Come Sail Away

Do you need a quick and easy card but one that the recipient will love?  Memories & More Card Packs are the answer!  These card packs are amazing.  The one I used for this card is called Come Sail Away.  It has 50 double sided cards (2 each of 25 designs), These cards come in two sizes:  3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″.  Plus it includes laser cut designs and sticker sheets.  This pack of Memories & More cards coordinates with the Come Sail Away Suite which includes the Sailing Home Stamp Set, Smooth Sailing Dies, Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, embellishments and ribbon.  Everything coordinates which makes it so easy to put together projects or cards.  Memories and More can be used for scrapbooking as well as card designs.  This pack of Memories & More are retiring on June 2nd so if you like it, you need to get it before then.

To make this card I put adhered a piece of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper onto a Night of Navy card base.  Then I attached one of the laser-cut cards that come in the Memories & More Card pack onto another piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  The sentiment is a sticker from this set.  The hardest part of making this card was decided which cards and DSP to use.  Simple as pie!

As a side note, I have written this post weeks ahead of time but if all goes well, today is our moving day!  I have spent the last few weeks (feels like months) packing and sorting, donating and selling our belongings.  It is a little sad but a little exciting.  Rob has lived in Sackets Harbor all his life and I moved here 42 years ago (which is most of my life).  We raised our three sons here, made great friends and truly enjoyed our life.  It is time for a change so we are jumping in with both feet and heading to Tennessee where there are grandchildren and warmer weather!  I have a few more blog posts scheduled but if you don’t hear from me for a while, it is only because I haven’t unpacked my stamping supplies.  Wish me luck!

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Botanical Prints

There is a kit in the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog called Botanical Prints that I just love.  It is bigger than a normal Stampin’ Up!® kit. It includes a 6-piece cling stamp set; 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs*; 4 sheets of die-cut accents, 2 each of 2 designs; 4 sheets 3-11/16″ x 5″ laser-cut overlays, 2 each of 2 designs; Old Olive 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Twill Ribbon, 10 yards (9.1 m);  12 copper-colored metal bee embellishments, 1/2″ each; 7-piece Botanical Prints Dies (use with a die-cutting & embossing machine).  This kit is absolutely gorgeous and it is so easy to make cards using it.

This is what the stamp set looks like:

This is a picture of the entire kit:

Here are some more Stampin’ Up!® samples using this kit.

Gorgeous, aren’t they?!?

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Love You To Pieces

Love You To Pieces is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Puzzle Pieces.  Unfortunately, both of these items will be retiring on June 2nd.  It is too bad because it is such a cute stamp set and it kind of fits with the pandemic that is happening right now.  Sentiments such as “let’s get together soon” and “you are my missing piece” are perfect to use nowadays.  The dies are such fun too because you can take a photograph and cut it up using the dies to send to someone to put together.  It would be fun to send something like that to Madelyn or Emory.

The colors I used for this card are Petal Pink, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  I first layered a piece of the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper onto a Cherry Cobbler card base. The I stamped the two puzzle sentiments in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut them out using the Puzzle Pieces dies.  I stamped the bottom sentiment and cut that using the Classic Label Punch.  I stamped the outline puzzle pieces and hearts in Cherry Cobbler ink also and then added the solid puzzle pieces using Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

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Abstract Impressions

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to use the retiring InColors.  These colors are Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  I managed to use them all except Lovely Lipstick.

I first have to say, as most of you know, I am moving shortly and had to pack all my stamping supplies up in February.  Therefore, I had to make a bunch of cards (58 to be exact) to post on my blog back then and unfortunately, I used some products that are no longer available. I apologize for this but I can’t create anything new to replace it because my inks, stamps and card stock are all packed away in a pile of a gazillion boxes.  I wouldn’t even know where to start looking.  I used the embossing folder called Basket Weave which is no longer available but you could use any other embossing folder instead and your card would look just as nice.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Abstract Impressions.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It is a 2 step stamp set which means you use two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case the flowers were stamped in Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove ink to make the image.  I stamped the stems in Call Me Clover and then the flowers.  I added the sentiment last.  I love this sentiment and it is very fitting for the Covid-19 pandemic.  I also added a piece of the Pineapple Punch 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon to my card.

