Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers is one of the stamp sets that is not carrying over into the 2018/2019 Catalog.  This set reminds me of my childhood vacations that I used to spend at my grandparents house in Manchester Depot, Vermont.  They owned a store called Carriage Trade and lived something like a half mile behind the store.  Between their house and the store were fields of wild flowers.  It was a beautiful, peaceful place and a ton of fun for the kids.  They had a pond that we could swim and fish in.  There was a giant sand pile that was always a lot of fun to slide down, lots of woods and near all the big ski places.  Manchester now is totally different.  There are numerous houses between what used to the the store and my grandparents house.  Manchester has become a town full of outlets (stores) so now it is crowded and full of tourists.  I am sure the economy in that area is much better than it used to be.

In any case Wild Flowers is a two step stamp set.  This is where you use two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case, the stems are one stamp and the flowers are another.  I first stamped the stems in Emerald Envy (now of the InColors that is retiring). Then I stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.  I cut the circle out using the Layering Circle Thinlits Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set called One Big Meaning (also retiring) and cut that out using the same sized Circle Die.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the flower background and put the sentiment inside the hole.  It fit right inside since I used the same sized die.

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Jar Of Love Wreath

I had fun making wreaths one day a while ago.  I made another one last week using the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This time I decided to use the stamp set called Jar Of Love.  I “love” that little goldfish.  It always reminds me of going to the local Firemen’s Fair where you throw ping pong balls into a jar and you win a fish.  The last time we went to that fair my youngest son, Zachary, named his fish George (HW) Bush.  You can see how long ago that was!  They don’t even have these fairs anymore.  Normally these goldfish would die in a week or two but George Bush lived for a very long time!  It was sad when he did die.  We had a little funeral, flushed and George Bush swirled away.

The colors I used for this card are Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Black. The little HELLO stamp is from Beautiful Bouquet.

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Eastern Beauty

Here is another card I made with the stamp set called Eastern Beauty.  If you would like to see more more of them just go to the right of this blog post and there is a search button.  Click on that and scroll down until you see Eastern Beauty.  That will bring up all the cards I made using this set.

Eastern Beauty is part of a Suite that Stampin’ Up! grouped together called Eastern Palace.  This suite has the stamp set plus a set of matching dies called Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  If you order this as a Bundle you can save 10% until May 31st.  If the set carries over, the Bundle deal will be gone.  The Suite also has Designer Series Paper called Eastern Palace as well as some matching embellishments.

To make this card I first stamped the background using Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Calypso Coral ink.  Then I cut the elaborate circle out using an Eastern Medallions die and a Layering Circle die.   I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock using the Circle Dies and placed it behind the elaborate die cut.  I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock and cut that out using another of the Layering Circle dies.  Finally I put it all together using a piece of Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

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Beautiful Bouquet Wreath

I made this for my friend and Downline, Char.  Char and I have been friends since our kids were little.  My youngest son, Zachary was a difficult baby and I decided I needed to stay home with him so I quit my job and took some kids in to help with the loss of income.  Char has three children and I watched them while she worked.

Char is one of the reasons I became a Demonstrator in the first place.  We belonged to a stamp club where the Demonstrator stopped and she talked me into joining and starting may own club.  Then Char became a downline last year during Sale-a-bration.  Last week she promoted within the Stampin’ Up! family which, in turn, made me promote!  Yay for both of us.  I am super excited about it.

I decided to make this card as a thank you to Char because I love the sentiment and it fit perfectly.  I used the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet which is in the Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t use the dies this time but they are beautiful. The colors I used are Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black.  I think it is a sweet, simple card that conveys my feeling for Char.

Remember, now is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!.  Normally you get to choose $125 worth of product for $99 (plus tax, free shipping!) but during Sale-a-bration you get an additional TWO stamps sets of your choice at no charge!   Then you get to enjoy 20% (or more) off all your future purchases!  How awesome is that!!   Just click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.  There is no obligation to buy another thing but everyone loves a discount so you just might!

Congratulations, Char on your promotion and thank you for helping me promote too!

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Super Duper

Today is my son, Sam’s birthday.  Sam has grown into an amazing man (it is hard to say your son is a man!).  Rob and I are very proud of him.  He is an amazing cardiologist, who is finally going to be done with his schooling on June 30th and get a real job!  He is an awesome father to Madelyn and Nolan and he is just a really nice guy.  It is hard to believe that he is 34 today.  I am not sure how that happened so quickly but it is true.

I made this card using the stamp set called Super Duper.  I love this set because the sentiments are all big and as you know, I love big sentiments.  I stamped the “YAY!” in Bermuda Bay and then cut it out using the Layering Circle Dies.  I cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using the Stitched Shaped Dies.  I stamped the balloons in Pacific Point and cut them out by hand.  As you know I am not fond of fussing cutting but I think I did pretty well with these balloons.  Luckily they aren’t complicated shapes.

The Designer Series Paper is called Bubbles & Fuzz.  It is part of the Sale-a-bration Catalog which means you can get it for free with a qualifying order!

Here is a picture of Sam and Madelyn at their first Father-Daughter Dance.  I am not so sure about the beard but I guess he is too old to ask him mom about it.

Happy birthday, Sam.  I hope you have an awesome day!  Your dad and I love you.

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Remarkable You

Remarkable You is a stamp set that has been around for a while but I have just discovered it.  It is in the Annual Catalog.  I figure that since I just purchased it, then it will retire but that is ok, because I love this set and will use it for a long time.

As a reminder, the Retirement List will come out in the beginning of April.  If you want something from the Annual Catalog you really should order it soon.  There are five In Colors retiring (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy (a gorgeous green), Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum) and once that list comes out, the ink pads, cardstock and ink refills usually sell out the first day.  A lot of the embellishments sell out too, so again, if you want something, you should buy it quickly.

Of course, now is a great time to stock up on items you want or use regularly because it is Sale-a-bration time and you can get free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  It is a win-win.  You get the items you want before they sell out plus free stuff!

Back to the card ~ I stamped the leaves using Tranquil Tide and the flower in Island Indigo.  I cut the flower out using the Layering Circle Dies.  The sentiment is from Pop Of Paradise.

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Heartfelt Blooms From A Friend

I had the most wonderful surprise in the mail the other day from Buffy Cooper.  She had made a beautiful card and posted it on her blog and I commented about how gorgeous it was.  The next thing I know, I am getting it in the mail.  Isn’t it beautiful?!?

Buffy used the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Heartfelt Blooms.  You can get this stamp set for free with a $50 order.  She stamped it with Blushing Bride ink on Very Vanilla cardstock twice.  She cut out one piece using the Layering Circles Dies and used the other piece for the background.  She then embossed a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and cut a the scalloped piece with the same dies.  She used Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, 1/4″ Copper Trim and Metallic Thread in Copper behind the circle.  Lastly she added three little Pearl Basic Jewels on the bottom right corner.  My description does not do this card justice.  It really is so beautiful in real life.

Thank you Buffy for sending me this card.  It is my favorite of all the cards I have seen with the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set.

Remember, during Sale-a-bration you can earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase or get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! You can also 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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