Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tailor Made Tree Thank You - Stampin' Up! Beauty of Friendship

   My card today is the one I sent out for June customer orders.  I made about 24 of them so they couldn't be super complicated or they never would have gotten finished and in the mail!  As it was they were sent out far later than I had hoped they would be!


 Not the best photo as the sun was working against me but you get the idea! This one starts with a Mossy Meadow base that I stamped along the edges with one of the stamps from the Stitchery set.  This set might get overlooked but I think it's a great one for adding a bit of delicate detail.  

  Next I added a strip of In Good Taste DSP across the cardfront.   The tag and hole reinforcement are cut with the new Tailor Made Tags in the annual catalog.  I love the sizes and stitched detail along the edges. 

  The tree is stamped in Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.  The sentiment is embossed in white onto Misty Moonlight and cut with the skinny rectangle die in the Beautiful Trees die set.  Before popping the tag up on dimensionals I used glue to add the hole reinforcement and tied it with a bit of Misty Moonlight ribbon and Braided Linen trim.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beauty of Friendship, Stitchery

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Misty Moonlight, In Good Taste DSP

Accessories: Tailor Made Tags dies, white embossing powder, dimensionals, Misty Moonlight ribbon (retired), Braided Linen trim (retired)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Pinecone Season - Stampin' Up! Christmas Season

   And so it begins! Christmas card season is underway! With the very soon release of the Stampin' Up! July-December mini catalog on August 3rd demonstrators around the world are sharing Christmas cards and other seasonal goodies.  Demonstrators have been able to pre-order (a really fun perk of being a demo if you're thinking about joining!) and are jumping right in with so many lovely creations.  

  I had a few Christmas sets carry over but I haven't been inspired to make much in the way of Christmas until my preorder arrived filled with new products.  Now I don't know where to start!  Luckily I follow a few Christmas challenge sites so I started there.  The 52 Christmas Card Throwdown has a fun theme of pine cones this week.

  The Christmas Season bundle was perfect for this challenge with the fun 2 step pine cones and matching dies.


This card starts with an Evening Evergreen base with a layer of Painted Christmas DSP along one side.  I stamped a few of each size of pine cone using Crumb Cake as the base and then Soft Suede as the accent layer and then cut them out.  I also stamped a few cluster of berries in Real Red and cut them out as well.

  For the sentiment I used the coordinating stamp set Christmas to Remember which is all sentiments that I know will get a lot of use in my stamp room this Christmas season.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock.  I then stamped holly leaves in Soft Sea Foam to add a little detail.  Using one of the label dies in the Seasonal Label die set I cut out the sentiment.

  I arranged the sentiment label, pine cones and berries along the edge of the DSP popping up the berries with dimensionals.  A bit of Real Red satin ribbon is tucked under the edge of the label for some shine.

  Definitely be on the lookout for more cards with this set in the next few months.  I think there are so many possibilities with these products!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Evening Evergreen, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam, Real Red

Paper: Evening Evergreen, Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Painted Christmas DSP

Accessories: Seasonal Labels dies, dimensionals, Real Red satin ribbon

Monday, July 19, 2021

Hats Off Teammates! - Stampin' Up! Hats Off

  I definitely have to get back to posting more than once a week!  I have a few minutes so I'm sharing a card I made last month to send out to my downline team.  They are always very self-sufficient but I still like to touch base occasionally and what better way than with a card?!

  I had the fun idea to do a tie dyed hat using the Hats Off set and the Spiral Dye background and I think it came out nicely.

  I used Melon Mambo for the base, then embossed a piece of Coastal Cabana with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  I stamped a few stars in Coastal Cabana ink to balance the left side of the card.

  I cut a star out of Daffodil Delight and layered that behind a bit of black baker's twine.  The fun DSP is from the Host pack Pattern Party DSP.

  The hat starts with the Spiral Dye stamp using Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight on Basic White cardstock.  I then stamped the hat outline right over the tie dyed pattern and then cut it out with the matching die.  I stamped and cut a second hat in Melon Mambo and then just cut out the brim to add to the tie dyed base.  I like the contrast and it's a little less busy than all tie dyed.

  The patch is made using a small sentiment from the Sweet Ice Cream set and cut out.  A Coastal Cabana star is added to bring a bit of that color to the hat layer.  The whole hat is popped on dimensionals.

  I had a few retired Coastal Cabana enamel shapes hiding in my drawer so I added those for a little extra.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hats Off, Sweet Ice Cream, Spiral Dye

Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Memento black, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Pattern Play DSP, Daffodil Delight

Accessories: Hat Builder dies, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, baker's twine, dimensionals, enamel shapes (retired)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Dahlia Bee Day - Stampin' Up! Delicate Dahlias - The Paper Players 550

   Wow!  This past week has been super busy!  We celebrated 2 birthdays, had out of state family visiting as well as a quick getaway for my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary which was a few weeks back.  But I always have time to stamp especially for The Paper Players who have a new challenge starting today!

 Leanne has given us this fun Clean and Simple challenge to use bees on our projects!

