Hand Penned Petals

Stampin Up Hand Penned Petals

Last weekend the Nashville are got hit with some strong storms.  There were tornado watches (something I will never get used to), a hard driving rain and then 50-60 mph winds.  We were ok but my son and his family lost power early during the storm and it stayed off for a couple of days.  Lucky for us, they decided to come stay with us for the weekend.  We had a lot of fun crafting, playing minature golf and just hanging out.  Maybe I should wish for thier power to go out more often (just kidding, Tara).  Rob is collecting paintings done by our grandchildren for his office.  Emory, Maddie and Nolan did a great job on their’s.   When it is all done, I will share photos.

Today’s card is a fairly simple one to make.  I first used a 3..5″ x 4.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock with the Stitched Greenery die.  I love how this die just cuts little dots that form leaves.  It is a great way to add a subtle background to a card. I backed it with a 3.75″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock and a Soft Succulent card base.

Next, I stamped the flower from the stamp set called Hand-Penned Flowers using Evening Evergreen ink.  I cut it out using the coordinating Penned Flowers dies and then colored it using the Balmy Blue and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and cut that out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  I adhered that to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (retired).

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Amazing Silhouettes

Stampin Up Amazing Silhouettes

As you know I am on a quest to use products that I have not stamped with in a while.   Amazing Silhouettes is one of those stamp sets from the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that has not seen ink in a while.  Plus, I found a fun technique online from Jennifer McGuire that would be perfect to do with this set.

The images for this particular stamp look like this after inking them up:

As you see the ink is placed around the image and leaves the image itself the color of your card stock.  I wanted to have the image be colorful and it was easy to do.  The technique is called Emboss Resist.

First, I stamped the image using Versamark Ink on Basic White card stock.  Then, I used Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  Again, due to the way the stamp is, the tree itself did not have any embossing on it.  I took some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers in Orchid Oasis, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow and colored in the tree.  The clear embossing powder doesn’t absorb ink so those areas stayed white and the areas without the embossing powder took the color. Isn’t that fun?!  After I added the ink, I fussy cut out the tree image (don’t look too closely as I am not very good at cutting things out by hand).

Next, I cut out 1″ x 5.5″ pieces of Orchid Oasis, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow card stock and adhered them to a Basic White card base.  I ran that through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Stitched Greenery Die.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Charming Sentiments and cut it out using the coordinating Sentiment Silhouettes die set.   You can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.  I layered the sentiment on the card using Dimensionals.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Today Rob and I are traveling to our cottage on Lake Ontario for the summer.  Although we love Nashville, it is way too hot for us here.  Last week it was 94 degrees!  You can’t sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather without wilting so we are headed north to enjoy our beautiful summer sunsets.  That is a warning because you know I will post one or twelve sunset photos before the summer is over.  Of course, we will freeze when we first get there but it should warm up by July.

I think Sending Smiles is one of my favorite bundles in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set as well as the coordinating Sending Dies.  This bundle goes so well with the gorgeous InColors because the stamps are solid and bold.  You know I am a Brights person and the new colors are definitely bright.  Plus they go really well with some of the 2021/2023 InColors (like Fresh Freesia).  Plus Sending Smiles has some great sentiments.  There are eight of them in this stamp set.

To make this card, I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine with the Stitched Greenery Die.  I love how this die gives so much interest to the background of a card.  I adhered that to a Tahitian Tide card base.

After that, I stamped the flowers in Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis ink (with a Tahitian Tide center) and cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies.  Then I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out.  I added them to the card to make a wreath.  When I was done I thought it needed a little bit more so I cut out the smaller flowers in Tahitian Tide card stock.  Then I added a 2022-2024 InColor Matte Dot in the middle of the little flowers.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink and added it my card using Mini Dimensionals.

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Daffodil Daydream

Stampin Up Daffodil Daydream

I have a ton of birthdays coming up in the next couple of months so you are going to see a bunch of birthday cards.  I have six birthdays in February and another five or six in March.  The good thing is there are so many great products in all the Stampin’ Up!® catalogs that I can make a ton of cards and each one would be different.

One of my favorite products out right now is the Stitched Greenery die.  It is a large background die that cuts out little designs using stitches.  I decided to use that as the background of this birthday card.  I used it with a  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Misty Moonlight card stock.  I layered that on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Just Jade card stock and a Basic White card base.  I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the Tailor Made Tags Dies which are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  I cut a little piece of 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon in Misty Moonlight and attached it to the top of the tag.

The daffodil was made using the Daffodil Dies.  This die set coordinates with the Daffodil Daydream stamp set (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle) which is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog.  I didn’t use the stamp set on this card. Instead, the sentiment I used comes from the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach.  The colors I used for the flower were Bumble Bee, Daffodil Delight (of course!) and Just Jade for the leaves.  The dies cut out all the different layers of the flowers to make them look more realistic.  I adhered them to the tag using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  Lastly I colored three Polished Dots using my Misty Moonlight Dark Stampin Blends.



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Whimsical Trees

Stampin Up Whimsical Trees

The things that help me make a decision on what I buy for crafting supplies are (1) if it catches my eye immediately, (2) I can come up with at least 5 ways to use it, and (3) I can mix and match it with other products.  The Whimsical Trees Bundle had all three of these requirements.  It immediately caught my eye as something I did not have before.  It can be used for Christmas as well as other occasions.  Trees can be used for year round.  It has a lot of Christmas images but one of the trees looks like it has lights on it or it could be snow.  I love the sentiments in this set because they are different.  The bad thing about this bundle is it is going to retire on January 3rd.

I decided to pair the Whimsical Trees bundle with the Stitched Greenery die for this card.  I love a little sparkle so I die cut a piece of the Silver Foil Specialty Pack for the background using that die.  I love how that die cuts little lines in the card stock but doesn’t cut anything out.  I also cut out the stars to go on top of the trees in the Silver Foil.

Then I stamped out the trees in Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies.  I layered them on top of a piece of Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper using Seal and Dimensionals.  This DSP has silver throughout many of the sheets.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

I think this is such a sweet Christmas card with a lot of sparkle and shine.  What could be better?

Remember that the Whimsical Tree stamp set, the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies and the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper are all retiring on January 3rd.  They are available while supplies last.

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Stitched Greenery & Pierced Blooms

Stampin Up Stitched Greenery

This is the third card we made at our stamp meeting a couple of weeks ago.  Look at the background of this card.  I just love it!  It is a new die that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog called Stitched Greenery.  It doesn’t cut out a shape.  It only cuts all those beautiful stitched leaves out of the background of a piece of card stock.  I think it is fun and elegant and really adds some interest to the background of your card.  Below is a close up.

I decided to pair the Stitched Greenery die with the Pierced Blooms dies.  Pierced Blooms is a set of 25 dies that cut out flowers, leaves, a stem, a bow and the label we used on this card.  I first cut a piece of Basic White card stock using the Stitched Greenery die. Then I cut out the flowers in Polish Pink, the centers of the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green card stock.  I layered all of them on top of the Stitched Greenery Basic White piece of card stock using Multipurpose Glue and then layered that on a Polished Pink card base.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Biggest Wish stamp set in Granny Apple Green Ink and cut it out using the label die from the Pierced Blooms die set.  I adhered that using Stampin’ Up!® Dimensionals.

That Stitched Greenery die is going to be one of my favorites so you will probably see it a lot on my blog.

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