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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Throwback Thursday—Little Ladybug Gate Fold Card

The moment I saw the Flowers For Every Season designer series paper, I knew I had to pair it with the Little Ladybug stamp set. This card comes together so quickly and is just delightful! I know this set is retired, but I think the Zany Zebras set on page 104 of the current catalog would be just as cute! Just think of the fun designer series paper you could use for that–I’m thinking animal or jungle prints.

Card recipe:

Cutting using Paper Trimmer:

~ Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score each end at 2-1/8″. Fold those panels towards the center. This becomes your gate fold.

~ Cut another piece of Basic Black card stock at 1″ x 10″. This is for the band that goes around your card. Cut another piece for your tag at 2-7/8″ x 1-1/8″.

~ Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 2-3/4″ x 1″

~ Cut two pieces of the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5-3/8″. Adhere these to the front panels of your card.

Stamping:

~ Stamp the Ladybug of your choice using Stazon ink on a piece of Whisper White. You will be using a circle die or punch, so leave enough of a border around your image. I colored the Ladybug using different colors of blends: Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Petal Pink. I used the Basic Black marker to fill in part of the body.

~ Stamp your sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Die cutting:

~ Cut two (one in Basic Black and one in Bumblebee card stock) using the Painted Labels Dies . I love the swirly look to these!

~ Using your Layering Circle Dies, cut out your ladybug. These dies have been one of my best purchases and can be found on page 181 of the current catalog. If you are a punch person, use the appropriate one.

Putting your card together:

~ Tightly wrap your band around the card, overlap and glue the ends (may need to trim). This needs to be snug so your card lays flat.

~ Adhere your circles together. You will notice I offset the Bumblebee and Basic Black. Next, attach the Ladybug image using multi purpose glue. Glue this assembled piece over the seam on band.

~ When you adhere your tag, only glue it to the left side. I can not tell you how many cards I have ruined by getting carried away with the glue—hahaha.

~ Add some bling and this card is done!!

I hope your enjoyed today’s card. If you are in the USA, I would love to be your demonstrator!

Have you considered hosting an online party? Those are fun 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 to send me a message if you would like a catalog.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Little Ladybug Host Cling Stamp Set (English) [152384] $0.00 Zany Zebras Cling Stamp Set [152536] $19.00 Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [121045] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Flowers For Every Season 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [152486] $11.50 Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad [147050] $7.50 Petal Pink Light Stampin’ Blends Marker [146866] $4.50 Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [144603] $9.00 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker [100082] $3.00 Painted Labels Dies [151605] $35.00 Layering Circles Dies [141705] $35.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Woven Threads Sequin Assortment [149498] $5.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Little Ladybug Host Cling Stamp Set (English) [152384] $0.00

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Peace & Joy Bundle

TH August Monthly Focus - Peace and Joy
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Have you started working on your Holiday cards yet? I know I have been busy on all the holiday projects. In fact, I may have a few too many in the works…

The Peace & Joy Bundle can be found on page 18 of the 2020 mini catalog. The Joy dies create beautiful custom accents (9 dies included with this bundle). What I like most about this set is the simplicity and elegance of these cards (photo taken from the Stampin’ Up website). If you like all the extras, wouldn’t some of the Glimmer paper or Brushed Metallic cardstock be fabulous? Of course, what would a Holiday card be without the accents and embellishments?!

If you are interested in any of these products, please check out 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.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Peace & Joy Bundle [155167] $45.00 Brushed Metallic Cardstock [153524] $15.00 Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper [153513] $5.00 Adhesive-Backed Snowflakes [153545] $6.00 Jingle Bells [149598] $5.00

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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 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Flowers For Every Season Memories & More Card Pack [153058] $11.00 Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack [153620] $10.00 Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad [147116] $7.50 Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad [153114] $7.50 Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [144603] $9.00 Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00 Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels [151193] $6.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00

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Christmas Countdown Project Kit

My completed project

*****This is a repeat post from last year. This Christmas Countdown Kit was a BIG hit with my granddaughter and is a returning favorite in the current Mini Catalog. Our little miss absolutely loved all of the little goodies I filled it with. I’ve edited the post to include correct catalog pages****

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

This kit can be found on page 6 of the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog and includes: supplies to create 25 mini boxes, a sturdy outer box to hold them and die-cut accents and stickers (I had extra). It also comes with an instruction booklet (with pictures) to help get you started. Coordinating colors are: Cherry Cobbler, Early Expresso Nd Mossy Meadow. I did order the Christmas Countdown stamp set, although this kit could be easily assembled (and be just as nice) with-out it. **Stamp set, ink and adhesives are not included with this kit and must be purchased seperately**

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

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

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

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

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

As Always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Jar Of Flowers Gate Fold Card

Hello! Today I am sharing a Gate Fold card showcasing the Jar Of Flowers and the Comfort & Hope stamp sets. This Jar Of Flowers set is part of the Flowers for Every Season Suite (page 10 in the current catalog). It can also be purchased separately or in a bundle (includes punch) found on page 12 in the 2020- 2021 catalog.

