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Ombre Gift Bags and a Latch Fold Birthday Card

I really enjoy giving small gifts and these Ombre Gift Bags are perfect for any occasion! You get 20 bags in a package–4 of each color (Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink and Soft Succulent). My bag is a little crinkled at the top–I used this for my Facebook Live demonstration.

To Make the Gift Bags:

I used Polished Pink ink and the Color & Contour Bundle. Using the flower stamp and Polished Pink ink, I stamped my sentiment on a piece of Basic White cardstock and the flowers on the gift bag. Using a two-step stamping technique, I stamped the outline of the flower and then stamped off once before filling in the flower. This allows for a lighter shade.

Die cut out your flower and sentiment. Adhere ribbon behind your sentiment tag, pop your flower up on some dimensionals, add some bling and this gift bag is done! Isn’t this just a fabulous way to add a personal touch to your gift?!!?

For the Card:

Cut the base of your card (Polished Pink cardstock) at 5-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. Score 2-1/4″ along the long side. Cut another piece of Polished Pink at 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

For your DSP ( I used the 2021-2023 6″ x 6″ In Color DSP), cut one piece at 2″ x 5-1/4″ and another piece at 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″.

Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside layer of your card).

You can watch this YouTube video I did a few weeks ago to see how I made the card. The card in the video was made using the Flowering Cactus set. No worries, the layout is the same. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObcTKS2Gi-Q&t=2s

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Be sure to check out my FB live video: https://fb.watch/627Y1dTu2C/ or YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/xNsOdpwdxM0 to see how this project came together.

If you are interested in any of these products, I have the links below. If you do not have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, let me know. I would be happy to pop one in the mail for you.

I send a thank you note for all orders, but I also include a small gift for all orders over $50.00. The June Host Code is: XBAHVDD6

I hope you enjoyed post. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

Pale Papaya and the Quite Curvy Bundle was used for the card

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Thank You Card Using the Lots of Hearts Bundle

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. I am featuring another retiring bundle–the Lots of Heart Bundle. You can find this on page 15 of the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. The stamps and sentiments are great, but it’s the dies that really make this bundle!!

Here are the dimensions for this card:

Bermuda Bay cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4. This is your card base.

Basic Black at 5-1/4″ x 4″

Basic White 5″ x 3-3/4″. Cut another piece measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″. This is for the inside of your card.

Watch my Facebook Live video to see how easily this comes together: https://fb.watch/5UZyd_R26o/ . If you are not a Facebook person, you can find me on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PRw9raOUXJY. Please hit the Subscribe button! I am working towards my first 50 subscribers!

This was a fun card to make. Let me know if you give it a go.

I love to talk all things crafty, so if you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me a message.

Make sure you check out the Last Chance Product Sale. Some really great sets are marked way down. Follow this link to view sale: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting, Colleen

I made this one using Coastal Cabana. Which color do you like best?

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Last Chance Product Sale

Hello everyone! I want to pop in today to let you know about these Last Chance Products. As always, supplies are limited, so, if there is something you really want, please place your order soon.

June’s Host Code: XBAHVDD6

If you are interested in any of these items and do not have a current demonstrator, follow this link to order: Shop with me: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy shopping, Colleen

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Making a Background with Blending Brushes and The Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set

It is so easy to create your own background using the Stampin’ Up Blending Brushes. These can be found in the Accessories & More section of the annual catalog. I love how simply elegant this card is. Let me tell you how I made it:

Dimensions & Cutting:

Basic Black cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ . This is your card base.

Pale Papaya cardstock at 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Basic White cardstock at 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. Cut another piece at 4″ x 5-1/4″ (this is the inside layer for your note).

Blending, Die-Cutting and More:

Using your Blending Brush and Pale Papaya ink, start making your background. I find it easier to start off the paper and work in a swirly motion. Apply as much or as little ink as you like.

Next, die-cut your sunflower using the Sunflowers Dies and Adhesive Sheets. This is really the best way to get this die-cut to lay flat. If you have not used the Adhesive Sheets yet, you really need to! They are amazing.

Die-Cut the center part of the Sunflower. I used the In Color 6″ x 6″ DSP. My favorite thing about Stampin’ Up is the color coordination.

Stamp your sentiment in the upper right hand corner.

Before you start adhering your layers, wrap a piece of the Pale Papaya ribbon around the Basic White layer.

Let’s Finish Up this Card:

Adhere all of your layers together, add some bling and this card is done!!

If you have ever thought about taking up stamping as a hobby or business, the Join + special can not be beat! And, it ends tomorrow!! No pressure to sell anything or have a business. You can just enjoy the kit and discount for a while. I have an entire blog post about it or follow this link to join: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

To watch a video on how I made another Celebrate Sunflowers card, here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA2cg_xsmmg. Please hit the subscribe button–it really does help!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Have a fabulous day and happy crafting….Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers!!

I love sunflowers and this bundle is fabulous! I used just one main color for this card. I love the monochromatic look. What do you think?

Keep reading to see how easily this card comes together.

Dimensions and Cutting:

Misty Moonlight cardstock: For your card base, cut at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″. Cut another piece at 2-5/8″ x 4″

Basic White cardstock: 2-1/2″ x 3-3/8″. Cut another piece at 4″ x 5-1/4″–this is for the inside of your card.

Using your die-cutting machine and the second largest die in the Scalloped Contours Die set, die-cut a piece of Basic White cardstock

Stamping:

On the front of your card base, using the largest sunflower stamp and Misty Moonlight ink, randomly stamp your image. Next, stamp the left lower corner of your card insert, and the smallest of the Basic White cardstock. Don’t forget to stamp your sentiment and envelope.

Putting the Card Together:

Wrap ribbon around the Basic White layer and make a bow. Adhere all of the layers together, pop up on dimensionals, add some bling and this card is done!! I just love the look of this card.

To watch the FB live video, follow this link: https://fb.watch/5LIkVHsc7l/

I am also on YouTube. Please hit the Subscribe button! I am trying to get to my first 100 subscribers!! Follow this link: https://youtu.be/oA2cg_xsmmg

Have you heard about the Join + special? This is such a great opportunity to start stamping or become a demonstrator (no selling required and you get a discount!). I would love to have you join my team: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I really do love to talk about all things crafty, so send me a message if you have any questions or would like to host a Stampin’ Up! online party (think of all of the fun!).

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Fun Fold and the Biggest Wish Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. Have you seen the Biggest Wish stamp set yet? It is a photopolymer stamp set that has bold, beautiful greetings (I love larger greetings!). It is on page 63 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog if you want to take a peek.

Keep reading if you want to see how easily this card comes together.

Hear are the dimensions and supplies needed to get started:

This is the second of three cards I made using this layout. I combined the Biggest Wish stamp set along with the Butterfly Bijou DSP, and the Timeless Label punch (now retired). The best thing about this fun fold is that you can really use almost any punch or die set you have in your stash.

