Dainty Flowers DSP

Stampin Up Dainty Flowers

This has to be one of the easiest cards I have ever made but I think it is just gorgeous!  Believe me, it is not because of anything I created.  This beautiful card is made using the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Dainty Flowers.  All I did was adhere a piece of the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper to some card stock, stamp the sentiment from the Dainty Delight stamp set and a few Brushed Brass Butterflies.  That is it!  The best part this paper is free with a $50 order.

Stampin’ Up! sale-a-brates once a year.  They used to have it a couple of times a year but we were recently told that they are only going to do it once from now on.  So, that means January and February are the only times you can get free Stampin’ Up! products. This particular DSP coordinates with the Dainty Delight bundle.  If you order this bundle you can get the paper for FREE.  What could be better than that!

If you would like to see what else you can get for Free, click on the cover of the Sale-a-bration catalog on the right side of this blog.  There are stamp sets and other Designer Series Papers to choose from.  Some are free with a $50 order and others are free with a $100 order.  There is no limit to the amount o free things you can get.  Just remember that once a product in the Sale-a-bration catalog sells out, it will be gone for good.


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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

This has to be the craziest winter weather-wise I have ever seen.  One day it is sunny and in the mid 50’s.  The next day it is 5 BELOW ZERO!  Then it is 65 degrees and the next day it is snowing!  What on earth is going on!  I shouldn’t complain.  There is a lot worse weather out west and up north.  When I lived in NY you knew it would be winter from November – April.  You knew it would be warm in the summer and cool in the Spring and Autumn.  Here it is just willy nilly.  I still haven’t put away my summer clothes.

Sometimes I look at the stamp sets in a new catalog and I know I want them right away.  Then there are stamp sets that are very pretty but I might have something similar or I am not sure how much I would use them but then I look at the dies that coordinate with the stamps and I know they will be on my first order.  There are a few bundles like that in the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog.  One of them is the Dainty Delight bundle.  The stamps remind me of wild flowers in Vermont.  The sentiments are great for many occasions.  But the dies…..The dies are what makes the bundle.  Yes, they cut out the stamp images but there are also a lot extra ones.  There are vines with leaves and a bunch of different flowers that have embossing on them.  They are just beautiful.

To make this card I first layered a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Dainty Flowers Designer Series paper onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and a Blushing Bride card base.  You can get this DSP for free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.  It is beautiful paper with gorgeous colors and designs.  You are going to see a lot of cards made with it here.

Next, I cut out the vines using Pear Pizzazz card stock and the flowers using Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride card stock.  I adhered the vines to the card first and then the flowers on top using Multipurpose Glue.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink on Rich Razzleberry card stock, sprinkled White Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I cut off the end at an angle using my paper trimmer.

By the way, if you purchase the Dainty Delight Bundle you would earn the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper for free.  Remember, Sale-a-bration products are only while supplies last.  Once they run out, they are gone for good.

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Dainty Flowers Fun Fold

Stampin Up Dainty Flowers

A couple of weeks ago I decided to sign up for a virtual card-making class. It is being put on by very successful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  I am always looking for new ideas, designs and card layouts so I decided to join this group.  The class does not start until mid-January but in the meantime, they are sending us card layouts to try.  One of the layouts was a fun fold card.  You all know I love fun fold cards!  I would show you their cards but I am not sure I am allowed to but I think I can tell you it was designed by Connie Stewart.

I decided to use the new Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Dainty Flowers.  I love this paper!  It is so pretty that you can make it the star of your card without having to add much more to it.  The best part is you can get it for FREE with a qualifying order!  I got one pack so far but I am definitley going to get some more.  It is that beautiful.

To make this card I first took a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and folded it in half to make a card base.  Then I cut 1.25″ off the front of it.  You need to save that piece for later.  Next I adhered a 2.75″ x 5.25″ piece of the Dainty Flowers DSP to the front panel and another piece of the same size to the other side of the front panel. Take the leftover strip you cut off the front and cut it to 1.24″ x 4.25″.  Then score one end at .75″. Adhere the .75″ part to the left side of the card base.  You are going to cover that in the next step.

Next,  I cut a 2.5″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock and a 1.75″ x 5.25″ piece of the Dainty Flowers DSP for the inside of the card.  Here is what it looks like on the inside.

Stampin Up Dainty Flowers

After that step, cut a .5″ x 2″ piece of DSP (I used the Starry Sky piece) and a 3/8″ x 2″ piece (I used the flower side).  Layer them together and adhere to the Mossy Meadow strip that you already attached to the card.  Next, I cut two 2.25″ x 2.25″ squares of the DSP and a 2″ x 2″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Framed Florets onto the Basic White piece.  Adhere that to one of the 2.25″ pieces of DSP.  Attached that to the Mossy Meadow strip.  Then adhere the other 2.35″ piece to the back.

