How Beautiful a Day Can Be …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this beautiful day? I know they say it’s going to rain today, but I’m looking for the beautiful side of the day!!  They say whatever you think … you attract! So who doesn’t want a beautiful day?

I am excited to share with you a beautiful card … I told you yesterday about the Stampin’ Blends and that they are coming back. And on Tuesday I shared one of my favorite suites in the new catalog, the Graceful Glass. So I’m combining these two to bring you my creation …

I chose to keep a very simple color pallet … Whisper White!!  I did this so I could really highlight the “Graceful Glass” pattern of the Iris’s. I had a hard time choosing which pattern from the papers!!

I used the Old Olive Light & Dark Stampin’ Blends and the Rich Razzleberry Light & Dark to color my Iris’s and added a touch of the Dark Daffodil Delight in the center of them. Once colored … I trimmed down the design to fit with the verse I wanted to use … ENJOY LIFE is the beautiful stamp set this verse comes from!

This was a must have for me (pg. 58 New Catty) the verses the fonts … Love ’em!! The cute little butterflies also come with the set and I couldn’t resist using the Enjoy Life stamp set with the Graceful Glass designer paper!

To adhere the Graceful Glass vellum to the strip of Whisper White, I put a dab of Tombo glue onto a scrap piece of paper and used my finger to gently add some adhesive. It’s a very thin layer, I could barely see what I put directly onto the back … and you can’t see it from the front!!  Wooo Hooo!! Now there is a Stampin’ Tip you can put in the bank 🙂

This card is so easy to make and is so beautiful … and I am so hooked on this stained glass paper. I guess a rainy day would be a great day to sit down, relax and start to color!!  Hmmm … I guess that would create a relaxing, “beautiful” day!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Let me know if you have any questions on how I created today’s card.

Have a “beautiful” day ~

Stampin’ Supply List for Today’s Card ….


Stampin’ Blends Current Colors Now Available

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Good news! All of our current colors of Stampin’ Blends are in stock and available for purchase in our North American markets. Thank you for your patience as we worked to restock this popular product. Our new Stampin’ Blends colors are still on track to be available mid-June. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information.
Let your creativity loose with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol-based blending markers in their exclusive colors. Here, Shannon shows you how to color and blend with different colors–resulting in beautiful creations you’ll love sharing with others. To get your own Stampin’ Blends markers, visit or contact me by clicking on the contact me button above!

I’m so excited that these fabulous Stampin’ Blends are available again!! Please let me know if you have any questions for me … I’m here for you.

Thanks for dropping in today so I could share this great news with you!! Stop back tomorrow to see what I’ve created with the marvelous markers!!

Have a great day ~

New Catalog & Graceful Glass Suite

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with family & friends.

The launch of the new annual catalog is only three days away! To help celebrate and introduce all the great new products, Stampin’ Up! created this stop-motion video to share with you! AND if you are on my mailing list because you are a club member, hostess or on-line shopper with me … Your catalog is in the mail (or available for pick-up)!!

Did you catch a glimpse of the new butterfly … it’s so pretty!! It’s from the new “Springtime Impressions” thinlits dies and coordinates with Garden Impressions Suite and the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set.

I also want to introduce you to one of my favorite suites in the new catalog, the Graceful Glass. Here is Brian from the home office to share some tips on using this amazing new product suite …

The Graceful Glass suite by Stampin’ Up! is perfect for any occasions as shown by the greetings in the stamp set.  For those of you who love to color … you will truly fall in love with this product suite because the designer paper is a must have complement to the stamp and dies bundle!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Enjoy the sunshine and your day ~

Fun & Easy Card Layout …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share a card layout with you done two different ways to show you how one fun layout can create multiple card looks!

My first card I created for the Spring Stampin’ Retreat … the idea behind this card was to show a totally different way to use the “Ribbon of Courage” stamp set. We did ours in Black & White but this could have easily been colored with Stampin’ Markers or the Watercolor Pencils ….

I started with the Petal Passion Designer Series paper from the Occasions catalog and the fabulous Petal Passion Product Suite. This sweet -n- simple card has so much dimension just from just a quick run through the Bigshot.

