Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

I have to say that of all the stamps that are in the June – December Mini Catalog, Soft Seedlings is my favorite.  I love leaf stamps and I really like DisINKtive stamps.  If you don’t know DisINKtive stamps, each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp, bringing depth to the image.  If you look at the leaves above you can see where the middle section is lighter than the edges.  That was done by the stamp and not because I didn’t ink it enough.  The sad part is this stamp set will be retiring when the mini catalog ends on January 4th so if you like it, you should purchase it before it is gone for good.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Blackberry Bliss ink.  Blackberry Bliss is not one of the colors I usually use.  I am not sure why because it is a gorgeous color.  Unfortunately, there is not a coordinating die with this stamp set so I had to fussy cut it out.  It wasn’t hard to do since most of the lines are pretty straight.  Just don’t look too closely.  Next, I used the Dots & Spots background die to cut out a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered everything on top of a Blackberry Bliss card base.  I added some Gold Swirls, which are not available anymore since they sold out.  Sorry, I had made this card before they were gone.

The sentiment is a hot foil die from PinkFresh.  I adhered it to my card using Dimensionals.

There is only one month left to purchase things from the June – July Mini Catalog.  Most of the products in this catalog are retiring so don’t miss out on your favorites.  If you would like to see the retiring list click HERE.

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Amazing Silhouettes

Stampin Up Amazing Silhouettes

As you know I am on a quest to use products that I have not stamped with in a while.   Amazing Silhouettes is one of those stamp sets from the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that has not seen ink in a while.  Plus, I found a fun technique online from Jennifer McGuire that would be perfect to do with this set.

The images for this particular stamp look like this after inking them up:

As you see the ink is placed around the image and leaves the image itself the color of your card stock.  I wanted to have the image be colorful and it was easy to do.  The technique is called Emboss Resist.

First, I stamped the image using Versamark Ink on Basic White card stock.  Then, I used Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  Again, due to the way the stamp is, the tree itself did not have any embossing on it.  I took some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers in Orchid Oasis, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow and colored in the tree.  The clear embossing powder doesn’t absorb ink so those areas stayed white and the areas without the embossing powder took the color. Isn’t that fun?!  After I added the ink, I fussy cut out the tree image (don’t look too closely as I am not very good at cutting things out by hand).

Next, I cut out 1″ x 5.5″ pieces of Orchid Oasis, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow card stock and adhered them to a Basic White card base.  I ran that through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Stitched Greenery Die.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Charming Sentiments and cut it out using the coordinating Sentiment Silhouettes die set.   You can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.  I layered the sentiment on the card using Dimensionals.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

The Fitting Florets Suite of products will be in the 2023 January – June Mini Catalog.  Occasionally, Stampin’ Up!® will release a product early.  It is perfect for people like me who always look for new and shiny things.  I start to look at all my current products and realize I am ready for something new.  They released this suite on November 1st for Demonstrators and December 1st for customers.  The only thing is, the early release included Fitted Florets Designer Series Paper and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls.  These two products are only available until supplies last or December 31st (whichever comes first) and the Gold Swirls are already gone.  The DSP is gorgeous so if you like it, you need to order it before it runs out.  The dies and the stamp set will be in the new catalog only.

I made this card using the products in the Fitting Florets bundle.  I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Designer Series Paper.  I layered it onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Balmy Blue card stock and a Night of Navy card base.

Next, I used one of the oval dies from the Framed Florets die set two.  I cut one is Polished Pink card stock and one in Balmy Blue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Night of Navy ink on the inside oval of the Balmy Blue and framed it using the outside oval of Polished Pink.  I love how this one die cuts out the two pieces at once.  Next, I stamped the flower in Polished Pink ink onto a piece of Polished Pink card stock and the leaves in Granny Apple Green card stock and ink.  I cut all of these out using the coordinating dies.  I layered them on the card using Dimensionals.

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Another Mystery Parts

We participated in another Mystery Parts.  This is where one of us sends some Stampin’ Up!® products to the others and we make cards out of them.  The only rules are all the parts have to be Stampin’ Up!® products (retired or current) and we have to use all the products sent to us.  We can add some of our own products if we wish.

These are the parts that Karin sent us this month:

Stampin Up Mystery Parts

I am not sure of the names of these products since they are all retired but they included a Very Vanilla card base, a piece of Rings Of Nature Designer Series Paper (that has leaves and acorns on the other side), a piece of Pretty Peacock card stock (I think that is the name) and a string of pink Baker’s Twine.

