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Mail A Card Monday and Thank You Cards

It’s mail a card Monday! Today I am focusing on thank you cards for those of you who have been supporting my small business. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day! Colleen

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Sending Hearts—January 2021 Paper Pumpkin

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post! I just had to share some of the cards I made using the January Paper Pumpkin kit—Sending Hearts. Aren’t these cute?!!?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Paper Pumpkin kit, I’ll give a quick explanation.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly, all-inclusive crafting box. You can subscribe for 1- 3- 6 or 12 months at a time. Your first kit will even include the block!! Every month has a different theme. These kits are fabulous to travel with, help build up craft supplies or to just make a number of cards to pass out or mail. After all, who doesn’t like to get a card?

I did a FB live video demonstrating how I made these cards. Just follow the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/dymphna53/videos/2843173576009634/?vh=e&d=n

If you are interested in subscribing, please shop my online store. On a personal note, I always enjoy getting this kit in the mail.

Of course, I love hearing from all of you. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. Follow me on Facebook for fun updates and tidbits.

Happy crafting…Colleen

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It’s National Popcorn Day!

It’s National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks—low in WW points and filling😀

What’s you favorite movie to watch while snacking? Mine is either The Godfather 2 or Big. Have you seen Yellowstone? That’s a great series. And, well, Kevin Costner….

Grab a big bowl of popcorn, turn on a movie and enjoy your day😀

Happy crafting, Colleen

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Another Cross Stitch Project

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post!

One of my daughters bought me this cross stitch kit some time ago. I needed a little something extra for our laundry room and this fit perfectly.

It was good to have a quick and easy cross stitch project before I tackle the next Christmas stocking. Those take a long time to come together, but make lovely gifts.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting…Colleen

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Flowering Cactus Medley and Blending Brushes

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post! I love the Flowering Cactus Medley. The Designer Series Paper is stunning. I decided to try my hand with the new blending brushes. This was only my second attempt. Definitely a learning curve for me, but those brushes are amazing!

Let’s make this card:

Cutting:

Pear Pizzazz cardstock at 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5-1/2″ This is your card base

Whisper White (or Basic White) cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Cut two. One is for the inside of your card

Crumb Cake cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5/8″.

Die-Cutting:

Using the beautiful DSP, diet cut out the large cactus and the double flower. Next, grab the cactus die and cut 2. Lastly, use the long, rectangle die and your Crumb Cake cardstock to make your ground cover.

Blending and Stamping:

The colors I chose to use for my background are: Daffodil Delight, Misty Moonlight and Calypso Coral. I’m wondering if a touch of Cajun Craze wouldn’t add a hint of richness. What do you think? Blend your colors on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Start with your lightest color and add color as you like. As I said, I’m a bit new to this technique.

Next, stamp your sentiment on the cardstock.

Let’s put this card together:

Place your cacti as you like. I adhered in place using the multi-purpose glue. Then, glue your ground cover in place. I used two of the die-cut felt flowers on top of the taller cacti. Those look so cute!!

Add some bling and twine and this card is done!

Can you believe I did another Facebook live video showcasing this card? You will get a lovely view of my ceiling (hahaha), but hang in there for a few seconds. I do turn the camera around:) Check out the link :

https://fb.watch/30r9HcXD_k/

If you are interested in any of these products, please check out my online store. I do include a small gift for orders over $50.00. Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration time!! It’s a great time to either become a demonstrator or simply earn free product with every $50.00 spent.

January Host Code: XRQZP7A4

I did make a few other cards using this medley. Isn’t this DSP fabulous?

Happy crafting…Colleen

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Happy Monday!

I saw this and chuckled. What do you have planned for this Monday? My hubby and I are starting to exercise—-well, really just committing to walking in the morning😀. That counts, doesn’t it?

Later today, I’ll be working on my card for this weeks FB live. I’m excited to share some of the Flowering Cactus products with you.

Stay tuned for more details and happy crafting! Colleen

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Dandy Garden Bundle and a Facebook Live!!

Hello and welcome to today’s card (inspired by Tami White/ StampwithTami). I survived my Facebook live!! This is a BIG deal for me. I’ve tried before but have always deleted the video, well, because, they were not good…lol. With a sense of humor and persistence, I finally got it done today. I’ll post the link at the end of this blog post.

I love the Dandy Garden Bundle. There is just something about dragonflies. Don’t you love their colors and how they just seem to zip through the air? You will find this bundle on page 27 of the January-June 2021 mini catalog.

Today’s card recipe:

Cutting:

Misty Moonlight cardstock @ 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″

Whisper White (or Basic White) cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Cut 2

Bumblebee cardstock @ 5″ x 2″

Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper @ 4-7/8″ x 1-3/8″

Stamping:

Using your tall flower bouquet stamp, stamp your image on the left side of the Whisper White cardstock. I used the Misty Moonlight inkpad. I added a pop of color by using my blends and markers. Use what colors you like.

Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. I chose Misty Moonlight, but I also think the Bumblebee would work well

First, stamp the dragonfly using Misty Moonlight. Next, stamp the wings using Bumblebee. Repeat this process on the back of your envelope. These are not going to line up exactly. They are not meant to.

For your inside layer, grab the second piece of Whisper White. Using the stamp with all of the little dragonflies, stamp along the bottom using your Bumblebee ink.

