Archive | July 2016

Cherry on Top Birthday

I loved the Cherry on Top paper stack so much I bought two of them. Needless to say…I have a lot of little pieces. I have seen many cards putting bits and pieces of DSP together to make a delightful arrangement. So, I tried my hand. Unfortunately there are no set measurements since you just grab little pieces of paper.

Birthday Scraps 1

I cut a second piece of Bermuda Bay to assemble all the pieces and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop” that piece up. Can you see why I love this paper!

A friend and downline gave me this darling cut out from a die she has so I used it inside as the sentiment.

Birthday Scraps 2


I’m not satisfied with the front as it is…I feel I need to add something. Suggestions are welcome! Help me spruce this card up a bit – send me your ideas.

Happy Stamping!

Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #5

At last…the final “scrap” card. 🙂

Thank You 5

I’m finding it difficult to let go of the Bird Builder Punch. It is just so handy. The “thanks” came from Cottage Greetings.

Here’s all five cards together.

Thank You 6

I use so many Thank You cards and I’m always running out. I made duplicates of some of these cards so hopefully I’ll have enough for another month.

I know I promised I’d get back to the current paper and products but…I have one more in my next post. I used all scraps from the DSP stack Cherry on Top. Until my next post…

Happy Stamping!

Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #4

Second to last one!

Thank You 4

Using tags is fun on cards. You may recognize that these tags are made with the newly retired “In Colors”. I had some paper and ribbon left over so I figured I’d use it. The sentiment came from Tin of Cards SS.  I popped up each tag with dimensionals. I’m thinking maybe a doily behind the tag or another piece of solid cardstock on a diagonal behind it. What do you think?

Since the cards were already finished I couldn’t add paper behind so I just put one rhinestone on. Perked it up a bit. I think I’m on a rhinestone kick. 🙂

Thank You #4

One more quick and easy thank you coming up.

Until then…Happy Stamping!

Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #3

Another quick and easy card using scraps of paper. Think about how you would add to it to make it super. Maybe pearls or rhinestones in the center of each red flower? Perhaps some ribbon?

Thank You 3

Well, I opted for some rhinestones. You know you can color your rhinestones and pearls with Sharpies.

Thank You 3a

I should just call this card the “Retired” product card! I used our retired Top Note die,  Another Thank You SS, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the DSP. As you can see…I’m not letting anything go to waste! Don’t worry…when I finish this series I’ll get back to showing off new products.

Happy Stamping!


Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #2

Today I am sharing #2 in my series of Thank You cards using scraps. Keep in mind these are quick and easy cards. They all can be embellished to become fabulous. I’m giving you a starting point.

Thank You 2b

This card is so easy. I’m thinking about adding some bling or little flowers. What would you do to “jazz” this up a bit?

Thank You 2a

Added just a couple things – ribbon and rhinestones – what a difference!

Thank You 2c

Not so plain. It’s amazing what a little touch of embellishment can do.

I used the retired “Another Thank You” stamp set for the large Thank You. This is such a handy set for different fonts and sizes of thank you. I carried the same DSP on the inside with a simple message of thanks.

I would LOVE if you would share some of your creations with me. I’ll post them and feature you as my Guest Stamper.

Happy Stamping!


Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #1

As I have stated…it’s time to clean house and make room for all the new items in this 2016-2017 Annual Catalog! I have a series of five Thank You cards using retired DSP and scraps of DSP. Why is it so difficult for us crafters to throw anything away! 🙂

Thank You 1

Here’s some paper that I can’t even remember the name or when it was “in”.  I used our wonderful Pansy Punch and worked the paper with my bone folder so that I could split it into two pieces and then adhere them off center. This technique gives such a nice look to the flower. The center is made with the Petite Petals Punch. I also used one of my favorite punches (thank goodness it didn’t get retired!) Decorative Label Punch.

This card is not fancy or was it time consuming to make but it makes a great little “thank you” for inside a customers order.

I did get more creative as I went along. 🙂 You will see in the remaining four posts.

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Happy Stamping!

Z Fold for You

Well, now that we are fully into the new catalog and I have so many new items…it’s time to clean house! I’m trying to use old DSP and get rid of scraps of papers, etc. that I have saved. In today’s post I used some recently retired DSP but in future posts you may see some really retired papers and colors. I’m also selling a bunch of stamp sets and some other items at half price. Must make way for new items and ideas. Now don’t get me wrong…I have kept a LOT of retired stamp sets and punches because I just can’t part with them. 🙂

I have always liked the Z fold cards and this one is just a basic one.

