Why Everyone Needs a Hedgehog Card in Their Life

Why Everyone Needs a Hedgehog Card in Their Life.

Do you ever feel like life gets a bit overwhelming at times? Between work, social obligations, and the endless responsibilities that come with adulthood, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos. But what if there was a simple way to boost your mood and strengthen relationships with just a small gesture? Enter the hedgehog card! Yes, you read that right – this adorable little card can have a big impact on your life and the lives of those around you. In this post, we’ll explore the surprising benefits of sending a hedgehog card, including how it can spread joy and even make for a unique gift idea. Plus, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for creating your own little hedgehog masterpiece. So, let’s get started!

Boosting Mood

One of the biggest benefits of sending a hedgehog card is the way it can strengthen relationships. Whether you’re sending a card to a friend, family member, or colleague, the act of reaching out with a thoughtful message can go a long way in building deeper connections. In fact, studies have shown that small acts of kindness, like sending a card, can increase levels of oxytocin. This is the hormone responsible for making us feel happy and connected to others. So, not only will you be spreading joy to someone else, but you’ll also be doing yourself a favor by boosting your own mood and sense of connection. But don’t just take our word for it – why not try sending a hedgehog card to someone special in your life and see how it makes you both feel? It just might be the start of something wonderful.

Strengthening Relationships

Sending a hedgehog card is more than just a thoughtful gesture – it’s also an effective way of strengthening relationships. Reaching out to someone with a personalized message shows that you’re invested in their well-being and that you care enough to take the time to connect with them. This can be especially important in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, where it’s easy to feel disconnected from those around us.

By sending a hedgehog card, you can increase your levels of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for making us feel happy and connected to others. This can help to boost not only your own mood, but also the mood of the person receiving the card. When we feel connected to others, we’re more likely to experience positive emotions and to view the world around us in a more positive light.

So why not spread some joy today by sending a hedgehog card to someone special in your life? Whether it’s a friend, family member, or colleague, a personalized message can make all the difference in strengthening your bond and building deeper connections. Try it out – you never know what wonderful things might come from a simple act of kindness.

Spreading Joy

By sending a hedgehog card, you can spread joy and increase the levels of oxytocin in both yourself and the recipient. This hormone promotes positive emotions and strengthens our bonds with others, ultimately leading to a more positive outlook on life. So why not take a moment to brighten someone’s day with a personalized message on a cute hedgehog card? It’s a simple act of kindness that can make a big difference in building deeper connections with those around us.

In addition to spreading joy, a hedgehog card can also make a unique and thoughtful gift idea. With so many generic gifts available, a personalized card can stand out and show that you truly care. Plus, the adorable hedgehog designs are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. So consider ditching the traditional gifts and opt for a hedgehog card to make your loved one feel truly special.,

Unique Gift Idea

In addition to spreading joy with a personalized message, hedgehog cards can also make a unique and thoughtful gift idea that shows you truly care. With so many generic cards available, a hedgehog card can stand out and put a smile on anyone’s face. Who wouldn’t love those cute hedgehog faces? So why not consider ditching the traditional cards and opt for a hedgehog card to make your loved one feel truly special? Or make a whole set of cards to give as a gift. To create your own hedgehog card, follow these simple steps.

How to Make a Hedgehog Card

To create your own hedgehog card, you don’t need to be a professional artist or have any special skills. With a little bit of creativity and some crafting supplies, you can make a personalized and memorable card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Gather Your Hedgehog Card Materials

First, gather your materials. You will need So Saffron cardstock, Design a Daydream paper, the Heart Punch Pack, and the Hedgehog Builder punch. For stamps, use the Hello Beautiful stamps and Happy Hedgehog stamps, or other stamps in your collection. In addition, grab glue or double-sided tape, and some colored markers and ink. You can also use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some extra dimension.

Why Everyone Needs a Hedgehog Card: two little hedgehogs spread smiles by sharing their heartfelt connection. Why not share a personal message with a loved one today?

Cutting and Layering Paper

Cut your cardstock paper to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Next, fold your cardstock paper in half to create the base for your card. Also cut two pieces of Design a Daydream paper. The larger piece is 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, while the second piece is 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Adhere the larger piece in the center of your card base. Then punch a hole in the second piece, approximately 1″ from the right-hand side with the scalloped heart punch. This will be the area for the second hedgehog cutout. Center it on the background paper and adhere it.

Add Hedgehogs to Your Design

To create the hedgehog design, start by stamping both hedgehogs from the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set on a separate piece of white cardstock with Early Espresso ink. Punch out the right-facing hedgehog shape with the Hedgehog Builder Punch. Use your colored markers to add some details and personality to your hedgehog. You can give it cute Petal Pink ears and feet, or accessorize it with a bow or scarf.

Here we’ve stamped the flowers from the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set. Then we colored them with Garden Green and So Saffron markers. Additionally, we’ve punched out the second hedgehog with the heart punch. While previously used for Valentine’s cards, the Heart Punch makes a really cute peekaboo element for the hedgehog. Afterward we adhered the punched piece to the center of the cutout shape on our pretty paper.

Complete Your Hedgehog Card

Finally, add the sentiment from Hello Beautiful in Garden Green ink. Write your message inside the card and add any extra decorations or details that you like. Your hedgehog card is now complete and ready to bring joy to your loved ones.

In conclusion, a hedgehog card is not only a unique and thoughtful gift idea, but also fun and easy to create. With a little bit of creativity and some crafting supplies, you can make a personalized and memorable card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. So why not give it a try and spread some joy with a handmade hedgehog card?

In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with emails and digital messages, a simple hedgehog card can be a refreshing and meaningful gesture. Not only does it boost your mood, but it can also strengthen relationships and spread joy to those around you. And who doesn’t love a unique gift idea? So why not pick up some colorful paper and create your own hedgehog cards today? As the saying goes, “small things often make a big difference,” and a hedgehog card is no exception. So go ahead and spread some happiness – one hedgehog card at a time.

