Having fun with the new Come Sail Away Suite!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features products from the new Come Sail Away Suite from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! As a demonstrator, it is very exciting to attend an OnStage event because not only do you receive your very own copy of an upcoming catalog, get to see upcoming new products first hand, but are also able to purchase select products! So, when I saw the Come Sail Away Suite, this was a MUST on my list! This suite includes the stamp set, dies, designer series paper, baker’s twine, trinkets, memories & more card pack, and 3D embossing folder, which I was able to purchase everything except the embossing folder. If you are looking for a “manlier” themed suite, this is perfect! This stamp set is also one of the new DistINKTive sets, which I just love! The first card I chose to make with this suite is actually a simple birthday card, which is perfect for someone who loves lighthouses.

I first started with a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the lighthouse image in Night of Navy ink. I then cut the lighthouse with the coordinating die, which is part of the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss product line. What’s the difference? The new dies “hug” the edge of the stamped image, making it easier to line up:

For the base layer, I cut this design from the DSP at 4” x 5 ¼” and then cut this design at 1 ½” x 5 ¼”:

For the rest of the card front, I cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock using the third largest Stitched Rectangle Framelit, used my aqua painter with some Balmy Blue ink to watercolor the background, the cut-out lighthouse, and I braided the baker’s twine to make it look like a rope, then tying the anchor trinket at the end:

To assemble the card front, adhere the two pieces of DSP together and then adhere to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The lighthouse is adhered with dimensionals on the watercolor washed piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock and the anchor is adhered with mini dimensionals. I cut one mini dimensional in half and then cut in half again, which will hide the dimensional behind the anchor. I used dimensionals on the back of the Thick Very Vanilla piece, using one to secure the other end of the baker’s twine around the corner of the cardstock. I then used a glue dot to secure baker’s twine in place. Before I adhered this completed piece to the card front, I thought it needed just a little sentiment, so I used “Happy Day” from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set:

For the inside, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings and the anchor in Night of Navy ink:

What do you think?? Don’t you just love this suite?? Even though I didn’t use it, the memories & more card pack not only comes with 50 double sided cards in two sizes, laser-cut specialty card, but also sticker sheets! So, even if you are on the fence about the sentiments from the stamp set, you can always change it up using one of the sentiments from the four sheets of the memories & more card pack! 

The program that I use for showing you the products used is not updated with the Come Sail Away Suite, so I took pictures of these amazing products:

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Fun with Florentine Filigree

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Florentine Filigree Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! I first saw this bundle when I was in Orlando in November for OnStage and just loved the Florentine Thinlits Die. This is such a beautiful and versatile die, which would create a great background for any card, but what about the coordinating stamp set? The Stamparatus is a must because you can stamp the coordinating stamps perfectly with the die cut cardstock layered on top! So today I thought I would show you how to create a beautiful card with this bundle, step by step. I will also include a link to Stampin’ Up! YouTube video for this bundle at the end of this blog.

I started with Blueberry Bushel cardstock for my card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The top layer of cardstock that will be cut out with the Florentine Thinlits Die, so I cut out another piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 5 ½”:

The Whisper White cardstock that will be stamped on for underneath, is cut slightly smaller at 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”:

To ensure that the die would not move while cutting in the Big Shot, I just used a piece of washi tape across. Once cut, you will have several pieces cut out, which you can save for another card or discard, I put mine in a little bag. Once completed, this is your template:

Using my Stamparatus, I placed the piece of Whisper White cardstock down with one magnet on top, lined up the Blueberry Bushel cardstock, and then secured that piece with one magnet. I then positioned the stamp along the bottom, picked up the stamp with the plate, removed the Blueberry Bushel cardstock, then inked the stamp in Balmy Blue ink, and completed the “hinge-step technique” up the cardstock:

After completing, I lined the Blueberry Bushel cardstock up with the stamped image and then lined up the smaller coordinating stamp, removed the cardstock, inked up the stamp with Crumb Cake ink, and completed the “hinge-step technique” up the cardstock. NOTE: You can start at the top or the bottom when stamping, I just chose to start at the bottom:

