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DownloadAnd, the last day of SALE-A-BRATION ~ I hope you have enjoyed the extra goodies that you have been able to find in your orders this month.  It is all available until midnight tonight, Mountain Time.  I hope you will enjoy using those new products.  Let me know if you have any questions and send me a picture of what you have created ~ I love to see your creations!!!

Project Sheet Tuesday on Wednesday

Enjoy coloring with our blends?  I find it very relaxing and the SOFTLY STIPPLED designer series paper let's you do just that ~ relax!    This pretty card highlights the design by coloring with our blends using Moody Mauve and Granny Apple Green.  And, you don't need to worry about 'how to shade those flowers' because the paper does it for you!   The DSP is on page 8 in the Sale-A-Bration catty and is available FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our catalogs.

Softly Stippled DSP

Download Softly Stippled Project Sheet

Detailed Dogwood/Spring is right around the corner!!! Enjoy today!

Blog 1

The DETAILED DOGWOOD stamp set (#162953, FREE today) is on page 15 in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  It is available free until Thursday at midnight (MT)!!!  

Blog 3I have used the SCALLOPED CONTOURS DIES (#155560) on page 166 in Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog.  These dies were introduced in the 2021-22 annual catalog so I don't know if they will be retiring but I do know this is a very useful set of dies and they are reasonable at $35 for 8.  Not all dies are that useful, right?

We have THREE DAYS left of Sale-a-bration this year ~ let's take advantage of them (next SAB ~ January 2025!)!  AND, if you have ever given a thought to being your own BEST CUSTOMER by becoming a Demonstrator, give me a call!!!  It's a great ride friends!

Softly Sophisticated ~ this time it's a card!



Softly Sophisticated Hello Card

Add a touch of elegance to your handmade cards with the Softly Sophisticated bundle. The elegant florals and hand-lettered sentiments help you say thanks or thinking of you in the most beautiful way. The stem and flower images are separate, so you can stamp each part in the colors you want.

Softly Sophisticated Bundle (2)
Sale-a-bration catty, FREE, #162947

The corresponding embossing folder adds texture and depth to your card front. The all-over dotted pattern covers a complete card front and looks fabulous on vertical or horizontal cards.

Here’s a simple but very pretty card idea that is easy to create using this bundle.

Softly Sophisticated Card


· Stamp Set – Softly Sophisticated* (bundle: 162947)

· Cardstock – Wild Wheat (161725); Basic White (159276)

· Ink Pads – Wild Wheat (161651); Garden Green (147089)

· Misc. – 2023-25 In-Color Designer Series Paper (161646); Perennial Postage Dies (162607); 2023-25 In-Color Dots (161620); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

*FREE with a $100 product order (by 29 February)



· Basic White: 3 3/4"” x 5; 4” x 2 ¾”

· Wild Wheat: 5 ½” x 8 ½”; 4 ¾” x 3 ½”

· In-Color Designer Series Paper (DSP): 1 ¼” x 5 ½”


1. Fold Wild Wheat card stock in half to create card base.

2. Emboss Basic White layer using Softly Sophisticated embossing folder. Adhere to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

3. Adhere Wild Wheat In-Color strip across card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4. Die-cut Wild Wheat layer using Perennial Postage Dies.

5. Ink leaves image using Garden Green ink and stamp onto Basic White layer. Ink flowers using Wild Wheat ink and position to add flowers to leaves image.

6. Ink ‘hello there’ image using Wild Wheat ink and stamp to the right of the flower image.

7. Adhere flower layer to Perennial Postage layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

8. Attach flower layer to card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

9. Add 3 Wild Wheat In-Color Dots to card front to complete card. 


I will miss these....


This is my newest 3D embossing folder, LAYERED FLORALS, and one that I just received.  It is a beauty and one that I 'tried out' yesterday (as a break from doing taxes one of my least favorite jobs!).  You can find it on page 65 in the Mini Catalog.  It is $11.00 and the order number is 162935.  Like some of the other crafting products in the catalog it is hard to see ~ look up in the left hand corner.  I used my white watercolor pencil (you can find two assortments on page 125 in the annual catalog) to highlight several of the embossed flowers.  What do you think?


The colors that I used will be retiring soon!  I will miss them!  If you need any of the 2022 -2024 IN COLOR PRODUCTS it would be best to order them now ~ they will be out of stock soon!


Softly Sophisticated


This bundle is from the Sale-a-bration brochure (available until the end of the month), you can find it on page 14.  The stamp set is bundled with an embossing folder that has a very subtle design creating a nice background.  I used the flower image to create a set of note cards using the Note Cards & Envelopes on page 135 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  The note cards are available in Basic White or Very Vanilla and there are 20 cards and 20 envelopes for $8.  A package of four pretty note cards makes a great friend gift!!!


Mix & Mask


On page 38 in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog you will find the ENDURING BEAUTY BUNDLE which includes the stamp set, dies and a set of five decorative masks.  The picture above of my most recent creative mess includes the stamped image of flowers, the blending brushes and the stamp pads that I used with the masks.  When I finished coloring with the blending brushes I painted over the flowers with Wink of Stella.  If you would like more information about this technique join me on Saturday morning, March 2, for my BRAYER & MASK CLASS.


Embossing Folder & the new Brayer ~ no stamping!!

Flight  Airy No Stamping Card



1.  Cut 5 ½” x 8 ½” card base from Lost Lagoon cardstock and fold in half on long side at 4 ¼”.

2. Cut 3 ¼” x 5 ½” Pecan Pie Panel. Punch a hexagon from the center of this panel, staying away from the edges. This is a paper saving technique, as we’ll be covering up the hole!

3. Cut 3” x 5 ½” Flight & Airy DSP (Designer Series Paper) and adhere over the Pecan Pie panel covering the hole. Attach near left side of card front.

4. Punch the Pecan Pie Flight & Airy DSP using the Heartful Hexagon Punch and adhere to Pecan Pie cardstock Hexagon for stability.

5. Apply Stampin’ Seal across back of Pecan Pie Hexagon and arrange Linen Thread as desired. Add to card front with Dimensionals.

6. Fussy cut bird from Flight & Airy DSP and adhere with Multipurpose Glue to left side of Hexagon.

7. Use Brayer to add ink to the fine line side of the Thoughtful Moments Embossing Folder. Depending on your comfort level, you can either emboss a scrap of Basic White Cardstock with your chosen greeting and then cut it using the coordinating dies, or you can carefully insert the dies into the Embossing Folder before adding your scrap and cut and emboss at the same time. Add greeting to card with Dimensionals.

8. Cut three small flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock scrap and adhere to Hexagon.

9. Color Basic Rhinestone Jewels with Lost Lagoon Blends and embellish as desired.


Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder (English) [162927]

Heartfelt Hexagon Punch [162888]

Flight & Airy 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper [162977]

Lost Lagoon Cardstock [133679]

Pecan Pie Cardstock [161717]

Basic White Cardstock [159276]

Calypso Coral Cardstock [122925]

Pecan Pie Stamp Pad [161665]

Stampin' Brayer [162936]

Linen Thread [104199]

Rhinestone Basic Jewels [144220]

Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [161680]

Stampin' Seal [152813]

Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755]

Stampin' Dimensionals [104430]

Paper Trimmer [152392]

Bone Folder [102300]

Take Your Pick [144107]

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine [149653]