2020 Mini Catalog

Under My Umbrella Thank You

This week is flying by!  It is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week we have a sketch to challenge and inspire us!


One of the stamp sets I will miss is Seriously the Best stamp set.   I like the combination of the fonts and cutting out the larger word.  Here I embossed the thanks using White embossing powder on Flirty Flamingo cardstock and fussy cut it.  The longer sentiment was also embossed using White embossing powder on Granny Apple Green cardstock.


I paired up the Granny Apple Green Gingham from the Brights 6" x 6" DSP with Flirty Flamingo.  It is a happy, springy color combination.  The umbrella was stamped on Flirty Flamingo DSP and punched out using the Umbrella Builder punch.    The cute little bunch of flowers were stamped using Crumb Cake ink and colored using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.   Yes, it had to be fussy cut but fortunately it isn't very big or detailed.  

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I created the stitched scallop edge using a die from the Stitched Be Mine dies.  Here are the sizes of the cardstock I used.

  • Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Flirty Flamingo CS 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 3"
  • Whisper White CS  3-7/8" x 5-1/4" 
  • Granny Apple Green DSP 3-7/8" x 4-3/4", 3/8" x 3-1/8"
  • Crumb Cake scrap for umbrella handle 

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Floral Essence & What's On My Desk

I craft on a pretty large table and try (emphasis on try) to keep it organized and tidy.  While I was tidying up I found a flower that didn't make it on to this project, a Sparkle Glimmer paper swirl and a strip of black and white paper.  Looked like the makings of a card so I stopped tidying and started crafting. After all I think finding all those random bits was definitely a sign to craft and not clean.  Am I the only one that looks for these kind of signs?


This is what I made.  To my findings, I added some Rhinestones, Basic Black cardstock card base and a panel of Whisper White cardstock embossed using the Ornate Floral 3D folder.  This may be one of the quickest cards I have ever made.


Here's a rundown of where all the different parts of this card came from.  

Hope you find a sign to be creative today and if you need any supplies please let me know or you can also shop at my online store.

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Going, Going, Gone!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  Today on the hop we are focusing on the Retiring Products list for the 2019-20 Annual Catalog and the the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog. 

I chose to use the retiring products  Bonanza Buddies bundle and the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper  from the 2020 January -June  Mini Catalog. I also used the the Well Written dies which are not retiring.


What do you think?  I love that the cute little animals are holding the words.  All the animals were cut out using the Bonanza dies from the Birthday Bonanza DSP!   Super cute and easy to do.  The balloons were also cut out from the DSP and placed on a stamped and fussy cut bunch of strings from the Bonanza Buddies set.  The presents in the back were also stamped and cut out.   I cannot call this fussy cutting since they are basically just rectangles.


Here are the basic details of this fold.  The main card base piece measures 5" x 10-1/2" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 4-1/4", 6", 8-1/4".  I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base to make it a little sturdier.  As long as you  keep the height of the card below 4-1/4" it will fit in an A-2 envelope.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Stampers Dozen 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

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember retiring items are only available while supplies last.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, I would love to have the opportunity to be yours!.  

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On To Adventure Meets the Country Club DSP

I was sad to see that the On To Adventure stamp set will be retiring.  I have really enjoyed using the set and the cute characters.  Today I  am pairing it up with the Country Club DSP, which is also retiring.


Does the layout look familiar?  I used the same layout as I did on this card.   Here are the measurements for the papers I used:

  • Garden Green card base-4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Country Club DSP Night of Navy layer 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  • Garden Green panel layer 3-1/4" x  4-3/8"
  • Country Club DSP golf balls and tees 3" x 4-1/4" cut in to three 1" x 4-1/4" strips


Inside of the card you can see a peek of a strip of DSP 1/2" x 4"  and a stamp from the Clubhouse set, cut out using the Golf Club dies.  I  am not sure who I will be sending it to yet so for the time being I am not adding a sentiment.

The cute little golf guy was colored using Stampin' Blends in Lt Night of Navy, Light Smoky Slate, Ivory, and Light Poppy Parade.  His cap and the grass  were colored  using a Garden Green watercolor pencil and his pants a Crushed Curry Stampin' Write marker.  The Night of Navy twine is from the Country Club Twine Combo Pack.  


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Be sure to check the Retiring list for the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog   Check here for the retiring list for the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.  

