Friday, June 10, 2022

Stampin' Up!® Cactus Cuties - Retiring Bundle


Now through June 30, or while supplies last, shop the Retiring Products - retiring from the 2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  Some items are discounted up to 50%.   Shop HERE.

This card was created using the  retiring Cactus Cuties Bundle (stamp set + cactus builder punch).

Bundle Item #158058


  • Card base:  Early Espresso card stock, 8.5" x 5.5", fold in half .
  • Layer of DSP:  He's The Man Designer Specialty Paper (in the Annual Catalog), cut 5" x 3.75".
  • Stamp the cactus images, flower & pots onto white card stock:
    • larger cactus:  Soft succulent ink
    • Small cactus:  Parakeet Party ink
    • Small flower:  Calypso Coral ink
    • Pots:  Crumb Cake ink
  • Punch & fussy cut all images.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
  • Punch or die-cut a circle out of white CS piece.
  • Cut a strip of contrasting piece of DSP. 
  • Assemble it all as show in the photo (I used Stampin' Dimensionals).
  • I made a faux bow with linen thread & glued behind the sentiment before adhering to the card.
  • Add some Rustic Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots.  
Voila!  There you have it!  Try varying the greens of the cactus, or change the color of the pots...your choice.


...And speaking of color options, take a look at my 2nd card:

The card uses the same Cactus Cuties Bundle (#158058).  I used some new 2022-2024 In Colors on this one.  My inspiration was the colors in South Western pottery & textiles.

  • Card base:  new Sweet Sorbet CS, 8.5" x 5.5", fold in half.  Card will be in the "landscape" orientation.
  • A layer of another piece of Sweet Sorbet 5.5" x 4.25" that I embossed with Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder to give it some texture.
  • Layer of Early Espresso CS, 4 1/8" x 3 1/8".
  • Stamped layer:  White CS, 4" x 3".
  • Pots:  Espresso, new Tahitian Tide, Calypso Coral.
  • Cactus: Evening Evergreen  ink in the blue pot; Pear Pizzazz ink in the orange pot, and new Parakeet Party ink for the third cactus - but stamp this on a separate piece of white CS & use the Builder Punch to punch it out (then glue to card).
  • Small flower:  Sweet Sorbet, stamp then punch out.  Use small glue dot to adhere it atop the cactus of your choice
  • Stamp sentiment in Tahitian Tide ink.
  • Add a small linen thread bow.
There you have the second card.  I'll bet you can think of your own variation on this design!!

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As always, take care!   Happy crafting!!   JULIE

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Stampin' Up!® Home & Garden Bundle - retiring soon

 Hello!  Welcome to my blog today.

My card today is made using Home & Garden Bundle.  It's on the RETIRING LIST.

It's time for the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog to retire.  Some of the stamp sets and other products will be found in the new Annual Catalog or in future minis, but many items are only available through June 30, or while supplies last.  There are many that are discounted...up to 50%.

View the list of retiring products HERE.

Card Details

Card base is Garden Green card stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded at 4 1/4".

The leafy layered piece:  Pear Pizzazz CS that I stamped using the large background stamp Tropical Hideaway (AC item 158933) using Garden Green Ink.  Cut to a finished size of 5 1/4" x 4".

I water-colored the sky piece:  use water color paper (Fluid Watercolor paper 149612), Water Painters (151298), and a blue ink pad, such as Balmy Blue.  Set aside to dry.  Later you'll add the yellow trim piece along the left-hand edge.

Stamping & Die Cutting

  • Stamp the ladder image with Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake CS & die cut.  
  • Stamp the tools on So Saffron CS with Saffron ink, and again on Crumb Cake CS with Crumb Cake ink.  Die cut all.  Stamp & cut the spade head and the blades of shears out of the crumb cake & adhere on top of the Saffron tools.
  • Die cut tropical leaves out of Garden Green CS.  I used a retired set of dies (In the Tropics).  You can use any foliage dies you might already have. Or try the Twigs & Sprigs Embossing Folder & Die (159168), new in the Annual Catalog.
  • Edging Piece:  Die cut an edging piece out of Crushed Curry CS.  I used the Palms Dies for this.  
    • This set of dies & the coordinating stamp set, Paradise Palms, are in the retiring mini  - retiring as a BUNDLE (#157719);  they did carry over to the AC, but separately in the Annual Catalog.  The bundle will be discontinued June 30.  
  • Adhere to the water-colored background along the left edge (I used a small amount of liquid glue).  


  • Adhere the Tropical Hideaway stamped layer to card base.
  • Add a piece of DSP with a wood-grain or other textile-textured pattern (such as from He's The Man DSP 158941), cut 3" x 4 1/4".  Glue this on top of the Tropical piece off-set at an angle.  
  • Glue the water-colored piece (with the edging piece already glued on), positioned square with the card base. 
  • Add the die cut ladder & leaves using glue.  Add shears with dimensionals.
  • Sentiment:  stamp with Early Espresso ink onto a piece of white.  Glue the trowel beneath the words, then trim the piece.  Add some linen trim/thread behind the sentiment.  Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  • Embellishments:  I used one large & 2 small Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots (159082).

There you have it.  I made the card, originally, as a masculine card.  But it would be fun to send to anyone, really, who enjoys gardening.  What do you think?

Here are pictures of the items I used:
Home & Garden Bundle, retiring.  (Item 157919)

Paradise Palms Bundle (157719), retiring
 Stamp set and Dies set available separately in New Annual Catalog (AC)

Tropical Hideaway, one large background stamp, new (158933 in AC).

I hope you enjoyed seeing the card, today, and are inspired to create a card of your own.  Be sure to check out the retiring products list.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if I can help in any way with your crafting projects, or if you need a Demonstrator.  I'd love to be yours. 

Take care.  Happy crafting!!  JULIE

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Retiring products - 2022 January-June Mini Catalog


The Jan-June Mini Catalog will be gone after June 30.  Don't miss out getting products from the Catalog before they're all gone.  Shop Now.

Here is the list of items being retired, some discounted up to 50%. RETIRING


Use the Host Code at check-out when your purchase totals under $150 (before tax, shipping fees), and receive a thank you card & gift from me.  But don't use the code if your order is $150 and above - instead you'll choose rewards from any current Catalog.

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I'll have more in my next blog post.  Stop by again soon.

Till then, take care & happy crafting!!  JULIE

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Stampin' Up!® Potted Geraniums


Hi there!

We are having a mini heat wave here lately.  The geraniums are loving it!!

Today I am using the Potted Geraniums stamp set & dies.  These are available in a Bundle, saving you 10%.  Item #159062.  The Geranium Dies set has dies to not only cut out the flowers, leaves, and flower pot, but also a great label die.  The set also has some filler leaf dies and a die to add a label to the pot, if you want.  

Die cutting just got a whole lot easier!!  The new Magnetic Plate for the Standard Cut & Emboss Machine is now available.  I just LOVE using it!!  You'll want to give it a try.  It's on page 157 of the Annual Catalog.   Order in my online store with Item #161128.   To see all supplies I used click HERE.

Card details

Card Base:  Sweet Sorbet card stock, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold at 4 1/4".

DSP layer:  from the 2022-2024 In Color Assorted DSP, Sweet Sorbet plaid selection - cut it to 4 1/8"x  5 3/8".

Lattice piece:  Use lattice die from the Organic Beauty dies.

  • Basic White card stock, 4 1/2" x 5 3/4".
  • Adhere Adhesive sheets to back of the white CS.  Place lattice die to front of the white piece and run through the Cut & Emboss Machine. 
  • Peel off the backing, revealing the sticky side, and carefully adhere the lattice to the layer of DSP.  
  • (If you don't' have adhesive sheets, use some liquid glue to adhere lattice to the DSP.)
Glue the lattice-DSP layer to the Sweet Sorbet card base.

Geraniums in flower pot.
Stamp all the components onto Basic White Card Stock.  Then die cut all your stamped pieces using the Geranium Dies. 
These components are all 2-step stamping.  For the leaves & the flowers, I find it easier to stamp the detailed, or lined, images first.  Then stamp over them with the more solid image.  But do in whichever order works for you.

