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December 2022

Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Something New for the New Year!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that hop together  on the 14th of the month. This month our theme is Something New for the New Year!  We have a new Mini Catalog debuting in January as well as Sale-A-Bration so there is now shortage of new things to share.


I couldn't resist playing with the Adorable Owls stamp set.  This set is part of the Sale-A-Bration offerings starting on January 5th 2023.  What is Sale-A-Bration?  During January and February 2023 with every $50 or $100 you spend (before tax and shipping) you will be able to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The Adorable Owls is one of those products available free with a $50 order.

Here I stamped all three of the owls and colored them with Smoky Slate, Fresh Freesia, and Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  The owls were all fussy cut, sadly there are no dies for the owls!  I added a little cake and balloons from the This Birthday Piggy stamp set and cut out using the Playful Piggy Dies.  Last time  I checked the Playful Piggy dies are still available on the Clearance Rack  for $12.40!  What an incredible deal.  The Playful Piggy die set has 18 dies all for $12.40!  Hard to beat that.  


The sweet Fresh Freesia DSP is from another Sale-A-Bration choice, the Dandy Designs 12" x 12" DSP.  This choice is free with a $100 purchase.  The paper pack has 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.  The colors in this paper pack: Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Petal Pink.  Here i used 3 different patterns in Fresh Freesia.  

Now it is time to check out the rest of the hop!

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ICS Blog Hop...Thank You!

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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…Thank You!   If you are done with your Christmas cards then it just might be time to start on your Thank You cards. Thank you for joining us and enjoy all the stops on the hop


I used the beautiful Framed Florets bundle.  This bundle will be in the upcoming Mini Catalog but you can also get it now!  For a limited time (January 4th or while supplies last) you can also purchase some coordinating products.  One of those products is the Fitting Florets DSP.  I used one of the patterns on my card and also cut out the flowers from the DSP using the Framed Florets dies.  The Oval frame was also cut out using the Framed Florets dies.  


Here are all the details for my card.

  • Night of Navy card base  4-1/4” x 11” scored at 2”, 7-1/2”, 3-1/4” x 4”  (oval frame)
  • Positively Pink CS  1-3/4” x 4”, 3-1/4” x 4”, 4” x 5-1/4” (inside of card layer)
  • Basic White  2-3/4” x 3-1/2” (inside of oval frame),  3-3/4” x 5” (inside of card)
  • Fitting Florets DSP 1-1/2” x 3-3/4”, 3” x 3-3/4”, 3/4” x 3-3/4” (inside of card), 2 flower clusters and a single flower
  • Positively Pink 3/8” Open Weave Ribbon 19”
  • Positively Pink 2021-23 In Color Opal Rounds

Now it is time for you to hop on over to Deb Naylor’s blog and see what she has created for you.

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Framed & Festive Cottage Wreaths Bridge Card

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  The 12 Days of Christmas 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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From the Inspo List I used Christmas, gold, red, fancy fold, and heat embossing.  Yes, I used more than 3!  There are times I struggle to get 3 of the items from the Inspo List so when I can do more, I do!


I used the no longer available Stampin’ Up! DSP, Lights Aglow.  I chose it since it has both gold and red on it.  On the front I used 3 different patterns.  The pretty star circle around the sentiment is from the DSP.  There were square frames too but I decided to go with a circle.  The sentiment in the circle is from the Framed and Festive set.  Love it and am going to use it a lot.  It is only available while supplies last/January 4th.  The smaller sentiment is from the Cottage Wreaths set.  Both of these sentiments are embossed using gold embossing powder.


Surprise!  Hidden behind the circle is a wreath from the Cottage Wreaths bundle.  I also used some Evening Evergreen Glimmer paper (sorry, this too has sold out) to cut a sparkly bow.  The gold you see tucked under the bow are the Gold Holly Leaves. (these are on sale now for just $3!)


Here is where you can write a note and sign your card.  Again I added a strip of the Lights Aglow DSP and more Gold Holly leaves.

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

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James

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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.


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.  


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.  


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.