To a Good Friend: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all had time to enjoy the beautiful weather, or at least had a wonderful weekend. I took time to make some cards (many events coming up) yet I still got outside for a bit, we even had a cookout … brats and potato salad! Yum … summer food (:

Today I have a technique to share with you … Spotlighting.  It’s not a new technique but I put a little twist to it.  I’ve used designer paper to spotlight. The “Timeless Elegance” paper is so beautiful, with the floral designs it’s perfect to spotlight a piece of it.


I began with two identical sheets and cut out the 4 x 5-1/4 inch base. Then I cut down one of the two pieces to highlight my flower. Just so happens that it was in the center of my card, but it could have been anywhere … for this technique it does not matter.

I colored just the flowers on the designer paper that I cut to highlight – you will see the remainder of the flower on the second sheet. So the technique “spotlight” just means that you highlight a section of your card and put it “in the spotlight”.  Does that make sense?


I used the Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz markers to color with because they are a bit muted and not so bright. I thought it was a good match with the soft subtle design of the paper. I also used the Chalk Marker to bring out the little white flowers … wow, they really popped!

I brought back my “Happy Birthday Everyone” stamp set that I used yesterday for my card today, except this time the birthday went on the inside …


It’s so cute, it could actually be the front of the card! Remember … this is a hostess set that you can earn for FREE with qualifying party sales. (Home party, private party or do it yourself party) Just ask.

To finish off my card I added the “strips” of pearls … I just love them little buggers! Most of the time I cut them apart and I get soooo many more pearls for my cards, but I really do like the string of them for some of my projects (like today!)


Let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate you taking time to stop at my blog and check it out.

Have a wonderful day ~





Simply Sunday: To an Amazing Women

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have my Simply Sunday Series card for you. Simple yet so pretty … it’s the English Garden Designer Series paper that makes this card.  There are so many pretty patterns in this paper pack that it was hard to choose.


I chose the small flower pattern because I new my greeting was a bit larger, so I didn’t want them competing, however I think this cute pattern shines on it’s own.

The designer paper has Blushing Bride in it so that is what I used for the base of my card. I highlighted the Melon Mambo by using it on a portion of my greeting… all stamped on our Whisper White cardstock.

Our birthday greeting comes from the hostess stamp set “Happy Birthday Everyone” … one of my favorites. We all need birthday cards and this one is so versatile, and I LOVE the font!


I wanted to add a little bit more to draw your eye directly to the greeting so I punched the upper left hand corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. You will find this punch on page 31 of the Occasions catalog. And while you’re on that page … check out the Iced Rhinestones I used on the card above the cute little banner.

The cute little banner was punched from Blushing Bride with the Banner punch and adhered to the back of the greeting. The entire greeting was popped up with our Stampin’ Dimensionals.


All my rhinestones were colored with a Sharpie™ marker. I love that you can just color in the center and leave the outer bling as is. It really does get your attention!


Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit with me.

Enjoy the rest of your day ~




Birthday Greetings …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Whew … the weekend has officially begun!! I heard it was going to be about 52° today … heat wave for this time of year in Wisconsin (I’ll bet you there will be people golfing and wearing shorts!!) lol

As promised, I have my updated card from our Throwback Thursday card … here’s the TBT


and here is my “newest model” …


I’ve changed out the designer papers of course so I’ll start there. I used the It’s My Party Designer Paper, so many fun patterns for birthdays and I liked that this one could be used with anything … including my flower!

The beautiful flower comes from the “Helping Me Grow” stamp set, I’ve used this many times and just love the flowers! Pushing “spring”!!

Instead of using the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique on my flower, I went simple for my sparkle and just painted on the “Wink of Stella”.  I blended the ink with my “Wink of Stella” pen to create more sparkle without loosing the depth of the layering of color on my flower.


I love my rhinestones but I replaced them on this card with the “It’s My Party” Enamel Dots. I thought they worked so nice with the designer paper … they are in the same “party” suite.

