Daffodil Daydream

Stampin Up Daffodil Dream

Daffodil Daydream is another stamp set that is retiring at the end of this month.  I always loved this set because I love daffodils.  They are usually one of the first flowers to pop up in the spring when we lived in Northern New York, giving me hope that the winter would be over soon.  Usually, the only flower that beat them was the crocus which would sometimes be buried in snow so I don’t count it as a sign of spring flower.

I decided to pair the Daffodil Daydream stamp set and the Daffodil Dies with the Framed Florets dies.  Framed Florets is another stamp set with dies that will be retiring at the end of April.  It is too bad because I love the dies in this set.  You can still purchase it until May 1st or when their inventory gets depleted (whichever comes first).

I first decided to stamp the daffodils in Memento Black Ink and color them with Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight Blends.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating Daffodil Dies.  Next, I cut out the two frames in Basic White and Granny Apple Green card stock.  I layered them onto a piece of Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper (which is also retiring) and a Basic White card base.  Then I layered the daffodils on top using Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Altenew.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots (which are being carried over).

Have you noticed lately that I am using lots of embellishments?  I don’t know why but I just forget about them.  I moved them to a place I can see them now which reminds me to use them.  It is a good trick if you have the same problem.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets & Around The Bend

I have been doing a lot of organizing of my stamp area and supplies.  It started because I was looking for something specific and I could not find it anywhere. I realized that it could have been in five or six different spots.  I am not good with chaos and that is how the room was feeling.  I purchased some bins from Amazon, threw out a bunch of things and I sold some.  Now, all my adhesives, embellishments, ribbons, etc. are in one place.  I have a great drawer for all envelopes. My 8,000 pens are together and my card stock is nicely labeled and in alphabetical order by color family.  It feels good to be able to find things easily.  I still have a long way to go but I am getting there.

As a result of this, I am selling some retired products on my blog under a separate page called Retired Products For Sale.  You can click on the page link just above this post. I will be adding more things as I get them photographed and labeled.   If you have any specific requests, let me know.

I made this card using the Framed Florets Bundle and Around The Bend dies.  I just realized as I was writing this blog post that Stampin’ Up! just added a new set of dies called Radiating Stitches as an Online Exclusive product and it matches perfectly with both of these die sets!  I see a new card using them all in my future.

The first thing I did to make this card is cut out all the flowers and leaves.  The card stock colors I used are Orchid Oasis, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.  I love all of these colors together.  I arranged them on a Basic White card base until I liked the way they looked.  Then I took a piece of Press & Seal and layed it on top of all the pieces.  The Press & Seal is a sticky so it picked up all the pieces and kept them exacly how I arranged them.  Then all you need to do is add some adhesive to the back of the pieces, flip them over (carefully) and adhere them to the card base.  I love this little trick that I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  Believe it or not, her husband actually invented Press & Seal!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Framed Florets and cut it out using one of the coordinating dies.  I used the same die to cut out the frame.  I adhered both of them to the card front using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

Don’t forget to take a look at my separate page selling retired products!

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Honeybee Home

Stampin Up Honeybee Home

Things are starting to bloom around Nashville these days.  There are beautiful trees with white and purple flowers and the daffodils are out.  When we lived in Northern New York that wouldn’t happen until May.  That is one of my favorite things about Nashville.  There are actually four whole seasons here.

After looking at all the beautiful blooms I decided to take out the Honeybee Home bundle.  We don’t have bees out quite this early but some of the flowers are ready for them to come.   This bundle includes the stamp set with the same name and the Honeybee Blooms dies.  They are in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and if you use the bundle number to order them, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers and bees in Memento Black ink and colored them using my Polished Pink, Soft Succulent and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Framed Florets Designer Series Paper (retired) and layered it on a Balmy Blue card base.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using one of the Framed Floret dies.  This particular die cuts out the oval frame and the inside at the same time.

