New July – December Mini Catalog & Sale-a-bration

Hello everyone.  It is always an exciting day when a new catalog starts but it is even more exciting when a new catalog starts AND Sale-a-bration begins!

Let’s talk about the new 2022 July – December Mini Catalog first.  It is chock full of new products that you are going to love!  There are eight product suites.  A suite usually includes a stamp set (or sometimes two), coordinating dies, Designer Series Paper and some kind of embellishment.  The best part is Stampin’ Up! offers one item number you can use to order it all.  If you use the suite number it also includes the 10% discount off the stamp set/dies bundle.  Each one is more beautiful than the next.  There are elegant sets as well and whimsical and fun sets.  There is definitely something for everyone.  Also included in this catalog are Fall, Halloween and generic stamps and bundles.

You can click on the catalog cover below to see what is inside.

Sale-a-bration is when Stampin’ Up! offers free products with a qualifying order.  You can choose stamp sets, dies, Designer Series Paper and Cards & Envelopes.  Plus, there is no limit to how many products you can earn for free!  In addition to all of that, it is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up! family as a Demonstrator.  For $99 (plus tax but shipping is free) you can choose $125 worth of current products and get the Making Plans Collection for free.  This collection includes a planner, notebooks and stamp set.

Click on the cover below to see the Sale-a-bration offerings.



Honeybee Home

Stampin Up Honeybee Home

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with bees.  I love bees because they pollinate the flowers and they are good for the environment, etc but I get stung by those critters a few times every summer.  We have a lot of clover in our yard.  They hide in the clover and when I walk in our yard they get into my sandals and sting me on the foot or toes and it hurts a lot but there is something about bees and stamping that makes me want to buy the sets.  They are just so darn cute!

I made this card for my friend, Char’s birthday.  She has a beautiful backyard with a pond and wildflowers so I thought it was fitting.  The stamp set I used is called Honeybee Home.  It has a set of coordinating dies called Honeybee Blooms (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle). The first thing I did was stamp all the flowers in Old Olive ink and color them using my Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.  Next, I cut out the grass and other plants using Old Olive cardstock.  I layered them on a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White cardstock.  Next, I cut out the “mound” using the Basic Border Dies. I like how it adds the stitching along the top.  Then I cut out a 1/2″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the sentiment.  Lastly, I stamped the bees in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

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Pansy Patch

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

Yesterday I got the spend most of the day playing with my two grandchildren that live near our cottage.  Olivia is three and Madison is seven months old.  Whew!  I have to say I am definitely out of practice when it comes to little, little ones.  Olivia is just adorable but definitely has a mind of her own.  She loves coming to the cottage to throw rocks in the water.  We did lots of playing and reading (her favorite book is Yummy Yucky).  Madison is just sweet and happy and loves to look out the windows at the lake.  I did need a nap after they left though.

I decided to mix some old products with some new products on this card.  The first things I did was use the Pansy Dies.  These dies coordinate with the Pansy Patch stamp set (which I did not use on this card).  I cut the flowers out using Basic White card stock and the leaves and stems using Soft Succulent.  I put the flowers together using Multipurpose Glue and then added a little Fresh Freesia ink to the centers using a Blending Brush.

Next I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I added a 1.75″ x 4″ piece of Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper on top and then tied a piece of Soft Succulent 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon around it.  I layered these pieces on top of a Fresh Freesia card base.

After that I added the flowers and leaves to the card.  I curled them up a bit so it would add more dimension to the card.  Then I added an InColor Opal Rounds to the center of the large flower.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Charming Sentiments.  I love this stamp set because it has seventeen different sentiment stamps AND it has coordinating dies (called Sentiment Silhouettes and if you order the stamp set and the dies using the bundle item number, you will save 10%).

Here are some photos from yesterday.  Such a fun day!

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

This is the last set of cards we made at my stamp camp meeting a couple of weeks ago.  I gave each of them a choice of the colors and the stamps they wanted to use.  We used the suite called Tea Boutique.  This suite includes the stamp set called Cup Of Tea, the coordinating Teacup Dies, Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.

