Paper Craft Crew Challenge #204

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Hello again stamping friend!  Welcome to this week’s challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

This week’s sketch challenge is a lot of fun


I love the combination of white space, a place for designer series paper, and the large focal area.  This is what I came up with:

PCCCS204 jar of love

I had recently received my Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, and was looking for a reason to use it!  So, I decided to stay with the floral theme, and also used the Jar of Love stamp set, and Everyday Jars Thinlits.

I started with a card base of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  I took a panel of Mint Macaron cardstock, and stamped the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Mint Macaron ink randomly across the cardstock.  I then added a piece of the Blooms & Bliss DSP down the left side of the Mint Macaron panel, and edged the join with some of the Ruched Ribbon in Sweet Sugarplum.  I attached this to my card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the focal piece, I stamped the jar from the Jar of Love stamp set in Pool Party ink (stamped off once) directly onto the die cut Oval of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped the water image inside the jar, in Soft Sky ink.

The large flowers were stamped using Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum ink (stamped off once).  The small flowers were stamped first in Sweet Sugarplum ink (full strength) then Rich Razzleberry ink.  The stems were stamped in Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron ink; and the ribbon and bow were stamped in Sweet Sugarplum.  The flowers, stems, ribbon and bow were all die cut using the Everyday Jar Thinlits, and attached to the oval using Glue Dots.

I like how adding the flowers, etc., separately allows  you to add more dimension to the card; in the picture below you can see it better:

PCCCS204 jar of love close up

I used the retired Ovals Framelits to die cut the large oval in Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and layered it behind the jar stamped oval, and attached it to the card from using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set;  stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Whisper White.  I used my Paper Snips to cut tails on both ends, and attached it  with Dimensionals.  I added the 2 smaller flowers above the sentiment, then 3 Pearl Basic Jewels to the top left corner, and I was done!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card; if you have a moment to leave a comment, I always love to read them!  You’ll want to head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for your inspiration – they’re awesome!  Be sure to link up your card to the challenge; you may be our next Top Pick!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Anything with a ‘B’ Watercooler Wednesday Challenge

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Welcome to a fun challenge this week for Watercooler Wednesday!

This week’s challenge is hosted by our Jean Fitch – and I’m pretty sure she had a lot of fun coming up with this idea 🙂

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This week, it’s Anything with a “B” – use an element on your project that starts with the letter B – and you’re set to enter!  This is one challenge you can certainly get creative with – how about a beach ball on a blue beach background?!  (no need to be alliterative – that was just me having fun).

This is what I came up with for Jean’s challenge:

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I managed to fit in 3 B’s – blooms, butterfly and bees!  I’ve been dying to try out the new Sliding Star Framelits, so I thought – why not a butterfly, swooping between the flowers?

Let me tell you – using this framelit set with the new Foam Adhesive Strips makes making slider cards a BREEZE!!  No more fussing with punching multiple times with a punch, and hoping it’s the right size – this butterfly literally FLIES through these flowers 🙂

DEMONSTRATOR TIP – make sure that when you attach your two pennies together – use your Paper Snips to round off the corners of the Stampin’ Dimensional.  That way, the edges of the Dimensional won’t stick to the cardstock as it spins along the slider track, and your butterfly (or bee, or star, or whatever you choose) will spin along with no glitches.

I created my own background using the images from the Garden in Bloom stamp set, stamping the outline of the flowers, leaves and bees in Memento Black ink.  The large flowers were stamped in Flirty Flamingo, the small flowers in Dapper Denim (stamped off once) and the leaves in Mint Macaron.  The body of the bees are Daffodil Yellow, and the middle of the large flowers are Peekaboo Peach.

After stamping my background, I used the partial circle framelit to die cut the area for my slider.  I placed a piece of the Foam Adhesive Strip about 1/2″ above and below the die cut area (make sure that it doesn’t hinder your slider pennies), then I attached Stampin’ Dimensionals on each corner of the piece, and attached it to the Dapper Denim card base.

