Daisy Garden

Stampin Up Daisy Garden

I love Christmas decorations but I always feel that once Christmas is over, I want them all taken down.  Rob always tries to talk me into keeping them until New Year’s Day.  No way.  When I have my way (which is not always) they come down December 26th.  The thing is though, once they are down the house looks so bare, boring and dull.   It is always such a dilemma!

My Stampin’ Up!® goal this year is to use as many of the current products that are possible.  I have so many stamps I haven’t used in a while, along with ribbons, embellishments and Designer Series Paper.  One of the things I have not used in months (probably even years!) are the Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils.  Stampin’ Up!® actually has two assortments of these pencils that include 23 different colors.  You can use them alone or with Blender Pens or Water Painters.

To make this card I first used the large background stamp called Daisy Garden.  The best way to stamp a large stamp (in my opinion) is to use a Stamparatus.  That way if you don’t get ink over the whole stamp you can just ink it up and stamp it again.  I used Starry Sky ink on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock.  Then I used the Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and leaves in. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the color.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish using Starry Sky ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  I cut off one end of the die and adhered it to the card.

Don’t forget that you can earn free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  There is not limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

Stampin’ Up!® is a great company that really listens to their customers and demonstrators.  One of the things we have been asking for is the that the name of the stamp sets with coordinating dies both have the same name.  It is hard enough to remember one name in a bundle but two was even harder.  I am so happy that beginning with the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog, they listened so that stamp sets and dies both use the same name!  It’s the little things!

Framed Florets is a bundle that is in the new Mini Catalog.  Stampin’ Up!® did a pre-release with this bundle that included the stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper and some embellishments.  Unfortunately, the DSP and embellishments were ‘as supplies last” so they are no longer available but the stamps and dies are.  You may see me still use the retired DSP in the future because it was so pretty but you can always replace it with another DSP.

To make this card I first took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and used on the the Framed Florets dies to cut the oval hearts out of the center.  This paper is in the 2023 Sale-a-bration Catalog and is just gorgeous.  You can get this paper for FREE with a qualifying order!  I have used it a few times in the past and I think it is one of my all time favorites.  After I cut out the oval hearts I layered it onto a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut a piece of Basic White card stock using one of the other dies in the Framed Florets set.  This die cut out the oval frame as well as the inside oval.  I layered that onto the card.  It fits perfectly between the oval hearts.  Then I stamped the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink onto a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and the leaves using Parakeet Party ink on Parakeet Party card stock and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment onto Fresh Freesia card stock and cut that out using a die from the set called Give It A Whirl.  I layered that on top using Mini Dimensionals.

You can get the Dandy Designs DSP for free if you purchase the Framed Florets bundle (or any other merchandise totaling $50 or more before shipping and tax).  It really is beautiful paper and you will love.  There is not limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

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Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

I love the holidays but I have to say that this year I was wiped out by the time they ended.  We did a lot of traveling to different places, a lot of cooking and preparing, and lot of being with family (which was the best part)!  We went to go visit with my youngest son and when we left his house, we took Emory home with us for five days.  When she was visiting we also had Madelyn and Nolan here so they could all play together.  We went to a trampoline park, shopping, walking, and lots of playing games.  We really had a great time but I was exhausted by the time it was over.  I am definitely out of practice!

Around The Bend is another great product in the January – June Mini Catalog that is now available to purchase.  It is a fun stamp set that has a lot of curves, great sentiments and some added flowers and leaves.  I love the curves.  The dies, which are also called Around The Bend are the stars of this bundle.  The second I saw them, I knew I had to have them.  There are stitched curves and curves with leaves and bubbles.  There is a scalloped curve plus there are some great leaf and flower dies.

To make this card, I first added a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper to a Basic White card base.  This DSP is gorgeous!  It has the most beauitful colors that are soft and go so well together.  Is is one of the products you can get free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration. Then I cut out a 3.75″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock using the die that cuts a curve but also has leaves attached to it.  You can see how it cuts if you look at my card.  The white leaves are part of this die. Next, I cut out all the flowers and leaves in Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue and Pool Party card stock and layered them along the curve.  I stamped sentiment in Coastal Cabana ink and cut it out using a die from the set called Mini Pocket Envelope.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

Remember, it is also Sale-a-bration time so if you order the Around The Bend bundle you can save 10% PLUS you can choose something free from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

I am ready for summer!  Last week the temperatures in Nashville went below zero.  It was the coldest it has been here for 20 years!  The cold temps latest a week and I froze.  I definitely have southern blood now because I was freezing all week.  The nice thing is this past Monday it was 70 degrees!  Rob and I drove the Mustang with the top down.  It was so much fun.  It was quite a swing in temperatures and now I am thinking about summer.  Of course, I know it is only January but a girl can dream, right?

