Here’s To Cheers!


Cheers for Stampin’ Up!’s “Here’s To Cheers” Clear Mount Stamp Set… and it’s part of the current “Online Extravaganza” promotion going on right now.  Act fast, you can only get this great deal for another day. This stamp set is 20% off and you’ll use it again and again.


For the past two weeks, I’ve been hosting card classes and this stamp set and card was a huge success.  How’s this for a holiday greeting, or a sparkling “Happy New Year” note, or even a special birthday wish… and how about adding some glitter and gold?


Same sketch, same stamp, two different cards.

  • I put together both cards using a standard A-2 (5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″) card base with Whisper White card stock.
  • Each flagged banner is hand cropped and measures 2″ X 3 1/2″.  The banner in the first card is cropped from a strop of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (p. 175 in the Annual Catalog).
  • I punched all of the circles with my 2″ Circle Punch using Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White and older Brushed Gold card stock (the Gold Foil Sheet featured in the current Annual Catalog would be just as pretty).
  • The gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum ribbon is from the current Holiday Catalog.  It’s full of shimmering texture and very soft.
  • I added a few Fancy Frost sequins to the top card and punched a few 1/2″ circles from the Gold and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
  • Sweet Sugarplum card stock and ink is a beautiful contrast to the Whisper White base.

So, find that special stamp, punch a few circles, add a flagged banner, and create something stunning!




PP291 – Two New Wishes to Celebrate Spring

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Today, when I checked in on The Paper Players Challenge, I saw that Sandy posted a Clean and Simple Spring theme.  I created this card to celebrate Spring and wanted to feature it in today’s Simple Sunday Sampler blog post.  I thought it would be perfect for the Challenge also.


A few days ago, I noticed a few birds in my yard beginning the work on their nest. As I watched them carry small twigs to the tree, I thought that soon enough their little ones will be popping their heads just above the nest while their mother feeds them. So, I titled this card “Two New Wishes”.  Isn’t this a nice way to celebrate Spring?  Year after year, the birds make my weeping cherry tree their home and it seems this year is no exception.

I chose Night of Navy because it’s so classic and peaceful… I just love those blues!  Of course, the silhouette stamped image is simple and serene, as well.  It’s from the “World of Dreams” stamp set.


The silhouette stamp image is so detailed that I wanted to keep the card clean and simple to emphasize the image. By design, I chose a sentiment that would blend with the image so the image would remain the focal point.  The “wishes” sentiment is from “Endless Birthday Wishes”.

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So, I’m watching the nest take form and soon enough, I’ll know when the “little ones” arrive.


A Wonderful Journey – Two More Weeks of Weekly Deals

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My pick for this week’s Weekly Deals is the Decorative Label punch.

I designed this project for the very first Global Design Project Color Challenge and it is still a favorite of mine.  This project features, among other beautiful products, Stampin’ Up!’s “Decorative Label Punch”.  As I scrolled back through my blog posts to find this card, I saw just how much I’ve used this punch.  It’s the perfect size for many sentiment stamps and works perfectly with any style card.

Below are more of the Weekly Deals that you can get now.  My Picks of the Week are the Decorative Label Punch and the Brights Sequin Assortment… Sequins… you need Sequins!!  Click on the Weekly Deals Banner for more details.


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GDP 001 – Dreams Come True!

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Although I am excited about the new holiday "fun" and will continue to post the rest of "My Favorites", today I wanted to support my friends over at the NEW Global Design Project Challenge Blog. I enjoy design challenges and this one's sure to be a favorite.


Today's colors are soft so I thought my card had to suit the mood the colors conveyed to me… dreamy and peaceful. I found the perfect stamp set for inspiration… "World of Dreams".

While creating this card design, I realized Smoky Slate is a gorgeous neutral. When I stamped the floral image onto the Pink Pirouette background, I was taken with the softness of it… perfect for the image and mood I wanted to achieve.

Once I held that "Delicate Doily" in my hand, the whole design came together for me… simple and soft.

Remember to always keep your dreams alive and most of all, enjoy the journey!

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So, pull out a fabulous sentiment stamp, crop today's colors and create something magical to link up over at the Global Design Project.


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Bubbles of Happiness

This past Saturday, I hosted a Bridal Shower for my daughter, Alison. Along with picking a venue and planning the menu, I added a theme. Family and friends came together to wish Alison "Bubbles of Happiness". 

There were "bubble" balloons coming out of champagne buckets (including a bottle of champagne, of course), and we toasted our bride-to-be with champagne in pretty glass flutes. The planning was a fun experience for me, and the outcome was just what I wanted…a special memory for Alison.



A Stampin' Up! Bridal Shower for sure. The invitations were filled with Rhinestone Basic Jewels as were the favor tags.


The champagne flutes from Embellished Events were a hit stamped with Whisper White Craft ink on brushed silver cardstock, and the Petite Purse in Brushed Silver was my seating place card. Inside the purse was a raffle ticket for some games we played. This little purse was the star of the show!


I even used retired white organdy ribbon from Stampin' Up! long ago. 

After the party was over, I received e-mails and telephone calls with compliments on the beautiful handmade details. My theme was original and inspired by one of my most used and versatile stamp sets, Embellished Events. I love the champagne flute included in that set, so it was fitting that I made it part of an important and happy occasion.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: Cardstock – Brushed Silver, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight. Ink – Whisper White Craft. Stamp Set – Embellished Events. Tools – 1 3/4" circle punch, Petite Purse Die. Embellishments – Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Embellished Events Stamp Set #126947 Clear Mount


Petite Purse Bigz L Die #125606

Create a perfect little purse in a snap with the Petite Purse Bigz L Die. Available now only for a limited time!


Enjoy the new Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Catalog…It's filled with trendy new products that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Click on the Catalog to download the PDF version