Crafting Forever

Crafting Forever is a set that is in the 2017 Annual Catalog but it is a stamp set that is new to me.  I have been looking at this set since it first came out and it has been on my list every time I order but something always got in the way from me ordering it.  It is like Remarkable You.  I finally got that stamp set after so many years and it is one of my favorites.  Crafting Forever is going to be another favorite!

There is some new Designer Series Paper in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that is perfect to use for a masculine card.  It is called True Gentleman.  The colors are Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla.  It has great designs and the colors are awesome together.

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday which is in the Occasions Catalog too.

I haven’t shown many pictures of my beautiful grandchildren lately.  Nolan is the newest of them.  He was born in October.  He is growing so fast it just seems crazy.

Is’t he so handsome?  I know.  I am a little prejudice but grandmothers are allowed to be!

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Amazing You

Yesterday we finally got our countertops installed.  It seems like it has been forever since I actually had countertops.  You don’t realize how much you need them until you don’t have them.  I was able to take a folding table and lay it over the cabinets but you had to be careful not to knock into it or it would fall off.  Now all I need is my dishwasher, sink and backsplash installed.  I am hoping the sink and dishwasher will be today!  Keep your fingers crossed.  The backsplash will take a few more days since I haven’t really even picked it out yet!  When it is all done, I will post before and after pictures.  By the way, if you live locally and you need a good contractor let me know.  I’ll pass the info of mine to you.  He has been awesome!

I thought this card would be appropriate because I will be celebrating when my kitchen is all done. It uses two Sale-a-bration items.  The flower comes from the stamp set called Amazing You.  The sentiment is from Celebrate You Thinlits.  You can get both of these for FREE with a qualifying order.  I used my Pool Party Stampin’ Blends to coloring the flower.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Amazing You

Amazing You is one of the stamp set in the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog that you can earn for free with a qualifying order.  Yes, I said free!  Everyone loves free!  The “YOU” is from a die set called Celebrate You and the Designer Series Paper is called Bubbles & Fizz.  Both of these items are also in the Sale-a-bration Catalog too!

I made this card using this stamp set in my Stamparatus.  In case you forgot what a Stamparatus is you can click HERE for a reminder.  If you watch the video in that link you can see how the plates of the Stamparatus move up and down so it was so easy to make this card.  I just stamped it once at the top and moved the plate down one notch and stamped it again.  Then I repeated that two more times.  Each time it stamped perfectly aligned and perfectly straight.  Have you ever tried to do that freehand?  I tried once and it ended up in the garbage.  In any case, it is too late to reserve your Stamparatus but it will be coming out in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog in June.

The sprinkles this card are from the stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday which is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

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Daisy Delight

Last week BS & J Productions did a Stamp Off Sketch Challenge.  Sometimes we set up these challenges weeks ahead of time.  Sometimes I see the challenges and get a card in my head so I make it a long time before it is scheduled to post.  This is the case with this card.  I saw the sketch, made the card and then promptly forgot about it.  I was going through my stash today and found it.  Sometimes it is hard to get old and lose my mind!

So, again, here is the sketch challenge from last week:

Funny how my card I posted for the official challenge (HERE) looks exactly the same except for the different products!  I guess that is what a sketch challenge is all about.

This time I used the stamp set called Daisy Delight.  This was the most popular set in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog when it first came out.  It has a matching punch called Daisy and the punch itself sold the entire 6 month supply in a week (or something like that).  It was a crazy time but no worries.  Stampin’ Up! has it back in stock.  You can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle.  There is also matching Designer Series Paper called Delightful Daisy.

The sentiment is from a stamp set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

If you purchased the Daisy Delight Bundle, the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and a pack of cardstock you would be eligible to choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.

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Waterfront Part Two

Yesterday I showed you a card that we made at our monthly stamp club meeting using the stamp set Waterfront.  It was a mountain lake scene.  Today’s card shows you the other theme you can make with this stamp set that is more “beachie”.  Yesterday we used the pine trees and mountains in this stamp set and today we used the palm trees.  The water and the sand are the same stamps we used yesterday.  This is such a fun set because it can make different watercolor scenes.

Have you ever done a kitchen renovation?  We are in the midst of one and it just doesn’t seem to want to go smoothly.  My sister is also doing a kitchen renovation and she is running into problems too. She ordered new appliances from one company and paid to have them installed.  The morning the appliances showed up so did one installer to put in the microwave, another installer to put in the stove, a different installer to put in the refrigerator and a fourth installer to put in the stove.  I am not exaggerating.  They sent four different installers!

So anyway, we had to pick out appliances.  Holy cow!  There are a lot to choose from.  I finally pick what I want and they were supposed to be delivered on Saturday.  They called and said they weren’t coming because it was too cold.  I wanted to say “suck it up, you live in the North Country” but I didn’t and they re-scheduled for Monday.  Monday comes and they called and didn’t want to come down my road.  I asked them why and they said they were not allowed to go down a “lake road”.  I asked what a “lake road” was and they said a road that goes to the lake!  What?  They told me I could bring my pretend pick up truck (I drive a Honda, mind you) and come to the end of the road to get the appliances, put them in my No truck, bring them to my house, unload them and then put my old ones back in the non-existent pick up truck and bring them back to the end of the road while they sat in their truck and waited.  They said they would not help because they were allowed to leave the truck unattended.  I would have to do this by myself in my pretend truck.  Whatever happened to good customer service?  So now, we have to live a couple more days with no countertops and no appliances while we wash our dishes in the bathroom sink.

My solution?  Go to my happy place stamp room!

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Waterfront

The is the fourth project we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  The stamp set called Waterfront (item#146386) is in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  It has to be the most popular stamp set in the entire catalog.  Stampers are making the most beautiful cards using this set that are all over the internet.  The stamps themselves give a kind of watercolor look so even the most uncreative people (like me) can make beautiful watercolor cards using this set.

You can actually make a couple of different theme scenes with Waterfront.  First, there is the mountain scene as I made with this card.  Basically this card is made from using four different stamps in the set.  You can also make a beach or water scene.  It has palm trees and pines.  It has mountains and water.  Tomorrow I will show you a simple beach scene using it.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!


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Heart Happiness

Whenever I write a post for my blog I look up the name or the item number so I can put it at the bottom of the post in case anyone is interested in looking at it or buying it.  As I was doing this, I realized that the embossing folder I used is no longer available.  That is sad because it is a great embossing folder for Valentine’s Day and I decided to go ahead and post the card anyway.  Lots of people are looking for ideas that own this folder so I thought it would be ok to do.

I used some current product on this card too.  The heart is from a brand new stamp set that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Heart Happiness.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then used my Stampin’ Blends to color it in.  The colors I used are listed below.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers so you need to use a water based ink such as the Memento Ink so it doesn’t smear when coloring.  After I was done I decided to add a little sparkle to the card and went over the flowers with my Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush. I know it is hard to see in the picture but it added just a subtle amount of glitter to it.

The banner and the sentiment are from a stamp set called Bloomin’ Love.  I used a die from the Large Numbers dies to cut it out.


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