Sunday, December 28, 2014

Catching up.....

Hello stampers....
It's been a long time since my last post.  Life just has a way of steering us in other directions.  You to lay on the couch for a whole week at the busiest time of the year! 

So before I got sick, I was working on a special order of 60 of the hand "Santa-tizers" for a local gift shop.  I don't think I'll be making more of these any time soon!  ha ha!!
Hopefully you all had a lovely holiday with your family and friends! 
I hope to have many samples ready to post soon.  I received my pre-order of new stamp sets that are coming in the new mini and Sale-a-bration which starts January 6th.  There are lots of goodies in there, so I can't wait to share!
Happy New Year!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stampin'Up! Online Extravaganza

Hey Stampers!
Don't miss the big sale that starts on Monday, November 24th! 
Contact me with any questions, or to place your order.  Please note that some items are only available on the 1st and last day of the sale!
Click here to see the list of items on sale!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

tree shaped ornament

Hello stampers......
This week I've been busy making some simple ornaments.  I'd been seeing paper straws in the craft stores....and wondered exactly what people were doing with them.  After researching them on Pinterest and Youtube, I found this idea.
I found a very helpful posting on Youtube by "Oneveryhappybird" that provided great measurements.  She had used a popsicle stick for the tree trunk, and she had colored it gold with a Sharpie marker.  However I used chop sticks that I had on hand in my craft stash.  I knew they'd come in handy some day!  ha ha!!!  Anyway, I cut the chopstick down to 4" length, and painted them with brown acrylic paint.
The star bead at the top can be found at Michael's crafts in the bead sections, and you just need to ensure the holes in the beads are going left to right when you glue the bead in place. That way when you thread your string through, the ornament will hang properly.
The straws were cut in the following lengths:  1/2", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 2-1/2",
2-3/4", 3".
I used Tombow liquid glue to adhere them to the chop stick, and to the straw above it.
For decoration, the other poster had used various sized buttons or stick on gemstones.  I had sequins on hand, so I glued them on and added Stickles to the centers for additional bling.
The paper straws were purchased at Michael's in the dollar bins.  This really is a pretty economical craft, and would be a great project to do with kids too! 
Hope you have a creative day, and stay warm!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Top Hat treat holder

Good morning!

I've been seeing top hats all over Pinterest, so I thought I would attempt to try one.  There are numerous sizes out you should decide exactly what size treat you want yours to hold.

The size I made holds a little 3 x 5 baggie with 9 Hershey kisses in it.  I thought this size would make great holiday favors, or just a nice little treat to place on your co-worker's desk.
The measurements are as follows:
Black cardstock:  2-1/4" x 6-1/2"  for top of hat
Along one long edge, use SU's Spiral Border punch.  Then from the opposite long edge, measure over 1-3/4" and score.  This will put the score line above the area you just punched with the spiral border.  Use a bone folder and crease the score line. Curl with a bone folder to help break down the fibers, and overlap the ends about 1/2". Secure with sticky strip.  Flaps of the spiral border need pushed towards the center.
Punch 2 circles from black cardstock using the 1-3/4" circle punch.  Put liquid Tombow glue around the outside edge only of one of the circles, and place over top of the bottom of the top hat where the spirals are.  I actually had a bottle of Walmart's brand of fake Tylenol on my desk (100 count) , so I turned it upside down and placed the top hat over it.  It was the exact same size, so it really helped hold the piece in place while I glued the circle over top of the spirals.  So...having a headache helped me for once!   LOL!!  Then I placed glue on the second circle, and placed it inside to give it a finished look and hide the spirals.
This entire piece was then glued to a 2-1/2" circle punched from black cardstock.  I added a strip of DSP measuring 1/2" x 6-1/2" (approx) and added some holly leaves/berries cut from a Sizzix die I had.  If you look at pictures of Frosty, he actually is shown sometimes with a flower on his hat. But use what you have. 
Add your candy, and you are done!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Measurements for "Santa-tizer" #2

Hello again....
Here's a side view picture of version #2, and also what both versions look like side by side.
The measurements for version #2 are as follows:
Cherry Cobbler cardstock for body measures 2-1/4" x 5-1/2".  I ran it through the Big Shot using SU's polka dot embossing folder, and attached the ends together using red sticky strip for a strong hold.  I left the seam in the back.
I then attached a strip of white cardstock measuring 1/2" x 2-1/4" to the front.  I added two small black cardstock circles punched from SU's Owl punch to mimic buttons.
The belt was made of black cardstock measuring 1/2" x 5-1/2".  I attached it with Tombow liquid glue the entire way around his belly, leaving the seam in the front. It will be hidden by the buckle.
The ring of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that goes around the bottle cap measures 1" x 3-3/4". I curled it with a bone folder first to break down the fibers, then attached it with sticky strip.  The seam is in the front, as it will be covered by santa's head.
I formed the head exactly as version #1 from my prior posting this weekend, however for the brim of the hat this time I punched 2 pieces of white cardstock with the Word Window punch. And I added glitter to give it some bling!  I did add a dimensional underneath the first layer of bear to help add some depth.
I attached the head to the ring around the bottle cap using a double layer of Stampin' Dimensionals. You can see it in the picture above if you look at the side view.
You get more product with version #2 since it's a 2 ounce bottle.  But no matter what size bottle you find, I'm sure you can adapt the measurements to fit.  The holders will still be re-usable after the bottles are empty too! 

another "Santa-tizer" version

Hello Stampers...
A trip to a different dollar store paid off!  The larger size of hand sanitizer I was originally looking for was located.  YAY!    So here's the bigger bottle all decorated up as our fearless germ fighting "Santa-tizer." 

This time, I chose to make a removable ring of cardstock to go around the bottle cap, and attached the santa head to the ring with a double layer of Stampin'Up! dimensionals.  That way the recipient can remove the head, use the product, then replace the ring.  Wouldn't this be darling sitting on a co-worker's desk during the holidays?   After all, you need something else to focus on during the work day other than how many times you've had to hear "The Little Drummer Boy" over the piped-in music system.  ha ha!!

