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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.

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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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[146276]
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[149557]
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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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Of course, I am always looking to build my team! If interested in finding out more about becoming a demonstrator (and the discounts!!), follow this link: 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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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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So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad
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[102845]
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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!!

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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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Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
[149511]
$6.00

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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
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Call Me Clover Stampin' Pad

Call Me Clover Stampin’ Pad
[147139]
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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.

January Host Code: XRQZP7A4

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

Happy crafting…Colleen

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Happy Monday!

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

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

Stay tuned for more details and happy crafting! Colleen

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Dandy Garden Bundle and a Facebook Live!!

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

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

Today’s card recipe:

Cutting:

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

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

Bumblebee cardstock @ 5″ x 2″

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

Stamping:

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

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

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

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

Punching and Die Cutting:

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

Punch out your dragonfly.

Let’s put this card together:

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! Colleen

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

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

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

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

January’s Host Code: XRQZP7A4.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Happy New Year!!

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

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

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

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Quite Curvy Bundle Birthday Cards

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

Card Recipe:

Let’s Cut Some Paper:

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

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

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

Die cutting:

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

Punch:

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

Stamping:

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

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

Finishing this card:

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

My second card is simpler, but still lovely.

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

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

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

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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What Are You Working On Today?

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

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

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

What are you working on today?

Happy crafting, Colleen

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A New Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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This Year’s Christmas Stocking

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful holiday, Colleen

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In The Pines Bundle and Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder

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

Card Recipe:

Cutting:

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

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

Embossing:

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

Die Cutting:

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

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

Stamping:

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

Put your card together:

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

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

December Host Code: KQBCE4PH

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

Have a wonderful holiday and happy crafting, Colleen

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Giant Year- End Closeout Sale Starts Soon!

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

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

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

December’s Host Code: KQBCE4PH

Happy crafting! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday— Use Up That Designer Series Paper

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

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

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

Let’s make this project!

Die Cutting:

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

Make Your Tag:

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

Ribbon:

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

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

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

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

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

December Host Code: KQBCE4PH

Happy Crafting, Colleen

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My Favorite Thing— Color Coordination

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

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

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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This is me today!!

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

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

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Sale Extended!!

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

Let me know how I can assist you.

Happy crafting! Colleen

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Snowman Season and the Snowman Builder Punch Shaker Card

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

Let’s get started:

Cutting:

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

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

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

Stamping, Coloring and more:

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

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

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

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

Let’s get ready to shake:

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

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

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

Let’s finish this card:

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza

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

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

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Let’s Spread Lots of Holiday Cheer With Christmas Cards

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day! Colleen

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Throwback Thursday! Flowering Desert Meets the Little Treats Bundle

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

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

Let’s make this card:

Cutting:

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

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

Whisper White cardstock @ 5-1/4″ x 4″

Stamping:

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

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

Die Cutting:

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

Extras:

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

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

Let’s complete this card:

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

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

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

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

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Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set

Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set
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Autumn Goodness Fun Fold Card

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

Card recipe:

Cuttting:

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

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

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

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

Stamping:

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

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

Coloring:

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

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

Die Cutting:

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

Let’s Finish This Card:

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

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

Happy crafting, Colleen

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What Are You Working On Today?

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

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

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

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Celebrate Sunflowers Card—Throwback Thursday

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

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

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

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

Card recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

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

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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 31/5. 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

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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

Blog Posts and Facebook Glitches

Yikes!! If you just received the email with the Jar of Flowers links, the YouTube one is correct, but, boy howdy, I don’t know where that Facebook stream came from or why!! I caught just a few of those videos before I raced back to my laptop to delete, delete, delete!!!

I apologize for any confusion or offense!! After checking and double checking, I will for sure be triple checking from now on!!

Always, Colleen

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