Beautiful Autumn

On Monday I showed you a card I made using the Flower For Every Season Designer Series Paper and some Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon.  I decided to make another card using those products again just to show you how different each card is even though they use the same products.  The colors are different and the designs are different but they are still from the same pack of DSP.  That is what I love about Stampin’ Up!® .  They offer so many different products that coordinate, yet look completely different.

To make this card I first took a 4″ x 5.25″ of Whisper White cardstock and embossed it with my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.  I adhered that to a Magenta Madness card base.   I cut a piece of the DSP to 3.75″ x 3″ and then cut it into five strips that are each .75″ wide.  I adhered these strips in the order I cut them onto a 4.5″ x 3.25″ piece of Magenta Madness cardstock.  I tied a piece of the Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon around that.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  This set retires on January 4th so if you want it you will need to buy it by the 3rd.  It has some coordinating punches called Autumn Punch Pack and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The entire bundle will be retiring.  I love the font on this set so you just might see it on my blog in the future but you won’t be able to buy it if you wait.

I think this card took less than 10 minutes to make and probably would have been even quicker if I didn’t have to design it in my head first. 

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Basket Of Blooms

Stampin Up Basket of Blooms

I think I am in denial about winter.  I know I can’t really call winter in Tennessee “winter” compared to what I lived in for the last 42 years but it is my winter now.  In Northern New York I would get weather alerts whenever a big snow storm or high winds were expected.  For some reason I am still getting these alerts (I can’t remember my password to turn them off) so I know when New York may be expecting 10 inches of snow.  In Tennessee it is 50 degrees.  Even though we don’t get the really, super cold weather here or the big snow storms, we have brown, dead grass and no flowers.  I think this is why I need to still make cards using my flower sets.  Flowers make me happy (Jackie of BS & J thinks I am crazy for loving all the flower sets.  She is probably right!!).  On a side note, my cactus also loves Tennessee weather.  It bloomed in October and I looked this morning and there are two new blooms.  It has never done that!  Maybe it knows I miss flowers.

In any case, I made this card using the stamp set called Basket of Blooms.  This stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This stamp set coordinates with the Small Bloom Punch.

I first stamped the flowers in Gorgeous Grape ink and then colored them using the Light Highland Heather Stampin Blend.  Then I punched them out using the Small Bloom Punch.  I stamped the flower pot in Misty Moonlight ink and colored that using the Light and Dark Misty Moonlight Blends.  I masked the pot by stamping it on a Post-it- Note, cutting it out and placing it over the flower pot on my card.  This lets you stamp the leaves without getting ink on the pot.  I then stamped the leaves in Just Jade ink and once again,  colored them using the Light Just Jade Blend.  I adhered the flowers using Stampin Dimensionals and added the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots in the middle of the flowers.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  I use this sentiment a lot and I am sad the set is retiring on January 4th.  Beautiful Autumn has coordinating punches called Autumn Punch Pack and they are retiring too.  You can still purchase the stamp set and the punch pack in a Bundle but only while supplies last.  After January 3rd, they will be gone forever.  I have made a lot of cards using this Bundle and if you would like to see them, click on the Categories button to the right and click on Beautiful Autumn.

The Designer Series Paper is called Flowers For Every Season and is also in the Annual Catalog. 

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Beautiful Autumn & A Sneak Peek

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our theme is thankful.  That certainly makes sense since yesterday was Thanksgiving!

Stampin Up Beautiful Autumn

I decide to go with the Beautiful Autumn stamp set since, in my mind, Autumn is over beginning December 1st.  To me, that is the official date of winter starting.  Now that I live in Tennessee, I will get to experience all the different seasons.  I am looking forward to that since in Northern New York we only had two seasons – Winter and July!

First, let’s explain the sneak peek!  See that beautiful Misty Moonlight Designer Series Paper?  It is a piece from the pack called Dandy Garden that will be in the January – June Mini 2021 Catalog.  That pack has some beautiful designs but this one was one of my favorites.  My Upline, Julia, sent me some samples of it (thanks, Julia!).  I wasn’t going to buy it but when I saw the samples, I put it on my list.

