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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

All-occasion gift set

I LOVE to give away the things that I make, particularly for causes I care about. For the last couple of years, I've been creating card sets for a friend who chairs a local Relay for Life event. Here's one of the sets she'll be getting this year.

I found the layout here and mixed it up with fresh colors and stamp sets. I was gleeful to use up some of my carefully organized scraps on these!

Each set has five cards. Once these are boxed up with a coordinating ribbon, they look beautifully put-together. I'm hoping they'll draw lots of donations! :-)


  • Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade (sniff!), Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Stamp sets:
  • Punched Posies (retired hostess set; any open floral would work); Sweet Essentials
Paper and card:
  • Whisper White card base; strip cut to 1 3/4" x 4 1/4" for each card
  • Cardstock cut to 2 x 4 1/4 for each card (1 each Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango)
  • Stickles from my stash (in the center of each flower)
  • Tag punches for the packaging
  • Rich Razzleberry ribbon for the packaging

Monday, April 29, 2013

Magnificent Monday, Blooming with Kindness

Magnificent Monday Guest: LeAnne Pugliese!
I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer today! I have been wanting to revisit an old technique that I learned when I first started stamping---Dazzling Diamond Dust!
This is a real simple technique but it has a big “wow” factor!   Basically, you stamp your image…a brightly-colored one works best! Then cover the entire image with Versamark ink, by putting the VersaMark pad directly onto the card stock. Sprinkle it liberally with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Heat it up….and watch the sparkle!!!"  
Stamps: Blooming with Kindness, Papillon Potpourri, and Blessings from Heaven
Paper: Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral, Basic Black, VersaMark
Tools and Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat Tool, Seam Binding Ribbon
Thank you for sharing with us, LeAnne!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

CASE study: Punches and paper

When I'm not playing with ink and paper and glue, I lead an international team for a big company. On a call this week, I promised that I'd award the first person to answer a question a dollar. This card will be heading to Romania, with one American dollar tucked inside :-).

This card is a CASE from Pinterest (thank you, Inky Daisy!), but I knew there was no way I could freehand diamonds and have them come out any kind of good. I picked up the "mail" theme and used the postage stamp punch. Sponging the edges of my shapes helps unify all the papers and shows off the pretty edges.


  • Early Espresso
Stamp sets:
  • Sweet Essentials
Paper and card:
  • River Rock card base 
  • Well Worn DSP (but you could use any DSP and coordinating colors, of course)
  • Postage Stamp punch
  • Sponge daubers

Friday, April 26, 2013

Quick Birthday Card

Lots of birthdays in the next couple of weeks for me, so I knew I needed to get cracking!  This card came together pretty quickly, and I think it's neutral enough to send to a man or a woman.  I had just a bit of this Patio Party Designer Series Paper left, gathered a couple of other scraps to layer and embellish, and before I knew it, I was done with my card.  What are we going to do when this banner style goes out of fashion?  It is definitely my go-to embellishment when a card needs a little extra something.  And, it's a great way to use up paper scraps and ribbon pieces.  

  • Summer Starfruit card base
  • Patio Party DSP
  • Wishes Your Way Stampin'UP! stamp set
  • Strip of Midnight Muse card stock cut to 4 1/4"
  • Strip of Baja Breeze card stock cut to 4 1/4" by 3/4"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 2 1/4" by 1 1/4"
  • Midnight Muse stamp pad
  • Retired jumbo brad
  • Retired Baja Breeze ribbon
  • Summer Starfruit card stock strip cut into a banner
  • Print Poetry DSP pack strip cut into a banner

Thursday, April 25, 2013

More Dress Up!

Growing up I loved to play dress up. Now that I am an adult, well...most of the time, this is the next best thing. Any kind of paper will do for this fun little dress up set. 

