Beauty & Joy

No one likes to have to send a sympathy (or prayer) card due to a death in the family or a serious illness but, unfortunately, it is a fact of life.  Stampin’ Up!® makes this hard task a bit easier because they offer a lot of choices when it comes to this.

For my sympathy card I used the stamp set called Beauty & Joy.  This stamp set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is great set because it has choices of the pots as well as the tree.  It is also a DisINKtive Stamp set which means it has depth to the images using one stamp.  The sad news is this stamp set will be retiring on January 2nd so if you like it, you need to purchase it before then.

To make this card, I first stamped the basket in Crushed Curry.  Then I stamped the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Pretty Peacock.  The Designer Series Paper is called Garden Lane and is in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings.  I stamped that in Pretty Peacock and then cut it out using the Classic Label Punch.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter in law had an accident which left her unable to get around very well so I flew down to Alabama to help out.  That means I got some Emy time which is always a good thing.  Emy is 2 going on 16.  She is sweet, sassy and beautiful (if I do say so myself).

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Cup Of Christmas

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp class.  It uses the stamp set called Cup Of Christmas that is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Cup Of Cheer and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The fun thing about this set is it is reversible.  The cup with the polka dots and another one with stripes can be stamped on both sides so you don’t have to do mirror stamped with them.  Plus the dies cut out the cups both ways.  It is patent pending and is such an awesome idea.

To make this card I first stamped the polka dot cup in Call Me Clover and cut it out using the matching die.  Then I cut out a Cherry Cobbler cup and layered it with another piece of Whisper White cardstock I cut out using the dies.  They have the stripes or a poinsettia to put on a cup.  The candy canes are two pieces.  There is a solid one for the back (I used Whisper White) and the striped you put on top. I stamped the sentiment and the holly in Call Me Clover ink too. The ribbon is called Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Striped Ribbon and is also in the Holiday Catalog.

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Year End Closeout Sale


If you love great deals, the Stampin’ Up!®  amazing Year-End Closeout is the best time to shop. You’ll get great discounts on retiring Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets and items from the holiday catalog. The Year-End Closeout happens only once a year,  Shop early for the best selection! And don’t forget: This offer is while supplies last only.


Sales Period: December 3, 2019–January 2, 2020
  • Only items listed on the flyer, Excel spread sheet, and online store are eligible for this promotion.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items from the 2019 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).

Ordering deadlines:

  • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 pm (MT)
  • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 pm (MT)

To see what is on sale click HERE

To see what products are carrying over click HERE

Forever Blossoms Sneak Peek

Here is another sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® January-June 2020 Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Occasions Catalog).  This is another Make ‘N Take card we made at OnStage in November.  Again, I didn’t actually make it at the event.  I always like to bring the Make ‘N Takes home so I don’t feel rushed.  I guess I am more of a quiet stamper.

This card uses a stamp set called Forever Blossoms.  It has a set of matching dies called Cherry Blossom Dies and you will be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  These two products are part of a larger Suite called Parisian Blossoms.  It is an amazing suite of products.  It was the first time I ordered all the products in the Suite using the Bundle item number Stampin’ Up!® provides.  If you don’t know this, SU now offers one item number for you to order everything in a Suite.  It is awesome because you don’t have to enter each product individually.  It saves a lot of time.

To make this card I first stamped the cherry blossoms in Smoky Slate then cut them out using the matching die.  I used my Light and Dark Petal Pink and Old Olive Blends to color the image.  This was layered on top of a piece of the Designer Series Paper  called Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP.  This paper has Champagne Foiling throughout it.  It is gorgeous!  The sentiment is from another sneak peek stamp set called Timeless Tropical.  I stamped it in Smoky Slate and punched it out using the Story Label Punch.  The ribbon is also part of this new Suite and is Petal Pink with Champagne edges.  Lastly, I added a few of the Champagne Rhinestones that are included in the Suite.

Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout is almost here! Beginning December 3 and while supplies last, you can save big on a selection of retiring and surplus items including holiday catalog items, stamp sets, and Paper Pumpkin past kits. Shop early to avoid missing out! Supplies are limited and popular items will sell out quickly. This amazing sale ends on January 2. I will have more information tomorrow!

