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Starter Kit Promotion

Today is the last day to get a bonus Stamp/Die or Stamp/Punch bundle when you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.

A lot of us are what we call “hobby demos”…those of us who just enjoy the 20% discount on everything we buy. Of course, if you want to join and create a business, there are incentives, tutorials, access to pre-ordering and the ability to earn commissions.

Personally, what I enjoy the most is the access to all of the creative social media sites and the sense of community with my fellow crafty stampers. I can not even begin to count the relationships I have formed. We have a birthday club (yes, we send cards to each other!) and have supported each other through these trying times. I am anxiously awaiting the day when this pandemic is over and we can go back to stamping together, going to On-Stage and sharing good times!

If you are in the United States and want to join my team, please go to my “Shop Now” button which will take you to a “Join Now” tab. Or, if you have any questions, please leave me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers Card

Today’s card is all about the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. I love sunflowers (I remember that one of my girls called them “happy flowers). This set comes in a suite, bundle or you can order the stamp set on it’s own. It was fun to play around with the design and, you can see, there is very little stamping on this card.

What do you think of this year’s In-Colors? I really like how the Cinnamon Cider looks against the Bumble Bee.

This is a very versatile card layout that can be used with many stamp sets. It’s always fun to try new things, isn’t it?

Card recipe:

~ Cut your card base from a piece of Just Jade cardstock @ 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. While you have the Just Jade out, cut another piece @ 4” x 2”

~ Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock @ 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”. One of these pieces is the inside layer of your card to write your note on.

~ Using the Flowers For Every season DSP, cut one layer of the Sunflower pattern @ 3-7/8” x 1-7/8”. Cut another piece of DSP (pattern of your choice) for the strip that will go behind your sunflower. This measures @ 4-1/8” x 1”.

~ Using the Sunflower Dies, die cut one of the larger sunflower dies—one solid and one of the one with pattern. I chose the Cinnamon Cider and Bumble Bee cardstock colors. I also used Old Olive to die cut my leaves. There are a couple of different leaf dies to choose from…pick the one that best matches your card.

~ Now to put this card together. Lightly glue your Sunflower pieces together. I strategically placed small dots of Tombow glue (using a toothpick) to the center of the patterned, sunflower piece. You’ll notice mine is a bit off-center. Glue your Flowers For Every Season DSP to the Just Jade (the 4”x 2” piece). Line everything up on on your Whisper White cardstock and glue in place. I placed my leaves last. Place on top of your Just Jade card base.

~ Using Cajun Craze, I die cut the piece for the center of the flower and glued in place. I added a touch of Wink of Stella and added 3 of the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

~ Stamp your sentiment. I wanted a small “hello” for someone special. If you are after a larger or longer sentiment, stamp that first and then line all of the other elements of card up.

~ Don’t forget to dress up your envelope by adding a stamp or sentiment.

If you are in the United States and interested in any of these products, please visit my on-line store or leave me a message. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153078] $8.75 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Thick Cardstock [140272] $8.25 Just Jade Classic Stampin’ Pad [153115] $7.50 Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (English) [154065] $51.25 Cajun Craze 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119684] $8.75 Just Jade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153079] $8.75 Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels [151193] $6.00 Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00 Flowers For Every Season 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [152486] $11.50 Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100702] $8.75

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August- December 2020 Mini Catalog

Will you be sending out more holiday cards and projects this year? I know I will. After quarantine and being separated from friends and family, I plan on sending everyone a little something extra to remind them all how important they are to me.

This catalog is filled with lots of goodies and projects to make that will take you through the holiday season—-starting with Halloween. Some of your old favorites will be returning (I wish I could share with you what sets they are!). There are also lots of fabulous new sets/ bundles/ projects that I know you will just love.

If you are in the United States and are interested in a catalog, please drop me a message and I will be sure to get one to you.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Summer Days and Watercoloring

Today’s card features the Host set Summer Days. The sentiment comes from another Host set: Touched My Heart. Both of these stamp sets can be found on page 187 in our 2020- 2021 Annual Catalog.

When I saw this set, I knew I wanted to incorporate water coloring. Let me walk you through the steps:

~ I first cut a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (page 153 of the 2020- 2021 catalog) @ 3” x 5” then stamped my images using StazOn ink. It is important to use StazOn…you don’t want your image to blur.

~ I used an Aqua Painter to add color to my images. There are a variety of ways to pick up the ink. My preferred method is to lightly tap a block on my ink pad and pick up my color from that. I love our new In-Colors. The Cinnamon Cider looks fabulous on the tree and Just Jade looks perfect for the tree top. ***Aqua Painters have since retired, but our newest products are the Water Painters. For $12.00, you get one fine tip, one medium tip and 1 large flat brush tip. I will be adding these to my next order!***

~ For the little girl and butterflies, I used a combination of blends and markers, depending on what color I wanted to use.

~ I adhered this stamped on layer to a piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock cut @ 3-1/8” x 5-1/8”. Wrap some twine at the base to help ground your image.

~ Cut a piece of Bumble Bee cardstock @ 5-5/8” x 4-1/8”. I added some texture to this piece using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Adhere this to a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock cut at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” and score at 4-1/4”. This will be your card base.

~ Adhere your other stamped on images to the card base. Add some bling and your sentiment and you are done!! (I love punches and my “go to” punch is the Timeless Label). I think the Magenta Madness ink brightens the whole card up.

I really like how this card turned out. If you are in the United States and interested in any of these products, please visit my on-line store or leave me a message. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

Have a fabulous day. As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153078] $8.75 Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper [149612] $9.00 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Thick Cardstock [140272] $8.25 Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad [153114] $7.50 Just Jade Classic Stampin’ Pad [153115] $7.50 Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Pad [153116] $7.50 Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Pad [153117] $7.50 Timeless Label Punch [149516] $18.00 Aqua Painters [103954] $17.00 Water Painters [151298] $12.00

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July Paper Pumpkin and Add-On

This kit looks amazing! The kit includes enough supplies to create nine postcards and coordinating envelopes, as well as nine die-cut tealight bags. The Summer Nights Add-On (not required to complete the Paper Pumpkin project) contains 24 preprinted card bases and coordinating envelopes. This is a separate purchase for those that want to expand the Paper Pumpkin kit for a traditional cardmaking experience.

Some of my favorite colors coordinate with this kit: BlackBerry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Costal Cabana and Night of Navy.

To receive this kit, you must order by July 10, 2020. Follow the link to take you to my on-line store to order today!

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2195858

I’m always looking to expand my team. While checking out this Paper Pumpkin, take a peak at the New Demonstrator deals going on now. Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information.

***June’s Host Code: CK2H9NFU***

Have a fabulous day. As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Heartfelt Blooms—-Oldie but Goodie

Hello and welcome to today’s card. Heartfelt Blooms is a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set. If you have it in your stash of sets, dig it out as this is a wonderful, easy card to make with just a few supplies. If you don’t, I would suggest Ornate Style, Healing Hugs or Prized Peony—all found in the 2020- 2021 catalog. I think this is one of my favorite catalogs to date. There is such a wide variety of stamp sets to choose from. I think the biggest improvement (for me, at least), is the availability of both masculine and children’s sets.