To see how easily this card comes together, follow this link to my Facebook Live video: https://fb.watch/5HHTXQE31C/

If you are not a FB user and prefer YouTube, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObcTKS2Gi-Q&t=13s. Please hit the Subscribe button–I’m trying to hit that 100 followers!

I stamped my images in Polished Pink. I think it looks so pretty against the Mint Macaron.

Don’t forget to stamp your envelope. It really does add a bit “extra”.

Many thanks to a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Julie Davison, for the card layout!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and are interested in any of these products, follow this link to shop with me: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have you heard about the Join + special? This is such a great opportunity to start stamping or become a demonstrator (no selling required and you get a discount!). I would love to have you join my team: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I really do love to talk about all things crafty, so send me a message if you have any questions or would like to host a Stampin’ Up! online party (think of all of the fun!).

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Expressions In Color Paper Pumpkin

This Paper Pumpkin includes TWO classic Stampin’ Spots, enough elements to create nine cards– and coordinating envelopes–including ink-stained paper pieces, and and exclusive stamp set. It all will come in a cute, colorful, and collectible box!

With the Expressions in Color kit, you can explore and experiment with our 2020-2022 and 2021-2023 In Color collections. Make a splash with awe-inspiring, ink-stained artistry!

Orders must be placed prior to June 10, 2021. Follow this link to order yours: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Fun Fold Using the Flowering Cactus Product Medley

I had so much fun making this card! I did my very first “Stamp With Me” Facebook live video. I posted the dimensions a couple of days before the event so I could stamp with fellow crafters online. I have to give credit to fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator Julie Davison for this card layout!

Here are the dimensions and supplies needed:

For my first card (I made 3), I used the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. I love this set!! If you like this, hurry and order as it retires this June 2021. You can find it on page 9 of the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog.

To see how easily this card comes together, follow this link to my FB video: https://fb.watch/5DQz4NRQjW/. I did make a couple of changes to my tag…I thought the original looked kind of blah. So, I stamped again, then with a sponge dauber and Pear Pizzazz ink, I highlighted the edge of the Basic White tag. I then used three different colors of the twine to make the bow a bit fuller.

You can also find it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObcTKS2Gi-Q. I would really appreciate it if you would hit the subscribe button…Thank you!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Remember, you only have until June 2021 to order the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, please follow this link to shop with me https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have you heard about the Join + special? This is such a great opportunity to start stamping or become a demonstrator (no selling required and you get a discount!). I would love to have you on my team. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I really do love to talk about all things crafty, so send me a message if you have any questions or would like to host a Stampin’ Up! online party (think of all of the fun!).

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting….Colleen

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Quite Curvy and Butterfly Brilliance Bundles Birthday Card

One of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up! is the color coordination and how easily everything comes together. In today’s blog post, I’ve used two completely different stamp sets and dies to create this beautiful card. Although the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle has carried over to the current annual catalog, the Quite Curvy Bundle (found in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog) is retiring in June!!

Keep reading to find out how I made this card.

Cardstock Dimensions:

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

So Saffron: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ DSP: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Basic White: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Cut another piece at 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″. This is for the inside layer of your card

***The Butterfly Bijou and Basic White are slightly bigger than needed. It is easier to trim paper than to cut everything perfectly.

Die-Cutting:

Now for the fun part!! Using your Curvy Dies, die-cut the smaller piece of Basic White cardstock. You will want to leave enough of a gap for that DSP to shine through. Using the Brilliant Wings Dies, die-cut two butterflies using the same DSP. I did use the Adhesive Sheets to make applying this to the card easier. One of these butterflies will go on the inside layer of your card.

Stamping:

Next, stamp your sentiment. One of the great things about these photopolymer stamps is that you can curve them on your block to get the shape desired.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere all of your layers together and trim to fit your So Saffron layer. Remove the adhesive from the butterfly and adhere to your card. Add some bling and this card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Remember, you only have until June 2021 to order this Quite Curvy Bundle. If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please follow links to shop with me https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have you heard about the new Join + special? This is a great opportunity to start stamping and I would love to have you on my team. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I love to talk all things crafty, so send me a message if you have any questions or would like to host a Stampin’ Up! online party.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Quite Curvy Bundle—Thinking of You Makes My Day Card

Who wouldn’t enjoy a “Thinking of You Makes My Day” card?!!? This is just one of the sentiments in the Quite Curvy stamp set. Did you know this set comes in a bundle? It does! That’s I how was able to get these fabulous die cuts. Sadly, this bundle is only available through June 2021 (it retires then). You can find it in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog or in my link below. But, for now, keep reading to find out how I made this card.

Cardstock Dimensions:

Misty Moonlight: 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5-1/2″. This is your card base.

Dandy Garden Designer Series paper at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. I cut this bigger than needed. It is easier to trim paper than to cut everything perfectly. This DSP is only available through June 2021.

Basic White: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Again, this is a little more than necessary. Cut another piece at 4″ x 5-1/4″. This layer is for the inside of your card.

Die-Cutting and the Dragonfly Punch:

Using the Curvy Dies, cut your Basic White cardstock. You will want enough room left in the center of your card to showcase this beautiful DSP. Next, punch out a dragonfly. I punched mine from the DSP, but you can also stamp one. The Dragonfly Garden Bundle (stamp set and punch) are both in the current catalog. Yay!!

Stamping:

Stamp your sentiment. One of the great things about these photopolymer stamps is that you can curve them on your block to get the shape desired.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere all of your layers together and trim to fit your card base. Next, pop that dragonfly up on dimensionals and add some bling. Ta-Da! This card is done.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. If you are interested in any of these products and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please follow links to shop with me: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have you heard about the new Join + special? This is a great opportunity to start stamping. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I love to talk all things crafty, so send me a message if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Quite Curvy Bundle and the new In Colors!!

In all of the excitement with the Stampin’ Up new catalog launch, it is easy to forget that the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog will be coming to an end. Although there are sets that are carrying over, the Quite Curvy bundle is not one of them. I love the wavy finishes and the Curvy Dies are fabulous! This card was so easy to make…keep reading to find out.

First, cut your card base @ 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score @ 4-1/4″ . Since I was using the 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, I chose Evening Evergreen as my card base.

Next, cut a piece of Basic White @ 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. This is a little big–I wanted to be able to get nice, even ends, so I left enough room to trim.

I took all of my In Color scraps, and ran them through my Cut & Emboss Machine using one of the Curvy Dies.

Next, lay them on your Basic White layer. Once you have the pattern of the waves the way you like them, start adhering them with Multi-Purpose glue (or your adhesive of choice). Trim to fit your card base.

