Blooming Window!

Blooming Window BestHi Stampers!  Happy Monday!  What did you do over the weekend?  I had lots of fun making cards!  I found a beautiful card on Pinterest by Kittie Caracciolo and just had to try to make one myself.  I love how it turned out!

Blooming Window Pot GreatThe trick is to curl each leaf and each petal using the bone folder.  Otherwise it’s pretty easy.  And wow does that curling make a difference…everything just pops out, doesn’t it?

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The sweet little flowers are punched from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock using the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I sponged the edges to give a bit of depth to the flowers.  The leaves are made from my favorite new die, the Flower Frenzy Big Z die.  You can see the rest of the items I used below.  Just click on an item for more details and to go straight to that product in my store.

Before I leave I just want to show you a new picture of my sweet little Elie.  She’s 14 months old now and really growing up — she hasn’t chewed through an electrical cord for a few weeks!

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Ok, I just can’t stop using Blackberry Bliss!  I love it, what can I say?  And this beautiful cotton ribbon is so nice and easy to use ~ oh my goodness this was a fun card to make!

Mary's Bravo envieFor the background on today’s card, I inked up the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and just placed my card stock inside and pressed it together.  It makes a nice base for the sentiment, don’t you think?  I have a feeling I’ll be doing more of this!

Pretty Pointer:  The Blackberry Bliss ink is quite dark.  You can actually vary the color by stamping off one time (by that I mean, stamp once on another sheet of paper).  This gives you a lighter shade of the same color ~ and it’s very pretty!

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This card is for a special friend.  You can see a little bit of my handwriting on the inside :-)  I love sending cards to my friends on their important occasions!

Pretty Pointer:  When writing your cards and addressing the envelopes, use the coordinating color marker.  It really makes a lovely finish to your pretty card!

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Beautiful Blackberry for the Pals!

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Today’s sketch for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge is fun!  There are SO many things you can do with this design.  I love having a sketch to follow ~ it’s like a game to play.  You can play along too!


I might have gone a bit overboard with pattern this time, I just couldn’t help myself :-)  I’ve been waiting to use the new Typset Specialty Designer Series Paper so I just decided to go for it.  I really didn’t intend for this card to be so busy, but I just kept playing with fun things and this is how it turned out!

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Blackberry Bliss and Very Vanilla look gorgeous together, and a bit of Basic Black mixes things up.  The sentiment is from the Choose Happiness set and the leaves are from the Kinda Eclectic set.

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So, have you tried Blackberry Bliss yet?  If not, you’ve just GOT to!  And then, let me know what YOU create with it!


Stamps:  Choose Happiness and Kinda Eclectic
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss Classic Stamp Pad
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla,  and Basic Black card stock, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Paper Snips, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels and 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry

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Specials This Week!

Weekly Deals

These Weekly Deals are some of the best ways to save money on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products!  Which item do you want (oops, need!)?  I will say that, for me, the Bitty Banners Framelits are indispensable.  I just used them for the little envelope in my last post!  If you don’t have them, this is the time to get them.


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Sweet Baby Baptism!

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Over the weekend I had the privilege of going to a baby baptism for the granddaughter of a dear friend.  Of course I had to make a special card!

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The focus of the card is a beautiful cross which was heat embossed in white and adorned with pearls.  To give it even more prominence, it’s set on a scalloped circle and then on a white doily.  How appropriate for a sweet little girl!

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The inside of the card repeats the scalloped circle, with the sentiment inside.  I’m really loving the new stamp set called Blessed by God.  It has some wonderful stamps for life’s important occasions.

Baptism insideI made a tiny little inside envelope to hold my gift.  I used the dotted swiss Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack in the coordinating Pink Pirouette color and my Envelope Punch Board.

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Here are the products I used to make this card, just click on any item and it will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! store!

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A Flourish of Cheers!

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Cheers!  I love this cute little sentiment!  It’s a preview of a great new Christmas stamp set called Good Greetings (not yet available).  I’m starting to get into a Christmas mood, thinking about Christmas cards :-)  I just got a peek of the new Holiday Catalog and – oh boy, you’re going to LOVE it!!  With that in mind, I created today’s card.

Cheers waterpotI’m just loving this flower from the new Flower Patch stamp set.  I think what I love about it is that it has different layers you can cut to give it a great 3D effect.  For this flower I cut one layer from Gold Foil paper for a bling look!  It appears a bit yellow in the photos, but it’s really a shiny gold.

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Are you ready to start seeing a few Christmas ideas?  I know, none of us really want to think about it yet…but it will be here before you know it.  Keep checking back here for lots of ideas and helps to help you get ready in plenty of time!

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Cute Curvy Birthday!

Gatefold betterHi! How are you doing today?  Have you been playing with paper?  Here’s a fun card you could make.  I’ve shown one of these before, it’s called a curvy gatefold card and it’s so fun.  This card has a belly band to hold it together, and it’s also a great place to put a sentiment!

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This design is from another demonstrator friend of mine, Linda Aarhus.  She has a great tutorial on how to make this card on her blog HERE.  Go check it out and make one!

Gatefold flowerThis whole card uses the beautiful colors Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.  Aren’t they gorgeous together?  For the flower I used three different punches, and one little sequin in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you make a curvy gatefold card, please send me a photo ~ I’d love to see what YOU do!!


Stamps:  Hey You
Ink:   Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss card stock and In Color Paper Stack
Tools:  Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Decorative Label Punch
Embellishments:  In Color Sequins


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A Friend Loves at All Times


A friend loves at all times.  I love this verse, it’s one of my favorites, so when I saw the new stamp set “Blessed By God,” I had to get it. And, I’m not disappointed!

FriendLoves2Don’t you like to just give cards to friends for no particular reason?  I gave this card to a dear friend recently, just because.  To me, these are the best cards to give.  Here’s a little peek at the inside:

FriendLoves side insideIt’s nice to have a little surprise inside a card and this sunburst from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set is perfect.  I also used it on the envelope.


I’m just wondering if you have a friend who has been this kind of friend to you?  It might be nice to send her a card!

Here’s a picture of this great new stamp set:

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Stamps:  Blessed by God, Kinda Eclectic
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow
Paper: Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss card stock, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Typeset DSP
Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Banner Punch
Other Goodies:  Basics Kraft Stickers

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Pretty in Pink by Robbi!

Robbi 2I love featuring pretty cards made by my friends, and today’s card by Robbi Raher is especially pretty!  There are several neat things on Robbi’s card that I want to point out to you.

Pretty Pointer #1:  She’s used an interesting shape to create a peek-a-boo window opening up to the sentiment.  Many times you will see circles or ovals…standard shapes.  But I love the way Robbi has used the Labels Collection Framelits to create the opening.  She then used the Secret Garden stamp set and framelits (now retired) to “hug” the opening.  Use any of your flower stamp sets to do the same thing!

Robbi angledPretty Pointer #2:  Robbi has really ramped up her card by using the Scallop Edge Border Punch on the lower edge of the card front.  You don’t see this very often and it just adds another level of wow!

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Pretty Pointer #3:  Continue the theme of the card on the inside!  I love how Robbi also used the Scallop Edge Border Punch on coordinating color strips inside the card.  Such a great idea!

Don’t you love Robbi’s card?  Please leave her a comment here.  She’ll definitely see it!!

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Beautiful Butterflies!

Praying1Today’s card is a case from a card I saw.  I’m so sorry, but I can’t remember where I saw it.  If I find out, I will definitely give credit to the designer.  Anyway, I just loved it, and had to give it a try!

Praying cuThese butterflies are really not hard to make.  I stamped them in Crumb Cake Ink onto Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, then used a Blender Pen to blend Crisp Cantaloupe ink onto the butterflies.  The edges of the wings were then dotted with Dazzling Details.  I’m just crazy about how they turned out!

Praying3Behind the large butterfly is a sheet of vellum.  I stamped some Crumb Cake ink on the underlying card stock.  A beautiful card for a beautiful case.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers, Papilion Potpourri
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe and Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and White Vellum
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Circles Collection Framelits, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Embellishments:  Silver Baker’s Twine, Dazzling Details

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