Sweet Cups

I made these cute little cups for my stamp club and for Buffy to give her at OnStage.  Stampin’ Up!® sells these adorable little cups and tops, called Sweet Cups in the Occasions Catalog.  They come in white but you can stamp them or cover them with cardstock or Designer Series Paper.  I covered mine using the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper.  I cut out a circle for the top out of Melon Mambo cardstock using the Layering Circle Dies. I stamped the Bunny from Fable Friends and cut it out for my Club Members to put on top because out meeting was close to Easter.  I forgot to take a picture of them when I was done so you can’t see how cute they were.  I stamped Buffy’s sentiment using the stamp set called Eastern Beauty and punched it out using a new punch that will be in the Annual Catalog.  I love this sentiment and I truly feel this way about Buffy.  She is one of my favorite people.  Then, of course, I had to fill them with Easter Candy.  They are called Sweet Cups for a reason!

Unfortunately some of the products I used on these Sweet Cups are retiring.  The cups themselves will be gone at the end of May (or while supplies last), The How Sweet It Is DSP and the stamp set Eastern Beauty are also retiring.

I promised pictures of Madelyn since she turned four last week.  I can’t believe how grown up she is.  She is so funny because she is such a Tom Boy but she also loves to wear sparkly princess dresses and she also loves to play Super Hero.  In the second picture she is A Super Hero Paw Patrol Princess!   I think that about says it all!


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Florentine Filigree

I love the stamp set called Florentine Filigree and its matching background die called Florentine Thinlits Die.  Both of them are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Occasions Catalog and if you purchase both of these items in a Bundle you can save 10%.  I must say, the one thing about this set is you need a Stamparatus to make it work.  You stamp one of the images and then lower the plate one more notch and stamp another.  You keep doing this four or five times until you run out of cardstock.  The set has five great sentiments in a beautiful font, along with some other images.  The colors I used for this card are Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist and Coastal Cabana.

Here is a video showing you how to do it.

I know I promised you pictures of my grands when I went to Nashville last week to visit them.  Honestly, I did not take a lot of them.  Nolan ended up being sick the whole times we were there so we were busy taking care of him so I didn’t really think about pictures.  I do have a couple though.

This is a picture Madelyn drew for us at school of her family.  I am on the right and next comes Bobbob.  Apparently Madelyn thinks Bobbob has a mohawk!  He looks kind of cute so maybe he ought to grow one.

Here is Nolan before he got sick.  The poor boy.  He was so pathetic.  The good part is he wanted me to hold him the entire time.  Gee, that was hard to do (not!).

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Lasting Lily

Today’s BS & J Productions’ Stamp Off Challenge is to use our favorite Sale-a-bration product.  The Sale-a-bration Catalog is full of products you can earn for free with a qualifying purchase.  There are stamp sets, dies, ribbons, embellishments and Designer Series Paper in this catalog.

I decided to use the stamp set called Lasting Lily.  This set is a DisINKtive® stamp set.  This kind of stamp was especially developed by Stampin’ Up!®.  The stamps show depth to them without having to do anything special other than inking them up and stamping them.

I love it when I use black and white with a pop of color so I decided to make my card that way.  The Designer Series Paper I used is also from the Sale-a-bration Catalog (which means you can also get it for free with a qualifying order).  It is called Botanical Butterfly.  This DSP has brightly colored butterflies and other patterns on one side and black and white patterns on the other.

I stamped the lilies in Flirty Flamingo ink and then cut them out.  Then I stamped the stems and leaves on Whisper White cardstock using Granny Apple Green and then cut it out using my Layering Circles Framelits in my Big Shot.  I cut a larger circle out in Basic Black cardstock.  I adhered the circles to each other and then onto the cardstock.  I adhered the flowers on top.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my Heat Gun.  I hand cut out the ends of the banners.

Now let’s go see what products Jackie and Buffy used.  I am sure you are going to love their projects.  They are both amazing crafters!

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Florentine Filigree

Florentine Filigree is a gorgeous stamp set that is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  It has a matching die called Florentine Thinlits Die.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I have to tell you I learned a lot about the Stamparatus, Hinge Stamping and making this card.  Hinge Stamping is when you move the plates of the Stamparatus down so things line up well.  If you look closely you can see that I did not do a great job lining up the stamps with the die.  I have to admit this is totally my fault.  First of all, I was in a hurry.  I didn’t have a lot of time to stamp.  I should have just gone and done what I was supposed to do instead of trying to make a card quickly.  That is lesson one.  Secondly, two magnets are there for a reason.  I was going along pretty well using one magnet with the bigger of the stamps.  Then the last time I stamped, the cardstock moved and I lost my place.  Sigh. I tried to line it up again but it just didn’t work. The moral of this story is, use two magnets.  Two will hold down the cardstock perfectly.  One – not so much.

Even though I messed it up, I decided to post it anyway.  First of all, I hope to prevent other stampers from being in a hurry and only using one magnet.  Then I decided to show it also because I love the colors.  I used Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Pumpkin Pie.  I love how it turned out even though it isn’t lined up perfectly.  As I say to my new stampers when they mess up “the person who receives this card is not going to look at it and see the mistakes.  They are just going to be awed that you took the time to make a card and send it to them”.

The moral of the story is don’t be like Susan.  Take your time and do it the right way.

Here is video showing you how to use this the correct way.  In this video he uses one magnet.  Don’t listen to him.  Use two!

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 single or group order! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $175 worth of products for $99  or get the Carry & Craft Tote and $175 worth of products for $129!

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A Monochromatic Card

Good morning everyone.  It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge. This time our challenge is to make a monochromatic card.

This was a little bit hard for me.  I think I use Whisper White on 90% of my cards but I think I ended up doing okay.

I used Pool Party. Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay on this card.  I cut 1/2″ strips of the the cardstock and layered it over a piece of 4″ x 5.25″ piece of cardstock and then adhered that to the Pool Party card base.  The stamp set I used is called Bouquet Blooms.  This set has matching dies called Gatefold Blossom Framelits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  By the way, the dies make a fun Gatefold card.  You can see an example of one here.  I cut the circle and scalloped circle out using the Layering Circle Dies.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I am sure their projects are just gorgeous!

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Alpine Adventure

Alpine Adventure is another stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Alpine Sports Thinlits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  A few years ago, Stampin’ Up! sold a stamp set similar to this one but it did not have matching dies.  This set goes over the top and actually has 12 dies in it.  One of them cuts out the cutest wooden sled and the rest of the dies have a lot of detail to them.

To make this card I first stamped the snow shoes in Crumb Cake ink and cut them out using the matching dies.  Then I cut out two snowflakes using Balmy Blue cardstock.  I stamped the background of the card using two snowflakes.  One is in Balmy Blue and the other is Blueberry Bushel.  I cut a circle out of the Best Route Designer Series Paper  Series Paper and then a scalloped circle in Balmy Blue using the Layering Circle Dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel and cut it out with a die that is included in the Alpine Sports Thinlits Dies and put it all together.  The ribbons is 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Blueberry Bushel.

Today I am headed to Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Convention.  It is their 30th birthday so it should be a fun celebration.  Thanks to all of you, this year I earned a promotion and can go to CentreStage which is a free day at Epcot with Rob.  I am really looking forward to that!  I will try to put out little posts of information if I can.  It is going to be four full days of seeing new products, spending time with Demonstrators from all over the world and making fun projects.  We will also get to see the 2019 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!  Thank you for your orders over the years.  I couldn’t have done it without all of you!

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Making Christmas Bright

Making Christmas Bright is a new stamp set that is in the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog.  It is a cute stamp set that has a matching punch called Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.  If you buy them both in a Bundle you can save 10%.  Plus, there is another stamp set in the Holiday Catalog that fits the punch.  It is called Making Every Day Bright and is on page 47.  If you buy the punch you have to have this set too.  It has penguins, bunny, balloons, feathers and more that can be cut out using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch too.

I used my Stamparatus to make the background of this card.  I put the bulb ribbon stamp on it and raised and lowered the plates to make the lines.  You could do this by hand but the Stamparatus makes it so much easier and has much more accurate spacing.  Then I colored all the little bulbs using my Stampin’  Write Makers in Blueberry Bliss, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch.  I cut the sentiment out with the Starburst Punch and layered it over a piece of Blueberry Bliss cardstock cut out using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  I hand cut out the banner.

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