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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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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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 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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