May 182015

Happy Blooming BirthdayHappy Blooming Birthday is created for a card sketch challenge.

The idea started with the card sketch and the Designer Series Paper.  I haven’t used the Flower Patch stamp set very much and I wanted to incorporate it into today’s card.  Once you have those ingredients, it is just a matter of putting the card together.

The Designer Series Paper is used for the background.  The flags are put together:  Whisper White over Calypso Coral and then run through the Arrows embossing folder.  Punch out the flower pieces.  The small leaves are made using the Border Chevron punch.  The large flower is made with two of the flower and one of the leaf framelits from Flower Fair, a 2 1/2″ circle of Whisper White for the background and one Petite Petals flower for the center.  All of the petal edges are sponged with Calypso Coral ink.  The greeting is stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

I hope you enjoy the Happy Blooming Birthday card and try this sketch out yourself.

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Dec 102013

Pennant Birthday CardAlthough I created this Pennant Birthday Card for my 5 year-old great-grandson, you could use it for any age or gender birthday.

My inspiration came from the card pictured on page 19 of the Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  I changed it up with different colors and used Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.  The little birthday banner in the center added just the right center piece for this card.

Pool Party card stock 5 ½” X 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼” for the card base (122924)
Whisper White card stock 3 ¾” X 5” and pieces to stamp pennants (100730)
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (130814)
Pennant Parade stamp set (122742)
Bring on the Cake stamp set (121958) for “happy Birthday” sentiment
Calypso Coral classic ink pad (126983)
Pool Party classic ink pad (126982)
Gumball Green classic ink pad (126861)
Stazon Jet Black ink pad (101406)
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Gumball Green, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
In Color 2012-2014 set of markers (126856)
Subtles set of markers (131263)
Petite Pennants Builder punch (122361)
Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127750)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Bone Folder (102300)


  1. Run Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with the embossing folder
  2. Adhere to Pool Party card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue leaving ¼” edge on all sides
  3. Stamp two pennants each onto Whisper White card stock with Calypso Coral ink, Pool Party ink, and Gumball Green ink using the stamp patterns of your choice
  4. Use the small section of the Petite Pennants punch to punch out the stamped images (total 6)
  5. Use the same punch to punch out four more pennants from Designer Series Paper
  6. Arrange pennants on front of card and adhere with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  7. Stamp “happy Birthday” sentiment onto Whisper White card stock using Stazon Jet Black ink
  8. Color “Birthday” letters with Stampin’ Write markers
  9. Cut the sentiment into a banner shape leaving about 3/8” edge on the left to attach the toothpick and notching the right side
  10. Use the Bone Folder to curl the banner
  11. Attach the toothpick to the left side of the banner with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  12. Use the glue along the back of the toothpick, the center of the banner and the tips of the banner to adhere to the card front.

You can use this Pennant Birthday Card for almost anyone – change up the colors and Designer Series Paper to make it uniquely yours.

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Nov 182013

TPinwheel Quilt Card with DSP Envelopeoday I want to show you my Pinwheel Quilt Card I’m going to use for a birthday.  Lately my paper crafting efforts have been geared toward Christmas projects.  But I have a significant number of family members with birthdays in November and December.  So here is a change of pace today.

Recently one of my customers showed me a similar card.  I was imagining how to cut the angles and interlace all the pieces and she assured me it didn’t require all that and was, in fact, easy to put together.  Well I took up the challenge and this card is the result of my experimentation.  Thank you Charli.

Because I wanted the pinwheel element to fit on the front of my card, I started with the measurement for the underlying squares.  The card front measures 4 ¼” across so the measurement of the square has to be less than 4 ¼” across the diagonal.  I ended up with 2 ¾” squares.

Next I had to decide on colors.  I pulled out a piece of my favorite Designer Series Paper (Gingham Garden 129310).  It is so easy to work with Stampin’ Up! products because everything is color coordinated.  For those of us who are color challenged, it is easy to pick up the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and see the list of the colors used in the paper.  Now just pick out the two, three or four colors you want to highlight.  You now have the card stock colors you need for the base squares.

In this case, I chose Island Indigo (122923) and Daffodil Delight (119683).  Cut one of each color into 2 ¾” squares.  Now cut 8 squares out of the Gingham Garden DSP (1 ¼” square).

Glue the first square into the corner of the top piece of card stock.  Leave about 1/8” border.  Apply the glue only to the corner tip of the DSP.   Now glue the next little square in the next corner.  Always be sure to only apply the glue on the tip of the corner of the DSP and leave 1/8” corner.

