Celebrate Sunflowers and Card Challenges

I absolutely LOVE the Celebrate Sunflowers Cling Stamp Set and coordinating die set, Sunflowers Dies! I also LOVE being able to participate in card challenges because of the inspiration they provide. I really do like coming up with my own designs and I’m able to do that when given a sketch and/or elements to incorporate into my cards. The inspiration for my card is from Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept card challenge sites.

Look at my close up of my sunflowers! I LOVE Wink of Stella Clear Glitter! I added some sparkle to the inner flower and then brushed outward but without totally covering each sunflower petal. I also embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder.

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

Give me a sketch and I’m good to go! LOL! That is what I LOVE about Freshly Made Sketches! SKETCHES! It helps to lay the ground work for me then I can pull in inspiration from other sources. #FMS505

I also pulled in inspiration from The Card Concept challenge site. Not totally sure but I don’t believe I’ve ever participated in this card challenge site. I LOVE their concept inspiration image! I also love that I was able to choose from several concepts from their concept challenge and I chose: Black & White Checked Gingham, Sunflowers with Greenery, and Colors from their inspiration image. #thecardconcept160

Card Details

  • Basic White Cardstock | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Pattern Party DSP | 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Watercolor Paper | 5″ x 2-1/4″ | 2 stamped images
  • Basic Black Cardstock | Circle Dies or Punches (2-1/2″ Circle Punch) | Sentiment Label 1/2″ x 3-3/4″
  • Adhere DSP to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Garden Green Cardstock | Sunflowers Dies for greenery
  • Stamp sunflower using StazOn Jet Black onto Watercolor Paper | I used my Stamparatus
  • Using Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad and Blender Pen, color inner sunflower
  • Using Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, color the sunflower petals
  • Using Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad and Blender Pen, color sunflower leaves
  • Die cut the sunflowers and greenery
  • Use 2-1/2″ Circle Punch (retired) OR Layering Circles Dies (16 dies) | 2 Basic Black cardstock circles
  • Adhere Basic Black cardstock circles to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Stamp sentiment onto black cardstock using VersaMark | I used my Stamparatus
  • Add White Embossing Powder to sentiment | Set using Heat Tool
  • Adhere sentiment label to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Strategically place greenery stems on to black cardstock circles using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • POP UP the die cut sunflowers LAST using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Apply Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to the inner sunflowers and brush outward onto petals but not fully covering the petals

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SNEEK PEEK ~ OCTOBER’S PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS PAPER PUMPKIN KIT

The Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit is your creative kickstart to Christmas cardmaking! With sprinkles of snow, shimmering silver skies, and heartwarming holiday wishes, you’ll have enough elements and embellishments to create 10 Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.

Speaking of coordination, make even more Christmas magic with Peaceful Place products! Our stunning Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277) pairs perfectly with the kit’s components. Brew a cup of cocoa, snuggle up with a soft blanket, and prepare for a cozy craft night in!

Sentimental Rose Kit Collection

Sentimental Rose Kit – Makes 9 Cards | Coordinating Envelopes | | Acetate Gift Box | All Inclusive Kit
I absolutely LOVE this kit! I have all 9 cards/envelopes in the Acetate Gift Box!

I’M TOTALLY TORN! Do I give this as a gift or do I send some of these cards out to those who have up coming birthdays? Plus, I need Thank You cards! Decisions! Decisions! Oh my, what to do! I do LOVE this card set though! I had a lot of fun putting these cards together then decorating the acetate gift box. It’s SO CUTE! By the way, the KITS COLLECTION can only be seen in MY ONLINE STORE as they are not in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. While on my Online Homepage be sure to see my Creating with Kits! Event on my September Calendar. I’m hosting this event each month. I just had my very first one last month and it was so much fun! If you are local, I’d love for you to join in the fun so be sure to RSVP to reserve your seat! Be sure to see my cards below in my post!

Kit Details – Sentimental Rose

Create all-occasion cards to use or give as a gift with the Sentimental Rose All-Inclusive Card Kit. The kit has everything you need to make handmade cards to say thank you, happy birthday, or best wishes. Stamp your projects with the included delicate floral stamp set. The rose image can be stamped monochromatically or can be shaded using a variety of coloring techniques. Stamp up cards and use the stamp set on future creative projects. Follow the step-by-step instructions or customize the cards as you choose. Kits make a great gift for crafters or aspiring crafters.

Kit Includes

  • Sentimental Rose Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Acrylic stamp block
  • Gray Granite Classic Stampin’™ Spot
  • Designed projects with step-by-step instructions
  • Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
  • Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
  • Folded card size: 5″ x 3-1/2″
  • 9 printed, coordinating envelopes
  • 1 acetate gift box: 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ x 1-1/8″
  • 1 printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″
  • Adhesive to complete projects

Product colors: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, So Saffron

Kits by Stampin’ Up! are perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. All-inclusive project kits have EVERYTHING you need in ONE BOX! Kits are while supplies last. Order today! 

This is a Distinktive** Stamp Set; it has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images. **Patent pending

Kit Showcase

Kit Collection – Sentimental Rose Kit Products
Kit Collection – Sentimental Rose Kit Cards
Kit Collection – Sentimental Rose Exclusive Stamp Set

My Cards!

I decided to stamp all three sentiments best wishes, Thinking of YOU, and Congratulations on my cards that have the So Saffron patterned card base. You can also use other sentiment stamps as the possibilities are endless when it comes to stamping on the provided die cuts! Once you use up your supplies in the kit, you’ll still have your stamp set and ink spot to use to make other cards. FYI: You can purchase a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill for your Classic Stampin’ Spot!

Stamparatus™

Although you get an acrylic stamp block in your kit, I am SPOILED using Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus™! It allows me to stamp with precision. If my image didn’t stamp just right, I can re-ink my stamp and stamp once more to get my image or sentiment just right. You can stamp just using the acrylic stamp block provided in the kit if you’d like, but I’m telling you . . . you cannot go wrong investing in this stamping tool. I’ll include just two pics below that kind of give you an idea of what it looks like and how I use it. I think I should do a whole other post just on this WONDERFUL tool! By the way, the Stamparatus™ comes with TWO plates and MORE!

Once I stamp the sentiment, I clean the stamp before moving it in place onto the next sentiment die cut label. Then I re-ink the stamp, close the hinged plate, and press down. When you gently raise the plate up, you will see the stamp releasing itself from the die cut cardstock. Viola! PERFECT STAMPING! Another very HELPFUL TOOL is the Take Your Pick™! Be sure to check it out! It’s a multipurpose pickup and precision tool which simplifies meticulous tasks when crafting! See both the Stamparatus™ and Take Your Pick™ in my product table.

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If you like what you’ve seen today, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, please contact me. Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day

SNEEK PEEK ~ SEPTEMBER’S HAUNTS & HARVEST PAPER PUMPKIN KIT

Experience everything the autumn season has to offer with the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit includes enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes ~ 4 each of 3 designs. That means you can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! 

Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit is designed in a vivid fall palette and is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers! For more information on Paper Pumpkin, click HERE

UNTIED THROUGH CREATIVITY DOWNLOAD ~ while available!

We’re celebrating what makes us unique through what brings us together: creativity! The United Through Creativity Digital Download features inclusive, multicultural, and multilingual craft elements that represent each of Stampin’ Up!’s markets. And, it’s free for all! Print your favorite pieces, color and create, then share to social media using #UnitedThroughCreativity! Click HERE for your FREE DOWNLOAD while available!

Bouquet of Hope – Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2021

I’m always excited to receive my Paper Pumpkin Kit each month! Although this kit is no longer available, if you subscribe by March 10th you’ll receive the March 2021 – Here’s To You – Paper Pumpkin Kit. ALSO you would then be able to purchase the REFILL KIT for the February 2021 Bouquet of Hope as a NEW SUBSCRIBER to Paper Pumpkin! Here are the items in the refill kit (see below image) which will NOT include the exclusive photopolymer stamp set or the Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Spot. You can always buy the full size Classic Stampin’ Pad in Mossy Meadow or even buy Uninked Stampin’ Spots (pack of 5) and buy a Stampin’ Ink Refill in Mossy Meadow. That’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! products, you can pick and choose the way you want to build your ink collection! If you’ll notice in the main image (above), you could actually use other stamp sets for your sentiments to stamp the two different sized labels. I’ll have an example to show you later in this post.

For more information about this particular kit see my previous post HERE! The refill kit is still available which is only $10.00 Item #156917 but you must be a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin to purchase refills/kits. Watch my unboxing video so you can see all the goodies in this box plus I share information about how Paper Pumpkin works. Now remember, I’m still new to making videos so if you leave me a comment, be nice! LOL!

My February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Bouquet of Hope – arrived earlier this week. As soon as it arrived, unfortunately I needed to send a sympathy card to a friend who lost her sister this past Sunday. Here is the card as it is meant to be made from the kit. I assure you the picture doesn’t do it justice!

What’s great about the Paper Pumpkin Kits is that you don’t have to make the cards exactly as they are shown. You can change things such as the stamped image, use different embellishments, change the card layout and so on. Some kits through the year will actually be 3-D projects or perhaps even a home decor item! My husband’s cousin is having a birthday next week, as well as my husband and their birthdays are on the same day. So for his cousins birthday, I changed the sentiment using a different stamp set that I earned for FREE from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration (SAB) which ends this Sunday, February 28. See more information regarding SAB below! The stamp set I used is A Touch Of Ink. It is one of my favorites! I love Hummingbirds and Butterflies! See it in the product table below! Note: It’s in Level 2 so you would have to spend $100 in product (before shipping/taxes) to EARN this particular stamp set.

I haven’t made the other cards in this kit as of yet but I can’t wait to do so! Also as a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, you’ll receive a monthly newsletter that includes an unboxing video of latest kit (see below video), alternate projects, coordinating products, and refill/past kits (if available).

Speaking of kits, let me move onto March 2021 – Here’s To You Paper Pumpkin Kit. Subscribe for your monthly subscription HERE by March 10 or purchase a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription (see product table) to get this kit. The March kit is a celebration kit that marks Paper Pumpkin’s 7th Birthday in March. This kit will include a FREE GIFT as well! View more details about this kit and subscribing to Paper Pumpkin from my earlier blog post HERE, plus I talk about it in my YouTube video that is in today’s post! You’ll not want to miss out on this great kit! Who doesn’t love FREE STUFF?! Plus with this kit, I’ll get to try out a new technique using these four stencils (each one is 4″ x 4″) and Stampin’ Sponge.

Click on the product(s) below for details and shop my online store!

DON’T FORGET THAT SALE-A-BRATION IS STILL GOING ON! 

For every $50 and $100 you spend (before shipping & tax), you’ll earn an exclusive Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item for FREE! SAB ends February 28 so don’t wait! Shop my Online Store HERE to see all the SAB items! 

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  • Check out the CLEARANCE RACK for up to 70% discount on products!
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If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day! 

Thinking of You with the Kind Koala Stamp Set – Retiring!

It is always sad when the Retiring List comes out! This little cute Koala Bear made the list, so sad! I thought I had better get this stamp out and use it so you can see just how CUTE it is! I made the first card using Crushed Curry and place a Large Basic Pearl (embellishment retired) on the flower. You can use the current Pearl Basic Jewels as well (see below). I had to make some more cards because this one turned out so CUTE (in my opinion)! BTW, the Banner Punch made the Retiring List as well! I LOVE that little punch! Don’t you?!

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TIP: Stamp the Koala on both Whisper White cardstock and Crumb Cake. I also stamped the flower part on Crushed Curry. Using my Paper Snips, I did some “fussy cutting”! Before adhering this cute little Koala and flower onto the Whisper White cardstock, trace over the flower pole (line) with Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.

NOTE: It’s not listed in the supplies (you can’t buy it separately) but I used Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to trace over the line since it was in yellow. You can buy the set of Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers which has all the neutrals color collection except for Very Vanilla and Whisper White.

Check out my other cards! This one with the Crushed Curry circle in the middle of the flower has the little pearls clustered in threes. I used the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker to color those BUT you don’t have to do that, you can leave them white if you want to! I used the Owl Builder Punch, which also made the Retiring List, for the little circle in the flower. I’m going to be in mourning over these retiring items!

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My next two cards I used Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant. I didn’t do anything fancy but I did “fussy cut” the Koala Bear. I truly love doing simple cards but you can see how you can “step up” a card just by doing something extra, even if it’s just one thing! Example, the little banners! Don’t you just love those?! I do! I will still be using my Banner Punch in the future! I still in shock it’s RETIRING!

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Here are my supplies:

Price: $110.00

If you love these cards and would like measurements for the different layers, please email me! I will be happy to email them to you! If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Thoughts & Prayers for Loved Ones!

In my last post, I shared a cute card with a matching envelope which has an attached gift card holder. I love the pattern paper colors so much in the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, I made several cards to send out to people who have been touched by the death of our 22 year old niece, Caity. I find it really hard to create sympathy cards. I tend to not want to even make them but once I make myself get started then I’m okay. It’s been like that since my mother passed away on 12.24.2014. It’s like I have a bit of an emotional dilemma making such cards but I guess that just makes me human.

One of my FAVORITE stamp sets to make sympathy cards, praying for you, and get well cards is Thoughts & Prayers! The Retirement List of products is due to come out today and I wouldn’t be surprised if they retired this set because it’s been around for a long time. I’m hoping that they keep it around for at least another year! Fingers Crossed! Here are the cards I created!

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Here are the supplies I used to make these cards with the exception of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the little flowers, it’s RETIRED! You could use the NEW Tree Builder punch (click HERE) as it has a little flower shape almost the same as  you see here on my cards.

Supply List

 Tuesday’s NEW Weekly Deals ENDS today! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! items! Click HERE to see what’s on sale this week!

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK, new items added! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Thinking of You! PPA274 & SUO135 & Tuesday’s Weekly Deals

Remember this stamp set from my post back on September 28th? This stamp set is SO versatile! Sheltering Tree, a photopolymer stamp set, can be used for ALL four seasons and many occasions! The possibilities of use for each of the stamps in this set is endless! I can easily say this is one of my favorites!! Go back and check out my card on 9.28.2015 and check out today’s card! You can be sure that I’ll be using this stamp set again and again!

I made my brother, Markus, a card today that I’m entering into two challenges. I love all three of my brothers but Markus is that “special” brother who truly needs to know how much I love him, always! So I made today’s card with him in mind and it’s getting mailed today! I know it will brighten his day immensely when he receive it in the mail!

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My first card challenge is a color challenge with Pals Paper Arts! Check out these colors for this challenge! LOVE ’em! Notice in my card how the over lapping of Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral makes an orange color? It actually looks like I used four colors on my card! I entered two challenges back in 2012 with Pals Paper Arts. I plan on participating with Pals Paper Arts much more in the future! It’s a great card challenge site with designers that are just over the top with talent!

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Also check out SU-Only Challenges Web site! It’s a card challenge site that is totally Stampin’ Up! as you are only allowed to use SU products! I’m certainly okay about that aspect! My card is entered into SUO Challenge #135 – Fall Fun! It’s been a LONG time since I participated with SUO, 2012! Back in March 2012 I made Top 3 in a “Think Spring” challenge! I made a card for my daughter who was getting married. You can see it below! 🙂

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I truly have NOT been on the band wagon entering challenges for several years. Since I finally created my own Website/Blog, I’ve been A LOT better about it. I’m not uber talented but I enjoy just participating with color and layout challenges! It helps me to be more creative!!

Here is my supply list for my Thinking of You card . . . 

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FYI:  In the Annual Catalog, p.89., it suggests clear blocks: a, b, e, h to be used with the Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set. In reality you can use just the Clear Block E if you are just starting out! Some people may feel that using a large clear block with little stamps may not feel right but it can be done. Just thought I would point that out to you!

Check out Tuesday’s Weekly Deals!! 

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The Perfect Pines Framelits Dies coordinates with Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog (p. 17). You can also bundle those two items and save 15%! AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE CLEARANCE RACK!! 

I hope you like today’s card that I made for my brother, Markus!! I know that he’ll LOVE it as his sister, me, made it especially for him! I would love to hear from you so won’t you please leave me a comment! If you have any questions, please contact me!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!