Tomorrow is a big day in the world of Stampin’ Up!®!  The January – April Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration begin!  I always love it when a new catalog starts because I love using new products.  One of the bundles in the new catalog is called Dainty Delight.  The stamp set and the dies both have the same name.  I love that Stampin’ Up!® starting doing that.

To make this card, I first stamped all the leave and stems in Granny Apple Green ink and cut them out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut out all the flowers in Daffodil Delight, Fresh Freesia and Highland Heather card stock.  I embossed a piece of Basic White card stock using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder and layered that onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock and a Fresh Freesia card base.  Then I adhered all the stems and flowers on top.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and cut it out using the Stylish Shapes dies.  I adhered that using Dimensionals.

Don’t forget that you can earn free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  There is no limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at shcommish @ gmail.com.

PS:  I can not post links to the products that I used until the catalog goes live.  Sorry about that!

 

 

Painted Poppies

Stampin Up Painted Poppies

Every now and then I have to go through my current stamp sets to see what I have not used in a while.  Painted Poppies is one of those sets that has not seen a lot of ink lately.  It is a cute set that has fun coordinating dies called Painted Labels.  The dies cut out some of the images in the stamp set but it also has a nice border die, a couple of label dies and a fun circle die.  I decided this was a fun set to get out and use again.

To make this card I first stamped the flower heads and leaves in Mossy Meadow ink and colored them using Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya and Mossy Meadow Blends.  Then I stamped the small background poppies on a piece of Basic White cardstock.  I stamped the stems only from the smaller flower and colored them in with a Blends.  I added some Balmy Blue splatters to the background to make it look like the sky.  Then I adhered all the pieces using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Charming Sentiments in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I adhered that to the card using Dimensionals too.

I wish everyone has a very Happy and Healthy New Year and lots of fun this weekend!  We are going to have some of our grandchildren spending the night to celebrate with us.  Since they are so young, I have them watch last year’s ball drop and we blow horns and make lots of noise and then they go to bed.  They are just too young to stay up until midnight and we are too old to do so!

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Happiness Abounds

Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

My daughter-in-law, Tara is in charge of a program at Vanderbilt that provides comfort supplies to the end of life patients in the hospital.  One of the items they are looking for are nice, homemade bereavement cards to send to the families.  I was wondering if any of you are willing to send as many sympathy cards as you can to help out her program.  If you can only send one, that is fine.  She would appreciate anything you could do.  If you have friends, family, downline, customers, etc that stamp, would you mind asking them too?  If you can send them with an envelope, that would be great but if not, I will donate a bunch of envelopes to help out.
Please send them to:
Tara Horr
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN  37212
Thanks so much for your consideration.
One of my favorite things that Stampin’ Up!® does lately is to make dies that cut out some of the designs in Designer Series Paper.  The Hues Of Happiness Suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, Coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies, Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and Glossy Dots.  Some of the dies in this suite cut out the leaves and flowers in the DSP.  It is a fun way to way to make a card when you don’t have a lot of time.
To make this card, I first cut out the various flowers and leaves using the dies.  Then, I cut out the frame from the Framed Florets die set in Basic White cardstock.  I layered the frame, flowers and leaves on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock that I had first embossed using the Gingham embossing folder and then onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (which have sold out and therefore, are not available).

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Rays Of Light

Stampin Up Rays Of Light

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends.  The days before Christmas can always be a little stressful due to all the things I forgot to do beforehand but Christmas Day is always fun and relaxing.  All the hard work is already done (and if it is not, then it is too late anyway) so I always enjoy the day.

One of the best parts of this Christmas was my gift from Rob.  We have been trying to get out of the house every weekend and go explore a different area of Nashville.  Last weekend Rob wanted to go to Murfreesboro.  It is about a half an hour from us so we hoped in the car and went to explore.  Right before we arrived there, Rob says can you put this address into Google Maps for me?  It was a car dealer.  I asked why and he said he wanted to just browse around.  I just rolled my eyes (because he does this often).  This is what I found when we arrived:

Imagine my surprise!  At first I was thinking no way but then I drove it and I knew I had to have it.  It was so much fun to drive.  That baby can move!  At one point I had to ask the salesperson what the speed limit was.  He said 50.  I was going pretty close to 70 and it only took a couple of seconds.  Oops!  It is a mighty purty car if I do say so myself.  Needless to say we did not do a lot of exploring in Murfreesboro that day but we will go back someday and I will drive!

These cards were quick and easy to make.  I used the Rays Of Light background stamp.  The best way to stamp using a background stamp is with a Stamparatus.  The stamps are so big that sometimes it is hard to stamp it clearly the first time.  No worries if you use the Stamparatus because you can stamp in the exact same spot over and over until you are happy with the image.  It is the best invention ever (other than a mustang).  I stamped it once on Orchid Oasis card stock using Orchid Oasis ink.  Then I stamped it again using Sweet Sorbet ink on Basic White card stock.  I stamped the sentiments in the same ink color from the stamp set called Framed Florets.  I cut them out using the Stylish Shapes dies and then backed them with another die cut using a slightly larger die from this set.