Card recipe:

~ Cut your card base at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. I used one of the 2020-2021 In-Colors—-Bumble Bee.

~ Cut a piece of Whisper White at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”. Stamp your image on this piece. I used Daffodil Delight. Honestly, that has been my “go to” yellow for so long, I forgot all about my new Bumble Bee ink pad! I just placed my stamp in the corner (make sure you have scrap paper behind this piece!) and stamped away. **For the second card, I stamped the image on a piece of scrap paper before stamping on the Whisper White. I wanted a lighter image**.

~ I wrapped some twine/ ribbon around the base and then adhered this layer to the card base. Add some bling and this card is done!

Very easy, but lovely card. If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

Have a fabulous day. As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad [147094] $7.50 Calypso Coral 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122925] $8.75 Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad [147101] $7.50 Ornate Style Bundle [154119] $52.00 Healing Hugs Clear-Mount Stamp Set [146530] $21.00 Prized Peony Cling Stamp Set (English) [152504] $24.00 Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set [147202] $0.00 Clear faceted gems Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels [151193] $6.00

****Heartfelt Blooms is a retired set****

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Scrappy Starburst Card using Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

Do you ever wonder what to do with all of your Designer Series Paper? You know, the odds and ends we generally have left over? This Scrappy Starburst card is perfect for a quick and easy card using your leftover supplies. For this card, I used the Peaceful Poppies DSP (recently retired). Let me explain how easily this card came together.

~ Start by cutting your card base at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. I used Thick Whisper White card stock.

~ Next, cut a piece of the regular Whisper White card stock at 4” x 5-1/4”.

~ Cut 3 pieces of your Designer DSP at 5” x 2”. If you have a pattern that needs to be placed in a particular design, you may need a few extra pieces to get that lined up properly. You will also need a couple of small scrap pieces for the bottom corners.

~ Place the DSP (on an angle) on your paper trimmer to cut into triangles.

~ Start placing these pieces on the Whisper White card stock (start with the two middle pieces), leaving a small gap between the triangles. Once you have your design figured out, start gluing these papers down. I tell you, I don’t think I can ever get things straight, so I am happy this is a forgiving pattern!

~ Now to trim off the excess!

~ Ta-Da! Everything is in place and trimmed. I wrapped some twine around this layer and then glued to the thick Whisper White card base.

~ Add a sentiment and some bling and this card is done! As an afterthought, I added some Wink of Stella to the berries for some extra sparkle.

*** You will note that this is a bit of a different design than the above photo. That’s what happens when you forget to take photos as you go along***

If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

Have a fabulous day and as always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

Product List
Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Layering Circles Dies [151770] $35.00 Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper [151324] $11.50 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Thick Cardstock [140272] $8.25

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Pick a Free Bundle Starter Kit Promotion

Have you ever thought of becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator? If you have (or just want a great deal on products), now is the time. The starter kit is $99.00 and, for a limited time, you can select one stamp and punch bundle (page 168-169) or one stamp set and die bundle (page 173-179) in addition to the regular Starter kit for FREE.

This promotion lasts until June 30, 2020. If you are in the United States and wish to become a member, please send me a message or go to my on-line store to sign up. I initially signed up just to be a “Hobby” demonstrator—my intention was to get the starter kit, free products and the discount. I have enjoyed this hobby so much, I am now an active demonstrator, blogging and holding classes! I also love having cards at the ready to send out for birthdays, celebrations, and “just because”.

If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank-You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

Have a fabulous day. As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Painted Poppies Sympathy Card

Hello! Today’s card is a sympathy card using the Painted Poppies stamp set. I just love this stamp set and I am so happy it carried over from our mini catalog. You can find it in our newest catalog (2020- 2021) on page 18. This stamp set coordinates with the Painted Labels dies on page 177.

Card Recipe:

~ Cut card stock at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” then score at 4-1/4”. I used Cajun Craze for my base. While you have the Cajun Craze out, cut 3 squares at 1-9/16” x 1-9/16”. (Connie Stewart at Simply Simple Stamping has an excellent tutorial on how to read a ruler).

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”. I ran this piece through my die cutting machine using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. You could skip this step, although I do like a bit of texture to my cards. Now is the time to cut your 3 squares at 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”.

~ Cut a strip of Old Olive card stock at 1” x 4-1/8”. I had some old ribbon that I ran across the front and adhered to the back of this.

~ Using your Layering Circles dies, cut a piece of Whisper White and Old Olive. If you do not have the dies, use the appropriate sized punch for your card.

~ Now to stamp! I stamped my images in Terracotta Tile. I wanted to use Cajun Craze, but my ink pad dried up! (This is why we should order ink refills!). I love that speckled pattern using the Old Olive at the base of the flowers. I colored in the stems and leaf using Old Olive ink and the flowers using the Dark and Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I think these colors gave this card a nice, soft look.

~ Adhere everything together. Pop the flower images and sentiment up on dimensionals and add some bling.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank-You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

Product List
Stamp Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Painted Poppies Cling Stamp Set [151599] $23.00 Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad [150086] $7.50 Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [147272] $9.00 Ink Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad [147090] $7.50 Card Stock Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Cajun Craze 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119684] $8.75 Tools & Adhesive Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Ribbon & Trim Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Accessory Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Big Shot Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [143706] $10.00 Layering Circles Dies [151770] $35.00

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Stampin’ Rewards!

The new catalog launches June 3, 2020. To celebrate, anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June with receive extra rewards with a qualifying purchase.

If you are interested in hosting a virtual event (how fun would that be???), I would be happy to be your demonstrator.

Visit my on-line store or send me an email to find out additional details.

If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog with orders over $25.00 (if requested) and a handmade Thank-You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Peaceful Poppies Desktop Caddy/ Craft Organizer

How cute is this little organizer?! This caddy comes together remarkably quick and would make a great project for a paper crafting class or to give as a gift. I love the bright colors of the Poppies, although I had to try one using the Mosaic Mood DSP (scroll down)—I just love that Calypso Coral color. This caddy is the perfect size to hold your most used Stampin’ Up tools.

Now for the project recipe:

Larger main box:

~ Cut card stock @ 8-1/4” x 6-1/2”. On the short side, score at 1” x 5-1/2”. On the long side, score at 4-1/4” x 5-1/4”. Burnish those score lines for a nice, crisp edge. Cut the little squares into tabs. Don’t forget to give a little angle to those tabs for easy, clean folding.

~ Cut your Designer Series Paper for the inside of the box at 4-3/8” x 4”. Cut two more pieces at 3” x 3/4”. These will be glued to the outside of your box. Now is a good time to adhere the larger piece of DSP to the inside top portion of your box.

~ Place Tear & Tape Adhesive (this gives a strong hold), to the inside of the tab and lower fold. Fold up, adhering the tab first, then the outside piece to form your pocket.

Multi-purpose Glue Pocket:

~ Cut card stock at 6” x 3-1/4”. Score short side at 1” x 2-1/4” and long side at 3” x 4”.

