Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last Chance for Botanical Blooms

Hi Stampers,

Have you checked out the new Clearance Rack deals posted this week?  When I was looking through them and saw all the beautiful designer papers there, I was inspired to get out my beautiful Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Paper once again.  This paper has rich, gorgeous colors - Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla with Copper Foil accents.

I decided to pair the DSP with another retiring favorite, Botanical Blooms and the matching Botanical Builder Framelits.  I love the copper foil accents in this paper!

I die-cut & layered flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits in Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  I sponged the edges of the flower petals with matching inks on Sponge Daubers.  The flower centers are Rich Razzleberry Enamel Shapes from the Brights Collection.

The leaves are die-cut from Mint Macaron cardstock.

A length of Copper Metallic Thread adhered behind the flowers with a Glue Dot coordinates nicely with the copper foil accents in the designer paper.  The sentiment is from another retiring stamp set called Suite Sentiments.

This is another "Last Chance" card.  Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Paper is deeply discounted on the Clearance Rack at $5.20.  Botanical Blooms, the Botanical Builder Framelits & Suite Sentiments are all on the Retiring List at discounted prices also!

Shop now to stock up on these great products before they're gone forever!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Falling For You - Last Chance Card!

Hi Stampers,

We made this "last chance" card at my class on Sunday.  I call it a last chance card because all of the products used here except for the cardstock and inks are retiring at the end of May!

Isn't it gorgeous?  And best of all, it took only a few minutes to create.  The stamp set is called Falling For You.  I love the fonts in this one and there are sentiments for any loving occasion - "for the bride & groom", "anniversary wishes", "every heart needs one special person to love", "celebrating with you", and more.

This one uses Soft Sky cardstock for the base.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a 1" strip of Very Vanilla, flagged at both ends using the Triple Banner Punch.  The background is embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  The leaves are die-cut from the Stylish Stems Framelits using Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper (this was a free Sale-a-Bration item).  The Lace Doilies are printed Very Vanilla on one side and white on the other.  A single flower from the Falling In Love Embellishments completes this card.

This time I used Perfect Plum cardstock, Elegant Eggplant ink and Gold Glimmer Paper.  Here's a tip for using the Triple Banner Punch:  when punching a 1" banner on both ends, cut your strip of cardstock exactly 1" longer than you want the finished banner to measure - the TBP takes off 1/2" from each end.

More and more of the retiring products are disappearing every day, so shop early to avoid disappointment!

Happy stamping,

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lift Me Up With Copper Accents

Hey friends,

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  Ours was spent visiting with friends we hadn't seen in way too long, plus doing some yardwork, and of course, some papercrafting.  You know what they say, a day without crafting is like a day without sunshine (or something like that!)

I have another card to share that I made using the Lift Me Up Bundle - so glad that this one is not retiring yet!  I've probably made more cards from this bundle than any other set I own.

This one is an easel card I made for a good friend.  If you've never made an easel card, a search on Pinterest will pull up dozens of tutorials on how it's done!  When folded flat, this card is a standard A2 size.  The colors here are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder & Peekaboo Peach.

I used my Copper Foil sheets to add accents on the large balloon.  Love how the copper shines!

I stamped the small and medium sized balloons with my Versamark ink pad and sprinkled them with Copper Embossing Powder and set it with the Heat Tool.

The clouds and the balloon are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals so the back of the card rests against them to stand upright.  The greeting was heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, too. The flagged tail on the greeting was made using the Triple Banner Punch - in my opinion, this is a must-have punch.  You can use it to make a tail on any width banner up to 2 inches!

The Lift Me Up Bundle is so versatile - just changing the colors can make it perfect for a girl or a guy.  Even though the stamp set & die-cuts will still be available after May 31, the special bundle pricing (10% savings) will not, so if this is on your wish list, order it now & save!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Happy stamping,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Let's Thank Our Heroes

Hey Friends!

