Friend Like You

Stampin Up Friend Like You

Friend Like You is one of those stamp sets that I loved the first time I saw it.  It has a great font.  There are a few of the sentiments that are larger (everyone knows I love large sentiments) and it is a two step stamp set which is always fun.  A two step stamp set is where you use two stamps to make one image.  The palm trees and the grass are both images that use two stamps.  The sentiment I used on this card is perfect for these times where you can’t see your friends but you want to keep in touch by sending a card.  Plus, Friend Like You has coordinating dies called Friendly Silhouettes Dies. Sadly this stamp set and coordinating dies are retiring on May 2nd so if you like it, you should order it before it is gone for good.

To make this card, I first stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink.  Pretty Peacock is one of the InColors that will be retiring this year.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  I backed that with a Granny Apple Green die cut that is one size bigger than the sentiment one.  Before I adhered them together I decided to add a little dimension around the edge of the Granny Apple Green one.  I saw someone do this on the internet somewhere.  I am sorry I did not make note of who it was, but I thought this idea was brilliant.

To make the ridge around the die, first die cut it the regular way.  Then put the die cut back into the die and turned it over.  Then run your stylus around the inside edge of the die slowly.  I used my stylus from my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

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It will look like this afterwards.

When you pop it out of the die it gives a nice, even edge around the outside.  If you look closely you can see it in the photograph of the card above.

After this, I took a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ of Basic White cardstock and used a die from the set called Christmas Layers in one corner and then, again in the other corner.  Christmas Layers is another die set that will be retiring at the end of this catalog.  I layered that onto a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock that is just a wee bit smaller.  Then I adhered that to a Pretty Peacock card base.   After putting everything together I felt like it still needed something so I added some Seaside Spray flowers cut from another die in the Hippo & Friends set.

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Boho Indigo

Stampin Up Boho Indigo

Boho Indigo is one of the Product Medleys that Stampin’ Up! offers in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I love their Product Medleys because they include everything you need (except adhesive) to make tons of cards all built into one kit.  Plus, there is a refill kit you can purchase that includes all the paper products in the original kit.

One of my favorite parts in this kit are the included embossed backgrounds.  This one has embossed diamond shapes on Very Vanilla cardstock.  It makes it so easy to add texture to your card.  I just adhered this embossed background onto a Night Of Navy card base.

To make the vase, I glued a small strip of Seaside Spray cardstock onto a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock and cut it out using one of the dies included in the kit.  Then I ran it thought my Cut & Embossing Machine using the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder.  I cut the scalloped rectangle out using the Boho Indigo Designer Series Paper that is included in the kit with a Stitched So Sweetly die. I cut out two sets of leaves in Garden Green card stock using a Boho Indigo die and added that to the DSP.  Then I adhered the vase to it.  I used Stampin Dimensionals to add it to my card base.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called ArtGallery which is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  I stamped it in Night Of Navy ink onto a sliver of Seaside Spray cardstock I already had and just cut off the end at an angle.   I hid the word “I’m”after I stamped it underneath the DSP.

Now, I don’t know this for sure but Product Medleys do not usually carry over to the next catalog so if you like it, you should order it soon.  The new catalog starts on May 1st this year and once a kit is gone, it is gone for good even if that is before the end of the present catalog.  Don’t forget to order any of the retiring InColors products such as cardstock, ink pads and ink refills that will retire this year (Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy).  Once the retirement list comes out on March 24th, those products will go quickly.

By the way, the Stampin’ Up!® Retirement List will be available today at 3:00 PM EST so check back to see what is retiring.  If there is anything you really want to have, purchase it as soon as possible because things run out very quickly!

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Beautiful Friendship & Many Messages

Stampin Up Beautiful Friendship Many Messages

Beautiful Friendship is still one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2020 2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  The flowers included in it are just so pretty.  Plus they are DisINKtive stamps which means that one stamp is used to give an image dimension or depth.  If you look at the Hydrangeas on my card you can see how some of the flowers are light and some are dark.  This was done by just one stamp.

