Valentine Gnomes

Hi!  Happy February!  Hard to believe how quickly January flew by, isn’t it?  We are half-way through Sale-A-Bration – have you earned your FREE products yet?  No?  Well maybe today’s project will inspire you to make a purchase and earn you a FREE product.

Today’s projects are made with the Friendly Gnomes stamp set in the January-April Mini Catalog.

Friendly Gnomes, Valentine's, Treat Package, Stampin' Up! #JanApril2023Mini

I shared how to make this project in my Facebook Live last night – I’ll share the video below.

The dimensions for the treat holder are  4 1/2″ x 5″.  Score on the 5″ side at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.   On the 4 1/2″ side, score at 1 1/4″ and 1 3/4″.    To make the angle cuts, with the 4 1/2″ side score lines being the bottom of the box, make a mark on each side at 1 1/2″ from the top edge.  Then cut an angle from each of the 1/2″ score lines to the 1 1/2″ mark on the edge.

To make the tabs for the bottom part of the box, cut in on the 1 1/4″ and 1 3/4″ score lines to the 1/2″ score line on both sides.

The Designer Series Paper on the front measures 1 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.

The Gnome is from the Friendly Gnomes set and is stamped in Memento Black ink.  He is colored using the following Stampin’ Blends markers:

  • hat – Light Balmy Blue
  • nose and hands – Deep Natural Tones – the lighter of the two
  • pants and sleeves – Light Night of Navy
  • beard – Light Smoky Slate
  • heart – Dark Real Rd
  • shoes – Dark Smoky Slate
  • sole of shoes – Light Basic Black

He is die cut using the coordinating die from the Gnomes Dies – this is not listed in the catalog but is a carry over from the July-December Mini and available while supplies last (it is currently on low inventory).

The sentiment is from the Love Cats stamp set also found in the January-April mini and die cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies.

The first project I shared last night was a coordinating card:

Friendly Gnomes, Fun Fold, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, #JanApril23Mini

The Gnome is stamped and colored the same as in the treat box above.

To make the card, start with a base measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″.  Measure 2″ past the score line and cut.  This gives you the top part of the card.  From the piece that was cut off, measure 2″ from the bottom and cut.  This is the bottom piece of the card.

For this card, I used Balmy Blue card stock, Country Gingham Designer Series Paper and Country Floral Lane Designer Series Paper.  Cut two strips of Gingham paper 1 3/4″ x 4″.   Attach one to the top of the card base and one to the 2″ strip cut for the bottom.    Attach a 3″ x 3″ piece of the Country Floral Lane small heart paper to the same size Balmy Blue card stock before die-cutting the mushroom from the Gnomes Dies.  Align the 2″ piece of Balmy Blue to the bottom edge of the base card stock before attaching the mushroom – the mushroom attaches the 2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock to the front of the card.

The hearts are stamped in Real Red ink on a scrap of Basic White and punched with the Country Bouquet Punch.  The punch is currently on back order and will arrive in mid-April – but you could use any small heart punch to add a bit more detail to the front of the card.  The inside of the card is a piece of Basic White measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.   A sentiment is stamped behind the gnome on the inside.

Here’s the video – the card is shown first and then the treat box.

Please let me know if you have any questions on either project.

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Sending Happy Thoughts

Hi!  How are you?  I hope all is going well.   I’ve been busy and having fun with the Sale-A-Bration products available for FREE with a purchase through Feb 28.

Today, I am sharing a card I made in last week’s Facebook Live featuring the Beautifully Happy Stamp Set that is FREE with a $100 (prior to S/H and tax) purchase.

SAB, Beautifully Happy, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Happy Thoughts, #SAB2023

I had seen a sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches Challenges in my FB feed that I wanted to give a try and this is the result.

This stamp set is a 2-Step stamping set – it contains both the outline images as well as stamps to fill in the image.  The flower outline is stamped in Memento Black ink and the fill-in images are stamped in Flirty Flamingo for the flower and Old Olive for the base of the flower and bud.  The sentiment is also stamped in Memento Black ink.

The base of the card is Flirty Flamingo – measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.  There is a Basic Black mat measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the Basic White stamped layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″.

A relatively simple stamping card – and with the 2-step stamping, very easy to create.  There are times a quick card is needed, and the images and sentiments in this set are perfect for that.