~ Cut DSP (for the front) at 1” x 1-3/4” and two pieces at 1-3/4” x 3/4” (for the sides).

~ Follow same instructions as the large box for completing this section.

Glue Dots/ General Purpose Pocket:

~ Cut DSP at 6” x 5”. Score short side at 1” and 4” and long side at 3” x 4”.

~ Cut DSP at 2-3/4” x 1-3/4” (for the front) and two pieces at 1-3/4” x 3/4” (for the sides).

~ Follow same steps at large box for completing this section.

Now to put together:

All three of the completed boxes

~ Using Tear & Tape, adhere the two smaller boxes together at the center and then adhere to the larger box. Again, that Tear & Tape has great holding power! Glue your DSP to the front of the boxes and then the sides. I wrapped a ribbon around the boxes and added a sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! If you don’t have the Simply Scored tool, you may want to consider purchasing it. I always get such nice, crisp scoring lines.

If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my on-line store. I do send a complimentary catalog with orders over $25.00 (if requested) and a handmade thank you card. For orders over $50.00, I also add in a small gift.

I love to hear from people, so if you have any questions regarding today’s project or products, please send me an email.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Painted Labels Dies [151605] $35.00 Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper [151324] $11.50 Poppy Parade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119793] $8.75 Calypso Coral 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122925] $8.75 Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper [149478] $14.50 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 Simply Scored [122334] $30.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Tear & Tape Adhesive [138995] $7.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00

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New 2020- 2021 Annual Catalog

The new annual catalog will go live on June 3rd, 2020! This catalog is full of all sorts of new goodies I know you will just love.

I will have some catalogs arriving soon and would be happy to share one with you. Of course, once the catalog goes live, you can access it through my on-line store: cardsbycoco.com or cardsbycoco.stampinup.net.

I look forward to sharing all sorts of new projects with you using our latest products and new in-colors. My goal for this year is to do some of my demonstrations via video. At least until we can schedule classes again. I miss everyone!

Stampin’ Up also has a few new promotions coming up. I will keep you posted!

As always, happy crafting and please send some happy mail today to let someone know you are thinking of them. Colleen

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Last-Chance Products

It’s time to say good-bye to some of our favorite products as we say hello to the new catalog! These retiring products will be available for sale until June 2, 2020 or until supplies last. This is a great opportunity to pick up a few items at a discounted price. Let me know how I can assist you or check out my online store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net or click the link at the top of my page.

I have been so happy for craft supplies while “staying in place”. What have you been working on? As always, Happy Crafting—-Colleen

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Easel Card using Peaceful Poppies

Hello! I thought I would try another easel card using some more of the beautiful DSP and elements from the Peaceful Poppies Suite. I love this DSP. It makes me happy….and, since I’ve been a bit restless during this quarantine, happy is a good thing…..

Let me tell you how I made this card:

~ Cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock at 8-1/2” x 4-1/4”. Along the long side, score at 4-1/4” and 6-1/2”. Fold along those score lines into an upside down “V” shape. Cut another piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock at 4-14” x 4-1/4 inch.

~ Cut your Peaceful Poppies DSP at 4-1/8” x 4-1/8”.

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 4-1/8” x 4-1/8”.

~ Now, on to the dies to make your tag. Using your die cutting machine and the Painted Labels dies, cut two—-one in Whisper White card stock and another using the Peaceful Poppies DSP. Stamp your sentiment on the Whisper White piece. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Carefully glue these two pieces together creating a shadow effect.

~ I really like these black “shelf” elements so I used them to add a little something extra behind my tag. I placed this towards the bottom of the card so both sentiments could be read together.

These are both the same size. It’s my photography skills that make them look different

~ Time to put your card together. Adhere all of the top layers together and pop up your tag with sentiment using dimensionals. Adhere that top layer to the upside down “V” making sure things are even on the bottom. You want your card to stand up nice and straight.

~ Using another black element, glue to the Whisper White card stock down towards the bottom. I am using that piece to help the top of the card stand up. Stamp your sentiment under that element. Add some bling and this card is done!

If you have any questions about these products, please send a message or go to the “Shop Now” button at the top of my page.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. It was a fun one to make. Stay well and Happy Crafting! Colleen

***Template found on Pinterest: Sandy Allnock***

Product List
Peaceful Poppies Suite Bundle (English) [153938] $136.50 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Gorgeous Grape 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [146987] $8.75 Painted Labels Dies [151605] $35.00

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New In Colors in May’s Paper Pumpkin

May’s kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes. 8 of the cards are full size and 4 are note card size. The most exciting part? This kit features some of Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2022 In Colors!

The coordinating colors for this kit are: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie and Purple Posy. Three of these colors are brand new!

Subscribe for the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin by May 10th. I know I can hardly wait to receive my kit! Just click the link below:

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2195858

If you have any questions, please send me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

April’s Host Code: FFB7Q24E

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Easel Card Using Peaceful Poppies Suite

I really enjoy a fun fold card. This is a super easy card using the Peaceful Poppies Suite. I just love all of the colors in this suite. Everything coordinates which makes creating so easy.

Card recipe:

~ Cut a piece of Poppy Parade card stock at 8-1/2” x 4-1/4”. Along the long side, score at 4-1/4” and 6-1/2”. Fold along those score lines into an upside down “V” shape. Cut another piece of Poppy Parade card stock at 4-14” x 4-1/4 inch. Since you have the Poppy Parade out, now is a good time to cut the tag piece at 4-1/4” x 1”.

~ Cut your Peaceful Poppies DSP at 4-1/8” x 4-1/8”.

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 4-1/8” x 4-1/8”. For the tag, cut another piece of Whisper White at 4-1/8” x 3/4”.

~ Now, on to the dies. Using your die cutting machine, cut a solid poppy using the DSP of your choice and the outline using Basic Black card stock. Carefully glue these two pieces together. I used Tombow multi-liquid glue applied with a toothpick. A touch of Wink of Stella to the center of the flower adds that little something extra. If you don’t have Wink of Stella, glitter or embossing powder would work well.

~ Stamp your images.

~ For the tag: glue the Whisper White to the Poppy Parade card stock. Flag the end either using your scissors or punch. Use whatever you have. I wrapped the Whisper White 1/4” Crinkled Sean Binding Ribbon around the left edge of the tag and popped a bow on. ***This ribbon can be dyed using your Stampin’ Blends or Ink Refills***

~ Time to put your card together. Adhere all of the top layers together and pop your flower up using dimensionals. Adhere that top layer to the upside down “V” making sure things are even on the bottom. You want your card to stand up nice and straight.

~ I added Peaceful Poppies Elements to the Whisper White layer. This is just thick enough to hold that top layer in place. Glue this to the inside Whisper White layer.

~ Add some bling and this card is done!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. It was a fun one to make. Stay well and Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Peaceful Poppies Suite Bundle (English) [153938] $136.50 Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [121045] $8.75 Poppy Parade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119793] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad [147050] $7.50 Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Flower Faceted Gems [149479] $8.00

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No Matter the Weather: March 2020 Paper Pumpkin

Today’s card is made using the March 2020 Paper Kit “No Matter the Weather” stamp sets. To quote Stampin Up: “Paper Pumpkin is your one-stop box for creativity”. It is a monthly subscription kit that has stamps, ink (spots, not full size) and paper. Every month includes instructions and a new crafting project. I often make some of the cards per the instructions, but I also create my own designs using additional supplies I have in the house.

