Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

Before I forget, I need to let you know that I am scheduling a bunch of blog posts ahead of time because I won’t be able to blog for a few weeks.  I wanted to let you know in case I happen to post something that may be unavailable to order due to the backorder situation.  At the time of the post, the item would have been available but sometimes things run out.  I apologize ahead of time if that happens.

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery.  You can’t get the discount on the bundle anymore since it has been in a few catalogs and the bundle discount is only available when it is in a catalog for the first time.  Either way, it is a beautiful set.  I stamped the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers.  The best way to do this is to use a Stamparatus.  Sometimes when you color a stamp using markers you may miss a spot or two. If you use the Stamparatus you can just reink it and stamp again.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die.  I also stamped the sentiment using the Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery dies.

Next, I took a Mint Macaron card base and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.  I know I have been using this embossing folder a lot and I just realized it is retired.  Sorry about that but you can always use a different embossing folder.  This one happens to be one of my favorites since it adds a subtle texture to card stock.  There are a number of current embossing folders that can do the same thing.  I cut the frame out of Basic White card stock using the Fabulous Frames dies.  I backed the frame with a piece of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is a pack of 48 double-sided sheets and you can get it for $18 as a Host Gift with a $150 order.

Next, I cut another piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours dies.  I layered the flowers on top of that.  I adhered the sentiment using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I add some 2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

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!

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

I have to confess.  I hate coffee.  I hate the smell of coffee.  I have never had a cup of coffee in my life.  I know.  Most people think I am crazy (right Buffy?).  I think it is because neither of my parents ever drank coffee so I did not grow up with it.  I have two sisters who don’t drink it either.  Years ago, when I worked as the finance officer in a golf club, I offered to make coffee for the servers because it was so busy.  It didn’t seem too hard to do since the coffee was premeasured so all you needed to do was open the pack, pour it in the coffee filter and turn on the machine. I did all that and then went back to my office.  Later that day, the servers told me I was never allowed to make coffee again.  Apparently, you also need to put the glass pot underneath.  Oops.  All the coffee when all over the floor.  They were not too happy with me that day!  As a side note, I am a one-cup-a-day hot tea drinker.  It is just enough caffeine to get me through the day.

I love the Cup Of Tea bundle that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This bundle, which you can save 10% if you purchase using the bundle item number, includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea and a die set called Teacup.  I knew I would order it the day I first saw it.

To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper onto a Petal Pink card base.  You can purchase this amazing pack of paper with a $150 order.  It includes 48 sheets of DSP in the pack!  Then I cut out a piece of Petal Pink card stock using the Scalloped Contours die set.  I cut three cups out of Basic White card stock and three of the design for the cups in Fresh Freesia card stock.  I stamped the lemons in Daffodil Delight and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Sending Smiles and was cut out using the Sending Dies.

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Mystery Parts

Hello everyone.  Now that the crazy summer season is over, we have decided to start our Mystery Parts group again.  This is where one of us sends “parts” to each other to make a card.  These “parts” include card stock, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.  The idea is for each of us to use the “parts” we are sent to make a card and then share the cards with each other.  It is a lot of fun because each card is always so different from the others.  The only rule is you have to use ALL the “parts” you are sent but you can always add more.  To give credit, I got this idea from Diana Gibbs (who is an awesome Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator!

It was my turn to send the “parts” out this time.  This is what I sent:

Mystery Parts

I sent them a Basic White card base, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Tahitian Tide and Basic White card stock, a piece of Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper and some Matte Black Dots.  Here are the cards that were made:

By Karin

By Kim

By Char

By Laura

Aren’t they all great?1?  I have such talented friends!

Here is the card I made as the basis for sending everyone the products.

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

First I layered the Perfectly Penciled piece of Designer Series Paper onto a Basic White card base.  Then I used two of the Scalloped Contours dies to cut the scalloped shapes from the Tahitian Tide and Basic White card stock.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Celebrate With Tags in Memento Black ink. I stamped the balloons in Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide ink and cut them out using the coordinating  Celebration Tags Dies (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle).  Lastly, I added the two Matte Black Dots.

I love how each card came out so differently even though we used the same materials.

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

This is the last set of cards we made at my stamp camp meeting a couple of weeks ago.  I gave each of them a choice of the colors and the stamps they wanted to use.  We used the suite called Tea Boutique.  This suite includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea, the coordinating Teacup Dies, Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.

So let’s talk about the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes first.  The pack includes twenty card bases that use the new InColors as a background.  As a reminder, the new InColors include Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky and Tahitian Tide.  Each card base has a different design on it.  For example, the Sweet Sorbet card bases have little white flowers.  It also includes twenty coordinating envelopes.  These cards and envelopes are great for making quick and easy cards because half the work is done for you.

To make these cards, I first cut out two pieces of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours Dies and layered each one on one of the Sweet Sorbet card bases.  Next, I cut out a Sweet Sorbet teacup using the Teacup Dies and the leaf part in Tahitian Tide and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I cut out the Sweet Sorbet hearts.  The Teacup Dies has two larger hearts and then one die cuts out three of the smaller hearts so you have the run the dies through your Cut & Emboss machine once instead of multiple times.  I stamped the sentiment from the Cup Of Tea stamp set in Tahitian Tide ink, adhered the tea cup using Dimensionals and the hearts using Multipurpose Glue.

For the other card, I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and then the flowers in Tahitian Tide.  Next, I stamped the sentiment also in Tahitian Tide ink.  I stamped the striped tea cup in Sweet Sorbet, cut it out using the coordinating die and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.

Both card were very quick and easy to make, yet I think they are both very pretty.

