Wonderful Romance Sneak Peek

Wonderful Romance is a stamp set that is in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!®  Occasions Catalog.  This catalog is full of great products that will be available beginning January 3rd.  I actually won this stamp set at OnStage in November.  It has matching dies called Wonderful Floral Framelits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I don’t have the dies yet but I will definitely be purchasing them on January 3rd!

To make this card I first stamped the image in Smoky Slate Ink.  I use this color because I wanted a softer outline to it.  Then I used my Stampin’ Blends to color it.  I used the dark and light Highland Heather, Dark and Light Shade Spruce, and Dark and Light Mint Macaron.  The sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray Ink.

If you are interested in winning new products by attending OnStage in April, Sale-a-bration is a great time to join.  You can get a $175 worth of products for $99 or get the Carry & Craft Tote and $175 worth of products for $129!  Shipping is even free for the start up kits!

I want to wish every a Happy & Healthy New Year.  Thank you so much for supporting me in this crazy but fun hobby!

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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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Falling Flowers

Stampin’ Up!®  comes out with four catalogs a year.  The Annual Catalog comes out in June.  The Holiday Catalog is September – December.  Then the Occasions Catalog is from January to May and the Sale-a-bration Catalog is January – March.  We always get excited to see new products each time a new catalog comes out and forget about those lonely Annual Catalog stamps.  I decide to look through my stamp set and give a little love to a couple I hadn’t used in a long time.

The stamp set I used on this card is called Falling Flowers. I love the big swirl stamp that comes in this set.  I stamped the background using Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Highland Heather.  I colored them using the matching Stampin’ Blends.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday.  I stamped that using Memento Ink.

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Country Home

Country Home is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I have used it several times on some cards that I have posted here.  It comes with a milk container and a pitcher image which is what I have used for all my cards.  I decided to make this one not using either of those stamps to show that the set can be used in other ways.

To make this card I first stamped the flowers in Memento Ink and then colored them using the Light Soft Suede, Light and Dark Old Olive and Light Night of Navy Stampin’  Blends.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink and cut it out using a die from the Foliage Frame Framelits and then cut off the bottom.  I wrapped a piece of Nature’s Twine around a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock and layered everything on top of the flowers.

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Animal Outing

Today we are celebrating another birthday in my family.  It is my youngest son, Zachary’s birthday.  It is hard to believe he is 31 years old today.  I don’t know where the time goes but it sure goes quickly!

Zachary is my baby.  He is a sweet and kind young man.  This is a switch from when he was a baby because he was a very crabby baby!  Thankfully he grew out of that stage a long time ago.  Rob and I always enjoy our time we spend with Zachary.  He is easy going and likes to spend time with us, which is awesome.  Now, to top it all off, he has become an amazing father to Emory Jade.

I made this card using a couple of new stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that I received for free when I went to OnStage in Hartford.  The first one is called Animal Outing.  This stamp set has matching Thinlits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I colored the images using my Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The box around the Rhino is from another stamp set I received called Swirly Frames.

Happy birthday, Zachary, from all of us (Dad, Emma & me!).  I am so very proud of you.

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Sneak Peek Varied Vases

Hello everyone.  It is Friday which means it is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This week our challenge is to make a Mother’s Day Card.

I decided to use a new stamp set that will be in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog called Varied Vases.  This set has a matching punch with it and you will be able to save 10% purchasing it in a bundle.  This stamp set and punch was designed by Mary Fish, a Million Dollar Demonstrator.  When you reach a million dollars in sales one of the fun things you get to do is design your own stamp set.

Varied Vases is a fun two step stamp set.  This is where you can make one image using two or more stamps.  I did not use this technique for this card.  Instead, I stamped each vase and flower stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloring them with my Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light Daffodil Delight, Light Pool Party and Light Calypso Coral Blends.

The sentiment is from You’re Inspiring.  This is a stamp set that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is carrying over into the new Annual Catalog.  This sentiment is actually two lines.  I covered the top line with Micropore Tape, inked the stamp and then pulled the Tape off before stamping on the card.  It is an easy way to mask something.

On a side note, my mother turned 93 in April.  She is doing great, lives in an Independent Living residence and still drives.  I have to admit, the driving part scares me to death but she assures me she only goes to a couple of stores that are just down the street.  It still scares me though!

