Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

StampingInkspiration hop

I have been away from my craft cubbie for about 2-1/2 weeks.  When we got home I was ready to get back to stamping.   I was looking forward to playing with some new products from the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and the J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  


It was harder than I thought it would be.  I recycled a lot of starts,  questioned myself whether something was good or not, and when I look at what I made I am still not sure.  It is a strange feeling.  I still enjoyed the process and know that I need to flex that creativity muscle and use it and it will get stronger.


Thank goodness the January Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is a Sketch Challenge.  It made it much easier to create the project.  


I used the bright and happy Sunshine & Rainbows 6" x 6" DSP.  This pack of paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means it is Free with a $50 purchase.   I used 3 different designs and you know I like stripes and polka dots!  

The adorable cupcakes are from the Measure of Love set.  Love the little cupcakes, each decorated with a little flower and pearl.


I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the DSP. The squares were cut  using a retired die set, Stitched Shapes.  I know I am not alone in wishing that the Stitched Shapes would come out of retirement and re-appear in the Stampin' Up! catalog.


The ric-rac shape on both the outside and inside of the card was created using the Basic Borders dies.   This is a fun way to dress up the inside of the card and use the little strips of DSP.  The Sunshine and Rainbow paper is too cute and I don't want to waste any of it.


Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to head on over to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!


Here is a list of all the stops on the  Stamping Inkspirations January blog hop!  

Angie McKenzie  ●  Susan Simpson  ●  Donna Lester

Karen Egan  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Cheryl Hamilton

Leonie Stuart  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Jill Chapman

Sue Allen  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Chris Smith

Jo Blackman  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Kirsty Patrick

Mo Rootes  ●  Judith Patterson  ●  Teri West

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball


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Happy 100th Festive Friday Challenge!

Happy 100th Challenge!  Yes, the Festive Friday Challenge is celebrating a big milestone...the 100th Challenge!  If you are new to the Festive Friday Challenge let me tell you a little about it.  The Festive Friday Challenge celebrates different festivities, holidays by creating an Inspo list inspired by the festivity.  To play along with the challenge all you need to do is pick 3 items from the list and use those items on your project.  I hope you will join us and post your creation in the gallery.  We love seeing how the Inspo List inspired you.


So many fun items on this list!  I chose celebration, bunting, cake (cupcakes!), numbers, and gold.  


I created the bunting flags using the Stitched Triangle dies.  This die set has lots of  different sizes and shapes of triangles so you will be ready to create all different kinds of banners. The stars and flags were cut from gold foil and the new Supple Shimmer Specialty paper (page 67 of the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog) that will be debuting in the January-June Mini Catalog. The stars were cut using the dies from the Give it a Whirl dies.  This dies set is a good one to check out whenever you are looking for stars, hearts, or clouds.  The Pool Party numbers were cut using the Playful Alphabet dies.  


The cute little cupcakes were fussy cut out from the Measure of Love stamp set and colored using Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.  The additional sparkle you see are the Iridescent Rhinestones also coming January 4th.  These are one of my favorite embellishments.  The sentiment is from the Create with Friends set and heat embossed in gold embossing powder.

FF #0100 - 100th Challenge

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


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this very special 100th challenge!


Flowering Tulips and Sunshine & Rainbows DSP

When I saw the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC697 I knew it was the perfect opportunity to showcase this bright and cheerful design from the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP.  


Isn't this just the happiest design?  The whole pack of paper is full of sunshine, rainbows and smiles and best of all it is one of the  January-February 2022 (J-F 2022) Sale-A-Bration choices.  This means that you can receive this pack of paper for free with a qualifying order ($50 before shipping & tax in the US).  This pack of paper also coordinates with the Rainbow of Happiness bundle in the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog.  


This is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge that I designed this card for.  This sketch really shows off the DSP (Designer Series paper).


I used the new Cloud punch for the sentiment.  I thought it was fun way to continue the theme.   The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulips stamp set.  I love the sentiment in that set and the use of different fonts.  

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


Flowering Tulip Thinking of You

Today is the day!  Yes, the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog is live and also it is the start of the Jan-Feb 2022 Sale-A-Bration!  Today's card uses the gorgeous Flowering Tulips bundles.  


This Two-Step stamp set creates such pretty tulips.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, and Early Espresso ink pads for the flowers.  The leaves were stamped using Old Olive ink and Pear Pizzazz ink applied with a blending brush.  The sentiment was stamped using Flirty Flamingo ink.  The flowers are on one of the Scalloped Contour dies.  


Check out the corner details.  The little squares were cut out using one of the dies in the Tulip dies.  This is such a fun detail and adds lots of interest to the corners.  The sparkle you see are the Iridescent Rhinestones which you know,  i think are great.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out an upcoming event listed below,


ArtfullyComposed camp

To register for the camp go to my online store  and purchase the Artfully Composed Suite Collection 157765 and use the Host Code 6PFJAT69.  I will send you 12 tutorials featuring the Artfully Composed Suite.  I will also send you the cardstock and die cuts (ones that are not provided in the suite) for you to complete the 12 projects.  In addition we will have bonus projects that we will share in an exclusive FB group.  Please make your purchase no later than January 18th.  Questions? Please contact me at


Happy 2022!

