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Holiday Swap Card

I’m still in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Four Feathers Stamp and Framelits bundle! I wanted to create a special card for the local demonstrator meeting I’m attending tomorrow. I found this card by Kristine McNickle at Creative Stamping and it was soooo great that I CASED it!

Card featuring Four Feathers and Bird Builder Punch from Stampin' Up!

The supplies for the card are listed below. Here are the basics for creating this card.

  • The splattered background is made with Gorgeous Grunge and Smoky Slate. I stamped off on a piece of scrap before I applied the stamp to my background.
  • The diagonal stripe is silver washi tape from All Is Calm. It makes an easy layering element.
  • Cut one feather out of SU’s Card Stock Vellum.
  • Stamp a feather with Versamark onto Night of Navy card stock; sprinkle with Silver Emboss Powder and heat emboss.
  • Punch out your bird before you stamp and emboss; it will be much easier. (I might have made 3 birds before I figured this out…)
  • There are great sentiments that are perfect for small places in the Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer stamp set. I loved this one–the sentiment and the fonts.
  • Use a Stampin’ Dimensional to attach the sentiment to the glimmer paper. Glimmer paper is hard to attach to, and dimensionals or glue dots are great for it.
  • The back of Glimmer Paper is very smooth so I always use Liquid glue to attach it to my projects. It works like a charm!
  • This card would be great if you want to create multiple holiday cards, but ensure that they still look special. The elements lend themselves to assembly line production.
  • I made 10 cards in about 2 hours by cutting all the vellum, stamping and embossing all the feathers, stamping and punching the sentiment–you get the idea!

I hope my fellow demonstrators like this card as much as I do. :)

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Welcome to the Team Stamp It Fall Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Tonya’s blog! Have you been having fun???

Today I have some cards I created using the Four Feathers Stamp and Framelits (I bought the bundle–saved 15%!!!). The focus of the three cards is this one:
Card made with Stampin' Up! Four Feathers Bundle

I enjoyed making this one and I thought I’d experiment. I wondered how it would work to use Versamark on and Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Burlap Ribbon. I think it worked great! It’s shiny but still rustic and I loved it! The next experiment was to see if the matching feather framelit would cut through the Burlap Ribbon nicely. Success again! Woot!

Backing the feather is a failed experiment–LOL! The card base looked awful with the swath of Pool Party embossing, so I cut it off, not worrying about it being too even. Behind that is a scrap of Island Indigo card stock that I ran through the Confetti Star punch and then hand cut. I used Liquid glue to attach the punched piece to the Crumb Cake Note Card–these are sooo handy! I used the stamp set called A Dozen Thoughts for the greeting. That’s it! It’s casual but fun and is a good card for men or women.

Four Feathers Crumb Cake Card
I LOVE this card, too! I heat embossed the two black feathers on the card base and then made the gold one on a scrap of Crumb Cake (from the card base with the failed Pool Party swath!!!) and die cut it with the matching framelit. The linen ribbon is retired–sorry!

My final card is another feather card. I wasn’t able to stop creating with this bundle!
Four Feathers Card metals

The Gold button is from the Holiday Catalog. There are bunch of them and they add just the right touch! Unfortunately, the pewter embossing powder, the lace tape, and the linen ribbon are retired. You can easily substitute other items.

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Thanks, You’re a Star!

I love that Stampin’ Up! has just the things I need when I need them! This time, I needed stars.

My daughter and I just finished a R.A.D. Women course in a nearby town. Because the majority of the police officer instructors were male, I knew that I’d need some masculine cards to send thank yous to the team–who were STARS! Fortunately, the upcoming Holiday Catalog offers lots of starry options!

Masculine Thank You Cards using the Confetti Stars Punch from Stampin Up!

Do you see the starry goodness on these cards??? That’s the new  Confetti Star Punch coming your way in the Holiday Catalog!!! (If you need one, shoot me an email!) There is also a star embossing folder, and, even though I didn’t use it for these, the Big Shot  with 15% of the Bright & Beautiful Bundle is still going on!  I DID use the Big Shot to cut our the word bubble and large star! I LOVE my Big Shot!

Hey There Buds Thank You Card from Stampin'Up!

