Spruced Up

Stampin Up Spruced Up

Last week we received a copy of the July – December Mini Catalog retired and carryover lists.  You can click on the links below to see the products that are retiring or being carried over.  The retirement list is quite long and one of the stamp and die bundles that is retiring is called Spruced Up.  The stamp set is a Christmas set and includes a couple of Christmas trees, a couple of Christmas ornaments, some nice sentiments and a few other stamps (such as a snowflake, candy cane, present, etc.  The coordinating dies are a little different because, not only do they cut out the trees, but they also cut out an outline of the trees.  I love it when the dies do different and unusual things.

To make this card, I first stamped the tree in Shaded Spruce ink and cut it out using the die set.  Then I stamped the snowflakes in Orchid Oasis ink and cut them out.  Then I cut out the stars directly from Daffodil Delight card stock.

Next, I cut out the frames using the die set called Fabulous Frames in Orchid Oasis card stock.  This die set is in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog and cuts out three different frame shapes as well as some other things.  I ran a piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Wintry 3D embossing folder.  I love how it embosses some snowflakes, as well as some swirls and dots.  It is very pretty in person.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the set called Charming Sentiments and cut it out using the Sentiment Silhouettes dies.

Remember, once retiring items sell out they are gone for good so if you want something from the July – December Mini Catalog, you should order it before it is too late.  Some of the items are on sale too!

If you would like to see what is retiring and what is being carried over, click on the links below:

July – December Mini Catalog Carryover List

July – December Mini Catalog Retiring List

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Joyful Flurry

Stampin Up Joyful Flurry

It is hard to think about and make Christmas cards when it is 75 degrees outside.  I am not complaining.  I love the warm weather.  It is one of the reasons (besides grandchildren) that we moved to Tennessee.  The only thing is, it is the end of October.  That means I have one month (or so) to make all my Christmas cards and send them out.  I probably should close the blinds and pretend it is freezing cold and miserable outside.

I made this card using the Stampin’ Up!®  bundle called Joyful Flurry.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Frosted Flurry die set.   It is a pretty stamp set that includes a variety of snowflakes and some lovely Christmasy sentiments.  The dies cut out the snowflakes, plus they make more snowflakes and they have two stitched dies to cut out the sentiments.

To make this card I first stamped a few different snowflakes and the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set them with my Heat Tool.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used Starry Sky and Balmy Blue card stock,   Next, I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder.  I had to do this twice since the folder is only 3.25″ wide.  I layered everything on top of a Basis White card base using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Elegant Faceted Gems to the center of the larger snowflakes.

Remember, there is not much time left for you to make your Christmas cards so you need to get thinking about it.

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Celebrate With Tags

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

Hello everyone.  It has been a very busy couple of months around here.  We have traveled a lot visiting our family but I think we are now home for a few weeks.  I guess now, there is no more putting off some chores that need to be done and maybe even finding some time to do some more crafting.  I did have a chance in between trips to organize my stamp room a bit.  I discovered I had three huge boxes of retired Designer Series Paper and card stock that I had stored away to use “sometime”.  Well, some of that paper is 8 -10 years old so I decided it was time to do something with it.  I called my granddaughter, Madelyn’s school and they were happy to take it.  I am glad it will go to good use.  Now I have some more room to get things organized!

I decided it was definitely time to start thinking about Christmas and making Christmas cards so I have been playing around a bit trying different stamp sets and designs.  I love the bundle in the June – July Mini Catalog called Celebrate With Tags so I decided to take it out and play a bit.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Celebrate With Tags and the Celebration Tags die set (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).  You can make these great tags for all your Christmas gifts easily, which is why I bought the bundle in the first place.  I love making my own tags but it is also great for making Christmas cards too.

To make this card I first cut out the tag and the snowflakes using the Celebration Tags die set in Shimmery White card stock.  I love how this card stock has a bit of sparkle to it  (perfect for snowy Christmas cards).  Then I embossed the tag using the Wintry 3D embossing folder.  I added a piece of Metallic Woven Ribbon in Starry Sky to the tag.   I adhered the tag and snowflakes to a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  I layered that on a piece of Basic White card stock and a Starry Sky card base.  Next, I stamped the mittens with Starry Sky ink and cut them out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce and cut that out using the banner die.

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