As most of you know, Stampin’ Up! releases their new Annual Catalog in May. It is always such an exciting time in the world of stamping. I love getting new products but I am also sad to see some things retire for good. Therefore, I am starting to use some of my older sets before they are gone. I don’t know what is going to retire and what is being carried over yet but I figure that if a set has been around for at least two years, there is a good chance they might be on the list. By the way, if you are a Demonstrator you will be able to see a copy of the new catalog online at the end of March. Then you can order a select group of new products in April. Customers can order from the new catalog in May.
Plentiful Plants has been around for a while so I chose this set to use. It has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants. The stamp set has a few different pots, leaves and some very nice sentiments. This is one bundle I really like and will miss if it retires.
I made this card by first stamping the different leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks. Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. Next, I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out. I layered everything on top of a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set that I embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. Then I adhered it to a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen and a Basic White card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (from Sending Smiles) in Versamark Ink on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock and embossed it using White Embossing Powder. I cut that out using a banner from Stylish Shapes.
I am not sure if you have noticed this or not, but Stampin’ Up!® offers huge packs of Designer Series Paper in the back of every catalog. You can get them by using your hostess dollars that you earn for placing an order of $150 or more. The packs are 48 pieces of 12″ x 12″. That is a lot of paper! So far, every time I order a pack of them, I have been very pleased with the colors and designs. Wait until the new January – April Mini comes out. It is my favorite yet!
I made this card using the Designer Series Paper Hostess Pack in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Design A Daydream. The main colors in this pack are Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink and Pool Party.
The first thing I did when making this card is to take a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ of Basic White card stock and fold it in half. Then I used the stitched scalloped die from the die set called Scalloped Contours and cut off and 1/2″ of the front of the card. Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine again using the Gingham Embossing Folder. I placed a 1/2″ x 5.5″ piece of the Design A Daydream DSP over the edge of the embossing folder marks so you can not see the dent it left. Then I took a 1″ x 5.5″ piece and adhered it along the edge of the back section of the card.
Next I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Perfect Plant dies. I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out too. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat which I cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.
Check out these packs of paper. You can find them on the hostess page which is usually in the back of the catalog. You are going to love the new mini catalog pack!
Yesterday was my granddaughter, Olivia’s third birthday. I know I say this all the time but I can not believe she is three already. I heard a saying the other day that said “Days go slow but years go fast”. That statement is so true! Sometimes when I am looking forward to something it seems to take forever for the day to arrive. Next thing I know that event was six months ago. I don’t understand it. Anyway, Olivia is the sweetest little girl. She is outgoing, happy and a little sassy. I wouldn’t want it any other way! I just wish she would stop growing up so quickly!
Plentiful Plants is a great stamp set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It has a set of coordinating dies called Perfect Plants which cut out all the different stamps but has some extra included. The stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image. You can see this on the pots because there are shadows along one side.
To make this card I first stamped all the different leaf stamps in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink. Then I cut them out using the appropriate dies. Next I stamped the two flower pots in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out. Then I cut out the “macrame” plant holder twice in Basic Gray card stock. I cut the top off of one of them and used it as a plant stand. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Forever Fern. As I am typing this I realized that I used retired Designer Series Paper for the background. Sorry about that!
Here is a photo of Olivia. It perfectly shows her adorable personality!
Bloom Where You Are Planted is a Stampin’ Up!® Suite in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. This suite includes the stamp set called Plentiful Plants, coordinating dies called Pretty Plants, Bloom Where You Are Planted Designer Series Paper and Paper Lattice. The stamp set has 15 Photopolymer stamps that include some plant pots, leaves and sentiments with a beautiful font. There are fourteen dies in this suite that cut out the stamp images plus a few extra dies which include a couple of macrame plant holders and stands. Plus, the stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means they stamp different opacities for depth.
To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I also cut some of the leaves into singles so I could place them around making the plant bigger. I stamped the pot in Crumb Cake ink and cut that out. I layered a Paper Lattice onto a Merry Merlot card base using Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heartfelt Wishes (2021 July – December Mini Catalog) in Merry Merlot ink and cut that out using a die from the Seasonal Labels set. Lastly, I tied a price of Linen Thread around the pot and adhered everything to the card base.
