Thank You cards

Apple Harvest Thanks

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 look forward to seeing what you create.

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I chose from the Inspo List- neutrals, recycled item from packaging,  twine, and trees.

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First item from Inspo List I used-Neutrals.  The card base is Early Espresso CS cut at 4-1/4" x 11".  The recycled element is from a Stampin' Up! box.  Ahem, I may have a few around the craft room!  I cut a piece of the box flap off (4" x 5-1/4") and tore off the top layer of paper.  This leaves the corrugated paper below exposed.  There are pieces of the top layer of paper still stuck onto the corrugated paper which adds to the rustic look.  

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Next item on the list-twine.  What I used is really called Linen thread but let's just call it really skinny twine for now. 

The stamp set I used is called Apple Harvest.  This is the trees element from the Inspo List.   This stamp set is also on the Last Chance list.   It is a beautiful set and if you live in an apple growing area or love apples, this just might be a set that you need to purchase before it retires.  I used Poppy Parade, Real Red, Petal Pink, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party Stampin' Blends to color the image.  I added a few extra apples to the original image.   The sentiment from the Apple Harvest set and punched with the Double Oval punch.  This punch is also on the Last Chance list and available while supplies last and/or April 30.   In the center of the flowers are Iridescent Pearls.  

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Inside I added another strip of Early Espresso CS and another apple flower.  I almost always add a Basic White CS layer to the inside of my cards.  The only time I don't is when the card base is white or vanilla.  

Be sure to check out how the rest of the Festive Friday design team used the Inspo List.

 

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing how you were inspired by the Inspo List.  Please post your creations in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Simply Zinnia and Good Feelings

The Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection is an Online Exclusives (it can only be found online and isn't in any catalog) and is one of my favorite suites.  On today's card I used the bundle, the Zinnia 3D Embossing folder, and the Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins.

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I am going to miss the big bold sentiments in the Good Feelings stamp set.  Sadly it is on the Retiring list.   This means it is only available while supplies last and/or April 30 2024.  

The zinnias were colored using Bubble Bath, Berry Burst, Old Olive, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  Love having the shading lines on the image, it makes it so much easier to figure out how to color the flower.   The flowers are on a label cut using the Perennial Postage dies.   I am so happy these dies will be in the upcoming Annual Catalog, I haven't used them nearly as much as I wanted to.  Around the flowers are the Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins.  They really live up to their name.  The Bubble Bath ribbon is from the 3/8" Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack.  This ribbon pack is on the Last Chance list and starting 4/9/24 it will be 30% off.  

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The card base is Thick Basic White CS, 5-1/2" x  8-1/2".  The Basic White layer, 4" x 5-1/4" is embossed using the Zinnia 3D Embossing folder. What a beautiful embossing folder.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog and be sure to check out all the Online Exclusive products.

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Simply Zinnia Easel Thank You

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

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Isn't this such a soft and pretty springtime combination?

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This is the Simply Zinnia bundle part of the recent Online Exclusive release.   The flowers were colored using Bubble Bath, Soft Sea Foam, and Lemon Lolly Stampin' Blends.   The scalloped frame is the Delightfully Eclectic DSP cut  using the Scalloped Contours dies. The Basic White CS was cut to fit on the frame.  Around the flowers are the Rainbow Adhesive-Backed Dots.  This pack of embellishments has 8 colors of dots in 2 different sizes.  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Lemon Lolly, Azure Afternoon, Bubble Bath, Balmy Blue, and Fresh Freesia.  The ribbon is from the Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack.   

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Surprise!  It is an easel card.  The Basic White piece which is the card base  (4" x 10-1/2") is scored at  5-1/4" and 7-3/4".  The front panel was embossed using the Zinnia 3-D Embossing folder.   Just the lower portion of the zinnia was attached to the Basic White card base to create the easel.    The easel is created by tucking the edge in under the sentiment banner.

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team made with this color combination.

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Latte Love Thank you

This week I will be sharing projects using the Latte Love bundle.   This super fun bundle is part of the Little Latte Collection.  The Suite includes the Latte Love bundle,  Little Latte DSP, Natural Polka Dot Trim,  and Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems.  This  is one very fun suite!

