Archive | January 2017

Lovely Valentine

Here’s another great design for Valentine’s Day. I was inspired by Juana Ambida.


I love that this card uses the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit from last year’s Occasions Catalog and was held over in the Annual Catalog. This is one great die set. You will also recognize that I used the Love Notes Framelits again.


Since you need to stamp the little hearts on the side AFTER you cut them…it’s a bit difficult to hit the middle of every heart (as you can see). Don’t know exactly what happened with the bottom three hearts! Maybe it was late and my vision was off. Ha,ha!

The inside…



Products Used:

Stamp Set – Sealed With Love

Ink – Real Red

Paper – Whisper White, Real Red, Sending Love DSP

Accessories – Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels


Have fun with all these great Framelits and Thinlits. They really add pizzazz to any card.

Hope you are enjoying these Valentine Cards – one more to come on Friday. Then I’ll need to create some Birthday cards for my February classes. We all need Birthday cards!

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Until Friday…Happy Stamping!

Sealed With Love

Hello Stampers! Today I have a lovely Valentine Card for you. I must admit…I have seen versions of this card all over Pinterest and on our Demo sites. I think we all had the same idea with different twists or…we all CASE’d Linda Bedinger! This card is not difficult but really packs a punch for design appeal.


Using Love Notes Framelits gives you so many creative options. This is one fantastic bundle – along with Sealed With Love Stamp Set!


Isn’t that little envelope just darling! Yup, that Framelit is in the Love Notes set. I just love this card!


Products Used:.

Stamp Set – Sealed With Love

Ink – Real Red

Paper – Real Red, Whisper White, Sending Love DSP

Accessories – Happy Heart Embossing Folder, Love Notes Framelits


This is a great card and you use only a few tools. Once you have that bundle you will go crazy with creativity! Remember…this isn’t only for Valentine cards – I can see using many of these for all different occasions.

I have a couple more Valentine Cards for you on Monday and Friday. That will give you plenty of time to make your own cards.

Until my next post…stay warm and dry.

Happy Stamping!

Valentine Candy Bags

Hi Stampers! Today I have a really cute little treat bag for you to make for Valentines Day. I give full credit to the amazing Dawn Griffith for the directions. I made my own version of the decoration but liked her little sentiment so I CASE’d it. I’ll include the link to her video.


I have made about 30 of these little goodie bags so far. This batch is for my retired teachers luncheon today. We call ourselves the Leisure Ladies. We meet 3 times a year and I always like to bring a little paper craft item (of course filled with treats).


You probably recognize that great DSP from the Occasions catalog – Sending Love DSP. With Dawn’s directions these are so easy to make.


The cardstock is Real Red as well as the ink. I used the Sweetheart punch to make the hearts and the Classic Label Punch with the sentiment from Sealed With Love Stamp Set.  I found that 7  Kisses fit nicely.

Sorry about the bubble wrap in the photo but I had already packed it up to go and realized I had forgotten to take pictures.

Here is the video I used by Dawn Griffith entitled “Sending Valentine Love Candy Bag”


I love to find new ideas and share them with you but I always give credit to my source (as long as I know who did it). Hope you enjoy this little treat bag. It is great for any gathering like – Bunko, school parties, family and friends.

Until Friday – with a Valentine cardHappy Stamping!


Never Ending Card Part 2

Hello Stampers! I promised I’d make another Never Ending card using DSP that is current. So, here goes. This time I used Moroccan DSP which I believe turned out pretty cool. I haven’t put any sentiments on yet.


I really like this paper for this card…it’s so unique.




And back to the beginning.


I also discovered that if you start from the back of the card you will get different views.

For those of you who might not want so much DSP because you’d like to stamp more or add lots of sentiments, check this out.





And back to the beginning.


On the second version I used black for the first two pieces and then Soft Sky for the second layer pieces. This leaves a lot of freedom to decorate any way you choose. I might try some DSP and some solid pieces too.

