Prized Peony

Stampin Up Prized Peony

This is the birthday card I made for my friend Buffy.  If you have been reading my blog at all, then you know who Buffy is.  She is a very sweet, kind and artistic person and she loves vintage cards.  I, on the other hand, can not make a vintage card to save my life.  They always look like such a mess and 9 times out of 10 they end up in the trash.  Normally vintage cards are scrunched, splattered and torn (the idea of this gives me hives. I mean who wants to ruin good cardstock by ripping it???)  I decided that maybe if I kept it simple, I could do it.

The first thing I did was stamp the peony from the Stampin’ Up!® Prized Peony stamp set in Memento Black ink and cut it out using the coordinating Peony Dies.  So far so good.  Black and white can be vintage, right?  Then I used one of the stencils from Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and lightly sponged Purple Posy, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue ink over it using the Stampin’ Up!® Sponges onto Whisper White cardstock. I figured if I used soft colors it would be more vintage.  I thought about adding ribbon or something else but decided to leave it alone.

The sentiment is from Beautiful Autumn which is in the August – December Mini Catalog.  It is one of my favorite sentiments.

So what do you think?  Can this card be considered vintage?

PS:  I just realized Purple Posy Ink is not available.  Sorry!

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Arrange A Wreath

Stampin Up Arrange A Wreath

Arrange A Wreath is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I love wreath so I knew I had to have this set as soon as it became available.  The great thing about it is it can be used year round.  The stamp set includes flowers for spring and summer, hearts for Valentine’s Day, Easter eggs for Easter and a partridge & pears for Christmas.  If you also purchased the Beautiful Autumn stamp set you can add leaves to it for Fall.

To make this card I first cut everything out using my new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  This machine is awesome!  It cuts everything so smoothly and the first time so you don’t have to go back and forth 3 or 4 times.  If the die is very intricate you may have to go forward once and back once, but the little pieces just fall right out of the cut paper.  After I cut them all out I adhered them to the Pretty Peacock cardstock using Multipurpose Glue.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn.  I decided I wanted it white so I stamped it in Versamark and then heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.

The last thing I did was add some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots to the middle of the flowers.

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Ornate Thanks Slimline Card

Stampin Up Ornate Thanks

I received this card in the mail from my friend and downline, Char. Char and I have known each other for at least 30 years.  We met when I decided to stay home with my kids after my youngest son, Zachary was born.  She was looking for childcare for her three children so I decided to start watching other kids in my home.  It was actually a perfect idea because all the kids played together.  Char made this card for me after we spent a great day on the lake.

Here is a picture of our time on the boat.  It was such fun!

I love the new slimline cards everyone is making.  I actually made one (which I will show you later) and sent it to Char thanking her for my birthday cake.  She makes the most amazing chocolate zucchini cake.  It is so rich it doesn’t need frosting and is definitely my favorite cake of all time.

Char’s card is 3.75″ x 8.75″. She used the stamp set called Ornate Thanks.  She stamped the sentiment is Pretty Peacock ink and cut it out using the dies called Ornate Labels.  These dies are perfect for making slimline cards.  The Designer Series Paper she used is called Forever Greenery.  It is beautiful paper with beautiful colors.  Char even made a matching envelope for her card.  It was such a nice surprise to get it in the mail!

Thank you, Char!  💙💚💛

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Stampin Up Sale

For 24 hours on September 23rd—from 2:00 AM to 1:59 PM (EST) a select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.  This doesn’t happen very often so take advantage of it when you can!

Here are the stamp sets that are on sale:

143006 HIGH TIDE $26.00 $22.10
143462 MARÉE HAUTE $26.00 $22.10
146386 WATERFRONT $17.00 $14.45
147079 AU BORD DE L’EAU $17.00 $14.45
146519 SWIRLY FRAMES $21.00 $17.85
146676 MAKE A DIFFERENCE $27.00 $22.95
148193 FAIRE LA DIFFÉRENCE $27.00 $22.95
147678 COUNTRY HOME $21.00 $17.85
148433 MAISON DE CAMPAGNE $21.00 $17.85
148580 BUTTERFLY GALA $21.00 $17.85
149096 GALA DE PAPILLONS $21.00 $17.85
149229 BLOOM & GROW $26.00 $22.10
150310 S’ÉPANOUIR ET GRANDIR $26.00 $22.10
149237 FRIEND LIKE YOU $21.00 $17.85
150222 UNE AMITIÉ COMME LA NÔTRE $21.00 $17.85
149252 BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP $22.00 $18.70
149268 INSPIRING IRIS $21.00 $17.85
149379 FAMILY PARTY $22.00 $18.70
149418 PERFECTLY PLAID $17.00 $14.45
149438 HERE’S A CARD $22.00 $18.70
150168 VOICI UNE CARTE $22.00 $18.70
149450 FLORAL ESSENCE $17.00 $14.45
150205 ESSENCE FLORALE $17.00 $14.45
149452 TO A WILD ROSE $26.00 $22.10
150335 ROSE SAUVAGE $26.00 $22.10
150458 SNOWMAN SEASON $18.00 $15.30
150681 LA NEIGE PREND VIE $18.00 $15.30
150483 SNOW FRONT $22.00 $18.70
150508 TAGS TAGS TAGS $21.00 $17.85
150776 ÉTIQUETTES COQUETTES $21.00 $17.85
150513 ITTY BITTY CHRISTMAS $22.00 $18.70
150732 NOËL TOUT MINI $22.00 $18.70
150528 NATURE’S BEAUTY $21.00 $17.85
151345 DANDELION WISHES $20.00 $17.00
151513 GRACE’S GARDEN $18.00 $15.30
152215 JARDIN DE GRACE $18.00 $15.30
151518 UNDER MY UMBRELLA $16.00 $13.60
151906 SOUS MON PARAPLUIE $16.00 $13.60
151643 SPECIAL SOMEONE $17.00 $14.45
151650 MY MEADOW $21.00 $17.85
151666 DRESSED TO IMPRESS $18.00 $15.30
152370 JUSTE LA CLASSE $18.00 $15.30
152496 MOVING ALONG $17.00 $14.45
152897 JOYEUSE EXCURSION $17.00 $14.45
152500 A GRAND KID $21.00 $17.85
152847 CHERS PETITS-ENFANTS $21.00 $17.85
152509 COMFORT & HOPE $21.00 $17.85
152902 ESPOIR ET RÉCONFORT $21.00 $17.85
152512 RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME $22.00 $18.70
152533 HOORAY TO YOU $17.00 $14.45
152536 ZANY ZEBRAS $19.00 $16.15
152539 HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS $19.00 $16.15
152981 OCCASION DE CÉLÉBRER $19.00 $16.15
152544 LOYAL LEAVES $23.00 $19.55
152547 CAMOUFLAGE $17.00 $14.45
152550 WHISKEY BUSINESS $19.00 $16.15
152988 CATÉGORIE SUPÉRIEURE $19.00 $16.15
152553 CAMPOLOGY $22.00 $18.70
152556 STACKED STONE $17.00 $14.45
152578 MASSIVE THANKS $22.00 $18.70
152592 SENDING SUNSHINE $17.00 $14.45
153252 PLEIN DE SOLEIL $17.00 $14.45
152594 EMBRACE EACH MOMENT $22.00 $18.70
152599 DRYBRUSH $17.00 $14.45
152607 QUEEN ANNE’S LACE $17.00 $14.45
153269 DENTELLE DE LA REINE ANNE $17.00 $14.45
152612 TEXTURED ESSENTIALS $23.00 $19.55
152618 WALK IN THE WOODS $21.00 $17.85
153258 PROMENADE BOISÉE $21.00 $17.85
152627 BORDERS ABOUND $21.00 $17.85
152630 SENIOR YEARS $20.00 $17.00
152931 LE TROISIÈME ÂGE $20.00 $17.00
152633 MANY MATES $23.00 $19.55
152641 FROM ALL OF US $21.00 $17.85
153189 DE NOUS TOUS $21.00 $17.85
152646 GAME ON $19.00 $16.15
152947 COUP DE CHANCE $19.00 $16.15
152651 SEASIDE VIEW $19.00 $16.15
152657 WAY TO GOAT $19.00 $16.15
152959 VIEUX BOUC $19.00 $16.15
152660 HIS LOVE $22.00 $18.70
152965 SON AMOUR $22.00 $18.70
152663 PRETTY PARASOL $16.00 $13.60
153289 GORGEOUS POSIES $19.00 $16.15
153292 BOUQUET MAGNIFIQUE $19.00 $16.15
153303 ZOO GLOBE $17.00 $14.45
153305 BASKET OF BLOOMS $17.00 $14.45
153307 CELEBRATION OF TAGS $21.00 $17.85
153591 FRAMED FOR YOU MSA $19.00 $16.15
153594 BIEN ENCADRÉ $19.00 $16.15

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  Remember, this is for one day only so don’t miss out!

