Sweet Scandinavian Prints – PP 294 & FMS 235

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and were able to celebrate however and with whomever you chose! My family made me feel very special today and as soon as the festivities of Mother’s Day were over, I headed to my studio full of creative juices! I browsed challenges for inspiration and as soon as I saw the color combination from Jaydee at The Paper Players I was in love! A quick search turned up Jen M.’s great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and I was off to the races:)

Sweet Scandinavian Prints - PP 294 & FMS 235

I recently discovered a new stamp company and HAD to immediately order several of their stamp sets. This set called Scandinavian Prints by Neat & Tangled is like a breath of fresh air and called to me to stamp with it. It has quite a few shapes which allow you to create many, many different looks so I just pulled stamps off the sheet and started putting ink to paper with no particular plan in mind. So relaxing to stamp that way!

I used slightly different shades of the challenge colors and I love how soft and sweet they are together 🙂

And the sketch that I used showed a large sentiment across the bottom third of the card but I chose to go long and narrow instead so I could use stamps from the same set. The font is so cute paired with the stamps!

Sweet Scandinavian Prints - PP 294 & FMS 235

Here’s a closer look at the images. I used Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, and Spring Moss by Papertrey Ink; Soft Lilac by Altenew; and Smoky Slate by Stampin’ Up!. I also applied Wink of Stella to the flowers and the sparkle is beautiful!! I raised the focal panel (which has a subtle piercing detail around the edge) and matted it with Sweet Blush and Smoky Slate cardstock. I raised the sentiment banner as well and tucked two clear sequins in to provide just a teeny tiny bit more detail.

A card like this validates the purchase price of the MISTI every.single.time.

Here are the challenge banners I played along with today, and I think I’m sneaking in just under the wire with the FMS challenge!

Sweet Scandinavian Prints - PP 294 & FMS 235

Sweet Scandinavian Prints - PP 294 & FMS 235

Thank you for stopping by! Please let me know what you think of these stamps…aren’t they just the cutest?!?

Products Used:

Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: None

Ink: Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, and Spring Moss by Papertrey Ink; Soft Lilac by Altenew; and Smoky Slate by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Scandinavian Prints by Neat & Tangled

Dies: Pierced Rectangle STAX by MFT Stamps

Tools:  MISTI

Embellishments: Moonstone Sequins by Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for the Memories…

A Tribute Fit for a Prince...

Today was a sad, sad day for me. I was a teenager when Prince was in his hey day and I could not get enough of him or his music. The news today was devestating so I decided to do what I do and make a card. A thank you to Prince for the memories. Memories of mTV, the movie Purple Rain, wearing purple, doing my homework in purple…purple, purple, purple.  Some people had Michael Jackson, Elvis or The Beatles, for me it was Prince.

I watched this video by Jennifer McGuire today and was inspired to try the technique. I inked up a brand-new-to-me background stamp from Hero Arts in Soft Lilac ink by Altenew. I only have the teeny square ink cube so thank goodness for the MISTI, as I had to stamp over and over and over, but I LOVE the soft color so it was worth it!

Once I had the background stamped, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Femme Frames die by Mama Elephant. I then used the same die to cut a piece of Winter Wisteria card stock.

A Tribute Fit for a Prince...

I sponged the center with Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink until I had a slightly highlighted area big enough for my sentiment and used my Heat Tool to dry the ink quickly. I then used my Embossing Buddy, Simon Says Black Ink, Versamark Ink, and then Clear Embossing Powder to make my greeting pop off of the card. Recognize the sentiment? It’s a new stamp by a new company called Right at Home Stamps, and it just arrived in my mailbox today!

I wanted to add a bit more so looked through my stash until I came to the Friendship Butterflies Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp. It had the cute leafy image you see on my card. I again used Soft Lilac ink so again, I had to stamp over and over to get the depth of color you see here. I added itty bitty dots of color with a stamp from the Rustic Wreath stamp set by PTI. Varied sizes of Moonstones by Simon Says Stamp gives the card a nice ‘bling-y’ touch.


