Remember how I have been talking about using all that gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper? Well, I am still trying to do that. The hard part is SU keeps coming out with beautiful patterns in every catalog which, of course I have to purchase but I still trying really hard to get myself to cut that paper and use so here are two more simple and easy cards I made using some.
This first card using the Host Bundle of Designer Series Paper called Pattern Party. This is an amazing pack of paper that you can get with a qualifying order. It has 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper. There are colorful patterns on one side and black and white designs on the other.
To make this top card I just adhered the Blushing Bride piece of DSP onto a Basic White card base. Then I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and a different piece of DSP using the Basic Borders dies (I love these dies) and layered them on top. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet Ice Cream on a 3″ x 1 1/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels. Then I cut a full piece of Poppy Parade card stock using the same die. I adhered them together and used Dimensionals to place them on the card. Lastly I added a couple of leaves from Pierced Blooms in Granny Apple Green card stock.
I used Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my second card. This was also super easy to make. I adhered the flower piece of DSP on top of the Fresh Freesia checked piece and then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I glued the bottom piece of a Basic White card base and then used a Foam Adhesive Sheet to layer the cut out piece so it is popped which adds dimension. I stamped the larger sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia ink and the smaller one in Gorgeous Grape and then cut that out using another Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that on top.
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You’re A Peach is one of my favorite suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. It was definitely on my first order. The suite includes the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach, the coordinating dies called Peach Dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper and these adorable Mini Jam Jars.
I love peaches although I don’t get them very often. The grocery store peaches just aren’t that good. They are hard as rock and lack flavor. When we moved to Tennessee my daughter in law told me about the Peach Truck. It comes to Tennessee when the peaches are ripe in Georgia. A couple of days before we left for the cottage, Rob saw an ad for the Peach Truck and it was going to be near our house the next day. I had to go get some of the peaches and I have to say, they did not disappoint. They were the best peaches I ever had. Of course, Jackie and Buffy make me so jealous because they both grow peaches (well Buffy’s mom grows them) but the Peach Truck makes up for it. They were delicious! One thing the peach lady told me is to store the peaches in a brown paper bag until they are soft enough to eat. Perhaps I need to try that with a grocer store peach, although I know it still will not be as good and the fresh ones on the Peach Truck.
To make this card I first stamped the peaches from Sweet As A Peach using Pale Papaya ink while rolling the edges in Calypso Coral. That technique is called Rock “n Roll. Then I stamped them on Pale Papaya cardstock and cut them out using the coordinating Peach Dies. Then I stamped the leaves in Shade Spruce ink and cut them out using the dies too. I layered them on a piece of the Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper that looks like a sky. I added the tiny little Calypso Coral flowers and then stamped the sentiments in Shade Spruce and Calypso Coral in. I cut them out using a Tasteful Labels die.
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Hello everyone. It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me. This time we have a color challenge. I don’t know who made up these colors together but they are crazy! Oh wait. It was me!
I got the idea from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper. That is the great thing about the Stampin’ Up!® papers. They give you the colors ahead of time and I love that sometimes they put colors together that I would never think of. Plus I am still on my goal to actually use most of my Designer Series Paper. I’m not doing that well but better than I used to.
To make this card I started with a piece of the Well Suited DSP. I love how the Cajun Craze stripes look Grosgrain ribbon. Then I had to decide what color would look good with Night Of Navy and Cajun Craze. I decided BumbleBee looked great with them. I cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Die set. I adhered them to the flags which are part of the Tasteful Labels dies. I decided to adhere the flags using Dimensionals which gave the card some depth. I stamped the word “birthday” using the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. I masked off the word Happy using tape. Then I cut it out using a die from Hydrangea Dies.
Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these crazy colors.
Harvest Hellos is a stamp set that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It features an apple or a pumpkin along with other images that go well with them. There are also six sentiments in this set. Plus, it coordinates with the Apple Builder Punch. It is perfect for teacher’s, Halloween or Fall cards.
To make this card I first stamped the pumpkin in Pumpkin Pie ink. Then I colored it using my dark and light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Up!® Blends. I then punched it out using the Apply Builder Punch. Then I took the leaf stamp from Harvest Hellos and inked it using Old Olive ink and colored it using the light Old Olive Stampin Blends. Again, I punched this leaf out using the coordinating punch.
After this, I took the long leaves stamp from the Quite Curvy stamp set and stamped that in Old Olive ink and colored it with the light Old Olive Stampin Blends. The Quite Curvy set is an early release from the January – June 2021 Mini Catalog that you can buy now. It has these great curvy dies and a coordinating Christmas stamp set called Curvy Christmas. Curvy Christmas it only available until January 4th and will not be in the next mini catalog. I stamped the stem and curly vine using Early Espresso ink and then slayed the pumpkin on top using Dimensionals.
I stamped the sentiment using the Quite Curvy stamp set and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels. The Designer Series Paper is called Plaid Tidings and is in the August – December 2020 Mini Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).
Although this is a great Fall card, it doesn’t feel like Fall in Nashville. Last week it was in the high 70’s to low 80’s so I brought my shorts back out of storage. I am loving this Nashville weather and do not miss the cold and snow (yes it snowed) in Northern New York.
Every time a new Stampin’ Up!® catalog comes I get so involved in it I forget there is an Annual Catalog full of wonderful products. I seem to always keep the new products in front of me and the older ones get lost in the shuffle. The other day I went through some of the older products and pulled out the stamp set called Timeless Tropical. This stamp set has coordinating dies (although I didn’t use them on this card) too.
