Designer Series Paper

Hello everyone!  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me. This time our challenge was to use Designer Series Paper.  If you read my blog you will know that I have been trying to use DSP more often.  It is so hard to cut that large 12″ x 12″ piece because it is so pretty but it really is meant to use so I have been trying harder to cut it up.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper

The other day when I was looking ahead at our challenges, Splitcoast Stampers sent me their weekly email showing a new technique called Disappearing Nine Patch Card.  Now, honestly I have no idea why they called this technique that.  I assuming it is because you started with nine squares of DSP and cut them up.  In any case, I decided to go with that technique.  I did change it up a bit and used 12 squares but it is basically the same.

To make my version of this card I cut twenty, one inch squares from the Tidings Of Christmas Designer Series Paper Pack and layered them on a piece 4″ x 5″ piece of an Adhesive Sheet.  Then I cut that up into 3 vertical pieces and then 4 horizontal pieces.  I randomly layered these onto a piece of scrap card stock using Multipurpose Glue.  You can’t see the scrap card stock so it really does not matter what color you use.  Then I layered that onto a piece of Soft Succulent card stock and onto a Evening Evergreen card base.

I decided since the background was so colorful and busy that I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple.  I stamped the sentiment from Poinsettia Petals using Evening Evergreen ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  I cut it out using the Stitched Stars die set.  I layered that onto a larger star I had cut out using Real Red cardstock using Dimensionals.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Designer Series Paper.

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Whimsical Trees Sneak Peek

Stampin Up Whimsical Trees

This is a sneak peek of a new Suite that that is in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog called Whimsy & Wonder.  This suite includes the stamp set called Whimsical Trees, coordinating dies called Christmas Trees (and you can save10% by purchasing them in a bundle), Blushing Bridge 3/8″ Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon, Wonderful Snowflakes (which are iridescent) and Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper.  I loved this Suite as soon as I saw it and knew it would be on my list.  This catalog will be available to order from beginning August 2nd to all customers. As a Demonstrator I was able to purchase it early (a great perk of becoming a demonstrator).

I used another new product in the Mini Catalog called Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Basic White and is really beautiful in person.  I used this paper to make a night scene on my card.  On a side note, after I made this card my husband, Rob saw it and said “I hate that card!”.  I asked him why and he said it was dark, depressing and asked me if I was going Goth!  I said it is a night scene! There are shiny silver stars in the background!  He liked it better after that <insert eye roll>.  Here is a close up of the silver starry background.  It does sparkle win the light.

To make this card I first cut out the background piece from the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper and then the trees using the Christmas Trees Dies.  Then I cut out the ribbon and the stars using another sneak peek called Silver Foil Specialty Paper.  This paper comes in three different “colors”.  There is a bright shiny silver that I used, a matte finish silver and a brushed finished silver. I layered all of those together onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic Gray card stock and a Smoky Slate card base.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Poinsettia Petals in Versamark and then heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.  I adhered that using Stampin Dimensionals.

So what do you think?  Pretty or dark and depressing?  Let me know in the comments.  By the way, I can not link and of these new products below because they are not available to the public yet.

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Poinsettia Petals

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are having an amazing holiday or just an amazing day.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was Christmas so I decided to post one of this year’s Christmas cards.  I posted the other one last Wednesday.

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

The other favorite bundle of mine in the August – December Mini Catalog is part of the Poinsettia Place Suite.  The stamp set is called Poinsettia Petals and the coordinating dies are called Poinsettia.  The suite also has Designer Series Paper, ribbon, beautiful Beaded Pearls and Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper.  The stamp set and the dies will be carrying over but if you purchase this bundle before January 4th you can get a 10% discount.  After that the discount goes away.

One of the reasons I love this bundle is that the dies cut out three different flower sizes that layer on each other to form the flower but there is also a die that embosses the petals at the same time.  I found out that the best way to do this is to actually use a piece of Washi Tape to join the die that cuts the outside of the petal and the die that embosses together so both steps are done at once.  I made 30 of these cards.  I had to run each layer through my Cut & Emboss Machine 30 times so if I had not joined them together with tape, I would have had to run them throw 60 times.   That is a lot so it worked great taping them together.  The leaves of the Poinsettia are also made up of two dies so I taped them together too in order to save a step.

To make this card I first cut out all the Poinsettias and then glued them together by just putting a dot of glue in the middle.  I wanted the flowers to curve and bend so it would look 3D so I didn’t want to put glue on the entire flower.  Then I cut out the center piece in Old Olive cardstock and adhered that to the center.  I cut out the leaves in Old Olive too and glued them underneath the flower.

After I made all the flowers and leaves, I used a die from the Curvy Dies to cut the piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock out.  I love those Curvy Dies because they add such interest to a card!  Then I adhered everything to a  Whisper White card base.  If you recall a couple of weeks ago, I told you how I lost my Merry Christmas stamp that is in the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  I am hoping it is at the cottage but I won’t be back there until May to find out so I had to use a retired Merry Christmas stamp.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope you all stay healthy and happy this year.  2021 has to be better, right?

Now let’s go see what Buffy & Jackie made for this challenge.  I know their creations will be beautiful!

Here is a side view photo so you can see the dimension of the flowers better.  They probably got smushed in the mail but this is how they are supposed to look.

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals


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Poinsettia Petals

Hello everyone.  It is time for a new Stamp Off challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we are doing a new challenge for us.  It is called CASE The Catalog.  Jackie picked out a card from the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog that we have to CASE (copy and share everything).  We could copy the colors, sketch, stamp set or whatever we want.  The card we cased is on page 82 and is part of the Peony Garden Suite.

I decided to use the sketch of this card to make mine.

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

To make this card I first die cut all the Poinsettias with Whisper White cardstock.  There are four different sizes of these dies and two dies for each size.  They are super easy to cut out because one die cuts the outside and one die embosses the middle and you can do them at the same time.  I adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.

Then I cut a piece of the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper that is in the August – December 2020 Mini Catalog and lined each side with a piece of Gold Foil Paper.  I cut out the little berries in Real Red cardstock and Gold Foil Paper.  I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and layered everything together.  Then I noticed that the catalog picture used some Epoxy Droplets so I added sequins from the Sequins For Everything pack.  As a side note, these sequins come in a plastic box that is divided in 4 sections.  The first time I opened them I spilled sequins everywhere so I ended up putting them in little plastic sealable bags by color.  It is a much easier way to handle to so many sequins.  They come in all different colors and all different shapes.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I always love this part of our challenges!  By the way, be sure to say Happy Birthday to Buffy today!

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