Fable Friends

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I am not a big cutesy stamp person.  I do think those kinds of stamp sets are cute, they are just not what I buy.  So what happens?  The most amazing, beautiful, handsome and smart grandchildren come along.  My wonderful daughter in law asked me to make Valentines for them and I look around and have very few cute, kid sets.  All I had was retired dinosaurs and elephants.  Well, I decided this just would not do.  What will happen when they get a little older, come to visit and want to stamp with me?  So, now I am buying some sets with them in mind.

Fable Friends is one of these sets.  It is cute.  The bunny is adorable.  Even thought the squirrel is a , um, squirrel, it is also cute.  Look at these ducks.  They are so sweet!

To make this card I first stamped the ducks in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them using my Granny Apple Green, Night Of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends.  The grass is from the stamp set called High Tide and the sentiment is from Life Is Grand, a stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is Gala Gingham.

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Rooted In Nature

Here is an example of a very simple card that a beginner could make easily yet I think it is elegant enough for the advanced stamper too.  It only requires a couple of stamp sets (Rooted In Nature and Itty Bitty Greeting) and a few Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!®  Blends. In this case I used my Blends to make the background.  You would not even have to use as many colors as I did.  You could just use a couple.

To make this card I first scribbled some lines with my Blends on Whisper White cardstock.  The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I overlapped each one just a bit.  Then I stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I adhered that piece of cardstock using Dimensionals onto the Whisper White card base.  The whole card took about five minutes to make in full.

As a reminder, there are only a couple more weeks to order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  Some of the items will be carried over but most of them will retire.  If you would like to know what is being carried over you can click HERE.  The rest of the merchandise will not be available after December 31st.  Make sure you get everything you want prior to that!

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Bird Banter Waterfall Card

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It is a fun fold called Waterfall Card.  Honestly between you and me, I am not sure why it is called a Waterfall Card but it is certainly fun!  You pull the piece of Daffodil cardstock down and the layers start to flip up so you can see the layer below.

We used the stamp set called Bird Banter to make the Waterfall part.  It is an adorable set that is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  I know every is talking about the retirement list but the Occassion Catalog is still available until May 31st.  Bird Banter will not be in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog so I guess you could say it is retiring when the catalog ends.

The background for this card was made using the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  Sunshine Sayings is being carried over into the next Annual Catalog.  We stamped the flowers in Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  The leaves were stamped in Emerald Envy which is an InColor that will also be retiring on May 31st.  We stamped the birds in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colors them with Stampin’ Blends (Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie).

If you would like instructions on how to make this card you can go to Splitcoast Stampers and look under the Tutorial Tab.  They have directions on just about any card style you can think of and is a great resource for all things stampin’!

Here are some more cards I made in the past using Bird Banter (just in case you needed more reasons to buy this set before it is going forever.!

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Bird Banter Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcomes to another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This challenge was brought to us by Jackie and it is a bird challenge.  Use any product that has birds in it.

Now there are a number of stamp sets I could use but my favorite bird set is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is called Bird Banter.  It has the cutest birds plus seven sentiments that go well with birds.

To make this card, I first stamped the birds, balloon and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I use this black ink for two reasons.  One is that this stamp set is Photopolymer and the Memento Ink does not stain it as much as the Basic Black Archival Ink.  The second reason I used it is because I colored the birds using Stampin’ Blends.  Blends are alcohol based so you need to use an ink that is water based so it doesn’t smear when you color.

After I stamped the birds in Memento Ink, I stamped the branches in Emerald Envy.  Then I colored the birds  using Bermuda Bay (light and dark), Daffodil Delight (dark), Pool Party (light and dark) and Calypso Coral (light) Blends.  After I was done this I lightly sponged the background using Pool Party Ink.

By the way, this weekend I am on my way to a Stampin’ Up! OnStage event with my fellow Demonstrators.  I can’t wait to go.  These events are so much fun.  You get to meet other Demonstrators, learn about new products, get products for free, and my favorite thing, get the new 2018/2019 Annual Catalog in my hands!  These event are held all over the world.  Buffy and I are going to the same place so we get to hang out for the day!

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I will bet you a dime (I am such a big spender) that Jackie used the Bird Banter stamp set too because I know it is one of her favorites too!

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Color Me Happy With Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are the best invention since the napkin!  Ok, who remembers what that is from?  Be careful.  You might show your age!  Anyway, Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers.  That means you can blend two or more colors together to make light areas, dark areas or merge colors together better.  They don’t leave coloring lines like some markers do.  They are awesome.

Another great thing about Stampin’ Blends is you can color Designer Series Paper and ribbon with it.  I did not color the ribbon on this card but you can color white ribbon to make it any of the Blends colors.  I colored the Designer Series Paper called Pick A Pattern using the Dark Bermuda Bay and the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.  I also colors the word “thank” using the Light and dark Bermuda Bay Blends.  It was super easy to do and I love how the Designer Series Paper came out.

If you don’t have any Stampin’ Blends yet, you really should try them.  They are so easy to use that even I could do it!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Crafting Forever Fun Fold

I know I have told you this before but there are so many great reasons for becoming a Demonstrator.  The best reason of all is going to OnStage and meeting some of my best friends there.  Deborah Smart is one of those people.  We talked on the Demo Only forum for many years before we finally got to meet at the OnStage in Orlando a few years ago.  Deborah is awesome.  She is very talented and I enjoy reading her blog every day.  I feel like I have known her forever.

A little while ago she posted a fun fold card that I loved and knew I had to make it.  You can see Deborah’s card HERE (plus if you go to her website “follow” her.  You will love her creations but I will warn you that she will make you want everything she uses!).

I used the stamp set called Crafting Forever to make this card.  I love this set.  It is such fun to color.  I used my Stampin’ Blends.

Here is what it looks like when you open the front flap.

This is what it looks like after opening the second flap.

This is a picture looking down so you can see all the flaps.  Isn’t this a fun card?

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Amazing You

Yesterday we finally got our countertops installed.  It seems like it has been forever since I actually had countertops.  You don’t realize how much you need them until you don’t have them.  I was able to take a folding table and lay it over the cabinets but you had to be careful not to knock into it or it would fall off.  Now all I need is my dishwasher, sink and backsplash installed.  I am hoping the sink and dishwasher will be today!  Keep your fingers crossed.  The backsplash will take a few more days since I haven’t really even picked it out yet!  When it is all done, I will post before and after pictures.  By the way, if you live locally and you need a good contractor let me know.  I’ll pass the info of mine to you.  He has been awesome!

I thought this card would be appropriate because I will be celebrating when my kitchen is all done. It uses two Sale-a-bration items.  The flower comes from the stamp set called Amazing You.  The sentiment is from Celebrate You Thinlits.  You can get both of these for FREE with a qualifying order.  I used my Pool Party Stampin’ Blends to coloring the flower.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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