Punching and Die Cutting:

Using your Layering Circles dies and your die cutting machine, cut out your sentiment. You’ll want to go the next size circle up and die cut a piece of Misty Moonlight. Adhere the two together.

Punch out your dragonfly.

Let’s put this card together:

Glue your inside layer in place. Next, adhere your DSP and Bumblebee cardstock together and glue on the right side of your bouquet image. Next, pop your sentiment and dragonfly up on some dimensionals, add some bling and a bow and this card is done!

I always decorate my envelopes a bit. I think it adds a little extra.

Here is the link to my FB video: https://fb.watch/2Ux8VMejrh/

If you are interested in a catalog, let me know! I would be happy to pop one in the mail for you. Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join my team. Ask me how:).

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Hooray!! Sale-A-Bration and the January-June 2021 Catalog is Live!!

I love Sale-A-Bration. That little catalog of extras has such great products. For every $50 or $100 you spend, you will choose a free Sale-A-Bration product (before tax and shipping). I’ve already ordered some of these products for myself and can hardly wait to share them with you.

This is also a great time to join the Stampin’ Up community. If you do plan on ordering more that $100 worth of product, you might want to consider the $99 starter kit (you get to choose $125 worth of product). As an added bonus, you will receive an exclusive gift from the upcoming catalog–an assortment of five 6″ x 6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Paper. No strings attached and no fine print. There is absolutely no obligation to continue to sell any merchandise.

On another note, my first FB live is this Thursday!! January 7th @ 11:00 am MST. I will be making a card using the Dandy Garden Suite. I am a tad bit nervous, but will give it a go:)

January’s Host Code: XRQZP7A4.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Happy New Year!!

Thank you all so much for supporting my small business in 2020!

Here’s hoping our new year is filled with friends, family get-togethers, hugs and lots of happiness and joy.

I appreciate you and am excited to see what 2021 brings, Colleen

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Quite Curvy Bundle Birthday Cards

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. My goal this year is to send more birthday cards and the Quite Curvy Bundle and Playing with Paper Designer Series Paper go perfect together! Both of these cards came together in a flash.

Card Recipe:

Let’s Cut Some Paper:

Calypso Coral cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base.

Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″. Cut another strip @ 1/2″ x 4″.

Whisper White cardstock @ 5-1/4″ x 4″ (cut two–one is for the inside of your card).

Die cutting:

Using your die cutting machine and the Curvy Dies, die cut 1 of the Whisper White pieces. I used my paper trimmer on the flat side so I would have a 1/2″ gap between the two pieces.

Punch:

Using the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Playing With Patterns DSP, I punched out a few balloons. I love these patterns–they really add a fun element to the cards.

Stamping:

I stamped my images using the Quite Curvy stamp set and Night of Navy ink. The inside sentiment is from an old Sale-A-Bration stamp set: Sending You Thoughts. I always hang on to my sentiment sets. Can you really have too many?

Don’t forget to stamp the outside of your envelope. It adds a little “extra”.

Finishing this card:

Glue your card layers together using the adhesive of your choice. I used white twine on the balloons. I glued the larger balloon down and popped the smaller two balloons up on dimensionals. I used a mini glue dot to anchor the twine down. Add some bling (I love the Wonderful Gems) and this card is done!

My second card is simpler, but still lovely.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards. If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my online store or feel free to contact me.

There are some great deals coming for new demonstrators, so if you would like to become a member of my team, click the “Join Now” link.

My first Facebook Live is scheduled for January 7, 2021 at 11:00 MST. I hope you can join me.

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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What Are You Working On Today?

After the flurry of Christmas crafts, I am attempting to clean up my craft space (again) today. I’ll admit, it’s not my best effort because I really do keep getting distracted… ha!

I have such a mess out there. I finally found the stamp set I have spent a week looking for—ugh!

Once I get this mess cleaned up, I will get back to enjoying all of my paper, stamps and ink!!

What are you working on today?

Happy crafting, Colleen

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A New Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!

Did you know the new mini-catalog starts this January? It does! Sale-A-Bration begins on January 5th. This is your opportunity to earn free products when you place a qualifying order. You’ll want to make sure you take a look at the coordinating products from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog so you can pair with your Sale-A-Bration bargains.

If you are interested in receiving a catalog, please send me a message or shop my online store.

I have my first Facebook live scheduled for January 7th @11:00 am. I’m excited to begin live videos and hope to graduate to YouTube soon…hahaha!

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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This Year’s Christmas Stocking

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. Are you all ready for the holidays? For sure, this season looks much different for our family, but I am still in the Christmas spirit!!

Every year, I like to make a new Christmas stocking for a family member. This is a Dimensions cross stitch kit and whew! So many stitches….

My wonderful daughter, Shannon, sewed it together for me once the cross stitching was done ( I am not a seamstress). I think she did a great job finishing this off.

I’ll be back to making and posting cards next week. For now, I will be finishing up some last minute projects and baking cookies.

Look for my Facebook lives starting in January. I’m excited (and nervous) to get those started.

Have a wonderful holiday, Colleen

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In The Pines Bundle and Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder

I love embossing folders! I think they are often overlooked but add so much to cards. Although I live in the desert now, I have spent most of my life wandering the woods in a small, rural community. I love the sound of the east wind through the trees and the first snow of the year. That said, there is something to be said about the warmth of our Southern states (insert smiley face).