Farewell to a legend, RIP.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Products Used:

Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink; Winter Wisteria by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Gentle Whisper by Penny Black

Ink: Soft Lilac by Altenew; Winter Wisteria by Papertrey Ink; Versamark

Stamps:  Script Greetings by Right at Home Stamps; Friendship Butterflies by Simon Says Stamp; Rustic Wreath by Papertrey Ink

Dies: Femme Frames by Mama Elephant and Envelope Liner Die by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI; Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Tool by Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Moonstones by Simon Says Stamp

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

When last we spoke I had a few scraps from my 6×6 DSP stack to deal with:

Keeping Busy...

I had four large pieces that had been shunted off to the side and overlooked, as well as a BUNCH of teeny pieces left over from when I cut the pad down so I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss scraps. We all have them, and we have MANY different ways to deal with them. I want to explore that a bit and share how I store scraps.

But first, this is what I did with the paper scraps in the photo above:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

The four in Watermelon Wonder are just like the cards in my previous post, so I won’t go into detail over them. Here’s a close up of my scrap cards:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

To make these, I started by cutting four 4″ x 5 1/4″ pieces of Whisper White card stock. I then adhered the scraps to the WW card stock, one at a time, for a total of 7 used on each card. I then ran those panels through my Big Shot using a stitched border die. I layered that panel onto Basic Black card stock and adhered to my card bases with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also ran the card cases through the Big Shot with the largest stitched border die which only imprints the stitches but does not cut on the edges. It is designed to line up perfectly on the card base.

I loved the pop of back so I embossed on Basic Black card scraps with white embossing powder and snipped a fishtail on one side. Festive, bright, and a super way to use up those scraps! I managed to use all but one of those thin strips in these four cards!

This is but one way to utilize every bit of your paper stash. Sandy Allnock has more great ideas for you if you’d like to read her post here.

Now, how do YOU store your scraps? Here’s my method:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

I purchased several nice storage units from For Keep’s Sake wayyyy back in the day when I was using the good dining table to scrap on. I lined them up side by side and put a table runner over the top and figured they could pass as a buffet (or sideboard). Now they live in my craft room. All of my Stampin’ Up! card stock and matching DSP lives in these two 12″ x 12″ drawers:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

They are kept in these wonderful 12 x 12 file folders  and are stored alphabetically. You’ll see an (R) on some of the labels after the color name. Those are my retired colors, which I tend to keep. And here’s what I have stored inside each folder:Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!I keep my 12 x 12 and my 81/2 x 11 card stock together in here as well as any 12 x 12 coordinating DSP if I have any. I tend to purchase the DSP in a group buy so I end up with 6 x 12 pieces of DSP. I store those, along with any DSP scraps, inside inexpensive sheet protectors. Ditto with my card stock scraps:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

Whenever I reach for paper, I check my scrap stash first. I love having EVERYTHING for each color right at my fingertips!

Stampin’ Up! has lots of sets of coordinating DSP every year. I keep those separately, like so:

Oh Those Pesky Scraps!!

The bins are ITSO bins from Target. The height of the bins keeps the paper secure while allowing me to flip through the easily, without having to take everything out. The 12 x 12 opaque dividers are by Cropper Hopper. I use my handy dandy label maker to make up labels for each tab and then store the paper behind. The scraps for each set are kept in sheet protectors and stored right with the 12 x 12 pieces (pictured above). I reach for my scraps before cutting into a new sheet.

Yes, I am an organizational junkie! I probably spend as much time organizing as I do creating, but that seems to have slowed down as I recently moved my craft room to another room in the house and now have everything set up just the way I want it…I think…for now…you know how that goes…:)

Would you be interested in seeing more of my craft room and how I organize my supplies? I was thinking about doing a weekly series on organizing, if there’s an interest, so let me know please!

I would love to hear how you store your scraps and how you use them up!

Thank you for stopping by!


Keeping Busy…

After my surgery the doctors told me to get up and move often as that would hurry the healing process along. So I did. As soon as I was able to, I wandered into my stamping room. I’m on a mission to ‘bash my stash’ so I determined that I would finish off my pack of Stampin’ Up’s 6×6 DSP stack Cherry on Top. I’ve gotten quite a bit done…it’s amazing what a bit of time here and there can accomplish!

Keeping Busy...

