Flowering Rain Boots

Stampin Up Flowering Rain Boots

One of my favorite things about moving to Nashville (being near my grandchildren is #1!) is the weather.  It is now the beginning of March and there are flowering trees and daffodils in bloom already.  When I lived in Northern New York that might happen in May but it has also been known to snow in May.  We used to say “there are two seasons in Northern New York:  Winter and July.”.  It was not an exaggeration.  Last year when we moved to the cottage the week before Memorial Day, it was so cold Rob and I had a fire going in the fireplace and the heat on.  I don’t think it warmed up until mid to late June!  It was mighty cold!

Flowering Rain Boots is a new stamp set in the 2022 January – June MIni Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Rain Boots.  You can save 10% if you purchase them in a Bundle.  Normally, whenever a new bundle of dies and stamps is introduced by Stampin’ Up!® , they offer a bundle discount.  If the bundle is carried over into the next Annual Catalog, the bundle discount goes away.  I say “normally” because it is what usually happens but not always.  Some bundle discounts do carry over but we don’t know which ones will.  My point is, if you like this bundle or any other bundle in the Mini Catalog, you should purchase it before the catalog expires so you can save some money.

Anyway, all these blooming flowers made me want to make a spring card with spring colors.  In this case, I used Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green.  The first thing I did to make this card is to cut the diamond background die in Blushing Bride card stock three times.  Then I adhered it to a 5.5″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock using Multipurpose Glue.   I stamped three pots in Calypso Coral ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  Then I stamped the tulips in Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight ink and cut them out using a die.  I decided I wanted to mix up the colors of the tulips in each pot so I  hand cut them all part in sections of two and three flowers.  I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green and cut them out using the dies.  The stems ended up being too wide for the pots so I cut a piece off of each of them.  There is actually a separation of the stems in the stamp so it was easy to cut them apart.  I adhered all of the tulips, stems and pots using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages.  Many messages is one large stamp and has a coordinating die that cuts out all the sentiments at once.  I stamped it in Memento Black ink and cut them out.  Now I have a bunch of other sentiments all cut out to use at a later time.

Today is my middle son, Sam’s birthday.  Sam is an amazing man and I am very proud of him.  Happy birthday, Sam.  Love you.


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Gorgeous Leaves

Stampin Up Gorgeous Leaves

A few weeks back Buffy, Jackie and I had a Stamp Off Challenge called the Colors Of Fall.  I had made three different Fall cards for that challenge.  The first two I posted here and here.  This is the third card I made for that challenge.

This time I used a set of Stampin’ Up!® dies called Intricate Leaves.  These dies coordinate with the stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).  The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment.

To make this card, I first used the background die called Stitched Greenery.  I love this die because it makes a beautiful background of stitched leaves.  I used it with a piece of Gray Granite card stock.  I adhered that to a Cajun Craze card base.

After that, I cut out the leaves using the Intricate Leaves Dies in Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze card stock.  I fanned them out and adhered them using Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Many Messages stamp in Garden Green Ink.  This stamp is one big, huge stamp that has nineteen different sentiments on it and a few tiny shapes.  It has a coordinating die (yes one die) that cuts out all the sentiments at once.  When I first got this stamp set, I stamped a whole bunch of sentiments in different ink colors and cut them all out at once.  Now I have a little container full of sentiments for when I need them.  I popped that up on my card using a couple of Dimensionals.

Rob and I had our first Halloween in our new house.  We didn’t really know what to expect so I bought a bunch of candy and waited.  No one was knocking on our door.  I looked out the window and there were some children out there with parents but none of them were coming by our house (yes, I did have my lights on).  Finally, I looked across the street and the woman who lives there was outside sitting in a chair.  Apparently in this neighborhood (or maybe it is because of Covid), if you aren’t outside they won’t come to your door.   Rob and I sat outside after that but we only ended up with a few trick or treaters.  I think we missed most of them.  I had a lot of candy left so I put them in a bucket next to the front door with a note for the delivery people (USPS, UPS, FedEx or Amazon) to help themselves.  Most did but some were looking at their little handheld computers and didn’t see the bucket.  Next year, we will sit outside! 

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Sneak Peek Counting Sheep

Stampin Up Counting Sheep

Tomorrow is a big day in the world of Stampin’ Up!®!!  The new July – December Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalogs go live!  For those of you who don’t know, Sale-a-bration happens twice a year.  Well, it used to be once a year but this year Stampin’ Up!® is celebrating Sale-a-bration twice.  During this period you can earn free products from the Sale-a-bration catalog with qualifying orders.  There is no limit on how many products you can get for free!  It is my favorite time of year!

The card I made today using two of the products you can get for free with a qualifying order.  The stamp set is called Counting Sheep and the coordinating dies are called Sheep Dies.  Both are just adorable!  You can get one of them with a $50 order (before shipping and tax) or both with a $100 order.  There are also many other products that you can get for free available such as stamp sets, dies and Designer Series Paper.

