Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

The internet is an amazing thing.  I don’t know how we ever got along without it.  I know it is also can be a curse but if used correctly it is terrific.  You can look up answers or ideas about anything.  Of course, some things are not true and you need to use your judgment about that but you can also learn about so much more at the tip of your fingers.  One of my favorite things about the internet is getting card ideas.  You can do a search on specific stamp sets and get thousands of ideas.  You can do a search on specific colors or you can do a search on techniques.  Of course, the stamping community is amazing in itself because so many people share their ideas and creations.  The best part is it is ok to copy someone’s specific creations as long as you give them credit for it if you can.  It is called CASEing (Copy and share everything).

Lately, I have seen a lot of cards using water.  They are not new techniques because I have done them before but they are fun.  There are several ways to do this.  You can stamp an image on a piece of watercolor paper and then spray the paper with water or you can do what I did which is to ink a stamp up, spray the stamp and then put it on paper.  It makes the image look softer and a little watery.  That is how I made this card.

The first thing I did was use some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers with the stamp set called Bottle Happiness.  I colored the flower stamp in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya.  Then I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it onto watercolor paper many times.  I did the same thing using the leaf stamp using Parakeet Party ink.  In retrospect, I probably should have sprayed it with even more water than I did but I didn’t want to overdo it.  When it was dry, I cut out a circle in the middle of it using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Then I layered that onto a circle I cut out using the Layering Circles dies in Parakeet Party card stock and a larger circle I had cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies and Pale Papaya card stock.   It was a great way to save some paper because you can not see where I cut the circle out.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Memento Black Ink,  I tied some Pale Papaya ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin Kit).

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Hello Ladybug

Stampin Up Hello Ladybug

After having a fabulous week with kids and grandkids, it is time for me to get back to my stamp room.  I feel like I haven’t seen it in months but it has only been about ten days.  I haven’t even had much of a chance to play with some new products from the new July – December Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

I made this card a few weeks ago using the Hello Ladybug stamp set and the coordinating Ladybug Builder Punch.  These products were in a previous catalog so you can no longer order them in a bundle but you can get them using separate item numbers.  I decided I wanted to make a card using them with non-traditional colors.

I first stamped the background leaves in a random pattern using Soft Sea Foam ink.  I layered that piece onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and a Pool Party card base.  Next, I stamped the parts of the ladybugs in Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Pool Party ink and punched them out using the Ladybug Builder Punch.  I adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue and then adhered them to the card using Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Freesia, cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies and added it to the card using a Dimensional.  Lastly, I added a few Glossy Dots.

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Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Let's Set Sail

Rob and I have arrived at the cottage and I can not wait start seeing all the motor boats and sailboats go by.  It is such a beautiful sight and I never get tired of it.

Let’s Set Sail is a stamp set that was originally in the January – June Mini Catalog but has carried over to the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I am so happy that it did.  It has been on my list since I first saw it but there were so many other things on my list that it kept getting pushed back.  I finally just had to get it once I got to the cottage because boats and cottages go so well together.  It comes in a bundle with a coordinating punch called Sailboat Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing it in a bundle.

To make this card I first stamped the boat in Crumb Cake ink and the sails in Tahitian Tide and Daffodil Delight.  Then I punched them all out using the Sailboat Builder Punch.  Next I used the background stamp called Gentle Waves.  I inked it with Tahitian Tide ink, stamped it off once on  a scrap piece of paper and then stamped it again on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Unfortunately, the Gentle Waves background stamp is retiring at the end of this month.

Next I cut out a circle using the Layering Circle dies and kept the negative as a mask.  I used a Blending Brush with Daffodil Delight ink to make the sun.  Then I stamped the seagulls and the sentiment in Memento Black ink.  Lastly I adhered the boat section using Multipurpose Glue and the sails using Dimensionals.  I layered everything onto a piece of Tahitian Tide card stock and a Daffodil Delight card base.

I know you are all wondering where my sunset photos are because I know you love them as much as I do so I decided to make you all happy and post my first one of the season.  😊

Beautiful, isn’t it!?!


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Hello Lady Bug

Stampin Up Hello Lady Bug

As I was writing this blog post, I realized that the Designer Series Paper I used on this card is now retired.  It is called Pattern Party and was a hostess product that you could purchase with a qualifying order in the earlier catalog.  Sorry about that.  I made the card during the month of April and forgot to post it.  You could really use any Designer Series Paper you wish and there is one that has black and white patterns called Perfectly Penciled in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

Isn’t it funny how people are not fond of most bugs but ladybugs are loved.  If a bug lands on me I either shoo it away or jump up and run away (depending on what kind of but it was) but if a ladybug lands on me, I don’t mind at all.  I guess it is because they don’t bite and are pretty.  I can’t think of too many other bugs that have both of those qualities.  Then again, maybe it is because we grew up with the Ladybug rhyme (Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home.  Your house is on fire.  Your children all gone…..).  As a side note, I checked Google and apparently the original rhyme was Ladybird, Ladybird and not Ladybug.  Who knew!?

