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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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Hues of Happiness by Stampin’ UP

The Hues of Happiness Suite of products caught my eye from day one! It is actually featured on the cover of our new 2022-2023 Annual Stampin’ Up Catalog. The bundle features a photopolymer stamp set and a die set. The embellishments in the kit are the Glossy Dots Assortment. And the Designer Series Paper is a total knockout!

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Where Do I Even Begin?

I admit that I was totally blocked as to where to begin. So, I just started playing. This is where I decided that while I love the Designer Series Paper, I wanted to hand paint my flowers. Be sure to watch the video to learn my process. Here is a little photo that shows what methods I have tried. It’s not the greatest photo but it is a great comparison.

Additionally, here is how the Orchid Oasis from the video turned out after it dried. You can see the difference from the smaller Night of Navy flower.

My first cards were created by taking a simple card sketch and using that as my guide. Once I did this, my creative block went away. You can always find ideas in the Stampin’ Up Catalogs or on Pinterest. There is a link to my boards on my homepage.

More Hues of Happiness Cards

Next, I progressed to a card that featured some heat embossing. Don’t you just love the white images on the Night of Navy cardstock? So classy!

Then, I jumped into a more stepped-up card. I wanted it to have a lot of layers. And Pool Party cardstock always makes a pretty card.

And finally, my heart was happy with this Fresh Freesia card. I am also so happy with the Gray Granite version that we made together on the video. I hope that you were inspired to create one of these Hues of Happiness cards today. That would really make me smile!

Thank you for joining me today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Gray Granite Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; and 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: Enough to stamp desired flowers, leaves, greetings, etc.
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″

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Dahlia Days by Stampin’ Up

The Dahlia Days Bundle has quickly become my current favorite! The floral stamps alone are worth every cent. There are also very nice sentiments in a lovely font. While I only used the dies on a few cards today, they are begging me to create some more projects using them!

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I first started creating with Dahlia Days for a team event. We were given a challenge that required us to all use the same layout. This is the card that I created using Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Soft Succulent.

The next challenge we were given was also a specific layout. Again, we could use whatever colors or stamps that we wanted. Additionally, we were required to use three different embossing folders!

Dahlia Days Cards Galore

I could not stop creating cards with this bundle. (And I still want to create some more!) You can see that I just had a great time allowing myself to become submerged in the process.

What did you think of today’s card project? I just loved that it had a little mystery to it! No two attempts will turn out exactly the same. I can’t wait to try it again and use a different stamp set and color palette!

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

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements:

  • Thick Basic White Cardstock: (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Polished Pink Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Pale Papaya Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic Black Cardstock: (2) 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 5″ x 7 1/2″

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Slim Sayings Bundle by Stampin’ Up

The Slim Sayings Bundle is featured in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. The stamp set features six Cling Stamps of large-scale sentiments. They really are perfect for slimline cards. However, the magic is in the dies. There are four dies in total. Two are large and cut shapes/patterns out of the cardstock. The other two dies cut an edge on your cardstock. As a result, they unleash your ability to create cards in a different way!

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In today’s card, I chose Smoky Slate, Misty Moonlight, and Basic White. I feel they are great neutral colors for any occasion. Similarly, the card lends itself to a perfect masculine card. We all struggle with those ideas, right? Also, I find this layout can also be changed very easily to reflect your local school colors and personalized for the graduate.

Creating the card is very easy. First, Cut 4″ off of the 11″ side of your Smoky Slate Cardstock. Second, keep the piece you cut off and die-cut this piece. Third, die-cut additional colors of cardstock as needed for your desired pattern. And finally, stamp and die-cut the sentiment for your card.

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Soft Succulent is featured on this version of a Slim Sayings card. I simply layered a piece of DSP behind that die-cut layer. And an easy banner across the front displays the nice, chunky Happy Birthday greeting that has been embossed in copper.

My last card features the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP from the Winter 2022 Sale-A-Bration catalog. This paper pack has 48 pages of bright and sunny designs. You can earn this paper pack for FREE just by placing a $50 order! (Before shipping and tax.) Remember that Sale-A-Bration ends February 28, 2022, or while supplies last. This paper makes such happy cards!

I enjoyed playing with the Slim Sayings Bundle and I hope that you do too! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Smoky Slate Cardstock: 7″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 3 1/2″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

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Whimsy & Wonder by Stampin’ Up

The Whimsy & Wonder Suite of Products takes traditional Christmas elements and gives them a fresh twist! The colors are unconventional for the holidays. However, I think that unlocked my creativity!

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While we aren’t crafting a card together today, I hope that you find a card that you would enjoy recreating. The cards are uncomplicated so you should be able to duplicate one easily.

A Gallery of Whimsy & Wonder Cards

Once I got going making cards, I could hardly stop. Seriously. I stamped and die cut several of the images using the suggested colors of the suite. Then, I just jumped in! Here are all of the cards i made super quickly!

The Seasonal Sale Is Starting Soon

The Seasonal Sale begins Friday. Ink pads, Cardstock, and Dies from the Annual Catalog will be on sale! Don’t forget to stop by https://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/ to check it out! It will be a great time to restock all of your basic supplies. Please send me an email: sally@thepolkadotlife.com if you need any assistance.

