A Retiring Dies Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time we had to use our favorite retiring die set.

This was a hard challenge because there are so many stamp set and dies that are retiring that I love.  In the end, I decided to go with the stamp set called Dear Doily and the matching dies called Doily Builder.  This bundle was so popular that it is actually not available to purchase anymore.

I decided to use one of the new InColors for this card called Seaside Spray.  It is a beautiful, soft blue with a bit of purple in it.  It is definitely going to be a color I use often.

To make this card I first ran a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock through the Big Shot using the Subtle Embossing Folder.  This folder is great for adding a bit of texture to your card.  It reminds me of the textured cardstock we used to have.  I colored the flowers using a Mint Macaron and Highland Heather marker, huffed on it to add some moisture and then stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I cut them out using the matching die.  I stamped the doily in the middle using Highland Heather ink and punched that out using the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch.  I cut out the background doily and backed it with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays and then layered everything together.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie‘s favorite retiring dies are.

The new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog begins on Tuesday.  You are going to love it!

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Happiness Surrounds

Stampin’ Up!® is offering a limited time bundle during the month of November called Snowflake Showcase.  It consists of two stamp sets called Happiness Surrounds and Snow Is Glistening, a set of dies called Snowfall Thinlits, White Velvet Paper and Snowfall Trinkets.  It is an awesome set of products that I knew I had to have the minute I saw it.  The snowflake dies are the most beautiful I have ever seen.  One stamp set is for the Christmas or winter season and the other can be used year round.

I used the Happiness Surrounds stamp set for this card to show you it is not just for winter.  The colors I used are Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather.  I first embossed a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist using the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder.  Then I punched out a circle of Flirty Flamingo using the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch and embossed that using the Subtle Embossing Folder to give it a little texture.  I stamped and cut out the rest of the pieces and layered a piece of Gold Metallic Thread behind it before adhering it to the circle using Dimensionals.  The Gold Metallic Thread added a little sparkle to the card.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Tropical Chic.

Remember these products are only available through the month of November or as supplies last.  Don’t miss out on these beautiful products.  I put all of them in the links below.

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Picture Perfect Birthday

Here is a quick and easy card to make when you don’t have a lot of time.  I used the stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Picture Perfect Birthday.  This is such a fun set with a lot of stamps that you can use to make birthday cards.

First I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White Cardstock and then punched it out using a new punch called Starburst.  Then I punched out another circle using the new 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.  Both of these punches are in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

The ribbon is from the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog and is called Shimmer Ribbon Pack.  It comes in three different colors (Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Basic Gray) and you can get al three for free with a qualifying order.  It is beautiful ribbon because it has a slight shimmer to it.

The Designer Series Paper is called Delightful Daisy and is also in the Annual Catalog.

By the way, if you purchase all the items to make this card, you can get the ribbon at no cost!  Also during Sale-a-bration time you can get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order) or if you join my Stampin Up! family you get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Hello Friend With New Champagne Foil Sheets

Sometimes it is hard to see some of the new products in the 2017 Holiday Catalog because each picture is jam packed with so many new things that it is easy to overlook some of the smaller items.  The new Champagne Foil Sheets are one of these items.  I almost missed the because the catalog only shows a small corner and because they are right next to the gold Foil Snowflakes you might assume these are gold too.  Nope!  They are this super soft, beautiful color.  They are a light gold and so pretty.  Let’s all hope that Stampin’ Up! carries them over to the new catalog next year!

I have to admit I used a lot of product on this card but there is nothing there that you should not own already  The sentiment is from Hello Friend.  This stamp set goes with a kit but you can still buy it separately if you like it.  The background is a 3D Embossing Folder called Layered Leaves.  I also used the 2 1/4″ Punch and the Layering Circles Dies.  Last but not least, the leaf is from Seasonal Layers.  Now listen carefully.  If you don’t buy another thing, you need to buy this set of dies and the matching stamp set called Colorful Seasons.  It is perfect for every season and you will use it all the time!

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Blooms & Wishes

Here is another oldie but goodie stamp set I haven’t used in a while.  When the new catalog comes out I tend to forget about the stamps sets that were carried over and play with the new toys more often.  I’ve been trying to use some of the older sets mixed in with the new ones more often.

I used the stamp set called Blooms and Wishes to make the background of this card.  The colors are Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi.  I love these colors because they remind me of summer, my favorite time of year.  I can’t believe it is August already!  I don’t know where the time goes but I wish it would slow down.  August is my favorite month because it is my birthday month but it also was a sad month because it means back to school soon.  Of course, when my kids were little, I loved it when they went back to school but when I was younger, not so much.  By the way, since it is my birthday month, I expect homemade cards from each and every one of you!  No slacking this year!

The “Yay!” is from the stamp set called Super Duper.  This set has super duper sized stamps which are always a favorite.

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Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Today

This is a stamp set that was originally in the 2015 Occasions Catalog and got carried over into the Annual Catalog.  I am always happy to see sets that have matching Framelits (called Balloon Framelits Dies) get carried over because the less I have to cut things out by hand, the happier I am.  What is even better is if you buy the stamp set and the Framelits together you can save 15%!  Who doesn’t like to save money??

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Cherry On Top.  I used the 2 1/2″ and the 1 1/4″ Circle Punches as well and the Banner Triple Punch.

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Grateful For You

Merry Everything

Once again I made this card using a card sketch I found online.  A card sketch is where someone designs a layout of a card and you make it using your supplies.  I really need to start keeping track of what the layout looks like so I can show it to you, but once again I forgot to bookmark it so I could find it again.

This card using the stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Merry Everything.  It has a matching punch called Note Tag and you can save 15% by buying the bundle.  The Designer Series Paper is also from the Holiday Catalog and is called All Is Calm.  It uses beautiful soft colors like Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz.

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Festival Of Trees

Festival Of Trees

This is a quick and easy Christmas Card you can make using a Photopolymer Stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Festival of Trees.  It has a matching punch which is always awesome!  It keeps getting better because you can buy both and save 15%.  I also used the 2 1/2″ and the 2″ Circle Punches to make this card.  The sentiment is from Cheerful Tags and the Designer Series Paper is called Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.  It is a pack of 48 sheets of paper with 12 different designs.  If you don’t like one side, you can turn it over and use the other.  This Designer Series Paper is also in the Holiday Catalog.

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Another Thank You Card

Another Thank You

Surprise!  This card is something different than a birthday card!  Sometimes you do need other card besides birthday cards.

In case you haven’t noticed I have been doing something different with my blog for about a month now.  Instead of linking the names of the products within my narrative, I have been including links with pictures at the bottom of my posts.  Have you noticed?  I thought it might be better for you to see the entire stamp set or other products that I use in my cards instead of just the names.  Then you like a product and want to order it, all you have to is click on the link and it will go directly to my store.  It makes everything so much easier!  So tell me, do you like the new way or did you even notice?  Ok, don’t really tell me you didn’t notice.  Just tell me if you like it!

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