ICS Blog Hop...Fireside Trimmings

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It is time for the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month we are all playing with Fun Folds.  The bundle I am playing with is Fireside Trimmings.  This bundle has so many fun seasonal and everyday images to create  little fireplace scenes.  I would love to say I am a person who decorates beautifully for every season but sadly that would not be accurate.  I try but let's just say don't expect me to be sharing my real fireplace anytime soon.  This bundle lets me play at decorating and I find it so satisfying.


Right about now I am sure you are wondering where is the fun fold?  Soon it will all become clear. It was so fun decorating the fireplace.  Can I say this bundle had me at the little die cut garlands. Love the holly garland and the star one is pretty special too!  However my absolute favorite is the bat garland that you can see here.   All the elements were colored using Stampin' Blends except for the flames which were sponged on using Real Red ink.  Early Espresso was the only other ink color used.  The little star from the All the Trimmings Embellishments fit perfectly,  it is almost like it was planned that way.


Pull  up on the Real Red Sheer ribbon to reveal the messages.  Both of these sentiments are from the Fireside Trimmings stamp set.  The little holly leaves are from the Gift Wrapped stamp set.   


Here you can see how this pull up works.  Let me tell you about a mistake I made.  I was concerned that using just the Heartwarming Hugs DSP for the pull up frame would not be strong enough so I thought I would line it with a piece of Whisper White CS. I used a piece of  Adhesive Sheet to back the DSP and proceeded to cut the frame.  The frame is cut 3/4" in from the 2 sides and 3/4"up from the bottom. Attach a 2-1/4" x 4-3/8" piece of Whisper White to the bottom of section of the DSP flap.  This is the mechanism that slides.  Attach a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"piece of Whisper White CS to the Real Red layer.  This is what will be revealed when you pull up the middle section. Using Stampin' Seal+  I secured down the 2 sides and the bottom of the DSP and yes I never attached the Whisper White CS to the back.  I think the Adhesive Sheet adds a little more stability and strength to the pull up and am not sure how it would have worked without it.  I will have to try it and let you know or if you try it let me know.


Originally I was going to add the cute little wreath to the front of the card.  My decorating went in another direction so I had to use it on the inside of the card, along with a strip of the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

Here are the sizes of papers I used

  • Mossy Meadow CS card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Whisper White CS inside of the card 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 4-3/8" pull up tag,  3-1/4" x  4-1/2" , scraps for all the elements
  • Real Red CS 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  • Heartwarming Hugs DSP 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it!

Time to check out what the talented Joni Metras has made for you.

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Poinsettia Petals

It is Thursday my friends, which means there is a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. 


I used the oh so pretty Poinsettia Petals bundle and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.   The Brightly Gleaming DSP is one of those rare packs of paper that was carried over from a previous catalog.  It is a beautiful pack of paper with copper foil accents and a great non traditional color combination of Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock and Very Vanilla

Before I forget, here is the sketch.


I followed the sketch very closely.  


I used 3 different sizes of stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes dies.  The poinsettias were cut using Shimmery White cardstock.  Aren't the centers of the poinsettias pretty?  I used the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems.  These gems come in 2 different sizes and 2 blues, Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.  They have an iridescent sheen and really catch the light.


The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals set and is stamped on a 3/4" x 3" strip of Shimmery White cardstock.   The tails were were cut using paper snips.  

Here are the measurements:

  • Night of Navy CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Very Vanilla CS 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card
  • Shimmery White 4-1/4" x 11" 
  • Pretty Peacock 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
  • Brightly Gleaming DSP 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" , 4" x 5-1/4" (circles), 1/2" x 4" (inside of the card)

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Everything Essential Christmas

Ready for a quick and easy Christmas card using the Everything Essential bundle?  


