A FREE TUTORIAL Celebrating You

It’s Friday!  I hope you can make some time to “celebrate you” this weekend!

Look at the stamped balloon images.  Don’t they look real?  The balloons are one of the stamps from the Penguin Place Stamp Set. I’m not actually showcasing the Penguin Place Bundle today. I have a project ready for that soon.  Today, I’m showcasing the Create With Friends stamp set from the Annual Catalog.

I had to get  ink on these stamps and I thought there was no better way than to pair Create With Friends with Penguin Place and add a little slice of the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration.  And that’s exactly what I promote Stampin’ Up! .  You can mix and match and you’ll always have a great outcome. By the way, I’m also showing off almost all of the new In Colors ink.

Here’s the simple “How To” for today’s card:

  • I used a Thick Basic White card base cut 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/2″.
  • The Basic Black card layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  I like to use thin layers but if you feel more comfortable cutting a wider layer, that’s fine.
  • The patterned paper layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The Basic Black center layer is 4 1/8″ x 2 7/8″.
  • The Basic White top layer is slightly smaller.  It’s 4″ x 2 3/4″.
  • Design Tip:  It’s easier to do a “fun layer” as I call it, or an offset layer if your bottom is cut slightly larger than the top. You’ll get more color exposure and it’ll be easier to angle your layer.  Give it a try.  It works.
  • I stamped my sentiment with my Stamparatus and stamped and fussy cut the balloons.
  • My layers are attached to each other with Multipurpose Glue.  I like using it because it does give you a little time to set your layers.

Here’s a suggestion.

Purchase the “Create With Friends” stamp set along with the Penguin Place Bundle, and add in a bottle of Multipurpose Glue, you can get the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper absolutely FREE.  You can create projects galore!

For the product details, you can click on the images below.

And, when you purchase through my website, you will also receive a package of the amazing Metallic Pearls as a gift from me.

So, cut your “fun layers”, add a large sentiment and a few balloons and create something to celebrate you!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Download the virtual Holiday Mini catalog by clicking here or on the image below.


It’s also time to Sale-A-Brate.  For every qualifying purchase from any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, including registering for Paper Pumpkin, you can choose a FREE product from the brochure below. The Sale-A-Bration sales period runs through September 30th.



This is a great time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Along with the Starter Kit which includes $125.00 in products you choose, you will receive a Bundle of your choice from the new Holiday Mini and FREE shipping all for $99.00. There’s no better time than during Sale-A-Bration to join. There’s no obligation, you can cancel at any time. You can click here for all of the details or contact me directly.  I would love to have you join my Team of fun and talented paper crafters.  The Sale-A-Bration sales period runs through September 30th.






Very Subtle Garden Best Wishes

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s post is about CASEing.  CASE is an acronym for Copy And Share Everything. I share posts on this subject because I enjoy CASEing on occasion.

Why Do I CASE?

Below are a few reasons I create a CASE project:

  • To get inspiration when my creativity runs low.
  • I see something I want to re-create because I really like it.
  • I CASE to learn a new technique.

Today’s CASE is from the current Annual Catalog which is full of wonderful inspiration.  The first time I looked through the catalog, I noticed the card on page 22.  The black and white patterned paper paired with Petal Pink cardstock and lots of white got my attention.  I recreated the card and enjoyed the process.

Stampin’ Up!’s card uses the Dragonfly Garden Bundle.  I used the Garden Wishes stamp set and the Dandy Wishes Dies.  The stamps and sentiments in both stamp sets are similar.  I used the same Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink cardstock and Baker’s Twine that was featured in the catalog version.  Both cards feature a heat embossed background which is something I haven’t done in a while.  It was fun to pull out my heat tool and embossing powders.

So, if you just want to have some down time in your craft space and don’t know where to start, take a look through the current catalog.  I’m sure you’ll find something you can recreate. If you don’t have the products featured or you only have a few, go on an adventure through your stash to see what you can substitute.  CASEing is fun!

I would welcome you to CASE my card today.  Have fun with it, and remember…

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the products I used today, you can click on the images below.

You can click on “supply list” directly above for a downloadable, printable supply list for today’s project.

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The Paper Players Challenge – A Color & Contour Sneak Peek!

Happy Sunday!  It’s time for a new Challenge at the Paper Players.  Claire is our hostess this week. She created a fun, versatile sketch.  Have fun with it and join us over at the Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

My card today is a Sneak Peek of the new Color & Contour Bundle which is in Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming Annual Catalog.

