February was my 15th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I didn’t even realize it until yesterday when I got an email from Stampin’ Up! congratulating me. I knew my anniversary was in February but I didn’t realize it was a big one. Stampin’ Up! was very kind and even gave me a credit towards future purchases. They are such a great company.
I made this card using a few different products. The flowers and leaves are from the Art Gallery stamp set and the Floral Gallery Dies. This stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means two or more stamps create one image. I stamped the large flower background in Blushing Bride ink and the second stamp using Flirty Flamingo. I stamped the smaller flowers in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Granny Apple Green. Then I cut those images using the coordinating dies.
Next, I stamped the cup from the Cup Of Tea bundle in Smoky Slate ink and cut it out using the Tea Cup dies (you can save 10% by purchasing them using the bundle item number). I cut a 3.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Gingham embossing folder. I layered that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock that I cut out using the Deckled Rectangle dies and layered that on a Basic White card base.
The sentiment is from the Beauty Of Friendship stamp set. Lastly, I colored a piece of white Baker’s Twine using my Dark Flirty Flamingo Blends and tied it around the handle.
I have seen a lot of cards online lately using a black background. I love how the dark background makes the colored images pop so I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to use the new “Online Exclusive” embossing folders that Stampin’ Up! has available for purchase. If you don’t know about the “Online Exclusives”, they are various products such as stamps, dies, embossing folders and embellishments that are not in any catalog. Stampin’ Up! is going to offer more products a few times a year. If you would like to check out the products you can click HERE.
The first thing I did for this card was to take a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic Black card stock and emboss it using one of the Basics 3 D embossing folders. This is a set of 3 folders you can purchase in a bundle. They didn’t give specific names to each of them but the one I used is what I would call a cross-hatch design. There is another one that has dots and another that has small flowers. Here is what the “cross-hatched” one looks like up close:
I layered the embossed piece of Basic Black card stock on a Balmy Blue card base.
Next, I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes. I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue ink and then took a Night Of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and dabbed some color over the Balmy Blue ink. I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink and cut everything out using the coordinating Wisteria Dies. If you purchase the stamp set and dies in a bundle you can save 10%. I adhered the stems to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the flowers using Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heron Habitat in Balmy Blue ink and cut it out using the Stylish Shapes dies. I adhered it to the card using Dimensionals. Lastly, I added some Enamel Dots Essentials.
As most of you know, Stampin’ Up! releases their new Annual Catalog in May. It is always such an exciting time in the world of stamping. I love getting new products but I am also sad to see some things retire for good. Therefore, I am starting to use some of my older sets before they are gone. I don’t know what is going to retire and what is being carried over yet but I figure that if a set has been around for at least two years, there is a good chance they might be on the list. By the way, if you are a Demonstrator you will be able to see a copy of the new catalog online at the end of March. Then you can order a select group of new products in April. Customers can order from the new catalog in May.
Plentiful Plants has been around for a while so I chose this set to use. It has coordinating dies called Perfect Plants. The stamp set has a few different pots, leaves and some very nice sentiments. This is one bundle I really like and will miss if it retires.
I made this card by first stamping the different leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent inks. Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. Next, I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out. I layered everything on top of a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set that I embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. Then I adhered it to a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen and a Basic White card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (from Sending Smiles) in Versamark Ink on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock and embossed it using White Embossing Powder. I cut that out using a banner from Stylish Shapes.
Things are starting to bloom around Nashville these days. There are beautiful trees with white and purple flowers and the daffodils are out. When we lived in Northern New York that wouldn’t happen until May. That is one of my favorite things about Nashville. There are actually four whole seasons here.
After looking at all the beautiful blooms I decided to take out the Honeybee Home bundle. We don’t have bees out quite this early but some of the flowers are ready for them to come. This bundle includes the stamp set with the same name and the Honeybee Blooms dies. They are in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and if you use the bundle number to order them, you can save 10%.
To make this card, I first stamped the flowers and bees in Memento Black ink and colored them using my Polished Pink, Soft Succulent and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers. Then, I cut them out using the coordinating dies. I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Framed Florets Designer Series Paper (retired) and layered it on a Balmy Blue card base. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using one of the Framed Floret dies. This particular die cuts out the oval frame and the inside at the same time.
Last weekend the Nashville are got hit with some strong storms. There were tornado watches (something I will never get used to), a hard driving rain and then 50-60 mph winds. We were ok but my son and his family lost power early during the storm and it stayed off for a couple of days. Lucky for us, they decided to come stay with us for the weekend. We had a lot of fun crafting, playing minature golf and just hanging out. Maybe I should wish for thier power to go out more often (just kidding, Tara). Rob is collecting paintings done by our grandchildren for his office. Emory, Maddie and Nolan did a great job on their’s. When it is all done, I will share photos.
Today’s card is a fairly simple one to make. I first used a 3..5″ x 4.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock with the Stitched Greenery die. I love how this die just cuts little dots that form leaves. It is a great way to add a subtle background to a card. I backed it with a 3.75″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock and a Soft Succulent card base.