Card recipe:

~Paper Pumpkin stamp set

~ Cut card base at 4-1/4” x 11” and score at 5-1/2”. I used Rich Razzleberry card stock.

~ Cut DSP at 4-1/16” x 5-2/8”. I used the gingham pattern from the Pleased as Punch DSP.

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 4’” x 5-1/8”. Stamp your images using the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I like the Seaside Spray ink for the clouds. Stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper for a lighter image. Stamp the basket using Memento Tuxedo Black with Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. Make a mask of the basket (I use Post-It notes) and stamp the grass using Old Olive.

~ Using your die cutting machine and the Painted Labels dies, cut one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Whisper White. Stamp your sentiment on the Whisper White piece. Adhere the Whisper White to the Rich Razzleberry piece offsetting a bit.

~ Wrap twine at the base of your card, and glue all of the layers together. Pop your sentiment up on some dimensionals, add some bling and this card is done.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I am also sharing some cards made according to the instructions. If you are interested in ordering a Paper Pumpkin subscription, please click the “Shop Now” button at the top of my page.

Made per the instructions
I love the coordinating envelopes!

Stay well and Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription [137859] $63.00 Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [115316] $8.75 Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad [147091] $7.50 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Seaside Spray Classic Stampin’ Pad [150085] $7.50 Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad [147090] $7.50 Painted Labels Dies [151605] $35.00 Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper [153558] $11.50 Iridescent Sequin Assortment [144212] $5.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00 Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00

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Clearance Rack

The Stampin Up Clearance Rack has been updated! Save up to 60% on select items.

My favorite is the Joy of Giving Tag Kit. I made all of last year’s Christmas gift tags using this kit—they were beautiful. The original price was $35.00 and it is now discounted to $14.00!! Take a peak and see what your favorite is.

Supplies are limited. Click on my “Shop Now” button to head to my on-line store. Please use the Hostess Code: FFB7Q24E.

Stay well and Happy Crafting!!! Colleen

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2018- 2020 In Colors Retiring

I’m popping in today to let you know these In-Colors will be retiring with our current catalog. Now is the perfect time to purchase ink pad refills or card stock if needed.

My two favorite colors out of this group are: Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick. I’m sure I will continue to use those long after their retirement.

Also of note: the Clearance Rack has been updated! There are some great items to choose from at a discounted price.

If you live in the USA and would like to place an order, please see the “Shop Now” button. Or, just browse the Clearance Rack and see what is available.

Stay well and Happy Crafting….Colleen

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Quilling Birthday Card

Today’s card is a birthday card using the quilling technique. There are some fabulous YouTube videos out there that will help with learning technique. If you can, I would suggest you take classes from an accredited quilling instructor. It takes about 3 yrs (!!!) to become accredited, so I have a ways to go. This is one of Heidi Bishop’s designs. Take a moment to check out her Etsy site @ HeirloomQuilling.

The Stampin’ Up products worked perfectly for this design. For the background, I used the retired Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, along with Poppy Parade and Whisper White card stock. The “Happy Birthday” tag was cut out using the Layering Circle Dies and stamped with Poppy Parade ink. The Wink of Stella glitter pen was used on the tips of the tulips to give them extra sparkle. I added some ribbon and bling to complete this project.

I loved making this card for my daughter. It reminds me of her…happy and sparkly. She plans on framing it which makes me very happy (I did include a white frame with her other gifts).

Wishing you all good health. Happy Crafting….Colleen

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Mini Pizza Boxes and Best Dressed Mother’s Day Gift Box

Welcome to today’s project! I love these little pizza boxes. They are perfect for holding your 3” x 3” noted cards, special chocolates or just about any other little thing.

~ Project recipe:

~ Fold the Mini Pizza Box (very easy to assemble)

~ Using the Best Dressed DSP, cut out the pattern of the DSP you want for your bottom layer at 3-3/8” x 3-3/8”. Punch out a layer of this pattern using the Timeless Label punch.

~ Flip the card stock over to the opposite side and cut the top layer out at 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”.

~ I wrapped Mint Macaron 1/8” Sheer Linen Ribbon around that top layer and tacked it in place using Snail Adhesive.

~ Glue those two layers together and then glue to the top of the Mini Pizza Box.

~ Now for the tag: stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White card stock then punch out using the Timeless Label punch. I used my Mint Macaron ink pad. Adhere this (offset a bit) to the previously punched out DSP. Pop this up on dimensionals centered on top of the ribbon.

~ Add the Bling of your choice to finish the project!

Another quick and easy project that adds just a bit “extra” to any gift. If you haven’t looked at the Best Dressed Suite, it is definitely worth a peek. You will find this on page 54 of the January- June 2020 Mini Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. If you live in the USA and are interested in any of these products, please shop my on-line store.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Easy Easter Card With Lovely Lily Pad

Today’s card features the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. The DSP is really the star of the show and makes for a quick project.

Card recipe:

~ Cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock at 4-1/4” x 11”. Score at 5-1/2”.

~ Cut a piece of the Lily Impressions DSP at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”

~ Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”. This is for the inside layer of your card. Stamp whatever sentiment you like or write a note.

~ For your tag: I cut a scrap of Whisper White at 3-1/2” and used the Banner Triple punch on the ends. This punch has really come in handy for tags, banners, etc. You can find it on page 186 of the annual catalog.

~ Stamp your Lily image on a scrap of Flirty Flamingo card stock ( I used the Flirty Flamingo ink pad. Using the die cutting machine of your choice, use your Lily die to cut the image out. Stamp your sentiment on the scrap of Whisper White and complete your tag.

~ Wrap some Whisper White twine around the Lily Impressions DSP and glue this layer to your base. Pop up your Lily on dimensionals and adhere your tag. Add some bling and you are done!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my on-line store or leave me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp Set [152288] $0.00 Lily Pad Dies [152315] $0.00 Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [133675] $8.75 Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [141416] $8.75 Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad [147052] $7.50 Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad [147092] $7.50 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Timeless Tulips Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [151534] $18.00 Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine [124262] $3.50 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00

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Thoughtful Blooms Birthday Card

Today’s card is a quick and easy birthday card made with just a few supplies. Lately, my favorite color is Flirty Flamingo, so that color is the star of this card. The Thoughtful Blooms stamp set and the Small Bloom Punch are only available during Sale-A-Bration which ends on March 31,2020.

Card recipe:

~ Cut Flirty Flamingo card stock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”

~ Cut the 2019-2021 In Color 6” x 6” DSP at 5-7/8” x 4-1/8”

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 5-1/4” x 4” (cut two if you want a Whisper White layer on the inside of your card).

~ Now it’s time to stamp! I did a whimsical pattern across the card. I love how it looks. To begin: stamp 3 of the larger flowers on a scrap of Flirty Flamingo card stock and punch out with the Small Bloom Punch (this can be found on page 13 of the the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog). Use these as a guide as you stamp everything else. Stamp the leaves in Garden Green, the flowers in Flirty Flamingo and the berries in pool party. Don’t forget to stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White.

