Seriously The Best

Seriously The Best is a stamp set that is part of a kit with the same name.  The stamp set is sold separately from the kit but you you will probably want to buy them both.  The kit uses beautiful colors (Balmy Blue, Mint Macoron, Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile), makes 16 cards and includes a designer box.

I only used the stamp set to make this card.  The minute I saw this set, I knew I had to have it because of the large font with the sentiments.  The colors I used are Gray Granite, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana and Terracotta Tile.  I used Stitched Stars to cut all the stars out and I hand cut out the banner. I find the easiest way to do this is to stamp the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut the banner edges.  Then layer it on top of a piece of Highland Heather cardstock that is 1/4″ wider.  Then cut the edges of that to match the white piece.

As you know we kind of got caught in the middle of selling our house and buying a new one when the pandemic hit.  We were able to buy the new house in Nashville but we put our present house on the market a week or so before all this craziness.  The real estate market was shut down in NY because it was not considered ‘essential”.  Now we are the proud owners of three houses (yikes)!  Thankfully, NY opened up the real estate business last week so maybe people will be looking again.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Stay safe out there and craft as much as you can.  It is good for your health and your soul!

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Swirly Frames & Stitched Stars

First of all I would like to wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year.  It is hard to believe it is 2020!  It is going to be a year of change and excitement in my house and I am looking forward to all of it.  More on that later…..

I thought I would make a fun card to celebrate the new year.  The colors I used are Mango Melody and Bermuda Bay.  I first randomly stamped the circles from the stamp set called Swirly Frames.  I won this set at a Stampin’ Up!® OnStage event a while ago and haven’t used it much but it really is a fun set.  Then I cut out the stars using the Stitched Star dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  Remember, this catalog is only going to be available until tomorrow.  Some of the best products will be going away so if you like something make sure you purchase it today or tomorrow.  Luckily the Stitched Stars are carrying over.  I cut the stars out using Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Gold Foil Sheets.  The little stars are from the swirly looking die in this set.  I love that it cuts out all different sizes.

The sentiment is from Vibrant Vases.  I have to admit.  I did a thing that you would never expect me to do.  Vibrant Vases is a Photopolymer stamp set.  The stamp I used also has the words “every tiny victory” underneath the word Celebrate.  I cut it off.  Before you faint, I realized that you can cut Photopolymer stamps and it doesn’t really hurt them because you can piece them back together on a block and they work as good as new.  You can also mask out the other words but cutting works so much better.  I thought it was a genius idea since I love the font on the Celebrate stamp but wanted to be able to use it as a birthday, anniversary, graduation or whatever you want to celebrate.

Lastly I add some Metallic Pearls in gold.

Happy New Year.  May all your wishes come true this year!

Christmas Gleaming

This is the Christmas card I sent to family and friends this year.  It uses all my favorite things!  The card base is Pretty Peacock, the background has Copper and there are stars on it.  What more could you want in a Christmas card?

To make this card I first punched the ornament using the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack and the tree using the Pine Tree Punch out Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is just gorgeous and I am so happy that it will carry over into the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  If you don’t want to wait that long you can still order by January 2nd.

After that I cut out the star swirls using the Stitched Star dies.  These are also carrying over but they will be available in the new 2020 January-June Mini that starts on January 3rd.  I layered the ornaments and the star swirls on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had layered over a piece of Copper Foil.  As a little helpful ink, it is best to use Multipurpose glue when adhering any of the Foil sheets Stampin’ Up!® sells.  Regular snail doesn’t hold it as well.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

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Non Traditional Christmas Color Challenge

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors.  I decided to go with Smoky Slate and Flirty Flamingo.  That is about as non-traditional as you can do!

To make this card, I used the stamp set called So Many Stars along with the matching dies called Stitched Stars.  Remember, you can save 10% until the end of this month if you buy this set in a Bundle.  I know the star dies are carrying over but the stamp set is not so if you like it, now is the time to purchase it.  I also used the die set called Stitched Rectangles and another called Merry Christmas.  This is where the big “Merry” came from.