To make this card I first stamped the sheep in Memento Black Ink and colored them with my Crumb Cake Stampin Blends.  I cut the fence out of Crumb Cake card stock and adhered that below the sheep.  I stamped the hats and colored them using Blends and cut out the balloons with a die included in this set using Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape card stock.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages.  I colored it using a Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape Stampin Write Marker and then cut it out using the coordinating die called Messages.  I have to admit I first stamped it crooked right below the middle sheep so I stamped it again and cut it out and then adhered it over the crooked one with a Dimensional.  As they say “there is no such thing as a mistake in stamping.  There is only room for embellishments!”.  Lastly I took a Granny Apple Green Stampin Write Marker and added some grass under the fence.

As you can see I did not attached any links for these new products since they are not available until tomorrow.  There are no links available until the time they go live. Thanks for understanding. 

Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

I know I have said this many times but one of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up!®  Demonstrator is we get to see the new catalogs coming out early and we get to order some of the products before it goes live.  We are able to order most everything in the Mini Catalogs but we are only given a few choices in the Annual Catalog.  I have no patience and can’t wait to get my hands on new products.

One of the first bundles I was able to order during the pre-order period was the Color & Contour Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I just love dies that cut out background shapes (especially if they have stitching on them).  The dies cut out the flower shapes but they also include a stitched scalloped border edge and FIVE scalloped rectangles that are all a little bit different.  I used two of them on this card.

To make this card, I decided to use three of the NewInColors – Pale Papaya, Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia.  This stamp set is a two-step set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I first stamped the flower heads using Memento Black Ink and then stamped the inside of the flowers using the new InColors.  I stamped the leaves and stems from a different stamp in this set using Old Olive Ink and then cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut off the flowers that go with the stems and leaves and attached the other flower to them.  I adhered them to a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had cut out using the second largest scalloped rectangle die.  I place all of that on a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock that I had cut out using the largest scalloped die.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages and cut it out using the Messages die.


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Use That Designer Series Paper!

When the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog came out I fell in love with a lot of the Designer Series Paper.  I mean, who could resist?  It was all gorgeous.  Then when the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog came out.  I loved a lot of the DSP in that catalog.  Once again, when the January – June Mini Catalog came out, I had to have even more.  I made a vow to start using all my Designer Series Paper more than I usually do.  I hate cutting that first piece.  I keep thinking if I cut a piece out now, what will happen if I need a whole sheet later?  It is a crazy way to think but most stampers have a little craziness in them anyway.

Of course now that all the DSP I purchased is retiring very soon and I still had a lot left over.  So I decided I was going to use a lot of it in the next two weeks.  A lot of it!  I made these three simple cards the other day.  It was a good start.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for this first card.  It is so beautiful and even nicer in person.  I first took a card base of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, folded it in half and cut an inch off on side.  I layered a piece of the DSP on the inside of the card and another piece on the outside.  I stamped the sentiment (which is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit because I didn’t have a Happy Mother’s Day stamp.  Can you believe that??) in Gorgeous Grape Ink and then colored the flowers and leaves using a Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals (also retiring on May 3rd).  I cut a larger oval out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the larger scalloped oval out of Purple Posy.

For this next card I used Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper Series Paper.  I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece over a card base of Pool Party.  I used the Floral Gallery die to cut “just wanted to say” in So Saffron card stock and I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  The DSP speaks for itself on this card so I didn’t think it needed much more.

I also used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper for this last card.  I cut two 1″ strips of the flowers and adhered them to the sides of a Basic White card base.  I then added the Pumpkin Pie piece of DSP in the middle.  The fern is from Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  These cut outs are gold on one side and white on the other.  They are beautiful.  They are also retiring.  Sigh.  So many beautiful papers are retiring.  I stamped the sentiment from Many Messages and cut it out using the coordinating die Messages.  The stamp is one big stamp and so is the die.

Do you have a lot of Designer Series Paper that you are afraid to cut?  You need to just do it.  It is beautiful and it makes gorgeous, easy cards.

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Beautiful Friendship & Many Messages

Stampin Up Beautiful Friendship Many Messages

Beautiful Friendship is still one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2020 2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  The flowers included in it are just so pretty.  Plus they are DisINKtive stamps which means that one stamp is used to give an image dimension or depth.  If you look at the Hydrangeas on my card you can see how some of the flowers are light and some are dark.  This was done by just one stamp.

I used my Stamparatus to help me make this card.  I first place a piece of 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White cardstock in my Stamparatus and then lined up the Hydrangea stamp to be in the upper right corner.  I inked the stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped it once.  Then I flipped my card stock 180 degrees, inked up the Hydrangea  again and stamped it so it would be in the lower left corner.  I started to do the same thing with the Highland Heather flowers but decided it looked too uniform and ended up adding extra flowers and the Pear Pizzazz leaves by hand.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages.  This is one big stamp and has a matching die called Messages that cuts all the sentiments outs at one time.  I actually have thought about cutting all the sentiment apart to use separately but haven’t done that yet.  It is really hard for me to cut a stamp apart!  The good part of not cutting it apart is now I have a container of lots of sentiment strips ready to use.  The bad part is I now have a container of lots of sentiment strips to use!

I wrapped the card stock with a piece of Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon.  I love this ribbon because it has sparkles in it and is so pretty.  Then I added three Elegant Faceted Gems.

Don’t forget if you love Seaside Spray as much as I do, make sure you order the card stock, ink pad and ink refill before it is gone forever.  It is one of the retiring InColors and once the products are gone, they are gone forever.  As a reminder the other colors retiring this year are Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy.

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