2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog

Symbols of Fortune DSP

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


I once again reached for the beautiful Symbols of Fortune DSP.  


I  used the Good Fortune dies and cut out multiple flowers from the DSP.  The flowers were arranged on a piece of  Mother of Pearl Specialty Paper.  Around the flowers I also added a few Gold Metallic Pearls and added some Black Baker's Twine.


I finally used the side of the Symbols of Fortune DSP that has gold foil.  The gold and white gingko leaves are so pretty.  For the other panel I used a piece of Gold Foil paper.  Inside I added a strip of DSP and another Calypso Coral flower.

You can see other ideas using the Symbols of Fortune Suite  here, here,  and here.

Thank you for stopping by,


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Fun Folds!


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.  We also do a quarterly stamp camp and have one coming up April 29th & 30th (Symbols of Fortune Suite).   Every month we also create a tutorial bundle.  This month the tutorial bundle features fun folds and there are 13 tutorials in the bundle.  Keep on reading to the end I will share with you a peek at the card I created for the bundle.


This is one of my favorite fun folds.  It is quick and easy to make.  Here are  the basic measurements.

  • Evening Evergreen Card Base- 4-1/4" x  7-1/4" scored at 5-1/2" ,  3" x 4-1/4"
  • Basic White CS- 4" x 5-1/4" Inside of the card
  • Evening Evergreen CS connector 3" x 4-1/4" used the largest Stitched So Sweetly label
  • Flowering Fields DSP: (Pattern 1) 1-1/2" x 4", (Pattern 2) 2-3/4" x 4"

You will also need Soft Succulent CS for the leaves and stems and Basic White CS for the flowers.


The Evening Evergreen Stitched So Sweetly label connects the main part of the card base (4-1/4" x  7-1/4" ) to the  bottom portion.   I decorated the label using the Flowering Tulips bundle.   The tulips were stamped in Mango Melody and So Saffron ink.  The leaves were inked in Soft Succulent ink and stamped on Sot Succulent CS.


The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Special Moments.   I am a little surprised to be saying this but this set is probably my most used and one of my favorite SAB stamp sets.  I love the sentiments.  There are sentiments for both the outside and inside of the card. 

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop!  So many fabulous fun fold cards to see!


Thank you for stopping by and check out a sneak peek below of what I created for the tutorial bundle.



Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You may also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharo[email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Feb2022-CA fun folds

This is one of  the fun fold cards you will find in the tutorial bundle.


I call this a one armed easel card.  It is a super fun one to make.  Purchase the bundle or place a $50 order to receive this tutorial and 12 more.

Party Puffins

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   This week it is a color challenge and it fits perfectly with Valentine's Day coming up!


I pulled out the Party Puffins stamp set.  I haven't played with this set in a bit and I missed this cute little guy.  I colored the beak in with Highland Heather and his feet with Blushing Bride.  Now I am sure you can guess what the color challenge is.


The Sweet Talk 12" x 12" DSP is full of these colors.  However now that I am looking at the "official" colors it looks like the color in the DSP is Petal Pink and not Blushing Bride!  Ooops!  I guess I should have checked but it looks to me more like Blushing Bride than Petal Pink.


Both sentiments I used are from the Special Moments Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  This stamp set has so many great sentiments in lovely fonts, it is a great addition to any stamp collection.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with this color challenge.


Nuts About Squirrels

The Nuts About Squirrels  stamp set debuted in the 2021 July-December Mini Catalog.  I was tempted to get it but never did.  When I saw that it was being carried over (see page 75 of the 2022 J-J catalog)I knew I had to get it.  


This card was made for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF102.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is the challenge with the Inspo List.  The Inspo List is a list of 10 items that were inspired by a festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo List on your project.  Here's a link to all  the info on participating in the challenge.


I used Red, Pink, Sparkle, Ribbon, Hearts, and Cute.  I am not sure the sentiment I used would be considered romantic but maybe?


The paper is from the Sweet Talk DSP pack.  Such a cute pack of paper that can be used beyond Valentine's Day.  The ribbon is the Real Red Faux Linen and it is a dream to tie bows with. I confess that I had to dip into my stash of retired Glimmer papers for the Real Red Glimmer paper used for the heart and the scallop around the circle.  The heart die I used to cut the glittery heart is from the Give It A Whirl dies. 


Inside I added a strip of the DSP and another red glittery heart.  

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team crated for #FF102.



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Symbols of fortune camp

Registration is open for the next Creativity Abounds Stamp Camp featuring the Symbols of Fortune Suite.  The  stamp camp will be on April 29th and 30th (North America).  If you are interested in attending please contact me for more information.

Artfully Layered Thank You

This past weekend was the Creativity Abounds Artfully Composed Stamp Camp.  The camp was an online event and it was so much fun.  I did a Facebook Live (gasp!) and I survived-LOL!   One of the features of the camp is a private FB group just for the campers and it has been so fun and rewarding seeing the campers post their projects.  Lots of fun interactions and inspiration.  We are having another camp in April featuring the Symbols of Fortune Suite.  We are opening registration early so if you are interested please contact me.

