2021-22 Annual Catalog

Measure of Love and the Stitched Greenery Die

Just a few more sleeps and the new 2022-23 Stampin' Up! catalog will go live.  Exciting and also a little sad.  Why?  Well that also means that some of my favorite stamp sets from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog will be retiring.  One of the sets I wanted to play with one more time was the Measure of Love.  I decided it would be the perfect set to use for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0108.

What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.

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What a great festivity!  I chose to use food, kitchen, items, gingham, and red from the Inspo List.

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I stamped the images from the Measure of Love set on label cut using the Scalloped Contours dies.  I used a Smoky Slate Stampin' Blend to color the scale and Evening Evergreen and Real Red pads to color the bowl of cherries.  The Real Red ribbon is from the 2022 Jan-June mini catalog.  The strip of Gingham DSP is from the Pansy Petals DSP. The lovely stitched background  was made using the Stitched Greenery die.

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Inside I added another strip of gingham paper and another sweet bowl of cherries.  

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

Ann Schach

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Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

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Diane Evans 

Joanne James

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Prized Peony and the Simply Elegant DSP

I wanted to share one last play with the Prized Peony stamp set, Peony dies, and the Simply Elegant DSP.  These products are all still available (last time I checked) but are on the retiring list and available only while supplies last.

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This card is similar to one I shared here.   On today's sample I used a new die set (coming May 1) called Stylish Shapes to create the gold frame and to cut out the square.  The card base is a piece of Simply Elegant DSP cut at  5-1/4" x 12" and scored at 4", 8".  The card base is on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of  Basic Black CS.  The peony was colored using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. The sentiment is from the Color and Contour stamp set.

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Inside I added a piece of Basic White CS to make it easier to write a message.  You can also see the other side of the DSP behind the Basic White CS.

 

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In Bloom & the Pierced Blooms Dies

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week is a color challenge.  I used the colors with the  In Bloom stamp set (I am sorry to say the set is no longer available-sold out) and the Pierced Blooms dies and I love how it turned out.

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Isn't this a gorgeous color combination?  They bring a smile to my face and hope it makes you smile too.

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The Pierced Blooms dies make the prettiest flowers and leaves.  The stitched /pierced detail on the flowers and leaves add texture and  in my eyes make them so cute.  I am sad that they are retiring so go and snag them now before they are gone.  In the center of the flowers I added a small black Classic Matte dot. The black and white patterned paper is from the Pattern Party DSP.  This is a Stampin' Reward choice and one of my very favorite packs of paper.   I do love black and white designs and this pack has them and also fabulous colorful patterns too.  

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I like to dress up the inside of the cards I make.  Here i added a 1/2" strip of the black and white DSP and another flower made with the Pierced Blooms.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team created with this beautiful color combination,

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Elegantly Said and the Peony Dies

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  

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I used the Simply Elegant DSP, Elegantly Said stamp set ,  and the Peony dies.  All of these items are on the retiring list which means they are only available while supplies last.  

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You can see that I followed the sketch quite closely.  

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The Peony dies create very pretty peonies.  The dies are easy to put together and you can create stunning flowers in just a few minutes.  I will  probably keep the Prized Peony stamp set and the coordinating Peony Dies in my personal collection.  The images in the set are so pretty and the sentiments fill a void in my collection.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this sketch.

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Meadow Dies

I recently made a bunch of blended backgrounds and decided to play with different techniques to finish them into cards.  I used the color combination of Polished Pink, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight.

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In addition to blending the ink  with the Blending Brushes, I  added some flicks of watered down White Craft ink to this background.  I added the Meadow dies in black for a very dramatic scene.

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I added some Black twine and tied on the label from the Meadows dies.   The sentiment is from the Eden's Garden set and it was embossed with White Embossing powder.  Inside of the card I added a Basic White layer with another die cut from the Meadow dies.  

 

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I will be sharing more of these blending projects in future posts.  You can go here to see another card I made starting from the same blended background.  Making these different cards starting from the same background was a lot of fun.   What's your favorite way to use a blended ink background?

