Sending Smiles & Clearance Rack UpDate

Before I begin my usual blog post, I wanted to let you know that the Clearance Rack has been updated.  Stampin’ Up! included some stamp sets with this update, which is very unusual.  If you want to see what is on sale, click HERE.

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

I don’t know about you, but I always have a lot of scraps after cutting card stock that I save.  I especially have a lot of 1/4″ scraps because when I make a card, I usually use a 4″ x 5.25″ piece for the background on an A2 card which is 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I decided it was time to use them on a card as a background.

To make this card I first took an A2 card base in Gorgeous Grape and added a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Highland Heather card stock (which gave me a 1/4″ strip) on it.  Then I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and added all those 1/4″ strips diagonally.  The colors I used are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.  I use strips larger than the piece of card stock.  When I am done I use my Paper Trimmer to cut off the excess all at once.  That makes them even on both sides.

Next, I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles and the Sending Dies to add the flowers and sentiment.  If you use the bundle number to purchase these products you will get a 10% discount.  I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink and the flowers in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay ink with a Daffodil Delight center.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I adhered the stem to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the flowers using Dimensionals.  Next, I cut the sentiment out using Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape card stock and layered them together.  Before adding it to the card using Dimensionals, I first stamped the small sentiment on the card.

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Sending Smiles Fun Fold

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

A couple of weeks ago I told you how I signed up for a virtual card retreat put on by some other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  The retreat was last weekend.  Although I did not join the retreat when it was live, we were all given PDF directions on how to make all the cards they were showing ahead of time.  Plus we were given links so that we can go back and watch the videos on our own time.  Most of the cards were fun folds (which I love!).

We were given the directions for this fun fold card (officially called a Corner Fun Fold) by Brandy Cox.  If you know anything about Stampin’ Up! then you have heard of Brandy.  She is the #1 Demonstrator for sales in the entire company (and has been for a few years).  She used different papers, colors and stamp sets than I did but the design is the same

This is what my card looks like when you are opening it….

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

….and this is what it looks like completely open:

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

Isn’t that fun?  It looks complicated but it really is not.  The first thing you do is pick a piece of Designer Series Paper you want to use (I used Design A Daydream DSP) and cut it to 7″ x 8.25″.  Then you score it as in the photo below ( I used Brandy’s photo).

Then fold the diagonal score lines back and the straight ones forward.

Here are the measurements for the rest of the cards

  • DSP: 7” x 8-1/4” 
  • Blackberry Bliss (2): 4-1/2” x 3-1/4” 
  • Old Olive (2): 4-1/4” x 3” 
  • Basic White (3): 4” x 2-3/4” 
  • Old Olive: 4-1/2” x 3-1/4” 
  • Blackberry Bliss: 4-1/4” x 3” 
  • Balmy Blue (envelope): 6” x 2-1/2” 
  • Scraps: Basic White, Balmy Blue 

I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles to make my card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies.  The colors I used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride.

It was a fun retreat to participate in.  Look for more cards I made using the ideas from it in the future.

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Lovely You

Stampin Up Lovely YouI had a crazy but fun few days last week.  I went to my son, Sam’s house to help take care of the kids while his wife, Tara was away.  Both Nolan and Madelyn are in school so it definitely was not a hard thing to do.  My son, Sam works crazy hours so I just had to help get them up and to school, pick them up from school and do the usual night time stuff with them.  I forget how much you really do need to do to get everyone out of the house on time.  It used to be second nature to me but I am a little out of practice. They pretty much know what to do themselves, you just have to prod them now and then.

Since I was not home much I had to make a quick and easy card for today.  Although it was simple to make, I still think it is pretty enough to send.  I used the stamp set called Lovely You to make the background.  I just stamped the leaves and flowers kind of randomly spread out.  I used Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party and Polished Pink inks.  Lovely You has a coordinated punch called Lovely Labels but I did not use it with this card.

