Parisian Beauty

Parisian Beauty is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Catalog.  Sadly it is not being carried over into the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog which means it will be retired on June 2nd.  I think it is a fun and different bundle plus it brought back a lot of memories of when Rob, Zachary (my son) and I went to Paris in 2003 (wow that is a long time ago!).  Rob had a convention to attend so Zachary and I spent our days exploring the city.  Paris is a beautiful place to visit and there was so much to see.  We went right when the US was mad at France (honestly I can not remember why.  All I remember is everyone want to renames French Fries to American Fries) and we had heard that the French did not like Americans so we were a little nervous about going.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The French people were kind, friendly and patient with us non-French speaking tourists.  We had a great time!

This card was a great way to use up scraps of cardstock that most of us stampers like to hoard. I don’t know about you, but I keep even the smallest slivers because they are great for sentiment strips.  I used the colors Purple Posy, Smoky Slate and Balmy Blue for the background.  I just the Eiffel Tower and the sentiment out of Basic Gray cardstock.  It was a quick and easy card to make.  The hardest part was trying to find the dot over the “i” after cutting it out.

I just realized there was no stamping to this card.  It was made totally with cardstock and dies!

So if you like this Bundle you need to order it by June 2nd before it is gone for good.  Remember you can still get the 10% discount by purchasing it in a Bundle!

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Ornate Garden Suite

In the last couple of weeks I have shown you cards I received from a swap with my class members and Downline.  This is the card I made to send to them.  It uses products from the Ornate Garden Suite that will be in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This suite contains two stamp sets, two sets of dies, Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  It is the suite that is available for everyone to buy now (before the catalog actually comes out).

To make this card, I first stamped the flower from the Ornate Style stamp set using Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I colored the middle of the flower using a Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends and the leaves using a Mint Macaron Blends.  Then I cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles dies set.  I backed that with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock I had cut out using the Ornate Layers Dies.  These dies are gorgeous and very intricate.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Ornate Thanks and cut that out using the Stitched Rectangles.  The Designer Series Paper is called Ornate Garden Specialty Paper.  I added a piece of Mint Macaron 1/4″ Textile Ribbon.  This ribbon is retiring on June 2nd. I decided at the last minute to add the little Basic Adhesive Backed Sequin to the corner.

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Swaps Part II

Last week I shared some of the swaps I received from friends.  I thought I would share the rest of them today.

This first card is from Debby.  Debby is a great Clean and Simple (CAS) stamper.  She has a great eye for colors and placement.  I always look forward to seeing her cards.  I love the Designer Series Paper she used.  Unfortunately, it is retired or I would buy it!

Karen made this next card.  Karen is one of my Downline.  Karen and I used to belong to another group of stampers that met once a week.  Each of the participants would design a card for the others to make.  We used to have to take products away from Karen because she would add one and then another and then another……  We would laugh about this.  Karen kept this card simple though and it is beautiful.  She used some Sale-a-bration products on her card.  I love the colors.

Lynette, another Downline of mine, made this card. She used some retired note cards for the card base which I love.  Then she added the splash of color which looks great with the soft background.  It is a simple card but so pretty.  I think the label she used is from a kit and I love the font of her sentiment.

Laura made this next card.  Laura is an amazing stamper.  She has been stamping a lot longer than I have and she has a great eye for colors and placement.  She likes to keep it simple yet beautiful too.  She has a lot of customers and businesses that hire her to make cards for them because they are so gorgeous.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards made for our sways as much as I did receiving them.  Each one is so different, yet so beautiful.  I hope we can continue swapping cards every month or so.

Friend Like You

Friend Like You is a stamp set that is in the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a matching set of dies called Friendly Silhouettes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle un June 2nd.  Both of these items will be in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog but the bundle discount will not be available.  The stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.

The colors I used on this card are Whisper White, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana.  I really like how well they go together.  They remind me of summer and warm weather (which we have yet to see!).   I first stamped the stems onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Granny Apple Green.  Then I used my Stampin Write Markers to color the flowers on the second stamp using Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather.  Then I cut that out using the the tag from Bonanza Dies set.  Sadly, this die set and the matching stamp set called Bonanza Buddies are retiring on June 2nd.  I cut the rest of the rectangles out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The Cat Tails are a die from Friendly Silhouettes.

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Fun Swaps

My monthly stamping group has been unable to meet the past few months due to my moving and the pandemic so we decided to do a swap with each other.  There were nine of us who participated and we decided to use the theme of “thank you” cards.  I thought that was fitting considering the times.  Here are a few of the swaps I received.  I will show you more in a later post.

This first card was made by Karin.  Karin is a friend, previous class member and now a Downline of mine.  A Downline is someone who signed up to be a Stampin’ Up!®  Demonstrator under me (which means I am her Upline).  She made this beautiful fun fold card using the stamp set called Sailing Home and the matching dies called Smooth Sailing.  If you purchase these together in a bundle you can save 10% until June 2nd.  After that the products will be available but not at the discounted price.

This next card was made by Sharon.  Sharon is the newest member of our group and has caught on really quickly.  She make this beautiful card using the stamp set called Painted Poppies and some Peaceful Poppy Elements.  Both of these products are in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog.

Renee made this next card and it is just gorgeous!  It is a vintage looking card (which is something I can not do at all).  I can’t recall the name of the stamp set Renee used because everything I own is packed away but it is a beautiful set.

This is Carol’s card. Carol has been a member of our class for a while now and truly makes beautiful cards.   This one is so cute and is a great card to send to someone to cheer them up. Carol used the stamp set called Weather Together with the matching dies.  This bundle is retired and is still one of my favorites!

Come back and visit me next week when I show you the next set of swaps I received.  They are all spectacular too!

Sailing Home

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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Forever Greenery Sneak Peek

I finally got to play a bit with my Stampin’ Up!® Pre-order of products that are in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog I placed last week.  One of the Suites is called Forever Greenery and it is absolutely gorgeous!  This Suite includes the stamp set called Forever Fern, a matching die set called Forever Flourishing, gorgeous Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery, two smaller embossing folders called Greenery plus embellishments and ribbon.

The colors on this card are Just Jade (one of the new InColors), Sea Foam Green and Night Of Navy.  Just Jade is a gorgeous green and one of my favorite new InColors.  I used a Sea Foam Green card base and adhered a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP to it.  I embossed a piece of Sea Foam Green cardstock using one of the new Greenery Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Forever Fern in Night Of Navy Ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes.  I backed it with a 2″ circle.  I stamped the berries in Night of Navy ink and cut out the leaves in Just Jade cardstock.

I just love the colors of this suite!  It will all be available to order on June 3rd for customers but if you want it sooner you can join my team as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and order it earlier.