Last weekend we went to Alabama to take care of our grandchildren while their parents had a little time away. Emy is now four going on 16. She takes dance classes and did a lot of little recitals for us after which she ended with the typical, young girl pose. It cracks me up how these little girls know how to pose for photographs.
Jackson just turned one which is one of my favorite ages. He walks bow legged (as they all do) and laughs at the funniest things. He loves pool noodles and when he picks one up it always makes him giggle. Jackson was definitely attached to Rob this weekend. They were big buddies the whole time.
I love living so close to my grands year round. There is no better gig!
My Stampin’ Up!® team and I participated in another Mystery Parts Challenge. This is where one member of our group sends products to all of the others and we have to make a card out of them. The only rules are they have to be Stampin’ Up!® products and you must use all the products sent to you. Here are the Mystery Parts that Lynette sent to us.
Here is the card I made using these products.
I used the stamp set called Plentiful Plants. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.
To make this card I took a Basic White card base and adhered the piece of Gray Granite cardstock and the Designer Series Paper (retired) on top. Then stamped the pots in Evening Evergreen and Cinnamon Cider ink and cut them out using the die set. After this I stamped the plants in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent ink and cut them out too. I wrapped the ribbon Lynette sent me around two of the plant pots. I layered these on top of the Designer Series Paper using Stampin Seal and Dimensionals. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink.
Here are the cards some of my teammates made:
Don’t you just love how each one came out differently even though we were all sent the same Mystery Parts? These ladies are so talented. I truly enjoy participating in our Mystery Parts Challenges.
Hello everyone. It is time for another Stamp Off challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me. This time we have an inspiration challenge. I don’t think we have done one of these before. If we have, it was a long time ago and it was fun to do. An inspiration challenge is when we are given a photograph and we need to use that as inspiration for our creation. Here is the photo we used:
Isn’t this a fun photograph? There are so many things we could use for inspiration on it. I went back and forth between using the colors or the layout. I love the colors but we don’t have a turquoise anymore so that made it hard. I decided to use the plants and the floor as inspiration for my card. I just loved that floor and the flowers and plants.
To make this card I used a few different stamp sets and dies. To make the floor I used a stamp set called Watercolor Shapes. This stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. I stamped some of the shapes in Sahara Sand ink and some in Smoky Slate. Then I cut out the flower box in Basic White card stock using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.
Next I stamped the background leaves using the Plentiful Plants stamp set with Garden Green and Granny Apple Green ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies called Perfect Plants. These are also in the Annual Catalog and can be purchased in a Bundle to save 10%. I stamped the leaves in the front in Granny Apple Green and the berries or flowers hanging down in Flirty Flamingo ink. Then I cut out a bunch of tiny flowers using the Peach dies in Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody and Basic White card stock and scattered them around the flowers and leaves. Lastly I stamped the sentiment from Sweet As A Peach in Garden Green and adhered it to the card.
Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this inspiration photo. I always love this part of our challenges.
This is another card we made at my monthly stamp camp meeting. It uses a new Suite that is in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called Bloom Where You Are Planted. This suite includes the stamp set called Plentiful Plants. It has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. Another coordinating product is the Bloom Where You Are Planted Designer Series Paper. This DSP is great! Some of the dies match the designs on the paper which makes putting cards together so easily. I love it when Stampin’ Up!® does this. There are also embellishments called Paper Lattice in this Suite.
To make this card I first used the Checks and Dots Embossing Folders on Basic White card stock.. There are two embossing folders in this set (hence the name) so it is like getting two different designs for the price of one. These folders are smaller than a normal embossing folder which worked perfectly for this card. It did not emboss the lower quarter of the card stock which left room for the sentiment.
Next I cut out the two pots using the Perfect Plants dies out of the Designer Series Paper. Then I stamped the leaves and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I cut a small piece of the brick DSP and used it as a shelf. Then I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink.
I am so glad that the world has opened up enough for me to have stamp meetings again. I have missed these ladies so much and love to get together with them. Let’s hope it stays that way!