Artistic Mix Decorative Masks

Stampin Up Artistic Mix

Stampin’ Up! has made some really nice Decorative Masks over the years.  For those who do not know, Decorative Masks are the same thing as stencils.  They are a lightweight plastic that you can lay on top of a piece of card stock to add designs to the background of your cards using ink.  The newest Decorative Masks they offer are called Artistic Mix.  There are five masks in the pack that can work together to make beautiful backgrounds.

To make this card I took two of the masks and layered them together.  I held them down with a piece of retired Washi Tape so they would not move when I was applying the ink.  I used Basic White card stock and Bermuda Bay ink using Blending Brushes.  By the way, if you buy multiple Blending Brushes you can have one for each color family.  I labeled the back of mine saying “blue”, “green”, “yellow”, etc so I don’t mix them up.

Here is a photo of what it looked like after I added the ink.

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Next, I took off the masks and added some removal medical tape over the sections that had the Bermuda Bay ink and added some Orchid Oasis ink where the thicker lines were.

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I turned the mask and repeated this step to finish the background.

Next, I used some stamps from the Framed Occasions stamp set.  I stamped the hexagon outline in Bermuda Bay ink and the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink.  Then I cut it out using the Beautiful Shapes Dies.  After that, I cut out a piece of Basic White and Orchid Oasis card stock using two dies from the Frosted Flurry die set.  I cut them in half because they were not quite as long as I wanted them to be.  I layered one on top of the other and adhered it to the background.  Lastly, I added the hexagon with the sentiment on top using Dimensionals.

Isn’t that a fun background?

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

Yesterday was my granddaughter, Olivia’s third birthday.  I know I say this all the time but I can not believe she is three already.  I heard a saying the other day that said “Days go slow but years go fast”.  That statement is so true!  Sometimes when I am looking forward to something it seems to take forever for the day to arrive.  Next thing I know that event was six months ago.  I don’t understand it.  Anyway, Olivia is the sweetest little girl.  She is outgoing, happy and a little sassy.  I wouldn’t want it any other way! I just wish she would stop growing up so quickly!

Plentiful Plants is a great stamp set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Perfect Plants which cut out all the different stamps but has some extra included.  The stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  You can see this on the pots because there are shadows along one side.

To make this card I first stamped all the different leaf stamps in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink.  Then I cut them out using the appropriate dies.  Next I stamped the two flower pots in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out.   Then I cut out the “macrame” plant holder twice in Basic Gray card stock.  I cut the top off of one of them and used it as a plant stand.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Forever Fern. As I am typing this I realized that I used retired Designer Series Paper for the background.  Sorry about that!

Here is a photo of Olivia.  It perfectly shows her adorable personality!


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Lovely You

Stampin Up Lovely YouAlthough Stampin’ Up!® offers a variety of Designer Series Paper packs, there are just times when you can’t find the right design or you want to use different colors.  To solve this you can make your own designs using stamp sets.  This is exactly what I decided to do using the Lovely You stamp set.  Lovely You has a lot of smaller leaf and flower images that are perfect to make your own DSP.  Plus it has eleven different sentiments which can cover any occasion or sentiment you want.

The background on this card was quick and easy to make. I first randomly stamped one of the flower images in Mango Melody ink on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I stamped another one using Coastal Cabana followed by Granny Apple Green and the smallest stamp using Highland Heather ink until I felt that the background was done. I cut the piece down to 3.75″ x 5″.   Next I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink on a 3/4″ wide piece of Mango Melody card stock.  Then I cut out one end using the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.  I then punch out a 1″ piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and layered them together.  I layered the background piece onto a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ of Mango Melody card stock and a Granny Apple Green card base.

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Hello Ladybug

Stampin Up Hello Ladybug

I love the Hello Ladybug stamp set and the coordinating punch called Ladybug Builder Punch.  It is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog but I am happy to say that it is being carried over into the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  The only thing is the 10% bundle savings will not be available when the Mini Catalog retires on June 30th.  If you like this set and want to order it is better to do so now then wait so you can take advantage of the discount.

I have to say I can not take credit for turning the ladybug into a bee.  I saw many cards doing this so I can’t give credit to whomever first came up with it, but I thought it was brilliant and decided to make a card using it this way.  One of the things I did do differently was to punch her wings out using Vellum.  Now, I am sure there are others who did this but when I made this card I did not see any so I thought this was a very clever idea!

