Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Lets Set Sail

This is another card I made during that sunny 70 degree say we had a couple of weeks ago. It motivated me to make some summery cards.  Of course, it has gotten cold again and they are even talking possible snow but at least the snow does not last very long in Nashville.

I am, once again, using that gorgeous paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Dandy Designs.  This pack of Designer Series Paper has 48 sheets for gorgeous double-sided paper.  You can get it free with a $100 order.  It is so worth it!  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece and adhered it to a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut out the frame using two of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  To make it easier, I cut out the larger one first.  Then, I taped a smaller die to the larger die cut to keep it in place and cut out the center.  You can use Washi Tape or medical tape for this.  Sometimes Washi Tape can be a little to strong but you can stick it on your pants or sleeves a couple of times to redue the tackiness.

I took a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and added color to it using Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point ink for the background.  I first stamped the birds from the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail in Whisper White ink but they did not show up very well so I added some more using Starry Sky ink.  I am just saying the white birds are in the distance behind some clouds. I adhered this piece to the back of the frame I made earlier.

After this, I stamped the sails in Starry Sky ink and the sailboat in Crumb Cake and punched them using using the coordinating Sailboat Builder Punch.  If you purchase the stamp set and the punch in a bundle you can save 10%.  I stamped the shadow of the sailboat using Whisper White ink and the sentiment from Heron Habitat in Starry Sky ink.

Product List

Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

On Wednesday I told you how it was going to get cold here in Nashville.  Well, unfortunately, the weather people were right.  It is downright chilly here with daytime temperatures in the 40s and night in the 20s!!  Of course, it is not as bad and it could get in Northern New York so I am not really complaining.  The weather finally did put me in a Fall mood, which is a good thing.  Thanksgiving is only a week away and somehow it just wouldn’t be right to have it in the 70s.

I wanted to make a card using Fall colors but I did not have any Designer Series Paper with those colors on hand so I decided I would make my own.   I used the stamp set called Soft Seedlings to make this card.  As a side note, I did mention last summer that the seedlings (also known as helicopters) fell in the spring and not the fall.  Therefore, when they fell they were bright green.  Then they would sit for a few days and would turn light brown.  This is when the 800,000 chipmunks in Northern New York would come out and attack our deck shoving as many of the seeds into their cheeks as they could.  I didn’t mind that they did this.  I just wish they would have cleaned up after themselves and taken the outside of the seed with them.

Anyway, I stamped the Soft Seedlings stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight ink randomly on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the card stock into a smaller size.  I layered that onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I also cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die.

Lastly, I added a sentiment from the PinkFresh stamp set.

Product List

Joyful Flurry

Stampin Up Joyful Flurry

It is always hard for me to make Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards in the summertime.  The weather is warm and the sun is shining and no one wants to think about snow and cold weather.  I know it is the last thing I want to think about but the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog is out and it is full of fall products that are just so amazing that I had to get some of them out to play with.

I know a lot of people looked at the new 2022 July – December Mini Catalog, saw the Joyful Flurry stamp set and the Frosted Flurry Dies and thought “Oh no!  More snowflakes!” but you need to take a closer look at them.  Yes, they are normal snowflakes but look at the coordinating dies!  Yes, they cut out the snowflake stamps but there are also dies that only partially cut out the card stock and make great backgrounds.  I just love that!

This card was super easy to make.  I first cut out the snowflake using one of the Frosted Flurry Dies in Blamy Blue card stock.  Then I used one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut around that.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.  I layered this piece on top of a slightly larger piece of Night Of Navy card stock. Next I stamped the background snowflakes on a piece 4″ x 5.25″ of Balmy Blue cardstock with Night Of Navy ink and layered that on top of a Night Of Navy card base.  When I was done putting everything together, I added a drop of Pearlized Enamel Effects Basics in White.  When that was dry I lifted up the cut out piece of the snowflakes to make it look 3D.  Isn’t that snowflake so pretty?

On a side note, you can make the dots using the Pearlized Enamel Effects ahead of time and let them dry so they are ready to use whenever you want them to be.  Just use your Silicone Mat or a piece of Window Sheets and make a bunch of dots in different sizes and let them dry.  You can also make hearts and stars by first putting a drop of it on the sheet and then taking something sharp and dragging it down.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

Product List

Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

Stampin’ Up!® is having a great sale during the month of March on certain products that are in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  One of the products on sale is the Art Gallery bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Art Gallery and the Floral Gallery Dies.  If you purchase them separately you would pay $56 but if you purchase them in a bundle during March you can get it for $44.75!

The Art Gallery stamp set is a two step stamp set.  This means it can two or more stamps to make an image.  I love two-step stamps because you can make a image with two different colors.  In this set the flowers are two step stamps.  Plus this stamp set has nine different sentiments included in it.  The sentiments cover just about any occasion you would send a card to someone for.   The Floral Gallery dies cut out all the leaves and flowers but also cut out the sentiments using a scalloped die.  Plus there is another die that cuts out the words “just want to say”.  It is a great all around stamp set.

