Happy New Year! Elise, Welcome to the Family!

I hope each of you had a happy and safe New Year’s celebration.  We enjoyed a delicious meal and great company with our neighbors.  It is unbelievable to realize that 2018 has arrived.

Speaking of arrivals, yesterday we received unexpected news that an addition to our family arrived about a month early.  Elise, a new great-niece to my husband and me, was born yesterday.  From pictures we have seen on Facebook, she is absolutely beautiful and well loved by her entire family – especially by her 18-month old brother, Holden.

My mom is staying with us this week.  She and I decided to make Elise a special card.  We had a lot of fun designing the layout, trying different options, and finalizing the card.  My mom was the ace die cutter and color consultant!

Be sure to look at the pictures below to get a full appreciation of the card.  The front, inside, and back have different perspectives!

Below are the main products that we used to make the card.  This design is one that you can easily use to modify for your own use.  Confession – There are a few non-SU, and retired SU products that were used.

For your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you’ve included carving out time to spend stamping.  I truly believe that stamping and other crafting are incredibly therapy!

Happy stamping,


Favorite Retiring Framelits – Star Blast

Sometimes I overlook products that are in Stampin’ Up! catalogs on my first, second, hundreth 🙂 pass through the pages.  Then, on the three hundreth pass 🙂 , I finally see the treasure that has been waiting for me.  That’s how I feel about the Star Blast framelits.

The Star Blast framelits are a wonderful set of fun, useful shapes.  The focal point of the set is the framelit used in the card pictured below.

To make the card, I used the star blast framelit to cut out three complimentary colors of paper.  The paper is a mixture of card stock and designer series paper.  There is no limit to the combinations that you can use to make this card.

“Congrats” is added as a piece of inlaid embossing.  That technique is super easy and very effective.  Simply die cut a word (or shape) of your choice in the main part of your card.  Save all the extra pieces like the middle of the “o”.  Die cut the same word from another piece of paper.  You could use card stock or designer series paper for the second die cut.  Take your second die cut word and fit it into the main part of your card where you made your first die cut.  Think of it as if you are putting a puzzle piece into the slot where it fits.  Add the extra pieces back to finish the word.  Below is a picture that highlights the inlaid embossing.

The Star Blast framelit set is still available, while supplies last or until May 31, whichever happens first.  And, it’s on sale!  Check out the details by clicking on the set pictured below.  You’ll go to my on-line store and will be able to add this fun set to your collection.

I’ll post another of my favorite retiring products tomorrow.

Happy stamping!

Celebrate Mother’s Day

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have the privilege of sharing amazing products with a great group of ladies.  We meet every month and just have a great time making cards and spending time together.  Over the last few years, we have become a very close group of friends.  At our last stamp club meeting, we made the projects in the picture below.  I will be posting separate blogs over the next few days and will give details on each card.

The first card that I am going to show you is a Mother’s Day card that is just plain cheerful!  It could be easily altered to celebrate many other occasions.  As you see how easy the card it to make, I’m sure you’ll think of many other ways you can use the design.

The card features an amazing stamp set called Happy Celebrations and a very unique embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  set.  The embossing folders in this set de-emboss the words celebrate and happy.  Unlike traditional embossing folders where the letters would pop out toward the front of the card, these embossing folders press the letters away from the front of the card.  The words are de-embossed.  Then, you can stamp over the de-embossed words and highlight them in a very unique way.  If you look at the picture in the banner of this post, you can see what I’m talking about.  Pretty awesome, huh?

Here are the steps that I used to make the card:

  1. The card base is Whisper White, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The layers of the card include:
    • Sweet Sugarplum card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
    • Basic Black card stock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.
  3. Use the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders set to de-emboss the word “celebrate”, as pictured, in the lower right section of the Whisper White card stock piece.
  4. Use Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads to stamp the circles from the Happy Celebrations over the de-embossed “celebrate”.  Alternate the colors and sizes of the circles to add some interest to the design.  One tip for stamping the circles – Tap the circle stamps on the ink pads.  Don’t push the stamps into the ink pads.  By tapping the ink pads, you’ll get a more evenly distributed image when you stamp.
  5. Use the (retiring! Can’t believe this is true!) Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the random dots from the set to add a fun Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum background to the card front.
  6. Grab a piece of your scrap Peekaboo Peach card stock (I know you have some!).  I used the “Mother’s Day” stamp from the Crazy About You stamp set and Sweet Sugarplum ink to create the banner.  The Crazy About You set has many options for you to use with this card design.  You really need the set in your stash – just trust me.  Attach your banner to the card front, as pictured.  Fold the end of the banner around the edge of the card front and adhere the folded piece to the back.
  7. Use the flower die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set to die cut the Sweet Sugarplum flower.  Here is a great tip – I cut the flower die from the middle of the Sweet Sugarplum piece that is one of the layers on this card.  Just cut it from the center of the Sweet Sugarplum piece.  No-one will ever know since you’re going to put a piece of Basic Black card stock over the area that is cut out!
  8. Now, you’re ready to put the card together.  Attached the Sweet Sugarplum piece directly to the card base.  Then, adhere the card front to the Basic Black piece.  Add the die cut flower, as pictured.  Cut the stem of the flower flush against the Basic Black piece.  Only put glue on the stem and the lower part of the flower.  Then, you’ll be able to curl the “petals” to give the card more interest.  I like to use the Fine Tip Glue pen to glue die cut pieces.
  9. Use dimensionals to add the Basic Black to the Sweet Sugarplum piece.

Here is one more picture of just the card.  There are endless possibilities for the words that you can use.  There are also several great die cuts that you could make from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I would love to see your creations!

Below are the main items that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


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Happy New Year 2017!

Welcome to 2017!  I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve celebration.  We had family and friends over and, after enjoying munchies and a great movie, ushered in the new year.

To add a little festivity to the snack table, I made a Happy 2017 banner with two thinlit die sets and some metallic poster board that a good friend picked up at a local dollar store.



















Thank you for all your support in 2016 when I started my blog.  I’m looking forward to bringing you more cards, projects, and tips and tricks in 2017.  I’ve even been taking an on-line class to get more familiar with WordPress.  Get ready for some updates to my blog and more frequent postings!

Be sure to add stamping to your list of New Year resolutions.  I promise I’ll help you keep that resolution with some fun ideas!

Happy New Year!
Products used to make the banner.  The SU! gold and silver foil sheets would work perfectly instead of the metallic poster board that I used.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store!