Thank you for stopping by my channel today. I always appreciate your time. Please consider subscribing to my channel if you haven’t already done so. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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Beauty Of The Earth Angle Card

Today we are working with products from the Beauty Of The Earth Suite. I really like the Designer Series Papers from this suite. The featured colors are Merry Merlot, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Misty Moonlight.

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I tried a few other versions of an angle card in the past. They were cumbersome and involved a lot of math. And math just pulls the joy right out of cardmaking!

Fall cards are some of my favorite cards to make. I am a fall girl for sure! The Cork Specialty Paper just was calling my name for this card. And, it did not disappoint. Adding the Brushed Metallic Dots and the Diamond Weave Ribbon at the very end took this card to an entirely different level!

This winter version of the angle card uses the Snowy White Velvet Sheets. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it embossed and accepted ink. And the tiny birds steal the spotlight on this card! It is difficult to see in the video, but I added Wink of Stella to the tree.

More Beauty Of The Earth Cards

A slimline card is a perfect layout to showcase the Beauty Of The Earth DSP.

Any of these papers can be used for both feminine and masculine cards. They also work for any occasion. You just can’t go wrong with this choice.

Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Cajun Craze Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 3 3/8″ and 7 5/8″for base, and 1 1/4″ x 10″ for band
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/2″, and scrap for sentiment
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Cork Specialty Paper: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, and 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ for leaves

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You’re A Peach

Today I used the You’re A Peach Suite of products for our fun fold. The suite consists of a stamp set, dies, DSP, and mini jam jars. We won’t be using the mini jam jars today, but they are really adorable!

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This fun fold card comes together so quickly. Also, it will work for any stamp set or DSP. I just couldn’t wait to play with the You’re A Peach Suite though! The Designer Series Paper is so incredibly cute. And any card that has a belly band just makes me smile.

The Assembly of this card is very uncomplicated. Just remember that the shortest fold on your accordion piece will go against your card base front. And I found it very helpful to put my liquid adhesive on the accordion piece vs. the card front.

I would love to see what you create using this layout. Please post a picture in the comment section! As always, remember be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

You’re A Peach Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (2)
  • Granny Apple Green: 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • DSP: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (front) and 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (pocket)
  • Basic White Cardstock: 5″ x 11″, score at 3 3/4″ and 7 1/2″, and whatever you need for sentiment and/or stamping
  • Belly Band: 1 1/4″ x 9 1/2″

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Butterfly Brilliance and Color Challenge

Today, I am using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for my May team color challenge. My team leader chooses three Stampin’ Up colors that we must use on our cards. We are only permitted to use these three colors plus Basic White or Very Vanilla cardstock and Basic Black ink. This month she chose Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, and Calypso Coral.

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This challenge produced some pretty but bright cards! I feel that Magenta Madness is the most intense color in our Stampin’ Up lineup. However, it is a very happy color. I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for the challenge. Butterflies can be imagined in any color. They can also be used for many different card occasions.

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I began the creative process with this card. It was my first time playing with some of the new products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. And it was so much fun! Sometimes, we just need one aspect of a card decided for us to help get our creativity going.

The Ombre Specialty Paper was the only DSP type of paper that I owned in the assigned colors. But it added such vibrance and sparkle to my card! I also used Wink of Stella on my butterfly.

Please be sure to take the time to watch today’s video. There are just too many options with both the die and stamp sets to cover in writing here!

I used the Checks & Dots Embossing folder to create paper to decorate my envelope flaps. And I had plenty of leftover butterflies to adhere to the front of my envelopes and insides of my cards. This color combination ended up being an enjoyable one for me. Although, it might not be fitting for every occasion.

Of course, these challenges are totally optional. Team members that choose to participate are eligible for prizes. And who doesn’t love a good prize patrol? Right now, Stampin’ Up is running the Join+ promotion. You can become part of the fun. A starter kit is $99 and that includes shipping. In May, you get to choose $155 of products! That is the crazy, best deal I have seen them offer!

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

Sally

Card Supplies

You can join my team here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/join-my-team/

Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and scrap for butterfly
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″, 1 3/4″ x 5″, and 3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside layer
  • Mango Melody Cardstock: 1 3/4″ x 5″

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Hydrangea Hill

Working with the Hydrangea Hill Suite by Stampin’ Up is a dream! Both the stamped images and the Designer Series Papers are gorgeous. I just had to play with these goodies before they retire soon.

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I wanted to show you specifically how this design in the paper pack could be used to create cards very quickly. As a result of this technique, you have six beautiful cards in a matter of minutes!

More Hydrangea Hill Cards

On this card I used the Seaside Spray cardstock for the tag. I am going really miss this color! And the Detailed Band Dies are on clearance sale right now. They are an absolute steal!

This card features the Rococo Rose cardstock. I also ran the DSP through the embossing machine using the Subtles Folder. It really made the card look rich and sophisticated! I am happy with how things turned out.

As you can see, this suite of products can be used together to create many different styles of cards. The DSP is very appropriate for any card occasion. You would not likely find cards this beautiful in a store.

I used various sentiments today. But, the ones included in the suite are lovely. Who wouldn’t love receiving a card with this greeting? Getting a card for no reason at all is a great surprise!

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″
  • Gorgeous Grape Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Highland Heather Cardstock: Piece large enough for your die choice
  • Basic White Cardstock: Piece large enough for your sentiment choice

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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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