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December 2022

Looking Back: October -December 2022

I debated whether or not I should include December since well, it is still December.  I decided to include it since maybe you are new to my blog or maybe you missed some of the posts.

I made this card for a blog hop and I was happy with the results.  It uses the Cottage Wreaths bundle and the Celebrate Everything DSP.

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You can read about the card HERE.

You know I have a thing about black, white and red cards and throw in some polka dots and well it is bound to be a favorite.

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This is the Potted Geraniums bundle and the Black & White Designs DSP.  You can read about this card HERE.

This is one of very favorite cards.  Again it has the black, white, red and some shimmer and shine.

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This is the Framed Florets bundle and the Metallic & Shimmer Specialty paper (unfortunately no longer available.). You can read about the card HERE.

I love this little gift package made using the Mini Pocket Envelope dies.

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You can see how I made this little gift bag HERE.

This was one of my favorite Christmas cards I made.  It used the Framed and Festive stamp set (retiring soon), Framed Florets dies, and the Boughs of Holly DSP (sadly sold out).

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You can see more about this card HERE.

I love this Adorable Owl stamp set which is a Sale-A-Bration Choice (starts January 5th).  

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You can read about this card HERE.

I made this card for a blog hop.  I again used the Adorable Owls stamp set and the Dandy Designs DSP.  Both of these products will be available when Sale-A-Bration begins on January 5th.

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You can read about this card HERE.

I will be sad to see the Fitting Florets DSP disappear on January 4th.  

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I also used the Framed Florets bundle to make this card.  You can read about this card HERE.

One last card to wrap up 2022.  Again I used the Framed Florets bundle and the Fitting Florets DSP.

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Thank you for all the kind comments and emails in 2022.  I look forward to sharing more ideas in the coming year!  Wishing you a happy, healthy, and creative 2023!

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Looking Back: July though September

Starting off the look back at July through September 2022 with another Hippest Hippos card.

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This time I paired her up with the Sending Smiles bundle and also the Dots and Spots die.  You can read more about this card HERE.

On July 7th I posted this card featuring the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  If you want some fun, bright and cheery DSP this might be the one.

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You can see more about this card HERE.

On July 28th I posted yet another Cottage Rose card that I really liked.

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This was made for a challenge and loved how it turned out.  Read about the card HERE.

On August 7th I posted this card and it is a bright one.

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I mistakenly used the stems image from the Jar of Flowers  as raffia!  One of those happy mistakes.  You can read about the card HERE.

This card makes me smile and I love that silly squirrel from the Nuts About Squirrels set.

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You can read all about this card HERE.

I love this color challenge-Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Crushed Curry.  Used the Dots and Spots die and the Apple Blossom dies.  The Apple Blossoms dies are currently still available on the Clearance Rack for $14!  This is a fabulous die set and at an incredible price.

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You can read about this card HERE.

Starting off September faves is this card using the Brilliant Wings  and  Fabulous Frames dies.

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The sentiment is from the Potted Geraniums set.  Read more about this card HERE.

This is a simple card that shows off the beautiful DSP.  

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You can read about this card HERE.

Here's another card that used the Apple Blossoms dies (still available on Clearance for $14)

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This card also uses the Fabulous Frames dies and you can read about it HERE.  If you are still unsure about the Apple Blossom dies, here's another sample that was close to being in my  September faves.   I think it shows how versatile the dies are.

There is something about a black, white and red combo that just makes me happy.  Here I colored the Perfectly Penciled DSP with Real Red and Olive Stampin' Blends.  Simple card that makes a statement.

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More about this card HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and see ya tomorrow for the last look back at 2022!

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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 (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

 


Adorable Owls Sending Smiles

Just a few more days left in 2023 which means we are also closer to the start of the new 2023 January-April Mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  Both of which start on January 5th.  Did you catch that?  The mini catalog will be available for 4 months instead of 6 months and Sale-A-Bration is in effect January 5th-February 28th and there will only be one Sale-A-Bration this year.  

Today's card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #747.  The challenge alternates between a sketch and color challenge. 

