A Sketch Stamp Off Challenge With Rooted In Nature

Good morning!  It is Friday which means it is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a sketch challenge given to us by Jackie.

Here is my card:

I decided to use the new stamp set (and everyone’s favorite) from the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Rooted In Nature.  This stamp set is kind of liked Lovely As A Tree, which has been around forever, but on steroids!  It is an awesome set that has sixteen stamps in it.  This includes 4 tree stamps, some leaves and a few sentiments.  The best part of this is it has matching Framelits called Nature’s Roots!  No more fussy cutting the trees from Lovely As A Tree!  It is fabulous!

To make this card I first stamped each of the images in Night Of Navy Ink.  Then I just backed them in a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock.  It was very simple to make.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Nature’s Poem and is included in this Suite of Products.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using this sketch.

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……..In With The New

Good morning everyone!  Today is Friday which means it is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  If you remember last time our challenge was “Out With The Old…”.  That is why this week’s challenge is called “In With The New”!

As much as I love some of the retiring products, I really love the new products that are in the Annual Catalog that started today!  On a side note, I love Porsches!  My Dad had a white 1963 SC with a red interior.  It was an awesome car.  He only let me drive it once and he spent the entire time yelling at me.  Of course, looking back on it now, I am sure it was because he didn’t want me to drive it so he made it a miserable experience.  It worked because I never wanted to drive it with him again and he would not let me drive it alone. Someday I am going to own a Porsche (maybe after I win the lottery!).

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program!

I decided to use the new stamp set called Lilypad Lake.  This stamp set has matching Framelits called Lakeside and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The dies are great because not only do they cut out the shapes of the stamps but they also have the wavy die that I used behind the Egret and two label dies.  The sentiment is cut out using one of the label dies.

I also used brand new colors on this card.  I think they may be my favorite colors but if you read this blog at all, you know I say that a lot!  The colors I used are Coastal Cabana (my all time favorite returning InColor), Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green (both brand new colors).  I colored the lilypads using the Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Markers.  You can buy all the new color Markers in a pack!

Now, let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie made using new products from the Annual Catalog.  I have no doubt you will love their creations!

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Guy Greetings

Hello everyone!  It is Friday and time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time out challenge is called Out With The Old.  We had to use products that will be retiring at the end of this month.  I bet you can guess what the next challenge will be!

I decided to use the stamp set called Guy Greetings.  I guess it immediately came to mind when I saw the car so why not go with it.

Guy Greetings is a great set to make masculine cards with.  We all know how hard that is to do (at least for me) but this set made it a lot easier.  It has some great sentiments with it as well as some fun images.  Plus, it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer so you can get it in your favorite stamp material!  I stamped the car in Tranquil Tide and the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.

I decided to use the Designer Series Paper called True Gentleman.  I think this is one of my all time favorite DSP ever.  I love the colors and the patterns.  They are also great for making masculine cards but can also be used for any card.  This paper is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that ends on May 31st.

Now let’s go see what retiring items Jackie and Buffy used to make their awesome projects.

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Sneak Peek Varied Vases

Hello everyone.  It is Friday which means it is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This week our challenge is to make a Mother’s Day Card.

I decided to use a new stamp set that will be in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog called Varied Vases.  This set has a matching punch with it and you will be able to save 10% purchasing it in a bundle.  This stamp set and punch was designed by Mary Fish, a Million Dollar Demonstrator.  When you reach a million dollars in sales one of the fun things you get to do is design your own stamp set.

Varied Vases is a fun two step stamp set.  This is where you can make one image using two or more stamps.  I did not use this technique for this card.  Instead, I stamped each vase and flower stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloring them with my Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light Daffodil Delight, Light Pool Party and Light Calypso Coral Blends.

The sentiment is from You’re Inspiring.  This is a stamp set that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is carrying over into the new Annual Catalog.  This sentiment is actually two lines.  I covered the top line with Micropore Tape, inked the stamp and then pulled the Tape off before stamping on the card.  It is an easy way to mask something.

