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Fun Fold Friday...Petal Garden DSP Gift Card Holder

First of all, thank you for your patience.  It seems like there was always something  getting in the way of me working on this post.  The original gift card was using the Petal Passion DSP and posted here.


I made a new one featuring the Picture Perfect Birthday setPetal Garden DSP (on the Last Chance list) and the Petal Garden Card Pack (sorry this has sold out).  

What you will need:
    Old Olive Card base 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

    Whisper White layer 4" x 5-1/4"

    Old Olive "pull out" 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 3", 5-1/2", 8", 9-1/2"

    4 different patterns of DSP -two cut at 1-1/4" x 4", 2-1/4"x 4", 1/2" x 4"

    Whisper White card stock 2-1/4" x 4", 2-3/4" x 4"

    Old Olive Belly Band 1-1/2" x 9-1/2'

    Layering Ovals Fraamelits  scalloped oval #6 (1 being the smallest) Calypso Coral 2-3/4" x 3-3/4", oval #6 (1 being the smallest) Whisper White 2-1/2 x 3-1/2"

    Lots to Love Box thinlits  dies to cut the gift card holder

Adhere the DSP to the Old Olive  base as shown below.  Cut the notches for the gift card holder on the 2-3/4" x 4" Whisper White piece.  The Lots to Love Box dies are on the Last Chance list and priced at $23.10, while supplies last.   Stamp the sentiment on the 2-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Adhere the Whisper White pieces to the Old Olive base.  Center and secure the pull out piece to the card base.


Wrap the Old Olive piece for the belly band around the closed card.  Score and secure the band to itself using Tear & Tape.  Stamp the sentiment on the Whisper White Oval and adhere to the Calypso Coral scalloped oval.  Adhere the ovals to the belly band and decorate.


Once again I want to thank Megan for sharing this great fold with me.  I hope this will help you put together your own gift card holder.  There's lots of great DSP(Designer Series Paper) on the Last Chance list that would work beautifully for this card.  Shop now for the best selection!

Painted Garden and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #509

Today I am sharing a little sneak peek of the Stained Glass thinlits that will debut on June 2 in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 2018-19.  The dies are part of a larger suite of products called the Graceful Glass Suite.  I thought the dies were perfect for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge # 509 which is a color challenge.



The sentiment I used is from the Soft Sayings kit stamp set.  The dies are a half circle so I used the long sentiment to cover up the seam between the 2 halves.

Since I had to cut out the die 2 times in each color I decided I would make 3  cards.  



Which combination do you like best?  I hope you will join in the color challenge fun.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog or the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page for all the details on how to participate in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.  

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April 2018 Paper Pumpkin You Are My Anchor

Just a quick post to share 3 more cards I made using the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  All the cards are made and I still have some extra bits that I will use on other projects.  I know I will definitely be using the stamp set again.  


In addition to the products that came in the April Paper Pumpkin kit I used the Layering Squares framelits and one of the sentiments from the So Many Shells stamp set.  If you want to see the other cards I made you can go here and here.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. CLICK HERE to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.
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Petal Passion DSP and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

I will be sad to see the Petal Passion DSP from the 2018 Occasions catalog retire.  You have probably noticed that black and white cards are my favorites.  I used it for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge  #TSOT365.


Optional theme: Shades of One Color


Isn't that a stunning flower?  I cut it out from the Petal Passion DSP.  Normally I would use my Stampin' Blends and color it in, which I have done here and here.   This time I decided to keep it simple and leave it  black and white.  Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends were used to color in the rhinestone to add just a little bit of color.



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The stamp set So Many Shells will soon be retiring. This set that has SO many useful sentiments and I plan to continue to use them.

So, what do you think?  Should I color in the flower or leave it as it is?   Let me know what you think.  I do hope you will also let me know if you participate in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  I would love that!  You can get more information about the challenge on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or Facebook group. 

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts

We are in the last few weeks of the 2017-18 Annual catalog.  I have separated out the stamp sets that are retiring so I can be sure to stamp with them.  I found the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set and realized it had hardly been used.   This stamp set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set, which means Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the RMHC for each set that is purchased.  


This set also coordinates with the Tutti-frutti 6" x 6" DSP, which is also retiring.   This DSP has great fun and  fruity images as well as more neutral designs on the flip side.


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Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine
Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine


Coloring the strawberries is a snap using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin'Blends.  The Stampin' Blends will be back and available for purchase soon.  

When you are deciding what sets you need to purchase before they retire I hope you will consider the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Not only will you have a great stamp set but you will also be supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...You Are My Anchor


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: You Are My Anchor.

