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New at SU...Fireside Trimmings


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 products from the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog.

One of the bundles (stamp set and dies packaged together for a 10% discount) that caught my eye was the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  Why?  I saw so many elements that would be so fun to create different scenes with.  


I used a few of the elements from the Fireside Trimmings bundle and the Jar punch ( that debuted in the 2020 Annual catalog) to create this scene.   The reindeer was stamped on Soft Suede CS.  The trees were stamped and colored using Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  There is actually a third tree but it was pruned.  Maybe my favorite element is the star banner.


How cute is that?  On my card I added a few Red Rhinestone but really that wasn't necessary.  The banner is perfect all by itself.  


Here's a close up of the jar.   I embossed the Whisper White oval using the new Winter Snow Embossing Folder.  Isn't it pretty? This folder is going to be so fun to use on my holiday/winter cards.   

The cute little star is from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.  Yes, I tied that teeny Linen Thread bow.  Tying that bow made me feel like my hands were huge and very clumsy.


Now it is time for you to head over to see what the talented Mary Ann Kay Rossiter has created for you!



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

Tricia's Stamping Creations - Flight of Fancy

A Crowning Creation - Poinsettia Petals

Lilypad Stamper - Snowflake Splendor

Carterieplus - Poinsettia Petals

Creative Juice by Loni - Celebration Tidings

Gifted Hands Ink - Trimming the Town

Stamping Flair - Poinsettia Place

StampinScrapper - Snowflake Splendor

Stamping Jack - Sweetest Time

Playing with Paper Crafting - Wishes & Wonder

Scraphexe -

As the Ink Dries - Fireside Trimmings  that's me!

StampinMak - Beautiful Autumn

247inkspiration - Love of Leaves

Until next time...



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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Never Have I Ever

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We have a total of 19 stops on this blog hop and lots of fun and inspiration for you.  This month the theme is, Shake Things Up.  What does that mean?   We were challenged to try something new whether it was a new fold, technique, anything new to us.  

I have been seeing lots of slimline cards and decided that was something I needed to try.  What is a slimline card?  Basically it is a card that fits in a standard business size envelope.   


I cut my Thick Whisper White Cardstock to 7" x 8-1/2" and scored it at 3-1/2".  This results in a 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" card.  So, a disadvantage to a Slimline card is that you can only get one card base out of a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock but it was fun to have so much space to play with.   The other something new for me is that this was my very first play with the Poinsettia Petals bundle.  I resisted as long as I could and finally had to order this bundle.  The poinsettias are beautiful.  You can cut the flower and emboss the design at the same time.  


The first layer on the card base is a 3-1/4" x 8-1/4" piece of Gold Foil.   On top of the foil is one of my favorite items from the 2020 Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalog, Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper.  The flocked designs  on top of the vellum are simply beautiful.  This piece is 3" x 8".  All the flowers are cut from Whisper White cardstock which had been sprayed with a mixture of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Rubbing Alcohol in a Stampin' Spritzer.  This adds a subtle shimmer to the poinsettias.  All the leaves and berries(?) were cut out of Gold Foil.  I wanted to keep the color palette very simple.


In the Poinsettia Place Suite there are some beautiful Beaded Pearls.  I forgot to order them so I improvised by adding rhinestones to the center of the flowers.  On the larger flower there are 7 rhinestones.  The smaller flower doesn't seem to have a specific center so I punched the medium size flower using the Confetti Flowers border punch and placed a single rhinestone.  The sentiment was stamped using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangles.

It was fun and challenging figuring out how to use all the space.  Slimline cards will definitely be something I will incorporate into my cardmaking repertoire.   Thank you Angie (our leader) for this fun theme!

Here is a list of all the stops on the hop!

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Mary Deatherage - US

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US- that's me!

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

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ICS Blog Hop...Gift Bow Builder Punch

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share blog hop!  The theme this month is Punch Me Out.   I am sure you have figured out that we are all about punches this month.  I chose to focus on the Gift Bow Builder punch which can be bundled (save 10% when you bundle) with the Gift Wrapped stamp set.


I used the Gift Bow punch in 2 different ways on my card.  Can you see the two ways I used it?  The easiest one to identify is the pretty bow on the top of the frame and the slightly sneakier one is the angel's wings.  The angel is attached to a Gold Hoop and can be untied from the card to be used as an ornament.


Here's a tutorial on how the angel is constructed.

Here are the pieces you will need (a full list of all the items is posted at the bottom of this post).


