Stylized Birthday Greetings – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #3

Happy Thursday to you! Friday is just around the corner! When planning your crafty time this weekend I hope you will consider playing along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I designed this week’s board so I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

I had a hard time choosing a row because I love everything on the board! In the end I chose to use the far right column with the bow, scallop and rectangle. And here’s what I created with it:


I really let the patterns from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper do all the heavy lifting on this super clean card!


  • I jumped on my Pinterest Layouts board and quickly found a sketch with both a circle and a rectangle and then simply backed my circle with a scallop. Easy Peasy. Why reinvent the wheel?
  • With such bold patterns I needed a bold stamp and Stylized Birthday fit the bill perfectly. Did you see that I snuck in another element from the board with the stitching on the circle?
  • Backing all the elements with black breaks up all of the bold patterns and makes them more pleasing to the eye


  • I used the 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon in Pool Party on my last card and told you that it looked like it had been dipped in glitter. Here’s a close up of the same ribbon in Basic Black, can you see the sparkle? It’s so pretty in the picture here but even prettier in real life as it catches the light from the sun, so so very pretty.
  • Do you hate making bows? Do they make you crazy? Then please check out this video by fellow Pal Ann Schach.¬†You will be making amazing bows in no time.


  • I added a flower stamped in Powder Pink underneath the sentiment on the inside of the card.

Please be sure to visit the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see all of the inspiration from the rest of the design team! I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thank you for stopping by today!


Price: $110.00

This Little Piggy…is so Cute!


This little piggy isn’t running all the way home…he’s skipping and smelling the flowers along the way! I don’t think he could be any more adorable!

Thank you to the CAS(E) this Sketch design team for giving my card an honorable mention last week with sketch 225! An honor indeed!! I love the sketch this week so I pulled out This Little Piggy and played along ūüôā



  • I love that this darling Pool Party pattern from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper mimics the flower that piggy is holding almost perfectly! I also love the play of black and blue so decided not to color the piggy in, just the flower, using my Pool Party Stampin’ Marker.
  • A single Rhinestone Basic Jewel adorns the center of the flower. Fabulous¬†sparkle!
  • This 3/8″ Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon is very rich looking and feeling. Soft as satin but also like someone dropped it in a bucket of glitter, only without the mess (thank heavens for that!)


  • I thought the sentiment “you make me happy” could be used for many different occasions so I decided for a generic greeting inside to match. I think it also covers a wide variety of occasions – I like to hedge my bets since I’m not sure who it’s going to right now!
  • The “sending hugs” is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. They are separate stamps so I used my MISTI to line everything up. I lined it up well vertically but ended up slightly to the left of center…no worries! A sweet little flower from the image on the front balances everything and ties the inside and outside together like it was intentional! lol

Here’s the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch that inspired today’s clean and layered card:


Thank you for stopping by today! Please let me know what you think of this darling piggy! Is this stamp set something you would add to your collection?


A Sunshine-y Thank You with Background Bits


I’m not even sure “sunshine’y” is a word, but it seems to fit this cheerful card well. Happy Thursday to you and do you remember what Thursdays are all about around here now? …yep, playing along¬†with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

Just like when we were kids, pick a row and create a card!! I played along with the far right vertical row. Wood, Yellow, Embellishment, with gray and die cut thrown in just because ūüôā


  • Thick Whisper White card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 3″ x 5 1/2″



  • Isn’t that scallop darling? The scallop die can be found in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die Set
  • All the work of the ombre effect on the scallop is done for you with the Color Theory Designer Series Paper. It can’t get any easier than that!
  • I quickly masked off the stems on my stamp from the new Background Bits hostess set to ink up the flowers in Crushed Curry, then just reversed the masking to ink up the stems in Smoky Slate.
  • Ribbon! I am in love with all of the new ribbon choices in the new catalog!! Today I used the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Crushed Curry. It is really shiny like satin and is a beautiful accent for any card!


  • I used the Wood textures Designer Series Paper again to die cut a scallop circle to layer under my focal image. It really ties everything together.
  • The stitched circle, Wink of Stella on the flowers, and those Glitter Enamel Dots¬†are all subtle finishing touches that pack a punch.


  • Isn’t this little flower precious??? I’m going to have to do a whole card featuring just that flower. Yum! I used the masking technique with this stamp too.
  • The vivid pattern I used for the envelope liner is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack. Yes, I used paper from three different paper packs but they all work SO well together!

Doesn’t the Tic Tac Toe Challenge look like F-U-N?? I hope you hop on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and play along!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, thank you for stopping by!!


Price: $110.00

Oh My Stars! Tranquil Tide and Other Wonders


I am really enjoying taking each of the new In-Colors for a test spin! Each time I use a new product I think it HAS to be my favorite! Until the next new product! lol


  • Tranquil Tide¬†card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series paper¬†cut to 4‚Ä≥ x 5 1/4‚Ä≥
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4‚Ä≥ x 5‚Ä≥



  • I adore monochromatic cards. Choosing just one color really lets it shine. And hopefully this will give you a better idea of the rich deep color that is Tranquil Tide. In the words of Frenchie, “It’s Divoon!” (Please let me know if you get that reference :))
  • I cut the layer of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper to be a quarter inch larger than the Whisper White panel because I really wanted to show off the paper. And I love tilt-y angles!
  • This new Oh My Stars Embossing Folder is a great addition to my collection. The stars are a unique style and perfectly textured. A fabulous neutral backdrop for just about any stamp!


  • The sentiment and the floral stamps on both the sentiment layer as well as the envelope are from the Blooms & Wishes photopolymer stamp set. They are so sweet and delicate!
  • Am I getting better at my messy thread look? I hope so…practice makes perfect!


  • And oh my ribbon!! This is a great blend to work with…and it comes in every new In-Color!


  • I kept the inside simple. Just one delicate stem. So sweet in this color!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief tour of Tranquil Tide!! Have a great day!!


Happy Birthday to a Classic


Today I wanted to share this fun birthday card I whipped up. Masculine cards can be tough but Stampin’ Up!’s new Coffee Break Designer Series Paper made this one easy!


  • Thick Whisper White¬†card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Early Espresso card stock cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Coffee Break Designer Series Paper¬†cut to 3 5/8‚Ä≥ x 4 7/8″
  • Early Espresso card stock cut to 2 15/16″ x 3 3/16″
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock cut to 2 7/8″ x 3 1/16″
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 2 3/4″ x 3″



  • Guy Greetings is the star of this card! What a fantastic combination of fonts and images! Stamped here in Early Espresso they are the essence of cool and sophisticated. I used my MISTI to align the images and then used my Stampin’ Trimmer to trim the card stock down. I provided the dimensions for you, but really I just eye balled it to whatever looked good.
  • Coffee Break Designer Series paper isn’t just for coffee! The colors and clean lines lend themselves perfectly to any number of masculine themed cards! And you know I love to line my envelopes…isn’t the striped pattern of the envelope liner the perfect compliment to the card? Love it!
  • The combination of whites in the sentiment panel, the background of the designer series paper and then the card base keep the design of the card light and fresh.
  • I reached for my enamel shapes to tuck a few in the upper left hand corner, but alas, they are not available in the neutral palette, so I reached instead into my retired stash and pulled out some Early Espresso Candy Dots…love those things! They are the perfect accent! (I realize I’ve been saying that for about fours years now, but when it’s true, it’s true!)


  • I finished the inside off with coordinating card stock and a sentiment from the recently retired Balloon Adventures stamp set. It’s timeless!

This color combination is perfect for guy cards and one that I’ll go back to and use again!

Today’s card was inspired by THREE challenges! CAS(E) this Sketch provided the layout and The Paper Players and Stamp, Ink, Paper provided themes!¬†I can’t usually juggle that many but for some reason I managed all three with one clean and layered card!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend doing whatever brings you joy!!


Clean and Classic Birthday Wish – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #1

Hi Friends! It’s Thursday and from now on, Thursdays around here will be all about the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Our first challenge board was designed by the talented and oh so sweet Peggy Noe. So let’s see what we have!

Tic Tac Toe Challenge Board 1

Lots of sweet goodness to choose from! I chose stripes, free (die-cut), and baker’s twine to create a clean and classic birthday wish:



  • Thick Whisper White¬†card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Multi Color Panel 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″


  • I cut multiples of three colors into strips measuring 1/2″ x 4 3/4″. I then adhered them, one at a time, to a panel of Whisper White card stock that measured 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″. I then adhered the new striped panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Isn’t the die cut darling? It’s the new Happy Birthday Thinlits! I die cut two here and adhered then to each other and then to the striped panel with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.


  • A few Glitter Enamel Dots add some sparkly fun, and the Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine provides a bit of whimsy.
  • I ran to the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack for my envelope liner…simply delightful in Lemon Lime Twist!
  • I took the inside sentiment from the Soft Sayings Card Kit…what a great group of fonts and sayings!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! We hope too see you over in the gallery!!


Saying Farewell to Mojo Monday in Style

I hadn’t planned on blogging again until tomorrow but then saw that the Mojo Monday card challenge has issued their last challenge.

Mojo Monday was one of the first card challenges I played along with as I began card making and stepped into the world of blogging. I have fond memories of creating with their sketches and still turn to the sketches for inspiration. But 500 is a LOT of challenges and I can understand the need to end it and begins new life chapter. So thank you. Thank you for your creative sketches and endless inspiration.

When I saw this sketch I was immediately drawn to the colors and patterns of the new Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, which coincidentally was delivered to my house yesterday! Perfect timing! I truly enjoyed mixing all of the beautiful patterns and colors to come up with this:

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  • Thick Whisper White¬†card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Thick Pear Pizzazz¬†card stock cut to 4‚Ä≥ x 5 1/4‚Ä≥
  • Naturally Eclectic¬†Designer Series Paper cut to 4‚Ä≥ x 2 1/4‚Ä≥
  • Naturally Eclectic¬†Designer Series Paper cut to 1/2‚Ä≥ x 4 3/4‚Ä≥
  • Naturally Eclectic¬†Designer Series Paper cut to 1‚Ä≥ x 4‚Ä≥

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So many fun new items to share today! Let’s go!


  • Patterns, Patterns, Patterns – Stampin’ Up! does all of the work for you!
  • As soon as I saw the dotted pattern paper, I knew that I had to figure out how to get a bow on my design. A bow made out of the 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. Absolutely had to be! I had to play around with the design for awhile but finally worked it out. Isn’t is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G new product??
  • I also had a vision of using the flower die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. I had seen it used in one of the catalog samples and knew I had to get it on to my card. But a bow AND a flower die?? That’s a lot of STUFF on my card for this girl! But that leaf die! I HAD to use it too!! They stamped up so prettily in Lemon Lime Twist and actually ground the flower perfectly and really balance out that large bow.

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  • I chose a sentiment with a lot of movement in it. It seems to pair well with the soft appeal of the crinkled ribbon. The sentiment is from the Floral Phrases stamp set. I think it’s actually meant to go on the inside of the card but I loved how it fit with my card design so I used it on the front!
  • And those pearls!! So sweet, right? I normally don’t EVER use the large pearls but they also really seem to work well with the card design…

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  • I wanted a “thank you’ sentiment on the inside of the card so i went hunting through my stamp sets and found this nice large one in the Background Bits Hostess Stamp Set. It wasn’t until I had stamped it and was putting the card together that I realized that the font was exactly the same as the one used on the front of the card! Huh! How about that!?! Thanks Stampin’ Up!! You rock!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. I loved playing along with the last Mojo Monday challenge as well as breaking out a few new goodies! I will see tomorrow with our first Tic-Tac-Toe challenge! Can’t wait!!

Thank you for stopping by!


Price: $110.00

Fan-tab-u-lous Lemon Lime Twist!

I had to put the dashes in there¬†to emphasis just how I feel about the new Stampin’ Up! In-Color Lemon Lime Twist! And look what happens when you pair it up with Pear Pizzazz! Magic!


I HAD to have the Watercolor Words stamp set the minute I saw it…unfortunately it hasn’t seen much ink.¬†So sad. But I think today’s card makes up for it! There’s so much deliciousness in here so let’s get started!


  • Thick Whisper White¬†card base¬†cut to 4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 11‚Ä≥, scored at 5 1/2‚Ä≥
  • Pear Pizzazz¬†card stock cut to 4‚Ä≥ x 5 1/4‚Ä≥
  • Lemon Lime Twist card stock¬†cut to 3 7/8‚Ä≥ x 5 1/8‚Ä≥
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″



  • This background was so easy to create. I picked a spot just to the left and slightly up from the center of my whisper white card stock and stamped this adorable flower¬†in Lemon Lime Twist. I then stamped it again and again until I had a line of flowers running from the top left to the bottom right of the card. I cleaned my stamp, inked it up again in Pear Pizzazz and added another line of flowers to each side of the first line, layering the flowers like bricks. I repeated the pattern until the entire card front was covered. Each time I started a new row, I changed the orientation of the flower so it would appear more random than it actually was. So So easy.
  • The¬†Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and¬†Scallop Die shape from the Layering Circles Framelits frame out our sentiment and make it look it’s best!
  • This delicate leaf die can be found in the Flourish Thinlits Dies. It works perfectly here, so clean and classy. I die cut two of them¬†for a bit more eye candy on the card. Remember to use the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad to make quick work of die cutting the leaves! No more time consuming poking out the bits with your Paper-Piercing Tool!


  • Ribbon. Oh man, the ribbon. Stampin’ Up! has outdone themselves with the ribbon this year, there are so many fabulous colors and textures that I know I will be featuring it A LOT this year.¬†I love it here just layered back and forth on itself. I used Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back of my focal image to keep the ribbon in place.
  • I looked through my stash of embellishments and realized that the White Perfect Accents would be TOO¬†cute in the center of all of the flowers. Do you love them? I do!
  • I added a bit of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Pack in Lemon Lime to the flap of my envelope. I thought long and hard about the expense when¬†I saw how large the paper stack was. I wasn’t sure I was a fan of the patterns and¬†doubtful of my ability to USE all of that paper! I am now a believer. It’s like music. When you hear a single instrument playing it’s part in a piece of music, it’s just random noise. But when combined with all of the notes from the instruments all together…magic! The paper adds so much to the overall design! And I will use this paper a lot!


  • Just a few flowers really pretty up the interior. No sentiment so something can be added later. Or not. It would be great either way.

Ever wonder how to choose which colors to pair up when creating a card? I know I sure do. But I found an awesome tool created by a fellow Pal and member/creator of the new Tic Tac Toe Challenge, Nicole Watt. She is a wiz with computer graphics and you can print a copy of her color chart for FREE here,  or you can have it printed on heavy weight card stock and mailed to you for a VERY reasonable cost. I have ordered mine and will have it laminated when it arrives and it will have a permanent home on my desk!

And speaking of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge…ARE YOU READY??? Our very first challenge begins THIS Thursday, June 8th! Visit us now to read up on the rules so you are ready to play along with us and s-t-r-e-c-h your creativity!

Until Thursday! I ADORE how today’s card turned out…do you love it too? If so, please leave me comment and I will choose a winner and send the card to you! Deadline for this little contest is 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. I will post the winner’s name on June 15, 2017’s post. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you will choose my Online Store for your Stampin’ Up! purchases! I’d love to be your demonstrator!


Price: $110.00

Letters for You Birthday Style

I was browsing the internet and came across a stamp image from another company that had the letters ‘hb2u” and I thought “I can do that with product I already have!” and thus a card was born…don’t you love when you can make something fun with something you ALREADY own?!?


The products in Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog are now available for purchase! I have a rather largish order arriving on Monday…can’t wait!

Today’s card features some products from the amazing Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle. Besides stamps and dies (as if that wasn’t awesome enough), this bundle comes with pretty paper!

It is an amazing set of papers in an amazing suite of products that I know you will get tons of use from.¬†The colors in this particular pattern are (from left to right) Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Pacific Point, Blushing Bride and Real Red. Which gives use LOTS of options!! I chose to highlight Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist and Rich Razzleberry, stamping each ink onto it’s matching card stock and die cutting with the coordinating Large Letter Framelits Dies.


Everything has been framed in Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a layer of Crumb Cake card stock. The Crumb Cake card stock has been embossed with one of my favorite, but sadly now retired, embossing folders so I thought I would give it one last¬†run through the Big Shot while I wait for the the¬†NEW Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder to arrive ūüôā

The adorable birthday hat was die cut from one of the patterns in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper with its’ coordinating die in the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies. So quick and easy!!


Inside is a sweet sentiment, appropriate for any age!

If you are not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like to receive a copy of the new catalog please email me and I will get one right out to you!

Thank you for stopping by today!


Price: $110.00

Bold & Beautiful Remarkable You


Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you! The weather is lovely in Southern California so we are hanging out with the windows open. We have a Triple A ball club in town so we will be going to the ball game tonight. One of my favorite things to do!

For some reason a thought jumped into my head that the bold color and patterns of the retiring Floral Boutique designer series paper would pair very well wth a bold image. And I had to stop what I was doing and follow that thought right into my craft room. Half an hour later, this card was done! And I think my thought was right, this DSP is PERFECT with this bold image! Why do I always wait until products are retiring to have my epipahnies? lol

This lovely sentiment is from the upcoming Soft Sayings Card Kit. The kit is delightful and I’m looking forward to sharing more of it after June 1st!

Thanks for stopping by today!