~ Adhere your 3 large flowers.

~ Using the Timeless Label punch: punch out your sentiment and a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock. I cut the Flirty Flamingo piece in half lengthwise to create a backdrop for the Whisper White piece. Adhere your layers.

~ Wrap some twine or ribbon around the base of the Whisper White 5-1/4” x 4” layer. Once that is in place, glue all of your layers together, pop your sentiment up on dimensionals, add some bling and your card is done!

Now is a perfect time to send some of our cards to those that may be feeling a little isolated or lonely. If you need any assistance ordering products, please send me a message. I am happy to give you ideas or pop a catalog in the mail. So, cut that paper and Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Last Month of Sale-A-Bration

I wanted to pop in today and give you all a quick update. This is the last month of Sale-A-Bration. There is still time to get your orders in ($50.00 or more for the free gifts).

Did anyone have time to take a peek at the second release items? There are some great coordinating dies now available.

As always, as we approach the end of this event, some items have sold out. I’m attaching photos to save you the trouble of looking them up yourself.

If you are in the USA and would like to place an order, please go to my online store or send me a message. Of course, this is still a great time to sign up as a demonstrator!

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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Little a Lady Bug

Today’s card features the Little Ladybug stamp set. This is a free Host set (with a qualifying order) featured on page 17 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I love everything about this set. It is super cute, easy to stamp and is quite versatile. The sentiments range from: “Spread your wings and FLY” to “Hey, Lady”.

Card recipe:

~Cut Black card stock @ 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”

~Cut Whisper White card stock @ 5-1/4” x 4” . Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White. One layer will be for the inside of your card.

~Cut Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper @ 5-1/4” x 2-1/2”

~Cut Poppy Parade card stock @ 5-1/4” x 1/2”

~Stamp your images. For the Ladybug, I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then colored in the wings using the Poppy Parade Dark Stampin’ Blend marker. I finished coloring with a basic grey marker for the body and Crushed Curry for the flower.

~Using your die cutting machine, cut a piece of Whisper White using the Layering Circles dies and a piece of Poppy Parade using the Painted Labels dies. Make sure you choose the circle that fits well with the Painted Labels die.

~Now it’s time to put this card together with your favorite adhesive. I work best with the Multi-Purpose Tombow glue. Use dimensionals to pop the Ladybug up. Add some bling and you are done! For this card, I used Peaceful Poppies sequins. I really like that some of these sequins “stand up” more….like little tulips! The colors are rich and really add a little extra to your card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. The last day for the Sale-A-Bration promotion is March 31, 2020. If you are in the United States and wish to purchase any of these products, please click the “Shop Now” button or send me a message. I’m happy to assist you. As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Little Ladybug Host Cling Stamp Set (English) [152384] $0.00 Painted Labels Dies [151605] $35.00 Layering Circles Dies [151770] $35.00 Poppy Parade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119793] $8.75 Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [121045] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad [147050] $7.50 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00 Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [147275] $9.00 Peaceful Poppies Sequins [151325] $7.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00

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Timeless Tulips Bundle Sympathy Card

Today’s card is a simple sympathy card using the Timeless Tulips Bundle, 3 colors of card stock, some simple stamping, an embossing folder, twine and bling. This card really comes together quickly.

Card recipe:

~ The base: cut Pretty Peacock card stock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. For the tag: punch out a piece of scrap Pretty Peacock card stock using the Timeless Label punch. I use this punch a lot.

~ For the second layer: cut two pieces of Whisper White card stock at 5-1/4” x 4”. One of these will be for the inside of your card. Punch out a label for your sentiment using the Whisper White card stock and the Timeless Label punch.

~ Stamp your images on the Whisper White card stock using Terracotta Tile and Old Olive ink pads. When the ink is dry, run this piece through your Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This is an optional step, but I think it adds more texture to your card.

~ Using the largest tulip stamp, stamp the image on a scrap of Terracotta Tile using the same color ink. Once dry, punch that image out.

~ Adhere your sentiment to the punched out piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock creating a shadow effect. Once you figure out where you want to place the sentiment, wrap some twine around that area.

~ Adhere the Whisper White layer to the front of your card base. Pop the punched out tulip and sentiment tag up on dimensionals and place in the appropriate location. Add some bling and your card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you live in the USA and are interested in any of these products, I would love to be your demonstrator. Just click on the shop now link or leave me a message.

Have a wonderful day and, as always, happy crafting! Colleen

Timeless Tulips Bundle (English)
Pretty Peacock 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Terracotta Tile 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad
Timeless Label Punch
Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Snail Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
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Timeless Tulips Easter Card

Today’s card is a simple Easter card using the Timeless Tulips Bundle, 2 colors of card stock, simple stamping, some ribbon and bling. This card comes together quickly without a lot of supplies.

Card recipe:

~ The base: cut Flirty Flamingo card stock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. For the tag: cut 1” x 3”.

~ The second layer: cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock @ 5-1/4” x 4”. One of these will be for the inside of your card. For the tag: cut 3/4” x 3”.

~ Stamp your images on the Whisper White card stock. I love the soft color of the Flirty Flamingo. It photographs a little dark so check out the color sample at the bottom of this blog for a better look. The Old Olive is the perfect color for the stems/ leaves.

~ Using the largest tulip stamp, stamp the image on a scrap of Flirty Flamingo card stock using the Flirty Flamingo ink pad. I love how this looks. Punch that out.

~ Run this layer (after stamping) through your Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This is an optional step, although I do think it adds a bit of texture to the card.

~ I colored the ribbon with the dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend. Again, this is an extra step.

~ It’s time to put your card together. Adhere the ribbon around the Whisper White layer and add a bow. I always make my bows separate and use a mini glue dot to place on top of the ribbon. Glue this piece to the Flirty Flamingo base. Now, add the large tulip using dimensionals. Flag the sentiment…use a punch or scissors…whatever works best for you. Add some bling and the front of your card is done!

~ I used the Decorative Ribbon Border to add a little extra to the inside card base. If you don’t have this, I think the small tulip stamped in the corner would be lovely.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

Timeless Tulips Bundle (English)
Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Flirty Flamingo Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Snail Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
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Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

I love this product! This glitter brush adds just the right amount of glitter and sparkle to your projects without making a mess or going “over the top”. You can find this in the “Coloring Tools” section of the Stampin’ Up annual catalog on page 180.

I use Wink of Stella often and if you are looking for an inexpensive way to add a little something extra to your images, this is a great value for your money.

If you are interested in placing an order, click the “Shop Now” tab or leave me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

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Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00

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Lovely Lily Pad Sympathy Card

Today’s card is made with the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set. The real stars of this card are the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper and the Lily Pad dies. These products can be found in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog which runs through March 31,2020. To quote the catalog, this DSP is full of impressionistic images in rich colors.

Card recipe:

* Cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” and score at 4-1/4”.

* Cut a piece of Lily Impressions DSP at 5-1/4” x 4”.