Card Recipe:

Cutting:

Real Red cardstock @ 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base.

Shaded Spruce @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″. This is your second layer.

Embossing:

With your die cutting machine, emboss the Shaded Spruce cardstock using the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. Although I made a Christmas card, this folder can be used in a variety of ways–check out the catalog (or Pinterest!) for more ideas.

Die Cutting:

Grab your Pine Woods Dies. I used our gorgeous foil papers–Silver and Gold–for the trees and Whisper White or Shimmery White cardstock for the snowdrifts. I made a number of these cards, so I enlisted my husband’s help with the die cutting!! Perfect activity (well, at least for me) on a rainy afternoon.

***Those trees would have been easier to adhere had I remembered to bring my adhesive sheets with me! Instead, I used a touch of multi-purpose glue and a toothpick. I recommend the adhesive sheets.

Stamping:

Stamp your sentiment on one layer of the snow drifts. My goal this year is to use ONE bundle and embossing folder for each card I make. In the past, I have gravitated to using a little of this and a little of that.

Put your card together:

I did pop that bottom snowdrift up on dimensionals–which looks fabulous. In retrospect, for ease in mailing, I think I would have just glued it flat. Once in place, wrap some ribbon around the two drifts, adhere everything together and add some bling.

I hope your enjoyed today’s card. These items can be found in the August-December 2020 mini catalog.

December Host Code: KQBCE4PH

Look for my Facebook lives starting in January. I am excited to share some new products and tutorials during Sale-A-Bration!

Have a wonderful holiday and happy crafting, Colleen

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Giant Year- End Closeout Sale Starts Soon!

Hello everyone! Just stopping by today to let you know about the Year-End Closeout Sale. Did you know that during the closeout sale, purchasing bundle items separately can sometimes result in a cost savings?

Retiring August-December 2020 Mini Catalog items are available only while supplies last. So, if you have your eye on something, do not wait—- items go quickly during this sale.

This is a great opportunity to get something that was on your wish list or even to stock up on embellishments (this is usually what I do).

December’s Host Code: KQBCE4PH

Happy crafting! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday— Use Up That Designer Series Paper

Hello and welcome to today’s project. I love combining something retired with the new products. I am always mixing and matching.

I remember when I first started using Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, I hated to chop it up. It was so pretty just as it was. I really don’t know what I was saving it for. Take my advice, if you love it, chop it!

This project was made using the now retired Under The Mistletoe DSP and the current Little Treats stamp set and the Little Treat Box dies. This could not be any easier to make.

Let’s make this project!

Die Cutting:

Using the box die from the Little Treat Box dies, cut your box out. Da-Ta! That’s it for the die cuts. Using you bone folder, reinforce those lines and fold into your treat holder. No adhesive necessary–the tabs are built in.

Make Your Tag:

I stamped my sentiment using Real Red ink, using the sentiment from A Merry Hello (a Host gift which can be earned with Stampin’ Rewards). I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and placed the red glitter paper behind it. I cut it to size and used my paper snips to finish the edges. Attach to the front of your treat box.

Ribbon:

To close your treat box, thread some ribbon through the holes and tie together. I used what I had in the house. I love the Metallic Mesh ribbon and use it every chance I get.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I am going to put Tic-Tacs or small chocolate candies in the boxes to hand out.

It really is fun to dig through my stash of retired products. I hope you do the same.

I am going to start doing Facebook lives in January…please like my Facebook business page (follow link below). I am hoping to include YouTube videos in the near future.

If you are interested in any of these products, please visit my online store.

December Host Code: KQBCE4PH

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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My Favorite Thing— Color Coordination

One of my favorite things about Stampin Up products is that they take the guess work out of finding matching colors. On the back of every package of Designer Series paper, you will find the coordinating colors! These colors are also listed in the catalog which makes placing your order a breeze.

I’ll be starting Facebook lives in January. I’m excited to showcase our products and some fun techniques. Follow the link below to “like” my page.

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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This is me today!!

Ha! This is so me today. I was working on organizing my craft room, when I remembered I needed to run the the grocery store. On the way to the grocery store, I thought I should stop at Home Depot for some storage supplies first. This led to the tractor supply store (keep in mind we moved off of our acreage to the desert almost 3 yrs ago…). Although, I did end up purchasing some things, because, how can you leave a tractor supply store without a little something?!!? Those stores have fabulous odds & ends. Then I decided I was hungry, so the hubby and I stopped for lunch (drive-thru and we took it to go, but so nice to eat food I did not prepare!). Oh, and yes, I did finally make it to the grocery store.

What is keeping you bouncing around today? Have a great day, whatever it is!! Colleen

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Sale Extended!!

Due to a few technical difficulties, the Online Extravaganza has been extended through 11:59 pm (MT) today.

Let me know how I can assist you.

Happy crafting! Colleen

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Snowman Season and the Snowman Builder Punch Shaker Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card. Do you remember me saying I was going to be able to share with you some new ideas from our OnStage event? Well, this easy shaker card is just one of the new techniques we all learned. Keep reading to learn how easy this is to make.

Let’s get started:

Cutting:

Shaded Spruce cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″

Shimmery White cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

Let It Snow DSP @ 4″ x 5-1/4″. This DSP is retired, but there are new and wonderful choices in the current catalog.

