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Stampin Up Art Gallery

Well, we have been in Nashville for a little over a week and it has been fabulous.  The weather is warm, sunny and in the 80’s.  We have a dishwasher again, water we can drink out of the tap and we have two bathrooms!  Those are luxuries that we just don’t have at the cottage.  Of course, we still love it there and you can not beat the view but sometimes a few niceties are a good thing!

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery that cut out the images and the sentiments.  I first stamped a bunch of the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Daffodil Delight ink and cut them out using the die set.  The die cuts all the flowers out as if they are one piece, so I cut them apart.  Next, I stamped a few of the stems in Parakeet Party ink onto a Basic White card base. and randomly glued the flowers over the stems.  Then, I used the Fabulous Frames die set to cut out the frame and adhere it over the flowers.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink onto a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it out using the Floral Gallery die set.  I love the colors of this card.  They look very bright and happy together.


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Stampin Art Gallery

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery but because they have been in the catalog for a while, there is no bundle discount.  Even without a discount, it is still one of my favorite sets.  One of the great things about this stamp set has lots of nice greetings that you could use for any occasion.

This stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  This means that it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I stamped the first flower using Bermuda Bay ink and the second part of the flower using Pool Party.  I stamped the stem in Granny Apple Green ink and cut them both using the coordinating dies.  I cut two rectangles out using the Deckled Rectangle dies.  One was in Bermuda Bay card stock and the other in Basic White and layered them together.  I glued the flower on top.

Next, I took a piece of Pool Party card stock and ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Hive 3D embossing folder.  I am not exactly sure how it happened, but the card stock must have moved inside it because it got double embossed.  I decided I liked the way it looked so I left it.  I wrapped a piece of Baker’s Twine around it and adhered it to a Pool Party card base.  Then I added the other pieces on top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die. I used Dimensionals to add the sentiment strip to the card. Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

 

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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

Things are going well as far as my torn Achilles tendon goes.  I went from a soft cast to a hard boot.  I did not like the soft cast at all because it was so hot and itchy, but the hard boot isn’t much better.   Luckily I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon today and he told me I only had to stick with the boot for a couple more weeks.  Sigh.  He did tell me that when I stop wearing the boot I have to be very careful not to tear it again.  It takes six months to completely heal.  It is going to be a long summer!

Bottled Happiness is a stamp set I earned for free when I signed up for the Virtual OnTour mini convention.  There were four stamps set the were sent to all the participants and I was happy to receive this one.  This stamp set has a coordinating punch called Vintage Bottle Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  You can also purchase Vintage Bottle Shaker Domes where you can put some fun Effervescent Elements (which I think are tiny little beads) inside the Shaker Domes to make a fun card.

Bottled Happiness is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  The leaves and flowers are made using two different stamps.  I first stamped the flowers in Starry Sky ink and the leaves in  Parakeet Party.  Then I stamped the outline of the bottle in Highland Heather ink on Highland Heather card stock and punched it out using the Vintage Bottle Punch.  I layered the bottle using Dimensionals.  Then I cut it out using the Scalloped Contours Dies.  I love how these dies cut out the scallops and the stitching.

Next I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the 2022/2024 InColor Designer Series Paper in Starry Sky and layered it on a Starry Sky card base.  Then I adhered the Scalloped Contours piece.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Art Gallery onto a scrap piece of Basic White card stock and layered that on top of the bottle using a Mini Dimensionals on each side.



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Stampin Up Art Gallery

Stampin’ Up!® is having a great sale during the month of March on certain products that are in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  One of the products on sale is the Art Gallery bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Art Gallery and the Floral Gallery Dies.  If you purchase them separately you would pay $56 but if you purchase them in a bundle during March you can get it for $44.75!

The Art Gallery stamp set is a two step stamp set.  This means it can two or more stamps to make an image.  I love two-step stamps because you can make a image with two different colors.  In this set the flowers are two step stamps.  Plus this stamp set has nine different sentiments included in it.  The sentiments cover just about any occasion you would send a card to someone for.   The Floral Gallery dies cut out all the leaves and flowers but also cut out the sentiments using a scalloped die.  Plus there is another die that cuts out the words “just want to say”.  It is a great all around stamp set.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight ink.  Then I used the second of the two step stamps to add the Gold Leafing.  I first stamped it in Versamark ink and sprinkled it with Heat & Stick Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it or it loses the stickiness you need.  Then I pressed it into a box filled with Gold Leafing.  The gold sticks to where you added the Heat & Stick Powder.  You just need to take a sponge or cloth and wipe off the excess.  It is such an easy way to add some sparkle to your card.

After making the flowers, I stamped the leaves and stems in Old Olive ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I took a Basic White card base and added a layer of Misty Moonlight card stock onto it.  Then I added a piece of You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper on top of that.  I cut out a rectangle using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered that onto another piece of Misty Moonlight card stock.  I glued the stems on top and added the flowers using Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and cut it out using the coordinating die from Floral Gallery.  I adhered that using Mini Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels.

