Monday, July 15, 2024

Celebrate with Cake - Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers

 This week is a week of birthdays at our house!  Both of my boys have birthdays in the span of 4 days so there is a lot of gifts, good food and cake in our house right now.  I used a combo of older and new supplies to make this star filled birthday card for my oldest.


  This panel of Bright & Beautiful DSP (which is a carryover from the last Annual Catalog that you can find in the Online Store) seemed like a fun inspiration to get this card started.  I pulled my base color, Blueberry Bushel, from it and then added a panel of the same color embossed with the Dotted Circles embossing folder so you can see some texture peeking out the sides.

  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Hexagons and is stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink and then punched with the Heartfelt Hexagon punch.  I punched a second hexagon to be a base for the cake.

  I used the cake from the Attention Shoppers stamp set and then colored it in with Blends markers adding a tiny little bit of gold Wink of Stella for the flames.  Once it was colored I fussy cut the cake (because I totally forgot there was a die for it!) and popped it on the the hexagon with dimensionals.

  A long retired star punch was used to punch out a few more stars in some of the DSP colors.  I colored them with clear Wink of Stella so they have a nice sparkle to them in real life.  The stars are all added to the card front with dimensionals too.

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Heartfelt Hexagons, Attention Shoppers

Ink: Blueberry Bushel

Blends: Azure Afternoon light & dark, Lemon Lime Twist light & dark, Lemon Lolly light & dark

Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Basic White, Bright & Beautiful DSP, Azure Afternoon, Lemon Lolly, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Dotted Circles embossing folder, Heartfelt Hexagon punch, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, small star punch (retired)

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Retro Birthday Message - Stampin' Up! Tune In

   The Tune In bundle is for you if you need a stamp set that has fun vibes for birthday cards and that works well for those hard to create for guys in your life! And that wide open TV screen can accommodate so many other sentiments so you can make a variety of cards not just birthdays!


  This one starts with a neutral card base in Basic Beige, then a layer of Pretty Peacock embossed with the Dotted Circles embossing folder.

  2 narrow strips of Crushed Curry cardstock create and anchor for the TV placement as well as bring in another color to add to the retro palette.  The TV is stamped in Copper Clay onto Copper Clay cardstock and is then die cut.  

  The sentiment and antennae are stamped in Pretty Peacock on Basic Beige and the electricity bolts are stamped in Crushed Curry on Basic Beige as well.  All of these are die cut and added to the card front.  The antennae is colored in with a Copper Clay blends marker.  Various elements are popped up on dimensionals so no flat screen TVs here lol!

  The final detail are the 2 adhesive-backed texture dots that are added to the TV knobs.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tune In

Ink: Pretty Peacock, Copper Clay, Crushed Curry

Blends: Copper Clay light

Paper: Basic Beige, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, Copper Clay

Accessories: Tune In dies, dimensionals, Dotted Circles embossing folders, adhesive-backed texture dots

Friday, July 12, 2024

Best Friend Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Happy Tails

 The Happy Tails stamp set is one that I will never get rid of no mater how long it's been retired.  It's probably the most used of my few retired sets and the coordinating punch is an exact match to my dogs silhouettes.  Unfortunately I had to make a sympathy card recently for a friend who had to say good-bye to her sweet Labrador but Happy Tails was just the right stamp set to use to let her know how sorry I was.


  The Country Lace DSP gave me a good starting place for this card as the soft colors and subtle patterns in this pack are a nice tone-on-tone.  I used a Basic White thick card base and then chose one of the Basic Beige patterns for the next layer.

  I stamped the sentiment from Heartfelt Hexagons in Basic Beige on a strip of Basic White.  I die cut a large heart (with retired dies) in Petal Pink then embossed it with the Eyelet embossing folder.  The Eyelet embossing folder echoes the patterns on the DSP for some nice coordination.

  The pup is stamped in Versamark on Basic Black cardstock them embossed with clear embossing powder.  After he's punched out out I popped him up on the large heart and then added a smaller punched heart in Calypso Coral also popped up.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Tails (retired), Heartfelt Hexagons

Ink: Basic Beige, Versamark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Basic Black, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Country Lace DSP

Accessories: Dog builder punch (retired), Eyelet embossing folder, Heart dies (retired), dimensionals

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Wildflower Spotlight - Stampin' Up! Wildflower Designs

   We made this design in my last class and I loved showing off the new Wildflower Designs bundle paired up with my new favorite circle dies: Spotlight on Nature dies.  The Spotlight on Nature dies are just lovely with 3 different designs along the edges of the 12 dies (so many!!) for great mix and match layering possibilities.


  The basis for the color combo is directly from the Wildly Flowering DSP that coordinates with the Wildflower Design bundle.  So pretty all around.  The card starts with a Crumb Cake base and then we took a panel of the DSP (my stampers could choose this blue design or a similar one with a Crumb Cake background depending on which they liked better) and added some scallops in Mossy Meadow along some of each side.  

  The scallops are cut from one of the frames that comes in the Wildly Flowering die set.  Just cut out a frame trim the long parts of the scallops and add them to the DSP.  Next the Spotlight on nature dies are used to cut 2 circles and the flower image is stamped on the Basic White one.

  Using blender pens and ink we lightly colored the image and then popped it on the Mossy Meadow circle.  The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow onto a strip of Moody Mauve and is also popped on dimensionals.

