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Friday, July 24, 2020

Have a Hoot for Halloween

It seems early to start thinking about holiday crafting, but Halloween and all the fall and winter holidays will be upon us before we know it. Today I'm bringing you a sneak peak of a stamp set that will be available in the new August-December Mini Catalog (formerly the Holiday catalog). The name of the set is Have a Hoot and it is all about cute little owls. One of the fun features of this set is it can be used for two holidays!! Halloween and Christmas. I am showing you a Halloween card today. Aren't these little owls the best? The stamp set comes as a die bundle which allows you to cut out the little owls and three tags of different sizes. The tag die cut was used to make the frame for the owls on the card.

The background images were stamped on Whisper White which had been sponged with Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather inks. I sponged the ink and then used the Stamparatus to stamp the two images. Next I used Dark Suede Stampin' Blends to shade in the trees for the background. 

I stamped the owl images again on scrap pieces of Whisper White, colored them with Stampin' Blends and die cut the owls. I placed the colored and die cut images on the card with dimensionals to raise them up off the background.  The spider web was die cut in Basic Black and then Wink of Stella was used to give it a shiny appearance.

On the inside:

Supplies for this card will be available when the new catalog goes live on August 4, 2020. 

Thanks for checking out my card and I would love to hear from you in the comments below!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Cute Fruit Slimline Cards

I have seen interest lately in what people are calling slimline cards. These cards are 8.5" x 3.5" and fit in a standard business envelope. I decided to try using the Cute Fruit stamp set to make a couple of cards in this slimline style. Cute Fruit is perfect for summer and is very adorable. The stamp set can be found in the Beginner Brochure, but not in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog.  

My first card features the watermelon and one of the faces which is included in the set. I'm sure this card would brighten anyone's day! I stamped 6 images in Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green directly to a 3" x 8.5" piece of Whisper White. I stamped four more melon on scrap Whisper White and fussy cut the images. The two with faces were layered on Basic Black and I fussy cut around them again. 

Here's a closer look at the melon with faces and the greeting. The greeting uses the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles dies. I think the faces are so very cute!!!

My second card features the pineapple and yet another adorable face!! The pineapple are stamped in Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. I fussy cut these three pineapple as well. I used two more of the fruit shapes to create a background with Gorgeous Grape and Coastal Cabana. The Whisper White piece is 8.25" x 3.25" and layered onto a Gorgeous Grape card base. I used the Lovely Label Punch to include my greeting.

I think this stamp set is aptly named since these are indeed some "Cute Fruit"!! As I mentioned earlier, this stamp set is in the beginner brochure and can be purchased separately or as a group products which include clear block D, pack of Whisper White cardstock, and a Stampin' Spot assortment (Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce). 

I would love to know what you think of these Cute Fruit cards in the comments below.

Cute Fruit Stamp Set

Cute Fruit Collection

Friday, July 3, 2020

Three Cards from One 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Today I have template for cutting a 6" x 6" piece of patterned paper. I designed this as I was having a play with the Boho Indigo Product Medley. I didn't want to waste any of the beautiful DSP (designer series paper) that comes with this medley. My template makes three cards and there is one tiny 1/2" x 1" scrap left over. 

6" x 6" Template

Start by cutting a 1" strip from one side of your patterned paper (Piece A on the template); rotate the paper 90° and cut a 2" strip (Piece C on the template). You now have a piece left that is 4" x 5", cut the 5" side so you have four strips that each measure 4" x 1.25" (Piece B on the template). 

Card #1 uses the B pieces which measure 1.25" x 4". In my card design I used both sides of the paper. I layered these pieces onto a 4" x 5.25" piece of coordinating cardstock. The B pieces on each end are mounted without a border and the two in the middle have about 1/8" between. This is the only place you will see the cardstock under the DSP.  I added some ribbon and then used dimensionals to layer to the front of a 4.25" x 5.5" card base.  

Card #1 - B pieces

Card #2 uses Piece C which measures 2" x 5". I placed this piece on a 4" x 5.25" piece of cardstock and layered to the front of a 4.25" x 5.5" card. In the Boho Indigo medley you receive some pieces of 6" x 6" paper that are already embossed which I used on this card. 

Card #2 - C piece

Card #3 uses piece A which is trimmed to 1" x 5.5" so it fits all the way across a 4.25" x 5.5" card front. I added a coordinating color behind the DSP strip and this piece measures 1.25" x 5.5". On this card I added a piece of the embossed DSP left over from Card #2 and stamped my saying directly on the front of a Very Vanilla card. I also stamped some leaves on the card front to add visual interest.

Card #3 - A piece

The cutting template can be used with just about any patterned paper you desire. I made three additional cards using the Ornate Garden DSP to allow you to see the template in a different color scheme. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the cutting pattern you can use with any pretty paper.

Card #1 - B pieces

Card #2 - C piece

Card #3 - A piece

Friday, June 26, 2020

Peony Garden Suite

Do you have a favorite flower? Maybe it is hard to pick just one or maybe you have never thought about it. I actually have a hard time choosing just one, but one of my favorites is the peony. I love their beautiful rounded blooms and fragrance. I was so excited when I saw the new Peony Garden Suite in the 2020-21 Stampin' Up!Ⓡ Annual Catalog. The suite consists of a stamp and die bundle along with gorgeous Designer Series Paper, shimmery ribbon, faceted gems, vellum doilies, and even an embossing folder. 

The two cards I am sharing today focus on the amazing large peony image in the stamp set as well as two of the greetings found in the set. I think the soft pinks and grays, which are featured in the suite, are perfect for sending a thoughtful greeting to a dear friend. I stamped this peony in Gray Granite and then colored the image with Petal Pink, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends. The peony was die cut with the Peony Dies and the scallop edging on the white piece in the background is also cut with one of the dies in the set. The greeting uses the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. Check out the Square Vellum Doily also peeking out from behind the peony!

