Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Lets Set Sail

This is another card I made during that sunny 70 degree say we had a couple of weeks ago. It motivated me to make some summery cards.  Of course, it has gotten cold again and they are even talking possible snow but at least the snow does not last very long in Nashville.

I am, once again, using that gorgeous paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Dandy Designs.  This pack of Designer Series Paper has 48 sheets for gorgeous double-sided paper.  You can get it free with a $100 order.  It is so worth it!  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece and adhered it to a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut out the frame using two of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  To make it easier, I cut out the larger one first.  Then, I taped a smaller die to the larger die cut to keep it in place and cut out the center.  You can use Washi Tape or medical tape for this.  Sometimes Washi Tape can be a little to strong but you can stick it on your pants or sleeves a couple of times to redue the tackiness.

I took a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and added color to it using Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point ink for the background.  I first stamped the birds from the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail in Whisper White ink but they did not show up very well so I added some more using Starry Sky ink.  I am just saying the white birds are in the distance behind some clouds. I adhered this piece to the back of the frame I made earlier.

After this, I stamped the sails in Starry Sky ink and the sailboat in Crumb Cake and punched them using using the coordinating Sailboat Builder Punch.  If you purchase the stamp set and the punch in a bundle you can save 10%.  I stamped the shadow of the sailboat using Whisper White ink and the sentiment from Heron Habitat in Starry Sky ink.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

I am not sure if you have noticed this or not, but Stampin’ Up!® offers huge packs of Designer Series Paper in the back of every catalog.  You can get them by using your hostess dollars that you earn for  placing an order of $150 or more.  The packs are 48 pieces of 12″ x 12″.  That is a lot of paper!  So far, every time I order a pack of them, I have been very pleased with the colors and designs.  Wait until the new January – April Mini comes out.  It is my favorite yet!

I made this card using the Designer Series Paper Hostess Pack in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Design A Daydream.  The main colors in this pack are Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink and Pool Party.

The first thing I did when making this card is to take a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ of Basic White card stock and fold it in half.  Then I used the stitched scalloped die from the die set called Scalloped Contours and cut off and 1/2″ of the front of the card.  Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine again using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I placed a 1/2″ x 5.5″ piece of the Design A Daydream DSP over the edge of the embossing folder marks so you can not see the dent it left.  Then I took a 1″ x 5.5″ piece and adhered it along the edge of the back section of the card.

Next I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Perfect Plant dies.  I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat which I cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.

Check out these packs of paper.  You can find them on the hostess page which is usually in the back of the catalog.  You are going to love the new mini catalog pack!

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Heron Habitat

Stampin Up Heron Habitat

Last Friday was Grandparents Day at Madelyn’s school. She goes to an amazing public school that has so many activities for the kids and the families to attend during school and after hours.  It was such a nice day.  Rob and I first went to her classroom to meet her teacher and see some of her work. Then we went to an auditorium where the kids came out and sang some songs.  Madelyn was chosen to play the ukulele.  It is so nice of the school to include grandparents.  I posted some photos at the end of this post.

I actually made this card when we were at our cottage on Lake Ontario but forgot to post it.  I found it in my photos of the cards I made but could not find the card itself.   I must have sent it to someone as a birthday card.  I hope I remember all the colors and products I used.  If I forget any, I apologize ahead of time.

When we are at the cottage we see a lot of birds flying around.  There are seagulls, eagles (which are amazing to watch), ducks, swans, geese (not my favorite!), and herons.  The geese are fun to watch right after their goslings are born but once they get bigger, they like to come onto our lawn and make the worst mess ever.  I start off the season running out there and chasing them away.  As time went on, I just had to go outside stand on my deck and they would leave.  They knew not to mess with me!  They are definitely not as cute as when they are first born. Anyway, I knew I had to purchase the Heron Habitat stamp set with the coordinating dies called Heron as soon as I saw it.  By the way, you can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.

I made the background of this card first using the stamp set called Oceanfront.  I stamped the water in Starry Sky and the trees in Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the clouds in Balmy Blue and the seagulls and cattails in Soft Suede ink.  Next, I stamped the heron in Smoky Slate ink. Then, I took a Basic Gray Stampin Write Marker and ran it along the edge of the stamp to make it a little darker.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using a die from the Hydrangea die set.  Lastly, I cut the panel out using the Deckled Rectangles Die Set and layered it on a piece of Mossy Meadow and Orchid Oasis card stock.  The card base is Basic White.

I have to say I love the sentiments in the Heron Habitat stamp set.  It is a nice font and size and they cover just about every occasion.

Here are some photos from Grandparents Day.

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Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up Split Card Textures


We made the long trip back to Nashville on Saturday.  I have to say that 14 hours in a car in one day is a lot of car time!  Thank goodness for music, audiobooks and podcasts to keep our minds on something else besides counting the lines in the road.  I haven’t unpacked my stamping supplies yet but I will be working on it this week.  This is one of the cards I made before I left New York.

