2019 Annual Catalog

Mostly Manly Monday: Tasteful Textures Bundle

This week I am focusing on the Tasteful Textures bundle.

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You can see this bundle on page 11 and page 135 of the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  


Simple, clean and hopefully masculine card even though there is a bit of sparkle.

Here's how to make this card.

    1.  Cut a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Place the largest stitched circle die from the Stitched Shapes set (145372) on the card stock.  Place the Tasteful Background die inside of the stitched circle shape and run it through a die cutting machine.

    2.  Cut a 3" x 3" piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper (146957) and use the #7 circle die (#8 being the largest circle-Layering Circle dies 141705).

    3.  Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer paper to the back of the Stitched Circle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Place the circle under something heavy to help with adhesion.

    4.  Cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut using the 2nd to the largest Stitched Rectangle die (148551).  Stamp the sentiment found in the bundle in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Thick Whisper White card stock(card base) and score at 5-1/2".  Cut a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Adhere the Stitched Rectangle piece (step 4) on to the Basic Black card stock.  Layer the Basic Black piece on to the card base.

    6.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals and attach the Stitched Circle on to the front of the card base.


You can click on any of the links/pictures below if you are interested in purchasing any of the supplies I used to make this card.  Remember it is Bonus Days.  Which means you will receive a $5 coupon to use in August for every $50 you spend in July.  

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To A Wild Rose and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0038

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  What festivity are we highlighting this time?


I chose to use the Watercolor theme.

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Oh how I love To A Wild Rose bundle!  It is a 2-Step stamp set which means you can use different stamps to color in the image like I did in this post or as an outline stamp. 

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Here's how I made this card.

1.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over piece of  5" x 8" Shimmery White card stock

2. Stamp the outline rose in VersaMark.  Repeat 2 more times.  Sprinkle White Embossing powder over the image and shake off any excess.  Heat emboss.  Stamp and heat emboss 3 outline leaves.

3. Water color the rose using an Aqua Painter, Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride ink.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, use the Wild Rose dies to cut out the roses.

4. Water color the leaves using an Aqua Painter and Mossy Meadow ink.  When dry, use the Wild Rose die to cut out the leaves.

5,  Create a light water color wash using an Aqua Painter and Coastal Cabana ink.  

6. Flick the Aqua painter to create colored drops.  Flick and/or drip Clear Wink of Stella for even more shine.

7. Adhere the roses and leaves on the Shimmery White CS using dimensionals.  Layer on to a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Coastal Cabana cs and then on to a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Thick Whisper White CS.

8. Stamp "hello" in Bermuda Bay ink.


I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can go to the Festive Friday blog for all the details and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Tasteful Backgrounds for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC569

It is Thursday and I am back with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC569.  The challenges this week is to make a project inspired by the card on page 132 of the Stampin' Up!® catalog.


You can use the sketch, colors , stamp set , basically any aspect of the sample to inspire your project.  I chose to use the sketch as my inspiration.  


As you can see I really simplified the layout.  I used the Tasteful Background dies and inlaid Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green pieces into the cut out.   The welcome sentiment is from the Well Written dies.  

I like how simple and clean this looked, so I continued to play with this idea.  To do the inlay is not difficult since the pieces are distinct in shape and not small.  The only one that gave me a little trouble is the tiny teardrop near the bottom of the design.  I may have had to cut that little piece out a few times.  


In this sample I added another cut out and a vellum strip for the sentiment to sit on.  This vellum layer is on the inspiration card.  


Here the designs are side by side. I had so much fun playing around with this dies.  I am looking forward to playing with the other dies and the stamp set.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Band Together for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Happy 4th of July!  It is hard to believe it is already July! During the month of July  the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a Case the Catalog challenge.  What does this mean?  Every week a sample will be chosen from the catalog and you can use the sketch, color, stamp set, basically any aspect for the challenge.  This week the chosen sample is on page 22, the sample on the lower right hand side.


I chose to "case" the sketch.


I used the Band Together stamp set.  I stamped the images in VersaMark ink and then colored in the flower using a dried up marker dipped in White Craft ink.  Once the craft ink dried, I colored in the flowers using Watercolor pencils.  I used Melon Mambo from the Watercolor Pencils and Flirty Flamingo from the Watercolor Assortment #2.  This is a fun technique and also works well using the Chalk Marker instead of the White Craft ink.

Be sure to stop by and check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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ICS Blog Hop...Punch Me Out

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Welcome to the Inspire, Cerate, & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Punches!  One of my favorite new punches is the Medium Daisy Punch.  This new punch is a must have.  It coordinates with the Daisy punch and the Daisy Lane stamp set.


The Medium Daisy punch can be purchased as part of a bundle with the Daisy Lane stamp set or byitself.  The daisies were stamped in Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the Medium Daisy punch.  I stamped and punched it twice for each flower.  The Leaf punch was used to create the Granny Apple Green leaves. 


