Another Sale-a-bration in August?!

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Lead Photo


It’s true! For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is offering two Sale-a-bration promotions in the same year! In the USA, that means you can earn FREE items with any $50 or $100 purchase before shipping and tax during August and September.

New Sale-a-bration items

What can you earn FREE? Today’s Blog Hop features some of those new items.

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Delicate Dahlias

I’m using the Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration stamp set to make a sympathy card. I think the florals in this set are beautiful, and there are several sentiments to choose from, so you could make this card for any occasion. And, you can get this stamp set FREE with any $100 purchase before shipping and tax!

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Lead Photo

Two Step Stamping

Delicate Dahlias is a Two-Step stamp set. If you look at my card, you can see the outline of the dahlia is a darker color than the petals themselves. It takes two steps to make the flower. First, I stamped the flower in Pool Party using the flower stamp, then went back and used the outline stamp with Misty Moonlight to add the darker outline.

The leaves were stamped in two steps as well, but using Granny Apple Green in both steps.


As you can see, there are two flowers, one BEHIND the other. To get this effect, I used a technique called Masking. Unlike painting, where you add the front image last, with the Masking Technique you stamp the front image first, then cover or “mask” it to stamp the other images. This allows them to appear BEHIND the first image.

Be sure to sign up for my Email Newsletter, if you’d like more information on Masking. I’m working on an instructional PDF to send to my newsletter subscribers soon!

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy

Double Layer Technique

Did you notice how the stamped images continue from the front layer onto the back layer? This is achieved using a Double Layer Technique.

First, I stamped the images (using the Masking Technique) onto a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White panel. I then used the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut a rectangle from the center of this panel.

I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock using one of the dies from the new Scalloped Contours Die set and layered it behind the cut white rectangle with the stamped images. It’s then centered over the hole and adhered with dimensionals.

Below is a picture of the pieces I used, so you can see how this card comes together.

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Elements


The greeting is stamped on Basic White and punched with the Double Oval Punch, layered onto a piece of Misty Moonlight that is punched using the scalloped oval from the same punch.

I added a piece of the Gold Fine Art Ribbon and one of the Bumblebee Trinkets to embellish.

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Detail

Let’s Hop

Visit my friends’ blogs to see more new Sale-a-bration items you can earn FREE!

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Pansy Petals Triple DSP Cards

Pansy Petals Triple DSP Lead Photo

What’s better than a paper sale? How about some new fun ways to use those papers! With these Pansy Petals Triple DSP Cards, the DSP does all the work for you!

Today’s Blog Hop is all about Fun With Patterned Papers, or as we in the Stampin’ Up! world call it, Designer Series Paper (DSP).

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Pansy Petal Triple DSP Cards

My card for today features three different patterns from the Pansy Petals DSP.

Pansy Patch Triple DSP Lead Photo


This card is inspired by a birthday card I received from my friend, Peggy, in Arizona. It was on display at my Open House last weekend, and another of my friends was wondering how you would cut the DSP for this. Liz sends a lot of cards, so I thought it would be good to show how to cut this to have DSP for THREE cards at one time.

Let’s Cut DSP!

I know it’s really hard to cut into that beautiful DSP we all have hoarded, but let’s do it!

First, I cut three 3 3/4″ x 5″ pieces of coordinating DSP. I’m using DSP from the Pansy Petals Suite, which is currently on sale!

Mark the edges of the lightest colored piece using a pencil and ruler. On the right side, mark at 1 1/4″ from the top edge and 1 1/4″ from the bottom edge. On the left side, mark at 2″ from the top edge and 2″ from the bottom edge.

Layer all three pieces together and cut them all at one time. You may need to run your blade back and forth a couple of times to cut through all three layers. Cut from the top mark on the right to the top mark on the left. Then cut from the bottom mark on the right to the bottom mark on the left.

You’ll have nine pieces of DSP. I cut three pieces of Basic White cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and glued these pieces onto them, mixing and matching the pieces. Trim any overhanging edges as needed.

The Details

In these cards, the beautiful DSP does all the work. The only thing needed is a simple sentiment to finish it off, and the Double Oval Punch is perfect for this. I simply punched the scalloped oval from the same color cardstock as the card bases, and added the Thank You stamped and punched from Basic White with the smaller oval from the same punch.

Pansy Petals Triple DSP Detail

Making the cards

The ABSOLUTE BEST thing about Stampin’ Up! is their color coordination! It’s what persuaded me to become a demonstrator 17 years ago. Each package of DSP has the coordinating colors listed on the back of the package. I pulled a few colors to mix and match with the DSP. The card bases are 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, folded in half, and the layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Which one is your favorite?

The first card has an Evening Evergreen base and Soft Succulent layer. The second has a Calypso Coral base and Soft Sea Foam layer. And, the last one has an Evening Evergreen base with Calypso Coral layer.

No card is complete without bling!

The two Evening Evergreen cards are embellished with the new 2021-2023 In-Color jewels, and the Calypso Coral card is embellished with the 2020-2022 In-Color Square Gems.

Let’s Hop!

Let’s see what fun ideas my friends in Australia have for using DSP. Visit their blogs by clicking on the links below.

It’s a DSP sale!

Stampin’ Up! is currently having a sale on DSP. Save 15% on any of the following papers, including the one I’m using, until August 2nd! Prices shown below are BEFORE 15% discount.

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Thanks for stopping by

I hope you enjoyed these cards. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite in the comments below. If you’re in the USA and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to fill that gap.

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If you are in the USA and need any supplies, I’d love to have your order! Please visit my website and use the Host Code listed above. Be sure to allow me to have your contact info, so I can send you a Thank You!

Friends Are Like Seashells Thank You

I wanted to make nice Thank You cards for some special people, but I needed something simple because I needed several cards.  The Seashell Embossing Folder was the perfect answer!

I embossed a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Sahara Sand with the Seashell Embossing Folder.  I positioned a piece of ribbon across the front and taped it on the back of the panel, and added it to a Sahara Sand card base with dimensionals.  I then tied a bow onto the ribbon with linen thread.  Since my ribbon was not adhered on the front of the card, I could slip the bow along the ribbon for perfect placement.

I punched a scrap of vanilla with the Double Oval Punch and stamped the sentiment in Sahara Sand, along with the starfish (stamped off once). I layered it onto a scalloped Sahara Sand oval from the same punch, and the ovals are attached over the ribbon with dimensionals.  I added three different sized pearls randomly to embellish.

I wanted to leave these cards blank so my recipients could reuse the card and add their own message, so I simply added a stamped shell (stamped off once).  My message was written on an insert enclosed in the card.

Once I decided on my design, it didn’t take long for me to make another dozen of these cards, assembly line style.

My recipients seem to have enjoyed them!  I hope you do, too.

Please comment below if you have questions or comments.  And, if you need any of these supplies, I’d love to be your demonstrator!

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