The Year 2023 Was Very Good To Us!

Hello stampers, I am sorry that I have been MIA most of 2023. You can always find me live on my Creating with Colleen YouTube Channel every Wednesday at Noon ET, my Creating with Colleen Facebook Page and even Pinterest but getting to my blog has sadly not been top priority.

2023 Christmas Tyler family
You see, for the past 2 years I have had a wonderful distraction in my life of having my son's family and my 2 grandchildren live with us. When that happens, you can't eat a bowl of cereal at 8:00pm and call it dinner. It's hard to stay upstairs working when you hear their little voices downstairs knowing times like this won't last forever. Knowing that, I spent more time with them than I did making sure all of my work was done. Thankfully there are no regrets! They moved out the end of October, and although I miss them terribly, I am getting back to a work routine and I'm excited for what 2024 will bring.

2023 Christmas daniel family

I am also blessed with 4 other beautiful grandchildren! My goodness, a few years ago I was hoping I would have at least 1 grandchild and now there are 6! They weren't kidding when they said "Ask and you shall receive"! These kiddos fill my heart with so much love and joy and I am so thankful for all they bring to mine and Danny's life.

2023 Dannys last day of work

Speaking of Danny, he retired this past August. How did we ever get to this stage of life so quickly?! We are both still in awe of this life changing event. If you know Danny, he's not one to sit still so every morning he gets up early and works the day away but it's on what he wants to do and when he wants to do it! I already knew how great it was to be your own boss and now he does too! Up to this point we haven't really gone anywhere to "act retired" but hopefully that will change soon. In fact, I think we talked about going out for breakfast to a new restaurant tomorrow. LOL Baby steps you know but hopefully that will grow into going out West this fall! I love having him home and the only conflict we've had so far is that he drinks most of the coffee before I can get my 2nd cup! Well, if that's the biggest problem I have, I'll take it! 

2024 catalogs (1)

In true Stampin' Up! style, with a New Year comes a New Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration! You can see both catalogs in the side margin of my blog. How they produce such beautiful bundles, designer papers and embellishments year after year always amazes me! I will be sharing these new products on my Creating with Colleen Magness YouTube Channel so please visit my site and subscribe so you don't miss a thing! I also include videos and lots of stampin' information in my email newsletter. It's all stamping, all positive, all the time so I hope you will also "Request my Newsletter" right here on my blog.

2023 Christmas with grands
So coming out of 2023, I would like to thank each you for your wonderful stamping support. You make my business possible and I am forever grateful for each and everyone of you! Going into 2024, I am excited to share my love of stamping with you and to keep inspiring you to do something creative each and every day! May God bless you and your family in this new year in ways that only He can! Happy Stamping and my best to you always, Colleen

Fresh As A Daisy ~ 7 Unique Cards From Just One Sheet of Designer Paper!

The New 2023 - 2024 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is here and it's filled with lots of amazing products! The Fresh As A Daisy Suite can be found on page 110 and is one of my favorites! Stampin' Up! makes creating so easy when the designer paper, embellishments, dies and stamp sets all coordinate together. Every sheet in the Fresh As A Daisy Designer Series Paper is beautiful but one in particular stands out as it has panels that can be cut to create individual cards. I created a series of videos showing how to create 7 unique cards, 5 of them are special folds - my favorite type of card!

In the first video, I create the cards sharing all the measurements and showing how they go together.

In the second video, I add stamps, inks and embellishments so you can see how 6 of the cards were finished. Each one holds a special place in my heart!

Due to technical difficulties, Ugh, I had to create a third video so you could see the 7th card finished. It was my favorite card since it is a Seam Binding Card that doubles as a gift card holder.

With my videos and the Fresh As A Daisy Suite Collection you too will be creating many beautiful cards. Want to purchase your own Fresh as A Daisy Suite Collection? Simply Click the Shop Now button to be taken to my online store. You can see all of the new, wonderful products by Stampin' Up! when you click the catalog on the right.

Please join me live on my Creating With Colleen Magness YouTube Channel every Wednesday at Noon ET. It's the middle of the day so you take a break and watch me create! I am here to help you with all your crafting needs, so please let me know how I can do just that! Take care my friends and Happy Stamping!  Colleen

Products Used: Fresh As A Daisy Suite #161301, Seaside Bay set #160436, Something fancy set #160416. Classic Inks: BoHo Blue #161650,  Copper Clay #161647, Pebbled Path #161648, Moody Mauve #161649, Wild Wheat #161651, Bubble Bath #161664, Pretty Peacock #150083, Early Espresso #147114, Garden Green #147089, Versamark #102283 and Craft White #147277. CardStock: Copper Clay #161721, Pebbled Path #161722, Moody Mauve #161723, Wild Wheat #161725, Bubble Bath #161718, Pretty Peacock #150880, Early Espresso #119686, Garden Green #102584, Lemon Lolly #161720, Basic White #159276, Azure Afternoon #161719 and Distressed Gold #159237. Miscellaneous: Copper Clay Ribbon #161629, Linen Thread #104199, Brushed Brass Butterflies #158136, Adhesive Backed Solid Gems #161300, Festive Pearls #159963, 2023-2025 In Color Dots #161620, Basics Embossing Powder #155554, Dimensionals #104430.

