Category Archives: Stamped Cards

Let’s Make Time for Tea

It always seems to be that I buy stamp sets that I love, but don’t show them that love until I realize they’re going to retire. Do you have sets like that? One of mine is Time for Tea and its coordinating dies. I liked this set so much I also purchased the coordinating Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack and Tea Room Vinyl Stickers.

I’m a bit of a tea nerd and love trying new blends, so this set was a must-have. Current favorite tea? It’s a tough call because there are so many good ones in my collection, but the first one that popped into my head is Raspberry Beret from TeaSource.

(I’m still sad about what happened with Teavana, and my cupboard contains relatively large stashes of Monkey-Picked Oolong, Strawberry SlenderPu-ehr, and Mrs. Earl Grey that I have as an occasional treat until it runs out.)

The first card I made features a card and self-adhesive die cuts from the card pack and a vinyl sticker on the inside. This isn’t my “normal” sort of card, but I enjoyed how quickly it came together. It’s a little difficult to see, but I promise there’s some Copper Metallic Thread there.

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The second card also has a card from the card pack since apparently I didn’t get around to ordering the Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper.

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It Can Be So Hard to Say Goodbye

In just a few short weeks, we’ll have a new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog to be inspired by (I received a copy at a demonstrator-only event this past Saturday, and I can’t wait for you to see it too!). To make way for the new, however, we also have to let some things go. The list of retiring products was released today, which you can find here.

One retiring stamp set I’ve had fun creating with is Bloom by Bloom, part of a suite featured in the Occasions Catalog. The suite includes Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a Memories and More pack with bold and beautiful colors: Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy, and Pineapple Punch. I wanted to see what other color combinations would look great with this set. And sometimes when there’s no DSP that works for what I want to do, I just create my own.

The first card uses Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape.

The second card uses Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Blackberry Bliss.

In creating these cards, I used Simply Scored, Stamping Sponges, and Stampin’ Dimensionals. The punch and stamp set I used for the sentiments were special items during Sale-a-Bration, but there are many other great options for both. The embellishments are Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, which are still available (and very pretty).

I have so many more things to share, so watch this space!

Return of the Demonstrator

Once in a while, you just have to do something for you. My day job is in public service. I also spend a lot of my time volunteering for the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and while I find the work important and worthwhile, it is work.

You may remember that back in the early days of this blog, I was an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, from 2006 to 2012. The reasons I left made sense for my life at the time, but I’ve always missed it. I missed being able to preorder products, I missed the demonstrator exclusives, I missed the inspiration to design and create. This introverted person even missed the special national and regional events and the other socializing opportunities. I never stopped buying Stampin’ Up! products, but I used them less and less over time.

I have thought about rejoining many times over the years. I’m not sure why I didn’t. Part of it was certainly my frustration of having to start over as if the six years I spent didn’t happen, and the lingering sadness about having to make the decision to leave in the first place.

A month ago (January 19), I decided to get over it and signed back up. It’s a little weird to sign up under a friend I helped introduce to SU! back in the day, but I also seemed to have lucked out into a great upline group.

Most of my time over the past month has been spent getting my crafting space (some might call it my dining room) reorganized. I have been playing around with my stamps and supplies, but so far haven’t managed to quite produce a card I’m happy with.

I have though, also been working on a card kit I bought a while back (I’ll get back to that in a future post) and a couple of Paper Pumpkin kits. I’ve been subscribing for years, but have not been so great at actually creating items. I really love playing around with the items to see what else I can do, but for now, a few items completed more or less as presented in the kit. I really like to ink the edges of paper when they’re not layered onto another piece (and sometimes when they are), so that’s something you’ll see with these projects.

First, cards from the August 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Blissful Blooms. The colors that coordinate with this kit are Blackberry Bliss (the sentiments are stamped in this), Flirty Flamingo (I inked the edges of the labels with this), Lemon Lime Twist, and Old Olive. I used the stamp set that came with the kit to add a flower to each envelope, using Blackberry Bliss, Flirty Flamingo, and Pineapple Punch.

Images ©️ Stampin’ Up!
Images ©️ Stampin’ Up!

The January 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Be Mine Valentine, provided materials for adorable treat boxes. I plan to use most of the materials for other projects (in combination with the Animal Expedition Suite from the 2019-2019 annual catalog), but I did want to make one of each box. I sponged the edges of the Pool Party scalloped pieces a bit to bring out the stitched edge a little more, and of course inked around the edges of the white sentiments with Melon Mambo. The coordinating colors for this kit are Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party.

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More to come!

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I’ve really been falling down on my blogging goals, but I’m hoping to get back to it by at least posting some new cards I’m creating, and hopefully posting some older ones eventually too.

As always, I’m facing a continuing challenge in balancing all the things I want to do. This month I really wanted to finish a Tunisian crochet lace scarf I started quite a while ago, but it’s just not going to happen. But it’s okay, because I’m finding my paper mojo.

This 3″x3″ gift enclosure card was created on February 8, 2014, to enclose with a baby shower gift for a dear friend.

All supplies are Stampin’ Up!

Stamp set: Zoo Babies
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape
Tangerine Tango Candy Dot

Secret Sister Cards

I’ve been playing around with the new Blogger, and so far, it’s okay! I’ve never ventured into making my own templates or anything like that, so for me, this works for now.

Last summer I participated in a secret sister demonstrator exchange at the stamping forum I visit frequently. These are a couple of the cards I made for my Australian sister.

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Cards for Oldest Nephew and Brother

I know — two posts in four days! I was uploading a few photos to my Flickr account, so I figured it was as good a time as any to post about a couple of recent birthday cards I made. Who needs sleep?

First, my oldest nephew turned 13 in July.

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Then just a couple of weeks later, his dad, aka my younger brother, turned 30. 30! Yikes.

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You know, I just realized that I didn’t ever make my dad a card…his birthday is right between these other two…I should really do something about that!

Convention Swaps

I finally took some pictures…last weekend? It was hard getting decent light. I uploaded them a few days later, but time flies.

So, the first cardfront isn’t so great. I thought it would be a good simple demonstration card, and I liked the color combo, but it wasn’t so popular during swapping.

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My other card was very popular. I really loved how during the first morning of swapping, someone came and tracked me down to get one because she saw one with someone else and just had to have one of her own. A fabulous compliment!

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I had started a third cardfront, but didn’t really have enough time to finish it and then found out that the Minneapolis regional seminar is in early September, so I’ll be using it for that. Plus I’m going to a dinner with folks from my stamping online forum, and we’re doing a Christmas/winter cardfront swap, so I have another one to get ready too!