Say Goodbye To Flowering Flourishes

Flowering Flourishes, Hello You Thinlits

Flowering Flourishes is another stamp set that is going to retire at the end of May.  It has been around for a while and I actually forgot about it but I always liked using it because it makes such a nice background.  One of the flower punches I used on this card is also retiring.  It is from the punch set called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  It one of those punch sets that I will miss a lot.  It has the little flower, a heart and a star punch.  Luckily the other two items I used for this card are staying.  The ‘hello” is from Hello You Thinlits and the larger flower punch is called Petite Petals.

As a reminder if there is something on the retirement list you want, make sure you order it quickly before it is gone for good.  Stamps sets will be available until May 22 but all other accessories will be gone for good once they run out.

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Vintage? Me?

Botanicals For You

First of all, just so you know, I can hear all your comments and noises concerning me making a vintage card.  Therefore, be careful what you say!  I suppose I could blame Buffy for this attempt.  She makes the most beautiful vintage cards ever and since I admire her so much, I thought I would try myself.  If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you will know I am not a vintage stamper.  Honestly, I stink at it.  Remember when I told you I often through my creations in the garbage?  Well most of the ones that land there are because I attempted something vintage.

That being said, I have to admit I kind of like this card (which is why I am posting it).  The Calypso Coral flowers are not really vintage but I added them anyway.  They are from the stamp set called Pictogram Punches.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Botanicals For You.  You can get this set for free with a $50 order before March 31st when Sale-a-bration ends.  I also used a stamp set from the 2016 Occasions Catalog called Timeless Textures for the background.

Now, back to my usual CAS (Clean and Simple) cards!

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You’re A Star

Pictogram Punches, Confetti Stars Border Punch

I made this simple graduation card for a friend of mine whose son graduated from Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago.  She told me he won a bunch of awards for all kinds of achievements!  It was a very impressive list so I thought I would make him a card to commemorate the occasion.  It didn’t take very long to make at all.  The sentiment is from Pictogram Punches and the stars were made using the Confetti Stars Border Punch.  I just backed the stars with different color cardstock to make it brighter.  Then I punched one star out using the star punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Madelyn is growing up way too fast.  She is already ten weeks old!


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Pictogram Punches Birthday

Pictogram Punches

Today is my Daughter In Law, Tara’s birthday.  In case you didn’t know, she is the woman who produced my awesome granddaughter, Madelyn.  Tara is an amazing woman,  She is beautiful and very smart.  She is sweet and a little snappy (ha!).  Sam, my son, could not have chosen anyone better.  They are awesome parents too!

I used the stamp set called Pictogram Punches to make this card.  The flowers were punches out with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I did have to hand cut out the vases but it wasn’t too hard to do since the lines are straight.  You know how much I love fussy cutting!

Tara.  I hope you have the most wonderful birthday ever!

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Bravo Party Pennants

Bravo, Party Pennants

Graduations from college and high school are going to be happening in the very near future so it is not too early to start making cards.  This card uses the stamp set called Bravo.  It is a Photopolymer Stamp Set that is in the Annual Catalog.  I also used a Big Shot Die called Party Pennants on this card.  It is a Bigz die so you can cut out 3-4 of the shapes all at one time.  I love this Big Shot Die and I am really hoping it does not go on the retired list that comes out on April 21st.

I have been talking about the retirement list for a while now.   Sometimes merchandise runs out on the first day it is posted.  Don’t miss out on anything and order today before your choices are no longer available.  If you love those Retiring In Colors (Coastal Cabana is one of my favorite) you better order today.  In Colors are one of those things that sell out on the first day.

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Pictogram Punches & Perpetual Calendar

Pictogram Punches, Perpetual Calendar

This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a few different stamp sets.  The flowers and the vase are from Pictogram Punches and the little flowers and leaves are from Perpetual Calendar.  Try saying Pictogram Punches and Perpetual Calendar three times fast!  I love the Perpetual Calendar stamp set.  Even if you didn’t buy the kit, the stamp set is a lot of fun.  It has a bunch of little shapes included in it which are perfect for backgrounds.  There are stars, hearts, starbursts, polka dots, butterflies, leaves and many others.  I love it to just add a little accent to cards.


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Hello You Thanks

Hello You

I just realized when I was posting this card that is has absolutely no stamping on it!  How can that be?  I guess sometimes you don’t need to actually stamp to make a nice card.

I did use a punch and my Big Shot.  There aren’t too many cards I make nowadays where I don’t use one or the other.  The flowers were punched from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  The ‘thanks” was cut out using the Hello You Thinlits and my Big Shot.  To make small or thin dies come out easily, all you need to do it put a piece of waxed paper between the card stock and the die.  It makes the card stock pop out so much easier.

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Make A Wish

Perfect Pennants

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas yesterday and that all of you had all of your wishes granted.  My Christmas was wonderful, although I missed my youngest son, Zachary a lot.  He couldn’t be with us this year because he deployed.  I think it is the first Christmas he has not been here since he was born and it made me sad.

I made this card using the stamp sets called Perfect Pennants and Gorgeous Grunge.  The first time I saw Gorgeous Grunge I thought it was appropriate for road kill.  It looked like a lot of blood splatter.  Now I love it.  It is the perfect set to add a little color without going overboard.

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A Very Simple Thank You

All Is Calm, Four You

I made this card using a sketch I found online.  If you want (or need) to make a card but can’t figure out where to start, go online and look for card sketches.  It really helps me when I get stuck.   I thought it was a simple, yet fun sketch because it was a little off center (like me!).  I used Silver Glimmer Paper as an accent.  It is hard to see with a photograph but the All Is Calm Designer Series Paper in Lost Lagoon is very pretty with the sparkly silver paper.  The sentiments are from the stamp set called Four You and A Dozen Thoughts.  Both of these sets are in the Annual Catalog.

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A Washi Joy

Washi Tape, Wonderful Wreath Framelits

Here is another Christmas card that was really easy to make.  It uses the All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape that is in the Holiday Catalog.  I love Washi Tape because it adds so much color and is so easy to apply.

The other thing about this Christmas card is there is no stamping!  I didn’t even do that on purpose.  The “joy” and the stars were cut out of Brushed Silver Cardstock.  I used the Wonderful Wreath Framelits for Joy and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for the stars.  The oval behind Joy was cut out using the Ovals Collection Framelits.

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