Party Puffins Instagram Reel

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, it’s a great place to see new techniques in action and beautiful projects from me, demonstrators, and crafters around the world. Click here or the Instagram logo on the right sidebar to be taken to my profile.

This is my first reel, and I’m so excited to share it with you! I’ve already noted a bunch of things on how to make the next one go more smoothly, but you have to start somewhere! 🙂


Sale-a-bration ends today, so make sure to get your orders in to take advantage of the awesome deals!

Starting tomorrow, 1 September, Stampin’ Up! will be offering weekly deals AND our Perfect Partners will be available for everyone to order! The Perfect Partners dies will only be available while supplies last, so make sure to take advantage of the weekly deals and bundles if you don’t want to place an order today.

I’ll be sharing some projects using some of the Perfect Partners stamps and dies, so make sure to check back throughout September for those projects!

Good Feelings and Party Puffins with Friends

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Yesterday I brought over some supplies to my friends’ house and we made some cards! I decided to use up the pre-stamped images I had from the previous post (Good Feelings Sweet Sorbet Sympathy Card) and we made the same design using the other In Colors. I wanted to also include a project with a more difficult technique, so I decided to make a simple card with a heat-embossed element.

The Party Puffins card uses the largest circle and the largest banner dies from the Stylish Shapes dies set, and we chose whichever puffin and greeting we wanted. The greeting was then embossed using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder. The Stampin’ Blends worked well for coloring in feet and beaks (when the images are stamped using Memento ink.)

This week I also moved back into school and finished setting up my room; I built this shelf (which was difficult 1) alone 2) without the proper tools and 3) while sweating profusely), but it works well for my storage bins (from Target and Costco) and other supplies.

Today I am going to work on my August Paper Pumpkin Kit while my shift in the mailroom is slow. I am really excited to make this kit (overview here!) I love the designs as a nice transition from summer to fall weather here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sale-a-Bration Almost Over!

Sale-a-Bration ends 31 August, so make sure to get your orders in before it ends so you can take advantage of the awesome gifts that come with $50 or $100 order increments! I really like the Silver and Gold 6×6 DSP, so that’s what I have chosen as my extra gifts outside of the stamps and dies.

You can also earn EGoodies with your order, so make sure to use the August Host Code* and track them on the sheet found here!

Good Feelings Sweet Sorbet Sympathy Card

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I made this card for a former teacher who is ill – and then made some more in the other In Colors of which I forgot to take photos before leaving home for a few days. Oh well!

The teacher I made this for was one of if not the most influential on me during my time in high school – she is the reason that I chose the college I currently attend and why I am a French major! In addition to contributing to her GoFundMe, I wanted to send something to make sure that she knows that my siblings (who had her as well) and I are thinking about her.

I really like this card design for a few reasons…

  • It uses half of a sheet of 6×6 DSP, so you can get two cards from one sheet and there is no waste
  • It is simple and easy to put together
  • With a large stamped greeting, I used the Stamparatus to make things go so much quicker
  • I enjoy monochromatic designs, and this card works very well with our vibrant In Colors this year

This design can easily be adapted to use other greetings in the Good Feelings set or other sets with large text-based stamps.

Remember that Sale-a-Bration is still going on, and you can earn SAB goodies and EGoodies with each increment of $50 you spend!


The card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded into 4 1/2 x 5 1/2.

Each DSP square is 3 x 3.

The greeting is stamped on a piece of white cardstock is 2 1/2 x 3 using the Stamparatus for easy alignment.

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Summer/Fall 2022 Card Samples

Here are some pictures from display boards that my upline has put together using products from the Annual, July-December Mini, and Sale-a-Bration catalogs! Sale-a-Bration only lasts through 31 August, so make sure to get your orders in before then! I would recommend the Silver and Gold Specialty Paper Pack or the Amazing Phrasing Photopolymer set! Check out the SAB catalog here.

Remember that you can earn EGoodies for your orders placed through me at MyStamp.Store or using the link to the right. If your order is under $150, you must use the monthly host code (which is automatically applied when using the button). If your order is over $150, take advantage of your own Stampin’ Rewards! Make sure to fill out the EGoodies form located here!

Hover over the left or right sides of the gallery player to advance; there are over 300 photos!

(Cool) In Color Celebration Card

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I made this card based on the Stampin’ Up! Creative Challenge sketch posted on their Instagram page.

View the original Stampin’ Up! post here

My take is simple but versatile; using the cool In Colors and white to create this gift-box looking design.

I used the Stylish Shapes dies for the banners, though you could definitely use the Banners Pick a Punch for easier production of the banners. For the “Hip”s, I employed a masking technique when stamping to only stamp one “Hip” onto the paper (with the other half going onto a sticky note).

The dimensions are on the section of my blog under the resources tab called “Card Dimensions” so you can easily reproduce this design.

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Ladybugs in a Garden Card

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I’m on a mission to design and make a new card when I sit down to craft, something that isn’t easy just getting back into the swing of things. I’m trying to find some easy but elegant card designs that I can share at a class or a workshop with friends… not sure that this one would be considered easy, but I sure think that it would be fun to receive!

I started by assembling the ladybugs, which consist of Basic Black bodies and stamped Sweet Sorbet and Memento Black on Basic White (using the Hello Ladybug Photopolymer set), punched with the Ladybug Builder punch. I then glued the wings to the body using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, though Tombow “Green” Glue or Stampin’ Seal (while being careful) would work as well.

For the background, I used Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Memento Black. The background is layered on Basic Black then Sweet Sorbet for the card base. The Ladybugs, once dried, were affixed using Stampin’ Dimensionals and I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels (because every project needs some sparkle!)

The inside was stamped with a Daisy in Mango Melody/Memento Black and the three-flower stamp in Sweet Sorbet. The layers might look a little off because when I cut the white for the background, I forgot that I was going to add a black layer, so I took off only 1/8 of an inch to try to prevent cutting off the “o” in some of the “hello”s in the background.

substitutions and thoughts

You could use Sweet Sorbet to punch out the wings and then stamp the dots, but I like the thin border of white that surrounds the wings – it gives some contrast and separates the ladybug from its surroundings!

You could also use Parakeet Party instead of Granny Apple Green, or even stamp a few leaves in each color for an even more interesting background!

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