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Happiness Abounds

Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

My daughter-in-law, Tara is in charge of a program at Vanderbilt that provides comfort supplies to the end of life patients in the hospital.  One of the items they are looking for are nice, homemade bereavement cards to send to the families.  I was wondering if any of you are willing to send as many sympathy cards as you can to help out her program.  If you can only send one, that is fine.  She would appreciate anything you could do.  If you have friends, family, downline, customers, etc that stamp, would you mind asking them too?  If you can send them with an envelope, that would be great but if not, I will donate a bunch of envelopes to help out.
Please send them to:
Tara Horr
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN  37212
Thanks so much for your consideration.
One of my favorite things that Stampin’ Up!® does lately is to make dies that cut out some of the designs in Designer Series Paper.  The Hues Of Happiness Suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, Coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies, Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and Glossy Dots.  Some of the dies in this suite cut out the leaves and flowers in the DSP.  It is a fun way to way to make a card when you don’t have a lot of time.
To make this card, I first cut out the various flowers and leaves using the dies.  Then, I cut out the frame from the Framed Florets die set in Basic White cardstock.  I layered the frame, flowers and leaves on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock that I had first embossed using the Gingham embossing folder and then onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (which have sold out and therefore, are not available).

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Framed Florets Fun Fold

Stampin Up Framed Florets

I used to make fun fold cards all the time but haven’t in a while.  I have always liked them because they are unexpected and the unexpected is usually such a fun thing to receive.  This particular fun fold is a super easy one.  Here is what it looks like when you open it:

To make this card I first took a standard piece of Basic White card stock (8.5″ x 5.5″) and folded it in half.  Then I used by Paper Trimmer and cut down 2.75″ along the fold and then 4.25″ across the front of the card base.  This cut off the top half of the front of the card.  Next, I just layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Balmy Blue card stock and a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock on the inside section.

To decorate the front, I added a 4″ x 2.5″ piece of Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper.  This paper is not in any catalog.  It was a special back in November and is only available until January 4th or as supplies last.  I have to say I have used it a lot and it has become one of my favorite paper packs.

Then I cut the Framed Floret Dies to cut out the oval in Balmy Blue card stock.  The die that I used cuts out the outside of the oval as well as the inside.  I kept the inside of it to add a backing the the outside oval.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set on a piece of Basic White card stock.  The stamp set is also called Framed Florets. Stampin’ Up! started naming their dies and the stamp sets the same name so I don’t have to remember two different ones (it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy)!  I cut that out using the same die as the Balmy Blue piece.  By the way, the Framed Florets stamp set and dies are in the January – April Mini Catalog and if you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%.  I adhered the Balmy Blue outside oval, the Balmy Blue inside oval and the Basic White inside oval together.  The I put Multipurpose glue on the bottom half of it and adhered it to the front of the card.

Lastly, I cut out the leaf pattern and I stamped the flower in Night Of Navy ink.  I colored the inside of the flower using a Balmy Blue Blends.

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Framed Florets & Free Shipping

Tomorrow, December 15th, Stampin’ Up!® is offering FREE SHIPPING on order of $75 or more! This incredible deal lasts for 24 hours only so don’t miss out!

Back to my regularly scheduled post:

Stampin Up Framed Florets

Last week I was supposed to spend a few days with my youngest son, Zachary and his family.  Unfortunately, Emy came down with the flu so I could not go.  Then Jackson came down with the flu.  Then Zachary came down with it.  I am just waiting for the phone call that Mary now has it.  This season has been a bad one with the flu and RSV everywhere.  Be careful out there!

I wanted to try another masking technique so I decided to use the Split Card Textures dies.  Masking is when you block off sections of your card stock when adding ink to other sections.  Stampin’ Up!® sells Masking Paper which is used to do this technique.  It is sticky on one side and paper on the other.

I first took a piece of Masking Paper and cut it out using one of the Split Card Textures Dies.  I peeled off the backing and adhered it to the corner of a piece of Basic White card stock.  I used a Blending Brush to add Balmy Blue ink to it.  Then I just peeled the Masking Paper up and the ink was only where there was no Masking Paper.

Next, I had a bunch of pieces of the Fitted Florals Designer Series Paper left over from another project.  Fitting Florals DSP was released in November for Demonstrators and in December for customers.  It goes with the Framed Florets Bundle that will be in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog but the paper is only available while supplies last or December 31st (whichever comes first).  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

The Fitting Florets Suite of products will be in the 2023 January – June Mini Catalog.  Occasionally, Stampin’ Up!® will release a product early.  It is perfect for people like me who always look for new and shiny things.  I start to look at all my current products and realize I am ready for something new.  They released this suite on November 1st for Demonstrators and December 1st for customers.  The only thing is, the early release included Fitted Florets Designer Series Paper and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls.  These two products are only available until supplies last or December 31st (whichever comes first) and the Gold Swirls are already gone.  The DSP is gorgeous so if you like it, you need to order it before it runs out.  The dies and the stamp set will be in the new catalog only.

I made this card using the products in the Fitting Florets bundle.  I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Designer Series Paper.  I layered it onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Balmy Blue card stock and a Night of Navy card base.

Next, I used one of the oval dies from the Framed Florets die set two.  I cut one is Polished Pink card stock and one in Balmy Blue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Night of Navy ink on the inside oval of the Balmy Blue and framed it using the outside oval of Polished Pink.  I love how this one die cuts out the two pieces at once.  Next, I stamped the flower in Polished Pink ink onto a piece of Polished Pink card stock and the leaves in Granny Apple Green card stock and ink.  I cut all of these out using the coordinating dies.  I layered them on the card using Dimensionals.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

I am really loving this new collection that Stampin’ Up!® is releasing on November 1st to customers.  As a Demonstrator, we were able to order it early.  It is one of the many perks we get as Demonstrators that I love (that and the great discount we get).  The collection includes a stamp set called Framed Florets, another stamp set called Framed & Festive, coordinating Framed Festive dies (yes, Stampin’ Up!® actually named the dies the same as the stamp set making things much easier!), Fitting Florest Designer Series Paper and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls.

I decided to use this new collection for a wedding card I needed to make.  It is perfect for that.  There are three oval dies included in the dies set.  One cuts out a fancy oval, one cuts out an oval frame and one cuts out the little heart oval on my card.  I used this die on a piece of Basic White card stock and then backed it with a slightly smaller piece of Highland Heather card stock.  Next, I cut out the oval frame in Basic White.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts using Memento Black ink in the center.

After that, I stamped the flower bouquet in Memento Black ink and colored it using Highland Heather, Old Olive and Balmy Blue Blends.  I adhered it to my card using Mini Dimensionals.  I layered everything together on top of a Basic White card base.  Lastly, I added some Opals Rounds.

I think this makes a beautiful wedding card.

I can’t share the links of the Framed Floret Collection until Stampin’ Up!® releases it on November 1st but I did put the links to the other products I used.


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Mystery Parts

We participated in another Mystery Parts.  This is where one of us sends some Stampin’ Up!® products to the others and we make cards out of them.  The only rules are all the parts have to be Stampin’ Up!® products (retired or current) and we have to use all the products sent to us.  We can add some of our own products if we wish.

Here are the Mystery Parts that Laura sent us this month:

Stampin Up Mystery Parts

I am not sure of the names of all the parts but they included a Cherry Cobbler card base, a piece of Basic White card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper (that I can’t find the name of) and a piece of thread.

This is Laura’s card.  She made it into a beautiful Christmas card.

This is Kim’s card.  She used the Plentiful Plants bundle and added some more Designer Series Paper and a cute little button.

Here is Karin’s card.  I love the cute kitchen set she used and all the splatters.

Here is Char’s card.  Char used the other side of the Designer Series Paper!  I love those Split Textures Dies!

This is the card I made.  I also made it into a Christmas card.  To make it I first layered the piece of Designer Series Paper that Laura sent onto the Cherry Cobbler card base.  Then I used the soon-to-be-released stamp set called Framed & Festive for the sentiment and the Framed Florets Die set for the oval.  These are part of the new bundle Stampin’ Up!® will be released to customers on November 1st.  I stamped the trees from the stamp set called Spruced Up in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies also called Spruced Up.  I stamped the present in Cherry Cobbler ink and wrapped the piece of thread that Laura sent us around it.  I adhered these to the card using Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Framed Florets

I love how each card comes out so differently when we do our Monthly Mystery Parts challenges.  Look for another one in November.

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