The measurements will follow shortly.  I have to actually play "office" right now for our appliance repair business.   Love those Mondays! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My version of "Santa-tizer"

Hello Stampers!
Been busy stamping?  Me too!  I got my Christmas cards done early this year....and I must say it's a liberating feeling!  Every year I swear I will start them in June, and I never do.  So I started them last Sunday, and completed them Tuesday.  I even addressed the envelopes.  They won't be mailed until December, but at least I know they are done. :)

I've seen several versions of hand "Santa-tizers" on Pinterest.  There are lots of ideas to choose from, but I ended up coming up with my own version.  Now mind you, not all hand sanitizers are created equal.  They come in many different shapes and sizes, so you will most likely have to adapt your measurements to whatever size bottles you're able to find.

I found these little gems at my local Dollar Tree.  They were up by the registers, packaged in a little clear plastic shaped purse with three bottles inside.  The scents/colors were "ocean breeze" (blue), "eucalyptus mint" (green), and "cherry blossom" (red).  They measure 3-1/4" tall.  The first picture is a side view of the completed project, and the second picture is the front.
I began with a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock measuring 1-3/4" x 11.  I scored it at 1-1/8", 3-1/4",
4-1/4", 7-5/8" and 8-5/8". 
On the end with the 1-1/8" measurement, I punched a hole with a 3/4" circle punch directly in the center. Then I trimmed off a scant 1/8" off the end to make it fit better after you place it over top of the bottle. I folded all my score lines so that the cardstock wraps completely around the bottle.  Then you can remove the bottle to decorate.
I used a 1/2" x 2-1/2" (approx.) strip of white cardstock adhered to the front.  The belt of black cardstock was glued over top along the bottom edge of the front flap, and it measures 1/2" x 1-3/4".   The two black buttons were punched with the SU Owl punch and black cardstock.  Glue to white strip on the front.
The head was formed using a white cardstock piece punched with the 1-3/4" scallop circle punch. Then I added a circle punched with the 1-1/4" circle punch and Pink Pirouette cardstock. I sandwiched the Pink Pirouette circle in between two scalloped triangles punched out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the Petite Pennant Builder punch before gluing it to the white scallop.
On my computer, I printed out the word "Santa-tizer" in size 11 per inch, and printed it on white cardstock.  I repeated the word several times over the size of the paper so I can make several from one sheet of cardstock.  Then I cut out the word with the 1-3/4" scallop circle, keeping the words towards the bottom. I folded the scallop in half, and glued it over top of the face to form the beard.  I added a couple 1/2" strips of white cardstock on the front and back of the hat to form the brim, and rounded the corners.  I glued two googly eyes, and a Pink Pirouette nose punched from the Owl punch.  I adhered the santa head with dimensionals, lining up the top edge of the beard with the top edge of the holder.  The white circle on top was punched twice from the Owl punch. I glued them on the front and back of the tip of the hat.   Who knew how versatile that darn Owl punch was going to be over the years??  That punch was a great investment in my stash!!!
My last bit of bling was the belt buckle.  I hand cut a small square slightly larger than the width of the belt out of silver glimmer paper, and added a small square of black cardstock inside to make it appear the belt was actually threaded through the buckle.  For a closure, I used a small circle shaped Velcro fastener.
I may choose to jazz these up even more by adding some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the circle and brim of the hat.  It's not too late to add, but probably would have been better if I would have done so prior to attaching the head to the body. 
I thought these little guys would be nice to give a friend or co-worker just to spread a little Christmas cheer, and hopefully avoid spreading germs at the same time! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making Spirits Bright

Hello Stampers!
Today's card features one of my "must have" sets out of the mini catalog called "Making Spirits Bright."  I simply had to have this set due to the image used in today's card.  I thought it would make a really funny card to send to your adult friends!

The DSP is retired SU paper I had on hand, however you could substitute any coordinating  Halloween paper you have as well.  The DSP measures 2" x 4" on the left piece.  The top right measures 3-1/8" x 1-1/2", and the bottom right measures 3-1/8" x 2-3/8".  These pieces were glued directly on the card base of Basic Black cardstock. (8-1/2" x 5-1/5", scored at 4-14".)

I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock using Memento black ink, and punched it out using the  2-1/2" circle punch.  The circle was then attached to a starburst framelit cut out of black cardstock, and attached to the card front using dimensionals.

I colored in the eyeball in the drink with Old Olive ink and an aqua painter, and used the small tip of a Real Red marker to accentuate the bloodshot appearance.  Then I added a little touch of bling with a glitter pen (non-SU) to give the eyeball and cocktail toothpick a little sparkle.  Easy peasy!  As a final touch, I added 3 homemade dots made from Perler beads.
This layout could easily be converted to a birthday, anniversary or baby card by changing the DSP and focal image.  Use what you have and stop hoarding that stock of paper!  LOL!  I'm really guilty of hoarding! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Festival of Trees card

Hello Stampers!
Today's card layout came from a fantastic stamper named Connie Stewart at Connie has created a series called "Flash Cards" where she does multiple styles of cards with a card base and two little pieces of cardstock.    Check it out for some awesome inspiration!

I took inspiration from Connie's card, and just stepped it up a bit by adding an extra layer of cardstock for the focal image, and blinged it up a bit with the silver glimmer paper stars and the silver dazzling details to the center of the snowflakes.


stamp sets:  Festival of Trees
                    Endless Wishes

ink:  Smokey Slate
        Soft Sky
        Basic Gray

cardstock:  Whisper White  (4-1/4" x 11"  and 2-1/2" x 4")
                   Smokey Slate    2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
                   Soft Sky             2-1/2" x 4"

miscellaneous:  silver glimmer paper
                          silver dazzling details
                          small star punch
                          tree punch

Per Connie's instructions, I stamped the first tree image on the small piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamping it toward the upper right hand corner of the piece of cardstock. I used Soft Sky ink for the tree, then Smokey Slate ink for the dots.   Next I tore the bottom edge off in a diagonal line, which will be saved to use as the hill of snow.  Set aside.

