Let’s Make a Z Fold Valentine’s Day Card / One More Month of Sale-A-Bration!

Let’s Make a Z Fold Valentine’s Day Card

Today’s card was CASE’d from Too Cool Stamping with Angie Leach, with a few minor changes. I used the Sweet Conversations Stamp Set and Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper for the card. This card contains three double-matted panels – a right a left panel and the center sentiment panel. So FUN!

I first created the card base and scored twice to create the Z Fold. I then cut and assembled the right and left front panels – Basic Black mat, Real Red mat, DSP on top. Rinse and repeat.

Next, I worked on stamping the piece of Basic White for the center, top sentiment. I used the Sweet Conversations die set, specifically the X and O, and repeatedly stamped these images in Real Red and Fresh Fresia around the perimeter of the piece of Basic White cardstock. I then used the greeting “Happy Valentine’s Day” from the same stamp set and stamped in the center of the Basic White cardstock piece. I then adhered the black and red mats and then adhered the stamped white cardstock piece to these mats. I tied a length of Real Red Satin Ribbon around this piece and tied a knot. The ribbon was placed to the left of the cardstock center. I used a few Black Matte Dots for decoration, then popped up the sentiment – adhering only to the left, front panel.

To finish off the card I used another stamp from the Sweet Conversations stamp set to stamp “Luv U” on the inside of the card. I then stamped the X and O onto the right, bottom corner of the front of the envelope and used a piece of coordinating DSP and adhered this to the envelope flap and fussy cut.

Easy, peasy! I just love this stamp set and coordinating Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper. You can find instructions for this card here. You can find a link to my Online Store on the instruction sheet. I hope you have as much fun making this card as I did!

One More Month of Sale-A-Bration!

I have been frequently communicating all of the great benefits of Sale-A-Bration and highlighting the FREE products you can nab. Just a reminder that today is January 31st and there is only one month of Sale-A-Bration left! Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28. Don’t delay! Grab these free items while you can!

Flowering Rain Boots / Reminder for Safari Paper Pumpkin Kit Ordering

Flowering Rain Boots Card

All of these flowers make me long for spring! And to top it off…it’s snowing at our house today into tomorrow.

The happy Flowering Rain Boots Bundle will have you longing for warmer temperatures, too. What a perfect stamp set to create that special card for your gardening friends…or anyone who enjoys the outdoors or flowers. I paired this bundle with the Heart & Home DSP and a sentiment from the Celebrating You sentiments stamp set.

The card base was cut from a piece of Evening Evergreen Cardstock. The front of the card includes a white mat underneath the Heart & Home DSP and white ribbon which I colored with Fresh Fresia ink. Boots, a pot of flowers, rake and a sentiment finish off this card. You can find instructions and a supply list for this card by clicking on the image below.

Click above for card instructions!

I have another idea for the Flowering Rain Boots bundle and Heart & Home DSP, but I need to work it out on paper first. Stay tuned!

Reminder – Order Your Safari Paper Pumpkin Kit no later than February 10!

Answer the call of the wild – and your creativity – with the Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin Kit! Escape the ordinary and explore the outlands on an artistic adventure filled with amusing animals, beautiful botanicals and a world of fun. The Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin Kit can be ordered up until February 10, 2022, so don’t miss out!

Here are the kit details:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • The Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin Kit includes a Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set is an uplifting one! Make every occasion a celebration with sentiments that say “yay!”, “fantastic!”, and other fun phrases.
  • Explore each of our current In Color collections with this colorful kit! Discover designs and paper pieces in Bumblebee (a 2020–2022 In Color), Fresh Freesia (a 2021–2023 In Color), and Soft Succulent (a 2021–2023 In Color).
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Fresh Freesia, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, why not give it a try. Subscribe and each month, around the 20th of the month, you’ll receive your project box delivered directly to your home. Everything you need for your project is included in your monthly art box. All you have to do is open it up and get started. You’ll be able to make cards, treat bags, gift boxes and so much more with your monthly art box subscription.

That’s not all! You can earn free products during Sale-A-Bration with a pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription:

  • With a 3-month prepaid subscription earn 1 FREE $50 Sale-A-Bration item
  • With a 6-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription earn 2 FREE $50 Sale-A-Bration items or 1 FREE $100 Sale-A-Bration item
  • With a 12-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription earn 4 FREE $50 Sale-A-Bration items, or 2 FREE $100 Sale-A-Bration items

If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, click here.

Beep, Beep! New Card Tutorial / All Together Collection

Beep, Beep! Driving By and Sunshine & Rainbows DSP Sale-A-Bration Items

Beep, beep! Driving by just to say “hi”! Today’s card was made from the Driving By Stamp Set and the Sunshine & Rainbows 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. You can earn either of these items FREE during Sale-A-Bration with an order of $50 or more. Place an order of $100 or more from the current catalogs and earn both items free! A sentiment from the Special Moments stamp set was also used on this card. You can earn the Special Moments stamp set for free during Sale-A-Bration with an order of $100 or more. The Driving By stamp set is adorable and very uplifting and is suitable for children, teens, males or females. The Sunshine & Rainbows 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper is equally uplifting and cheerful!

I first stamped the VW Beetle image onto a piece of scrap Basic White Cardstock, as well as the “Driving By” greeting, then used the Stitched So Sweetly die set to cut out the images. The second to largest die was used for the car and the second to smallest die was used to cut out the greeting. I then used Stampin’ Blends to color the car image. The backend of the car was stamped on the inside of the card as well and colored in using Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut out a cloud from one of the pieces of Sunshine & Rainbows DSP, and I selected a second piece of DSP from this same collection (polka dots) to cut and adhere a 5-1/4″ x 2″ band that runs down the left side of the card. The same DSP was used on the envelope flap to coordinate.

The images in this stamp set as well as the Designer Series Paper will be sure to make you smile! If you’d like to make this card you can check out the instructions along with the supply list by clicking here. A link to my online store is included on the instruction sheet.

You can shop the Sale-A-Bration items from now through February 28th…only one month left to earn your free items!

All Together Collection

I’m excited to be sharing the All Together Collection with you! Loving hands and heartfelt words are the best way to show you care. With hand designs that illustrate coming together in friendship and solidarity, the All Together Collection will help you create cardmaking and paper crafting projects that reflect the people you know and love.  With this collection, Stampin’ Up! is releasing the Natural Tones Blends which I’m most excited about! These blends can be used in any combination to create the desired skin tone. I’m also really digging the Designer Series Paper too!

The All Together Collection includes early-release products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog—an exciting new range of natural Stampin’ Blends—and exclusive products you can’t get anywhere else! This early release collection will be open to customers beginning on February 1 and sales will run through May 2, 2022 – so this collection will be available in a few days! Take a look at the All Together Collection video to learn about the products that are being offered in this collection.

Dahlia Days – Come on Summer!

Today’s card was made using the Dahlia Days Stamp Set and Detailed Dahlias Dies. I had a Dahlia in the garden this summer that was this exact shade – a deep, rich purplish-pink. Is that a color? In the case of this card, the color is Blackberry Bliss! There is no instruction sheet today as the directions are pretty straight forward.

Cuts and Background Stamping:

The card base was cut from Blackberry Bliss and measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. A piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock was cut to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. This was used as the mat on the front of the card. I cut a second piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock for the inside greeting of the card.

I repeatedly second-generation stamped the large Dahlia from the stamp set in Blackberry Bliss – meaning I inked the stamp, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper once, then stamped onto the piece of Very Vanilla. I then used the 3-leaf stamp and stamped this across the piece of Very Vanilla in Evening Evergreen. I then used another leaf image and second-generation stamped this image across the card front in Night of Navy. The multiple stamping created a “custom” designer series paper. This custom stamped piece was then glued to the card front.

