A Purple Challenge

Hello everyone. It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to use the color purple.  This was a pretty easy challenge since Stampin’ Up!®  has a number of gorgeous purple colors.

The purple I chose to use is Highland Heather.  It is our medium purple and my favorite.  To make this card, I first cut a 2.5″ x 5.25″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock. Then I embossed it using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder which is in the 2020 Mini Catalog.  I love the design of this folder.

Next I used the Medium Daisy Punch and punched out six daisies in Whisper White cardstock.  I layered two of them together to make the three daisies.  I used the Sprig Punch to punch out the leaves in Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Vibrant Vases in Gorgeous Grape ink.  Lastly I added the Melon Mambo Glitter Enamel Dots to the center of the flowers to add a pop of color.

Now, lets go see what Buffy and Jackie made using the color purple.  Will it be Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape or maybe even Blackberry Bliss?!

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Swirly Frames & Stitched Stars

First of all I would like to wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year.  It is hard to believe it is 2020!  It is going to be a year of change and excitement in my house and I am looking forward to all of it.  More on that later…..

I thought I would make a fun card to celebrate the new year.  The colors I used are Mango Melody and Bermuda Bay.  I first randomly stamped the circles from the stamp set called Swirly Frames.  I won this set at a Stampin’ Up!® OnStage event a while ago and haven’t used it much but it really is a fun set.  Then I cut out the stars using the Stitched Star dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  Remember, this catalog is only going to be available until tomorrow.  Some of the best products will be going away so if you like something make sure you purchase it today or tomorrow.  Luckily the Stitched Stars are carrying over.  I cut the stars out using Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Gold Foil Sheets.  The little stars are from the swirly looking die in this set.  I love that it cuts out all different sizes.

The sentiment is from Vibrant Vases.  I have to admit.  I did a thing that you would never expect me to do.  Vibrant Vases is a Photopolymer stamp set.  The stamp I used also has the words “every tiny victory” underneath the word Celebrate.  I cut it off.  Before you faint, I realized that you can cut Photopolymer stamps and it doesn’t really hurt them because you can piece them back together on a block and they work as good as new.  You can also mask out the other words but cutting works so much better.  I thought it was a genius idea since I love the font on the Celebrate stamp but wanted to be able to use it as a birthday, anniversary, graduation or whatever you want to celebrate.

Lastly I add some Metallic Pearls in gold.

Happy New Year.  May all your wishes come true this year!

Vibrant & Varied Vases

This is the birthday card I made for my friend, Debby.  Her birthday is tomorrow but she should have gotten the card already.  I am always early in life.  I arrive early places and I mail things early.  Sometimes I have to drive around the block 30 times because I am way to early to arrive somewhere.

In any case, the colors I used for this card are Daffodil Delight, Pretty Peacock and Gray Granite.  It is kind of a strange combination but I think it works.  I used three different stamp sets to make this card.  The flower vase is from Varied Vases but the flowers are from Vibrant Vases.  Both stamp sets have a matching punch called Vases Builder.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® makes products you can mix and match.

I first stamped the vase in Pretty Peacock.  This is a new InColor and is gorgeous!  Next I stamped the outline of the flowers in Gray Granite and then colored them using my Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends.  I cut this image out using the Layering Ovals Dies and layered it on a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock that I had also cut out using the Layering Ovals Dies.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays.  I just stamped it in Pretty Peacock on a leftover piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut the ends out by hand.  You need to save all those little pieces you cut off for things like this.

I layered it on a piece of  6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight,  I love the plaids in this pack of paper.

Happy Birthday, Debby.  I hope you have a great day tomorrow!

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Vibrant Vases

I love it when Stampin’ Up!® comes up with new products that go together with other products. In this case, the new stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalog called Vibrant Vases matches the stamp set called Varied Vases and the Vase Builder Punch which are both in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  Both stamp sets are two step stamp sets which means it take two or more stamps to make an image.  They are easy to line up because they are Photopolymer stamps that you can see through.

To make this card I first stamped the vase in Memento Black Ink and colored it with the Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then punched it out using the Vase Builder Punch.  Then I stamped the flowers in Memento Black Ink and colored it with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Up!® Marker onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I adhered the vase with a Dimensional to give it a little depth and then stamped the greeting underneath that.

The ribbon I used is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and is gorgeous!  It is Coastal Cabana on one side and Granny Apple Green on the other.  The ribbon is 3/8″ and has a satin finish to it.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Broadway Bound and is in the Annual Catalog.

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Varied & Vibrant Vases

I love it when Stampin’ Up!® comes out with new products that go with older products so you can mix and match.  A perfect example of this is the new stamp set called Vibrant Vases that is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set goes with the Varied Vases stamp set and the Vase Builder Punch that are both in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.

This new stamp set has a bunch of new and fun stamps in it that are different than the Varied Vases set.  Vibrant & Varied Vases are two step stamp sets which means you use two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case, one stamp is for the vase design and another stamp is for the center.  The centers in the Vibrant Vases set are more of a watercolor look than a solid image.  It may look like I did not get a good image but it is supposed to be that way for a softer look.

To make this card I used both stamp sets.  I stamped the vases from the Vibrant Vases stamp set in Basic Gray and the insides in Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather and Mango Melody.  I used the flower stamps from the Varied Vases stamp set and used Lemon Lime Twist for the stems.

Here is a close up of both stamp sets so you can see the difference.  I really like both of them because they are different from each other yet they both use the Vase Builder Punch.  The first picture is Varied Vases and the second is Vibrant Vases.  If you buy all three products you can earn free product from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

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