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Saturday, May 23, 2015

In my thoughts

Sympathy card using Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts

I'm excited to introduce my stampers to new sets and papers next week in my class. We'll be making this card, which mixes the old and the new and could be used for lots of occasions -- sympathy, get well, or just a note to say exactly what it says -- I'm thinking about you.

I've used this Something Borrowed DSP in a ton of cards. It's elegant and understated and gorgeous. I'll be sad to see it go when the spring catalog closes on June 2! If it goes onto the clearance rack after, snap it up -- the combo of sahara and white won't go out of style anytime soon.

The new Best Thoughts hostess set looks like it's going to be an early pick for best in catalog. It's easy to use and packs a ton of oomph.

Stamp sets

  • Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts (Hostess)


  • Sahara Sand base
  • Whisper White at 4 1/4" by 5 1/4" and 3 3/4" by 4 1/4"
  • Something Borrowed DSP (through June 2) at 4 1/4" by 5"


  • Sahara Sand

Tools and accessories

  • Twine

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Classic baby

Baby card in shades of blue using Stampin' Up! Work of Art

This week's card went out to a mom-to-be in our marketing team at work. She went home from her surprise shower and went into labor. Her gorgeous baby arrived the next morning. Now, I'm not saying that this card will help babies arrive, BUT ...

This simple, classy card uses another favorite set that's carrying over into the new catalog (hurray!): Work of Art. The matching gift tag pairs it with Something for Baby. Gorgeous doesn't have to equal fussy!

Now, a confession: The white cardstock here isn't from Stampin' Up! I don't like to use the white cardstock for card bases, because it isn't heavy enough for my taste. I sneak in the PTI white when I'm making cards for other people and bend over backwards to avoid white cards in my classes. Other demonstrators use the SU! notecards, which are sturdier.


My wishes have been granted and there's 100# white cardstock in the new catalog. Oh happy day!! It wasn't on the preorder list, but you can bet your bottom dollar it'll be in my first order. Yay!

Stamp sets

  • Work of Art
  • Sweet Essentials (retired)
  • Something for Baby (on the tag)


  • White base and 5 1/4" by 4"


  • Soft Sky
  • Baja Breeze (retired; you can use any three blues or remix entirely)
  • Marina Mist
  • Memento Black

Tools and accessories

  • Dimensionals
  • Scallop tag topper punch (tag)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Butterfly wishes for Mother's Day

Mother's Day card using Butterfly thinlets

I was ridiculously happy to find that one of my favorite sets from the spring Occasions catalog is being carried over to the full catalog for next year. Here it is, in a CASE from a card idea I pinned off Leena Girsa's blog. Her version is absolutely gorgeous. Go take a look.

I swapped out the base and simplified her design to make it more my CAS style, but kept the stamped layout. I love the collage look, but I can never get the pieces to come together. I'm jealous of the folks who seem to do it effortlessly!

I made two of these -- one for my mom, and one for my MIL. These butterflies are bringing wishes for a happy Mother's Day!

Stamp sets

  • Butterfly Basics


  • Early Espresso base 
  • Blushing Bride at 5 1/4" by 4" and 1 3/4" by 3", plus a piece for the die cut
  • Very Vanilla at 5" by 3 3/4" and 1 1/2" by 2 3/4"


  • Early Espresso
  • Blushing Bride
  • Pear Pizazz

Tools and accessories

  • Butterflies thinlets
  • Pearls

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Graduation already?

This graduation card uses the Stampin' Up! Class of 2015 stamp.

I'm not quite sure how this happened, but my firstborn is graduating in a few weeks. I'm totally sure that I am NOT ready, but my teen sure is!

I was inspired by the sample on page 45 of the spring Occasions catalog. This stamp was the first thing I ordered! I wasn't going to get the confetti punch, but I made a sample using the regular star punch and didn't love it. The teeny stars look fantastic with foil peeking through.

Wanna see the inside?
Graduation announcements made by hand

So cute, right? (The real thing does have my address, but I've blurred it here on account of INTERNET.) Now to make a couple dozen more :-).

I made the invite liner using My Digital Studio. I'm sad that this product is being retired, and so glad I bought it before it vanished.

Random digression: I don't ever list the Stampin' Trimmer as a tool, but it's worth a mention here, since clean cutting is key to making this card look elegant. I've owned probably half a dozen trimmers over the years, and most of them are just an exercise in frustration when you have to go back and trim fuzzy edges. Everyone who sets hands on the Stampin' Trimmer buys it. It's about $10 more than the ones in the craft store, and worth every penny.

Stamp sets

  • Class of 2015


  • Basic Black base, plus 2 3/4" square
  • Gold Foil 3" square plus 1" by 4 1/4" strip
  • Whisper White for the liner


  • Versamark

Tools and accessories

  • Gold embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Confetti Stars border punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Non-SU! photo corner splits from a dark corner of my stash 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rock star birthday

Sports-oriented card

Last week, I shared a patriotic card made with the Baby's First framelits. That card was actually my second design using the shirts -- this is the first one. My husband is SUPER-athletic, and has started running marathons near his birthday. Since my idea of exercise involves walking to the kitchen to get another glass of wine, I'm floored by the commitment and willpower my husband has. For his birthday, I wanted to celebrate his unique awesomeness.

I trimmed onesie die cuts into shirts, using paper from the Flashback DSP set and then grunged it up a bit with some sponging. The one on the left actually looks like a bike shirt to me, so if you have a biker in your life, this might be good for them, too. You could also make soccer shirts in your kid's team colors, rock band shirts ... you get the idea.

If you do make a shirt card, let me know! I'd love to see how you mix up this design to make it yours.

Stamp sets

  • Perfect Pennants
  • Be the Star
  • Starburst Sayings


  • Real Red base, plus 4 3/4" by 3 1/2"
  • Basic Black cut to 5" by 3 3/4" 
  • Very Vanilla cut to 4 7/8" by 3 5/8" plus scraps
  • Flashback DSP
  • I used a teeny piece of Soft Sky to cut a second starburst behind the "Celebrate" one, but it's maybe more subtle than I'd hoped :-).


  • Basic Grey

Tools and accessories

  • Baby's First framelits
  • Starburst framelits
  • Daubers
  • Neutrals candy dots

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Three cheers for the USA!

Patriotic card using Stars decorative mask

Today, our family said goodbye to the German exchange student who has been visiting with us for the last two weeks. We'll miss her!!

I put together a little travel bag with granola bars, tylenol, tissues, mints, and this very American card, to wish her well on the trip home.

The design was inspired by one that I made for my husband's birthday -- I'll share that one next week. Recognize the shirt dies? No? That's the onesie die from the Baby's First framelit set, with one snip to square off the bottom. I sponged around the edges to give some texture, and added letters with small dies from my stash. In the background, stars sponged with the Hearts and Stars decorative mask add a little more patriotic flair. I tucked in a little "Friends forever" banner to make this a perfect "See you again one day" message.

Stamp sets

  • Banner Greetings (retired)


  • Real Red base, plus scraps for die cutting
  • Island Indigo cut to 4 1/2" by 3 1/4" plus scraps 
  • Whisper White cut to 4 1/8" by 3 1/8" plus scraps


  • Basic Grey (sponging)
  • Island Indigo

Tools and accessories

  • Baby's First framelits
  • Banner framelits
  • Hearts and Stars decorative mask
  • Daubers
  • Dimensionals (behind the white shirt)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tweet treats for the teens

My kids are GIANT. Way too big for Easter bunny baskets. But ... they're not too old to like a surprise treat.

This year, we were up in the mountains for Easter morning. I needed transportable treats! I found exactly one each of three bags big enough to fit the goodies I'd bought. *sigh. Making do with what I have, check!

These tags, made using the Cheerful Critters set, made the random assortment of treat bags into something special, plus made it easy for our visiting exchange student to take hers home if she wants.

Stamp sets

  • Cheerful Critters (2015 Occasions catalog)


  • Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White scraps


  • Memento black

Tools and accessories

  • Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Smoky Slate
  • Scalloped Tag Topper punch
  • Pearls, colored with Blendabilities
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