This is also the current color challenge at Fab Friday
  • Stamps: Carry On
  • Paper: Crumb Cake - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Summer Starfruit - 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
    • Pool Party - 5 1/4" x 4'
    • Whisper White   
  • Ink: Pool Party Ink Pad, Calypso Coral Stampin' Write marker
  • Tools and Accessories: Dress Up Framelits, Basic Pearls, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine
    • Pool Party 1/8" ribbon, Jewelry tag punch, dimensionals. Simply scored diagonal plate.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

All Dressed Up Quick & Simple Card

In need of a quick and simple layout for a card?  This card was such a breeze to put together once I had selected my color combination: Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White.  Once I cut the dress out in this red and white polka dot pattern from the Summer Smooches DSP, I knew exactly who to make this card for...my grandmother.  She loves anything red and this dress reminds me of pictures I've seen in the past of her all dressed up for a night of dancing.  So I had to create this card just for her to let her know that I was thinking of her.
I added the Needlepoint Border embossing folder to the edge of the Whisper White layer to give the card a more feminine look and it seemed to fit with the whole dress making/sewing image I was creating.  My grandmother also liked to sew her own dresses so this was the perfect addition to the card for her.  I added the words "Thoughts of You" from the Loving Thoughts stamp set and the words "all dressed up with somewhere to go!" from the All Dressed Up stamp set.  I popped up the dress and dress form with a few dimensionals. Then, I added the words "made just for you" from the Creatively Yours stamp set to finish off my grandmother's card.

I have to admit that this All Dressed Up stamp set and framelits bundle has become my new favorite!  It's so easy to use and you can easily make some quick and simple cards with this bundle.  Give it a try today and share your creations with us.

All Dressed Up stamp set #129171 WM or #129174 CM
Dress Up Framelits Dies #130101
OR All Dressed Up Bundle (includes stamp set and framelits at a 15% discount) #131096 WM or #132095 CM
Loving Thoughts stamp set #125843 WM or #125845 CM
Creatively Yours stamp set #122610 WM or #122612 CM
Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders #129383
Summer Smooches DSP
Real Red and Basic Black markers or ink pads
Whisper White, Real Red and Basic Black card stock

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Up, Up and Away, Birthday

I am love this layout! I used Up, Up, & Away, along with the Cloudy Day embossing folder. These two items are a perfect match for each other!

First I cut my background pieces, Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise. Then I placed them in the Cloudy Day embossing folder right next to each other, like they would be on the card. I ran them through the Big Shot and then adhered them to my Basic Gray card base, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The hot air balloon was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and then hand cut (or fussy cut, as I just learned!), and popped up with Dimensionals. I didn't want my brads to show through to the inside of my card, so I cut the legs off of my brads with my Craft & Rubber Scissors (you could probably use wire snips too). I rolled up a glue dot into a ball and placed it under the legless brads and adhered them to my card. Super easy!

Stampin' Materials:

  • Stamps: Up, Up and Away, and Sweet Essentials
  • Paper:
    • Basic Gray card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 2" x 3 1/2", and 5/8" x 4 3/4"
    • Tempting Turquoise card stock  - 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Basic Gray
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
    • Cloudy Day embossing folder
    • Metallic Brads
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Craft and Rubber Scissors

Monday, April 22, 2013

Magnificent Monday, By the Tide

Magnificent Monday Guest: Robyn Polinsky!

Hi Friends-

I was so thrilled to be asked to be a guest artist for Pink Paper Bakery this week!  What an honor!

After seeing the beautiful California Coast a couple weeks ago, I couldn't wait to  use this great set "By the Tide" from the Spring catalog to make this card.  I can't believe it took me so long to use it! I will definitely be stamping with it again and again!  
 I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock.  First, I stamped the "Script" in Crumb Cake and then inked the shell up with VersaMark and embossed with clear powder (so you can see through it).  Once it cooled, I lightly sponged on Crumb Cake,  Calypso Coral, Pool Party and a touch of Summer Starfruit.  It's such a FUN technique with stunning results!  No two are a like.  To finish it, I matted the focal piece, added a flagged greeting,  some Natural Trim Ribbon, a whitewashed Antique Brad and adhered it to a piece of Pool Party Designer Series Paper run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice EF that was lightly sponged to match the card base.  
  • Stamps:  By the Tide, Made For You
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, VersaMark
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party DSP, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
  • Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Sponges, Heat Tool
  • Etc:  Clear Embossing Powder, Natural Trim Ribbon, Antique Brad
It sure is a FUN technique and works well with so many Stampin' Up sets!  Hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to give it a try!
Thanks for sharing with us, Robyn!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Inspired by paper

When I sit down to make a card, I rarely have a complete plan in mind. I usually know who the card is for and the occasion, but then I'm left to find inspiration where I can. Today's card layout was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest (thank YOU, Nancy Riley), but was really completed by the designer series paper (DSP) I chose.

I sat down with the paper pack and laid out combinations until I found two that I liked together. Then I picked out a neutral and a dark from the colors used in the pack to complete the design.

