All Squared Away

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a color challenge.

Aren’t these fun colors?  I would never have put them together but I love them!

Here is my card:

Stampin Up All Squared Away

I decided to use the stamp set called All Squared Away.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Squares (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle!).  This is such a fun bundle because the stamps create the background and the dies fit over the top.

To make this card I first stamped the background using Coastal Cabana, Fresh Freesia and Night Of Navy Ink.  I “fussy” cut them out (although it was pretty simple and not fussy at all since they are all squares).  Then I cut out the floral frames using the coordinating dies in Basic White card stock and layered them on top of the squares using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut them out using some circle punches.

At this point I decided that the card was just too white.  I am one of those people that saves scraps of card stock so I had some 1/4″ scraps saved and adhered them to the top and bottom of the card.  I liked it much better with more color.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these colors together.  This is my favorite part of our challenges because we don’t know what the others are going to post ahead of time.

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Designer Series Paper

Hello everyone!  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me. This time our challenge was to use Designer Series Paper.  If you read my blog you will know that I have been trying to use DSP more often.  It is so hard to cut that large 12″ x 12″ piece because it is so pretty but it really is meant to use so I have been trying harder to cut it up.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper

The other day when I was looking ahead at our challenges, Splitcoast Stampers sent me their weekly email showing a new technique called Disappearing Nine Patch Card.  Now, honestly I have no idea why they called this technique that.  I assuming it is because you started with nine squares of DSP and cut them up.  In any case, I decided to go with that technique.  I did change it up a bit and used 12 squares but it is basically the same.

To make my version of this card I cut twenty, one inch squares from the Tidings Of Christmas Designer Series Paper Pack and layered them on a piece 4″ x 5″ piece of an Adhesive Sheet.  Then I cut that up into 3 vertical pieces and then 4 horizontal pieces.  I randomly layered these onto a piece of scrap card stock using Multipurpose Glue.  You can’t see the scrap card stock so it really does not matter what color you use.  Then I layered that onto a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and onto a Evening Evergreen card base.

I decided since the background was so colorful and busy that I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple.  I stamped the sentiment from Poinsettia Petals using Evening Evergreen ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  I cut it out using the Stitched Stars die set.  I layered that onto a larger star I had cut out using Real Red cardstock using Dimensionals.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Designer Series Paper.

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Biggest Wish

Hello everyone!  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a masculine card.  These are always the hardest for me.  Maybe it is because I love flowers so much and flowers don’t necessarily go with masculine cards.

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

I first decided I wanted to use the Basic Borders Dies for my card.  I cut out five strips using these dies.  I made two in Basic White and one each in Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy.  I layered them together onto a 2.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Smoky Slate card stock.

Then I decided to use the stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love this stamp set because the sentiments are all large ones.  I stamped Happy Birthday in Night Of Navy ink using my Stamparatus in case I didn’t ink them enough the first time.  The Stamparatus allowed you to stamp in the exact same position as many times as you need to make a solid image.

Then I still felt like the card needed something.  I just received my Turtle Punch that was still sitting on my desk after making a birthday card for someone in this challenge (shhhh) so I pulled out the stamp set and saw the bird and thought it fit perfectly.

Now let’s go see what masculine cards Jackie and Buffy made.  I have to tell you that Jackie is the expert at masculine cards.

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Blackberry Beauty

Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This week our challenge is to use the Colors Of Fall.  I actually made three cards using the Colors Of Fall.  I wrote an entire blog post for this challenge and then I changed my mind and decided to use this card that I made with the gorgeous Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper.  If you don’t have  this paper, you need to get it.  It is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  The paper uses the colors Blackberry Bliss, Cinnamon Cider and gold foil. It is just beautiful! You can click on the link below to see a close up of it.

Here is the card I made:

Stampin Up Blackberry Beauty

This card was very simple to make but I think it is very elegant.  I first adhered a piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper to a Blackberry Bliss card base.  After that I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments using Versamark Ink.  I embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.  One trick I learned is if you heat the embossing powder from behind it does not warp the card stock as much but still melts the powder perfectly.    I repeated that step two more times in order to make the sentiment stand out more.  It is really easy to stamp something a few times in the same position using a Stamparatus because if you put the card stock in the same place each time, the sentiment will stamp in the same place.

