Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Designer Series Paper

Sharing Sweet Thoughts to You!


Sitting here at Starbucks sipping on my go to drink a Caramel Frappaccino with a shot of Hazelnut and no whip cream thinking about how each year Stampin’ Up! comes out with 5 new “In-Colors” each year I fall in love with at least one of them! Last year 2016-2018 was the year I fell in love with Sweet Sugarplum!! I love all the In-Colors but I always end up with 1 favorite per set. Sweet Sugarplum you have my heart! No but for real I just love this color!! I will be sad when it leaves next year!!

If you got the chance to read my post from yesterday you know that last week wasn’t the best but with some creative therapy using this goregous Petal Garden designer series paper made it so much better!

I picked out this beautiful sheet with roses that were Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum. The print was a little bold to take on a whole card front. So I decided to cut it down to 2″ by 5 1/2″. Then I added an Old Olive piece of card stock that was 2 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ behind the designer series paper. This helps bring out the Old Olive within the designer series paper and breaks up all that “purple” 😜 Well Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum that is!

I then used the new Whisper White classic weave ribbon. This ribbon is easy to work with. I love this technique of creating a bow. I cut off about 2 inches of the ribbon at a diagonal on both sides to keep it from fraying, plus it just looks nice. Then I take some ribbon still on the spoll and make a knot but not tighten it all the way yet. I’ll slide that cut off piece into the knot and then tighten. I use tear tape to adhere my ribbon to the back of the card stock.
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I die cut a stitched edge oval out of Whisper White card stock and stamped “Full of Love for You” from a beautiful stamp set that gives back. Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set is a Ronald McDonald House Charity set that for every set sold Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMDC) keeps families close to each other and surrounded by love when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home. You can help Stampin’ Up! support families through the RMHC and the Ronald McDonald House Program.” Check out page 233 in the back of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2018 Annual Catalog for more details. 
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I would like to give back to RMDC as well so for anyone that purchases the Petal Garden Share or the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set or the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, I will donate 15% of my commission. I will do this until the August 15th. Just use the Hostess Code: TF4NWQW when ordering the stamp set or designer series paper. 
To preorder the Petal Garden Share please email me at
saying you would like to preorder a Petal Garden Share. Then I will invoice you through PayPal. Then I will order the supplies and cut up and mail out.
As a thank you I will also send you a handmade card using the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set and Petal Garden designer series paper.
Have a Great Day
~Your Night Owl
Britney 🙂
Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Designer Series Paper

Just for You Petal Garden

This past week I was without a car due to my man’s car needing a new engine. So I was home without a car. This was a little frustrating but thankfully I had this new beautiful designer series paper called Petal Garden! When I first saw it in the catalog I was skeptical because of the color combo.
Whenever Stampin’ Up! puts out new catalogs one of my favorite things to look at is the new designer series paper!! I always want a pack of each. There are times I may not like the paper at the beginning but if I get it in my hand then I usually fall in love with it! Designer series paper packs are double sided paper (unless its a specialty sheet.) They come in 12″ by 12″ packs or 6″ by 6″ packs. Using designer series paper makes it easier to create a card or project since Stampin’ Up! creates “Suites” around the designer series paper with other products that coordinate like stamps, Memories & More and embellishments.
Petal Garden designer series paper is just so pretty once you see it used on projects. That’s how I fell in love with the paper before receiving it from my upline (Erica Cerwin) as an unexpected gift for helping out on our team page. I started out with creating a card that was based on a project that she created for Creative Convention by Ronda Wade. I 
think the only changes I made was the position of the bakers twine and the sentiment used. 
The card base is Calypso Coral card stock. Taking a full sheet of card stock you can score it at 4 1/4″ then rotate and cut the sheet in half at 5 1/2″. This gives you two cards per sheet of card stock.
Then taking the dsp I cut it down to 4 by 5 1/4 leaving as many of the flowers as I could. 
Die cut a stitched edge circle out of Whisper White card stock. 
As well as a heart die from the Sweet & Sassy heart framelits to die cut the designer series paper. 


I just stamped the sentiment “Just for you” from Watercolor Wings on Whisper White and flagged both edged. 
Popped the heart and the sentiment up with Stampin’ Dimensionals; I love those things!!!😝
To tie it all together I used Pool Party Bakers twines to wrap around the long edge of the card twice and tied a simple bow. The color of the bakers twine is so pretty! Then last step is add some bling and some Wink of Stella to the flowers!!
During the month of July Stampin’ Up! has an awesome promotion! For every $50 you spend before tax & shipping you will receive a $5 coupon code to use during the month of August. I have a Hostess code you can use during the month of July and you will receive Happy Mail from me! If you spend $150+ please don’t use the hostess code so you can receive your own Stampin’ Rewards.


Check back Saturday for some exciting news from yours truly!

