Stampin’ Up! Sea Turtle Thank You Card

As soon as I saw the Sea Turtle Stamp Set in the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog I knew I wanted to create a card pairing the sea turtle with the beautiful By The Bay 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper! The large turtle image in this stamp set is a good size – approximately 3-1/2″ long x 3-1/4″ wide! The stamps in this set are two sided with one side stamping a solid image and the opposite side stamping a detailed image. For today’s card I used only the detailed sides of the stamps.

I started off with some stamping. I stamped the detailed image of the large turtle in Mint Macaron ink onto Mint Macaron cardstock and I fussy cut the image out. The large and small starfish were stamped in Calypso Coral ink and fussy cut. On a white panel measuring 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, I second-generation stamped the bubble image in Pool Party ink across the entire panel. The white panel was adhered to a Night of Navy mat.

Stampin’ Up Watercolor Pencils in Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay were used to help define some shadows on the turtle’s fins. I then used a blender pen to soften the areas that were colored. The turtle’s nose was darkened using the Night of Navy watercolor pencil. The eyes were darkened using a Basic Black watercolor pencil.

I chose a wave pattern piece of DSP from the By The Bay Designer Series Paper pack in Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, white and Mint Macaron and adhered this DSP to a Mint Macaron card base. The turtle was adhered to the white panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The large starfish was partially adhered onto the lower fin of the turtle with some glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals were placed under the remainder of the starfish. The small starfish was tucked under the turtle on the left.

A sentiment from the A Fish & A Wish Stamp Set was stamped in Mint Macaron ink and die cut using the smaller of the long banner dies from the Stylish Shapes Dies set. The top of the sentiment label was adhered to the bottom of the white panel using liquid glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals were placed under the white panel and the partially overhanging sentiment label, and this unit was then adhered to the card front.

On the inside panel I used the bubble stamp to second-generation stamp bubbles in the lower left corner of the panel using Pool Party ink. I then stamped the school of fish over the bubbles using Mint Macaron ink. The panel was then adhered to a Night of Navy mat and this unit was adhered to the inside of the card.

I also stamped the bubbles and school of fish on the envelope front. A piece of coordinating designer series paper was adhered to the envelope flap, and I trimmed away the excess paper from the flap. Several Opal Rounds were added to the card front to finish off the card. I love using Opal Rounds on sea-themed cards! They look like bubbles to me…so a perfect match for our sea turtle!

You can find the Sea Turtle Stamp Set and the By The Bay Specialty Designer Series Paper in the upcoming January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. Customer orders open up on January 5 for this catalog…and the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

To download, save and print a pdf tutorial for this card, click on the image below.

To view a replay of my Facebook Live video tutorial for this card click on the image below.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Happy Holidays and Thank You!

I wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Holiday and to thank all of you for your support, encouragement and friendship!

We will be celebrating Christmas at our house in just a few days. The above photo is a glimpse of our little Christmas tree…we downsized a few years ago…but I think it’s pretty! It is hard to believe that 2022 is almost over but I’m so looking forward to the new year and all of the possibilities that it holds.

I have been with Stampin’ Up! for a little over a year now and it has been quite a journey and I have learned so much. I am so grateful to the individuals I have met along the way and thankful that you have selected me as your demonstrator, follow my blog, subscribe to my newsletter, leave me comments, share my content, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. I love sharing my creativity with you and I’m looking forward to the year ahead!

So, from our home to yours, enjoy the holidays with family and friends and make some great memories! Merry Christmas! Wishing you happiness in the New Year and thank you!


Join Me on January 11 at 7 pm Eastern for a Craft & Chat!

Wouldn’t it be great to have some dedicated time to work on your latest card or scrapbooking project? Would you like to gather remotely with fellow crafters to work on projects, chit chat, ask crafting questions, share a technique with the group, and generally have fun? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then these Craft & Chat sessions are for you!

