Ornate Garden Birthday

I love this new suite, that is available as of tomorrow, April 1st, 2020. It is actually in the new Annual Catalogue, coming out in June, but this early release is amazing.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Very Vanilla 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 4-1/4, (2x) 5-1/4 x 4, + scrap
Vellum – 5-1/4 x 3
Terracotta Tile – scrap

Check out my YouTube tutorial here

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Ornate Garden Birthday


This beautiful floral suite is coming your way on April 1st. The Ornate Garden Suite is part of the selection for the new Annual 2020/21 catalogue, coming in June, but as an early release, we get to enjoy it before the catalogue comes live on June 3rd. This card was inspired by a card from a member of the Stampin’ Up!  Design Team, Emma Goddard, in the UK.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Very Vanilla
8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 4-1/4
Very Vanilla (cut 2) 5-1/4 x 4, plus small scrap
Garden Green – half sheet
Ornate Foil DSP – fussy cut flowers

I heat embossed the large floral design with gold embossing powder, onto Garden Green card stock, then fussy cut it out.

Die cut the larger of the scrolled frames from the Ornate Layers Dies, from the Garden Green card stock.

Emboss one of the Very Vanilla pieces, with the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder. Layer onto the card base, adhering with your favourite snail or liquid glue.

On top of this, layer your Ornate Layers frame, and then place your embossed floral element onto this.

Place your fussy-cut flowers onto your embossed leaf/floral, adhering with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Heat emboss your sentiment, in gold and trim. Embellish with the gilded gems.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial video. Have a great weekend.

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Sale-A-Bration Third Release Products Now Available!

Sale-A-Bration Third Release products are now available for you to earn! These additional offerings include select, current Stampin’ Up! products, newly available to earn for Sale-A-Bration. You need to act fast though, because orders must be closed by March 31!

With the new 3rd release of Sale-A-Bration products, this is a great time to take full advantage of this promotion, including the Little Ladybug Stamp Set (item 152384) for hosts with a qualifying order of $375. And, if you’ve been thinking about joining my team now is a great time. Complete your sign-up process by March 31, so you can make the most of Sale-A-Bration; you will get a free Mini Paper Cutter, 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler, and your choice of a stamp set on top of the regular Starter Kit offering! How cool is that! And, after that – all your purchases are 20-25% off regular. And, (again), as a demonstrator, you get to see what’s happening a full month before everyone else AND (yep again) place a pre-order and get your new stuff ahead of everyone else. Just saying…. lol

If you would like more information, shoot me a quick email at crittersnink@gmail.com. Stay safe in this crazy virus ridden life, right now, and craft on!!

The Gang’s all Meer “Hello”

Isn’t this the cutest card ever??  I saw this card on Pinterest, and I believe it was designed by Jana Paperdreams in Germany.  The stamp set is The Gang’s all Meer, which is a free stamp set during Sale-a-bration, which a $60 purchase.  The swirly die cut is from the Painted Labels Dies, which is bundled with the Painted Poppies, in the spring Mini-catalogue.  I also used the embossing folder from the Power of Hope bundle, which is also Sale-a-bration, free with a $120 purchase.

This card is quick and fun to make.  I hope you enjoy the video.  Don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already and give me a thumbs up.  Many thanks.

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Class Update

Hi everyone

With the rapid spread of our favourite virus (not***), I’ve decided to postpone classes until May.  I will post the dates and send out emails for those classes.  If you can’t make it to a class or the times don’t work for you, I’m always happy to create a class just for you and your friends ( I need a minimum of 3 bodies), at your home.  Just let me know or email me for more options.

Stay well, stay safe.  Best regards


Last Day for Paper Pumpkin March 2020


Today is the last day to order your March Paper Pumpkin

Cheers to seven years! This March, Paper Pumpkin has reached another exciting milestone: their seventh year of delivering fun, easy, creative projects to you. To thank everyone who has helped Paper Pumpkin along the way, they’re including an additional FREE stamp set with every March kit. This means that every subscriber will receive two stamp sets!

