Rainbow of Happiness Double Dutch Door Fold

Hello! I haven’t been posting much lately. Sadly, my father, who turned 100 years old in January, unexpectedly passed away three weeks ago so I’ve had to put my projects on the back burner. My father was a kind and wonderful man, and everyone that knew him described him as a gentleman. He was an educator, teaching industrial arts for many years. His carpentry work was beautiful and he spent hours making exquisite model ships with thousands of pieces of wood and thread. He wasn’t only my father – he was also my mentor and friend and I will miss him more than I can say. I’d like to think that my artistic sensibilities and creativity came from him. So, for now, while I am back making cards and have started my in-person classes up again, I will probably be posting sporadically for the next month or two as I tend to my consulting business and taking care of my father’s business as well.

Today’s card is one of four projects we made at my stamping club yesterday and it features the Rainbows of Happiness Bundle and the coordinating Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper that you can get for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The Sale-A-Bration promotion ends tomorrow, February 28th, so you have just two days left to get this DSP! I’ve been wanting to make a card using the Double Dutch Door fold for quite some time and thought these products would lend themselves perfectly to this fun fold. It is a super easy fold and a great way to show off Designer Series Papers you have in your stash.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cut one piece of Magenta Madness cardstock at 8 3/4″ x 4 1/2″, score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder. Cut another piece of Magenta Madness cardstock at 8 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ and score at 2 1/8″ from each end. Fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • For the top flap, cut piece of striped paper from the Sunshine and Rainbows Designer series paper at 4″ x 3 1/8″. The stripes are directional so keep it in mind when cutting so that they are vertical and not horizontal. Adhere to flap.
  • Cut two pieces of the polka dot DSP at 2″ x 2 1/8″ and adhere to each of the side flaps.
  • Adhere the front panel to the side panel.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 2 7/8″ square. Stamp three rainbow arcs with Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay ink. I started by using the next to largest stamp for the Magenta Madness arc. When stamping, leave enough room to stamp the greeting at the bottom of the piece. Stamp the greeting with Misty Moonlight ink. Cut three clouds from a scrap piece of Mango Melody cardstock with the dies from the Brilliant Rainbow Dies. Adhere to both sides at the bottom of the rainbow image.
  • Cut a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock at 3″ square. Adhere it to the stamped image. Adhere piece to the top flap with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting with Misty Moonlight ink. Stamp small hearts with Magenta Madness ink. Adhere to inside of card.

I was cheered up as I was making this card. I love the fun images and bright colors!

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There are only two days remaining for Sale-A-Bration! View the Sale-A-Bration brochure by clicking on the image on the right side-bar. This is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!  Select $125 worth of products for only $99 and you will also get two FREE stamp sets (excluding host sets and SAB sets) of your choice! The kit ships for free. As a demonstrator you will enjoy a 20% discount on all future orders. Become a happy discount shopper or build a business – the choice is yours. I’d love to have you join my team! Click here to learn more about the benefits of joining Stampin’ Up! 

The Beyond the Horizon Paper Pumpkin Kit includes watercolor prints and designs inspired by the beautiful nature around us to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. And paper pieces that perfectly coordinate with the New Horizons Suite Collection in the January–June 2022 Mini Catalog. And if you thought one stamp set was great just wait—this month’s kit comes with a BONUS stamp set for FREE! That’s two stamp sets in one kit! It’s our way of saying THANK YOU to you our Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Create 3 each of 3 different designs. Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pale Papaya. For further information and to subscribe, click here to visit my Paper Pumpkin website.

Place an online order between $50 and $149 and use this host code for February. You will receive a free gift from me the following month.  If your order is $150 or more DO NOT use the host code. You will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards.

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Lovely You Meets Paper Blooms

Hello! Today’s card features the pretty Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper, one of the Stampin’ Up! free Sale-A-Bration items you can earn with a $50 purchase. When I first saw this paper, I immediately thought that it would work beautifully with the Lovely You stamp set, so I’ve paired up these two products.

