Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep Sneak Peek Video Tutorial

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend! Yesterday afternoon during my weekly Facebook Live, I made a Thank You Card with the cute Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep photopolymer stamp set and the coordinating Sheep dies that will be available during Sale A Bration tomorrow! You can find the currently available supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

Here is the Facebook Live video showing how I made the card:

I posted a copy of the video in my YouTube channel here so you can view it there if you prefer.

If you watch my video, you will see that I forgot to color the arm of the dancing sheep! I didn’t catch it until I was processing the pictures for this blog post, so I colored his arm and retook the pictures. Oh Well! Lesson learned – don’t rush, double check your cards before you send them! LOL.

I started by embossing a panel of Balmy Blue with the new Timber 3D embossing folder – I love this subtle wood grain look. I adhered the panel to the front of a Balmy Blue card base. I used the third largest Stitched Rectangles die to cut the Balmy Blue polka dot panel from the You’re A Peach designer series paper. I cut a panel of Basic White with the same die and adhered them together to stiffen the DSP background.

I cut a small strip of the Pear Pizzazz You’re A Peach DSP with the bottom of the same Stitched rectangle die and adhered it to the bottom of the panel. I cut one each of the bushes from the Sheep Dies and adhered them to the panel on top of the Pear Pizzazz strip. I cut the cute gate from Sahara Sand card stock and adhered it on top of the seam to cover it and then I adhered the die cut panel to the front of the card with dimensionals.

I stamped the jumping sheep and the dancing sheep from the Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep cling stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut them out with the coordinating dies and colored their faces, ears and legs with the light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend. I colored their hooves with the dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend and adhered them to the card front with dimensionals. I cut out the sun with the Sheep Dies and stamped a little face on it using the Hippo Happiness stamp set. I adhered the sun to the card with a glue dot. I stamped the sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Real Red on Basic White and cut it out with the small die from the Hippo and Friends dies. I adhered it to the card front with glue dots.

I stamped last sheep from the Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the bottom corner of a Basic White panel and colored her with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends like the sheep on the card front. I cut out two more Pear Pizzazz bushes with the Sheep Dies from the You’re A Peach DSP and adhered them to the bottom of the panel. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up Counting Sheep stamp set and the Sheep dies are two of the items that you can choose for free with a $50 purchase before shipping and handling during Sale A Bration. There will be a total of eight different items you can choose from at the $50 level and two more at the $100 level. Sale A Bration starts on Tuesday August 3. I can’t wait! 😊


Last Day for Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale!

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of Stampin’ Up!’s most beautiful paper designs! Get all the details on my Promotions Page or click on the image below for a printable PDF Flyer:


Current Host Code: UDT2QRD7

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required. Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Balmy Blue – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (embossed background)
  • Sahara Sand – 1-3/4″ x 3″ (gate die cut)
  • Basic White – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (inside panel), 3-1/2″ x 5″ (front die cut backing), 2-1/2″ x 4″ (sheep die cuts), 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ (label)
  • You’re a Peach DSP – 3-1/2″ x 5″ (front die cut), 1-3/4″ x 3″ (die cut mounds), 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (die cut ground)
  • Hand Penned DSP – 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ (die cut sun)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Video Tutorial

Happy 4th of July!! I hope you have the opportunity to relax and celebrate with family and friends this weekend. When I first saw these flowers in the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour bundle, I thought of fireworks, so I wanted to use them in a red, white and blue card to celebrate the day in my Facebook Live yesterday afternoon. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

Here is the Facebook Live video showing how I made the card:

I posted a copy of the video in my YouTube channel here so you can view it there if you prefer.

I stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour photopolymer stamp set three times in Real Red ink on Basic White and cut them out with the coordinating die. I cut the second smallest scalloped rectangle from the Scalloped Contours dies from Balmy Blue and cut a Basic White panel to go on top. I stamped the sentiment in Balmy Blue on the side of the Basic White panel and adhered it to the die cut Balmy Blue scalloped rectangle.

