Friendly Silhouettes

Friend Like You is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It has matching dies called Friendly Silhouettes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is a fun stamp set with sentiments, silhouettes, palm trees and dragonflies.  The die set has three large silhouette dies.

The colors I used in this card are Sea Foam Green, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything and the matching dies called Well Wishes.

I have a crazy adventure to tell you about.  Rob has been looking at trucks for a few weeks.  Right now he drives a company car so he didn’t really have a vehicle of his own.  He decided a truck would be best so it could pull the boats and use it for other things that can only be done with a truck.  He found out if you buy a truck from this dealer in Maryland you could save a ton of money as compared to the dealers up here.  He found the one he wanted, got a great price for it and decided to go ahead and purchase it.  The only bad thing is Maryland is 7 hours from us.

On the morning he wanted to go, he made me get up at 3:45 AM to get a 5:00 flight out of Watertown to fly to Baltimore.  We had to stop in Philadelphia for a layover but we were in Maryland by 10:00 AM.  The dealership picked us up at the airport, did our paperwork and we left around 12:30 for the long drive home.  Only crazy people would do this.  My husband is one of these crazy people!

Anyway, Rob got his new truck and he loves it.  Even I think it is very nice for a truck!

I wonder if he will ever let me drive it!

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Daisy Lane & Birch

I love background stamps.  They add so much texture to a card.  Birch is a new background stamp that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  We have birch trees all over our neighborhood and I have memories of sending letters using birch bark to my grandparents who lived in Vermont and Florida.  I also saw a card online that used the Birch stamp for water.  It was awesome!

The colors I used for this card are Balmy Blue, So Saffron and Smoky Slate.  The easiest way to stamp with such a large stamps is to use your Stamparatus.  That way if you don’t get ink in all the right places you can just stamp it again in the exact same spot.  If you don’t have a Stamparatus (what?  that is just craziness!), then you can always turn the background stamp upside side, ink it and then lay your cardstock on top and rub.  But really.  You need to get a Stamparatus!

I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Daisy Lane and punched from out using the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy Punch.  The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Band Together.  I love the font in this stamp set.

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Good Morning Magnolia Shadow Box

This is one of the projects we made at my stamp class last week.  It is a shadow box made with various Stampin’ Up!® products.  You can buy the frame at Amazon or any other place that sells frames.

To make this I used the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia and the matching dies called Magnolia Morning.  You can buy both of those items in a Bundle and save 10%.  The word “home” was cut out with the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies.  I love the font of these dies.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Magnolia Lane.

The dimensions of this shadow box insert are as follows:

DSP background – 8″ x 8″

Petal Pink background is 7″ x 7″

Mossy Meadow background is 6.75″ x 6.75″

The Petal Pink behind the larger Magnolia flower is 4 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ and the Whisper White is 4″ x 4.25″

Each of the little squares are 2′ x 2″ ({Petal Pink) and 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ (DSP)

The “home: rectangle is 2″ x 4″ (Petal Pink) and 1 7/8″ x 3 7/8” (DSP

I used Dark and Light Petal Pink Blends to color the flowers and Dark & Light Mossy Meadow Blends to color the leaves.

PS:  I am not sure why it looks crooked in the photo but in real life it is straight.  A Photographer, I am not!

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Emma & Friends

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know about Emma.  She was the sweetest dog ever.  She was my buddy, confidante (she never told anyone the secrets), my stamping companion and ghost finder.  Yes, I am saying was.  Sadly, Emma passed away a couple of weeks ago.

I have to say though, that becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I met so many people through stamping that have become wonderful friends.  I met these amazing women through my classes and club, stamping conventions and my BFF Buffy through an online forum for Demonstrators.  I met wonderful, talented people I would never had met without this crazy hobby of mine so when some of them found out about Emma they sent me beautiful cards (some homemade and some not).  Each one touched my heart and made me cry.  I thought I would share some of them with you.

This first one was made by Carol.  Isn’t just gorgeous?  Carol was new to stamping when I first met her at one of my club meetings and she has become amazing at it.  This one looks just like a painting.

This next one was made by Buffy.  Buffy is my hero.  She makes the most beautiful cards that I do a miserable job at copying.  She has such an eye for color and placement that totally escapes me.

Debby made this next one.  Debby’s card is so sweet.  She makes the best CAS (clean and simple) cards.  Each one is beautiful.

This last one was made by Laura.  Laura was an avid stamper before I even heard of this hobby.  She is so talented.  I wish I could stamp half as well as Laura.  She is the one who should be teaching classes (and me)!  Plus, Laura’s card is a fun fold, which everyone knows is my favorite.

I want to thank each and everyone of my wonderful friends for the beautiful cards whether they were homemade or not.  Each one touched me in a special way and helped me great through the loss of Emma.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Emma – thank you for your love, companionship  and the joy you gave me.  I’ll see you sometime in the future.

 

A Technique Challenge

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today’s challenge is to use your favorite technique.  Oh boy.  This was a hard one for me.  I don’t really have a favorite technique.  I asked Buffy if plain old stamping was a technique.  I could hear her eye roll from here!  I decided to use a technique that I used a couple of years ago (you can see it HERE).  It uses ink and masks.  I did it a little differently this time after I saw a great video from Jennifer McGuire the other day.  I love her videos because she shows some great techniques in a clear and easy to understand way.

The colors I used for these cards are Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black.  I also used a brand new product from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is a new set of Masks (stencils) called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.  I used the polka dot one.  I was very excited to see new Masks since we have had the current ones for a long time.

To make this card I used a stencil that I actually made.  It is a stencil that can be used to make a wreath out of stamped images.  I lay my cardstock in the stencil and layered the polka dot Mask over it.  I added ink to the stencil using my Stampin’ Up!® Sponges turning the cardstock with every new color.  It ended up leaving a white space where you can put the sentiment.

For the sentiments I used the stamp sets called Broadway Birthday and A Wish For Everything.  The dies I used were Stitched Rectangles and Word Wishes.

Now, let’s go check out Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite technique.  I hope they had an easier time than I did!

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Word Wishes

I love word dies and Stampin’ Up!® has a few good ones.  In the last Occasions Catalog they came out with dies called Well Written and this year they added Word Wishes.  Well Written goes with the stamp set called Well Said and Word Wishes has a stamp set called A Wish For Everything.  You can save 10% if you purchase Word Wishes and A Wish For Everything in a Bundle.

I needed a masculine birthday card and I always have a harder time making those than feminine cards.  I don’t know why but I do.  I think when it comes to masculine cards, simple can be better.

To make this card I first cut out the word “Happy” using the Word Wishes dies in Whisper White. added two pieces of Designer Series Paper from the 6″ x 6″ Brights collection in Poppy Parade and Pacific Point.  I cut the circle out of Pacific Point cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Dies and adhered the die cut with Multipurpose Glue. I stamped the word ‘birthday” in Pacific Point Ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Labels.

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Rooted In Nature

Rooted In Nature is a stamp set that has been in the catalog for a couple of years.  It replaced Lovely As A Tree (LAAT).  LAAT was an awesome stamp set but Rooted In Nature is even better.  Why?  Because it has matching dies called Nature’s Roots and cute little leaf embellishments called Leaves Trinkets.  Everyone loves dies and trinkets!

To make this card, I first took a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and rang it through my embossing and die cutting machine with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  I layered that onto a piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  Next I stamped the trees in Shaded Spruce ink onto Whisper White cardstock three times without re-inking inbetween.  It gives the trees a little depth by making it look like the lighter trees are behind the darker one.  I also stamped the leaves in Shaded Spruce and cut them out with the matching die.

If you look closely you can see the sentiment is on a stitched banner.  We don’t have stitched banners but I will tell you how I did it.  I first stamped the sentiment onto a piece of So Saffron cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangles.  Then I did this with the same die and ran it through my die cutting machine again:

It worked perfectly!

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