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You’ll adore the delightful Playful Pets Suite

Ok I’ll admit it – I am the crazy dog lady – after all I have five! I love all my fur babies and the joy they bring on a daily basis. So when I saw the new Playful Pets Product Suite in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog I just KNEW I had to get it. The Suite includes everything you see in the picture and you can order it with just one item code – #154136 or you can order each item separately. Check out my online store for more information.

Playful Pets Product Suite includes the Pampered Pets Stamp Set and matching dies, Playful Pets Designer Series Paper, Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack and Playful Pets Trinkets

While the product suite is perfect for casual and avid stampers, beginning stampers can also have a lot of fun with just the stamp set, card stock, and designer series paper. Check out this cute card I made just using stamps, ink, and paper. It’s #simplestamping at its best!

#simplestamping featuring the Pampered Pets stamp set and Playful Pets Designer Series Paper

To really step it up you can use all the products in the product suite to create unique, one of a kind cards for all the pet lovers on your list!

All the elements in the Playful Pets Product Suite can be used to create fun cards for kids of all ages!

And don’t forget to add some pizzazz to the inside. The little paw print die is just perfect for adding a bit of personality to the inside.

You can check out my YouTube video tutorial for instructions on how to make these cards, including dimensions for cutting card stock and designer series paper. You can order the supplies you need from my online store.

Here’s a gratuitous picture of my fur babies! Love them all. Happy Stampin!

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You’ll wow them with the delightful Prized Peony

The new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog has ten new Product Suites that make it so easy to create beautiful projects. The color coordination is one of the hallmarks of the Stampin’ Up! product line. From inks to paper to embellishments, it’s so easy to successfully create stunning one of a kind cards and gifts. One of my new favorites is the Peony Garden Suite (#154129; $97.50). The Suite features the Prized Peony Stamp Set, Peony dies, Peony Garden Designer Series Paper, Square Vellum Doilies, Elegant Faceted Gems, Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon, and Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder.

Peony Garden Suite

This elegant suite of products is geared to the avid crafter but beginning stampers can also create lovely simple stamping cards with this beautiful stamp set. Using just stamps, ink and paper you can create a simple yet elegant card as shown below


This card was created with just two stamps and a few layers of paper. The card base is an 8 1/5″ x 5 1/5″ piece of Gray Granite card stock scored at 4 1/4″. The first layer is a piece of 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. The final layer is a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. The images are stamped in Basic Gray ink. More avid crafters can step it up with die cuts and embellishments as shown below.

Peony Garden Product Suite

This card has a 8 1/5″ x 5 1/5″ Petal Pink card base (scored at 4 1/4″). The Basic Gray layer (4″ x 5 1/4″) has been embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing folder. A 2′ x 4″ piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper adds a pop of color as does a touch of the Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon. The sentiment was die cut using the Stitched so Sweetly dies and stamped in Old Olive ink. The peony flower was die cut in Petal Pink and colored with a sponge dauber and Blushing Bride ink. The center was die cut from Bumblebee card stock and the leaves area combination of Old Olive and Garden Green. You can check out my video tutorial here. You can order the products used for these cards here.

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Blossoms in Bloom Sparkle!

When June rolled around, the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog launched and brought us a ton of fun new goodies to play with. One bundle that caught my eye was the Blossoms in Bloom bundle – I just loved the large floral image and the matching dies. Of course I ordered it! Wouldn’t you?

So fast forward to July (can you believe it’s already July? – Yikes the first 6 months just flew by) and I FINALLY get a chance to play with the new Blossoms in Bloom. Right out of the box I knew it would be a fantastic set for beginning stampers to create gorgeous cards with minimal effort. Check it out – was I right? Nothing more then stamps, ink and paper and you have a beautiful card

Simple stamping with Blossoms in Bloom

The beauty of the Blossoms in Bloom bundle doesn’t stop with simple stamping. When you pair this gorgeous set with the new Rainbow Glimmer paper and add a little sponging technique you can create a card that is absolutely stunning. Be sure to check out my YouTube video tutorial for instructions for making both cards. You can shop for everything you need here. Happy Stampin!


Beyond Papercrafting

Just a few weeks ago my Stampin’ Up! order was delivered. For some reason, I included a package of window sheets in my order. Window sheets are a great resource for making shaker cards, which really aren’t my favorite type to make. I put the order away and forgot about the window sheets which I knew I most likely won’t use – at least not any time soon.

One day, as I ‘m watching the news I keep hearing these inspirational stories of people who are sewing face masks or using 3D printers to print PPE and I thought to myself I wish I could do something to help. Suddenly – I had a light bulb moment – I have a sewing machine, some bias binding and WINDOW SHEETS! I bet I can make a face shield with those!

So I grabbed my sewing machine, my bias binding and my window sheets. It took a little bit of trial and error but I think I figured it out. The window sheets come in 12″ x 12″ sheets, which I trimmed down to 7″ x 12″, I sewed some bias binding along one 12″ edge and used my detailed trio punch to round the corners of the (now) bottom 12″ edge. And voila! A face shield that can be donated to those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you want to make some you can order the window sheets here. The sheets are sold in a package of 2 for $5. Let’s see how many we can make to help those who are doing so much to help us! Happy crafting!


Making a Difference – The COVID 19 Product Give Back

Stampin’ Up! is committed to making a difference in its global communities and caring about people first. As part of its Making a Difference program they are offering a product giveback opportunity to support organizations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

For just $12 you can purchase the Share Sunshine PDF Download and Stampin’ Up! will donate 100% of the proceeds to COVID-19 efforts. Your purchase will help support The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund and United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. You can learn more about WHO here and more about United Way here.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently experiencing–including many ideas that came from demonstrators and customers! You can use the download in your card making and paper crafting projects. Simply print the imagery on card stock and cut it out using Stampin’ UP!’s Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are all physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards!

You can purchase your Share Sunshine PDF here until June 2, 2020.