Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #44

 It's Christmas in July.................

I actually stumbled upon this Christmas challenge site in early July, just before the release of the Online Exclusive "One Horse Open Sleigh".  I was very excited to find a new to me Christmas Challenge site, as I've been looking for a nudge in that direction.  

Originally my plan for 2023, was to start making at a minimum 10 cards per month so I could have most of my Christmas cards ready to send out in November, but those plans fell to the wayside some time ago.  But it's never too late so be prepared to see a lot more Christmas cards from now on!  

This new to me Christmas themed challenge site is called Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge.  Here's their badge:

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #44

Their rules are pretty simple and clear - use the image that's posted bi-weekly as your theme and enter.  This site is all about Christmas ....yippee!!!  

Here's the Peace On Earth Challenge #44 inspiration:

Peace on Earth Challenge #44 


I took my inspiration from the two pictures of the cabins in the challenge picture.  I can imagine this couple gliding through the snow on their way home, anticipating a warm fire and a cup of hot chocolate.  

My card is fairly simple to make.  It's called a "W fold".  I've used a piece of the designer paper from Stampin' Up!s Open Sleigh  paper pack to create the beautiful snowy scene behind the sleigh.  

The sleigh and horse were coloured with Stampin' Blend markers.  The sentiment Wishing you a Season of Cheer is stamped in Black Momento Ink.  


Card Base:    
  • Early Espresso card stock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4" E
  • Early Espresso W fold piece measures 3" by 5 1/4 and is scored at 1" & 1"  
  • Use a bone folder to burnish the folds (mountain and a valley. The mountain fold faces the front and the valley is attached to the card base with adhesive.
  • Cut x 6 x dsp piece for background to measure 4" by 5 1/4" adhere to card base front. 
  • Cut two 3/4" x 5 1/4" strips for the front of the mountain and the valley folds.
  • Cut a 4" x 5 1/4 inch piece of whisper white card stock for inside mat.  Stamp the barn image from the retired Christmas Barn Stampin' Up! stamp set in Gray Granite ink (stamp off to get a lighter image) and then stamp the sentiment across the center in Real Red ink.    

Embellishments and Colouring:

Blends:    Boho Blue, Real Red, Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, Just Jade
Add ons:  Self-adhesive snowflake sequins (3) white, scrap of silver cardstock for carriage detail and runner.  Wink of Stella on snow portion of trees in background picture. 

While I was making the first card I was inspired to make a second one featuring  a silhouette of the couple gliding through the early morning light.  The inspiration for this card came from Tami White who created some awesome cards and a video on her blog featuring the One Horse Open Sleigh set.  I don't often CASE cards but I was excited to try the silhouette technique with this stamp set, and I wasn't disappointed.  

To make this card my own I've change up a few things including the mats, sentiment and interior of the card.  In the picture the horse and carriage look pitch black, but in real time, when you look at it the details show through the ink and it really does look like the carriage and horse are in the shadows as the sunsets.  Kudos to Tami for sharing this technique. 

For my card I started with Basic Black cardstock for the card base which measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and is scored at 4 1/4".  I've added a 5"1/4 x 4" mat in Boho Blue cardstock and a 5 1/8" x 4 1/8" Real Red Glimmer Paper as a second mat.  The final mat is a 5" x 3 7.8" mat from the One Horse Open Sleigh Designer Paper pack.  

I've stamped the Wishing You a Season of Cheer in Real Red Ink.  The horse and carriage were stamped in Momento Black Ink directly onto the designer paper.  To create the silhouette feature, I used a basic black marker with a brush tip, to colour over the entire image.  Voila!  That was quick and easy.   

For the inside mat I cut a 5 1/4 x 4" piece of Boho Blue cardstock and a 5 1/8 x 4 1/8" piece of Whisper White.  The Christmas Barn image is stamped in Gray Granite and once again I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink. 

Well it was fun making some Christmas Cards today and I hope I can continue to participate in this challenge on a bi-weekly basis to add to my Christmas stash of cards.  What fun!  


Penny Hanuszak, Independent Stampin' Up Demo 

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Fun In The Sun Paper Pumpkin Kit - July 2023..........Loved It!


When I received my July Paper Pumpkin Subscription I couldn't wait to open the box and explore the contents.   It's amazing!  There are enough supplies to make 9 beautiful summer, beachy type cards with matching envelopes that are so bright and cheerful they'll put a smile on your face right away!  