Ink colors:
  • Pot:  stamp solid pot in Smoky Slate ink; stamp the "shadow" pot over top, using Basic Gray ink.
  • Leaves:  stamp the veined, detailed leaf image with Pear Pizzazz ink; stamp over top with the solid image with Soft Seafoam ink.
  • Flowers:  stamp the detailed lined image with Sweet Sorbet ink; stamp over top with solid flowers in Poppy Parade ink.
Focal Point piece:
After die-cutting all the pieces, adhere the flower pot & geraniums using Stampin Dimensionals onto a piece of white card stock cut 3" x 2 1/2".  (Alternatively, you could use any shape die you have to cut this rectangle piece.)

Use more dimensionals to adhere this to the card front, on top of the lattice.

Sentiment:  stamp greeting from Full of Love stamp set with Basic Gray ink on white CS; die cut using Stylish Shapes Dies.  Adhere to card front, using glue where label overlaps leaves, and dimensionals on other end (use 2 dimensionals stacked to make label level on card front, due to the thickness of all the layers).
If you don't have that set of dies for the label, just cut a strip of white CS and cut a flag at one or both ends. 

To see the list of supplies for this card, click HERE.

I wanted to keep crafting with this set, I like it so much!

So here is another card!  On it I used a lattice embellishment that has been retired, but you may have it in your stash.  This card is a top fold:  base is Smoky Slate 11" x 4 1/4", folded at 5 1/2".  White layer is 4 1/2" x 3 1/4".   Label is die-cut from the Geranium Dies, sentiment is from Eclectic Garden stamp set.  I made a little bow from linen trim.  I added some rhinestone embellishments.

Now you have some ideas how to use the Potted Geranium stamps.  I hope you found some inspiration for making a card using this wonderful stamp set.  

Let me know if you have any questions.  If you are in the USA & are looking for a Demonstrator to work with, I'd love to be yours!  

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Till the next time, take care.    JULIE

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Stampin' Up!® Hello Beautiful

 Hello!  Welcome to my blog.

This week we saw the launch of the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.  Exciting!  If you'd like a copy, email me your name & mailing address (USA) and I'll get one off to you.  You can view it right now, as a flip-page, by clicking the image in the right-hand panel.

Yes, we have the new AC.  But let's not forget, the 2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog is still available.  Today I'm using 2 stamp sets from that Catalog.  (BTW, the Hello Beautiful set DID make it into the new Annual Catalog.)  The card is inspired by Susan Wong of the Crafty Carrot Co.

The Hello Beautiful stamp set has some images that, at first, I wasn't sure how to use.  But after seeing projects by Susan, I can imagine so many possibilities.  Let me give you all the details for making this card.  I hope you'll be inspired by it, to come up with your own version.


  • Card base:  Smoky Slate card stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score & fold at 4 1/4".
  • Layer:  Basic White CS, 5" x 3 3/4".
  • Scrap of basic white for the plant, pot and sentiments.
  • Ink colors:  Parakeet Party, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Garden Green, Basic Gray, Memento black.
  • A Stampin' Blend in one of the greens - use this to "speckle" the background.

Steps to create the card

Card base:  stamp the image of "little bumps" (not sure what else to call this image) found in the Hello Beautiful stamp set, using Basic Gray ink onto the Smoky Slate card base.  I stamped the image repeatedly into 2 opposite corners.  Set aside.

Layered piece:  

  • Stamp various greens using images from Hello Beautiful, slightly overlapping the images.  I used two of the images from the set.  The result might look to you like a stack of stones.  From the bottom up, I started with full-strength Parakeet Party.  Next I stamped full-strength Soft Succulent.  Then Evening Evergreen, which I stamped-off once.  Finally, Parakette again, this time stamped-off once.   
  • Using the brush tip of a Stampin' Blend pen in a shade of darker green (I used Dark Shaded Spruce), flick the brush end on the edge of the cap to create some "sprinkles" or flecks of color over the card front.

On scraps of basic white CS stamp the sentiment from Hello Beautiful set in Memento black ink.  Trim to approximately 1 3/4" x 3/4" or any size that pleases you.

