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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!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Happily ever after!

Elegant hand-stamped grey and silver wedding card from Pink Paper Bakery

I get completely freaked out over wedding cards. I think because, unlike birthday cards, you (typically) only get one shot at getting them right. So I stress over the perfect perfect perfect design and color palette and ... eventually I give up and make a card.

This one, I made two of. The first was for a friend at work, and was the card from our team. I showed it to my teenager and she said "It's kind of meh." I replaced a silver bow on that version with the pink punched flowers on this one.

And then I didn't show it to anyone other than my stamping group. :-)

Stamp sets

  • Big News


  • Basic Grey base
  • Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum at 4" by 5 1/4"
  • Whisper White thick cardstock for the die cut
  • Scraps of Blushing Bride


  • Basic Grey (I don't have the new archival ink yet, so I heat-set this to prevent smearing)

Tools and accessories

  • Glue dots (artfully placed under the vellum's hearts)
  • Dimensionals
  • Apothecary Accents framelits (retired: you could use Lots of Labels)
  • Itty Bitty Accents punch

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sweet birthday wishes

Wish a happy birthday with this summery card that uses Sprinkles of Life and Happy Birthday Everyone

The Sprinkles of Life set has become my go-to set for office birthdays. Here, I've paired it with the gorgeous greeting from the Happy Birthday Everyone hostess set and a layout I cased from Pinterest. I loved how Amy's card used patterned paper and a big Project-Life-styled label.

My version flips the sentiment direction and pops up the ice cream instead of the label. I really like how this came out!

Stamp sets

  • Sprinkles of Life
  • Happy Birthday Everyone


  • Whisper White thick cardstock at 4" by 2 3/4"
  • Scraps of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, and Delightful Dijon
  • Cherry on Top DSP at 3 3/4" by 3/4" and 3 3/4" by 4"


  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crushed Curry
  • Watermelon Wonder
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Tip Top Taupe

Tools and accessories

  • Corner rounder
  • Tree Builder punch
  • Dimensionals

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Witching Decor Project Kit: Tips and tricks

Close up of the witch hat made from Stampin' Up! Witching Decor kit

Did you ever fall so helplessly in love with something in the Stampin' Up! catalog that you could barely wait to order it, barely wait to get the package, and barely wait to open it up? Oh my goodness, this witch hat from the new holiday catalog spoke to me in a way that was like "GET IN MY HOUSE, WITCH HAT."

Needless to say, it was the first thing I put on my preorder list, and the first thing I tore into when the order arrived. It. Is. Gorgeous.

If you also fell in love with this kit, but are ordering it during the regular period (starts Sept 1! Yay!) there are a few things I figured out while I was putting it together. Ready?

Halloween centerpiece from Stampin' Up!

Before you start

This kit is actually really straightforward, PROVIDED you watch the video. I watched it one full time through before I even ordered the kit, and then I pulled it up and watched the relevant bits again while I was putting the kit together. The kit comes with glorious full-color photo directions, but the video has great details that aren't in the instructions.

I'd suggest that you break the assembly into a couple of sessions -- it took me about 3 hours to do this one. My suggestion: Do the hat/base assembly, the label, and the fringe in one go, and then come back and do the messy bits (the burlap and the leaves).

Clear a good bit of room on your table to start. I used the cardboard from the package as my work zone, instead of grid paper. You do you.

Gather up all the extra stuff you'll need: Scissors, bone folder, Soft Suede ink, glue, tearable tape adhesive, Memento black or the new archival Basic Black ink.

The hat and base

Follow the video directions, but be SURE you are generous with the measure of the cone for the hat's point. I did mine a scootch too tight and had to do some glue gymnastics to recover. A little big is a thousand times better than than too small, and you really can't make it bigger once you tape (ask me how I know this).

Don't crumple the cone yet. I know you want to, and I know the printed instructions say to. Don't do it. 

The label

You'll be thrilled by how much extra stuff is in this kit! Lots to use on another project later. If you are a thrifty stamper, like me, you'll cut your doily in half. Then you've got a piece for something else. 

