09.09.2018….. This weekend just about slipped away from me! I can’t believe it’s already Sunday afternoon, and I wanted to make sure that I shared this card with you before the weekend was completely over. I truly love every color that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, but I’m especially fond of the Subtles color collection. The soothing, pastel shades really speak to me!
Continue reading “amazing friend…”
08.26.18….. OK, let’s just get right to it, my stamping friends! I know what your thinking. Thanksgiving is still three months away, and she’s already posting a seasonal card! I can explain…..
As a SU demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog. (Customer orders can be placed between September 5 – January 2, 2018.) This new catalog is chockful of so many amazing products! That being said, I pre-ordered several items from the Country Lane Suite, which has a country/harvest theme, and I just couldn’t wait to get going on some new Fall projects.
I also couldn’t wait to create a card for the latest Global Design Project (#GDP152 – CASE the Designer), so I decided to incorporate that into my card design as well.
Continue reading “give thanks… (#gdp152)”
08.18.18….. Welcome to the weekend, my stampin’ friends! I had planned to make this card last month, around the Fourth of July, but I got busy working on other projects and just never got around it. Better late than never, right? While I used a patriotic color combo on this card, it’s a unique birthday card for any time of year!
Continue reading “happiest of birthdays…”
08.10.18….. Friday is finally here, and you know what that means? Ok…..well, the weekend is almost here, and…..this is my last “Nature Week” card! Thanks so much for indulging me in my obsession with the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. It’s such a wonderful collection, and the possibilities are endless when using this paper to create your projects!
Continue reading “love you… (nature week – card #5)”
08.09.18….. Happy Thursday, y’all! Boy, this week has sure flown by! I hope you are enjoying the cards that I’ve been posting during “Nature Week“, and are hopefully getting a bit of inspiration as well. The gorgeous colors and beautiful patterns that are found in Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper make it easy to get those creative juices flowing!
Continue reading “celebrate… (nature week – card #4)”
08.08.18…..Welcome to Wednesday, stampers! And…welcome to Day 3 of “Nature Week“! Fall is just around the corner, and I know you’ll enjoy creating your seasonal projects with the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper just as much as I do!
Continue reading “i love you… (nature week – card #3)”
08.07.18….. Happy Tuesday, stampers! As promised, I’m posting my second card for “Nature Week“, using the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. Hope it inspires you today!
Continue reading “let’s celebrate… (nature week – card #2)”
08.06.18…..Even though it’s still the middle of summer (at least in Northern California), I’m really looking forward to Fall. Not only because the temperatures will be cooler (…yay!!!), but I just love all of the beautiful Autumn colors that nature gives us during that wonderful time of year! That being said, I went a little crazy, and created several cards using the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. Since I couldn’t decide which card to post, I decided to post them all in a series that I’m calling “Nature Week”. Yes, my stamping friends… because I’ve become obsessed with this gorgeous paper, I will be posting a new card each weekday this week (Monday – Friday). I hope you enjoy them!
Continue reading “for my friend… (nature week – card #1)”
08.04.18…..Although I’ve never actually been to a garden party, I’ve always thought it would be such a beautiful way to spend an afternoon! When I hear the phrase “garden party”, I think of roses, bouquets, and everything pink…..and that, my friends, was the inspiration for this card. Once I had my inspiration, I immediately knew that I had to use the “oh-so-colorful” Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper.
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07.24.18… It’s been awhile since I’ve used my Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, so today I decided to jump right back into this beautiful collection of paper and start creating! From Blackberry Bliss and Grapefruit Grove…..to Soft Suede and Cajun Craze…..to Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide….the color combos in this paper pack are absolutely gorgeous! If you don’t have this paper yet, you’ll want to add it to your wish list! By the way….don’t miss out on the “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” promotion (on Select Designer Series Paper), which ends on July 31st! And, yes….the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper is included in that promotion. Yay!!!
Continue reading “wonderful you…”
I love mixing vintage with trendy, or modern, or florals, or…..with whatever inspires me at the time. The P.S. I Love You stamp set has that fun little mix…..all in one box. The focal point of the set is the vintage typewriter. But wait…this stamp set also includes some trendy little sentiment stamps, a modern “grunge” stamp, and some super cute floral stamps. I like to call it “modern vintage”. Even better…..all of these stamps are great to use individually, with or without the typewriter. Versatility at it’s best!
Continue reading “p.s. i love you…”
I just love this little bird from the Botanical Bliss stamp set! So much so, that I decided to stamp it three times, and use it as part of my card design for the latest Global Design Project – Sketch Challenge (#GDP146). Continue reading “three little birds (#gdp146)…”
07.15.18… Yes, my stampin’ friends, summer is in full swing here in Northern California. Temperatures are now between 95º to over 100º on a daily basis…with no end currently in sight. Hmmm…a cabana on a tropical island (…and one of those fancy drinks with a little umbrella) sounds absolutely wonderful right about now! So there you go folks….. those bright, vivid, tropical colors were my inspiration for this card!
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07.04.18… I’m so excited about the Stampin’ Up 2018 Color Revamp! I’m having so much fun with the all of the new colors…..and many of my old favs that have returned, too! While I have to say that I’m naturally drawn to the Subtles Collection, I do like to mix Subtles with Brights, or Regals with Neutrals, or….y’all get the idea. That being said, today I was actually in the mood to mix things up. Petal Pink is one of my new favs in the Subtles collection, and Coastal Cabana has returned (…super excited about that!), and been added to the Brights Collection. Even though this card has a bit of a vintage feel, using both of these colors together adds a summery/beachy appeal as well.
Continue reading “sweeter with you…”
Be sure to take advantage of these specials… before they end on July 31, 2018!
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The new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog of chockful of so many wonderful products! Okay, let’s be honest….it’s absolutely overflowing with some of the most amazing products ever! Watch the video below and get your creative juices flowing!Click on the catalog below to place an order today!
07.07.18… It’s a really warm day here today…about 97 degrees or so. Although I’m really grateful that it’s been a fairly mild summer so far, when it gets close to 100 degrees, it’s just plain hot! And…I don’t know about y’all, but when the hot weather hits, I like to make meals that are simple, quick and easy. Actually, a fresh Greek Salad and a couple of slices of chilled watermelon sound just perfect right about now! Ok…and maybe a little fro-yo for dessert!
Continue reading “you’re the best…”
06.30.2018… Ok, can we just seriously talk about “elements” for a minute? Whether you actually like to call them “elements”, or accessories, or a even a gathering of various materials & supplies….. “elements” are one of the things that the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog is chockful of! This, of course, is one of the reasons that I’m forever addicted to Stampin’ Up products. Whether it be trendy, traditional, romantic, whimsical, or vintage…..the variety of styles and product choices is amazing!
Continue reading “a birthday note…”
06.26.18… I am a lover (…bordering on obsession) of paper crafting accessories and gadgets, especially Stampin’ Up! accessories and gadgets! The brand new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is chockful of so many wonderful stamp sets and ink pads, and the accessories and gadgets just can’t be beat. From the new Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and sequins…to the new Framelits and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders…this catalog has it all! So on this card, I just couldn’t help myself and I incorporated lots of those amazing new products. into my design.
One of my favorite new products that I used on this card was the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper. It was also my inspiration for creating this card for the latest Global Design Project #GDP144 (Case the Designer – Charlet Mallett). Continue reading “especially for you (#gdp144)…”
06.10.18… It’s such a beautiful day outside today…only 75 degrees. I know that summer is going to be here any day now (with temperatures climbing over 100º ), so I’m really grateful for this gorgeous weather!
Continue reading “for my friend…”
06.02.18… The wonderful variety of Designer Series Paper that Stampin’ Up! offers in each and every new catalog is always something I truly look forward to. And… the new Designer Series Paper in the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 catalog does not disappoint! On this latest creation of mine, I paired a piece of the new Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper along with some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Both of this paper collections come in a handy 6″ x 6″ size, which I love!
If you’d like to see all of the new Designer Series Paper collections in the new Stampin’Up! 2018-2019 catalog, you’ll want to watch this video!
Continue reading “happiest of birthdays…”
05.30.18… Today was one of those days when I didn’t have a specific card layout or color combo in mind, until…I saw this week’s Global Design Project #GDP140). So…I decided to just start with a blank canvas (…a.k.a. Whisper White Cardstock). Next, I pulled out my new Detailed With Love stamp set …which, by the way, is quickly climbing up the charts as one of my “Top 10 Favorite Stamp Sets”! Such a versatile set! With the super adorable sentiments and trendy embellishment stamps, you just can’t go wrong!
Continue reading “let’s celebrate (#gdp140)…”
05.27.18… As so many of you do, I also send out cards for birthdays, holidays, weddings, …you name it. But… sometimes it’s nice to send a card to a friend “just because”. I especially like to do this for friends that I don’t get to see often. It’s such a nice way to say “Hey, friend…I’m thinking of you today”. And…what a fun surprise!
Continue reading “hey, friend…”
05.27.18…I’ve got to be honest…I’m obsessed with the new Share What You Love Designer Series Paper. The patterns are to die for! It also comes with another option … each 12″ x 12″ sheet has a “shimmery” side, as well as a matte side. You just can go wrong with this gorgeously versatile paper!
