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.

Thank You with Petal Potpourri

Petal Potpourri Stampin' Up!

The “Petal Potpourri” stamp set is a perfect one to use for quick and easy thank you cards.  Today’s card is the one that I am sending to those customers who place a Stampin’ Up! product order with me during the month of March.

Project Notes:

  • Colors used were Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral.  I love using these two colors together because they add such a tropical feel to any project!

  • Best Year Ever Designer Paper (138633) was used for the top and bottom border pieces.  These pieces are an easy way to add a nice, finished look to the card front.

  • I used the Notecards and Envelopes pack (131527) as my card base for this thank you card.  This package is really an economical way to purchase card bases and envelopes that are all ready to go!


No Designer Paper?  No Problem!

If you don’t have any coordinating color of designer paper, no problem!  Here’s what the card looked like before I added the Best Year Ever Designer Paper (138633, available during Sale-A-Bration).  It looks fine with only the sentiment and flower image.  Personally, I prefer the finished look with the designer paper. However, if I were in a hurry (or mass producing LOTS of note cards) and didn’t want to take the time to add the designer paper this is a perfectly acceptable card.


Petal Potpourri Stampin' Up!

During the month of March I have a special offer going for those who make a $30 Stampin’ Up! product purchase (before shipping and taxes) in my online store.  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 a sneak peak of the cards.

Petal Potpourri Group of Cards

You can learn more about the FREE Card Class Offer here. 

Here’s a link if you want to shop my online store. 

Make sure to used this hostess code so I can send you the FREE card class:  NKRESWMH

“Simply Wonderful” Thanks!

"Simply Wonderful" Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

“Simply Wonderful” is another one of the FREE stamp set choices available during Stampin’ Up’s! Annual Sale-A-Bration event.  I have two cards to share with you today using that stamp set.

The card featured above is certainly a colorful one and one that comes together quickly and easily (the best kind of cards!)

Project Notes:

  • Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper was used to add a splash of color to my featured card.

  • Bermuda Bay is the main color of the card.  I pulled this color choice from the designer paper’s color palette.

  • The ribbon border across the designer paper was created with the 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (Bermuda Bay color).


Here’s a second thank you card using this same sentiment from the “Simply Wonderful” stamp set.  These are actually the thank you cards my customers received during the month of February when they placed an order .

"Simply Wonderful" Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Project Notes:

  • Designer Paper is from the Best Year Ever paper pack (also a Sale-A-Bration item choice).

  • The main card color is Coastal Cabana, and I chose to pair it with a neutral color, Soft Suede.

  • For even quicker cards, start with the Notecard Pack (pg 194 Annual Catalog).  The pack comes with 20 pre-scored notecards and envelopes.  There are two different color choices:  Whisper White (131527) and Crumb Cake (133766).  The size of the notecard is a bit smaller (5″ x 3 ½”) than those created from half a sheet of card stock.  The size would compare to the packs of thank you notes found in card shops.  I like to continue to point this product out to my customers because I think it is really a great bargain!!

The “Simply Wonderful” stamp set is a “simply wonderful” one to use for making quick and easy cards.  I LOVE the thank you sentiment…add some designer paper and you have a thank you card ready to go in just minutes!!  You could also use the “congrats” sentiment from this stamp set and have a wedding or graduation card ready to go in a short amount of time as well.

Remember, this stamp set is one of the the FREE Sale-A-Bration picks during Stampin’ Up’s! annual Sale-A-Bration event.  From now until March 31, you receive one FREE Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 of Stampin’ Up! product that you purchase.  Here’s a link to my online store.

Petal Potpourri Meets Celebrate Today!

"Petal Potpourri", "Celebrate Today", Stampin' Up!

The card I’m sharing today uses the “Petal Potpourri” stamp set and is one that I demonstrated at a recent customer workshop/party.  It certainly is a card that goes together quickly and easily and can be adapted to any designer paper patterns you have lurking in your stash!

Project Notes:

  •  The flower was created with the Petal Potpourri stamp set (W 137141, C 138586) and cut using the Flower Medallion punch (137417). I stamped two images and separated the petals on the top flower by cutting along the petal lines towards the center.

  • The flower center was created with the Petite Petal Punch.  I used Crushed Curry card stock.  I LOVE the way that so many of the Stampin’ Up! punches coordinate so well with each other!!!!!

  • Sentiment is from the Celebrate Today stamp set (137138).