If you have not yet taken advantage of Sale-A-Bration – I urge you to do so soon.  As we get closer to the end of February – we may run out of your favorites – so to ensure you get the FREE items you want, shop today!

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Let The Shopping Begin!

Happy New Year!!   How are you?  I hope that 2023 is starting off on the right foot for you.

Today marks the release of the new January-April Mini Catalog!   The new Mini has all you need to get started with your Valentine, Birthday,  Easter and just about all of your upcoming spring needs.  I have started to play with the Country Floral Lane Collection and hope to share some of those projects soon.    If you haven’t seen the new mini catalog, you’ll find a link in the right hand sidebar that will allow you to check it out online.

Today also starts Sale-A-Bration!  If you aren’t familiar with Sale-A-Bration – it is the best time to purchase, host or join Stampin’ Up!

SHOP:  For every $50 (US, prior to S/H and tax) you spend, you can choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure – a link to it can be found in the right sidebar.   Shop today

HOST:  During Sale-A-Bration when you host a $300 (US, prior to S/H and tax) party, you will earn the Scenic Garden Stamp Set FREE!  Your party can be in person, on-line or I can create a special link for you to share with friends and family to place orders.   I have quite a few open dates for in-home and on-line parties if you’d like to get started.

JOIN:  This is by far the best deal in town!  You have a few options if you wish to become a demonstrator or just get a great deal on awesome products.

– $99 Option (plus tax) – Choose $175 (US) worth of product for your Starter Kit.   You’ll also receive a past Paper Pumpkin Kit and business supplies.  There is NO OBLIGATION to place an order after receiving your kit.

– $129 Option (plus tax) – Choose $175 (US) worth of product for your Starter Kit PLUS choose either the new Boho Blue Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Mini or the current White Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Mini!  This is a great add-on to your kit if you do not currently have a die-cut machine OR would like a small version for traveling!  I love the Mini when I travel!  You’ll also get a past Paper Pumpkin Kit plus business supplies.  There is NO OBLIGATION to place an order after receiving your kit.

Ready to get started?  Join my Team today!  Questions? Please feel free to email me at

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Do You Struggle….

with keeping track of birthdays for family and friends?  I know I do! Stampin’ Up! had designed the perfect solution with the Birthday Card Organizer Kit!

Birthday, Organizer, Kits Collection, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This kit comes with the pocket organizer – just add the months on each page!  AND – 12 cards – 6 each of 2 designs (the one in the middle and the one on the right).  There is no stamping required to assemble the kit and it comes complete with adhesive and dimensionals for easy assembly of the cards!

If you have a hard-to-buy for friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member, consider purchasing the kit and either put it together for them before gifting it, or wrap it as is and let them have some crafty fun!  Better yet, purchase a few kits and get together with those friends and family members and assemble them together!  The instructions are easy to follow AND you’ll have fun crafting together!

You can also expand the contents of the kit as I did – the middle card has a water color backing – simply cut this card in half at the fold and use the back for another card – as I did with the card on the left.  You’ll need to add Basic White cardstock for your base and decorate with stamps on hand.

The Kit Contains:

  • One 8″ x 10″ (20.3 x 25.4 cm) monthly planner with space to record birthdays each month as well as a pocket sleeve to hold birthday cards.
  • Includes 12 full-size birthday cards, 6 of 2 designs, and 12 coordinating envelopes.
  • Includes Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Adhesive-Backed Embellishments, and Tear & Tape Adhesive
  • Includes die-cut florals and pieces ready for you to use­—no prep work required!
  • Includes sticker sentiments and die-cut labels in Dutch, English, French, and German
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Evening Evergreen, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent

Purchase your kits today and cross off family and friends from your gift giving list!  Shop Birthday Card Organizer Kit.

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Love You, Miss You

Hi!  Sorry I’m a  few days late, but I am back with a card featuring the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper pack today.  I LOVE this paper – it is gorgeous and perfect for Fall cards and Birthdays.

Isn’t this card gorgeous?  The only stamping is the sentiment which is heat embossed in White.

Ok, so if you haven’t done the Book Binding Fold yet, here we go – its pretty easy – but if you don’t understand something, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer your question.

