Stepped Up Card

Hello Stampers. Today I have a card that I showed you a while back but I’ve stepped it up a bit. I sometimes mention how you can enhance my cards so I thought I’d practice what I preach. 🙂

This is the original card.

Nice but kind of blah. 

Now here’s the same card after I stepped it up.

I added our new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, and the Scallop Trim Border Punch (R) with some Marina Mist Striped Organdy Ribbon (R). I also changed the Get Well sentiment from Crumb Cake to Marina Mist and added the stamp to the envelope. 

I’m very pleased with the end result.

There are many times when I create a card and I like it simple but then after I look at it for a while I’m not really satisfied. I remake many of them to “step” them up after my classes. I also get many ideas from my class participants. They have wonderful ideas! The more ideas the better the card!

Speaking of classes…I invite anyone in the San Diego area to attend. I welcome fellow demos and anyone interested in having some fun and making six great cards. My schedule of classes for the remainder of the year can be found here on my blog. For more details, please contact me.

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Take care and try to keep cool. Happy Stamping!    Donna


Get Well Thoughts Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a Get Well Card for you. I send a lot of these during cold and flu season. They are great to have on hand because you never know when someone needs a cheery note to feel better.

I was inspired by Connie Stewart to make this card. It’s amazing how a little stamped texture and strips of a different color can spark up an otherwise flat looking card. For the background texture I used color on color (Marina Mist Ink on Marina Mist Cardstock).


The card base is Marina Mist with a bit of So Saffron and Very Vanilla for the sentiment. The front panel is actually folded over and the So Saffron is tucked under the folded flap. Then another piece of So Saffron is added along the edge. 

Card Measurements:

Marina Mist – Base, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 1″ and 4 1/4″; scraps to punch out the flowers

So Saffron – 2″ x 5 1/2″ cut into two 1″ pieces

Very Vanilla – 2 1/2″ x 4″

Maybe you are wondering where I got the yellow rhinestones…I colored the clear rhinestones with a yellow Sharpie. I have a set of Sharpie colors to change up my rhinestones.

Those adorable little flowers are made from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. It is retired but if you’ve been using Stampin’ Up! products for a few years there’s a good chance you have this punch. If not, and you’d like the set…call or email me and I’ll see if I can still get you the set. Those Itty Bitty sets are so handy and I’ll never get rid of mine.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Touches of Texture, Thoughts and Prayers

Ink – Crumb Cake, Marina Mist

Paper – Marina Mist, So Saffron, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker, Yellow Sharpie, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (R)



This card should cheer up someone who isn’t feeling well, don’t you think?

Stay healthy and Happy Stamping!



Bunch of Blossoms Get Well

Hi fellow stampers! Today I have another Get Well card. I CASE’d this design from my upline, Mary Fish. I loved it the minute I saw it and knew I had to make it.

Bunch of Blossoms Get Well 1

I like the layering and I did change the sentiment. That is what’s so great about CASEing cards.  You may get the sketch from one, color combo from another and add your own sentiment. As you can see…I used the Candy Dots again. Not only am I using them up but I LOVE them. I’ll be using the White Perfect Accents when I’ve used all my Candy Dots.

Bunch of Blossoms Get Well 2

Here’s my inside sentiment. It’s always nice to add some color to the inside when you are using a sentiment.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Bunch of Blossoms, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi

Accessories – Blossom Builder Punch, Old Olive Bakers Twine, Soft Sky Candy Dots (R)

I’ve been re-organizing my craft room AGAIN! Miraculously I have combined almost everything into one bookcase – thanks to Jennifer McGuire and her fantastic organization videos. As soon as I’m done, I’ll post photos. Until then…and my next post…Happy Stamping! 

Grateful Bunch Flip Card

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a card that I just LOVE! I CASE’d this from a fellow demonstrator, Dawn Griffith. This is just the neatest card. I know I’ll use this format and sketch for various occasions.

Grateful Bunch Flip Card 1

Here’s the front – and I bet you’re asking yourself – what’s so different about this? Well, just flip the center piece up and see…

Grateful Bunch Flip Card 2

Isn’t that unique! I love it! Isn’t that lace trim on the sides just beautiful. Everything came from a fantastic stamp set called Grateful Bunch. The little sentiment came from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Be sure to leave some room on the inside card to hand write a message.

Grateful Bunch Flip Card 3

Just a close up of the inside. What a fun card to make and send.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Grateful Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White

Accessories – Blossom Bunch Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Let me know if you like this unusual card. Next time I’ll have one more Get Well card for you using the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set.

Until then…Happy Stamping!

Get Well Soup

Hi my stamping friends!

You know how we hate to make Get Well and Sympathy cards but they are necessary…so…here’s a very cute and homey type Get Well card.

Get Well Soup 1

I think this stamp, Get Well Soup, is just so cute. I didn’t like the plain bowl so I stamped and cut out that portion from a piece of DSP. Then punched out the heart in black, added the soup (Crushed Curry) and the rim of the bowl (Calypso Coral) and there you have it!

I really like the Calypso Coral with the Black and Very Vanilla.  You know how crazy I am about the Curvy Corner Trio Punch…had to use it! (Don’t know why they retired it but maybe if we all beg…they will bring it back!)

There is a nice Get Well sentiment inside from Thoughts & Prayers SS.

Get Well Soup 2

As you can see, I carried the punched corners to the inside.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Get Well Soup, Thoughts & Prayers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry

Paper – Calypso Coral, Black, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals DSP (R)

Accessories – Itty Bitty Accents Punch (R), Curvy Corner Trio Punch (R)

This is a quick and easy card so give it a try. Be sure to check out the next post…a REALLY cool card!

Happy Stamping!

Flower Shop Returns

Ch day 21

Here’s a card I re-did for the 30 day Create Challenge. I love this technique and of course the stamp set Flower Shop with the Pansy Punch. As you can see there is a bit of fussy cutting but it is so worth it for the end result. Sorry…I just can’t give up my retired Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Pillow Top Technique

Pillow Top 1

Got this idea from Sheri Pearson. Visit her site here

I loved the concept and it is so unique. It’s not very difficult either! I used the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and my Stampin’ Write Markers for the flower. Rather than using Rhinestone Basic Jewels I used Dazzling Details at each intersection.

Pillow Top 2

Since we were making Get Well cards in class I added this to the inside of the card. I LOVE those ferns from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set!

Well, I managed to place a good sized order yesterday taking advantage of the ability to order from all three catalogs. Now I need to be patient until the UPS man visits me. So, keep checking to see what new stamp sets I ordered because I will be using them in new cards.

Happy Stamping!