Just a few more days till we welcome in 2022.   I am ready for it and wanted to wish you a Happy New Year too!


I made this card using the colors in the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC696.


Unfortunately since I made this card a few of the products have sold out. 

  • The Black Glitter Paper used as a layer, for the stars and for the numbers. 
  • The silver and white paper background from the Whimsy & Wonder DSP.

The happy is from the Words of Cheer bundle and is still available.  I am a fan of word dies so this die set will be staying in my collection.

Stampin' Up!WordsofChristmas-CCMC696-side

I used the Give it a Whirl dies to cut out the stars.  The die cuts out 3 sizes of stitched stars.  Whenever I am looking for shapes I check to see if is by chance is in the Give it a Whirl dies.  That die set in addition to making a super fun interactive card also contains so many great shapes like stars, hearts, rectangles, clouds, circles, & arrows.


Inside I added a leftover strip of stripes and a few more stars.  It is fun to dress up the insides of your cards too.  

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



Flowering Tulips Thank You

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We did and now are looking forward to celebrating the start of a new year.  

I am sharing another sample using a new bundle that will be debuting on January 4th in the 2022 J-J (January-June) Mini Catalog.    This is the Flowering Tulips bundle.  This is a  Two-Step photopolymer stamp set.


I stamped the 2 step flowers in Real Red and Cherry Cobbler ink.  The centers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The stems are Old Olive ink on Pear Pizzazz CS.   The flowers were mounted on Basic White CS that was cut using one of the Scalloped Contour dies.  The pretty Real Red Faux Linen ribbon is soft and easy to tie.  I am sure you recognize the black and white check from the Pattern Party DSP.  It is a Stampin' Reward choice and a fabulous pack of paper.  


Check out the lovely sentiment.  The Flowering Tulips set contains 6 sentiments covering a wide range of occasions.  This thank you sentiment is definitely a favorite.  I inked the stamp in Real Red ink and then colored over the thank you with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  


To finish off the inside of the card I cut this lovely border in Real Red CS.  Isn't it sweet?  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let me know if you haven't received your 2022 J-J Mini catalog and/or the Sale-A-Bration catalog.


Daffodil Daydream and the Pattern Party DSP

Ready for another sneak peek?  I am dreaming of daffodils!  The new Daffodil Daydream bundle will be debuting soon.  This new stamp set and dies is definitely going to help me get through the winter until the real daffodils start blooming.


Aren't these daffodils pretty?  It does take a bit to assemble the flowers but the payoff is worth it!  I kept the colors simple, Daffodil Delight, Basic White with Pear Pizzazz leaves.  This is springtime on a card.   The bouquet is tied up with black twine and I love it, clean and simple.  


Where is that lovely sentiment from?  It is from the Flowering Tulips stamp set (coming January 4th!).  I love everything about this sentiment and would like a whole stamp set using this font and style.   This sentiment stamp will be used a lot by me.  On the sides of the sentiment I added some Matte Black Dots.  The lovely label the flowers are on is one from the Scalloped Contours dies.  


The black and white check DSP is from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper Pack.   In the Pattern Party DSP you get 48 sheets of 12" x 12" paper.  There are 12 double sided designs and you get 4 each of every design. This pack of paper is part of the Stampin' Rewards program and can be "purchased" using the rewards.  Please contact me for more information and to schedule an event.

Looking for more ideas using the Daffodil Daydream bundle?  Check out these posts here,  here, and here.  Subscribe to my blog feed and never miss a post!  You can subscribe on the right hand side of the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and here's to some lovely Daffodil Daydreaming,


Creativity Abounds Tutorial bundle...All About Birthdays!

CA DEC Tutepic

Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (14 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ( if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Simply Marbleous Color & Contour

Sharing a card using something from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog and something coming in the 2022 January-February Sale-A-Bration catalog.


Isn't that Gorgeous Grape background stunning?  It is one of the papers from the Simply Marbleous 6" x 6" DSP, one of the choices in the 2022 J-F  Sale-A-Bration brochure.  The stamp set and dies  used are from the Color & Contour bundle.  There are so many beautiful stamp sets in the Annual Catalog that get forgotten so I am trying to mix things up a bit and use some of these gems.  The dies in this bundle are must haves if you like scalloped edges and labels.  I used 2 of the labels on this card.


The ink colors used are Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, and Highland Heather.  This stamp set is a two-step stamp set and very forgiving.  A great set for any skill level.   I also used my new favorite embellishment, Iridescent Rhinestones, coming soon in the 2022 J-J Mini Catalog and the Gorgeous Grape 3/8" Sheer Ribbon.  Most of this card was cased from one of the resources provided to demonstrators by Stampin' Up!.  

If you are a customer of mine you should have received a copy of both the 2022 J-J Mini Catalog and the 2022 J-F Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If you haven't please let me know and I will send them to you.  Thanks for stopping by and hope your day is Simply Marbleous!


Creativity Abounds Tutorial Bundle Celebrating Birthdays

CA DEC Tutepic

Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (14 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ( if you would like to purchase the tutorial.