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You’ll love the easy yet impressive IMPOSSIBLE CARD!

I’ve always been crafty. As a youngster I loved to color; as a I grew older I tried my hand at different crafts – knitting, sewing, crocheting, photography, cake decorating, painting. You name it and I’ve probably at least tried it once! Some I’ve liked more than others and some were just not my strong suit – knitting – not for me – can’t coordinate two needles at once; quilting – meh too much detail work. But creativity fills my soul and I love to try new things.

About 20 years ago I got introduced to Stampin’ Up! I loved the pretty stamps, ink, and paper and I was hooked. I loved this new hobby – it fed my creative side in a fun, new way. Now, life has a way of getting in the way and as a mom of two young children with a full time job outside the home, the opportunity to spend precious time and money on my “hobby” was limited. I never gave it up exactly but I did put it on the back burner for a few decades.

So fast forward to today and I’m an (almost) empty nester with time and money to finally spend on me! So when the opportunity to join Stampin’ Up! was presented and jumped in and signed up. I absolutely LOVE creating with my stamps, ink, and paper. It feeds my creative soul and it give me such joy to turn a simple piece of paper into a work of art. Best of all, I get to share my passion with all of you! So today I want to share my take on the “Impossible Card”. I’m not really sure why it’s called that but my guess is the way you cut and fold the card seems impossible to do!

Impossible Card

The card is actually quite easy to make – just a few score lines and some snips with your scissor, a flip of the paper and Viola – the Impossible Card. Check out my YouTube Tutorial below and be sure to join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group on Facebook to get the FREE PDF tutorial. You can order the tools used to make this card here. Happy Stampin’.

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You’ll love this sneak peek at the new Curvy Celebrations!

I don’t know about you, but growing up birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and just about any special occasion was a big deal. These events would bring the whole family together to celebrate and they were always filled with lots of laughter, good food, and above all love! My mom always went out of her way to make these celebrations special. I know I get my love of creating special gifts and cards for my family and friends from her.

I don’t know why but the new Quite Curvy Bundle just reminds me of my mom and all the special times we had together. Maybe it’s because the curvy dies make me think of how she loved to sew and could create beautiful clothes for the children and grandchildren in the blink of an eye (and lots of late nights). It might be because of the whimsical trees in the Curvy Christmas stamp set but most likely it’s because she really was “One in a Million” as the sentiment from the Quite Curvy stamp set says. No matter the reason, this bundle just brings joy to my heart and so many fond memories of celebrations with my Mom. Take a look and I’m sure you will find it makes you smile too.

The card on the right is a great example of #simplestamping – just stamps ink and paper. Card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. Layers get consecutively 1/4″ smaller – so Designer Series paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the top layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″. Measurements are the same for the pink birthday card with the exception of the top white layer, which is the same width as the green layer it sits on but only 3 1/4″ high before being cut with the curvy dies.

You can check out my YouTube tutorial here. Please be sure to subscribe to my channel and then click on the bell so you can be notified when I upload new content. You can also order your own Quite Curvy Bundle from my store – just click here.

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Add a POP of color with the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite

When I first saw the August to December Mini Catalog I was drawn to the beautiful Poinsettia Place Suite of products. It was a love/hate relationship – I loved the the products but hated the number of dies included. The number of dies was the deciding factor in my decision to skip over this suite in favor of simpler bundles and suites. But like a moth to a flame I kept coming back to it. After seeing so many beautiful projects created with this suite I FINALLY broke down and ordered it.

When it arrived I pulled it out of the box and immediately started to play with it. Let just say it was LOVE at first use! The poinsettia flowers go together so easily and you can create flowers of varying sizes . I was kicking myself for waiting so long to get this little gem.

https://www.stampinup.com/products/poinsettia-place-suite-collection-(english)?demoid=2184563

The Suite comes with everything you see here – stamp set, dies, beaded pearls, ribbon, designer series paper, and a specialty designer series paper. You can order the entire suite with just one item number 155109 for just $94. I promise once you get this suite you won’t want to put it down. It makes creating stunning cards so easy!

This past week the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite was the star of my YouTube video, which you can see here. You can purchase all the products used to make the cards featured on my YouTube Video here. Below are the dimensions for the cards:

  • Real Red card stock – 11″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White card stock – 2 pieces 4″ x 5 1/4″ (one for inside/one for outside)
  • Basic Black – 3/4′ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic Black – 2 1/4″ circle
  • Real Red, Garden Green, and Bumblebee card stock for die cuts
  • Soft Suede card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White card stock 4″ x 5 1/4″ (for inside)
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper 3″ x 4″
  • Bumblebee card stock for label
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Fast, easy, & fun! You’ll love this kit!

As October begins to wind down our thoughts turn to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and beyond. The next few weeks are often the busiest of the year, with lots of things on our “to do” lists. With the new Joy of Sharing All Inclusive Card Kit from Stampin’ Up! you can take making holiday cards off your list. The kit contains everything you need to make 15 beautiful cards, which can include a photo if you so desire! The kit comes with literally everything you need to make the cards – card bases, envelopes, adhesive, stamp set, ink, clear block, embellishments, and a storage box. Just look at all you get in the kit.

And as an added bonus, you can use the left over bits and pieces from the kit to create additional cards with supplies you already have on hand. What’s not to love? Check out my YouTube video and order your kit today at https://www.stampinup.com/products/joy-of-sharing-card-kit-(en)?demoid=2184563

Joy of Sharing card with alternate project

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You need to add this hidden gem to your collection

I love this time of year. The trees start turning brilliant shade of red, yellow, and orange. The air is crisp and things just seem to slow down a bit. I love it when I can snuggle under a quilt with a good book and some cocoa and just laze the day away. Ah Fall – probably my favorite season. I love all things fall and I especially love creating beautiful fall themed cards. One of my favorite sets to create with the the Gather Together bundle from Stampin’ Up! I first fell in love with this set last fall and I was so happy to see my old friend return this year.

The stamp set and dies are beautiful in their simplicity. Just a few heart felt sentiments and beautiful leaves, pumpkins, and wheat complete the stamp set. With dies to match the stamped images as well as some accent dies, it’s easy to create beautiful, one of a kind greeting cards to send to family and friends this time of year.

I’m featuring this set as my October Product of the Month. Place an order on my website of $25 or more and I’ll send you a FREE kit with all the cardstock and envelopes needed, as well as a tutorial, create four beautiful cards (stamp set and dies not included, open to US residents only). Use this link to order https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=DPYG26UC

The bundle is item #153036 and retails for $38.50. Check out my YouTube video of two cards I made with this set. You’ll want to add it to your collection too!

Video featuring the Gather Together Bundle

Dimensions for both cards are as follows:

  • Card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card stock for inside both cards and outside of Soft Suede card 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Card stock for outside Cajun Craze card – Crushed Curry 3 1/4″ x 5 1/5″; Very Vanilla 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″; Crushed Curry 1/2″ x 5 1/2″