Excited To Create Spring Tulips and Daffodils?

Excited for spring tulips and daffodils to arrive? A few days ago I enthusiastically welcomed a few blooming purple and yellow crocuses popping up in our backyard. The daffodils had also emerged and had grown several inches tall! In the photo below, see what happened to them on Saturday!

Wisconsin backyard trees and flowers covered with several inches of March wet snow.
Wisconsin March Snow on Saturday!

While the snow is actually quite beautiful, I was disappointed that I could no longer see the flowers. So I had to create these spring tulips and daffodils in my craft room instead of enjoying them in my garden!

Spring Tulips and Daffodils created in the craft room with Stampin' Up! Tulip and Daffodil Dies, and Flowering Tulip stamps. Little Brushed Brass Butterflies accent the spring scene.

Excited for Spring Tulips and Daffodils Card

Today’s card features my favorite spring flowers, tulips and daffodils, and one of my favorite techniques – heat embossing! In addition to embossing products, you’ll also need dies, cardstock in your favorite colors, a sentiment, ink, and a few embellishments. Garden Green is a great green cardstock for this card, but use your favorite green! Get a complete list of the products used to create this spring flower card below.

With the Tulips Dies, Daffodil Dies, and Flowering Tulips stamps used for these flowers, you will find yourself making flowers for all occasions! If you’d like even more samples for the tulip dies, read Tulips Brighten Your Cloudiest Day

Stampin’ Up! Catalogs are Ending Soon!

Both the 2022-2023 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Jan – April 2023 Mini Catalog end on May 1, 2023. There’s a good chance that some of these products won’t be available in the upcoming catalogs. Watch for the Last Chance Products Sale.

For demonstrators, we’ll get to peek at the new catalog later this week. Will these products still be available? We’ll know soon! But if these stamps or dies are on your wish list, be sure to order them here before they’re gone. Then start creating some great Spring, Easter or Mother’s Day cards.

Create #SimpleStamping Beachy Thank You Cards In a Flash

#SimpleStamping Beachy Thank You cards can be created in a flash with just stamps, ink and paper. Today’s card is a great design for you if you are a beginner stamper, or if you just need a quick card. Although this card features the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set, the design works with other stamps too.

Create simple thank you cards in a flash with the Friends are Like Seashells stamps.
Friends are Like Seashells simple thank you card

#SimpleStamping Beachy Thank You Cards Essentials

Gather the following materials to create today’s card design:

Form a card base by cutting the Coastal Cabana cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then score at 4-1/4″ and fold in half. Also cut the Basic White cardstock to 2″ x 5-1/2″.

With the Friends are Like Seashells stamps, stamp the shells, starfish and sand dollar in Sahara Sand ink on the white cardstock.

CRAFTING TIP: Stamp one or more images off the edge of the white paper for a little variety.

Continue by stamping the sea grass in Shaded Spruce ink. Then fill in the small seashell with Blushing Bride ink.

Adhere the white cardstock strip to the center of the card front. Finally, finish the card with a simple thank you in Shaded Spruce ink at the bottom.

For your convenience, I have linked the supply list below. Additionally, I want you to know that it is Sale-a-Bration time at Stampin’ Up! With every $50 or $100 purchase, you’ll qualify for one or more free items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. So if you need a couple of items for your project, take advantage of this offer. The promotion ends February 28.

Once you have the Friends Are Like Seashells stamps, check out this cute ornament .

Seashells In the Deep Sea Handmade Card For You

Seashells in the deep sea, I imagine, can be lots of different colors. However, for today’s handmade card, the shells are all shimmery white. In contrast, the sea grass is deep blue and the accents are coral.

There is also a striking contrast between the embossed and die cut background elements and the Coastal Cabana card base which makes the shells really pop!

The Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set pairs beautifully with the Seashells 3D Embossing folder and Seaside Seashells Dies ! Create simple cards or use them all together for eye-popping beach-themed cards.
Seashells pop on this Orchid Oasis background with coral accents.

Product Coordination is Key

One of the best features of Stampin’ Up! products is coordination. Today’s card showcases several items from the Sand and Sea Suite. Even though the full suite is no longer available in the catalog as a single item, the stamp set, dies and embossing folder can be purchased separately. When you have all the coordinating products, as pictured below, creating beach-themed projects is simple!

Creating Today’s Featured Seashells in the Deep Sea Card

This Seashells in the Deep Sea card is fairly easy to create. Start with a standard Coastal Cabana card base, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded.

Next, die cut Orchid Oasis cardstock with the largest Seaside Seashells Die. Then adhere the die cut on the front of your card base to create the background for your seashells.

Using Versamark ink, stamp the Friends Are Like Seashells images onto the corresponding shell shapes on the Orchid Oasis background. Afterward, emboss the shells with white embossing powder to give them shimmery detail.

In addition, emboss a couple of couple of small shells on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock with white embossing powder. Then die cut them and pop them onto the card front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finally, embellish your card with a few accents. Here I die cut a small piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and added a coordinating piece of twine and small tag from my stash. Additionally I scattered a few Coastal Cabana rhinestones on the card front to finish it with a little bling.

Project Resources

To find all the items used to create the Seashells In the Deep Sea card, click the link button below.

For more project ideas with this stamp set, see Penguin Playmates Day 6 and Can You Fold Paper To Make These Seasonal Ornaments?

See the Forest and Explore Nature

See the forest and explore nature as a great way to enjoy today! Whether you love to camp, birdwatch or walk the trails, the Stampin’ Up! Campology stamp set has the perfect images for outdoor enthusiasts. Today’s card features two images and a greeting from this stamp set!

