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Happy Saturday!  I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying the start of your weekend.  Remember – Stamping is a great distraction from the cold weather!

I also hope you find the picture below inspiring.  Each of the three projects using products from the Painted with Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog (pages 18 and 19).  You may have been drawn to this suite by the gorgeous Painted with Love Specialty DSP as I was, but I guarantee you’re going to love the other Painted with Love suite products.

Earlier this week, I posted pictures and directions for the box made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  If you missed that post, please check here.  Today, I am going to share tips and tricks to make the Valentine card pictured below.  In the next few days, I’ll post more information and details for the third project pictured above.

This Valentine’s Day card features the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (page 19 of the Occasions Catalog).  They are the same weight as the larger Whisper White Note cards and fit perfectly inside boxes made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  The cards are also a great way to top a gift and to give as a simple note to brighten someone’s day.  Here are the directions for the card:

  • Cut a piece of your choice of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP to 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You may have a hard time narrowing down which piece of DSP to use since they are all amazing!
  • Use Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp the lovely heart outline image from the Sure Do Love You stamp set onto the DSP as pictured.  Then, heat emboss the heart image with White Embossing Powder.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots of Love Box Framelits Dies to die cut the heart shape in the middle of the heart outline that you have heat embossed.
  • The sentiment is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.  I used and updated “Rock and Roll” technique to stamp the sentiment.  [Okay – Raise your hand if you know what the “Rock and Roll” technique is!]  If you think of the sentiment stamp as being in three concentric circles, my stamping explanation should make sense!  I stamped the inside circle (the middle) in Calypso Coral.  The next circular section (I guess really more of a doughnut shape) was stamped in Melon Mambo, overlapping the Calypso Coral just a bit.  The outer section is stamped in Rich Razzleberry, overlapping the Melon Mambo a little.  [Confession – I also used a MISTI to stamp the sentiment.  This allowed me to play with the coloring to get it exactly as I wanted it.  SOON – We’ll be able to use the new SU! Stamparatus to do this technique!!]  Take a look at the picture below to get a better view of the layers of colors in the sentiment.

  • To attach the sentiment to the DSP, put dimensionals on the stamped sentiment piece.  Place the dimensionals on the paper around the sentiment to make sure they won’t be seen when you place the DSP piece over the top.
  • Attach the DSP piece to the front of the note card.  Use dimensionals again for this.  Put your dimensionals in the four corners of the DSP and just below the die cut heart.
  • Add a few die cut hearts to the front of the card for a finished look.  I used Whisper White cardstock and a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP for the hearts.  I also die cut the hearts with the narrow shaped heart from the Lot to Love Box Framelits Dies set.
  • To finish the envelope, use a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (again your choice of design) cut to 1 1/2″ x 3″.  Glue to the envelope flap and trip to fit the shape of the flap.

Below are the main products that I used to make all the projects shown in the first picture in this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Remember, during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31), for any $50 order you have, before shipping and tax, you can choose one FREE product from the SAB Brochure.  Click here to see the SAB Brochure.  Also, there are two FREE SAB gifts for any $100 order, before shipping and tax.

Happy Stamping!


Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Start TODAY

Today is the day!!  The new, amazing Occasions Catalog is LIVE, and you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products!!  The banner picture above features one of my favorite new product suites.  It’s called Painted with Love.  Our stamp club will be using several of the products to make stunning projects.

Now, get comfortable, grab your favorite beverage, and hunker down to look at videos that will introduce you to products in the new Occasions Catalog and SAB Brochure.

At the end of this post, you’ll be able to see the entire Occasions Catalog and SAB Brochure.  But, before you look at them, here are a few more videos that feature new products.  I’ll be posting projects that I have made with new stamps, paper, and embellishments for even more inspiration.  If you missed the first project I posted, take a look here.

As promised here are the Occasions Catalog and SAB Brochure for you to peruse!  Just click on the cover page pictures below.  Enjoy!!

When you’ve finished your lists and are ready to place your order, click here to go to my on-line store.

Happy shopping!!



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,


NC Demos Blog Hop – Painted with Love Sneak Peek

Welcome to the December NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is “What New With You?”.  Each of us is sharing something new – a new technique, a new project, or (in my case) a new product suite from the soon-to-be-available Occasions Catalog!  You probably just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog.  Tracie’s project always inspire me!  Thanks for continuing on the blog hop and stopping in to see my project.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time looking through SU!’s amazing catalogs.  In fact, I bet you look through them multiple times.  I know I do!  One suite that stood out to me in the Occasions Catalog is called Painted with Love.  It is featured on pages 18 and 19.  The products in the suite are gorgeous!  For this month’s blog hop, I created two boxes that are centered around products in the suite.

After the business of the holidays, I really appreciated a stunning project that came together very easily.  It’s honestly a little embarrassing that there is absolutely no stamping involved in either box.  But, I think they are pretty without adding ink!

The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is truly gorgeous.  It has rich colors mixed with gold and, while there are abstract designs on some of the papers, there are more uniform designs on others.  You will find this DSP collection incredibly versatile and one that I’m sure you’ll use for many occasions.

In the next few days, I’ll post further instructions on how to make the box.  In fact, I’m going to attempt to post a video.  Check back to see how that (mis)adventure goes!  The basic steps for the boxes are listed below.

  • Start with your choice of paper from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″.  Use the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut the DSP.
  • For the other half of the box, use the same box die but a piece of Whisper White cardstock (cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″) for the other half of the box.  I chose to use white cardstock for the back of my boxes.  There were a few reasons for this – I like to conserve on using DSP, and the white backing for the box looks very finished.
  • Use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on the box die cuts.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut a heart shape from the box half made with the DSP.  Be sure to save the die cut heart shape for another project!
  • Take two pieces of acetate, both cut in squares and just a little wider and taller than the heart opening.  Put one of the acetate pieces on top of the heart opening, and use a pen to trace the heart outline onto the acetate.  This will be your guideline of where to put the Gold Glitter Flakes.  When you trace the heart, make your heart just a little bit larger than the true size of the heart.  You won’t be able to see the pen markings if the traced heart is bigger than the opening.
  • On your traced piece of acetate, add a pinch of two of the Gold Glitter Flakes inside the heart that you traced.  You should add enough flakes to make sure the gold accent is visible.  Glue the second piece of acetate directly on top of the first piece.  You’ll capture the gold flakes in the middle of the two acetate pieces.
  • Adhere the glued acetate pieces on the inside of the DSP side of the box.  Line-up the acetate so the gold flakes align with the heart die cut.  The technique of gluing the acetate pieces together and capturing the gold flakes helps keep the flakes in place.  The flakes will move a little; however, you’ll be able to stand the box up and still see the flakes behind the heart.  The flakes won’t move around as they would in a shaker card.
  • Choose the color that you want behind the gold flakes.  For one of the boxes, I added Calypso Coral cardstock.  For the other box, I added Whisper White cardstock.  It’s fun to try different background colors to see which you like the best.  Adhere a piece of your chosen color behind the acetate pieces.
  • Now, you’re ready to assemble your box.  Since I use white cardstock for the back of your box, I glue the flaps on the white cardstock box piece and adhere them to the DSP piece.  Visual cues work for me!
  • Decorate your box as you would like.  I decided to try the new Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers.  This was definitely a stretch for me and something new.  I’m usually not a huge sticker fan, but these stickers are very likely to change my mind.  They are very easy to use and add a really nice touch to the box.
  • I also used the new Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack.  It has two really pretty colors – Gold and Powder Pink.

There is also a stamp set called Sure Do Love You that is part of the Painted With Love Suite.  Check back to see a project that I’ll make using that set and the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.  You’re going to be impressed with the options that you’ll have with the Painted Love Suite.

Please be sure to continue through the NC Demos Blog Hop!  Hop on over to Sue Root’s blog.  She has a great project to share this month.  All participants in this month’s blog hop are listed below.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my projects.  Please be sure to check back in the next few days for more inspiration using products from the Painted with Love Suite.

Pictured below are the products I used to make the boxes.  The products will be available to purchase on January 3rd.  Be sure to stop back then and click on any picture to go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping,

December Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



Sale-A-Bration – Heartfelt Blooms

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is an annual Stampin’ Up! event that focuses on three ways to earn FREE products – Shopping, Joining, and Hosting!  You are going to absolutely love the FREE SAB rewards.  SAB starts on January 3 and ends on March 31.  I can’t share the inside of the SAB catalog with you just yet – but, I can show you a card I made with the Heartfelt Blooms SAB stamp set and a video that highlights the set!

When you get the SAB catalog to look through, you’ll notice that Heartfelt Blooms is the first set featured in the brochure.  It is a unique design using SU!’s patent pending Distinktive stamps.  The image is designed to give different visual depths and textures on one stamp.  Included with the flower stamp are three great sentiment stamps.

A good friend of mine and fellow stampaholic, Elaine, recently retired.  The Heartfelt Blooms flower stamp added a classy focal point for her retirement card.  I wanted to keep the design clean and uncluttered.  The two layered bow and gold sequin with a pearl accent did the trick.  I also used the incredibly versatile Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the Happy Retirement sentiment.

Take a few minutes to look at the video below that highlights the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  You will earn this set for FREE with a $50 order (before shipping and tax) during Sale-A-Bration.

If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to get a copy of the SAB catalog (and new Occasions catalog), please leave a comment with your email address.  I’ll get in touch with you and make sure you get a copy of both catalogs.  But, I cannot be held responsible if you go a little nutty with your wish lists!!!  Yes – the catalogs are that amazing!

Happy Stamping!