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Peaceful Poppies Elements & DSP

Hello!  How are you?  Hope you are doing well.  It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge!


Isn't this a great sketch to show off Designer Series Paper?   I pulled out one of my favorites, Peaceful Poppies DSP (on the retiring list).  


I used the DSP for both the Poppy Parade layer and the 3 panels.  Here are all the details:

  • Basic Black CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Peaceful Poppies DSP- 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic Black panel layer  3-1/4" x 4-3/8"
  • Peaceful Poppies DSP- 3" x  4-1/4" cut into three 1" x 4-1/4" strips
  • Whisper White 1/2" x  2-3/4" 
  • Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" (inside of card)

I also used the Peaceful Poppies Elements (retiring)  I cut one of the banners in half and placed them behind the panel piece.  I used part of one of the scallop piece below the sentiment.  Can you see on the sentiment a tiny flower?  It is from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins ( retiring) with a Red Rhinestone glued in the middle.  The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set (retiring).


Inside of the card I added another scallop border and a flower from the Peaceful Poppies Elements.

I enjoyed making this card and decided to make another using the same pack of Peaceful Poppies DSP.


Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using the sketch,

Remember that items on the Retiring Products List and the January-June 2020 Mini catalog are available while supplies last.  

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Botanical Prints for a Friend

It is a BIG day for Stampin' Up!® demonstrators!  We get a look at the 2020-21 Annual Stampin' Up!® catalog!!  I am patiently, ok not so patiently counting down to when it will be available!  If early access to products and catalogs , being part of a global community, shopping with a discount and being part of a team sound like something you would like in your life, please contact me for more information.  

One of the events I planned that didn't happen was a class using the Botanical Prints Product Medley.   This Botanical Prints Medley is a beautiful collection of stamps, paper, dies, embellishments, accessories and more.  I am a fan of black and white patterned paper aka Designer Series Paper and this Medley has it and it is beautiful.  I am hoping this Medley will be in the upcoming catalog with an option to purchase a refill kit, a girl can dream!

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Isn't the paper gorgeous?  I love mixing and matching the different prints.  The only thing stamped on this card is the "friend".  The lemons and flower is a die cut, already made for you as a part of the Medley and all you have to do is punch it out.  Perfect for when you need a quick card!  The Old Olive ribbon is also included in the Medley.


Did you know that Stampin' Up!® offers 4 different kinds of kits?  In North America we have a monthly kit called Paper Pumpkin.  Here's more information about this subscription kit.  There are All-Inclusive kits like the Three Cheers for You or  the the Notes of Kindness kit.  These kits include everything you need to complete the cards, even an acrylic block.  There are Project kits like the Seriously the Best kit.  Project kits provide the key components to complete the project but require additional supplies.  Project kits are great to do as a group or class.  Product Medleys are the last kind of kit.  Medleys are a larger collection of coordinated exclusive products that often include dies, DSP, embellishments, like the Botanical Prints Medley.


A slower reveal to where you write your message.  I made this style of card previously and shared it here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are doing well and let me know if I can help you with your paper crafting needs.

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Parisian Blossoms Pocket Card

How are you?  Hope you are doing well!  Big news before I talk about today's project.  Tomorrow the Retiring List will be released.  When the list releases there is usually a rush on the 2018-20 In Colors.  Avoid the rush and place an order soon for the 2018-20 In Color products like ink refills, card stock, ribbon, DSP etc.  I hate for you to be disappointed when those products sell out before you get a chance to order them.

I haven't made a pocket card in a long time.  This is a great style of card to make especially with all the pretty Designer Series Paper we have.  


I used the Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP which has beautiful champagne foil accents.  The pocket is made from a 4" x 9" piece of  DSP, scored at 4-1/4" & 8-1/2".  Seal up the bottom and the sides.   I have a tutorial HERE if you would like to check it out.  Here are some other pocket card samples here & here, 


The large scallop was cut using the Seasonal Layers die.  The pretty flowers were stamped using the Forever Blossoms stamp set, cut with the Cherry Blossoms die and colored with Stampin' Blends.  


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Forever Blossoms Frame

Well, it happened I didn't post yesterday.  It was an unusually busy day and by the time I sat down at my computer it was pretty late.

I have 2 versions of my card to day.  I wonder which one you will like better?


