Hand Penned Petals

Stampin Up Hand Penned

Hand Penned is another new suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  This suite include the stamp set called Hand-Penned Petals, the coordinating dies called Penned Flowers Dies, Hand Penned Designer Series Paper and Genial Gems.  The stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  One of the reasons I love this stamp set is because the sentiments looks like they were hand written and images drawn by hand too.

I used my Stamparatus to make this card because it made it easier to line everything up.  I first stamped the flower image on two 3.5″ x 5″ pieces of Basic White card stock in Memento Black Ink.  I stamped the first one and then left the stamp in the same position and stamped it again on the second piece.  Then I colored the entire image on one using Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent and Polished Pink Stampin Blends.  These are four of the new InColors and I love that these colors have card stock, Ink, Markers and Stampin’ Up!® Blends in all the colors.

After coloring one image I took a die from the set called Scalloped Contours and cut it out using my Cut and Emboss Machine.  I lined it up perfectly with the first uncolored image using Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the sentiment using Soft Succulent ink.  I always forget to use embellishments on my cards so I added three of the Genial Gems.  These gems are fun because they sparkle with glitter. 

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

I know I have said this many times but one of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up!®  Demonstrator is we get to see the new catalogs coming out early and we get to order some of the products before it goes live.  We are able to order most everything in the Mini Catalogs but we are only given a few choices in the Annual Catalog.  I have no patience and can’t wait to get my hands on new products.

One of the first bundles I was able to order during the pre-order period was the Color & Contour Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I just love dies that cut out background shapes (especially if they have stitching on them).  The dies cut out the flower shapes but they also include a stitched scalloped border edge and FIVE scalloped rectangles that are all a little bit different.  I used two of them on this card.

To make this card, I decided to use three of the NewInColors – Pale Papaya, Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia.  This stamp set is a two-step set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I first stamped the flower heads using Memento Black Ink and then stamped the inside of the flowers using the new InColors.  I stamped the leaves and stems from a different stamp in this set using Old Olive Ink and then cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut off the flowers that go with the stems and leaves and attached the other flower to them.  I adhered them to a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had cut out using the second largest scalloped rectangle die.  I place all of that on a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock that I had cut out using the largest scalloped die.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages and cut it out using the Messages die.


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Presenting the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog

Today is the first day of the Stampin’ Up!® 2021-2022 Annual Catalog!  This catalog is amazing and I think it is one of the best.  It has products for everyone.  There are flowers (of course!), critters, shapes and sentiments.  There are new punches and dies.  There is new amazing Designer Series Paper.  The new InColors are gorgeous.

May’s Hostess Code is QS797RZ3

Just click on the cover below and it will take you to the link where you can view the catalog.
Stampin Up Annual Catalog

Stamping up is also offering an amazing deal to join.  For a limited time, new Demonstrators will get even MORE FREE products in their customizable Starter Kit. Sign up from  May 4th – 31st, 2021 and get $30 more in free products than usual.   For $99 you get to choose $155 worth of products for only $99 plus free business supplies, free shipping and all the fun being a part of a fantastic community!  To top it all off you will get a minimum 20% discount on all products!

For more information, you can contact me or click HERE.  There is no obligation to buy another thing but I know you will want to because their products are fantastic.

Sweet Ice Cream & A Sneak Peek

Stampin Up Sweet Ice cream

Tomorrow is a very big day in the Stampin’ Up!® world.  It is the first day of the brand new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  This catalog is packed with new, amazing products that you are going to love.

The Fun Fold card I made today uses a stamp set that was in the 2021 January – June Catalog called Sweet Ice Cream.  This stamp set has a coordinating punch called Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.  The stamp set and punch did carry over into the new Annual Catalog but the 10% Bundle discount did not BUT since the Mini Catalog is available until June, you can still get the savings if you order it before the Mini Catalog expires.

To make this card I first stamped the ice cream scoops in Fresh Freesia (a brand new InColor that will be available to purchase tomorrow) and Highland Heather inks.  I stamped the spindles in Gorgeous Grape for the Highland Heather scoops and Highland Heather on the Fresh Freesia scoop.   I stamped the ice cream cone in Crumb Cake Ink and the cross hatches in Soft Suede. Then I punched them all out using the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

Now comes the fun Sneak Peek part of the card.  I layered all the scoops and cone onto a piece of Basic White card stock and then cut out the scalloped stitched edge using a new set of dies that are in the Annual Catalog coming out tomorrow called Basic Borders.  There are 6 border dies in this set and I love them!  There is a chevron, a rounded, a cloud,  a fancy zigzag and a regular zigzag die in the bundle and they all have stitching on them.  I cut out another piece of Highland Heather card stock using the die too.

I folded a 8.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock in half and then cut off a 1.75″ piece off one side.  Then I layered the piece of Highland Heather card stock that I cut out using the Basic Border die and then the piece of Basic White cardstock with the ice cream cone on it.   Only the Highland Heather part open ups.  I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink on the Fresh Freesia card base.

Remember, today is the last day to buy the retiring products and the Bundle discount on some of the products carrying over!  

After today they will be gone for good!

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Pansy Patch Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to use a new product from the upcoming 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I decided to go with the Pansy Petals Suite.  This suite includes the stamp set called Pansy Patch, the coordinating dies called Pansy Dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them both in a bundle), Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper and Bumble Bee Trinkets (which are just adorable).  The moment I saw this suite, I knew I would have to get it.

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

When I first started playing around with this set, I tried a whole bunch of different colors.  I made a lot of different pansies but this combination was my favorite.  This stamp set is a two step stamp set which means you use two or more stamps to make one image.  The pansies do take five different stamps, although you don’t need to do them if you don’t want to.  The colors I used in order were Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather and the little piece in the middle is Evening Evergreen.  I used Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent for the leaves.  They are both part of the new InColors.  After I stamped everything, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.

For the background I used a Soft Succulent card base.  I adhered two 1″ strips from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper to each side.  Then I glued a 3.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Soft Succulent to a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock.  I think if I did it again, I would have embossed the piece of Soft Succulent but I wasn’t going to rip the card apart and start over again to do this.  Next time!

You can purchase all these products on May 4th when the new catalog comes out.

Now let’s go see what new stamp set Buffy and Jackie used for their cards.  I know once I see them, I will have to buy whatever they used.  They talk me into so many stamp sets.  In the stamp world, we call those kind of people “enablers”!



Use That Designer Series Paper!

When the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog came out I fell in love with a lot of the Designer Series Paper.  I mean, who could resist?  It was all gorgeous.  Then when the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog came out.  I loved a lot of the DSP in that catalog.  Once again, when the January – June Mini Catalog came out, I had to have even more.  I made a vow to start using all my Designer Series Paper more than I usually do.  I hate cutting that first piece.  I keep thinking if I cut a piece out now, what will happen if I need a whole sheet later?  It is a crazy way to think but most stampers have a little craziness in them anyway.

Of course now that all the DSP I purchased is retiring very soon and I still had a lot left over.  So I decided I was going to use a lot of it in the next two weeks.  A lot of it!  I made these three simple cards the other day.  It was a good start.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for this first card.  It is so beautiful and even nicer in person.  I first took a card base of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, folded it in half and cut an inch off on side.  I layered a piece of the DSP on the inside of the card and another piece on the outside.  I stamped the sentiment (which is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit because I didn’t have a Happy Mother’s Day stamp.  Can you believe that??) in Gorgeous Grape Ink and then colored the flowers and leaves using a Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals (also retiring on May 3rd).  I cut a larger oval out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the larger scalloped oval out of Purple Posy.

For this next card I used Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper Series Paper.  I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece over a card base of Pool Party.  I used the Floral Gallery die to cut “just wanted to say” in So Saffron card stock and I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  The DSP speaks for itself on this card so I didn’t think it needed much more.

I also used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper for this last card.  I cut two 1″ strips of the flowers and adhered them to the sides of a Basic White card base.  I then added the Pumpkin Pie piece of DSP in the middle.  The fern is from Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  These cut outs are gold on one side and white on the other.  They are beautiful.  They are also retiring.  Sigh.  So many beautiful papers are retiring.  I stamped the sentiment from Many Messages and cut it out using the coordinating die Messages.  The stamp is one big stamp and so is the die.

Do you have a lot of Designer Series Paper that you are afraid to cut?  You need to just do it.  It is beautiful and it makes gorgeous, easy cards.

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Nothing’s Better Than

Stampin Up Nothings Better Than

I have been talking a lot about the retiring products so I thought I would change it up and talk about one that is carrying over.  It is called Nothing’s Better Than and it has coordinating dies called Love You More Than.  You can purchase both in a bundle and save 10% if you purchase it by May 3rd.  After that it will still be in the upcoming 2021-2022 Annual Catalog but not at the bundle discount.

To make this card, I first decided to use some of the Well Suited Designer Series Paper in my quest to use DSP more.  This DSP is retiring on May 3rd.  I love this paper because it is more masculine and has nice neutral colors that go with anything. I layered one 4″ x 5.25 piece on a Basic Black card base and another 2″ x 4.5″ piece on a 2.25″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic Black card stock.  I cut out the circle using the Stitched Shapes Dies (also retiring and if you do not have these, you need to get them!).  I layered that on top using Stampin Dimensionals.  I cut out the sentiment using Cherry Cobbler card stock and I stamped the cup with Memento Black ink on Cherry Cobbler card stock and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I adhered that to the stitched circle also using Dimensionals.  Lastly I stamped the steam of the tea that is in the cup.  Yes, I said tea because I am not a coffee drinker so I decided it could be tea too!

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True Love Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up True Love

True Love Designer Series Paper is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and it is one of my favorite papers.  Why?  Because it is black and white paper.  I know black and white paper can seem boring by itself but I actually love the look of it because then you can add a pop of color somewhere to make it stand out.   What is even better is you can color it the DSP using your Stampin Blends to go with any project you are making.

For this card I first cut out the flowers from the True Love DSP and colored them using my Dark and Light Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  You can see how quickly this change the look of the paper.  I used Basic Black for the card base and layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed with my Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  Then I took a 3.5″ x 2.5″ piece of the True Love Designer Series Paper and layered that on top of a piece of Basic Black card stock I had cut out using a die from the Stitched So Sweetly set.  Then I adhered the flowers on top.

After this I stamped the sentiment, Hello, using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia.  This stamp set will be retiring on May 3rd.  The True Love Designer Series Paper  will retire on June 30th (or earlier if the supplies run out).  You really need to get this paper because you can use it any way by just coloring it.

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Prized Peony

Stampin Up Prized Peony

I am still on my kick to use my Designer Series Paper that I purchased this past year.  Of course, there is no way I am going to use it all up but I am making a dent in it.  The DSP I used on this card is called Peony Garden.  It is so soft and beautiful.  The colors are Basic Gray, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White (now called Basic White).    It has great flower designs on one side and beautiful patterns on the other.

This card was very simple to make.  I first stamped the flower in Petal Pink ink on Basic White card stock using the Prized Peony stamp set and then cut it out using the coordinated Peony Dies.   I embossed a piece of Basic White cardstock using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and adhered that to a Basic White card base.  Then I cut a piece of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper that was 4.25″ x 4.25″ and cut the top at a slant.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia in Gray Granite ink on a piece of Petal Pink card stock and then adhered that on top of the DSP and Basic White piece to cover the seam.

This card was very simple to make but looks very elegant to me.   Prized Peony and the coordinating Peony dies will be carrying over into the new catalog.  Unfortunately, Good Morning Magnolia is retiring as so is the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  If you love those products as much as I do, you need t order them by May 3rd when they will be gone for good.

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Beauty Of Friendship Sneak Peek

Stampin Up Beauty Of Friendship

One of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator is you get to order new products from an upcoming catalog before anyone else.  Of course, there are other great things about being a Demo such as getting a discount and meeting new friends but I especially love that I can get my hands on new products sooner.  I am not a very patient person!

One of the new products I was able to purchase is the Beauty Of The Earth Suite.  This suite includes the stamp set called Beauty Of Friendship and coordinating dies called Beautiful Trees.  There is also Designer Series Paper called Beauty Of The Earth which is so beautiful and an embossing folder called Bark.  It is a 3D embossing folder which means it makes a deeper impression than a regular embossing folder.

To make this card I first cut the two 3.75″ x 3″ pieces of Designer Series Paper.  The blue one looked like sky to me and the green on looked like grass so I thought they would make a great background together.  Then I stamped the tree tops in Granny Apple Green ink and the tree trunks in Soft Suede.  I cut them out using the coordinating dies (Beautiful Trees) and layered them on top of the Designer Series Paper so the leaves would cover the seam of the two pieces of DSP.  I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink and cut that out using a label die that is included in this bundle.  I was going to leave it alone but then I decided it needed something else.  I thought about adding sequins or epoxy dots but decided to use the bird die in the set instead.    My backyard has a lot of Cardinals visiting me so I used Poppy Parade cardstock to cut it out.

There are no links at the bottom of this post because the products are not available to purchase until May 4th.

The new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog begins May 4th.  If you are a customer of mine, I have already sent you one in the mail.  Let me know if you didn’t get it as everyone knows the Post Office is kind of a mess these days.  If you are not a customer and would like one, I would be happy to send you one for the cost of shipping.

If you are interested in Joining my Stampin’ Up!® team and would like more information, please feel free to contact me or click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.  There is no obligation to buy anything other than your starter kit but I know you won’t be able to resist!