I stamped the butterfly using the Watercolour Wings stamp set; I first stamped in Flirty Flamingo, then Blushing Bride, then finally in Dapper Denim.  It was easy to die cut the butterfly using the coordinating Butterfly Thinlits, and my Big Shot.  Because I didn’t want the penny to show behind the butterfly, I used my 1/2″ Circle Punch for a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock behind the butterfly, and attached it to one of the pennies using a Dimensional.  Then, I slid the pennies into the slider area (one penny goes behind the die cut, the other to the front, with the Dimensional in between, and the butterfly in the front).

In this picture below, you can see that I’ve tilted the card sideways, so you can see how the butterfly spun to one side:

WWC78 B theme

I stamped the sentiment from the Tin of Cards stamp set in Dapper Denim onto Whisper White (full strength – you can see how rich it is), then used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut it and the Flirty Flamingo cardstock layered behind it.

This card was such fun to make, and so easy!!  I can’t wait to make a lot more of these, and the full circle ones, as well.  The Sliding Star Framelits also coordinate with the Shooting Star stamp set, if you want to Bundle them together for a 10% savings.

Here’s what you get in each set; you can click on the image if you’d like to go directly to my online store for a closer look or more info:

SU Shooting star bundle

Caution – once you start making spinner cards, you won’t be able to stop!  You’ll have so much fun playing with them, and your friends and family will want them for every occasion!

Well, that’s it for my ‘Anything with B’ card for this week’s challenge; let me know what you think – just leave a comment 🙂

Next, you’ll want to see the amazing projects the rest of the team came up with – we are a creative bunch!  Just go to the Watercooler Challenge page – then create your own project, and join the challenge!   I’ll be looking for you 🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

Wacky Watercooler 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop!

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We are celebrating 3 YEARS of Hopping together!!

We can hardly believe that it has been 3 years already, since our inaugural Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

We’re really excited, as we have the entire original group together, plus some of our more recent members as well!  If you’ve been with us since the start of our journey, I hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! 🙂  This fabulous group of people have been through alot together; we’ve celebrated anniversaries (within and outside of Stampin’ Up!), some have left Stampin’ Up!, some have mourned the loss of loved ones (and we have grieved along with them), and we have continued to celebrate our friendships.

If you haven’t joined one of our Watercooler hops before, you may be wondering who we are, and what it’s all about.  Basically, we are a group of demonstrators who met in the online SU! demonstrator only site, called the ‘watercooler’ in a nod to offices in bygone days, where  people used to gather around the literal watercooler, to chat and share stories.

Each of the participating blogs is linked via the ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons you’ll see at the bottom of each post; to enjoy all of the projects created by each of us, simply click in one direction, and you’ll be taken to the next blog in the circle.  In the event of internet gremlins messing things up, you can click on the ‘Home’ button, where you will find the complete list of participating blogs, and you can click on the links from there.

To celebrate our 3rd Anniversary, we’ve chosen to do the following projects:

Project One:  Featuring an Anniversary Card.   

Project Two:  Featuring a stamp set that has survived since being introduced in 2013 (Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Flower Shop).  

Project Three:  Featuring your version of a CASE from the original blog hop.

If you’ve been clicking the ‘Next’ button, you’ll have arrived here from Heidi Weaver’s blog – weren’t her projects amazing?!  She never ceases to amaze with her creativity.

Here is my first project – my Anniversary card:

WWC hop anniversary card

You’ll notice that I made it a ‘3rd’ Anniversary! 🙂  I wanted the card to be a bit special, so I made it a ‘Z Fold’ card, using a base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

For the focal panel, I used the Number of Years stamp set, and first stamped the leaves in Emerald Envy, stamping them twice.  I then stamped the different flowers in Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride inks.  I then attached the stamped panel onto a larger panel of Blushing Bride cardstock, and attached it (by the left side only) the the front of the Z panel.

