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Jar of Flowers Fun Fold

It's here!  The new Festive Friday Challenge,  #FF0063!  The festivity we are being inspired by is International Day of Friendship, which is celebrated on July 30th.  Here is the Inspo List!

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Let me tell you how to play along with the Festive Friday Challenge.  Check out the Inspo List and pick at least 3  elements to feature on your project and post your creation on the Festive Friday gallery by 4 pm CST on Monday, July 20.  That is it!  There are a few rules that you can see HERE. .  

I chose friendship sentiment, pink, green, and flower from the Inspo list for my card.


I used the Jar of Flowers bundle to create this bold bouquet.  The flowers were colored using Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Poppy Parade, So Saffron  and Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends markers.  Yes, I did fussy cut the flowers.  It wasn't very difficult  to do, it just took a little time.  The bright and happy DSP is from  the Flower for Every Season pack.  This is a beautiful pack of paper and so fun to mix and match the different designs.  


The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set and perfect for that wonderful friend you are celebrating! 

Let me tell you about the fold.  The Poppy Parade cs is cut 5-1/2" x 11" and scored at 3-1/2" and 7-3/4".   The Flower For Every Season DSP striped piece measures 3" x 5-1/4" and 1" x 5-1/4" for the inside strip.  The floral strip is 1" x 5-1/4".  It is just a little different of a fold and a fun opportunity to play with different combinations of DSP.


I hope you are inspired by the Inspo List and will join us in the challenge, #FF0063.   Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.  We are also in the middle of a Design Team Call.  Go to this post to get all the information about  applying to be on the Festive Friday Design Team.



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Cute Fruit Wishes

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  I know it is weird that I say things like, it is Thursday... but I am working hard on trying to remember what day of the week it is.  I have given up on what day of the month it is but holding tight to remembering the day.  

This month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is CASing the 2020-21 Annual Stampin' Up!® catalog.  This week we are CASing the adorable sample on page 20.

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I recently received the Cute Fruit stamp set.  Wondering where you can find this set?  It is in the Beginner Brochure/Make Beautiful Things.  It is a super fun set.

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I decided that this set would also be a great time to showcase the new 2020-22 In Colors. 


The only color I wasn't able to work in was Cinnamon Cider.  I had stamped the banana and used Cinnamon Cider on the stem but it didn't make it on to the card.  Here's a breakdown of what colors were used and where.


These new In Colors are the best and they play so well with each other!  In retrospect I should have sponged on some Cinnamon Cider on the pineapple, it would have made it more realistic and then Cinnamon Cider wouldn't have been neglected.


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New at SU...In Colors


Welcome to our NEW AT SU! Blog hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas to share with you. Today we are showcasing the new In Colors for 2020-22!

The In Colors I chose to focus on are Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, and a little bit of Magenta Madness.


Another project using the Whale Done bundle, Whale of a Time DSP, and the Seabed Embossing folder.  Super fun products!   Don't you love how the Seabed Embossing looks on the Just Jade cardstock?  This embossing folder is  very detailed but not fussy.  The "seaweed" was cut using the Smooth Sailing dies using Just Jade and Misty Moonlight from the  2020-22 In Color DSP.    The whale was inked halfway using Just Jade ink, the top half using Misty Moonlight ink and then punched with the Whale Builder punch.  The Magenta Madness hearts were cut using the Stitched Be Mine dies.  

The whale is attached to the Misty Moonlight layer using a strip of  Window Sheet.  I wanted to make him look like he was swimming by.  The hearts were also attached to the whale using window sheets.


The basic measurements to make this card:

    Just Jade CS 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" scored at both ends at 1"

    Misty Moonlight CS 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" scored at both ends at 1/2"

    Just Jade CS (back piece) 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" scored at both ends at 1/2"

    Whale of  Time DSP (back panel) 4-1/4' x  4-1/4"

Cut the largest circle (Layering Circles die)  in the middle of the 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" Just Jade piece.

Cut the second to the largest circle in the Misty Moonlight layer.  Try and center it with the circle cut in the Just Jade piece.

Now it is time to see what the talented Cynthia McQueen has made for you!


Thank you for stopping by!



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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...CAS(e)ing Bruno Bertucci

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop,  #aWOWbloghop.  We have 27  stops on this  hop representing 13 different time zones (Midnight in Hawaii through 10 PM in New Zealand) in all of Stampin' Up's markets!  Thank you so much for joining us as we hop Around the World on Wednesday!

This month we are CAS(e)ing a Team Member.  A random draw was done by our fearless leader, Angie and I get to CAS(e) one of our special guests, Bruno Bertucci!  Can I say I was both excited and nervous?!  I mean seriously?!?  I know what you are thinking.  Why don't I CAS(e) his scrappy strip technique, sunshine starburst technique, floating globe card or...there are so many fabulous possibilities!  Now do you understand the excited and nervous!?