To make this card I first cut three 1.5″ x 3.75″ pieces of the Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper and layered them on a 4″ x 5.25″ of Basic White card stock and a Bumble Bee card base.  Before I forget, Bumble Bee is one of the InColors that will be retiring on May 3rd.

After doing this I punched out the body of the bee in Basic Black card stock using the Ladybug Builder Punch.  Then I cut out small strips of Bumble Bee card stock and adhered them on the body of the bee.  I punched out the wings using Vellum and attached them to the bee.  I punched out two daisies using the Medium Daisy Punch in Flirty Flamingo card stock and the center in Bumble Bee.  I stamped the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink and cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.  I also cut out a larger Bumble Bee circle. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink.

There are so many stamp sets that are not available to order anymore so again, if you like this one, take advantage of the discounted bundle and order it soon.


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Last Chance Products Corrections

Stampin Up Last Chance Products

Sorry I am sending this out again.  My link did not work the first time.

This is just a quick post to let you know the Last Chance (or sometimes called the Retiring) Product list is available.  Some of the items are on sale up to 50% off.  Remember, this is only while supplies last.  Once the item sells out, it will be gone for good so if you like something, then order it quickly.

To see the list click HERE


Waves Of The Ocean

Stampin Up Waves of Inspiration

I am really loving this Stampin’ Up!® early release of the Waves Of The Ocean Suite.  I have always been a beach girl.  Our family and friends would go to Jones Beach, which is on Long Island, a lot when we were kids.  There are multiple beaches there but we always went to Beach 2.  The waves were huge (for a little girl) and I would spend hours in the water riding the waves.  Often times I would get caught up in a wave and be pulled underneath while I tumbled onto shore.  I would get right back up do it again a hundred times.  Other mothers would watch and said to mother “aren’t you worry she will drown?” and my mother would always say “Try to stop her”.  I would come home bruised, scratched but still loving it.   I do have to admit I have done this a few times as an adult but it seems to hurt much more now.

The Waves Of The Ocean Suite includes the stamp set called Waves Of Inspiration, the coordinating dies called Waves Dies, beautiful Designer Series Paper called Waves Of The Ocean, gorgeous Blue Foil and Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels.  Click HERE to see  a video showing how they designed the Designer Series Paper.

To make my card I first took a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the bottom of it with the background stamp called Gentle Waves using Balmy Blue ink.  This stamp is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog.  Then I took a Blending Brush and blended Balmy Blue ink on top of the waves and the sky.  Next I stamped the Pelican on top of the post five times in Crumb Cake ink and cut them out using the corresponding die.  I cut the Pelican off three of them and made the dock out of two.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Slim Sayings and the seagulls in Misty Moonlight ink.  Lastly, I added cut two clouds from the Waves Dies and adhered them to the card.

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Stampin’ Up!® March Sale

If you haven’t already, it’s time to meet your mini crafting companion: the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! If this is your first encounter, allow me to introduce you.

This mini—but mighty—machine is durable, portable, and easy to use. It’s the perfect pick for beginners who want to branch out, papercrafting pros who want to craft on the go, or those who are short on storage space! With this trusty tool, any crafter can make precise cuts and embossed designs for their projects with one pass.

During the month of March, you can get the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at a 20% discount! This miniature machine is compatible with a large selection of Stampin’ Up! embossing folders and dies. Build your craft collection and combine the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with any (or all!) of the select stamp-and-die bundles that are also available for 20% off during the month of March!


Promotion Period 1–31 March 2022

The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will be available for purchase at a 20% discount.
A number of select stamp-and-die bundles that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will also be available for purchase at a 20% discount.
For this promotion only, we’ve brought back the previously popular Art Gallery, Celebrate Sunflowers, and Garden Wishes bundles. They will only be available in their bundle form during this promotion, so make sure to snag ‘em while you still can!
The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and select compatible bundles can be bought together or separately.
There is no limit on the number of Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines you can purchase during this promotion. In fact, having more than one machine is ideal for workshops, classes, and other events!
Products are available in all markets while supplies last. Offer may vary from market to market based on product availability. No backorders or substitutions will be allowed.
The stamp-and-die bundles that can be found in a current catalog will be replenished until they retire. When they do retire, the bundles will be added to the Retiring List.
Due to supply chain challenges, this promotion may be altered or ended early. We will post a Current Update with further information if this is anticipated.

