Hydrangea Haven


There is a technique called “No Line Coloring” that I have seen so many beautiful samples of that I decided to try it myself.  This technique is where you use rubber (or photopolymer) stamps to make an image but you can’t really see the outline of the image so it looks like you just colored it using markers, pencils, Blends, etc.

To make a “No Line” image I first stamped the Hydrangea from the stamp set called Hydrangea Haven using Smoky Slate ink and stamped off once on a piece of scrap paper and then I stamped it on Basic White cardstock.  You could hardly see the lines (which is obviously the point).  Then I used my Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia and Highland Heather Blend to color the flower part.  This totally covered up all the Smoky Slate ink and makes it look like you just colored Hydrangea flowers on a piece of card stock.  I did the same thing using Old Olive Blends for the leaves and stem.

Here is a close up of the Hydrangea flower.  You can’t even see where I stamped the image using the Smoky Slate ink up close.

Stampin Up Hydrangea Haven

After coloring the flower I then backed it with some Fresh Freesia card stock and a piece of the 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Fresh Freesia.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Lots Of Heart in Basic Gray ink to soften it a little and cut it out using the Banners Pick A Punch on one end.  This stamp set is in the January – June Mini Catalog and is retiring on June 30th so if you like, you need to order it before the end of this month.  It has coordinating dies called Many Hearts and you can still save 10% if you order them both in a bundle.  Lastly I added some Pastel Pearls.

You should try “No Line Coloring”.  It is a fun technique to do.

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So Much Happy

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to make a shaker card.  I was really happy to see this challenge.  When Stampin’ Up!® had the virtual convention this year, Shannon West did a presentation showing how to make an easy shaker card using the Stampin’ Up!® Clear Medium Envelopes and I have wanted to make one.  Normally shaker cards take some time to do the shaker part but this was so easy!

Here is my card using the So Much Happy Bundle that is in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  This view shows the card standing up.  The one below shows it laying down so you can see the Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles I used better.

Stampin Up So Much Happy

Stampin Up So Much Happy

To make the shaker part all you do is take a Stampin’ Up!® Clear Envelope and put a piece of Designer Series Paper and your shaker parts inside it.  I used the True Love Designer Series Paper and the Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles that are both in the 2021 January – July Mini Catalog.  Then you just fold it to the size you need using Tear & Tape to keep it folded and sealed.  No messing with adhesive foam strips and acetate.  The envelope works great and is so easy!

The rest of the card did not take a lot of time either.  I cut a rectangle out of the center of a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.   I cut the word “Happy” using the Happy Dies from the Annual Catalog and glued it to the back of the piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock so looked like this:

I attached that to the Clear Envelope also using Tear & Tape and then the envelope to a piece of Basic White cardstock.  I cut out the sentiment using the Banners Pick A Punch and cut out the stars using the Happy Dies.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I have a feeling they will use the easier way to make shaker cards like me.  They were both watching the video.

Happy Birthday to my oldest youngest sister, Katherine.  I hope you have a day as awesome as you are!

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In Bloom

Stampin Up In Bloom

I probably should not admit this but sometimes when I am deciding my big pre-order I will look at a stamp set and not put it on my must have list the first time around.  Then I look at the coordinating dies (in this case they are called Pierced Blooms) and sometimes that puts it back on my list.  This was the case with the In Bloom Bundle.  The stamp set is very nice but I had to have those dies.  Anything with stitching makes me happy and these dies have stitching on almost all of them!  I just think they are adorable!

This card made me happy too because I love the bright colors in it.  As you can see it is mostly using the Pierced Blooms dies.  Only the sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  I first cut all the flowers, the centers and the leaves out using the dies.  I cut much more than I really needed before deciding what to use.  I do that all the time which means I have pieces and pieces of cut shapes in a container that I can use later (when I remember to!).  I adhered the die cuts to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Multipurpose Glue and Stampin Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape Ink and punched it out using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Now, another fun die set I saw was the Stitched With Whimsey Dies.  I also knew I had to have those the first time I saw them.  They do not cut out the rectangle shapes.  They only cut the stitching around the outside of a piece of cardstock that you have already cut.  I love the crazy stitching they make.  It reminds me of how I sew!  I made a dress once in high school that would have looked awesome if I had one shoulder about four inches shorter than the other and if you didn’t look too closely at the seams!  Luckily I only got graded on how it looked on the table and not on me!

Anyway, here is a close up of the the Stitched With Whimsey dies did on the Gorgeous Grape background.

Stampin Up In Bloom

Aren’t they cute?!?

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Beautiful World Mystery Parts Card

My Stampin’ Up!® team participated in another Mystery Parts challenge.   This is an idea that I borrowed from Diana Gibbs.  One person on the team sends miscellaneous card parts to the others and they have to come up with a card using all the parts they were sent and add anything they want to it.  We aren’t allowed to send stamped images so, of course, we all need to use our stamps as well as dies, etc.  This time the parts were sent to us by Karen.  She sent a Very Vanilla card base, two pieces of World Of Good Designer Series Paper,  and a piece of Color Velveteen Paper in Cinnamon Cider.

Here is the card I made:

Stampin Up Beautiful World

The World Of Good DSP is part of the World Of Good Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  Also included in this site is the stamp set called Beautiful World and The World Map Dies.  I had both the stamp set and coordinating dies so I decided to use them.  I love how Stampin’ Up!® coordinates all their products to make it easy to put things together.