  I actually had to work pretty hard for this challenge as I have zero stamp sets with a bee in it!  Yikes!  How can that bee *groan* you ask?  I just don't keep retired sets and none of my current sets have a bee in them.  Luckily some retired DSP saved the day for me!

  I was really wanting to use some of my mini catalog pre-order but with the whole bee thing I decided to do the next best thing and show off an upcoming Sale-a-Bration stamp set; Delicate Dahlias. Bees and flowers go together.  It's so pretty and I didn't do it justice at all but I hope you'll get the idea.  The bee is cut out from the retired Golden Honey Specialty DSP and saved me!  I colored in the stripes of the bee with my light So Saffron Blends.

  I pulled my colors from the Color Hues challenge which is a new one for me.  I just recently learned that my fellow guest designer Nancy Leppek has numerous challenges which she runs and participates in so I had to play along because you can't have too many challenges for inspiration!  I think the colors of Aqua and Lime Green are fun and fresh!

  I hope there is enough white space for this one to be considered clean and simple.

  Check out more inspiration from the Design Team!

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Delicate Dahlias (SAB), Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Basic Gray

Blends: So Saffron light

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Golden Honey Specialty DSP (retired)

Accessories: Stitched with Whimsy dies, dimensionals, Elegant Faceted gems

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Harvest Coneflower - Stampin' Up! Nature's Harvest

  Happy Sunday stampers!  Are you ready for a new challenge from The Paper Players?  Jaydee has given us a beautiful set of colors to work with this time.  I thought at first look that I would go to a masculine theme but the colors ended up having a different idea!

 My Stampin' Up! July-December mini catalog preorder arrived just in time for me to use a number of new products for my card today.  The catalog goes live to customers on August 3rd (it was delayed from July due to all the shipping port problems around the world!) and I think there is something for every stamper if the size of my preorder is any indication!

  I used the Harvest Meadow suite for this card with a few other items thrown in for good measure.  I just kept adding and adding until it looked complete.  You know when you know right?

  This one starts with a Crumb Cake base topped with a piece of the new Harvest Meadow DSP in a lovely Misty Moonlight pattern and edged with a length of Very Vanilla scalloped trim.  

  Then I just built up each layer with a square vellum doily in the way back.  The Misty Moonlight label is cut with the new Seasonal Labels dies and stamped with the small flower stamp in Nature's Harvest stamp set.  The next layer is a Crumb Cake die cut and then the coneflower die cut.  I used watercolor paper to cut out the flower and then added the colors with an Aquapainter and ink pads.  The stigmas are colored with layers of Soft Suede, the petals are done with Bumblebee and the stem and leaves are Just Jade.

  The label is stamped in Soft Suede and die cut and popped up with dimensionals across the other layers. I added a few Elegant Faceted Gems for good measure to to add a tiny bit of sparkle to this vintage-y card.

  Check out The Paper Players Design Team samples and then play along with us!

Anne Marie

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nature's Harvest

Ink: Just Jade, Bumblebee, Soft Suede, Misty Moonlight

Paper: Crumb Cake, Harvest Meadow DSP, Misty Moonlight, Watercolor paper

Accessories: Very Vanilla scalloped lace trim, vellum doily, Harvest Dies, Seasonal Labels dies, dimensionals, Elegant Faceted gems

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Pink Triple Scoop - Stampin' Up! Sweet Ice Cream

   I'm so excited to be guest designing at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week.   This card from a few weeks back was a Designer's Choice which got me the fun invitation to join the fabulous TTTC design team for this challenge!

  There is a really fun choice board to work with this week.  Remember you can do any across, down or diagonal set of three.  

  For my card I used the right hand down column; Pink, Glitter and Ice Cream to make a fun birthday card.

   I started with a Very Vanilla thick card base then topped it with a piece of the recently retired Ice Cream Corner DSP.  I liked the crosshatch pattern that looks like an sugar cone and pairs nicely with my pinks.

  For my glitter element the most obvious is the strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer paper across the front but what doesn't show up well in the photo is the shimmery Pearlescent paper used on the 'sweet', as well as the Wink of Stella on the top scoops sprinkles and on the 'birthday'.  So trust me that there is some sparkle here.

  The cone and 'birthday' are popped on dimensionals and the 'sweet' is cut with the Playful Alphabet dies and foam adhesive sheets for a very dimensional look.

  Thanks to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge team for letting me join the fun for this challenge!  I hope you can play along and share your card to the gallery!

  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Ice Cream, Biggest Wish, Itty Bitty Christmas (retired)

Ink: Cinnamon Cider, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Ice Cream Corner DSP (retired), Very Vanilla, Pearlescent Specialty paper, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper (retired), Blushing Bride

Accessories: Ice Cream Cone builder punch, Playful Alphabet dies, foam sheets, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, candy dots (retired)

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Get Well Petals - Stampin' Up! Hand-Penned Petals

   My card today is another one that my stampers made at my new catalog open house a few weeks back.  This is a fun one that not only shows off the pretty stamps but also the coordinating Hand Penned DSP.

  This is a good design to have a few on hand to pop in the mail as soon as you hear that a loved one is feeling unwell.

