Baa-Baa-Birthday Gate Fold Card

Q: What do you call an old sheep?

A: “Pasture Prime”

I had a wooly great time demonstrating this card on my Facebook page yesterday for my Monday Lunchtime crafting and you can enjoy the edited version here:

There are just a few days left to qualify for either or both stamp set and sheep dies free with a qualifying purchase!

Product List
Counting Sheep Cling Stamp Set (English)
$0.00
Sheep Dies
$0.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Paper Trimmer
$25.00
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Mango Melody 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Fresh Freesia 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Polished Pink 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Adhesive Sheets
$10.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00

New at SU! Nuts About Squirrels

Hi there! Thanks for dropping in for inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! July-December 2021 Mini Catalog~ our International demonstrator design team will delight you with the projects we’ve created and we hope you’ll “try this at home” 😄

The Nuts About Squirrels stamp set had me going nutty, so I grabbed a Salted Nut Roll at the grocery store for these cute critters to give away!

Here’s the template for creating this gift box card~ start with a piece of 8-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ card stock:

Tip for window: After scoring the template (and before cutting the tabs), fold both 1″ sides in and and use washi tape to hold the stitched rectangle in place to cut the window on your Cut & Emboss machine. This is the best way to fit it through your machine and the inch on both sides helps you center the window.

These would also be cute to sit at a table for a fall event as place settings! I’ll list the supplies used below if you want to add them to your basket in my store (or jot them down if you have another demonstrator), then scamper over to the next project at Tricia’s Stamping Creations!

Product List
Nuts About Squirrels Photopolymer Stamp Set
$17.00
Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock
$8.75
Poppy Parade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Sahara Sand 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Stitched So Sweetly Dies
$32.00
Stitched Rectangles Dies
$35.00
Simply Scored
$30.00
1/4" Bumblebee Gingham Trim
$7.00
Bone Folder
$7.00
Tear & Tape Adhesive
$7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00

September 2021 New at SU! Roll Call:  July-December Mini Catalog

Joni in the Spotlight Stamping: Welcoming Woods

Creative Juice by Loni: Nuts About Squirrels. >>> YOU ARE HERE <<<

Tricia’s Stamping Creations: Arctic Bears

Sugar & Scraps: Penguin Place

Stamping the Cape: Clever Cats

Dekijkkast: Merriest Moments

Stampin’ Scrapper: Pretty Pumpkins & Gorgeous Leaves

Moore Fun Stamping: Sparkle of the Season

The Flying Stamper: Peaceful Deer

Stamping Flair: Delivering Cheer

Stamping With the Copper Cropper: Sweet Stockings

24/7 Inkspiration: Whimsy & Wonder

I’d Pick You, Pumpkin!

Admittedly, I’m team Pumpkin Spice starting September 1st. Ten days into the month and I’ve already indulged in a least that many different treats made from this glorious gourd, so I needed to make a card that declares my devotion.

After you download the tutorial and create your own card, would you share a link to your favorite pumpkin recipe in the comments? I’m always looking for the best things to bake with pumpkin this time of year!

Just a quick reminder: Today is the last day to register for the Fall StampFest in Southern Utah on September 25th and get a discounted ticket! Click the image to go to the event registration page:

Product List
Pretty Pumpkins Bundle
$45.75
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Tailor Made Tags Dies
$22.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00
Black & White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Gingham Ribbon
$7.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

Be Dazzling…everything

Today I opened and played with the Be Dazzling Designer Series Paper that is going to be a free product to choose with a $50 (US) order for Sale-a-Bration (starting tomorrow, 8/3/21) and let me tell you, I’ve looked around my studio for anything else I can “Be Dazzle”!

Until I took this paper out of the package, I didn’t realize how the faceted pieces caught the light and reflected it! It’s a lovely champagne color and coordinates with gold, so I embossed the greeting in gold embossing powder for the first card and used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut a “frame” from the Be Dazzling paper. The sneak peek of the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set is from the Aug-Dec mini catalog which goes live tomorrow as well!