Campology

Let’s take a quick look at the Campology stamps. There are 5 images, and 4 sentiments included in the set. Easily combine a couple of the images to suit the experience you want to capture. For camping, you could choose the tent and trees, or the lantern and coffee pot. Alternatively, birdwatchers may prefer the trees and binoculars. Whichever ones you choose, you can make great nature cards!

See the Forest with the Stampin' Up! Campology stamp set. iImges include a grove of trees, a tent, lantern, binoculars and a campfire coffee set.
Campology stamp set by Stampin’ Up! (152553)

Seasonal Sale – Score a Deal Today!

During the Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Sale, which ends TODAY, the Campology set is on sale at 15% off the regular price of $22 (US). Other stamp sets in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog are also 15% off. In addition, punches are discounted 10%. Dies, Designer Series Paper and embossing folders are 20% off as well.

So it’s the perfect time to pick up this stamp set, and maybe score a few new toys or gift items before the holidays!

Featured Card

Before you run off and get too excited about the Seasonal Sale, let me show you today’s card.

The card design is pretty simple, with a Designer Series Paper background, two stamped images, and a greeting. Design a Daydream is the name of the background paper, and it’s available as a Host reward. This means that you can choose this paper as a reward when your order is over $150, or when a party you host has sales of $150 or more.

Begin with a Crumb Cake card base and a 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Designer Series Paper. If desired, cut the background paper with the Basic Borders Dies. These dies are 20% off during the Seasonal Sale and they provide six wonderful designs for adding interest to your creations.

Stamp the trees with Mossy Meadow ink, and the binoculars with Soft Suede ink on Basic White paper. Then cut them out with Paper Snips. The ribbon shown is 3/8″ Gold Shimmer, which adds a little shine behind the trees. Pop the tree grove up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finally, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede ink directly on the Crumb Cake card base to complete your card.

Enjoy Today

Whether you have a chance to explore nature today, or spend time in your craft room, be sure to ENJOY TODAY! Oh, and don’t forget to grab your favorite items during the SEASONAL SALE which ends today!

Happy Father’s Day to My Home & Garden Handyman!

My Home & Garden Handyman deserves a celebration for Father’s Day! He’s the guy who does the jobs I don’t want to do, like cleaning the gutters, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and more! So today, I’m sharing the card that he’ll be receiving for Father’s Day.

With the Home & Garden Bundle, creating cards for all the handy people in your life is easy. The bundle includes the Home & Garden stamp set and Garden Dies. All the tools needed for your garden, like shears, shovels, rakes and loppers, along with a ladder, tool rack with cute hooks, and garden gloves are included.

But this handy set is retiring soon! So if you want to celebrate a guy or gal with a green thumb, order yours today. The Last Chance Products Sale ends June 30th, and items are only available while supply lasts.

Home & Garden Bundle: include the Home & Garden stamp set, and the coordinating Garden Die. Look how cute those little tool hooks are!
Home & Garden Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Home & Garden Handyman Card Details

While this card can be created in any color combo you like, the details and dimensions used here are listed below. In addition to the items listed, you’ll need the Home & Garden Bundle to make the card as shown.

Card Base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Merry Merlot cardstock, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded.

Layer behind Tools: Simply Marbelous DSP (retired), 4 x 5-1/4″.

Ladder, Rake Handle, Shovel Handle: Crumb Cake Card Stock, Soft Suede Ink.

Rake Tines: Merry Merlot ink, Basic White cardstock. NOTE: Crumb Cake ink was sponged around the edges to help blend it with the rake handle.

Shovel: Silver Foil, stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink and set aside to dry.

Gloves: So Saffron Card Stock, Crushed Curry ink.

Stones and Tool Rack: Crumb Cake Card Stock

Hooks: Basic Black Card Stock

Grass: Garden Green Card Stock

Sentiment: Basic White Card Stock, Crushed Curry ink.

Coordinating Products

See the Rainboots & Tulips post for the Flowering Rain Boots Bundle, which coordinates beautifully with this Home & Garden bundle. It is also included in the Last Chance Products Sale and you’ll have endless possibilities when you combine these two sets and create all your own gardening scenes!

Get Creativity Started With A Crafty Kit

Get creativity started with one or a bunch of kits! Stampin’ Up! offers both subscription and non-subscription crafting kits that let you get right to creating. For example, Paper Pumpkin is a kit that can be purchased either as a monthly subscription or as a prepaid option.

When you prepay, you can choose 1, 3, 6 or 12 months and you’ll receive a kit code. Then you choose which months to use your prepaid kit code. Order before the 10th of the month when you want a kit shipped to you. Receive a kit each month until your prepaid kits are finished. Or pause your subscription when you don’t want a kit shipped.

So whether you want to have monthly crafting events, or just an occasional one, it’s easy!  For all the details, visit the Paper Pumpkin FAQs page.

June 2022 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Pick of the Crop

Looking for fresh ideas and designs for your summer cards and crafts? Then the Pick of the Crop Paper Pumpkin Kit is just what you’re looking for! This month’s kit is inspired by open markets, summer produce, and community. We can’t wait to see how you make the most of this sensational kit.

And don’t forget about the mini canvas bag add-on!

Start crafting with the Pick of the Crop Paper Pumpkin kit or take advantage of the Kits Collection Buy One Get One 50 Percent Off Sale in June.

