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.  

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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.


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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Anything But a Card


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 Anything But A Card. 

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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.  Stay tuned  to find out what the theme will be of the next stamp camp!


I have been thinking about little gift ideas to take with me to the Stampin' Up! On Stage event.  I am short on time so it has to be something fairly quick and easy or it won't get done.  This little box was created using the Mini Pocket Envelope dies.  

  • Cut 2 of the Mini Pocket Envelopes from the Delightfully Eclectic DSP.
  • Adhere one of the side tabs to connect the 2 envelopes.
  • Score along the bottom edge 1-3/8".  Measuring 1-3/8" from the longer tabbed edge.  
  • Along the bottom edge cut along each score line up to the 1-3/8" score line.
  • Adhere the other side tab to fully connect the 2 envelopes.
  • Fold the 2 smaller flaps in.  Apply adhesive to one of the larger flaps and secure down and repeat on the last flap.
  • Punch 2 holes through both the 2 larger scalloped top flaps.  Pinch in the side flaps to create a gusset.
  • Fill with goodies and tie close with Black & Very Vanilla Large Check Ribbon. MiniPocketEnvelope_DelightfullyEclectic_side

The Basic Black label was cut using the Mini Pocket Envelope Dies.  The Fresh Freesia CS was cut to fit in the label 7/8" x 1-7/8".  The flowers were cut using the Lovely & Sweet Dies in Basic White CS. The black centers of the flowers are from the Classic Matte Dots.  The sentiment is from the Let's Go Shopping set.  


Inside of my bag I have some Werther's caramel candies.  The bag can hold a truffle or 2, some chocolates,  maybe even a small bar of soap.  I hope you can use this idea next time you are needing a little bag to package some treats.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the hop!

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Here's what I made for the Creativity Abounds Tutorial Anything But A Card bundle.  


Place a $35 order through my online store and receive a tutorial bundle (13 tutorials!!)  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.


Simply Zinnia Envelope Treat Box

I was working on my blog posts for the week and realized that all my projects using the Flowering Zinnias Collection used the same image! Yes, I  really like the stamp with the 3 zinnias.  That being said I thought I would break it up and show you a quick little treat box.  


This zinnia was made using the Simply Zinnias dies and is pretty darn cute.  Look at all the detail on the petals and the center.  Just think of all the lovely flowers you could create in all kinds of color combinations!  The leaves are also pretty amazing.  I chose to make them with the same colors of cardstock but they would also look great in different colors.  The little bee was fussy cut out from the Bee Mine DSP.   She is attached to a tiny strip of window sheet so she can look like she is flying.   The tiny tag was cut using the Mini Pocket Envelope dies and the friend is from the Love For You stamp set.  

Are you wondering about the box?  The box is the Envelope Treat Box and it measures 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 1".  It is very easy to put together and it already has adhesive on the box for you.  All you have to do is remove the protective layer and put it together.  I made some of these for friends at On Stage (Stampin' Up! gathering for demonstrators)but did not use the adhesive.  Why?  In my experience it is hard to get 3D items home without them getting crushed.  This way they can fold the box flat and also the belly band and flower.  

Want to check out all the Online Exclusives?  You can find them HERE.


Simple Sunday-Simply Zinnia Flowering Zinnias

I used to post a quick and easy card on Sundays.  Something cute and uncomplicated.  Today's card definitely fits that criteria.  


The Lemon Lime Twist ribbon part of the Ribbon Duo Pack is wrapped around the DSP and Melon Mambo CS layer twice and then tied in a bow.  The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo ink.  Only part of the sentiment is stamped on the banner for the front.  The 2 sequins are part of the  Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins (Online Exclusive).


The rest of the sentiment was stamped on the inside.  Another pattern from the Flowering Zinnias DSP is on the bottom and also a fussy cut zinnia.  


Quick and easy right?  From this sheet of Flowering Zinnias DSP you can get 6 card fronts (4" x 5-1/4") and there is still another sheet of this design in the pack that you can use in another way.  

Thanks for stopping by and remember that Online Exclusive products are not in any catalog.  You can see them HERE. There is no fixed end date for Online Exclusives! Some products will be reordered when inventory is low, and others will only be available while supplies last.   If there is something you really like that is an Online Exclusive it is best to order it sooner rather than later to avoid the possibility of it being sold out. 





Simply Zinnia, Simply Sparkling

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, yellow, pale blue, and easel card.  


I am starting my projects using the Flowering Zinnia Suite Collection a few days early.  I thought about using the can from the Simply Sparkling (Online Exclusive) as a vase and the zinnias were a perfect fit.  The can was stamped on the Daffodil Delight & White design from the Bee Mine DSP, and cut using the Simply Sparkling dies. The rim of the can was cut using the Holographic Trio Specialty Paper and the Simply Sparkling dies.   The zinnias were colored using Balmy Blue, Azure Afternoon, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lolly, Old Olive, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  The bow was made using the Balmy Blue & White Variegated ribbon. The circle and sentiment is from the Sending Love bundle.  


The inside of the card has another strip of Bee Mine DSP and a stem/leaf cut using the Simply Zinnia dies.  The flower was cut and colored like the ones on the front of the card.  


