Forever Greenery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite Designer Series Paper.  This was probably the hardest challenge we have had in a long time.  Why you ask?  Because I truly haveTHREE favorite DSPs.  I love Flowers For Every Season because it is bright and cheery.  It has flower patterns on one side and designs on the other.  I also love Peony Garden for the total opposite reason I love Flowers For Every Season.  Peony Garden is soft and uses neutral colors and goes with everything.  Then there is Forever Greenery.  I love the colors in this paper and it has beautiful leaf designs on one side and patterns on the other.  I was tempted to show you three cards using each of these papers but I decided to will have to wait to see the other two.  Although I was going to show you the Peony Garden DSP but I didn’t like the card I made so I changed my mind.

As you can see I chose Forever Greenery for this challenge.  The great thing about this paper is it uses every green Stampin’ Up!® offers except Old Olive.  Actually Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive are very close so you could get away with using it.

To make this card I first ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through my die cutting machine using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders and layered it over a piece of Forever Greenery DSP.  The two designs go together since they are similar in design.  I layered them on top of a  Shaded Spruce card base.  Then I stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set three times.  I cut two of them out using the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing and left one uncut in the background.  I stamped the berries in Rococo Rose and cut that out too.  I stamped the greeting and put it all together.  I felt like it needed something so I added a piece of the Misty Moonlight and Silver Baker’s Twine.  I am not sure if that made it look better so just weird because it doesn’t really match but I left it anyway.

Now let’s go see what Designer Series Paper Buffy and Jackie used.  Do you think they had as much trouble as I did choosing?

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Beautiful World

World Of Good is a new suite that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This suite includes the Beautiful World stamp set, the matching dies called World Map (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamps and dies in a Bundle), Designer Series Paper, an Embossing Folder and some embellishments.  The Suite thing started a couple of years ago and I love it.  I used to have to guess what products would go with other products but now Stampin’ Up!® takes all the guess work out of that.  It makes it so much easier.

To make this card, I used the World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I cut out the circle using a Circle die (which is now retired).  The background DSP is from the other side of the circle paper.  I love how they have 2 different sides on each piece.  I stamped two the feathers from the Beautiful World stamp set in Crumb Cake ink and I embossed the third one using Copper Embossing Powder.  The specialty DSP is really brass but they don’t have brass Embossing Powder which is why I used copper.  I cut all three leaves out using the coordinating die.

The sentiment is from the new stamp set called Best Year.  I stamped it in Misty Moonlight ink and then punched it out using the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.  This punch actually makes six different tags to use.  It has two sides to it and you can cut out 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ tags out on both sides.  Lastly I added the little copper swirl using one of the dies.

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County Home Fun Fold

Good morning everyone.  Today I made a cute fun fold card that I saw on the internet somewhere (sorry I can not remember where).  The card I saw that was made by a stamper from the UK named Amanda Charlesworth (if you click on her name it will take you to a link on her YouTube channel with directions).  Her measurements made a larger card than I wanted to make so I had to experiment with how to make it a regular A2  (5.5″ x 4.25″) card but other than the measurements, I followed her directions.  Once you learn how to make the sliding piece, the rest is easy.  I listed the measurements of each piece below.

This fun fold is called Slide and Lock.  The middle section keeps the card together and you slide it up to open it.

The sentiment I used for this card is from the stamp set called Country Home.  The Designer Series Paper is Flowers For Every Season.  I used a die from Stitched Shapes to cut out the sentiment.  The measurements are as follows:

Card base:  Whisper White 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 2 1/8″ on both sides.  Then I cut a 1/16″ off one side to make it slide better.

The side panels on the card base (using the DSP) are 1 7/8″ x 5.25″ and 1 15/16″ x 5.25″ (remember you needed to cut that 1/16″ off one side so you have to adjust the DSP for that.

The sliding mechanism is 4 pieces of Whisper White cardstock 2.75″ x 2.75″.

2 pieces of Misty Moonlight cardstock 2.5″ x 2.5″

1 piece of DSP 2 3/8″ x 2/38″

1 piece of Whisper White cardstock cut out with a square from the Stitched Shapes Dies.

I think it would be fun to use different shapes for this card such as a circle, a star or a label die.  Thanks, Amanda for sharing your directions!