Layering Ovals-smallest oval die

  • 2 Whisper White
  • 1 Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper

Layering Circles-smallest circle die

  • 1 crumb cake (main sample uses Petal Pink)
  • 1/2 Basic Black circle (bangs)

Layering Circles-#2 circle die (#1 being the smallest die)

  •  2 Basic Black

Gift Bow punch

  • 1 Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper


  • Create bangs from the Basic Black 1/2 circle 
  • Trim the 2 Basic Black circles.  This is the hair length
  • Cut the vellum bow in half


  • Cut a  gold circle (Brushed Metallic CS)  using the smallest Layering Circles die 
  • Use the "O" from the Playful Alphabet dies and cut a circle in the middle.  A 3/4" circle punch will also work.
  • Fold the circle in half


  • Attach bangs to the face


  • Adhere half of the halo to the back of the circle


  • Use a Stampin' Dimensional to attach the hair to the back of the circle.  Use just one Dimensional and position it in the middle of the circle


  • Adhere the 2 bow pieces (Plush Poinsettia paper) to the oval (Plush Poinsettia paper)


  • Attach the wings and oval with a Glue Dot to the angel's hair


  • Cover the angel's body with a Whisper White oval


  • Use Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the angel to the Gold Hoops.  Take care to only apply the tape to the body and hair of the angel.


  • Cover up the body and hair with the remaining pieces so the back looks finished.
  • Add a Real Red heart to your angel
  • Cut out two of the #3 Stitched Nested Labels (#1 being the smallest)
  • Emboss the sentiment in Gold and attach a heart to the front.
  • Adhere the label to the Gold Hoop using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Use the remaining label to cover the back and hide the dimensionals.
  • Attach the gold cord (Forever Greenery Trim) to the hoop.   I found this cord separates easily.  I tied a small knot at each end of the cord to prevent if from unraveling.


The card base is 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".  The frame is the largest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The center cut out is the Stitched Rectangle that measures 1-7/8" x  3-1/8".  The center of the frame is the Gold Brushed Metallic cardstock (same as the halo).  When attaching the frame to the card front do not apply any adhesive to the top center of the frame.  This will allow you to be able to remove the ornament from the card.  

The stamped bow was colored using Real Red Stampin' Blends.  When attaching the bow make sure it doesn't interfere with the removal of the ornament.

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Darla Watson has punched for you!

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Warm Hugs Hooray!

Put on your shades cause today's card is bright!  Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Coastal Cabana to be exact.  Yes, I love bright colors especially for a celebration card.  I needed to make some cards to celebrate some  team member's Stampin' Up!® anniversaries.


What do you think?  Doesn't this look like a party?  The sentiment is from the Best Year stamp set.   It is a great one that can be used for so many  occasions.  I wanted some festive elements to decorate the card.  I looked through my dies and found the Warm Hugs bundle!  You know those 2 stitched scallop long dies, that are meant to line the edge of the wrap?  That is what I used to make these fun streamers.  Here's how.


One of the dies is longer than the other.  Use the longer one and run it through your die cut machine.  Take the shorter one and position as shown.


After you run it through your die cut machine all you will have left is a little piece.


Use your scissors and trim it off.  Easy.  


I added some stars from the Warm Hugs bundle and some Artistry Blooms sequins. Don't forget to decorate the inside of your cards.

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Simple Sunday-Trimming the Town DSP

The Trimming the Town DSP is so cute!  Love the houses and some of them can be cut out using the Home Together dies.  Here's a quick and easy card to make. 


  • Crumb Cake card base- 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Real Red CS - 2-3/4" x 4"  die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies
  • Whisper White CS- 4" x 5-1/4" (inside of the card) &  2-1/8" x  3-1/4"
  • Trimming the Town DSP 

Cut out a Real Red  scalloped rectangle (2-1/2" x 3-5/8") using the Stitched So Sweetly  dies

Sponge a Pool Party cloud background on the 2-1/8" x 3-1/4" Whisper White CS and adhere it to the Real Red scalloped rectangle

(I couldn't find my cloud stencil so I made one out of a scrap piece of CS)


Cut out 2 houses from the Trimming the Town DSP using the Home Together dies.  Adhere one of the houses to the Real Red scalloped rectangle and one to the 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White CS.

Attach 3 Real Red hearts using Stampin' Dimensionals.  **(I used the Stitched Be Mine dies-multiple hearts die to cut my hearts.  It cuts out a lot of hearts so I keep the extras in a little container, ready to be used on a project.)


Stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento ink the sentiment from the Fireside Trimmings set.

Adhere the 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White CS to the inside of the card


Hope you enjoyed this Simple Sunday card.  Below you will find a list of all the products I used with a link to my shopping site.  Thank you for stopping by!



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Posted For You Wreath

Time for the Festive Friday Challenge. I have exciting news!  The Challenge team has grown and we now have 9 members on the team. Please be sure to go and check out the Festive Friday blog and meet all the new team members!  


Yes, I used the Wreath Builder dies again!  This time in two different kinds of vellum.  One is the Plush Poinsettia Specialty DSP and the other is Vellum cardstock.  The pattern on the vellum is flocked so not only is it pretty to look at, it is soft too.


The Festive Friday Challenge is super fun and easy to play along with. We have an Inspo List which features items that are inspired by the festivity.  All you need to do is pick 3 elements from the Inspo List to feature on your card and post it to the Festive Friday gallery.  Here is a little more information about the challenge and the Inspo List.


