Not Just For Cards

Hi!  We are changing it up today and showcasing a TAG!  I haven’t made tags in quite a while – but they are fun and can add a special touch to your gifts.

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Doesn’t he make the cutest Rudolph?  Cracks me up – he’s so cute!

The Penguin Playmate Designer Series Paper (FREE with your $50 purchase prior to S/H and tax) is the base for our tag.  The top of the base is punched with the Fancy Tag Topper punch.

The Layering Circle dies are used to create the Scalloped Basic White layer and the Basic White circle behind the penguin.  Use a blending brush and Just Jade ink to light color the circle.

Stamp the penguin in Jet Black StaZOn ink on a scrap of Basic White. The eyes are also stamped with Jet Black StaZon and his nose with Real Red.  Use the coordinating punch to punch him out.  His feet are punched from Pale Papaya cardstock.   The scarf is stamped in Misty Moonlight and the antler in Cinnamon Cider ink.  Both are fussy cut.

The various presents are stamped in Fresh Freesia, Calypso Coral and Misty Moonlight.  The tree is stamped in Shaded Spruce.  All of these are also fussy cut.

The sentiment is stamped with Misty Moonlight ink on Soft Succulent scrap and punched with the Banners Pick a Punch.

Both the penguin and sentiment are attached using dimensionals while the remaining pieces are attached using Seal.

Are you falling in love with the Bundle yet?  Don’t forget, if you order the bundle and add in cardstock or embellishments to reach $50 in merchandise, you can select the Penguin Playmate DSP FREE!  But only through Sept 30 – so don’t delay!

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And His Friends

Hi!  Today we introduce you to Penguin’s friends! While the stamp set does not contain any friends, the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper that you can earn FREE with  a $50 US purchase (prior to S/H and tax) – make great additions to your projects like this one!

While you can use the punch to punch out the Penguin from the Designer Series Paper, you will need to use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the bear and fox.  But they are so cute together and pretty straightforward.   Side question – do you find fussy cutting relaxing?  I took a sheet of this paper and sat and fussy cut the critters pretty quickly while watching some TV.

The base for this card is the In Color Fresh Freesia that was introduced this year.  Stamp some snowflakes in Fresh Freesia ink on the base before attaching the playmates. A strip of the striped Designer Series Paper provides a nice contrast for our playmates to sit on.

The hat on the bear is stamped in Just Jade ink and fussy cut as well.   The sentiment is stamped using VersaMark ink on Misty Moonlight card stock.  Sprinkle on some White Embossing powder from the Basics Emboss Powder pack and heat set with the Heat tool.   Then die cut using the Messages Die (this is a great die – it gives you so many different looks and there are many different sentiments that will fit in the various labels).   Finish the card by adhering some subtle shimmer sequins.

While fussy cutting may be a little time consuming, it would still be easy enough to mass produce this card for the upcoming holiday.

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What is a Lottle

Hi!  Welcome to Day 2 of Penguin week!  What if you just needed a card for a friend?  Well, today’s card has you covered!

So you probably asking – what is a “lottle”.  When I first saw this in the catalog, I had to google it as I had never heard the word – and basically, the following sentiment in the catalog nails it – “Its like a little but a lot”.  Quirky – but cute.

The base is once again Misty Moonlight cardstock.  This is a mini square card 3″x3″ -so your base would measure 3″ x 6″ – score at 3″ and fold.  It is embossed with the Tasteful Textures 3D Embossing folder.

The penguin uses Paper Piecing technique – stamp the main penguin body in Jet Black StaZon and stamp on the Just Jade Designer Series Paper and punch.   Stamp again on Basic White and punch with the inside piece.  Punch the feet from Pumpkin Pie cardstock – layer together.   His beak is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink, the eyes with Jet Black StaZon and the heart and bow with Petal Pink ink.

The layer behind the penguin uses the Seasonal Labels dies found on page 18 of the July-December Mini Catalog.  The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight ink on Basic White cardstock.  Finish off the card with In Color Jewel (on the bow) and a piece of White Glittered Organdy Ribbon (layered with the sentiment).

Just a reminder – we are half-way through Sale-A-Bration.  And there are 3 ways to take advantage of this great promotion.

Shop – for every $50 US (Prior to S/H and tax) you spend, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  (There are a few items available at the $100 level).

Host – Host a $300 party and get the In Your Words Stamp Set FREE!  This is an awesome set and I highly recommend it.  We can hold a Facebook Party, or you can just request a Host Code to send to family and friends that they can use to place orders and you reap the benefits.  Contact me today at

Join – Join my Stampin’ Up! team for just $99 plus tax and choose one of 9 bundles from the July-December FREE to be added to your kit!  Have questions?  Let me know!  Or JOIN NOW!

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Penguin Birthday

Hi!  Welcome to Penguin week here on the Blog!  The Penguin Place bundle in the July-December Mini Catalog is so cute and can be used for more than just your Christmas projects – tho I’ll be showcasing some of those, too.

Today we will start with this birthday card:

The coordinating punch makes it easy to make adorable cards.  Pair this bundle with the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper (FREE with a $50 purchase – prior to S/H and tax) and you’ll have tons of fun creating with this guy.

The penguin body is punched from Basic Black cardstock and the belly from Basic White.  Stamp the eyes in Jet Black StaZon and the beak in So Saffron.

The bow tie and hat are stamped in Just Jade ink and fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The balloon is stamped in Fresh Freesia ink and if you have the retired Balloon Punch – the smaller balloon fits this perfectly.  If not, then fussy cut with your Paper Snips.

The base is Misty Moonlight cardstock.  The Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper is used for the striped banner and the layer behind the penguin. A small piece of Basic White acts as snow for the penguin to stand on.  A few star sequins from the Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins pack also in the mini finish the card.

You will find all products to make this card in my on-line store.  Simply click on one of the product links below and it will take you to my store.  Don’t forget, once you reach $50 in your cart, you can choose the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper FREE!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for another project using these adorable penguins!

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Seashells In Life

Hi!  How are you today?  I love looking for shells when I get to the beach – they are so pretty.  I have a jar in my kitchen with the shells I have collected over the years.  Do you collect them?  Well, today’s card reminds me of those shells.

This set debuted in the January-June Mini Catalog tho it took me a while to use it – so I am happy that it carried over to the Annual Catalog.  The shells are stamped on Designer Series Paper scraps from the now retired coordinating paper pack.   The In Good Taste or Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper packs would be great to use in place of this retired paper.

I love that this suite contained an Embossing Folder called Seashells 3D.  It creates such a beautiful background.   Did you know that the die set Seaside Seashells work with this Embossing Folder?  Pretty cool!   And what’s even sweeter – you can still purchase the dies and stamp set as a bundle in the Annual Catalog!

For the card, I used Sahara Sand for my base.  The embossed layer is Basic White.  As mentioned, the shells are stamped on Designer Series Paper using Sahara Sand ink.   The sentiment is also stamped in Sahara Sand ink and the Banners Pick-A-Punch was used to create the flag end.

A relatively quick card to put together if you are in need of a few.

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Just a reminder, now through August 2, select Designer Series Papers are on sale for 15% Off!


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Turtle Love

Hi!  The Turtle Friends bundle in the Annual Catalog is my favorite.  He is just adorable and will make fabulous cards for any occasions.

Birthday, Belated, Turtle Friends, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2021AnnualCatalog

I made this card following a sketch challenge from the CASE-ing Tuesday Facebook Group.     The Designer Series Paper is a Host item that you can earn with a $150 (prior to S/H and tax) purchase or by hosting a workshop or catalog party with your family and friends that reaches a minimum of $150.  The colors of this paper are so bright and cheerful – I love them.

The card base is Granny Apple Green.  The turtle is stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Crumb Cake card stock and punched with the coordinating punch.  The shell is Granny Apple Green ink on Basic White cardstock.  While the punch does not do just the shell, you can use it to punch and just trim the bottom of the shell.   The hat is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink and fussy cut with Paper Snips.  It is colored with Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green markers.

The sentiment is stamped in Granny Apple Green ink as well.  The turtle is attached using dimensionals.  A few of the Artistry Blooms Adhesive backed sequins finishes it off.

Here is a link to the sketch.

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Hi!  Stampin’ Up! just announced they are offering Free Shipping on orders over $50 (prior to tax, after coupons) placed on June 24th!  The offer starts at Midnight MT (that’s 2AM EST) and ends at 11:59 PM MT (that’s 1:59AM EST).

This would be a great time to grab those last chance must haves from the January-June Mini catalog such as the adorable Snail Mail Bundle used to make this double slider card (I’ll post the directions for this one tomorrow):

Snail Mail, Hello, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJuneMini2021

Or the ever versatile Happy Thoughts sentiment stamp set used with the gorgeous Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper:

Happy Thoughts, Birthday, Hydrangea Hill, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJuneMini2021

And let’s not forget that the Hey Chick stamp set and dies are also leaving!  These were a special offer outside of the Mini Catalog:


So many fun products to snag before they are gone on June 30th!  And now you can get them and save on Shipping!

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Hopping Away

Hi!  Happy Friday and end of the work week!  Today I have 2 cards to share with you featuring the soon-to-be gone Kangaroo & Company!  This set is adorable and perfect for welcoming a new little one, celebrating a birthday, or just wanting to let someone know you are thinking of them.

Baby, Kangaroo, Kangaroo & Company, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJune2021Mini

Let’s talk about this adorable baby card.  The base is Balmy Blue followed by a layer of Basic Black.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper pack which is retiring at the end of the month.

The kangaroo is stamped in Memento Black Ink and colored with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and Flirty Flamingo for the ear.  The baby is colored with Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend and Flirty Flamingo as well.   The coordinating dies in the bundle are used to die cut both.   The mama die also cuts a slit for her pouch so baby can get tucked in!

The sentiment is stamped in Balmy Blue and the hears in Flirty Flamingo.  The Ovals were die cut with the now retired Layering Ovals and Stitched Shapes dies.  I had sent this card to my nephew and his wife on the arrival of their little boy.


Baby, Friendship, Kangaroo, Kangaroo & Company, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJune2021Mini

For the second card,  I decided to do a sponged background for my focal point.  I created a template using the piece of cardboard that comes in the Designer Series Paper – cut down to the same size as my image panel – in this case 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ – and then die cut an oval from the center.  Lay the template over your Basic White cardstock and sponge Pear Pizzazz for the grass and Balmy Blue for the sky.  Remove the template and you have your sponged background.

The grass was stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink.  The flowers, butterfly and kangaroo were stamped in Memento Black Ink.  The kangaroo was colored with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  The flowers were colored with Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends.  The butterfly was colored with the light and dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.  All three pieces were die cut with their coordinating dies.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black ink.

The base of the card is Gorgeous Grape with a layer of Highland Heather on top.

Don’t let this bundle hop away!  Order your set here.

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Happy Thoughts

Hi!  As we come up on the end of the January-June Mini Catalog (it’s retiring on June 30th), I wanted to point out the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  This stamp set contains sentiments for both the inside and outside of your card, making it the perfect addition to your papercrafting Go-To’s.

Happy Thoughts, Any Occasion, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJune21Mini

This card features the gorgeous Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper – also retiring on June 30.  The Paper is cut using the Quite Curvy Dies – also disappearing on June 30.

And why did I not notice before how well Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape coordinate?  I guess I don’t often reach for the purples in my collection – but I might just do that a little more as I love this combination.

This is a quick and simple card, but by adding a dash of ribbon (sorry, it is already retired) and Pastel Pearls (Yay! These carried over to the 2021 Annual Catalog), you have a gorgeous card ready to send that can be made in about 10 minutes.

Here are the dimensions and scoring:

  • Base: Gorgeous Grape – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side and folded
  • Layer: Highland Heather – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Designer Series Paper – 5 1/4″ x 3″ and cut with the Quite Curvy dies

Add some bling and your sentiment- and you are done!

Make sure you check out the Last Chance list for the Jan-June Mini catalog and grab your favorites (some at a discount!), before they are gone!

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Sweet Strawberries

Hi!  It is strawberry season here in the Northeast US and what couldn’t be sweeter than the Sweet Strawberry Bundle!

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I love the pop of color on this card from the Poppy Parade of the strawberries and sentiments to the Soft Succulent of the leaves and stems.  It just makes it pop.  And what a sweet way to Thank someone special.

The base of the card is Poppy Parade measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half.  A Basic White layer measuring 5 1/2″ x 4″ holds are main images.

Crumb Cake ink is used to stamp the flowers randomly on the Basic White.  The Strawberries and leaves are stamped on scrap Basic White and punched with the coordinating Strawberry Builder punch.  A few Gilded Gems adds the final touch.

I am so excited that the Strawberry Punch is back in stock and that you can now order this sweet bundle!

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