For this card, I decided to go with “shimmer” option, using two different patterns from this beautiful paper collection. Both strips of paper were layered on a Whisper White Cardstock base, which was speckled with Sahara Sand Ink. For the “shine”, I used a Gold Foil Sheet along the Layering Circles Framelits and the Bloomin’ Hearts Framelits (for the little flowers). I also used the Layering Circles Framelits, along with Vellum cardstock, to die cut the second scalloped circle. Continue reading “shimmer & shine…”
05.26.18…I’ve got to admit, I’ve been really good these last few weeks, as far as using up most of my extra pieces of Designer Series Paper…before it all retires at the end of this month.
Continue reading “a note from the barnyard (#gdp139)…”
05.26.18…I am having the best time ever with all of the amazing new colors and products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog! And…I could wait to use my new Petal Pink Cardstock to make this Spring-themed birthday card. Oddly enough…today it’s 48 degrees outside, dark, rainy, and almost wintry. Hey…I’m not complaining though, summer is literally just around the corner, and it’ll be 100+ degrees before you know it!
Continue reading “bloomin’ birthday…”
05.20.18… It’s funny how you can have a stamp set for quite awhile, and you keep thinking to yourself ,” I need to use that stamp set soon!”… but you keep putting other stamps sets and projects ahead of it.
Continue reading “fabulous you…”
05.20.18… As everyone knows, gratitude can be expressed in so many different ways. One of the ways I enjoy showing my gratitude (even for the smallest things) is sending a handmade card. That being said, I couldn’t wait to open up my new Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, and create this cheerful, sunny card!
Continue reading “with gratitude…”
05.12.18… I just received my box of pre-order items from the new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Was I super excited…kind of like it was Christmas morning? Um…yeah! Are the new products absolutely amazing? You betcha! Did I waste any time before I started using all of my brand new, amazing goodies? That would be a “No”!
Continue reading “life is sweeter…”
05.06.18… I always enjoy celebrating the “good stuff”, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation, or just because! A handmade card is such a wonderful way to show that special someone that the “good stuff” is special to you as well!
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05.06.18… Whether you have that one extra special bestie (…or several) in your life, it’s always nice to show your appreciation for them, whenever you can. I love creating individual cards for each of my friends, that not only express my appreciation of our friendship, but their personality as well. That being said, this card is one ofthose special creations. I not only used a color combo that I knew would suit my friend just perfectly, but I also used a mix of patterns, shapes and textures that reflect her taste as well.
Continue reading “good friends…”
04.29.18… The Fruit Basket stamp set is such a favorite of mine! I’ve used it to create some of “the sweetest” cards and projects. If you “‘pear” this stamp set with the Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper and the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (as I did with this card) you can’t go wrong!
Continue reading “the sweetest little pears…”
05.22.18… “You’re the Best” is something that everyone loves to hear! And….. do you what else is “the best”? The brand NEW Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Catalog! That’s right, my friends…..it’s almost here! The NEW Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 catalog goes “live” on June 1, 2018, but wait…..there’s more! Stampin’ Up is offering an early release of the Share What You Love Suite, which run from May 1 – 31, 2018. You won’t want to miss it!
Once I received some of the products from the Share What You Love Suite, I couldn’t wait Continue reading “share what you love…”
04.22.18… On my last post, I used a small strip of dandelion-patterned paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper Pack. Well…..that little strip of paper inspired me to create a few more cards using that same paper, along with some daisy-patterned paper (..also from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper Pack) thrown into the mix.
Continue reading “lovely inspiration…”
04.22.18… I’ve always thought that it’s so convenient to have extra birthday cards on hand. However….I think it’s even more important to have thank you cards made ahead of time as well. How many times have you received a gift from a friend, and then thought…..I really don’t need to send them a thank you card, because I’ve already told them “thanks”. And besides…who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card…no matter what the occassion!
Continue reading “a birthday thank you…”
04.07.18… It’s always nice to have extra birthday cards on hand, especially if you have younger children. When my kids were in elementary school (they are now 25 and 28 years old), it seemed like there was a birthday party every other weekend! You’ll want to make this card in multiples, and you’ll be ready to “grab-n-go” whenever those parties popup!
Continue reading “make a wish…”
04.01.18… Spring is here, and you know what that means??? You guessed it….there’s always a wedding or two right around the corner!
This card is such a wonderful way to show your gratitude for all of those amazing wedding gifts….and yes, even if you’ve already received three Keurigs, and just unwrapped one more!
Continue reading “happily ever after…”
03.24.18… It’s hard to believe Sale-A-Bration is almost over! That’s right…..you only have until March 31st to earn FREE product(s) with every $50 you purchase.