Next I took the piece of Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped the second tree using Smokey Slate ink. Per Connie's instructions, this needs to be stamped in the lower right hand corner about 1/2" up from the bottom of the cardstock.  Punch out with tree punch.  Then using Soft Sky ink, stamp the dots over the cardstock to make it appear as if it is snowing.  Stamp the sentiment "joy" in Basic Gray ink.

The first tree gets glued behind the opening in the cardstock, and trim edges to fit.  Then I popped up the hill of snow over top using dimensionals.  I glued the second tree on top of the snow, and used a piece of a dimensional at the top of the tree to attach to the card.  This piece was then added to the piece of Smokey Slate measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".  Set aside.

To prepare the card front, I stamped the snowflakes in Soft Sky and Basic Gray ink.  Then I attached the focal point to the card front using dimensionals.  For a touch of bling, I popped the small stars with dimensionals and added silver dazzling details to the centers of the snowflakes and some of the circles on the trees.  Allow time to dry.

I made 11 of these cards in a short amount of time by preparing each step for all of them prior to going on to the next step.  It really saved me a lot of time doing it that way.

Have a creative day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EZ Christmas Card

Hello Stampers!
I've been busy working on some Christmas card samples.  Today's post shows several cards I made yesterday, and this style would be very easy to mass produce.

I began by cutting all my card bases from Whisper White, measuring 4-1/4" x 11". 

Next I cut strips of Whisper White cardstock  1-1/2" x 4-1/4".   Then I stamped the sentiment for the front of the card. Something bold works best here, so I used the "Merry Christmas" from the stamp set "Merry Everything" in the mini catalog. The sentiment "Warmest Wishes" is from the stamp set called "Christmas Bliss."   The small tree is from the set "Holiday Home" which is also in the mini catalog. The snowflake is from the set "Endless Wishes."   I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks.

The DSP is from the mini catalog also, called "Trim the Tree" stack.  These are great little stacks of paper - perfect for cardmaking!  I hoard these paper stacks also....just in case you were wondering.
Sometimes I covered the entire card front....and some I cut a layer measuring 3-3/4" x 5".  But the wonderful thing about this paper is that it's double sided, so the strip that was left at the bottom was used as a contrast behind the white sentiment strip before I glued it to the card front. Then I covered the seam with Cherry Cobbler seam binding, tied in a simple knot.  I secured the knot with a glue dot underneath. On a couple of them I popped the sentiment layer with foam dimensionals, and used a tiny staple to attach a small piece of ribbon on the end.  Just a little variety so everything wasn't just the same.

This style could be embellished even more if you wanted (i.e. buttons, glitter, Crystal Effects, etc.)  yet still keep it easy to produce in quantities. By keeping the knot flat enough, hopefully I'll get away with just a regular postage stamp.  That's always important to keep in mind when you have to send a lot of cards.
I hope you found this helpful, and that you have time to create some of your own!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Hello Stampers....
I know it seems I've gone MIA (missing in action) but I had to take a brief detour to get a few extra projects done.

I had to get some items ready for sale at a local gift shop.  Then my sister asked me to make some doggie bow ties to help with adoptions at her local shelter. 
I made them in 3 sizes (3", 3-1/2", 4")
And then I made these:
They are a small and a medium for the dogs belonging to my sister and niece.  The colors were chosen for my brother-in-law who is a football fan of a team that shall not be named. (LOL!)
Next project is to make a "coffee cozy" to wrap around your favorite take-out coffee. I think they will make a nice little gift to give a friend or co-worker, and it'll help reduce waste by not needing the cardboard sleeve the coffee shop provides.
Hope you find time to create today!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grid Journal

Hello Stampers!
Stampin'Up! started offering these fabulous little kraft grid paper journals in the big catalog.  I think they are a real bargain at $4.95 for two journals.  I try to decorate them with fairly flat embellishments in an effort to be able to slip them in your purse or tote bag.
I stamped a few images from "Gorgeous Grunge" with Early Espresso and Blackberry Bliss ink. I made a simple tag out of Very Vanilla cardstock, and used Crumb Cake ink with the splotches from
"Gorgeous Grunge" again.   The focal image is from "For All Things" and was stamped in Hello Honey and Cajun Craze ink.  For the finishing touch, I added some "Color Me Autumn" washi tape, gold button with linen thread, and some Blackberry Bliss ribbon.  The tag was attached with dimensionals.  These make fantastic little gifts from the heart. 
Thanks for visting, and have a creative day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Traveler" reflection card

Good afternoon!
Today's card uses a reflection technique, and it is very simple to achieve.  I found inspiration for this project from Linda Heller at   Linda had used a bit of a different color combination (white on white with a Lost Lagoon card base).  I used white on black with a Marina Mist card base.  Both combinations look nice, it's just whatever you prefer.

Supplies used:  Marina Mist cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
                         Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4" x 5"
                         Basic Black cardstock 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
                         1/2" strips of Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock
                         Cherry Cobbler baker's twine
                         Memento Tuxedo Black ink
                         Marina Mist ink
                         wax paper
                         "Work of Art" stamp set
                         "Traveler" stamp set
                         "Something to Say" stamp set
                          dimensionals, glue dots and adhesive

Begin by stamping the ship image with the Memento ink on the Whisper White cardstock.  Ink up the large swoosh image from "Work of Art" with Marina Mist ink.  Stamp off once, then stamp three times onto the project without re-inking.  Then stamp the ship again with the Memento ink onto a square of wax paper.  Carefully align the bottom edges of the ships and place the wax paper straight down onto your project.  Lightly tap with your fingers, being careful not to smudge the image.  Lift the wax paper straight up.  Voila!

