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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Catalog sneak peek: An art set for a birthday

Fabulous work of art - Stampin' Up catalog sneak peek set

I have a friend who is just a joy to me. She has the most sparkly good humor about life, and even when things get challenging, she finds a way to see the good. (She also volunteers and makes hot dishes for friends who need a lift and teaches and does a thousand other good deeds. Also, she likes a good foo-foo martini. I really love this friend.)

When I visited her to drop this birthday set off, I was complimenting her on the bright colors that are everywhere in her house. She's like a living, breathing rainbow, this friend of mine!

Stampin' Up Work of Art card

ANYWAY, when I put in my sneak-peek order, I knew this set would be one I'd use again and again. It's versatile and gorgeous (just like my friend!).



  • Hello Honey (new in-color) base
  • Blackberry Bliss (new in-color) at 4 1/8" x 2 3/8" and 4 5/8" x 3 3/8"
  • Whisper White at 4" x 2 1/4" plus scrap for the heart (and for the gift tag)
  • Moonlight DSP stack (new!) at 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"


  • Hello Honey
  • Blackberry Bliss
Stamp sets

  • Work of Art (new!)


  • Hello Honey 3/8" stitched ribbon
  • Dimensionals
  • Rhinestones
  • For the gift bag: Chevron Tag a Bag gift bag
  • Gold sequin trim
  • Angled Tag Topper punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

PS: Want to know what's in the bag? Glittery nail polish. :-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Quick and Simple Thank You Card

In need of a quick and simple Thank You card for your child's teacher, a co-worker or a neighbor?  Give this card a try and save your time for spending with others in your life.
This card was originally CASED from the annual catalog last year. Since I knew it was a simple card, I decided to make up a few for my children's teachers this year. It took no time at all to stamp the butterflies in different colors and add a Thank You greeting to the top. The original card had 5 butterflies. I adapted my card to fit a large greeting. I stamped the yellow butterfly on a scrap piece of card stock and then punched it out using the Elegant Butterfly punch. I placed it between the other two butterflies with a dimensional to give it some "pop".

·         Stamps:
o   Papillon Potpourri
o   Lots of Thanks
·         Paper:
o   Bermuda Bay 5 1/4" x 2" strips for the scalloped layered background layer
o   Daffodil Delight card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) for card base
o  Whisper White card stock 5 1/4" x 3 ½"
·         Ink:
o   Daffodil Delight
o   Island Indigo
o   Melon Mambo
o   Wild Wasabi
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   (retired) Scalloped Edge Border punch - still one of my favorites!
o   Elegant Butterfly punch
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mmm, thanks!

I started a new job two weeks ago. After 20-something years at the big company I loved, I'm now working in a completely new market. I spent the entire first week setting up 30-minute meetings with everyone I could think of. I asked them questions. I asked them MORE questions. I invited some of them back three times! Everyone was unfailingly kind, and helpful, even though I'm sure I was asking them the equivalent of "Why does rain fall out of the sky?"

Over the weekend, I made a huge basket of thank yous. These were inspired by a tag I saw on Pinterest, which led me to Margriet's blog. I LOVE the bloggers in Germany and the Netherlands .. the clean style they have is just amazing. Lots of fussy-cutting and color without ever looking fussy!

Margriet used white embossing on colored cardstock, and then washi underneath. It's kind of amazing how fast the washi goes down, and how MUCH is on a roll (no need to hoard washi!). I added a punch of DSP and a star, to make mine my own.

Baker's secret: Make all of each component before you assemble the bags -- MUCH faster!



  • Crumb Cake at 3" x 4", creased at 2" along the long side
  • Pool Party scraps for the diecut word bubble
  • This and That Epic Day DSP (retired)


  • Versamark
Stamp sets

  • Just Sayin'


  • Word Bubbles Framelits
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • 1 3/4" circle punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents star punch
  • This and That Epic Day washi (retired)
  • Dimensionals
  • 3" x 5" zipper bags from my stash

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blessed and Lucky

Our family has been very blessed and lucky with the lot of preschool and elementary teachers (again!) this year.  I wish I could stuff a card with hundred dollar bills for each one of them, they certainly deserve much more than that.  I could do restaurant gift cards, but I really like to be a little bit different.  My ideas aren't always so Bible-belt friendly (a couple of years ago I gave out those adult beverages that look like capri-suns to some preschool teachers), but I think the receipients enjoy them.  
My idea was to buy a bunch of $1 scratch off lottery tickets and stuff them in a card that expressed how lucky we've been to have had these amazing women as our teachers and bus drivers this year.  I didn't want it to look too much like a St. Patty's Day card, so this was the outcome.  If nothing else, they might have a little fun, maybe smile when they think of my kiddos, and maybe even get lucky on a scratch off!