  • Basic Black – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ – score at 3 3/4″ and 4 1/4″.
  • Merry Merlot Card Stock – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Designer Series Paper – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

Wrap a piece of Black and White Gingham Ribbon in the 1/2″ between the two score lines.  Fold in on the 4 1/4″ as you normally would to close the card.  Fold back on the 3 3/4″ score line.  This is now where your card will open.   Run Tear and Tape over the Ribbon on the inside of the card – you may need 2 strips – and then close the card to “bind” it.

Cut the Merry Merlot into 2 pieces at 2 3/4″ along the 4 3/4″ side.  Cut the Designer Paper at 2 1/2″ from the top along the 4 1/4″ side.  Attach the Designer Paper to the Merry Merlot.   Attach the two pieces to the Base of the card leaving an opening between them for the sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment in VersaMark ink between the two images.  Sprinkle with White Embossing powder and heat emboss.

Attach a piece of Basic White paper  3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ for the inside of your card.

I shared this technique with a group of ladies and they all loved it.  I hope you do, too!

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Gilded Fall


We are in full swing with fall here in the North East and I LOVE it!  So, today I have a gorgeous card for you featuring the Seasons of Chic and Celebrating You stamp sets.

Fall, Celebrating You, Seasons of Chic, #StampinUp!, #Embossing, #friendship

I love both embossing methods on this card – the dry embossing on the Cajun Craze cardstock using the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing folder as well as the heat embossing on the leaf and for the sentiment.

The foil behind the Cajun Craze adds a touch of elegance to the card.  The base of the card is Soft Suede.   The sentiment is stamped in VersaMark on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Regals 6″x6″ Collection pack and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

The leaf is from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem combo pack.  The leaf outline stamp from the Season of Chic stamp set is stamped randomly on the leaf then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

A piece of Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine is colored with the Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends.   I love using this method to color twine and ribbon to match my project.

I’ll be back with another Fall Card using the Rustic Harvest suite this weekend.

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Cards for A Cause

Hi!  I am excited to offer a Cards for A Cause Class to Go!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in the US and I am offering this class in support of Breast Cancer Research.  As someone diagnosed with the disease last year, I wanted to do something to help further finding a cure.

The class features the Count on Me stamp set.  I love this stamp set and find it easy to make cards to support others going through a rough patch.  You will receive a PDF with how to make each of the 4  cards, the consumable supplies and the stamp set in the full class.  There are two other options as listed below:

  • PDF Tutorial – $20
  • PDF Tutorial + Consumable Supplies – $35
  • PDF Tutorial + Consumable Supplies + Count On Me Stamp Set – $55

$20 of each offering will be donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation in October.

Register today by sending an email to: with your class option.    A Paypal invoice will be sent.

Class supplies will be mailed by October 18th.  PDF only orders – the PDF will be emailed on October 19th.

Register by October 2!

You Are A Blessing

Hi!  I just wanted to let you know that you are a Blessing to me!  I thank you so much for supporting my Stampin’ Up! business – whether it is by leaving a comment, a like, reading my post, my newsletter, or making a purchase.   I hope I have inspired you along the way.

I created this card using the Rustic Harvest Suite in the July-December Mini Catalog.  The only stamping is the sentiment.  That is stamped in Jet Black StaZon ink on a scrap of Basic White and punched with the Double Oval punch.  That is attached to the larger oval from that punch on a piece of Mossy Meadow scrap.

I love the look of the pumpkin – there are slight impressions in the die – which can be seen better in this picture:


I love the texture that adds to the card.

To make it easier to attach the curly vines, apply a piece of Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Mossy Meadow scrap before die-cutting.  This way, the adhesive is already on the vine and you can just peel it off and attach.

Here are the dimensions:

  • Base – Mossy Meadow – 4 ¼” x 11”, score and fold at 5 ½”.
  • Basic White – 4” x 5 ¼” – 2 pieces
  • Designer Series Paper –  3 ¾”” x 6 ½”, score at 5” and fold up
  • Basic White scrap for sentiment
  • Cajun Craze scrap for pumpkin die cuts
  • Mossy Meadow – scrap for vine and stem die cuts and oval punch

Yes, the Black and White piece is the backside of the Designer Series Paper – allowing you to score and fold up to see both sides.  Conversely, if you’d rather not use that much DSP, you can cut two separate pieces – the first measuring 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, the second measuring 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.  This should allow a 1/4″ overlap of the two pieces which is covered by the ribbon.

