Shaded Summer Birthday

Shaded Summer is such a cute stamp set. I really enjoyed this quick card. I did birthday cards this time but the floral graphics are great for any occasion.

I used the Stamparatus for the Calypso Coral card and just randomly stamped the sentiments on the Pale Papaya Card. I think I prefer the Calypso Coral as it is a bit less busy but they’re both really pretty.

Very few supplies are required.

Card Base – 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 4-1/4
Basic White (inside) 5-1/4 x 4
(floral) 4 x 4
DSP – 4 x 4 (for the Calypso Coral and the Pale Papaya, I used a scrap of the Hand Penned DSP , but any coordinating DSP will work. I used Balmy Blue cardstock on the blue card, and shaded the edges of the cutout with Balmy blue ink.

***Sneak peak — in the Sale-a-bration brochure there is a FREE die set which coordinates with the Shaded Summer Stamps!!

I set the stamps up the way I wanted them on the stamparatus, and stamped my way down the page, using every second hinge placement. Then I relocated the stamps and did a second trip down the card stock, again using every second placement in the hinge.

You can see here how I changed the location of the stamps, and on the right side, you can see how the stamparatus enables you to move the top plate down the card stock, using the different placement areas in the hinge

Here I stamped the main floral graphic onto a piece of Basic White and cut it out using the middle size of the Diorama Dies.

I used the blending brush to apply a ink along the edges of the cut out floral as well as the DSP which I placed behind the stamped image.

On the inside, I used the smaller floral stamp, stamping off on graph paper before stamping the Basic White, for a more muted look.

A few Champagne Rhinestones and some matching ribbon complete the look.



3 August–30 September 2021

During this period, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration Products are FREE gifts from Stampin’Up! with every $60 increment purchase. If you have placed an order with me in the past 6 months, you should be receiving your Sale-a-bration brochure in the mail any day now, along with your new July-December Mini Catalogue.


Double Pop Up Card

I love interactive cards and when I saw this one on a European YouTube video, I knew I had to give it a go. I had to do a bit of math to convert to a regular sized card in imperial measurements, but this is what I ended up with and I just love it. It’s actually a lot easier than it looks. I used the Color & Contour stamp set – one of my current favourites – among many lol.

You will need

Cardstock – 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ – score at 4-1/4″
Cardstock – 2″ x 5″ – score at 1/2″, 3-1/4″, 4-1/2″
Cardstock – 2 x (2-1/4 x 2-1/4″)
Basic White — 2 x (2-1/8 x 2-1/8) , 5-1/4 x 2-5/8
Hand Penned DSP – 5-3/8 x 3, 5-3/8 x 2-3/4, 5-3/8 x 4-1/8, 5-3/8 x 1″

I used Highland Heather for my card stock and ink.

Here is the link to my YouTube video tutorial. I hope you enjoy it.

Below you will find the template for the mechanism score lines.

Supply List

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We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog! 
There are 9 different packs of paper included in this sale and all are gorgeous. It’s the perfect time to stock up!
But don’t wait, this sale ends on Aug 2nd. To visit my online store and see the nine different packs available, just click here. All purchases during the month of July, using Host code KE42GTUU
will be entered into my monthly draw for a free gift and hand made card
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The new Mini Catalogue goes live on August 3rd and runs til January 3rd, and there are some lovely Designer Series Paper, some beautiful and fun stamp sets and dies and of course, embellishments. I don’t know about you, but I would love all of them! This is a great way to get started on your Fall or Christmas crafts with all the adorable products in the new catalogue. Due to supply issues, it will now become live on August 3rd and I can’t wait for you to get yours. If you have placed an order with me in the last 6-8 months, your new catalogues are on their way. If you’re new to me and live in Canada, please click on the blue button below and I’ll get a catalogue out to you right away.

Also super exciting – Sale-a-bration returns as well.  That’s right – this year there are TWO Sale-a-bration periods. This second Sale-a-bration starts August 3 and runs til September 30th. One thing to keep in mind, is that Sale-a-bration’s free products are only available while supplies last, so make sure you pick your favourites early.

With every qualifying order of $60 or more you get to choose from a selection of FREE products, such as Designer Series Paper, Stamp sets or Dies.  For example, if your purchase is $60- $119, you can choose one Level 1 product. If your purchase is $120 +, you can choose either 2 Level 1 products or one Level 2 product, and so on, for each increment of $60. It’s a win-win!!


If you have wondered about becoming a demonstrator, I’ve listed some of the benefits of joining my team. With the purchase of your own personalized starter kit of just $135, you will enjoy all of the following;

  • $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choosing
    • During Sale-a-bration, You will also be able to choose a FREE STAMP/DIE BUNDLE from a selection of 12 different bundles as an added bonus, just for signing up
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By purchasing the Starter Kit, there is no obligation to purchase anything more, no requirement to sell or hold events/parties, and no penalty if you decide to stop your demonstrator ship.

birthday · Paper Crafting

All Squared Away June Team Swap

I really like texture, be it in food, fabrics or paper crafting. The All Squared Away stamps gives you four squares of texture and 5 great sentiments, and coordinates with the Floral Squares Dies. I did a variation of one of the card ideas in the Annual Catalogue. I hope you like it. I didn’t end up using the Stamps, other than for the sentiment, but I’m anxious to give them some play time in the near future.

1. Since I was making several cards for my swaps, I cut a full sheet of card stock, and cut a 4-1/2″ strip off one of the 8 1/2″ side, then trimmed the other piece to to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 and score at 4-1/4″. Repeat with all four of the different colours of card stock. If you’re only making one or two cards, you can just use a scrap of each colour, large enough to accommodate each die.

2. Layer the four dies on the 4-1/2″ piece and cut one of each of the four dies. Repeat with the other three colours of card stock. Then – cut 2 sets of each die out of Basic White.

4. Emboss a 4 x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White card stock with the Tasteful Texture Embossing folder, or an embossing folder of your choice.

5. Layer your embossed Basic White card onto the card base. In this case it’s Soft Succulent. Then, layer your four different die cuts onto the embossed piece. I layered mine a little closer to the top so I could put a sentiment on the bottom, but when I was making my prototype, I had the squares more centred and put my sentiment across the centre on a diagonal. The choice is yours, of course. I used a 3/4″ strip of Basic White card stock and Smokey Slate ink for my sentiment but you could definitely use a punch or die cut if you had them. Don’t forget to embellish with your favourite gems. I used the 2021-2023 In-colour gems on some of them and the Elegant Faceted Gems on the rest.

6. Don’t forget the inside of your card and the envelope. I often leave out the sentiments on the inside (and sometimes the outside) so that I can personalize it when I need a specific card, such as birthday, anniversary, sympathy etc., but you definitely need a little “something” inside to complete the look. And…. no naked envelops.

I didn’t feel that the texture stamps from the All Squared Away Stamp set was the look I was after, so I used the single flower from the Colour and Contour stamp set on the inside of the card and the envelope.

Starting today, til August 2nd, purchase select Designer Series Paper at 15% savings!!

Remember to use the July Host Code KE42GTUU to be entered into the draw at the end of the month for a little thank you gift from me.

Life is full of big adventures that are best experienced together! This month’s The Adventure Begins Paper Pumpkin Kit helps you celebrate those exciting new chapters in the most creative of ways with enough supplies to create twelve motivating cards—plus coordinating envelopes—all featuring the exciting colors of nature.
Like the still moments before a great adventure, the kit’s designs contain a quiet energy that hint at all the grand possibilities of what is yet to come. Share this kit with your family and friends about to embark on a new journey and make connections while you explore and discover new levels of your creativity!


Name The Adventure Begins


  • Contains enough supplies to create twelve cards and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4” (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Comes with a Stampin’ Spot plus an exclusive Stamp Set.
  • Includes inspirational sentiments and adventure-themed imagery featuring these nature-inspired coordinating colors: Basic Black, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Night of Navy.

It’s time for a new adventure in your creative journey. You’ll find it here! This month’s kit features a new layering technique that is impressive, but still very doable. You’ve got this!


Subscribe to the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 June and 10 July at paperpumpkin.com!

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.