Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

Before I forget, I need to let you know that I am scheduling a bunch of blog posts ahead of time because I won’t be able to blog for a few weeks.  I wanted to let you know in case I happen to post something that may be unavailable to order due to the backorder situation.  At the time of the post, the item would have been available but sometimes things run out.  I apologize ahead of time if that happens.

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery.  You can’t get the discount on the bundle anymore since it has been in a few catalogs and the bundle discount is only available when it is in a catalog for the first time.  Either way, it is a beautiful set.  I stamped the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers.  The best way to do this is to use a Stamparatus.  Sometimes when you color a stamp using markers you may miss a spot or two. If you use the Stamparatus you can just reink it and stamp again.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die.  I also stamped the sentiment using the Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery dies.

Next, I took a Mint Macaron card base and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.  I know I have been using this embossing folder a lot and I just realized it is retired.  Sorry about that but you can always use a different embossing folder.  This one happens to be one of my favorites since it adds a subtle texture to card stock.  There are a number of current embossing folders that can do the same thing.  I cut the frame out of Basic White card stock using the Fabulous Frames dies.  I backed the frame with a piece of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is a pack of 48 double-sided sheets and you can get it for $18 as a Host Gift with a $150 order.

Next, I cut another piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours dies.  I layered the flowers on top of that.  I adhered the sentiment using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I add some 2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds.

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Leaf Fall

Stampin Up Leaf Fall

One of the things we love about leaving the cottage and coming back to Nashville is we get to experience summer for a longer period of time.  Right now in Northern New York it is in the low 60’s (which is still very nice but not quite summery).  Last week in Nashville it was in the high ninties.  Yikes!  It was hot, hot hot.  It was also very humid.  New York rarely gets into the 90’s so we are not used to it.  Thankfullly it cooled off a bit last weekend (which means the 70’s which is perfect!).

Even though the trees are still very green here in Nashville, I wanted to make a Fall card using Fall colors.  I used the embellishment kit called Leaf Label & Amber Gems Combo Pack.  The leaves in this kit are a bit darker than Crumb Cake.  I think they are more like the Kraft Note Cards that Stampin’ Up!® sells.  I took a couple of these leaves and pressed them into my Cajun Craze ink pad to give them some color.  I think there might be some kind of coating on the leaves because the ink did not dry immediately.  I had to use my Heat Tool to dry them.  The Heat Tool is great for drying Pigment inks too.  Pigment inks don’t absorb into card stock like dye inks do.  They sit on top of the paper so you need to give them time to dry.

Next, I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder.  I also ran a 1 1/8″ of Cajun Craz card stock through my Machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  I adhered all these pieces onto a Cajun Craze card base.  Lastly, I added the hot foiled sentiment (Pinkfresh) and some of the Amber Gems.

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Rings Of Love

Stampin Up Rings Of Love

As you already know, it is Sale-a-bration time at Stampin’ Up!.  This is when you can earn free products with a qualifying sale.  Some of the free products you can earn with a $50 order and others can be earned with a $100 order. There are stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper available.

One of the items you can get for free with a $50 order is the Rings Of Love Designer Series Paper.  This paper coordinates with the Ringed With Nature Bundle in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog (page for 62) but you can also use it with other products too.

For this card, I first cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the Rings Of Love DSP.  I layered that onto So Saffron card base.  Then I cut the frame out in Evening Evergreen card stock using the Fabulous Frames Dies.  I love these dies!  There are six different dies in the set.  Three of them cut out a shape to use as a frame, one cuts out a sentiment and the other two cut out fancy corners.  All of them cut and emboss the card stock.  I layered the frame on top of the piece of DSP.

Next, I cut out the hexagon using the Beautiful Shapes Dies in Evening Evergreen card stock.  This die set includes 14 different fun dies and coordinates with the Framed Occasions stamp set.  Next, I ran one of the leaves from the Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder.  This gave the leaf some texture.  I adhered that to the Hexagon using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  I stamped it in Evening Evergreen ink onto a small piece of So Saffron card stock and then cut it out using a miscellaneous die.   Lastly, I added a few Amber Gems.

