Beautiful Friendship

Hello everyone!  Today’s BS & J Production Challenge is to use your favorite stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  I wasn’t sure if we could use stamps that have matching dies or not so I decided to go a stamp set that did not have dies.

Beautiful Friendship is not a stamp set that I would normally gravitate to but it caught my eye the first time (of 100’s of times) I looked through the catalog.  I immediately put it on my “must have” list and ordered it the first day it became available.  I love roses and hydrangeas and this set has both.  It is a DisInktive stamp set.  DisInktive stamps were designed by Stampin’ Up!®.  Although it looks like I used multiple stamps on each image, it was actually only one stamp.  It is designed to show depth by laying ink down in different opacities.

To make this card I first stamped the Hydrangea in Seaside Spray.  Then I stamped the roses in Rococo Rose.  Both of these colors are new InColors.  I stamped the leaves in Old Olive and lastly, the sentiment in Rococo Rose.

Stampin’ Up!®  has been trying to remind Demonstrators to make cards aimed towards the beginner stamper.  This is someone who just started stamping and does not have a lot of supplies.  They want us to make cards using just ink, stamps and paper.  This card qualifies for that.  We need to tag this kind of card #simplestamping.

Now let’s go see what stamp set(s) Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure their creations will make me want to buy whatever they use.  They usually do!

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Geared Up Garage

Today is my youngest son, Zachary’s birthday.  Zachary is an amazing man.  Honestly, I am not sure how my children all grew up into men so fast.  I still think of them as kids until I realize how old they are.  Anyway, Zachary truly is amazing.  He is kind, patient, a wonderful father and a wonderful son.  Rob and I are very proud of him.

Although Zachary is not a car guy, I made his this card for his birthday.  Geared Up Garage is a great stamp set to use for masculine cards.  I don’t have many sets I can call masculine so this one gets used a lot.  I love the gear dies that go with it (called Garage Gears).  These products were in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and I am so glad they carried over.

The colors I used for this card are Basic Black, Basic Gray and Whisper White. First I stamped the background using Basic Gray Ink on Basic Gray cardstock.  Then I cut the gears out using Silver Foil Paper.  I stamped the car and the sentiment out using Basic Gray ink and then colored it using Daffodil Delight Blends.  Then I cut it out using the new dies called Stitched Nested Labels.  I love these dies because they are a fun shape and they put little stitch holes in the inside and outside of the cardstock.

Happy birthday, Zachary.  I love you and I am so proud of who you have turned into.

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Sailing Home

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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Stitched Lace & Magnolias

Look at the background on this card!  Isn’t it gorgeous.  It was made using a new die out of the brand new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called Stitched Lace.  It is hard to see from this photo but there are stitch marks all around the cutouts.  I tried to get a closer look with my camera but it still didn’t show it very well.  Here is a close up photo that shows it a little better.

In any case, this die is beautiful and easy to cut out.  I ran it though my die cutting machine twice and the little pieces just popped out using the new Take Your Pick Die Brush.

The colors I used for this card are Basic Gray, a new InColor called Terracotta Tile, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White.  The flower and leaves are from the die set called Magnolia Memory.  I showed you a card using the stamp set, Good Morning Magnolia and dies last Wednesday.  They are both so beautiful.

Rob and I moved to the cottage last week.  The weather here has been cold and rainy for weeks.  As a result of this Lake Ontario is overflowing and is causing flooding in some areas.  This happened in 2017 but this year is is even worse.  New York State is supplying sand bags to anyone who needs them and for the first time, Rob had to go get some.  The water is above our wall.

In spite of this, we still consider ourselves lucky.  Some houses are totally surrounded by water.  The issue is all the Great Lakes have had a lot of snow and rain.  They all empty into Lake Ontario which then empties out the St. Lawrence River.  The problem is Canada is also having flooding issues due to high rains and have closed the dams so the water can not flow out of the Lake.  For every inch of water released into the River, Montreal’s water line raises 11 inches.  They are also experiencing flooding so they can’t take anymore water.  It is a mess and no one really knows how to fix it.  The high water has affected shipping, businesses, tourism and recreation.  All our neighbor’s docks are underwater.  It is crazy and I hope it goes down soon!

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Good Morning Magnolia

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog is called Good Morning Magnolia.  I am not from the south but I always loved Magnolia trees when they were in bloom.  This stamp set also has matching dies called Magnolia Memory.  Both of these products are part of a suite called Magnolia Lane.  The suite also includes the Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder, Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack, ribbon and embellishments.  All of these products go together to make beautiful cards.

To make this card I first stamped the large Magnolia in Smoky Slate Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and colored it using Dark and Light Petal Pink and Mint Macaron Blends.  Then I cut it out using the matching die.  I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Smoky Slate cardstock diagonally and them embossed it using the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder.  I added a small strip of Calypso Coral cardstock along the diagonal side and attached then to the Petal Pink card base.  Lastly, I cut the word “thanks” from the set of dies called Well Written.

Although I did not use all the products in the Magnolia Lane Suite, I have listed them below for you.  The Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder is 148579 (for some reason it was not available to link below when I wrote this post).

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Introducing The New Annual Catalog

Today is the start of the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog!  You will not be able to order anything until 2:00 PM EST today but after that you can order almost everything in the catalog.  There are a few items that are not available yet such as the new storage pieces and maybe a few others but most of it is available beginning today.  Personally, my list is very, very long!

A couple of things to note is that Stampin’ Up!® has retired a couple of big items.  For example, the Big Shot is no longer sold.  As most of you know, the Big Shot is made by Sizzix.  Stampin’ Up has decided to end their association with Sizzix for a variety of reasons.  The main reason is the time it took to order their dies through Sizzix.  Stampin’ Up would have to call Sizzix to place the order.  Sizzix would then contact their manufacturer.  Stampin Up has decided to go directly to their manufacturer to speed things up.  You will notice their dies in the new catalog will be a little different.  Here is a video showing you the difference in the new dies.

Demonstrators were able to order some of the products early to try them out so I have tried the new dies and I think they are actually easier to line up.    Instead of trying to make the border equal around the stamped image, you now just have to line up the image with the die and the border around it will be even.  The new dies will work just as well as the old but some die cutting machines may need a shim.  I have one Big Shot that needs a shim and one that does not so will depend on your machine.  They are going to offer a shim that you can order sometime in June.  They are working of getting another die cutting machine but they needed more time to work this out.

You will also notice they are not carrying their trimmer anymore.  This is what they said concerning this: “We have decided to retire the Stampin’ Trimmer as of June 3, 2019, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats. We’ve experienced challenges with our supplier and are taking the opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for this product, which will not be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer. There will be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available, but we do not currently have an estimated timeframe. Once we feel confident in the new offering, we will communicate more details with you about the new product.”

Have fun stampin’!

Last Day To Order Retiring Merchandise

Today is the last day of the Stampin’ Up!®  2018/2019 Annual and Occasions Catalogs.  After today you will no longer be able to buy anything that is retiring.  If you would like to see the list of the discounted retiring Annual Catalog products you can click HERE and you can see the discounted retiring Occasions Catalog items HERE  (you will have to scroll to page two to see the sale prices).

One of the sets I will miss that is in the Occasions Catalog is called Bloom By Bloom.  Here are some cards I made with this set.


Tomorrow the 2019/2020 Annual Catalogs begin!!.  You will not be able to order anything until 2:00 PM EST while they update their systems.  It will be so hard to wait until then because there are so many wonderful products in this catalog.  You are going to love it!

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