Forever Fern

Good morning everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  We were talking about challenges and one of us asked if we should use a specific stamp set since we really have never done that before.  I know sometimes two of us may end up using the same but we have never planned that.  Forever Fern was the only set we all owned so we went with that.

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The stamp set called Forever Fern is part of a Suite called Forever Greenery.  This suite also includes the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing (you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and the dies in a bundle), gorgeous Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, two embossing folders, ribbon and the very cute Gold Hoops I used on this project.

For me, one of the hardest parts of making a card is choosing the colors.  I usually go with the same old ones but lately I have been trying new combinations.  This time I used Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Rococo Rose.  I first took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I love how embossing folders add some dimension to the background of a card.  Then I stamped all the images and cut them out using my brand new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  I love that thing!

Next I embossed the sentiment on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Versamark and White Stampin Emboss Powder.  Then I cut it out using a die from Tasteful Labels.  I used Multipurpose Glue to attach the Gold Hoop to the cardstock and dimensionals to attach the other images.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with this amazing Bundle.  I am sure I am going to have to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) their designs.

Boho Indigo

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

Boho Indigo is a new Product Medley that is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is an amazing kit full of products that include a great stamp set, 12 coordinating dies, tons of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, two spools of ribbon, adorable little flower embellishments and die cuts with gold foil.  One of the best things about this medley is you can purchase a refill kit for it  that includes the Designer Series Paper, die cuts and paper flowers.  I just love this kit.  The thing that is different about this kit versus some of the other kits is you make your own designs.  It is actually more of a suite than a kit.

To make this card I first stamped all the vases and then cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used Seaside Spray, Night Of Navy and Daffodil Delight.  I stamped one set of leaves on the card base but cut out the other two sets using the dies.  I colored the flowers, which come white, using my Stampin Blends.  That was super easy to do because the ink from the Blends soaked right into the petals of the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using the new Banners Pick A Punch.  This punch makes 6 different banners in three different sizes.  After I put it all together I decided to add a piece of the Night Of Navy ribbon that comes in this medley of products.  The ribbon is grosgrain but the edges are frayed so it looked very soft.

Here is a close up photograph of everything that comes in this Product Medley.

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

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Forever Fern Swap

This is a card I made for a swap I participated in with some of my downline and some customers.  I love swapping with them.  They are all so talented and their cards are always beautiful.  Swaps in the mail are so much fun.  Not only do you get beautiful cards but you get mail that you can look forward to (unlike bills and ads!).

I used a couple of Stampin’ Up!®  stamp sets to make this card.  I first stamped the jar which is from the stamp set called Jar Of Flowers in Smoky Slate Ink.  Then I took Seaside Spray Blends to color the water in the jar.  Then I stamped all the leaves using Shaded Spruce and Old Olive inks.  Then I did kind of a “no line coloring” technique for the flowers.  This is where you stamp an image very, very lightly and then color it with Stampin’  Write Markers in such a way that you can’t really see the outlines of the flowers.  I used a stamp from Flowering Blooms to do this.  I inked the stamp in Smoky Slate ink and then stamped off twice (this is where you stamp on a piece of scrap paper) before stamping the third time on my card.  I could barely see the outline of the stamp but I could see enough to color it with a Highland Heather and a Gorgeous Grape Marker.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers.

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Nothing’s Better Than

Stampin Up Nothing's Better Than

I decided I wanted to try some different techniques and while looking on the internet I found two I wanted to try so I decided to do both with one card.  The first technique is called Reverse Stenciling.  I got this technique from Pinterest and I think it originally came from Gina K.  I made the background of this card using that technique.

To make the background I first randomly sponged some bright colors (the colors are listed below) onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock making sure there was no white left.  Then I put the polka dot mask from the set called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks over the top and sponged Memento Black ink which made the dots black.  I thought it came out pretty cool and will definitely try this again.

The second technique I used came from Lydia on  If you look at the photo below you will see the sentiment “Cocktails” is shiny.  All I did was put a piece of packing tape onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets on the other side.  Then I cut the sentiment from the die set called Love You More Than.  The sentiment came out shiny and popped up to add some dimension.  The Foam Adhesive Sheets are like Dimensionals only it comes in large sheets.

