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I’m excited about the new annual catalog and especially Expressions in Ink Suite—my favorite!! I love the mixture of colors and the faux watercolor effect without all the mess! I’ll show several samples and what you can do with do with the fabulous products in this Suite! The Suite of products includes Artistically Inked stamp set, Artistic Dies, Expressions in Ink Designer Series paper, and Epherma Gold Paper:


The Designer Series Paper is absolutely gorgeous! There are several patterns where there is white space at the top and bottom and the design across the middle, like Figure 1. You can make 6 cards like Fig. 2 by cutting at 4” increments top to bottom and the cutting the paper at 6” left to right and using on your card front. These patterns make beautiful cards without much effort! The paper does all the work.

Figure 2

You can make 6 cards like Fig. 2 by cutting the paper like in Figure 1 and stamping a sentiment in the white space. So easy and pretty!

Here’s an example of using one of these patterns sideways and adding some stamping and the beautiful floral die cut from the Artistic Dies. You can make a coordinating inside using the background stamp

Another example of using one of the other colored patterns from the DSP and adding the beautiful leaf die cut from the Artistic Dies and sentiment from the stamp set. Using Polished Pink and Pale Papaya ink, the stamps were used to make a coordinating design on the inside.

This card uses another piece of the designer series paper and then adds stamped images to the front, that lines up with the floral die.

The Epherma pack contains 5 sheets of gold elements including 2 different labels and leaves—up to 50 total elements. These elements work beautifully with this Suite and you can create beautiful cards with ease!!! I love these accent pieces!

The two cards above use the stamped then die cut flowers as the focal point. The gold striped paper can be change to any coordinating color using you favorite ink color and a blending brush!

One of the stamps in Artistically Inked stamp set that is so versatile is the background stamp! You can make faux watercolor backgrounds for your card using this stamp in any color you want. The sneak peek at the June Paper Pumpkin shows a faux watercolor background in pink and purple, so I thought I would give it a try using Polished Pink and Gorgeous Grape

Thanks for stopping by. Click the image below to see what Susan Lehrer has created.

Thanks for stopping by. Click the image below to see what Kelly Acheson has created.

Hydrangea Haven Four Panel Card

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this Hydrangea Haven Four Panel card would be a perfect card to give to that special Mom in your life. The Hydrangea Hill Designer Series paper and the Hydrangea Haven bundle is retiring on May 3rd, so order soon if you would like to make this card!

Hydrangea Haven
Hydrangea Haven
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Basic White cardstock: 12” x 5.5” scored at  1”, 4 3/8”, and 7.75” (cardbase), 3″x4.5″; pieces for punch and labels
Hydrangea Hill Designer Paper: 5” x 4.25”, (2) 4.75″ x 3; (2) 4 1/8″ x 2 5/8″
Gorgeous Grape cardstock: piece to diecut and punch labels and hydrangea
Highland Heather cardstock: piece to diecut and punch labels and hydrangea
Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate: piece to diecut scalloped oval
Old Olive cardstock: piece to diecut leaves and leaf detail


  • Punch white label in Basic White Cardstock and in Highland Heather cardstock. Stamp flowers in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  • Die cut one hydrangea (both the intricate floral and solid flower) in Highland Heather cardstock and one in Gorgeous Grape cardstock.
  • Die cut 4 small flowers in Highland Heather cardstock.
  • Diecut 2 stems in Old Olive cardstock (both the intricate leaves and the solid stem)
  • Using the oval punch, punch the larger oval in Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the smaller oval in Basic White cardstock. Stamp sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  • Die cut 2 rectangular labels in Basic White cardstock and stamp sentiments in Gorgeous Grape ink.


Hydrangea Haven
  1. First, fold the white card base accordion style so that you have three panels, with the 1″ strip showing on the top of the stack.
  2. Attach the 1” strip to the 3 x 4.5” Basic White cardstock, which will be the first panel of your card. Cut the excess on the 1″ strip above the 3 x 4.5″ basic off.
  3. Adhere the two smaller designer paper pieces to the front of the card and the first inside panel.
  4. Adhere the two medium-size designer paper pieces to the second and third inside panels.
  5. Adhere the 5” x 4.25” designer paper to the fourth inside panel.
  6. Adhere the message pieces to the first, third and fourth inside panels with your adhesive. Be sure to adhere the Happy Birthday label more toward the left side of the fourth inside panel so it won’t show with the card closed.
  7. Adhere the oval diecut Mercury Acetate to the second inside panel
  8. Note: For the small hydrangea cluster label, cut the Highland Heather light purple label in half to layer it behind the stamped white label.
  9. Adhere the leaf detail diecuts to the leaf diecuts using liquid glue.
  10. Adhere the Hydrangea flower diecuts to the plain floral outline diecuts.
  11. Use dimensionals to apply the Highland Heather hydrangea to the second panel.
  12. Cut one branch of leaves apart for the second panel. Adhere it under your light purple flower pieces and adhere to second panel.
  13. Adhere the full branch and dark purple floral pieces to the fourth inside panel.
  14. Adhere the stamped white oval to the dark purple oval and use pop dots to place it on the card front.
  15. Add two small hydrangea petals to each side of your label. Add Pastel Pearls.
  16. Use glue dots to add the bow.

