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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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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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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″

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You’ll love the classic beauty of Celebrate Sunflowers

When I was younger I didn’t much care for sunflowers – I just thought they were an ugly flower. However, as I’ve grown older (and hopefully wiser), I’ve come to appreciate the simple beauty of sunflowers. To me the are a symbol of joy; with their vibrant yellow petals and lush chocolatey center they bring a smile to me whenever I see them.

Stampin’ Up! has captured the simple beauty of sunflowers in their new Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. The large sunflower image contains rich details that show so well in a variety of ink colors. The image is beautiful just stamped with ink or stamped and colored with any of our coloring tools (watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write Makers, Stampin’ Blends).

You can watch my tutorial on YouTube channel (thanks for subscribing!) where I show you how easy it is to make the cards below. I’m also featuring this stamp set for my October Class to go. You can get all the details from my Facebook Event page

These cards were so simple to make using just a few supplies. Both cards are 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. The Misty Moonlight card just has three (partial) sunflowers stamped with Misty Moonlight in on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. A .75″ x 3.74″ banner cut from Bumblebee card stock (ends punched with Lovely Labels Pick a Punch) with sentiment stamped in Bumblebee ink completes the card design. The Bumblebee card features a 3.5″ x 5″ layer of Soft Suede topped by a 3.25″ x 4.75″ layer of Whisper White. Add Bumblebee ribbon to both layers prior to attaching them to the card front for an elegantly simple card. The “Hello” sentiment is from the new Life is Beautiful stamp set.

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Don’t miss out on the classic Christmas Means More

Every once in a while, I find a stamp set that just speaks to me from the first time I see it! In the August to December Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up! the set that won my heart from the start is the wonderfully playful Christmas Means More stamp set. Don’t be fooled by its obvious simplicity – the set contains four sentiments that are iconic lines from classic holiday movies. As soon as I saw the set I was transported back to my childhood and the fun times baking Christmas cookies with my mom while we watched these classic movies.

The quotes are from some of my favorite movies and every time I use them I just can’t help smiling (or singing or reeling off other lines from the movies). Let’s see if you can name the movies from these classic lines: “Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” or “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”. How about “Every time a bell rings and angel gets its wings” or the simple “I believe – it’s silly, but I believe.”

Christmas Means More stamp set #154730 $16
https://www.stampinup.com/productSs/christmas-means-more-photopolymer-stamp-set?demoid=2184563

Subscribing to the idea of simplicity is the essence of good design, it’s so easy to create beautiful cards with this set. Check out these two I demonstrated for my Facebook Live and posted to my YouTube channel (thanks for subscribing).

Both cards were so simple to make and are great for beginning stampers. The card bases are 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″, with on card having a portrait orientation and the other having a landscape orientation. Both feature the beautiful Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper (DSP). For the Pear Pizzazz card, cut your DSP to 3″ x 4″ and your Mossy Meadow layer to 3.5″ x 4.5″ You can add some bling with the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and use the Real Red double stitched satin ribbon to tie a pretty bow around it. Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White card stock using Real Red ink and die cut with the layering circles. Attach to card front using stampin dimensionals. For the Mossy Meadow card, cut your DSP to 3″ x 1″ and layer it over a Real Real cut to 3.75″ x 3.5″. Add a stitched rectangle with the sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow ink to complete the card. You can check out my YouTube video tutorial here.