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Tasteful Touches

For today’s project, I will be using the Tasteful Touches bundle. The label dies are always my go-to for putting sentiments on my cards. And the stamp set is a mix of simple images, grunge patterns, and useful greetings.

Today’s Video

I decided to use Very Vanilla for our main cardstock today. Our recent DSP offerings haven’t offered Very Vanilla in the background. However, I still love to pull it out now and again to show it some love. It’s rich color pairs perfectly with Soft Suede and Early Espresso.

More Tasteful Touches Cards

The Tasteful Touches Bundle is part of the larger In Good Taste Suite. The suite includes a beautiful collection of Designer Series Papers, but today I chose to see what I could create without them.

This is an image of a greeting card that was made using the Tasteful Touches Bundle by Stampin' Up.

My second card started by designing my own DSP layer. I stamped several of the flowers, fussy cut them and glued them to Very Vanilla cardstock. Next, I inserted that cardstock in the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and ran it through our Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I had to run the folder through a few times to get everything al. pushed into one layer. The result was really beautiful. I wish it could be seen better on the video.

The only product that I pulled in from outside this bundle was the ribbon. It is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. The ribbon is so soft and it has a loose weave. It is very dreamy! Unfortunately, it is on the Last Chance sale. You might consider purchasing this combo while you still can!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Soft Suede: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″

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Paper Blooms by Stampin’ UP

Have you ever heard the terms beginner, casual, or avid crafter? Today, I am going to use the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up to illustrate these terms. You can earn this paper for FREE right now during Sale-A-Bration when you purchase $50 in products. But hurry! Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th.

Today’s Paper Blooms Video

Beginner Crafter

Let me begin by saying that this tern is not meant to be offensive in any way. It can mean that you are an actual beginner and this project is a great place to start! Alternatively, this could also mean that this is just the style that you prefer. A beginner crafter card would include only stamps, ink, and paper.

These cards are both very simple to make. But aren’t they lovely? I like the clean and sleek feel of these cards.

Casual Crafter

On a casual card, the crafter would add some type of die or punch, an embellishment, or dimension. The card I make in today’s video, I add a punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and some cute butterfly embellishments. This card also has an additional layer.

Avid Crafter

The term avid crafter simply means that this is a crafter who enjoys adding many layers, dies, dimension elements, and embellishments to their cards. An avid crafter is usually a person that has a larger collection of craft supplies at their disposal. It does not mean that their cards are any better or that they outshine a beginner card. Again, this might just simply be a crafter’s personal preference for making cards.

Additionally, these cards are still very simple in nature. The Designer Series Paper is the absolute star of the show!

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

Sally

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Card Measurements-Beginner

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP- 4″ x 5 1/4″

Card Measurements-Casual

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Pink Cardstock- 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP- 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Seaside Spray- Scrap for sentiment that will fit your punch or die

Card Measurements-Avid

  • Seaside Spray Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and scrap that will fit your punch or die
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Designer Series Paper; 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″

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A fun fold greeting card made using Stampin' Up products.

A Corner Fun Fold Card

I saw this cute corner fun fold card the other day and decided it would be a fun card to share with you! It is very simple and you could make a bunch of these cards in one session. The card in today’s video features products from the Trimming The Town Suite. However, any stamps and paper can be used easily.

Today’s Video

More Corner Fun Fold Cards

I failed to mention this in the video but I would recommend stamping and coloring your images on additional cardstock first. Secondly, cutting them out. And then adhering them to your fun fold. You could most likely get by with regular stamping. However, you cannot use your Stampin’ Blend markers directly on the fun fold portion. They would bleed through for sure!

An elegant Christmas card.  It is Mossy Meadow and Copper Foil.  This fun fold is made using Stampin' Up products.

I like that this corner fun fold is made on a simple card front. This makes it much lighter for sending through the mail. And if you dislike writing in greeting cards, this is a perfect card for you!

This last card might just be my favorite one. It is on Magenta Madness cardstock. The Designer Series Paper is the Artistry Blooms DSP. And I used the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch. These colors just make my heart smile!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 3″ x 9″, scored at 3” and 6”, additional for stamped images
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Pool Party Cardstock: Scrap

Thank you so much for spending some of your time visiting my blog. As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

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A greeting card made using Stampin' Up products.

