On The Horizon

Stampin Up On The Horizon

I have to say I think the New Horizon Designer Series Paper is one of my all time favorites.  The scenes on this paper are just beautiful.  It allows you to make a card that is simple and easy yet beautiful.  The paper does all the work.  All you need to do is add a stamp or two.  This paper is part of the New Horizons Suite that is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog.  This amazing suite includes the stamp set called On The Horizon, Horizon Dies (and you can save 10% if you purchase it in a bundle), ribbons, adorable pebbles embellishments and the New Horizon Designer Series Paper.

For this card I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the New Horizon DSP.  Then I took a piece of Washi Tape and covered the ground on the trees stamp, inked it with Shaded Spruce ink, removed the Washi tape and stamped it on the Designer Series Paper.  I did this a few times to have the entire tree line going across.  Then I took a stamp from the set called Oceanfront and used it to stamp the path to the trees.  I cut out the fence from the Horizon Dies in Sahara Sand card stock and adhered that using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I cut out the grass from the same DSP that I used on the background and adhered that to the fence.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake ink and layered that along the bottom.   I layered all of that on top of a piece of Shaded Spruce card stock and then on a Misty Moonlight card base.


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Seascape & Soft Pastels

Hello everyone!  It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use the Stampin’ Up!®  Soft Pastels Assortment otherwise known as chalks.  I have to say, this was a challenge for me.  I remember have chalks a very long time ago but I rarely used them.  As a matter of fact, when we moved a year ago, I threw out the old tin of them.  I discovered that Splitcoast Stampers has a bunch of techniques you can use with chalk.

Here is the card I made.

Stampin Up Seascape

I decided to use one of the Plenty Of Patterns Masks (or stencils) for my technique.  It is very simple and easy to do (which everyone knows I love).  I took a piece of Basic White card stock and layered a mask over it.  I taped it on the sides so the mask would not love around.  Then I pressed Versamark Ink all over the mask making sure it was completely covered.  Then I let it dry over night.

The Soft Pastels Assortment has eight different colors in the box.  I used the Night Of Navy, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana chalks.  The other colors in the box are Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow and Poppy Parade.  I just ran the chalk over the dried Versamark ink.  The chalk sticks to the ink really well.  I did end up spraying it with Krylon Clear Acrylic Coating but I am not sure if that was necessary.  I just didn’t want to send someone a card where their hands would get all chalky.

Next I cut out the Seahorse from the Sea Life Dies in a piece of Basic White cardstock and then again in a piece of Highland Heather.  These dies coordinate with the Seascape stamp set and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I snipped out the three little parts that hold the Seahorse together.  I backed the negative piece of the Basic White cardstock with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and then adhered the Highland Heather Seahorse inside it.

The sentiment is from Sweet As A Peach.  I stamped it in Highland Heather ink and adhered it over the Seahorse with Stampin Dimensionals.  I felt like the card needed something more so I added three of the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels and a piece of Highland Heather Grosgrain ribbon behind the Seahorse.  This ribbon is just gorgeous and has just the right amount of sparkle.

By the way, today is Rob’s and my anniversary.  38 years together!  It is hard to believe.  Happy anniversary, Rob.  I love you even more today and 38 years ago!

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Soft Pastels Assortment.

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Beautiful Friendship & Many Messages

Stampin Up Beautiful Friendship Many Messages

Beautiful Friendship is still one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2020 2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  The flowers included in it are just so pretty.  Plus they are DisINKtive stamps which means that one stamp is used to give an image dimension or depth.  If you look at the Hydrangeas on my card you can see how some of the flowers are light and some are dark.  This was done by just one stamp.

I used my Stamparatus to help me make this card.  I first place a piece of 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White cardstock in my Stamparatus and then lined up the Hydrangea stamp to be in the upper right corner.  I inked the stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped it once.  Then I flipped my card stock 180 degrees, inked up the Hydrangea  again and stamped it so it would be in the lower left corner.  I started to do the same thing with the Highland Heather flowers but decided it looked too uniform and ended up adding extra flowers and the Pear Pizzazz leaves by hand.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages.  This is one big stamp and has a matching die called Messages that cuts all the sentiments outs at one time.  I actually have thought about cutting all the sentiment apart to use separately but haven’t done that yet.  It is really hard for me to cut a stamp apart!  The good part of not cutting it apart is now I have a container of lots of sentiment strips ready to use.  The bad part is I now have a container of lots of sentiment strips to use!

I wrapped the card stock with a piece of Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon.  I love this ribbon because it has sparkles in it and is so pretty.  Then I added three Elegant Faceted Gems.

Don’t forget if you love Seaside Spray as much as I do, make sure you order the card stock, ink pad and ink refill before it is gone forever.  It is one of the retiring InColors and once the products are gone, they are gone forever.  As a reminder the other colors retiring this year are Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy.

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Playful Alphabet

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a color challenge.  I don’t know who made up these colors together but they are crazy!  Oh wait.  It was me!

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet I got the idea from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  That is the great thing about the Stampin’ Up!® papers.  They give you the colors ahead of time and I love that sometimes they put colors together that I would never think of.  Plus I am still on my goal to actually use most of my Designer Series Paper.  I’m not doing that well but better than I used to.

To make this card I started with a piece of the Well Suited DSP.  I love how the Cajun Craze stripes look Grosgrain ribbon.   Then I had to decide what color would look good with Night Of Navy and Cajun Craze.  I decided BumbleBee looked great with them.   I cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Die set.  I adhered them to the flags which are part of the Tasteful Labels dies.  I decided to adhere the flags using Dimensionals which gave the card some depth.   I stamped the word “birthday” using the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I masked off the word Happy using tape.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hydrangea Dies.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these crazy colors.