The Whisper White layer was attached to the Basic Black layer with nine dimensionals so it wouldn't sag.  Then I glued the black layer directly to the card front.  To form the tags, I stamped the sentiment with the black ink onto the white strip, then aligned the white and Cherry Cobbler pieces together and cut the notched end simultaneously.  I punched a hole in the ends, and attached to the card front with Cherry Cobbler baker's twine.  I secured the bow with a glue dot underneath.

Super easy, but I think the end result looks like it was a lot more work than it really was.  It'll be our little secret!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Four Feathers" masculine birthday card

Hello stampers!
I often struggle with making masculine card, which is a pretty common problem in the stamping world.  It so much easier to stamp with flowers and lots of bling.  But you just never want to send a man a girly-type card which is all blinged out.

As soon as I spied the "Four Feathers" and matching framelits in the new mini catalog, I knew I'd found a perfect combination for a masculine card.  It's also offered in a bundle for 15% off, which made it an even better buy!   I used a card base of Smoky Slate cardstock, and used the matching ink to stamp the background called "Handcarved."  That provided a great tone on tone background, but I didn't feel it would distract too much from the feathers.  I stamped the feathers on scraps of Whisper White cardstock using the ink colors of Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  That's a lot of neutrals, but it gave me the look I was going for.  I then cut out the feathers with the matching framelits and my Big Shot machine/magnetic platform.

On a 1/2" strip of Basic Gray cardstock, I stamped with black ink  the word "birthday" from a photopolymer set called "Endless Birthday Wishes."  Then I glued the strip directly onto the card front, added the feathers with a combination of glue and dimensionals, and added a tiny bow made from linen thread.  I secured the bow underneath with a glue dot.
For the inside, I stamped the sentiment in black ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock which measured 3-3/4" x 5".  I stamped a small feather in Soft Suede ink directly onto the layer, then added two more feathers which had been cut out with the framelits.  The white layer was adhered to a layer of Basic Gray cardstock which measured 4" x 5-1/4".  For the finishing touch, I added another linen thread bow.
I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend, and that you're able to find some time to spend in your craft room!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

So many little time...

Hello stampers!
I have so many new stamps to play with, and haven't been able to find much available time to do so! I think sometimes I just need to learn to put it on my "schedule" of things to complete.

Today's card actually took several different stamp sets to complete, but that's the best part about owning so many stamps sets!  ha ha!
The main focal point image is from a stamp set called "Seasonally Scattered" which is new in the holiday mini catalog.  I actually inked it up first in Crushed Curry ink, then used sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive inks.  It wasn't anything you have to think about too much...just go with it. It makes such a beautiful combination of colors since some of them overlapped each other.
The little leaves were stamped from a new set called "Fall Fest", and I cut them out with the matching framelits.  I stamped them with the same colors on matching cardstock, except the Crushed Curry one was stamped on white cardstock.  After I cut them out with the framelits/Big Shot, I stamped the leaves and the base of the card with the splotchy image from the set Gorgeous Grunge. I also lightly sponged the edges of the leaves with Crumb Cake ink.  I then mounted the focal image layer to a piece of Old Olive cardstock, and glued it directly to the card front.  I attached the leaves in the corner, and added a bow with Crushed Curry baker's twine.
The inside of the card was done with the same technique, and the little leaves inside were from the stamp set called "For All Things."    This left plenty of room to write a personal note, and also brought the fall colors to the inside of the card.
measurements used:  Crumb Cake cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" (cut 2)
Old Olive cardstock 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" (cut 2)
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
I hope you have time to create something beautiful today!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Wondrous Wreath" and "For All Things" sneak peek

Hello stampers!
Today's post features stamp sets called "Wondrous Wreath" and "For All Things"  that will be available this week, August 28th.  Although the set is actually Christmas themed.....I immediately thought of making the wreath in the colors of fall.  I love getting double duty out of my stamps!    So before I ventured into making a Christmas card with this set, I chose to do one for my favorite time of year. 

The  colors I've chosen for the wreath were Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, and Soft Suede.  The stamp set is one of our photopolymer sets, so it's very easy to get each layer perfectly placed when stamping. make it even better there's a matching framelit set to die cut the pieces out.  Woo hoo!

I used the "Hardwood" background stamp and Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, (4" x 5-1/4") and glued to a normal sized A2 card base.  The wreath was attached with foam dimensionals.  The sentiment "Grateful" is from another new stamp set called "For All Things."  There's a banner-shaped shadow stamp in the set, so I took a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the shadow using Crumb Cake ink.  I inked the word "Grateful" with a Tangelo Twist marker, and cut out the shadow by hand. This was mounted to the card front using foam dimensionals.  The little acorn came from the same stamp set, and I inked that up with Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip markers.  For a little bling, I finished the card off with a small bow made with the new gold ribbon and added additional dots in the wreath with Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.
With the way our lovely Ohio weather has been, it kind of feels like fall already.  I just hate what comes after that. :( 
Have a creative kind of day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another Stippled Blossoms

Hello stampers!
I made another card featuring the "Stippled Blossoms" stamp set while the supplies were still out on my craft desk.  Actually I was happier with this version as opposed to the previous one.  I think it's because there was less negative space on the card front, and I liked how the fold came out.
A card base was formed using a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  Then I removed half of the front flap (2-3/4").  Then you'll need two pieces of Old Olive cardstock measuring 3" x 4-1/4" and two pieces of Whisper White measuring 2-3/4" x 4". 
I began by stamping the solid image of the flower using Wisteria Wonder on the small piece of Whisper White. . Next I used Elegant Eggplant ink with the outline image.  I repeated the same steps on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut out the flower image, carefully leaving a small white border.  Set aside.  I added the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink on the solid image leaf, and Old Olive ink on the outline image.  The sentiment was stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink and is from the set "Wetlands."  Adhere the stamped layer to the Old Olive layer and set aside. 
For the inside, I used the smaller flower and leaves images from the stamp set.  I used the same steps, stamping an extra small flower on a scrap of Whisper White and trimmed it out.  The white layer was attached to the Old Olive layer, and glued directly to the inside of the card.  The small trimmed out flower was attached directly over the stamped image using a dimensional.
Going back to the card front, I stamped the large flower outline image on the front flap using Wisteria Wonder ink.  Be careful to rotate the stamp to get good coverage.  Close the card front.  Place dimensionals on the back of the left end of the original Old Olive/Whisper White piece you'd stamped.  Carefully align the piece on the flap to ensure it perfectly covers the Old Olive piece that was glued inside the card.  Press into place.  Attach the large cut out flower over the stamped flower using dimensionals.    For a little touch of bling, added a touch of Dazzling Details to the center of each flower on the card front and inside the card.
Don't forget to decorate an envelope to match while you have your supplies out!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stippled Blossoms