I made this card using the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper.  This paper is black and white and just begs to be colored.  I am not a great colorer but Stampin’ Up!® makes it a lot easier to do when you are not good at it.  First of all, they have this gorgeous DSP which is perfect.  Secondly, they give you amazing tools to use such as Blends, Stampin Write Marker and Watercolor Pencils.  To make this card, I first took a piece of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and colored it using my Old Olive, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Tahitian Tide and Highland Heather Blends.  I didn’t try to add shades or anything fancy to my coloring because I felt like the black sections on the flowers and leaves pretty much did that for me.

Next, I cut the image out by hand.  Yes, I fussy cut.  Yes, it took me forever, Yes, I know it is not the best job but it looked good enough to me.  You can tell there are parts where I could not cut because there were no open lines to it but I still think it looks ok.  After this, I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut out the bottom half using the Split Card Textures die set.  I love this die set.  There are two dies included in it.  One cut out the pattern on my card and the other cuts out flowers.  I think it adds a lot of interest to a simple card.  I layered this on top of a Polished Pink card base and then adhered the flower bouquet that I had cut.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  It is a great stamp set that has wonderful sentiments in a very nice font.

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Rings Of Love

Stampin Up Rings Of Love

As you already know, it is Sale-a-bration time at Stampin’ Up!.  This is when you can earn free products with a qualifying sale.  Some of the free products you can earn with a $50 order and others can be earned with a $100 order. There are stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper available.

One of the items you can get for free with a $50 order is the Rings Of Love Designer Series Paper.  This paper coordinates with the Ringed With Nature Bundle in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog (page for 62) but you can also use it with other products too.

For this card, I first cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the Rings Of Love DSP.  I layered that onto So Saffron card base.  Then I cut the frame out in Evening Evergreen card stock using the Fabulous Frames Dies.  I love these dies!  There are six different dies in the set.  Three of them cut out a shape to use as a frame, one cuts out a sentiment and the other two cut out fancy corners.  All of them cut and emboss the card stock.  I layered the frame on top of the piece of DSP.

Next, I cut out the hexagon using the Beautiful Shapes Dies in Evening Evergreen card stock.  This die set includes 14 different fun dies and coordinates with the Framed Occasions stamp set.  Next, I ran one of the leaves from the Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder.  This gave the leaf some texture.  I adhered that to the Hexagon using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  I stamped it in Evening Evergreen ink onto a small piece of So Saffron card stock and then cut it out using a miscellaneous die.   Lastly, I added a few Amber Gems.

Don’t forget there are a lot more items available to get for free in the Sale-a-bration Catalog plus the items they added last week (you can see them HERE).


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Wisteria Wishes

Stampin Up Wisteria Wishes

This is the second card we made at stamp camp last week.  It is a quick and easy card (also known as CAS or “Clean And Simple”).  I showed you the card we made using the Trees For Sale stamp set and the Tree Lot Dies a couple of posts ago (you can see it HERE).  That card took a bit of time so I decided to have the group make a simple but still beautiful card too.

I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes to make this card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria Dies but we did not use them on this card.  By the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle.

I started this card by stamping the branch in Old Olive ink on a 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped the first layer of the flowers using Highland Heather ink but first I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  By doing this, your ink will be a bit lighter than a normal stamping.  Then I took the middle piece of the flower and stamped that using Highland Heather ink too.  This gave the flowers a two toned look.  I layered this on top of a piece of Old Olive cardstock and a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This paper is awesome.  You can only buy it for $18 with an order of $150 or more and it contains 48 sheets in the pack!  The card base was also Old Olive.

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Heron Habitat

Stampin Up Heron Habitat

Hello everyone.  I am sorry I missed posting last Friday but it was a crazy fourth of July week around here and I just plain forgot to write one.  It was a week filled with grandchildren and BBQs and lots of swimming, jet skiing and boating.  It was so much fun and also exhausting but I would not have traded it for anything.

I made this card for my friend, Renee for her birthday.  Renee has been in my stamp class for what seems like forever.  She is very creative and has a great mind for remembering things.  Whenever we get new InColors, remembering all the new names takes me a while.  Renee knows them all and helps me not look like a fool in class.  We both also have a thing about critters so I just had to make her a card using one.

To make this card I first cut out a rectangle using the Stitched Rectangles out of a piece of Basic White card stock.  I used the negative piece of this to use as a mask for some ink blending with my Blending Brushes.  I started at the bottom using Bermuda Bay and Pool Party ink.  Then I used Balmy Blue for the top of the card.  I did it kind of blotchy on purpose so it would look more like the sky with clouds.

After this, I stamped the Heron from the stamp set called Heron Habitat in Night Of Navy ink onto a piece of Smoky Slate card stock and cut it out using the coordinating Heron Dies.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies using the bundle item number, you can save 10%.  I adhered that to my blended piece of card stock.

Next, I cut out all the grass in Night Of Navy card stock and adhered that to the card.  Then I stamped the birds and the sentiment.  I have to say, one of the reasons I purchased this stamp set was for the sentiments.  I love the font they used and most of them cover any occasion you need to make a card for.

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