Anyone want to go for a ride?  I promise to behave myself (maybe).

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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

Normally this would be the day that I would post a photo of the Christmas card I sent out to family and friends.  The only problem is I made exactly enough to send out and I forgot to take a photo of it before I did.  Oh well.  I hope those that received it, enjoyed it.

Since I could not post a photo of my Christmas card I decided to give you a sneak peek of some products that will be in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog and the 2023 Sale-a-bration Catalog.  I know it looks like I put a lot of work into this card but actually the whole card took me less than 5 minutes to make it.  The background of this card is Designer Series Paper called Dainty Flowers!  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  The colors are so vibrant and the background looks like it is an embossing folder but it isn’t.  The best part of the Designer Series Paper is you can get it for FREE with a $50 order!  Yes, it is in the Sale-a-bration catalog!  Also it coordinates with a bundle that is in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog called Dainty Delight.

To make this card all I did was cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the DSP and adhere it to a Rich Razzleberry card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Dainty Delight stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink on a 1″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock.  I punched out one end of it using the Banners Pick A Punch.  Next, I colored a piece of White Baker’s Twine using a Dark Rich Razzleberry Blends and tied it around the sentiment.  Then I adhered it using Dimensionals.  So easy!

You can order these products beginning January 5th.  The Sale-a-bration products are only while supplies last.  I think this Designer Series Paper is going to be very popular so don’t wait too long to get it.

I am sorry but I can’t put the shopping links until the catalog has gone live.

I hope each of you has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Framed Florets Fun Fold

Stampin Up Framed Florets

I used to make fun fold cards all the time but haven’t in a while.  I have always liked them because they are unexpected and the unexpected is usually such a fun thing to receive.  This particular fun fold is a super easy one.  Here is what it looks like when you open it:

To make this card I first took a standard piece of Basic White card stock (8.5″ x 5.5″) and folded it in half.  Then I used by Paper Trimmer and cut down 2.75″ along the fold and then 4.25″ across the front of the card base.  This cut off the top half of the front of the card.  Next, I just layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Balmy Blue card stock and a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock on the inside section.

To decorate the front, I added a 4″ x 2.5″ piece of Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper.  This paper is not in any catalog.  It was a special back in November and is only available until January 4th or as supplies last.  I have to say I have used it a lot and it has become one of my favorite paper packs.

Then I cut the Framed Floret Dies to cut out the oval in Balmy Blue card stock.  The die that I used cuts out the outside of the oval as well as the inside.  I kept the inside of it to add a backing the the outside oval.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set on a piece of Basic White card stock.  The stamp set is also called Framed Florets. Stampin’ Up! started naming their dies and the stamp sets the same name so I don’t have to remember two different ones (it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy)!  I cut that out using the same die as the Balmy Blue piece.  By the way, the Framed Florets stamp set and dies are in the January – April Mini Catalog and if you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%.  I adhered the Balmy Blue outside oval, the Balmy Blue inside oval and the Basic White inside oval together.  The I put Multipurpose glue on the bottom half of it and adhered it to the front of the card.

Lastly, I cut out the leaf pattern and I stamped the flower in Night Of Navy ink.  I colored the inside of the flower using a Balmy Blue Blends.

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Plentiful Plants

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

I am not sure if you have noticed this or not, but Stampin’ Up!® offers huge packs of Designer Series Paper in the back of every catalog.  You can get them by using your hostess dollars that you earn for  placing an order of $150 or more.  The packs are 48 pieces of 12″ x 12″.  That is a lot of paper!  So far, every time I order a pack of them, I have been very pleased with the colors and designs.  Wait until the new January – April Mini comes out.  It is my favorite yet!

I made this card using the Designer Series Paper Hostess Pack in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Design A Daydream.  The main colors in this pack are Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink and Pool Party.

The first thing I did when making this card is to take a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ of Basic White card stock and fold it in half.  Then I used the stitched scalloped die from the die set called Scalloped Contours and cut off and 1/2″ of the front of the card.  Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine again using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  I placed a 1/2″ x 5.5″ piece of the Design A Daydream DSP over the edge of the embossing folder marks so you can not see the dent it left.  Then I took a 1″ x 5.5″ piece and adhered it along the edge of the back section of the card.

Next I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Perfect Plant dies.  I stamped the pot in Cajun Craze ink and cut that out too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat which I cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.

Check out these packs of paper.  You can find them on the hostess page which is usually in the back of the catalog.  You are going to love the new mini catalog pack!

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