As most of you know, Stampin’ Up! releases their new Annual Catalog in May. It is always such an exciting time in the world of stamping. I love getting new products but I am also sad to see some things retire for good. Therefore, I am starting to use some of my older sets before they are gone. I don’t know what is going to retire and what is being carried over yet but I figure that if a set has been around for at least two years, there is a good chance they might be on the list. By the way, if you are a Demonstrator you will be able to see a copy of the new catalog online at the end of March. Then you can order a select group of new products in April. Customers can order from the new catalog in May.
Plentiful Plants has been around for a while so I chose this set to use. It has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants. The stamp set has a few different pots, leaves and some very nice sentiments. This is one bundle I really like and will miss if it retires.
I made this card by first stamping the different leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks. Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. Next, I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out. I layered everything on top of a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set that I embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. Then I adhered it to a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen and a Basic White card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (from Sending Smiles) in Versamark Ink on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock and embossed it using White Embossing Powder. I cut that out using a banner from Stylish Shapes.
Before I begin my usual blog post, I wanted to let you know that the Clearance Rack has been updated. Stampin’ Up! included some stamp sets with this update, which is very unusual. If you want to see what is on sale, click HERE.
I don’t know about you, but I always have a lot of scraps after cutting card stock that I save. I especially have a lot of 1/4″ scraps because when I make a card, I usually use a 4″ x 5.25″ piece for the background on an A2 card which is 4.25″ x 5.5″. I decided it was time to use them on a card as a background.
To make this card I first took an A2 card base in Gorgeous Grape and added a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Highland Heather card stock (which gave me a 1/4″ strip) on it. Then I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and added all those 1/4″ strips diagonally. The colors I used are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. I use strips larger than the piece of card stock. When I am done I use my Paper Trimmer to cut off the excess all at once. That makes them even on both sides.
Next, I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles and the Sending Dies to add the flowers and sentiment. If you use the bundle number to purchase these products you will get a 10% discount. I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink and the flowers in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay ink with a Daffodil Delight center. Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. I adhered the stem to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the flowers using Dimensionals. Next, I cut the sentiment out using Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape card stock and layered them together. Before adding it to the card using Dimensionals, I first stamped the small sentiment on the card.
I know people think I am crazy because I don’t drink coffee. Actually, I have never had a cup of it in my life. I never even tasted it. I just can’t stand the smell. My parents did not drink coffee at all either and neither do my sisters. I guess it depends on how you were raised. I drink a cup of tea every day, though, and I do get a little cranky if I don’t have one (unlike a certain person who shall go unnamed who gets violent with no coffee). Ask me how I know! 🙂
The Tea Boutique Suite of products is in the Stampin’ Up! 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. The suite includes the Cup of Tea stamp set, Teacup Dies, Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes. You can order the entire suite using one item number (158670) or you can order things separately. If you order the stamp set and the dies using the bundle item number (158667) you can save 10%. The Suite order number includes the 10% discount too.
To make this card, I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and a Basic White card base. Next, I cut out the tag using the Tailor Made Tags and the same DSP. I stamped the tea cup using Orchid Oasis ink on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and cut it out using the coordinating die. I stamped the leaves in Garden Green ink and the flowers in Fresh Freesia and cut them out too. I adhered the flowers using Mini Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set and cut it out using a die from the Sending Dies. Lastly, I tied a quadruple bow using white Baker’s Twine and adhered it using a Glue Dot.
Let me know if your parents drank coffee when you were growing up and whether or not you do too. I would be interested in knowing if my hypothesis is correct or not.
A couple of weeks ago I told you how I signed up for a virtual card retreat put on by some other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. The retreat was last weekend. Although I did not join the retreat when it was live, we were all given PDF directions on how to make all the cards they were showing ahead of time. Plus we were given links so that we can go back and watch the videos on our own time. Most of the cards were fun folds (which I love!).
We were given the directions for this fun fold card (officially called a Corner Fun Fold) by Brandy Cox. If you know anything about Stampin’ Up! then you have heard of Brandy. She is the #1 Demonstrator for sales in the entire company (and has been for a few years). She used different papers, colors and stamp sets than I did but the design is the same
This is what my card looks like when you are opening it….
….and this is what it looks like completely open:
Isn’t that fun? It looks complicated but it really is not. The first thing you do is pick a piece of Designer Series Paper you want to use (I used Design A Daydream DSP) and cut it to 7″ x 8.25″. Then you score it as in the photo below ( I used Brandy’s photo).