Good morning!
Today's post features the lovely stamp set called "Stippled Blossoms."   This is a "2-step" stamp set which I tend to shy away from.  Truthfully it's much easier to master the 2-step process by using a tool called a "Stamp-a-ma-jig."  But you know sometimes you just gotta wing it when you're in a hurry.  All in all, I was pretty pleased with the outcome of this card considering I didn't get out the extra tool.

I began with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I stamped the outline layer image of the flower using "Wisteria Wonder" ink along the left hand side of the card front, then set it aside.  You need to rotate the image as you stamp to get good coverage and allow the flowers to fit together.

The top Whisper White layer measures 3-1/4" x 5-1/2".  In the lower right hand corner, I stamped the solid image of the largest flower using the lightest color "Wisteria Wonder."  I did stamp off on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on my project.  Over top of the solid image, I used the flower outline stamp and "Elegant Eggplant" ink.  This color combination was suggested on SU's Color Coach tool.  I repeated the same steps on a scrap piece of cardstock and stamped another flower, carefully trimming out leaving a small border.  I set that cut out piece aside for later.

For the leaves, I used "Pear Pizzazz" for the solid image, and "Old Olive" for the outline image.  The leaves were stamped directly on the project.  I then added a small 1/4" strip of Old Olive cardstock to each side of the layer, adhering it with Tombo glue.  I stamped the greeting from the set called "Wetlands" using "Elegant Eggplant" ink.

I glued the layer directly to the card front using Tombo.  Using dimensionals, I added the extra flower over top of the original one I had stamped.  This gives some added dimension to the card.  The final touch of bling was some liquid Dazzling Details to the center of the flower.

This card really is pretty easy to put together.  It would be another good one to have on hand and just add the appropriate sentiment when needed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

easy elegant card

Good morning stampers!
Are you in need of a super quick yet elegant card?  Then today's sample falls into that category.

I began with a Whisper White card base. (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4")

The stamped image is from a new stamp set called "World of Dreams."  I colored the image with Stampin' Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride.  The image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2-3/4" x 4".  The sentiment is from the stamp set "Wetlands" and was stamped in StazOn Black ink.  I added a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock measuring 1-1/2" x 2-3/4".  I ran this piece through the Big Shot and the Zig Zag embossing folder to give it some texture, then glued in place using Tombo glue.   The stamped image was adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 3" x 4-1/4". I wrapped a piece of matching Pear Pizzazz ribbon around it and tied a simple knot.  The focal image was added to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

For added dimension and bling, I punched six flowers out of Blushing Bride cardstock using the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  These flowers were glued on with Tombo, then I added pearls to the flower centers.

This would be another great card to have on hand, and simply stamp an appropriate sentiment inside to suit the occasion.

Hope you find time to be creative today!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 minute card

Today's card is a very simple design I found on Pinterest, and I just stepped it up a bit.  This card can seriously be completed in 5 minutes, and would be a great design to mass produce if needed.

I began with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I laid it face down on my Simply Scored board and scored a line at 1/2" and 3/4" from the bottom of the card front.  By doing this from the wrong side of the card front, it makes the lines embossed on the front of the card.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it really adds a nice touch!

The center design was formed by taking a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and I punched out a circle measuring 2-1/2".  I laid a piece of computer paper over top of the majority of the circle, and softly sponged the water using Pacific Point ink.  Then I placed a 1/2" circle punched out of the sticky portion of a Post-it Note and placed that over top of the edge of the water.  I lightly sponged Calypso Coral ink, and then the sky with Pacific Point ink.  I then removed the 1/2" circle.  The grass/weed image was stamped in Basic Black ink and the image is from the stamp set "Wetlands." This circle was then attached to a Basic Black cardstock circle I cut from SU's circle framelits.  The focal image was then attached to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black ink, and it's from the stamp set called "Four You." 
Pretty simple and pretty darn quick!  It's an example of another great card to have on hand, and simply add the appropriate sentiment inside as needed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More "Kinda Eclectic" samples

Hello stampers.....
Here are a couple samples I made with "Kinda Eclectic" since it was still out on my desk.  It's a great collage stamp set, however I think in doing the first sample I thought I was the Energizer Bunny and kept going and going....... Do you ever find yourself doing that?  Occasionally I don't know when to stop!  ha ha!

The ink colors used were all the new "In-Colors" of Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss.  I stamped the dots in Basic Gray ink (after stamping off first.)
The sentiment inside is from a hostess set called "Hello There", and the little flower image is from the stamp set called "Something to Say."  The DSP is from the paper stack called "Moonlight."

The second sample is still kind of busy....but I was much happier with it.  I started with a Whisper White card base, and inked up the Honeycomb embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink.  It's really a cool way to get an extra use out of your embossing folders by using them as a stamp!  You simply ink up the smallest side of the folder with ink, then lay your card base on the opposite side and close the folder.  Lightly rub your fingers over top, and it transfers the image onto the card base.  The more you rub...the more of the design transfers.  The ink washes off the folder quite easily by putting it under running water at the sink.

I basically used most of the same colors in this sample, with the exception of switching out the Basic Gray for the Sahara Sand.  I also inked up the edges of this card with a sponge and the Sahara Sand ink.   The banner on the front of the card is cut from Sahara Sand cardstock and measured about 3" x 1-1/8" before cutting the notch.  It was attached to the card front with foam dimensionals.
Hope you have a creative week!  Stamp something fun! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Altered Composition Book


Today's post is an easy way to transform a simple composition book into a journal.  I purchased a plain notebook for 50 cents.  The cover was mostly gray and black, with just a center box outlined in white.  I decided to cover the box with a piece of black cardstock.  I rounded the corners of the cardstock before adhering it to the front of the book.  I cut a white piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the black cardstock, also rounding the corners.

On the piece of white cardstock, I stamped some of the images from the new stamp set called "Kinda Eclectic."  The ink colors used were Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Basic Gray.  The leaves were stamped once directly on the project, and again on a scrap of white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the leaves out and glued over top of the stamped image.  I stamped the big butterfly once (after stamping off) and the small butterfly was stamped full strength on a scrap and punched out. For bling, I added 3 mini rhinestones to the butterfly, a wadded up loop of linen thread, and a simple bow made with Blackberry Bliss ribbon.  For the last touch, I added a tiny piece of washi tape, and stamped the word "sparkle."  The sentiment is from a new stamp set that is coming in the holiday mini catalog called "Good Greeetings."  The white layer was then glued over top of the black cardstock.
Sorry for the glare from the camera!
Since the stores are getting ready for back-to-school sales, it would be a great time to pick up a few extra composition books while they are on special.  I like to have these types of journals ready to use for various things.  They are great to use for junk journals, keeping track of bills, or just a place to jot down things you don't want to forget.
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

simple "Work of Art" card

Hello Stampers!
Today's post is a super quick and simple card featuring the "Work of Art" stamp set, and the new "File Tab" edgelits.

I began with a normal A2 sized card base in Whisper White and used the File Tab edgelit on the front edge, running it through the Big Shot machine/Magnetic platform.

I stamped the images from the "Work of Art" stamp set using Sahara Sand ink (stamped off first), Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss.  For a touch of bling, I added a small flower punched out of the newest trio punch set, and added rhinestones to the flower center and the heart.

A 1" strip of DSP from the "Moonlight" paper pack was added to the inside of the card, and provides the perfect backdrop for the file tab edge. 

I will add the card to my stash, and then stamp a sentiment inside when it's needed.

Have a creative day!

Monday, June 23, 2014

for all you baseball fans out there.....

Happy Monday!
I found today's card on Pinterest, and it was originally posted from a website called "Paper Ecstasy."  This card design is so stinkin' cute I just had to try it out, and I don't even like baseball!  Actually I'd rather watch paint dry....but that's another story.  But I have several close friends that do love the game, so it will be a perfect birthday greeting for them.

I began by using SU's "Circle Card" framelit to get the basic card shape which was cut out of Night of Navy cardstock.    The stars were stamped on the left hand side using a retired stamp set called "Sprinkled Expressions."  If you don't happen to own this set, you could easily use any star image you may have.  I used Night of Navy ink to give it a tone on tone look.

I cut out a strip of Real Red cardstock by running it back through the Big Shot/Circle Card framelit and trimmed it to fit. Then I ran it through the striped embossing folder (retired) and glued it to the card base.  The stars were punched out of scraps of Daffodil Delight cardstock using the new small star punch.  The stars were glued down with Tombow liquid glue.

Now on to the sentiments.  The baseball was super easy to form by punching out a circle of white cardstock with the 2-1/2" circle punch.  Then I traced the arch using a pencil and the edge of the cardstock that I'd punched the circle from.  All I had to do then was to take the matching Night of Navy marker (thick tip end) and go over the pencil line.  The red "stitches" were from the little arrow die that comes with the "Circle Card" framelit, cut out of Real Red cardstock.  Those were glued in place, then I punched tiny holes in between the mini stitches.  Cute, eh?  Then the baseball was adhered to the card front.

The "Happy Birthday" and "Thinking of You" sentiments are from the stamp set "Sassy Salutations."
I stamped the HB on a scrap of white cardstock in Night of Navy ink, then cut it out in a banner shape.  I attached a little piece of Real Red ribbon on the end, added a star, and attached it to the card front with dimensionals.

The inside sentiment was also stamped in the same ink and white cardstock, and punched out with a 2-1/2" circle punch.  I glued this to the inside of the card, and added a couple stars.

I think any die-hard baseball fan would love getting this cute card!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Elegant "TBD"

Good morning! 

Today's card is very elegant, and would be suitable for a wedding or anniversary card.  I specifically left it blank so it could be used for either purpose later on.  TBD = to be determined!

I used the new "Striped Scallop" thinlit, cut out of black cardstock.  Hint:  use wax paper in between the thinlit and cardstock for ease of removal!  This was attached to the lower portion of the card front, which measures 4-1/4" x 11".  I then stamped the flourish from "Everything Eleanor" using black StazOn ink.  The little flowers were stamped on white with Blackberry Bliss ink, and the image is from the stamp set "Something to Say."   They were punched out with the coordinating punch from the trio "Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack."   I attached the flowers with glue dots, and added "Gold Glitz" Dazzling Details to the flower centers for some sparkle.  The final touch was the addition of the Blackberry Bliss 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, which I secured with glue dots.

Create something beautiful today!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Patriotic "Work of Art" card

Hello stampers!
Today's card features the "Work of Art" stamp set, which is one of my new favorites!  I had seen several versions of patriotic cards made with this set, so I took a few elements from each of the samples I'd found to come up with this version. 

The card base is your typical A2 size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4")  in Read Red cardstock.
The sentiment "celebrate!" is from a new stamp set called "And Many More."
I popped up the flag with dimensionals.  A small star punched from silver glimmer paper was also added using a dimensional.  A small piece of Cherry Cobbler chevron ribbon was added by threading it through a small hole, and secured with a tiny silver brad.  This card would be perfect for the 4th of July, a July birthday, or for your favorite service personnel.