I stamped the banner images from Thoughtful Banners and Number of Years stamp sets, then stamped the words inside the banners in Rich Razzleberry ink using the Number of Years stamp set.  I used the Duet Banner Punch to punch out the ‘Happy’ banner, and the thinlit from the Large Numbers Framelits and the Big Shot for the ‘Anniversary’ banner.  I attached the banners  using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

In this picture, you can see the ‘Z Fold’ of the card:

wwc anniv. hop z fold

I attached a panel of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper onto the inside base of the card, then a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top of that.  I stamped the sentiment from the Floral Phrases stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink.

wwc anniv. blog z fold inside

My next project is a card that uses 2 stamp sets that have been in the annual catalogues since 2013 – our original blog hop – Flower Shop and Gorgeous Grunge:

wwc anniv. hop flower shop

The stamp sets may be ‘vintage’, but I used a couple of our brand new In Colours, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach, along with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.

I started with a card base of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and stamped the flower image from the Flower Shop and the dots from Gorgeous Grunge in the same ink, stamped off once, so that you can barely see it.  On the panel of Crumb Cake cardstock, and repeated the flower and Gorgeous Grunge images, this time in Crumb Cake ink, stamped off once.

I layered a panel of the In Colour Designer Series Paper in Flirty Flamingo on top of the Crumb Cake, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, the wound the Linen Thread 3 times around it, then attached it all the the card base.

I stamped 3 flower images in (left to right) Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral onto Whisper White cardstock using the Flower Shop stamp set, then used the Pansy Punch to punch them out.  I then attached the flowers, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, on top of the Linen Thread.

My final project is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) a project from our original blog hop 3 years ago; it could be any project, from any of the other participants.  I was intrigued by a folded box that was in Jean Fitch’s post –  here is her original project.

wwc ann. hop box

Like Jean, I followed the video tutorial done by Tanya Bell, a demonstrator in Australia – you can see the video HERE.   I created my box using a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.

The above picture shows the box closed, with a belly band created using the Botanical Builder Framelits, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black cardstock.

You can make the entire box just by scoring and folding, or you can add a few strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive (which I did, as Tanya showed in here video).  It’s quite a roomy box, as shown in the picture below:

folded box, open

I put a container of the Metal Rimmed Pearls inside, but there’s room for more – it’s a bit wider than the container, and you could probably stack at least 2 or 3 on top of each other.

Another great thing about this box – it can fold flat, stored away until you need it!  Here’s a picture of the box from the side, so you can see how deep it is.

wwc anniv hop box side

Well, that’s it for my projects!  If you have time to leave a comment, I love to read what you have to say 🙂

Now you’ll want to head over to Kathe Deck’s blog, to see her wonderful projects – be prepared for the WOW factor!  Just click on the ‘Next’ button below.  If you want to head backwards to see Heidi’s projects again, just click the ‘Previous’ button.

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

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Foxy Friends for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

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Welcome to a great sketch challenge this week with the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!

This PCCCS203 sketch has lots of elements in it that make it interesting – have a look:


I just received my Foxy Friends Bundle, so of course I had to find a way to use it in this sketch 🙂

PCCCS203 foxy friends

So cute, right?!  I love the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack that coordinates with this suite; the images are so fun!

I started with a card base of Smoky Slate, then added a panel of Pool Party.  I topped that with a piece of the A Little Foxy DSP (these are the only kind of mushrooms I like); I cut it in half on the diagonal, just like the sketch.

I stamped the little fox directly onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Cajun Craze ink, then die cut it using the Tags & Labels framelits and my Big Shot.  I then stamped just the tail onto a small scrap piece, cut it out and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals over the stamped tail; you can see that it extends beyond the Tag shape.  I stamped the eyes and legs for the fox in Memento Black ink, then layered my fox onto the next size tag shape from the Tags & Labels framelits, cut in Pool Party cardstock.  I cut a banner shape from a strip of Calypso Coral cardstock, then embossed it using the Woodland Embossing Folder, and glued it under the fox.

On scrap Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the 3 little mushrooms in Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate inks, then cut them by hand and layered them onto the bottom right corner below the fox.  I used a retired Pool Party button and tied it with a bow in retired Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, then attached it with a Glue Dot.

