Simply Sunday: Masculine Birthday Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you are having a nice, relaxing weekend.  Yesterday I shared a beautiful card created by one of my team members, Kathy.  She used the Winter Woods stamp set.  I loved the simplicity of her card so much, I used her idea to create todays Masculine Birthday Card.

The tree was inked up with Old Olive and stamped 3 times … almost looks like a blizzard!!  This technique gives the card dimension just by stamping.  I also added the texture of the Softly Falling Embossing Folder as Kathy did yesterday.

I added the plaid pattern from the Festive Farmhouse Designer paper to give it a more masculine feel, reminds me of a flannel shirt that my grandpa used to have.  That gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

On that note I’ll let you get back to your Sunday and I thank you for hanging with me for a while today.

Enjoy your day, I’ll be back tomorrow with another card share.




Winter Woods & Guest Stamper: Kathy C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night my Star’s by Design team met for stampin’ up dates, a light dinner and some stampin’ & swappin’.  So today I’m going to share one of the “Swap Cards” … it was made by Kathy using the beautiful Winter Woods stamp set.

The Winter Woods bundle is so much more than a holiday stamp set, these versatile trees can be used for any occasion! Kathy gave her card some dimension simply by stamping her tree twice without re-inking the stamp, giving you the lighter trees in the back that look further away!!

Don’t you love the way Kathy stamped her trees at a slight angle … gives the appearance that the trees are sitting upon a winter wonderland of snow … then, she added a some great texture by embossing with the Softly Falling embossing folder … it all looks so serene and peaceful. A simple greeting with a pop of color to attract they eye and her card is done!  Stunning!!

Such a beautiful card and so easy to make!  Follow me for the next few days as I share a few different seasons / holidays using the Winter Woods bundle.

Until then, I thank you for popping in today to check out my blog post and Kathy’s beautiful card.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

Flashback Friday: Autumn Fun

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thought it was time to have some fun and reminisce about past fall fun! I’ve got two “punch” cards to share with you today and a scrapbook layout.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (I love them all) but this is the time of year you can take a peek into the dark side all will having some fun… Halloween.

This card was created a few years back with this awesome border punch! If you punched on a 3 x 3 square piece, it created this frame … I’m sure some of you still have this border punch, so try it out because it also worked great when I used this frame on my scrapbook pages!

Now here is a really fun Halloween card created with punches …

I used the owl punch to create the ghosts (just flipped them upside down) … the pumpkins were created with oval and circle punches (3 each) and then you sponge the edges – I’m using Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Pumpkin Pie ink and then they are just layered together to create the pumpkin. They are so cute!

To make the gravestone I used a label punch …. I think the current “Everyday Label” punch would work great for the headstone! Then the stone was engraved (lol) handwritten by me.  It was just a super fun card to make.  Here is this years using the Paper Pumpkin September 2018 kit…

I simply used all the items in the kit to create this one … the headstones were the tags, and the ghost and bat were also in the kit… as well as the “spooky”.

My final share today is a quick and easy scrapbook layout…

You could easily replicate this page using the Natures Poem Designer paper and Natures Root Framelits dies. Actually this layout would be cute anytime of the year! It’s been a while since I got any scrapbooking done, maybe someday soon!

Thank you for stopping in and checking out my Friday Flashback! I love going back and looking at things I’ve done years ago.  Some can stay in the past (LOL) and some are timeless.

Have a wonderful day and hope to see you back tomorrow.

Have you picked a pumpkin yet?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

There is a lot of news and stampin’ fun in the pumpkin patch lately! I’m talking Paper Pumpkin, this months kit is arriving in mailboxes (got mine yesterday) and teasers about next month, and a sale!!

Let’s begin with our October kit:  Our Friends of a Feather kit is a “cut above the rest,” delivering cards with intricate detail. And while we think you’ll love the detail these unique cards display, you’ll also love their versatile color palette. The warm fall tones fit perfectly with autumn’s changing leaves, yet their southwestern vibe (think sandstone cliffs and intensely-hued sunsets) make them perfect for any occasion. Watch this month’s unboxing video to capture exactly how to make the projects seen here!


The Paper Pumpkin team designed November’s kit to our subscribers a solution for their holiday crafting needs! So now’s the to get cozy this Christmas season with Paper Pumpkin, it’s your One-Stop Box™ for holiday papercrafting fun. When you subscribe by November 10, we’ll send our specially-designed box filled with everything you need for a holly-jolly, handmade holiday.

Frost is on the windowpane, Christmas is in the air, and that means it’s time to get crafty. And we’ve got a perfect solution for those who love the handmade holiday touch: Paper Pumpkin’s November kit. Sign up between October 11–November 10 and you’ll get our specially-designed box filled with everything you need for a holly-jolly, handmade holiday. Remember, Paper Pumpkin kits are all-inclusive. Just open the box and assemble . . . in your warm socks, by the fireplace . . . with a friend. It doesn’t get better than that!

You don’t have to wait until November 10th, you can subscribe now! CLICK HERE TO START

SALE! We are offering the Frights & Delights Past Kit and Refill and last November’s Back in Plaid Past Kit for 15% off to help our subscribers get a jump on their Halloween and holiday crafting. This sale is while supplies last so don’t miss it, shop today at   Then click on “Shop Now” and Paper Pumpkin … easy 🙂


Thank you for coming along to pick pumpkins with me today. There are many options to choose from! Current subscribers are going to love the upcoming kit, and I will be back to share some alternative projects with our November kit.

Don’t miss out … you can subscribe now! CLICK HERE TO START

I’m here if you have any questions, until then, have a great day!


Technique Tuesday: Embossing Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I am going to share a video with you that covers several different embossing techniques!  Grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, sit back and relax while you learn some really cool techniques with heat embossing.

Embossing is one of my favorite techniques! In fact, it’s what turned my head and said … “I want to book a party!” But did you know there are many ways to emboss? Watch as Andrea demonstrates three additional embossing techniques: water embossing, embossing in any color, and faux metal embossing.

WOW … what did you think? There’s a technique I have never seen before like … water! Who knew!

Thanks for hanging with me today and watching the video.  Stop back tomorrow as I will be sharing a card featuring “embossing”.

Have a really good day ~


Country Home Hello

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you had a good weekend and I hope you enjoyed my card yesterday from our Country Lane Product Suite. If you haven’t had enough … then I have another card to share with you that features the Country Home stamp set.

Many moons ago before I had my children I used to work in a flower shop, and this card takes me back to the late 70’s when dried flower arrangements were popular and so was arranging them in pitchers & coffee pots … a little bit country!  What’s interesting is that I have one of those mini blue tin coffee pots on my stove right now!!

I wanted this card to be a bit more rustic since yesterday we had the galvanized background, so I started with the Wood Textures Designer Series paper stack (I love browns and blues together).  I wanted to add some texture so I used a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake and ran it through the Corrugated Dynamic embossing folder.

Next I added a strip of the Chicken Wire Elements and added the beautiful new Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon… this ties the two elements together without leaving a harsh edge.  Then I tucked my sweet little “hello” onto the card.

I used the Stamparatus again to stamp my images…. one of the reasons was because I had precut the ovals and then placed them in a template, this is a true paper saver.

Just like yesterday, I used the Stampin’ Blends – the alcohol markers.  I colored the sides of my coffee tin with the Night of Navy first, then filled in the entire pot. I used the Color Lifter to lighten the center and create my “light source” … where the light would hit your object.

I did the same with all my colors, started with the dark and colored over with the lighter shade.  The berries were colored yellow (Yellow and Blue are for our Brewers!!)  And Marge … if you are reading this, please give me a call.

I colored the center flower in Night of Navy and again used the Color Lifter, after which I added a touch of the Wink of Stella to the flower and the light area of my coffee tin.

This stamp set and the cards I have created brought back many memories, whether they were of grandpa’s farm of working in the flower shop … it was a nice stroll down memory lane.

Thanks so much for coming with me … Let’s kick off this week with a warm hello.

Enjoy your day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST … if you like what you saw, you may purchase any of the items used to create this card by clicking on them. Thank you.


Simply Sunday: Simply Country

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this fine Sunday? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. With the chill in the air … I’ve been doing some stamping and preparing for my upcoming retreat. Yesterday morning I hosted my Saturday Stamp Club and I would like to share one of the cards that we made.

This month my clubs focused on the Country Land product suite on pages 42 and 43 of the Holiday Catalog. Today’s card features the Country Home stamp set, Galvanized Metallic paper, the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder and the Stampin’ Blends to create a simply beautiful card.

We first embossed the Galvanized paper with the Tin Tile embossing folder … these two combined are simply stunning. Gives you that old Farmhouse ceiling look! In keeping with the farmhouse look, I chose the Milk Can again and demonstrated how to attach the stamps onto the plates of the Stamparatus for perfect alignment.

Once we stamped our images…  we punched two of the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. You can find that on page 211 of the Annual Catalog.  We also punched the corners on the inside piece of our card.  We added the new Metallic Pearls to both the punched corners and our greeting!

Before assembling the card we colored … that is always such a relaxing thing to do, and with the Stampin’ Blends its also easy. We started with the milk can using the Smoky Slate / Dark and brought it down both sides of the can twice. Once that was done, we took the Smoky Slate / Light and colored in the entire can, then went over the area between the light and the dark to blend them. It’s almost like magic!! Here is my color pallet …

So not only did they get to learn the basics on the Stamparatus but got to see the amazing ease at which color-blending with the Stampin’ Blends can be. And who didn’t fall in love with the Tin Tile and Galvanized paper combo!

I hope you enjoyed todays card and please feel free to check out my schedule HERE for the date and time of my clubs and think about joining us … I usually have a couple spots for guests.

Thank you for joining me on this beautiful Sunday…

and I hope you have a wonderful day.