Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stampin' Up! BATTER UP!! ~ May Paper Pumpkin Kit

 Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog, today.  


Have you been curious about card-creating kits by Stampin' Up!?  Wanting to try out the Paper Pumpkin Kit?  If so, this is a great time to try it!

SU is offering an Introductory Special for the Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The offer begins tomorrow MAY 7th 12:01 (MT).  [If you're in Pacific Time, then May 6, 11:01PM]

Stampin' Up! has a LIMITED SUPPLY of Batter Up Kits to offer at a special SUBSCRIBE-A-THON rate.  Just $5.00!! (it includes shipping!)

$5.00 - includes shipping
NEW SUBSCRIBERS, ONLY!   Starts May 7, 12:01am (MT)

That's May 6, 11:01pm (PST)

Promotion runs May 7 - May 10 (or while supplies last)

You MUST use this special offer code:   HOMERUN0521 when you checkout, to get the $5.00 Introductory Price (it includes shipping!).  If supplies run out before May 10, the special will end and the subscription price will revert back to the regular price.

Order HERE starting 12:01 (MT) May 7.

What a great time to try out Paper Pumpkin!!  Here are the details for the May Kit:

Details for Batter Up! kit:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and coordinating envelopes. The all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
    • 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: Basic White, Bumblebee, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede
  • Comes with the official bubble gum of the MLB—a ballpark favorite! Chew while you craft, slide a piece into a card, or save it for later.

Whether you’re crafting for a father, grandfather, nephew, or brother, SU has all your bases covered with the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit is the perfect pick for making masculine masterpieces.

Then again, you know that grass-stained pants and sliding into home aren’t just for the boys—this month’s kit is a triple threat! Designed with men, sport-lovin’ ladies, and baseball fanatics in mind - and you know some of those! 😄 -- anyone would bounce from their spot in the bleachers if they received a classic card from the Batter Up! kit. After all, this month’s kit was made for celebrating the all-stars, MVPs, and the greats—no matter what team they play on!

Are you interested?  Sounds like fun, right?  

 SU has hit this one out of the park! For $5 you can get together with a friend or family member, or create the 9 cards yourself, to send & share with those MVPs in your life.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit.  Once you subscribe, kits come each month to your mailbox.  You can suspend or stop subscription completely any month - just notify SU by the 10th of each month.  Each month is a surprise as to the theme & contents.  But we always get a preview beforehand.  Kits are all inclusive (inks, stamps, card bases, envelopes, embellishments, glue dots....)


 NOTE: the SUBSCRIBE-A-THON offer starts at 12:01am (MT) tomorrow, May 7. (That's 11:01pm today, May 6, if you're in Pacific Time!), and continues just while supplies last, or till May 10, whichever comes first.

You MUST use code HOMERUN0521 to get the special price.

To order, click HERE starting 12:01 (MT) May 7.


If you are looking for a Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours!  Let me know if you need a copy of the new catalog.  Send me an email with name & address, and I'll drop one in the mail for you. Click Connect with Me at top of the blog.

I hope you'll be back here soon...I'll be posting card ideas using products from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  The Designer Series Papers and new Suites are beautiful!  Check it all out in the Catalog PDF on the right-hand side panel.

Till next time,  take care!  JULIE 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2021-2022 Annual Catalog is HERE!

 Today, May 4, Stampin' Up! is launching its new Annual Catalog!!

To view the Catalog, click on the PDF in the right side panel, then scroll through the contents. You'll see a lot of new products, along with some "old" favorites.   If you'd like a copy of the Catalog, let me know and I'll put one in the mail for you.

 When you are ready to shop, click HERE to hop over to my online store.


Use the code at checkout when your purchase totals under $150 (before tax, shipping) and I'll send you a thank-you card and small gift.  Don't use the code if your purchase is $150+.  Instead, you will choose your own rewards from any current Catalog.

More good news:  Earn additional rewards!

Host a party or make an individual purchase.  For qualifying totals, get an extra $25 in rewards!

In the coming days, I will be posting projects using many new products.  So come back soon!  To get all future posts delivered directly to your inbox, subscribe to my blog.  Just use the form in the right side panel.

That's all for now.  I know you want to get looking at the new Catalog.  If you have any questions, let me know; I'm happy to help in any way I can with your crafting projects.  Do you need a Demonstrator?  I'd love to be yours!

Take care,  JULIE

Monday, May 3, 2021

Stampin' Up!© Kangaroo Mother's Day

 Hello!  Welcome to my blog.  Today I am sharing a whimsical mother's day card. 

Also a reminder:  today is the last day for the Last Chance Products!  Shop for the items HERE.

I used Kangaroo & Company stamp set and Kangaroo Dies - available as a Bundle in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.  The images in this set are just so cute!

I also used Dressed to Impress stamp set for the sentiment.  This stamp set will carry over to the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog, which starts tomorrow, May 4.

