Heart Happiness

In case you have been living in a cave recently and not looked at a calendar I thought I should warn you that Valentine’s Day is coming soon (soon meaning a couple of weeks).  You were probably wondering why you saw so many cards with hearts on them.  Oh wait, you were in a cave so you probably didn’t notice.  In any case, you need to start thinking about those Valentines.

If you are a little late to the game, the easiest way to make a bunch of cute Valentines is to use the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes that are in the 2018 Catalog.  I love these note cards.  There are 20 to a pack and they include 20 envelopes.  As a side note, apparently the package says 40 on it.  There are only 20 cards so don’t get confused.

To make this very simple care I inked the heart stamp from Heart Happiness with Sweet Sugarplum ink right onto the notecard.  Then I stamped the small heart on Whisper White cardstock with Sahara and and cut it out using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and adhered it to the card with a Dimensional.  The sentiment is from Bloomin’ Love.  I thought it needed a little something more so I brushed Clear Wink of Stella on the small heart and added three Glitter Expoxy Shapes.  Here is a close up of the shapes:

I know they are hard to see even with the close up but they have a little glitter in them to add a little sparkle to your card.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!


Bird Banter

A couple of week ago Rob and I went to Vermont to see my sister.  The first morning I woke up I looked out the window and there were a ton of Cardinals in her tree.  I have never seen so many Cardinals in one place before and I counted at least 19 of them.  It was the most amazing thing and so beautiful.  Then I went downstairs and she had Blue Birds!  Rob and I have a couple of bird feeders out but all we get are little birds, Mourning Doves, big, giant, ugly Blue Jays and a lot of squirrels that we do our best to keep out of the feeders!

So, I asked my sister how she does it and she took me bird feeder and bird food shopping.  Blue Birds eat dried mealworms.  I do have to say they are disgusting to look at but I try not to think about that.  Cardinals like Black Oil Sunflower seeds.  Who knew different birds liked different food!  I came home armed to the teeth with all my new contraptions and bird food.  Two weeks have gone by.  Not a single Cardinal or Blue Bird to be seen!  Sigh.

I made this card using a new stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Bird Banter.  I am not usually big on cute sets but I love this one.  It has a bunch of cute birds along with cute accessories to outfit the birds.  Even the saying are cute.  They are perfect to color using your Stampin’ Blends or Stampin’ Markers.  I know it is hard to see but I embossed the bottom of the card using the Celebration Duo.  Here is a close up of it:

Lastly, I added some of the Tutti-Fruitti Adhesive Backed Sequins.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Sweet Soiree Suite

For the last couple of years Stampin’ Up! has been bundling products together which makes it easier for you, the customer, to make gorgeous creations.  They will take a stamp set and pair it with matching dies, Designer Series Paper, cardstock, and accessories.  It totally takes the guesswork out of ordering.

One of the bundles in the 2018 Occasions Catalog is called Cake Soiree.  It features all off the items I talked about above.  Here is a video showing you  this beautiful bundle.

Here are some close up pictures of some of the items in this bundle.

If you would like to see more of the items in this bundle click on the Occasions Catalog link to the right of my blog and scroll to pages 10-13.

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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Good morning!  Every other Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do a Stamp Off Challenge.  Today we have a color challenge.

These color are part of the 2016 In Colors.  They will be retiring on May 31st, which makes me sad.  I love this set of In Colors.  As a reminder, if you like them you should purchase them pretty soon.  Once the retirement list comes out they disappear quickly.

Here is my card using these colors:

I decided to use the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  First I stamped the stems and leaves in Emerald Envy on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the flowers in Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo and cut them out using my Big Shot and the matching dies.  I know it is hard to see, but the piece of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock I used for the background was embossed using a new Embossing Folder the is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Simple Stripes.

Now, lets go see what fantastic creations Jackie and Buffy made.  I am always awed by their creativity.

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Brusho & Beautiful Day

Brusho Crystal Colour is a new product that is in the 2018 Occasion Catalog.  So before we go any further, yes, it is called Brusho Crystal Colour.  It seems like the United States is the only country to spell color, color.  Canada and England both spell it colour.  Honestly, I am not sure if it was invented there or what but Stampin’ Up! does use the “u” in the name.

In any case, Brusho is a brilliantly intense paint powder that comes in little pots. It is water-based and completely non-toxic.  It’s fun to use, beginner-friendly.

To make this card I first stamped the flower from Beautiful Day with Basic Black Archival Ink.  I them stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  How did I do this?  With my Stamparatus!  If you have never heard of the Stamparatus click HERE.  After this, I sprinkled some Brusho Crystal Colors on a Clear Block, added water using my Aqua Painters and then painted the flower.  I used the color(u)r Gamboge in the center and Yellow around the outside.

Here is a video by Stampin’ Up! explaining more about Brusho Crystal Colour:

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Picture Perfect Birthday

Here is a quick and easy card to make when you don’t have a lot of time.  I used the stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Picture Perfect Birthday.  This is such a fun set with a lot of stamps that you can use to make birthday cards.

First I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White Cardstock and then punched it out using a new punch called Starburst.  Then I punched out another circle using the new 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.  Both of these punches are in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

The ribbon is from the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog and is called Shimmer Ribbon Pack.  It comes in three different colors (Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Basic Gray) and you can get al three for free with a qualifying order.  It is beautiful ribbon because it has a slight shimmer to it.

The Designer Series Paper is called Delightful Daisy and is also in the Annual Catalog.

By the way, if you purchase all the items to make this card, you can get the ribbon at no cost!  Also during Sale-a-bration time you can get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order) or if you join my Stampin Up! family you get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Crafting Forever

Crafting Forever is a set that is in the 2017 Annual Catalog but it is a stamp set that is new to me.  I have been looking at this set since it first came out and it has been on my list every time I order but something always got in the way from me ordering it.  It is like Remarkable You.  I finally got that stamp set after so many years and it is one of my favorites.  Crafting Forever is going to be another favorite!

There is some new Designer Series Paper in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that is perfect to use for a masculine card.  It is called True Gentleman.  The colors are Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla.  It has great designs and the colors are awesome together.

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday which is in the Occasions Catalog too.

I haven’t shown many pictures of my beautiful grandchildren lately.  Nolan is the newest of them.  He was born in October.  He is growing so fast it just seems crazy.

Is’t he so handsome?  I know.  I am a little prejudice but grandmothers are allowed to be!

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