Friendly Hello

Stampin Up Friendly Hello

Friendly Hello is a bundle you can get for free during Sale-a-bration.  This bundle includes an adorable stamp set that has a cute little bird it in, flowers, leaves and some great sentiments.  The bundle also includes Designer Series Paper (also called Friendly Hello).  The DSP is 12′ x 12″ and includes twelve sheets (two each of six different designs).  You can get all of that for free with an $100 purchase!

I have to say I love the Designer Series Paper in this bundle.  The colors in this pack are Basic Black, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce.   I love all those colors and they go so well together soI decided to use it as the focal point of this card.

To make this card I first cut out the Granny Apple Green piece on the front of my card using the die set called Nature’s Thoughts.  Then I layered the background pieces onto a Basic White card base.  I added the small strip of Shaded Spruce to separate the two different designs.  Then I took a piece of Basic White Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack and colored it using my dark Shaded Spruce Blends.  I love Blends because they can color so many things like ribbon, images and embellishments.   I tied that around the card base.  Then I layered the Granny Apple Green piece on top using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Friendly Hello stamp set and covered the “friend” part using Washi Tape.  I inked the stamp up with Shaded Spruce ink, took off the Washi Tape and stamped it on a piece of Basic White card stock.  This is called masking and you can do it with almost any stamp.

There are so many great products in the Sale-a-bration catalog that you can get for free.  Some require a $50 order and a couple of them require a $100 order.  Sale-a-bration ends on February 28th.  You can order as many times as you want or place one large order and get lots of freebies at one time.

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Honeybee Home

Stampin Up Honeybee Home

The Heart & Home Suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 Annual Catalog consists of two stamp/die bundles, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, embellishments, and embossing folder, Memories & More cards & Envelopes and more.  It is a gigantic suite full of beautiful products.  If you love the entire bundle you don’t have to input every item on your order.  Stampin’ Up!® makes it easy by giving you one number to order it all.  This item number even applies the 10% discount you get on the stamp and die bundles.  It couldn’t be any easier than that!

To make this card I used the Honeybee Home stamp that is part of the suite.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Honeybee Bloom dies.  I didn’t use the dies in that set on this particular card but I have used them in the past.  I first stamped the three sets of flowers in Memento Black ink and colored them using Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green and Flirty Flamingo Blends.  Then I stamped the bee and colored that using a Bumble Bee Blends.  After doing all the coloring I then cut out the rectangle using the large rectangle die from Nature’s Thoughts.  I love the little dots it cuts out along the edges of the rectangle.

After this I cut a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper.  This paper is part of a bundle you can get for free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.  I layered that onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock.  I used a piece of the Flowers For Every Season ribbon and tied it around the Fresh Layer layers and then adhered it to a Basic White card base.  After that I attached the flower piece using Dimensionals.  Lastly I embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Basic Black card stock using Versamark and White Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.


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Adding Color To Die Cuts With Blends

Stampin Up Forever Flourishing

Jackie (of BS & J Productions fame) shared a video with me showing how you can add color to die cuts to make them look beautiful.  I decided I loved the way the die cuts came out so I wanted to make a card using this technique.  It is a very easy and fast way to add color to your die cuts. You could use Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!® Blends.

The firs thing I did was to cut the leaves using a die from the set called Forever Flourishing in Basic White card stock.  I used Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Cinnamon Cider Light and Dark Stampin’ Up!® Blends to add the color.  I basically just dabbed each color randomly on the front and the back of the die cut.  I started with the lightest color and worked to the darkest.  I started with the Light Daffodil Delight and then added the Dark Daffodil Delight.

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Then I used the Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

After that I added Cajun Craze and a little Cinnamon Cider around the edges.  I then took the Light Daffodil Delight and blended all the colors together to smooth them out a bit.  I kept doing this until I was happy with the colors.

After that I layered it on top of a piece of Basic White card stock that I had cut out using a die from Nature’s Thoughts using Multipurpose Glue.  I adhered that to a larger piece of Cajun Craze card stock.  I used a Basic White card base and ran the front of it through my Cut ‘N Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  I added the sentiment (Pinkfresh) using Stampin’ Up!® Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some Sequins For Everything.

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Blackberry Beauty

Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This week our challenge is to use the Colors Of Fall.  I actually made three cards using the Colors Of Fall.  I wrote an entire blog post for this challenge and then I changed my mind and decided to use this card that I made with the gorgeous Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper.  If you don’t have  this paper, you need to get it.  It is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  The paper uses the colors Blackberry Bliss, Cinnamon Cider and gold foil. It is just beautiful! You can click on the link below to see a close up of it.

Here is the card I made:

Stampin Up Blackberry Beauty

This card was very simple to make but I think it is very elegant.  I first adhered a piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper to a Blackberry Bliss card base.  After that I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments using Versamark Ink.  I embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.  One trick I learned is if you heat the embossing powder from behind it does not warp the card stock as much but still melts the powder perfectly.    I repeated that step two more times in order to make the sentiment stand out more.  It is really easy to stamp something a few times in the same position using a Stamparatus because if you put the card stock in the same place each time, the sentiment will stamp in the same place.

After embossing the sentiment three times I cut it out using a die from Tailor Made Tags.  This die set cuts out eight different sized tags in two different designs.  I cut out the feather from the die set called Nature’s Thoughts in Gold Foil and adhered it to the tag using Stampin Dimensionals.  Then I tied a piece of gold Baker’s Twine (retired) and adhered the tag to the card.

Now, let’s go see what colors Buffy and Jackie used for their cards.  I am sure they will be beautiful! 

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Jar Of Flowers

Stampin Up Jar Of Flowers

Here is another “older” stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It is called Jar Of Flowers and it has a coordinating punch called Jar.  It is a beautiful stamp set with four different flower arrangements as well as two different sized jars, flower stems and a couple of other stamps.  This stamp set is also a Reversible stamp set so you can stamp the jars and then turn the stamp over to stamp the inside of the jars a different color.

To make this card I first stamped the sunflowers in Memento Black ink on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I stamped it again on a Post-It Note so I could make a mask of it.  I cut the stamped image on the Post-It Note out and then layered it on top of the first stamped image.  Then I stamped the jar on top of the mask.  That way it looks like the flowers are hanging over the jar.  Then I colored all the images using my Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party (for the water) and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Up!® Blends.

Next I cut out the piece of Basic White card stock that had the stamped images on top using a die from Nature’s Thoughts.  This made the little dot pattern around the edge.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach.

The brick background is from Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper. 

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Positive Thoughts

Positive Thoughts is a stamp set that is in the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.  It is one of the stamp sets that did not originally have matching dies to go with it but thanks to the Sale-a-bration Coordination products, it now does!  The dies are called Nature’s Thoughts and you can order them now.  Stampin’ Up!® now offers 5 different die sets as well as some Designer Series Paper  that is only available during Sale-a-bration or while supplies last.

The colors I used for this card are Mint Macaron, Balmy Blue, So Saffron and Whisper White.  I stamped each of the images and cut them out using the new dies.  This die set also includes the rectangle I cut in Whisper White cardstock.  If you look closely it has some funky stitches along the edges.  The sentiment is from Here’s A Card.  I stamped it using Memento Black ink onto a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock and then cut it out using the Stitched So Sweetly die set.

Here is the chart of the available products in the new Sale-a-bration Coordination.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
  • Your choice of any stamp set offered in the current catalogs (Hostess sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded)
  • Free business supplies
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