  The embellishments are a floppy linen thread bow for some texture and 2 Adhesive-backed sparkle gems in the champagne color.

  All of the items used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

Stamps: Wild Flower Designs

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Moody Mauve

Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Wildly Flowering DSP

Accessories: Wildflower Designs dies, Spotlight on Nature dies, dimensionals, linen thread, blender pens, Adhesive-backed Sparkle Gems


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Badger Birthday - Stampin' Up! Hearts & Hugs

   I recently sold a ton of my card stash to family members so now it's time to re-stock my bins and since birthday cards are always a need for me (and apparently my family members!) I decided to use the Hearts & Hugs bundle to make a sweet badger birthday card to get started.


  Don't have a lot of time for coloring or just don't feel like doing a lot of coloring with this set?  It's easy to just emboss or stamp the animal images onto neutral or colored cardstock and you're finished!  For these badgers I embossed them with white embossing powder onto black cardstock and did a tiny bit of coloring with just a white watercolor pencil around their eyes.  So easy!

  The card base is a Basic White thick, then a layer of Summer Splash and the top layer is also Basic White.  On the top layer I lightly blended some Summer splash ink with a blending brush to give the badgers a bit of a background.  I popped them up with dimensionals then added some stamped hearts to the side also in Summer Splash ink.

  The sentiment from Simply Said is stamped in Memento Black onto Summer Splash card stock and then die cut with the banner die in the Hearts & Hugs die set.  I tucked the banner under the badgers feet and adhered it with dimensionals.

  All of the supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hearts & Hugs, Simply Said

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Summer Splash

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Summer Splash, Basic Black

Accessories: Hearts & Hugs dies, dimensionals, blending brush, white water color pencil

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Birdhouse Blues - Stampin' Up! Country Birdhouse

  Well it's been a hot minute since I've shared a project hasn't it?  And hot can be taken a few ways at least here in Central Virginia!  I was out of town last week and I even brought my computer to share a few projects but I just didn't make the time to do it and then once I got back home there was a bajillion (actual number!) things that needed my attention.  And I may or may not have spent several hours at the pool with my book because that was about the only way being outside was bearable!  But now I've finally grabbed a few minutes to try to get back in the swing of things stamping-wise!

  My stampers made this design a few weeks ago at class and it was the first time I've shown them the Country Birdhouse bundle and they all thought it was adorable!  How can you not love this sweet stamp set and the dies just make it even better!


  I used a lot of new product on this card because I don't want my stampers to miss out on anything!  I also showed them the quick trick of how to stamp mirror images using the silicone craft mat since this set only comes with one bird image and I wanted 2 birds towards each other!.

  We started with a Misty Moonlight card base, then a layer of Basic White is embossed with the sweet Eyelet embossing folder.

  Next the birdhouse is die cut using pieces of Country Woods DSP, Basic White and an Early Espresso punched circle for the opening and also for the hanging bow.

  The flowers and one bird are stamped in Misty Moonlight onto Basic White.  To make the mirror image stamp the bird onto the silicone craft mat and then carefully press a piece of Basic White over the image. Voila!  You've now got a bird facing the opposite direction! To die cut the mirror image simply hold the image up to a bright light or a bright window and line the die up on the back of the image and secure it with a piece of painters tape, masking paper or washi tape and then run it through your die cutter.  Below is a quick video showing how I did the stamping.

  


  After all of the images were stamped they are colored in with Stampin' Blends then die cut and added to the card front.  The birdhouse fills up pretty much all of the card front so it doesn't need much else to finish the card.  We added a few Pool Party adhesive-backed Dots for Days as a final touch.

  All of the supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

 Stamps: Country Birdhouse

Ink: Misty Moonlight

Blends: Pool Party light & dark, Petal Pink light & dark, Crumb Cake light, Lemon Lolly light

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Basic White, Country Woods DSP, Early Espresso

Accessories: Country Birdhouse dies, dimensionals, Adhesive-backed Dots for Days, circle punch, Eyelet embossing folder, silicone craft mat

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Hey Good Lookin' - Stampin' Up! Saying Hey

   My card today is a bright, cheerful hello card that was inspired by the prompt of 'critters' over at Addicted to CAS challenge.  I used 2 stamp sets that you might overlook when paging through the catalog.  The Choose Happy and Sayin' Hey stamp sets are both on page 24 and have mostly word stamps but have a lot of versatility for every day cards for all year round.  If you journal or keep a planner the Choose Happy might be just thing to jazz up your calendars and to-do lists!  


  Since this challenge is a clean and simple one I stayed with a plain Basic White card base and used the rest of the colors pretty sparingly.  I stamped the Hey in Blueberry Bushel and the sun from Choose Happy in Daffodil Delight and then colored it in with Blends markers.  I cut the images out with a Stylish Shape square. Next I stamped the penguin (also in Choose Happy) and fussy cut it and popped it up on another die cut square in Poppy Parade.

  The rest of the sentiment is stamped in Versamark on Blueberry Bushel and then embossed in white and cut into a banner with the Stylish Shapes dies.

  I arranged the squares and banner roughly following one of the sketch samples on page 22 of the Annual Catalog.  And it being a clean and simple card I left off any other embellishment.

