Free As A Bird Get Well

Hello Stampers. This is the last Get Well Card for a while…next I’ll have 3 sympathy cards for you. 

I really like this stamp set “Free As A Bird”.  It comes as a Bundle with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. Both are so useful!



This card is so easy and so delicate. I love the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder…it just adds the touch of texture and feel of the tree. 

When I cut the first Stitched Nested Label out of the Seaside Spray cardstock I saved it to use on the inside for my sentiment. No wasted paper! 🙂



I love my Stampin’ Blend Pens for the coloring. You get a great watercolor look quickly. 


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Free As A Bird

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Blueberry Bushel, Seaside Spray, Whisper White

Accessories – Stitched Nested Labels, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Blender Pens


Try this card out. I have given you a basic card – add some ribbon, twine and embellishments and you will have an awesome card. Don’t reject any card because it is too plain…you can always “jazz” it up!

I’ll have another new stamp set and my first sympathy card in the next post. 

Until next time…Happy Stamping! 

Donna 🙂

Double Fun Fold Get Well

Hello Stampers.

Another Get Well card for you. I really like the way this card turned out. 

My oval just has flowers but all the gals in my classes got birds from the Bird Ballad DSP. I cut them out after tracing to be sure I got as many as possible. I love this pack of DSP.


The front flap opens to reveal this sentiment.


Open the second flap to start to see the second sentiment.


And there it is fully opened. 


I love this fold. It can be used with so many different occasions, colors and themes.


Stampin’ Up! Products used:

Stamp Set – Healing Hugs Stamp Set

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Garden Green, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White

Accessories – Layering Oval Dies, Garden Lane DSP, Bird Ballad DSP


One more look at his lovely card.


I hope you enjoyed today’s card. We enjoyed making it. One more Get Well card in my next post. See you then but until…Happy Stamping!


Get Well Tissue

Hello Stampers!

Since we are into the allergy season as well as summer colds I thought this would be a cute card to have on hand to send to a friend or relative.


Isn’t this the cutest thing you’ve seen? I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the little pocket – 5 x 5 card starting at 2 3/8. I cut off the top flap. That’s a real tissue too. 




I really love this card. This is also a good masculine card too. After all…they get sick too! 🙂


I must confess…when I prepped all these photos I had not had my eyes checked. Well…it turned out I needed stronger lenses. I can NOW see that these are a bit out of focus. I have 5 more cards photographed and I don’t plan on re-doing all those photos. So…hopefully in the near future you will see clearer photos! Fingers crossed! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Perfectly Penned

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Crumb Cake, DSP, Whisper White

Accessories – Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Envelope Punch Board


Take care and don’t get sick! Seriously…I hope you are enjoying your summer and still making time to make cards.     

Happy Stamping!    Donna



Twist Gate Fold – Get Well

Hello Stampers,

With the summer vacation and extreme heat we are experiencing it’s been difficult to sit down and prep my posts. But, today here’s a card that is very unique. Warning…it looks smaller than the normal size card but the way it’s made makes it just fit into an envelope. 


You can see that the diagonal is just long enough to fit into an envelope. This card is great for using up all that leftover DSP you have sitting around. Just find two complimentary designs and you are all set.


Here it is opening up to find a lovely greeting inside. 

I got the idea for this fold from Julie Davison.   

It looks complicated but it isn’t really. I used this fold for cards in one of my classes and it was a hit.


Open all the way!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Teeny Tiny Wishes (R), Thoughts and Prayers (R), Daisy Delight

Ink – Night of Navy

Paper – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Delightful Daisy DSP (R)

Accessories – Pretty Label Punch, Duet Banner Punch


This is a fun card to make so give it a try!

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Until next week…Happy Stamping!      Donna 🙂


Tri-Fold Card

Hi Stampers!  Today I have a very versatile card for you. Yes, mine is a Valentine card…better late than never! I should have posted this on Wednesday but life got in the way. 🙂


In class some of the participants made this lovely card into a birthday card…you can put any sentiment you want on it.


Open the first page and find this lovely flourish.


And finally the inside where you can put your sentiment. I left this particular one blank until I need it and then decide what I want inside.

This card may look difficult but really isn’t.

Here are the measurements for this card:

Powder Pink – 6 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″

Whisper White – 8″ x  5 1/4″, score at 4″; (2) 2 1/2″ x 4″

Sahara Sand – (2) 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″

DSP – 2″ x 5 3/8″ and 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

Use the photos to lay out your pieces then stamp and adhere.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Bloomin’ Love, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Crumb Cake, Powder Pink

Paper – Powder Pink, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Fresh Florals DSP

Accessories – Stampin’ Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Powder Pink)


This card is really lovely; I hope you will try making one. 

Please try to stay healthy! The flu bug has hit my daughter and her family very hard…all 5 of them are down with the flu (mom, dad, 3 children). Unfortunately one of the girls also has pneumonia! This flu is nothing to fool around with so take care of yourselves.

Happy Stamping!      Donna

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.

I also send out a weekly newsletter describing all the current promotions Stampin’ Up! is offering as well as class information and my news. If you are interested in receiving my newsletter – Crafty Cardmaker Weekly Newsletter – then please contact me so that you can be added to my mailing list.

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!