On a side note, my mother turned 93 in April.  She is doing great, lives in an Independent Living residence and still drives.  I have to admit, the driving part scares me to death but she assures me she only goes to a couple of stores that are just down the street.  It still scares me though!

Now let’s go see what amazing cards Buffy and Jackie made for their Moms.

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A Waterfront Challenge

Good morning everyone!  Today our Stamp Off Challenge is to use the stamp set called Waterfront.  Really now, this is not much of a challenge because this is an awesome stamp set.  Plus, it is being carried over into the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog!

Did you know this stamp set was inspired by a Demonstrator?  When you reach a million dollars in sales you get to design your own stamp set.  This one was by Connie Heisey and it is my favorite!  Normally I use this set to make a mountain or lake scene.  Today I decided to make it tropical.

This card is so easy to make because the stamps do all the work.  I first stamped the sand in Sahara Sand ink.  Then I sponged the water using Tempting Turquoise (which is one of the retiring Stampin’ Up! colors >insert sad face<).  The rest of the card was made using the stamps.  The colors are Pacific Point, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach (retiring), Sweet Sugarplum (retiring), Calypso Coral and So Saffron, Soft Suede (retiring) and Old Olive.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made using this set.  I am sure every card is different and beautiful because you can’t go wrong with this stamp set!

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Bird Banter Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcomes to another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This challenge was brought to us by Jackie and it is a bird challenge.  Use any product that has birds in it.

Now there are a number of stamp sets I could use but my favorite bird set is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is called Bird Banter.  It has the cutest birds plus seven sentiments that go well with birds.

To make this card, I first stamped the birds, balloon and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I use this black ink for two reasons.  One is that this stamp set is Photopolymer and the Memento Ink does not stain it as much as the Basic Black Archival Ink.  The second reason I used it is because I colored the birds using Stampin’ Blends.  Blends are alcohol based so you need to use an ink that is water based so it doesn’t smear when you color.

After I stamped the birds in Memento Ink, I stamped the branches in Emerald Envy.  Then I colored the birds  using Bermuda Bay (light and dark), Daffodil Delight (dark), Pool Party (light and dark) and Calypso Coral (light) Blends.  After I was done this I lightly sponged the background using Pool Party Ink.

By the way, this weekend I am on my way to a Stampin’ Up! OnStage event with my fellow Demonstrators.  I can’t wait to go.  These events are so much fun.  You get to meet other Demonstrators, learn about new products, get products for free, and my favorite thing, get the new 2018/2019 Annual Catalog in my hands!  These event are held all over the world.  Buffy and I are going to the same place so we get to hang out for the day!

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I will bet you a dime (I am such a big spender) that Jackie used the Bird Banter stamp set too because I know it is one of her favorites too!

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A Brusho Stamp Off Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today is Friday which means we have another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today’s challenge was a hard one for me.  As you know I am more of a clean and simple (CAS) stamper.  Brusho Crystal Colour doesn’t always go with that so I had a difficult time trying to figure out what to do.

Then I remembered you can paint with Brusho.  You don’t always have to blob it all over the background!  Here is my card:

To make this card I first stamped the flower and sentiment from Remarkable You using Jet Black Stazon ink onto Shimmery White cardstock.  I love the subtle sparkle to this cardstock and it works well with using a bit of water on it.  Then I sprinkled a little of the Yellow Brusho onto the largest Clear Block (F).  I squeezed some water out of my Aqua Painter and mixed it with the Brusho crystals and painted the flower.  The great thing about Brusho is the color is very intense.  I did the same thing with the Gamboge (orange) and Moss Green Brusho.

By the way, the sentiment I used really starts with the word “and”.  I didn’t want that so I covered that word with a bit of Micropore tape, inked up the stamp and then pulled the tape off.  It is an easy way to mask a sentiment.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with their Brusho.  I am sure it is amazing!

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