On another scrap of basic white CS, stamp the plant & the pot from Cactus Cuties stamp set.  I used Garden Green ink for the plant, Basic Gray for the pot.  Cut these images out.

Cut a small strip of DSP from Abstract Beauty Specialty DSP. (This DSP is part of the Suite that also contains the Hello Beautiful stamp set.  Found in the JJ Mini Catalog.)  I cut it 2" x 1/2".

Glue the sentiment piece to this strip of DSP.


  • Glue the layer with the stamped images to the card base.  
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere the plant & the pot.
  • Use gray twine/trim to tie a double bow; adhere with a mini glue dot or a small amount of other adhesive to the card front.
  • Using Dimensionals, adhere the sentiment piece over the bow.
  • Add some Classic Matte Dots or other embellishment you like, around the card front.

There you have it.  I'd love to hear what you think.  This card would work equally well for men or women.  Sometimes coming up with ideas for cards for men can be a challenge.

The Jan-June mini will be available to order from through June 30.  You can view the Mini Catalog PDF also on this blog, in the right-hand panel.   See items you'd love to have?  Shop my online store.

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 Pay $99 for the Starter Kit, choose products of your choice totaling $125, and you'll also receive the following for joining during May:
  •  In Color Grid Paper
  •  In Color Ink Pad Collection (all 5 In Color ink pads!)
  •  In Color Cardstock Assortment Collection
  •  In Color 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper Assortments. 
That’s an additional $66.50 value of products just for joining the team!
You'll also get a random past Paper Pumpkin Kit, and business materials (should you want to run your Demonstratorship as a business) including Catalogs, Brochures, order forms, etc.
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Let me know if you have questions.  Joining is easy - click Join button at top of blog.  Or contact me & I'll walk you through it.
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If you have any crafting questions, let me know.  I'm happy to help in any way that I can.  If you are looking to work with a Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours.  Send me an email or visit my Stampin' Up! website. 

Till next time, take care!   Happy Crafting!!  JULIE

Friday, April 15, 2022

Stampin' Up!® Tea Boutique Preview

 Hello there!  One of my very favorite new collections that you will see in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog starting May 3:  The  Tea Boutique Suite.

The Suite Collection includes a Bundle (stamp set + dies), some 6" x 6" Designer Series Papers and a package of card bases & envelopes (Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes).

Summary of new products used on this card:

  • Tea Boutique DSP
  • Cup of Tea Bundle (stamps + dies)
  • Sweet Sorbet Ink and Card Stock (new 2022-2024 In Color)

The tea cup is die cut from a selection of the DSP.

I stamped the leaves (Pear Pizazz ink) and floral images (Sweet Sorbet ink) onto Basic White Card Stock, then used a die from Stitched So Sweetly Dies to cut it all out.

NOTE:  The Stitched So Sweetly Dies are on the Last Chance List - they will no long be available after May 2.   I'm sad to see this set retire - it's one of my favorite sets of dies.  Shop the Last Chance items HERE.

The gingham DSP is also from the Tea Boutique DSP pack.  I layered it onto Sweet Sorbet CS, then adhered it to the Basic White card base.  

The sentiment, HELLO, is from Forever Fern stamp set, stamped with Sweet Sorbet onto the image piece.

I added a couple embellishments - the Brushed Brass Butterflies.


Here are more tea cups!

This card also uses the Cup of Tea Bundle (stamps + dies).  But the DSP on this card, also a NEW product, is called Hues of Happiness 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper.  It is full of gorgeous roses in a rainbow of colors!  The DSP is also in a Suite Collection call Hues of Happiness.  The collection includes, in addition to the DSP, a stamp+die Bundle called Happiness Abounds, and Glossy Dots Assortment embellishments.

I adhered a selection of the DSP to a Melon Mambo CS card base. 

Using the Tea Cups Dies:  

  •  I die-cut two tea cups from 2 selection of Cut of Tea DSP which I adhered, using Stampin' Dimensionals, to a doily (Heart & Home Doilies, from the January-June Mini Catalog). 
  •  I die cut the mini label and used Mini Glue Dots to add the twine & also to adhere to the tea cup.