  • Smoky Slate card base
  • Whisper White, cut to 3" x 4 1/4"
  • Coastal Cabana, cut to 2 7/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Whisper White 2" x 3"
  • retired Old Olive DSP


  • Basic Gray (stamped off)
  • Old Olive (stamped off)
Stamp sets

  • Define Your Life (retired)
  • Gorgeous Grunge


  • Old Olive 1/8" ribbon
  • Heart Punch (retired)
  • Crop-a-dile (retired)
  • 1/2" circle punch
  • Angled Tag Topper punch
  • Chevron embossing folder
  • Dimensionals
Sorry I've been using so much retired stuff- oldies but goodies!  At least I'm not just hoarding them away in a closet, I let them come out and play with all the fancy new inks and punches sometimes!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Simply Adorned Jewelry

After creating inserts for Stampin' Up!'s Simply Adorned lockets and necklaces as teacher gifts last year, my daughter's teachers instantly asked for their own early on this year. So for the end of the year teacher gifts, I used the retired Simply Adorned Jewelry to create necklaces for them. Here are the inserts (front and back) I created for the teachers:
The teachers loved them and couldn't wait to wear them!  I'm so glad they loved these little gems but I'm also glad Stampin' Up! no longer carries this jewelry line and no longer has them in the clearance rack. I am exhausted from creating them for teachers every year. I always try to match the teacher's personalities when creating the inserts for their lockets. 

Here is a look at the completed necklaces and my daughter modeling one as well:
Here is how I packaged them with retired and current Stampin' Up! ribbon and the Chalk Talk stamp set and Framelits:
If you like the look of creating your own locket inserts using stamps and other paper crafting supplies, I'm sure you can find some lockets and necklaces at a local craft store. 

Stamp Set - Chalk Talk
Accessories - Chalk Talk Framelits, 1 1/4" striped ribbon in Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo
Retired Accessories - Simply Adorned Jewelry line (1 1/2" x 2" lockets and necklaces)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hello there, new catalog!

Why does this picture have shadows? Because I wanted the sun to hit that glorious, juicy purple for you (and I didn't think to open the blinds). What color is that? Well, if you've been watching the internets the last few weeks, you know it's one of the new in-colors for 2014, Blackberry Bliss. You're also looking at Hello Honey, on the DSP. Doesn't that make you want some delicious fruit for breakfast?

Everything you see here is a sneak peek from the new catalog and available June 2. If you are one of my local customers, your catalog is here for you!



  • Hello Honey base
  • Blackberry Bliss, cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Moonlight Series DSP stack, cut to 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Whisper White scrap for the pennant


  • Blackberry Bliss
Stamp sets

  • Hello There


  • Banner Framelits
  • Itty Bitty Accents punches
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

By the Tide Masculine Card

I CASeD this card from Ellen Fewkes.  She made a wonderful masculine card.  Please check it out here.  The only thing I decided to change was the Netting background to a striped background stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set instead.  I did make two cards with this layout but changed the direction of  the cards.  This masculine card allowed me to use up some of the Midnight Muse card stock and ribbon I have that is retiring at the end of this month. I love how the lobster is the focal point for this masculine card.
If you don't need a Father's Day card, copy this layout/card design as a masculine birthday card or thank you card instead.  This card's layout can easily go with any stamp set or greeting.  So get out your retiring card stock and start stamping out a few masculine cards today!
·         Stamps:
o   By The Tide
o   Delightful Dozen
o  Gorgeous Grunge
·         Paper:
o   Very Vanilla 4” x 5 ¼” for background layer and 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” for lobster layer
o   Midnight Muse card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) for card base and 2 ½” x 3 ½” for lobster layer
·         Ink:
o   Crumb Cake (for the vertical card)
o   Soft Suede (for the horizontal card)
o   Midnight Muse
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   3 3/8" Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon
o   Linen Thread
o  Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014-15 Stampin' Up! catalog sneak peek: Quintessential baby card

I made this card several ways. I added a big sentiment. I added a stamped circle around the die-cut. In the end, I tossed out all those ideas and went with the design I'd had in my head ever since I saw the consultant sneak peek: plain and simple.

