World Map Dies

The Festive Friday Challenge #FF0068 was a toughie for me!  I guess that's why they call it a challenge.  I had to dig deep and pull out some retired Stampin' Up!® products to make my card.  Over the past few months I have done some purging and organizing but these 2 items have remained in my craft cubbie.  Can you guess what they are?


If you guessed the star stencil and the peace die you would be correct!  The star stencil is just such a great basic and doesn't take up much space so it of course had to stay.  The peace die is a favorite. I love the font and everything about it is just clean and simple. 


From the Inspo List I used the elements stars, stencil, purple and blue.   If you want to play along with the Festive Friday Challenge, you just need to use 3 items on the list.  

When I started this card I did not have a clear vision.  Honestly, I rarely do, this could be why I am such a slow stamper. I knew for sure I wanted to use blue and purple so that is where I started.  On a piece of Whisper White CS I started by sponging on Night of Navy ink, then Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and ended with a little Balmy Blue.  After that was done I  thought about adding  stars, which led me to the star stencil.  I used the Shimmery White Embossing Paste with the star stencil. I love the glittery stars.


The stars needed a little time to dry, which gave me time to think about what else was going to go on my card.  I thought about the world which led me to the World Map dies.  I wanted the world to be a little glittery and the only glittery paper that I thought would work was the Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  The outline die was cut using the Brushed Metallic CS and the solid circle in Rainbow Glimmer Paper.


The colors of the Rainbow Glimmer Paper did not quit go with the rest of the card so I experimented and  sponged some Gorgeous Grape and Night of Navy ink on it and it worked! It turned out great and now I know I can slightly alter the colors by sponging on darker colors.  I die cut the peace in Night of Navy CS and the Brushed Metallic CS.  I liked the little hint of the Brushed Metallic paper outlining the Night of Navy.

I hope you will join in and play along with the Festive Friday Challenge.  You can get all the details about the challenge on the Festive Friday blog.  Be sure you check out what the rest of the design team created, their cards are out of this world!

Festive Friday Challenge Design Team.

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema




Butterfly Gala In Colors

Ready for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  This week it is a super fun Color Challenge!  After looking at my card, can you guess what it is?


Have you figured it out?  Yup, the challenge is to use all the 2020-2022 In Colors.  


The main In Color I used was Magenta Madness.  I know it is not everyone's favorite since it is such a bright and vibrant color.  It's funny because I love it for those very reasons.  The patterned paper used for the background is one of  the designs from the In Color 2020-22 DSP pack.  The butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set is stamped on another of the patterns in the In Color DSP pack.  The butterfly was punched out using the Butterfly Duet punch.  


The sentiment is from the A Little Lace set.  The Stamparatus was used to stamp the sentiment in each of the In Colors.  This method is called Hinge stamping, which means you move the plate down one step or hinge each time so you have perfectly spaced images.  The space between each hinge is about 1" .   I stamped the Magenta Madness sentiment and cleaned off the ink (Simply Shammy works great to do this).  Moved the plate to the next hinge and inked and stamped the sentiment in Just Jade ink, cleaned the stamp, moved to the next hinge,  inked the stamp in Cinnamon Cider, and stamped.  To stamp the Bumblebee sentiment I repositioned the stamp on the Stamparatus plate so it would stamp between the Magenta Madness and Just Jade sentiments,  inked the stamp in Bumblebee and stamped.  The process was repeated by moving the plate to the next hinge and inking the stamp in Misty Moonlight and stamping.  Each sentiment was highlighted by placing the corresponding In Color enamel dot next to it.  Inside I added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and 2 more butterflies stamped using  Butterfly Gala stamp set and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Thanks for stopping by and below I have listed all of the products used to make this card.  Just click on the picture and it will take you to my online store.



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Posted for You in Gold

Have you seen the Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty paper?  It is on page 152 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalog.  Where it is located in the catalog  it can be easily overlooked.  In this paper pack there are designs that work as a card front layer and others that are accents.  One side is gold foil which will instantly add an elegant touch to your projects, the other side is white that you can color using a sponge brayer or leave white.  Lots of possibilities.


