Happy Watercolor Hardwood


I think the two stamp sets I used on this card have become my favorite from the Occasions Catalog (well except for Petite Petals which is awesome).  The flower comes from the stamp set called Happy Watercolor.  I love the flowers in this set as well as the sentiments.  I know I used “thank you” on this card but I love the stamp that says “you make me HAPPY”.   The background of this card was made using my other favorite stamp called Hardwood.  It is a large background stamp.  I really hope both of these sets carry over to the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Don’t forget to check my web site on April 21st for the Retirement List.  Remember, everything that is retiring is on a first come first serve basis.  Once the item is gone, it is gone forever.  This includes stamps and accessories!

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The Open Sea Birthday Card


This card can be used as a masculine birthday card.  I know they are always hard to come up with but The Open Sea stamp set is usually a great one to use when trying to make a card for a man.  You know, this set was first available in a mini catalog.  After the catalog retired, the stamp set retired.  People loved this set so much, they wrote Stampin Up! and begged to bring it back.  I don’t know the exact number of letter they got, but I do know it was significant enough for them to listen.  I am so glad they brought it back!

I made the banners using the stamp set called Banner Blast that is in the 2014 Sale-a-bration catalog.  It has a matching punch too!  Beginning January 28th you can get this stamp set for free with a $50 purchase and with a $100 purchase you can get both the stamp set and the matching punch!  How awesome is that??

Get Well By The Tide


I always have a hard time making masculine cards so I have been trying to work on this.  Men like cards, don’t they?  Maybe but maybe not.  In any case, some of the men in my family get cards whether they like them or not.  The other thing I vowed to do this year is stop being a paper hoarder.  I love Designer Series Paper but I always have such a hard time cutting into it.  This card satisfies both issues.

The stamps sets I used to make this card are called By The Tide and Delightful Dozen.  Then I added the Candy Dots.  At first I did not put the Candy Dots in Chocolate Chip from the Neutrals set on the card, but decided it still needed something.  Below is a picture without them.  Don’t you think they really add something to the card?


Don’t forget about the Holiday Sale going on now through December 2nd!!


The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Day Four


Welcome to Day Four of the Twelve Days of Christmas Series.  If you have been following this series you will see that some of the cards are very simple and some are just simple, but none of them are very complicated.  No more excuses as to why you can’t make your own Christmas Cards!

This card uses the stamp set called Daydream Medallions.  It has matching Framelits called Floral Frames.  Stamp the wreath in Gumball Green and cut it out using the framelits in your Big Shot.  Then punch out the center of the wreath with 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Back the center with a small piece of Gumball Green card stock.  Stamp Merry Christmas from the stamp set called Greetings of the Season.  Add red Candy Dots and put your card together.  Easy!

Show & Tell Photopolymer Stamps


Today is my sister, Emily’s, birthday.  I made her this card because she is one of the nicest people I know.  She will do anything for anyone at any time.  She volunteers at so many things.  She knows everyone and everyone knows her.  Today is the day we all need to celebrate her and all that she does.

I used a couple of different sets for this card.  The first set is one of Stampin Up’s Photopolymer Stamps Sets called Show & Tell 1.  The Photopolymer Stamps are really starting to grow on me.  The best things about them is that you can see exactly where you are placing them.

Happy Birthday, Emily.  I hope you have a terrific day!

Time For A Celebration


I know I have said this many times in the past, but Stampin Up! really does have the best colors.  They are fresh and vibrant and you could pick just about any three of them and they will look great together.  If you have any trouble trying to pick out your colors, Stampin Up! also sell a Color Coach that will tell you what colors look good together.  This combination is not in the Color Coach but it could be.

In a post in the past, I showed you how to make banners easily.  If you don’t remember you can click HERE is see the post.  In that example I used the Heart Punch, buy you can do the same thing with the Hexagon Punch or a Sqaure Punch.  It makes it so much easier.

Freshly Made Sketches Christmas


Here is my entry for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the stamp set called Thoughts and Prayers and just used markers to color the leaves and flowers.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Greetings of the Season.  I love the font on this particular stamp.  Of course, I had to use Candy Dots.  I love, love, love them.  You still get the look of brads but no more punching and no more bulk when mailing your cards.  They stick very well on the card so they don’t fall off.  Plus they come in all the regular Stampin Up! colors (Brights, Regals, Subtles and Neutrals)!

Here is this week’s sketch:


Chevron Border Bunch


One of the nicest things about Stampin Up! and Stampin Up! demonstrators is that they are so creative and love sharing that creativity.  Stampin Up’s logo says “Inspire. Create. Share”.  If you look on the internet at all, you will see thousands of blogs, each showing their artwork in order to inspire, create and share.

A fellow demonstrator, Lyssa Zwolanek, showed different ways to use the new Chevron Border Punch, other than the obvious way.  When I saw her post, I knew I had to try it so I made this card using her technique.  It reminds of me basket weaving.  You just punch out cardstock in the usual way but save the pieces and attach them back on the card using Snail Adhesive.  The stamp set I used is called Secret Garden and I can’t forget those Candy Dots, which are one of my favorite new embellishments from the catalog and come in all the regular colors.

Hello Lovely

Hello Lovely

Hello Lovely

One of the nice things about going to the Stampin Up! Convention is that they have all these display boards filled with cards that are all made by Stampin Up! employees or other demonstrators.  There are hundreds of cards on these boards.  The only bad thing, is that there were so many people around that it was hard to get very close to see many of them and take pictures.

There was a card that did stick out in my mind (well there were many).  It is not exactly like the card I made but I got the general idea from it.  One problem with all these cards is that they do not have the names of the people who made them so I can’t give credit to him or her.  The one thing that Stampin Up! always stresses is that it is good to CASE (copy and share everything).  I always tell my customers that it is ok to made a card using someone else’s idea.  So I wanted to say that although I did not exactly copy this card, I did get the idea from someone else.  Thanks to that person!

This card uses the stamp set called Hello, Lovely and it is one of the sets we received at Convention.  I cut out the banners using the Hearts A Flutter Framelits.


Secret Garden & A Sneak Peek


Can you see the sneak peek in this card?  It is a new Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog called Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions.  You will be able to order this beginning August 1st.  If you haven’t seen the Holiday Catalog, you are missing out on some great products.  If you live locally and would like to pick one up from me, just email me and let me know.  If you don’t live near me, I would be happy to send you a catalog for the cost of shipping.

This card also uses the stamp set called Secret Garden that has matching Framelits and a new set called Yippee-Skippee. Yippee Skippee has some cute modern sayings such as “carbs, schmarbs! Eat The Cake”  and my favorite “I Freakin’ Love You!”.   Of course, I  had to use my favorite accessory called Candy Dots.  The look like brads but they just stick on the card stock without having to punch a hole in your paper and they come in all the color families.