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It is time for a new Festive Friday Challenge.  The Festive Friday Challenge celebrates a festivity and creates an Inspo aka Inspiration list inspired by the festivity.  This time the festivity  is  World Kindness Day.  Our world could certainly use more kindness.  


All you need to do is pick 3 items from the list to include in your project and post it in the Festive Friday gallery.   It is very fun and easy to play along and we hope you will!

I chose die cut, pattern paper, flowers, sentiment and  a fun fold for my challenge card.


The card base for this fun fold is Soft Suede CS and the patterned paper is the Poinsettia Place DSP (on sale at 15% off until 10/31).   The poinsettia flower was die cut from the DSP using the Poinsettia dies.  The Real Red berries  were cut using the Poinsettia dies.    Look closely at the Old Olive leaves.  These were cut and embossed using the Poinsettia dies. There are dies in the Poinsettia dies that cut the leaf and another that embosses them.  I have them taped together so they can be run together through the die cutting machine.


Remove the belly band to reveal another layer.  Inside there are 2 more patterns from the Poinsettia Place DSP and more flowers cut from the DSP.  The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  


Lift up the middle panel to reveal another sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  There is room to write on this panel.  Isn't this a fun card? I love the unfolding of the different layers of the card.  I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Be sure to check out how the rest of the Festive Friday Design team was inspired by the Inspo List for #FF0071!

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema



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Special Someone Birthday

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge project.  This week the challenge is a color challenge.  I had cardstock swatches of the colors on my desk for like a week trying to figure this one out.  


Can you guess the color combination, I sure hope so!  It is Basic Gray, Bumblebee, and Pumpkin Pie.  When it was all done I realized these colors do look good together but at first the Basic Gray really threw me off. 

I looked through my stamp sets many times trying to figure out what to make.  I finally decided on the Special Someone stamp set.  I just love this little raccoon and knew he would look good in Basic Gray.  I stamped him in Basic Gray for the outline and  stamped off once to stamp the fur.   I decided to make this a birthday card so I added the balloons in the challenge colors.  The balloon strings and balloons were die cut using the Special Day dies.


The sentiment is from the Zoo Globe stamp set.  There is something about this font I really like and it was the right size for the little tag. from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  Little Bumblebee stars were added from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.  I thought the stars added a little more visual interest.  The plaid DSP is from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack and is on sale until the end of the month for 15% off. 

Thank you for for stopping by and I have a list below of all the products I used.

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Whale Done Thank You

Did you see that the Whale of a Time DSP is on sale?  Yes, until the end of the month you can purchase this pack of paper at 15% off.  This made me want to make a card using the DSP and the Whale Done bundle.


This is a quick and easy card which showcases 4 different patterns from the Whale of a Time DSP.  The pack of paper has so many fun seascapes and animals.  The turtle was cut from one sheet and the whale was punched out using the Whale Builder punch.  In fact the only thing that was stamped was the sentiment from the Whale Done stamp set.


This is a very simple fun fold card.  The flap lifts up and hides an area where you can write your message. 

Pretty Peacock CS- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 3" x 5" scored at 4-1/8", 3" x 4" (scalloped oval)

Whisper White CS- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Whale of a Time DSP- 2-7/8" x 3-7/8", 3" x 4" (stitched oval)

The DSP sale ends October 31! Don't miss out on 15% off selected packs of Designer Series Paper.


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Festive Post Halloween

We are entering the last few days of the sale of selected packs of Designer Series Paper.  There are a couple of packs that are on sale that are on backorder (Forever Greenery and the Plaid Tidings DSP).  Not ideal but more  packs are expected in before the end of the month, yay!  Today's card uses my favorite black and white plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP.  


I love how the black and white plaid looks with Pumpkin Pie.  This probably was the fastest card I have ever made.  I opened up the Festive Post stamp case to find these 3 tags stamped, colored and punched.  Why didn't I finish it before?   All the images and sentiments are from the Festive Post set except for the 3 pumpkins.  The pumpkins are from the Fireside Trimming stamp set.


The inside mimics the front with the cute little bats from the Festive Post set and the pumpkins from the Fireside Trimmings.  I usually spend way too much time working on my cards so it was so fun just to assemble this card.  

Click here to see all the DSP packs that are on sale.  Don't delay the sale ends on October 31.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ornate Garden Specialty DSP

This week and month seem to be flying by!  It is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw the sketch I immediately thought about using the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP.  


Here you can see that the pretty Ornate Garden DSP is doing most of the design work.  The daisy print in the pack reminded me to use the Medium Daisy punch in Bumblebee with a Soft Suede center.  


The cute little sentiment label was made using the Stitched Nested Label dies.  Both layers were cut using the die and the Whisper White portion I trimmed away right below the stitching so I could have this layered look.  The sentiment is from the Zoo Globe stamp set.  It was the right size for the label and is a cheerful sentiment and we all can use a little cheer. 


In this picture  you can see the reflection of the gold foiling on the Mint Macaron.  It is so pretty and adds a beautiful shine to the card.  You will find other sheets in this paper pack with a gold foiling detail.


A little peek of the inside of the card shows a little strip of the DSP.   I will also add another punched daisy to the inside.  

Now it is a great time to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Beautiful Autumn

Cajun Craze is a perfect color for Autumn projects.  During the fall I use it  a lot.  Today's card is no exception.  

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The Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP is so pretty and unfortunately  is on backorder.  The leaves and acorn were punched out using the Autumn Punch pack (this is on the Low Inventory list so if you want it, order it soon) from the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  You could get the same look by stamping the leaves and acorns using the Beautiful Autumn stamp set  and punching them out using the punch pack.  The stem and leaves (longer panel) was stamped in Cajun Craze ink and Mint Macaron ink.  The sentiment was also stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  All the panels were cut using the Stitched Rectangles dies.

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The dies are layered on a piece of Brushed Metallic cardstock.  The Brushed Metallic cardstock isn't quite as shiny as Foil Sheets.  It is a little more matte but still has a nice shine.  The Brushed Metallic cardstock comes in Bronze, copper, and gold.  Here I used gold, to coordinate with the piece of Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP I used for the background.  In addition I added a few gold Metallic pearls and a simple bow using Linen thread

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  Thank  you for stopping by.



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Warm Hugs and Plaid Tidings

It has been a busy week!  This week  I participated in 3 blog hops (check them out here, here, and here), my weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenge project, and now my bi-weekly Festive Friday Challenge project.  

I loved the card I made for the Festive Friday Challenge.  You can probably see why.  It features 3 things in a row, a favorite color combination of black, white and red,  something(s) sparkly and Designer Series Paper.


Before we talk about the card, let me tell you about the super fun Festive Friday Challenge.  Every challenge features a holiday and an Inspo List inspired by that holiday.  There are 10 items on each Inspo List and you need to pick a minimum of 3  items to feature on your project.  For a list of all the rules go here.


Hopefully you can see what I chose to use from the Inspo drink theme, plaid, ribbon, and die cut.  


Oh how I love black and white plaid.  This beauty is from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack, which is on sale this month!  The little elements and the sentiment are from the Warm Hugs bundle.  So cute and simple.  Each of the little squares sit on a square of Black Glitter paper.  Love seeing the peek of sparkle and the Glittered Organdy Ribbon adds the final bit of shine.


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

Hope to see your project in the Festive Friday Gallery.  Thank you for stopping by!



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Life is Beautiful

It has been a busy few days with lots of blog posts.  Today it is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.  This week we have a color challenge.  


These are pretty bold colors and the first thing that came to mind when I saw the combination was to do a sponged background.


It took a few tries to get the background sponged they way I wanted it to look.  I started sponging with Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and then Pretty Peacock.  Generally I always start with the lightest color first and work my way to the darkest.  The tree is from the Life is Beautiful stamp set and inked in Pretty Peacock.   The bokeh dots were stamped in Cajun Craze.  I love the way the bokeh dots look.  


It isn't something I do often but I splattered Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the card.  I like the little bit of shine it brought to the card and made it look a little magical/whimsical.  Hard to explain but it added another layer to the image.  Even with the splatters and all the other things going on I felt it still needed something.  I found the sponged backgrounds that I didn't use and punched out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack.  I like the way the card turned out but in some ways I don't think it looks like something I made.  This is one reason I like to do challenges, they push me to try new things.

Thank you for stopping by and below you will see a list of all the supplies I used to make this card.


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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we have a color combination as our theme.  We could choose to use some or all of the colors on our projects.  

I chose a limited palette of Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider.  I haven't used Cinnamon Cider very much and it is a perfect color for the season we are in.


This  quick and easy card features the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  It was fun mixing the different patterns in the paper pack.  I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to cut a spray of leaves also out of the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  


I added a strip of Cinnamon Cider cardstock to break up the patterns so I could add another pattern, the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon.  I am a fan of gingham, it always looks so cheerful.  The sentiment is from the Best Year stamp set and is inked using Cinnamon Cider ink.  The punch used for the sentiment is the Timeless Label.   The label also has 2 Bumblebee enamel dots from the 2020-22 In Color Enamel Dots.

Hope you liked this quick and easy card.  Sometimes it feels right to stamp something simple and get back to the basics of stamps, ink and paper.

Now it is time to check out what Carol Payne has created for you!

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


Stamper's Dozen October 2020 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. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped


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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...The World Around Us

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We have a total of 23 stops on this hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators  here to share some ideas and inspiration.   Our theme this month is the World Around Us.  This can mean many things and each of us will have a different take on what that means.  So hop along with us and share in the fun.

Today  is a very blustery day here in the Pacific Northwest and there are leaves falling and swirling all around.  This was my inspiration for my card and what is happening in the World Around Me.


I used the Gilded Autumn  Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Autumn Punch Pack for the leaves.  All the leaves are from the DSP and except for the 2 small leaves were punched out using the leaf punches in the Autumn Punch Pack.   The 2 small leaves were fussy cut out from the DSP.  The leaves that have foil accents were colored using the Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends (Light).  

The Very Vanilla CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  This folder like the Subtle 3D folder adds texture but isn't distracting.  It reminds me of the texture of watercolor paper.  


The Playful Alphabet Dies and four different patterns of DSP were used to cut out FALL.  The DSP was put on a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheet and cut out using the dies.  The Foam Adhesive Sheet is roughly the thickness of Stampin' Dimensionals.  One of the nice things about the Playful Alphabet Dies is there are multiple dies for some of the letters. 

Inside of the card I added a strip of the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP and  a leaf and an acorn from the DSP and punched out using the Autumn Punch Pack. 

Now it is time for you to hop on and see what the talented Teri West has made for you.  I wonder what is happening in the World Around Her?

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Here's the list of all the stops on the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JP

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

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

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


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