Archive | March 2017

Circle of Spring Greetings

Hello my fellow stampers! Hope you all had a good week. Today I have a visit back to the Wonderful Wreath Thinlits and the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. **Note – sorry for the yellowish tint on my photos. I took these outside but in the shade of the house and I’m afraid the beige stucco of the house cast this tint on my photos.

The Flirty Flamingo cardstock is so nice and springy along with the little Pink Pirouette and Tempting Turquoise flowers. The Daffodil Delight centers add another touch of spring. I used Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Old Olive ribbon – they blend together well.

The background was done using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

After making a couple more of these, I decided to sponge the wreath with a little Wild Wasabi. I like the white on white but decided the wreath needed to stand out a bit more.

I haven’t finished a card with this sponged wreath yet but I think it will stand out better. Where you see the blank flowers is where the cut out Tempting Turquoise flowers will be “popped up”. I purposely had darker spots rather than all the same color green. Any comments?


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Circle of Spring, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi)

Paper – Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories – Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Wonderful Wreath Thinlits, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon (R)


Now that I look at the white wreath on white…I’m not sure about the sponging. ūüôā I need to complete a card with the green sponging and then I’ll make a final decision before I complete the rest of the cards. I had quite a few left over from my March classes so I’m finishing them with various greetings – Mother’s Day, Birthday, etc. for my upcoming Craft Fair. This is proof that the more we look at a card the more ideas we can come up with.

Take care, stay healthy and have a great weekend! Until Monday…Happy Stamping!¬†¬† Donna


Bermuda Bay Medallion

Hello Stampers! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I think my very favorite item from Sale-A-Bration is the Make a Medallion Stamp Set. I just love the versatility of it. Here’s one of the six cards we made in my March classes.

I only used the Make a Medallion Stamp Set for the entire card. I found some beautiful Glitter Ribbon (R) that fits perfectly. I need to make a lot more variations using this set. There are tons on Pinterest.

The “popped up” scalloped circle makes a great background along with the “popped up” greeting.

Go through all your cardstock and make up new combinations. The different designs and colors are almost endless. If you don’t already have this stamp set…you still have time to get it for FREE (March 31). Check my newsletter for details…if you aren’t on my newsletter email list then you need to send me a request via my email. Every Tuesday I send out all the latest and greatest about Stampin’ Up! in my newsletter.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set – Make a Medallion

Ink – Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Paper – Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Accessories – Glimmer Ribbon (R), Layering Circles Framelits


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Hope you enjoyed seeing this delightful card. It would be really exciting if you try one on you own and send a photo via my email so that I can share it on my blog and feature you as a guest stamper!

Have a great week and I’ll have another card for you on Friday. Until then…Happy Stamping!¬†¬† Donna


Easter Message

Happy Friday, stampers! End of another week that went by all too fast. I did get in a lot of card making this week. I’m busy working on my swaps for the Pals swap at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage here in San Diego on April 8th.¬†Three of us San Diego Pals¬†are hosting a Make & Take with fellow Pals on Friday so I’m also prepping kits for that event. Busy, busy!

Hope you had a great week and did find time to stamp, scrap¬†or make cards. Today I’m using the new set Easter Message for a religious Easter Card. This set is just lovely.

I only used the one stamp set to make this card. It’s a keeper for sure.

This photo gives you a better look at the embossing on the Soft Sky cardstock.

Simple message inside…also from Easter Message Stamp Set along with the palm frons. The blooming of our flowers helps make this a spring card.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set – Easter Message

Ink – Early Espresso, Pear Pizzaz

Paper – Whisper White, Soft Sky, Early Espresso

Accessories – Stampin’ Write Markers, Layered Oval Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sparkle Embossing Folder


I wish each of you a wonderful weekend and hope you find some time to stamp and make cards. Keep in mind I’d love to share your creations on my blog so send¬†photos via my email and I’ll showcase your work and you as my guest stamper.

For those of you just tuning in…if you would like more information about promotions and what’s going on with Stampin’ Up! please send me and email so that I can add you to my Crafty Cardmaker Weely Newsletter list. That is where I will present ALL the great new items and exciting Stampin’ Up! news. I prefer to keep my blog as my means to present my paper craft creations. ūüôā

Until Monday when I’ll have a great Medallion card for you…Happy Stamping!¬†¬† Donna

Timeless Tags – Easter

Happy Monday, Stampers!¬† Hope you had a fantastic weekend. We did! Our Marine son in law came home yesterday after being in Okinawa for a whole year! He and our daughter surprised their three children (they thought he’d be home on Tuesday). My husband and I had the children while our daughter went to a “meeting” and then we met her (and daddy) at a Mexican restaurant (his favorite). The oldest, started crying the minute she saw him (eight years old), the middle son (six years old)¬†just stared at him and the three year old kept yelling “daddy, daddy, daddy”.¬† It was the best! We all had a wonderful dinner and we are all so happy he is home. The poor guy had been up for two days and with the time change he was dead on his feet. He will need a week to adjust!

We’re so happy he will be here for Easter. So, today I have a VERY quick and easy Easter card for you.

The Wisteria Wonder card is embossed with Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. The glimmer is from the Sale-A-Bration FREE Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer pack and Silver Glimmer Washi tape (retired).

The oval is cut from the Timeless Tags Thinlits.¬† I think I’ll get a lot of use out of that set!¬† The tiny message is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (another great set).

The inside says it all…

The sentiment is from a retired set Blessed Easter and the lilies are from Easter Message (in the Occasions Catalog). A touch of quick color and the flowers pop.

As you can see, Spring flowers are blooming here in San Diego. ¬†It’s wonderful!¬† Makes me want to stamp lots of flower cards!


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Easter Message, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Blessed Easter (R)

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer

Accessories РSilver Glimmer Washi Tape (R), Timeless Tags Thinlits, Project Life Corner Rounder, Elegant Dots Embossing Folder


This card is basic but think about adding a doily and maybe pop up a little banner with the Happy Easter, etc. You can be creative and make this card your own.

This is another one of the six cards I designed for my March classes. Participants had the choice of making one of each design or up to two of any designs for a total of six cards. I tried something a bit different. Attendees really liked it. I’ll think about this some more…it was a ton of work. ūüôā

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll be back on Friday with another Easter card.

Until Friday…Happy Stamping!



Flourishing Half Fold Card

Hello Stampers! Here we are at Friday already. Today I have a Half Fold card for you. It’s quite easy but makes such a cute card.

It looks like a normal card except for that horizontal “line” in the middle of the card.

You only open half of the card. It can stand up for the recipient to display.

I took an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and cut it at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″. Turned it sideways, starting from the top of the fold cut down 2 1/8″. I then cut across the 5 1/2″ side to remove the top portion. I then added some DSP to each visible piece. I used Layering Squares Framelits to make the Rich Razzleberry square with the flower from Flourishing Phrases¬†stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White then cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The large pearl adds a little pizzaz.

Then I decided to try some retired DSP…

Same idea but a different center piece and moved to the right a bit.

A very soft subtle card…might be good for a sympathy card. There is enough room on the front where I can put a banner or label.¬† Three Metallic Enamel Shapes add a bit of bling.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used (for main card not the blue one):

Stamp Set – Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Blooms and Bliss DSP

Accessories – Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Metallic Enamel Shapes


Try this card out. It’s quite simple but is a bit unusual. These are great cards to make in mass.

Have a great weekend! I’ll be back on Monday with another Easter Card.

Happy Stamping!



Balloon Greetings

Hello Stampers! Oh my goodness is it Monday already! Where does the time go? Today I have a lovely balloon card. It is so elegant it can be used for many occasions. I sent one like this but in silver to my male cousin for his big 65th birthday. Hope he likes it! Of course it said Happy Birthday and not Retirement.

We’re making this card in my stamp classes this month. The theme is Easter but not everyone needs 6 Easter cards so I designed some cards that can be used for any occasion. One of the participants asked for Retirement cards so I did this one for her.¬† Any sentiment can be used with this design.

I really like this sentiment…it is so appropriate for birthdays or retirement. After retiring I found that I had a whole new life and I look forward to each day and year.

I don’t think you can beat black and white with a touch of glitz. It’s classic!


