Celebrate With Tags

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

There is only one month left where you can order from the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  There are a few products that are carrying over into the 2023/2024 Annual Catalog that begins next May but not very many.  There is a bundle in the Mini Catalog called Celebrate With Tags.  This bundle consists of the stamp set by the same name and a coordinating die set called Celebration Tags.  Thankfully the stamp set is carrying over but the dies are not!  I am not sure why they are retiring the dies but they are definitely worth owning.  Not only do they cut out the stamped images, but they also cut out two tags, a snowflake, a heart, some stitched candles (which are very cute), and some more stitched shapes.  It is a fun bundle that you can use for a variety of occasions such as birthdays, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

To make this card, I first stamped the balloons in Petal Pink, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight ink.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut a circle and a banner out of the die set called Stylish Shapes in Basic White card stock and layered the balloons on the circle.  I love these dies because they have stitching around the outside and come in various shapes and sizes (squares, circles and banners).   I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink on the banner.

Next, I cut another circle from the Stylish Shapes dies that is one size larger than the Basic White circle I cut earlier.  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper and layered that on a Basic White card base.

Remember, there are only a few more weeks that you can order products from the July – December Mini Catalog and before the Celebration Tags will be gone forever.

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Last week I was thinking to myself how happy I was to be enjoying this beautiful 75 degree weather in Nashville.  It was sunny and warm.  I was wearing shorts and sitting outside just enjoying the sunshine and warmth.  Then BOOM!  The next day it was in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night!  Can we rewind?  I guess the good thing is now that it is cold I won’t worry about spending time in my stamp room instead of being outside.

I made this card using the stamp set called Forever Fern.  This set has been around for a couple of years which makes me happy.  I think it is very pretty.  There is a set of coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing.  Unfortunately, you can not get the bundle discount since they have been around for a while but even without the discount, they are still worth it.  By the way, this is a reminder because the special bundle pricing that Stampin’ Up!® offers is only good for the first time products are in a catalog.  If they are carried over, the bundle discount goes away.

To make this card I first stamped all the leaves and berries in Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam ink.  If you look closely you will notice there are different shades of color in each of the images.  That is because this stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  Each stamp has different opacities so you have darker and lighter areas with just one stamp.  After stamping them I cut them out using the dies.

Next, I used a Water Painter to add some color to a piece of Basic White card stock using Soft Seafoam ink. All you need to do is put some ink from a refill bottle onto the inside of the lid of a stamp pad, squeeze the Water Painter to add water to the ink and brush onto a piece of cardstock.   After that dried, I adhered the leaves and berries.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink.  This set is part of a pre-release that Stampin’ Up!® offered.  It will be available in the January – April 2023 Mini Catalog.  I cut it out using the Stylish Shapes Dies and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Classic Matte Dots.

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Splendid Thoughts

Recently Stampin’ Up!® held some online classes for Demonstrators every Wednesday during the month of October using the Splendid Days Suite from the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts, Coordinating dies called Splendid Stems, Open Leaf Trinkets, Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon and Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I was not able to attend the classes live (mainly because I just plain forgot) but I was able to watch them at a later date.  Actually, the fourth class has not aired at the time of this writing, so maybe I might make that one!

This is the first card we made.  Keep in mind this was Shannon West’s card design.  I just stamped along with her.

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

To make this card, I first made a whitewash background using Water Painters and White Craft Ink.  You just put a few drops of the ink onto the inside top of the White Craft ink pad, add some water and brush it onto a Crumb Cake card base.  I have to admit, I either used too much water or my ink is very old because it kept soaking into the card stock.  I finally waited until it dried and then added ink using a sponge.  That worked a lot better for me.

Next, I stamped the leaf and the sentiment from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts with White Craft Ink onto a piece of Blushing Bride card stock, sprinkled some white embossing powder over it and heat set it.  Then I took the edge of a die from Stylish Shapes Die Set to cut out the border on one side.  I cut out one leaf in Early Espresso card stock and another leaf using the Splendid Day DSP.  I glued the together and then tied a bow around the stems using Linen Thread.  Lastly, I added some Classic Matte Dots (which Shannon did not use).

Here is the second card we made.  The only thing I changed about Shannon’s card was I used different colors.

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

To make this card, I first stamped the leaf background in Versamark Ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I rubbed the Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Soft Pastels over it.  Shannon used Night Of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape on her card.  I wanted to use lighter colors.  Keep in mind that when you first use the Soft Pastels you need to rub them on a piece of scrap paper to get the outer coating off.  After I scribbled over the Versamark leaves, I rubbed the excess chalk off using a microfiber cloth.  Then I layered this on top of a piece of Basic Black card stock.  I cut the three leaves from the Splendid Stems die set in Basic White card stock and layered them on top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled white embossing powder over it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I cut it out using the Stylish Shapes Dies.  Then, I adhered it on top of the leaves using Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some black Classic Matte Dots.

I love how Stampin’ Up!® shows us new techniques to try like whitewashing or rubbing Soft Pastels over Versamark ink.  I finished the third class which used Heat & Stick Powder with Gold Leafing which I will show you at a later date.

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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

The internet is an amazing thing.  I don’t know how we ever got along without it.  I know it is also can be a curse but if used correctly it is terrific.  You can look up answers or ideas about anything.  Of course, some things are not true and you need to use your judgment about that but you can also learn about so much more at the tip of your fingers.  One of my favorite things about the internet is getting card ideas.  You can do a search on specific stamp sets and get thousands of ideas.  You can do a search on specific colors or you can do a search on techniques.  Of course, the stamping community is amazing in itself because so many people share their ideas and creations.  The best part is it is ok to copy someone’s specific creations as long as you give them credit for it if you can.  It is called CASEing (Copy and share everything).

Lately, I have seen a lot of cards using water.  They are not new techniques because I have done them before but they are fun.  There are several ways to do this.  You can stamp an image on a piece of watercolor paper and then spray the paper with water or you can do what I did which is to ink a stamp up, spray the stamp and then put it on paper.  It makes the image look softer and a little watery.  That is how I made this card.

The first thing I did was use some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers with the stamp set called Bottle Happiness.  I colored the flower stamp in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya.  Then I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it onto watercolor paper many times.  I did the same thing using the leaf stamp using Parakeet Party ink.  In retrospect, I probably should have sprayed it with even more water than I did but I didn’t want to overdo it.  When it was dry, I cut out a circle in the middle of it using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Then I layered that onto a circle I cut out using the Layering Circles dies in Parakeet Party card stock and a larger circle I had cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies and Pale Papaya card stock.   It was a great way to save some paper because you can not see where I cut the circle out.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Memento Black Ink,  I tied some Pale Papaya ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin Kit).

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