Don’t forget there are a lot more items available to get for free in the Sale-a-bration Catalog plus the items they added last week (you can see them HERE).


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Adding Color To Die Cuts With Blends

Stampin Up Forever Flourishing

Jackie (of BS & J Productions fame) shared a video with me showing how you can add color to die cuts to make them look beautiful.  I decided I loved the way the die cuts came out so I wanted to make a card using this technique.  It is a very easy and fast way to add color to your die cuts. You could use Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!® Blends.

The firs thing I did was to cut the leaves using a die from the set called Forever Flourishing in Basic White card stock.  I used Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Cinnamon Cider Light and Dark Stampin’ Up!® Blends to add the color.  I basically just dabbed each color randomly on the front and the back of the die cut.  I started with the lightest color and worked to the darkest.  I started with the Light Daffodil Delight and then added the Dark Daffodil Delight.

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Then I used the Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

After that I added Cajun Craze and a little Cinnamon Cider around the edges.  I then took the Light Daffodil Delight and blended all the colors together to smooth them out a bit.  I kept doing this until I was happy with the colors.

After that I layered it on top of a piece of Basic White card stock that I had cut out using a die from Nature’s Thoughts using Multipurpose Glue.  I adhered that to a larger piece of Cajun Craze card stock.  I used a Basic White card base and ran the front of it through my Cut ‘N Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  I added the sentiment (Pinkfresh) using Stampin’ Up!® Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some Sequins For Everything.

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

This is the second card we made at our stamp club meeting last week.  It uses the Color & Contour stamp set along with the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  These dies are the best!  They cut out five different scalloped shapes with stitching as well as a scalloped border and two dies that cut out the flowers in the stamp set.  If you buy the stamp set and the dies in a bundle, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first cut out the large scalloped rectangle in Basic White card stock.  Then I ran it through the Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to add a little texture to the background of the card.  Then I cut out the smaller scalloped rectangle in Fresh Freesia cardstock and layered both of these on a Fresh Freesia card base.  I stamped the flower in Memento Black Ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. The Color & Contour stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I used the second stamp to add color to the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink.  Then I used a Soft Succulent Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and then adhered the Genial Gems to add a little sparkle to the card.

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Pierced Blooms & Color & Contour

Stampin Up Pierced Blooms

I have a favorite day of the year.  It is when all the trees have new leaves, the early flowers are beginning to bloom and the world is this amazing green color.  It is not quite as bright as Granny Apple Green but it is pretty close.  It is more like a mixture of Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.  Stampin’ Up!® should make it a color!  It always hits me when I am driving and I begin to notice the colors.  It is my favorite day because, one it is beautiful and two, spring has arrived.  That means warm days are ahead.  One of the best things about moving to Nashville is I will get TWO favorite days.  In Nashville this day was May 1st.  At the cottage it won’t be until the end of May so I get to enjoy it all over again.

Of course, the month of May is exciting in other ways too.  The new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog beings so I get to play with new products.  The card I made today uses a new stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I think this is one of my favorite bundles because I just love the new dies in this bundle.

To make this card I first cut the Basic White background using the largest Scalloped Contour die.  Then I embossed it using the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder.  I layered that onto a Pale Papaya card base.  Then I cut out the flowers and stems using The Pierced Blooms dies in Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Shaded Spruce card stock.  I adhered them using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut it out using another die from the Pierced Blooms set.  I backed that with a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock I had cut out using the same die and then cutting it in two. 

There is a great promotion going on now.  Order $250 worth of merchandise and get an extra $25 in hostess benefits.  It can be done though a workshop or individual orders!

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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

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to make a “get well” or “thinking of you” card.  I chose to use the Art Gallery Stamp set with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

One of the reasons I love this stamp set is because it has a lot of very useful sentiments.  Besides the one I used, it also has happy birthday, thank you, I miss you, congratulations, sorry, best wishes and you are lovely.  There is a sentiment for just about everything.