  • Colors used were Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana….colors that coordinate with the Best Year Ever designer paper (a Sale-A-Bration item, 138633).

  • The button center in the flower and ribbon border between the two designer paper patterns are from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (138634), also a Sale-A-Bration product choice.



During the month of March, I’m offering a FREE Card Class to anyone who places a $30 Stampin’ Up! product order in my online store. 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.  Here’s a link for more details.

Use this hostess code when placing an online order:  NKRESWMH

Petal Potpourri Group of Cards

Big Day Birthday Cards

"Big Day" Stampin' Up!

“Big Day” stamp set is certainly a fun one to turn to when you are in need of a handmade birthday card.  It is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices when you purchase $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! products, so the fact that the stamp set is FREE is also fabulous!

My featured card is a PERFECT masculine card…and we all know how difficult those types of cards are to create!!

Project Notes:

  • Card base, banner and matte piece are Early Espresso.  The sentiment words are also stamped using Early Espresso ink.

  • The background cake image was stamped using Soft Suede ink.  Remember to start in the center of your card stock piece and work out to the edges when creating a background paper.


My second card created with the “Big Day” stamp set was the card I sent to my customers who had a birthday in February.  I decided to use a star theme on this card, so the simple “Happy Birthday” sentiment in this stamp set was the perfect compliment.


"Big Day" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Card colors are Hello Honey and Bermuda Bay.

  • Star border was created using the Confetti Stars Border Punch (135861), which by the way would be a great one to use for any upcoming graduation cards/events!!

  • Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper was used behind the sentiment.

  • I used the Daffodil Delight (darkest) Blendabilities Marker to color in the word birthday.

  • Hello Honey ⅜” Stitched Satin Ribbon was used as well.

Here’s a link if you’d like to shop my online store.  I’ve got two other cards that I created using the “Big Day” stamp set that I’m sharing on my Facebook Page today, so make sure to check those out as well.

One more item as well…my monthly newsletter will be sent out tomorrow afternoon.  If you aren’t already on my mailing list, make sure to sign up in the column to the right.  Last month I featured EXCLUSIVE projects created with Sale-A-Bration items.  This month I have some great projects featuring the Petal Potpourri stamp set.

Well, thanks for taking time to visit my blog.  I appreciate it!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

“One Tag Fits All” is Versatile!

"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

The “One Tag Fits All” stamp set (W 137143, C 138583) is a fun little stamp set that creates the cutest cards!!  As you will see with the cards I’m sharing today, I started with one card layout idea (or sketch) and adapted it to four of the images in the One Tag Fits All stamp set.

That little duck image is just so adorable to use for a baby card.  On my featured card I paired it with some designer paper as the background and used a piece of ribbon as a “border”.

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist (perfect for a “neutral” baby card!).

  • Instead of using the coordinating Note Tag punch (135869) I chose to use the Decorative Label punch (120907), which also fits perfectly around the images in this stamp set.  I created my matte piece using the Decorative Label punch as well.

  • Designer paper is from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series paper pack (137783).

  • Card design is simple, lending itself to creating a quick card.


As you can see from my next card, I basically created the same card as my first one, changing only the image, colors and sentiment matte.

"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors on this card are Night of Navy, and Hello Honey.

  • Paper from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series paper pack (137783) was also used on this card.

  • I still punched the stamped image using the Decorative Label punch, but changed the matte shape to a rectangle.

  • I used some Dazzling Details (clear) for the candle flame.

  • Here’s another of the images found in the One Tag Fits All stamp set.


The third card I created using the “One Tag Fits All” stamp set would be a great one to give to brighten someone’s day.  Again, it follows the same layout as the first two cards.

"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card needed a bright background to go with the sentiment, so I chose one of the papers from the Sale-A-Bration Best Year Ever Designer Papers (138633).

  • I colored the hanging lanterns using Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Markers and then highlighted them using some Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.


Here’s the final card I created using the same project layout idea and the One Tag Fits All stamp set.  I chose a black and white theme for this sentiment.

"One Tag Fits All" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The designer series paper background is from the Stacked with Love Designer Series paper pack (137779).

  • I used Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to add the shine to the diamond image.

  • The ribbon border is actually White Organza ribbon over a piece of Basic Black card stock, with a bit of the ⅛” Silver Ribbon on top.


