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Blossoming Basket Card and Stampin’Blends Alcohol Markers


I have another card for you today using the wonderful Blossoming Basket stamp set from theSale-a-bration brochure. I wanted to show you a different way to color the image. In my previous post using this stamp set I water colored the image using ink refills and the aqua painter. With this card, I used the Stampin’Blends Alcohol markers to color the image.


I stamped the basket image on thick Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Pad and colored the image with Rich Razzleberry Light Stampin’Blends. As you can tell I did not work too much with the blending on the flowers, I just simply colored the flowers with the Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin’Blend. I did go back and added more color in spots where I thought there would be shading and also removed some color with the Color Lifter marker. The alcohol marker I used is actually the old Blendability alcohol marker Stampin’Up! had a few years ago, so the color may vary some with the new Stampin’Blends. You can’t tell from the photo, but I did go over the blooms with Wink of Stella glitter brush for a little added sparkle.


I wanted to add dimension to my card so I stamped basket again and colored the blooms and cut them out. I then added them to the basket using Stampin’dimensionals. The colorful little butterfly is cut out by hand using the Paper Snips and mounted on the card with a glue dot.


Don’t you just love the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder? It creates an authentic basket weave design! Such a nice touch! I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the embossed basket weave panel. The basket was colored in with the Crumb Cake Stampin’Blend.

Don’t Forget! Sale-a-bration is coming to a close on March 31. You can get this bundle of products that includes the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder and Blossoming Basket stamp set for FREE with a purchase of $100 (before shipping and tax) in my online store. This purchase would also qualify you for a FREE offer of  a Layered Leaves Textured Embossing Folder valued at $9.00 from me if you use the March Host Code TF6TZZM3 when you order.  More info on how this offer works is here.

I hope you like my card and it inspires you to CREATE!

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Happy Papercrafting,


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Stampin’Blends Availability

Stampin’Up! just announced that due to the popularity of these markers and the long lead time to get them from the supplier, they will not be available again for purchase until the end of May!

Due to this issue I have to change my March Host Code offering of the Old Olive Stampin’Blends Combo pack. Instead I will offer the new Layered Leaves Embossing Folder valued at $9.00.

You can find out how this offer works here.  This offer expires March 30. You will need a Big Shot to use this embossing folder.

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Happy Papercrafting,


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Blossoming Basket Card and Paper Pumpkin Special Offer


I finally got to play with my favorite Sale-a-bration stamp set Blossoming Basket! The stamp set is part of a Bundle that also includes the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder.  You can earn this bundle of products FREE with a purchase of $100 (before shipping and tax) during Sale-a-bration.


I embossed the basket image on watercolor paper using the Versamark Pad and white embossing powder. I then colored the image in with an aquapainter using Crumb Cake ink, old olive and Blushing Bride ink. Blushing Bride ink is very pale, so instead of just squeezing the stampin’pad to pick up ink on the lid, I used a drop of the ink refill. That way I got more intense Blushing Bride color for the blooms. I added a little Sahara Sand ink to the bottom of the basket just for a just watered plant look.


The little butterfly image is just darling! I stamped him with the Black Archival Stampin’Pad and watercolored him with the Aquapainter using Old Olive, Blushing Bride and Crushed Curry ink. Using a drop from the refills to pick up the color. I embossed a strip of Crumb Cake Cardstock using the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder that comes with the bundle. I cut the Burlap Ribbon into strips for the little twine bow on the handle of the basket.


I hope you like my card and it inspires you to CREATE! Take advantage of  Stampin’Up!’s best promotion of the year Sale-a-bration! This promotion ends March 31!

Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle

Blossoming Basket Bundle clear mount #147505 wood mount 147504

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Don’t forget my March Host code special offer of FREE combo pack of Old Olive Stampin’Blends Alcohol markers! Just enter the code TF6TZZM3 in the host code box in my online store when your total order comes to $75 (before shipping and tax) ! These markers are $9.00 retail price and you will get them FREE from me. More info on this offer here.

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Do you like the convenience of having all your stamping supplies at your fingertips in a kit! Then Paper Pumpkin is for you! I just want to let you all know about this promotion that ends May 10! If you are a new subscriber to the monthly Paper Pumpkin program you get 50% off your first 2 months! Just use code SAVEFIFTY0418 when you sign up.

Prepaid Subscriptions

Remember you have complete control over your subscription! You can skip a month whenever you want to by just logging in to your account and suspend that months kit, just do so my the 10th of the month. You can cancel also at anytime! Paper Pumpkin makes a great gift too! Here is a link to find out more or to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin kits.

Happy Papercrafting,


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March Paper Pumpkin Kit


Look what I got in the mail today! The March Paper Pumpkin kit! It is a very cute victorian style kit!


I just want to show you how the kit comes. It is packaged very nicely and is like getting a gift box in the mail! As a matter of fact, this kit would make a great gift. The stamp set is darling and can be used again and again, it can be used for Mothers Day or a birthday.


It comes with everything you need to complete the eight cards. They included a gift this time in honor of My Paper Pumpkins 5th anniversary.


My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription program that you have complete control over. You can skip a month or two or three if you want! Just log in to your account by the 10th of the month to skip that months kit, you will not be billed of course. You can cancel anytime. You can also just select pre-paid subscriptions for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. More info on this option is found here.


Above is a video on how to put this kit together. Of course you can come up with alternative ways to make the projects too!

Here is a link to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription program!

Don’t forget my monthly Host Code offer for March! 


FREE Old Olive Combo pack Stampin’Blend Alcohol Markers valued at $9.00. Enter the above host code in your online order of $75 or more.  Offer ends March 30! More information on this offer can be found here.

Don’t forget Sale-a-bration ends March 31! Earn FREE stamps and accessories with each $50 in purchases!

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Happy Papercrafting,


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Truly Tailored Masculine Card and Treat Holder


Here is a birthday card and treat for the true gentleman in your life! My projects are made with the stamps and accessories in the True Gentleman Suite of products found on page 44 of the Occasions Catalog.


The card is made with Chocolate Chip Cardstock as the base of the card. I adhered the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon to the card with Tear and Tape adhesive. I added some Night of Navy Enameled circle shapes to the focal point of the card.


I finished off the inside of the card with a Very Vanilla cardstock panel and stamped the birthday wish with Night of Navy Stampin’Pad. I also stamped a couple of elements that came in the stamp set above and below the sentiment. I added a strip of the True Gentlemen DSP to the bottom of the Very Vanilla panel just to pull it all together.


This is a fun treat holder to make! It uses the 2 ” x  8″ cellophane bags that are in the Annual Stampin’Up! Catalog. The candy is Hershey Nuggets that I wrapped with the True Gentleman DSP just cut the paper to 1″ x 3 1/4″ and adhere with a glue dot. The tray in the treat holder is 2″ x 5″ and each long side is scored at a little less that 1/4″ on each side. I used Night of Navy Cardstock for the tray.


The tag is punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch after stamping with an image from the Truly Tailored Stamp set. The punch and the stamp set are sold as a bundle for a savings of 10%! It is called the Truly Tailored Bundle.


I hope you all like my card and treat holder and it inspires you to CREATE!

Don’t forget Sale-a-bration ends March 31! Earn FREE stamps and accessories with each $50 in purchases!

Don’t forget my Host Code offer for March! Enter the host code below in the host code box in your online order of $75 (before shipping and tax) or more, click here for more information on this offer.


Special Offer: FREE Old Olive Combo pack Stampin’Blend Alcohol Markers valued at $9.00. Enter the above host code in your online order of $75 or more.  Offer ends March 30!

Happy Papercrafting,


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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and New Host Code


Isn’t this a cool project! Bright and cheery! This project is made with Stampin’Up!’s Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle which includes the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set and Bouquet Bunch Framelits. You can buy the stamp set and framelits individually but you save 10% when you buy the bundle.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

Above is the Mini Treat Bag Framelits. You can make your own little bag out of any paper you want! Designer Series Paper is great. The above sample was made with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. 

Tip: Be sure to use Tear and Tape Adhesive to put your bag together. It is a strong adhesive and will hold the edges together better than Snail Adhesive.

Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Bundle

As you can see it is a very detailed stamp set and framelits! And the details seem to make all the difference in your project.

March Host Code Offer


Use the above Host Code when you place your online order of $75 or more to receive FREE from me Old Olive combo pack of Stampin’Blend Alcohol Markers. These markers are valued at $9.00. Remember if you place an order of $150 or more do not enter the host code as you will receive Stampin’Rewards from Stampin’ Up! and the FREE Old Olive Stampin’Blends Alcohol Markers from me! More info on how this offer works can be found here.

Remember Sale-a-bration ends March 31! You receive a FREE stamp set or accessory with each $50 (before shipping and tax) you spend!

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Blossoming Basket Bundle and FREE Shipping Offer

I thought I would show you this video on the Blooming Basket Bundle. This is a FREE bundle of products with a $100 (before shipping and tax) that includes the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder and the Blooming Basket stamp set. This is such a cute and fun stamp set! I have ordered mine and can’t wait too play with it!


I always appreciate FREE shipping offers! So I thought I would offer this deal to you guys! This offer only applies to orders of $100 or more and is a savings of at least 10%.

How this offer works

  • Email your order to me @
  • Make sure your subtotal is at least $100
  • I will email you a Paypal Invoice to pay for your order minus the shipping charges
  • I will order your products as soon as I receive payment

With a $100 purchase you can earn the above Blooming Basket Bundle for FREE or any other FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set or accessory. This could be 2 products for each $50 purchase or 1 of the FREE products at the $100 level.  Just look for the $50 or $100 Reward Icon on my online store Sale-a-bration page.

Please note this FREE shipping offer is from me, Shelly Johnson Independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrator and is not from Stampin’Up!

My Monthly Host Code offer does not apply to this offer.

Happy Papercrafting,