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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Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

Well, we have been in Nashville for a little over a week and it has been fabulous.  The weather is warm, sunny and in the 80’s.  We have a dishwasher again, water we can drink out of the tap and we have two bathrooms!  Those are luxuries that we just don’t have at the cottage.  Of course, we still love it there and you can not beat the view but sometimes a few niceties are a good thing!

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery that cut out the images and the sentiments.  I first stamped a bunch of the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Daffodil Delight ink and cut them out using the die set.  The die cuts all the flowers out as if they are one piece, so I cut them apart.  Next, I stamped a few of the stems in Parakeet Party ink onto a Basic White card base. and randomly glued the flowers over the stems.  Then, I used the Fabulous Frames die set to cut out the frame and adhere it over the flowers.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink onto a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it out using the Floral Gallery die set.  I love the colors of this card.  They look very bright and happy together.


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Whiskey Business

Stampin Up Whiskey Business

I had to make a birthday for a friend of mine who happens to be a man and loves to drink a high-end whiskey.  Being the brilliant person I am, what better stamp set to use than the Stampin’ Up!® Whiskey Business stamp set?  I am a genius, right?

To make this card I first stamped the whiskey decanter and the glass in Memento Black ink.  Then I used some Stampin Blends in Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight to color the whiskey.  Whiskey Business does not have coordinating dies so I had to fussy cut them out.  You know I am not much of a fussy cutter, but the lines on these stamps are fairly straight so it was not too hard to do.  Next, I ran a Basic White card base through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Bricks and Mortar 3D embossing folder.   I cut a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper using a die from Basic Borders and adhered that to the card.  I thought it looked like a table with an old-fashioned tablecloth.  You know.  Those plastic ones your mother used to use.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto a piece of Soft Suede card stock and cut off the end at an angle.  I adhered the sentiment strip, the whisky decanter and the glass using Dimensionals.

If you need to make a masculine card, Stampin’ Up!® has some great stamp sets you can use.  Whiskey Business is one of my favorites since most of the men in my life love whiskey.  Of course, you could not color it in and say it is Vodka or Rum if that fits better.  My grandmother always had a decanter of water next to her bed that looked just like the one in the stamp set, so that would work too.

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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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Stamp Sale Today Only!

Stampin Up Sale

Starts today only!  Stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are on sale at a 15% discount today only!   This is a deal you do not want to miss out on! The 24-Hour Stamp Sale will only last for one day, so make sure you are ready to shop ‘til you drop! It’s time to expand your collection!

Here is the list of stamp sets that are on sale.

PROMOTION DETAILS

Sales Period: 15 September 2022 12:00am to 11:59 p.m. (MT)

DETAILS:
This stamp sale only happens once a year!
The sale will run for 24 hours.
The 15% discount will apply to select stamps from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog.
Check out the list of stamps that are included in the sale and be ready to act quickly!
Stamp sets are available while supplies last!

ORDERING DEADLINES

Phone: 15 September 2022 at 6:59 p.m. (MT)
Online: 15 September 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)

Stamp Sale Tomorrow Only!

Stampin Up Sale

Find yourself staring at multiple stamp sets and can’t decide which one to get? On September 15, 2022, you can get those sets you’ve been wanting at a 15% discount. This is a deal you do not want to miss out on! The 24-Hour Stamp Sale will only last for one day, so make sure you are ready to shop ‘til you drop! It’s time to expand your collection!

Here is the list of stamp sets that are on sale.

PROMOTION DETAILS

Sales Period: 15 September 2022 12:00am to 11:59 p.m. (MT)

DETAILS:
This stamp sale only happens once a year!
The sale will run for 24 hours.
The 15% discount will apply to select stamps from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog.
Check out the list of stamps that are included in the sale and be ready to act quickly!
Stamp sets are available while supplies last!

ORDERING DEADLINES

Phone: 15 September 2022 at 6:59 p.m. (MT)
Online: 15 September 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)

Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up Split Card Textures

 

We made the long trip back to Nashville on Saturday.  I have to say that 14 hours in a car in one day is a lot of car time!  Thank goodness for music, audiobooks and podcasts to keep our minds on something else besides counting the lines in the road.  I haven’t unpacked my stamping supplies yet but I will be working on it this week.  This is one of the cards I made before I left New York.