Dies:  Kangaroo Dies (Mini Catalog), Layering Circles Dies (carrying over to new catalog), Scalloped Contours Dies (available tomorrow in new Catalog)

I colored the images with Stampin' Blends:  soft suede, calypso coral (light), and petal pink.

I used some of the new Pale Papaya card stock as the base, and a layer of new Pansy Petals DSP - both the CS and the DSP are available starting tomorrow.  The Designer Series Paper has an abundance of Pansy floral images, but also the gingham (pale papaya) and polka dots (calypso coral with papaya) used on my card.

This card comes together pretty easily.  I stamped the kangaroos and the heart images in Early Espresso ink onto white card stock.  Then, using the Kangaroo Dies, I cut all three images out.

Using Stampin' Blends, I colored the kangaroos with light & dark soft suede; petal pink ears and cheeks; and the hearts in petal pink, shaded with light calypso coral.

The circle is die-cut from Layering Circle Dies.  The sentiment is stamped onto another piece of DSP with Espresso ink.  It is die-cut with the new Scalloped Contours Dies (available starting tomorrow).

Card base:  Pale Papaya CS, 11"x 4 1/4", fold at 5 1/2".

DSP (polka dots) from Pansy Petals DSP:  5 1/4" x 4".  Glue to card base.

Glue the sentiment piece, the circle piece, and the little kangaroo.  Slide the tip of the hearts image into the pouch of the mom kangaroo (the die cuts a slit there), and add a little glue to hold in place.  Then adhere the mom kangaroo to the circle, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Done!  I'd love to know what you think.


Today is the last day for the Last Chance Products.  See HERE.

Tomorrow we have the brand new Annual Catalog!  Can't wait!!   I will have the PDF of the Catalog available here on my blog tomorrow.   

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.  I'm happy to help in any way I can with your paper crafting projects.  If you are looking for a Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Till the next time, take care......JULIE


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Stampin' Up!© Rooted in Nature Father's Day

 Welcome to my blog today!  I have a card to share with a more masculine feel to it.  Plus a couple more cards, using the same set, at the end of this blog.  So much you can do with this set!

It's a favorite stamp set of mine, and it is on the Last Chance Products list:    Rooted in Nature (item #148217) with the coordinating dies, Nature's Roots Dies (Item #151786).  The stamps in this set have to been seen to fully appreciate them.  The leaf and trees have such subtle detail.  There is also a great mix of sentiments in various fonts & styles.  It's a 2-set stamp set, with a total of 16 stamps in all. The dies not only cut out the trees & leaves, but some of the dies emboss the leaves for more added texture.

 Check availability & shop HERE.  Products on the Last Chance Products list are only "while supplies last."  And after May 3 the sale ends.


I used an additional stamp set, because I wanted this to be a Father's Day Card.  Inside the card I used a sentiment from another set, Best Year (item #152568).  Another versatile set to have in your collection.  This set will still be available in the new Catalog (going "live" on May 4).

 On the card front, I used some wood-grain Designer Series Paper that was in a past catalog, but there are some great selections in the In Good Taste DSP (also retiring soon) Item #152494, that would work equally well.

Paper measurements:

  • Card base:  Early Espresso CS, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold at 4 1/4".
  • Layer 1:  wood-grained DSP (with a whit-wash look), 5" x 3 3/4".
  • Layer 2:  darker wood-grained DSP, 5 1/2" x 2 1/2:.

Glue the layers to the card base.


  • Stamp and die cut the leaves.  I used Old Olive ink stamped onto white card stock.  I colored in the leaves using Stampin' Blends:  old olive (smaller leaves) and soft suede (larger leaves.


  • Stamp the sentiment onto white CS using Espresso ink.  Die-cut using Stitched Rectangles (approx. size is 2 3/4" x 1 3/8" if you don't have the dies).  Glue to the card front.

Using Stampin' Dimensionals, add the leaves around and overlapping the sentiment piece. 


  • The sentiment for the inside is in the Best Year Stamp Set, stamped with Espresso ink onto white CS that I die-cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies (approx.4 3/8" x 3").  Stamp the trio of leaves in old olive.

That is all there is to it!  


I couldn't stop with just one card.  As promised at the top of the blog, I want to share 2 more, using the Rooted in Nature stamp set, to show the versatility of this set, and how you can create completely different looks.
The DSP layer I used on this card is Forever Greenery (5 1/4" x 4") on white card base (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded at 4 1/4").  The tree is stamped in Garden Green ink onto white CS.  This is die-cut with Stitched Rectangles (approx.4" x 2 6/8").  The sentiment is fussy cut and adhered with dimensionals. more:

The details:
  • The card base is Bermuda Bay CS, 11"x 4 1/4", fold at 5 1/2".  I used some ombre CS layer (4" x 5 3/8"), but you could create your own with the Blending Brushes & Bermuda Bay ink.  I stamped 2 trees with Basic Gray ink, stamped off once, to give the light-colored background trees.  Then, on another piece of ombre CS, I stamped the tree with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, full strength, and die-cut with the Nature's Root Dies.  
  • To create the slope out of Bermuda Bay CS, I used a curve die that will be in a new set coming May 4 - it's called Inspiring Canopy Dies.   After gluing this slope to the card front, I added the darkest tree (die-cut tree) with dimensionals.  
  • Sentiment:  stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto white, die cut with stitched rectangles, adhered w/ dimensionals. 


