Christmas Season

Stampin Up Christmas Season

Are you done your Holiday shopping yet?  I am entirely done except for one son.  He is impossible and I don’t even have a single idea of what to get him.  Do you have someone in your family like that?  In any case, all my presents are made or purchased, wrapped and mailed.  Even my Christmas cards are done.  It feels great to be able to just relax and enjoy the rest of the season without running around like a crazy person.  Now, if I can only come up with a present for my son.

This card was not the one I sent this year, although I think it is one of my favorites.  I used this stamp set and dies last year so I figured I should probably do something different this year.  Still, I love this one even better than the one I sent!  It uses the stamp set called Christmas Season.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Seasonal Labels.  The die set cuts out the stamped images and has a lot of label dies to cut out various sentiments.  Both of these are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog so they are not retiring when the Mini Catalog ends in January.  I am pretty sure that it will retire at the end of the Annual Catalog though.

One of the things I love about this set is that it is a two-step stamp set.  This means that it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case, the pinecone was made using two different stamps.  I stamped the outside in Crumb Cake ink and the inside in Soft Suede.  Then, I stamped the berries in Real Red and the leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.  Then, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.

I cut the center rectangle out using the Deckled Rectangle Dies and layered it onto a Crumb Cake card base.  Then I adhered all the leaves, berries and pine cones on top.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Cottage Wreaths in Real Red ink.

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Heron Habitat

Stampin Up Heron Habitat

Last Friday was Grandparents Day at Madelyn’s school. She goes to an amazing public school that has so many activities for the kids and the families to attend during school and after hours.  It was such a nice day.  Rob and I first went to her classroom to meet her teacher and see some of her work. Then we went to an auditorium where the kids came out and sang some songs.  Madelyn was chosen to play the ukulele.  It is so nice of the school to include grandparents.  I posted some photos at the end of this post.

I actually made this card when we were at our cottage on Lake Ontario but forgot to post it.  I found it in my photos of the cards I made but could not find the card itself.   I must have sent it to someone as a birthday card.  I hope I remember all the colors and products I used.  If I forget any, I apologize ahead of time.

When we are at the cottage we see a lot of birds flying around.  There are seagulls, eagles (which are amazing to watch), ducks, swans, geese (not my favorite!), and herons.  The geese are fun to watch right after their goslings are born but once they get bigger, they like to come onto our lawn and make the worst mess ever.  I start off the season running out there and chasing them away.  As time went on, I just had to go outside stand on my deck and they would leave.  They knew not to mess with me!  They are definitely not as cute as when they are first born. Anyway, I knew I had to purchase the Heron Habitat stamp set with the coordinating dies called Heron as soon as I saw it.  By the way, you can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.

I made the background of this card first using the stamp set called Oceanfront.  I stamped the water in Starry Sky and the trees in Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the clouds in Balmy Blue and the seagulls and cattails in Soft Suede ink.  Next, I stamped the heron in Smoky Slate ink. Then, I took a Basic Gray Stampin Write Marker and ran it along the edge of the stamp to make it a little darker.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using a die from the Hydrangea die set.  Lastly, I cut the panel out using the Deckled Rectangles Die Set and layered it on a piece of Mossy Meadow and Orchid Oasis card stock.  The card base is Basic White.

I have to say I love the sentiments in the Heron Habitat stamp set.  It is a nice font and size and they cover just about every occasion.

Here are some photos from Grandparents Day.

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Beauty Of Friendship

Stampin Up Beauty Of Friendship

Beauty Of Friendship is a stamp set that has been around for a while now.  It is a beautiful set that has gorgeous trees and some great all-around sentiments.  It used to have coordinating dies but Stampin’ Up!® retired them for some unknown reason.  It is ok though.  You don’t have to have the dies to make beautiful cards using this stamp set.

To make this card I first stamped the trunk of the tree in Basic Gray Ink and the leaves of the tree in Old Olive.  One thing I love about this set is some of the stamps are DisINKtive stamps.  This means that one stamp creates different opacities which brings depth to the image.  If you look at the leaves of this tree you can see where some leaves are darker than others.  This was created by one stamp.