After embossing the sentiment three times I cut it out using a die from Tailor Made Tags.  This die set cuts out eight different sized tags in two different designs.  I cut out the feather from the die set called Nature’s Thoughts in Gold Foil and adhered it to the tag using Stampin Dimensionals.  Then I tied a piece of gold Baker’s Twine (retired) and adhered the tag to the card.

Now, let’s go see what colors Buffy and Jackie used for their cards.  I am sure they will be beautiful! 

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Watercolor Shapes

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is called “Going In Circles”.  I debated using the Layering Circles Dies to make a card but decided to go in another direction and make a fun birthday card for one of my grandchildren.

Stampin Up Going In Circles

I used the stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.  This set has nine different shapes including circles, rectangles, ovals and squares.  It is a fun stamp set to use as a background for sentiments as well as just making a background in general.

To make this card I used a ton of different colors.  They included Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink and Soft Sea Foam.  I think I covered them all but there may have been even more.  I usually put the colors in a box below the post but there are just too many.

I first stamped the large circle in Pool Party and then I just randomly stamped the small circles all over the place. After that I stamped the sentiments from Biggest Wish in Memento Black ink.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with circles.   I hope it didn’t make them go in circles! 🙂

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Counting Sheep

Hello everyone!  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is called “Down On The Farm”.  I looked through all my stamp sets and could not find one that had anything to do with a farm.  Then I realized that one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets is called Counting Sheep.  Perfect!  There are actually TWO Sale-a-bration items I used.  One is the stamp set and the other is the coordinating dies called Sheep Dies.  You can get both of these for free with a qualifying order.  Even better!

Stampin Up Counting Sheep

To make this card I first stamped the sheep in Smoky Slate using Memento Black Ink.  At this point I have to admit I had some help with an idea for this card.  Diana Gibbs did a video showing how she used a gel pen and drew curls all over her sheep.  I thought this was just adorable so I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) her using her great gel pen idea.  I also used her rosy cheek suggestion using a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’  Blends.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die from the Sheep Dies.

After this, one thing led to another.   I decided that my sheep looked like she was performing so I decided she was singing.  Therefore, I used the Merry Melody Embossing Folder for my background with Basic White card stock.  This folder is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  Then I decided she should be singing on top of the cute little fence that comes with the Sheep Dies so I cut that out using Cinnamon Cider card stock.  The card still looked a little plain so I added the sun/moon behind her using a piece of Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper and backed it with a piece of Cinnamon Cider card stock using the Layering Circles Dies.  I cut the clouds out in Basic White also using the Sheep Dies.  Lastly I added the Flirty Flamingo flower to her with a Champagne Rhinestone.  I popped the sheep and clouds up using a Dimensional.

The sentiment is from the Free As A Bird stamp set.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie used for their farm.

Don’t forget you can get this cute Counting Sheep stamp set and Sheep Dies for free with a qualifying order during the month of September.  Hurry because when they sell out, they will be gone for good. 


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Merry Snowflakes

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to “CASE The Catalog”.  This is where you pick an creation from any Stampin’ Up!® catalog and make your own card using that creation as a basis.  As a disclaimer (I seem to have a lot of those lately), I choose the card I wanted to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) but once I started it went downhill from there. So this is the card I chose to CASE:

It is on page 12 of the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.

Here is the card I made:

Stampin Up Merry Snowflakes

Ok.  I already know they are not really close because I got carried away but there are some things I did the same as the Stampin’ Up!® card.  Their card used an embossing folder for the background.  I used a die from Stitched Snowflakes.  They used Copper Foil and I used Blushing Bride cardstock but they are both pink, right?  Sort of.  Kind of.  I also used Pool Party and so did they!   I used the same sentiment as they did and I even embossed it using Silver Embossing Powder as they did.  So that is close CASEing, right?