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As a member of the  Creativity Abounds Design team, I am participating in designing and selling a specially designed card making tutorial featuring a blue and yellow theme. (You can of course make the cards in any colors you'd like.) We felt called to do this in order to offer assistance to the people Ukraine. 

All proceeds from the sale of this tutorial (PDF sent by email) will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their work with the people of Ukraine. 

The tutorial is ready. Cost is $15.   Please contact me if you would like to purchase a tutorial, sharon@astheinkdries.com

I hope you will join me in support of this endeavor.  Thank you!

 

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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (12 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Hats Off Thanks

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and create.

This week the Inspo List was inspired by World Party Day!  World Party Day will be celebrated on April 3.   World Party Day "encourages a coordinated effort of joyful human celebration around the globe."   Wouldn't that be a lovely thing?

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I used from the Inspo list sparkle,  polka dot, bright colors, layers, and hat.

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I used the Hats Off bundle  to stamp and cut out the cute hat.   The stitched detail on the hat is so amazing.  The hat was stamped on a piece of Polished Pink  2021-23 In Color DSP.  The black and white dot paper is from the Pattern Party DSP which is Host Reward choice.  The scalloped frame is from the Scallop Contours die.  The star and the "thanks" (Amazing Thanks die) were cut from the Supple Shimmer Specialty paper in the Mini Catalog.

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Inside I added a Basic White layer to make it easier to write on the card.  I added a strip of the DSP and a miniature version of the hat on the hat on the front.  

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thanks for stopping by!

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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (12 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the  tutorial.

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Ukraine tutorial

Please contact me (sharon@atheinkdries.com) if you are interested in the purchasing the Blue and Yellow Ukraine Fundraiser tutorial.

 

 


Pansy Patch & the Pansy Petals DSP

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  

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Sometimes I follow the sketch very closely, like I did this week and other times very loosely.  

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The only stamping is the sentiment  (I love this one) from the  Pansy Patch stamp set.  Everything else is from the Pansy Petals DSP.  The Fresh Freesia gingham is so springy and a lovely background for the flowers.  The floral rectangles were cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies and the pansies were fussy cut from another sheet of the DSP.  

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Inside I added a piece of Basic White CS to make it easier to write on.  I had a little strip of the Fresh Freesia gingham so I had to add it here along with another flower I fussy cut but didn't end up using on the front of the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge,

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Daffodils, Tulips & Pansies, Oh My!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather together every month on the 14th, to  blog hop.  We have recently changed to a no theme hop so everyone can share what they are currently loving.  We try to make sure everything we use is available but as you know that can be difficult  given the current shipping situation. 

Currently I am thinking about Spring!  I love this time of year and it also is a tough time of year for me.  I have allergies and here in the Northwest with all the trees, grasses, flowers starting to wake up, so do my allergies.  Oh well, I sniffle my way through it and love seeing all the spring flowers starting to bloom.

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I made this spring bouquet for you and hopefully it is also allergy free!  I love that we have so many gorgeous flowers in the 2021-22 Annual Catalog and in the 2022 J-J Mini Catalog.  The daffodils are from the Mini Catalog.  I made the flowers with the Daffodil dies and  a few of the leaves were stamped and die cut using the Daffodil Daydream bundle.    The tulips were made using the Tulip  Dies also from the Mini Catalog.  The pansies were stamped and die cut using the Pansy Patch bundle (currently on special-part of the Savings are in Bloom promotion).  This spring bouquet sits on one of the Scalloped Contour dies.

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Yup, this is an easel card.   The cute little flower stopper is another sweet pansy.  Once I figure out who I am sending this to I will also stamp a sentiment next to the pansy.  Some other little details I want to point out.  The Poppy Parade and white twine is from the Fan Baker's twine.  The little tag is from the Meadow dies (this is part of the Quiet Meadow bundle which  is also on special this month).  The hello is from the Pansy Patch stamp set.  I used Post It notes to cover some of the sentiment when I inked it and then removed the Post Its before I stamped it on the tag.