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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

Things are going well as far as my torn Achilles tendon goes.  I went from a soft cast to a hard boot.  I did not like the soft cast at all because it was so hot and itchy, but the hard boot isn’t much better.   Luckily I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon today and he told me I only had to stick with the boot for a couple more weeks.  Sigh.  He did tell me that when I stop wearing the boot I have to be very careful not to tear it again.  It takes six months to completely heal.  It is going to be a long summer!

Bottled Happiness is a stamp set I earned for free when I signed up for the Virtual OnTour mini convention.  There were four stamps set the were sent to all the participants and I was happy to receive this one.  This stamp set has a coordinating punch called Vintage Bottle Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  You can also purchase Vintage Bottle Shaker Domes where you can put some fun Effervescent Elements (which I think are tiny little beads) inside the Shaker Domes to make a fun card.

Bottled Happiness is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  The leaves and flowers are made using two different stamps.  I first stamped the flowers in Starry Sky ink and the leaves in  Parakeet Party.  Then I stamped the outline of the bottle in Highland Heather ink on Highland Heather card stock and punched it out using the Vintage Bottle Punch.  I layered the bottle using Dimensionals.  Then I cut it out using the Scalloped Contours Dies.  I love how these dies cut out the scallops and the stitching.

Next I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the 2022/2024 InColor Designer Series Paper in Starry Sky and layered it on a Starry Sky card base.  Then I adhered the Scalloped Contours piece.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Art Gallery onto a scrap piece of Basic White card stock and layered that on top of the bottle using a Mini Dimensionals on each side.

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

I don’t know why but I never seem to remember how nice cards look when you use die cut Designer Series Paper on cards.  I usually just use card stock but I really think when you use DSP it adds so much more to a card.  Stampin’ Up!® has such beautiful DSP.  Each pack has different colors, pattern and textures.

I kind of worked backwards on this card.  Normally I choose the stamp set, the colors and then the background.  This time I decided to use a piece of Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper for my background first.  I cut it out using a die from the set called Scalloped Contours.  This particular die cuts out the scalloped edge as well as the stitching around the outside.  This die set coordinates with the stamp set called Color & Contour (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).

After that I stamped the three flowers in Memento Black Ink.  Color & Contour is a two step stamp set.  This means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  I decided not to use the inside of the flowers stamp, but instead I colored the flowers using a Highland Heather, Polished Pink, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Blends.I colored the leaves using a Granny Apple Green Blends.  I stamped the sentiment on Gray Granite card stock using Gray Granite ink and then cut the end of it using the same die I used on the background.  I adhered everything to a Gray Granite card base.  Lastly I added some Matte Decorative Dots.

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

This is the second card we made at our stamp club meeting last week.  It uses the Color & Contour stamp set along with the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  These dies are the best!  They cut out five different scalloped shapes with stitching as well as a scalloped border and two dies that cut out the flowers in the stamp set.  If you buy the stamp set and the dies in a bundle, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first cut out the large scalloped rectangle in Basic White card stock.  Then I ran it through the Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to add a little texture to the background of the card.  Then I cut out the smaller scalloped rectangle in Fresh Freesia cardstock and layered both of these on a Fresh Freesia card base.  I stamped the flower in Memento Black Ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. The Color & Contour stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I used the second stamp to add color to the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink.  Then I used a Soft Succulent Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and then adhered the Genial Gems to add a little sparkle to the card.

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

Well we finally made it back to the cottage.  It was a very, very long trip but we broke it up into two days which made it easier.  We are so glad to be back to our “happy” place.  It is pretty chilly here compared to Nashville so I am glad we brought some clothes for cooler weather.  When we left Nashville it was 91 degrees.  Today it is 60 and there is a frost warning for tonight!  Yikes!  We have definitely become Southerners when it comes to cold weather!

I made this card using the Color & Contour Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I am in love with these dies.  They cut out the two flowers in the stamp set but they also have the scalloped border I used for this card and five scalloped rectangles.

To make this card I first stamped the flower image in Memento Black Ink.  The flowers are a two step stamp which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I stamped the inside of the flowers using Daffodil Delight Ink and I used my Old Olive Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink.  Then I cut out the piece of cardstock using the scalloped border die and then again on a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called You’re A Peach.  Lastly, I added some 2021-2023 InColor Gems.

Here is the first sunset of the year at the cottage.  We missed these in the winter time in Nashville.

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Pansy Patch

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to use Designer Series Paper.  I love this challenge because, as you know, I have been on a kick to use my DSP more often.  My goal is to use an entire pack of paper before it retires.  Who am I kidding??  That won’t happen but I am going to try.

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

I am using the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my card (again).  I specifically chose this because, not only does it have beautiful designs but the Pansy Dies that coordinate with the Pansy Patch Stamp Set also cut out many of the images in the DSP!  The only stamping I did on this entire card is the sentiment.  The pansies and the leaves were all cut out of the paper with the dies.  It can’t be much easier than that!

To make this card I first cut out a 4.25″ x 5.5″  piece of the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a Basic White card base.  I love the checks on this sheet.  The color is one of the new InColors called Soft Succulent.  Then I cut out the flowers and the leaves in the DSP using the coordinating dies and adhered some of them with Stampin Seal and one with Dimensionals to a piece of Basic White cardstock I had cut out using the new Scalloped Contours Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment  from the Pansy Patch stamp set in Soft Succulent ink.  I then used a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets to adhere that to my card base.  I love those sheets because they add such dimension to a card and are so easy to adhere.  They are just like Dimensionals only they are 4 1/2″ x 4 5/16″ that you can cut to any size.  You can even die cut them to pop up an image, word or letter.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy and made using their Designer Series Paper.  I can’t wait to see their ideas.  They are both so talented!


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