Supplies for Hydrangea Haven Four Panel card:

Dragonfly Garden Book Binding Fun Fold

This book binding fun fold using the Dragonfly Garden bundle makes a great masculine card or general card. Read on or watch the video to learn how to make this card.

Dragonfly Garden
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Basic Black cardstock: 8.5” x5.5” scored at 5.5” and 6.75” for cardbase ; 3”x3”; 3.5″ x 3.5″
Mossy Meadow cardstock: (2) 4”x4”
Basic White cardstock: 3.75” x3.75”
Gold Foil Sheet: 3 3/16” x 3 3/16”; piece for small dragonfly
Dandy Garden Designer Paper: 1 1/16” x 4 ”
Mossy Meadow braided linen trim or black or crumb cake twine : 12”


Cut cardstock as directed in Measurements section.
Using the 3″ x 3″ piece of black cardstock, stamp the wildflowers and small dragonflies in Versarmark and then cover with Heat & Stick powder, and ‘flick’ off excess powder. Heat until powder becomes clear. Rub gilded leafing over the Heat & Stick powder until images are covered.
Stamp in Mossy Meadow the small dragonflies on the 3.75″ x 3.75″ Basic White cardstock.


  • First, fold your Basic Black card base along the 5.5” score line so that the 6.75” score line is showing on the card front.
  • Use adhesive or liquid glue on the inside of your card to adhere the 1.25” “book binding” portion. (The front of your card should have a 1.25” left side that is glued down and doesn’t open, while the rest of the card opens.)
  • Adhere one of the 4”x4” Mossy Meadow cardstock pieces inside the card.
  • Adhere the Basic White 3.75” x 3.75” cardstock piece inside the card.
Dragonfly Garden
Inside of Card
  • Adhere the Dandy Garden designer paper strip of your choice to the “book binding” portion of the card front.
  • Adhere the other 4”x4” Mossy Meadow CS to the card front.
  • Adhere the 3.5” x 3.5” Basic Black CS to the card front.
  • Adhere the 3 3/16” x 3 3/16” Gold Foil sheet to the card front.
  • Adhere the stamped, gilded leaf Black CS to the card front.
  • Use a small Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the tiny gold foil dragonfly to the card front.
  • Wrap the Mossy Meadow or black or tan twine around the “book binding” and tie in a knot, cutting off any excess twine.
Dragonfly Garden
Alternative Version

Supplies for Dragonfly Garden Bookbinding Card:

Butterfly Brilliance Card

The Butterfly Brilliance bundle is so beautiful and makes great all occasions card. Paired with the Peony Garden Paper, which is retiring on May 3rd, it makes this such a pretty card. Try this card with the Peony Garden paper or your favorite patterned paper.

Butterfly Brilliance
Butterfly Brilliance
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Measurements for Butterfly Brilliance Card:

Basic White Thick cardstock: 8.5” x 5.5” scored at 4.25” along the 8.5″ side, piece for frame and butterflies
Peony Garden Designer Paper (3 designs): 5” x 3.75”
Basic Gray cardstock: 2.75” x 7/8”


Die cut white stitched frame using the Stitched Rectangle Dies and 3 different butterflies.
Stamp sentiment on Basic Gray Cardstock with Versamark and heat emboss with white embossing powder.. Punch a banner on the right side of the tag.


Adhere the Peony Garden Designer Paper to the front of the card base centering it. Adhere frame to front of card base, centering over the designer series paper.
Adhere Basic Gray sentiment to card front with dimensionals, slightly spanning the left edge of the frame in the upper left hand corner.
Adhere the butterflies to the front of the card using glue dots.
Place rhinestones down the center of the butterflies.

