Happy Thanksgiving!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers.  I am grateful to you for taking the time to check in on my blog posts.  I hope you find some inspiration in these pages and continue to check in.  Whatever your plans for today, I wish you lots of love and joy.

Always with good thoughts of you.

Love Of Leaves And Lots Of Texture!

Today I have two cards to showcase.  I’ve been wanting to use the stitched background die from the Stitched Leaves Dies and finally did. This die adds such a beautiful texture to the card layer.

The first card has the died Linen Thread wrapped behind the maple leaf. The second has the Linen Thread tied in a bow and attached to the front of the maple leaf.  I couldn’t decide which I liked more, so I used them both.

Another Clean and Simple card and so easy to put together.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla A-2 card base and add a Gray Granite layer.
  • The Gray Granite layer measures 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″.
  • The Very Vanilla top layer measures 4″ X 5 1/4″.
  • Run the top Very Vanilla layer through your cutting machine twice using the large border die from the Stitched Leaves Dies.
  • Place the bottom edge of the die at the bottom of the layer on the left side and the top edge of the die at the top of the right edge of the layer.  This will give you the stitched pattern shown in these cards.
  • Stamp the maple leaf with Flirty Flamingo ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Run it through your cutting machine using both the maple leaf cutting and embossing dies.
  • Add a leaf sprig of your choice to the back of your stamped maple leaf.
  • Take about 6″ of Linen Thread and roll it along your Gray Granite ink pad. (I covered my finger with a paper towel).
  • You can run the Linen Thread across your ink pad as much as you want depending on how much color you want.
  • I wanted a hint of Gray Granite on the Linen Thread so I inked the thread once.
  • On the first card, I looped the Linen Thread and attached it to the back of the leaf.  Then, I attached the leaf to my layer.
  • On the second card, I tied a bow and attached it to the front of my leaf with a mini glue dot.
  • Add your sentiment in Gray Granite ink.
  • Embellish with a few of the small Frosted Epoxy Droplets.

If you don’t already own it, the Love of Leaves Bundle is worth a second look.  It’s in the current August-December 2020 Mini Catalog at the Bundle price.  It will be in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog individually priced.

So, pull out your Very Vanilla card stock, emboss a layer, add some colored thread and a maple leaf and create something pretty.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Celebration Tidings Always Grateful

Happy Friday!  I hope you have some fun creative time set aside for the weekend.

I designed today’s card using the Celebration Tidings Bundle This Bundle was in the top three of my wish list and I’m so glad I got it.  It’s been that one “go to” bundle for me.

My inspiration for this card was a wreath ornament.  That’s what prompted me to add the circle frame behind the sentiment label.

I started with a few different color combinations and finally settled on Cinnamon Cider, Pretty Peacock and Crumb Cake.  I’m usually drawn to oranges and blues when I have a choice and did it again in choosing this plaid pattern.  I was contemplating cutting the sentiment label in Whisper White, but chose to go with Crumb Cake after a few color combination experiments.  The Crumb Cake label gives this card a little more warmth which is what I wanted to achieve.

Coloring the pumpkins and leaves was easy with the fine tip of Light Cinnamon Cider, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Below are my card measurements.

  • Cut a standard A-2 card base in Cinnamon Cider.
  • The Pretty Peacock layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″.
  • I cut a circle frame with the Layering Circles Framelits, cut the sentiment label, heart and sprig using the Celebration Labels Dies and hand cropped the Plaid Tidings DSP flagged banner.
  • The size of the flagged banner is 1 1/4″ X 5″.
  • I also hand cropped the sentiment banner.  It measures 1/2″ X 3 1/8″.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day of the Designer Series Paper sale.  The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper is on sale and remember, it’s not just for the holidays.  I promise that it will be one of your “go to” patterned paper packs.  Details are below and also in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

So, get some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, cut a label and banner, do a little coloring and create something warm and thankful.




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 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 below to download a PDF with all the details.

Read This Today… A Big “Save”!

