Art Gallery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to make a “get well” or “thinking of you” card.  I chose to use the Art Gallery Stamp set with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

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One of the reasons I love this stamp set is because it has a lot of very useful sentiments.  Besides the one I used, it also has happy birthday, thank you, I miss you, congratulations, sorry, best wishes and you are lovely.  There is a sentiment for just about everything.

I stamped the flowers in this set a little differently.  The flowers in this set are two step stamps.  This means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I did not use the main background stamp on my flowers.  Instead I used the stamp that highlights the flowers using Blushing Bride ink.  Then I took my Blushing Bride Stampin Write Marker and lightly put strokes of color over the top using the side of the marker and not the tip.  I like how there is a lot of white space on the flowers.  I stamped the leaves using Granny Apple Green ink and then cut everything out using the coordinating dies.

I layered the flowers over a Basic White and Smoky Slate oval using the Layering Oval Dies.  As a side note, these dies are retiring on May 3rd or as long as supplies last.  These are a definite must have set of dies.  There are eight different sized ovals and seven scalloped ovals.  I placed everything on top of a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set I used really says “I’m thinking of you”.  It is rare that I would send a sympathy or thinking of you card without saying it was from Rob and me so I masked the word I’m using Washi Tape, inked the stamp in Smoky Slate, pulled off the Washi Tape (that part is very important or you will get a big blob of ink on your card stock) and then stamped it. I cut it out using one of the dies in the Floral Gallery set.   Lastly I added some Pastel Pearls.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  They make the most beautiful cards.

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Prized Peony

Stampin Up Prized Peony

I had a little mini one person stamping class a couple of months ago at the cottage.  I showed one of my next door neighbors how to stamp.  She has stamped years ago but everything has changed so much that she wanted to try it again.  I showed you a couple of simple cards we made a while ago.  She was pretty excited about it and wanted to learn some other things such as die cutting and embossing so this was the card we made.

I first stamped the flower in Petal Pink ink onto Petal Pink cardstock and then cut it out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments in Versamark and embossing it using Silver Embossing Powder.  Then I cut that out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  I layered this on top of a piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  Lastly I added a piece of Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon.  It was a simple card to make but it showed a lot of the techniques she wanted to learn. 

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Beauty & Joy

No one likes to have to send a sympathy (or prayer) card due to a death in the family or a serious illness but, unfortunately, it is a fact of life.  Stampin’ Up!® makes this hard task a bit easier because they offer a lot of choices when it comes to this.

For my sympathy card I used the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is great set because it has choices of the pots as well as the tree.  It is also a DisINKtive Stamp set which means it has depth to the images using one stamp.  The sad news is this stamp set will be retiring on January 2nd so if you like it, you need to purchase it before then.

To make this card, I first stamped the basket in Crushed Curry.  Then I stamped the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Pretty Peacock.  The Designer Series Paper is called Garden Lane and is in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings.  I stamped that in Pretty Peacock and then cut it out using the Classic Label Punch.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter in law had an accident which left her unable to get around very well so I flew down to Alabama to help out.  That means I got some Emy time which is always a good thing.  Emy is 2 going on 16.  She is sweet, sassy and beautiful (if I do say so myself).

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Sympathy Card

A couple of weeks ago there was this awful, tragic accident in Upstate New York.  Seventeen people (plus the driver) were in a limo that ran a stop sign.  Everyone in the car was killed along with two pedestrians.  In that car were four sisters and their husbands.  Can you imagine losing all four of your children and spouses at once?  I can’t even think of anything worse right now.  I didn’t know any of them but my heart still ached.

As much as we dislike having to send sympathy cards, it is a fact of life.  I try to have some on hand. I know that sounds a little cold, but when someone dies, I don’t always feel like running to my stamp room to make a card.  I would rather just grab one and do what I need to do to help the people left behind.

I made this simple sympathy card using a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018/2019 Annual Catalog called Kindness & Compassion.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then embossed it using White Embossing Powder. The dragonflies are from the  set called Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  I cut them out of Basic Black cardstock and layered everything on top of a piece of 6″ x6″ Designer Series Paper (Subtles) in Pool Party.

Keep that family in your thoughts and prayers.  They are going to need it.

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Sometimes Life Happens

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A couple of weeks ago my 88 year old mother in law was having trouble breathing so we took her to the emergency room.  After about 10 days in the hospital, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.  Although it is very sad, we are grateful that she did not suffer a lot and is now reunited with my father in law and her parents.  I guess if anything good can come out of such an event, it brings families and friends who live far away together again.  My kids came home and I got to see Madelyn again.  My local friends brought us food, cards and flowers.  It always amazes me how wonderful people can be in a stressful and sad time and I appreciate each and every one of them.  We will all miss my mother in law but we are so thankful for every one who helped us through this difficult time. Blog Signature-001 Product List

Sympathy Card


As much as we all hate to have these situations, we sometimes need a sympathy card.  I usually keep a few on hand so that I will have something when the need arises.  If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know that I am in remission for hoarding my Designer Seriies Paper and my ribbon.  For some reason, I buy a lot of it (probably because it is so darn cute) but then I never use it.  At the end of the year, I have tons left over.  Well no longer!  I am a recovering nicely!

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Loving Thoughts.  I hope I will have the need for a Sympathy Card but in case I do, I am ready.

Washi Tape & Secret Garden


You already know about some Washi Tape that Stampin Up! has for sale that came with the Epic Day This and That Bundle.  In the new catalog, they are offering another set of this tape.  For this card, I combined both sets.  The  Basic Gray stripes is from the Epic Day collections and the Daffodil Delight is from the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape collection.  The flowers are from Secret Garden Stamp Set with the matching Secret Garden Framelits.

Butterfly Sympathy Card

As much as we hate the thought, we do have to make sympathy cards every now and then.  I CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I saw on Pinterest.  I apologize that I do not recall who made the original card.

I really loved the colors and the way the butterflies were punched out of the embossed image.  I used two butterfly punches.  One is the Elegant Butterfly from the Annual Catalog and the other is the Bitty Butterfly  Punch from the Occasions Catalog.  The embossed image in the background is using the Flower Garden Folder.

Butterfly Sympathy Card

Butterfly Sympathy Card

Just Believe

The stamp set called Just Believe has been around a while and I am really hoping it does not retire this year.  It is very versatile because it can be used for birthdays, thank you cards, and sympathy cards.

This card was made using Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  I know that most of the Designer Series Paper in the annual catalog retire every year but this is one I will miss.

Just Believe

Just Believe