Hey, all! Finally made it to the stamp room... So Sorry for the absence! Too many things going on this time of year! Garden out of control, State Fair, boys in and out, and football season has started! Hopefully past the worst and I can find time to stamp now, at least occasionally?

Here is a creation I came up with tonight. I'm a total sucker for these tree sets, we've had several and I've owned them all! Especially love Fall colors with them! I guess if it works to get me back in the stamp room...Here is my card

Inspired by this Color Challenge at The Color Throwdown. #colorthrowdown #CTD610

I missed being able to link to their challenge, but that's OK. I made it back to the stamp room and that is what matters at this point! Normally their challenges name the colors, but this one didn't. A little variance in looking through the blogs of the team, so I'm going with: Red (Brick Red), Yellow/Orange, Cream and Brown. 

In Stampin' Up! colors that I used we have Merry Merlot, BumbleBee, Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso.

The card base is BumbleBee, a new In Color. Accent layer of Early Espresso and a background of Very Vanilla. Note: In Real Life this care is not near as off square as it looks in the scan. No idea what is up with that? I'm out of practice scanning, and with the new computer something seems off! I'll work on that!!

Back to the card. Stamp set is Life is Beautiful from the Holiday Mini. I stamped the tree in Espresso and off once in Espresso for the "dirt" under the tree. Leaves(dots) in Sahara Sand, BumbleBee and Merry Merlot. I tried it with just BumbleBee and Merlot but it seemed thin so I added Sahara, much better! Ribbon in BumbleBee Gingham, saying on BumbleBee in Espresso and Gilded Gems for accent in the tree. 

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Hey, all! Happy August and hope your Tuesday was great. A few quick updates, starting with new links! Top right on this blog is always a shopping link. Today SU! released an updated platform for our Demo sites, so updated links required! If you have it saved anywhere, update it. Following is the link directly, but know you can always find it here on the blog top right, and on my Sunflower Stamper Facebook page via the "Shop Now" button! Link to copy: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=30579

Today also started the sales period for the Fall/Winter Mini catalog. So not ready, but it is time to start thinking about Fall and the Holidays!! This should help!! Catty links are always on the right side of this blog as well! Click the picture below to download the PDF file, or right click to save to your computer!

August Code next. Remember to use this with orders less than $150 to earn a chance at winning the Host Dollars for the month - if there are any :) Closing this month on the 25th at 8 pm.

Lastly, August Paper Pumpkin's theme is World's Greatest! Subscribe BEFORE August 10 to get yours! and PS, if you want to ensure you get one, do it sooner rather than later!! They have been known to run out!! This kit is perfect to show the essential people in your life just how awesome you think they are!! 9 cards and coordinating envelopes, regular size. Distinktive stamps. Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Gold, Mint Macaron, Pacific Point, Soft Suede and White.

Celebrate and appreciate the everyday heroes in your life with these cards!!

Thanks for stopping by all! LMK if I can help with anything or if you have questions!!


Tasteful Touches

Hey, all! I finally made it to the stamp room AND created something! Yeah! Always feels good to have something work. Took a few tries, but that's OK! As usual when I'm out of practice I browsed through some of my favorite challenges and the color combo at Color Throwdown caught my eye. Especially after I read the colors :) #ctd604 #colorthrowdown Here is my card

and their graphic

It looks like brown, black and white but the verbal says Terracotta so... I had to reach for our In Color Terra-Cotta Tile! I haven't used it often but I like it when I do. It works great for Fall color combos so keep it in mind as we head into Fall! Also my first use of the Tasteful Touches set that is new in the annual catalog. Love all the cards I've seen with it and like how this came out. I did a background with the squares image alternating black and Terra-Cotta and stamping most off once. The background is Shimmery White which I textured with the Subtle 3D folder. Sometimes just a touch of texture is the perfect step up. I sponged the edge with Terra-Cotta ink and attached to an accent layer of Basic Black. The flower was stamped on a separate piece of Shimmery White and colored with a sponge dauber and Terra-Cotta ink. I went over it with my Wink of Stella glitter brush and attached to the background with Stampin' Dimensionals. I knotted a Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon between the saying and background stamping and attached to a Terra-Cotta card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to be back soon. It is gorgeous outside though so a few weeds are calling my name. I'm putting a link to my store below but skipping the product links for now as our base website is changing on Tuesday. If you have questions, email me. I will try to come back Tuesday or Wednesday and add products once I know what the new links will look like. Happy weekend all!


