Happy World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day and I was able to participate in a WCMD event that Stampin’ Up ® held this evening. What fun! We made three cards featuring three different bundles: Cottage Wreath, Cottage Rose, and Warm Welcome — a new bundle that was released in September in preparation for this event today, but will be coming out in the 2023 Jan-June Mini Catalog.

I don’t have Cottage Rose, so I substituted with Cottage Wreath. Of course, after seeing the gorgeous Cottage Rose in action, I may be adding it to my next order!

Here are the three bundles that were featured:

And here are my versions of the three cards we made:

I think this Warm Welcome bundle is the cutest!! Of course, they had me at coffee cup…but come on! I can’t wait to play with it more tomorrow.

The day isn’t over yet and if you haven’t gotten crafty today, take a few minutes before bed to make a quick card!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Cheerful Basket

Today I’m blog hopping with my Stamping with Friends group and we are celebrating the products in the Annual Catalog. This past week Stampin’ Up! had a 24 hour sale on stamp sets in the Annual Catalog, and it was fun to pull out the catalog and take a look through it. When I had to choose a stamp set for this Blog Hop challenge, called “Blogger’s Choice – Annual Catalog” I went immedaitely to the first stamp set that drew my eye in and got me excited for the new book when it came out in May: Cheerful Basket.

Cheerful Basket is a photopolymer stamp set with 9 all-occasion stamps, adorable sweet images, and inspiring greetings in great fonts. It also pairs with the Full Basket dies and of course is sold as a Bundle to save you 10% off.

Isn’t this darling? Here’s my card:

I also used our new In-Colors released this year with the new Annual Catalog because it reminds me of catalog reveal time and all the talk of In-Colors. I’ve been doing some holiday stuff recently, so it’s nice to go back to basics with these products.

Here are the colors I used — inspired by the Butterfly Kisses color palette:

I also love the touch of the Silver Foil, and I used Wink of Stella on some of the craft supplies:

Thanks for looking, and please hop along with my fellow demonstrators by clicking the next button below, or following the Roll Call below.

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Hop – Sept 2022 Thank Yous

Hi friends! I think this is my last month of blog hopping with the Kylie and Bruno Bertucci Demonstrator Training Program Blog Hop as this is the last month of the training program. Wow! Where the the year go!? Today’s Thank You cards feature the Tea Boutique Suite of products from the Annual Catalog. Take a look at my creations — and be sure to follow along with my fellow demonstrators below for even more inspiration!

I used every DSP sheet in the pack of Tea Boutique 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.

This Fun Fold is super easy:

  • Cut your card base at 5 1/4″ x 5 1/2 and score on the short side at 1 1/4″.
  • Attach a piece of DSP that measures 4 x 5 1/4 to the inside of the card to make the card front.
  • Add a piece of Basic White on the inside of the card.
  • Decorate the front flap and inside right with DSP strips (measuring 1″ x 5 1/4″).
  • Decorate the rest of your card front!

Here’s another close-up:

The possibilities are endless with this card design!

Thanks for looking, and keep hopping along by following the Roll Call below!

Happy stamping! Kelly

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CTCS – Sketch Challenge using Rustic Harvest

Hello!! Miss me?! I cannot believe I haven’t posted since August 21. But, well, sometimes life gets in the way of stamping (GASP!) and that’s what’s happened with me. I was recently promoted at my “day job” and the new responsibility has been taken a lot of my time — and it will likely going forward. It is a big job, and I’m super excited (and a little nervous). All to say, I hope I can keep up with stamping, because creative therapy will be more needed now then ever. Speaking of, this weekend the craft room was calling, and I spent a few hours in there both days. I’m excited to be back.

Today is Sunday and I’m kickin’ off the week with a Case the Catalog Sunday Challenge! This week’s challenge is to case a sketch from page 30 from the July – December 2022 Mini Catalogue. I’m using the Rustic Harvest Suite.

