Art Gallery Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Art Gallery Stampin Up Cup Of tea

February was my 15th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I didn’t even realize it until yesterday when I got an email from Stampin’ Up! congratulating me.  I knew my anniversary was in February but I didn’t realize it was a big one.  Stampin’ Up! was very kind and even gave me a credit towards future purchases.  They are such a great company.

I made this card using a few different products.  The flowers and leaves are from the Art Gallery stamp set and the Floral Gallery Dies.  This stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means two or more stamps create one image.  I stamped the large flower background in Blushing Bride ink and the second stamp using Flirty Flamingo.  I stamped the smaller flowers in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Granny Apple Green.  Then I cut those images using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the cup from the Cup Of Tea bundle in Smoky Slate ink and cut it out using the Tea Cup dies (you can save 10% by purchasing them using the bundle item number). I cut a 3.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Gingham embossing folder.  I layered that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock that I cut out using the Deckled Rectangle dies and layered that on a Basic White card base.

The sentiment is from the Beauty Of Friendship stamp set.  Lastly, I colored a piece of white Baker’s Twine using my Dark Flirty Flamingo Blends and tied it around the handle.

Here’s to another 15 years!

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Happiness Abounds

Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

My daughter-in-law, Tara is in charge of a program at Vanderbilt that provides comfort supplies to the end of life patients in the hospital.  One of the items they are looking for are nice, homemade bereavement cards to send to the families.  I was wondering if any of you are willing to send as many sympathy cards as you can to help out her program.  If you can only send one, that is fine.  She would appreciate anything you could do.  If you have friends, family, downline, customers, etc that stamp, would you mind asking them too?  If you can send them with an envelope, that would be great but if not, I will donate a bunch of envelopes to help out.
Please send them to:
Tara Horr
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN  37212
Thanks so much for your consideration.
One of my favorite things that Stampin’ Up!® does lately is to make dies that cut out some of the designs in Designer Series Paper.  The Hues Of Happiness Suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, Coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies, Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and Glossy Dots.  Some of the dies in this suite cut out the leaves and flowers in the DSP.  It is a fun way to way to make a card when you don’t have a lot of time.
To make this card, I first cut out the various flowers and leaves using the dies.  Then, I cut out the frame from the Framed Florets die set in Basic White cardstock.  I layered the frame, flowers and leaves on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock that I had first embossed using the Gingham embossing folder and then onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (which have sold out and therefore, are not available).

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

I am not sure if you have noticed this or not, but Stampin’ Up!® offers huge packs of Designer Series Paper in the back of every catalog.  You can get them by using your hostess dollars that you earn for  placing an order of $150 or more.  The packs are 48 pieces of 12″ x 12″.  That is a lot of paper!  So far, every time I order a pack of them, I have been very pleased with the colors and designs.  Wait until the new January – April Mini comes out.  It is my favorite yet!

I made this card using the Designer Series Paper Hostess Pack in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Design A Daydream.  The main colors in this pack are Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink and Pool Party.

The first thing I did when making this card is to take a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ of Basic White card stock and fold it in half.  Then I used the stitched scalloped die from the die set called Scalloped Contours and cut off and 1/2″ of the front of the card.  Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine again using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I placed a 1/2″ x 5.5″ piece of the Design A Daydream DSP over the edge of the embossing folder marks so you can not see the dent it left.  Then I took a 1″ x 5.5″ piece and adhered it along the edge of the back section of the card.

Next I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Perfect Plant dies.  I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat which I cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.

Check out these packs of paper.  You can find them on the hostess page which is usually in the back of the catalog.  You are going to love the new mini catalog pack!

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Teacup Dies

Stampin Up Cup Of TeaI just wanted to let you know that the next couple of weeks of posts may be shorter than usual.  It is that time of year that I need to start packing up my things to go back to Nashville for the winter.  The cottage is my favorite place to be but it is not winterized which means it would be mightily chilly to live in during the winter months.  Actually, I don’t even think it would be humanly possible to do so.  Therefore, I need to write a few blog posts way ahead of time.  So, I apologize if my posts are short but sweet!

I can not believe it is the last day of August already!  I am not sure where the summer went but it sure flew by.  The saying “days go by slowly but years fly” is definitely a true one.  It is ok though.  Fall is my second favorite season (with summer being my first) because the days are still a bit warm, with cool nights and beautiful colors.

I had a hard time deciding what the title of this post should be.  I used one stamp set, three sets of dies and an embossing folder to make it.  It is not a hard card to make.  It just took a lot of products.  That is ok, though!  I love that you can mix and match Stampin’ Up!® products and they all look so good together.

When I made this card I originally wanted to use the Cup Of Tea stamp set with the coordinating Teacup dies.  As you can see, I just ended up using the dies.  I cut the cup out using the Teacup Dies, Sahara Sand card stock and my Cut & Emboss machine.  Then I cut out the leaf design using Basis White card stock and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is great for attaching die cuts that are thin.  Next, I cut out the leaves using the Forever Flourishing die set in Basic White and Soft Succulent card stock.  I embossed a 3.5″ x 4.74″ piece of Petal Pink cardstock using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I took two of the Deckled Rectangle dies and used them to cut out a frame in Basic White.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Flowers in Sahara Sand ink.  Lastly, I added a piece of white Baker’s twine from the Essentials Pack.

