If Life Gives You Lemons

Hi! How are you today?  I am doing pretty good – it is a gorgeous day!  I have a summery card for you today inspired by Brigitte Keiling.

Lemon Zest, Summer, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Cards, DIY

I loved her colors and layout so had to make my own version.  Doesn’t this just bring a smile to your face?

I did add Clear Wink of Stella to the lemons so they have that sparkle you see when you cut into one.  Here is a better view:

The colors are Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  The leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi.   I had created a mask to sponge my background – makes it very easy for mass production.  I made these cards to put into orders from a recent workshop.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside – but I did add a layer of Whisper White card stock, stamped the sentiment “Squeeze it for all it’s worth” and added the other half of the cut lemon to the inside bottom left corner.

What do you think?  Ready for an icy cold glass of lemonade?  I sure am!

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Fun With Embossing Paste!

Hi!  Today I have a card I made using the new Embossing Paste!!  I love it!

Lift Me Up, Embossing Paste, SU!, Stampin' Up!

Those clouds just pop off the page!  Have you tried the Embossing Paste yet?  If not, do NOT wait!! It is so fun and easy to use!  Here is what I did:

  1. Lay a template – this is the Cloud Template from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Use painter’s tape or a sticky note to keep the cardstock and template in place.
  2. Use a palette knife to spread the Embossing Paste over the template.  If you only want partially – you can mask the template with scrap paper so only the clouds you want to emboss are open.
  3. Scrape off the excess paste and put it back in the jar.
  4. Let dry.  This is pretty quick.  While it is drying, you can work on the rest of your project.

For this card, I decided to finally pull out the Lift Me Up stamp set which thankfully carried over from the Occasions Catalog to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.   I stamped the two hot air balloon images from the set in Crushed Curry and die cut with the coordinating dies.

For the main hot air balloon, I used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper stack and Dapper Denim Cardstock.   I love how the different sizes of balloons gives a sense of depth to the card.

So, what do you think?  Are you going to give Embossing Paste a try?  I sure hope so!  If you don’t have any, why don’t you hop over to my on-line store and order some today!  Just click here.  Don’t forget the masks and palette knives!  (And that a $50 (US) order prior to S/H and tax earns you $5 BONUS DAYS coupon!)

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A Little Shelter

Hi!  Last week I saw this card by Jen Timko and loved the layout – so wanted to give it a try.   Here is what I came up with:

Stampin' Up! SU! Weather Together

I love how it turned out!  The clean look is just striking.  I used the Weather Together bundle for the umbrella and sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper behind the umbrella is from the Cupcakes and Carousels paper stack.  As Jen did, I also layered a piece of vellum over the designer paper to mute it a little more.   My colors are Peekaboo Peach and Soft Suede.

I’d love to know what you think!

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Happy Birthday Balloons

Hi!  Welcome to the weekend!  Today I have a card that was a Make & Take at the Stamp/Scrap the Day Away last weekend.  It features the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper:

This pack of Designer Series Paper is so bright and cheerful – making it perfect for birthday cards!  The sentiment is the single stamp – Stylized Birthday – and is perfect for both male and female cards.  I also love the single glittery balloon – that was made with the Sale-A-Bration glimmer paper – which unfortunately – is sold out.  However, you could sponge any color on the Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper to recreate this card.  The strings are made from the Thick Bermuda Bay twine.  These cards are quick to make – so if you are looking for a cute design for mass production – look no further.

There is just 1 week left to Sale-A-Brate.  Two more products have sold out – the Seaside and Sparkle Embossing folders are no longer available.    I’d get that order in before everything is gone if I were you!  Happy shopping!

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You Are Amazing

Hi!  Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s March Project Highlight featuring the stamp set All Things Thanks in the Occasions Catalog!  You are able to VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop so please vote for my project. You can do that here – http://bit.ly/KyliesMarchHighlights

Stampin' Up! SU! All Things Thanks, Delicate Details

For my card, I used the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration set – (FREE with a $50 USA purchase prior to S/H and tax).  Here is what I did:

  1. Align all stamps on the largest clear block in any order.
  2. Ink with Versamark and stamp on Whisper White card stock.
  3. Sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and tap off excess.  Make sure all Versamark is covered with powder.
  4. Heat set with the heat tool.
  5. Ink up a sponge brayer with Soft Sky ink  – roll over the top of the card.
  6. Ink up sponge brayer with Marina Mist ink – roll over the middle of the card
  7. Ink up sponge brayer with Dapper Denim ink – roll over bottom of card.  Apply as little or as much ink as you like until you get the Ombre effect you desire.
  8. Use a paper towel to wipe ink off of the embossed images.
  9. Layer image on Dapper Denim panel.
  10. Wrap Basic Black baker’s twine around left hand side of panel.
  11. Adhere panel to Whisper White base.
  12. Stamp sentiment in Basic Black ink on whisper white scrap.  Die cut with layering oval framelit
  13. Die cut Dapper Denim oval with Stitched Oval Framelit
  14. Attach sentiment to Stitched oval then attach to card.

