Stitched Leaves

Hello everyone!  Today we are having another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a Fall card.  As a side note, our challenge was originally to make a Halloween card but after going through all my current stamp sets, I realized I don’t have any new Halloween cards!  How can that be?

In any case, here is my Fall card.

I decided to make another slimline card for this challenge.  I just love these cards and they are not hard to make at all.  My card is 3.5″ x 8.5″.  You can make them any size you want.  I have seen some that are 3.25″ x 8″ and others that are 3″ x 8″.  It doesn’t really matter.  Really it comes down to how much room you need for your design.  I also found a tutorial on YouTube on how to make an envelope for a 3.5″ x 8.5″ card so I went with that.

This card was fairly simple to make.  I first cut out the leaves in Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler (all “C” colors!) using the new Stitched Leaves dies.  Then I cut out three squares using the Stitched Shapes dies in Garden Green cardstock.  I layered these all together and then added the sentiment.

I do have a small disclaimer.   As you know, I recently moved to Tennessee and I am not totally unpacked yet.  My craft room is a disaster.  In my old house, my craft room was in the basement so it did not really matter what it looked like.  I bought a couple of plastic fold up tables from Sam’s Club and used them.  I had a mish mash of ink pad holders, marker holders, etc.  In my new house, my craft room is in the family room (yay for having windows!!).  The fold up, stained and chipped tables looked horrible up there so I decided to buy new furniture for my new craft room.  Well, the new furniture arrived on Monday and I have been frantically trying to put things in place.  I am probably 75% done.  Why am I telling you this?  Because I can not find whatever stamp set I used for the sentiment on this card.  I am pretty sure it is current (although not positive but I don’t usually use retired stamps on my blog) but right now it is no where to be found.  So I apologize that I can not tell you its name.  PS:  Thanks to a friend, the stamp is from a stamp set called Quite Curvy that will be available for customers to purchase beginning on November 3rd.  Check back here for details on November 2nd).

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made with a Fall (or Halloween) theme.  I am sure they will be gorgeous! 

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Botanical Prints

Sometimes I need a card and I don’t have time to make one.  This is where Stampin’ Up!® kits come in handy.  They put everything you need to make beautiful cards in one kit (except adhesives and inks) so you don’t need to spend time trying to figure it out.  It is all in the box!

The kit I used for this card is called Botanical Prints.  It includes and beautiful stamp set, matching dies, 48 sheets of two sided Designer Series Paper, layered-cut overlays, ribbon and these adorable little copper colored bees.  Plus it includes die cut accents which makes card making even easier!

To make this card I took a piece of Old Olive cardstock and layered a laser-cut overlay on top of it using Multipurpose Glue.  The laser-cut overlay is white on one side and Pretty Peacock on the other.I cut a circle out using the Stitched Shapes dies and adhered one of the die cut accents on top of it.  I stamped the sentiment onto the banner that in included in the kit and layered everything together.  I promise.  This card only took five minutes (or less) to make and I think it is beautiful.

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Peaceful Moments & Stitched So Sweetly

I love it when Stampin’ Up!® comes out with new dies that can be used in a Bundle or stand alone.  I especially love all the stitched dies we have been getting lately.  We have Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes, Stitched Be Mine, Stitched Labels and more.  Now we have a new set called Stitched So Sweetly that pair perfectly so with many sentiments.  This set of dies is actually a bundle with So Sentimental, although I did not use that set for this card.  Instead I used Peaceful Moments.  All of these products are in the 2020 Mini Catalog.

When making this card, I decided I wanted to use my favorite colors together.  I love most of the Brights family but I especially love Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana together.  The other colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I love how bright and cheery they all are.

This card could have been pretty simple to make but I decided to step it up a bit.  I rounded the corners using the Detailed Trio Punch.  I also decided to stamp the sentiment twice.  I did it once in Memento Black ink and again in Bermuda Bay.  Then I cut out the word “happiness” and layered it over the black sentiment using Mini Dimensionals.  The Daffodil Delight circle was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies and the Granny Apple Green and Whisper White shapes were cut out using the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I love how they all layer together.