Have a great day!


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Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Let's Set Sail

This is the second card we made when my stamping friends came over to the cottage last week.  We used the bundle called Let’s Set Sail.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Sailboat Builder Punch.  The punch cuts out the boat with the mast and both sails.  You can either stamp the boat and sails and then punch them out or you can just punch them from card stock (as we did in this case).  If you use the bundle item number, you can save 10%.

First I ran a Merry Merlot card base through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  It is not hard to do at all but you have to line up the folder carefully by placing it just a little bit over the center crease of the card base so that you don’t get a line on the front of your card.

Next, I took a 2.75″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the “water” stamp twice using Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped it off first so it would be a little lighter on the card stock.   Then, I stamped the boat shadow in Night Of Navy ink.  I punched out the boat in Night Of Navy card stock and the sails in Basic White.  I adhered the boat and the back sail using Multipurpose Glue and the front sail using Dimensionals.  Next, I stamped the birds and the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink. Here is a little hint:  it is hard to see if the birds are right side up just looking at the stamp so I suggest stamping it on scrap paper first.  That way you won’t have crazy, drunk birds on your card.  I layered this on a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and then onto the embossed card base.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Last week I showed you the new InColors and promised to post one of the cards I made using them.   All of them are rich and bright colors. They are just beautiful and I love every single one.

I used a new bundle that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Sending Smiles.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Sending Dies.  The stamp set has some bold flowers and stems along with a large word that says “Sending” and eight other sentiments that go with it.  For example, Sending Smiles Across The Miles or Sending A Note Of Thanks.  There is pretty much a sentiment for every occasion in this set.

To make this card I first embossed a piece of Basic White card stock using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I adhered that to a piece of Tahitian Tide card stock and a Starry Sky card base.  I stamped the flowers using Sweet Sorbet and Orchid Oasis ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out too.  The die set includes one die that cuts out the word “Sending” as well as a background to that die.  I cut the background out of Basic White card stock and the word in Starry Sky.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut it out using a sentiment die included in the Sending Dies.

You will be able to purchase these beautiful InColors as wells and the Sending Smiles Bundle on May 3rd.  If you can’t wait you can join my Stampin’ Up!® team and purchase them in your Starter Kit.  I can’t give you the links to purchase these items until they go live on the 3rd.

Sweet Ice Cream

Stampin Up Sweet Ice Cream

There is a lot of excitement in the world of Stampin’ Up!® today.  The 2022/2023 Annual Catalog starts on May 3rd and Demonstrators will be able to order some of the new products April 1st.  Wait until you see this catalog.  It is full of a lot of great products that you are going to love.  The only bad part is there are a lot of products that are available today that will be retiring on May 2nd.  Now the good news is some of them are on sale!  Do you feel like you have been riding a roller coaster with this post?

Sweet Ice Cream is a stamp set that is going to retire on May 2nd.  It has a coordinating punch called Ice Cream Builder Punch that will also be retiring.  The good news is you can purchase the stamp set right now at 20% Off and the punch at 50% off.  The bad news is once these items are gone from inventory, they are gone for good.  There goes that roller coast again!

To make this card I first used my Blending Brushes with Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink ink on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  Next I stamped the ice cream scoops in the same color ink and punched them out.  I stamped the cone in Crumb Cake ink and punched that out.  Lastly I took the Stampin’ Write Markers of colored the sentiment in all three colors and stamped that on a piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered everything on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and a Pale Papaya card base.

Remember, if you like the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch, or anything else that is on the retirement list you should order before it is gone.

If you would like to see the retirement list and what is on sale click HERE.

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Slim Sayings

Stampin Up Slim Sayings

I was so excited when I first saw the Slim Sayings Bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. This bundle includes a stamp set called Slim Sayings (which has six different large sentiments) and coordinating dies called Slim Card Dies.  These dies are such fun because they cut our different backgrounds for your cards.  Slimline cards have been really popular lately.  I have actually made a few that I in the past but having sentiments and dies to go with them is great fun.  Slimline cards can be different sizes.  The products Stampin’ Up!® are made for a 3.5″ x 8.5″ card.  Some slimline cards are 3″ x 6″.  It doesn’t really matter what size you like because both are fun.  I even used the Slim Sayings stamp set on this card which is an A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card.

To make this card I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper using Misty Moonlight ink.  This paper is one of the Sale-a-bration products you can get for free with a qualifying order.  I cut it out using a die from the set called Tailor Made.  Then I stamped it again on another piece of this Designer Series Paper and just cut out the word “one” using a smaller Tailor Made die.  Then I cut two pieces of 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo in Misty Moonlight and attached one to the top of each tag. I took a piece of White Baker’s Twine (Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack) and tied a bow around both of them.  Then I glued the smaller one over the larger tag.  It lined up perfectly.

Next I took a third piece of the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper and cut out a rectangle using the Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I ran this piece of DSP through my Cut ‘N Emboss Machine using the new Gingham embossing folder.  It is a little hard to see in the photo but it added a lot of dimension to the paper.  I layered this on a Misty Moonlight card base and attached the tags using Dimensionals.

If you order the Slim Saying bundle during the month of February you can get the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper for free!  This paper pack has 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ patterned paper.

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