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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Pierced Blooms & Color & Contour

Stampin Up Pierced Blooms

I have a favorite day of the year.  It is when all the trees have new leaves, the early flowers are beginning to bloom and the world is this amazing green color.  It is not quite as bright as Granny Apple Green but it is pretty close.  It is more like a mixture of Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.  Stampin’ Up!® should make it a color!  It always hits me when I am driving and I begin to notice the colors.  It is my favorite day because, one it is beautiful and two, spring has arrived.  That means warm days are ahead.  One of the best things about moving to Nashville is I will get TWO favorite days.  In Nashville this day was May 1st.  At the cottage it won’t be until the end of May so I get to enjoy it all over again.

Of course, the month of May is exciting in other ways too.  The new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog beings so I get to play with new products.  The card I made today uses a new stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I think this is one of my favorite bundles because I just love the new dies in this bundle.

To make this card I first cut the Basic White background using the largest Scalloped Contour die.  Then I embossed it using the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder.  I layered that onto a Pale Papaya card base.  Then I cut out the flowers and stems using The Pierced Blooms dies in Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Shaded Spruce card stock.  I adhered them using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut it out using another die from the Pierced Blooms set.  I backed that with a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock I had cut out using the same die and then cutting it in two. 

There is a great promotion going on now.  Order $250 worth of merchandise and get an extra $25 in hostess benefits.  It can be done though a workshop or individual orders!

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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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