Splendid Thoughts Class 4

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

These are the cards I made at the last Stampin’ Up!® class that was held for Demonstrators using the Splendid Day bundle.  I am actually going to miss these classes.  They were fun, yet easy and showed us a few techniques.  This time we did some masking and ink blending.

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

The card above is the one that Shannon (a Stampin’ Up!® employee) made.  I CASED (Copy And Share Everything) it almost as she made it but had to change it up a little (of course).  Shannon just used a Basic White card base whereas I decided to use a layer on top of a Basic White card base for my card.  I also place the sentiment in a different place and added some embellishments that she did not.

To make this card you first need some Masking Paper.  Masking paper is paper that is sticky on one side and smooth on the other.  You cut a piece and place the sticky side down to cover an area that you do not want to get inky.  In this case, I covered the bottom section of a piece of 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I added another piece about 1.5″ above that so I had just a strip showing.  Then, I used a Blending Brush to add Mango Melody ink to the left side of the strip going a little more than halfway to the other side.  Then I added Pumpkin Pie ink to the other side.

Next, I moved the masking paper to cover up what I just inked and another piece about an1.5″ above that.  I added Pumpkin Pie ink to the left and Cajun Craze to the right.  I stamped the leaf from the Splendid Thoughts stamp pad in two places using Cajun Craze ink, then the bee and the sentiment.  Lastly, I added some 2021-2023 InColor Opal Rounds.

I made another card using the same technique using Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Orchid Oasis ink.  I stamped the images in Memento Black in and added some Matte Black Dots.

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

Shannon’s co-worker made a card just like this using different greens.  That one was pretty too!

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Happiness Abounds

Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

Last weekend my sister and her husband came to Nashville for a visit.  Emily had been to Nashville once to help me when I had my Achilles tendon surgery last spring but we didn’t get to do much since I wasn’t walking at the time and Peter had never been here before.  We had a great time going to Broadway in downtown Nashville one afternoon.  We went inside a lot of the honky tonks and listened to some great music.  Then on another night we went to an Italian restaurant and then to a show at the Listening Room.  If you have never been to the Listening Room you should go.  It is where singer/songwriters get to play the music they wrote for famous people.  It was a lot of fun and we got to hear some more music by the people who wrote it.  I am not sure why they are not famous because the songs were great and they all sang really well.

Hues Of Happiness is a beautiful suite of products that are in the Stampin’ Up!®  2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, coordinating Blossoming Happiness dies, Glossy Dots and Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper.  One of my favorite (among many!) things I love about this suite is that some of the dies cut out some of the images in the Designer Series Paper.  I think that is a fantastic idea and I use them a lot.

This card was very easy to make, although it doesn’t look like it.  I first cut out the flower and the leaves from the DSP using the appropriate dies.  Then I cut out the squares (two squares that are 2.5″ and two that are 2 5/8″) in Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo card stock and layered them on top of each other.  Then I adhered the flower and leaves on the diagonal of one.  I layered both of them on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper, a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Melon Mambo and a Blushing Bride card base.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo ink on a piece of Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo card stock.   The entire card took no time at all, yet I think it is beautiful.

 

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Splendid Thoughts Class Card

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

This is the third card that we made during a Stampin’ Up!® class meeting.  I posted the first two HERE.  The classes are all online and are for Demonstrators only.  Stampin’ Up! gives us a list of the products and card stock measurements ahead of time and then we can make the cards together on a Zoom call or watch the video at a later time.  All of the cards we made used the Splendid Day Suite which is in the Stampin’ Up!® Up! 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.

To make this card I first stamped the background using the Rays Of Light stamp.  I used Soft Succulent ink on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Soft Succulent card stock.  Then I randomly re-inked the stamp with some Versamark ink, sprinkled some Heat & Stick Powder over it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it because the Heat & Stick Powder will lose its stickiness if you do.  Then I pressed some Gilded Leafing on it.  You can see it stuck only where the Heat & Stick Powder was.  I adhered this to a Soft Succulent card base.  By the way, the Glided Leafing tends to fly all over the place so I put mine in a box and then press the cardstock over the leafing and brush off the excess with a sponge or brush.

Next, I stamped a piece of Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent card stock using Evening Evergreen ink using three stamps from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts and cut them out using the coordinating dies from Splendid Stems.  You can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.  I cut out another leaf in Evening Evergreen card stock.  Although the class did not use Gold Foil, I decided to cut out a couple of pieces for my card.  I know.  I always have to change or add to a design.  It was also supposed to be a Christmas card but I made it a birthday card instead.  I layered all of these on top of the piece of card stock where I used the Rays Of Light stamp.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark heat, sprinkled some Gold embossing powder over it and heat set it with my Heat tool on a piece of Real Red card stock.  Then I cut it out with another die from the Splendid Stems set.