I embossed a Real Red panel with the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder and adhered it to the front of a Real Red card base. I adhered a panel of Balmy Blue striped You’re a Peach designer series paper to a Balmy Blue mat and popped it on the card front with dimensionals. I adhered the layered label to the DSP panel and adhered two of the Real Red flowers on the side with liquid glue.

I popped the final Real Red flower on top with dimensionals and added a bow made from the pretty Real Red stitched ribbon. I finished the card front off with three white elegant gems.

I stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour stamp set in the lower corner of a Basic White panel, masked it with a die cut scrap flower and stamped another flower on top. I stamped a third flower in the upper corner and trimmed the bottom with a strip of Balmy Blue striped DSP. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The floral images in the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour bundle are so versatile and the Scalloped Contours dies in the bundle are just the best. This is definitely one of my favorites!! Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and Happy Stamping!!


Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale is Going on Now!

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of Stampin’ Up!’s most beautiful paper designs! Get all the details on my Promotions Page or click on the image below for a printable PDF Flyer:


Current Host Code: ZQAFXXXK

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required. Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Real Red – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (embossed background)
  • Balmy Blue – 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ (front mat), 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (die cut label)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel), 1-3/8″ x 2-11/16″ (label), 2″ x 6″ (die cut flowers)
  • You’re a Peach DSP – 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (striped background), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery Thank You Card

Happy Saturday! Today I am sharing a layered Thank You card made with the pretty Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery stamp bundle and the gorgeous Fine Art Floral designer series paper. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I used the sketch for the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday Challenge 510. I used the pretty designer series paper instead of making a white on white card and here’s the challenge graphic:

I cut the Golden Garden acetate so that it matches the pattern in the Fine Art Floral designer series paper and I peeled off the protective backing on the acetate and adhered it to the floral DSP with Stampin’ Seal under the Basic White rectangle. I adhered the Pool Party texture paper to a Pool Party mat and then adhered the layered floral paper next to it. I adhered the panel to the front of a Poppy Parade card base.

I cut a Basic White panel with the 4th smallest Stitched Rectangles die and embossed it with the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery stamp set in Poppy Parade on Basic White and cut it out with the small label die from the Floral Gallery dies. I adhered the label to the back of the embossed rectangle and adhered them both to the card front.

I stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery stamp set in Poppy Parade – the solid stamp after stamping off and the detailed stamp full strength on top. I stamped the stem and leaves in Old Olive ink and cut the flower and stem out with the coordinating die. I popped the flower on the card front with dimensionals and adhered the stem with glue dots. I adhered three Gilded Gems around the flower and added a gold trim bow with a glue dot.


For the inside of the card, I adhered the floral DSP to the Pool Party card stock and adhered them both to the side of a Basic White panel. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery bundle is one of my favorites and I’m glad that it is being carried over into the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. But since it will no longer be available as a bundle, now is the time to get it if you want the 10% bundle savings. Both the Fine Art Floral and the Golden Garden acetate are being retired, and they’re both beautiful, so get them while they’re still available!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Items are starting to sell out on the Last Chance sale, so don’t wait too long. Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last so shop early for the best selection! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Poppy Parade – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Pool Party – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front mat), 13/16″ x 5-1/4″ (inside trim)
  • Golden Garden Acetate – 2″ x 5-1/8″ (floral DSP overlay)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside panel), 2-1/2″ x 4″ panel (die cut and embossed center panel), 1″ x 2-1/4″ (label), 3″ x 5″ (flower and stem die cuts)
  • Fine Art Floral DSP – 2-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ (Pool Party texture), 2″ x 5-1/8″ (floral), 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning! Welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! Today I made a fun fold Thank You card with featuring the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle and the pretty Pansy Petals designer series paper. The style of the card is called a Book Fold or Book Binder Fold and it’s an easy fun fold that is great for showcasing pretty coordinating designer series paper. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

We have a theme challenge this week and our challenge is to use punches! How fun!!