This quick and easy card is elevated just by using the beautiful card front design from the Forever Gold Specialty paper.  The "Love" from the Posted for You stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  The image was quickly colored using Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Real Red Stampin' Blends.  The pretty Real Red sheer ribbon is from the August-December mini catalog.


  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock card base- 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Old Olive cardstock 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Early Espresso cardstock 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Thank you for stopping by. Below you will find all the products I used to make this quick and easy card that was kicked up a bit using the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty paper.  



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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Autumn Days

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog hop!  Our theme this month is Autumn Days.  What comes to mind when you think about Autumn?  For some it might be pumpkins, others will think about the beauty of the leaves changing colors, and others will think of warm, comforting drinks like pumpkin spice lattes or hot apple cider.  All three of these  came to my mind and I wanted to have them all represented on my card. 


I started off with the Wreath Builder dies and cut wreaths in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow cardstock.  Next to represent the warm cozy drinks we associate with Autumn, the cute mugs from the Warm Hugs stamp set were stamped in Early Espresso ink and then filled in with Pumpkin Pie ink (the image is a 2 step).  The mug image was cut out using the coordinating Warm Wraps dies (yes this is a bundle!).  A Gold Glitter Enamel Dot was added to each mug to add a little shine.

Tucked behind each mug is a pretty leaf from the Beautiful Autumn set stamped in Early Espresso ink on Bumblebee cardstock.  The image was colored by first inking the stamp in Bumblebee ink and then lightly inking around the edges of the leaves in Cajun Craze ink.  This inking technique is called Rock N Roll.  Some of the leaves were stamped off once before stamping in the leaf (outline) creating a slightly different look.  The leaves were punched out using the Autumn Punch Pack (together this is the Beautiful Autumn bundle). 

The last thing I needed were tiny pumpkins.  This was the trickiest one.  The pumpkins needed to be pretty small so after looking through my stamp sets I found an image that would work.  Can you guess the stamp set?  Fireside Trimmings to the rescue!  There is a stamped image that has 3 pumpkins I stamped it 4 times in Early Espresso ink and colored them using Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.   I fussy cut out the smallest of  the pumpkins.  Thank goodness for my Paper Snips!  

My wreath needed a bow.  I cut the bow in the Wreath Builder die in Pumpkin Pie cardstock and applied a Gold Glitter Enamel Dot to the center.  


The next thing I needed to find was a sentiment.  This sentiment is in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  Pretty perfect for my card once i got over that it was found in a Christmas greeting set.  The sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White Cardstock and the cut out using a Stitched Rectangle die.  I anchored the sentiment with more leaves and a mug.  

Are you wondering what patterned paper pack was used for the card?  This design is from the World of Good Specialty DSP.  It was hard to use the side of the paper that doesn't have the foil accents but it felt right for the card.  The DSP is layered on Early Espresso and then on a Bumblebee card base.

Hope you liked my card celebrating Autumn Day as much as i enjoyed making it!  Time for you to check out what the rest of the design team created.

Stamper's Dozen September 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thank you for stopping by!  I have listed below all the products I used an a link to my online store, just click on it and  start shopping!


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Simple Sunday...Cute Fruit

Ready for another Simple Sunday share?  I found a couple of pineapples that I had stamped using the Cute Fruit stamp set (found only in the Beginner brochure) and they were too cute not to use.


Don't they just make you smile?   The pineapples were stamped using Bumblebee and Granny Apple Green ink.  I cut them out which was pretty simple since it is not a very intricate design.  The pineapples are layered on a piece of 2020-22 In Color DSP in Magenta Madness. The card base is a Whisper White notecard.  Notecards are smaller in size 3-1/2" x 5" (this is a mailable  size in the US).  Notecards come in Whisper White or Very Vanilla  and you get 20 cards and envelopes for $7.00.  This is a super deal and perfect for all stampers.


The sentiment is also from the Cute Fruit stamp set.  I like to the decorate the insides of cards soI stamped another pineapple inside.  All the pineapples have flowers punched out using the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  The centers of the flowers are white dots from the All the Trimmings Embellishment pack in the 2020-Aug-Dec Mini Catalog.

This is a quick and easy card to make and perfect to brighten someone's day.  Below you will find all the supplies with links to my online store and colors I used to make this card.  



