Friend Like You

Stampin Up Friend Like You

Friend Like You is one of those stamp sets that I loved the first time I saw it.  It has a great font.  There are a few of the sentiments that are larger (everyone knows I love large sentiments) and it is a two step stamp set which is always fun.  A two step stamp set is where you use two stamps to make one image.  The palm trees and the grass are both images that use two stamps.  The sentiment I used on this card is perfect for these times where you can’t see your friends but you want to keep in touch by sending a card.  Plus, Friend Like You has coordinating dies called Friendly Silhouettes Dies. Sadly this stamp set and coordinating dies are retiring on May 2nd so if you like it, you should order it before it is gone for good.

To make this card, I first stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink.  Pretty Peacock is one of the InColors that will be retiring this year.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  I backed that with a Granny Apple Green die cut that is one size bigger than the sentiment one.  Before I adhered them together I decided to add a little dimension around the edge of the Granny Apple Green one.  I saw someone do this on the internet somewhere.  I am sorry I did not make note of who it was, but I thought this idea was brilliant.

To make the ridge around the die, first die cut it the regular way.  Then put the die cut back into the die and turned it over.  Then run your stylus around the inside edge of the die slowly.  I used my stylus from my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

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It will look like this afterwards.

When you pop it out of the die it gives a nice, even edge around the outside.  If you look closely you can see it in the photograph of the card above.

After this, I took a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ of Basic White cardstock and used a die from the set called Christmas Layers in one corner and then, again in the other corner.  Christmas Layers is another die set that will be retiring at the end of this catalog.  I layered that onto a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock that is just a wee bit smaller.  Then I adhered that to a Pretty Peacock card base.   After putting everything together I felt like it still needed something so I added some Seaside Spray flowers cut from another die in the Hippo & Friends set.

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Perfectly Plaid & Christmas Layers

Perfectly Plaid is one of the stamp sets that is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog that is carrying over and I could not be happier.  This is such a fun, light hearted Christmas set and it has a matching punch called Pine Tree Punch.  Although it is carrying over into the next catalog, you will not be able to purchase it for 10% after January 3rd so if you love this set, you should buy it before the end of the Holiday Catalog sales period.

The colors I used on this card are Cherry Cobbler, Call Me Clover and Whisper White.  The first thing I did to make it was to use the Christmas Layers Dies and cut 4 or 5 of the snowflakes out of Whisper White cardstock.  I layered these onto of a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  You can see a close up of it below.

Then I stamped the tree and the sentiment in Call Me Clover Ink.  I punched the tree out using the Pine Tree Punch and the sentiment using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I wrapped a piece of the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Striped Ribbon (also in the Holiday Catalog but is retiring on January 3rd) around a piece of Call Me Clover cardstock and then layered everything together.  I felt it needed something more so I took 3 of the Epoxy Clear Droplets and colored them using my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  Stampin’ Blends are great for coloring just about anything and the ink stays on and doesn’t rub off.

I have to say, I have had the honor to take care of my youngest grand daughter, Olivia once a week.  It has been so much fun to take care of a baby again.  Olivia is 6 months old and whenever you look at her, she smiles.  It is the sweetest smile!

Isn’t she just beautiful?!?

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