The Die Cutting:

I did lots of die cutting for this card. I first stamped the Dahlia flower twice onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, as well as the sentiment framed greeting. The frame of the sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and the greeting, from the Dahlia Days stamp set was stamped in Night of Navy. The flowers were stamped in Blackberry Bliss. I then stamped two of the leaf sets in Evening Evergreen onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Then, all pieces were die cut. I also cut the lacey looking, large die from the Detailed Dahlias Dies from Very Vanilla Cardstock, this large die cut piece was cut in half (shown on the left side of the card front). Here is a closeup of this detailed die in Very Vanilla. It looks like lace!

I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere the “lace” die cut in Very Vanilla to the left side of the card. The greeting and one of the 3-leaf die cuts were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed in the upper third of the card. I then used Stampin Dimensionals to pop up the two die cut Dahlias and one of the 3-leaf die cut pieces and these were placed on the lower half of the card.

To finish things off, I placed a small pearl in the centers of the two die cut Dahlias and one small pearl in the center of the flower on the die cut sentiment frame. I second-generation stamped the large Dahlia in the lower right corner on the inside of the card after gluing down the Very Vanilla Cardstock. I also second-generation stamped the large Dahlia on the envelope flap and the lower right corner of the envelope front. The card is complete.

Supplies Used:

Blackberry Bliss, Evening Evergreen and Night of Navy ink pads, Dahlia Days Stamp Set, Detailed Dahlias Dies set, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

I had fun working on this card and it makes me long for warm, sunny days…come on Summer! You can visit my online store here to purchase the supplies to make this card. Happy stamping and have a wonderful day!

Heart and Home Card Tutorial / Possible Shipping Delays

Heart and Home Card Tutorial

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

When I first browsed the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog I fell in love with the Heart and Home Suite! I had to have it! I obviously love bees (my blog is Inky Bee Stampers), I loved all of the stamp and die flower images, I loved the Heart and Home Designer Series Paper…I love it all!

The idea for this card kept trying to take shape in my mind – I kept seeing panels with beautiful flower images…and a bee! I sat down this morning and debated my DSP options and cardstock colors and it all began to come together. As I was die cutting the flower images I was looking at the piece of white cardstock I had used and got the idea to use this piece of cardstock as a stencil and sponged Smokey Slate ink flower images (the negative image) onto the background of each Fresh Fresia panel. I love the shadow and depth that the stenciled flower images gave to the panels. The die cut flowers were colored using Stampin’ Blend markers and it all just came together to make a very sweet, soft looking card.

I used the sentiment “Stay Wonderful” from the Honeybee Home Stamp Set (part of the Heart and Home Suite) and I love the font in this sentiment…how beautiful. This sentiment would be suitable for a “friend” card, birthday or just because.

All in all, I’m really pleased with how the card turned out and I hope you like it too! If you’d like to make this card you can find detailed instructions along with a supply list by clicking on the image below. A link to my online store is included on the instruction sheet. I can’t wait to play with this suite again soon!

Click above for card instructions!

Bee well and Bee happy!

Possible Shipping Delays

As supply chain shortages, global shipping delays, labor shortages, and transportation and delivery difficulties continue your Stampin’ Up! orders may be delayed. The Stampin’ Up! North American distribution center is running on time. UPS has suspended all shipping guarantees and FedEx has extended their shipping times. This means you may not receive your packages on the days you expect. Even expedited shipments are seeing a one-to-two-day delay. Please plan accordingly if you place an order.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Light the Candles Kit Now Available / How to Earn FREE Products

Light the Candles kit Now Available

If you’ve never stamped before, Stampin’ Up takes the guess work out by providing their Kits Collection. If you have no experience with stamping – no problem! There are a number of different card kits and craft kits available for purchase and they range from $12 to $19, making this an extremely affordable option if you’d like to get your feet wet and dive in! The best part about the kits is that everything is included to make multiples.

Stampin’ Up! just introduced their Light the Candles Kit and the kit is featured in the photos above. If you’re a busy person, new to stamping, or if you’re looking for a quick and easy project, the Stampin’ Up! kits are for you. The Light the Candles Kit includes everything you’ll need from start to finish:

* Light the Candles Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Acrylic Stamp Block
* Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Spot
* Predesigned projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
* 8 preprinted envelopes
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
*A 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go

You can purchase any of the kits from my Stampin’ Up! store. Why not give one of these kits a try. Click below to shop with me now!