Additional measurements:  Whisper White cardstock  4-7/8" x 3-5/8"  and 3-3/4" x 2-1/4"
                                             Night of Navy 5" x 3-3/4" and 3-7/8" x 2-3/8"

Ink:  Real Red and Night of Navy

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Age Awareness" card

Hello fellow stampers!
Today's card features several new products from the new SU catalog.  My favorite "Man in Brown" delivered my latest order yesterday, and I couldn't get that box open fast enough!  It's always like Christmas morning to me. :)

I used the technique commonly referred to as "second generation stamping" where you stamp your image a second time without re-inking.  In this sample, I actually did third and fourth generation as I was attempting to get an hombre effect.

The background stamps came from a set called "Chalk Lines" and were stamped using Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist ink.  The sentiments are from a stamp set called "Age Awareness."  Now let's say since the inside sentiment is a teensy weensy bit insulting but actually is kind of a compliment..... you would need to be careful who you send this card to!  They would need to have a good sense of humor!!

The arrows were stamped in Tangelo Twist, and came from a stamp set called "What's Up?"  We have a coordinating punch to match the arrows.  That's one thing I truly love about Stampin'Up!  Easy peasy!

Cardstock:  Whisper White  (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") card base  (4-1/2" x 3-1/4") x 2 sentiments
                    Lost Lagoon (4-3/4" x 3-1/2") x 2
DSP:  Moonlight paper stack  (1" strip)
Misc:  rhinestones, What's Up? punch, Stampin' dimensionals

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Bloom with Hope" card

Today's card features a new hostess set called "Bloom with Hope."  It's a good multi-purpose set for birthday, sympathy, or thinking of you.  My kind of set since you get more "bang for your buck!"

I used three of the new In-Colors called Mellow Moss (stem) Blackberry Bliss (flower petals) and Hello Honey (flower centers).  I used markers to color in the stamp images, then used my blender pen to spread the color lightly over the image.  The flower petals were stamped again on a scrap of white cardstock, cut out, and popped with dimensionals.    I added a little Dazzling Details for some sparkle.  The 3/4" strip of DSP is from the paper stack called "Moonlight."   I just love these stacks for cardmaking!  The finishing touch was to wrap several inches of white bakers twine around the layer to cover the seam of the DSP, tied in a simple bow.  A glue dot was used underneath the bow to hold it in place.
Measurements :  Whisper White card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
Smokey Slate layer 4" x 5-1/4"
Whisper White layer 3-3/4" x 5"
Have a creative day! :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

a very simple sympathy card

Hello stampers....
Today's card is a very simple sympathy card.  I tend to like these types of cards to be very simple.

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11".  The sentiment layer also in white measures 2-3/4" x 4".  I started at the bottom with the largest swish from a new stamp set called "Work of Art" which was released this month.  After stamping off once, I stamped the green layer in Pear Pizzazz.  The next layer is So Saffron, which I stamped off once then stamped twice on the project without re-inking.  The blue layer is Soft Sky ink, which I stamped off once, then stamped about three times on the project without re-inking.  The sentiment and flower image is from a stamp set called "Love and Sympathy" and was stamped in black ink.  I glued a layer of Basic Black  cardstock measuring 3-3/4" x 5" directly to the card front, then added the stamped layer to the card front using dimensionals. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wedding card

Today's post is a simple yet elegant wedding card.  The sentiment is from a stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog called "Perfect Couple."  This set is not being carried over into the new catalog which debuts June 2nd.  But I loved the bold font, and thought it would be perfect to add some Dazzling Details to make the diamond sparkle, and used a rhinestone to dot the "i."   I will definitely use this set down the road as it also has sentiments for a wedding anniversary.

I used the standard card measurements for an A2 top fold card with the black layer measuring 4" x 5-1/4".  The white layer measures 3-3/4" x 5" and was embossed with the "Beautifully Baroque" embossing folder.   For the text box, the black layer measures 2-1/2" x 1-3/4".  The white layer is approximately 2-3/8" x 1-5/8".   The sentiment was stamped using StazOn black ink, the layers glued together, and then popped up using dimensionals.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

new product sneak peek

Hello stampers!
Today's card feastures some new products which will be available with the release of the new catalog coming in June.

I began with a card base of Whisper White cardstock, measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  This forms a standard size A2 card.  The next layer also in Whisper White  measures 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  The DSP is from a new small paper stack called "Moonlight."   The DSP layer measures 3-1/4" x 4-1/2", which has been adhered to the white layer.  This layer was then attached to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The tag was formed by stamping on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2" x 4".  I first stamped the bottom chevron design from a new stamp set called "Work of Art" in Hello Honey ink.  The technique is second generation stamping, because the lighter layer was stamped without re-inking the stamp.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, and is from a new hostess set called "Bloom with Hope."  The top of the tag was formed using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  I added a piece of our new Blackberry Bliss ribbon.  This ribbon is absolutely gorgeous and ties so beautifully.  I stamped three small hearts in Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Basic Gray on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using the stamp set called "Something to Say."  We have a new trio of punches, and the small heart punch coordinates with this stamp set.  So cute!  The tag was attached at an angle to the front of the card using dimensionals, and I scattered the small hearts on the tag,  The Blackberry Bliss heart was glued directly to the card front, but the Basic Gray and Hello Honey hearts were popped with dimensionals.  The finishing touch was to add a small rhinestone to each heart.  I think this is a simple but sweet card for someone special in your life.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Endless Birthday Wishes"

Hello Stampers!
Stampin'Up! has just released a  fabulous new photopolymer stamp set called "Endless Birthday Wishes" #137553 for $13.95.  Get yours before it's gone!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Another "TBD"

Hey stampers....
Here's another great "to be determined" card I found on Dawn Griffith's Youtube channel.  I used her basic design, and just added a little extra embossing and Dazzling Details for a little extra bling.  You can never have enough bling!