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sayin' Hey, Choose Happy

Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Versamark, Memento Black, Daffodil Delight

Blends: Daffodil Delight light & dark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Blueberry Bushel, Poppy Parade

Accessories: Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Hey Friend - Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers

   My card today is inspired by 2 challenges that got the ball rolling for me when I was in a bit of a design funk.  I used the Just Add Ink layout along with a trio of prompts from the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  The Tic Tac Toe line that I chose is the top left to bottom right diagonal of 'friendship theme, flowers and bright colors.  What a great combo! Look what I came up with!


  How's that for bright colors?  I used Lemon Lime Twist for the card base as well as for stamping the large Leaf Collection background stamp. Before adhering the leaf panel to the card front I wrapped a bit of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon around it and added a knot.

  The Spotlight on Nature circle dies were perfect for making the circle element from the sketch on which I stamped the big 'hey' from the Saying Hey stamp set. I just love the different detailed edges of this set!  I stamped 'I miss your face' on the inside; perfect to send to a friend I haven't seen in a long time. The trimmed circle is popped on dimensionals.

  Next I stamped 3 of the flower bouquets from the Attention Shoppers stamp set and then used Blends markers to color them in.  I die cut the bouquets and layered them around the circle.

 Finally I added some Pretty in Pink 2024-2026 In Color Resin Dots to decorate around the 'hey'.  I love that these resin dots are a bit flatter than some of the other embellishments so I think they will be great for mailing.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be found in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Leaf Collection, Attention Shoppers, Saying Hey

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black

Blends: Summer Splash light, Pretty in Pink light & dark, Flirty Flamingo light & dark, Crumb Cake light & dark

Accessories: Spotlight on Nature dies, dimensionals, Attention Shoppers dies, 2024-2026 In Color resin dots, Ribbon Duo Combo Pack Lemon Lime Twist (retired)




Monday, June 24, 2024

Split Beauty Hello - Stampin' Up! Layers of Beauty

   After being busy all day I'm just now getting around to sharing a card!  I used the Layers of Beauty stamp set to make quite an easy card.  The Layers of Beauty bundle comes with the awesome masks to use to blend color in just the right places but for this card I just used the big floral stamp.  It's so easy and the colors can be changed up to use different color combinations using the same technique.


  The card starts with a Pretty in Pink base.  Next I used Peach Pie and Pretty in Pink ink pads to add ink to each half of a large clear stamping block.  I misted the block/ink with water from my Stampin' Spritzer and then quickly stamped it onto a piece of Basic White. 

  Once the the ink was dry I stamped the large floral stamp over the top using Memento Black ink.  Before adhering the stamped panel to the card front I wrapped a piece of Pretty in Pink bordered ribbon around the lower part.

  The hello from the Simply Said stamp set is stamped in black on a piece of Basic White which I trimmed down and popped up with dimensionals over the ribbon.  A peach Pie In Color Shimmer gem accents the sentiment for the final touch.

  All of the supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Layers of Beauty, Simply Said

Ink: Peach Pie, Pretty in Pink, Memento black

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic White

Accessories: dimensionals, Pretty in Pink Bordered Ribbon, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gem

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Wildflower Note - Stampin' Up! Wildflower Designs

   It's a hot one here in central Virginia so I'm saying no to any outdoor activities today and will be staying in my stamp room for some inky time and then watching some soccer later this afternoon.  With 2 international tournaments going on right now there are a lot of games to watch!  But first I need to share a card I made a few weeks ago and just haven't gotten around to sharing!

  The Wildly Flowering bundle is a beautiful, classic styled floral set with versatile sentiments in a gorgeous handwriting font.  I've gone with a bright and not necessarily true-to-life color combination and switched out the sentiment for a bit more casual styled one on this design.


  The new/old In Color Pretty in Pink is used for the card base, then a layer of Basic White finally topped with a piece of Coastal Cabana that has been embossed with the Eyelet embossing folder.

  I used a strip of the 2024-2026 In Color DSP in the Pretty in Pink striped pattern right down the center and then added the focal elements.  The Wildflower Designs dies include some label and frame dies so I used one of them and stamped "just a note" in Basic Gray.  This sentiment can be found in the Simply Said stamp set.

  One of the label/frame dies has scalloped edges so I cut one of the frames then trimmed the scallops down to add to the top and bottom of the sentiment.

  The flower which I think looks like an allium is stamped in Basic Gray twice then colored in with Blends markers and then die cut.  They are added to the side of the label.  The final embellishments are a fork bow made with the retired crinkled seam binding ribbon and an Iridescent Faceted gem.

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wildly Flowering, Simply Said

Ink: Basic Gray

Blends: Pretty in Pink light & dark, Flirty Flamingo light, Summer Splash light

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic White, Coastal Cabana, 2024-2026 In Color DSP

Accessories: Wildly Flowering dies, Eyelet embossing folder, dimensionals, Iridescent Faceted gem, crinkled seam binding ribbon (retired)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Retro Vibe Father's Day - Stampin' Up! Tune In

   I needed to get a variety of Father's Day cards made before I left for my trip last week and I hadn't used my Tune In bundle yet and it was high time it saw some ink (this bundle is on sale for an extra 10% off until June 30.  Don't wait to order your set!!).


