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Elegantly Said and the Peony Dies

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


I used the Simply Elegant DSP, Elegantly Said stamp set ,  and the Peony dies.  All of these items are on the retiring list which means they are only available while supplies last.  


You can see that I followed the sketch quite closely.  


The Peony dies create very pretty peonies.  The dies are easy to put together and you can create stunning flowers in just a few minutes.  I will  probably keep the Prized Peony stamp set and the coordinating Peony Dies in my personal collection.  The images in the set are so pretty and the sentiments fill a void in my collection.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this sketch.




Blessings of Home Fun Fold Card

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week is a beautiful color combination and it made me think about the beautiful florals in the Blessings of Home stamp set.   I knew this would be great choice to show off the colors in the challenge.  What are the colors?


Let me say I never thought to pair Rich Razzleberry with Fresh Freesia.   Don't they look lovely together?  This is one of the reasons I think challenges are so important, it helps to shake things up and introduce you to new color combinations and layouts.


The flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and colored using Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends.  Did you know that you can use Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' pads with Stampin' Blends?   Yup, you can.  I loved using the Rich Razzleberry ink instead of black on this card, it added softness to the image.  

I used 2 different packs of Designer Series Paper (aka DSP) for this card.  The lovely floral paper is from the Heart & Home DSP and the bouquet is on  a pattern from the 2021-23 In Color DSP.    In addition to the Flowers of Home dies I used the Stitched so Sweetly (scalloped Rich Razzleberry frame) and Stitched Rectangles dies (sentiment label).  The sentiment is from the In the Moment stamp set.  


Were you expecting this?  This is just little different kind of card.  The card base is a quarter sheet of cardstock and the place where you write your message is hidden behind the front Stitched So Sweetly label. 


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this color combination,


Stampin' Up! Waves of Inspiration

Over the weekend I finally got out and played with the Waves of Inspiration bundle (this bundle is an early release and will be available in the upcoming Annual catalog) and the Waves of the Ocean DSP (this is paper is only available while supplies last).   Here's the first thing I made.


The DSP is Beautiful!  There are so many fabulous designs and the color combinations are just dreamy.  I love the pelican image.  I stamped the pelican in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  If you look closely you will see that the pelican's head and body looks white and the beak yellow.


I lightly colored over the pelican using a Stampin'Chalk Marker.  I thought this made the pelican stand out a bit more and also was a quick and easy way to color the Crumb Cake CS.  The beak was colored in using a Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Marker.  I cut out the tip of the outline wave dies to create the look of ocean spray hitting  the logs.   


This is a simple fun fold card.  The card base measures 5-1/2" x 11" scored at 3-1/4" and 7-1/2".  I love that it unfolds in a different way.  Here you can see one of the fabulous sentiments from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set and 2 different designs of DSP.



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Meadow Dies

I recently made a bunch of blended backgrounds and decided to play with different techniques to finish them into cards.  I used the color combination of Polished Pink, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight.


In addition to blending the ink  with the Blending Brushes, I  added some flicks of watered down White Craft ink to this background.  I added the Meadow dies in black for a very dramatic scene.


I added some Black twine and tied on the label from the Meadows dies.   The sentiment is from the Eden's Garden set and it was embossed with White Embossing powder.  Inside of the card I added a Basic White layer with another die cut from the Meadow dies.  


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I will be sharing more of these blending projects in future posts.  You can go here to see another card I made starting from the same blended background.  Making these different cards starting from the same background was a lot of fun.   What's your favorite way to use a blended ink background?

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As a member of the  Creativity Abounds Design team, I am participating in designing and selling a specially designed card making tutorial featuring a blue and yellow theme. (You can of course make the cards in any colors you'd like.) We felt called to do this in order to offer assistance to the people Ukraine. 

All proceeds from the sale of this tutorial (PDF sent by email) will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their work with the people of Ukraine. 

The tutorial is ready. Cost is $15.   Please contact me if you would like to purchase a tutorial, [email protected]

I hope you will join me in support of this endeavor.  Thank you!



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Hats Off Thanks

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and create.

This week the Inspo List was inspired by World Party Day!  World Party Day will be celebrated on April 3.   World Party Day "encourages a coordinated effort of joyful human celebration around the globe."   Wouldn't that be a lovely thing?


I used from the Inspo list sparkle,  polka dot, bright colors, layers, and hat.


I used the Hats Off bundle  to stamp and cut out the cute hat.   The stitched detail on the hat is so amazing.  The hat was stamped on a piece of Polished Pink  2021-23 In Color DSP.  The black and white dot paper is from the Pattern Party DSP which is Host Reward choice.  The scalloped frame is from the Scallop Contours die.  The star and the "thanks" (Amazing Thanks die) were cut from the Supple Shimmer Specialty paper in the Mini Catalog.


Inside I added a Basic White layer to make it easier to write on the card.  I added a strip of the DSP and a miniature version of the hat on the hat on the front.  

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

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thanks for stopping by!


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Ukraine tutorial

Please contact me ([email protected]) if you are interested in the purchasing the Blue and Yellow Ukraine Fundraiser tutorial.



