Brightly Gleaming Time To Shine!

Happy Thursday!  Wow, what a wonderful Blog Hop all of us Pals had yesterday.  The comments were great and the talent was over the moon and the stars!!

Speaking of stars, I cropped lots of stars from the Stitched Stars Dies to create my card today.  My inspiration came from a card I posted back in 2016.  I was updating my Project Gallery and saw the card.

Out came the stars patterned paper from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  The patterned paper gave me my color inspiration: Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla, and the sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

I added layers to this card because I really wanted to “lift” the patterned paper. A few thin mat layers will usually do that. Thin layers will also add a clean finished look to most card designs. There really is no particular pattern placement with the stars, I just kept both the colors and the elements in balance.

Design Tip:  

  • When I use the design term “balance” it simply means that the elements on the card are balanced to the frame.
  • If you look at the bottom left Mossy Meadow star, it’s about the same distance from the bottom of the patterned paper layer as the Night of Navy star on the top left corner is from the top of the patterned paper layer.
  • All of the left sided elements are placed roughly the same distance from the left edge of the patterned paper layer and the same goes for the elements on the right side of the design.

Pretty cool, right? It works every time!

Below is my card inspiration and you can click here or on the image below to see my original post.

So, get out your Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, add a few layers, crop lots of stars and create something that’s ready to shine!




The only limitation is your imagination!


We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogs! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of our most popular paper designs!  There is no limit to how many you can order. You can click on the image above or click below to see the patterns on sale.


Click here for a printable PDF of the Designer Series Paper on sale.

A Pattern Play Happy Birthday for CTS392

Looking for more inspiration, I found it over at the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge Blog. The sketch is a simple matted layer across the card front with an off-set sentiment banner tied with a bow.  My post today is a CAS (Clean and Simple) card created with stamps, lots of ink and a sentiment banner anchored by a small card stock banner.

When I looked at this sketch, for some reason the linear stamp in the Pattern Play stamp set came to mind.  I took another look at the stamp set and decided to create a wide layer matching the sketch with stamped horizontal lines.

I chose Bumblebee just because I like that color and then thought it would be a good idea to use more of Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2022 In Colors.  The Bumblebee lines needed something more but not too much, so I stamped the circles with Just Jade over the stamped lines and I liked it.  I was enjoying putting my ink to my paper, so I added a little Magenta Madness.

Now I needed some color balance and decided to go with a Just Jade mat layer and a little Just Jade hand cropped banner to anchor the sentiment banner which I knew would be Whisper White. Just Jade and Bumblebee were nicely balanced in my card and there was enough Magenta Madness, so I went with Basic Gray for my sentiment… it’s a little softer than Basic Black and works well with the rich tones of Just Jade, Bumblebee and Magenta Madness.

My Happy Birthday sentiment is from the retired Music From The Heart stamp set.  I was selective about the sentiment font I would match with this card’s stamped images, so I went into my stamp set archives to see what would work. I am happy with my choice. The font has a good line weight and is whimsical enough for the fun stamped images.

I truly enjoyed creating this card for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. Thank you to all the Design Team members for your inspiration and a fun sketch.

So, pull out your favorite card stock, add some fun stamped images, a whimsical sentiment and create something fun!

The only inspiration is your imagination!


We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogs! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of our most popular paper designs!  There is no limit to how many you can order. You can click on the image above or click below to see the patterns on sale.

Click here for a printable PDF of the Designer Series Paper on sale.

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.

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