50th Anniversary

Hi!  Today I am sharing a card I made for neighbors who are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.

Anniversary, Number of Years, Blooming Heart, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I used both the Large Numbers and Blooming Heart dies for the front of the card.  The numbers are die cut from Gold Foil sheets while the heart is die cut from Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment is from the Number of Years stamp set and is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.  I used the new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Bakers Twine (retired) for the bow.  I had planned on using the Gold Thread in the current catalog, but found  I didn’t have any – going on my list!

I hope they like the card!

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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 Fold Time!

Hi! Today I have a fun fold for you!  It’s called the Diagonal Gate Fold!

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Isn’t it cool?  Here it is open:

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Want to know how to do it?  Here is a photo tutorial for you!


  • Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″  (Yes – 8 1/4″!!)
  • Layers: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (Need 2)
  • Designer Series Paper: 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ (Need 2)
  • Whisper White: 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Need 1 for inside of card)

Step 1:  Score the base piece at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 8 1/4″ side:

Step 2: Score the base from the top left corner to the bottom of the 2 3/4″ score line:

Step 3:  Slide the paper over and score from the top of the 5 1/2″ score line to the bottom right corner:

When you are done scoring, your base should look like this:

Step 4: Fold back on the diagonal score lines:

Step 5: Fold in on the straight score lines:

Your diagonal lines should meet in the middle.

Step 6: Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper and one layer from the top left to the bottom right corner:

Step 7: Cut the second piece of Designer Series Paper and the second layer from the top right corner to the bottom left corner:

After cutting your layers, you should have this:

Step 8: Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the mat layers with Snail Adhesive

Step 9: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top right to the bottom left (those on the right in the picture above) to the panels that are under the diagonal flaps:

Step 10: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top left to the bottom right (those on the left side of the picture above) to the panels on top:

Step 11: Decorate card as desired.  Just make sure when attaching the front images, you only attach to one side of the diagonal flap so that the card can still be opened.  For my card, the flower was adhered to the left panel and the Happy Birthday banner was attached to the right panel.

Step 12: Decorate and adhere the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card:

For my card, I used Flower Shop and coordinating punch for the front.  On the inside, I used the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.  So fun!   The colors are Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink.  The Duo Banner punch was used for the front sentiment.

I’d love to know what you think of the photo tutorial!  And if you give this a try – I’d love to see what you come up with!

Don’t forget, when you shop in my on-line store before July 31st and spend $50 US (prior to S/H and tax) you’ll earn a $5 Bonus Day Coupon good for a purchase in August!

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Nine Lives

Hi!  Today I am playing along with the Color Challenge over at Global Design Project #GDP097

Pretty Kitty, SU! Stampin' Up!, #GDP097

The colors for the challenge are Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.  I hadn’t played with my Pretty Kitty set in a while and thought it fit the challenge perfectly.

I stamped my image in Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Layering Ovals.  The mat behind is Berry Burst cut with the coordinating Stitched Framelits.

To get the different shades of flowers and butterfly, I used a blender pen to pick up my Berry Burst ink and colored as I went until the color was all out of the pen – this allowed for lighter and lighter shades so I could stay with the three colors.  I did use Versa Mark ink to stamp the background butterflies on the Crumb Cake base.  The butterflies are from Sharing Sweet Thoughts – this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set.

A little strip of Designer Series Paper from the Color Theory pack as well as some linen thread finishes off the card.

What would you do with these three colors?

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Oh, Hello Friend

Hi!  Today I have a card featuring this month’s Stamp Set of the Month!

Oh So Eclectic, SSOTM, SU!, Stampin' Up!

I just love the Oh So Eclectic Bundle!  It is very versatile and the coordinating dies can be used with so many other sets as well.  For today’s card, I featured both the stamp set and the dies.  I just love the die cut from the cardstock – makes it so easy to pop a color behind and give the card dimension.

Interested in participating in this month’s Stamp Set of the Month?  It’s easy!  Just place an order for the Oh So Eclectic bundle in my on-line store ( or a minimum order of $47.50 US (Prior to S/H and tax)) and you will receive a tutorial, complete with pictures, on how to make a minimum of 4 cards!

Place your order here using Hostess Code: 69SWVKDA

Recommended Purchase:

145356 Oh So Eclectic Clear Mount Bundle $47.50

The tutorial will be emailed out on August 5th.  You must use the hostess code when ordering so I know you are participating in the Stamp Set of the Month!  Also, when you participate in 5 Stamp Set of the Months, you will earn $25 in FREE merchandise!

