Artfully Layered Birthday WIshes

I love color but every once in a while I what to make an all white card or a simple black and white card.  The Artfully Composed Suite is full of color and a tropical vibe but I also wondered how would it look in black and white?


I told you I was obsessed with this particular leaf die.  I am not sure I have made a card with the Artfully Layered Bundle that doesn't include this particular leaf.  

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Here are are the measurements:

  • Basic White Thick CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Basic Black CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8",  3-1/2" x 5" (cut 2 large leaves) ,  scrap piece for the sentiment
  • Vellum Layering Designs 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White CS 4" x 5-1/4"
  1. Cut a rectangle (Stitched Rectangle dies) on the Basic White CS.
  2. Adhere the Vellum over the Basic White CS.  Use small dots of glue to attach the vellum.
  3. Adhere the the Vellum to the Basic Black CS.
  4. Adhere the Basic Black CS to the card base.
  5. Die cut 2 large leaves out of Basic Black CS.
  6. Attach leaves to the vellum using tiny dots of liquid glue.
  7. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink on to a scrap of Basic Black CS.
  8. Apply White Embossing powder and remove the excess powder.
  9. Heat emboss the sentiment.
  10. Fussy cut around the sentiment.
  11. Attach sentiment to the card using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  12. Attach Irisdescent Rhinestones.

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Happy Hedgehogs Friendship

Happy Friday!  It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge features an  Inspo List.  The Inspo List is a list of 10 items inspired by a festivity, holiday.  You must use at least 3 of the items on the Inspo List on your project.  There are a few more rules that you can read about here.


I chose from the Inspo List: bird, tree, florals, green, and brown.


I used the adorable new Happy Hedgehogs bundle.   I stamped the hedgehog in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and punched him out using the Hedgehog Builder punch.  This hedgehog is super sweet!   


The little bird was stamped directly on the Stitched So Sweetly label.  I knew it wouldn't fit and some of the tail would be cut off.  I didn't want to fussy cut the entire bird out so instead I stamped another bird on a scrap piece of Basic White CS and colored it using Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut just the tail portion and used some Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach it over the bird.   Pretty neat little fix.


The pretty Fresh Freesia gingham check paper is from the Pansy Petals DSP.   Inside I added another strip of the gingham paper  and stamped the cute mushroom image from the Happy Hedgehog stamp set.  

I look forward to seeing what you create in the Festive Friday gallery.


Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out how the rest of the design team was inspired by the Inspo List.

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert. you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James



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Artistically Inked

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I decided that I needed to play with a bundle and DSP  from the Annual. Catalog.


I used the Expressions in Ink DSP.  This is truly one gorgeous pack of paper.  I used 3 different designs of DSP on my card.  Not only are the designs on the DSP  lovely, there is also gold foiling.   


I used the Artistic Dies, part of the Artistically Inked bundle to cut out the Gold Metallic Paper.    I attached a piece of Vellum behind the die cut to help spotlight the beautiful die cut. 


The sentiment  from the Artistically Inked stamp set was stamped in Evening Evergreen ink.  Little rhinestone gems from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels were attached to either side of the sentiment,

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


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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Artfully Composed Suite


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite,.  We also do a quarterly stamp camp and have one coming up January 28 & 29th.  The focus of this hop and our upcoming stamp camp is the Artfully Composed Suite.  

The stamp camp includes 12 make and takes (with written and video directions) and  bonus Facebook Lives on the 28th and 29th.  During the Facebook Lives we will be sharing additional ideas of projects using the Artfully Composed Suite.  For more information about the camp go HERE.


Here's a peek at what I will be sharing during the Creativity Abounds Stamp Camp Facebook Lives.  During the live and on the private Facebook group I will be sharing all the details on how to make this box.  Yes, this box can be filled with cards.


Can you guess how many cards I have in this box?  


If you guessed 10 you are correct!  Of course the number of cards and envelopes will depend on how "bumpy" your cards are.  It is a very spacious box and great to package cards up for gift giving.  I am looking forward to sharing all the details with our stamp camp participants.

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Artfully Layered Thank You

Did you know that I was born and raised in Hawaii?  It is still home even though I haven't lived there in years.  When I saw the Artfully Composed Suite in the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog it reminded me of the islands and I knew I had to get it.  Here's one of my first plays with the Suite.


