I am honored today to be the featured stamper over at Jingle Belles!

I have been a fan of the Jingle Belles challenge for years! I think the idea of creating a card a week to “take back Christmas” is brilliant! I thought of JB again because I was wanting to create a slimline card using this unique Santa Express Suite.

The slimline format is perfect for this Santa Express train card. I love fun-folds and I thought, why not take things up a notch.

See the instructions below for making this fun fold.

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I loved this card so much, I decided to make it the star of one of my upcoming kits. You can make this card yourself – I do all the die-cutting and fun-fold cutting. You just supply the stamps, ink, adhesives, and assembly. Check it out here if you are interested – Santa Express Kit.

Santa Express Slimline Card


Shaded Spruce


  • See below for card base instructions. Shaded Spruce starts at 8 ½” x 8”
  • Designer Series Paper at various sizes and patterns (below)
  • Basic White at 6” x 3 ¾”


  1. Kit owners:    Much of the cutting and punching and die-cutting has been done for you. Simply gather your ink pads, stamps, blocks, snips and adhesives. The following cutting and scoring instructions are provided for when you want to repeat these instructions for your own use. You may need to cut the Designer Series Paper, and fussy-cut some of the images.
  2. Cut Card Base according to diagram:
    1. Card Base Shaded Spruce 8 ½” x 8”
    2. Cut a 4” line, 2 ¼” from the left edge, and 1 ½” up from the bottom edge
    3. Score to the left of the cut line at the 1 ½”, 3” and 5 ½” marks
    4. Score to the right of the cut line at the 4” mark
    5. Burnish the score lines well

  1. Cut Basic White for inside at 6” x 3 ¾”
  2. Cut Designer Series Paper for inside at 2” x 2 ¼”.
  3. Cut Designer Series Paper 8 ¼” x 1 ⅜” and adhere along bottom of card front.
  4. Cut Designer Series Paper 6” x 3” and adhere to main large panel.
  5. Cut Designer Series Paper 2” x 2” and adhere to left back.panel
  6. Die-cut Santa car, car with gifts, and car with reindeer from Designer Series Paper.
  7. Die-cut train tracks from Basic Black card stock. Adhere to bottom of card front with small amounts of liquid glue.
  8. Stamp smoke puffs on a Basic White scrap. Stamp penguin on a Basic White scrap. Die-cut images, and color with Blends.
  9. Adhere train cars with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Adhere trim with liquid glue, and add a teeny-tiny bow to the center car.
  11. Add puffs of smoke with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  12. Sprinkle on the gems. Add a little glitz on the puffs with Wink-of-Stella.
  13. Decorate the inside and envelope as desired. Fits in business-sized envelope, or slimline envelopes from SU!


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July and August are unique and fantastic months because of Sale-a-Bration. Stampin’ Up! offers free stuff with every $50 you purchase. This week I will sweeten the pot and give you even more free stuff beyond what Stampin’ Up! is giving you.

Order anything over $35 (before tax and shipping) and get the 4-card kit shown in the video absolutely free. This sweet kit includes two clean-and-simple cards, and two unique fun-folds. (I do the hard parts of cutting and folding for you.)

Place an order over $50 and earn a free item from Stampin’ Up!, plus a free 4-card kit, plus a 1/2 roll of scrumptious ribbon.

Place an order over $100 (before tax and shipping) and WOW! you earn one or two items from Stampin’ Up, plus TWO free 4-card kits, plus a whole roll of ribbon.

