Saying Goodbye To Some Of My Favorites


DSC02089Some of my favorite stamp sets are on the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List so I thought I would “showcase” some of them.  This particular card has three sets that are all saying goodbye.  The flowers are from the stamp set called Field Flowers.  I love this set because it reminds me of my childhood and all the vacations we spent at my grandparent’s house in Vermont.  Their house was surrounded by fields of wild flowers that looked just like this.

The background stamp I used is called  and is another one that is on the Retirement List.  I love this stamp too!  Finally, the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen.  Delightful Dozen has 12 (bet you couldn’t guess that!) different sentiments in it that cover just about any occasion you might have.

The main thing about the Retirement List is, once an item sells out, it is gone forever so if you like anything on the list, you should buy it now.

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Card In A Box



I  have no idea who designed these, but the Card In A Box is very popular right now so I decided to teach my Club how to make them.  They look much more complicated then they really are.  I think the hardest part (or the most time consuming) is stamping and punching out all the flowers.  The rest is very easy.  The best part is it fits inside a regular Medium Envelope.

Here are some quick directions on how to make this Card In A Box.

Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 9″.  Score at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ and 8 1/2″.


Turn the paper and score at 2 3/4″.


Cut on all four score lines up to the score line going across and snip off the bottom half inch as shown in the picture.  Put a piece of Sticky Tape on the little end.


Fold at the vertical score lines.


Attach tab to the inside of the box so it can not be seen.  Fold down three of the sides, leaving one unfolded.  Your box should look like this.


Take a 2″ x 3 1/8″ piece of cardstock and score at 1/2″ and 2 5/8″.  Then cut the piece in half the long way so you can two pieces of scored cardstock that are 1″ x 3 1/8.


Fold scored lines as shown below.  Put a piece of Sticky Tape on each end.


Attach these pieces to the inside of the box so they look like this.  You don’t need to worry if they are not exactly straight because you won’t see them once they are decorated.


Then decorate your box as you wish.


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Simple Gold Sale-A-Bration Valentine


Sometimes simple is better.  At least it is if you are a CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper like me!  I like the clean look.  I also like the vintage look but just can’t manage to make it look right so I stick with what I know.

This white on white Valentine uses the stamp set called Delightful Dozen.  This is a great stamp set because it has a greeting for just about any holiday or theme you might need.  It includes a greeting for birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Get Well and, of course, Valentine’s Day (and more!).  I always recommend this set, especially for a beginner stamper who doesn’t have much because it covers everything.

I embossed the sentiment and the banners with Gold Embossing Powder.  The banners are a stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  You can get it free with a $50 purchase.  It has the a matching punch too!
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Chevrons & Arrows


I am beginning to think that 2014 is the year of the Chevron & Arrow look.  I have done a lot of cards using these shapes but I really like the look of them.  Now that the Stampin Up! Occasions Catalog has come out, it is even easier to make these shapes.

The embossing folder I used in the background is called Arrows Textured Impressions.  Embossing folders are a great and easy way to add dimension to your card.  The sentiments are from Perfect Pennants and Delightful Dozen.  The two banners were cut out using the new Banner Framelits and the Chevrons are left over from punching card stock with the Chevron Border Punch.

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!!


File Folder Card With Envelope Punch Board


Patty Bennett, another Stampin Up demonstrator came up with another idea for the Envelope Punch Board.  I think this “gadget” has to be one of my favorite things that has come out in a while.  It makes great envelopes but also can add fun things to a card.

I made this “file folder” card using the Envelope Punch Board.  Can you see how the two layers look like a file folder?  It was very easy to do.  You just put one edge of the card stock into the Envelope Punch Board and punch it.  Then move the card stock over a couple of inches and punch it again.  Take your Stampin Trimmer and cut off the extra. Then just repeat on the other side of the card stock.

The Designer Series Paper I used for this card is in the Holiday Catalog and is called Winter Frost.  The happy birthday stamp is from Delightful Dozen and the celebrate stamp is from Embellished Events.

Freshly Made Sketches

Freshly Made Sketches #88

Freshly Made Sketches #88

I needed a quick and easy birthday card for a man and just happen to check the Freshly Make Sketches challenge and thought it was a great sketch to use.  Sometimes you just need to make a card and you don’t have a lot of time.  What could be easier than using a couple of pieces of card stock you already had cut, ink one stamp and run one edge through the Big Shot?  The stamp I used is from Delightful Dozen and is perfect for just about any sentiment.


Show & Tell for Mojo Monday

Mojo Monday 293

Mojo Monday 293

This is my card for this week’s Mojo Monday.  The sketch challenge looks like this:

Mojo293SketchThe birthday stamp comes the set called Delightful Dozen.  It has a lot of different greetings that can be used for any occasion. I used one of the new Photopolymer Stamps sets called Show & Tell 2.  It has a lot of fun arrows and banners to use.  The entire set looks like this:

Show & Tell 2

Show & Tell 2

If you haven’t tried one of these sets, you really should.  The more I use them, the more I like them!

Secret Garden

This is the second card we did for my Club meeting this month.  It uses the stamp set and matching Framelits from the Spring Catalog called Secret Garden.  The best part is that they are available as a bundle which saves you 15%.  The stamp is is from Delightful Dozen which is in the Annual Catalog.

Secret Garden

Secret Garden