  This one starts with a Misty Moonlight base with the flower image stamped all over in the same color ink.  A strip of DSP is cut with the scalloped edged die.

  A scalloped square in Basic White is the base for the stamped and die cut flower.  My stampers used one of the Tasteful Label dies instead as I realized after pulling the supplies for this project that the square dies were retired*.  The image outline is stamped in Misty Moonlight and then filled in with In Color Pale Papaya for the flowers and stamped off Garden Green for the leaves.  It's then popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment which is included in this set, is stamped in Misty Moonlight, die cut with the Tasteful Label dies and popped with dimensionals with a Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon flag.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hand-Penned Petals

Ink: Misty Moonlight, Pale Papaya, Garden Green

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Basic White, Hand Penned DSP

Accessories: Penned Flowers dies, Layering Square dies (retired)*, Tasteful Label dies, dimensionals, Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Star Filled Birthday - Stampin' Up! Biggest Wish

  Gosh it's Sunday already and we are back at The Paper Players challenge with a brand new bit of inspiration for you!  Just in time to celebrate the 4th of July Anne Marie has us working with Stars and/or Stripes!  So fun and festive!

  I didn't need a 4th of July card so I made a star filled birthday card instead!  I arranged my stars in into lines and that's kind of like a stripe right so I can check off both parts of the challenge!  You can do either stars or stripes or both so have fun with it!


This design is another one inspired by an item in a catalog.  It was a kids bath towel that had these colors and the stars in a line so I went with it for my card.  The base is Basic Black, then a layer of Basic White embossed with the retired Subtle folder.

  I cut out all the stars in Poppy Parade, Bumblebee and Polished Pink using the Stitched Stars dies.  Then using the All Squared Away stamp set to stamp some of the backgrounds onto the stars.  I did stamp off the Poppy Parade ink because my pad was a bit blotchy (might be time to replace it!) so the design is a bit less defined on those.

  To get my spacing mostly even I used temporary adhesive to line my Basic White panel up on my grid paper and followed the ruler lines to find the center and did the Bumblebee stars and then measured out for the 2 outside columns. I think they are mostly straight but don't look too closely!

  The sentiment is from Biggest Wish and is stamped in Versamark on Basic Black then embossed in white.  I fussy cut around each word then popped it up on a strips of vellum that I tore the ends from for some texture.

  The final bit of detail is the few From My Heart faceted gems on the edges of the sentiment vellum. 

  Check out the Paper Players Design team blog for more inspiration!

Anne Marie

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Biggest Wish, All Squared Away

Ink: Poppy Parade, Bumblebee, Polished Pink, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Basic White, Poppy Parade, Bumblebee, Polished Pink, vellum

Accessories: Stitched Stars dies, Subtle embossing folder (retired), white embossing powder, dimensionals, From My Heart faceted gems

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Whale Done Graduate! - Stampin' Up! Whale Done

   I haven't needed many graduation cards the last few years so when I needed one this week my choice of stamp sets were a little slim!  Luckily I have the Whale Done set which has the sentiment that is perfect for celebrating a big accomplishment.  I paired it up with this week's Paper Player Challenge.  Laurie has given us a fun sketch to work with this time.  I always like the ones that have a "any shape" element; I need that flexibility sometimes!



  It was a happy coincidence that one of the school colors is blue so when I was looking for some DSP to use in the background this pattern this one from the retired Whale of a Time DSP fit perfectly.

  I used the new Basic Borders dies to cut some clouds in the top of the Basic White rectangle panel to add a bit of interest.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed in black.  The other school color is orange so I added a bit of Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon under the sentiment.

  The whale is punched out, stamped and adhered to a Balmy Blue stitched circle.  The outside fin is popped with a tiny piece of dimensional as is the silver Glimmer paper water spout.  Then the whole circle is adhered with dimensionals.

  Check out the great ideas from the Paper Players design team and then play along with us!

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whale Done

Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Whale of a Time DSP (retired), Silver Glimmer (retired), Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue 

Accessories: Basic Borders dies, Whale Builder punch, Stitched Shapes dies (retired), black embossing powder, dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon (retired)

Thursday, June 24, 2021

FREE Shipping Today Only!

   Stampin' Up! is offering free shipping today (Thursday June 24) only for order $50 or more (before taxes).  

 Double check your wish lists and anything you still want from the January-June mini catalog and place your order today!   

  If you use Host Code JEEX96DG when ordering you'll be entered into my monthly door prize drawing.  Each $25 increment (before tax/shipping) gets one chance!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Spoonful of Love - Stampin' Up! What's Cookin'

   Today's card is another one that my stampers made at my new catalog open house last weekend.   The What's Cookin' bundle is a cute set that can be used for all sorts of projects; cards for the chefs in the family, recipe cards, cooking with the kids scrapbook pages etc. 

  I also used this project to show my stampers a few of the In Colors from last year.  Since I didn't hold any classes due to the pandemic my stampers didn't get to see the 2020-2022 in person unless they ordered the colors for themselves so this was a nice way to show them off a bit.

