Petal Passion DSP and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

I will be sad to see the Petal Passion DSP from the 2018 Occasions catalog retire.  You have probably noticed that black and white cards are my favorites.  I used it for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge  #TSOT365.


Optional theme: Shades of One Color


Isn't that a stunning flower?  I cut it out from the Petal Passion DSP.  Normally I would use my Stampin' Blends and color it in, which I have done here and here.   This time I decided to keep it simple and leave it  black and white.  Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends were used to color in the rhinestone to add just a little bit of color.



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The stamp set So Many Shells will soon be retiring. This set that has SO many useful sentiments and I plan to continue to use them.

So, what do you think?  Should I color in the flower or leave it as it is?   Let me know what you think.  I do hope you will also let me know if you participate in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  I would love that!  You can get more information about the challenge on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or Facebook group. 

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts

We are in the last few weeks of the 2017-18 Annual catalog.  I have separated out the stamp sets that are retiring so I can be sure to stamp with them.  I found the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set and realized it had hardly been used.   This stamp set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set, which means Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the RMHC for each set that is purchased.  


This set also coordinates with the Tutti-frutti 6" x 6" DSP, which is also retiring.   This DSP has great fun and  fruity images as well as more neutral designs on the flip side.


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Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine
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Coloring the strawberries is a snap using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin'Blends.  The Stampin' Blends will be back and available for purchase soon.  

When you are deciding what sets you need to purchase before they retire I hope you will consider the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Not only will you have a great stamp set but you will also be supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...You Are My Anchor


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: You Are My Anchor.

This may be one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits so far.  I didn't want to stop creating with it and I kept on thinking of ways to use the supplies provided.   I shared an idea on how to use this kit in my post yesterday.   Today I have 2 more project ideas for you.  



I know you are thinking what is so special about putting life savers in the box?  Wait for it...



Surprise!!  You can see that I attached the life saver ring to a strip of window sheet and attached to the inside front of the box.  I used Tear & Tape to secure the window sheet strip down and then covered it up with a strip of Pool Party card stock.  I wanted the inside of the box to look as good as the outside.  Because the window sheet is flexible it "pops" up when you open the tray.  Fun surprise for the person opening the box.  

The only extra supplies you will need to make this pop up is a strip of window sheet and a strip of card stock to place inside of the box.  Oh yeah, you will also need life savers.  

The next project I made is my favorite, at least so far.  I still have a lot of supplies left from my kit, so who knows what else I will make.




You will need the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin kit:

    *3-1/2" x 10" Pool Party card stock scored at 2-1/2", 5"

    *3" x 9-1/2" Island Indigo card stock scored at 4-1/2", 7"

    *2-1/2" x  3-1/8" Island Indigo card stock

The rest is from the kit.  I cut apart one of the box sleeves and cut a piece measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" and 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"and a strip 1/2" x 2-3/4".  I cut one of the cards to use on the first panel 2-3/8" x 3" and used the remainder to cut a piece 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" for the last panel.  This card was so much fun to make and will fit into a note card envelope and is mailable.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.

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Paper Pumpkin...You Are My Anchor

Are you wondering what I am talking about?  Paper Pumpkin, what?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly  paper crafting kit.  All the supplies arrive pre-cut, pre-scored, and ready to assemble.   Each kit includes a stamp set and ink that you can use even after you’ve created everything within the kit.  I have been a subscriber since the very beginning and the kit has certainly grown and evolved.  I look forward to seeing that orange Paper Pumpkin box in my mailbox and discovering what fun and fabulous project I get to make.  The projects vary each month from cards, gift items,  packaging ideas, mini books and well whatever else the Paper Pumpkin designers dream up.  

Every month there is a video showing the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here is the video for the April kit, You Are My Anchor.

When I get my kit I usually use the supplies to make at least one sample exactly (or at least pretty close) as the instructions direct. 


These are 3" x 3" cards and they come with coordinating envelopes.  I use this size of notes a lot.  I tuck them in to packages, use them as gift tags, and even as a little pillow note.



The 5 little notes and envelopes fit into this cute little box.  In the April kit there are enough supplies to make 4 boxes filled with 5 little notes and envelopes.  These make great gifts.

There's a LOT of product in this kit.  I decided to play a little and see what else I could make.  


Did you know that the 3" x 6" notecard makes a great easel?   

To make this card you will need:

    *4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Calypso Coral card stock

    * 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock

    * Calypso Coral circle (cut using the second to largest Layering Circles framelits)

The rest of the products are all in the You Are My Anchor kit.  

All you need to do is score the notecard at 3/4".   This 3/4" tab will be secured between the Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock and is the easel.


Use the little label provided in the kit to make the stopper for the easel  even the dimensionals are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.


This is a quick and easy way to make an easel card and isn't this a great masculine card?  Might be perfect for Father's Day!

If you are still unsure if you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, how about a 50% off code for 2 months?  


The code is SAVEFIFTY0418.   Go to my Paper Pumpkin link ( and enter the code, SAVEFIFTY0418.  Here's the catch, you have to do this by May 10th!  So, don't delay and give Paper Pumpkin a try!

If you are looking for even more ideas on ways to use the April 2018 You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit, check back tomorrow.  What's happening tomorrow?  I am in a Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop and we will all be sharing lots of ideas on how to use the kit.  See ya tomorrow!

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Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #508

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge, which means it was the perfect time to play with colors that will soon be retiring from the Stampin' Up! color collections.


I used Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette which are all colors that are retiring.  I also used  Early Espresso which is not retiring.  I really like this combination of colors. 


