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January 2022

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 ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Sale-A-Bration Friendly Hello Birthday

Today I have another birthday card featuring the Friendly Hello stamp set.  When I see the bird on the branch image,  I can imagine her singing a sweet song, maybe at sunrise or sunset.  That idea is what inspired today's card.


I started off creating the "sky". I used Blending Brushes on Basic White CS and started with Mango Melody, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, and then a bit of Night of Navy ink.  I just kept on applying ink and blending  until I was happy with the sky.   I added a few splatters using Water Painters and watered down White Craft ink.  

I die cut a circle using the Layering Circle dies and then embossed the Basic White layer using the Merry Melody 3D Embossing folder.   This embossing folder debuted in the 2021 July-December Mini Catalog and has been carried over, which means it is still available to purchase.  I thought it was the perfect choice to accompany my singing bird.

I stamped the bird using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloring her in with Stampin' Blends.  I will post the colors I used below.  I fussy cut the bird and branch out.  After I fussy cut I go around the edges with the brush end of a Black Stampin' Write Marker.  This gives it a finished look and also helps cover up any white edges.  


Behind the bird I cut a Petal Pink flower using the Meadow Dies and colored over the stem using an Old Olive Stampin' Blend.  I also die cut the leaves from the Forever Flourishing dies in Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.    You can also see inside I added a full die cut flower using the Meadow Dies.

The sentiment was stamped on the lovely label which is in the Meadow Dies.  


The last addition I made was to add the Coastal Cabana rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestones to the sides of the sentiment label and the flower centers. 


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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 ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.



Artistically Inked Thanks

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


I arrange my stamp sets alphabetically and keep my new sets in a separate area.  Why?  I want to easily access the new sets and be sure to use them.  This strategy works for me and helps me to not forget about sets.  The only drawback is that I forget to look at the sets that I have used and are part of the main section of stamps.  I am now making an effort to use those sets too.  Some of them have not been used in a while which makes them almost new to me.  


Starting with the letter A, the Artistically Inked bundle!  What a beautiful bundle of products.  This is a Distinktive stamp set.  This type of stamps created this almost watercolored looking image.  The large flower was stamped in Calypso Coral ink (full strength) and because it is a Distinktive stamp there are different opacities on the one image.  The two smaller flowers were also inked in Calypso Coral ink but stamped off once for a less intense color.  Stamping off is a good way to get more out of the ink colors you have. 


The beautiful large leaves was  cut using the Artistic Dies from Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.   There is texture to the Gold paper and also a shimmer that is hard for me to capture.  The thanks was heat embossed using Gold Embossing Powder and then fussy cut out.


The gold twine is from the Simply Elegant Trim pack.  When I use this twine I cut a slit on the sides of the card stock to prevent it from slipping.  I also add a tiny dot of glue behind the knot to keep it in place and also prevent it from coming untied.  I also added a few Gold Metallic Pearls around the images.  


I had a leftover strip of the Gold Metallic Paper so I added it to the inside along with a medium sized flower in Calypso Coral and a leaves in Soft Succulent.  

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



Sale-A-Bration Friendly Hello Birthday Pocket

The Friendly Hello stamp set and Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper is one of the 2022-J-F Sale-A-Bration choices.  It hardly gets any better a lovely stamp set and coordinating paper ...FREE with a qualifying purchase.


I love florals, add a cute bird and I am all in.  Isn't she a sweet little Pool Party bird?. I colored the image using Stampin' Blends (see below for all the colors I used).  I used the same little trick I shared here.  The image was a little too big for the size circle I wanted to use so I stamped the image on the circle and then stamped the bird image again (on another piece of Basic White CS), colored it and fussy cut just enough to fit over where I needed to add on the tail.  The image is now complete with the tail extending over the edge of the circle.  


This pocket is one of the card styles I use a lot.  I like to show off both sides of the pretty paper and this pocket does that.  The pocket measures 4" x 12", just a bit narrower than a standard card base but this allows me to get 3 of these pockets from one sheet of 12" x 12" paper.  The DSP is scored at 5-1/2" and 10".  The flap was cut using one of the Basic Borders dies.  The pocket is held together with the Fresh Freesia ribbon.  


The inside card was finished with a strip of DSP and a couple of stamped, colored and fussy cut flowers and leaves.  The Fresh Freesia CS is 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" and the Basic White CS is 3-3/4" x 5-1/4". 


I added 3 Iridescent Rhinestones.  One near the sentiment and 2 in the flower centers.  Isn't cool how they look so different?  I love how they reflect the colors around them.  They are definitely one of my favorite new embellishments in the new J-J 2022 Mini Catalog.


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Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know if you need a 2022 J-J Mini Catalog and/or 2022 J-F  Sale-A-Bration catalog.  



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 ([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 ([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.

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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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Artistically Inked

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I decided that I needed to play with a bundle and DSP  from the Annual. Catalog.


I used the Expressions in Ink DSP.  This is truly one gorgeous pack of paper.  I used 3 different designs of DSP on my card.  Not only are the designs on the DSP  lovely, there is also gold foiling.   


I used the Artistic Dies, part of the Artistically Inked bundle to cut out the Gold Metallic Paper.    I attached a piece of Vellum behind the die cut to help spotlight the beautiful die cut. 


The sentiment  from the Artistically Inked stamp set was stamped in Evening Evergreen ink.  Little rhinestone gems from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels were attached to either side of the sentiment,

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this sketch.


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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Artfully Composed Suite


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 January 28 & 29th.  The focus of this hop and our upcoming stamp camp is the Artfully Composed Suite.  

The stamp camp includes 12 make and takes (with written and video directions) and  bonus Facebook Lives on the 28th and 29th.  During the Facebook Lives we will be sharing additional ideas of projects using the Artfully Composed Suite.  For more information about the camp go HERE.


Here's a peek at what I will be sharing during the Creativity Abounds Stamp Camp Facebook Lives.  During the live and on the private Facebook group I will be sharing all the details on how to make this box.  Yes, this box can be filled with cards.


Can you guess how many cards I have in this box?  


If you guessed 10 you are correct!  Of course the number of cards and envelopes will depend on how "bumpy" your cards are.  It is a very spacious box and great to package cards up for gift giving.  I am looking forward to sharing all the details with our stamp camp participants.

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

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.




Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...In With the New!

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Time for another fun Stampers Dozen Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on the new!  There is so much new to choose from right now.  Stampin' Up! just launched the J-J (January-June) 2022 Mini Catalog and the (January-February) 2022 Sale-A-Bration.   


Hello Ladybug!  The new Hello Ladybug (punch) bundle is so cute!   The body of the ladybug is Basic Black CS and the shell/wings was wa stamped in Real Red ink on Basic White CS and then punched out.  The dots on the shell/wings were stamped in Tuxedo Memento Black ink and I added some  Shimmery Crystal Effects on top for some dimension and shine.


The thanks is part of the Amazing Thanks Dies.  Love the font!  The big bold Old Olive leaves were stamped using the Hello Ladybug set and yes, I fussy cut them out.  Fortunately the leaves are easy to cut.  The Daffodil Delight flowers were cut using the Peach dies and accented with red rhinestones.  The black and white patterned paper is from the fabulous Pattern Party DSP pack.  


Inside another adorable ladybug and a strip of paper from the Pattern Party pack.  


Now it is time for you to check out what the talented Carol Payne has created for you!



Stamper's Dozen January 2022 Blog Hop

  1. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  2. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  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
  10. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  11. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  12. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


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