Last week Rob and I drove to New York to spend the summer at our cottage on Lake Ontario. Nashville was getting too hot for us (it was in the high 80’s with humidity) so we knew it was time to go. We had two cars to bring up so I had to drive 14 hours by myself. It was exhausting but I made it. We did take two days to make the trip. As a side note, I am actually writing this post before we left so if the story changes, I’l let you know. Wish me luck!
Seasonal Branches is another new bundle that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2023/2024 Annual Catalog. It is a really nice stamp set with a cute little bird, some branches, leaves, berries and flowers for the branches and some all occasion sentiments. There are actually eighteen stamps and nineteen dies which is quite large for most bundles.
To make this card I first cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper and layered it on a Lost Lagoon card base. Can you tell that Lost Lagoon is my new favorite color from my past few posts? It is a beautiful color and you can expect to see me use it a lot. Next, I used two dies from the Countryside Corners set in Basic White and Lost Lagoon card stock. I did cut down the Lost Lagoon shape because I felt it was a little too big for the background. It was easy to do since the sides are all flat. I added some Lemon Lolly ink to the white one to give it some color.
Next, I stamped the branch and the bird in Pecan Pie ink and cut them both out using the coordinating dies. I colored the bird using Crumb Cake and Lemon Lolly Blends. I stamped the leaves in Lost Lagoon ink and colored them in with a Lost Lagoon Blends. By the way, the leaves are all one stamp and the coordinating die cuts them out all together. The sentiment is from the Seasonal Branches stamp set too. It says Happy Birthday Wishes but I could not fit the whole stamp on my card so I covered the “wishes” with removable tape, inked it with Pecan Pie ink, took off the tape and then stamped it on the card. It is called masking and works really well. Lastly, I added some Adhesive Backed Solid Gems.
I am really loving a lot of the new products in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I can’t decide which are my favorites yet because I haven’t used all the ones I have purchased but I know I do love the Inked Botanicals Suite. This suite includes the stamp set and dies called Inked & Tiled, Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper, and Lost Lagoon 1/4″ Bordered Ribbon. You can order the entire suite using one item number (161172) or you can order things separately.
I actually used two different suites on this card. The other suite is called Countryside Inn. This suite includes the stamp set and dies called Countryside Corners, Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper and Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder. The Countryside Corners stamp set is actually one large stamp that you can keep together or cut apart using the coordinating dies.
One thing I have discovered is I love the colors Lost Lagoon and Boho Blue together. You are going to see a lot of cards made with this combination. The colors are so soft and pretty together.
To make this card, I first layered a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper onto a Basic White card base. Next, I stamped the large Countryside Corners stamp using Lost Lagoon ink and then cut the entire piece out using the largest Countryside Corners die. I could have used the entire piece for my card but I decided to save the other designs for another card so I used the second largest die to cut out the inner designs to put aside. I used the second largest die to cut out a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock and then embossed it using one of the Basics 3D embossing folders. These folder are not in the catalog but are part of the Online Exclusive products.
Next, I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the third largest Countryside Corners die. I used a stamp from the Inked & Tiled bundle for the flowers and stems. I used my Boho Blue and Lost Lagoon Stampin Write Markers to color them. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder. I adhered it to the flower piece using Multipurpose Glue and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.