I made this card using the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper.  This paper is black and white and just begs to be colored.  I am not a great colorer but Stampin’ Up!® makes it a lot easier to do when you are not good at it.  First of all, they have this gorgeous DSP which is perfect.  Secondly, they give you amazing tools to use such as Blends, Stampin Write Marker and Watercolor Pencils.  To make this card, I first took a piece of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and colored it using my Old Olive, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Tahitian Tide and Highland Heather Blends.  I didn’t try to add shades or anything fancy to my coloring because I felt like the black sections on the flowers and leaves pretty much did that for me.

Next, I cut the image out by hand.  Yes, I fussy cut.  Yes, it took me forever, Yes, I know it is not the best job but it looked good enough to me.  You can tell there are parts where I could not cut because there were no open lines to it but I still think it looks ok.  After this, I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut out the bottom half using the Split Card Textures die set.  I love this die set.  There are two dies included in it.  One cut out the pattern on my card and the other cuts out flowers.  I think it adds a lot of interest to a simple card.  I layered this on top of a Polished Pink card base and then adhered the flower bouquet that I had cut.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  It is a great stamp set that has wonderful sentiments in a very nice font.

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Amazing Thanks

Stampin Up Amazing Thanks

Sometimes you just have to let the paper do the talking.  Stampin’ Up!® has the best Designer Series Paper.  There are so many packs to choose from and all of it is just gorgeous!  Plus, the colors are so beautiful and they all go together so it takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what color goes with what.  Pretty Prints is one of the packs of Designer Series Papers in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  It has these beautiful designs on the front and back of each sheet.  The sheet I chose uses Petal Pink, Calypso Coral and Sweet Sorbet.

To make this card I first cut a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Pretty Prints DSP.  At first, I was just going to adhere it to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Petal Pink card stock but I decided to wrap a piece of white Baker’s Twine around it to give it a little interest.  Then I adhered it to the Petal Pink card stock and a Calypso Coral card base.

Next, I cut a tag out in Petal Pink card stock using the Tailor Made Tags dies.  I cut the sentiment out of Calypso Coral card stock from the Amazing Thanks die set and adhered them to the tag.  I tied a bow out of some more Baker’s Twine and tied it to the tag and then adhered it to the card.  I just realized I did not use a stamp at all.  It was just totally dies.


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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

Emboss Resist is a stamping technique that has been around for a long time but I have not used it in ages.  It is a lot of fun and very easy to do, especially now with our Blending Brushes.  All you need to do this technique is some Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, a Heat Tool and a way to add some color.

To make this card I first stamped the leaf and seedlings in Versamark on Basic White card stock using the Soft Seedling stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 July-December Mini Catalog.  Then I sprinkled some Clear Embossing Powder on top, shook off the excess and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I added some Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink with Blending Brushes. The ink does not change the color of the leaf because I sealed it with the embossing powder.  It looks like I stamped it in white ink.

After adding the color to the card, I cut it out using the Deckled Rectangles dies.  I cut out another using a larger size die in Basic White card stock and adhered both rectangles to a Pumpkin Pie card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments stamp set in Memento Black Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die from Sentiment Silhouettes.  You can purchase the Charming Sentiments stamp set and the Sentiment Silhouettes die set in a bundle and save 10%.

 

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Art Gallery

Stampin Art Gallery

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery but because they have been in the catalog for a while, there is no bundle discount.  Even without a discount, it is still one of my favorite sets.  One of the great things about this stamp set has lots of nice greetings that you could use for any occasion.

This stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  This means that it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I stamped the first flower using Bermuda Bay ink and the second part of the flower using Pool Party.  I stamped the stem in Granny Apple Green ink and cut them both using the coordinating dies.  I cut two rectangles out using the Deckled Rectangle dies.  One was in Bermuda Bay card stock and the other in Basic White and layered them together.  I glued the flower on top.

Next, I took a piece of Pool Party card stock and ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Hive 3D embossing folder.  I am not exactly sure how it happened, but the card stock must have moved inside it because it got double embossed.  I decided I liked the way it looked so I left it.  I wrapped a piece of Baker’s Twine around it and adhered it to a Pool Party card base.  Then I added the other pieces on top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die. I used Dimensionals to add the sentiment strip to the card. Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

 

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