Remember this sale is only during the month of March or until products run out.  Here is the list of what is on sale.  There are some great sets included as well and the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.


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Stampin Up Art Gallery

Sometimes when a new catalog comes out, I forget about the “old” stuff.  I try to go through my stamp sets every now and then and pull out something I haven’t used in a long time.  The stamp set called Art Gallery is one of those sets.  I can’t remember which catalog it first appeared in.  I think it must have been another mini catalog but it is still in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog and it is still one of my favorites.  This set also has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery and together they make beautiful cards.

To make this card I first put a 4″ x 5.25″ inch piece of Basic White card stock in the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my Cut “N Emboss machine.  This embossing folder reminds me of the house I grew up in that had stucco walls with a texture like this.  I layered this on a Basic White card base.

The flowers in this set are DisINKtive stamps which means they create different opacities with a single stamp.  In some place the ink will be darker than in others.  Plus this stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means it can take two or more stamps to make an image.  I stamped the larger flowers in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay inks.  You can see how there are light and dark sections of the petals.  I stamped the smaller flowers in Highland Heather ink and the leaves in Granny Apple Green.  Then I cut them all out using the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink and cut it out using one of the label dies in this set. 

 

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Stampin Up Art Gallery

I remember when I first started stamping and all I had was stamps, cardstock and ink.  It really wasn’t that long ago.  Then Stampin’ Up!® started selling the Big Shot and the whole world of stamping changed for me.  At first they had these thick steel rimmed dies.  They could cut a few pieces of card stock at once but they could only cut out shapes but they were amazing.  Then someone genius person invented the thin dies and once again, the world of stamping changed.  It just wasn’t stamping anymore.  It was a whole new world.  You could cut out a stamped image!  What an amazing invention!  Now these thin dies are are a common part of the stamping world but every year they seem to get better and better.  Now Stampin’ Up!® includes dies to cut out the images but they also include extra dies to cut out sentiments and shapes.  Can it get any better?

I started this card thinking I was just going to make a simple stamp, ink and card stock card (like in the old days).  I used the stamp set called Art Gallery that was in the 2021 January – June Catalog and carried over into the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies that can cut out the images and includes two dies to cut out sentiments and has a larger die that cuts out words.

I first stamped the flowers in Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  Art Gallery is a two step stamp set where it takes two or more stamps to make on image.  Then I stamped the stems in Old Olive ink.  That is where things went to go a little wrong.  I actually got Old Olive ink on my finger and made a big smudge on my card.  Sigh.  Now I had to cover that smudge with a piece of card stock, which, of course, meant I needed to stamp the sentiment and cut it out using a die.   Oh well.  I sufficiently covered my mistake and the card still looks nice. 

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Use That Designer Series Paper!

When the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog came out I fell in love with a lot of the Designer Series Paper.  I mean, who could resist?  It was all gorgeous.  Then when the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog came out.  I loved a lot of the DSP in that catalog.  Once again, when the January – June Mini Catalog came out, I had to have even more.  I made a vow to start using all my Designer Series Paper more than I usually do.  I hate cutting that first piece.  I keep thinking if I cut a piece out now, what will happen if I need a whole sheet later?  It is a crazy way to think but most stampers have a little craziness in them anyway.

Of course now that all the DSP I purchased is retiring very soon and I still had a lot left over.  So I decided I was going to use a lot of it in the next two weeks.  A lot of it!  I made these three simple cards the other day.  It was a good start.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for this first card.  It is so beautiful and even nicer in person.  I first took a card base of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, folded it in half and cut an inch off on side.  I layered a piece of the DSP on the inside of the card and another piece on the outside.  I stamped the sentiment (which is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit because I didn’t have a Happy Mother’s Day stamp.  Can you believe that??) in Gorgeous Grape Ink and then colored the flowers and leaves using a Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals (also retiring on May 3rd).  I cut a larger oval out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the larger scalloped oval out of Purple Posy.

For this next card I used Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper Series Paper.  I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece over a card base of Pool Party.  I used the Floral Gallery die to cut “just wanted to say” in So Saffron card stock and I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  The DSP speaks for itself on this card so I didn’t think it needed much more.

I also used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper for this last card.  I cut two 1″ strips of the flowers and adhered them to the sides of a Basic White card base.  I then added the Pumpkin Pie piece of DSP in the middle.  The fern is from Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  These cut outs are gold on one side and white on the other.  They are beautiful.  They are also retiring.  Sigh.  So many beautiful papers are retiring.  I stamped the sentiment from Many Messages and cut it out using the coordinating die Messages.  The stamp is one big stamp and so is the die.

Do you have a lot of Designer Series Paper that you are afraid to cut?  You need to just do it.  It is beautiful and it makes gorgeous, easy cards.

