2022 July-Dec Mini Catalog

Cottage Wreaths Christmas Card

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

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This sketch was a perfect one to use patterned paper aka DSP (Designer Series Paper).  The paper pack I used is the Lights Aglow 6” x 6” Specialty Designer Series Paper, which unfortunately is no longer available for purchase.  It was so popular it has sold out.  

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I used 3 different patterns from the Lights Aglow DSP pack and I love how they coordinate.  The color and pattern coordination is one of the things I really appreciate about Stampin’ Up!’s DSP. 

I also used the Cottage Wreaths bundle.  The wreath was stamped in Evening Evergreen ink on Basic White CS and die cut using the coordinating dies.  One of my favorite dies within the Country Wreaths Dies is the bow die.  Here I cut it in Real Red Glimmer paper.  Red Rhinestones were used for berry clusters and also to highlight the sentiment.  Inside I added a strip of DSP and also a sentiment from the Framed & Festive stamp set.  The Framed & Festive stamp set will only be available while supplies last.  It is a wonderful Christmas sentiment set.  

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created using this sketch.

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Framed & Festive and the Boughs of Holly DSP

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!   Every Thursday a new challenge is posted and generally the challenges alternate between a sketch and a color challenge. This week it is a sketch challenge.  I love the sketch this week.  I knew exactly what I wanted to make and how I wanted the card to look.  This doesn't happen very often so it was exciting for me.

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When I saw the sketch I immediately thought of the lovely oval frames in the  Framed Floret dies.  I also remembered that I found some flowers I had fussy cut from the Boughs of Holly DSP.  The card was coming together quickly.

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Let's dissect this card.  

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On the inside I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler CS and another fussy cut poinsettia from the Boughs of Holly DSP.

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design created.  Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Rustic Harvest DSP

Just a quick look at what I am working on.  I know I am running late and should have started this a while ago.  

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Feeling very thankful.  Wanted to send some happy thoughts to friends and family.  I hope they will feel cared for and remembered.   The paper is the Rustic Harvest DSP.  I lightly colored the pumpkins using a Cajun Craze watercolor pencil from the Assortment #2.   The DSP panel is 3" x 5-1/2".  I am using the template I used  HERE.  

I have many more cards to make and I want to send them out today.  Going to put my headphones in and listen to my book and get them made.  

Thanks for stopping by,

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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!  

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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)

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to sign up for my newsletter.  We are on week 8 of my 12 Weeks of the Holidays series.  On Sundays I send out an email with a tutorial for a card and a 3D project.  It is a short and sweet email sent as a thank you for supporting my stamping business.  The sign up form is on the right hand side of the blog. 

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Christmas Packaging

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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.

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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.

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

 

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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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.

 

Seasonal sale 11-2022

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ICS Blog Hop...Christmas is Coming!

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop!  We come together and hop on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Each month there is a theme and this month the theme is...Christmas is Coming!   Thank you for joining us and enjoy all the stops on the hop!

How many Christmas cards have you made?  I will admit that I haven't made very many, yet.  In fact the other day my spouse asked if we were going to be sending cards this year.  So, I need to get busy.  

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I used the Split Card Texture die on the front of this card and behind the texture I added a piece of Real Red Glimmer paper.  Love how sparkly it looks. The poinsettias were cut from the Boughs of Holly DSP.  The sentiment is from the Leaves of Holly stamp set stamped in Evening Evergreen ink on a Tailor Made Tag.  The tiny little bow was made with the Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon.

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To decorate the inside of the card I added another strip of the Boughs of Holly DSP and another fussy cut poinsettia.  This probably will not be the card that will get mass produced for our family Christmas cards but I will definitely make a few more of these because I love the sparkle from the Real Red Glimmer Paper.  

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Deb Naylor has made for you!

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Celebrate Everything DSP Rosettes

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  National Family PJ 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.

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This challenge was definitely challenging for me.  We are currently in the process of moving and have just a small selection of stamping supplies with me.  I had to really dig deep to figure out something to make for this challenge.  I ended up choosing paper folding, family sentiment, and circles from the Inspo List.  

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I started with the Peekaboo Treat Bags.  These bags are so handy and are great for packaging  gifts and are also food safe.  When you order them you will get 10 bags (5 in kraft and 5 in white).   The bags are gusseted so it can accommodate contents that are a little bulky.   I made little rosettes using the Celebrate Everything DSP.   This Designer Series Paper is a Stampin' Reward in the 2022 July-December Mini Catalog.  Stampin' Rewards are earned based on the order totals for an order whether from a party or an individual order. 

The rosettes were made using strips cut 3/4" and 1" wide and 12" long.  The DSP strips were scored at 1/4" intervals and folded alternating between mountain and valley folds.  The end was joined and brought together to form the rosette.  To secure the rosette shape I placed glue along the center and placed the circle on top.  I let them sit so the glue had a change to set up and then did the same on the back of the rosettes.  If I had a glue gun I would have used that as it would have set up faster.  