Here are the cards the other ladies made with these parts:

This is Karin’s card:

This is Laura’s card:

This is Char’s card:

This is Kim’s card:

Aren’t they all just beautiful!!??

Here is the card I made:

Stampin Up Cottage Wreaths

First of all, it is funny that we all used the leaf/acorn side of the Designer Series Paper.  I remember this paper (although not the name of it) and I loved it when it was current.

I decided to use it with the Cottage Wreaths bundle that is in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  This bundle includes the stamp set as well as the Country Wreaths dies.  The stamp set is a DisINKtie stamp set which means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  You can especially see how this works if you look at the acorn.  The top of the acorn is darker than the bottom even though I only used one ink on it.

I stamped the wreath in Pretty Peacock ink (which is retired but still a favorite of mine) and cut it out using the coordinating die.  Then I stamped the berries in Sweet Sorbet ink and the acorns in Soft Suede.  I adhered the acorns and the berries to the wreath using Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped the sentiment in the middle using Sweet Sorbet ink.  Lastly, I decided to change the color of the Baker’s Twine by coloring it with a Sweet Sorbet Stampin Blends.  That is one of the reasons I love Blends.  You can color ribbon and embellishments using them.

Our next Mystery Parts challenge will be in December.  I am looking forward to it.  I love how each card comes out so differently even though we are using the same products.

Mountain Air

Stampin Up Mountain Air

A couple of times a year, when one of the Stampin’ Up!® mini catalogs is retiring soon, I begin to look through my stamp sets from the annual catalog to see what I have not used in a long time.  When someone waves something shiny and bright (like a new catalog) in front of me, I get all excited and tend to forget about what was already available prior to the new release.  So, I went through my stamp sets and pulled out a bunch I have not used in a long time and created with them.  You will see a few of them in the coming weeks.

One of the stamp sets I have not used very often or in a long time is called Mountain Air.  This stamp set also has coordinating dies called Majestic Mountain (although I did not use them with this card) so I decided to take it out and make a card.  The first thing I did was stamp the mountains in Soft Suede and again in Sahara Sand ink.  Next, I stamped the trees using Evening Evergreen ink.  I used the stamp set called Oceanfront (another stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog) to stamp the water in Pacific Point ink.

Then, I stamped the mountains again onto a piece of Masking Paper and fussy cut the top of the mountains out.  As I am typing this, I am not sure why I didn’t use the coordinating die which would have been easier (duh!).  I laid the stamped masking paper on top of the Sahara Sand mountains on my card front and then stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight ink.  That way it looked like the sun are beginning to either rise or set behind the mountains.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from Artistically Inked for the sentiment with Pacific Point ink and cut it out.

Take a look at some stamp sets you haven’t used in a while (retired or current) and use them.  There was a reason you bought them!

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Spruced Up

Stampin Up Spruced Up

Last week we received a copy of the July – December Mini Catalog retired and carryover lists.  You can click on the links below to see the products that are retiring or being carried over.  The retirement list is quite long and one of the stamp and die bundles that is retiring is called Spruced Up.  The stamp set is a Christmas set and includes a couple of Christmas trees, a couple of Christmas ornaments, some nice sentiments and a few other stamps (such as a snowflake, candy cane, present, etc.  The coordinating dies are a little different because, not only do they cut out the trees, but they also cut out an outline of the trees.  I love it when the dies do different and unusual things.

To make this card, I first stamped the tree in Shaded Spruce ink and cut it out using the die set.  Then I stamped the snowflakes in Orchid Oasis ink and cut them out.  Then I cut out the stars directly from Daffodil Delight card stock.

Next, I cut out the frames using the die set called Fabulous Frames in Orchid Oasis card stock.  This die set is in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog and cuts out three different frame shapes as well as some other things.  I ran a piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Wintry 3D embossing folder.  I love how it embosses some snowflakes, as well as some swirls and dots.  It is very pretty in person.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the set called Charming Sentiments and cut it out using the Sentiment Silhouettes dies.

Remember, once retiring items sell out they are gone for good so if you want something from the July – December Mini Catalog, you should order it before it is too late.  Some of the items are on sale too!

If you would like to see what is retiring and what is being carried over, click on the links below:

July – December Mini Catalog Carryover List

July – December Mini Catalog Retiring List

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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

On Wednesday I told you how it was going to get cold here in Nashville.  Well, unfortunately, the weather people were right.  It is downright chilly here with daytime temperatures in the 40s and night in the 20s!!  Of course, it is not as bad and it could get in Northern New York so I am not really complaining.  The weather finally did put me in a Fall mood, which is a good thing.  Thanksgiving is only a week away and somehow it just wouldn’t be right to have it in the 70s.

