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March 2023

Sweet Citrus Birthday

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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 the theme is Birthdays!   Hop along with us and check out some fun and fabulous birthday ideas.


I was looking through my patterned papers and came across the Tea Boutique DSP.    When I saw this pattern it reminded me that I needed to use the Sweet Citrus bundle.   My card is a little busy but I am okay with it.  I used 2 different patterns of Tea Boutique DSP for the front of the card.  I used Crushed Curry ink for the lemon peels and Daffodil Delight for the pulp.  The leaves seemed too dark stamped in Garden Green full strength so I stamped the leaves off once to get a less intense color.  I used Daffodil Delight Glossy Dots for the centers of the flowers.  The Garden Green ribbon is a carryover item from the last mini catalog.  It was paired with Real Red ribbon.  The Garden Green scalloped frame was cut using the Scalloped Contours dies and the Basic White rectangle was cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies. Isn't that sentiment so fun?   I usually like things straight but somehow this little banner only looked right at an angle.  


You know I  like to decorate the inside of my cards whenever possible.  Here I used an extra flower, leaves, and a layered piece of DSP.  Doesn't it looks finished and ready for me to write in and send?

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Thanks for stopping by be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the hop.




Two Tone Flora Birthday

The Fancy Flora Suite is a big beautiful collection of products.  I was sold on the Two Tone Flora bundle as soon as I saw the dies.  The large die is so pretty and I knew that I wanted to use it on vellum.   I finally got around to making that card.


Isn't it pretty?   I cut a large opening using the Stitched Rectangle dies on the Basic White card front.  I also cut 2 smaller frames (one for the front and one for the inside front) also using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I secured the vellum to the front of the card and then attached the smaller frame over the vellum.  I attached the other frame to the inside of the card to keep everything looking neat and clean.  I added the luscious Pool Party Grosgrain Ribbon to the frame and tied a bow.  This ribbon is lovely to work with.  The flowers were stamped using Fresh Freesia ink and the leaves were stamped in Pool Party.  The centers of the flowers are from the Glossy Dots Assortment.


I added another card inside of the card.  Why?  This card will give you a place to write a message that doesn't show through the lovely vellum.  I stamped a sentiment where the frame will cover it up.   This sentiment is from the Something Fancy stamp set.


This sentiment is a must have for me.  It is so cute and perfect for those cards that will arrive a little or maybe a lot late.  


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Fancy Flora Collection!


Irresistible Blooms Thank You

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a lovely sketch challenge.


Great sketch right?  Now the thing about sketch challenges is that it meant to inspire you.  I don't believe you need to follow it exactly but do need to stay true to the spirit of the sketch.


I used the beautiful Hello, Irresistible Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the strips that measure 7/8" x  5").  This pack of paper is part of the Online Exclusives release.  This release isn't in any catalog and items are available until they no longer are.  I know that sounds vague but some items will be re-ordered and others are available while the supply lasts.  The sentiment is from the Irresistible Blooms stamp set.  It was inked in Versamark and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.  The 2 dots on the sentiment label are from the Loose Frosted Dots.  The Dots are currently unavailable (they went fast!) but are being re-ordered and should be back in stock in early May. The card base is Petal Pink and the layer is Soft Sea Foam.  The ribbon is the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  It definitely adds a little sparkle to the card.


I mimicked the layering of the CS and also added a strip of the Hello, Irresistible DSP.  I usually add a DSP strip along the bottom but this strip was left over from the front and I didn't want to waste it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with the sketch and also all the products in the Online Exclusives,



ICS Blog Hop...Birthday Bash!

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop!  We come together and hop on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Each month there is a theme and this month the theme is…Birthdays!  What a great practical theme since we all need birthday cards.  


