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47 years and counting

The Mountain Magpie Number of Years

When I first saw the Number of Years Bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, I knew I had to have it. With sentiments for birthdays, anniversaries and more, it’s one of those sets that will see the light of day A LOT.

While I plan to stretch it to its limit, I needed a quick card for my sister’s 47th birthday coming up next week. I combined the Sunburst Thinlits Die with numbers from the Large Number Framelits Dies and some gorgeous paper from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper to come up with this clean and simple design. A strip of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon adds just the right amount of bling.

The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set that reads,”the number of years the world has been a better place because you’re in it.”

Isn’t that sweet?

Because my sister is younger than I, I can’t tease her about her age, so I may as well be sweet.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

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Make a Wish for PPA 284

The Mountain Magpie | Denise Hoepfner

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to play in a Pals Paper Arts challenge and when I saw this sketch by Maggie Mata for PPA 284, I almost decided to pass:


Why would I think of passing on this creative sketch? Nothing against the wonderful Maggie, but it’s ASYMMETRICAL. My symmetry-loving brain has a hard time going wonky. It’s why in the ’80s when all my friends were chopping their hair into asymmetrical hairstyles, mine stayed perfectly straight.

But, I decided to give it a go and I’m happy I did. I LOVE the way this card turned out, and I can see so many more possible designs using this same sketch.

Thank you, Maggie, for leading me along a crooked path! Bwahahahaha!

Centerstage on this card is the paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Pack, from the Occasions catalog. This big pack of paper is chock-full of fun designs for birthday and other cards.

The sentiment I used is from the Party Wishes stamp set, which is part of the same suite. I inked the words with my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write marker, but decided not to ink the confetti. Instead, I used the It’s My Party enamel dots to highlight the sentiment and keep the party of color going.

The white candle-covered paper is layered with Basic Black card stock and popped up with Dimensionals. I also had to use Dimensionals to even out the circle on the side adhered to the black paper.

There’s still time to play in this fun challenge!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

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Sunburst Sayings on a snowy day


Denise Hoepfner  The Mountain Magpie

It was snowing last weekend, when I spent an afternoon doing what I love — making cards. It seems as if I have so many friends and relatives with birthdays coming up. Of course, this gave me the excuse to use some of my new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, which you can find here: Handmade from the Heart.

With snow falling outside, I decided I needed to brighten things up. What better way to do it than with the Sunburst Sayings bundle? I chose to use this AH-MA-ZING set for a card for my (future) sister-in-law.

I cut out two die cuts, one is Rose Red and one in Blushing Bride. I then cut apart the Blushing Bride die cut and layered the pieces over every other ray. This not only gave it a two-tone look, it also added a layer of dimension.

The paper behind the die cut is from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. The designs in this pack are so fun, and perfect for all types of cards.

For the sentiment, I went with a simple Happy Birthday to You greeting, from the stamp set. I did add a little bit of bling behind the sentiment with a metallic gold foil doily. (Try saying “foil doily” three times fast.)

To finish it off, I adhered white sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment onto some of the white flowers on the paper.

There you have it!

For those of you who are expecting snow in the next few days, I wish you a cozy weekend of crafting!

Here’s what I used to make this card (Clicking link will take you to my personal store):

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An Open Heart sympathy card

Denise Hoepfner | An Open Heart

Recently, a very dear lady passed away and we needed a card to send to her daughter to let her know how much we cared for her mother. I love the sentiments of the An Open Heart stamp set, which can be used for sympathy and for encouragement.

To make this card, I watercolored the bird using my Stampin’ Pads and a Blender Pen. I used Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder and Basic Gray inks for the body, with Mint Macaron for the leaves, Hello Honey for the blossoms and Mossy Meadow for the leaves under the blossoms.

I thought the Mint Macaron dotted paper from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper would be a perfect low-key but beautiful background for the card. Basic Gray card stock gives the card some weight. To finish it off, I wrapped Linen Thread around the card.

This is a set that will likely remain in your collection for quite a while. I think it’s important to curate your purchases, choosing to spend your hard-earned money on a nice base of versatile and timeless stamps, with a few trendy ones thrown in just for fun.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

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You are a beautiful blessing

Denise Hoepfner | Rose Garden

When I saw the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits.

The sentiments are so lovely, with words of comfort, words of faith, words of encouragement and words of love. It is definitely something that could be part of your collection for a very long time.

To make this card, I used the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog for my rose, sponging the striped paper in Rose Red and Old Olive to give it a variegated look.

I didn’t want to make it too busy, so I adhered it to Whisper White card stock, with a layer of Smoky Slate behind it. I did pop up the white layer to give it some dimension.

This is headed to my future mother-in-law to thank her for all she has done for me.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

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So in Love for the InKing Royalty blog hop

So In Love
Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! Today’s “So In Love” Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share ideas for Valentine’s Day or new products we love. We are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop. After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
There are so many things I love in Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful line of products, but right now I’m especially enamored with the A Nice Cuppa Photopolymer Stamp Set and coordinating Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies from the current Occasions catalog. The cute teacups, the sweet sentiments and COORDINATING FRAMELITS, made this a must-have for me. I’m excited to show you the projects I made using this versatile bundle.
Denise Hoepfner|A Nice Cuppa 1
The first is a card for Mom that could be used for Mother’s Day or any day you want to let your mom know she is the best! This card could be stepped up even further by embossing  the sentiment. Other favorites from the Occasions catalog I used are the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, shown on both cards.
  Denise Hoepfner | A Nice Cuppa 2
This next card is headed to my tea-loving coworker who has a birthday this month. Paired with a nice box of her favorite brand, I know she’ll appreciate the gift.
For this card, I used the same DSP, just a different pattern from the set. I choose a different teacup and  cut it out in Pool Party card stock. I also used the heart-shaped smoke Framelit and cut it out in Smoky Slate card stock. To change it up a little more, I decided to make this a round card, because it seems to be a habit for me on blog hops. Because of the size, I used half a doily instead of full one.
These frilly cards are a little out of the box for me, but this set brings out a Downton Abbey side I didn’t know I had. 😀

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group, and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy stamping!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  6. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

Here’s what I used to make these two cards:

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Hello, birthday girl

Denise Hoepfner } The Mountain Magpie

Sometimes all you need is a cute little card with a big message. The Hello stamp set fits the bill, with its cheery greeting and sweet little sentiments.


You can’t buy this set, but you can get it for FREE when you buy $50 in products during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. This is a limited-time set and is only available through Feb. 15, or until supplies last, so don’t hesitate if this is on your wish list!


Here’s an even better deal: If you join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator during the Sale-A-Bration promotion, this is what you get:

  • $155 in in products that you choose for just $99! This is $30 more than the normal joining benefit, and is only available until March 31.
  • A 20 percent discount off future orders, with the opportunity to earn bigger discounts.
  • Free shipping on your kit.
  • Catalogs and other business supplies to share with your friends.
  • Support from the InKing Royalty team, as well as from other SU demonstrators to help you build your business,.
  • If you choose to join as a hobby demonstrator, that’s great, too! There’s no pressure to sell; you just need to meet the minimum quarterly amount to stay active. If at any time you don’t you just roll off without penalty.

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To make this card, I used my Stampin’ Write markers (Tempting Turquoise, Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight) to color the rubber. Before stamping I huffed on the stamp to reactivate the ink and make sure it was nice and juicy. The Thick Whisper White card stock is a perfect base for the bright colors, and the heavier weight gives it some heft despite the small 3″ X 3″ size.

Thanks for stopping by!