    The images in What's Cookin' are cute and the die cut shapes that coordinate are just as cute.  Look at that textured cutting board!!  And the little whisk?!  

  I started this card with a Just Jade base, then a layer of Basic White.  Next I used 3 panels and stamped a different image on each one in a repeating pattern and then adhered them to the Basic White panel.

  The cutting board is cut out of Crumb Cake cardstock and the texture is right on the die so no need to emboss it separately.  The whisk is cut out of Basic White thick cardstock to give it a bit more weight.  It's colored in with Just Jade and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  A bit of linen thread tied in a bow accents the cutting board handle.

  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Poppy Parade cardstock and then punched with the heart punch and popped on dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: What's Cookin'

Ink: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Night of Navy

Paper: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Night of Navy, Basic White, Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Basic White thick

Accessories: Cookin' dies, dimensionals, heart punch, linen thread


Monday, June 21, 2021

In Color Puffins - Stampin' Up! Party Puffins

   I had my first stamping event in a year and a half over the weekend and it was so nice to see so many of my stamping ladies.  I think we all enjoyed being back together doing some stamping.  Since it was my new catalog open house I kept the projects pretty simple and just wanted to show off the new In Colors and a few new stamp sets.

  I thought the Party Puffins was a good set to use with the new In Colors.  It's a super simple design but still pretty cute in my opinion!

  This one starts with a Polished Pink base and is accented with narrow strips of the 2021-2023 In Color DSP in all the colors in the center.

  The puffins, cake and sentiment are stamped in Memento black on Basic White and then colored in with Blends.  The Basic White panel is then popped on dimensionals.

  The only embellishment on this card is the In Color jewel at the top of the party hat.

  I told you it was super simple!  This is a great class design or one to make multiples of for all your birthdays this month.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Puffins

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Polished Pink, Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White, 2021-2023 In Color DSP

Accessories: dimensionals, In Color Jewels

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Simple Fruit Salad - Stampin' Up! Cute Fruit - Paper Players 546

   Summer is the season for all kinds of fresh fruit and berries so The Paper Players have a fun new challenge to start the week!  Joanne has given us the challenge of making a Clean and Simple card using fruit and berries!  

    This wasn't my first card since I read the challenge badge wrong and didn't see that it was a clean and simple week so I had to head back to the stamp room and get something that much more clean and simple than my first attempt!  Not sure how 'clean' this one ended up being but it sure is simple!

  This one starts with a Whisper White thick card base, then a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White with the sentiment embossed in black.

  A strip of the Host reward Pattern Play DSP in a fun geometric pattern lays the base for adding my fruit.  I just stamped and cut out the fruit and then popped them up on the card front with dimensionals.

  I snipped a tiny bit of Polished Pink ribbon and tied it in a knot to add to the banana's stem.

  See didn't I say simple??  I hope you join in on this fun challenge and add your card to the gallery!  For more inspiration see the rest of the Design Team blogs: 

Anne Marie

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cute Fruit (retired)

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Pattern Play DSP

Accessories: black embossing powder, dimensionals, Polished Pink ribbon

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Father's Day Cap - Stampin' Up! Hats Off

   Talk about getting in under the wire!  I made today's card over the weekend and just now am finding time to sit and share it.  It's for the TGIF Challenges which closes in an hour!  Better late then never right?  This is a nice layout challenge with 3 panels across the card front.  I needed another Father's Day card and I thought the layout could work well with the Hats Off bundle.

  I've had this color combo written down for a while in a pile on my stamping desk.  It was inspired by some bedding I saw in a catalog and it just so happens that this pattern from the Host Pattern Party DSP matches perfectly.

  I started with a Pacific Point base and then cut a Stitched Rectangle in Whisper White and topped that with the DSP.

  I cut 2 stitched squares one in Mango Melody and the other in Granny Apple Green and then stamped some of the hat patch stamps in a repeating pattern across them.

  The hat is stamped in Pacific Point onto the same color cardstock and then cut out.  Since this is a pretty busy card already with the bright colors and pattern I kept the hat monotone and just embellished with the sentiment also stamped in Pacific Point.  I popped the hat with dimensionals for a bit of interest.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hats Off

Ink: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green

Paper: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Pattern Party DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Stitched Shapes dies (retired), Hat Builder dies, dimensionals

Monday, June 14, 2021

Squared Thanks - Stampin' Up! Biggest Wish

     My card today is one I designed as my customer thank you for orders placed in May.  I've tried to make sure my customers know how much I appreciate them still placing orders even though I haven't been holding classes since the start of the pandemic.  A little happy mail can't hurt right?  And it's always nice to say thank you!

  I thought some green and purple would be fun to work with for a nice summer floral. I started with a Whisper White thick base topped with a piece of the Sale-a-Bration Berry Delightful DSP in a fun green plaid pattern.

  I stamped the sentiment from Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia and Granny Apple Green.

  The flower panel is cut with the Floral Square dies backed with a Pool Party square.  I used the Granny Apple Green Blends to color the stem and leaves.  For the larger flowers I stamped one of the All Squared Away patterns on a piece of Fresh Freesia scrap and then cut out them out.  One is adhered it to the stem and the other is popped up on a dimensional by the sentiment with a little baker's twine bow to decorate the center.  

