Lovely As A Tree For Earth Day

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

I’m celebrating Earth Day today by sharing this masculine card I made using Stampin’ Up’s Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  You know, I wondered if this stamp set would be on this year’s retiring products list as I think this stamp set is the OLDEST one in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Thankfully it’s not as the Lovely as a Tree stamp set is one of my “go to” stamp sets for creating handmade cards for guys.  It is such a classic set and can be used in so many different ways.

Here are my project notes for this card:

  • Project colors are Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.

  • Stamp sets used were Lovely as a Tree (Wood 128655, Clear 127793), Work of Art (Wood 134111, Clear 134114) for the background, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood 128748, Clear 127802) for the sentiment.

  • Any of the sentiments found in the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set would work wonderfully on this card, as they are all about the same size.

  • Arrows Textured Embossing Folder (132187) was used to create some interest with background texture.

  • The background behind the tree was created using the “Stamping Off” Technique…inking your stamp ONCE and stamping 2-3 times (in this case 3 times).

  • Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (134562) was used to create the border to the left of the stamped image.

If you’re interested in add this classic stamp set to your rubber stamp collection, you can buy Lovely as a Tree (or any of the other products used on my card) in my online store. (Click one of the links in the Project Notes section to be taken to the product.)

Thanks so much for stopping…I really appreciate it!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Retiring Products List from Stampin’ Up!

SU Retirement 2015

Stampin’ Up! released it’s list of retiring stamp sets and accessories today.Wow!  It’s a long one!

Many of the products have discounts up to 50 percent off retail. Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.  Some of the accessory items have already sold out!!!

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26.  However, accessories are available only while supplies last.


Click here for a pdf of the retiring products.

This document will be kept up to date for product availability.  (To enlarge the print size, click on the + button.)




Click here for a sortable Excel document of the retiring products. (You can sort them by catalog page number with this option.)


Butterfly Thinlits Dies are Back in Stock!

Butterfly Thinlits Stampin' Up!

I decided that I’d share today’s card, made with the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Thinlits die, to celebrate the fact that they are now back in stock and available to order!!  This Mother’s Day card was a “menu item” at my most recent Stampin’ Up! Card Buffet…and a very popular choice as well!!

Due to the west coast shipping strike as well as some other factors, the butterfly thinlits dies have been on backorder (and unavailable to order) since February.  So, to thank customers for their patience, Stampin’ Up! is offering the following special offers (but only on orders placed BY April 30).

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)! (Wood bundle, Clear bundle, Photopolymer bundle)

Project Notes:

  • Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight are the color choices for this card.

  • The vellum butterfly shape was hand cut (by tracing the leftover shape/hole created by cutting the card stock butterfly onto vellum).

  • Modern Label punch (119849) and Word Window punch (119857) were used.

  • The Mother’s Day sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 134252).  Any sentiment that is in this set could be substituted and will fit the punched shape.

  • Designer Paper for the decorative strip is from the Painted Blooms Designer Paper pack (137784).

  • Texture was added to the small Mossy Meadow card stock piece using the Spring Flowers Textured Embossing folder (137365)

Here’s a reminder that the Stampin’ Up! retiring products list will be published tomorrow.  If you are on my newsletter mailing list, I’ll be sending out an email tomorrow morning that will include the retiring products list, as well as an EXCLUSIVE project using the Bow Builder punch.  If you aren’t already on my list, make sure to sign up using the form in my side bar.


Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Love is Kindness Handmade Card

Love is Kindness Stampin' Up!

I LOVE this card that a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator sent to me.  It is made with the Love is Kindness single stamp (137131) found in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  It is such a simple stamp, but simplicity is elegance!

Project Notes:

Simple to create cards that have a WOW factor to them (like this one) are my favorite to create.  As I study this card, there really aren’t too many elements on it.  However, the simplicity really jumps out and grabs me.  Here’s one thing I like to keep in mind when creating projects….less really can be more!! 

Hope you enjoyed my card share today.  I really appreciate you taking the time to stop.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Shabby Chic Gift Box with Painted Petals

Painted Petals Stampin' Up!

Today’s project is a great way to wrap a small gift for that special someone and it uses Stampin’ Up’s! Painted Petals stamp set (among other products). I am departing from my usual style (clean and simple) and project type (cards) to bring you this fun, shabby chic style gift box that I created as a sample for a customer workshop held earlier this year.

Project Notes:

Here’s a list of all the products used:

Kraft Gift Boxes (124106)  These boxes are great for giving gifts (and you can decorate them to fit the recipient!)

Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399)  Fun and easy way to add a shabby chic feel to a projects.  I hand trimmed the lace doily to fit around the Labels Framelit cut out shape.

