Stampin’ Up! Grassy Grove Encouragement Card

I’ve used the Grassy Grove Stamp Set and Grove Dies to make several cards in the past – one was a spring themed card and the other was a summer themed card. Today I’m using the Grassy Grove stamps and dies to create a fall-themed card. Here are the previous cards made from the Grassy Grove set.

I love the versatility of these stamps and dies!

For today’s card I started with a card base in Crushed Curry. I first created a background that would sit behind the large tree die cut frame and I stamped a row of pine trees towards the bottom of this panel then used blending brushes to create the sky using Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape.

For the tree frame die cut I used blending brushes again to color the entire frame in Daffodil Delight ink, then came back with Mossy Meadow to blend a little green onto the die cut frame for the leaves on the trees. Crushed Curry was also blended in spots to darken the tree canopy. A Stampin’ Blend was used on the frame to darken some of the leaves in Cajun Craze then I blended this out a bit with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend. The tree trunks were colored in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. The die cut tree frame was adhered to the background panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then this unit was adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat and adhered to the card front with liquid glue.

For the foreground of the scene, I stamped the small hill and used sponge daubers to ink up the stamp in Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape and Crushed Curry then stamped this on white cardstock. This image was die cut and adhered to the die cut tree frame using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Several greenery sprigs were die cut in Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow and Granny Apple Green and tucked under the hill die cut.

A sentiment from the Hope & Prayer Stamp Set was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Crushed Curry cardstock then adhered to a mossy meadow mat. A small linen thread double bow was adhered to the upper left of the sentiment label along with a small leaf sprig.

Pine trees were stamped in Mossy Meadow on the inside panel and this panel was adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat, then adhered inside of the card base. Pine trees also adorn the envelope front and envelope flap.

The Grassy Grove Stamp Set and Grove Dies are one of my favorite sets! I’ve started planning how I’ll create a winter scene with this set and I already have some ideas on how to accomplish this – it has become a personal challenge for me to create a card for each season using this set.

This is such a satisfying set to play with! I was going to say it is a satisfying set to “work” with…but that wouldn’t be accurate…it’s too much fun! I hope you give this card a try and put your own spin on a fall scene.

You can view, download, and print the pdf tutorial for this card by clicking on the image below.

Save the Date! October 1 is World Card Making Day!

I’m super excited to be participating in my first Stampin’ Up World Card Making Day event on October 1. Save the date on your calendars for some fun craft-along demos or just join in to watch the demos! The event is free and if you decide to craft along a crafting flyer will be shared before the event so you can gather supplies beforehand. Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing more information as we get closer to the event.

My team, the Inkin’ Krew, will also be holding an event on October 1 in honor of World Card Making Day and yours truly will be doing a demonstration during the event! I hope you’ll join me and attend this event in addition to the larger Stampin’ Up event! Again, I’ll share details as we get closer to the date, but I wanted to give you a heads up as soon as possible.

These events are free and virtual and open to anyone that enjoys crafting…more to come!

Earn Double Honey Drop Points for a Sale-A-Bration Countdown!

Sale-A-Bration isn’t ending quite yet…but will be ending on August 31. Beginning on August 22 I’ll be doing a countdown and I’m offering customers the chance to earn double Honey Drop points in honor of our last days of Sale-A-Bration! You might be asking – what are Honey Drop points?

Qualifying customers can earn Honey Drop points from me as part of my Honeybee Rewards Program. Once you earn 16 Honey Drops you can earn products valued up to $40 from any current catalog from me. Here is how the double points work:

  • Place an order in my online store between August 22 and August 31 to earn double Honey Drops.
  • If you place an order of $25 (before shipping and any applicable tax) you will receive 2 Honey Drop points (instead of just one), for a $50 order you’ll earn 4 points, for a $75 order you’ll earn 6 points, and so on. Normally you would earn only 1 point for every $25 spent.
  • Collect sixteen (16) Honey Drops and you can earn any product or products with a value up to $40 from any current catalog and the item will be mailed directly to you! You’ll receive free shipping, too!
  • Each of your online orders must be for $25 or more for you to be eligible to earn double Honey Drop points (before Shipping and any applicable tax).
  • And, it’s still Sale-A-Bration time so if you place at least a $50 order from me you will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!
  • Don’t forget to use my current host code, AHPKF7WD, when placing orders. This qualifies you to receive a free thank you gift from me (if your order is over $150 don’t use the host code. You are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards but you’ll still get the free gift from me).

To learn more about my Customer Rewards Program, click here.