  Using another of the flower dies in the Floral Square die set I cut a few more smaller Fresh Freesia flowers and added those to the card front. 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Biggest Wish, All Squared Away

Ink: Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green

Blends: Granny Apple Green light & dark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pool Party, Fresh Freesia, Berry Delightful DSP (SAB retired)

Accessories: Floral Square dies, baker's twine, dimensionals

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Peace Out Perennials - Stampin' Up! Pretty Perennials - The Paper Players 545

 The start of this week has me saying good-bye to one of my favorite mini catalog stamp sets for the newest Paper Players challenge.  The Pretty Perennials set is retiring soon and I'm sad that it didn't make the new annual catalog.  I thought it had a different enough look that it would make the cut but I was wrong.  So I'm trying to use it a few more times before I have to say good-bye for good.  

  This week Claire has given us a fantastic color combination; Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Black.  Awesome colors right?  I had no problem using them with this stamp set and I paired it up with the Freshly Made Sketches layout.

  And here is my card:

    I hope you'll be able to join in on the fun with these colors and share your creation in our gallery!  For more stamping inspiration you can see the design team blogs here:

Anne Marie

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pretty Perennials, Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Snail Mail DSP, Basic Black

Accessories: Perennial Petals dies, Subtle embossing folder (retired), dimensionals, candy dots (retired)

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Masculine Banners - Stampin' Up! Biggest Wish

   Just a quick post to get a card into the Color Throwdown challenge.  I loved these colors for a masculine card and I paired them with a big birthday greeting.  

  The challenge is to use gray, aqua and navy for a card.  I went with Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Misty Moonlight for this card.  I basically looked through my paper scraps and pulled out some that fit the bill, trimmed them down and flagged the ends; embossed the Pool Party cardstock and then layered them along with a ribbon scrap and baker's twine.

  The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight on more scraps and then popped up with dimensionals.  And some retired Pool Party candy dots are added because it seems that no matter how many I use I still have hundreds left!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Biggest Wish

Ink: Misty Moonlight

Paper: Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Whisper White, In Good Taste DSP, 2020-2022 In Color DSP (retired)

Accessories: dimensionals, Check and Dots embossing folder, baker's twine, ribbon, candy dots (retired)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Congratulations Petals - Stampin' Up! Hand-Penned Petals

 One of my stamping ladies recently retired so of course I had to make a card to celebrate the occasion.  She says she hasn't had a lot of time to stamp...yet!  Hopefully soon!

  I used the Hand-Penned Petals bundle to make this card and I pulled my colors straight from the Hand Penned DSP to make coordinating a snap.

  I carried the stitching element throughout the card with the various dies.  I especially love the scalloped strip from the Penned Flowers dies; it's a great detail when you just need something extra to add to your layout.

  The stamping on the flowers is all stamped off once with the exception of the outline which is full strength Misty Moonlight.

  Some layers are popped on dimensionals for interest and a Misty Moonlight ribbon knot finishes off the details.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hand-Penned Petals, Many Messages

Ink: Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Whisper White thick, Pool Party, Misty Moonlight, Hand Penned DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Penned Flowers dies, dimensionals, Misty Moonlight ribbon (retired)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Skater Hat Birthday - Stampin' Up! Hats Off

   Have you noticed that I've been sharing more masculine cards lately?  I've been trying to make more guy cards to have on hand so I'm not always rushing to get something made and in the mail.  My best work certainly doesn't come out of rushing.  So when I see some inspiration for a masculine card I'm going to jump on it!  The Inspired By Challenge has a great inspiration photo with a theme and colors that work for a guy card.  I liked the colors and the photograph divided into strips (inspiration photo at the bottom of my post).

  The Hats Off bundle has been great for guy cards and I thought it would work with the colors from the challenge.  

  I started with a Basic Gray base then embossed a piece of Smoky Slate with the Checks & Dots embossing folder and trimmed it to smaller and smaller strips.  Once those were adhered I stamped the hat in Basic Gray onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut it out.  I added the patch with the star and lightning bolt and popped it on the card front with dimensionals.

  I stamped a few little stars in Basic Gray and then embossed the sentiment from Party Puffins in white on the bottom.  To bring in a little bit more of the Cherry Cobbler I topped some silver sequins with retired candy dots and added those. Gotta have a little bit of sparkle even if it's a guy card right?

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

 Stamps: Hats Off, Party Puffins

Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark

Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Checks & Dots embossing folder, Hat Builder dies, white embossing powder, dimensionals, sequins, candy dots (retired)

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Summer Seashells - Stampin' Up! Friends Are Like Seashells - The Paper Players 544

   Whew!  Is it hot enough for you?  Here in my neck of the woods we've reached the 90s and high humidity portion of the year which will stretch all the way until September!  Get those cool drinks poured!  Definitely time to stay inside and stamp!  

  The Paper Players Challenge has a great warm weather theme for everyone this week.  Ann has given us the theme of Signs of Summer which is perfect if you ask me!  I can't wait to see the variety of cards in the gallery this week!

