Wisteria Wishes

Stampin Up Wisteria Wishes

This is the second card we made at stamp camp last week.  It is a quick and easy card (also known as CAS or “Clean And Simple”).  I showed you the card we made using the Trees For Sale stamp set and the Tree Lot Dies a couple of posts ago (you can see it HERE).  That card took a bit of time so I decided to have the group make a simple but still beautiful card too.

I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes to make this card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria Dies but we did not use them on this card.  By the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle.

I started this card by stamping the branch in Old Olive ink on a 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped the first layer of the flowers using Highland Heather ink but first I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  By doing this, your ink will be a bit lighter than a normal stamping.  Then I took the middle piece of the flower and stamped that using Highland Heather ink too.  This gave the flowers a two toned look.  I layered this on top of a piece of Old Olive cardstock and a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This paper is awesome.  You can only buy it for $18 with an order of $150 or more and it contains 48 sheets in the pack!  The card base was also Old Olive.

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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Yesterday was the first day of the new 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I have to admit, I placed a large order.  There are so many fun things in this catalog and I am ready for new products.  I can not wait for my order to arrive!

I made this card using one of the new stamp sets in the catalog called Sending Smiles.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies (although I did not use it on this card).  I decided to just use the stamp set to show how easy it is to make a simple card just using stamps, ink and paper and that you don’t need to spend hours to make a beautiful card.  Sometimes simple is beautiful.

I decided to use some of the new InColors on this card.  The card base is Sweet Sorbet.  The largest layer is Pretty Parakeet and then Orchid Oasis.  I used the same inks as I did the card stock.  I just stamped the stem first in Parakeet Party, the flowers and the centers in Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet and the sentiment in Orchid Oasis.  The entire card took five minutes to make and most of that time was used to decide what colors I wanted to use.

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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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Color & Contour

Hello everyone!  It is, once again, time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we needed to make a simple card. (#simplestamping).  We could only use stamps and ink.  I actually love simple stamping cards so this was fun to do.

I decided to use the stamp set called Color & Contour.  I really like the images in this set because they look kind of hand drawn.  The set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I only used one stamp for all the images though.  By the way, this stamp set does have coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours, but again, I did not use them.

To make this card I first stamped the flowers in Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabanas.  I think this colors look so summery together.  As you can see, I only stamped the inside of the flowers and not the outlines.  Then I stamped the outline of the leaves and the splatters in Granny Apple Green ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Best Year.  I stamped that in Memento Black Ink.  Then I just backed it with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock on a Daffodil Delight card base.

Now, let’s go see what stamping only card Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure they will be beautiful!

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#simplestamping Card Class

Yesterday I had my first in-person mini card class since the COVID mess started with a neighbor of mine.  She has a cottage a couple of doors down from us and we have been spending the summer together so we both thought it was safe to do a class.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to teach someone new to stamping.  They always think they aren’t creative and can’t do it and it is fun to watch them realize that they can and that they love it!

We made three simple cards.  Two of them just involved stamping and the third one we did some die cutting with the new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  These are the two stamping cards.


The first one we used the stamp set called Cute Fruit.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginners Brochure.  I first stamped the background pineapples in BumbleBee Ink on BumbleBee cardstock.  Then we stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee and Granny Apple Green ink.


The second card I used some World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper and the stamp set called Sailing Home.  Both of these cards just involved stamps, paper and ink.


She loved making those cards so I decided to step it up a bit to show her how to die cut an image.  I actually posted this card a few weeks ago on my blog but I will show it to you again.  It used the dies called Stitched Leaves.  She loved the way the dies cut the leaf and added the stitching to it.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Lovely You.  It has a coordinating punch called Banners Pick a Punch.

Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

I will always remember my first time stamping.  I was invited to a workshop.  I didn’t want to go but it was being held by a friend of mine so I felt obligated to go.  I am so glad I did!  I loved it from that minute on!  Everyone can stamp.  Even people who are as un-artisitic as me!  Stampin’ Up!® makes it so easy.  Remember that commercial where it said “Try it.  You’ll like it”? I can’t remember what it was for, but it certainly pertains to stamping.  I haven’t met a single person who didn’t enjoy making a card or two.

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Tasteful Touches

Stampin Up Tasteful Touches

Stampin’ Up!® has been on a campaign to help beginner stampers.  It is called #simplestamping.  Sometimes we forget that we were once a beginner stamper and didn’t have a clue how to make a card or have many supplies.  I learned at that time that I just needed to keep it simple.  My first Stampin’ Up!® purchase was a Valentine set, Whisper White cardstock, Real red cardstock and Black Ink.  The first cards I made were Valentines for my family and they all loved them.  Everyone needs to start simple and progress from there.

