Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

I have to say that of all the stamps that are in the June – December Mini Catalog, Soft Seedlings is my favorite.  I love leaf stamps and I really like DisINKtive stamps.  If you don’t know DisINKtive stamps, each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp, bringing depth to the image.  If you look at the leaves above you can see where the middle section is lighter than the edges.  That was done by the stamp and not because I didn’t ink it enough.  The sad part is this stamp set will be retiring when the mini catalog ends on January 4th so if you like it, you should purchase it before it is gone for good.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Blackberry Bliss ink.  Blackberry Bliss is not one of the colors I usually use.  I am not sure why because it is a gorgeous color.  Unfortunately, there is not a coordinating die with this stamp set so I had to fussy cut it out.  It wasn’t hard to do since most of the lines are pretty straight.  Just don’t look too closely.  Next, I used the Dots & Spots background die to cut out a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered everything on top of a Blackberry Bliss card base.  I added some Gold Swirls, which are not available anymore since they sold out.  Sorry, I had made this card before they were gone.

The sentiment is a hot foil die from PinkFresh.  I adhered it to my card using Dimensionals.

There is only one month left to purchase things from the June – July Mini Catalog.  Most of the products in this catalog are retiring so don’t miss out on your favorites.  If you would like to see the retiring list click HERE.

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Cottage Wreaths

Stampin Up Cottage Wreath

It has been a couple of busy weeks for us and will probably continue for a while.  As you know, we left the cottage and we are now in Nashville.  Then Rob left for a week for a conference in Austin.  I spent the week putting our belongings away and setting up my stamp room.   Last weekend was my grandson’s (Jackson’s) second birthday.  My son and his family live in Montgomery, Alabama so we went there to celebrate. This week my other grandson, Nolan, has no school so he has been spending his time with me (which has been a lot of fun).  Then this coming weekend is Nolan’s fifth birthday.  I did manage to make a couple of cards in between all of that.

I made this card using the stamp set called Cottage Wreaths.  This stamp set is in the July – December Mini Catalog and there is a set of coordinating dies called Country Wreaths.  If you use the bundle item number when ordering you can save 10%.  I first stamped the wreath in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.  Then I used the Dots & Spots die to cut out the berries and the bow in Real Red card stock.  I used the Split Textures dies set to cut out a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock.  This is one of my favorite background dies because it adds so much interest to your card.  I layered everything on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Soft Succulent card stock and an Evening Evergreen card base.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

This is another card we made when some of my friends came to stamp at our cottage.  It is another example of showing them a stand-alone die that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  We all see the bundles that include a stamp set and a coordinating die set but we often miss the dies that do not have a stamp set bundled with it.  There are quite a few of them in the catalog and I love them all.  In the case of this card, we used the Dots & Spots Die for the background.  This is a one-die product that cuts out all the polka dots.  What is the best part of this die??  It is offered as FREE with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-bration!  Just make sure you use the item number 163098 and not the item number in the catalog.

To make this card I first used the Dots & Spots die on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered this on an Orchid Oasis card base.  Next, I used the Fabulous Frames die set to cut out the frame in Parakeet Party card stock and another one in Basic White for the center.  This die set is sold alone but it does coordinate with the stamp set called Good Feelings but is not a bundle.

Next, I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles and the coordinating die set called Sending Dies (and, yes!  You can save 10% in a bundle).  I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party on the inside piece of the Basic White piece I cut out earlier.  Then I stamped the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Tahitian Tide ink with a Daffodil Delight center and cut them out using the appropriate dies.  I layered these flowers on top of the stem using Dimensionals.  Then I adhered it to the center of the Parakeet Party frame.

Next, I cut out the word “sending” in Tahitian Tide card stock and the base of the word in Basic White.  Be careful to look for that tiny little dot for the “i”.  I have to say I did lose it once and all I did was cut off the area where the dot would go from the background piece.  You would never realize it was missing.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Tahitian Tide and cut it out using the coordinating die.

Don’t forget to take a closer look at the Cut & Emboss section in the catalog for some of those stand-alone dies.  There are quite a few fun ones!

Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

As most of you know we have a lake cottage that we spend the summers at.  It is definitely our happy place.  Not only do we have a beautiful view with gorgeous sunsets, but we also have the best neighbors ever!  We have our own Facebook page and last year we formed our own yacht club called the Three Mile Bay Yacht Club.  Well, the Commodore of the Yacht Club has a birthday today so I wanted to wish Peter a very happy birthday.  I know he is going to have a terrific day because he must have 30 family members all visiting.  The shore is a busy place (and we love every minute of it!)!  I am sure there will be a lot of “getting into the spirit” this weekend!

To make this card I first stamped all the bottles from the stamp set called Bottled Happiness.  Then I cut them all out using the Vintage Bottle Punch.  You can get the punch and the stamp set together in a bundle to can save 10%.  The colors I used for this card are Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Highland Heather, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis. Starry Sky, Mint Macaron and Fresh Freesia.  I know that is a lot of colors but I think they all look so pretty together.  Next, I tied a piece of white Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack around three of the bottle necks.  I layered them on top of a piece of Basic White card stock that I had run through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Dots & Spots Die and on top of a piece of Orchid Oasis card stock.  The card base is Pool Party.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink onto a strip of Basic White card stock.

Happy birthday, Peter!  I hope you have a terrific day!

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