Well, I did a deep dive and did you know that Bruno has a blog of his own?  Yup, and it was there I found the card I wanted to CAS(e).  It is ironic that the card I chose, is one he created for a blog hop and the theme was to CAS(e) their special guest!   I feel strange posting his picture ( I failed to ask him ahead of time) so instead here is the link to the post and you can see Bruno's card.


On Bruno's card he used Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray.  Gorgeous color combination inspired by his favorite bath towel.  Sadly the first 3 colors have been retired so I replaced them with some of the new 2020-22 In Colors,  Bumblebee, Just Jade, and Misty Moonlight. 

I sure wish I owned the Stitched Triangle dies.  Having those dies would have made making this card much faster.  Instead I cut out squares using the smallest Layering Squares die and cut the squares in half to make the triangles.  Not difficult, just a little more cutting.


For the sentiment I used the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  After I attached the sentiment panel I realized that it was a bit crooked.  Normally, I would just carefully peel it off and reposition it BUT I learned something else about Bruno's card making and I CAS(e)d that too!


Yes, Bruno is a person who believes in a lot of dimensionals!  Do you think he would approve?  I may have gone a little overboard or maybe not.  This was super fun and I hope Bruno thinks I did an okay job CAS(e)ing him.  

Not it is time to head on over to see who the talented Teri West  is CAS(e)ing.

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Here is the full line up of all 27 stops on the hop.

Angela Meiritz-Reid  - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Bruno Bertucci, Special Guest  - AU

Kylie Bertucci, Special Guest - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JA

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Manuela Geiswinkler - AT

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

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

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!



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Whale Done!

Hello friends!  It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   This month the challenge is doing something a little different.  Instead of alternating between a sketch and color challenges we are CASEing the Catalog.  What does that mean?  We are creating a project based on a sample in the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  This week's challenge is to case the card on page 18 of the catalog.

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Isn't that a pretty card?  I decided to us a bundle I hadn't inked up yet, Whale Done which is part of the Whale of a Time Suite.  I thought the contents of the suite were so cute that I used the number 154126 (which I call the YES to it all number) and ordered the whole suite.  I do not do that very often but every part of this suite I really liked.

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Most of my project today uses the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" DSP.   


The turtles were fussy cut out from the DSP.  Fortunately they are easy to cut out. The cute whale was  punched from the DSP using the Whale Builder punch.  I stamped the sentiment from the Whale Done stamp set on a piece of the Whale of a Time DSP in Pretty Peacock ink and cut it out using a die from the Layering Circles.


Inside you can see a peek of another turtle cut from the DSP on a strip of DSP.   This is pretty typical of how I finish up the inside of my cards.  

Just a reminder that this month is Bonus Days.  What does that mean?  For every $50 USD you spend 1 July–3 August 2020 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon code that can be used 4–31 August 2020.  SUper cool right?!




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ICS Blog Hop...Prized Peony

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Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing our favorite bundles from the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual catalog.  Can I say it is impossible for me to truly say what my favorite bundle is? My favorite is usually the bundle I am currently playing with.  Right now I am stamping with the Prized Peony bundle so it is my favorite.


I think I am pretty clever cause you see how I also used part of another bundle?  Yup, I am tricky that way.  I used the Best Plaid Builder dies part of the Best Year bundle for the background.  The Best Plaid Builder dies are another favorite of mine and I use them a lot.  They are fun to use and you can just mix and match colors to suit your whim.  Here I used Vellum cardstock  and Petal Pink cardstock  to create the plaid.  Love how the vellum and Petal Pink just makes the plaid look soft and kind of dreamy.

I stamped the peony in Gray Granite ink and used a Blender Pen to color in the leaves and stem.   I didn't use any ink other than what was stamped. The flowers were colored using the Light Calypso Coral and the Petal Pink Combo Stampin' Blends.  


I added some Gray Granite 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon.  This ribbon is so pretty and has a subtle silver shimmer to it.  I also added some Elegant Faceted Gems.  These gems come in Clear, Petal Pink, and pearlescent white, 15 of each in 2 different sizes.  I used the smaller size on today's card.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White on a Stitched Rectangle in Basic Gray ink.  I used a post-it note to cover up the bottom part of the sentiment and then inked the stamp,  remove the post-it (very important step-ask me how i know) and then stamp it on the Whisper White cardstock.


Just a look inside the card showing another peony image from the set.  I used the same coloring tools as I used on the other peony.

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Deb Naylor has created for you!  I know you will love it!

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I have listed below all the products I used to create my card.  Enjoy the hop!



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