Wonderful Moments

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Thankfully, life is filled with many wonderful moments.  And this Wonderful Moments photopolymer stamp set is perfect for celebrating our wonderful life together.  This simple card design is easy to replicate with coordinating products from Stampin’ Up — beautiful designer series paper, coordinating cardstock and inks and gorgeous ribbon and you have a lovely gift for an unforgettable moment.

The Share What You Love Designer Series Paper is absolutely gorgeous.  It is heavy-weight for making lovely 3-D projects, bags and boxes yet beautiful with hand-painted flowers and designs with shimmer.  Add your sentiment using Well-Said Cling Bundle and embellish with Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and you’ll create a winning design every time!

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And here is a closer look at the bride card.

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If you’d like to have fun creating beautiful cards with crafty friends, please sign up for my monthly card classes.  In the meantime, please visit my on-line store to purchase crafting supplies and card making kits to create your own wonderful one-of-a-kind gift for someone special.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for celebrating those wonderful moments in your life.



Hello Dear Friend!

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This card just sends eye-catching greetings of the distinktive stamped sentiment from Life is Grand stamp set with two-stepped Abstract Impressions photopolymer stamp set in beautiful spring time colors – Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz and Granny Apple Green.  This card is fairly quick to replicate.  The transparency of the photopolymer stamps makes it easy to align images for two-step stamping techniques.  The Whisper White cardstock is diecut with the largest Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies and matted with Gorgeous Grape cardstock and embellished with Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Whisper White ribbon (retired).

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes in beautiful abstract colors!


Creating a Pop of Color with Pop of Petals

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Hello my crafty friends.  If you’re looking to create beautiful projects with pops of color in a plethora of colors, please consider the Pop of Petals bundle.

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I love bundles with stamps and coordinating punches.  When combined with different color inks, the punch adds that extra wow factor.  Here is a design I created for a recent card swap using Pop of Petals Bundle.

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This color combination is so cheerful:  Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz.  And, the sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink from Butterfly Gala stamp set just pops against the Whisper White cardstock. The flowers are popped up with dimensionals.

Save 10% on this bundle when ordering Pop of Petals Bundle before June 2nd.  While the Pop of Petals stamp set and Four-Petal Flower Punch carryover into the new catalog, the bundle pricing does not!  If you are interested in any of these products, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Simple Card with a Punch!

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The focal point of this card design is the Butterfly Duet punch!  Here a piece of Garden Impressions DSP peaks through the punched butterfly images from a scrap piece of matted Whisper White cardstock.

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Tips & Tricks #1 – Cut Whisper White piece 2-1/2″x4″ and Basic Black piece 2-3/4″x4-1/4″, attach the two pieces together then punch.  Punching through two pieces of cardstock requires more pressure to punch but it can be done.  Alternatively, you can cut the Whisper White piece the same length as the Basic Black piece, and then trim 1/4″ off the bottom of the Whisper White piece so that it is the correct size.   Align the punched opendings and attach using snail adhesive.  Once you have your punch piece matted, then stamp sentiment.

Tips & Tricks #2 – Use Stampin Blends to color Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to create custom embellishments that coordinate perfectly!  It only takes a few seconds for the droplets to dry.  Once dry, attached droplets to matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Wrap a piece of 1/8″ Grosgrain ribbon around the matted punched piece and secure from the back side with snail adhesive.  Then tie a faux bow and secure to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.  Be sure to add a second mini glue dot under the ribbon to attach the faux bow to the matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Use dimensionals or foam adhesive strips to pop up the matted punched piece from the Garden Impressions DSP piece.  Next add a few more matted layers to create a wow factor.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes that pack a punch!





Simple Pleasures

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There is simple pleasure in paper crafting!  Here Granny Apple Green and Memento Tuxedo Black ink are applied to Whisper White cardstock to create a stamped background image.  Next the stamped background piece was dry embossed using the Big Shot machine with Pinewood Planks embossing folder, and then double matted with Balmy Blue and Early Espresso cardstock.  The butterflies were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Stampin’ Blends Marker in Light Balmy Blue and then punched with Butterfly Duet punch.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


CASE-ing Let it Ride

Recently, I mentioned how much I love the graceful line-art images of the Let It Ride stamp setLet It Ride stamp set which is carrying over to the new catalog.  Not only can you make beautiful cards — but you can make beautiful framed art projects for gift giving or as home decor pieces.

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This framed art project may be create by “CASE-ing” the photograph found on page 45 of the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  

What is “CASE-ing”?  It is an acronym meaning either “Copy and Share Everything” or “Copy and Selectively Edit”You have a choice of copying a design exactly as shown or changing it up a bit with different colors, textures and embellishments.  You could even decide to make it as a card instead of the framed art piece!

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The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Watercolor Paper using the StamparatusStamparatus.  Using the Stamparatus will ensure that the ink is applied evenly given the rough texture of Watercolor paper.  Recommend using your aqua painter and dry paper towel for maximum control and lifting color from inside the lids of your ink pads.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and happy CASE-ing!