  I pulled out what I thought worked for a masculine color combination; Azure Afternoon, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.  The card front is covered in a piece of Country Lace DSP in a very non-lacy almost twill like pattern in Smoky Slate.

  I used one of the Tune In dies to cut out the accent shapes along the side.  The die cuts out 5 of the shapes so I just cut several times in each color then mixed and matched as I went down the line.

  The tv is stamped in Azure Afternoon ink onto the same paper.  I used my Blends marker to highlight around the screen and fill in the legs for extra detail.  I stamped the antennae in Basic Gray and cut it and the knobs out and added them to the tv.  The screen is cut out and replaced with another one on which I stamped off some of the retro stars from the set.  I stamped the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie right over the top.  The whole piece is then popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

  I like the way you can add a lot of different sentiments to the screen and not just the ones that came with the stamp set; it's a decent size so you probably have a lot in your stash that would work for many different looks.  I didn't really have any embellishments that looked right so I kept it clean; it was for a guy after all!

  All of the products used to make this can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tune In

Ink: Azure Afternoon, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray

Blends: Smoky Slate Dark, Azure Afternoon light

Paper: Country Lace DSP, Azure Afternoon, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Basic White

Accessories: Tune In dies, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Frames & Flowers Card Making Night

  Last week I met up with my mom, 2 aunts and a cousin in Columbus, Ohio for a girls trip.  Why Columbus?  Because it was kind of a central spot to meet as 3 of the group are from Illinois, one from Connecticut and then me from Virginia.  We rented a house in the super cute Short North neighborhood of Columbus and had fun hanging out, playing some games, lots of shopping and of course craft nights!  

  I thought if we had time and everyone felt like it that they could each make a set of cards using the Frames & Flowers Specialty Designer Series paper.  It's like half card kit and half DSP.  I packed up some card bases, inserts, envelopes, 2 sentiment stamp sets and 4 inks, some ribbon and embellishments and other tools and loaded it into the car.  I actually was able to fit everything that I wanted to bring into the awesome backpack bag that demonstrators received at the Houston OnStage event in March.  Like a card class on the go!

  My plan was for everyone to have 5 card bases and then they could use all of the fun pre-cut floral and leafy pieces and frames to mix and match to make 5 different designs.  I had some die cut circles and labels already made and they just used those to stamp a sentiment and then they added ribbons and pearls as they wanted.  It was so fun seeing all of their different ideas.


  They were all really creative and had fun embellishing.  I even taught them how to make a fork bow.


 None of them had much if any experience with paper crafting but they are all creative with sewing and other crafts so they jumped right in had fun seeing what they could make.


  The Frames & Flowers DSP was perfect for these beginners.  Every card was unique and they could choose the sentiments that they needed.


I loved being able to share my passion with my family!



 20 completely different and unique cards and look at those proud smiles!  We had a lot of laughs too.  We used up all of the die cuts and frames and some of the full DSP sheets.  I was impressed by how many cards we made with this DSP. 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Said, Heartfelt Hexagon

Ink: Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink

Paper: Frames & Flowers Specialty DSP, Basic White, Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink

Accessories: various ribbons, pearls, dimensionals, Heartfelt Hexagon punch, Stylish Shapes dies (circles)

Monday, June 17, 2024

Father's Day Gatefold - Stampin' Up! Gone Fishing

   I was out of town all last week on a family girls trip so I didn't get any new projects stamped but luckily I have a few that I made before I left.  Today's is a Father's Day card but you could easily change out the sentiment and it can be a card for any occasion.  

  I wanted to do a nature themed card for one of my fathers-in-law since he's a big plant and tree guy.  The Thoughtful Journey DSP seemed like a perfect match and I looked around for a fun fold that I could use to really show off a large chunk of one sheet and came across this really easy gatefold that has a large main panel and a skinnier side panel.


  This one takes just 2 scores on the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card base.  Score at 1 1/2" and 5 3/4".  That's it!  I cut the panels to match leaving a small border around the edges.  My card base here is Mossy Meadow.

  I used a larger and smaller circle from the new Spotlight on Nature dies.  The larger circle is adhered to the skinny side panel only and then I used some of the Textured Floral dies to add some sprigs.  I used Mossy Meadow, Wild Wheat and Lost Lagoon cardstock as those are colors that are in the Thoughtful Journey DSP.  After adhering the sprigs I topped them with the sentiment circle which is adhered with dimensionals for a nice raised look.

  The only father's day sentiment I had is in the Gone Fishing stamp set so I used that with Mossy meadow ink.

  I dug deep in my retired embellishment stash and came out with a few candy dots from long ago which I added to the edge of the larger circle.


  This is the card opened up.  I added more of the DSP panels to the inside as well as a little stamped flower from the Wildflower Designs stamp set.

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Gone Fishing, Wildflower Designs

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Thoughtful Journeys DSP, Wild Wheat, Lost Lagoon

Accessories: Spotlight on Nature dies, Textured Floral dies, dimensionals, candy dots (retired)

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Thank You Cap - Stampin' Up! Cap & Gown

   I used the Global Design Project to get this card started.  They have a CASE the designer challenge and I took the layout to use to make a set of thank you cards for my son to use.  He has quite a few thank you cards to write after graduating high school last week.  


