Twigs & Sprigs

Stampin Up Twigs & Sprigs

Stampin’ Up!® comes out with some very innovative products sometimes.  They patented DisINKtive stamp sets where each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  The latest fun product they came up with is a die and embossing folder that go together.  You can emboss a piece of card stock and then cut out those embossed images using the die.  They introduced one in the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog and now they have another one called Twigs & Sprigs.  I wanted to make a card using both the embossing folder and the die cuts on a card so you could see how they come out.

To make this card I first embossed a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock using the Trips & Sprigs Embossing Folder.   I adhered that to a Tahitian Tide card base.  Next, I embossed a piece of Basic White, Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party card stock and cut the images out using the Trips & Sprigs die.  The one large die cuts out all the images at once.  Next, I stamped the sentiment using Orchid Oasis ink onto a 1″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and layered that onto a 1.25″ x 5.25″ piece of Tahitian Tide card stock.  I glued all the embossed pieces behind the sentiment strip and then adhered it all to the card.  Lastly, I added some 2022-2024 Incolor Matte Decorative Dots.

Honestly, I don’t think this is the prettiest card but it does show you how the Twigs & Sprigs Embossing Folder and Die Set works and looks.

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Lots Of News Beginning Today!

There is a lot going on in the Stampin’ Up! world beginning today!

Stampin Up Weekly Deals

Every week in September Stampin’ Up!® is offering a selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week to week.

  • New products are added each week on 1, 8, 15, and 22 September.
  • The promotion ends September 28th.
  • Product options and discounts vary based on inventory availability.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit.
  • Get the most up-to-date product information on the online store HERE beginning 1 September.

Some things are great on their own but become epic when they are paired with something else: cereal and milk, toast and butter, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I may be biased, but my favorite combo is stamp sets and dies—and that’s what the Perfect Partners promotion is all about!

Stampin’ Up!®  created six new dies that coordinate with stamp sets in the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog. These coordinating dies will only be available during this promotion and will not be offered in any catalog.

These stamp sets and dies are available separately or as a bundle. By buying the bundle, you will save 10% off the retail price.

Put these wonderful stamp sets and dies together for more paper crafting fun! These are available while supplies last so order now!


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This is a new bundle that Stampin’ Up! is offering as an early release!  The item number is 160704 and you can order it HERE!



Teacup Dies

Stampin Up Cup Of TeaI 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.

Have a great day!


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Paper Pumpkin

I have to say that this month’s Paper Pumpkin is beautiful!  I think it is one of my favorites.  What is Paper Pumpkin, you ask?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit subscription from Stampin’ Up!®.  It usually includes card stock, envelopes, a small stamp set, one (or sometimes two) ink spots, embellishments, and adhesives.  Everything you need comes in the box so when you receive it, you are ready to make the projects.  It comes with an instruction sheet and a couple of extra ideas for the products.  Paper Pumpkin is for the beginner stamp but sometimes the projects are so beautiful that even the most advanced stampers will love it.

Here are this month’s cards, made as the directions stated (the first card is my favorite):

Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin

The card stock included with this kit was gorgeous.  You didn’t need to add much to it except a little embellishment and a sentiment (which is included in the kit).  If you would like to look into subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, click HERE (don’t forget to add me as your Demonstrator). You can subscribe through the website or you can add it to an order you are already placing.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Here is a sneak peek of the September Kit:

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Mini Pocket Envelope

Stampin Up Mini Pocket Envelope

This is the third card we made at my mini stamp camp last week.  In case you forgot, I decided to concentrate on using Stampin’ Up!®  stand-alone dies from the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog and the July – December Mini Catalog.  Last week I showed you some tags for birthdays and Christmas.  Earlier this week I showed you a card where we used the Designer Tags.  This time we made a simple birthday card with a fun gift card holder inside it.

To make this card I first cut a 1.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This paper is a hostess item that can only be purchased using hostess dollars.  There are 48 sheets in this pack which is enough to last a lifetime (almost)!  I took a 1/2″ strip of Pool Party card stock and attached it to the back of the strip of DSP.  Then I adhered it to the Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Pool Party ink using the Biggest Wish stamp set.

Next, I cut some more of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper using the Mini Pocket Envelope Die.  This die is perfect for holding a gift card and it only takes one die to make it.  The die set comes with a total of ten dies so you can add embellishments to your pocket envelope such as a bow and leaves.   It also has various dies to cut out sentiments for the front.

After this, I cut out the set of leaves in Blackberry Bliss card stock.  I wrapped a .75″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and wrapped it around the pocket envelope.  I adhered the leaves under that piece.  I used a stamp from the set called Charming Sentiments, stamped it in Pool Party ink and cut it out using a stitched oval die from the Mini Pocket Envelope die set.

Remember there are lots of these stand-alone dies in the catalog.  You can see them in the index in the back.

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Sending Smiles

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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!

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Stampin Up Designer Tags


Stampin Up Designer Tags

There are quite a few die sets in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog that are considered stand-alone sets.  This means that there is not a specific stamp set that coordinates with them.  I showed you a card w while ago where I used the die set called Split Card Textures.  That is a die set that stands alone.  There are also the Mini Pocket Envelop Dies, Cracker & Treat Box, Dots & Spots, Deckled Rectangles, Brushed Shapes, Give It A Whirl, Fancy Frames, Designer Tags and a few others.  These sets can be used with a variety of stamp sets in all the catalogs.  You can tell which sets are stand-alone sets because the index for the die sets says “You can see these dies in use on page” so and so.  Whenever I get a new catalog, I always look for this kind of dies.

