Beautiful Autumn

Cajun Craze is a perfect color for Autumn projects.  During the fall I use it  a lot.  Today's card is no exception.  

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The Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP is so pretty and unfortunately  is on backorder.  The leaves and acorn were punched out using the Autumn Punch pack (this is on the Low Inventory list so if you want it, order it soon) from the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  You could get the same look by stamping the leaves and acorns using the Beautiful Autumn stamp set  and punching them out using the punch pack.  The stem and leaves (longer panel) was stamped in Cajun Craze ink and Mint Macaron ink.  The sentiment was also stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  All the panels were cut using the Stitched Rectangles dies.

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The dies are layered on a piece of Brushed Metallic cardstock.  The Brushed Metallic cardstock isn't quite as shiny as Foil Sheets.  It is a little more matte but still has a nice shine.  The Brushed Metallic cardstock comes in Bronze, copper, and gold.  Here I used gold, to coordinate with the piece of Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP I used for the background.  In addition I added a few gold Metallic pearls and a simple bow using Linen thread

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  Thank  you for stopping by.



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Warm Hugs and Plaid Tidings

It has been a busy week!  This week  I participated in 3 blog hops (check them out here, here, and here), my weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenge project, and now my bi-weekly Festive Friday Challenge project.  

I loved the card I made for the Festive Friday Challenge.  You can probably see why.  It features 3 things in a row, a favorite color combination of black, white and red,  something(s) sparkly and Designer Series Paper.


Before we talk about the card, let me tell you about the super fun Festive Friday Challenge.  Every challenge features a holiday and an Inspo List inspired by that holiday.  There are 10 items on each Inspo List and you need to pick a minimum of 3  items to feature on your project.  For a list of all the rules go here.


Hopefully you can see what I chose to use from the Inspo drink theme, plaid, ribbon, and die cut.  


Oh how I love black and white plaid.  This beauty is from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack, which is on sale this month!  The little elements and the sentiment are from the Warm Hugs bundle.  So cute and simple.  Each of the little squares sit on a square of Black Glitter paper.  Love seeing the peek of sparkle and the Glittered Organdy Ribbon adds the final bit of shine.


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

Hope to see your project in the Festive Friday Gallery.  Thank you for stopping by!



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Life is Beautiful

It has been a busy few days with lots of blog posts.  Today it is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.  This week we have a color challenge.  


These are pretty bold colors and the first thing that came to mind when I saw the combination was to do a sponged background.


It took a few tries to get the background sponged they way I wanted it to look.  I started sponging with Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and then Pretty Peacock.  Generally I always start with the lightest color first and work my way to the darkest.  The tree is from the Life is Beautiful stamp set and inked in Pretty Peacock.   The bokeh dots were stamped in Cajun Craze.  I love the way the bokeh dots look.  


It isn't something I do often but I splattered Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the card.  I like the little bit of shine it brought to the card and made it look a little magical/whimsical.  Hard to explain but it added another layer to the image.  Even with the splatters and all the other things going on I felt it still needed something.  I found the sponged backgrounds that I didn't use and punched out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack.  I like the way the card turned out but in some ways I don't think it looks like something I made.  This is one reason I like to do challenges, they push me to try new things.

Thank you for stopping by and below you will see a list of all the supplies I used to make this card.


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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we have a color combination as our theme.  We could choose to use some or all of the colors on our projects.  

I chose a limited palette of Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider.  I haven't used Cinnamon Cider very much and it is a perfect color for the season we are in.


This  quick and easy card features the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  It was fun mixing the different patterns in the paper pack.  I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to cut a spray of leaves also out of the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  


I added a strip of Cinnamon Cider cardstock to break up the patterns so I could add another pattern, the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon.  I am a fan of gingham, it always looks so cheerful.  The sentiment is from the Best Year stamp set and is inked using Cinnamon Cider ink.  The punch used for the sentiment is the Timeless Label.   The label also has 2 Bumblebee enamel dots from the 2020-22 In Color Enamel Dots.

Hope you liked this quick and easy card.  Sometimes it feels right to stamp something simple and get back to the basics of stamps, ink and paper.

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

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop!


Stamper's Dozen October 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. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped


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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...The World Around Us

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We have a total of 23 stops on this hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators  here to share some ideas and inspiration.   Our theme this month is the World Around Us.  This can mean many things and each of us will have a different take on what that means.  So hop along with us and share in the fun.

Today  is a very blustery day here in the Pacific Northwest and there are leaves falling and swirling all around.  This was my inspiration for my card and what is happening in the World Around Me.


I used the Gilded Autumn  Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Autumn Punch Pack for the leaves.  All the leaves are from the DSP and except for the 2 small leaves were punched out using the leaf punches in the Autumn Punch Pack.   The 2 small leaves were fussy cut out from the DSP.  The leaves that have foil accents were colored using the Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends (Light).  

The Very Vanilla CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  This folder like the Subtle 3D folder adds texture but isn't distracting.  It reminds me of the texture of watercolor paper.  


The Playful Alphabet Dies and four different patterns of DSP were used to cut out FALL.  The DSP was put on a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheet and cut out using the dies.  The Foam Adhesive Sheet is roughly the thickness of Stampin' Dimensionals.  One of the nice things about the Playful Alphabet Dies is there are multiple dies for some of the letters. 

Inside of the card I added a strip of the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP and  a leaf and an acorn from the DSP and punched out using the Autumn Punch Pack. 

Now it is time for you to hop on and see what the talented Teri West has made for you.  I wonder what is happening in the World Around Her?

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

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

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

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

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 and enjoy the hop!