Add a sentiment, some ribbon and bling and this card is done! It really does not get any easier than this. This is a great way to use up all of your DSP (don’t we all have a stash!?).

If you are interested in this set, order quickly….it’s will be retiring soon. Stay tuned for the other two cards I have made with this set. I will be sharing those as the week goes on.

Stampin’ Up as an amazing Join + special going on now. If you have ever thought you might like to try stamping, now is the time. Follow this link to join my team: https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Color & Contour Bundle

Who doesn’t love a simple and easy card? I found this layout in Stampin’ Up’s catalog and it was just what I was looking for! Do you get your inspiration from the catalog?

Keep reading to find out how easy this card was to make.

Cardstock and Dimensions:

So Saffron cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5-1/2″. This is your card base.

2021- 2023 In Color DSP @ 4″ x 4-1/4″

Basic White cardstock @ 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and another piece @ 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside layer of card)

Scrap of Basic White for the flower.

Stamping:

Stamp your flower (So Saffron) and sentiment (Tuxedo Memento Black). Now is a good time to also stamp your inside layer and envelope.

Color in your leaves with markers or blends. I used the Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends.

Die-Cutting:

Using the Scalloped Contours Dies, cut out the Basic White layer and your flower.

Follow the picture of the card and adhere all of the layers together. Add some bling and a touch of ribbon and this card is done!! Didn’t I say it was easy?!

Do you have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator? If not and you would like a catalog, please let me know. I also have links you can follow to view the current catalogs if you are more of an online person.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Color & Contour Bundle

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post using the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Bundle. I love this bundle! The Scalloped Contours Dies are amazing. I already have Christmas card ideas swirling through my head using these dies. This is the first of three cards I will be blogging this week showcasing this bundle.

Keep reading if you would like to know how to make this card.

Cutting Dimensions:

Evening Evergreen cardstock @ 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base. You will also need a scrap for your sentiment.

Pale Papaya cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″

Basic White cardstock @ 4″ x 5-1/4″. This is for the inside of your card. You will also need a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece. You will also need a scrap to stamp a flower on.

Stamping:

Here’s the fun part and a two-step stamping process for the flowers. First, using the smaller piece of Basic White cardstock, take your flower stamp and randomly stamp all around your cardstock–you are basically making your own DSP. Next, using Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink and Pale Papaya inks, stamp the inside of your flowers.

Don’t forget to stamp a flower on your scrap piece of Basic White, the inside of your card and your envelope.

Once the ink was dry, I added Wink of Stella to the center of the flowers.

Embossing:

Using VersaMark, stamp your sentiment on your scrap of Evening Evergreen cardstock. Now, heat emboss using the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Die Cutting:

Cut your homemade DSP using the second largest frame and your sentiment using the smallest frame. Next, die cut your flower.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere your layers together popping your sentiment and flower up on dimensionals. Add a bow and some bling.

Doesn’t that Wink of Stella just add the perfect amount of sparkle?

I did do a Facebook Live video demonstrating this technique: https://fb.watch/5l4IWlBJoh/. I’m still a bit new to the video world, so please hang in there with me! Follow my FB business page for the latest Stampin’ Up! news. I also have a YouTube channel if you are not a FB fan.

If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like a catalog, please let me know. I’m happy to send one out to you.

Shop with me at: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

May’s Host Code: CRYZP7P9

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting, Colleen

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Triple Time Technique Birthday Card Using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. This is the third and last card in my series showcasing the Triple Time Technique and the Painted Poppies stamp set. I love how I was able to make three completely different cards using the same stamp set! Can you even believe this card was made using a flowery stamp set?! Keep reading to learn how I made this card.

Dimensions:

Fresh Freesia cardstock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base. You will also need two additional pieces—one @ 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ and one @ 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″

Basic White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (cut two–one is for the inside of your card); 3″ x 4-1/4″; 2″ x 3-1/4″

Stamping:

First, stamp your sentiment. Then, layer your Basic White pieces (with the exception of the inside piece) together using one glue dot per layer. You want to be able to easily take these layers apart while not ripping your paper. Take the “splotchy” stamps and using Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink and Pale Papaya inks, stamp on your layers. What I like best about this design is that the colors can easily be swapped out to make a masculine card!

Putting It All Together:

Start adhering your Basic White to the Fresh Freesia layers. I wrapped the top layer with Pale Papaya ribbon and popped that up on dimensionals. Add whatever bling you like and this card is done!!

I did make a video demonstrating this technique. I am new to videos and it’s definitely a learning curve for me. If you watch it, you will get a good chuckle while I look for the Stampin’ Seal…hahaha. Follow this link to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fp_v1yd2Mc

The new catalog 2021-2022 catalog launched today and all of these products are available to order!!! My May Host Code is: CRYZP7P9

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Check out the New Demonstrator Special going on now. There has never been a better time to join my team. I’ll do another post later this week outlining the details.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!

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Pale Papaya and Painted Poppies Triple Time Technique Hello Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. This is the second card in this week’s series of showcasing the Painted Poppies stamp set and the Triple Time Technique. I love how the Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent inks come together in this card. What do you think?

Keep reading to find out how I made this card.

Cutting:

Basic Black cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″, score @ 5-1/2″. This is your card base.

Pale Papaya cardstock: You will need three pieces. 4″ x 5-1/4″; 2″ x 4-3/4″; 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″

Basic White cardstock: You will need four pieces: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (this is for the inside of your card): 3-3/4″ x 5″; 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″; 2″ x 3″

Stamping:

On the smallest piece of Basic White, stamp your poppy and sentiment. I can not remember what stamp set I picked the “hello” from. Use whatever sentiment you like that fits. Next, put all of your Basic White layers together in the correct layout (use one glue dot per layer—when you separate the layers, you do not want to tear your paper). Now, randomly stamp your flowers and fill them in with Pale Papaya ink ( when filling in, I stamped off once for a lighter tone.). I used the small splotchy stamp and Soft Succulent to fill in the blank spots. You can watch my YouTube video to see how this technique works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fp_v1yd2Mc&t=348s. This is my second YouTube video, so it’s a little rough in spots…watch as I look for the Stampin’ Seal…hahahaha.

Don’t forget to stamp your inside layer and your envelope.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere your Basic White layers to the appropriate Pale Papaya layers. On the smallest layer, wrap a piece of ribbon around the base. Pop that smallest layer up on dimensionals. Add some bling and this card is ready to send off to someone special.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I love the new In Colors and I am so excited for our new catalog launch on May 4th, 2021. If you do not already have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, please send me a message. I would be happy to send one off to you.

Shop with me: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting,

Colleen

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Triple Time Technique and the Painted Poppies Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. The layout for this card is called the Triple Time Technique. It’s an older technique, but a classic. This is my first card in my series of three this week.