I hope you found some inspiration here, today.  Let me know if you have any questions; I'd be happy to help in any way I can with your paper crafting projects.

Remember to check out the Last Chance Products HERE.

  HOST CODE for May is:  YQVDTM9M

Thank you so much for taking a look!  I really appreciate your interest.   Need a Demonstrator?  I'd love to be yours! 

Till the next time, take good care,


Friday, April 30, 2021

Stampin' Up!© Pansy Petals Thank You

Such an abundance of pansies coming soon!  The Pansy Petals Suite of products will be available in the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog starting May 4.  Or order them today, when you become a Demonstrator!  Let me know if you are interested in joining.

This Thank-You card uses several of the new products:

  • Pansy Patch Bundle - Pansy Patch stamp set + Pansy Dies
  • Pansy Petals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper
  • Basic Border Dies 
  • 2021-2023 In Color card stock and inks:  Fresh Freesia, Evening Evergreen, Soft Sage
  • 2021-2023 In Color Jewel embellishments

Also used on the card:  Rich Razzleberry ink, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2 1/4" Circle Punch, Mango Melody Stampin' Blend 


  • Card base:  Fresh Freesia CS, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", fold at 4 1/4".   Using the zig-zag die from Basic Border Dies, die-cut approximately 1" off the front.
  • Strip of Pansy Petals DSP:  cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".   Glue the strip to the inside of card.

I stamped the front of the card with the "thank you" sentiment from the Pansy Patch stamp set, using Fresh Freesia ink, and stamping all over in a random pattern

Focal Piece on Card Front:

  • Punch a 2 1/4" circle out of Evening Evergreen CS.
  • Pansies:  On some white CS, stamp the 3 pansy images.  There are 3 parts to each flower:  Stamp the more solid image of each flower in Fresh Freesia ink; stamp the next layer using the Freesia ink, but stamped off once for a lighter effect; stamp the dark center using Rich Razzelberry ink.  Color the yellow center with Mango Melody Stampin' Blend.  
  • Leaves:  Use the Soft Succulent ink to stamp the solid leaf onto white CS; use Evening Evergreen to stamp the detailed leaf over the top.
  • Die-cut the pansies and the leaves.
  • Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the pansies and leaves to the Evergreen circle, then adhere all to card front, again, with dimensionals.
  • Sentiment:   I used a label from the current April Paper Pumpkin Kit, but if you don't have that, use a strip of white CS and cut "V" out at each end.  (You could also use any label punch or label die that you have on hand).  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink.

Lastly, I added a few of the In Color Jewels - I choose to use the Pale Papaya ones, but any of the colors would coordinate beautifully with the DSP and the pansies.  I love these pretty jewels - I know you will too!!

There you have the card today.  What do you think? 

Thank you for taking a look today.  Remember, just a few more days of the Last Chance Products.

  Click SHOP to go to my online store. 

Let me know if I can help in any way with your stamping projects.  Contact me if you have any stamping questions, or if you'd like more info on becoming a Demonstrator.  

Take care,    JULIE

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Stampin' Up! © Four Season Floral

 The new Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is coming!!  MAY 4!  Need a copy?  Send me an email (click on Contact Me, above), and I'll get one out to you.  As of May 4, the PDF version will also be available to view, here on my blog.

NEW CATALOG MAY 4, 2021 - May 2, 2022
NEW 2021-2022 Catalog - starting May 4, 2021

That means you will no longer order from the current Annual Catalog, as of May 3.

 Retiring CATALOG:

Retiring 2020-2021 Catalog

Some of the products in the current Catalog will be "retiring," that is, no longer will you be able to order them.  So click HERE to check what is still available (quantities are while supplies last, only); maybe something that has been on your wish list?  


Coming in the new Annual Catalog, you'll find a lot that IS carrying over.  PLUS some beautiful, fun, whimsical and special new products, including new 2021-2023 In Colors.  You will love the new Catalog! 


Want to see one of the retiring stamp sets?

