#simplestamping Stampin’ Up! Challenge

#simplestamping is the hashtag for you if you love quick and easy, simple cards. Maybe you’re new to cardmaking or are simply overwhelmed by ALL THE STUFF. Or perhaps your life is jam-packed and you don’t have a lot of time for creativity. Whatever the case, #simplestamping projects get back to the basics.

Each month Stampin’ Up! challenges demonstrators to create cute handmade cards easy enough for new stampers. For the November Stampin’ Up! Challenge, the theme is Thank You. The supplies are just stamps, ink and paper. We’ll be using the Timeless Tropical stamp set today. It’s perfect because it has both images and sentiments in one package!

#simple stamping with the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set. It has 5 images and 5 greetings so you can create easy cards for multiple occasions.
Timeless Tropical Cling Stamp Set

Our ink pad is a Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad, along with Old Olive and Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Markers. When I started on my stamping journey just over ten years ago, I didn’t own many ink pads. Instead, I purchased the Many Marvelous Markers set. With the marker brush tip I can add multiple ink colors on one stamp. Before stamping, I just breathe on the stamp to re-moisten the ink. This technique is called “Markering”.

#simplestamping Thank You Card

For today’s card the base is Sahara Sand cardstock. In addition, Brights 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Coastal Cabana) creates the “water” for our tropical scene.

Brights Paper (Coastal Cabana)

Gather your supplies to make this easy thank you card to send to someone special. I can feel the tropical breezes already!

Image shows placement of palm trees and Brights paper for the #simplestamping tropical thank you card.

To quickly access a list of supplies, links to purchase them, and information about this card, click the button below. NOTE: The Seasonal Sale starts tomorrow, and includes 10% off cardstock and 15% off ink pads! It’s a perfect opportunity to snag some basic supplies at great prices. See the Seasonal Sale post for all the details.

Card Details

Ready to make this card? Start with an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. Cut it in half on the long edge to create two 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card bases. Set one aside for your second card. Score the other at 4-1/4″ and fold. This is the card base for our first card.

Next, color the palm trees from Timeless Tropical with Stampin’ Write markers. Begin with Sahara Sand for the trunks, then add Old Olive on the palm branches. After coloring, breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink. Then stamp once on the left side, about 1/4″ from the top of the card front. Re-color the stamp and continue the pattern across the front as shown. Be sure to leave space to add the sentiment. But don’t be afraid to stamp off the edge of the card on either the right or the left side! Add the greeting in Soft Suede ink.

After completing the stamping, cut a 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Coastal Cabana paper from the Brights pack. Give it a small simple curve with a paper snips. Then adhere it to the bottom of the card, overlapping the palm tree trunks. By stamping before adding the patterned paper, the trees are anchored by the water. TIP: If you’ve stamped your trees too high, you can adjust the height of the Brights piece to fit.

What do you think? Was this card quick and easy for you? I hope so! If you liked it, go ahead and use your second card base to create another one.

If you want to create three more simple cards with this stamp set, see this Timeless Tropical Trio post.

2021 Seasonal Sale

Stampin’ Up! 2021 Seasonal Sale – Paper, Ink and Dies, Oh My!

2021 Seasonal Sale by Stampin' Up! runs November 16 - 18.

There’s a sale brewing just in time for all your holiday crafting projects! First stock up on basics like ink and cardstock. Then grab that die set or two that you’ve been eyeing. When all your goodies arrive, head straight to the craft room and start creating!

Stamping Basics and More!

Fold, snip, layer, and stamp! Build up your collection of crafting basics—and prepare for another year of top-tier projects—with a steal of a deal on papercrafting products!

2021 Seasonal Sale Details

  • The sale will run for three days only.
  • The discount includes 10% off cardstock, 15% off ink pads (excluding ink pad bundles and third-party pads), and 20% off dies. A few of my favorite basic dies are Stitched So Sweetly and Layering Circles. They are so versatile for greetings, layers and special cards like shakers.
  • The discount applies to products featured in the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog only. Products from the July–December 2021 Mini Catalog are NOT included.
  • The sale is available through both online store purchases and demonstrator orders.
  • Order Period: November 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM (MT) to November 18, 2021 at 11:50 PM (MT)
  • WAIT – THERE’S MORE! If you join our team between November 16th and 18th, you can choose the Seasonal Sale items in your starter kit and save even more!

2021 Seasonal Sale Flyer

Download the Seasonal Sale flyer to use as a checklist. Then mark the cardstock, ink pads and dies on your wish list! On November 16th, you’ll be ready to place your order and save on your crafting supplies.