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Painted Poppies

I have to say, there are so many awesome products in the 2020 Spring Mini Catalog that I had a hard time deciding what to get.  I did know I definitely had to have the new products in the Peaceful Poppies Suite right away.  This Suite includes two stamp sets with two matching sets of dies, ribbon, Designer Series Paper, sequins and die cut printed accents.  Did you know you can order the entire suite with one item number?  Stampin’ Up!® has started doing this in their catalogs and it makes it so much easier to order everything you want.  The Peaceful Poppies Suite is featured on the catalog cover.  I love the colors used in these projects.  Another great thing SU started doing is listing the colors used on the main Suite page.

To make this card, I first stamped the flower from the Painted Poppies stamp set in Memento Ink and cut it out using the Painted Labels dies.  Then I cut out the two pieces of the leaves in Old Olive and Garden Green cardstock.  I cut out the square in Poppy Parade Ink using two nested Stitched Shapes dies.  I stamped the background poppies in Memento Black Ink and placed it behind the frame.  Then I layered everything together.

The other stamp set in this Suite is called Peaceful Moments. It is an all sentiment stamp set.   The matching dies are called Poppy Moments. I used a sentiment from this stamp set for my card.

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Beautiful Friendship

Hello everyone.  Today’s BS & J Productions challenge is a color challenge.  I love color challenges!

I love Pretty Peacock  but never thought to put it with Mint Macaron and Blueing Bride but I love how they look together.  Here is my card:

To make this card I used the stamp set called Beautiful Friendship.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  This set is a DisInktive stamp set which is a patent pending stamp set that shows depth by having the images stamp lighter and darker in different places.  I love the Hydrangea image in this set (Hydrangeas are my favorite flower).  If you look at the image you can see how some of it stamps darker and some is lighter.

I first stamped the Hydrangea in Blushing Bride and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Then I ran a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock through my die cut and embossing machine using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and cut that out using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Painted Harvest and punched them out using the Leaf Punch.  Lastly, I colored one of the hearts from the Heart Epoxy Droplets using my Dark Pretty Peacock Stampin Blends.  The Designer Series Paper is from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper packs.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these colors.

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Last Day To Get Free Designer Series Paper

The Magnolia Lane Suite in the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual catalog is one of my favorite suites in the entire catalog.  It includes a stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia, Magnolia Memory Dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (which is one of the packs you can get for free), ribbon, Memories & More cards and envelopes and more!

To make this card I first adhered the two different pieces of the Magnolia Lane DSP to a Mossy Meadow card base.  Then I stamped the flower in Basic Gray Ink and colored it using my Dark and Light Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow Stampin Blends.  Then I cut that out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  I backed that with a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that I had cut out using the Layering Circles dies and adhered that to the card.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and cut that out using the Merry Christmas die set.  I attached that to the card using Dimensionals.

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Here’s A Card

Here’s A Card is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It is a sentiment only stamp set that has sentiments for the outside and inside of your cards.  I love the different fonts it uses because they are simple and elegant.

To make this card I first cut a strip of the new Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Blueberry Bushel Color.  This DSP is amazing.  It is bright and shiny and comes in great patterns.  I also cut two small strips from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets in Old Olive and put them on either side of the first strip I cut.  You can mix and match both of these packs of paper because they use the same colors.  The Specialty paper has a pattern and the Foil Sheets are plain.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  I layered that with an oval cut using the Layering Ovals Dies and an Old Olive Foil Sheet.  Lastly I cut the leaves out using the Animal Friends Dies.

Last week my son, Sam and his wife, Tara, and two of my grandchildren Madelyn and Nolan  spent a week with us at the cottage.  We had so much fun.  We spent a lot of time in the water swimming, boating and jet skiing but also took a day and went to Old McDonald’s Farm and Boldt Castle.  Here are some pictures to share with you.



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One Sheet Wonder

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another BS & J Productions Challenge.  This time our challenge is to use the technique called One Sheet Wonder.  This is where you make a bunch of different cards using one sheet of Designer Series Paper.  We all know how hard it is to cut that beautiful DSP so this is a great way for you to do it.

