Thursday, April 13, 2023

Highlight returning color Blueberry Bushel with Stampin' Up! Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set


  • Stampin' Up! Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set and returning color Blueberry Bushel 
  • New Stampin' Up! Kit - Forever Friends Kit
  • Join us for Paper Pumpkin Procrastinator's Meetup Friday, 14 April
  • Exploring New In Colors with May 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit
I'm tickled pink (maybe I should say "tickled Blue") that Blueberry Bushel is one of the returning colors in the Stampin' Up! Color Refresh along with the upcoming 2 May Annual Catalog launch.  I kept my Blueberry Bushel Cardstock and Ink Pad when it originally retired, so I'm able to begin creating with it, even though my Demonstrator preorder doesn't arrive for a few days yet.  Today I used the Two-tone Flora Stamp Set to create florals and leaves, and selected sentiments from the Framed Florets and go To Greetings Stamp Set to use on my cards.  The large florals are a two-step stamp, and I stamped off with my Blueberry Bushel ink on the base of the flowers, and then stamped full-strength blueberry Bushel ink for the highlights on the flowers.  I die cut the florals and leaves using the Two-tone Flora Dies, Then I created the circle image using one of the dies from the Irresistible Bloom Dies.  The sentiments are Heat Embossed While Embossing Powder, and I added a couple of White Classic Matte Dots to continue the dot them from the die cut. 
Floral greeting card using Stampin' Up! Two Tone Flora Stamp Set

The basecard for today's card is Thick Basic White Cardstock.  Then a layer of Blueberry Bushel Cardstock, on of the returning colors for the 2023 Color Refresh with the launch of the May Annual Catalog.  Then another layer of Basic White cardstock, die cut using the large circle with dots die from Irresistible Bloom Dies. 

Floral greeting card for a special occasion using Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set

Then I stamped images floral images and leaves and stems from the Two-tone Floral Stamp Set.  For the large florals and the tiny flowers, I began by stampin' off my Blueberry Bushel ink which then stamped a lighter Blueberry Bushel shade for the main part of the florals.  Then I used the coordinating stamp that added highlights to the florals, and stamped over the first floral image with the "highlights" image stamp, using full strength blueberry Bushel in. I then switched to Crumb Cake ink to stamp the leaves and stems images from the Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set.  I stamped off on these images as well, but when I stamp more of these cards, I think I will use Crumb Cake ink full-strength to show up better agains the blueberry bushel.  Then I used the Irresistible bloom Dies to Die cut the large and small flowers and the leaves and stems. 

Floral greeting card idea using Two Tone Flora Dies Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

To finish my card, I used two different sentiments; one from Framed Florets, and the other from Go To Greetings.  I stamped the sentiments in VersaMark Ink and covered the sentiments with White Embossing Powder.  I set the powder using my Heat Tool. To accurately position the sentiments, I laid the loose Basic White layer over the Blueberry Bushel layer and stamped the sentiment  with VersaMark.  Then I removed the Basic White layer and then covered the stamped sentiment with Embossing Powder.  I finished by adding a couple of White Classic Matte Dots, which are carrying over to the new Annual Catalog. This time of year is a great time to pick up discounted gems and jewels on both the Clearance Rack and the Last Chance Sale going on until 1 May 2023.

Stampin' Up! Stamps and Dies used to create floral greeting cards

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  • Stamps: Two-Tone Flora, Framed Florets (Sentiment), Go To Greetings (Sentiment), 
  • Paper: Thick Basic White, Blueberry Bushel, Basic White
  • Accessories:  Two-tone Flora Dies, Irresistible Bloom Dies, White Classic Matte Dots, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Up! Cut & Emboss Machine,  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Seal, Dimensionals

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New Kit in the Kit Collection - Forever Friends  

The Forever Friends Kit includes everything you need to create eight beautiful floral all-occasion friendship cards, detailed with Old Olive Foil.  This kit makes a great gift, which means friends both near and far can join in on the card making fun.  

Kit includes:
  • Forever Friends Stamp Set
  • Clear Stamp Block
  • Night of Navy Ink Spot
  • Predesigned projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Precut pieces (No prep work for a great day of crafting)
  • Makes 8 cards:  2 each of 4 designs
  • Folded card size:  5-1/2 X 4-1/4"
  • 8 Preprinted envelopes with Old Olive foil
  • Enough adhesive to complete projects
  • Old Olive foil die cuts, die cut labels, Calypso Coral Twine
  • Product colors:  Calypso Coral, daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink
Kits by Stampin' Up! are a perfect way for busy crafters, and new crafters to enjoy quick, easy crafting.  Try them yourself or give them as gifts.  

Paper Pumpkin Procrastinators Catch Up Meetup - Friday, 14 April 2023 

I need to complete my Paper Pumpkin 10th Year Anniversary Kit and a couple other Kits I'm behind on completing.  Bring your paper craft projects and Kits and join me for a Paper Pumpkin Procrastinators Meetup to work on your own projects.  

We're meeting this Friday, 14 April 2023, at 9:30 am at our local coffee shop.  Bring your Kits or other paper craft projects you want to catch up on, and enjoy a morning of catching up, dring coffee and having fun with paper crafting with friends.

Register for the 14 April 2023 Meetup on the NW Houston-F.M. 1960-Spring Cardmakers Meetup Group site.  There is no fee, but RSVP so we know how many seats to save.   

Exploring In Color May 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Explore new 2023-2025 In Colors with this month's Kit. Say hello to mountain landscapes and new In Colors.  This month's kit features nine outdoors-themed cards in our new 2023-2025 In Colors plus exclusive FREE stickers.  

Want more?  Get the cards & envelopes add-on (available 2 May while supplies last, Item #163113) and continue your creative adventure!



What's Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is our monthly One-Stop Box that offers a unique variety of paper projects for subscribers of any skill level to enjoy.  These thoughtfully themed and all-inclusive craft kits encourage Stampin' Up! customers to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.  Paper Pumpkin is a great introduction to an impressive collection of Stampin' Up! products, from one-of-a-kind ink pads to our eye-catching embellishments.  It's an easy way to stock up on supplies and create small-batch projects you'll find joy in creating and giving. 

Order the Exploring In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit by May 10 to ensure you don't miss it!!

This kit includes:  

  • All the supplies you need to create 9 cards--3 each of 3 designs-- and 9 coordinating envelopes
  • A 7-piece all-occasions stamp set that celebrates good friends and great adventures!
  • 1 Copper Clay (new In color) classic Stampin' Spot
  • Twine and die-cut accents
  • FREE stickers to put on your projects or anything you want--put them on water bottles, laptops, coolers, and more!
  • Final Card Size:  5-1/2 X 4-1/4"
  • Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors: Boho Blue, Copper clay, Daffodil Delight, Moody Mauve, Mossy Meadow, Pebbled Path, wild Wheat
  • Exploring In Color Cards & Envelopes
  • Available starting 2 May, while supplies last
  • Item number:  163113
  • Price:  $10.00 US
  • This add-on includes
    • 18 cards, 6 each of 3 designs
    • 18 coordinating envelopes
    • Finished card size:  4-1/4" X 5-1/2"

More ideas:  Looking for more ways to use Paper Pumpkin  kits?  Check out the Paper Pumpkin Blog, where talented concept artists come up with a few fun takes on the pieces included in kits and create new masterpieces. Browse the blog

You'll love looking forward to your Paper Pumpkin subscription each month.  Order an extra kit and craft with a family member or a crafty friend.

Order a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription for 3 mo., 6 mo., or 12 mo.  Or, you can order Paper Pumpkin on a month by month basis. Add the item number below to your regular order. Or visit the Paper Pumpkin site and place your order there. Be sure to order a kit by the 10th of each month to ensure you receive your kit.




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New Catalog Pricing Changes 

While Stampin' Up strives to provide us with the best paper crafting products and experiences, without sacrificing the quality of Stampin' Up! is know for, all while being mindful of cost and other important consideration, we are all aware of the increases in costs we're seeing in today's market place. This is a heads up that price increase will impact several product categories in the upcoming new catalog.  

You'll want to consider stocking up on items such as Cardstock, Specialty Paper, Notecards and Envelopes, Ink Pads and Refills, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machines and plates, Take Your Pick products, Storage, Clear Blocks, Select adhesives, and Paper Pumpkin.  Consider purchasing a Paper Pumpkin subscription (a prepaid code) before the 2 May 2023 price change to receive current pricing on your subscription.  You don't have to use your Paper Pumpkin Subscription code before 2 May.  Order Paper Pumpkin subscriptions here:

When we say goodbye to retiring colors, with the announcement of New Colors, it means we often see several retiring colors sell out.  Since these products will not be restocked, now is the time to check your stock of cardstock, ink pads and refills, Blends and Markers and Designer Series Paper.  Place your order during the Last Chance sale--before the new Annual Catalog release on 2 May--so you can save you up to 60% on some items and you'll have the colors and favorites you need to complete current projects. 

Download Free Catalogs  

If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and would like copies of these catalogs, contact me here

  • Download 2023 January-April Mini Catalog here 
  • Download 2022-2023 Annual Catalog here 

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    Catalog cover of the 3 May 2022 Launch of the 2022-2023 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

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