The base of the card is your standard A2 size (8.5" x 5.5") except this is a gatefold style card.  It was scored at 2-1/2" and 6-3/4".  The sentiment "hello" is from a stamp set in the Occasions mini catalog called "Simply Celebrate."   I stamped that on 1-1/2" square of Very Vanilla cardstock using StazOn black ink.  This square was then mounted on a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 1-7/8" square.  The Very Vanilla layers measure 4" x 5-1/4" for the inside liner, 2-1/4"  x 5-1/4"  for the left flap, and 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" for the right flap.  I ran the flap pieces through the dotted embossing folder to add some extra texture to the card front before attaching them to the flaps.

The main focal layer is made from the "Modern Medley" DSP.  This paper is retiring, and I'm sad to see it go!  The DSP measures 2-3/4" x 4-1/2", attached to a layer of Basic Black cardstock measuring 3" x 4-3/4".

I took a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the three flowers from the "Flower Shop" stamp set using StazOn ink. I punched the flowers out with the coordinating punch, and sponged the centers with Tangerine Tango ink. 

I assembled the card by attaching the DSP layer first, carefully adding adhesive only to the left side. Then I attached the "hello" text box using Stampin' Dimensionals, being careful to only add them to the right hand side of the small square.  This allows the "hello" box to become your closure as the left flap will fit underneath.  The last step for the front was to add dimensionals to the back of the flowers and attach them, then I dabbed them with Dazzling Details.    Whenever I decide what I need this card for, (birthday, get well, thinking of you) then I can stamp an appropriate sentiment inside. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Hello stampers....
This card is one that I would classify as a "TBD" type card.  (to be determined)  I like having a stash of generic cards made, and when the need for a card arises you can simply add a quick tag for the occasion.  For example, using the stamp set "Teeny Tiny Wishes" would be a fabulous choice that would cover many occasions.  I think this card would be perfect for a birthday, get well, thinking of you, or Mother's Day. 

I seriously used scraps laying on my desk for most of this card.  I found the instructions to make the basket on a sight called  Dawn is a Stampin'Up! demonstrator and does a fabulous job on her videos and card samples.  Check her out!

The card base is from Crumb Cake measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  The next layer measures 4" x 5-1/4" and I ran it through the Lattice Square embossing folder and my Big Shot machine.  The basket was woven from strips of Crumb Cake cardstock that had been stamped with the "Hardwood" background stamp.  Dawn does an excellent video to show how it's done, and it's much easier than it looks.  The flowers were punched from the Petite Petals punch, and I added my homemade dots to the center. These were attached to the card front with pieces of dimensionals, as was the basket.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

An old pattern but a good one!

Well it's finally the weekend!  YAY!  What an eternal week this was, and I felt like I accomplished nothing.

I was "attempting" to clean my craft space when I came upon this sample.  I sell cards at a local gift shop, and they advised they were running low on sympathy cards.  I pulled this sample because it's easy to reproduce but a pretty elegant card.

The base was made with Soft Suede textured cardstock which has been discontinued. (normal A2 size card)  You could choose to use plain cardstock, or it could be textured with an embossing folder as an alternative. The top layer of Very Vanilla measures 2-3/4" x 4", stamped with Soft Suede ink.  The stamp set is one of my favorites "Thoughts & Prayers."  Luckily it's not retiring!  I stamped the image towards the top of the cardstock to allow a strip of DSP measuring 3/4" to be added to the bottom. I covered the seam with a ribbon.  The Very Vanilla layer beneath this measures 3" x 4-1/4".  I added the larger layer to the cardfront first, then popped the stamped layer on top using dimensionals.  For the final touch, tiny pearls are scattered throughout the branches of the trees....which may be hard to see in the photograph. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

sweet little Easter card

Today's card is a sweet little bunny - just perfect for sending special Easter wishes.  I began with cutting out a circle in Whisper White cardstock using SU's circle framelits.  I used the 4th from the largest circle.  I used a sponge and colored some cheeks using Pretty in Pink ink (retired).  The ears were punched in Whisper White c/s and Pretty in Pink DSP using the wide oval and large oval punches.  The white pieces were all sponged with Soft Suede ink, and the pink pieces were sponged with Pretty in Pink ink.  I attached the bunny pieces to a layer of Kraft c/s (non-SU) which measured 3-3/4" x 5". After these pieces were attached, then I trimmed the circle even with the edges of the layer, and rounded the corners.  I added whiskers with my black marker (fine tip end) and added a small heart punched out of matching pink cardstock for her little nose.  The eyes were added using my homemade enamel dots made from Perler beads, and I added a small dot of black enamel liquid for the mouth.  The bow was made from Pretty in Pink satin ribbon from SU (retired).  For the sentiment, I used the word bubble from "Just Sayin" and stamped/heat embossed with Versamark and white embossing folder.  I then used the matching framelit to cut it out, and added it to the card front using dimensionals.  This entire layer was attached to the card front using dimensionals. The card base is a normal A2 size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4") and I rounded all the corners.

This card kind of reminds me of "Hello Kitty" only in the bunny version. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hexagon Hive Thinlit card

Today's card is made with the "Hexagon Hive" thinlit die which is from the current mini catalog. I began by cutting out the die with some Kraft paper (non-SU).  Then I inked up the Hardwood background stamp (also in the mini catalog) with Early Espresso ink, and stamped the cut out piece and also the card front as well.  I then carefully cut pieces of dimensionals and attached the cut out piece to the card front.

I used the stamp set called "Flower Shop" and stamped the flowers in Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe ink, and punched them out with the coordinating punch.  The leaves were stamped from "Secret Garden" in Pear Pizzazz ink, and cut out with the coordinating framelit. These were attached with dimensionals.

I stamped the little banner from the hostess set called "Banner Greetings" in Calypso Coral ink, and attached to a toothpick. This was added to the card front using dimensionals.

The centers of the flowers are actually handmade enamel dots that I learned to make by watching several videos on YouTube.  They are so easy to do, and they are made with Perler beads.  I've been baking big batches of them in an array of colors.   I'm addicted, and will be needing a 12 step program shortly!  ha ha!!

I hope you enjoy today's card as much as I enjoyed making it!