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The card base is Pecan Pie CS.  The background papers and the mugs are all from the Little Latte Designer Series Paper.  The mugs were fussy cut from the DSP.  The spoons were stamped using Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut using the Latte Love dies.  The French Press just may be my favorite.  The "hardware" on the French Press is Lost Lagoon CS, the glass is vellum and the coffee is Early Espresso CS.  The sentiments is from the Latte Love set inked in Pecan Pie on a Basic White CS banner.  The banner was cut using the Something Fancy dies.  I cannot believe that I didn't use the Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems on the banner.  Instead I used the Calypso Coral gems from the Opaque Faceted Gems.  These gems were one of the 2024 Sale-A-Bration choices.

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Inside there is a pocket to hold a gift card.  This is a simple gift card holder.  I cut a slit from the center fold to the edge at 1-1/4".  Glue down along the bottom 4-1/4" side and the 1-1/4" side.  Do not glue the top or you will not have a pocket.   Fussy cut another mug from the DSP and stamped in Pecan Pie ink the sentiment.

  • Card Base-Pecan Pie CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" slit cut from fold to edge at 1-1/4"
  • Plaid design from the Little Latte DSP 4" x 4"
  • Calypso Coral coffee bean design 1" x 4"
  • Basic White (inside) 4" x 4-1/2"

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Magnolia Mood and the Nature's Sweetness DSP

In just a couple more sleeps  (March 5) everyone will be able to order the new Online Exclusives! This new release is a big one and there are SO many fabulous stamp sets, bundles, papers and embellishments.  It almost felt like a Mini Catalog release.

One of the bundles I had to have was the Magnolia Mood bundle. The stamp images look like botanical prints, so much detail and  shading.  It makes it easy to make beautiful cards.

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Inside of the card another strip of Basic Black Cardstock and Nature's Sweetness DSP.  The sentiment and the smaller flower are also from the Magnolia Mood set.

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Thank you for stopping by.  Remember check my store page for the new Online Exclusives on March 5th!

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Around the World on Wednesday...Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.   Join us and enjoy a hop around the world!

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This month our mighty leader, Angie has a fun sketch challenge.  I will admit I was a bit stumped with what to do with the sketch.  Angie talked me through it (thanks Angie!) and I hope you can see the original sketch in my card.  

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What would you make with this sketch as inspiration?  I will admit I got hung up on the triangle shape and could only think about a Christmas tree.  Angie reassured me that it could be any shape and the card did not have to be square.  I think these are pretty universal rules about sketch challenges but sometimes it is good to be reminded.

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I used 2 Sale-A-Bration (this means they are free with qualifying purchases) choices for my card.  The stamp set is the Detailed Dogwood and the paper is the Softly Stippled DSP.   The sentiment is from the Stippled Roses stamp set in the 2024 January-April Mini catalog.

The dogwood blossoms were colored using Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Pool Party Stampin' Blends and yes, were fussy cut.  The twine on the tag is from the 2023-2025 In Color Jute Trim in Pebbled Path.  I un-twisted the jute and tied a bow with just one strand of the jute.  The tag was cut using a die from the Nested Essentials.  Around the images I used the Iridescent Rhinestones to add a little sparkle.

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How to create this card base.  Start by scoring your cardstock in half both lengthwise and width wise.  Cut the cardstock on the diagonal.  You will have 2 card bases with this fold.  I will share what I did with the other card base in another post.

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Both flaps open or you could also secure one down for a pocket.  I decorated the inside with a strip of Softly Stippled DSP and another flower from the Detailed Dogwood set.  If this flower looks familiar it can be punched out using the Petal Park Builder Punch.

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Now it is time to check out the next what the talented Chris Smith has created. 

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

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck-MacDonald - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Kelly Taranto - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Theresa McEntee - US

Bree Renwick - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the lovely products in the 2024 Sale-A-Bration brochure!  Sale-A-Bration only lasts for 2 months and products are available while supplies last.