Because one of the instructors was a female and a friend, I was able to create a more feminine card for her! I used similar colors as those with the masculine cards, but it gave me a chance to use more color and break out my Hey There Buds stamp! Isn’t it adorable? I used the sun from Kinda Eclectic also. I love the look it creates behind the flower. There’s a little depth on the flowers because I stamped it twice and cut out the three major flowers and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up. I didn’t forget the bling!!!

I had so much fun making these cards! Order the supplies below!

Hey There Buds Wood Stamp
Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (“thank you” sentiment)
Just Sayin’ Stamp Set (“Awesome Thanks!” sentiment)
2014-2016 In Colors Stampin’ Write Markers
3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hello Honey
Word Bubbles Framelits
Stars Framelits
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Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin’ Dimensionals (I don’t think I can make a card without these!)
Confetti Star Punch (Sorry, you can’t get this until August 28th!)

Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks–while you’re there, pick up the…
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks, too!
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack


More Blingful Cards & A Big Shot Offer!

I have more cards to share from the Bling Swap I was in at Stampin’ Up! Inspire.Create.Share.2014 convention. But…let me start with a great opportunity to get free stamps and matching Framelits when you buy a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine in August!

Big Shot Promotion from Stampin' Up!

Buy a Big Shot before the Holiday Catalog–full of awesome Big Shot accessories–is available. You’ll be ready to make sweet and elegant cards and gifts the minute you receive your order!  To make this offer even sweeter, when you buy a Big Shot in August, you will receive one of five free stamp set/framelits bundles–your choice!

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(Did you see the sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog??? The Bright & Beautiful set is in the Holiday catalog–shhhh…don’t tell anyone!)

“But, Diane,” you say, “I already have the life-changing, paper crafting whiz that is the Big Shot!”   No worries! If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these bundles at an amazing 15% off!

This is one deal you won’t want to miss–only available from August 1-31–as these bundles are one-time only exclusives from Stampin’ Up!

Now… on to some more inspiring cards!!!

Gold Accented card from Stampin' Up!

Jan Reid included a LOT of gold on this easy to reproduce card! She’s used the all gold Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and the lovely, Gold Sequin Trim. The sentiment comes from the Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Pink Work of Art card

This pinkalicious (my favorite color!!!) by Leslie Irvin uses the new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the flowers. It’s really sparkly in real life! Colors in the card are Strawberry Slush and Whisper White. The sentiment comes from the Work of Art stamp set, and the flowers are from the Mixed Bunch stamp set, and punched with the Blossom Punch!

Gold Work of Art Card

This card by Shannon Miller has the Midas touch! The Work of Art stamp set was used on the background and as the focal point. The Gold Metallic Encore Ink Pad is used throughout, as well as Hello Honey card stock, ink and 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. Extra bling comes from the Gold Sequin Trim, Rhinestones and Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape!

Gold and Elegant Eggplant Star Card

Tracy Donath made this terrific star card using Gold Glimmer Paper, Be the Star stamp set, Stars Framelits (which you can get in a bundle during the Big Shot sale above!), with shades of purples and gold. Don’t you love it???

From My Heart Pink and Black Kindness Card

Last but certainly not least, this lovely pink and black card that I can’t attribute because there is not identification with it. :( It is lovely using Blushing Bride card stock and Back to Black Designer Series Paper! The Mixed Bunch and Flower Shop stamp sets, with the Blossom and Pansy Punches were used to create the flowers while the From My Heart stamp set provided the sentiment!

Thanks for spending the time looking at these pretty cards. Each one could be made by you! The hyperlinked phrases will bring you to my store to buy the supplies needed for the cards! Or, if you want to browse, you can click on the button below!

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Cards, Galore!

It’s been a while, but I’m back to share more cool stuff from Stampin’ Up! I did some great swapping at Inspire. Create. Share. Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention. Swapping is one of the fun activities to do while you’re waiting for the Main Doors to open!

Here are some “bling-ful” cards I swapped for!

Card made with Blackberry Bliss CS and Gold Foil Paper
This is the card I created using the Hostess Set: Bloom with Hope using the new In-Color Blackberry Bliss, new Designer Series Paper Typeset, Gold Foil paper and the lovely Gold Sequin Trim.

Make A Wish card with Silver accents

My friend Betsy Nagel made this lovely card full of bling-ful elements!!! Highlights include the Perfect Penants stamp set, Silver Glimmer Paper and the Banner Framelits and Banner Punch!

Hey There Fancy Fold Card

Fellow demonstrator Carol Gilmore made this lovely, fancy close card! More Glimmer paper, as well using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, the Pansy Punch, the Just Sayin’ stamp set and matching Word Bubbles Framelits. LOVE!

You're Fabulous card with flowers

Cary Ferruggia created this ‘fabulous’ card! The layering created by using the Ovals Framelits, the sweet Tea Lace Doily, Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the sweet flowers made with Petite Petals Punch, the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack and Rhinestones make this card lovely to behold!

Thinking of You with Flowers card

Cindy Moffitt made this lovely cascading flower card! The secret is using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a simple background for the sweet Petite Petals flowers punched with the matching punch! You could use any sentiment for this card and it would be just perfect! OK, maybe not a fishing or hunting sentiment, but you know what I mean! Some of the flowers are raised up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I have more cards to share, but those will wait for another day–SOON! In the meantime, follow me on my Facebook Page! It’s where I put up fun little memes and Stampin’ Up! specials, as well as special projects I’ve made!

Digital Christmas Card Class & A Special Offer

Take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio 30% off Sale and get your Christmas Cards done at the same time!

I’m offering an in person or online class showing you how to create 3 different Christmas Card styles with My Digital Studio. The best part of this deal??? You get 30% off your printing with Stampin’ Up! until November 29th! Woot!

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The class fee is $20.

My Digital Deal??? If you register to take the class during Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbook Days from November 1-8, you can take the class for the special price of $17!

Email me at if you are interested in taking this class! I’m away with no internet access this weekend (I know!!! But I’ll survive!) so I’ll get back to you on Monday 11/4 to arrange for payment or answer your questions.

And…because I really, REALLY love My Digital Studio, anyone who buys the My Digital Studio software during Digital Scrapbook Days, will be entered into a drawing to take this class for FREE!!! (Don’t worry, if you’ve already registered for the class and you win, I’ll refund your class fee!)

So… a great deal from Stampin’ Up!, a great deal on a class from me, and a chance to win it! Best of all, you’ll get a great digital design program and my ongoing ideas, tips and tricks for using it!

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Digital You & Me card

Today kicks off Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbooking Days, a celebration of all things My Digital Studio! For eight days, Stampin’ Up! is offering daily digital deals, free downloads, and challenges on

Since I LOOOOVE My Digital Studio, I’m following along and will have samples, inspiration, tips and tricks for using My Digital Studio! Today’s daily deal download is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit. This kit is super trendy and fun! I made 2 digital cards and a scrapbook page with this set! Here are the cards. Check out my Facebook Page for the scrapbook layout!

Amped Up Ampersand CardAmped Up Ampersand Card Inside

I used one of the designer series patterns in this kit for my background on the cover and the inside. The cover sentiment is made with the “ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers“, and the ampersand is from “Happy Things Pocket Cards“. I colored the stamps with Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment inside uses the CK Ali Hand font inside a text box and the heart is from “Cheep Talk“. I was thinking of my husband when I created this card! I hope he likes it! Below is another card front and inside!

Amped Up Ampersand Card Front Amped Up Ampersands Card Inside

This card uses splatters that I recolored and the inside sentiment is from the “Seriously Awesome Stamp Brush Set” set.  I like this card, too! Which one is your favorite?
Here are all the elements in this digital set:
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I love My Digital Studio so much and I want you to love it too. To introduce you to the joys of MDS, when you download the My Digital Studio Free Trial from now through Saturday, November 8th,  one of you will win a free seat to my Digital Christmas Cards Class. At the end of the class (a $20 value) you will have created your own Christmas cards with My Digital Studio so you can print them at a discount through Stampin’ Up! 

Oh, did I forget to mention the 30% off sale (now through November 30th) on digital downloads and printing through Stampin’ Up!? Oops! I’ll share more about that tomorrow!

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Lovely As A (Christmas) Tree

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is the opportunity to make friends who share the same passions I do. This weekend, I was invited to participate in a shoebox swap that another demonstrator and her team were having. We met at a local pizzeria for some food and fun!

A shoebox swap is one in which each person brings all the tools needed (stamps, ink, etc.) and all the paper pieces trimmed or die cut and ready to stamp on and assemble. There were 6 of us participating and I wanted to share my card and give you some tips for reproducing it.

