Perfectly Penciled Encouragement Card / My New Favorite Tool – Magnetic Cutting Plate / June Paper Pumpkin Kit – Pick of the Crop

Perfectly penciled encouragement card

This card uses the Perfectly Penciled 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper along with the Sending Smiles Bundle. The paper in the Perfectly Penciled DSP pack is all in black and white. You can choose to leave the paper as is, or color in the images, or color in only the background. I chose to color in these flowers on this paper using a variety of Stampin’ Blends. The Blends I used are mostly softer colors, with a bright and bold pop of Sweet Sorbet, which is one of the new 2022-2024 In Colors. I love the pop of red on this card! I even colored a piece of the DSP for the envelope flap.

Not to be overshadowed by this beautiful DSP, the Sending Smiles Bundle includes a variety of sentiments and flower images that can be stamped and die cut, including two banner dies to cut out the smaller font greetings. It’s a great set which I’ll be using more of in the future. You can find both the Perfectly Penciled DSP and the Sending Smiles Bundle in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.

You can view the project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below.

my new favorite tool – magnetic cutting plate

If you’re like me, you love to die cut images for your cards! Stampin’ Up! released the newly designed Magnetic Cutting Plate in the new Annual Catalog and it’s fantastic! When die cutting stamped images I would use Washi tape to hold the dies in place while die cutting. No more! The new Magnetic Cutting Plate holds your dies in place while cutting and works beautifully.

The Magnetic Cutting Plate is a thin, fully magnetic sheet with a self-healing cutting surface. The Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich. The plate is currently available for the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine but is not available yet for the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Stampin’ Up! is working on a magnetic plate for the Mini and it will hopefully be released in the near future. Note: Be aware that the sandwich instructions that come with the plate are incorrect. Stampin’ Up! is aware of this issue and is working on correcting the instructions that come with the plate. The correct sandwhich is Plate #1 (Base Plate), Plate #5 (Magnetic Cutting Plate), and Plate #3 (Cutting Plate).

Click below if you’re interested in checking out the Magnetic Cutting Plate for use with your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

june paper pumpkin kit – pick of the crop

The June Paper Pumpkin kit looks amazing! Here’s what is included:

  • The June 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, adhesive, and more!
  • Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set is perfect for expressing your love, gratitude, and style. With sentiments that say “Love you a whole bunch”, “You’re the pick of the crop”, “You are the sweetest,” and so many more, you’ll be able to use this photopolymer stamp set for all of your summer projects.
  • This kit also includes specialty vellum pieces to add a fresh touch to your cards.
  • The kit also comes with a Mini Shopping Bag (5-3/8″ x 6″; 13.7 x 15.2 cm) which can be used to hold a couple cards for a unique craft element. (Additional bags available for purchase separately.)
  • 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: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Soft Succulent 

You can view all of the kit details in the flyer.

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. Click on the image below if you’d like to sign up for a subscription to Paper Pumpkin.

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Products used to create today’s card are included below.

Wisteria Encouragement Card / Stampin’ Up! Shipping and Production Update

Wisteria Encouragement Card

This serene encouragement card features the Wisteria Wishes bundle and depicts wisteria hanging in a window opening with a meadow scene in the background. I love the simplicity of only a few colors on this card. The card is adorned with an Orchid Oasis Woven Metallic Ribbon.

The Wisteria Wishes stamp set and dies are versatile! Did you know that if you turn the 3-wisteria stamp upside down the image makes lovely pine trees? I’m looking forward to creating a holiday card using this stamp set. Also, the wisteria can stand upright (rather than hanging down) to make flowers such as lavender, lupine or salvia. We’re only limited by our imaginations! What will you create with the Wisteria Wishes set? Let me know in the comments below.

You can view all of the details by clicking on the icon below where you can view, download or print the project sheet to recreate this card.

stampin’ up! shipping and production update

Supply chain shortages, global shipping delays, labor shortages, and transportation and delivery difficulties continue. We ask that you please be patient when placing an order. Stampin’ Up! is working hard to minimize any issues.

