Sit Stay Relax at the Farm

Hi friends. Today I’m carrying on from last Monday’s post to feature the Day at the Farm Designer Series Paper. This paper might be my favorite in the Sale-A-Bration offering this year. My older son’s nursery was a farm theme, so I am always drawn to anything farm-related, but I LOVE LOVE this DSP for the “side B” just as much as the “side A.”

First, did you know there was a Side A and B to Stampin’ Up’s designer series paper? Side A is typically more “fancy” or on theme with the images the DSP is featuring. Also, if the DSP is Specialty paper, Side A will be the side with the metallic foiling, glitter, etc. Side B is typically simple patterns or washouts that coordinate with the featured images and colors, but are a little more muted. Sometimes (like in this case) I like both sides equally. Certainly makes it harder to chop it!

As a reminder, here’s a look at this patterned paper:

You can tell from the photo the Side A and Side B — but check out those B’s! Come on, the plaid?! The hills? the stripes? Love them all.

So are you ready? Here’s my card:

Isn’t this the cutest!? I love how this turned out. The dog in the chair and sentiment is from the Host Rewards stamp set in the Annual Catalog called Sit Stay Relax. This set likely got missed when you looked at the catalog as it is a stamp set only offered to Hosts (shown on page 179 of the Annual Catalog):

Isn’t it adorable!? Of course, I love the kitties…but I love that striped chair with the dog too. The best part to me — the sentiments. This stamp set of 9 cling stamps is only $13 using your Host rewards. How do you get to earn that? Well, “host” a party by collecting orders from friends, or placing your own order (no judgement) that equals at least $150. Place that order during Sale-A-Bration, and you’ll also earn free Sale-A-Bration product — like the Day at the Farm DSP!

Let’s take another look:

To make the “window”:

  • Take two sizes of your stitched rectangles and die cut them together to make a frame (here is used Soft Suede.)
  • Adhere the yellow strip and the crumb cake dots to a Daffodil Delight layer, and then using the same rectangle from the inside of your frame, cut a “window from the daffodil/DSP layer and adhere your frame on top of that layer framing out the window.
  • Add your background DSP to your card front, and using dimensionals, pop up the Daffodil/DSP/frame layer to add that dimension so it looks like a window.
  • Embellish with chair and sentiment — for those, I adhered them by putting a dimensional on the portion hanging into the window, and liquid glue for the side adhering to the card front.

Here’s a closer look at that:

I love how it turned out. Special thanks to Janet Wakeland, a fellow demonstrator, for her “out the window” inspiration!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Spring Festival — no matter what you call it, it’s a fun day to celebrate. I have two really good friends that are Chinese and to hear about the traditions of celebrating, and the food (YUM), well, I wanted to jump in this year. It’s the year of the rabbit, so of course, that called for a great use of the new Easter Bunny Punch.

Enjoy your day today, and here’s to all the best in the year to come!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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Demonstrator Training Blog Hop – Jan 2023 Customer Cards

Today I’m grateful for my customers! I’m participating in Kylie and Bruno Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Monthly Blog Hop and I’m using the Day at the Farm free Sale-A-Bration paper. Read through my post, take a look at my cards, and then be sure to follow along in the Blog Hop by using the Roll Call at the bottom of this post.

I love this paper. Let’s take a look:

This paper is free with a $50 purchase. It coordinates with the On the Farm Bundle.

The bundle is $51.50 so you can get the coordinating DSP for free just by purchasing that! So much fun. There is one design in the DSP pack that is a farm scene and that is perfect for making cards in bulk. Just be careful when cutting to make sure your design is going in the right direction.

Add a sentiment and you’ve got beautiful, quick cards! Here’s a closer look:

I used the Thanks sentiment from the new Sentimental Park bundle as well as the new Happy Labels pick a punch. All products are below the Roll Call if you want to start shopping!

Thanks for looking, and for hopping along with us — again, follow the Roll Call below!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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Share A Milkshake Emboss Resist Technique

Hi Friends! Today I’m hopping with my Stamping With Friends Blog Hop group and the first Saturday of the month the blog hop theme is always related to a technique. Today’s technique is Emboss Resist and I am using the new Share A Milkshake Bundle from the Jan-Apr Mini Catalog. After reviewing my card and post, be sure to follow-along using the Roll Call below to see the creations by my friends participating in today’s Blog Hop.

First, let’s look at the Share A Milkshake Bundle:

This adorable bundle comes with stamps (set of 16) and dies (set of 12) and is only $44. It is so so cute!

Here are the two cards I made:

Now the Emboss Resist:

I’m featuring this technique in the background of these cards. [I’m sorry to say I did not photograph each step — maybe another post for another time (but my mother is here stamping with me so I’m typing this up quick!)] But, this technique is VERY easy.

  1. Take a white piece of cardstock, stamp your image in Versamark, emboss in clear or white embossing powder (I used white so my images would really pop) so you have white on white.
  2. Using a blending brush, sponge, sponge dauber, what have you, add ink over the entire white piece.
  3. Wipe off with a tissue any excess ink and the ink will not stick to where you emboss. Voila!

Here’s a close up of each card’s background:

Aren’t they fun!? What a sweet background. For both of them, I used a blending brush with Polished Pink ink over the entire background and then I used a sponge dauber in Sweet Sorbet to accent either the cherry (on the left) or the hearts (on the right).

Here’s a look at each card:

That spoon just kills me — it is so stinkin’ cute! And I love that the milkshake die cuts a little slit for the spoon.

Anyway, these were super fun to make and this is a technique I have not thought of for a while. Hope you like them, and be sure to click the next link in the Roll Call below to keep hopping along to see even more great ideas with this technique!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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Happy New Year!

Welcome 2023! Excited for the new year, a new beginning. 2022 was a good year for me and my family filled with good health, home, and lots of love. I hope our good fortune continues through 2023. To help ring in the new year, I’m stamping, of course! I used my favorite DSP pack (Celebrate Everything — still available until Jan 5!) and the new Warm Welcome Bundle.

The Warm Welcome Bundle was available for a sneak peak back in October for World Card Making Day, and it is a bundle in the new Jan-April Mini Catalog. You’re going to love this bundle! The little numbers come in the dies along with a TON of other dies — 19 in total!

I saw those fireworks in the patterned paper and new it would be perfect for New Year’s. Plus a kitty, of course!

The die set comes with this stitched rectangle label, as well as the little picture hanger wire/bow! Use those adhesive sheets…they are your friend for small tiny dies like that.

Enjoy your day ringing in this new year, and I wish you and yours all the very best in the year to come.

Happy stamping! Kelly

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Thankful for Scraps

Last night I came up to my stamping room and thought “time to clean up!” But, there was a little pile of scraps sitting on my desk, and they screamed out to me to make something with them. I didn’t take a photo of the scrap pile before I made this card, but here’s a photo of the pile now:

Does this happen to you? This little area next to my OttLite / Blends gets filled with little bits and they start to pile up. Well, in the pile last night as I was cleaning up I found the stitched shapes (Crumb Cake – negative from a stitched rectangle and the square Evening Evergreen glimmer paper. There was also a scrap of vellum and the two sprigs of leaves (they have been there so long, I have no clue what they’re from: maybe Forever Fern?) So I thought: it’s time to make a card! Here’s the result:

I added an Evening Evergreen card base, a Crumb Cake layer, the tree patterned paper from Celebrate Everything (yes, I’m using this ’til the bitter-end!) and a scrap piece cut with the Stylish Shapes dies out of the holly design from Painted Christmas DSP (note: this DSP is still available and only $4.80 for a whole pack!) I used the Double Oval punch and a sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set — carrying over from the Mini Catalog, and a must-have in your stamp collection. Full supplies for you to shop are below.

Here’s a close-up of the sentiment and those gorgeous stitched shapes:

And, don’t forget to decorate your envelope! I love to use a 2 1/4 x 6″ piece of DSP and simply glue it to the envelope flap and trim!

Make something from your scraps and share it with me!

Happy stamping! Kelly

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Gnomes for Candy Canes

Howdy! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and holiday season. After a month of busy, I am taking some time this week to rest and recharge, and that means time in my craft room! I learned a little bit ago that today is National Candy Cane Day. Who knew that was a thing?! So to celebrate, I of course reached for my new Gnome Dies:

Here’s my card:

Let me explain a little. First, I absolutely love all the gnomes that are out there these days, and over the years have started to build up a little collection. Most of my gnomes are Christmas themed. Here’s my little collection in my kitchen:

Aren’t they so cute!?

Here’s a non-holiday one in my stamp room: a birthday gnome, a gift from my husband last year:

So when Stampin’ Up! came out with the Gnome Dies this July-Dec Mini Catalog, I wanted to get them right away. But, I wasn’t so sure about the coordinating stamp set, and also didn’t want to invest in them if they were going to retire after December. Well. Then I saw the upcoming new Jan-April spring mini catalog that starts on January 5th and there is a SPRING gnome set! SOLD! I ordered the new set in my pre-order and also ordered the current bundle to get the extra discount. Sadly, that bundle is now sold out (the Kindest Gnomes stamp set is gone), but the Gnome Dies are still available and are carrying over so you can enjoy them with the new spring set coming out January 5th called Friendly Gnomes.

To make this card, I only used the Gnome Dies. The sentiment is from the retired (and also sold out!) Penguin Place stamp set. Since today is National Candy Candy day, I wanted to have a little fun with a candy cane. The candy cane is from the Sweetest Christmas DSP cut out with the Candy Cane Dies (still available and on sale!) Here’s a close-up of these sweet gnomes:

I love these dies, and so glad I have them in my collection.

Well, one Christmas thank you card done…quite a few more to go. More tomorrow!

Happy National Candy Cane Day! Kelly

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Demonstrator Training Blog Hop – Dec 2022 Customer Cards

Not sure where November went, nor can I believe it’s halfway through December, but I guess that means the days are flying by because we’re having fun! Today’s post is my monthly Blog Hop with Kylie and Bruno Bertucci and fellow Demonstrators taking their training. Read through my post, take a look at my cards, and then be sure to follow along in the Blog Hop by using the Roll Call at the bottom of this post.

When I was thinking about what card I wanted to make for my December 2022 Customer Thank You Cards, I knew I wanted bright and fun, and not intended to be a Christmas card, but certainly leaning toward the sights and sentiments associated with this time of year. So where to start? Of course, turning to my FAVORITE DSP…maybe ever (eek, can I say that?) called Celebrate Everything.

Here’s a look at this paper again in case you’ve missed it:

MY HEART! Love this paper. And, you can still get this product — if you place a $150 order through my Online Store, you can choose this giant stack (48 sheets!) of 12 x 12 patterned paper called Celebrate Everything for only $18. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you can search Celebrate Everything on my blog and see other creations with this gorgeous product.

Here are my cards:

I love the bright stripes paired with the holiday pattern, and the Trees for Sale photopolymer stamp set. And, the pop of Polished Pink, oh my!

Let’s take a closer look at the little scene — the string of lights is just so adorable!

Here’s a closer up of the whole card:

Full supply list is down below, but I used a vertical A2 sized card base in Granny Apply Green. The Garden Green layer is 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 and the striped layer measures 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 and using my paper snips, I hand cut a banner edge for the bottom of it. The Basic White piece was cut using the Deckled Rectangle Dies. I love how this turned out, and hope my customers love it as well as I’m so grateful for all of them!

Thanks for looking, and for hopping along with us — again, follow the Roll Call below!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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A Little Scrap Goes a Long Way with Cottage Wreaths

Happy Sunday y’all! Today I’m Blog Hopping with my NC Demos group and the theme is “A Little Scrap Goes a Long Way.” I chose to use the Cottage Wreaths bundle with scraps of the Celebrate Everything DSP. When I am stamping, I often have a little collection of bibs and bobs hanging out on the corner of my desk. Does this happen to you? Well, on occasion, I like to take those scraps and challenge myself to use them to make a card. This Blog Hop theme was challenge enough and I’m glad with how it turned out!

The little pieces of DSP were “hanging out” on my desk — leftovers from other projects I made with this amazing DSP.

I grabbed a bigger piece (the black and white trees), Real Red cardstock, and the Cottage Wreaths bundle to add to it. I am going to miss this Designer Series Paper at the end of the June-Dec Mini catalog. It is so whimsy and fun – right up my alley.

Here’s my card:

I added in a Granny Apple Green card base, and I used a Blending Brush on the whisper white tree background paper so it wasn’t so white because I really wanted with all the business for the sentiment to pop. You’ll also notice, I used the two strips of polka dot paper (the red stripes is the back side of the polka dot paper) and the wreaths were cut out of the black and white tree pattern, again, the backside. There are three layers of wreaths – two from DSP and one stamped on Basic White and fussy cut out so that I could add the sentiment in the middle. The red triangle paper I used to die cut my bow, and adhered that on top of a stamped bow.

Here’s a close up on the bow:

Hope you like my creation! I’m in the Christmas spirit now that Thanksgiving is over, and I love the whimsy fun of this project.

Now, onto the next blog! Click the next button below to see what Frances Wagner did with her scraps!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

November 2022 Blog Hoppers

Tina Lesson
Toni Campana
Kelly Taranto You are here!
Frances Wagner
Kristine Vicente
Laurie Meier
Tracie Evans Langley

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Very Best Occasion – Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving stamping friends! Today I am “endlessly grateful” for lots of things, including time with family that hasn’t gathered since 2019. So nice to be back together! I’m also extremely grateful for my crafting hobby. I just love it, and I love that I can share my projects with others, providing samples, and I hope inspiration, for their own projects. Thank you to my customers and team members for being so supportive, and a huge thank you to all that follow my blog / read through my posts. You make it all worth it!

For today’s project I’m using a sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set (carrying over!) as well as stamps from Cottage Wreaths stamp set.

Here’s a close up of the sentiment label against that gorgeous Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. Sneak Peak – this folder is carrying over to the Annual Catalog! Thank goodness because I don’t think anyone even really saw it in the Mini catalog — it just wasn’t highlighted well.

I love how this card turned out. It’s whimsy and fun, and I hope conveys my endless gratitude on this holiday.

Happy Stampin! Kelly

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