To make this card, I first stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight ink.  Then I used the second of the two step stamps to add the Gold Leafing.  I first stamped it in Versamark ink and sprinkled it with Heat & Stick Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it or it loses the stickiness you need.  Then I pressed it into a box filled with Gold Leafing.  The gold sticks to where you added the Heat & Stick Powder.  You just need to take a sponge or cloth and wipe off the excess.  It is such an easy way to add some sparkle to your card.

After making the flowers, I stamped the leaves and stems in Old Olive ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I took a Basic White card base and added a layer of Misty Moonlight card stock onto it.  Then I added a piece of You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper on top of that.  I cut out a rectangle using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered that onto another piece of Misty Moonlight card stock.  I glued the stems on top and added the flowers using Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and cut it out using the coordinating die from Floral Gallery.  I adhered that using Mini Dimensionals.  Lastly I added some Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels.

Remember this sale is only during the month of March or until products run out.  Here is the list of what is on sale.  There are some great sets included as well and the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.

Product List

Slim Sayings

Stampin Up Slim Sayings

I was so excited when I first saw the Slim Sayings Bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. This bundle includes a stamp set called Slim Sayings (which has six different large sentiments) and coordinating dies called Slim Card Dies.  These dies are such fun because they cut our different backgrounds for your cards.  Slimline cards have been really popular lately.  I have actually made a few that I in the past but having sentiments and dies to go with them is great fun.  Slimline cards can be different sizes.  The products Stampin’ Up!® are made for a 3.5″ x 8.5″ card.  Some slimline cards are 3″ x 6″.  It doesn’t really matter what size you like because both are fun.  I even used the Slim Sayings stamp set on this card which is an A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card.

To make this card I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper using Misty Moonlight ink.  This paper is one of the Sale-a-bration products you can get for free with a qualifying order.  I cut it out using a die from the set called Tailor Made.  Then I stamped it again on another piece of this Designer Series Paper and just cut out the word “one” using a smaller Tailor Made die.  Then I cut two pieces of 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo in Misty Moonlight and attached one to the top of each tag. I took a piece of White Baker’s Twine (Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack) and tied a bow around both of them.  Then I glued the smaller one over the larger tag.  It lined up perfectly.

Next I took a third piece of the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper and cut out a rectangle using the Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I ran this piece of DSP through my Cut ‘N Emboss Machine using the new Gingham embossing folder.  It is a little hard to see in the photo but it added a lot of dimension to the paper.  I layered this on a Misty Moonlight card base and attached the tags using Dimensionals.

If you order the Slim Saying bundle during the month of February you can get the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper for free!  This paper pack has 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ patterned paper.

Product List



Use That Designer Series Paper!

Remember how I have been talking about using all that gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper?  Well, I am still trying to do that.  The hard part is SU keeps coming out with beautiful patterns in every catalog which, of course I have to purchase but I still trying really hard to get myself to cut that paper and use so here are two more simple and easy cards I made using some.

Stampin Up Sweet Ice Cream

This first card using the Host Bundle of Designer Series Paper called Pattern Party.  This is an amazing pack of paper that you can get with a qualifying order.  It has 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper.  There are colorful patterns on one side and black and white designs on the other.

To make this top card I just adhered the Blushing Bride piece of DSP onto a Basic White card base.  Then I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and a different piece of DSP using the Basic Borders dies (I love these dies) and layered them on top.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet Ice Cream on a 3″ x 1 1/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels.  Then I cut a full piece of Poppy Parade card stock using the same die.  I adhered them together and used Dimensionals to place them on the card.  Lastly I added a couple of leaves from Pierced Blooms in Granny Apple Green card stock.

Stampin Up Biggest Wish

I used Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my second card.  This was also super easy to make.  I adhered the flower piece of DSP on top of the Fresh Freesia checked piece and then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I glued the bottom piece of a Basic White card base and then used a Foam Adhesive Sheet to layer the cut out piece so it is popped which adds dimension.  I stamped the larger sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia ink and the smaller one in Gorgeous Grape and then cut that out using another Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that on top.

This is my birthday week.   So, in honor of my birthday, I am offering 10% Off on all orders over $50 if you use the Host Code VMJYKYCW.  Just click in the box below and it will take you to my website and automatically enter the Host Code for you.   If your order is larger than $150 DO NOT use the Host Code so you can get the host benefits yourself but I will still give you the discount. You can order online and I will rebate you the discount by PayPal or I can send you a check in the mail.  This offer is good until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 29, 2021.



