Highland Heather Sympathy

Hello Stampers!  Today’s card features several new items. One of our new colors is Highland Heather…it’s lovely! I’ve also featured two new stamp sets – Painted Glass and Kindness & Compassion. 

I know most people don’t like to make Sympathy cards but they are needed at times. I try to make my Sympathy cards a bit cheery and elegant. This card has a lot details that show the recipient you really care.

The die cut along the bottom comes from the new Stained Glass Thinlits. I wove a piece of white satin ribbon through it and the final result is beautiful. The Layered Leaves Embossing Folder gives the background a nice subtle touch of texture. This wonderful font greeting is from the Painted Glass Stamp Set.

This is a beautiful sentiment and the butterflies add a bit of color.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Painted Glass, Kindness & Compassion

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Highland Heather, Whisper White, Black

Accessories – Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stained Glass Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Corner Rounder



I  hope you have enjoyed this card and maybe you will try it yourself. Remember in stamping it’s CASE – Copy and Share Everything!

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!      Donna


Mediterranean Moments

Hello Stampers! Hope this post finds you all well and enjoying good weather (finally for some of you!). I have been looking at my stamp set “Mediterranean Moments” for quite a while and finally decided to sit down and DO something with it.

I stamped the scene and then used my Stampin’ Blends to color. Oh my…those Stampin’ Blends are AWESOME! Once I finished I could see that this was the perfect card front. I wanted to use up some of my retired colors so I went with a Chocolate Chip card base. Luckily Old Olive is still current so I used it for a second layer then rounded the corners of the scene, added a touch of Old Olive Ribbon and it was complete.


I love the way it came out. I don’t usually use dark colors for my card bases but it just seems to fit here. I also put another piece of Whisper White on the inside with rounded corners. 

This will make a great note card. I plan to make sets of these in different colors and give as small gifts. 



Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Mediterranean Moments

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends

Paper – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories – Corner Rounder, Old Olive Ribbon





You really should take a look at this stamp set – especially if you enjoy the water color look. I can’t recommend the Stampin’ Blends enough. It makes the coloring so easy and yet so impressive. The technique with Stampin’ Blends is so relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creation. I’m trying to take more time to just “play” around rather than always producing card ideas for my classes. 

I’m thinking about doing a class with those who already have Stampin’ Blends. We could all work on the technique! For those of you who are close enough to attend a class like this…let me know what you think. Would you be interested?

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Retirement Gift Card Holder

Hello Stampers! It’s the time of year when we need lots of Congratulation cards for graduations, retirements, etc. I never seem to have a Retirement card when I need one so I came up with this one with the inspiration of Julie DiMatteo. I love the format of the card and it can work with any occasion where you’d like to insert a gift card. 

Even though the stamp set Wild About Flowers just retired I can’t part with it. It has the best sentiments! 


Isn’t that gift card pocket cute? The trick here is to be sure you put your inside sentiment over to the left so that the pocket covers it when closed.


You might recognize that foil DSP – it was a Sale-A-Bration FREE item…I stocked up and got 3 packages of that really neat DSP!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Wild About Flowers (R)

Ink – Dapper Denim (R)

Paper – Dapper Denim (R), Whisper White, Springtime Foils (SAB)

Accessories – Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits


Im sorry about all the retired products but I had these cards made before June 1st. Keep in mind that any colors or DSP will work!

Here are the dimensions for the card:

Base – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 1/2″ & 5 1/2″    Scraps for Scalloped Oval

DSP – 2 3/4″ x 4″, 2 1/4″ x 4″, 1″ x 4″

Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″    Scraps for sentiment



Definitely try this card out for any occasion…I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick it is. Make a few in different colors and leave the front and inside blank until you need a gift card holder greeting.

Take care and Happy Stamping until next time!     Donna

Watercolor Butterfly

Hello Stampers!  Today is the BIG day for the new catalog! You may feel free to order any time now. The catalog is available to you in the right hand bar. Enjoy browsing!

I have one last (maybe last) card using a retired stamp set. I LOVE Watercolor Wings so I’m sure I won’t be parting with this set. I used this card as a demonstration at my upline’s group meeting to demonstrate the versatility of the STAMPARATUS (now available in the new catalog). The gals loved it so much I recently used it in one of my card classes.


The Butterflies Thinlits really add to this card. I also made a template of the butterfly so that we could stamp the leaves behind the butterfly. 

