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!!!

So in Love – Day to Celebrate

Every month, a wonderful, talented group of stampers gather at our house and enjoy an afternoon of crafting, catching-up, and eating delicious treats.  The card pictured below is one of the projects that we made last weekend.  The card features the So In Love bundle.  It is a namazing stamp and die bundle that will help you live up to the motto of One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.



















In addition to the stamp set and dies, there are other products from the So In Love suite that help add a really special touch to this card.

  • The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) is truly gorgeous!  I used a piece of the paper for the die cut behind the “a day to celebrate” banner.  To make sure the detail of the die cut were easily seen, I put a piece of Sahara Sand card stock behind the die cut to enhance the cut out images.
  • The Falling in Love Embellishment is a great finishing touch to the sentiment banner.  The flower and jewel accents are pretty enough to stand on their own.  To add a little more interest, I punched a scalloped circle from Sahara Sand card stock, folded the circle in half, and glued one half to the front and to the back on the right side of the banner.
  • The Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of my favorites in this product suite.  It was used to add the fabulous embossing to the card front.  I also used a Wink of Stella pen (in this example, silver was used) to focus attention on a few of the falling petals.
  • Blushing Bride card stock is the foundation for the card.  It’s the perfect backdrop color to the card design.

I have one more card design to share with you using the Falling in Love Suite.  That design will be my next post.  Until then, I hope you enjoy CASEing the card above.  If you haven’t seen my first design using the So In Love bundle, be sure to click here.

Below are the products that I used to create the card pictured above.  Click on any product, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Key Products in this Project:


So In Love Bundle – Anniversary Card

Last week, I focused on three projects using the amazing Avant Garden stamp set.  This week, the product suite that will be featured in my projects is the So In Love bundle.  It is different than any bundle I’ve used and is incredibly versatile.  The bundle is going to help me live up to my motto:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  It is also a perfect fit for all of us who are frugal stampaholics!

At this time of year, several family members are celebrating anniversaries.  It’s very likely that many of them will receive a card that will look quite a bit like the one below!  When I first saw the So In Love bundle, I was very intrigued by the amazing thinlits dies in the set.  Trust me on this – you’re going to love them.  They are very easy to use and will add a truly gorgeous touch to your projects.



















I watched a wonderful video recently that featured Debby Hughes, an incredibly talented stamper.  She talked about the techniques she uses when she takes pictures of her cards.  You should check out some of her work.  I’m trying to add interest to my card pictures.  It was a lot of fun to find lace and pearls to add to the picture above.

Some tips and tricks related to this card:

  • The fine tip glue pen is key in getting the die cut to adhere to the card front.  I put a touch of glue on the edges of the die cut (not all over the die cut) and had no issues making sure the die cut laid flat.
  • Adding a touch of flowers to the card front by using the flower stamp in the So In Love stamp set.  I used Versamark and stamped the flowers in areas that I knew would not be covered by the die cut.
  • Creating a faux wide ribbon with vellum!  I stamped “happy anniversary” (also from the So In Love stamp set) on a strip of vellum.  I cut a second strip of vellum, just a little narrower than the first, and put the second piece under the stamped “happy anniversary” vellum piece.  Ribbon was then used on the top and the bottom of the vellum pieces.  The result is a fun faux wide ribbon effect.  The detail of the die cut can be seen through the vellum.  The faux wide ribbon was an epiphany as I created this card.  I will definitely use this  technique again!
  • Add your choice of embellishments.  Pearls were my choice to tie in with the lace look.

Here is one more picture of the card:



















Now – all I can say is – you REALLY need to try this set.  You will really love it!

Below are the key items that I used to create this card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!