   I decided that beach and shells were definitely a sign of summer.  We have a great beach vacation every year and shell collecting is always one of my activities.  I don't ever find fun, tropical colored shells like on my card but the bright cheerful colors are perfect for summer.

  I got busy with some ink blending and watercoloring for this card.  The base is Coastal Cabana, then a piece of Bermuda Bay.  Next I embossed a piece of Whisper White with the retired Seabed embossing folder.  Then using blending brushes I added Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo.

  I pulled out some watercolor paper and stamped a variety of shells, sand dollars and starfish in Crumb Cake ink.  Then using the same colors that I used for blending I watercolored the shells etc. mixing and matching the different colors.

  After cutting them all out I arranged them around a white embossed sentiment on Bermuda Bay cardstock.  A length of Fine Art ribbon backs the grouping and then the whole thing is popped on dimensionals.  

  A few leftover sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin kit are added for a little extra something.

  The Design Team always has great samples for the challenges as well as throughout the week!  Give them a look:

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Friends Are Like Seashells

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, watercolor paper

Accessories: Seabed embossing folder (retired) blending brushes, Seaside Shells dies, Fine Art ribbon, dimensionals, sequins

Friday, June 4, 2021

Soft Fern Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Forever Ferns

   My card today is playing along with the Just Add Ink challenge.  They have a lovely inspiration photo to work with this time (see it at the bottom of my post).

  I was inspired by the white painted brick, the light wood colored pillar candle holders, the colors, and the scrolled metal grates on the side of the fireplace.

    I started with a Soft Succulent card base.  I think this is my most used color so far in this new set of In Colors.  Even though there is an (over??) abundance of greens in the Stampin' Up! color collections Soft Succulent is different enough to warrant being given a chance!

  Next, I used a piece of Whisper White to emboss with the Brick & Mortar embossing folder and edged it with skinny pieces of Gray Granite from my scrap bag.  Next the sentiment from Many Messages is embossed in white on another skinny piece of Gray Granite.

  The jar is punched from a piece of In Good Taste DSP and then I used one of the Plenty of Patterns masks and a blending brush to add the medallion pattern.  I tied a bit of linen thread around the neck and then got to work on the greenery.

  I stamped some of the ferns in Soft Succulent and Gray Granite and then die cut them and added them to the jar.  The whole thing is then popped on dimensionals.  I added one of the smaller ferns to the bottom for balance.

  This was a fun card to put together and use elements from the photo.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Forever Fern, Many Messages

Ink: Gray Granite, Soft Succulent, Versamark

Paper: Soft Succulent, Gray Granite, Whisper White, In Good Taste DSP

Accessories: Brick & Mortar embossing folder, white embossing powder, dimensionals, Plenty of Patterns masks, Jar punch, linen thread, Forever Flourishing dies

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Blended Butterflies - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance

     Not much time to stamp so far this week but I have a card to share from last week.  I had some fun coloring with my Blends for a nice bright butterfly card.

  I started with a Whisper White thick card base and then topped it with a piece of Snail Mail DSP.  This pack of Designer Series Paper is retiring soon so if you haven't already gotten it definitely give it a look!  I choose this pattern because the little dotted swirls made me think of how butterflies flutter around here and there.

  Next I stamped a few of the butterflies in Memento black and then cut them out.  I pulled out a bunch of Blends markers in a loose rainbow and then started coloring.  Colors are listed below in the supplies.  Once they were finished I arranged them on the card front with the smallest one popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment from All Squared Away is stamped in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White.  The end is flagged then popped on dimensionals.  A baker's twine bow decorated the edge of the sentiment and a few rhinestones are scattered for a little bit of shine.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Butterfly Brilliance, All Squared Away

Ink: Memento Black, Bermuda Bay

Blends: Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Highland Heather

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Snail Mail DSP

Accessories: Brilliant Wings dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, sequins

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Birthday Ice Cream - Stampin' Up! Sweet Ice Cream

   I was able to spend some time in the stamp room over the long weekend.  Saturday and Sunday were cold and rainy so it wasn't any great sacrifice!  I worked on a few projects for my upcoming open house event (contact me if you're local and would like to join in!) and also tried my hand at the As You See It challenge.  They have a fun recipe challenge for a birthday card this time around.  The card needs to have a birthday theme and use a die cut, patterned paper, heat embossing and ribbon or twine.

  This one did not come together very easily even though I had a clear idea in my mind of what I wanted to do!  Isn't it like that sometimes?  I made do and finished it even if it doesn't quite look like what I had originally planned!

  I decided to mix and match a new stamp set; Biggest Wish with a stamp set that has been carried over from the Jan.-June mini catalog; Sweet Ice Cream.  

  I started with a Just Jade card base, then a layer of Polished Pink In Color DSP.  I cut a stitched rectangle and then stamped and heat embossed the 'happy' 3 times.  Next time I should do each one individually as my spacing ended up a little wonky lol!  The Versamark is hard to see on white to line things up.  I added the big 'birthday' in Polished Pink below.  The little pluses are stamped in Pool Party randomly on the card front.

