Pansy Patch Card

Hello!

I’m finally back to posting after an absence of over two months! In the next two weeks I will be featuring a backlog of cards I’ve made during that time, mixed in with projects featuring products from the new annual catalog. Today’s card features the Pansy Patch bundle, which has carried over into the new catalog. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers so when the Pansy Petals Suite was introduced in the current catalog, I was very excited! As excited as I was, the stamp set and dies can be a little intimidating to figure out how to use them, so I didn’t do much with them until recently, when Kylie Bertucci offered a creative retreat that featured this suite. After the retreat, attendees received a tutorial with 21 exclusive projects. I CASE’d today’s card from one of Bruno Bertucci’s projects. I kept the design but totally changed up the Designer Series Paper and ink colors for a springtime feel.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Polished Pink cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhere to card front. (This DSP is not carrying over into the new catalog and is now sold out.)
  • Die cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and run through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine with the next-to-largest rectangle from the Scalloped Contours Dies. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • This is a two-step stamp set. Stamp two of the large pansies. Stamp the base with Blushing Bride ink, stamping off once before stamping onto a piece of Basic White cardstock. Stamp the detailed stamp over the base with Polished Pink ink. Stamp the center of the flower with Blushing Bride ink, stamping off once. Stamp the beard with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Cut out with the large pansy from the Pansy Dies.
  • Stamp three of the smaller pansies. Stamp the base with Pale Papaya ink. Stamp the detailed stamp over the base with Calypso Coral ink. Stamp the beard with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Cut out with the smaller pansy from the Pansy Dies.
  • Stamp the pansy bud base with Pale Papaya ink and stamp the detailed stamp with Calypso Coral ink. Cut out with the bud from the Pansy Dies.
  • Stamp one bud stem and two long stems with Evening Evergreen ink and cut out with Pansy Dies.
  • Stamp three leaves from the base stamp with Soft Sea Foam ink and stamp the detail stamp with Soft Succulent ink. Stamp two leaves with Soft Succulent ink for the base and Evening Evergreen ink with the detail stamp. Use both leaf shapes. Cut out with the two different leaf dies.
  • Stamp greeting with Memento ink on a 5/8″ x 3/4″ piece of Polished Pink cardstock and flag one end. I needed a small greeting to fit into the space where I wanted the greeting go, so I chose one of the greetings from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set.
  • To assemble the flowers and leaves, first adhere the leaves to the flowers with Mini Glue Dots. Adhere the bud to the bud stem with a drop of liquid glue. Adhere the stems to the Basic White scalloped rectangle with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the flowers to the stems with Stampin’ Dimensionals, as shown.
  • Finish off the card by adding some bling. I used the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels for the centers of the flowers. (These jewels are on the last chance list.)

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2022-2023 Annual Catalog goes live on May 3, 2022!

There are just a few days left to purchase items that will be retiring from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. May 2nd is the last day to order from this catalog. Click here to view the Last Chance list. Everything on the list is while supplies last, so a number of products are now sold out.

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Pansy Dies
[155680]
$32.00
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Free Shipping on April 21st

Hello!

I’ve been on hiatus from blogging for the last two months, as I’ve had to devote most of my attention to handling my father’s affairs after he passed away in February, and an intense client project I’ve been working on in my consulting business. I’ve still held my in-person cardmaking classes and hope to be back posting some of those projects beginning next week when my client project finally comes to an end!

Stampin’ Up! is doing a one-day free shipping promotion tomorrow, April 21st, on all orders that are $75 or more (before tax). Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on some basics such as cardstock, ink or adhesives, purchase a stamp set or bundle you’ve had on your wish list or purchase last chance items on the retiring product list.

Click here to view a list of last chance products.

Place an online order between $50 and $149 and use this host code for April. 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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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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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.

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Love & Happiness

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s card features the Love & Happiness Bundle in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. I used the more traditional colors for the card – red, white, and black. I CASE’d this card from Mary Fish and you can see her card here.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Basic Black cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of the black and white stripe paper from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper at 3″ x 4″ and adhere to right side of card front.
  • Cut piece of Basic White cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ and run through the die cutting machine with the next-to-largest die from the Scalloped Contours Dies.
  • Cut a piece of the red and white Playful Pets ribbon at 15″, wrap around scalloped piece and tie in a bow.
  • Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock at 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and run through the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder, centering the cardstock in the center of the folder so that it covers the entire heart in the middle of the folder. Don’t forget to place the heart die from the hybrid folder die set inside the folder. Adhere to the scalloped rectangle. Adhere rectangle to card front.
  • Stamp greeting from Catching Butterflies stamp set with Memento ink on scrap piece of Basic White cardstock and run through die cutting machine with the larger label die from the hybrid embossing folder set. Adhere over the embossed heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting from the Love & Happiness stamp on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White cardstock with Memento ink. Adhere to inside of card.
  • Adhere two Matte Black Dots to card as shown.