Here is a closer image of the peony. The shading of the stamped image is a perfect guide to add color with the Stampin' Blends. I started with the light Petal Pink and added dark Petal Pink where the stamped image had shading. On the leaves I used Light Old Olive and Light Mossy Meadow. I did go back with a Mossy Meadow Stampin' Write Marker to add some definition to the veins in the leaves. 

My second card features the same stamped image without adding any color. It is stamped in Basic Gray and die cut. I used the beautiful Square Vellum Dollies in the background again and you can see the Elegant Faceted Gems better on this card as well the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder on the lighter gray strip. I think this makes a perfect sympathy card.

The Designer Series Paper in this suite is so soft and subtle and makes a great companion for the lovely peony image!
Peony Garden Designer Series Paper

Both of the cards I have shared today were inspired by card sketches I found on Pinterest. Card sketches give you a suggested layout without showing actual stamped images and allows you to be creative with a guideline rather than starting with a complete blank canvas. Card #1 with the Petal Pink peony was inspired by a sketch from Patsy Waggoner at Stamps To Die For. Card #2 with the Basic Gray peony was inspired by a sketch (card sketch #9) from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. Both of these ladies are also Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

Any of these supplies can be purchased in my online store. Click the link to the right to shop!


Friday, June 19, 2020

2020-22 Stampin' Up In Colors

Misty Moonlight
Magenta Madness
Just Jade
Beautiful together!
Cinnamon Cider

Stampin' Up!'s new in colors are a bold addition to the current color line. I love the addition of a new green for the next two years. There is no doubt Just Jade is my new favorite. This set of cards also features two other bundles available with the new annual catalog; Forever Fern and Lovely You. 

All of the cards use a 8.5" x 5.5" Whisper White piece folded in half for the card base. This followed by layer of cardstock cut to 5.25" x 4" and then a layer of designer series paper (DSP) cut to 5" x 3.75". I cut the DSP at 1.75" and flipped over the bottom half to showcase both sides of the DSP. This DSP is originally 6" x 6" so when you cut a piece for your card front you have a strip left over you could easily add to your envelope flap. Here's closer view of the Just Jade. I also added some clear basic rhinestone jewels around the leaf die cuts. 


2020–2022 IN COLOR 6 X 6 (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER2020–2022 IN COLOR 8-1/2 X 11 CARDSTOCK ASSORTMENT2020–2022 IN COLOR CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD BUNDLEFOREVER FERN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)LOVELY YOU BUNDLE (ENGLISH)white paperWhisper White Medium Envelopesclear rhinestone jewels

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Peaceful Poppies Stamp Camp

The new Peaceful Poppies Suite is stunning! It makes everyone gasp as soon as they see it! Join me for class on Saturday February 29 and I’ll show you the variety of techniques this suite is designed to showcase as well as the multitude of products it includes. We’ll make eight cards. Your class fee includes a pack of the elements and all of the additional supplies to make the cards and a pdf with instructions. You’ll leave class with eight  finished cards and extra Peaceful Poppies elements to use on additional projects!

Your class kit will include all of the materials to make 8 greeting cards. I will do all of the cutting, punching, and scoring for you. You will get to color, stamp, and assemble your cards in person at stamp camp. You must register and pay for camp by February 6. Choose one of the options below when you register.

This will be the first time I am offering an all day camp and a product based class. Stampin' Up! has challenged their demonstrators to try a product based class and to sell at least four Painted Poppies stamp sets by February 15. I decided to accept the challenge.

Here's a sneak peak at one the cards in the camp kit.

Receive more information or Register via email:

To Go Kits available with all the materials EXCEPT you must stamp and color your own images. You may order products from my online store and receive a To Go Kit in the mail if choosing Option 2, 3, or 4.

Option 2 & 3 require the use of the host code DQYS7VCC. When you order with this code I will know to send you the To Go Kit in the mail. The rest of your order will be shipped directly to you!!

IF you are choosing Option 4 you do NOT need the host code as you will be able to pick $15 in FREE product when you order the supplies in the list.

Do you want just the card kit in the mail? Send me an email and I will send you an invoice via Paypal. An $8 shipping fee will be included.

Option 1: Stamp Camp Kit - $25
  • Card kit
  • FREE Peaceful Poppies Elements

Option 2: Stamps and Cards Kit - $62
  • Card kit
  • Painted Poppies stamp set
  • Peaceful Moments stamp set
  • Peaceful Poppies Elements
  • FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice

Option 3: Stamps, Cards, and More Kit - $75
  • Card kit
  • Painted Poppies stamp set
  • Peaceful Moments stamp set
  • Peaceful Poppies Elements
  • Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper
  • FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice

Option 4: Gotta Have It All Kit (avid crafter w/die cut machine) - $180
  • Card kit
  • Painted Poppies Bundle (stamps and dies for Big Shot)
  • Peaceful Moments Bundle (stamps and dies for Big Shot)
  • Peaceful Poppies Elements
  • Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper
  • Peaceful Poppies Sequins
  • Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon
  • Memento Black Ink Pad
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Three FREE Sale-A-Bration items
  • Additional $15 in FREE product of your choosing

REGISTRATION closes February 6!!! Don't delay! To-Go Kits will ship February 20-22.

Additional Supplies used in creating cards:
  • Ink - Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
  • Stampin' Blends - Light & Dark Poppy Parade, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow, Light & Dark Old Olive, Light & Dark Rich Razzleberry, Light & Dark Calypso Coral
  • Stamp 'n Write Markers - Blackberry Bliss & Poppy Parade
  • Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon