Today Rob and I are traveling to our cottage on Lake Ontario for the summer. Although we love Nashville, it is way too hot for us here. Last week it was 94 degrees! You can’t sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather without wilting so we are headed north to enjoy our beautiful summer sunsets. That is a warning because you know I will post one or twelve sunset photos before the summer is over. Of course, we will freeze when we first get there but it should warm up by July.
I think Sending Smiles is one of my favorite bundles in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It includes the stamp set as well as the coordinating Sending Dies. This bundle goes so well with the gorgeous InColors because the stamps are solid and bold. You know I am a Brights person and the new colors are definitely bright. Plus they go really well with some of the 2021/2023 InColors (like Fresh Freesia). Plus Sending Smiles has some great sentiments. There are eight of them in this stamp set.
To make this card, I first ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine with the Stitched Greenery Die. I love how this die gives so much interest to the background of a card. I adhered that to a Tahitian Tide card base.
After that, I stamped the flowers in Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis ink (with a Tahitian Tide center) and cut them out using the coordinating Sending Dies. Then I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party ink and cut them out. I added them to the card to make a wreath. When I was done I thought it needed a little bit more so I cut out the smaller flowers in Tahitian Tide card stock. Then I added a 2022-2024 InColor Matte Dot in the middle of the little flowers. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink and added it my card using Mini Dimensionals.
I have a ton of birthdays coming up in the next couple of months so you are going to see a bunch of birthday cards. I have six birthdays in February and another five or six in March. The good thing is there are so many great products in all the Stampin’ Up!® catalogs that I can make a ton of cards and each one would be different.
One of my favorite products out right now is the Stitched Greenery die. It is a large background die that cuts out little designs using stitches. I decided to use that as the background of this birthday card. I used it with a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of Misty Moonlight card stock. I layered that on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Just Jade card stock and a Basic White card base. I cut out a piece of Basic White card stock using the Tailor Made Tags Dies which are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. I cut a little piece of 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon in Misty Moonlight and attached it to the top of the tag.
The daffodil was made using the Daffodil Dies. This die set coordinates with the Daffodil Daydream stamp set (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle) which is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. I didn’t use the stamp set on this card. Instead, the sentiment I used comes from the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach. The colors I used for the flower were Bumble Bee, Daffodil Delight (of course!) and Just Jade for the leaves. The dies cut out all the different layers of the flowers to make them look more realistic. I adhered them to the tag using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals. Lastly I colored three Polished Dots using my Misty Moonlight Dark Stampin Blends.
The things that help me make a decision on what I buy for crafting supplies are (1) if it catches my eye immediately, (2) I can come up with at least 5 ways to use it, and (3) I can mix and match it with other products. The Whimsical Trees Bundle had all three of these requirements. It immediately caught my eye as something I did not have before. It can be used for Christmas as well as other occasions. Trees can be used for year round. It has a lot of Christmas images but one of the trees looks like it has lights on it or it could be snow. I love the sentiments in this set because they are different. The bad thing about this bundle is it is going to retire on January 3rd.
I decided to pair the Whimsical Trees bundle with the Stitched Greenery die for this card. I love a little sparkle so I die cut a piece of the Silver Foil Specialty Pack for the background using that die. I love how that die cuts little lines in the card stock but doesn’t cut anything out. I also cut out the stars to go on top of the trees in the Silver Foil.
Then I stamped out the trees in Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies. I layered them on top of a piece of Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper using Seal and Dimensionals. This DSP has silver throughout many of the sheets. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.
I think this is such a sweet Christmas card with a lot of sparkle and shine. What could be better?
Remember that the Whimsical Tree stamp set, the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies and the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper are all retiring on January 3rd. They are available while supplies last.
A few weeks back Buffy, Jackie and I had a Stamp Off Challenge called the Colors Of Fall. I had made three different Fall cards for that challenge. The first two I posted here and here. This is the third card I made for that challenge.
This time I used a set of Stampin’ Up!® dies called Intricate Leaves. These dies coordinate with the stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle). The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment.
To make this card, I first used the background die called Stitched Greenery. I love this die because it makes a beautiful background of stitched leaves. I used it with a piece of Gray Granite card stock. I adhered that to a Cajun Craze card base.
After that, I cut out the leaves using the Intricate Leaves Dies in Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze card stock. I fanned them out and adhered them using Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the sentiment from the Many Messages stamp in Garden Green Ink. This stamp is one big, huge stamp that has nineteen different sentiments on it and a few tiny shapes. It has a coordinating die (yes one die) that cuts out all the sentiments at once. When I first got this stamp set, I stamped a whole bunch of sentiments in different ink colors and cut them all out at once. Now I have a little container full of sentiments for when I need them. I popped that up on my card using a couple of Dimensionals.
Rob and I had our first Halloween in our new house. We didn’t really know what to expect so I bought a bunch of candy and waited. No one was knocking on our door. I looked out the window and there were some children out there with parents but none of them were coming by our house (yes, I did have my lights on). Finally, I looked across the street and the woman who lives there was outside sitting in a chair. Apparently in this neighborhood (or maybe it is because of Covid), if you aren’t outside they won’t come to your door. Rob and I sat outside after that but we only ended up with a few trick or treaters. I think we missed most of them. I had a lot of candy left so I put them in a bucket next to the front door with a note for the delivery people (USPS, UPS, FedEx or Amazon) to help themselves. Most did but some were looking at their little handheld computers and didn’t see the bucket. Next year, we will sit outside!
This is the third card we made at our stamp meeting a couple of weeks ago. Look at the background of this card. I just love it! It is a new die that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog called Stitched Greenery. It doesn’t cut out a shape. It only cuts all those beautiful stitched leaves out of the background of a piece of card stock. I think it is fun and elegant and really adds some interest to the background of your card. Below is a close up.
I decided to pair the Stitched Greenery die with the Pierced Blooms dies. Pierced Blooms is a set of 25 dies that cut out flowers, leaves, a stem, a bow and the label we used on this card. I first cut a piece of Basic White card stock using the Stitched Greenery die. Then I cut out the flowers in Polish Pink, the centers of the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green card stock. I layered all of them on top of the Stitched Greenery Basic White piece of card stock using Multipurpose Glue and then layered that on a Polished Pink card base.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Biggest Wish stamp set in Granny Apple Green Ink and cut it out using the label die from the Pierced Blooms die set. I adhered that using Stampin’ Up!® Dimensionals.
That Stitched Greenery die is going to be one of my favorites so you will probably see it a lot on my blog.