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Fragrant Flowers Sale-a-bration!

Favored Flowers DSP designed for the Fragrant Flowers bundle from Stampin' Up!

Did you see the Favored Flowers designer series paper (DSP) in the Sale-a-bration catalog? It works perfectly with the Fragrant Flowers bundle from the January Mini catalog. As soon as I saw the gorgeous peony patterns in rich purples, deep greens, and warm corals and all the sample cards, I had to have the set.

Twelve sheets of double sided 12″x12″ paper with flowers on one side and graphic patterns on the opposite means you don’t need much more than some cardstock to create beautiful cards. The dies from the bundle are sized to cut the flower images perfectly. To get a good idea of what I could do with the set, I started with a CASE of a card in the Sale-a-bration catalog.

Copy and Share Everything card

I started with a base of Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ – so a standard half-sheet card. I think the card in the catalog is slightly larger and they used a Mossy Meadow base, but I’m such a fan of purple. I added a layer of DSP cut to 4″x5-1/4″ and there is another strip of a different pattern across the middle. This is 4″x 1-1/4″.

As designed, the dies cut the main flower image from the DSP perfectly, including the two little buds. I used Dimensionals to lift that piece. Next I die cut leaves from White cardstock, and peony buds from Blackberry bliss. I tinted the leaves with Fresh Freesia and a blender brush. The big, bold Thanks stamped a bit patchy, but I liked the touch of vintage feel, so I didn’t restamp it. Both the stamp and the banner die come in the bundle. For my final touch, I added Classic Matte Dots in black.

An Upline Card – Simply Elegant

Beautifully Happy and Favored Flowers card.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I get a ton of support from my upline demonstrator. She recruited me and helps me with any questions I have. She also sends me beautiful cards! This one is just elegant. I’m going to do my best to describe how she made it, and probably make one in Calypso Coral.

It’s a base of Blackberry Bliss. You can use the other half of the sheet from the card above. A layer of white cut 5-1/4″ x 4″. The next layer starts with a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut to 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. The DSP is cut in 1″x4″ strips. The sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration set, Beautifully Happy, and stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. The final embellishments include a Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon from the annual catalog and some Opaque Adhesive-Backed gems from the Mini catalog.

If you’d like more ideas on how to use the Fragrant Flowers bundle and Favored Flowers DSP, check out my Pinterest Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/dayinker/stampin-up-fragrant-flowers/

You can order any of these products with me by using the shop with me code on the right. Sale-a-bration ends February 28, 2023 or as long as supplies last. So, don’t delay. Until next time: Ink up!

Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

Contents of the Key to My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit

The Key to My Heart January Paper Pumpkin kit had enough supplies to make nine Valentine’s Day cards. I love the color combination and the lock and key theme. It reminds me of the place where my son got married. There is a fence overlooking the Bosque where couples have attached locks to the fencing, similar to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris. https://pixels.com/featured/love-lock-bridge-paris-amy-sorvillo.htm

I don’t know about you, but I don’t generally send out more than a few Valentine’s Day cards. I made the three cards as designed and then I flipped the cards around and made some very cute birthday cards using some new stamp sets from the January Mini catalog. First, let me show you the cards the kit makes.

To My Valentine – Love is the Key – Key to My Heart

To My Valentine card from the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin kit.

This card has very simple stamping. Some hearts on the Fresh Freesia banner and the sentiment. I love the Calypso Coral baker’s twine included with this kit. The big floppy bow sits under the sentiment and on top of the strip of vellum. Vellum is a great material to add interest to a card without being distracting.

Love is the key Valentine's Day card from Stampin' Up! January 2023

The second card has about the same amount of stamping. This time the hearts are stamped right on to the beautiful Fresh Freesia base and the vellum circle is placed over the top to soften the entire effect. How cute is that gold key? It’s one of the prepunched elements in the kit and I like how the design anchors the sentiments to the locks by floating the tip of the key over the stamped banner.

The third card is very clever. The punched out part is a keyhole that allows the Fresh Freesia wash on the inside of the card to peek through. This is the simplest card of the three, only the sentiment is stamped. Although anytime you have to tie a bow, there is a bit of fussing involved, right? By the way, I saved that punched out keyhole piece for one of my alternative cards.

All of these cards are just beautiful and so simple to make. The “Love is the Key” card would be perfect to send to a couple. But let me show you what else you can do with these kit contents.

Key to My Heart Birthday Card Alternatives

Alternative Paper Pumpkin birthday card

For my alternates I used the base of the keyhole card and on the of the bases in the To My Valentine card. I also used the Desert Details bundle (stamps and dies) and the Queen Bee bundle from the January 2023 Mini Catalog.

For this card, I cut the keyhole card base in half and trimmed it down to 4″x5-1/4″. I glued it down to the base meant for the three-lock card so that the keyhole is upside down and the gold criss-cross hatching shows through the hole making a beautiful vase. The flowers are from the Desert Details stamp set using Calypso Coral and Mango Melody ink. I die cut them with the matching dies. The sentiment is from the Something Fancy stamp set also in the mini catalog, stamped in Calypso Coral.

For the final touch I added a generous amount of champagne rhinestones.

Key to My Heart layered birthday card Paper Pumpkin alternative design.

The second card uses the back of the card we cut in half, just the plain Powered Pink base, trimmed down to 4″x5-1/4″. I used a half sheet of Basic White cardstock as the card base. Using stamps from the Queen Bee stamp set, I added some interest to the Powered Pink layer with Calypso Coral. The leaf spray is from the same bundle, stamped in Soft Sea Foam. Notice the keyhole punch out has been transformed into a vase with a stamp from the kit and an Iridescent Pastel gem.

I added a few more gems in the top half of the card to give some balance to the design. My Dayinkers loved creating this alternate and how all the layers came together to form a beautiful birthday card.

I hope you’re having fun in your craft room during these cold winter days. Until next time, Ink up!

New Catalog and Saleabration

January brought us a new catalog, the January to April Mini, with all kinds of lovely stamp sets, paper, and embellishments for Spring. Have you had a chance to look at it? I fell in love with a few sets, and then I realized I get Saleabration bonus products with my order! You know my Saleabration rule: Always get the paper.

Saleabration promo from Stampin' Up! showing the Dandy Designs paper.

Really, I would get one of everything if I could, but the papers are so lovely. This Salebration has a huge pack, the Dandy Designs. Forty-eight 12×12 sheets. No kidding. That’s a lot of cardmaking! There’s also the Favored Flowers and the Dainty Flowers. I don’t know how anyone could pick between them all. (Spoiler: I didn’t.)

Today, I have a cute little video for you using the Give It a Whirl dies from the Annual catalog, the Dandy Designs Salebration paper, and the Easter Bunny bundle. The bundle comes with the Easter Bunny punch and it is too cute. Contact me if you need help with ordering any of the products I mentioned. There is a shop with me code on the right. Until next time, Ink up!