Join Us

From now until November 30th, you can choose the best deal by joining our team! Not only will you receive a free Paper Pumpkin kit to try out, you’ll also be able to choose $125 in products in your starter kit for just $75! Now THAT’S a GREAT DEAL!!!

PLUS, you won’t have to wait for a sale to get a discount of 20% or more on your favorite crafty goodies.

After you create your starter kit, you can choose whether to just enjoy a hobby or whether you want to create an income stream by building a business. Either way, you’ll become part of a friendly crafting community, enjoy a discount on your supplies, and learn tons about papercrafting! Join the fun!

The Beauty of the Earth Surrounds Us

The beauty of the earth surrounds us in every season. But it is especially noticeable here as summer fades, cooler temperatures arrive, and the autumn leaves change to brilliant hues. Come celebrate a fall birthday with these gorgeous fall colors and a simple card design today.

The Beauty of the Earth paper creates a gorgeous fall background for a simple birthday card design. Embellish it with a few sequins and some bright ribbon for extra pizzazz!
Birthday Card in beautiful fall hues

Beauty of the Earth Birthday Card Details

Begin today’s fall birthday card with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crumb Cake card base, score at 4-1/4″ and fold. Next, cut another piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 5″ and emboss it with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder. Not only does the embossing folder provide texture, it is also a wonderful background that enhances the pattern of the focal piece.

On the other hand, leave the embossed layer off for a clean and simple design. Either way, continue creating the design by cutting a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of the fall leaf pattern from Beauty of the Earth DSP. Next, snip the bottom edge to create a banner and adhere it. Place the banner about 1/4″ from the left side of the embossed layer if you’re adding one. Alternatively, center it, or position it about 3/4″ from the left side if you’re omitting the extra layer.

For the sentiment, choose two punches or dies for the circles. Cut the smaller one from Basic White cardstock and the other from Merry Merlot cardstock. Stamp the birthday sentiment from Pansy Patch in Merry Merlot ink to coordinate the color scheme.

Finally, have fun embellishing your completed card with gold sequins, a bright bow, or any other goodies from your stash!

Is fall your favorite season? I love both spring and fall! Oh, and summer too! Though I’m not the biggest fan of winter, the snow can be beautiful as well. Enjoy the season, whatever your weather is like today!

For other card ideas using the same DSP see the Frightfully Cute Shaker Card or the Bewitched and Be Dazzling Card from last month.

November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Gifts Galore

Snowman treat packaging in November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Above all, the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Gifts Galore is a fun way to package up some holiday treats or small gifts to share with family and friends! However, the versatile elements in this kit are also perfect for many other holiday crafting projects.

We all love to see piles of presents on Christmas morning. So make that your reality with the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin Kit! Its bright, festive colors, classic Christmas sentiments, charming snowman, and other holiday designs provide everything you need to spread some Christmas cheer!

While the cellophane bags in this kit are food-safe, the packaging is sized for both treats and gifts. In short, there’s plenty of joy to share with Gifts Galore!

November Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Name: Gifts Galore


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create nine treat packages—three each of three designs—and nine food-safe bags.
  • This all-inclusive kit includes printed die cuts, die-cut boxes, cellophane treat bags, adhesive, and more!
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Coordinating colors: Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the November Paper Pumpkin Kit from October 11 – November 10, 2021.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:

Coloring the Kitchen – CTD665

Coloring the kitchen this week begins with a challenge from The Color Throwdown. It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in any challenges, but I needed a little push in a different direction today. This week’s challenge is a pastel trio of colors: pink, aqua and lavendar. Since I’ve been working with a lot of Halloween and Christmas colors recently, this color combination is a welcome change!

In addition, the little ghostly cookies inspire me to bake, which in turn brings the What’s Cookin’ Bundle to mind. With its bowl, whisk, spatula and wooden spoon, the creative baking fun in the kitchen can begin! Whether your adventure involves cooking or baking, it’s a wonderful set for decorating cards, recipes, or scrapbook pages.

What’s Cookin’ Stamps and coordinating Cookin’ Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Coloring The Kitchen Card

First of all, I have to ask you – are all the baking utensils in your kitchen color-coordinated? Mine definitely are NOT. In fact, they’re just about every color in the rainbow! So for this challenge I chose an aqua whisk, a purple spatula and a pink bowl, along with a pink checkered tablecloth and a wooden spoon. I think that my three year old grandson, who loves to bake with me, will be happy with this color combination!

Layout for the Coloring the Kitchen card with the What's Cookin' Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Design Elements

Card Base: Blushing Bride cardstock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Score the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and fold to create the card base.

