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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happy birthday, sunshine!

I made this card on a gray January day when I really needed some sunshine! The combination of Daffodil and Honey here lights up the room and brings a smile to my face.

When we make this card in class, I'll show everyone how to rock and roll the center round stamp to get that nice shading using two colors of ink.

This card also uses quilted Hello Honey ribbon. It's so soft and gorgeous that I had been hoarding it. No more! Time for this ribbon's day in the sun!

Stamp sets

  • Ray of Sunshine


  • Daffodil Delight base 
  • Whisper White at 5 1/4" by 4" plus scrap for die cut
  • Hello Honey for the die cut


  • Daffodil Delight
  • Hello H

Tools and accessories

  • Hello Honey quilted ribbon (retired, alas!)
  • Squares framelits

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Enjoy the little things!

Everyday card using the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set and Cups and Kettle framelits

Happy new year! I hope you had a joyful holiday season. I gave myself the gift of two weeks of vacation at the end of the year, and enjoyed doing a whole lot of not very much. It was wonderful!

This card, which I'll be making with my January class, reminds us of that kind of joy -- sipping tea while reading a book or nibbling holiday cookies is such a quiet gift!

I've mixed up several sneak peek items here -- these are from the 2016 Occasions catalog, which goes live January 5. I am so in love with this die set -- it includes two teacups and a nice mug, plus a teapot and silverware. The coordinating stamp set is cute too and has the tea bag I've added. The DSP that goes with this set is bright and joyful. Finally, I pulled in a sentiment from a new kit that makes the most adorable clipboard calendar. There's lots to love in the new catalog, particularly during Sale-a-bration!

I made a version of this without the tea bag first, trying to keep it simple. It's not nearly so cute! Funny how tiny details make a big difference, hm?

Stamp sets

  • Enjoy the Little Things
  • A Nice Cuppa


  • Bermuda Bay base 
  • Crushed Curry at 5 1/8" by 3 7/8"
  • Whisper White at 5" by 3 3/4" plus scrap for die cuts
  • Have a Cuppa DSP at 1/2" by 5" plus a piece for the die cut


  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crushed Curry

Tools and accessories

  • Cups and Kettle framelits
  • Twine

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A card for a special birthday

Make any birthday special with the Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers framelits dies

My mom was visiting recently and asked for help making a card for one of her friends who was turning 80. 80! That's a big milestone, and feels like it should be called out. So, we pulled out a new bundle from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions catalog and made this simple, but striking card. The Number of Years stamp set gives you a great number set, plus 19 coordinating images. It pairs beautifully with the new Large Numbers framlits die set so that you can highlight any special birthday or anniversary.

This card puts the Cherry on Top DSP to work -- and we pulled the main color from the paper to highlight it. We added a greeting to the inside, too!

You'll be able to order this bundle of stamps and dies starting January 5, 2016.

Stamp sets

  • Number of Years


  • Whisper White thick cardstock base plus 5" by 3 3/4"
  • Strawberry Slush at 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Cherry on Top DSP at 1/2" by 5 1/4" plus scrap for the die cuts 


  • Strawberry Slush

Tools and accessories

  • Large Numbers framelits
  • Dimensionals (under the numbers because OF COURSE we did)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

When inspiration fails, try a one-sheet-wonder!

Here's a stack of 13 cards made in about an hour with a one-sheet-wonder template

I teach lots of classes as we approach the holiday season, AND I have a kid in marching band. The combination can sometimes mean that I approach creating my own cards with a little dread!

This year, I found a great way to get unstuck -- the one-sheet-wonder template. I was able to create more than a dozen cards in an hour, which helped me feel inspired again AND got me a good chunk of the way toward the number I need to get done.

Never tried it? The idea is that you cut a single sheet of DSP to create lots of smaller pieces, and then use those pieces to make a stack of cards. There are tons of templates online; I used this one, purely based on the simple cuts.

Here, I've used a sheet of retired paper from last year with a mix of retired and current stamps. I did have one teeny piece that I didn't use, but I decided not to stress over it!

Tips for creating one-sheet-wonder cards like a pro:

  • Starting with a monochromatic piece makes everything really simple -- you just pull out coordinating cardstock and ink and go to it.
  • Adding bling from glimmer paper and rhinestones really helped to jazz up these CAS cards. 
  • Using die cuts or punches also adds some interest, as do dimensionals. 
  • Try matting some pieces to see how that adds sophistication to your cards.
  • The small pieces were the hardest for me! I finally put four small pieces on one card and was happy with the result.
  • Finally, after you do a stack with monochromatic paper, try some with a mix of color! Once I got myself creating, I did another set with some current paper and love how they turned out.

