Guess Who’s Back in Town!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

This past week (yes, it’s finally the weekend!) I shared 5 beautiful cards from the Ornate Garden Suite, today … I’m going to share a stunning Christmas Cards from one of my favorite “returning” bundles … the Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle!

This stunning bundle is back and now you can get all three items, stamp set, two punches and the designer paper for one price of only $63.00. This bundle was used for the Grande Finale at my Holiday Retreat last fall … if you missed it, now is your chance to get it back on your Wish List.

I began with the Pretty Peacock cardstock for my base and brought in the Copper Foil to highlight the filigree on the specialty designer paper. The Copper Foil was embossed with the Hammered Metal 3-D Embossing Folder ….

I embossed my images in Copper (which is no longer available) however, my original was done with Early Espresso and is just as beautiful once the colors are sponged onto them. Once I sponged on the color, I punched out the ornaments and fussy cut the holly.

The greeting was stamped onto the Very Vanilla (as were our ornaments) and then cut out. My holly, Pretty Peacock Ornament and the greeting were all popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

STAMPIN’ TIP …. The Copper Foil piece that was embossed with the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder was cut out of the Copper Foil Sheet that mats our pretty designer paper … it’s a great paper saving technique.

If you’re looking for that perfect Holiday Bundle, gift one to a friend or one for yourself …

Thank you for joining me today. Enjoy the day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Finally Friday “My Friend” …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you have been enjoying the card parade from the Ornate Garden Suite … today is the last day from this group I will be posting.

Before I share the last of the cards, let’s go back and take a look at the other cards that I shared this week ….

Monday: Thanks … (View Post Here)

Tuesday: Triangle Fun Fold Floral …. (View Post Here)

Wednesday: Going Gold … (View Post Here)

Thursday: A Z-Fold with layers …. (View Post Here)

It’s kind of fun to see all the cards on one page, however … I’m not going to wait you wait any further! I wanted to share another of the “foil” specialty designs included in the Ornate Garden Designer Specialty Paper …

I was not sure what color I wanted to use with the Gold, so I googled “what compliments “metallic gold” … and of course they said black, also a coral, however I went with the Navy, Night of Navy in Stampin’ Up! colors. I think it adds a warm richness to the card.

I also wanted to share with you some of the other “layering” dies that coordinate with the pretty little pattern I like to use. I cut out the center of the largest die cut (the one that surrounds the design) but you would not have to. I thought it lightened up the layering a bit, and highlighted the Navy.

Here is a close up ….

Once die cut and attached to the card, I added some Night of Navy Rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels collection. One of the Rhinestones also anchors my greeting, which was embossed in gold on Vellum cardstock and punched out with the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch (two designs on one punch!).

I hope you have enjoyed my parade of cards this week, I will be back tomorrow with another new stamp set to share with you.

Have a wonderful day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Ornate Garden Suite … remember that I will send you a PDF file of all the Instructions (step by step) with photos how to make all the cards shown this week, and 2 BONUS Cards!! You will also get the “Bonus Cards” sent to you as a “Thank You”…

How do you take advantage of this great offer? Just purchase $50 or more of the Ornate Garden suite from me (either from my on-line store or I can help you place your order). And I will send them to you! Oh yes, you will also qualify for my Virtual Rewards points.

You are the Happy to my Day!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Day 4 of my Ornate Garden Suite parade of cards and today we layer. These delicate dies are created for layering and they are the focal point of today’s card.

My card base is Early Espresso and is paired with another pattern of the Ornate Garden Specialty designer paper. It is actually cut in half as today’s card is a “Z FOLD” ….

As you open the card, it exposes the layering and how such an intricate “looking” card can be simple to create. Our greeting comes from the “Country Home” stamp set which can be found on page 89 of the Annual Catalog.

The designer paper is only applied to the ends of the card. The layers of die cuts are attached to the left or “Z”.

I’ve added some white cardstock so you can add a note to your card, it is hidden by the layers. You could use a full quarter sheet of designer paper inside and then the white for your sentiments but I like the contrast .

A simple “Z Fold” just adds a little surprise when opening up the card. I like them because the are easy to create and fun to open.