I will post the fourth card in a few days.

 

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Framed Florets

Add just the right touch of elegance to any occasion, including Christmas and seasonal celebrations, with the sweet Fitting Florets Collection. From color schemes to sentiments and embellishments to dies, these unique products blend together so that your cards and crafts fit whatever occasion you might need. Send birthday wishes, express your gratitude, or spread Christmas cheer—with so many options to mix and match you’ll be set no matter the celebration all year!  This collection will be available to customers beginning tomorrow, November 1st.  The collection includes two stamp sets, coordinating dies, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.  The Framed Florets stamp set and dies will be available in the  2023 January – June Mini Catalog but the Framed & Festive stamp set, the Designer Series Paper and the embellishments will only be as supplies last.

A couple of the things I love about his collection is the dies include three different oval shapes and one of the dies cuts out some of the flowers in the Designer Series Paper.  The Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with beautiful colors.  You can see a card I made using these products HERE.

Here is a video showing you the different products.

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Joyful Flurry

Stampin Up Joyful Flurry

It is hard to think about and make Christmas cards when it is 75 degrees outside.  I am not complaining.  I love the warm weather.  It is one of the reasons (besides grandchildren) that we moved to Tennessee.  The only thing is, it is the end of October.  That means I have one month (or so) to make all my Christmas cards and send them out.  I probably should close the blinds and pretend it is freezing cold and miserable outside.

I made this card using the Stampin’ Up!®  bundle called Joyful Flurry.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Frosted Flurry die set.   It is a pretty stamp set that includes a variety of snowflakes and some lovely Christmasy sentiments.  The dies cut out the snowflakes, plus they make more snowflakes and they have two stitched dies to cut out the sentiments.

To make this card I first stamped a few different snowflakes and the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set them with my Heat Tool.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used Starry Sky and Balmy Blue card stock,   Next, I took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder.  I had to do this twice since the folder is only 3.25″ wide.  I layered everything on top of a Basis White card base using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Elegant Faceted Gems to the center of the larger snowflakes.

Remember, there is not much time left for you to make your Christmas cards so you need to get thinking about it.

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Splendid Thoughts

Recently Stampin’ Up!® held some online classes for Demonstrators every Wednesday during the month of October using the Splendid Days Suite from the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts, Coordinating dies called Splendid Stems, Open Leaf Trinkets, Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon and Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I was not able to attend the classes live (mainly because I just plain forgot) but I was able to watch them at a later date.  Actually, the fourth class has not aired at the time of this writing, so maybe I might make that one!

This is the first card we made.  Keep in mind this was Shannon West’s card design.  I just stamped along with her.

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To make this card, I first made a whitewash background using Water Painters and White Craft Ink.  You just put a few drops of the ink onto the inside top of the White Craft ink pad, add some water and brush it onto a Crumb Cake card base.  I have to admit, I either used too much water or my ink is very old because it kept soaking into the card stock.  I finally waited until it dried and then added ink using a sponge.  That worked a lot better for me.

Next, I stamped the leaf and the sentiment from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts with White Craft Ink onto a piece of Blushing Bride card stock, sprinkled some white embossing powder over it and heat set it.  Then I took the edge of a die from Stylish Shapes Die Set to cut out the border on one side.  I cut out one leaf in Early Espresso card stock and another leaf using the Splendid Day DSP.  I glued the together and then tied a bow around the stems using Linen Thread.  Lastly, I added some Classic Matte Dots (which Shannon did not use).

Here is the second card we made.  The only thing I changed about Shannon’s card was I used different colors.

Stampin Up Splendid Thoughts

To make this card, I first stamped the leaf background in Versamark Ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I rubbed the Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Soft Pastels over it.  Shannon used Night Of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape on her card.  I wanted to use lighter colors.  Keep in mind that when you first use the Soft Pastels you need to rub them on a piece of scrap paper to get the outer coating off.  After I scribbled over the Versamark leaves, I rubbed the excess chalk off using a microfiber cloth.  Then I layered this on top of a piece of Basic Black card stock.  I cut the three leaves from the Splendid Stems die set in Basic White card stock and layered them on top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled white embossing powder over it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I cut it out using the Stylish Shapes Dies.  Then, I adhered it on top of the leaves using Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some black Classic Matte Dots.

I love how Stampin’ Up!® shows us new techniques to try like whitewashing or rubbing Soft Pastels over Versamark ink.  I finished the third class which used Heat & Stick Powder with Gold Leafing which I will show you at a later date.


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Framed Florets

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I am really loving this new collection that Stampin’ Up!® is releasing on November 1st to customers.  As a Demonstrator, we were able to order it early.  It is one of the many perks we get as Demonstrators that I love (that and the great discount we get).  The collection includes a stamp set called Framed Florets, another stamp set called Framed & Festive, coordinating Framed Festive dies (yes, Stampin’ Up!® actually named the dies the same as the stamp set making things much easier!), Fitting Florest Designer Series Paper and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls.