This kit includes:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, adhesive, and more!
  • The Pick of the Crop Paper Pumpkin Kit includes a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set is perfect for expressing your love, gratitude, and style. With sentiments that say “Love you a whole bunch”, “You’re the pick of the crop”, “You are the sweetest,” and so many more, you’ll be able to use this photopolymer stamp set for all of your summer
  • This kit also includes specialty vellum pieces to add a fresh touch to your cards.
  • And you’ll get a Mini Shopping Bag (5-3/8″ x 6″; 13.7 x 15.2 cm) which can be used to hold a couple cards for a unique craft element. (Additional bags available to purchase separately.)
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

Coordinating colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Soft Succulent 

ADDITIONAL MINI CANVAS BAGS AVAILABLE

  • For this month only you can purchase additional mini canvas shopping bags for a fun twist on card packaging. You will get one bag included in your kit, but there’s no need to stop the creativity there! Purchase more bags that you can stamp, color, and personalize. Just our way of expanding one of our favorite kits of the season!
  • Available for purchase on stampinup.com starting 13 June 2022:
    • Mini Shopping Bags Add-On – Item Number: 161922 Item Price: $13.00 USD | $18.00 CAD
  • Add-on details:
    • You must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase this item.
    • Includes 4 mini canvas bags.
    • You can fit a couple cards in each bag. Perfect for a fun twist on card packaging!
    • Stamp or color on the bags for a personalized touch.
    • Mini Shopping Bag size: 5-3/8″ x 6″ (13.7 x 15.2 cm)

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

Subscribe to the June Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 May and 10 June at paperpumpkin.com!

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Paper Pumpkin kits are always a surprise, although you do get a few clues!
If you love surprises, they might be perfect for you.

Get Creativity Started with the Kits Collection Sale

Although Paper Pumpkin kits are fun, they may not be the right kit for everyone! If you like to know exactly what you’re getting when you order, there are other kit options available. Whether you’re looking for cards, treat packages, or tags, there’s a perfect kit for you in the Kits Collection! Here are just a few of the kits available now:

So go ahead and plan your next gathering today! Click a button below to choose a kit.

TIP: Be sure to add a kit from the Kits Collection to your order during the Buy One Get One 50% Off Event! This sale is going on during June. It’s a great way to share stamping with a friend!

Get creativity started by sharing crafting with a friend during the Buy One Get One 50% Off sale during June.

Remember to subscribe by June 10th to get the Pick of the Crop Paper Pumpkin kit!

Tulips Brighten Your Cloudiest Day

Tulips brighten your cloudiest day as they poke through the ground in early spring and burst into bloom. Send birthday wishes and recreate that refreshing feeling with these rosy red tulips.

Tulips Brighten Your Cloudiest Day! Create tulips all year long with the Flowering Tulips Bundle and Flowering Fields DSP during the Last Chance Products ssale going on now.

Last Chance for these Tulip Products

During the Last Chance Products Sale for the January – June Mini Catalog the beautiful Flowering Fields paper is on sale for just $8.05 USD. Not only will you have many tulip papers to choose from when you purchase this Designer Series Paper, but you’ll also have two coordinating cloudy backgrounds!

Also, the Flowering Tulips stamp set and Tulips Dies are still available (as of 6/3/2022) in the Flowering Tulips Bundle. By purchasing them as a bundle, you’ll save 10%. Why not add them to your order before they’re gone? With the Flowering Fields paper and this tulip bundle, you’ll be able to create a springtime scene any time of year!

Tulips brighten your cloudies day. Get the Flowering Tulips Bundle during the Last Chance Products Sale and start brightening today!
Flowering Tulips Bundle

Tulips Brighten Your Cloudiest Day – Card Details

For the card base, cut a piece of Petal Pink or similar color cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then score the paper at 4-1/4″ and fold in half.

Next, cut a cloudy background piece, 4″ x 4″, from the Flowering Fields DSP. Layer this piece at the top of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of white cardstock. Stamp a greeting in Real Red Ink in the bottom right corner of the white layer.

Vellum Background Layer

Firstly to create the next vellum layer, begin by cutting the vellum cardstock in a 3-3/4″ square. Secondly, add texture to soften the Flowering Fields background paper by embossing the vellum with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder and the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Finally, adhere the vellum over the background by attaching with glue dots in the upper corners, and at the bottom center, where they’ll be obscured by the tulip leaves.

Add wonderful texture to this refreshing tulips birthday card with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder.
Timeworn Type Embossing Folder

Rosy Red Tulips

For the tulip on the left, stamp the image from the Flowering Tulips stamps in Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock and die cut it with the coordinating Tulips Die. Next, cut the center and right tulips from plain and/or patterned Real Red cardstock and die cut them. For the die cuts with score lines, fold them on the lines and layer the pieces as shown.

Leaves and stems were also die cut with the Tulips Dies from Mossy Meadow cardstock. Just layer them and add the tulips at the top of the stems.

Finally, embellish the card with Opal Rounds and a small piece of green ribbon, tied in a bow.

For more coordinating products in the Flowering Fields Suite, watch this Stampin’ Up! video.

Then order the beautiful tulip products from the Last Chance Sale!

Make a Splash with Rainboots and Tulips!

Make a splash with your rain boots and create some all occasion cards with the Flowering Rain Boots Bundle!

Make a splash! As a child, did you love to splash in puddles with your rain boots? The Flowering Rain Boots stamp set helps you recreate these memories, or make new ones today! Along with the boots, this set features tulips, daisies, flower seed packets, a flower pot and a watering can. With these images and the coordinating Rain Boots Dies, it’s easy to create lots of cheery spring cards for birthdays or any occasion. Also, when you purchase the stamps and dies as a bundle, you’ll save 10%.

Make a splash in your rain boots! The Flowering Rain Boots Bundle includes the Flowering Rain Boots stamp set and coordinating Rain Boots Dies.
Flowering Rain Boots Bundle

While most of the dies cut the stamped images, notice the additional trellis and rake cultivator dies included in the bundle! These are perfect for creating a garden scene. Or check out the fun sample with the trellis die created by a Stampin’ Up! artist in the card below:

What a fun background you can create using the Rain Boots Dies and Flowering Rain Boots stamp set!
Use the trellis die from the Rain Boots Dies to create this fun background!

Make a Splash Card Details

Today’s all occasion card is a great way to use your paper scraps. Start by choosing six pieces of patterned paper with the same color scheme, such as these Pumpkin Pie and Basic White scraps. Then cut them to 7/8″ x 2-1/2″ and layer them on a piece of 4 x 5-1/4″ Basic White cardstock. Angle and overlap the pieces for a fun look!