I wanted to make as much headway as I could so I started by using the DSP as a background, highlighted by a birthday sentiment. Both the sentiment and the die are by The Stamps of Life. You may notice that I started with balloons as embellishments but I felt that they detracted from the overall design of the card, so I stopped adding them.

Keeping Busy...

After I had gone through and used all the sheets of paper, I had tons left over. So I quickly designed a layout that would maximize the paper. I only had to snip a bit of the sides of the DSP to create these cards. I added balloons to these cards and think they turned out great! I started with my Stampin’ Up! ballon builder punch but it stopped working (a replacement has already arrived at my house, SU has great customer service!) so I turned to dies. These that I used are a mixture from several different stamps sets. I also discovered as I was cutting down Whisper White card stock to make the white panel for these cards, that the trimmed off pieces would make a great base for my birthday sentiment, already trimmed and ready to go! So I cut them all to a specific length (3 1/2″ I think, don’t hold me to that though) and whipped out my MISTI! I attached the white baker’s twine to the back of the balloons with SNAIL and then used a glue dot to secure the strings together in a bunch. Now, above is a close up of most of the designs, but here’s the actual total cards created from those scraps:

Keeping Busy...

But wait…there’s more! One of the patterns in particular was best accented by a die I have in my stash so I used it to create these:

Keeping Busy...

Doesn’t that pattern look awesome with that die?!?

You wold think I would be done and I almost am, but I have a few scraps left:

Keeping Busy...

I will post what I created with these as soon as I finish!

As I piled all my cards up and counted them, 83 total, I glanced over at the stash of 6×6 paper still to go and thought OMG!! I have enough paper to make thousands of cards!! And that’s just the 6×6!! I guess I should stop collecting…ha ha ha.

I’m not crazy, I just love mass producing cards. It’s very soothing to me. And these cards do have a purpose, my husband uses them at work 🙂

Just a reminder to you if you like this DSP that it will be retiring on May 31st so make sure to get yours quickly because availability is based on stock on hand only and may not last through May 31st.

The retiring items list is going to be released on April 18th! This is an exciting time of year at Stampin’ Up! with OnStage (formerly convention) coming up, the release of the new catalog as well as the list of retiring products, and the unveiling of the new In Colors! I have seen a peek of them and can tell you that they look FAB and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big News – Sunday Stamps 124

Big News - Sunday Stamps 124

I’m so in love with the Schoolhouse DSP from Stampin’ Up! I only ordered it about 2 months ago so I need to hurry and make lots of cards with it before it retires on May 31st!

There are quite a few colors in this DSP that I could have chosen to highlight. I chose Pacific Point because up to this point (and I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost five years) I honestly don’t believe I have ever used it! The bright shade of blue is wayyyy outside my comfort zone!

Big News - Sunday Stamps 124

I used Pacific Point to layer both the card stock as well as the sentiment, but decided to use Whisper White for the base so that the vibrant color could shine. This bold birthday sentiment is from the Big News stamp set. I like it because it’s all encompassing. It can be used to create cards for both men and women, young and old.  I used the Circle Framelits to cut the sentiment out and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The banner is hand cut because I couldn’t figure out how else to do it, but now as I type this, I realize that the Banners Framelits would have worked perfectly! OMG! So use those rather than hand cut, lol.

Big News - Sunday Stamps 124

I used Candy Dots in Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight because I am out of Crushed Curry candy dots, but honestly, I can’t tell the difference, can you?

And let’s not forget to decorate the inside!

Big News - Sunday Stamps 124

Love this little candle!!

Today’s project was inspired by the sketch over at the Sunday Stamps challenge:


I hope that my project has inspired you to join us in this challenge, for more inspiration please visit these lovely ladies:

We would love to see you play along!

Thank you for visiting today!

More Birthday Wishes – Freshly Made Sketches 231

More Birthday Wishes - Freshly Made Sketches 231

Happy Saturday my friends! Another week is in the books and it’s time for some inky fun!

I sure had a lot of fun with the sketch from the team over at Freshly Made Sketches:

FMS Final 231-001

I didn’t realize until this moment where the sketch had placed the sentiment. Oops 🙂

More Birthday Wishes - Freshly Made Sketches 231

Today’s card uses the blooms from Stampin’ Up’s Garden in Bloom and the sentiment from Happy Birthday Everyone. I created a mask by stamping the bloom onto a Post-It, trimming around the outline and then laid the mask over the first bloom in the corner. That allowed me to stamp two more blooms without any overlap.

Aren’t the pattern papers lovely? The are actually left over pieces from a Paper Pumpkin kit from years ago. I’m pretty happy to get them out of my stash and onto a project! I thought three random sequins would round out the card but ended up adding extra detail with a stamp that had three tiny dots on it…they are the perfect accent!

More Birthday Wishes - Freshly Made Sketches 231

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and find some time to get creative!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Happy Mail!

Hello my friends! Several weeks ago I saw a new product that I thought was amazing and HAD to have! I’m sure you know what I mean, it was one of those moments where the heavens opened and the angels sang 🙂 Well, these brushes seem like they are the next big thing and are pretty much sold out in the US of A. But I was having no part of missing out so I went straight to the source and ordered the product from the UK. They said shipping might take up to four weeks and then last weekend I got sick and had to have emergency gall bladder surgery (no worries, I’m healing nicely) and of course completely forgot I had ordered them. So it was a happy surprise to open the front door to find not a solicitor, but a delivery person, needing a signature for my overseas package…it felt like Christmas!!

I opened the package today and had to sit down right away and play:

Happy Mail

I have to shout out to Lydia over at Understand Blue for her video on these awesome Clarity Stencil Brushes. She explains and demonstrates everything so well and provided me all kinds of inspiration! I came across her video by accident and then realized that I actually met her in February at the Stampin’ Up! event I attended, such a fun surprise 🙂 So pop over and watch the video and then come back to me…

I have taken a class to learn how to blend with the Tim Holtz distress inks and sponges but have never really felt I had the knack for them. I kept getting brush marks! And I would get brush marks with sponge daubers as well, so I had pretty much written the technique off. Enter the Clarity Stencil Brushes…so quick and easy to use! I pulled out my Stampin’ Up! Happy Patterns Decorative Masks and stamp pads and settled in to color.

Here are close ups of the cards in my card set along with the color names:

Happy Mail

Stampin’ Up’s Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder

Happy Mail

Stampin’ Up’s Pear Pizzazz and retired Baja Breeze

Happy Mail

Stampin’ Up’s Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo

Happy Mail

Stampin’ Up’s Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder

Happy Mail

And my personal favorite: Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze

I used the brushes directly on the stencil, no need to ‘sneak’ up on the edge of the card stock. I see lots more stenciling in my future!

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set. This awesome set is one of my favorites in the catalog and is available only in the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. Yes, I bought the set so I could have the stamps, but that’s another post 🙂

My perfectly stamped sentiment is courtesy of the MISTI.

The stitching adds a nice detail to the edge of the panel and was created using the Stitched Mats: Rectangles by Lil ‘Inker. The sequins are just random iridescent sequins from my stash.

Hint: I set my sequins on top of the mini glue dots while they are still on the roll (I toss the packaging that they come in and just store the open roll) and then use a tool to lift the dot and the sequin off the paper backing and place on my card. I will never worry about my sequins falling off ever again!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Mail


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Blog Vacation

Hello my friends! Wow, it has been 41 days since my last post…amazing and a bit distressing.

Sometimes, life just gets overwhelming and when that happens to me, my creativity takes a vacation…resulting in a vacation from my blog!!

I had SO many ideas for projects and was really engrossed in the 30 day card challenge from my Stampin’ Up!’s up-line’s up-line. All of which resulted in complete overload.

I realize it’s April, but I’ve decided that my “word” for 2016 is going to BALANCE. I’m going to work for it and remind myself every single day that it’s all about balance!

I wandered into my craft room and wasn’t exactly sure where to start as there are unfinished projects everywhere…

So I grabbed a pile of cards and began. I don’t know if you are guilty of this as well, but when I’m in a creative flow, I can’t be bothered to EVER stamp the back of my cards and many times I will leave the inside blank as well. Thus, as soon as the cards have been blogged…they go into a pile and sit. The pile gets higher and higher so I start another pile…sigh.

Blog Vacation-Finishing Cards

But, for today at least, I can say with pride that ALL of my cards are complete inside and out and coordinating envelopes as well!! Can I get a woot-woot?? lol

I have made some cards in the recent past, mostly for my card classes. Here are a few:

Blog Vacation-Class CardsThis card was inspired by this card by fellow Pal Windy Ellard.

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

I think this is mine and not a CASE, but if it is and I need to give credit, please let me know!

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This is a sample based on a card in the Occasions Catalog, page 13.

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This a swap card I received in Phoenix recently and I plan to CASE the daylights out of it 🙂

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

CASE’d from this card by Stampin’ Up!  Artisan Design Team Member Inge Groot

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This is one of my most used and favorite basic layouts ever. I used paper that’s been in my stash for eons and used various products. I used a sentiment set from Clearly Besotted and let my ladies pick which ever one suited their fancy 🙂

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

I just whipped this one up for me. I got stuck because I realized that I used a masculine patterned paper and then added flowers…whoops! In the end I added pearls to make it more feminine. I’m sure someone will appreciate a very un-fru-fru birthday card!

I have more cards from that pile to share, but I’m gonna make you wait for it 🙂  lol.

I’ll be back with you more! I hope you are still out there and can understand my need to walk away from all the pressure that I created in my mind 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Rose Wonder – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 9

Rose Wonder - 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 9

Hello Friends! Were you wondering where I was this morning? I’ve been busy with a family event and missed a night of stamping! But technically, it’s still Saturday as I post this, so I’m still on track with the challenge! 🙂

Card Details:

  • Both the pattern paper on the card as well as the envelope liner are from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack…it’s not just for tea!!
  • I began with a case base of Thick Whisper White, added a panel of pattern paper and then another panel of Thick Whisper White card stock.
  • The sentiment I chose is from the Rose Wonder stamp set…this set has a wide variety of sentiments and a beautiful font.
  • The sentiment did not fit the way I wanted it to…so I cut it apart!! Gasp!! It’s really very easy to do and a great way to give yourself more options.
  • After stamping the sentiment, the panel was embossed with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. Embossing folders are a great way to add texture!

Rose Wonder - 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 9

  • I used the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies for my focal image. I die cut the image in Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Bermuda Bay. I used the Fine Tip Pen to adhere the Basic Gray die to the Whisper White die and then carefully snipped the leaves off of the Bermuda Bay die and adhered it to the other dies, making it a triple thickness, which I think shows the beautiful die off in the best light 🙂
  • The best news is that the Rose Wonder stamp Set and Rose Garden Thinlits Dies can be purchased bundled together with a savings of 15%!
  • The Rose Garden Thinlits Dies are quite delicate and detailed so using the Precision Base Plate will give you very clean cuts.
  • Use the Big Shot Die Brush to quickly work all of the small pieces from your die cut. Just set the die cut on the foam pad and run the brush over it. The bristles quickly poke the small pieces out and the foam pad keeps all those little pieces contained!
  • And what to do if a little bit of glue ends up on the front of the die?? Why, just pull out your Wink of Stella and cover it right up with shimmer!!

So are you ready to order this bundle yet? It’s awesome!!

Thank you for coming along with me on my quest to make 30 unique cards in 30 days!!



What I Love – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 8

What I Love - 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 8

Today I am sharing the “What I Love” stamp set, it can be earned for free during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order! I love free! 🙂

This set has a delightful 3-step floral image, which allows you to build and add detail as you go. After trying a few options, I went with Island Indigo for the outline image and Soft Sky for the other two stamps. I stamped once for the larger floral image and then stamped twice to get the shading effect that you see here. The depth of color is amazing!

What I Love - 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 8

I added a simple frame of Island Indigo and used it again for the sentiment panel. I used Versamark Ink and White Embossing Powder to stamp my sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. This stamp set in this kit is one of my favorites!!

A simple White Designer Button with a Baker’s Twine Bow finish things off nicely, don’t you think?

This card makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by on Day 8 of my 30 Day Card Challenge…I’ve never designed so many cards in such a short time frame before…maybe this will help me be faster at it!!