Tropical Chic Thank You

Tropical Chic is such a fun stamp set.  Whenever I see any cards made with it (and there are a lot because it is very popular) they always look for happy and bright.  It is probably because anything tropical is fun (think turquoise water, white sandy beaches and a pina colada!).  The other fun thing is this stamp set has matching Thinlits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Speaking of Thinlits, you should take a look at this set.  They have dies to cut out the leaves but they also cut out the centers of the leaves.  Plus they have a square die that cuts out a frame of leaves.  Lastly, some of the dies cut out some of the images from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  I love that!

The colors I used to make this card are Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist and Pineapple Punch.  The large Thank You piece is cut from the Thank You Thinlits Die.  The sentiment is from All Things Thanks.

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Varied Vases

You know how you have to just cut small pieces of cardstock off the sides to make layers?  I don’t know about you, but I think I want a certain sized layer and then realize I need it a bit smaller so I cut off 1/8″ or 1/4″ on each side.  Do you need a great way to use up those small strips of cardstock?  Here is a card that you can make using them.  I think it adds a bit of interest to the card.

I used the stamp set called Varied Vases.  This set has a matching punch (I love punches) called Vases Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t use the punch on this card but I could have and it makes it so much easier than fussy cutting each vase.

I first cut out the circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Normally you stamp first and then cut but I thought it would be easier to line everything up if I cut first.  Then I  stamped the “shelf” outline in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then the filler part in Lovely Lipstick.  Varied Vases is a two step stamp set which means it uses two or more stamps to make an image.  Then I stamped the vases and flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and I used my Stampin’ Blends to color them in.  I used Light Pool Party for the water and Dark Pineapple Punch, Dark Lovely Lipstick and Dark Highland Heather for the flowers.

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Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper

This is a quick and easy card using just a few supplies from Stampin’ Up!  Honestly, the longest part was deciding which sentiment to use!

The Blackberry Bliss background of this card is actually a note card that comes that way.  It is called Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes.  All I had to do was fold it in half.  They even come scored already so it truly isn’t hard to fold.  There are 20 cards and envelopes in this pack.  Ten are in Blackberry Bliss and ten are in Mint Macaron.

After the very tiring folding I adhered a piece of the Delightfully Detailed  Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (the lacy circle part).  Now to be totally honest here I had already cut the panels for another card I made earlier.  Then I just stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and cut it out using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Detailed With Love.

By now you might realize that all of these products (except the Stitched Shapes Framelits) have the word detailed in it.  That is because they are all part of a Stampin’ Up! Suite called Delightfully Detailed.  The suite also includes a punch, some ribbon and Faceted Dots.  Stampin’ Up! puts products that go together in Suites to make it easier for you.  It is awesome!

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Animal Outing Challenge

Good morning everyone!  It is that time again for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  I have to admit this challenge has me a little stumped.  I was not (am not) quite sure what it is supposed to mean but I came up with something.  That is one of the great things about our challenges.  It doesn’t really matter what we do or if we are confused.  We just make something up and it always works!

So, what does a Polaroid Look look like?  I decided to  think of it as framed pictures so here is my card:

So this is the wall of my family pictures.  I do have three boys although I am not sure which one is which of these animals.  I know my youngest is a monkey but this works because it is what I have.

I used the stamp set called Animal Outing.  This set has matching dies (although I did not use them) and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I colored each animal using my Stampin’ Blends (Smoky Slate, Pineapple Punch and Petal Pink).  The frames around the “photos” were made using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies. The Designer Series Paper I used is Nature’s Poem.  I thought it kind of looked like wallpaper.  The sentiment is from a new stamp set called Kindness & Compassion.  I masked off most of the saying with tape.

Speaking of Blends I am so excited that there will be six new colors in the Holiday Catalog!  How do I know that?  All Demonstrators got to see the new catalog online on July 30th!  That is one of the perks of being a Demo.  The Holiday Catalog is awesome.  You are going to love it!  If you would like to see it and order from it before everyone, you can join my Stampin’ Up! family and get these great perks!  Just click on the Join Now button to the right.

Well now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using the Polaroid Look.  I am sure they did a much better job than I did!

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Blended Seasons

The Color Your Season Bundle is available while supplies last or through the month of August only!  This Bundle includes a stamp set called Blended Seasons and a matching set of dies called Stitched Seasons.  You can also save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle!

Also available are a set of Watercolor Pencils in new colors.  These pencils may be available in a future catalog but right now I don’t know that for sure.

To make this card I first stamped the flowers on the left in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Then I only inked up one flower and stamped that on the right.  I colored the flowers using my Light and Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light and Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends for the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape and cut it out using one of the dies from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and then used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut off the top and bottom.  I cut another piece out of Mint Macaron cardstock and layered them together.

I think it is time for some grandchildren pictures.  It has to be at least a month since I last posted some.  Ok, maybe it has only been a few days but it seems longer!

Emy Jade (I love her stickers!):

Happy Nolan (he saw Mom coming to pick him up.  He is always happy!):

Madelyn (she had some homework from school where she had to do an act of kindness.  They went to the popsicle store and bought the next person who came into the store one).  I love her school!

Hurry and get your stamp set, dies and Watercolor Pencils before they run out.  Remember these will only be available until August 31st or while supplies last.

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Sorry For Everything

Sorry For Everything is a stamp set that everyone needs to own.  The set is all sentiments without any images.  It covers sympathy for people and pets, belated birthday, get well and many other reasons someone might say sorry.  I am not sure I like the name of the set but the set itself is great.  When someone says “sorry for everything” it usually means a lot of bad things happened and no one likes to go there.

The colors I used for this card are Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron.  The leaf is from Rooted In Nature (another must have set) which has matching dies called Nature’s Roots.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I said this before but this Bundle is so amazing it puts Lovely As A Tree to shame.

The Designer Series Paper is also part of the Nature’s Poem Suite and is called Nature’s Poem (well that makes sense!).

Don’t forget August is Bonus Days.  This means that you get a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend.  The coupon can then be redeemed during the month of September.  There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn.  If you spend $100 you get two coupons.  If you spend $150, you get three coupons.  If you spend $1,000, I will love you (and you will get a lot of coupons (20) and free stuff!!).  Plus spending $1000 will make me reach my 2018 sales goal of $100,000 in sales!  Truly, any order in August would be great so I can reach my goal!

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Picture Perfect Birthday

I don’t know why but this birthday card just makes me happy.  I guess it is because it is simple but uses happy colors and sentiments.  I love the new color called Mango Melody.  Can colors be fun?  I think so and Mango Melody is one fun color!

To make this card I first adhered a piece of Best Route Designer Series Paper onto Basic Black cardstock.  Then I stamped the top right sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I wanted a simple image to go with it and I think the flower from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies in Mango Melody was perfect.  Lastly, I stamp the “Happy Birthday”  in the bottom left corner.  Super easy!

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