Here’s the sketch:

Here’s my card:

I love how this card turned out. Here’s another look:

In fact, I was using the Rustic Harvest suite of products pretty much all weekend and practicing watercolor techniques for an upcoming class. I am so in the mood for fall I bought a new fall wreath for our front door!

Hope you like this card, and glad to be back!

Happy Stamping!


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CTCS – Perfect Pomegranate meets pg 104

Hi friends! It’s CASE the Catalog Sunday and the challenge this week is to CASE a card from the Artistic Expression section of the Annual Catalog. For my CASE, I chose the Perfect Pomegranate stamp set and a sample on page 104 of the Annual Catalog:

I liked the simple tree on Basic White in the center with the gold foil DSP peaking out on each side. I chose to use our beautiful Sale-A-Bration products for my card: Perfect Pomegranate stamp set – SAB host set, the gold polka dot DSP from the Silver & Gold 6 x 6 DSP pack – free with a $50 order, and the greeting is from Amazing Phrases stamp set – free with a $100 order. See the bottom of this post for a full shopping list and links to my online store!

We only have 10 more days of this year’s Sale-A-Bration, and I have not used these products enough…so you will be seeing more between now and the end of the month.

I embossed the word Amazing in Gold Embossing powder. The pomegranates are in Merry Merlot to match the card base (which is hard to see because my DSP layer measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.

Here’s a closer look:

I love how this turned out. And I really really love these SAB products. I’ve been so busy the last month of summer, that I haven’t had much time to play with them. Hoping to get more stamping done this week so I can share with you more ideas!

Have a great week, and see you soon. Happy stamping! Kelly

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Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Hop – August 2022 Customer Thank Yous

Another month has gone by and summer is officially over for the Taranto family. My boys start school tomorrow, and I’m a little sad. But, we’re celebrating today because today is my birthday!! I had to post a birthday-like card, a celebration on paper for my monthly customers.

This post is part of the Kylie and Bruno Bertucci Demonstrator Training Program Blop Hop. If you’d like to see other customer thank you cards from other Demonstrators, be sure to follow the Blog Hop Roll Call at the bottom of this post.

Now onto the card. This card showcases a bunch of my favorites. I’m of course using Designer Series Paper (DSP, and my favorite product by Stampin’ Up!), and the perfect DSP for this occasion? Celebrate Everything!

This DSP is only available with Host Rewards – it is in the July-Dec Mini catalog. I LOVE LOVE this paper! I also included my favorite color (green) and focused on Granny Apple Green – a bright, sunny, celebratory green. Finally, OF COURSE, coffee. Coffee is what keeps me going, and it is one of my most favorite things.

Here’s the card:

This mug is from the Speedy Recovery stamp set. [It’s probably supposed to be tea…but it’s a mug of liquid, I’m callin’ it coffee today!]

Thank you to my customers and downline who are so amazing and keep me always thinking about what I can show them next! If you’d like to be one of my customers, visit my online store and place an order! I’d be grateful for your business. If you’re interested in joining the Late Night Stampers team, please join — we’d love to stamp with you!

Thanks for looking, and keep hopping along by following the Roll Call below!

Happy stamping! Kelly

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Shaded Summer Masking Technique

Today I’m participating in a Blog Hop with my Stamping with Friends group and our challenge was to use the masking technique. Take a look and then please click through my fellow demonstrators to see their lovely creations! Roll Call is at the bottom of this post. My project uses the Shaded Summer stamp set and Summer Shadows Dies, and of course, the new Masking Paper!

The background is made using the new Artistic Mix Decorative Masks. To achieve the “white” sections so I could stamp the floral image in black, I cut 3 of the dis that cuts out that floral image out of masking paper, placed those “shadows” on my white cardstock. Then, I stenciled using two stencils, and then removed the masking paper and voila! Three white spaces for me to stamp.

Here’s a look at the supplies used:

(note: I decided to use black ink for the flower instead of color it with markers, so markers were not used).

