Sweet Conversations

Stampin Up Sweet Conversations

*As a side note, as I am sure you can tell, I wrote this post in January and forgot to schedule it so I thought today would be a prefect time.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all my family and friends!

Now that Christmas is over and all the decorations are put away, it is time to concentrate on the next important holiday, Valentine’s Day.  Rob and I will be away during that time so I needed to get things going quickly.  I now have six grandchildren and, of course, they are the very important, so I have to send them all Valentine’s.  I also send them to my sisters and my mom.  Of course, I have to make Rob one too.  That is a lot of Valentine’s to send.

The Valentine’s in the photo are the ones I made for the girl grands.  Girls love hearts and pink so I thought the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper was perfect for this project.  I cut some 4″ x 5.25″ pieces and adhered them to a Basic White card base.  I cut the heart out in Blushing Bride card stock using the largest heart in Love & Happiness bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name, the Bouquet Of Love die set and the Bouquet Of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder.  It is called hybrid because the dies and the folder can be used together to cut and emboss at the same time.  It does work well but I still find it easier to cut and then emboss buy you can do it either way.  After cutting out the heart I put it inside the embossing folder and ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine.  It embossed those beautiful flowers onto the heart.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Conversations stamp set.

So now, I only have six more to make.  Easy Peasy!

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Love & Happiness

In the June – December Mini Catalog that just retired, there was a stamp set called Merriest Moments. It had a set of coordinating dies and embossing folder called Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder. It was called that because the dies cut out the embossed image as well as the stamp images. It was beautiful. Stampin’ Up!® has now included another Hybrid Embossing Folder called Bouquet Of Love and it is gorgeous! I used the embossing folder to make the background on this card. Here is a photo of it.

The bundle that I am talking about is called Love & Happiness. It includes the stamp set of the same name and the Bouquet Of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder. If you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%. The stamp set is all sentiments about weddings, anniversaries, engagements and valentines. The dies include a couple of label dies to cut out some of the sentiments, two heart dies and some flowers and a leaf. The large heart die cuts out the heart image that the embossing folder makes.

To make this card I first embossed a piece of Blushing Bride card stock and another piece of Basic White. Look how pretty that background is! I cut the heart out of the center of the Basic White piece using the large heart die and then colored the leaves and flowers using Stampin Blends and Markers (Blushing Bride does not have a Blends so I had to use a Marker). I layered that on top of the embossing Blushing Bride piece. I stamped the sentiment (from a new stamp set called Sweet Conversations) in Fresh Freesia and cut it out using one of the label dies. I layered that on top of the heart using Dimensionals. Lastly I add some new embellishments called Polished Dots.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Did you know approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.  What better way to give a Valentine than to make one!

To make this card I used the stamp set called Meant To Be.  This set is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I know it is too late to purchase them for today but this set can be used for other occasions too.  The sentiments are great for anniversaries, weddings and friendship.  The dies are amazing.  They cut out regular hearts and stitched hearts that can all be layered together.  There are sixteen dies in the set.  It is a great value!  Plus if you buy the stamps and dies in a Bundle you will be eligible to get something free from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

I first stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst Ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using two of the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.  One die cuts out the scalloped heart and the inner heart.  The second die adds the stitching around the sentiment.  Then I cut out another heart in Berry Burst cardstock so I could layer them together.  The little hearts are actually a border die that cuts them out all at once.  I took one of the leftover hearts from this border and added it to the bottom of the sentiment heart.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Animal Expedition.  I bet you didn’t expect that.  The ribbon is gorgeous.  It is 3/8″ Metallic Edged Ribbon in Berry Burst and has a silver edge to it.  It just adds a bit of sparkle.

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A Valentine Challenge

Today’s BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge is to make a Valentine.  This was not a hard challenge because Stampin’ Up!® has some awesome stamp sets and Bundles to make them.

To make my card I used the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies for the background.  I cut out five of the heart border die and adhered them to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I wanted the hearts to hang off the edge so I trimmed to cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.  I added some of the hearts randomly back that were left when I cut the background.  Then all I had to do was stamp the sentiment from the stamp set called Another Wonderful Year in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and attach it to the card.

Now let’s go see what kind of Valentine Jackie and Buffy made.  I can’t wait to see!

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A Pop Up Twist Valentine

                 ❤️❤️❤️  Happy Valentine’s Day!  ❤️❤️❤️

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I know this card looks like a simple Valentine.  It is even simpler than I usually do but look what happens when you open it.

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It is called a Pop Up Panel Card.  Isn’t it cute?  I did not design this card myself.  There are a ton of different versions of it on Pinterest but I obtained the directions from Dawn Griffith, a fellow demonstrator.  I don’t know who came up with it first but she does an awesome video showing how to make it in the video below.

I used a new stamp set called Sealed With Love that is in the Occasions Catalog to make this card.  I do have to admit, that I did use retired Designer Series Paper but you can use any DSP you have on hand to make this.

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Hearts A Flutter Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all have someone to call your Valentine. I am lucky enough to have four Valentines – my husband, Rob and my three sons. This is the Valentine I made for Rob (no peeking Rob).

It uses the Heats a Flutter Stamp Set and Framelits and can be purchased in a Bundle. Although it has hearts, it can also be used for so many other things because of the various banners. The bottom of the card was cut using the Large Scallop Edgelits and I then embossed it using the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. It takes a little practice but once you figure it out, you can make beautifully embossed cards that match many of our Framelits and Edgelits.

Rob's Valentine

Rob’s Valentine

Stamp-A-Stack Glimmer

Last night I had a Valentine’s Stamp-A-Stack.  The first card they made use Red Glimmer Paper.  How can anyone make a Valentine without using Red Glimmer Paper.  They just go together.  The Whisper White card stock in the middle was embossed with the heart border from a Big Shot embossing folder set called Adorning Accent Folders.  It is a very simple card but I love the bling.

Glimmer Hearts

Glimmer Hearts