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Carnival Treats By Stampin’ Up

The Carnival Treats stamp set is a host-only set. It can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards. There are 7 cling stamps and the set is $14. Donuts, popcorn, cotton candy, a hot dog, a candy apple, and a drink are the featured images.

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I like that the images in this set can be stamped in any color you want! This means you can match any Designer Series Paper. 🙂

However, I didn’t know where to begin. Sometimes we just need to sit down and play!

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At any rate, I was so happy with where the creative process led me. Which one of these cards is your favorite? I think that the popcorn one is mine.

I hope my ideas inspired you to give this stamp set a try. Or even just the general layout. Most of all, I hope you never set aside a stamp set simply because it intimidates you! Sit down and play with reckless abandon. You just might surprise yourself.

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Lemon Lolly Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Balmy Blue Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 11″;, score at 2 7/8″. Flip the cardstock and score at 2 3/4″ on the other end.
  • DSP: 4″ x 2 5/8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (Inside); 2 3/4″ square or a die-cut shape.

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Tea Boutique by Stampin’ UP

The Tea Boutique Suite can be found in the 2022-2023 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. Unfortunately, these products will not be carried over. The good news is they are now on clearance sale, except for the stamp set because it has already sold out. However, you do not need the stamps to create fantastic cards!

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I am using the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes, Tea Cup Dies, and the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper for our project today. Many of my examples used the Tea Cup Stamp Set but you could simply substitute your favorite stamps. These products are such a great deal! And we will have another entire year to play with the colors featured in the DSP and Cards & Envelopes package.

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Card Supplies

Note: The Circle Punch and Stamp Set used in the video will not be available for sale until May 2, 2023. Therefore, I cannot link them here.

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Cardstock: 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • DSP: (3) pieces cut to 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

You will find that using the Cards & Envelopes will save you a lot of time when making cards. I really enjoy using them. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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Irresistible Blooms by Stampin’ Up

One of Stampin’ Up’s newest product groupings is called Irresistible Blooms. There are stamps, dies, DSP, and embellishments. They are all part of the new Online Exclusive product line. You can find these products by clicking on the “SHOP” tab on my website and scroll through the menu to “ONLINE EXCLUSIVES”. These products will not be featured in any publication and there is no specific time period in which they will be available. So, if you see an online exclusive product if you want, you should probably just go ahead and order it.

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This fun fold card is super easy to make but it looks really difficult! The DSP that I used in today’s project is so soft and muted. First, I love that this card features so much of the DSP! Second, I love that the card sits up nicely for display. So many people that we bless with cards need encouragement and a reminder that they are loved!

More Irresistible Blooms Cards

Various colors in the DSP lead to many different color combinations in your cards. I am very happy that Pretty Peacock is returning!

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I love the endless combinations that are possible with this fun fold! Challenge yourself this week to make two cards and MAIL them to bless someone that might be lonely. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • So Saffron Cardstock: (2) 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 2 1/4″, 4″, and 6 1/4″; and 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″; (2) 1 1/2 x 4″; (2) 2″ x 4″ (If you would prefer a mat layer, cut the mats at these sizes and cut DSP layers 1/8″ less.)

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Cut & Shuffle Technique Cards

Today I am featuring the Cut & Shuffle Technique. This method is great for creating some quick and easy cards. And I have FIVE different sets of cards to show you!

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First, you select the Designer Series Paper you want to use. Second, you cut the paper following the given measurements. Third, you shuffle the Designer Series Paper over your layer of cardstock and glue them down. Fourth, you adhere your cardstock layer to your cardstock. And finally, you add whatever decorative elements or sentiments you want.

Fancy Flora Cards

I was afraid that my Designer Series Paper choice would be too busy. But I love how these cards turned out.

More Cut & Shuffle Cards

These cards were made using the Day At The Farm Designer Series Paper and the On The Farm Bundle. I am obsessed with farm animals!