And lastly …. my greeting, which comes from the “Sunburst Sayings” stamp set. It just fit in the space so nicely!! Amazing what a little transformation can do to a card!


Thanks for coming over and checking out today’s post … much appreciated!

Have a warm and wonderful weekend!



A World of Thanks!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Little change is plans, the card I was going to share with you will be posted on Saturday. Today I wanted to share a “World of Thanks” with you.

Last night I had the pleasure of stamping with some wonderful ladies! Some new faces and some I haven’t seen it a while … it was so nice. We had a fun night.

So … here’s a “Thank you” to all my stampin’ friends who stamp with me and to all my on-line shoppers. You all make my job as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator a breeze!


I have a special on-line shopper who has chosen me as their demonstrator but because she has chosen the “No Contact” I cannot send a Thank You card… so please know that I appreciate you!

Love this card … how elegant and simple it is. Created with the World of Thanks stamp set.

Thanks so much for popping in on me today.  I will be back tomorrow with my “promised” card.

Have a wonderful Friday … Hope it kicks off your weekend well.



Throwback Thursday … Nothing better than a friend

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m sharing a fun card that I made back in the fall of 2013!

The card highlights the Calypso Coral “grid paper” found in the paper packet, and for some reason … maybe it was the color, but I chose to team it up with the “Pleasant Poppies” stamp set.  This is not a hard card to make, but has an awesome technique: Dazzling Diamond Dust.


I began coloring my poppies with markers and a blender pen.  I scribbled the ink from the marker onto the plastic case of the stamp set, then pulled the color up with my blender pen… it gives you a softer look and you have much more control.

To do the “Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique” – Cover the entire cardstock of your stamped image with VersaMark™, then cover with “Iridescent Ice Embossing Power” and use heat gun to emboss the entire piece.  So simple … so pretty.123052L

For my greeting, I used the “nothing but heaven itself in better than a friend” from the “Blessings from Heaven” stamp set.  Then topped it off with the Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and 3 rhinestones.



Some stamp sets, layouts and techniques are timeless!  Hmmm … must be why so many of us have a hard time parting with our retired sets!! You never know, we may want to use them again!! And we do!

Have a wonderful Thursday!  Stop back tomorrow … I’ll be sharing the layout of this card with all new stamps and accessories.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Hooray … You Did It!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A quick post today, I’ve been spending my time with my daughter who just had surgery. Surgery went well, but she is just trying to get the pain level down … we’re all thinking that it should be better today.

So today I’m sharing the “Hooray” card to celebrate Andrea’s successful surgery.


We all wish her a speedy recovery … she’s not used to laying around, but I told her it was time she got to be the “princess”… lol


1. Adhere a piece of Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper to the Pool Party card.

2. Stamp the scallop image in VersaMark ink on Whisper White Cardstock, cover it with Silver Stampin’
Emboss Powder, and heat emboss it. Cut it out using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Fold a piece of Pool Party
3/8″ Glitter Ribbon in half and snip the ends in a diagonal. Staple the circle to the top of the folded ribbon
using the Handheld Stapler.
3. Stamp “Hooray” in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Cut it out and adhere it to the top ofthe circle. Stamp “You did it” in Bermuda Bay ink and cut it out in a pennant shape. Also adhere it to thetop of the circle. Tie a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine into a bow and adhere it to the top of the
circle. Adhere the entire ribbon and circle piece to the front of the card.
4. Randomly adhere three or four individual silver sequins to the front of the card.

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Thank you for stopping by today.
Have an awesome day ~

Weekly Deals: Great Products / Great Savings

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s Tuesday … So I’m here to share the newest Weekly Deals with you.  Also check out more ways in which you can save on your favorite stamping supplies!


Let’s begin with the Weekly Deals …

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I just love this week’s Weekly Deals! I can’t believe I don’t have the Flower Medallion punch, but you know it’s on my list now (along with the Happy Hearts embossing folder)  Remember, click on any of the items descriptions to get the details on the products you are interested in.

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Have yourself a terrific Tuesday!