Archive | February 2016

Wedding Wishes

It’s getting close to that time of year when we celebrate a lot of weddings so I revised the Cottage Greetings Card Kit to meet my needs. It’s a great kit as is but you can also do so much more with it.

Wedding Wishes 1

I added the decorative corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch and used silver embossing powder for the sentiment.

Wedding Wishes 2

Here’s the inside sentiment again Silver Embossing and popped up on Silver Foil Paper. This is a perfect sentiment. 

Wedding Wishes 3

One of the great things about this kit is it includes the Silver Foil envelope liners. Also the base card came from the kit. I love it!


Products used:

Stamp Set – Rose Wonder

Ink – Versa Mark

Paper – Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Silver Foil, Whisper White

Accessories – Silver Embossing Powder, Curvy Corner Trio Punch


Quick and easy! You should really consider this kit and others. You can follow the directions or go off and create with the kit as your starting point. My next kit project is the Tin of Cards. It has been sitting here since the Annual Catalog came out! 

Have a wonderful week and until my next post – Happy Stamping!


There Are NO Mistakes in Stamping!

I started out making a surprise message door card then goofed and adhered to the wrong place and messed up the front panel. I started over to do it right but I was not going to waste the other card. I’ll show you both cards and you will agree There Are NO Mistakes in Stamping!

Surprise Message Door 1

This looks like any other card except the flap with the bow opens up. Then you open the card to find…

Surprise Message Door 2

Another little flap that opens up where your message is. I have always liked this technique and decided it was time to bring it back.

Now…what I did with the first card.

Wishes for a Blessed Easter 1

Where I messed up the Whisper White panel on the first card I covered with a coordinating DSP and also added a decorative piece inside the card. It was kind of plain so I added the doily, Garden Green circle and popped up the sentiment on Blushing Bride in a scallop circle. I was really liking the way it turned out.

Wishes for a Blessed Easter 3

I had to add a sentiment inside so just a plain Happy Easter worked along with the strip of DSP. All in all I am quite pleased with the card that got messed up. 🙂


Items used to make these cards:

Stamp Sets – Blessed Easter (retired), Delightful Dozen (retired)

Ink – Rose Red, Memento Black

Paper – Whisper White, Garden Green, Love Blossoms DSP, Blushing Bride

Accessories – Doily, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, White Satin Ribbon


Remember…the next time you goof DON’T throw that card away…think about how you can salvage it.

Until my next post – Happy Stamping!

What I Love – PPA 289

Today I’m using the same card for many reasons…Blog, Pals Paper Arts, Pals Gallery and my 30 Day Challenge! 

For the PPA we were to use Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Night of Navy. This is what I came up with…not sure what sentiment I’ll put inside yet. 

What I Love PPA 289 1

Clean and simple!  I used the same DSP for the envelope liner.

What I Love PPA 289 2

I am happy with the end result! You might notice I used some Crystal Effects in the centers of the flowers. My floral arranging classes told me to always arrange flowers in odd numbers but this time the two flowers work out just fine.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – What I Love (SAB)

Ink – Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz

Paper – Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Love Blossoms DSP Stack (Blushing Bride)

Accessories – Linen Thread, Crystal Effects


This was a good way to use one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets!

To check out all the awesome cards on the Pals Paper Arts go to

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!

Z Fold Flower Shop

Hello my dear stamping friends – it has been too long since I last posted because I’m so busy creating that I haven’t taken time to post. I have so many cards to share with you including a lot more Swaps.

I just love today’s card and I think I’ll be using this fold for many cards. I CASE’d the idea from the super creative Dawn Griffith. Once you master the fold…you can go crazy with decorations, sentiments and colors.

Z fold Flower Shop 1

It’s a basic 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ card when closed so it fits perfectly into a medium envelope. 

Open it up full length…

Z Fold Flower Shop 2

I wanted to do something special with the centers of the flowers so I started with Dazzling Details but they looked too flat so I added Crystal Effects. Wow…what a difference! I think Crystal Effects are my new “go to” item. Here’s a close up so you can see what I mean.

Z Fold Flower Shop 3

See the sparkle from the Dazzling Details and the gloss and shape from the Crystal Effects? It’s like putting a jewel in each center. 

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Flower Shop, Wild About Flowers, Crazy About You

Ink – Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Accessories – Pansy Punch, Dazzling Details, Crystal Effects

As I said…I LOVE this fold. I’m thinking Botanical Builder Framelits for the next one with some of the Botanical Gardens DSP.

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Until my next post…Happy Stamping!


Masculine Hexagon Birthday

My cousin’s husband is celebrating his 70th birthday so I made a card for him. I don’t make many masculine cards but I think it’s time I start building my collection of them.

Masculine Hexagon Birthday

I think he will like this card…he makes furniture and does all kinds of building things and these hexagons look like fancy bolts to me. 

We’re having awesome summer like days here in San Diego so I’m taking my photos outside is the sun. Our lemon tree makes a pretty back drop.

Items used:

Stamp Sets – Perfect Pairings; Fabulous Four

Ink – Blackberry Bliss

Paper – Basic Gray; Blackberry Bliss; Pretty Petals DSP Stack; Moonlight DSP Stack (retired)

Accessories – Hexagon Punch; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Linen Thread

This card is pretty easy and quick so give it a try! Use whatever DSP you have around. You know I use retired products from time to time because I either love them to much to part with them or (in the case of DSP) I want to use them up. I should really be called the “frugal stamper” because my mom and dad taught me to never waste anything! 🙂

Hope you enjoy this card and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it for yourself with your own twist!

Happy Stamping!

Mother’s Day Flower Patch

I have a craft fair in March so I’m busy making cards for all the occasions coming up. Here’s one for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Flower Patch

I’m really in a floral phase it seems but I just love all our flower stamps and framelits.

Items used:

Stamp Sets:  Flower Patch; Crazy About You

Ink:  Bermuda Bay; Pool Party; Pear Pizzaz; Mossy Meadow; Daffodil Delight 

Paper:  Very Vanilla; Bermuda Bay; Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder; Project Life Corner Punch; Pearl Basic Jewels; Flower Fair Thinlits; Bitty Butterfly Punch

Hope you are enjoying my short and to the point posts. If you ever need more information about a card or whatever just send me an email or give me a call. I would also appreciate comments so that I can better meet your needs or to know that you are enjoying my posts. 🙂

Happy Stamping!