Spicy Thanks…

Have I mentioned how much I love the new Holiday Mini Catalog? I’ve been so busy playing with all the new “stuff”, I haven’t posted!


This card features the yummy new Spice Cake Designer Series paper. I’m not one to normally get really excited about DSP. In fact, I make a lot of cards that don’t use any of it. However, this paper is gorgeous! It features one of my favorite IN Colors ever – Pool Party! Along with More Mustard and Soft Suede. What’s funny is that my normal “go-to colors”  do not include More Mustard or Soft Suede – but I LOVE them with this paper! This paper is definitely not just for fall! The patterns are lovely and make for beautiful cards, any time of the year.

Want to make this card? Attend one of my September stamp camps where this will be one of the projects! Email me for details.



Stamps: Petite Pairs, Lovely As a Tree (leaf stamp)
Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake
Card Stock: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party (sponging)
Accesssories: Very Vanilla grosgrain
Punches: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1 in. square punch, 1 1/4 in square punch,dimensionals


Punch birthday…

For this birthday card, I wanted a bold look. What better way than to pair up Old Olive and Peach Parfait? This card uses the fantastic Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch (item 122464) for a great focal point on this card! 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon in Peach Parfait (119264) dresses this up. The sentiment is from the current Hostess Set called “Happiest Birthday Wishes” (my new go-to set for birthdays!). The sentiment is punched with the Modern Label punch (119849) and layered on the DSP punched with the Decorative Label punch (120907).  The DSP is from a retired In Color hostess patterns pack, which is no longer available. However, you can use item 117158 – the Paper Stack with the 2010-2012 In Colors (the Paper Stacks come with 40 two-sided 12×12 sheets – 4 in each color).  For the flower centers, I used our Rhinestone Brads (119246), and colored them with marker.


Wisteria Wonder, My Friend…

Continuing my love affair with the new IN colors – this card uses three of my favorites! (Who am I kidding – I LOVE them all!!)  Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Wisteria Wonder deliver a beautiful combo in this simple Thank You card.

The My Friend stamp set is a MUST have, in my opinion! How versatile this set is! The leaves and the teardrops (on the Pool Party layer) both come from this set. The leaves were dressed up with a random sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The sentiment is from the set Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear). This 5 piece sentiment set has you covered for every occasion! Love it!

Some sponging, corner rounding, and layering the sentiment on dimensionals with the Modern Label punch and Large Oval punch complete this card.

Reminder – the buy THREE, get one FREE Designer Series Paper special ends Wednesday, 8/31. Stock up on some gorgeous paper!


Stamp Sets: My Friend (wood: 122585, clear: 122587), Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear)
Card Stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Modern Label (item 119849), Large Oval (item 119855), Corner Rounder (item 119871)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals

Hello, Wisteria Wonder!

LOVE this new In-Color! I paired it with Concord Crush to create this tone-on-tone Hello card.

This card uses the new set “My Friend”, stamped in Concord Crush. The flowers were stamped on the Wisteria Wonder base and the gorgeous “Hello” sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla. It was further embellished with stick-on Basic Pearls (love these!). This was layered onto Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush. The simple butterfly was punched with our Butterfly Punch. The edges were pierced and the middle was dressed with more pearls.

My trick for sticking on the butterfly and giving it a 3-d effect? I cut a dimensional in half and place it near the “body” of the butterfly.

Then, I gently curve the wings around my finger slightly, giving the butterfly some lift. I then stick it on the card. The dimensional assures it is raised, but also secure! I don’t want my butterfly “flying” off the card! 🙂

Don’t forget – this month, you can join Stampin’ Up! for only $99! Follow the link on the right to join my team today! As a bonus, you will receive $20 in catalog credit from me as a thank you for joining!! This offer is only valid until 7/31, so don’t delay.



Stamps: My Friend
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush
Punches: Butterfly, Corner Rounder
Accessories: Basic Jewels stick-on pearls, dimensionals
Technique: Paper piercing

For Father’s Day…(sneak peek #2)

I’ll be honest…I don’t seem to have very many masculine sets. So on occasions that require a more “manly” card, such as Father’s Day, I have to get creative! This is this year’s result:

The sneak peek on this one is the new Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate. This letterpress plate gives the card a very classic look and something different from a background stamp or a Texturz Plate. With the letterpress plates, it is recommended that Craft Ink is used. I don’t have a big supply of Craft Ink, so instead, I inked the plate with Versamark! This gave the card a very monochromatic, almost vintage look.

I used the Medallion stamp with Early Espresson ink as the main image. An Antique Brad sets it off nicely. Here’s a tip for placing a brad, when your 1/16th punch or Crop-a-Dile won’t reach – use the Paper-Piercing Tool (item #116631, $3.50 US) with the Mat Pack (item 105826, $9.95) to punch a hole for the brad. I use the piercing template and mat from the Mat Pack to support the card stock. Then, I punch a hole straight down, and kind of rotate the tool around to make the hole a wee bit larger. Perfect!

The sentiment is from Plane & Simple (another great masculine set that appeared in the Occasions Mini…too bad I just used it for a birthday card!), stamped in Not Quite Navy, and layered onto Peach Parfait, punched out with the Modern Label punch (item 119849, $16.95), sponged with Early Espresso (as were the other layers). Antique Brass Metallic brads complete the look!

The envelope was stamped from the ink left on the Medallion stamp, to tie it all together.



Stamps: Medallion (item 115223, $17.95), Plane & Simple (from the Occasions Mini)
Card Stock: Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite NavyVersamark
Accessories: Antique Brads, Metallic Brads, Fancy Fan Letterpress plate
Techniques: Letterpress for Big Shot, sponging

Live, Laugh, CASE!…


This is another design we made at last weekend’s Stamp-a-Stack. Credit for this almost entirely goes to Carrie Gaskin over at Artistic Avenger. While I changed the orientation and details, the colors, the tag are all hers. (Thanks, Carrie!)

The gals loved this color combination! Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Tangerine Tango make this a great gender-neutral card (great for a kids card, too!) The sentiment is from the stamp set On Your Birthday. The stars were punched using the star punches (on some of the cards, we used large stars, or punched out the small star from a large star, for an outline effect!) 5/8″ Chocolate Chip grosgrain, the 1 inch circle punch, and a brad make the top of the “tag”.

Thanks again to all who attended – we had a blast!



Stamp-a-Stack, part deux…

This is another card from the Stamp-a-stack at my house last weekend.


This one was cased from one I saw at a recent demo get-together. I believe Karen Graff-Povis made the original. I changed the color scheme and DSP. My stampers changed the flower to others in the Pocket Silhouettes set, and used a variety of other messages (I actually encourage them to “make it their own” – we had about 40 stamps on the table at one point! lol)

This one uses Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, and Whisper White card stock. The DSP is from Urban Garden. Basic Gray taffeta ribbon gives it some interest.

I think this was my favorite card of the night, personally. Very easy, economical, with a lot of simple punch!

Watch for more posts this week from the Stamp-a-Stack! If there is a delay, I’m having cheerleading tryouts this week – I had 60 girls show up for the first day of clinics today! It may be a long week…