I did a Facebook live video demonstrating how I made this card. If you watch the video, you will get a good chuckle while I look for the Stampin’ Seal:) I’ll add the link at the end of this post.

Here are the cutting instructions:

Polished Pink cardstock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ (this is your card base).

Basic Black cardstock: 5-1/4” x 4″; 3″ x 3″; 1-1/2″ x 3″

Basic White cardstock: 5″ x 3-3/4”; 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″; 1-1/4″ x 2-3/4″

Stamping:

Layer your Basic White cardstock using glue dots- one per layer (you are going to want to be able to lift this paper off without tearing). Make sure you have your Basic White aligned correctly. First, stamp your sentiment. Now, using your Painted Poppies stamp set, stamp your poppies in the Polished Pink ink. Using the solid poppy stamp and Polished Pink ink, fill in the poppies. I stamped off once for a lighter color. This is not going to fit in the lines. I know, I know, I struggle with that but it is supposed to be that way!

Layering:

Layer the Basic White layers on top of the Basic Black layers and glue in place. Now, line up the flowers as best as you can and glue all of those layers in place. I popped my sentiment layer up on dimensionals.

The Extras:

I added some Wink of Stella to the inside of the flowers and Basic Rhinestones at the base of the card.

Isn’t this card easy with a big WOW factor?! If you are interested in this stamp set (and do not have another demonstrator), please follow this link to shop with me: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Here’s the FB live video link: https://fb.watch/5aUILY103d/. The part where I look for the Stampin’ Seal is so funny and typical me.

I made the same card using the Soft Succulent cardstock as the base. Which one do you like better? You can use any stamp set you like with this technique.

I used the Soft Succulent for the card base on this one.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Dragonfly Garden Bundle using Fresh Freesia

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. This is the third card I have made this week showcasing the Dragonfly Bundle. Don’t you just love Stampin’ Ups 2021-2023 In Colors?! You might have guessed that the Fresh Freesia is my newest favorite color. Continue reading to find out how I made this card.

Cutting:

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

Basic White cardstock: cut 2 @ 4-1/8 x 5-3/8. One of these will be for inside of your card.

Fresh Freesia cardstock @ 2″ x 5″

Basic White cardstock @ 1-7/8″ x 4-7/8″

You will need two scraps of Basic White and one scrap of Evening Evergreen

Stamping:

Stamp the long flower bouquet in Soft Succulent. Color in the bouquet using the Stampin’ Blends or markers of your choice.

Stamp the sentiment and the dragonfly. For the dragonfly, I first stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Fresh Freesia for the wings.

I didn’t have the DSP I wanted, so I stamped the Basic White with the little dragonflies stamp to create my own.

Die Cutting and Using the Punch:

Punch out the dragonfly. Next, using your Layering Circle Dies, cut out your sentiment and the circle with the scalloped edge.

Let’s Put this Card Together:

Adhere all of your layers together. I popped both the sentiment and dragonfly up on dimensionals. I also added a touch of ribbon and some bling to complete this card.

Isn’t this pretty? What is your favorite In Color? I really like them all, but it is definitely Fresh Freesia for me…at least for today!

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If you are interested in any of these products and don’t already have a demonstrator, please follow this link to shop with me: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858. I’ve shown some of the products used listed below, but can not list them all until the new catalog launches on May 4, 2021. If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I’m happy to put a catalog in the mail for you!

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Dragonfly Garden Bundle Birthday Card

Welcome to today’s blog post. This week I am featuring the Dragonfly Garden Bundle and this is card #2 in my series of 3 cards. This is a simple card but isn’t it pretty? I love the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2023 In Colors and and really tried to incorporate them in this card. Keep reading to learn how easily this card comes together.

Cutting:

Evening Evergreen cardstock @ 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5 1/2″. This is your card base.

Pale Papaya cardstock @ 4″ x 5 1/4″

Basic White @ 4″ x 5 14″. This layer is for the inside of your card.

Stamping and using the Dragonfly Punch:

I used the long flower stamp along with Evening Evergreen ink to create the background on the Pale Papaya cardstock. Can you see the Pale Papaya butterflies? I love the tone on tone look. You could color in this background, but I like the simplicity of it.

Stamp three of the dragonflies using whatever colors you like. I chose: Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Fresh Freesia. Punch these out.

Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Basic White cardstock.

Die Cutting:

Using your layering circle dies, cut out your sentiment and a scalloped circle (I used Evening Evergreen cardstock) to go behind the sentiment.

Let’s finish this card up:

Adhere all of your layers together and pop those dragonflies up on dimensionals. I used the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels to add a little extra pop to the dragonflies and cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Follow me on Facebook to hear about all of the latest Stampin’ Up! news.

April’s Host Code: EV3W9HPB

If you are interested in any of these products, follow links or send me a message! I love hearing from people. Only some of the products are listed below. The new In Color products are not available to order until May 4th, 2021 (new catalog launch). Of course, if you would like to join my team, you can choose these to be part of your new demonstrator kit now.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Dragonfly Garden Bundle

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post showcasing the Dragonfly Garden Bundle. I think this set makes beautiful cards. The Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper is beautiful and makes creating this card so easy. Keep reading to find out how I made this card.

Cutting:

Evening Evergreen @ 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5 1/2″. Cut another piece @ 4 1/4″ x 3″. This is one of Stampin’ Up’s new In Colors. If you don’t have that yet, Mossy Meadow would work well.

Dandy Garden DSP @ 4″ x 5 1/4″

Basic White @ 4″ x 5 1/4″. Cut another piece @ 4″ x 2 3/4″

Stamping:

Using the long flower image, stamp on the smaller piece of Basic White. Using your Stampin’ Blends (coordinating colors of your choice), color in your image.

Stamp your sentiment in the upper right corner.

For the inside of your card (larger piece of Basic White cardstock)- stamp a dragonfly at the bottom left corner.

Don’t forget to stamp your envelope!! I stamped both the sentiment and a dragonfly on mine.

Dragonflies:

Using my DSP and the dragonfly punch, I popped out two of the dragonflies. If you do not have the DSP, just stamp two dragonflies in coordinating colors and punch out. It will look every bit as lovely.

Finishing this card up:

I added a bow made from the twine and placed it at the bottom of the bouquet of flowers. Adhere all of your layers together. Pop you dragonflies up on dimensionals and add some bling.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I have most of the products I used listed in the links below.

I did a Facebook Live video demonstrating how easily this card came together. Follow this link: https://fb.watch/51sXk3SO6V/. It’s a little blurry…must be a slow internet day here!

April’s Host Code: EV3W9HPB

I hope you have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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The Clearance Rack Refresh Sale

Who doesn’t love a sale? The Clearance Rack is set to update at Midnight MT. YAY!!!!

These great buys always seem to go fast, so shop early!