Playful Alphabet

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

As most of you know, I love big and bold sentiments.  I like them in stamps and dies.  This year, Stampin’ Up!® has a set of dies called Playful Alphabets. In a way, these is the best of all worlds. You can make any sentiment you want using these letters.  They are small enough to even fit the word “celebrate” on a card.  They are part of the Playing With Patterns Suite which includes the stamp set called Pattern Play, Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.

This was a very simple card to make.  I cut out the letters of “HAPPY” in Just Jade cardstock.  I didn’t have to line them up to cut them because I was just going to use the letters.  I then cut two triangles out of Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper using the new Stitched Triangles Dies.  I used the flower side for the triangles and then added little strips from the other side of the paper along the edges.  Don’t you just love how Designer Series Paper is two-sided?  If you don’t like one side you can use the other.  The only problem I run into is when I love both sides and then have to choose.

The word birthday is from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything.

As a side note, we should have arrived in Nashville to our new house yesterday.  I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago so I wouldn’t have to worry about unpacking all my stamping products the second I got home.  Although we hated leaving the cottage, we are very excited to start our new life here.  Hopefully I will meet some fellow stampers soon so I can have someone to stamp with.

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Forever Fern

Good morning everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  We were talking about challenges and one of us asked if we should use a specific stamp set since we really have never done that before.  I know sometimes two of us may end up using the same but we have never planned that.  Forever Fern was the only set we all owned so we went with that.

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The stamp set called Forever Fern is part of a Suite called Forever Greenery.  This suite also includes the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and the dies in a bundle), gorgeous Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, two embossing folders, ribbon and the very cute Gold Hoops I used on this project.

For me, one of the hardest parts of making a card is choosing the colors.  I usually go with the same old ones but lately I have been trying new combinations.  This time I used Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Rococo Rose.  I first took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I love how embossing folders add some dimension to the background of a card.  Then I stamped all the images and cut them out using my brand new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  I love that thing!

Next I embossed the sentiment on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Versamark and White Stampin Emboss Powder.  Then I cut it out using a die from Tasteful Labels.  I used Multipurpose Glue to attach the Gold Hoop to the cardstock and dimensionals to attach the other images.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with this amazing Bundle.  I am sure I am going to have to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) their designs.

Arrange A Wreath

Stampin Up Arrange A Wreath

Arrange A Wreath with the coordinating Wreath Builder Dies are one of my favorite bundles in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It was the first stamp set I ordered when it became available.  It has a wreath stamp and two wreath dies which are gorgeous plus it has other images that make this bundle usable the entire year.  Some of the images include a Partridge, pears (for Christmas), Easter eggs for Easter (of course) and flowers and leaves for spring and summer wreaths.  In the 2020 August – December Catalog there is a stamp set called Beautiful Autumn that has three matching punches.  You could use them for a beautiful Fall wreath.

For this card I decided to use Whisper White cardstock and then add a pop of color to it.  I also cut the wreath and the heart in Whisper White.  Then I cut the heart again in Purple Posy and just used the letters for the word “love”.  The word “you” is from the die set called Well Written.  The stamped the Daffodil Delight flowers and cut them out using the coordinating die and I cut the small flowers out of Purple Posy cardstock.  The little leaves are Soft Sea Foam.  The ribbon 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight.  I decided at the last moment to add some Elegant Faceted Gems to the centers of the Purple Post flowers to add a little sparkle.  Who doesn’t like a little sparkle?

This is our last week at the lake house.  We are heading back to Nashville soon.  I am both sad and happy about this.  I love our lake house and one of my sons lives here so I will miss him and his family (that Olivia is just the cutest!).  On the other hand, I am excited to start our new adventure in Nashville, be closer to my two other sons and their families (can you say Madelyn, Nolan, Emory and soon to arrive Jackson!) and set up our new house (especially my stamp room!).  We really have the best of everything no matter where we are!  Rob and I are so thankful.

