Archive | May 2016

Stampin’ Up! Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Layering Love Stamp Set and Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon.

Tomorrows the big day!  First ordering day from the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Catalog.  And are there some stunning things in that catalogue.  My little sticky notes are on every page!  Can’t wait!

I am in the process of  setting  everything up so that I can sell Stampin’ Up! Products through my Stampin’ Up! website.  Hopefully I will be ready by June 1.  This past week I have worked three extra days and it has thrown my whole schedule out of sync.  (Not to mention my energy level)…. Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Here is a card that I used some of the new colors, stamp set and ribbons on.  I love how it turned out even if it does look kind of “Halloweeny”.   Hum with a different sentiment I believe it could be  The colors are right for it.


The card base is Peekaboo Peach, accented by Basic Black and the DSP is from the Playful Palette Card Stack.  The sentiment is from the Layering Love Stamp Set which I heat embossed using Black Ink and Clear Embossing powder.  Rather eye catching.  Using the Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon (which I love working with by the way), I glued a piece across the upper left corner and then using a very short piece tied one knot in the middle of it.  The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla Card Stock.

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The inside is a copy of the outside with Basic Black layer with Very Vanilla and one strip of the Black Decorative Washi Tape from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape set.

**The framelit that I used is now retired but looking in the new catalog I see that the Lots of Labels Framelit set would do just as well if not better.

Memorial Day Card! Shaker Card using Stampin’ Up! Dapper Denim, Stars Framelits,Whisper White, Real Red, Patriotic Card perfect for any service man or woman.

Please, before you see this card I must confess….I could barely bring myself to publish this card.  It was one of those cards with Murphy’s Law at work.  “IF IT COULD GO WRONG, IT DID!”  See the pretty blue smudge on the top of the card?  Yep, I couldn’t find a way to cover that up and by that time quite a few things went wrong.  I said to myself- “Self, why don’t you fess up and let everyone know that they are not the only ones who have days where a great idea goes soon wrong”. So here it is.

My problems (also know as mistakes -pains me to admit them…)

  1. Using the Star Framelits I cropped the star in the middle of the front of the card to make the shaker part.  That’s why this first picture is the inside of the card.  Not the correct way to make a shaker card.  You end up with a hole in the front of your card and a ‘bulge’ on the inside of your card.
  2. So  now I have to cover the hole on the inside and that is the shaker part.
  3. BUTl-I like the look of the red star layered on the white star insideMay 26, 2016_0279_edited-1

4.  Then I proceeded to make the shaker on the front, and I had some sequins from another project so I used those.  Another Mis-take.  You can see that the silver sequins are sticking to the front of the Shaker window.  Their way too small.

5.  So while finishing the inside with the Dapper Denim Smudge I accidentally folded the card front on the inker…..See at the top right of the card the blue smudge?

6.  Ok, now your thinking what else could go wrong?  Well—When I glued the white and red stars to the front of the card I used the multipurpose glue, put some on a little square of  card stock and used a toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the star.  You really can’t see it in the picture but when I applied the star to the front some glue in places squeezed out and when it dried became shiny on the blue side.

Thank goodness that was the last one!

Red,white, blue

I have been creating cards for almost 15 years.  I think this card has more mistakes on it and it still turned out rather presentable.  I got some whiteout and am going to try to cover the blue with the whiteout to see what that looks like.  I do like the design though.

Next post will be Tuesday, May 31.  Hope this makes you feel better when everything you do to a nice card is wrong.

Sneak Peek! Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Catalog color of Dapper Denim in Ruched Ribbon, Card Stock and Ink.

Don’t you love the coordinating colors and materials from Stampin’ Up!?  This card features a lot products from the new catalog, available to order on June 1!  Can’t wait.  This card features a shaker square using the **New** Dapper Denim Color and the Layering Squares Framelits.  These Square Framelits are perfect for all those ‘picture frame’ type cards and projects that you can think of.  Whisper White and Real Red coordinate perfectly with the Dapper Denim paper, ink and ribbon.  Here’s the card in honor of Memorial Day.DapperDenim

So many of the new products are used in this card.  Dapper Denim Ink, Ruched Ribbon and the sentiment is from the new Confetti Celebration Stamp Set.  The lovely, eye catching Dapper Denim Smudge at the top is from the Work of Art Stamp Set.  The stars are using the smallest Star Framelits set and topped with the largest of the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The ‘confetti’ are punched out using Real Red and the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  The Shaker is made using the Window Sheets for the window and the new Foam Adhesive Strips to create the shaker.

Here is the inside:

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Inside is layered with Dapper Denim Card Stock and Whisper White Card Stock.  Using the Confetti Stars Border Punch at the bottom of the White layer so that the pretty Blue Stars show through.  I loved doing this card, can’t wait until ordering day June 1!  Hope the UPS man takes his Wheelies on delivery day!

Hello Sunshine in Hello Honey and Whisper White using the Hello Stamp Set (Sale A Bration), sadly no longer available.

Summer is coming!  Quicker than I realized.  Our schools ended last Friday, that has always signified to me the end of Spring and the beginning of summer.

I have to share a little story with you,  I have five children the oldest to the youngest is 15 years.  So when my oldest was graduating from high school, my youngest was starting Kindergarten.  I lived with school buses for about 24 consecutive years.  They were just part of my life.  When my youngest son graduated from high school and left home I was way over the empty nest syndrome!  I was ready for some ‘me’ time.  No problem-until that fall, I was driving to work that fall when a school bus pulled in front of me.  All of a sudden I realized that I would never have another child riding the school bus!     I started crying and cried all the way to work.  I was so bereft!!!

So with that said, here is my yellow Sunshine Card.



For this cheery Card I used Whisper White Card Stock for the Card base, then layered a piece of Hello Honey.  The piece is from the Perfectly Artistic DSP (sadly SAB no longer available).  The pretty flowery print is from the 2014-2016 Color Collections DSP (soon to be retired).

Using Hello Honey Ink I stamped the sentiments on the front and heat embossed them using Stampin’ Up! Embossing Powder.  I finished the front adding Candy Dots in Daffodil Delight on each end.


Sunshine ins

To make the inside match the outside I layered Hello Honey Yardstick on top of the Whisper White, then a layer of  Whisper White on the Hello Honey layer.  Upper left I used the two DSP scraps and cut the at an angle, adhered them to the card using Snail Adhesive and stamped a sun from the Hello Stamp Set in Hello Honey.

The envelope was lined in the   2014-2016 Color Collections DSP using the Stampin’ Up! Envelope  Framelit set.

Summery for sure!

Stampin’ Up! Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss for Masculine Birthday Card using The Open Sea Stamp Set with Going Places DSP Paper.

It is always hard for me to come up with Masculine Cards,  I love fancy, vintage, feminine cards and so their easy to design and make.  But a mans card just escapes me.  I have four boys!  On birthday I try so hard to come up with something that pertains to their life.  I don’t always come up with something.  The paper and the stamp set suggested this design to me although none of my boys (men) are boaters.  For sure it is definitely masculine.


Just a note to let you know the colors are retiring as of May 31.  Two of my favorites!

The card base is Lost Lagoon Card Stock layered with Very Vanilla and the top layer is from the Going  Places DSP Stock.

Stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! The  Open Sea Stamp Set.  Blackberry Bliss Card Stock is layered behind the images stamped in Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon Yardstick is layered behind the images stamped in Lost Lagoon.  The Ship Image layer was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensional for a focal point.

I used the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and having a very clean stamping block and very clear back of image I carefully stretched and pressed the sentiment into a shallow curve.  I stamped the image using Blackberry Bliss Ink, heat embossed it using Stampin’ Up! Clear Emboss  Powder.  Then carefully fussy cut it.  Layered it on a piece of Black Berry Bliss Cardstock and fussy cut that layer just an 1/8″ away.  Using Dimensionals I adhered it to the card front.

Ship ins

Inside I layered Blackberry Bliss Card Stock on the Lost Lagoon and last layer is Very Vanilla.  I cut the same DSP as used on the front into a 1 1/2″ width and using the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Punch (Now retired)  punched one end.  The Anchor is from The Open Sea Stamp Set and was stamped in BlackBerry Bliss Ink on Very Vanilla, then die cut using a circle die from the Circle Die Set.  The back piece is die cut using the next size circle in BlackBerry Bliss.  Adhered with Snail Adhesive.

I made the envelope using the envelope punch board and Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The lining is the same DSP as on the front of the card.  The envelope was stamped with the world image from The Open Sea Stamp set in BlackBerry Bliss.

Let me know what you think!


Children’s / Boy’s Stampin’ Up! Quick and Easy Card in for a boy with unique use of Photopolymer stamps!

This card, well not really a card, was for my grandson’s 11th birthday.  He loves to figure things out so when we decided to give him a Unicycle for his birthday I had to come up with card to fit the occasion..  Then I decided a card was too much, I would make a tag to put on the Unicycle.  As the tag evolved it ended up being a card front BUT I decided not to finish it a a card.  I put my message on the back and made him try to guess what his gift was.  He never did, but he really enjoyed his gift.  The next morning he was able to balance on it and his dad says that he is very close to mastering it.  He lives in the city with lots of sidewalks to practice on.  I really love this card. (Or tag).


