Stenciled And Framed, Brights And Blooms!

I think the title of this post is perfect:  Lots of stitching, Stampin’ Up!’s Brights Collection color palette, and beautiful blooms!

I wanted to do something with Pacific Point and stenciling today.  I used the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks in the Annual Catalog for the stenciling part of this card.  It’s an easy process and fun to do.

  • You can see from the picture that the white stenciled polka dots are controlled in the center of my frame.
  • I cut my Pacific Point card base (a standard A-2 top fold 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″).
  • Next, I die cut the frame and the sentiment layer with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • I placed the frame where I wanted it on the card front with the reverse side up and secured it with low tack tape.
  • I placed the stencil over the reversed frame and secured it with low tack tape.
  • With a sponge, I lightly applied some White Craft ink over the stencil with random pressure.
  • I was careful not to go over the outside lines of the frame.
  • I removed the stencil, and frame and repositioned the frame right side up over the inked polka dots with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The polka dot stenciling stayed inside my frame.
  • I added die cut flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals and tucked my sentiment into the frame.

Design Note:  There are two themes that run through this very simple card design, stitching and circles.  Any type of pattern repeat will always work.

So, get your Stitched Rectangle Dies, your In Bloom Bundle, some ink and a sponge and create something “amazing”!

… the only limitation is your imagination!

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

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A Simply Simple Lots of Heart Friendship!

As the title says, today’s card is a simply simple heartfelt friendship card.  This is a “Quick and Easy” without a doubt and once again, the Designer Series Paper makes it all happen.  Anyway, I hope you all get some paper crafting time in over the weekend.  I know I will.

So, let’s talk about today’s card.  Quick and easy is truly what it is and I colored the flowers with my Blends!  The ladies in my stamping group know that the relationship between me and my Blends is getting much better. These alcohol markers really are easy to use.

If you want to put together a simple framed card with a favorite sentiment or image and patterned paper, give this design a try.

  • My Thick Basic White card base is a standard A-2 top fold cut 11″ x 4 1/2″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Night of Navy layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 1/4″.
  • The patterned paper layer (from the Well Suited DSP) is 4 1/8″ x 3″.
  • I die cut the large oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies, but you can use any shape.
  • The Night of Navy stamped sentiment is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.  I liked the message and the size worked well with my card design.
  • The die cut flower cluster is from the Lots of Heart Bundle stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • I added color to the flowers with Dark Poppy Parade, Dark Night of Navy and Dark Old Olive Blends and attached them with Mini Dimensionals.
  • Oh, and I couldn’t resist adding the white resin dot.

So, grab your favorite patterned paper, die cut a flower cluster, add some color and create something quick and easy!

…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.


Cute Critters For The March Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Cute Critters” – showcasing their card/project with adorable animals, birds, or insects for any occasion. We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today’s post is a simple butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  I colored the classic Monarch Butterfly with So Saffron and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  There are areas that I highlighted with my Color Lifter and White Chalk Marker.  The coloring was quick and easy.

The card layout was inspired by a sketch I came across.  While I was deciding on what DSP to use for my card background, I noticed a small piece of the grid paper design from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  I enjoy using the grid paper design in cards, but I wanted to spruce it up a bit.  With the polka dot background stamp from the Pattern Play stamp set, I started stamping the dots on the grid paper.

With my White Craft Ink pad and a sponge, I randomly shaded over some of the grid lines with the white ink.  I wanted to give it a whitewashed look.

Since I stamped the butterfly with Tuxedo Black ink, I thought I would add a little black to the grid paper also.  The little horizontal line stamp is also in the Pattern Play stamp set.  I thought it would be perfect so I stamped a few little black lines in the left bottom corner of the grid paper.  After I did it, I saw a little pattern repeat in the butterfly’s wings.  I liked the look.

I was having a “design your own patterned paper” party all by myself!!  …and it was a lot of fun!

That beautiful Seaside Spray Designer Series Paper strip is from the Sand & Sea DSP.  I couldn’t bring myself to stamp on that.

So, find a piece of grid paper, stamp some polka dots and a few little lines, add a beautiful butterfly and create something to make someone’s day!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on April 14th when our theme is “Great Family Occasions” when our Design Team creates a project for any special occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.


  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  15. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  18. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  24. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  25. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  26. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple

An Amazing Case While Playing With Patterns!

Hello Stampers!  Happy Monday!

One of the ladies in my group recently talked about having a dry spell with project inspiration.  It happens to all of us.  The advice I gave to my friend was to go to one of the catalogs and CASE something that catches her eye.  So, today I have a catty CASE for you.  I haven’t CASE’d the catty in a while.  I must say, it was fun. All of the Stampin’ Up! catalogs are great sources of project inspiration.

I was looking for a few quick and easy projects and it didn’t take long.  On page 7 in the January-June 2021 Mini I came across the You Are Amazing Project Kit.  There are four card designs in the Kit along with a decorative box to store the finished cards.  Here’s my idea:

  • I’ll CASE the four cards using different supplies.  I chose the Playing With Patterns DSP which would be my color inspiration.
  • Two of the cards are featured in today’s post and two will be in tomorrow’s post.
  • Tomorrow’s post will also include a PDF Tutorial for all four cards.

I think it’ll be fun and since they’re all color coordinated and very generic, the four card set would make a great gift.

Todays first card above uses the polka dot pattern from Playing With Patterns DSP with Night of Navy and Purple Posy accents.

The second card below uses the same color palette as the first (the small polka dot pattern from the DSP) with Night of Navy, Purple Posy, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry accents.

The card in the catty has different DSP, a die cut label, a different sentiment and no embellishments.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow.  I’ll have two more cards for your inspiration and a PDF tutorial of all four cards including supplies I used, measurements and pictures.

So, pull out some of your DSP, match up some cardstock, add a sentiment banner and create a CASE or two.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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