Christmas Gleaming Sketch Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today’s BS & J Productions challenge is a sketch challenge.

I love sketch challenges because they are the easiest for me.  Whenever I don’t have a single idea in my head I look for a sketch challenge and fit it to whatever stamps I have.

I decided to use the Brightly Gleaming Suite of products that are in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  This is my favorite Suite in the catalog.  The stamp set, called Christmas Gleaming has beautiful ornaments and fun sentiments for the Holidays.  Plus, this set has TWO matching punches called Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.  If you buy the stamp set and the punches together you can save 10%.  The best part of this Suite is the Designer Series Paper called Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  It uses Very Vanilla, Night Of Navy, Pretty Peacock, and Mossy Meadow and has beautiful copper foil designs.

Last week I told her you about attending OnStage in Hartford CT.  One of the presenters (I am sorry I can’t remember who) gave me this great idea to use on this card.  If you look at the ornament I punched out of Copper Foil you can see a design on it.  To make it I stamped the ornament on the Copper Foil Paper using Versamark and then embossed it using Clear Embossing Powder.  You should use your Stamparatus when doing this because the Copper Foil is slippery with the Versamark and smudged the first time I tried it.

Here is a close up of it:

Isn’t it gorgeous?  I just love this idea and I am sure you will see it more often from me.

The sentiment I used is from a retired stamp set but I also embossed it using Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I love that we don’t show each other our designs ahead of time so it is always a surprise for me too.

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Gather Together With Pumpkins

I know.  I am posting another Gather Together Card.  I can’t help it.  I love this set.  It is great for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.  I used it as a birthday card today.  By the way, as a warning, I’ll have a few more cards to post using this Bundle.  I think every card I have made look totally different so it is a very versatile stamp set.

To make this very simple card I first stamped the pumpkins in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Then I colored them using my Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie Blends.  I used the matching dies called Gathered Leaves to cut them out.  This set of dies has two identical dies that cut out the smaller pumpkins which saves time.  Stampin’ Up!® does that a lot.

Then I tried to figure out where I wanted the pumpkins and stamped the wheat in Soft Suede and then took a Aqua Painter and added a little Seaside Spray Ink so it didn’t look like the pumpkins were floating in the air.   Then layered the pumpkins on top.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings in Soft Suede too.

Today is the last day for the Online Extravaganza!

Don’t miss out on these awesome deals!  If you use the hostess code BPGTNGHF and order $50 or more I will send you a small gift in the mail.

Click HERE to see the full list of everything that is on sale.

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So Many Stars

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp class.  Lynette, who is a member of the class sends me ideas of cards and projects she wants to make.  It is great help to me.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas for this class.  Most of the ladies have been with me for almost 12 years so I am constantly looking for ideas.  Anyway, Lynette sent me a picture of a card that is similar to this one but I don’t know who actually made it or I would give credit to them.  I did change it up a bit but the basic design was someone else’s.

To make this card I first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4.25″ x 11″ and folded it in half.  Then I cut 1 1/4″ off the bottom of one side.  I wanted to use the gorgeous Designer Series Paper called Feels Like Frost but the class has too many ladies in it and I would have had to purchase four packs for everyone to have a matching piece so I used retired DSP that is similar to Feels Like Frost.  I layered this paper over a piece of Silver Foil Paper and attached it to the card base.  All the foil sheets that Stampin’ Up!® offers are so beautiful.  The also have copper, gold and champagne (a really soft gold).  I find it is better to use Multipurpose glue when using the foil sheets.

I cut the stars out using the Stitched Stars dies (shhhh these dies are carrying over into the next mini catalog Yay!) in Silver Foil and Whisper White and then layered them on top of the Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the sentiment from So Many Stars in Versamark and embossed it using Silver Embossing Powder.  You can save 10% if you purchase the So Many Stars stamp set with the Stitched Stars in a Bundle.

The card came out super shiny which is perfect for Christmas.

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