Well, we have been in Nashville for a little over a week and it has been fabulous. The weather is warm, sunny and in the 80’s. We have a dishwasher again, water we can drink out of the tap and we have two bathrooms! Those are luxuries that we just don’t have at the cottage. Of course, we still love it there and you can not beat the view but sometimes a few niceties are a good thing!
I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery that cut out the images and the sentiments. I first stamped a bunch of the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Daffodil Delight ink and cut them out using the die set. The die cuts all the flowers out as if they are one piece, so I cut them apart. Next, I stamped a few of the stems in Parakeet Party ink onto a Basic White card base. and randomly glued the flowers over the stems. Then, I used the Fabulous Frames die set to cut out the frame and adhere it over the flowers. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink onto a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it out using the Floral Gallery die set. I love the colors of this card. They look very bright and happy together.
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!
As you already know, it is Sale-a-bration time at Stampin’ Up!. This is when you can earn free products with a qualifying sale. Some of the free products you can earn with a $50 order and others can be earned with a $100 order. There are stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper available.
One of the items you can get for free with a $50 order is the Rings Of Love Designer Series Paper. This paper coordinates with the Ringed With Nature Bundle in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog (page for 62) but you can also use it with other products too.
For this card, I first cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the Rings Of Love DSP. I layered that onto So Saffron card base. Then I cut the frame out in Evening Evergreen card stock using the Fabulous Frames Dies. I love these dies! There are six different dies in the set. Three of them cut out a shape to use as a frame, one cuts out a sentiment and the other two cut out fancy corners. All of them cut and emboss the card stock. I layered the frame on top of the piece of DSP.
Next, I cut out the hexagon using the Beautiful Shapes Dies in Evening Evergreen card stock. This die set includes 14 different fun dies and coordinates with the Framed Occasions stamp set. Next, I ran one of the leaves from the Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder. This gave the leaf some texture. I adhered that to the Hexagon using Dimensionals.
The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat. I stamped it in Evening Evergreen ink onto a small piece of So Saffron card stock and then cut it out using a miscellaneous die. Lastly, I added a few Amber Gems.
Don’t forget there are a lot more items available to get for free in the Sale-a-bration Catalog plus the items they added last week (you can see them HERE).