Where you might get frustrated: Ink up the GIGNORMOUS Happy Halloween stamp and practice on paper before you use the actual label. I messed up the front and back of two labels before I finally got an impression I was happy with on the third (and final!) label. The kit comes with three labels in this size and three of the size that would fit the other label in the stamp set, so you could swap out if you wanted to. 

Use Memento ink. I know, it says to use the new archival ink. I tried it, and the black was definitely richer, but I couldn't get full coverage on the stamp. If I'd had a brayer, this would have been the time to pull it out, for sure. I used the giant F block, and I stamped onto a piercing mat for extra give. The final version is a little fade-y, but it looks good once the whole thing is together.

Sponge the vanilla label part before you glue on the other bits. 

You can swap up the colors of the little pennants and the "31" piece if you want. I didn't, but I liked that SU! included the option. 

The fringe

Nothing special here -- the instructions are fine. I was worried about the big numbers on the reverse of the fringe paper, but they don't actually show at the end. I did use 3 of the 4 pieces, just as it says in the video. 

The burlap ribbon

If you take nothing else from this post, take this advice: Take the ribbon OUTSIDE and trim it there. When you take off the edging and fray the ribbon, the burlap will leave 3 billion tiny bits of burlap hair all over your table, your project, your rug, and your clothes. You'll have some shedding no matter what, but if you can get the bulk of it outside, so much the better. You're welcome, says the woman who did not get that advice and will be vacuuming for the next month.

The leaves

I followed the instructions and used "about half" of the leaves. If I were doing it again, I'd set aside a couple more of the acorns -- I felt like I was drowning in acorns as I was stringing the garland.

You have two stamps to use on the leaves: A cross-hatch one and a spider web. The cross-hatch one looks great on the acorn caps, but I didn't like it on the leaves. Up to you, of course. I stamped only one side of my leaves and then strung them carefully. I love stamping, but even I have limits.

Crumple the leaves before you sponge -- the sponging will get into the wrinkles and make them look even more aged (what you want).

Do, as it says in the video, tie one of the leaves to the end of the thread as you string. 

Assembling the glorious hat

It is a lovely, lovely feeling to have all the bits ready and just put it all together. Bask for a moment in that glory before you let it go.

Putting the fringe and ribbon on is easy (particularly if you use the tearable tape adhesive). Three bits of fringe is enough to go around the hat twice. Do be mindful of the OTHER end of the fringe, or you'll get it stuck to your craft table. (Cough, cough.)

If you did NOT succumb to the urge to pre-crumple your hat, you'll be able to put lots of glue on the label and tuck it in easily, just as she does in the video. If, like me, you crumpled early, you will want to be a little more selective in where and how you apply glue, because the crinkles don't make for easy sticking. It'll work anyway, but it's a little harder.

Witching decor kit makes a gorgeous 3-D Halloween accent
Premature crinkling

Crumple! With joy and vigor!

Use a dab of glue to hold the string that holds the bell that makes the witch hat festive.

And then delicately arrange your lovely leaves, and you are DONE. Now call your family in so they can admire the wonder that is your beautiful witchy hat! Hurray! 

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did. If you've put your kit together and have tips to add, drop them in the comments!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

(Still) crazy about you

Using the Watercolor Wishes Card kit and Crazy About You

Today, my husband and I celebrate our 23rd anniversary. He'll spend the day packing up equipment and driving it 8 hours home from band camp with our younger daughter; I'll spend the day kayaking with our older teen. That's what love looks like in our house -- and it means figuring out ways to connect (by texting at 6am). I'll be delighted to pick up the missing half of my family tonight!

Life is crazy right now, as we prep to send our oldest to college in a few days and begin the application process for our rising senior. I haven't had time to breathe, never mind stamp. That's why I'm really enjoying the Watercolor Wishes card kit! It's got everything I need to make 20 cards, including some really cute die-cut and wooden accent pieces. I really bought the kit because I loved the stamp set, but I've found myself reaching for it again and again for quick, gorgeous cards.

For this anniversary card, I took one of the pre-made designs and flipped it. Then I swapped in the Crazy About You stamp set and added a die-cut phrase. All the other pieces were pre-cut (and some of them are stickers, so they're even pre-glued). Clean, masculine, done!