This may be one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits so far.  I didn't want to stop creating with it and I kept on thinking of ways to use the supplies provided.   I shared an idea on how to use this kit in my post yesterday.   Today I have 2 more project ideas for you.  



I know you are thinking what is so special about putting life savers in the box?  Wait for it...



Surprise!!  You can see that I attached the life saver ring to a strip of window sheet and attached to the inside front of the box.  I used Tear & Tape to secure the window sheet strip down and then covered it up with a strip of Pool Party card stock.  I wanted the inside of the box to look as good as the outside.  Because the window sheet is flexible it "pops" up when you open the tray.  Fun surprise for the person opening the box.  

The only extra supplies you will need to make this pop up is a strip of window sheet and a strip of card stock to place inside of the box.  Oh yeah, you will also need life savers.  

The next project I made is my favorite, at least so far.  I still have a lot of supplies left from my kit, so who knows what else I will make.




You will need the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin kit:

    *3-1/2" x 10" Pool Party card stock scored at 2-1/2", 5"

    *3" x 9-1/2" Island Indigo card stock scored at 4-1/2", 7"

    *2-1/2" x  3-1/8" Island Indigo card stock

The rest is from the kit.  I cut apart one of the box sleeves and cut a piece measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" and 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"and a strip 1/2" x 2-3/4".  I cut one of the cards to use on the first panel 2-3/8" x 3" and used the remainder to cut a piece 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" for the last panel.  This card was so much fun to make and will fit into a note card envelope and is mailable.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.

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Paper Pumpkin...You Are My Anchor

Are you wondering what I am talking about?  Paper Pumpkin, what?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly  paper crafting kit.  All the supplies arrive pre-cut, pre-scored, and ready to assemble.   Each kit includes a stamp set and ink that you can use even after you’ve created everything within the kit.  I have been a subscriber since the very beginning and the kit has certainly grown and evolved.  I look forward to seeing that orange Paper Pumpkin box in my mailbox and discovering what fun and fabulous project I get to make.  The projects vary each month from cards, gift items,  packaging ideas, mini books and well whatever else the Paper Pumpkin designers dream up.  

Every month there is a video showing the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here is the video for the April kit, You Are My Anchor.

When I get my kit I usually use the supplies to make at least one sample exactly (or at least pretty close) as the instructions direct. 


These are 3" x 3" cards and they come with coordinating envelopes.  I use this size of notes a lot.  I tuck them in to packages, use them as gift tags, and even as a little pillow note.



The 5 little notes and envelopes fit into this cute little box.  In the April kit there are enough supplies to make 4 boxes filled with 5 little notes and envelopes.  These make great gifts.

There's a LOT of product in this kit.  I decided to play a little and see what else I could make.  


Did you know that the 3" x 6" notecard makes a great easel?   

To make this card you will need:

    *4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Calypso Coral card stock

    * 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock

    * Calypso Coral circle (cut using the second to largest Layering Circles framelits)

The rest of the products are all in the You Are My Anchor kit.  

All you need to do is score the notecard at 3/4".   This 3/4" tab will be secured between the Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock and is the easel.


Use the little label provided in the kit to make the stopper for the easel  even the dimensionals are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.


This is a quick and easy way to make an easel card and isn't this a great masculine card?  Might be perfect for Father's Day!

If you are still unsure if you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, how about a 50% off code for 2 months?  


The code is SAVEFIFTY0418.   Go to my Paper Pumpkin link ( and enter the code, SAVEFIFTY0418.  Here's the catch, you have to do this by May 10th!  So, don't delay and give Paper Pumpkin a try!

If you are looking for even more ideas on ways to use the April 2018 You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit, check back tomorrow.  What's happening tomorrow?  I am in a Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop and we will all be sharing lots of ideas on how to use the kit.  See ya tomorrow!

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Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #508

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge, which means it was the perfect time to play with colors that will soon be retiring from the Stampin' Up! color collections.


I used Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette which are all colors that are retiring.  I also used  Early Espresso which is not retiring.  I really like this combination of colors. 


I used the branch from the Seasonal Layers thinlits and also the flowers.  The sweet little birds are from the Birds and Blooms thinlits.  I just realized that I used the same thinlit  for  last week's challenge.  I promise I won't use it on next week's sketch.


Are you wondering what die I used to create the layer behind the panels?  If you look really closely you can see a little irregularity along the bottom edge.  I used the Layering Squares framelits and patched 3 of the squares together to create this rectangle.

I hope you will play along with the challenge.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and while you are there be sure to checkout what the other designers created.

If you like this combination of colors be sure to order them soon.  Once the current inventory is depleted these colors will be gone. 

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