After the camp I was feeling  thankful for all the lovely campers who participated in the camp and also for the team who put on the camp.  I was inspired to make a thank you card. 


Just a simple 3 panel card to show the Artfully Composed DSP.  These panels are 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  I also added a Basic Black strip  that was cut using one of the  Tropical Layers Dies.  


I also added a black scalloped circle cut using the Layering Circles die and a piece of Layering Design Vellum.  The leaf is my favorite and  I added some sparkle with  Iridescent Rhinestones.  The sentiment was embossed using White embossing powder and then fussy cut out.


Inside I added another strip of Black CS cut with the border die and  also a strip of DSP.   I had cut this leaf out for another project and decided it was the perfect way to dress up the inside of the card.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let me know if you have any questions about the upcoming Creativity Abounds Symbols of Fortune Stamp Camp.



Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (12 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharo[email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Artfully Layered Birthday WIshes

I love color but every once in a while I what to make an all white card or a simple black and white card.  The Artfully Composed Suite is full of color and a tropical vibe but I also wondered how would it look in black and white?


I told you I was obsessed with this particular leaf die.  I am not sure I have made a card with the Artfully Layered Bundle that doesn't include this particular leaf.  

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Here are are the measurements:

  • Basic White Thick CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Basic Black CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8",  3-1/2" x 5" (cut 2 large leaves) ,  scrap piece for the sentiment
  • Vellum Layering Designs 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White CS 4" x 5-1/4"
  1. Cut a rectangle (Stitched Rectangle dies) on the Basic White CS.
  2. Adhere the Vellum over the Basic White CS.  Use small dots of glue to attach the vellum.
  3. Adhere the the Vellum to the Basic Black CS.
  4. Adhere the Basic Black CS to the card base.
  5. Die cut 2 large leaves out of Basic Black CS.
  6. Attach leaves to the vellum using tiny dots of liquid glue.
  7. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink on to a scrap of Basic Black CS.
  8. Apply White Embossing powder and remove the excess powder.
  9. Heat emboss the sentiment.
  10. Fussy cut around the sentiment.
  11. Attach sentiment to the card using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  12. Attach Irisdescent Rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by,


Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (12 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharo[email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.




Happy Hedgehogs Friendship

Happy Friday!  It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge features an  Inspo List.  The Inspo List is a list of 10 items inspired by a festivity, holiday.  You must use at least 3 of the items on the Inspo List on your project.  There are a few more rules that you can read about here.


I chose from the Inspo List: bird, tree, florals, green, and brown.


I used the adorable new Happy Hedgehogs bundle.   I stamped the hedgehog in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and punched him out using the Hedgehog Builder punch.  This hedgehog is super sweet!   


The little bird was stamped directly on the Stitched So Sweetly label.  I knew it wouldn't fit and some of the tail would be cut off.  I didn't want to fussy cut the entire bird out so instead I stamped another bird on a scrap piece of Basic White CS and colored it using Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut just the tail portion and used some Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach it over the bird.   Pretty neat little fix.


The pretty Fresh Freesia gingham check paper is from the Pansy Petals DSP.   Inside I added another strip of the gingham paper  and stamped the cute mushroom image from the Happy Hedgehog stamp set.  

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


Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out how the rest of the design team was inspired by the Inspo List.

FF #0101 International Wetland Day

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert. you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James



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Artfully Layered Thank You

Did you know that I was born and raised in Hawaii?  It is still home even though I haven't lived there in years.  When I saw the Artfully Composed Suite in the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog it reminded me of the islands and I knew I had to get it.  Here's one of my first plays with the Suite.


I used the Artfully Layered bundle, Artfully Composed DSP, and the Layering Designs Vellum   from the Suite.  This leaf die is just so lovely and graceful.  Check out the border, it too is part of the die set.  I used 3 different designs from the DSP.  Like most of the DSP packs, one side of the paper is a bolder design and the flip side is quieter.  


If you been thinking about the Artfully Composed Suite and what a fabulous collection it is? The Creativity Abounds blog hop group is doing an online stamp camp featuring the Artfully Composed Suite. This international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators does a monthly blog hop and now a quarterly stamp camp.  The online portion of the stamp camp will be on January 28 and 29th.  Do not worry if you cannot attend on those dates, everything will be recorded.  

What is included in the stamp camp?

  • Card kit to make 12 projects (I will cut all the paper except for the DSP and vellum included in the Artfully Composed Suite).*
  • Tutorial PDF for the card kit.
  • Video tutorials for the card kit.
  • Access to an exclusive FB group.  Here is where you can attend live demonstrations featuring 12 additional projects using the Artfully Composed Suite.  These demonstrations will also be recorded.  There will be a variety of projects from cards to boxes!

*You will use your own inks and adhesive and also the  DSP, Vellum, Ribbon and Sea Glass from the suite.  The card kit I send you will include all the paper you need to complete the make and takes not  in the Artfully Composed Suite.

How do you register?