I layered all the mystery parts Karen sent along with some Basic Black and Cinnamon Cider cardstock.   I cut out the globe using Gold Foil Paper and layered that onto a circle of Basic Black cardstock.  Both dies are part of The World Map Dies.  I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn (in the August-December Mini Catalog) in Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it using my Heat Tool.  Then I cut it out using the Banners Pick A Punch which is also in the Mini Catalog.

Here are the other cards my team members made using these mystery parts.

This is Kim’s Theater Card:  Closed

and open:




Karen must have deleted her card because I can not find it on our FB Group page but if I do I will add it later.

Aren’t they so much fun?  It always amazes me how different each card is even though we used the same materials. 

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Free As A Bird

Stampin Up Free As A Bird

Free As a Bird is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  It is such a cute set with multiple bird images, leaves, flowers and sentiments.  I love the little birds on the branch and decided to use them as the basis of my card.

I first stamped the birds in Memento Black Ink and then colored them with So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Just Jade Stampin Blends.  I am not a very good artist and was never a good colorer but Blends make it a lot easier because they blend so well together so you can shade and you don’t see lines.  I decided to use Designer Series Paper called Flowers Forever for the backdrop.  I punched the flags (or banners) out using the Banners Pick A Punch.  As I was starting to layer it all, I decided to stamp the leaves using Just Jade ink on the Just Jade card base to add a little texture.

Last week was a crazy week for me.  Rob and I went to Alabama to see my son and his family.  Emy is now 3 1/2 (that half is very important to her) and Jackson is 6 weeks old.  What a different 6 weeks make.  He has lost that newborn look and seems to have grown a lot since we saw him after his birth.  Emy is handling the new addition to the family pretty well now.  She didn’t want a brother.  She wanted a sister and tried to get her parents to exchange him.  I guess she has accepted that there are no returns on a baby.


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#simplestamping Card Class

Yesterday I had my first in-person mini card class since the COVID mess started with a neighbor of mine.  She has a cottage a couple of doors down from us and we have been spending the summer together so we both thought it was safe to do a class.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to teach someone new to stamping.  They always think they aren’t creative and can’t do it and it is fun to watch them realize that they can and that they love it!

We made three simple cards.  Two of them just involved stamping and the third one we did some die cutting with the new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  These are the two stamping cards.


The first one we used the stamp set called Cute Fruit.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginners Brochure.  I first stamped the background pineapples in BumbleBee Ink on BumbleBee cardstock.  Then we stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee and Granny Apple Green ink.


The second card I used some World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper and the stamp set called Sailing Home.  Both of these cards just involved stamps, paper and ink.


She loved making those cards so I decided to step it up a bit to show her how to die cut an image.  I actually posted this card a few weeks ago on my blog but I will show it to you again.  It used the dies called Stitched Leaves.  She loved the way the dies cut the leaf and added the stitching to it.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Lovely You.  It has a coordinating punch called Banners Pick a Punch.

Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

I will always remember my first time stamping.  I was invited to a workshop.  I didn’t want to go but it was being held by a friend of mine so I felt obligated to go.  I am so glad I did!  I loved it from that minute on!  Everyone can stamp.  Even people who are as un-artisitic as me!  Stampin’ Up!® makes it so easy.  Remember that commercial where it said “Try it.  You’ll like it”? I can’t remember what it was for, but it certainly pertains to stamping.  I haven’t met a single person who didn’t enjoy making a card or two.

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Stitched Leaves & Lovely You

Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

This is a fairly quick and easy card using some new products from the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog (otherwise known as the August – December 2020 Mini Catalog).  Although this catalog has more than just holiday themes in it, I still call it the Holiday Catalog.  Old habits are hard to break.

One of the products I used for this card is the Stitched Leaves Dies.  These dies are just awesome.  There are six different leaf dies in the set that cut the outside of the leaf as well as the stitched details on the inside of the leaf.  They coordinate with the Love Of Leaves stamp set (and yes, you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle) although I did not use it on this set.

I chose the largest leaf from the Stitched Leaves Dies on this card with Crushed Curry cardstock first.  Then I stamped the greeting from the stamp set called Lovely You in Mossy Meadow Ink.  This stamp set is also in the Holiday Catalog and has a matching punch called Banners Pick A Punch.  This is my favorite punch of all time.  It cuts out six different sized banners and it is very easy to use.  The banners are in two different shapes and can cut out a 1″, 3/4″ and a 1/2″ banner.

The Designer Series Paper is called Heartwarming Hugs.  At the last minute I decided it needed a little something else so I used the metallic ribbons from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. 

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Best Year & Best Plaid & A Sneak Peek

Hello everyone.  It is time for another stamp off challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This week we are having a color challenge.  These are the colors we need to use.

I decided to use So Saffron, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

Best Plaid, Best Year

I just love the new Best Plaid dies.  They are so much fun to make all different looking plaids.  Plus, they are super easy to use.  The Best Plaid dies are bundled with the stamp set called Best Year.  You can save 10% if you purchase them in a Bundle.

One hint I need to give you is if you want to line all the different pieces it is best to glue them all together and then cut them out either using a die or if you have a really good cutter that will cut out multiple layers at one time, you can use that.  In my case, I layered everything on top of a larger piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cut it all out at once using the Stitched Rectangle die.  It was four layers so I ran it through my die cutting machine a few times.

I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.  Then I stamped it again in Highland Heather ink and cut it so it make a 1/2″ strip.  Then I used a new punch that will be in the Holiday Catalog beginning in August called Banners Pick a Punch.  This is going to be a must have product.  It cuts three different sized banners in two different shapes.

Now, Let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using these beautiful colors.  They always give me such good ideas!

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