Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

The internet is an amazing thing.  I don’t know how we ever got along without it.  I know it is also can be a curse but if used correctly it is terrific.  You can look up answers or ideas about anything.  Of course, some things are not true and you need to use your judgment about that but you can also learn about so much more at the tip of your fingers.  One of my favorite things about the internet is getting card ideas.  You can do a search on specific stamp sets and get thousands of ideas.  You can do a search on specific colors or you can do a search on techniques.  Of course, the stamping community is amazing in itself because so many people share their ideas and creations.  The best part is it is ok to copy someone’s specific creations as long as you give them credit for it if you can.  It is called CASEing (Copy and share everything).

Lately, I have seen a lot of cards using water.  They are not new techniques because I have done them before but they are fun.  There are several ways to do this.  You can stamp an image on a piece of watercolor paper and then spray the paper with water or you can do what I did which is to ink a stamp up, spray the stamp and then put it on paper.  It makes the image look softer and a little watery.  That is how I made this card.

The first thing I did was use some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers with the stamp set called Bottle Happiness.  I colored the flower stamp in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya.  Then I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it onto watercolor paper many times.  I did the same thing using the leaf stamp using Parakeet Party ink.  In retrospect, I probably should have sprayed it with even more water than I did but I didn’t want to overdo it.  When it was dry, I cut out a circle in the middle of it using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Then I layered that onto a circle I cut out using the Layering Circles dies in Parakeet Party card stock and a larger circle I had cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies and Pale Papaya card stock.   It was a great way to save some paper because you can not see where I cut the circle out.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Memento Black Ink,  I tied some Pale Papaya ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin 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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Watercolor Shapes

Stampin Up Watercolor Shapes

Sara Douglas is the CEO of Stampin’ Up!®.  Her Mom, Shelli started the company along with her sister more than thirty years ago.  Shelli stepped down as CEO a few years ago and Sara took over the reins.  A couple of weeks ago Sara did a live Facebook video using the stamp set called Watercolors Shapes. Watercolor Shapes is a DisINKtive stamp set which means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  In Sara’s video, she showed how to make a background using this stamp set.  She just used one stamp and one color to make the entire background.  I decided to use this idea but I wanted to use more than one stamp and more than one color.

I started to make my background using the square stamp with Soft Succulent ink.  Next I stamped the large Fresh Freesia rectangle.  I built the rest of the background from there using Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya ink.  I didn’t watch the rest of Sara’s video so I don’t know what she did with her background but I decided it didn’t need a lot more so I just stamped the sentiments from Biggest Wish in Memento Black ink and added a few Matte Black Dots.  Even though I used a purplish color, I think this card would make a good masculine card.

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Biggest Wish

As you probably already know, Biggest Wish is my favorite Stampin’ Up!® sentiment stamp set. I just love large sentiments and these are super big. Plus they have two nice fonts that go well together.

To make this card I first cut 7/8″ strips of card stock in Night Of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and ran them through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Checks & Dots Embossing Folders. I did two with the checks and two with the dots. I layered those on a 4″ x 5.25″ of Basic White cardstock and a Smoky Slate card base. I stamped the birthday sentiment in Pool Party ink and the happy in Pacific Point. Lastly I added the leaf in Smoky Slate. The leaf is from the die set called Intricate Leaves. It has a coordinating stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle). Sadly, they are both retiring on January 3rd so if you like this bundle you will need to order it soon.

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Gorgeous Leaves

Stampin Up Gorgeous Leaves

I guess since it is the second half of November I should stop posting cards with beautiful Fall leaves but I can’t promise you I will.  I love the colors of Fall.  The reds, oranges and yellows are so vibrant and when the sun shines they just about glow.  When I lived in New York the colors were at peak in October.  Here, in Tennessee they are still just beautiful.

In any case, I made this card using the stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves.  I love this set because the leaves are so pretty and I love the splatters around each of them.  It has a coordinating set of dies called Intricate Leaves.  I did not use the dies on this card but you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.

I stamped the leaves in an overlapping circle using Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Just Jade, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Freesia and Mango Melody ink.  That is a lot of colors, I know!  I stamped the sentiment on Basic Black card stock using the Biggest Wish stamp set in Versamark ink, added White embossing powder and melted it using my Heat Tool.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.

Lastly, I added some Elegant Faceted Dies, which are hard to see in the photo but they added a little bit of sparkle.

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Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper is a great product to use to add a lot of interest to a card.  I  have talked about being a DSP hoarder before.  It is so hard to cut those pieces up.  I keep thinking that I might use it for a class and if I cut them up I won’t have enough.  Or sometimes I can’t decide the direction I should cut it up in.  Some designs are great for landscape cards and some are great for portrait cards but some can be used for both.  This year I have decided to just cut it up and use it.  That is what it is for, right?

One of my all time favorite packs of Designer Series Paper is called Blackberry Beauty and it is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  Honestly I was not a big fan of Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry but this paper has made me a big fan.  Some of the pieces of it have Gold Foil added to the designs and it makes it so rich looking. A couple of weeks ago I took out my pack of Blackberry Beauty DSP and cut it up.  Here are three of the cards I made using it.

Stampin Up Blackberry Beauty

I decided to pair this amazing DSP with my favorite sentiment stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love the large, clean fonts in the bigger sentiments and the quirky font in the smaller stamps.  This first card is a simple, easy card to make.  I cut a piece of the gold foil and Rich Razzleberry paper onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.   I added a piece of the Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon along the bottom.  I stamped the sentiment “birthday” in Rich Razzleberry ink and then stamped the word ‘happy” overlapping on top with Versamark Ink.  I then embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder.  I actually did this twice using my Stamparatus so the word has some depth to it.   Then I added a small sliver of Gold Foil under the sentiment strip.