I stamped the flowers in this set a little differently.  The flowers in this set are two step stamps.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I did not use the main background stamp on my flowers.  Instead I used the stamp that highlights the flowers using Blushing Bride ink.  Then I took my Blushing Bride Stampin Write Marker and lightly put strokes of color over the top using the side of the marker and not the tip.  I like how there is a lot of white space on the flowers.  I stamped the leaves using Granny Apple Green ink and then cut everything out using the coordinating dies.

I layered the flowers over a Basic White and Smoky Slate oval using the Layering Oval Dies.  As a side note, these dies are retiring on May 3rd or as long as supplies last.  These are a definite must have set of dies.  There are eight different sized ovals and seven scalloped ovals.  I placed everything on top of a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set I used really says “I’m thinking of you”.  It is rare that I would send a sympathy or thinking of you card without saying it was from Rob and me so I masked the word I’m using Washi Tape, inked the stamp in Smoky Slate, pulled off the Washi Tape (that part is very important or you will get a big blob of ink on your card stock) and then stamped it. I cut it out using one of the dies in the Floral Gallery set.   Lastly I added some Pastel Pearls.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  They make the most beautiful cards.

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Art Gallery & An Evil Plot

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog came out, Jackie, Buffy (of our Stamp Off Challenges) and I were talking about the products in the catalog.  Buffy and I both loved the Fine Art Floral Suite that included the stamp set called Art Gallery, the Floral Gallery Dies, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and other embellishments.  One of the embellishments is the Gilded Leafing.  Buffy and I both purchased it right away but Jackie did not want anything to do with it.  So, Buffy and I talked and decided to send Jackie some cards we made using the Gilded Leafing.  Jackie called it an “evil plot”.  Well, guess what?  It worked!  Jackie ended up loving the Gilded Leafing and purchased it.

This is the card I sent her to help her decide that she really needed these products.  The stamp set called Art Gallery is a two step stamp set.  This means that it can take two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case, I first stamped the larger flower in Flirty Flamingo Ink and then the second stamp in Poppy Parade on top.  I stamped the smaller flower in Poppy Parade and the leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.

In order to add the Gilded Leafing you first stamp in Versamark Ink.  Then you sprinkle some Heat & Stick Powder on top of the Versamark and lightly heat it with your Heat Tool.  If you heat it too much it will lose it stickiness.  After you heat up the powder you press the Gilded Leafing into it.  Actually, I pressed the card into the Gilded Leafing.  Now, I have to say the Gilded Leafing is very light and can float around so you need to be careful.  I decided to pour the entire container of it into a box with a lid so I pressed the card against it.  Then I took a Stampin Sponge and wiped off the excess.  This is a close up of the flower.  I love how shiny it is.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After adding the Gilded Leafing I cut the flowers and leaves out using the coordinating dies from the set called Floral Gallery.  I layered these on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  Lastly, I added the bow of Linen Thread using a Glue Dot.

Now, I don’t think this plot was very evil at all!  It was just showing a friend what they were missing out on!

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Lots Of Hearts


Stampin Up Lots Of Hearts

Every year my family has a tradition of sending Valentine cards to each other.  Ii send them to both of my sisters, my Mom, my children and my grandchildren.  I think it is a really nice tradition and I love getting those cards from them.  This year I decided to keep with my resolution to use my beautiful Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper.  I had too keep is pretty simple since I had to make a lot of them!

I knew I wanted to use the Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is just gorgeous.  The colors are beautiful and soft and very shiny!  It pairs perfectly with the Love You Always Foil Sheets.  Both of these products are part of the Love You Always Suite that is in the 2021 January – June Catalog.

This card is what you call a CAS (Clean and Simple).  Designer Series Paper is great to use for this kind of card because it adds so much to it.  To make this card I first cut a piece of the Love You Always Specialty DSP in Rococo Rose.  I add a small strip of the Love You Always Foil Sheets and adhered it to a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed using the Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Meant To Be in Rococo Rose ink and cut it out using a heart die the Many Hearts Die set which is also in the Mini Catalog..  Then I cut out the outline heart in the Love You Always Foil sheets to put around the sentiment heart.  Simple but very pretty.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

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