Earn FREE Products – join the sale-a-bration

Sale-A-Bration is on now through February 28. What are you waiting for? Make purchases of $50 or more or $100 or more and earn FREE products! You can earn multiple Level 1 ($50+ in purchases) and Level 2 ($100+ in purchases) products depending on your order total. The order website takes the guess work out of what you’ve earned in FREE products, too!

If you’d like to host a party during Sale-A-Bration reach out to me and I’d be happy to set up a Host Code for your party. If your party reaches $300 you’ll qualify to receive the Calming Camellia Cling Stamp Set (item 158117) stamp set FREE (there’s that word again). The Calming Camellia Stamp Set is one of my favorites! Below is a picture of a card I recently made with this stamp set…gorgeous flower image!

If you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration not only can you order $125 worth of products for just $99, but you’ll also be able to choose two FREE stamp sets from the current catalogs! And, your starter kit will ship for free.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card project. Until then…happy stamping and have a wonderful evening!

FUN Trio of Treat Boxes!

I CASE’d today’s project from Pootles.co.uk (Pootles Papercraft). Pootles featured a trio of treat boxes on her YouTube channel around the holidays. I thought these boxes would be adorable as treat boxes for Valentine’s Day! They are super quick and easy to make. The boxes graduate in size – small, medium, and large – and all are 2″ in depth. The smallest box measures 2″ x 2″, the medium box measures 3″ x 3″, and the large box measures 4″ x 4″. The smallest box nicely fits several Ghirardelli chocolate squares and the largest box would easily fit a silk scarf or piece of jewelry…or more chocolate! And, all boxes can be made using a standard sheets of cardstock.

I used the Sweet Conversations Stamp Set, Sweet Hearts Dies, and Sweet Talk 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper to make these boxes and decorations along with Blushing Bride Cardstock.

Cutting and scoring measurements can be found here. I hope you’ll give these adorable, easy boxes a try. Think how surprised your loved one will be on Valentine’s Day to receive such a thoughtful gift – handmade with love! Or, make a trio of boxes as a decoration. They’ll be sure to make you smile!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Working with the Calming Camellia Stamp Set and Special Moments

Today I used the beautiful Calming Camellia stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Let’s get started!

Card Directions:

I started with a Crumb Cake card base cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. Using Crumb Cake ink I stamped the largest Calming Camellia flower four times around the perimeter of the front of the card base. With a sponge dauber, I inked some Pale Papaya ink in the center of the flowers. I then cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 2-1/2″ x 4″ and stamped the same large flower image in Pale Papaya. This piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was mounted onto a piece of Crumb Cake cut to 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.

The sentiment on the front of the card came from the Special Moments stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on a 1″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock then the ends were punched using the Banners Pick A Punch. The Very Vanilla panel and the sentiment were popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. A double bow was tied with Linen Thread and the bow was adhered to the Sentiment using a mini glue dot.

A Very Vanilla piece of cardstock was cut for the inside of the card to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped with a sentiment from the Calming Camellia stamp set and the large flower image was stamped in Pale Papaya in the lower right corner. To finish off the card I did a second-generation stamp in Pale Papaya of the large flower in the lower right corner of the front of the envelope and the center of the envelope flap.

The Calming Camellia stamp set has an old-world charm about it and lends itself to tone on tone stamping that is just beautiful! You can earn this exclusive Host Calming Camellia stamp set by hosting a party of $300 or more (in personal sales or party sales) during Sale-A-Bration. The Special Moments sentiments stamp set can be earned for free during Sale-A-Bration with a purchase of $100 or more! You can check out these items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog (linked below) now through February 28.

Click to View Catalog

Contact me if you’d like to host a party during Sale-A-Bration to earn the lovely Calming Camellia stamp set – I’d be happy to set up a host code for your party. Of course, feel free to reach out to me regarding any of the other Sale-A-Bration items should you have questions. I’d be happy to assist!