After stamping all the leaves and flowers,  I took a 1/2″ x 3.75″ piece of Basic White card stock, stamped the sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set can adhered it to the middle of the images. Sending Smiles has a lot of great sentiments that can be used for many different occasions.  Then I placed that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and a Basic White card base.  Simple as pie (whoever made up that saying never made a pie because they are not that simple!).

I decided that the last minute to add some Glossy Dots around the flowers and leaves to add a little sparkle to the card.

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

I have to confess.  I hate coffee.  I hate the smell of coffee.  I have never had a cup of coffee in my life.  I know.  Most people think I am crazy (right Buffy?).  I think it is because neither of my parents ever drank coffee so I did not grow up with it.  I have two sisters who don’t drink it either.  Years ago, when I worked as the finance officer in a golf club, I offered to make coffee for the servers because it was so busy.  It didn’t seem too hard to do since the coffee was premeasured so all you needed to do was open the pack, pour it in the coffee filter and turn on the machine. I did all that and then went back to my office.  Later that day, the servers told me I was never allowed to make coffee again.  Apparently, you also need to put the glass pot underneath.  Oops.  All the coffee when all over the floor.  They were not too happy with me that day!  As a side note, I am a one-cup-a-day hot tea drinker.  It is just enough caffeine to get me through the day.

I love the Cup Of Tea bundle that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This bundle, which you can save 10% if you purchase using the bundle item number, includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea and a die set called Teacup.  I knew I would order it the day I first saw it.

To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper onto a Petal Pink card base.  You can purchase this amazing pack of paper with a $150 order.  It includes 48 sheets of DSP in the pack!  Then I cut out a piece of Petal Pink card stock using the Scalloped Contours die set.  I cut three cups out of Basic White card stock and three of the design for the cups in Fresh Freesia card stock.  I stamped the lemons in Daffodil Delight and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Sending Smiles and was cut out using the Sending Dies.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

The Sending Smiles bundle is one of my favorite stamp sets in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I think it was one of the sets we could pre-order and I definitely did.  When you are a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, you can order some of the products in the annual catalogs and most of the products in the mini catalogs a month before they become live.  I am a very impatient person so I love this perk.  Of course, my favorite perk is the discount I get but this one is a close second.  If you are interested in joining and want more info, feel free to contact me or click on the “Join Now” button to the right of this post.

This card was a fairly simple one to make.  I first stamped the stems and leaves at the top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock in Parakeet Party ink.  Then I stamped the various flowers in Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet ink.  I stamped the center of the flowers in Daffodil Delight ink.  Next, I layered a .25″ x 4″ piece of Sweet Sorbet card stock below the flowers.  Then I layered this piece on top of a Sweet Sorbet card base.

After that I used the Sending dies that coordinate with the Sending Smiles stamp set (by the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the dies and stamps in a bundle).  I cut the word “Sending” in Basic White card stock and the background in Sweet Sorbet.  I layered the on top of each other.  Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Sweet Sorbet ink.

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Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up Hues Of Happiness

Here is another card where Designer Series Paper is the star of the show.  The fun thing about DSP is there are different designs on each side that usually coordinate with each other.  There are also other packs of Stampin’ Up!® DSP that you can mix and match as I did with this card.

To make this card, I first layered a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock.  Then, I tied a piece of Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon around it and layered them onto a Basic White card base.  Next, I cut out three 1.25″ x 3 3/8″ pieces of Fresh Freesia card stock.  I layered a 1 1/*’ x 3.25″ piece of Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper on top of each of the Fresh Freesia pieces.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Smiles in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using the coordinating die in the Sending dies set.  If you purchase the Sending Smiles stamp set and the Sending Dies using the bundle item number, you can save 10th %.  I layered the sentiment on top of the card using Mini Dimensionals.

I am almost done setting up my stamp room again from our move back to Nashville from the cottage.  You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it up and then put it away.  Then again, you can never have too many stamping products.  I need everything I own and more!  You all understand, right?

