Seaside Scape

Hello everyone!  It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use our Blending Brushes.  I have to say I had a hard time with this challenge.  I have used the Blending Brushes to make a simple splash of color behind another image but have never really used them in a big way.  After literally throwing out four different designs I finally came up with this card.

To make this card I started with a Blending Brush and Pool Party Ink.  I started at the bottom of the piece of cardstock and brushed the ink heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top.  Then I used Pacific Point ink and did the same thing.  I did both of these things a couple of times until the ink was blended better.  Then I cut out the fish from the set of dies called Sea Life in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight card stock and the seaweed in Pool Party cardstock.  These dies are part of the Seascape Bundle. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Pacific Point ink.  Lastly I added some Elegant Faceted Gems.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Blending Brushes.  I hope they had an easier time that I did! 

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Another Mystery Parts Card Challenge

Once again my friends, who also happen to be my Stampin’ Up!® downline got together to do another Mystery Parts Challenge.  This is where one of us send the others card parts and we have to make a card using them.  We have to use all of the parts they send but we can also add our own.  It is such fun!

Here are the Mystery Parts that Karin sent us.

Karin sent us a  piece of Basic White card stock for the card base.  Then she added a piece of Basic Black card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper that was a Sale-a-bration offering, some Daffodil Delight twine and some white enamel dots.

Here is the card I made using these parts.

Stamping Up Biggest Wish

I could not decide which side of the of the Designer Series Paper I wanted to use so I decided to use both side.  I cut the 4″ x 5.25″ piece diagonally and then each of those pieces diagonally again.  Then I layered them on the Basic White card base.  I punched out the daisy using the Daisy Punch twice and layered them together by putting a bit of Multipurpose Glue in the center.  That way I could curl up the petals a bit.  I punched a small circle out of the Basic Black card stock that she included.  Next I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Biggest Wish onto a piece of Basic White card stock using Just Jade ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  I colored the white enamel dots using my Daffodil Delight dark Stampin Blends and made a bow using the Daffodil Delight twine.

Here is Char’s card:

Karin’s Card:

Kim’s card:

Karen’s card:

Although this Designer Series Paper is retired, there are a lot of other packs available at 15% during the month of August.


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Let The Designer Series Paper Do The Talking

Stampin Up Expressions In Ink

This year Stampin’ Up!® has outdone themselves on Designer Series Paper.  Normally I purchase 2 or 3 packs of it but this year I think I came close to buying them all because they are all so gorgeous.  Expression In Ink Designer Series Paper is one of these.  It is just beautiful.  This paper has beautiful colors like Polished Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Pale Papaya plus it has gold streaks running through them.  This paper is perfect for when you are in a hurry and need a card quickly but you still want it to wow the person you are sending it to.

To make both of these cards all I did was cut the DSP and adhere it to a card base (Pear Pizzazz and Polished Pink).  Then I just added a sentiment.  The Pear Pizzazz card using two sentiment stamps from the set called Sweet As A Peach.  I stamped both sentiments in Shaded Spruce ink. Then I added a couple of the Genial Gems.

I used the stamp set called Biggest Wish on the Polished Pink card.  I did stamp the background of the sentiment with a stamp from Artistically Inked using Polished Pink ink because I felt it needed a little more color.  I first stamped it on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on my card stock to make it a bit lighter.

Simple cards are quick and easy to make when using Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper and adding a sentiment so don’t be afraid to make one to send to someone.  They will love it as much as if you spent hours on it.  PS:  You don’t have to say it was an easy card.  They will never know!

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Hand Penned Petals

Stampin Hand Penned Petals

The Hand Penned Suite is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  It consists of the stamp set called Hand-Penned, a set of dies called Penned Flowers, gorgeous Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper and a pack of Genial Gems.  You can also purchased the Hand-Penned Memories & More Pack that coordinates with the suite. One of the reasons I love this suite is because the images look like they were drawn by hand (hence the name!).  Plus they are a two-step stamp set which means it take two or more stamps to make one image.

To make this card, I first added a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper to a Basic White card base.  Then I stamped the outline of the flowers in Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I use the second half of the two-step stamp to add color to the flowers and the leaves.  The colors I used are Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent.  I then adhered this to a piece of Soft Succulent cardstock.  I wrapped a piece of Soft Succulent 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon around both pieces and glued it down onto the card base.  Lastly I added some 2021-2023 In Color Jewels to the card.


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Artistically Inked

Stampin Up Artistically Inked

Expressions In Ink is a gorgeous suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  This suite of products includes the stamp set called Artistically Inked, the coordinating Artistic Dies (and you can save 10% if you purchase them in a Bundle), Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper and Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack.  The Ephemera Pack is a set of 50 various gold foil pieces and 100 adhesive backed sequins.  The Designer Series Paper is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  It has the alcohol inked looking backgrounds with gold foiling mixed in.  It is so pretty in the catalog but is even prettier in person.  The Artistically Inked stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  This means that one stamp creates different opacities which give the image more depth.

To make this card I first cut out two of the large leaves in Evening Evergreen card stock and adhered them to a piece of Soft Succulent card stock using Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is great for adhering intricate die cuts.  Then I stamped the flower in Polished Pink ink and the small leaves using Evening Evergreen ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink and layered everything together.  It was a fairly easy card to make but still looks intricate.

