Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up!®  is the encouragement we all get to share designs with everyone.  Stampin’ Up!®, other Demonstrators and customers share their creations with each other and it is ok to use those designs on cards that you make.   It is called CASEing (Copy & Share Everything).  If you do CASE someone else’s design, the polite thing to do is give that person credit.  I CASEd this card from another demo, Connie Stewart.  I did change my design up a bit but it was based on a card she made.

The card I made is a fun fold.  This is what it looks like when you lift up the top piece.

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Then you can open the middle piece which looks like this:

I have been trying to make cards to show you the new colors Stampin’ Up!®  offers.  So far, I have used Moody Mauve, Copper Clay, Pebbled Path, Boho Blue, Lost Lagoon and Pretty Peacock.  I used Lemon Lolly and Pecan Pie for this card.

First, I took a 4.24″ x 11″ piece of Lemon Lolly card stock and folded it in half.  Then I cut out the center front using the Scalloped Contour dies which made the window.  Then I cut Basic White card stock with a larger die from the same set and then cut that piece again using a smaller die to make the frame around the window.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink and cut it out using a 1 1/4″ circle punch (retired) and layered it on a piece of Old Olive card stock that I had punched out using a 1 3/8″ scalloped punch (retired).  I adhered that to the corner of the window using Multipurpose Glue.  You have to be careful to only put the glue in one corner.

Next I cut a 4″ x 10.5″ piece of Old Olive card stock and folded it in half.  I adhered that to the inside of the Lemon Lolly card.  I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the daisies from the Cheerful Daisies stamp set in Lemon Lolly ink, the leaves in Old Olive and the flower centers in Pecan Pie.  I used a splatter stamp from Artistically Inked to add some Boho Blue splatters.

The last thing I did was stamp a daisy and center on the inside of the card.  It was a very simple card to make.  Thanks Connie for sharing your ideas.

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Petal Park

Stampin Up Petal Park

I placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up!®  2023/2024 Annual Catalog on May 2nd.  I have to admit I did expedite the order because Stampin’ Up!®  has had so many awesome deals (discounts on retiring things and a free shipping day) so receiving an order has taken a long time.  Although, I did get my order, I have not been able to play with it yet.  I spent last week taking care of some of my grandchildren while their parents were away and immediately after that I went to see my other son’s family in Alabama.  All that pretty stuff I got has been sitting there untouched and unloved.  Hopefully this week, I will be able to show you some creations using the new (amazing) products.

In the meantime, I did make a card using some of the new Designer Series Paper I was able to order in April.  It is gorgeous paper using lots of blue including Balmy Blue, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight and Night Of Navy.  It is called Countryside Inn and is part of the Countryside Inn Suite Collection.

To make this card, I first cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of this DSP and layered it on a Boho Blue card base.  Next, I used the Scalloped Contours dies with Basic White card stock and layered it on top.  I stamped the flowers from the Petal Park stamp set in Night Of Navy and Boho Blue ink.  This stamp set is a two-step set where it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case the outline of the flowers is one stamp and the inside is another.  I punched the flowers out using the coordinating Petal Park Punch.  Next I took the two leaves stamps (one for the inside of the leaves and one for the outside) and stamped them in Old Olive.  Then, I layered the flowers on top using Dimensionals.  I used the stamp set called Artistically Inked to stamp the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from Stylish Shapes. Lastly, I added some Decorative Matter Dots.

Let’s hope I can find time later this week to play with my new products. I can’t wait!

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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

Rob and I went to a Luke Combs concert last week in Nashville.  He had Riley Green and Lainy Wilson open for him.  It was an awesome concert.  It was close to being my favorite concert of all time.  Luke doesn’t need to add fancy stuff to his concerts.  He just stands up there and belts it out.  He was amazing and I highly recommend going to see him.

The concert was at Nissan Stadium.  Rob and I decided to go early and tailgate in the parking lot before the show.  It was a simple tailgate.  We just had some snacks and some drinks and relaxed under the shade of a tree. They had live music playing near us, with food trucks and beer tents.  It was lots of fun!

There are only a few more days left to purchase the Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring.  A lot of things have already sold out but there are still plenty of wonderful products left.  May 1st is the last day you will be able to purchase them.

I decide to use a few of the retiring colors (Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, and So Saffron) on my card.  The first thing I did was take a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Then I embossed it using the one the Basics 3D embossing folders that are part of the Online Exclusive products.  I layered that on an Evening Evergreen card base.  Next, I cut a piece of Basic White card stock with the Scalloped Contours Dies and layered that on top.

Next, I cut the flowers and leaves using the Dainty Delight Dies with Evening Evergreen and So Saffron card stock.  The dies, along with the Dainty Delight stamp set are in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog.  They are being carried over into the new Annual Catalog that begins on May 2nd but you will not be able to get the 10% discount after May 1st.

The sentiment is from Altenew.  I stamped it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut the ends using the Banners Pick-A-Punch and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.

Farewell So Saffron, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.  You’ve been good to me!

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

Before I talk about the card I made, I wanted to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has announced that there will be a color refresh this year (Yay!).  The reason I am telling you this is that once they announce the retiring colors, the products using them will sell out quickly (sometimes in one day).  Therefore, if you love a certain color make sure you stock up on card stock, ink refills, and Blends soon.  They plan on announcing the retiring colors on March 29th but I, personally would not wait until then to stock up.  Do it ASAP.

I decided to use a Watercolor Wash technique on this card.  I think Buffy may have made a card using it recently and I loved how it looked.  It is a super easy thing to do to add color to your background.  I first cut a piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contour dies.  Then I added a couple of drops of Rich Razzleberry ink from the ink refill to the inside cover of the ink pad.  I used  Water Painter to add some water to the ink.  Then I brushed some of the color on the piece I had cut.  After it had dried, I took the splatter stamp from the Color & Contour stamp set and added some more color to the background after stamping it off on a scrap piece of paper first.  Stamping off makes the image lighter so it coordinated with the color wash.

Next, I stamped the outline flower stamp in Rich Razzleberry ink.  Then I stamped the inside of the flower on top after stamping it off first.  I stamped the outline of the leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and colored the inside of them using a Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Marker.  I hand-cut them out.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Ink and cut it out using a Scalloped Contour die.

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Pansy Patch

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

We finally made it home after a month-long visit to Florida.  The place we went to is right on the gulf beach.  Every night has beautiful sunsets.  The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous.  It rained one time for about 15 minutes and then cleared right up.  My granddaughter was here last week and we went shelling.  It was weird because there were very few shells that day but we did manage to get a few Sand Dollars.  They were all over the beach.

Don’t worry.  We didn’t take them all (although it may look like we did).

I started this card using a Basic White card base.  I cut out a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock using the Scalloped Contour Dies and embossed it using the Tasteful Textiles 3D embossing folder (retired).  I also cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using a smaller die from the same set.  I backed that up with a 3″ x 4″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

I decided to pull out the stamp set called Pansy Patch along with the coordinating Pansy dies to make the rest of the card. You can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.  I think this stamp set is so pretty.  It is a two-step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  The larger Pansies actually take four different stamps.  The colors I used for the flowers were Fresh Freesia, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.  I used Soft Succulent for the leaves.  Then I cut them out using the Pansy dies.  I adhered them to the card using Multipurpose Glue.  I like using this adhesive because it gives you some time to move things around if you don’t like it at first.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink.

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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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