The sentiment is in Pansy Patch stamp set.  I die cut it with a long label die from the NEW die set:  Sending Smiles.  I add a couple of the Glossy Dots Assortment embellishments to the label.



You're going to love the upcoming new Annual Catalog!  I will have the PDF available here on my blog May 3.  Send me an email with your name & address if you'd like a copy of the Catalog & I'll put one in the mail for you.  (Use the Contact Me at top of the blog.)

Want to pre-order items?  You know you can, when you become a Demonstrator.  Join my team!  I'd love it if you did.  Let me know if you're interested.  

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We're getting near the end of the current 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  To shop the items that are retiring, go HERE



I hope you enjoyed seeing some preview of what's to come.  Let me know if you have any questions.  If you need a Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours.  

Thank you for stopping by....Take care!   JULIE

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

New Stampin' Up!® 2022-2024 In Colors Preview

 Hello!  Welcome!  Five new In Colors!!

Coming soon - the New In Colors!  These will be available, as will the new Annual SU Catalog, on May 3.

Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky, and Tahitian Tide

If you don't know what "In Colors" means - every 2 years Stampin' Up!® releases 5 new colors, in addition to the 4 Collections of colors (Brights, Regals, Subtles & Neutrals). The In Colors are available for the 2-year period, then are retired, with 5 new ones added.

As you'd expect from SU, you'll be able to get all the coordinating products in these In Colors.  That means ink pads, card stock, Blender Pens, Stampin' Write Markers, and many embellishments (ribbons, sequins, matte dots, etc.).  AND, of course, many of the Designer Series Papers in the new Catalog will have the new In Colors in their patterns.  

If that's not enough, the Paper Pumpkin Kit for May will be all about the 5 new In Colors! 

Paper Pumpkin Kit is the monthly subscription "craft-in-a-box" with each month's Kit full of all you need to create pretty cards and other projects.  More info on Paper Pumpkin Kits HERE.   Subscribe by the 10th of any given month in order to receive that month's Kit.  Or...if you want to skip a month, just be sure to go to your Paper Pumpkin account & suspend any given month - also by the 10th.  

Now, I have a couple cards to share, highlighting two of the new In Colors:  the Parakeet Party & Sweet Sorbet.

First up:  the Parakeet Party In Color.

card front using Parakeet Party DSP and inside of card

Easter is coming!  My favorite time of the year!!   Here is a cute Easter card I made for my cousins' grandson who is 4 years old.  It uses a selection from the In Color DSP Assortments pack - I went with the Parakeet Party polka dot.  I die cut it using the Picture This Dies.  Then I glued it to a piece of Basic White CS, the same size as the die-cut panel.  I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the images inside each circle "window" and colored them with assorted Blending Pens.  Then I adhered the panel to a Daffodil Yellow CS card base.  The little chick-in-egg image is from Hey Birthday Chick stamp set - on the Last Chance List.  The stamps for the other images are retired:  Basket Bunch.  But the possibilities are almost endless as to what you can have peeking out of the windows.  

Next In Color Highlight:  Sweet Sorbet

This card also gives you a preview of new DSP (Tea Boutique) and a new Bundle (Sending Smiles - stamp set + dies).  

These items, the DSP and Bundle, will be available, along with the In Color CS and ink, on May 3 when the new Annual Catalog goes live.  BUT, if you want to get them now, think about joining my Team as a Demonstrator and you can pre-order them right away.   Join for $99 and get $125 in products, and this includes anything from the upcoming Catalog.   It's easy to join - just click JOIN at the top of this blog.  Let me know if you have any questions; I'd love to have you on my team to stamp & craft with and share ideas and inspiration.


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That's all I have for you today.  I'll be back soon with more previews from the upcoming Annual Catalog.  On May 3 I'll have a link to the new Catalog PDF.  If you'd like a copy of the Catalog, drop me an email (click the Contact Me at top of blog) and I'll put one in the mail for you.  If you are looking to work with a SU Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours!

Till next time, take care & Happy Easter!!     JULIE

Stampin' Up!® Cactus Cuties - Retiring Bundle

  Now through June 30, or while supplies last, shop the Retiring Products - retiring from the 2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  Some items are di...