I searched the limited amount of stamps I have with me and couldn't find one that had a family sentiment. I then remembered that I just recently received the Alphabest bundle (stamp set and coordinating punch).  I stamped out my husband's name on another circle cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.  His name is the shortest and best fit on the little circle.  I finished the package up using some Black Baker's Twine.   The Peekaboo Treat Bags have little notches on the sides near the top opening which keeps the twine in place.  

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

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Helen Jennings

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

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Very Best Occasions & the Celebrate Everything DSP

From the first time I saw the Very Best Occasion stamp set I knew it was a must have.  I especially like the Christmas sentiments and the other sentiments are all very useful and pretty.

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Here I paired the Very Best Occasions stamp set with the Celebrate Everything DSP.  I colored the foliage on the sentiment to coordinate with the DSP and I am loving the bright colors.  The Celebrate Everything DSP is a Stampin' Reward.  This means you can only purchase it with Stampin' Rewards.  You earn Stampin' Rewards by hosting an event that  qualifies and/or place your own qualifying order.  This pack of paper is very versatile and has both neutral patterns and bright and colorful holiday designs.  

The top piece of DSP measures 2" and the bottom 3-3/4".  I covered up the seam with the Black & White Gingham Ribbon.  I also colored a couple of rhinestones with Polished Pink Stampin' Blend to add a little sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped on different circles from the Layering Circles dies.

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Inside I aded the other Christmas sentiment from the Very Best Occasions set and some additional strips of DSP.  The large scallop was cut using the Scalloped Contours die.

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Thank you for stopping by and let me know if I can help you with your holiday crafting,

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Boughs of Holly

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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 October 28 & 29th, Boughs of Holly Suite Collection.  Every month we create a tutorial bundle.  This month the tutorial bundle features the Boughs of Holly Suite Collection. The projects featured in this blog hop are different than the projects in the tutorial bundle.

 The projects we are sharing on today's hop are bonus projects that will be demonstrated during the Boughs of Holly stamp camp's Facebook Lives (October 28 & 29).  We won't be posting any instructions on how to make these projects since we will be demonstrating them during the stamp camp.  We will be announcing the next stamp camp soon!  Join my mailing list or subscribe to the blog feed for all the updates.

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Do you like to include a photo with your holiday cards?  Today's card is perfect for sharing a picture of someone special.  

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The card lays flat for mailing and the frame pops up when the card opens.  If you want to write a longer note a piece of Basic White cardstock can be added to the left side.  

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During the stamp camp I will be sharing how to make this card.  I think the element of surprise when the frame and photo pops up when the card is opened is so fun.

Now it is time to see what the rest of the Creativity Abounds team has created for you!

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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Boughs of Holly camp

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It is time for another Creativity Abounds stamp camp!  The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop and tutorial bundle and every quarter we hold a stamp camp. 

The Boughs of Holly Stamp Camp will be held October 28th and 29th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Boughs of Holly Suite and use the Host Code Y6NGAEWF.  If you already own the suite, simply order $79.50 of products from my online store and use the Host Code Y6NGAEWF.  It is important to use the Host Code which will let me know you want to participate in the stamp camp.  

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will  use your own DSP, stamps, dies and embellishments.   Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On October 28th and 29th each design team member will present another project using the Boughs of Holly Suite.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  

If you have any questions please contact me at sharon@astheinkdries.com.  It is going to be a fun and creative time!


Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop.  This month we have a sketch challenge and/or 3D Project.  I love a sketch challenge and really enjoyed playing around with this one.

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The circles made me think of the Cottage Wreaths bundle which gave me a place to start.  I also found this super cute little spider charm while cleaning up my room so a Halloween card is what I made.

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  • The card base is Basic Black 5-1/2" x 8-1/2".
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 4-1/8" x 5-3/8". 
  • The DSP is from the Celebrate Everything DSP which is part of the Stampin' Rewards in the July -Dec Mini Catalog.
  • The pumpkins were colored using Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
  • The wreath was stamped in Crushed Curry ink and the vine wreath in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and cut out using the coordinating Country Wreath dies.  
  • The sentiment is from the Cottage Wreaths set on a banner cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.
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Inside of the card I added another pattern from the Celebrate Everything DSP pack and stamped and die cut a spider using the Cottage Wreath bundle.  I am happy how this turned out and love this sketch!  Thanks Angie, the mighty leader of the Stamping Inkspiration blog hop!

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Mo has created.

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Here's a list of all the stops on the hop.

Angie McKenzie  ●  Aurélie Fabre  ●  Annette Ball

Tricia Butts  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Ann Krucek

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  ●  Mo Rootes   ●  Marieke Bart

Leonie Stuart  ●  Chris Smith  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Karen Henderson 

Vickie Littlewood  ●  Robbie Susan Chandler  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Teri West

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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