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I thought this sketch would be a great one to use some of the fun new papers coming in the Mini Catalog.  I used the Country Gingham 6" x 6" DSP and the Country Floral Lane 12" x 12" DSP.  Both of these are in the Country Floral Lane Suite Collection.   These coordinate so well together and share a common color palette of Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink and Sweet Sorbet.

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I used 1-1/4" x 4" strips of the DSP layered on Basic White CS (4-1/8" x 5-3/8") and then on a Sweet Sorbet card base (5-1/2" x  8-1/2").  The oval frame was cut using the Framed Florets dies.   The Adorable Owl (Sale-A-Bration stamp set) was colored using Petal Pink, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends.  The Sweet Sorbet heart the owl is holding is from the Give It A Whirl dies.  I deviated a bit from the sketch and used the Sending Dies instead of a strip of cardstock.  I cut the Sending outline in Basic White and the word in Sweet Sorbet.  I felt like it was missing something so I added a Petal Pink outline as a shadow and like how that looks.  You know I like ribbon and used the White 3/8" Glittered Organdy to finish the front.

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Inside I added a strip of the Country Floral Lane DSP and one of the sentiments from the Sending Smiles set (or bundled with the coordinating dies).   I plan to send a lot more just because cards in 2023 so this sentiment will be used a lot.  There's nothing like getting a tangible reminder that someone is thinking about you and thinks you are pretty special.

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

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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.

 

 


Looking Back: April thru June 2022

This ward was posted on April 7th.

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Love this color combination of Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, and Highland Heather.  You can see the original post HERE.

This card featured the beautiful Symbols of Fortune DSP.  

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Very little stamping done on this card.  You can see the post HERE.

This card was also posted on the 28th of April.  

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You can read about this card HERE.

I love the plaid DSP and those crisp white daisies on this card I posted on May 8th.

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This card can be seen HERE.

On May 11 I posted this card for a sketch challenge and loved how it turned out.

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I love to mix and match patterns.  You can read about the card HERE.

On May 13 I posted this card using the Hues of Happiness DSP.  

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Love that the Blossoming Happiness dies cut out some of the designs on the Hues of Happiness DSP and that lovely lattice.  You can read about the card HERE.

I always like a pocket card.  This one features the Cottage Rose bundle and the beautiful Abigail Rose DSP.

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You can read about the card HERE.

I posted another Cottage Rose card on June 6th.

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This is  such a beautiful stamped image and it was fun to color.  You can see the post HERE.

Love the Split Card Textures dies.  They are back in stock!  

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You can read about this card HERE.

Oh the Hippest Hippos were so cute!  Loved this card that also used the Dots & Spots die.

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This was a fun one to make.  You can read about it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Looking Back: January and February 2022

I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite projects that I made this year.

On January 4th I shared this Flowering Tulips card.  You can see the blog post HERE.  

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This is the Artfully Layered bundle.  Love this tropical looking image in black and white.  You can see the post HERE.

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This card features the Friendly Hello  Sale-A-Bration bundle.  You can see the blog post HERE.

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In February I was Nuts About Squirrels and posted THIS card.

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I also loved the Sale-A-Bration paper Simply Marbleous DSP and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle.

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There is just something about this big beautiful sunflower that makes me happy.

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In March I played with the Shimmery Embossing Paste and loved it!

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This paper flower bouquet easel card was fun to make and share.

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In March I also loved playing with the Blending Brushes.

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The beautiful Waves of Inspiration and the Waves of the Ocean DSP made their debut in March.

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Thanks for stopping by and joining me on part 1 of the year in review!

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Birthdays!

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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. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase or can also be purchased. This month our theme is Birthdays!

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.  The suite we have chosen for the next stamp camp is…By the Bay!  I will be sharing more about the camp soon.

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I used the Framed Florets bundle for my birthday card.  This bundle is in the upcoming 2023 January-April Mini Catalog.  It was also part of the Fitting Florets collection that debuted in November.  The bundle is the only products from this Collection that will be in the upcoming Mini.  I wish the Fitting Florets DSP was also in the Mini but it is not and will not be available after January 4th.

This is a simple fun fold.  I like it since it allows me to show 3 patterns of DSP and how well things coordinate.