I used my Stamparatus to help me make this card.  I first place a piece of 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White cardstock in my Stamparatus and then lined up the Hydrangea stamp to be in the upper right corner.  I inked the stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped it once.  Then I flipped my card stock 180 degrees, inked up the Hydrangea  again and stamped it so it would be in the lower left corner.  I started to do the same thing with the Highland Heather flowers but decided it looked too uniform and ended up adding extra flowers and the Pear Pizzazz leaves by hand.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages.  This is one big stamp and has a matching die called Messages that cuts all the sentiments outs at one time.  I actually have thought about cutting all the sentiment apart to use separately but haven’t done that yet.  It is really hard for me to cut a stamp apart!  The good part of not cutting it apart is now I have a container of lots of sentiment strips ready to use.  The bad part is I now have a container of lots of sentiment strips to use!

I wrapped the card stock with a piece of Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon.  I love this ribbon because it has sparkles in it and is so pretty.  Then I added three Elegant Faceted Gems.

Don’t forget if you love Seaside Spray as much as I do, make sure you order the card stock, ink pad and ink refill before it is gone forever.  It is one of the retiring InColors and once the products are gone, they are gone forever.  As a reminder the other colors retiring this year are Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy.

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Playful Alphabet

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a color challenge.  I don’t know who made up these colors together but they are crazy!  Oh wait.  It was me!

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet I got the idea from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  That is the great thing about the Stampin’ Up!® papers.  They give you the colors ahead of time and I love that sometimes they put colors together that I would never think of.  Plus I am still on my goal to actually use most of my Designer Series Paper.  I’m not doing that well but better than I used to.

To make this card I started with a piece of the Well Suited DSP.  I love how the Cajun Craze stripes look Grosgrain ribbon.   Then I had to decide what color would look good with Night Of Navy and Cajun Craze.  I decided BumbleBee looked great with them.   I cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Die set.  I adhered them to the flags which are part of the Tasteful Labels dies.  I decided to adhere the flags using Dimensionals which gave the card some depth.   I stamped the word “birthday” using the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I masked off the word Happy using tape.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hydrangea Dies.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these crazy colors.

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It is a great time to stock up on your favorite retiring InColor products, envelopes, adhesives and other supplies or that stamp and die bundle you have been looking at for a while.  Order the new Cut & Emboss Machine and save the $12.00 shipping cost!  What about that set of Marvelous Markers, the Heat Tool, the bundle of Clear Blocks or the amazing Simply Scored Scoring Tool!  The only requirement is you have to order $50 or more (before tax).

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Best Year

During the month of February, Rob and I went to Florida for the entire month.  It was heavenly to have warm weather and sunshine almost every day.  The only bad part was I did not bring any of my stamping products.  The time share we stayed in only has one table and Rob is working from home so he needed it.  Therefore, I didn’t really have a place to stamp.  This meant that during the month of January I had to make, photograph and write posts for all of February and the first week of March as well as make my normal January posts.  As you can imagine, my cards had to be simple and my posts short.

This was the original card I was going to use for our Stampin Blends Stamp Off Challenge a couple of weeks ago but I decided that, although it is pretty, it was not Stamp Off Challenge worthy.

To make this card, I took a piece of the black and white True Love Designer Series Paper and instead of coloring the flowers, I colored the background using my dark Highland Heather Stampin Blends.  It is much easier to use the Blends than the Markers because the Blends don’t know coloring lines as much as the Markers.  It did take a bit of time to color the background because you have to be careful not to get too close to the flowers because the ink might blend into them.

I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Best Years  in Highland Heather ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  Then I took an epoxy heart and colored that using the dark Pool Party Blends.  I wrapped a piece of Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon and the Designer Series Paper and then put the cut out sentiment over it using Stampin Dimensionals.

