#simplestamping Card Class

Yesterday I had my first in-person mini card class since the COVID mess started with a neighbor of mine.  She has a cottage a couple of doors down from us and we have been spending the summer together so we both thought it was safe to do a class.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to teach someone new to stamping.  They always think they aren’t creative and can’t do it and it is fun to watch them realize that they can and that they love it!

We made three simple cards.  Two of them just involved stamping and the third one we did some die cutting with the new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine.  These are the two stamping cards.

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The first one we used the stamp set called Cute Fruit.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginners Brochure.  I first stamped the background pineapples in BumbleBee Ink on BumbleBee cardstock.  Then we stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee and Granny Apple Green ink.

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The second card I used some World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper and the stamp set called Sailing Home.  Both of these cards just involved stamps, paper and ink.

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She loved making those cards so I decided to step it up a bit to show her how to die cut an image.  I actually posted this card a few weeks ago on my blog but I will show it to you again.  It used the dies called Stitched Leaves.  She loved the way the dies cut the leaf and added the stitching to it.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Lovely You.  It has a coordinating punch called Banners Pick a Punch.

Stampin Up Stitched Leaves

I will always remember my first time stamping.  I was invited to a workshop.  I didn’t want to go but it was being held by a friend of mine so I felt obligated to go.  I am so glad I did!  I loved it from that minute on!  Everyone can stamp.  Even people who are as un-artisitic as me!  Stampin’ Up!® makes it so easy.  Remember that commercial where it said “Try it.  You’ll like it”? I can’t remember what it was for, but it certainly pertains to stamping.  I haven’t met a single person who didn’t enjoy making a card or two.

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I decided to try a fun technique that Jennifer McGuire did a couple of weeks ago.  The technique is called Offset Inking.  You need a Stamparatus to do this technique but it is really easy to do. You stamp an image in any color you want (I used Seaside Spray).  Then you move the cardstock up 1/8″ and stamp it again using Whisper White Craft Ink.  It gives the images a little more dimension.  I do have to say that I probably did it backwards and should have stamped the Whisper White image first and then the Seaside Spray but it still looks good.

Now believe it or not, I used the Birch Background stamp to make the background.  I first tried this technique in a different colors and it looked a little bit like clouds so I changed it to Seaside Spray.  Again, I lined up the Birch stamp on my Stamparatus, stamped it once in Seaside Spray ink on Seaside Spray cardstock and then moved it up 1/8″ and stamped it again in Whisper White Craft Ink.  To make the water darker, I used the water stamp from the stamp set called High Tide.  I stamped it numerous times over the birch images.

After I did the background I then stamped the sailboats in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used a Seaside Spray Stampin Blends to color in-between the sails so it would blend in better with the water.  I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock using So Saffron and Petal Pink in to make the sun and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies.  I thought it looked softer than just cutting out a circle of cardstock. I stamped the seagulls in Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn which is in the Holiday Catalog.  I love that sentiment!


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Hello everyone!  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was a rectangle challenge.  Of course, the first thing I thought of was using the Stitched Rectangles Die but I use them so much (because they are my favorites) so I decided to take a different route and just cut pieces of cardstock and Designer Series Paper into rectangles and use them.

To make this card I first went through my scraps of cardstock and Designer Series Paper to see what I had available.  I came across a lot of little pieces of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  This is why I chose to use the stamp set called Sailing Home with the matching dies called Smooth Sailing to make my card.  It is one of my favorite bundles and you can save 10% buying them together until June 2nd.  After that they will still be available but not at a discounted price.

I used a Whisper White card base and adhered a rectangle of Night of Navy cardstock to it (which has already been cut to this size so it was perfect.  Then I rounded the corners on the Designer Series Paper using Detailed Trio Punch.  This is a great punch because it does three different things to your cardstock.  The good news is this punch is being carried over into the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog!  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock using Versamark and heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.  Then I cut of the wheel using one of the dies in the Smooth Sailing die set.  This die cuts and embosses which is fun.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using rectangles.  Do you think they used the Stitched Rectangle dies?

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Come Sail Away Fun Fold

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to make a Fun Fold Card.  You all know by now that I love Fun Folds and I am always looking for new ones.  Luckily, I ran across one that was made by Julie Davison, a fellow demonstrator so I thought I would try it.  It is called a Peekaboo Flip Card and it isn’t very hard to make!

Here is the front of the card:

The fun part is when you pull the tab and this happens:

Isn’t that cute?

To make this fun fold card I used products from the Come Sail Away Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  It includes the stamp set called Sailing Home, matching dies called Smooth Sailing (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle), Designer Series Paper, an embossing folder, embellishments and Baker’s twine.  Plus it has a pack of Memories & More cards which is what I used to make this card.

The two sailboats, anchor and sentiments are all from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack.  All I needed to do was punched them out and adhere them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies..  The Designer Series Paper is also called Come Sail Away and has some beautiful patterns including the Balmy Blue and Whisper White striped one I used.  I punched the tab out using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch with Crumb Cake cardstock.  The card base is Night of Navy.

If you would like to see how Julie made this card, you can click HERE to see her video.  You will see how easy it was.

Now let’s go see what kind of Fun Fold card that Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure you will love them!

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A Quick & Easy Fun Fold Card

This is another card we made at our monthly stampin class.  It is a fun fold card (one of my favorite things to do) and is very quick and easy to make.  My poor class attendees are probably tired of fun fold cards but I love them so they have to put up with me.  Here is what it looks like when you open it up.

