New Post and A Little Bit Of Boho!

What a week it’s been. Stampin’ Up! released the new Annual Catalog to all Demonstrators.  We were able to see the beautiful new products coming out in May and some surprises Stampin’ Up! has coming our way.  Along with all the “new” over at Stampin’ Up, I’m excited that there’s some “new”  here at expressively deb…

I’ve been working on transferring my email platform over to something new.  I gave it a private test run and everything seemed okay, but this is the first post going out on the new platform, so I’m staying positive that this post will be delivered timely and without any surprises!

I’ve had my eye on the Boho Indigo Product Medley since last year.  When I saw it in the Last Chance Sale, I didn’t hesitate.  This is one of Stampin’ Up!’s premium kits that includes everything you need to “let your creativity run free”.  I know I’m going to give this Medley a good work-out.

  • There’s no doubt this card is Quick and Easy.  I used two of the vase dies and the Designer Series Paper to make my vases.
  • The gold and green leaf spray is one of the die cuts that come with the kit.
  • The Night of Navy and Garden Green leaves were die cut with dies from the set.
  • “Thank You” is stamped with Night of Navy ink onto one of the sentiment tags included.

Garden Green, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and a hint of gold are beautiful together. I can envision some Bumblebee or Melon Mambo with Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  Bermuda Bay would work well, too.  Maybe a little Poppy Parade!  (Okay, no more of that.  We all know Stampin’ Up! coordinates these things purposely).

The Boho Indigo Product Medley (#153132 page 9 in the Annual Catalog is $70.00) is on the Last Chance List and is Retiring.  If you don’t need all those components, try the Refill Kit. It has the same Designer Series Paper, dry embossed paper, die cuts and flowers. The Refill Kit is discounted 40% and priced at $13.80.

I hope today’s card inspires you to create something lovely!

So, take a look at the Boho Indigo Medley, cut a few layers, add some Gold Metallic Pearls and create something simple and lovely!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For all of the product details, you can click on the images below.


Garden Wishes Fun Layers!

Hello, and a happy day to you!

There’s a lot going on at Stampin’ Up! this week.  The new Annual Catalog was revealed to Demonstrators.  There are some surprises and very positive changes.  The new 2021-2023 In Colors are beautiful!  I’ll have more about them in a future post. If you placed an order with me over the past year, you will be receiving the new catalog in the mail during the month of April.

With all the excitement going on, I got a bit distracted from my card making but I was determined to get my stamps, ink and paper in my hands again make a new card.

Today’s post features the current Garden Wishes Bundle.  I’ll give you a little hint… it’s going to be around for a while longer.  It’s interesting that the longer you have a stamp set, the more you realize what you can do with it.  And the more you do with it, the more you can.  Interesting, right?

I started playing with the paper patterns from the Dandy Garden DSP Pack and this card is the finished project.

  • On a Basic White top fold A-2 card base I added a layer of the Calypso Coral and Basic White patterned paper.
  • I had a few cut pieces of other designs in my paper pack and went with the Mossy Meadow and Basic White dandelion print for the large banner layer.  I tucked a strip of the Bumblebee and white striped pattern to the right side of my large layer.
  • The large dandelion image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and die cut with the matching die.
  • Now for the best part….  yes I colored the stamped image with my Blends.  I’m really enjoying my Blends now.
  • I used a small piece of the grid pattern from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper to layer my die cut dandelion.
  • To give the layer some depth, I sponged Bumblebee ink along the outside edge.
  • The dandelion cut image is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I hand cropped the sentiment banner and stamped the sentiment with Mossy Meadow ink.
  • Two little Gold Metallic Pearls finished this card nicely.

So, pull out your favorite stamps, ink and paper, add a little color with your Blends and create a breath of fresh air!

…the only limitation is your imagination.

For more details on the products I used in today’s post, you can click on the images below.

CASE(ing) A Mood Change And A Step Up!

Hello Thursday!  Today, I thought I would take a stroll through my blog and CASE something of my own.  Below is one of my favorite cards. I love the striped Misty Moonlight DSP pattern from the Dandy Garden pack and decided to use the same pattern in Bumblebee.  Below is my original card.  You can click on the picture to go to the original post.

The CASE With a Mood Change:

So that you can distinguish between the two, let’s call my featured card the Bumblebee Retro, and my original post the Moonlight Floral.  How did I CASE today’s card?

