Flourish Dies

Flourish Dies have been in catalogs for a few years and I am still not tired of it.  The set makes beautiful flowers and leaves and also has a big background die and the fancy strip I used.  There are ten dies in all.   The set has a matching stamp set called Flourishing Phrases which is a very large set with 18 stamps.  It includes a ton of sentiments for every occasion.  I didn’t use the stamp set for this card because I needed a sympathy card so I chose the sentiment from the stamp set called Colorful Seasons.

The colors I used for this card are Rococo Rose (a new InColor), Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride.  I thought these colors went really well together.  The circle is from the die set called Stitched Shapes.

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Let’s Drink

I know that was a weird title but it caught your attention, didn’t it?  Today’s Stamp Off challenge is to make a card of some kind of drinking.  I had to think about this one for a while.  I have the stamp set called Coffee Cafe but I figured Buffy would use that since she loves coffee.  I had to a search through my stamps and found one that had a drink in it.

I used a few different stamp sets for this card.  The drink is from Colorful Seasons.  I also used High Tide and the sentiment is from Florentine Filigree.  I also used a non-Stampin’ Up!® set.  What??  I know!  Blasphemy!  I couldn’t find a solid sailboat image in my SU stash so I cheated a bit.

This winter has been brutal with lots of ice, snow, cold and wind.  This card made me think of warmth, sunshine and peace.  I could use that in my life right now!

To make it I first stamped the water in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I  stamped the sand in Crumb Cake a few different times using a stamp from High Tide.  This gave it a little depth.  I sponged the sky using Balmy Blue ink and then stamped the birds in Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment and sailboat in Early Espresso.  I cut the chair out of Whisper White cardstock with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Set.  I stamped the drink in Mango Melody and cut it out using the matching die.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  We will see if my prediction for Buffy is true.  That is one of the things I love about our challenges.  We don’t share our cards ahead of time so it is a fun surprise for us too!

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A Fall Challenge

Good morning! Today is another Stamp Off challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time we needed to make a Fall or Thanksgiving card.

I decided to use the stamp set called Colorful Seasons.  This is a great stamp set because it covers all the seasons.  There are snowflakes for winter, flowers for summer and spring and the cutest Adirondack chair to watch all the seasons go by.

To make this card I first stamped all the leaves in Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment is from Labels To Love.  I used my amazing Stamparatus to stamp the different colors.  First I covered with sentiment with medical tape and inked the leaves in Shaded Spruce.  Then leaving the stamp in the exact same place, I covered the leaves and inked the sentiment in Cajun Craze.  The Stamparatus lets you line up the stamp multiple times.  I cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then I mounted it with Dimensionals onto a piece of Crushed Curry and then Cajun Craze card stock that was cut out using the Layering Circles Dies. I decided it needed something more so I cut out a leaf using the Seasonal Layers die in Rich Razzleberry.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with the Fall/Thanksgiving theme.

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Let’s Go To The Beach

Good morning everyone!  Today is another day for a Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a theme card.  We can make a card (or project) with a beach theme.  My favorite place in the world is a tropical beach so it was not hard for me to get into this theme.

Here is my card:

To make this card I used a couple of different stamp sets.  First I stamped the sand using the stamp set called High Tide in Crumb Cake.  The then tore (yes, Buffy I really did!) the piece of cardstock so it looked a little uneven as sand might.  Then I stamped the sea grass and the sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the water and Crumb Cake for the seagulls on Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The chair is from a set of Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  I love that Stampin’ Up! throws in miscellaneous dies sometimes.  The sentiment and the drink (I used Calypso Coral) are from Colorful Seasons stamp set which match the Seasonal Layers dies.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  We don’t show each other our creations before we post so it is always a surprise to see what amazing things they make.

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One Layer Card

Need a card quickly?  All you need to do is make a one layer card.  It can’t get any easier than this.

I used Very Vanilla cardstock as a base.  Then I stamped the different sized leaves from the stamp set called Colorful Seasons in Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Pool Party.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Daisy Delight in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.   That is it!   You have a beautiful card in about 3 minutes.

Too bad the leaves outside are still not looking as pretty as these. Right now they are mostly on the ground looking brown and ugly waiting for someone to rake them up.  I am kind of hoping it will get really windy and just blow away!   Last week we were in Alabama.  It was 80 degrees there with sunny skies.  When we got home it was a 51 degree difference.  There was frost on our car! Tell me again why I live here?  I need to pull out all those sunset pictures I took during our beautiful summer days!

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Another Colorful Seasons

Have I mentioned before how much I love Colorful Seasons and the matching Thinlits Dies called Seasonal Layers?   I will never get tired of this set.  It is just so versatile that you can make cards all year long with just this set.  Plus, if you buy both in a Bundle you can save 10%!

To make this card I took the stamp set called Timeless Textures and and stamped the swirls in Cajun Craze onto Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the splatters using Crushed Curry before layering a lines from the die set called Swirly Scribbles.  Then I stamped the outline of three leaves onto Whisper White in Memento Black Ink and then sponged over them using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler before cutting them out.  As you can see I made each leaf a little different.

The sentiment is from Colorful Seasons too!

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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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