Gather Together

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and myself.  I love our Stamp Off Challenges because sometimes they really are challenging!  Today is my favorite challenge to have.  It is a sketch challenge by Jackie.

Here is my card.

I decided to use a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Gather Together.  This stamp set has matching dies called Gathered Leaves and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The colors I used for this card are Pool Party and Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the leaf in Pretty Peacock ink onto a piece of Pool Party card stock and then cut it out using one of the dies.  Then I layered it on a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock I had cut out using the Stitched Shapes die set.  I layered two strips of Designer Series Paper called Come To Gather.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is also in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  I stamped it in Pretty Peacock ink onto Pool Party cardstock and then cut it out using a die from Stitched Rectangles.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with this sketch challenge.  I am sure their creations will be amazing!

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Beautiful Friendship

Hello everyone.  Today’s BS & J Productions challenge is a color challenge.  I love color challenges!

I love Pretty Peacock  but never thought to put it with Mint Macaron and Blueing Bride but I love how they look together.  Here is my card:

To make this card I used the stamp set called Beautiful Friendship.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  This set is a DisInktive stamp set which is a patent pending stamp set that shows depth by having the images stamp lighter and darker in different places.  I love the Hydrangea image in this set (Hydrangeas are my favorite flower).  If you look at the image you can see how some of it stamps darker and some is lighter.

I first stamped the Hydrangea in Blushing Bride and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Then I ran a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock through my die cut and embossing machine using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and cut that out using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Painted Harvest and punched them out using the Leaf Punch.  Lastly, I colored one of the hearts from the Heart Epoxy Droplets using my Dark Pretty Peacock Stampin Blends.  The Designer Series Paper is from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper packs.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these colors.

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To make this card I first adhered the two different pieces of the Magnolia Lane DSP to a Mossy Meadow card base.  Then I stamped the flower in Basic Gray Ink and colored it using my Dark and Light Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow Stampin Blends.  Then I cut that out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  I backed that with a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that I had cut out using the Layering Circles dies and adhered that to the card.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and cut that out using the Merry Christmas die set.  I attached that to the card using Dimensionals.

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Stitched Stars Ornament

This is one of the projects we made at our monthly stamping class last week.  You can either use it as an ornament or a tag for a gift.  It was very easy to make and didn’t take long at all.

To make the star I used a set of new dies that are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Stitched Stars.  These dies have a matching stamp set called So Many Stars and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t use the stamp set on this project but we did use it on another that I will show you in the near future.  It is appropriately called So Many Stars because the stamp set has 21 stamps and the die set has 23 dies!

I first cut a large star using Night Of Navy cardstock.  Then I scored it five times as in the picture below.  I drew the lines so you could see where to score easier.  Then you just fold it on the score lines with the points being a mountain fold and in-between the points being a valley fold.  This gives it a 3D look.

After I made the star I cut out the swirl using another one of the dies included in the Stitched Star set and Copper Foil Sheets.  When you cut this out, it also cuts out various sizes of stars which I saved to add to the project.  I adhered the swirl to a circle I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Then I mounted the Night Of Navy star using three Black Dimensionals on top of each other.  I was so excited to see these in the Holiday Catalog.  Sometimes the white Dimensionals show so the black are great.

Lastly I added a piece of White Baker’s Twine.

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Word Wishes

I love word dies and Stampin’ Up!® has a few good ones.  In the last Occasions Catalog they came out with dies called Well Written and this year they added Word Wishes.  Well Written goes with the stamp set called Well Said and Word Wishes has a stamp set called A Wish For Everything.  You can save 10% if you purchase Word Wishes and A Wish For Everything in a Bundle.

I needed a masculine birthday card and I always have a harder time making those than feminine cards.  I don’t know why but I do.  I think when it comes to masculine cards, simple can be better.

To make this card I first cut out the word “Happy” using the Word Wishes dies in Whisper White. added two pieces of Designer Series Paper from the 6″ x 6″ Brights collection in Poppy Parade and Pacific Point.  I cut the circle out of Pacific Point cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Dies and adhered the die cut with Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the word ‘birthday” in Pacific Point Ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Labels.

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A Fun Fold Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today we have a new challenge from BS & J Productions.  It is a Fun Fold Challenge.  I love Fun Folds!  When you open the envelope you expect it to be a regular card but then it becomes more of a surprise.

I decided to make a Dutch Door Fun Fold card.  It was super easy to make and did not take a long time.  The hardest part is deciding what stamps, colors and Designer Series Paper to use.  I chose the stamp set called Sailing Home.  This stamp set has matching dies called Smooth Sailing and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The Designer Series Paper is part of the same Suite and is called Come Sail Away.  The colors I used for this card are Night Of Navy, Seaside Spray and Whisper White.

Here is what the card looks like when it is opened.  I decided not to put a sentiment on it so I can decide later who and why I want to send it to.

Here are the cardstock pieces you will need to make this card:

To make this fun fold card, adhere the piece of Seaside Spray cardstock to the piece Night of Navy card base like this:

Then layer the piece of Designer Series Paper on top like this:

Then decorate however you wish.  For a full list of products I used, see below.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I know I will want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) both of their fun folds!