The background was created using the new Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink.  The Birch background stamp is beautiful and one of the first things I ordered from the new catalog.


The centers of the daisies were created by inking Granny Apple Green card stock with VersaMark and embossing it with a mix of Clear Embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  A layer of Fine-Tip glue was applied over the centers to create a slightly dimensional and glossy finish.

Now it is time for you to check out what Cynthia has created for you.

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Band Together for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC567!  This week we have a lovely color combination.


This color combination is definitely one to remember!  Have I told you before that I keep a little ring of color combinations on my stamping desk?  Well, this one is going on that ring.  


I used the Band Together bundle (stamps and dies!) for this card.  The flowers and leaves were colored using the Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.   Sure do love those Blends!  Whenever there it is a color challenge I always check to see if I have the Blends in those colors.  Do you do that too?  


As much as I love the big flowers in the Band Together stamp set, it was those label/band dies that sealed the deal for me.  I cut this label twice. Once in Granny Apple Green and onec in Whisper White.  I fitted a Whisper White label back into the opening for the sentiment.  Don't you love  options?   

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The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.  In this stamp set, there are sentiments for both the outside and inside of the card.  I love that!

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge, so many great ideas on how to use this color combination.

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Beautiful Friendship for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  This week it is a sketch challenge.


I saw this sketch and thought it was the perfect time to use Beautiful Friendship.  


Beautiful Friendship is a great stamp set, perfect for a new stamper as well as an avid stamper.  Beautiful images and great sentiments all in one set.  In addition I used the  Band Together bundle.   This was another must have  for me.  You will be seeing a lot more of these bands in the future.  On today's card I used the band as a label.  The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.


Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Welcome to the New Catalog

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are hopping and sharing projects using new products from the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.

It was hard to decide what to share with you.  There are so many beautiful new things in new catalog. I decided I would highlight a new In Color, Rococo Rose, a new bundle, Daisy Lane, and a new die, Tasteful Backgrounds.


When I first saw the Tasteful Background dies I was intrigued and knew I would be ordering it.  I love the peekaboo effect these dies offer.  This die is about 3-7/8" long.  I wanted to extend the design so  after I ran it through the die cutting machine once I fit the die back and ran it through the machine again extending the design  by 2 scallops.

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I layered some Sparkle Glimmer paper behind the design for some additional shine.  


I am loving the new In Color, Rococo Rose.  I haven't played with the new In Colors enough and really need to do so.  Rococo Rose paired with Old Olive  just makes me happy.  

Be sure to check out the rest of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.

Stamper's Dozen June 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stampin’ In My Flops
  2. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  3. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ


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Daisy Lane for Festive Friday Challenge #FF0036

June is flying by and soon we will be celebrating official start of summer on June 21 and the 4th of July.  These are the themes for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0036!


I chose to focus on the 4th of July aka Independence Day.  In the USA we celebrate the 4th in lots of different ways from picnics and fireworks to parades and ceremonies.  However you celebrate, I think the patriotic colors red, white &  blue are definitely part of the 4th of July.  


I used the new Daisy Lane bundle for my card.  The new Medium Daisy punch is a great new addition and I love the smaller size.  


The "celebrate" is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and is the perfect size for this layout.  The stamp set has 32 sentiments and covers a wide range of occasions and i consider it a must have in my collection.  The little enamel star is from a long retired embellishment pack.  I couldn't find a red, white or blue star so I colored over a Pool Party star with a Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend marker.  The striped DSP is from the Come Sail Away DSP pack.

I hope you will stamp along with this challenge.  You can go to the Festive Friday blog for all the details on how you can play along.  I would love to see what you create for #FFF0036. 

If you would like more information about how I made this card, CLICK HERE for a tutorial.

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Mosaic Mood DSP and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC564

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC564!  This week's sketch challenge had me cutting into the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.  


Here is the sketch #CCMC564 for this week's challenge.


We received the Mosaic Mood Specialty  Designer Series Paper as an all attendee giveaway at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event last April.  The paper is gorgeous and it was hard to cut in to, as they say, "the first cut is the deepest". Once I got over the initial cut, the beautiful rose and leaves were easy to cut out.  It is difficult to see in the photo but there are shiny accents on the rose.  These glossy accents is what makes this pack of paper a specialty DSP. 


This photo shows some of the glossy accents on the leafy background paper.  In real life those pops of shine add a lot to the overall look and feel of the card.  The sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set.  I love the mix of fonts in the sentiment.  The Mint Macaron ribbon is a new to this catalog.  I love that there is a slight sheen to it and best of all, it is soft and easy to work with.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  I hope it will inspire you to play along and share what you create on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Facebook page.

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