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.

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Another Mystery Parts Card

A couple of weeks ago I posted about an activity I am doing with my downline called Mystery Parts (thanks again for the idea, Diana Gibbs).  This is where one person in the group send the others some products to make a card.  These products include Designer Series Paper, cardstock, embellishments and whatever you want to send.  Then each of us makes a card and posts it on our Facebook Group. The idea is you have to use everything they send us plus add your own stamps, dies, punches, etc.  It is so much fun that we decided to do it every 2-3 weeks.

These are the “parts” that Kim sent us.

It included Very Vanilla and Early Espresso cardstock, a piece of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, Metallic Pearls and Linen Thread.  I decided these “parts” would make a great masculine card.

Stampin Up Geared Garage

I paired the products with the stamp set called Geared Up Garage.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Garage Gears.  I first stamped the car in Early Espresso ink and then colored it with a Cherry Cobbler Blend.  I stamped the cloud of smoke and the sentiment also using Early Espresso ink and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I also cut the DSP using the Stitched Rectangles Dies too.  I attached the car using Stampin Dimensionals.  I cut the gears out of Cherry Cobbler ink and added the Metallic Pearls to the middle.  I am not sure how masculine that is but it worked.  The last thing I did was wrap the Linen Thread around the bottom before adhering everything together.

Here is Kim’s card.  I love the pop of Cajun Craze cardstock on it.

Here is Karin’s.  That moose is perfect!

This is Karen’s.  I love this one too!

This is Char’s card.  Char makes very simple yet beautiful cards.

Here is Lynette’s card.  I love it.  I almost used this set and it works great with these products.

Aren’t they so talented?  I love how each one is so different.  We just got the parts for our next card so looked for the posts.  It is so much fun! 

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Stitched Triangles

Stampin Up Stitched Triangles

I am in love with all the stitched dies Stampin’ Up!® is offering now.  There are circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, stars, labels and more.  One of my favorite new die sets are the Stitched Triangles.  These dies go with the stamp set called The Right Triangle.  I didn’t use the stamp set but it is adorable too!  If you buy the stamps and the dies together in a bundle you can save 10%.

To make this card I first cut out all the stitched triangles using the Heartwarming Hug Designer Series Paper.  I cut out the tree stems in Early Espresso cardstock by hand.  I adhered them to a card base of Whisper White using Stampin’ Seal tape and Dimensionals so the little trees in the front popped up a bit.  I added the BumbleBee star from the die set called Stitched stars.  The sentiment is from Poinsettia Petals.  If you remember from the other day, I lost this stamp but I know I had it at some point because I used it to make this card.  Sigh. 


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Friend Like You

Friend Like You is a stamp set that is in the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has a matching set of dies called Friendly Silhouettes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle un June 2nd.  Both of these items will be in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog but the bundle discount will not be available.  The stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.

The colors I used on this card are Whisper White, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana.  I really like how well they go together.  They remind me of summer and warm weather (which we have yet to see!).   I first stamped the stems onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Granny Apple Green.  Then I used my Stampin Write Markers to color the flowers on the second stamp using Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather.  Then I cut that out using the the tag from Bonanza Dies set.  Sadly, this die set and the matching stamp set called Bonanza Buddies are retiring on June 2nd.  I cut the rest of the rectangles out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The Cat Tails are a die from Friendly Silhouettes.

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Good Morning Magnolia

Today is my mother’s 95th birthday.  Not only is she 95 but she is healthy and lives (fairly) independently.  By fairly I mean she lives in a little cottage by herself in an independent living facility.  She is the queen of the place and everyone knows her.  She is truly amazing.  I thought this card was appropriate for her because she is like a rainbow of color wherever she goes.

To make this card I first stamped the background using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I took different colored scraps and cut pieces that are 1/2″ wide.  The colors I used are Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.  I just realized I used every color in the Brights family except Melon Mambo!  I adhered these strips to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles set.  I popped this up using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I cut the word Happy from the Merry Christmas die set in Basic Black and stamped the worth birthday from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything.

Happy Birthday, Mom!  I hope your day is as great as you are!

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Non Traditional Christmas Color Challenge

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors.  I decided to go with Smoky Slate and Flirty Flamingo.  That is about as non-traditional as you can do!

To make this card, I used the stamp set called So Many Stars along with the matching dies called Stitched Stars.  Remember, you can save 10% until the end of this month if you buy this set in a Bundle.  I know the star dies are carrying over but the stamp set is not so if you like it, now is the time to purchase it.  I also used the die set called Stitched Rectangles and another called Merry Christmas.  This is where the big “Merry” came from.

I first took a piece of Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper from the Brights 6″ x 6″ collection and layered it on top of a card base of Smoky Slate.  Then I cut out the frame using the Stitched Rectangles Dies and adhered a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the middle.  I stamped the star and cut it out using the Stitched Stars Dies along with all the other stars.  I cut the sentiment from Smoky Slate cardstock and put it all together.

Now let’s go see what non-traditional colors Buffy and Jackie used.  Using different colors was fun!

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Inspiring Iris

Here is another birthday card I made for someone I met through Stampin’ Up!®.  Jackie is part of the BS & J Productions and our Stamp Off Challenges so you all know her.  Jackie and I met online through a forum that is for Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators only.  We have never met in person but I feel like we have been great friends for years.  If you are interested in joining my Stampin Up! family, just send me an email or click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Inspiring Iris.  This stamp set is a two step set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case the stems and the leaves are two different stamps.  There is also a stamp that outlines the images but I did not use it on this card.  I used Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green inks.  The background is from a piece of 6″ x 6″ InColors Designer Series Paper in Terracotta Tile.  I cut out the Iris using a die from the Stitched Rectangles and then another piece in Petal Pink cardstock.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays.  As you can tell, I use this set a lot.

Happy birthday, Jackie.  I hope you had a terrific day!

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