  I pulled together some retired, current and new supplies to make this card.  I made a set of 10 using different black and white papers from the retired All Together DSP.  The black is a great complement to the Summer Splash which is the main color of his high school.

  I used the Cap & Gown stamp set which carried over to the online store from the Jan.-April mini catalog.  I just stamped the cap and colored it in with Blends then fussy cut it.

  The sentiment is from the new stamp set My Small Business and I stamped it on one of the Unbounded Love dies labels.  The cap and label are popped up on dimensionals over some retired twine.

  I dug through my retired embellishments and pulled out a whole assortment of colors that kind of match the Summer Splash.  Some were Bermuda Bay and some are Pool Party and I think a few are even Lost Lagoon.  I'm always happy to use up odds and ends of supplies!

 All of the current supplies can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cap & Gown, My Small Business

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Summer Splash light & dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark

Paper: Basic White thick, Summer Splash, All Together DSP (retired), Basic White

Accessories: Unbounded Love dies, dimensionals, twine (retired), gems (retired)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Cluster of Flowers Birthday - Stampin' Up! Country Birdhouse

  I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things so my card today is another one that I made last week before a lot of the graduation madness started and I still had a minute to stamp!  I used the Inspired By challenge to get started on this one.  The inspiration photo of the sweet muffin cups is cute and I loved the ones with the little cluster of flowers as well as the layout they provided.

   One of the best things about Stampin' Up! stamp sets is that they not only rock with the big main images in a set but they always have great supporting images that so often can be used on their own and the Country Birdhouse stamp set is no exception.  Of course the big birdhouse is fun but don't overlook using some of the smaller floral images or the bird to make a birdhouse free card too!


  The little cluster of flowers on the muffin cups made me think of the retired Garden Walk DSP so I wanted to use one of those floral designs in the background.  Once I got going with the design though the floral print was just too busy and the stamped flowers were getting kind of lost so I flipped the piece over to this nice Pretty Peacock striped pattern.  It definitely works better!

  The next layer to follow the layout is a piece of Pretty Peacock embossed with the Eyelet embossing folder which is a nice sweet balance to the more serious stripes.  I tied a bit of bakers twine around the panel before adhering.

  I cut 3 square postage stamps with the Perennial Postage dies and stamped the cluster of flowers on them in Pretty Peacock ink.  I used Stampin' Blends to color in the images alternating between 2 main colors.  They are then popped on dimensionals on the card front.

  The sentiment is stamped and cut apart and adhered with cut down pieces of dimensionals.  I added a few retired gems to give a tiny bit of sparkle as a finishing touch but any current sparkly ones could easily be substituted.

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Country Birdhouse

Ink: Pretty Peacock

Blends: Pretty Peacock light & dark, Poppy Parade light & dark, Calypso Coral light & dark, Wild Wheat light

Paper: Pretty Peacock, Basic White, Garden Walk DSP (retired)

Accessories: Perennial Postage dies, Eyelet embossing folder, dimensionals, bakers twine, Elegant Faceted gems (retired)




Monday, June 3, 2024

Badger Hugs - Stampin' Up! Hearts & Hugs

 I'm back after almost a week long absence!  We have a high school graduate now and were quite busy the last few weeks getting ready for that big milestone! Throw in out of town house guests, planning and hosting a graduation party, a soccer tournament and general end of the school year activities and I'm exhausted! But thankfully I've got 2 years to recover before doing it all over again lol!  

  I actually made the card I'm sharing today last week and just ran out of time to share it but luckily the challenge that was my inspiration is still open!  The CAS on Friday team is challenging us to make a clean and simple "hug" card. The new Hearts & Hugs stamp set is a no brainer for this prompt!


  A Basic White card base is a good starting place for a clean and simple card.  I stamped the badgers on a piece of Basic white scrap and then cut it out with the Stylish Shapes square die just for a little bit of subtle detail along the edges.  Blends markers made it really quick to color.

  After making all of these cards with the Full of Life DSP I ended up with some very small scraps and on the back of the square patterned side is a fun rainbow color wash pattern which I used to die cut a bunch of little flowers from.  I sprinkled them in a rainbow along the side of the badger adhering them with just a bit of glue.

Once the flowers were just right I stamped the sentiment underneath and added a baker's twine bow and a new Iridescent faceted gem for a tiny bit of sparkle because I am trying to keep it CAS after all!

  All of the supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hearts & Hugs

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Smoky Slate light & dark, Gray Granite light & dark, Pretty in Pink light

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Full of Life DSP

Accessories: Hearts & Hugs dies, Stylish Shapes dies, white baker's twine, Iridescent Faceted Gem

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wild Floral - Stampin' Up! Textured Floral

   This card was a bit of one those that it ends up wildly different than what was intended at the start.  I had quite the stack of supplies piled up to finally get to this pretty floral thank you card.  In the end I'm pleased with how it came out and love the colors.  The layout is from The Paper Players and is a great way to show off some DSP!


  I started with a Crumb Cake base and then used another piece of Crumb Cake embossed with the new Dashing Designs embossing folder.  Next to follow the sketch I added 2 long panels of Wildly Flowering DSP.

  Instead of using another piece of DSP or cardstock for the element across the middle I used a piece of wide ribbon that I cut just slightly wider than the card front so it overhangs a bit.