Kraft Cardstock (133674)  If you haven’t tried this yet, it’s a must.  Great for “neutral color” projects and MASCULINE cards and projects.

Painted Petals Stamp Set (Wood 138819, Clear 138822, Photopolymer 137146)  This is a beautiful stamp set found in the 2015 Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! (Note – link is to Wood stamp set)

Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (137365)  Great fresh feel FLOWER Embossing folder that is perfect for the Shabby Chic style.

Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim (137866)  Beautiful, vintage looking lace…perfect for any elegant project!

Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (137785)  This pack of designer series paper is perfect for any occasion, but especially weddings and anniversaries.  Paper pack contains 12 sheets: 4 each of 3 double-sided designs and is 12″ x 12″ in size.

Chalk Talk Framelits (129983)  There is one framelit in this set that is PERFECT for creating tags to attach to gifts!!

Labels Collection Framelits (125598)  This collection of classic shape framelits is great for almost any project, but fits PERFECTLY with the shabby chic theme!

Any of these items can be purchased in my online store simply by clicking the link above.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  I really appreciate it.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Painted Petals Gift Enclosure Cards

Painted Petals Stampin' Up!

If you are looking for a stamp set that lets you make quick and easy cards, look no further than the Painted Petals stamp set (W 133819, C 138822, P 137146), found in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  I created the four cards shown in the above photo in a short amount of time and they went together so easily!!

On Monday, I shared a gift bag I had created for a workshop hostess using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits die.  I mentioned that I included four gift card enclosures in the bag, and these are the cards I gave to her.

Project Notes:

  • Mossy Meadow was the color used for the leaves and sentiments.

  • Each card has the leaf image stamped in a different corner.

  • Flower colors are Pacific Point, Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo.

  • For ease of image placement, I’d suggest purchasing this stamp set in either clear or photopolymer.  It’s important to be able to see where to line up the flower images.

I have one other card I created that is very similar to these four cards.  Here it is:

Painted Petals Stampin' Up!

This was the thank you card I sent to customers who made purchases with me during the month of January, and it was the inspiration for the four little cards I created for my hostess thank you.

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Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Fun

Mini Treat Bag Painted Petals

When customers choose to host a workshop for me, I always like to give them a little gift.  The gift bag  in the featured photo above was made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die.  I really had a fun time making it, and the hostess who received it thought it was really cute.

Here are some project notes:

  • Bag was made using Whisper White card stock and texture was added with the Spring Flowers embossing folder.

  • The cut out banner and “For You” words, as well as the row of dots were created with the “extras” that come with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.  If you cut a row of shapes like I did, make sure to cut them BEFORE you assemble the bag.  I just placed a small strip of colored card stock behind the cut out dots.

  • The bow was created with the Bow Builder Punch, and made using Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.

  • The color used for this bag was Blackberry Bliss.


I think this Mini Treat Bag is one of the most versatile items in Stampin’ Up’s! current 2015 Occasions Catalog. In fact, I’m currently creating a couple other gift bags for an upcoming sale (which I’ll make sure to share on my blog when they are done).  Small food items could certainly be tucked inside these bags.  But the Mini Treat Bag is also great for cash or gift card giving!!!  The workshop hostess who received this bag had four 3″x3″ mini cards tucked in her treat bag.  Come back on Wednesday to see the cards I included.


Right now Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of any type or amount.  This great deal runs from today, April 6 through this Friday, April 10.  What a great way to get products on your wish list without having to pay any shipping!!!  Click here to shop my online store, and please use this hostess code when you place your order:  XGPZYDRH  

Crazy About You Birthday Wishes

Crazy About You Birthday Wishes

Today’s card using the flower image from the Crazy About You stamp set is no April Fool’s joke!  In fact, this is the birthday card that my customers who celebrate their birthday in April will receive from me.

It was a fun one to create…and so quick and easy!

Here are the project notes:

  • Stamp sets used:  Crazy About You, Petal Potpourri (flower centers), Petite Pairs (sentiment).

  • Colors are Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight, which coordinate with the Painted Blooms designer paper I used.

  • To save on designer paper, I cut two pieces 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and attached them to the two sides of my card front.  The Melon Mambo card stock is actually a panel I attached over the two designer paper pieces.

Actually, this card layout would be a great one to use for any occasion.  For a more manly feel, masculine colors and paper could be used.  The flowers could be replaced with geometric shapes or a dry embossed panel.   I’d like to encourage you to get in the habit of looking at card samples as a springboard to your own creativity.  Analyze the card to find out what you especially like about it and then create your own version of the card based on what you discover.  If you actually take me up on this challenge, I’d love to see what you create.  Take a photo and email it to me.

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Petal Potpourri Thinking of You

"petal potpourri" stampin up

Many of the card projects I’ve been featuring on my blog this month have been made using the Petal Potpourri stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s! 2015 Occasions catalog.  Can I just say that I think this is one of my FAVORITE stamp sets from this catalog?!!!!