The card layout is from Sunday Stamps Challenge. I haven’t participated in a challenge for a long time and when I came across this sketch I thought it would be a fun one to do so decided to give it a go! Here is the sketch for SSC248.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Night of Navy cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut piece of Paper Blooms DSP at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and adhere to card front.
  • Cut piece of Seaside Spray cardstock at 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and run through die cutting machine with the second largest rectangle from the Stitched so Sweetly dies.
  • Cut piece of Basic White cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and run through die cutting machine with third largest rectangle from the Stitched so Sweetly dies. Randomly stamp flowers and leaves from Lovely You stamp set with Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Soft Sea Foam inks. Adhere to Seaside Spray rectangle. Adhere piece to center of card front.
  • Cut scrap piece of Basic White cardstock at 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, stamp greeting with Night of Navy ink and punch both ends with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. Cut scrap piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and punch both ends. Adhere labels together. Adhere to stamped piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut piece of Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1//4″. Stamp flower with Rococo Rose ink. Stamp greeting from Happy Thoughts stamp set with Night of Navy ink. Adhere to inside of card.

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Whisper White is Retiring

Hello! Stampin’ Up! has announced that Whisper White is retiring. Wow, this was a shock! I’ve been using this cardstock since I began with Stampin’ Up! in 2004. It will be replaced with a new line of products called Basic White. Here is what you need to know, coming directly from SU.

Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

We know Whisper White has a huge fan base; we’re big fans, too! And we are crushed that it’s going away. Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured that we jumped right into action to find the best replacement paper possible. We have dedicated many hours to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. We are happy to share that we have found a winner for our new cardstock, Basic White!

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple!

Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order. As of today, this is how the current inventory stands.

  • Whisper White 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302) SOLD OUT
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527) SOLD OUT
  • Whisper White 3″ x 3″ (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock (140272) SOLD OUT
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301) SOLD OUT

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible.

Since this change is outside our control, we haven’t been able to tackle all necessary alterations at once. You may still see the name Whisper White on some of our non-cardstock product labels, catalog, and marketing material for a while. We will be working on a rolling change to address this.

Please watch this very informative video, which explains the differences between Whisper White and Basic White. After viewing it I think it looks like an excellent replacement and I look forward to trying it out as soon as it becomes available.

Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout Sale runs through January 4, 2021. You’ll get deep discounts, some as much as 50% off, on your favorite products from the August–December 2020 Mini Catalog, also known as the Holiday Catalog.  If you’ve been waiting to make last-minute purchases from this catalog, now is the time, as availability is only while supplies last.  Please note that all of the bundles in the Holiday Catalog will be retired, however some stamp sets with coordinating dies or punches that are currently sold as bundles at 10% off will be carrying over and will be sold as individual items. 

Click here to view a list of retiring items.

Click here to view a list of products that will be carrying over.

You can purchase any of these items through my online store. If you would like me to place an order for you please contact me and I will be happy to put it through for you.

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New Mini Catalog and New Online Store Start Today!

Hello! The August-December 2020 Mini Catalog, which is our Holiday Catalog, goes live today at 7am MT! To view the catalog online, click on the catalog cover on the right sidebar. If you are a customer and have shopped with me in the last year you should have received a copy in the mail. If you do not currently have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalog please contact me and I will be happy to send one to you.

Our new online store launches at 7am MT today! There are many new and improved features to make your Stampin’ Up! shopping experience a good one. Make sure that you are shopping with me. My name will appear in the upper left on the shopping home page. Your account information and passwords will still work on the new site.  If you have the current site bookmarked it will automatically take you to the new site.  If you’ve saved your login information in your web browser the first time you log in it will not associate the new site with that saved information.  If you forget your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link on the new online store sign in page and follow the steps to reset it.  The email reply that is sent to you will come from noreply@info.stampinup.com so if you don’t receive a response within a few minutes be sure to look in your spam folder.

If you click on some of the product links in my previous blog posts they might not take you directly to the products, but will take you to the home page of my online store. From there you can enter a product name or item number in the search box to find it.

The redemption period for Bonus Days coupons begins today and runs through August 31st. If you earned coupons in July, in order to redeem them you should have received an email with one or several codes so please refer back to them when placing an order this month. With the Holiday Catalog sales period starting today, if you started a wish list of products you’d like to purchase, now is the perfect time to use them!

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Field of Flowers

Hello! Today I’m sharing another card I recently made with the Field of Flowers stamp set. I combined it with the Ornate Floral embossing folder that is part of the Ornate Gardens Suite and love how it compliments the stamped images.

