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It is Friday and time for a new Festive Friday Challenge!


Not familiar with the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge.  Every challenge has an Inspo list which is inspired by a festivity.  To play along with the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo List and post your creation in the Festive Friday gallery.  The list of all the rules can be found here.  


I used cat, orange, heart, and texture from the Inspo List on my card.  The cat was punched out of Basic Black CS and textured using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.   The orange can be found in the Cute Halloween DSP, the cat's rhinestone eyes, and the orange glitter heart on the cat's collar.  The eyes are rhinestones colored using a Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blend.  The orange glitter paper is a coveted scrap of retired Glitter Paper.  I miss the days when we had more colors of Glitter paper.  The "boo" is from the Banner Year stamp set stamped on a label from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The bat and sparkly, swirly wreath are from the Seasonal Swirls Dies.


The Black Glittered ribbon unties to show 3 panels.  It opens and sort of twists and swings out to reveal the rest of the card,


This is the middle panel and also the section you would use to write out your message.  The sentiment and the bats are from the Sparkle of the Season stamp set.


Here you can see how the card twists and fold out.  

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see your project in the Festive Friday gallery!




Sale-A-Bration Penguin Playmates Shadowbox Card

One of the cutest packs of paper in the Sale-A-Bration catalog is Penguin Playmates DSP 12" x 12".  This adorable pack of paper coordinates with the Penguin Place bundle in the July-Dec Mini Catalog and can be earned FREE with a qualifying order of $50 US (before shipping and tax).  

Penguin Place-shadowcard

These 2 penguin cuties were punched out from the DSP using the Penguin Builder Punch.  The little hat and bow were stamped using the Penguin Place stamp set and then fussy cut out.  The striped background is also from the Penguin Playmates DSP.


Inside is the shadow box featuring more cute critters cut from the Penguin Playmates DSP.  The die cut snowflakes are from the  So Many Snowflakes dies.  The cute sentiment is from the Classic Cloche stamp set.

The beauty of this card is that it does lay flat and can be mailed in an A-2 envelope.
Basic Measurements

Just Jade card base: 4-1/2" x 11" scored at4-1/2", 5-1/2", 10", 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" scored at 1', 5-1/2"

Whisper White: 4-1/4" x  5-1/2" scored at 1/2", 5"

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WHimsy & Wonder

Join me and 12 talented friends from the International Creativity Abounds Design Team on September 17 and 18 for our second stamp camp featuring the Whimsy & Wonder Product Suite!
About this Event
Are you ready for 13 amazing projects featuring the Whimsy & Wonder Suite?
Your Whimsy & Wonder Stamp Camp includes:

  • The Whimsy & Wonder Product Collection - includes the Whimsy & Wonder Bundle (stamp set and dies), Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon and Wonderful Snowflakes.
  • Make and Takes* for 13 projects and an awesome PDF for you to follow along while creating.
  • YouTube videos for each of the projects for your reference
  • Access to an exclusive FB group where additional LIVE presentations will be held during the 2 days weekend (you can watch later, as well)!

*Card stock will be prepped and ready for you with any of the die-cutting done that is not part of  your bundle.

*You will provide your own ink and adhesive and will use the Designer Series Paper, Ribbon and Snowflakes from your purchased suite.

*Your kit will include card stock for you to stamp on, but you will do the die cutting. 

I hope you join in the fun with us! This is such a beautiful product suite and you are going to love how versatile it is!

Registration is now open and ENDS September 5th and the Make-n-Take kit is estimated to ship by September 9th. 
How do you register for the event?
Simply head to my online store ( use Host Code GECFPUU7) and purchase the Whimsy & Wonder Suite (Item 156276 - $80.25 or an equivalent amount of product $80.25 before shipping and taxes) if you’ve already got the suite. Note:  You need the suite to complete the make and takes!  You will earn a Sale-A-Bration item of your choice (Level 1) with your order.  Use of the Host Code GECFPUU7 will let me know you are registering for the Whimsy and Wonder stamp camp.


ICS Blog Hop...Pansy Petals DSP

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing projects using Designer Series Paper.  In the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog there are some beautiful packs of paper and we wanted to share some ideas on ways to use them.

I chose to highlight the Pansy Petals DSP which coordinates with the Pansy Patch bundle.


The Pansy Petals DSP is full of beautiful pansies, leaves and gingham!  I really like the gingham!  The pansies on the belly band were all cut from the DSP.  The leaves were cut from cardstock using the Pansy Dies...check out the embossing on them!  


In the centers of the pansies are the 2021-23 In Color Jewels.   These jewels are pretty pops of In Color iridescence.  The belly band has a strip of Fresh Freesia cardstock that was embossed using the polka dot folder  from the Checks and Dots folders.  The ribbon is the Bumblebee Gingham.


Here you can see how this card opens.  The whole fold  is quite simple.

Scoring Directions

  • 5-1/2" x 11" Basic White CS
  • 1-1/4", 5-1/2", 9-1/4"

You will be able to see how the fold works after you see the photo sequence.  


Inside another pretty design from the Pansy Petals DSP and a space to write your message.  I added a 1/2". Fresh Freesia strip embossed with the Dots folder and a couple more pansies cut from the DSP pack.


Now it is time for you to hop along and check out what Cheryl Hamilton created. 

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Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy the hop and seeing lots of ideas using Stampin' Up!'s pretty Designer Series Paper.


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Be sure to check out the 9 packs of Designer Series Paper currently on sale!  Pansy Petals is one of them!


Hydrangea Haven

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


I was a little stumped on how to combine these colors until I realized they are some of the colors in the Hydrangea Hill DSP.  This gave me just the spark I needed.  This color combination  uses two 2019-21 In Colors (Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray) that will be retiring soon.  If you like these colors be sure to order ink refills, Stampin' Blends and cardstock before they are gone.  


I used the Hydrangea Hill DSP to create the flower and also as a backdrop for the hydrangea.   The ribbon is the Gorgeous Grape 3/8" Sheer Ribbon and I would like this ribbon in lots of colors.   It is so pretty, easy to work with and the width is perfect.  Generally, I like ribbon that is at least 3/8" wide unless it  is twine.  


When you pull the ribbon a couple of messages get revealed.  All the sentiments and images are from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set.  It really is a complete set, with beautiful images and fantastic sentiments.  


This is a fun card and I love that it is ready to display.  The pop up mechanism sits on a Gorgeous Grape card base so there is plenty of room to write a note.  


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.  

Thank you for stopping by!

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Friendly Silhouettes

Ready for another fun Festive Friday Challenge?  This time the festivity we are being inspired by is World Frog Day!  Who knew?  World Frog Day is celebrated on March 20.  Check out the Inspo list for this challenge.


To play along with the challenge all you need to do is use 3 elements from the Inspo List on your project and post it to the Festive Friday gallery.   It is easy to play along and fun.  Your projects does not have to have a frog on it, mine doesn't but it does need to have 3 elements from the list.


This card is 3-1/2" x 5"  which is a mailable size here in the US.  I chose to use cattails, twine, green and insect from the Inspo List.  I  used the Friendly Silhouettes die as my starting point.  I used it to cut out the cattails.  I die cut them using Pear Pizzazz CS and colored in the cattails using a Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.  To create the background I used the new Blending Brushes and Bumblebee and Pumpkin Pie ink.  The brushes blend the ink beautifully.  I layered the ink until I got the intensity of color I was looking for.  I diluted some Craft White ink with water and used a Water Brush to create the splatters on the background.  The cattails were glued on to the background.  To complete the scene I embossed the dragonflies from the Friend Like You stamp set in gold embossing powder and cut them out using the Friendly Silhouettes dies.   

The white lattice is from the Dandy Laser Cut Paper.  I have to tattle on myself.  I forgot I even had this.  I hate when I do that!  It has now been moved to a place where I will see it and use it.  Does this ever happen to you?