Next stamp the boots and tulips from Flowering Rain Boots in Daffodil Delight ink and die cut them with the Rain Boots dies.

For the flower stems and leaves, stamp in Wild Wasabi ink (retired) or any darker green ink on green cardstock and die cut. Since my goal is to use up scraps, I stamped mine on Gumball Green (retired) cardstock. Also, stamp the greeting in Wild Wasabi ink on Basic White cardstock. The sentiment can be punched with any punch that’s about 1-3/4″, like this scalloped circle punch.

Make a splash with your rain boots and create some all occasion cards with the Flowering Rain Boots Bundle!

To assemble, choose a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base, score at 4-1/4″ and fold in half. My card base is Early Espresso cardstock. Next attach the white card stock layer with the patterned paper. Adhere the leaves in the center of the patterned paper and the sentiment on the right, near the bottom. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop up the Rain Boots on the left and line up the tulips above the stems.

That’s it! One stamp and die bundle, two color of ink, two colors of cardstock and some paper scraps are all you need to create some rain boots and tulips cards today.

Visit my online store to purchase the Rain Boots Bundle from the January – June 2022 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog. Happy Splashing!

Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas with the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and So Many Snowflakes Dies. Both of these items are on the Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Products Sale, going on now!

Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes with this cool shaker card featuring the Snowflake Wishes stamps and So Many Snowflakes Dies. Both items are available during the Last Chance Products sale while supplies last!

Christmas Cards Now and Later

Do you make Christmas cards all year long? I do! For me, it’s too stressful to try to make all my cards during the busy holiday season. So I make about 10 every month. This way I get to use the products I already have. Then when the new Stampin’ Up! annual and holiday catalogs arrive in summer, I also can create some cards with new products!

Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes Easily

Making shaker cards is easy with a few essential supplies. Of course, you’ll need a punch or die for the shaker shape. You’ll also need cardstock, a snowflake greeting set such as Snowflake WIshes, foam adhesive strips, and a window sheet to make the basic shaker card. In addition – some ribbon, embellishments, an embossing folder, and the So Many Snowflake Dies will enhance your creation!

Begin by cutting a card base (Balmy Blue shown), 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold.

Next cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of contrasting cardstock (Pacific Point shown) for the shaker layer. Use a punch or die (2-1/4″ circle punch shown) to cut out a circle. If desired, emboss this piece with an embossing folder (Wintry Snow shown).

Assembling the Shaker

To create the shaker, adhere a piece of window sheet, slightly larger than your punched circle on the back side of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer. Tear and Tape adhesive is a good option for attaching the window sheet.

Then add foam adhesive strips over the window sheet, following the shape of your shaker opening. Place sequins over the window sheet, within the area outlined by the foam adhesive strips.

Now cut a piece of snowflake paper 3-3/4″ x 5″ (Snowflake Splendor DSP shown), or create your own snowflake paper with the Snowflake Wishes stamps.

Next, remove the lining from the adhesive strips and lay the snowflake paper, desired pattern side down, and center over the shaker layer.

Finally, attach the shaker assembly to the card base.

Embellishing and Finishing the Snowflake Wishes Card

There are many ways to complete the shaker Snowflake Wishes card. First, consider tying a ribbon (1/4″ White Cotton shown) around the left side of the card. Secondly, use adhesive backed snowflakes or glittery enamel dots for accents. And finally, die cut a large snowflake with the So Many Snowflakes Dies from white glimmer paper to highlight the bottom of your shaker opening with glittery snowy sparkle!

I hope you are excited to create your own Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes card today! If you need any products, especially the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and So Many Snowflakes Dies (last chance!!!), please visit my online store today.

Why to Say Yes to a Card Challenge

Say Yes to a card challenge? Why would you want to do that?

There are many reasons to participate in a card challenge, and just as many types of challenges to join! First of all, card-making challenges can help spark your creativity. They provide a starting point for your card design with a sketch, color combination, theme, or stamp set. Secondly, you can combine two or more challenges to create an even more unique card. Thirdly, you’ll get to see a wide variety of card ideas from the design team, as well as many participants. If you find a design you like, you can often visit the artist’s website for more details. Finally, challenges help beginners limit the design choices they’ll need to make in order to get started.

After I Say Yes to a Card Challenge, Where Do I Start?

One great challenge to start with, especially if you’re a beginner, is a Stampin’ Up! #Simplestamping Challenge. These challenges are designed to showcase cards that require minimal supplies and stamping techniques. The card we’ll create today falls under this challenge type. It’s a simple design using two colors of paper, two colors of ink, and one stamp set.

As you’ll see shortly, a few details like embossing and one die cut step this card up a wee bit. However, you could certainly skip the embossing step. You could also replace the die cut shape with a square or rectangle to create a simpler card.

Another struggle beginners sometimes face is what colors to use. By combining a #SimpleStamping challenge with a Color Challenge, that decision is made for you. The Color Challenge for this card uses a combo of Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake. These are all colors in the current Stampin’ Up! color pallette. But feel free to substitute your favorites to make your card one you’ll be proud to send.

Say Yes to a Card Challenge with a color combination of Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake. This little birdie from the Free as a Bird stamp set says Hello amid a sparkly flowered background.

#Simplestamping Color Challenge Card

Now that we have a color pallette of Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake, let’s get to the card details! Begin with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, scored and folded at 4-1/4″ for the card base.

Next, stamp leaves from the Free as a Bird stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink around the top edges of the card front. Also stamp several of the flower images in Merry Merlot ink on a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock. Optionally, add Clear Embossing Powder over the ink and heat emboss the flowers with a Heat Tool. Cut these flowers out with a Paper Snips or other small scissors. Then adhere them with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals over the stamped leaves.

