Sweet As A Peach

Stampin Up Sweet As a Peach

You’re A Peach is one of my favorite suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It was definitely on my first order.  The suite includes the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach, the coordinating dies called Peach Dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper and these adorable Mini Jam Jars.

I love peaches although I don’t get them very often.  The grocery store peaches just aren’t that good.  They are hard as rock and lack flavor.  When we moved to Tennessee my daughter in law told me about the Peach Truck. It comes to Tennessee when the peaches are ripe in Georgia.  A couple of days before we left for the cottage, Rob saw an ad for the Peach Truck and it was going to be near our house the next day.  I had to go get some of the peaches and I have to say, they did not disappoint.  They were the best peaches I ever had.  Of course, Jackie and Buffy make me so jealous because they both grow peaches (well Buffy’s mom grows them) but the Peach Truck makes up for it.  They were delicious!  One thing the peach lady told me is to store the peaches in a brown paper bag until they are soft enough to eat.  Perhaps I need to try that with a grocer store peach, although I know it still will not be as good and the fresh ones on the Peach Truck.

To make this card I first stamped the peaches from Sweet As A Peach using Pale Papaya ink while rolling the edges in Calypso Coral.  That technique is called Rock “n Roll.  Then I stamped them on Pale Papaya cardstock and cut them out using the coordinating Peach Dies.  Then I stamped the leaves in Shade Spruce ink and cut them out using the dies too.  I layered them on a piece of the Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper that looks like a sky.  I added the tiny little Calypso Coral flowers and then stamped the sentiments in Shade Spruce and Calypso Coral in.  I cut them out using a Tasteful Labels die. 

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Playful Alphabet

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a color challenge.  I don’t know who made up these colors together but they are crazy!  Oh wait.  It was me!

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet I got the idea from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  That is the great thing about the Stampin’ Up!® papers.  They give you the colors ahead of time and I love that sometimes they put colors together that I would never think of.  Plus I am still on my goal to actually use most of my Designer Series Paper.  I’m not doing that well but better than I used to.

To make this card I started with a piece of the Well Suited DSP.  I love how the Cajun Craze stripes look Grosgrain ribbon.   Then I had to decide what color would look good with Night Of Navy and Cajun Craze.  I decided BumbleBee looked great with them.   I cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Die set.  I adhered them to the flags which are part of the Tasteful Labels dies.  I decided to adhere the flags using Dimensionals which gave the card some depth.   I stamped the word “birthday” using the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I masked off the word Happy using tape.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hydrangea Dies.

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

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Nothing’s Better Than

Stampin Up Nothing's Better Than

I decided I wanted to try some different techniques and while looking on the internet I found two I wanted to try so I decided to do both with one card.  The first technique is called Reverse Stenciling.  I got this technique from Pinterest and I think it originally came from Gina K.  I made the background of this card using that technique.

To make the background I first randomly sponged some bright colors (the colors are listed below) onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock making sure there was no white left.  Then I put the polka dot mask from the set called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks over the top and sponged Memento Black ink which made the dots black.  I thought it came out pretty cool and will definitely try this again.

The second technique I used came from Lydia on Splitcoaststampers.com.  If you look at the photo below you will see the sentiment “Cocktails” is shiny.  All I did was put a piece of packing tape onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets on the other side.  Then I cut the sentiment from the die set called Love You More Than.  The sentiment came out shiny and popped up to add some dimension.  The Foam Adhesive Sheets are like Dimensionals only it comes in large sheets.

I stamped the other sentiments and the drink using the coordinating stamp set called Nothing’s Better Than and layered them on a die cut from Tasteful Labels.  If you purchase the Love You More Than dies and the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set together in a Bundle you can save 10%.  I colored the drink using Stampin’ Blends.  The colors I used are listed below.

I am definitely going to try both of these techniques again.  They were both easy and fun!

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

This is a very simple card using the Stampin’ Up!® stamp set called Forever Fern.  This stamp set has matching dies called Forever Flourishing and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Annual Catalog.  It has five different branches of leaves plus a set of berries, a splatter and four sentiments included in it.  There are 14 dies that cut out all the branches and berries plus it has a bunch of other dies that cut out fun leaves and designs.