I stamped the other sentiments and the drink using the coordinating stamp set called Nothing’s Better Than and layered them on a die cut from Tasteful Labels.  If you purchase the Love You More Than dies and the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set together in a Bundle you can save 10%.  I colored the drink using Stampin’ Blends.  The colors I used are listed below.

I am definitely going to try both of these techniques again.  They were both easy and fun!

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Forever Fern

Although last week I said Arrange A Wreath was my favorite Stampin’ Up!®  bundle I did mention that I had a lot of favorites from this catalog.  The Suite called Forever Greenery is also one of my favorites.  I love the all the different leaf stamps in Forever Fern, the matching dies called Forever Flourishing and the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is gorgeous!  The colors used in this suite are beautiful together and so elegant.

I started this card by just stamping and cutting out a bunch of the leaf images in different greens.  I think most of our greens go really well with each other.  I arranged them on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I thought they needed a little burst of color added to them so I stamped the berries in Mango Melody.  I used a sentiment from the stamp set called Peaceful Moments and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.

I still thought the card needed something more so I added another leaf and a berry to the other side.  The card still looked very white so I added some Soft Seafoam splatters to the background.  This is how I do so many of my cards.  I get an idea in my head and it seems to be missing something so I add a little here and a little there until I like it.  I am not very artistic so sometimes it takes me a while to figure it out (and sometimes it ends up in the trash more often than I like to admit).  That is the great thing about stamping.  Anyone can do it!  Let me tell you, the only reason I passed art class was because I would ask the teacher for help and she would end up doing my whole project.  How could she fail herself?


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The 2020-2021 Annual Catalog Is Here!

The brand new 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog is here!  You will be able to order from this amazing catalog at 2:00PM EST today!  In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it yet, click on the catalog cover above and it will take you to a link where you can view it and start drooling.  I am sure you will love it!

As always, every time a new catalog comes out, Stampin’ Up!® adds five new colors to the line up.  These colors are called InColors and are available for two years.  Here are the new 2020/2022 InColors.

Aren’t they gorgeous!?!

There are ten new Suites in this catalog.  I think my favorite so far is the Forever Greenery Suite. Here are some amazing samples that Stampin’ Up!® made showing the various Suites.

Peony Garden:

Whale Of A Time:

Playing With Patterns:

Forever Greenery:

Flowers For Every Season:


World Of Good:

In Good Taste:


Playful Pets:

Artistry Blooms:

Ornate Garden:

If you live locally and would like a catalog, send me a message to let me know and if you live far away, I will mail you one for the cost of postage.



It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit—already a great value at $99 USD/$135 CAD for $125 USD/$165 CAD worth of products—but for a limited time, you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE. There could not be a better time to join my team!


Promotion Dates: June 3–30, 2020

  • New demonstrators who submit their Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA) before June 3 or after June 30 will not be eligible for this promotion.
  • When you purchase a Starter Kit, new recruits can select ONE stamp and punch bundle (p. 168–169) or ONE stamp and die bundle (p. 173-179) from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog—in addition to their regular Starter Kit.

Order Deadlines

  • Phone: June 30, 2020; 6:50 PM (MT)
  • Online: June 30, 2020; 11:50 PM (MT)


Fun Swaps

My monthly stamping group has been unable to meet the past few months due to my moving and the pandemic so we decided to do a swap with each other.  There were nine of us who participated and we decided to use the theme of “thank you” cards.  I thought that was fitting considering the times.  Here are a few of the swaps I received.  I will show you more in a later post.

This first card was made by Karin.  Karin is a friend, previous class member and now a Downline of mine.  A Downline is someone who signed up to be a Stampin’ Up!®  Demonstrator under me (which means I am her Upline).  She made this beautiful fun fold card using the stamp set called Sailing Home and the matching dies called Smooth Sailing.  If you purchase these together in a bundle you can save 10% until June 2nd.  After that the products will be available but not at the discounted price.

This next card was made by Sharon.  Sharon is the newest member of our group and has caught on really quickly.  She make this beautiful card using the stamp set called Painted Poppies and some Peaceful Poppy Elements.  Both of these products are in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.

Renee made this next card and it is just gorgeous!  It is a vintage looking card (which is something I can not do at all).  I can’t recall the name of the stamp set Renee used because everything I own is packed away but it is a beautiful set.

This is Carol’s card. Carol has been a member of our class for a while now and truly makes beautiful cards.   This one is so cute and is a great card to send to someone to cheer them up. Carol used the stamp set called Weather Together with the matching dies.  This bundle is retired and is still one of my favorites!

