Thoughtful Blooms

Thoughtful Blooms is a stamp set that you can get for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 purchase.  This stamp set has 17 stamps in it that include flowers, leaves, stems, a border and some sentiments.  You can use it for thank you or congratulation cards.  On top of all that you can also get the matching punch called Small Bloom Punch for FREE with a $100 order!  So, for $150 you can get all the wonderful products of your choice, plus $15 in FREE merchandise of your choice AND the stamp set called Thoughtful Blooms (or the other wonderful products in the Sale-a-bration catalog) AND the Small Bloom Punch!  That is an awesome deal!

To make this card I first stamped the flowers in Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray ink.  Then I punched them out using the Small Bloom Punch.  I stamped the stems and leaves in Mint Macaron ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Die set.  I layered the flowers over the stems using Dimensionals so they popped out.  I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink and punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch and layered that on top of a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock I had punched out using the 1 1/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.

The ribbon is 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon in Seaside Spray.  It is beautiful in person because it has some sparkle to it.

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Winter Wonder

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is full of products that don’t necessarily stand out in it.  The Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of these products.  It is easy to overlook on page 37 of the catalog because of all the awesome products being showcased on that page as part of the Year Of Cheer Suite.  The Embossing Folder is a super large snowflake (and we all know how much I love large images!) that makes a beautiful impression for a background of a card.

The snowflakes I used on this card are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This is a great set of dies that has something for every season.  There are three different snowflake dies in the set (although I only used two for this card).  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Star Of Light which is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

I know Labor Day was a couple of weeks ago but I had a couple of wonderful visitors that weekend.  My son, Sam came for a visit and brought Madelyn with him.  Poor Tara had to work all weekend so she couldn’t come and she was sadly missed.  Madelyn is the prettiest and brightest two year old I know.  Of course, I am a little prejudice but as a grandmother, I can say such things.  We had so much fun with her.  She slept in the room across from mine and every morning when I woke up I would hear her calling me to come snuggle with her.  It was awesome!

We did a lot of reading from the Daniel Tiger book.  Daniel Tiger is a great kid’s show (and book) that is based on the Mr Rogers Neighborhood series from long ago.  It talks about a lot of life lessons like having a baby brother on the way, being scared of trying new things, going to the doctor and other lessons like that.  Madelyn and I read the entire book over the weekend.  Daniel Tiger is her favorite.  Ugga Mugga, Madelyn!

A Colorful Birthday

If you know me at all, you know I love Big Bold Sentiments!  The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog has a bunch of stamp sets with Big Bold Sentiments in it.  It made me so happy when I saw them.  The thing that made me really smile was when I saw the Big Shot page in the catalog and it had this Big Bold Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It was the first thing on my list.  It must have made a lot of my customers happy too because almost all of them purchased this die.

What better way is there to show off a Big Bold Die then with a ton of color?  I took all my punches out and just started punching circles out of all different bright bold colors.  I used every punch between the sizes of 1/2″ to 2″ and just scattered the pieces around.  I used a piece of black and white Designer Series Paper from Pick A Pattern for the background to go with the Basic Black cardstock.  This was a really easy card to make that gives a pop of color.

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Beautiful Bouquet Sketch Challenge

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge by Buffy, Jackie and me is a sketch challenge.  These are my favorite challenges because, frankly, I find them the easiest.  All you have to do is look at the sketch and then pick out some products that would go with it.  Here is the sketch.

I decided to use Beautiful Bouquet to make a card using this sketch.

This is such a fun set.  It has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  There are 37 stamps in this set and 21 dies!  That is an amazing amount.  There are 15 sentiments included and some of them are for the inside of a card.

The Designer Series Paper is called Delightful Daisy.  The thing I love the most about Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper is it is two sided so if you don’t like one side you can use the other. The only problem I run into is most of the time I like both sides and can’t make up my mind which to use!

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this card sketch.  I am sure we will love both of them!

Don’t forget there is a little more than a week left for Bonus Days and The Christmas in July Starter Kit Offer.  Hurry before these great events are gone!

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A Party Animal Stamp Off Challenge

Stamp Off Logo Clean

TGIF and we have another fun Stamp Off Challenge.  Jackie got very creative a little while ago and came up with some awesome challenges.  This week it is called Party Animal.


Now, I am not quite sure what it means exactly.  It could be make a celebration card or it could mean make a card with an animal in it.  I decided to do both!

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti CelebrationI decided to make a birthday card with an animal on it.  At the same time, I made it a fun fold slider card.  When you pull the piece with the ribbon on it, the middle slides up and you see a surprise message.  This is what the card looks like completely open.

Slider Card, Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration

This picture shows how the Flamingo and leaves pop up when you open it.

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration, Slider Card

I used two stamp sets to make this card.  The flamingo and leaves are from Pop Of Paradise.  Now really.  Who doesn’t like a Flamingo?  One of the new InColors is called Flirty Flamingo, so of course, I had to use that color.  The sentiments are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration.

Now, let’s head over to Buffy’s and Jackie’s blogs to see their Party Animal Cards.  If I was a guessing woman, I would say they used a cute and silly Llama on their cards.  Let’s go see!

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For You With Candy Dots

Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Pictogram Punches

This card uses some retiring products and some products that are being carried over.  One of the stamp sets that is retiring that I will miss is called Pictogram Punches.  I used it for the little flower on this card.  There is a set of matching punches called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack that is also retiring.  The biggest thing on this card I will miss are the Candy Dots.  They are perfect to add a little color to your card.

The good news is Flower Shop and Petite Petals, along with their matching punches are carrying forward into the new catalog.  I was surprised because they have been around for a while, but I believe they are still very popular.

Check out the Retirement List and order what you want before June 1st.  Once they are gone, they are gone forever!

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Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge

Buffy is part of a group of very talented artists that design for Craft Project Central.  She was telling me the other day about the sketch challenge they host on their blog so I decided to take a look.  This is what this month’s challenge is:


I thought it was kind of a cute sketch so I made a card using it.

By The Tide

I realized after I made this and took the picture that I forgot to add a couple of things to my card that were in the sketch challenge but I am hoping that is ok.

I used the stamp set called By The Tide.  It is a set that has been around a while and I hope it stays for a while longer.  It is a great set for making a masculine card.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Going Places and is in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  Lastly, the “happy birthday” stamp is from the February Paper Pumpkin kit.  It just happen to fit perfectly in that spot.

You can check out the other creations on Craft Project Central HERE.

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Lovely As A Tree

Lovely As A Tree

Earlier this month I had a workshop for a new customer named Robin.  Robin wanted to do Christmas Cards at her workshop so I designed two of them.  This is the first card we made.  We used the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree and stamped it three times on the card without re-inking it.  When you do this it makes it look like the lighter trees are more in the background then the bolder ones.  Then we punched a 1″ circle out of Post-It Note Paper and put it on the card.  Then, when you sponge the background, it leaves the circle without any ink so it looks like a moon.  This technique is called masking and is always a fun thing to learn when you are a new stamper.

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