I then found a sentiment that echoes the pattern in the left-hand piece (THAT was a happy accident).

This card is simple but stunning in real life -- and the layout itself is easy. I've made several more using the "2 patterns, one color, one neutral" model and have been really happy with them. Give it a try and let me know how yours come out!


  • Early Espresso
Stamp sets:
  • Happiest Birthday Wishes 
Paper and card:
  • Crumb Cake card base 
  • Well Worn DSP cut to 4 1/4 x 3/4" (small pattern) and 4 1/4 x 2 1/2" (large pattern)
  • Cajun Craze cut to 4 1/4 x 1/2"
  • Very Vanilla trimmed around the sentiment (roughly 3 x 1 1/2")
  • Dimensionals (under the sentiment)

Friday, April 19, 2013

My Card Creating Process (in case you were wondering)

Today, I thought I would share my card creating process.  Like most people, I usually start making a card because I have some sort of occasion that needs to be acknowledged.  But other times, I just want to stamp, or it's Friday again, and I need to post a card for the Pink Paper Bakery!!  In these situations, I go to my stamp cabinet (which is actually an unorganized pile of stamp sets spread throughout the room)  and choose a set I haven't used for awhile, or something that just catches my eye.  I then scour the internet using google image searches, looking for something beautiful I can copy.  (There are so many wonderfully creative people out there, why reinvent the wheel?)  Sometimes I find a card I want to CASE, but sometimes I need a little more inspiration.  In that case, I turn to a couple of sketch blogs, and see if there are any color or layout challenges that might get my juices flowing.  This typically will get me moving in the right direction, but I almost always come out with a card that is very different from the sketch...but I've got a card, and that was the goal!  What's your card creating process?


  • Confetti White card base
  • Crumb Cake card stock cut to 4 1/4" by 4 5/8"
  • Wood grain embossing folder
  • Strips of Island Indigo card stock cut to 4 1/4"
  • Confetti White card stock cut to 1 1/2" by about 3 1/2" and torn edge
  • Confetti White card stock cut to 2" by about 2 3/4" and torn edge
  • Letter It stamp set
  • Lovely Little Labels stamp set
  • Island Indigo and Crumb Cake stamp pads
  • Color Spritzer
  • Island Indigo and Crumb Cake markers
  • Linen Thread
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Dimensionals

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Million Dollar Moments

Well it is definitely Spring here in sunny San Diego. We recently planted a butterfly bush. We love butterflies and looking forward having some of our own. Until then, I will be using my favorite die, Stampin' Up! Beautiful wings embosslits.
  • Stamps: Million Dollar Moments, Pennant Parade
  • Paper: Baja Breeze - 11 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Whisper White - 5 1/2" x 3"
    • Patio Party - 3" x 1 1/2"
    • Primrose Petal - 3" x 3/4"
    • Summer Starfruit
  • Ink: Midnight Muse
  • Tools & Accessories: Scallop border punch, beautiful wings embosslits, glue dots.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Manhattan Flower Card

Do you ever wish you were an artist?  Do you ever wish you could be a kid again?  Well, you can when crafting with Stampin' Up! products.  For this card, I had a great time reverting back in time when I water colored these beautiful flowers and it was so easy!  I made a pool of ink by pressing my thumb on the back of my ink pad in the middle.  Once I opened up my ink pad, there was a pool of ink on the lid for me to use.  I just picked up my ink color with an Aquapainter and used the ink to color in the flowers.  You can make them darker or lighter by adding more or less water and ink to the image.  Tip: you need to be careful when applying the ink to your water color paper though.  If you add too much water or get too close to the edge of your embossed image, the water/ink will cover your nicely embossed lines.  Unfortunately, it happened a few times for me but I still love the way this card turned out.

Close up of water colored flower
Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder #114517
Fabulous Phrases stamp set #117002 WM or #120501 CM
1 1/4" Circle Punch and 1 3/8" Circle Punch
So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray ink pad
Aquapainter #103954
Water color paper #122959
Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray card stock
Basic Gray 5/8" Satin Ribbon (retired)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In Love with Summer Silhouettes

So I have to come clean with you. I've been posting several Summer Silhouette cards using a borrowed (nearly stolen) stamp set. I decided to give Jen back her set yesterday, since my very own Summer Silhouette set arrived!  I am absolutely in love with this set! I hope she didn't miss it too much!