It probably sounds a lot harder to do than it really was.  The entire card did not take more than 15 minutes to make.  Here is a list of what needs to be cut for each piece:

(1) 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of cardstock.  Fold in half and cut off 1.25″ off the front piece.  Take the section you cut off the card base and cut it to 1.25″ x 4.25″ and score at .75.

(2) 2.75″ x 5.25″ pieces of DSP for each side of the front panel.

(1) .5″ x 2″ piece of DSP (for the design on the flap)

(1) 3/8″ x 2″ piece of DSP (for the design on the flap)

(1) 2.50″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock (1) 1.75″ x 5.25″ piece of DSP for the inside black flap.

(2) 2.25″ x 2.25″ pieces of DSP

(1) 2″ x 2″ piece of Basic White card stock

If you order the Framed Florets Bundle you can get the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper for FREE during Sale-a-bration!

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

Stampin’ Up!® is a great company that really listens to their customers and demonstrators.  One of the things we have been asking for is the that the name of the stamp sets with coordinating dies both have the same name.  It is hard enough to remember one name in a bundle but two was even harder.  I am so happy that beginning with the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog, they listened so that stamp sets and dies both use the same name!  It’s the little things!

Framed Florets is a bundle that is in the new Mini Catalog.  Stampin’ Up!® did a pre-release with this bundle that included the stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper and some embellishments.  Unfortunately, the DSP and embellishments were ‘as supplies last” so they are no longer available but the stamps and dies are.  You may see me still use the retired DSP in the future because it was so pretty but you can always replace it with another DSP.

To make this card I first took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and used on the the Framed Florets dies to cut the oval hearts out of the center.  This paper is in the 2023 Sale-a-bration Catalog and is just gorgeous.  You can get this paper for FREE with a qualifying order!  I have used it a few times in the past and I think it is one of my all time favorites.  After I cut out the oval hearts I layered it onto a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut a piece of Basic White card stock using one of the other dies in the Framed Florets set.  This die cut out the oval frame as well as the inside oval.  I layered that onto the card.  It fits perfectly between the oval hearts.  Then I stamped the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink onto a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and the leaves using Parakeet Party ink on Parakeet Party card stock and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment onto Fresh Freesia card stock and cut that out using a die from the set called Give It A Whirl.  I layered that on top using Mini Dimensionals.

You can get the Dandy Designs DSP for free if you purchase the Framed Florets bundle (or any other merchandise totaling $50 or more before shipping and tax).  It really is beautiful paper and you will love.  There is not limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

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Perfect Pomegranate

Stampin Up Perfect Pomegranate

Perfect Pomegranate is one of the stamp sets you can earn for free with a qualifying order during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration.  I need to clarify that this stamp set is free with a $300 order.  You can place a $300 yourself or you could get a bunch of friends to place an order together.  This stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  This means that one stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  The flowers and stems on my card are examples of a DisINKtive stamp.  You can see where some parts of the images are darker than other parts.  This was done with just one stamp.

To make this card I first stamp the branch in Granny Apple Green Ink.  Then I stamped the two flowers and the little dots in Pale Papaya ink.  I decided it needed a few more leaves so I added a few more to the image.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Go To Greetings.  This stamp set has four different sized greetings which include Just A Note, Thank You, Happy Birthday and Thinking Of You.  There is also one small Hello included.  It is a great stamp set because it can be used for most occasions.

Sale-a-bration is still going on for a few more weeks! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from.  Most of the items in the catalog are still available (as of the time of this writing.  The Tree Lots Dies and the Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes are gone but there is a lot more to choose from.  Remember, Stampin’ Up!® added more items you can earn.  These are listed in the photo below.

It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

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More To Sale-A-Brate!

As you know, Sale-a-bration is still going on for the month of August.  A couple of the products (Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes and the Tree Lots Dies) are sold out already, so Stampin’ Up! has added more items you can earn for free with a qualifying order.  Remember, if the products offered during Sale-a-bration sell out, they are gone for good.

*** This is very important – You MUST use the item numbers in the Sale-a-bration flyer below in order to get the items for free.  If you use the item numbers in the catalog they will not come up as free on your order.***

Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

These products are in addition to the original products offered in the Sale-a-bration catalog.

New July – December Mini Catalog & Sale-a-bration

Hello everyone.  It is always an exciting day when a new catalog starts but it is even more exciting when a new catalog starts AND Sale-a-bration begins!

Let’s talk about the new 2022 July – December Mini Catalog first.  It is chock full of new products that you are going to love!  There are eight product suites.  A suite usually includes a stamp set (or sometimes two), coordinating dies, Designer Series Paper and some kind of embellishment.  The best part is Stampin’ Up! offers one item number you can use to order it all.  If you use the suite number it also includes the 10% discount off the stamp set/dies bundle.  Each one is more beautiful than the next.  There are elegant sets as well and whimsical and fun sets.  There is definitely something for everyone.  Also included in this catalog are Fall, Halloween and generic stamps and bundles.

You can click on the catalog cover below to see what is inside.