I used the Artfully Layered bundle, Artfully Composed DSP, and the Layering Designs Vellum   from the Suite.  This leaf die is just so lovely and graceful.  Check out the border, it too is part of the die set.  I used 3 different designs from the DSP.  Like most of the DSP packs, one side of the paper is a bolder design and the flip side is quieter.  


If you been thinking about the Artfully Composed Suite and what a fabulous collection it is? The Creativity Abounds blog hop group is doing an online stamp camp featuring the Artfully Composed Suite. This international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators does a monthly blog hop and now a quarterly stamp camp.  The online portion of the stamp camp will be on January 28 and 29th.  Do not worry if you cannot attend on those dates, everything will be recorded.  

What is included in the stamp camp?

  • Card kit to make 12 projects (I will cut all the paper except for the DSP and vellum included in the Artfully Composed Suite).*
  • Tutorial PDF for the card kit.
  • Video tutorials for the card kit.
  • Access to an exclusive FB group.  Here is where you can attend live demonstrations featuring 12 additional projects using the Artfully Composed Suite.  These demonstrations will also be recorded.  There will be a variety of projects from cards to boxes!

*You will use your own inks and adhesive and also the  DSP, Vellum, Ribbon and Sea Glass from the suite.  The card kit I send you will include all the paper you need to complete the make and takes not  in the Artfully Composed Suite.

How do you register?

Head over to my online store use the Host Code 6PFJAT69 and purchase the *Artfully Composed Suite (item 157765 $90). If you already have the suite, you can purchase an equivalent amount of product ($90 before shipping and tax).  You will earn a level 1 Sale-A-Bration item with your order OR add another $10 in product and receive two level 1 choices or one Level 2).

*Currently the White Frayed ribbon is not available.  You can order the other items individually (see list below) and either add a different ribbon such as the White Crinkled Seam Binding (151326) or the Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon (158135) or add another item equalling at least $7.50 and order the White Frayed Ribbon later (it is expected back in stock at the end of January).

  • 157761 Artfully Layered Bundle 
  • 158139 Faux Sea Glass Shapes
  • 157764 Vellum Layering Designs
  • 157750 Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper 
  • plus another item priced at $7.50 or more

It is important to remember to use the Host Code 6PFJAT69 when you place your order.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join in the fun of the Creatively Abounds Artfully Composed Stamp Camp.




Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...In With the New!

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Time for another fun Stampers Dozen Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on the new!  There is so much new to choose from right now.  Stampin' Up! just launched the J-J (January-June) 2022 Mini Catalog and the (January-February) 2022 Sale-A-Bration.   


Hello Ladybug!  The new Hello Ladybug (punch) bundle is so cute!   The body of the ladybug is Basic Black CS and the shell/wings was wa stamped in Real Red ink on Basic White CS and then punched out.  The dots on the shell/wings were stamped in Tuxedo Memento Black ink and I added some  Shimmery Crystal Effects on top for some dimension and shine.


The thanks is part of the Amazing Thanks Dies.  Love the font!  The big bold Old Olive leaves were stamped using the Hello Ladybug set and yes, I fussy cut them out.  Fortunately the leaves are easy to cut.  The Daffodil Delight flowers were cut using the Peach dies and accented with red rhinestones.  The black and white patterned paper is from the fabulous Pattern Party DSP pack.  


Inside another adorable ladybug and a strip of paper from the Pattern Party pack.  


Now it is time for you to check out what the talented Carol Payne has created for you!



Stamper's Dozen January 2022 Blog Hop

  1. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  2. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  3. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  4. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  8. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  9. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  10. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  11. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  12. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


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Blossoms in Bloom

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge and it was tough one for me.  When I get stuck trying to figure out how to make a color combination work I often reach for the Blossoms in Bloom bundle.


The colors for the challenge are Soft Succulent, Petal Pink and Night of Navy.  These colors remind me of something I would see on a vintage Aloha shirt.   There's something very soothing about these colors.   OOPS!  I just realized that the REAL colors for the challenge are Just Jade, Petal Pink, and Night of Navy.  


So let's put on our imagination hats and imagine I used Just Jade instead of Soft Succulent.  We could also blame it on the lighting of the photo and pretend that's why it looks more like Soft Succulent than Just Jade.  


I was not able to make the change and create a new card so we are just going with this one. I think the Blossoms in Bloom bundle can make almost color combination work.  I added lots of Iridescent Rhinestones to the card.  It is one of my favorite embellishments.  