Your challenge: Pull out a sheet of DSP and give the one-sheet-wonder a try!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Here's a simple card, inspired by one that Jessica Taylor posted this morning. Hers is part of a one-sheet wonder set. Mine uses Season of Cheer DSP. Hers uses Lots of Labels; mine uses Tags and Labels. You'll see her card in mine, but they're very different. That's what makes CASEing fun!

It's a little hard to see the piercing in the picture, but I pulled out the Updated Essentials piercing template, which I bought ages ago. I just got the die set, and hadn't realized that they coordinate. Happiness! This die set has two shapes and SIX layering sizes for each -- I'm going to use it a ton.

Stamp sets

  • Wondrous Wreath


  • Cherry Cobbler base
  • Pear Pizzaz at 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" plus scrap for the die cut
  • Season of Cheer DSP at 2" by 5" 
  • Whisper White scrap for the die cut, plus a piece for the inside of the card


  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Pear Pizzaz

Tools and accessories

  • Tags and Labels framelits
  • Updated Essentials piercing template, piercing mat, and tool
  • Cherry Cobbler bakers twine
  • Glue dots
  • Dimensionals

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wonderful Christmas trees

This Christmas card uses Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees and Season of Cheer DSP

This is a CASE of my own CASE! I love this snip-and-flip DSP layout and wanted to use it in a class, so here's a holiday version. I've combined new DSP and in-color cardstock with two stamp sets and a punch that are carried over from last year for a fresh take on these trees.

Stamp sets

  • Festival of Trees
  • Wondrous Wreath


  • Mossy Meadow base
  • Season of Cheer DSP at 3 3/4" by 4" and 3 3/4" by 3/4"
  • Whisper White at 4" by 2 1/2" plus scrap for the trees


  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Mossy Meadow

Tools and accessories

  • Tree punch
  • Corner rounder from my stash; you could use the Project Life Corner punch
  • Dimensionals

Saturday, September 19, 2015

CASE study: Happy birthday, Meg!

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes makes this Taupe and Mint Macaron birthday card unique

This design, for my daughter Meg, is a straight-up CASE from Holly's design. I loved her color combination and use of the handwriting stamps to make her own DSP. I swapped out the stamp set, the die-cut word, and the embellishments to make it my own.

I stole the wooden heart here (and the butterfly I put on a second version of this card) from the Watercolor Wishes kit. I didn't think I'd like chunky pieces on my cards, but I was wrong!

I used the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to stick the die-cut word on. It's my latest crush!

Stamp sets

  • Endless Birthday Wishes


  • Tip Top Taupe base
  • Mint Macaron envelope paper at 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Whisper White at 4" by 2" plus scrap for the circle
  • Mint Macaron scrap for the die cut


  • Tip Top Taupe

Tools and accessories

  • Fine-Tip Glue Pen (it's in the new holiday catalog)
  • Wooden bits swiped from the Watercolor Wishes kit

What do you do at a card class?

I get this question a lot! Of course the answer varies by demonstrator, but at my classes, here's what to expect.

You'll make some cards

Of course, we stamp! 

At my card classes, we make four designs. For most of the year, we make two of each, but as we approach the holidays, we start cranking up stamp-a-stacks, where we make three of each design for a total of 12 cards.

You bring your favorite glue and scissors, and I have everything else prepared for you. If you run out of glue during class, no worries -- I keep a stash that you can cash-and-carry.

No worries if you've never tried stamping before -- I'm here to help!

Christmas card made at a Stampin' Up! class in Apex, NC.

You can play with new products

My customers like to see the newest products! We use them in the cards we make, but I also put out products that we're not using in class for folks to see in real life. Sometimes, the catalogs don't do justice to some of the fabulous papers and bling that Stampin' Up! creates.

You can enjoy time with new -- and old -- friends

My classes typically have about eight attendees. That's a nice-sized group to feel comfortable chatting in! I provide snacks including a home-infused water (this one is strawberry-basil) and a sangria each time. 

Sound like fun? If you're in the Apex, NC area, you can register for upcoming classes on my Stampin' Up! site. I'd love to have you!

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