Here is how I made the card:

  • Card base – cut a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and adhere to card base.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and run through an embossing machine with the Ornate Floral embossing folder. Adhere to Gorgeous Grape layer.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4 3/8″. Stamp large grass image with Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp “always” greeting with Balmy Blue ink. Stamp “believe” with Balmy Blue ink on scrap piece of Balmy Blue cardstock and trim with paper snips. Adhere underneath greeting . Stamp dragonfly with Balmy Blue ink and brush with clear Wink of Stella.
  • Stamp the flower image three times with Gorgeous Grape ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut with paper snips. Stamp the smallest flowers with Blushing Bride ink and fussy cut. You can also punch these flowers out with the coordinating Confetti Flowers Border Punch. Adhere to grass image with liquid glue. Brush with Wink of Stella.
  • Adhere stamped image to embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp large single leaf image with Pear Pizzazz ink in lower left corner. Stamp flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink. Adhere piece to inside of card.

Bonus Days are Here!

Bonus Days are back once again! From July 1 through August 3rd, for every $50 you spend (before shipping & tax) you will receive a $5 Bonus Day coupon code that can be used from August 4th – 31st.

  • You must have an email address in order to participate because the codes can only be delivered electronically.
  • If you earn multiple coupons in a single order, all of the codes will be sent in one email. If you earn multiple coupons for multiple orders they will be sent in separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit on the number of coupon codes you can earn during this promotion.

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Beautiful Friendship

Hello and Happy Passover to my Jewish friends and customers! I hosted a virtual Seder on FaceTime with a few friends yesterday and this evening will attend my temple’s second night Seder on Zoom. Although we are not able to be with our friends and loved ones in person, it is a wonderful way to still be able to spend some holiday time together.

Today I’m sharing a card featuring the Beautiful Friendship stamp set from the 2019-2020 annual catalog. I purchased it months ago and hadn’t used it yet, between the holiday catalog and the mini catalog releases keeping me busy, so finally cracked it open earlier this week. I made it for an elderly friend that lives in a local skilled nursing home and hope it cheered her up. I chose to work with a soft color palette, which can sometimes be out of my comfort zone, as I prefer more of the brights and jewel tones, but I’m so pleased with how it came out.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Rococo Rose cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Seaside Spray cardstock at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and adhere to card base.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp large rose image with Rococo Rose ink. Stamp two small roses above large rose image. Stamp centers of large rose image with So Saffron ink.
  • Stamp two blue flowers with Seaside Spray ink on either side of the roses.
  • Stamp purple flowers around bottom of large rose image. I stamped them with the Purple Posy ink pad, which was discontinued due to issues with the ink quality. However, you can color the stamp with a Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Stamp leaves around the flowers with Soft Sea Foam ink. For an extra touch and to fill in some white spots around the flowers I stamped the dots from the Painted Harvest stamp set with So Saffron ink.
  • Heat emboss the sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set. Stamp image with Versamark ink on scrap piece of Seaside Spray cardstock and use a heat tool to emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Punch out with the Pretty Label punch.
  • Cut piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and tie around stamped image with a single knot. Trim ends. Adhere piece to card. Adhere punched sentiment piece over the ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp small rose in bottom left corner, stamp leaves and stamp dots. I chose a sentiment from the Slice of Happiness set and stamped it with Seaside Spray ink.

This card was fun, quick and easy to put together!

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Last Day for Sale-A-Bration 2020 – Lily Impressions Card

There are just a few hours left for Sale-A-Bration 2020. Now is your last chance to get a free gift with your $50 or $100 purchase. These products will not be carried over into the 2020-2021 annual catalog. Here is a card I made with the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. The colors in these papers are bold and bright!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Highland Heather cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Cut bottom edge into a triangular point. I made a template from a piece of Whisper White cardstock, traced around the pointed edge and cut out with paper snips.
  • Randomly stamp small flower image from the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set with Gorgeous Grape ink on bottom half of card front. Adhere the DSP to the card. This stamp set is also a SAB item.
  • For the butterfly, cut piece of DSP at 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. I used the same paper design and cut it with die in the Springtime Impressions set in the annual catalog. At first I thought I’d use the reverse side of the paper, which is Lovely Lipstick and looks like a watercolor wash, but I liked how the effect of the floral side of the paper looked much better. Attach the butterfly by adding Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the center of the piece and then slightly curl in the wings. Add four Noble Peacock Rhinestones along the center for some added bling.
  • For the sentiment I used the Tags in Bloom stamp set, another SAB item. Stamp with Coastal Cabana ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Punch out with the Label Me Fancy Punch from the mini catalog.
  • For the Coastal Cabana piece I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the Layered With Kindness set from the mini catalog. I didn’t want the birthday greeting so I colored only the frame design with a Stampin’ Write Marker. You can also stamp the entire image because when you tape the sentiment piece down it will be covered up. Punch out with the Label Me Lovely Punch. Adhere greeting to this piece and attach to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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