Sweet Citrus

Stampin Up Sweet Citrus

Today’s is one of my best friend’s birthday.  Char and I have been friends for 35+ years.  We actually met because my third and and youngest son had a lot of issues when he was first born so I decided to stay home with him and his brothers.  In order to make ends meet I started a daycare.  Char contacted me and brought her children over and things just blossomed in a life long friendship.  Char is the sweetest, most kind person and I love her dearly.  Plus, she is a downline of mine, which makes it that much better.  This is the card I made for her birthday.  I love how bright the colors are and thought she would love it too.

To make this card, I first used the background stamp called Sketched Plaid.  I stamped it with a new color called Azure Afternoon onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I adhered that to an Azure Afternoon card base.  Azure Afternoon is a beautiful bright blue.  It is darker than Tahitian Tide but lighter than the retired Pacific Point.  I can see using it a lot in my future.

Next, I used the stamp set called Sweet Citrus.  This stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  The first stamp was the outlines of the fruit and the second stamp was the insides.  I actually stamped both images twice – once in Daffodil Delight ink and once in Lemon Lime Twist.  Sweet Citrus has a coordinating die set as well as an embossing folder.  The large die cuts out all the fruit at once.  Then I stamped the leaves in Azure Afternoon ink and cut them out using the die set.  I arranged all the pieces on top of the card.

Lastly, I used the stand alone die set called Wanted To Say.  This is a fun die set that cuts out various words such as “Happy Birthday”, “Celebrate”, “you’re too kind” and “Feel Better Soon”.  Then it has another die that cuts out a background for each of those phrases.  Also included are some miscellaneous dies such as stars, hearts, a flower, a bow and stems.  I cut out the word “Celebrate” in Azure Afternoon and the background in Basic White.  I layered that on top using Dimensionals.

Happy birthday, Char.  I hope you have an amazing day!


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Cheerful Daisies

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies

As you know some of the Stampin’ Up!®  Designer Series Paper is on sale  for 15% off during the month of June.  One of the packs that is included in this sale is Fresh As A Daisy.  I used this DSP to make this very simple, easy card.

There is a couple of piece of Designer Series Paper in this pack that look like this:

Stampin Up Fresh As A Daisy

It is very easy to cut these panels apart and make beautiful cards with it.  I did just that to make the card above.  You can just add a sentiment or a couple of images and you are ready to go.

For this card, I first cut the piece of DSP and layered it onto a Tahitian Tide card base.  The I used the stamp and die bundle called Cheerful Daisies to cut out the both layers of the flower and the leaves in Basic White card stock.  I stamped the center of the flower in Wild Wheat ink on Wild Wheat card stock and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then, I used the Banners Pick A Punch to cut the end.  The entire card only took a few minutes to make.


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Inked & Tiled

Stampin Up Inked & Tiled

Rob and I have really been enjoying the cottage.  It has warmed up to the 70’s during the day and the 50’s at night.  Perfect day weather and very comfortable sleeping weather.  The water is still way too chilly for us to swim in but we did put our feet in the other day.  You know when you put your feet into something and it hurts up to your knees?  That is what it felt like.  I think we will give it a bit more time to warm up before we go further in.

Inked Botanicals is a beautiful suite that is in the new Stampin’ Up!®  Annual Catalog.  It includes a stamp set and two punches called Inked & Tiled, Inked Botanicals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and some beautiful 1/4″ Lost Lagoon Bordered ribbon.  The ribbon is really pretty and soft and has some texture to it.

To make this card, I first layered a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Lost Lagoon card stock into a Pretty Peacock card base.  Then I took a 3.25″ x 4.5″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock and ink the flowers from the Inked & Tiled stamp set in Moody Mauve ink and the leaves and stems in Lost Lagoon ink using Stampin’ Up!®  Write Markers.  It is very easy to do is you use a stamping platform such as the Stamparatus (now retired) or the MISTI because you can stamp over and over again in the same spot if you need to.  Then, I inked the second set of leaves in Lost Lagoon ink, stamped it once on a piece of scrap paper and then again on my card.  This made the background leaves much lighter.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink and punched it out using a retired 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I punched a piece of Pretty Peacock card stock using one of the Inked & Tiled punches and layered them together.  I adhered together a strip of Pretty Peacock card stock (.75″ x 3.25″) and a strip Lost Lagoon (.5″ x 3.25″) and layered it on the card. I glued the two punched pieces on top using Multipurpose Glue.  Lastly, I added some 2023-2025 InColor Dots in Moody Mauve.

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Designer Series Paper Sale Starts Tomorrow!!