  When I first saw the Wildly Flowering Suite the large flowers in the DSP really reminded me of of the Textured Floral stamp set so I thought they would pair up nicely and I think I was right.  I used watercolor paper that was lightly moistened with a water painter and then stamped the images. The larger flower is Moody Mauve and the smaller flower is Boho Blue.  Both centers are Early Espresso ink. The stamped leaf is in Mossy Meadow and the die cut leaves are Early Espresso.  Everything is layered with the larger flower and leaves popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment is a simple thanks stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and popped up. Two Boho Blue retired In Color Dots add a little bit of shine as the final touch.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Textured Floral, Simply Said

Ink: Moody Mauve, Boho Blue, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Wildly Flowering DSP, watercolor paper, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Dashing Designs embossing folder, Textured Floral dies, dimensionals, ribbon (retired), 2023-2025 In Color Dots (retired)




Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Hey. Thanks. - Stampin' Up! Saying Hey

  I recently got a big box of more new Stampin'Up! products from the new 2024-2025 Annual catalog and I'm trying to work my way through all the stamp sets and I used 2 new ones on this card.  The Saying Hey stamp set is a great casual set with a bunch of sentiments that pair up with the bigger 'Hey' or can be used on their own.  The Choose Happy set is an all purpose set with mix and match words and small images that work for events and seasons throughout the year.  It would also be fantastic if you're a journal or planner person!

  I used The Color Hues challenge of Teal and Coral for the color inspiration. In Stampin' Up! colors I chose Summer Splash and Calypso Coral.


  The card front is covered with a piece of 2024-2026 In Color DSP in Summer Splash.  Next I stamped the 'Hey' in Summer Splash ink and the flower from Choose Happy in Memento black on a strip of Basic White.  I colored in the flower with Stampin' Blends and then added a length of retired braided line trim in Calypso Coral.

  To make the tab I stamped the 'thanks' on a piece of Summer Splash cardstock in the same color ink then used the short end of the Heartfelt Hexagon punch to punch it out.  I tucked it under the Basic White strip then adhered it to the card front with dimensionals.

  A few opaque faceted gems from Sale-a-Bration add just the right bit of shine to the card.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Saying Hey, Choose Happy

Ink: Memento Black, Summer Splash

Blends: Calypso Coral light & dark, Summer Splash light & dark, Lemon Lolly light

Paper: Basic White, Summer Splash, 2024-2026 In Color DSP

Accessories: Heartfelt Hexagon punch, dimensionals, braided linen trim (retired),  opaque faceted gems (retired-SAB)



Monday, May 27, 2024

Pretty Roses - Stampin' Up! Layers of Beauty

   I've only made a few cards so far with the new Layers of Beauty bundle but I've found the masks/stencils really easy to use and have been very pleased so far with the results.  I used 2 challenges for this card.  The Just Us Girls challenge wants us to use stencils; easy enough with the Layers of Beauty bundle and the TGIF Challenge wants us to create a card for a friend.  I always think a nice hello card to send just because is a great way to tell your friends they are important to you.  I also used their graphic as a little of inspiration for my layout.


  I thought some classic pink roses would be a pretty start for this card so I pulled out the new In Colors Pretty in Pink and Shy Shamrock.  I started with stamping the large rose stamp on opposite corners of a Basic White thick card base in Memento Black.  Next, I used the stencils/masks and blended the 2 colors of ink in the designated spots.

  Once the flowers were colored in I took a panel of Basic white and die cut a large circle in the center and then I used the Eyelet embossing folder to give it some pretty texture.  I adhered the embossed panel over the card front then got to work on the other details.

  I used the Unbounded Love dies to die cut a little scalloped label in Pretty in Pink and stamped 'hello' from Simply Said on it in the same color ink.  I popped it up on dimensionals over some Shy Shamrock die cut leaves and a length of Shy Shamrock stitched ribbon that's hard to see but there.

  On the opposite side of the opening I added some more leaves and a little flower image that I colored in with blends markers.

  The final detail is a Pretty in Pink 2024-2026 In Color shimmer gem on the label.  

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Layers of Beauty, Simply Said

Ink: Memento Black, Pretty in Pink, Shy Shamrock

Blends: Shy Shamrock light & dark, Pretty in Pink light & dark, Lemon Lolly light

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Pretty in Pink, Shy Shamrock

Accessories: Layers of Beauty dies & masks, Circle die, Eyelet embossing folder, dimensionals, Unbounded Love dies, Shy Shamrock stitched ribbon, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer gems




Sunday, May 26, 2024

Shamrock Birthday Balloon - Stampin' Up! Hot Air Balloon

   I'm always thankful when a great all-purpose stamp set like Hot Air Balloon gets carried over and I can keep using it.  And it gives my customers some more time to decide to get it.  I came across 2 challenges this weekend that both call for balloons so I was glad to have a balloon set so I can play along!  The Addicted to CAS and the Just Add Ink challenges call for balloons.  The Just Add Ink is a 'choose 2' of the 3 prompts given and I realized that I used all 3.  Hope that's ok with them!


  The Just Add Ink 3 prompts are Balloon, Bright Colors, and Birthday.  I think when I started this card it was going to be a hello card but by the time I got to finishing it I just grabbed a birthday sentiment not thinking about it!  Oh well!

  I started with an Azure Afternoon card base and then used the retired Basic Borders dies to cut a cloud edge along the bottom corner.