  • The card designs are identical.  All of my elements are placed in the same spot on each card.
  • The color palette is identical but used differently.
  • The patterned paper is identical except for the color and line weight.  The Bumblebee pattern line weight is thicker.
  • The floral elements are completely different.  The Bumblebee Retro card has die cut bold flowers with straight lines and the Moonlight Floral card has fussy cut softer flowers with curved lines.
  • The sentiment fonts are different.  I used a mixed font sentiment for the Bumblebee Retro card, and a more tailored font for the Moonlight Floral card.
  • Both sentiments match the “mood” of the card.
  • Speaking of moods, each card has a different vibe, right?
  • The Bumblebee Retro card is more casual than the Moonlight Floral card.

Today’s Original Card:

  • And just between us, the card below was my original version.
  • I stepped it up a bit and came up with today’s feature card.
  • The more I look at my original card, the more I like it.
  • Both versions of the Bumblebee Retro card were quick and easy.  My featured version took a half minute more because I added a couple of punched circles to the flower centers and die cut an extra Basic White flower.

So, take a stroll through your card collection and create a CASE with a Mood Change.  I think the outcome will surprise you.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For details on the supplies I used, click on the images below.

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A Bright Ombre In Bloom Thank You!

Happy Saturday!

Today’s card is all about pattern and color.  The layer of Granny Apple Green plaid DSP from the 2021-2022 Brights Collection was the inspiration for this card.  I love the plaid pattern.  It reminded me of lattice, so I decided to go with flowers.  The floral colors had to be bold and bright enough to complement the Granny Apple Green.  Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Bumblebee were perfect.  The Basic White frame and flower created a good balance to bring all of the colors together.

The In Bloom Bundle was my first choice.  I love the pierced dies and thought they might work well with the lattice patterned paper so I “framed” the lattice with the Stitched Rectangle Dies and added my floral elements to the frame.

I popped my lattice frame and flowers onto an “Oh So Ombre” Designer Series Paper layer and attached it to a Granny Apple Green card base.  Arranging my flowers, frame and patterned paper was so much fun that I completely forgot about my sentiment.  My card was already assembled.  Now what?  I didn’t want to emboss.  I thought if I did, I would be pulling embossing powder from all of the stitching in the die cuts, maybe I could cover it someway.

My Stamparatus came to my rescue and I decided to go with White Craft ink.  It took a little while, but it worked.  Craft Ink is opaque and much thicker than the die based ink I normally use.  You have to stamp it lightly on your surface and allow it to dry well after each application.  Wow, that was a pretty good save.  What do you think?

I embellished the lattice layer with a few die cut mini flowers and resin dots.

So, pick out a few bold, bright colors, find a fun pattern, add a frame and a flower or two and create something fun!  Don’t forget the sentiment.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the products I used in today’s post, click on each picture below.



A Sneak Peek – Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

Happy Friday!!

Today’s post is a Sneak Peek of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with a specialty Designer Series Paper. The Butterfly Brilliance Collection will be available March 2nd and runs through May 3rd.  You will be able to purchase each item separately or as a collection.

Now it’s time to talk about this card and how I used the products from this new Bundle.

The Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set:  When I opened the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set, I was surprised to see there were six beautifully detailed butterflies that were attached on one cling stamp.  So what do you do? Cut them?

The Brilliant Wings Dies:  My second surprise was when I opened the Brilliant Wings Dies.  There are seven dies in the set including one large die that perfectly matches the one large stamp set.  I thought that was fabulous!  I could grab a piece of Watercolor cardstock, stamp the six butterflies all at once and have a water-coloring party for myself.  Or, I could stamp the large die on Basic White cardstock with some Memento Ink and have a coloring fest with my Stampin’ Blends or Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen.

The Butterfly Bijou DSP:  My third surprise was when I opened the matching Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.  The large die matched the butterfly pattern on one of the designs!  I couldn’t resist and had to make a card to share.  It took just about half a minute to make sure my die was set correctly on the DSP.  (I do use Washi tape to help keep everything in place).  After I ran it through my cutting machine, I had six perfect butterflies ready to pop onto my card design.  I chose two for this card.  Look at the detail in these Butterflies.  They almost look 3-D!!  And look at the beautiful background patterned paper design.  It’s a watercolor masterpiece, but I didn’t do it.  Stampin’ Up! did.

I finished this card in a flash.  Rather than use a Basic Black accent with this gorgeous background paper, I used Basic Gray.  I wanted a softer look.  I thought this sentiment was perfect for my card design.  It’s from the Garden Wishes stamp set.

So, think about adding the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle to your Wish List for March, add a layer or two and create something soft and brilliant.

…the only limitation is your imagination!