Gone Fishing

Stampin Up Gone Fishing

Every stamper needs a masculine set.  I know most men are not into cards but some are.  My husband, Rob is one of those.  He likes almost every card I make and if he doesn’t, he tells me he likes it anyway.  He is good like that.

Stampin’ Up!®  offers some very nice masculine stamp bundles.  Since we live on Lake Ontario in the summertime, I know a lot of fisherman so I knew I had to get the Let’s Go Fishing Suite.  The suite includes the stamp set and dies called Gone Fishing, Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper and the Twisted Rope 3D Embossing Folder.  The stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  It die set cuts out all the stamps plus it has a large stamp that cuts out a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″  rounded corner rectangle and another die that cuts out the frame with the boxes on my card.  Plus, some of the dies cut out some of the images in the Designer Series Paper.  Such fun!

To make this card, I first cut out a piece of the Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper using the large rounded corner rectangle die.  This particular design looks like water (to me).  Next, I cut out the frame in Misty Moonlight card stock.  I stamped each of the images in Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow and Copper Clay ink and then cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I did add a little Copper Clay ink to the fish tail and fins with a Stampin’ Write Marker.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Celebrate With Tags.

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New Colors & The Last Chance Products Coming Soon!

The January–April 2023 Mini Catalog and the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be retiring soon! It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a Stampin’ Up! catalog, but I am looking forward to all the new amazing products on their way!  There will be a Last Chance Sale on retiring products as well as a Color Refresh!

Starting April 4th you can save up to 60% on essential craft supplies. Last Chance Products are only available while supplies last.

To see the retiring lists and the sale prices click on the links below:

2022-2023 Annual Catalog Last Chance Products

2023 January – April Mini Catalog Last Chance Products

As an added note, Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying the Stamparatus.  If it does not sell out before the new catalog starts, it will be on the Online Exlcusives page and available while supplies last.  Also, as you browse the new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog during preorder, you may notice that some products are no longer included, like the Base Plate & Die Plate Pack (item 149657) and the Mini Base Plate & Embossing Plates Pack (item 151003). Not to worry, these products and others from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the January–April 2023 Mini Catalog will be carrying over into the new Online Exclusives category in the online store! They will be available on 2 May 2023.

There are fifteen colors that will be retiring on May 1st.  If you like any of these colors you should order them soon.  They go very quickly!

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These are the new colors that will be added to the new 2023/2024 Annual Catalog.  You are going to love them!


Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

So far, our stay in Florida has been fantastic!  We have a place that is right on the beach of the gulf coast.  The weather has been sunny and warm and, well, just perfect.  Every morning we get up and walk the beach.  My mother used to come here and she was the shell queen.  She came home every day with buckets of shells.  Me?  Not so much but I have managed to find a few sand dollars and shark eyes.  I just don’t have the patience or the back to bend over a pile of shells for hours looking for perfect shells.  Plus you have to get out before sunlight with a flashlight to get all the good ones and I would rather walk when I can enjoy the view around me and not just below me.

Today, I am showing you another card using the Stampin’ Up! bundle called Around The Bend.  This is a new stamp set that is in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog.  The stamp set and the die set both have the same name (which is so much easier for us old folks who have trouble enough remembering one name, much less two).  Both the stamp set and the dies have images that bend (hence the name) and are fun to use.

To make this card I first layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper on a Granny Apple Green card base.  This pack of paper is so pretty with beautiful color combinations.  There are 48 sheets of double-sided designs (4 of each).  The best part is you can get this pack of paper for free during Sale-a-bration with an order of $100 (before tax and shipping).  Next, I used a 2.5″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the two leaf images in Granny Apple Green ink on opposite corners.  Then, I stamped the sentiment in Balmy Blue ink.  Lastly, I cut out the flowers and the centers using So Saffron and Balmy Blue card stock and adhered them to the card using Dimensionals.  I love the way the dies cut out the shapes as well as add some embossing.  I layered that onto a 2 5/8″ by 4 1/8″ piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and then the card base.

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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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