These fun fold cards are just perfect the way they are in the kit, so  I'm just making them exactly the way they're supposed to be.  Check out this video so you can watch how they are assembled.  


The July Paper Pumpkin kit includes:

  • All the supplies you need to create nine cards with fun accordion folds 
  • 3 each of 3 designs, with coordinating envelopes.
  • An all-occasion stamp set to send friends and family words of encouragement, support, and kindness.
  • Iridescent Sequin Embellishments.
  • 1 Classic Stampin’ Spot: Daffodil Delight.
  • Summertime Ephemera pieces, labels, and paper pieces.
  • Adhesive Dots and Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  • Completed card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ 
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Azure Afternoon, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Pool Party

Here are my cards: 
In my opinion this is one of the best kits this summer, and the cards which are awesome looking were so extremely easy to assemble. The most time consuming piece was popping out all the add ons from the sheets and sorting all the bits and bobs that made up each card.  It also helps if you stamp the sentiments for the cards and set those aside until you're ready to use them.  
The instructions for each card are very visual.  There are a series of pictures for each card that show exactly where the glue dots and tear n' tape go on the back of the ephemera pieces or layers, and where to adhere those pieces to the card base.  It's unusual to get a PP kit with 3-D or Fun Fold cards, so for beginners folding the card bases might be a little tricky, however if you follow the written instructions and or watch the assembly video it will be a piece of cake.  
Believe me if you're a beginner and you don't want to try anything on your own,  follow the instructions and you'll have a set of nine beautiful cards with matching envelopes in no time at all.   If you're more advanced or an avid stamper you can still have a lot of fun and create even more projects by taking the kit apart and doing your own thing. I read one demo has made 19 cards from this kit by cutting apart the various layers and the envelopes and using coordinating cardstocks for the bases.  

Paper Pumpkin subscribers can kits are only available to order up until the 10th of each month to subscribers.  For example this July 2023 kit was only available for ordering from June 11th to July 10th, 2023.

Information about the current month's Paper Pumpkin kit can always be found on my events calendar. The Green Dots on the Calendar and the Events schedule are specifically for Paper Pumpkin information.    
Just click on this link to go to my web page and check out the notes on specials and important dates beside my calendar.  If you click on the date on the event page the link will take you to a screen that provides some additional details and links.  And you can always check out what the next month's kit is all about.  

Paper Pumpkin is so much more than just a kit.  Click on "Blog" in the header of the subscription page and a wealth of information opens up for you.  There are links for on-line support and encouragement from the Paper Pumpkin team.  There is a Facebook Page, monthly videos of released kits, links to Paper Pumpkin on Pinterest, and YouTube about making "Alternatives" with the current month's kit.  

A subscriber's first Paper Pumpkin kit comes with an acrylic block so even if you don't have stamping supplies, you're ready to stamp.  Each kit includes everything you need to make a project including a stampin' spot ink pad and each month's stamp set is unique to Paper Pumpkin and can't be purchased anywhere else. You also have access to coordinating kits and sales products that aren't available to non-subscribers. 

I forgot to mention there's also a link so you can print a case insert for the current kit so you can keep your stamp set and ephemera all together in in a storage box. 

Insert for Plastic Stamp Storage Case

So essentially each month's kit which costs $34.00 (including GST & Shipping) is all inclusive and contains all you need to craft without having to have all the other stamping products out there. Economical and easy.  

If you don't like a kit that's being offered you have the ability to go online and cancel that month's kit as long as you do it before the 10th of the month.  If you do nothing, the monthly kit will be billed on your subscription plan (unless its a prepaid subscription) and sent to you within a week of the closing on the 10th of the month. If you want to cancel your subscription it's easy, no hassle at all and you can quit anytime you want to.  So easy! 

Coming Next Month
Create beautiful cards with next month’s Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit. Send messages of friendship, loyalty, and encouragement and create beautiful and unique paper crafts featuring delicate flower designs and significance.

The subscription period for August's kit is between 11 July and 10 August. Click here to subscribe!

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Friday, July 21, 2023

Garage Sale Sunday - Hope to Sell Some Stamps!

  RRR Parking Lot Sale 

Happiness is having a vendor table at the summer Country Lane Garage Sale this coming weekend!!  Woo Hoo! I can't wait!  