For You Z Fold 1

I’m also using DSP to make matching envelope liners.

For You Z Fold  2

There are many things you can do with the Z Fold…

For You Z Fold 4

Here’s a nice view of another favorite…the gold foil butterfly.

For You Z Fold 3

What I used to create this card:

Stamp Set – Birthday Blooms

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Mint Macaron, Cajon Craze, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP (R)

Accessories – Bold Butterfly Framelit, Layering Circles Framelits, Gold Cord, Gold Foil Sheet, Envelope Liner Framelit (R)


I realize you can’t see the little flap on the inside but it was done in a coordinating paper. I know the Envelope Liner Framelit is retired but I will probably never stop using it. I love the look it gives on the envelopes. I have some really old paper that I have been cutting into 6×6 pieces so that I can make envelope liners from them.

Once I get through some of my scraps I really need to concentrate on Christmas cards. Since I have three of the past sets that were carried over I’ll have something to work with. Then when the Holiday Catalog comes out in September I’ll have some new ones to choose from. This will be a sad Christmas card making time since I have made cards for many years with my friend who recently moved to North Carolina. Even my husband commented on it. I can’t count how many years we made special time to get together and make our cards. We’ll probably still talk about designs though.

Stay tuned for ways to use up scraps on new cards.

Happy Stamping!


Penned & Painted Sympathy

Hi fellow stampers…here is the last of the three designs for Sympathy we made in my June class. I really like this one because it is so bright and cheery. I know when my dad passed my mom and I really appreciated cheerful cards and letters since we were celebrating his life.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 1

I love this set…but, I’m a great fan of multiple stamping.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 2

I actually had to use a retired embossing folder for the oval and then we did some fussy cutting. So often a retired product is just perfect for a card.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 3

Sorry if the photos are a bit blurred…I’m still perfecting my use of my smart phone for photos. I really want to go back to my Canon camera but I will keep trying to get better photos with my phone.

Here’s the inside sentiment from Better Together with a border from Floral Phrases.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 4

To make this cheery card I used:

Stamp Sets – Penned & Painted, Better Together, Floral Phrases

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive

Paper – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories – Textured Impressions Designer Frames (R)


Happy Stamping!

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy

As seems to be my usual these days I’m a little late with my post. OK, a lot late. Here is the second card we made in class – theme was Sympathy.

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 1

Simple but oh so lovely. Not much to explain…it’s basically what you see. 🙂

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 3

Sentiment inside…

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 4


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Sweet Sugarplum

Paper – Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

Accessories – Pearl Basic Jewels, Flourish Thinlits, Project Life Corner Punch, Curvy Corner Trio Punch


This is a fantastic bundle (page 49 in the new catalog) and well worth the purchase. We’ll be using this set again for this month’s class with a Get Well wish. Take another look…it really covers so much. And don’t forget starting today until the end of the month you get a $5 coupon for every $50 you purchase. The coupons can be redeemed in August. For more details check my newsletter and if you haven’t received my newsletter contact me so that I can add you to my list. I’ll send out this week’s newsletter as soon as you contact me.

Happy Stamping!




Sculptured Flowers

I was invited to join a stamp club with some VERY experienced and excellent card makers. They use products from every company and create masterpieces. (I think I’m way out of my league.) One of the gals taught us this awesome technique and of course I had to adapt it to Stampin’ Up! flowers since she used another source. This is what I came up with…


Blue Sculpted Flower 3

It’s tricky to see how the flowers are formed in a photo but each flower and leaf is molded so that it does not lay flat.

Blue Sculpted Flower 2


This was another version but I used the leaf from Birthday Blossoms and it looks more like a rose leaf. Also used pearls for the centers.

Sculptured Flowers 1


This is really a close up so you can see the crinkle that gives the flower depth.

Blue Sculpted Flower 4


I stamped all the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored each with Stampin’ Write Markers and sculptured each.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Birthday Blossoms, Botanical Blooms, Falling Flowers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin’ Write Markers, Pearl Basic Jewels


I am now going through the new catalog AGAIN looking for great flowers that will work with this technique. So, keep watching for more sculptured flowers!

Have a wonderful 4th of July and…

Happy Stamping!