Let’s cut some wpaper:

~Cut Bumble Bee card stock at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and score at 2-3/4″ x 8-1/4″

~Cut Misty Moonlight card stock at 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4

~I used one of the card pack pieces to create the panel layers. Cut at 2-1/2″ x 4″ (cut 2). This was an afterthought, so these are not pictured.

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

~ Cut Whisper White card stock @3-3/4″ x 5″

Stamping and coloring with Stampin’ Blends:

~First, stamp your sentiments using Stazon ink. The sentiments I am using are from the Comfort & Hope stamp set. Remember to clean your stamps as soon as possible after using Stazon. It is a difficult ink to remove (you will find Stazon Cleaner on page 163 in the current catalog).

~Stamp your images in Cinnamon Cider ink.

~Now, grab your Stampin’ Blends to start coloring. I used a combination of Daffodil Delight, Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Flirty Flamingo. If you do not have the Stampin’ Blends, use what you have. Markers, blender pens and ink pads or watercolor pencils will all do the job.

~I added a hint of Wink of Stella to the center of my sunflowers. It is difficult to see in the photo, but it gives just the right amount of sparkle.

Let’s put this card together:

~Line your stamped images up on the Misty Moonlight card stock. Try to align them so you have even borders. Once this looks good, glue them to the card stock. I like the Multi Purpose glue, but use the adhesive of your choice.

~Glue the card pack pieces to the Bumble Bee card base. I like how the Misty Moonlight looks against the Bumble Bee card stock.

~Next, glue this Misty Moonlight piece to the front of the Bumble Bee card stock. Only glue half of this card stock down on the left panel. I have been known to glue a card or two shut …hahaha.

~Using the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels, add your bling. I like to place my bling in a triangle pattern. I added a scrap of ribbon for a little “extra”.

Don’t forget the inside:

~The suite comes with a card pack which includes these fabulous stickers! This really completes the inside of the card and leaves plenty of room for a handwritten note.

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. For orders over $25.00, I send a complimentary catalog (if requested) and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00 I also add a small gift from me!

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

***Many thanks to Connie Stewart from Simply Simple Stamping for the layout and dimensions***

Product List
Jar Of Flowers Photopolymer Stamp Set [152515] $23.00 Comfort & Hope Cling Stamp Set (English) [152509] $21.00 Flowers For Every Season Memories & More Card Pack [153058] $11.00 Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] $8.75 Misty Moonlight 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153081] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [144603] $9.00 Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [153105] $9.00 Just Jade Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [153107] $9.00 Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [147278] $9.00 Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad [101406] $10.00 Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad [153114] $7.50 Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels [151193] $6.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00

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Changes Happening Tomorrow

Hello! Just popping in to let you all know that the online store is changing. This store should be easier to navigate and to find what you are looking for. If you have ordered with me before and have an account set up, you will need to enter your password. Any saved passwords will not transfer over.

Also—the new Mini Catalog goes live tomorrow. I’ve taken a look at this catalog and I think you will love all of the Holiday items!!

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

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Nothing’s Better Than and Mini Pizza Box

Do you ever need a quick yet thoughtful gift? These Mini Pizza Boxes are perfect for any occasion. You can find them on Page 152 in the 2020-2021 catalog. I’m showcasing the Whisper White, but these little boxes also come in Gold.

Let’s Get Started:

The box has all the score lines in place. Just fold it together.

Cut all of your card stock. I used Poppy Parade and Neutrals Designer Series Paper.

~Poppy Parade Card Stock: cut 1 piece at 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″. Cut 4 pieces at 3-3/8″ x 7/8″.

~Neutrals Designer Series Paper: cut 1 piece at 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. Cut 4 pieces at 3-1/4″ x 3/4″.