For this month of April, orders over $35.00 will receive a small gift from me. Please use:

Host Code: EV3W9HPB when placing your order with me.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Hello to the New 2021-2023 In Colors

I am so excited to share the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2023 In Colors with you. These really are my colors. Soft, pretty and so easy to use with a variety of stamp sets.

What one is your favorite? I think mine are a toss up between Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink. Although, I can really see that Soft Succulent making itself known when I make my cactus cards.

My preorder is on the way and I can not wait to share all of the wonderful new products with you. If you don’t want to wait, join my team! Not only will you get a remarkable deal on your starter kit ($99 plus tax and you get $125 worth of products and FREE shipping), but you will also receive a 20% discount on your future orders (as long as qualified) and meet so many wonderful stampers along the way. Absolutely no pressure to sell. Follow this link to look at the benefits of joining: http://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I’m so excited to start sharing more fun projects with you. Happy Crafting, Colleen

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The New Catalog is Coming Soon!

WhooHoo!! The new catalog is coming soon (May 4, 2021)! I think this is my favorite catalog to date. So many new and wonderful things to choose from.

Don’t forget to take a peek at the last chance items that are now on sale. Some are marked down 60%!

Let me know how I can help you place an order or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Jar of Flowers Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to today’s post! Is the third time the charm for this card?—hahaha! If you’ve gotten the previous emails, you will know the links were faulty. So, here we go again and thank you for hanging in with this new blogger…I appreciate you!

How great is this stamp set?! Did you know it comes with a punch if you order the bundle? There are also Mason Jar Shaker Domes available to order. They are super cute and easy to use.

Here is a quick overview on how to make this card:

Dimensions:

Misty Moonlight cardstock @ 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score @ 4 1/4″. This is your card base.

Dandy Garden DSP @ 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″

Natural Touch Specialty Paper @ 4 7/8″ x 3 1/8″

Basic White cardstock @ 4 1/8″ x x2 7/8″

Stamping:

Stamp your images and tag. You can follow the YouTube link to see how easily this comes together using the Stamparatus. While you are there, please subscribe to my channel! I’m hoping to get my own channel name soon.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/8vb_8jbABoo

Die Cutting:

Using the Little Treat Box Dies, cut out your tag using a piece of Basic White and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. I think I made up a different name for them in the video..lol…but, this is the one.

Put all of the pieces together, add some ribbon and bling and this card is done!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. You can find this and more on my Pinterest page. Of course, I am always looking for new friends to join my team.

April’s Host Code: EV3W9HPB

Our new catalog launches in May. I am so excited about this and can hardly wait to share all of the fabulous new products with you. There is something for everyone in this catalog. I think it is the best one to date!!

Shop with me link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Once again, thank you for hanging in there with me. Happy crafting, Colleen

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Last Chance Products Sale

With the new catalog arriving soon, it’s time to say good-bye to some of our favorites. It’s always a mixed bag for me. I’m disappointed to see some of my favorites leave the catalog, but then again, always excited to see what’s new. I have been able to see a sneak peek of the new catalog (one of the many perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator) and it is full of wonderful new products.

The products on sale are only available as long as supplies last and have significant mark-downs. If there has been anything you have been wanting, it’s definitely a good idea to check out this list.

I love a sale and know you do too! If interested in taking a look, follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

If you have any questions, please leave me a message and I will get back to you.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting….Colleen

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Candy Gift Box

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post! I have been wanting to make a few gift boxes for both upcoming birthdays and Easter. I found this one on Connie Stewart’s (Simply Simple Stamping) website. Keep reading to learn how I made this easy and super cute candy box. I also did a video showing how easily this comes together–follow links below. I did use Blackberry Bliss in the video, but, forgot to take pictures as I went along. This one is in Daffodil Delight.

Your cardstock should measure 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2 “. Score following the template below.

Now that your cardstock is scored, snip along the short side. Cut your tabs at an angle. This makes for a clean, sharp edge.

Fold the tabs over and glue in place. In the video you will see that I used the Stampin’ Seal. I would recommend the Tear & Tape instead. I just happened to run short of that this week.

For the inside layer of the lid, cut a strip of DSP @ 6 7/8″ x 1 1/4″ . Glue in place

For the outside of the upper lid, cut your DSP @ 1 1/4″ x 10″. Wrap around the top of the lid, fold over the bottom tabs and glue in place.

For the band: cut coordinating cardstock (I used Granny Apple Green) at 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Wrap around the center of your closed box, slip off, glue in place. You want this snug but able to slide on and off with ease.

Stamp your sentiment, and punch out…watch the video to see tips on making the punches work for larger sentiments. I die cut some leaves, attached the tag with ribbon and this project was done.

Isn’t this just a super cute gift? I hope you give it a try. I like to have extra little things in the house to give to those unexpected guests. The most exciting thing—as soon as the video was done, I found that Easter stamp!! Isn’t that always the way…hahaha.

To view on Facebook, follow this link: https://fb.watch/4sLcvMtqK9/

To view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/D7a8IuTKklA

I am new to YouTube!!! I would so appreciate it if you would subscribe to both my FB business page and YouTube.

Of course, if you are interested in placing an order, follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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April Paper Pumpkin

How cute is this Paper Pumpkin kit? I don’t know about you, but I love the colors!! This summer inspired kit includes two full sticker sheets and all supplies needed to make 12 fun shaped cards with matching envelopes. This is the first Paper Pumpkin kit designed with kids in mind! I know I’ll be saving mine to make with my grandchildren. Maybe I’ll have to order two kits…

This kit includes card bases, 2 full sticker sheets, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments and more. The coordinating colors are: Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive and Terracotta.

Subscribe to the April Paper Pumpkin between March 11 and April 10, 2021. Follow this link to order: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting, Colleen

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Timeless Tulips Easter Card

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. I love Easter. Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming and there’s usually candy!

This card is super easy to make and I love the springtime colors. Keep reading if you want to see how I made it.

Dimensions:

Mint Macaron cardstock @ 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″. This is your card base. Cut another piece @ 3 1/8″ x 4 3/4″

Basic White cardstock @ 3″ x 4 1/2″. Cut another piece at 3 1/4″ x 3/4″ (for your tag)

Butterfly Bijou DSP @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Cut another piece @ 3 5/8″ x 3/4″ (for your tag)

Stamping:

Stamp your images using the Timeless Tulips stamp set. I used Mint Macaron and So Saffron.

Die-Cutting:

Die cut a butterfly using the Brilliant Wings Dies and the Butterfly Bijou DSP. Using the Adhesive Sheets sure makes adhering this easier!

Put your card together, add some bling and this project is done!! Isn’t it just lovely?

