So Cool!

While I’m not at all ready for summer because I’m enjoying springtime in North Carolina, I love the Ice Cream Corner Suite in the Jan-Jun Mini Catalog and LOVE this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit called “So Cool” that coordinates with it. This month’s kit includes two full sticker sheets and all supplies needed to make 12 fun-shaped summer-themed cards with matching envelopes, but to me, the real star of the kit is the stamp set. Here’s a look at the kit contents:

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The popsicle, the watermelon slice, and that font…LOVE.

I follow a number of cardmaking boards and on one of them, recently they posted a fun watermelon-slice-turned-smiley-face card and it made me so happy that I saved it. Low and behold this month’s kit has a perfect watermelon slice for me to replicate this idea! I hope the birthday gal this is going to smiles when she sees it (her birthday is today, April 25, so you may know who it’s for!)

Here’s the inside of my card–love this font and the speckles to go with it!

Supplies Used:

  • Card Base: from last May’s Paper Pumpkin kit called A Kit in Color
  • The adorable hot pink and white Baker’s twine and lined envelope are from the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin as well.
  • White cutout is a sneak peak! It is from the Scalloped Contours dies that will be available starting May 4th in the Annual Catalog.

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May’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Batter Up. Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10th if you’re interested using this link.

Happy stampin! Kelly

It’s hard to say good-bye…

So Don’t! Retiring Items can be part of your permanent stamp collection!

Stampin’ Up! releases one Annual Catalog and two mini catalogs each year. The Annual Catalog is released in the spring each year, and this year May 4th is the big day when the 2021-2022 Annual Idea Book and Catalog will go live!

Card front uses patterned paper from the True Always collection

To call this book a “catalog” is not doing it justice. It is a beautiful, glossy, 100+ page book showcasing the current offering by Stampin’ Up and it is also chock full of ideas. I use the catalog throughout the year for inspiration as I create new products. A new Annual Catalog is an exciting time–new products, including the In-Colors that we will be able to play with for two years, new stamps, dies, and suites, and accessories. To make room for all this new stuff, we sadly have to say good-bye to some products from the current book (otherwise the catalog would be double or triple in size!)

Stampin’ Up! released the “retiring” list last week and items are only available until May 3 or while supplies last. So be sure to check it out ASAP! Visit my Online Store and click on the Last-Chance Products Sale banner.

I will be posting products using retiring sets the during the whole month of April…so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any ideas!

Card Inside

About today’s card: The items used to make this card are from the Jan-Jun Mini Catalog, except for the die cut (not retiring!) and patterned paper to make the taxi–that is in the Annual Catalog. Note: Jan-Jun Mini Catalog products are available until June 30th. The Retiring list for that catalog will be released in early June (but I can already tell you this stamp set is NOT carrying over to the new book…sad! I love that taxicab, and REALLY love the sentiments in this stamp set.)

  • Stamps: Wonderful As You
  • Paper: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Basic White, True Love Designer Series Paper, Brights 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Momento black, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight Blends
  • Other: Tasteful Labels Dies, Whisper White crinkled seam binding ribbon

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Happy Valentines Day!

Hi Stamping Friends! Wishing you the happiest of Valentines day and I hope your day has been spent with folks you love.

As a cardmaker, there are a few holidays that are like our “Olympics” and Valentines is definitely one of them. I feel like I’ve been making V-day cards for a month. I’m not complaining though. I LOVE all-things hearts, and Stampin’ Up! has amazing products in this category. One of my favorites is the Heartfelt Bundle from the Annual Catalog. Our Heart punches are the Best:

Heartfelt Bundle

I also love love love the new Lots of Heart Bundle from the Jan-Jun Mini Catalog AND the “Love You Always Suite Collection” which is a double suite featuring two bundles: Forever & Always and Always in My Heart. As I’m cleaning up my workspace this week I might make some non-Valentine cards with the Lots of Heart Bundle. The sayings are really non-Valentine. Be on the lookout for future posts!

Here is a Valentine I made for my husband:

I used the Forever & Always bundle, the heart strip is from the Floral Heart Dies of that suite, the punch is from the Heart Punch pack, and the little snail is from last month’s Paper Pumpkin. Phew! So many great products–I couldn’t choose, so used them all.

Happy Stampin! Kelly

Day 7 – Final Day of Sale-A-Brating Paper!

Last day of my week of projects featuring the lovely (and FREE!) designer series paper from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Last, but not least, we’re going back to the very first DSP that kicked us off a week ago: Berry Delightful, which is part of the Berry Blessings bundle–a Level 2 SAB offering free with a $100 purchase. I think this is my favorite paper in the offering. It is so pretty, and so versatile!

Here’s a sample focusing on the strawberry designs in the packet.

Here’s a sample using the raspberry design:

Thanks for stopping in this week. Up next – Valentine’s! Happy Stampin’! Kelly

Day 6 of Sale-A-Brating Paper!

Day 6 – almost to the end of the week…well, or the start of a new week. On to more Paper Blooms! See Day 2 Blog Post for more info on this paper. This sample I used the Pretty Perennials Stamp Set and coordinating Perennial Petals Dies. Now, in the SAB Brochure, it says this paper coordinates with this set. It does…kind of. (or good enough, as you can see from my sample). I think it *really* coordinates with the In Bloom Bundle in the Jan-June Mini (pg 45). Honestly, either work with this gorgeous paper. I like them both, but was very excited to get the Pretty Perennials bundle because it’s designed by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow- a stamping idol of mine – and I wanted to support her. I love her style…it’s pretty similar to mine.

Anyhoo…enjoy this pretty card using a new favorite color of mine, Rococo Rose. [How about this color combo? Rococo Rose, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink]

The sentiment is from Happy Thoughts from the Jan-June Mini catalog – and another $1M stamp set, designed by another stampin’ idol of mine, Jackie Bolhuis. I love this set because it has all the basics “outside” sentiments you’ll need, but also has lovely “inside” sentiments.

Happy Stampin! Kelly

Sale-A-Brating DSP – Day 5

Or maybe I should say Day 4 continued (since I’m posting twice in the same day). I quickly posted some samples earlier today from swaps I received from other demonstrators that featured the Oh So Ombre DSP, but didn’t share some of this paper’s amazing features. This pack of paper is a Level 1 freebie, so free with a $50 order and at first you might pass it over. But man, this paper can do a ton: be the focal point with the pattern side, or use the more solid side as your card base and it makes your stamped images pop.

Happy BIrthday Chick with Oh So Ombre in the background. Below is a close-up of the front and the inside.

You can also use this DSP to make quick monochromatic cards like this one:

Hey Chick! is a returning SAB freebie from 2017–and now we’re offering dies to match. LOVE!

These samples feature the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick stamp sets and dies available until June! Hey Chick was a SAB freebie in 2017–SU created amazing dies to match and are selling them separately (if you already have this set in your collection) or if you don’t have the set, you can get it as a bundle. Hey Birthday Chick is in the new Jan-June Mini Catalog and SU added dies to go with it (again, sold separately or in a bundle). LOVE!! You can find all of these products in my Online Store.

The pack contains 48 sheets: 12 each of 1 double-sided design in 4 different colors: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green, and Rococo Rose.

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Day 4 of DSP

Happy day 4 (one day late if anyone’s counting). Today’s focus is on the Oh So Ombre Sale-A-Bration (SAB) designer paper. I joined a swap at the start of SAB and these lovely cards were shared with me. Thanks to my fellow Demonstrators for their creativity and inspiration!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Let’s Sale-A-Brate – Day 3 of DSP!

So my 2nd favorite patterned paper in the Sale-A-Bration brochure is the Flower & Field DSP. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper!! Okay, so I’m not sure if it’s my 2nd favorite or my first. It ranks right up there with Berry Blessings.

This paper really speaks for itself. You can use it as the main focal point of the card, add a sentiment, and you’re done!

This cards are fun folds and you can make a whole batch in one quick sitting! Special thanks to Patty Bennett for her awesome pattern.

  • DSP main piece is 5-1/4” x 11-3/4”. Score at 1-3/4”, 4-3/4” and 7-3/4”.
  • Accordion fold and adhere to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
  • Decorate however you see fit! I used Stitched So Sweetly Dies — a MUST have for your stamping collection!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Day 2 of Sale-A-Brating

Let’s talk about Paper Blooms. This DSP is free with a $50 order. It has 12 sheets, 2 sheets of 6 double-sided paper and coordinates with Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, and Soft Sea Foam.

Here is a sample using the florals (in a fun-fold gift card holder with the Posted For You bundle) – so pretty!

This card uses the one design in the pack that has big circles. I wasn’t sure what to do what that pattern, honestly, and then immediately thought how cool it would look to pair with the Approaching Perfection SAB stamp set. I made this card for a Demonstrator swap I joined, and decided to make a pink version and blue version.

Enjoy, and happy stamping! Kelly

7 Days of Sale-A-Brating

Good morning stampers, happy Ground Hog Day! (every day is feeling like Ground Hog Day, isn’t it?? But, at least we have stamping!)

I’ve mentioned before (and likely in every post so far) that Stampin’ Up!’s paper offering is one of my favorite products they sell. The patterned paper (Designer Series Paper), specialty paper (think foils, glimmer paper), and of course their tried and true cardstock – in my humble opinion are the best on the market and it has been consistently top quality for more than three decades (I am a fan!) Definitions aside, this new Jan-June Mini Catalog and the current Sale-A-Bration brochure do not disappoint in the paper category! I’ll be posting one project a day for the next 7 to showcase the designer series paper, and other Sale-A-Bration products.

First up – Berry Blessing Stamp Set and Berry Delightful DSP bundle. It’s free with a $100 minimum purchase and the best! Here are some samples from Stampin UP:

This bundle also coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle (Page 44 of the Mini)

I made this blueberry card for a class I held yesterday. I love LOVE the DSP strips — the blue plaid and green plaid is a favorite (shocker).

  • Stamps: Berry Blessings
  • Cardstock: Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Basic White, and Berry Delightful DS
  • Inks: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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