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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Check out my Instagram! I share a lot of other photos and information that doesn’t make it to the blog (stuff that wouldn’t be enough for a post of its own).

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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.

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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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Sending Sunshine Lemon Card

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Another installment of Cards-I-Made-at-my-Upline’s-Stamp-Camp! (

This card uses the lemon stamp from the Cup of Tea stamp set (part of the Tea Boutique suite) and the greeting comes from the oh-so-versatile Good Feelings set. You can use the Stamparatus to make sure that your large stamp is centered and has a clear image!

Vellum is making a comeback as an intermediate layer, which creates tints of the base card color (in this case, So Saffron). The lemon die cuts also come from the Teacup Dies, and the DSP band is from the Perfectly Penciled DSP. We finished up with Pearl Basic Jewels, but I think the Effervescent Elements, Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels, or Opal Rounds would work just as well and bring a little bit of sparkle!

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Tea Boutique Suite

Don’t forget that we’re still in Sale-a-Bration and every $50 qualifies you for a special product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! You can also order from the July-December Mini Catalog and earn Sale-a-Bration credits, so you can spread out the cost of holiday cards if you’d like! You can also earn EGoodies for every $50 spent, which is stackable with Sale-a-Bration AND Stampin’ Rewards for orders over $150!

Hues of Happiness Floral Happy Birthday Card

A continuation of the cards I made at my upline’s stamp camp ( This one I sent to one of my friends from college, so I figured it would be a good one to feature on the blog!

This card features a die-cut flower from the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper using the Blossoming Happiness Dies and can be easily adapted to coordinate between the flower and card base color. The inside of the card and envelope are stamped with the large flower in Memento ink from the Happiness Abounds stamp set (which comes in a Bundle with the Dies OR a Hues of Happiness Suite Bundle!). The middle layer is dry embossed using the Fern 3D Embossing Folder. The ombré strip also comes from the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper. Finally, we added some Iridescent Rhinestones to complete the card.

The complete list of colors used in the collection (and therefore card bases/layers that would coordinate with flowers) include Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Pool Party.

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Hues of Happiness Suite

Don’t forget that the purchase of the suite collection or the bundle with something else would qualify you to earn EGoodies in addition to Stampin’ Rewards on orders of over $150! You could also Join My Team and choose this collection as part of your $125 in product for only $99!

Shimmery Gold Thank You Card

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I love this simple layered Thank You card that I made at my upline’s stamp camp the other day ( The Texture Chic DSP gives it a premium look without requiring too much effort! The Distressed Gold Specialty Paper coordinates so well with the DSP, and because of the design, you only need one sheet for two layers!

Use the Deckled Rectangles dies to cut out the small gold layer from the large gold layer, then place the DSP on top to cover the hole! It saves on paper and weight when mailing, not to mention the cost!

This card is simple but elegant and makes me want to make a stack to keep on hand! Don’t forget that we’re in the middle of Sale-a-Bration (while supplies last) so place your orders while products are still available! EGoodies are also available– so make sure to check that out as well!

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In-Color Dots Congratulations Card

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In continuation with yesterday’s post, here is another card that I made at my upline’s stamp class ( This card prominently features this year’s new 2022-2024 In-Colors of Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide, and Starry Sky. We used a recycled paper-style die and embossing folder to create the scrap look for the card. The greeting comes from the Good Feelings set featured on page 18 of the annual catalog.

This card design is great for producing many cards of the same style, as it is easiest to use the hole-punch die on a quarter sheet (or slightly smaller) of paper and then cut it down into strips. I love the In-Color Matte Decorative Dots for this project, giving some dimension and playing along with the missing holes of the paper strips. Combined with the crumpled paper effect of the mid-layer, it looks like I pulled a completed card out of my scrap bin!

The card base used is Basic Black with a Basic White insert and embossed layer. The greeting is stamped using Memento black ink, but StazOn or Basic Black would work as well. We used the Multipurpose Glue for the strips to avoid having Stampin’ Seal show through the holes. The small greeting was cut out using the Stitched Rectangles dies and popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Below are the consumable and non-consumable ingredients used in this card.

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What other color families might you make this card with? I could definitely see myself trying out combinations from the Brights Color Collection, as that is usually my favorite collection to pull colors from. Let me know in the comments!