When complete, place the Blueberry Bushel die cut cardstock on top, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere to the Whisper White cardstock:

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamp the circle design stamp once in Crumb Cake ink and once in Balmy Blue ink. Since this stamp coordinates with the Layering Circle Framelits, I used the 4thlargest circle to cut out the middle and then the 2ndlargest scalloped circle to cut out the stamped image for layering:

For the front of this card, I used the outside layer in Crumb Cake ink, the inside layer in Balmy Blue ink, enough Classic Weave Ribbon in Crumb Cake to tie around into a bow, and the sentiment from the set is stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink:

The ribbon is tied into a bow around the front, the scalloped circle layer is adhered on top, and the inner circle is adhered with dimensionals to pop it up. This completed piece is then adhered to the card base:

The inside sentiment is stamped on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock in Blueberry Bushel ink. I stamped the front image stamp along the bottom in Balmy Blue ink to tie into the front of the card design:

Pretty awesome! This was a pretty easy card to make and you can create a card from this set in any color combo! Which is great because I know making masculine cards can be a struggle! You can watch the YouTube video from Stampin’ Up! here.

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Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Rustic card with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Home to Roost stamp set! This super cute stamp set is in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration catalog and you can earn this for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! I honestly passed this stamp set by the first time I saw it in the SAB catalog, but then what really caught my eye was the card samples in the catalog, which inspired this card. Not only is the rooster another stamp that you can use to color in with your Stampin’ Blends, but look at the sentiments! These great for just simply sending a card, but I can totally see using “enjoy the simple moments” for scrapbooking! For this card, I really wanted to give it a distressed and rustic flare, which is so easy to do!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To distress the Crumb Cake cardstock, first emboss the cardstock with the Tin Tile DTIEF, crumple the paper into a ball, unfold flat, use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the raised impressions, take the edge of your scissors to distress the edges, and then use the sponge again with Early Espresso ink along the distressed edges:

The rooster is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Memento ink, but before stamping, I used a Q-Tip to remove the ink around the bottom that looks like a shadow underneath. The image is then fussy cut out and colored in with Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Light Cajun Craze, and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends:

Cut a 2 ½” x 3” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the wheat image twice in Sahara Sand ink, use a blender pen with a little bit of Sahara Sand ink to fill in the ground, and then use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the shading underneath the rooster, stamping this on the shaded ground:

The rooster is adhered with dimensionals on the Very Vanilla cardstock and then use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the edges:

Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP to 3” x 4 ½”, adhere the stamped cardstock, and then use enough Copper Trim to tie around into a bow:

This piece is then adhered to the base layer and then I used dimensionals to adhere this to the card base:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and I stamped the wheat image along the bottom in Sahara Sand ink, using second generation stamping to fill in (or stamping off):

Wasn’t that easy?? A little sponging, a little distressing, and you get a rustic themed card! Again, I did not use any sentiments on the front or inside as this is one of my “use for any reason” cards! This stamp set would also make a great “masculine” card!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!  I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Quick and easy masculine birthday card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy masculine themed birthday card featuring the Buffalo Check Background stamp and the Winter Woods stamp set! It’s always hard this time of year to make birthday cards when you are in the midst of your Christmas crafting, so I thought I would take a couple of popular stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog to make this card!

You will start with a card base in Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Soft Suede cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is stamped in Early Espresso ink with the Buffalo Check Background stamp:

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The additional elements for the front of the card is a 6” piece of Copper Trim, the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, use the second smallest layering oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut out the Copper Glimmer Paper, cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 3” x 3 ¾” and use the birch tree trunk stamp from Winter Woods stamp set in Early Espresso ink. I used my Stamparatus and the “hinge-step” technique for this and used my white watercolor pencil to slightly color the trunks so they stood out a little more on the cardstock:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the Crumb Cake cardstock to the Soft Suede base layer, adhere the Copper Trim across the bottom of the Crumb Cake cardstock, use liquid glue to adhere the layering ovals together, and then use a dimensional to adhere. TIP-I used Glue Dots to secure the trim to the front and back of the cardstock.:

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For the inside, the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and is heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder. The pinecones are from Winter Woods and are stamped in Early Espresso ink:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy? It’s always fun to combine different stamps to create a great card! Have you been thinking about getting the Buffalo Check or Winter Woods sets? Then you will be happy to know that both of these sets are going to be carried over into the 2019 Occasions Catalog, along with a few other goodies from the 2018 Holiday Catalog! Yay!!

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Elements of Fall

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a great combination of stamping, embossing, and die cutting for this super cute fall themed card! Nothing says fall like plaid and cable knit, right? But wait, where did this plaid background come from? By creating my own using the Buffalo Check background stamp! You can create your own plaid background by using the Buffalo Check stamp, Stampin’ Write Markers, and a ruler! This is a fun and easy way to create your own custom color plaid background.

To create this card, the card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The plaid background is created by stamping the Buffalo Check background stamp in Cajun Craze ink on a piece of 4” x 5 ½” Very Vanilla cardstock and I used a ruler to create the lines with the Crushed Curry (brush tip end) and Mossy Meadow (fine tip end) Stampin’ Write Markers:

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For the card front elements, punch a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the 2 ¼” Circle Punch, then emboss with the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF, stamp the pinecones in Early Espresso ink on Early Espresso cardstock with the pinecone stamp from the Winter Woods stamp set, cutting out with the coordinating die from In the Woods Framelits Dies, use the tree dies from In the Woods to cut out two trees in Crumb Cake cardstock, and enough Braided Linen Trim to wrap around the card front and tie into a bow:

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The plaid cardstock is adhered to the card base, I used a glue dot at the tree base to adhere the trees to the embossed circle, two of the pinecones are adhered with Mini Dimensionals and the other two are adhered with a glue dot at the bottom of the trees, this is then adhered to the card with dimensionals, and I tied a piece of the Braided Linen Trim in a bow around the front:

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The inside is a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock with the pinecones stamped in the upper right and lower left corners:

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Creating the plaid background was very easy and you can create your own combo by using the fine tip or the brush tip for the accent colors! It all depends how prominent you want your accents colors to be. Need a more masculine card? Try this one for your occasion!

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Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

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Create a birthday card using Buffalo Check background stamp!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a more “masculine” themed birthday card using the new Buffalo Check background stamp! What I love about this stamp is how versatile it really is, you can use whatever color scheme and use for whatever occasion! This stamp really wasn’t on my radar from the 2018 Holiday Catalog, but after seeing examples for Halloween, Christmas, and even Baby cards, I decided this stamp is a must! The color scheme for today’s card was really just me seeing what stamping in Night of Navy ink on Call Me Clover cardstock would look like, so I just ran with it and created this birthday card!

To start, you will need Night of Navy cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Call Me Clover cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped in Night of Navy ink with the Buffalo Check background stamp:

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For the front of the card elements, I used the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set on Whisper White cardstock, heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder, and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Use the Everyday Label Punch on Night of Navy cardstock and then trim the rounded edge on the sides off, this creates a different look. I used one of each size of the True Gentleman Buttons, using Silver Metallic Thread thru the button holes, and you will use additional thread for the card front:

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I wrapped the Silver Metallic Thread around the base layer 3 times, using some snail on the back to adhere the ends, and layered and adhered the 2 punched images together, using dimensionals to adhere to the card base:

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Adhere the base layer to the card base and the buttons are adhered to the bottom corner with glue dots, use about 2-3 on each to help adhere them to the cardstock:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is heat embossed in Silver Emboss Powder and the rest of the images are stamped in Night of Navy, Call Me Clover, and Pineapple Punch inks:

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Wasn’t that a quick and easy card?? I can’t wait to continue to create with this new Buffalo Check background stamp! Whether it’s tone on tone or mixing ink and cardstock colors, so many possibilities!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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