I decided to use this new collection for a wedding card I needed to make.  It is perfect for that.  There are three oval dies included in the dies set.  One cuts out a fancy oval, one cuts out an oval frame and one cuts out the little heart oval on my card.  I used this die on a piece of Basic White card stock and then backed it with a slightly smaller piece of Highland Heather card stock.  Next, I cut out the oval frame in Basic White.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts using Memento Black ink in the center.

After that, I stamped the flower bouquet in Memento Black ink and colored it using Highland Heather, Old Olive and Balmy Blue Blends.  I adhered it to my card using Mini Dimensionals.  I layered everything together on top of a Basic White card base.  Lastly, I added some Opals Rounds.

I think this makes a beautiful wedding card.

I can’t share the links of the Framed Floret Collection until Stampin’ Up!® releases it on November 1st but I did put the links to the other products I used.

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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.

Here are the Mystery Parts that Laura sent us this month:

Stampin Up Mystery Parts

I am not sure of the names of all the parts but they included a Cherry Cobbler card base, a piece of Basic White card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper (that I can’t find the name of) and a piece of thread.

This is Laura’s card.  She made it into a beautiful Christmas card.

This is Kim’s card.  She used the Plentiful Plants bundle and added some more Designer Series Paper and a cute little button.

Here is Karin’s card.  I love the cute kitchen set she used and all the splatters.

Here is Char’s card.  Char used the other side of the Designer Series Paper!  I love those Split Textures Dies!

This is the card I made.  I also made it into a Christmas card.  To make it I first layered the piece of Designer Series Paper that Laura sent onto the Cherry Cobbler card base.  Then I used the soon-to-be-released stamp set called Framed & Festive for the sentiment and the Framed Florets Die set for the oval.  These are part of the new bundle Stampin’ Up!® will be released to customers on November 1st.  I stamped the trees from the stamp set called Spruced Up in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies also called Spruced Up.  I stamped the present in Cherry Cobbler ink and wrapped the piece of thread that Laura sent us around it.  I adhered these to the card using Dimensionals.

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I love how each card comes out so differently when we do our Monthly Mystery Parts challenges.  Look for another one in November.

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

I have to confess.  I hate coffee.  I hate the smell of coffee.  I have never had a cup of coffee in my life.  I know.  Most people think I am crazy (right Buffy?).  I think it is because neither of my parents ever drank coffee so I did not grow up with it.  I have two sisters who don’t drink it either.  Years ago, when I worked as the finance officer in a golf club, I offered to make coffee for the servers because it was so busy.  It didn’t seem too hard to do since the coffee was premeasured so all you needed to do was open the pack, pour it in the coffee filter and turn on the machine. I did all that and then went back to my office.  Later that day, the servers told me I was never allowed to make coffee again.  Apparently, you also need to put the glass pot underneath.  Oops.  All the coffee when all over the floor.  They were not too happy with me that day!  As a side note, I am a one-cup-a-day hot tea drinker.  It is just enough caffeine to get me through the day.

I love the Cup Of Tea bundle that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This bundle, which you can save 10% if you purchase using the bundle item number, includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea and a die set called Teacup.  I knew I would order it the day I first saw it.

To make this card I first adhered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper onto a Petal Pink card base.  You can purchase this amazing pack of paper with a $150 order.  It includes 48 sheets of DSP in the pack!  Then I cut out a piece of Petal Pink card stock using the Scalloped Contours die set.  I cut three cups out of Basic White card stock and three of the design for the cups in Fresh Freesia card stock.  I stamped the lemons in Daffodil Delight and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Sending Smiles and was cut out using the Sending Dies.


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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

This is a sneak peek of a new collection that will be available for customers to order on November 1st.  It is called Framed Florets and includes two stamp sets called Framed Florets & Framed & Festive, Framed Florets dies, Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper and Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls embellishments.  The Framed Florets stamp set and coordinating dies will be in the 2023 January – June Mini Catalog but the Framed & Festive stamp set, Designer Series Paper and embellishments are only while supplies last.

To make this card I first adhered a 3.75″ x 5.25″ piece of the Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper to a Blushing Bride card base.  Next, I used one of the oval dies (there are three in the set!) to cut the frame in Blushing Bride card stock and the center in Basic White and glued them to the center of the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink.  One of the things I love about this collection is one of the dies cuts out some of the flowers in the Designer Series Paper which I used on this card.

Overall, this was a very quick and easy card to make.  The hardest part was picking out which sheet of DSP I wanted to use.  Each sheet is just gorgeous!

Here is a video where you can see the products.