  Next, I cut a stitched circle from the retired 2020-2022 In Color DSP, cut a Pool Party banner and added some enamel dots.  The birthday ice cream cone is made with Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped off Soft Suede.  The top is more Polished Pink.  For the candle I just used the popsicle stick stamp and trimmed the rounded end off and the flame is the little drip.  It's all popped on dimensionals on the circle with a teeny tiny baker's twine bow on the candle.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Ice Cream, Biggest Wish

Ink: Polished Pink, Pool Party, Just Jade, Daffosil Delight, Soft Suede

Paper: Just Jade, Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, 2021-2023 In Color DSP, 2020-2022 In Color DSP (retired), 

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Stitched Shapes dies (retired), Tasteful Label dies, black embossing powder, dimensionals, Ice Cream builder punch, enamel dots, baker's twine

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Best Family Chef - Stampin' Up! What's Cookin'

   The Design Team at The Paper Players is back with a fun new challenge!  Leanne has given us a fantastic tic-tac-toe board this week!  So many ways to go with all of these choices!  Pick a row or column and include all 3 items on your card!

  For my card I chose the center down column; Circle, Red and DSP.  And I inked up my new What's Cookin' stamp set for the first time.

  Every family has a top chef who should be applauded for their cooking and dedication to making sure everyone is fed.  This set is a great one to use to make sure that person knows they are appreciated.  I love all the little kitchen utensils and coordinating die cuts.

  I started with a Gray Granite base topped with a layer of In Good Taste DSP in a nice tile pattern.  Looks like a kitchen backsplash to me which works for the theme!  Next I cut a stitched circle out of the retired Plaid Tidings DSP.  I thought this red plaid kind of looked like a checkered tablecloth and gave me my pop of red.

  Next I stamped, colored and cut out various kitchen tools and a few pieces of food to arrange around my circle.  I love that cutting board; the wood texture is a really nice detail.  I added a bit of Cherry Cobbler baker's twine to make a loop on the handle.

  The sentiment I pulled from the Hats Off stamp set and trimmed it and added a candy dot for another hint of red. 

  Check out the Paper Players Design Team samples and then join along in the fun!

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: What's Cookin', Hats Off

Ink: Gray Granite

Blends: Crumb Cake light, Gray Granite light, Poppy Parade light & dark, Old Olive light

Paper: Gray Granite, In Good Taste DSP, Plaid Tidings DSP (retired), Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Stitched Shapes dies (retired), Cookin' Dies, dimensionals, candy dots (retired), baker's twine 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Hats Off to Fishermen - Stampin' Up! Hats Off

   After a few masculine challenges lately I realized I didn't have much in the way of guy stamps so I 'needed' to order some stamps to change that.  Yes, stamps are a need in this house! The new Hats Off bundle fits the bill....get it bill...on the hat... it's like a dad joke on a stamping blog! Anyway, I had a fun time using this bundle along with a few challenges to make a Father's Day card.

  My colors come from the Global Design Project; Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. And the layout is from Inspire. Create. Challenges It seemed like the perfect match because this card came together super fast.

  The card base which can't be seen in the photo is Soft Succulent and then a layer of the 2021-2023 In Color DSP in a nice Evening Evergreen plaid pattern.  Next is a panel of Whisper White embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.

  The hat is stamped in Evening Evergreen onto Soft Succulent cardstock.  The die does a great job making all the little stitched lines which is a fantastic detail.  Then I used my Evening Evergreen marker to ink up just the outline of the stamp with the sunrise/sunset and stamped it on Whisper White.  I cut it out and added the stitching detail with the coordinating dies.  And then added the Pale Papaya fish to the patch. I love that this die set some with some extra shapes to help you personalize the hats even more.  The finished hat is popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment is stamped in Evening Evergreen on a narrow strip of Pale Papaya and adhered under the hat.  I cut out a few more fish and added them as well. 

  I know the Hats Off bundle will be seeing a lot of use in my stamp room with all the customizing that can be done.  Just think of all the sports team color combinations!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hats Off

Ink: Evening Evergreen

Paper: 2021-2023 In Color DSP, Whisper White, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya

Accessories: Hat Builder dies, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, dimensionals 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Squares in Seaglass - Stampin' Up! All Squared Away

  A quick post to share a card for a challenge before it closes in few hours.  I started this one last Friday but didn't have time to finish it until today.  The colors over at the Color Throwdown are just gorgeous.  They are perfect sea glass colors as represented by their challenge logo.  I'm a huge beachcomber when we are at the beach and I'm always looking down to see what I can find.  I've got a pretty big sea glass collection but nothing yet in these beautiful colors.  I'll keep looking!  They've called the colors Aqua, Ice Blue and Pale Green.  I've translated those into Stampin' Up! Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam and Pool Party.

  The All Squared Up bundle was a great way to show off these colors as backgrounds.

  I started with a Balmy Blue base and then added a piece of embossed Whisper White that I had in my card parts pile.  This is the new embossing folder called Bark which gives a nice tree bark like texture.