I decided to make a very simple card that just involves stamping with ink to show how simple is still beautiful.  I used the stamp set called Tasteful Touches.  This stamp set does have coordinating dies called Tasteful Labels (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle) but when first starting out you probably would not get them.  I stamped the feather in Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Just Jade and Seaside Spray.  I stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate.  You don’t need to use all those colors.  One or two would do.

I can’t think of a single person who would not appreciate receiving this card in the mail.  Wouldn’t you?

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Cute Fruit

Stampin Up Cute Fruit, #simplestamping

Cute Fruit is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginner Brochure.  The Beginner Brochure is a small booklet that they came out with for people that have never stamped before.  It is great because they packaged items together that are easy to use and all go together.  The bundles give you everything you need to make beautiful cards.  You get the stamps, cardstock, eight different inks and a clear block. You can buy all the products using one item number or you can order them each separately if you prefer.

I already owned all the supplies needed in the bundle so I just ordered the stamp set because I thought it was really cute.  I love the little faces you can put on the fruit (Lynette, this is for you). The stamps are Photopolymer so they are easy to make the images.  I first stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee ink and the green top in Just Jade.  I stamped the face and the sentiment in Misty Moonlight.  I decided to add a few of  the 2020/2022 In Color Enamel Dots.  The Designer Series Paper is the 2020/2022 InColor 6″ x 6″ paper stack.

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Beautiful Friendship

I made this birthday card for a very good friend, Darena who also happens to be one of my downline and lives in Georgia.  That is one of my favorite things about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I have met so many people I would never have met and have made the most wonderful friendships.  Darena used to live in my area but when she was here we never actually met.  Her husband is in the military so they moved around a lot but we finally got to meet in Florida when her family was stationed there and I went there on vacation.  It was so nice to actually meet after a few years of emailing back and forth.

This card is about as simple as you can get.  I used the stamp set called Beautiful Friendship.  I thought it was fitting for my friendship with Darena.  I first stamped the flowers in So Saffron ink and then added a little Calypso Coral to the middle using a Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I stamped the leaves in Old Olive a couple of times without re-inking.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

I hope you had an awesome birthday, Darena.

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Beautiful Friendship

Hello everyone!  Today’s BS & J Production Challenge is to use your favorite stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  I wasn’t sure if we could use stamps that have matching dies or not so I decided to go a stamp set that did not have dies.

Beautiful Friendship is not a stamp set that I would normally gravitate to but it caught my eye the first time (of 100’s of times) I looked through the catalog.  I immediately put it on my “must have” list and ordered it the first day it became available.  I love roses and hydrangeas and this set has both.  It is a DisInktive stamp set.  DisInktive stamps were designed by Stampin’ Up!®.  Although it looks like I used multiple stamps on each image, it was actually only one stamp.  It is designed to show depth by laying ink down in different opacities.

To make this card I first stamped the Hydrangea in Seaside Spray.  Then I stamped the roses in Rococo Rose.  Both of these colors are new InColors.  I stamped the leaves in Old Olive and lastly, the sentiment in Rococo Rose.

Stampin’ Up!®  has been trying to remind Demonstrators to make cards aimed towards the beginner stamper.  This is someone who just started stamping and does not have a lot of supplies.  They want us to make cards using just ink, stamps and paper.  This card qualifies for that.  We need to tag this kind of card #simplestamping.

Now let’s go see what stamp set(s) Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure their creations will make me want to buy whatever they use.  They usually do!

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Dear Doily

Dear Doily is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It had a set of matching die but due to their popularity they sold out and Stampin’ Up! can not get anymore in time before the catalog retires.  I just wanted to show you that you can still use the stamp set and make cute cards.

Stampin’ Up! has been talking a lot about the different kinds of stampers.  There is the Beginner, who is someone who is brand new to stamping.  There is the Casual stamper who has a few supplies and the Avid Stamper who has to have it all (like me!).  This card is for the beginner stamper.  It only uses one color of cardstock, stamps and ink.  It is quick and easy to make and I think anyone who received this in the mail would love it.

To make this card, I randomly stamped the background using the Dear Doily stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green.  Then I used a stamp from Timeless Textures and Daffodil Delight ink to break up all the white.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Daisy Delight.  This set is in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.

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