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…

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Penguin Playmates Day 2

Penguin Playmates Day 2 features four more card designs using cute Penguin paper: three Christmas cards and one Birthday card. Most Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers are double-sided, and usually one side has patterns that can be used for many non-holiday occasions. So one of the striped patterns was perfect for birthday wishes. On Day 1 of the series you’ll find information on how to get the Penguin Playmates paper during Sale-a-Bration. You’ll want to check out the 4 card designs there as well! On Day 2, explore 4 ways to use a 5″ x 3″ piece of Penguin Playmates…

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Hydrangeas and Hummingbirds

Hydrangeas and Hummingbirds: Hello friend card with Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper. This handmade card has a base of Seaside Spray card stock, dry embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. The sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and the Highland Heather hummingbird are from A Touch of Ink stamp set. A couple large Pastel Pearls accent the stamped images for a beautiful and easy card.

Are hydrangeas and hummingbirds good companions? Normally I would say they are not, but on this Hello Friend card they make a perfect pair! The Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper is so beautiful on its own, but the hummingbird and pastel pearls add a little extra interest to the card front. Card Base And Embossing Choose an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Seaside Spray card stock for the card base. First score it at 4-1/4″. Secondly, emboss the card front up to the score line with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Hello Friend…

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Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies

When you’re looking for a versatile die set to create handmade cards for all occasions, look no further than the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies! I’ve been having so much fun creating cards from Valentines to Christmas, and birthdays to special occasions with these dies. Stitched Triangles Dies Other stitched dies (see Rectangle Stitched Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies and Stitched So Sweetly Dies) coordinate beautifully with the Stitched Triangles Dies. An example of this coordination can be seen in the butterfly card below. Large Right Triangles When you want to create a triangle split card design, the right triangle dies…

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One Last Hurrah for this Bird Ballad Trio!

This Bird Ballad Trio showcases one of the Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Products that will be leaving soon. The new annual catalog will begin on June 3rd and this Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper will be gone! Before we say goodbye, I want to give you a few more ideas for the beautiful Bird Ballad paper. So today’s post features Get Well, Birthday, and Thinking of You cards, and a few other Last Chance items. Sending Healing Hugs Bird Ballad Trio Cards Get Well Card The first card’s sentiment, Sending Healing Hugs, is from the So Sentimental stamp set. Die…

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Bird Ballad for All Occasions

The Bird Ballad paper has versatile patterns that are great for all occasion cards. Today I’m sharing a simple design that I hope will inspire you to create and send a couple quick cards. The beautiful bird paper and label punch, as well as the Tropical Oasis card pack are all on the Last Chance list. Click the product links below to grab them before they’re gone! Print Recipe Product List Free As A Bird Cling Stamp Set [149468] $22.00 Ink Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad [147101] $7.50 Card Stock Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper [149592] $11.50 – Last chance…

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Four Fable Friends Celebrate Easter

Easter card featuring the Fable Friends mother duck, followed by her three babies.

Today, Fable Friends are celebrating Easter on these four spring cards! Choose your favorite pretty paper from your stash, then add the characters from Fable Friends to create all your Easter cards! Here’s some inspiration to get your creativity started. I chose the little duck family for 2 cards, the darling bunny for another one, and the cheery squirrel for the last card. Fable Friends Ducks This mother duck is out for a stroll with her three darling babies. They’re all dressed in their matching Easter outfits! I paper-pieced mom’s jacket, while the baby jackets and hats are colored with…

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