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card Front
This is a one-layer stamped card that uses the masking technique. For interest it is mounted on a base that is 1/4″ larger than the card size. To do this, I trimmed the card stock to 8″ by 5.75″ and scored at 4″. The base is one piece of card stock trimmed to 4.25″ by 5.5″. This give a little extra interest to the card.

Here’s how I made the card front. I trimmed a large sticky note to 4″ by 5.25″ being sure that I kept the sticky part at the top. I then die cut this sticky note with the largest die in the Apothecary Accents Framelits, again being sure that the sticky part was on the die cut piece and the frame around it. You use BOTH of these pieces to do your masking.

  1. Take the die cut mask and place it in the center of your card front. Be sure that the sides around it are equal.
  2. Next, I inked up the En Francais stamp in Smoky Slate ink and stamped the card over the mask. Remove the mask and you have a blank center surrounded by French words.
  3. Place the frame from the die cut onto the card front.  Be sure to line up the outer edges with that of the card front, and that you have the blank center showing.
  4. Next, use a Stamping Sponge and shade the center. Start lightly and add more layers of color as you go. Continue until you are happy with the shading.
  5. Ink up the evergreen tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set (don’t you love the many ways you can use this set?!?) with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp the tree in the center of your shaded area.
  6. Remove the mask–isn’t the design cool!?!
  7. I sponged the edges of the card with Cherry Cobbler and then mounted it onto the Cherry Cobbler card stock piece.
  8. For the inside, I inked up the Merry Christmas stamp from last year’s Greetings of the Season (carried over, but not in the annual catalog :( ) and stamped it on the inside. I then used markers to ink up the spruce and cone sprig from Lovely As A Tree for a little more interest inside the card. Soft Suede is on the cone and branch and Old Olive is on the leaves.

Lovely As A Tree Christmas Card Inside

This is a fairly easy and fun card to make. You can use this technique with LOTS of shapes and stamps! Try it and share your results with me on my Facebook Page! I’d love to see your cards!

Here are the cards and projects the other ladies provided for us to make. The cards on the upper left and lower right use the uber-cute Color Me Christmas stamp set! The gift bag on the top right is made using 2 sheets of designer series paper called Birthday Basics and couldn’t be easier! But, hey-ho, what’s that on the front of the bag??? It’s a card that matches and it’s stored in one of our Clear Envelopes. Just use Sticky Strip on the back of the envelope to securely attach it to the bag! Cute, right??? By the way, the stamp set used on the card is in the annual catalog and is called Road to Happiness!

Shoe box Swap Cards
The card on the lower left uses the new Label Card Thinlits Die (there is a Circle Card Thinlits Die also). This card opens up as a zig-zag and is really pretty and a fun card to open. The lower middle card has a favorite color combo of mine: Gray and Pink!!!
The Petals A Plenty embossing folder was used on the Whisper White card stock. The designer series paper is a new pattern from the Holiday Catalog: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper! As a matter of fact, the reindeer card next to it uses that DSP as well!

I hope you enjoyed these cards and will try one of them for yourself! Remember, you can get all of the supplies used in these cards in my online store!
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The “Perfect” Thank You

You know how there are unsolvable mysteries in the universe? Well, mine is: “Why the heck didn’t I buy the “Perfect Blend” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! earlier!!!” It is so fun for all types of cards!

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I had fun making this Thankful card with the set–and some items from the Holiday Catalog!

Thank You Perfect Blend Stampin' Up!

I used the paper piecing technique on these coffee cups! Here’s how to do it.

  1. Stamp the image on the card stock you’ll use for the main color. Cut it out close to the outside edges.
  2. Re-ink the cover section, and stamp that onto Whisper White (or any color that you want).
  3. Re-ink the sleeve section and stamp onto designer series paper.
  4. Cut out the cover and the sleeve–cut on the outside lines so that it appears that these images are on top/around the cup as they would be in real life.

It’s fussy but a fun technique to use on stamps with sections that can be separated and then put back together. I used the Expressions Thinlets Dies and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to cut “Thankful” out of Coastal Cabana card stock (also my cup bases). I adhered all the elements onto a 4.25″x5.5″ piece of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (which was adhered to a card base of Whisper White). Both the card background and the cup sleeves are from the same sheet– don’t you LOVE double sided papers! I’m giving this card to a friend’s husband for a computer problem he fixed for me, but if I were giving it to a female, I’d add some rhinestones to the background paper in the center of the white “stars”–wouldn’t that be pretty!