Today I'm sharing cards I designed to show appreciation for our nation's military heroes.  A friend asked me for a set of cards she could use to send to retired military friends on Veteran's Day, but why wait for a special day?  Our troops both active & retired need to know they are appreciated everyday!

These are quick and easy to make.  Both use only two colors of ink - Real Red and Dapper Denim -on a Thick Whisper White card base.

There are four different stamp sets that I used on these cards.  The sad thing is, three of the four are on the retiring list!  I use them all a lot, and will continue using them for my own personal projects.  On the first card, the swooshes and hearts are from Work of Art.  This one is carrying over to the new catalog coming in June.  The "thank you" is from Tin of Cards, and "for your service" is from Endless Thanks, both retiring in May.  The white star is die-cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Stars Framelits Dies.  The Stars Framelits are also on the retiring list.

The second card uses Gorgeous Grunge to make the spatters across the card - I stamped 2 different images multiple times to get this effect.  Gorgeous Grunge is retiring and will no longer be available after May 31.  The stars once again are cut using the Stars Framelits (retiring) out of Dazzling Diamonds and Red Glimmer Paper.  The smallest stars were punched out with a previously retired punch.

I used Real Red & Dapper Denim  cardstock to make a box that holds a dozen of these cards and envelopes using my Envelope Punch Board.  The square decorating the boxtop was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I hope you have enjoyed this project!  

Visit my website today to see the complete list of retiring products.  Any order that contains one or more of the retiring stamps or dies used in this project will get a free pdf instruction sheet of how to make the card box - just make sure to provide me with your email address!

Happy stamping,

Friday, March 31, 2017


Hi Stampers,

Here's a card I designed to tell some very special friends that I'll be missing them when they leave! It's a little different twist on the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I knew that I wanted to use "Goodbye & Good Luck" from Banners For You, and I thought that the hot air balloons floating away would be the perfect image to pair with it.

My colors are Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, and Watermelon Wonder.  If you read my blog, you know that Pool Party is one of my go-to colors.  It looks great with almost anything!

The Goodbye & Good Luck is stamped with Versamark and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  The banner was die-cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies.  Banners For You and Bunch of Banners are available together as a bundle (save 10%)!

One of the smaller balloons was embossed with copper, also - love how it melts so smooth and shiny!

I hope my friends like this card.  If you know anyone who is leaving the neighborhood, leaving the office, or maybe (best of all!) retiring, this would make a heartfelt keepsake that would be a reminder of the friendship you share.

Keep on Stampin',

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Hi Stampers,

BEST. GUY. EVER.  What a bold sentiment.  Perfect for the special man in my life.  In sickness and in health, he takes such good care of me!

Here I am with my BEST. GUY. EVER.  No, we weren't in Hawaii, but we were at a luau!

And here's another card I designed using the Lift Me Up Bundle and Suite Sentiments.

The colors are Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Whisper White.  The striped designer paper is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Did you know that each of the Stampin' Up color families has it's own Designer Series Paper Stack that includes every color in that family?  Sweet!  The Whisper White square was die-cut with my Stitched Shapes Framelits.

A gold Metallic Enamel Shape adds just the tiniest bit of bling.

I love that Stampin' Up sells Crumb Cake envelopes for perfect color coordination.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thank You So Very Much

Hi Stampers,

Today's share is a simple one-layer card I created for my customers who placed orders with me this month.

This card uses So Very Much (Item #143343), a free Sale-a-Bration stamp set.  I CASE'd (Copy And Share Everything) this card from Succeed Weekly, the newsletter for Stampin' Up Demonstrators.  I love the elegant, free-flowing font.  The size of this stamp makes it the star of the show - a few well-placed flowers and two small strips of designer paper are all that's needed to complete this design.

I used Basic Black Archival Ink to stamp the image.  It's a bold, intense black that makes all my projects look perfect.

