My On Stage Swaps!!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to show you my swaps from On Stage!  These are the cards I created to swap with other demonstrators.

Navy and yellow are so gorgeous together!  The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper has been one of my favorites this past year.  I used various patterns in the pack, so the cards all had a slightly different look.

Daffodil Delight is a great yellow, bright and clear. I used it as a panel behind the dsp and also as a circle layer behind the sentiment circle.

The Jar of Love stamp set has some good sentiments.  I love the way this one looks stamped in Night of Navy!

YOU can make this card yourself!  Here are some pointers for you!

Pretty Pointer:  This beautiful dsp is on the retiring list and I want to make sure you get some before it’s gone!

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Item No. 141663

See all the retiring items ~ and some are discounted up to 50% ~ by clicking the image below!

Pretty Pointer:  Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut the two circle layers.  They give a finished edge to your sentiment!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
Item No. 145372

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All Items Used on Today’s Card are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Jar of Love
Ink: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (retiring)
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine and Lace Doilies (retiring)


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New: Eastern Palace Suite! (GDP082)

Just have to show you these beautiful new colors and an EARLY RELEASE bundle:  the Eastern Palace Suite! You can get your hands on this fabulous bundle on May 1st and you are going to love it!

The design of today’s card is from this week’s Global Design Challenge.  It’s such a nice sketch!

Let me describe all the new fun items on this card!

First:  You are looking at two NEW fabulous 2017-2019 In Colors:  Powder Pink and Berry Burst!  And don’t think this Powder Pink is any old pink ~ it’s really a neutral! It’s very light and soft. You can see in the photo below that it’s even lighter than my nail polish 🙂

Second: These new Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies are AH-MA-ZING!!  Do you see the Powder Pink piece in the center?  It’s so neat with the little “petals” coming out from around the circle! And there are even more intricate dies in this set.

Third: The sentiments in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set are great. Some of them are shaped in a semi-circle so they can go on the inside of this circle.

Fourth:  Gold Vinyl Stickers!!  Yes, stickers! Do you love this large sticker on today’s card?  All I can say is WOW!  I have plans for these stickers…on my planner, notebook, ….  🙂

So, are you excited?  I am!  I have just barely touched all the possibilities of this bundle.  Well I’m really excited for YOU to be able to order this on May 1st!  It’s a pretty big deal that Stampin’ Up! is releasing this set early, one month before the new annual catalog comes out!

Speaking of the annual catalog, you are going to love it! I send FREE catalogs to all my customers. If you have ordered from me in the past year, you will be getting your catalog in the mail before June 1st. If you don’t have a demonstrator, just place an order from me and you will become my customer, and, get a FREE catalog!

My special gift to you this month, with a $75 order, is a FREE package of Gold or Silver Foil Sheets!  Be sure to use the Host Code. To find out more, CLICK HERE.

There are lots of fabulous products retiring soon and many are discounted, even up to 50%!  CLICK HERE to see all the retiring items!

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Sneak Peek for Easter!

Oh boy!  Over the past weekend I was able to get the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog early AND order some items!!  Well, I got a big box from the UPS man today and whee–fun stuff was inside!  I want to show you a few sneak peeks from my box 🙂  I’ve mixed a bit of the new with a bit of the retiring items!

So, what’s new?  Can you spot the items?  First, the sentiment is punched out with a brand new punch called the Pretty Label Punch (it really is pretty!).  Do you see the Gold Faceted Gems?  Big and bold and bling – love them!!  And then finally, there’s a brand new In Color cardstock called Powder Pink.  It’s a gorgeous color and seems to be almost a neutral…it blends with anything. Here on my card it forms the panel behind the dsp and the punched label.

Now for the retiring items. 🙂  The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments set.  It’s a lovely sentiment and all of the stamps in the set are great.  And the fonts are really nice!  If you need a good sentiment set, this is one worth getting.

The paper has been one of my favorites from the Occasions Catalog, it’s the Cupcakes & Carousels dsp (right now 40% OFF!), and the bigger label with gold is from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit (right now 30% OFF!).

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Some of My Favorite Retiring Items!

Today I want to start showing you some of my favorite things that are retiring.  That kind of sounds like the Sound of Music, doesn’t it?  “These are a few of my favorite things…”  Hee!

The Oh So Succulent stamp set and Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper are so pretty!  I have really loved this whole suite and I’m going to miss it 🙁

These fun succulents were made from the Succulent Framelit Dies ~ aren’t they realistic?  All of these items are on the retiring list and are really discounted!

Oh So Succulent Stamp Set  25% OFF
Was $21.00, Now $15.75
Item No. 142992

Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper  40% OFF
Was $11.00, Now $6.60
Item No. 142778

Succulent Framelits Dies  50% OFF
Was $33.00, Now $16.50
Item No. 142757

My favorite ever (so far!) die set is the Botanical Builders Dies. They make such gorgeous flowers! I have to say this is the neatest set of dies I’ve ever used.  I love the way the blossoms pop up 🙂

Botanical Builder Framelits Dies  50% OFF
Was $33.00, Now $16.50
Item No. 140625

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50% Off Some Retiring Products!!

Stampin’ Up! just released their annual list of retiring products, and some are up to 50% off!  To see them all CLICK HERE!

BEST DEALS NOW AVAILABLE!   The Stampin’ Up! Retiring Product List has been released!  It offers fantastic discounts (up to 50% off) on select products that are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogs!

See what’s retiring and on sale in my Stampin’ Up! on-line store!  Click the links below to see what’s retiring by category:

Retiring Stamps

Retiring 10% Off Bundles

Retiring Accessories & Everything Else

View the retiring products lists here in PDF format.


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Seven Fabulous Cards for You!

I just have to share with you seven beautiful cards made by my team (downline) for the On Stage swaps. I’m so excited to show you their cards!

We had so much fun at On Stage in San Diego!  Stampin’ Up! held several gatherings around the U.S. and we were so happy they came to our city. Here are a few photos!!

Me, Linda and Shannon

My team ~ the Sweet Stampers!

Me with my AMAZING upline, Mary Fish!





If you enjoy making cards (or want to learn!) and you like what you see here, come join me!  The Sweet Stampers is my team of AMAZING stampers ~ and, yes, they really are sweet!  As a Sweet Stamper, you will not only receive all the wonderful benefits that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, BUT YOU ALSO RECEIVE personal private training from me! If you are interested in joining my team, I’d LOVE to have you! CLICK HERE to find out more!

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Celebrating On Stage – Free Tutorial!

This weekend I’m celebrating! On Stage, Stampin’ Up!’s twice yearly conference at various locations is in San Diego!  I’m so excited!

So, for you my blog readers, I’m celebrating by giving you a FREE tutorial for this fabulous card!  Please click on the word “Tutorial” below to open it up ~ and enjoy!

Celebrate You Tutorial

The Birthday Blast stamp set and coordinating Star Blast Edgelits are so fun!  They make a fabulous and fun card!  And, they come in a bundle for a 10% savings.

Birthday Blast Clear Mount Bundle
Item No. 144716


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Peekaboo Peach Thanks!

Recently we’ve been talking about the retiring In Colors (2015-2017), but the continuing 2016-2018 In Colors will still be with us for another year.  And I’m so happy ~ they are beautiful colors!  The color featured on today’s card is Peekaboo Peach!

The “peach” tree is stamped with the Sheltering Tree stamps.  The green part of the tree was stamped with Pear Pizzaz ink.  I think it goes so well with Peekaboo Peach!  These two colors make a beautiful peach tree!

The Peekaboo Peach flowers and vines are are on one of the sheets of the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I have to say that has been my favorite DSP of the annual catalog.  I think I’ve gone through four or five packages!

I needed over 20 spring thank you notes, so after I made them all I took a photo of them lined up on my table!  Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzaz
Paper:  Whisper White and Peekaboo Peach card stock, Fruit Stand DSP
Embellishment:  Linen Thread

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Gift from the Garden!

This past weekend I was a part of a women’s retreat in the mountains.  It was wonderful!  And when I came home I had a few thank you notes to write!  No problem, that’s what I do 🙂

The theme of our retreat was about growing the roots of our lives in good soil.  The Gifts from the Garden stamp set was perfect!  The heart flower in the pot is all one stamp. In order to get the different colors on one stamp, I used our Stampin’ Write Markers and colored the portions of the stamp in the colors I wanted.

Do you see the cute little “burst” on the waterpot?  I found a darling little stamp in the Jar of Love stamp set and when I stamped it there I just loved it!!  The sentiment is also from the Jar of Love set.

Well, I have to tell you I’m getting really excited about this weekend!  There’s a regional Stampin’ Up! conference here in San Diego!  Yippee!

Follow me on Instagram @prettypapercards to see lots of fun photos of the weekend!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Gifts from the Garden and Jar of Love
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Archival Black
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green
Paper:  Crumb Cake Note Cards, Whisper White cardstock,
2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack





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You Make Me Smile!

First of all, I have to tell you that I didn’t make this gorgeous card!!!  It was a gift to me from my friend, Beeba Kapoor, and I just had to show it to you!  She made the sweet flowers from crepe paper…I’ve got to have her teach me how to make them!

To create the circles on this card she used the Layering Circles Framelits, and the sentiment is fro the Timeless Love stamp set.  Don’t you love it??

Paper Pumpkin is our monthly project kit delivered right to your door.  The kit for April was designed specially by Stampin’ Up!’s CEO, Sara Douglass.  That’s her in the photo peeking out from behind the box 🙂  ALSO, there’s a special gift inside!  We’re all so excited to find out what’s in the box!!!  If you want to get this month’s Paper Pumpkin and find out what’s in this pretty box, you MUST SUBSCRIBE BY APRIL 10th!  CLICK HERE to subscribe!

My Monthly Special!

I love to do special things for my customers, and this month I’m giving a FREE gift of a package of either Gold or Silver Foil Sheets when you place an order of $75 or more with me using the monthly Host Code.

For all the details, just CLICK HERE.  I love my customers and love splurging on them! I’d love to have YOU as my customer!! 🙂

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