I cut mine a little differently than the original picture (but for some reason the original picture is not showing up on my blog this morning so I deleted it) but that is the great thing about Jackie and Buffy.  It is ok to change things up a bit.  This was the way I cut my DSP:

Here are my cards:

The Designer Series Paper I used is the 2018-2020 In Color 6″ x 6″ paper in Lovely Lipstick. The rest of the colors I used were also In Colors (Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel). Each of the cards use the stamp set called Bloom By Bloom.  This set is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It has matching punches called Bitty Blossoms Punch Pack and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  Bloom By Bloom doesn’t have any sentiments so I used some from various sets.  They were Birthday Cheer, Life Is Grand, and Itty Bitty Birthdays. I cut the various flowers out using a variety of dies such as Stitched Shapes and Rectangle Stitched Dies.

Now let’s go see what beautiful creations Buffy and Jackie made.  I am sure we will all be delighted!

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Butterfly Gala

Now don’t go checking to make sure you are really on Susan’s blog!  I know what some of you are thinking.  This can not be my blog.  Susan doesn’t like butterflies.  Well, the stamp set called Butterfly Gala and the matching Butterfly Duet Punch changed my mind.  That and I decided I needed to get over my butterfly trauma. It happened five years ago.  Time to let go.

For those that don’t know I will tell you the butterfly story quickly without all the details.  My son was getting married and we were looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner.  After finally talking him out of having food trucks come to a park with no bathrooms, he suggested we go look at a butterfly garden that was in the area.  I imagined these beautiful gardens with butterflies flitting all over while landing on the flowers and it just being lovely.  I could not have been more wrong.  It was in a hot house and there were hundreds if not thousands of butterflies all over the place.  They landed on me.  They got stuck in my hair. It was a horror show!  They even had to blow you off before you could leave in case one of the butterflies decided to try to escape their jail.  Needless to say, we did not have the rehearsal dinner there!  Ever since I have not liked butterflies.

Anyway, Butterfly Gala and the Butterfly Duet Punch are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  If you purchase them in a Bundle you can save 10%.  They are both part of a Suite called Gingham Gala.  The Designer Series Paper I used is part of it too.  As all the other Suites in this catalog, there are also embellishments and ribbon to go with everything.

To make this card, I first added the Gorgeous Grape lines to the Coastal Cabana Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  I saw this technique used a lot when the Buffalo Check stamp came out so I decided to try it with this paper.  I really like how it turned out.  To keep the lines straight I used a T ruler.  You can get those just about anywhere (including Amazon).  They allow you to draw a straight line much easier than using a regular ruler.

Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes.  I stamped the butterflies in Gorgeous Grape and colored them with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker. I adhered them by just putting a strip fo Multipurpose glue down the middle fo the butterfly so I could bend the wings up a little giving it a 3D look.

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EDITED:  Unfortunately the Butterfly Builder Punch is un-orderable at this time.  Stampin’ Up!® usually sells about 12,000 punches of one kind and they sold so quickly and so many that they ran out.  They decided to turn it off rather than experience a ton of backorders.  The good news is this will be carrying over in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog so it will be back.  They will turn it back on when they receive more.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Little Elephant

I think Little Elephant is one of the cutest stamp sets for little people that Stampin’ Up!® has ever had.  I just love those little guys.  Plus it has a matching punch which makes it even more fun and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Of course, they may be a reason I love this set so much.  Yes!  I am going to have another grandchild and last week we found out it is going to be a girl!  Honestly, I am not sure how this keeps happening (the girl part!!).  Obviously it is genetics but it still boggles my mind.  My father was from a family with all boys.  His brother and he had all girls.  I had all boys and now my three sons had all girls (for their first child).  How weird is that?  Of course, we also have Nolan but it is still strange that each of my boys had a girl first.  Anyway, I am in girl heaven.  I never got to buy girly clothes and I love it!  Madelyn’s father did tell me that she really needed play clothes more than cute, sparkly, frilly dresses but too bad.  He can buy the play clothes!  Anyway, the parents to be did a baby reveal.  They had the ultrasound technician write down the sex of the baby and put it in a sealed envelope.  They gave it to a friend who had a ballon and a fake bottle of champagne filled with pink confetti so when they popped them pink confetti went flying everywhere!  

The colors I used on this card are Grapefruit Grove and Gorgeous Grape.  I first stamped the elephant in Gorgeous Grape and punched it out using the Elephant Builder Punch.  I stamped the balloons in Grapefruit Grove, adhered the elephant and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The sentiment was also cut out using these dies.  The Designer Series Paper is called In Color 6″ X 6″ (2018-2020).  The ribbon is 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape.

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