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ICS Blog...Poinsettia Place DSP


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Time for the Inspire, Create,  Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Designer Series Paper!  I will freely admit I have a paper problem.  What is the problem?  Well, I love it.  Loving pretty paper has led me to be a hoarder, waiting for just the right project to use that pretty paper on. Sound familiar? Recently, I realized that hoarding and not using the paper is not really honoring it so I am working hard at changing this and becoming a person who uses and enjoys creating with the pretty paper. 

The pretty paper I am focusing on is the Poinsettia Place DSP.  This pack of paper features poinsettias, pine cones, and holly along with some simple patterns.  Some of the images can be cut out using the Poinsettia dies.  The colors in this pretty paper include Bumblebee, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.  This pack of pretty paper along with 14 others are part of the Designer Series Paper sale.


I made the popular slimline card.  This size cards fit in a business envelopes.  It is a fun size and something different.  I used 2 different designs on the front of the card from the Poinsettia Place DSP pack and cut out some of the flowers from another sheet.  One of the flowers (middle one) was cut out using the Poinsettia dies and the other 2 were fussy cut.  Garden Green leaves and the Bumblebee buds were cut and embossed using the dies. 


Yes, the slimline card is a great size to use as a gift holder of cash or a check.  Here are the measurements you can use if you would like to make one of these cards.

  • Whisper White card base  7" x 8-1/2" scored at 2-1/2", 6"
  • DSP 2-3/8" x  8-3/8",  7/8" x 8-3/8"


Both of the sentiments are from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso ink.  You can purchase the stamp set and the dies together as a bundle and save 10%.

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

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Thanks for stopping by and have fun hopping!



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Simple Sunday...Trimming the Town DSP

How cute is the Trimming the Town DSP?   It is super cute!  Today's card uses the Trimming the Town DSP to create a sweet and simple card you can use  this holiday season.  


Here are the measurements

  •     Misty Moonlight  CS4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2", 2-3/4' x 2-3/4" scalloped circle
  •     Real Red CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  •     Trimming the Town DSP 3-3/4" x 4" cut into three 1-1/4" x 4" strips
  •     Whisper White CS for the inside 4" x 5-1/4" , 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" circle


The house on the front of the card was cut using the Home Together dies from the Trimming the Town DSP.  Inside there is a 1/2" x 4" strip of the DSP with a tiny house cut from one of the sheets of DSP on the inside.


The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  The ribbon is Misty Moonlight 1/4" In Color  ribbon.  It is a soft woven ribbon that is easy to tie.

The Trimming the Town DSP is one of the 15 packages of DSP that are on sale.  Click here for all the details on the select DSP that are on sale.

Thank you for stopping by and listed below are all the products used in today's card.


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Poinsettia Petals Split Card

I have been making these split cards for a long time.  It was time to make one using the Poinsettia Petals bundle.  


The poinsettia you make using the Poinsettia dies is pretty big which makes it easy to connect the top piece to the bottom.  Here are the measurement of the basic card pieces.

Soft Suede CS 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" scored at 2",  4-1/4" x 2-3/4"

Poinsettia Place DSP 1-3/4" x 4", 2-1/2" x 4"

Very Vanilla CS 4" x 5-1/4"

Real Red CS (poinsettia) 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Old Olive  3-3/4" x 3-3/4"

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The  Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Festive Post stamp set.   The second sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  Mini Glue Dots were used to attach the poinsettia to the top and bottom pieces.  


The Poinsettia Place DSP is one of the 15 packs of Designer Series Paper that is 15% off in October.  One of the special things about this pack of paper is that you can use the Poinsettia dies to cut out some of the images.  It is also one of the few packs of DSP that features Very Vanilla.

Posted below is a link to all the packs of Designer Series that are on sale and  links to the products used to make this card.  Thank you for stopping by.  


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Band Together CCMC633

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I  wanted to use a set that hasn't been used recently and chose the Band Together stamp set.  Love this big floral image.  It is fun to color and makes a great focal point.


I did some quick coloring using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It seems whenever I want to color an image I reach for Stampin' Blends first.  I wanted to add texture to the card base.  The So Saffron card base front was embossed using the Delicate Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  The strip of Flirty Flamingo CS was embossed using the Scripty 3D folder.   The texture really adds some interest to the card since the floral image is fairly plain.


The little label was cut using the Stitched Nested Label die.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds set which was a perfect fit for the little label.  The sketch calls for a strip along the bottom.  Instead I chose to add some Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon pack.  


Thanks for stopping by!  Listed below are all the supplies I used and where you can purchase the and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.



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Festive Friday #FF0069 National Cat Day

Have you ever played along with the Festive Friday Challenge?  I may be a little biased but I think you should!  It is very fun and challenging too.  Every Challenge has a festivity which inspires an Inspo List.  You need to pick at least 3 items from the list to use on your project.  Here is the challenge #FF0069.


I chose to use cats, baker's twine, sparkle, mouse, and circles for my card.


So, in what way do you think the cat is thinking of the mouse?  Hopefully, it is in a friendly happy way but I am not so sure!  The cat was punched using the Stampin' Up! Cat punch and Black Glitter paper.   The cute little mouse was stamped using the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Day Dies.  The little thought bubble was also cut using the Special Day Dies.


I once again pulled out the retired Stars stencil to create the starry background.  I really like the glittery look of the Shimmery White Embossing paste.  It definitely adds a little sparkle to the stars.

I hope you will join in on the fun of Festive Friday Challenge #69.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.  They are all the Cat's Meow!!

Festive Friday Design Team

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thanks for stopping by!