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January 2021

Sweet Strawberry Treat Box

Sweet Strawberry Sunday!  Have you seen the Love You Always Treat Boxes?  They are on page 11 of the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  They are a matchbox style box and what I love about them is that they do not require any adhesive to put the box together.  The boxes are easy to assemble so you can focus your energy on the other important things like decorating them and what to put in them.


I used the True Love Designer Series Paper and cut a piece 4" x 9-1/2" to wrap around the box sleeve.  I cut a large circle using the Layering Circles die and used that as my base to attach my strawberries, leaves and flowers to.  The sentiment which is also from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set was stamped on an oval cut from the Layering Ovals dies.  


Inside I put some yummy strawberry candies.   This box is a good size and a great one to have in your stash.  It is easy and fun to decorate. 

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Thank you for stopping by and hope your Sunday is a sweet one!


Blossoms in Bloom and Oh So Ombre DSP

I have been playing around using the Oh So Ombre DSP, which is one of the  Sale-A-Bration choices.  Did you know Oh So Ombre is, so far the most redeemed Sale-A-Bration choice?  Are you surprised?  One of the things I like about the DSP is that it does the coloring work for me.  I played with the DSP using the Wild Roses stamp(you can see it here) which got me thinking about other ways to use the DSP. 


The Blossoms in Bloom bundle is a great one to use to play with color.  This combination of Basic Black, Basic White and Rococo Rose is bold and strong.  The Oh So Ombre DSP is such a pretty background for the flowers and leaves. 

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Here I paired the Rococo Rose Oh So Ombre with Basic Gray, and Basic White  This combination of colors, Rococo Rose and Basic Gray is a little softer.  Which do you like better?  


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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.  


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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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other design team members made.



Oh So Ombre & Wild Roses

I needed  to make some  thank you cards.  These cards needed to be quick and easy to make.  I decided on  the Wild Roses background stamp in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog. This background stamp comes either in Cling Mount or Wood Mount. Since I wanted this card to be quick and easy I didn't want to do much coloring and that is when it hit me to use the Oh So Ombre DSP.  The pretty ombre design would do the coloring for me.  


I placed the Wild Roses stamp in my Stamparatus.  The Stamparatus is so useful when using large background stamps.   You can re-ink the stamp and stamp again to make sure you get good coverage.  I started with the Blackberry Bliss Oh So Ombre DSP (Sale-A-Bration choice) and inked the stamp using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The ombre on the DSP and the all over Wild Roses pattern makes for a very quick pretty card.  All of the cards were layered using Basic White CS and placed on a the color of CS of the Oh So Ombre paper.  The ribbon is from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and is on a Stitched Rectangle label.  The little rhinestone was colored in using Stampin' Blends.


Here is the same card and ingredients except in Bermuda Bay.


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If you need quick and easy cards consider the Wild Roses background stamp and the Oh So Ombre DSP.  This card can be used for lots of occasions by simply changing the sentiment.  Quick, easy, pretty and versatile is hard to beat.

Thank you for stopping by and please let me know if you need any assistance in placing an order in my store or questions about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.



Free tutorial bundle (13 tutorials a $15 value) when you shop with me, place a $50 order AND use the Host Code M4WJM2GN .  You can also purchase the bundle for $15.oo. Contact me ([email protected]) for more information.


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Corner Bouquet Lanterns

Time for a new Festive Friday Challenge, #FF0076.  The festivity we are being inspired by is Chinese New Year! The Year of the Ox will begin on February 12.


To play along with the challenge all you need to do is pick 3 items from the Inspo list and use them in a project.  Your project doesn't need to be inspired by the actual festivity.   I chose to use the elements of red, gold, lanterns, foil paper, and flowers.  


I currently do not have any lantern images so I decided to try and make my own.  I die cut some circles from Poppy Parade CS.  I then searched and searched for my crimper but I couldn't find it anywhere!  I thought the crimped look was important so I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to mimic the look of crimping. The design on the lanterns were stamped using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Corner Bouquet.  The image was stamped using Versamark and then sprinkled with Gold embossing powder and heat embossed.  I added the black pieces to the top and the bottom of the lantern.  These pieces were cut from scrap pieces of black cardstock that were cut using the long label from the Floral Gallery dies.  

The simple sentiment is from the Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set.  This set has so many great sentiments! The Basic White CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. The gold cording is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.   This cording frays easily which gave me the idea to add the gold tassels.  I also hung the lanterns on a strand of cording.  To finish the lanterns I added some gold foil flowers with Gilded Gems for the centers.  The flowers were punched using the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  


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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  that's me!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings 

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your projects in the Festive Friday gallery!


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Art Gallery and the Oh So Ombre DSP

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge.  I love how this card came together and hope you will too!


I used the oh so pretty Art Gallery Bundle, what a beautiful stamp set and dies.  I started by inking the flower and leaves in Old Olive ink and stamping  on the Stitched Shape circle.   I inked the image again  in Rococo Rose ink and stamped off the image once on a piece of scrap paper and then on a piece of Basic White CS.  I stamped the outline stamp over the flowers again using Rococo Rose ink.  I used the Floral Gallery dies to cut out the flowers.  There was a little fussy cutting involved to separate the smaller blooms.  The larger flowers were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals and the smaller flowers with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  

Behind the stitched circle I used the Rococo Rose ombre from the Sale-A-Bration paper, Oh So Ombre. Love the soft coloring of the ombre and how lovely it looks with the  gray patterned paper from the Peony Garden DSP


The sentiment is also from the Art Gallery bundle and  cut out using the Floral Gallery dies.  The sentiment was inked. using Versamark and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.  The grey twine is from the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack and it well, ties it all together.  In this combo pack you get 15 yards of Basic Gray twine and 15 yards of the Night of Navy twine.  A few Metallic Pearls were added to finish up the card.