Now, let’s go see what creations Buffy and Jackie made using these retiring Incolors.

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Piece Of Cake

Today is a very special day.  I am actually celebrating the birthday of two people who are very special to me.  One is my first grandchild, Madelyn.  Madelyn is five years old today!!  Can you believe that??  I just don’t know how this happened.  It doesn’t seem possible to have her be that old.  It is true what they say.  Time does fly!

Doesn’t she look so grown up now?  Of course, I am her grandmother so I can be truthful here.  Not only is Madelyn beautiful, she is smart, sweet, and just all around amazing!  I am sad we can not spend her birthday together due to the world situation right now but hopefully we can go visit her very soon.

Today is also my friend, Karin’s birthday.  Karin is a friend and a downline.  Although I don’t have a photo of her, she is also beautiful, smart and sweet!  She is just a wee bit older than Madelyn but just as amazing.  The card I am showing you today is the card I sent to Karin.

The colors I used to make this card are Terracotta Tile, Petal Pink and Whisper White.  I first stamped the cake in Memento Black ink and colored it using Terracotta Tile and Petal Pink Stampin’  Write Markers.  I also stamped the cake stand in Memento Black ink on Terracotta Tile cardstock and then punched out both images using the Cake Builder Punch.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Birthday Bonanza and is in the 2020 January- June Mini Catalog.

Happy birthday Madelyn and Karin.  I hope you both have the best day!

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Ornate Thanks

Here is a quick and easy card I made with a new Suite called Ornate Garden.  This Suite is going to be in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  Stampin’ Up!® decided to release it early as a kind of sneak peek to some products that will be in this new catalog which starts in June.  The Suite has two stamp sets, two sets of dies, some Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  You can purchase both stamp sets with their coordinating dies as bundles and save 10% but you can still mix and match everything as I did with this card.  To make it even more fun, the Designer Series Paper has a new InColor in it called Bumblebee so you get a sneak peek of that too.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Ornate Thanks.  The matching dies to this stamp set is called Ornate Borders but I didn’t use them.  Instead I chose to use the dies called Ornate Layers.  I first cut out a  4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP and adhered that to a Whisper White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive Ink and cut it out using another one of the dies in the Ornate Layers set that is a stitched rectangle.  I also cut out the fancy background die using the same set in Old Olive cardstock and layered them together using Stampin Dimensionals.  It was a super easy card to make because of the great products I used.

Here are the products that are included in this Suite:

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Timeless Tropical

This is one of the cards we made at my last stamp class.  It seems like such a long time ago that I held a class.  Unfortunately, it is one of the things many, many things we had to stop due to COVID-19 (and my anticipated move).  It makes me sad when I think about the ladies that came to my classes over the years.  I had the best group and I miss them all a lot.  The good news is some of us got together (remotely of course) to hold monthly swaps.  Our first swap is at the end of of April and I will be sure to share them when it happens.

To make this card I used the Tropical Oasis Suite which is in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.  I knew as soon as I saw this Suite that I would have to get it and I still love it.  The Suite includes the stamp set called Timeless Tropical.  It has matching dies called In The Tropics (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  Also included in this Suite is an embossing folder (Coastal Weave), Tropical Oasis Trinkets, Saddle Brown Stazon Ink, a Memories & More Card Pack and Braided Burlap Trim.  Plus there is Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper.  I love that Stampin’ Up!® has so many products  that go so well together.

The colors I used in this card are So Saffron, Pear Pizzaz, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Calypso Coral.  I layered a piece of the Tropical Oasis DSP on top of a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a So Saffron card base.  Then I colored the trees with a Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  Markers are a great way to stamp something in more than one color.  I cut two pieces of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and then ran them through my die cutting machine using the Subtle Embossing Folder.  This gave the cardstock some texture.  I cut the sentiment out of Early Espresso cardstock and the flower out of Calypso Coral.  Lastly I added a Frosted Clear Epoxy Droplet to the center of the flower.

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