One of the Best Cards You Can Send!

Birthday cards and congratulations cards are wonderful and we love to send them, but I believe the best card we can send is the card saying we care.  That’s why I love to send cards like this one, to show care and bring a smile to others. And I think it’s the best card we can send!

This sentiment on today’s card is from the Rose Wonder stamp set, and it’s one I use frequently. I’m so happy that it’s carrying over into the new catalog 🙂  It has been stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock and punched out with a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.

The pretty flowers are from a retiring set called Penned & Painted. It’s a great set of loose flowers and leaves. It’s a 2-step stamp set but I only used the outline stamps. Then I colored the insides of the flowers with our watercolor pencils and lightly brushed water over them with an aqua pen.  The leaves are colored with our Stampin’ Write Markers.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you like the Penned & Painted set, grab it right away as the retiring items are only while supplies last 🙂

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Sparkles Galore!

Hi there!  Hope you are having a great week! I’ve been having fun making these pretty cards with the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

Each card uses a different one of the 2016-18 In Colors. I love seeing them all together, they are so springy!

This sentiment from the Rose Garden stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch. Then it was layered on top of some of the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon and poof, a gorgeous card!

The wonderful thing about these cards is that most of the items used to make them are now FREE (individually) with your $50 order! Sale-a-Bration is almost over and I want you to be able to take advantage of all the great FREE items!  Here are the items from this card that you can get FREE (each one is FREE with a $50 order, before tax and shipping):

Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item No.147356
2016-18 In Color Cardstock Assortment, Item No. 147361
3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, Item No. 143601
(be sure to use the above item numbers when ordering)

And, I’m personally giving you a separate FREE GIFT if you place a$75 order using this month’s Host Code!  You just can’t lose! Find out more by clicking HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today!



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Beautiful You!!

Today’s card uses the Beautiful You stamp set.  This set is really something different.  I love it!

These stamps are very artistic, they make beautiful scenes.  And on top of that, they are amazingly easy to stamp!  They give a clear crisp image.

It doesn’t take any time at all to make a great card!  For this card I stamped the girl with the umbrella, then I stamped some designer series paper with the same stamp.  I cut out the umbrella from the dsp and pieced it onto the umbrella on the girl. Super easy — and a big WOW!

I added a quick “sky” above the umbrella using the Sale-a-Bration set called Delicate Details (FREE with a $50 order!).  Then I stamped a sentiment onto a piece of Mint Macaron card stock and punched it out with a circle punch.  Quick and done!

Oh, I forgot…I used Watercolor Pencils on her dress!  It’s so much fun to color…so relaxing!  And, making cards is relaxing, don’t you think?  That’s something I really like about card making, it gives me a chance to get away into a world of colors and papers and lace (sometimes), and forget everything else.  What about you?  Why do you like card making?  Let me know, I love your comments!


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Stamps:  Beautiful You, Delicate Details
Ink:  Black Archival and Melon Mambo
Paper:  Mint Macaron and Whisper White card stock, Blooms and Bliss dsp, Pop of Pink dsp
Tools:  2″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen
Embellishments:  Brights Enamel Shapes

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Lacy Succulent!

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Succulents are very popular right now, and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend.  We have a beautiful Oh So Succulent stamp set, Succulents Framelits Dies, and a gorgeous coordinating designer series paper called Succulent Garden!

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The big flower here is a stamp and it’s been stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  Then it was filled in with a blender pen and some Sweet Sugarplum ink.  That gives it the pretty shading!

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The sentiment is from the Feather Together stamp set and it is stamped on vellum with Rich Razzleberry ink.  There are some great sentiments in this stamp set and the font is quite modern 🙂

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On a personal note, I thought I’d share with you a photo of me and my husband, David.  He just had a birthday and this is a photo of us at dinner with our daughter and her fiance 🙂  Happy Birthday Honey!

Me and D his 66th bday



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Stamps:  Oh So Succulent, Feather Together
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock, Succulent Garden designer series paper
Tools:  Succulent Famelit Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Lace Doilies

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Sneak Peek: Mediterranean Meow!

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Look at this sweet kitty on the wooden chair!  Is he darling or what?  This wonderful stamp is from the new set called Mediterranean Moment, premiering in the Occasions Catalog January 4, 2017.  It was created by million dollar demonstrator, Susan Nygaard.  I had the privilege of meeting her in November in Atlanta, and she is an amazing person.

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There are four stamps in the set, each with a different Mediterranean scene.  They are each beautiful.  They can be stamped in black ink, or watercolored, or colored with a blender pen as I’ve done here!

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For my card today, I used a watercolor paper panel and gave it a watercolor wash in Mint Macaron.  That created a nice background for this sweet scene.

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The sentiment used on this card is from the Feather Together stamp set.  I really like the font.  It’s modern with a little bit of whimsy 🙂

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One reason I really like this particular stamp is that it’s a scene I would love to see on my patio.  We don’t have cats, but I do love them.  I’m imagining this kitty sitting on a chair on my patio ~ in the sun purring!

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoying this “scene” with me!  Get ready for January 4th when you’ll be able to get this set for yourself!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments, Feather Together
Ink:  Black Archival Ink, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Blender Pen


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Thoughtful Branches!

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You only have a few more days to order the wonderful Thoughtful Branches Bundle and I want to show you a few of the cards I’ve posted using this set to remind you how fabulous it is!

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For You straight


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This has been one of my favorite bundles in a long time.  If you want the details on any of these cards, just scroll through my previous posts 🙂  Thank you for stopping by today!

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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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Garden Thoughts for the Pals!


The colors chosen by Windy Ellard for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge are so pretty together!  Island Indigo has been a favorite of mine since it came out.

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Lately I’ve been working out in my garden patio, doing a little transplanting and watering 🙂  I think I have gardening on my mind, and decided to use this cute watering pot from the Gift from the Garden set.  Is it darling or what?

PPA305cuPretty Pointer:  the 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon can be died!  The organza ribbon banner here was sponged with Island Indigo ink to make a perfectly coordinated embellishment!!

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Please pop on over to Pals Paper Arts and see what all the other designers have created using these pretty colors!  Better yet, make your own card and enter it in the color challenge!  See you there!

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

Stamps:  Gift from the Garden, Awesomely Artistic, Swirly Birds, Sheltering Tree, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Island Indigo and Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Island Indigo cardstock
Tools:  Circles Thinlits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishment:  5/8″ White Organza Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies

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Sparkly Glitter Bird!

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Hi there!  So I’m enamored with the new Best Birds stamp set.  I can’t stop using it!  Today I used another one of the bird stamps, and I tried out the branch and the sweet little dogwood flowers.  They were all cut with the coordinating dies.

Glitter Bird 1The bird was stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored using an Aqua Pen.  I used a Stampin’ Write Marker in Cajun Craze to color the beak.

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I tried a new technique on this card using glue and glitter.  I mixed a bit of Tombow Glue and water on top of a clear block using an Aqua Pen.  Then I flicked the mixture off the Aqua Pen by hitting it against my finger.  I think I did too much flicking…because when I covered the card with glitter and shook it off, there was SO much glitter!!  I meant for it to just be a nice sprinkling 🙂  Oops!!

Glitter Bird cu dogwoodI love the little blossoms.  I’m not sure what type of blossoms they were meant to be, but I’m thinking they are cherry blossoms!  What do you think?

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Have you used this set yet?  Let me know what you think, I love hearing from you!

Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card

Stamps:  Best Birds and Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Pads; Memento Ink Pad
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand and Whisper White card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Aqua Pen, Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Other:  Paper Lace Doily, Tombow Glue, Gold Glitter

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Thinking of You!

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Thinking of You is such a great sentiment for a card.  There are so many occasions for this sentiment.  I like to use cards like these for sympathy cards and write a personalized note inside.

Thinking pot

The sentiment here is from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  This is a go-to set for me for people who are sick or who’ve lost a loved one.  The flowers and leaves are from the Choose Happiness.  I cut out the flowers and wrinkled them up to give them some dimension.

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I’m thinking of you today, too, and hoping you are having a great day.  Get in some stamping if you can!!

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