I applied Tear & Tape to the side hinge part of a Pale Papaya card base, pulled the cover and adhered the hinge closed. I adhered the Soft Succulent gingham Pansy Petals DSP to an Evening Evergreen mat and adhered it to the hinge with liquid glue. I wrapped the hinge with a length of Fresh Freesia Ribbon and tied a bow. I secured the bow to the hinge with a glue dot. I adhered the floral Pansy Petals DSP to an Evening Evergreen Mat and popped it onto the open part of the card front with dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Petals photopolymer stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink on a Fresh Freesia panel and punched it out with the Double Oval punch. I punched a Soft Succulent panel with the scalloped oval section and adhered the two punched ovals together with liquid glue and adhered it to the card front with dimensionals. I stamped small pansies from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch stamp set in Pale Papaya, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Daffodil Delight. I stamped two in Pale Papaya with stamped off Pumpkin Pie accents and Daffodil Delight centers and two with Gorgeous Grape outsides and accents, Fresh Freesia tops (I masked off the bottom three petals) and Daffodil Delight centers. I cut all of them out with the die.

I stamped the leaves from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch stamp set in Soft Succulent backgrounds and Evening Evergreen details and cut them out with the corresponding dies. I adhered three leaves to the card front with liquid glue and popped the pansies on top with dimensionals. I finished the card front off with 2021-2023 In Color jewels.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch stamp set in Fresh Freesia ink on a Basic White panel and adhered the remaining die cut pansies and leaves in the top corner. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card with Stampin’ Seal.

The Book Fold card is a real easy fun fold and it’s great with the Pansy Petals DSP. The Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle is so pretty and versatile. It’s so much fun to play with because pansies come in so many different colors and styles and you can combine the stamps in so many different ways to recreate your favorites!

On With The Hop! Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Karen Ksenzakovic’s project.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required. Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Pale Papaya – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″ (mountain) and 6-3/4″ (valley), 1-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ (label)
  • Evening Evergreen -1″ x 4″ (front hinge mat), 4″ x 4″ (front background mat)
  • Fresh Freesia – 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (label punch)
  • Soft Succulent – 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (label mat punch)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 4″ (inside panel), 4″ x 5″ (die cut small pansies and leaves)
  • Pansy Petals 6″ x 6″ DSP – 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ (floral front background), 7/8″ x 3-7/8″ (gingham front hinge)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour Inkin’ Krew Cards

Hello! We had an Inkin’ Krew quarterly team meeting Sunday afternoon and I was finally able to travel to Amy’s house to attend in person. It was so wonderful to finally meet in person again and stamp together. Today I’m sharing the beautiful cards I made during the meeting. The cards were designed by our team mates Linda Richenberg, Karen Ksenzakovic and Tara Carpenter. They are so pretty and the ladies all used different techniques so while the they all use the same stamp set and sentiment, they are so different! You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

Some of the Inkin’ Krew team joined us in person and the rest (after all the team is spread all across the country!) joined virtually via Zoom. The instructions were provided ahead of time, so we could prepare and after we finished the business discussion, Linda, Karen and Tara took turns showing us how to make their cards.

This is the card that Linda designed. You can find more of her work on her Facebook Business page here. We adhered the Hand Penned DSP to a Highland Heather card base and cut Basic White and Highland Heather panels with the Scalloped Contours dies. We used blending brushes to apply Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and Highland Heather ink to the Basic White die cut and then stamped the flower with Versamark ink. We sprinkled it with Black embossing powder and heat set. We stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour photopolymer stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut it out with the Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered it to a Highland Heather mat. We adhered the label to the card front and then adhered the two scalloped die cuts together before popping it onto the card front with dimensionals. We finished it off with Opal Round gems.

This is Karen’s card and you can find her blog here. We embossed a panel of the Fresh Freesia shimmer vellum with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder and adhered it to a Soft Succulent mat and then to a Fresh Freesia card base. We cut a Scalloped Contours rectangle from Basic White, applied a little Soft Succulent ink to the center with a blending brush and stamped the sentiment on the bottom in Memento Tuxedo Black. We stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black and Fresh Freesia and cut it out with the coordinating die. Then we popped it on the scalloped rectangle with dimensionals. We wrapped the Soft Succulent ribbon adhering it with Stampin’ Seal and popped the scalloped rectangle on top with dimensionals, finishing the card front with Soft Succulent jewels.