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Beautiful World

World Of Good is a suite of products that are in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Beautiful World, World Map Dies (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper,  Brass Foil Sheets, ribbon, an embossing folder and more.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® puts products together.  It makes it so much easier than guessing what goes with what (especially for very unartistic people like me!).

Now that I actually am looking carefully at this card, I realized I did not use the Beautiful Word stamp set.  The entire card is die cut except for the sentiment which is from the stamp set called Well Said.  I thought it fit perfectly with the globes especially lately.  I don’t know about you but I miss my family and this would be a perfect card to let them know.

To make this card I first cut out the globes in the new Brass Foil Sheets.  The World of Good DSP has Brass in it so they match perfectly so I used that DSP as a background.  I cut the globe stands out of Seaside Spray cardstock as well as the sentiment using a new punch called Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.  This punch cuts out six different shapes for your sentiments and you can make them as short or as long as you want them to be.  It is a wonderful invention!

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#simplestamping Card Class

Yesterday I had my first in-person mini card class since the COVID mess started with a neighbor of mine.  She has a cottage a couple of doors down from us and we have been spending the summer together so we both thought it was safe to do a class.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to teach someone new to stamping.  They always think they aren’t creative and can’t do it and it is fun to watch them realize that they can and that they love it!

We made three simple cards.  Two of them just involved stamping and the third one we did some die cutting with the new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  These are the two stamping cards.


The first one we used the stamp set called Cute Fruit.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginners Brochure.  I first stamped the background pineapples in BumbleBee Ink on BumbleBee cardstock.  Then we stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee and Granny Apple Green ink.


The second card I used some World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper and the stamp set called Sailing Home.  Both of these cards just involved stamps, paper and ink.


She loved making those cards so I decided to step it up a bit to show her how to die cut an image.  I actually posted this card a few weeks ago on my blog but I will show it to you again.  It used the dies called Stitched Leaves.  She loved the way the dies cut the leaf and added the stitching to it.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Lovely You.  It has a coordinating punch called Banners Pick a Punch.

Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

I will always remember my first time stamping.  I was invited to a workshop.  I didn’t want to go but it was being held by a friend of mine so I felt obligated to go.  I am so glad I did!  I loved it from that minute on!  Everyone can stamp.  Even people who are as un-artisitic as me!  Stampin’ Up!® makes it so easy.  Remember that commercial where it said “Try it.  You’ll like it”? I can’t remember what it was for, but it certainly pertains to stamping.  I haven’t met a single person who didn’t enjoy making a card or two.

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Boho Indigo & A Fun Technique

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

One of the best things about the internet is so many talented stampers, crafters, artists, etc share their creations online.  Some of them even give you directions to make the cards.  When you do use their designs it is called CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) but it is also important to give the person credit if you use one of their ideas or designs.

These particular cards used the herringbone technique.  A fellow stamper, Carole Parsons shared this technique (I put her link below).  It is easy to do but it does take a bit of time.  I love how it came out.

I started out with a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock that was 5″ x 3.75″.  You can choose whatever color you wish, although you should try to match it to your Designer Series Paper in case you miss covering a tiny bit of it.  Then I covered that piece of cardstock with our Adhesive Sheets.  They make it so much easier to attach the piece of your herringbone design instead of using Stamp ‘N Seal or Multipurpose Glue.

The Designer Series Paper I used is from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.  This “kit” is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It comes with a stamp set, coordinating dies, DSP, ribbon and embellishments.  I took four sheets of the DSP and cut 1/4″ strips.  This gave me eight different designs because you have two designs on one sheet of paper.  After adhering the Adhesive Sheet on the cardstock I placed my first three strips like this placing the long diagonal one first and then the two shorter strips:

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

Then you take one quadrant at a time and fill in the empty spaces with the strips of DSP.  I alternated a dark strip and then a light strip and then dark, etc.

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I cut all the extra sections of DSP off the ends as I went so I could use those strips on this card.  Then I started on the rest of the quadrants doing one at a time.

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

After this was all done, I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out the center.

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Then I trimmed off the outside piece and used it on the other card.

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

I added the sentiment which is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.

If you wold like to see Carole’s video on how to do this click HERE.

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