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. 

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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More Sweet Symmetry DSP and the Pierced Blooms Dies

Earlier in the month I posted a card using the Sweet Symmetry DSP and the Pierced Blooms Dies.  I made a few more cards using different patterns from the Sweet Symmetry DSP.


This paper pack is so fun to mix and match and oh, the Pierced Blooms dies are so cute! 


Love the colors in the DSP.  These are great color combinations to use on another project.  This one is Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Just Jade and Night of Navy.


So bright and cheery!  Perfect to send some happy in the mail to someone to let them know you are thinking about them.


I used Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, and Just Jade for these flowers and leaves.  For the centers I used the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots.  

The Sweet Symmetry DSP is one of 9 paper packs that are on sale at 15% off until the end of the July.  Don't delay there's just a few more days left to save.

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Shop the sale here.

Thank you for stopping by!  



The Simply Elegant Tutorial bundle has 13 tutorials using the products in the Simply Elegant Suite.  If you want more ideas and ways to use these products the bundle is available for purchase for $15 US.  Contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com)  to order or if you have any questions.

Artistic Dies

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This month the challenge is to CASE the catalog.  Every week a different sample is chosen  to case.  You can chose to case the color combination, the layout, the stamp set, almost anything as long as it is inspired by the chosen sample.


I love this sample and am happy to get the opportunity to CASE it.  


I CASED the layout of the card pretty closely.  Instead of embossing an image on to the Vellum cardstock I chose to use one of the Artistic Dies.  To mimic the embossing I used Basic White to cut the die.  I used little dots of glue behind the die cut to attach it to the vellum.  You could also use Adhesive Sheets.   


Sometimes in the catalog there are items that can be easily overlooked.  I think the Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty paper (page 135) is one of those products.  It is a little bit hidden in the catalog.  The paper has a nice shimmer and I used it for one of the strips behind the vellum.  I think it coordinates beautifully with the Expressions in Ink DSP since the DSP has gold foiling in the designs.  To attach the vellum to the panels, I again applied dots of glue to the back side of the vellum where the die is.  This helps to hide the adhesive.  I added a few Wonderful Gems, which are returning in the upcoming mini catalog.  The gems come in Clear and Red with flecks of gold glitter.  The clear ones were perfect for this card to more touches of gold.  

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




The Simply Elegant Tutorial bundle has 13 tutorials using the products in the Simply Elegant Suite.  If you want more ideas and ways to use these products the bundle is available for purchase for $15 US.  Contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com)  to order or if you have any questions.


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Elegantly Said


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have joined together to share ideas focused around a theme, bundle, and/or a suite of products.   This month our focus is the Simply Elegant Suite.  Hop along with us as we share lots of different ideas using the products in the Simply Elegant Suite.

The Simply Elegant Suite  includes a stamp set,  a punch, specialty DSP, and trim.  It has everything you need to create beautiful projects.  Let me just say the Simply Elegant DSP is gorgeous.  It has gold, copper, and silver foiling details and sophisticated designs.  The stamp set includes 7 sentiments in a lovely font and covers so many different situations.  


I made a simple card to allow the beauty of the DSP to shine.   I stamped the flower in Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using silver embossing powder.  I also stamped the long lacy image and embossed it in silver.  I fussy cut around the lacy image and used it for a border.  I know I will be using that image a lot more in the future.   The ribbon is the Black Glittered Organdy ribbon.  


Inside I added a strip of DSP leftover from another project.  This DSP is so pretty that I want to use every bit of it.  This card is one that can be used for multiple occasions so I will leave the sentiment off for now.  



Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the tutorial offering for even more ideas using the Simply Elegant Suite.



Do you love theSimply Elegant Suite?  Want even more ideas?  We are offering this tutorial with 13 projects fo $15 US.  Contact me at sharon@astheinkdries.com to order, 


Measure of Love

This month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is CASEing the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  What does this mean?  A sample is selected and that project is what we us for the inspiration for our projects.  This week the sample we are CASEing is on page 100 of the catalog.  


I was inspired by the layout of this card.  I used the Measure of Love stamp set, Pattern Party DSP, and the sentiment from the Sweet as a Peach set.  


I started out by stamping the bowl of cherries and then fussy cutting them out.  I popped them up on the circles to make them the focal point.  The Pattern Party DSP is so bright and cheery.  This particular print just seems to go with the bowl of cherries.   Are you wondering about the ribbon?  I didn't have any Poppy Parade ribbon so I colored White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon with Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.   It is always good to have some white or vanilla ribbon around to create a custom color. 


Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.  Thanks for. stopping by and I hope you will join in the challenge!


Around the World on Wednesday...CAS(e) a Team Member

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  This month we are CAS(e)ing a member of the blog hop team.  I am CAS(e)ing the talented and creative Teri West, Alaska Stamper.  It was super fun to look through her blog.  I had a tough time trying to decide what to CASE, there were so many great cards!   I spent a lot of time and finally decided on this one.  I love the color palette, layout, blending and well everything about her card.  

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I love the blending Teri did.  I used similar colors Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, and Night of Navy for the background.  I am not as comfortable/skilled with the Blending Brushes so I used Stampin' Sponges which I just realized that Stampin' Up!® no longer sells.  I guess I need to practice with the Blending Brushes!


Instead of sequins I watered down some White Craft ink  and flicked it on to the background using a Water Painter. I used Basic Black cardstock and Black Glitter paper (returning in August in the Mini Catalog) to create the silhouettes using the Meadow dies.  I wrapped Black Baker's twine around the card and tied on a Tailor Made Tag.  The sentiment is from the Through It Together stamp set.  


Are you wondering how I got the butterfly facing this way?  I cut it with the die cutting edge facing the non glittery side of the paper.  Inside you can see I also added another silhouette.  One last thing,  I used the Tasteful Textile 3D folder on the front of the card base.  

Thank you Angie for being our blog hop leader and coming up with this fun challenge.  Thank you Teri for the beautiful cards you have on your blog, so much inspiration!  


Here is the list of all the stops on this blog hop!

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Pia Gephardt - DE

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - 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   you are here!

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by!


ICS Blog Hop...Pansy Petals DSP

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing projects using Designer Series Paper.  In the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog there are some beautiful packs of paper and we wanted to share some ideas on ways to use them.

I chose to highlight the Pansy Petals DSP which coordinates with the Pansy Patch bundle.


The Pansy Petals DSP is full of beautiful pansies, leaves and gingham!  I really like the gingham!  The pansies on the belly band were all cut from the DSP.  The leaves were cut from cardstock using the Pansy Dies...check out the embossing on them!  


In the centers of the pansies are the 2021-23 In Color Jewels.   These jewels are pretty pops of In Color iridescence.  The belly band has a strip of Fresh Freesia cardstock that was embossed using the polka dot folder  from the Checks and Dots folders.  The ribbon is the Bumblebee Gingham.


Here you can see how this card opens.  The whole fold  is quite simple.

Scoring Directions

  • 5-1/2" x 11" Basic White CS
  • 1-1/4", 5-1/2", 9-1/4"

You will be able to see how the fold works after you see the photo sequence.  


Inside another pretty design from the Pansy Petals DSP and a space to write your message.  I added a 1/2". Fresh Freesia strip embossed with the Dots folder and a couple more pansies cut from the DSP pack.


Now it is time for you to hop along and check out what Cheryl Hamilton created. 

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Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy the hop and seeing lots of ideas using Stampin' Up!'s pretty Designer Series Paper.


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Be sure to check out the 9 packs of Designer Series Paper currently on sale!  Pansy Petals is one of them!


Sweet Symmetry DSP & the Pierced Bloom Dies

I have been trying to resist the  Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper but when it went on sale, I knew I had to order it.  I love the bright colors and simple cute designs.   This was the first card I made using the paper and I love  that I can show you both sides of the paper.  


I used the Pierced Blooms Dies for the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish stamp set.  I haven't made this style of card in a while.  It was so fun and I ended up making 4 more cards using the different designs in the paper pack.  I  will share those another time.


The flower centers are Opal Rounds colored with Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.  If you are interested in making this card.  I created a tutorial  you can find here.  The paper and stamps are different but the basic measurements should work.

Be sure to check out the DSP that are on sale.  There are some beautiful ones and at a great price!

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Thanks for stopping by!




Plentiful Plants

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This month the challenge is a little different, we are Casing the Catalog.  This week we are casing the card on page 52 of the 2021 Annual Catalog. 


We are using this card  as the inspiration for our projects.  What catches your eye?  Is it the colors, the layout, the stamp set, or ?  Can I just say, aren't those babies adorable!  I do not have this stamp set (yet) so I used the  layout for my inspiration.


Instead of using the Stitched Rectangles I used the Tailor Made Tags Dies for the base of the images.  The Tailor Made Dies are standalone dies meaning they do not have a coordinating stamp set since they can be used with lots of different stamp sets.   Both of the flower pots were stamped (Plentiful Plants)  and then cut out using the Perfect Plants die.   The hangers were cut out using the Perfect Plants die.  The plant on the left was cut from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  This is one of the 9 packs of Designer Series Paper that is on sale through August 2.  The plant on the right was stamped and cut using the stamp and dies (Plentiful Plants bundle).


All the tags were tied using the Crumb Cake Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack.  I am quite pleased that we have a selection of Baker's Twine again.  The little Polished Pink flowers are from the Loose Flower Flourishes.  I attached them to the plant and the tag using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I wanted to add a little pop of color.

You can see that i decorated the inside of the card using a plant cut out from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  This is another great pack of patterned paper with some images that can be cut using the Perfect Plants die and some great background designs like the bricks I used on this card.  

Check out the links below for all the supplies I used on this card and thank you for stopping by.



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Be sure to check out the 9 packs of DSP that are 15% off!



Pansy Patch Ombre Pocket

This month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge  will be CASEing the catalog.   Every week a sample from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog will be selected and the design team will CASE it.  We might CASE the colors, sketch, or ?   You never know what will be the spark that fuels inspiration.

This week it is a sample on page 28, the Pansy Petals.


I was pretty faithful to the sample except I made the project into a card.


These gift bags are  fun to play with and can be used  for cards as well as packaging.  I used a Polished Pink Ombre Gift Bag  and cut it down in size so it measures 4-1/4" x 4-3/4" .  The card insert measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" so it is sized for an A-2 envelope.  I used the large scallop edge die from the Scallop Contours Dies (also part of the Color & Contour bundle) to cut the top of the pocket.    I also embossed it using the Check embossing folder from the Checks & Dots.   I used one of the Tailor Made Tags dies to cut out a design from the Pansy Petals DSP.   I used the Pansy dies to cut out a flower from the Pansy Petals DSP and leaves from Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen CS.


The tags were secured in place using the Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon.  All the sentiments are from the Pansy Patch stamp set.   The In Color Jewels were used for the center of the flowers and to accent the sentiments.


Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will join in the challenge.  You can go to the Create with Connie & Mary Facebook page and join in the fun and post your entry in the comments.


Starting today (July 1)  you can enjoy 15% discount on select packs of Designer Series Paper.  There are 9 to choose from and they are all great packs of paper!  Click HERE to see the 9 pack of paper available at a 15% discount.


Hand-Penned Panels

I think the Hand-Penned Suite is the set of products I have used the most from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog.  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is so pretty and the patterns mix and match so beautifully.  Another thing I really like is that it is an easy set to do Two-Step stamping.  Why?  You do not have to line things up perfectly for it to look great.  


This is one of my favorite go to layouts.  

  • Pale Papaya CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2",  3-1/4" x 4",  3" x 3" (scalloped circle)
  • Basic White CS 4" x 5-1/4" (inside of the card), 3" x 3" (circle), 3-1/4" x  4" (flower bouquet)
  • Hand-Penned DSP pattern A-4" x 5-1/4",  pattern B 3" x 3-7/8" cut into 3 panels measuring 1" x 3-7/8"
  • Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon

Adhere pattern A DSP to the front of the card base.  

Adhere pattern B DSP to the 3-1/4" x 4" Pale Papaya CS.  Wrap and tie a bow with the Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon.

Adhere to the card base.

Stamp the flower bouquet using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the 3-1/4" x 4" Basic White CS.  Color the flowers using Blushing Bride, Pale Papaya ink and the leaves using Mint Macaron ink.  

Die cut the Basic White circle and the Pale Papaya Scalloped circle (Layering Circle dies).  Attach the bouquet to the circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Adhere to the card base.

Attach Genial Gems to the centers of the flowers.

Adhere the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic White CS to the inside of the card.


I always like to add something to the inside of the card.  Sometimes I stamp something, add a die cut or at the very minimum I add a strip of DSP.  

Hope you will use this layout.  It is an easy way to show off both sides of the pretty paper.  Starting July 1 there will be 9 DSP packs that will be 15% off and yes, Hand Penned is one of them!  It will be a great time to add some new pretty paper.  Stay tuned for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!