I hope that the cards I’ve shared today help you to see how easy it is to adapt one card layout/design to fit another just by changing the colors and papers used.  If you enjoy the projects and tips I share here on my blog, be sure to sign up for my newsletter mailing list.  Each month I share four EXCLUSIVE projects, as well as great tips and tricks for papercrafting with those on my mailing list.  Just sign up in my sidebar.

Thanks for taking time for a visit today.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Best Day Ever Fun

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up!

One of the FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets that is available with a $50 product order is the “Best Day Ever” stamp set.  This is a fun stamp set to use…and the creative possibilities are many.  Today I’m sharing four cards that I’ve created using the “Best Day Ever” stamp set.

Project Notes:

  • In the featured card above I created a border design using the little design stamps that are included in the stamp set.  I stamped the “cross” shape first, then went back and filled in with the other shapes.  Any time you are creating a border remember to start in the middle and work outward   That way it is easier to make the border come out even.

  • Four You stamp set (W 130535, C 130538) was used for the sentiment.

  • Colors: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist

  • Other details: I used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003) to cut the sentiment.  The Brights Candy Dots were used as well.



Here’s the second card I’m sharing using the “Best Day Ever” stamp set:

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I made pinwheels from the “cross” stamp shape, and added a rhinestone basic jewel to the center for some “bling”.  Best Day Ever was the stamp set used for this entire card, even the sticks for the pinwheels.

  • Colors coordinate with the Best Year Ever Designer Paper (also a Sale-A-Bration item, 138633).  The colors I used are Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.


Here’s the third card I made with the “Best Day Ever” stamp set.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest and decided to “CASE” it for my card display board.


"Best Day Ever" "Petal Potpourri"

Project Notes:

  • Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry are the two colors I chose for this card.

  • Sentiment is from the Best Day Ever Stamp set.  Background paper is from the Best Year Ever Designer Paper pack.

  • Flower is from the Petal Potpourri stamp set, (W 137141, C 138586) found in the Occasions catalog.  It has a coordinating punch (Flower Medallion, 137417) that makes it really easy to punch out the flower.  Stampin’ Up! is offering the stamp set and punch together as a bundle, where you can save 15% over purchasing each item separately (W 138876, C 138877).

  • The flower center is also from the Petal Potpourri stamp set and this image coordinates perfectly with the ⅞” Scallop Circle punch (129404).

  • Blackberry Bliss ⅜” Stitched Ribbon was also used.


The last card I’m sharing I also found on Pinterest and loved it so much that I decided to copy it exactly!

"Best Day Ever" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Blushing Bride and Mossy Meadow

  • The pink background dots were created with the dotted image in the Best Day Ever stamp set.

  • The hearts were stamped on Blushing Bride card stock using Blushing Bride ink.  The heart image in this stamp set coordinates perfectly with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

  • Scraps of Blushing Bride ¼” Cotton Ribbon and Mossy Meadow ⅜” Stitched Ribbon were used to create the “flag banners”.

  • The Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520) was also used.

If you love any of these cards, feel free to share them on Pinterest or Facebook.  It’s easy to do, just click one of the buttons below this post.  And, speaking of Facebook…I’m sharing one more “Best Day Ever” card on my Facebook page today, so be sure to check it out here.

Thanks for stopping and “Have fun stampin’ it up!”

Backorders of Stampin’ Up! Products

If any of you have ever had a Stampin’ Up! product on back order, you know how they usually send the back-ordered product in a timely manner.  That is one thing that I have always appreciated about Stampin’ Up!…their back-orders are shipped promptly!!

However, the company has recently alerted the demonstrators that the current back order situation may be longer than normal.  This is due to three main factors.

First of all, since July 2014 there has been an ongoing labor dispute on the West Coast shipping ports.  Up to 40% of US imports come through these West Coast ports and this labor dispute has created quite a back up, causing delays in product shipments.

Secondly, China is currently celebrating their New Year.  During this time, Chinese companies shut down from February 19 through March 5.  Consequently, any products that go on back-order during this time will be delayed until the factories again begin production.

Third, there has been higher than anticipated demand for some of the Stampin’ Up! accessories in the new Occasions catalog, depleting the inventory more quickly than expected.    This is a GOOD thing…it means we all love the products that Stampin’ Up! is offering.  However, it also means that the inventory is depleted sooner than planned, leading to a back order situation.