There are so many amazing products you can earn during Sale-A-Bration! So…..on this one card, I decided to use three of the items that you can earn…..the Amazing You stamp set, the Celebrate You Thinlits, and the Springtime Foils Speciality Designer Series Paper (from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog (2nd release).
Continue reading “celebrate you…”
03.17.18… I absolutely love Stampin’ Up! products…and I love Sale-A-Bration even more! The new Springtime Foils Speciality Designer Series Paper from the new Sale-A-Bration Catalog (2nd release), is FREE (with a purchase of $50 or more). I’m wondering what I ever did without this “simply elegant” paper!
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03.12.18… The Fruit Basket stamp set is one of the “sweetest” sets in the current Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog! I’ve been having so much fun creating some adorable cards with this set. And…..with the ever-so-handy Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (used to perfectly punch out your stamped fruit images) and the coordinating Continue reading “you are the sweetest…”
03.04.18… Today has been a dark, snowy, rainy day where I live (oh…and did I mention the hail, too!), so I thought I create something bright, fun, and cheery! And…what a better product bundle to use than the Fruit Basket Bundle (includes the Fruit Basket stamp set and the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack at a 10% discount) from thelatest Occasions catalog! With the ever-so-handy Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (used to perfectly punch out your stamped fruit images) and the coordinating Tutti-Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Pack…..you’ll be in lemon heaven!
Continue reading “a little slice of lemon heaven…”
03.04.18… I love the new Fruit Basket Stamp Set and the coordinating Tutti-Fruitti 6×6 Designer Series Paper Stack. This stamp set has such cute little fruit stamps, but also some great little sentiment stamps that you can use throughout theyear!
I’d been wanting to make a card with the banana patterned paper from the Tutti-Frutti 6×6 Designer Series Paper Stack, so I decided to keep things fairly simply and just use the “Happy Birthday to You” sentiment stamp from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set.
Continue reading “bananas for birthdays…”
03.03.18… Yes, I’ve done it again! I’ve created two more cards with the Lots of Lavender stamp set, available for FREE (with a purchase of $50 or more) during Sale-A-Bration.
A few blog posts ago, a created a very similar standard size (4-1/4″x 5-1/2″) card. However, I really love to make smaller (or “mini”) Continue reading “a little bit of lavender…”
02.25.18… I just received the new Springtime Foils Speciality Designer Series Paper from the new Sale-A-Bration Catalog (2nd release), and couldn’t wait to start using it! This is probably one of the easiest cards I’ve made in awhile…..and the paper is absolutely beautiful!!! The best part is you can earn it for FREE with a Stampin’ Up! purchase of $50 or more.
Continue reading “celebrate you…”
02.24.18… A Good Day is the name of the sweetest little stamp set in the newest Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. I decided to use it to create some sweet and simple 3″ x 3″ cards…..just right for a gift enclosure, thank you card, or just because!
I stamped the images in Basic Gray, and chose to “stamp off” once before stamping each image on Whisper White cardstock. I liked the softer touch that it gave Continue reading “a good day…”
02.19.18… I’ve created several cards using the new Lots of Lavender stamp set, which you can earn for FREE (with a purchase of $50 or more) during Sale-A-Bration. This time however, I thought I’d give my Lots of Lavender card a new twist, and use a shade of pink (Blushing Bride, to be exact) instead of lavender or purple.
Continue reading “lavender with a twist…”
02.11.18… I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is almost here! I had little extra time this weekend, soI thought I’d share another card that I created with the Sure Do Love You Bundle (stamp set + framelits). It’s a wonderful set to have on hand for weddings and anniversaries, as well.
Continue reading “love you always…”
02.11.18… What a better way to celebrate than with one of the new Sale-A-Bration sets, Amazing You! The more I use this set , the more versatile it becomes! The best part is that you can earn the Amazing You stamp set for FREE, just by placing a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration!
Continue reading “let’s celebrate…”
02.04.18… Happy Wishes is such a versatile stamp set! There are 16 words and combinable phrase to create a card or project for birthdays, anniversaries, friendship, or just because. The best part is…..you can earn this two-box stamp set for FREE (with a purchase of $100 or more) during the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion. Now that makes me “happy”!
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01.28.18… What’s not to love about the new Sure Do Love You stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog! Such a great Valentine set, but it’s also perfect for weddings, anniversaries, and much more!
I used Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo, and Soft Sky. I distressed the edges of the paper, added some Foil Frenzy Designer Series paper, Mini Sequin Trim… and of course a little extra bling!
If you’re loving this set as much as I do, you’ll want to save 10%, and purchase the Sure Do Love you Bundle. When you purchase the wood-mount bundle for $55.75, you’ll earnyou a FREE Sale-A-Bration item Continue reading “sure do love you…”