The flowers and leaves are from Endless Thanks, stamped in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Emerald Envy.  The designer paper is from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I added Metallic Enamel Shapes to the centers of the flowers and tied a bow from Basic Black & Melon Mambo Baker's Twine (retired - Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine or Basic Black Baker's Twine would make a great substitute!)

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  There are only a few days left to place your Sale-a-Bration order - this once-a-year event ends on March 31!  If you would like to own So Very Much, visit my website today - it's yours free with any $50 Stampin' Up order!

Happy stamping,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Make It Masculine

Hi Stampers,

"I need a card for a guy," she said.  Huh?  You want me to make a card without glitter or flowers?  Impossible!  You need to understand, I struggle with cards for the guys.  I'm much more comfortable working with soft colors and flowers than with "manly" colors and images.  So when a customer asked me to create a card for her grandson, I got a little nervous.  Quite honestly, I never really paid much attention to "Best Guy Ever" in the Suite Sentiments set, but that's what she asked for.

After a little Pinterest "research", ideas started forming and once I got started, I couldn't stop!

This is the first card I designed, and I couldn't be more pleased with it.  Incidentally, this is the one my customer chose from the three that I showed her.

The combination of Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Whisper White is stunning.  Throw in a dash of Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder, and you have winner!  The designer paper is a Sale-a-Bration freebie called Carried Away (#143608).

Stamps and die-cuts are from the Lift Me Up Bundle.  All the balloons are stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I cut the circle from the DSP using a my Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Three Metallic Enamel Shapes frame BEST. GUY. EVER.

Only a few more days until Sale-a-Bration is over until next year...March 31 is your last chance to get any of the great free items including the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Don't wait - once they're gone, they're gone forever!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grateful for Friends, Both New & Old

Hi Stampers,

I held my last class for the season in Bonita Springs last week and I'm just sitting here thinking about all the new friends I've made and what a wonderful time we've enjoyed together.  I love showing people how easy it is to create a beautiful project that they can be proud of.  Sometimes I even teach a thing or two to experienced stampers (or they teach me)!  Either way, it puts a smile on everyone's face.  I love my job!

If you've taken one of my winter classes and you're reading this today, know that I appreciate you and I'm so glad to call you my friend!  I hope we can get together again in the future.  If you've taken my summer classes in the past, I can't wait to see you again.  We're gonna have a good time!

Moving on to the reason you're visiting my blog today...

The stamp set is Beautiful You, with the addition of the flowers which are from Love and Affection.  I wanted Sweet Sugarplum as my main color so I could use my Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper (a Sale-a-Bration freebie!).  I was trying to decide what to use as a secondary color and when I laid down a sheet of Pool Party cardstock next to Sweet Sugarplum, it just "popped".  Pool Party is one of my all-time favorite go-to colors...I will be very said if Stampin' Up ever discontinues it.  Are you listening, Sara?  Please don't take my Pool Party away!

This would be a good card for so many congratulations-worthy occasions.  I'm thinking about graduations, engagements, maybe a promotion at work, or the purchase of a new home. I'll be you can come up with a lot more ideas.

 The dancing girl is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink and colored with Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers.  Stampin' Up's Archival ink is what you want to use with water-based markers or Watercolor Pencils - the ink will not smear when mixed with water.  The Stampin' Write markers are available as sets from each of the basic four color families - Brights, Regals, Subtles, or Neutrals, plus the two current In-Color collections.  Or you can splurge and purchase the whole set!  Pool Party is part of the Subtles family, and Sweet Sugarplum is included in the 2016-2018 In-Color markers.  The designer paper is 1-1/2" x 3-3/4" and is from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  

I use this paper a lot in my cardmaking because of all the lovely words on it.  I can see using it as a great background paper for scrapbooking, too, as the sheets are 12" x 12".

