2022-2023 Annual Catalog

Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Christmas Packaging


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  Every month we create a tutorial bundle. We also offer a quarterly stamp camp.  The next stamp camp will be in February 2023 and will feature a suite from the 2023 January-April Mini Catalog.  We look forward to sharing more information soon!

This month our theme is Gift Packaging/Gift Giving.  What a timely topic!  The projects we feature on this blog hop are different than the ones in the tutorial bundle.  We love sharing lots of ideas.


I had so much fun coming up with this little box.  It would be perfect for a gift of jewelry or a beautiful chocolate truffle.  

  • Cut 2 Mini Pocket Envelopes from the Celebrate Everything DSP (Stampin' Reward choice).
  • Trim off the tabs along the bottom of the envelope.
  • Score 1-1/4" (3 cm) from the bottom edge.
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  • Trim off part of the side tab (portion that is below the score line) and cut from the bottom up to the score line as shown above.
  • Attach the tab edge to the straight edge of the second envelope. 
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  • Attach the remaining tab to the other straight edge.
  • Pinch the shorter sides in.
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  • Fold the bottom flaps in and secure with adhesive.
  • Punch two holes on the top (front and back).
  • Run Polished Pink ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.
  • Die cut 2 detailed holly leaves (1 large and 1 small) using the Holly Berry Dies in Silver Foil.
  • Die cut 2 solid holly leaves (1 large and 1 small) using the Holly Berry Dies in Parakeet Party Glimmer Paper.
  • Adhere the silver foil detailed leaves over the solid Parakeet Party Glimmer Paper leaves.
  • Color a small piece of White Glimmer Paper with a Polished Pink Stampin' Blend.
  • Punch 9 small circles.  I used the Dots and Spots die.
  • Attach the Polished Pink circles in 3 clumps of 3 circles to the leaves.
  • Attach the leaves to the box with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Now it is time to check out what the rest of the team created.


Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!



Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


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Leaves of Holly and the Merry Melody 3D Folder

It is time for me to get serious about our Christmas cards.  I don't want to be an alarmist but there are only 36 days until Christmas!.  Yikes!  


This is the Leaves of Holly bundle along with the Merry Melody 3D Embossing folder.  

  • Real Red CS -4-1/4" x 11" (card base scored at 5-1/2"), 2-3/4"  x 2-3/4" (Stylish Shapes square),  7/8" x  2-5/8" layer behind the sentiment,  3/4" x 4"(inside of the card)
  • Basic White CS- cut two 4" x 5-1/4" (one for the inside of the card and one for the front),  2-5/8" x 2-5/8" square,  3-3/4" x 3-3/4" cut holly leaves (outline),  1" x 2-3/4" label, 1-1/2" x 3" (outline leaves on frame)
  • Distressed Gold Specialty Paper- 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" solid holly leaves,  1-1/2" x 3" (solid holly leaves)


  • Attach the 3/4" x 4" Real Red strip to the bottom of one of the 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Basic White CS.
  • Die cut the leaves from the label in Basic White and the solid leaves in Distressed Gold paper.
  • Attach the Basic White leaves to the Distressed Gold paper.  You will need to do a little bit of freehand cutting to separate the leaves from the label.
  • Adhere the leaves to the Real Red strip.
  • Adhere  the Basic White layer to the inside of the card.
  • Emboss the remaining Basic White 4" x 5-1/4" piece of CS with the Merry Melody 3D folder.
  • Adhere it to the front of the card.
  • Adhere the Basic White (2-5/8" x 2-5/8"  square) to the Real Red Stylish Shapes square.
  • Adhere to the front of the card.
  • Die cut 2 Basic White detailed holly leaves and 2 Distressed Gold solid leaves.  Adhere the Basic White outline leaves to the Distressed Gold leaves.  
  • Attach the leaves to the Basic White Square with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Tie a small bow using the Natural 1/2" Woven Ribbon and attach it to the leaves with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Stamp in Real Red ink the sentiment on the 1" x 2-3/4" Basic White CS and die cut using the small label die.
  • Attach the sentiment to the Real Red 7/8" x  2-5/8" strip using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the front of the card.
  • Attach Red Rhinestones to the holly leaves and to the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by,



The Creativity Abounds tutorial bundle-Gift Packaging is now available. Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.