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World Card Making Day!

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I made this card for my husband to celebrate our anniversary! The Stampin’ Up! sailboat, Sail Away, is retired, but you can get it in digital form–woohoo!!! I used Stazon Jet Black ink on Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor paper and used my Aqua Painter and the following inks to color the panel: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler.

My favorite part of this card, though, is the heart. It’s from Spread the Joy stamp set and it says: “You are my bucket list”. Isn’t that the sweetest, ever!!! I stamped the image on Cherry Cobbler card stock in Stazon Jet Black Ink and cut the image out close to the lines. I popped the whole thing up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I’d be remiss if I forgot to mention the lovely Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon that you can find in the Holiday Catalog! It ties bows beautifully, but also makes a great accent for a masculine card like this one!

Are you making a card for World Card Making Day??? Stampin’ Up! is hosting a contest today! 

There are two ways to enter.

  • E-mail a photo of a card (or of you making a card) on World Card Making Day to
  • Post a photo of a card (or of you making a card) on Instagram on World Card Making Day. Mention us by typing @stampinup and use the hashtag: #wcmd2013 in the description.

This contest is open to everyone—demonstrators, customers, friends, spouses, children . . . you get the idea! However, there are a few conditions:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to win a prize.
  • You must use Stampin’ Up! products to create your project.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must feature a different card.
  • The contest will last all day on October 5, from midnight to midnight.
  • We will randomly select 100 winners from our English-speaking North American markets to receive a Paper Pumpkin kit.

A selection of pictures will be posted to our World Card Making Day Pinterest board and the winners will be announced in a current update.

Join me and get the details here.


Happy Birthday Gift Certificate

I made this card for a very special birthday. My friend Emily’s lovely Mom wanted to give her a gift card for Stampin’ Up! goodies. I created this card for Emily’s Mom to give her with the gift card inside of it.

You're Amazing Card Front Stampin' Up!

I used World Spectacular, a retired (and on the Clearance Rack, right now!!!)) designer series paper set, and the You’re Amazing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I love this set, and I miss the papers. I also used a Tea Lace Paper Doily and sponged it with Calypso Coral Ink and then ruffled it up and adhered it underneath my stamped image. My image was stamped in Stazon Black and die cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits. I used the same ink and framelits for the inside of my card.

You're Amazing Card Inside Stampin' Up!

The inside and outside of the card are mounted on a base of Gumball Green card stock. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the gift card could be inserted behind.

The combo was a hit!

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Spread the Joy

When I saw this stamp set at Stampin’ Up! Convention, I knew it HAD to be MINE! I love every saying in the set! The set is called Spread the Joy and was created by a Stampin’ Up! staffer named Emily Montoya.

Stampiin' Up! Spread the Joy Stamp Set

I used 4 of the stamps in the two cards I made below. The first card is for a demonstrator meeting swap this week. I love the largest stamp and wanted to feature it on an interesting background. I think I achieved that! What do you think???
Stampin' UP! Stamp Set Spread the Joy Masking Tape Technique

This masking tape technique is soooo easy! Here’s how you do it:

  1. I used three pieces of painter’s masking tape: 1 wide and 2 narrower. Painter’s tape is less sticky, so it won’t damage the paper when you take it off.
  2. Tear off a strip of tape about 2-inches longer than your background card stock.
  3. Lay the strip of tape over the ink pad of your choice. (I used Soft Sky, Crisp Canteloupe and Pistachio Pudding.) Gently press the tape into the ink. You can tap or smooth it with your fingertip.
  4. Remove the tape from the ink pad and place the tape onto your background. Gently press the tape to the paper surface.
  5. Lift the tape up and you see a mottled pattern of color! Each application of ink to tape to paper will result in a different look! I love it!
  6. Repeat with the other colors. You can use one or more colors or strips of tape.
  7. I used Black Stazon to ink my oval image and stamp it over the ink stripes so I would get a nice dark image.

I used Pearl Basic Jewels for a bit of embellishment and stamped one of the small butterflies from Papillon Potpourri and then punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.

For this next card, I just played with the idea of using several smaller images to create a standard 5.5″x4.25″ card.
Stampin' Up! Stamp Set Spread the Joy

Once I stamped the images in Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Gumball Green inks, I punched them and mounted them on a square of matching paper. I then mounted these onto a Crushed Curry strip of card stock that was embellished with Scallop Edge Border punched strips and Delicate Details Lace Tape. I like the way this turned out, but what I especially love is that I got to use 3 sayings that mean a lot to me right now!

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New Stamp Set Regarding Dahlias

I loved 2 of the new stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!‘s annual catalog. Today, I’m going to share a swap I did for convention using my first favorite: Regarding Dahlias.

Regarding Dahlias Stampin' Up!

I stamped the flower in Versamark and then heat embossed it with Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I love using this technique on colored card stock. I did the same with the greeting from the same set! There are lots of layers on this card and I used Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party card stock. I love banners and hand cut the notches–it’s relaxing to do while watching TV!

Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this a great feminine set. It’s so versatile!

Here are some cards made by my swap mates! Thank you to EVERYONE who shared their creativity and cards with me! There are some beautiful cards in this collection.

Cards using New Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets
Cards New Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

There are several cards I want to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)! What are your favorites? What stamp sets are must-have’s for you!

Good News!

Today is the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woot! There are some great new tools and ideas to share!

Steampunk Swap

I love to create cards for swaps. Stampin’ Up!’s convention is a great place to swap cards. You get lots of ideas from other demonstrators and see stamp sets that you don’t own! Lots of people make card fronts (not a full card) and swap while waiting in lines or while waiting for general session.

I have a hard time doing this kind of swapping. I always forget to offer my cards–unless someone approaches me first–and, truly, I’m a bit shy about asking people to swap. Goofy, I know! Thankfully, there’s another way to swap! Organized swaps are where I like to swap. In an organized swap, someone sets up the theme and then number of cards to make and then the group meets as a specific time and place to swap cards.

One of the swaps I participated in was a Steampunk theme. It was the swap that I had the most questions about when I mentioned it to my demo pals. Since you’re my blog readers I can send you to a link that gives you an idea of what steampunk is… In design, steampunk is a melding of form and function and runs the gamut from fascinating to the bizarre!

The cards from the swap show a variety of styles. We were to use Stampin’ Up! supplies, but could add other items if necessary. I used only SU supplies and went with a natural with mechanical theme…I used Clockworks and En Francais for my stamped images.

Steampunk Swap Card Stampin' Up! clockworks secret garden chalk talk en francais chevron ribbon
I created my own patterned papers by stamping images onto 4 colors of card stock–new In-Colors!: Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe and Coastal Cabana. The color I used on all of the images, and you can see it best on the tag, is Smoky Slate. I mounted the flowers onto Basic Black card stock that was run through my Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder! The whole thing was adhered to a Smoky Slate base. My card is Steampunk-inpsired. The swaps I received from the others are great! I put them all into a layout in My Digital Studio to share.

Stampin' Up! steampunk cards

Aren’t these cards great! I need to give a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to my swap mates! It was an honor to receive your cards and to be able to share them! Watch for more cards from the other swaps I was in!

This was a stretch for me. I kept wanting to do shabby and I think I stayed away from that with clean lines. Do these cards seem exotic to you? Have you made these types of cards yourself? Share with me in the comments!

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An Armed Forces Thank You!

Today is Armed Forces Day. I don’t know if any of you have friends or family members who have or currently are serving in any of the branches of our military, but I do. I wanted to create a thank you card in My Digital Studio to honor them.

My Digital Studio Armed Forces Day Card

The photo I used is from the Department of Defense website. The site also has a nice history of Armed Forces Day.

I created a custom card size in MDS: 4.25″ by 6.25″. Since I don’t plan to print this card out, I used a slightly larger size. My background is designer series paper: Stripes in Night of Navy. I reduced the opacity to 50% so that my other elements would stand out more. Colors I used were very basic: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black. The larger stars are recolored punches. The smaller star clusters are from the digital stamp set ‘Extreme Elements‘, again recolored. The sentiment is from ‘Thank You Kindly‘. I allowed some of the stars to be above and below the armed forces image for interest. This is easily done by bringing forward or sending backward the stamped, punched or photo elements. Here’s a quick video from My Digital Studio explaining how to layer elements.

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Thank You, Nurses

Happy Nurses Day! There are two special nurses in my life. The card below uses some retiring Stampin’ Up! supplies and is a virtual “thank you” for their work!