"Congrats" is cut using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  The set also includes the words "Hope", "Love" and "Sunshine", plus a heart, flower, and a butterfly.  The Sunshine Sayings stamp set was designed to coordinate with these Thinlits.  I recently bought both and have a lot of ideas percolating in my brain using them...stay tuned!

Remember, we are nearing the end of 2017 Sale-a-Bration (March 31).  If there are any Sale-a-Bration items that you are still wanting, don't hesitate!  When they're gone, they're gone for good.  If you need a Sale-a-Bration flyer or any current catalog, send me an email, I will get one to you asap! Click here or on the Shop Now button on this page to visit my website today.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tasty Trucks

Hi Stampers,

Have you seen the charming new stamp set "Tasty Trucks"?  It's adorable!  And even better, it's FREE with any $50 Stampin Up' purchase during 2017 Sale-a-Bration.

How cute is that?!  This stamp set is customizable for a lot of different occasions with the included sentiments.  And instead of cupcakes, your truck can carry ice cream, tacos, hot dogs or pancakes. Sweet!  I stamped my truck with Archival Black, which is perfect to use with Watercolor Pencils.  Did you notice that the stripe on the truck matches my background designer paper?  If you've never done any paper piecing, it's a simple technique with a big WOW factor.  Just stamp the truck on the designer paper, cut out the section you want with paper snips & attach to your colored image with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

I used Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry to stamp "Happy Birthday".  The Melon Mambo is stamped full-strength, then stamped a second time without re-inking.  

Here's another version of this card using Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry.

The Stitched Shapes Framelits make a perfect background for this cute little truck.  

The design of this card was inspired by my friend Vicki - here is the card she sent me:

If you love Tasty Trucks, visit my website to get yours today-it's item #143300.  FREE with any $50 purchase. They're only available until March 31, or while supplies last - don't miss out!  

Happy stamping,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Hi Stampers,

Happy First Day of Spring!  This card is for a beautiful lady with a spring birthday.  It's done totally with Sweet Sugarplum - cardstock, designer paper, glimmer paper and enamel shapes.  Do you like the monochromatic look?

The 1/2" strip of Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper is from the free Glimmer Paper pack available with any $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration (thru March 31 or while supplies last)!  The print is Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, cut 5-1/2" x 1-1/2".  The image is part of the Beautiful You stamp set, as is the sentiment.

The dress uses the paper-piecing technique.  If you're not familiar with it, simply stamp a second image onto your designer paper, cut with paper snips & adhere to your original stamped image.  Voila!

The panel with the stamped image is 2" x 3-3/4".  That lovely little bit of lace is half of a Lace Doily, and the heart comes from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes.

This simple but elegant card is easy enough for any beginning stamper.  If I can help you get started on your stamping journey, please feel free to contact me!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

All That Glitter!

Hi Stampers,

Have you ordered your free Sale-a-Bration 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper?  What are you waiting for?! Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31, but supplies of this beautiful paper may not last that long.  The pack includes three different colors, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron & Sweet Sugarplum.  They are gorgeous!  Here's a card I created with the Bermuda Bay & Mint Macaron:

My photo doesn't do this card justice, but hopefully you get the idea.  The glimmer paper behind the die-cut flower is so shimmery and eye-catching!  The die-cuts are the largest flower in the Special Reason Bundle.  The leaves are die-cut from the same bundle.

The sentiment is from Suite Sentiments - love the beautiful font on this one.  Such a heart-warming sentiment for a special friend!

The sentiment is stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  The banner is flagged on both ends using the Triple Banner Punch.  I attached a strip of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon to the card front first, then adhered the banner on top of it using Dimensionals.

The card base is made of Thick Whisper White.  The mat is Bermuda Bay, and the card front is regular weight Whisper White.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  Remember, this Glimmer Paper pack is free with any $50 Stampin' Up' purchase made through my website, but only until March 31 or while supplies last.  Click any link in this post or click the "Shop Now" link on the left side of the page to arrive at my website.

Happy stamping,