I first took a piece of Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper from the Brights 6″ x 6″ collection and layered it on top of a card base of Smoky Slate.  Then I cut out the frame using the Stitched Rectangles Dies and adhered a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the middle.  I stamped the star and cut it out using the Stitched Stars Dies along with all the other stars.  I cut the sentiment from Smoky Slate cardstock and put it all together.

Now let’s go see what non-traditional colors Buffy and Jackie used.  Using different colors was fun!

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So Many Stars

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp class.  Lynette, who is a member of the class sends me ideas of cards and projects she wants to make.  It is great help to me.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas for this class.  Most of the ladies have been with me for almost 12 years so I am constantly looking for ideas.  Anyway, Lynette sent me a picture of a card that is similar to this one but I don’t know who actually made it or I would give credit to them.  I did change it up a bit but the basic design was someone else’s.

To make this card I first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4.25″ x 11″ and folded it in half.  Then I cut 1 1/4″ off the bottom of one side.  I wanted to use the gorgeous Designer Series Paper called Feels Like Frost but the class has too many ladies in it and I would have had to purchase four packs for everyone to have a matching piece so I used retired DSP that is similar to Feels Like Frost.  I layered this paper over a piece of Silver Foil Paper and attached it to the card base.  All the foil sheets that Stampin’ Up!® offers are so beautiful.  The also have copper, gold and champagne (a really soft gold).  I find it is better to use Multipurpose glue when using the foil sheets.

I cut the stars out using the Stitched Stars dies (shhhh these dies are carrying over into the next mini catalog Yay!) in Silver Foil and Whisper White and then layered them on top of the Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the sentiment from So Many Stars in Versamark and embossed it using Silver Embossing Powder.  You can save 10% if you purchase the So Many Stars stamp set with the Stitched Stars in a Bundle.

The card came out super shiny which is perfect for Christmas.

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Stitched Stars Ornament

This is one of the projects we made at our monthly stamping class last week.  You can either use it as an ornament or a tag for a gift.  It was very easy to make and didn’t take long at all.

To make the star I used a set of new dies that are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Stitched Stars.  These dies have a matching stamp set called So Many Stars and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t use the stamp set on this project but we did use it on another that I will show you in the near future.  It is appropriately called So Many Stars because the stamp set has 21 stamps and the die set has 23 dies!

I first cut a large star using Night Of Navy cardstock.  Then I scored it five times as in the picture below.  I drew the lines so you could see where to score easier.  Then you just fold it on the score lines with the points being a mountain fold and in-between the points being a valley fold.  This gives it a 3D look.

After I made the star I cut out the swirl using another one of the dies included in the Stitched Star set and Copper Foil Sheets.  When you cut this out, it also cuts out various sizes of stars which I saved to add to the project.  I adhered the swirl to a circle I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Then I mounted the Night Of Navy star using three Black Dimensionals on top of each other.  I was so excited to see these in the Holiday Catalog.  Sometimes the white Dimensionals show so the black are great.

Lastly I added a piece of White Baker’s Twine.

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So Many Stars

The Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog is full of wonderful products.  One of my favorites (among many) is the So Many Stars Bundle.  This bundle includes the So Many Stars stamp set which has 21 different stamps in and the matching dies called Stitched Stars.  I love all stitched dies so this was on my first order.  It has a whopping 23 dies in the set!!  It is an amazing bundle.

This set was made for the Holiday Season.  All the sentiments in the stamp set reflect this but I wanted to show you that it really can be used year round.  I made this birthday card with it but you could also do a graduation, congratulations or really any card with it so don’t be stuck on the idea that it is only for Christmas.

The colors I used for this card are Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Poppy Parade and Seaside Spray.  Most of those colors are in the Brights family except for Seaside Spray which is an InColor.  The reason I added this color is because I made another card using the swirly die in Seaside Spray in this set. The swirly die cuts out 5 small stars which I didn’t want to just throw out so I used a couple on this card.  It works, I think.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays.

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