Product List

Plentiful Plants

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have an inspiration challenge.  I don’t think we have done one of these before.  If we have, it was a long time ago and it was fun to do.  An inspiration challenge is when we are given a photograph and we need to use that as inspiration for our creation.  Here is the photo we used:

Isn’t this a fun photograph?  There are so many things we could use for inspiration on it.  I went back and forth between using the colors or the layout.  I love the colors but we don’t have a turquoise anymore so that made it hard.  I decided to use the plants and the floor as inspiration for my card.  I just loved that floor and the flowers and plants.

Stampin Up Plentiful Plants

To make this card I used a few different stamp sets and dies. To make the floor I used a stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.  This stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  I stamped some of the shapes in Sahara Sand ink and some in Smoky Slate.  Then I cut out the flower box in Basic White card stock using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.

Next I stamped the background leaves using the Plentiful Plants stamp set with Garden Green and Granny Apple Green ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies called Perfect Plants.  These are also in the Annual Catalog and can be purchased in a Bundle to save 10%.  I stamped the leaves in the front in Granny Apple Green and the berries or flowers hanging down in Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then I cut out a bunch of tiny flowers using the Peach dies in Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody and Basic White card stock and scattered them around the flowers and leaves.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from Sweet As A Peach in Garden Green and adhered it to the card.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this inspiration photo.  I always love this part of our challenges.

Product List


Playful Alphabet Color Block


This is a fun and easy card that requires no stamping at all.  I think the hardest part of it was lining up the letters.  Of course, I had my trusty T-ruler to help me do that.  If you don’t have one of those, you need to get one.  They are very inexpensive and they make lining up things so much easier.

To make this card I first cut a 2.5″ x 2″ square** using Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight card stock.  Then I cut them exactly in half corner to corner.  To help me place them as perfectly as possible (don’t look too closely) I cut a small strip of light cardboard the width of the space I wanted.  This kept the distance even around all of them. I attached them to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock.

I cut the letters out of Basic Black card stock and layered them onto a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I then popped it up using Stampin Dimensionals.  I adhered that layer to a Basic Black card base.

**I realized that I had cut the triangles using the Layering Squares dies and then cutting 1/2″ off one side.  These dies are retired so I figures out how to cut the squares out without dies.


Don’t forget it is a great time to join the Stampin’ Up!® family.  During the month of May you get an extra $25 in products in your starter kit.  You pay $99 plus tax (shipping is free!!) and you can choose $150 worth of products.

Product List

Sweet As A Peach

Stampin Up Sweet As a Peach

My friend, Jackie has an amazing back yard.  She was showing me pictures the other day of it.  She has miniature peach, cherry and apples trees that bloom lots of flowers and then fruit.  I think that is amazing and would love to have it in my back yard.  There is nothing better than fresh fruit right off the tree!

Speaking of peaches, You’re A Peach is a new suite that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach, coordinating dies called Peach Dies, You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper, and these cute little Mini Jam Jars.  I love this suite!  It just seems so bright and summery (not sure if that is a real word or not but it should me).

The Sweet As A Peach stamp set is a DisINKtive stamp set.  This means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single image which brings depth to that image.  If you look at the peach you can see some parts of it are darker and some are lighter giving more of a 3D look.

To make this card, I first stamped the peach using Calypso Coral ink on a piece of Pale Papaya cardstock,  Then I stamped all the leaves in Pear Pizzazz Ink and the small flowers in Calypso Coral ink on Basic White card stock.  Then I cut them all out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment is Calypso Coral ink and cut that out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I layered all of these on a piece of the You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper and a piece of Pale Papaya cardstock.  I used Basic White as the card base.

Product List

Playful Alphabet

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

This is a fun card I made that did not involve any stamping at all.  I only used dies, cardstock and Designer Series Paper.  I like making cards that just say hello because you can use them for any occasion by stamping the appropriate occasion stamp on the inside such as happy birthday, thinking of you or get well.  Really hello cards can be used for any occasion except maybe sympathy.

To make this card I first cut out the letters using the Playful Alphabet Dies.  The great thing about these dies is they have two dies for many of the letters.  These include two L’s for hello and two P’s for Happy so you can cut them all out at once.  There are also 2 A’s, E’s, I’s, N’s, O’s, R’s, S’s and T’s.   It makes it so much easier to make words because of this.  One trick to make your letters straight is to use a ruler.

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

It is hard to tell from the photograph but I actually used the negative space of the letters for this card.  I cut out the hello from Mossy Meadow card stock and then cut the card stock at an angle.  I backed that with a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock.  I saved the letters I cut out you use on another card someday.

I cut out the two triangles from Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper using the Stitched Triangle Dies.  This DSP is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  The Stitched Rectangles are in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog and are carrying over to the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  The coordinating stamp set called The Right Triangle is not carrying over though.  You can still buy the stamp set and dies in a bundle and save 10%. 

Product List