Beauty & Joy

No one likes to have to send a sympathy (or prayer) card due to a death in the family or a serious illness but, unfortunately, it is a fact of life.  Stampin’ Up!® makes this hard task a bit easier because they offer a lot of choices when it comes to this.

For my sympathy card I used the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is great set because it has choices of the pots as well as the tree.  It is also a DisINKtive Stamp set which means it has depth to the images using one stamp.  The sad news is this stamp set will be retiring on January 2nd so if you like it, you need to purchase it before then.

To make this card, I first stamped the basket in Crushed Curry.  Then I stamped the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Pretty Peacock.  The Designer Series Paper is called Garden Lane and is in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings.  I stamped that in Pretty Peacock and then cut it out using the Classic Label Punch.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter in law had an accident which left her unable to get around very well so I flew down to Alabama to help out.  That means I got some Emy time which is always a good thing.  Emy is 2 going on 16.  She is sweet, sassy and beautiful (if I do say so myself).

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Tasteful Backgrounds

These are two cards we made at my monthly stamping class a couple of weeks ago.  They are a take on the Floating Frame technique by Jennifer McGuire but I didn’t make them floating because the spaces were too small for Dimensionals.

To make both of these cards I first took a 5.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it five times in different places using a die from Tasteful Backgrounds.  Then I took two dies from the Stitched Rectangles and cut out the piece in the middle and around the edges.  The middle piece was used to make the card on the top and the outside piece was used to make the card on the bottom.

The colors on the top card are are Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green.  The flower was made using the Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape.  This Washi Tape is a big roll of petals.  We used six of them to make the flower.  I cut a small circle using the 3/4″ Circle Punch and attached the tips of the petals on top of it.  Then I turned the flower over and used my Embossing Buddy to take the stickiness out of the edges of the petals so they would not adhere to the cardstock and look flat. I put a Clear Faceted Gem in the middle of the flower and adhered it to my card.  I stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Rich Razzleberry ink and punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.

The colors I used for the second card were Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Mango Melody.  I attached the piece I had left over from the first card and attached it to a piece of Pool Party cardstock I had cut put using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I stamped the cake from the stamp set called Piece Of Cake in Mango Melody and punched it out using the Cake Builder Punch.  I punched out the cake stand in Mango Melody cardstock.  The sentiment is from Beautiful Friendship. Lastly, I added some Glitter Enamel Dots for some color and sparkle.

It was fun to get two cards out of one die cut!

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Rooted In Nature

Here is an example of a very simple card that a beginner could make easily yet I think it is elegant enough for the advanced stamper too.  It only requires a couple of stamp sets (Rooted In Nature and Itty Bitty Greeting) and a few Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!®  Blends. In this case I used my Blends to make the background.  You would not even have to use as many colors as I did.  You could just use a couple.

To make this card I first scribbled some lines with my Blends on Whisper White cardstock.  The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I overlapped each one just a bit.  Then I stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I adhered that piece of cardstock using Dimensionals onto the Whisper White card base.  The whole card took about five minutes to make in full.

As a reminder, there are only a couple more weeks to order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  Some of the items will be carried over but most of them will retire.  If you would like to know what is being carried over you can click HERE.  The rest of the merchandise will not be available after December 31st.  Make sure you get everything you want prior to that!

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Merry Christmas To All

Surprise!  I bet you were expecting a Christmas card with that title.  Here is the problem. It is still sunny and in the high 70’s so I am having a hard time making Christmas cards right now.  Actually I am having a hard time making Halloween and Thanksgiving cards too.  I am not complaining.  If I had my way it would be sunny and in the 70’s all the time!  They say it is like that in Hawaii.  I might have to consider moving there.

One of the things I like to do is look at a stamp set (or die set) and see how it can be used in ways you wouldn’t normally use them in.  This is the case with the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies in the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. The dies cut out the words Merry, Christmas, Holidays and Happy.  Happy can be used year round!

To make this card I first cut a piece of the In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Grapefruit Grove to 3.75 x 5. Then I cut that piece into four pieces and put them back together on a piece of Whisper White cardstock leaving the spaces.  I cut ‘Happy” out of Basic Black cardstock and then stamped “birthday” between the pieces.  This stamp comes from the set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  I masked off the word “happy” with tape.  It was a super easy card to make and only took a few minutes.

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A Rooted In Nature Wreath

Here is a fun wreath that I made with the stamp set called Rooted In Nature and my Stamparatus.  The Stamparatus allows you to make a wreath quickly and easily because it lets you get exact placement of your stamps.  You just need to make a stencil to use in the Stamparatus.   I made this quick picture to show you how it is done (please note it is not to scale and certainly not perfect).

The colors I used for this card are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot (a gorgeous deep red color) and Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is a stamp set that everyone must own because it has a sentiment for every occasion.

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