A Waterfront Challenge

Good morning everyone!  Today our Stamp Off Challenge is to use the stamp set called Waterfront.  Really now, this is not much of a challenge because this is an awesome stamp set.  Plus, it is being carried over into the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog!

Did you know this stamp set was inspired by a Demonstrator?  When you reach a million dollars in sales you get to design your own stamp set.  This one was by Connie Heisey and it is my favorite!  Normally I use this set to make a mountain or lake scene.  Today I decided to make it tropical.

This card is so easy to make because the stamps do all the work.  I first stamped the sand in Sahara Sand ink.  Then I sponged the water using Tempting Turquoise (which is one of the retiring Stampin’ Up! colors >insert sad face<).  The rest of the card was made using the stamps.  The colors are Pacific Point, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach (retiring), Sweet Sugarplum (retiring), Calypso Coral and So Saffron, Soft Suede (retiring) and Old Olive.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made using this set.  I am sure every card is different and beautiful because you can’t go wrong with this stamp set!

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No Bones About It

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called No Bones About It.  Sadly, this stamp set is retiring.  I think it is a great stamp set for boys and girls.  I know Madelyn is into Dinosaurs right now and I am sure she would love it.

To make this card, I punched out three circles using the 2″ Circle Punch out of a piece of Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  It is thicker than normal Designer Series Paper and it has foil designs on one side in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango.  This paper is also retiring.  Then I put this piece of cardstock over a piece of Whisper White cardstock and drew the three circles out with a pencil.  This way you can see where you need to stamp the dinosaurs so they appear within the circles.

No Bones About It is a two step stamp set where you use two stamps to make one image.  In this case, the body of the dinosaurs are one stamp and the bones are another.  The colors we used are Peekaboo Peach with Cajun Craze, Lemon Lime Twist with Emerald Envy, and Pool Party with Tempting Turquoise.  Of all those colors Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy and Tempting Turquoise are all retiring so if you like these colors make sure you get them before they are gone for good!

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Amazing Club Members

I was introduced to stamping and the world of Stampin’ Up! by a friend of mine.  She asked me if I wanted to come to a stamping party she was having at her house.  I said yes because she was a friend but in my mind I was rolling my eyeballs and dreading it.  I am not big on these kinds of parties but I agreed to go so I did.    We made one simple card andI immediately fell in love with the whole thing.  This is something I could do!  I bought two colors of cardstock (Whisper White and Real Red) a heart stamp set and Real Red and Basic Black ink.  My friend invited me to her club meeting and I immediately started buying everything the catalog!  The club kind of fell apart after a few years and my friends talked me into continuing it.  That was in 2008

I have been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator ever since.  It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since I started.  My club is still going strong with some of the original and some new members.  I have to say they are an awesome group.  They are so talented.

Every month I give them a challenge to do.  Usually it is a sketch challenge but sometimes it is a theme.  April’s challenge was a sketch one.  Here it is:

Here are the cards some of my club members made:

Aren’t they just amazing?!?   I love every single one of them!

Here is to another ten years!


Sea Of Textures Sneak Peek

I know I have talked a lot about the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator lately.  Of course, that is because so many of the Demonstrators went to OnStage this month.  We got the new Annual Catalog in our hot little hands and we were able to order a few things from that catalog before anyone else.

One of the sets I orders is a stamp set called Sea Of Textures.  This set also has matching Framelits called Under The Sea.  You will be able to order this Bundle beginning June lst and save 10% at that time.  Both of these items are part of a Suite called Tranquil Textures.  This means it has matching Designer Series Paper, embellishments, ribbon and cardstock.

The thing that really made me want this set is because of some of the dies.  Yes, they cut out the stamps of the stamps but they also have a couple of other fun dies.  One is the net that is behind the octopus.  Another is the fish that are swimming by.  They are not stamped but instead cut out using this die and then backing it with Coastal Cabana cardstock.  This set also has two sand dollars in it.  I love sand dollars so once I saw them I was sold!

The colors I used on this card are Coastal Cabana (a returning color and my favorite), Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss (another returning color), Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

Now is a great time to join the Stampin’ Up! family because you will be able to pre-order some of the items in the new Catalog.  Otherwise, you have to wait until June!  Just click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers is one of the stamp sets that is not carrying over into the 2018/2019 Catalog.  This set reminds me of my childhood vacations that I used to spend at my grandparents house in Manchester Depot, Vermont.  They owned a store called Carriage Trade and lived something like a half mile behind the store.  Between their house and the store were fields of wild flowers.  It was a beautiful, peaceful place and a ton of fun for the kids.  They had a pond that we could swim and fish in.  There was a giant sand pile that was always a lot of fun to slide down, lots of woods and near all the big ski places.  Manchester now is totally different.  There are numerous houses between what used to the the store and my grandparents house.  Manchester has become a town full of outlets (stores) so now it is crowded and full of tourists.  I am sure the economy in that area is much better than it used to be.

In any case Wild Flowers is a two step stamp set.  This is where you use two or more stamps to make one image.  In this case, the stems are one stamp and the flowers are another.  I first stamped the stems in Emerald Envy (now of the InColors that is retiring). Then I stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.  I cut the circle out using the Layering Circle Thinlits Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set called One Big Meaning (also retiring) and cut that out using the same sized Circle Die.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the flower background and put the sentiment inside the hole.  It fit right inside since I used the same sized die.

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Lemon Zest

I am in a little bit of a winter funk.  It is still cold and dreary up here so I thought I would make a card using happy, vibrant colors to brighten things up a bit.  Although it is officially spring, we still have another month or two before our weather realizes it.

I chose the stamp set called Lemon Zest.  It has a matching punch called Lemon Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I stamped the lemons in Daffodil Delight and the leaves in Old Olive.  It is a simple and easy card to make which is always my favorite style.  I added a few Enamel Shapes to add a little dimension.

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Animal Outing

Earlier this week I told you about attending OnStage.  We had such a blast!  One of the best things (among many) is that we get free merchandise and sneak peeks into the new Annual Catalog.  One of the sets we all received was Animal Outing.  It is an adorable stamp set that has this giraffe, a rhinosehraus and a kangaroo with a koala bear in her pocket.  This set has matching dies called Animal Friends which I can not wait to get once the catalog goes live on June 1st!

To make this card I used a technique called Reverse Stamping.  The set only came with one giraffe facing one way.  In order to make the other giraffe, I stamped on a piece of Window Sheet using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then pressed that to the cardstock.  It comes out in the opposite direction.  Then I colored everything using my Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

If you are interested in joining me at the next OnStage in Orlando Florida, click on the Join Now button to the right of this post!  Only Demonstrators can attend these awesome events!  It will be the 30th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! so I am sure it will be amazing!

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