So let’s talk about the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes first.  The pack includes twenty card bases that use the new InColors as a background.  As a reminder, the new InColors include Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky and Tahitian Tide.  Each card base has a different design on it.  For example, the Sweet Sorbet card bases have little white flowers.  It also includes twenty coordinating envelopes.  These cards and envelopes are great for making quick and easy cards because half the work is done for you.

To make these cards, I first cut out two pieces of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours Dies and layered each one on one of the Sweet Sorbet card bases.  Next, I cut out a Sweet Sorbet teacup using the Teacup Dies and the leaf part in Tahitian Tide and adhered them together using Multipurpose Glue.  Then I cut out the Sweet Sorbet hearts.  The Teacup Dies has two larger hearts and then one die cuts out three of the smaller hearts so you have the run the dies through your Cut & Emboss machine once instead of multiple times.  I stamped the sentiment from the Cup Of Tea stamp set in Tahitian Tide ink, adhered the tea cup using Dimensionals and the hearts using Multipurpose Glue.

For the other card, I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and then the flowers in Tahitian Tide.  Next, I stamped the sentiment also in Tahitian Tide ink.  I stamped the striped tea cup in Sweet Sorbet, cut it out using the coordinating die and adhered it to the card using Dimensionals.

Both card were very quick and easy to make, yet I think they are both very pretty.

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Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Let's Set Sail

This is the second card we made when my stamping friends came over to the cottage last week.  We used the bundle called Let’s Set Sail.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name and the Sailboat Builder Punch.  The punch cuts out the boat with the mast and both sails.  You can either stamp the boat and sails and then punch them out or you can just punch them from card stock (as we did in this case).  If you use the bundle item number, you can save 10%.

First I ran a Merry Merlot card base through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Gingham Embossing Folder.  It is not hard to do at all but you have to line up the folder carefully by placing it just a little bit over the center crease of the card base so that you don’t get a line on the front of your card.

Next, I took a 2.75″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the “water” stamp twice using Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped it off first so it would be a little lighter on the card stock.   Then, I stamped the boat shadow in Night Of Navy ink.  I punched out the boat in Night Of Navy card stock and the sails in Basic White.  I adhered the boat and the back sail using Multipurpose Glue and the front sail using Dimensionals.  Next, I stamped the birds and the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink. Here is a little hint:  it is hard to see if the birds are right side up just looking at the stamp so I suggest stamping it on scrap paper first.  That way you won’t have crazy, drunk birds on your card.  I layered this on a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and then onto the embossed card base.

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Happiness Abounds

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Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

I was finally able to get the ladies from my old stamp camp over to the cottage for a little food, fun and stamping.  It was so nice to see them again and we had a great time.

This is one of the cards we made that night.  I used the Hues of Happiness Suite that is in the Stampin’ Up! 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, the coordinating dies called Blossoming Happiness, Hues Of Happiness Designer and Glossy Dots Assortment.  You can order everything in the suite using one item number or you can order items separately.  If you use the suite number or the bundle number you will save 10% on the stamps and dies.

One of the reasons I wanted this suite is because of the Designer Series Paper.  It is gorgeous!  One side has flower designs and the other side has some beautiful abstract colors.  Plus the Blossoming Happiness dies coordinate with the DSP too because you can use the dies to cut out some of the leaves and flowers.  In addition to this, the dies have some great extras.  There is one die that cuts out a pattern and there are two dies that cut out straight lines of dots or dashes to make it look like you ripped the paper out of a notebook.  Plus there are five great sentiments included in the stamp set.

This was a very easy card to make.  I first layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Designer Paper on a Basic White card base.  Next, I cut the design out of a 2.25″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  See how the dies cut out some of the leaves and only partially cut out others?  Next, I used the dies in the set to cut out the leaves and a flower.  I adhered them to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto a 1/2″ wide piece of Pool Party card stock.

I love how Stampin’ Up! does all the work and makes it so easy to create a beautiful card.

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Artistically Inked

Stampin Up Artistically Inked

As you know, most of the time I make cards that have bold, bright colors.  My favorite Stampin’ Up! color family is Brights and I use them year-round.  I do like the Regals in the Fall and at Christmas time but I think I use the Subtles the least.  I have been trying to make cards that are different from my usual style by using different colors than my normal or not making them as clean and simple (CAS) as I usually do.  This time I pulled out my Subtles but still ended up making a CAS card so at least I made half my goal.