Today's card is an easy one to create, with maximum impact, and minimal products needed.  The image and the sentiment are from one stamp set:  Four Season Floral.  This is one of the retiring stamp sets.  I also used Stitched rectangle dies, square vellum doily, and gold hoop embellishment.  The card stock is Bumblebee and Basic White, inks are Bumblebee and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Card stock measurements:

  • Card base:   Bumblebee CS, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", fold at 4 1/4".
  • White CS layer:  4 1/8" x 5 3/8".
  • Another piece of Bumblebee CS:  4" x 5 1/4"
  • White CS piece to stamp image & sentiment, then die-cut with Stitched Rectangle Dies (or just cut a piece approx.3 1/8" x 1 3/4", if you don't have the dies).

Steps to create:

  • Start by stamping the rose image from Four Season Floral stamp set, using Bumblebee ink onto Bumblebee CS layer (4" x 5 1/4" piece).   Just randomly stamp the image all over the CS.
  • Using your favorite adhesive (I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue), adhere the stamped Bumblebee to the Basic White layer (4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece).  Then adhere to the card base.
  • On a piece of white CS, with Memento ink, stamp the rose image and the sentiment.  Color the rose using your favorite color media - I used Stampin' Blends in Mango Melody and Old Olive for the leaves.  You could also use Watercolor Pencils.  Die cut using one of the rectangle dies.
  • Using just a little liquid glue, glue the Square Vellum to the card front, placing small dots of glue where they will be hidden by the Gold Hoop and the sentiment piece. (Not too much glue, as it will show through the vellum.)
  • Next, I positioned the sentiment piece over one of the Gold Hoops and holding them in place, turned them over & put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment, catching the hoop under the dimensionals, thereby simultaneously holding the hoop to the back and then adhering both on top of the vellum.  The picture below shows what I'm talking about.

  • Remove the Dimensionals' backing, and adhere the sentiment+hoop to the card front.

Inside:  I used a piece of white CS 4 3/8" x 3 1/4" and stamped the rose image once using Bumblebee ink.

There you have it!  What do you think?

Shop all the products I used to make this card, click ROSES.   Add all items to your card, or just those supplies you need.

HOSTESS CODE:  M7EC6X4W    Apply the code when your purchase totals under $150 (before tax, shipping) - you'll get a thank-you gift from me.   If your total is $150+, don't use the code, but, instead, choose your own rewards from any current Catalog.


Thank you so much for taking a look at my project today.  If you have any questions, send me an email (click Contact Me at top of the blog); I'd love to help in any way I can with your stamping.

Need a Demonstrator?  I'd love to be yours!  

Come back soon, for more ideas and SU updates.  Get ready to see items from the upcoming new Annual Catalog, too.  Can't wait to share!!

Till then, take care!     JULIE

Monday, April 26, 2021

Stampin' Up! © Jar of Flowers Mother's Day

 In keeping with the Mother's Day theme, as on my previous post, I have created another floral Mother's Day card to share with you today.  My mother had a garden of many, many roses that we used to clip and bring into the house to enjoy. Their beauty, their scent...just a cheerful presence throughout the house.  This card reminds me of those bouquets.  And of her.

The stamp sets for this card are Jar Of Flowers and Wrapped Bouquet (for the sentiment).  Card base is Poppy Parade.  The DSP layer is Pattern Party (available starting May 4).

On a panel of Basic White card stock, I stamped the jar in Smoky Slate, the stems in Old Olive, and the roses in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The sentiment is also stamped in the Memento black.

I colored in the roses using Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends Combo pack.  The leaves and stems are colored with Old Olive Blends, with a little Mango Melon on the lighter areas of the leaves.   The filler stems are colored in Smoky Slate Blends (to me they look like eucalyptus).

The panel is cut using a Stitched Rectangles die.  This is the only die-cutting on this card, and, really, you could just cut the panel without a die, 3" x 4 1/4".  

Embellishments are Matte Black Dots, and I also added a small bow out of Olive thread.

The stamped panel is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to the card front, which is a piece of Pattern Party DSP (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") - a new package of DSP available May 4 - glued to a card base of Poppy Parade card stock (8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded at 4 1/4").

If you enjoy coloring flowers, I hope you are inspired to make this card.  You could also, of course, change the color of the roses and card base to match.  


We are in the final week of Last Chance Products.  Click HERE to see what is still available in my online store.  

Remember to use April HOST CODE:  M7EC6X4W     for purchases that total under $150 (before tax, shipping).  If your total is $150 and above, don't apply the code, but, instead, choose your rewards from any current Catalog.


Thank you so much for stopping by to view my blog.  I hope you enjoyed the card and found some inspiration to create one of your own.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help in any way I can with your crafting projects, just click Contact Me at top of blog.  Need a Demonstrator?  I would love to be yours!

Keep Crafting!!

Take care, be well.     ~JULIE

Stampin' Up! BATTER UP!! ~ May Paper Pumpkin Kit

 Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog, today.   IT'S A SUBSCRIBE-A-THON!! Have you been curious about card-creating kits by Stampin...