Penguin Place

Stampin up Penguin PlaceFirst of all, I have to apologize for this blog post.  My computer is in the shop for repairs so I am trying to write this post on my phone.  This is not an easy task (at least for me) so if the photo of my card is bad or if things are not lined up correctly, I apologize and will fix it when my computer is back.  In the meantime, this post will be short and sweet.

I made this card using the stamp set call Penguin Place. this set has a coordinating punch called Penguin Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  I first stamped the Penguin in Gorgeous Grape ink and punch it out.  The punch can be used for the feet too so I punched them out in Fresh Freesia card stock.  I stamped the hat and scarf in Just Jade and cut them out by hand.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Create With Friends.  I adhered the Wonderful Snowflakes to a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock using Multipurpose Glue  The snowflakes are iridescent so they sparkle and shine,  The little stars are called Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins.  As a side note, the Wonderful Snowflakes and the Cute Stars Sequins will be retiring at the end of the July – December Mini Catalog.

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Gorgeous Leaves

Stampin Up Gorgeous Leaves

A few weeks back Buffy, Jackie and I had a Stamp Off Challenge called the Colors Of Fall.  I had made three different Fall cards for that challenge.  The first two I posted here and here.  This is the third card I made for that challenge.

This time I used a set of Stampin’ Up!® dies called Intricate Leaves.  These dies coordinate with the stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).  The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment.

To make this card, I first used the background die called Stitched Greenery.  I love this die because it makes a beautiful background of stitched leaves.  I used it with a piece of Gray Granite card stock.  I adhered that to a Cajun Craze card base.

After that, I cut out the leaves using the Intricate Leaves Dies in Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze card stock.  I fanned them out and adhered them using Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Many Messages stamp in Garden Green Ink.  This stamp is one big, huge stamp that has nineteen different sentiments on it and a few tiny shapes.  It has a coordinating die (yes one die) that cuts out all the sentiments at once.  When I first got this stamp set, I stamped a whole bunch of sentiments in different ink colors and cut them all out at once.  Now I have a little container full of sentiments for when I need them.  I popped that up on my card using a couple of Dimensionals.

Rob and I had our first Halloween in our new house.  We didn’t really know what to expect so I bought a bunch of candy and waited.  No one was knocking on our door.  I looked out the window and there were some children out there with parents but none of them were coming by our house (yes, I did have my lights on).  Finally, I looked across the street and the woman who lives there was outside sitting in a chair.  Apparently in this neighborhood (or maybe it is because of Covid), if you aren’t outside they won’t come to your door.   Rob and I sat outside after that but we only ended up with a few trick or treaters.  I think we missed most of them.  I had a lot of candy left so I put them in a bucket next to the front door with a note for the delivery people (USPS, UPS, FedEx or Amazon) to help themselves.  Most did but some were looking at their little handheld computers and didn’t see the bucket.  Next year, we will sit outside! 

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Stampin Up Seascape

Seascape is a fun stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It has coordinating dies called Sea Life and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set has nine stamps that include some fish, seaweed, bubbles, sand and sentiments.  The die set has 4 large dies in it which include a very large gold fish, a very large seahorse, some seaweed and little fish.  I think it is just made to use bright, happy colors with.

To make this card, I first stamped the seaweed in Granny Apple Green ink.  Then I stamped the sand with Soft Suede ink onto a separate piece of Basic White card stock and actually used a die from the set called Majestic Mountain to cut it out. I didn’t want it go straight across so I used the top of the mountains to make it jagged.  I layered that on top of the seaweed piece.  Then I stamped the little fish in Fresh Freesia and the bubbles in Coastal Cabana ink.  I stamped the larger fish in Polished Pink ink and cut them out by hand.  It was fairly easy to do since the lines are mostly straight (just don’t look too closely).  I popped them up on the card stock using Dimensionals as well as the little Bermuda Bay fish.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink

Rob and I went to the Caribbean many moons ago where we snorkeled off one of the islands and saw fish just like this swimming by.  We were actually there to see a ship wreck but I was too scared to go there so I just looked at all the beautiful fish.  I think I have seen too many scary movies where ghosts come out of ship wrecks and preferred not to get too close.  I am a chicken.  I know.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

Bloom Where You Are Planted is a Stampin’ Up!® Suite in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.   This suite includes the stamp set called Plentiful Plants, coordinating dies called Pretty Plants, Bloom Where You Are Planted Designer Series Paper and Paper Lattice.  The stamp set has 15 Photopolymer stamps that include some plant pots, leaves and sentiments with a beautiful font.  There are fourteen dies in this suite that cut out the stamp images plus a few extra dies which include a couple of macrame plant holders and stands.  Plus, the stamp set is a DisINKtive set which means they stamp different opacities for depth.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I also cut some of the leaves into singles so I could place them around making the plant bigger.  I stamped the pot in Crumb Cake ink and cut that out.  I layered a Paper Lattice onto a Merry Merlot card base  using Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heartfelt Wishes (2021 July – December Mini Catalog) in Merry Merlot ink and cut that out using a die from the Seasonal Labels set.  Lastly, I tied a price of Linen Thread around the pot and adhered everything to the card base.

Last weekend we went to Alabama to take care of our grandchildren while their parents had a little time away.  Emy is now four going on 16.  She takes dance classes and did a lot of little recitals for us after which she ended with the typical, young girl pose.  It cracks me up how these little girls know how to pose for photographs.

Jackson just turned one which is one of my favorite ages.  He walks bow legged (as they all do) and laughs at the funniest things.  He loves pool noodles and when he picks one up it always makes him giggle.  Jackson was definitely attached to Rob this weekend.  They were big buddies the whole time.

I love living so close to my grands year round.  There is no better gig! 

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Eden’s Garden

Stampin Up Edens Garden

Starting tomorrow, November 2nd, Stampin’ Up!® is releasing a bundle that will be in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog called Eden’s Garden.  This includes a bundle of stamps and dies that’s blooming with beauty and bounty. Plus, exclusive products you can’t uncover anywhere else—a pack of paper patterned with green and gold, a set of specialty sheets for gift-giving and textured touches, and a sparkling set of gleaming gems!

The tale of the Garden of Eden transcends the boundaries of a single belief system. Numerous accounts and adaptations of Eden’s events have appeared in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, legends and lore, ancient mythology, and more! No matter how the story is shared, the essence of Eden remains the same: it’s a place of paradise. Filled with fruitful and flourishing foliage, stillness and serenity, and an air of mystery, Eden is an ethereal utopia!

Just as the timeless tale can be told in a variety of versions, these products can be used to create projects for any occasion—and they make the perfect paper crafting companion.

You can order the entire suite with one item number or separately.  You will save 10% if you order the stamp set and dies as a bundle.

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Merriest Moments

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite products from the Stampin’ Up!® 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  I have a lot of favorites from this catalog but I ended up choosing the Merriest Moments Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Merriest Moments and a die set with an embossing folder bundle called Merriest Frames.  I love the way the dies cut out the embossing folder design in this set. The stamp set has a lot of different leaves along with beautiful sentiments.  I made a card using the stamp set, dies and embossing folder HERE and another card showing you how the Embossing Folder works with the dies HERE.  It is just beautiful!

Stampin Up Merriest Moments

To make this card I first tied a piece of Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave ribbon around a piece of Tidings Of Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.  Then I adhered it to an Evening Evergreen card base.  Next I stamped the two layers of the Poinsettia in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I layered them on top of each other using Dimensionals.

After that I stamped the various leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent ink and then adhered the Poinsettia in the center.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink and added a Matte Decorative Dot to the middle of the flower.

Now let’s go see what products Buffy and Jackie made using their favorites from the Mini Catalog. 

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Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper is a great product to use to add a lot of interest to a card.  I  have talked about being a DSP hoarder before.  It is so hard to cut those pieces up.  I keep thinking that I might use it for a class and if I cut them up I won’t have enough.  Or sometimes I can’t decide the direction I should cut it up in.  Some designs are great for landscape cards and some are great for portrait cards but some can be used for both.  This year I have decided to just cut it up and use it.  That is what it is for, right?

One of my all time favorite packs of Designer Series Paper is called Blackberry Beauty and it is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  Honestly I was not a big fan of Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry but this paper has made me a big fan.  Some of the pieces of it have Gold Foil added to the designs and it makes it so rich looking. A couple of weeks ago I took out my pack of Blackberry Beauty DSP and cut it up.  Here are three of the cards I made using it.

Stampin Up Blackberry Beauty

I decided to pair this amazing DSP with my favorite sentiment stamp set called Biggest Wish.  I love the large, clean fonts in the bigger sentiments and the quirky font in the smaller stamps.  This first card is a simple, easy card to make.  I cut a piece of the gold foil and Rich Razzleberry paper onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.   I added a piece of the Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon along the bottom.  I stamped the sentiment “birthday” in Rich Razzleberry ink and then stamped the word ‘happy” overlapping on top with Versamark Ink.  I then embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder.  I actually did this twice using my Stamparatus so the word has some depth to it.   Then I added a small sliver of Gold Foil under the sentiment strip.

For this next card, I used a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.  It is hard to see in the photograph but the flowers in the background have gold accents on them. It is just gorgeous in person.   I tied another piece of the Gold 3/8″ Simmer ribbon around it and then adhered it to a Cinnamon Cider card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Cinnamon Cider ink and cut it out using the Everyday Label Punch.  I adhered this to the card using Dimensionals.

This third card I used two different pieces of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper for the background.  I adhered them to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and a Cinnamon Cider card base.  I felt it needed some kind of separation of the two piece so I added a sliver of Gold Foil between them.  Next I cut out the leaves from the die set called Artistic in Rich Razzleberry card stock and glued it to the card using Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry Ink.  Lastly I added some Metallic Pearls in gold.

I love how every card uses the same paper and colors but each one is so different.  What is the point of this long post?  Use your Designer Series Paper!!


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Beauty Of Friendship

Stampin Up Beauty Of Friendship

Although fall has not come to Nashville yet, I know it has arrived in a lot of places.  There is nothing prettier than seeing all that beautiful foliage.  The reds, oranges and yellows are so brilliant and just gorgeous.  I have to admit I do miss that part of Northern New York (but it is the only part weather-wise that I miss!).  Originally, I wanted to make a card showing these colors but decided to go rogue and do crazy colors.

I used the stamp set called Beauty Of Friendship.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Beautiful Trees, although I did not use them on this card.  Instead I just used stamps, ink and card stock.  Stampin’ Up!® has started showing cards made for the beginner stamper to the avid stamper and everything in-between.  This card is made for the beginner stamper, although I think it is pretty enough for any stamper to make.

To make this card I first stamped the trees in Soft Suede ink.  Then I stamped the tree tops in Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Bumblebee, Night Of Navy and Calypso Coral inks.  The tops of the trees are a DisINKtive stamp.  This is where one stamp has different opacities which means some of the colors come out lighter and some darker all with one stamp.  If you look at the leaves you can see this.  It looks like two stamps made the image but it was only one.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.

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Daisy Garden

Stampin Up Daisy Garden

Daisy Garden is a new background stamp that is in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Up Annual Catalog.  They offer a few different background stamps and I like all of them but this one caught my eye because it was an image and not just a background.  You can stamp it and leave it alone or you can color it with your Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils or Blends.

For this card I decided to use this large background stamp on Designer Series Paper.  I always forget that DSP is great for backgrounds but you can also stamp on it to make it more interesting.  In this card I stamped it onto a piece of Soft Succulent In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Assortment using Evening Evergreen ink.  I used the Stamparatus to do this which allowed me to stamp it multiple times for good coverage.  After stamping it I cut it down to 3.75″ x 5″ and layered it on top of a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock and a Soft Succulent card base.

After that I stamped six small daisies from the stamp set called Daisy Lane and punched them out using the Medium Daisy Punch in So Saffron ink.  I used two daisies to make one flower.   I stamped the centers of the flowers in Evening Evergreen ink and fussy cut them out.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Artistically Inked.  I stamped it in Versamark and sprinkled White Embossing Powder on top and heated it with my Heat Tool.  When I emboss something I also use my Stamparatus in case some of the embossing powder doesn’t stick so you can stamp it again in the exact same spot.  I also like to emboss a sentiment twice to make it stand out more (which I did in this case).

As a side note, Rob and I are so fortunate in being able to have our cottage on Lake Ontario in the summer and in Nashville in the winter.  When we left New York, Fall had already started and the weather was in the high 60’s with cool nights.  Then we arrived in Nashville for another two months of summer.  This past week it has actually been a bit hot (in the mid to high 80’s) but I am not complaining.  The longer the summer lasts, the happier I am.  It is hard for me to make Fall and winter cards when it is so warm but this is a reality check for everyone.  Christmas is only a couple of months away.  It is time to think about your Christmas cards.  Stampin’ Up!® offers some amazing Christmas sets in the Annual and the Mini Catalogs.  You need to order soon to have enough time to make those beautiful cards.  Don’t forget adhesive and card stock while you are ordering! 

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24 Hour Stampin Up! Sale On Cling Stamps Today Only!!

Stampin Up Cling Stamp Sale


Can’t stop staring at a certain stamp set (or two, or three)? Stock up on select cling stamp sets at a stellar price! Today only you can snag select cling stamp sets at a 15% discount. This short and stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year, so get in gear—it’s time to shop ’til you drop!


SALES PERIOD: Today, 20 OCTOBER 2021 Only
  • The sale will run for 24 hours beginning 12.01 AM Mountain Time (2:00 AM EST).
  • The 15% discount will apply to select cling stamp sets only.
  • Every cling stamp set from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog (excluding the Host stamp sets) will be discounted!