The Perfect Day!

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The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and coordinating punch helped me to create this fun card for any occasion!  Stamp sets that include sentiments are the best ones because you have more options!  This set has 5 different sentiments and lots of flower and leaf combinations.  I love it!

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To create this card I first stamped the sentiment in the upper right corner of the Whisper White card base.  This gave me a guide for the rest of the card.  I decided to use one of my favorite color combinations:  yellow and navy.  The Floral Boutique dsp is SO gorgeous ~ beautiful patterns in Night of Navy and Whisper White, the perfect choice for my navy.

Perfect Day angledTo make the curled back corner, you simply use a bone folder to roll back the corner of the dsp before you attach it to the white base.  Place the piece of dsp on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat and pierce through the pulled back corner and the base of the dsp.  Insert a tiny brad to hold the corner back and then adhere the dsp to the card base.

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Three petals were stamped and punched with the Blossom Builder Punch, and tucked in next to the brad.  a bow of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine was placed on top of the brad with a glue dot to finish off the card.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Leave me a comment ~ I love to hear from you!



Stampin’ Up! Products Used to Create Today’s Card:

Stamp:  Bunch of Blossoms
Ink:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP
Tools:  Blossom Builder Punch, Stampin’ Pierced Mat, Piercing Tool
Embellishments:  Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, tiny brad (my own stash)

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Melon Mambo Garden (GDP045)


Today I’m doing something new and entering a challenge I’ve never entered before:  Global Design Project.  Their color challenge is fabulous, mostly because it uses one of my favorite colors ~ Melon Mambo!


I wanted the Melon Mambo to be the featured color on this card so I used it on the sweet little flower from the set, Helping Me Grow.  I watercolored the flower on Watercolor Paper to get a little shading.

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I’m loving the new doilies, they are so cute, I like to just tuck them in anywhere!  They now come in the 2015-17 In Colors and I plan to use some of those very soon.  Do you see the Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon?  I just cut a bit and wrapped it back and forth, sticking it down as I went.  A splatter of black from the Aqua Painter finished it off.

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This card was so much fun to make!  Pop over to the Global Design Project and see what everyone else has done with these pretty colors!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Helping Me Grow
Ink:  Melon Mambo and Basic Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Smoky Slate cardstock and Pop of Pink dsp
Tools:  Paper Snips, Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread, Delicate White Doilies

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Vacation Tag for a Doggie!!

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Last week my husband and I went on a vacation ~ a cruise to Alaska!!  But it was very traumatic as we had to leave our sweet little yorkie, Elie.  She stayed over with my daughter for the week and, of course she needed a special bag to take all of her goodies with her.

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I actually just used a pretty shopping bag, but I gave it a very special tag.  I think the rest of the family felt I went a bit overboard making her a special tag.  I had to! Most of the tag was made with Stampin’ Up! products, but I used a few other items, like press on letters spelling out her name 🙂

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And guess what?  We all survived our separation/vacation!  Elie had a wonderful time with my daughter and we had a fabulous time on our cruise!  Above is a picture of us on our last day on the ship, it was a selfie, can you tell?

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Strength & Prayers

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This is such a beautiful verse.  So many times in my life God has stood with me and given me strength.  I’m glad Stampin’ Up! made this stamp ~ I’ll use it often.

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This can be an encouraging verse for difficult situations.  I’m going to make several of these cards to have on hand.  Maybe you need encouragement today…take this verse for your own and let it give you comfort.

Strength. angledjpgIf you’d like to duplicate this card, the Stampin’ Up! products I used are indicated above.  The Strength & Prayers stamp set has another lovely sentiment and a gorgeous dove stamp!  Here are the stamps included in the set:

Strength & Prayers 141856GDo you have this set or will you be buying it?  If so, I’d love to hear how you will use it!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Quick Swirly Birthday!

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Need a quick birthday card?  Swirly Bird stamp set to the rescue!  This stamp set has such cute circle swirls.  Any combination of the swirls is pretty!

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The biggest decision you have with this card is your color palette.  For today’s card I used Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, and Smoky Slate, a sweet purple pastel theme.

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The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I find that I use this birthday sentiment often ~ it’s a good one!

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I hope you have the Swirly Bird set.  Really it’s a classic, you must have it!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used to Create Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Swirly Birds and Rose Wonder
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Awesome Shaker Jar!

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Shaker card!  Yeah!  This is similar to a card I made a few weeks ago.  My card classes requested that we make a shaker card in class, so I came up with this one which is just a bit different from my last one.

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The little fish from the Jar of Love stamp set is too cute I just had to feature him in the jar!  The flowers and leaves are from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.  In class we fussy cut the flowers and glued them on the front so that they would overlap the jar.  This was actually the hardest part of the card!

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Stampin’ Up!’s Foam Adhesive Strips were the key to making the shaker part of the card.   We also used Stampin’ Up! Window Sheets for the see-through window.

Hello Shaker cu fishYou know, when I put the sequins in the card and sealed it up and finished the card, I just got a huge smile on my face!  Shaker cards just make me happy!  And that’s what happened in my classes ~ when everyone finished their cards and shook them and saw the sequins fluffing all around the little fish ~ they got so excited!  All the fussy cutting was worth it!!

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Have you made a shaker card yet?  If not, you must.  I promise it will make you smile!  [I’m not giving instructions here because there are many video tutorials on YouTube.  Just pop over there!]  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of shaker cards 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used to Create Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Jar of Love, Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock, Window Sheets
Tools:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Paper Snips
Embellishments and Adhesives:  Foam Adhesive Strips, Metallics Sequin Assortment

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Shabby Floral Phrases for the Pals!

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Our sweet Katy McGloin has chosen these lovely colors for us this week, and they have been so much fun to work with!

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I wanted to make a shabby card.  Sometimes I just want to be shabby 🙂  This means lots of layers and lace and distressing ~ so that’s what I did!

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The main focus of this card is the pretty Sweet Sugarplum flowers.  They been stamped and fussy cut from the largest floral image in the Floral Phrases stamp set.  It’s a bit hard to see in the photos, but the flowers are lined in the white sections with clear Wink of Stella (to make them sparkle!).PPA309 flat angled

The flowers are set on a tag which slips in the little pocket created with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  This tag doesn’t come out of the pocket as I glued it down, but I love the idea that it could.  I plan to make another shabby card soon and I’ll leave the tag loose.

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The light leaves and flowers behind the tag were made by watercoloring a bit of watercolor paper with Sweet Sugarplum ink using an Aqua Pen.  That gives a nice variation on the color.  When the paper was dry, it was cut with the Flourish Thinlits.

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Why don’t you try your hand at a card with these colors!  I’d love to see what you come up with.  Pop on over to and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Floral Phrases, Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Watercolor Paper, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, Flourish Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Paper Snips, Thumb Daubers, Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Embellishments:  2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies, Wink of Stella (clear)

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Floral Affection Sympathy

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I never seem to have enough sympathy cards on hand.  I guess I prefer to make happy cards, so I’m always surprised when I need a sympathy card and I don’t have one.  So, I made one in advance this time 🙂

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For this card I started out with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ and embossed on the lower left with one of the Floral Affection embossing folders.  I angled the paper a bit in the folder to get the flowers where I wanted them.

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The embossed areas were then colored with the fat side of a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then went back in with the pointed side of the marker to make some areas a little darker.  The Very Vanilla panel was then stamped with various stamps from Timeless Textures and a sentiment from Rose Wonder. Then a 1″ x 5-1/4″ Rich Razzleberry panel was adhered to the Vanilla panel and glued onto the front of a Crumb Cake card base.

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The inside of the card uses another sentiment from the Rose Wonder set stamped on Very Vanilla and punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  Behind it is a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock punched with the same punch, cut in half and glued to the first piece.

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Happy stamping!!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Tuscan Vineyard and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Rich Razzleberry card stock
Tools:  Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Decorative Label Punch, Curvy Corner Trio Punch (retired)


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Sugarplum Shaped Pansies!

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Recently I spent a little stamping time with my good friend and downline, Donna Kopenski.  While I was there she showed me a new technique with paper flowers.  Maybe some of you are familiar with this technique, but it was new to me ~ it’s called flower shaping.

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Just look at the gorgeous flowers I made!  Oh my gosh, I love them!  Now, I can’t teach you the technique, but I can tell you a little bit about what I did.

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The flowers and leaves were stamped in Black Memento Ink, then punched and/or fussy cut.  Then the flowers and leaves were colored with Stampin’ Write Markers, using several shades of coordinating colors to produce this pretty effect.

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Then you lightly spray each flower or leaf, one at a time, and work them with a shaping tool.  I don’t have the tool (I had to use Donna’s).  It’s really a bit like our Stampin’ Up! stylus that comes with our Score Board, only larger.  There are different shaping techniques that Donna showed me and I can’t really specifically remember them, but the end result is that the flowers and leaves turn out like this!!!

Pansy angled left add wordsThe photo above shows you which Stampin’ Up! stamps we used to create this card.  I really liked the flourish from the new Falling Flowers stamp set!  I don’t have that set yet, but it’s now on my wish list!

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For more information on the shaped flowers, pop on over to Donna’s blog at

Thanks for stopping by today!  Let me know what you think of these flowers ~ I love your comments!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used to Create Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Flower Shop and Falling Flowers
Ink:  Black Memento Ink, and Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Stampin’ Write Markers
Paper:  Whisper White card stock
Tools:  Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Paper Snips
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels



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Pineapple Thoughts!

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Pineapples are all over right now!  They’re on towels, clothes, shoes, purses, you name it and a pineapple is there 🙂  It’s safe to say that people are thinking about pineapples!

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And there are pineapples at Stampin’ Up!  I love this large pineapple stamp~it’s striking, fun, takes up the whole card, makes a statement, love, love, love!!

Pine flat straightThis pineapple has been heat embossed in two colors, gold and clear embossing powder.  How is that done?  Stamp the lower portion of the stamp in Versamark ink, and stamp the leaves in the color of your choice, mine was Melon Mambo.  Then carefully pour gold embossing powder over the lower portion of the stamp and pour clear embossing powder over the leaves.  Use the heat gun to set, and there you go!

Pine cuThe sentiment used here is from the Host Set called Time of Year and is stamped in Melon Mambo ink. Remember, you can order a Host Set with any order or party of $150 or more!

Pine angled right cuSo what do YOU think of this pineapple?  I’d love to know!  Please leave me a comment with your pineapple thoughts!!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Pineapple and Time of Year (Host)
Ink:  Melon Mambo Classic Stampin; Pad and Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White card stock and Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Snips

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