Enduring Beauty and the Most Adored DSP

Today I want to share with you another card featuring the fold I posted HERE and another one of the Sale-A-Bration paper packs, Most Adored Specialty DSP.  


The image from the Enduring Beauty bundle was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The coloring of the image was done using Blending Brushes, ink pads, and the Enduring Beauty Decorative Masks.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Real Red and Granny Apple Green ink pads to color the flowers and leaves.  

The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration choice, the  Softly Sophisticated bundle.  It was inked in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a Stylish Shapes banner.  The black sparkly gem is from the Adhesive Backed Sparkle Gems. 


This is the back of the card and where you can write a note.  The sentiment on the front is a basic greeting so this card can be used for lots of different occasions and also just to send some happy mail to someone.

Here are the measurements for the fold.

  • Real Red Card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored ar 2", 3-1/8", 5-3/8", 6-1/2"
  • DSP for the side panels 1-3/4" x 5-1/4"
  • DSP for the front middle panel 2" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White for the back middle panel 2" x 5-1/4"

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to get your order placed before the end of the month to qualify for Sale-A-Bration gifts!



Place an order through my online store for $35 or more and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Simply Zinnia and the Paper Florist Dies

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.


I love this color combination!  It looks so summery and happy.  I pretty much knew what I wanted to make when i saw the colors.  


Lots of flowers in Basic White, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.   I used the Paper Florist dies and cut the flowers in the color combination and I think they look great!  The card base is Thick Basic White cardstock 4-1/4" x 11").  There is a Crushed Curry layer (4" x 5-1/4") and also a Coastal Cabana paper (3-7/8" x 5-1/8") from the Brights  6" x 6" DSP.


The sentiment is from an upcoming Online Exclusive stamp set called Simply Zinnias that will be released on March 5th.  The sentiment was inked in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out using the Stylish Shapes die.  


Inside I added a Crushed Curry CS strip and a flower.  A simple way to decorate the inside of the card.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team made with this color combination,





Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Fun Folds


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are an international group of 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.  This month we are focusing on Fun Folds. 

Every month we create a tutorial bundle. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase  or can also be purchased.  We also have a stamp camp 3 times a year.  The next camp will be on June 14th & 15th.

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The fun fold I am sharing is different than the one featured in the tutorial bundle.  This fun fold is a very quick and easy one and only requires a little bit of scoring.   It also features Designer Series Paper which I love to create with.  We are approaching the end of the 2024 Sale-A-Bration promotion.  The patterned papers that are available as  Free gifts during Sale-A-Bration are some of my favorite offerings.  I used some of the papers on my projects.


This is the Flight & Airy DSP.  So pretty and perfect for springtime projects.  The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration choice,  Heartfelt Hellos.   The bird on the flowering branch was fussy cut from the DSP.  

To create this fold start with a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of cardstock.  Score at 2", 3-1/8", 5-3/8", and 6-1/2". The first score is a valley, then mountain, mountain and valley.  


This is a view from above the card.


This is the back of the card where you can write a note.  The DSP for the 2 outer panels measure 1-3/4" x 5-1/4" and the center panel 2" x 5-1/4".  The Basic White panel measures 2" x 5-1/4".  


This card features the Trusty Toolbox DSP (Sale-A-Bration free gift) which coordinates with the Trusty Tools bundle (2024 January -April Mini Catalog).   The 3 tools on the circle were cut from the DSP using the Trusty Tools dies.  


Here's one last example of this fold and another Sale-A-Bration gift, Softly Stippled DSP.


The Softly Stippled DSP (Sale-A-Bration gift) coordinates with the Stippled Roses bundle.  I colored the leaves with Wild Wheat and Old Olive Stampin' Blends and roses with Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.   The beautiful sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration choice,  Softly Spohisticated bundle.  The Calypso Coral gems are also a Sale-A-Bration choice,  Opaque Faceted Gems.


This fun fold stands up on its own and also folds flat for mailing.  

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop.  There are lots of fabulous fun fold ideas!


Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions please let me know,



Place an order through my online store for $35 or more and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Here's a peek at the fun fold I created for the tutorial.


This is an Online Exclusive Magnolia Mood bundle (release date March 5).  The fold is a window pull out card.  

Cutest Cows Simply Zinnia

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.

May be a graphic of 1 person and text that says 'FESTI friday International Women's Day CHALLENGE: #FF0153 INSPO LIST Pick to include in your project Blue White Pink Glimmer Any Shape Other Than Rectangle Embossing Women Supportive sentiment Bouquet Tools of work'

I chose to use from the Inspo List White, Pink, Bouquet, and Supportive Sentiment.


