Greatest Journey

Have you ever fallen in love more with the dies than with the stamp set?

That is how I felt when I first saw this suite. It was the dies that drew me to them. Maybe because my family is very outdoors and we love to camp, hike and bike and I thought these would be perfect to make cards for them and scrapbook pages. When I started to play with this stamp set I really wanted to use the blending brushes in a unique and different way. I chose to use the dies to cut out a template that I held to create a layered effect on the card. Rather than having a blended look by using the template I was able to create depth to the background without adding more layers. I finished it off by layering cardstock that I embossed the saying on with white embossing powder and the used one of the die cut images as a focal point.

I originally created this card as a swap with my Stampin’ Up! team and I’m happy to report that I was one of the winners of the swap with this card. Here is a close up picture where you can see the detail better.

After creating the card for the swap I decided I wanted to see what I could come up with using some of the other images and sayings in the set. Here’s what I came up with. What do you think? I still like the first one the best, but I like these as well. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m sad this one didn’t carry over from the mini catalog as I think it’s a great set and I love the dies.

  • 160588 – Greatest Journey (R) (M)
  • 160593 – Greatest Journey Dies (R) (M)
  • 160594 – Greatest Journey Bundle (R) (M)
  • 160597 – Three Twine Combo Pack, Pumpkin Pie, (R) (M)
  • 160518 – Small Blending Brushes (C) (M)
  • 153611 – Blending Brushes (C)
  • 160519 – Blending Brush Storage (C) (M)
  • 155554 – Stampin’ Emboss Powders, White, (C)
  • 129053 – Heat Tool (C)
  • 147277 – Craft Stampin’ Ink, White (C)
  • Colors – Mango Melody (R), Cajun Craze (C), Orchid Oasis (C), Highland Heather (C), Starry Sky (C), Basic Gray (C), Basic Black (C), Basic White (C)

(R) Retiring, (C) Carrying Over, (M) Found in the Mini Catalog

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Can you guess what’s staying and what it going?

This is a card made by a friend of mine at a recent Stampin’ Up! event that I went to.  I just love it.  The products she used are in the current spring catalog.  Can you guess which ones will be going into the new catalog.  Leave your guess in the comments section and I will pick one random winner and send them a gift.  Guesses must be made by May 30th.

Oh Hello Card

Products used:

Oh, Hello Stamp Set
130730 Wood $25.95
130733 Clear $18.95

Paper Doilies
129399 Tea Lace $2.95

129381 Ovals Collection $26.95

5/8″ Flower Trim
126869 Vanilla $6.95

Simply Scored
126192 Borders Scoring Plate $14.95
122334 Scoring Tool $26.95

Baker’s Twine
125572 Lucky Limeade $2.95

Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, So Saffron


Covention Swaps Group 3

Wahoo I got another group done already.

I am so in love with this page.  I think it’s so cute and so well done.  First the colors are great, second I love the stamp set and third the which feet accent is just adorable.  It was created by Lynda Day.  In fact I almost didn’t get this fabulous page because of a mix up in times.  I’m so glad we were able to work it out a get it because it’s terrific.

Wicked Cool
#118738 Wood $19.95
#120600 Clear $14.95

Another great layout by another great stamper.  This was created by Stacie Jensen.  I’ve been asked several times which DSP was used so I thought I would let you know it’s not, it’s actually a stamp set so any one can create it.

Growing Green
#118758 Wood $21.95
#120624 Clear $16.95

This cute page was created by Kathryn Whittaker.  What makes the page so fun is all the strips of Designer Series Paper in the background.  They really make the page fun.

#117167 Greenhouse Gala $9.95
#113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet $43.95

I know I should have posted this sooner since it uses the fun set from the mini that just retired, but I still love the layout and it can be very in so many other ways.  It was created by my up-line Janice Barlow.  The unique thing about this page is she used the die cuts from the big shot as a template to sponge the letters.

This last one was created by my awesome friend Maxine Conrad.  What you can’t see is that she used textured card-stock for the family as well as for the Cherry Cobbler Strips.  It’s so easy to add your pictures to the adorable page.

#115960 Alphabet Simple Letters Dies $89.95
#115778 Circle Circus $28.95
This set is also available for MDS

One more set so be watching.

Convention 12 x 12 Group 2

I’m finally finding some time to get to then next cute set of Convention swaps.  Hope you enjoy them.

This was created by Jessica Hiltz.  It’s such a fun and easy layout, but it’s so cute.  I really love the color combination as well.

#116716 Animal Stories $15.95
#111254 Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel $8.50

Sorry I don’t know the awesome creator of this page.  It uses one of my favorite Designer Series Papers.  It’s perfect for just about anything from a fun spring pages to and awesome family page.  You can even turn the pages around or switch sides to make it work for you.

#117163 Elegant Soiree DSP $9.95
#115778 Circle Circus $28.95
This set is also available for MDS

This page just screams summer to me and I love it.  It was created by Becky Kittaka.  The color combination’s are so fun and have so much energy it just brightens your day to look at it.  You can’t see it, but the summer fun die cuts are embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder.  It really adds a lot to the page.

#117168 Play Date DSP $9.95
#119747 Brights Designer Buttons $8.95
#115960 Alphabet Simple Letters Dies $89.95
#117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folders $7.95

My totally terrific up-line Brandi Barnard created this darling page.  I love how simple it is.  She even created the girl bear so we could switch it out if we need too.  Of course I will most likely keep it the boy since I have all boys, but I can sure turn the cute little bear into a fun card.  What you can’t see of course is that she used crystal effects on the balloons to make them all shinny.  It’s so cute.

#119278 Basic Birthday Die $21.95
#118052 Beary Best Friends $18.95

Doesn’t this page just make you happy.  I love it.  It just makes me smile.  It was created by my good friend Ashley VanCamp.  She’s so talented.  I love that she used the new owl punch.  It’s so cute.

Funky Four
#113738 Wood $14.95
#120438 Clear $11.95

#118974 Large Owl Punch $16.95

There’s two more sets to go so be sure to watch for them.  If you would like to recreate any of these let me know I’d be happy to help you with any of the supplies you need.

Covention Swaps 12 x 12 group 1

Sorry I’ve been missing in action we’ve had internet problems and I’ve had camera issues, but I’m back and with some fabulous swaps form convention. The last group I did was 12 x 12 pages. There were actually two group for this one. Because there are so many I’m going to break them up in 4 groups. So enjoy!

There is no particular order here and I will try and let you know who did each one (hopefully they are all marked.)  Thanks again to everyone who participated all of the pages are great.   I’ve already used some for Club and I’m looking forward to adding pictures to them.

First up is mine.  I used the awesome Awash with Flowers Set.  It’s hard to tell but the flowers are done with a fun technique that gives you a water color look even though it’s a solid stamp.

Awash with Flowers
#117063 Wood $39.95
#120549 Clear $ 27.95

Word Play
#120308 Wood $41.95
#120651 Clear $28.95

#117163 Elegant Soiree DSP  $9.95

Is this page just cute or what.  I love it.  It was created by Shelly May.  I love the colors and the overall layout.  Plus how cute is the cogs punch.  I’m so glad that they put it in the catalog.

#117164 Celebrations DSP  $9.95

#118873 Cogs Extra- large Double Punch $17.95

# 111550 Sock Monkey  $26.95

More Monkey Accessories
#116962 Wood $16.95
#120468 Clear $12.95

Party this way
#118744 Wood $15.95
#120609 Clear $11.95

This page is so fun and so cute.  In fact I used it for club last month.  With just one change.  Her cute sand is actually made with real sand paper.  I created it with the awesome log cabin spray.  I just love all the fun punch art on this page as well.  It was created by Natalie Cottle.

Punches used:
#119856   Scallop Oval  $16.95
#119856   1-1/4″ Square  $15.95
#119850 1-3/4″ Circle  $16.95
#119869 1/2″ Circle  $5.95
#119872 Spiral Boarder $15.95

#119871 3/16″ Corner $6.95

Can I say I’m in love.  This page is adorable.  It was made by Melanie Williams and she would say it’s a little Cheese.  I would have to agree.  The cheese is so cute I love how easy it is to make just using all of our different circle punches.  Plus doesn’t the hamburger just look good enough to eat.  She even added texture to the bun by using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

#117335 Perfect Polka Dots $7.95

On the Grill
#116970 Wood $23.95
#120474 Clear $17.95

The last fun page for today was created by Deanne Henderson.  I love how simple it is yet very I catching.  There’s so much detail in all the flowers.  Off course they were created with our great punches again.  What you can’t see very well is the fun Rhinestones in the center of the small flowers.  With 150 per package it’s so easy to add fun bling to your page.

#119246 Basic Rhinestones $4.95

#119831 Sunny Garden DSP $9.95

#117158 In Color Patterns DSP Stack $19.95

#118874   2-3/8″ Scallop Circle $16.95
#119854  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle $16.95
#119858   Boho Blossoms $16.95
3119868   1″ Circle $10.95

Hope you enjoyed them and were inspired by all the great talent.  Come back soon to check out the other three groups.