Here’s a photo of me prepping my white cardstock:

Not sure if you can see, but my shadow masks are underneath the Decorative Mask stencil:

Then I added the color using Blending Brushes:

Then I removed the masking paper. Check out the video:

From there, I stamped the flowal image in black ink, added “Hello There” also in black. Layered on Soft Succulent Cardstock and then added little leaves cut from Soft Succulent designer series paper. I trimmed off any leaves that were hanging over the edge, and then added my soft succeulent open weave ribbon and tag. Adhere that to Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

That layer is popped up onto my soft sea form card front (that I had layered with black and white plaid from the Rustic Harvest DSP and Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

Thanks for looking! Be sure to hop along using the Roll Call below.

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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CTCS – Christmas Barn meets pg 43 (Annual Catalog)

Last day of July = last day of my “Christmas in July” daily posts, and I love that it falls on a Sunday because I love to CASE the Catalog on Sundays (CTCS). This week’s CASE the Catty Sunday challenge is to “case a Christmas Tree project from the July – December 2022 Mini Catalogue, the 2022-2023 Annual Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration Catalogue.” I chose a card on page 43 on the Annual Catalog:

Here’s my version:

The CASE I made is very true to the original project. The tree I used is pretty skinny, so I have a little forest, with only one tree decorated. How do you make a shaker? Easy peasy! Use the Layering Circle Dies, I created a window on the card front. Adhere a window sheet behind that, block off the window with foam adhesive strips, add some beads, sequins, whatever will shake, and adhere the front to the card front. Note, the new “fancy ” sequins in the Annual Catalog are SO pretty, but I do not have them. Using the retired Sequins for Everything.

I like how this card turned out. Subconsciously, I think I’ve been feeling “summery” because I have used Polished Pink in a few of my Christmas projects the past couple of weeks, and this one is the most summery with the soft gray of the Smoky Slate and the pink. Love how this turned out.

I also LOVE this Gingham Cottage DSP — check it out if you haven’t already!

I have a feeling over the next couple of months you’re going to be seeing a TON more of this patterned paper.

Here’s some close up’s of my card:

You can’t really tell on the screen, but the little stars on the Christmas tree were diecut out of the Snowy White velvet sheets and I added a little Wink of Stella too.

Thank you for following along the past two weeks with all of these Christmas projects. I’m looking forward to showcasing some non-holiday cards in the coming weeks!

Happy week, and happy stamping! Kelly

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Sweet Candy Canes

Going back to the products in the Sweetest Christmas suite of products and today I’m focusing on the Sweet Candy Canes Bundle. I featured this bundle in a post on the 2nd day of “Christmas in July” so how fitting to use it again on the 2nd to last day of Christmas in July. This time I wanted to try the striped background die in the Sweet Candy Canes bundle:

This background die measures 4″ x 5 1/4″ and paired with the Sweetest Christmas 12 x 12 DSP, you get a perfect background! The reason I made two cards is, I die cut the striped background die in Basic White and Garden Green, and then used the cut-out pieces to fill in some of the negative piece. On the red card, I used white layering pieces and on the green card I used thin green layering pieces on the white background. Here’s a closer look:

I added a little ribbon and two little evergreen (or are they mistletoe?) to the candy canes and embossed the banner and greeting from the Christmas Banners bundle in white embossing powder. So pretty – and these came together pretty quickly!

Stop by tomorrow for the last post in my Christmas in July series! Good night! Kelly

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Caroling Mouse Rejoices

Today’s project uses the Caroling Mice stamp set–a Host Rewards stamp set that I posted a project a few days ago–only it’s one mouse that’s caroling the song O’ Holy Night. Here’s the stamp set:

This stamp set is darling — and it is a great one to color. I used my Stampin’ Blends of course, my current favorite mode of coloring.

I also used the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder for the background and a Christmas lyric (from O’ Holy Night) as the greeting. This greeting comes from the Hope & Peace stamp set and for this coming Christmas season, in my opinion, is a must-have!

Here’s the full card:

Love this one. Hope you do too! Happy Stamping! Kelly

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