A Well Written Happy Birthday!

I hope your Thursday is a happy one!

It really doesn’t get any easier than this.  Of course I had lots of help with Stampin’ Up!’s Well Written Dies.  There are 24 dies in the set and I guarantee you will use them over and over again.  You can mix up the words or just use one. A quick run through your die cutting machine and your done.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the cropped sentiment to the Night of Navy card band.

The Night of Navy and Whisper White striped Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper is stunning! The printed texture gives the look of painted canvas or linen.  I hand cropped the little flagged banner.  I thought that corner of the card needed just a little something extra.

Here are the card layer dimensions:

  • I started with a standard A-2 size Whisper White card base and covered the front with a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ Night of Navy card stock panel;
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • The striped Night of Navy and Whisper White DSP is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″;
  • The bottom Night of Navy card band layer is 4 1/4″ X 3 1/4″;
  • The Whisper White card band layer is 4 1/4″ X 3 1/8″;
  • The Night of Navy top card band sentiment layer is 4 1/4″ X 3″.

Today’s card is that perfect quick card you can pull out and send to anybody along with a handwritten birthday wish, but it does have a more masculine look to me.

So, get yourself some Well Written Dies, cut a few card stock layers, add a flagged banner and create something clean and simple.


Come Sail Away!

A favorite “latest and greatest” of mine is the clean and classy “Come Sail Away” Suite featured in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Those of you who have followed my blog know that I am truly a patterned paper junkie. I love to mix and match patterns for my projects and did I have a fun time creating this card!! The neutrals and blues in combination have always been a favorite of mine; so much so that I chose these colors to decorate my home. I also enjoy being at the beach and near water, so the Come Sail Away Suite had to be at the top of my wish list as soon as I saw it.

For all the details on the Come Sail Away Suite, you can click HERE or click on the shopping bag at the end of this post.

Here’s the quick “how to” for this classy masculine birthday card.

  • I started with an A-2 size Whisper White card base.
  • The Night of Navy card layer is 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.
  • The vertical striped patterned layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″.
  • The newsprint patterned layer is 3″ X 4 1/4″ which is attached to a 3 1/8″ X 4 3/8″ Night of Navy mat.
  • The lighthouse patterned card band is 1 5/8″ X 4″ attached to a 1 3/4″ X 4″ Night of Navy mat.
  • I cropped the rope framelit from the suite in some older brushed gold card stock and framed the lighthouse patterned paper to give it a more finished look. By the way, that little rope framelit also embosses. The texture it gives the rope edge is perfect!
  • I fussy cut the Night of Navy compass from a piece of the Designer Series Paper, stamped a smaller compass with Crumb Cake ink and punched it out with my 1 1/2″ circle punch. The Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine is also part of the Suite, and of course, no card is complete without the bling.  One of the gold metallic pearls worked perfectly for the center of my compass.
  • Since I wanted to create a masculine birthday card, I borrowed the sentiment from an older retired stamp set. I thought the clean simplicity of the sentiment worked well with the overall theme of the card.

So, grab yourself a classy, clean stamp set, crop some patterned paper, don’t forget your bling and create something stunning!!

The card below was one of the “Make and Takes” at our April On Stage event for the new catalog reveal.

Sailing Home Bundle #151066


Stampin’ Up!’s That’s The Tag

We all need one of those generic birthday cards. This one can be masculine or feminine and for an adult or child.  Today’s project is simple and quick to put together. Just pick out your favorite patterned paper, match it up with a card base color, and with Stampin’ Up!’s “That’s The Tag” bundle you can stamp the sentiment and crop the pretty sunburst tag in no time at all.