Both the stamp set and the dies are part of a Suite called Forever Greenery.  This suite also has Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery that is gorgeous.  On one side there are various leaf patterns and on the other side are other patterns such as the one I used on this card.  The colors use almost all the greens we have in our inks so everything can match.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves and berries and then cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment and cut that out using a die from Tasteful Labels.  I layered all this on top of the piece of Forever Greenery DSP, a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock and a card base of Just Jade.

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Whiskey Business & Plaid Builder

Last week was my baby, Zachary’s birthday.  By baby, I mean my youngest son who is now 33 years old.  I am sure he doesn’t like to be called my baby, but he will always be that.  I tell Emy, my granddaughter, who is three years old, that her Daddy is my baby.  I show her pictures of him when he was little and she just laughs and run away.

This is the birthday card I sent to Zachary.  Rob and all my boys drink whiskey so I knew I had to have this new stamp set called Whiskey Business that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog the minute I saw it.  Actually, they all love Manhattans but they are close enough to Old Fashions that I knew it would work.

I made the background using a new die called called Best Plaid Builder.  Oh my gosh, these dies are so easy to use.  The set consists of two large dies.  One made the Basic Gray background and the other made the Basic Black lines on this card. I layered both of them on top of a Whisper White card base.  I stamped the whiskey decanter and the glass in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out using my paper snips.  They were fairly easy to cut out since they are mostly straight lines.  I colored the “whiskey’ using a new InColor Stampin Blends called Cinnamon Cider.  Then I layered them on Whisper White and Basic Black circles.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and cut it out using a die from Tasteful Labels.

A little bit of news about the new Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine – It will be available for customers to order on September 1st!  If you are a Demonstrator you can pre-order it on August 4th (one more reason to join my team!).  It is going to be awesome!  The Mini won’t be available then because it is still in production but I will let you know when as soon as I know.

Happy birthday (again), Zachary.  You make me so proud!


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Many Mates

The best thing about stamping is you can make it as easy as you want or as complicated as you want and both can look beautiful.  I tend to lean more towards the similar cards, often called CAS cards which stands for clean and simple.  Sometimes you may have lots of time to make a card with lots of stamping, die-cutting, embellishments, and coloring.  Sometimes you don’t.

I let this beautiful Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper do all the work for my card today.  This paper is just gorgeous with twelve beautiful designs that work perfectly for a CAS card.  I just adhered a 3.5″ x 4.75 inch of the DSP to a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a Pretty Peacock card base.  I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Many Mates in Pretty Peacock ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and cut it out using a new set of dies called Tasteful Labels.  Then I cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock using the same die and then took a larger label and cut around that.  The smaller die cuts out stitching both inside and outside of the cut so if you look careful you can see the stitching on the Pear Pizzazz piece as well as the Pretty Peacock piece.

Another great thing about Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper is it has two different designs on each side so I used the other side to make another CAS card that I will show you later.  Even though it is the same paper, they look totally different.  Stampin’ Up!® has some beautiful, new Designer Series Paper in the new Annual Catalog.


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Tasteful Touches

Tasteful Touches is a stamp set in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is part of a suite called In Good Taste.  This suite includes the Tasteful Touches stamp set, the matching dies called Tasteful Labels (which includes ten different label dies to use for sentiments), the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder and In Good Taste Elements.  One of my favorite things about this suite is the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  It has some great background designs that look 3D.

The colors I used for this card are Pretty Peacock, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose.  I first stamped the flower in Rococo Rose and cut it out with my Paper Snips.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and cut that out using of the Tasteful Labels Dies.  It is hard to see in the photograph but this die leaves an embossing border around the edge.  I stamped the leaves directly on the piece of Good Taste Designer Series Paper and layered everything together.

I know it is hard to believe but Olivia Grace turned one last week.  Gosh, time really does fly.  She is the sweetest baby and smiles all the time (although her parents don’t always agree with this).  She is a beautiful little girl that looks a lot like her mother and her father.


Time really has to slow down!

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