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Quite Curvy

Stampin Up Quite Curvy

Quite Curvy is a Bundle that will be in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog which begins January 4th but you can purchase it now.  Stampin’ Up!® released it Demonstrators in October and to customers in November as a sneak peek.  They also created another stamp set that goes with this Bundle called Curvy Christmas.  The Christmas set is only available until January 3rd so if you like it, you will need to purchase it by that date.

The fun thing about the Quite Curvy Bundle is the dies and sentiments are curved (makes sense, right?).  To make this card I used two of the curved dies.  The first one is the dotted edge that I used with Misty Moonlight cardstock.  The other die I used makes the design on the Whisper White cardstock.  There are four curvy sentiments that follow the curvy dies in the stamp set, along with a curved flower stamp and a curved leave stamp with coordinating dies.  The Christmas set adds some cut curvy trees, stars and sentiments.

To make this card I first layered a piece of Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper onto a card base of Misty Moonlight.  Then I cut another piece Misty Moonlight using the dotted Curvy Die and a piece of Whisper White using the design Curvy Die and layered them together. I stamped the birds in Cinnamon Cider ink and colored them using a Cinnamon Cider Stampin Blend.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and then adhered the bird.  Lastly I added a piece of Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon. 


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Flowering Blooms

To being with, let me just say that I bought a new iPhone.  I have always been an Android person.  I love how you can customize everything on an Android phone and frankly, it just worked well for me but my older phone was dying and I needed a new one.  I already have a MacBook (which I love) and Rob bought me an iPad a few years ago so I decided to try an iPhone.  Why am I telling you this?  Because I can’t figure out the camera settings.  My Android was so easy.  I just took a photo and the colors came out perfectly.  Not so much with the iPhone.  I guess I need to take a class on it or something so as I write this blog post, I know the colors on this card are not exactly correct.  Please bear with me while I try to figure out why.

Edited:  I watched a few videos.  I took a 100+ photos (so it seemed).  This photo is better than the original one I posted but still not quite right.  It is a work in progress!

In any case, I made this card using the stamp set called Flowering Blooms.  This stamp set is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Flowering Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I first stamped the image in Crumb Cake ink after stamping on a scrap piece of paper and then onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock without re-inking first.  I wanted to get the “no lines” coloring look and this worked pretty well.  Then I colored the flower using Petal Pink Stampin Blends in light and dark.  I colored the darker Crumb Cake line with the dark Blend and the blank sections with the light Blend.  I did the same thing with the leaves using Just Jade.  Then I adhered a piece of a Foam Adhesive Sheet to the back and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I love those Foam Adhesive Sheets.  They are like a huge Dimensional so the entire image is popped up on your card.  I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the stem before attaching it to another piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Designer Series Paper I used is Plaid Tidings.  This DSP is retiring on January 4th so if you like it, you need to purchase it soon.  It is one of my favorite DSP packs (thanks to Jackie).

So wish me luck on figuring out this camera thing!  Hopefully the next photo will be better!

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Christmas Is Gleaming

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is called “Foiled Again”.  Jackie came up with that.  Isn’t that cute and clever!

Stampin Up Christmas Is Gleaming

I decided to use some Specialty Designer Series Paper  for this challenge because usually when it is called Specialty Paper it means it has some kind of foil on it.  The paper I chose is called Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper and is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  This entire group of products was in last year’s Holiday Mini Catalog and was so popular, Stampin’ Up!® decided to bring it back again this year.  This group of products includes the stamp set called Christmas Gleaming, Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack and the beautiful DSP I used on my card.  I have to say it is one of my favorite DSPs I have ever purchased.  The colors are magnificent!

To make this card I first stamped the ornaments in Versamark Ink and embossed them with Copper Embossing Powder (which, I am sorry to say, I just discovered is retired).  Then I punch them out using the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.  I also stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and using the Copper Embossing Powder on that too.   I backed a piece of the Designer Series Paper  with Copper Foil Paper and the other piece with Night of Navy cardstock.  I used some Dimensionals on one of the ornaments and on the sentiment to pop it up a bit.

Now, let’s go see how Buffy and Jackie were “Foiled Again”.

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

I needed a fairly quick and easy thank you card for a friend who did a kind thing for me.  I didn’t have a lot of time (you know how the holiday season can be) but I wanted it to still be pretty and thank her.  Even though I needed it to be simple, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come from the heart.  I love every card anyone has taken the time to send me, whether it is home made or purchased in a store, because they took the time to do something for me.

I used the stamp set called Forever Fern to make this card. I first stamped the berries in Blushing Bride ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles die set.  After that I added the sentiment which is from the stamp set called Best Year.  Both of these stamp sets and the Stitched Rectangle dies are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I adhered this piece to a slightly larger piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I thought it did look a little plain so I added another piece of Blushing Bridge cardstock that I cut out using the same die set.


Starting tomorrow, December 8th, Stampin’ Up!® is having their annual Year End Closeout Sale.  There are some great discounts on a lot of the products in the August – September Mini Catalog!  Click on the “Retirement List” link below to see what is retiring and what will be on sale.  Remember, the sale is while supplies last so shop early for your favorites!  Don’t forget to use the Hostess Code on the right of this post.

Year End Closeout Sale Details:

Sale Dates:  December 8, 2020 through January 4, 2021

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items are available while supplies last.
  • Exclusions apply: Carryover items will not be discounted.
  • Due to increased shipping times and possible shipping delays during the month of December, Stampin’ Up!® can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.
  • Ordering Deadlines:  January 4, 2021 at 11:50 PM (MT)

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Click the image below to download the full list of items that are retiring and which items are on sale starting today!  And get your lists ready to shop early!!  The items that are retiring are only while supplies last!!  And everything on this list is retiring!!


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