Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Last week I was thinking to myself how happy I was to be enjoying this beautiful 75 degree weather in Nashville.  It was sunny and warm.  I was wearing shorts and sitting outside just enjoying the sunshine and warmth.  Then BOOM!  The next day it was in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night!  Can we rewind?  I guess the good thing is now that it is cold I won’t worry about spending time in my stamp room instead of being outside.

I made this card using the stamp set called Forever Fern.  This set has been around for a couple of years which makes me happy.  I think it is very pretty.  There is a set of coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing.  Unfortunately, you can not get the bundle discount since they have been around for a while but even without the discount, they are still worth it.  By the way, this is a reminder because the special bundle pricing that Stampin’ Up!® offers is only good for the first time products are in a catalog.  If they are carried over, the bundle discount goes away.

To make this card I first stamped all the leaves and berries in Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam ink.  If you look closely you will notice there are different shades of color in each of the images.  That is because this stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  Each stamp has different opacities so you have darker and lighter areas with just one stamp.  After stamping them I cut them out using the dies.

Next, I used a Water Painter to add some color to a piece of Basic White card stock using Soft Seafoam ink. All you need to do is put some ink from a refill bottle onto the inside of the lid of a stamp pad, squeeze the Water Painter to add water to the ink and brush onto a piece of cardstock.   After that dried, I adhered the leaves and berries.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink.  This set is part of a pre-release that Stampin’ Up!® offered.  It will be available in the January – April 2023 Mini Catalog.  I cut it out using the Stylish Shapes Dies and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Classic Matte Dots.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

Yesterday was my granddaughter, Olivia’s third birthday.  I know I say this all the time but I can not believe she is three already.  I heard a saying the other day that said “Days go slow but years go fast”.  That statement is so true!  Sometimes when I am looking forward to something it seems to take forever for the day to arrive.  Next thing I know that event was six months ago.  I don’t understand it.  Anyway, Olivia is the sweetest little girl.  She is outgoing, happy and a little sassy.  I wouldn’t want it any other way! I just wish she would stop growing up so quickly!

Plentiful Plants is a great stamp set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Perfect Plants which cut out all the different stamps but has some extra included.  The stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  You can see this on the pots because there are shadows along one side.

To make this card I first stamped all the different leaf stamps in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink.  Then I cut them out using the appropriate dies.  Next I stamped the two flower pots in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out.   Then I cut out the “macrame” plant holder twice in Basic Gray card stock.  I cut the top off of one of them and used it as a plant stand.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Forever Fern. As I am typing this I realized that I used retired Designer Series Paper for the background.  Sorry about that!

Here is a photo of Olivia.  It perfectly shows her adorable personality!


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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Sometimes when a new Stampin’ Up!®  catalog comes out I get so excited for new products I forget about the older sets.  Those poor products sit on a shelf feeling very forgotten.  When I was packing up my supplies to bring to the cottage I looked through all my current sets to see which ones I want to bring and I come across some that have been neglected for a while.

Forever Fern is one of those sets.  It is a beautiful set with a bunch of different branches of leaves, some berries and a few sentiments.  It also has a coordinating die set called Forever Flourishing.  You can’t get the bundle savings anymore because Stampin’ Up!® only offers that deal on new products but this stamp and die set are worth the extra.  Sometimes Stampin’ Up!® comes out the new products that coordinate with the older ones.  This time they have a new embossing folder called Fern.  It pairs perfectly with Forever Fern.

To make this card, I first ran a piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Fern embossing Folder.  Then I layered that on top of a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock and a Basic White card base.  Next I stamped one set of leaves in Pale Papaya ink and the berries in Fresh Freesia.  Then I used the dies from the Forever Flourishing set in Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I layered everything together.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Artistically Inked in Pear Pizzazz ink and layered that on top using Dimensionals.

My suggestion today is to go through your stash of stamp sets and pull out a few of the older sets.  It will make them so happy to be used again!


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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

This is a fun technique I saw online in a Gina K video.  It uses a technique where you use masking paper, Post-It Notes or some other sticky paper.  You rip a piece of this paper in half, place one piece at the top of  your cardstock and one at the bottom and then use Blending Brushes with different colored inks over the exposed area.  I decided to go with part of the Rainbow order of ROYGBIV so I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight ink.  I didn’t use the violet (or purple) because I ran out of room.

I love the new Blending Brushes because they work so well and the ink goes on very smoothly.  I bought enough to use one for each color family (meaning one for blue ink, one for green ink, etc.).  They blend the ink really well and I highly recommend them.  They are in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog on page 70.

After I did the blending of the ink, I removed the masking paper and stamped the images from Forever Fern in Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card.  The card was very simple to make and I love how it turned out. 

I layered everything on a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a card base of Daffodil Delight.

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Forever Fern

Good morning everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  We were talking about challenges and one of us asked if we should use a specific stamp set since we really have never done that before.  I know sometimes two of us may end up using the same but we have never planned that.  Forever Fern was the only set we all owned so we went with that.

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The stamp set called Forever Fern is part of a Suite called Forever Greenery.  This suite also includes the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and the dies in a bundle), gorgeous Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, two embossing folders, ribbon and the very cute Gold Hoops I used on this project.

For me, one of the hardest parts of making a card is choosing the colors.  I usually go with the same old ones but lately I have been trying new combinations.  This time I used Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Rococo Rose.  I first took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I love how embossing folders add some dimension to the background of a card.  Then I stamped all the images and cut them out using my brand new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  I love that thing!

Next I embossed the sentiment on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Versamark and White Stampin Emboss Powder.  Then I cut it out using a die from Tasteful Labels.  I used Multipurpose Glue to attach the Gold Hoop to the cardstock and dimensionals to attach the other images.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with this amazing Bundle.  I am sure I am going to have to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) their designs.

Forever Fern Swap

This is a card I made for a swap I participated in with some of my downline and some customers.  I love swapping with them.  They are all so talented and their cards are always beautiful.  Swaps in the mail are so much fun.  Not only do you get beautiful cards but you get mail that you can look forward to (unlike bills and ads!).

I used a couple of Stampin’ Up!®  stamp sets to make this card.  I first stamped the jar which is from the stamp set called Jar Of Flowers in Smoky Slate Ink.  Then I took Seaside Spray Blends to color the water in the jar.  Then I stamped all the leaves using Shaded Spruce and Old Olive inks.  Then I did kind of a “no line coloring” technique for the flowers.  This is where you stamp an image very, very lightly and then color it with Stampin’  Write Markers in such a way that you can’t really see the outlines of the flowers.  I used a stamp from Flowering Blooms to do this.  I inked the stamp in Smoky Slate ink and then stamped off twice (this is where you stamp on a piece of scrap paper) before stamping the third time on my card.  I could barely see the outline of the stamp but I could see enough to color it with a Highland Heather and a Gorgeous Grape Marker.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers.

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

This is a very simple card using the Stampin’ Up!® stamp set called Forever Fern.  This stamp set has matching dies called Forever Flourishing and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Annual Catalog.  It has five different branches of leaves plus a set of berries, a splatter and four sentiments included in it.  There are 14 dies that cut out all the branches and berries plus it has a bunch of other dies that cut out fun leaves and designs.

Both the stamp set and the dies are part of a Suite called Forever Greenery.  This suite also has Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery that is gorgeous.  On one side there are various leaf patterns and on the other side are other patterns such as the one I used on this card.  The colors use almost all the greens we have in our inks so everything can match.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves and berries and then cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels.  I layered all this on top of the piece of Forever Greenery DSP, a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock and a card base of Just Jade.

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Forever Greenery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite Designer Series Paper.  This was probably the hardest challenge we have had in a long time.  Why you ask?  Because I truly haveTHREE favorite DSPs.  I love Flowers For Every Season because it is bright and cheery.  It has flower patterns on one side and designs on the other.  I also love Peony Garden for the total opposite reason I love Flowers For Every Season.  Peony Garden is soft and uses neutral colors and goes with everything.  Then there is Forever Greenery.  I love the colors in this paper and it has beautiful leaf designs on one side and patterns on the other.  I was tempted to show you three cards using each of these papers but I decided to will have to wait to see the other two.  Although I was going to show you the Peony Garden DSP but I didn’t like the card I made so I changed my mind.

As you can see I chose Forever Greenery for this challenge.  The great thing about this paper is it uses every green Stampin’ Up!® offers except Old Olive.  Actually Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive are very close so you could get away with using it.

To make this card I first ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through my die cutting machine using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders and layered it over a piece of Forever Greenery DSP.  The two designs go together since they are similar in design.  I layered them on top of a  Shaded Spruce card base.  Then I stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set three times.  I cut two of them out using the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing and left one uncut in the background.  I stamped the berries in Rococo Rose and cut that out too.  I stamped the greeting and put it all together.  I felt like it needed something so I added a piece of the Misty Moonlight and Silver Baker’s Twine.  I am not sure if that made it look better so just weird because it doesn’t really match but I left it anyway.

Now let’s go see what Designer Series Paper Buffy and Jackie used.  Do you think they had as much trouble as I did choosing?

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Forever Fern

Although last week I said Arrange A Wreath was my favorite Stampin’ Up!®  bundle I did mention that I had a lot of favorites from this catalog.  The Suite called Forever Greenery is also one of my favorites.  I love the all the different leaf stamps in Forever Fern, the matching dies called Forever Flourishing and the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is gorgeous!  The colors used in this suite are beautiful together and so elegant.

I started this card by just stamping and cutting out a bunch of the leaf images in different greens.  I think most of our greens go really well with each other.  I arranged them on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I thought they needed a little burst of color added to them so I stamped the berries in Mango Melody.  I used a sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.

I still thought the card needed something more so I added another leaf and a berry to the other side.  The card still looked very white so I added some Soft Seafoam splatters to the background.  This is how I do so many of my cards.  I get an idea in my head and it seems to be missing something so I add a little here and a little there until I like it.  I am not very artistic so sometimes it takes me a while to figure it out (and sometimes it ends up in the trash more often than I like to admit).  That is the great thing about stamping.  Anyone can do it!  Let me tell you, the only reason I passed art class was because I would ask the teacher for help and she would end up doing my whole project.  How could she fail herself?


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Forever Greenery Sneak Peek

I finally got to play a bit with my Stampin’ Up!® Pre-order of products that are in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog I placed last week.  One of the Suites is called Forever Greenery and it is absolutely gorgeous!  This Suite includes the stamp set called Forever Fern, a matching die set called Forever Flourishing, gorgeous Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery, two smaller embossing folders called Greenery plus embellishments and ribbon.

The colors on this card are Just Jade (one of the new InColors), Sea Foam Green and Night Of Navy.  Just Jade is a gorgeous green and one of my favorite new InColors.  I used a Sea Foam Green card base and adhered a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP to it.  I embossed a piece of Sea Foam Green cardstock using one of the new Greenery Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Forever Fern in Night Of Navy Ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes.  I backed it with a 2″ circle.  I stamped the berries in Night of Navy ink and cut out the leaves in Just Jade cardstock.

I just love the colors of this suite!  It will all be available to order on June 3rd for customers but if you want it sooner you can join my team as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and order it earlier.