I hope you have enjoyed another way to use the Ornate Garden Suite … remember that I will send you a PDF file of all the Instructions (step by step) with photos how to make all the cards shown this week, and 2 BONUS Cards!! You will also get the “Bonus Cards” sent to you as a “Thank You”…

How do you take advantage of this great offer? Just purchase $50 or more of the Ornate Garden suite from me (either from my on-line store or I can help you place your order). And I will send them to you! Oh yes, you will also qualify for my Virtual Rewards points.

Thank you for stopping by today. I will share my final card in this parade of cards tomorrow 🙂 The offer will last all month long.

Ornate Thank You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I’m posting late today but you know what they say … good things come to those who wait. I think this one is my favorite so far, done in Mint Macaroon and Gold, it shines a light on true gratitude sent from the heart.

I used the pretty little die that I used on my belly band on yesterdays card (see it here). to create a cute pattern and highlight the gold in the in the designer paper.

I wanted to tone down the stark “Thank You” because the card is on the soft side of design so I stamped Mint Macaron onto Mint Macaron …. once dried I embossed the “from the bottom of my heart” in gold on top of the Thank you.

Did you catch the little heart on the card? Look at the pattern of the die cuts …. yep, it’s from there! The gold die cut piece will be on one of the two “bonus” cards that you will get when you purchase $50 worth of products from the Ornate Garden Suite.

My Special: I will send everyone who purchases a minimum of $50 in Ornate Garden products from me; A PDF file of full instructions & color photos for all 5 cards shared this week on my blog plus 2 bonus cards!!! You will be able to recreate my cards with ease as all measurements and step by step instructions will be sent via email and in full color.

Thank you for checking back and stopping in to see me today. I will continue with out Ornate Garden Cards tomorrow …

Ornate Garden Fun Fold

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the second day of the week and the second day of my Ornate Garden parade of cards. I have a Fun Fold for you today, the Triangle Fold …

From the outside it doesn’t look a whole lot different than any normal card, but this cute little belly band hides the secret! As you can see, I’m sharing another pattern from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer paper and another one of the dies included in the suite / bundle.

As you slide the belly band off ….

The fun emerges … the left side folds out as does the top exposing your sentiments to friends and family. It’s always fun to get a card that is just a little different from the norm.

I decided to do a matching die cut on the inside of my card as well as the belly band. It really ties the card together and just adds a little texture to the inside of the card.

I used the Medium Daisy punch for another layer of fun to this card, and I think it highlights the die cut nicely and still leaves a little room for a greeting.

My Special: I will send everyone who purchases a minimum of $50 in Ornate Garden products from me; A PDF file of full instructions & color photos for all 5 cards shared this week on my blog plus 2 bonus cards!!! You will be able to recreate my cards with ease as all measurements and step by step instructions will be sent via email and in full color.

Thanks for joining me this Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another Ornate Garden card.

Ornate Garden: You’re Amazing

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Happy Monday to you! We are beginning a new week, a new month and I’ve got a new line up of cards to share with you! Starting today and going through the week, I will be sharing beautiful card creations from the Ornate Garden suite … and I will have a special promotion to go along with it.

Today’s card highlights three (3) of the items included in the suite; the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer paper, the Ornate Thanks stamp set and the Ornate Layers die set. This suite offers so many amazing options ….

The lovely flowers in the Ornate Garden Suite Collection are a modern take on classic Victorian florals. The gold foil accented paper, gems, and shimmery ribbon will add sparkle and elegance to your projects. You’ll love what you can do with this versatile collection. Share your gratitude with the included sentiments or pair with any sentiments for all-occasion projects.

I used the bright floral pattern as my background and the beautiful ornate die to highlight my greeting. The sentiments in the Ornate Thanks stamp set are perfect for sharing your gratitude to your friends and loved ones.

Here is a close up of the die …

The detail in these dies is amazing and I had no trouble cutting them out. I know many of my stampin’ friends like to add a sheet of wax paper for easy release. So if you want to create intricate layers and accents for handmade cards and other paper crafts using the Ornate Layers Dies.

