Dove of Hope for the Jewish New Year

Hello! Today’s card features the beautiful Dove of Hope bundle from the 2020 August-September Mini Catalog. This evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which I will observe. I make my cards every year so I am always eagerly awaiting the holiday catalog to see what products I might be able to use for my cards, as Stampin’ Up! hasn’t had a Jewish holiday stamp set in many years. It is amazing how so many products from the catalog can be used for other than Christmas cards! I enjoy making elegant holiday cards and always include foils or metallic elements for those special touches.

I was so excited to see this bundle and knew immediately that it would be one of the first purchases I made in my catalog pre-order, as the dove is a widely-used symbol for Rosh Hashanah – perfect! Looking further into the pages of the catalog, I spotted the Gold Cards & Envelopes on page 51 and thought they would work beautifully with the bundle. The last product I incorporated from the catalog was the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is one of the returning favorites from the 2019 holiday catalog. I used a lot of that paper last year but still had a few sheets, including the Night of Navy and copper prints. The only non-SU products I used were the greetings for the card front and inside.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – the gold cards come scored so all you have to do is fold them and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut Brightly Gleaming DSP with largest circle (3″) from the Layering Circles die set and adhere to card front.
  • Die cut the dove body, two solid wing pieces and two feathered wing pieces from Very Vanilla cardstock. When cutting the feathered pieces, I cut a piece of an adhesive sheet to fit each piece of cardstock. The adhesive should be the bottom layer of the cardstock piece so that when you adhere it to the solid wing piece it is adhered in the right direction!
  • Adhere feathered pieces to solid wing pieces. Adhere one wing to the center of dove body. Adhere the other wing, pointing up, onto the Night of Navy DSP circle. Adhere dove to circle.
  • Stamp greeting with Night of Navy ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that measures 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. Punch both ends with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I used a greeting for the Jewish holiday, but when I use this stamp set to make Christmas cards I will use the “Peace.Joy.Love” greeting for the card front.
  • Cut piece of copper foil at 1″ x 4″ and punch both ends with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. Adhere greeting to copper foil label. Adhere to bottom of card.

Wishing my Jewish friends and customers a L’shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!

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Paper Snips
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Whale Done-Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for September. I’m part of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie’s program for building our businesses. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful projects posted by so many talented stampers.

Today’s card features products from the Whale of a Time suite. This is one of the cards we will be making in my September Class to Go. As a Pisces, I was immediately attracted to the beautiful ocean life in the DSP and the bright color palette! Slimline cards are all the rage these days, so I decided to give it a go.

Here’s how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Pool Party cardstock at 7″ x 8 1/2″, score at 3 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ and adhere to card front.
  • Cut piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock at 3 1/8″ x 8 1/8″. Cut piece of Pool Party Sheer ribbon and tie in a knot at right side of cardstock. Adhere to card front.
  • Cut out three different prints from the DSP at 2 1/2″ x 3″.
  • Stamp greeting with Blackberry Bliss ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Die cut with the smallest of the narrower dies from the Stitched Rectangular dies.
  • Select a sheet of DSP with whale images and punch out one of the larger images that fits the Whale Builder Punch.
  • I wanted to use papers that all had Pool Party in them in order to tie everything together and thought the the top portion of the DSP I used for the middle piece would work well for the piece on the left. I added texture to the piece by running it through the Seabed 3D embossing folder.
  • Assemble the card front by adhering each of the three pieces of DSP, spacing them evenly across the Granny Apple cardstock layer.
  • Adhere die cut greeting at bottom of the embossed piece. Adhere whale. You can pop it up with dimensionals if you wish. On the center piece of DSP I added two small strips of tear and tape and dumped a bunch of the Whale of a Time sequins on top of them until I had enough sequins sticking to the paper. I used the Pick it Tool to help move the sequins around. I got this great tip from one of Patty Bennett’s blog posts.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/4″. Stamp the turtle and sea horse images with Just Jade ink. I stamped off a few of the images. Adhere to inside of card.

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Stampin’ Up! has a great offer to join this September! You pay $99 for the starter kit and get to pick out $125 in products (and you can opt to select the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine!). In addition, you will also receive the Queen Anne’s Lace and So Much Love stamp sets for free, plus cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, 16 envelopes, and a pack of Basic Rhinestone Jewels. One pack of cardstock is Coastal Cabana and the other pack is Granny Apple Green – such fun colors! I’d love to have you as part of my team. There is NO obligation to be a business builder – happy discount shoppers are welcome!  Click here to join. Please contact me if you’d like more information.