Stamp sets

  • Crazy About You


  • Night of Navy


  • Night of Navy

Tools and accessories

  • Watercolor Wishes Card kit (includes the pre-printed card base, the sequins, the die-cut pieces, and the dimensionals I used here)
  • Hello You thinlets

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Banner birthday wishes

This birthday card mixes the Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards stamp set with the Amazing Birthday set.

I'm still experimenting with brights this week, but I decided it was time to work with Tip Top Taupe, one of the new in colors. Here, I've got brights I can live with -- they're festive and cheery, but I don't feel the need to pull out my sunglasses!

I'm mixing sets here -- combining the greeting from the new Tin of Cards stamp set with the pennant and cake from the older Amazing Birthday. I really like the fonts in the Tin of Cards set -- I bought it to use at my kit class, but I've already found several other places to work it in.

I've seen lots of folks using swoops of sequins, so I added one to tie together the sentiment and the banner. Sparkly!

Stamp sets

  • Tin of Cards
  • Amazing Birthday


  • Tip Top Taupe base 
  • Watermelon Wonder cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8" plus scrap
  • Whisper White cut to 5" by 3 3/4" plus scrap
  • Cherry on Top DSP at about 2" by 4' for die cutting
  • Crushed Curry scrap


  • Bermuda Bay
  • Watermelon Wonder

Tools and accessories

  • Banner framelits
  • 1 1/4' and 1 1/2" circle punches
  • 1 3/4" scallop punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Sequins (these are from the winter set)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

One good thing

How do you use the bright palette? Let your DSP be your guide, as in this cheery birthday card from Pink Paper Bakery.

True confession: I can't even with the brights. Give me subtles, neutrals -- even regals, and I can pair them up and make something awesome. But brights? Nope. All the nope. 

I'm trying, though! The Cherry on Top DSP stack is challenging my limits with some brighter-than-bright cheery patterns that I can't resist playing with. Here I'm using the snip-and-flip technique to showcase how the reverse of this paper coordinates beautifully and simply with its partner.

Are you challenged by a color family? Which one? How do you find ways to make those colors your own?

Stamp sets


  • Cucumber Crush base plus scrap for punching
  • Bermuda Bay cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8" and 4 1/4" by 1 3/8" plus scrap
  • Cherry on Top DSP cut to 5" by 3 3/4" and 4 1/8" by 1 1/2"
  • Crushed Curry cut to 1" by 4" plus scrap
  • Watermelon Wonder scrap


  • Crushed Curry
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Watermelon Wonder

Tools and accessories

  • Tree Builder punch (Yes, you want the bundle.)
  • Banner Triple punch

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hip hip hooray!

Stampin' Up! Washi Label punch adds wow to this birthday gift tag

This week, my friend Doug celebrated his 50th birthday. After I fell out of my chair (how on earth can my friends be 50? We just turned 30!), I decided NOT to do anything over the hill-ish, and instead to celebrate the vast number of candles on his cake.

This bottle tag uses the Endless Birthday Wishes set (which I'm going to use endlessly, given the zillions of combinations I can make with the lovely handwritten font) and the new Washi Label punch.

Bright colors stump me -- they are really not my comfort zone. So, I let the Cherry on Top DSP dictate the palette, and just followed along. The results were super-cheery, and as festive as I'd hoped. Hip-hip hurray!

Stamp sets

  • Endless Birthday Wishes


  • Crushed Curry for the die cut
  • Bermuda Bay 
  • Cherry on Top DSP stack
  • Whisper White scrap


  • Memento Black
  • Crushed Curry
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Watermelon Wonder

Tools and accessories

  • Bottle tag die from my stash
  • 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches
  • Blender pens
  • Washi Label punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Gold Sequin Trim

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit: Tips and tricks

Pro tips for making the most of your Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit!

Are you in love with the Tin of Cards kit in the new Stampin' Up! catalog? Sounds like pretty much everyone is!

I'm going to have a class where we put kits together, so I ordered one in advance to experiment with. The instructions are really good, but I managed to goof things up -- and to follow the directions TOO closely! Here are some tips from my experience!