If you love birdies, the Free as a Bird stamp set (149468) has the perfect images to color.
Free As a Bird stamp set (149468)

Once the flower section is complete, stamp the single bird image in Merry Merlot ink at the bottom of the card front. Be sure to leave enough room on the right for the greeting! Next, die cut the small label shape from Evening Evergreen cardstock with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Alternatively, cut out a small square or rectangle to place behind the sentiment. Also stamp the Hello greeting on a small strip of Crumb Cake cardstock in either Merry Merlot or Evening Evergreen ink. Attach this greeting on top of the Evening Evergreen shape with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add the Perfect Finishing Touch

Finally, add a little bling to the flower centers, and in a few random places, with the 2021-2021 In Color Jewels (Evening Evergreen jewels). These gems add a gorgeous sparkle to keep the card from being too plain and are the perfect finishing touch!

In-Color Jewels (155571) in Evening Evergreen are perfect for this color challenge card. Other colors in the package include  Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Soft Succulent
2021-2023 In Color Jewels (155571)

If you purchase the suggested products for this card, or any other products totaling at least $50, during Sale-a-Bration, you get a Free Sale-a-Bration item! This opportunity ends February 28, 2022, so check out the details today.

Whip Up Some Whimsical Birthday Cards Today

Whip up some whimsical birthday cards with these three easy card designs today! To get started, you’ll need stamps, ink, paper and the Stampin’ Up! Stitched with Whimsy Dies. Create one, two, or all three!

The Stitched with Whimsy Dies feature cute decorative stitching with irregular edges. Unlike most dies, they do not cut out a shape. Instead, they create a frame around a focal point, background, or sentiment. This die set includes 6 dies, both square and rectangular. The largest die is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/16″. So they’re perfect for framing elements on scrapbook pages, as well as on handmade cards and other projects.

Create a frame around your background, focal point, or sentiment with these Stitched With Whimsy Dies from Stampin' Up!
Stitched With Whimsy Dies

Three Whimsical Birthday Cards

Today we’ll be looking at three birthday cards featuring the Stitched With Whimsy Dies. The smaller dies are great for creating a frame around a sentiment.

Designing for a Square Sentiment

First, showcase a square greeting with one of the three square dies shown above. Live Life in Full Bloom is a great option, from the Flowering Rain Boots stamp set. The gorgeous colorful flowered paper is a Sale-a-Bration product called Daffodil Afternoon. It coordinates with the Daffodil Daydream Bundle in the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog. Stamp the swirly design from this set in Versamark ink and heat emboss it for added detail.

Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper

During Sale-a-Bration, which ends February 28, 2022, you can maximize your crafting dollars by choosing a free item every time you spend $50 (USD) or more on catalog products. So, for instance, if you purchase the Stitched With Whimsy Dies ($29 USD) or the Flowering Rain Boots Bundle ($49.50 USD) and some cardstock or embellishments, you’ll qualify for a free item. The Daffodil Afternoon paper is just one option! See all the other options available by visiting the Sale-a-Bration page in my store.

Whimsical Birthday Card Design with Daffodil Afternoon paper and an added touch of whimsy for a square sentiment.

A Whimsical Birthday Card with a Rectangular Greeting

Our second card is another simple design. This time, use a 4″ x 4″ square of pretty paper on the left. Then cut a 2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of coordinating paper. Mat it with Basic Black cardstock, 2-1/8″ x 4-5/8″ so that you have a very thin black border. Stamp a greeting on white cardstock and use the smallest rectangular die to frame it.

Whimsical Birthday Card Design with an added touch of whimsy for a rectangular sentiment.

Frame a Whole Layer for Design 3

With the varying die sizes, you’re not limited to just framing the sentiment. But when you use the larger dies, you may wish to choose the size of your layer first. Next, add the frame. And finally, stamp the greeting and decorations, and finish off with a couple of rhinestones.

For another whimsical birthday card design, use the Stitched With Whimsy Dies to frame an entire layer.

I love to mix new products with older ones! Look through your supplies for some paper to use with these three designs. Then consider purchasing the Stitched With Whimsy Dies to uniquely frame your card elements. Be sure to maximize your crafting dollars by taking advantage of Sale-a-Bration freebies too!

Need a copy of the catalogs? Download it from the Catalogs page!

Peaceful Prancing Deer Three Ways

Peaceful Prancing Deer make it easy to create quick Christmas cards! Today we’re focusing on three ways to use the Peaceful Deer Bundle and a few other supplies. Check your stash and see if you have some pretty paper, a punch, maybe a die, and vellum or foil to use for these easy layouts.

Stamp on Background Paper

Firstly, choose a card base and background paper to go with the punch or die you’ve chosen. This sample shows a Sahara Sand base, with Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper.

Secondly, stamp the trees from Peaceful Deer, or your chosen stamp set, right on the background paper. Use an ink color that coordinates with your background, in this case Garden Green.

Next, stamp a sentiment in Real Red ink on Basic White cardstock. After that, choose a die cut like this shape from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to accent the greeting. Pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finally, use the Deer Builder Punch to punch one of the plaid deer from the Peaceful Prints paper. Add it next to the sentiment with dimensionals to finish this quick Christmas card. Alternatively, stamp and punch the deer from another pretty coordinating paper!

Peaceful Prancing Deer with Peaceful Prints Background

Create Your Own Background for the Peaceful Prancing Deer

For the next card, begin with a standard green card base. Then create a background layer with stamps or stencils on Basic White cardstock. Continue by layering vellum over the background paper.

In addition, stamp a Peaceful Deer greeting in green ink on Basic White paper. Enhance your sentiment by cutting it with the Stitched Rectangle Dies for extra detail.

Alternatively, cutting a rectangle with your paper trimmer works also. Adhere the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a little depth, without adding a lot of bulk.

