Christmas Gleaming Sketch Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today’s BS & J Productions challenge is a sketch challenge.

I love sketch challenges because they are the easiest for me.  Whenever I don’t have a single idea in my head I look for a sketch challenge and fit it to whatever stamps I have.

I decided to use the Brightly Gleaming Suite of products that are in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  This is my favorite Suite in the catalog.  The stamp set, called Christmas Gleaming has beautiful ornaments and fun sentiments for the Holidays.  Plus, this set has TWO matching punches called Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.  If you buy the stamp set and the punches together you can save 10%.  The best part of this Suite is the Designer Series Paper called Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  It uses Very Vanilla, Night Of Navy, Pretty Peacock, and Mossy Meadow and has beautiful copper foil designs.

Last week I told her you about attending OnStage in Hartford CT.  One of the presenters (I am sorry I can’t remember who) gave me this great idea to use on this card.  If you look at the ornament I punched out of Copper Foil you can see a design on it.  To make it I stamped the ornament on the Copper Foil Paper using Versamark and then embossed it using Clear Embossing Powder.  You should use your Stamparatus when doing this because the Copper Foil is slippery with the Versamark and smudged the first time I tried it.

Here is a close up of it:

Isn’t it gorgeous?  I just love this idea and I am sure you will see it more often from me.

The sentiment I used is from a retired stamp set but I also embossed it using Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I love that we don’t show each other our designs ahead of time so it is always a surprise for me too.

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Giving Thanks

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to make a thank you or being grateful card.

I love cards that have different angles so I decided to make a thank you card with that in mind.  The colors I used on this care are Night Of Navy, Old Olive and Whisper White.  It was a fairly simple card to make (as I usually try to do).

I first used a die from the set called Tasteful Background.  There are three dies in this set that just cut out designs from backgrounds.  In this case I used the flower one cutting it twice on a 3.75″ by 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I took a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and adhered it behind the lower section and let the layer of Old Olive cardstock show through on the top.  I stamped the sentiment  from the stamp set called Tropical Chic in Old Olive ink and then layered it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  I cut the ends at an angle with my Trimmer.

I thought about adding some rhinestones or enamel dots to the center of the flowers but decided that might be a little too much bling.  I don’t know though.  I still might!

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I always love our Stamp Off Challenge days!

By the way,  I am on my way to Hartford CT to attend a Stampin’ Up!® mini convention called OnStage Local.  It is a one day event for Demonstrators that happens twice a year all over the world.  Buffy and two of my downline are meeting me there so it should be a blast.  I only wish Jackie was coming too.  If you are interested in becoming a Stampin Up! Demonstrator so you can attend these fun events, just shoot me an email or click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

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Scoring Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge by Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today’s challenge is to use our Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  You could make a 3D item or a card.  I chose to make a card.

To make this card I first took a piece of Purple Posy cardstock and cut it to 5″ x 3.75″.  Then I scored it at 1″, 1 1/8″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/2″ so I have 5 score lines 1/8″ apart.  Then I flipped the cardstock once and did the same thing. I layered this piece on top of a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Gorgeous Grape and onto a card base of Highland Heather.

Here is what the score lines look like up close.

I punched out two of the large daisies using the Daisy Punch and two of the smaller daisies using the Medium Daisy Punch.  Then I punched a circle in Daffodil Delight cardstock using the 1/2″ circle punch.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

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Gather Together

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and myself.  I love our Stamp Off Challenges because sometimes they really are challenging!  Today is my favorite challenge to have.  It is a sketch challenge by Jackie.

Here is my card.

I decided to use a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Gather Together.  This stamp set has matching dies called Gathered Leaves and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The colors I used for this card are Pool Party and Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the leaf in Pretty Peacock ink onto a piece of Pool Party card stock and then cut it out using one of the dies.  Then I layered it on a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock I had cut out using the Stitched Shapes die set.  I layered two strips of Designer Series Paper called Come To Gather.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is also in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  I stamped it in Pretty Peacock ink onto Pool Party cardstock and then cut it out using a die from Stitched Rectangles.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with this sketch challenge.  I am sure their creations will be amazing!

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Gather Together

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a card using Stampin’ Blends.  I do have to say, I am not the best colorer but I love using Blends.  They blend smoothly with each other and are easy to work with.  I have seen some gorgeous cards using Blends and I am always envious that there are so many talented people out there who can color.  I just do my best (which isn’t very good!).

I used a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog called Gather Together.  This set is part of a Suite called Come To Gather.  It has matching dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle), Designer Series Paper called Come To Gather, ribbon and embellishments.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves and pumpkin with Memento Ink and cut them out with the matching dies.  I colored them with the Dark and Light Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede Blends.  Then I cut out the two textured leaves in Cajun Craze cardstock.  I stamped the wheat stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto a Crumb Cake card base and then layered everything on top.  I stamped the sentiment last.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  They are terrific colorers.  Someday maybe they can give me a lesson!

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Beauty & Joy

Hello everyone.  Today we have another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a sketch challenge.  Jackie made the sketch using a card from the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog on page 140.  Here is the sketch.

Here is my card:

I decided to use a new stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog that is available in September. Demonstrators were allowed to order items early from this catalog which is one of my favorite perks for being a Demo.  If you join during the month of August you get an extra $30 in products in your starter kit AND you can choose items from the Holiday Catalog.

The stamp set I used is called Beauty & Joy.  It is a DisINKtive stamp set which was developed by Stampin’ Up!® to show more depth.  If you look at the basket you can see how some of it is light and some is dark.  That is all done with one single stamp.  It is very cool.

The colors I used for this card are Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Shaded Spruce and Rococo Rose.  I stamped from the bottom up meaning I stamped the basket first, then the stems, leaves and finally the flowers.  I cut the image out using the Stitched Nested Label dies and layered it on top of another piece I cut out using these dies in Shaded Spruce. I stamped the sentiment is Versamark Ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool.  I layered all of this one a piece of Whisper White cardstock I had embossed using the Basket Weave 3D folder.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using the sketch.  The probably followed it better than I did and made something incredible!

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A Technique Challenge

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today’s challenge is to use your favorite technique.  Oh boy.  This was a hard one for me.  I don’t really have a favorite technique.  I asked Buffy if plain old stamping was a technique.  I could hear her eye roll from here!  I decided to use a technique that I used a couple of years ago (you can see it HERE).  It uses ink and masks.  I did it a little differently this time after I saw a great video from Jennifer McGuire the other day.  I love her videos because she shows some great techniques in a clear and easy to understand way.

The colors I used for these cards are Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black.  I also used a brand new product from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is a new set of Masks (stencils) called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.  I used the polka dot one.  I was very excited to see new Masks since we have had the current ones for a long time.

To make this card I used a stencil that I actually made.  It is a stencil that can be used to make a wreath out of stamped images.  I lay my cardstock in the stencil and layered the polka dot Mask over it.  I added ink to the stencil using my Stampin’ Up!® Sponges turning the cardstock with every new color.  It ended up leaving a white space where you can put the sentiment.

For the sentiments I used the stamp sets called Broadway Birthday and A Wish For Everything.  The dies I used were Stitched Rectangles and Word Wishes.

Now, let’s go check out Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite technique.  I hope they had an easier time than I did!

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