I stamped a couple of the images from Summer Silhouettes, and framed it out with some paper piercing, using an oval template from the Occasions paper piercing pack. I adorned it with a little Lucky Limeade butterfly from Papillon Potpourri (another favorite!)

  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Papillon Potpourri
  • Paper:
    • So Saffron card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Lucky Limeade card stock - strip of 4 1/4" for punching
    • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper - 1 3/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink: So Saffron, Lucky Limeade
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Occasions paper piercing pack
    • Stampin' Pierce Mat
    • Paper Piercing Tool
    • Scallop Trim Border punch
    • Bitty Butterfly punch
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, April 15, 2013

Magnificent Monday, Oh Hello!

Magnificent Monday guest: Vicki Burdick!
I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer on Magnificent Monday. When thinking about what I wanted to make, I decided I wanted to make something that showcased my style. I think this card sums it up.
I love floral cards, they are my favorite, and I like clean lines and embossing and we can'tforget some beautiful ribbon and pearls.
I started with a base of Whisper White and then my next layer is Lucky Limeade card stock, 5-1/4" x 4".  I embossed the bottom edge of the Lucky Limeade with one of the Delicate Designs Embossing Folders.
The next layer is a 5-1/8 " x  2-3/4" piece of whisper white card stock and then a layer of DSP from the Sunshine and Sprinkles pack and measures 5" x 2-5/8". The satin ribbon is whisper white and sadly is retired, I love all the satin ribbon and stocked up before it was gone.
The main image is from the Oh Hello stamp set and I used my markers, Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo, to color it. I stamped onto some Whisper White and used Early Espresso ink for the sentiment.  I die cut the oval out using the oval framelits. To make the mat I used Melon Mambo card stock and the same oval framelit die that I cut the main image with, and just traced around the outside of the die, and then cut it out with my paper snips. I used the distressing  tool on the edge, which gives a nice effect but also hides the imperfections in the hand cut oval.
Finally I finished it off with a few basic pearls.
I hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for asking me to be a guest designer.
Stamps - Oh Hello
Paper - Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Sunshine and Sprinkle DSP
Ink - Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Distressing Tool, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Thanks for sharing with us, Vicki!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gentle sympathy

This card is a pretty straight-up CASE of an inspiration that floated across my Pinterest board (inbox? wall? I have no idea what you call the thing that you didn't make but that channels all kinds of goodness to you) recently.

The original is here -- thank you Silke Ledlow!

I didn't have a single sheet of grey DSP, though. Alas. Instead, I used tone-on-tone stamping to approximate the look. I also had to adjust the dimensions of the top layer to leave room for the sentiment. I guess I mixed it up at least a little bit!


  • Basic Grey
  • So Saffron
Stamp sets:
  • Baroque Motifs (on the grey)
  • Nature Walk
  • So Sorry
Paper and card:
  • Whisper White card base, plus layers cut to 5 x 3 3/4" and 3 x 2 1/2"
  • Basic Grey scrap stamped and then cut to 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 (2)
  • Neutral brads
  • Paper-piercing tool
  • Essentials paper-piercing pack
  • Dimensionals (under both white layers)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Celebrating 60!

This year is full of birthday milestones for my family.  We've got a Big 6-0 coming up for my mom!  This card didn't really end up exactly as I had pictured it in my mind, but I think it definitely will get the message across!

I wanted to create a 'wallpaper' with the Happy Birthday stamp, and it was a little tricky to try to come up with a pattern, but using the Stamp-a-ma-jig helped me get it straight.  I like the pop of color that the ribbon adds, and it also covers up some holes in my wallpapering!  I used some scraps of retired ribbon, and used the trusty red sticky tape to ruffle my seam binding.  


  • Pacific Point card base
  • Daffodil Delight card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Tangerine Tango card stock cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
  • Stampin'UP! Delightful Dozen stamp set
  • Pacific Point ink pad
  • Bigz Alphabet Typeset die and Big Shot
  • polka dot embossing folder
  • stamp-a-ma-jig
  • circle punch
  • dimensionals
  • strips of ribbon in Pacific Point (retired), Tangerine Tango (retired), and Daffodil Delight seam binder

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Monochromatic Sunflower

SU Only Challenges is currently having a monochromatic color scheme challenge. I love monochromatic color schemes, because they are simplistic looking, and easy to make with Stampin' Up! products....everything matches! I knew I wanted to use the Sunflower background stamp, and I thought Daffodil Delight was an obvious color choice.