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In the center of each pansy is a rhinestone colored using a Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend.  This is a good trick to remember, so you will always have coordinating embellishments.

Time to check out all the fabulous stops on the hop!

 

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Celebrate Sunflowers

Ukraine tutorial

As a member of the Creativity Abounds Design team, I am participating in designing and selling a specially designed card making tutorial featuring a blue and yellow theme. (You can of course make the cards in any colors you'd like.) We felt called to do this in order to offer assistance to the people Ukraine.
 
All proceeds from the sale of this tutorial (PDF sent by email) will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their work with the people of Ukraine.
The tutorial is being prepared now and should be ready for distribution by mid-March. Please reserve your bundle by commenting below or messaging me. Cost is $15.
 
The tutorial is almost complete and here is a sneak peek of the projects.
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While I was creating my project for the tutorial bundle I made this card.   The card I made for the tutorial is a surprise and  exclusive to the tutorial bundle.
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The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. is a great set to use since sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine.  I stamped the sunflower using Pacific Point ink and colored the petals using Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  "Peace" was cut out using the Playful Alphabet dies.  Before gluing down the Basic White layer I used the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder to add a little texture.  I like how the Pacific Point layer shows thru the letters.  To finish up the card I added some White Baker's Twine and a Brushed Brass Butterfly.
 
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Welcoming Window

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and create.

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You can also read more about how to play in the challenge HERE.

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I used from the Inspo list flowers/plants, green, encouragement, and brick.  

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Here's the breakdown of the products I used.  I really enjoyed putting together this fun scene.  The Welcoming Window bundle is on sale through March along with 12 other bundles and the Mini Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine.  In addition to the Welcoming Window bundle I used the Perfect Plants die to cut out the planter and plant from the Bloom Where You Are Planted DSP.

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Inside I added a strip of the brick DSP and another planter and plant from the Bloom Where You Are Planted DSP.  

Now it is time to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday design team created for the challenge.

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

Ann Schach- off this week

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans

Joanne James

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Ukraine tutorial

As a member of the Creativity Abounds Design team, I am participating in designing and selling a specially designed card making tutorial featuring a blue and yellow theme. (You can of course make the cards in any colors you'd like.) We felt called to do this in order to offer assistance to the people Ukraine.
All proceeds from the sale of this tutorial (PDF sent by email) will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their work with the people of Ukraine.
The tutorial is being prepared now and should be ready for distribution by mid-March. Please reserve your bundle by commenting below or messaging me. Cost is $15.
I hope you will join me in support of this endeavor. Thank you!

 


Hello Ladybug & Celebrate Sunflowers

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  

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Can you guess the colors that are in the challenge?  

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Did you guess correctly?  Isn't this a fun color combination?  

It has been a little bit since I pulled out the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflower dies.  It is such a pretty stamp set and Bumblebee is a great color to use for that big sunflower.  I inked the sunflower in Bumblebee ink and stamped on Bumblebee CS.  I used a blending brush to add a little Poppy Parade around the center of the sunflower.

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When I start to work on a color challenge I pull out cardstock, DSP, and embellishments in the challenge colors.  This is how I found the Night of Navy patterned paper in the Sweet Symmetry pack.    The Fan Baker's Twine in Poppy Parade and white was another one I pulled out.  In fact, I think this color combination was inspired but the colors in Hey Sports Fan DSP.  When it came to embellishments I couldn't find very much.  I thought about coloring some rhinestones or pearls or just adding some little dots and then I remembered the tiny flowers in the Peach dies.   Aren't they so cute?  I also added some tiny pearls because she is a fancy ladybug.  

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Inside I added a big leaf stamped using the Hello Ladybug stamp set in Bumblebee.  I stamped the ladybug in Night of Navy and Poppy Parade and fussy cut her out.  Want to know the story behind this?  I somehow got a splotch of ink inside of the card so I needed to cover it up and like I always say, never take apart my cards cause you will certainly find some kind of mistake I had to cover up.  

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this color challenge,

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