Petal Park

Stampin Up Petal Park

I placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up!®  2023/2024 Annual Catalog on May 2nd.  I have to admit I did expedite the order because Stampin’ Up!®  has had so many awesome deals (discounts on retiring things and a free shipping day) so receiving an order has taken a long time.  Although, I did get my order, I have not been able to play with it yet.  I spent last week taking care of some of my grandchildren while their parents were away and immediately after that I went to see my other son’s family in Alabama.  All that pretty stuff I got has been sitting there untouched and unloved.  Hopefully this week, I will be able to show you some creations using the new (amazing) products.

In the meantime, I did make a card using some of the new Designer Series Paper I was able to order in April.  It is gorgeous paper using lots of blue including Balmy Blue, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight and Night Of Navy.  It is called Countryside Inn and is part of the Countryside Inn Suite Collection.

To make this card, I first cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of this DSP and layered it on a Boho Blue card base.  Next, I used the Scalloped Contours dies with Basic White card stock and layered it on top.  I stamped the flowers from the Petal Park stamp set in Night Of Navy and Boho Blue ink.  This stamp set is a two-step set where it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case the outline of the flowers is one stamp and the inside is another.  I punched the flowers out using the coordinating Petal Park Punch.  Next I took the two leaves stamps (one for the inside of the leaves and one for the outside) and stamped them in Old Olive.  Then, I layered the flowers on top using Dimensionals.  I used the stamp set called Artistically Inked to stamp the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from Stylish Shapes. Lastly, I added some Decorative Matter Dots.

Let’s hope I can find time later this week to play with my new products. I can’t wait!

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Mountain Air

Stampin Up Mountain Air

A couple of times a year, when one of the Stampin’ Up!® mini catalogs is retiring soon, I begin to look through my stamp sets from the annual catalog to see what I have not used in a long time.  When someone waves something shiny and bright (like a new catalog) in front of me, I get all excited and tend to forget about what was already available prior to the new release.  So, I went through my stamp sets and pulled out a bunch I have not used in a long time and created with them.  You will see a few of them in the coming weeks.

One of the stamp sets I have not used very often or in a long time is called Mountain Air.  This stamp set also has coordinating dies called Majestic Mountain (although I did not use them with this card) so I decided to take it out and make a card.  The first thing I did was stamp the mountains in Soft Suede and again in Sahara Sand ink.  Next, I stamped the trees using Evening Evergreen ink.  I used the stamp set called Oceanfront (another stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog) to stamp the water in Pacific Point ink.

Then, I stamped the mountains again onto a piece of Masking Paper and fussy cut the top of the mountains out.  As I am typing this, I am not sure why I didn’t use the coordinating die which would have been easier (duh!).  I laid the stamped masking paper on top of the Sahara Sand mountains on my card front and then stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight ink.  That way it looked like the sun are beginning to either rise or set behind the mountains.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from Artistically Inked for the sentiment with Pacific Point ink and cut it out.

Take a look at some stamp sets you haven’t used in a while (retired or current) and use them.  There was a reason you bought them!

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Artistically Inked

Stampin Up Artistically Inked

As you know, most of the time I make cards that have bold, bright colors.  My favorite Stampin’ Up! color family is Brights and I use them year-round.  I do like the Regals in the Fall and at Christmas time but I think I use the Subtles the least.  I have been trying to make cards that are different from my usual style by using different colors than my normal or not making them as clean and simple (CAS) as I usually do.  This time I pulled out my Subtles but still ended up making a CAS card so at least I made half my goal.

To make the background on this card I decided to use the stamp set called Artistically Inked.  I used Fresh Freesia, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mint Macaron. I wanted this background to be even softer than just using the Subtles so after I inked the leaves and flowers, I stamped them on a scrap piece of paper first and then on my cardstock.  This allowed them to be lighter in color than just stamping the regular way. I stamped the largest flower in the middle first and then worked my way to each corner adding the other elements.

To finish off the card I used a new stamp set that is in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Charming Sentiments.  This stamp set has seventeen different sentiments that cover most occasions.  Plus it has a coordinating die set called Sentiment Silhouettes that cuts out each of the sentiments in the stamp set.  If you purchase them using the bundle item number, you will save 10%.  I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the card using Memento Black Ink.  I adhered this layer to a 4″ 5.25″ of Blushing Bride card stock and a Basic White card base.


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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Sometimes when a new Stampin’ Up!®  catalog comes out I get so excited for new products I forget about the older sets.  Those poor products sit on a shelf feeling very forgotten.  When I was packing up my supplies to bring to the cottage I looked through all my current sets to see which ones I want to bring and I come across some that have been neglected for a while.