To make this card I first colored the palm tree stamp using the Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ ® Write Markers. Markers are a great way to get two or more colors on your stamp. After coloring them you “huff” (or breathe heavily) on them to reactivate the ink. After stamping them I cut them out using a die from the Hippo & Friends die set. I stamped the sentiment using Cinnamon Cider ink and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels. Then I layered both images on top of a Just Jade stitched rectangle.
The Designer Series Paper is from the InColor 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Assortment.
I know I promised some photographs of baby Jackson who was born October 2nd. He is such a sweet boy.
Here is a photo of his big sister, Emy holding him. I think she is trying to find out where all his hair is. She seems to be adjusting to having a baby brother although she made it very clear she wanted a sister and not a brother!
Good morning everyone. Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me. We were talking about challenges and one of us asked if we should use a specific stamp set since we really have never done that before. I know sometimes two of us may end up using the same but we have never planned that. Forever Fern was the only set we all owned so we went with that.
The stamp set called Forever Fern is part of a Suite called Forever Greenery. This suite also includes the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and the dies in a bundle), gorgeous Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, two embossing folders, ribbon and the very cute Gold Hoops I used on this project.
For me, one of the hardest parts of making a card is choosing the colors. I usually go with the same old ones but lately I have been trying new combinations. This time I used Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Rococo Rose. I first took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I love how embossing folders add some dimension to the background of a card. Then I stamped all the images and cut them out using my brand new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I love that thing!
Next I embossed the sentiment on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Versamark and White Stampin Emboss Powder. Then I cut it out using a die from Tasteful Labels. I used Multipurpose Glue to attach the Gold Hoop to the cardstock and dimensionals to attach the other images.
Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with this amazing Bundle. I am sure I am going to have to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) their designs.
Whiskey Business is a new stamp set that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It is a perfect stamp set to use for a masculine card which we all know is hard to do. Stampin’ Up!® has always had some good stamp sets for this purpose and I usually buy most of them because they are perfect.
To make this card I first stamped the glass and decanter in Early Espresso ink and cut them out using my Paper Snips. I am not a very good fussy cutter (what they call cutting things out by hand in the card making business) but these were easy to do since they are mostly straight lines. Stampin’ Up!® Paper Snips work really well because they are small and have a very sharp point. Then I colored them using my Cinnamon Cider Stampin Blends.
I took a piece of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and cut it out using the Layered Ovals Dies. Then I cut off one end of it to make it look like a table. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Cinnamon Cider ink and cut that out using a die from the Tasteful Labels Die set. I attached the glass, decanter and sentiment using a Stampin Dimensionals to give it a little depth.
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This is a very simple card using the Stampin’ Up!® stamp set called Forever Fern. This stamp set has matching dies called Forever Flourishing and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. It is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Annual Catalog. It has five different branches of leaves plus a set of berries, a splatter and four sentiments included in it. There are 14 dies that cut out all the branches and berries plus it has a bunch of other dies that cut out fun leaves and designs.
Both the stamp set and the dies are part of a Suite called Forever Greenery. This suite also has Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery that is gorgeous. On one side there are various leaf patterns and on the other side are other patterns such as the one I used on this card. The colors use almost all the greens we have in our inks so everything can match.
To make this card I first stamped the leaves and berries and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels. I layered all this on top of the piece of Forever Greenery DSP, a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock and a card base of Just Jade.
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Although last week I said Arrange A Wreath was my favorite Stampin’ Up!® bundle I did mention that I had a lot of favorites from this catalog. The Suite called Forever Greenery is also one of my favorites. I love the all the different leaf stamps in Forever Fern, the matching dies called Forever Flourishing and the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is gorgeous! The colors used in this suite are beautiful together and so elegant.
I started this card by just stamping and cutting out a bunch of the leaf images in different greens. I think most of our greens go really well with each other. I arranged them on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I thought they needed a little burst of color added to them so I stamped the berries in Mango Melody. I used a sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.
I still thought the card needed something more so I added another leaf and a berry to the other side. The card still looked very white so I added some Soft Seafoam splatters to the background. This is how I do so many of my cards. I get an idea in my head and it seems to be missing something so I add a little here and a little there until I like it. I am not very artistic so sometimes it takes me a while to figure it out (and sometimes it ends up in the trash more often than I like to admit). That is the great thing about stamping. Anyone can do it! Let me tell you, the only reason I passed art class was because I would ask the teacher for help and she would end up doing my whole project. How could she fail herself?
On Monday I showed you how you can make a quick and easy card by letting your Designer Series Paper (DSP) do all the hard work. Here is another example for you. If you are anything like me, you purchase a lot of DSP but you don’t use a lot of it. There is something that keeps me from cutting into that first sheet that makes it so hard to do. As they say “just do it”. What good is this beautiful paper if it sits around uncut and unloved?
The Designer Series Paper I used is called Ornate Garden Specialty Paper. It is called Specialty because it has some gold foil designs on some of the patterns. I cut a piece of the Terracotta Tile colored paper 4″ x 5.5″ and layered it onto a Whisper White card base. Then I cut the flowered DSP 2.5″ x 3.75″ and layered that onto a piece of 2.75″ x 4″ Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment “heartfelt” (from the stamp set called Well Said) using Memento Black in onto a piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock and then the “thank you” sentiment (from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments) in Terracotta Tile ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut both of them out using dies from the Tasteful Labels die set
It took me longer to decide which DSP to use then it took to make the card. So remember. Cut that Designer Series Paper and use it! That is what it is for.