This is your go-to baby card for next year. Classy, modern, and chic (or duckling). This new framelit set is EVERYTHING you need for babies. I love, love, love it already, and I think you will, too.

Imagine a tag made the same way. Gah, the cute!



  • Daffodil Delight base
  • Whisper White cut to 4" x 5 1/4"


  • None
Stamp sets

  • None


  • Baby's First framelits (available June 1, 2014)
  • Dimensionals

PS: About last week. 

I went to the beach with girlfriends. I had made and photographed a card. On my camera. Which I didn't take with me. I woke up Saturday morning in a state of bliss, immediately followed by a moment that was less blissful and included a word that was not appropriate for a family blog when I realized I had skipped blogging. SKIPPED. I'll show you that card soon. It was cute. But it did not have a ducky on it. :-) In happy news, the girlfriends and I had a LOVELY time. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Baby= Yippee-Skippee!

May is a wonderful month....lots of flowers blooming, lots of warm days and cooler nights, and lots of reasons to make cards!  My Mays are flooded with birthdays, Mother's Day, teacher appreciations, and this year a new niece on the way!!!  
I have a few 'congratulations' stamps and 'hello baby' stamps, but I think Yippee-Skippee is more the sentiment I'm looking for to shower my baby sister with some baby love!  I absolutely love this banner card, it's simple and cute and perfect for so many occasions.  It's even cuter in person, I have all the gray banners popped up with dimensionals, but that's hard to see in the picture.
Hope your weekend has a little yippee-skippee in it!!



  • Smoky Slate card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Daffodil Delight cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Scraps of Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight paper and card stock


  • Smoky Slate
  • Daffodil Delight

Stamp sets

  • Yippee-Skippee
  • Banner Blast (retired SAB 2014)
  • Tiny Tags (retired)


  • Dimensionals
  • Banner Punch
  • Owl Builder Punch- tiny heart
  • Smoky Slate marker  and a circle template to draw in the string

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Petite Petals and Hardwood Card

I loved the layout for this card that Even Voorstellen created so I decided to CASe the card. Click here to see her version of this card.  FYI: The blog is not in English so I wasn't able to read it but loved the card idea.  I changed up the background to the Hardwood Background stamp set in Smoky Slate. I think it really adds to this card. I also changed the ribbon since I didn't have any wide Daffodil Delight. I layered some Satin Daffodil Delight ribbon on top of some 1 3/4” Chevron Ribbon in Smoky Slate. For the second card, I used some 1 3/4” Chevron Ribbon in Calypso Coral instead of the Daffodil Delight and changed the wording as well.

My Club members loved both of these cards and were able to choose which color combination and wording best suited their personalities. Now I hope you'll give them a try.

·         Stamps:
o   Hardwood
o   Perfect Pennants
o   Petite Petals
·         Paper:
o   Whisper White card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”), 2" x 4" for tag punch layer and scraps for punches
·         Ink:
o   Calypso Coral
o   Daffodil Delight
o   Smoky Slate
o   Staz On Black
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   1 3/4” Chevron Ribbon in Calypso Coral or Smoky Slate
o   ½” Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon
o   Whisper White Baker's Twine
o   Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
o   Petite Petals Punch
o   Rhinestone Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Muse: Burlap Wreath

I must be changing into a Southerner since I am loving lots of monogrammed decor lately on Pinterest. I fell in love with this wreath as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. Feel free to check it out here.  The color combination, flowers and monogrammed letter make it a great decor to add to any door. I plan on grabbing all the supplies at my local craft store this week to make something similar to this one. I have to save my money for new Stampin' Up! products coming out soon with the new catalog so Etsy crafts are not on my list to buy right now. 

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