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Sale-A-Bration runs through February 28th and 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 All Together Collection includes early-release products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog—an exciting new range of natural Stampin’ Blends.  There are six different combo packs ranging from light to deep skin tones.  These packs can be purchased separately or as a collection.  In addition to using these blends for skin tones, they will work beautifully for coloring animals, tree trunks and other nature images.  Note that these blends do not have color names – they are numbered, and they are different colors than the browns and neutrals in our current collection of Stampin’ Blends. Click here for detailed information in my online store.

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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Paper Snips
[103579]
$10.00

Friendly Hello

Hello! Today’s card features the Friendly Hello stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper that you can earn for free with a $100 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. This is such a sweet stamp set and the DSP designs are soft and pretty. The card layout is one I frequently use, usually in landscape, however, I chose to do this card in portrait because it looked much better this way as I was designing the card!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Pool Party cardstock at 4″ x 4″ square. Cut a piece of the striped paper from the Friendly Hello DSP at 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ square and adhere to Pool Party cardstock.
  • Cut a length of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon and tie in a bow around the Pool Party Piece. Adhere to card base.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ and run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the next to largest die from the Scalloped Contours Dies.
  • Stamp the bird image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Color the bird with the light and dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends. Color the flowers with the light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. Color the leaf stem with the light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.
  • Stamp the greeting below the bird image with Fresh Freesia ink.
  • Adhere die cut piece to card front. Add an Irridescent Rhinestone to the center of each flower.
  • For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. I used the birthday greeting from the set and stamped it with Fresh Freesia ink. Stamp the small floral image in the bottom left corner and color with Stampin’ Blends. Adhere to inside of card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

The All Together Collection includes early-release products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog—an exciting new range of natural Stampin’ Blends.  There are six different combo packs ranging from light to deep skin tones.  These packs can be purchased separately or as a collection.  In addition to using these blends for skin tones, they will work beautifully for coloring animals, tree trunks and other nature images.  Note that these blends do not have color names – they are numbered, and they are different colors than the browns and neutrals in our current collection of Stampin’ Blends. Click here for detailed information in my online store.

Sale-A-Bration runs through February 28th and 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! 

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Paper Snips
[103579]
$10.00

Seas the Day Birthday Card

Hello! Last Sunday my father turned 100 years old! He is a wonderful man and I treasure every minute I’m able to spend with him. I set up a Zoom gathering so that family and friends could join in the celebration and we had a great time reminiscing. One of my most favorite stamp sets for making cards for men is Sailing Home and I decided to use the light house as focal point. I also thought that the large frame die in the Sea Dies from the Seas the Day bundle would be a perfect accent. The Simply Marbelous Designer Series Paper, one of the free Sale-A-Bration items, made for a great background piece because it looks like water. I used bits and pieces from several other stamp and die sets, making this card a mashup!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Run through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine with the large frame die from the Sea Dies set. Use a sponge dauber or blending brush and Shaded Spruce ink to lightly accent the seaweed pieces at the bottom of the frame.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Stamp the lighthouse from the Sailing Home stamp set with Basic Gray ink. Run through die cutting machine with the coordinating die from the Smooth Sailing Dies set. Brush Wink of Stella over the image.
  • Stamp greeting from the Handsomely Suited stamp set on scrap piece of Basic White cardstock with Misty Moonlight ink. Cut out with any die or punch that will fit the greeting.
  • Cut a piece of the Balmy Blue paper from the Simply Marbleous DSP at 4″ x 5 1/4″. At the bottom third of the paper, stamp the sand image from the Oceanfront stamp set with Crumb Cake ink multiple times. Stamp the long leaf image on the right side of the paper with Shaded Spruce ink three times. Stamp the seagulls from the Sailing Home stamp set in the upper middle of the paper with Misty Moonlight ink two times.
  • Place the lighthouse on the DSP and then place the frame over it to position the lighthouse. Once it looks good, remove the frame and adhere the lighthouse. Adhere the frame over the DSP. Adhere piece to card base.
  • Adhere the greeting with dimensionals. Adhere a variety of Pebbles Enamel Shapes around the bottom of the frame.
  • For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set. This set has a wonderful variety of greetings for all occasions. Stamp Happy Birthday on scrap piece of cardstock . I used the greeting from the Artistically Inked stamp set and cut the words apart.
  • For the numbers, cut a piece of an adhesive sheet the same size as a scrap piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock. Use the numbers from the Playful Alphabet Dies and run through the die cutting machine. Arrange the words and numbers and adhere. I also used part of the remaining piece of DSP to cut a strip at 3/4″ x 4″ and adhered on the reverse side at the bottom of the piece. Adhere entire piece to inside of card.