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Teacup Dies

Stampin Up Cup Of TeaI just wanted to let you know that the next couple of weeks of posts may be shorter than usual.  It is that time of year that I need to start packing up my things to go back to Nashville for the winter.  The cottage is my favorite place to be but it is not winterized which means it would be mightily chilly to live in during the winter months.  Actually, I don’t even think it would be humanly possible to do so.  Therefore, I need to write a few blog posts way ahead of time.  So, I apologize if my posts are short but sweet!

I can not believe it is the last day of August already!  I am not sure where the summer went but it sure flew by.  The saying “days go by slowly but years fly” is definitely a true one.  It is ok though.  Fall is my second favorite season (with summer being my first) because the days are still a bit warm, with cool nights and beautiful colors.

I had a hard time deciding what the title of this post should be.  I used one stamp set, three sets of dies and an embossing folder to make it.  It is not a hard card to make.  It just took a lot of products.  That is ok, though!  I love that you can mix and match Stampin’ Up!® products and they all look so good together.

When I made this card I originally wanted to use the Cup Of Tea stamp set with the coordinating Teacup dies.  As you can see, I just ended up using the dies.  I cut the cup out using the Teacup Dies, Sahara Sand card stock and my Cut & Emboss machine.  Then I cut out the leaf design using Basis White card stock and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is great for attaching die cuts that are thin.  Next, I cut out the leaves using the Forever Flourishing die set in Basic White and Soft Succulent card stock.  I embossed a 3.5″ x 4.74″ piece of Petal Pink cardstock using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I took two of the Deckled Rectangle dies and used them to cut out a frame in Basic White.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sending Flowers in Sahara Sand ink.  Lastly, I added a piece of white Baker’s twine from the Essentials Pack.

Have a great day!


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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

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!

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Sending Smiles is one of my favorite stamp sets in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  One of the things I love is all the wonderful sentiments it has.  These sentiments cover almost any occasion you would need – birthday, hello, thanks, sympathy, good luck and more.  I also love the two “sending dies” it has.  One cuts out the word and the other cuts out the background.  Plus, the flowers included in this set are big and bold which you all know I love.  To top it all off, the die set includes two tags that can be used to cut out all the words.

To make this card I first stamped all the flowers and leaves in Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies.  I cut out the background of the word “Sending” in Gorgeous Grape and the word, itself in Highland Heather card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using one of the dies in this set.  I layered everything on a Gorgeous Grape card base with a strip of Highland Heather set a little off center.  I used Dimensionals for the flower heads.

Don’t forget there are only a couple of weeks left to order products from the January – June Mini Catalog before they retire.  Some sets are being carried over but there is a lot retiring.  There are a lot of great discounts on many of the retiring products (up to 50% off!).  Some of the items are already gone and once that happens are they discontinued for good.  Click HERE to see the list of retiring products.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Today Rob and I are traveling to our cottage on Lake Ontario for the summer.  Although we love Nashville, it is way too hot for us here.  Last week it was 94 degrees!  You can’t sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather without wilting so we are headed north to enjoy our beautiful summer sunsets.  That is a warning because you know I will post one or twelve sunset photos before the summer is over.  Of course, we will freeze when we first get there but it should warm up by July.

I think Sending Smiles is one of my favorite bundles in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set as well as the coordinating Sending Dies.  This bundle goes so well with the gorgeous InColors because the stamps are solid and bold.  You know I am a Brights person and the new colors are definitely bright.  Plus they go really well with some of the 2021/2023 InColors (like Fresh Freesia).  Plus Sending Smiles has some great sentiments.  There are eight of them in this stamp set.

To make this card, I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine with the Stitched Greenery Die.  I love how this die gives so much interest to the background of a card.  I adhered that to a Tahitian Tide card base.

After that, I stamped the flowers in Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis ink (with a Tahitian Tide center) and cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies.  Then I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out.  I added them to the card to make a wreath.  When I was done I thought it needed a little bit more so I cut out the smaller flowers in Tahitian Tide card stock.  Then I added a 2022-2024 InColor Matte Dot in the middle of the little flowers.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink and added it my card using Mini Dimensionals.

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