Once again my friends, who also happen to be my Stampin’ Up!® downline got together to do another Mystery Parts Challenge. This is where one of us send the others card parts and we have to make a card using them. We have to use all of the parts they send but we can also add our own. It is such fun!
Here are the Mystery Parts that Karin sent us.
Karin sent us a piece of Basic White card stock for the card base. Then she added a piece of Basic Black card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper that was a Sale-a-bration offering, some Daffodil Delight twine and some white enamel dots.
Here is the card I made using these parts.
I could not decide which side of the of the Designer Series Paper I wanted to use so I decided to use both side. I cut the 4″ x 5.25″ piece diagonally and then each of those pieces diagonally again. Then I layered them on the Basic White card base. I punched out the daisy using the Daisy Punch twice and layered them together by putting a bit of Multipurpose Glue in the center. That way I could curl up the petals a bit. I punched a small circle out of the Basic Black card stock that she included. Next I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Biggest Wish onto a piece of Basic White card stock using Just Jade ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends. I colored the white enamel dots using my Daffodil Delight dark Stampin Blends and made a bow using the Daffodil Delight twine.
Here is Char’s card:
Although this Designer Series Paper is retired, there are a lot of other packs available at 15% during the month of August.
Friend Like You is one of those stamp sets that I loved the first time I saw it. It has a great font. There are a few of the sentiments that are larger (everyone knows I love large sentiments) and it is a two step stamp set which is always fun. A two step stamp set is where you use two stamps to make one image. The palm trees and the grass are both images that use two stamps. The sentiment I used on this card is perfect for these times where you can’t see your friends but you want to keep in touch by sending a card. Plus, Friend Like You has coordinating dies called Friendly Silhouettes Dies. Sadly this stamp set and coordinating dies are retiring on May 2nd so if you like it, you should order it before it is gone for good.
To make this card, I first stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink. Pretty Peacock is one of the InColors that will be retiring this year. Then I cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends. I backed that with a Granny Apple Green die cut that is one size bigger than the sentiment one. Before I adhered them together I decided to add a little dimension around the edge of the Granny Apple Green one. I saw someone do this on the internet somewhere. I am sorry I did not make note of who it was, but I thought this idea was brilliant.
To make the ridge around the die, first die cut it the regular way. Then put the die cut back into the die and turned it over. Then run your stylus around the inside edge of the die slowly. I used my stylus from my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.
It will look like this afterwards.
When you pop it out of the die it gives a nice, even edge around the outside. If you look closely you can see it in the photograph of the card above.
After this, I took a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ of Basic White cardstock and used a die from the set called Christmas Layers in one corner and then, again in the other corner. Christmas Layers is another die set that will be retiring at the end of this catalog. I layered that onto a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock that is just a wee bit smaller. Then I adhered that to a Pretty Peacock card base. After putting everything together I felt like it still needed something so I added some Seaside Spray flowers cut from another die in the Hippo & Friends set.
Sometimes, actually quite often, I get stuck in my creativity. I try to put the vision I have for a card in my head onto the paper and it just doesn’t work. My garbage can is full of cards that did not turn out how I imagined. Sometimes I can fix them by adding something but sometimes it is just a hopeless mess. This is when I turn to Stampin’ Up!® catalogs for inspiration. The artists who work at Stampin’ Up!® make amazing cards so it is a great place to go when you need a little boost. It is called CASEing which mean Copy And Share Everything and it is encouraged to do.
I found this card on page 32 of the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and got my inspiration from it.
I loved how they cut down the big word die in the Floral Die set which says “”just want to say” and just used the word “just” and then hid the word “I’m” from the sentiment that says “I’m Thinking Of You” under the “j” and then put is on a piece of Basic White cardstock that was cut with a die.
To make my card I also used a piece of the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper on a Basic White card base. I tied a piece of White Baker’s Twine around the DSP three times before adhering it to the card base. Then I added a piece of Vellum on top top of it to soften or blur the look of the bright colors on the DSP. Vellum is a little tricky to add because you can see the adhesive underneath if you are not careful. To help prevent that I took a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive and put in in the middle of the back of the Vellum. That way the die cut covered it. I also added a Glue Dot in each corner to keep it down.
After that, I cut the word “just” from the Floral Gallery Die set in Poppy Parade cardstock. I masked the “I’m” part of the sentiment using Washi Tape, then inked up the rest of the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink, tore off the masking and stamped it onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock. I cut that out using a die from the Always Dies set. I cut out the background using a die from Hippo & Friends in Basic White cardstock and layered everything on top of the Vellum.
CASEing a card is great but you need to make it your own by changing it a bit. It is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in the world of stamping so don’t be afraid to do it. If you post it online, you just need to give credit to the original artist.
Every time a new Stampin’ Up!® catalog comes I get so involved in it I forget there is an Annual Catalog full of wonderful products. I seem to always keep the new products in front of me and the older ones get lost in the shuffle. The other day I went through some of the older products and pulled out the stamp set called Timeless Tropical. This stamp set has coordinating dies (although I didn’t use them on this card) too.
To make this card I first colored the palm tree stamp using the Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ ® Write Markers. Markers are a great way to get two or more colors on your stamp. After coloring them you “huff” (or breathe heavily) on them to reactivate the ink. After stamping them I cut them out using a die from the Hippo & Friends die set. I stamped the sentiment using Cinnamon Cider ink and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels. Then I layered both images on top of a Just Jade stitched rectangle.
The Designer Series Paper is from the InColor 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Assortment.
I know I promised some photographs of baby Jackson who was born October 2nd. He is such a sweet boy.
Here is a photo of his big sister, Emy holding him. I think she is trying to find out where all his hair is. She seems to be adjusting to having a baby brother although she made it very clear she wanted a sister and not a brother!
Nothing’s Better Than is such a fun stamp set. It is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog and has a set of coordinating dies called Love You More Than. If you buy them both in a Bundle you can save 10%! The best part is you choose from saying nothing is better than cookie or coffee or cocktails. I would probably replace the coffee one with tea because I am one of those crazy people that does not drink coffee (I know. I am sure you do think I am crazy, right Buffy?).
Normally, I use the word cocktails (my favorite thing on a Friday night) but this time I had to make a birthday card for my grandson so I used cookies instead. I actually made this and on 9/11 which is why I used red (Real Red), white (Whisper White) and blue (Misty Moonlight) and then realized it looked pretty good with Crumb Cake too.
I first cut out the words using the Love You More Than Dies. I wanted to make they stick up a bit so I used the new Foam Adhesive Sheets. You just cut out a piece of he foam, attached it to the cardstock and then cut it out using a die. You do have to run it through your Cut “n Emboss machine a couple of times because it is thick but it worked just fine. The photo below shows how they pop up a bit.
After cutting out the sentiments I adhered them to a label I cut out using the Hippo & Friends die set. These dies go with the Hippo Happiness stamp set but they also have a bunch of different sized labels included. I love them for that. The little squiggle on the bottom is also from the Hippo & Friends die set. I stamped the cookies in Crumb Cake ink and the chips in Early Espresso and cut them out with the coordinating die.
The Designer Series Paper is paper is from the 2020-2022 In Color paper.