Getting Started With Stampin’ Up

Are you just getting started with Stampin’ Up? I know when I was starting out I wasn’t even sure what I needed to buy to start a project. Or maybe you are looking to make some Christmas Cards but don’t have a lot of time to devote to the project. This clean and simple card layout is exactly what you need!

Today’s Video

Our Designer Series Papers are a great item to add to your list of supplies. Stampin’ Up does a wonderful job in designing paper packs that feature prints and patterns that can be interchanged with each other. This allows you to buy just one package for your project. Additionally, you can find the colors of coordinating cardstock by looking at the back of our DSP packages or in the catalog descriptions. Our cardstock can also be purchased in color family sampler packages. This helps you to get more mileage for your crafting dollars.

A greeting card on Whisper White cardstock.  And it features the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up.

You will need an ink pad, a punch, medium envelopes, and a stamp set with greetings to compliment your card. I find that the 2″ Circle Punch is a perfect size for most greetings. Finally, you will need something to hold everything together! I love to use our multipurpose glue. It is a very strong adhesive. Yet, it has enough open time to let you wiggle things into the correct position.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Whisper White Thick: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4 ” x 5 1/4″
  • Solid cardstock: 1″ x 4″
  • DSP: (2) 1 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Solid Cardstock Mats: (2) 1 1/4″ X 3 1/4″
  • Whisper White: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

I hope that today’s video was helpful to you. Please leave a comment if you have any Stampin’ Up questions! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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A greeting card made with Stampin' Up's Curvy Christmas Bundle

It’s A Curvy Christmas

It’s A Curvy Christmas here in Stampin’ Up world! Earlier this week, Stampin’ Up released a new collection of products called the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. There are swoops and curves and they are so much fun to play with on our cards!

Today’s Video:

Let Me Try To Explain It All

The Quite Curvy Variety Bundle consists of the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper, the Curvy Christmas stamp set, and the Quite Curvy Bundle. The Quite Curvy Bundle is made up of the Quite Curvy stamp set and the Curvy dies. These two items must be purchased as a bundle. It is so confusing when they name things all so similarly! I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense! 🙂 The Christmas stamp set and the paper can each be purchased individually. Furthermore, they will only be offered until the end of the year or until the supply runs out. The Quite Curvy stamps and dies must be purchased together. In addition, these two items will be in the upcoming January-June Mini Catalog but Stampin’ Up made the decision to offer it as an early release.

Hopefully these graphics will help you see the different components.

Also, If you want everything you can simply order the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle and save 10%!

Curvy Christmas Cards

I like that can create whimsical, rustic, and elegant cards all with this set. The paper pack is great! The featured colors are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. In total, here are a total of eight different prints.

A greeting card on a Whisper White base.  It has Shaded Spruce Designer Series Paper on the front.  It is stamped with a whimsical row of trees.  This card was made using Stampin' Up products.
The top layer of the card that I made with the Shaded Spruce ribbon bow on the front was glued together, stamped, and then embosses using the Subtle embossing folder. I wanted to take a photograph to show you that up close detail. It adds an element of texture to the card. However, it doesn’t show up well on video. Additionally, I love that the embossing mirrors the background pattern of the ribbon used on the card.
An up close photo of a greeting card showing the embossing that was used.

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Card Measurements

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Gold Foil Sheet: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • DSP: 2″ x 6″

Thank you for taking some of your time to drop by my blog and YouTube channel! Please consider giving me a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribing to my channel. I would appreciate it greatly! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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A Merry Hello

A Merry Hello friends! I hope that you are all doing well. This stamp set was so much fun to use for creating cards. I could hardly stop! This particular stamp set by Stampin’ Up is a host set. For example, whenever you host a party or simply spend $150, you earn Stampin’ Rewards. As a result, you can then use part of your Stampin’ Rewards to purchase this set if you choose.