I like that I don’t have to have a sentiment on this card, and it still looks great!  I may add a sentiment to the front later, when I decide what occasion and to whom I send it.

I hope you liked my card – if you have time to leave a message, I always love to read them!  Next, you’ll want to head over to the Paper Craft Crew page & check out what the rest of the Design Team have to share with you – then I hope you’ll link up your own card!

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

Watercooler Wednesday Colour Challenge

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Marsha has put together a fun colour challenge for us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday page!


For this challenge, your ‘neutral’ colour is Very Vanilla, and you must use all of the other 4 colours she has shown.

How are you going to incorporate these colours into your card?   Here’s what I did:

WWC77 amazingly artistic

I brought out one of my favourite stamp sets that carried over from the last catalogue – Awesomely Artistic.

I started with a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the flower image in Memento Black Ink.  I then used my Blender Pens and coloured the flowers in with Sweet Sugarplum ink, and the leaves with Mint Macaron.  After colouring them, I went back and used the Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Markers to add more depth to the flowers and leaves.

I stamped the dragonfly onto Vellum cardstock in Night of Navy ink, then brushed it with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  The label was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink, and the sentiment in Night of Navy, then cut out and added to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Before attaching the sentiment and dragonfly, I used the dots image and stamped in Night of Navy  and Sweet Sugarplum (full strength and stamped off once).

I attached the stamped panel to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, then layered that onto the card base of Night of Navy.    I can’t believe I used only 1 stamp set, for an entire card!  🙂

I hope you’ll check out the rest of the cards on the Watercooler Wednesday blog page – then link up your own card to the challenge!  I know you can come up with something fabulous!

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)



No – I didn’t misspell the title of this post – I did mean ‘flawsome’ 🙂

I saw a ‘quote’ – I  can’t remember where, whether it was from Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook – but I liked it so much, I shared it on my own Instagram page, then on my Facebook business page.  It got so many likes, that I thought I should share it here, for those who don’t follow me on either of those social media sites.  (I put my links into the words, so you can click them and ‘follow’ and/or ‘like’ them, if you want!)

Here is what ‘flawsome’ means:


Isn’t that just, simply – awesome!?!  I’m just going to let you read that again, and let it sink in…..

Done?  Okay – because I can’t stop thinking about it.  I mean – it seems that these days, many of us feel the pressure to ‘be everything to everyone’, because supposedly all of this technology has made our lives ‘better’.  (really?  I think it’s given me a lot more to do, not less! with the same number of hours  in a day).  We push ourselves to be the best at everything – which can be a good thing, because if you’re going to do something, try to do it to the best of your abilities.

That’s the key; ‘to the best of your abilities’.  Try your hardest, do your best – but be kind to yourself if it’s not up to your own standard of ‘perfect’.  Perfect is boring!  Perfect has no flaws, has no character, no kinks, no interest, no individuality.

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder; a lot of my customers say to me ‘oh, your cards are always perfect!’.  Well, I don’t think so!  That’s because I’m seeing them through my eyes, thinking of the way I wanted them to look – which may not be the way they turned out.  But they don’t know what was in my mind when I started – so to them, it turned out ‘just perfect’.  (or they are just very, very kind people!)

We need to give ourselves some slack; to say it’s okay to not be perfect -to accept that the way we are is perfect – flaws and all!  Flawsome!

It made me think of a card I made awhile back, using the sentiment from the Flower Patch stamp set (you knew I’d work a card or stamp set in here somehow, didn’t you!?)

PCCCS193 birthday blooms

There you go!

I hope that you will go forth, BE YOU(TIFUL), and BE FLAWSOME!

DebSmartSignature (1)

Bonus Days Are Here!

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You read it right – earn in July, and spend in August!

This is a great time to whittle down your wish list!  For every $60 you purchase in July, you’ll receive a Coupon for $6 that you can redeem on any order you place in August.

Coupons are cumulative – meaning if your order is $120, you’ll receive 2 – $6 Coupons.

Here are all the details:

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
  • We strongly recommend that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, and Demonstrator Support cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. Coupons can be redeemed on any order type.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. FOR FAX AND MAIL ORDERS, email addresses must still be provided in order to qualify for Bonus Days coupons during the promotion period. During redemption, be sure to include your coupon codes on your fax and mail orders.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

How sweet is that?!  I love getting paid for shopping – don’t you?!

There’s something special coming up in August that you may want to use those $6 Coupons for – AN EXCLUSIVE STAMP SET AND COORDINATING FRAMELITS!

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This is a gorgeous, versatile set that you can use year-round, for any occasion!

SU Thoughtful Branches stamp set

With so many terrific images, and those fabulous sentiments, I can see a lot of cards and memory keeping being done with this stamp set!  Better news – you can either purchase the stamp set and thinlits separately, or you can save yourself $7.50, and purchase the Bundle, which includes both the stamps and the thinlits!

SU Thoughtful Branches thinlits

I  have put together a Pinterest board for this set on my Pinterest page HERE – you can have a look at what the Artisan Design Team (who got this set early) have been putting together.  Of course, Stampin’ Up! has it’s own Pinterest board just for this set; you can find it HERE

Here’s a couple of samples from the boards

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This stamp set and thinlits (or bundle) can only be ordered between August 2nd and August 31st!  Stampin’ Up! did say that depending on the demand for this set, they may bring it back into a catalogue – perhaps the Holiday Catalogue??  There’s no way of knowing, so if you really like it – you’ll want to get it in August – and of course use your $6 Coupons that you’ll receive this month, with each $60 order!

I think this is such a great set, I’m thinking of planning a class, just built around this bundle.  Would you like to come?!  Let me know what you think – about the set, and a possible class!  (I could even do the class at a discount, if you order the bundle through me!)

As always, you can place your order directly through my online store – click on my signature below – or, contact me and I’ll be happy to handle it on your behalf.

Until next time – happy shopping & stamping!

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Watercolour Wings for Watercooler Wednesday Challenge

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Welcome back to another Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Penny is hosting this week’s challenge, and she has chosen a Clean & Simple with a theme of butterflies.

WWC76 Penny's CAS butterflies

Now, we’re aware that every challenge site has different requirements for ‘Clean & Simple’ (CAS), so I thought I’d add the definition that we at the Watercooler Wednesday use:

Either a single layer upon which we stamp or a base with a single layer upon which we stamp. Since we use embellishments for any other type of card, no embellishments or die-cuts or anything except the simplicity of stamping for the “clean & simple”. That gives a clear reason for its name. And what is simpler than stamping?  That will allow heat embossing since, if one decides to use a colour, heat embossing would show better than simple stamping. But no Embossing Folder embossing. Clean and simple.

So – with that definition in mind, here is the card I created:

WWC CAS butterflies

I do find ‘clean & simple’ to be a challenge! Some times, more than others 😉

This time, I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped using the Watercolour Wings stamp set.  I used Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Pumpkin Pie inks for the butterfly wings, then stamped  the body and antennae in Smoky Slate ink.  I created a mask for the butterfly by die cutting the butterfly outline from Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I put die cut over the stamped butterfly, then inked up the sun image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Daffodil Delight, and stamped it on top of the mask.  So the sun rays actually look like they’re behind the butterfly, even though I stamped them last!  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Kinda Eclectic in Calypso Coral ink in the bottom right corner of the panel, then attached it to a Calypso Coral cardstock base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Very clean & simple, I think!  I can’t wait to see what you create for this challenge – I’ll be looking for your card!

Before you start, be sure to check out the rest of the Watercooler Artists projects, then link up your card.

If  you’d like to purchase any of the supplies I used for this card, you can click on my name below, to go directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

SUDSOL Blog Hop!

Welcome to our SUDSOL blog hop!  

This is very exciting, as we don’t have them very often, and I’m glad to be a part of this great group to share our creative ideas with  you.