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Here’s A Card

Here’s A Card is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It is a sentiment only stamp set that has sentiments for the outside and inside of your cards.  I love the different fonts it uses because they are simple and elegant.

To make this card I first cut a strip of the new Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Blueberry Bushel Color.  This DSP is amazing.  It is bright and shiny and comes in great patterns.  I also cut two small strips from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets in Old Olive and put them on either side of the first strip I cut.  You can mix and match both of these packs of paper because they use the same colors.  The Specialty paper has a pattern and the Foil Sheets are plain.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  I layered that with an oval cut using the Layering Ovals Dies and an Old Olive Foil Sheet.  Lastly I cut the leaves out using the Animal Friends Dies.

Last week my son, Sam and his wife, Tara, and two of my grandchildren Madelyn and Nolan  spent a week with us at the cottage.  We had so much fun.  We spent a lot of time in the water swimming, boating and jet skiing but also took a day and went to Old McDonald’s Farm and Boldt Castle.  Here are some pictures to share with you.

 

 

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One Sheet Wonder

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another BS & J Productions Challenge.  This time our challenge is to use the technique called One Sheet Wonder.  This is where you make a bunch of different cards using one sheet of Designer Series Paper.  We all know how hard it is to cut that beautiful DSP so this is a great way for you to do it.

I cut mine a little differently than the original picture (but for some reason the original picture is not showing up on my blog this morning so I deleted it) but that is the great thing about Jackie and Buffy.  It is ok to change things up a bit.  This was the way I cut my DSP:

Here are my cards:

The Designer Series Paper I used is the 2018-2020 In Color 6″ x 6″ paper in Lovely Lipstick. The rest of the colors I used were also In Colors (Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel). Each of the cards use the stamp set called Bloom By Bloom.  This set is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It has matching punches called Bitty Blossoms Punch Pack and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  Bloom By Bloom doesn’t have any sentiments so I used some from various sets.  They were Birthday Cheer, Life Is Grand, and Itty Bitty Birthdays. I cut the various flowers out using a variety of dies such as Stitched Shapes and Rectangle Stitched Dies.

Now let’s go see what beautiful creations Buffy and Jackie made.  I am sure we will all be delighted!


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Birthday Cheer

Birthday Cheer is a fun stamp set that is in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog.  It has a matching set of dies that are amazing (even though I did not use them on this particular card). This set has everything you need to make some cute birthday cards including some sentiments with a fun font.  Of course, If you have been following my blog at all you have probably noticed that I purchases most everything in this catalog.  I love it all!

To make this card, I first stamped the present in Bermuda Bay Ink and fussy cut it out (fussy cut means cut by hand in case you didn’t know).  Then I colored it using the Highland Heather, Pool Party and a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends.  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock out of one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  I popped up the present using some Dimensionals and then attached this to a circle I had cut out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock using the Layering Circle Dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and then cut it out using a Rectangle Stitched Die.  This cut out was not quite long enough to go across the card, so I cut it in half and adhered half of it to one side of the card and the other half to the other side and adhered the present over it so you could not tell.  I used the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Gorgeous Grape.

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Butterfly Gala

Now don’t go checking to make sure you are really on Susan’s blog!  I know what some of you are thinking.  This can not be my blog.  Susan doesn’t like butterflies.  Well, the stamp set called Butterfly Gala and the matching Butterfly Duet Punch changed my mind.  That and I decided I needed to get over my butterfly trauma. It happened five years ago.  Time to let go.

For those that don’t know I will tell you the butterfly story quickly without all the details.  My son was getting married and we were looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner.  After finally talking him out of having food trucks come to a park with no bathrooms, he suggested we go look at a butterfly garden that was in the area.  I imagined these beautiful gardens with butterflies flitting all over while landing on the flowers and it just being lovely.  I could not have been more wrong.  It was in a hot house and there were hundreds if not thousands of butterflies all over the place.  They landed on me.  They got stuck in my hair. It was a horror show!  They even had to blow you off before you could leave in case one of the butterflies decided to try to escape their jail.  Needless to say, we did not have the rehearsal dinner there!  Ever since I have not liked butterflies.

Anyway, Butterfly Gala and the Butterfly Duet Punch are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  If you purchase them in a Bundle you can save 10%.  They are both part of a Suite called Gingham Gala.  The Designer Series Paper I used is part of it too.  As all the other Suites in this catalog, there are also embellishments and ribbon to go with everything.

To make this card, I first added the Gorgeous Grape lines to the Coastal Cabana Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  I saw this technique used a lot when the Buffalo Check stamp came out so I decided to try it with this paper.  I really like how it turned out.  To keep the lines straight I used a T ruler.  You can get those just about anywhere (including Amazon).  They allow you to draw a straight line much easier than using a regular ruler.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes.  I stamped the butterflies in Gorgeous Grape and colored them with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker. I adhered them by just putting a strip fo Multipurpose glue down the middle fo the butterfly so I could bend the wings up a little giving it a 3D look.

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EDITED:  Unfortunately the Butterfly Builder Punch is un-orderable at this time.  Stampin’ Up!® usually sells about 12,000 punches of one kind and they sold so quickly and so many that they ran out.  They decided to turn it off rather than experience a ton of backorders.  The good news is this will be carrying over in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog so it will be back.  They will turn it back on when they receive more.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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