* Use the Lily Pad dies to cut the “petals”. I used Poppy Parade cardstock and went over the top with Wink of Stella to give those flowers a little sparkle. Once that is dry, match up your images and adhere to the DSP. I always put a dot of glue on a scrap of paper and use a toothpick to apply the glue to the small areas.

*While you have the Poppy Parade out, punch out a piece using the Timeless Label punch. Add a touch of Wink of Stella to that punched out piece.

* Wrap a strip of Whisper White 1/4” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the DSP and adhere to the back (this is the one time I always use snail). This ribbon looks beautiful in it’s soft white, but can also be dyed using your Stampin’ Blends! (Page 25 of the mini catalog).

* Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock (the regular kind), punch that sentiment out using the Timeless Label punch and adhere that to the Poppy Parade punched out cardstock.

Now—put the card together. Adhere the DSP to the card base, pop your sentiment up on dimensionals, and add the bling of your choice. I used the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are interested in joining the Stampin’ Up! Team, I am happy to assist you. If you would like any of these products, please click on “Shop Now”.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp Set
Lily Pad Dies
Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper
Poppy Parade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Mini Glue Dots
Paper Trimmer
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The Gang’s All Meer

How cute is this set? I made today’s card for my great-nephew’s birthday. Kids love all things interactive, don’t they?!

I took the dimensions and instructions straight from Cathy Williams YouTube video. I could write it all out, but, seriously, her video is so good.

The colors I used: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade. I used the Stampin’ Blends (Crumb Cake) to color in the Meers and fussy cut the little birthdays hats.

The DSP is the retired Animal Expedition. I think this paper is so cute and went so well with this card. I’m a big believer in using what you have.

I made a quick band to keep the card closed—1” Old Olive wrapped around the card, cut to size and the edges glued together. I stamped the front image and cut using the Layer Circles dies.

I love how this card turned out! If you are interested in any of these products, please check out my on-line store. (Click the Shop Now tab). As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

The Gang's All Meer Cling Stamp Set (English)
Layering Circles Dies
Sahara Sand 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Snail Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
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Soft Spring

Today’s cards feature the stamp set Soft Spring. This stamp set is a Host set and is only available with Stampin’ Rewards. I love earning free product!!

Let me walk you through making these cards. I like to make at least two cards in different colors while I have everything out. To start, cut Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose card stock at 11” x 4-1/4”. Score at 5-1/2”.

I wanted to add some texture to the cards. Cut the second layers at 4” x 5-3/8”. For the Rococo Rose layer, I used the Tufted Dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. For the Pretty Peacock layer, I used the Subtle Dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. If you are only going to purchase one embossing folder, I would go with the Subtle Dynamic one. It works with all card styles and both masculine and feminine cards.

The background DSP is part of the sampler package offered through Sale-A-Bration. You get a bit of everything and some of these papers are gorgeous. Cut the longer layer at 2-1/8” x 5-1/8” and the other layer at 2-9/16” x 1”.

Use Whisper White card stock for the stamped images: cut at 5” x 2”, 2-1/2” x 7/8” and cut the inside layer of your card now: 5- 1/4” x 4”. Now it is time to stamp those images. I stamped the base of the flowers/ leaves in Old Olive and then the flowers in Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose. The bug was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. This is a two step stamping process. First the main image, then the flowers and leaves. I did take the sentiments from two other sets: Timeless Tulips and Little Ladybug.

It‘s time to put this card together! Use the adhesive of your choice. I like the Tombow glue. Add the bling and twine/ ribbon of your choice. The Clearance Rack is a great way to build up your supplies without spending a fortune. Check out my on-line store to see what is being offered. The Clearance Rack is updated frequently.

I really enjoyed making these cards. I hope the card recipe is easy for you to follow. As always, Happy Crafting. Colleen

Soft Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set
Pretty Peacock 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Rococo Rose 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
Rococo Rose Classic Stampin’ Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sale-A-Bration Mini Paper Cutter & Paper Sampler
Iridescent Sequin Assortment
Paper Trimmer
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
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Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer

If you are in the market for a new paper trimmer, take a look at this one. I have to tell you, I really like it. The base of the paper cutter and the ruler include both imperial and metric measurements. This paper trimmer comes with one cutting blade and one scoring blade. (Additional cutting blades are sold separately). The ruler extends to 17”—-I really like this feature for bigger projects.

I’ve been using mine for awhile now, and the original blade is still sharp…no snags, pulls or tears in the edges of my paper. You paper crafters all understand how frustrating that can be.

Visit my on-line store for additional information and, as always, happy crafting! Colleen

Paper Trimmer

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Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00

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Under My Umbrella

Today’s card was a fun one to make. I really like this stamp set! I looked in our mini catalog for inspiration and found a similar card on page 42. I started with Whisper White thick cardstock cut at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. Next, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (not the thick kind) at 4” x 5-1/4”. I stamped the flower images in Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Daffodil Delight and Rococo Rose. I think these images would also look good in a basic black. I went for lots of color.

The next step requires “masking” your images. To do this technique: stamp the image on a sticky note, then fussy cut around that image. Place that sticky note image over your original stamp (see right side of image below). Now you are ready to sponge!

I sponged Seaside Spray over my masked images (I kept moving those masks around…next time I will make more!). Use a light touch when sponging. You can always add more color later.

I like how these colors came together.

To finish the card, I stamped “Hello Sunshine” on Whisper White cardstock and punched that sentiment out with the Timeless Label punch. I used the 2019-2021 DSP for the umbrella and Rococo Rose In-Color cardstock for the label background and handle on the umbrella. Tie a bow with some twine and add bling of your choice to complete this project.

Sale-A-Bration is still going on. This is a great time to earn free products. Our new demonstrator deal is also going on—take a peek at my on-line store. If you have any questions, please send me a message.

As always, happy crafting! Colleen

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December Paper Pumpkin

I really enjoy the Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kits. Most of the time I do alternatives, but, every now and then I follow the directions (see the lower right card). What I enjoy the most is the ability to put these kits together fast (usually one afternoon), travel with them (they are all inclusive) and always having a card ready to pass along.

February’s Paper Pumpkin kit is titled “The Lovely Day”. This kit will make nine cards (including envelopes, etc). It’s coordinating colors are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose and Old Olive. It is described as being the perfect kit to celebrate birthdays and other grand occasions. Subscribe between January 11 and February 10, 2020 if interested.

Shop my on-line store or send me a message if you would like to order this kit. Remember, Sale-A-Bration is still going on. I want the “Happy Birthday to You” stamp set.

As always, happy crafting!! Colleen

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Above The Clouds Z-Fold Card

The Balloon Festival is in town this weekend, so, what better time to play around with the Above the Clouds stamp set! I love the Terracotta Tile color, so I thought I would make that color the focus of my very first Z-fold card. To start: Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4” and then at 2-1/8”. These score lines will make the “Z” fold. For the band, cut a piece of the Thick Whisper White cardstock at 1-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 2-1/8”. I used the Designer Series Paper sampler from the Sale-A-Bration catalog to use in this card. I cut it to fit the outside fold and the main body of the card. I love this paper. If you should choose to become a member of my team, this paper is included in your Starter Kit.

