Petal Potpourri Happy Birthday

Petal Potpourri Stampin' Up!

This bright and cheery handmade birthday card was a make and take project at a recent workshop/party one of my customers held.  The ladies had fun making this birthday card using the Petal Potpourri stamp set (Wood 137141, Clear 138586) from Stampin’ Up!  It’s a simple and quick card to throw together!

Project Notes:

The flower medallion punch is sold in a bundle with the Petal Potpourri stamp set, at a 15% discount.  Wood bundle (138876) and Clear bundle (138877) are both available.

Well, in just over a week, the NEW 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog will be live.   Quite a few of the Occasions Catalog products will be found in the new Annual Catalog, but not all of them! There are also quite a few items that will no longer be available after June 2.  Here’s a list of products that are NOT carrying over.  Make sure to check out the list, then head over to my online store to grab those items on your wish list that won’t be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Happy Day with Cheerful Critters

Cheerful Critters Stampin' Up!

Today’s card features the Cheerful Critters stamp set (137932) from the 2015 Occasions catalog, Stampin’ Up!  I discovered this stamp set a bit late, and then found out it wouldn’t be carried forward into the new Annual Catalog, so haven’t had much of a chance to play with it.  Today’s card was one that I created for a workshop demonstration.  The Cheerful Critters stamp set is a PERFECT one to use in creating cards for kids!!  The images are adorable!

Project Notes:

  • Color combination is Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay (all in the Brights Color Collection).

  • Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520) was used to add texture to the card stock behind the stamped image.

  • Confetti Stars Border Punch (135861) was used to create the star border.

  • The critter’s shirt was colored using a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker.

I think this stamp set would be a perfect one to use for creating kid’s birthday cards.  Or, they would be perfect to include on a note tucked inside a lunch box to let your child know you are thinking of them.  Remember, this stamp set will not be carried over, so June 2 is the LAST DAY to order this setYou can find it in my online store.

Thanks for stopping!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Graduation Gift Card Holder

Graduation Gift Card Holder Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bag

Money seems to be a popular graduation gift idea and today’s post idea is a fun way to give the gift of money or a gift card to a graduating senior.  It uses the Stampin’ Up! Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die (137547).  I created the bag to look like a graduation gown, and added the sentiment on the bottom of the bag.  The 5/8″ Satin silver ribbon (134548) that looks like a bow tie (at the top) is the “pull string” that removes the money or gift card holder piece.  Here’s what the inside looks like.  The white area leaves room to write a personal message to the graduate.


(Note: I used a couple retired stamp sets to create my gift card holder, but the current Bravo stamp set (135380) has a sentiment that fits.)


Graduation Gift Card Holder Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bag

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die is a really fun product to use and has SO MANY possibilities.  It’s finished size makes it fit perfectly into a “regular” card envelope.  There are also some fun shapes that come with this die that can be used to dress up the gift bag.  I shared another fun was to use this bag die here.  You can find the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die here in my online store.

I’m so glad that you took the time to stop by for a visit.  I really appreciate everyone who does!

Have fun stampin’ it up!

Celebrate Today with Stars!

Celebrate Today Stampin' Up!

Today’s handmade birthday card created with the “Celebrate Today” stamp set (137138) from Stampin’ Up! is all about STARS!!!  This would be a great card to give to someone ANY AGE who is celebrating their birthday.  Use their favorite color to customize the card!

Project Notes:

The images in the Celebrate Today stamp set have coordinating Balloon Framelits Dies (137362) to make cutting them out so easy!!  Stampin’ Up! has bundled the stamp set and coordinating framelits together into a Bundle Deal (138869).  Purchasing both items together this way saves you 15% over purchasing each of the items separately.

Celebrate Today was the stamp set I featured in this month’s newsletter.  I shared three great projects (with directions) that you can make using this stamp set.  My mid-month email will be sent next week and will include one more project using this stamp set.  Make sure that you don’t miss out and sign up for my newsletter in the box in my sidebar!

Have fun stampin’ it up!

Graduation Card Bonanza!

Stampin' Up! graduation card

Several of the card choices in a recent Card Buffet that I offered were graduation cards.  With graduation season upon us, I’m sharing the cards here for your inspiration.  Stampin’ Up! really doesn’t have an all-round  “graduation” stamp set right now, but the Bravo stamp set (Photopolymer, 135380) has some great sentiments that can easily be used for graduation cards.  I used that stamp set on three of the four cards I’m sharing today.  All four of the cards are simple to make!! Let’s get started….

CARD ONE (pictured above)

Project Notes:



Stampin' Up! graduation card

Project Notes:

  • Bravo is the stamp set used.

  • Whisper White background piece is embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder (135817).

  • 1/8″ Black Taffeta ribbon is used for the border.

  • A rhinestone placed over the star adds some sparkle to the card.



Stampin' Up! graduation card

Project Notes:



Stampin' Up! graduation card

Card four is the odd-ball of the group as it uses a sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set.

Project Notes:


You’ll notice a “stars” theme on three of the cards.  This seems to be a “go to” theme for me when creating graduation cards, especially when I don’t have an official graduation set.  Of course, all these cards are the generic graduation black and white, but each card could be customized with school colors to create a more personal card.  Do you have a favorite from the cards I’ve shared today.  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment in the comment section below!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

Have fun “Stampin’ it up!”

Mini Treat Bag Envelope and Card

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Stampin' Up!

For today’s project, I decided to use Stampin’ Up’s! Mini Treat Bag (137547) as an envelope to hold my “card” and I must say that the bags make GREAT envelopes that can really be dressed up!  I have several samples to share with you today, so let’s get started….

Project Notes:

  •  Whisper White card stock (100730) was my choice to use as a card base.  I like the crisp look of the bag/envelope when assembled.
  • I added texture to the front of the bag/envelope using the Spring Flowers embossing folder (137365).
  • I tied some White Jute Ribbon (137904) around the bag/envelope to add some flair.
  • I created the flower using Calypso Coral card stock, punched with a scallop circle punch.  Get the card stock wet with water and scrunch it up in a ball (the water breaks down the fibers).  Open when dry and glue together with hot glue.  The center was created with the fringe scissors (133325).
  • I have a “card” inside that is just blank, waiting for me to write my message.  Here’s what it looks like.


Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Stampin' Up!



Here’s a similar bag/envelope.  This one has a gift card holder inside.  I’ll be sharing another project next Monday which will have a photo of a similar gift card holder.


Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Most of this project is the created the same way as the first one.
  • Stamped image is from Tag Talk stamp set (Wood 134249, Clear 134252) and was punched using the coordinating Label Bracket Punch (132153).
  • Instead of ribbon, I used Mossy Meadow card stock to create a “belly band” that fits around the bag/envelope.
  • The flower color is Perfect Plum.


Here’s ONE MORE bag that I created as a hostess gift for a hostess who held a party with me.  This one is very similar to the other two projects pictured above.  The bag/envelope is made from So Saffron card stock and I attached a pen to the bag.


Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Stampin' Up!


I’ve shared two more mini treat bag thinlit die projects that I’ve created and here are the links to their posts:

This card was another hostess gift for a workshop hostess.

I just recently shared this project.

I hope that my sharing these projects has given you some inspiration in using Stampin’ Up’s! Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die.  You can find it in my online store.

Have fun stampin’ it up!

New Baby Card with One Tag Fits All

"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

The Happy New Baby stamp image in the One Tag Fits All stamp set is the CUTEST!!   I have two cards that I created with the image that I’m sharing here today.  At this point in my life, I haven’t too much call for baby cards, but I love the classic look of the black and white card featured above.

Project Notes:


I also created a 3″x3″ size card, perfect for tucking into a gift.    I just LOVE this little image!!!


