Getting Ready for a Stampin’ Blends Class!

Aloha, all!


This month, my regular card-making class is going to make projects all of which are going to feature Stampin’ Up!’s new Alcohol Markers, Stampin’ Blends. I’ve been planning this class for some time and, fortunately, the colors that my class will be using are all in stock and available. Other colors are out of stock and won’t be available again until June. But I lucked out with this one!


The first project will be one that I shared with you earlier this week, using the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set.  There will be one more card project using other stamps in this set. Today’s project is the second one, and is based on a fantastic card that my sister-in-law, Deb, who is also a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, sent me for my birthday.

As in the card from last Tuesday, the main colors for the flowers are the Daffodil Delight Light, Daffodil Delight Dark, and Pumpkin Pie Light Stampin’ Blends. Deb’s design made it easy for me to use matching cardstock colors – Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock – for the card base and accents.


The stamp set that’s featured in this project is the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set. There are two basic designs for orchids in this set, as well as two sizes for each of the designs. For this card, I used one design in both large and smaller orchids, and two pieces of each set. The “lips” for the orchids are the same no matter which design of orchid you’d chose to use. I stamped the orchids using Pumpkin Pie Ink, and then colored them each petal in, first using the Daffodil Delight Light marker to fill the petal, followed by Daffodil Delight Dark to accent the base of each petal, and finally lines of Pumpkin Pie along the stamped lines in the petal. Finally I colored in the whole petal again using the Daffodil Delight Light marker to blend the colors together. For the orchid lips, I simply stamped the image using Pumpkin Pie Ink, with a Basic Black accent. The final step was to die-cut each of the pieces using the Orchid Builder Framelits die set. The Stamp Set and Framelits are bundles in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, for a 10% discount.


When it came to the leaves and the sentiments, though, I traveled to another stamp set – the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. The main reason is that there is not a leaf stamp in the Climbing Orchid set that looks anything like the leaves in all of the orchids that are growing in our garden. The leaves are elongated, much like the leaves in the Beautiful Bouquet set. I stamped the leaves onto Old Olive Cardstock using Versamark Ink, then cut them with the leaf die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits die set. The sentiment is from yet a third stamp set, Picture Perfect Birthday, a stamp set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog. Again, this stamp set and the coordinating framelits are bundles in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog for a 10% savings (love the savings).


This is the inside of the card (no, it’s not really that bright! , and it’s what makes it a Pop Up Shadow Box Card. The cardstock is scored in several places to allow it to open up into a 1/2 inch deep card inside, with an opening die cut to show yet another orchid adhered to the inside of the card. I added another sentiment to the layer made up of a design from the Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper from the 2018 Sale-a-bration brochure. (Just a hint – if you buy the Climbing Orchid Bundle and one other small item, such as some adhesive, you can get that paper for FREE!)

Now I just need to prepare the materials and instructions for my class and I’ll be on to my next project! I’ll be busy this weekend!

Posted on : Mar 17 2018
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Spring is a New Beginning!

Aloha, all!


Every Spring, I remember one of my favorite Springs, when I was a freshman in a then women’s college in the eastern United States. Each class was assigned one of four colors – ours was Gold – and each quarter one class was in charge of dinner and entertainment on a festival day. We were assigned to the Spring festival, and the day’s theme was, “Spring is a New Beginning and Golden is its Color.” It’s such fun to have a memory such as this, and even more fun when the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog ( has Spring is About to Spring as its theme.

I love the Easter Season, and I truly miss all the daffodils I would see in my gardens when I lived on the U.S.A. mainland. Here in Hawaii, daffodils and other spring bulb plants just don’t have the chilly weather that they need to grow well in most of the state. You can imagine that I was so very happy to see Stampin’ Up!’s You’re Inspiring Stamp Set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog. In my last blog post, I featured one of the daffodil stamps in the set. Today I’m featuring the other.


The “other” stamp is one that’s only just a bit more than 2-1/2″ wide. So, when I decided that my design called for a strip across a 4″ wide layer on my card, out came my Stamparatus. Now I know that most of you probably don’t yet have one of these fun stamp positioning tools. But it won’t be long and everyone will be able to order one – from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, which will be released June 1st. With the Stamparatus, I first positioned the rubber stamp so that the bottom was on on a line on the grid pattern on the bottom of the tool. Then I stamped the 2-1/2″ row of daffodils once, slid the Whisper White Cardstock over to the right, staying at the same line, until the stamp on the Stamparatus’ lid was just to the left of the first stamped image. Finally I used the stamp mounted on the Stamparatus lid to stamp again. (I have got to make a video, huh?!)


Once I was finished stamping the images, I colored in the flowers using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. These are so easy to work with! Because these images are small, I used the smaller of the two tips on the Blends. I managed to go outside the lines a lot as I’m still dealing with not having great prescription glasses after my recent cataract surgery. I can hardly wait until my eyesight settles down and I can get new glasses!  The good news is that I don’t really notice the wonky coloring – that’s what watercoloring is supposed to look like (well, maybe not dry brush painting; but that’s not what one does with Alcohol Markers).


I trimmed the top and bottom edges of the Whisper White strip using Old Olive Cardstock punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. With this punch, you just punch out a strip of cardstock that you can then adhere to the back of the main layer – you don’t “waste” a large piece of the cardstock that’s hidden behind the image. I mounted that on a piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock, embossed with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, that’s part of a bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration second flyer. The bundle is one you can get for FREE with a $100 purchase of other Stampin’ Up! products, through March 31st. But the Embossing Folder (only) will be available in the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It’s a keeper for sure!


The ribbon that I used for this project is NOT Old Olive Ribbon. I really do like the way that the Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon coordinates with Old Olive Cardstock. I think that it must be the reflection of light on the shimmer ribbon that changes its tone a bit.


I hope you will consider making your own project welcoming Spring this month – and share it over on the SUO Challenges Blog! If you’ve read this far, I should probably share with you that I will be stepping down from the SUO Challenge Blog at the end of the month after 5 years of coordinating the work of a fabulous group of Design Team members. It’s time for a fresh look at the challenge, and time for me to go on to participating in other stamping related projects. I’m looking forward to it!


Happy Stamping!



Posted on : Mar 12 2018
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Having Fun With a Sketch!

Aloha, all!


One of my favorite activities when I’m in a bit of a design slump is to find a sketch with which to work. Just looking at a sketch and then trying to figure out what in my own personal stash would work with it gets my creative juices flowing. A while back, I created a sketch for a class I was preparing, then let it lie without being used. And today, there it was right when I needed it.

This is a fairly simple sketch and I immediately had some ideas of what to do with it. It didn’t take long before I decided to use some of my Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration products, along with some Annual Catalog products, to create a design.

I used the You’re Inspiring stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog to create the central image of those beautiful daffodils. And you know, of course, that daffodils aren’t just yellow. I chose to make something a bit different, and used my Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to color this large stamped image. It was easy to find a Calypso Coral and Old Olive design in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog’s Designer Series Paper, Delightful Daisy. Once I found those papers, I added in a background of Old Olive Cardstock texturized with the brand new Sale-a-Bration product, Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. What a great complement to the stamped layer and the Designer Series Paper banners.


A note about how I colored the flowers: I just used the Calypso Coral Light Stampin’ Blend to put down a bit of color on the flowers and then used the Color Lifter Stampin’ Blend marker to feather the edges of the colored area. That Color Lifter is great for making pastel images with the Stampin’ Blends!


I finished the card using a sentiment and frame from the Annual Catalog’s Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits. I set this sympathy sentiment off by adding in pieces of the Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre and Pear Pizzazz 3/8” Shimmer Ribbon behind.


Why not try this for yourself? I’d love to share copies of any projects you make with this sketch! It’s a great way to get you going on your creativity today.

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Posted on : Mar 01 2018
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A Favorite Sentiment!

Aloha, all!


It’s time for another Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge over at the website, and this time I had a hard time deciding what I should use for the theme, “A Favorite Sentiment.” OMG, I have so many favorites! I started thinking about long-retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and sentiments that were unique to them and that I really, really miss. But, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I pretty much get rid of stamp sets when they retire. Looking over the stamp sets in my current collection, there are some new unique sentiments that have been fun to use. But I finally settled on a sentiment that seems to be universally loved, and the way I’m using it isn’t even with a stamp set.