Here is how it works:

  • Email me at no later than Monday, January 9 that you’re interested in participating.
  • Just prior to the Craft & Chat, I’ll email you a Zoom call link.
  • Join the Craft & Chat via Zoom video call from the comfort of your own home.
  • Craft & Chats will be limited to no more than 10 participants – that way everyone will have a chance to participate.
  • Craft & Chats will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month and are FREE -there is no fee associated with Craft & Chats.
  • The Craft & Chat session will last around 45 minutes.
  • Bring your current projects that you’re working on and plan to have fun and meet new friends!

I look forward to seeing you on January 11th!

Sign Ups for Upcoming January-April 2023 Mini Catalog Paper Shares Open Now!

I am offering Designer Series Paper Shares from papers included in the upcoming January-April 2023 Mini Catalog.  Sign up now to get a sampling of all of the beautiful papers from the upcoming Mini Catalog! The deadline to sign up is January 3, 2023…so don’t delay. Read on for the details!

A Paper Share allows you to try a sample of all the new papers in the catalog and then you can decide what you love and you can go back and order more of your favorites!  Basically, it’s a sampling of all the papers but you get enough of each paper to create with!

There are two options for this Paper Share – a Single Share or a Double Share.

Inky Bee Stampers Single Paper Share Option:  $28 – Plus $8.00 for Priority Shipping w/ Tracking  ($36 Total)

You’ll receive 95 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of beautiful new Designer Series Papers and new Specialty Papers, too!  To buy one of each of these packs of papers would cost you about $170 – plus shipping!

  • By The Bay 6″ x 6″ Specialty DSP – 12 sheets
  • Country Floral Lan DSP – 6 sheets
  • Country Gingham 6″ x 6″ DSP – 12 sheets
  • Delicate Desert DSP – 6 sheets
  • Dry Brushed Metallic Specialty DSP – 2 sheets
  • Enjoy The Journey DSP – 6 sheets
  • Fancy Flora 6″ x 6″ DSP – 12 sheets
  • Like an Animal Specialty DSP – 6 sheets
  • Rain or Shine Specialty DSP – 6 sheets
  • Ready to Ride Specialty DSP – 6 sheets
  • Regency Park 6″ x 6″ DSP – 12 sheets
  • Fine Shimmer Paper – 3 sheets – one each of 3 colors
  • Textured Shimmer Paper – 3 sheets – one each of 3 colors
  • Vellum Basics Specialty Paper – 3 sheets – one each of 3 designs

Inky Bee Stampers Double Paper Share Option:  $56- Plus $8.00 for Priority Shipping w/ Tracking ($64 Total)

With a Double Share you’ll receive 190 sheets of DSP and specialty paper!  The Double Share paper sheets will be cut into 6×12 pieces so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except 6″ x 6″ papers – you’ll get double sheets of those.  These are the By the Bay, Country Gingham, Fancy Flora and Regency Park DSPs)

By ordering a Paper Share you will also receive a FREE gift from me!  Everyone who participates in my Paper Share will receive a sampling of some of the papers from the Jan – Feb 2023 Sale-A-Bration Catalog!  Everyone who orders one of my shares will receive a sampler of papers from the Dainty Flowers DSP, On the Farm DSP, Favored Flowers DSP and Dandy Designs DSP!  Free paper…yeah!

I’ll submit the paper order by January 5, 2023.  I will expedite the order so I can get the papers back quickly, cut everything up, packaged and back out the door to you just as quickly as I possibly can.

The deadline for participating in my Paper Share is January 3, 2023, by 7 pm Eastern.   Payments must be received on or before this deadline.

Anyone is welcome to join in my Paper Share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US).  If you’d like to join, email the following information to by the deadline indicated above.

  • Your first and last name
  • Your shipping address (where I should send the paper)
  • The email address that is connected to your Paypal account. I only accept Paypal for payment unless you are a customer of mine.  If you are a customer, I will accept payment by check.  Note:  You do not need to have a Paypal account to pay the invoice, you can choose to pay by credit card without having a Paypal account.  Note that I will send you an invoice around December 29 to the email address that you provide.     

