Blue Flamingo!

Hi there! Now you may be thinking…what? a blue flamingo? But I have some friends who are expecting their first baby and they found out it’s a boy, and this just seemed perfect for them! And I am tickled pink for them 🙂

This flamingo has really surprised me, I didn’t realize I would like it so much! For today’s card I heat embossed the flamingo with white embossing powder. Then I watercolored it with an Aqua Pen and two colors of ink, Soft Sky and Island Indigo. I added a little watercolored bit of Daffodil Delight ink for the beak. I mean, a beak has to be a different color, right?

The flamingo was fussy cut with my paper snips and then glued onto a 2″ x 4″ Whisper White card stock panel. The legs of the flamingo had already been stamped on the panel (I have to say it looked a bit funny without the body!).

This stamp set is really fun and, it’s photopolymer which means that you can see through the stamps and they are easier to line up!


Here’s a photo of the finished card on my crafting desk. It’s always messy when I finish a card 🙂 Now, I’m the type of person that when I finish a card I just walk away and come back later to clean up. I know that might be shocking to some of you. But I think I just want to enjoy my creation for a while and not think of cleaning up. What about you? Do you clean up right away? Maybe you clean as you go? I’d love to know! Please leave me a comment HERE ~ don’t be too hard on me though!!

It’s almost July!  And that means there’s going to be a new Prettypapercards by Mail! It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait to show it to you!

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Welcome to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

Today is the FIRST Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I’m so excited you are here!!  This is our debut challenge and it is a fun one.  The tic tac toe board we are playing with is below. Each square is an element you can use when creating your card. Use any three elements/supplies on the board as long as the three elements you choose form a row, column or diagonal on the challenge board.

For my card today I used quite a few elements from the board. I’ll tell you about them below 🙂

The first element is heat embossing. I embossed the flamingo from the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set using white embossing powder. I also embossed the sentiment in gold (another element). I have to say I love this sentiment and I am “tickled pink” about this whole stamp set!

The next element is stripes. I used a cute little stripe stamp from the new Tabs for Everything stamp set. And the stripes are set on a white (element) circle (element) and tied up with a bit of white baker’s twine (element). See how fun this challenge is? I just couldn’t help myself, I had to use as many of the elements as I could! When I look at the challenge board, my card makes the diagonals in both directions, the center vertical row and the top and bottom horizontal rows. You can tell I had fun 🙂

Why don’t you play with us? Just click the graphic above to go to the challenge website ( to enter your card! You can also see what the other designers have created ~ I can tell you their cards are beautiful!! Thank you for stopping by today and being a part of our first challenge!

All Products Used are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo and Tabs for Everything
Ink: Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad, Versamark, White and Gold Embossing Powder
Paper: Powder Pink, Whisper White and Shimmery White card stock, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate
Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Triple Banner Punch
Embellishments: White Baker’s Twine, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Tea Lace Doily

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Tickled Pink for You ~ Two Sneak Peeks!

New baby cards are just so much fun to make, aren’t they? For this card I combined three different stamp sets to get what I wanted 🙂

The darling little teddy bear is from the fun Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating punch. What? Christmas? Well, teddy bears aren’t just for Christmas, they are for babies and children. And I love that a Christmas stamp set and punch can be used year round!

Pretty Pointer: Create your own designer series paper (dsp)! Yes, you can easily do this. For my white watercolored panel here, I stamped a pretty heart from the new Ribbon of Courage stamp set over and over arbitrarily. Then I went back and watercolored over it with an Aqua Pen containing only clear water, blending the images for a bit of an obscured background.

The Blushing Bride panel was dry embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it gives the card a sweet look.

The sentiment (which I love!!) is from a new stamp set called Fabulous Flamingos. I can’t wait for you to see the whole set!!

Aren’t you getting excited for the new Annual Catalog to go live June 1st? I know I sure am! If you don’t have a copy of the catalog, just email me at and I’ll get one out to you right away!

Until June 1st, DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE RETIRING ITEMS! There are only a few weeks left to get those items which are retiring and then they’ll be gone! Many of the items are on sale, so be sure click on the graphic below to get those items you won’t see again!

All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Ribbon of Courage (available June 1), Fabulous Flamingo
(available June 1), Cookie Cutter Christmas

Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper: Whisper White and Blushing Bride card stock, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine

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Something for Baby!

Baby envieRecently I’ve needed several baby cards.  I have two great stamp sets that are my go-to baby sets: Something for Baby and Barnyard Babies.  For today’s card I used them both!

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Don’t you love this cute baby carriage?  It has an old fashioned look that is so sweet!  This card is for a baby boy so I used Pool Party ink and card stock.

Baby flat

The Something for Baby stamp set has 12 adorable stamps, including the tiny heart stamp I used here 🙂  The sentiment is from the Barnyard Babies set ~ so perfect for a baby!

Baby standing

Now for a surprise!  What is in this picture?  Well, it’s lots of gold foil curls!!  I’m currently working on some swaps for various events at Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage in November.  Now I won’t show you the cards until after the event, but this is a little sneak peak!! The curls are cut with a die in the Cupcake Cutouts Die set.  I love how they look all bunched together!!!

Swap curleques

I’ll be going to On Stage in Atlanta in two weeks and I’m super excited!  I’ll be posting here so you can share all the fun with me!  Thanks for stopping by today!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Something for Baby and Barnyard Babies
Ink:  Pool Party and Dapper Denim
Paper:  Whisper White and Pool Party card stock, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Layering Circles Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Classic Label Punch
Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker’s Twine

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Baby Bears!!