Can you see what elements I used for my card?  I sure hope you can.  I picked red, black, loyalty/love sentiment and embossing.  



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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will enter  Festive Friday Challenge #FF0065!

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

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert- you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema



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It is Thursday!  Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  Check out my card and guess what the 3 colors are for the challenge.


I hope you guessed Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, and Just Jade!  If you did, you are correct!


Are you thinking that I only have a couple of stamp sets and dies?  Seems like I use the Wreath Builder dies a lot.  Rest assured I have, ahem, a few more.  


I modified this fold a bit to accommodate the wreath.  Here are the measurements if you would like to make something similar.

  • Cinnamon Cider CS card base: 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 4-1/2", 9",10"
  • Just Jade CS  4" x 4" for the wreath, used some of the scrap to cut the leaves for the sentiment flower
  • Bumblebee CS 2" x 4" for 7 flowers
  • Cinnamon Cider CS 2" x 2" for 7 small flowers
  • Whisper White CS 4" x 4-1/4" for the inside,  5/8" x  3-1/2" banner
  • Cinnamon Cider DSP (6" x 6" In Color DSP) 4" x 4-1/4",  3/4" x 4" (cut 2 one for the front and one for inside)

 Are you wondering where to find that adorable Just Jade gingham ribbon?  It is part of the Flowers for Every  Season Ribbon Combo pack.  I would love gingham ribbon in lots more colors.  Wouldn't you agree?  

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Hope you enjoyed today's fun fold card.  Thank you for stopping by and see you tomorrow!


Dove of Hope

The Dove of Hope bundle was one of the very first bundles I purchased from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog.  When I saw the stamp set the words and images just spoke to me.  We all need some peace and hope in our hearts, I know I do.


I used the Detailed Dove dies to cut out the Whisper White dove.  If you can see a bit of shine on the dove it is because I painted the dove using the Frost White Shimmer paint.  I like how it adds shimmer but isn't too shiny.  The background design is from the Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper.  The flocked design is on white vellum.  The pack has six 12" x 12" sheets (2 each of 3 flocked designs).  The flocked pattern adds a lot of texture and feels great too.  


Are you wondering where the "peace" is from?  I don't do this very often but it is a retired die from the Christmas Greeting Thinlits and perfect for this card.  I love the font and have kept it in my permanent collection of dies.  I cut the peace from the Brushed Metallic 12" x 12" cardstock

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This is a simple card that doesn't require a lot of supplies.  It will probably be one of the designs I use for my personal Christmas cards.  Hope you like it too!  If you do not have a copy of the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, email me and I will get one out to you.  


Always Grateful

Today is the first day of the 2020 August-December Mini catalog (seriously we need to come up with a nickname or abbreviation).  I love this new catalog and hope you do too!  

Today I want to show you a project using the Celebration Tidings bundle ( page 57) and the Plaid Tidings DSP.  


I made a bunch of these to send along with the mini catalogs to my customers.  I thought it was a fun way to show some of the new products in the catalog, as well as a way for me to show my gratitude.  The label was cut using the Celebration Labels dies.  These dies make cute and quick toppers as seen in the mini catalog as well as labels for cards, home decor, and layouts.  The sentiment and image is from the Celebration Tidings stamp set and colored in using Stampin' Blends. 


I found lots of these tablets in my stash and they measure 3-1/2" x 5".  The little pocket is super handy to put in receipts, coupons and even my business card!  The tablets can also be used to write down a shopping list of all the Stampin' Up! products you need to purchase!  

If you are interested in a tutorial please leave me a comment and I will put one together.  



Life is Beautiful

Tomorrow is the start of the 2020 August -December Mini Catalog!  SO exciting!  When you shop online you will notice, we have a new Online Store.  The new store will work seamlessly with desktops, tablets and phones!  One thing you can do to prepare is to make sure you know what your password is and the email address you use to log in.  If you do not know your password you can always reset it.  

Today I am sharing another sample using the Life is Beautiful stamp set.  This set is on page 51 of the mini catalog and is LeeAnn Gref's Million Dollar stamp set (when a demonstrator reaches a million dollar in sales one of the perks is they get to help design a stamp set). 


First let's talk about the black and white stripes.  Stampin' Up!® doesn't currently have a patterned paper with black and white diagonal stripes, so I made my own.  I cut 1/2"  black strips and glued them on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. This is a great way to use strips of Basic Black cardstock.  The tree was partially stamped in black ink and the whimsical sparkles were stamped in Real Red ink.  Using a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker I added the "string" and the heart was cut using the Stitched Be Mine dies.


The red and white flowers were punched using the Confetti Flowers Border punch and embellished with a red rhinestone.  The pretty Real Red sheer ribbon is also in the August-December mini catalog.  

This super fun and versatile stamp set can be used year round.  Congratulations to LeeAnn for reaching a Million Dollar in sales and for creating the fun and fabulous Life is Beautiful stamp set!