I used the branch from the Seasonal Layers thinlits and also the flowers.  The sweet little birds are from the Birds and Blooms thinlits.  I just realized that I used the same thinlit  for  last week's challenge.  I promise I won't use it on next week's sketch.


Are you wondering what die I used to create the layer behind the panels?  If you look really closely you can see a little irregularity along the bottom edge.  I used the Layering Squares framelits and patched 3 of the squares together to create this rectangle.

I hope you will play along with the challenge.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and while you are there be sure to checkout what the other designers created.

If you like this combination of colors be sure to order them soon.  Once the current inventory is depleted these colors will be gone. 

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Last Chance Little Purse

Today's project just uses products that are on the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Last Chance list.  In fact the Designer Series Paper I used, Whole Lot of Lovely has already sold out.   This is my way of saying, don't wait too long to order off the Last Chance list.


This little purse is pretty small and holds about 5 little candies, perfect size for a little table favor.  I filled it with orange Mentos candies to coordinate with the paper.  


The other items I used are still available(at least the last time I checked) on the Last Chance List.  I will miss that sweet little flower from the Tree Builder punch.   In addition to the sweet little flower there is also an apple, raindrop,  little bird, and of course a tree.  A very useful punch indeed!   

All of the Enamel Shapes are being retired.  These little shapes are available by color collections, so you can get them in Brights, Regals and Subtles. There are 5 shapes on each sheet: hearts, stars, and 2 sizes of circles.  These make great little accents and though they be little they add a lot.

The Crushed Curry and Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon are both being retired.  This ribbon is a great width (3/8"), soft and perfect if you are ribbon challenged.  I like this width a lot, works well for both cards and 3-D items.

Have a great Sunday!  I am going to spend some time with members of my team so it will be a fun day for me!  

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Best Birds and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #507

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a color challenge.  Ready to see the colors?


I am sorry to say, Island Indigo is one of the colors that will be retiring.   I will miss this lovely color and if you will miss it too, then be sure to stock up on ink refills and card stock.  


I used the Best Birds stamp set and the Birds & Blooms thinlits.  Are you wondering where that adorable little bird is from?  It is a die in the Birds & Blooms thinlits and there isn't a corresponding stamp.  When I saw that little bird I knew I had to order the stamp set and the thinlits.  She is so darn cute. 

I embossed the branch with White Stampin' Embossing powder and used an Aqua Painter and ink refills to color in the branch and leaves.  I also embossed the flowers and colored them in.  


I wanted to add a sentiment to the card but nothing seemed just right.  I remembered a quote by Emily Dickinson,  "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all".   I used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits to cut out "hope" in Crumb Cake card stock, which was just what was needed  to finish the card.
Be sure to check what the other members of the design team created for this color challenge.  Be sure to join in the fun and challenge yourself to use these colors!  

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Sweet Soiree Pocket Card and Tutorial

At long last I have a tutorial for the pocket/envelope card I shared on this post.  Let me first show you the card we will be making together.


  1. Cut a piece of Marina Mist cs 4-1/4" x 11" and score it at 5-1/2". Cut on the diagonal from the top of the score line to the bottom corner. AstheInkDriespocket1
  2. Cut a piece of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP 4-5/8" x 6".  Cut on the diagonal and score along one side at 1/2". AstheInkDriespocket2  
    Fold on the score line and snip off the piece of DSP that extends over the edge of the diagonal.  AstheInkDriespocket3
  3. Apply Tear and Tape to the edge of the DSP and secure it to the edge of the Marina Mist cs.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the Marina Mist cs.                                                                                           AstheInkDriespocket4
  4. Fold the Marina Mist cs over the Tear and Tape.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the  inside of the Sweet Soiree DSP. AstheInkDriespocket5                                                                                                            Secure the DSP down over the Marina Mist cs.  You now have the pocket for your card.
  5.  Cut a 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" Marina Mist cs piece and a 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White piece for the inside card.  AstheInkDriespocketinside
  6. Decorate the front of the pocket.   If you are wondering, I cut out the cake from one of the papers in the Sweet Soiree DSP.                                               AstheInkDriespocketside     


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If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment.  This is a fun card to make and to show off some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  

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Flower Shop and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #506

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!  


Here's what I made using the sketch.


I used the soon to be retiring Flower Shop stamp set and the coordinating Pansy punch (sorry to say that the punch is already sold out).  I embossed the image with silver embossing powder on vellum.  Use the Embossing Buddy everytime you emboss, ESPECIALLY on vellum.   I added a little more sparkle by adding Silver Glimmer paper to the center of each vellum flower.


I love all the silver shine options that Stampin Up! has to offer from the silver foil on the  Sweet Soiree Specialty paper to the beautiful silver edging on the ribbon.   


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Pansy Punch
Leaf Punch

I hope you will join in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC506.  Be sure to check the blog to see what the other designers created for even more inspiration!

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Birthday Blooms

The Last Chance list(aka the Retiring products list) has been released and one of the stamp sets on the list is Birthday Blooms.  This set is one I have always loved to color.  Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my favorite products that are on the Last-Chance list.  One thing you need to know is that the stamp sets on the Last-Chance lists will be available until May 25 and after that date they will be available while supplies last.  The accessories, DSP, tools, etc are available while supplies last and in fact there are a few things that are already unavailable.  Anyway, on to what I made using the Birthday Blooms stamp set.


If the layout looks familiar it is because I used the same sketch as yesterday's cards.  


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If you like to color, you might want to consider getting the Birthday Blooms stamp set before it is no longer available.  


Need more ideas on ways to use this stamp set?  Go here,  here, here, here,  and here.  It really is a beautiful stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by .

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