To make this card I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock the long way.  This means you cut it in half on the 8.5″ side.  Then I scored it at 2.75″, flipped it over and scored it at 2.75″ on the other side.  I cut two piece of Balmy Blue cardstock 1 7/8″ x 5.25″.  Then I cut two pieces of  Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper  at 1 5/8″ x 5″ and layered them on top of the Balmy Blue pieces.  Then you adhere each of them to the front of the card making sure you only put adhesive on half of the piece of Balmy Blue cardstock (or you won’t be able to open the card).  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5.25″) and adhered that to the inside of the card.  Then I stamped the lighthouse and seagulls using Night of Navy Ink.

The sentiment on the front is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card.  I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink and cut it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  I thought it needed a little bit more so I cut out a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock 1.25″ x 1.5″ to put behind it.

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Can you believe it is September already?  Where the heck did the time go?  Where did the summer go?  I guess the good thing is sometimes (not always) September can be beautiful in the North Country.  Let’s hope it is this year.

As most of you know by now, Stampin’ Up!® puts products together in Suites.  Then, if you like everything in a Suite they give you one time number so you can purchase it all without having to enter tons of numbers.  I love that!  This card was made using various products from the Come Sail Away Suite and yes, I did purchase everything in this Bundle so I could use one number (#15275) and get it all.  For $94.75 you get the Sailing Home stamp set, Smooth Sailing dies, High Seas Embossing Folder, Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, Come Sail Away Memories & More card pack, Baker’s Twine and the Sail Away Trinkets.

To make this card I first stamped the lighthouse in Crumb Cake Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut out the captain’s wheel in Crumb Cake cardstock.  If you look closely you can see that this die embosses as well as cuts.  I cut out a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, stamped the sea gulls in the corner and adhered that to a piece of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment and the two lines (they are not called ropes as my sailor husband tells me) are from the Memories & More card pack.  They have adhesive on the back so you just need to stick them down.

Wednesday is the day you can begin to order from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  If you are local and would like one just let me know and I will put one out for you.  If you would like a copy mailed to you, you just need to pay for postage.  Those of you who ordered $50 or more in the past 12 months should get one free in the mail.  Actually, you should have already gotten it so if you haven’t let me know.


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A Fun Fold Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today we have a new challenge from BS & J Productions.  It is a Fun Fold Challenge.  I love Fun Folds!  When you open the envelope you expect it to be a regular card but then it becomes more of a surprise.

I decided to make a Dutch Door Fun Fold card.  It was super easy to make and did not take a long time.  The hardest part is deciding what stamps, colors and Designer Series Paper to use.  I chose the stamp set called Sailing Home.  This stamp set has matching dies called Smooth Sailing and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The Designer Series Paper is part of the same Suite and is called Come Sail Away.  The colors I used for this card are Night Of Navy, Seaside Spray and Whisper White.

Here is what the card looks like when it is opened.  I decided not to put a sentiment on it so I can decide later who and why I want to send it to.

Here are the cardstock pieces you will need to make this card:

To make this fun fold card, adhere the piece of Seaside Spray cardstock to the piece Night of Navy card base like this:

Then layer the piece of Designer Series Paper on top like this:

Then decorate however you wish.  For a full list of products I used, see below.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I know I will want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) both of their fun folds!

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Last week was Rob’s and my 36th anniversary.  It is hard to believe it has been that long.  It is definitely true what they say about time flying.  Somehow during all that time we managed to raise together three handsome and brilliant sons who now have children of their own. We have had our ups and downs, as most people have but somehow we made it through it all.  I would not have wanted to do it with anyone else.

This is the card I made for Rob to celebrate our anniversary.  We have never really done presents or extravagant things to celebrate.  We have mostly celebrated this date quietly with just the two of us going out for dinner or something like that.  This year was no different.

To make this card I used the Come Sail Away Memories or More Card Pack from the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog for the background.  I love these card packs because they have lots of fun designs that coordinate with other products in the catalog.  I stamped the sailboat and the anchor from the stamp set called Sailing Home in Basic Gray Ink and  then cut them out using the matching dies called Smooth Sailing.  I layered all of this on top of a Basic Black card base.

Happy Anniversary, Rob.  It is true that any day with you is the best!

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Hello everyone.  Welcome to another BS & J Productions with Buffy, Jackie and me.  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to use our favorite new InColor.

I couldn’t really decide which one color was my favorite so I decided to use my two favorites:  Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.  I wasn’t sure how well these two colors went together but I think they look great.

This was a fairly simple card to make.  I used the stamp set called Sailing Home.  I first stamped the sailboat and the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink and cut it out using the Smooth Sailing Dies.  Then I cut out the wheel and the lines on the bottom and top of the card also using dies from this set.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® adds extra dies that don’t necessarily cut out an image from the stamp set but can be used on their own.

I ran a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock using the High Seas 3D folder.  You can’t see it that well in the photo above so here is a close up.

Now let’s go see what Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite new InColors are.  I don’t know what Jackie will chose but I am guessing that Buffy’s is Rococo Rose.  Let’s go see if I am correct.

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This is one of the cards we made at my New Annual Catalog class last week.  I have started a new class where we make a few simple cards and a 3D item or a fancier card.  If you live in the area and would like to come to a class, just send me an email.  It is on a first come first serve basis and has a limited amount of seating.

This Suite includes my all time favorite stamp set with matching dies in the new Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  The stamp set is called Sailing Home and the dies are Smooth Sailing.  The Suite also has Designer Series Paper, trinkets, Baker’s Twine and a Memories & More card set.  I also used one of my favorite new InColors called Seaside Spray.  It is a beautiful soft purply blue.  My other favorite InColor is called Pretty Peacock.  I will show you the card we made using that another day.

To make this card I first stamped both sailboats with Night Of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut them out using the matching dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment and cut that out with a die.  The strip along the bottom is also a die from this set.  The Designer Series Paper is called Come Sail Away.

If you live locally and would like a copy of the new catalog, let me know.  You can pick one up for free or I can mail you one for the cost of shipping.  You are going to love it!

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