Here’s Tara’s card and you can find her blog here. We cut the largest Scalloped Contours die from Beauty of the Earth DSP and the 3rd largest from So Saffron. We stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy and adhered them together. We adhered them to a Night of Navy mat and then adhered it to a Soft Saffron card base. We stamped the flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour stamp set in Basic Gray on Basic White and cut them out with the coordinating die. We used the new soft pastels to color the flowers – I used the Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade for my flowers. I did some rough coloring with the stick and then blended it with my fingers. We adhered two of the flowers with liquid glue and popped the last one with dimensionals. This card is finished with three silver epoxy dots.

I didn’t have time to finish the insides of the cards, so I’ll do that later. The wonderful Stampin’ Up! Color and Contour bundle is so pretty and so versatile! We got to try out a lot of new card making techniques and play with beautiful new products. I love how each card is so different and so pretty!! Thank you so much Linda, Karen and Tara!!

Here’s a picture of the group of us that met at Amy’s house – Amy Koenders, me, Karen Ksenzakovic and Vicki Ridgway. We’re all smiling because we had so much fun to finally get together for the meeting and make these gorgeous cards! It was such a wonderful afternoon! Let me know if you think you might be interested in joining us for our next quarterly meeting and I’ll give you all the details!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last so shop early for the best selection! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Linda’s Card
    • Highland Heather – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″, 2-3/4″ x 4″ (scalloped die cut panel), 1-1/8″ x 2-1/2″ (sentiment mat)
    • Basic White – 2-3/4″ x 4″ (scalloped die cut panel), 1-1/4″ x 3″ (die cut label)
    • Hand Penned DSP – 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ (front background)
  • Karen’s Card
    • Fresh Freesia – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (label mat)
    • Soft Succulent – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front mat)
    • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (scalloped die cut and stamped flower)
    • 2021-2023 In Color Shimmer Vellum – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (Fresh Freesia embossed panel)
  • Tara’s Card
    • So Saffron – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″, 2-3/4″ x 4″ (scalloped die cut panel)
    • Night of Navy – 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ panel (front mat)
    • Basic White – 4″ x 4″ panel (die cut flowers)
    • Beauty of the Earth DSP – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ panel (large scalloped rectangle die cut)

Stampin’ Up! products used in these projects:

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Stampin’ Up! Hello Dear Friend Card Kit

Good morning! One of the prettiest kits from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog is the Stampin’ Up! Hello Dear Friend Card Kit. This card kit makes 12 cards – 3 each of 4 designs and is an all inclusive card kit. So it has everything you need to make the cards, including a stamp block! I finally made some of the cards in my kit and they are sooo pretty!!

I pretty much followed the instructions included in the Stampin’ Up! Hello Dear Friend card kit. The copper foil and vellum touches make these cards stand out. There are two A2 designs and two mini card designs with coordinating envelopes with printed liners. Here are close ups of the cards I made.

I love the watercolor florals in this kit!

The geometric copper foil vellum contrasts nicely with the soft flowers.

The envelopes for the mini cards have cute side flaps.

These are the stamps that are included in the Stampin’ Up! Hello Dear Friend card kit. I used the little flower and leaves to decorate the insides. Aren’t the sentiments wonderful!

Card kits are perfect for beginning stampers and for anyone needing to make a last minute card real quick. You can follow the instructions that come in the kit, or you can express your creativity and create alternative designs by combining the elements in the kits with favorite items from your stash. The Stampin’ Up! coordinating colors are listed with the instructions, so you know that it will be a perfect match!

Have you seen the new Kits Collection in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store? In addition to the monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up! now has a wide variety of all-inclusive kits that are only available while supplies last. New kits are added regularly and there are a range of styles and options – even kits without stamping! I have them pictured below and you can check them out here in my Online Store for the complete details!

Join me for a Facebook Live this afternoon!

