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December 2020

Wild Roses

The Create with Connie and Mary Challenge took last  week off and we are now back with a new challenge.


This week it is a fun color challenge.


I thought it was the perfect time to play with the beautiful Wild Roses background stamp and the new Blending Brushes, both in the new 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  


The Wild Roses background stamp is a big background stamp.  Background stamps are offered in both Cling Mount and Wood Mount.  If you decide to get it in Cling Mount you can use clear Block F or it is a great one to use with the Stamparatus.

I inked the stamp in Night of Navy ink.  I used the Blending brushes to apply the Balmy Blue and Highland Heather ink. Blending using the Blending brushes is very smooth and softer than blending using sponges.  The look is different and  I like them both.  If you are going for a lighter, softer look than you will love the Blending Brushes.  

Night of Navy CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Highland Heather CS 4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White CS 3-3/4" x  5-1/8" cut into three 1-1/4" x 5-1/8" panels

Posted for You stamp set, Denim Ribbon, Stitched Shapes dies & Stitched Rectangle dies


This is a simpler version of the card.  The Wild Roses is not cut into panels

Night of Navy CS-4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Balmy Blue CS 4"  x 5-1/4"

Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Posted for You stamp set, Denim Ribbon, Stitched Shapes dies, Stitched Rectangle dies.


Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year!


Just a few more sleeps until Sale-A-Bration and the the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog!  Do you need catalogs?  Let me know!

Dragonfly Garden and Plaid Tidings

Today's project features something new and something soon to be retired.  The something new is the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, which will be featured in the upcoming 2021  January-June Mini Catalog.  The something that will be retiring soon is the black and white plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP.  The Plaid Tidings DSP will be retiring on January 4th 2021.  


The Butterfly Beauty dies were used to cut out a few butterflies out of  Black Glitter paper.  The Black Glittered Organdy ribbon was used to add even more sparkle to the card.


You know I like to dress up the inside of my cards so a partial stamping of the image, a strip of Plaid Tidings DSP, and a sparkly butterfly completes the card.  

I am slowing getting back in my stamp room.  Still need to put away Christmas and get ready for 2021!  I think we are all looking forward to the promise of 2021!  Thanks for stopping by!



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Sneak Peek: Art Gallery Bundle

I hope I haven't shared this with you before.  I did a quick search and didn't see it but it feels familiar.  This card features the beautiful Art Gallery bundle that is in the 2021 January-June Mini catalog.


A simple card in some of my favorite colors.  The flower is stamped in Real Red ink.  The outline image was stamped full strength and the fuller image was stamped off once.  The stem is stamped in Old Olive ink and both were cut out using the Floral Gallery dies.  I added a few dots to the center of the flower using a Basic Black Stampin' Blend.


All the Whisper White CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder.  This folder has become my go to for a subtle textured background.  The sentiment is from the Art Gallery set and  is heat embossed in white embossing powder.  The fun shaped label is from the Floral Gallery dies.   The two strips of black cardstock were from my scrap bag.  I use a lot of Basic Black cardstock so I have a lot of scraps. I really like the thick and thin strips. 

I have just a few more things to do this morning  before I can stay  home and be cozy.  Thanks for stopping by!



SAB Sneak Peek: Flower & Field DSP and Oh So Ombre DSP

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  The sketch seemed perfect to use some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration (January-February 2021) brochure.


The pretty Granny Apple Green ombre background paper is from the Oh So Ombre DSP.  Love the ombre! You will find Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green and Rococo Rose in this Sale-A-Bration paper pack.  The pretty floral paper is from the Flower & Field Sale-A-Bration paper pack.  I love the bright and vibrant colors against the black background.  There are lots of colors and pretty florals in this paper pack.

What does it mean when I say Sale-A-Bration paper pack?  During January and February 2021, when you spend $50 US (before shipping and tax) you can choose a gift from a select group of products in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There are a lot to choose from and even 2 choices which you can qualify for with a $100 purchase.  


I used the Medium Daisy punch and the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set and the label is from the Floral Gallery Dies.  This is a  simple card and a great way to show off your pretty papers!


Here is the sketch for the next 2 weeks.  The design team will be back with a new challenge on December 31!  

Thank you for stopping by!


Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday Happenings

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  The theme this month is Holiday Happenings.  Here we will be enjoying lots of family time and being cozy at home.  How about you?


I made a little pocket using the Trimming the Town DSP.  This DSP is great to use in this way since it has such fun designs on both sides of the paper.  You just need to make sure that the design is going in the correct direction.  I cut the DSP 4" x 11" and scored it at 1-1/4" & 5-1/2".  This is a little narrower than the usual A-2 card but these measurements uses the DSP a little more efficiently and allows me to get 3 of these pockets from 1 sheet of DSP.  The card is held together by the Real Red Sheer ribbon.  The sides of the pocket are not glued together.


The sentiments are from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  The Real Red layer measures 5-1/4" x 3-3/4" and the Whisper White measures 5-1/8" x 3-5/8".  All the corners were rounded using the Detailed Trio punch.  

This card is a great way to use the beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up!® offers.  The only leftover you have is a 1" x 12" strip.  

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

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Stamper's Dozen December 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. BJ Peters – StampinBJ
  3. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  4. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Rachel Yurkanin - Rachel’s Stamping Place -
  8. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  9. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  10. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


Remember to check out the Clearance Rack and the Year-End Close Out 



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Tag Buffet

It has been a busy, busy week here on the blog and I am ending the week with a fun Festive Friday Challenge.  