I've got lots of gently used Stampin' Up! Products and other craft items for sale including stamps, dies, embossing folders, paper, cardstock, ink and embellishments.  

Hope to see you there!  

Here's the details:  

    Date:        Sunday July 23rd, 2023

    Place:       RRR Parking Lot Sale 

                    Country Lane Crafts

                    17720 65A Avenue

                    Surrey, BC  

    Time:      10:00 to 1:00pm

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Using Up Scraps - 6 x 6 Designer Paper OSW

I don't know about you but I have way too much designer paper in may stash of card making supplies, so I'm always looking for new and creative ways to feature and use it up in my card making.  

Recently I watched a video by Frances Martin (Frenchie) that showed how to make four cards simply by cutting a 6 x 6 piece of dsp on angles.  I instantly wanted to try out this One Sheet Wonder (OSW) cutting design.  

Essentially the OSW is created by taking a 6 x 6 sheet of DSP and marking all four sides of the paper at either 1 1/2" or 1 3/4".  Once your marks are in place line up the top and bottom marks in the cutting groove on your paper trimmer and make a cut.  The next step is a little tricky, but hold the two cut halves of paper together (still 6 x 6 with the cut line down the center) and turn the paper so the next set of marks are at the top and bottom in the trimmer and cut again.  This will give you four pieces of paper that are cut on an angle. 

Here are the Four Cards I Made: 

I had the Artistically Inked stamp set that was used in Frenchie's Youtube Video, however didn't have the cardstock and designer series paper on hand, so decided to go with a cosmopolitan vibe in black, white and tan.  

Design and Products Used:  

One of my favourite stamp sets.  The sentiments in this set and the unique watercolour images are perfect for so many projects.  
The Cane Weave Embossing folder provides the perfect backdrop element on your projects.  This wonderful embossing folder was carried over into the Annual Catalogue from the 2023 Spring Mini and I'm so happy Stampin' Up! did this.  

  • Follow instructions above for cutting the OSW 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper.  
  • Cut four card bases at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score at 4 1/4".  
  • Cut mats to 5 1/4" x 4" in Wild Wheat (new Incolour) or Basic Black cardstock.  Note the second card doesn't have a mat. 
  • Cut four smaller mats to 3 3/4" x 5" and with the Cane Weave Embossing Folder.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these four cards, and the 6 x 6 OSW design, so leave me a comment below.  

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Gone Fishing Accordion Style


Let's Go Fishing Suite 

I was so excited to get my hands on Stampin' Up!s 2023/34 Annual Catalogue this past May.  And, I wasn't disappointed as there were so many wonderful stamp sets and products to choose from.  

Since I really enjoy creating masculine stamp sets and scenes, one of the first sections of the catalogue I search is the Hobbies and Recreation section on pages 78 through 93. 

Wow I had some hard decisions to make, but bar none, my favourite new product was the Let's Go Fishing Suite, which includes stamps, dsp, dies, and an awesome 3-D embossing folder called Twisted Rope EF.  No hesitation here, it was the first item I loaded into my shopping cart.  

The Let's Go Fishing Suite Collection #161546 is reasonably priced at $99 CDN and includes: Gone Fishing Bundle (10% discount) Stamp set and coordinating dies, Let's Go Fishing 12 x 12 paper and the Twisted Rope 3D Embossing Folder.  

If you're not interested in the embossing folder or beautiful designer paper in the suite, you can order the bundle which includes the 16 piece photopolymer stamp set and 17 coordinating dies.  It's called Gone Fishing Bundle.   

One of the first things I did with this set was experiment with the stamps and dies and just played with applying different colours and textures to the stamped images and cutting them out.  What fun!  

It's very easy to get the colours perfectly applied as most of the stamps are a 2-step process.  First you  stamp the base image usually in Momento Black Ink and then you stamp the colour with the coordinating fill image.  Easy peasy! 


Gone Fishing Accordion Fold Birthday Cards 

The card fronts were basically a mix and match of the fabulous dsp designs mounted on an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" card stock base.  Bases were in BoHo Blue, and Very Vanilla.  Mats measure 5 1/4" x 4" and were in Calypso Coral and in Pebble Path.  For the labels I used the Deckled Rectangle Dies.  

The Deckled Rectangle Dies are nested dies that have a torn cardstock look.  I totally love these dies and they look beautiful in all my projects.   

