Abstract Impressions

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to use the retiring InColors.  These colors are Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  I managed to use them all except Lovely Lipstick.

I first have to say, as most of you know, I am moving shortly and had to pack all my stamping supplies up in February.  Therefore, I had to make a bunch of cards (58 to be exact) to post on my blog back then and unfortunately, I used some products that are no longer available. I apologize for this but I can’t create anything new to replace it because my inks, stamps and card stock are all packed away in a pile of a gazillion boxes.  I wouldn’t even know where to start looking.  I used the embossing folder called Basket Weave which is no longer available but you could use any other embossing folder instead and your card would look just as nice.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Abstract Impressions.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is a 2 step stamp set which means you use two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case the flowers were stamped in Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove ink to make the image.  I stamped the stems in Call Me Clover and then the flowers.  I added the sentiment last.  I love this sentiment and it is very fitting for the Covid-19 pandemic.  I also added a piece of the Pineapple Punch 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon to my card.

Now, let’s go see what creations Buffy and Jackie made using these retiring Incolors.

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Seriously The Best & Poppies

Here is another card made with the stamp set called Seriously The Best.  This stamp set has a kit that goes with it (also called Seriously The Best) and both of these products are in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  I didn’t use the kit for this card but it is amazing and it makes 16 cards (4 of 4 designs) with envelopes which can all be stored in a cute box.  The reason I love the stamp set is because it has three really large sentiments and you know I love sentiments.

This card was quick and easy to make.  I first took a Whisper White card base and layered a piece of Basic Black cardstock on top of it.  Then I cut a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock and a piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper and adhered that on top of the Basic Black cardstock. Then I  stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered that slightly diagonally.  I took a die cut flower from the Peaceful Poppies Elements and added a few of the Peaceful Poppies Sequins.  All of these products are in the Mini Catalog.  I decided it needed a bit more so I stamped the “So Much” from the stamp set called Abstract Impressions and layered that on the bottom.

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Abstract Impressions

Abstract Impressions is a stamp set in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is a fun two step stamp set.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  The set is Photopolymer which means it is clear so you can see through it.  This makes it easy to line up the stamps to make the image.

To make this card I first stamped the stems in Lemon Lime Twist ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Before I forget, Lemon Lime Twist is an In Color that is retiring at the end of May so if you love it as much as I do, you should stock up with cardstock and ink refills now before it sells out.  After stamping the leaves I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Pacific Point and then the sentiment in Pacific Point ink.  I cut this out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.  I also cut out a piece of Balmy Blue and Pacific Point using these dies and then layered them all together.  It is a quick and easy card to make.

Last weekend we went to Atlanta to celebrate Emory’s second birthday.  Sam & Tara also met us so I had all my grandchildren together.  It was awesome.  We had a few bumps in the road but it was still so much fun to spend time all together.  The Airbnb house we rented was awful and ended up moving to a hotel.  We went to the Georgia Aquarium which was so crowded we could not see a thing and our trip home too 28 hours due to weather delays.  Even with all of that, it was worth every minute.  We also got to meet up with my niece, her husband and their three kids which made the weekend even better.

Here is a picture of my grands, Nolan, Emy and Madelyn.  I bought them some “cool” sunglasses which they loved.  They even liked having the stickers on them (oops!).

Here are my grands and my niece’s children together.  This was the first time we could get all my mother’s great grands in one place.

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Another Abstract Impressions

As I am sure you can tell, I love the stamp set called Abstract Impressions.  Of course, I love most flower stamps anyway but this one is one of my favorites from the new catalog.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Springtime Impressions and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The colors I used for this card are Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink ( this color is a very pretty light peach), Grapefruit Grove and Daffodil Delight.  I find the best way to use this two-step stamp set is to stamp the lighter color first and then the darker one over it.

Last week I went to Nashville to visit Sam, Tara, Madelyn and Nolan.  They just moved there to begin their new journey in life.  I am very proud of all of them and of course, wish them the best.  Sam, at the age of 34, has finally finished all his schooling and got a real job.  He did four years of college, four years of medical school, 3 years of residency, 3 years of a Cardiology fellowship and 2 years of Intervention Cardiology!  That is a lot of schooling!  Crazy, isn’t it?!

Now I am sure you know what is coming!  Grandchildren pictures.  Today’s picture is of Nolan.  He is 9 months old and the sweetest baby boy you will ever meet.  When you just look at him, he smiles and when you pick him up he wraps his little arms around your neck and actually gives you a hug.  It is the sweetest thing! He he is at school watercoloring.  I think he likes it!

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Abstract Impressions

This is another card we made at our June monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Abstract Impressions..  This is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies (although we did not use them on this card) called Springtime Impressions.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Abstract Impression is a two step stamp set.  This is where you use two or more stamps to make one image.  To make this card I worked from the bottom up.  I first stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and then the swoosh in Lemon Lime Twist.  Then I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist. I think if I did this card again, I would switch those colors and make the larger stems Lemon Lime Twist and the smaller stems in Granny Apple Green.  Last but not least, I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel.  Oh wait, the last thing I did was stamp the bug in Highland Heather ink.  Aren’t these new colors just gorgeous!?!

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made using this great bundle:

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Abstract Impressions

The new Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog is so much fun but at the same time so frustrating!  There are so many great new items in it that I don’t know what to order first or what to post first.  There are so many things in this catalog that I love.  It is such a dilemma!

This year I decided to buy a few new stamp sets that I normally would stay away from.  I am not really fond of these sayings but they fit.  I am going outside of my comfort zone or outside of my box.

One of the stamp sets I decided to try is called Abstract Impressions.  It is a flower set (of course) but it is more vintage than I usually go.  I started playing with it and realized I love it.  This set is a two-step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image. This is the case with the flowers on the card.  First I stamped the larger flower in Blushing Bride and then used Calypso Coral for the second stamp.  The smaller flowers are made with Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody (a new color!!).  The leaves were stamped in Call Me Clover (a new InColor).

Doesn’t this card remind you of your grandmother’s wallpaper in her guest bedroom?  Maybe that is why I love this set.  Oh, and this stamp set does have matching Thinlits called Springtime Impressions.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle!

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made using this Bundle:

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