Now let’s go see what amazing cards Buffy and Jackie made for their Moms.

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Bird Banter Waterfall Card

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It is a fun fold called Waterfall Card.  Honestly between you and me, I am not sure why it is called a Waterfall Card but it is certainly fun!  You pull the piece of Daffodil cardstock down and the layers start to flip up so you can see the layer below.

We used the stamp set called Bird Banter to make the Waterfall part.  It is an adorable set that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  I know every is talking about the retirement list but the Occassion Catalog is still available until May 31st.  Bird Banter will not be in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog so I guess you could say it is retiring when the catalog ends.

The background for this card was made using the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  Sunshine Sayings is being carried over into the next Annual Catalog.  We stamped the flowers in Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  The leaves were stamped in Emerald Envy which is an InColor that will also be retiring on May 31st.  We stamped the birds in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colors them with Stampin’ Blends (Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie).

If you would like instructions on how to make this card you can go to Splitcoast Stampers and look under the Tutorial Tab.  They have directions on just about any card style you can think of and is a great resource for all things stampin’!

Here are some more cards I made in the past using Bird Banter (just in case you needed more reasons to buy this set before it is going forever.!

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Bird Banter Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcomes to another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This challenge was brought to us by Jackie and it is a bird challenge.  Use any product that has birds in it.

Now there are a number of stamp sets I could use but my favorite bird set is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is called Bird Banter.  It has the cutest birds plus seven sentiments that go well with birds.

To make this card, I first stamped the birds, balloon and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I use this black ink for two reasons.  One is that this stamp set is Photopolymer and the Memento Ink does not stain it as much as the Basic Black Archival Ink.  The second reason I used it is because I colored the birds using Stampin’ Blends.  Blends are alcohol based so you need to use an ink that is water based so it doesn’t smear when you color.

After I stamped the birds in Memento Ink, I stamped the branches in Emerald Envy.  Then I colored the birds  using Bermuda Bay (light and dark), Daffodil Delight (dark), Pool Party (light and dark) and Calypso Coral (light) Blends.  After I was done this I lightly sponged the background using Pool Party Ink.

By the way, this weekend I am on my way to a Stampin’ Up! OnStage event with my fellow Demonstrators.  I can’t wait to go.  These events are so much fun.  You get to meet other Demonstrators, learn about new products, get products for free, and my favorite thing, get the new 2018/2019 Annual Catalog in my hands!  These event are held all over the world.  Buffy and I are going to the same place so we get to hang out for the day!

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I will bet you a dime (I am such a big spender) that Jackie used the Bird Banter stamp set too because I know it is one of her favorites too!

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Color Me Happy With Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are the best invention since the napkin!  Ok, who remembers what that is from?  Be careful.  You might show your age!  Anyway, Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers.  That means you can blend two or more colors together to make light areas, dark areas or merge colors together better.  They don’t leave coloring lines like some markers do.  They are awesome.

Another great thing about Stampin’ Blends is you can color Designer Series Paper and ribbon with it.  I did not color the ribbon on this card but you can color white ribbon to make it any of the Blends colors.  I colored the Designer Series Paper called Pick A Pattern using the Dark Bermuda Bay and the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.  I also colors the word “thank” using the Light and dark Bermuda Bay Blends.  It was super easy to do and I love how the Designer Series Paper came out.

If you don’t have any Stampin’ Blends yet, you really should try them.  They are so easy to use that even I could do it!

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Crafting Forever Fun Fold

I know I have told you this before but there are so many great reasons for becoming a Demonstrator.  The best reason of all is going to OnStage and meeting some of my best friends there.  Deborah Smart is one of those people.  We talked on the Demo Only forum for many years before we finally got to meet at the OnStage in Orlando a few years ago.  Deborah is awesome.  She is very talented and I enjoy reading her blog every day.  I feel like I have known her forever.

A little while ago she posted a fun fold card that I loved and knew I had to make it.  You can see Deborah’s card HERE (plus if you go to her website “follow” her.  You will love her creations but I will warn you that she will make you want everything she uses!).

I used the stamp set called Crafting Forever to make this card.  I love this set.  It is such fun to color.  I used my Stampin’ Blends.

Here is what it looks like when you open the front flap.

This is what it looks like after opening the second flap.

This is a picture looking down so you can see all the flaps.  Isn’t this a fun card?

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