Hope you like my use of the All Things Thanks stamp set!  If you do, please go vote for my project here.

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Best Fishes

Hi!  Did you know that there are some great layouts that work wonderfully for using up your Designer Series Paper scraps?  I decided to play along with one of the layouts for today’s post.

SU! Jar of Love, By the Shore

Isn’t this a great layout? You could do varying widths and lengths and use any Designer Paper that you want! The Designer Paper used on this card is By the Shore.  The sentiment and fish are from the Jar of Love stamp set.  I have quite a few birthday cards to send out this month and this will be one of them.

Since I already had strips of the Designer Paper laying around, I also made this card – just flipped two of the strips over to the other side:

SU! Jar of Love, By the Shore

Literally, I spent 15 minutes to make both cards.  Very quick – but still – very cute!

And, to top it off, Stampin’ Up! is having a special on select Designer Series Paper this month – buy 3 packs of any of these papers, and get a 4th FREE!  Mix and match – they don’t all have to be the same!  Who doesn’t love a deal!


Here are a few other layout ideas to use those scraps:


I’ll have to give the other 2 layouts a try another day.  Off to start my day!

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Catty Kick-off Party

Hi!  I held my New Catalog Kick-off Party on Saturday night and what a blast it was!!  At least I had a great time and I think everyone else did as well.


I had a special guest in attendance at the event – Brian Pilling from the Stampin’ Up! home office was here to observe the event.  I was very excited to be chosen to participate in the research he and his team are doing.  I’ll admit to being a little nervous to start, but once the party got started, I was too busy with the guests.  He spent time talking to the attendees and just sitting back and observing and listening to what everyone was doing.  Hopefully his observations and recording of my event will help!

I had a few small gifts for attendees, a little box of chocolates and an In Color Bookmark.  Here is this year’s version:

SU! Swirly Bird, SU! In Colors 2016-18

The Swirly Bird is one of my favorite sets!  (Can you tell from a previous post?)  The In Colors are fun and fresh!  The little branch is die cut from the Flourish Thinlet dies.

Here is the Make & Take using the Confetti Celebrations stamp set and Peekaboo Peach In Color:

SU! Confetti Celebration

A few of the other In Colors make an appearance here as well as the garland is coloring using the markers.

And a few more pictures – shopping the retirement sale:Retired

and stamping – I also had set up three past Paper Pumpkin kits for attendees to try out:


Hope you enjoyed my little peek into the Kick-off Party!

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Time for a Sail

Hi!  How are you today on this sunny day? I am busy getting ready for this Saturday’s New Catty Kickoff Party – so excited for it!  If you are local to Northboro, MA and wish to come, it is from 7-9pm Saturday night.  Just shoot me a quick email and let me know!

With the approach of summer, I thought it fitting to make a sail  boat using the Swirly Bird stamp set.  This set is so versatile – you need it in your collection – along with the matching framelits.


The base of the boat is stamped in the new Emerald Envy In Color.  The boat sails are Soft Sky and Dapper Denim – a great color pairing.  The little flag atop the sail is Real Red.  The sun is made from the medium swirl stamp and inked in Daffodil Delight.  I used the coordinating framelits with Dapper Denim card stock to make my water.  The sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Banner set and coordinating punch.

So how about it? Ready for a sail?

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It’s Here!!

Hi!  The new 2016-17 Catalog is here!!  I LOVE IT!!!  Have you seen it yet?  No? Then check out my link on the right to view it on-line!  Want a hard copy?  Send me your address, and I’ll get one out to you.  Or – if you are local to Northboro, MA – join me for my New Catty Kick-off Party on Saturday, June 11 from 7-9pm.  Just send me a quick note to let me know you are coming.

Here’s a card I made to showcase a few new stamp sets and some of the new In Colors.  They are FUN!!

SU! Painter's Palette, SU! Love & Affection, SU! Thoughtful Banners

I combined 3 stamp sets for this card – love how well Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with each other.  The easel and background splatter on the base are images from the Painter’s Palette set.  The flowers are from Love & Affection and colored with In Color markers and the sentiment is from a MUST HAVE set called Thoughtful Banners (it also has a coordinating punch!)  The card base is the new Sweet Sugarplum.  If you look closely at the flowers, you also get a peek at Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Flirty Flamingo.  The Designer Series Paper panel on the left shows Peekaboo Peach.  So a little look at all the new In Colors.

What do you think?  In love with the new products yet?  Ok – maybe it is a little early since that catalog only went live a few hours ago – but trust me – you will LOVE it!!!  Shop my on-line store to get your new In Colors and stamps!

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