Sunday, March 31, 2024


Happy Easter Stamping Friends!  

Today is the Crafty Collaborations Share it Sunday Blog Hop.  If you are hopping along with us today, or catching up after the Holiday, Welcome.

All this week I will be featuring the Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle from the January - April Spring Mini Catalog.  This bundle is on the Last Chance Sale, but the individual stamp set and punch will continue to be available -- just not at the 10% savings Bundle Pricing.  As you will see this week, it is a very versatile bundle which can be used to make quick and easy cards.

My card today features the Let's Go Fishing designer series paper and a special technique called Embossed Embossing.  If you aren't familiar with the technique, you can watch my Learning with Friends video to see how quick and simple it is.

As I mention in the video, I used the "reverse side" of the Cane Weave embossing folder for the technique.  By "reverse" side, I mean using the side opposite from the Stampin' Up! logo.  

The Boho Blue mat behind the sentiment was made by punching a hexagon with the Heartfelt Hexagon punch and then cutting it in half and separating the two pieces slighting to create a little border.

Everything else is very basic with this card.  The designer series paper (DSP) really does the rest of the work.  The Wavy Trim is also on the Last Chance List for 10% off the regular Price.  The Last Chance Sale starts on April 9, so if you like this trim, stock up before it is gone forever.

To see more details about this card you can download the free PDF tutorial by using this link.

I used the same Let's Go Fishing DSP to add some color to the inside of the card.

The sentiment is from Go to Greetings.  This truly is one of my "go-to" stamp sets, and I love the simple versatility and beautiful fonts.  I will miss it, as it is also on the Last Chance list.

For more information or to purchase any of the products used, click on any of the images below, and you will be taken to my Stampin' Up! store.

Now, if you are ready for some more awesome creativity, hop along with these amazing demonstrators to see what they are sharing on this Easter Sunday.


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Friday, March 29, 2024


I can't wait to send this card to someone.  There are not one, but two surprises hidden in this card.

The designer series paper (DSP) is from the Masterfully Made DSP collection.  I love the story behind how these designs were created!  Stampin' Up! Designers are so creative and talented!

The texture on the front of the card was made with the Painted Texture embossing folder.  

Since I've been going through major remodeling at my house for the last few months, this embossing folder reminds me of all the spackling and sanding I've been doing.  Only, I am trying to remove "texture" from my walls caused by the normal bumps and bruises that invariably happen over the years.  So, it seems a little weird that I'm adding "Painted Texture" on my cards.  LOL  But I really do like this embossing folder and am very happy that is NOT retiring.

Here is a little closer look at the two interactive elements.

You have a circular element and a strip element that are just waiting to be removed to reveal their hidden surprises.

So what is hidden behind these elements?  If you pull the tab on the circle, this is what you will see when you remove the interactive circle -- a birthday cake!  I think it is lemon cake with lemon frosting.  Or maybe it is chocolate cake with lemon frosting.  Hmmm....  Let's make it chocolate.  I like chocolate!

If you grab the little silver bow and pull off the strip, what do you see?  Take a look.

It's the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" wish from Something Fancy stamp set.  It fits perfectly.  

If you have this stamp set or have seen it elsewhere, you might be thinking that my strip looks shorter than "normal".  You would be correct.  

Most cards I've seen that use this strip are made in the landscape orientation.  The strip is designed to fit on a landscape card, but it is a little too long to fit on a portrait orientation.  Unfortunately,  I figured this out AFTER I had adhered the DSP panels.  So, I played around a bit and found that it was very easy to shorten the length of the die cut by running it partially through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine from one side of the die first.  Then I lifted the die and moved it a bit to shorten the length of the die cut and ran it partially through from the opposite end of the die.  Because of the scallops on the die cut it is very easy to align the die the 2nd time within the first partially cut opening.

To complete the inside of the card, I just stamped a bunch of candles along the lower edge.  I think this will be a fun card to send to someone, don't you?

If you would like a tutorial with all the step by step directions, please use the link to download a free PDF.

A list of the products used is shown below.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024


In my last post I promised that I would share some interactive cards made with the Hooray for Surprises Bundle.  So, although at first look you may not be able to tell, today's card does have a surprise for the recipient.

I used the heart from Hooray for Surprises along with the plaid designer series paper (DSP) from BEE MINE.  The plaid design in this DSP may be my favorite in the collection.  It's cheery and certainly very versatile, which is always a good combination.  The dots embossing folder from Basics Embossing Folders, an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE, was used to provide some texture for the card front.

Isn't this heart stamp pretty?  I love how it has dots and tulips on it! 

 But you may be wondering... Where is the surprise? Do you see the little "Pull" on the upper right side of the heart?

When you pull on that little tab and "peel off" the heart, this is what you will find hidden behind it.


It is a little shaker!  Isn't that fun?

I willingly admit that I don't do many shaker cards as I don't think I am very good at them and I find them a little "fussy" to make.  But maybe because this shaker element is smaller than what I have normally done, it came together very easily.  YAY!  Maybe, I'll make some more now.  I have plenty of sequins in my stash to make a bunch of them.

Change up the colors and this would make a really cute Valentine Card, too, wouldn't it?  I'm going to try to remember that next February because there is more good news.   This stamp set and the coordinating dies are NOT retiring when the Spring Mini Catalog sales period ends at the end of April!

I kept the inside of the card very simple and tied it to the front of the card with a strip of the same plaid DSP and a Blackberry Bliss mat.  Plus, there is plenty of room to write a message of encouragement to someone who needs a smile.

Use this link to download a detailed tutorial.

A list of products used is shown below.  The sequins and Blackberry Bliss ribbon are from my stash and probably long-sense retired.  But as always, use what you have.

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