Accordion Fold Interior Surprise:  

What I love about these cards is the surprise you get when you open the card.  It's definitely got a WOW factor.  Here's what it looks like when you open the card:

Here's what you need:
  • 10" x 5 1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper
  • A neutral cardstock piece for the sentiment that is 5" x 1 3/4".  On one of my samples above I cut two of these panels in Very Vanilla cardstock and I glued them to each side of the accordion fold. 
  • I used scraps of coordinating cardstock for the sentiment squares and circles and Very Vanilla cardstock for the sentiments 
  • I followed a Youtube video on how to create this card and you can find it on Cheryl Hamilton's blog by clicking here. 
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy fun fold card and will try to make one yourself.  You'll be delighted with the results. I love the fact that  I can use up my DSP stash and get two cards from one 12/ x 12" sheet of designer paper.  

I'd love to hear what you think of this card.  Please leave your comments below. 

Happy Stamping!

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Find yourself staring at multiple stamp sets from the 2023–2024 Annual Catalog and can’t decide which ones to get? You won’t have to stare for much longer because on 19 July 2023, you can get those stamp sets you’ve been wanting at a 15% discount! 

This is a lightening sale and lasts only one day so make sure you are ready to shop ‘til you drop! This is definitely a deal you don’t want to miss out on.


  • Host Stamp sets are excluded. 
  • SALES PERIOD: 19 July 2023 from 12:00 a.m. (MT) to 11:59 p.m. (MT)
  • Phone: 19 July 2023 at 6:59 p.m. (MT) Online: 19 July 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)
  • The sale will run for 24 hours.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many stamp sets may be purchased.
  • The 15% discount will apply to all stamp sets from the 2023–2024 Annual Catalog (excluding host stamp sets).
  • No discount code necessary—the 15% off discount will be applied automatically.

Don't forget to add my July Hostess Code to your order at checkout if your order is under $200.00 CDN before shipping and handling.  If you apply this hostess code in the box provided you'll receive a gift from me and a thank you card.  



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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Calling All Stampin' Up! Coupon Lovers.....

 Have You Heard the News?


Calling all Coupon Lovers!  Stampin' Up! is bringing back one of your favorite promotions—BONUS DAYS! When you shop between 6–31 July and spend $60 CAD (before shipping/handling and tax) you'll earn a $6 CAD coupon!  For every additional $60 spent you'll earn additional coupons.  It's that simple! 


SAVE all your coupons because you can redeem them (and we mean ALL of them) between 1–31 August.

What You Need To Know:

There’s no limit to how many coupons you can earn, but act fast as Bonus Days will be here and gone before you know it.

Earning Period: 6–31 July 2023

Ordering Deadlines:                                                                                                         
  • By Phone: 31 July 2023 at 6:59 p.m. (MT)                                           
  • Online: 31 July 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)
  • Earn $6 CAD coupon for every $60 CAD spent (before shipping and tax).
  • All coupon codes will be emailed right after a qualifying purchase has been made. 
  • Phone and email orders still require an email address.  Customers can shop, purchase, and earn coupons as a guest but they must provide a valid email at checkout, so why not just set up an online account.  
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. 
  • If you don't have an on-line account with me, set up one now so you're already to roll.  Click here to go to my on-line store. 
  • PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT:  Any order started before the promotion begins will not count toward earning coupon codes. For example, if you add items to your cart before 6 July and wait to purchase until that date or later, then those items will not qualify towards earning coupons. You must add items to your cart and complete your purchase during the earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can earn per order or throughout the duration of the earning period. 
  • Coupon codes can only be earned on commissionable items. Non-commissionable items (such as catalogs) do not count towards coupon earnings.

Redemption Period: 1–31 August 2023

Do not try to redeem until August 1st, 2023

Ordering Deadlines 

  • By Phone: 31 August 2023 at 6:59 p.m. (MT) 
  • Online: 31 August 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can redeem on an order during the redemption period. If applying multiple codes, they must be separated by a space.
  • Coupons may be redeemed one time only.
  • Coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits, demonstrator supply items, and Paper Pumpkin month-to-month subscriptions).
  • However,new prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted using Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Coupon codes will reduce the commissionable amount of an order.

Be sure to shop in my online store and add my JULY HOSTESS CODE to earn additional free stuff.  


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