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Arrange A Wreath-Autumn

Hello! What was supposed to be a one-week break turned out to be a two-week hiatus from blogging due to time sensitive commitments I had with my primary business. Now that they are completed, I’m back to blogging once again. I must admit that it was nice to take a little break!

Today’s card is one of five cards featuring the Arrange a Wreath bundle that were in my August class to go kits and this is one I created with an autumn theme. I just love Cinnamon Cider, one of this year’s new InColors. It is such a rich, warm color. I haven’t made a square card in quite some time so I decided to make one measuring 4 1/4″ square.

  • Card base – cut piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and run through embossing machine with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder. Adhere to card front.
  • Cut piece of coordinating Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper at 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhere to card front.
  • Cut piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″. Use the sprig wreath die from the Wreath Builder die set and run through die cutting machine.
  • Cut piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″. Use the leaf wreath die and run through the die cutting machine.
  • Adhere the sprig wreath to the card front. Adhere the leaf wreath over the sprig wreath, popping it up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Die cut three of the large flowers, two from Cajun Craze cardstock and one from Mango Melody. Stamp the dot image three times on scrap piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock and die cut. Adhere to centers of the three flowers.
  • Stamp wood crate image with Cinnamon Cider ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp greeting onto the crate with Early Espresso ink and fussy cut around the image.
  • Arrange flowers on right side of wreath, adhering with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere crate with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on other side of wreath.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 4″, stamp with a greeting of your choice or leave blank, and adhere to inside of card.

Stampin’ Up! has a great offer to join this September! You pay $99 for the starter kit and get to pick out $125 in products (and you can opt to select the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine!). In addition, you will also receive these items for FREE: Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set, So Much Love stamp set, cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, 16 envelopes, and a pack of Basic Rhinestone Jewels. One pack of 8 cardstock is Coastal Cabana and the other pack is Granny Apple Green – such fun colors! Here are some sample cards created by Stampin’ Up! artists. I’d love to have you as part of my team. There is NO obligation to be a business builder – happy discount shoppers are welcome!  Please contact me if you’d like more information. Click here to join.

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Introducing the New Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

Stampin’ Up’s new standard size Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available for purchase! It comes with all of the plates you will need. You can also add an optional magnetic cutting plate if you wish.

So what sets our machines apart from the rest? Here are some of our favorite features:

  • Durable machines with high-quality results. The solid steel construction frame and rubber feet that securely grip the work surface produce crisp, clean, precise cutting and beautifully detailed embossing.
  • Easy to use. The machines and tools are designed for an intuitive die-cutting and embossing experience. For example, all plates are labeled with a number and are color coded for easy reference and use when building your sandwich. And just like the name suggests, our Magnetic Cutting Plates have fully-magnetic surfaces to make it easy to securely position your dies and keep them in place.
  • Simple to store. The platforms on both machines fold for space-saving storage and they look pretty too–the sleek, clean design suits any crafting space.
  • Portable. You can use both machines at home or on the go with their folding platforms and ergonomic carrying handles. This makes it easy to showcase the product line in your classes and workshops! It’s also convenient for your customers who like to attend crops or other crafting get togethers.

Get and Go Starter Kit Promotion

Stampin’ Up! has a great offer to join this September! I’d love to have you as part of my team. You pay $99 for the starter kit and get to pick out $125 in products (you can opt to select the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine!). In addition, you will also receive the Queen Anne’s Lace and So Much Love stamp sets for free, plus cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, 16 envelopes, pack of Basic Rhinestone Jewels. One pack of 8 pieces of cardstock is Coastal Cabana and the other pack of 8 pieces is Granny Apple Green – such fun colors! Here are some sample cards created by Stampin’ Up! designers.

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Fancy Phrases Birthday Cards

Hello! I made a few birthday cards to send out this month and thought it was the perfect time to break out Fancy Phrases, a new set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The floral images are lovely and if you like to color, you will enjoy using your Stampin’ Blends or watercoloring. I also like the variety of greetings and type fonts included in this set. I used an easy fun fold that I think shows off the colored image beautifully.

One of my favorite color combinations is gray and yellow and I haven’t used it in awhile so I decided to make two cards, each with different shades from the two color families.

The first card uses Basic Gray and Bumble Bee.

The second card uses Gray Granite and So Saffron for a softer look.

Here is how I made the cards.