Start stamping! I used Daffodil Delight for a yellow base in the balloon and outlined in Terracotta Tile. This is a two-step stamping process. The clouds were stamped in Seaside Spray (stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper to lighten the ink). I went over the clouds with Wink of Stella. If I can encourage you to purchase one extra item, Wink of Stella would be it. I love how it gives that little bit of “extra”.

Now, lets get this card together. You can see that the edges of the band line up nicely with the edges of the card. Once that is glued in place (I like TomBow, some folks like snail—they both work) start on the balloon. I placed glue dots on the back of the balloon and basket and added some twine to connect the two. Pop that balloon up on dimensionals and place it on your card. Add bling of your choice and you are done.

***To be honest, I added those little pieces on the second fold after I smudged that area with ink. Most mistakes are fixable!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. As always, happy crafting! Colleen

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Sale-A-Bration is here!

Sale-A-Bration is a fabulous way to build up your paper crafting supplies. From now until March 31, 2020, you will earn free product for every $50.00 you spend. I’ll be showcasing some of these products once my new craft space is completed and I get things a bit more organized!

If you have considered becoming a demonstrator or would just really like the sign on goodies, now is the time. The free gifts include: the Mini Paper Cutter, 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper sampler and your choice of stamp set (Host stamp sets and Sale-A-Bration stamp sets not included).

Feel free to contact me with questions. Please leave a comment or like my page.

I’m looking forward to an amazing 2020! As always, happy crafting—Colleen

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Paper Pumpkin and Let It Snow

Do you ever just need a quick project? That is exactly what happened to me! Per usual, I am running just a little bit behind this year (hahaha). So, after checking out other demonstrators ideas and cards on the internet, this is what I came up with.

Two of the cards were made with the Let It Snow DSP, some glue, bling and a little stamping. The third card is an elevated Paper Pumpkin kit. One of the things I enjoy about the Paper Pumpkin kit is not only how quickly these kits come together, but, also how easy it is to make it your “own”.

I am hoping you all have a wonderful and magical Holiday Season. Please like my Facebook page or look me up on Pinterest. I’m looking forward to some exciting new things in the New Year: monthly classes, more instructional videos/ blog posts and a brand new look to my website!

As always, happy crafting! Colleen

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Paper Pumpkin Meets Snowman Season

I finally found the time to put the Paper Pumpkin kit from October 2019 together. I LOVE it! Of course, I am always a bit “extra”, so I combined this kit with the Snowman Season bundle and added some bling. I did do some embossing for the “stars”. I’m not sure why they photographed gold. In person, they are a beautiful silver.

Partial product list

I know we are all so busy this time of year. Isn’t it difficult to get everything done? Yet, so much fun! I have a few more cards and projects to complete—-which I will do listening to all of the Christmas carols. After that, I plan on enjoying our family, playing games and eating all of those delicious holiday goodies. I wish you all the very best Holiday season yet!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Year End Close Out Sale!

I love a sale! Especially at the holidays. There are some really fun products here. The Halloween coffin boxes make fabulous wreaths (check out Pinterest or YouTube) or candy boxes. I also have made both of the card kits in the bottom photo. I’m not sure which one is my favorite….Well, probably the fall one. I love the colorful swishes that are pre-printed.

If you would like to order, please visit my on-line store, cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. If you are interested in becoming a member of my team, please wait until January 2020. Stampin’ Up will be offering an incredible deal for new demonstrators. I would be happy to welcome you now, but why give up additional free product???

As always, Happy Crafting and have a wonderful day!! Colleen

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Christmas Stocking 2019

Well, clearly, this is not a card. In fact, I have been so busy enjoying this holiday season, not a single card has been created! I also needed to finish up this Christmas project. I am hoping to be back in my studio (otherwise known as our living room and kitchen table..hahaha) soon. In the meantime, I thought I would share this year’s Christmas stocking. This was a fun one to make!

I love making our grandchildren handmade Christmas stockings. I have been cross-stitching for many, many years. I can only do about one a year (so many tiny stitches). One more to go for my eldest daughter’s family and the set is complete!

I generally order my kits from Amazon. I’ve noticed most of the craft stores do not sell much in the cross-stitching section. Is cross-stitching not a thing anymore? Was it ever a thing? Honestly, I can’t remember….

This stocking is from a Dimensions kit. The directions are easy to follow and the kit includes the fabric, thread and a needle. I always purchase extra needles. I really dislike constantly rethreading every time I change colors. I guess we all have our quirks!

The grandchild I gave this stocking to absolutely loves it! I hope she enjoys it for years to come.

Watch for another blog post later this week. Lots of fun things happening at Stampin’ Up!. I’ll keep you posted.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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My First OnStage

I was able to attend my first OnStage event in Portland, Oregon this past Saturday. What a wonderful time! Between the catalog launch, demonstration of new products, games, prizes, etc, it was a blast. Two of my prizes were the stamp sets below: Under My Umbrella and Timeless Tulips. (Isn’t Under My Umbrella perfect for those who live in the Pacific Northwest?). We were able to play with the Timeless Tulips set at the event, and the images are beautiful. If you are in the market for a lovely set with beautiful sentiments, this set is for you.

Meeting all of my fellow stampers was the best part of the day! Well, that and sharing the day with a dear friend. We had so many laughs. It was great to get to know my “Team Stamp It” group even better.

I can not show you the inside of the new catalog…yet. Let me just say that Stampin’ Up did it again and these products are amazing. Sale-A-Bration starts on January 3rd and runs through March 31, 2020. Sale-A-Bration is one way to earn extra products. There are some other ways, but, I can not share that with you just yet…(sensing a theme here??).

I wish I would have taken more photos. I was so busy having fun, the pictures took a backseat to my day. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

My plan is to start some product based classes in January showcasing these new products. Wish me luck!!

Only demonstrators can attend the OnStage events. If you are interested in joining my team, let me know and I will help you through the process.

Happy Crafting….Colleen

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Candy Bar and Gift Card Holder

Aren’t these candy bar and gift card holders cute? I was inspired by Wendy Cranford’s video. I did change the dimensions to fit standard Hershey bars. I always talk about my large family (these are just a sample of the ones I made) and I thought this would be a fun way to dress the teenagers gift cards up!

Now to make these Candy Bar Holders!

Cut base 4” x 9-1/2”
Score the lengthwise (each side) at 1/2” x 3/4”. Turn base the other direction and score at 3” x 3-1/4”
Cut down each side of the base until you hit the 3” score line. I used my paper snips to cut across first, folded over the flaps, then used my paper trimmer for a nice, clean cut down the sides.
Find DSP that you like. I really like the Let It Snow DSP. I also got into my extra stash from last years leftovers. Use what you have. Cut the top layer 2-1/4” x 5-3/4” and glue in place. Cut the bottom layer 2-1/4” x 2-3/4”. If you are using a patterned paper, make sure you line those images up. Using Tear & Tape (it has a strong hold), glue those flaps to the base.
I used the Snowman Season stamp set, ribbon, glue, markers, etc to complete this project.
I will add a tiny glue dot to the back of the candy bar and gift card to keep them in place. Maybe a ribbon???

