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How to create beautiful cards with Hydrangea Haven

As soon as I saw the lovely Hydrangea Hill Suite in the new January – June mini catalog I was transported back to my childhood. My maternal grandmother had a reputation gardening, whether it was vegetables or flowers, and our yard was always blooming with something. Gorgeous azalea bushes framing the front of the house; pink and red roses adding their fragrance to the back yard, and beautiful blue and pink hydrangea bushes lining the sidewalk on the side of the house.

The new Hydrangea Hill Suite is one you will most definitely want to add to your collection. The colors work so beautifully together and set you up for success right out of the box. Check out my YouTube video and see how easy it is to create with the products in this suite.

The new Hydrangea Hill Suite from Stampin’ Up!

These products will be available beginning on January 5th! You can check out my store for more info and to place an order. Click here. I’m also featuring this suite in my February Stampin’ Bingo class! This is a fun event where we make four projects and play some old fashioned bingo for fun! It’s always a good time and lots of laughs! You can register here.

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Sometimes it’s just all about the FUN factor!

I love it when I can escape to my home studio to spend some time doing what I love – crafting! I find it relaxing to take paper, stamps, and ink and transform them into beautiful cards and gifts I can share with others. I also love all the gadgets and tools that make crafting easy. But most of all, I LOVE when I can play with new items that are just plain fun – like the new Gilded Leafing Embellishment featured in the Stampin’ Up! January – June mini catalog (and oh yeah, getting to play with it before it’s released to the general pubic is just ONE of the many get perks of being a demonstrator – but I digress). As soon as I saw it in the catalog I just knew I to order it to play with it and boy was I right.

The gilded leafing adds a new dimension to card making and paper crafting plus it’s just plain fun to play with. Using just a Versamark stamp pad, some Heat & Stick powder and a heat tool, it’s easy to add the Gilded Leafing to your projects. But be warned – once you open the jar, there’s no getting it back in so have a plastic tub with a lid handy to store it in.

The Gilded Leafing embellishment is part of the Fine Art Floral Suite of products which includes Art Gallery Bundle (Art Gallery stamp set and matching dies), Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate, Fine Art Ribbon, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, Heat & Stick Powder, and Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. You can order the entire Suite of products beginning on January 5, 2021 – just about one week from now!

Check out my YouTube video where I demonstrate this Suite of products and be ready to order yours on January 5th. Plus when you order the Fine Arts Floral Suite you’ll qualify for two FREE Sale-a-Bration items! Now that’s a sweet deal! You can order here beginning on January 5, 2021.

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Creative projects you’ll love delivered to your door!

I love getting surprises in the mail! And my favorite of all is my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! Each month this fun little kit arrives on my door step with everything I need to make that month’s project. Whenever it arrives, it’s like an old friend has come to visit. I can’t wait to open the box and see what is waiting for me!

November’s kit – Jolly Gingerbread – has everything I need to make a variety of projects -gift card holders, Christmas cards, or gift tags. I had so much fun making some of each. Check out my YouTube Video to see how easy it is to create beautiful handmade cards and gift tags.

Jolly Gingerbread Paper Pumpkin

If your looking for gift ideas for the crafty types on your gift list, consider a subscription to Paper Pumpkin! I know they’ll love it!

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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.