Cottage Wreaths and the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.


Another great color combination that I would have never put together on m own.  I am working on getting more Christmas cards made so I turned to the Cottage Wreaths bundle.


The wreath is Mint Macaron ink on Mint Macaron cardstock.  The Country Wreaths dies cut out the Mint Macaron wreath and the fabulous Poppy Parade bow.  The little dots, I mean berries were cut using the Dots and Spots die.  I know I can punch them out with a hole punch but with one partial run through of the die I can have all the berries made. Both the berries and the bow were shimmerized (my new word for the look of Wink of Stella) with some Wink of Stella.  The wreath is attached to a label cut using the Scalloped Contours dies.  The sentiment is from the Leaves of Holly stamp set and inked in Poppy Parade ink.


The Poppy Parade CS layer was embossed using the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder.  This folder is 3-3/8" wide so I ran the Poppy Parade layer through twice.  Fortunately the design is such that you cannot really tell that the design doesn't "match" up.   Inside I added a strip of Mint Macaron CS and another Poppy Parade bow.  


Inside I used a sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.  This set has some of my very favorite Christmas sentiments and lots of other ones too!

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This Birthday Piggy and the Celebrate Everything DSP

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  National Cake Day is the festivity we are featuring on the Festive Friday Challenge. What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list  aka as an inspiration list, that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.


As I mentioned before we are in house hunting mode which means I have just a few stamp sets with me in our short term rental.  Can you believe that not a single one had a cupcake, sprinkles or candle!  Fortunately we were going to our storage unit and I was able to rummage through my box of stamps and pulled out the This Birthday Piggy stamp set and yes, it has a candle! 


From the Inspo List I used, birthday sentiment, candle and patterned paper.  The sentiment is from the This Birthday Piggy stamp set and it is stamped on a banner from the All That dies.  Can you see the itty bitty heart?  This little heart is from the oval hearts frame surrounding the piggy image.  The oval hearts frame, the Granny Apple Green oval frame and the Basic White oval (the birthday piggy) were all die cut using the Framed Florets dies.  Love how they coordinate and love the little hearts.  The Framed Florets dies are available to purchase now and will be officially debuting January in the 2023 mini catalog.  There are more coordinating items including the Framed Florets stamp set  (purchase the bundle and save 10% 162407), the Framed & Festive stamp set (available while supplies last), Fitting Florets DSP (available while supplies last), and the Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (available while supplies last)

The image was colored using a variety of Stampin' Blends.  The colors used-Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight.  The bright and cheery striped patterned paper is from the Celebrate Everything DSP.  The Celebrate Everything DSP is a Stampin' Reward choice found in the 2022 July-December Mini Catalog.  

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

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Festive Friday Gallery!



Go To Greetings and the Fitting Florets DSP

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a clean and simple sketch.  I love this one and it is a great one to use to show off all the pretty DSP (Designer Series Paper) you own.  


I knew I wanted to use the newly released Fitting Florets DSP.  This DSP is part of the Fitting Florets Collection and is only available while supplies last.  The DSP is very versatile and can be used for birthday, wedding, thinking of you and even Christmas cards.  I think I have used the DSP for the past 2 Create with Connie & Mary Challenges.  


I picked 2 different patterns of DSP and I love how well they coordinate with each other.  The main panel measures  3" x 5-1/2" and the 2 side pieces measure 1/2" x 5-1/2".  So quick and easy and yet so pretty.  The sentiment is from the Go-To Greetings stamp set.   What I like about this sentiment set is that it has basic sayings in 3 different fonts and sizes.  I think it is brilliant idea and it is a Million Dollar Sales Achiever stamp set.  


