Blends & Designer Series Paper

One of the things I love about the Stampin’ Blends is that you can use them to color images that you stamp.  Every color comes with a light and dark pen so you can show depth in your images.  Another thing I love about them is that you can color Designer Series Paper.

For example, I took my Real Red Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends and colored this Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper

and turned it into this:

It totally changes the look of the paper and was so simple to do.  Then all I did was cut the words out using the Word Wishes dies with Whisper White Paper and adhered them to the Designer Series Paper.  You can’t see it in the photo but I put a little Wink Of Stella on the words which make them sparkle just a bit.

You can purchase the Magnolia Designer Series Paper two different ways.  They have the usual pack that contains two of six  double sided designs for a total of 12 sheets or you can purchase the Designer Series Paper in bulk which contains 10 each of 2 double sided designs for a total of 12 sheets.


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Free As a Bird

As most of you know, I live in the Northeast and right now we are being invaded by Robins.  I have never seen so many Robins before!  They are everywhere.  I know most people love having birds nest around their house but these Robins have gotten out of control.  They tried to build a nest on my outside lights (multiple places), my front door wreath, my deck and right over where I park my car.  Robins are cute (sort of) but they are also very, very messy.  I am not a fan.

I actually made this card a couple of months ago and never posted it.  It was before the mess started, back when I liked Robins and thought it would be cute to make a Robin card.

The cardstock colors I used on this card are Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Whisper White.  I first stamped the bird and the branch from the stamp set Free As A Bird in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink too.  Then I stamped the flowers on a separate sheet of Whisper White cardstock and cut them out by hand (don’t look too closely) and colored them with a Dark Petal Pink Blend.

This stamp set has matching dies called Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I think these dies are one of my favorites from the entire catalog.  You can save 10% by purchasing this stamp set and dies in a Bundle.  I cut out the entire image using one of the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  Then I cut a larger one out of Cajun Craze cardstock and then again out of the 4″x 5.25″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The dies cut the inside of the image but also cut pierce the outside.  I love that part! Here is a close up where you can see I used the inside pieces for Whisper White and Cajun craze but used the outside piece for the Mossy Meadow.

Lastly I added the flowers using Dimensionals.

I probably should have used embossing paste along the bottom of the card to simulate the mess on my car, wreath and decks!

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Fable Friends

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I am not a big cutesy stamp person.  I do think those kinds of stamp sets are cute, they are just not what I buy.  So what happens?  The most amazing, beautiful, handsome and smart grandchildren come along.  My wonderful daughter in law asked me to make Valentines for them and I look around and have very few cute, kid sets.  All I had was retired dinosaurs and elephants.  Well, I decided this just would not do.  What will happen when they get a little older, come to visit and want to stamp with me?  So, now I am buying some sets with them in mind.

Fable Friends is one of these sets.  It is cute.  The bunny is adorable.  Even thought the squirrel is a , um, squirrel, it is also cute.  Look at these ducks.  They are so sweet!

To make this card I first stamped the ducks in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them using my Granny Apple Green, Night Of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends.  The grass is from the stamp set called High Tide and the sentiment is from Life Is Grand, a stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is Gala Gingham.

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Home To Roost

I made this card after seeing a few cards my friend, Buffy made using this stamp set.  It is one of the free sets you can get with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.  It is called Home To Roost.  I am not a very good colorer and I usually shy away from animal stamp sets but I thought it one was kind of cute.  I have had it for a while but didn’t take it out until Buffy motivated me.

The colors I used on this card are Cherry Cobbler, Mango Melody, Very Vanilla and Night of Navy.  I stamped the rooster and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored the rooster using my Stampin’  Blends.  Truly the only way I can halfway color is to use the Blends.  They make it so easy because they are alcohol markers so they don’t streak and blend well together.  Then I stamped the grass on a piece of Mango Melody cardstock and layered everything together.  It is quick and easy card to make and perfect for a beginner stampers.

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Amazing Life

Amazing Life is a stamp set that is in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  I actually received it for free when I attended OnStage last November.  Only Demonstrators can attend OnStage.  If you are interested in finding out more about this, just send me an email.  I would be happy to explain it to you.

In any case, Amazing Life is bundled in the catalog with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  I have mentioned before (many times) that the dies are my favorite product in this catalog.  If you buy anything, you have to buy these.  If you buy the stamp set and the dies in a bundle you can save 10%!