Stamping, Coloring and more:

Stamp your snowman, arms and the hat using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I made a template using my Snowman Builder Punch so I could stamp everything all at once.

Stamp your sentiment. I love the sentiments in this stamp set!

Color in the snowman’s nose and hat using various markers. Once completed, use glue dots to put him together.

Punch out your sentiment. I like the Timeless Label punch, so that’s what I used. I really like the red glitter paper so I had to punch out a piece of that too. Adhere the glitter paper behind the sentiment to create a shadow effect. Can you really have to much glitter on a Christmas card??

Let’s get ready to shake:

Grab one of your clear medium envelopes (found on page 153 in the current catalog). Place your Designer Series Paper inside of the envelope making sure it fits snuggly along the bottom edge. Add your bling to the inside of the clear envelope. I used a little bit of all of my odds and ends. You will see some snow, snowflakes, gold, green and white. Make it fun and use what you have.

Now to tape it up. To start, fold the flap of the envelope over. Before you seal it up, make sure you press the excess air out. My 1st attempt looked a little bloated…hahaha. Once you have this sealed, fold over the top and side to wrap tightly around the DSP. Use scotch tape to hold in place. You definitely want this to hold tightly to the Shimmery White cardstock, so use Tear & Tape adhesive along the back.

**Before you adhere those two layers together, wrap some ribbon around the shaker layer. A little ribbon always makes everything a touch more festive! **

Let’s finish this card:

Adhere all of your layers together. Pop your snowman and sentiment up on dimensionals and this card is done!

Isn’t this an easy and fun shaker card?!! It almost has a retro feel to it. I hope you learned something new and will give this one a try.

If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my online store. I do send a small gift for orders over $50.00.

Look for my live Facebook videos starting this January. If you aren’t already following my Facebook page, please do (follow link below)! I’m excited to start live demonstrations and share all of the latest Stampin’ Up news with you.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 24th! For one day only, Stampin’ Up will be offering a 10% discount on select items from the Annual Catalog. I seem to be using up cardstock like crazy, so that’s what I will be shopping for.

Please shop my online store to view products or leave me a message. Until then, happy crafting! Colleen

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Let’s Spread Lots of Holiday Cheer With Christmas Cards

I think this is the year to send a little bit of extra holiday cheer! I know we all have our favorite holiday recipe and what better time than now to share them. My husband’s favorite are the Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Our four (now adult) daughters all had different favorites, so our baking day was always so much fun and there were SO MANY cookies at the end of the day.

Maybe you have a favorite pie or main dish recipe? I think any special recipe included in your card would be a welcome treat.

I posted (well, shared) via Facebook this idea and was so happy with the amount of friends that wanted to participate in a recipe/ Christmas card exchange. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone sends.

I’ll be working on my Christmas cards this week and printing out that Chocolate Crinkle cookie recipe. Please let me know what you are working on.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday! Flowering Desert Meets the Little Treats Bundle

Hello and welcome to today’s throwback card. This was a fun one to make. My little granddaughter FaceTimed me this morning and while I helped her with math problems, she chose the colors and ornament layout for this card. I think she did a great job on color selection!

The Flowering Desert set is an old one (retired). I remember purchasing it around the time we made the move to sunny Arizona. The Little Treats Bundle is current and can be found in the August-December 2020 mini catalog (page 70). This bundle is so versatile! I have used it for Halloween, this card and will be using it for one of our daughter’s wedding this summer (fingers crossed we can safely gather then). I did some of the ornaments in the gold just to show you how detailed these dies are.

Let’s make this card:

Cutting:

Shaded Spruce cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″. This is your card base.

Cherry Cobbler cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

Whisper White cardstock @ 5-1/4″ x 4″

Stamping:

Stamp the cactus using Shaded Spruce ink. For the flowers, I used Real Red. Now, from the Little Treats stamp set, grab the Santa hat and stamp in Real Red.

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp your sentiment. The Little Treats stamp set had the perfect sentiment for this card.

Die Cutting:

The Little Treats dies have the best Santa hat and ornaments, so use those. I always like a bit of sparkle and gold. Just look at the details on those ornaments.

Extras:

If you have the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (retired), complete your Santa hat. I held my hat with a pair of long tweezers. Those heat tools get HOT. If you do not have Puff Paint, it looks great without it.

I wrapped some red twine around my card. My granddaughter liked the ornaments at the base of the cactus.

Let’s complete this card:

Adhere all of the card pieces together and add the Santa hat popped up on dimensionals. Add some bling and this card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I sure had fun making it! Thank goodness for FaceTime since travel is a bit difficult during these times.

If you are interested in any of these products, please leave me a message or check out my online catalog.

As always, happy crafting and I hope you get to do something fun today! Colleen

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Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set

Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set
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Autumn Goodness Fun Fold Card

Hello and welcome to today’s fun fold card. I needed a few more Thanksgiving cards and the Autumn Goodness Bundle fit the bill. The Autumn Wheelbarrow dies are just fabulous! This is one of the layouts that was displayed during our OnStage event. I believe Jackie Bolhuis was the demonstrator that showcased this layout.