You can also add COLOR to this sparkling paper: I used a blending brush with the Pumpkin Pie ink pad on this pumpkin and it took the color beautifully. Then I tried a Stampin’ Blends marker to color the leaf, and it worked too! HOWEVER: I would use OLD Stampin’ Blends markers if you want to color the paper, as it’s very rough and may cause the tip of your marker to fray.

This simple card would be a lovely invitation for a fall party or Thanksgiving feast!

When you purchase the supplies to make these cards (list below), you could choose the Be Dazzling paper FREE (while supplies last) for Sale-a-Bration and may even qualify for more than one S-A-B reward!

Product List
Pretty Pumpkins Bundle
$45.75
Be Dazzling 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Specialty Paper
$0.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
In Good Taste Designer Series Paper
$21.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00

Cards to Dye For

In true re-cycle fashion, tie dying is back on trend! And it seems a bit more classy than the first time around, don’t you agree?

Naturally, Stampin’ Up! saw this coming and created the Spiral Dye stamp: It creates GROOVY backgrounds for cards (at 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, it covers a standard A2 size card front).

The COOL thing about this stamp is that when you spin the stamped image 180 degrees, you can stamp it a second time with another color and get the Tie-Dye effect! The Stamparatus tool makes it SUPER easy:

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Looking at the spiral, it reminded my how often my “well-laid plans” get changed and I have to make adjustments. It happens to you, too, right? Learning to pivot and change directions is a skill that takes practice, but will help us learn to deal more smoothly with life’s unexpected challenges. Which is where I got the inspiration for this card:

Tell me you can relate.

Using Magenta Madness and Granny Apple Green as my colors, I stamped the Spiral Dye on a 4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock, then used my trimmer to cut it into 6 random pieces before adding it to my card front. Demonstrators call it the “Scrappy Strip” technique.

To get a perfect edge around the word PIVOT (cut from the very versatile Playful Alphabet Dies), use an old fashioned compass drawing tool on the smallest width and lightly trace around the letters glued to white card stock with a sharp pencil. After fussy cutting, erase any leftover pencil marks.

The Lighthearted Lines had the perfect sentiments to go with it (PLOT TWIST!) and on the inside of the card I used another quote from the set:

Another Lighthearted Line sentiment that would have worked says, “When nothing goes right, go left”

Next I wanted to try embossing with the Spiral Dye and it worked out spectacularly:

It’s even more shiny in person!

I made you a tutorial for this one which you can download by clicking the button…and BTW, if you don’t have Silver Foil Sheets from last year’s catalog, there will be some in the August-December mini catalog coming 8/3!

Sweet as a Peach: July 3 for Free

I could survive on fruit alone, and probably in my crafting, as well. Who wouldn’t love to bite into a sweet, juicy peach on a hot summer day?

In July 2021, I’m sending out 3 projects to my customers who purchase either the You’re a Peach Product Suite OR the Sweet as a Peach bundle…and let me be clear ~ The Suite is SWEETEST! It includes the stamp set, the coordinating dies, adorable Designer Series Paper AND a set of mini jam jars. (HINT: You might want to snag a second pack of the You’re a Peach DSP as it’s also on the July Designer Series Paper Sale and you are going to gobble it up).

Did you see that peek that you can also turn the peaches into cherries? (or plums, or even blueberries!)

While I will mail the consumable supplies for the free projects to you, there are a few supplies you may need. You are welcome to substitute colors you already have, but these colors will coordinate best for your projects:

  • Ink Pads: Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Memento Tuxedo Black, Craft White
  • Tools: Sponge Daubers, handheld hole punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Stampin’ Seal, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (or mini machine)

I created this card for a swap and wanted you to see the Stitched Greenery Die, which you may not have even noticed in the catalog, but is my new favorite. It covers a whole card and paired with the peaches, it adds the perfect texture:

Tip for stamping perfectly ripe peaches: Stamp the peaches in Pale Papaya ink, then use a sponge dauber to add a *touch* of Flirty Flamingo ink on one side of the image before stamping onto your paper!

Product List
You're A Peach Suite Collection (English)
$57.25
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.25
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Balmy Blue 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya & White 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Woven Ribbon
$7.00
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Versamark Pad
$9.50
Stitched Greenery Die
$32.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
$6.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00

Too Cute to Resist!