To complete my card I added a piece of Whisper White on the inside and Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in a pretty little bow.

I will send everyone who purchases a minimum of $50 in Ornate Garden products from me; A PDF file of full instructions & color photos for all 5 cards shared this week on my blog plus 2 bonus cards!!! You will be able to recreate my cards with ease as all measurements and step by step instructions will be sent via email and in full color.

Thank you for stopping in today. Please let me know if you have any questions on my Ornate Garden offer … or anything else.

Have an amazing day!!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Simply Sunday: Open if you Dare

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A sunny Sunday here today paired with one more card share from the amazing “Magic in this Night” suite. I’m beginning by simply flipping over the designer series pattern from yesterday to a floral surprise.

I’m also going back to more traditional Halloween colors by using Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green … these layers of color are sure to make the Magic in this Night designer paper stand out.

A band of color across the front was used to also highlight the Metallic Mesh Ribbon. A big bow was created to nest my greeting on and make it pop! I stamped the “Open if you Dare” from the Hallows Night Magic stamp set on Granny Apple Green and backed with Pumpkin pie. You can use any combination of punches or layer with any one of our beautiful layering dies.

Today’s Simply Sunday card was completed with the Iridescent Pearls … they are so cool, and fit in with this product suite perfectly. This is the last of my Magic in the Night series of cards for a bit, but I’ll be back with more as time get closer to Halloween.

I also want to let you know that my OnLine store is getting a “facelift” and should be easier to use. I’m so excited! This covid has tied my hands to in-home classes but I’ll keep sharing here, on my facebook page and more …

I’ll be back tomorrow with another great project. Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to join me today.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Halloween Gothic Night

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to share today’s card with you … it is my second card creation from the “Magic in this Night” suite. Along with all the hauntingly stunning images from this suite, I will be sharing a neat technique with you.

Yesterday I used basic Halloween colors so today I focused on the color pallet in the suite, and I fell in love! My card base and designer paper pattern are the Pretty Peacock … the richness of this color and the delicate images in the stamp set turned this into a WOW card ….

I chose the Pretty Peacock design that reminded me of wallpaper in a grand Queen Anne home from days gone by. I wanted to add the feeling of “Magic in this Night” so I matted the designer paper with the Black Glitter paper… before mounting it, I cut out the mat for my greeting border from the center (perfect paper saving technique).

I stamped the border and wanted to add color to it but also wanted that “shimmer” so I used this simple by over looked technique: I began by tapping my ink pad onto a clear block … then get the Wink of Stella pen. I used my Wink of Stella as a paint brush and picked up the ink from the block and painted my flowers. I love this technique of coloring my flowers, you can add more ink to darken where wanted.

I also colored in my bat with the ink and Wink of Stella… this technique just adds to the magic of this card. The leaves were colored with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Duo.

The sentiment was stamped with Pretty Peacock into the border and then die cut. Once cut, I secured it onto the black glitter paper using the Tombo glue … it works best on glitter paper.

This assembly was popped up to create some dimension, and then the bat was also popped up! I could not resist adding the Iridescent Pearls and I’m glad I did because it really balanced and completed the card (and they are pretty!).

Are you a Halloween fan? And what do you prefer … the fun, the scary, or an elegant look of Halloween?

I thank you for stopping by today to check out my creation. Enjoy your day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Magic in this Night

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s Friday and I have a frighteningly beautiful card to share with you today. It’s created from the Magic in the Night Suite from the new Mini Catalog. I’m mailing today but for those who live close to me … schedule a time with me to pick up your new mini!!

The Magic in this Night Suite will add a touch of spooky elegance to your projects with detailed imagery and striking colors, just check out the designer paper …

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Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s Friday and I have a frighteningly beautiful card to share with you today. It’s created from the Magic in the Night Suite from the new Mini Catalog. I’m mailing today but for those who live close to me … schedule a time with me to pick up your new mini!!

The Magic in this Night Suite will add a touch of spooky elegance to your projects with detailed imagery and striking colors, just check out the designer paper …

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The color pallet for the Magic in the Night designer paper is; Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze and Basic Black. The pattern I used is the same as the Cajun Craze pattern on top but in Black. The lace is pretty and perfect for dressing up my card.