I’ll be away tomorrow so I’m planning to go live on my Facebook Page at 1:00 ET today instead. I’ve missed so many videos with my recent vacation. I will be making a simple card with the fun Oh Snap stamp set! Look forward to seeing you then!


Connect, Craft & Collect $25 Ends Monday!!!

The Connect, Craft & Collect $25 promotion is underway! Through June 14, 2021, qualifying Stampin’ Up! orders and parties over $250 will receive an extra $25 in BONUS Stampin’ Rewards!

Here is the Host Dollars chart for the promotion:

Full details can be found on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page. Let me know if you have any questions.

The Extra $25 Bonus ends on June 14!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last so shop early for the best selection! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:

Stampin’ Up! Kits Collection sets that are currently available:


Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts Thank You Card

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing a simple monochrome thank you card made with the beautiful sentiments from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts cling stamp set and the beautiful Wild Roses background stamp. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I stamped the Wild Flowers background stamp in Misty Moonlight ink on Basic White using my stamparatus to ensure I got good coverage. I stamped the small strip of Basic White with the same ink and stamp so that I would have a coordinating design for the inside of the card. I adhered the large panel to a Basic White mat with Liquid Glue and then adhered it to the front of a Misty Moonlight card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts cling stamp set in Misty Moonlight ink on a Basic White panel and cut it out with the Stitched Rectangles die. I cut a Misty Moonlight panel with the next larger Stitched Rectangles die and adhered the stamped label on top with liquid glue.

I folded a length of white ribbon and adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Seal. I adhered the label on top with dimensionals, making sure to position some of the dimensionals so that it adhered to the card front rather than the folded ribbon. I finished off the card front with three square faceted Misty Moonlight gems.


For the inside of the card, stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts stamp set in Misty Moonlight ink on a Basic White panel. I adhered the Wild Roses stamped strip to the bottom and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The wonderful Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts stamp set is on the retiring list, so it will only be available while supplies last. The sentiments are really special and the font is nice, suitable for many artistic styles. The Wild Roses background stamp is carried over into the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog and it’s sure to become a new favorite.


Last Week for Connect, Craft & Collect $25!

The Connect, Craft & Collect $25 promotion is underway! Through June 14, 2021, qualifying Stampin’ Up! orders and parties over $250 will receive an extra $25 in BONUS Stampin’ Rewards!

Here is the Host Dollars chart for the promotion:

Full details can be found on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page. Let me know if you have any questions.

Hurry – The Extra $25 Bonus ends on June 14!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last so shop early for the best selection! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


Tomorrow is the Last Day to Sign Up for the June Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Dream and discover In Color! With the Expressions In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit, you’ll be introduced to our intriguing collection of In Colors for 2021–2023—and, you’ll find a familiar shade from our 2020–2022 In Color selection. This month’s ink-credible kit contains enough elements to create nine cards—and coordinating envelopes—including ink-stained paper pieces, an exclusive stamp set, and not one, but two Classic Stampin’ Spots! And, it all comes in a cute, colorful, and collectible box.

Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink

If you’re interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you can either sign up for a subscription where you are billed monthly for your kit or you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my Online Store. To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription click here. To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my Online Store, click here.

Sign up deadline for the June 2021 kit is June 10, 2021.  Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Misty Moonlight – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (label mat)
  • Basic White – two 4″ x 5-1/4″ panels (inside panel and front mat), 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (stamped panel), 1-1/2″ x 3″ (label), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship Thank You Card

Good morning! I am back home after a long visit and excited to bring a Thank You card made with the pretty Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship bundle. I used some of the new In Colors and the new masks with blending brushes to create a different look. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I positioned the small flower mask over a Basic White panel and secured it to my work surface with post it notes. I used a blending brush to apply some Fresh Freesia ink over the masked panel, making it darker in the center and lighter on the edges. I embossed the panel with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and adhered the embossed panel to the front of a Fresh Freesia card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship cling stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink on a Basic White panel. I cut it out with the smallest angled Tailor Made Tags dies. I also cut the little tab from Fresh Freesia card stock and adhered it to the front. I looped a short length of Fresh Freesia ribbon through the hole and tied a bow with white twine. I stamped three large flowers in Fresh Freesia ink on Fresh Freesia card stock and punched them out with the Flowers and Leaves punch. I stamped four large leaves in Soft Succulent ink on Soft Succulent card stock and punched them out.