If you’re ready to start shopping, click here!

New Items Added for Sale-A-Bration! Check it Out!

We have just a few weeks left for Sale-A-Bration where you can earn free products by placing a qualifying order. And Stampin’ Up has added some additional items that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration! Place a $50+ or $100+ order between now and August 31 to earn one of these new items, or any of the items already included in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Please note that the Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes and the Tree Lot Dies Sale-A-Bration items are no longer available.

Here are the additional products you can earn for free with a qualifying order from now through August 31, 2022 during Sale-A-Bration. These are in addition to what’s already being offered in the Sale-A-Bration catalog:

To view the flyer for these additional free product offerings, click here.

Important Note: In order to redeem any of the additional Sale-A-Bration items you must use the order numbers provided on the flyer (link above) in order to redeem the items for free during Sale-A-Bration. If you use the item numbers from the catalog, you will not get the items for free with a qualifying order.

There are even more ways to participate in Sale-A-Bration.

Host a party during Sale-A-Bration – It’s not too late to host a party during Sale-A-Bration! On top of the usual host rewards you can earn toward free and discounted products, there’s also no limit to the number of free Sale-A-Bration products you and your guests can earn.  Plus, if your party or personal order is over $300 (excluding shipping and tax) you’ll also receive the exclusive Perfect Pomegranate Stamp Set for free!  Contact me if you’d like to host a party during Sale-A-Bration.

Join my team during Sale-A-Bration as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – Not only can you build a starter kit valued at $125 in products for only $99 but you will also receive the Making Plans Collection for free.  The Making Plans Collection includes an awesome planner, notebooks and a stamp set – everything to keep you organized as a new demonstrator!  Feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in joining my team…I would love to answer all of your questions and there is no pressure!

Products used to make today’s card are included below along with links to each product that will take you to my online store:

Painted Pheasant Encouragement Card

If I close my eyes, I can still see the pheasant’s rising up out of the tall grass in the hay field next to my grandparent’s house – flying in short bursts. I loved when I would find a pheasant tail feather in the field, and I was fascinated by the black ringed pattern on the feather. That’s why I purchased this stamp set…for the good memories!

Today’s card uses the Painted Pheasant Stamp Set which will be available on July 1 in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog. I also used the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set (Annual Catalog) as well as the beautiful Pretty Prints Designer Series Paper.

The card sits on a Cajun Craze base. I stamped and colored the pheasant using a variety of Stampin’ Blends then fussy cut the image out and adhered the pheasant to the layered circles. The circle background behind the pheasant was stamped using the “tree top” from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set in Evening Evergreen to resemble bushes and I blended Balmy Blue on this circle to resemble the sky. If you’re curious as to the coloring of a pheasant, just search on Google for images of pheasants. The panels on this card are adorned with the beautiful Pretty Prints DSP in evening evergreen.

You can view, download and print the project sheet for this card by clicking on the image below.

FREE SHIPPING today only – JUNE 21!

Time for you to stock up and save on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products! What’s the big occasion? Today, June 21 only, Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE shipping on orders subtotaling $75 USD | $100 CAD or more. This incredible deal lasts for 24 hours only. Ready to shop? Click on the image below.

  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount (per market) has been met.
  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $75 USD | $100 CAD or more (before tax).
  • If you are using a coupon code or product credit, please remember that they are non-commissionable and will lower the order’s retail amount. The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live in each market; this means that the order must be opened and closed on 21 June 2022.
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.
  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.
  • Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are NOT eligible for free shipping. Subscriptions billed and shipped this month will be charged for the normal amount ($23.50 USD | $32.50 CAD shipping included) + tax.
  • The free shipping promotion does not cover the additional cost for expedited shipping.
  • Phone: Tuesday, 21 June 2022; 6:50 p.m. (MT)
  • /Online: Tuesday, 21 June 2022; 11:59 p.m. (MT)
Products used to make today’s card that are available now for purchase are included below:

Dahlia Days Bundle and Heart & Home DSP – Grab it Before it’s Gone!

The Dahlia Days Bundle (stamps and dies) and the beautiful Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper will be retiring at the end of June, 2022! If you love this stamp set and gorgeous paper as much as I do, you’ll need to grab them before the end of this month.

This card sits on a Poppy Parade card base with Garden Green as a mat, along with wood grain and floral DSP. I stamped and cut three of the large dahlias to grace the card, along with several leaves and a greenery sprig in Garden Green. The small Poppy Parade flowers are adorned with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

To view, download and print the project sheet for this card click on the image below.

Products used to create this card are included below:

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:
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