On the inside I added a strip of the Peony Garden DSP and another floral image from the Art Gallery bundle.  I love this color combination of Rococo Rose, Basic Gray and Basic Black.   A pretty classic combination.

Thank you for stopping by!


Tutorial for Sale 

13 tutorials featuring products from the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog, Love You Always Suite.  $15 or my gift to you with a $50 online order. 


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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Kangaroo & Company


Welcome to the first Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all around the world that are coming together to share our ideas with you.  We are happy that you  are joining us and hope you will be inspired!

You may be starting here or have come from someone else's blog - either way there is a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs. We all have our country listed - so if you are looking for a demonstrator in your country, these demonstrators would love to look after you with your Stampin' Up!® shopping or any of your stamping needs.  



I am excited to be a part of this brand new blog hop team.  Lots of new ideas and ways to share the creative fun are in the works!  


Since this is a blog hop, it only seems right to use the adorable Kangaroo & Company bundle from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.  This bundle of products (stamp set and dies) just makes me smile.  There are lots of fun images from  kangaroos to a party hat, butterfly and lots of sentiments too! The Kangaroo dies cut out all the images so creating fun scenes is easy.

I stamped the kangaroo using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Gray Granite CS.  The ear, nose and belly were colored using Watercolor Pencils Asst 1 (Real Red and Basic Black).  Super quick and easy way to color the kangaroo.

The beautiful scalloped heart is from the Many Hearts Die.  In addition, the Basic Black frame was made using the Stitched So Sweetly and the Stitched Rectangle dies.


There is also an interactive component to the Kangaroo & Company bundle.  You can create a little insert for the kangaroo's pouch.  The die for the large kangaroo cuts a slit in the pouch where you can insert one of the other images and a secret message.  So fun!


Yes, there is a die for this tab.  You probably noticed that the hearts are a little shiny and glittery.  After I stamped the Real Red CS, I filled in the hearts with Shimmery Crystal Effects. The Crystal Effects does take a few minutes to dry so do this as the last step.


On the inside of the card I used another die from the Many Hearts dies.  I love it, a little variation on the XOXO!  I die cut it on the True Love DSP and then placed Real Red CS  behind it.  

One last thing.

Yup, I added a wobble to the back of the heart so the kangaroo can move.  I found the Wobbles in my craft room but you can find them on Amazon.

One last big thing!  The Creativity Abounds Blog Hop team has also put together a tutorial bundle of brand new projects.  There are 13 tutorials and they feature projects using products from the Love You Always Suite (page 10-17 of the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog).  


You can purchase this fun tutorial bundle (all brand new projects) for $15 (US) or receive it free with a minimum $50 order placed with me via my online store..  Contact me to order the tutorial ([email protected])

Now it is time for you to hop along!


Snailed It

I am not a fan of snails in real life but the Snailed It bundle in the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog is SO darn cute.  In fact I like the entire Snail Mail Suite.  


The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is the Snail Mail DSP.  So cute!  I also used the Blushing Bride twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.  I love having solid colored twine back.  This pack also comes with White twine.  I think it is a must have.  The big stitched postage stamp is in the Snail Dies.  It is a great size measuring about 2-1/2" .    The dies were used to cut out the 2 mushrooms from the Snail Mail DSP and the adorable snail which was stamped and colored using Stampin' Blends.


I couldn't resist the googly eyes!  Doesn't it just up the cute factor?   I am a fan of the entire Snail Mail Suite.  The only thing I didn't use from the suite on this card are the resin hearts.  I have used the hearts a lot and if you saw this post, you  know that you can color the white hearts using Stampin' Blends!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will check out the Snail Mail Suite.  



Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Lets Sale-A-Brate!

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Welcome to the first Stampers Dozen Blog Hop of 2021!  We are here to Sale-A-Brate!  Sale-A-Bration is such a fun time to be a customer and a demonstrator.  Sale-A-Bration lasts for 2 months (January-February)  and this year there will be ANOTHER Sale-A-Bration July-August!  I love that SU! is changing things.


I am back using the Flower & Field DSP available during Sale-A-Bration.  This pack of paper is lovely and it is one of my favorites.  I love the florals and the coordinating patterns side too.  I used the dragonfly and punch  from the Dragonfly Garden bundle and a sentiment from the Garden Wishes set.  These 2 stamp sets are all part of the Dandy Garden suite and coordinate so beautifully.  You will be seeing lots more of these 2 bundles.


This is a pocket card and if you are interested I have a tutorial HERE.  

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If you haven't seen the 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration  or the 2021 Jan-Jun catalogs, you can click on the image on the right hand side of the blog.  If you would prefer to see the catalogs in person contact me (see the right hand side of the blog).

Thank you for stopping by!  It is time for you to check out what Carol Payne has created for you!



Stamper's Dozen January 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. BJ Peters – Create & Feel Great
  3. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  4. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  8. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  9. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped




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Pretty Perennials Birthday

The past few days have been windy and wet which has me longing for some sunshine.  I cannot travel to the sunshine so I am going to have to be content to make some.  This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC646 is a color challenge and it was perfect combination to use for a bright and cheery card.


What do you think?  Does it look like spring to you?  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Merry Merlot and Old Olive.  I used the super cute stamp set/bundle, Pretty Perennials, which is Dena Rekow's Million Dollar stamp set.  I love the pretty flowers and leaves.  They look like they are water colored  and there are so many ways to arrange them.  You know what I really like?  I really like "happy".  I wish there were a die to cut that out but  since there isn't I am glad it isn't too difficult to fussy cut out.  


I embossed the Basic White CS using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and I am sure I do not have to tell you how much I like this particular folder.  

Hope you liked this little bit of sunshine from my stamp room!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for the challenge.  



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