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Gilded Autumn Hey There

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw the sketch I knew it was a great one to use patterned paper.  I chose the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  This pack of paper is very posh.  There's copper and gold foil on some of the designs and they add even more richness and elegance to the paper.


The Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP is beautiful and part of the Gilded Autumn Suite.  The Beautiful Autumn bundle is also part of the suite and I used it to stamp the sentiment and also punch out the leaves.  The leaves I punched out were on one of the designs in the DSP.  Being able to  punch out stamped images and images from the DSP makes these punches even more versatile.




Here are the measurements of the DSP and cardstock I used

  • Cajun Craze card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Early Espresso layer 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
  • Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card, 3/4" x 2-1/2" (sentiment strip)
  • Copper Foil strips  2 strips (1" x  5")
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP  3  strips (1-1/4" x  3-3/4"), 1/2"  x  5-1/4" (inside of the card)

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team created for the challenge.


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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Tag Team

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world sharing projects around a common theme.  This month the theme is Tag Team.  No we are not talking about wrestling (that was instantly what I thought of when I heard the theme!)  We are focusing on creating 2 projects that coordinate with each other.  Isn't that sooo much better than 4 sweaty wrestlers in tights?  


I haven't used the Harvest Hellos stamp set and coordinating Apple Builder punch in a while.  Living in Washington State apples are a big deal.  Did you know Washington is the nation's top apple producing state?  It only makes sense that it also is the  state fruit.  Just a little trivia for you.  I paired the apple with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.  The color palette just seemed to work and the designs fit the whole apple theme.  I will let you in on a secret, this pack of paper was not on my radar at all.  I just looked right past it so many times.  It took  a while for me to  see the  versatility of the the Heartwarming Hugs DSP and now I reach for it often.  This pack of paper has some of my favorite designs like polka dots, gingham, and stripes. 


Both of the sentiments are from the Cute Fruit stamp set.  The Cute Fruit stamp set can be found in the Beginner Brochure.  Aren't the sentiments just a great fit with the Harvest Hellos set?  Here are the measurements of the paper I used.

  • Real Red 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card base),  3-1/4" x 4-1/2" (cut using the Stitched So Sweetly die), 1-1/4" x 5" scored at 4" , 3' x 3" (Layering Circle die), 2" x  2-1/2" (apple)
  • Whisper White 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" (Stitched So Sweetly die),  2-3/4" x 2-3/4" (Stitched Shapes die), 3/4" x 2-3/4" (Stitched Rectangle die)
  • Heart Warming Hugs DSP 4" x 5-1/4",  2-5/8" x  3-3/4", 1" x 4"
  • Pear Pizzazz scrap pieces for 6 leaves
  • Soft Suede scrap piece for apple stem

Ready for the tag team project?


The cute Little Treat Box which is big enough to hold my treat.  Hmm, what could it be?  Let's first talk about what I used to make the treat holder.  Since I am creating a coordinating treat I used another print from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, the same ribbon used on the card, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, the Harvest Hello stamp, and the Apple Builder punch.  The apple was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock in fact Mossy Meadow ink is the only ink pad I used for both projects.  The leaves are Mossy Meadow CS and the stem Soft Suede CS.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.  The size of the sentiment was just right.


The last time I went to the store I bought some "prop" candy and this is one of the things I bought.  It was a lucky purchase since it was perfect fit for the Little Treat Box Dies.  Here are the measurements of the paper I used.

  • Heartwarming Hugs DSP 5-3/4" x 7"  (this can be cut using a 6" x 6" piece of DSP)
  • Pear Pizzazz  CS 2" x 2-1/2"
  • Mossy Meadow CS scrap for 2 leaves
  • Soft Suede CS Scrap for the stem


Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Teri West has created!

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Here's a list of all the stops on today's Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JP

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Mary Deatherage - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by! 


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ICS Blog Hop...Fireside Trimmings

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It is time for the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month we are all playing with Fun Folds.  The bundle I am playing with is Fireside Trimmings.  This bundle has so many fun seasonal and everyday images to create  little fireplace scenes.  I would love to say I am a person who decorates beautifully for every season but sadly that would not be accurate.  I try but let's just say don't expect me to be sharing my real fireplace anytime soon.  This bundle lets me play at decorating and I find it so satisfying.