Then fold the diagonal score lines back and the straight ones forward.
Here are the measurements for the rest of the cards
DSP: 7” x 8-1/4”
• Blackberry Bliss(2): 4-1/2” x 3-1/4”
• Old Olive (2): 4-1/4” x 3”
• Basic White (3): 4” x 2-3/4”
• Old Olive: 4-1/2” x 3-1/4”
• Blackberry Bliss: 4-1/4” x 3”
• Balmy Blue (envelope): 6” x 2-1/2”
• Scraps: Basic White, Balmy Blue
I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles to make my card. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies. The colors I used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride.
It was a fun retreat to participate in. Look for more cards I made using the ideas from it in the future.
I had a crazy but fun few days last week. I went to my son, Sam’s house to help take care of the kids while his wife, Tara was away. Both Nolan and Madelyn are in school so it definitely was not a hard thing to do. My son, Sam works crazy hours so I just had to help get them up and to school, pick them up from school and do the usual night time stuff with them. I forget how much you really do need to do to get everyone out of the house on time. It used to be second nature to me but I am a little out of practice. They pretty much know what to do themselves, you just have to prod them now and then.
Since I was not home much I had to make a quick and easy card for today. Although it was simple to make, I still think it is pretty enough to send. I used the stamp set called Lovely You to make the background. I just stamped the leaves and flowers kind of randomly spread out. I used Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party and Polished Pink inks. Lovely You has a coordinated punch called Lovely Labels but I did not use it with this card.
After stamping all the leaves and flowers, I took a 1/2″ x 3.75″ piece of Basic White card stock, stamped the sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set can adhered it to the middle of the images. Sending Smiles has a lot of great sentiments that can be used for many different occasions. Then I placed that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and a Basic White card base. Simple as pie (whoever made up that saying never made a pie because they are not that simple!).
I decided that the last minute to add some Glossy Dots around the flowers and leaves to add a little sparkle to the card.
I have to confess. I hate coffee. I hate the smell of coffee. I have never had a cup of coffee in my life. I know. Most people think I am crazy (right Buffy?). I think it is because neither of my parents ever drank coffee so I did not grow up with it. I have two sisters who don’t drink it either. Years ago, when I worked as the finance officer in a golf club, I offered to make coffee for the servers because it was so busy. It didn’t seem too hard to do since the coffee was premeasured so all you needed to do was open the pack, pour it in the coffee filter and turn on the machine. I did all that and then went back to my office. Later that day, the servers told me I was never allowed to make coffee again. Apparently, you also need to put the glass pot underneath. Oops. All the coffee when all over the floor. They were not too happy with me that day! As a side note, I am a one-cup-a-day hot tea drinker. It is just enough caffeine to get me through the day.
I love the Cup Of Tea bundle that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. This bundle, which you can save 10% if you purchase using the bundle item number, includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea and a die set called Teacup. I knew I would order it the day I first saw it.
To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper onto a Petal Pink card base. You can purchase this amazing pack of paper with a $150 order. It includes 48 sheets of DSP in the pack! Then I cut out a piece of Petal Pink card stock using the Scalloped Contours die set. I cut three cups out of Basic White card stock and three of the design for the cups in Fresh Freesia card stock. I stamped the lemons in Daffodil Delight and cut them out using the coordinating dies. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Sending Smiles and was cut out using the Sending Dies.
The Sending Smiles bundle is one of my favorite stamp sets in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I think it was one of the sets we could pre-order and I definitely did. When you are a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, you can order some of the products in the annual catalogs and most of the products in the mini catalogs a month before they become live. I am a very impatient person so I love this perk. Of course, my favorite perk is the discount I get but this one is a close second. If you are interested in joining and want more info, feel free to contact me or click on the “Join Now” button to the right of this post.
This card was a fairly simple one to make. I first stamped the stems and leaves at the top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock in Parakeet Party ink. Then I stamped the various flowers in Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet ink. I stamped the center of the flowers in Daffodil Delight ink. Next, I layered a .25″ x 4″ piece of Sweet Sorbet card stock below the flowers. Then I layered this piece on top of a Sweet Sorbet card base.
