Stampin’ Up!’s Wishes Your Way

Happy new week!

If you’re in the midst of the winter storm coming to the Northeast early this week, I hope you are safe, warm and well. I just heard a forecast for New Jersey and we’re supposed to get the greater part of 18 inches of snow. I’m not looking forward to that since we had a taste of Spring last week. Snow is pretty though, especially when it’s falling, so I’ll enjoy the view.

Speaking of Spring, let’s get to today’s card.  My “Spring Butterfly” is another generic card… happy birthday, thinking of you, get well, wedding, and I’m sure you can think of a few more occasions. Another “Clean and Simple” card, I finished this one in just a few minutes.

My inspiration for this card was Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Take a look at the image from the Catalog below. I used the cropped butterfly image with the gold thread behind it, the sentiment stamp is the same and the colors are the same.

The photo inspired me because I liked the softness of the color palette. 

Here’s the simple “How To”:  All images are from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Basics stamp set and the cropped butterfly is from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

  • Start with a Whisper White A-2 card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″);
  • Crop a Whisper White layer measuring 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • Directly in the center of the layer, stamp the fern image in Pear Pizzazz ink (stamp off once).  Stamping off once means to ink your image, stamp it on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp onto your project. The image will stamp lighter.
  • Ink up the honeycomb stamp with Sahara Sand ink and, stamping off once, stamp the honeycomb on the bottom left corner and the middle right side of the layer.  (I used half the honeycomb image on the middle right side).
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom right corner with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Crop the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlies Dies using Pool Party card stock.
  • Roll up some Gold Metallic Thread and anchor it to the stamped fern image about 1/3 from the bottom of the image.
  • Attach the butterfly to the fern with some green glue
  • Add a few embellishments (remember the design “rule of thirds”).
  • Attach your finished layer to your card base with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Send your card to someone very special!

So, pull out your Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, pour your favorite cup of tea and find your inspiration to create something stunning!

Click here to shop my online store at Stampin’ Up!

Everyday Occasions

Everyday Occasions1

Isn't this card just the cutest? Check out that slim strip of glitter and that cool arrow paper clip! This is from Stampin' Up!'s Everyday Occasions Card Kit. You get all the supplies, including embellishments and envelopes (I mean all), and instructions, to make 20 cards.

Everyday Occasions2

Here are just two from the collection. Now, those of you who do follow my blog know that I generally don't do a lot of product selling here. I love all of the Stampin' Up! products and use them exclusively… I just enjoy card making and sharing design tips and tricks… but… (okay, there is a "but")… If there's any product from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog that I would say "go ahead and get", it's this card kit. The only supplies you'll need to have on hand are your favorite adhesive and scissors. 

Everyday Occasions3

Last night, I finally opened my Kit and in no time at all, I created these beautiful cards. I will share a few more of the samples in future posts, but for now go ahead and give the Everyday Occasions a try. The instructions are clear, the supplies are organized, the box the kit comes in is sturdy and the quality is true Stampin' Up!. 

For someone who is not really a card kit fan, I'm hooked! Oh, and the best part of all of this is that once you're finished creating the beautiful cards from the kit, you could CASE the designs with your favorits card stock, sentiments and embellishments. There's no limit to what you could create, and for any holiday or occasion.

So go ahead and get yourself one, you won't be disappointed.

CM1805B[1]Click on picture for more Everyday Occasions


Post Divider

Thinking Of You!


Happy Friday all!

I created this card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches. The Design Team over at FMS always come up with simple and quick design sketches, and this week's no exception. 


Clean and Simple and Quick & Easy is what this sketch is all about. I left a lot of white space because I thought it would be a bold contrast against the large Night of Navy circle.

My sentiment banner in Stampin' Up!'s Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper is also a striking contrast against all the white since the Night of Navy repeats itself and pulls you right to the sentiment. This is a perfect example of "color balance". The Night of Navy is strategically placed throughout the sketch design giving the card a balanced look.

The sentiment and frame is from one of Stampin' Up!'s new Hostess Sets, Sweetly Framed.


Poppies to Feel Better


Happy Monday and here's to another Paper Players Sketch Challenge. Sandy created a sketch for nothing but crafting pleasure and I had loads of fun putting this card together.


Although Sandy gave everybody some "artistic license", I stayed very close to the sketch. It just happened that way. My inspiration was the actual sketch and Stampin' Up!'s Pretty Print Texured Embossing Folder from the current Holiday Catalog.

  • The embossed print has such a simple, fun elegance to it. It replicates itself beautifully with the Core'dinations Card Stock
  • I lightly shaded the poppies from the Pleasant Poppies stamp set with my blender pen and some Pool Party and So Saffron ink pads and cropped them with Circles Collection Framelits.


  • My Large Scallop Edgelit created a pretty scalloped bottom border from Early Espresso and Pool Party card stock.


  • Just a touch of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon works beautifully for some color balance.
  • "Feel Better Soon" is from my new "go to" Hostess Sentiment Set "Express Yourself". The font is simple and clean and works well with almost anything.

Have some stampin' fun and thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Stampin' Up! Supplies For Today: Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock. Ink – Early Espresso, Pool Party and So Saffron. Stamp Sets – Pleasant Poppies and Express Yourself (Hostess). Tools – Circles Collection Framelits and Pretty Print Textured Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Edgelit. Embellishment – Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.



Let’s Hear It For Georgia!

Georgia 1

Georgia Egan is a member of my downline and a Stampin' Pretty Pal! She's a very talented stamper and paper crafter and I asked her if I could share some of her recent cards with you today.

Last Friday, I held my monthly Stamp Camp. Georgia has been a member of my group for more than a year and always comes in with a project she's created. She just got her Envelope Punch and wanted to show us the perfectly sized envelopes she made for these cards. Her envelopes were great, but her cards were Clean and Simple perfection!

Georgia 2

Although Georgia changed up the colors a bit, she got her inspiration from another Stampin' Pretty Pal, Susan Itell.

  • Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush are the "Flower Shop" colors Georgia used in the first card and the sentiment is from one of my very favorite sentiment stamp sets, Perfectly Penned. Whisper White Candy Dots are the perfect embellishment for these whimsical flowers.
  • The second card features three perfectly punched Elegant Butterflies on a Whisper White layer attached over Real Red card stock for a shadowbox effect. Large Pearl Basic Jewels placed in the center of the Elegant Butterflies adds just the right touch!

A big thank you to Georgia for sharing her pretty projects with us.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I wish you lots of stampin' fun!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: Card Stock – Whisper White, Real Red, Perfect Plum. Ink – Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Real Red. Stamp Sets – Flower Shop, Perfectly Penned. Tools – Pansy Punch (Part of the "Flower Shop Bundle", Elegant Butterfly Punch, Envelope Punch. Embellishments – Candy Dots, Large Pearl Basic Jewels.