I did do a Facebook live showcasing this card. Follow the dimensions on this page….I got one wrong on the video. Follow this link: https://fb.watch/4l552DGWKa/

If you are interested in any of these projects, please follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Butterfly Brilliance “Hello” Card

Welcome to today’s blog post! I love this Butterfly Brilliance stamp set. It is a rather large stamp, so having the Stamparatus is certainly helpful. This card has a lot of “wow” for being as simple as it is.

Let’s Make This Card:

Cutting:

Basic Black cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4

Basic White cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Cut 2 —one is for the inside of your card

Stamping:

Using your Stamparatus or a big block, stamp the Basic White cardstock with the Butterfly Brilliance stamp. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Stamp sentiment using So Saffron

Die-Cutting:

Using the largest butterfly in the Brilliant Wings Dies, die cut a piece of the Butterfly Bijou DSP. These dies and the DSP coordinate beautifully.

Coloring:

I colored in the butterflies using these Stampin’ Blends: So Saffron, Magenta Madness, Just Jade and Bermuda Bay. I also used the So Saffron Blend to color the 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (talk about a versatile ribbon!!).

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Wrap your ribbon around the butterfly layer. Now glue this to the Basic Black card base. Pop your die-cut butterfly up on dimensionals (line it up with the large, stamped butterfly). Add some bling and this card is done!!

Sometimes simple cards can be so striking, don’t you think?

If you are interested in any of these products, please follow the “Shop Now” tab or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Butterfly Brilliance Collection Easel Card

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. I love a fun fold and this Easel Card is a super easy one to make! Have you seen the Butterfly Brilliance Collection yet? If not, you absolutely have to take a peek at it. All of the products are fabulous.

I did do a Facebook Live on how to make this card. Please excuse my little dog and his barking at the end of the video. He is a mini Aussie and a rescue. So, he is still learning his manners…hahaha. Follow this link if you would like to watch: https://fb.watch/4d1sRwNRIj/

Let’s Make This Card:

Cutting:

Basic Black cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. Along the long side, score @ 4-1/4″ and 6-1/2″. This is your card base and forms your “easel”

Basic Black cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

Basic White cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″

Butterfly Bijou 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper @ 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″. Cut another piece @ 4-1/8″ x 3/4″

Stamping:

Towards the bottom of the Basic White cardstock, stamp your sentiment.

Die-cutting:

Die cut 2 of the butterflies. For this card, I used a scrap of the Butterfly Bijou DSP and a scrap of vellum. Attach the butterflies together with a mini glue dot.

***These dies are AMAZING and should definitely be on your list***

Let’s Put This Card Together:

I forgot my ribbon while doing my live video, so I layered a very narrow scrap of DSP across the square piece of the DSP. Use what you like. Attach that to the Basic Black square. Adhere that layer to the upside down “V” of your base layer, making sure things are even on the bottom. You want your card to stand up nice and straight.

Next, add the narrow strip of DSP to your Basic White layer (slightly above your sentiment). This is what the “easel” will rest against.

Pop your butterfly up using a mini dimensional and add some bling. This card is now done!!

Isn’t this collection beautiful? I did show the big Butterfly Brilliance stamp in the video along with some other samples. If you are interested in any of this products, please click the “Shop Now” button or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Nothing’s Better Than and CASE-ing the Catalog

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. This card is all about CASE-ing (Copy and Share Everything) from the Stampin’ Up! catalog. I did swap out the colors and DSP. You can find the original in the current annual catalog on page 91.

I was looking for a card to send in a “goodie” box that I am sending my granddaughter and this was exactly what I wanted!! Let me tell you how quickly this card comes together.

Cutting:

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 @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Basic White cardstock @ 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Stamping:

This is a two-step stamp photopolymer stamp set. I first stamped the outline of the chocolate chip cookie in Early Espresso. The inside of the cookie is stamped using Crumb Cake. I stamped the Crumb Cake off once for a lighter look on some of the cookies.

*The photopolymer stamps make this two-step stamping process so easy.

Die Cutting:

Using the Love You More Than dies, cut your cookies out.

Using Early Espresso cardstock and the Adhesive Sheets, cut out your sentiment. I like to use the adhesive sheets for this–it makes adhering the words to your card so much easier and cleaner!

Punch out a heart in Petal Pink. I have the Heart Punch Pack, but I think any heart die or punch you have will work.

Follow the design, pop two of the cookies up on dimensionals, add some bling and this card is done!! Isn’t it cute? I know my granddaughter will love getting this in her “goodie” box full of sweet treats.

If you are interested in any of these products, please click on the “Shop Now” tab or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have you ever considered becoming a demonstrator? If only for the 20% discount? If so, I would love to have you on my team!! Follow this link to join: http://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2195858

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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“Nothing’s Better Than” Birthday Card

Welcome to today’s blog post! Isn’t this a fun birthday card? I used the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set and the Love You More Than Dies. This bundle has a bit of a retro look and is just fabulous! I was cruising through Pinterest and saw a design very similar to this. Pinterest always seems to spark my creativity!

Let me tell you how I made this card…it’s so easy.

Cutting:

Basic White Thick cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″. This is your card base

Basic White cardstock: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Stamping:

Stamp your sentiment on the upper left corner of your Basic White layer. Next, stamp your glasses in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (I stamped on scraps of white cardstock I had in my stash). For your second stamping step, fill in those glasses. The inks I used: Bermuda Bay, So Saffron and Calypso Coral. For the darker colors, I stamped off once on a piece of scrap paper before applying to my image. Using one of my blender pens and the ink pads, I darkened the bases and filled in the tops of the glasses. Don’t forget to fill in the lime/ lemon wedges and the umbrellas!

I used a Blending Brush and my Bermuda Bay ink to add a bit of color to the background.

I flicked a bit more of color onto the cardstock using my Stampin Blends. It looks a bit like confetti.

Die Cutting and Embossing:

Using your die cutting machine, cut out your glasses. Don’t they look festive? Next, run the Basic White layer through your machine using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. This seems to be my “go-to” embossing folder. If you don’t have it, put it on your list!

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere your Basic White layer to the card base. Next, glue your glasses in place, popping at least one up on dimensionals. Next, add some bling and this card is done!

Not only is this card colorful and fun, but easy to mail!

If you are interested in any of these products, please let me know or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858. Please use the Host Code for orders under $150.00

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I hope your enjoyed today’s blog post. Happy crafting, Colleen

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The Butterfly Bouquet Is Now Available!!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. My Butterfly Brilliance Collection just arrived and it is simply beautiful. It is now available for you to order through May 3, 2021.

You do not have to order the entire collection to enjoy this stamp set—-you can order each of the products individually. Although, at the very least, I would recommend the bundle. Those Brilliant Wings Dies are amazing!

I can not wait to show you some of the cards I have been working on–stay tuned!!