Isn't the Cutest Cow bundle adorable?  All the stamping except for the sentiment is from the bundle.  The sentiment is from the Simply Zinnia bundle, an Online Exclusive that will be released March 5th.  Demonstrators were able to pre-order from the release and it was a tough choice.  The release is quite large and in my opinion the best Online Exclusive products yet.  

  • Flirty Flamingo CS card base-5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Granny Apple Green DSP 6" x 6" Brights DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Flirty Flamingo CS 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" 
  • Basic White CS 2" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White CS 1" x 5-1/4" cut with the Scalloped Contours die
  • Crumb Cake CS 

The flowers were colored using  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  The cow was colored using Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.   The tiny flowers on the sentiment strip and on the cow were colored with Stampin' Blends and fussy cut out.

I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color part of the sentiment to fit on the Stylish Shape banner.


Inside I inked up the rest of the sentiment using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. Isn't this  a lovely sentiment -Sending flowers and thinking of you.  I also added a strip of the Granny Apple Green DSP and more flowers.


Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to check out how the rest of the design team used the Inspo List,



Heartfelt Hellos & Sunny Days

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I really like this clean and simple layout.  


This is one of those versatile layouts.  I am going to refer back to this one often.


I used 2 Sale-A-Bration gift items on this card.  The Sunny Days DSP has so many bright and cheerful patterns that mix and match so effortlessly.  I love these cherries and it coordinates so well with the florals.  The large sentiment is from the Heartfelt Hellos.  It was heat embossed with white embossing powder on Shaded Spruce CS (cardstock).  The 3 little dots are from the Classic Matte Dots.


Inside there is another strip of the Shaded Spruce florals and some cute cherries.  These cherries are an Online Exclusive-Simply Sparkling bundle.  The cherries were colored in using Real Red and Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends.


This is a quick and easy card to make.  Definitely one that allows the pretty paper to shine through.  The 2024 Sale-A-Bration ends this month so be sure to get your free gift with a qualifying order soon!.  What will you choose?

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created with this sketch,



Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Let's Sale-A-Brate

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who come together for this blog hop on the 14th of every month.  This month we are hopping and sharing projects from Sale-A-Bration.  There's about 2 weeks left of Sale-A-Bration so there is still time but don't wait too long.


I did an informal poll over on my Facebook page  and it was unanimous that the Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper (DSP) was the favorite FREE Sale-A-Bration gift.  It is indeed a beautiful pack of paper with gorgeous colors and images.  Here it is paired with one of the lovely sentiments from the Softly Sophisticated stamp set also a Sale-A-Bration choice.  The adorable little bird was fussy cut from the DSP.  The ribbon is the Silver & White Sheer ribbon.


Inside a strip of Flight & Airy DSP and another gorgeous fussy cut bird and branch.


The card base is Misty Moonlight and the layer is Fresh Freesia.  The DSP strips are 1-1/4" x 5-1/8"


I made another card using the same layout but different papers in the Flight & Airy paper pack.  The card base again is Misty Moonlight but instead of Fresh Freesia the layer is Bubble Bath CS.  The ribbon is from the Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack.


Now it is time to head on over to the next stop on the hop!  


Thank you and be sure to check out all the 2024 Sale-A-Bration offerings!


Around the World on Wednesday...Technique Challenge


Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.   Join us and enjoy a hop around the world!


This month we were challenged to show our love (since it is Valentine's Day!) for our favorite technique.  Oh my!  Our leader, Angie always finds a way to challenge us.  Lots of techniques come to mind but it is very hard for me to decide what my favorite would be.  So instead I am choosing a technique I could use with a new bundle that I was itching to play with.


I chose to do some ink blending.   The colors I used for the ink blending -Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Cajun Craze.   I used  Blending Brushes to apply and blend the colors.  It is so satisfying to see the colors fade and blend together. 

The square opening was cut using one of the Stylish Shapes die.   I decided I wanted more texture so I embossed the Basic Black cardstock with the Layered Florals 3D Embossing Folder.  To my eye the flowers on the embossing folder remind me of magnolias.

I have always liked the look of a black silhouette against a ink blended background.  When I saw this beautiful magnolia die cut I knew it was what I would use for the silhouette.   It is hard to capture but the entire die cut is covered with Wink of Stella.  It adds some shine and emphasis to the magnolia. 