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Before we get started, I just thought I’d tell you a bit about SUDSOL; the name is an acronym, standing for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing OnLine.  Every member is a current Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and we have a fabulous membership site where we have great chat forums, sharing ideas for creativity and business, as well as a host of catalogue tools and resources.  There are 3 main parts to SUDSOL: The StamPINboard (stamped samples), The Discussion Forum (demonstrator discussions) and The Articles area (Patterns, Techniques, Business articles, forms & files).

If I had to choose just 1 area of SUDSOL as my favourite, I think I would say that I get most use from the Articles area – tons of shared patterns, techniques and more for the creative side, and there are endless incredibly helpful business forms, files and tips, too.  Of course the people are just the best!  If you need help, you simply ask your question in one of the Discussion boards, and you’re assured that someone will help you out, in short order, and they’re super friendly, too!  One of my favourite resources was put together by one of our coordinators, Blythe Klipple; it’s the Stamp Set Word List.  I’m sure you’ve been thinking ‘what stamp set was *this* sentiment in?’, and you dread looking through your 200 sets of stamps….well, thanks to our Blythe, you can simply look it up on this list!!  How awesome is that?!  Well, it gets a bit more awesome – for today’s blog hop only, you can access this list by clicking on the name Stamp Set Word List!

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can join!  Better yet – why not try out a membership for 2 weeks – for FREE!  Just CLICK HERE, and you’ll be taken to the SUDSOL site, where you can choose your free 2 week trial, or sign up monthly, quarterly or bi-annually.  I did in my first 3 months as a demonstrator – and I’m still a happy member!

Now for our Blog Hop – each of the participating blogs are linked to the one before and after it, so all you have to do is click either the ‘Next’ or ‘Back’ button (whichever way you like to travel) and you’ll be taken through all of the blogs, and you’ll see all of the great projects we’ve created, just for you!  You’ve probably arrived here from Jayne Hansen’s blog – weren’t her projects terrific!

For my first project, I thought I share a new twist on a relatively new fancy fold; this one is the Double Pleated Curtain Fold (or Double Pleated Skirt Fold):

double pleated curtain fold

I’ve done the single pleated fold before, but this was my first time doing the double pleat – it was fun!  And not as difficult as you may think 😉  I’ll be writing up a tutorial for SUDSOL – so take advantage of the FREE 2 week membership, so  you can get it!

I started with a piece of the In Colour Designer Series Paper in Flirty Flamingo.  After making the score lines, and folding, I added a bit of Tombow Liquid Glue on the inside of each pleat, just to hold them down a little bit.  I  then added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back, and attached it to a panel of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut a strip of Flirty Flamingo cardstock 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, and attached it across the middle of the pleats.  I stamped the banner and sentiment in Flirty Flamingo onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  I used the new Duet Banner Punch to punch it out perfectly, and attached it on top of the cardstock strip using more Dimensionals.  To finish off the card, I added a few of the Metallics Sequins on the banner, and around the pleats.

Here’s a picture so you can see a bit more of the dimension of the pleats:

double pleat fold

Of  course,  you can’t forget the inside of the card:

double pleat fold inside

I used the ‘off-cuts’ from the DSP used for the front, and added the small pleats on the inside!

My next project is a quick & easy card to do, using the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack:

serene scenery

I just love this Designer Series Paper – it has gorgeous photo-realistic pictures on one side, then the other side has great geometric prints.    I like this piece, with it’s Bokeh effect-that’s the circles of light created by the camera.  It just reminds me of a lazy summer afternoon 🙂

I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set, and stamped the fern image in the lower right hand corner; first stamping with the ink full strength, then continued stamping until the ink faded off.  The sentiment, also from the Butterfly Basics set, was stamped directly onto the paper in Versamark ink, then covered with our new Copper Embossing Powder, and heat set.  I just love how shiny and rich the copper looks!

The small butterfly, from the same stamp set, was stamped in Delightful Dijon ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, then punched out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Since I don’t yet have the Metallic Thread in the new Copper, I used some of it in Gold, and added some loops behind the butterfly, before attaching it to the front using a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The stamped DSP was layered onto a panel of Delightful Dijon cardstock, which was then layered on top of a card base of Old Olive cardstock.