NOTE REGARDING PRODUCT AVAILABILITY:  Stampin’ Up! has advised us that there may be items that are unavailable when the catalog launches due to the continuing global shipping delays.  If any items that I’m offering in my shares are not available when I place my order on 5 January, I’ll refund you the amount for that item.

I’m excited to be offering my first Paper Share and I hope you’ll join in! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!  Wait till you see all the gorgeous papers in person…they are amazing!

Subscribe by January 10 to Receive the January Paper Pumpkin Kit – Key to My Heart!

If you would like to receive the January Paper Pumpkin kit – Key to My Heart – you will need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin no later than January 10, 2023. Here are the details…

  • This month’s kit includes everything you need to create 9 love-themed cards—3 each of 3 designs. It has coordinating envelopes, special padlock and key die cuts, adhesives, Vellum, and more!
  • This month’s kit has a unique love-theme photopolymer stamp set! With special sentiments and images that represent the tradition of locking padlocks on a bridge, there are so many ways for you to express your devoted love.
  • The Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit also comes with a Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  • This kit also has a special add-on to take your crafting even further!
  • Finished card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Calypso Coral, Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody, Petal Pink. The designs are accented with gold foil. 


There is a Heart Boxes Add-On for this kit as well! The Add-On is item #162417 and is available now to subscribers. The price for the add-on is $11 USD. The add-on includes:

  • 10 treat boxes
  • Key and label stickers
  • Box size: 3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm)
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Petal Pink with gold foil

Paper Pumpkin kits are such a great option. All materials are included in each kit along with instructions on how to assemble the projects. The kits are a great option if you are a new paper crafter or if you just want to dive in and start creating! Have I convinced you yet? I hope so!

Ready to subscribe? Click on the photo below to sign up!

Last Chance Products from the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog!

The July–December 2022 Mini Catalog will be retiring soon! I’m always sad to see a Stampin’ Up! catalog retire, but I am looking forward to all the new products on their way—and we hope you are, too! There are some really fabulous new products in the upcoming catalog that you are going to love, and I’ll be sharing some of those products with you in the coming weeks!

The Last Chance Products promotion allows you to stock up on your favorite products before they’re gone for good! You can save up to 60% on essential craft supplies during this promotion. Don’t delay, though. The selection of Last Chance Products is only available while supplies last!

Here are the details for the Last Chance Products:

  • Refer to the Retiring List below for products that will no longer be available.
  • Discounts are not always available with the Retiring List. Discounts are noted on the Retiring List (linked below).
  • All products are available while supplies last, and there are no purchase limits.
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit and redeemed as a 50% off item or with Stampin’ Rewards.
  • Only orders opened and closed during the promotion period apply.
  • Stamp Sets are not guaranteed during this promotion and are while supplies last.
  • The Sales Period begins on December 1, 2022 at 12:00 am (MT) and ends on January 4, 2023 at 11:59 pm (MT)
  • The order deadline by phone is January 4, 2023 at 6:59 PM (MT) and for online orders the deadline is January 4, 2023 at 11:59 PM (MT)

To view the list of retiring products, click on the image below.

Ready to start shopping? Click on the image below to visit my online store.

Clearance Rack Refresh – Grab Some Great Savings!

Stampin’ Up has refreshed the clearance rack as of December 1. Some new items will be added to the clearance rack, including dies offered during the Perfect Partners Promotion! With discounts up to 60% off, you can get the die sets that coordinate with the still-available stamp sets at a great price.

Don’t miss out on some great savings! To start shopping the Clearance Rack, click on the image below.

December Host Code and a Gift from Me (Updated)!

Did you know that you can purchase supplies from me to make your own beautiful creations? And if you use my December Host Code, you will receive a free gift from me valued at $8 when you place an order of $25 or more (before shipping and tax). Use Host Code FG366WSD.

I offer other Customer Rewards programs, too! To learn more about Inky Bee Stamper’s customer rewards programs, visit my Customer Rewards page here.

A list of products used to create this card are listed below along with links for each item that will take you to my online store. The Sea Turtle Stamp Set and the By The Bay 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper are available for customer orders beginning January 5. I have included the item numbers for these products on the pdf tutorial.
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