I wanted to make a card using Fall colors but I did not have any Designer Series Paper with those colors on hand so I decided I would make my own.   I used the stamp set called Soft Seedlings to make this card.  As a side note, I did mention last summer that the seedlings (also known as helicopters) fell in the spring and not the fall.  Therefore, when they fell they were bright green.  Then they would sit for a few days and would turn light brown.  This is when the 800,000 chipmunks in Northern New York would come out and attack our deck shoving as many of the seeds into their cheeks as they could.  I didn’t mind that they did this.  I just wish they would have cleaned up after themselves and taken the outside of the seed with them.

Anyway, I stamped the Soft Seedlings stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight ink randomly on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the card stock into a smaller size.  I layered that onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I also cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die.

Lastly, I added a sentiment from the PinkFresh stamp set.

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

Last week I was thinking to myself how happy I was to be enjoying this beautiful 75 degree weather in Nashville.  It was sunny and warm.  I was wearing shorts and sitting outside just enjoying the sunshine and warmth.  Then BOOM!  The next day it was in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night!  Can we rewind?  I guess the good thing is now that it is cold I won’t worry about spending time in my stamp room instead of being outside.

I made this card using the stamp set called Forever Fern.  This set has been around for a couple of years which makes me happy.  I think it is very pretty.  There is a set of coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing.  Unfortunately, you can not get the bundle discount since they have been around for a while but even without the discount, they are still worth it.  By the way, this is a reminder because the special bundle pricing that Stampin’ Up!® offers is only good for the first time products are in a catalog.  If they are carried over, the bundle discount goes away.

To make this card I first stamped all the leaves and berries in Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam ink.  If you look closely you will notice there are different shades of color in each of the images.  That is because this stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  Each stamp has different opacities so you have darker and lighter areas with just one stamp.  After stamping them I cut them out using the dies.

Next, I used a Water Painter to add some color to a piece of Basic White card stock using Soft Seafoam ink. All you need to do is put some ink from a refill bottle onto the inside of the lid of a stamp pad, squeeze the Water Painter to add water to the ink and brush onto a piece of cardstock.   After that dried, I adhered the leaves and berries.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink.  This set is part of a pre-release that Stampin’ Up!® offered.  It will be available in the January – April 2023 Mini Catalog.  I cut it out using the Stylish Shapes Dies and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Classic Matte Dots.

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2022 Seasonal Sale

Create more by spending less during the Seasonal Sale!  November 15th – 18th 2022, select products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be on sale with the following discounts:

  • 10% off all punches
  • 15% off all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)
  • 20% off all dies
  • 20% off all embossing folders
  • 20% off all non-specialty Designer Series Paper

With the season of giving upon us, this is an excellent opportunity to buy gifts for your fellow crafting enthusiasts or stock up on supplies for all your upcoming handmade projects. Remember, this sale is for four days only! Don’t miss out!

See the list HERE


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Spruced Up


Stampin Up Spruced Up

We just returned from traveling to Northern New York to spend a few days with my eldest son, David and his family to celebrate Madison’s first birthday.  Madison is our 6th grandchild!  I know I say this all the time, but time sure flies.  It just doesn’t seem like a year since she was born.  Her birthday is actually today but David works every other weekend so we wanted to go when he was available to spend some time with us too.  The weather was amazingly warm.  We were expecting it to be in the 40s but it was actually in the ’70s all weekend.  It was nice to be able to spend some time outside.  I’ll post some photos below.

I decided it was time to start making some Christmas cards because the way time is flying, it will be here soon!  I used a bundle in the July – December Mini Catalog called Spruced Up.  Yes, both the stamp set and the dies have the same name making it so much easier to remember.  I wanted to use non-traditional colors so I used some of the 2021-2023 InColors (Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party).

To make this card I first stamped the trees in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  The fun thing about these dies is they cut out the trees but they also cut out a border outlining the trees.  I stamped the presents in Tahitian Tide ink and cut them out too.  I used the Stitched Rectangles dies in Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and 2021-2023 InColor Glimmer Paper.  This glimmer paper comes in all five InColors and the colors graduate from lighter to darker.  It is very pretty in person.  I layered everything on a Sweet Sorbet card stock.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sorbet ink

Here are some photos of Madison and Oliva from this past weekend.

Happy birthday, sweet Madison.

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