2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog

Corner Bouquet & the Fine Art Floral DSP

Ready for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0077?  The Festive Friday Challenge picks a festivity and uses that festivity to create an Inspo List.  International Polar Bear Day is  on February 27 and it is the inspiration behind the Inspo List.  Your project doesn't have to feature a polar bear (but it can) but it does have to have 3 elements from the Inspo list.

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I chose to use blue, vellum, acetate, and heat embossing for my project. 

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Th card base is Vellum Cardstock and heat embossed using the Corner Bouquet stamp set and white embossing powder.  I do not use vellum as much as I used to and it was great to be reminded how pretty white embossing looks on vellum.  On the front I layered a design from the Golden Garden Specialty Acetate over a coordinating piece of Fine Art Floral DSP.   I used small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue behind the gold foil designs on the acetate to attach it to the paper.  I did this to try and hide the adhesive.  The acetate and DSP are layered on a piece of Pool Party CS.  The Pool Party Sheer Ribbon is so pretty and also helps to secure the acetate to the DSP.

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Since the card base is vellum I had to line the inside front of the card to hide the adhesive from the front of the card from showing.   I also added a panel to the inside of the card so I could write a message.  I also lined the back of the card to hide the adhesive.  This makes the card quite substantial even though it is vellum, so it is not as delicate as it appears.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge #FF0077

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert that's me!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Looking forward to seeing what you create in the Festive Friday gallery.

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Hydrangea Haven

The 2021 Stampin' Up!® January-June Mini catalog is full of so many beautiful stamp set, dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments.  For the Festive Friday challenge I pulled out the Hydrangea Haven bundle.   This was my first real play with the products and I am hooked.  Before I get started telling you about the Hydrangea Hill Suite let's talk about the Challenge.

The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge and each challenge lasts 10 days.  The challenge is inspired by a festivity and based on that festivity an inspiration list is created aka Inspo List.  There are always 10 items on the list and to play in the challenge you need to use at least 3 items from the list on your project.  You post your project on the Festive Friday blog gallery.  There are just a few rules and you can find them here

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This challenge #FF78 ends on March 1 at 4 pm CST.  I hope you will join in the fun.  I would love to see what you create.

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As I mentioned I used the Hydrangea Haven bundle, Hydrangea Hill DSP, and the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon on my card.  The 3 items from the Inspo list on my card: fun fold, flowers, and female sentiment.

The beautiful flower was cut using a die from the DSP.  I wish i could claim that I colored it but it is the paper. The die is pretty special, it partially cuts out little flower petals which i pushed out so it looks dimensional.  I may have gone a little rhinestone crazy but sometimes you just gotta do it.  The rhinestones were colored using the Dark Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.  All the patterned paper is from the Hydrangea Hill DSP pack.    

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The lovely sentiments are  from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set and they are powerful words.  I am sure we all know someone or many someone's we could send this card to.  The larger label was cut using the Stitched Nested dies  and the smaller stitched rounded rectangle is from the Hydrangea dies.  

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

Judy Rozema

 

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Dandy Garden Suite

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have come together to share our ideas with you.  We blog hop on the the 3rd Wednesday of the month and this month our theme is the Dandy Garden suite.  Thank you for joining us today and please enjoy the hop!

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This is a fun fold called the Impossible card.  When I first saw this fold it did indeed look impossible but it actually s very easy once you understand how it works.

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  • Start with a 4-1/4' x 5-1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Find the midpoint of the 4-1/4" side and score.  This is the red dotted line in the picture above.
  • Starting at the fold find the middle (2-3/4") and cut a slit from the fold to the outer edge.
  • Starting at the fold  measure 1-1/4" from the fold and cut a slit to the outer edge.  Repeat along the other edge

Note: The 1-1/4" measure is what I used so that I could use the dragonflies to connect the 2 panels.  You can change the dimension to fit your project.

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This what your card will look like when all the scoring and cutting is done.

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The easiest way to assemble is to hold the 3'' panel in one hand and with your other hand flip one of the 1-1/4" pieces to the other side.  If this is confusing don't worry I have a short video below that shows this step.

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Check out the video below.  You will be amazed how easy and ingenious it is and that it isn't really impossible.

 

Isn't it amazing how simple it is?

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I connected the panels with stamped and punched dragonflies using the Dragonfly Garden bundle.  You do not have to connect the panels.  I like to do this as it makes the card very stable.  The panels are decorated using the Dandy Garden 6" x 6" DSP.   Behind the center panel I attached a piece of Basic White CS so I can write a little note.

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I hope you will make your own Impossible card, now that you know that it really isn't impossible.

One last big thing!  The Creativity Abounds Blog Hop team haas also put together a tutorial bundle of brand new projects.  There are 13 tutorials and they feature projects using products from the Dandy Garden Suite (pages 24-27 of the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog).

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You can purchase this tutorial bundle for $15 US or receive it free with a minimum $50 order placed with me through my online store. Contact me if you have any questions or to order the tutorial (sharon@astheinkdries.com).

 

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the Creativity Abounds Dandy Garden Blog Hop!

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Garden Wishes and the Oh So Ombre DSP

There is less than 2 weeks left of this period of Sale-A-Bration.  It is a little hard to get used to that Sale-A-Bration last only 2 months but the good thing is that there will be another Sale-A-Bration in July-August with new offerings.  

I should have shared these cards on a Sunday, since they are perfect for a Simple Sunday post.  

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The beautiful Oh So Ombre DSP (SAB choice) meets the Garden Wishes stamp set.  Very clean and simple.  The dandelion image was stamped directly on the Blackberry Bliss Oh So Ombre DSP in VersaMark ink and heat embossed using Black embossing powder.  The sentiment was also heat embossed using Black embossing powder on Basic White CS and cut out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  A Matte Black dot was attached to accent the sentiment.   The Blackberry Bliss Striped ribbon  is  easy to tie and holds its shape beautifully.  

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Here are the measurements for the card.

  • Blackberry Bliss CS card base- 4-1/4" x 11"
  • Basic White- 4" x  5-1/4" (cut 2,  one for the outside and one for the inside of the card), scrap piece for the sentiment
  • Basic Black -3-3/4" x 5"
  • Oh So Ombre DSP- 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"

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Inside another dandelion image from the Garden Wishes stamp set stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and a strip of Oh So Ombre DSP.  

I liked the way this card turned out  and decided to make the same card in all the colors of the Oh So Ombre DSP.

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Here it is in Rococo Rose.  The only difference is the ribbon.  This is the 3/8" Glittered Black Organdy Ribbon.

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Granny Apple Green

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Bermuda Bay

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Which is your favorite?  

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Fun Fold

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are  hopping with excitement to share with you some fun fold cards.  The problem with our theme is trying to decide what fold to use, there are so many fun ones!

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Snailed It!  This cute little snail was fussy cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  I kind of botched up cutting around his eyes so googly eyes to the rescue.   The googly  eyes  definitely added some personality.  The Blushing Bride speech bubble was cut using the Snail dies and the Real Red heart was cut using the Many Hearts dies.  

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Inside you will see this is a tunnel card.  Lots of fun cutouts from the Snail Mail DSP.   The fun sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set.  Many Messages is 1 big stamp.  There are 19 sentiments on it, 3 stars, and a heart for a total of 23 images and there is a coordinating Messages die that cuts out all of the images at one time!   Of course it is available as a bundle so you can save 10%.  

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Here is the back of the card, where you can write a message.  The sentiment here is also from the Many Messages bundle.  This card stands up on its own but also folds flat and fits in an A-2 envelope.  Love a fun fold that can be easily mailed

Now it is time to see what Joanne has created for you!

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Stamper's Dozen February 2021 Blog Hop

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

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Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Love is in the Air

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Welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Love is in the Air.  There are a lot of stops on the hop...37!  Wow, that is a lot of inkspiration.  So let's get started.

 

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You know i love a  striped background and if you didn't, you do now. To create the stripes I started with Basic Black CS and added the 1" white strips on top of it in 1/4" intervals.  All the hearts were cut using the Many Hearts Dies.  I love the layering of the hearts.  The sparkly white floral overlay is my fave and is so pretty.    I used a retired SU! Glimmer Paper to add a little sparkle to the card.   The Poppy Parade centers are the Opal Rounds colored using the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.  The white with the narrow black stripes remind of a t-shirt I used to have.  I would love to have a T-shirt with this heart over the pocket.  Wouldn't that be cute?  

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The sentiment is from the Lots of Hearts set.  The sentiments in this set are very versatile and can be used all year.  Inside i added another Poppy Parade strip cut using the  XOXO die from the Many Hearts dies.   I backed it with a strip of black CS.  

Now it is time for you to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!

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Here is a list of all the stops on the hop!

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Angie McKenzie  ●  Alejandra Gomez  ●  Vicki Milyard

  Tricia Butts  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball

Jo Blackman  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Jan Musselman

Terry Hamilton  ●  Lisa Mackey  ●  Deb Macdowell

Sue Allen  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Linda Moore  ●  Satomi Wellard  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Melissa Faust  ●  JoAnn Pollock  ●  Narelle Fasulo

Mo Rootes  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Susan Webster

Susan Simpson  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  Ann Krucek

Shel Anderson  ●  Kimberley Morris  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Chris Smith  ●  Mikaela Titheridge

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Jill Chapman  ●  Teri West  ●  Libby Fens

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Many Hearts Dies

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge and I love this color combination. Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay.   

