Where have I been all month? Strengthening my skills in card-making using new Stampin’ Up! products, that’s where! We Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have been able to pre-order some products from the upcoming 2020-2021 Catalog. So I ordered some new stamp sets, papers, ribbons, embellishments and dies. I’ve been trying all of them out on samples I’ll show you beginning today. Not only that, I have a new toy that is not a Stampin’ Up! product. And I’ve been learning how to use that for my cards, too.
So much to share, so little time! But I still managed to get a few cards with retiring products made to show how you can use products you already have to make some quick and easy cards.
Strips of Designer Series Paper can make a card almost by themselves
Today I’m going to share two cards using strips of designer series papers (DSP) from sets that have some fun color and pattern combinations. The card at the left is one I made using 1″ strips of papers from the retiring DSP set, Garden Lane. I started with 1″ x 4-1/2″ strips of different sheets from the set, and then cut 1 or 2 sides at a small angle. Then I started lining them up on a piece of cardstock that was 5″ wide x 3-3/4″ high. Once all the strips were adhered to the base cardstock, I used my Paper Trimmer to cut all the DSP to be flush with all sides of the cardstock.
After that, I just layered them onto a couple of layers of cardstock before adhering it all to a regular A2 sized card base.
And the New Toy Shows Up!
My new toy is a Brother Scan and cut, and out it came to cut the little sets of leaves stamped with an image from the retiring Verdant Garden Stamp Set. I just stamped a few on some Whisper White cardstock and that cutting machine zipped them out in no time. I colored them with a Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend marker. The sentiment on this card is also from a favorite stamp set that’s retiring, Flourishing Phrases. My favorite part of this stamp set is that “Just a Note” sentiment. But there will be a new “Just a Note” stamp in a new set next week!
Another Strip Card with New Papers
This is a sneak preview not only of some new papers and colors, but also of my husband’s birthday card. Both the new Stampin’ Up! catalog release and Harry’s birthday are the same day this year.
The new paper set is World of Good, and features map and globe style designs. The new colors that I’m showing off in this card are Cinnamon Cider (the reddish-brown color) and Bumblebee (the gold color). These strips are 7/8″ wide and I mounted them on a piece of the new Brass Foil Paper. The DSP also has some brass highlights in it, so it’s a nice match!
New Products in the Sentiment Element!
Here’s another use of ribbon folded and placed behind a tag or label. It’s so much easier than tying a bow for many people, so here I am using it again! The ribbon is the new Cinnamon Cider 1/4″ Ribbon. The sentiment is one you might recognize from the stamp set Itty Bitty Greetings. But you may not yet recognize the punched label. I made both the label and its mat using the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I’d more detail about that in my last blog post, and will have some tips on using it in my upcoming newsletter.
The final new product on this card are the two enamel dots at either end of the label. They are Cinnamon Cider dots from the new 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.
The Bottom Line on Old Versus New
Actually, that was my last blog post. But the theme is still here in today’s post. Old – retiring or not – Stampin’ Up! products are well worth using no matter if they’re current or not. But it’s also a lot of fun getting to see new products, and I’m so looking forward to many of those in the coming weeks. I hope you’re enjoying both, as stay-at-home restrictions are starting to be lifted around the country and world. Don’t forget to keep stamping!