Inside I added a small flower cut using the Many Layered Blossoms die and a strip of the In Color 6" x 6" DSP.  Check out those rhinestones!  This picture also helps to show how the Iridescent Rhinestones shine.   


I know this is the wrong combination for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  I made this graphic so we I am going to use it but just remember when you play along with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge you want to use the correct Challenge colors-Just Jade, Night of Navy, and Petal Pink.

Thank you for stopping by!


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Awesome Otters...Guess Who Loves You?

Yesterday I posted two cards featuring the Awesome Otters stamp set and the Sweet Talk DSP.  I actually made 3 cards using the same supplies.  Here is the third card I made.


Here's a little funny about this card.  I showed this card to my son and he said he thought the gophers were pretty cute.  I laughed and told him they were otters and he said they look like gophers.  If you didn't know they were otters, they do look like gophers!  Without the clues of the long tail, fish or water they could pass as gophers.  


I used 2 more patterns from the Sweet Talk DSP and fussy cut some hearts too.  The sentiment is from the Banner Year stamp set.  I cut the sentiment apart so I could have the one otter/gopher holding it like a banner.  


Inside another strip of DSP and a fussy cut heart.  Simple and cute way to dress up the inside of the card.


The Awesome Otters stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration choice and free with a qualifying order of $50 (US).  If you like cute animals then this just might be a perfect set for you.  If you would like a J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration or J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator please contact me and i will get them sent to you.  


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ICS Blog Hop...Awesome Otters

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month the theme is time to  Sale-A-Brate!  We are sharing projects using Sale-A-Bration products.  I chose to use those adorable Awesome Otters.  


I paired the Awesome Otters with the Sweet Talk DSP.   Love that I can show both sides of the DSP on the pocket.  The pocket is secured together with the Real Red 3/8" Faux Linen Ribbon.


The cute otter was stamped on Basic White CS .  Both the Basic White circle and  Real Red scalloped circle were cut using the Layering Circles dies.  The otter was colored in using Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The little hearts the otter is carrying it was cut using the Give It A Whirl dies from the Sweet Talk DSP. The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.


Another fun little otter stamped on the insert for the pocket.  


Since I had all the supplies out I decided to make another card.  This is a simple 3 panel DSP card.  The panels measure 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  Quick and easy card that shows off more designs of the DSP.  I made a third card using the same supplies and will post it tomorrow. 


The otter is now holding a heart instead of a fish.  The heart was cut from the DSP using the Give It A Whirl dies.  I thought about masking the fish or cutting it away but decided covering it with the heart was so much easier and quicker too!


I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  Here I simply added a strip of DSP (another cute design) and a heart.  

Now it is time for you to see what the creative Joni Metras has made for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for another Awesome Otters card!


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Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

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I have been away from my craft cubbie for about 2-1/2 weeks.  When we got home I was ready to get back to stamping.   I was looking forward to playing with some new products from the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and the J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  


It was harder than I thought it would be.  I recycled a lot of starts,  questioned myself whether something was good or not, and when I look at what I made I am still not sure.  It is a strange feeling.  I still enjoyed the process and know that I need to flex that creativity muscle and use it and it will get stronger.


Thank goodness the January Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is a Sketch Challenge.  It made it much easier to create the project.  


I used the bright and happy Sunshine & Rainbows 6" x 6" DSP.  This pack of paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means it is Free with a $50 purchase.   I used 3 different designs and you know I like stripes and polka dots!  

The adorable cupcakes are from the Measure of Love set.  Love the little cupcakes, each decorated with a little flower and pearl.


I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the DSP. The squares were cut  using a retired die set, Stitched Shapes.  I know I am not alone in wishing that the Stitched Shapes would come out of retirement and re-appear in the Stampin' Up! catalog.


The ric-rac shape on both the outside and inside of the card was created using the Basic Borders dies.   This is a fun way to dress up the inside of the card and use the little strips of DSP.  The Sunshine and Rainbow paper is too cute and I don't want to waste any of it.


Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to head on over to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!


Here is a list of all the stops on the  Stamping Inkspirations January blog hop!  

Angie McKenzie  ●  Susan Simpson  ●  Donna Lester

Karen Egan  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Cheryl Hamilton

Leonie Stuart  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Jill Chapman

Sue Allen  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Chris Smith

Jo Blackman  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Kirsty Patrick

Mo Rootes  ●  Judith Patterson  ●  Teri West

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball


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