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Goodbye to January Mini and 2019 Annual Catalog • Hello to 2020 Annual Catalog

Hello, welcome to the Pals Blog Hop! This month our theme is “Goodbye to January-June Mini and 2019-2020 Annual Catalogs and Hello to 2020-2021 Annual Catalog” where the Design Team is showcasing their favorites from the retiring catalogs or products in the new catalog! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

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My new catalog “My Friend” card features the Ornate Garden Suite from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The beauty is you don’t have to wait for June 3, 2020, it’s available now for all demonstrators and customers alike.

The inspiration for today’s card comes from the TGIFC263 Sketch Challenge. Following a sketch is an easy way to jump start your mojo when you want to create a unique card for a special someone.

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I stamped the outline with Versamark and embossed with Gold before coloring the image using my blends. The doily was cut from the Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards and colored in Purple Posy. The Champagne Rhinestone Jewels was just the right bling to bring attention to all those little posies. Hope you enjoy the card and will attempt the sketch this week.



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Ornate Style (152572), Ornate Thanks (149471)
Very Vanilla (101650), Purple Posy (150881), Ornate Garden Specialty DSP (152488)
Ink: Versamark (102283), Stampin’ Blends – Purple Posy (149566), Highland Heather (147276), Mint Macaron (147283), Seaside Spray (149567), Smoky Slate (145054)
Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (152725), Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Heat Tool (129053), Paper Snips (103579), Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards (149595), Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels (151193), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Dimensionals (104430)

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created!

Mark your calendars for June 10th, with our theme “New 2020-2022 In Colors.” We can’t wait to show you the newest In Colors in the Stampin’ Up! color family. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  3. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  8. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
  9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  13. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  14. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  15. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  18. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  19. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  22. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  23. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  27. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  28. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days  – YOU ARE HERE!

Happy stamping,

Dacia Smith

Welcome Easter and CAS Color Challenge #365

Hope everyone has a happy Easter celebration despite the social distancing. Created this card to share with 30 elderly shut-ins. We normally get together once a month to assemble but were not able to this month. The gals were so sweet, they wanted the cards to get done despite the situation at hand. Innovative as they are we pulled it off and the two mailings still went out this month. I’m so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of dedicated women who love others unconditionally. Hope you’ll consider playing along with the Clean and Simple Challenge #365 this week. Hurry along as the deadline is closely approaching.

Card Recipe:
Hold on to Hope (145780), Welcome Easter (151559), Ornate Style (152572)
Whisper White (100730), Mint Macaron (138337), Highland Heather (146986), Petal Pink (146985)
Ink: Mint Macaron (147106), Highland Heather (147103), Petal Pink (147108)
Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (152725), Ornate Borders Dies (152724), Stitched So Sweetly Dies (151690), Cross of Hope Dies (145654), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220), Dimensionals (104430)


Dacia Smith

GDP#235 Easter and Iris Fold Baby Card

My niece is expecting her second son any day now. I’ve had iris folding on my mind today so I thought I’d play around with the technique and create a sweet baby card to send out this week. Isn’t the bunny just the cutest? He’d make a great Easter card also. I think I’ll submit it to the Global Design Project Blog for this weeks GDP#235 challenge. If you haven’t done an Iris Fold card before here are the instructions for this card and the pattern. Hope you will give the technique and the GDP#235 a try.

Card Recipe:
Elementary Elegance (125122 retired), Welcome Easter (151559)
Whisper White (100730), Mint Macaron (138337), Subtles DSP (146966 retired)
Ink: Mint Macaron (147106)
Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder (151474), Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (152725), Ornate Layers Dies 152726), Ornate Borders Dies (152724), Stitched So Sweetly Dies (151690), Dimensionals (104430)

Happy stamping,


Heartfelt Daisy Valentine

This is a change up from the Valentine cards I’ve been doing lately. I’ve finished setting up things for my classes and just wanted to work on a little something different. The flowering elements were brought to life by spritzing the cardstock with water after punching and die cutting. I then wadded them up and carefully unfolded and waited till they dried. The paper stiffens back up after drying and holds the crinkled shape. I then began gluing the pieces together to form this little bouquet attached to the heart.