After that I used the Sending dies that coordinate with the Sending Smiles stamp set (by the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the dies and stamps in a bundle). I cut the word “Sending” in Basic White card stock and the background in Sweet Sorbet. I layered the on top of each other. Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Sweet Sorbet ink.
Here is another card where Designer Series Paper is the star of the show. The fun thing about DSP is there are different designs on each side that usually coordinate with each other. There are also other packs of Stampin’ Up!® DSP that you can mix and match as I did with this card.
To make this card, I first layered a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock. Then, I tied a piece of Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon around it and layered them onto a Basic White card base. Next, I cut out three 1.25″ x 3 3/8″ pieces of Fresh Freesia card stock. I layered a 1 1/*’ x 3.25″ piece of Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper on top of each of the Fresh Freesia pieces. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Smiles in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using the coordinating die in the Sending dies set. If you purchase the Sending Smiles stamp set and the Sending Dies using the bundle item number, you can save 10th %. I layered the sentiment on top of the card using Mini Dimensionals.
I am almost done setting up my stamp room again from our move back to Nashville from the cottage. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it up and then put it away. Then again, you can never have too many stamping products. I need everything I own and more! You all understand, right?
I just wanted to let you know that the next couple of weeks of posts may be shorter than usual. It is that time of year that I need to start packing up my things to go back to Nashville for the winter. The cottage is my favorite place to be but it is not winterized which means it would be mightily chilly to live in during the winter months. Actually, I don’t even think it would be humanly possible to do so. Therefore, I need to write a few blog posts way ahead of time. So, I apologize if my posts are short but sweet!
I can not believe it is the last day of August already! I am not sure where the summer went but it sure flew by. The saying “days go by slowly but years fly” is definitely a true one. It is ok though. Fall is my second favorite season (with summer being my first) because the days are still a bit warm, with cool nights and beautiful colors.
I had a hard time deciding what the title of this post should be. I used one stamp set, three sets of dies and an embossing folder to make it. It is not a hard card to make. It just took a lot of products. That is ok, though! I love that you can mix and match Stampin’ Up!® products and they all look so good together.
When I made this card I originally wanted to use the Cup Of Tea stamp set with the coordinating Teacup dies. As you can see, I just ended up using the dies. I cut the cup out using the Teacup Dies, Sahara Sand card stock and my Cut & Emboss machine. Then I cut out the leaf design using Basis White card stock and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue. This glue is great for attaching die cuts that are thin. Next, I cut out the leaves using the Forever Flourishing die set in Basic White and Soft Succulent card stock. I embossed a 3.5″ x 4.74″ piece of Petal Pink cardstock using the Gingham Embossing Folder. I took two of the Deckled Rectangle dies and used them to cut out a frame in Basic White. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Flowers in Sahara Sand ink. Lastly, I added a piece of white Baker’s twine from the Essentials Pack.
This is another card we made when some of my friends came to stamp at our cottage. It is another example of showing them a stand-alone die that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog. We all see the bundles that include a stamp set and a coordinating die set but we often miss the dies that do not have a stamp set bundled with it. There are quite a few of them in the catalog and I love them all. In the case of this card, we used the Dots & Spots Die for the background. This is a one-die product that cuts out all the polka dots. What is the best part of this die?? It is offered as FREE with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-bration! Just make sure you use the item number 163098 and not the item number in the catalog.
To make this card I first used the Dots & Spots die on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock. I layered this on an Orchid Oasis card base. Next, I used the Fabulous Frames die set to cut out the frame in Parakeet Party card stock and another one in Basic White for the center. This die set is sold alone but it does coordinate with the stamp set called Good Feelings but is not a bundle.
Next, I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles and the coordinating die set called Sending Dies (and, yes! You can save 10% in a bundle). I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party on the inside piece of the Basic White piece I cut out earlier. Then I stamped the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Tahitian Tide ink with a Daffodil Delight center and cut them out using the appropriate dies. I layered these flowers on top of the stem using Dimensionals. Then I adhered it to the center of the Parakeet Party frame.
Next, I cut out the word “sending” in Tahitian Tide card stock and the base of the word in Basic White. Be careful to look for that tiny little dot for the “i”. I have to say I did lose it once and all I did was cut off the area where the dot would go from the background piece. You would never realize it was missing. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Tahitian Tide and cut it out using the coordinating die.
Don’t forget to take a closer look at the Cut & Emboss section in the catalog for some of those stand-alone dies. There are quite a few fun ones!