Card 1- Stamp the cherry blossom from the Forever Blossoms stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and color it using Stampin' Blends. Stamp the sentiment from the Timeless Tropical stamp set.  Cut out a frame using the Stitched Shapes and the Layering Square dies.  Adhere the Whisper White layer on to the Petal Pink card base.  Line the frame with Foam Adhesive strips and adhere back on to the card, taking care to line up the design.  Apply adhesive to the square piece and carefully place in the middle of the frame, again taking care to line up the design.  Color the rhinestones using the Light Calypso Coral stampin' Blend.  Tie a Petal Pink bow and attach it to the stem using a glue dot.


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Card 2


The main differences on this card is  the larger Whisper White piece and the inner square  of the frame were embossed using the Subtle 3-D embossing folder.  It also has a Petal Pink layer, a Whisper White card base, and the ribbon is tied around both the Whisper White and Petal Pink layers.


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What do you think Card 1 or Card 2?  Let me know what you think?  

If you need any paper crafting supplies I would really appreciate you shopping with me on my online store.   Thank you!

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Rainbow Balloons Love & Thanks

Time for a new Festive Friday Challenge!  


What a perfect inspiration for the challenge!  I chose red, blue, appreciation sentiment, hearts, balloons, and green from the Inspo list to use on my card.


I used the heart balloons from the Special Someone stamp set in rainbow colors for my thank you card.  The sentiment is from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  Isn't it a perfect sentiment?  I used the Special Day dies that coordinate with this stamp set.  The dies were  available during the Coordination Product Release February 4-March 31.  


Want to make this card?  Here is a link to a tutorial for this project.

Two of the colors I used, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel are part of the 2018-20 In Colors, which will be retiring when the current catalog retires on June 2.   Be sure you get your ink refill, cardstock and any other In Color accessories before they are gone.

I hope you will play along with the Festive Friday Challenge.  You have until April 27 at 8 pm CST to enter.  Just use 3 of the elements on the Inspo list and enter your project in the Festive Friday gallery.  Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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What's New at SU!..April Blog Hop

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are hoppin’ to share some  fun and exciting ideas. Today we will featuring products from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.

One of my first purchases from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog was the products from the Clubhouse  suite.  This suite is just perfect for  my family.  Most of the men in our family golf or at least try to.  I am sad to say that I haven't played with this set very much so it was my first choice for today's blog hop project.


It was so much fun creating this bridge card ( I think that is the right name for this fold) using the Clubhouse bundle and the Country Club DSP.  This is a pretty simple fun fold which allows you more time to play around with how to decorate it.

  • Night of Navy CS (card base) 4-1/4" x 8" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 5-1/2", 6-3/4"
  • Night of Navy CS (bridge) 1-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • DSP pattern #1  cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" (front 2 panels)
  • DSP pattern #2 cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" and 1-1/8" x 5-3/8" (inside panels and bridge)
  • DSP pattern #3 cut 1 @ 2-3/4" x 3-3/8" (center design)
  • Whisper White CS cut 1 2-3/4" x 4" (back of card to write a note)


Here's a birdseye view of the fold.  The center DSP panel was colored using Mint Macaron Combo, Crumb Cake Light, Balmy Blue Light and So Saffron Light Stampin' Blends.  In retrospect I think this was supposed to be a water hazard.   I saw it as a sandtrap, a might big sandtrap!


What is really nice about this card style is that it folds up nicely to mail.  


It fits nicely in a Stampin' Up! medium envelope (A-2).  I love that it sits up nice to be displayed and is also easily mailed.  

Hope you can use this idea!  Now it is time for you to see what the talented Jackie Lawless has created for you!


If you have just come from that direction check out what the creative Tricia Butts has made for you!


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

Anke Heim- Scraphexe

Cheryl Hamilton- Create with Cheryl

Tricia Butts- Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Sharon Burkert- As the Ink Dries

Jackie Lawless- Stamping Jack

Joyce Whitman- StampinScrapper

Diane Browning- 247inkspiration

Heather Cooper- Playing with Paper Crafting

Pat Ertman- Gifted Hands Ink

Brenda Copper- Stamping with the Copper Cropper

Mary Ann Rossiter- StampinMak

Loni Spendlove- Creative Juice by Loni

Enjoy the hop!

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