Beautiful You – Sassy Paper Piecing

When I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set in the Occasions catalog, I admit that I didn’t pay it much attention. But, after I saw so many gorgeous cards that everyone was making with the set, I ordered the Beautiful You stamp set. If you don’t have it yet, you really should consider adding it to your collection. It has helped me with the motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

I recently shared a sneak peek of the cards that I put together for a recent card club. If you didn’t see that sneak peak, click here. Today, I would like to share the sassy paper piecing card using the Beautiful You set. In my next two posts, I will share the other two cards that we made at our card club. Detailed instructions will be provided for each card.

Since the stamped image is a little sassy and shows a lot of confidence, I decided to add a little clothing accessory bling to the photos. Here is the first picture that showcases both cards.

Next, take a look at each individual card. You’ll notice that the dress in one card is the same pattern as the hat in the other. That will be explained further in the directions.

Last, below is a picture of both cards together with a little jewelry and scarf bling in the background.

I hope you’ll CASE this design. The directions for the card are below:

  • Use a piece of 12″ x 12″ Sahara Sand cardstock from the Falling in Love Cardstock Pack to make the base of the card.  Cut the base to 8″ x 4″, and score at 4″ on the 8″ side.  I like making 4″ x 4″ cards for a fun change to the standard A2 card size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″.  This is going to be the frame behind the patterned Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • Use the largest scalloped circle die in the Layering Circles Framelits dies set, and die cut the scalloped circle from the center of the square piece of black cardstock that you just cut.  This is an awesome trick to use.  You can conserve paper by cutting shapes from background pieces.  No one will ever know there is a scalloped circle cut from the black framed background!
  • Cut a piece of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I used the gorgeous Soft Sky piece with Very Vanilla dandelions in the pattern.
  • Stamp the pictured image from the Beautiful You stamp set with black Archival ink onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Soft Sky is another color available in the Falling In Love Cardstock Pack.
  • Die cut the stamped image using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits dies.
  • Adhere the scalloped circle black cardstock piece to the stitched circle stamped piece.
  • The hat and dress are made with the paper piecing technique.  Choose a two patterns from the Falling In Love DSP for the dress and hat.  Cut the pieces to about 2″ x 3″.  Stamp the pictured image on both pieces using black Archival ink.  Fussy cut the dress and hat from both pieces.  Decide which dress goes with which hat.  Glue the dress and hat pieces over the stamped image.  Paper piecing is a great way to use your scraps of DSP!
  • Finish the card by adhering the card layers together.  Use glue or dimensionals depending on the layered effect you would like.
  • [Not pictured] On the bottom right corner of the card, “Life looks beautiful on you” is stamped with the black Archival ink.  It is the final sassy touch to the card.

Now, that you have figured out that you really need the Beautiful You stamp set in your collection, you can click on the image of the set below and go directly to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the other featured items that I used to make the card.

Happy stamping!

Product List

Big Shot


Pretty Pocket Card Kit – Sale-a-Bration

You may not have seen the adorable Pretty Pocket card kit in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Recently, I ordered the kit as a FREEBIE.  Over the weekend, I got the kit out and finished the cards in about half an hour.  They are really nice and will be pretty, unique cards for me to send as thank you and hello greetings!  If you add your own stamps and additional embellishments you can make the cards with your own twist.

Take a look at the video below to get inspired.  And, remember – Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31!

Happy Stamping,


So In Love – Sparkling Spring Card

Welcome to the February NC Blog Hop!  I’m sure you’ve been inspired by the talented artists that you have visited so far.  You’ve likely just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s blog.  She has an amazing project, don’t you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you like it and also pick up a few tips and tricks.  My motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities.  The So In Love suite from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalog has helped me live up to that motto.  I’d like to share my third design using this suite.  It is pictured below.

Here are some tips and tricks that I used to make the card:

  • Notecards are great to always have on hand.  I used the Crumb Cake notecard as the card base.  Rounding corners of the card base and card front pieces also add interest.  The Project Life Corner punch works well for this and is an essential addition to your “go to” punches.
  • The Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection is truly incredible.  It has several unique boken-like patterns and other designs (like the one I used for the floral background) to give your cards a quick, interesting, eye-catching backdrop.
  • So Detailed Thinlits dies add very delicate banners and edges to your projects.  They can be made from DSP or single-colored card stock, as in the example.   When layering the die cut on top of a piece of DSP, I like to put a piece of card stock behind the die cut piece.  In the card pictured above, I used Very Vanilla behind the die cut piece.  Think pieces of Crumb Cake card stock borders the Very Vanilla piece.
  • The flower dies from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits die are the perfect size and shape to fit well behind the flowers in the So Detailed Thinlits die piece.  Each flower is made to sparkle by adding a touch of clear Wink of Stella.
  • The fine tip glue pen is perfect for adhering the flowers to the back of the die cut and, then, the die cut to the piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • The So In Love stamp set offers beautiful floral images and versatile sentiments.  The “enjoy” stamp can be used for any occasion.  I will make several of these cards to keep on hand and use for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.  I used Very Vanilla card stock and Tip Top Taupe ink to stamp the sentiment for the card.  It was then fussy cut and adhered to the die cut piece.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch to the card.

I hope you CASE the card and would love to see your cards!  If you would like to see the other two cards that I designed using the So In Love suite, click here for the first card and click here for the second card.

Be sure to continue your blog hop.  Your next stop is Lisa Tedder, who is an amazing artist.  All blog hop participants are listed below.

Also shown below are the key products that I used to create my card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Here is the list of the NC Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month’s blog hop:

February Blog Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier [YOU ARE HERE}

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner


Paper Pumpkin – Many Happy Birthdays

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I bet watching the video below will convince you to sign-up!  The Many Happy Birthdays kit is just plain fun.  It has a great set of stamps, two ink spots, and a great project that will be fun for anyone to receive as a birthday card.  Take a look:

Okay – now, you probably are wondering how to sign-up.  Simple – click here!  There is absolutely no risk.  You can cancel or skip any month.  I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning of the program and love it!


If you’re not convinced – here’s one more incentive for you. During Sale-a-Bration (ends March 31), if you purchase a 3 month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, you qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item!  AND, the 3 month prepaid subscription is discounted to $55!  Simply click on the picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  If you subscribe before March 10, you’ll receive your first Paper Pumpkin kit in March.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) stamping!!!