  The balloon is stamped with what I think is a great color combo: Shy Shamrock, Azure Afternoon and Daffodil Delight.  Nice bright colors right?  The basket is in Azure Afternoon as well.  Once the pieces were die cut I popped them up with dimensionals and added a baker's twine bow as a ver simple embellishment.

  And of course the sentiment is stamped in Azure Afternoon.  

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hot Air Balloon

Ink: Shy Shamrock, Azure Afternoon, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Basic White, Azure Afternoon

Accessories: Hot Air Balloon dies, dimensionals, Basic Borders dies (retired), Crushed Curry Baker's twine (retired)




Saturday, May 25, 2024

Life Thank You - Stampin' Up! Full of Life Designer Series Paper

   I needed to make a set of thank you cards for my son who was recently confirmed at our church and received some gifts that need to be acknowledged.  To keep things easy on myself I decided to use the Freshly Made Sketches challenge  and take away one less design decision.  The trio of "something" can always be so many great things but I decided to stick with the squares shown and pair the layout with the new Full of Life DSP.


 I started with a Basic White thick card base, then embossed a piece of Basic White with the retired Brick & Mortar embossing folder.  This one seemed to fit the clean look I was going for and the rectangle shapes echo the other squares on the card.


  I added the Basic Black strip at the bottom following the sketch.  Then I used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut 3 squares for each card.


The Full of Life DSP is so pretty with vibrant colors in a watercolor look and different geometric patterns or washes on the back sides.  I stuck with the small square pattern and just cut 3x3 blocks that fit perfectly with the die cut squares.


 Once the DSP was added to the squares I adhered them to the card front in a kind of color gradient arrangement.


 The sentiment from Simply Said is stamped in Memento Black on strips of Basic White and then the edges are angled.  They are adhered with mini dimensionals.


    Now the trick is to get the teen to write them out in a timely fashion!  Any one have tips??



  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Said

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Basic Black, Full of Life DSP

Accessories: Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, Brick & Mortar embossing folder (retired)


Friday, May 24, 2024

Gold Flowering Birthday - Stampin' Up! Wildflower Designs

   I wanted to get the Wildly Flowering Suite as soon as I saw the 2024-2025 Annual catalog and was sad that it wasn't on the demonstrator pre-order but as soon as I was able to place another order on it went!  It finally came last week and I just had time yesterday to break it out and have a little stamping time.  I used the Seize the Birthday challenge for my starting point on this card.  They want us to use Metallics to make a birthday card.


  This one starts with a Moody Mauve card base and then a layer of Very Vanilla card stock embossed with the Dashing Design DSP (one of the items in the suite collection).  I used one of the frame dies to cut out one in Very Vanilla and one from the new Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP and then used the outside frame in Very Vanilla and then inside panel of the DSP and put them together on the card front.  The frame part is popped on mini dimensionals.

  Since I had chosen the gold specialty paper I pulled in some more gold by stamping the flower top (I think it's an allium but you gardeners out there can school me if it's not!) 3 times in Versamark on Moody Mauve cardstock and then embossing them in gold.  I think there might be something wrong with my gold embossing powder as it's not very raised or shiny like it should be.  I might have to get a new jar of it once it's available again.  After they were die cut I layered them along one edge of the label.

  Finally I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Simply Said stamp set on a piece of Very Vanilla and flagged the ends before popping it on dimensionals.  And I had just one Moody Mauve dot left from the retired 2023-2025 In Color dots so I added to the sentiment.  Feels good to use up at least part of a sheet of embellishments!

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wildflower Designs, Simply Said

Ink: Moody Mauve, Versamark

Paper: Moody Mauve, Very Vanilla, Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP

Accessories: Dashing Designs embossing folder, Wildflower Designs dies, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, 2023-2025 In Color dots (retired)



Wednesday, May 22, 2024

In Color Mouse - Stampin' Up! Hearts & Hugs

   It's funny how designing works sometimes!  I designed this card about 3 weeks ago for my new catalog open house party and right after I designed it I began to see a bunch of very similar cards out there.  All of us demonstrators wanted to make cards using the new set of In Colors and came up with comparable designs.  In my case I wanted to try to use as many new products as I could for my make and takes as well as the colors.  My customers always tell me they appreciate getting to see and use so many new products at my classes as it helps them make informed decisions when placing their orders.  And it also introduces them to products that they might not have noticed or liked on viewing the catalog.


  Whether you want to use the new In Colors or have a different group of 5 colors to use this layout is a fun way to get them all on one card!  We started with a Basic White thick card base then adhered 1" x 3 3/4" strips of the 2024-2026 In Colors to a piece of 5" x 3 3/4" Basic White cardstock.  Using the panel of Basic White helps keep your strips straight and allows you to emboss it all in one go through.  If your strips are a little off in the measurements it also makes it easy to just trim up the edges with your paper trimmer.

  We used the new Dotted Circles embossing folder for this design and the the deep impression really shows up well on these bright colors.

  The adorable mouse from the new Hearts & Hugs stamp set is stamped in Memento Black and colored in with Blends before being punched out.  He's popped on dimensionals over the flagged sentiment strip.

  Some new 2024-2026 In Color resin dots are added to the edge of the circle.  My stampers could choose whichever color they liked.