Card recipe:

Cuttting:

Crumb Cake cardstock @ 8″ x 4-1/2″. Score @ 2-1/2″

Soft Suede cardstock @ 4-3/8″ x 2-3/8″. Cut 2 pieces @ 4-1/2″ x 3″. One of these will be for the inside of your card.

Very Vanilla cardstock @ 4-3/8″ x 2-7/8″. Cut 2 pieces. One of these is for the inside of your card.

Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP @ 4-1/8″ x 2-1/4″

Stamping:

Stamp the sentiment on one piece of the Very Vanilla. On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, stamp the fruit basket.

* I placed the fence die on the cardstock to make sure I had the proper placement*

Coloring:

Using your blends, markers or watercolor pencils, color in your fruit basket. I used a variety of colors from my Stampin’ Blends collection. I’ve been slowly collecting my blends. I tend to add a new color to every order I place.

At the base of the Very Vanilla cardstock (the front panel), use your sponge daubers to get some ink at the bottom of that cardstock. I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight. This really helps to ground the fence.

Die Cutting:

Now is the time to die cut the fence and your fruit basket/ pumpkins. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but there is the slightest impression of woodgrain on the fencing. Just another special detail to your card!

Let’s Finish This Card:

Add some ribbon and bling, glue everything together and pop that basket up on some dimensionals. For the inside of your card, make sure you line those layers up with the outside panel. You want them to line up perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! I had fun creating it. I am sending out more cards than ever this year and I hope you do the same. Because, who doesn’t like to get a card?!!?

Happy crafting, Colleen

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What Are You Working On Today?

Hello! What all are you working on today? Me…I’m trying to finish up a cross-stitch Christmas stocking for my oldest grandson and the clock is ticking away. This is the last one to complete (as of now). I have to say, it is turning out beautiful and I can hardly wait to share the finished project with all of you!

What other crafts do you work on? Besides cross-stitching and Stampin’ Up, I like to decorate cakes and I am working on my accreditation for quilling. Seriously, I don’t know how I ever managed to raise four daughters and have a career…hahaha.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday—Blended Seasons Christmas Card

Hello! Today’s card features the 2018 Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve said it before–I love this bundle. This is such an easy and beautiful Christmas card to make. This card goes fast, therefore lends itself to making a lot at once. Making things in volume is now more important to me than ever. I will be sending out A LOT of Christmas cards as we won’t be seeing as many people in person this year. I know we will all get through this, but, ya know…..

I don’t know why the lines around the leaves look so dark–must be my marvelous photographic and editing skills–hahahaha. It looks much softer in person.

Card recipe:

Cutting:

Cut one piece of Real Red cardstock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″

Cut one piece of Old Olive cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

Die Cutting Machine:

Using the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing and Old Olive cardstock, run this through your machine. Make sure you line up the pattern. If you don’t have this folder, just search your stash for something that will work.

Now to die cut! Using the Blended Seasons dies and the now retired Under the Mistletoe DSP and the still current Shimmery White cardstock, cut one each using the appropriate dies.

Stamping:

I used my Stamparatus to make sure I had my images lined up properly. I think its time to change that scrap paper out!! I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw the photo. Yikes!

I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp my images. Give this just a second to dry as the next step is coloring.

Coloring:

Using Old Olive for the leaves, Real Red for the berries and Crushed Curry for the little buds, color in your image. Use what you have. I used a combination of my markers and blends. When using my markers, I tend to use a water coloring technique: put a touch of ink on a block and pick up the ink with a Blender Pen.

I did add a hint of Wink of Stella over the colored buds.

Let’s Finish:

Wrap your favorite ribbon around the center of your Old Olive textured cardstock and adhere. Now, glue the other pieces together. Put everything together, add a little more ribbon and some bling and this card is done.

As a side note: I did not use any dimensionals on this card for ease of mailing. Of course, if you want to pop any part of this up, it would sure be a nice, added touch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Until next time, Happy Crafting. Colleen

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Blender Pens

[102845]
$12.00

Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper

Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
[146921]
$11.00

Stamparatus

[146276]
$49.00

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Throwback Thursday—-Varied Vases

***It has been a year since I first posted this card. This stamp set continues to be one of my favorites. I use it for almost all of the occasions. Do you have this retired set in your stash?

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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Sunday Funday!

Ha! This is so me. I walked into my craft room today, turned around and walked out!

Today is definitely not a cleaning/ organizing day. It’s a gorgeous day here in Arizona, so it’s time to head outside. I’ve been looking at our Washington State temps…brrrr!! Happy to be away from that chilliness for awhile.

What do you have planned for today? Hopefully something fun that does not involve cleaning…lol

Happy crafting, Colleen

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In Color Chart Combination

Do you ever get stumped on color combinations? I know I do…especially that Magenta Madness! I love the color, but was not exactly sure what to do with it. Now I know!

This color combination chart has helped me more than once. I certainly hope it helps you pick the perfect colors for you projects.

Let me know how I can assist you with your projects!!

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday—Blended Seasons and Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies

Hello and welcome to today’s Throwback Thursday post. I am having the best time revisiting some of these retired stamp sets!

This card was super quick to make. Let me tell you how I did it:

Cutting:

  • Cinnamon Cider cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5-1/2″. This is your card base.
  • Bumble Bee cardstock @ 4-3/16″ x 5-7/16″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Stamping:

  • Stamp your image and sentiment. I used Cinnamon Cider ink.

Coloring:

  • I love Stampin’ Blends! Do you find coloring as relaxing as I do? My color choices are: Light Real Red, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light Daffodil Delight. The key to getting a good blend is to go over one color while it is still wet. So, do a little at a time until you get the desired effect.
  • Take a marker to color in the leaf stem. I used Old Olive.

Die Cuts:

  • Using your die cutting machine, use the leaf from the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies. I cut my image from the Brushed Metallic cardstock and adhesive sheets. Have you tried the adhesive sheets yet? They are amazing!! Lay your Brushed Metallic cardstock on one side of the adhesive sheet, die cut and peel the other side off. It lays onto your cardstock perfectly!

Adhere your layers together, add some bling and this card is done. The 2020 mini-catalog has some new stamp sets that would work well with this layout. Take a peek at Gather Together and Love of Leaves.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my on-line store. I do send a small thank-you gift for all orders over $50.00.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a message. I will be starting Facebook lives and YouTube tutorials soon–I will keep you posted!!

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
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Gather Together- Season of Thanks

Hello and welcome to today’s card. This card was inspired by Stampin’ Up’s Mini Catalog and features the Gather Together Bundle. I absolutely love the designer series paper used in this card. It really is stunning.

Card recipe:

Cutting:

  • Very Vanilla cardstock @ 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base
  • Brushed Metallic cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″. This cardstock looks so rich and luxurious. I want to buy it all…hahaha.
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Paper (DSP), cut 3 panels @ 1-1/2″ x 4″.

Stamping:

  • Stamp your sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The sentiment I chose came from the Gather Together stamp set. I used Cinnamon Cider ink.

Die Cutting:

  • Using your die cutting machine, cut out your tag. Using the same die, cut a piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock. I really like the tag from the Little Treat Box Dies. Actually, I like this entire set. I plan on using this again at Christmas and again to make favors for my daughter’s wedding this coming summer (more on that at another time).
  • Grab the Gathered Leaves dies and cut out one of the leaves. If you don’t have this new set, the retired Stitched Seasons Framelits die set has a pretty leaf in it.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

  • Glue the Very Vanilla sentiment piece to the matching die cut Cinnamon Cider piece creating a shadow effect.
  • Adhere your Brushed Metallic leaf to the sentiment using just a bit of glue.
  • Line your panels up on the Brushed Metallic cardstock. I glued the outside pieces first, then centered the last piece.
  • Wrap a bit of the Metallic Ribbon around this completed layer. I tend to like my ribbon towards the bottom, but place it where you like. Now, adhere to the Very Vanilla base, pop that sentiment up on dimensionals and add some bling!

Isn’t this a regal looking card? If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my online store– I would love to be your demonstrator! I am always interested in meeting new people and building my team–ask me how!

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Wednesday’s Funny

Ha! This one made me giggle. One of our daughters (we have four) is getting married this summer and I am doing WW (not an endorsement–just the program that works for me). I keep telling my husband that you can’t eat chocolate chip cookies or potato chips and work with paper at the same time…hahaha. Now, if only I could earn those fitness points!

What are you working on today?

Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Jolly Gingerbread–Make the Holidays Sweet!

November’s cute, gingerbread-themed kit contains enough supplies to create one-of-a kind Christmas crafts! Whether it’s a gift card carrier, traditional card or a gift tag, this sweet and seasonal kit is the key to heartfelt holiday gifting. This kit comes with curly cutouts, sugary stickers and delicious die-cut designs in a special edition box.

November’s Paper Pumpkin contains enough supplies to create 15 gift card carriers and coordinating envelopes. This kit can also be used to design traditional holiday cards, gift tags and other paper projects. Coordinating colors are: Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride and Whisper White.

Follow the link below and be sure to order before November 10th!

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

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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World Cardmaking Day 2020

Today is World Cardmaking Day! This is a great day to break out those craft supplies, make a few cards and pop them in the mail to brighten someone’s day. I don’t know about you, but during this time of social distancing, I have appreciated each and every card and letter I have received in the mail!

You do not need a lot of supplies—just some paper, ink, stamps and maybe some ribbon. I remember the days when I would sit with my girls and break out the crayons, sparkles and glitter glue to create cards for grandparents. That was always a mess but so much fun!!

Post your cards today on my FB business page (follow link below). I am excited to see what you make.

Happy crafting, Colleen

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Throwback Thursday (Peaceful Poppies DSP) and the Designer Series Paper Sale

Today’s cards feature how easy it is to create a gift set using cardstock, ink and designer series paper! I am using the retired Peaceful Poppies Designer Series paper but plan on making another gift set using our fall colors. Select DSP is now currently 15% off!! Also–how beautiful is the Brushed Metallic Cardstock I am using for the background in the photo? I have big plans for this DSP for my Christmas cards.

Card recipe:

~ Cut your card base at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″. I used Poppy Parade

~ Cut your DSP at 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

~ Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White cardstock

~ Using the punch of your choice, punch out your tag pieces–one that matches the cardstock and the one with your sentiment. I used the Timeless Label punch. This seems to be my “go to” punch

~ Wrap some ribbon around the DSP and adhere together. Now glue your DSP to the card base layer. I like to use our multi-purpose glue for this. Glue the two punched out pieces together creating a shadow effect. Pop your sentiment up on dimensionals, attach to your card over the ribbon and add some bling!