I used the bright and happy Enjoy the Journey DSP.  This pack is in the 2023 January-April Mini Catalog and was also a Sale-A-Bration choice in February.  The Sending Smiles bundle was used for the focal point.  The Sending was cut using Mango Melody and Polished Pink CS and so were the little flowers.  The center of the flowers are the Loose Frosted Dots (Online Exclusive product).  These pretty accents are currently not available but should be back in stock in early May.  


This is a wiper card.  When you pull out the side and back the cute little piggy from the This Birthday Piggy set pops up with a balloon and cake.   You can fussy cut the piggy out but if you check out the Clearance Rack you might still be able to snag the coordinating Playful Piggy dies for $12.40!  That is an amazing deal so make sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what fun and fabulous idea Deb has for you!

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He's the Man

I needed a manly birthday card.  We are doing some traveling so I have just an armful of stamp sets with me.   I couldn’t find a stamp set that felt right for the person I was sending the card to.  I do have the He’s the Man Specialty DSP with me and knew it would be perfect.  This pack of paper is special in that there are 2 die cut sheets of images and sentiments and 2 each of 5 double-sided designs.


I chose one of the designs and created a pocket card.  


The pocket is secured with the Burlap ribbon from the Real Red & Burlap Ribbon pack.  The Cheers to All the Years is from the die cut sheets in the He's the Man DSP pack.  Both the top edge of the pocket and the flap edge were cut using the Basic Borders dies.   I thought it would be fun to mimic the points around the sentiment by using the Basic Borders die.


The birthday sentiment is from the Sending Wishes stamp set part of the Sending Smiles bundle.  This stamp set and dies have been so useful on this trip.  I use the sentiments often and the set covers so many situations.  I am so happy I brought them along.


This is a super quick and easy card to make especially using the He's the Man DSP and die cuts. 

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you consider the He's the Man DSP for your next masculine card,






Irresistible Blooms Friends

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.


I chose from the Inspo List-green, gold, and luck.  


The flowers and leaves are from the Irresistible Blooms bundle.  This bundle is part of the Online Exclusives that became available the first of March.  The flowers were stamped with Versamark ink, heat embossed with white embossing powder and die cut using the Irresistible Blooms dies.  The leaves were cut using the dies in Shaded Spruce CS and the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.  The card base is Mint Macaron CS and the DSP is the Country Gingham DSP.  


The card base measures 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".  I cut along the fold line down 2" and then across.  


The sentiment is from the Framed Florets stamp set.  I used Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Around the sentiment, flowers and in the centers of the flowers I added gold Festive Pearls.  The Festive Pearls were carryover items from the previous mini catalog.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday team created for this challenge.



Irresistible Blooms Hello

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


The bundle I chose to use for this challenge is the new Irresistible Blooms bundle.  This bundle is part of the Hello, Irresistible Suite Collection in the new Online Exclusives release.  Here is a link to all the products available in the Online Exclusives release.


The card base is Sweet Sorbet CS.  On the Basic Black layer I created the texture using one of the Irresistible Blooms dies.  I cut multiples of the die to cover the entire Basic Black layer.  On the large flower I used Sweet Sorbet ink on Sweet Sorbet CS. The leaves and the smaller flower were stamped using Versamark ink on the colored CS. Why did I use Versamark instead of the coordinating ink?  I am traveling and do not have all my ink pads with me and using Versamark ink mimics the look of the coordinating ink on the colored cardstock.  The flowers and leaves were all cut using the Irresistible Blooms dies.

I really like this new bundle.  There are so many different ways to color the images.  I am looking forward to trying different coloring techniques.  The splatter stamp in this set is also a really good one to have.

In the centers of the flowers and on the banner I added an Iridescent Rhinestone.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder and then cut out using the Stylish Shapes die.


Inside I added a Basic Black CS strip and another flower and leaf.  This card can be used for lots of different occasions.  There are 5 different sentiments in the Irresistible Blooms stamp set covering many situations.  I am leaving the inside blank until I decide who I am sending this one too. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge and be sure to check out all of the new Online Exclusive products,