I’m not fond of square corners all the time so I did a fancy corner with our retired triple corner punch.


Stampin’ Up! Products used:

Stamp Set – Watercolor Wings

Ink – Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango (R), Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories – Butterflies Thinlits, Triple Corner Punch


Hope you enjoyed this card. You can jazz it up any way you like. 



Enjoy viewing the new catalog and I’ll see you next Friday with another new card. Until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Barn Door Blessings

Hello Stampers! Hope you are all enjoying Spring!  Today I have a card that I made at one of our team meetings. My friend and downline, Evey, presented this card to us. I would never have made it on my own but I love it now that Evey showed us how to do it.

We used the Barn Door Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. Only the bundle is retiring but not the stamp set or dies individually. Seriously consider this stamp set and dies…if you want it, get it while you can still get the 10% discount on the bundle until May 31st.

This card is so neat and also interactive! The barn door actually moves back and forth!

Here’s a close up of the left verse…


Slide the door to the left and you’ll see the verse on the right!

We used little washers to let the door slide…it was easy…as long as I had a guide. The set included the wreath and all parts.

This is a really fun card!

Happy Stamping!     Donna

Flourishing Love

Hello Stampers! I think today’s card is quite elegant and simple. It would make a great Anniversary or Wedding card. Mine is for a Wedding. 

It’s simple but makes a statement. I used the Springtime Foils (a FREE gift from out Sale-A-Bration promotion) for my background and used our Foam Adhesive Strips to pop up the whole piece. It looks amazing in person.

This is my inside sentiment from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set. I thought the little Flourish die would carry the front over and it added to the elegance of the card.

I cut out the word love using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and popped up the word with Dimensionals. The Silver Foil really makes the word pop.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Special Celebrations

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White; Springtime Foils (SAB); Silver Foil

Accessories – Flourish Thinlits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Foam Adhesive Strips


Hope you enjoyed seeing this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Sometimes simple is the best.

Happy Stamping!     Donna

Brusho Congrats

Hello Stampers!  Today I’m showing you what I have done with our new Brusho Color Crystals. I’m showing two different techniques but there are so many more things you can do with these great color crystals.

Let’s start with the background. This is regular Whisper White cardstock. I left it dry and sprinkled the Prussian Blue. I then used our Stampin’ Spritzer on an angle and just sprayed. The force of the spray made the color move and of course the water made the color bleed.  I was delighted with the results because each one looks like another flower. I let it completely dry – it may curl a bit but if you use adhesive on all four edges the cardstock will lay flat.

To make the central flowers I used Watercolor Paper. I first stamped the image (from Remarkable You) with Versa Mark then used White Embossing Powder and set it with our Heat Tool. Next I used our Aqua Painters and dropped water onto the flower. While the water was still bubbled, I sprinkled the yellow (added a touch of orange and Brilliant Red). Don’t worry about going over the edges since you will cut the flower out. Then I left them to completely dry. If you are in a hurry to use them then use your Heat Tool to dry. As they dry you will see some awesome color combinations appear. 

Once the flowers are completely dry cut them out around the outer edges of the white embossing. The flowers are “popped up” with Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed onto the background. 

Next I used the Sunshine Wishes Framelits and cut out the Congrats on Silver Foil paper. I also popped the word up.  I added some leaves from the Leaf Punch but I think I might omit the leaves on a future card and just let the flowers stand alone.

I’m so pleased with how this card turned out. The Brusho Crystals can be used like watercolors or you could make a wash for a background with them. The key is to experiment. 

Tip…be very careful with the Moss Green – it can look muddy if you use too much.

Tip…don’t take the whole lid off each container of Brusho. Instead use a tack and punch one hole in the cap. When not in use the tack can be placed into the hole so that you won’t have spills of crystals. I also found that if the hole seems to clog up just tap the container on the bottom and the flow of the sprinkle will work.

Tip…be sure to cover your work area…these colors are VERY powerful and can stain any surface if left.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Remarkable You

Ink – Versa Mark

Paper – Dapper Denim; Whisper White; Watercolor Paper; Silver Foil

Accessories – Brusho Color Crystals; Sunshine Wishes Framelits; White Embossing Powder; Leaf Punch; Heat Tool; Stampin’ Spritzer; Aqua Painters


Definitely try these Brusho Color Crystals and have some fun creating. 

Happy Stamping!     Donna