How easy is it to make this set? Don’t forget to include envelopes and tie in a pretty ribbon. I am positive that whoever receives this gift set will love it. My sentiments include: Happy Birthday (2 cards), With Deepest Sympathy and Thank You

Today starts Stampin Up’s Designer Series Paper sale. This is a great way to stock up.

TH DSP Flyer

If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my online store.

Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday Series

Tomorrow starts my Throwback Thursday series! Every Thursday I will feature a retired Stampin Up product. I plan on sharing new and fun ways to use that DSP that is collecting dust or a stamp set that may have been set aside.

I am looking forward to reintroducing some of these retired products to you. I will be giving ideas on current stamp sets you can use instead—just in case you do not have the “old” one I am showcasing.

Let me know what you think as I go along.

Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Hello Weekend!

Happy weekend!! What do you all have planned? Currently, I am taking a break from housework and laundry. How is it I always have so much laundry?

Tomorrow is a crafting day. I have birthday and thank you cards to make. My plan is to use up most of my old DSP!

Just a reminder— the new demonstrator Get & Go Kit promotion ends on September 30, 2020. This is a really great deal. Check out my online store for details.

Enjoy your day and happy crafting! Colleen

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24-Hour Stamp Sale

WhooHoo! I love a sale. This stamp sale starts September 23rd and lasts only 24hrs. A select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.

Stop by my online store, and click the category “Stamp Sale” to take advantage of these discounts.

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Joy To The World Paper Pumpkin

TH October Paper Pumpkin Joy to the World Shareable image

I don’t know about you, but I plan on sending so many more Holiday cards this year than I ever have before. I miss parties, sharing good food and stories. That said, I am doing my best to focus on the small gestures I can make to share some holiday cheer. The October Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit was designed to bring people together—connecting them with each other and spreading joy throughout the world.

Let me tell you a bit about the October kit. This kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards–four each of two designs and coordinating envelopes. It also contains die-cut pieces in English, French and German. How fun is that?! This will allow you to connect with other demonstrators and customers from around the world—in their language!!

Have you heard about the Joy of Paper Pumpkin Facebook Group? This group was created so both demonstrators and customers can join together online and spread joy throughout the world! Log into Facebook and request to join the Joy of Paper Pumpkin Facebook group. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #joyofpaperpumpkin when connecting with the group and sharing your experience.

This sounds like a lot of fun and a fabulous way to start on my holiday projects. I know I am excited to receive my kit!!

Follow the link below if you would like to subscribe.

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

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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My First (attempted) Facebook Live and Mini Pizza Boxes

Sometimes, technology is just not my friend. I attempted my first Facebook “live” today. I was a combination of excited and nervous, and, although there were a few mishaps (misplacing things, the dogs barking, and poor camera placement) I thought it went fairly well. Then…poof…I must have hit the delete button instead of publish and it was gone!! Anyway, I demonstrated how to put these little Mini Pizza Boxes together. I think they are super cute and they always come in handy for a quick and easy gift–just add candy!

What to use:

~Fold your Mini Pizza Box together. I made one in Whisper White and the other in Gold. I like all things shiny, so the gold is my preference. What do you think?

~Cinnamon Cider Card Stock: cut 1 piece at 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″. Cut 4 pieces at 3-3/8″ x 7/8″. Run these pieces through your die cutting machine using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This adds the perfect amount of texture. ***This is listed in the current catalog as Subtle 3D***

~Gilded Autumn Specialty Series Paper: cut 1 piece at 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. Cut 4 pieces at 3-1/4″ x 3/4″.

~Adhere your DSP to the Cinnamon Cider card stock using the adhesive of your choice. I really like the Liquid Multi Purpose Glue.

Sentiment Tag:

~I used one of the dies from the Painted Labels Dies. I did one in Cinnamon Cider (again, running through that Subtle Embossing Folder first), and the another in Whisper White card stock. I stamped my sentiment, then glued the two together creating a shadow effect.

Let’s get this project finished:

~Glue your card stock pieces to the top and sides of the mini pizza box. If you want a ribbon around the card stock, make sure you adhere that in place first. The Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo is gorgeous. Once everything is attached, pop your sentiment tag up on dimensionals and add some bling.

I love how these little boxes come together and I always have them in my stash. They come 8 to a package, so they are easy to keep on hand.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please join me next week when I attempt another live video. This time, I will have all my supplies gathered together and in a basket ready to use, the camera at a flattering angle (hahaha) and a fun project to go over!

Until then, have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen


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Happy Labor Day!!

Although I have retired earlier than planned, I absolutely loved my career as a nurse. Now, I get to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I am really enjoying that too!! I never imagined I would get to be “crafty” full time.

How have you been spending your day? Our Labor Day has been spent painting another room inside of our home. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for parties with loads of people and great food again.

Enjoy and happy crafting! Colleen

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Life Is Beautiful and Vellum

Today’s card features the Life Is Beautiful stamp set. This is a simple stamp set that lends itself to beautiful images. I wanted to try stamping on vellum and love how this turned out.

