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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

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