Head over to my online store use the Host Code 6PFJAT69 and purchase the *Artfully Composed Suite (item 157765 $90). If you already have the suite, you can purchase an equivalent amount of product ($90 before shipping and tax).  You will earn a level 1 Sale-A-Bration item with your order OR add another $10 in product and receive two level 1 choices or one Level 2).

*Currently the White Frayed ribbon is not available.  You can order the other items individually (see list below) and either add a different ribbon such as the White Crinkled Seam Binding (151326) or the Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon (158135) or add another item equalling at least $7.50 and order the White Frayed Ribbon later (it is expected back in stock at the end of January).

  • 157761 Artfully Layered Bundle 
  • 158139 Faux Sea Glass Shapes
  • 157764 Vellum Layering Designs
  • 157750 Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper 
  • plus another item priced at $7.50 or more

It is important to remember to use the Host Code 6PFJAT69 when you place your order.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join in the fun of the Creatively Abounds Artfully Composed Stamp Camp.




Awesome Otters...Guess Who Loves You?

Yesterday I posted two cards featuring the Awesome Otters stamp set and the Sweet Talk DSP.  I actually made 3 cards using the same supplies.  Here is the third card I made.


Here's a little funny about this card.  I showed this card to my son and he said he thought the gophers were pretty cute.  I laughed and told him they were otters and he said they look like gophers.  If you didn't know they were otters, they do look like gophers!  Without the clues of the long tail, fish or water they could pass as gophers.  


I used 2 more patterns from the Sweet Talk DSP and fussy cut some hearts too.  The sentiment is from the Banner Year stamp set.  I cut the sentiment apart so I could have the one otter/gopher holding it like a banner.  


Inside another strip of DSP and a fussy cut heart.  Simple and cute way to dress up the inside of the card.


The Awesome Otters stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration choice and free with a qualifying order of $50 (US).  If you like cute animals then this just might be a perfect set for you.  If you would like a J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration or J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator please contact me and i will get them sent to you.  


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Thanks for stopping by!



ICS Blog Hop...Awesome Otters

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month the theme is time to  Sale-A-Brate!  We are sharing projects using Sale-A-Bration products.  I chose to use those adorable Awesome Otters.  


I paired the Awesome Otters with the Sweet Talk DSP.   Love that I can show both sides of the DSP on the pocket.  The pocket is secured together with the Real Red 3/8" Faux Linen Ribbon.


The cute otter was stamped on Basic White CS .  Both the Basic White circle and  Real Red scalloped circle were cut using the Layering Circles dies.  The otter was colored in using Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The little hearts the otter is carrying it was cut using the Give It A Whirl dies from the Sweet Talk DSP. The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.


Another fun little otter stamped on the insert for the pocket.  


Since I had all the supplies out I decided to make another card.  This is a simple 3 panel DSP card.  The panels measure 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  Quick and easy card that shows off more designs of the DSP.  I made a third card using the same supplies and will post it tomorrow. 


The otter is now holding a heart instead of a fish.  The heart was cut from the DSP using the Give It A Whirl dies.  I thought about masking the fish or cutting it away but decided covering it with the heart was so much easier and quicker too!


I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  Here I simply added a strip of DSP (another cute design) and a heart.  

Now it is time for you to see what the creative Joni Metras has made for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for another Awesome Otters card!


ArtfullyComposed camp

Contact me to join the Artfully Composed Stamp Camp!  Registration ends soon!


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Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

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I have been away from my craft cubbie for about 2-1/2 weeks.  When we got home I was ready to get back to stamping.   I was looking forward to playing with some new products from the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and the J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  


It was harder than I thought it would be.  I recycled a lot of starts,  questioned myself whether something was good or not, and when I look at what I made I am still not sure.  It is a strange feeling.  I still enjoyed the process and know that I need to flex that creativity muscle and use it and it will get stronger.


Thank goodness the January Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is a Sketch Challenge.  It made it much easier to create the project.  


I used the bright and happy Sunshine & Rainbows 6" x 6" DSP.  This pack of paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means it is Free with a $50 purchase.   I used 3 different designs and you know I like stripes and polka dots!  

The adorable cupcakes are from the Measure of Love set.  Love the little cupcakes, each decorated with a little flower and pearl.


I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the DSP. The squares were cut  using a retired die set, Stitched Shapes.  I know I am not alone in wishing that the Stitched Shapes would come out of retirement and re-appear in the Stampin' Up! catalog.


The ric-rac shape on both the outside and inside of the card was created using the Basic Borders dies.   This is a fun way to dress up the inside of the card and use the little strips of DSP.  The Sunshine and Rainbow paper is too cute and I don't want to waste any of it.


Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to head on over to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!


Here is a list of all the stops on the  Stamping Inkspirations January blog hop!  

Angie McKenzie  ●  Susan Simpson  ●  Donna Lester

Karen Egan  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Cheryl Hamilton

Leonie Stuart  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Jill Chapman

Sue Allen  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Chris Smith

Jo Blackman  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Kirsty Patrick

Mo Rootes  ●  Judith Patterson  ●  Teri West

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball


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