Dainty Delight ~ Elegant Borders Dies Card

I love it when two great Stampin' up! products come together! I paired the Dainty Delight Bundle from page 55 of the January - April Mini Catalog along with the Online Exclusive Elegant Borders Dies to create this beautiful card.

Dainty Flowers Elegant Border Dies Card (1)

The online Exclusive products are not featured in any catalog and can only be seen online. You can see all of the Online Exclusive products by clicking Here!

I fell in love with the Elegant Borders Dies as soon as I saw them. What a great way to dress up any project!

Elegant dies (1)

On my card I used Petal Pink, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. Three amazing colors that go together perfectly. With the New 2023 - 2024 Annual catalog, Stampin' Up! will have a color renovation where current colors will be leaving us and some old favorites will return. I won't know what these colors are until the end of the month so please stock up on your favorite cardstocks, inks and ink refills now! Once they're gone, they are  . . . well, Gone! So don't miss out!

Although I give you the dimensions in the video, here is a quick reference of the dimensions and colors I used.

Dainty Flowers Elegant Borders dims

Of course, seeing is believing so please watch the video below to see how I created my card. I will show you how to line up your Elegant Border Dies for the perfect cut!

Every Wednesday, at Noon ET, I am live on YouTube sharing a new project. I hope you will join me for lunch! You take a break and watch me create! I love company in the stamp room and watching me live is the next best thing to being there! I have lots of creative content on my Creating With Colleen Magness YouTube channel so please check it out. Be sure you look under "Video" and "Live" as I have lots of great ideas in both places! Make sure you do something creative each and every day and Happy Stamping! Colleen

Products: Dainty Delight Bundle #160675. Online Exclusive Elegant Borders Dies #161593, Something Fancy Dies #160424. Cardstock: Basic White #159276, Soft Succulent #155776, Evening Evergreen #155574, Petal Pink #146985, Pale Papaya #155668, Texture Chic Designer Series Paper #158808. Classic Ink: Evening Evergreen #155576, Stazon Black Ink #101406. Stampin' Blends: Soft Succulent #155521, Calypso Coral #154881, Daffodil Delight #154883 Miscellaneous: Wink of Stella #141897, Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon #155573, Brass Butterflies #158136, Dimensionals #104430.

He Is Risen Easter Card

To me, Easter is celebrating our Risen Lord as He really is the Reason for the Season! The Rejoice In Him Stamp Set on page 54 of the January - April Mini Catalog, is a great set for making Easter cards. I paired it with the Fancy Flora 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper as the colors are perfect for the spring season. When I created the picture of Jesus I wanted a softer look so I actually stamped Him on Cardstock Vellum with Stazon Ink and colored Him from behind with my Stampin' Blends. In the video, I compare the Cardstock Vellum with coloring on Basic White Cardstock so you can see the difference.

Rejoice In Him (2)

Although I give you all the dimensions in my video, below is a quick reference of the dimensions and cardstock colors for you to see.

Easter card dims2

Easter card dims

In my video, I not only show you how I created this card but I give you tips on how to get the most of your 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. Those drafting skills I possessed from days long ago do come in handy when getting the most bang for your buck!

I come to you live every Wednesday at Noon ET on my Creating With Colleen Magness YouTube Channel. I hope you will join me as I always love to have company in the stamp room! I wish you the best and may all your days be filled with blessings from above! Happy Stamping, Colleen

Products: Rejoice In Him Stamp Set #160711. Cardstock: Orchid Oasis #159267, Fresh Freesia #155613, Basic White #159276, Cardstock Vellum #101856, Fancy Flora Designer Series paper #160413. Classic Ink: Orchid Oasis #159214, Soft Succulent #155778, Fresh Freesia #155611, Stazon Black Ink #101406. Stampin' Blends: Highland Heather #154887, Medium Light #159462, Smoky Slate #154904. Miscellaneous: Blender Pen #102845, Wink of Stella #141897, Dimensionals #104430.

Hello, Irresistible Shaker Card

I absolutely love the New Irresistible Blooms Bundle and the Hello, Irresistible Designer Series Paper! Stampin' Up! just introduced Online Exclusive Products that can only be found . . . well, online! They will not be featured in a catalog so Click Here to see these beautiful products now.

Every Wednesday at Noon ET, I come to you live on my Creating With Colleen Magness YouTube Channel. This week I used these wonderful products to create a fun shaker card. It was easy to make plus there are many ways to use our Window Sheets. A shaker card is only one of them.

Irresistible Blooms Shaker Card (1)

Although I give you all the measurements in the video, here is a quick glimpse of what you will need.

Irresistible Blooms Shaker Card Dims

When making a Shaker Card there are two products that will make creating super easy. First is the Foam Adhesive Strips.These strips are flexible and can form around any shape plus you get 10 yds to a pack. That's a lot of Shaker cards! Secondly, you will need something to roll around in your shaker card and the Effervescent Elements are perfect! There are 2 different sizes and there's approximately 2,300 to a pack! Whew, I'm glad I didn't have to count those! So get your cardstock cut and come create with me. You can see all the details in my video below!

To see more projects, visit my YouTube Channel and be sure to click "Video" and "Live" as both places are filled with lots of cool projects and inspiration! To order any of these products simply click the "Shop Now" button on my page! Best wishes to you all and Happy Stamping!