For the inside, I did the same stamping & stamping off of the fern image:

serene scenery inside

My final project is another mix of new and current:

timeless textures butterfly

I’ve combined some current stamp sets with the new Peekaboo Peach ink colour – it’s such a friendly colour 🙂

I started with a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Whisper White cardstock, and randomly stamped the crossed lines, the fleur de lis and the partial rings in Smoky Slate (stamped off once) and Crumb Cake ink.  I then added the leaves from the Number of Years stamp set in Cucumber Crush, then stamped the flowers in Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach.

On another piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the larger butterfly from the Watercolour Wings stamp set, using Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry and Basic Black ink, then die cut it using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I used my Bone Folder to gently curl the wings upwards, then added the butterfly to my stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals, just in the body area of the butterfly.

The stamped panel was attached to a panel of Smoky Slate cardstock using Dimensionals, then it was glued to a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock (because of the extra layers, I wanted a nice sturdy base).

Again – the inside look repeats the outside, with layers of Smoky Slate and Whisper White cardstock, and the fleur de lis and crossed lines stamped in Smoky Slate (stamped off once).

timeless textures inside

You’ll have noticed that I haven’t stamped any sentiments on the inside of my cards; that’s because I like to choose the sentiment based on not just the occasion, but also the person to whom I’m giving the card.  I find it’s more personal that way.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects for our SUDSOL Blog Hop!  I’d love to read any comment that you’d like to leave 🙂

Now you’ll be wanting to head on over to see what the creative Kim Innis has created for your inspiration.  You can do that by simply clicking on the link below.

Before you do – remember that you can take advantage of a FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL SUDSOL MEMBERSHIP simply by clicking HERE – you’ll be glad you did!  Then you can decide whether you want to join with a weekly, monthly or bi-annual subscription.  You can also take a look at my StamPIN Boards on SUDSOL as well – we have our own version of Pinterest – for members only! 🙂

Of course, if you like to purchase or take a closer look at any of the products I’ve  used in my cards today, you can simply click on the images below, and be taken direct to my online store (this is another fabulous SUDSOL feature – included in your membership!)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

Paper Craft Crew DT Badge

Welcome to PCCCS202 – our challenge for this week!  To keep things interesting, we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge for you:


It’s easy to play along – just choose any 1 row – either diagonal, vertical or horizontal, and include those 3 features in your project.  The colour and layout is up to you.  Then link up as usual!

I  chose the top horizontal row; Buttons, Baby Theme and Pastel Colours:

PCCCS202 Made with Love

I thought that the retired Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper fit this just perfectly, as I was able to pair it with Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride cardstock and ink – you can’t get too much more ‘pastel’ than these colours!

I started with a card base of Blushing Bride, then added the panel of Birthday Bouquet DSP; it has these cute little polka dots in Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Basic Black against the nice neutral Whisper White.  I then added a panel of Mint Macaron cardstock down the left hand side.

I stamped the little bunny from the Made with Love stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock in Memento black ink, then used my Blender Pen and Blushing Bride ink pad to colour in the bunny.  I wanted him to look like a soft stuffed animal 🙂  After colouring the bunny, I used the Blender Pen and Soft Sky ink to add some shadow around and under the bunny.  I then used the Ovals Framelits to die cut this piece, plus another oval 1 size larger from Blushing Bride cardstock, then layered them together with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then glued them (using Tombow liquid glue) to the card front.

The sentiment is also from the Made with Love set, stamped in Memento Black onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the layered with a piece of Mint Macaron, and attached under the stamped image.

Do you recognize those buttons??  Talk about a blast from the past – these were made from the modeling clay and molds that SU! carried a few years ago!  I tied some Silver Cording through the buttons, then attached them to the card front using Glue Dots.  I really wish we had carried this clay for longer, and with more molds.  They’re so light, they don’t add any weight to your card!

I hope you’ll join us for this fun challenge!  Before you do, please check out the rest of the Design Team’s cards on the Paper Craft Crew blog – they’re awesome, and you’ll get lots of inspiration!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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