Have a wonderful day and HAPPY STAMPING!

Let’s Make an Easy Fun Fold Card / Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin Kit and Mini Treat Boxes Add-on are Now Available

Let’s make an easy fun fold card!

Yesterday I introduced the Friendly Hello Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper which you can get for free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with a purchase of $100 or more. Let’s make a card from this adorable stamp set and paper!

I started by cutting a card base from Granny Apple Green Cardstock. The card base was cut to 11″ x 4-1/4″, scored at 5-1/2″, then I cut 3″ off of the front of the card. Set the 3″ piece aside for now. I used two different pieces of DSP. I cut one piece of DSP to 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ for the inside of the card. From the same DSP, cut another piece at 4-1/8″ x 2-3/8″. From a different DSP paper, cut one at 4-1/8″ x 2-7/8″.

On the 3″ piece of cardstock that I cut from the card base, I stamped the “Hello Friend” greeting on the DSP with the leaf pattern in Tuxedo Black Momento ink. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right portion of the DSP. Remember I mentioned yesterday that you can stamp on this DSP directly? Works great! on a scrap piece of the light background DSP I stamped the two-flower image and fussy cut this out. After adding a length of white faux linen ribbon to the top third of this panel with the ends wrapped to the back of the DSP, I then mounted this DSP onto the 3″ piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock. The fussy cut flowers were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The secondary pieces of DSP were adhered to the card and I used Matte Black Dots in the centers of the two flowers.

I think this card turned out really cute! I plan on mailing this to a dear friend of mine. Click here to view the full card instructions.

Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin Kits and Mini Treat Boxes Add-on are Now Available

If you’re a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, good news! The Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin kits are now shipping. The coordinating add-on is also now available – the Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes, Item No. 160147, for $10 (shown above). With this add-on you’ll receive 20 mini treat boxes (1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″), gold cord and the boxes are printed with gold foil. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these special boxes? To purchase this add-on, you must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Don’t wait until the last minute to order as supplies may be limited!

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, why not give it a try. Subscribe and each month, around the 20th of the month, you’ll receive your project box delivered directly to your home. Everything you need for your project is included in your monthly art box. All you have to do is open it up and get started. You’ll be able to make cards, treat bags, gift boxes and so much more with your monthly art box subscription.

If you’re ready to subscribe, click here.

Sale-A-Bration Focus: Friendly Hello Stamp Set Plus Friendly Hello 12″ x 12″ DSP

Check out the adorable Friendly Hello Stamp Set and Friendly Hello 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper you can get for free with a $100 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The stamp set includes 13 photopolymer stamps and you’ll get 12 sheets of the DSP – 2 each of 6 double-sided designs! This particular Designer Series Paper is meant to be stamped on and you’ll love the soft colors! Coordinating colors include Basic Black, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce.

Earn Free Products During Sale-A-Bration: Shop between now through February 28, 2022 and you can earn FREE products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with orders of $50 or more or $100 or more.

Host an Event During Sale-a-Bration and Receive an Exclusive Host Stamp Set: Hosting an event is even more rewarding during Sale-A-Bration season. If you host a party during Sale-A-Bration and your party reaches $300+ you can earn the Calming Camellia host exclusive stamp set for FREE (can be a personal order of $300+ or total party sales of $300+). Let me know if you’re interested in hosting a party to earn this free product and I’ll set up a host code just for you. The Calming Camellia stamp set is gorgeous!

Lastly, Join During Sale-A-Bration: If you purchase the Starter Kit between now and February 28 you not only get to choose $125 worth of products for just $99 (including taxes if applicable) you’ll also get to pick two free stamp sets with your starter kit (excludes the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and the exclusive host stamp set). Just to recap – if you join between now and Feb 28 you get $125 worth of products plus two FREE stamp sets! This is a great deal! Did I mention that you also get free shipping on your Starter Kit?

Start earning your Sale-A-Bration items today!