The Stampin’ Up! North American distribution center is running about two days behind.  Due to supply chain challenges, Stampin’ Up! has not been able to manufacture ink collections sufficient to meet demand. They anticipate a 1–2-month delay in availability, though they are doing their best to minimize any delay. As inventory is manufactured, they will fulfill orders as quickly as possible. The delay does not apply to In Colors. If using the online ordering system, if a product is available it will come up in the search. If the item you are looking for does not pop up in the search, the item is currently not available.

If you have any questions about ordering or availability of a particular product or products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Products used to make this card are included below:

Starry Night / Why It’s a Great Time to Join the Stampin’ Up! Team

Starry Night

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

Today’s card uses the Waves of Inspiration and Paradise Palms stamp sets, the lovely Waves of the Ocean Designer Series Paper and white embossing powder. This is a fun fold card and really highlights the beautiful DSP. FYI – this DSP is still available so grab it before May 2nd it you want it.

This card is my take on the ocean at night. The ocean already seems mysterious to me but at night, especially so! I love watching the moonlight highlight the white tops of waves.

This card required only stamping of the images on the square Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana panels, the heat setting the embossing powder. The DSP panels were glued into place, then I adhered the square front panel to the left edge of the card front to complete the card. A sentiment label was added and a spattering of Rhinestone Basic Jewels for the “stars” in the sky completes the card. A piece of coordinating DSP was added to the envelope flap.

You can access the project sheet for Starry Night by clicking on the icon below.

why it’s a great time to join the stampin’ up! team

If you’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – now is a great time! I would love to have you join my team! The new catalog is being released on May 3 to the public, but demonstrators get to pre-order select products from the new catalog now!

Demonstrators receive a discount on all orders and get to see new products, and place orders for those products before the general public. There are many hobby demonstrators within the Stampin’ Up! organization so if you’re a card enthusiast, why not start receiving a discount on products? You might also be interested in starting a home-based business as a demonstrator. If this is something you’re thinking about, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to answer all of your questions. I can tell you from personal experience that the Stampin’ Up! community is the absolute best!

Here are the products used to make today’s card:

Remember to Breathe! On The Horizon Encouragement Card / Retiring and Last Chance Products – Don’t Delay! / NEW 2022-2024 In Colors

Remember to breathe!

We’ve all been there. Life can get hectic and sometimes we just need a reminder to step back and take a deep breath and calm our minds. The dies and stamps in the On The Horizon bundle are perfect for creating a tranquil landscape.

I designed the card on a Basic Black card base with a Basic White panel and die cut the pieces for the scene from various cardstock colors, but what’s so great about this is that you can use what colors of cardstock you have on hand. I had the hardest time photographing this card, though, to capture the true colors used. I think I finally nailed it. Whew!

I’ll be creating with this stamp and die set bundle again, so keep a look out for a future project. FYI – This stamp set also coordinates with the 6″ x 6″ New Horizons Designer Series Paper so be sure to check it out!

You can access the downloadable project sheet for this card by clicking the icon below. You can find a list of products used to make this card at the bottom of this blog post.

Retiring and last chance products – Don’t delay!

Click below to view the Retiring and Last Chance Products list. If there is something on this list you’ve been wanting to order and haven’t…now is your chance! Items are only while supplies last.

Click here to view the Last Chance list!

With the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog coming out in just a little over a month, the Retirement and Last Chance Product List is out for the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Here are the details:

  • All products are available while supplies last and there are no purchase limits. Stamp sets are not guaranteed during this promotion and are while supplies last. If there are items you’ve been on the fence about ordering, now’s your chance to get them before they’re gone for good so don’t delay!
  • Discounts on items vary from one market to another. Discounted prices are listed on the above pdf.
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit and redeemed as a 50% off item or with Stampin’ Rewards.
  • The online order deadline is May 2, 2022, at 11:50 pm (MT). Phone orders must be completed no later than May 2, 2022, at 6:50 pm (MT).

You can shop with me at my online store by clicking on the image below.

NEW 2022-2024 In Colors

The new 2022-2024 In Colors have been announced! They are so pretty!

From left to right:  Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Starry Sky, Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide

You will have a chance to order these new colors – cardstock and inks, once the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog is released to customers which will be May 3, 2022. I’ve had a chance to take a look at the new catalog, which includes the new In Colors, and I’m already making my list of products that I’d like to order.

Which is your favorite new In Color? Let me know in the comments below. I’m torn between Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet.

Happy stamping!

Products Used to Create This Card: