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Celebrate Today


This card was made to CELEBRATE the retirement of someone special to me! She is thrilled to be retiring and starting a new phase in her life!


Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight colors give this message bold excitement! The stamp set is called, CELEBRATE TODAY, and has coordinating Thinlits!

**BE SURE you have purchased your "must haves" from the 2014-2015 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog because it ENDS tomorrow June 2!!


Celebrate Today BUNDLE

#138869 - $36.25

Celebrate Today Bundle

Butterfly Bundle


This is a simple card which I used as a sympathy card.




I die cut the butterfly out of cardstock I marbled using the Shimmery Shaving Cream Technique (find it under TUTORIALS on the right.) One of the reinkers I used to marble was the Encore GOLD reinker for richness!

Butterfly Basics Bundle $AVE 15%

#139322 wood $61.95

#139323 clear $41.50

Butterfly bundle

Painted Petals


I've been playing with the lovely Painted Petals Stamp Set. I used Blushing Bride and Pistachio Pudding colors.


This is an easy-to-use two-step stamp set.


I love the softness of these colors and images.


Painted Petal Stamp Set of 13 images

#138819 wood $32.95

#138822 clear $24.95

#137146 photopolymer $23.95

Bow Builder Punch


I needed some VERY special thank yous! I grabbed one of my favorite punches - the Bow Builder Punch! These little bows go together so fast and easy. I use a bone folder to curl the "loops" before attaching.


This is 4x4" square. To save postage, use a standard 2A envelope. Square envelopes are considered irregular and require extra postage.


Bow Builder Punch

#137414 - $16.95

Bow punch

Sophisticated Serifs


Here is a "sleeper" stamp set you NEED to check out! SIXTY-FIVE classic images that are perfectly sized for greeting cards! I created a simple 4X4" initial note using the SOFT Rose Coral Color Box Chalk ink pad and a layer of Basic Gray cardstock. A set of these notes would make a lovely gift, too!!


Tip: mount all three images on one block and stamp repeatedly...viola!! EASY duplication!! 

Check out tomorrow's version on this card!!

Sophisticated Serifs #137161

65 photopolymer images - $45.95


Collar Card Tutorial


Here is a simple idea for Men's know Father's Day is coming! Start with a base card in landscape format and folded on the left side (not the top.)


Once you have cut this "collar" you won't need a template anymore. I use a template for my classes so it's easy to see just where to cut and fold.


Just cut off the extra base card on the inside.


The Adventure Bound Designer Series STACK has GREAT designs for the guys! LOVE how this knit creates a "CLASSIC" look! Try this simple "collar card!"

Adventure Bound DSP STACK

48 sheets 4-1/2" X 6-1/2"

#137780 for $6.95

Adventure Bound DSP

Try this Vellum trick


Check out this soft Vellum background created by the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder! Each little image gets a pale white outline when you run Vellum Cardstock #101856 through your Big Shot in the embossing folder.


This unique card was created by my demonstrator friend, Judy Trigg of Illinois. I love the two twisted Baker's Twine colors! The card colors are Pistachio Pudding (behind vellum) and Crisp Cantaloupe.

Petal Potpourri BUNDLE w/ Punch

#138876 wood $37.95

#138877 clear $31.25

Indescribable Gift


Love this springy design...reminds me of Cherry Blossoms! I stamped this image using Black StazOn onto Shimmery White Cardstock. Then I colored it with Blushing Bride Ink and a Blender Pen. The Shimmery White Cardstock stands up very well to the moisture!!


I wanted a VERY soft look and the blender pen was perfect!! The blossom centers sparkle with Dazzling Details.

Indescribable Gift

Wood #137180 $20.95

Clear #138575 $15.95

And more...


This is Tone-on-Tone-on-Tone MAGIC Week - scroll down to check Monday's directions. This sample uses the Star Mask and So Saffron Ink Pad. The embellishment is two Star Punches from Gold Glimmer Paper.


My final Magic idea using this technique of Tone-on-Tone-on-Tone will be tomorrow. Don't miss it!


Irresistibly Yours MAGIC!


You need to try this REALLY cool technique, Tone-on-Tone-on-Tone!! The supplies you need are: Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper (a FREE Sale-A-Bration item till 3/31/2015,) Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks (really a stencil,) ink pad, stamping sponge, and a tissue. I'm using Sahara Sand and a 3X3" piece of the DSP.


Pounce the sponge onto the ink pad to collect color. With stencil on top of the DSP, SCRUB the sponge over the stencil to create dark areas as shown.


Remove the stencil. LIGHTLY sponge the entire area with circular motions. I only did half so you could see the difference it makes! The white embossed image POPS OUT like MAGIC!! Buff with a tissue to remove ink on the white embossed area.


And here is the finished piece - three layers of color! So interesting! Now for the card...


Look at the stunning results!! The white embossed area is glossy and really stands out. I just LOVE this quick technique! The Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper contains 2 each of SIX different designs for a total of 12 sheets of 12X12" papers. This project only took a 3X3" piece!

MORE Tone-on-Tone-on-Tone cards

 this week - stop back!!

Irres. Yours DSP

Blendies on Black


I hope you have enjoyed this week of Blendies on Black! Here are two more ideas. It makes a lovely sympathy card.


This rose lace is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit #137909 in the Occasion Catalog 2015. I used my Stylus to quickly poke the 1/8" Silver Ribbon thru holes already in the lace. The flower is mounted on Silver Foil Paper for a pop of shimmer.

Get FREE Blendabilities during


Details HERE


Coming next week:

Tone-on-tone-on-tone MAGIC!!

Hello You Thinlits Dies


Hello You Thinlits #137363 give you 4 nice BIG sentiments to play with! Be sure to place a sheet of waxed paper between the cardstock and die to pop out the cut image!!


When I need to "WAIT" somewhere, I grab my stack of printed images and Blendabilities. Coloring helps pass the time and I can still chat with someone. LOVE the Blendabilities Markers!!


Get Blendies as your Sale-A-Bration FREE item with a $50 purchase until  March 31, 2015!!



Bow Builder Punch


Here is a sweet little Valentine notecard from my recent class. The Bow Builder Punch is a PERFECT mate for the darling Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack!! We covered the envelope flap to coordinate.


This is a peek from the top so you can see the other side of the paper inside the bow loops! This Valentine goes together quickly and makes a BIG impact with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!! Try it!

Challenging YOU...

This challenge is for you:

PLEASE, PLEASE send a hand stamped Valentine to someone who is ill, lonely, grieving, in a nursing home, ETC. Brighten someone's day with an UNEXPECTED card! You have more power than you know to cheer another. I have a stack of Valentine Cards going out...but the 3 most IMPORTANT are going to three ladies in their nineties in care facilities! Leave a comment for me.


Lotus Blossom Variation


I hope you have chosen Lotus Bloom Stamp Set of 7 as your FREE Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 purchase!! If not, you have until March 31, 2015 to order. Look closely at this flower! I stamped the #2 image 8 times to create a totally different flower design!


For the flower center, I used a sponge dauber. This color is Blushing Bride framed with Early Espresso.

See the Sale-A-Bration Promo HERE

Celebrate Today


One of my favorite relatives is having a special birthday - and her first in a Nursing Home. This calls for an extra special CHEERY card! I grabbed my NEW "Celebrate Today" BUNDLE!!


I chose warm, festive colors of Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantalope, and Calypso Coral with a dash of Silver Glimmer Paper!!


Inside I used the "Memorable Moments" Stamp Set for a VERY PERSONALIZED birthday!! I hope this card will show how much I'm thinking of her on her birthday. Through her childhood stories, I have gotten to know my Great-Grandmother who was her Grandmother! Precious tales of life on a farm in Illinois!!

Make a SPECIAL birhday card today...

for someone dear to YOU!

Celebrate Today BUNDLE (save 15%)

#138869 photopolymer $36.25


Sheltering Tree


Look at this new stamp set called "Shelter Tree!"  It creates seasonal trees and much more! Way CUTE!


I chose to make my tree a spring flowering tree for all my friends "suffering" through winter! Think Spring! The colors are Soft Sky and Rose Red.


I really love this sweet stamp set!!

Sheltering Tree - Photopolymer

#137163 - $24.95 - 14 images

Sheltering Tree OC

Painted Petals


This is ONE of my new FAVS from the Occasions Catalog 2015 - Painted Petals Stamps Set of 13 images. The "two-step" format makes it easy to create multiple colors on one image. I chose the colors of Old Olive and Strawberry Slush for this card.


This stamp set has endless possibilities with 13 images!!

#138819 wood $32.95

#138822 clear $24.95

#137146 photopolymer $23.95

Sneak Peek


This silly lumber jack makes me giggle!! This Occasions Catalog stamp set is "Wood You Be Mine?," a cleverly worded Valentine set. I needed a Birthday card so chose another sentiment. Look at what a great effect Blendabilities does for skin tones!!


This is a GATE card.


LOVE the new "Adventure Bound" Designer Series Paper Stack #137780 with masculine and nature themes! GREAT THINGS are coming in the Occasions Catalog beginning Jan. 6, 2015!


Take a peek...



I never show my Online Stamp Club projects - they are exclusive to my club members only! (think about joining next time around!) But here is an embellishment I made for their January projects that have gone in the mail to them.



This is the "Butterflies Thinlit Dies" #137360 from the Occasions Catalog that begins Jan. 6, 2014. TIP: for this perfectly cut gorgeous butterfly, put a sheet of waxed paper between the cardstock and the Die while cutting. All the little pieces will pop out easily. Use Gold Foil Paper for maximum impact! You will LOVE this die - and it comes in a BUNDLE, too!

Moon Lake


Occasions Catalog Sneak PEEK: I'm always thrilled with new "guy stamps" by Stampin' Up! My hubby's eye was catch by this RED row boat in the stamp set, "Moon Lake." It's so tranquil. Card is 3X6".


Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers will make YOU look like an artist!! This stamp set will be available Jan. 6, 2015 in the AMAZING new Occasion Catalog!

Come Back for more PEEKS!!

Sneak Peeks begin...


Confession time: I'm sick of my holiday stamps because I have been using them since August. I got my BIG box of Occasion Catalog and Sale-A-Bration pre-ordered products!!!! I'm busy, busy playing with NEW TOYS!! This lovely image is called "Love is Kindness" and just perfect with Stampin' Up!'s Blendabilities Markers....available in NEW COLORS! All this EXCITEMENT starts on Jan. 6, 2015 when the Occasion Catalog begins and Sale-A-Bration starts!


I think this quote would make a sweet Valentine message!


If you are my regular customer, watch your mail for this new DELIGHTFUL Occasions Catalog. If you don't have a demonstrator and would like to order from me, I'll be happy to mail you a copy: [email protected]

Come back...more PEEKS to follow!!