  • Allow a good 2 1/2 hours to put this together. The butterflies, particularly, need some unrushed time. I'll ask my class attendees to allow three hours, since they'll be sharing ink and stamps (and likely laughing a lot!).
  • You can interchange the greetings on all the cards!! Don't follow the picture inside the instructions and make four identical cards (Who would do that? Me!) when you can make four different versions of each design!
  • I used Memento black instead of Basic Black throughout. I just prefer it.
  • I liked sampling some of the new embellishments -- SU! did a good job of providing a wide range of things you can choose to reorder. Pay attention to the base on the gold "shutter" card -- I'm pretty sure it's the new 100# Whisper White, and it feels amazing.
  • The tin itself is nicely substantial -- I was impressed by the size and weight, and it comes in a thick cardboard box you could use as a gift box.

The tabs

  • When you pull out the stack of tabs, stack them so they're in 1-2-3 order, before you stamp them.
  • Stamp the decorative lines and the label before you adhere the paper -- that way, if you make a mistake, you can flip the card.
  • I alternated the two decorative lines, and then chose the labels I wanted to use and stamped them so my tabs would sit alphabetically.
  • You have 9 cards and 10 sheets of DSP -- figure out which one you want to keep for another project before you start gluing them down!

The "landscape" card

  • Use the skinniest line of glue imaginable around the inside edge of the frame.
  • Pay attention to which way the DSP goes! Note the card on the right, above. It's raining from the ground!
  • If you goof a greeting, remember that you can flip the banner. And worst-case, you can cut another one.
  • You don't have to have all of them saying "Hello"! (All of mine do, of course.)
  • A full dimensional will fit -- barely -- under the banner. This is a great place to use those snipped edge pieces, instead!

Wood element card

  • You can mix up your greetings! 
  • Be liberal in inking the stamp with Staz-on, and use firm pressure when you stamp -- more than on paper. 
  • To get the black patterned stamp straight on your block, put it face down on your grid paper and then put the block on top of it.
  • I used 3 dimensionals to hold the wooden piece onto the card.
  • I used multi-purpose glue on the heart, but just at the very top.

Gold "shutter" card

  • This card is where I finally realized that I should be mixing up the greetings -- because the circles are preprinted in four different sentiments (and in three languages!). Take a look at the circles and choose matching words, so you don't have a card that says "Happy thank you!"
  • I cut the twine in half, and then in half again -- each piece is about 24".


  • To stick the window sheet to the inside front of the card, pull out a piece of waxed paper and use it as a base -- then run SNAIL half on, half off the inside of the frame all the way around so that the extra goes on to the waxed paper. Just be careful not to stick your next card onto the SNAIL paper :-). This also works well for the butterfly shapes.
  • Use the stylus from your scoring board, paired with a piercing mat to get the teeny bits out of the butterflies' wings.
  • Lift any traces of SNAIL with a glue eraser.
  • The greeting you use on the banner should coordinate with the greeting you stamp on the Curry butterfly -- but you could make each of the four different!
  • Remember that you can flip the banner if you goof the sentiment.
  • Don't overlook the black patterned stamping on the card base!
  • The gold twine is a bit of a pain. I used SNAIL on the back of the butterfly to hold it. A quarter of the provided twine is about 36".
  • Use a glue dot on the points of the Curry butterfly's wings so that they stay firmly attached when they're put into the tin. SNAIL held the others just fine.
Hope these tips help you -- this is a gorgeous project, and a lot of fun to put together. Enjoy your kit! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

No limit!

Pennant dies from Stampin' Up! make this card extra-awesome

This card went out to one of my girlfriends, who worked really hard to find a great new role at work -- and talked her way into a promotion while doing so. So proud of her!

It was inspired by a pin that I've somehow lost (argh!), but the designer had put her banners on the diagonal. LOVE this idea!

I had somehow overlooked the sketched heart in the Big News set, but now that I've discovered it, it's going to be EVERYWHERE. I also pulled in some texture using thick twine and candy dots. Fun!

Can you say hurray to someone this week? Do it!!

Stamp sets

  • Big News
  • Gorgeous Grunge


  • Sahara Sand base, plus scrap for the die cut
  • Whisper White at 4" by 5 1/4" 
  • Sweet Sorbet DSP (retired) for the die cut


  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Memento Black

Tools and accessories

  • Banner framelits
  • Canteloupe thick baker's twine
  • Neutral candy dots
  • Dimensionals

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

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