2021 SAB Jan-Feb

Hi from the Darling Donkeys

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Sale-A-Bration at least for now.  Had to have one more play with those crazy, Darling Donkeys.


I wanted to make a card using all the donkeys.  Each one has their own personality and they are all adorable.  I colored these cuties using Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, and Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. 

I did have to fussy cut donkeys and though it wasn't difficulty, I would have loved to have had coordinating dies.  Here's a tip that really helps when you have to fussy cut, go around the edges of your image with a Black Stampin' Write Marker.  I run the side of the brush tip along the cut edges and it is amazing how much better it looks when I am done.  

Each donkey is mounted on a Basic White Stitched Rectangle.  After I attached the donkeys I thought it looked a little bare, so I added a few Rococo Rose Oh So Ombre DSP punched flowers using the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  I even replaced the rose from the middle donkey and added a Rococo Rose flower.  

The Oh So Ombre DSP (SAB choice) was used for the background paper and I am sorry I never paired this with Early Espresso CS until now.  Don't they look so good together?  The Oh So Ombre DSP was also used with the Playful Alphabet dies for the "Hi".


Inside I stamped another Darling Donkey colored with Stampin' Blends and a strip of the Oh So Ombre DSP.  

I have had a lot of fun playing with the 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration products.  I have a few more Sale-A-Bration samples that I will be posting over on my Facebook  page.  I hope you will check my page out and follow me there too.  

Thanks for stopping by and remember 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th!  

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Corner Bouquet & Heal Your Heart

Today's card is one I have been thinking about for awhile and today it finally got made.  It isn't exactly what I had in mind but I do like how it turned out.


It may look like  I used Basic Gray CS but it is Vellum CS  and the Corner Bouquet stamp (Sale-A-Bration) heat embossed in white embossing powder and layered over Basic Black CS.  Originally I thought I would  layer the Vellum CS  over Basic White CS but the image didn't stand out enough.  The beautiful sentiment is from the Heal Your Heart  stamp set (Sale-A-Bration).   The butterflies were stamped using the Butterfly Gala stamp set on Vellum and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  Both the small and large butterflies were punched out using the Butterfly Duet punch.


One of the problems of working with vellum is how do you prevent the adhesive from showing.  On this card I used glue dots behind the white embossed images to secure the vellum to the Basic Black CS.  I also used glue dots behind the butterflies to secure the vellum to the Basic Black CS.  This is the best way  to hide the adhesive.  I have  yet to find an adhesive that is perfect.  

Just a few more days to snag your Sale-A-Bration choices.  If you have been wanting to order, it is a great time to do so especially if your order is $50 or more.  Free product is always a good thing.  

Thank you for stopping by!

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Paper Blooms Birthday

The patterned papers aka Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the January-February Sale-A-Bration are all so good.  This quick and easy project uses the Paper Blooms DSP.  I am going to miss using this paper, good thing I have an extra pack.


It is so fun to mix and match the different patterns in the Paper Blooms DSP.  The large flower is also from the DSP.   There are 3 of these large flowers on one sheet of the DSP.  They are pretty easy to fussy cut.  I like using the Denim ribbon, it is soft and easy to tie.   The label is from the Pierced Blooms die and the sentiment is from the Best Year stamp set. 


Card Base: Thick Basic White 5-1/2" x 6" scored at 3", finished card base will be 3" x 6"

Paper Blooms DSP: Pattern 1.  2" x 5-1/4"    

                                     Pattern 2  1" x 5-1/4"

Basic White Stitched Circle: #3  (#1 is the smallest)

Attach the circle to the top of the card.  Make sure that the total measurements are 4-1/4" or less, so it can fit in an A-2 envelope.

This is a pretty easy, quick card and a fun way to show off the pretty designs in the Paper Blooms DSP.

Thank you for stopping by and remember Sale-A-Bration ends on the February 28th!

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Darling Donkeys & the Flower & Field DSP

Just one week left of the 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration.  For the next week I will be focusing on projects that use Sale-A-Bration products.  Today's card uses the Darling Donkeys and the Flower & Field DSP.  


I used the Curvy dies to cut the Basic Black card base and the Flower & Field DSP.   The 2 sections are then connected with the circles and the Darling Donkey.  This kicking cutie was colored using Stampin' Blends.   I cut a cute little bow using the Special Days dies, wanted to dress him up a little bit.


Inside the gap between the top and bottom, I stamped another sentiment from the Darling Donkeys set.  


The Flower &  Field DSP is another great Sale-A-Bration choice.  I've used this paper a lot and honestly it looks great just mixed and matched with a sentiment.  

Time for me to go and get ready for my team's Crafternoon!  We are meeting on Zoom and we will be crafting together.  We have 3 projects and I  know what one of them looks like cause I am presenting it but the other 2 are surprises.  It is going to be a fun time.  If you have ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! this is a great time to do it.  In addition to the already generous Starter Kit ($99 and you choose $125 in product), you will receive 5 packs of  6" x 6" Designer Series Paper that will be in the next catalog.  Pretty sweet deal!  Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to talk with you about becoming a demonstrator.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Darling Donkeys Pocket Card

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


I turned the sketch and came up with this using 3 Sale-A-Bration choices, Darling Donkeys, Flower & Field DSP, and Approaching Perfection.  