If you are interested in any of these products, please click the “Shop Now” tab or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

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A Touch Of Ink Thank You Card

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post. This card is made with two of the Sale-A-Bration items (which ends on February 28, 2021). I paired the A Touch of Ink stamp set with the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper. This is one of my customer appreciation Thank You cards. I think the colors are so soft and pretty.

Cutting:

Basic Black cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ . Score @ 4-1/4″. Cut another piece of Basic Black @ 4-1/8″ x 3/4″

Oh So Ombre DSP @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Cut another piece of the Oh So Ombre @ 4-1/8″ x 1-1/8″

Stamping:

Stamp your butterfly with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I used Rococo Rose ink for the wings of the butterfly (I stamped off once on scrap paper for a lighter color).

Coloring:

Using my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend marker, I colored in the tips of the wings. I took a Light Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blend and flicked those dots on the Basic White paper around the butterfly. (I do show how to do this in my video–see link below).

Embossing:

I embossed the “Thank you so much” with Shimmer White Embossing Powder. I love how it looks against the Basic Black cardstock.

Die Cutting:

Die cut the circles using the Layering Circles Dies. I used some more of the Oh So Ombre DSP for the larger, scalloped circle. If you have punches available, you could also use those.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Adhere all of your layers together and add some bling and a touch of ribbon. I did pop the butterfly layer up on some dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Here is the link to the FB live video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=428139585071142.

Please send me a message if you are interested in any of these products. You can also follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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One (!!!) week left of Sale-A-Bration

This has sure been a fast couple of months!! Have you been able to get all of those fabulous Sale-A-Bration items you wanted? I might have gone a little overboard…hahaha.

If you would like to place an order, let me know how I can help or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

Happy crafting, Colleen

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A Touch of Ink

Hello and welcome to today’s card! This card is made with the A Touch of Ink stamp set. This is a two-step stamp set and it is beautiful. This set is only available during Sale-A-Bration (which ends at the end of this month) with a qualifying order of $100. Keep reading to find out how to make this card. I also did a Facebook live video demonstrating how easily this card comes together. I will post the link at the end of this post.

Cutting your cardstock:

Basic Black: cut 1 @ 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 2-3/4″ and 8-1/4″

Basic Black: cut 1 @ 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″

Granny Apple Green: cut 3 @ 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″

Oh So Ombre DSP: cut 2 @ 4″ x 2-1/2″

Whisper or Basic White: cut 1 @ 2-1/2″ x 4″

Stamping:

Start with your Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and stamp the flowery image in the corner. Using Rococo Rose, fill in your image with the coordinating stamp.

Now for that gorgeous hummingbird! Stamp the outline in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then stamp the body with Daffodil Delight. I stamped the Daffodil Delight off once on scrap paper for a lighter image.

Coloring:

Color in the hummingbird in the colors you like. I chose Light Rococo Rose, Granny Apple Green and Light Pool Party. I don’t have the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, so instead, I used a block, my ink pad and a Blender Pen. Watch the video to see how this was done.

I added a hint of Wink of Stella to the feathers…just enough for a little sparkle.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

First, fold your scored pieces of the Basic Black cardstock towards the center and starting layering–first with the Granny Apple Green cardstock and then the Oh So Ombre DSP.

Next, put the center piece together in this order: Basic Black, Granny Apple Green and your White with the stamped images.

With only putting glue on the left side of the center piece, adhere in place. Next, add your bling and this card is done!! Didn’t I say this would be easy?

Don’t forget your envelope!

The Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper is another Sale-A-Bration item and is yours FREE with a $50.00 purchase. This has got to be one of my favorite DSPs up to date.

Sale-A-Bration ends at the end of this month–February 28, 2021.

Here is the link to my FB live video: https://fb.watch/3KFJ7sPB9b/. I’m not quite yet ready for YouTube, but hope to get there soon!!

If you are interested in any of these products, please shop with me. You can follow the “Shop Now” button or follow this link: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2195858

I hope you enjoyed today’s post– I sure had fun making this card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen


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Pattern Play and Approaching Perfection Birthday card

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post! This birthday card is for a special little girl that LOVES rainbows and all the colors. This card was super easy and very fun to make.

No real tutorial today, but here is how I made the letters and numbers: using your blends or markers, run streaks of color across a scrap of Basic White cardstock. Attach that scrap to a piece of the Foam Adhesive Sheets (I love these!!). Using your die cutting machine and the Playful Alphabet Dies, cut your letters/ numbers out.

For the candles: use your markers (or Blender pens and ink—do NOT use your Stampin’ Blends) and apply your ink directly to the stamp. That is the very best way to get different colors on one stamp.

I have links to most of the products I used below. The Approaching Perfection stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration item and can be earned with a $50.00 purchase. Sale-A-Bration is coming to a close at the end of this month…yikes! It sure has been a fast couple of months.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad
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$6.50

Call Me Clover Stampin' Pad

Call Me Clover Stampin’ Pad
[147139]
$7.50

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Last Day to Order the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit provides enough supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. This soft, sympathetic kit includes patterned card bases, die-cut floral elements, ribbon, embellishments, and more!

The kit’s exclusive Bouquet of Hope Stamp Set features supportive sentiments centered around comfort, care, hope, and love. Such a versatile stamp set can be used throughout the year!

Coordinating colors for this kit are: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, and Rococo Rose. This kit also coordinates with the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper, an exclusive Sale-A-Bration item.

Please follow link if you are interested in ordering this kit today.

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

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting, Colleen

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It’s National Send A Friend A Card Day!

Today is National Send A Friend A Card Day! I think all the days are good days to let friends know you are thinking of them😀

What are you working on today? I’ll be making one of my grandchildren’s birthday card. It will be all about rainbows with lots of color! I love being able to send my handmade cards out.

Enjoy today and happy crafting! Colleen

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Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper Desk Caddy

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post! This was a fun project to make. I did a Facebook live video demonstrating how easily this comes together (see link below). To be honest, this is my craziest video yet…hahaha. No internet access, dogs barking and me not be able to measure anything right the first time. So, I laughed my way through it all…just me keeping it real:)

I did use my Simply Scored Scoring Tool, but our Paper Trimmer also has a scoring blade.

To make the boxes:

For the larger box:

Cut Night of Navy cardstock @ 8-1/4” x 6-1/2”. On the short side, score at 1″ and 5-1/2”. On the long side, score at 3″ x 4″. Using your bone folder, 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 Paper Blooms DSP @ 4/14″ x 4″ (cut 1) and 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (cut 2). This DSP is available during Sale-A-Bration. Isn’t it lovely?

Use Tear & Tape (or the adhesive of your choice), place on the inside of the tab and lower fold. Fold up, adhering the tab first, then the outside piece to form your pocket.

Add your DSP to the inside and outside side panels. I used multi-purpose liquid glue for this.