  • First card base: Cut piece of Basic Gray or Gray Granite cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Score at 2 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder. Second card base: Cut piece of Bumblebee or So Saffron cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut two pieces of the large Bumblebee floral paper from the Flowers from Every Season Designer Series Paper or two pieces of a Gray Granite paper from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere to front and inside flap of the larger card base.
  • Cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4″. Stamp the large floral image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp the birthday greeting Basic Gray ink. For the inside of the card stamp another greeting with Basic Gray ink and stamp the smaller flower with the Memento ink in the bottom left corner of the card. I used the Stamparatus for the large image and greeting in order to position it perfectly.
  • Color the images. I used the light and dark So Saffron and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends for the flowers and light and dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves.
  • Adhere the colored in images to the smaller yellow card bases. Make sure that the opening is to the left side before adhering to the larger gray card bases in order to have them overlap the front of the card when folded. The front flap of the larger card bases will be tucked into the opening of the smaller card bases.
  • Embellish the card front with a few pearlescent white Elegant Faceted Gems. On the inside of the smaller yellow card bases I adhered square vellum doilies for an extra-added touch.

To my readers, I will be taking a week-10-day hiatus from blogging. In addition to my Stampin’ Up! business I have an information consulting business and was recently asked to give a presentation to a local women’s business group I belong to on September 8. I’ve done many presentations over the years but this is on a new topic so I have to start from scratch. All of my energies need to be focused there. I will still be making new cards during this time and look forward to sharing them with you when I return. I will also be re-organizing my craft room-it’s time to pack away retired products to make room for all of my new goodies!

If you received bonus coupons this past July, don’t forget to redeem them by August 31st! When shopping online, once you are on the check-out page, enter the coupon codes you should have received in an email from Stampin’ Up!

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Hello Pumpkin

Meet Hello Pumpkin, the September Paper Pumpkin kit! It is a multi-occasion kit that can be used to make 20 cracker box treat packages for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Fall.  The supplies can also be used to create cards as well. A variety of die cuts and reversible paper pieces will allow you to customize your creations.  Coordinating colors are: Bumble Bee, black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie and white.  Deadline for subscribing is September 10th and you should receive the kit in your mailbox by the 20th of the month.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription with the option for month-to-month, 1, 3, 6 and 12 month plans. Each kit comes with everything you need to make the projects, which vary from cards to 3D to packaging. All you need is a pair of scissors. The kits include a photopolymer stamp set, all of the card bases and other cardstock, envelopes, die cuts, Stampin’ Spot ( mini ink pad), adhesives, and other accessories such as ribbons or gems. When you subscribe your firsts kit will also come with an acrylic block. A full color brochure shows a photo of each project and instructions for how to make them.

  • Month-to-Month – Pay as You Go – $22 Month
  • One Month Prepaid Subscription – $21
  • Three Month Prepaid Subscription – $63
  • Six Month Prepaid Subscription – $114
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Prized Peony-Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for August. I’m part of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie’s program for building our businesses. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful cards posted by so many talented stampers.

Today I’m sharing a sympathy card I made to send to a friend whose mother recently passed away. It uses products from the beautiful Peony Garden Suite. I made the original card with Petal Pink and then decided to make a few extras with Purple Posy, which I’m showing here. I used a variation on one of my favorite layouts.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cut piece of Purple Posy cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score and fold in half.
  • First layer – cut piece of Gray Granite cardstock at 4″ x 4″. Cut piece of Gray Granite floral paper from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper at 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″. Adhere to cardstock piece.
  • Cut a length of Whisper White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and tie around the layered piece. Adhere to card base.
  • For the second layer cut piece of Gray Granite cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. Run through embossing machine with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Stamp large peony image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on piece of Whisper White cardstock. Color the flower with Purple Posy and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends. For the flower I wanted a paler, softer look so didn’t go too heavy with the darker of the blends. Color leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Cut out with the coordinating Peony Dies.
  • Stamp greeting with Basic Gray ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Cut out with the stitched banner die from the Tasteful Labels Die set.
  • Adhere peony and greeting to embossed piece. Adhere second layer to first layer.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting with Basic Gray ink. Stamp small peony flower in bottom left of card. Color with Stampin’ Blends. Adhere to inside of card.
  • Stamp small peony flower in bottom corner of envelope and color with Blends. I slid a piece of paper into the envelope before coloring so that the ink didn’t bleed through to the other side of the envelope.

Here are the Petal Pink and Purple Posy cards shown together.

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Peony Dies
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