Here are the measurements and number of pieces of each measurement for the second version:

Number of Pieces    Measurement

             8                     2 3/4″ square

             4                     2 3/4″ x 1 1/4″

            16                    1 1/4″ square

If you missed the measurements and instructions for the Never Ending Card just go back one post. If you are better with written instructions…just email me and I’ll send you a copy of the instructions I wrote out.

I’ll get back to Valentine cards in my Monday Blog post. I  have three lined up for you that we made in my January classes.

Until Monday, Happy Stamping!


Never Ending Birthday Card

Hello Stampers! I promised you another folding card and this one is definitely a winner. I found the fold idea and instructions on YouTube by Robin Messenheimer. The fold is not that difficult but putting all the DSP on and in the correct places is a bit tricky.


This is the front  – doesn’t look difficult, right!  And by the way, I’m sure you’ve already noticed that this is the Botanical Gardens DSP from last year’s Occasions Catalog. I did warn you that my goal was to go through my old DSP this year! I have A LOT! The important thing to remember is that you can use any DSP. I’ll try to make one with current DSP for you next time! 🙂


Now you open those little doors and this is what you see!


Now pull the two middle flaps – top one up and bottom one down.


Next – open each side flap.


Open each flap up…


Do you see what’s happening? You will be back to the front of the card again!


This is the coolest card I’ve ever seen. I sent this one to a friend who just celebrated her birthday on Friday and she called me up Saturday to tell me she was playing with her card. She just couldn’t get over how you could do it over and over again. She happens to be a Design Consultant for a remodeling company and my husband named this card “the remodeling card” because if you don’t like one of the looks you can “remodel” it!

Rather than me trying to explain how to make it, here’s the link to the You Tube video by Robin Messenheimer:

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this card and will try to make one yourself. I’m going to sit down now and put another one together to show you on Friday.

Until then…Happy Stamping!

Fancy Fold – Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampers! I found a different fold and decided to give it a try. I love it! I CASE’d this idea from Susan Levasseur. I think I’ll be making more of these but with some alterations.


This is what you see as it comes out of the envelope (by the way it fits in a regular medium envelope). This card is a little too heavy so I might just use a black (or color) rather than the white for the card.


This is as you open it. The front piece is decorated on both sides.


This shows the back of the front and the first page. I lightly sponged  Smokey Slate around each white piece to tone down the bright white a bit. I used Dragonfly Dreams throughout along with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and Butterfly Basics.


Opened all the way. I love this card. I can see it done with any of our flower sets too. I think the ferns from Butterfly Basics are my favorite for filling space.


Wouldn’t this look lovely on the recipients desk or on a table for display? I won’t part with this one until I make some more. 🙂 This fold is definitely a keeper for me.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Dragonfly Dreams, First Sight, Butterfly Basics, Endless Birthday Wishes

Ink – Smokey Slate, Old Olive, Perfect Plum

Paper – Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Black

Accessories – Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits


If you are interested in trying this card out here’s the video:

As you can see, mine is similar but not exactly the same. For one thing…I didn’t have 12 x 12 black paper so I had to use the white as my card base. I have the 12 x 12 black paper now!

Hope you enjoyed this card and will give it a try. I love sharing with you and I hope you find these posts useful.

Until Monday…with another unique fold…Happy Stamping!

Love Note

Hello Stampers! Here’s a nice easy Valentine card for you. I’ve been making so many Real Red and White cards I decided to try the Soft Sky like they did in the Occasions Catalog.


There are several parts but with the Sealed With Love Stamp Set and Love Notes Framelits you are good to go! I did use some retired Real Red ribbon and DSP from last year for the envelope. Sorry but that is one of my goals for this year…to use up all my old DSP and ribbon! Hmmm, we’ll see about that!


I stamped Soft Sky ink on the Soft Sky paper for my background.


Used both the Sealed With Love SS and Love Notes Framelits for these two hearts. Love that silver foil heart with the black arrow woven through it.  The white heart actually can open up but I chose to keep it flat on this card. You’ll see another where I used it open in a future post.