Adhere all of your pieces together and glue to your box. I like to use the Liquid Multi Purpose Glue. Stampin! Up offers a variety of adhesives and we all have our favorites…

Tag:

~I created the tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper. The width is 2″ for the Poppy Parade and 1-7/8″ for the Whisper White. I can not remember the length. I cut it to fit my sentiments.

~Stamp your images using the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set/ bundle. I chose the Poppy Parade and Cinnamon Cider inks. When filling in your chocolates, stamp off once for a lighter image. You will notice I did one set of the chocolates using the dies and popped those up on dimensionals.

~Add some of the Champagne Basic Rhinestone Jewels. I like to place my bling in a triangle pattern.

Add your candy. These mini candy bars happen to be my father-in-law’s favorite. Please excuse the wrinkled paper–it came out of an old Paper Pumpkin box and that’s what I have in the house.

Attach your tag to the box. I did not have the correct shade of red, so I used the light Poppy Parade Blender pen to color on the 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. I think that is my most favorite thing about this ribbon–you can make it the color you need!

Ta-Da!! This project is done and ready for delivery. I know my sweet father-in-law will enjoy this small gift. If you are in the United States and are interested in any of these products, please head over to my online store by clicking “Shop Now”. I do send a complimentary catalog (if requested) with orders over $25.00 and a handmade Thank You card. For orders over $50.00, I also add a small gift.

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

Product List
Nothing’s Better Than Bundle [154061] $46.75 Mini Pizza Boxes [152836] $0.00 Scalloped Tag Topper Punch [133324] $23.00 Poppy Parade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [119793] $8.75 Neutrals 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [152485] $11.50 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad [147050] $7.50 Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad [153114] $7.50 Whisper White 1/4″ (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon [151326] $7.50 Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels [151193] $6.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00

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The Gang’s All Meer—Throwback Thursday

Today’s card is a throwback to The Gang’s All Meer. This set is from a previous Sale-A-Bration. I needed two birthday cards and these came together quickly. Aren’t they cute? Now, for the card recipe:

Card Stock:

~Cut Cinnamon Cider card stock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″. This is your card base. Cut another piece at 4″ x 1-1/2″.

~Cut Old Olive card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Stamping:

~ Using Old Olive ink and the cactus stamp, randomly stamp your image on the Old Olive card stock. I love the tone on tone look. Doesn’t this make a great background?

~ Using Stazon ink, stamp your meer cats on the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. If you have not tried this paper out, you really should. It is wonderful for blending colors together and truly designed for water coloring. This is a good time to grab your blends (Crumb Cake light and dark) and fill in your meer cats. I used a little Old Olive ink to “ground” the image.

~ Also using Stazon ink, stamp the sentiment of your choice.

~ Stamp the party hats in the colors of your choice. I randomly grabbed 3 different colors from the shelf.

Dies Using Cutting Machine:

~ Using The Layering Squares Dies, cut your meer cats to fit. Using the next size up scalloped edged die, cut a piece of vellum. I really like the how the vellum looks. It adds a little something without adding color.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

~Glue the image on the water color paper to the vellum. Place your party hats atop their heads with glue dots. Put all layers together and pop that squared image up using dimensionals. Add some bling and this card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. It was fun to revisit this stamp set. If you are in the United States and are interested in any of these products, please visit my on-line store. I know this set is no longer available, but there are some adorable animal sets that would work in the current catalog. Take a peek and let me know what you think.

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.

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

Product List
The Gang’s All Meer Cling Stamp Set (English) [152294] $0.00 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153078] $8.75 Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100702] $8.75 Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper [149612] $9.00 Vellum 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [101856] $10.00 Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad [101406] $10.00 Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill [100531] $3.75 Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [144601] $9.00 Layering Squares Dies [151772] $35.00 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00 Paper Snips [103579] $10.00

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Nothing’s Better Than Card

Hello! Last week I did a blog post on bundles (they really do make it so easy to create ). Today’s card features the Nothing’s Better Than bundle. You can find this bundle on page 91 of the 2020-2021 catalog. I just love the retro look to these cups. I thought it would be fun to make this card using this years In-Colors. What do you think? This stamp set also features cocktails and cookies!! A little something for everyone. Onto the card recipe:

Cutting:

~Cinnamon Cider card stock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″ . This is your base layer.

~Just Jade card stock @ 4″ x 5-1/4″.

~ Whisper White card stock @ 3-3/4″ x 5″.

Stamping:

~ This is a two- step stamping process. Start by stamping these cute little cups in Cinnamon Cider ink.