The sentiment is stamped on a Tailor Made Tag.  The ribbon is the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  Are you thinking that the ribbon doesn't look white.  You are right.  I do not have any Balmy Blue or Night of Navy ribbon so I colored the ribbon using a Balmy Blue ink pad.  The little gem on the tag is from the Solid Faceted Gems.  Inside I added a strip of DSP and stamped and colored a flower from the Framed Florets bundle.


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



Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Potted Geraniums Wishing You Happiness

It  is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  The challenge generally  alternates every week between a sketch and a color challenge. This week it is a sketch challenge.


I will admit that my card isn't very faithful to the sketch.  It started out a lot closer to the sketch and then took a bit of a turn.  Let me show you and explain.


Can you see the sketch in my card?  Originally I intended to have the connector between the top and the bottom of the card to be the geranium.  When I tried to connect the two sections with just the geranium, it didn't feel sturdy enough which led me to use the Scalloped Contours die to connect the top piece to the bottom.  Unfortunately it covered a lot of the slanted opening that is the focal point of the sketch.

I used the Black & White Designs DSP.  This paper is definitely a favorite of mine.  The pot was stamped using Basic Gray  ink on Basic Gray CS and cut out with the Geranium Dies part of the Potted Geraniums bundle.  The leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink.  The lighter color was achieved by stamping the stamp off before stamping it on the Basic White CS.  The outline of the leaves were stamped full strength and then cut out using the Geranium dies.  The geraniums were die cut in Cherry Cobbler (detail) and Real Red CS and then layered.  The little red bow is part of the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.  The sentiment is one of 9 in the Potted Geraniums stamp set.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created with this sketch.

Thank you for stopping by,


Nature's Harvest

Here's a quick and easy card for Simple Sunday.  The Nature's Harvest stamp set is so versatile.  I was happy to see it return in the 2022-23 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and it is  available to purchase as a bundle. 


  • The card base is Early Espresso CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".
  • The Crushed Curry Designer Series Paper is from the Rustic Harvest DSP and cut 4" x 5-1/4".
  • The next layer is a Scalloped Contours die cut in Early Espresso CS and measures 3-1/8" x 4-5/8".
  • The beautiful flowers were stamped using Early Espresso ink on a Very Vanilla Stitched Rectangle measuring 2-5/8" x  4".
  • The flowers were colored using the Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.
  • Wink of Stella was brushed over the petals to add a little bit of shine.
  • A Water Painter was used to splatter Early Espresso ink on the background.  
  • A little blending was done using Blending Brushes and Early Espresso ink.
  • Linen thread was wrapped around the Very Vanilla rectangle twice and then finished with a bow.
  • The sentiment is from the Potted Geraniums stamp set stamped in Early Espresso ink on a label cut using the Harvest dies.
  • Rustic Metallic Dots were used to embellish the label.


  • Inside the largest Scalloped Contours die was cut in Very Vanilla CS.
  • The small flowers from the Nature's Harvest stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink and colored using Stampin' Blends.
  • A small strip of  DSP was added to the Very Vanilla Scalloped Contour piece.

I have used the Nature's Harvest bundle a lot.  I did a quick look and you can see lots of samples in past blog posts HEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE,  HERE,  and HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by and a list of all the supplies I used is posted below,


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Perfectly Penciled Happy Birthday

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  The challenges generally alternate between a sketch and color challenge.  


When I saw this sketch I thought it would be perfect one to use the Perfectly Penciled DSP from the 2022-23 Annual Catalog.  I just purchased this pack of paper and it is surprising to me that I have resisted this pack of paper for so long.  


I used both sides of this sheet of  paper for the card.  The rectangles were cut using the 3rd largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The flowers were colored using Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' Blends. Lots of detail and shading on the paper making this an easy one to color.  I used the Double Oval punch for the birthday sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.  This is my current  favorite Real Red ribbon.  This ribbon is part of the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo pack.  It ties beautifully and holds it shape.


I colored a strip of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and layered it with a strip of Basic Black CS to decorate the inside of the card.  

