Fully Flowering Ephemera Pack

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Stamping Friends Challenge!  This week it is a choose your own adventure color challenge with some sparkle.


I was in a time crunch.  It was getting late and I needed to get this card made.  I  knew I wanted to make a black & white striped background.  Black, white & a pop of color are my go-tos.   I played around with the idea of  stamping and coloring some of my beautiful new floral stamps but looking at the clock I knew that would take me longer than I had time for.  While I was perusing my options I came across a new item that will be debuting in the upcoming 2024-25 Annual Catalog and knew my problem was solved.  


  • Thick Basic White CS card base-4-1/4" x 11"
  • Basic Black CS 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White CS 3-3/4" x 5"
  • Basic Black CS stripes 3/4" x 3-3/4" (4)

My colors for this challenge are Pretty in Pink, Garden Green and Petal Pink.  I am considering the black and white as neutrals and am not counting them. The beautiful flower is from a new product, the Fully Flowering Ephemera Pack.  This new product features 2 each of 4 designs (total of 8 sheets) of pre-cut images.  This one as the name indicates features florals and leaves.  I simply removed the flower from the sheet and attached it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Isn't it pretty?  The Ephemera Packs are going to be an easy and quick way to add beautiful images to your cards, packaging and scrapbooking layouts.  

I added some Silver & White 1/2" Sheer Ribbon to the flower, doesn't it look like a corsage?  The silver on this ribbon adds that extra little shine and sparkle.  The Pretty in Pink gems are from the 2024-26 In Color Shimmer Gems.  These gems also add a bit of sparkle too.  


The sentiment is from a new stamp set called Unbounded Love.  This set has 25 sentiments and is going to be my go-to set for words.  "Celebrate" was heat embossed with White embossing powder so it would be visible against the Basic Black CS.

This card was quick and easy to make and pretty to0, thanks to the Fully Flowering Ephemera Pack.  Think about adding an Ephemera Pack to your order in May.    Now it is time to check out what the rest of the Create with Stamping Friends made with this week's challenge.


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Techniques


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  This month we are focusing on Techniques. 

Every month we create a tutorial bundle. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase  or can also be purchased.  We also have a stamp camp 3 times a year.  The next camp will be on June 14th & 15th featuring the Country Birdhouse bundle.

This month we are featuring different techniques and our tutorial bundle not only has written directions, each tutorial has a video.  What a great resource.   Did you catch the eclipse?  Just by chance we did.  Today my card features a different kind of eclipse, the card making kind!


  • Stamps-Magnolia Mood (Online Exclusive)
  • Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento pad, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive Stampin' Blends
  • Cardstock -Thick Basic White, Pretty ink Pink CS
  • Dies- Stylish Shapes dies
  • Embossing Folder-Eyelet 3D (coming May 1st)
  • Silver & White Sheer Ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 2024-26 In Color Shimmer Gems (coming May 1) 

Be sure to check out all the cool techniques shared by the rest of the Creativity Abounds team.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the sneak peek below of the tutorial.


CA April Sneak

Place a $35 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials and videos!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Planted Paradise Leaf Collection

I recently sorted my stamp sets.  I took out sets that were retiring (Last Chance List here) and from the remaining sets I also separated out sets that haven't seen much ink.   Planted Paradise was one of the sets that was inkless.  I am not sure why I never inked this one up.  It was time for me to use it and it was the perfect stamp set to pair with the background I created using the Leaf Collection (debuting in the 2024-25 Annual Catalog) background stamp.  


I have been playing around with different techniques and thought the Leaf Collection would be perfect to use with the Joseph's Coat Technique.   Here's a quick summary of how I made the background.

  • Basic White CS -4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • Randomly apply Shy Shamrock (new 2024-26 In Color), Shaded Spruce, & Pretty Peacock ink with Blending Brushes
  • Rub an Embossing Buddy over the color blended CS
  • Ink up the Leaf Collection Background stamp with Versamark ink and stamp it on the CS
  • Apply Clear Embossing Powder.  Flick off any excess powder
  • Heat Emboss
  • Rub a Tuxedo Black Memento pad over the entire surface
  • Buff off any excess ink.  

