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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daisy Delight

I am delighted with the Daisy Delight stamp set and its coordinating Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. And I certainly can't forget the Daisy Punch! As much as I love this particular sheet of dsp, I have to admit I struggled with how to use it. When I used the Calypso Coral for the daisy, I found it to be too much for the paper, but the Blushing Bride just wasn't enough. So I combined them! Two daisies stamped in Blushing Bride and one in Calypso Coral, staggered and layered. I even used those two colors for the center of the flower. A strip of ribbon and some leaves finished it off. Yes, the leaves needed to be fussy cut.

Products Used: 
Daisy Delight photopolymer stamp set (16), 143669, $17.00
Delightful Daisy 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 144137, $11.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 131172, $6.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $6.50
Daisy Punch, 143713, $18.00
Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (10 yards), $7.00

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Painted Harvest Stamp Set for Thanksgiving

I debated purchasing the Painted Harvest stamp set because I have so many flowers and I do have acorns and leaves... But I'm so glad I did. I really enjoy using this set in so many ways. I did some fussy-cutting when making this card, but I really don't mind doing that. I know others dislike it a lot and would rather have dies or punches. Stampin' Up! has a lot of both so you can choose your sets by what you prefer using.

Since this set is designed as a "Two-Step" stamp set, it is very easy to add colors and shading. I raised two of the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals, as you can see. I have also started raising parts of some stamped images. For example, I have glued down the stem ends of the leaves but popped up some of the individual leaves with more dimensionals.


Products Used: 
Painted Harvest photopolymer stamp set (13), 144783, $21.00
Crushed Curry 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131199, $8.00
Chocolate Chip 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102128, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad, 126944, $6.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $6.50
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 126979, $6.50
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (10 yards), 144136, $7.00
Paper Snips, 103579, $10.00

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Christmas Projects

During September and October, stampers (especially hosts) can earn this great Christmas stamp set that is not included in any of our catalogs. Watch the video below and see some great projects made with it. 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sheltering Tree Times Three

As I wrote last night, our Adult Bible Fellowship emcee decided to retire, but she wasn't the only one to retire. Our long-time teacher and class coordinator also decided to retire this year. That meant another large card to be passed around and signed by class members.

So for Henry I needed something more masculine, although my father would have appreciated flowers and so would my brother but my husband doesn't think they are appropriate. Anyway, I chose to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set and some leftover designer paper from the English Garden pack. Actually, I liked that paper so much that I have another unopened pack just waiting to be used. Because of the colors used in that paper, I chose Mossy Meadow and Old Olive for the greens. Soft Suede was perfect for the tree trunks. Because of the size of the card, I stamped three trees and then added a sun with my sponge dauber and some Crushed Curry ink. That wasn't in my original plan, but the upper corner needed something else and the sun is the perfect solution.

(Note: I really should have used the Whisper White Thick card stock for the card base)

Products Used:
Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set (14), 137163, $25.00
Basket of Wishes photopolymer stamp set (11), 142200, $17.00
English Garden 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, discontinued
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Soft Suede 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 115318, $8.00
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $6.50
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 126953, $6.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $6.50
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad, discontinued In Color
Sponge Daubers (5), 133773, $5.00

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Painted Harvest and Basket of Wishes

One of the great things about making cards is that I am much more aware of how much they are appreciated, especially when the cards express how much individuals are appreciated. This card was designed for the woman who is stepping down from her position opening our ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) each Sunday, sharing something humorous, gathering prayer requests and making sure all announcements are made. No one was willing to step into her position, so we who are the rotating teachers will try to cover those needs.

We will miss her openings and felt we needed to give members of our group an opportunity to share some of their thoughts. Consequently, I made this large card (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" closed) to pass around on the sly before giving it to her.

I stamped my own "designer" paper. When I went to mount it on the Tranquil Tide card stock, I discovered I had been off in my measurement of Whisper White. The enamel shapes were a perfect cover-up. I think the basket of sunflowers coordinates so well with the flowers from the Painted Harvest stamp set.

I used Soft Suede to stamp the basket and the sunfowers inside. I then colored the image using the inks and a blender pen. Using a blender pen instead of markers subdues the colors so you can see the detail work beneath the color.




Products Used:
Painted Harvest photopolymer stamp set (13), 144783, $21.00
Basket of Wishes photopolymer stamp set (11), 142200, $17.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144246, $8.00
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $6.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, 126965, $6.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $6.50
Blender Pens (3), 102845, $12.00
Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (10 yards), $7.00
Regals Enamel Shapes (200), 141681, $9.00




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seaside Thankfulness

I'm still designing thank you notes for the men who have filled in for our Adult Bible Fellowship this summer. This one was almost too easy, but it is so appropriate for a man who, with his wife, lives on the other side of Canandaigua Lake from us. Their cottage is right on the lake with a boat house in place of a garage. This just seemed so appropriate for him. It's another two weeks before he will be teaching, but I'm prepared!

This card is simply one of our note cards with a piece of last year's Serene Scenery dsp backed with Bermuda Bay card stock. The Adirondack chair is cut from Chocolate Chip card stock using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The only stamping uses words from the Sheltering Tree set and the bird is from the Sitting Here stamp set.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Expressing Appreciation

I love to give snail mail. I know how much it means to receive it and I know how fun it is to send it. This morning another man stepped out of his comfort zone and into the position of teaching our Adult Bible Fellowship, aka adult Sunday school. He is a quiet man, but he did a fantastic job. Prepared well and even brought items to incorporate into what he shared. The first three men who filled that spot received the same card, posted earlier. This one goes to this morning's substitute.

I used to worry about whether or not the whole stamped image would fit on a given piece of my card but I've discovered it doesn't really matter. In this case, the fact that the leaves extend beyond the 3" x 4-1/2" Whisper White layer actually gives a sense of fullness that I really like. Once again, I am using our Note Cards and Envelopes. I am finding I love using these cards—and they are so economical! The Emerald Envy adds so much vitality to this card. You probably can't tell from this scan, but I used Dapper Denim for the cross bars on the bike.

Products Used:
Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set (14), 137163, $25.00
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (20), 131527, $6.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Emerald Envy 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141415, $8.00
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad, 141396, $6.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $6.50
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad, 141394, $6.50