Watch the free class video replay and get answers to these questions:

*Which 4 cards (and ingredients) are included?
*How can I get the card kit for free?
*How can I recreate the unique fun-fold in the birdie card?
*How can I get a full pack of this Designer Series Paper for free?
*Tips for using the Stamp-a-Ratus to stamp straight sentiments
*A clean-and-simple sketch design that will work with any Designer Series Paper

Watch the replay here

Earn this paper called Rings of Love absolutely FREE
Product List
Rings Of Love 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Very Best Occasions Cling Stamp Set (English)
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Evening Evergreen 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Poppy Parade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Petal Pink 3/8" (1 Cm) Soft Polyester Ribbon
Label Me Lovely Punch
Handmade Tag Punch
Timeworn Type 3 D Embossing Folder
Give It A Whirl Dies
Deckled Rectangles Dies
Layering Circles Dies

This happy kit includes ingredients for 5 WOW! cards that are fun to make and fun to send, with lots of creative variety!! 

This is a Serenity-Unique kit with unique designs and packaged with care. This kit is simple to make, and yet still has a lot of variety and brightness and color and fun!

Stampin’ Up! has come out with a new planner! I’ve only been using it for a week, and already I am smitten.

For the month of June, the planner is only available to current demonstrators as a “pre-order” item. Starting in July, anyone can earn the planner by signing up with SU! The Starter Kit is already the best deal in the whole catalog ($125 for $99, no shipping NO KIDDING). Add in the free planner (valued at $55), and that is one heck of a deal.

I received my box of pre-order goodies the other day, including Christmas and autumn, and all the things. And seriously, all I want to do is play with this planner. Here are some photos for how I put it together.

All planning starts with our Purpose
Here is a weekly planning page with top priorities

Two free PDFs and a video are coming soon. The focus will be about “How to run my SU! business.”

If you want to sign up (a)to be notified when the free PDFs and video come out, and (b)for weekly planning tips – you can subscribe here.

If you want to learn more about earning this planner free – you can contact me here.

If you want to join the new Facebook community dedicated to this topic, you can participate here.

JUST UPLOADED! You can now watch my most recent In-Colors Your Way YouTube video to see a large variety of cards and products, and a few BINGO sneak peeks too!

  • What are In-Colors?

Every year, Stampin; Up! delivers five new colors to add to your collection. This year’s colors are bright and cheery – just what we need! SU! is known for color coordination – and this year’s product list does not disappoint. From card stock to glimmer paper, and even through to the Tea Boutique Suite, there is something for everyone. Which one will end up being your favorite?

2022-2024 In-Color
  • What are the 2022-24 In-Colors?

Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Tahitian Tide

  • How can I make this super-cute Lady Bug Card in all the colors?
Sweet Sorbet Lady Bug Card

This card sketch looks great in each of the five colors, and would also look great with different Designer Series Papers (DSPs) such as the Tea Boutique. Card is 7″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″. DSP layers are 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″and 5 1/4″ x 2″. For complete details and step by step instructions, earn this kit and the PDF absolutely free! (If you want just the PDF? You can get that here… And if you are a team member, you can get the kit here.)

  • How can I get the In-Colors my way?

It’s a great time to add these colors to your color library. Get the products now, and get maximum life out of them during 2022-2024.

BEST DEAL OF THE WHOLE CATALOG – Join, and earn $65 worth of In-Color products absolutely free.

Click here to learn more and join with Lela now.

(sung to the happy birthday tune) “Happy birthday to me. You geh-ettt free blends….”

BIRTHDAY MONTH ORDERING SPECIAL – Did you know it’s my birthday month? Did you also know that I love to spoil others for my birthday? Take advantage of the May Birthday ordering special and earn the Lady Bug kit free, plus a set of Blends (you pick the color), plus a nice variety of free handmade cards from my display rack.

Place an order this month at lelameinke.stampinup.net using this HOST CODE XCXBMUVH, and earn these rewards. (See below to build your shopping-list of In-Color products.)

  • Minimum $35 before tax and shipping – Free Ladybug kit (5 cards) shipped to you. Includes PDF.
  • Minimum $50 before tax and shipping – Free Ladybug kit and PDF, PLUS a pair of Blends (you choose the color), PLUS a surprise variety of 5 handmade cards from Lela’s display rack
  • Minimum $100 before tax and shipping – TWO FREE Ladybug kits and PDF, PLUS a pair of Blends (you choose the color), PLUS a surprise variety of 10 handmade cards from Lela’s display rack

PRODUCT SHARES – Want a little bit of all of it? Join in on an In-Color Product Share. I’m already taking sign-ups on a waiting list for when it opens up for next month again.

In-Color Product Share

BINGO – Want to possibly earn a free In-Color Product Share? Want to see many many many new samples from the new catalog, and get your hands on some of the new catalog goodness? Want to get a FREE PDF with a gallery of samples from the new catalog? It’s not too late to join in on BINGO. Learn more here.

  • What are all of the available In-Color products, and where can I order them? Click on any of the links below to be taken to my store… and remember to use host code XCXBMUVH to earn your free kit, Blends, and handmade cards!
Product List
Sweet Sorbet Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Parakeet Party Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Tahitian Tide Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Starry Sky Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Sweet Sorbet Classic Stampin' Pad
Parakeet Party Classic Stampin' Pad
Tahitian Tide Classic Stampin' Pad
Starry Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin' Pad
Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Tahitian Tide Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Starry Sky Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Orchid Oasis Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
2022–2024 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
Stampin’ Write Marker In Color 2022–2024
Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes
Tea Boutique 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
2022–2024 In Color™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Sweet Sorbet 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Parakeet Party 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Tahitian Tide 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Starry Sky 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Orchid Oasis 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
2022–2024 In Color™ 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
2022–2024 In Color™ 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Cardstock
2022–2024 In Color 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Glimmer Paper
2022 2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots
2022–2024 In Color Baker's Twine Pack
Sweet Sorbet 1/8'' (3.2 Mm) Metallic Woven Ribbon
Parakeet Party 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Metallic Woven Ribbon
Tahitian Tide 1/8'' (3.2 Mm) Metallic Woven Ribbon
Starry Sky 1/8'' (3.2 Mm) Metallic Woven Ribbon
Orchid Oasis 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Woven Metallic Ribbon

I am having a lot of fun blending the new In-Colors. Here is a quick how-to write-up for using the blending technique with the new Orchid Oasis In-Color.

  1. To achieve the coloring on the leaves, use the Light Shaded Spruce first. Then come back in with the Light Parakeet Party.
  2. To achieve the coloring on the petals, start by coloring the whole image in Light Fresh Freesia. Be careful not to go to close to the edge, to prevent bleeding.
  3. Come in with a light hand and use Light Orchid Oasis at the very base of the petals, and wherever you want shading. Follow the shading lines from SU! – and see the video for more details.
  4. Sweep through the middle section with Light Highland Heather. Move in a circular motion. Leave the very tips as just being Fresh Freesia.
  5. Let sit for a moment, then come through one final time with your Color Lifter to blend all of the colors together and to pull off some of the intensity. Be careful, always, to watch for color bleed by not going too close to the edge.

In the video, I hadn’t completed the design yet. But here it is, finished 🙂

Here are a few more I made today. I have so many things I “should” be doing, but it was raining and my puppy was cute. And all I wanted to do was color, and color some more. These were really just “practice” cards. I have ideas in mind for making them better. In all, I am pretty pleased. Not bad for a play day!

Product List (for the first card) – Only demonstrators can pre-order the new In-Colors and Designer Series Paper. Here is a list of what I used.

  • Orchid Oasis Cardstock
  • Basic White Cardstock
  • Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper
  • Color Lifter
  • Light Orchid Oasis Blend
  • Light Fresh Freesia Blend
  • Light Highland Heather Blend
  • Light Parakeet Party Blend
  • Light Shaded Spruce Blend

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This month’s “Featured Product” pays tribute to one of my favorite products in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. The Hand-Penned Suite is soft and subtle, beautiful and colorful. The stamps and dies carry forward into the new catalog for all of next year – but the delicate DSP (Designer Series Paper) is retiring this month. And once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Everything you need to know about the Featured Product is right here on this page:

  • Project instructions for one of my favorite cards!
  • Free online class / replay link
  • This month’s Ordering Special
  • The Product LIst
  • Other related links – buy just the pdf, get the team kit, join my team, subscribe, volunteer for the “cards for causes” team

Project Instructions


Gorgeous Grape

Basic Black

Basic White


Card Base Gorgeous Grape 8 ½” x 5 ½”

Layer 1 Basic Black 4” x 5 ¼”

Layer 2 Basic White 3 ¾” x 5”

Insider layer Basic White 4” x 5 ¼”


  1. Cut Card Base Gorgeous Grape 8 ½” x 5 ½”
  2. Cut Layer 1 Basic Black 4” x 5 ¼”. Adhere to card front.
  3. Cut Layer 2 Basic White 3 ¾” x 5”
  4. Cut Insider layer Basic White 4” x 5 ¼”. Adhere to card inside.
  5. Stamp images around Layer 2 in Memento Black ink. Stamp dots stamp in Highland Heather. Color remaining images with Blends. Colors used:  Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party. Attend the free online class / watch the replay to learn specific blending tips.
  6. Stamp sentiment in center. Adhere colored layer to card front.

Hand-Penned Farewell Free Online Class / Replay

Attend this month’s free zoom class, where I show you a variety of ways to work with this beautiful product. Return to this page any time and watch the replay.

From Thanks, to Feel Better, to messages of encouragement, these products are peaceful to cut, fold, color, send and receive. Learn about:
*Pairing Designer Series Paper with Stamping and Coloring Techniques
*Two Step Stamping
*Coloring with Blends
*Working in Black and White
*Using the matching dies
and more

Learn all the tips about to make the cards in the “free with minimum purchase” kit.

Click here to see other ways to use Hand-Penned.

Ordering Special

How can you make the most of my ordering special, you ask? You can participate a number of ways!

Ordering Special

Use the links below to order from my Stampin’ Up! storefront, and earn one of these kits (OR TWO) absolutely FREE! The PDF alone is valued at $15. Kit comes with 4 (or 5) card bases, envelopes, die-cuts, punches, ribbon lengths, and all the cut layers. You provide the stamps, ink, Blends and adhesives!

  • Free with Minimum Purchase of $35* – Free kit
  • Free with Minimum Purchase of $50* – Free kit, free pack of gems, free DSP sampler
  • Free with Minimum Purchase of $100* – TWO free kits, free pack of gems, free DSP sampler
  • Free with Hostess Party (You, or you and your friends, order over $150) – TWO free kits, SU! hostess rewards, free DSP sampler
  • *Total amount of product, before tax and shipping. Must use host code. Not valid with any other offer.

Product List

Here is the full suite of products I used to make the featured cards in the kit. Click any image to be taken to my store. Remember to use the host code.

Product List
Hand Penned Petals Bundle (English)
Hand Penned 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
2021–2023 In Color Shimmer Vellum
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Gorgeous Grape 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Fresh Freesia 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin' Pad
Genial Gems
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
Baker's Twine Essentials Pack
Fresh Freesia 3/8" (1 Cm) Open Weave Ribbon
Scalloped Contours Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Polished Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Fresh Freesia Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
So Saffron Stampin' Blends Combo Pack

Get just the PDF

If you want just the PDF, you can purchase it here. I am known for providing very detailed instructions and photos. You won’t want to miss out on these cards. I always design my cards so that you can substitute other products and still achieve great results.

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***This month’s selection of cards was carefully curated from cards found on the internet. I even purchased a PDF which looked too enticing. Then I made the cards my own. Thanks and acknowledgement go to Ronda Wade, Erica Cerwin, Wendy Lee, CraftyKarenDesigns, and Rose Grunewald.

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