I adhered the tag to the card front with glue dots. I gently curled the flower petals back with my bone folder and adhered the flowers to the card front around the tag with glue dots. I tucked the leaves under the flowers with more glue dots and added a resin dot to the center of each flower.


For the inside of the card, I used the floral mask again and inked up the bottom of a Basic White panel with my blending brush and Fresh Freesia ink. I stamped the small flower from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship stamp set in Fresh Freesia ink on Fresh Freesia card stock and two small leaves in Soft Succulent ink on Soft Succulent card stock. I colored the flower center with Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blend and punched the flower and leaves out. I adhered them to the bottom of the panel and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

It felt good to be back in my stamp room, and it was really nice playing with new items! I was pleased with how pretty the masked background came out – and I was really happy with how easy it was to do with the blending brush. Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results, too!

Join me for a Facebook Live this afternoon!

I’m planning to go live on my Facebook Page at 1:00 ET to make a card with the fun Wild Cats bundle! Look forward to seeing you then!


Last Week for Connect, Craft & Collect $25!

The Connect, Craft & Collect $25 promotion is underway! Through June 14, 2021, qualifying Stampin’ Up! orders and parties over $250 will receive an extra $25 in BONUS Stampin’ Rewards!

Here is the Host Dollars chart for the promotion:

Full details can be found on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page. Let me know if you have any questions.

The Extra $25 Bonus ends on June 14!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last so shop early for the best selection! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


The June Paper Pumpkin Kit is Expressions In Color!

Dream and discover In Color! With the Expressions In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit, you’ll be introduced to our intriguing collection of In Colors for 2021–2023—and, you’ll find a familiar shade from our 2020–2022 In Color selection. This month’s ink-credible kit contains enough elements to create nine cards—and coordinating envelopes—including ink-stained paper pieces, an exclusive stamp set, and not one, but two Classic Stampin’ Spots! And, it all comes in a cute, colorful, and collectible box.

Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink

If you’re interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you can either sign up for a subscription where you are billed monthly for your kit or you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my Online Store. To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription click here. To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my Online Store, click here.

Sign up deadline for the June 2021 kit is June 10, 2021.  Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.


Current Host Code: VZMG92YZ

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Fresh Freesia – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″, 4″ x 5″ (punched flowers)
  • Soft Succulent – 1-1/2″ x 3″ (punched leaves)
  • Basic White – two 4″ x 5-1/4″ panels (inside panel and front mat), 1-1/2″ x 3″ (label)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch Thank You Card

Good morning!  One of the cutest bundles in the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle. Today I am using the Pansy dies with the new Pansy Petals designer series paper to make a sweet pansy Thank You card. You can find the currently available supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used. The Pansy Patch bundle along with the designer series papers and embellishments on my card will be available when the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog launches next week on May 4, 2021.

I adhered a panel of Pale Papaya striped paper from the new 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ designer series paper pack to a basic White panel with liquid glue. I embossed a Pale Papaya panel with the Meadow Moments embossing folder and adhered it to the bottom. I wrapped the panel with a length of pale papaya ribbon, securing it in the back and adhered it to the front of a Pale Papaya card base with dimensionals.

I cut a Basic White panel with the scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I used the Pansy Dies from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle to die cut three large pansies and four leaves from the Pansy Petals designer series paper. I arranged the pansies and leaves on the scalloped rectangle and adhered the leaves and two of the pansies with glue dots. I adhered the last pansy with dimensionals and adhered the panel to the card front with dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from the Pansy Patch photopolymer stamp set using Soft Succulent ink on Basic White and cut it out with the smallest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I adhered the label to the card front with dimensionals and glue dots. I finished the card front with the new 2021-2023 In Color jewels.