  • Night of Navy CS card base- 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 1-1/4” and 4-1/4” (14.9 cm x 21 cm scored at 3 cm and 10.5 cm)
  • Night of Navy Oval frame-3-1/4” x 4” (8 cm x 10.5 cm)
  • Night of Navy Oval frame (use large ornate oval die-the center piece) 3-1/4” x 4” (8 cm x 10.5 cm).  This piece will provide a backing for the Night of Navy/Basic White frame and make it more stable.
  • Basic White card liner- 4” x 5-1/4”, ( 14.2 cm x 9.8 cm)
  • Basic White Oval cut using the smaller oval frame-3-1/4” x 4”, (8 cm x 10.5 cm)
  • Pick 3 patterns of DSP.  Cut two at 2-3/4” x 5-1/4” and one at 1” x 5-1/4” (cut 2 at 6.5 cm x 14.2 cm and one at 2.2 cm x 14.2 cm)
  • Die cut flowers from the DSP and fussy cut 2 leaves.

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

Thanks for stopping by and please see below to see how you can receive the Creativity Abounds Birthdays Tutorial.

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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.

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Framed Florets and the Fitting Florets DSP Birthday Card

Taking a break from my Christmas cards to share a birthday card using the Framed Florets bundle and the Fitting Florets DSP.  

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I am loving the Framed Florets bundle.  The oval frames were something we have needed and I love how they work together.  

  • Fitting Florets DSP 4-1/4" x 12", scored at 3-1/4" and 8-3/4". (Normally I would cut the DSP 4" x 12" to maximize the DSP.  This does result in a slightly narrower card.  This time I used 4-1/4" x 12" since the DSP had already been cut.) Cut from the score line to the center of the edge (2-1/8") and repeat on the other side.  Repeat at the other end.  The points will overlap.  Secure them to form a sleeve.  
  • Night of Navy CS- 4-1/4" x  5-3/8"
  • Basic White CS- 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Balmy Blue CS-3-1/" x 4"
  • Basic White- 3" x 4" cut out an oval using the larger frame.

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The insert slides into the DSP sleeve.  I used Soft Succulent, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy Stampin' Blends to color the flowers and leaves.  I also added the Solid Faceted Gems in  Night of Navy.

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The Fitting Florets DSP will only be available for a few more days/January 4th 2023 or while supplies last.  It is a very pretty paper and coordinates so beautifully with the Framed Florets bundle.  

Time for me to get back to my Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to get the Fitting Florets DSP before it disappears!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Are you all done with your Christmas cards and shopping?  My shopping is pretty much done but I am still working on my Christmas cards.  It seems like I have been making cards for months and  I am still maybe 40 cards short!  EEK!   So it is time for me to make quick, easy and cute cards and get them done!

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This is one of my go to card designs.  Here are the details.

  • Garden Green card base- 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" scored at 3-1/4" and 6-1/2".
  • Garden Green Layered Circle die measuring 2-1/4" .
  • Basic White CS- 3" x 5-1/4".
  • Basic White Layering Circle die measuring 2-1/8".
  • Boughs of Holly DSP pattern one- 3" x 5-1/4".
  • Boughs of Holly DSP pattern two- 3/4" x 5-1/4".
  • Garden Green Ribbon from the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.
  • Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (2) or any embellishment of your choice.

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This is how the card opens. You fold back along the score line to allow the card to open.  Now the embellishment decorates the inside of the card.

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This is what the card looks like open.  Kind of fun, right?  It is very easy to make and puts all that pretty DSP to good use.

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This is the same style of card.  The DSP is the Celebrate Everything DSP which is a Stampin' Reward choice.  The sentiment used here is the Framed & Festive stamp set.  This stamp set is only available while supplies last/January 4, 2023.  

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Well it is time to get back to the crafting table and get those cards made!  Thanks for stopping by and let me know what your quick and easy go to layout is.

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Trees for Sale and Framed & Festive

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

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Beautiful colors for a Christmas card.

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Here's what I used for my card.

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Inside I added a strip of Real Red Glimmer paper and another Shaded Spruce tree.  

Generally the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is weekly. This challenge will last for 2 weeks.  We will back with a new challenge on December 29th!

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

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