To make this card I first stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Then I colored the word “happy” with my Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends. I colored the top of the letters in the Light Mint Macaron Blend and the bottom of each letter using the Dark Blend.  Then I stamped the image again onto Balmy Blue cardstock and cut out the banner and layered it on top of the first image using Mini Dimensionals.

After this I stamped three sets of flowers and colored them using the Mint Macaron and the Balmy Blue Blends and cut them out by hand.  I took a piece of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper and cut out the frame using two of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  If you look closely in the picture you can see the stitching on the inside and outside of the frame.

The best thing of all?  You can earn a free item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog if you buy the Amazing Life stamp set and the Rectangle Stitched Framelits in a Bundle!

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Wonderful Romance Sneak Peek

Wonderful Romance is a stamp set that is in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!®  Occasions Catalog.  This catalog is full of great products that will be available beginning January 3rd.  I actually won this stamp set at OnStage in November.  It has matching dies called Wonderful Floral Framelits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I don’t have the dies yet but I will definitely be purchasing them on January 3rd!

To make this card I first stamped the image in Smoky Slate Ink.  I use this color because I wanted a softer outline to it.  Then I used my Stampin’ Blends to color it.  I used the dark and light Highland Heather, Dark and Light Shade Spruce, and Dark and Light Mint Macaron.  The sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray Ink.

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I want to wish every a Happy & Healthy New Year.  Thank you so much for supporting me in this crazy but fun hobby!

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Rooted In Nature

Here is an example of a very simple card that a beginner could make easily yet I think it is elegant enough for the advanced stamper too.  It only requires a couple of stamp sets (Rooted In Nature and Itty Bitty Greeting) and a few Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!®  Blends. In this case I used my Blends to make the background.  You would not even have to use as many colors as I did.  You could just use a couple.

To make this card I first scribbled some lines with my Blends on Whisper White cardstock.  The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I overlapped each one just a bit.  Then I stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I adhered that piece of cardstock using Dimensionals onto the Whisper White card base.  The whole card took about five minutes to make in full.

As a reminder, there are only a couple more weeks to order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  Some of the items will be carried over but most of them will retire.  If you would like to know what is being carried over you can click HERE.  The rest of the merchandise will not be available after December 31st.  Make sure you get everything you want prior to that!

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Falling Flowers

Stampin’ Up!®  comes out with four catalogs a year.  The Annual Catalog comes out in June.  The Holiday Catalog is September – December.  Then the Occasions Catalog is from January to May and the Sale-a-bration Catalog is January – March.  We always get excited to see new products each time a new catalog comes out and forget about those lonely Annual Catalog stamps.  I decide to look through my stamp set and give a little love to a couple I hadn’t used in a long time.

The stamp set I used on this card is called Falling Flowers. I love the big swirl stamp that comes in this set.  I stamped the background using Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Highland Heather.  I colored them using the matching Stampin’ Blends.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday.  I stamped that using Memento Ink.

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Country Home

Country Home is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I have used it several times on some cards that I have posted here.  It comes with a milk container and a pitcher image which is what I have used for all my cards.  I decided to make this one not using either of those stamps to show that the set can be used in other ways.

To make this card I first stamped the flowers in Memento Ink and then colored them using the Light Soft Suede, Light and Dark Old Olive and Light Night of Navy Stampin’  Blends.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink and cut it out using a die from the Foliage Frame Framelits and then cut off the bottom.  I wrapped a piece of Nature’s Twine around a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock and layered everything on top of the flowers.

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Animal Outing

Today we are celebrating another birthday in my family.  It is my youngest son, Zachary’s birthday.  It is hard to believe he is 31 years old today.  I don’t know where the time goes but it sure goes quickly!

Zachary is my baby.  He is a sweet and kind young man.  This is a switch from when he was a baby because he was a very crabby baby!  Thankfully he grew out of that stage a long time ago.  Rob and I always enjoy our time we spend with Zachary.  He is easy going and likes to spend time with us, which is awesome.  Now, to top it all off, he has become an amazing father to Emory Jade.

I made this card using a couple of new stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that I received for free when I went to OnStage in Hartford.  The first one is called Animal Outing.  This stamp set has matching Thinlits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I colored the images using my Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The box around the Rhino is from another stamp set I received called Swirly Frames.

Happy birthday, Zachary, from all of us (Dad, Emma & me!).  I am so very proud of you.

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