Coloring the Kitchen Card Layers:

Cut Basic White cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Then add a small rectangle, about 3″ x 4″, of Coastal Cabana cardstock behind the lower right corner before adhering it to the card base.

Continue to build the baking scene. Firstly, cut a triangle of pretty paper for the tablecloth. This pink checkered pattern is from the retired 2020 Sale-a-Bration Pleased as Punch DSP. Of course, if you’re using a different color scheme, match your kitchen utensils with the tablecloth of your choice! Secondly, stamp the spatula from What’s Cookin’ in Highland Heather ink and the bowl in Blushing Bride ink on Basic White cardstock and die cut them with the Cookin’ Dies.

For the wooden spoon, stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb cake cardstock and die cut it. Also cut the whisk from Coastal Cabana cardstock. Finally, adhere all the pieces to the white layer.

To complete the card, stamp the Happiness is Homemade sentiment in Coastal Cabana in the lower right corner. If desired, add a couple of sequins, such as these Highland Heather flowers from the retired Gingham Gala Sequins pack.

What’s next?

Are you joining a challenge this week? I had fun with the Color Throwdown #665 color palette, and I’m looking forward to joining more challenges in the future. In addition, there will be more creations with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle, such as in this Repurposing Christmas Cards post. What will you be making next? Leave a comment and let us know!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary is a fun sentiment from the Frightfully Cute Bundle by Stampin’ Up! Combine the greeting with a subtle, not so scary witch, and a cute little cat for a sweet Halloween card.

You're So Sweet...It's Scary card layout showing Halloween patterned paper you can create with the Frightfully Cute Bundle.
You’re So Sweet Halloween Card

Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

Use the Brights Designer Series Paper as the background for a quick card. Firstly, choose from one of four patterns in the paper pack. In order to step up the card design, customize it with your own pretty paper. Just stamp the small bats in Gorgeous Grape ink all over the patterned purple paper!

Photo shows the purple patterns in the Brights Designer Series 6" x 6" Paper pack.
Gorgeous Grape patterns from the Brights DSP

After you choose a pattern and stamp the design, cut a 3″ wide strip diagonally from top left to bottom right. It should be long enough to cover the card front as shown. TIP: Lay the full sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper over the card front to determine how you want the pattern to go. Then trim the right and left side diagonally, approximately the same amount on each side so it is 3″ wide. Finally, adhere it, then trim the edges with a paper snips to fit the card front.

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary Sentiment and Tag

With the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, you can create three different tag widths, and adjust the length as well! For this tag, cut your Basic White cardstock to 3″ x 2″, then punch one end. Tie the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon through the hole. Next add the tag near the center of the card, overlapping the patterned purple paper.

Photo shows tags in the three different widths available with the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
Delightful Tag Topper Punch for tags in three different widths

In addition to the punched tag, die cut the remaining shapes with the Frightful Tags Dies. Begin by stamping the moon in Crushed Curry ink. Use the circular die to cut it out. Also, cut two trees from Basic Black cardstock. Next, adhere the moon and trees as shown on the sample card. Continue to decorate by stamping a cat in Tuxedo Black Memento ink in the bottom center of the tag.

Moving on to the sentiment, stamp the greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Die cut the label with the Frightful Tags Dies. Be sure to center the greeting on the right end so that there’s enough room for the witch on the left. With Versamark ink, stamp the witch, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

To finish off the card, of course a little bling is perfect! Use the yellow and green jewels from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels pack to coordinate with the moon and tag.

More Halloween Inspiration

The Frightfully Cute Bundle is perfect for all your Halloween cards and decorations. Find more Halloween inspiration with a Frightfully Cute Shaker Card as well as Bewitched and Be Dazzling

TODAY ONLY – Stamp Sale!

Today only, the stamp set or two you’ve been eyeing could be on sale. The 24-Hour Stamp Sale is our biggest stamp sale of the year, and it’s happening TODAY—20 October! For one day only, you’ll be able to snag select cling stamp sets at a 15% discount Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! Photopolymer and host sets are excluded. This short sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!

Which stamp sets are on your Wish List? Which ones would be a perfect gift for a friend? One of my favorites is A Wish for Everything which has sentiments for almost every occasion you will need all year long:

A Wish For Everything Cling Stamp Set – On sale today!

As an example, see a birthday card with this stamp set and the Stitched Triangles Dies here.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a great set for friendship, get well and general encouragement, give the Positive Thoughts set some consideration. The greetings and images in this set are easy to use, especially with the coordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.

Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp Set

Ok, make your list, then you’re good to go! Click here to shop, or hit reply if you have any questions for me. I’m happy to help!