Ta Da!! Another project done. In full disclosure, I did start out with all six Hershey bars that came in the package. You’ll notice there are only two in the pictures…..

I think I’m going to try making a few of these Candy Bar Holders for birthdays. It’s always nice to give friends a little something on their special day. If I do get around to that, I’ll be sure to share. I also think I will buy those candy bars one at at time—clearly I have no self control…Hahahaha.

I hope you enjoyed todays project. If you are interested in learning more about the products please send me a message.

As Always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Varied Vases

Do you ever have those days where you just want to simplify things? That was my day yesterday. That said, I also wanted to do some crafting. Varied Vases is the perfect stamp set for simple stamping. I like everything about this set, from the multiple vases to choose from to the floral displays. I also have the Vases Builder punch. I tried to incorporate fall colors here using the Pumpkin Pie marker and the Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink.

Card recipe:

– Card base: Pretty Peacock cardstock cut at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”

– Second layer: Terracotta Tile cardstock cut at 5- 3/8” x 4- 1/8”

– Third layer: Whisper White cardstock cut at 5- 1/4” x 4”. Run this layer through the BigShot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured impressions Embossing Folder

– Fourth layer: Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 1-1/2”. I stamped the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness” sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink.

The vase was stamped with the Pretty Peacock ink pad and punched out using the Vases Builder Punch. I stamped the flowers with Stazon and colored in the flowers with the Pumpkin Pie marker and applied (with a toothpick) a touch of Vegas Gold all purpose ink. I fussy cut those flowers and adhered them to the Whisper White card base with Tombow Liquid glue. Glue all the layers together, pop vase up with a dimensional, add some bling and a touch of twine and the card is done!

If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my on-line store or send me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Christmas Countdown Project Kit

My completed project

Today was spent working on the Christmas countdown project kit. This kit was so much fun to make. It’s also been great fun searching for special little “goodies” to fill the boxes with.

This kit can be found on page 38 of the Holiday Catalog and includes: supplies to create 25 mini boxes, a sturdy outer box to hold them and die-cut accents and stickers (I had extra). It also comes with an instruction booklet (with pictures) to help get you started. I did order the Christmas Countdown stamp set, although this kit could be easily assembled (and be just as nice) with-out it. **Stamp set, ink and adhesives are not included with this kit and must be purchased seperately**

Of course, I was already started when I realized I only had one of the suggested coordinating ink pads (that’s how I roll….). If you have read any of my previous blog posts, I always say to use what you have! So, I substituted with Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake and BlackBerry Bliss. Thankfully, I did have a Cherry Cobbler ink pad in the house.

The little miss I made this for loves all things shiny, so I raided my “bling” stash, used a bit of Wink of Stella and even tried some embossing.

I added Mossy Meadow cardstock (11” x 2”) to the side and top of the box and wrapped silky red ribbon around the box which I then tied in a big red bow. I did not glue the ribbon to the box on the off chance my daughter would want to swap it out every year for a different look.

The boxes measure: 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” x 2-1/16”.

So far, I have found a darling small Christmas ornament, stickers, super cute lipgloss, candy and other little trinkets to fill these boxes. If you are interested in ordering the Christmas Countdown Project Kit, please shop my on-line store. If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator (the discount is great!), I would love to have you as a member of my team.

As Always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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World Card Making Day 2019

I started this hobby of mine after an accident that left me needing an activity that would force me to use my left hand. In turn, what happened, is that I have made life long friendships and have met some wildly talented people! Mostly, though, I have found how much people love receiving a card in the mail (or, in person…). I have now reconnected with cousins, have some new pen-pals and my grown-up daughters get to raid my stash!

The other day I was able to open up a Paper Pumpkin kit and make cards with both my mother and one of her neighbors. Her neighbor brought pie. So, between the laughs we had, THE PIE (I do enjoy pie) and creating cards, it was a wonderful afternoon.

So, even if you aren’t the “creative type” (although, personally, I think we all are), send a card out today just to let someone know you are thinking of them!

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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The Holidays are Coming!!!

Wow…The month of September passed in a blur. Traveling, activities and so much more. I woke up this morning and realized I was nowhere near ready for this holiday season (which is not unusual for me..hahaha).

I just finished ordering the supplies for my Christmas cards. My cards this year will be from the “Let It Snow” Bundle. As one of my daughters has said “Snowman are your thing”. Which is very true….. I also love the Designer Series paper. It has just enough sparkle and shine.

What do you plan on creating this year? If interested in any of our products, please take a peak at my on-line store. Or, better yet, reach out to me for questions. I really enjoy hearing from other stampers!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Joy of Giving Tag Kit

I had the most fun putting this kit together. Technically, it is an all-inclusive kit, but, I’m always a little “extra”. Why not add a little extra sparkle whenever you can? Also, how nice is that red box to store the tags in?! That box comes with your kit.

This kit came together easily—except for those gold foil stickers. I have to be honest, those are DELICATE! If you don’t have the “Take Your Pick” tool, you will want one for these to make this job easier. I completely ruined 3 or 4 before I got the hang of it. Once I had it though, it went quickly.

The coordinating colors for this kit are Poppy Parade or Shaded Spruce. I have a large ink pad of Real Red in the house, so I primarily used that. Of course, I also have a large supply of “bling” and ribbon, so I also added some of that. I even tried a little embossing. I always say, use what you have on hand and make it fun!

A peek inside of some of the tags

If you are interested in any of these products, send me an email or place an order at my on-line store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Winter Wonders

I love the holidays! I also love anything that makes the holidays a little bit easier while providing a personal touch. Paper Pumpkin is offering back-to-back coordinating kits for October and November. One of the kits is with Christmas cards and the other is with Christmas tags.

The October kit will make 10 cards (envelopes included). The coordinating colors are: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce.

The November kit will make 24 holiday-themed gift tags of 4 different sizes and designs. The coordinating colors for this kit are: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Real Red and Shaded Spruce.

These kits can stand alone on their own, but, I really like the idea that they go together.

If you are interested in these products, visit my on-line store (cardsbycoco.stampinup.net) or send me an email.

As always, happy crafting!! Colleen

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Happy Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to today’s Paper Pumpkin alternative. I have so many parts and pieces of August’s kit left over, I thought I would continue on….

The base of this card is 4 1/4” x 11” and scored at 5 1/2”. I used thick Whisper White cardstock. the first layer is Merry Merlot cardstock (cut at 4” x 5 1/4”) from the Neutrals collection. I use this collection quite a bit…I embossed that layer using the Big Shot and the now retired Scattered Sequins embossing folder. Use what you have. There is always a new product to substitute, but this one happens to be one of my favorites. The following layers are from the PP kit, including the berries. The sentiment was also stamped in Merry Merlot (I used the “Happy Birthday” from last month’s PP). Everything was adhered with snail or Tombow glue. A little bit of ribbon and bling and I was done!!

If you are interested in any of the products listed above, I am happy to assist you or follow the link below to my online store.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen