Sweet Conversations

Stampin Up Sweet Conversations

I know Valentine’s Day is over but I wanted to show that you can use Valentine stamp sets for other occasions too.  This particular card could also be used as a birthday or thank you card as well as a Valentine.  Wouldn’t it make a perfect card for one of my granddaughters?

I used a lot of the products from the Sweet Talk Suite which is in the Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog to make this card.  This suite includes the stamp set called Sweet Conversations and the coordinating dies are called Sweetheart Dies.  If you buy them in a bundle you can save 10%.  Also included in this suite is the Gingham Embossing Folder, boxes, ribbon, embellishments and Designer Series Paper. Do you remember those hard heart candies that would have words on them?  Some companies called them Sweethearts and other called them Conversation Hearts, which is why Stampin’ Up!® used both names in this bundle.  I don’t know if they still make these candies but I would assume they still do.  They were really popular when I was a kid many moons ago.

To make this card I first ran a Blushing Bride card base through my Cut & Emboss machine using the new Gingham Embossing Folder.  Then I cut out a piece of Highland Heather card stock using the Stitched So Sweetly die set.  I layered a piece of the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper on top of that and adhered both to the card base.  Next I stamped the sentiment heart and cut that out using the Sweetheart dies.  I cut an additional Highland Heather Heart and the Blushing Bride tag.  I added the bow using the Baker’s Twine Essentials pack and adhered all of that to the card using Dimensionals. 

On a side note, I want to wish Rob, my husband a very happy birthday.  He is the best and I hope he has a wonderful birthday!  I love you!


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Island Vibes

Stampin Up Island Vibes

We made it home from Florida last weekend.  It was sad to leave all that warmth and sunshine.  It was chilly our first ten days there but it warmed up nicely during the second half of our vacation. I am going to miss that beautiful view we had too.  You can’t beat looking at this every night (except maybe at the cottage).

There is only one week left of the Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration.  That means there is only one week left to earn products for free with a qualifying order.  There are a lot of wonderful products in the SAB catalog and I made this card using three of them.

To make this card I first used the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Island Vibes,  This stamp set includes three DisINKtive stamps.  A DisINKtive stamp is where one stamp has different opacities to show some depth.  I colored the plant using a Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede and Granny Apple Green Stampin Write Markers.   This is a great way to have different colors on one stamp.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Friendly Hello and cut both out using a die from the set called Stitched So Sweetly.

Next I took a piece of Flowers For Every Season ribbon which comes in white and colored it using a Bermuda Bay Blends.  I love that the Blends can color embellishments and ribbons.  I tied this around a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a Basic White card base.  Lastly I added Dimensionals to the back of the image I had stamped earlier to adhere it to the card.

As another reminder, if you order $150 worth of Stampin’ Up!® products you can get the Island Vibes stamp set as well as the Friendly Hello bundle (which includes a stamp set and Designer Series Paper).

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Whimsical Trees

Stampin Up Whimsical Trees

Here is a Clean and Simple (CAS) Holiday card you can make quickly and easily.  I usually make between 50-60 of the same Christmas cards to send to friends and family.  That is a lot of cards to make at once but I try to make it fairly simple if I can.  This is a perfect example of a card you can mass produce using your Stamparatus.

To make this card I first took a piece of Basic White card stock and put it in my Stamparatus.  I lined up the large tree stamp from the set called Whimsical Trees and closed a plate over it so it picked up the stamp.  I used Evening Evergreen ink and stamped it onto the card stock.  I reason I use my Stamparatus is because I can just pop another piece of the same sized card stock in the same place and stamp another tree.  This can be done as many times as you want, although I do recommend cleaning off the stamp occasionally.

Next I took the stamp that looks like Christmas lights and layered that over the Evening Evergreen tree and picked it up with a Stamparatus plate.  I inked it up using Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it on the tree.  Again, you can do this with all the other pieces you stamped the tree on over and over.  It truly makes mass producing multiple cards so easy to do.

After all my stamping was done, I layered the Basic White card stock on a piece of Evening Evergreen that I had cut out using the largest Stitched So Sweetly die.  I then layered that on top of a piece of Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals.  The card base is Evening Evergreen.  Lastly I adhered the sentiment and the star using Multipurpose Glue.

A few days ago, Stampin’ Up!® released a copy of the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog to all the Demonstrators.  They also released the list of what will be retiring from the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  Unfortunately, The Whimsical Tree stamp set, the coordinating Christmas Tree dies and the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper are all retiring.  There are also a lot of other products retiring so if you love something from this catalog make sure you purchase them soon.

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True Love Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up True Love

True Love Designer Series Paper is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and it is one of my favorite papers.  Why?  Because it is black and white paper.  I know black and white paper can seem boring by itself but I actually love the look of it because then you can add a pop of color somewhere to make it stand out.   What is even better is you can color it the DSP using your Stampin Blends to go with any project you are making.

For this card I first cut out the flowers from the True Love DSP and colored them using my Dark and Light Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  You can see how quickly this change the look of the paper.  I used Basic Black for the card base and layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed with my Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  Then I took a 3.5″ x 2.5″ piece of the True Love Designer Series Paper and layered that on top of a piece of Basic Black card stock I had cut out using a die from the Stitched So Sweetly set.  Then I adhered the flowers on top.

After this I stamped the sentiment, Hello, using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia.  This stamp set will be retiring on May 3rd.  The True Love Designer Series Paper  will retire on June 30th (or earlier if the supplies run out).  You really need to get this paper because you can use it any way by just coloring it.

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Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

I had fun today playing around with the Stampin’ Up!® Gilded Leafing.  It is really so beautiful in real life that it is hard for a photo to capture.  Gilded Leafing is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and is part of the Fine Art Floral Suite.  You can use it with a lot of different adhesives including Heat & Stick Powder and Tear & Tape.  This time I used it with Multipurpose Glue.

For the background of this card, I used my Silicone Mat and put some Multipurpose Glue on it.  Then I took a Stamping Sponge and dipped it in the glue and dabbed it randomly all over a piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Then I pressed the card stock with the glue on it into the Gilded Leafing.  By the way, I keep the Gilded Leafing in a 7″ x 7″ box with a top so it doesn’t go flying all over.  The leafing is very light and can easily get away from you but keeping it in a box helps a lot.  I adhered this to a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet.  This is a close up of what the background looks like.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Art Gallery in Rococo Rose ink and again in Old Olive.  Then I cut them both out using the coordinating die from the set called Floral Gallery (you can save 10% by purchased the stamp set and the dies together in a Bundle). I cut the stem off the Rococo Rose die cut and adhered the flowers on top of the Old Olive die cut.  You could use your Markers to separately color the stem and the flowers but I find it easier to do it this way.

After that I stamped the center of the flowers using Versamark, sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder on it and melted it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it or it loses its stickiness so just do it until it melts.  Then I pressed the flowers into my box of Gilded Leafing.  I adhered the flowers to a piece of Basic White card stock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies using Stampin Dimensionals.   I stamped the sentiment in Rococo Rose ink.  Before I adhered it to my background,  I tied a piece of the Forever Greenery Trim around it.

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Today’s Tiles

Stampin Up Today's Tiles

The stamp set called Today’s Tiles is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I have a confession to make.  This stamp set was not on my radar for my first order in this catalog but apparently I got my item numbers mixed up and it arrived with that first order.  Since it was not planned, I didn’t get the dies (called Field Tiles Dies) but they are now on my list.  Sometimes mistakes turn out to be a good thing because I really like this set now.

Today’s Tiles is a two step stamp set.  That means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  Here is a big hint.  You need a Stamparatus (SAR) to match up this image.  I tried to do it using blocks but it was too hard to line up for these old eyes.  The SAR made is really easy to do.  After I stamped both of the images together I liked it so much I decided to go ahead and make up a bunch of them using different colors.  I am sure you will see some of them in the future.

Stampin Up Today's Tiles

As you can see I had a lot of fun making different color combinations.  I think the red and green one looks Christmasy to me and the Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy could definitely be for a masculine card.

I cut the sentiment out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

Here is a picture of Madelyn at her “kindergarten” class.  Schools are not open in Nashville due to COVID 19 so some of their neighbors got together and hired a teacher to help them with online learning.  These shirts made me laugh.  2033 seems so far away!!  Madelyn is the silly one in the middle.

Here is a picture of Emy on her first day of school in Pre-3 with my son, Zachary.  Emy loves to dress up as a princess (as most little girls do).

As a reminder, Sunday was my birthday and I decided to celebrate my birthday with you all week by giving FREE Shipping to all my customers who place a $50 order or more with me using the Hostess Code RMHPRSAM.  If you place an order online, I will rebate you the shipping costs by PayPal or if you live locally, I can give you a check.  If you need help ordering, let me know and I can place the order for you.  Remember, you have to use the Hostess Code in order to receive free shipping.  If your order is $150 (excluding tax and shipping) or more, do not use the Hostess Code so that you will get the hostess benefits yourself.  If you do that I will still rebate you the shipping.  This offer ends on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

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Timeless Tropical

This is one of the cards we made at my last stamp class.  It seems like such a long time ago that I held a class.  Unfortunately, it is one of the things many, many things we had to stop due to COVID-19 (and my anticipated move).  It makes me sad when I think about the ladies that came to my classes over the years.  I had the best group and I miss them all a lot.  The good news is some of us got together (remotely of course) to hold monthly swaps.  Our first swap is at the end of of April and I will be sure to share them when it happens.

To make this card I used the Tropical Oasis Suite which is in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  I knew as soon as I saw this Suite that I would have to get it and I still love it.  The Suite includes the stamp set called Timeless Tropical.  It has matching dies called In The Tropics (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  Also included in this Suite is an embossing folder (Coastal Weave), Tropical Oasis Trinkets, Saddle Brown Stazon Ink, a Memories & More Card Pack and Braided Burlap Trim.  Plus there is Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper.  I love that Stampin’ Up!® has so many products  that go so well together.

The colors I used in this card are So Saffron, Pear Pizzaz, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Calypso Coral.  I layered a piece of the Tropical Oasis DSP on top of a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a So Saffron card base.  Then I colored the trees with a Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  Markers are a great way to stamp something in more than one color.  I cut two pieces of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and then ran them through my die cutting machine using the Subtle Embossing Folder.  This gave the cardstock some texture.  I cut the sentiment out of Early Espresso cardstock and the flower out of Calypso Coral.  Lastly I added a Frosted Clear Epoxy Droplet to the center of the flower.

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Very Versailles

One thing I am not surprised at about this new world of social distancing is that people seem to be kinder and more thoughtful.  I know at first it was “everyone for themself” but now people have woken up to the fact that working together is better.  I have seen a lot of kindness, tolerance and courtesy now.  I love that.

“Thank you for your kindness” is a perfect sentiment for the times.  It is part of the stamp set called Layered With Kindness and is in the Spring Mini Catalog.  There are two punches that go with it.  One is called Label Me Lovely and the other is Label Me Fancy.  Both can be used with the stamp set.

In this case I didn’t use either but instead chose the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I love how these dies can nest within each other.  I first stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock and cut it out.  Then I took a piece of Basic Gray cardstock and cut out the larger piece using the same die set.  I stamped the branches in Pretty Peacock ink on top of a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Smoky Slate and layered everything on top of a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock.

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Honey Bee

As you already know, the Honey Bee stamp set and the matching Detailed Bee Dies are one of my favorite Bundles in the 2020 Mini Catalog.  Here is another card that I made using this Bundle but it is a little different than the other ones.  I wanted to show you there are other ways to use this set without the gorgeous Designer Series Paper that goes with it, as well as only using Black, White and Gold.

The colors I used for this card are Purple Posy, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss.  I first stamped the flowers in Garden Green ink and colored them using my Blackberry Bliss Stampin Blends.  I stamped the bees in Memento Black Ink and colored them using a Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends.  Then I cut them out using the Detailed Bee dies (and of course, you can save 10% by purchasing the Honey Bee stamp set and Detailed Bee Dies in a Bundle).  I popped up the bees using a Dimensional.  I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink and layered that onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and a piece of Purple Posy cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I used a piece of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.

Tomorrow is the last day of Sale-a-bration.  Don’t miss out in getting free products with a qualifying order or joining Stampin’ Up!® with an amazing offer.

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Peaceful Poppies

Hello everyone! It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy and Jackie.  This time our challenge was to make something using our favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP).  This was a very hard challenge for me since I love so many different packs of DSP.  In the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog I love Magnolia Lane, Come Sail Away and the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Packs.  I also love the From My Heart, Parisian Blossoms, Birthday Bonanza, Tropical Garden and the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper which all are in the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog. Then of course, my favorite Sale-a-bration DSP is the Golden Honey Specialty Paper.  Too many choices!  I decided to just go with one I hadn’t used in a while ~ Peaceful Poppies.

This Designer Series Paper is part of the Peaceful Poppies Suite in the Spring Mini Catalog (the real name of this catalog is way too long to keep typing over and over so I am shortening it).  It uses nine different Stampin’ Up!® colors which are all bright and beautiful.  This suite also includes two awesome stamp sets, two sets of coordinating dies, ribbon, sequins and elements.

This card was fairly simple to make.  The card base is Blackberry Bliss.  I cut a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of the DSP and then diagonally cut it into two pieces.  Then I took one of those pieces and diagonally cut that.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments and cut it out using one of the Stitched So Sweetly Dies that are also in the Spring Mini Catalog.  I adhered that to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that I had cut out using the same set of dies.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite DSP is.  I wonder if they had the same trouble choosing that I did!

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