To make the background on this card I decided to use the stamp set called Artistically Inked.  I used Fresh Freesia, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mint Macaron. I wanted this background to be even softer than just using the Subtles so after I inked the leaves and flowers, I stamped them on a scrap piece of paper first and then on my cardstock.  This allowed them to be lighter in color than just stamping the regular way. I stamped the largest flower in the middle first and then worked my way to each corner adding the other elements.

To finish off the card I used a new stamp set that is in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog called Charming Sentiments.  This stamp set has seventeen different sentiments that cover most occasions.  Plus it has a coordinating die set called Sentiment Silhouettes that cuts out each of the sentiments in the stamp set.  If you purchase them using the bundle item number, you will save 10%.  I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the card using Memento Black Ink.  I adhered this layer to a 4″ 5.25″ of Blushing Bride card stock and a Basic White card base.


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Framed Occasions

Stampin Up Framed Occasions

You have all seen posts where I mention my friend, Buffy.  She was part of the BS & J Stamp Off Challenges but we had been friends for a long time before that.  At first, we were just virtual friends.  That lasted quite a few years.  Although I had never met Buffy in person I still felt like she was one of my closest friends.  Eventually, we met at a Stampin’ Up!® Convention and we bonded even more.  We have now been to a lot of events together and each one is more fun than the next.  The only problem is we have been known to say something to each other and start one of those laughing fits where you just can not stop.  By the time we were finally under control, we couldn’t always remember what was so funny.

In any case, years ago Buffy and I decided that we always had too much ribbon leftover when they retired so we decided to do a “product share” together.  She would buy three rolls of ribbon and I would buy a different three rolls and then we would send each other half. It is a great way to get all different kinds of ribbons and maybe even use up a couple of rolls (that is not true but it is a nice thought!).  This year we expanded our product shares to Designer Series Paper and embellishments because we always had an excess of unused every year.  It is kind of fun because she picks some products that I would not have chosen and I hope I do the same for her.

One of the Designer Series Paper packs Buffy shared is called Pretty Prints.  I am not sure I would have chosen this one on my own but I am so glad she did.  One side of this paper has beautiful flower images and the other has splatters.  I decided I wanted to use this paper on a card and this is what I came up with.

I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Calypso Coral/Petal Pink splatter paper and layered it onto a Petal Pink card base.

Next, I used the stamp set called Framed Occasions.  It is a new set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It coordinates with a set of dies called Beautiful Shapes.  Beautiful Shapes is in the January – June Mini Catalog which is retiring at the end of this month.  The stamp set that was part of a bundle with these dies is retiring but the dies themselves are carried over into the new Annual Catalog.  I first stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink onto a piece of Petal Pink card stock and cut it out using one of the Beautiful Shapes dies.  Then I cut out a larger-sized hexagon to layer it on.  Next, I cut out a bunch of different-sized hexagons.  Some of them I used whole but took a couple of them and cut out the middle so they looked like frames.  I randomly placed them on the card.  There are various other shapes included in the Beautiful Shapes die set including diamonds, circles and some wonky dies meant to cut out sentiments.


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Sending Smiles

Stampin Up Sending Smiles

Sending Smiles is one of my favorite stamp sets in the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog.  One of the things I love is all the wonderful sentiments it has.  These sentiments cover almost any occasion you would need – birthday, hello, thanks, sympathy, good luck and more.  I also love the two “sending dies” it has.  One cuts out the word and the other cuts out the background.  Plus, the flowers included in this set are big and bold which you all know I love.  To top it all off, the die set includes two tags that can be used to cut out all the words.

To make this card I first stamped all the flowers and leaves in Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies.  I cut out the background of the word “Sending” in Gorgeous Grape and the word, itself in Highland Heather card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using one of the dies in this set.  I layered everything on a Gorgeous Grape card base with a strip of Highland Heather set a little off center.  I used Dimensionals for the flower heads.

Don’t forget there are only a couple of weeks left to order products from the January – June Mini Catalog before they retire.  Some sets are being carried over but there is a lot retiring.  There are a lot of great discounts on many of the retiring products (up to 50% off!).  Some of the items are already gone and once that happens are they discontinued for good.  Click HERE to see the list of retiring products.

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