Pocketful of Sunshine is Retiring

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The Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set is fun and sassy, and the coordinating Pocket Framelit dies are perfect for creating a perfectly sized pocket for gift cards, cash, or other treasures.

You can make many different projects — for any occasion or any age — with this Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and coordinating Pocket Framelits die set.


BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS!!  Sadly, the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set is retiring but it is guaranteed to be available through May 24th.  Luckily, a new stamp set called Pocketful of Happiness is coming in the new annual catalog and the coordinating Pocket Framelit dies will carry-over into the new catalog.  So, while I can’t show you the new stamp set image — I can share that it is flowery and feminine.  If you want twice the stamping fun, order the Pocketful of SunshinePocketful of Sunshine now with the Pocket Framelits and order the new Pocketful of Happiness in June!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and pockets full of sunshine!



Fabulous New In-Colors

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You are going to love the new 2019-2021 In-Colors:  Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray.  These new in-colors are just gorgeous together and will provide lots of options for changing up your favorite color pallets.  The new catalog will be available soon — June 4th — which is just around the corner!

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Here is a simple mono-chromatic card with Rococo Rose and Whisper White featuring the lovely Flourishing Phrases stamp set, which will carryover into the new catalog.

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Words are powerful. This Flourishing Phrases stamp set has the right to lift up your friends and send positive and encouraging messages to your family.  And, in general just great sentiments for all occasions: thank you, congratulations, thinking of love, love you. 

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If you do not have a demonstrator, it would be my pleasure to assist you on your paper crafting journey.  Simply contact me to get your complimentary copy of the new catalog.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Sneak Peek: Perennial Essence

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You are going to love the exquisite hand-painted imagery of the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.  These designer papers were inspired by Claude Monet, who loved to capture his impressions of the changing light and seasons in nature.

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This DSP pack captures nature in colors of Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron and Whisper White.  And, this pack of DSP coordinates with Perennial Essence Vellum Papers in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Petal Pink.

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Here is the beautiful card that I made using both the beautiful Perennial Essence DSP and Perennial Essence Vellum.  Here I combined two stamped Petal Pink vellum pieces to create each flower and added those fuzzy yellow Perennial Essence Floral Centers for dimension and texture.  Tip:  When stamping on vellum, recommend allowing allow extra time for the ink to dry!!  

Those fuzzy yellow floral centers will work wonderfully with the current Daisy Delight stamp set and new Daisy Lane stamp set in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

The Floral Essence Bundle comes with the Floral Essence stamp set and Perennial Flower Punch – when purchased together you’ll save 10%.  And for more value, the stamp leaf image from Floral Essence stamp set coordinates with the Leaf Punch from current annual catalog! 

This product suite is featured in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and will be available for purchase on June 4th.  You’re going to love creating with this product suite!  These products are definitely worth the wait!  HOWEVER, if you have to have these products NOW or have a BIG wish list (more than $100 in product), you may wish to sign up as a Demonstrator now so that you can order these products at a 20% discount.  I would love to welcome you to the Crafting Hugs Team!  Please contact me or click here to become a demonstrator.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Lovely as a Tree

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Stampin’ Up! first introduced Lovely as a Tree stamp set in 2001.  This was the very first stamp set that I purchased eighteen years ago!  It fueled my passion for crafting cards and homemade hugs with family and friends.  It has been my  “GO TO” stamp set for just about everything – for feminine and masculine cards, for simple stamping using just paper, ink and stamps, and for fabulous techniques like watercoloring and embossing paste.  Its timeless tree images provide the perfect “fool proof” stamp set for beginning stampers, the perfect “any occasion for every season” stamp set for the casual stamper and the “amazing technique” stamp set for the avid stamper.  

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Furthermore, the Lovely as a Tree stamp set coordinates wonderfully with Rooted in Nature and Winter Woodland stamp sets to keep you in tune with nature.  Allowing you to re-create a walk in the woods as a lovely handmade card and to provide the perfect gift – a crafting hug – to someone special.

Here are some amazing cards and gifts you can make with Rooted in Nature stamp set.

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And here are some amazing samples of cards and gifts that you can make with Winter Woods stamp set.

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Unfortunately, the Lovely as a Tree stamp set is retiring on June 3rd.  If you’d like to purchase it from my on-line store, please click here.  Since Stampin’ Up manufactures its own stamps, it is guaranteed to be available through May 23rd — after that, it is while supplies last.  

Both the Rooted in Nature and Winter Woods are still available in both wood- and clear-mount.  When the new catalog is released, these stamps will be reconfigured as cling mount — same great stamp, improved cling but without the bundle price savings.  So if you’d like to save 10% on the Rooted in Nature bundle — stamp set with 12 coordinating dies, please order before June 3rd

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!