Happy Ornamental Christmas!

It’s Monday! I hope you enjoyed a happy paper crafting weekend.

Today’s post is clean, simple and happy!   The Ornamental Envelopes Bundle was on my “serious” wish list from Stampin’ Up!’s August-December Mini Catalog.  I thought the ornament stamps in the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set were so cute.  You can dress them up or down. They could be elegant and formal or clean and simple.  I went with clean and simple for this card.

The color palette is warm.  Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler and Bumblebee are all colors with a lot of warm red tones. I always enjoy adding a little pop of “yellow” whenever I can and that little Bumblebee ornament gives this card that something extra. I couldn’t resist adding that little Gold Metallic Pearl.

Here’s the quick “How to” for this card:

  • I started with a Whisper White card base, added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and cropped a Basic Black frame with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • I added a second stitched frame in Cherry Cobbler and “framed” my Whisper White stamped images.
  • The stamped images on the Whisper White card layer were stamped with Bumblebee ink.
  • I separately stamped a set of ornaments in Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler and cropped them with the ornaments die in the Envelopes Die set.
  • Here are the stamped images:


  • Once the ornaments were cropped, I chose what I wanted to use and attached them to the Bumblebee stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I hand cropped the sentiment banner.  “Happy Christmas” is from the Warm Hugs stamp set.
  • The pretty black and white plaid envelope liner makes this card a pretty gift!

So, grab some warm holiday colors, stamp a few images, add a frame or two and a little bling, and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Dove of Hope Peace & Love

It’s Friday and I hope you have fun card making and paper crafting plans for the weekend.

Today’s post is Clean and Simple and Quick and Easy without a doubt.

The Dove of Hope stamp set has bolder images and a fun, bolder font. Night of Navy and Old Olive have been a long time favorite color combination of mine and when paired with Whisper White, a clean, crisp color palette is achieved.  A dove with an olive branch needs a clean, crisp color palette.

I started with a Night of Navy card base, added Whisper White and Old Olive layers, and stamped the dove and sentiment with Night of Navy. The olive branch is stamped with Early Espresso which is the perfect “neutral” for Night of Navy and Old Olive.  I colored the leaves with my Blender Pen and some Old Olive ink.

The inside sentiment completes the peaceful message of this card…. Peace, Joy, Love  … and hope in your heart.

So, find your clean, crisp color palette, stamp a few peaceful images and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Stitched Leaves and Hope!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing today’s card to celebrate a little bit of Fall with a whole lot of “hope”.  We’re having some beautiful cooler Fall weather here in New Jersey and I’m very much enjoying it. Sweater weather might finally be here!

Stampin’ Up!’s stunning Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper sat on my desk for at least the past three weeks.  I wanted to create something special with it, but just couldn’t get it going.  I pulled out pattern after pattern and nothing was coming to me, so there the paper sat.  For today’s post, I wanted to use the Stitched Leaves Dies and in almost an instant, I knew the patterned paper I would use.  It was obvious that the card stock had to be Very Vanilla and a Gold Foil Sheet.

Once I had these perfectly stitched leaves cropped, I gave them a little bit of a Gold Foil shadow and attached them to a Stitched Rectangle layer. This would be my focal point. I thought about adding a Gold Foil layer to the back of the stitched rectangle, but I wanted more of the patterned paper to be seen.

Keeping the larger maple leaf on top emphasizes the pattern repeat in the card design by drawing attention to the gold foiled maple leaves in the patterned paper.

Whenever I use Very Vanilla, Gold or Copper in a project, my “go to” sentiment ink would always be Soft Suede.  For this card though, I thought Soft Suede would be a little too dark.  I stamped the sentiment in Encore’s Metallic Gold. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.

So, grab some stunning Designer Series Paper, add a layer and a few shadowed, cropped elements, and create something soft and pretty.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Celebrate Sunflowers With Love!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and lots of love!

Here it is!  The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this gorgeous sunflower and have some fun with it.

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle featured in the Annual Catalog is beautiful!  Trust me on this one, you could just stamp the large sunflower image and not give it a bit of color or crop; that’s how beautifully detailed the stamp is. For today’s project though, I colored and cropped.

I used only ink and a Blender Pen to color in this image.  The Markers and Blends are great, but for me the Blender Pen and a little ink puddle work. The stamped image is so detailed that all I did was follow the lines of the image with color and blended just a little. It was that easy! The striking Fall color palette is Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  The images and sentiment were stamped with Soft Suede.

I cropped both the sunflower and leaves with the matching Sunflowers Dies, added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to both and stamped my sentiment to a Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze layered card base. Oh, and don’t forget to give your envelope a little lift with the Envelopes Dies. I lined the envelope for this card with some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper  Quick and easy!

So grab a beautiful sunflower stamp, blend in some color, pop it up on a few Dimensionals and create something amazing!

The only limitation is  your imagination!


Celebration Tidings Just For You!

More Plaid Tidings today!

Here’s a quick, easy and simple card for just about any occasion.  Today’s color palette was inspired by the colors in the patterned paper. When I chose this plaid, the subtle blue caught my eye. I wanted to keep more of a Fall theme going. To me, Fall colors are richer and deeper, so I paired the plaid with Misty Moonlight! Don’t doubt the Misty Moonlight and Bumble Bee color combination. Pair it with some Melon Mambo and you have a winner!


Below are today’s project supplies and card layer dimensions:

  • Bumblebee card stock standard A-2 card base;
  • Cut a Misty Moonlight card stock layer to 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The Plaid DSP layer is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″
  • I cropped the top Misty Moonlight layer with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit die. The die measures 2 5/8″ X 4″
  • The Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4″ X 2 3/8″
  • The floral image and “Just For You” sentiment are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • I colored in the leaves with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.

The Celebration Tidings Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s new August-December Mini Catalog is a perfect fit for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. Lots of versatility in this one!  And you save 10% on the Bundle Pricing.  Click here to get the details.

So, grab some Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight card stock, add a beautiful plaid layer, a pretty stamped image and create something simple and stunning!

The only limitation is your imagination…