To finish off, stamp the Peaceful Deer image in Soft Suede Ink on Basic White Paper. Next punch it out with the Deer Builder Punch. Finally, adhere the top of the deer to the raised greeting with your favorite adhesive. The prancing deer’s feet will float over your pretty design!

Peaceful Prancing Deer with a uniquely stamped background.

Add a Foil Backdrop for Your Pretty Paper

For the third card layout, use a foil square behind your pretty paper to make the whole card shine! A 3-3/4″ square of Red Foil, along with a 3-1/2″ square of Designer Series Paper creates the background for this prancing deer. If you need foil sheets, the Red & Green Foil in the Last Chance Products Sale is still available this morning.

Begin with a Very Vanilla card base. Choose your background paper, such as this striped Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla pattern. Adhere the paper in the center of the foil layer. After that, adhere the foil layer to the card base.

Create the deer image from Peaceful Deer with Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla cardstock to coordinate with the background. Using the Deer Builder Punch to cut the image out leaves a vanilla border around the stamped image, which helps the deer stand out from the backdrop. Adhere the deer with Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the head and body.

Stamp and adhere a sentiment to complete the design. I love the Merry Christmas from the (now retired) Merry Christmas to All stamp set! Oh, and don’t forget a few embellishments – lol!

Peaceful Prancing Deer with a foil accented background.

In summary, we’ve showcased three ways to use the Peaceful Deer Bundle:

  • By stamping on Designer Series Paper
  • Through creating your own background
  • By layering Designer Series Paper on a foil background

In addition, we’ve shown the plaid deer image punched from Designer Series Paper, as well as the stamped deer outline and patterned images from the bundle. Whether you choose to recreate one of these designs, or come up with your own, I hope you are inspired to make a card today!

Peaceful Prancing Deer Bundle – Last Chance This Year

The Peaceful Deer Bundle is available in the Last Chance Products Sale, going on now. You can purchase it today, while supply lasts. But if you miss out, due to popular demand, the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to a new catalog! However, they will not be bundled at a 10% savings.

The Peaceful Deer Bundle includes the Peaceful Deer stamp set and a coordinating Deer Builder Punch

You’ll find even more ideas for the Peaceful Deer Bundle here. With this bundle, you can get a head start on Christmas cards for next year. The deer, bunny and tree images are also perfect for birthday cards throughout the year!

Stamp away & enjoy your day!

Can You Fold Paper To Make These Seasonal Ornaments?

Can you fold paper? That’s basically all you need to do to create these origami ornaments! It’s also a great way to use some of that paper you’ve been hoarding saving for a special project. If you’re like me, you’ll want to create these ornaments for every season! So far, I’ve got fall, Halloween, Christmas and spring covered, plus a beachy ornament as a gift for a friend.

I’ll share a link to the video from Nellie that inspired these creations at the end of the post. If you prefer video format, be sure to watch! They look complicated to make, but they’re actually pretty easy! Fitting the pieces together is shown a little more clearly while viewing the video. But I’ll do my best to give you step by step written instructions as well.

Where to Start

Firstly, decide on your theme. This can be a holiday, birthday, seasonal, or any other theme you can dream up.

Next, choose a 12″ x 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper. Lighter weight paper works well too, but heavier paper like cardstock is hard to manipulate during folding. Cut the paper into nine 4″ x 4″ pieces. Eight squares will be used for the ornament, and the last one can be used along with an easy layout idea for a card.

Alternatively, choose two coordinating paper patterns. If you choose this option, cut four pieces of each pattern. Optionally, cut another square to make a matching card as well.

Thirdly, gather stamps, die cuts, tags, ribbon and embellishments for decorating the ornament. Stickers, rhinestones, jingle bells, pearls and glimmer paper are also wonderful additions!

Finally, you’ll need a hole punch, crop-a-dile, or Take Your Pick tool to make a hole to attach the ribbon or twine for hanging your creation. Plus, a bone folder is a handy, inexpensive tool for burnishing your folds.

Can You Fold Paper? Here’s How to Create a Spring Ornament

For the first ornament, my theme is spring, with Painted Blooms paper. Since you’ve already cut eight 4″ x 4″ squares of one or two patterned papers, folding is next. Begin by folding one square in half.

Unfold the square, then fold each side to the center fold line.

The next step is to fold the bottom edge to meet the top. With open ends at the top, fold the left corner down to meet the bottom edge. Continue by folding the right corner down as well.

Next, fold the two pointed ends together. Repeat these steps for each of the squares.

Once all the pieces are folded, pick up two of them and hold them so they’re facing with the points to the left, and pockets on top. Carefully slide the points of one piece inside the pockets of the other piece.

Continue attaching the pieces together until the circle is connected. Adjust as needed to form a wreath shape.

Hanging Your Finished Ornament

Most importantly, if you’re planning to hang your ornament, it needs a hole for the hanger. On the first ornament, the green Christmas one, I tried a hole punch. But the hole was a bit messy. So for the others, I chose the Take Your Pick tool.

Take Your Pick Tool

Use the paper-piercer end of the tool to poke a hole straight down through the ornament as shown below. Then add twine or ribbon to hang the ornament.

Since this ornament is designed for spring, use the Timeless Tulips stamp set for stamping tulips in Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight inks. To complete the project, add the Happy Easter Happy Spring sentiment in Pacific Point ink.

Can you fold paper? Some paper, a few folds and the Timeless Tulips stamps are what you'll need to create this DIY spring ornament.

More Decorating Theme Ideas

To get you started, here are a couple more decorating ideas. The first ornament is beach-themed and is a gift for a friend. The paper shown is from Peaceful Prints, which was a free Sale-a-Bration item a few months ago.

Cut glimmery paper with Layering Circles Dies and layer it on top of the wreath before adding die cuts. Not only does this layer add sparkle, but it also helps hold your wreath together.

Stamp the beachy elements from Friends are Like Seashells with Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze inks. Then use the Seaside Seashells Dies to cut them out. The stamp set and dies are currently also available with bundled savings in the annual catalog.

Finally, on a small white tag, stamp the sentiment in Pool Party ink. Attach it with a small piece of twine to the ornament hanger to complete this beach-themed ornament.

Can you fold paper--learn how to create this beachy ornament with a few folds.

Christmas Themes

Next up is a Christmas version featuring the recently retired Penguin Playmates paper and characters. Accent it with a couple of large Opal Rounds.

For the next Christmas ornament, the paper is from Peaceful Prints. The little jingle bells were in my stash from a previous catalog and provide a cute accent. Since they’re too bulky to add to a card for mailing, a 3D item is the perfect way to use them! Merry Christmas is from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, one of my holiday favorites!

Fold paper to create a festive Christmas ornament that jingles all the way.

Halloween Theme

Even though it’s past Halloween, here’s a Frightfully Cute ornament for you. As a reminder, the Last Chance Sale is going on now, so this bundle will only be available while supply lasts!

Can you fold paper? A Frightfully Cute ornament is just a few folds away!

Fall Theme

One last ornament for fall! This one uses envelope paper, which is lighter-weight and a little easier to fold. Which one is your favorite?

Can you fold paper? Learn how to create this fall origami ornament.

As promised earlier, here is the link to Nellie’s video. She shares a great way to attach your ornament to a card, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

For your convenience, I have links to many products in my online store for creating these ornaments. If you need a tool, some paper, or embellishments, just click the link to go directly to that product or go to my store. Of course, you can use any craft supplies you have too! We’d love to see what you’re creating! Share your project on our Facebook page.

For Unto Us Christmas Cards of Hope

For unto us a child is born. Glory to the newborn king. Oh come let us adore him. All beautiful sentiments for handmade Christian Christmas cards in the For Unto Us stamp set! This set is on the Last Chance Products list, so act now to get these beautiful greetings before they’re gone! Today I’m sharing two cards ideas for this set.

Use All the For Unto Us Sentiments with the Stamparatus!

The first Christmas card is simple, and showcases all the greetings. Choose whether you want them all within the card front, or whether you’d like some to extend off the edges. To create the version shown below, start with a Very Vanilla standard card base. Also cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Very Vanilla layer. Next sponge Early Espresso ink on the edges of this layer with a Sponge Dauber to achieve an aged paper look.

In order to arrange all the sentiments on the card front, it’s easiest to use the Stamparatus. With this tool, position the card layer using the built-in grid lines. Alternatively, use the Deluxe Foam Mat or Small Grid Paper to line things up. I prefer using the grid paper so I can mark the outline, as well as write notes on it.

Using the Stamparatus Magnets to hold your card layer in place, start arranging your sentiments on the card front. Once you have them all in position, bring the plate down to pick the stamps up. Ink them with Early Espresso ink and stamp the Very Vanilla layer. Finally, add some stars with yellow ink in between the sentiments.

Of course, this card could also be created with multiple ink colors. Just position the stamps for one color on one plate. Use the other side of the plate, or a 2nd plate for the next ink color. Continue until you have as many colors as you’d like.

Use all the sentiments in the For Unto Us stamp set as shown on this vintage-style Christmas card.
For Unto Us Christmas Card with all the sentiments

Shimmery Ribbon Embellishment

For this simple card, embellish it with the Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon. This ribbon is on the Carryover-List which means that it is available to order until the July-December Mini Catalog ends on January 3, 2022. After that, it won’t be available again until the July-December 2022 catalog is released next year. See more details at the bottom of this post.

Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the greetings, I adhered the gold ribbon between two lines of sentiments. Then I attached the layer to the card front. The ribbon adds just the right touch of sparkle!

Add Dimension with Evergreen Forest and Beauty of the Earth

On the second Christmas card, Beauty of the Earth paper takes the spotlight. It would be pretty on its own, but enhanced with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder, a foil border, and Wink of Stella — it’s spectacular!

This is a card anyone can make! For beginners, skip the embossing. Start with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Sahara Sand card base. Next adhere a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Beauty of the Earth paper to foil. The photo shows Champagne foil, cut to 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. Of course, you can choose any color of foil you have! Or even leave off the foil layer to keep it really simple. Attach this layer in the center of your card front.

For more advanced stampers, emboss the Beauty of the Earth paper with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. Then adhere the embossed piece to the foil paper of your choice, using the dimensions listed above.

Finishing Your Card with a Message of Hope (and some sparkle)!

Use Wink of Stella as an easy brush-on, sparkly accent for the trees on this card. In addition, you may wish to add Champagne Jewels or other shiny embellishments!

Lastly, don’t forget the sentiment from For Unto Us! Sharing with you the Glory, Wonder & Miracle of this Holy Season fits perfectly on a 3-7/8″ x 1″ piece of white cardstock. Stamp it in Mossy Meadow ink before adding it at the bottom center. Now you have an easy and gorgeous Christmas card to send a message of hope this holiday season.

See another way to use the sentiments in the For Unto Us stamp set in this post. You’ll find other papers from the Beauty of the Earth pack in these posts: The Beauty of the Earth Surrounds Us, Frightfully Cute Shaker Card, and Bewitched and Be Dazzling. Be sure to order your stamps before they’re gone!

For Unto Us and Last Chance Products Sale

Speaking of items that will be gone soon, visit the Last Chance Products Sale page. There you’ll see which goodies are still available for a limited time. The For Unto Us stamp set was still available this morning!

In addition, you can Download the Carryover Products List now. This is a printable list of July-December Mini Catalog items that will be returning in the future. They are available to order now, until supply runs out or the mini catalog ends on January 3, 2022. Then they’ll be unavailable until the next year’s holiday season.

Lastly, the Clearance Rack has been recently updated! You may find just the crafty goodies you need to complete your projects at a discount. Who doesn’t love a bargain? So visit my online store today and stock up!