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday, I planned to work on a project and blog post for a sketch challenge and did manage to accomplish it but not without lots of iterations.

I know, that’s a really fancy word, and I loved hearing it.  A stamping friend and brilliant card maker, Brian King, used iterations in a recent comment reply to me and his words made me smile.  I thought to myself, “I know exactly what you mean, Brian”. “I’ve been there, too.”  To “iterate” means to repeat a process until you get a desired result. That process could involve just about anything.

What goes on behind the scenes when I’m creating a card project generally involves a good amount of iterations – re-cutting layers until I like the fit, making sure there’s no lint on my stamp after I see that little line or dot that wasn’t intended to be part of my stamped image – replacing a circle with a square – re-tying that bow – changing the card stock or ink color, etc., etc.

So, back to yesterday.  I downloaded the sketch, took a good look at it and my personal creative process began. (We all have one, right?)  My first thought was “long, lean images” so I went with images from Painted Poppies. Today’s card was my first version of the sketch.  Once I photographed the card, uploaded it and looked at the sketch again, I realized there weren’t three layers on top.

But, I loved this card!  I matched the “Thank You” sentiment so well.  It fit between two of the poppies. The font line weight is almost identical to the line weight of the poppies. I was so proud of that, but I didn’t have layers so, back to the beginning I went paying more attention to the sketch.

Today’s project is a really cool card, but in my mind I needed layers for the sketch challenge. Below is my iteration of today’s card. This one has layers, the sentiment style and placement are different, and there’s not as much white space.  The products I used and the colors are identical.  You can click here to see yesterday’s post.

And here’s the sketch.

So, today I’m not going to ask you to grab anything, pull out your patterned paper, or create something stunning. I’m going to finish with this…

In my card classes there were never any mistakes only really good “saves” or beautiful “iterations”.  On many occasions at least one of the ladies would repeat my words back to me… “There are no mistakes!”

I want my posts to inspire my readers to always enjoy their unique creative process as I do mine.  My personal creative process does make me smile and even laugh out loud as I never know what the outcome will be and it surprises me.  I create and share my projects with that wish for you all.

Amid just a bit of frustration, yesterday happened to turn out just fine!!

The only limitation is your imagination!

Below is the product list for the supplies I used in today’s project.  You can click on each image to get more detailed product information or click the shopping bag below to shop my online store.




Celebrate Sunflowers… Thank You!

Happy Saturday!

Today’s post is simple and casual.  This is a thank you card I created for one of my customers.  I hope the sunflower and the colors will make her smile.

I’ve been putting a lot of mileage on the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle lately. This is just another sample of how versatile this Bundle is.

The “Thank You” sentiment stamp is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.  I wanted something small so not to take any attention from the patterned paper and sunflower medallion.

Now, I want to talk about this Designer Series Paper. It gives the card a certain degree of “casual” and that’s what I wanted to accomplish.  This is a good example of how color and pattern affect the “mood” of your project.  I know I’ve talked about this before, but you have no idea what I think about when I’m creating a card. I go in all sorts of directions with an idea and when I eventually get that “Aha” moment, I go with it. Since I’ve created a new craft studio, I don’t throw my DSP on the floor to search for inspiration any more, but I do toss it all over my crafting table. As soon as I saw this Misty Moonlight pattern, I knew I had my card design.

This DSP is one of those patterns that has lots of texture which can really set the tone of the project.  To me, it looks like a patch of denim.  The Bumblebee dotted layer works well with the “denim” look since there is a pattern repeat.  I’m sure the artists over at Stampin’ Up! knew that way before me!

Both the Bumblebee dotted layer and the Misty Moonlight layer are from the 2020-2022 In Colors 6 X 6 Designer Series Paper pack.  Each year, when Stampin’ Up! releases their new “In Colors” I’ve always purchased the Designer Series Paper. It becomes a “must have” staple in my paper stash.

So, grab your patterned paper, crop a large sunflower and create something simple and casual.

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 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 below to download a PDF with all the details.