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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Apple Blossom Hello

Trying something a little different using the Apple Blossom dies.  These dies coordinate with the Apple Harvest stamp set and are available (Perfect Partners)  until September 30th or while supplies last.   The dies cut out most of the images in the stamp set and so much more.   


I used the Fabulous Frames die to cut out the large Early Espresso frame. The rest are from the Apple Blossom dies.  On this card I used the small flower dies. the branch and the label.   There are 2 sizes of this flower in the Apple Blossom dies and the one on the card is the smaller flower.  The detail on the flower is so pretty.  These flowers look beautiful as a single and also as a double flower.  

I used a Blending Brush and Flirty Flamingo ink to add a little color to the center of the flowers.  Adding this little detail really adds a lot to the flowers.  Don't they look like cherry blossoms?  In the center of each flower I added an Elegant Faceted Gem.  Each gem was colored using a Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend.  

The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set.  It is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a label in the Apple Blossoms Dies.  The label is longer than what I wanted so I trimmed off one end and tucked it under the frame.  


I like decorating the inside of my cards.  Here I added an Early Espresso CS strip, the sweet scallop border from the Apple Blossoms dies, and another flower.  This is a great way to use the leftover strips of cardstock or patterned paper that are too big  or pretty to throw away.  

If I were to make this card again, I would probably add something to the Basic White CS.  Maybe embossing or ink or ?  What would you add or would you leave it plain?

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to subscribe to the blog feed (see the right hand side of the blog).  I have more ideas on ways to use the Apple Harvest stamp set and the Apple Blossoms dies coming up!


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Boughs of Holly camp

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This Birthday Piggy & the Tea Boutique Cards

This Birthday Piggy and the coordinating Playful Piggy dies are just too darn cute.  You can get the dies now during the Perfect Partners promotion.  These coordinating dies are only available for a limited time and while supplies last.


I made this pocket card starting with a Tahitian Tide card base from the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.  I cut the card base on the diagonal and applied a thin line of glue along the bottom edge.  For the right side of the pocket I cut a piece of Tahitian Tide DSP from the 2022-24 In Color DSP 4-1/4" x  5-1/2".  Cut the DSP on the diagonal.  Apply thin lines of glue along the outside edges to create the pocket. 


The Parakeet Party CS is measures 4" x 5-1/4" and the Basic White piece is 3-3/4" x 5".  These measurement can vary depending on how close to the edge you apply the glue to create the pocket.


This card again uses the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes as the base and the Tea Boutique DSP for the other side of the pocket.  The sentiment big hugs is from the Sending Smiles set.  I inked only  part of the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  This was  easy to do since it is a photopolymer stamp set.


Here is a quick video that shows how I created the card.


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Brilliant Wings in a Fabulous Frame

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  


I have had this idea in my head and thought it just might work for this color challenge.


Here's how I made this card.

  • Use Blending Brushes to apply Orchid Oasis, So Saffron, and Pear Pizzazz ink to a piece of Basic White CS.
  • Cut butterflies in Basic White using the Brilliant Wings die set.
  • Cut the largest frame from the Fabulous Frame dies in Basic White.
  • Arrange and attach butterflies to the frame using glue dots or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Apply Stampin' Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Sheets, or Foam Adhesive Strips to the frame.  
  • Attach small piece of Stampin' Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Sheets or Foam Adhesive Strips to the butterflies.  The next time I make this card I will cut the butterflies with a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets behind the Basic White CS.  This would be easier than trying to hide the small pieces of foam adhesive behind the butterflies.
  • Remove the protective backings and attach the frame to the So Saffron CS.
  • Use adhesive and attach the So Saffron to the Orchid Oasis card base.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Potted Geraniums stamp set in Versamark on Orchid Oasis CS.  Sprinkle with White Embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Die cut the sentiment using a Stylish Shapes banner die.  Attach to the card front using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Color a few Iridescent Rhinestones with the Dark Orchid Oasis Stampin' Blend and attach them to the card.
  • Adhere  Basic White CS to the inside of the card.  Add a strip of Orchid Oasis CS and a stamped and die cut butterfly.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created,