We used two of the Square dies and cut them out at the same time … the inner one is stamped and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting was stamped on the side as it fit perfectly!!

Now … with a twist of your wrist (and cardstock) you have the same layout but from another perspective!

See … with a twist of your cardstock your new card is magical!!  I used the Myths & Magic product suite to create this cute little card, perfect for any little girls birthday card!

I am sad to say … this is one of the stamp sets that is on the discontinued list and will be gone forever in only a couple of days!! The designer paper is a “specialty” paper which means it has Iridescent  glitter designs on one side and colorful all occasion designs on the other!!  Hard to see on the photo but the little bubbles glitter as does the mermaid herself … LOVE IT!!

So … what do you think about this fun, dimensional layout!! Great right and can be done either vertical or horizontal to create many different look … just add new paper!! Our designer papers are fabulous tools to use when you need to create simple cards that look amazing!!

Thank you for checking back with me! I think tomorrow we need to see what’s in that NEW Catalog!!

Have an awesome day ~



Simply Sunday: Design with papers!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share some cards with you that shows how easy cards are to create when working with our beautiful designer series papers ….

Here are the fun designer papers from the “True Gentleman” Designer paper. There a 12 different patterns in our packages so it’s so easy to find the perfect ones to go together for your card.

This one was so much fun to play with … the “Coffee Break” Designer Series paper. Great for your coffee lovers!

The “Picture Perfect Party” Designer papers is one of my favorite paper stacks because it not only has great patterns to use but many are “picture” perfect … like the cute little party favor that I cut out from another pattern sheet and added as an embellishment!! This one is very versatile!

See what I mean … so versatile and each one looks so different! Oh yes … and SIMPLE & FUN to make!!  Another one of my favorites is the Wood Textures Paper stack.  It’s so popular … it will be in the upcoming catalog!! I am thrilled 🙂

Today I will close with cards from our newest designer paper …

Enjoy your weekend and I invite you to stop back tomorrow to see how my cute little card layout will look so different depending on the designer papers you use!!

Thanks for taking time out of your holiday weekend and Sunday to spend a part of it with me.

Guest Stamper: Kathie D.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Looks like summer is upon us!!  I actually had my air conditioner on yesterday and will put the second one in upstairs today!! I believe in being comfortable when I’m at home and I don’t like to sweat … so, if this is going to be my cleaning weekend, I’m putting in the air!!  AND … the sooner I get done with my cleaning – I can get to my stamping and play with all the new stuff I have (yes, I’ve still got a BIG Wish List when the catalog comes out next week)!

Well on with the good stuff … Yesterday I told you I had something good planned and I do, today I’m sharing the WINNING Card from the All Attendee Card Swap at our Annual Spring Retreat! Our winner is chosen by votes collected by the attendee’s themselves. Here is Kathie’s winning card …

Kathie’s stunning card was created with the Flourish Thinlits Dies and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder … got to love that BigShot!!  Kathie gently brought the floral piece around the opening / greeting.  Not sure if Kathie used the punch or circle framelits create the circle but it adds a beautiful layer of dimension.

The floral piece was also embellished with our pearls and it adds a little more dimension and elegance. Our them was “Cards to show we Care” and this one is beautiful!! This layout would work well for any occasion from Wedding, to announce a new baby to Sympathy.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed Kathie’s card as much as we all did at the Stampin’ Retreat…. it is stunning!

Have yourself a fabulous day today … and enjoy the holiday weekend.


A Match Made in Heaven – or Stampin’ Up!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Because perfectly coordinated products have always been one of Stampin’ Up!’s key strengths— they have designed June’s Paper Pumpkin kit as a stepping stone to coordinate with a spectacular product suite in the annual catalog. Wooh!

The uniquely designed June kit and coordinating suite give you the opportunity to expand your creative experience … from crafting with a single kit to creating with a full range of products offered by Stampin’ Up! . . . Wow! Sounds like a match made in heaven!!

Now is the perfect time to try out Paper Pumpkin and see what the FUN is all about, or re-start your subscription! We’ve missed you and the kits keep getting better and better!!

Thanks much for checking out my blog post today! Stop back tomorrow … I’ve got something good planned!!

Have an awesome day!!

Check out the Paper Pumpkin options …