There is NO OBLIGATION or TIME COMMITMENT.  Each month I will feature a stamp set and create 4 cards/projects using that set.  There will be a recommended purchase for the month    If you would like to take part in that month’s SSOTM, simply place an order for the recommended amount using the specified hostess code for that month’s SSOTM and you will receive a tutorial with pictures and step-by-step directions for the projects.

Don’t forget, there is just 1 week left to take advantage of Bonus Days!

As well as Christmas in July!!

Join my team by July 31 and you will receive this additional Essentials Kit with your Starter Kit!  That’s almost $200 worth of Stampin’ Up! merchandise for just $99 plus tax!!  You DON’T want to miss out!  Join my team today by clicking here!

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Remarkable You

Hi!  How are you doing?  It has been a busy week for me – traveling the South East looking at colleges with my daughter.   It has been fun!  I hope you are getting time this summer to spend with your loved ones.

Today, I have another card made with the embossing paste I showcased last week.

Remarkable You, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Masks, SU!, Stampin' Up!

For this card, I used the Pattern Party Decorative masks and tinted my Embossing Paste with Pear Pizzazz ink.  You only need a drop or two from the re-inker.    I mixed the ink and paste together on my silicone mat – easy to clean when I am done and would allow me to mix a few colors at once should I want – might have to try that next time.

The flower and sentiment are from the Remarkable You set.  I used the Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz markers to color the flower then fussy cut it out.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  The triple banner punch was used to cut the ends.

The base layer is Berry Burst – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The Basic Black layer is 4 x 5 1/4″.  The Whisper White panel is 3 3/4 x 5″.

I did use dimensionals on the back of the flower and Snail adhesive on the stem to attach it to the card.

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Strawberry Picking

Hi! Today I have another card using the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Ronald McDonald House set.  A great set for a great cause!

Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Eastern Beauty, Wooden Crate, SU! Stampin' Up!

This was another of the cards we made at the class last Friday.  As it was strawberry picking season recently, I had this idea to use the wooden crate as my picking container.  I stamped 4 bunches of strawberries in Basic Black Archival ink so that you could see the red through the slats of the crate and to have strawberries over the top as well.  The strawberries are colored with Garden Green and Real Red.

To make the crate:

  1. Die Cut the Wooden crate – only need the front panel.
  2. Cut off all side panels on the score lines
  3. Create score lines on both the left and right at 1/4″ from the edge
  4. Use Tear & Tape to adhere the sides of the crate over the strawberries.

The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  A hint of Garden Green card stock is peeking out behind the stamped panel.

I have decided to extend my offer of donating 4 cards to my local Ronald McDonald House for every set I sell through the end of the month.  Stampin’ Up! will also donate $3 of every set to RMCH.  If you’d like to help, simply purchase the set here.  Hostess code is: 69SWVKDA

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Watercolor Sympathy

Hi.  How are you today?  I hope doing well.  Did you get some crafty time in over the weekend?  I did!  I had a class on Friday night featuring the Sharing Sweet Thoughts RMHC set and then on Saturday I did a workshop for a lovely hostess.  One of the cards I shared with them, was this card on Watercoloring.

Artistically Asian, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Watercoloring, SU!, Stampin' Up!The background is created using an Aquapainter and watercolor paper.  The colors from bottom to top are Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Pool Party.  The image is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.   I was very happy with how it turned out and the guests just loved it.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink as well.

The base layer is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Crumb Cake layer is 4 x 5 1/4″.  The water color paper is 2 1/2 x 4 1/4″ making the black layer 2 3/4 x 4 1/4″.  I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the image to finish it off.  This is a very quick card and just needs a little drying time – which you can speed up with a heat gun if needed.  I highly recommend letting the watercolor dry completely before stamping the image.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project!  You can find all elements used on this card in my on-line store here.

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Sweet Strawberries

Hi! Today I have another card we will be making at Friday’s Ronald McDonald House Charities class!

Sharing Sweet Thoughts, SU! Stampin' Up!

This is such an adorable set!  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to RMHC for each set sold?  Want to help?

Place your order for this set here.  Use Hostess Code: 29ZK42G6 

and I will send you step-by-step directions for the cards we will be making.  PLUS – I’ll make a set of the cards in your honor to donate to my local house.  Orders must be placed by July 16th.

Don’t forget about BONUS DAYS!!

Want an even better deal?  Join Stampin’ Up! and take advantage of Christmas in July!!

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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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