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Answer the call of the wild—and your creativity—with the Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin Kit. This playful, party-themed kit includes all the goodies and gear you need to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes in safari-inspired shapes and patterns you’ll go wild for! Make every occasion a celebration with this month’s amusing animals, beautiful botanicals, and celebratory sentiments. Card size is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 3 each of 3 different designs. A Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Spot comes in the kit. Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Fresh Freesia, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede. Visit my Paper Pumpkin website here to subscribe and order the kit.

A new addition to the Kits Collection: Light the Candles—a birthday card kit, is now available. This kit features bright colors, sparkly embellishments, and a simple peek-through technique. These cards are perfect for wishing the happiest of birthdays, or to use as invitations to an exciting birthday bash! Now is the perfect time to stock up on birthday cards to use throughout the year. The kit includes supplies to create 8 cards, 2 each of 4 different designs; printed card bases and die cuts, embellishments, adhesives, clear block; exclusive stamp set and Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Spot; Coordinating colors: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Night of Navy. Item #159332, Cost of Kit is $19.00. To purchase the kit, visit my online store by clicking on the shop online icon at the bottom of this post.

Place an online order between $50 and $149 and use this host code for January. 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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Sea Dies
[157857]
$36.00

Sweet Talk Tailor Made Tags Card

Hello! Today’s card is one of five cards from my January Valentine’s Day class-to go. All of the projects featured products from the Sweet Talk Suite in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. I cased the card from one that is shown on page 10 in the catalog. This card was quick and easy to make and shows off the fun Designer Series Paper.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cut piece of Real Red cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card front.
  • Cut a piece of the Highland Heather sheet of DSP with the words written in white at 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. Run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the largest Tailor Made Tag with the rounded top.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and run through the machine with the same tag die.
  • Cut an 8″ length of ribbon to tie the two tags together. I used some retired Highland Heather ribbon that was a Sale-a-Bration item a few years ago, so you can use any ribbon in your stash that matches the colors in the DSP. Put the two tags together and insert ribbon into both of the holes and tie with a slip knot. Trim ends.
  • To make the words for the tag, use a scrap piece of Real Red cardstock that measures 1 1/4″ x 2 1/4″. Cut a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheet the same size, peel off one of the backings and adhere to cardstock. Cut letters from the Playful Alphabet Dies – one “L”, one “V” and two “U”. Run through the Cut and Emboss Machine. Peel backings off the letters and adhere to the Basic White tag as shown.
  • Stamp hearts with Blushing Bride ink at bottom of tag. I used a stamp from the Love Notes stamp set, which is retired. If you own the Sweet Conversations stamp set you can use the image with the three small hearts.
  • Adhere tags to front of card. Adhere the Highland Heather tag first, placing it at an angle. Adhere the Basic White tag over it, straight up and down.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and stamp a Valentine’s Day greeting of your choice. Adhere to inside of card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sale-A-Bration 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! 

Answer the call of the wild—and your creativity—with the Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin Kit. This playful, party-themed kit includes all the goodies and gear you need to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes in safari-inspired shapes and patterns you’ll go wild for! Make every occasion a celebration with this month’s amusing animals, beautiful botanicals, and celebratory sentiments. Card size is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 3 each of 3 different designs. A Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Spot comes in the kit. Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Fresh Freesia, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede. Visit my Paper Pumpkin website here to subscribe and order the kit.

A new addition to the Kits Collection: Light the Candles—a birthday card kit, is now available. This kit features bright colors, sparkly embellishments, and a simple peek-through technique. These cards are perfect for wishing the happiest of birthdays, or to use as invitations to an exciting birthday bash! Now is the perfect time to stock up on birthday cards to use throughout the year. The kit includes supplies to create 8 cards, 2 each of 4 different designs; printed card bases and die cuts, embellishments, adhesives, clear block; exclusive stamp set and Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Spot; Coordinating colors: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Night of Navy. Item #159332, Cost of Kit is $19.00. To purchase the kit, visit my online store by clicking on the shop online icon at the bottom of this post.

Place an online order between $50 and $149 and use this host code for January. 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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Paper Snips
[103579]
$10.00