It is so fun to see the colors come through once you buff off the Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  

  • Card Base-Basic Black CS 4-1/4" x 11".
  • Shy Shamrock layer 4" x 5-1/4".
  • Cut down the Basic White CS to 3-3/4" x 5".
  • Used the Deckled Circle dies and the Spotlight on Nature dies for the circles.
  • The sentiment is from the Country Birdhouse stamp set.
  • The vase (Memento Tuxedo Black ink) leaves in Shaded Spruce and Shy Shamrock are from the Planted Paradise set and fussy cut.
  • The gems are from the Tinsel Gems Four Pack.
  • The Shy Shamrock ribbon is the 3/8" Bordered Ribbon.


Inside another planter full of leaves.  After playing with this set I think it is full of possibilities and look forward to making more cards with it.  


Thank you for stopping by.  Are there techniques you would like me to try and share?  Let me know!





Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Spring Has Sprung


Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who gather together on the 14th of the month to do this blog hop.  This month our theme is Spring Has Sprung!


This is also a sneak peek of the Layers of Beauty stamp set in the upcoming 2024-25 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.   This new bundle has a gorgeous stamp set, coordinating dies, and decorative masks.  So many possibilities for using different coloring techniques.

In addition to using the new bundle I couldn't resist using a couple of the new 2024-26 In Colors-Shy Shamrock and Pretty in Pink.  I have been hoping for a soft pink and Pretty in Pink is the perfect answer and it looks fabuous with Shy Shamrock.

  • Card base is Thick Basic White CS 4-1/4" x 11"
  • Shaded Spruce CS layer 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Pretty in Pink CS layer 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" embossed using the 3D Basic Embossing Folder-I didn't realize that this embossing folder is no longer available.  It was an Online Exclusive and it became unavailable in the last couple of days.
  • The large swag of flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored using Daffodil Delight, Shaded Spruce, Shy Shamrock, Petal Pink, Pretty in Pink, and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.
  • The little Basic White tag was cut using the Layers of Beauty dies, stamped with a sentiment from Unbounded Love (another new stamp set debuting in the 2024-25 Annual Catalog).  I had planned to use the "Grateful for You" sentiment from the Layers of Beauty set but I have lost it!  My desk is such a mess.  I am going to clean it up as soon as I am done writing this post and search for the sentiment-wish me luck in finding it.
  • The Shy Shamrock ribbon is 3/8" Bordered Ribbon tied with white Baker's Twine.
  • The pretty gems are Shy Shamrock from the 2024-26 In Color Shimmer Gems.


Inside a little strip of embossed Pretty in Pink CS (I am going to miss this Embossing Folder) and another image from the Layers of Beauty stamp set.  


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the stops on the hop.



Bee Mine DSP

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Stamping Friends Challenge!  I took last week off (I forgot to bring my project on my trip-ugh) and am so happy to be back for this week's sketch challenge.

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I love this sketch!  This one is right in my comfort zone, a go-to design.  


This card relies heavily on the Bee Mine DSP (soon to be retiring).  

  • Card base-Sweet Sorbet (retiring In Color) 4-1/4" x 11' scored at 5-1/2"
  • Basic White CS layer-4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  • Bee Mine DSP layer- 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Bee Mine DSP strip -3/4" x 5-3/8"
  • Basic White Stylish Shapes Dies-squares (4) 
  • Basic White Stylish Shapes banner
  • 2 bees and 2 jars fussy cut from the Bee Mine DSP

Did you notice the sweet little flowers added to the jars and the banner?  They are from the Adhesive-Backed Hearts & Flowers (retiring soon).  These little embellishments are so cute and are pretty flat so they mail easily.


Inside of the card is Basic White CS layer.  I usually add a piece of Basic White or Very Vanilla CS to the inside of a card that has a colored cardstock base.  This makes it easier to write in and also to decorate.  I also added another strip or the Bee Mine DSP and a few more fussy cut bees.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Stamping Friends team made with this sketch.



Product List

Apple Harvest Thanks

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.


I chose from the Inspo List- neutrals, recycled item from packaging,  twine, and trees.


First item from Inspo List I used-Neutrals.  The card base is Early Espresso CS cut at 4-1/4" x 11".  The recycled element is from a Stampin' Up! box.  Ahem, I may have a few around the craft room!  I cut a piece of the box flap off (4" x 5-1/4") and tore off the top layer of paper.  This leaves the corrugated paper below exposed.  There are pieces of the top layer of paper still stuck onto the corrugated paper which adds to the rustic look.  


Next item on the list-twine.  What I used is really called Linen thread but let's just call it really skinny twine for now. 