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Flowering Blooms

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Flowering Blooms is a new stamp set that is part of a new bundle in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This stamp set has matching dies called Flowering Dies.  I have a small confession to make.  I totally forgot it had matching dies until right now while I am writing this post.  It is ok though.  I still love how this card came out even if it is simple.  It is actually a card that a beginner stamper can make with just ink, paper and stamps.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have this particular stamp set.  You can use any stamp you have on hand.

Flowering Blooms is a DisINKtive Stamp set that was patented by Stampin’ Up!  They are specially made stamps that create different opacities in a single stamp that give the image the look of a two-step stamp.  It makes the image look a little 3D.

To make this card, I first stamped the flower in Seaside Spray Ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Gray granite ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia.  I love the font in this set.  The Designer Series Paper is called Peony Garden and has just beautiful and soft designs included in it.

Last October we had a huge wind storm here in Northern New York.  It knocked down trees and caused major flooding on the lakeshores.  We lost our dock in this storm.  It actually got lifted by the surge of water and deposited on a dock two houses down!  We decided we had to do something different with our dock situation so we had the old one totally ripped out, the seawall rebuilt stronger and higher and we added temporary docks that can be pulled out every winter so we didn’t have to worry about them anymore.  We finally finished this project in full last week.

The kids gave Rob the flag and flagpole for Christmas so adding that was the last step.  We should be pretty safe if another storm happens again (hopefully not).

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Prized Peony

I love Peonies so I was happy when I saw a new suite in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called Peony Garden.  This suite includes the stamp set called Prized Peony, Peony Dies, gorgeous Designer Series Paper, beautiful Shimmer ribbon and other embellishments.  I ordered the entire suite.  By the way, did you know that Stampin’ Up!® now gives one item number you can use to order everything in one of their suites?  I love this because you only put in one number instead of 5, 6 or more.  I do have to say, the only bad thing is, if one of the products in the suite becomes unavailable, then you can’t use this number but you can still order the products separately.

To make this card I first cut out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using a die in a new set called Many Medallions and layered it on top of a Crumb Cake card base.  Then I stamped the Peony in Smoky Slate ink because I didn’t want a strong border and cut that out using the matching die.  I know I have been using some of the other new InColors so I decided to give Magenta Madness a little love since I haven’t used that.  I colored the flower using my Magenta Madness Stampin Blends.  I colored the stem using the new Just Jade Blends too.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Band Together and cut it out using a die from the set called Ornate Frames.

So what do you think about the color Magenta Madness?  It is growing on me.



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Forever Fern

Although last week I said Arrange A Wreath was my favorite Stampin’ Up!®  bundle I did mention that I had a lot of favorites from this catalog.  The Suite called Forever Greenery is also one of my favorites.  I love the all the different leaf stamps in Forever Fern, the matching dies called Forever Flourishing and the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is gorgeous!  The colors used in this suite are beautiful together and so elegant.

I started this card by just stamping and cutting out a bunch of the leaf images in different greens.  I think most of our greens go really well with each other.  I arranged them on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I thought they needed a little burst of color added to them so I stamped the berries in Mango Melody.  I used a sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.

I still thought the card needed something more so I added another leaf and a berry to the other side.  The card still looked very white so I added some Soft Seafoam splatters to the background.  This is how I do so many of my cards.  I get an idea in my head and it seems to be missing something so I add a little here and a little there until I like it.  I am not very artistic so sometimes it takes me a while to figure it out (and sometimes it ends up in the trash more often than I like to admit).  That is the great thing about stamping.  Anyone can do it!  Let me tell you, the only reason I passed art class was because I would ask the teacher for help and she would end up doing my whole project.  How could she fail herself?


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Arrange A Wreath

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  Today’s challenge is to use your favorite (or one of your favorite) bundles in the new 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I say one of your favorites because I have many!

First of all I have to say I am in love.  I am in love with the new InColor called Just Jade and I am not usually a green person.  It is a beautiful color and it works perfectly with Mint Macaron.  It is going to be my new Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana combination (which was my favorite until today).  They just compliment each other so well.  I also used another new InColor on this card called Bumblebee for the larger flowers and Highland Heather for the smaller ones.
I used a new Bundle from the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog to make this card.  The stamp set is called Arrange A Wreath and the matching dies are called Wreath Builder Dies.  I love wreaths so I knew it would definitely be on my first order list.  This set did not let me down.  It has two different wreaths in the die set along with other dies that go with the stamp set.

To make this card, I first cut out one layer of the wreath in Just Jade and the second layer in Mint Macaron and adhered them to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I like how the Very Vanilla cardstock softened the look of the card.  Then I cut the large and small flowers out and layered them on top.  I felt like the smaller flowers needed something so I added a 2020-2022 InColor Enamel Dot in Bumblebee.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays in Just Jade Ink and layered that on a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock.  I was going to leave it that way but then I added the flower and leaves to the side.

Now, let’s go see which bundle Jackie and Buffy used.  I know I am going to fall in love with whatever they chose and make me want to buy it (if I haven’t already).  They are such enablers when it comes to this!

So far, what is your favorite Bundle in the new catalog?

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So Much Happy

Stampin’ Up!® has so many new products in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog that I really love.  I bought a lot of the new bundles when this catalog because live on June 3rd.  The thing I really like is that they have great stamp sets that have matching dies but you can also mix and match different products from different bundles.  This is what I did to make this card.

The stamp set I used is called So Much Happy.  This set has matching dies called Happy Dies which are a lot of fun and you can save 10% by purchasing them as a bundle.  I didn’t use the matching dies for this card (although in the near future you will see a card I made using them).  Instead, I used the Stitched Triangles dies.  You know, I have to have all the stitched dies that are available!  These dies are bundled at 10% with the stamp set called The Right Triangle.

I also wanted to show the new InColors to show you how well they go together.  I did not use Magenta Madness because I wanted to make a more masculine card and didn’t think a very bright pink would help with that.  I did use the Stitched Triangle Dies to with the new 6′ x 6″ InColor Designer Series Paper in Bumblebee, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight and Cinnamon Cider.

Here is a little tip on making this card:  I used a T-Ruler to keep everything straight.  If you don’t have a T-Ruler you can get one on Amazon.  They are very inexpensive and really help to keep things aligned.  

Don’t forget, during the month of June you can get an extra $25 in hostess benefits with a minimum $250 order.  It is also a great time to join my Stampin’ Up!® family because you can get $125 worth of products for $99 (with FREE shipping) AND you can choose any Bundle in the new catalog for free too!

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Jar Of Flowers

Flowers For Every Season is new Suite that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It includes two stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, dies, ribbon and embellishments.  I have already posted a card or two using the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.  The other stamp sets that is included in the Flowers For Every Season Suite is called Jar Of Flowers.  It has a matching punch called Jar Punch (appropriately named) and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  In my opinion, you can never have too many flower stamp sets!

To make this card I first stamped the flowers using Soft Suede Ink onto a 2.5″ x 3.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I colored the image using Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow and Night Of Navy Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the jar image on Crumb Cake cardstock also using Soft Suede ink.  Then I stamped the edge of the flower image and cut that part off so it would look like the flower were hanging over the jar.  I am not sure it worked that well but honestly, the flowers were too hard for me to cut out and place on top of the jar.  I am the worst fussy cutter.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called In Good Taste.  I like this paper because it is great for backgrounds.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Mates.  It is also a new set in the Annual Catalog.


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Peaceful Moments

On Monday I showed you how you can make a quick and easy card by letting your Designer Series Paper (DSP) do all the hard work.  Here is another example for you.  If you are anything like me, you purchase a lot of DSP but you don’t use a lot of it.  There is something that keeps me from cutting into that first sheet that makes it so hard to do.  As they say “just do it”.  What good is this beautiful paper if it sits around uncut and unloved?

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Ornate Garden Specialty Paper.  It is called Specialty because it has some gold foil designs on some of the patterns.  I cut a piece of the Terracotta Tile colored paper 4″ x 5.5″ and layered it onto a Whisper White card base.  Then I cut the flowered DSP 2.5″ x 3.75″ and layered that onto a piece of 2.75″ x 4″ Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment “heartfelt” (from the stamp set called Well Said) using Memento Black in onto a piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock and then the “thank you” sentiment (from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments) in Terracotta Tile ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut both of them out using dies from the Tasteful Labels die set

It took me longer to decide which DSP to use then it took to make the card.  So remember.  Cut that Designer Series Paper and use it!  That is what it is for.


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