To make this card I first punched of the ladybug bodies using the Ladybug Builder Punch using Basic Black card stock.  Then I stamped the spots in Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Real Red card stock and punched the open wings.  I stamped the spots a couple of times again, on a piece of Real Red card stock and cut it out using the Layering Circles dies and then cut out the little “v” by hand.  I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink on Basic White card stock and cut that out using a larger circle and then again in Real Red using an even bigger die.  I layered the Designer Series Paper onto a piece of Real Red card stock and a Basic White card base.

I wonder how many other children’s rhymes we changed (or I got wrong).

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Hello Ladybug

Stampin Up Hello Ladybug

I love the Hello Ladybug stamp set and the coordinating punch called Ladybug Builder Punch.  It is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog but I am happy to say that it is being carried over into the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  The only thing is the 10% bundle savings will not be available when the Mini Catalog retires on June 30th.  If you like this set and want to order it is better to do so now then wait so you can take advantage of the discount.

I have to say I can not take credit for turning the ladybug into a bee.  I saw many cards doing this so I can’t give credit to whomever first came up with it, but I thought it was brilliant and decided to make a card using it this way.  One of the things I did do differently was to punch her wings out using Vellum.  Now, I am sure there are others who did this but when I made this card I did not see any so I thought this was a very clever idea!

To make this card I first cut three 1.5″ x 3.75″ pieces of the Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper and layered them on a 4″ x 5.25″ of Basic White card stock and a Bumble Bee card base.  Before I forget, Bumble Bee is one of the InColors that will be retiring on May 3rd.

After doing this I punched out the body of the bee in Basic Black card stock using the Ladybug Builder Punch.  Then I cut out small strips of Bumble Bee card stock and adhered them on the body of the bee.  I punched out the wings using Vellum and attached them to the bee.  I punched out two daisies using the Medium Daisy Punch in Flirty Flamingo card stock and the center in Bumble Bee.  I stamped the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink and cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.  I also cut out a larger Bumble Bee circle. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink.

There are so many stamp sets that are not available to order anymore so again, if you like this one, take advantage of the discounted bundle and order it soon.


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Hand Penned Mystery Parts

Once again my fellow Stampin’ Up!®  Downline participated in a Mystery Parts Challenge.  My Downline are people who signed up to be a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator under me.  The Challenge is when one person sends some products that we have to use to make a card.   You can add your own products to your creation but you must use what she sends you too.

This time, Char sent us these products.

Stampin Up Hand Penned

The Designer Series Paper is called Hand Penned.  I love this paper!  She also sent a Basic White card base and some 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon in Misty Moonlight.  Here is the card I made using these products.

Stampin Up Hand Penned Petals

This Is the card Kim made:

Stampin Up Hand Penned Petals

Karen made this one:

Here is Char’s card:

Karin made this one:

Aren’t they all beautiful?  I love how each one turned out so differently even though we all used the same products.

To make my card I first cut the Hand Penned Designer Series Paper to 5.25″ x 3.75″.  I took a one inch strip of Misty Moonlight and cut it out using a die from the Penned Flowers die set that cut the scallops and stitches.  I tied the piece of Misty Moonlight ribbon around this and layered it all on top of a Basic White card base.  Next I stamped the flowers in Misty Moonlight, So Saffron and Mint Macaron ink and cut them out using the coordinating die.  I layered it on top of a Basic White and Misty Moonlight circle from the Layering Circles die set.  The sentiment is from Beauty Of Friendship and was cut out using the Beautiful Trees die set.  Lastly I added some Genial Gems to add a little sparkle.

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Gorgeous Leaves

Stampin Up Gorgeous Leaves

I guess since it is the second half of November I should stop posting cards with beautiful Fall leaves but I can’t promise you I will.  I love the colors of Fall.  The reds, oranges and yellows are so vibrant and when the sun shines they just about glow.  When I lived in New York the colors were at peak in October.  Here, in Tennessee they are still just beautiful.

In any case, I made this card using the stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves.  I love this set because the leaves are so pretty and I love the splatters around each of them.  It has a coordinating set of dies called Intricate Leaves.  I did not use the dies on this card but you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.

