Handsomely Suited

Stampin Up Handsomely Suited

Here is the second card of my Designer Series Paper posts.  If you recall, on Monday, I wrote about how I can’t get myself to make that first cut into a sheet of DSP.  I keep thinking if I cut it, then come up with a fantastic idea to use it, I won’t be able to because it is already cut.   DSP has at least two sheets of every design and there are two different designs on each side so that idea is silly.  One of the things I always do when I open a pack of Designer Series Paper is to arrange all the sheets so I can see both sides of the patterns.  That way, when I flip through I can see all the designs instead of two sheets of the same side.  It really helps me in using them and seeing what goes together.

To make this card I used the Well Suited Designer Series Paper that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and part of the Well Suited Suite.  I love the patterns in this paper.  It is perfect for masculine cards but can also be used for all cards too.  The dotted piece is 1 3/8″ x 5.25″.  The striped side is 2.75″ x 5.25″.  I decided to cut a little strip of Basic Gray cardstock to divide the two patterns.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Handsomely Suited and is also part of the Well Suited Suite.  I stamped it in Basic Gray ink and then punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  Lastly I added a few of the Matte Black Dots.

Stayed tuned for another post using mostly Designer Series Paper on Friday.  If I can cut it and use it, you can too

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Approaching Perfection

Stampin Up Approaching Perfection

I don’t know about you, but I have a Designer Series Paper hoarding problem.  For some crazy reason, it is always so hard to make that first cut.  As a result of this, I end up having boxes and boxes of retired Designer Series Paper that never gets used.  I used to think that I needed to save it in case I decide to use it in one of my stamp classes.  I can’t use that excuse anymore since I am not holding any classes.  Therefore, I have decided to dedicate all my posts this week to making simple cards using Designer Series Paper and a sentiment.

This first card I made is using the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I used the Night Of Navy polka dot piece for the background and the Purple Posy piece for the balloon.  The balloon and string are part of the Happy Dies which is also in the Annual Catalog.  Can you imagine using a brand new, uncut piece of DSP just for a small balloon?  Really.  Hoarding is a sickness.

I cut two pieces of cardstock (one Night Of Navy and one in Basic White) using the Stitched Nested Labels dies.  The sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration stamp set called Approaching Perfection.  You can get this stamp set for FREE if you purchase the Playing With Patterns DSP, the Stitched Nested Labels and a pack of Basic White cardstock!  Everyone loves FREE!

Stayed tuned for Wednesday’s and Friday’s posts for more cards using my Designer Series Paper.  I am determined to use this beautiful paper more often so you will see more of it in the future.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It 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. 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 an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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Berry Blessings

Welcome everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to make something using our favorite Sale-a-bration products.  For my card, I used the Berry Blessings Bundle.  This includes the Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  The best part about this bundle is you can have it for free with a $100 order!  How great is that?

Stampin Up Berry Blessings

I decided to make a simple fun fold card using these products.  It is called a Gatefold card (thanks Julia & Buffy) but instead of folding an 11″ x 4.25″ piece of Night Of Navy cardstock in half, I scored it at 2.75″ on both sides and then folded them both towards the center.  Then I added a  4 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ piece of Basic White cardstock on each end and I layered a 2.5″ x 4″ piece of the DSP on top (again, on both sides).

The Berry Blessings stamp set is a two-step stamp set where you use two stamps to make one image.  I first stamped the leaves in Garden Green Ink and then the inside of the leaves in Granny Apple Green Ink.  I stamped both the outline and the inside of the blueberries and the sentiment using Night Of Navy Ink.  Then I cut it out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I layered that on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and adhered the left side to the card.   I only but the adhesive on the left side because If you put adhesive on both sides, it would not open.

This is what is looks like when opening it.

Stampin Up Berry Blessings

This is the card fully opened up.  I decided to put a couple strips of the Designer Series Paper on the inside too.

Stampin Up Berry Blessings Stampin Up Berry Blessings

I have to say the colors in the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper are very vibrant.  Another really nice thing is this bundle goes well with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle in the 2021 January – June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with their favorite Sale-a-bration products.  Maybe we all used the same products.  We have actually never done that before but there is always a first for everything.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It 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. 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 an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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Handsomely Suited

Stampin UP Handsomely Suited

My granddaughter, Emy loves to get mail, wears a lot of bows and loves sparkly things so I made her this card using the Handsomely Suited Bundle.  I like to try to find ways to use a certain stamp set or bundle in different ways then just the obvious and usual way.

It was a very easy card to make.  I cut all the bows and the centers out using a bow tie die from the Suit & Tie die set using Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  This paper is so much fun because off all the colors and sparkles.  Here is a photo of one of the bows up close you can see how sparkly it is.

What little girl would not love this card!  I know Emy will!

This is a photo of her on Christmas morning.  I gave her a fairy costume so she put it over her Christmas pajamas.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It 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. 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 an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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Hydrangea Haven

Whenever I first get a new Stampin’ Up!® catalog I always do a quick run through and write down everything I want.  The problem with that is almost all the products go on that list!  Then I wait a couple of days and go through it again.  Some things on the original list get crossed off completely.  Some of them go on the maybe list.  Then I go through it again and put some things back on the list and take others off.  As you can see, I have a hard time decided what to buy.  The Hydrangea Hill Suite was always on my yes list.

Hydrangeas, irises and roses are my favorite flowers so when I saw this, it was definitely a must have set.  One of the things that Stampin’ Up!® now does is give you one item number for all the products in a suite.  It is such an awesome idea because you don’t have to enter all the different numbers.  One number gets you everything!  I will warn you ahead of time that you will see this suite many, many times on my blog because I love it.

To make this card, I took a piece of of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and then onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the flower using Memento Black Ink and then colored it using my Dark and Light Old Olive, Dark Seaside Spray and Light Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blends.  Blue Hydrangeas are my favorite although I love all of the colors they come in.   I cut that out using the coordinating Hydrangea dies and then layered it onto Basic White and Mossy Meadow cardstock. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink.  If you don’t want to order the entire quite you can still get a 10% discount on the stamp set and die Bundle.


Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time where you can earn stamp sets or Designer Series Paper for free with a qualifying order.  It is also the best time to join Stampin’ Up!® because you get free Designer Series Paper with your starter kit.

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Mystery Parts Using Art Gallery

Some of my Stampin’ Up!® team members (Demonstrators that signed under me) have being doing a Mystery Parts Challenge.  This is where one of us sends Stampin’ Up!® products such as card stock, Designer Series Paper, ribbon and Embellishments to the others and we each have to make a card using these products.  I got this idea from Diana Gibbs (thanks for the great idea).  This time Char sent us the “parts”.

Char used products from the Fine Art Floral Suite in the new 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  She sent a piece of the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Fine Arts 3/8″ Ribbon, a piece of Merry Merlot and Whisper White cardstock.  Here is the card I made using these products.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

The first thing I did was to cut the Merry Merlot cardstock and the piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I also cut out a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock with these dies.  I used the coordinating stamp set called Art Gallery to stamp the flowers in Merry Merlot and once again, in Pretty Peacock because I wanted the flowers and the stems to be different colors.  I cut them both out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut the stems off the Merry Merlot die cut and adhered it on top of the Pretty Peacock one.  Of course, they lined up perfectly since I used the same die.

After I did this, I stamped the second part of the flower in Versamark Ink and then applied Heat & Stick powder on top.  I took my Heat Tool and melted the Heat & Stick Powder just enough to make it sticky.  Then I put some of the Gilded Leafing on top.  The Gilded Leafing sticks to the melted powder.  Then you just take a sponge or brush and remove the excess.  After that I layered everything and added the little loop of the Fine Arts 3/8″ ribbon underneath.

Now here are the rest of the cards made by my team members using these parts.

This is Kim’s card:

This one belongs to Karin:

This is Lynette’s:

Char made this card:

This is Karen’s:

I love how each one came out so different, yet so beautiful.  Don’t you think? 

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Wreath Builder Valentine

Have you had a chance to look at the amazing 2021 January – June Mini Catalog?  It has so many amazing products that I had a hard time choosing.  One of the things I did order were these gorgeous Designer Series Papers.  They are both part of the Love You Always Suite and they look even more amazing in person than in the catalog.

The background I used for this card is the Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The colors of this paper are beautiful.  The come in Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Sahara Sand.  The backgrounds are all shiny and the designs are foil.  I used the Blushing Bride piece for this card.  The design is like a lighter copper foil and coordinates with the Love You Always Foil Sheets.

To make this card I first took a piece of the Love You Always Foil Sheets and cut out two wreaths using the Wreath Builder Dies.   Then I cut out the heart which is also part of the Wreath Builder Dies.  It cuts out the word “LOVE” in the middle.  I backed the heart with a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut out the word “you” in white also.  This die is part of the Well Written Die set.

I know it is hard to capture the beauty of this paper so here is a close up.  It really is gorgeous in person.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It 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. 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 an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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In Bloom

Stampin Up In Bloom

I probably should not admit this but sometimes when I am deciding my big pre-order I will look at a stamp set and not put it on my must have list the first time around.  Then I look at the coordinating dies (in this case they are called Pierced Blooms) and sometimes that puts it back on my list.  This was the case with the In Bloom Bundle.  The stamp set is very nice but I had to have those dies.  Anything with stitching makes me happy and these dies have stitching on almost all of them!  I just think they are adorable!

This card made me happy too because I love the bright colors in it.  As you can see it is mostly using the Pierced Blooms dies.  Only the sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  I first cut all the flowers, the centers and the leaves out using the dies.  I cut much more than I really needed before deciding what to use.  I do that all the time which means I have pieces and pieces of cut shapes in a container that I can use later (when I remember to!).  I adhered the die cuts to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Multipurpose Glue and Stampin Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape Ink and punched it out using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Now, another fun die set I saw was the Stitched With Whimsey Dies.  I also knew I had to have those the first time I saw them.  They do not cut out the rectangle shapes.  They only cut the stitching around the outside of a piece of cardstock that you have already cut.  I love the crazy stitching they make.  It reminds me of how I sew!  I made a dress once in high school that would have looked awesome if I had one shoulder about four inches shorter than the other and if you didn’t look too closely at the seams!  Luckily I only got graded on how it looked on the table and not on me!

Anyway, here is a close up of the the Stitched With Whimsey dies did on the Gorgeous Grape background.

Stampin Up In Bloom

Aren’t they cute?!?

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  • A an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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Art Gallery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to use our favorite products from the new 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  I had a hard time choosing this because there are so many great products in this catalog but I went with the Fine Art Floral Suite.  I love the images in this suite, and of course, the coordinating dies (which you can purchase in a Bundle and save 10%) and the Gilded Leafing.

To make this card, I first took a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and embossed it using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  It kind of looks like stucco on a wall and is very subtle.  After that I stamped the large and medium flowers in Coastal Cabana ink.  Then I did the magic!  I stamped the second part of these flowers in Versamark and sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder over it and melted it with my Heat Tool.  The trick here is to just heat it until it melts.  If you heat it too much it looses it stickiness and the Gilded Leafing won’t stick.  After it is barely melted you stick in the Leafing on it and press down.  Then I took a sponge and wiped off the excess.  I did the same thing with the smaller flowers after stamping the first layer in Petal Pink.  I cut all of these out using the coordinating dies.

As a side note, the Gilded Leafing comes in a small jar.  I carefully opened it because I had read online that if you open it too quickly it will go all over the place.  It is very, very light and can float around.  I dumped it in a box that has a top to it.  That way, I can put the stamped image upside down in the box and press.  Make sure you put the top back on the box or you just might hit it with your elbow and send the leafing flying (yes, I did this).

The next thing I did was take the striped stamp from the stamp set called Pattern Play and lightly inked it with Versamark, sprinkled the Heat & Stick Powder, heat it with my Heat Tool and added the Gilded Leafing.  I stamped it lightly because I didn’t want it to be heavy lines and also wiped the Gilding off harder than usual.  I layered that piece of cardstock on a piece of Gold Foil.

I stamped the stems in Mint Macaron ink and cut them out using the dies.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Coastal Cabana ink and cut it out using the coordinating die and layered it on top of a mall strip of Gold Foil Paper.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie’s and Buffy”s favorite products are in the new catalog.  I am sure they will talk me into buying something I haven’t already because they always do!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It 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. 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 an assortment of six 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper packs
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

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Handsomely Suited

Stampin Up Handsomely Suited

Well Suited in a new Suite that is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  It is a perfect set for making masculine cards for birthdays, Father’s Day or for a thank you card.  The stamp set in this Suite is called Handsomely Suited.  It includes a couple of tie and bowtie stamps and some great sentiments.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Suit & Tie Dies.  They not only cut out the images in the stamp set but they also have a die that can be made into a suit or shirt.  It is just adorable!

In addition to the stamps and dies, this Suite also includes Well Suited Designer Series Paper and a Well Suited Twine Combo Pack.   All these products coordinate with each other making it so easy to put together a great card for your Dad, husband, sons and all the other men in your life.

This card was super easy to make.  I first cut out the three ties using the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray ink and punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  I adhered the ties to another piece of the DSP using Stampin’ Dimensionals and layered the sentiment on top. 

On another note, due to unforeseen circumstances, Stampin’ Up!® is no longer carrying Whisper White cardstock.  They are replacing this cardstock with Basic White cardstock.  Here are the products with the items numbers for you.

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