I made this card using the Designer Tags.  The tag outline, the inside of the tag, the branches and the butterfly are all part of this set.  I first layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock on a Basic White card base.  Then I adhered a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper to that.  Next, I added a 3 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ of Fresh Freesia card stock with a 3.5″ x 2.5″ piece of Basic White card stock on top. I cut the butterfly and branches from Pool Party card stock.  The first layer of the tag is Fresh Freesia and the patterned piece on top is Basic White.

Next, I used the stamp set called Charming Sentiments with their coordinating set of dies called Sentiment Silhouettes.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder is part of the Basic embossing group which also includes black and clear along with white.  After embossing I cut it out using the coordinating die.  By the way, each of the sentiments in the Charming Sentiment stamp set has a coordinating die.  It always took a long time to figure out which die went with each sentiment.  I ended up stamping every sentiment on a piece of Basic White card stock and layering them along with the dies on a magnetic sheet.  Below is a photo of this.  It helps to quickly find the correct die.  If you look closely, you will see that the dies look like they do. not match the sentiments correctly.  That is because the dies stick better on the magnetic sheet when the cutting side is up and in order to match the stamps exactly the cutting side would have to be facing down.

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The last thing I added to this card is 2021/2023 InColor Opal Rounds.

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Celebrate With Tags

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

Earlier this week I had the ladies over for another night of stamping.  I always have so much fun at these events.  It is just a great group of people who like each other and love to stamp together.  This time I decided to concentrate on some of the Stampin’ Up!®  die sets that do more than just cut out the coordinating stamp sets.

The first bundle we used is the Celebrate With Tags stamp set and the coordinating dies called Celebration Tags (and you can save 10% if you purchase them using the bundle item number).  I always try to make my own tags at Christmas time.  I think it adds something special to a gift.  Stampin’ Up!® Up!® always has a nice kit you can purchase for this but the problem with a kit is once you use all the pieces you can’t make anymore.  With the Celebrate With Tags bundle you can make tags year-round.  The stamp set offers sentiments for Christmas as well as birthdays and other occasions.  The die set offers two different shaped tags as well as accessories that you can use on the tags such as balloons, candles, snowflakes and hearts.  Plus it offers a rectangle and circle die you can use to make shaker tags.

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

This is the first tag we made that you can use for Christmas presents.  To make this tag, I first cut it out using the smaller tag die and 2022-2024 Incolor Designer Series Paper in Sweet Sorbet.  I cut out two snowflakes in Gold Foil Paper and adhered them to the front of the tag.  I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sorbet ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the inside of the tag with the To: From: stamp.  Lastly, I added some Simply Elegant Trim ribbon in gold.

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

The second tag we made was a shaker tag.

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

To make this tag I used the larger tag that comes with the Celebrations Tag die set with Design A DayDream Designer Series Paper.  After I cut the tag out using my Cut & Emboss Machine, I cut the window out of the front using the stitched rectangle die that comes in this set.  Then I adhered a 2″ x 3″ piece of Window Sheet to the inside using Tear & Tape on all four sides.  I sprinkled some sequins inside it, glued all the sides around the inside of the tag using Multipurpose Glue and closed it.

After I finished making the outside of the tag, I stamped the balloon in Daffodil Delight ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.  The word Celebrate is from a stamp that actually says “Let’s Celebrate You” but there is a large space in between each word so I was able to cut it out using the sentiment strip that comes with the dies.  I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss Ink.  Lastly, I added a piece of white Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.

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Cottage Wreaths

Stampin Up Cottage Wreaths

In case you can not tell, I love wreaths.  I love real wreaths.  I have one for every season on my front door in Nashville and I have one on the door of my cottage.  I love wreath stamps and dies too.  I don’t think there is one set of wreaths that Stampin’ Up!® has offered that I do not own.  How can you not love them?  They are good for every season and every occasion.  Plus they are just darn pretty!

I decided to use the Cottage Wreath bundle on a slimline card.  Part of the reason is I love slimline cards but also because a regular A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″) could only fit two of the wreaths on it and I wanted to make a card using wreaths for all seasons. My slimline card is 3.5″ x 8.5″.  Of course, I wanted to use four wreaths (one for each season) but it would have made a ridiculously long card so I settled on three.

The Cottage Wreath stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  This means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  You can see this if you look at the acorns.  The top of the acorn is darker than the bottom but the acorn is only one stamp.  Pretty cool, huh?  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Country Wreaths and if you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%.

To make the Spring/Summer wreath, I stamped it in Granny Apple Green ink.  Then I stamped the flowers from the Cup Of Tea Bundle (which includes the Teacup Dies) in Daffodil Delight Ink and cut them out.  Unfortunately, the Cottage Wreath stamp set does not have flowers (which is ok because Stampin’ Up!® has a lot of flowers to choose from),  I layered the flowers on the wreath using Mini Dimensionals.

Next, I made the Autumn Wreath.  I did this by using my Stamparatus and Stampin’ Write Markers (Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry).  I randomly colored the wreath with these colors.  The Stamparatus worked great because I could re-color the areas that I missed the first, second and maybe the third time I inked the stamp because the paper and stamp stay in the same place.  Then, I stamped the acorns in Soft Suede and cut them out using the coordinating die.  I also adhered them to the wreath using the Mini Dimensionals.

The winter wreath was next.  I stamped that in Evening Evergreen ink.  I stamped the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink, cut them out using the coordinating die and adhered them using the Mini Dimensionals too.  I decided against a sentiment on this card because I could not decide what to use.  When I send the card to someone, I will add the sentiment.

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Let’s Set Sail With Rays Of Light

Stampin Up Let's Set Sail

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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