Supplies for Butterfly Brilliance Card:

Art Gallery Golden Garden Acetate Card

 The Art Gallery Golden Garden acetate is such a beautiful and glamourous piece to add to your cards. Two of the 12″ x 12″ pieces of Golden Garden acetate each match a design in the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. With these papers, you can make 12 of the card shown below. Read on to learn now to make this see-through acetate card using the Art Gallery Bundle and coordinating Designer Series Paper.

Art Gallery
Art Gallery
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Old Olive Cardstock: 4” x 5 1/2” (two pieces), (2) 3/4” x 4”
Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate: 6” x 4”
Matching piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper: 6″ x 4″
Basic white: 3.5″ x 4″, white piece for sentiment, flower and leaf die cut


  • Stamp and die-cut the large flower using Rococo Rose with the more solid flower and then stamp again using the 2nd layer flower. Stamp the leaves and stem with Mossy Meadow ink.
  • Using the second layer flower, stamp the 2nd layer flower in Versamark on top of the flower and then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Stamp and die-cut the sentiment using Merry Merlot ink.
  • Die-cut one more large flower from Old Olive cardstock.
  • Score the acetate 1/2” from what will be the top of the card, making sure the acetate is right side up to match the DSP.
  • Trim a diagonal section from the Designer Series Paper, keeping the bottom section. The piece in the photo is approximately 3” one side and 1 3/4” the other.  Cut a piece of Old Olive and Basic White the same size.  Make the Basic White very slightly shorter by trimming off 1/8″ off the bottom so that it doesn’t show when the card is closed.
  • Stamp your choice of flowers and/or sentiment onto the Basic White diagonal piece, making sure the diagonal is highest on the left side.


  • Use a bone folder to make sure the acetate is well scored to ensure it will lay flat for the card. Using Tear ’n Tape or Stampin’ Seal + , attach the 1/2″ scored section of the acetate to the back of the 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock.  Attach the 3/4″ X 4″ piece of Old Olive cardstock to the back, to cover up the acetate flap (optional.)
  • Lay the Designer Series Paper between the acetate and Old Olive cardstock, making sure it lines up with the acetate.  Do not adhere yet.
  • Attach sentiment to the strip of Old Olive cardstock using dimensionals, and then attach attach the strip of Old Olive to the acetate with adhesive.
  • Adhere flower stem to front of acetate, and attach flower with dimensionals.
  • Open the card and put adhesive on the back of the acetate behind the sentiment strip and lower part of the leaves.  Attach the Designer Series Paper (DSP) so the side of the DSP that matches the acetate shows on the front of the card, making sure it lines up correctly with the acetate.
  • Attach the matching Old Olive diagonal piece of cardstock to the back of the Designer Series Paper. This piece is to give your card more sturdiness. Then adhere the Old Olive flower to the backside of the acetate to cover up the dimensionals from the front side flower. (See Figure 1)
  • Stamp your choice of flowers and/or sentiment onto the Basic White diagonal piece, and adhere to the Old Olive card base, making sure it is in the same direction as the Designer Series Paper (See Figure 2)
  • Tie a bow using piece of gold twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and attach with a glue dot.
Art Gallery
Figure 1: Backside of the front of the card
Figure 2: Inside of the card

Supplies for Art Gallery card:

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Love Card

Spring is in the air and there tends to be more weddings coming up–or anniversaries and general love cards are always needed. I have an easy but elegant card to show you using the Last a Lifetime stamp set and Lasting Elegance dies. This set is retiring but is available until May 3rd or while supplies last. This card is 4 die cuts and 2 stamped images and look at the beautiful results with very little effort!


Thick Basic White card stock: 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side
Basic White card stock (2) 4″ x 5.25″
Soft Succulents card stock: (2) 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (Available on May 4, 2021)


Die cut one of the 4″ x 5.25″ Basic White pieces of cardstock with the outline edge and large flower die cut. Die cut the white label and stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray Ink. This is the most of the work for the front of the card!

Adhere one of the pieces of 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ Soft Succulent card stock to the front. Then add the die cut white cardstock onto the Soft Succulent cardstock with dimensionals.

Apply the label to the front of the card with dimensionals. Add the bow to the front with a glue dot. Now its time to stamp the inside!

Stamp the sentiment on the second piece of Basic White cardstock and use the small floral die cut in the corner. Layer the Soft Succulent card stock to the inside and then layer the Basic White card stock onto the Soft Succulent card stock.

It’s a nice touch to add the beautiful floral stamp on the back of the card and to decorate the envelope in Soft Succulent ink to match the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Click the image below to see what Susan Campfield has created.

Thanks for stopping by. Click the image below to see what Kelly Acheson has created.