  Next I stamped my backgrounds in each of the three colors.  Then I cut out the square flower panels in Whisper White and adhered them to the colored backgrounds.  I used the individual flower dies to cut out the flowers in more Whisper White and then embossed them with the retired Subtle embossing folder for a little bit of texture to make the flowers stand out since it was white on white. 

  The squares are adhered to the background panel with the Pool Party one being popped on dimensionals.  

 The sentiment from Biggest Wish is stamped in Versmark, embossed in white and then fussy cut.  It is also popped up with dimensionals.

  I didn't have any ribbon that really went with this card so I left it off and just colored 2 small adhesive pearls with Blends markers to highlight the flower centers instead.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All Square Away, Biggest Wish

Ink: Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Versamark

Blends: Balmy Blue dark, Pool Party dark

Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White

Accessories: Floral Square dies, Bark embossing folder, Subtle embossing folder (retired), pearls, dimensionals, white embossing powder, corner rounder

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Fern Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Forever Fern - Paper Players 542

   The Paper Players are back with a new challenge today!  Jaydee has given us a lovely sketch to work with this time.  

  Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card this week so this sketch came in handy so I didn't have to start from scratch.  I pulled out a nice sheet of the Beauty of the Earth DSP and layered that with some Whisper White and Misty Moonlight.  I always feel that nature themes are a safe bet for sympathy cards.


  The images and dies in the Forever Fern set go well with the the leaves on this pattern so I cut one out in Whisper White and adhered it to a Misty Moonlight stitched oval and the oval is popped on dimensionals.  The rounded corners on the background soften the edges and also echo the oval shape.

  The sentiment from Inspired Thoughts is stamped in Misty Moonlight following the sketch.  Finally I colored a length of crinkled seam binding ribbon with my Mossy Meadow dark Blends marker and tied it in a knot for the stem.

  The Paper Players Design Team has loads of inspiration for you for this challenge as well as projects throughout the week:

Anne Marie

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Misty Moonlight

Blends: Mossy Meadow dark

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Beauty of the Earth DSP

Accessories: corner rounder, stitched oval dies (retired), Forever Flourishing dies, dimensionals, crinkled seam binding ribbon

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Birthday Puffin - Stampin' Up! Party Puffins

   I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge today.  I always love using their diverse choice boards to create a card.  I chose to use the left to right downward diagonal which is "wings, circle and masculine".  Wings was a no brainer since I'm in love with the new Party Puffins set, circles are always a good element and I used them in my die cuts and the patterned paper and I think my colors and feel of the card are masculine.

  This one starts with a Smoky Slate card base, then a layer of Well Suited DSP in the gray dot/circle pattern.

  I used a piece of Coastal Cabana and stamped the candles all over in Coastal Cabana ink.

  The puffin, cake, fish and sentiment are all stamped in Versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder.  It's a great shiny look for this set!  I colored them and then fussy cut them all out and popped them up with dimensionals on stitched circle die cuts.  The sentiment is just cut apart and added to the top.

  The bit of Bubmblebee twill ribbon and knot are added across the Coastal Cabana layer for balance.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Puffins

Ink: Versamark, Coastal Cabana

Stampin' Write Markers: Bumblebee, Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody

Paper: Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Well Suited DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Shapes dies (retired), dimensionals, twill ribbon

Friday, May 21, 2021

Let's Party - Stampin' Up! Party Puffins

   Sometimes you just need to see a set used a few times to get that 'ah-ha' moment.  I totally skipped over the Party Puffins set in our demonstrator pre-order but then I saw this card from my fellow Paper Players teammate Joanne James and I had to go back and take a second look.  And of course then I started seeing it used for cute cards all over the place and began to think how did I not get this during pre-order!!?? So needless to say The Party Puffins made it onto my first full catalog order.  They also fill a hole in my cutesy animal stamp sets after I had a bunch retire with this last catalog.

  I inked this set up for the first time to play along with the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  We're to use Soft Sea Foam, Blushing Bride and Highland Heather.

  I had a heck of a time trying to get this one photographed.  The green kept turning out more yellow and the rest of the colors were washed out.  I hope you get the idea because this was the best I could come up with.

  I started with a Soft Sea Foam base then another layer of the same embossed with the Brick & Mortar embossing folder.

  The puffin is stamped in Memento onto an extra Stitched So Sweetly rectangle that I had laying on my desk.  I colored in the hat, beak and legs with Stampin' Blends and then popped it up with dimensionals.

 The sentiment strips were taken from scraps and hand trimmed after stamping with Memento.

  To bring a bit more purple to the card I glued a few Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles to the side.  I know these aren't technically Highland Heather but the retired Purple Posy is a close match in small amounts.  And since it was a CAS challenge I didn't want to do any ribbon. I also added a bit of Shimmery Crystal Effects to the pompom on the hat and colored the white parts of the body with Wink of Stella. Both are hard to see in the photo but are there.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Puffins

Ink: Memento black

Blends: Daffodil Delight light, Pumpkin Pie light, Highland Heather light, Soft Sea Foam dark

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Blushing Bride

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, Brick & Mortar embossing folder, Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles, dimensionals, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella