Meant To Be – Valentine Card

As promised, here is the second card featuring the amazing, new Meant to Be Bundle.  The card has texture, great die cuts, and a wonderful color combination.  Check below for full instructions to make this card.

Here are the instructions to make this card:

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Very Vanilla is a subtle, rich color to use for card backgrounds.
  • The first (bottom) layer is a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Lovely Lipstick card stock.  Lovely Lipstick works incredibly well with both reds and pinks!
  • The second (top) layer is a 4″ x 4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock.
  • Use the heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies (also part of the bundle) that has a scalloped edge and a straight heart inside die to die cut a heart in the center of the Powder Pink piece.  The die I’m referring to is the larger die pictured on page 7 of the Occasions catalog.  You’re going to find that it also die cuts a scalloped heart frame.
  • Now, use the gorgeous, amazing, beautiful (yes – it really is that nice!!) new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Powder Pink piece.
  • It is very important that you die cut before you emboss.  The result will be a much deeper, cleaner embossed piece.
  • Use the same heart die to die cut the center of the Lovely Lipstick piece.  You will want to save the heart frame for this card.  Keep the heart die cut piece for another project.
  • Get a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock (about 4″ x 4″).  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the heart and flower stamp from the Meant to Be stamp set onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  You can also stamp the “you make me happy” stamp with Soft Suede ink onto the same piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure you’ll have enough card stock around the sentiment to cut a flag, as pictured.
  • Center the Soft Suede stamped heart behind the heart opening on the Powder Pink piece.  Secure with washi tape until you know the placement is correct.
  • Also, tuck the sentiment stamped flag under the right side of the heart opening, as pictured.
  • Next, take the Lovely Lipstick frame piece and fit it into the Power Pink piece.  It will fit perfectly around the stamped heart.  Adhere the frame piece with your favorite liquid adhesive.

  • Now, you can better adhere the stamped heart and sentiment to the Powder Pink piece.
  • Next, adhere the Powder Pink piece onto the Lovely Lipstick piece, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece onto the card base.  As you can see, I chose to adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece in the center of the card base.

The combination of textures, colors, and stamped images in this card are really a great way to send a Happy Valentine’s to someone you love.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

The main products I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Meant to Be – Valentine Note Card

This past Sunday was the day for our January Stamp Club.  As usual, we had an absolutely great afternoon stamping, catching-up, and enjoying some delicious snacks.  This month, our stamping focus was the amazing, NEW Meant to Be Bundle from the Occasions catalog.  We made three cards from this bundle!!  Below is a picture of the first card that I’ll share.

Don’t you love the non-traditional colors for a Valentine’s Day card!?!?  The colors are so bold and bright.  They really capture your attention.

Here are the directions for making this card:

  • The base is a Whisper White Note CardThe Note Cards are available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  They are great to have on hand.  A package of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.50!!
  • The base layer on the card is a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock cut to 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″.  The “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink.
  • After the sentiment is stamped, the Flirty Flamingo piece is embossed using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder Actually, the piece is embossed twice.  Once to have horizontal lines from the embossing folder.  Then, the piece is turned 90 degrees and embossed again to give vertical lines.  The result is a striking linen effect!

  • You can round the corners of the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured, if you like.
  • The frame for the floral focal point is a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock.  Again, you can round the corners of this piece if you would like.
  • The beautiful floral piece is from the gorgeous set of Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I absolutely LOVE this collection of DSP.  It is beyond beautiful.  The floral piece is cut to 3″ x 3″.
  • Use the filigree heart die from the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies to cut a heart outline in the middle of the Garden Impressions piece.
  • Use the same filigree hear die and a piece of Whisper White card stock to die cut a filigree heart.
  • Don’t adhere the DSP piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece just yet.  But, use a piece of washi tape to gently hold the DSP in the center of the Blueberry Bushel piece.  This will give you perfect placement to adhere the Whisper White filigree heart die cut onto the Blueberry Bushel piece.  Use your favorite liquid adhesive to adhere the filigree heart.
  • Adhere the Flirty Flamingo piece to the card base.
  • Adhere the Blueberry Bushel piece to the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured.
  • Use Mini Dimensionals to add the die cut DSP onto the Blueberry Bushel piece and perfectly centered around the die cut filigree heart.

You’ll be proud to give this beautiful Valentine card to someone special!!

Pictured below are the products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

My next post will be the second card that we made using the amazing, new Meant to Be bundle!

Happy stamping!


Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project – December 2018 Kit

I do admit that I wasn’t particularly happy with the suggested project in the December 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  But, I was able to create a very useful perpetual calendar that will help me track birthdays and anniversaries for family and friends.  One of my resolutions for this year is to be much better at sending cards in a timely fashion, and this calendar will definitely help me toward that goal!

There are several pictures below that walk through the steps I used to create the calendar.  I hope the pictures inspire you!

A few more crafty resolutions that I have are being more frugal with my crafty purchases and “shopping my stash” to use the items that I already have.  My frugal nature shows in this calendar project since I used the chip board from the Paper Pumpkin kit to create the back of the calendar!  The picture below shows the measurements that I used to make the chip board.  I then placed on of the calendar pieces on each side of the marked up chip board and drew circles where the holes needed to be to hang the calendar pieces.

My Crop-a-Dile came in super handy to punch the holes in the chip board.  What a great tool!

Then, I “shopped my stash” to find some retired DSP and washi tape that I thought went well with the colors in the calendar.  It was fun to look at the possibilities that I had, and I bet you’ll find several options when you “shop your stash”.

There are a few tricks that I used when I attached the DSP to the chip board.  First, I put the chip board in the middle on the top of the DSP (on the side that would be glued to the chip board) and marked where the holes would be.  To strengthen the area where the holes would be, I put a few pieces of scotch tape. Then, I used Tombo glue (on the marked side of the chip board) and adhered the chip board to the DSP, making sure I lined up the marks for the holes.  “Whimpy women’s weights” (as my husband likes to call them) were used to help set the glue.

After the glue was dry (doesn’t take long), I cut off the excess DSP with the chip board facing me.  My Crop-a-Dile came in handy again to punch the holes in the DSP.

The kit includes gorgeous Pool Party colored ribbon.  I cut two pieces of 18″ ribbon to use to tie on the calendar pieces.  Since I new I would untie and tie the ribbons each month, I turned the ribbon ends into ones that mirror shoelace ends.  I folded each end in half and wrapped each end with scotch tape.  To finish the calendar back, I added washi tape.  Before adding the tape, I put the calendar pieces onto the ribbon and tied the ribbon.  This allowed me to know where to place the washi tape.

The final touches were selecting the stamp set that I wanted to use to make the calendar into my birthday and anniversary reminder.  A few months ago, the Paper Pumpkin kit focused on male cards.  The stamp set that came with the kit is incredibly versatile and works perfectly for my calendar.  I used “anniversary” and “birthday” to mark the backs of each calendar page.  The ink colors I chose are Soft Suede and Grapefruit Grove.

As you can see, the calendar for each month is shown on the left side of my project.  The back of the previous month is stamped and shown on the right side of my project.  I used the circle stamp from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit to identify anniversaries and birthdays for each month.  The colors correspond to the colors of “anniversary” and “birthday”.  By the way, I used the back of the June 2020 calendar as the right side of my project for January 2019.

I hope you have found this project and pictures inspiring.  Why not take a few minutes to make yourself a lovely calendar that will take you through June 2020!!

My next post will feature cards from the new Occasions Catalog!

Happy stamping!


Wishing You Well – Wreath Thank You Card

I certainly hope that you and your family have escaped the truly nasty colds and viruses that have been going around.  My absence on my blog has been due to a nasty “plague” capturing both my husband and me.  We are finally on the mend (yeah!), and I’m happy to be back to share another gorgeous card using the Wishing You Well stamp set.

This is the third card that our group made in a recent Stamp Club.  By the way – If you live near the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, you are always welcome to join our Stamp Club.  We meet every second Sunday of the month, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Just leave me a note if you’d like more information.

Pictured below is the card that I would like to share with you in this post.  I wanted to try to put a few layers of different inks onto the wreath and to make the colors look very fall-ish.  Below the picture, you’ll find the steps that were used to make the card.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  If you don’t yet have the Wishing You Well stamp set in your collection, you should really think about getting it.  I think you’ll find the beautiful designs and sentiments incredibly versatile.

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the holiday wreath card:

  • The card base is made from Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The focal point is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the main image.  You will use four colors to layer stamp the wreath.
  • First, use Crushed Curry ink (and stamp off before stamping onto the focal piece) to stamp one image of the wreath.  This will be your guide as you continue to stamp.
  • Next, ink the wreath stamp with Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp off before stamping on to the focal piece.  And, when you stamp try to stamp a little off center from the original Crushed Curry stamped image.  Before you change colors, stamp another image with the remaining Cajun Craze ink to get a lighter shade of this gorgeous color.  And, again, move the stamp to slightly offset the first layer of Cajun Craze ink.
  • Follow the same steps using Old Olive ink for the third layer of color.
  • Also, follow the same steps using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I recommend stamping off at least twice before stamping the wreath with Cherry Cobbler.  This is a very strong red ink, and you don’t want to over power the other colors.
  • Finish the focal piece with the bow stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Use Cajun Craze to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere the focal piece to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  • Stamp “thank you” from the Love What You Do stamp set at the bottom of the card front, as pictured.
  • Adhere a piece of your favorite complementing pieces of DSP, cut to 4″ x 4″ to the top of the card front, as pictured.  I used a piece from the Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  I chose a piece with Cajun Craze to complement the overall design.
  • Adhere the Mossy Meadow card stock to the DSP with dimensionals.
  • To finish the card, you can add some “bling” to the wreath.  I used a few star shaped sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  [I have quite a few extra Paper Pumpkin pieces that I keep on hand to use with many projects!]

This design can easily be changed to have Christmas colors and a Christmas sentiment.  There truly are endless possibilities…

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

Happy stamping!


Peaceful Poinsettia Christmas Card

If you’re like me, you’ve started making your Christmas cards.  At our recent Stamp Club, the group made a gorgeous card using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle.  Take a look at some of the variations of the card.

Which card do you like the best?  Did you look at the slight differences in the cards?

  • Green on green card – The die cut piece is adhered with dimensionals.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut.

  • White on green card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were taken out of the die cut.  Pearls were added to the sentiment on the ribbon.

  • White on white card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut and covered with Basic Pearls.

Here are the basic instructions for the cards –

  • The card base is made from either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock.  Cut the card base piece to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • Choose the color you would like for the card front (either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock).  Cut the card front to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Use two dies from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to decorate the card front.  Use the corner die that will leave the holly berry bows on the edges and in the corner.  Also, use the poinsettia die that leaves the detail pictured.
  • You can cut both dies at the same time if you would like.  The poinsettia die nestles into the corner die.
  • Make sure you save the die cut pieces for the bows.  You will adhere them to the front of the card as pictured.  This will give a nice embossing effect.  I recommend the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow pieces.
  • Choose your favorite piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make your ribbon.  I chose a piece of retired DSP from my stash.  Cut the DSP to 1 1/2″ to 6″.  Stamp the “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the DSP.  Use Early Espresso ink.  Score the DSP at 3″ and fold in half.  Adhere the right 3″ piece to the bottom of the card front piece, and wrap the stamped piece onto the top right of the card.  Use scissors to cut a flag end on your ribbon.  Use your bone folder to give the ribbon some curl.  Adhere the ribbon to the card front as pictured.
  • Embellish your card as you would like with Basic Pearls or other pieces of bling.

This card would also be gorgeous in a red on red design with a pretty green ribbon.  And, how about blue on blue with a silver ribbon?  Yup, the options are endless!

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

Happy stamping!