Isn’t this tiny envelope adorable! There is one die to make the envelope, another for the inside note and a third to decorate the flap. All dies found in Love Notes Framelits. Gee…do you think I like this Bundle or what!


Here’s the inside…a simple but elegant font wishing a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Lots of photos for this one because I wanted to point out all the different parts of this card.


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Sealed With Love

Ink – Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky

Paper – Whisper White, Soft Sky, Black, Silver Foil, Sending Love DSP

Accessories – Love Notes Framelits, Real Red Ribbon


Hope you enjoyed this card. I certainly had a good time creating it (even though my work area was a disaster afterwards).

I have a very cool Fancy Fold card using Dragonfly Dreams SS and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits for you on Friday. Until Friday…Happy Stamping!


Swan Lake Watercolor

Hello Stampers! Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to view the NEW Occasions Catalog and see what great items you can get for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. We had a little hiccup on Wednesday when the whole computer system at Stampin’ Up! went down. Fortunately it was up and running shortly. If you haven’t taken a look yet…just go to my side bar and click on the cover page images of each one.

Now, for today…I continue to experiment with my new Watercolor Pencils.


Do you like the beautiful sprig of flowers on the envelope? That stamp is also in this set “Swan Lake”. That would look so lovely in watercolor.


I have to tell you about a funny thing that I did with this card. You may notice that the sentiment  on the front is on a raised piece of watercolor paper. Well, I switched the two sentiments and had originally had “may happiness follow.” on the front! The best thing about making your own cards…you can always make a correction. I showed my husband and he didn’t have a clue that I had made a mistake. He thought those extra pieces were part of the design. Most likely the recipient of this card won’t notice either! 🙂


Just another view with our lemons in the background. The tree is so abundant with lemons we had to tie the tree because the lemons were making it lean.

Here’s a close up of the front detail.


My upline, Peggy Noe, gave me a great suggestion for the watercolor…make the outlines in heat embossed black to prevent any bleeding of the black.

I actually used the white watercolor pencil on the mother swan and I like the way it turned out.

I’m having so much fun with these watercolor pencils! I can’t wait for you to try them out yourself.


Products Used: 

Stamp Set – Swan Lake

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Pacific Point

Paper – Whisper White, Pacific Point, Watercolor Paper

Accessories – Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painters


Hope you enjoyed my card for today. I enjoyed making it.

Until Monday…Happy Stamping!

Sympathy in Watercolor Pencils

Happy New Year dear stampers!

Today I’m going to show you a sneak peek at a couple of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items and the new Watercolor Pencils. I’m sharing my first attempt at using these awesome pencils. They make water coloring so easy. I want you to see this first card and then on Friday I’ll share my second which I think is much better. It gets much easier and better with practice.


The flowers were done with the Avant-Garden set you can earn as a Free item with Sale-A-Bration.  The envelope and inside were done using another SAB item, Delicate Details.


I had no problems with the shading of the flowers but I do need to work on my background technique.


It is possible to get great depth and shading with the Watercolor Pencils.


There are four borders in the Delicate Details set and they are all lovely. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set.

I’m so excited about these pencils. There are several You Tube tutorials on using watercolor pencils but nothing beats trying it yourself and practicing.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Avant-Garden (SAB), Delicate Details (SAB), Rose Wonder

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Paper

Accessories – Watercolor Pencils (Occasions), Melon Mambo Ribbon, Aqua Painters


You may have noticed that you can see the covers of the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure but you can’t see the contents…that is because they don’t go “live” until January 4th. On Wednesday you will be able to visit and see both cover to cover. 🙂 But…you will no longer be able to see the Holiday Catalog. 😦

I’m very excited for you to see the new items. I found so many that I MUST have and already pre-ordered (only for demonstrators).

Until Friday when you will see my Swan Lake Watercolor take care and Happy Stamping!