Forever Fern is one of those sets.  It is a beautiful set with a bunch of different branches of leaves, some berries and a few sentiments.  It also has a coordinating die set called Forever Flourishing.  You can’t get the bundle savings anymore because Stampin’ Up!® only offers that deal on new products but this stamp and die set are worth the extra.  Sometimes Stampin’ Up!® comes out the new products that coordinate with the older ones.  This time they have a new embossing folder called Fern.  It pairs perfectly with Forever Fern.

To make this card, I first ran a piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Fern embossing Folder.  Then I layered that on top of a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock and a Basic White card base.  Next I stamped one set of leaves in Pale Papaya ink and the berries in Fresh Freesia.  Then I used the dies from the Forever Flourishing set in Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I layered everything together.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Artistically Inked in Pear Pizzazz ink and layered that on top using Dimensionals.

My suggestion today is to go through your stash of stamp sets and pull out a few of the older sets.  It will make them so happy to be used again!


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Artistically Inked

Stampin Up Artistically Inked

I hope everyone had a great Easter.  Rob and I got to spend it with one family of grands.  You know anytime I can spend some time with them, is the best time ever.  My achilles tendon is slowly starting to heal.  I still can not walk on it but when I went to physical therapy on Monday they said they are going to start letting me put as much pressure as I can on it next week.  Thank you for all the cards and good wishes.  Each one was truly appreciated.

I did manage to get some time in to stamp last week.  My stamp room is upstairs so it has been hard to get myself up there.  Rob has been a blessing and so patient with me.  He has learned to do a lot of things around the house.  He is getting so good at some things I am thinking about letting him do them forever.

I used the stamp set called Artistically Inked to make this card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Artistic Dies.  I am happy to say that both of these products are being carried over into the next catalog.  This card was fairly easy to make and did not take a lot of time at all.  First I stamped the flowers and the center of the larger flower in Misty Moonlight and Daffodil Delight ink.  By the way, Misty Moonlight is one of the InColors that will be retiring on May 3rd.  After stamping the flowers, I cut them out using the dies.  Next I stamped the background on a piece of Basic White cardstock multiple times just using one stamp.  I adhered the flowers to the background.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Lastly I added a few of some retired InColor enamel dots.

Although this stamp set and coordinating dies will be available in the new catalog, you will be be able to get the bundle savings so if you like this set, you should order it by May 2nd and save 10%

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Daisy Garden

Stampin Up Daisy Garden

Daisy Garden is a new background stamp that is in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Up Annual Catalog.  They offer a few different background stamps and I like all of them but this one caught my eye because it was an image and not just a background.  You can stamp it and leave it alone or you can color it with your Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils or Blends.

For this card I decided to use this large background stamp on Designer Series Paper.  I always forget that DSP is great for backgrounds but you can also stamp on it to make it more interesting.  In this card I stamped it onto a piece of Soft Succulent In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Assortment using Evening Evergreen ink.  I used the Stamparatus to do this which allowed me to stamp it multiple times for good coverage.  After stamping it I cut it down to 3.75″ x 5″ and layered it on top of a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock and a Soft Succulent card base.

After that I stamped six small daisies from the stamp set called Daisy Lane and punched them out using the Medium Daisy Punch in So Saffron ink.  I used two daisies to make one flower.   I stamped the centers of the flowers in Evening Evergreen ink and fussy cut them out.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Artistically Inked.  I stamped it in Versamark and sprinkled White Embossing Powder on top and heated it with my Heat Tool.  When I emboss something I also use my Stamparatus in case some of the embossing powder doesn’t stick so you can stamp it again in the exact same spot.  I also like to emboss a sentiment twice to make it stand out more (which I did in this case).

As a side note, Rob and I are so fortunate in being able to have our cottage on Lake Ontario in the summer and in Nashville in the winter.  When we left New York, Fall had already started and the weather was in the high 60’s with cool nights.  Then we arrived in Nashville for another two months of summer.  This past week it has actually been a bit hot (in the mid to high 80’s) but I am not complaining.  The longer the summer lasts, the happier I am.  It is hard for me to make Fall and winter cards when it is so warm but this is a reality check for everyone.  Christmas is only a couple of months away.  It is time to think about your Christmas cards.  Stampin’ Up!® offers some amazing Christmas sets in the Annual and the Mini Catalogs.  You need to order soon to have enough time to make those beautiful cards.  Don’t forget adhesive and card stock while you are ordering! 