The single zinnia flower is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals along the bottom edge of the flower.  This allows the top part of the flower to act as a stopper and create the easel.


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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Fun Folds


Don't you love the new banner for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop?  It is so happy and cheery!  We have new people joining the hop so be sure to give them a warm welcome.  This month the theme is Fun Folds.


I am loving the new Latte Love bundle and it has been so fun creating with it this week.  The cups and mugs were cut from the A Little Latte DSP.  The coffee beans were inked in Early Espresso ink on Pecan Pie CS.  I used some of the Polka Dot Trim at the end of the label.  The trim is pretty thick  and somewhat stiff so it works best for me  as an accent.  Once again I reached for the Opaque Faceted Gems from Sale-A-Bration instead of the Adhesive-Backed Swirl Dots, which would have been so cute on this card.


This fun fold is a combo between a book binding fun fold and a Z fold.   The scoring of the 4-1/4" x 11" card base is 2-1/8", 4-1/4" and 5-1/2".  The extra piece that makes the "Z" is 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".  


This is how the card opens . Inside I added a few more coffee beans like the ones on the front.


The sentiment is from the Sending Love stamp set.   We have been staying on St Simons Island, GA for the past couple of months.  I brought just a handful of stamps with me and no Stampin' Write Markers.   The only miss you sentiment I had with me was the one in the Sending Love stamp set.  The problem is that the I Miss You is in the center of a circle of other words.  Since I didn't have a marker with me I die cut a circle on a post it note and placed it over the other words around the I Miss You and carefully inked the words I wanted.   Next year I am going to make sure to bring a set that has a lot of sentiments.  

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If you love fun folds check out the Creativity Abounds tutorial.


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Latte Love Hello

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!


This week it is a sketch challenge.


I have been enjoying playing with the Latte Love bundle.  It was fun figuring out how to use the Latte Love bundle with this sketch.


  • Pecan Pie CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Calypso Coral CS 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
  • Plaid from A Little Latte DSP 3-3/8" x 4-5/8"
  • The cup and mug were cut from A Little Latte DSP (the cup was cut using a Latte Love die and the mug was fussy cut)
  • Burlap Ribbon bow
  • 2 coffee beans stamped in Early Espresso ink on Pecan Pie CS colored with Pecan Pie Stampin' Blends
  • Calypso Coral banner stamped in Pecan Pie ink


Inside a strip of the plaid DSP and the heart latte art stamp inked in Lost Lagoon.  


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created using this sketch.  

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Around the World on Wednesday...March Blues


Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.   Join us and enjoy a hop around the world!


This month the theme is March Blues. Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Night of Navy are the blues for the challenge.  I mis- interpreted the challenge and used a few extra neutral colors...OOOPSIE!  


I had no clue what I was going to make and just started to play around with strips of Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Night of Navy CS.  I started to weave the strips and felt it needed some white so I added Basic White Strips.   The woven piece reminded me of placemats or a tablecloth which would be perfect for a little coffee scene. The cups and french press were made using  the Latte Love dies.    For the french press I also used the Holographic Trio Paper, Basic White, and Early Espresso CS.  The sentiment is in the Latte Love stamp set.  I carefully inked up the stamp to omit part of the sentiment.  The gorgeous ribbon is the Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon.   Love this kind of ribbon, soft and ties beautifully.


Inside I inked the other half of the sentiment along with more coffee cups.   The tiny flowers on the cups (on the front too) are from the Thoughtful Moments dies.  They were cut using the Holographic Trio Paper.  


Now it is time to see what the talented Chris Smith created.


Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Kelly Taranto - US

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Theresa McEntee - US

Lori Willcox - CA

Cheryl Hamilton - US

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Latte Love Thank you

This week I will be sharing projects using the Latte Love bundle.   This super fun bundle is part of the Little Latte Collection.  The Suite includes the Latte Love bundle,  Little Latte DSP, Natural Polka Dot Trim,  and Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems.  This  is one very fun suite!


The card base is Pecan Pie CS.  The background papers and the mugs are all from the Little Latte Designer Series Paper.  The mugs were fussy cut from the DSP.  The spoons were stamped using Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut using the Latte Love dies.  The French Press just may be my favorite.  The "hardware" on the French Press is Lost Lagoon CS, the glass is vellum and the coffee is Early Espresso CS.  The sentiments is from the Latte Love set inked in Pecan Pie on a Basic White CS banner.  The banner was cut using the Something Fancy dies.  I cannot believe that I didn't use the Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems on the banner.  Instead I used the Calypso Coral gems from the Opaque Faceted Gems.  These gems were one of the 2024 Sale-A-Bration choices.


Inside there is a pocket to hold a gift card.  This is a simple gift card holder.  I cut a slit from the center fold to the edge at 1-1/4".  Glue down along the bottom 4-1/4" side and the 1-1/4" side.  Do not glue the top or you will not have a pocket.   Fussy cut another mug from the DSP and stamped in Pecan Pie ink the sentiment.

  • Card Base-Pecan Pie CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" slit cut from fold to edge at 1-1/4"
  • Plaid design from the Little Latte DSP 4" x 4"
  • Calypso Coral coffee bean design 1" x 4"
  • Basic White (inside) 4" x 4-1/2"

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