Good Morning Magnolia

Today is my mother’s 95th birthday.  Not only is she 95 but she is healthy and lives (fairly) independently.  By fairly I mean she lives in a little cottage by herself in an independent living facility.  She is the queen of the place and everyone knows her.  She is truly amazing.  I thought this card was appropriate for her because she is like a rainbow of color wherever she goes.

To make this card I first stamped the background using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I took different colored scraps and cut pieces that are 1/2″ wide.  The colors I used are Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.  I just realized I used every color in the Brights family except Melon Mambo!  I adhered these strips to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles set.  I popped this up using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I cut the word Happy from the Merry Christmas die set in Basic Black and stamped the worth birthday from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything.

Happy Birthday, Mom!  I hope your day is as great as you are!

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Seriously The Best

Seriously The Best is a stamp set that is part of a kit with the same name.  The stamp set is sold separately from the kit but you you will probably want to buy them both.  The kit uses beautiful colors (Balmy Blue, Mint Macoron, Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile), makes 16 cards and includes a designer box.

I only used the stamp set to make this card.  The minute I saw this set, I knew I had to have it because of the large font with the sentiments.  The colors I used are Gray Granite, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana and Terracotta Tile.  I used Stitched Stars to cut all the stars out and I hand cut out the banner. I find the easiest way to do this is to stamp the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut the banner edges.  Then layer it on top of a piece of Highland Heather cardstock that is 1/4″ wider.  Then cut the edges of that to match the white piece.

As you know we kind of got caught in the middle of selling our house and buying a new one when the pandemic hit.  We were able to buy the new house in Nashville but we put our present house on the market a week or so before all this craziness.  The real estate market was shut down in NY because it was not considered ‘essential”.  Now we are the proud owners of three houses (yikes)!  Thankfully, NY opened up the real estate business last week so maybe people will be looking again.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Stay safe out there and craft as much as you can.  It is good for your health and your soul!

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Come Sail Away Fun Fold

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to make a Fun Fold Card.  You all know by now that I love Fun Folds and I am always looking for new ones.  Luckily, I ran across one that was made by Julie Davison, a fellow demonstrator so I thought I would try it.  It is called a Peekaboo Flip Card and it isn’t very hard to make!

Here is the front of the card:

The fun part is when you pull the tab and this happens:

Isn’t that cute?

To make this fun fold card I used products from the Come Sail Away Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set called Sailing Home, matching dies called Smooth Sailing (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle), Designer Series Paper, an embossing folder, embellishments and Baker’s twine.  Plus it has a pack of Memories & More cards which is what I used to make this card.

The two sailboats, anchor and sentiments are all from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack.  All I needed to do was punched them out and adhere them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies..  The Designer Series Paper is also called Come Sail Away and has some beautiful patterns including the Balmy Blue and Whisper White striped one I used.  I punched the tab out using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch with Crumb Cake cardstock.  The card base is Night of Navy.

If you would like to see how Julie made this card, you can click HERE to see her video.  You will see how easy it was.

Now let’s go see what kind of Fun Fold card that Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure you will love them!

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Ornate Garden Suite

Stampin’ Up!® is releasing a brand new suite that will be in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog beginning today!  This is an amazing suite that includes two stamp sets, two coordinating sets of dies, Designer Series Paper, two rolls of ribbon, an embossing folder and embellishments.  It is called the Ornate Garden Suite and you are going to love it!

Here are some amazing samples that Stampin’ Up!® made showing the products in this suite:

Once again, Stampin’ Up!® has made it so easy to order everything in the suite using one item number.  This suite price includes the 10% discount on both stamp sets with the matching dies. You can also order the stamp and dies bundles or the embellishments separately.  Here is a chart showing all the item numbers and prices.

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Honey Bee

As you already know, the Honey Bee stamp set and the matching Detailed Bee Dies are one of my favorite Bundles in the 2020 Mini Catalog.  Here is another card that I made using this Bundle but it is a little different than the other ones.  I wanted to show you there are other ways to use this set without the gorgeous Designer Series Paper that goes with it, as well as only using Black, White and Gold.