Normally, when a product is on back order, Stampin’ Up! allows it to be ordered and the product is shipped when available.  Because of the factors I described above, filling back-orders may be a longer process.  So, Stampin’ Up! has decided that beginning Monday, February 23 (and until the factors described above improve), they will turn off the ability to order accessory supplies that are temporarily unavailable instead of letting them go on backorder.  It is their hope that this will help to avoid frustration over long back-order delays.

I wanted to give this information to you to keep you informed.  Here are the items on back-order as of Thursday, February 19 (with anticipated delivery dates):

131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–February 23
138634: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration)–February 27
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers–February 28
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers–March 2
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit–March 13
137951: So You Simply Created Kit–March 13
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat–March 20

Quite often the delivery dates are worse case scenario.  I know that this may be a frustrating situation for you.  I know it’s not one that I’m excited about, but KNOW that Stampin’ Up! will do their BEST to make the products available to its customers as soon as possible.  I hope that this explanation helps you to understand a bit of the situation.




Stacked with Love Card Kit Bonus Card

"Stacked with Love" Stampin' Up!

This card came about because I wanted to use some of the left over designer paper from my Stacked with Love Product Sampler Card Kit and I’m sharing it as a “bonus” card.  If you have purchased the Stacked with Love Product Sampler Card Kit from me this would be very easy to recreate with leftover designer paper pieces.

Project Notes:

  • The card strips are varying widths and are attached to a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock which is attached to the card front.  TIP:  Make sure that the patterns in the designer paper are all facing the correct direction.

  • Sentiment is from the “And Many More” stamp set.

  • The Four Frames stamp set was used to create the image the sentiment was stamped on.  It was punched out using the Decorative Label punch.

Click here if you want to learn more about the “Stacked with Love” Product Sampler Kit I have available for purchase.

Bow Builder Happy Birthday Card

"Big Day" Stampin' Up!, Bow Builder Punch

Isn’t this the cutest card??  It’s one that I created at my upline’s business meeting.  It uses the Sale-A-Bration “Big Day” stamp set and the Bow Builder punch.  What a fun, fresh card!!!

Project Notes:

  • Birthday Bash designer paper (137783) was used to create the bows (and for the background paper peeking out around the textured Whisper White piece).  Glue Dots were used to attach the pieces of the bow together.

  • Sentiment is from “Big Day” stamp set (one of the FREE picks with a $50 product purchase during Sale-A-Bration).  It is colored with markers: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral (coordinating with designer paper).

  • Texture was added with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.

Here’s a link to a video Stampin’ Up! created that shows how to use the Bow Builder punch.  In my opinion this fun little punch is one of the best things in the new Occasions Catalog!!  Anybody else have a favorite from the Occasions catalog??  Leave me a comment below and let me know what it is!!


Lotus Blossom Cards

Lotus Blosom Blushing Bride

Sale-A-Bration….the absolute BEST time to purchase during the Stampin’ Up! year!  Why??  Because with each $50 product purchase you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Isn’t that a great deal?!!

The Lotus Blossom cards I’m sharing in today’s blog post were created with one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration product picks…the Lotus Blossom stamp set.  This fun set is a three-step stamp set.  It can be used with just one ink color, or two ink colors, or even three ink colors.  The stamps are “numbered” making it easy to remember which image to stamp first.  The stamp set is only available in photopolymer, making it easy to line up the images for precision stamping.  There are even tabs on the flower blossom stamps to make lining up the images even easier!

The two cards I’m sharing today are cards of my own creation.  Here are the project notes for the pink card featured above.

Project Notes:

  • Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, and Blushing Bride were the color choices for the pink flower.  Stem is Old Olive.

  • Background texture was created with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

  • Card base is Rose Red.  Background card stock is Blushing Bride.

Here’s the second card I created with the Lotus Blossom stamp set.  For this card, I chose to highlight the flower image in a circle.

Lotus Blossom Lost Lagoon

Project Notes:

  • Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Soft Sky were the three colors used to create the flower on this card.

  • Background paper is from the Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper pack (also a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice!).

  • The scallop border was created with the Scallop Border Punch.  The “dots” in each scallop were punched using the Handheld 1/16″ Circle punch.

  • Ribbon border was created using Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin ribbon.

  • The 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch created the matte for the flower image.

If you are interested in adding this stamp set to your collection, head over to my online store.  Choose $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! product to purchase and then select the Lotus Blossom stamp set (139143) as your FREE Sale-A-Bration product.

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