Here’s how my card came together…

  • The Poppy Parade card base is a top fold standard A-2 card base.  Cut it 11 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and score at 5 1/2″.
  • I used the large scalloped frame die from the Scalloped Contours Dies to create the Basic White layer. The Die is sized perfectly to create an easy and fun layer for any A-2 card design.
  • The striped layer is cut 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ and lays perfectly inside the large scalloped frame die.
  • I stayed with the sketch this week and cropped a Basic White oval with one of my Layering Ovals Dies.
  • On a small piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the base of the flower with Soft Suede Ink, then stamp the flower image in Flirty Flamingo ink.
  • The center of the flower is shaded with a Dark So Saffron Blend.
  • I cropped the flower with the matching die.
  • I placed the flower where I wanted it on my oval (no glue) and placed the leaf stamp over the flower (no ink on the leaf stamp). This gave me a visual of how the leaf would look under the flower.
  • While the flower was still in place, I inked the stamp with Granny Apple Green and just before I stamped the leaf image, I removed the flower.
  • I attached the flower and stamped the sentiment.
  • The yellow resin dot added just the right amount of embellishment.
  • The Poppy Parade horizontal cardstock strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ and anchors the oval nicely.
  • I attached the finished oval with Dimensionals.

Thank you, Claire.  I had fun with this sketch!

So, cut a few layers, crop an oval, add a simple watercolor stamped image, a little resin dot and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players. We would love to see what you come up with.  Click over to the Paper Players Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Fine Art For A Fab Friday Sketch!

Today’s card evolved from the Sketch Challenge over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog.  

There’s always something about a sketch that catches my eye.  The rest of my project usually morphs into something not intended.  That’s the case with today’s post.  When I saw this Fab Friday sketch, my eye went directly to the banners.  I thought they were interesting.

I wanted to cover the front of the card (no layers today), and went with the brush stroke watercolor pattern from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  It’s been a while since I looked at the patterns and they are certainly stunning.  I wish I could say I created the paper, but I didn’t.

I did sponge some white ink to the top left of the paper for color balance.  The white flower is fussy cut from the reverse side of the background paper.  I sponged a little Pretty Peacock lightly over the flower to give it some depth and again, to create a bit of color balance.  I also added a little more Pretty Peacock ink to the background paper.  The whole “inking” process was fun. I felt like a real artist!!

I ask myself, “what’s a Basic Black background without some white splatter”.  You always need the white splatter on Basic Black, so I went to my favorite ink splatter stamp then added a few bolder dots with my White Chalk Marker.

I found the perfectly sized sentiment in the Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment several times with White Craft Ink and my Stamparatus.

The thought of adding cardstock banners came to mind, but I went with the Fine Art Ribbon instead.

This design doesn’t need embellishments, but I couldn’t resist adding the Gold Metallic Pearl.

So, pull out some gorgeous patterned paper, channel the artist in you, sponge some ink, add some splatter and create some “Fine Art”.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For details on the products I used today, click on the images below.


You Are Amazing In Bloom!

Happy Monday!  It’s March,  and Spring is only a few weeks away.  The days are getting longer and the Sun is shining brighter.  Yay!!

Usually, when I get an idea for a card, I write it down.  Either I describe the image in a few words, or I draw a quick sketch of it.  I have a little notebook next to my computer that I use and refer to it a few times a week.  I had a few ideas for today’s post and decided to go with this one.  The end result always surprises me since most of the time it’s not at all what I set out to do.  The products I’m working with inspire me along the way.

Today’s card was inspired by the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  I loved the grid paper pattern mixed with the blue floral pattern.  That’s how this design started.  The grid and blue floral designs were attractive to me.  When I put them together though,  I thought I needed more color.  I had a strip of the Cajun Craze checked pattern from the same DSP pack and liked the look.

A Pacific Point flower was my original choice.  It looked good, but I thought the Bumblebee flower really added that always fun pop of color.   I am partial to almost any shade of blue, but I think yellow is always a fun neutral.

The In Bloom Bundle, which is my “go to” flower Bundle, was perfect for the rest of the elements on this card, including the sentiment.  If you enjoy paper crafting, it’s important to invest in a versatile floral stamp set and matching dies.  You will enjoy having them, especially if you enjoy clustering elements as I do.  I really enjoyed putting this card together and hope you enjoy this design.

So once again, pull out that favorite patterned paper, add a cluster of elements and a sentiment and create something amazing!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For details on the products I used today, you can click on the images below.


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