Pansy Patch & the Pansy Petals DSP

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


Sometimes I follow the sketch very closely, like I did this week and other times very loosely.  


The only stamping is the sentiment  (I love this one) from the  Pansy Patch stamp set.  Everything else is from the Pansy Petals DSP.  The Fresh Freesia gingham is so springy and a lovely background for the flowers.  The floral rectangles were cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies and the pansies were fussy cut from another sheet of the DSP.  


Inside I added a piece of Basic White CS to make it easier to write on.  I had a little strip of the Fresh Freesia gingham so I had to add it here along with another flower I fussy cut but didn't end up using on the front of the card. 

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



Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Spring!


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 the Flowering Fields Suite or anything that celebrates Spring.  The projects featured in this blog hop are different than the projects in the tutorial bundle.  We want to share lots of ideas with you.


I used both dies from the Flowering Fields Suite (Tulip and Windmill Field) and the Flowering Fields DSP.  The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach set.  


This is a quick visual showing what dies was used from which set.


This is an easel card that I call a One Armed Easel.  This fold was in last month's Creativity Abounds tutorial (Fun Folds) using another bundle of products.  The tutorial is still available for purchase from any of the Creativity Abounds team members.  I will also post the  information below.  


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!  You will be inspired by all the creativity!





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

Feb2022-CA fun folds

This is the Creativity Abounds February tutorial all about fun folds!  It is still available for purchase ($15).  Please contact [email protected] to purchase.

Daffodils, Tulips & Pansies, Oh My!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather together every month on the 14th, to  blog hop.  We have recently changed to a no theme hop so everyone can share what they are currently loving.  We try to make sure everything we use is available but as you know that can be difficult  given the current shipping situation. 

Currently I am thinking about Spring!  I love this time of year and it also is a tough time of year for me.  I have allergies and here in the Northwest with all the trees, grasses, flowers starting to wake up, so do my allergies.  Oh well, I sniffle my way through it and love seeing all the spring flowers starting to bloom.


I made this spring bouquet for you and hopefully it is also allergy free!  I love that we have so many gorgeous flowers in the 2021-22 Annual Catalog and in the 2022 J-J Mini Catalog.  The daffodils are from the Mini Catalog.  I made the flowers with the Daffodil dies and  a few of the leaves were stamped and die cut using the Daffodil Daydream bundle.    The tulips were made using the Tulip  Dies also from the Mini Catalog.  The pansies were stamped and die cut using the Pansy Patch bundle (currently on special-part of the Savings are in Bloom promotion).  This spring bouquet sits on one of the Scalloped Contour dies.


Yup, this is an easel card.   The cute little flower stopper is another sweet pansy.  Once I figure out who I am sending this to I will also stamp a sentiment next to the pansy.  Some other little details I want to point out.  The Poppy Parade and white twine is from the Fan Baker's twine.  The little tag is from the Meadow dies (this is part of the Quiet Meadow bundle which  is also on special this month).  The hello is from the Pansy Patch stamp set.  I used Post It notes to cover some of the sentiment when I inked it and then removed the Post Its before I stamped it on the tag.


In the center of each pansy is a rhinestone colored using a Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend.  This is a good trick to remember, so you will always have coordinating embellishments.

Time to check out all the fabulous stops on the hop!


Thank you for stopping by!




Daffodils in a Bag

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


This color combination reminded me of the Flowering Fields 12" x 12" DSP.  Now I realize that Evening Evergreen is not listed as one of the colors in the DSP.  I think it was an oversight and that is what I am going with.  


I cut two 6" x 6" pieces of DSP and created this little tote.  The Evening Evergreen handles were cut using a die in the All Dressed Up dies. The ribbon is the Evening Evergreen Windowpane Checked ribbon.  This is the first time I have used the ribbon and it is lovely.  I would love this ribbon in lots of different colors.  It is crisp, ties beautifully and holds its shape, all good things.  The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulips set and I love the font.


Spring is coming!  The daffodils are beginning to pop up here and I thought a few daffodils for this bag would be cute.  In addition I will probably throw in some candy and a tea bag or 2.  This would be so fun to make as  favors for a luncheon.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the color challenge. 




Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Layer Up!

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  This month our theme is Layer Up!

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Recently, I have been playing with Blending Brushes .  I thought a card that featured the layering of ink would be a good one for theme of Layer Up.  


I used the Blending Brushes and blended Polished Pink, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight ink on  Basic White cardstock.   As much as I liked the blended ink background I decided that I wanted to add another layer, so I added a layer of Shimmery White Embossing paste and the Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.  This embossing paste is my favorite, not only does it add texture it adds a glittery finish too.


Another layer I added was the thanks.  This die cut is from the Amazing Thanks dies.  I wanted something plain and simple to finish the card and this die cut was just the thing.  I also added another layer, the black twine.  


I hope you can see the sparkle in the Shimmery Embossing Paste.  It add so much shine. 

Now it is time to check out what the talented Teri West has created for you.

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Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US- you are here!

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


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