~ Next, fill your cups in using Bumble Bee, Just Jade and Magenta Madness ink pads. (Don’t forget to clean your stamp in between switching colors. Work from lightest to darkest ink). I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper before applying to my image since I wanted a lighter shade. I was wondering how the Magenta Madness would work out and turned out to be my favorite!

~Use the little star to complete the background.

Die Cuts:

~I used the “love you more than coffee” dies. I started with Cinnamon Cider card stock, but it just did not “pop” enough. So, I also die cut the words using Basic Black card stock. Using a toothpick and multi-purpose glue, I adhered the die cuts together to create a shadow effect.

Let’s Put This Card Together:

~Before I glued my sentiments in place, I tried multiple different lay-outs on this card. Using the multi-purpose glue sparingly, I adhered my sentiments.

~I wrapped some ribbon at the bottom (I found this ribbon in an old Paper Pumpkin kit) and added some bling. Attach your Whisper White layer to the Just Jade layer with the adhesive of your choice. Now adhere to your Cinnamon Cider base layer.

I hope your 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 add a small gift.

I recently added a “Join My Team” tab to the menu.

Don’t forget that the new mini catalog is about to launch very soon!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Nothing’s Better Than Bundle [154061] $46.75 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153078] $8.75 Just Jade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [153079] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad [153114] $7.50 Just Jade Classic Stampin’ Pad [153115] $7.50 Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Pad [153116] $7.50 Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Pad [153117] $7.50 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00

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Have a Crafty Saturday!

I found this on Pinterest and it pretty much sums up my mood lately. Between quilling, Stampin Up and cross stitching a Christmas stocking for my grandson, I am managing to pass the time.

As much as I enjoy crafting, I am looking forward to the day when we can once again gather in large groups, have pot lucks and complain about being busy…haha. In the meantime, I am going to continue to send cheery cards/ notes to friends and family members. What better time than now to pick up a pen pal or two and brighten someone’s day. Stampin Up offers some fabulous card kits that assemble quickly, are fun to do and come with everything you need to complete your project. Check out my on-line store if interested in taking a peek.

What are all of you working on lately?

As always, happy crafting! Colleen

Product List
Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit (English) [153128] $32.00 Looking Up Card Kit [149651] $27.00 Gorgeous Posies Project Kit [153131] $32.00

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Bundles!

I love bundles! Let me tell you why. Bundles come with a built in discount (generally speaking 10%), they show off Stampin Up’s awesome product coordination and they make creating fun, beautiful cards/ projects so easy.

I just ordered the Nothing is Better Than bundle and I am anxiously awaiting the UPS driver to roll down the driveway. I don’t know about you, but these shelter in place/ quarantine times have me needing all the things: coffee, cookies and cocktails…hahaha. As soon as it arrives, I will get to work and share some projects with you. I always include card recipes that are easy to follow along with.

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

Don’t forget that the new mini catalog is available very soon!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Nothing’s Better Than Bundle [154061] $46.75

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Painted Poppies

Today’s card features the Painted Poppies stamp set. I’ve made this card before, but, this time I wanted to try it with the Poppy Parade colors. I absolutely love vibrant colors and this one fits the bill!

To start, let’s cut some card stock:

~ Poppy Parade cardstock at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” then score at 4-1/4”.

~ 3 squares of Poppy Parade at 1-9/16” x 1-9/16”. (Connie Stewart at Simply Simple Stamping has an excellent tutorial on how to read a ruler).

~ Whisper White cardstock at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”.

~ 3 squares of Whisper White cardstock into squares measuring 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2 inch.

~ Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper a 1″ x 4-1/8″. I used the Peaceful Poppies DSP (retired). There are wonderful new options in the current catalog.

~ Die cutting machine:

~ Run your Whisper White cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8 piece) through your die cutting machine using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. You could skip this step, although I do like a bit of texture to my cards.

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

~ Now to stamp!

~ Stamp images in Poppy Parade. I love that speckled pattern using the Old Olive ink at the base of the flowers. I colored in the stems and leaf using Old Olive ink and the flowers using the Dark and Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I think these colors added a nice, soft look.

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

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

Don’t forget that the new mini catalog is available very soon!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Product List
Painted Poppies Cling Stamp Set [151599] $23.00 Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [154893] $9.00
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Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Every now and then I like to showcase a product that I really like. Today, it is the Stamparatus. You can find this product on page 164 of the 2020-2021 catalog.