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Gorgeous Leaves

Stampin Up Gorgeous Leaves

This is another card I made for our Stamp Off Colors Of Fall Challenge.  I actually made three cards for this challenge so you will see another one soon.  This time I decided to go with the Gorgeous Leaves Bundle which includes the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set and the coordinating Intricate Leaves die set (if you buy these in a bundle you can save 10%).

For the Colors Of Fall I went with Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry.  You can’t really get more Fall-like than that.  Actually you could also add all the colors in the Regals family because most of them are very Fall-like.

To make this card I first stamped the various leaves in Crushed Curry ink and then used a Sponge Dauber to add some Cajun Craze ink to the edges.  I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  The stamp set Gorgeous Leaves also has a cute little stamp with the three leaves which I used to stamp a border on the edges of a piece of Basic White card stock and then Layered the cut leaves using Stampin’  Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Artistically Inked.

I’ll show you the third card I made soon.

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Penguin Playmates

Stampin Up Penguin Playmates

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day for the Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration.  I can’t decide which is my favorite product from that catalog that I was able to get for free.  I love the Counting Sheep and Delicate Dahlias stamp sets.  I love the Sheep Dies that coordinate with the Counting Sheep stamp set.  I love the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper that coordinates with the stamp set called Penguin Place and it’s coordinating Penguin Builder Punch that are both in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.

To make this card I used the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper.  The background of this card is a piece of this DSP that I adhered to a Just Jade card base.  I cut a 2 5/8″ x 5.5″  piece of Misty Moonlight card stock and layered that on top.  Then I cut a piece of Basic White card stock using a die from the Ornate Layers set.

The Snowman, the Polar Bear and the Penguin that I used on my card are from the other side of that Designer Series Paper.  That is one of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up!® DSP.  There are always two sides with different patterns.  I fussy cut the characters out and glued them to my card.  I am not big on fussy cutting but these were all easy to do since the lines were not complicated.

I cut out three snowflakes using the Stitched Snowflakes dies in Basic White and Misty Moonlight card stock. The sentiment from from the stamp set called Artistically Inked.

Remember, tomorrow is the last day to get free products from the Sale-a-bration catalog with a qualifying order.  There are lots of things to choose from that I am sure you will love as much as I do.

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Artistically Inked

Stampin Up Artistically Inked

Expressions In Ink is a gorgeous suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  This suite of products includes the stamp set called Artistically Inked, the coordinating Artistic Dies (and you can save 10% if you purchase them in a Bundle), Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper and Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack.  The Ephemera Pack is a set of 50 various gold foil pieces and 100 adhesive backed sequins.  The Designer Series Paper is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  It has the alcohol inked looking backgrounds with gold foiling mixed in.  It is so pretty in the catalog but is even prettier in person.  The Artistically Inked stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  This means that one stamp creates different opacities which give the image more depth.

To make this card I first cut out two of the large leaves in Evening Evergreen card stock and adhered them to a piece of Soft Succulent card stock using Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is great for adhering intricate die cuts.  Then I stamped the flower in Polished Pink ink and the small leaves using Evening Evergreen ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and layered everything together.  It was a fairly easy card to make but still looks intricate.

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Give It A Whirl

Stampin Up Give It A Whirl

Hiding amongst the many Stampin’ Up!® products is a set of dies called Give It A Whirl.  It doesn’t coordinate with any stamp set so it is hard to miss in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog but you can see it on page 163 and some samples on page 57.  What makes this set of dies different?  They are interactive dies which mean they do something or make something move.  In this case, they make a wheel that you can turn to see different images.  They are really such fun and not hard to make at all.

There are four different “window” dies with this set.  There is a circle, a rectangle a heart and the shape I used on my card.  Then there is a die that cuts out a large circle which is the wheel you turn.  It has a scalloped edge so you can turn it with your finger.  There is a large die that cuts out the front of the card that had the 1/2 circle cut out to turn the wheel.  There are 21 dies in all to help decorate your card.

To make this card I first used a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Coastal Cabana card stock to make the background.  Then I cut out the front using the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper that you can purchase as a Hostess Set.  This pack of paper has 48 12″ x 12″ inch sheets (lots and lots!).  Then I cut out the scalloped wheel in Whisper White and stamped a different color fish from the stamp set called Seascape in each section so when you turn the wheel you can see each one.  I decorated the front of the card using dies from the coordinating set called Sea Life.  The Give It A Whirl die set even includes the little arrow showing you how to turn the wheel.

Here are some more photos showing the different colored fish I used.

Stampin Up Give It A Whirl

If you would like to see a great video on how to put this together click HERE.  She did a great job explaining it.

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