After I stamped the tree, I cut it out using the Deckled Rectangles dies and I backed it up with a piece of Old Olive card stock.  Then I cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper called Sun Prints also using the Deckled Rectangles.  This DSP is beautiful can is very delicate looking.  I backed that up with another piece of Old Olive card stock.  I adhered all the layers onto a Gray Granite card base.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink and cut it out using a retired banner die.

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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

Emboss Resist is a stamping technique that has been around for a long time but I have not used it in ages.  It is a lot of fun and very easy to do, especially now with our Blending Brushes.  All you need to do this technique is some Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, a Heat Tool and a way to add some color.

To make this card I first stamped the leaf and seedlings in Versamark on Basic White card stock using the Soft Seedling stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 July-December Mini Catalog.  Then I sprinkled some Clear Embossing Powder on top, shook off the excess and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I added some Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink with Blending Brushes. The ink does not change the color of the leaf because I sealed it with the embossing powder.  It looks like I stamped it in white ink.

After adding the color to the card, I cut it out using the Deckled Rectangles dies.  I cut out another using a larger size die in Basic White card stock and adhered both rectangles to a Pumpkin Pie card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments stamp set in Memento Black Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die from Sentiment Silhouettes.  You can purchase the Charming Sentiments stamp set and the Sentiment Silhouettes die set in a bundle and save 10%.


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Art Gallery

Stampin Art Gallery

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery but because they have been in the catalog for a while, there is no bundle discount.  Even without a discount, it is still one of my favorite sets.  One of the great things about this stamp set has lots of nice greetings that you could use for any occasion.

This stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  This means that it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I stamped the first flower using Bermuda Bay ink and the second part of the flower using Pool Party.  I stamped the stem in Granny Apple Green ink and cut them both using the coordinating dies.  I cut two rectangles out using the Deckled Rectangle dies.  One was in Bermuda Bay card stock and the other in Basic White and layered them together.  I glued the flower on top.

Next, I took a piece of Pool Party card stock and ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Hive 3D embossing folder.  I am not exactly sure how it happened, but the card stock must have moved inside it because it got double embossed.  I decided I liked the way it looked so I left it.  I wrapped a piece of Baker’s Twine around it and adhered it to a Pool Party card base.  Then I added the other pieces on top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die. I used Dimensionals to add the sentiment strip to the card. Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.


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Teacup Dies

Stampin Up Cup Of TeaI just wanted to let you know that the next couple of weeks of posts may be shorter than usual.  It is that time of year that I need to start packing up my things to go back to Nashville for the winter.  The cottage is my favorite place to be but it is not winterized which means it would be mightily chilly to live in during the winter months.  Actually, I don’t even think it would be humanly possible to do so.  Therefore, I need to write a few blog posts way ahead of time.  So, I apologize if my posts are short but sweet!

I can not believe it is the last day of August already!  I am not sure where the summer went but it sure flew by.  The saying “days go by slowly but years fly” is definitely a true one.  It is ok though.  Fall is my second favorite season (with summer being my first) because the days are still a bit warm, with cool nights and beautiful colors.

I had a hard time deciding what the title of this post should be.  I used one stamp set, three sets of dies and an embossing folder to make it.  It is not a hard card to make.  It just took a lot of products.  That is ok, though!  I love that you can mix and match Stampin’ Up!® products and they all look so good together.

When I made this card I originally wanted to use the Cup Of Tea stamp set with the coordinating Teacup dies.  As you can see, I just ended up using the dies.  I cut the cup out using the Teacup Dies, Sahara Sand card stock and my Cut & Emboss machine.  Then I cut out the leaf design using Basis White card stock and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is great for attaching die cuts that are thin.  Next, I cut out the leaves using the Forever Flourishing die set in Basic White and Soft Succulent card stock.  I embossed a 3.5″ x 4.74″ piece of Petal Pink cardstock using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I took two of the Deckled Rectangle dies and used them to cut out a frame in Basic White.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Flowers in Sahara Sand ink.  Lastly, I added a piece of white Baker’s twine from the Essentials Pack.

Have a great day!


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