That’s The Tag Bundle

Project details:

  • I started with two patterns from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper. The striped layer is 5 1/2″ X 3 3/8″ and the Crushed Curry Candle pattern layer is 4″ X 2 3/4″.
  • Then, I chose Emerald Envy card stock as my standard A-2 card base.
  • Attach the patterned paper to Pacific Point card layers cut slightly larger than the dimensions for the patterned paper. This helps make the layers look more finished.
  • With my Big Shot and the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, I cropped sentiment oval base in Whisper White and stamped the dotted frame with Crushed Curry ink and the Happy Birthday sentiment with Pacific Point ink. Both stamps are from the “That’s The Tag” stamp set.
  • I used the sunburst tag framelit to crop the sunburst with Pacific Point card stock. Thin lines of green glue worked well to attach the sunburst to the Whisper White sentiment layer.
  • I cropped the little stars with the thinlit included with the Timeless Tags Thinlit Dies and glued them onto the right bottom of the sentiment layer in a random pattern. Just a dot of the green glue works great to attach each star.
  • A bit of Whisper White Baker’s Twine finished my tag.

This bundle is definitely one you want to own. The sentiments are appropriate for almost any occasion and the thinlits are a fun way to make your projects special. When you purchase the “bundle”, you save 10%.

So, grab your favorite Stampin’ Up! bundle, stamp an image, crop a few shapes and create something special.

And remember, during Sale-A-Bration, for every $50.00 product purchase, you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Click my online store link below for all the Sale-A-Bration details.

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Congrats and a Cherry on Top!

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It’s nice to get back to my stamping again!  It’s been a busy time for me at my real estate office and I haven’t been able to get to my stamps.  I can tell you, I was having card making withdrawals. There’s something about ink, stamps and patterned paper that makes me happy, even if it’s just for a few hours.  I think it’s the whole process… deciding what to create, finding that perfect sentiment, matching up a few patterns, adding a little embellishment and finally, putting it all together.

Today’s post is a little different from my usual. I know that you know Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to launch the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  I’ve seen it… it’s gorgeous… and I really mean gorgeous!  The new stamp sets, colors, patterns and bundles are trendy and fun.  I should have my newbies by the end of this week and I’ll be sure to share lots of fun “Sneak Peeks” with you.

So without much more chatter, I decided to CASE today’s card from the new Catty… I can’t show you a picture of the project in the catalog, but know that it’s fun, quick and easy.  I had the pleasure of having one of my stamping friends stop by today and we each created our own version of the same card.  Take a look at Barbara’s card below… a bolder, brighter version.

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Most of the supplies used to create this card are on the retiring list, but the sentiment stamp is from the “Tin of Cards” stamp set which is not retiring.  The font is happy and bold and works perfectly with the patterns from the “Cherry On Top” Designer Series Paper Stack.

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Either one of these cards is perfect for a special graduate or a special birthday.

So, grab some patterned paper, crop a few shapes and create something fun!



PPA290 – Picture Perfect Wonderful

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Today’s project is for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge this week.  Patti created a fabulous sketch.  The layout gives you a lot of room to play with patterns and shapes, and of course, add a sweet sentiment.


So, I had some fun with patterns from the “Going Places” Designer Series Paper Stack featuring my very favorite Lost Lagoon… that warm blue is outstanding!

Going Places DSP Stack – #140581


Lost Lagoon, nautical patterned paper and star fish…  I think I’m ready for the beach, but with the temperature at 35 here in New Jersey, I’ll have to wait a while.


Picture Perfect Stamp Set – #140520


  • The very detailed star fish stamps and the sentiment stamp are from the “Picture Perfect” stamp set.
  • Some two-step stamping created the beautiful detail in the star fish – my first layer is stamped with Delightful Dijon and the second layer is Mossy Meadow.
  • A little fussy cutting and some Stampin’ Dimensionals give the star fish some prominence in this design.  They hold up well against the busy pattern behind them.
  • I created the square frame using my Squares Framelits and attached it with a few glue dots since the star fish needed to take the lead.
  • A few sequins and a simple sentiment finished my project.

So, grab some pretty patterned paper, add a frame and a few sequins and create something wonderful to link up with the Pals.