Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Anything But a Card

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!   This month's theme is Anything But A Card. 

Last week while at the store I saw these individually wrapped Hostess cupcakes marketed as Scary Cakes.  There were the perfect amount in the box for my Host Club so I bought them.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I hoped inspiration would hit me.


Baker's Boxes to the rescue!  I had enough of these versatile boxes for my club which made me feel this was all meant to be.   I used the Monster Bash DSP for the cover of the box.  I die cut a circle in the DSP so the treat inside could peek through.  I cut a wreath using the All-Around Wreath dies to frame the treat.   The box is decorated with pumpkins cut using the Trio of Tags dies, some googly eyes and a tag stamped and cut using the Tags Tags Tags bundle.


This adorable, I mean spooky couple was cut out from the Monster Bash DSP and attached to the top of the Scary Cake.  Don't they look great peeking through the window?


To finish the look I attached Basic Gray card stock panels around the sides of the box.  This is a pretty quick and easy way to package up a treat.  The Baker's Boxes are pretty roomy and food safe. 

Hope you enjoyed my Anything But A Card project.  Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop.

Stamper's Dozen September 2019 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. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by!

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Holly Jolly Christmas

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch challenge.


I decided to use the Holly Jolly bundle with the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series paper.  


Don't you just love the die cut sentiment?  I love the font and would love more die cut words in this font.  Santa was colored in using Stampin' Blends and he's pretty cute too!  I am a big fan of the Let it Snow Specialty DSP.  This DSP is so fun and I really like the designs on both sides of the paper.  It is a very difficult decision deciding which side of the paper to use.  


Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this sketch. 

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Happy Monday!

Here's to the start of a new week, full of possibilities!  Here's to Strong Women and no matter what comes your way....

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Festive Friday Challenge #0042

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0042.  This challenge marks the start of something new.  The Festive Friday challenge Inspo list.  We are still being inspired by upcoming festivities but now you can choose from 3 different items from the Inspo list to use to create your project.  I think this will be a lot easier, more fun and hopefully will inspire you to join in the challenge!


I chose to use these three items from the Inspo list; black, gold, and birds for my project.


This is a tri-fold card.  It is fun and easy to make.


These lovely birds were die cut from the Bird Ballad DSP .  The polka dot pattern is also from this paper pack.  The Bird Ballad DSP is one of the packs that qualify for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.


This is the inner panel.  The sentiment is from the Here's A Card stamp set.


Ready to make this fun card?  

Stamps: Here's A Card 149438

                Free As A Bird 149468

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad 132708

         Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends 146866

Paper: Petal Pink 146985  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

            Basic Black 121045 4-1/4' x 5-1/2"  scored at 1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"

            Whisper White 100730 4" x 5-1/4"

            Gold Glimmer 146958 3" x 7-1/2"

            Bird Ballad DSP 149592  

Dies:  Layering Oval dies 141706

            Stitched Be Mine dies 148527

Embellishments: Petal Pink Organdy ribbon 149441

  1. Die cut an oval (use the #6 oval, #1 being the smallest) in the 4-1/4" 5-1/2" Basic Black cs.   Use the long scallop stitched die to cut along the edge of the Basic Black card stock.
  2. Place the #6 oval die on the Gold Glimmer paper and the #7 scalloped oval around it.  Next to it place the #6 scalloped oval and run them both through the die cutting machine.
  3. Adhere the Gold Glimmer oval frame around the oval cut out in step 1.
  4. Layer the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic Black cs on to the front of the Petal Pink cs.  Make sure that the fold is on the bottom.  Layer the polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad DSP on to the black card stock.
  5. Attach the Basic Black flap (1/2" score line) to the back of the Petal Pink card base.  
  6. Use the #6 oval to cut out the birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.  Adhere  it on to the remaining Gold Glimmer oval.  Position the ovals on to the  polka dot pattern so that it fits the oval on the Basic Black flap.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and the flower on the Whisper White card stock.  Color the flower using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  Adhere to the inside of the card base.
  8. Tie a bow using the Petal Pink Organdy ribbon and secure it to the front of the card.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for Festive Friday Challenge #0042!

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To A Wild Rose for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready fo the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  THis week it is a color challenge and I think it is a tough one.


The Purple Posy ink pad is currently in production and hopefully will be available soon.   

This is the second card I made for the challenge.  I still cannot decide if I like the first one,  which is why at the last minute I made this card using the To a Wild Rose bundle.


Isn't this an incredibly beautiful flower?  I love this set and these gorgeous roses.  I used  Pretty Peacock for the leaves and stamped it off to tone down the color.  It is not the usual color I would choose for leaves but I think it works.   


Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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All Around Wreath Dies

I am playing with the All Around Wreath dies featured in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  When I pre-ordered these dies I had it in  my mind to use it for more than just the Winter/Christmas season.  After  all wreaths have become a year round decoration.  

I previously used these dies to make spooky Halloween wreaths that you can see here. Today we are making Fall/Thanksgiving wreaths.


I paired this wreath with the saying from the  Painted Harvest stamp set.  I wanted the different colors to be visible so I cut off some of the leaves from both the Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry wreaths and rejoined them to make them a little smaller.


I embossed the Cajun Craze card stock using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  I didn't have any ribbon that coordinated with the colors I used so I colored the Linen ribbon from the Magnolia Lane Combo pack with a Mossy Meadow Stampin" Blend.


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Here's another Thanksgiving wreath.  


What do you think of this color combination of Mint Macaron, Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, and Pretty Peacock?  This combination is taken from the colors in the Come to Gather DSP in the Holiday catalog. I think it is a little wild but I like it.  I again trimmed the wreaths to make them a little smaller so you can see the different colors.




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Just another day until the 2019 Holiday Catalog goes live!  So many fun products to choose from, maybe the All-Around Wreath dies will be on your list.

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Sneak Peek: Snowman Season

This will be a quick post.  I am running late and planned to have this post up much earlier.


This is the new Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder punch aka as the Snowman Season bundle (save 10% when you purchase the bundle).  The bundle includes a 12 piece photopolymer stamp set and a punch that cuts out the snowman, hat and "arms".   The adorable Let it Snow Specialty paper is another one of the items that coordinates with the Snowman Season bundle and is part of the Let it Snow suite of products.  I love the fun and fresh color palette. 



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Fun Fold Friday

I received some questions on how I made this card.  Here's a quick tutorial.


  1. Card Base:  Night of Navy card stock 5-1/2" x 11".  Score at 3-1/4" and 7-1/2"
  2. Very Vanilla CS: 4" x 5-1/4", DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


    3. Front Panel DSP  3-1/4" x  5-1/4"


    4.  Very Vanilla CS-3" x 5-1/4",  DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


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This fold is a great one to show off your Designer Series paper.  Here's another card using the same fold.





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Just a few more sleeps until the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog goes live on September 4th!   Contact me if you would like a Holiday catalog and are not currently working with another demonstrator.  I would be happy to send you one!

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Beauty & Joy for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I am a big fan of topiaries.  Now that you know that you can probably guess that I purchased the Beauty & Joy stamp set in the soon to be debuting Stampin' Up®  Holiday catalog.  The set features 2 different pots, 3 different possible topiaries and 3 sentiments.   There are 13 stamps in all.  


I made this card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge # 576.  


I used the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP (6" x 6")  for the background.  This package of paper features classic Christmas plaids with gold foil accents.  I used Gold Foil paper as a layer to tie everything together.


When I think of it, I like to add a strip of DSP to the inside of the card to dress it up a bit.  


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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this sketch!

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Pumpkin Halloween Wreath

This week it is officially Sneak Peek time here at  As the Ink Dries!  On September 4th the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog will be making its official debut!  Based on the amount I have pre-ordered (yes, SU! demonstrators get to order early!!) and the list of what I still want to order,  I can safely say this catalog is FULL of fabulous products.

One thing that I have been trying to do more of is to find different ways to use the products I buy.  For example, instead of a snow globe, how about a tropical globe or a Halloween globe?  With that in mind, here's a Halloween wreath!


I used the All-Around Wreath dies and added the pumpkins cut from the Trio of Tags die.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is stamped on a banner die from the Smooth Sailing dies.  I really like the Monster Bash DSP.  Love the designs in this pack of paper and the colors.


Here's the inside of the card.  I like to dress up the inside of the card too!  Here we have a strip of the Monster Bash DSP and one of the tags and stamps from the Tags Tags Tags bundle.



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  I couldn't make just one Halloween wreath so here's another using almost all of the same ingredients.


The Crushed Curry patterned paper is another design in the Monster Bash DSP pack.  There is also a pattern that is just all these fun scary-cute bottles.  I had to fussy cut these little bottles, fortunately they are not very detailed and easy to cut out.  


I hadn't noticed what was written on the bottles until I was trying to decide which bottles to cut out for the wreath.  Do you see it?  Isn't it clever?  This is perfect for all the paper crafters in your life.  


Hope you liked this little sneak peek featuring the Monster Bash DSP and the Tags Tags Tags bundle.  If you do not have a copy of the 2019 Stampin' Up!  Holiday catalog and are not currently working with another demonstrator, contact me and I would be happy to send you a catalog.  

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