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

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

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Iris Folding Heart Tutorial


Here's the tutorial for the Iris Folding Valentine Heart.

I call it Iris Folding because that's the technique, but I used Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series patterned paper (DSP), which is a much heavier weight than actual Iris Folding paper, so there are no folds in this tutorial. 

If you were to use regular Iris Folding paper, or regular gift wrapping paper (which is much thinner), you would cut your strips to 3/4", fold them in half, then follow the tutorial below.

This is sort of a crazy tutorial because I drew the Template myself and had to make adjustments along the way, but if you follow exactly as I describe, you'll get the hang of it.

Ready….let's get started.

Supplies you will need (and I'm not kidding, have them all ready before you start…you'll see why):

  • Scotch tape, small scissors (Stampin' Up! Paper Snips work great);
  • The Hearts A Flutter scalloped heart framelit from SU's Hearts A Flutter Bundle;
  • 1 3" X 3" square of card stock; One 3 1/4" square piece of cardstock.
  • The Heart Template printed out on a heavier paper if you have it. If not, regular bond paper will be okay;
  • Post It Note;
  • Big Shot;
  • Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • Five different paper designs cut into 1/2" wide strips (the length doesn't matter you can always cut more if you need;
  • Heart Template. Below:

Heart Template

Lay out your paper strips as I did in the picture below and label them as follows: Color A, Color B, Color C, Color D and Color E.



  • Place the heart framelit in the center of the 3" X 3" card stock, hold it in place with a post-it note and run it through your Big Shot;



  • Now take the 3" X 3" cardstock with your "open heart" in the center and place it right side facing down over the heart template. 
  • Secure all four corners with a little piece of tape or post it note to hold it in place over the template. See below. If you look closely at the top left corner, you can see my tape holding the open heart over the template.



Okay, you're ready to "Iris Fold" (but not really fold). Hope you're excited, cause this really is fun!

  • Take a look at my chart below. Each 1/2" strip of paper design that you chose earlier, labeled, and laid out ever so neatly, corresponds to the chart.


  • So, your Color A corresponds to numbers 1,5,9 and 13 on the template; Color B corresponds to numbers 2,6,10,14 and 17 on the template and so on…
  • I'm sure by now you have this figured out…but don't go ahead of me because I had to do some tweaking…you'll see.


  • Take your strip of Color A and place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN so that the edge lays over the #1 space and lines up with the template. Tape the strip on one side, then snip off the excess and tape the other side. Use small pieces of tape.
  • See below:


  • Now fill in numbers 2,3 and 4 with Colors B, C and D respectively. (Tape, snip, tape, snip, tape snip). Your project should look like the picture below:


  • Beautiful!  Easy, right…once you get the hang of it, you'll fly through this.


  • Okay, but this is where it gets a little tricky, and only because I drew it myself and I'm not an expert, so bear with me. It's beautiful in the end.
  • Follow this chart step by step…read and follow across:

Tape in #6 with Color B    Tape in #7 with Color C    Tape in #11 with Color C

Tape in #8 with Color D    Tape in #12 with Color D    Tape in #16 with color D

  • Do you see the pattern forming?  Let's keep going…

Tape in #5 with Color A    Tape in #9 with color A    Tape in #13 with color A

  • The back of your heart is getting pretty thick with tape now, right? It's OK.

Tape in #10 with Color B    Tape in #14 with Color B    Tape in #17 with Color B

Tape in # 15 with color C    Tape in #18 with Color E    Tape in #19 with Color E

  • Okay, you're done! Isn't the large heap of taped paper outrageous? Your template should look like this.



  • Now gently remove your 3" X 3" cardstock from the template and turn it right side up. 


BEAUTIFUL!, but very thick. Not to worry…

  • Cut another piece of cardstock 3 1/4" X 3 1/4" for a mat, attach four dimensionals to each corner of your heart and set it on the 3 1/4" X 3 l/4" mat.




  • You did it! you "Iris Folded", or "Iris Stripped", whatever you feel comfortable calling it.
  • You can layer it again and place it on your card front.

Below is the Template again. 

Heart Template

Note that you might have to adjust the size of the template slightly to fit the framelit, (I'm not perfect with pixels, yet) but if it's a little off, it's okay. You can still follow the pattern and it'll work.

Also, if you don't have the Hearts A Flutter framelit, you can create an open heart by printing out two heart templates and cutting out one to trace onto cardstock, then cut out center of cardstock.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Hope you enjoy, and remember…

"…the only limitation is your imagination!"

Express your creativity,



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Forever Young for Mojo Monday!


Here's another card for the new Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #277.

This stamp set is so pretty. The silhouetts are detailed and clear, and the frames are ornate and elegant.

It was a challenge for me to decide which paper and colors to use. Whenever in doubt, I go with the neutrals, and so here I chose Basic Black and Very Vanilla. The combination is timeless as are the stamped images.

The striped paper is from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper Pack. The bold stripes are very contemporary and coupled with the Victorian look of the framed silhouetts, they give the overall design a very ecclectic look.

I like the way it turned out!


Hope you enjoy, ane remember…

"…the only limitation is your imagination!"

Express your creativity!



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Something Different…Iris Folding!


This card has a story…isn't it beautiful!  This was my first try at "Iris Folding".


Each month, I hold a stamp club/camp at my home. A few very talented stampers and paper crafters get together to just relax and create beautiful projects. Usually, I prepare the kits and decide what everyone will make.

In December, one of the ladies asked if each one of us could bring along a project and all the supplies for the others to make. We did. My friend brought this project to our Club. She is, by far, the most talented paper crafter I know. 

Thank you again, Georgia…it was fun!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a walk back in time…..very interesting!

Hope you enjoy, and remember…

"…the only limitation is your imaginagion!"

Express your creativity!



A Simply Elegant Wedding!


Table Cards

I made these Table Number Easel Cards for my daughter's friend's wedding. It was a destination wedding, so she wanted something simple, elegant and able to be transported on a plane. This design was perfect. The easel back folded flat for packing, and the color combination was a beautiful accent to the cream colored table linens. They were also very lightweight.

This simple 5" X 7" matted easel card was done with black and cream card stock and embellished using a scroll punch with a gold rhinestone in the center of the scroll (which is hard to see in this picture).

Below are the matching place cards.

Place Cards

I had a lot of fun with this project; the girls helped assemble and the bride was happy and excited…pretty!

Hope you enjoy, and remember…

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Express Your Creativity,