The March 2020 kit will arrive in an exclusive, specially-designed box that you will love! Think daffodils, raindrops, and a fresh spring vibe.

About the March Kit

  • Kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes (4 cards of 3 designs)
  • Notecard size: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
  • Envelope size: 5-1/8″ x 3-5/8″ (13 x 9.2 cm)

Coordinating Colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove, Gray Granite, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Shaded Spruce, and So Saffron


About the FREE Stamp Set

  • The additional stamp set is a great value and coordinates with the March kit design; however, you do not need it to complete the March cards.
  • The additional stamp set is a 4×6 footprint, which is larger than most Paper Pumpkin sets and is designed for use on a variety of crafting projects. **  It’s not an actual footprint (hehehe), that means that is what size it is.

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the March kit at paperpumpkin.com from February 11–March 10.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of each subscription period.

Ornate Garden Sneak Peak

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Starting April 1st, you will be able to enjoy this suite before the 2020-2021 Catalogue even comes out.  How exciting.  You will have the opportunity to buy the entire suite, or single items.  There’s even a hint of a new colour!!  If you’ve been on the fence about joining the Critters’n Ink Team, now is a great time, as you can order these products as part of your start up kit, OR….. even better idea – purchase your start up kit and THEN…. get 20% off your next purchase, which could be this suite!  I know, right????

Joining our team is easy.  You purchase $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (completely your choice), and only pay $135! Crazy!! AND, because it’s Sale-a-bration, you will also get, FREE, this amazing package, including the mini-guillotine cutter, 6 x 6 paper sampler package AND a stamp set of your choice, any price point.  Amazing times.

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Also during Sale-a-bration, don’t forget that for every $60 your spend, you get to pick a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Contact me before the end of March for more information or,  to join our team and get in on the amazing Sale-a-bration fun!

Parisian Beauty

I love this card.  My dear friend and downline, Doreen made this card on one of our crafting weekends, recently.  This beautiful Eiffel tower is parisian_beauty-1placed on a brick background, made of embossing paste mixed with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and 1-2 drops of Petal Pink re-inker. The brick stencil is part of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  The die-cut flourish was cut from the Petal Pink matte to save paper, as the Petal Pink card stock will be covered by the Whisper White front. The front sentiment was cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies and layered upon the Pool Party matte.

The colours are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Whisper White. The 1″ x 5″ strip of DSP is from the Parisian Blossoms.





Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (2)
+ scraps
Petal Pink – 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Pool Party – 2 1/2 x 1 1/8

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Inspiring Iris Fun Fold

inspiring_iris_cardThis card was inspired by a card that my downline and close friend, Doreen Teasdale created, during one of our monthly stamping weekends at The Critters’ Den.

I thought this stamp was “nice” but it wasn’t really calling my name, until I saw Doreen’s card. Now, it’s one of my favourites. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! will keep it in the new catalogue this summer.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Garden Green 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score 4 1/4 and 2 1/8 on the 8 1/2″ side
Blackberry Bliss – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
Very Vanilla – 5 1/4 x 5, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
Lily Impressions DSP – 1 7/8 x 5

Stamp your floral designs on the Very Vanilla 3 1/4″ square with Memento Ink. Using the “filler” stamps, finish your flowers with the Blackberry Bliss and Garden Green inks.

Layer on to your Blackberry Bliss 3 1/2″ square.

Create a Z fold with your card base. Adhere the DSP strip to the front small section of the card, then centre the Floral element over the DSP.

Stamp your sentiment on the inside of the card, making sure that it’s centred, so the Floral square covers it.

I hope you like this card – I love it!

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Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release Now Live

Starting today, there are 5 new Sale-a-bration FREE products available with a $60 or $120 purchase. You can check them out here…. https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/2020/SAB/20200303_SAB20-2_en-CA.pdf

Unfortunately, the Kerchief Card Kit as well as the Metallic Baker’s Twine combo are sold out, so don’t wait, if you have your eye on a particular SAB item.