Sending Sunshine - June Paper Pumpkin

Hey all, hope you're having a GREAT weekend. Beautiful morning today!! 

I finally made it to the stamp room last night, but late and after a long day. I reached for the June Paper Pumpkin because anything else was just too much of a challenge! I've seen snippets of this online and knew it would be fun. Quick and easy, bright and cheery! 

Backstory, if you don't follow SU! or the CEO Sarah online. She started a #sharesunshine campaign a few months back and it led to a special Paper Pumpkin. She shared that she's done Boxes of Sunshine to send or give to people. Fill a box (or bag) full of fun yellow things! There's also been a card campaign associated with this during the pandemic. Here is the box that arrived in June! 

And, that is not a great picture. Much more yellow and bright in real life!  Next, inside the box - so bright and cheery!

A closer look at the stamp set, and then the kit.

Notice in the kit picture, the box is meant to be resent (or given) as a Box of Sunshine. Included label and extra die cuts! These cards were fun and perfect way to end my day. I almost didn't start them because it was getting late but I'm glad I did. Next mission, to mail them!!

There are two of each card and lots of extra pieces. The envelopes have some gold accents and would be super cute with a little more stamping. I do hope to get these mailed out this week, I've been slacking on that. I think I'm on a roll getting the kits done - don't think I've added any to the "pile" of orange boxes lately :) Now just need to get some cards rolling out the door!

Thanks for stopping by today. I've done a few things outside, have a few bills to pay then hoping to spend the afternoon in the stamp room. Even have leftovers for dinner!

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Posy Sunflower

Hey all! My first Celebrate Sunflower card! Sorry for my absence! Not enough hours in any of my days! Work, garden, lawn, taxes etc! I made time in the stamp room this weekend and made this set a priority. I have four images colored, here is the first complete card. Surprised I started with purple? :)

I started with the flower and my Stampin' Blends. I grabbed Purple Posy, then realized I could add Highland Heather as well. When I Blend, I always do the light color first, then add accents with the dark color and go back over with the light. I went all around the flower with Purple Posy. Then repeated the process with Heather. Trying to keep the Heather just to areas that should be shadowed, or near center areas. The center is Smoky Slate, same process! I cut the flower with the coordinating die, Sunflowers. There are several options here, but I used the "outline" die for the large sunflower. To make the card, I grabbed a Purple Posy base, Highland Heather accent and Vanilla background that I textured with the Tasteful Textile 3D folder. Love!! I cut leaves and stems, also from the Sunflowers die set from Soft Seafoam. Oh, I stamped the saying on the background with Highland Heather *BEORE* embossing. I put dimensionals on the back of the flower, added leaves and stems, catching the dimensionals if I could, adding glue dots if need be. Also added some Metallic thread which appears to be retired - sorry! It worked great though :) A few rhinestone accents are the final accent for this card. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions! Hopefully back soon, but never know! Holiday weekend on deck and son #1 joining us - woohoo! Product details and shopping links below! **note, always double check numbers that you are clicking below. Make sure you get the product you are after! Grab your catty if the links aren't working. I just had to go back to the old catalog on a couple of the Blends numbers to get them to show.


May Paper Pumpkin - A Kit In Color

Howdy all! Here is the detail post for the May Paper Pumpkin, A Kit In Color. I reached for it Tuesday night when I finally made it to the stamp room. The June kit, Share Sunshine is also here, hopefully soon! These kits are a great way to get back in stamping mode when it's been awhile! Love this one!

The box, not the usual color!

And not the usual inside either!

The stamp set.

This kit features most of the new In Colors, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight along with Pumpkin Pie and Purple Posy.

Kit contents. This kit makes cards, 2 of the 3 are full size, one is slightly smaller. 4 of each design.

I actually used the stamp spot that came with this kit! Generally I have the ink pad so I use that, but this is a new In Color that I don't have yet. Yes, miracle I know. They are on the way :) I was just slow to place my order!

One note, then the cards. This instructions said to cut 14" of thread for the bow on each card. I did, and still have thread left. But realized 14" is a lot of thread for a small bow. I cut it in half so I have a double bow for each. 

Each kit is different, but there are generally more supplies than you need. An each kit can be done in many different ways. No one says you can only do it the way of the instructions! I generally do, but many don't!!

Finished cards.

Aren't they cute? They will be so fun to mail. The top one is the slightly smaller one, the other two are regular size. Coordinating envelopes too!!

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