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Art Gallery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to make a “get well” or “thinking of you” card.  I chose to use the Art Gallery Stamp set with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

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One of the reasons I love this stamp set is because it has a lot of very useful sentiments.  Besides the one I used, it also has happy birthday, thank you, I miss you, congratulations, sorry, best wishes and you are lovely.  There is a sentiment for just about everything.

I stamped the flowers in this set a little differently.  The flowers in this set are two step stamps.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I did not use the main background stamp on my flowers.  Instead I used the stamp that highlights the flowers using Blushing Bride ink.  Then I took my Blushing Bride Stampin Write Marker and lightly put strokes of color over the top using the side of the marker and not the tip.  I like how there is a lot of white space on the flowers.  I stamped the leaves using Granny Apple Green ink and then cut everything out using the coordinating dies.

I layered the flowers over a Basic White and Smoky Slate oval using the Layering Oval Dies.  As a side note, these dies are retiring on May 3rd or as long as supplies last.  These are a definite must have set of dies.  There are eight different sized ovals and seven scalloped ovals.  I placed everything on top of a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set I used really says “I’m thinking of you”.  It is rare that I would send a sympathy or thinking of you card without saying it was from Rob and me so I masked the word I’m using Washi Tape, inked the stamp in Smoky Slate, pulled off the Washi Tape (that part is very important or you will get a big blob of ink on your card stock) and then stamped it. I cut it out using one of the dies in the Floral Gallery set.   Lastly I added some Pastel Pearls.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  They make the most beautiful cards.

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Stampin Up Art Gallery

I had fun today playing around with the Stampin’ Up!® Gilded Leafing.  It is really so beautiful in real life that it is hard for a photo to capture.  Gilded Leafing is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and is part of the Fine Art Floral Suite.  You can use it with a lot of different adhesives including Heat & Stick Powder and Tear & Tape.  This time I used it with Multipurpose Glue.

For the background of this card, I used my Silicone Mat and put some Multipurpose Glue on it.  Then I took a Stamping Sponge and dipped it in the glue and dabbed it randomly all over a piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Then I pressed the card stock with the glue on it into the Gilded Leafing.  By the way, I keep the Gilded Leafing in a 7″ x 7″ box with a top so it doesn’t go flying all over.  The leafing is very light and can easily get away from you but keeping it in a box helps a lot.  I adhered this to a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet.  This is a close up of what the background looks like.

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I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Art Gallery in Rococo Rose ink and again in Old Olive.  Then I cut them both out using the coordinating die from the set called Floral Gallery (you can save 10% by purchased the stamp set and the dies together in a Bundle). I cut the stem off the Rococo Rose die cut and adhered the flowers on top of the Old Olive die cut.  You could use your Markers to separately color the stem and the flowers but I find it easier to do it this way.

After that I stamped the center of the flowers using Versamark, sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder on it and melted it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it or it loses its stickiness so just do it until it melts.  Then I pressed the flowers into my box of Gilded Leafing.  I adhered the flowers to a piece of Basic White card stock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies using Stampin Dimensionals.   I stamped the sentiment in Rococo Rose ink.  Before I adhered it to my background,  I tied a piece of the Forever Greenery Trim around it.


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Art Gallery & An Evil Plot

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After the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog came out, Jackie, Buffy (of our Stamp Off Challenges) and I were talking about the products in the catalog.  Buffy and I both loved the Fine Art Floral Suite that included the stamp set called Art Gallery, the Floral Gallery Dies, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and other embellishments.  One of the embellishments is the Gilded Leafing.  Buffy and I both purchased it right away but Jackie did not want anything to do with it.  So, Buffy and I talked and decided to send Jackie some cards we made using the Gilded Leafing.  Jackie called it an “evil plot”.  Well, guess what?  It worked!  Jackie ended up loving the Gilded Leafing and purchased it.

This is the card I sent her to help her decide that she really needed these products.  The stamp set called Art Gallery is a two step stamp set.  This means that it can take two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case, I first stamped the larger flower in Flirty Flamingo Ink and then the second stamp in Poppy Parade on top.  I stamped the smaller flower in Poppy Parade and the leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.

In order to add the Gilded Leafing you first stamp in Versamark Ink.  Then you sprinkle some Heat & Stick Powder on top of the Versamark and lightly heat it with your Heat Tool.  If you heat it too much it will lose it stickiness.  After you heat up the powder you press the Gilded Leafing into it.  Actually, I pressed the card into the Gilded Leafing.  Now, I have to say the Gilded Leafing is very light and can float around so you need to be careful.  I decided to pour the entire container of it into a box with a lid so I pressed the card against it.  Then I took a Stampin Sponge and wiped off the excess.  This is a close up of the flower.  I love how shiny it is.

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After adding the Gilded Leafing I cut the flowers and leaves out using the coordinating dies from the set called Floral Gallery.  I layered these on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  Lastly, I added the bow of Linen Thread using a Glue Dot.

Now, I don’t think this plot was very evil at all!  It was just showing a friend what they were missing out on!

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