I cut two pieces of card stock, one Whisper White, and one Daffodil Delight, laid them side by side, and stamped the Sunflower background stamp onto both pieces. To take away the contrast of the Sunflower against the Whisper White card stock, I lightly covered the white areas with a sponge and Daffodil ink.

For the Papillon Potpourri butterfly image, I tried using Daffodil ink. I didn't feel like the image was dark enough, so I tried it again with More Mustard (a darker yellow), stamping it off onto scrap paper first, so the image wouldn't be too dark.

  • Stamps: Sunflower, and Papillon Potpourri, Sweet Essentials
  • Paper:
    • Daffodil Delight card stock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock: 4" x 5 1/4", 2" x 3 1/2", and 5/8" x 4 3/4"
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Elegant Butterfly punch
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Sponges
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Forever Young As A Mother's Day Card

I joined the color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts! this week.  The color combination was Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Marina Mist or similar colors.

I have been wanting to create a card using the Forever Young stamp set.  Once I started inking up the tree in Certainly Celery, I knew that I could add Marina Mist to the kid on the swing and this could be a card that went with the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week.  I played around with adding different frames around the image.  I was trying to create the look of seeing the tree/kid on the swing image through a window.  I attached the stamped image with adhesive and added it flat to the card base.  To give the frame some dimension, I added strips from the edge of the dimensionals (the skinny/partial dimensions around the edges of the dimensionals sheet) to the frame itself.  Once added to the card base, I realized it could use a small greeting somewhere around the edge.  I knew Mother's Day is the next holiday quickly approaching so I decided this would make a great card for my mother and my mother-in-law.  I also tried a few different color card bases and frames to see what I liked best which gave me two extra cards for my birthday stash.
Close up of punched out flowers

Same card with Marina Mist as the frame and Bashful Blue as the card base
Changed out the frame for a Labels Collection Framelit layer and changed the greeting
Baker's Tips:
  • Use a 5 1/4" x 4 1/8" piece of cardstock for cutting out your frame with a Labels Collection Framelit.  Otherwise your frame will fall apart since the framelit will be too close to the edge of the card stock.
  • Stamp your greeting before attaching to your card base.
  • Adhere your flowers using a glue dot in the middle of the punched out flower.  Then, lift all the edges to make the flowers three-dimensional.
Forever Young stamp set #122570 WM or #122572 CM
Wonderful Mother stamp set #126505 WM or #126507 CM
Petite Pairs stamp set #122495 WM or #122497 CM
Labels Collection Framelits #125598
4-petal flower punch from Itty Bitty Punch Pack #118309
Certainly Celery, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue card stock
Certainly Celery and Marina Mist ink pads and/or markers

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dress Up with Stampin' Up!

I had so much fun making dresses with the new Stampin' Up! Dress Up Framelits. Have some scraps laying around?...Anything will do! I made 2 cards. The first is card is simple and the second is "all dressed up!"


  • Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
  • Paper: Basic Black - 11 1/2"x 4 1/4"
    • Tempting Turquoise - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White - 5"x 3 3/4"
    • Polka Dot Parade DSP
  • Ink: Black Stazon
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Ovals Framelits Collection
    • Dress Up Framelits
    • 1/4" Grosgrain Temping Turquoise Ribbon
    • Basic Pearls
    • Dimensionals

Monday, April 8, 2013

Magnificent Monday, Sweet Stuff!

Magnificent Monday Guest: Linda Callahan!
When Deena Boos asked me to be the guest stamper at Pink Paper Bakery this week I was delighted!  I have never met a bakery I didn't like and the Pink Paper Bakery is no exception!  They are some mighty talented ladies, whipping up some wonderful creations. I am honored to add mine to the mix and am happy to share my recipe - all ingredients from Stampin' Up!

Start with images from Make A Cake.  Then spice things up with arrows from the new photopolymer Typeset, and fill with sentiments from It's Your Day and Sketched Birthdays. Display on a scalloped shelf of Primrose Petals garnished with slices of Summer Starfruit ribbon and designer paper.  Frame it all with Island Indigo and add some extra sparkle with rhinestones and a crystal button.  Tie it all together with Pool Party Baker's Twine - of course!

I have enjoyed my visit to this sweet bakery - hope you have too!  Don't forget to leave these gals some sugar  :)  
Linda Callahan, Stampin' Seasons

Thanks for sharing with us, Linda!

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