"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

Here are the project notes for this card:

  • One Tag Fits All (Wood 137143, Clear 138583) is the stamp set used.

  • Note Tag Punch (135860) was used to punch out the duck image!

  • Card base is Calypso Coral, which matches the piece of Birthday Bash Specialty Series Designer Paper (137783) I used.  I also punched a note tag shape from the Gold Foil paper (132622).

  • I staggered the three note tag shapes and added a Calypso Coral Candy Dot (Subtles Candy Dots 130933) to make it look like they were “connected” and fanned out.

  • Duck image was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker (Brights Collection).

  • The little heart stamped on the card inside is from the Something to Say stamp set (Wood 134177, Clear 134180).

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Bow Builder Punch Projects

Bow Bulder Punch Stampin' Up!

The two projects I’m sharing today were both made using the Bow Builder Punch (137414) from Stampin’ Up!  This little punch creates some of the cutest projects!!   Many of my customers have purchased this handy little punch for themselves.  It sure can be used in SO MANY different ways!!!!

Project Notes for Gift Bag:

  • Chevron Tag A Bag Gift Bag (131370) was used.  Please note this is a retiring item.
  • Marina Mist was the color I used for this project.  The bow was punched from Marina Mist designer paper found in the Subtles Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Pack (130135), also retiring.
  • Bow Builder punch was used to create the bow.
  • Note Tag punch (135360) was used to make the message area shape.
  • The little heart from the Something to Say stamp set (Wood 134177, Clear 134180) was used to decorate the tag.

Here’s another project I created with the Bow Builder Punch…a fun gift tag!

Project notes for Gift Tag:

Bow Builder Punch Stampin' Up!

This week, I’m busy preparing my May newsletter to send to all my subscribers.  Last month’s feature product was the Bow Builder punch and I shared some fun ways to use this punch.  The projects I share in my newsletter are EXCLUSIVE to subscribers…you won’t find them anywhere else.  Are you signed up to receive my newsletter?  Simply use the box in the right column of this blog, then get set for some great new projects in my May newsletter!!

Have fun “Stampin’ it up!”


Mini Treat Bag Meets Bow Builder Punch

Mini Treat Bags, Bow Builder Punch, Stampin' Up!

Today’s project uses two of my FAVORITE new products from Stampin’ Up’s! 2015 Occasions Catalog….Bow Builder Punch (137414) and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die (137547).  Both of these products make such cute projects, and today I’ve combined them into one…a Mini Treat Bag card!!

Project Notes:

  • I’ve used the RETIRING 2013-2015 In-Color Designer Series Paper for both the Treat Bag and the Bow.  (The color is Crisp Cantaloupe.)
  • I’ve found Fast Fuse to be the best adhesive for assembling the Mini Treat Bag.
  • The bow was made using the reverse side of the polka dot designer series paper.  I punched the bow shape four times to create this bow.
  • Bow center is Crisp Cantaloupe card stock punched with the 1/2″ Circle punch.  An adhesive pearl was also attached to the center.
  • The bow is attached to a belly band made of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  The band is just wrapped around the bag and attached together on the back.
  • I didn’t take a photo of this, but the 5/8″ Organza Ribbon that shows at the top of the bag is tied onto the card that I have tucked inside, to make it easy to pull the card out.  The card is simply a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock cut to fit inside of the bag.  I attached a piece of Whisper White card stock to the Crisp Cantaloupe piece for the message.

Here’s a close up look at the bow….


Mini Treat Bags, Bow Builder Punch, Stampin' Up!

If you haven’t already seen the Stampin’ Up! retiring products list, you can find it here.  There are LOTS of stamp sets and accessories retiring, some of them already sold out!  Although I’m sad that some of my favorites are on that list, I am looking forward to discovering and falling in love with all the NEW products in the upcoming 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog!!  If you’d like to purchase some of the retiring products still available, you can check out my online store.

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop for a visit….

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

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.

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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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