Designer Series Paper

Hello everyone!  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me. This time our challenge was to use Designer Series Paper.  If you read my blog you will know that I have been trying to use DSP more often.  It is so hard to cut that large 12″ x 12″ piece because it is so pretty but it really is meant to use so I have been trying harder to cut it up.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper

The other day when I was looking ahead at our challenges, Splitcoast Stampers sent me their weekly email showing a new technique called Disappearing Nine Patch Card.  Now, honestly I have no idea why they called this technique that.  I assuming it is because you started with nine squares of DSP and cut them up.  In any case, I decided to go with that technique.  I did change it up a bit and used 12 squares but it is basically the same.

To make my version of this card I cut twenty, one inch squares from the Tidings Of Christmas Designer Series Paper Pack and layered them on a piece 4″ x 5″ piece of an Adhesive Sheet.  Then I cut that up into 3 vertical pieces and then 4 horizontal pieces.  I randomly layered these onto a piece of scrap card stock using Multipurpose Glue.  You can’t see the scrap card stock so it really does not matter what color you use.  Then I layered that onto a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and onto a Evening Evergreen card base.

I decided since the background was so colorful and busy that I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple.  I stamped the sentiment from Poinsettia Petals using Evening Evergreen ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  I cut it out using the Stitched Stars die set.  I layered that onto a larger star I had cut out using Real Red cardstock using Dimensionals.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Designer Series Paper.

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Poinsettia Petals

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are having an amazing holiday or just an amazing day.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was Christmas so I decided to post one of this year’s Christmas cards.  I posted the other one last Wednesday.

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

The other favorite bundle of mine in the August – December Mini Catalog is part of the Poinsettia Place Suite.  The stamp set is called Poinsettia Petals and the coordinating dies are called Poinsettia.  The suite also has Designer Series Paper, ribbon, beautiful Beaded Pearls and Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper.  The stamp set and the dies will be carrying over but if you purchase this bundle before January 4th you can get a 10% discount.  After that the discount goes away.

One of the reasons I love this bundle is that the dies cut out three different flower sizes that layer on each other to form the flower but there is also a die that embosses the petals at the same time.  I found out that the best way to do this is to actually use a piece of Washi Tape to join the die that cuts the outside of the petal and the die that embosses together so both steps are done at once.  I made 30 of these cards.  I had to run each layer through my Cut & Emboss Machine 30 times so if I had not joined them together with tape, I would have had to run them throw 60 times.   That is a lot so it worked great taping them together.  The leaves of the Poinsettia are also made up of two dies so I taped them together too in order to save a step.

To make this card I first cut out all the Poinsettias and then glued them together by just putting a dot of glue in the middle.  I wanted the flowers to curve and bend so it would look 3D so I didn’t want to put glue on the entire flower.  Then I cut out the center piece in Old Olive cardstock and adhered that to the center.  I cut out the leaves in Old Olive too and glued them underneath the flower.

After I made all the flowers and leaves, I used a die from the Curvy Dies to cut the piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock out.  I love those Curvy Dies because they add such interest to a card!  Then I adhered everything to a  Whisper White card base.  If you recall a couple of weeks ago, I told you how I lost my Merry Christmas stamp that is in the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  I am hoping it is at the cottage but I won’t be back there until May to find out so I had to use a retired Merry Christmas stamp.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope you all stay healthy and happy this year.  2021 has to be better, right?

Now let’s go see what Buffy & Jackie made for this challenge.  I know their creations will be beautiful!

Here is a side view photo so you can see the dimension of the flowers better.  They probably got smushed in the mail but this is how they are supposed to look.

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals


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In The Pines

Stampin Up In The Pines

This year I decided to make two Christmas cards.  I usually just make one but after making 30 of the same card I decided to change it.  This is the second of the cards.  Friday is our next Stamp Off Challenge where we are supposed to post our Christmas card so you will see the other one then.

In The Pines is one of my favorite sets in the 2020 August – December Mini Catalog (otherwise known as the Holiday Catalog).  I actually have two favorites, but again, you will see the second one on Friday.  I especially love the dies in this set.  They include dies to cut out the trees of the stamp set plus they cut out the snow hills.  I love that!  The stamp set is called In The Pines and the coordinating dies are called Pine Woods.  Unfortunately this bundle is retiring on January 3rd but you can still get it at a 10% discount until then.  Of course, this is while supplies last so if you like it, you need to order it now.

I first cut out the trees using the Pine Woods Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  Then I cut out the snow hill.  I ran a piece of Rococo Rose cardstock through my Cut and Emboss Machine using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder.  This folder is also retiring in January.  I love the embossed snowflakes. Then I cut layered everything together on a Rich Razzleberry card base.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Poinsettia Petals.

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Stitched Triangles

Stampin Up Stitched Triangles

I am in love with all the stitched dies Stampin’ Up!® is offering now.  There are circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, stars, labels and more.  One of my favorite new die sets are the Stitched Triangles.  These dies go with the stamp set called The Right Triangle.  I didn’t use the stamp set but it is adorable too!  If you buy the stamps and the dies together in a bundle you can save 10%.

To make this card I first cut out all the stitched triangles using the Heartwarming Hug Designer Series Paper.  I cut out the tree stems in Early Espresso cardstock by hand.  I adhered them to a card base of Whisper White using Stampin’ Seal tape and Dimensionals so the little trees in the front popped up a bit.  I added the BumbleBee star from the die set called Stitched stars.  The sentiment is from Poinsettia Petals.  If you remember from the other day, I lost this stamp but I know I had it at some point because I used it to make this card.  Sigh. 


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