Happy Anniversary

Today, Rob and I have been married 35 years.  It amazes me how quickly the time has gone.  Although it does seem like a long time ago, it doesn’t seem like 35 years.  That is a long time!  We have done a lot in those years.  We have three amazing grown men children, two awesome daughter-in-laws and three of the cutest and brightest grandchildren there ever was.  I am allowed to say that since I am their grandmother!

I made this card using the (unfortunately) retired Large Numbers Framelits.  This is one of the die sets I will keep forever because it is so useful.  The same is true for the Large Letters Framelits (so if you don’t have them, get them!).  The Designer Series Paper is called Broadway Bound.  It is a Specialty paper because it has foil designs on one side.  To make the YRS I used a brand new stamp set in the Annual Catalog that I got for free at the April OnStage.  It is called Pick A Pennant and has matching dies called Playful Pennants.  The colors I used are Gray Granite, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler.

Happy Anniversary, Rob.  Five more years.  The mostest!

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Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper

One of the things I love about stamping is you can be as simple or as complicated as you wish.  Sometimes you need a card quickly.  Usually that is when Rob comes home from work and asks for one for one of his employees or friends.  It reminds me of when the kids used to tell me right before they went to bed that they were assigned snack the next day.  In Rob’s defense I have never had to run out to the store late at night to buy anything and I don’t mind going to my stamp room to make him a card.

This card took me about 5 minutes to make.  Seriously, the hardest part was cutting the paper to size.  I took a piece of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper and backed it with a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Then I adhered it to a piece of Petal Pink cardstock.  The celebrate stamp is from the stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday.  The stamp actually says “celebrate the good stuff” buy I masked off “the good stuff” part and just stamped the celebrate using Blackberry Bliss Ink.  To mask off part of a sentiment you just cover the part you don’t want with a Post-It Note or a piece of Washi Tape, ink the stamp and then take off the tape before stamping.  The hardest part is remembering to take off that tape.  Believe me.  I have forgotten many times!  Then I cut out the You with a die from the Celebrate You Thinlits set.

Designer Series Paper is great for adding some color and dimension to any card.  It saves you time from having to stamp something.  Stampin’ Up! offers a large variety of DSP with matching cardstock packs to make ordering even easier.

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Varied Vases

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a new stamp set called Varied Vases.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Vases Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

To make this card I first stamped the scalloped edge in Coastal Cabana.  Then I stamped the medium and small vase outline in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and used a second stamp for the inside of the vases using Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody.  After that I stamped the stems and flower outline stamps in Memento Ink again and finished them off by stamping the inside of the flowers with Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Coastal Cabana.  We used the punch to cut out the larger vase after stamping the outline in Memento Ink and the inside using Coastal Cabana and attached it to the card using a Dimensional.  Last but not least, I stamped the sentiment.

Here are some more beautiful samples using this Bundle from the Annual Catalog.

Wood Words

Wood Words is a stamp set I received for free at the November OnStage last year.  This set has not gotten a lot of use so I decided to give the new (awesome) sets a break and use a older set.  This stamp set coordinates with Wood Crate Framelits Dies and Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

The colors I sed to make this card are Whisper White, Balmy Blue and Basic Black.  This card is a CAS (clean and simple card) and just took a couple of minutes to make.  I have to say Balmy Blue is a gorgeous light blue color.

I haven’t posted a picture of any of my grandchildren in a while so I thought it was time.  My youngest (and only) grandson is Nolan.  He was born yesterday but somehow he became eight months old last week.  He is a cutie pie if I do say so myself!  All you need to do is look at him and he smiles and he has the sweetest disposition to match!

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Stitched All Around

I have to say I am just loving all the new Stampin’ Up! colors and stamp sets that are in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  It just seems like they all go so well together.

This card using a new stamp set called Stitched All Around.  It has a set of matching dies called Stitched Labels (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  The stamp set is fun and has some wonderful sentiments but the Framelits are really different and steal the show.  There are two dies that cut out a straight line.  One makes the little x’s on my card and the other cuts out little dots that look like you used a paper piercer but is so much easier.  Then there is a background die that makes a pattern.  The other seven dies in the set cut out the sentiments and all of them have stitching on them.  I think the one I used for the circle on this card is my favorite.

The colors I used on this card are Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macron, Whisper White and Grapefruit Grove (for the little heart).  I embossed the piece of Mint Macaron cardstock using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder.  This embossing folder is a 3D Dynamic Textured Impression Folder.  It embosses a deeper pattern into the cardstock.  It is thicker so you don’t use a bottom plate with your Big Shot.

The twine I used is from Nature’s Twine.  It is thicker than regular Baker’s twine and has a little waxy feeling to it.  It comes in four colors (Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove and Crumb Cake).

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Abstract Impressions

This is another card we made at our June monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Abstract Impressions..  This is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies (although we did not use them on this card) called Springtime Impressions.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Abstract Impression is a two step stamp set.  This is where you use two or more stamps to make one image.  To make this card I worked from the bottom up.  I first stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and then the swoosh in Lemon Lime Twist.  Then I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist. I think if I did this card again, I would switch those colors and make the larger stems Lemon Lime Twist and the smaller stems in Granny Apple Green.  Last but not least, I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel.  Oh wait, the last thing I did was stamp the bug in Highland Heather ink.  Aren’t these new colors just gorgeous!?!

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made using this great bundle:

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A Sketch Stamp Off Challenge With Rooted In Nature

Good morning!  It is Friday which means it is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a sketch challenge given to us by Jackie.

Here is my card:

I decided to use the new stamp set (and everyone’s favorite) from the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Rooted In Nature.  This stamp set is kind of liked Lovely As A Tree, which has been around forever, but on steroids!  It is an awesome set that has sixteen stamps in it.  This includes 4 tree stamps, some leaves and a few sentiments.  The best part of this is it has matching Framelits called Nature’s Roots!  No more fussy cutting the trees from Lovely As A Tree!  It is fabulous!

To make this card I first stamped each of the images in Night Of Navy Ink.  Then I just backed them in a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock.  It was very simple to make.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Nature’s Poem and is included in this Suite of Products.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using this sketch.

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