The colors I used for this card are Purple Posy, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss.  I first stamped the flowers in Garden Green ink and colored them using my Blackberry Bliss Stampin Blends.  I stamped the bees in Memento Black Ink and colored them using a Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends.  Then I cut them out using the Detailed Bee dies (and of course, you can save 10% by purchasing the Honey Bee stamp set and Detailed Bee Dies in a Bundle).  I popped up the bees using a Dimensional.  I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink and layered that onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and a piece of Purple Posy cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I used a piece of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.

Tomorrow is the last day of Sale-a-bration.  Don’t miss out in getting free products with a qualifying order or joining Stampin’ Up!® with an amazing offer.

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Layered With Kindness


Layered With Kindness is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  It is one of those sets that I normally would overlook but I started to see cards made with it online so it caught my eye.  It is a DisINKive stamp set which is a patent pending stamp that makes a image that has dimension to it.  The sentiments in this stamp set go with two new punches that Stampin’ Up!® offers.  One is called Label Me Lovely and the other is Label Me Fancy.  By the way, if you are looking at the catalog at these punches, the descriptions got mixed up.  The names are correct though.

To make this card, I first randomly stamped the larger flowers in Lovely Lipstick ink.  Then I added the leaves and stems using Old Olive ink and then filled in the spaces with the little flowers also in Lovely Lipstick ink.  I stamped the sentiment with Memento Black ink onto a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock and punched it out using the Label Me Lovely Punch.  Then I stamped it again onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched it out using the Label Me Fancy Punch.  I layered this on top using Dimensionals.

The ribbon is from the Botanical Prints Product Medley kit which is also in the Mini Catalog.

There are only a few more days to Sale-a-brate! which is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. If you order the Layered With Kindness stamp set along with the two punches you would be eligible to pick something out of the Sale-a-bration Catalog for free!

It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
  • Your choice of any stamp set offered in the current catalogs (Hostess sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded)
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

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Painted Poppies

Peaceful Poppies is one of the amazing suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  This suite includes two stamp sets, two sets of dies, gorgeous Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  All of these products were made to go together.  One of the stamp sets is called Painted Poppies.  This set is full of beautiful images.  The dies that go with this are called Painted Labels.  This die set is made up of some dies that cut out the images and some dies that are labels.  The other stamp set is called Peaceful Moments and has a ton of sentiments.  The matching Poppy Moments Dies have 16 dies that cut out various flowers and leaves.  All four of these products can be mixed and matched.

For my card I used both the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments stamp sets.  The edge die I used is (in Basic Black card stock) from Painted Labels Dies.  The first thing I did was stamp the flowers in black ink and then embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder.  It is hard to see in the photo but the outline of these flowers are shiny and have some texture. Then I colored the flowers with my Poppy Parade Stampin Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink and then hand cut the banner out.  The best way to do this is to first cut the smaller banner and adhere it to a larger rectangle (Calypso Coral) and then cut the banner points to match.

As most of you know from a previous post, Rob and I are starting a new adventure in our lives.  He retired from his job and we have decided to move closer to our grandchildren.  Last month, before this crazy Coronavirus stuff started, went house shopping.  We found an awesome house that we both loved the second we walked into it. We made an offer which was accepted.  Sounds great, right?  Not so much right now.  New York has totally shut down for everything other than essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies (oh yes.  I can not forget liquor stores!).  That means that real estate agents can not work, which means our house can not be shown. All that boils down to right now we own 3 houses.   It is a little stressful but we are handling it as best we can.  My son had to close on the new house for us since we could not get there (or I should say we chose not to fly at this time).  Oh well.  There are worst things in life right now.  We are healthy which is the most important thing.  I hope all of you are too!

It is still not too late to join my Stampin’ Up!® family during Sale-a-bration.  For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
  • Your choice of any stamp set offered in the current catalogs (Hostess sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded)
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

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