How could I go wrong with, “Happy Birthday”?!


This card is one I recently made for a favorite fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, whom I first met at a convention several years ago, and who happens also to be the demonstrator who helped with my current blog design, Lyssa Zwolanek. She is such a sweetheart, and I wanted her card to be something like I’d never made before.


Of course, I’d never made a card with the fun Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper before I made this one. That’s because this paper just became available to get FOR FREE as a Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration product earlier this month. I’d just received my first (of several I hope) shipment of this paper when Lyssa’s birthday was about to happen. So I made silver my theme for this card. I didn’t have to look far for another current sheet of Designer Series Paper that went with my Silver theme. I found it in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog set of paper, Sweet Soirèe Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper set also has silver foil accents and this Calypso Coral sheet with Silver dots was a perfect match!


Carrying on with my Silver Theme, I decided that, rather than have a stamped sentiment, I’d pull out the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die (in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog) and die-cut some of the Silver Foil, also in the Annual Catalog. Oh, and I tied this card all together with a bow made with the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.  I finished off the card by mounting my silver, silver, silver and silver card front onto a card base of Calypso Coral Cardstock.


What’s your favorite sentiment? We over at the SUO Challenge Design Team would love to know, and we hope you’ll make a card with your favorite and share it with us!


Here is a recap of the products I used in this card:

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Posted on : Feb 26 2018
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My Last Valentines of 2018!

Aloha, all!


I just love to send Valentine Cards, and this year I’ve made and sent well over a dozen. As you might imagine, the two cards I’m sharing today are cards I made at least a week ago so they could get in the mail in time to arrive on February 14th. But I waited until Valentine’s Day itself to share them here just because I wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day right here on my blog!

Both of today’s cards are made using  the same Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Dies.  And besides the different colors of cardstock and ink, the only big difference is in the technique that I used for showing off the gorgeous detailed heart from the Thinlits set.

For the top card, I cut the heart using Wild Wasabi Cardstock, and adhered it to the Whisper White Cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue – just a dot under a few leaves around the edge, the flowers and a few other places in the middle. Then I stamped the flowers in the stamp set using Berry Burst Ink and cut them using the dies in the Thinlit set. I applied those using Mini Glue Dots, and added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the center of each flower as an embellishment.


For the bottom card, I centered the heart left to right on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock and die cut it using the Thinlits die. Then I took the piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered it to the Marina Mist Cardstock. Once I had the heart all cleaned up by getting the cardstock brushed out of the openings, I applied Multipurpose Liquid Glue as I did in the first card and carefully replaced the heart inside of the area from which it had originally been cut. This makes such a lovely card front!  While I could have die-cut some white flowers and placed them over the flower areas in the heart, I chose just to add some Marina Mist Enamel Shape circles.


While these are meant to be Valentine Cards, with different sentiments (including the one in the bottom card) these could be cards for any occasion. Right away I can see their use for weddings and anniversaries. But they could also be used for Get Well, Sympathy, or just generally a “Hi, Thinking of You” card.


I hope you’ll remember this stamp set when you have a reason to make a card that says, “love” of any kind at least for the rest of this season. I do hope that these sets make it into the next Stampin’ Up! catalog, but one never knows. Here are the links to products I’ve featured in this blog post. Just click on any of them to go to my personal Stampin’ Up! website to learn more about them and even buy them online, any time 24/7.

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Posted on : Feb 14 2018
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CASEing a Stampin’ Up! Catalog Sample!

Aloha, all!


One of my favorite things about the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs is that, throughout the books, there are sections entitled, “Quick & Easy: You Can Make it!” So when the theme for the current Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog was to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a catalog sample, I decided to go for one of those. And, with Valentine’s Day coming right up, I went looking at stamps that had Valentine’s themes. The good news is that the stamp set I chose is great for many occasions, not just Valentine’s Day.

This sample is on Page 88 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, and features the stamp set, Bloomin’ Love. What makes this “Quick & Easy” is that you can put 3 different stamps on one acrylic block and then stamp that all over the front of a card to make a great design. Here’s how it looks in the catalog, and it even shows you which stamps the artist put on the block to make these cards.

Now, CASE doesn’t mean that I have to make an exact copy of a card. When I CASE a card, I like to add a bit of my own creativity to make it come out a little different. What I did to make this happen for this project was to make the Whisper White Card Base mat the colored cardstock on which I stamped. I also definitely wanted these cards to be Valentine Cards, so I die-cut the sentiment with one of the smaller hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. Finally, as I had some of the luscious new 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog, I wanted to use that instead of the white ribbon used in the original.


So that’s my CASE for this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge! See how easy it is? We would love it if you’d come on over to the blog and enter your own CASE of a project in any Stampin’ Up! catalog. Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the small pictures below and go directly to my Stampin’ Up! store to read more about it and even buy it if you’d like. Or you can just go to my Stampin’ Up! store to shop for anything any time, 24/7!

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Posted on : Feb 12 2018
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Using Up Little Leftover Pieces!

Aloha, all!


Last week I shared a project that I made to try to get myself out of my non-crafting funk, and it and the few other cards I made that day by building on the ideas of others really helped. A few days later, it was time to clean up and get ready to move onto other projects that I wanted to try out. In the cleaning up process, I just brushed the scraps that I’d made into my waste basket. Think slow motion as I watched some stamped images that I’d thought weren’t worth working with slipped into the trash. I snatched them up and decided they really did need to be used and not wasted.

Now that I look at those stamped pieces (the little hearts and the banner) I’m not sure why I thought at the time that they weren’t good enough for a card. My intention was to make a duplicate of the card I made last week. But then I remembered something else that I’d seen online (cannot remember where or when) where the new Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon was wrapped around a piece of colored cardstock to create a striped effect. There were some issues with where I placed my scrap of Bermuda Bay Cardstock that I used to set off the ribbon, so the placement of the hearts and banner is a bit different.


The point I’d like to make with this project is to think about keeping something that you’ve stamped but not completely liked, and look at it another day. You may end up like I did, with another card made in no time at all because I’d already done all the stamping!

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Posted on : Feb 09 2018
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Another Valentine CASE!

Aloha, all!


Today’s project is the third of the Valentine Projects that I made during my CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) day last week when I was trying to get my mojo back. I’m still trying and still CASEing, so I’m sure you’ll see more before Valentine’s Day is actually here!

As you can see, I’m still working with the same sheets from the same set of papers that I used for the last two CASEd projects I spoke of last week, the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I have also included a new stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set that happens to use one of the dies in the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. That brings me to something I haven’t mentioned before. That Framelits set not only goes with stamps in the Sure Do Love You stamp set, it also goes with several of the stamps in the Heart Happiness Stamp Set. It’s a great two-fer and I hope Stampin’ Up! keeps this idea alive going forward.


The arrangement of the word LOVE, with the Heart shape as the O, is one I CASEd from a project by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jenny Hall. She used a different set of papers and different colors, but this layout is definitely hers. And I LOVE it!


Once again, I used a card and matching envelope from the Sale-A-Bration FREE Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes set. You can get this or the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper for FREE with any other Stampin’ Up! purchase of $50. If you spend $100 you can get BOTH of these freebies. Note that, this year, there are special freebies that you can get ONLY with a $100 purchase. They’re definitely worth it, and I plan to show some of them off here before too long.


To finish up the card and envelope combo, I stamped”Happy Valentine’s Day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set using Calypso Coral Ink, punching it out with the Classic Label Punch and then adhering it to the card front over the letters using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.


And I used another stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set to decorate the envelope that comes in the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes and that matches the card base.


Here are the products I used in this project. Just click on any of the icons to be whisked away to my personal Stampin’ Up! store. There you can learn more about each product and even order it online right then and there!

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Posted on : Feb 07 2018
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Happy Birthday, Deb!

Aloha, all!


I hope you will join me in wishing a Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Deb! Deb and I have a lot in common, two items of which are that (1) we both have February birthdays, and (2) that we both joined Stampin’ Up! as demonstrators 10 years ago, though I missed signing up in February by 1 day. But I still consider February my Stampin’ Up! Anniversary month because that’s when we both really started doing what we’ve been doing for 10 years!

