Let’s Go To The Beach

Good morning everyone!  Today is another day for a Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a theme card.  We can make a card (or project) with a beach theme.  My favorite place in the world is a tropical beach so it was not hard for me to get into this theme.

Here is my card:

To make this card I used a couple of different stamp sets.  First I stamped the sand using the stamp set called High Tide in Crumb Cake.  The then tore (yes, Buffy I really did!) the piece of cardstock so it looked a little uneven as sand might.  Then I stamped the sea grass and the sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the water and Crumb Cake for the seagulls on Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The chair is from a set of Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  I love that Stampin’ Up! throws in miscellaneous dies sometimes.  The sentiment and the drink (I used Calypso Coral) are from Colorful Seasons stamp set which match the Seasonal Layers dies.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  We don’t show each other our creations before we post so it is always a surprise to see what amazing things they make.

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Animal Outing

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last night.  We used the stamp set called Animal Outing.  I got this set for free at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage in April.  OnStage is a convention that only Demonstrators can go to.  It is so much fun and you get a lot of free merchandise when you go.  Right now Stampin’ Up! is having a special when you join.  For $99 you get to choose $125 worth of any current products AND you also get ten free ink pads!  That is a $75 value alone!  Click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

Animal Outing has matching Framelits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I know this card looks pretty plain and simple but it has a fun aspect to it that you can’t really see from the picture.  First, we stamps the Rhino in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock.  Then we stamped just the head of the Rhino onto another piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and cut it out using the Animal Friends Framelits.

Now the fun part!  We attached the head of the Rhino to the body using a Mini Spring I purchased online. It has adhesive on the top and the bottom and it makes the head wiggle when you touch it.  The Mini Spring looks like this:

The Designer Series Paper we used is called Nature’s Poem.  Remember during the month of July you can buy three Designer Series Paper packs and get one free.



Varied Vases

Varied Vases is a fun new stamp set in the Stampin” Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  It was designed by a Demonstrator who reached one million dollars in sales.  Stampin’ Up! has been around for 30 years and there are a handful of Demos that have made this remarkable achievement.  When you reach a million dollars you not only get a big check, you also get to design your own stamp set.  How fun is that?  You can tell which sets are designed by the million dollar Demos by looking for a gold colored logo next to the set.

Varied Vases has a matching punch called Vases Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The colors I used for this card are Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick and Gorgeous Grape.  The Designer Series Paper I used is from the 2018-2020 In Color 6″ x 6″ paper.  You can get this paper in all the color families.

I promised some more pictures of my trip to Nashville yesterday.  Here is a picture of Madelyn.

Madelyn is three now.  She has grown up so much!  I do have to say she is hard to take a picture of.  She will look at the camera and smile for about 2 seconds so if you are not quick then she goes back to what she was doing before.  You have to snap about 50 pictures at a time and hope you can get good one!  Madelyn is a little sweet, a lot of sassy and very bright!  I guess that goes along with being three!

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Another Abstract Impressions

As I am sure you can tell, I love the stamp set called Abstract Impressions.  Of course, I love most flower stamps anyway but this one is one of my favorites from the new catalog.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Springtime Impressions and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The colors I used for this card are Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink ( this color is a very pretty light peach), Grapefruit Grove and Daffodil Delight.  I find the best way to use this two-step stamp set is to stamp the lighter color first and then the darker one over it.

Last week I went to Nashville to visit Sam, Tara, Madelyn and Nolan.  They just moved there to begin their new journey in life.  I am very proud of all of them and of course, wish them the best.  Sam, at the age of 34, has finally finished all his schooling and got a real job.  He did four years of college, four years of medical school, 3 years of residency, 3 years of a Cardiology fellowship and 2 years of Intervention Cardiology!  That is a lot of schooling!  Crazy, isn’t it?!

Now I am sure you know what is coming!  Grandchildren pictures.  Today’s picture is of Nolan.  He is 9 months old and the sweetest baby boy you will ever meet.  When you just look at him, he smiles and when you pick him up he wraps his little arms around your neck and actually gives you a hug.  It is the sweetest thing! He he is at school watercoloring.  I think he likes it!

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Stitched All Around

Stitched All Around is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching Framelits called Stitched Labels and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set is has some cute sentiments but the dies is what drew me to this suite in the first place.

There are ten dies in this set.  They are mostly label dies which make them perfect for sentiments but there are a few other dies in the set that really add to it.  If you look at my card you can see the pattern that one of the dies makes.  It doesn’t cut out a shape.  It just pierces the cardstock to make this cute X pattern.  Plus it has two straight dies that add piercings to your cardstock.  One makes x’s and the other makes dots.  You are going to love this set of Framelits!

On a side note, here is a picture of Emory Jade.  She is growing up so fast and is already 16 months old!  She is the cutest and sassiest little southern girl.  Just look at those eyes!  She looks just like her Mama.

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Beautiful Bouquet

Here is another card using the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This stamp set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch but I didn’t use them on this card.

Every morning Emma (my dog) and I take a walk before we do anything else.  Well, that is not true because Emma has to eat the second she gets up so after she eats we go for our walk.  Our house is located on a private dirt road so there isn’t usually any traffic.  The cottage is different though.  If we go early in the morning there is not many cards but if we go later, there is a lot of traffic and it is going fast.  Emma is trained to come to me whenever a car get close so we are pretty safe.  There was one morning when Rob came with us and someone driving a truck did not see us at all.  All three of us were about to jump out the way when the driver saw us at the last minute.  That was scary.

Anyway, the reason I am telling you all of this is because there is a house that has a beautiful flower garden in the front.  Her flowers are all purple, yellow and pink.  It is a beautiful combination of Irises, peonies and a few others.  That is where I got the inspiration for this card.

The colors I used for this card are Gorgeous Grape, Pineapple Punch, Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green.  The ribbon is gorgeous in person.  It is called 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape.  It also comes in Bermuda Bay and Poppy Parade.

By the way, this was the sunset picture on June 21st (Summer Solstice).  It was gorgeous!

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Tropical Chic Meets Broadway Lights

Yesterday was my friend, Renee’s birthday.  She is such an amazing person that the entire country celebrates her birthday!  Actually, she is an amazing person.  She is part of my stamp club and always does a great job making her cards.  Plus, she knew all the new color names before I did!  I think she has the entire catalog memorized by now. Now that is amazing!

One of the fun things about Stampin’ Up! is you can mix and match stamp sets and dies.  They offer “suites” in the catalog to make it easy for people to order things that go together but so many other products can be used with other.  The sky is the limit!

I used the stamp sets called Tropical Chic and Broadway Birthday,  I am pretty sure you can guess which stamps go with each stamp set  but just in case you need some help, the leaves and flowers are from Tropical Chic and the sentiment is from Broadway Birthday.  Both of these stamp sets have matching dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I actually used the matching dies from Broadway Birthday called Broadway Lights to cut out the word “wish”.  The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron, Mango Melody and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Happy Birthday Renee.  I hope your day was amazing!

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