Project Notes:

  • Today’s card came together quickly and easily.  I used the piece of Birthday Bash designer series paper (137783) as my starting point.

  • Sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood – 128748, Clear 127802), cut out using the Itty Bitty Banners framelits (129267).

  • Colors used were Night of Navy and Crushed Curry.

It’s easy to find all the cards that I’ve been sharing this month using the Petal Potpourri stamp set.  At the bottom of this blog post are “tags”…a way to organize blog posts.  You will see a gray box labeled “Petal Potpourri stamp set”.  Click on this link and you will be taken to a page that displays all the cards I’ve shared using this stamp set.  I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite card!!

Besides all the Petal Potpourri cards I’ve shared here, I’ve also been sharing some other ones on my Facebook page.  And….during the month of March I’m offering a FREE Card Class featuring the Petal Potpourri stamp set and even MORE IDEAS for using this versatile stamp set.

Here’s a sneak peek of the class cards:

Petal Potpourri Group of Cards

Here’s what you need to do in order to receive these card directions.

Simply place a Stampin’ Up! product order of $30 or more (before shipping and tax) in my online store and use this hostess code:   .  It’s that simple.

(As per Stampin’ Up! policy only US customers can place product orders with me.)

Those who order from me will receive the class via email and it will include detailed written directions (with photos) to create NINE different cards using the Petal Potpourri stamp set and coordinating punch. The cards look spectacular but really are simple to make. (Please note there are no card supplies provided, only directions.)

Here’s more information about my FREE Card Class offer.


Shop my Online store here.  Make sure to use this hostess code to receive your FREE online class:  NKRESWMH

But…there’s only two days left to take advantage of my FREE Card Class offer, so don’t delay!!!

Place your order TODAY!

Hello You Chevrons

"Crazy About You" Stampin' Up!

The card I’m sharing today came about because it is very difficult for me to get rid of even the tiniest scrap of paper!!!  Can anyone else relate to that ???

When I created THIS CARD, I had the left over pieces from using the Chevron border punch that were calling to me from my craft table.  Well, I certainly couldn’t let those go to waste, so I decided to use them on another card and that’s the one I’m sharing here today.

Project Notes:

  • Chevron shapes are punched from Birthday Bash Designer Washi Paper (137788), mounted on Whisper White card stock.

  • Splattered background was created with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (W 130514, C 130517).

  • Sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set (W 138856, C 138859, P 137137) in the Occasions catalog.  This stamp set allows you to create a sentiment for just about any occasion…especially when you pair them with the Hello You Thinlits dies (137363).

  • The cut out “you” was created using the Hello You dies.

Here’s a link to the original card that the chevrons came from.

The card I’m sharing today is a very clean and simple style.  That seems to be the type of card that is easiest for me to make.  Do you have a card making style that is most comfortable for you?  I’d love it if anyone is willing to share their style in the comments section below this post.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

“Best Day Ever” Quilt Cards

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up! Quilt Card

Those of you who know me know that I LOVE to quilt with paper.  The Best Day Ever stamp set (Wood, 139091, Clear, 139094…a Sale-A-Bration item available only until the end of March) has some great images that are PERFECT to use to create a quilt-like card.

Project Notes:

  • The heart quilt card shown above uses the larger heart and the solid triangle shapes from the Best Day Ever stamp set.

  • Colors used were Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry.  (Whew!…Quite a list!)

  • Punch the squares FIRST, using the Postage Stamp punch (122344).  You can also use the 1″ square punch, but I liked the interest the scalloped edge created on the card.

  • After the squares are punched, add the triangles in the four corners.  Don’t worry about them being perfectly aligned!!!  If you look closely you’ll see that mine aren’t!

  • Finally, stamp the heart shape to fill in the center of the square.

  • Attach the squares to a 5 ¼” x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock and then attach to a Basic Black card base.

I had so much fun creating my first quilt card, I thought I’d try a second one.  I made this one a bit easier.

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up! Quilt Card

Project Notes:

  • Colors used: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry.

  • I stamped the “cross” shape onto Whisper White card stock, then punched the images out using the 1″ square punch.

  • The piece of Whisper White I attached these squares to was a bit smaller than my other one:  5″ x 3 ¾”.  I then ran this piece through my Big Shot to add texture using the Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520).

  • The card base is Soft Suede.

The card shown above is the one I decided I liked best, but I took a photo of the “quilt” piece before I ran it through the embossing folder.  Here’s what it looked like without the dots.

