Creative Challenges

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Let your creative inspiration soar with our final THIS sketch! For this #CreativeChallengeSU, we used the Hot Air Balloon Bundle and Heartfelt Hexagon Punch to mimic the sketch’s circle shapes. 🌤️ 🎈
Are you wild for wildflowers? 🌻 🌻 We are, too!! We used wildflowers as the inspiration for our next #CreativeChallengeSU THAT sketch.

For a fun twist, cut strips of pattern paper for the background. It creates the same layout, but with more texture and variety!
Your 💗 heart will be a-flutter with our 🦋 butterfly-themed THIS sketch. For this #CreativeChallengeSU project, we used these delicate, winged lovelies to mimic the sketch’s fun circle shapes!

Want to recreate this sample? You’ll need:

🦋 Sketched Butterflies Bundle
🦋 Stylish Shapes Circle Dies

June 2024 Sketch A or B

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These laser-cut designs are the perfect way to quickly customize any paper craft: cards, tags, scrapbooks—you name it! For our first challenge this month, we used the Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack to add sweet floral details to this scrapbook page. 🌸
Here’s how we added a bit of flair to a few sentiments from the Saying Something Mix & Match Ephemera Pack: Place one of the laser-cut sentiments on the card layer. Add some ink with a blending brush. Offset the sentiment ever-so-slightly to show off the white shadow. It may be a small technique, but it sure packs a punch!
Step up your crafting game with this next Creative Challenge idea! Simply color the black and white flowers from the Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack with your favorite coloring tool (like our Stampin’ Blends 😜🤭) to create bouquets of flowers that are as unique as YOU.

May 2024 Mix & Match

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We used the Two-Tone Flora Dies to create a stunning, colorful background on a card front.
Our colors include: 
Lemon Lolly Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Bubble Bath Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Use Stampin’ Blends to create your own patterns in different colors and add them to your cards, gift bags, and more!

Here we used:
Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Wild Wheat Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
The alcohol base of the Stampin’ Blends allows for easy application on nonporous surfaces. This week, we added stripes to a cellophane bag—what a fun way to personalize any project!
We used:
Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Berry Burst Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack

April 2024 Stampin' Blends

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This month is all about Embossing Paste and the different ways it can transform your paper crafts! For this sample, we used the Shimmer Paste and a Palette Knife to spread a layer across cardstock. Then, we used the stylus end of our Take Your Pick Tool to draw lines. Once the cardstock dried, we trimmed the edges added it to our card!
Our Creative Challenge wouldn’t be complete without an ombre effect! We mixed ink refill colors Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, and Pretty Peacock each with a small amount of Embossing Paste; then use the paste with the Foursquare Masks to create colored tiers. Everyone will wonder how you did it!
For this sample, we used the Alphabet À La Mode Dies to create our own personalized stencil. Then we spread some Shimmery White Embossing Paste over the stencil to create a 3D effect for our card.

March 2024 Embossing Paste

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For this card, we used the THIS color combo to turn the Beach Day Bundle palm trees into a beautifully bright paradise!
Send a friend a burst of berry-licious happiness with a card made from the #CreativeChallengeSU THAT color combo! We simply used ink refills to watercolor those blueberries to achieve that deeper, richer color.
Have a friend that’s feelin’ blue? Make this Get Well Soon card with our #CreativeChallengeSU THIS color combo to brighten up their day! You’ll need the: 💛 Gorgeous Gardens Dies 💛 Ringed with Nature Stamp Set 💛 Crafting with You Dies

February 2024 Color Combos

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Memory keeping is all about celebrating your favorite unforgettable moments! And our last Creative Challenge for the month is doing that in STYLE. 😎 There are so many layers to love! Can you tell which techniques we used? Here’s a hint—we used these products: ⚡ Rock Star Bundle ⚡ Rock & Roll Designer Series Paper ⚡ More Dazzle Specialty Paper ⚡ Shimmery White Embossing Paste ⚡ Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder ⚡ Foursquare Decorative Masks
This scrapbook page is packing quite the punch for today’s Creative Challenge. One thing we love about crafting is making something unexpected—like these cute little pockets! 😍 We used the Tailor Made Tags Dies to make the pull out pieces for personal photos and messages. And the pockets by scoring and cutting out cute paper. (Hint: Measure the dies to make sure the tags fit inside!)
For our #CreativeChallengeSU, we made a custom mini photo album! There’s so much you can do with some gorgeous paper, stamps, a few embellishments, and pictures that mean the world. Some things that we love: 🌸 hidden pockets for beautiful photos and personal messages 🌸 sentiments that celebrate 🌸 dies that add delicate details 🌸 an enchanting color scheme There are so many products that we used for this lovely creation.

January 2024 Memory Keeping

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Ever look at a cute handmade card and think, “How in the world did they make that?” Cut out both sides of the Delightfully Eclectic paper using the Patchwork Pieces Dies. (you’ll need two sheets) Alternate each piece to create this fun pattern. (Don’t let any of those pieces go to waste—make another card with the leftover pieces!) Stamp the sentiment with the Biggest Wishes Stamp Set. Layer the Dots & Spots Die on the card front. Add embellishments.
Want to make your next party extra fancy? Get crafting and make completely customized invitations and name cards for the table! Our concept artist made the most of our #CreativeChallengeSU—the names and sentiments aren’t stamped at all! They’re fussy cut from the Delightfully Eclectic paper. How’s that for a paper crafting plot twist?
You know what they say, when life gives you lemons🍋…make pink lemonade! This card has all the things we love—clever colors, delicious dimension, tantalizing twine, elegant embossing, and sparkling sequins! The longer you look, the more things you’ll find (hint: just a bit of ink and a Blending Brush turned that twine a bright new color).

December 2023 Delightfully Eclectic Paper

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Our cards & envelopes packages truly have so much potential. 🤩🤩 For the Creative Challenge, we used the Tiny Christmas Trees Die with the Gold Brushed Cards & Envelopes to create a fun peek through card front and add additional color to the envelope. Doesn’t it just scream “Christmas” to you?
We took the In Color 2023-2025 Treat Bags to the next level by adding fun sentiments and floral images from the Textured Floral Bundle, and crafting we finished off with handmade paper tassels!
We’re starting off November Creative Challenge with the Beary Christmas Cards & Envelopes! On the long side, score at 1-1/2" (3.8 cm), 3-1/2" (8.9 cm), 5" (12.7 cm), and 7" (17.8 cm); on the short side, score at 1-1/2" (3.8 cm). Fold along the marks to create an open-ended box. Fill a cellophane bag with your favorite holiday treat and deliver to a friend!

November 2023 Base Products

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For this project, we paired cool blue and pink hues with the Gift of Giving Stamp Set to send cozy holiday cheers. We used these colors: ✔️ Gray Granite ✔️ Lost Lagoon ✔️ Petal Pink
The October Creative Challenge is all about non-traditional Christmas color combos! This month, try combining colors you may not have originally put together and surprise friends and family with an original festive card! For this challenge, we used… ✔️ Bubble Bath ✔️ Parakeet Party ✔️ Orchid Oasis
We love beary cute paper crafts! For the last project of our October Creative Challenge, we combined the Beary Cute Bundle with blue and green tones to create a lovely, calming polar bear scene. For this project, we used . . . ✔️ Berry Burst ✔️ Crumb Cake ✔️ Garden Green ✔️ Pool Party ✔️ Pretty Peacock

October 2023 Non Traditional Christmas Colors

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From sketch to final card, we’re loving these delicate details! We’ve opted for a neutral yet textured background with pops of gorgeous colors (thank you Sending Smiles Stamp Set 🌻). And a banner that aligns perfectly with the original sketch.
✨ Dare to be different and always have fun! ✨ Creativity isn’t about being boxed in—it’s about letting the creativity out of the box! Which is why we love this abstract approach to our sketch challenge. What a fun way to use the Medley Mix Stamp Set and Inked & Tiled Punch Pack!

September 2023 Sketch

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Here, we used the circle dies from the Reach for the Stars Dies to make a stencil. Simply trace the outline of the circle using the bullet tip of a Stampin’ Write Marker of your choice, then add water to the inside of the circle to spread the ink color. Now, you have some really cool colored shapes great for a card background!
Ever heard of the smooshing technique? It’s a simple way to get a stunning watercolor look! Use the brush tip of a Stampin’ Write Marker to add ink directly onto a clear block. Then, spritz the block with water, take a die-cut image and smoosh it into the ink. We used the Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow markers.
In the mood to add your own creative touch to your crafts? We used the Stampin’ Write Markers bullet tip in Calypso Coral to add lines and shapes to the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper as a background on a card front! What a fun way to personalize your cards!

August 2023 Stampin' Write Markers

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Light up your day with our stunning new Azure Afternoon! There’s nothing like a clear blue sky on a warm summer afternoon—but we think this color comes pretty close. ☀️
It’s time for a glow up because we’re starting our fresh new colors with 🍋 Lemon Lolly. 🍋 She’s beautiful on her own or with a color buddy like Crushed Curry.
Pretty and pink? Yes, please! Add that soft touch to any craft project with our brand new Bubble Bath color! We might be just a little obsessed…😍😍😍

