FREE PDF Tutorial – Hello Sweet Strawberries!

It’s Friday and hope you’ve been having a great week.  This has been quite a week for me and I don’t know how I got from Sunday to Friday in a flash, but I did.

Today’s post celebrates the return of the Sweet Strawberry Bundle.  I love everything about the Bundle.  The Sweet Strawberry stamp set has a nice variety of adorable mixed font sentiment stamps and sweet images.  The stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up!’s Distinktive stamp sets.  The stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image.  Notice the lighter shading in the strawberries.  There’s no special technique involved. Just the stamp and your ink pad!  The stamp is shaded that way.

This is a quick and easy card to put together.  With the help of the Scalloped Contours Dies, I was able to add some “scalloped” edges to this design.  I know you know what I’m going to say next.  Yes, lots of pattern repeat, and I know you know what the pattern repeat is.  Yes, lots of circles!  Repeating patterns always works.

I’ve always been a fan of Pool Party and Real Red together, so it was pretty easy to choose my colors.

Click the button below to download the Sweet Strawberries FREE PDF Tutorial

So, pull out your Sweet Strawberries Bundle, grab your polka dot DSP, add a scalloped border and create something sweet!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

The January-June, 2021 Mini Catalog will be retiring on June 30th.  From now until June 30th or while supplies last, you have a chance to purchase your favorite products.  You can click on the image below to download a PDF of the Last Chance Retiring Products.

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FREE PDF – Garden Birdhouses Note Cards And Box

Happy Thursday!

In yesterday’s post,  I showcased these 3″ x 3″ note cards with the matching gift box and promised a printable PDF tutorial for you today.  You can click on the button below to download the tutorial.

This was an easy project that I completed using the new Garden Birdhouses stamp set featuring all of Stampin’ Up!’s new In Colors.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and as always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me.

So, spend some “happy” time in your craft space and create a pretty note card set to give to a special friend.

…the only limitation in your imagination!

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Stenciled And Framed, Brights And Blooms!

I think the title of this post is perfect:  Lots of stitching, Stampin’ Up!’s Brights Collection color palette, and beautiful blooms!

I wanted to do something with Pacific Point and stenciling today.  I used the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks in the Annual Catalog for the stenciling part of this card.  It’s an easy process and fun to do.

  • You can see from the picture that the white stenciled polka dots are controlled in the center of my frame.
  • I cut my Pacific Point card base (a standard A-2 top fold 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″).
  • Next, I die cut the frame and the sentiment layer with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • I placed the frame where I wanted it on the card front with the reverse side up and secured it with low tack tape.
  • I placed the stencil over the reversed frame and secured it with low tack tape.
  • With a sponge, I lightly applied some White Craft ink over the stencil with random pressure.
  • I was careful not to go over the outside lines of the frame.
  • I removed the stencil, and frame and repositioned the frame right side up over the inked polka dots with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The polka dot stenciling stayed inside my frame.
  • I added die cut flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals and tucked my sentiment into the frame.

Design Note:  There are two themes that run through this very simple card design, stitching and circles.  Any type of pattern repeat will always work.

So, get your Stitched Rectangle Dies, your In Bloom Bundle, some ink and a sponge and create something “amazing”!

… the only limitation is your imagination!

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An Amazing CASE – Day Two – FREE PDF Tutorials

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have Part 2 of my “Amazing Catty Case”.  If you didn’t see my post yesterday, you can click here to take a look.

The card above is my third card and is a CASE of the third card of the “You Are Amazing” Project Kit on page 7 in the January – June 2021 Mini Catalog.  Below is the third card from the catty that I CASE’d. I had so much fun “playing with patterns”.  Let’s talk about what I did.

  • I kept the polka dot background.
  • Since I didn’t have the tag top punch or the die for the bottom edge of the tag in Stampin’ Up!’s card, I created a large banner with Night of Navy cardstock and my Triple Banner Punch.
  • I kept the rest of the card design similar, but I added a little flagged banner to the bottom of my circle.
  • Stampin’ Up! used Baker’s Twine as an embellishment.  I used Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

Below is my version of the fourth card in Stampin’ Up!’s “You Are Amazing” Project Kit.

And here is Stampin’ Up!’s fourth and final card.

Here’s how I CASE’d the card above:

  • I kept the striped pattern for the card base layer with a striped pattern from Playing With Patterns DSP.
  • I added the same vertical strip down the center of the card as Stampin’ Up! did, but I used Night of Navy cardstock.
  • I created a patterned paper flagged banner with more patterned paper from Playing With Patterns (I had fun playing with these patterns… really!)
  • I tried using my Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a similar sentiment layer, but my sentiment sat better on a square.
  • Stampin’ Up! used Baker’s Twine to embellish their card and I used more Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

As a recap, below are my cards from yesterday’s post along with the cards I CASE’d from Stampin’ Up!

This is the first card I CASE’d from the You Are Amazing Project Kit.  This card was featured in yesterday’s post.

Stampin’ Up!’s card is below.

And here is the second card I CASE’d from the project kit.  This card was featured in yesterday’s post.

Below is Stampin’ Up!’s catalog version.


I wanted to write this post to show how easy and how much fun it can be to CASE.  CASEing can get those creative juices flowing for you and you can have fun enjoying the process of substituting, mixing and matching.  Take a look at the great patterns in the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper pack.  Another good DSP that comes to mind are the patterns in the Dandy Garden DSP.  If you don’t have a plentiful patterned Designer Series Paper Pack, click on the link to my online store and take a look at the great selection Stampin’ Up! has created for you.

Enjoy the PDF tutorials I’ve provided for you and I would love to hear your comments on my CASE’d parade of projects.

So, get yourself that one special Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper pack, print out these tutorials and have a fun creative CASEing party!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the products I used in today’s post, click on the images below.

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FREE PDF – Butterfly Brilliance and A Sand and Sea Parade!

Happy Friday!

I hope you can spend some time in your craft room this weekend.  Today, I have a PDF Tutorial that you can download and use as a guide for a weekend project.  I also have a parade of Sand and Sea cards created by a very talented paper crafter and friend, Georgia Egan.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by Georgia’s colors and designs.

The tutorial uses the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  It’s a layered design with some special texture.  I posted this card a few days ago.  You can click on the image to see the original post.

Click to download the Brilliant Wings Card Tutorial


Georgia’s Sand & Sea Parade of Cards:

Georgia used a Basic White card base and added Basic Black, Silver Foil and Basic White layers.  This card has an elegant look.

The card below was created with a Basic White card base, a layer of Sand & Sea DSP, the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder and the Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle. This card is stunning.

This is a simple version of the Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle.  The card base and frame are done with Sahara Sand cardstock.  The background dies are Soft Sea Foam and the embossed shells are Sahara Sand.  This card is simple and serene.  I do like these soft colors together.

Below is another simple and serene card using Crumb Cake and Soft Sea Foam cardstock.  The shells are so realistic.

So, download today’s tutorial, pull out some cardstock and DSP, cut some layers, add some splatter and create a parade of cards to enjoy!

…the only limitation is your imagination.

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