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Biggest Wish

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

Right now Stampin’ Up!® is having a sale on some of their gorgeous Designer Series Paper packs.  The Beauty Of The Earth is one of these packs that is 15% off until August 2nd.  This paper is so beautiful and it makes a wonderful card to send to someone by itself.   All you need to do is add a sentiment and you are done.   The best thing about Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper is it takes the guess work out of trying to figure out color combinations.  It does it for you and I love how it uses colors I would never put together by myself but go so well together.

Stampin Up Beauty Of The Earth

For my card I took a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card stock and a Basic White card base.  I could have just taken a small “thank you” stamp and added to the paper and it would have been a perfect card but I wanted to step it up a bit.  I used the stamp set called Biggest Wish and stamped the word “thanks” in Cinnamon Cider ink on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I stamped the smaller sentiment underneath using Evening Evergreen ink and then cut it out using a new die set called Tailor Made Tags.  I added a small piece of Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave ribbon on the end of the tag.  The whole card took only minutes but is definitely beautiful enough to send to someone.

There are lots more different packs of Designer Series Paper that are just as beautiful on sale until August 2nd so don’t miss out on getting your favorites!

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Pansy Patch

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today we have a really fun challenge called The Three Amigos.  It goes without saying that Jackie, Buffy and I are three amigos.  We have been doing these Stamp Off Challenges for over five years and have been having a great time.  You know, I have met Buffy quite a few times but I have never met Jackie, although I feel like I have known her as if we had.  We really need to fix that!  In any case, you can use three of anything (images, sentiments, colors, stamps, etc) for our Three Amigo challenge.

Stampin Up Pansy Patch

As you can see, I used many “3’s” on my card.  I have three flowers, three leaves, three purples and three panels.  I tried to do three greens but I didn’t like any three of them together so I just went with two.  I didn’t want to overdo it!

To make this card, I first cut all the pieces of the pansies from the Pansy Die Set.  Each pansy takes eight die cuts so I cut seven pieces from Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Fresh Freesia card stock.  I cut the three centers out of Daffodil Delight card stock.  Then I cut three leaves out using Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen cardstock.  Then I had to glue them all together using Multipurpose Glue.

After that I cut the three panels using Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.  I adhered that to a Basic White card base and then layered all the flowers and leaves on top.  I used Multipurpose Glue for that except for the bottom flower.  I adhered that with a Stampin Dimensional so it would pop up a bit.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Pansy Patch in Gorgeous Grape.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using the Three Amigo theme.  As you know, we don’t show each other our cards so it is always a fun surprise to see what they made. 

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Timeless Tropical

Stampin Up Timeless Tropical

One of the trends I love in the world of stamping is having a black and white background and then adding a pop of color.  Stampin’ Up!® has offered a lot of beautiful black and white Designer Series Paper and this year is no exception.  There are actually two sets of DSP that feature black and white.  One is called Simply Elegant Specialty DSP and one is a Hostess Set called Pattern Party.  The Simply Elegant pack is Basic Black and Basic Gray and features gold, silver and copper foil (which is why it is called “Specialty”).  The Pattern Party pack is black and white on one side and all different colors on the other.  You can only get the Pattern Party pack with a qualifying order but it is an amazing pack of paper and worth it.  I have used it a lot lately.  There are 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper in this pack.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Timeless Tropical.  This is a great set because it has beautiful palm trees, flowers, leaves and sentiments.  It also has a coordinating set of dies called In The Tropics which cuts out all the shapes in the stamp set and also has a huge pineapple it can cut out.  I stamped the flower in Coastal Cabana ink and colored it using the Light Pool Party Stampin Blends.  I stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink and then colored them with the Light Granny Apple Green Blends.  Then I cut them both out using the coordinating dies.

The sentiment I used is from the stamp set called Artistically Inked.

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Stitched Greenery & Pierced Blooms

Stampin Up Stitched Greenery

This is the third card we made at our stamp meeting a couple of weeks ago.  Look at the background of this card.  I just love it!  It is a new die that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog called Stitched Greenery.  It doesn’t cut out a shape.  It only cuts all those beautiful stitched leaves out of the background of a piece of card stock.  I think it is fun and elegant and really adds some interest to the background of your card.  Below is a close up.

I decided to pair the Stitched Greenery die with the Pierced Blooms dies.  Pierced Blooms is a set of 25 dies that cut out flowers, leaves, a stem, a bow and the label we used on this card.  I first cut a piece of Basic White card stock using the Stitched Greenery die. Then I cut out the flowers in Polish Pink, the centers of the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green card stock.  I layered all of them on top of the Stitched Greenery Basic White piece of card stock using Multipurpose Glue and then layered that on a Polished Pink card base.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Biggest Wish stamp set in Granny Apple Green Ink and cut it out using the label die from the Pierced Blooms die set.  I adhered that using Stampin’ Up!® Dimensionals.

That Stitched Greenery die is going to be one of my favorites so you will probably see it a lot on my blog.

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Color & Contour

Stampin Up Color & Contour

This is the second card we made at our stamp club meeting last week.  It uses the Color & Contour stamp set along with the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  These dies are the best!  They cut out five different scalloped shapes with stitching as well as a scalloped border and two dies that cut out the flowers in the stamp set.  If you buy the stamp set and the dies in a bundle, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first cut out the large scalloped rectangle in Basic White card stock.  Then I ran it through the Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to add a little texture to the background of the card.  Then I cut out the smaller scalloped rectangle in Fresh Freesia cardstock and layered both of these on a Fresh Freesia card base.  I stamped the flower in Memento Black Ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. The Color & Contour stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I used the second stamp to add color to the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink.  Then I used a Soft Succulent Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and then adhered the Genial Gems to add a little sparkle to the card.

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