I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends. The days before Christmas can always be a little stressful due to all the things I forgot to do beforehand but Christmas Day is always fun and relaxing. All the hard work is already done (and if it is not, then it is too late anyway) so I always enjoy the day.
One of the best parts of this Christmas was my gift from Rob. We have been trying to get out of the house every weekend and go explore a different area of Nashville. Last weekend Rob wanted to go to Murfreesboro. It is about a half an hour from us so we hoped in the car and went to explore. Right before we arrived there, Rob says can you put this address into Google Maps for me? It was a car dealer. I asked why and he said he wanted to just browse around. I just rolled my eyes (because he does this often). This is what I found when we arrived:
Imagine my surprise! At first I was thinking no way but then I drove it and I knew I had to have it. It was so much fun to drive. That baby can move! At one point I had to ask the salesperson what the speed limit was. He said 50. I was going pretty close to 70 and it only took a couple of seconds. Oops! It is a mighty purty car if I do say so myself. Needless to say we did not do a lot of exploring in Murfreesboro that day but we will go back someday and I will drive!
These cards were quick and easy to make. I used the Rays Of Light background stamp. The best way to stamp using a background stamp is with a Stamparatus. The stamps are so big that sometimes it is hard to stamp it clearly the first time. No worries if you use the Stamparatus because you can stamp in the exact same spot over and over until you are happy with the image. It is the best invention ever (other than a mustang). I stamped it once on Orchid Oasis card stock using Orchid Oasis ink. Then I stamped it again using Sweet Sorbet ink on Basic White card stock. I stamped the sentiments in the same ink color from the stamp set called Framed Florets. I cut them out using the Stylish Shapes dies and then backed them with another die cut using a slightly larger die from this set.
Anyone want to go for a ride? I promise to behave myself (maybe).
This is the third card that we made during a Stampin’ Up!® class meeting. I posted the first two HERE. The classes are all online and are for Demonstrators only. Stampin’ Up! gives us a list of the products and card stock measurements ahead of time and then we can make the cards together on a Zoom call or watch the video at a later time. All of the cards we made used the Splendid Day Suite which is in the Stampin’ Up!® Up! 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.
To make this card I first stamped the background using the Rays Of Light stamp. I used Soft Succulent ink on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Soft Succulent card stock. Then I randomly re-inked the stamp with some Versamark ink, sprinkled some Heat & Stick Powder over it and heat set it with my Heat Tool. You have to be careful not to overheat it because the Heat & Stick Powder will lose its stickiness if you do. Then I pressed some Gilded Leafing on it. You can see it stuck only where the Heat & Stick Powder was. I adhered this to a Soft Succulent card base. By the way, the Glided Leafing tends to fly all over the place so I put mine in a box and then press the cardstock over the leafing and brush off the excess with a sponge or brush.
Next, I stamped a piece of Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent card stock using Evening Evergreen ink using three stamps from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts and cut them out using the coordinating dies from Splendid Stems. You can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle. I cut out another leaf in Evening Evergreen card stock. Although the class did not use Gold Foil, I decided to cut out a couple of pieces for my card. I know. I always have to change or add to a design. It was also supposed to be a Christmas card but I made it a birthday card instead. I layered all of these on top of the piece of card stock where I used the Rays Of Light stamp.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark heat, sprinkled some Gold embossing powder over it and heat set it with my Heat tool on a piece of Real Red card stock. Then I cut it out with another die from the Splendid Stems set.
This was an exciting week for some of my grandchildren. Emory started kindergarten, Madelyn started second grade and Nolan is going to pre-kindergarten! I just can not believe how much they have grown up in so short a time. As they say “Days go slow but years go fast!”. I will show photos at the end of this post.
Rays Of Lights is a new background stamp in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I really like how it can highlight an image and I love the texture it has with the lines instead of having totally solid lines. I decided to pair this background stamp with the bundle called Let’s Set Sail. This bundle includes the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail and the Sailboat Builder Punch. You can save 10% by ordering it using the bundle item number.
To make this card, I first stamped the Rays Of Light in Daffodil Delight ink. I stamped the sails in Tahitian Tide and the sailboat in Parakeet Party ink. Then I punched them out using the Sailboat Builder Punch. I stamped the “water” in Starry Sky ink on a piece of Basic White card stock and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and the birds. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Cottage Wreaths. This set is in the 2022 July – December Catalog. It has coordinating dies called Country Wreaths.
Here are some of the first day of school photos of Emy, Maddie and Nolan that I promised to post:
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