A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Good morning!  Every other Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do a Stamp Off Challenge.  Today we have a color challenge.

These color are part of the 2016 In Colors.  They will be retiring on May 31st, which makes me sad.  I love this set of In Colors.  As a reminder, if you like them you should purchase them pretty soon.  Once the retirement list comes out they disappear quickly.

Here is my card using these colors:

I decided to use the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  First I stamped the stems and leaves in Emerald Envy on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the flowers in Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo and cut them out using my Big Shot and the matching dies.  I know it is hard to see, but the piece of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock I used for the background was embossed using a new Embossing Folder the is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Simple Stripes.

Now, lets go see what fantastic creations Jackie and Buffy made.  I am always awed by their creativity.


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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today is another day for one of our Stamp Off Challenges.  Today’s challenge is a sketch challenge.

I decided to use some old and some new products for my card.

The old (although it is not really old!) is the lemon and the sentiment from the stamp set called Lemon Zest.  It has a matching punch called Lemon Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  Both of these items are in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

The Designer Series Paper I used is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  It is called Tutti-Fruitti and it comes in a 6″ x 6″ size.  I love this paper because it is bright and fun.  One side has all different kinds of fruit and the other side is a design.  It is on page 29 of the Occasions Catalog in case you would like to see it up close.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie did with this sketch.  I know you will be pleasantly surprised.  They are both awesome artists!

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Hello Friend

Hello everyone and welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge.  This week is a color challenge and I have to say, it did challenge me but I managed to pull it together.  Purple always throws me off.

Here is my card:

I used the stamp set called Hello Friend to make this card.  This set is in the Annual Catalog.  It is hard to tell from the picture but the background and the sentiment are stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  If you look really closely you can see a sneak peek that I used on this card from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  It is the ribbon and it is called Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with these colors.  I am sure their projects will be awesome!

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this week’s Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is a sketch challenge.

I have to admit, I had a hard time with this sketch.  I just couldn’t figure it out at first.  Then I realized when I had been staring at it and staring at my stamps that the dark strip in the back could be Washi Tape.  Then things sort of fell into place.

 As you can tell, I actually did not do any stamping on this card.  Everything is either die cut, trimmer cut or punched.  The Designer Series Paper is from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Year Of Cheer Specialty Paper.  This paper is gorgeous.  Each sheet is either gold, silver and copper.  Then I used the Starburst Punch with Gold Foil Paper.  The “Noel” is from Christmas Stockings Thinlits.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this sketch.  I am sure you will love whatever it is!


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An Embossing Folder Stamp Off Challenge

Good morning!  I hope your Friday is going to be fabulous!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite Embossing Folder.

As of today, my favorite Embossing Folder is the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I say “as of today” because my favorite stamp set, dies, color and embossing folders change on a weekly basis.  It is hard to pick a favorite when there are so many fantastic Stampin’ Up! products to choose from!

Of course it is Fall right now so my favorites colors are from the Regal Family.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango.  As of today my favorite stamp set is Merry Cafe and my favorite dies are Coffee Cups Framelits.  Why?  They are the newest in my collection and new is always fun.

Whenever I made a card I end up changing it, adding different things to it and taking things away.  As a result of this, I have a bunch of pre-cut shapes which is where I got the pumpkin and leaf from.  The pumpkin is from Pick A Pumpkin and it’s matching Thinlits called Patterned Pumpkins.  The leaf is from the stamp set Colorful Season with its matching Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.

Now let’s go see what Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite Embossing Folder is.

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Eastern Palace Circles

It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to use circles.

Here is my card:

I was going to use the Bike Ride stamp set but then I thought that was too obvious (although who really cares if any of us are obvious!) so I went with the Eastern Palace Suite.  This Suite consists of the stamp set called Eastern Beauty and its matching Thinlits called Eastern Medallions.  Both the stamp set and dies are full of different circles so I thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  I noticed for the first time the “spray” stamp and tried to figure out how it worked.  It almost looks like one of those spinning fireworks where the fire spray comes out as it turns.  Ok, maybe not but I liked how it looked anyway.

The card also fulfills my promise to use more ribbon this year.  As you know I am on a quest to use more ribbon, Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.  I guess one out of three isn’t too bad.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I’mm so excited I am running around in circles!  Haha!


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Duoprinting With Chlorophyll

Hello everyone!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we needed to make a card using flowers or leaves with a technique.

When I saw this, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.  It is called Duoprinting with Chlorophyll.  This is where you take a real leaf and run it through your Big Shot to get an image.  It is so easy and so fun.

The first leaf I tried was a Silver Maple.  This is the tree that is in front of my cottage.  It worked pretty well but the image was not strong enough.  Apparently different leaves have a different amount of water in them.  Too much water makes a mess (I know!  I tried that too) and too little water doesn’t leave a deep enough impression.  The Silver Maple might have worked in the spring but now it is Fall and I think it is not as moist as it could be.  Next I tried a purple Aster.  That made a mess.  Then I found a teeny fern growing underneath my lilac bushes.  I worked perfectly!  I tried to find a bigger fern but there were none to be found.

To make this card, take a piece of copy paper and fold it in half.  This protects your Big Shot and plates.  Next place a piece of cardstock inside the copy paper with a leaf or leaves on top.  If you would like two images, place another piece of cardstock on top of the leaves.  Close the top of the copy paper over the cardstock and run it through your Big Shot.  It is that simple.

If you would like to see a video on this technique click HERE.  That will take you to Splitcoaststampers where Lydia Fiedler made a tutorial.

The stamp I used is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  That is the great thing about Paper Pumpkin.  You can use the stamps over and over.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using flowers or leaves.

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