Pretty Postage Stampin' Up!

First, my Mom. She retired from nursing a few years ago after a 40+ year career. When I was little, she was a pediatric nurse. As I grew, her jobs changed as her interests and circumstances changed. At all times, I was proud of the work that she did! As many daughters do, I thought I might become a nurse myself.

My Mom, the nurse, taught me that shots DO hurt, but just for a minute. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that working hard at a job you love is a way to stay healthy. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that lime jello makes the pain of getting your braces adjusted subside for just a while.

Second, Nurse Ann. I met Nurse Ann a little over 14 years ago. I had had my baby girl a day earlier and she was fussy. I hadn’t experienced her being fussy yet, and I was working hard to try to soothe her. At the same time, some of my husband’s extended family were visiting us in the hospital and my husband was on the phone with the woman who would be our daughter’s Godmother. In short, it was NOT quiet or relaxing in our room.

As my daughter continued to fuss, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Finally, I pressed the call button for help. Nurse Ann appeared. There are two things I remember about Nurse Ann: she had beautifully manicured red fingernails, and she rescued me! To the family members who were suggesting that what my daughter needed was macaroni (because she must be hungry!) she shushed them and stated “I’m Italian so you can’t push me around–the baby is too young to have macaroni! ” She then told my hubby–who was used to this much family chaos–to “get off the phone and help your wife!” Oh. My Goodness! Nurse Ann! My heroine!

After she shooed everyone out, we took a good look at my sweet baby girl. Oops, she was just a little gassy! Whew! The rest of the evening was blessedly peaceful. I never saw Nurse Ann again but I’ve never forgotten her! I wish I’d had the opportunity to say a proper thank you and let her know just how relieved she made a brand new Mother feel!

I guess my point is…thank your lucky stars for good nurses. Nursing isn’t just a career. It’s a calling. Today, they are even busier and have much more technology to learn, but even with that, their most important skill is the one in which they make YOU feel better. When you are at your worst, it is then that nurses are at their best! Say thank you to a nurse you know today during National Nurses Day!

Here’s what I used to make this thank you card:

Pretty Postage stamp set (w123095, c123097)–RETIRING–get it now!
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Daffodil Delight (119683) and Baja Breeze (111352)–RETIRING–get it now!
Ink: Baja Breeze (126960)–RETIRING–get it now!
Designer Buttons Brights (119747)–RETIRING–get it now!
1″ Square Punch (124094)
Postage Stamp Punch (122344)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (119402)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Glue Dots (103683)

Don’t forget to order your retiring supplies SOON! Some items are in very low supply. Your best bet is to order straight through my online store so you don’t have to wait for me to place your order! You can order here:
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Tea Shoppe Mother’s Day Card

It’s not too soon to make a card for your Mom! I love the Tea Shoppe stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and it makes a terrific card for Mom. My Mom and I used to fantasize about opening a bookstore with a tea shop, or was it a tea shop with a bookstore? It was a while ago! Although we’re both coffee fans, we’ve enjoyed many a pot of tea! Here’s a card I made with my Mom and this memory in mind (oops! It’s not a surprise for anymore–sorry, Mom!).

Tea Shoppe Mother's Day Card
My favorite thing to do with the largest stamp in this set, is to cut along the top edge and insert a tea bag with the card. If you’re going to do that, you’ll need to use at least 2 layers of Stampin’ Dimensionals, perhaps 3, depending on how thick your tea bag is. The layers of Dimensionals will prevent your image from bowing. I stamped my image on Whisper White card stock in Wisteria Wonder–woohoo, it’s being carried over into the 2013-2014 catalog! Here’s a tip: insert your teabag from the back and get it situated  before you adhere it. You’ll risk tearing the image if you try to stuff it in after. Ask me how I know…

I laid my largest Apothecary Accents Framelit centered over the image and ran it through my Big Shot. I ran the framelit again on So Saffron card stock to make my mat.  You can see how I used them in this video. I did the same with my sentiment–which is from the retiring set: Friendly Phrases–but trimmed the So Saffron mat so that I could place it under the top and bottom instead of left and right, as I did for the teacup!

The Wisteria Wonder card stock background was created using the Fancy Fan Folder and my Big Shot. (How did I ever live without my Big Shot???). The whole thing is mounted onto a piece of Midnight Muse card stock! I added a few of the small pearls to the flower centers on the teacup. What do you think? Would you like to receive a card like this? How about making one? What will you do to make your Mom’s day special? I’d love to hear your plans!