I was so excited to play with the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper and the Dainty Delight Bundle!

And my Favored Flower cards. I seriously disliked this paper until I played with it! Now I am a fan. 🙂

The Sun Print cards are where it all began for me.

I hope that you enjoyed learning this technique. It is a really fun one! As always, remember to be kind, send a car, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • 4 Card Bases: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • 4 Different Patterns of DSP
  • 4 Cardstock Layers: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • 4 Basic White Layers for inside if needed: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Scraps for tags and images

Cutting Instructions

  1. Begin with your Designer Series Papers. Stack them. Cut them all at one time to 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  2. With the 3 3/4″ side at the top of your trimmer, cut at the 2″ mark.
  3. Keep the 2″ strip on the trimmer and rotate it so the 5″ side is at the top. Cut at 2″. Remove these pieces from the trimmer. Make two stacks.
  4. Grab the 1 3/4″ strip stack and put it back on the trimmer, keeping them aligned. Place the 5″ side along at the top of the trimmer. Cut at the 1 1/2″ mark.
  5. Keep each size together.
  6. Distribute them on each 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock layer, varying the designs. Reference the video as needed.
  7. Secure the pieces on the layers with the adhesive of your choice.
  8. Assemble your cards. You can use dimensional or not. Add embellishments.

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Fitting Florets by Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Up is currently offering an online exclusive collection called Fitting Florets. I had so much fun creating and playing with these products! To begin, I took the coordinating colors of cardstock and started cutting frames and shapes. Next, I stamped and colored many of the floral images using my Stampin’ Blend markers. And lastly, I began to put cards together. I was like a kid at Christmas!

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The Fitting Florets Collection is made up of many different products. Take a look at these images to see all of the beautiful things.

The Framed Florets Bundle will actually carry over to the new January – April Mini Catalog. But, the Designer Series Paper, Framed & Festive Stamp Set, and the Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls are only available while supplies last.

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The card featured in the video is really nice. However, I think the first card I made with this collection is my favorite. It is the same design used in the video. I simply used different colors. The remaining cards just got easier to make once I started playing! Having many elements cut and ready was the key! Which card is your favorite?

Hopefully, you will find this video and these examples inspiring. That is always my goal! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Gold Foil Sheet: 3 3/4″ x 5″, Scrap for die cut oval
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, Scraps for images
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: Scrap for die cut oval

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Sunny Sentiments

I love the Sunny Sentiments Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! It features large, bold sentiments that are useful and fun. The fonts are chunky and they stand out. The sentiments are words that you would actually say to someone.

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If you are a beginning stamper trying to build your supplies, this is a set you should purchase. It is easy to stamp and the greetings will cover most of the cards you will make.

Did you like today’s card layout? It is so easy and fun! I like that you can make it just like it is or build on that by adding layers and embellishments. Additionally, I do enjoy a black and white card on occasion. They are sleek.

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Look what flipping over the same paper does! It’s an entirely different look and vibe. And all from a small piece of paper. Remember this layout when you need to make multiple cards at one time. This layout would be a lifesaver. It would be great to use when making your holiday cards.

Look at that stunning black sentiment! Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to it. The recipient of this card will not miss the message that you intend to relay.

Here is another great layout! It is also easy. You can change to look easily by adding a layer or changing the color of your card base. You could use any paper that you have in your stash.

I hope that you found today’s card layouts useful. My goal is to produce a wide variety of ideas for all levels of crafters. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pattern Party DSP: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, then cut lengthwise at 1 5/8″, then turn and cut at 1 1/2″

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Whale Of A Time

It’s been a whale of a time making cards around here! This suite of products is jammed packed with fun images. These sea creatures are sure to make you smile!

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I just love the colors that are used in this suite of products. They are so bright and happy! However, this stamp set was not one that jumped out of the catalog at me right away. But then I saw a few demonstrators using it and I was hooked!

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The stamp with the little school of fish might just be my favorite! I like that you can tuck them into each other. My fish are all stamped in Pacific Point but you could totally stamp the fishes in multiple colors.

Since this suite contains great coordinating sequins, I simply had to make a shaker card. The Just Jade ribbon was the perfect addition to tie everything together on this card.

The is a greeting card created using the Whale Of A Time suite of products by Stampin' Up.

You might have seen this fun fold card in a recent video. If you missed it, you can find all of the details here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/a-note-card-fun-fold/

The DSP has so many scenes and colors available. As a result, I just had to create more cards! I wasn’t able to show them all on the video because I already mailed some out. However, I will include photos of them here. If the DSP has sold out by the time you see this, simply use the stamps and create your own scenes. 🙂

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I hope that you have enjoyed my cards today. Do not forget to send your cards and bless someone! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurments

  • Pacific Point Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 14″
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″

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All Black and White Cards

I love black and white cards! Sometimes I like cards only black and white and other times I like a black and white DSP mixed in a card design to make the other colors pop! But, I feel that a lot of people skip right over this kind of DSP.

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A vertical greeting card made using Stampin' Up products.

Black and white cards give me the immediate feeling of elegance. The same feelings brought on by a beautiful tuxedo. Additionally, our eyes are immediately drawn to images and embellishments on this style of card. The focus is created for us!

We have so many supplies available to us to make these cards! While you are at the shop page on my blog (http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/), you can search for any color supply. This is a valuable tool when designing your cards. Don’t forget to take advantage of it!

A handmade, horizontal greeting card.  It is made with the True Love Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up.

Paper Pumpkin Add-On Kit

Don’t forget that January 10th is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for this month’s kit, Sending Hearts. It features 8 full size cards. And look at this adorable add-on kit! Those little snails are so cute. These would be a perfect project for all of the little people in your life. And the boxes look like they fit right in with today’s theme.

Now is actually a great time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. A prepaid 12-month subscription costs $220. That will also earn you FOUR FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts! A great deal!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

Basic Black Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, Scored at 5 1/2″, Scrap for Sentiment Layer

Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, Scrap for Sentiment

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A birthday card that is navy blue and white. It features Stampin' Up products.

Happiest of Birthdays

Wishing some people I know the Happiest of Birthdays! I think that the best part of making cards is actually sending them. However, I think all of us are a little guilty of not sending them as often as we could. With everything going on these days, it is more important to reach out to others and let them know that you care about them. Birthdays are one of the best occasions to do that.

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Join me today as I make a few birthday cards for a few people that are very special to me. And even though one of them is a belated birthday wish, the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set has me covered.

My Challenge to You

I had the privilege to spend all day Saturday with my Stampin’ Up team and friends. (Virtually, of course.) We had such an amazing day observing World Card Making Day. Learning and laughing together all while making some cards! We discussed the importance of actually sending our cards. I would like to challenge you to make and send five cards in the next week. They can be any type of card. You could also contact your local nursing home, hospice, or children’s home to see if they could use any donated cards for those in their care. Share some love in an envelope this week!

Designer Series Paper Sale

From now until the end of October, many of our Designer Series Papers are on sale. The fun fold cards that I have shown you today stand out because of our beautiful papers. We really didn’t need to add much of anything else except for our birthday greetings. You can find all of the packs that are on sale here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/

Paper Pumpkin

Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly kit called Paper Pumpkin. It is a subscription box but you can cancel or skip any time that you choose. This month’s kit features a stamp set, ink spot, and supplies to make eight full size cards. You must subscribe on or before October 9th. Here is a personalized link to subscribe with me: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2211250

Card Supplies Used

Card Measurements

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 4″ x 10 1/4″, scored at 2 1/2″ and 5″, and 4′ x 5 1/4″ for sentiment mat
  • DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ and 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″ for inside and sentiment

Thank you so much for spending some of you time with me. I really appreciate it! As always….remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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