I backed (matted) my designer paper with a traditional Halloween color of purple, in our world known as Gorgeous Grape! The two detailed bats are on one stamp but far enough apart to ink them separately … which is what I did. They are then cut out with the coordinating dies.

I used the coordinating dies to cut my greeting out as well which is framed with the stunning frame …

The cute little bats are also die cut from the Halloween Magic Dies using the amazing Black Glitter paper … one cut and done, because these three bats are all on one die!

Just looking at this card gives me even more ideas for creating hauntingly beautiful cards for this Halloween season … and I’m sure I’ll find more to use some of these items than on Halloween!

Thank you for hanging out for me today and taking a peek into the new Mini catalog full of Holiday goodies!

Have a great day, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.

Here is a list of the products used on these cards … Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Sparkly Luminaries: Glitter Window Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute project that is perfect for celebrating on Summer Nights. I’ve got something to brighten your night and add a little sparkle … just in case the star’s aren’t out!

I’m making Sparkling Luminaries …. perfect to decorate your tables or even to line the driveway. These little cuties were fun to make … If you do not have the Paper Pumpkin kit, you can use lunch bags or small white bags from the $ Store and use a punch or die to create a design.

Step 1: I started with the pre-die cut luminaries that are included in the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Step 2: is to add “Clear Packing Tape” to the inside of the bag with the “sticky” side facing … out! I used a pencil with a touch of adhesive to hold the tape steady while it “eased” it into the bag.

Step 3: Spread Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the sticky side of the tape and rub it in good … tap off excess glitter.

Step 4: Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers … Color the tape from the inside of the card, this will dry and not rub off.

Now it’s time to add your candles and light ’em up! Here is a close up so you see the pretty sparking of the Dazzling Diamonds …

Aren’t those just the cutest luminaries? You could keep them simple or jazz them up even more by stamping the “burst” image you’ve seen the past two days or add some of the Glitter Stars included in the kit or even some Rhinestones …

HOW WOULD YOU PREFER YOURS? As Is … or …. Jazzed up.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I’ll see you tomorrow with a Sneak Peek into the new Mini Catalog.

Have a dazzling day!

Summer Nights Add-On

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I created using the Summer Nights Add-On kit that coordinates with the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Yesterday I shared my “Fireworks” card using the Joseph’s Coat technique (click here to view post) I used the “burst” image to create the fireworks, and I will be using them again for today’s card.

I chose the background with the Blackberry Bliss … there are three different color patterns and 8 of each pattern, plus it includes coordinating envelopes.

I heat embossed the “burst” image in White and then embossed the stick or line image in silver creating a “Sparkler”!! You all know what I’m doing next don’t you … You guessed it, brushed on the Wink of Stella to add the shimmer.

The greeting comes from the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit and teamed up with the Summer Nights Add-On, it this will be the first of many to adorn more fun creations.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have yourself a great day.

Technique Tuesday: Joseph’s Coat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m not only sharing another alternative to the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin, but an awesome technique … Joseph’s Coat. This technique is a real WOW!

It may look like I started with Basic Black cardstock but it’s actually Whisper White! I’m using the “burst” stamp from the exclusive stamp set included in the kit.

To begin … I used the Sponge Daubers to lay down a circle of color; Real Red and Pacific Point. The ink must be dry before you proceed to the next step, you can let it sit a while or heat set the color with your heat gun.

Once dry, ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp the “burst” image over the top of your red, re-ink and stamp over the blue, re-ink one more time and stamp directly onto the cardstock … this will give you your white fireworks! Apply “CLEAR” Embossing Powder and set with heat gun.

Once your burst images are embossed it’s time for the “coat” … a coat of black ink is applied to make your stamped images pop. You can use your brayer however, I just apply my ink “direct to paper”… drag the ink pad across your cardfront, it’s quick and I can get a nice even coverage.

Once you are happy with the amount of black ink applied, use a tissue to wipe the ink off of your embossed images … they will brighten up beautifully. You could leave it like this, but I really wanted to jazz it up so I grabbed my “Wink of Stella”!!

The Wink of Stella just adds the perfect sparkle for my fireworks! I began just over the top of the lines, then I found when I went between the lines, it darkened the black and added an amazing contrast. But I’m not done with Stella yet … I “tapped” extra “stella” onto the cardfront by tapping the brush onto a marker which forces the ink out which spatters onto your cardfront.

I then colored my Rhinestones to match my fireworks for a little extra texture and sparkle. I also added it to my greeting tag as an anchor and to add a bit more color to the tag. It’s really quite simple and a lot of fun to make.

So … what do you think of my “Fireworks Party”? Is this a technique you would like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for the visit and hanging out while I shared how to make this fun card using a great technique. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow with a card using the “Add-On” that is available for your July 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Enjoy your day!

Here is a list of the products used on these cards … Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Summer Nights Alternative

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had a great weekend and got a chance to peek at my Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin card yesterday … it was posted quite a bit later than normal!! Today I have an alternative to the designs in the kit.

The Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin reminds me of time spent with my grandpa and grandma as a child, running through the tall grasses on the farm chasing Fireflies. Grandma would always give us one of her canning jars so we could catch a couple ….

I always had to let them out before we went back into the house because I didn’t want them to die, and let the lights go out. As a kid, you watch in amazement as those little lights blink on and off, and there were soooo many of them! The Fireflies lit up the night like a galaxy of stars … but close enough to touch.

To this day, I still love watching the Fireflies, those memories take me to a happy place. Isn’t that our intention when we send a card to a friend or family member? To bring joy or comfort … it’s an amazing feeling.

I didn’t change much on my card … the backgrounds are the “postcards” from the kit, I just added a Night of Navy card base to turn it into a card. I cut down my mason jar as I wanted my fireflies to be the main focus.

The fireflies, like the jar are embossed in gold and really stand out beautifully. However, I did add my own twinkle … I touched as many of the stars as I could with the Wink of Stella. After a few minutes and I knew the Wink of Stella was dry, I rubbed my finger over the stars and onto the entire card front – WOW, what a stunning shimmery background it creates!

I chose my greeting from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, the sentiment when sent to my sister reflects those memories we had as kids, and she would know that I was thinking of her.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope this cute little card brought back some happy memories for you as well. The “refill” kit for the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin is still available (Does not include the stamp set) and you have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to do so.

Have a wonderful day ~

Simply Sunday: Summer Nights

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a quick post to share the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit … when we talk “Simple” there is nothing easier than our Paper Pumpkin kits. The “work” is done for you … only the fun of stamping and assembly are left.

Craft a summer night worth celebrating with the July 2020 kit! This magical and bright crafting experience is one you will always remember! And don’t forget to check out the Summer Nights Add-On; perfect for expanding your Summer Nights experience! I will be sharing my creation with that on Wednesday.

I turned the “post card” into a regular card with a Calypso Coral card base. The only other thing that I changed from the Paper Pumpkin design was the “tag” for the greeting … I used a smaller one because I love the backgrounds.

I’m also in love with those gold glitter stars! The Farris Wheel scene comes as shown directly from the kit. So cute.

Thank you for joining me today … stop back tomorrow as I will share an alternative card with you.

Coffee and cookies and cocktails, oh my!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you were able to check out the coffee and the cocktails … because today I’m sharing a platter of cookies!

Coffee and cookies and cocktails, oh my! In the Nothing’s Better Than Bundle, sweet treats and friendly greetings come together to
create adorable cards with retro touches ….

You may want to grab that cup of coffee because it’s going to go perfectly with this plate of cookies. I have simply fallen in love with this bundle.

What better way to check in on a friend than with plate of cookies? According to the Nothing’s Better Than Bundle, there is no better way!
With the Nothing’s Better Than Stamp Set and the Love You More Than Dies, you can whip up cute cards faster than a batch of cookies.

After seeing three different cards from the Nothing’s Better Than bundle … Which one is your favorite? I’m having a hard time deciding, those cute little coffee mugs are pulling on my heart strings!

Thanks for hanging out with me today, hope we can do it in person sometime soon! Enjoy your day today …

Here is a list of the products used on these cards … Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!