For the inside of the card, I cut a small pansy from the Pansy Petals DSP and adhered it to a Basic White panel. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch stamp set in Soft Succulent ink next to the flower and adhered the striped Pale Papaya DSP to the bottom. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

I love that the dies from the Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle can cut some of the images from the Pansy Petals designer series paper! It just gives you another option for using this wonderful new bundle. And it will finally be available next week on May 4, 2021! Here’s a picture of the bundle and my card along with the Pansy Petals DSP and the dies that you can use to cut the DSP.


Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Sale is going on NOW!

Stampin’ Up! has posted the list of items from the 2020-2021 Annual catalog that are retiring and some of the items are on sale! Retiring items will be available only white supplies last! If you love great deals, now is the perfect time to shop.

To download a PDF with the Retiring Items List, click here.

To download an excel file with the Retiring Items List, click here.

Head to my Online Store to get the retiring items you need before they sell out!

The new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog will open for orders on May 4, 2021 and by then it will be too late!


Current Host Code: YGDSB9H4

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Pale Papaya – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (embossed panel)
  • Basic White – two 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel and front mat), 2-3/4″ x 4″ (scalloped rectangle die cut), 1″ x 2-1/2″ (scalloped rectangle label)
  • 2021-2023 In Color DSP – 3-7/8″ x 4″ (front top panel), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)
  • Pansy Petals DSP – 4 die cut leaves, 3 large die cut pansies, 1 small die cut pansy

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! I used the new Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship bundle from the upcoming 2021-2022 Annual Catalog for today’s Thank You card. I also used the new colorful and fun Pattern Party designer series paper that will be a host item in the new catalog. And the best news is that the new catalog will be open for orders next week on May 4th. I can’t wait!! You can find the currently available supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

We have a sketch challenge this week and here is the pretty sketch we are using:

I adhered a panel of the new Pattern Party designer series paper to a Poppy Parade mat and then popped it on the front of a Coastal Cabana card base. I stamped the flower and stems from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship cling stamp set in Granny Apple Green ink on a Basic White panel and cut it out with the Stitched Rectangle Die. I colored the leaves with the light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ blend and adhered it to a Poppy Parade mat.

I stamped two large petal clusters from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship stamp set in Poppy Parade ink on Basic White and cut them out with the new Flowers and Leaves punch that is in the bundle. I colored them with the Light Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and adhered them together with a glue dot. I stamped four small petal clusters, punched them out, colored the flowers and adhered them together. I adhered the two small flowers to the panel with glue dots and popped the large flower on the panel with dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink on a Basic white strip and cut it out with the stitched rectangle from the Ornate Layers dies using the two step die cutting method. I cut a Coastal Cabana strip the same size and adhered it to the back of the label. Then I popped the floral panel on the side of the card front with dimensionals and adhered the label with dimensionals and glue dots. I finished the flowers centers with the new 2021-2023 In Color jewels and adhered a Coastal Cabana bow to the stem.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the row of flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship stamp set in Poppy Parade ink across the top of a Basic White panel. I adhered a strip of the Pattern Party DSP to the bottom and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Flowers of Friendship bundle is a great little stamp and punch set with cute flowers and sentiments. The new Pattern Party designer series paper is so colorful and fun and this is the first time that a Designer Series Paper pack has been among the host items. Both of these items along with the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels will be available when the new catalog opens on May 4, 2021. Here is a picture of the new bundle with the new designer series paper and today’s card.

If you don’t have a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog but would like to become my customer, contact me and I can send you one.

On with the Hop! Click the Next button below to visit Karen Ksenzakovic’s blog.

And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s a list of the team members participating in the hop today:


Current Host Code: YGDSB9H4

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog or in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Coastal Cabana – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ (label)
  • Poppy Parade – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front mat), 2-3/8″ x 3-11/16″ (flower panel mat)
  • Basic White – 2-3/4″ x 4″ (flower panel), 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ (large flower petals), two 1-1/4″ x 3″ (small flower petals), 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel)
  • Pattern Party DSP – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (front background panel), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:

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