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Bottled Happiness

Stampin Up Bottled Happiness

The internet is an amazing thing.  I don’t know how we ever got along without it.  I know it is also can be a curse but if used correctly it is terrific.  You can look up answers or ideas about anything.  Of course, some things are not true and you need to use your judgment about that but you can also learn about so much more at the tip of your fingers.  One of my favorite things about the internet is getting card ideas.  You can do a search on specific stamp sets and get thousands of ideas.  You can do a search on specific colors or you can do a search on techniques.  Of course, the stamping community is amazing in itself because so many people share their ideas and creations.  The best part is it is ok to copy someone’s specific creations as long as you give them credit for it if you can.  It is called CASEing (Copy and share everything).

Lately, I have seen a lot of cards using water.  They are not new techniques because I have done them before but they are fun.  There are several ways to do this.  You can stamp an image on a piece of watercolor paper and then spray the paper with water or you can do what I did which is to ink a stamp up, spray the stamp and then put it on paper.  It makes the image look softer and a little watery.  That is how I made this card.

The first thing I did was use some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers with the stamp set called Bottle Happiness.  I colored the flower stamp in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya.  Then I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it onto watercolor paper many times.  I did the same thing using the leaf stamp using Parakeet Party ink.  In retrospect, I probably should have sprayed it with even more water than I did but I didn’t want to overdo it.  When it was dry, I cut out a circle in the middle of it using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Then I layered that onto a circle I cut out using the Layering Circles dies in Parakeet Party card stock and a larger circle I had cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies and Pale Papaya card stock.   It was a great way to save some paper because you can not see where I cut the circle out.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Memento Black Ink,  I tied some Pale Papaya ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin Kit).

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Christmas Season

Stampin Up Christmas Season

I know it is only September but Christmas is not that far away.  You need to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  I have yet to design the card I will send this year but one of my favorite holiday stamp sets is called Christmas Season.   This stamp set has many two-step stamps included with it.  A two-step stamp is when two or more stamps are used to make one image.   For example, the pinecones are made using one stamp for the outside of the pinecones and one for the inside.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Seasonal Labels (although I did not use them on this card).  The dies cut out many of the shapes in the stamp set and also include some very nice dies to make labels with.

To make this card, I first stamped the pinecones using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink in the center of a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I stamped the leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and the pine needles in Soft Succulent ink.  Next, I stamped the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Spruced Up.  I stamped the word “Merry” in Cherry Cobbler ink and the word “Christmas” in Evening Evergreen ink onto a .5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock.  I backed both of these onto Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Tiding Of Christmas (retired).

Take this post as a reminder to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  You will need the time to decide what products to use, order them, design them and finally, make them.


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Mystery Parts

Hello everyone.  Now that the crazy summer season is over, we have decided to start our Mystery Parts group again.  This is where one of us sends “parts” to each other to make a card.  These “parts” include card stock, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.  The idea is for each of us to use the “parts” we are sent to make a card and then share the cards with each other.  It is a lot of fun because each card is always so different from the others.  The only rule is you have to use ALL the “parts” you are sent but you can always add more.  To give credit, I got this idea from Diana Gibbs (who is an awesome Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator!

It was my turn to send the “parts” out this time.  This is what I sent:

Mystery Parts

I sent them a Basic White card base, a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Tahitian Tide and Basic White card stock, a piece of Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper and some Matte Black Dots.  Here are the cards that were made:

By Karin

By Kim

By Char

By Laura

Aren’t they all great?1?  I have such talented friends!

Here is the card I made as the basis for sending everyone the products.

Stampin Up Celebrate With Tags

First I layered the Perfectly Penciled piece of Designer Series Paper onto a Basic White card base.  Then I used two of the Scalloped Contours dies to cut the scalloped shapes from the Tahitian Tide and Basic White card stock.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Celebrate With Tags in Memento Black ink. I stamped the balloons in Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide ink and cut them out using the coordinating  Celebration Tags Dies (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle).  Lastly, I added the two Matte Black Dots.

I love how each card came out so differently even though we used the same materials.

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Leaf Fall

Stampin Up Leaf Fall

One of the things we love about leaving the cottage and coming back to Nashville is we get to experience summer for a longer period of time.  Right now in Northern New York it is in the low 60’s (which is still very nice but not quite summery).  Last week in Nashville it was in the high ninties.  Yikes!  It was hot, hot hot.  It was also very humid.  New York rarely gets into the 90’s so we are not used to it.  Thankfullly it cooled off a bit last weekend (which means the 70’s which is perfect!).

Even though the trees are still very green here in Nashville, I wanted to make a Fall card using Fall colors.  I used the embellishment kit called Leaf Label & Amber Gems Combo Pack.  The leaves in this kit are a bit darker than Crumb Cake.  I think they are more like the Kraft Note Cards that Stampin’ Up!® sells.  I took a couple of these leaves and pressed them into my Cajun Craze ink pad to give them some color.  I think there might be some kind of coating on the leaves because the ink did not dry immediately.  I had to use my Heat Tool to dry them.  The Heat Tool is great for drying Pigment inks too.  Pigment inks don’t absorb into card stock like dye inks do.  They sit on top of the paper so you need to give them time to dry.

Next, I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder.  I also ran a 1 1/8″ of Cajun Craz card stock through my Machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  I adhered all these pieces onto a Cajun Craze card base.  Lastly, I added the hot foiled sentiment (Pinkfresh) and some of the Amber Gems.

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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.


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

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!


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