Next, I stamped the flower from the stamp set called Hand-Penned Flowers using Evening Evergreen ink. I cut it out using the coordinating Penned Flowers dies and then colored it using the Balmy Blue and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and cut that out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies. I adhered that to the card using Dimensionals. Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (retired).
One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that they sell beautiful Designer Series Paper. The great thing is there are two different designs on each sheet. Sometimes it is hard to decide which side to use. The other great thing about their DSP is you can use it to create beautiful cards that are so easy to make. Each of the cards I made took less than ten minutes.
To make the card above, I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock. I wrapped a piece of Soft Sea Foam ribbon (retired) around it and layered it on a Soft Sea Foam card base. Then I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Charming Sentiments using Orchid Oasis ink on Soft Sea Foam card stock and cut it out using the Deckled Rectangle Dies. I adhered it to the card using Dimensionals. Lastly, I added a couple of 2022-2024 InColor Matte Decorative Dots.
This card was even easier and faster to make than the first one. I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Tahitian Tide card stock and a Starry Sky card base. I cut out the sentiment using the Amazing Thanks dies and Tahitian Tide card stock. Lastly, I added some Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins.
Try these simple cards when you need something beautiful but you don’t have a lot of time.
Stampin’ Up! has added new Online Exclusive products. These products will not be in any catalog. They are online only (hence the name). They will still have catalogs but now they will also offer new online only products every other month. Some of these products will be “as supplies last” and others will be re-ordered as needed. It is a great way to them to add new on-trend products inbetween the catalogs. There are stamp sets, dies, punches, and embellishments available.
One of the new bundles offered online is called Tropical Leaf. This bundle includes a stamp set and a coordinating punch. The stamp set includes two leaves, veins for the leaves, stems and some sentiments with a fun font. There are also a few different die sets that do not have coordinating stamps. One of them is called Radiating Stitches. This is set of six dies that have stitched lines along the outside. Included are three rectangles of different sized, a heart and two circles.
To make this card, I first cut the largest of the Radiating Stitches rectangle dies in Pool Party card stock. I adhered that to a Soft Sea Foam card base. Then I added a 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper to the center of the rectangle. I stamped three leaves in Soft Sea Foam ink and the veins in Evening Evergreen ink. I punched them out using the Tropical Leaf Punch. I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and cut it out using the larger of the circle Radiating Stitched dies. Lastly, I added some Loose Frosted Dots, which are also an Online Exclusive product.
You can see the other Online Exclusive Products HERE.
Before I talk about the card I made, I wanted to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has announced that there will be a color refresh this year (Yay!). The reason I am telling you this is that once they announce the retiring colors, the products using them will sell out quickly (sometimes in one day). Therefore, if you love a certain color make sure you stock up on card stock, ink refills, and Blends soon. They plan on announcing the retiring colors on March 29th but I, personally would not wait until then to stock up. Do it ASAP.
I decided to use a Watercolor Wash technique on this card. I think Buffy may have made a card using it recently and I loved how it looked. It is a super easy thing to do to add color to your background. I first cut a piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contour dies. Then I added a couple of drops of Rich Razzleberry ink from the ink refill to the inside cover of the ink pad. I used Water Painter to add some water to the ink. Then I brushed some of the color on the piece I had cut. After it had dried, I took the splatter stamp from the Color & Contour stamp set and added some more color to the background after stamping it off on a scrap piece of paper first. Stamping off makes the image lighter so it coordinated with the color wash.
Next, I stamped the outline flower stamp in Rich Razzleberry ink. Then I stamped the inside of the flower on top after stamping it off first. I stamped the outline of the leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and colored the inside of them using a Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Marker. I hand-cut them out. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Ink and cut it out using a Scalloped Contour die.
We arrived home from our travels on Monday. We were in Florida for four weeks(as you know) and then went to Alabama to celebrate my granddaughter, Emory’s sixth birthday. It is hard to believe she is six already! These grands of mine (there are six in all) are just growing up too quickly.
Art Gallery is still one of my favorite flower stamps that Stampin’ Up! offers. It has beautiful flowers, leaves and great sentiments you can use to make a card for any occasion. It is a two-step stamp set, meaning it takes two or more stamps to make one image. It also has a set of coordinating dies called Floral Gallery that cut out the images as well as two dies that cut out all the sentiments.
To make this card I first cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and layered it on a Blushing Bride card base. Next, I cut out the rectangle in Basic White card stock using the Deckled Rectangle Dies and adhered that to the card. I stamped the large flower from the Art Gallery stamp set in Blushing Bride using both of the two-step stamps. The second stamp just made the color a little darker. I stamped the smaller flowers in Polished Pink ink and the leaves in Shaded Spruce. I cut them all out using the coordinating dies. I adhered the larger flower to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the smaller flowers using Dimensionals. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Polished Pink ink and cut it out.
Here is a photo of Emory on her birthday. She is 6 going on 26!
This is just a quick post to let you know that Stampin’ Up!® is offering new products beginning today that are online only. You won’t find them in any catalog. There are stamp sets with coordinating dies or punches, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, embossing folders, kits and stand-alone dies. To see what they have to offer just click HERE. Some of the products will be re-ordered when suppliers get low and others will be only available while supplies last.