The Festive Friday Challenge is the one with the Inspo list.  To participate in the challenge all you need to do is create a project using 3 of the items on the list.  Your card doesn't need to be a Christmas projects but it does need to have 3 items from the list.  There are a few other rules and you can see them here.   

I chose to use red, green, bells and tags from the list.  I kind of cheated a bit by using the Tag Buffet kit.  There was very little stamping involved except for the sentiments  


Earlier in the fall I purchased this black wooden sled.  I didn't have any particular project in mind I just thought it was cute and might be fun to decorate.  It unfortunately just sat in my craft room sad and neglected.  I was cleaning up a bit and found the sled and 2 tags fit perfectly on it.  Another example of craft room kismet.   Now the sleigh is happy , no longer sad and neglected and hanging on the front door.  

Now be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday design team created  #FF0074 Christmas.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thank you for stopping by!


A little more about the tags.  They were made using the Tag Buffet kit, which is being retired and is on the Year-End Close Out and 50% off!  Check out the list here!


Ornamental Envelopes Wreath

From the first time I saw the wreath sample made using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the J-J2020 Mini Catalog), I knew I had to make it.  Well, it is finally the day!   


I stamped the leaf images 3 times to create the wreath.  I chose not to use a positioner of any kind and was surprised how easy it was to create the wreath.  I also used the Envelope Dies (retiring and on the Year-End Close Out List at 40% off, while supplies last).  I am keeping these dies in my permanent collection.  Love the look of DSP on my envelopes and as a liner, it is also a great way to use my DSP that has retired.  


This CASE of the catalog was perfect for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. The skinnier leaf image was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink, the  bolder leaf image was inked in Pear Pizzazz and the little dots were stamped in Real Red ink.  The sentiment from the Festive Post set (retiring ) was stamped in Real Red ink.  The pretty Real Red bow was made using the Real Red 3/8" Sheer Ribbon which will be returning in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog.  After January 5th it will not be available for purchase until the J-D 2021 Mini Catalog goes live.  I am thinking that I just might need another roll of this pretty ribbon for my Valentine's cards.


The Heartwarming Hugs DSP is another product that will become available again when the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog goes live.  This paper is great for the holidays but also works year round. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for this challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and the Year-End Close Out.



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New at SU...Fireside Trimmings


It is time for the New at SU! Hop Through!  This month the theme is Warm and Cozy.  What comes to mind when you think of being warm and cozy?    The first thing that came to my mind was sitting by the fireplace, so I turned to the Firside Trimmings bundle for my card.  This bundle is being retired (no longer available after January 4, 2021 or while supplies last) on the Year-End Close Out list and the dies are 30% off.  


I have really enjoyed creating with the Fireside Trimmings stamp set and dies.   The stamp set is adorable but it was the different banners in the Fireside dies that really made me happy.  I have said it before...the bat garland!  For today's card I used both the greenery and the star banners along with the lanterns and the trees to decorate the mantel.  The fireplace was stamped on a sheet from the In Good Taste DSP pack and cut out using the dies.  I used a piece of Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper  (also on the Year-End closeout) for the "wallpaper", just to be fancy.  


You know I love an easel card.  This one measures 2-1/8" wide, just a smidge narrower than the fireplace.  The Basic Black CS measures 2-1/8" x 6", scored at 2-1/8" and 5-3/8".  


Now it is time for you to hop on to see what the creative  Mary Ann Kay has created for you!


Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you are staying warm and cozy this December.  



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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Something New, Something Old

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We have a total of 21 stops on the hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators  here to share some ideas and inspiration.   Our theme this month is Something New, Something Old.    So hop along with us and share in the fun

Our leader, Angie McKenzie does a fantastic job of leading this blog hop and comes up with fun and thought provoking themes.  For my project I decided to focus on one of my favorite new suites in the upcoming 2021 January-June Mini Catalog for my Something New and a product that I miss, for my Something Old.


This beautiful stamped image and Designer Series Paper is from the Fine Art Floral Suite.  The stamp set is called Art Gallery and it can be bundled with a set of dies called Floral Gallery dies.  Remember when you bundle you save 10%.  This whole suite is gorgeous.   Can you guess what my something old is?  It is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!  I realize that glitter is not very environmentally friendly and can be very messy, once in  awhile I miss the sparkle of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  


One of my favorite techniques is to cover an entire image with Versamark ink and then heat emboss it with a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear embossing powder.  It is a little difficult to capture how sparkly it.  I wish i could because it is so pretty.  The flower was stamped using Flirty Flamingo ink for the flower and Old Olive for the stem.  The Art Gallery stamp set does not have a stamp for the inside of the flower.  I did a little search and found that the Beautiful Friendship set has 2 images that would work for the center.  On  my card I used the smaller of the 2.  


One last attempt to capture the glittery images.  The ribbon I used is 3/8" Denim and the sentiment is from the Zoo Globe set.


The Fine Art Floral DSP is very special.  Doesn't it look like there is a lot of texture?  The artists did a great job creating this DSP, it looks like oil paintings.  The DSP has a highly patterned side and the flip side is a little more neutral.  


The only thing stamped on this card is the sentiment which is a part of the Art Gallery stamp set.  The card base is Pretty Peacock.  It is not listed as one of the colors in the DSP but I think it blends so well. 


I hope you can see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder effect.  

It was very fun to give you a sneak peek of this beautiful bundle and for me to play with Dazzling Diamonds glitter again.  Now it is time for you to go and see what the talented Teri West has created for you!

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

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JP

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

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  you enjoy the hop!  


Be sure to check out both the refreshed Clearance Rack and the Year-End Close Out going on now!