We all love beautiful Designer Series Paper, and in June, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers from our new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog and Online Exclusives. Whether you’re a scrapbooker, a card maker or simply a paper lover, this is a great time to stock up and save on gorgeous paper so you have artistic and versatile paper designs on hand for your next projects!



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Beautiful Balloons

Stampin Up Beautiful Balloons

Next week my entire family will be going to the Outer Banks for a family reunion/anniversary celebration of Rob and I being married 40 years.  First let me say that it doesn’t seem possible that it was 40 years ago but it was.  The exciting part though, is that it will be the first time in a very long time that all of my sons, their wives and our grandchildren will be together.  Some of the grandchildren have not even met the others (mostly due to their ages) and I am very excited that will happen.  We are going to have a photographer to take photos on the beach of all of us.  I am sure I will have lots of photos and news to share when we get back.

The card I made could be used for a birthday or an anniversary celebration.  I used a new suite from the Annual Catalog called Bright & Beautiful.  It includes the stamp set and dies called Beautiful Balloons, Bright and Beautiful 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, and Gold Celebrations 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper.

To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Bright & Beautiful DSP to an Azure Afternoon card base.  Next, I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the Radiating Stitches dies.  I stamped the three balloons in Azure Afternoon, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lolly ink and then cut them out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the ballon strings in Berry Burst ink and then layered the balloons on top using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.

Next, I used the die set called Wanted To Say for the sentiment and stars.  The stars cut out a bunch of stars that are all attached so I just cut them apart.  I love this new die set because it cuts out the words as well as the background for the words.


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Paper Florist Dies

Stampin Up Paper Florist Dies

Rob and I are finally pretty much settled into cottage life.  We spent most of this week unpacking, putting things away and waiting for the sunsets to start.  Unfortunately, most nights have been cloudy so there have not been beautiful sunsets but that is ok.  I know there are many to come.  In the meantime I was able to unpack my stamp supplies and make a couple of cards.

I made this card using a lot of new products in the 2023/2024 Stampin’ Up!®  Annual Catalog.  It is always fun to use new products and figure out how each of them work.  Sometimes the dies can be a little complicated but in this case everything was pretty easy.

I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Painted Textures 3D embossing folder.  I layered that on a Fresh Freesia card base.  Next, I used a new set of dies called Paper Florist Dies and cut out a bunch of the shapes using a lot of different colors.  You can see the color I used below this post.  Each of the flowers take a couple of different dies and you can mix and match them if you want to.  I put all the flowers together using Multipurpose Glue.  I only put the glue in the center of each layer so I could curl the edges uses my bone folder.

Next, I used a new stamp set from the Annual Catalog called Layering Leaves.  This stamp set coordinated with the Bough Punch.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder and my Heat Tool.  Then I cut it out using another new die set called Nested Essentials Dies.  Lastly, I added an extra die cut to the corner of the sentiment.

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Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

Well, it has been quite an adjustment to leave Nashville and arrive in Northern New York.  Nashville temperatures were in the 80’s when we left.  Northern New York temperatures are in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Although that doesn’t seem really cold, it is when you are used to the 80’s.  Luckily we have lots of blankets and some heat in the cottage.  It takes a while for it to warm up, but it is better than nothing.  Oh, and there has been no snow (like it was last year when we arrived)!

I used the stamp set and dies called Around The Bend to make this card.  It is a fun stamp set with some bendy (yes, that is a word according to Google) images which the dies cut around.  If you look at my card you can see the Night Of Navy bendy line with the dots underneath it.  That is one stamp and then the die follows the bends and cuts out a scalloped edge around the dots.  There are also some extra dies in the set that cut out flowers, leaves and a big die that cuts out leaves for a corner.  I stamped the line and dots on a 5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Basic White card stock and then cut it out.

After that I cut out a 5.25″ c 2.4″ piece of the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.  I adhered that to a Basic White card base and then the first piece I cut on top of that.  Next, I cut out a  5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Boho Blue card stock using another die that cut out the stitched curve and the various dots at the same time.  I layered that on top of the card.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from the Stylish Shapes die set.  I added that to the card and thought I was done but I noticed that the sentiment needed a little more so I cut out a Night Of Navy flower and Old Olive leaves.

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Seasonal Branches

Stampin Up Seasonal Branches

Last week Rob and I drove to New York to spend the summer at our cottage on Lake Ontario.  Nashville was getting too hot for us (it was in the high 80’s with humidity) so we knew it was time to go.  We had two cars to bring up so I had to drive 14 hours by myself.  It was exhausting but I made it.  We did take two days to make the trip.  As a side note, I am actually writing this post before we left so if the story changes, I’l let you know.  Wish me luck!

Seasonal Branches is another new bundle that is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2023/2024 Annual Catalog.  It is a really nice stamp set with a cute little bird, some branches, leaves, berries and flowers for the branches and some all occasion sentiments.  There are actually eighteen stamps and nineteen dies which is quite large for most bundles.

To make this card I first cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper and layered it on a Lost Lagoon card base.  Can you tell that Lost Lagoon is my new favorite color from my past few posts?  It is a beautiful color and you can expect to see me use it a lot.  Next, I used two dies from the Countryside Corners set in Basic White and Lost Lagoon card stock.  I did cut down the Lost Lagoon shape because I felt it was a little too big for the background.  It was easy to do since the sides are all flat.  I added some Lemon Lolly ink to the white one to give it some color.

Next, I stamped the branch and the bird in Pecan Pie ink and cut them both out using the coordinating dies.  I colored the bird using Crumb Cake and Lemon Lolly Blends.  I stamped the leaves in Lost Lagoon ink and colored them in with a Lost Lagoon Blends.  By the way, the leaves are all one stamp and the coordinating die cuts them out all together.   The sentiment is from the Seasonal Branches stamp set too.  It says Happy Birthday Wishes but I could not fit the whole stamp on my card so I covered the “wishes” with removable tape, inked it with Pecan Pie ink, took off the tape and then stamped it on the card.  It is called masking and works really well.  Lastly, I added some Adhesive Backed Solid Gems.


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Gone Fishing

Stampin Up Gone Fishing

Every stamper needs a masculine set.  I know most men are not into cards but some are.  My husband, Rob is one of those.  He likes almost every card I make and if he doesn’t, he tells me he likes it anyway.  He is good like that.

Stampin’ Up!®  offers some very nice masculine stamp bundles.  Since we live on Lake Ontario in the summertime, I know a lot of fisherman so I knew I had to get the Let’s Go Fishing Suite.  The suite includes the stamp set and dies called Gone Fishing, Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper and the Twisted Rope 3D Embossing Folder.  The stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  It die set cuts out all the stamps plus it has a large stamp that cuts out a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″  rounded corner rectangle and another die that cuts out the frame with the boxes on my card.  Plus, some of the dies cut out some of the images in the Designer Series Paper.  Such fun!

To make this card, I first cut out a piece of the Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper using the large rounded corner rectangle die.  This particular design looks like water (to me).  Next, I cut out the frame in Misty Moonlight card stock.  I stamped each of the images in Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow and Copper Clay ink and then cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I did add a little Copper Clay ink to the fish tail and fins with a Stampin’ Write Marker.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Celebrate With Tags.

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Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up!®  is the encouragement we all get to share designs with everyone.  Stampin’ Up!®, other Demonstrators and customers share their creations with each other and it is ok to use those designs on cards that you make.   It is called CASEing (Copy & Share Everything).  If you do CASE someone else’s design, the polite thing to do is give that person credit.  I CASEd this card from another demo, Connie Stewart.  I did change my design up a bit but it was based on a card she made.

The card I made is a fun fold.  This is what it looks like when you lift up the top piece.

Stampin Up Cheerful Daisies Fun Fold

Then you can open the middle piece which looks like this:

I have been trying to make cards to show you the new colors Stampin’ Up!®  offers.  So far, I have used Moody Mauve, Copper Clay, Pebbled Path, Boho Blue, Lost Lagoon and Pretty Peacock.  I used Lemon Lolly and Pecan Pie for this card.

First, I took a 4.24″ x 11″ piece of Lemon Lolly card stock and folded it in half.  Then I cut out the center front using the Scalloped Contour dies which made the window.  Then I cut Basic White card stock with a larger die from the same set and then cut that piece again using a smaller die to make the frame around the window.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink and cut it out using a 1 1/4″ circle punch (retired) and layered it on a piece of Old Olive card stock that I had punched out using a 1 3/8″ scalloped punch (retired).  I adhered that to the corner of the window using Multipurpose Glue.  You have to be careful to only put the glue in one corner.

Next I cut a 4″ x 10.5″ piece of Old Olive card stock and folded it in half.  I adhered that to the inside of the Lemon Lolly card.  I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the daisies from the Cheerful Daisies stamp set in Lemon Lolly ink, the leaves in Old Olive and the flower centers in Pecan Pie.  I used a splatter stamp from Artistically Inked to add some Boho Blue splatters.

The last thing I did was stamp a daisy and center on the inside of the card.  It was a very simple card to make.  Thanks Connie for sharing your ideas.

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