Yes, this is an easel card.  I embossed a few more dragonflies to act as the stopper for the easel.  Along the bottom I used the Dockside die for more cattails.  This is silly but that last line reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skit... "more cowbell".


Now it is time to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge!

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema - Off this Week

I hope you will join in the Festive Friday Challenge #79.  I would love to see what elements you choose for your project.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hydrangea Haven

The 2021 Stampin' Up!® January-June Mini catalog is full of so many beautiful stamp set, dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments.  For the Festive Friday challenge I pulled out the Hydrangea Haven bundle.   This was my first real play with the products and I am hooked.  Before I get started telling you about the Hydrangea Hill Suite let's talk about the Challenge.

The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge and each challenge lasts 10 days.  The challenge is inspired by a festivity and based on that festivity an inspiration list is created aka Inspo List.  There are always 10 items on the list and to play in the challenge you need to use at least 3 items from the list on your project.  You post your project on the Festive Friday blog gallery.  There are just a few rules and you can find them here


This challenge #FF78 ends on March 1 at 4 pm CST.  I hope you will join in the fun.  I would love to see what you create.


As I mentioned I used the Hydrangea Haven bundle, Hydrangea Hill DSP, and the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon on my card.  The 3 items from the Inspo list on my card: fun fold, flowers, and female sentiment.

The beautiful flower was cut using a die from the DSP.  I wish i could claim that I colored it but it is the paper. The die is pretty special, it partially cuts out little flower petals which i pushed out so it looks dimensional.  I may have gone a little rhinestone crazy but sometimes you just gotta do it.  The rhinestones were colored using the Dark Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.  All the patterned paper is from the Hydrangea Hill DSP pack.    


The lovely sentiments are  from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set and they are powerful words.  I am sure we all know someone or many someone's we could send this card to.  The larger label was cut using the Stitched Nested dies  and the smaller stitched rounded rectangle is from the Hydrangea dies.  

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

Judy Rozema


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Darling Donkeys Pocket Card

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


I turned the sketch and came up with this using 3 Sale-A-Bration choices, Darling Donkeys, Flower & Field DSP, and Approaching Perfection.  


This is just a variation of a fold I have been doing.  Here is a link to a tutorial.    I turned  the card on its side, so the "card" pulls out either from the top or bottom of the DSP holder.  This is just a little change but I was proud of myself for doing it.   I don't often think beyond the template and miss out on trying something new and fresh.


I fussy cut the donkey and mounted him on a mini wobble so he can kick up his heels.  I found the mini wobble on Amazon.  It is still a little too big to completely fit behind the donkey so I did a little trimming and it is mostly  hidden.   Even with the wobble, the donkey lays flat enough to fit into an envelope and can be easily mailed.

I used 2 different die sets to create the label.  The So Saffron label is from the Stitched Nested Labels and the Pool Party label is from the All Dressed Up dies.   The little white flower was punched using the Confetti Flowers border punch.   The cute ribbon is the 1/4" Bumble Bee Gingham.

Hope you liked my take on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC651. Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th!  

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Dandy Garden Suite


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have come together to share our ideas with you.  We blog hop on the the 3rd Wednesday of the month and this month our theme is the Dandy Garden suite.  Thank you for joining us today and please enjoy the hop!



This is a fun fold called the Impossible card.  When I first saw this fold it did indeed look impossible but it actually s very easy once you understand how it works.


  • Start with a 4-1/4' x 5-1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Find the midpoint of the 4-1/4" side and score.  This is the red dotted line in the picture above.
  • Starting at the fold find the middle (2-3/4") and cut a slit from the fold to the outer edge.
  • Starting at the fold  measure 1-1/4" from the fold and cut a slit to the outer edge.  Repeat along the other edge

Note: The 1-1/4" measure is what I used so that I could use the dragonflies to connect the 2 panels.  You can change the dimension to fit your project.


This what your card will look like when all the scoring and cutting is done.

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The easiest way to assemble is to hold the 3'' panel in one hand and with your other hand flip one of the 1-1/4" pieces to the other side.  If this is confusing don't worry I have a short video below that shows this step.


Check out the video below.  You will be amazed how easy and ingenious it is and that it isn't really impossible.


Isn't it amazing how simple it is?


I connected the panels with stamped and punched dragonflies using the Dragonfly Garden bundle.  You do not have to connect the panels.  I like to do this as it makes the card very stable.  The panels are decorated using the Dandy Garden 6" x 6" DSP.   Behind the center panel I attached a piece of Basic White CS so I can write a little note.


I hope you will make your own Impossible card, now that you know that it really isn't impossible.

One last big thing!  The Creativity Abounds Blog Hop team haas also put together a tutorial bundle of brand new projects.  There are 13 tutorials and they feature projects using products from the Dandy Garden Suite (pages 24-27 of the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog).


You can purchase this tutorial bundle for $15 US or receive it free with a minimum $50 order placed with me through my online store. Contact me if you have any questions or to order the tutorial (


Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the Creativity Abounds Dandy Garden Blog Hop!

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Fun Fold

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are  hopping with excitement to share with you some fun fold cards.  The problem with our theme is trying to decide what fold to use, there are so many fun ones!


Snailed It!  This cute little snail was fussy cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  I kind of botched up cutting around his eyes so googly eyes to the rescue.   The googly  eyes  definitely added some personality.  The Blushing Bride speech bubble was cut using the Snail dies and the Real Red heart was cut using the Many Hearts dies.  


Inside you will see this is a tunnel card.  Lots of fun cutouts from the Snail Mail DSP.   The fun sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set.  Many Messages is 1 big stamp.  There are 19 sentiments on it, 3 stars, and a heart for a total of 23 images and there is a coordinating Messages die that cuts out all of the images at one time!   Of course it is available as a bundle so you can save 10%.  


Here is the back of the card, where you can write a message.  The sentiment here is also from the Many Messages bundle.  This card stands up on its own but also folds flat and fits in an A-2 envelope.  Love a fun fold that can be easily mailed

Now it is time to see what Joanne has created for you!



Stamper's Dozen February 2021 Blog Hop

    1. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
    2. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
    3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
    4. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
    5. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
    6. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
    7. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
    8. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
    9. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...You've Got Mail

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  This is an international blog hop with 19 stops.  The theme for this month is You've Got Mail with a focus on It's All About the Inside.  Hmmm, this theme can be interpreted in so many ways.  

The first thing that came to mind is the Snail Mail Suite.  The Snailed It bundle and Snail Mail DSP are full of images perfect for this theme.  


Isn't the Snail Mail DSP so cute?  Love the designs in this pack of paper.  The snail was cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  The Snail Dies cuts out some of the images from the DSP but this large snail is not one of them.  Luckily this snail is easy to cut out, the hardest part is around the eyes and the addition of some googly eyes helps cover up those imperfections.  I added a Real Red Resin Heart to one of the envelopes .  The Blushing Bride twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo pack was tied around the belly band.  I am so happy to have twine back!  The hello from the Snailed It set was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  On this card I used all the products in the Snail Mail Suite Collection, so happy I decided to buy the whole suite of products.  


I wonder what is inside?  The belly band helps keep the surprise under wraps.  


A cute little snail pops up along with a floating heart.  This snail was cut out from the Snail Mail DSP using the Snail Dies.  The little speech bubble was stamped and also cut out using the dies.  The heart was cut using the dies and covered with Shimmery Crystal Effects.  


This is a simple pop up mechanism.  

  • Bermuda Bay strip 3/4" x 3-1/4"
  • score at 3/4" , 1-1/2",2-1/4", 3"
  • fold along the score lines
  • form into a square and use the 1/4" tab to secure the squaretogether.
  • attach 1 side of the square to the inside front panel and 1 side to the Basic White cs


Now it is time for you to see what the talented Teri West has made for you.

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Here is a list of all the stops on the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop

Jan Clothier - NZ

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US



Thank you for stopping by and I hop you enjoy the hop!



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