 

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

This is a fun technique I saw online in a Gina K video.  It uses a technique where you use masking paper, Post-It Notes or some other sticky paper.  You rip a piece of this paper in half, place one piece at the top of  your cardstock and one at the bottom and then use Blending Brushes with different colored inks over the exposed area.  I decided to go with part of the Rainbow order of ROYGBIV so I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight ink.  I didn’t use the violet (or purple) because I ran out of room.

I love the new Blending Brushes because they work so well and the ink goes on very smoothly.  I bought enough to use one for each color family (meaning one for blue ink, one for green ink, etc.).  They blend the ink really well and I highly recommend them.  They are in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog on page 70.

After I did the blending of the ink, I removed the masking paper and stamped the images from Forever Fern in Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card.  The card was very simple to make and I love how it turned out. 

I layered everything on a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a card base of Daffodil Delight.

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Art Gallery & An Evil Plot

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog came out, Jackie, Buffy (of our Stamp Off Challenges) and I were talking about the products in the catalog.  Buffy and I both loved the Fine Art Floral Suite that included the stamp set called Art Gallery, the Floral Gallery Dies, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and other embellishments.  One of the embellishments is the Gilded Leafing.  Buffy and I both purchased it right away but Jackie did not want anything to do with it.  So, Buffy and I talked and decided to send Jackie some cards we made using the Gilded Leafing.  Jackie called it an “evil plot”.  Well, guess what?  It worked!  Jackie ended up loving the Gilded Leafing and purchased it.

This is the card I sent her to help her decide that she really needed these products.  The stamp set called Art Gallery is a two step stamp set.  This means that it can take two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case, I first stamped the larger flower in Flirty Flamingo Ink and then the second stamp in Poppy Parade on top.  I stamped the smaller flower in Poppy Parade and the leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.

In order to add the Gilded Leafing you first stamp in Versamark Ink.  Then you sprinkle some Heat & Stick Powder on top of the Versamark and lightly heat it with your Heat Tool.  If you heat it too much it will lose it stickiness.  After you heat up the powder you press the Gilded Leafing into it.  Actually, I pressed the card into the Gilded Leafing.  Now, I have to say the Gilded Leafing is very light and can float around so you need to be careful.  I decided to pour the entire container of it into a box with a lid so I pressed the card against it.  Then I took a Stampin Sponge and wiped off the excess.  This is a close up of the flower.  I love how shiny it is.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After adding the Gilded Leafing I cut the flowers and leaves out using the coordinating dies from the set called Floral Gallery.  I layered these on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  Lastly, I added the bow of Linen Thread using a Glue Dot.

Now, I don’t think this plot was very evil at all!  It was just showing a friend what they were missing out on!

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Prized Peony Fun Fold

Stampin Up Prized Peony

This is a quick and easy fun fold card I made using the stamp set called Prized Peony.  This stamp set is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has coordinating dies called Peony Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

To make this card you will need the following cardstock:

4.25″ x 11″ card base scored at 5.5 inches and 6.75 inches (I used Gray Granite)

1″ x 4″ Basic White cardstock

(2) 4″ x 4″ Basic White cardstock (one for the inside and one for the outside)

7/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of DSP (I used Peony Garden)

3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of DSP (I used Peony Garden)

To make this card I first took a piece of 4.25″ x 11″  Gray Granite cardstock and scored it a 5.5″ and then again at 6.75″.  Then I used Tear & Tape to adhere the small 1.25″ section to the back so it opened like this:

Stampin Up Prized Peony

 

After that I took the Classic Label Punch and just punched out a notch on the top and bottom section.  I attached a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock to the right part of the card and a 1″ x 4″ piece on the left side of the card and then adhered the appropriate size of Designer Series Paper to each side.  I wrapped a piece of retired ribbon around the card so that it was inside the notches and tied a knot.

After this I stamped the Peony flower on a piece of Basic White cardstock in Petal Pink ink and stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Band Together in Gray Granite ink on top of the flower.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals Dies.  I used a large oval die to cut out a piece of Petal Pink cardstock and the scalloped die in Gray Granite cardstock and layered them all together.

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