I gave my Sprinkled Ink Team the challenge to create a project using a color palette including a 2021-2023 In Color and this is the card I came up with (because you can’t ask your team to do something you aren’t willing to do)!

You know I love to combine a few challenges, so I borrowed some inspiration from the Global Design Project “Case the Designer” theme this week, where Emma Goddard’s card was a great starting point:

I flipped the black & white vs colored strip around so I could teach how to do the emboss resist technique: It’s an easy WOW that makes any card irresistible (see what I did there?).

To do this, you simply need to emboss your image in white or clear embossing powder onto white card stock, then blend ink over your embossed images~ the embossed images resist the ink and appear magically!

Watch HOW here:

Remember: When you buy the Dragonfly Garden BUNDLE (stamps + punch) from my Stampin’ Store in June, you get 3 free projects in the mail! Consider this card a bonus idea 🙂

Looking for creative palettes using In Colors? Download the In Color Coach .pdf for the current 10 In Colors below!

Product List
Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set
$23.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
True Love 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Versamark Pad
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tailored Tag Punch
$18.00
Fresh Freesia 3/8" (1 Cm) Open Weave Ribbon
$7.00

June 3 for Free: Dragonfly Garden

Punches make creating cards simple by offering an element that adds that “punch” of pizzazz! This month, my 3 for Free kit will be mailed out to those who order the Dragonfly Garden bundle, which features the Dragonfly punch and you’ll be flying to the craft room to put them together.

While I will send you all the consumable supplies (card stock, paper, ribbon, etc), there are a few ink pads and supplies you may want to add to your order (if you don’t already have them) to help you complete your projects:

  • Balmy Blue Classic Ink Pad
  • Bumble Bee Classic Ink Pad
  • Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink Pad
  • Just Jade Classic Ink Pad
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Gold, Copper OR Silver Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool (for embossing)

To get you inspired by this bundle (and to teach you how to make some stunning watercolor backgrounds), I demonstrated these two cards during my Facebook Live yesterday (not part of my 3 for Free kit):

The technique (Stampin’ Blends on Vellum with Alcohol) is really quite magical, and so enjoyable to watch:

As I mention in the video, if you don’t want to do this technique yourself -OR- you just want MORE of it, you can also subscribe by June 10th for the Paper Pumpkin Kit “Expressions In Color” which will get you making 9 gorgeous watercolor themed cards in moments with everything you need in one kit arriving in your mailbox:

For the Guys: Floating Element Card

When you need to make a BIG DEAL out of a celebration for a man in your life, you need to make a BIG CARD. This large slimline card fits into a legal size envelope. Even more cool are the hats and stars that seem suspended just above the card, and to make it is easy!

There is a .pdf tutorial for you to print and follow, but basically, you will create a panel and attach all your die cut images with dimensionals, then cut off all the pieces that hang over the edges of the panel before attaching it to your card.

Don’t limit yourself to the colors I used: Choose a palette that matches your man’s personality, then try this technique with any other die cut images and sizes of cards!

Thanks for letting me provide you with creative inspiration AND the supplies to craft with:

Product List
Hats Off Bundle
$35.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.25
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Balmy Blue 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Paper Trimmer
$25.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00

Flowering Cactus In Color

While I’m a native southwestern girl, I confess I’m not really into southwestern decor. However, the Flowering Cactus Product Medley caught my attention in the Jan-June Catalog with a fresh palette and adorable images and fonts that really made me want to play with it.

Enter the #GDP293 color challenge with 3 new In Colors, and they’ve got me reaching for that Flowering Cactus…

While stamping the background, it’s not going to look good until you are almost finished stamping…don’t worry if it looks a mess, it will all work out fine!

This is the type of card you have to intentionally mail: Can you think of a friendship that has become richer through the years because you’ve been through a lot of “sticky” situations and “dry” seasons? Write down those memories and be grateful that you are closer because of them.

Don’t miss the chance to add the Flowering Cactus Product Medley to your stamping stash: It retires in June!

Product List
Flowering Cactus Product Medley (English)
$70.00
Pale Papaya 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Evening Evergreen 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
2021–2023 In Color Jewels
$7.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00