I made the card I sent to Deb while I was in the midst of discovering all the luscious designs in the new Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper set that anyone can get FOR FREE by purchasing $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! products during this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration. I was not immediately enthused about this paper as all I saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure photograph was bottles and bubbles (thus the name). But once I started seeing other demonstrators showing off the BACK SIDE of these papers, I made sure that I ordered some (for FREE of course) for myself. You’ve been seeing some of that paper in some of the Valentine Cards that I’ve been making, and you’ll still see more in the next week or two.


Once I made this card for Deb, I decided that this would be a good card for a swap in which I participated last week. I’d been struggling with another set of Designer Series Papers to come up with a design that wouldn’t use too much of any one sheet of paper as most packs only have two sheets of any one design. As I had to make TWENTY cards for the swap, that was not going to work if I used one design for my background. But when I can use three different sheets of paper, all of a sudden I have plenty for such a swap.


Besides the Designer Series Paper on this card, the ribbons that I used are also in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, in the Shimmer Ribbon Pack of 3 spools of ribbon – one each of Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Basic Gray. For this card I used the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay to coordinate with the papers on the left and right of the background.


Two other products can be found in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. The first is the sentiment that is part of the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set. Then there are the Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack, from which I used 3 of the Lemon Lime Twist sequins to coordinate with the middle section of the Designer Series Paper. (I did not use these on the swap cards as that would have required 60 sequins – plus the 3 for Deb’s card – that the 50 of each color in the pack would not have covered.)


For the sentiment layer, I stamped onto Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock using Bermuda Bay Ink. Then I die-cut the stamped image and the Whisper White Scalloped Oval Mat using the Layering Ovals Framelits. All of these products are in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.


Finally I layered the Decorated Designer Series Paper layer onto Whisper White Cardstock, and then layered that onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, before adhering the whole set onto a card base of Whisper White Cardstock.


Here’s a tip for making multiples of a card with this kind of a Designer Series Paper Layout. First figure out how wide you want your layer to be. Then divide by 3 (or whatever number of papers you’re going to use in your layout). Cut strips of paper that wide, tape them together on the back using plain old ordinary Transparent Tape, then cut all three (or whatever) strips together across the top and bottom to fit the height you need for your card. That way you will have a straight line across the top and bottom for your card front.


I’m having such a good time with this paper set that I might almost have to spend another $50 soon to get more (FREE, of course). But wait – there are going to be some more products that we’ll be able to get FOR FREE in the middle of this month. Watch out for notices about this – I was able to buy the new Sale-A-Bration products so I could show them off early. That’s a benefit of being a demonstrator – just like Deb and me!

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Posted on : Feb 05 2018
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Oh So Quick and Easy CASE!

Aloha, all!


After I finished writing my last blog post, I went back to my work table, ostensibly to pick up the mess and put things away. But then I spotted another heart I’d stamped in trying to figure out how I was going to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) the previous project. At that point, I thought of quite a few cards that I’d seen with that heart placed by itself with one other stamp on a card front.

The white heart in the middle of this card was the one I’d stamped for the earlier project, but ended up not using. It’s from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set, and I’d die-cut it with a framelit from the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. Two other products that were still out on my work table were the cards from the Sale-A-Bration promotion, Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes, and the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. Oh, and the Bermuda Bay Ink was still out. Why not make another really quick card? And that’s what I did.


I stamped the outline heart from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set onto one of the Pool Party colored cards in the Cards & Envelopes Set, added the already-stamped heart using Stampin’ Dimensionals, tied on a piece of ribbon, and Voilà! I had a card.


As I finished this project up, I realized that, for the previous project, I’d not done anything with the “& Envelopes” part of the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes. So out came some little hearts from the Occasions Catalog Stamp Set, Heart Happiness, and the envelope was decorated in a flash.  What a deal for 16 FREE card bases and matching envelopes! Just spend $50 in my Stampin’ Up! store and you can choose this set FOR FREE, too!


Here are all the products I used in this project – most of them the same as for the previous project. Click on any of the icons to find out more about them and even purchase one or two (or more?) directly from me at my Stampin’ Up! website.

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Posted on : Feb 03 2018
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