July 2023 New Core Colors

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two cards with hot air balloons on them
Sketch A - Hooray! It's Your Birthday!
Let your creative inspiration soar with our final THIS sketch! For this #CreativeChallengeSU, we used the Hot Air Balloon Bundle and Heartfelt Hexagon Punch to mimic the sketch’s circle shapes. 🌤️ 🎈
two cards with the words you're here on them next to a cut out piece of paper
Sketch B - You've Been on My Mind
Are you wild for wildflowers? 🌻 🌻 We are, too!! We used wildflowers as the inspiration for our next #CreativeChallengeSU THAT sketch. For a fun twist, cut strips of pattern paper for the background. It creates the same layout, but with more texture and variety!
a card with a butterfly on it next to a paper cutout that says happy birthday
Sketch A - Hope is a Beautiful Thing
Your 💗 heart will be a-flutter with our 🦋 butterfly-themed THIS sketch. For this #CreativeChallengeSU project, we used these delicate, winged lovelies to mimic the sketch’s fun circle shapes! Want to recreate this sample? You’ll need: 🦋 Sketched Butterflies Bundle 🦋 Stylish Shapes Circle Dies
a card with a tv on it next to a paper cutout that says news flash
Sketch B - News Flash
We’re going 🎇🕺 RETRO 🎇🕺 for the next #CreativeChallengeSU THAT sketch! Recreate this sample for the classic people in your life using our: 📺 Tune In Bundle 📺 Unbounded Beauty Designer Series Paper Feeling inspired?
two greeting cards with the words hello and an image of a handbag on it
Sketch A - Hello
We’ve gone to the market 🛒 and chosen the freshest stamping supplies for you to craft with: 🛍️ Marketing Goodness Bundle 🛍️ Spotlight in Nature Dies Our THIS sketch works great on standard card sizes and notecards, too, so you’ve got space to explore your creativity.
two cards with the words hey on them next to each other and an image of a lightbulb
Sketch B - Hey. You Can Do This Card
We made this bright and beautiful creation with: ✨ Saying Hey Stamp Set ✨ Full of Life and Country Lace Designer Series Paper ✨ Pool Party and Blueberry Bushel Cardstock Feeling inspired?
a card with an image of lemons on it next to a stamp and a piece of paper
Sketch A - You're Such a Blessing Card
Do you prefer oranges or lemons? 🍊🍋 Whichever fruit fits your fancy, you’ll LOVE the card we created using the THIS sketch for the #CreativeChallengeSU! It features: 🍋 Mediterranean Blooms Designer Series Paper 🍋 Grateful Blessings Stamp Set 🍋 Spotlight on Nature Dies
this is an image of two pictures with the words'this or that? '
Sketch A or Sketch B
Did you spot the card sketches in the new Annual Catalog? (hint: check out page p. 22! 👀) For this month’s Creative Challenge, we’re putting the sketch to the test! Follow along as we share cards inspired by TWO sketches from the new catalog! Which sketch inspires you the most?
a card with flowers, leaves and a photo on the front that says you're just married
Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
These laser-cut designs are the perfect way to quickly customize any paper craft: cards, tags, scrapbooks—you name it! For our first challenge this month, we used the Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack to add sweet floral details to this scrapbook page. 🌸
a greeting card with palm trees and the words hey friend on it, surrounded by cut outs
Saying Something Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
Here’s how we added a bit of flair to a few sentiments from the Saying Something Mix & Match Ephemera Pack: Place one of the laser-cut sentiments on the card layer. Add some ink with a blending brush. Offset the sentiment ever-so-slightly to show off the white shadow. It may be a small technique, but it sure packs a punch!
three cards with flowers on them and the words you are loved written in large letters
Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
Step up your crafting game with this next Creative Challenge idea! Simply color the black and white flowers from the Fully Flowering Mix & Match Ephemera Pack with your favorite coloring tool (like our Stampin’ Blends 😜🤭) to create bouquets of flowers that are as unique as YOU.
a collage of pictures and words on a pink background
Labels & Layers Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
Did you know…our Mix & Match Ephemera Packs work great for scrapbooks! For this #CreativeChallengeSU, we used our Labels & Layers Mix & Match Ephemera Pack to highlight some oh-so-sweet memories on this scrapbook page. Whether you write a little note on them, add a few die-cut words, or simply use them to decorate the page, these laser-cut designs make a great addition to any crafting collection.
a greeting card with the words brighter skies are on their way
Something For Everything Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
We used the Something for Everyone Mix & Match Ephemera Pack to add a quick detail to this card! We also added the Bright Skies Dies for addition clouds.
there are many different things on the table with it's name and tag attached
Labels & Layers Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
Is there really such a thing as too many labels? We don’t think so! For this Creative Challenge, we used our Labels & Layers Mix & Match Ephemera Pack to make this sweet Thank You card.
a birthday card with balloons and a cat holding a cake on it's side
Something For Everything Mix & Match Ephemera Pack
Whip up a quick birthday card with our Mix & Match Ephemera Packs! Add a watercolor wash on watercolor paper for your card background. Use the fun birthday details from the Something for Everyone Mix & Match Ephemera Pack. Finish off your card with the Hearts and Hugs Stamp Set