The second piece of Basic White is used for the inside of the card – as this is a dark color base, it is good to use a piece of Basic White on  which to write your message.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Stampin’ Up! has announced Weekly Deals for the month of September -the first set of deals is available now with the next being released on Sept 8.  My favorite this week is the Kraft Note Card & Envelope set which includes 20 note cards and envelopes AND comes in a Kraft box!  This is perfect for creating a card set to gift this holiday season.  Check them out and all the rest before the new deals release on Sept 8.

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Special Note

Hi!  Happy Hump Day!

Today I have a card I made using the Splendid Day suite in the July-December Mini Catalog.  I love how it turned out.  Stampin’ Up! offered a virtual crafting day featuring this suite and this card was inspired from that.  I made a few minor tweaks – but not many.

Special Day, Brick Wall, Just A Note, Just Because, Friendship. Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2022JulyDecMini

The background for the card is created using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  After running it through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine, use a Blending Brush and White Craft ink to rub ink in some spots.

Before die cutting the Basic White leaves, attach a piece of Adhesive Sheet to the back – this will make it so much easier to attach to the Calypso Coral cardstock.

Stamp the leaves and flowers in Jet Black StaZon ink on Soft Seafoam and Petal  Pink cardstock respectively.  Die cut with coordinating dies.  Use the half-circle die from the set to die cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper – pick your favorite pattern.

Stamp the sentiment in Jet Black StaZon on a scrap of Basic White and punch with the Double Oval punch.

The base is a piece of Basic White Thick cardstock, cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded.

Wrap a piece of Soft Seafoam Seam Binding ribbon around the Calypso Coral piece and tie a knot.

Attach the Calypso Coral embossed piece to the base.

Arrange the die cut pieces and attach using Seal or dimensionals.

Attach the half circle near the middle and offset the sentiment to the left.

A simple, but elegant card to brighten someone’s day!

Today is also the last day of Sale-A-Bration – so if you haven’t placed your order yet, get it in so you don’t miss out on the FREE goodies you can earn with a $50 or $100 order (US, prior to S/H and tax).  Just click on any product below to get to my store.

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Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad

Fancy Fold with DSP

Hi!  How are you today?  We are winding down with Sale-A-Bration – as it ends on August 31, so I wanted to share with you one last card featuring the Wonderful World Bundle.

This one uses both the Designer  Series Paper and the coordinating Stamp set that you get in the bundle.  You still have time to earn this bundle FREE with a $100 purchase (US, prior to S/H and tax) in my on-line store.

Wonderful World, Very Best Occasions, Stampin' Up!, DSP, SU!, #SAB2022

Ok, so I did say that this was a Fancy Fold. what makes it that?  The Designer Series Paper is actually  4″ x 12″, so when you open the card, here is what you see!

Wonderful World, DSP, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #SAB2022, Fancy Fold

Isn’t that pretty?  Now you don’t  have to worry about which side of the paper to showcase!  This card showcases both!  You could use the entire pack to make 36 cards (you would just have to forgo the strip inside the card).

Here’s what you need:

  • Base – Mossy Meadow – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 12″, score at 5 1/4″ and 10 1/2″ – fold down on the first score and up on the second.
  • Inside – Basic White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Strip (optional) – 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

Attach the back flap of the Designer Series Paper to the Base Mossy Meadow.  Adhere the bottom flap of the Designer Series Paper to the front using Seal adhesive.  Wrap the Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Thread (on the Clearance Rack for $2.80!) around the front and tie in a knot.

Use the Stampin’ Write Markers – Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow, to ink the flower right on the stamp, and then stamp on a scrap of Basic White.  Die cut with the Stylish Shapes circle die.  Stamp the sentiment from Very Best Occasions (found in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog) in StaZon Jet Black ink over the flower.   Attach the circle to the card front using dimensionals.

I highly recommend the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set – the sentiments are prefect for card fronts – or insides, and covers Birthday, Christmas, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Thank You and just because.  I love when a sentiment set covers many different purposes.   With 3 kids out of the house, the sentiment above will be getting lots of use this coming year.

Just a reminder, I am offering a Double Down for every $50 and $100 purchase made with this link through Monday, August 29th.   You can get a FREE, new in package, stamp set or bundle when you place a $50 or $100 order.   Link to store:

DOUBLE DOWN  $50 purchase (prior to S/H and tax):

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