Today’s Video featuring A Merry Hello:

More A Merry Hello Cards

Do you have a favorite color scheme for Christmas? I am typically a red and green girl but I have enjoyed experimenting with other color combinations as well. Additionally, I love that with Stampin’ Up we even have several red and green combinations. I wish that the Wink of Stella that I used on the greenery would show up on camera. Not only is this a low cost tool for your crafting, but the sparkles add such a pretty touch.

A greeting card on a Whisper White base.  Then there is a Cherry Cobbler plaid layer.  There is a picture of a long stocking.
A photo of a handmade Christmas card.  It has a Whisper White base with layers of Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler.  There is an image of a long stocking on it.

Baby’s First Christmas

I just couldn’t resist creating a Baby’s 1st Christmas card! A handmade card makes an exceptional keepsake. Also, this combination of Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy might be a new favorite for me.

A photo of a handmade Baby's First Christmas card.  It is Whisper White with Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, and Granny Apple Green.  There is an image of a cable knit stocking on the front.

A Challenging Color Challenge

My upline gives us a different color combination to use for creating each month. Of course, we do not have to participate but I find them enjoyable and they teach me new things. And this month’s challenge was just that…a challenge! We were told to create with Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede, and Bermuda Bay. This is not a combination I would have ever considered. However, in the end I liked the cards that I created. I guess you never know until you try.

This greeting card has a super cute vibe.  It is Bermuda Bay in color and it is covered with polka dots.The focal image has three stockings hanging from some greens.

This was the card that I entered in the challenge. I was happy that I had another opportunity to use Stampin’ Up’s beautiful Shaded Spruce ribbon. It is just dreamy! Of course, I didn’t have any DSP to use that had all three colors on a light background to fit in with the idea in my mind. So I took a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and used my Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers along with a ruler and created my own DSP.

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This handmade Christmas card was made using Stampin' Up products.  It has a large ribbon bow in Shaded Spruce and has an image of three stockings on the front.

Card Supplies

Card Measurements

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 2′ x 4″
  • Old Olive Cardstock: 2″ x 5″
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock: 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 1 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, also a scrap for sentiment

I love the clear and crisp images that you get when you stamp with this set. The designer gives us many greetings, several focal images, and then the little stamps that fill in several of the images. This stamp set was not one of my favorites when I first saw it in the catalog. However, when I saw cards that other people were making using this set, I was won over.

Thanks again for joining me. As always…Be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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A Warm & Toasty Christmas

I am so excited to be able to start sharing holiday cards and projects with you! The Mini Catalog offers so many new card ideas, stamp sets, embossing folders, dies, embellishments, and punches. Oh my! The Warm & Toasty stamp set was my husband’s number one choice. And that is funny because he usually has no opinion. Ha! My wish list grew so quickly. It was just like looking at the Sears catalog when I was a kid! Did any of you do that? It was so exciting when that catalog would hit our mailbox. We would all huddle around and gush over everything. And when the catalog was finished, we would cut up the catalog and make paper dolls. We stored them in a shoebox and played with them often.

Do you have a copy of the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalog? Don’t forget that if you are not already working with a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, you can request one right here on my website? I would love to be your demonstrator and help you with any questions. If your wishlist from the catalog is a long one you should take advantage of the best offering I have! Join my team of discount shoppers! This does not mean that you need to run a business or hold workshops. It just means that you purchase your starter kit for $99 and YOU get to CHOOSE $125 of product!!! There is a quarterly minimum but if you don’t make enough purchases to meet that then you just return to being my customer. No Stampin’ Up police will show up looking for you! 🙂 I promise. Here is the link to join my team: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/join-my-team/

Today’s Video

Today’s cards feature the Warm & Toasty stamp set by Stampin’ Up. The images are simple and whimsical and easily spark your creativity! This set is not part of a suite or bundle but there are endless possibilities of mixing and matching! I used punches and dies from other sets to cut my images, but you could easily fussy cut these as well. These tiny creatures are sure to make your Christmas Merry!

Here are my samples:

Aren’t these little friends cute? Which card is your favorite?

  • Whisper White Thick: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Coastal Cabana: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″
  • Whisper White: 1″ x 4″
  • Whisper White: 4″ X 5 1/4″

Supplies:

WARM & TOASTY CLING STAMP SET

SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

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