Dimensions for the medium box:

Cut card stock at 6” x 5″. Score the short side @ 1″ and 4″ and the long side @ 3″ x 4″.

Cut DSP @ 2-3/4″ 2-3/4″ (inside panel), 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (front panel) and 1-3/4″ x 3/4″ (side panel).

Follow same directions as large box for assembly.

Dimensions for the small box:

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 and inside panel) at 1” x 1-3/4” (cut 2) and at 1-3/4” x 3/4” (cut 1 for the side).

Follow same steps as above for assembly.

Glue your DSP to the front of the boxes and then the sides. Next, using Tear & Tape, adhere the two smaller boxes together at the center and then adhere to the larger box. They do not line up evenly on the edges. Again, that Tear & Tape has great holding power!

To finish, I wrapped a ribbon around the boxes. Using the Dragonfly Punch, I punched out a dragonfly from the Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. I added one Champagne Rhinestone for a little extra!

Here is a link to the Facebook live:https://fb.watch/3uNlPlEzo8/ I’m a bit of a hot mess and someday this will be one for the Blooper Reel…hahaha.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I really enjoyed making it! If you are interested in any of these products, please go the the “Shop Now” link.

I do post upcoming specials, gift with purchase information and Stampin’ Up! news on my Facebook Business page. Please follow link below and “like” my page.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting…Colleen

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Darling Donkeys and the Many Hearts Dies

Hello and welcome to today’s card. I was organizing my paper stash and found an entire stack of Blackberry Bliss cardstock! Not only was I excited to find this, I was really happy that this is one of the coordinating colors for the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper.

I am using two of Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration products in this card: The Darling Donkeys stamp set and the Oh So Ombre DSP. With a $50.00 purchase, you can choose one of these products for FREE. If you are interested, I do have a link to the catalogs in my Menu section. Keep reading for instructions on how to make this card.

Stamping and Coloring:

I stamped my donkey image using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color in the donkey using Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. Using a Blender Brush and Old Olive ink, blend in below the donkey. This helps to ground your image. I did make a mask (stamp your image on scrap paper, fussy cut and lay over your stamped image) so I could get the color around the donkey’s legs.

I stamped my sentiment directly on the DSP–see below for measurements.

Cutting :

Blackberry Bliss cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5-1/5. This is your card base.

Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Basic White cardstock @ 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. This is for the inside of your card.

Die-Cutting:

I love the Many Hearts Dies. There are so many beautiful dies to choose from. I cut around the donkey using the biggest heart die with the scalloped edges. I then cut two more hearts from the Love You Always Foil Sheets. These foils are stunning!

Die-cut the butterfly using the Oh So Ombre DSP.

***To make the foil cut-outs adhere easily, I used adhesive sheets***

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Place a strip of ribbon about halfway down on the Oh So Ombre layer and glue to the back (some folks use Scotch Tape to hold the ribbon in place). Next, peel off the back layer on the adhesive sheet on your hearts, and stick in place.

Using dimensionals, pop up the big heart with your image. I used a mini dimensional to pop the butterfly up. Add your bling and this card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I think these donkeys are just the cutest! If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my online store. I do send a handmade Thank You card and a small gift for all orders over $50.00.

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Darling Donkeys Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card using the Darling Donkeys stamp set. This is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and is FREE with a $50.00 purchase. Isn’t it the cutest?! I paired this stamp set with the Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper. I really do love the patterns on this paper–they are bright and fun.

I did a Facebook Live making this card. I’ll add the link at the end. Unfortunately, the card base dimensions are wrong on the video. Follow the directions below.

Cutting:

Night of Navy cardstock @ 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score @ 5-1/2″

Basic (or Whisper) White cardstock: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

Playing with Patterns DSP: 1 panel @ 3 x 4-1/2″; 1 panel @ 2-1/2 x 3-1/2″. Cut the strip for the flag @ 1/2″ x 3″. Square @ 1″ x 1. Choose the patterns/ colors you like! You cannot go wrong.

Die Cutting:

Using the Layering Circles, cut one in Basic White and another in Night of Navy.

Stamping:

Stamp the Donkey using your Smoky Slate ink pad and then color in using your Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake blends. Ground your image with a bit of Old Olive for the grass (I used my Blender Brushes to add the Old Olive).

Stamp your sentiment.

Stamp the star pattern in the corners.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

Glue everything in place using the adhesive of your choice. Next, add a ribbon and the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots (don’t those remind you of the sugary candy we ate as kids???). This card is done!!

Sale-A-Bration continues until February 28, 2021. If you have ever thought about becoming a demonstrator, now is the perfect time. You can build your Starter Kit by choosing $125 worth of products for just $99. If you do join during Sale-A-Bration, you will get an assortment of FIVE 6″ x 6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Paper. Just click the Join My Team button to get started.

Facebook Live link:

https://fb.watch/3j9bBIKCph/

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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.

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

Happy crafting…Colleen

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Flowers For Every Season Gate Fold Card

Hello! Today’s card features the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. This set can be found on page 13 of the 2020- 2021 catalog. I have a field of sunflowers behind our home and I love watching them sway in the wind. One of my daughters has always called these “happy flowers”. Isn’t that the best description?

I made two of these cards. One in Just Jade and one using Basic Black.

Let’s get started:

~ Cut a piece of Just Jade card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score each end at 2-1/8″. Fold those panels towards the center. This is what we call a gate fold.

~ Cut a piece of Bumblebee card stock 1″ x 10″. This is for the band that goes around your card.

~ Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4 inch. This is the inside layer of your card.

~ Next, cut 2 pieces (2″ x 5-3/8″) each from the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper. Adhere these to the front panel of your card. (I am showing two styles of DSP since I made two cards).

~ Stamp and color your images. I stamped one flower with Cinnamon Cider and one with Crumb Cake. I used light and dark Daffodil Delight and Cinnamon Cider Stampin Blends to color in my sunflowers. I used Old Olive ink and a blender pen for the leaves.

~ Using the Sunflower Dies and your Die cutting machine, cut your flowers out.

~ Tightly wrap the Bumblebee card stock you cut for the band around your card and glue overlapped ends together. I also adhered some of my ribbon to this piece. Pop your sunflower up on dimensionals over that seam. I added some Wink of Stella and bling to the center of my flowers to give it a bit of sparkle. The Flowers For Every Season Combo Ribbon Pack is gorgeous, so I tucked a bit under the sunflower.

~ The Flowers For Every Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes comes with these fabulous stickers. This is the inside of your card.

~ The card set also includes these wonderful sentiment cards. I can’t wait to send them along in my card as a little something extra.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are in the United States and would like to place an order, please visit my online 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 include a small gift.

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (English) [154065] $51.25 Just Jade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153079] $8.75 Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [121045] $8.75