This is just a variation of a fold I have been doing.  Here is a link to a tutorial.    I turned  the card on its side, so the "card" pulls out either from the top or bottom of the DSP holder.  This is just a little change but I was proud of myself for doing it.   I don't often think beyond the template and miss out on trying something new and fresh.


I fussy cut the donkey and mounted him on a mini wobble so he can kick up his heels.  I found the mini wobble on Amazon.  It is still a little too big to completely fit behind the donkey so I did a little trimming and it is mostly  hidden.   Even with the wobble, the donkey lays flat enough to fit into an envelope and can be easily mailed.

I used 2 different die sets to create the label.  The So Saffron label is from the Stitched Nested Labels and the Pool Party label is from the All Dressed Up dies.   The little white flower was punched using the Confetti Flowers border punch.   The cute ribbon is the 1/4" Bumble Bee Gingham.

Hope you liked my take on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC651. Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th!  

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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.  


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.  


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"


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.


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

GardenWishes-OhSo OmbreDSP-GrannyApple

Granny Apple Green


Bermuda Bay


Which is your favorite?  

Thank you for stopping by.  If you have any questions please let me know.


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New at SU...Berry Blessings


Welcome to the New at SU! blog hop.   This month we are focusing on Sale-A-Bration products.  Can you guess what I am using?  Now that I have started using the Berry Blessing stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP, I cannot stop or more accurately I don't want to stop.


This time I am using the other berry image in the Berry Blessings set.  This one can be used to make lots of different kinds of  berries.  The berries were stamped using Poppy Parade ink full strength for the outline and stamped off once to fill in the berry.  I did the same thing for the leaves using Shaded Spruce ink.  Yes, I fussy cut the leaves, berries, and the  little leaf cap on the berry.  I did not fussy cut the stem of the berries.  I tried it but wasn't loving it so I instead stamped them.  I think it works.  Check out the cutest little ladybug just hanging out on the berry leaves.


The front of the card slips under the little berry and acts as a latch to keep the front closed.  Kind of a fun little detail.  The sentiment inside is from the Sweet Strawberry set.  Love how these 2 sets and the Berry Delightful DSP coordinate. 

Now it is time for you to check out what Joyce Whitman  has made for you! 



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ICS Blog Hop...Berry Blessings

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing our Favorite Sale-A-Bration products.  I am looking forward to seeing what everybody's favorite product is.  There are 18 stops on the hop, so hop along with us for lots of Sale-A-Bration inspiration!

My favorite Sale-A-Bration product changes from week to week.  There are so many great choices and not to be an alarmist but there are less than  3 weeks left for you to get your favorite Sale-A-Bration choices.   This year there will be 2 different Sale-A-Bration periods, Jan-Feb and then July-August.  One extra Sale-A-Bration period but each period is shorter in duration.  So don't delay!  


This week I am all about the Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP.  Up until this week  I was reluctant to use the Berry Delightful DSP since I am unable to get more of this paper but it is too pretty to not use.   Don't you love the color combination of Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green and White?  It really is so clean and crisp.  

I stamped the blueberries on a Basic White Stitched Shapes circle and added the sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects to the berries for a little bit of sparkle and shine.  


The belly band has another pattern from the Berry Delightful DSP.  The white ribbon is from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack.  This is one of my favorite ribbons.  It is easy to tie and holds it shape.  


Inside there is a gift card holder and a place to add a message.  The fold out panel measures 4-1/4" x  7-1/2" scored at 2", and 4-1/2".  This is a fun way to show off 3 different designs of the DSP.  

Now it is time for you to check out what Deb Naylor's favorite Sale-A-Bration choice is. 

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Simple Sunday...Berry Blessings

Confession time...I have had the Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP (Sale-A-Bration ) choice for a few weeks.  When I first got it I quickly started stamping with the Berry Blessings set.  What a great set that coordinates so beautifully with the Sweet Strawberry set.  I however did not want to cut into the Berry Delightful DSP.  Yes, the hoarding tendencies still run strong.  Now that there is only 3 weeks left of Sale-A-Bration I know I need to use and enjoy it. 


A quick and easy card for my first cut into the Berry Delightful DSP.  Love the blueberry stamp!  I can see  cute tags made with this stamp for blueberry baked treats like muffins.  Yum!  

I added a little Wink of Stella on the blueberries to give them a little shine.  The rhinestones were colored Granny Apple Green using the coordinating Granny Apple Green Dark Stampin' Blends.  The white twine is from the Snail Mail Twine Combo pack.


The sentiment on the inside is from the Sweet Strawberry set.  The same font is used in both sets which makes the coordination effortless.  The Berry Delightful DSP also has strawberries on it making it an even sweeter coordination with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.

Stay tuned for more samples using the Berry Blessing Stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP Sale-A-Bration bundle.  You have just a few more weeks to choose this bundle for free during Sale-A-Bration.


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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.


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


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.


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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