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ICS Blog...Poinsettia Place DSP


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Time for the Inspire, Create,  Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Designer Series Paper!  I will freely admit I have a paper problem.  What is the problem?  Well, I love it.  Loving pretty paper has led me to be a hoarder, waiting for just the right project to use that pretty paper on. Sound familiar? Recently, I realized that hoarding and not using the paper is not really honoring it so I am working hard at changing this and becoming a person who uses and enjoys creating with the pretty paper. 

The pretty paper I am focusing on is the Poinsettia Place DSP.  This pack of paper features poinsettias, pine cones, and holly along with some simple patterns.  Some of the images can be cut out using the Poinsettia dies.  The colors in this pretty paper include Bumblebee, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.  This pack of pretty paper along with 14 others are part of the Designer Series Paper sale.


I made the popular slimline card.  This size cards fit in a business envelopes.  It is a fun size and something different.  I used 2 different designs on the front of the card from the Poinsettia Place DSP pack and cut out some of the flowers from another sheet.  One of the flowers (middle one) was cut out using the Poinsettia dies and the other 2 were fussy cut.  Garden Green leaves and the Bumblebee buds were cut and embossed using the dies. 


Yes, the slimline card is a great size to use as a gift holder of cash or a check.  Here are the measurements you can use if you would like to make one of these cards.

  • Whisper White card base  7" x 8-1/2" scored at 2-1/2", 6"
  • DSP 2-3/8" x  8-3/8",  7/8" x 8-3/8"


Both of the sentiments are from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso ink.  You can purchase the stamp set and the dies together as a bundle and save 10%.

Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented Dana Sullivan has created for you!

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Simple Sunday...Trimming the Town DSP

How cute is the Trimming the Town DSP?   It is super cute!  Today's card uses the Trimming the Town DSP to create a sweet and simple card you can use  this holiday season.  


Here are the measurements

  •     Misty Moonlight  CS4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2", 2-3/4' x 2-3/4" scalloped circle
  •     Real Red CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  •     Trimming the Town DSP 3-3/4" x 4" cut into three 1-1/4" x 4" strips
  •     Whisper White CS for the inside 4" x 5-1/4" , 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" circle


The house on the front of the card was cut using the Home Together dies from the Trimming the Town DSP.  Inside there is a 1/2" x 4" strip of the DSP with a tiny house cut from one of the sheets of DSP on the inside.


The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  The ribbon is Misty Moonlight 1/4" In Color  ribbon.  It is a soft woven ribbon that is easy to tie.

The Trimming the Town DSP is one of the 15 packages of DSP that are on sale.  Click here for all the details on the select DSP that are on sale.

Thank you for stopping by and listed below are all the products used in today's card.


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Poinsettia Petals Split Card

I have been making these split cards for a long time.  It was time to make one using the Poinsettia Petals bundle.  


The poinsettia you make using the Poinsettia dies is pretty big which makes it easy to connect the top piece to the bottom.  Here are the measurement of the basic card pieces.

Soft Suede CS 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" scored at 2",  4-1/4" x 2-3/4"

Poinsettia Place DSP 1-3/4" x 4", 2-1/2" x 4"

Very Vanilla CS 4" x 5-1/4"

Real Red CS (poinsettia) 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Old Olive  3-3/4" x 3-3/4"

Bumblebee scrap


The  Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Festive Post stamp set.   The second sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  Mini Glue Dots were used to attach the poinsettia to the top and bottom pieces.  


The Poinsettia Place DSP is one of the 15 packs of Designer Series Paper that is 15% off in October.  One of the special things about this pack of paper is that you can use the Poinsettia dies to cut out some of the images.  It is also one of the few packs of DSP that features Very Vanilla.

Posted below is a link to all the packs of Designer Series that are on sale and  links to the products used to make this card.  Thank you for stopping by.  


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Band Together CCMC633

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I  wanted to use a set that hasn't been used recently and chose the Band Together stamp set.  Love this big floral image.  It is fun to color and makes a great focal point.


I did some quick coloring using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It seems whenever I want to color an image I reach for Stampin' Blends first.  I wanted to add texture to the card base.  The So Saffron card base front was embossed using the Delicate Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  The strip of Flirty Flamingo CS was embossed using the Scripty 3D folder.   The texture really adds some interest to the card since the floral image is fairly plain.


The little label was cut using the Stitched Nested Label die.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds set which was a perfect fit for the little label.  The sketch calls for a strip along the bottom.  Instead I chose to add some Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon pack.  


Thanks for stopping by!  Listed below are all the supplies I used and where you can purchase the and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.



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Festive Friday #FF0069 National Cat Day

Have you ever played along with the Festive Friday Challenge?  I may be a little biased but I think you should!  It is very fun and challenging too.  Every Challenge has a festivity which inspires an Inspo List.  You need to pick at least 3 items from the list to use on your project.  Here is the challenge #FF0069.


I chose to use cats, baker's twine, sparkle, mouse, and circles for my card.


So, in what way do you think the cat is thinking of the mouse?  Hopefully, it is in a friendly happy way but I am not so sure!  The cat was punched using the Stampin' Up! Cat punch and Black Glitter paper.   The cute little mouse was stamped using the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Day Dies.  The little thought bubble was also cut using the Special Day Dies.


I once again pulled out the retired Stars stencil to create the starry background.  I really like the glittery look of the Shimmery White Embossing paste.  It definitely adds a little sparkle to the stars.

I hope you will join in on the fun of Festive Friday Challenge #69.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.  They are all the Cat's Meow!!

Festive Friday Design Team

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thanks for stopping by!


Many Mates & Forever Flourishing

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC 632.  This week we have a color challenge.  


Isn't this a great fall color combination?  


This card turned out just exactly like I envisioned it, this rarely happens so I was pretty happy.  I wanted see through panels and the Many Medallions Dies part of the Many Mates bundle was perfect.   It was a little fiddly measuring and lining up the Stitched Rectangle dies and the windows  are not  perfect but they are close.   I used the Forever Flourishing dies to cut out some leaves in Early Espresso and Cajun Craze.  I wanted a little shine so I added a sprig or 2 from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.    The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set part of the Many Mates bundle.


After I finished the card I realized that the effect would be ruined once i wrote in the card.  If I wrote just on the bottom it would be a very short note.  So, reluctantly I added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to the inside front of the card.


The effect is still nice but I like it better without the Very Vanilla.  What do you think?


Next time I make this style of card I will make it using smaller panels so I can leave it see through.  

You need to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.   Thank you for stopping by and please see below for all the supplies I used to make the card.


Click Here for a list of all the DSP on sale.

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