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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.

Today’s Video

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

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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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Ice Cream Swirl by Stampin’ Up

Our new mini catalog has now launched and I am so excited! If you look at the cover, you will see a project that was made with the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle. That is what we are going to use today for our cards!

Today’s Video

The cold weather has settled here in Alabama. I am not a fan of winter! Oddly enough, the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle just made me think of warmer days ahead. I know…ice cream is COLD! Ha. Working with the pastel colors of the Lighter Than Air Designer Series Paper along with the very bright ink colors just made me smile on this dreary day.

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Getting a card in the mail is always a nice surprise. But, taking the time to decorate the insides and envelopes of your cards just elevates that entire experience!

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video was that I did use a sponge dauber to add some Pecan Pie Ink to the edges of my cones. I felt it added some needed dimension.

This bundle has so many options. Today’s projects don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can make! I hope that you take some time to settle in and play with this new bundle. Everyone from the beginner stamper to the avid crafter will enjoy using it to create cards, tags, gifts, and scrapbook pages.

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

Sally

Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Bubble Bath Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ on each end
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 ” x 5 1/4″, one sheet for blending/stamping (or color of your choice)
  • DSP: 3″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: (2) 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, scrap for inside sentiment

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So Very Merry by Stampin’ Up

The So Very Merry Stamp Set is part of the Online Exclusives Collection by Stampin’ Up. What this means is that this set is not featured in any publication. Also, supplies are usually while supplies last. Sometimes products will be reordered by the home office and sometimes they will not. I knew when I first saw this set that I wanted to buy it. I love coloring with our Stampin’ Blend Markers and the images are perfect for coloring!

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The colors I used for today’s projects are Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, and Poppy Parade. However, please keep in mind that this layout works with any colors and/or stamp sets of your choosing! You can even vary the sizes of your cardstock strips to use up any extra scraps you might have on hand.

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I hope that you were inspired with today’s project. Coloring is very therapeutic for me. Do you feel the same way? As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

World Cardmaking Day Replay:

Here is the link to the replay: https://www.stampinup.com/portal/happening-now/wcmd-2023 I am not sure how long this link will be available.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″; 1″ x 6″
  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 1″ x 6″
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock: 1″ x 6″

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Earthen Elegance by Stampin’ Up

I will be honest. The Earthen Elegance Suite Collection was not initially on my radar to purchase. However, after seeing what some people had created with the suite, I decided to try it.

Today’s Video Tutorial

First, I stamped a bunch of different images in various colors. Second, I cut out those shapes and other die cuts. And lastly, I started putting some cards together. The first two steps really helped to get my inspiration going! I highly recommend doing this if you aren’t sure where to start.

Another thing that I like to do is look at other stamp and die sets to see if there is anything that would work well with my chosen suite or set. For example, in today’s card, I pulled in the Darling Details dies. And I even ended up using the negative piece instead of the main die cut.

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I created cards that would mostly fall into the Casual, Avid, and Artfully Avid categories with this suite. What category do you most identify with? I feel that I can fall into any and/or all of these categories on any given day. Don’t limit yourself! Which card is your favorite?

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Pretty Peacock Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • DSP: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ for card front
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ for die cut image
  • Scraps: Desired paper for die cuts
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″

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Simply Fabulous By Stampin’ Up

Simply Fabulous by Stampin’ Up is the stamp set that I chose to use for this month’s team color challenge. This stamp set is in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. It features a nice mixture of floral, leaf, and sentiment stamps. This is the perfect set for beginner stampers!

Today’s Video

My team leader assigned the colors Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, and Fresh Freesia for the February 2023 challenge. This is a combination I would probably not have put together on my own. However, I do like the result.

What is your favorite element of today’s card? I like stamping my own designer series paper! I never get too stressed about it. The paper can always be turned over and re-stamped if I make a mistake or I can simply cut a new piece and try again.

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As I mentioned in the video, I actually won this stamp set at a recent team event in Indianapolis. My team leader, Brandy Cox, made this lovely card! Of course, the cards made at our event were not using the same colors as our challenge. But I love the bright and cheery colors that we used!

This is my card from our event. I was very happy with it considering we were designing on the fly!

I hope that you gained some inspiration from today’s video. That is my goal! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″; scrap for a tag of your choice
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: Scrap for a tag of your choice
  • Vellum Cardstock: 3″ x 4 1/4″

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In The Moment By Stampin’ Up

Today, let’s visit the In The Moment stamp set from the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. This stamp set features three beautiful outline images plus sentiments.

Today’s Video

I wanted to create a sleek and modern card. This is not my usual style. However, I do enjoy that there are no rules when it comes to creativity! The black, white, and subtle colors blend together to create a cohesive look.

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I often avoided these types of images when I first began making cards. But, now I enjoy them. I have learned that not everything needs to be colored unless I am just in the mood to do that. And this set also lends itself to a messier coloring approach.

These three cards would make a lovely set for gift-giving!

Sale-A-Bration Refresh

Here is a better look at the items that have been added to the SAB gift with purchase selections. So many nice products!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s project. Thank you for your loyal support of my business! 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″
  • Basic Black Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (2)
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (2)

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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!

Today’s Video

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.

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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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Biggest Wish – July 2021 Color Challenge

Today I am making a card using the Biggest Wish stamp set. Also, we will be using our Stamparatus to stamp our images employing the hinge technique. This stamp set features both a large, chunky font and a more delicate, script font.

Biggest Wish Video

This month we were assigned the colors of Pacific Point, So Saffron, and Poppy Parade for our team color challenge. I love each one of the colors! When I first made this card I used Poppy Parade for the mat and stamped “birthday” in So Saffron. Which version do you prefer?

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This card features the Natural Textures Host stamp set and the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. I love this happy little fun fold card! I think that we will need to revisit this fold very soon. It would work with any DSP and stamp set.

This last card is my personal favorite. The “splotch” stamp is from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. Additionally, I stamped the floral images in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using the Painted Poppies stamp set. The sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set.

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2′ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pacific Point Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, scrap for sentiment

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Beary Comforting

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit has arrived and it is Beary Comforting! I was actually very surprised to see my kit arrive before Christmas. With the huge volume of packages in the mail this year, I did not expect it until after Christmas to be honest. The USPS has really rocked it this holiday season in my area.

The ink spot included in this month’s kit is Rich Razzleberry. Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, and White are the colors featured in the kit. Additionally, the kit features die cuts of a pair of koala bears, a brown bear, and a raccoon.

As I mentioned in my video, this kit was not my favorite. And I simply could have skipped it. But I am glad that I did not! The stamp set still features greetings and images that I like. And the card bases and other basic items are beautiful! Nothing against the animals, but I just will not use them. They aren’t my style. However, when I started creating, I just could hardly stop!

Today’s Beary Comforting Video

My example in the video is slightly different than the original card that I created. A different embellishment was used. I love them both. You probably would not even notice the difference if I didn’t tell you. That is something that I hope you can take away from my video. If you do not have the exact item that I use, think about what items you do have that could be substituted in. Think of my example as a card sketch!

A greeting card made with the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit named Beary Comforting.

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Card Measurements

  • Gold Foil Sheets- Cut with largest Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock- Cut with second largest Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″ base- Cut down one of the included envelopes, Cut down another envelope for a 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip for inside if desired
  • Calypso Coral- Scrap
  • Whisper White Cardstock- 4″ x 5 1/2″ for inside, Scrap for sentiment

Thank you for reading my post and watching my video. Please consider subscribing to my channel on YouTube so you don’t miss any of the fun! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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