The stamp set I used is called Apple Harvest.  This is the trees element from the Inspo List.   This stamp set is also on the Last Chance list.   It is a beautiful set and if you live in an apple growing area or love apples, this just might be a set that you need to purchase before it retires.  I used Poppy Parade, Real Red, Petal Pink, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party Stampin' Blends to color the image.  I added a few extra apples to the original image.   The sentiment from the Apple Harvest set and punched with the Double Oval punch.  This punch is also on the Last Chance list and available while supplies last and/or April 30.   In the center of the flowers are Iridescent Pearls.  


Inside I added another strip of Early Espresso CS and another apple flower.  I almost always add a Basic White CS layer to the inside of my cards.  The only time I don't is when the card base is white or vanilla.  

Be sure to check out how the rest of the Festive Friday design team used the Inspo List.


Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing how you were inspired by the Inspo List.  Please post your creations in the Festive Friday gallery!


Enduring Beauty and Darling Details

It is Thursday and time for a new and last Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  Yes, you read that right, the last Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  The new name will be Create with Stamping Friends.  You can read about the changes HERE.

Here is this week's challenge.


I turned the sketch and made it into a portrait orientation to better fit the images I used.


I used the Enduring Beauty bundle.  I decided to color the beautiful image using Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  I think this is the first time I have colored the flowers with Stampin' Blends, I usually use the coordinating Enduring Beauty Decorative Masks to color.  Love that there are options.  

Let's talk about the little sentiment flag.  First the sentiment is from the Darling Details stamp set.  This stamp set and the coordinating dies are on the Last Chance Products list.   It is available for purchase while supplies last and/or April 30, 2024.  

The sentiment flag was cut using the Nested Essentials dies.  I used the #2 (#1 being the smallest flag die) die.  It is longer than I wanted so I re-cut the die to make it smaller.  


You need to line up the die so that the die fits into stitching along the sides.  You can feel it when it is seated in the stitching and then you can run it through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. 


This is a simple little trick and it comes in handy when you don't have the perfect die for the sentiment.  

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created with this sketch.  



Simply Zinnia and Good Feelings

The Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection is an Online Exclusives (it can only be found online and isn't in any catalog) and is one of my favorite suites.  On today's card I used the bundle, the Zinnia 3D Embossing folder, and the Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins.


I am going to miss the big bold sentiments in the Good Feelings stamp set.  Sadly it is on the Retiring list.   This means it is only available while supplies last and/or April 30 2024.  

The zinnias were colored using Bubble Bath, Berry Burst, Old Olive, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  Love having the shading lines on the image, it makes it so much easier to figure out how to color the flower.   The flowers are on a label cut using the Perennial Postage dies.   I am so happy these dies will be in the upcoming Annual Catalog, I haven't used them nearly as much as I wanted to.  Around the flowers are the Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins.  They really live up to their name.  The Bubble Bath ribbon is from the 3/8" Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack.  This ribbon pack is on the Last Chance list and starting 4/9/24 it will be 30% off.  


The card base is Thick Basic White CS, 5-1/2" x  8-1/2".  The Basic White layer, 4" x 5-1/4" is embossed using the Zinnia 3D Embossing folder. What a beautiful embossing folder.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog and be sure to check out all the Online Exclusive products.


Product List

Simply Zinnia Easel Thank You

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.


Isn't this such a soft and pretty springtime combination?


This is the Simply Zinnia bundle part of the recent Online Exclusive release.   The flowers were colored using Bubble Bath, Soft Sea Foam, and Lemon Lolly Stampin' Blends.   The scalloped frame is the Delightfully Eclectic DSP cut  using the Scalloped Contours dies. The Basic White CS was cut to fit on the frame.  Around the flowers are the Rainbow Adhesive-Backed Dots.  This pack of embellishments has 8 colors of dots in 2 different sizes.  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Lemon Lolly, Azure Afternoon, Bubble Bath, Balmy Blue, and Fresh Freesia.  The ribbon is from the Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack.   


Surprise!  It is an easel card.  The Basic White piece which is the card base  (4" x 10-1/2") is scored at  5-1/4" and 7-3/4".  The front panel was embossed using the Zinnia 3-D Embossing folder.   Just the lower portion of the zinnia was attached to the Basic White card base to create the easel.    The easel is created by tucking the edge in under the sentiment banner.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team made with this color combination.