Card Recipe:
Heartfelt (151417), Meant to Be (148626)
Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), So Saffron (105118), Mint Macaron (138337), Blushing Bride (131198), Flirty Flamingo (141416), Vellum (101856)
Ink: Crumb Cake (147116), Flirty Flamingo (147052)
Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies (148527), Layering Circles Dies (141705), Bouquet Bunch Dies (143659), Painted Labels Dies (151605), Scripty 3D Embossing Folder (149634), Tufted 3D Embossing Folder (151785), Daisy Punch (143713), Medium Daisy Punch (149517), Clear Faceted Gems (144142), Sponge Daubers (133773), Dimensionals (104430)

Hope you’ll try to make a bouquet of your own for a special Valentine card or project this year!

Happy stamping,

Dacia Smith

Bird Ballad Get Well & GDP222

Created this card for a pastor friend of mine who has been ill and in the hospital. My inspiration came from the GDP222 Sketch over at the Global Design Project Blog. Hope you’ll consider playing along this week.

Card Recipe:
Because I Care (120118), Free as a Bird (149468)
Mossy Meadow (133676), Sahara Sand (121043), Basic Gray (121044), Bird Ballad DSP (149592)
Ink: Versamark (102283)
Stitched So Sweetly Dies (151690), Subtle 3D Embossing Folder (151775), Scalloped Lace Trim (149593), White Embossing Powder (109132), Paper Snips (103579), Dimensionals (104430)

Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith

Heartfelt Rosette Valentine

Card Recipe:
Heartfelt (151417)
Real Red (102482), Shimmery White (101910), Flirty Flamingo (141416), From My Heart Specialty DSP (151189) 
Ink: Real Red (147084)
Layering Circles Dies (141705), Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder (151503), 1/4″ Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (151326), Paper Snips (103579)

You’d want to hand deliver this sweet card or mail in a padded envelope. This one sports a standard rosette with a medallion made using the Layering Circles Dies. The From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper makes designing cards a breeze. Don’t you think the gals are going to have a great time at my upcoming classes?

Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith

Heart Rosette Box and Note Cards

Project Recipe:
Real Red (102482), Shimmery White (101910), Flirty Flamingo (141416), Real Red Glimmer Paper (150427), From My Heart Specialty DSP (151189) 
Heart Punch Pack (151292), Layering Squares Dies (141708), Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder (150665), Heart Doilies (151191), Mini Pizza Boxes (144645), 3 x 3 Envelopes (145829), Dimensionals (104430)

This project is a no stamping one that’s quick and easy with the Heart Punch Pack and the From My Heart Specialty DSP. Did you get a look at that heart shaped rosette on the top of the box? What a WOW! I stumbled on the directions from Sheshe Crafts. I made my own template because I’m a devoted Stampin’ Up follower but I loved her idea.

The heart shaped rosette is attached to the top of a Mini Pizza Box perfect for 3″ x 3″ note cards. You could mix and match the From My Heart Specialty DSP to your hearts’ content.

The heart doilies are a match for the 3″ x 3″ cards with the punched DSP hearts.

For the second two, I added the textured background using the Stylish Scrolls Embossing Folder and punched the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack.

For the final pair, I used From my Heart Specialty DSP for the background and more of those hearts from the Heart Punch Pack.

These cards are great for tucking into a lunchbox, punched and hung on a gift bag, hiding under a pillow, taped to the bathroom mirror or anywhere you want to share love with your special someone. Use them all week long leading up to Valentine’s Day.

It would also make a great beginner class with friends. The purchase of the Mini Pizza Boxes, Heart Punch Pack and the From My Heart Specialty DSP qualifies for a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Hope you’ll give it a try!

Happy stamping,

Dacia Smith