To make this card I used the Merry Snowflakes Bundle.  This includes the Merry Snowflakes stamp set and the gorgeous Stitched Snowflakes Dies.  If you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%.  The first thing I did was to use a die in this set on Pool Party card stock that cut out the background snowflakes.  The die itself is only an inch or so wide so I had to do it several times to cover the entire piece of cardstock.  Here is a close up of what the background looks like.  It just makes the snowflake patterns without using out the shapes.

Stampin Up Merry Snowflakes

Isn’t that pretty?

After I did the background I cut out all the snowflakes in Smoky Slate, Blushing Bridge and Basic White card stock and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  Originally I was only going to do the one snowflake but I just needed more so I added the other two larger ones.  Of course, that lead to some blank spots so I had to add the Blushing Bride snowflakes too.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie CASEd from the catalog.  Perhaps they did a better job than I did!

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Plentiful Plants

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have an inspiration challenge.  I don’t think we have done one of these before.  If we have, it was a long time ago and it was fun to do.  An inspiration challenge is when we are given a photograph and we need to use that as inspiration for our creation.  Here is the photo we used:

Isn’t this a fun photograph?  There are so many things we could use for inspiration on it.  I went back and forth between using the colors or the layout.  I love the colors but we don’t have a turquoise anymore so that made it hard.  I decided to use the plants and the floor as inspiration for my card.  I just loved that floor and the flowers and plants.

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

To make this card I used a few different stamp sets and dies. To make the floor I used a stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.  This stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  I stamped some of the shapes in Sahara Sand ink and some in Smoky Slate.  Then I cut out the flower box in Basic White card stock using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.

Next I stamped the background leaves using the Plentiful Plants stamp set with Garden Green and Granny Apple Green ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies called Perfect Plants.  These are also in the Annual Catalog and can be purchased in a Bundle to save 10%.  I stamped the leaves in the front in Granny Apple Green and the berries or flowers hanging down in Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then I cut out a bunch of tiny flowers using the Peach dies in Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody and Basic White card stock and scattered them around the flowers and leaves.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from Sweet As A Peach in Garden Green and adhered it to the card.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this inspiration photo.  I always love this part of our challenges.

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Seaside Scape

Hello everyone!  It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use our Blending Brushes.  I have to say I had a hard time with this challenge.  I have used the Blending Brushes to make a simple splash of color behind another image but have never really used them in a big way.  After literally throwing out four different designs I finally came up with this card.

To make this card I started with a Blending Brush and Pool Party Ink.  I started at the bottom of the piece of cardstock and brushed the ink heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top.  Then I used Pacific Point ink and did the same thing.  I did both of these things a couple of times until the ink was blended better.  Then I cut out the fish from the set of dies called Sea Life in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight card stock and the seaweed in Pool Party cardstock.  These dies are part of the Seascape Bundle. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Pacific Point ink.  Lastly I added some Elegant Faceted Gems.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Blending Brushes.  I hope they had an easier time that I did! 

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Pansy Patch

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today we have a really fun challenge called The Three Amigos.  It goes without saying that Jackie, Buffy and I are three amigos.  We have been doing these Stamp Off Challenges for over five years and have been having a great time.  You know, I have met Buffy quite a few times but I have never met Jackie, although I feel like I have known her as if we had.  We really need to fix that!  In any case, you can use three of anything (images, sentiments, colors, stamps, etc) for our Three Amigo challenge.

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

As you can see, I used many “3’s” on my card.  I have three flowers, three leaves, three purples and three panels.  I tried to do three greens but I didn’t like any three of them together so I just went with two.  I didn’t want to overdo it!

To make this card, I first cut all the pieces of the pansies from the Pansy Die Set.  Each pansy takes eight die cuts so I cut seven pieces from Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Fresh Freesia card stock.  I cut the three centers out of Daffodil Delight card stock.  Then I cut three leaves out using Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen cardstock.  Then I had to glue them all together using Multipurpose Glue.

After that I cut the three panels using Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.  I adhered that to a Basic White card base and then layered all the flowers and leaves on top.  I used Multipurpose Glue for that except for the bottom flower.  I adhered that with a Stampin Dimensional so it would pop up a bit.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Pansy Patch in Gorgeous Grape.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using the Three Amigo theme.  As you know, we don’t show each other our cards so it is always a fun surprise to see what they made. 

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