Right about now I am sure you are wondering where is the fun fold?  Soon it will all become clear. It was so fun decorating the fireplace.  Can I say this bundle had me at the little die cut garlands. Love the holly garland and the star one is pretty special too!  However my absolute favorite is the bat garland that you can see here.   All the elements were colored using Stampin' Blends except for the flames which were sponged on using Real Red ink.  Early Espresso was the only other ink color used.  The little star from the All the Trimmings Embellishments fit perfectly,  it is almost like it was planned that way.


Pull  up on the Real Red Sheer ribbon to reveal the messages.  Both of these sentiments are from the Fireside Trimmings stamp set.  The little holly leaves are from the Gift Wrapped stamp set.   


Here you can see how this pull up works.  Let me tell you about a mistake I made.  I was concerned that using just the Heartwarming Hugs DSP for the pull up frame would not be strong enough so I thought I would line it with a piece of Whisper White CS. I used a piece of  Adhesive Sheet to back the DSP and proceeded to cut the frame.  The frame is cut 3/4" in from the 2 sides and 3/4"up from the bottom. Attach a 2-1/4" x 4-3/8" piece of Whisper White to the bottom of section of the DSP flap.  This is the mechanism that slides.  Attach a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"piece of Whisper White CS to the Real Red layer.  This is what will be revealed when you pull up the middle section. Using Stampin' Seal+  I secured down the 2 sides and the bottom of the DSP and yes I never attached the Whisper White CS to the back.  I think the Adhesive Sheet adds a little more stability and strength to the pull up and am not sure how it would have worked without it.  I will have to try it and let you know or if you try it let me know.


Originally I was going to add the cute little wreath to the front of the card.  My decorating went in another direction so I had to use it on the inside of the card, along with a strip of the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

Here are the sizes of papers I used

  • Mossy Meadow CS card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Whisper White CS inside of the card 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 4-3/8" pull up tag,  3-1/4" x  4-1/2" , scraps for all the elements
  • Real Red CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  • Heartwarming Hugs DSP 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it!

Time to check out what the talented Joni Metras has made for you.

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Simple Sunday...Blossoms in Bloom

What kind of cards do you use the most?  Lately, it seems I have been sending a lot of just checking in, thinking about you cards.  The Many Layered Blossoms die part of the Blossoms in Bloom bundle is a great one to use to make quick pretty cards.  The die is large so all you really need is a sentiment and your card is done.


I kept the color palette simple using just Whisper White CS and Real Red CS.  Real Red card stock was used to cut out the bolder die and Whisper White for the outline die.  If you back the Whisper White CS with a piece of Adhesive Sheet it will make assembly very easy.  The assembled flower was layered on Whisper White CS cut using a Stitched Rectangle die.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed in  White embossing powder.  Rhinestones were placed in the centers of all the flowers to add a little sparkle to the card.


On this second version the sentiment was stamped and embossed on Basic Black cardstock.  Which version do you like best?  

Thank you for stopping by and if I can help you with your paper crafting needs please let me know!  



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Special Someone in Plaid

It is hard to believe it is already September!  We are just a few weeks away from the official First Day of Fall on September 22.  The Festive Friday Challenge is using the first day of Fall for the inspiration for the items on the Inspo List.  


To play in the Festive Friday Challenge you need to use at least 3 items from the Inspo List on your project.   You can make a card, 3D item, layout almost any project as long as it includes at least 3 items from the list.


Can you see all the items I used on my card?  I used leaves, acorns, squirrel, plaid, gold, green, and brown.  Here are the colors I used.


A very Fall color palette.  The plaid background was created using the Best Plaid Builder dies.   The Gold Foil in the plaid and leaves adds some extra shine and brightens up the card.  The Gold Foil leaves were cut using the Nature's Roots dies.  Love that the dies include one to cut and another to emboss the leaves.  


The sweet critters are from the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the coordinating Special Day dies.  The acorn was stamped and punched out using the Beautiful Autumn bundle.  The Beautiful Autumn bundle includes 3 punches that coordinate with the stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.  


We have a guest stamper for this challenge!  Mary Fish is joining us and I hope you will too!  Head on over to the Festive Friday blog and join in the fun!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team

Mary Fish -Guest Designer

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert-  You are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thank you for stopping by!