Come back and visit me next week when I show you the next set of swaps I received.  They are all spectacular too!

Seriously The Best & Poppies

Here is another card made with the stamp set called Seriously The Best.  This stamp set has a kit that goes with it (also called Seriously The Best) and both of these products are in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  I didn’t use the kit for this card but it is amazing and it makes 16 cards (4 of 4 designs) with envelopes which can all be stored in a cute box.  The reason I love the stamp set is because it has three really large sentiments and you know I love sentiments.

This card was quick and easy to make.  I first took a Whisper White card base and layered a piece of Basic Black cardstock on top of it.  Then I cut a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock and a piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper and adhered that on top of the Basic Black cardstock. Then I  stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered that slightly diagonally.  I took a die cut flower from the Peaceful Poppies Elements and added a few of the Peaceful Poppies Sequins.  All of these products are in the Mini Catalog.  I decided it needed a bit more so I stamped the “So Much” from the stamp set called Abstract Impressions and layered that on the bottom.

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Layered With Kindness


Layered With Kindness is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  It is one of those sets that I normally would overlook but I started to see cards made with it online so it caught my eye.  It is a DisINKive stamp set which is a patent pending stamp that makes a image that has dimension to it.  The sentiments in this stamp set go with two new punches that Stampin’ Up!® offers.  One is called Label Me Lovely and the other is Label Me Fancy.  By the way, if you are looking at the catalog at these punches, the descriptions got mixed up.  The names are correct though.

To make this card, I first randomly stamped the larger flowers in Lovely Lipstick ink.  Then I added the leaves and stems using Old Olive ink and then filled in the spaces with the little flowers also in Lovely Lipstick ink.  I stamped the sentiment with Memento Black ink onto a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock and punched it out using the Label Me Lovely Punch.  Then I stamped it again onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched it out using the Label Me Fancy Punch.  I layered this on top using Dimensionals.

The ribbon is from the Botanical Prints Product Medley kit which is also in the Mini Catalog.

There are only a few more days to Sale-a-brate! which is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. If you order the Layered With Kindness stamp set along with the two punches you would be eligible to pick something out of the Sale-a-bration Catalog for free!

It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
  • Your choice of any stamp set offered in the current catalogs (Hostess sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded)
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

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Painted Poppies

Peaceful Poppies is one of the amazing suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  This suite includes two stamp sets, two sets of dies, gorgeous Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  All of these products were made to go together.  One of the stamp sets is called Painted Poppies.  This set is full of beautiful images.  The dies that go with this are called Painted Labels.  This die set is made up of some dies that cut out the images and some dies that are labels.  The other stamp set is called Peaceful Moments and has a ton of sentiments.  The matching Poppy Moments Dies have 16 dies that cut out various flowers and leaves.  All four of these products can be mixed and matched.

For my card I used both the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments stamp sets.  The edge die I used is (in Basic Black card stock) from Painted Labels Dies.  The first thing I did was stamp the flowers in black ink and then embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder.  It is hard to see in the photo but the outline of these flowers are shiny and have some texture. Then I colored the flowers with my Poppy Parade Stampin Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink and then hand cut the banner out.  The best way to do this is to first cut the smaller banner and adhere it to a larger rectangle (Calypso Coral) and then cut the banner points to match.

As most of you know from a previous post, Rob and I are starting a new adventure in our lives.  He retired from his job and we have decided to move closer to our grandchildren.  Last month, before this crazy Coronavirus stuff started, went house shopping.  We found an awesome house that we both loved the second we walked into it. We made an offer which was accepted.  Sounds great, right?  Not so much right now.  New York has totally shut down for everything other than essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies (oh yes.  I can not forget liquor stores!).  That means that real estate agents can not work, which means our house can not be shown. All that boils down to right now we own 3 houses.   It is a little stressful but we are handling it as best we can.  My son had to close on the new house for us since we could not get there (or I should say we chose not to fly at this time).  Oh well.  There are worst things in life right now.  We are healthy which is the most important thing.  I hope all of you are too!

It is still not too late to join my Stampin’ Up!® family during Sale-a-bration.  For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
  • Your choice of any stamp set offered in the current catalogs (Hostess sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded)
  • Free business supplies
  • Free shipping!!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

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