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Seas The Day

Stampin Up Seas The Day

Stampin’ Up!® has so many products in the new 2022 January – June Mini Catalog that I think I may have ordered most of them.  Seas The Day is one of those bundles that was on my first list.  I know I already have some stamp sets with fish and seaweed (Seascape) but the dies in this new bundle are what made me but this one.  Don’t get me wrong.  The stamp set (Seas The Day) is adorable.  It is a DistINKtive stamp set which means one image stamps different opacities.  I love DisINKtive stamp sets.  Still, I took one look at the dies that coordinate with this set and I knew I had to have them.  The images in the stamp set have dies that cut them out but the greatest part is the large background die.  It cuts out a frame that includes bubbles and seaweed.  Kind of like a diorama.  I just think it is adorable.

The first thing I did to make this card was to cut out the background piece in Balmy Blue card stock.  Then I thought what better paper to use when fish are involved but the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Simply Marbleous!?!  It looks like swirling water to me so I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece and layered it on top of a Basic White card base. Then I adhered the background on top.  I stamped and cut out a couple of the fish out using Fresh Freesia ink, the jelly fish in Mango Melody ink and the starfish in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and adhered everything together using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Subtle Shimmer Sequins to some of the bubbles to add a bit of sparkle. You can never have too much sparkle on a card.

The nice thing about this card is if you purchase the Seas The Day stamp set and the Sea Dies in a bundle you could get the Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper for free during Sale-a-bration! 


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Daffodil Daydream

Stampin Up Daffodil Daydream

The brand new Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June MIni Catalog will be available to order from tomorrow, January 4th. This catalog is chocked full of wonderful brand new products that you will love! There are flowers, critters, shapes, word dies and so much more to choose from.

In addition to this, 2022 Sale-a-bration begins tomorrow too. This means you can get FREE products with a qualifying order. There are seven stamp sets and four different Designer Series Papers to choose from. There is no limit to how many items you can earn from free. You can earn one item or all eleven items with your order. It is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up!® family. You can select $125 worth of products for $99 (plus tax) AND choose other any TWO stamp sets for FREE! Shipping is free with your starter kit.

I made the card above using some products from the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog and the 2022 Sale-a-bration catalog. The flowers are from a stamp set called Daffodil Daydream. This stamp set has a coordinating set of dies called Daffodil Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle. If you order this bundle you will be eligible to get the coordinating Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper pack that I used for the background of my card for FREE from the Sale-a-bration Catalog. This paper is double sided with flowers on one side and patterns on the other.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers in Memento Black Ink on Basic White card stock and colored them using Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Stampin Blends. Then I cut them out using the coordinating die. I layered them on a piece of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and on a Pale Papaya card base. The sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration stamp set called Friendly Hello. I stamped that using Flirty Flamingo ink on a piece of Pale Papaya card stock and layered that on top using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I added some Matte Decorative Dots that will be, unfortunately retiring today.

I can’t have links to the products because they will not be live until tomorrow (sorry about that).

Blackberry Beauty DSP

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was very busy. We spent Christmas Eve with my Nashville family and Christmas Day we drove to Alabama and spent a couple of days with that family. There is nothing better than spending the holidays with grandchildren. I love watching them open their presents and be so excited. Of course, what usually happens after all of that is a melt down but this year everyone was very good.

Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper is one of my all time favorite papers. It is just beautiful. The colors in it are Polished Pink, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, and Cinnamon Cider. Then on one side of each sheet is a design with gold foil that makes it so rich and elegant looking. This Designer Series Paper is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog and sadly, it will retire on January 3rd. This is one paper I will keep forever though. The best part about it is you can let the paper speak for itself so all you really need to do is add a sentiment and you have a gorgeous card.

This card was so simple to make. I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper on a Blackberry Bliss card base. The I cut another piece of the paper (2.75″ x 4″) and layered that on another 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock.

Next I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder using my Heat Too. The sentiment is a sneak peek from the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog that is available on January 4th. The stamp set is called Friendly Hello and you can get that AND some 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper for FREE with a $100 order.

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