Love You To Pieces

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  It uses a stamp set called Love You To Pieces.  This stamp set has matching dies called Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  The dies cut out a 3.75″ square puzzle.

If you look closely you will notice that we used the die but did not cut out the puzzle pieces.  This is because we used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats!  You use these mats to emboss with your dies without cutting them out.  How cool is that?!  One thing though, is you need to be careful and make sure your sandwich is correct or it will cut your mats.  Ask me how I know!  *rolling eyes*.  The directions come with it so make sure you read them before using them.

The colors we used on this card are Pacific Point and Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Yesterday I told you that Madelyn, Nolan and their parents came for a visit.  Sam and Tara had a wedding to go to so we got to be with the kids without them.  You know how that goes.  No parents around to tell us what we can and cannot do with our grandchildren!  We had fun!

It happened to be Princess and Pirate Day at Boldt Castle.  If you have never been there it is worth going to.  There is a very romantic tale that goes with Boldt Castle that you can read about on their website.  It was abandoned many years ago and was eventually given to the Thousand Island Bridge Authority who has been renovating it for many years.  It is gorgeous inside.

Last weekend was Princess and Pirate Day where you can dress up, talk to and see princesses and pirates.  Belle, Snow White and Tinkerbell were there.  They had a “real” mermaid swimming in the pool and pirates were everywhere.  Madelyn dressed up as Elsa (the princess from Frozen) and Nolan was a pirate.

As you can see, Madelyn loved Belle!

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Stitched All Around

Stitched All Around is a fun stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies called Stitched Labels Framelits (yes, you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  The dies are beautiful.  There are six different labels that have cut outs and stitching around them.  My favorite is the one that cuts out the stamp that has “thank you” in it.  It also has a die that cuts out the background on my card.  I used it twice in each corner.

The colors I used for this card are Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Grapefruit Grove and Mango Melody.

Now I have some pictures to show you from when Madelyn and Nolan (and their parents of course) came for a visit.  Madelyn is now three years old.  I don’t know how that happened but she is adorable, brave, extremely smart and a little sassy.  Before you roll your eyes, just remember that I am a grandmother so I can say these things!  Nolan is the sweetest little boy ever.  He is eleven moths old and smiles most of the time (we don’t count the middle of the night part).

Last year Madelyn would not go anywhere near Rob’s tractor.  This year she was helping him drive it.  What a difference a year makes!

Tomorrow I will show you some more pictures of our visit.

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Country Home

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting this week. I know I have said this before but I have the best club members.  I always look forward to our meetings.

To make this card we uses=d a couple of new products in the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog.  The stamp set is called Country Home.  It is a great set for coloring with any medium.  We used Stamps’ Blends in Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler.  This set has two containers.  The other one is a pitcher.  It also has two different sets of flowers and eight different sentiments.

The background is actually a stamp and not Designer Series Paper.  It is called Buffalo Check.  This is a background stamp which means it is one large stamp.  The best way to ink it is to turn it face up and pat your ink pad all around it. Then place your cardstock on top.  Cover the cardstock with a piece of scrap paper and rub all over.  It gets the ink more evenly when you do this.

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Rooted In Nature

This year I made a vow to myself that I would use my Designer Series Paper more.  The packs of it usually retire at the end of the Stampin’ Up! year and I always have so much left.  It is totally psychological!  It is so hard to cut into that first piece.  I think to myself should I cut it in 6″ x6″ squares?  Maybe I should do 4″ by 6″ rectangles.  Wait, what if I need a 5.5″ x 4″ landscape piece for a card?  What if I decide to use it for a Club or workshop and I don’t have enough because I already used it on a card?   I usually end up putting it back because I just can’t decide.  I know.  First world problems!

In any case I am using my Designer Series Paper this year.  I am going to use it all up!  Ok, that is probably a lie but I am going to try to use it all up.

In this case I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece from Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.  Then I cut that in half and used both halves on this card.  I stamped the sentiment from Rooted In Nature in black and backed it with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock.  I cut the Mint Macaron leaves out using the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies and then embossed them with one of the embossing dies.  I love that Stampin’ Up! has embossing dies in so many of their sets.

Can you see how DSP adds so much dimension to a card?  Use your Designer Series Paper!  That is what it is for!

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Lilypad Lake

There is a sign in my bathroom on the wall that says “Heaven is a little bit closer in a home by the water”.  It is true.  There is something calming and serene about looking out on the water and watching the waves, the wildlife, the boats go by and the view.  I could sit and stare out the window (or from my deck) all day and get nothing done.  Don’t tell Rob but sometimes I do spend a day doing just that.  It has a way of making all your worries go away.

Lilypad Lake is a sweet and calming stamp set.  It has a bird in it.  I think it is an Egret but Lynette (a friend and club member) thinks it is a Blue Heron.  To keep the peace, we have decided to agree that if it is colored blue then it must be a Blue Heron but if it is left white it is an Egret. Don’t go looking for any blue Egrets on my cards!  In any case, it also has other images plus matching dies called Lakeside Framelits (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  There are a couple of label dies and a fun die that cuts out water.

The rest of the sentiment is inside the card and says “Going there is another”.  I love that!

The colors I used for this card are Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point (all for the water), Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove.

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Wishing You Well

Wishing You Well is a new DisINKtive stamp set that is in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  DisINKtive stamps are designed by Stampin’ Up! to show depth to an image.  You can see this best with the bow where it looks darker where there would be a layer (such as the knot)  One tip when using DisINKtive stamps is it is better to use Stamping Sponges them or a Sponge Dauber to ink them.  There are a few of these kind of stamps in the catalog.

I stamped the wreath in Call Me Clover and the bow in Blueberry Bushel.  The Designer Series Paper is called Best Route and is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

A couple of weeks ago I was telling you that my son, Zachary, his wife Mary and his daughter, Emory (sometimes called Emy) were coming to visit me.  It turns out that Mary could not come.  She ended up having back surgery and could not travel.  Zachary and Emory decided to come anyway because it would be easier for Mary to recuperate without Emy.  Emy likes here Mama to pick her up and Mary can’t do that right now.  In any case, we had an awesome time!  Emy is 18 months old.  She is absolutely adorable, although a little sassy at times.  Zachary seems to think she takes after Mary but I seem to remember a little boy being quite sassy at times too so I am not so sure.  In any case, Rob and I had a great time with them.

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Blizzard Thinlits Die Part Two

Last Thursday I showed you a card I made using the new Blizzard Thinlits Die that is in the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Today I made a card using all those snowflakes that this die cut out.  Yes, one die cuts out all those snowflakes and more.  I didn’t even use them all on this card.

I decided to make this card with a little bling.  I haven’t used bling in a while.  You kind of have to do it when making Christmas cards because Christmas is so full of bling.  After adhering the snowflakes onto the cardstock I put a rhinestone in the middle of each one.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Merry Christmas to All.  I first stamped it in Versamark and then used Silver Embossing Powder and heated it with my Heat Tool.  I then backed the piece of cardstock to Silver Foil Paper before adhering that to the Night Of Navy card base.

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