then layered everything on top.  I used one of the Basic Border Dies to cut the stitched zigzag design.  Then I layered this on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called In Bloom.

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Biggest Wish

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

This simple card was made using lot of fun new products in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  Let’s start with the sentiment.  It is from a new stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love that it has big, bold words.  There are five large words in capital letters which include happy, birthday, thanks, hello and friend.  Then it has five lower case stamps using the same words so you can mix and match them.

I stamped the words on a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut it out using the new Tailor Made Tags Dies.  This set of dies has eight different sized tags in two different styles.  It also has two dies that cut out a circle or half circle to surround the hole.

The Designer Series Paper I used is part of the Host offerings that you can earn for free.  It is called Pattern Party.  It has a whooping 48 double sided 12″ x 12″ sheets of paper ( four each of 12 different designs).  There are some sheets that have black and white designs and some with beautiful colors. This product is not available to buy.  You can only get it through hostess benefit.  Place a $150 or more and you can use $18 of your reward money to get it for free.

The last new product I used on this card are the Basic Border Dies.  I love these dies and you will see them a lot.  They cut out six different borders such as the stitched zig zag one I used, as well as a chevron, rounded, cloud, and two other.

To make the card I first stamped the word happy in Pale Papaya ink and then birthday in Poppy Parade.  Then I cut it out using one the of Tailor Made Tags Dies.  I colored White Baker’s Twine using my Pale Papaya and Poppy Parade Blends.  I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade and Pattern Party paper using one of the Basic Borders Dies.   I adhered the tag to the card using Dimensionals.


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Sweet Ice Cream & A Sneak Peek

Stampin Up Sweet Ice cream

Tomorrow is a very big day in the Stampin’ Up!® world.  It is the first day of the brand new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  This catalog is packed with new, amazing products that you are going to love.

The Fun Fold card I made today uses a stamp set that was in the 2021 January – June Catalog called Sweet Ice Cream.  This stamp set has a coordinating punch called Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.  The stamp set and punch did carry over into the new Annual Catalog but the 10% Bundle discount did not BUT since the Mini Catalog is available until June, you can still get the savings if you order it before the Mini Catalog expires.

To make this card I first stamped the ice cream scoops in Fresh Freesia (a brand new InColor that will be available to purchase tomorrow) and Highland Heather inks.  I stamped the spindles in Gorgeous Grape for the Highland Heather scoops and Highland Heather on the Fresh Freesia scoop.   I stamped the ice cream cone in Crumb Cake Ink and the cross hatches in Soft Suede. Then I punched them all out using the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

Now comes the fun Sneak Peek part of the card.  I layered all the scoops and cone onto a piece of Basic White card stock and then cut out the scalloped stitched edge using a new set of dies that are in the Annual Catalog coming out tomorrow called Basic Borders.  There are 6 border dies in this set and I love them!  There is a chevron, a rounded, a cloud,  a fancy zigzag and a regular zigzag die in the bundle and they all have stitching on them.  I cut out another piece of Highland Heather card stock using the die too.

I folded a 8.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock in half and then cut off a 1.75″ piece off one side.  Then I layered the piece of Highland Heather card stock that I cut out using the Basic Border die and then the piece of Basic White cardstock with the ice cream cone on it.   Only the Highland Heather part open ups.  I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink on the Fresh Freesia card base.

Remember, today is the last day to buy the retiring products and the Bundle discount on some of the products carrying over!  

After today they will be gone for good!

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