2021-22 Annual Catalog

Creatively Abounds Blog Hop...Masculine Cards


Welcome to another Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are an international group of  Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have joined together to collaborate.  This month we are hopping and also have created a tutorial bundle around the theme Masculine cards.   Thank you for joining us and enjoy the hop!


Masculine cards are some of the hardest cards to make.  I tend to want to gussy ( wow, how old am I?) them up too much. The cards I created today use the Handsomely Suited Bundle and the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.


Once a month my team meets on Zoom and we have a Crafty Time.  A few days before the Zoom meeting I send out the measurements and basic supplies everyone will need to make the projects.  We have 2-3 projects.  This card was inspired by a project taught by Heather Peeler.  She had us cut strips of DSP and attach them to a piece of Basic White Cardstock.  We then cut a frame using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  She did some beautiful watercoloring inside of the frame but I opted to use the bow tie stamp and dies to fill my frame.  


The Well Suited DSP is such a fun pack of paper.  The patterns of the DSP remind me of my husband's tie collection back before he retired.  Most of them were pretty classic patterns but there were some florals and brighter colors too.  I also used the Tasteful Textile 3D folder on the Basic White layer.  This folder will be my new go-to folder since the Subtle 3D folder is retiring soon.  


Now the bonus of creating a frame, is that you are left with a  rectangle of the DSP strips that you can use on another project.  Here I layered it with Basic Gray CS cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies and added another bow tie.


I tried to keep things clean and simple to hopefully keep a more masculine vibe.


I couldn't decide if it looked better with one or two bow ties so I tried it both ways.  Which do you think it better?  

Our team is having another Crafty Night and I am looking forward to seeing what will be shared tonight.  I will post what I will share soon.  It is always a fun time and I always learn something new.  

Here is a list of all the stops on the hop!  I know you won't want to miss a stop.

Here is a little peek of the Tutorial Bundle we have created.  There are 12 tutorials in the bundle and they are different than the projects in the blog hop.  If you are interested in purchasing the tutorial please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) the price is $15 US or place an order of $35 or more and use the Host Code TYVQXM6H and I will send it to you as a thank you gift. 

Masculine tutorial Pic

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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Last Chance...

Today is the last day to purchase retiring items from the 2020 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.   Many of the items have been drastically reduced in price and some have sold out.  I decided to have a play with some retiring items but to keep it interesting mixing it with a new item that will be available starting tomorrow.


I used these items that are retiring; Wreath Builder dies (sorry it is now sold out), Confetti Flowers Border punch (on sale for $9.20!!) , and the sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.   I am planning on keeping all of these items.  I love the 3 sizes of flowers that the Confetti Flowers Border punch creates.  I have used them a lot and right now do not have a replacement for them.  

What is new are all the colors I used are the NEW 2021-23 In Colors.  Do I dare say this may just be my favorite batch of In Colors?  I like that they coordinate so well with each other and also seem to fit in so nicely with our existing colors.  The wreath and flowers were cut out using another new product,  2021-23 In Color Shimmer Vellum.   I love some sparkle and shine and this new vellum has it.  It looks like it was heavily coated with Wink of Stella and has the translucency of vellum.  


The sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set is one I use a lot.  Love the font and it is a great size.  I also love that it fits so nicely on the Stitched Rectangle label.

Thank you for stopping by and check out all that is retiring and snag some of your favorites.  May 4th the new catalog will go live and also 2 fabulous promotions!

  • May 4-31 2021 Stampin' Up! Starter Kit Promotion!  For $99 (plus tax) you will get up to $155 in products of YOUR choice (this is $30 more than the already generous starter kit).  The kit ships for Free, which is another 10% savings.  
  • May 4- June 14  Connect, Craft, & Collect $25.  Receive an extra $25 in Host Rewards when your online order reaches $250 ( before shipping/tax).  

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Pansy Petals Suite

It is time for a little sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  I used the Pansy Petals Suite Collection  which includes the Pansy Patch bundle, Pansy Petals DSP, and the Bumblebee trinkets.  I also used the 2021-23 In Color Shimmer Vellum in Fresh Freesia for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, #CCMC661.  This week it is a sketch challenge and you will see that I followed the sketch pretty closely.


The main difference is I used my Layering Circles dies for the focal point.


The card base is Evening Evergreen, one of the new In Colors.  It is a dark, rich green which coordinates beautifully with Soft Succulent, another new In Color.  The Pansy Petals DSP features all of the new In Colors and more.  Some of the images in the DSP can be cut out using the Pansy Dies.  The pansy on my card is one that was cut out from the DSP.  The flip side of the DSP features pretty ginghams, dots and stripes.  


My photo fails to catch the shimmer in the vellum.  The vellum looks like it was painted with Wink of Stella.  A pretty, soft shimmer and the vellum comes in all the new In Colors.  The stitched scallop edging is from the Penned Flowers Dies, another new die in the upcoming catalog.   Love the detailed gold bumblebees.  I have it secured on the label with a glue dot.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.

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Butterfly Brilliance

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a Color Challenge.


Aren't these pretty spring colors?  Seaside Spray is one of the In Colors that are on the retiring list.  It is a color that I will miss.


I cut a  1-3/4" x 5-1/2" strip of True Love Designer Series Paper.  I colored the center squares using So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Seaside Spray Stampin' Blends.  I used the light marker of the combo pack.  I love how this looks.  This pack of paper has lots of designs that look great when colored.  How I love a black and white paper!  I inked up the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set in Versamark ink and stamped a sheet of Vellum Cardstock, sprinkled the images using White Embossing Powder, and heat embossed using the Heat Tool.  The vellum butterflies were cut using the Brilliant Wings die.  I do have a few extra butterflies to use on another project.  I also used the Brilliant Wings die to cut out the butterflies in the colors of the challenge.


To finish the butterflies I used the Stampin' Blends to color a rhinestone in each of the challenge colors.  The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and it was inked in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

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

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Sneak Peek: Hand-Penned Petals

Today I am sharing a little sneak peek of some of the items in the Hand-Penned product suite in the 2021-22 Annual Catalog.   I am excited about this suite and think it is beautiful.  You will also see a couple of the new In Colors, Soft Succulent and Pale Papaya.


This is a Two Step  and Distinktive stamp set.  The bold image does not completely color the inside of the outline.  There is intentional white space and overlap.  The effect is a loose and free watercolored look.  I was a little skeptical at first but after playing with it I love the way the flower and leaves turned out.  The image is mounted on the retired Stitched Shapes oval and the retired scalloped oval from the Layering Oval dies. Love these 2 dies sets and am sad that they are no longer available.  The small scallop on the Hand-Penned DSP was cut using one of the dies in the Penned Flower Dies.  


The Soft Succulent ribbon is also new and it may be my favorite.  Why?  This ribbon is soft, easy to tie, and not bulky.  It also comes in all the new In Colors (Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Fresh Freesia).  Inside you can see a die cut flower that is also part of the Penned Flowers Dies.

Hope you liked this sneak peek from the upcoming 2021-22 Annual catalog.  There will be more sneaks before the catalog goes live on May 4th.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Art Gallery & the Pansy Petal DSP

It is Thursday and you know what that mean! It is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and it was a tough one for me.  


I had just received my Stampin' Up! demonstrator pre-order and wanted to use something from that beautiful  box.  Being able to pre-order from the upcoming catalogs is such a great bonus given to Stampin' Up!  demonstrators.


Are you wondering what is that lovely color...  Fresh Freesia!  Such a lovely spring time color.  The card base is Fresh Freesia and the 2 patterned paper designs are from the Pansy Petals DSP.   I like gingham and there are 3 different gingham sheets in the Pansy Petals DSP.  Makes me very happy to have some gingham back.  

The flower is from the Art Gallery bundle.   The petals were stamped using Fresh Freesia, once at full strength and then stamped off.  The leaf and stem were stamped in Old Olive.


The floral DSP was cut out using one of the new Scalloped Contours dies.  This die set features 5 different scalloped rectangle dies, a scalloped border die and 2 dies that coordinate with the Color & Contour stamp set.  This new die set is  another great basic and will be used a lot.  The gingham scalloped rectangle was cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  

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

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Rainbow Butterflies

The Brilliant Wings dies (which can be purchased alone or with the Butterfly Brilliance  set) is a sneak peek from the 2021-22 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog that is available now.

  Brilliant wings dies

I thought they would be perfect for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0080.


To play along with the Festive Friday Challenge you need to use 3 of the items listed on the Inspo List on your project.  Post your project in the Festive Friday gallery for everyone to admire, no later than Monday, March 29 4pm (CST).  There are a few other rules that you can see here.   If you want to be considered to be chosen as one of the 3 Festive Faves be sure to check out the rules.  I will mention that one of the rules is that you cannot link your project to more than 2 other challenges (Festive Friday and 2 others).  


I chose to use the elements ribbon, bright colors, blue, and butterfly.  

  • Use the detailed butterfly dies and cut 3 butterflies from a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" Bermuda Bay CS
  • Emboss the Bermuda Bay CS using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.
  • Cut out 3 detailed butterflies in Black CS.
  • Cut out Rainbow Glimmer Paper to go behind the Bermuda Bay butterfly cut outs.  Secure the glimmer paper to the back of the Bermuda Bay CS
  • Adhere the black butterflies into the cutouts on the Bermuda Bay CS.
  • Tie a bow using the 3/8" Black Glittered ribbon around the bottom of the Bermuda Bay CS
  • Layer the Bermuda Bay on to a 4" x 5-1/4" Black CS
  • Layer on to a Bermuda Bay CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Stamp sentiment on a Basic White Stitched Shapes Oval and layer on to black oval punched using the Double Oval Punch
  • Attach sentiment to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Jazz up the front using Elegant Faceted Gems
  • Adhere a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White CS to the inside of the card
  • Added a 1/2" x 4" piece of Rainbow Glimmer Paper and an extra butterfly to the Basic White CS on the inside of the card


 Be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday Design team made for #FF0080. 

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert-   You are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema-off this week

I will be looking for your beautiful project in the gallery!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Butterfly Brilliance Sympathy Card

The Butterfly Brilliance bundle is so versatile.  I have made many cards using the stamps and dies but this is the first sympathy card.  It is always hard to  make and to send  sympathy cards but all I can hope is that it brings some comfort to the recipient.  


I stamped the butterflies on Vellum Cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  Here is another card using the white embossed butterflies.   The butterfly was attached to a stitched square and then a black scalloped square.  I also attached an Elegant Faceted Gem to the butterfly.   The simple sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  This stamp set is another great basic to have in your stamping stash.  It has sentiments that cover all kinds of different occasions.  Whenever I need a small greeting I know to look at this stamp set.


I used the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder to create the beautiful texture.  This is an elegant embossing folder and just seemed to go with that elegant butterfly.  Inside of the card I attached another embossed vellum butterfly.  You can kind of see the shadow of it in the picture above.  

Thank you for stopping by and I have linked all the products I used to make this card below.

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