Sneak Peek From My Guest Stamper!

Today I have a treat for you…a guest stamper and a fabulous card! My friend Linda Foster designs and makes amazing cards and I asked her if I could show you this one. She kindly said yes!

Linda used a stamp set from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog: it’s called Daisy Delight. And this card IS a delight! And even better, there’s a coordinating punch!

Here are some tips from Linda:

  • Linda has stamped and punched three daisies and stacked them on top of each other. This gives the full look to the daisy.
  • She stamped the daisies using white Craft Stampin’ Ink on Melon Mambo card stock. The craft ink can take a little time to try, so Linda said she hits it for a minute with a heat gun to dry it more quickly.
  • A square cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies really sets off the daisy.
  • The “bling” on this card comes from the new silver Faceted Gem in the center of the daisy

All of these fun new products are part of the Delightful Daisy Suite and will be available to customers on June 2nd, so start making your wish list now! In the meantime, please take a look at both the Retiring Products and the Clearance Rack. There are lots of great deals over there! Click on the graphics below to see what’s available!


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New Video: How I Store My Dies!

Dies, dies, dies ~ we love them, don’t we? And on May 1st you are going to be able to order the fabulous Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies as part of an early release bundle offered by Stampin’ Up! (yeah, yippee!)

So I made you a little video showing how I store my dies! It’s not a professional video, I’m just learning, so please bear with me 🙂

What do you think of the Eastern Medallion Thinlits?  Aren’t they cool? I wanted to give you a little sneak peek because they aren’t like any dies I’ve ever seen! We are going to have lots of fun with these!!

Look closely at the photo above. The large gold circular pattern is a new vinyl sticker that comes with the bundle. Then inside that is the die. See those neat “petals”? They pop up off the page!!

Please stop back by because I’m going to be showing you more cards using these dies. Actually, I have barely started playing with them!! 🙂

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little video. I’m going to try to do more for you, and hope to get better!

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DON’T FORGET to check out both the Retiring Items and the Clearance Rack! There are great deals over there! Just click the graphics below to find out what’s available. Remember, these are only while supplies last!





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New Items in Clearance Rack – Up To 60% Off!!

WOW! Stampin’ Up! has added new items to the Clearance Rack and some are up to 60% OFF!! They have new stamps, ribbons, framelits…did I say ribbon!!! But their stock is only while supplies last, so jump over there right away!


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New Eastern Palace Suite Available May 1st!

Today’s card was created with some of the fabulous items from the new Eastern Palace Suite. I’m so loving this suite!  It’s going to take all of us quite a while to exhaust all of its possibilities!

The rich color I’m using is the new 2017-2018 In Color, Berry Burst. I’ve done a watercolor wash with my Aqua Pen to really show it off.  And, it blends beautifully with our bright yellow Daffodil Delight!

  • The card base is Whisper White with a panel of Daffodil Delight on top. The next layer of patterned paper is the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • Then we have a panel of watercolor paper with a little row of the fabulous Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (love, love, love!!)
  • The “smile” sentiment and the circle are from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set. I used the 2″ Circle Punch to punch that little guy out.
  • A bit of 1/4″ Gold Natural Trim is wrapped under the circle, along with some Gold Thread.

GET IT EARLY!  On May 1st, Stampin’ Up! is releasing to customers two bundles from this new suite. That’s one month prior to the release of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  You can buy these bundles early!!  And, each bundle has FREE GIFTS! Whee!  See the details below.



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Spring Daisy Delight Sneak Peek!!

Daisies are sweet flowers aren’t they?  Common and simple.  Most people like daisies, and it just seems right that we would have a new set of daisy stamps.  That’s the sneak peek I want to show you today 🙂

The first thing I wanted to stamp when I opened the set was a single daisy on a tall stem.  But as soon as I did that, I had to stamp more!!

Did you know that daisies are found everywhere on earth except Antarctica? No wonder they are loved by so many!  And they were named in the Old English “day’s eyes” because the flowers open at dawn!  (I did a little googling!)

Now there’s another sneak peek on this card and it’s the scallop die that I used to cut the paper at the top. This scallop die is in a new die set called Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The set has so many fun dies, but this one caught my eye.  I can tell you I’ll be using it a-lot!!

I’m so excited for June 2nd when the new catalog goes live!  I can’t wait for all of you to play with these fun goodies!!  Please know that I’ll be giving you many more sneak peeks between now and then so that you can start your wish list!

And speaking of flowers, I just have to show you the roses that are blooming in my garden!  We’ve had so much rain here in Southern California this year that everything is just exploding!  I wish I had some daisies too (maybe I should plant some!), but for now my roses are blooming like crazy!  I just brought a pretty bouquet into the house the other day!

You know that with a new catalog coming, lots of items from the current catalog are retiring, and some are up to 50% off!  Click HERE to see the good deals!

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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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Fun Balloon Birthday!

Balloon Adventures has been one of my favorite birthday sets in the Occasions Catalog. It has fabulous birthday sentiments!  And now it’s retiring 🙁

There are also some pretty neat Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies that go with this set. The fun bow on this card and the dotted balloons were cut from the dies.  The dies are retiring also, and right now they are 50% OFF!!  (How often can we buy dies for 50% off??)

Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies
Item No. 142753
NOW $16.50 — 50% OFF (while supplies last)

Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp Set
Item No. 143377

Pretty Pointer:  Birthdays are the perfect time to use bright colors.  For my card I used Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy and I think they look fabulous together. Use your favorite brights on your next birthday card 🙂

This stamp set and coordinating dies are really worth having and making a part of your collection! With such a great price on the dies, who can resist?!!

 To see all the other retiring items, just click on the graphic below.  I don’t want you to miss out!

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Here are the New In Colors!

I just can’t wait another minute to show you these gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! In Colors!!  Aren’t they bee-you-ti-full??

Here they are below with their fun names.  The bright Lemon Lime Twist is a showstopper! Fresh Fig doesn’t show in these photos as pretty as it really is. Actually, right now it may be my favorite. I should’t say that because if it’s like past years, each color becomes my favorite at some point 🙂

So what do you think?  I’d love to hear your reactions!  Leave me a comment HERE and tell me your thoughts!

Now you know what it means when we have new colors coming out…a NEW ANNUAL CATALOG!!  This one is bigger than last year, and that means more stamps, more dies, more amazing samples!

Would you like your own copy of this catalog? If you are one of my customers (placed a Stampin’ Up! order through me in the past year) you are already on my list to receive a FREE catalog.  All new customers who order from me will receive a FREE CATALOG in the mail with a handmade thank you card!

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My Stepped Up April Paper Pumpkin and a Video!

We knew this month’s Paper Pumpkin would be special because Stampin’ Up!’s Sara Douglass designed it, AND, it has a FREE gift inside. So, I was excited to see it in my mailbox today 🙂

I opened that box and started playing right away! All of these cards I’m showing you today were designed by me and are alternatives (stepped up versions) of the cards shown in the kit.  For the one above, I watercolored the black and white striped paper to give it a new look. I used one of the pink sparkly embellishments popped up on a dimensional above a cluster of the leaf stickers.

What is the free gift? Some mini watercolor pencils! Whee!  You will love them! For this card I watercolored the one panel and stamped some black dots on the dried panel. The stamps shown here all come in the kit!

Here’s the video about the kit from Sara:

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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

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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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