Daffodil Daydream by Stampin’ Up

You will find the Daffodil Daydream Bundle by Stampin’ Up in the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog. This is a very large bundle! There are 24 pieces in the die set alone.

Today’s Video

I like the stamp set but I LOVE the die set! The dies allow you to mix up colors and shapes to fit the style of your cards. For today’s card, I used a Very Vanilla card base along with a Flirty Flamingo layer. Next, I added some Designer Series Paper from the Pattern Party Host Designer Series Paper Pack. Last but not least I added the daffodils I made from just a little bit of cardstock. Wow!

More Daffodil Daydream Cards

These cards were made using the Daffodil Afternoon DSP that was offered during Sale-A-Bration. I don’t usually use retired products for my video projects, but I thought I would go ahead and show you how you might use the paper.

This is a fun fold card that I made using the Daffodil Daydream Bundle as well. And I also used the Daffodil Afternoon DSP here as well. I decided to use one of the large stamped images to decorate my design. Additionally, I colored the flower using my Stampin’ Blend Markers.

I hope that you enjoyed the layout of today’s card. It is so easy and can be used with any paper, stamps, or dies. Please take it and see what other cards you are inspired to make. As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!


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Card Measurements

  • Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • DSP: 2″ x 5″

Special Moments by Stampin’ Up

Today’s cards feature the Special Moments Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up. However, I might not have named it Special Moments. I might have named it Everyday Occasions! This set includes 21 photopolymer stamps of greetings that can be used to show love and care to others in your life. It is my favorite item in the current Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Today’s Video

I started by using this sheet of paper from the Daffodil Afternoon DSP Pack. Stampin’ Up often includes a sheet like this design in their paper packs. This sheet is designed to cut straight across the middle and then in 4″ sections. This will give you enough DSP for six cards. Of course, if you are using this in a scrapbook, simply just cut across the middle and use each piece as a border design on your pages.

You can use each one of these sections to create a card. A very simple approach would be to just add it directly to your card base. I like to add an additional layer in between. Yet, even when adding this step, this DSP makes quick and easy cards!

Special Moments Cards…

As you can see in the photo, all I needed to add was a butterfly and our lovely Special Moments sentiment. Done. How fast was that? You could group all six of your cards together to make a lovely gift set for someone!

Two Sides To Every Sheet of Designer Series Paper!

I know that we are focusing on this specific sheet of DSP but we could’ve also used any piece of 12 x 12 DSP and followed the same process. And we sometimes forget that each sheet of our DSP has TWO sides! Flipping the paper over inspired my next two cards.

To begin, I ran this piece of DSP through the die-cut machine using the Stitched Greenery Die. The next part was a little messy! However, I feel it was worth the mess. 🙂 I have a large clipboard and I adding my section of DSP to it with a glue dot. Next, I used the Whisper White Craft Ink re-inker and put a drop of it on an acrylic block. I added a few drops of water from my Water Painter to think down the ink. After the brush portion of my Water Painter was loaded well with ink, I struck the Water Painter against my bone folder causing dots of ink to splatter onto my DSP.

Next, I added the DSP to a layer of Very Vanilla that is just a little larger. I added ribbon and glued this piece to my card base. Last, I just popped on my greeting using dimensionals. You could entirely skip adding the ink if you don’t like getting messy!

My Favorite Special Moments Card!

While I was looking at the greetings in today’s set, I thought about different events that I will need cards for soon. I made this card with graduation in mind. This card could easily be used for birthdays too. And the design can be either masculine or feminine simply by changing up your color palette.

Do you know what is the best thing about the Special Moments Stamp Set and the Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper? They are both FREE with a qualifying purchase!!! Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th or while supplies last.

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


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Card Measurements

  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Inside) and 3/4″ x 4″ for greeting
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (The section we cut), 3 3/4″ x 5″, and 3″ x 4″ and a piece for hat

Driving By (A Free Set by Stampin’ Up)

Driving By is a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up. And, it is also FREE with a $50 purchase! The stamp set is part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion that is active through February 2022.

Today’s Video

Working with the Driving By Stamp Set was so much fun. I love it when Stampin’ Up gives us outline images! As a result, we have the opportunity to choose from several different techniques to color the images. We could use Watercolor Pencils, Water Painters and ink, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Blending Brushes, and paper piecing.

More Driving By Cards

As you can see in the video, I chose paper piecing for my technique to share on camera. In addition to this card, I also made two other cards that were colored using the Stampin’ Blends Markers.

This is just such a happy card. I love the bright colors! And I don’t think that either the still photos or the video catch the sparkle of the ribbon or the Wink Of Stella on the balloons.

It has been a while since I have made a square card. I feel that some people shy away from them because they think the postage will be more. However, If the card is made to fit inside our regular Medium Envelopes, there is no additional postage.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing today’s cards. Remember that Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of February!

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


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Card Measurements

  • Mint Macaron Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; Scrap
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″; 4″ x 5 1/4″ (2); Scrap

Island Vibes by Stampin’ Up

The Island Vibes Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up is so much more than it appears! There are only three images in this set but they are beautiful. And would you like to know the best thing? This stamp set is FREE when you spend $50 on products! (Before shipping and tax. Offer ends 2/28/22)

Today’s Video

Where I Started

When I first opened up the Sale-A-Bration catalog, I flipped right on past the Island Vibes stamp set. I didn’t even notice it? Later, I did notice it but I paged right past. it didn’t interest me at the time. However, I kept seeing pics of things that people had done with the set. The next time I had the option of ordering a free item, I chose Island Vibes.

This card is where I started. I really did like the card. But I just felt like it wasn’t finished and it left a lot of white space. That was where I decided that I needed an embossed layer in the background. I also felt it needed to begin with a colored card base. So, after addressing those things, what do you think of my card?

More Island Vibe Cards

I found out in a hurry that my first impression of this set was entirely incorrect! It didn’t take me very long to realize that this set was both beautiful and versatile. In other words, do not overlook the Island Vibes set!

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


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Card Measurements:

  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/2″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock: 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • DSP: 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and 2 1/4″ x 3″
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2″ x 2 3/4″

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!

Today’s Video

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.

More Slim Sayings Cards

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!


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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″

Introducing The Flowering Fields Suite

Oh my goodness! The Flowering Fields Suite is simply amazing. It features not just one bundle, but two! Both the Flowering Tulips Bundle and the Tulip Fields Bundle are made up of a photopolymer stamp set and a die set. Watching the video today is an absolute must to see all of the possibilities of the suite.

Today’s Video

Bundle One: Tulip Fields

Using these stamps and dies, you can transport yourself to the Netherlands! You can create row after row of your favorite color tulips. Additionally, with the dies, you can design your own windmill. How fun is that! The designers really hit it out of the park with this bundle.

Bundle Two: Flowering Tulips

The second bundle featured in the Flowering Fields Suite is called Flowering Tulips. The floral stamps are two-step stamps. As a result, you will get great definition in your images. You can even use two different colors for more variety! These dies will not only cut out your stamped images, but they will also cut out blank petals for you to assemble.

In today’s video, I chose to cut out Basic White images and color them using Mango Melody chalk. But I could have also cut them out of DSP or colored cardstock. Inks, Stampin’ Blends, or Watercolor Pencils could have been used to color the cardstock as well.

As for me, this suite of products unleashed a joyful spirit and sense of creativity in me that I hadn’t experienced for quite some time. I hope and pray that the year 2022 will do the same for you! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!



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Gingerbread & Peppermint Messy Fun!

We are continuing to play with the products from the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite. And today is the day we are going to get messy! Just a little bit though. 🙂

Today’s Video

I had so much fun on Friday creating with the Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories and More cards! If you missed that video, here is a link: https://www.thepolkadotlife.com/gingerbread-peppermint-memories-more/

Now it is time to play with the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste. The masks feature 4 different designs. I used the snowflake pattern in today’s video. However, the remaining 3 designs could be used year-round on your cards. Our Embossing Paste comes in both matte and shimmer finishes. You will also want to have a set of our Palette Knives to spread your Embossing Paste.

Gingerbread & Peppermint Cards

You will notice that my original card design was vertical. But, I glued the layer in my video in the wrong direction! So my design in the video became a landscape card. Happy accident!

Let’s not forget about adding the Shimmery Crystal Effects to our cards! I think that adding this to the little peppermint shapes took my card from nice to WOW. Sometimes it is all in the details.

Thank you so much for watching my video today! I hope that you learned something new right along with me. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!


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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Real Red Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut down to 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: cut out a row of peppermints, plus another design measuring 1″ x 5 1/4″

Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More

As soon as I saw the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite in the Holiday Catalog, I knew that I wanted to play with it! There are so many elements that are part of the suite. Today I want to focus on the Memories & More Card Pack and the Memories & More Cards & Envelopes.

Today’s Video

There are times whenever you don’t want to drag out all of your craft supplies but you still want to make some cards. The Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack is the perfect solution! All of the prep work is already done for you. Especially when you pair them with the Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. I know. The names are incredibly similar and confusing!!

In just a few minutes, I was able to put together 8 different cards. The cards are lovely just as they are designed, but I find that adding just a few simple embellishments take the cards to an elevated status. And these cards are just slightly larger than our regular-sized cards. They are really nice for writing a note on your holiday cards.

So Many Gingerbread & Peppermint Cards!

Keep the Memories & More Cards in mind anytime you want to make some cards quickly. They are fantastic for when you are going to travel yet still want to take a project with you. Stampin’ Up usually offers Memories & More Cards in a few different designs. And don’t forget that they are also great to use for all of your memory-keeping projects too! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!


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Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin

The November 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit is titled Gifts Galore. This is one of my favorite kits of the year! The kit features enough supplies to create 9 adorable gift holders, three of each design.

Today’s Video

I made the complete kit as it was intended. Aren’t these gift holders the cutest? I think that the size of these cutouts just makes the project perfect!

Since I made the kit as intended, I didn’t use the kit supplies to create alternatives. However, I used the stamps from the kit to create some fun and festive gift tags! We all need those this time of the year.

Gifts Galore Tags

Last Chance Sale

Don’t forget to take a glance at the retirement and carryover lists. The sale will be from December 1, 2021 until January 3, 2022 or until supplies last.

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


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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!

Today’s Video

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.

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