Some things I learned by while stamping on vellum:

1- It bends easily, so be careful moving it around

2- It can take multiple times of stamping, so use your Stamparatus

3- Give your ink some time to dry. It takes a few minutes, so stamp first and cut that card stock later

Let’s get started:

Stamp your image on vellum using the Stamparatus. I stamped the tree trunk in Cinnamon Cider and the the leaves in Bumblebee. Using my Stampin’ Write markers, I added a touch of Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze to those leaves. Stamp the birdhouse using Stazon ink and use your Real Red marker for the birds.

While your image is drying, let’s get the rest going:

~ Cut Bumblebee card stock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4″. This is your base layer.

~ Cut Cinnamon Cider card stock at 5-1/4″ X 4″. Using the Woodland Embossing Folder, run this through your die cutting machine. I think this really adds the perfect extra touch.

~ My image is wrong side up in the photo. Maybe my signature style will be to post at least one wrong image in every post?? Hahaha

You will need to adhere your vellum image to the Whisper White card stock. You don’t want any of that glue to show. There are two ways to go about this: use the Adhesive Sheets (mine have not been delivered yet) or use your multi-purpose liquid glue, a sponge and a Silicone Craft Sheet. I left my Silicone Craft Sheet in Arizona, so a baggie it is! Lightly sponge your glue to the back side of the vellum being careful to smooth it out. Adhere it to the Whisper White card stock. It will be sticky!

Now, put all of your pieces together. I used a bit of ribbon and some bling to dress this card up. As an afterthought, I added some die cut leaves from the Stitched Seasons dies. There are some fabulous current Fall stamp sets/dies available in both the annual and mini catalogs. Personally, I really like the Gather Together Bundle.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. If you are interested in any of these products, please go to the “Shop Now” tab. Let me know if you would like a catalog. I do send a Thank You card for every order received and a small gift for orders over $50.00.

Have you considered hosting an online party? It is a great way to socialize and earn free product. Ask me how!

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Clearance Rack Updates

The Clearance Rack has updated and there are now some great products at discount prices! Shop early— things tend to sell out quickly.

Click my “Shop Now” tab and follow the links the the clearance rack.

As always, have a fabulous day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers

Where do you get your creative inspiration from? I like to get out and about, hike and generally enjoy the outdoors. Fortunately for me, these sunflowers are right outside my back door! Can you see that little bee coming in for a landing at the top of the picture? I know there are a lot of Fall people out there (I do enjoy all things pumpkin), but, I will miss the smell of blackberries in the air, fresh veggies and all of the bright colors of summer flowers.

If you have not checked out the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, take a peek at it. It has turned out to be one of my most favorite ones to date.

If you are in the USA, I would love to be your demonstrator. Have you considered hosting a virtual stamping party? They are a fabulous way to connect with friends (from a distance), have fun from your home and earn free product.

Enjoy these last days of summer. As always, happy crafting!! Colleen


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Comfort & Hope Gate Fold Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card using the Comfort & Hope stamp set. You can find this set on page 88 of the 2020-2021 catalog. It includes 11 stamps. My most favorite thing about this set is the versatility of the patterned stamps.

Let’s get started:

~ Cut Cinnamon Cider card stock at 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2-3/4″ and 8-1/4″. Fold those towards the center and run your bone folder over the creases. You want these to fold as flat as you can.

~ Next, cut 2 panels of the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper at 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″. I love this DSP! The patterns and colors are fabulous.

~ Cut Cinnamon Cider card stock at 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 1-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ (cut 1) and 1″ x 2-1/4″ (cut 2).

~ Cut another piece of Whisper White card stock @ 3-3/4″ x 5″. This is for the inside of your card.

Now to stamp!

~ I stamped my images using a variety of ink pads: Shaded Spruce, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. I really think these patterned stamps add just the right amount of “extra”. When you stamp your flowers, make sure you line up your card stock so the image looks cohesive.

~ I also stamped the inside of my card layer (this one has a smudge–I redid it but forgot to take another photo). Don’t forget to personalize your envelope. I tend to stamp the same image and sentiment on the envelope. Stampin Up has these envelopes available for purchase.

Adhere all the layers together, remembering to only put your adhesive on the left half of the completed panel.

I added a bit of ribbon attached with mini glue dot. Ta-da! This card is done.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I just love all of our new fall colors. If you are in the USA, I would love to be your demonstrator.

Have you considered hosting an online party? These are so much fun to do and a great way to earn free products.

Head over to my online store (click the “Shop Now”) button if you are interested in any of these products or send me a message if you want any additional information or if you would like a catalog.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Comfort & Hope Cling Stamp Set (English) [152509] $21.00 Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper [153520] $15.00 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153078] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad [147114] $7.50 Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad [147116] $7.50 Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pad [147088] $7.50 Whisper White Medium Envelopes [107301] $7.50 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00

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Celebrate Sunflowers Card—Throwback Thursday

****I love this stamp set!! This is the first card I made with this set and it made the perfect “just for” card. On another note, this was the first card I made for my very first in-person class and it was a big hit! I miss teaching classes and I am hoping to be back at it soon. The Celebrate Sunflowers is still available to order. Let me know how I can assist you…Colleen

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

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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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Throwback Thursday—-Candy Bar and Gift Card Holder/ Snowman Season

I first made these adorable candy bar and gift card holders last year. They were a big hit with my grandchildren! The Snowman Season stamp set has carried over to the current catalog. This is a super cute set!!

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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