The Stamparatus is a positioning tool that assists you in stamping perfect images every time. You can re-ink your stamps as many times as you like to get the desired image. Because the plates are removable, you can line up multiple stamps to make crafting so much easier when making multiples (think Holiday cards).

The Stamparatus includes: 2 magnets to hold your paper in place; a foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps; rulers on 2 sides; 2 open edges ; 2 reversible,hinged plates; and magnet storage areas.

Of course, there are accessories you can purchase to go with. Take a peek and let me know what you think! If you are in the USA, click on the “Shop Now” link to go to my on-line store. Of course, I’m always happy to answer your questions. I hope to hear from you soon.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Stamparatus [146276] $49.00

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Celebrate Sunflowers

 

Today’s card combines water coloring (with blender pens) and the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. This is a great technique that I used as a brand new demonstrator–before I built up my supply of coloring tools. If you have the markers, use those instead. You can also apply a bit of the watercolor pencils to a piece of paper, and pick up your color from that.

To start with, I cut a piece of Bumble Bee card stock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. The next layer is Basic Black cut @ 5-3/8” x 4-1/8”. For the last layer, I used our Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (page 153 of the 2020-2021 catalog). It’s important to use watercolor paper for this technique. If you were to use regular card stock, the paper might begin to “pill”.

Using the Stamparatus, I stamped my images with Crumb Cake. I wanted a softer image, so I chose an ink color that would easily blend into the other ink colors. Sahara Sand would also work well.

Lightly press a small block onto the ink. I chose Bumble Bee for the petals, and Cinnamon Cider for the center of the Sunflower.

You can see that I am putting the smallest amount of color to the tip of my pen. You can always add more color later, but it sure is difficult to take away.

Starting at the base of the petals, color outwards. For the center, I first colored using the Cinnamon Cider and then applied a hint of Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.

I used the Fluid 100 Water Color paper for my sentiment tag. I don’t know about you, but I am always happy to have the perfect sentiments included with the stamp set I purchased. Because the watercolor paper is not flat, you will have to stamp this a couple of times. ***That is a real benefit of the Stamparatus! You can reink your image as much as you like and it’s lined up perfectly every time***

Adhere everything together, pop that sentiment tag up on dimensionals, add some twine and bling and this card is done!

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

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

**Stamp and Ink Designs has a fabulous video on coloring techniques**

 

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Starter Kit Promotion

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

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

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

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

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers Card

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

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

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

Card recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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

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August- December 2020 Mini Catalog

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

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

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

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Summer Days and Watercoloring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July Paper Pumpkin and Add-On

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

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

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

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

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

***June’s Host Code: CK2H9NFU***

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

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Heartfelt Blooms—-Oldie but Goodie

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

Card recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scrappy Starburst Card using Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Now to trim off the excess!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pick a Free Bundle Starter Kit Promotion

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

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

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

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

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Painted Poppies Sympathy Card

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

Card Recipe:

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

~ Cut Whisper White card stock at 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”. I ran this piece through my die cutting machine using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

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

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

~ Run the Whisper White 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece through your die cutting machine using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. You could skip this step, although I do like a bit of texture to my cards.

~ Now to stamp! I stamped my images in Poppy Parade. I love that speckled pattern using the Old Olive at the base of the flowers and over the sentiment. I colored in the stems and leaf using Old Olive ink and the flowers using the Dark and Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I think these colors gave this card a nice, soft look.

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

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


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Stampin’ Rewards!

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

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

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

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

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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Peaceful Poppies Desktop Caddy/ Craft Organizer

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

Now for the project recipe:

Larger main box:

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

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

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

Multi-purpose Glue Pocket:

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

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

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

Glue Dots/ General Purpose Pocket:

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

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

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

Now to put together:

All three of the completed boxes

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

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

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

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

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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

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New 2020- 2021 Annual Catalog

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

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

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

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

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

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Last-Chance Products

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

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

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Easel Card using Peaceful Poppies

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

Let me tell you how I made this card:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New In Colors in May’s Paper Pumpkin

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

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

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

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

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

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

April’s Host Code: FFB7Q24E

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Easel Card Using Peaceful Poppies Suite

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

Card recipe:

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

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

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

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

~ Stamp your images.

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

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

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

~ Add some bling and this card is done!!

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

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

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

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No Matter the Weather: March 2020 Paper Pumpkin

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

Card recipe:

~Paper Pumpkin stamp set

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

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

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

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

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

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

Made per the instructions
I love the coordinating envelopes!

Stay well and Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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

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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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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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