Continue around the squares adding each little square in the each corner.

When you get to the last square, slip one edge of the last square under the first little square.

To finish the card, I cut a 4 1/8” square out of Whisper White (100730) card stock and then trimmed each corner off to form a octagon.  I ran this through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439) with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129378).

I glued the finished pinwheel in the center of the octagon and then glued all of it to the center of the card front.  I added a small Vintage Faceted Designer Button (127555) and a small Basic Pearl Jewel Accent (119247) in the center of the pinwheel to finish it off.

The yellow side of the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper was used to make the envelope with the Envelope Punch Board (133774).

Click below to see the full PDF with pictures.

 Pinwheel Quilt Card Tutorial PDF

I hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did and thank you for visiting my blog.

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Nov 152013
Pop 'N Cut Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

The Scrunched Flowers Technique was just the right way to embellish this card for a special lady for her birthday. 

The front is completed with Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (130144), Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010), and Labels Collection Framelits (125598).  The stamped message is from Bring On The Cake – Clear-Mount Stamp Set(121958).

For the inside of the card, I added several of the Scrunched Flowers and a blue bird (Bird Builder punch 117191).  I used the 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria (118481) across the top and bottom.

The video below demonstrates how to make the Scrunched Flowers.

Pop 'N Cut Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes pop-up inside

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May 102013

Lattice Garden CardWouldn’t this spring flower card be just the thing for “MOM”.  This card says “just for you”.  That’s great, but you could also use “happy mother’s day”.

My downline, Linda, shared a card similar to this, but made with plain strips of narrow card stock woven together to make the lattice.  I thought the Lattice Bigz die (115958) would be easier and I really like the looks of this.  Thanks Linda for the inspiration!

A window was cut in the front of the card with one of the Labels Collection framelits (125598).  The backing was added to the inside of the card to resemble the wall (Square Lattice embossing folder 119976).

The leaves were punched with the Bird Builder punch (117191) and the tiny flowers were punched with one of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309).  Tiny pearls (Pearl Basic Jewels 119247) were added to the center of each flower.

The Scallop Oval punch (119856) and the Large Oval punch (119855) were layered to add the sentiment.  There are many sentiments to choose from in the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (115370 w or 127802 c) including “happy mother’s day”.  This set is must have in my craft room.

All of the accessories used on this card are going to continue into the new 2013-2014 annual catalog.  The base cardstock is Certainly Celery (124271) and we will have to say goodbye to this color after many, many years together.  The Certainly Celery  8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock is no longer available.  However, if you need to refresh your supply, you can still get the 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  Be sure to order it soon as the retiring products are disappearing fast.

The retiring stamp sets and accessories products are limited to supplies on hand.  June 1, 2013, will be their last day.  Shop Now at my online store.

Apr 152013

friend to friend cardThis Clean and Simple Card is a perfect greeting card for sending a note to a friend – good wishes, thinking of you, get well, just letting you know I’m here – whatever message you want to share!

Rich Razzleberry 115316
Whisper White 100730
Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade 126902

Rich Razzleberry 126950

Big Shot 113439
Apothecary Accents Framelits 127003
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border  punch 119275
¼” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon – Rich Razzleberry 126876
Brights Designer Buttons 119747
Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430
SNAIL Adhesive 104332
Mini Glue Dots 103683
Sponge daubers 102892

1.    Cut Rich Razzleberry cardstock to 5 ½” X 8 ½” and then score at 4 ¼” to create card base
2.    Cut Whisper White cardstock to 2” X 3” and a 1” strip 5 ¼” long
3.    Cut DSP to 2” X 5”
4.    Glue DSP to left side of card base leaving ½”  on the left and ¼” on the top and bottom of the card base
5.    Punch Whisper White strip with Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch – trim to 5” and cut in half length-wise
6.    Glue half to each side of the DSP
7.    Stamp “friend to friend” with Rich Razzleberry ink in the center of the 2” X 3” Whisper White
8.    Center Apothecary Accents framelit around “friend to friend” and run through the Big Shot with the framelit to cut the label to shape
9.    Use sponge dauber to brush Rich Razzleberry around the edge of the label
10.    Attach button with a mini glue dot to the left side of the label
11.    Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach label to center right side of the card base
12.    Tie a knot in a 6” piece of ribbon – trim ends and attach to bottom center of DSP with a mini glue dot

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Mar 112013

Happy Thoughts LatticeMy Thoughts are happiest when Paper is in them.  You could say I’m obsessed with paper.

Stampin’ Up! paper and ink and embellishments come together so easily because they are all coordinated.  The Designer Series Paper I used today is called Tea for Two and it is a favorite in the Spring Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  The coordinating colors are listed right under the picture of the paper.  This made it easy for me to pick the rest of the colors and paper for the card.

The design of this card is a little out of the ordinary for me.  I usually find myself using more traditional layouts, but this time the papers were calling out to me to take a different slant.

Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650). Island Indigo cardstock (#122923), Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (#129311)
Stamp Set:  Field Flowers (#122762)
Classic Ink:  Island Indigo ink pad (#126986) and So Saffron ink refill (#105225)
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (#116806)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)
Lattice Bigz die (#115958)
3/8″ Taffeta ribbon (#122982)
Stampin’ Spritzer (#126185)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
Adhesive of choice
70% isopropyl alcohol

Why the alcohol?  It is difficult to see in the picture, but the card is spritzed with a combination of the alcohol, So Saffron refill ink, and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  Just fill the Stampin’ Sprizer about 3/4 full and add 5 or 6 drops of the refill ink.  Then add a couple of drops of the Shimmer Paint.  Shake this up and then spritz a fine mist all over the card.  It gives the Very Vanilla cardstock a bit of So Saffron color and makes the whole card shimmer.

I hope this inspires you to add a little shimmer to your projects.  Visit my Online store for any of these supplies (except the alcohol, of course).  Experiment with different colors of refill inks and with the different shimmer paint available.  You may become obsessed!  Shop Online 24/7

Mar 012013

Secret Garden Flowers Color Challenge 4For today’s Color Challenge, I decided to try doing a video for the first time so I could show you how to make these cool 3-D flowers.  View the video below and let me know how I did!

As always, I started with a color combination from the Color Coach.






Cardstock:  Sahara Sand (#121043), Regal Rose (#105130), Tempting Turquoise (#102067) and Gumball Green (#126840) for the leaves.
Classic Ink:  Regal Rose (#126947)
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style (#120045) flourish
Secret Garden Framelits (#129372)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003)
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (#115964)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)
1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Regal Rose (#122965)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
Sponge daubers (#102892)

The base of the card was made with the Sahara Sand cardstock.  I trimmed the top of the Tempting Turquoise layer with the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Then I textured the layer by running it through the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  The flower petals and leaves were cut using the Secret Garden Framelits.  After all the layers were put together I added the Regal Rose ribbon along the edge.

The video will show you how I made the flowers.

The video is a little rough in places, but hopefully you weren’t too distracted.  It is not just the video, I stumble over finding the right words in real life too.  I look forward to seeing your comments below and I’d love to see your samples using the same technique.

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Feb 152013

The Creative Process starts with one of my favorite tools (Color Coach).  I randomly picked a color (Chocolate Chip).  Right there in front of me are now three combination of colors to choose from.  Today’s color challenge:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, and Always Artichoke.

Color Challenenge 2Now I have a start and I’m thinking what do I do with these colors that I normally use in the fall?
OK, now I need a stamp set.  The Feeling Sentimental stamp set is available only through Sale-A-Bration.  You can’t buy it, but you can get it for FREE if you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! product between now and March 22, 2013.SAB Feeling Sentimental
Next comes, shapes and layouts.  It seemed like a good fit to use the Oval Framelits to frame the Ferris wheel.  I added a bit of texture with the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and I thought it would enhance the curves if I cut the edges of the card base and added another touch of textured Tangerine Tango cardstock to frame the edges.  In the end, I decided I needed “lights” for my Ferris wheel and so I added the rhinestones around the edges of the Chocolate Chip oval layer.

Oftentimes, I start the creative process with just a vague idea and just keep adding color or texture or shape until I like what I see.  Sometimes, it all ends up in the trash, but it was still a learning experience and I go on from there.  This is how it turned out today.Feeling Sentimental

Very Vanilla #101650
Always Artichoke #105119
Chocolate Chip #102128
Tangerine Tango #111349
Classic Ink Pads:
Tangerine Tango #126946
Chocolate Chip #126979
Feeling Sentimental SAB stamp set #129627 (W) or #129630 (C)
Big Shot #113439
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:
Perfect Polka Dots #117335
Square Lattice #119976
Oval Framelits Dies #129381
Rhinestones Basic Jewels #119246
Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

I would very much like to learn how the creative process works for you.  Please leave a comment and better yet, share a sample using today’s color challenge.