Online Extravaganza!

For the six days following Thanksgiving, Stampin’ Up! is having an Online Extravaganza!  There will be specific items in the Annual Catalog that will be on sale.

  • The first group of items include paper and embellishments on sale today (November 23) and tomorrow!
  • The second group will be stamps and kits on sale November 25 and 26.
  • And, the last group will be tools and ink on November 27 and 28.

Click on the picture below to go to my on-line store and take advantage of the sale!

Happy shopping!

Inky hugs,


Snowflakes and Sparkles – Quick Christmas Card

If you’re looking for a quick, eye-catching Christmas card, look no further!  Here is a design that you will enjoy making and you will be proud to give to friends and family.

I decided to “shop” my stamp collection to choose the images for this card.  There were three themes I wanted to include.   The first was an abstract background that I could stamp once or twice.  The second was a stamp set with great snowflake images.  And, the third was a fun Christmas sentiment to match the overall design.

Three stamp sets were used to create the card.  The first is Love What You Do which has a great background stamp.  The second stamp set is Colorful Seasons which is filled with amazing images for all seasons.  And, the last is the Christmas Pines stamp set which includes great sentiments as well as wonderful images.  “Shopping” your own stash can be a really fun way to pick images to use together to create new designs.

The basic instructions for making this card are shown below:

  • This is a one-layer card with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use the background image from the Love What You Do stamp set and Pool Party ink to stamp the background image onto the front of the card.  You can stamp the image either once or twice, as pictured.
  • Use Gray Granite ink and the snowflake images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp snowflake images on the card front.
  • Use Night of Navy ink and the pictured sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set to add a greeting to your card front, as pictured.
  • Die cut two or three snowflakes from Whisper White card stock with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies collection.  Adhere them to the front of the card to add dimension and interest to your design.  The Fine Glue Pen works very well to adhere the die cut snowflakes.
  • Add some bling to the card by adhering a few silver sequins.  I used some sequins that I had leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • If you use your Stamparatus for the stamping, you will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to create a stack of these beautiful Christmas cards!

Below are the main products that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Varied Vases Note Card

At our recent Stamp Club, we had a great time (as usual) making cards using the Varied Vases bundle.  The stamp set and punch are so much fun to use and create eye catching cards.  Take a look at one of the cards we made.

There are so many different colors, textures, and layers to look at in this card.  And, the great thing is that it is pretty quick and straight-forward to make.

Here is the quick “recipe” for this card:

  • Grab a Very Vanilla Note Card to use as the card base.  I have quite a few Note Cards on hand.  they are perfect for a quick card
  • Next, use the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness!” stamp from the Varied Vases stamp set and Tuxedo Black Memento ink to add the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame for the focal point of the card.
  • Cut a piece of your choice of DSP to 3″ x 4″.  If the DSP has a pattern, make sure you cut the paper in the correct orientation.  Meaning – Make sure that your pattern is cut in a portrait view.  I used the Share What You Love DSP for the pictured note card.
  • Adhere the DSP to the center of the cut piece of Basic Black card stock.  Then, adhere the Basic Black card stock piece to the front of the note card, as pictured.
  • Now, it’s time to work on the focal point.  Grab a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure it is as least 3″ x 3″.  Stamp the vases, flowers, and stem as pictured above.  Hint:  I used my amazing Stamparatus and put the stamps on two plates to get perfect placement of the images.
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and to add water to the open stamped vase.
  • Cut your images with the largest square framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection.  I have used these collection so many times.  I’m actually surprised that the framelits aren’t worn out!
  • To get the embossed stitched impression around the vases, I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These mats will open up possibilities for your stamping stash.  Just think – You will be able to use any die or framelit that you have to create an embossed impression!  Follow the directions on the Embossing Mats package to get the impression.
  • Here is the sandwich recipe from the bottom to top Big Shot Platform (without the thin die adapter), framelit (edges facing up!), paper, blue silicone mat from the Embossing Mat set, and last the white impressions pad.  Run the sandwich through your Big Shot.  You may be surprised that you won’t feel a lot of pressure as the sandwich passes through.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

  • Finish the card by adding faux stitching around the larger stitched image.  I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Use dimensionals to add the focal image to the card front, as pictured.

Warning – You will quickly become addicted to the results you’ll get using the Embossing Mats!

I hope you enjoy making this design.  Make sure to stash it into your growing portfolio.  You’ll be able to use the layout to make cards for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Varied Vases Note Card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




NC Demos Blog Hop – Lakefront View

Welcome to the July NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is a celebration of summer.  We all hope that, as you go through the blog hop, you are inspired and reminded of some of your summer favorites.

If you just came from Tracie’s post, I know you’ll agree with me that she is an amazingly talented stamper.  I always enjoy seeing her projects!  Thank you so much for continuing the blog hop and stopping by to see my card.

Our family is blessed to have a summer camp in Upstate New York on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  The camp has become a gathering place for family and friends.  It is a place to relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate.

My husband, Bruce, and I just returned from a two week vacation at the camp.  This year, we had a very special visitor.  My mom, Irma, spent about a week with us.  She met some family members for the first time and had an absolute blast getting to know the area.

One of my mom’s favorite places at the camp is our front deck.  From the pictures below, you’ll see that we have a fantastic view of the lake.  It is a great vantage point to watch activity on the water, listen to the birds, get a little sun, or simply read a book.

Two members of our family, our youngest grandson (Johnny) and our son-in-law (Glenn) have birthdays at the end of July.  I took inspiration from our view of the lake to make birthday cards for Johnny and Glenn.  Since they both love spending time at the camp and being on the water, I hope they’ll enjoy the picture I tried to create for them.  The cards truly remind me of summer and our camp.

The Waterfront stamp set is a unique set of stamps that allow you to create a very wide variety of scenes.  I like to use the stamp set, an Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper, a few ink spots, and a little imagination to “paint” scenes for projects.  The best advice that I can give you for this type of project is just to dive in.  Each “painting” will have its own characteristics.  The more you play with the stamp set, ink, and Aqua Painter, the more comfortable you’ll be.  If you would like to see a few step-by-step examples, please check out a few early posts that I have made.  You can find the posts by clicking here and by clicking here.  I followed the same steps to create the cards pictured above.

The hardest part for me is to cut the “painting” down to size for the card.  As you can see from the pictures above, I decided to use Very Vanilla Note Cards for the birthday cards.  That meant that I needed to cut the “paintings” to fit inside the mat Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also decided to stamp “happy birthday” directly on the mat and use dimensionals to adhere the “painting”.  This simple design really focuses the eye on the detail of the watercolor “painting”.

I hope you give this technique a try.  You will be amazed at the images that you’ll be able to create.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to create the birthday cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue on to Sue’s post.  She always has great projects to share!  All July NC Demos blog hoppers are also listed below.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

This month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier  <–YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



Varied Vases Die Cut Window Card

Before I share a fun design with the Varied Vases bundle, I would like to introduce you to my mom, Irma.  Last week, Mom spent a week’s vacation with my husband, Bruce, and me in Upstate New York.  We have a summer place on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  We had an absolutely fantastic visit with my mom.  The picture below is my mom and me with an incredibly beautiful scene of the lake behind us.

Okay… Now, on to the card.  I really should say cards since there are two cards that I will share with you today.  They are both centered around the Varied Vases bundleIf you don’t have the bundle in your stash, you may want to consider adding it.  The stamps and punch are beautiful and very easy to use to create gorgeous projects.

Here are the basic directions for the cards.  I hope you’ll use the design and make it your own!

  • Start with either Thick Very Vanilla or Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base.  I cut my card bases to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I really like the thick cardstock for card bases.  The paper is heavy and gives a very professional feel to my cards.
  • Next, get a piece of your favorite color cardstock.  I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock since it has such a bold color and works well with the piece of DSP that I chose for my vase.  Cut the color cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Use the largest oval framelit from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the color cardstock.  Be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Emboss the color cardstock with new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  LOVE this EF!!!
  • Use scrap washi tape to lightly attached the embossed piece to the front of the card.  Use the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the oval die cut on the color cardstock piece.  Again, be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Get a scrap piece of your favorite DSP that matches your choice of color cardstock.  I used a piece of the amazing Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  LOVE this DSP!!!  Use the Vases Builder Punch to punch your choice of vase from your DSP.  You can be very creative with many types of DSP.  I liked having the stripes for the vases on a diagonal.
  • On the die cut piece from the card base, stamp your choice of flower from the Varied Vases stamp set.  When you stamp the flower, don’t ink the entire stem.  Use the punched out vase to figure out how much of the flower stem you need to stamp.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my flowers.
  • To color the flowers and stem, I chose to use Watercolor Pencils.  There are great colors in this set.  Other than Watercolor Pencils, there are many ways to color the pencils.  Experiment to find out what type of coloring you like the best.
  • To add dimension to the punched vase, I punched another vase from Basic Black cardstock, cut the punched vase in half vertically, and glued the halves behind the vase with the black showing as an outline.  The punched vase is then adhered to the flower piece.
  • Adhere the oval flower piece to the die cut color die cut piece.  Adhere the die cut pieces inside the card to align with the die cut oval on the front of the card.
  • To finish the front of the card.  Use your choice of sentiments from the new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set to stamp your greeting onto a piece of thinly cut paper.  You can use a piece of scrap color cardstock to match the color of your card or a piece to match your card base.  You’ll see in the examples that I used two different colors to finish the card fronts.
  • Adhere the stamped sentiment strip to the front of your card.  You’ll need to eyeball where you want the sentiment to be in relation to the inside design.  You’ll see that one of my sentiments is above the vase rim, and the other is below the vase rim.
  • Adhere the embossed color cardstock on the front of your card.
  • Add embellishments, as you like.  I thought a piece of gold twine, tied in a bow, would do the trick.

I really hope that you give this design a try.  It is a great one to have in your portfolio since the card can be made for so many occasions.

Below are the main products that I used to create these cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!