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The Many Hearts die set has a x❤️x❤️ die that  I have been wanting to use. I thought this color challenge would be a great time to showcase it.   I cut a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" square of Black cardstock and ran the die 4 times through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine.  I cut strips of Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay CS to layer behind each row of cut outs.  Then the square was layered on to a Flirty Flamingo scalloped square.  To make the stripes I cut Basic White CS 4" x 5-1/4" and added 1" black strips spacing them 1/4".   I added a few hearts cut from the long outline heart die (Many Hearts die) and red rhinestones.  The black & white twine is from the Playful Pets Trim Combo pack.  

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Inside I added a few more hearts cut using the Many Hearts die.  I am not sure what sentiment I will add to the card.  I think any of the sentiments in the coordinating Lots of Heart set would work.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team made using this happy and fun color combination.  

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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...You've Got Mail

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  This is an international blog hop with 19 stops.  The theme for this month is You've Got Mail with a focus on It's All About the Inside.  Hmmm, this theme can be interpreted in so many ways.  

The first thing that came to mind is the Snail Mail Suite.  The Snailed It bundle and Snail Mail DSP are full of images perfect for this theme.  

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Isn't the Snail Mail DSP so cute?  Love the designs in this pack of paper.  The snail was cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  The Snail Dies cuts out some of the images from the DSP but this large snail is not one of them.  Luckily this snail is easy to cut out, the hardest part is around the eyes and the addition of some googly eyes helps cover up those imperfections.  I added a Real Red Resin Heart to one of the envelopes .  The Blushing Bride twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo pack was tied around the belly band.  I am so happy to have twine back!  The hello from the Snailed It set was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  On this card I used all the products in the Snail Mail Suite Collection, so happy I decided to buy the whole suite of products.  

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I wonder what is inside?  The belly band helps keep the surprise under wraps.  

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A cute little snail pops up along with a floating heart.  This snail was cut out from the Snail Mail DSP using the Snail Dies.  The little speech bubble was stamped and also cut out using the dies.  The heart was cut using the dies and covered with Shimmery Crystal Effects.  

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This is a simple pop up mechanism.  

  • Bermuda Bay strip 3/4" x 3-1/4"
  • score at 3/4" , 1-1/2",2-1/4", 3"
  • fold along the score lines
  • form into a square and use the 1/4" tab to secure the squaretogether.
  • attach 1 side of the square to the inside front panel and 1 side to the Basic White cs

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Now it is time for you to see what the talented Teri West has made for you.

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Here is a list of all the stops on the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop

Jan Clothier - NZ

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Aurélie Fabre - FR

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

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

 

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Snailed It and the Flower & Field DSP

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC649.  This week we have a sketch challenge.

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I have been obsessing a bit over the Snailed It bundle.  I think this is one of the cutest suite of products and one that I said yes to the whole collection.  What that means is that I hit the easy button and got everything in the suite.   This was a good thing since it allowed me to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product, like the Flower & Field DSP.

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The snails and mushrooms were cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  The 2 snails were cut using the Snail Dies and the mushrooms were fussy cut (not really very fussy).  Don't look too closely since I may have done some creative placement of the mushrooms to hide some imperfections.  The little speech bubble was stamped in Just Jade ink and then cut out using the dies.  

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I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch to cut out the Basic Black layer and a Stitched Rectangle die for the Basic White layer.  The DSP is  the Flower & Field Sale-A-Bration pack.  A great pack of paper which plays so well together!

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Sweet Strawberry Birthday

Yesterday I shared with you a treat box made using the Love You Always Treat Box and the Sweet Strawberry bundle.  This card coordinates with the box.  

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The True Love DSP is one of my favorite patterned paper packs.  I love a simple black and white print.  One of these days I will make a card using the floral prints.  I made a simple frame using the Stitched So Sweetly dies with a Stitched Rectangle die centered inside and arranged the strawberries, leaves , and flowers down one side.  

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The sentiment is also from the Sweet Strawberry set and is heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss powder

Thank you for stopping by and hope you liked today's simple strawberry birthday card.

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Pretty Perennials and the Best Plaid Builder Dies

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use Black, White and a Pop of Color.  

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I pulled out my favorite pack of paper, True Love DSP and the Best Plaid Builder dies and created the polka dot black and white plaid background.  It has been a bit since I created a plaid background and I am not sure I have every made one using patterned paper.  I like how this turned out.  

My pop of color is Real Red.  I stamped the large flower from the Pretty Perennial using White Craft ink and cut it out using the Perennial Petals dies.  The skinny flower was also cut using the Perennial Petals dies.  I layered the flowers using a Mini Black Stampin' Dimensional and added a Matte Black Dot for the center.  The flower was layered on to a Basic White circle and a Real Red scalloped circle that were cut using the Layering Circles dies.

A 2" strip of Basic Black cardstock was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and layered on to the plaid. The "happy" was heat embossed using white embossing powder on a strip of Basic Black CS and then fussy cut out.  Again, I used the mini Black Stampin' Dimensional to attach the happy to the card front.

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