Sale-a-bration is when Stampin’ Up! offers free products with a qualifying order.  You can choose stamp sets, dies, Designer Series Paper and Cards & Envelopes.  Plus, there is no limit to how many products you can earn for free!  In addition to all of that, it is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up! family as a Demonstrator.  For $99 (plus tax but shipping is free) you can choose $125 worth of current products and get the Making Plans Collection for free.  This collection includes a planner, notebooks and stamp set.

Click on the cover below to see the Sale-a-bration offerings.

 

 

Friendly Hello

Stampin Up Friendly Hello

Friendly Hello is a bundle you can get for free during Sale-a-bration.  This bundle includes an adorable stamp set that has a cute little bird it in, flowers, leaves and some great sentiments.  The bundle also includes Designer Series Paper (also called Friendly Hello).  The DSP is 12′ x 12″ and includes twelve sheets (two each of six different designs).  You can get all of that for free with an $100 purchase!

I have to say I love the Designer Series Paper in this bundle.  The colors in this pack are Basic Black, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce.   I love all those colors and they go so well together soI decided to use it as the focal point of this card.

To make this card I first cut out the Granny Apple Green piece on the front of my card using the die set called Nature’s Thoughts.  Then I layered the background pieces onto a Basic White card base.  I added the small strip of Shaded Spruce to separate the two different designs.  Then I took a piece of Basic White Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack and colored it using my dark Shaded Spruce Blends.  I love Blends because they can color so many things like ribbon, images and embellishments.   I tied that around the card base.  Then I layered the Granny Apple Green piece on top using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Friendly Hello stamp set and covered the “friend” part using Washi Tape.  I inked the stamp up with Shaded Spruce ink, took off the Washi Tape and stamped it on a piece of Basic White card stock.  This is called masking and you can do it with almost any stamp.

There are so many great products in the Sale-a-bration catalog that you can get for free.  Some require a $50 order and a couple of them require a $100 order.  Sale-a-bration ends on February 28th.  You can order as many times as you want or place one large order and get lots of freebies at one time.

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Island Vibes

Stampin Up Island Vibes

We made it home from Florida last weekend.  It was sad to leave all that warmth and sunshine.  It was chilly our first ten days there but it warmed up nicely during the second half of our vacation. I am going to miss that beautiful view we had too.  You can’t beat looking at this every night (except maybe at the cottage).

There is only one week left of the Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration.  That means there is only one week left to earn products for free with a qualifying order.  There are a lot of wonderful products in the SAB catalog and I made this card using three of them.

To make this card I first used the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Island Vibes,  This stamp set includes three DisINKtive stamps.  A DisINKtive stamp is where one stamp has different opacities to show some depth.  I colored the plant using a Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede and Granny Apple Green Stampin Write Markers.   This is a great way to have different colors on one stamp.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Friendly Hello and cut both out using a die from the set called Stitched So Sweetly.

Next I took a piece of Flowers For Every Season ribbon which comes in white and colored it using a Bermuda Bay Blends.  I love that the Blends can color embellishments and ribbons.  I tied this around a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a Basic White card base.  Lastly I added Dimensionals to the back of the image I had stamped earlier to adhere it to the card.

As another reminder, if you order $150 worth of Stampin’ Up!® products you can get the Island Vibes stamp set as well as the Friendly Hello bundle (which includes a stamp set and Designer Series Paper).

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Daffodil Daydream

Stampin Up Daffodil Daydream

Yesterday was my friend, Laura’s birthday.  Laura is such a sweet person.  She is a stamper, like me, and her cards are so amazing.  She is so talented.

I made this birthday card for Laura.  I knew I had to use the sentiment from Slim Sayings on her card because she truly is one of a kind.  Laura is a simple stamper, too so I knew I didn’t want to make something too complicated.  I decided to use the bundle called Daffodil Daydream.  This bundles includes the stamp set of the same name and the Daffodil Dies.  If you purchase them in a a bundle you can save 10%.  I inked up the stamp using my Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pool Party and Granny Apple Green Stampin Write Markers.  I used my Stamparatus for this.  I first colored the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink, huffed on the stamp (which basically means to breathe heavily on it to reactivate the ink and then stamped it on Basic White card stock.  I had to do this a couple of times because sometimes it is hard to see all the spots that need coloring.  That is why the Stamparatus is so perfect because you can stamp in the exact same spot over and over.  After I was happy with the leaves, I colored each of the flowers separately and stamped them in place.  Then I cut the bouquet out using the coordinating die.

I stamped the sentiment from Slim Sayings in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut out each word separately.  I adhered a piece of the Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper  to a Basic White card base.  You can get this DSP for free during Sale-a-bration with a $50 order.  It is a 6″ x 6″ pack with 48 sheets of beautiful bright colors.  I added the little sliver of Flirty Flamingo card stock along the edge.  Lastly, I tied a piece of White Baker’s Twine around the stems and adhered it to the card base using Dimensionals.

Happy birthday, Laura.  I hope you had a great day and I look forward to seeing you this summer!

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