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Look at these darling little baby bears!  They are too cute!  Do you believe they are made from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle?  This set is a year-round stamp set!!  🙂

Bear girl envieI’m just crazy about these bears, and I think they make the cutest baby cards.  All you do is stamp and punch, it’s quick!

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I’ve added a doily and embossed the lower panel with the Festive Embossing Folder.  It adds a sweet touch.

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The tiny sentiment is from the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Set.  It’s just stamped on a little strip of Whisper White card stock and tucked under the bear’s leg.  For the envelopes I added some cute booties from the Something for Baby set!

Bear Boy envie

Do you need to make any baby cards?  Pull out the Cookie Cutter Christmas set and have fun!!


All Products are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Something for Baby, Sweet Cupcake
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, and Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, Whisper White card stock
Tools:  Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Festive Embossing Folder, Classic Label Punch
Embellishments: Delicate White Doily, Whisper White Baker’s Twine


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Sweet Barnyard Babies!

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Hi friends!  Hope you are having a nice weekend!  Today I have a little baby card to show you.  I have a sweet friend who is pregnant with her first, and she just found out she’s having a boy.  I just had to celebrate with her by making her this card!

Lamb angled down

The Barnyard Babies stamp set is so perfect for baby cards.  It has adorable sentiments and cute little animals.  The lamb is my favorite.  It even has a tiny grass stamp!!  Do you see it there?

Lamb 1

If you are interested in any of the products highlighted here today, this is the time to order them.  Our Retiring List will be coming out Monday (I will post it here as soon as it comes out!).  If a product you like IS retiring, it may sell out fast.  And, items in the Occasions Catalog are likely not to be continued.  We don’t know yet.  But I want to be sure all of you get the items you want 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today!  I love comments, so please let me know what you think of this little card!

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

Stamps:  Barnyard Basics
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Pool Party and Whisper White Card Stock, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Circles Framelits Dies and Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon

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Sweet Little Lamb!

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This little lamb is SO cute!  I’m just crazy about him (or her)!  Look at that sweet expression 🙂  Is this perfect for a baby card or what?

Lamb angled

The new stamp set called Barnyard Babies has some adorable little animals in it but I’m partial to the lamb.  And I love the sentiment!  I know a young couple who just had a baby boy and this card is going straight to them.

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Here are all the darling little animals in the set:

Barnyard Basics

Which one is your favorite?  Goodness, I really like those little ducks, too!

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Bright Baby Boy!

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Bright colors today for a baby boy card!  There is a brand new baby boy in my extended family and he needs a welcome card!  I’m so excited ~ on the inside of this card I might write “Welcome To The World!”

BlueBaby angled

The little giraffe and elephant are SO cute, just perfect for a little boy card right?  The color I used is Pacific Point.  I don’t use bright blue very often, but I like it here.  It’s bright and babies are attracted to bright colors.

BlueBaby 2A few retiring items are making an appearance on this card…the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (which is so perfect for baby cards) is retiring.  This has been a classic for me.  I’m sad to see it go 🙁  And the sentiment stamp is from the retiring set called “Baby, We’ve Grown.”  This is a really great baby stamp set.  I think both of these things are still available on the Retiring List, so if you want them, pop on over to my store and get them right away before they sell out!

BlueBaby envie

And don’t forget about the envelope!  Isn’t that bright red elephant adorable on the envelope?  The animal stamps are from the set called “Zoo Babies” and it is NOT retiring.  Love it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Our new annual catalog is coming out tomorrow – FOR DEMONSTRATOR’S EYES ONLY!  I’m so excited!  If YOU want to be able to see the new catalog over a month before everyone else, get your Starter Kit today!  There is absolutely no obligation.  You’ll get 20% off everything you buy and have access to the new catalog and all the new items before anyone else.  Come on, you know you want to do it!!  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

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Sweet Sweet Baby!

Baby envie

A dear friend of mine just had her first grand baby and I wanted to make her a ~special~ card!  It’s a little girl so the card definitely needs lace and ribbon and flowers, right?

Baby angled

I love to make bows that have long “tails.”  I loop the ribbon up over my finger and then stick it down just past the loop using glue dots.

Baby cu

The main color for this card is Crisp Cantaloupe.  It’s really a soft peachy color, but in some lights it can look pink ~ a perfect modern choice for a little girl baby 🙂

Baby 1Thanks for stopping by today!  If you’d like the details about this card, everything is listed just below.


Stamps:  Baby We’ve Grown and Choose Happiness
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Whisper White and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, and Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Scallop Tag Topper, Circles Collection Thinlits Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Tea Lace Doily, Artisan Embellishment Kit 

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Sweet Baby!

Baby 1Sweet baby…aren’t all babies sweet?  And we all frequently need cards for sweet babies.  Today I need a card for a precious little girl born to a family of 4 boys.  What a joy she is already!

Baby cu

For baby cards I love using the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.  Both of the sentiments on this card are from that set.  And the delicate paper is from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper.  See the recipe below.

Baby angled


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Stampin’ Up! Items You Will Need to Make This Card:

Stamp:  Baby We’ve Grown
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White,  Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Sweetheart Punch, Circles Thinlits Dies
Other:  Tea Lace Doilies, Subtles Candy Dots, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine


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