Simply Succulents Just for You Card

This is an all occasion card using the Simply Succulents bundle. The detailed succulents background die is stunning! This card uses Basic White cardstock for the background die, but imagine what else you can do with this die in different colors and by using blending brushes or sponges to change the color! Try this card for starters then let your imagination run wild!

Simply Succulents
Simply Succulents
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Bermuda Bay cardstock: (1) 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side; (1) 3/4″ x 4″
Basic White cardstock: (1) 4.25 x 5.5″; piece for succulent stamp, (1) 4″ x 5.25″ for inside
Basic Black cardstock: (1) 1″ x 3″ ; (1) 4.25″ x 5.5″

Directions for Simply Succulents card:

Stamp the succulent bouquet stamp on Basic White cardstock with Memento ink and die cut.
Die cut the background succulent die on the 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White cardstock. Use blends pens to color the bouquet.
Stamp the sentiment on the 1″ x 3″ Basic Black cardstock with Versamark and emboss with white embossing powder and fussy cut around the words. (Sentiment for this card is from Quite Curvy stamp set.)

simply succulents

Adhere the succulents background die cut to the 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic Black cardstock. Trim the succulents background die to 4″ in portrait mode so there is a slight white border remaining on each side of the die cut.
Adhere the background die cut to the front of the Bermuda Bay card base. Apply the strip of Bermuda Bay to the front of the card.
Apply the succulent bouquet to the front of the card with dimensionals and then apply the sentiment to the front of the card with dimensionals. Wink of Stella is a nice addition to this bouquet and add opal rounds for an accent.
Adhere the Basic White piece to the inside of the card.

Simply Succulents


Pretty Perennials 4 Corners Background Card

I love the Pretty Perennials stamp set inspired by Dena Rekow and am so glad I own it before it retires. (You can too if you order by May 3rd). This card uses the Pretty Perennials set and a technique that uses 4 rectangle/square shapes to form the background. A simple but lovely technique that can be used for any card with any designer paper you have on hand. Read on to learn how to make this card.

Pretty Perennials
Pretty Perennials
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Balmy Blue cardstock: 8.5″ x 5.5″ for card base, scored at 4.25″ along the 8.5″ side
Basic White: (1) 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″; (1) 4″ x 5 1/4″; white pieces for 3 flowers, leaves and label for sentiment
Subtles Designer Series Paper: (2) 1 1/2″ squares; (2) 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
So Saffron cardstock: piece for the word Happy


Stamp large flower on Basic White cardstock using Balmy Blue ink, the medium flower on Basic White cardstock using Highland Heather ink, and the small flower on Basic White cardstock using So Saffron ink. Stamp the centers of the flowers using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Also stamp 2 green leaves on Basic White cardstock using Pear Pizzaz ink. Then die cut all the flowers and leaves.
Stamp the word ‘happy’ using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on So Saffron cardstock and fussy cut.
Die cut the white label using the smallest rectangle from the Stitch So Sweetly die set and stamp the word ‘birthday’ on the label.

Pretty Perennials

Arrange and adhere the 4 pieces of designer series paper on the smallest white piece of cardstock so the edges are even around the edges and on the inside. Add dimensionals to the back of the white cardstock and adhere and center to card front.

Next, place the Balmy Blue flower and the Highland Heather flower on the card using dimensionals. Adhere the leaves and the yellow flower using adhesive. Adhere the word happy to the front of the card, noting that the part of the word that is on the Balmy Blue flower is adhered using adhesive, and the right side of the word will be adhered using dimensionals.
Add the birthday label to the front of card with dimensionals.

Pretty Perennials

Stamp on the Basic White cardstock for the inside of the card the flowers and the sentiment.


Creative Inking Blog Hop: Favorite Mini Catalog Bundle

I’m so excited to be a part of the Creative Inking Blog hop with these amazing demonstrators. This is the first time I have participated in a blog hop and I’m looking forward to sharing my stamping experience, projects, and tips with you so that you may you be inspired to create! Read on to learn why Always in My Heart is my favorite bundle from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.

The first bundle I used from the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog was Always in My Heart. The floral heart die cut definitely made a statement with me as I thought about how many card occasions I could use it for. The floral heart die is beautiful on its own; additional accessories are not always necessary. Hearts can be used for any occasion and that is why its tops on my list for ‘must have’ stamping supplies! And I love using hearts, everywhere! It’s all about sending the love.

The other ‘must have’ from this set is the banner die. When you cut the die, the score lines are made at the same time so you know exactly where to fold the banner to give it a 3D look. Because polymer stamps are bendable, I knew that I could make use of more sayings beyond this sentiments in the bundle, by bending the sentiment on the block to fit the banner. Just think of the options!

Although I started out making Valentines with this bundle, the below card is an example of how easily the bundle can be used to make a birthday card.

Always in My Heart

This card uses the True Love designer series paper (DSP) for the heart and the border. You don’t have to cut out the entire floral heart to get the heart piece only. To die cut the just the heart, use a 2.5″ square of the DSP and place over the heart part of the die and run through your Cut and Emboss machine. This is a great way to save paper!

I love black and white patterned paper for many reasons, one of them being that you can change the paper to any color to match your project just by coloring on it! For this card, I colored the True Love DSP with So Saffron and Old Olive dark blends pens. I’m amazed at the results because it looks like I bought it that way! The heart was adhered using dimensionals to give it a 3D look.

Always in My Heart
Figure 2: Color the True Love DSP with your blends pens.

I demonstrated this bundle for an event and made a visual of the die sets (see Figure 3).
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The bundle comes with 16 amazing dies. Besides the floral heart die and banner die, there are 2 border dies and duplicates for the flowers and leaves that match the flowers in the stamp set. Having duplicates is a nice time saver. In addition, it has 1 die that cuts out 3 flowers at the same time and those flowers fit on the floral heart! The set also has 1 die that cuts out 4 leaves at the same time. I’m happy when there are multiples of small dies because of the time it saves!

Always in My Heart
Figure 3: Floral Heart Dies

Here are some more examples using this bundle–let me know in the comments if you would like more information on any of the below cards. If you don’t need more info, but want to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Example of coloring the True Love DSP
Always in My Heart
Example using just the Floral Die and stamp from the stamp set
Always in My Heart
Example using Floral Heart Die and Border die
Always in My Heart
Example using Floral Heart Dies, Stamp set, and Flower die cut
Always in My Heart
Flirty Flamingo Floral Heart and sentiment from stamp set
Always in My Heart
Inspired by Kylie Bertucchi
Always in My Heart

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Basic Black Cardstock:
5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ along the 8.5″ side;
(1) 1 1/8″ x 5.25″;
Basic White card stock:
4″ x 5.25″;
(1) piece for label;
4.25″ x 4.5″ for floral heart die;
(1) 4″ x 5.25″ for inside;
So Saffron card stock:
3.75″ x 5″
True Love DSP:
2.5″ x 2.5″ for heart;
1″ x 5.25″

Supplies for Always in My Heart Birthday Card:

Pretty Perennials Happy Card

The Pretty Perennials Million Dollar stamp set by demonstrator Dena Rekow is one of my favorites for the very reason she created it…it’s just so happy. There are plenty of people who can use cheering up these days. Send this colorful card and make their day!

Pretty Perennials


True Love DSP: 3.75″ x 4.25″
Basic Black card stock: 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″ along 11″ side; 1.75″ x 4.25″
Coastal Cabana card stock: piece for die cut flower; 1/2″ x 2.5″ for sentiment
Mango Melody card stock: piece for die cut flower
Flirty Flamingo card stock: piece for die cut flower
Granny Apple Green card stock: piece for 2 die cut stems with leaves
Basic White card stock: piece for 3 die cut flower; 4″ x 5.25″


Cut the cardstock and all the stamps and make all the die cuts. Stamp flowers in 3 different colors (Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana, and Flirty Flamingo) and die cut. Die cut all the flower overlays and flower centers, one in each color, and 2 stems in Granny Apple Green, as shown in Figure 1.

Pretty Perennials
Figure 1: Die Cuts for Pretty Perennial Card

Stamp the 4″ x 5.25″ white cardstock with the 3 different color flowers, overlapping them slightly.
Heat emboss the 1.25″ x 4.25 piece of black card stock, using the Happy stamp, with white embossing powder.
Stamp the sentiment on Coastal Cabana 1/2″ piece on the right side and use the Pick a Banner punch to punch a banner at the left end.

Pretty Perennials

To assemble the card, adhere the DSP on the card front on the upper card front. Next adhere the Happy words underneath the DSP. Now you are ready to arrange the flowers on the card front. Adhere the die cut flower overlays on top of the stamped flower, according to their colors. Use glue dots to adhere the flower centers to the die cut overlay then arrange on front of card. Cut the leaves from the stems so you have enough to lay underneath the flowers. Now you’re ready to adhere the banner sentiment and add pearls to the flower centers. Ahhhh, such a bright and festive card.

Here are some alternatives using different patterns from the True Love DSP:

Pretty Perennials

Supplies for Pretty Perennials:

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