Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Fall Sunflowers Kind of Day


  • A Fall -themed Stampin' Up Celebrate Sunflowers card
  • Register for the FREE virtual October 1 World Card Making Day event
  • Or, Join us in NW Houston for a free watch party for World Card Making Day event
I'm still not ready to put the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set away.  Every time I think I've played with it enough, I think of another idea for using it.  One of my team members gave me this idea.  She asked if I had ever run a stamp pad over the dry embossed image created using a 3D Embossing Folder.  I couldn't wait to rush home an try that idea using the Hive 3D Embossing folder and Gold ink.  I used a retired Gold ink pad, but this technique could also be used with other ink color, or by coating the raised embossed surface with VersaMark Ink, applying Gold Embossing Powder and heating it to set it with your Heat Tool.  I used an unusual  color combination of Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze with the Gold ink.  I added a stamped sunflower from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, and colored it with Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Blends.  I added Gold Foil Leaves and Grain and a bow of Baker's Twine.  The sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers was stamped in Cajun Craze on Crushed Curry, to complete the card.   Why not try your hand at this ink on embossed surface technique a try.   You'll enjoy creating your own Sunflower card using the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and Sunflowers Dies from Stampin' Up!

Sunflower-themed Greeting Card using Stampin' Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set

This card uses a Sahara Sand Cardstock basecard.  Then a layer of Sahara Sand Cardstock dry embossed using the Hive 3D Embossing Folder.  I ran a Gold ink pad over the raised honeycomb background and set it aside to dry.  For my image area, I created a matte layer of Crushed Curry and selected a Cajun Craze pint from the Rustic Harvest 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper pack.  

Greeting card with lage sunflower image over a honeycombed background using Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Then, I stamped the largest sunflower from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set onto Basic White Cardstock using Cajun Craze ink and colored it using Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.  I used the Sunflowers Dies to Die Cut the sunflower image once it was colored.  Tip:  Because Cajun Craze ink is water soluble (not a permanent ink) try to avoid the stamped Cajun Craze lines when coloring with Daffodil to avoid smearing the stamped outline. 

two Sunflower-themed greeting cards using Stampin' Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set

I die cut leaves and wheat die cuts using Gold Foil Sheets and the Sunflowers Dies.  I also added a bow using the Sahara Sand Twine from the Baker's Essentials Pack.  I stamped the sentiment onto Crushed Curry using Cajun Craze ink and fussy cut it before adding it to my card front.  

Stamps and dies used to create two Sunflower-themed greeting cards

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  • Stamps:   Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Ink:  Gold Encore Ink (retired), Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight Blends, Crumb Cake Blends
  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Basic White, Gold Foil Sheets, print from the Rustic Harvest 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper
  • Accessories:  Sunflowers Dies, Hive 3D Embossing Folder, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack,  Stampin' Up! Cut & Emboss Machine,  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Seal, Dimensionals
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Free World Cardmaking Event 

Join the Stampin' Up! virtual event on line. Or join our live group in NW Houston, TX for a watch party for this free craft-along events 1 October 2022. 

Two ways to enjoy the fun:

(1) Register here today with Stampin' Up! for updates, cutting dimensions, and reminders and to join the virtual event.  

(2) Join our live group to craft along during the Stampin' Up! virtual event and/or to be part of our Messenger chat group as we craft.  

Date:    The live event is 1 October from 3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central)

Where:  Join us live to watch and craft

Who:     Anyone

Price:    Free

if you're in Houston, TX, join us at our local coffee shop where a group of us will be watching the virtual event together, and crafting along with the virtual event. Let us know you're coming, here,  so we can save you a seat. 

Stampin' Up! has provided us a list of the stamp sets they will use for the event along with cutting dimensions, cardstock and ink colors, and craft tools needed to complete 3 cards using 3 different stamp and die sets.  We can work on our projects together and share any additional ideas we've made with these stamp set.   This is a 3-hour craft-along live event led by Stampin' Up for World Card Making Day!   

Product Bundles:  At this FREE virtual event, we'll make 3 cards using three Stampin' Up Product Bundles that you can purchase now so you have them in time for the live card making event. 
  • Cottage Rose Bundle - Item #159048 - 
  • Cottage Wreaths Bundle - Item #159659
  • Warm Welcome Bundle - Item #160704
What fun sets to work with!  Cottage Rose is from the Annual Catalog.  Cottage Wreaths is from the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog.  And Warm Welcome is from the upcoming January-June 2023 Mini Catalog.  Yes!  You can purchase the Warm Welcome set before the 2023 Mini Catalog is released!

Don't have these sets to use?  No problem!  Find similar sets among your existing sets, and create your cards using sets you already own. For instance,  instead of Cottage Wreath, consider using Natural Prints from the Annual Catalog.  This is what I'll be using.  But I've already ordered the other two set.  I can't wait to get my hands on the new set from the 2023 Mini Catalog. 

Project Measurements:  Before the event, use the Stampin' Up! cutting guide to precut the cardstock you'll need to make the three cards Stampin' Up! will show us how to create.  They will also show us some new techniques.  

I'm planning to cut two sets of cardstock for each card so I'm ready to make a second card once the live event ends.  That way I'll have one card as a sample and a second card ready to send.  

Details for the  October world Card Making Day Event:

  • Read all about Stampin' Up! FREE Virtual World Card Making Day Event 1 October 2022 here.
  • Download the Product Flyer with product lists we'll use, here.
  • Download the cutting Dimensions for the 3 cards we're making here.
  • Register with Stampin' Up! for virtual Card Making Day event updates and link to go live a few days before the event, here
  • Join use to craft live in NW Houston on 1 October.  Register here.

A few days before the event, a link will be added to the Stampin' Up! World Card Making Day Event page.  Click the event link to join and participate in the virtual event.  The Event is Free!  The memories are priceless!

Live & Virtual Card Making Classes 

1 October - Stampin' Up! Card Making Day Event:  We're going to make  three cards during this event, led by online Stampin' Up! leaders.   See more information earlier in this post.   

You can join Stampin' Up! virtually, or register to join demonstrators, and customers live in NW Houston to watch the event and craft along to make 3 greeting cards together.  

Register on my Meetup Site, here:

Demonstrators, customers and new stampers are all invited to attend the live classes and the Stampin' Up! Virtual Card Making Day Event. 

Find out more about my live classes on my MeetUp site.

Download Free Current Catalogs

You'll love the marvelous Fall and Winter Holiday sets and specialty papers that will help you create breathtaking cards and holiday projects.  

  • Download July - December 2022 Mini Catalog here
  • Download July-August Sale-A-Bration Brochure here

Annual Catalog 

If you do not have a current demonstrator and would like a Stampin' Up! Annual catalog, please contact me here. 

Catalog cover of the 3 May 2022 Launch of the 2022-2023 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:  http://cardmaking.meetup.com/71/
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