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up! Quilt Card

Time is running out for you to get your FREE Sale-A-Bration items from Stampin’ Up!  The last day these exclusive products will be available is March 31, 2015 11:59pm.  Make sure that you don’t miss out!!!  You can choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item for each $50 of Stampin’ Up! products purchased (before shipping and taxes).  Click here to shop my online store.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Petal Potpourri Happy Birthday Greetings

"petal potpourri" stampin up!

I used the Petal Potpourri stamp set to send birthday wishes to my customers who celebrated March birthdays.  I’m certainly experiencing the mid-winter blahs (ready for the snow and cold to leave and the green grass and flowers to appear!) so this refreshing card was really a fun one to create and helped lift my spirits.

Project Notes:

  • Petal Potpourri and Wetlands were the two stamp sets I used for this card creation.

  • Coordinating punches made it super easy to create the elements for this card.  The Flower Medallion punch (137417) coordinates with the large flower image in the Petal Potpourri stamp set.  The 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch (129404) fits perfectly around the flower center piece from the Petal Potpourri stamp set.  I used the Large Oval Punch (119855) to punch the birthday sentiment.

  • Colors coordinated with the Birthday Bash designer paper (137783) I used on the bottom of the card front.   The colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry.

  • This card is a great example of how designer paper can be used to help determine the color choices for your project.  Stampin’ Up’s! coordinating designer paper colors have taken all of the work out of color choice decisions.  Just use the colors in their designer paper…it’s as easy as that!

  • I used the Scallop Edge Border punch (119882) and Crushed Curry card stock to create the border on the top edge of the designer paper.



If you are liking the Petal Potpourri stamp set and cards that I’ve been sharing on my blog this month, you will also LOVE the FREE Card Class I’m offering during the month of March.  I’m offering this FREE class to anyone who places a $30 Stampin’ Up! product order (before shipping and tax) in my online store during March.

Here’s a peak at the cards:

Petal Potpourri Group of Cards

Those who place a qualifying order with me will receive the class via email and it will include detailed written directions (with photos) to create NINE different cards using the Petal Potpourri stamp set and coordinating punch. The cards look spectacular but really are simple to make. (Please note there are no card supplies provided, only directions.)

Here’s more information on the FREE Card Class Offer.

If you’re ready to shop, you can head on over to my online store.  Make sure to use this hostess code when checking out: NKRESWMH

Lotus Blossom Revisited

Lotus Blossom Stampin' Up!

I have seen SO MANY gorgeous cards made with Stampin’ Up’s! Lotus Blossom stamp set.  I think that this is one of my FAVORITE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets…the results are so elegant.  The cards I’m sharing here today are made using only the images in the Lotus Blossom stamp set (which include Thank You sentiments).   However, I think this flower image would be a perfect one to use on a sympathy card as well.

The first card I’m featuring above was one that I demonstrated at one of my customer’s Sale-A-Bration workshops.

Project Notes:

  • Colors used were Rose Red, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi.

  • The color design principle used on this card is “monochromatic with a pop of color”.  The monochromatic color is pink (two different shades) and the color “pop” is Wild Wasabi.

  • The background paper was sponged with Blushing Bride ink to match the project color.  I created it using the Sale-A-Bration product pick Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper (138635)…my second favorite Sale-A-Bration item.

I have two other cards I’ve created using the Lotus Blossom stamp set, but these are two that I copied exactly as I saw them on Pinterest.  Here’s the first card:

Lotus Blossom Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors used on this card were Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Mossy Meadow.

  • Sentiment was punched with Extra Large Oval punch and edges were sponged with Bermuda Bay ink.


Here’s the second project.  When I saw this original card, I KNEW it was one that I wanted on my display board.  The gray and black colors are so striking together!

Lotus Blossom Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Ink colors used were Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  Sentiment was stamped using Silver Metallic Encore Ink (132142).

  • It’s difficult to see, but I added some of the “solid” flower images stamped onto the background.  The flower images are VERY LIGHT, and were stamped off using Smoky Slate ink before stamping on the Whisper White card stock.  These light flowers add a fun touch to the card (and they weren’t on the original card I saw).

  • Scallop Tag Topper punch (133324) was used to create the tag piece on the card.

Make sure to pop over to my Facebook page and see the Lotus Blossom card I’m sharing there today.  If you aren’t already following my Facebook page, make sure to do so as I share cards and projects there that I don’t share here on my blog.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop for a visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Blendabilities Marker Update

There have been continued quality issues with the Blendabilities Markers product line and Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread due to a manufacturer defect.  The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem and provide Stampin’ Up! with a stable, long-term solution that upholds Stampin’ Up’s! high product quality standards.  Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.  See below for a few questions and answers from Stampin’ Up!


Blendabilities Markers Photo

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended.

If you have Blendabilities markers that are defective and you ordered them through me, please email me for assistance.  If not, please contact the demonstrator you ordered them through.