Perfectly Plaid & A Sneak Peek

Stampin Up Perfectly Plaid

Good Monday morning, everyone.  I hope those of you that experienced the storm last weekend have survived and stayed safe and warm.  We got a little rain from it in Tennessee, which is fine with me.

In case you haven’t noticed I have been making a lot of thank you cards lately.  This is because I needed a bunch to write thank you for the gifts this holiday season.  I looked through all my cards I have made and noticed I had very few.  A couple of months ago I had no birthday cards so I had to make a ton of those.  You would think I would be able to plan better and take turns making all different kinds instead of waiting.

I made this thank you card using the Pine Tree Punch.  This punch goes with the stamp set called Perfectly Plaid and is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I didn’t use the stamp set this time though.  Instead I cut out the three trees using Designer Series Paper called Heartwarming Hugs.  This DSP is great for Christmas but can also be used year round.  It is only available until January 3rd and then will retire forever.  It is great all around paper.

I embossed the background Whisper White cardstock using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder.  This embossing folder is also retiring on January 3rd.  I like how it gave some texture to the background of the card.  I punched out the stars in Crushed Curry cardstock using a retired border punch.

The sentiment is from a new stamp that is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog called Many messages.  The stamp has a ton of sentiments all on one stamp.  It has a very large die that cuts them all out at the same time.  Some people have mentioned cutting the stamp apart and using them separately which is also a possibility.  I think it is great to stamp them and cut them out in various colors so you have a bunch of sentiments on hand.

I used my Stamparatus with the stamp so all the sentiments come out looking great.  Sometimes with a larger stamp you can miss putting ink is some places and you can just re-ink it and stamp it exactly in the same place using the Stamparatus.

Stampin Up Many Messages

This is the die.  See how it lines up perfectly with all the sentiments?

Stampin Up Many Messages

Now, I have a bunch of sentiments to use on cards when I need them.  I love this bundle (yes, if you buy the stamp and the die in a bundle you can save 10%).  I stamped them in black, red, and a bunch of other colors too.  It will be available to purchase on January 4th!

Stampin Up Many Messages

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Christmas Gleaming

This is the Christmas card I sent to family and friends this year.  It uses all my favorite things!  The card base is Pretty Peacock, the background has Copper and there are stars on it.  What more could you want in a Christmas card?

To make this card I first punched the ornament using the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack and the tree using the Pine Tree Punch out Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is just gorgeous and I am so happy that it will carry over into the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  If you don’t want to wait that long you can still order by January 2nd.

After that I cut out the star swirls using the Stitched Star dies.  These are also carrying over but they will be available in the new 2020 January-June Mini that starts on January 3rd.  I layered the ornaments and the star swirls on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had layered over a piece of Copper Foil.  As a little helpful ink, it is best to use Multipurpose glue when adhering any of the Foil sheets Stampin’ Up!® sells.  Regular snail doesn’t hold it as well.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

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Perfectly Plaid & Christmas Layers

Perfectly Plaid is one of the stamp sets that is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog that is carrying over and I could not be happier.  This is such a fun, light hearted Christmas set and it has a matching punch called Pine Tree Punch.  Although it is carrying over into the next catalog, you will not be able to purchase it for 10% after January 3rd so if you love this set, you should buy it before the end of the Holiday Catalog sales period.

The colors I used on this card are Cherry Cobbler, Call Me Clover and Whisper White.  The first thing I did to make it was to use the Christmas Layers Dies and cut 4 or 5 of the snowflakes out of Whisper White cardstock.  I layered these onto of a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  You can see a close up of it below.

Then I stamped the tree and the sentiment in Call Me Clover Ink.  I punched the tree out using the Pine Tree Punch and the sentiment using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I wrapped a piece of the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Striped Ribbon (also in the Holiday Catalog but is retiring on January 3rd) around a piece of Call Me Clover cardstock and then layered everything together.  I felt it needed something more so I took 3 of the Epoxy Clear Droplets and colored them using my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  Stampin’ Blends are great for coloring just about anything and the ink stays on and doesn’t rub off.

I have to say, I have had the honor to take care of my youngest grand daughter, Olivia once a week.  It has been so much fun to take care of a baby again.  Olivia is 6 months old and whenever you look at her, she smiles.  It is the sweetest smile!

Isn’t she just beautiful?!?

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Perfectly Plaid & Heirloom Frames

This was one of the cards we made at our monthly stamping class.  It uses two of my favorite products in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.

First of all, let’s talk about that gorgeous frame around the sentiment.  It was made using the Heirloom Dies and 3D Embossing Folders.  One comes in the rectangle we used and there is also an oval frame.  Both are just beautiful and really add a wow to your cards or projects.  When I first tried these frames, I had a hard time lining them up.  Then I saw a blog post by Patty Bennett that showed how easy it was.  You first cut the shape out.  Then take the middle piece and adhere it to the center of the embossing folder.  I used Tear & Tape to adhere it.   That way you can line it up perfectly every time.  So easy!  It looks like this.

Then all you do it have to line up the cut out frame with the inside, close the folder and run it through your die cutting or embossing machine.

It works perfectly every time.

After I cut out the frame I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was a little big bitter than the inside of the frame and embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I stamped the pine cone in Shaded Spruce Ink.  I layered the frame on top using Stampin Dimensionals. I stamped the trees from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Shaded Spruce Ink and cut them out using the matching Pine Tree Punch.  You can buy the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the Pine Tree Punch as a bundle and save 10%.

The background is a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that I embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The ribbon is called Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ Striped Ribbon.  The little sparkle of gold is gorgeous in person.

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