The die is from an Online Exclusive that will be available for purchase starting March 5th .  Demonstrators were able to pre-order the Online Exclusives in February. The bundle is Magnolia Mood.   It is a beautiful bundle.


Inside is one of the sentiments from the Magnolia Mood stamp set.  Love the combination of the two fonts.   The small magnolia image is also from the stamp set.  


The rhinestones on the ink blended background were colored using Basic Black Stampin' Blends.  It is always a good to remember to use Stampin' Blends to  custom  color embellishments.  

Now it is time for you to check out what technique is Chris Smith's favorite!


Here are all the stops on the hop!  Enjoy!

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Kelly Taranto - US

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Theresa McEntee - US

Bree Renwick - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy all the stops on the hop!


Enduring Beauty and the Gorgeous Garden Dies

I made this card using the Enduring Beauty bundle for a recent color challenge.  The colors we were challenged to use were Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, and Garden Green.  Put on your shades it is a little bright!


I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used the Enduring Beauty Masks and Blending Brushes to color the image in.  It is a fun and easy way to color.  When the coloring was done I used the Enduring Beauty dies to cut out the large bouquet.  The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Heartfelt Hellos.  The  set has 6 sentiments and is FREE with a qualifying order.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Berry Burst CS (Cardstock) and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The sentiment was then fussy cut out.

I first thought about adhering the flowers and sentiment on Berry Burst cardstock but then decided to add more texture by die cutting a piece of Berry Burst CS using the Gorgeous Garden dies.  The leaves were  then applied to a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"piece of Berry Burst CS.  I love how the leaves look and the tone on tone look.  Around the Berry Burst CS I added a 4" x 5-1/4" Basic White CS layer and then on to a 4-1/4" x 11" Garden Green card base.


Inside I added a strip of Berry Burst CS embossed with one of the Basic 3D Embossing folders (Online Exclusive)   The butterfly is from the Paper Butterly Accents (2024 Jan-Apr Mini Catalog).  The butterfly was colored using a Blending Brush and Berry Burst and Crushed Curry ink.


This is definitely a bold and bright color combination!

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Thank you for stopping by and let me know if I can help you with your stamping needs,

Paper Florist and the Envelope Treat Box

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.


This is a super springy color combination.  Sweet Sorbet is a 2022-24 In Color, which means it will be retiring soon.  If you have this ink pad you will want to get the ink refill soon.  You might also want to get some cardstock, Blends, and other In Color items soon and avoid the rush.


I used the Paper Florist dies and created a bouquet and adhered it on a Lemon Lime Twist Glorious Gingham belly band.  I attached the flowers on to the belly band so it could be easily  removed without destroying the box.  The box is the Envelope Treat Box in the 2023-24 Annual Catalog. 


The little bee was fussy cut from the adorable Bee Mine DSP and attached to the bouquet by a piece of Window Sheet.   I wanted the cute little bee to be buzzing around  the flowers.


The Envelope Treat Boxes measure 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 1".  The boxes come pre-scored and have the adhesive already on the box, just waiting for you to peel off the protective covering and assemble.  So very simple and convenient!  The box is a great size and can even hold a gift card.  


The little banner was hand cut and tucked under the petals of the flower.  The sentiment is from the Love For You stamp set and the sweet little Daffodil Delight heart is from the Adhesive-Backed Hearts & Flowers.

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


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Fluffiest Friends and the Most Adored DSP

This is the last Fold Back card for this series and uses  the 2024 Sale-A-Bration Most Adored DSP.  This pack of paper is full of hearts and gold foil!  I wanted to use it for a birthday card. 


I used the adorable bunny from the Fluffiest Friends bundle.   I did just a little coloring using Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from another Online Exclusive product, Simply Sparkling.  The Basic White circle was cut using the Stylish Shapes dies and the Flirty Flamingo circle was cut using the Everyday Details dies.

  • Flirty Flamingo CS card base 5-1/" x 7-1/2" scored at 3-1/4"  and 6-1/2"
  • Most Adored DSP (pattern 1) 3" x 5-1/4"
  • Most Adored DSP (pattern 2) 3/4" x 4-1/4"


This Fold Back card is a landscape orientation.  Isn't it fun that it can be used in either portrait or landscape?


The sentiment inside of the card is from the Heartfelt Hexagon set.  I love to pair this image with this sentiment.

If you want to see the other Fold Back cards made using the different DSP packs from the original Sale-A-Bration release you can see them Here, Here, Here, and Here.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the new Sale-A-Bration choices!