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CA Feb2024 Camp

The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Nature’s Sweetness Stamp Camp will be held on February 9th and 10th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the following products and use the Host Code AGZYJEVA:

Notes of Nature Bundle $46.75(162640)

Gold Faux Leather Trim $9 (162644)

Adhesive Backed Cork Rounds $6.50 (162643)

Nature's Sweetness Specialty DSP $16.50 (162616) 

If you already own these products simply place an order of $78.75 and use the Host Code AGZYJEVA.  Yes, the stamp camp is FREE with the required purchase.

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will use your own stamp set, dies, embellishments and DSP.  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 February 9 and 10 each design team member will present another project using the above products.  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.  


Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Thankful Hearts

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who come together every month on the 14th to share a project and blog hop.   This month our theme is Thankful Hearts.  

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I used my favorite bouquet from the Fruitful Blessings bundle.  I colored the bouquet using Wild Wheat, Moody Mauve, Pretty Peacock, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends and liberally applied Wink of Stella over all of the flowers.  The beautiful patterned paper is the Shining Brightly Specialty DSP .    The gold foil is so pretty and elegant against the Very Vanilla background.  The sentiment is from the Autumn Leaves stamp set.    The label it is stamped on is from the Waves dies.  I think it looks like it was made to be used with the Gold & Vanilla Satin Edged Ribbon.   In the Waves dies there is also another similar die which is wider.  Both great to use with ribbon.  The ribbon is over a strip of Moody Mauve and you can also see a narrow layer of it between the DSP and the Very Vanilla Thick CS card base.

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From the side you can better see how the ribbon feeds through the label.  

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Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop.  

 

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the Seasonal Sale!

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Paper Florist Dies and a Note of Thanks

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 look forward to seeing what you create.

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What a great list of Inspiration!  I used from the list Red, Black, Clean & Simple, and Gratitude.

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 Let's talk about the little bag.  This is a long retired die, BIGZL Petite Purse.  Remember BIGZ dies? They were thicker and you could cut lots of different materials with them.  Anyone else remember cutting soda cans with them?  When I was packing up my Craft Cubbie to move I made the decision to keep a lot of my retired dies especially ones that could be used for little gifts, favors.  I also noted that I needed to use them more to make it worthwhile that I moved them halfway across the country.  This Petite Purse is so cute and I couldn't part with it.  

The bag was cut in Crushed Curry paper and simply decorated with a Poppy Parade flower made using the Paper Florist dies.  I hope they look a little like poppies.  I added a little banner with a sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set.   In the near future I will be co-hosting a luncheon and am thinking these would be cute table favors.  

The little card is 3" x 3" (3" x 6" CS).  It also is in Crushed Curry adorned with a poppy made using the Paper Florist dies.  I also added some Black & Very Vanilla Large Check ribbon to dress it up a little more.  These little cards also have envelopes but they are too small to be mailed.  They are a great size to leave a tip or note of thanks.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the lovely projects the Design Team created.  I am looking forward to seeing what you create for the challenge.

 

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Cottage Wreaths and the Charming Sentiments

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  Which do you like color or sketch challenges?  

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I definitely noticed something about my approach to color challenges.  When I am a little stumped on what to do with a color challenge I reach for the Cottage Wreaths stamp set and coordinating Country Wreath Dies.   It seems like I can use almost any color combination on a wreath or at least that is what I tell myself .

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What do you think?  Am I right?  

  • Card base-Pumpkin Pie CS 4-1/4" x 11"
  • Layer-Starry Sky from the Them Bones DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Layer-Very Vanilla CS  3-7/8" x 5-1/8" embossed using the Exposed Brick 3D folder.  Starry Sky ink lightly blended on to the background using a Blending Brush.
  • Cottage Wreath stamped in Pumpkin Pie & Cajun Craze, die cut using the Country Wreaths die
  • Starry Sky bow die cut using the Country Wreaths die (this bow is a favorite from this set of dies)
  • Starry Sky berries-Classic Matte Dots colored using the Dark Starry Sky Stampin' Blends
  • Sentiment from the Charming Sentiments stamp set inked in Starry Sky.  Sentiment die cut using the coordinating Sentiment Silhouettes dies.

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Definitely has an Autumn vibe.  Do you agree that wreaths are perfect year round?

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Inside, more of the Them Bones DSP and this time a Cajun Craze bow.  