*Base is card size of 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ in Whisper White.

*Layered with Pacific Point and Stampin’ Up! Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper.

*Using Pacific Point Ink on Whisper White Card Stock stamp Sentiment from Stampin’Up! Crazy About You Stamp Set.  To get it in a circle use an absolutely clean stamping block and clean stamp back very well.  Then carefully place on block and curve them as much as possible while holding them down with your other hand.  Press them down very firmly.

*Die cut the sentiment using circle die that just fits outside the sentiment and then die cut using the next size die that just fits below the sentiment forming a frame.

*Die cut a circle the same size as the outer edge of sentiment using the window sheet.

*Adhere window sheet to back of Sentiment Circle frame using Stampin’ Up! Thin Glue Tip Pen.

*Using the new Stampin’ Up! (available June 1) Foam Adhesive Strips, carefully adhere to the back of the sentiment card on the frame of the circle.  Keep the ends of the strips butted up against each other.

***NOTE: I had some glitter left over from a Christmas Kit but if I didn’t have those I would use the Stampin’ Up! Metallics Sequin Assortment.

*Pull about half of top of strip off and adhere to lower half of card.  Then carefully place sequins or what you would like to put into the window.  Angling the card down to get all the sequins to the bottom then remove the other stip (I use very long thin craft tweezers).  Adhere the rest of the stip to the card base.

*Die Cut a circle that fits the top of the card using Pacific Point and then using the next size die cut a circle out of Whisper White.  (If I had been smart I would have used my die from the circle below to die cut just a small amount out of the bigger set so that the fit together better.  Realized that AFTER I finished the card).

*Adhere Whisper White Circle to Pacific Point Circle.

*Die Cut numbers from Large Numbers Framelit Set in Pacific Point and adhere to Whisper White Circle and glue all to front of card.

Hope you like this.  My own design on this one.  And a new way to use your photopolymer stamps.  On Saturday I will showcase another special card just for men.  It would make a great Fathers day card.

Pacific Point, Real Red and Whisper White, Red, White and Blue for Memorial Day Card.

Memorial Day will  be here in two short weeks.  My grandson (in law) is deployed to Iraq and I wanted him to know I was thinking about him so I developed this card after seeing Lynn’s (Stamping with Lynn)  pretty card.  I did change it up a bit but used the same basic design.

Soldier, Red,White, Blue

The colors are Real Red, Pacific Point  and Whisper White.  I had a small piece of red glitter paper left from Valentine’s a couple years ago for the large star frame.  But I think the Stampin’ Up! Shiny Red Paper would do just as well.

*Whisper White is card base, layered on the front with a piece of Pacific Point.

*1 1/2″ piece of Pacific Blue punched on both sides with the border Star Punch. Adhere with All Purpose Glue.

*Stamp the soldier figure from “For Your Country” Stamp Set in Pacific Point on Whisper White Card Stock.

*Die Cut the soldier figure using the best frame that fits and center him.

*Die Cut the star frame placing the same size star die  that was used to cut him out and the next size up to create a frame.  Adhere carefully to the Whisper White Star with Stampin’ Up! Fine Tip Glue Pen and adhere to card base fitting to front of card.

*Die Cut another star from the red in the smallest size and adhere to the upper right corner.

*Using Pacific Point Ink and sentiment from Happy Home Stamp Set stamp sentiment on Whisper White Card Stock.

*Quickly dust with Stampin’ Up! Clear Embossing powder and carefully heat emboss.

* Using appropriate size die from the Tags and Labels Framelit set die cut sentiment.

*Die cut the next up size of die from Tags and Framelits for background and adhere to sentiment and adhere to right lower side of card.

RWB inside

*Layer a piece of  Real Red Card Stock to inside of Card.

*Using Stampin’ Up!  Confetti Stars Border Punch on side of next layer of Whisper White Card Stock.

*Using Real Red Ink and sentiment from the  Stampin’ Up! Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, stamp in the middle of the upper card.

*Quickly cover all with Stampin’ Up! Clear Embossing powder and heat emboss.

*Using the middle of the front star frame left over cut another frame by placing a smaller star die inside and die cutting.  Adhere to left side of card.

*Adhere Whisper White Card to Real Red layer.

The envelope is lined with the Pacific Point  paper from the Brights Collection Stack DSP and die cut using the envelope liner die.

Watch for my next post.  I cute children’s quick and easy card!