I stamped the leaves in an overlapping circle using Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Just Jade, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Freesia and Mango Melody ink.  That is a lot of colors, I know!  I stamped the sentiment on Basic Black card stock using the Biggest Wish stamp set in Versamark ink, added White embossing powder and melted it using my Heat Tool.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.

Lastly, I added some Elegant Faceted Dies, which are hard to see in the photo but they added a little bit of sparkle.

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All Squared Away

Stampin Up All Squared Away

All Squared Away is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Floral Squares and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I love this bundle because it is different and a little quirky.  The stamp set consists of 4 square stamps that are solid with a little design in them.  Plus, there are 5 sentiment stamps.  The dies cut out four squares the same size also but they have flower designs in them.  The idea is to layer the dies over the square stamps to give the dies a fun background.  Last time I used this bundle I only used the dies with Designer Series Paper .  You can see that card here.  This time I only used the stamps to show you that they can also be used alone.  Next time I will put them together!

To make this card I just stamped the four different squares in Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent ink.  I used my Stamparatus to do this.  These are solid stamps so sometimes it needs to be inked a couple of times to get good coverage.  The Stamparatus is great for this.  I stamped them on a larger than normal piece of Basic White card stock and then cut it down to 3.5″ x 5″.  I layered that onto a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and a Fresh Freesia card base.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies and a larger circle in Misty Moonlight card stock.  I adhered them to the card using a Dimensional.  Lastly I colored three Elegant Faceted Gems using my Misty Moonlight Dark Blends and randomly placed them on my card.

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Picture This

Stampin Up Picture This

Last week a few friends and I got together to make some cards.  This is one of the cards we made using a new die set from the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called Picture This.  This set includes two large dies.  One cuts out all the circles on this card and the other one cuts out three rectangle openings.  Both cut out stitching on the inside of the circles and rectangles as well as the outside.   We also used the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper to make this.  You can get this Designer Series Paper for FREE with a qualifying purchase

This card was super easy and quick to make.  I first took a piece of Penguin Playmates DSP and cut out the circles using a Picture This Die.  Then I used the Layering Circles to cut out the various critters that are also in the Penguin Playmates DSP.  I stamped the sentiment using the Penguin Place stamp set in Misty Moonlight ink and cut that out using the Layering Circles dies too.  Then I added all the animals and sentiment circle to the backside of the DSP using Multipurpose Glue.  I adhered that to a Fresh Freesia card base.  I think this makes such a cute, sweet card for a child.

As I said earlier the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper is part of the Sale-a-bration offerings. One side of the paper has designs and the other side has all different animals and you can get it for free with a $50 order until the end of September. It coordinates perfectly with the Penguin Place Bundle which includes the stamp set of the same name and the Penguin Builder Punch (you can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle).  If you purchase this Bundle and the Picture This die set you can get the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper (or many other things in the Sale-a-bration Catalog) for FREE!

This is what both sides of this paper look like.

Stampin Up Penguin Playmates

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Counting Sheep

Hello everyone!  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is called “Down On The Farm”.  I looked through all my stamp sets and could not find one that had anything to do with a farm.  Then I realized that one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets is called Counting Sheep.  Perfect!  There are actually TWO Sale-a-bration items I used.  One is the stamp set and the other is the coordinating dies called Sheep Dies.  You can get both of these for free with a qualifying order.  Even better!

Stampin Up Counting Sheep

To make this card I first stamped the sheep in Smoky Slate using Memento Black Ink.  At this point I have to admit I had some help with an idea for this card.  Diana Gibbs did a video showing how she used a gel pen and drew curls all over her sheep.  I thought this was just adorable so I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) her using her great gel pen idea.  I also used her rosy cheek suggestion using a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’  Blends.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die from the Sheep Dies.

After this, one thing led to another.   I decided that my sheep looked like she was performing so I decided she was singing.  Therefore, I used the Merry Melody Embossing Folder for my background with Basic White card stock.  This folder is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  Then I decided she should be singing on top of the cute little fence that comes with the Sheep Dies so I cut that out using Cinnamon Cider card stock.  The card still looked a little plain so I added the sun/moon behind her using a piece of Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper and backed it with a piece of Cinnamon Cider card stock using the Layering Circles Dies.  I cut the clouds out in Basic White also using the Sheep Dies.  Lastly I added the Flirty Flamingo flower to her with a Champagne Rhinestone.  I popped the sheep and clouds up using a Dimensional.

The sentiment is from the Free As A Bird stamp set.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie used for their farm.

Don’t forget you can get this cute Counting Sheep stamp set and Sheep Dies for free with a qualifying order during the month of September.  Hurry because when they sell out, they will be gone for good. 


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