Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

rooted in nature catalog samples

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

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Sea of Texture Diorama

Ever since I got my pre-order, I have been looking for inspiration for making something extra special with the Sea of Textures Bundle and Tranquil Textures designer series paper.  Making a bridge card provided me with the opportunity to create a 3-D diorama that featured Magical Mermaid with lots of shine and dimension.

sea of textures diorama front

For the mermaid, I stamped her on Whisper White cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I colored her arm and back with my Ivory Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.  Her hair was colored with So Saffron and Clear Wink of Stella.  The torso and tail were colored with Tranquil Tide, with Wink of Stella on the tail fins.  Then, I fussy cut the mermaid, added mini Pearl Jewels to her head dress, and set her aside.

sea of textures diorama 2

For the octopus, I stamped him on Soft Sea Foam cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set using Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I die cut him using the Under the Sea Framelits Dies, and added two mini Pearl Jewels as his eyes.

For the seaweed, coral, sand dollars and starfish, I used the Under the Sea Framelits Dies in following colors of cardstock Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam.

sea of textures diorama 3 top down with bridge

To create the diorama or bridge card, I cut a 4-1/4″ x 8″ piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock, and score it at 1-1/4″ and 2-1/2″ from both ends.  For the side panels, I used Soft Sea Form cardstock (1-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2) and some green papers from Tranquil Textures designer series paper (1″x4″ – qty 2).  For the center panel and back, I used Soft Sea Foam (2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2); and for only the center panel, I used more Tranquil Textures designer series paper (2-3/4″x4″ – qty 1).

For the bridge across the front, I used piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock (1-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and another piece of Tranquil Testures designer series paper ( 1″x5-1/4″).  Hidden behind the bridge, is another piece of Soft Sea Foam (3/4″ x 3-3/4″) and scored at 3/8″ from each end, with some Tear & Tape on each of the folded tabs.  This hidden bridge provides yet another place to decorate for additional dimension.

For the sentiment, I stamped a piece of Soft Sea Form cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink and punched using my Tailored Tag punch.  Then, I decorated the piece as desired using Snail adhesive and Fine-tip glue and of course, lots of Pearl Basic Jewels.

sea of textures diorama front

Obviously, this is not a card that you whip up in a few minutes.  While not difficult, it is time consuming to cut all the panels and to die cut all the sea life. 

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Another sneak peak: Lilypad Lake

Nothing says summertime more than sailboats and white herons!  Whether you love salt, or fresh water, Lilypad Lake stamp set is sure to please!

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

This card was designed by Inky Angels demonstrator by the name of Sandy Alexander.  She used So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  This card certainly celebrates summertime for me!

Lilypad Lake is a new stamp that will be available to purchase on 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

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Feather Together

Feather Together photopolymer stamp set boasts a wonderful combination of scripted font and beautiful feathers for you to encourage your friends when they just need you to flock to them for support.  This two-step stamp set lets you combined colors to create just the right design.

feather together catalog


feather together swap

Here a large circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies was used to create a mask for sponging Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay inks on Glossy White Cardstock.  Archival Black ink was used for the sentiment.  Once dry, the stamped piece was matted with Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.

feather together sample

This stamp set is a last-chance item, available until May 31 or while supplies last.

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Tropical Retreat or Mountains?

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Which do you prefer?  Tropical Retreats?  Or, Mountain Serenity?  The Waterfront photopolymer stamp set lets you create both — tranquil scenes of tropical islands and mountain lakes with various water coloring techniques.

The first card, a tropical island scene, is created with three layers — using A6 card, an embossed piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Seaside embossing folder, and the  largest oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits DiesNote:  the beach chair was stamped on scrap paper, fussy cut and attached to the embossed piece.  Colors:  Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

waterfront swap tropical

The second card, a tranquil mountain lake scene, is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and matted in Dapper Denim and Old Olive.  Colors:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Old Olive and Soft Suede. 

waterfront swap forest lake

I just love the versatility of this stamp set and it is carrying-over to the new annual catalog.  Yippee!

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Sheltering Tree and Colorful Season

Combining organic elements from Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set and the Colorful Season bundle gives you more creative options for seasonal cards.  This card says let’s sit in the share, enjoy the spring weather and a little visit.

sheltering tree swap with colorful seasons

This card has several layers, starting with a Whisper White layer on which the tree and grass were stamped in Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz.  Next a later of Crumb Cake was first dry embossed using Pinewood Planks embossing folder and then die cut using large oval from the Layering Oval Framelit Dies.  Then, leaves were stamped, die cut, and layered to create interest, and the Adirondack chair was die cut to create depth.

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Bubble Over Bundle

Uncork your creativity and add some serious pop to your projects using the Bubble Over bundle.  Plus you will bubble over with excitement by saving 10% when purchasing these fun stamps and dies together. 

To be honest, I overlooked this bundle until I started seeing all of the cute projects others were posting.  And, when I received these two amazing cards by swapping with other talented demonstrators at 2018 On-Stage Milwaukee — I knew that I had to purchase this bundle while I could save 10%.  While the Bubble Over Photopolymer Stamp Set and Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies will be carrying over in the new annual catalog, they will not be available with the bundle pricing after May 31st.

bubble over 1

bubble over 2

What a fun card to celebrate a great guy in your life!

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Apron of Love

Did you know that blacksmiths wear aprons? As do bakers, chefs, butchers, chemists, and more! Aprons symbolize so many things: love, dedication, and caring for others.  The Apron of Love bundle is an incredibly versatile set that can be used for just about anyone.  

apron of love bundle catalog

Whether you want to make a Father’s Day card for the grill-master in your life or send fresh baked goods as a thank you, this bundle is a fabulous “anytime” gift for almost any occasion. 

apron of love email

Here are a few more cute ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This cute little gift box apron is filled with clothespins of baker’s twine and ribbon.  And, with mother’s day and father’s day celebrations ahead, look at these cute cards!

apron of love samples

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the Apron of Love photopolymer stamp set and Apron Builder Framelit Dies.  Tip:  if these items carry over into the new catalog, then will not bundled!  So if these items are on your wish list, please be sure to purchase before the end of May.

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Epic Celebrations

epic celebrations rainbow colors

Some images are timeless and yet represent youth and creativity like no other.  If you have teens or athletes in your family, you’ll have fun creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals using Epic Celebrations stamp set, which is exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

Here, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to exactly position the shoe image to create a custom background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the fine tip of my Stampin’ Blends to color each pair of shoes a different color – dark Daffodil Delight, dark Pumpkin Pie, light Bermuda Bay, light Cherry Cobbler and light Night of Navy.

Don’t miss out.  This exclusive stamp set is only available now through March 31st with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided.

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Living in the southeastern Virginia, these class country images are almost an everyday occurrence.  Heritage barns, overalls, geese and tractors are every where.  And, the Heartland stamp set is sure to have you whistling a cheerful tune like the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show.

heartland card plus stamps

heartland catalog  heartland samples

For my card, I stamped the barn image in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand cardstock.  I stamped the boy image in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used diecut it using one of the circle dies from Layering Circles Framelits dies.  I used my blender pen and Stampin’ UP! Watercolor pencils to color the image, which was later matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Inside is blank, but I stamped the tractor and dog in the lower left corner.

heartland card

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