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Wild About Flowers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil

Accessories – Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (R), Project Life Journaling Pen, Gold Ribbon (R), Balloon Bouquet Punch


As I mentioned at the beginning of the new year – I’m trying to use many of my retired products but there are some (like the Perfect¬†Polka Dot EF) that I can’t live without.¬† To me, that is one of the best embossing folders ever.

I hope you’ll give this design a try…it’s not difficult and there are no crazy directions to follow! As always…when you create a new card please send me a good photo via email so that you can be my guest stamper.

I also want to remind everyone that my blog is strictly for posting my creations. If you want the latest news about Stampin’ Up! and details for promotions then please send me your email address so that I can add you to my Crafty Cardmaker Weekly Newsletter list.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy.  Until my next post on Friday, Happy Stamping!


Timeless Tags – Part 2

Hello my fellow stampers! Hope this post finds you all in good health!

I promised you I’d work on my design using Timeless Tags Thinlits. Well…here it is.

I used the same design (sort of ) but added embossing on the background Pink Pirouette, then a strip of white glitter Washi Tape (from the Holiday Catalog) and made a Melon Mambo flower this time.

You can see the embossing better on this one.

This one is a birthday card for my very close cousin who has a birthday coming up in April. The flowers also have Wink of Stella on them. I love this new Birthday greeting, Stylized Birthday.

This photo shows the Wink of Stella on the cover flower. In person it really looks good. You can’t really tell but the flower is popped up with dimensionals.

This shot shows the center flower popped a bit.¬† I am really happy with the way this card turned out.¬† I think I’ll be using this thinlit set quite a bit.

So you see that every time you make a card with the same design you can add and keep getting different and often times better cards. Don’t think because you’ve used a stamp or die one way that is the only way to use it…keep experimenting and be creative!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with another card so until then…Happy Stamping!¬†

Easter Daisy

Hello Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend. Did you do any stamping? When you create your cards you should send a good photo via email to me and I’ll post them on my blog with you as my guest stamper. A couple stampers have done this, so give it a try. We all like to see other stampers¬†cards. We each have our own style so it’s nice when you get to see a variety of styles.

I have discovered that I love the Timeless Tags Thinlits! They are really so versatile. Here’s an Easter card I played around with.

I often like to show you my first attempt at a card and then tell you how I might change it. Creativity is a process! I LOVE the thinlit! To make this flower come alive I had to die cut each color and then carefully glue each little piece in it’s proper place. This is too time consuming to do in a class but well worth the effort.

Here’s the inside of the card. I used Delicate Details (FREE SAB item) and the retired Easter Blessings for the Occasions 2013 catalog. I will never part with this stamp! It is the perfect size, font and sentiment!

So, this is what I think I would change. First I’d emboss the whole front of the card – with either Sparkle or Lovely Lace Embossing Folders. I think the banner down the middle overpowers the card so I think I’d do a stitched shape…maybe even a square. That bow has to go…a different ribbon or even Baker’s Twine. I’ll try to do another today in a different color combo and have it ready for my Friday post.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Easter Blessings (R), Delicate Details (SAB)

Ink – Elegant Eggplant

Paper – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Accessories – Timeless Tags Thinlits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies (R), Ribbon (R


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Have a wonderful week and Happy Stamping!

Joseph’s Coat of Colors, Part 2

Hello Stampers! Today I’d like to share another version of Joseph’s Coat of Colors cards. I had so many kits made up from my first one so¬†I used the same color scheme but changed the stamp I used.


I used Grateful Bunch on this set of cards.





For those of you who have no idea about what this technique is…scroll back to the post on 12/23/16. I explained the whole process there.

I haven’t put any sentiments on this batch yet…I’m thinking I’ll wait until I need a special card and then add a little message on the front and then a sentiment inside. I did adhere a whisper white piece of cardstock inside already so I just need to stamp!

I’m thinking about Easter cards now and just found out I’ll be doing our church craft fair again now that the Yarn Ministry (which I belong to) has taken over that task. ūüôā¬† So, you’ll be seeing Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Wedding, Anniversary, Baby, Baptism and Graduation Cards coming up.

Today is a gorgeous day here in San Diego and I hope that wherever you are you will have a wonderful weekend.

Until Monday…Happy Stamping!