For this next card, I used a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.  It is hard to see in the photograph but the flowers in the background have gold accents on them. It is just gorgeous in person.   I tied another piece of the Gold 3/8″ Simmer ribbon around it and then adhered it to a Cinnamon Cider card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Cinnamon Cider ink and cut it out using the Everyday Label Punch.  I adhered this to the card using Dimensionals.

This third card I used two different pieces of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper for the background.  I adhered them to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and a Cinnamon Cider card base.  I felt it needed some kind of separation of the two piece so I added a sliver of Gold Foil between them.  Next I cut out the leaves from the die set called Artistic in Rich Razzleberry card stock and glued it to the card using Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry Ink.  Lastly I added some Metallic Pearls in gold.

I love how every card uses the same paper and colors but each one is so different.  What is the point of this long post?  Use your Designer Series Paper!!


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Biggest Wish

Hello everyone!  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a masculine card.  These are always the hardest for me.  Maybe it is because I love flowers so much and flowers don’t necessarily go with masculine cards.

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

I first decided I wanted to use the Basic Borders Dies for my card.  I cut out five strips using these dies.  I made two in Basic White and one each in Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy.  I layered them together onto a 2.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Smoky Slate card stock.

Then I decided to use the stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love this stamp set because the sentiments are all large ones.  I stamped Happy Birthday in Night Of Navy ink using my Stamparatus in case I didn’t ink them enough the first time.  The Stamparatus allowed you to stamp in the exact same position as many times as you need to make a solid image.

Then I still felt like the card needed something.  I just received my Turtle Punch that was still sitting on my desk after making a birthday card for someone in this challenge (shhhh) so I pulled out the stamp set and saw the bird and thought it fit perfectly.

Now let’s go see what masculine cards Jackie and Buffy made.  I have to tell you that Jackie is the expert at masculine cards.

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Watercolor Shapes

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is called “Going In Circles”.  I debated using the Layering Circles Dies to make a card but decided to go in another direction and make a fun birthday card for one of my grandchildren.

Stampin Up Going In Circles

I used the stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.  This set has nine different shapes including circles, rectangles, ovals and squares.  It is a fun stamp set to use as a background for sentiments as well as just making a background in general.

To make this card I used a ton of different colors.  They included Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink and Soft Sea Foam.  I think I covered them all but there may have been even more.  I usually put the colors in a box below the post but there are just too many.

I first stamped the large circle in Pool Party and then I just randomly stamped the small circles all over the place. After that I stamped the sentiments from Biggest Wish in Memento Black ink.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with circles.   I hope it didn’t make them go in circles! 🙂

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Use That Designer Series Paper!

Remember how I have been talking about using all that gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper?  Well, I am still trying to do that.  The hard part is SU keeps coming out with beautiful patterns in every catalog which, of course I have to purchase but I still trying really hard to get myself to cut that paper and use so here are two more simple and easy cards I made using some.

Stampin Up Sweet Ice Cream

This first card using the Host Bundle of Designer Series Paper called Pattern Party.  This is an amazing pack of paper that you can get with a qualifying order.  It has 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper.  There are colorful patterns on one side and black and white designs on the other.

To make this top card I just adhered the Blushing Bride piece of DSP onto a Basic White card base.  Then I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and a different piece of DSP using the Basic Borders dies (I love these dies) and layered them on top.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet Ice Cream on a 3″ x 1 1/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.  Then I cut a full piece of Poppy Parade card stock using the same die.  I adhered them together and used Dimensionals to place them on the card.  Lastly I added a couple of leaves from Pierced Blooms in Granny Apple Green card stock.

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

I used Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my second card.  This was also super easy to make.  I adhered the flower piece of DSP on top of the Fresh Freesia checked piece and then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I glued the bottom piece of a Basic White card base and then used a Foam Adhesive Sheet to layer the cut out piece so it is popped which adds dimension.  I stamped the larger sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia ink and the smaller one in Gorgeous Grape and then cut that out using another Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that on top.

This is my birthday week.   So, in honor of my birthday, I am offering 10% Off on all orders over $50 if you use the Host Code VMJYKYCW.  Just click in the box below and it will take you to my website and automatically enter the Host Code for you.   If your order is larger than $150 DO NOT use the Host Code so you can get the host benefits yourself but I will still give you the discount. You can order online and I will rebate you the discount by PayPal or I can send you a check in the mail.  This offer is good until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 29, 2021.



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Another Mystery Parts Card Challenge

Once again my friends, who also happen to be my Stampin’ Up!® downline got together to do another Mystery Parts Challenge.  This is where one of us send the others card parts and we have to make a card using them.  We have to use all of the parts they send but we can also add our own.  It is such fun!

Here are the Mystery Parts that Karin sent us.

Karin sent us a  piece of Basic White card stock for the card base.  Then she added a piece of Basic Black card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper that was a Sale-a-bration offering, some Daffodil Delight twine and some white enamel dots.

Here is the card I made using these parts.

Stamping Up Biggest Wish

I could not decide which side of the of the Designer Series Paper I wanted to use so I decided to use both side.  I cut the 4″ x 5.25″ piece diagonally and then each of those pieces diagonally again.  Then I layered them on the Basic White card base.  I punched out the daisy using the Daisy Punch twice and layered them together by putting a bit of Multipurpose Glue in the center.  That way I could curl up the petals a bit.  I punched a small circle out of the Basic Black card stock that she included.  Next I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Biggest Wish onto a piece of Basic White card stock using Just Jade ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  I colored the white enamel dots using my Daffodil Delight dark Stampin Blends and made a bow using the Daffodil Delight twine.

Here is Char’s card:

Karin’s Card:

Kim’s card:

Karen’s card:

Although this Designer Series Paper is retired, there are a lot of other packs available at 15% during the month of August.

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