This quick and easy card starts with a Whisper White note card.  Why?  It doesn't get much easier, since the note card is already cut, scored and ready to go.  Yes, the note card size is mailable.   The cute paper is from the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper pack.  The designs are cute and simple in the best possible way.  Lots of dots, stripes, checks in traditional Christmas colors.  This paper can definitely be used for occasions other than Christmas.  All in all a very versatile and cute pack of paper.  The larger piece of paper (1-3/4" x 5") has one edge cut using the Peony dies.  Love the little scalloped edging.  There is also an embossed swirl along the edge which is more visible when using a solid piece of paper.  The striped piece measures 1/2" x 5" and is a cute little accent.


The tree was inked up in Old Olive ink.  Prior to inking the stamp I placed pieces of Post It notes over the sentiment.  Once the tree was inked I removed the paper and inked up the sentiment in Real Red using a Stampin' Write marker.  The tree was decorated using the Star Designer Elements and Red Rhinestones.  A bow tied using the Real Red Sheer ribbon was added with a glue dot to the top of the tag. 


Here's a cute, quick and easy  lollipop cover.  You probably noticed that the tree is a different color than the one on the card.  It was getting late and I was getting lazy so I used a Pear Pizzazz ink spot to ink up the tree.  The smaller sized pad made it easier for me to ink up the tree and avoid inking all of the sentiment.  I used the Real Red marker (Stampin' Write) on the sentiment and it covered up the Pear Pizzazz ink that was there.  If you do this, wipe off the marker on a piece of scrap paper to remove the Pear Pizzazz ink before you put the cap on.  This trick works if the marker color is darker then the ink color you are coloring over.


Punch 2 holes about 1/2" apart at the top of both tags.  The tags are attached to 1-1/2" x 3" piece of Old Olive cardstock scored at 1" and 2".   Adhere the tags to the Old Olive base.  Thread a piece of Real Red ribbon through the holes with the lollipop stick between the two holes and tie a bow.


There you have it, two quick and easy ways to use the Everything Essential bundle!  Below you will see links to all the products I used.  Hope you will use them and shop with me.


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New at SU...Fireside Trimmings


Welcome to our NEW AT SU! Blog hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas to share with you. Today we are showcasing products from the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog.

One of the bundles (stamp set and dies packaged together for a 10% discount) that caught my eye was the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  Why?  I saw so many elements that would be so fun to create different scenes with.  


I used a few of the elements from the Fireside Trimmings bundle and the Jar punch ( that debuted in the 2020 Annual catalog) to create this scene.   The reindeer was stamped on Soft Suede CS.  The trees were stamped and colored using Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  There is actually a third tree but it was pruned.  Maybe my favorite element is the star banner.


How cute is that?  On my card I added a few Red Rhinestone but really that wasn't necessary.  The banner is perfect all by itself.  


Here's a close up of the jar.   I embossed the Whisper White oval using the new Winter Snow Embossing Folder.  Isn't it pretty? This folder is going to be so fun to use on my holiday/winter cards.   

The cute little star is from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.  Yes, I tied that teeny Linen Thread bow.  Tying that bow made me feel like my hands were huge and very clumsy.


Now it is time for you to head over to see what the talented Mary Ann Kay Rossiter has created for you!



Here's a list of all the stops on the hop!

Tricia's Stamping Creations - Flight of Fancy

A Crowning Creation - Poinsettia Petals

Lilypad Stamper - Snowflake Splendor

Carterieplus - Poinsettia Petals

Creative Juice by Loni - Celebration Tidings

Gifted Hands Ink - Trimming the Town

Stamping Flair - Poinsettia Place

StampinScrapper - Snowflake Splendor

Stamping Jack - Sweetest Time

Playing with Paper Crafting - Wishes & Wonder

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As the Ink Dries - Fireside Trimmings  that's me!

StampinMak - Beautiful Autumn

247inkspiration - Love of Leaves

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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Never Have I Ever

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We have a total of 19 stops on this blog hop and lots of fun and inspiration for you.  This month the theme is, Shake Things Up.  What does that mean?   We were challenged to try something new whether it was a new fold, technique, anything new to us.  

I have been seeing lots of slimline cards and decided that was something I needed to try.  What is a slimline card?  Basically it is a card that fits in a standard business size envelope.   


I cut my Thick Whisper White Cardstock to 7" x 8-1/2" and scored it at 3-1/2".  This results in a 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" card.  So, a disadvantage to a Slimline card is that you can only get one card base out of a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock but it was fun to have so much space to play with.   The other something new for me is that this was my very first play with the Poinsettia Petals bundle.  I resisted as long as I could and finally had to order this bundle.  The poinsettias are beautiful.  You can cut the flower and emboss the design at the same time.  


The first layer on the card base is a 3-1/4" x 8-1/4" piece of Gold Foil.   On top of the foil is one of my favorite items from the 2020 Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalog, Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper.  The flocked designs  on top of the vellum are simply beautiful.  This piece is 3" x 8".  All the flowers are cut from Whisper White cardstock which had been sprayed with a mixture of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Rubbing Alcohol in a Stampin' Spritzer.  This adds a subtle shimmer to the poinsettias.  All the leaves and berries(?) were cut out of Gold Foil.  I wanted to keep the color palette very simple.


In the Poinsettia Place Suite there are some beautiful Beaded Pearls.  I forgot to order them so I improvised by adding rhinestones to the center of the flowers.  On the larger flower there are 7 rhinestones.  The smaller flower doesn't seem to have a specific center so I punched the medium size flower using the Confetti Flowers border punch and placed a single rhinestone.  The sentiment was stamped using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangles.

It was fun and challenging figuring out how to use all the space.  Slimline cards will definitely be something I will incorporate into my cardmaking repertoire.   Thank you Angie (our leader) for this fun theme!

Here is a list of all the stops on the hop!

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Mary Deatherage - US

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US- that's me!

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

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Dove of Hope

The Dove of Hope bundle was one of the very first bundles I purchased from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog.  When I saw the stamp set the words and images just spoke to me.  We all need some peace and hope in our hearts, I know I do.


I used the Detailed Dove dies to cut out the Whisper White dove.  If you can see a bit of shine on the dove it is because I painted the dove using the Frost White Shimmer paint.  I like how it adds shimmer but isn't too shiny.  The background design is from the Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper.  The flocked design is on white vellum.  The pack has six 12" x 12" sheets (2 each of 3 flocked designs).  The flocked pattern adds a lot of texture and feels great too.  


Are you wondering where the "peace" is from?  I don't do this very often but it is a retired die from the Christmas Greeting Thinlits and perfect for this card.  I love the font and have kept it in my permanent collection of dies.  I cut the peace from the Brushed Metallic 12" x 12" cardstock

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This is a simple card that doesn't require a lot of supplies.  It will probably be one of the designs I use for my personal Christmas cards.  Hope you like it too!  If you do not have a copy of the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, email me and I will get one out to you.  


A Gift for a Golfer

My husband is a golfer so the Country Club Suite in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog was a must have for me.  Everything in the suite is wonderful and perfect to make cards and gifts for him and his golf buddies.

Here's a fun little package using the Clubhouse bundle, Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP, and the All Dressed Up dies.

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I used the Wrapped in Plaid DSP for the box but I could have easily used the Country Club DSP.  The golf ball/tee image from the Clubhouse set was quickly colored using Stampin' Blends and cut out with the coordinating Golf Club dies.  Here's how  I created the tee holder.  Start by cutting a 1/2" strip of Shaded Spruce card stock.  Run a bone folder over the strip to soften the fibers.  Glue down about 1-1/4" of the strip and then make a loop. Put the tee in the loop to make sure it fits and then apply a strip of glue to secure the loop. Repeat the process for the second tee and then glue down the strip and trim to fit the bag.


If you were wondering what is in the All Dressed Up bag, it is a golf glove.  I am not putting on handles on this bag and using it more as a box.  The All Dressed Up dies are very versatile and with a little change of paper can be used for so many different occasions.  Can you tell  I am loving this die?!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for December 4GWASV6U.   When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you a package of Noble Peacock Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in January 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 


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Christmas Gleaming and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0048

Welcome to another Festive Friday Challenge!  The festivity we are being inspired by is Wear Your Pearls Day!  Bet you didn't know there was a special day to celebrate wearing your pearls.  The Inspo list for this challenge is so fun.  To play along all you have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project and share it on the Festive Friday blog.  Easy peasy and a lot of fun too!


For this challenge I chose to use rhinestones, black & white, pink, and embossing paste.


It is a little hard to see that I used Shimmery White Embossing paste.  There are flecks of glitter in the paste which makes for a very sparkly background. 


I think you can see the glitter in the embossing paste in this picture.  The mask I used is from the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog on pg 35.  It is a little hard to find.  


To make things even more sparkly I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the body of the ornament and some Frost White Shimmer paint on the top of the ornament.  I thought I might as well go all out and added rhinestones  and a glittery black bow to the ornament.  To finish it off, I added a die cut sentiment from the Jolly Season dies

Want a tutorial and list of all the products I used?  Here is a link to a tutorial.

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


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Snowman Season and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Happy Thanksgiving!   I hope you are spending the day in a way which brings you joy.

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge #CCMC589.


If these colors look familiar it is because they are some of the colors in the Let it Snow Specialty DSP.  This is a super fun pack of paper with glittered accents and happy designs.


I chose 3 different patterns of the Let It Snow DSP to use and I love how they all coordinate. I used the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin' Blends to color in the scarf and hat brim.  I used a blender pen with a little Coastal Cabana ink refill to shade the snowman and color in part of the hat.  I added the Shimmery Crystal Effect to the scarf and hat to add a little sparkle and shine.


The snow on the ground and the shading on the snowman was sprinkled with Dazzling Diamond glitter.  I don't use glitter as much as I used to but I sure love how it makes the snow sparkly.


The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas and the Shaded Spruce foliage was cut using the coordinating die called Christmas Layers dies.  There's  lots of red rhinestones berries on the foliage to add even more sparkle to the card.  

Hope you are having a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my blog.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for this challenge.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 


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Snowman Season Gift Card

Ready for a fun to make and receive gift card holder?  Let's go!


Here's what you will need:

    *Coastal Cabana 5-1/2" x 6-3/4" scored at 4-1/4" &  a Stitched Nested label (2nd largest) 

    *Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" & Stitched Oval largest & scraps for snowman, tree

    *Real Red Layering Ovals scallop oval (largest)

    *Let it Snow DSP cut 2 at 2-1/4" x 5-1/4"

    *Snowman Season bundle

    *Tree stamped from Perfectly Plaid set in Shaded Spruce

    *Sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas

    *Star Designer Elements

    *Let it Snow Embellishment kit

(Look below my signature for a complete list of supplies and links to where you can purchase it.)


Score the Coastal Cabana Stitched Nested label as shown below.


This tab is what you will secure between the Coastal Cabana card base and the Whisper White layer.  I like to use glue or Tear & Tape.  Secure down the Whisper White layer to the Coastal Cabana card base.

Stamp in Coastal Cabana ink the snowflakes from Snowman Season on the Whisper White Stitched Oval. 

Layer the stitched oval on to the Real Red scalloped oval.  

Attach a plaid tree stamped in Shaded Spruce using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the snowman from Snowman Season on to the Whisper White Oval.

Attach the star to the top of the tree.  Attach a cap to the snowman.  Color in the snowman's nose using Pumpkin Pie Blends or Stampin' Write marker.

Stamp "lots of love" in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White CS and cut the banner.  Attach a little red heart to the end and adhere.

Attach the oval to the Coastal Cabana label.  

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corned in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Attach one of the DSP sheets to the outside piece.


Punch a half circle in the middle of one of the long sides of the remaining DSP piece.  This is the opening where you will put in the gift card so do not put any adhesive along this long edge.  Run a thin line of liquid glue along the 2 short sides and the long side that does not have the half circle.  Attach this to the inside.


Super cute and easy to make too!  Hope you liked this gift card idea.  Check out the links below for a complete list of products used.

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hanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

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