Here’s what I used:
Tea Shoppe Stamp Set (w125545, c155547)
Friendly Phrases Stamp Set (w126149, c126151)
Wisteria Wonder Ink (126985)
Wisteria Wonder Card Stock (122922)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
Midnight Muse Card Stock (126843)
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003)
Fancy Fan Folder (127751)
Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Color Challenge

Let’s do a color challenge! In honor of Certainly Celery’s retirement, let’s do a Certainly Celery, or a green, challenge! (Lucky Limeade is retiring too! I’d love to see your cards made with it!)

I created a card this weekend featuring Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke and Whisper White!

Remember the Countryside

Even though Always Artichoke isn’t a retiring color, the 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon in this color is. I think the Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke go well together! I also loved using the new Naturals Designer Buttons to dress up this masculine card!

Countryside, the set that contains this great old truck, is retiring. Kind of a bummer, because this set was great for watercoloring, too! If you like the old farmhouse, country look, this is the set for you!
Countryside 116998 120495

I used another set that is retiring: Wordplay. This has great sentiments and I used “Remember When” for this card!
wordplay 120308 120651

I have used every one of these sentiments at some point. It’s so versatile! Get it in Wood or Clear Mount! You won’t regret it!

You can get these supplies in my online store!
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Supplies I used:
RETIRING Countryside stamp set (w116998, c120495)
RETIRING Wordplay stamp set (w120308, c120651)
Always Artichoke Ink (126972)
RETIRING Certainly Celery card stock (105125)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
RETIRING Always Artichoke 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (121000)
Naturals Designer Buttons (127554)
Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Happy Mother Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day today, I’ve recycled a card design! The original card was designed by my Stampin’ Up! friend Linda Cullen and I decided to use the same design with new colors and stamps!

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday
I love the sponging and torn edge of this card, but that floral stamp set is retired…

Instead I used the Secret Garden stamp set.
Stampin' Up! Mother's Day

You can see I copied the card pretty exactly. My colors were: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Very Vanilla. It seems corny, but I chose these colors because blue represents water and yellow, the sun. Sun and water mixed with Mother Earth creates a beautiful planet for us to inhabit. I still remember cleaning up our neighborhood in the early days of Earth Day!

I switched out the sentiment because I wanted to use the Elegant Butterfly punch and wanted to be able to see it beneath the sentiment. Beside, these are great colors and this would be a great Mother’s Day card! I used First Edition DSP and tore the edge and sponged with Marina Mist. Then I stamped the largest outline flower from Secret Garden in Stazon ink. Using a sponge, I applied Daffodil Delight ink over the flowers. A rhinestone center adds a bit of sparkle!

The stamped image was layered onto a piece of Marina Mist Polka Dot Parade DSP. A length of Daffodil Delight Seam Binding was adhered to the card front before being decorated with the sentiment. This whole piece was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Marina Mist card stock.

Why don’t you find an old card and recycle the design? I’d love to see your results! Leave me a comment and a link to your card so I can give you some comment love!

A Great Mother’s Day Gift

I’m in love with the newest card kit offered by Stampin’ Up! The Dolled-Up Birthday Kit is so pretty and feminine!

133913 Dolled Up Birthday Kit

This would be a great gift to get for your favorite Mom for Mother’s Day. She can make her own birthday cards or buy it yourself and make the cards for her. Better yet, buy two and make cards together! If you have other stamps you could change the greeting out easily! The only thing you don’t get with this kit is the Adhesive. Order a SNAIL or box of Glue Dots with the kit and you’re good to go!

Here’s what’s in the kit and the VERY simple directions:
Kit includes:
Dolled Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
2″ x 4-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
Dress Up die-cuts (6)
Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot (1)
Vanilla 5/8″ Flower Trim (6 pieces)
Sponge Dauber (1)

*Adhesive not included

To assemble one card, follow these simple instructions:
1. Place the stamp rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot.
2. Stamp “Happy Birthday” at the bottom of the card front.
3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
1. Doily
2. Very Vanilla Cardstock
3. Dress form
4. Flower

Fun, no? You can order this kit in my online store!
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Dolled-Up Birthday Kit
Glue Dots