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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!

Today’s Video

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.

More Fitting Florets Cards

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

A Fun Card Layout

Today, I have a really fun card layout! You can use it when you are at the very end of a package of DSP and only have scraps. Likewise, you could rip open a brand new package of DSP and start there. There is so much versatility here!

Today’s Video

I have had a thing for monochromatic cards lately! And I am really happy with this one made almost entirely of Gray Granite. Maybe this shade simply makes for a nice transition from summer to fall colors. Additionally, this allows this card to be friendly to both male and female recipients.

Where This Card Layout Started

First, my creative process began by using a sketch of sorts. And while I liked my card, I felt that it was a waste of time embossing that first layer because you could not see it.

Next, I made the Basic White layer smaller. This resulted in being able to see all of the pretty embossing! I also added an additional layer for more color.

Several More Cards

Finally, you can see that this card layout works with any DSP, stamp set, or suite of products! So much fun!

I hope that you enjoyed this sweet little project. Let’s all try really hard to make a card and mail it out to someone this coming week. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Gray Granite Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ ; and 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ (If you prefer a larger white border, 3 3/4″ x 5″); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Inside); scrap for sentiment
  • DSP: (3) 3/4″ x 3″; (4) 1/2″ x 3″

Wonderful World by Stampin’ Up

The Wonderful World Bundle is an amazing gift with purchase offered by Stampin’ Up. You can earn this bundle as a part of Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. The bundle consists of Designer Series Paper and a stamp set.

Today’s Video

The images from the stamp set may not appear like much on the case or in the catalog, but WOW do they stamp beautifully! Today I used Blending Brushes, but you could also use our Stampin’ Write Markers to add color to the stamps.

More Wonderful World Cards

Additionally, don’t forget that my inspiration came directly from the catalog. My card doesn’t look just like that one, but it provided an idea to get me started. Remember that the catalog can also be referred to as an idea book!

This bundle can be yours for FREE with a $100 purchase until August 31st or until supplies are gone.

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

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Garden Green Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Inside) and 4″ x 5 1/4″ (stamping)
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Inside) and 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Deckled Rectangles Dies: I used the 4th from the largest die.

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.

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″

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″

Daffodil Daydream and Sunny Sentiments by Stampin’ Up

Today, I am featuring both the Daffodil Daydream and Sunny Sentiments stamp sets. Both sets are by Stampin’ Up. I was challenged to make a card using the colors Calypso Coral, Shaded Spruce, and Just Jade.

Color challenges can be hard! Most of the time there is no Designer Series Paper that will meet the requirements. This was the case for me this month. I decided to make my own paper! Enjoy watching the video to learn how I made my card.

Today’s Video

I love the scroll-type stamp from the Daffodil Dream stamp set. Additionally, the stamp allowed me to use any color I wanted to create a fun background! Together with the Sunny Sentiments stamp set, I was able to add my greeting easily. The bold, chunky fonts in the set were exactly what I needed to go with my dainty scrollwork.

Finally, I was able to add the adhesive-backed hexagons to compliment the modern design of my card. I love how funky and crisp my card turned out!

Two Daffodil Daydream and Sunny Sentiments Cards

This photo shows both my original card and the one that we made together on the video. My original photo shows the scroll stamping further apart. I can’t say I like one better than the other. Do you have a favorite?

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: 4 1/4″ x 11″, Scored at 5 1/2″
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, scrap for sentiment

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

Sally

Card Supplies

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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

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!

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″

Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin October 2021

The Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin kit for October is packed full of holiday goodness! The main color is Shaded Spruce. Accents of silver add a beautiful shimmer to the cards.

Today’s Video

I chose to make the cards in the kit as directed. They are lovely! My alternative cards use the stamps from the kit. Additionally, I used the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper. But you could substitute any DSP that you have in your craft stash to recreate my cards.

More Peaceful Christmas Cards

The card that is featured at the top of the blog is my favorite. I used our White Craft Ink to stamp a background on Basic Gray cardstock. The small snowflakes around the sentiment were heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder. But getting to use the Smoky Slate Textured Ribbon really made my heart happy! It is just so dreamy to work with.

On this card, I used the tree image stamp to create a border on Basic Gray Cardstock. The silver embossing makes the trees pop right off the page!

I had some leftover paper that I had stamped with the White Craft Ink. So, I cut that down into 1″ strips along with some leftover DSP. I adhered these strips to a Basic White layer of cardstock that measures 3 3/4″ x 5″. Then I added this layer to a piece of Silver Foil Specialty Paper. Before adhering this layer, I added some Smoky Slate Textured Ribbon. I then added this layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Do You Have A Long Wish List

Do you love a lot of items from the Stampin’ Up Catalogs? Now would be a wonderful time to join Stampin’ Up and become a discount shopper. The Starter Kit is valued at $125. You get to pick exactly what you want in your kit. And you only pay $75 plus tax!!! That is a crazy good deal. After you purchase a kit, you get 20% discount on your products right from the start!

You can join my team here: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2211250

Thank you for joining me today. Don’t forget to drop a comment on how you use your Paper Pumpkin kit. I want my posts to be helpful to you! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Penguin Playmates

By far, the Penguin Playmates has been my favorite Sale-A-Bration offering this fall. Additionally, It has been so nice to have Sale-A-Bration heading into the fall season this year! But don’t forget that it ends on the last day of September.

Today’s Video

I couldn’t resist using the striped pattern paper as the main dsp piece on my card. And the colors of this paper pack all work so nicely together. Just a hint of the paper on the inside layer of my card perked it right up!

More Penguin Playmate Cards

This adorable penguin couple is all dressed up for a holiday celebration! I love that the Penguin Place stamp set offers so many little details to personalize the penguins. 🙂 For example, hats, ties, and gifts.

But it looks like our penguin friends need to watch out! That sneaky little fox is getting ready to steal their gifts.
It looks as though this little guy is attending a formal celebration. And aren’t these sentiments clever? Such as, “I like you a lottle. It’s like a little but a lot.” Ha!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Just Jade: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″, and 2 1/4″ x 3 1/8″
  • Basic White: 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″

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