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

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Fruitful Blessings Grateful For You

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

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I turned to one of my favorite bundles from the 2023 September-December Mini Catalog, Fruitful Blessings.

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Card Base- Pretty Peacock CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Very Vanilla CS layer- 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"

All About Autumn Specialty DSP- 4" x 5-1/4" (estimated back in stock the week of October 9th)

Pretty Peacock CS square- 3" x 3" cut with the Stylish Shapes die (2-3/8")

Very Vanilla CS-2-3/4" x 2-3/4" 

Stampin' Blends- Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, Daffodil Delight, Copper Clay, Pumpkin Pie

Sentiment stamped in Pretty Peacock ink on a banner cut using the Stylish Shapes dies

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The All About Autumn DSP is beautiful and there is a lot of copper foil details.   There is a shine created by the foil. 

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Be sure to stop in and check out what the rest of the design team created with the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the super sweet Starter Kit special!  I would love to have you join my team of stampers!

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Creativity Abounds Winter Meadow Suite Stamp Camp

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The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Winter Meadow Stamp Camp will be held on October 20th and 21st.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Winter Meadow Suite (162150) and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V.   If you already own the Suite simply order $96.50 worth of products from my online store and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V. It is important to use the Host Code, it lets 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 Winter Meadow Suite products (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 20 and 21 each design team member will present another project using the Winter Meadow 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.  

 

 


Around the World on Wednesday...Let's Take a Walk

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.   

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This month our theme is A Walk in the Woods.  I love this theme!  Almost every day I walk in the woods near my home.  There are lots of different trails and depending on the weather and how much time I have will determine my route.  

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Here's a picture from one of the bridges that connects to a little island.  Isn't it beautiful?  You can see way in the distance that the leaves are beginning to to change colors.  I have loved walking here this summer and am looking forward to seeing how it looks in the fall.

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I love all the Fall products in the mini catalog.  The Autumn Leaves bundle  and the gorgeous All About Autumn DSP (currently not available) were used to make this card.  These products are perfect for me to express how thankful I am for the woods near by.

Supplies:

  • Copper Clay CS 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (cut 2)
  • 5-1/4" x 6" piece of DSP.  Cut the remaining strip 3/4" x 2-1/2" 
  • Very Vanilla CS 2-1/2" x 4" (cut 2)
  • Very Vanilla CS  1-1/2" x 2-3/4" label
  • Copper Clay, Pecan Pie and Moody Mauve CS for leaves

Score the DSP at 2" along the 6" side.

Adhere the DSP (portion that measures 4" x 5-1/4") to the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Copper Clay CS.

Score the remaining 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Copper Clay CS at 2-3/4".

Adhere one side of the Copper Clay CS to the DSP.  The fold will be on the right hand side. Center it on the DSP.

Adhere one of the 2-1/2" x 4" Very Vanilla CS to the front of the Copper Clay CS.  I embossed the Very Vanilla CS using the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing folder.

Dies cut the leaves and adhere to the Very Vanilla CS with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Adhere the remaining 2-1/2" x 4" Very Vanilla CS to the inside of the Copper Clay card.

Adhere the strip of DSP.

Stamp the sentiment in Copper Clay ink on the remaining piece of Very Vanilla CS and die cut using the label die in the Autumn Leaves dies.

Adhere Moody Mauve (2023-25 In Color Dots).

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Here's a variation using different patterns from the All About Autumn DSP.

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Along the trails I often see herons and egrets.  I stopped to take this picture of the heron and then realized there was a beautiful buck across the river.   I have lots of pictures from my walks but I will stop here.  It is time for you to hop on over and see what Chris Smith has created for you!

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

Jan Clothier - AU

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Kelly Taranto - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Theresa McEntee - US

Bree Renwick - US

Lori Willcox - CA

Teri West - US

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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The Winter Meadow Stamp Camp

The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Winter Meadow Stamp Camp will be held on October 20th and 21st.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Winter Meadow Suite (162150) and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V.   If you already own the Suite simply order $96.50 worth of products from my online store and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V. It is important to use the Host Code, it lets 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 Winter Meadow Suite products (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 20 and 21 each design team member will present another project using the Winter Meadow 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.