January 16, 2021


In my last post, I whined about my photo shooting setup dying and the poor quality of photos I ended up getting with my quick old school setup. Remember?

Well, I immediately did some research into the top ten photo setups on the market, and decided on one that was within my price range. I ordered it immediately. This was on Tuesday. Incredibly, it arrived on THURSDAY! Woo hoo! 

Yesterday I set it up for the first time and did some experimental shooting. It is drastically different from what I'd been using the past three years. So, I am not completely satisfied with the results quite yet. But the photos shown below will suffice. I guess. I need to do some more work with it.

OK. Now that's all cleared up. It's onward soldiers!

Have you had a chance to check out the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and the brochure for Sale-a-Bration? No, you say?

Well, as a demo, I am able to earn Sale-a-Bration goodies ahead of time. I love strawberries. So I was drawn to the combo freebie of the Berry Blessings stamp set and the coordinating Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper, both on page 14 of the brochure.

The DSP is especially delightful. So fresh and juicy! Almost makes a person think of summer. Or, at least, weather that is a whole lot more pleasant than what we're having now, mid-January.

This card was so much fun to put together. 
With the gorgeous DSP, it almost made itself, truth be told.

A little close-up of the sentiment portion:

The berries were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, 
then colored with my beloved Stampin' Blends:

I will share with you a quick tutorial on how to create a card like this. But, FIRST, you have to get your hands on this stamp set and DSP! (Contact me!)

White cardstock
Poppy Parade cardstock
Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (page 14, Sale-a-Bration Brochure)

Four Seasons Floral (pages 4 and 5, Make Beautiful Things brochure)
Berry Blessings (page 14, Sale-a-Bration Brochure)

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampin' Blends in Light and Dark Poppy Parade and Light and Dark Shaded Spruce (or coloring medium of choice)

Sparkly Gem (I'd happened to find these on the Clearance Rack)
Sstitched So Sweetly Dies (page 179, Annual Catalog)
Die cutting machine
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Poppy Parade cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Cut a piece measuring 4" x 5 1/4" from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper and mount it to the card base.

Stamp four of the strawberries from the Berry Blessing stamp set onto a strip of white cardstock that measures 1 3/4" x 5". Color the berries as you wish.

On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment in black ink. The sentiment is from the Four Seasons Floral stamp set. Cut it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly die set.

Add the sentiment piece to a rectangle measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut from Poppy Parade cardstock.

Adhere this to the card towards the bottom right with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

Add a glittery embellishment in the upper right corner of the sentiment.



  1. Love those bight fruity colours. Definitely reminding me of summer. Gorgeous! #Mischiefandmemories

  2. What a lovely, fresh and bright colour palette. Perfect for brightening up these gloomy winter days!

    Katrina x

    1. Thanks, Katrina! It is especially nice on a gloomy day as we're having today.

  3. These bright berries make me think of summer! What a cute card. I am going to have to check out the sale a bration catalog.

    1. Thanks! Please do check out the Sale-A-Bration brochure! Let me know if I can help.

  4. How fun and cheerful! Berries always make me happy! :-)

    I found my way here from the Mini Linky Party.


    1. Thank you so much, Bethany! I'm so glad you stopped by. Please come back again!

  5. Very cute card.
    Thank you for sharing your card with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Have a fabulous week.

  6. So refreshing in the throes of winter (snowing here in the midwest tonight)! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    1. I agree with your sentiment about berries in the throes of winter!