For the rest of the card, I used the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  This stamp set has three matching punches called Autumn Punch Pack (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle). I love the little leaves and I especially love being able to punch them out without fussy cutting them.  I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I masked part of the sentiment off because it wouldn’t fit in the circle I wanted to use.  Masking is where you put a piece of Washi tape (or anything else sticky) over a section of a stamp, ink it up and then remove the tape before stamping.  It only stamps the part you didn’t cover.  I don’t know who discovered this technique but it is brilliant!  Then I cut out the sentiment using a die from the Painted Labels set.  I thought this die looked just like a wreath.

After that I stamped each of the leaves, pinecones and the acorn in Memento Black ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Then I colored each one using a Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Terracotta Tile and Sahara Sand Stampin Write Marker.  Then I punched them out.  I did have to hand cut out the pinecones but they were easy because they are oval.  It was a fairly quick and easy card to make.

Now let’s go see how Buffy and Jackie expressed their thankfulness. 

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Gather Together

Stampin Up Gather Together

The last month or so I really wanted to purchase a pack of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper   but it was out of stock for quite a while.  I blame Jackie for me wanting it so much.  She has been posting the most beautiful cards using this paper that I had to have it.  Buffy and Jackie continue to influence me with their beautiful designs so I am used to having to purchase things because of them.  In any case, I was able to purchase it a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad I did.  It is even prettier in person than in the catalog.

I decided to pair this paper with the stamp set called Gather Together.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Gathered Leaves.  The stamp set has beautiful leaves, as well as pumpkins and sentiments.

To make this card I first cut a piece of Crushed Curry using the leaf die.  I kept the leaf for another project and decided to use the negative cut for this card.  I stamped the pumpkins on Pumpkin Pie cardstock using Memento Black Ink and cut them out using the dies.  The tiny leaves are from a new stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  This set has three punches to go with it called Autumn Punch Pack (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).  I stamped the leaves on Rich Razzleberry cardstock and punched them out.  The sentiment is also from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  I love the font as well as the sentiment.

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Another Mystery Part Card

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about Mystery Parts card challenges that I am participating with my downline.  This is where one of us send some “parts” and we have to make a card using them.  We can add anything we want to the card but we have to use everything they send us and everything has to be Stampin’ Up!® products.  Here are the parts that Lynette sent us.

The parts included Whisper White and Night Of Navy cardstock, a piece of Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper and a piece of retired white ribbon.

Here is the front of the card I made using these “parts”.

Here is the card opened up.  I am not sure what this fun fold technique is called but I CASEd a card by another demo named Rachel Tessman that I found online.

Here are the measurements for this card:

5.5″ x 8.5″ of Whisper White cardstock and scored it at 1 1/2″ and 4 1/4″.

3 pieces of Feels Like Frost DSP: 5 1/4″ x 2 5/8, 5 1/4″ x 1″ and 5 1/4″ x 2″

3 pieces of Night Of Navy cardstock:  5 3/8″ x 2 3/4″, 5 3/8″ x 1 1/8″, 5 3/8″ x 2 1/8″

The sentiment on the front of the card is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn that is in the 2020 August – December Catalog.  I stamped it in Night Of Navy Ink and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The inside sentiment is from Meant To Be.

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Stitched Leaves


Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

Stitched Leaves is a Stampin’ Up!® die set that is in the 2020 August – December Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).  I would label this set a two-step die set (even though there is officially no such thing).  I would call it this because it takes two dies to make one die cut.  One die cuts the outside of the leaves and another cuts the stitches on the inside.  You can even do this at the same time so you don’t have to run the cardstock through your Cut & Emboss machine twice.  This set also includes a die that cuts those stitches along the bottom of my card.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® includes extra dies in their sets.

To make this card I first cut out all the leaves using two dies in Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Real Red, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie.  Then I cut out the vertical stitches in a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and layered everything together.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  I just used a left over piece of cardstock I had after cutting the piece of Very Vanilla cardstock I used.

On a side note, we made it to Tennessee just fine.  I had to drive one car and Rob drove his truck.  The most I have ever driven alone is 6 hours so this 14 hour trip was a little difficult.  Thankfully we did 10 hours the first day and 4 the next.  I have to say there is a lot more traffic here in Nashville than there was in Northern New York.  That will take a little getting used to.

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Prized Peony

Stampin Up Prized Peony

This is the birthday card I made for my friend Buffy.  If you have been reading my blog at all, then you know who Buffy is.  She is a very sweet, kind and artistic person and she loves vintage cards.  I, on the other hand, can not make a vintage card to save my life.  They always look like such a mess and 9 times out of 10 they end up in the trash.  Normally vintage cards are scrunched, splattered and torn (the idea of this gives me hives. I mean who wants to ruin good cardstock by ripping it???)  I decided that maybe if I kept it simple, I could do it.

The first thing I did was stamp the peony from the Stampin’ Up!® Prized Peony stamp set in Memento Black ink and cut it out using the coordinating Peony Dies.  So far so good.  Black and white can be vintage, right?  Then I used one of the stencils from Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and lightly sponged Purple Posy, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue ink over it using the Stampin’ Up!® Sponges onto Whisper White cardstock. I figured if I used soft colors it would be more vintage.  I thought about adding ribbon or something else but decided to leave it alone.

The sentiment is from Beautiful Autumn which is in the August – December Mini Catalog.  It is one of my favorite sentiments.

So what do you think?  Can this card be considered vintage?

PS:  I just realized Purple Posy Ink is not available.  Sorry!

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Arrange A Wreath

Stampin Up Arrange A Wreath

Arrange A Wreath is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I love wreath so I knew I had to have this set as soon as it became available.  The great thing about it is it can be used year round.  The stamp set includes flowers for spring and summer, hearts for Valentine’s Day, Easter eggs for Easter and a partridge & pears for Christmas.  If you also purchased the Beautiful Autumn stamp set you can add leaves to it for Fall.

To make this card I first cut everything out using my new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  This machine is awesome!  It cuts everything so smoothly and the first time so you don’t have to go back and forth 3 or 4 times.  If the die is very intricate you may have to go forward once and back once, but the little pieces just fall right out of the cut paper.  After I cut them all out I adhered them to the Pretty Peacock cardstock using Multipurpose Glue.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  I decided I wanted it white so I stamped it in Versamark and then heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.

The last thing I did was add some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots to the middle of the flowers.

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Sailing Home

Stampin Up Sailing Home

I decided to try a fun technique that Jennifer McGuire did a couple of weeks ago.  The technique is called Offset Inking.  You need a Stamparatus to do this technique but it is really easy to do. You stamp an image in any color you want (I used Seaside Spray).  Then you move the cardstock up 1/8″ and stamp it again using Whisper White Craft Ink.  It gives the images a little more dimension.  I do have to say that I probably did it backwards and should have stamped the Whisper White image first and then the Seaside Spray but it still looks good.

Now believe it or not, I used the Birch Background stamp to make the background.  I first tried this technique in a different colors and it looked a little bit like clouds so I changed it to Seaside Spray.  Again, I lined up the Birch stamp on my Stamparatus, stamped it once in Seaside Spray ink on Seaside Spray cardstock and then moved it up 1/8″ and stamped it again in Whisper White Craft Ink.  To make the water darker, I used the water stamp from the stamp set called High Tide.  I stamped it numerous times over the birch images.

After I did the background I then stamped the sailboats in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used a Seaside Spray Stampin Blends to color in-between the sails so it would blend in better with the water.  I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock using So Saffron and Petal Pink in to make the sun and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.  I thought it looked softer than just cutting out a circle of cardstock. I stamped the seagulls in Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn which is in the Holiday Catalog.  I love that sentiment!

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Mountain Air

Stampin Up Mountain Air

This card are partially inspired by a photograph I saw online somewhere and the night view out my window at the cottage.  When there are some clouds at sunset the sky turns a magnificent colors of pink, orange and purple.  It can be breathtaking.  My camera is just a mobile phone so the photos don’t always show how gorgeous the sky is but here is an example of one of our sunsets.

Stampin Up Mountain Air

I decided to try to make a card with this inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Mountain Air.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Majestic Mountains and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  I didn’t use the dies for this card but if you get the stamp set, you just have to get the dies too.

To make this card I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I using Stampin’ Up!® Sponges to add the color to the background using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I started it heavier on the bottom and then went lighter as I went up.  Then I stamped the trees at the bottom Memento Black Ink and then a little higher using Highland Heather ink.  I also stamped the mountains in Highland Heather after stamping off first.  Stamping off means to ink up the stamp, stamp in on a scrap piece of paper and then on the cardstock.  It makes the color less vibrant when you do this.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn which is in the new Holiday Catalog.

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