These past couple of weeks have been a little crazy for me. First, I flew to Savannah, GA to drive my Mom to her place in Florida. Mom is 92. Although she still drives (which is a little scary) driving all the way to Florida is a little too long. Every year Rob and I drive her so it has become kind of a tradition. We get to see Mom and my sister and brother in law, Emily & Peter (Peter actually reads my blog!) plus we get a little warmth and sunshine. It is nice to get out of this cold, snowy weather and see that big yellow ball in the sky which has been hiding from us since October.
After driving Mom, we were home one day and drove to see my son and his wife, Sam and Tara and my grandchildren, Madelyn and Nolan. You all know that seeing my grandchildren is my favorite thing in the whole world. Believe me, there will be pictures to follow soon!
I made this card using the stamp set called Daisy Delight. It is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog. This set has a matching Punch called Daisy and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. The Designer Series Paper is also in the Annual Catalog and is called Color Theory.
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Last week BS & J Productions did a Stamp Off Sketch Challenge. Sometimes we set up these challenges weeks ahead of time. Sometimes I see the challenges and get a card in my head so I make it a long time before it is scheduled to post. This is the case with this card. I saw the sketch, made the card and then promptly forgot about it. I was going through my stash today and found it. Sometimes it is hard to get old and lose my mind!
So, again, here is the sketch challenge from last week:
Funny how my card I posted for the official challenge (HERE) looks exactly the same except for the different products! I guess that is what a sketch challenge is all about.
This time I used the stamp set called Daisy Delight. This was the most popular set in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog when it first came out. It has a matching punch called Daisy and the punch itself sold the entire 6 month supply in a week (or something like that). It was a crazy time but no worries. Stampin’ Up! has it back in stock. You can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle. There is also matching Designer Series Paper called Delightful Daisy.
The sentiment is from a stamp set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
If you purchased the Daisy Delight Bundle, the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and a pack of cardstock you would be eligible to choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.
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!
In case you live in a cave and haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! just released their alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends. I have had a few people ask me about the old Blendabilities and all the issues they had. Stampin’ Blends do not have those issues. The company who made the Blendabilities had hole in their caps which made the markers dry out. The Blends don’t. They also had these caps that were hard to put on correctly and if you did it the wrong way you would ruin your tip. The Blends don’t have that issue either. There is only one way to put on the cap.
I colored the daisy from Daisy Delight with the Rich Razzleberry Blends. It was super easy to do because the markers do blend so well. I find it easier to use the darker color first and then blend it with the lighter color. Some people do it the opposite way. Whatever works for you is fine.
The leaves are a new punch that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Leaf Punch. It goes with the stamp set called Painted Harvest but obviously you can buy it separately. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners.
After the Annual Catalog came out on June 1st, a Stampin” Up! product made world history. Now, I am not sure it was a big enough event to end up on CNN, although, if you pay attention to everything Stampin’ Up! you would have thought it should be. It caused quite a ruckus in the stamping world!
Normally, a punch sells around 7,000 units in it’s lifetime. The Daisy Punch sold over 10,000 units it’s first month! That is a lot of punches! The good news, is the Daisy Punch is back in stock with lots to go around so if you missed it in the beginning, order it now. Don’t forget to order the matching stamp set called Daisy Delight. If you order both in a Bundle, you will save 10%.
I made this card using the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch. The background is an Embossing Folder called Polka Dots Basics. The colors are Pool Party, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay. It is one of my many favorite colors combinations.
Here is the second thank you card I made for my awesome neighbors at the lake. If you read my post a couple of days ago, you would know that we bought a house at the lake and a couple of our neighbors brought us a welcoming gift so I needed to make a couple of cards to thank them for their kindness.
Daisy Delight is a great stamp set for making thank you cards because it has a big “thank you” stamp. I love big bold word stamps so I knew I had to have to this set. As a matter of fact, this set was so popular, it sold out quickly after the Annual Catalog even went live. Then it sold out again and they had to turn this item number off. Well, I am happy to report that it is back in stock and available for purchase again. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappear again!
The Designer Series Paper I used is called Fresh Florals. This pack has 40 sheets of double sided paper and comes in the 2017-2019 In Colors.
As some of you might know, Rob and I bought a small cottage on Lake Ontario in May. It is awesome and is a dream come true. We have always wanted to live on the water. I have to pinch myself to remind me that it really happened.
One of the best things about this cottage (other than it is right on the lake) is the neighbors. They are all so nice and friendly and lots of fun. They all have big families that come up on the weekends. Rob and I really enjoy watching all these kids running around having a great time.
A couple of the neighbors were so kind and brought us welcoming gifts. Stamping at the cottage has been a challenge but I have managed to do it. It takes me forever to make a card because I keep spending most of my time staring out the windows at the waves. At home, my stamping area is in the basement with no windows so it is easy to concentrate down there. Not so much here.
In any case I needed to make a couple of quick thank you cards. I used the Daisy Delight Stamp set and matching punch called Daisy (you can buy both in a Bundle and save 10%). As you recall I am also trying to use my Designer Series Paper (I used Delightful Daisy) more often. These items all go so well together (as you can tell by the names!). I’ll show you the other card I made in a couple of days.