Have a great day!

Your Night Owl,

Britney 🙂 


Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Card Kits

Lemon & Drinks

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I am so excited to tell you about two of my favorite stamp sets that I love using together!!

When I first got to see the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog I fell in love with a stamp set called Lemon Zest! It made me laugh so hard at the sentiments included!! The best part is there is a punch that goes along with it!

The other stamp set is called Mixed Drinks! Which has been around for at least 2 years now. I wanted it the first time I saw it as well but kept putting it on the back burner. Well now I have it and love using it!! I love this set because it can be a frosty mug of beer or root beer. It’s a very fun set to play around with.

Drinks Stamp

Check out a few of the cards I made using both the Lemon Zest and Mixed Drink stamp sets. The top left card uses the new designer series paper called Wood Texture. That paper is amazing and comes with a bunch of different wood textures in all different browns, whites and beige colors. Here I used the shabby white wood to give it a lemonade stand feel. The other two cards I used Color Theory designer series paper (DSP) and some of the Wood Texture DSP. I love the Color Theory paper, the ombre ones I love to use for the backgrounds. I punched out the lemons for two of the cards. The top left one I just used the lemon stamp to the background.

Each card has a stamped drink image that I stamped and fussy cut out. I used Wink of Stella and Fine Tip Glue on all the cards in different areas.

I loved how fun and bright these cards are! I have an opportunity for you to be able to make these same cards! I have created three To Go options for these cards plus 5 other cards designs!

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*Option A (Basic kit):  includes all 8 cards precut and scored. It also includes precut Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the backgrounds. These will be from both the Wood Textures and Color Theory (Colors may vary). The die cuts will be made for you as well. The basic kit does not come with anything but the paper needed for the cards. I will include the Whisper White paper that you will need to stamp and punch the images on.

Demonstrators are not allowed to stamp images out for you. This is why I have two other options.

*Option B includes the basic kit plus the Lemon Zest bundle which is the clear stamp set and punch.

*Option C includes the basic kit plus Everything you need to create these cards! This is a great way to start your stamping supplies or just add some items that are staples in most card making.

*You will also need ink and blocks for the stamps.

I do not have the supplies on hand so I will order all supplies and product the day after the deadline to sign up. From there it takes at least a week to get the order than a week to prep all the supplies and ship out.

Deadline to preorder is July 22nd, 2017.

Preorder your kit by emailing me at Hopepapercreations with which option you’d like. Then I’ll PayPal you an invoice. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing a couple cards that I used both Lemon Zest and Mixed Drinks on! I had a lot of fun putting them together! Have a great day!

~Your Night Owl,


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Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Card Kits

Soft Sayings Left Overs

IMG_3395Soft Sayings is a beautiful card kit from Stampin’ Up! that has supplies to make 20 cards in a variety of sizes and still have some left overs! I love left overs from kits, it means its worth the money spent on it.  The picture to the right is just half of the cards. You get supplies to do two of each and they include envelopes.

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I decided I wanted to make a card with the left overs and stamp set to go along with the card sketch from the Global Design Project.  It’s fun to play along with their new challenges every week!





Here’s a close up of the card. I splattered it with some Tranquil Tide using the Stampin’ Write Marker and Wink of Stella. I used the washi tape and bakers twine from the Soft Sayings Kit.

I used a Lemon Lime Twist Cardbase as well as a piece for the small die cut stitched oval. I used the new designer series paper called Wood Textures. It is awesome paper!! It has many types of wood textures!

This card is gender neutral but could easily be a manly card. Which I feel like I like most card makers have a hard time creating. Do you have a hard time making manly cards?





During the month of July Stampin’ Up! has an awesome promotion called Bonus Days! if you spend $50 then you will receive a $5 coupon code to use in August! I have a hostess code for July. If you spend $25 then you will receive Happy Mail from me!

Make sure to check back to learn about a fundraiser I’m doing with the sale of Soft Sayings Kits and even something special with this card above!

Annual Catalog 2017-2018

Are you a Planner?

DesignAre you a planner? Do you use your phone to keep track of your schedule or do you use a planner?

As much as I love using my phone to keep track of my schedule. I feel like I remember more when I write it down. Having a planner can become a creative outlet that we all need to relieve stress. In fact the new Stampin’ Up! planner has the perfect blend of space to keep track of your busy life and add some creative flair! You can add some simple creative touches or make it into a memory keeping album.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a beautiful planner this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I love the colors they chose and the use of flowers. Oh the sticky notes are super cute too! They even have photo pocket pages to make your planner into a beautiful memory keeping book as well!

Our planners are not dated, this allows you to start your planner anytime during the year. Another awesome use for it is you can use it for memory keeping as well as a planner. Print all those photos you have taken that are stuck on your phone. Then stick them in there in the photo sheet or with Washi tape!


Here’s details of the kit:

Love Today Planner Kit 144257
Price: $37.00
This planner will help keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet too! This all-inclusive kit with has everything you need to create a customizable yearly planner.

* No dates are printed, so you can start when you want.
* Write, stamp, or draw your own.
* Printed Night of Navy/gold foil binder with gold metal corner accents.
* Binder size: 7-3/4″” x 8-3/4″” (19.7 x 22.2 x 5.1cm).
* Includes Night of Navy 2-ring binder; 12 divider pages; calendar pages; 4 photo protector pages (hold six photos each), 5″” x 7″”( 12.7 x 17.8 cm); page lifter, 3″” x 8-1/4″” (7.6 x 21 cm); printed and gold foil accent stickers; sticky notes.
* Refill kit available (sold separately).
* Colors: Gold, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Real Red.

Check out the video Here!

Direct link to the planner Here! They even have a refill kit if you want to continue the year or add some extra pages.

Some other fun products you could use within your planner!
Left to right: Tabs For Everything Photopolymer Stamp Set, Journaling Pens, Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set, Basic Pack Washi Tape 1-4


I have a July Hostess code that you can use. Any order of $25 will receive Happy Mail from me. If you have an order of $150, don’t use the code so you can receive your own hostess rewards! Order at Stampin’ Up! Store


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Eclectic Easel Card


The Global Design Project is an amazing website where stampers can join in on challenges! I was excited to see this color challenge! I’m so in love with the color combo! Berry Burst is one of my top favorite colors right now! Pool Party is always on my list and Lemon Lime Twist is growing on me!

I created an easel card with the new Natually Eclectic Designer Series Paper! I’m so in love with the paper pack!!! It has beautiful bright colors that make for easy cards that have a punch!

IMG_3312Here’s a close up of the card  I used Wink of Stella on just parts of the designer series paper. It really adds so much to the over all Card, especially in person.

The die cut squares are from the Stitched Shapes Framelit set. It comes with a variety of sizes in squares, circles, and ovals. The stitching detail adds so much more that a regular die cut shape. I use them all the time now!!

The sentiment I used comes from one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Annual catalog. It’s called You’re Priceless! I love it because it has diamonds. My team name for my downline is “Diamonds in the Rough”. So the stamp set fits perfect. Even the Natually Eclectic designer series paper has a design with diamonds on it!

I used Berry Burst card stock for the card base. To make an easel card you cut and score the card base like normal. I fold the card, then I take one side and fold it to the center fold line. You’ll then need a card size front to add to that fold. Then cut the Naturally Eclectic designer series paper to 4 x 5 1-4 inches. I wet it a little then scrunched it up. Mine ripped a little so I went with it and added staples. I love adding staples to cards, makes me feel like a rebel!! 😝


I added a watercolor wash to the white small square and let dry before adding my sentiment. Then I added some Wink of Stella. I glued down the Lemon Lime Twist die cut square then wrapped some Pool Party Bakers Twine and tied into a bow. Added the sentiment square with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  My final touches to a card are usually rhinestones to add some bling!!

The inside of the card I added a layer of white cardstock. For an easel card to stand up you need to add some kind of dimension on the inside just under half way. I decided to add a sentiment from the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

I have a July Hostess code that you can use. Any order of $25 will receive Happy Mail from me. If you have an order of $150, don’t use the code so you can receive your own hostess rewards! Order at Stampin’ Up! Store


Have you you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? Stampin’ Up! has an awesome joining promotion going on during the month of July! Click my promotions tab to learn more!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my easel card using the color combo from Global Design Project! I hope you give their challenges a try as well as an easel card!

Britney ☺️


Extra Extra: Edition 2!

Welcome to Extra Extra: Edition 2! Read all about some upcoming classes and promotions from Stampin’ Up!

We only have 3 days left in June then July is full of fun to start the holiday season early! 😱 I know most people don’t enjoy having Christmas start early but you’ll be able to create with no stress. 

I’m so excited about these promotions Stampin’ Up! has given us for July!! 

The first one is Bonus Days! During the month of July for every $50 you spend before tax and shipping you will receive a $5 coupon code to use in August! This is a great way to save some money as you create your Christmas cards, gift tags, gift packaging and gifts! 

Ho, ho, ho! The Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)! With so many basic items provided for you, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Last but surely not least is my own Create Along class! Christmas in July Card kit that has everything precut and scored for 6 cards! Preorder the kit $20 including shipping and then you’ll be invited to a secret FB group where I will go Facebook Live and create the cards so you can follow along with me! You’ll be able to ask me questions as we go or go back to look at the recording. I will also provide the PDF with the class. The stamps, adhesive and rhinestones are not included in the kit. 

Email me to sign up for the Create Along Christmas in July 

If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below or to email my at

Thanks 😊