Monday, June 13, 2016

Disney themed anniversary card

I feel like it's been forever since I've posted.  Between having computer issues and working on special orders, there are never enough hours in a day! :(

I made this card for my niece's wedding anniversary.  She actually got engaged at Disney, so I felt this card would be appropriate.
I really didn't use much Stampin'Up! product other than Real Red cardstock, the sentiment stamp, and the Owl Builder punch.  (I used two of the little hearts in the Owl punch to form the bow in Minnie's hair.)  I had purchased the Mickey head punch at JoAnn's, and the washi tape came from's website.  I loved the addition of the paper piercing for some added texture.

My new supply of products arrived from the latest catalog, so I'm anxious to get started on some new projects.  The new In-Colors are beautiful and so fresh and on-trend.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vintage Butterfly

Hello Stampers!

I found this layout on YouTube by dawng5377.  She had used rhinestones on the body of the butterfly, but I chose to use pearls and clear Wink of Stella for a little added bling.  This card is super easy to put together, but ends up looking like it took way more time.
Stamp sets:  Watercolor Wishes and Timeless Textures
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Tip Top Taupe
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Tip Top Taupe, Wink of Stella Clear pen
Accessories:  pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Butterfly framelit

Measurements:  Card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"  (A2)
Elegant Eggplant:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
Very Vanilla :  3-3/4" x 5" 

I really like the vintage feel to this card.  It could be used for a variety of occasions,

Be creative today!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

baptism card

Hello Stampers!
Today's card features a stamp set called "All God's Grace" from Stampin'Up!  I had purchased this set thinking it would be one of those "keeper" sets even after it retires.  Luckily it is getting carried over into the new catalog being released in June.
I used a retired embossing folder, but the idea was just to add some soft and pretty texture since the card is for an infant. Check your stash and see what folders you have.  I hoard embossing folders just like I hoard everything else used in stamping!    I stamped the cross image on a scrap of shimmery white cardstock and cut it out by hand.  It was popped up using dimensionals.  I used the archival Basic Gray ink from SU.  I used a strip of white satin ribbon to cover the seam between the bottom part of the layer that was embossed and the top which I left smooth for stamping.  For a finishing touch, I punched three small flowers out of shimmery white cardstock and added pearls to the centers.

White cardstock 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
White cardstock layer 3-3/4 x 5
Smokey Slate layer 3-7/8 x 5-1/8
scraps of shimmery white cardstock for cross and flowers

I hope you like today's card, and that you find some creative time for yourself.  My mojo has been on vacation lately.  It seems like there's never enough hours in a day.  When I have had some spare time, I've been working on card kits that I've purchased.  I've been trying to build up my card stash.  There are two local gift shops that sell my cards, so I always like to have a supply ready when they call to say inventory is low.  Plus with having a large extended family, I use a lot of birthday cards each month.

Happy stamping!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Easter Card #1

Hello Stampers!
I figured I needed to get started on my Easter cards.  This sample is pretty simple with the help of some die cuts I purchased called "Wonky Stitches" by Avery Elle.  It may be hard to see in the picture, but the layers and banner are die cut with the faux stitched lines automatically included.  I think it adds texture and visual interest.

The stamp sets used were "Crazy About You" for the sentiment, and "Number of Years" for the leaf and flower images.  The inks used were Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  The flowers were punched out of Calypso Coral cardstock.  Little pearls were added to the flower centers.  The card base is out of Crumb Cake, measuring 4-1/4" x 11".  The layer and banner were attached using foam and dimensionals. The DSP layer is from "Wildflower Fields" which is a free SAB choice with a $50 purchase.   This layout would be another good "keeper" card to have on hand and could be used for lots of different occasions just by switching out the sentiment.

Have a creative day!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day card

Hello Stampers!

I've had a little bit of time to play with some of my new stamping toys.  Good thing since Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

On both cards I used Blushing Bride cardstock, and stamped the heart image using the same colored ink to make my own background.  The stamp set is from the current occasions catalog, and is called "Bloomin' Love."  Next I cut out the heart shape from the "Bloomin' Heart" thinlit die, but instead of paper I cut it from 2mm white craft foam.  I glued it down to the card front using Tombo glue.  The small flowers were stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the dies. I adhered them to the card front using the same glue, and added pearls to the centers.  A little bling was added with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The banner was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock also, and cut out with the banner die located in the "Large Numbers" framelits dies.  Dimensionals were used to pop the banner over top of the heart.   A very easy card, but I think it looks elegant and that it took a lot more time.  I could see this heart being used for lots of other occasions like a wedding or anniversary card also.  As soon as I saw this set of dies, I knew right away it was going to be a keeper!

I liked changing the orientation of the card front, and felt it looked good either way.

Hope you find some time to stamp today (in between watching football and all the commercials!) 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Botanicals for You

Hello Stampers!
I have finally had a little more time to play with some of my new toys I ordered from Stampin'Up!  Today's card features a set you can earn for "free" with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.  This set also coordinates with another stamp set in the mini catalog called "Botanical Blooms."
I began with a regular A2 size card base in Whisper White.  I first stamped the sentiment in SU's Archival Black ink.  The flowers were stamped using Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey.  The leaves were stamped using Mossy Meadow.  I wanted to add a little more depth, so I stamped the larger flower again on a scrap of white using the Tangelo Twist ink.  These extra flowers were fussy cut, and added to the card using little pieces of Stampin' dimensionals.  I added black enamel accents to the centers of the flowers for the finishing touch.  Super fast but I think it makes a very pretty card!

Stay warm inside, and hope you find some creative time for yourself!

Friday, January 1, 2016


Hello Stampers!  Happy New Year!

Well the end of the year seemed to get away from me between work and getting ready for the holidays.   I am starting to get my samples ready for the upcoming Sale-a-Bration season that starts on January 5th.  Big WOO HOO for SAB!  January tends to be my least favorite month due to getting ready for tax season, but SAB always puts a smile on my face.

I found the layout for this card designed by Mary Brown at   Mary always does a fabulous job with her cards, but this one really caught my eye.  You'd be amazed at how quickly this card comes together, yet looks so elegant.

The base layer is your normal A2 with a top fold (4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2") out of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The next layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4" x 5-1/4".   The DSP layer is cut at
3-7/8" x 5-1/8".    Now I happened to use a retired print, but any DSP that you have with predominately a solid color underneath and a touch of white should be perfect.

The die cut image was cut out of thick Whisper White cardstock.  I cut 2, but Mary used 3 on her project, and they were all glued together. (Next time I plan on cutting one out of thin 2mm white craft foam, and one out of  cardstock and glue them together using the Tombow glue.) Then I glued them to the card front.  The die is from the set "Rose Garden Thinlits Dies" and the coordinating stamp set is called "Rose Wonder."  You can buy them as a bundle and save 15%.  I predict this set is going to be quite popular, so order yours early!

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The piece of cardstock measured 7/8" x 2-3/4" and cut into a banner.  It was then added to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

Now how easy was that???   Mary made hers with the birthday greeting, and I happened to choose a sympathy.   There are many sentiments in the stamp set so it truly is a versatile choice for your stamp collection.  

I can see using this layout with other color choices too, using a shade of ink darker than whatever cardstock and DSP you've selected.  It still gives it a monochromatic look, but helps the sentiment stand out a bit more.

Blessings to you and yours in 2016!