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hearts & Hugs

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Crumb Cake light & dark, Petunia Pop light & dark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Petunia Pop, Summer Splash, Shy Shamrock, Peach Pie, Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Dotted Circles embossing folder, circle punch, dimensionals, 2024-2026 In Color resin dots

Monday, May 20, 2024

Always Shopping - Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers

  If you have shopping enthusiasts that you make cards for then the Attention Shoppers bundle might just be what you need!  The images in the set can stand alone or you can pair them up with the shopping cart die for a lot variety.  And don't stop there!  Add images from other sets and see what you can come up with!  My stampers got to see one possibility with this bundle at my new catalog open house last week when they made this card.


  I used 3 new colors for this design.  Pretty in Pink and Summer Splash are two of the new In Colors and then I added in the new Basic Beige for the shopping bag.

  The base is Summer Splash and then we lightly blended some Pool Party ink for the background on the Basic White panel so it wasn't so stark.  Next comes the shopping bag.  It is an easy image to do a little paper piecing with.  We stamped the bag twice, once on Basic White and again on Basic Beige.  The handles and tissue paper are colored with Blends on the Basic White image.  Then we fussy cut just the bag from the Basic Beige image and put the 2 together and then die cut the combined bags.  Here's a little guide I had out for my stampers to reference.  Get really creative and use DSP to make a lot of different looks for the bag.


  The shopping cart basket and wheels are die cut and I think using the Adhesive Sheets for these 2 pieces makes it really easy to use.  If you're not a big fan of glue or just want something a little less messy, adding the adhesive sheets to the back of your cardstock before die cutting is the way to go.  Turn those die cuts into stickers for easy adhering.

  Finally the sentiment is stamped in Memento black and a Pretty in Pink ribbon is added to the side as the last detail.

  All of the items used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Attention Shoppers

Ink: Memento Black, Pool Party

Blends: Summer Splash light, Pretty in Pink dark

Paper: Summer Splash, Basic White, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Accessories: Attention Shoppers dies, Pretty in Pink ribbon, blending brush, adhesive sheets

Friday, May 17, 2024

Hello Beauty - Stampin' Up! Layers of Beauty

   The Inspired By challenge was the full inspiration for my card today, the stripes, the colors and the flowers.  I ordered the Layers of Beauty bundle back during the demo pre-order but hadn't tried out the masks yet and I thought it was high time for me to get to it!


  I started with a Basic White thick card base and then added some stripes with a piece of retired Flowers & More DSP which was a host only special a few years back.   Next is a layer of Azure Afternoon.

  Then comes the layer with all the interest.  I stamped the large floral from the Layers of Beauty stamp set on Basic White and then used the masks and blending brushes to add my colors.  I was intending to have the roses to be a little lighter but I got heavy handed with my blending but I think they look ok in the end.  I used Lemon Lolly for the roses, Granny Apple Green for the leaves and a combo of Balmy Blue and Azure Afternoon for the little flowers.

  I found it easy to line up the masks for each layer making sure the little notch in the mask lines up to the same pot each time.  Having the outline of the flowers already stamped was helpful too.  I'll have to try it without the outline and see how I do next time!  I used some smaller pieces of masking paper to cover any spots where I thought I might stray with my colors.

  For the sentiment I stamped it in Azure Afternoon and used the Unbounded Love dies to cut it out.  I used the Layers of Beauty dies to cut a few leaves from Granny Apple Green cardstock then poppped it all up on dimensionals in the corner.

  A few Brushed Brass Butterflies are scattered over the card front as a final touch.

  I'll be offering a product based class using the Layers of Beauty bundle in July so look for more details about that coming soon.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Layers of Beauty, Simply Said

Ink: Memento Black, Lemon Lolly, Granny Apple Green, Azure Afternoon, Balmy Blue

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Azure Afternoon, Flowers & More DSP (retired)

Accessories: Unbounded Love dies, dimensionals, blending brushes, Layers of Beauty masks, Brushed Brass Butterflies



Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thoughtful Birthday - Stampin' Up! Simply Said

  I held my new catalog open house last weekend and had a great turn out and enjoyed showing my customers the fun new products that are now available in the 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! annual catalog.  This is one of the make and takes and is loaded with new things; color, DSP, stamp set, dies and embossing folder!  So much for a simple design!


  I've shown a few cards already using the Thoughtful Journey DSP and each one is as pretty as the last.  All of the designs in this 6x6 pack are beautiful.  I pulled 3 different designs that worked with a Petunia Pop base and my stampers had a choice of which one to use.

  A narrow strip of Petunia Pop embossed with the new Eyelet embossing folder goes along the fold and then the DSP next to it.
 
  The new Unbounded Love dies has a great variety of labels and we used one with a nice scalloped edge here.  The sentiment from a new set called Simply Said is stamped in Petunia Pop ink.  This die set has a few extra accent dies and we used 2 of them to cut out some leaves in Pretty Peacock and added them behind the label before popping it up on dimensionals.

  A few In Color Shimmer gems add a bit of sparkle by the label for the finishing touch.  

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Said

Ink: Petunia Pop

Paper: Petunia Pop, Basic White, Pretty Peacock, Thoughtful Journey DSP

Accessories: Unbounded Love dies, dimensionals, In Color shimmer gems, Eyelet embossing folder