Sending Smiles and the Silver & Gold DSP

We are heading towards the end of August which also means the end of Sale-A-Bration.  There were two releases during this SAB period you can see them HERE and HERE.  A few choices are no longer available (Tree Lot Dies, Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes, Brushed Metallic 12" x 12" Cardstock).  Sale-A-Bration items are available while supplies last.


I used the Silver & Gold Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration with the Sending Smiles bundle.   

Colors used on this project.


This is a book fold card.  The card base measures 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 4-1/2" and 5-1/2".  The 1" section between the 2 score lines is adhered to the card base making a "binding".  I always try to put something inside of my cards to decorate them.


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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out all the Sale-A-Bration offerings and get your favorites before the end of August,


Boughs of Holly camp

It is time for another Creativity Abounds stamp camp!  The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop and tutorial bundle and every quarter we hold a stamp camp. 

The Boughs of Holly Stamp Camp will be the held October 28th and 29th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Boughs of Holly Suite and use the Host Code DDK66A4W.  If you already own the suite, simply order $79.50 of products from my online store and use the Host Code DDK66A4W.  It is important to use the Host Code which will let me know you want to participate in the stamp camp.  

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will  use your own DSP, stamps, dies and embellishments.   Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On October 28th and 29th each design team member will present another project using the Boughs of Holly Suite.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  

Please use this link to order.  I have attached the Host Code to the link.  Remember if you order before August 31 you will also be eligible to earn a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item!  

If you have any questions please contact me at  It is going to be a fun and creative time!

Hippest Hippo Birthday

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Grandparents Day  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.


I chose to use from the list Fancy Fold, Plaid, and Hearts. 


I used the 2022-24 In Color DSP  in Sweet Sorbet to fulfill the Plaid.  The hearts were cut using the 2022-24 In Color Glimmer Paper and the Hippo dies.  I did also use a pearl on  top of the umbrella.  You will see the Fancy Fold in the next couple of pictures.

The hippo is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink  on Smoky Slate CS.  I did  a little coloring using Smoky Slate and Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends.  The umbrella was die cut using the Hippo dies. The opening was cut using a Stitched Rectangles die.  I tied a bow using the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.   The sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.


Now you are starting to see the Fancy Fold.  I guess it really isn't that fancy but it is a fun one.  The DSP is another pattern in the 2022-24 In. Color DSP.


This is a full sheet of CS scored into quarters.  The upper left quarter has been cut out.  It is a simple card to make.  I like how it unfolds.  The DSP on this panel is again from the 2022-24 In Color DSP and the sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions.  

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- off this week

Thanks for stopping by and check out all that Sale-A-Bration has to offer here and here,


Aug2022 tutorial

Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 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.




Butterfly Kisses Hello

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


The sketch is meant to inspire you.  Remember you do not have to follow it exactly but you must be able to see the "bones" of the sketch.  I took the basic idea and used my favorite  (for today) Designer Series Paper (DSP), Butterfly Kisses  and the 2022-24 In Color DSP.


The 2 butterflies were fussy cut from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  This is one of the reasons I like this pack of paper so much.  I like that there are lots of butterflies in different sizes and color combinations I can use.  The Parakeet Party diagonal stripe is also from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The Starry Sky pattern is one of 4 patterns found in the In Color paper pack.  The sentiment is from the Pansy Patch stamp set stamped in Starry Sky ink.  The sentiment strip was cut using a die from the Harvest dies.  Scattered about are a few Iridescent Rhinestones.  


The Starry Sky card base measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and the Basic White layer measures 8" x 5-1/4", scored at 4".  Inside of the card is layered with Basic White CS (4" x 5-1/4")  and another cute fussy cut butterfly.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge,


Aug2022 tutorial

Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ( if for more information or if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Anything but Christmas


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  We also do a quarterly stamp camp and have one coming up October 28 & 29th, Boughs of Holly Suite Collection.  Every month we also create a tutorial bundle.  This month the tutorial bundle features Anything But Christmas.  The projects featured in this blog hop are different than the projects in the tutorial bundle.  We want to share lots of ideas with you.


I have a conflicting feelings about squirrels.  I think they are cute and they are so fun to watch as they scurry about.  However I have battled with them eating all the food in the bird feeder, nibbling on plants and even my patio furniture.  They are definitely smart and tenacious.

The Nuts About Squirrels stamp set is too cute and I couldn't resist it.  The set definitely captures their mischievous look and personality.   When I was looking for an idea for this post I remembered this squirrel holding the acorn and thought it would be perfect to pair it with the acorns image in the Fond of Autumn bundle (for more information about the Fond of Autumn bundle check out this post).  I colored the leaves and acorn using Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.  I topped the pumpkin from the Hello Harvest bundle with the acorn and the squirrel.  Doesn't the squirrel look super pleased with himself for stealing one of the acorns?

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The sentiment from the Hello Harvest set was stamped on a Stylish Shapes banner using Early Espresso ink.  I added a couple of Brushed Metallic Dots on to the banner.   The small leaf  near the banner is also from the Fond of Autumn bundle and I colored it with the same Stampin' Blends.  The bundle also has an acorn stamp and coordinating die. I added a couple of leaves and an acorn to the inside of the card.  One of my favorite embossing folders is the Leaf Fall 3D.  I think it is a little hard to see in the mini catalog.  You can find it on page 53.  The impression is deep and you can see every leaf. 

Be sure to check out all the fabulous projects!



Aug2022 tutorial

Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 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.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


Bouquet of Thanks in Black & White

I recently purchased the Bouquet of Thanks stamp.  It is in the Background Brilliance section of the 2022-23 Annual Catalog.  It is a beautiful image and one that lends itself to lots of different techniques.  Today's card is a quick and simple one.


Did you notice that the sentiment is different?  I did  cover the Thank You with a piece of washi tape before I inked the image.  I removed the washi tape and then stamped it on  Basic White cardstock.  I then stamped the Just a Note sentiment in the blank banner.  I added the Black & White Gingham Ribbon and tied a bow.  I layered the image on to Basic Black cardstock and then on a Basic White card base.  


I wanted to add a little color so I attached the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I thought it added just. a little sparkle and some color.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the lovely background stamps in the 2022-23 Annual Catalog,


Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Anything Goes!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month the theme is Anything Goes!  I decided to use a new to me stamp,  Bouquet of Thanks and a technique I haven't done in a long time.


  • Stamp the Bouquet of Thanks image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  • Color the image using Petal Pink, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.
  • Use 2 Stylish Shapes square dies and cut out a frame .
  • Attach the image to the Basic Black cardstock.
  • Apply Foam Adhesive Strips to the back of the frame.
  • Adhere the frame back into the Basic White CS lining up the image,
  • Adhere the square piece into the center of the frame using glue.
  • Adhere on to the Petal Pink card base.


Inside I stamped a partial image and colored it with Stampin' Blends.


In the past I have always done this technique using squares so I thought I should try it with circle dies.  This time I used the Nature's Harvest stamp set.   I colored in the image again with Old Olive and Petal Pink Stampin' Blends.  The flower centers were colored using a Blender pen.  The process to make this was basically the same except I used the circles from the Stylish Shapes dies.  I also added the Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim and a few Brushed Brass Butterflies.


The sentiment is from the Through it Together stamp set on a banner cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Now it is time for you to check out the rest of the stops on the Hop!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!


Apple Harvest and the Timber Embossing Folder

I live in Washington state which is the nation's top apple producing state.  So what does that mean?  It means I had to get the Apple Harvest set.  It may not be the best reason to purchase a stamp set but it was enough of a reason for me!  I saw the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #482 and knew it would be a perfect time to ink up the Apple Harvest set.

CAS 482

Here's what I made using the sketch.


The CAS Challenge is all about clean and simple cards.  "Clean and Simple" is defined as "uncluttered, with white or open space, and minimal layers and embellishments".  

The apples were stamped on Basic White CS in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored using Granny Apple Green Crumb Cake, Real Red, and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. The Basic White piece the apples are on was embossed using the Timber 3D Embossing folder.  This folder is part of the 2nd release for Sale-A-Bration.   Remember to stamp the sentiment before you emboss the CS!  I forgot and was pleasantly surprised that it turned out as well as it did.  Around the apples I added a few Classic Matte Dots in black.


Inside I added another apple image from the Apple Harvest stamp set.  This apple was also colored using the same Stampin' Blends.

Thanks CAS Colour & Sketch Challenge team for a great sketch and motivating me to use this stamp set.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the all the cards created for the challenge,




Hello Harvest Thanks and a Secret Message

It is Thursday and do you know what that means?   It is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge! This week it is a color challenge.


When I looked at this challenge the first thing I thought of was to use the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.   The choice of using the Starry Sky card from the pack helped to narrow down the decisions I have to make.  


I stamped the pumpkin from the Hello Harvest bundle using Calypso Coral ink on Pale Papaya cardstock.   I used the blender pen along the stamped lines to add some shading.  This is a quick and easy way to color.  I stamped the flowers in Starry Sky ink and colored in the image using Calypso Coral and Pale Papaya Stampin' Blends.  The banner is from the Fond of Autumn bundle.  On the ends of the banner and in the centers of the flowers are rhinestones colored using a Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend.


Check out the secret message!   I have been thinking about this and decided it was time to do it.  I cut a slit along the top of the pumpkin long enough so the message can fit behind the pumpkin.  I cut a Pale Papaya  Tailor Made Tag and stamped grateful from the Cottage Wreaths stamp set on it in Starry Sky ink.   The pumpkin is attached to the Basic White Stylish Shapes square with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I made sure to leave a channel so the tag can slip up and down easily.  The sentiment tag is attached to the flowers using Stampin' Dimensionals.  


This is an easy way to add some surprise and fun to your cards.  

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


ICS Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop!  On the 2nd Tuesday of the month we gather together to bring you this hop.  Each month there is a theme and this month the theme is...It's Sale-A-Bration.   Thank you for joining us and enjoy all the stops on the hop!

There has been a second release of Sale-A-Bration choices!  These choices are all from the 2022-23 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog or the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog.  


I realize the numbers are difficult to see.  It is important to note that you will need to use different numbers when choosing one of the above as your Sale-A-Bration gift.

2nd release sab chart

I decided to use the Dots & Spots Dies and the Daffodil Dies for my project.  I am a big fan of the Dots & Spots die.  I think it is so versatile and  creates an easy and pretty backdrop.

I haven't used my Daffodil dies in a bit.  I got stuck thinking that daffodils are just a spring flower but there really isn't any reason that they cannot be used other times of the year.  I chose a slightly unconventional color combination for a daffodil of Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.   I wanted to use Petal Pink because I just received a roll of Petal Pink 3/8" Soft Polyester Ribbon.   The ribbon feels like suede and is easy to tie.  

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish stamp set and inked in Calypso Coral ink.  The banner the sentiment is stamped on was cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.


Inside I added a strip of Petal Pink cardstock and another daffodil using the same color combination.  

Sale-A-Bration will end on August 31 but remember that products are only available while supplies last.  The supply of Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes and the Tree Lot Dies have already been depleted.  Avoid disappointment and get your order placed.

Now it is time for you to check out what the talented  Deb Naylor has made for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out all that Sale-A-Bration has to offer!


Boughs of Holly camp

Contact me for more information about this upcoming stamp camp on October 28th and 29th.




Sending Sunshine

Ready for something a little bright?   


Used lots of different stamp sets and dies for this card.  The background is the Rays of Light stamp in So Saffron ink.  The mason jar is from the Jar of Flowers set and punched out using the Jar punch.  I have to share with you a little funny.  Do you see the crumb cake lines on the Mason jar?  For some reason I thought the stems stamp was actually a stamp to mimic raffia or twine.  It was only when I started to write this post that I realized they were meant to be stems!  Oh well, it does kind of make cute twine.  The Polished Pink bow was cut using the Country Wreath dies.  It is such a cute bow with great detail.  The flowers are from the Hello Harvest bundle and colored using Stampin' Blends.


The Sending Sunshine is from the Sending Smiles bundle.  Inside of the card I added another bouquet from the Hello Harvest bundle with a strip of Polished Pink cardstock.

I think this will be a card that will help to brighten someone's day and look forward to sending it.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the new Sale-A-Bration choices