Oh Happy Day!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m back today to share 2 cute cards with you.  The card that was in my head did not come out the way I wanted … seems I can’t manipulate a stamp on paper like I can in my head! lol  So the first card I’m sharing is actually the second card I made.

If you remember the Paper Pumpkin cards I shared yesterday …

Well, I took the parts of 2 of these cards to reconstruct “my alternative”!!  I started with a Whisper White card base and added a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock after embossing it with the Subtle embossing folder.

I then took the bright and fun card front from their “Your Amazing” card and added it to my card front … I did put a piece of velum behind it, this was included in the kit.  I thought it looked a bit like a rainbow of different colors of course, so I added the clouds from the “Hey” card.  Here is what I came up with …

It’s on the simple side but it’s Oh so colorful and looks like a whole lot of fun!!

My second card is part of what I had in my head when I was thinking about what alternatives I could do with this “colorful” kit.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the unicorn from the “Leave a Little Sparkle” for my alternative … the bright colors in the kit was a perfect pairing.

I started with the bright card base from the “Hey” card and then cut the base of the “Your Amazing” card (above) and added it to the front of my cardbase… this is where I stamped my greeting …

Oh my gosh … my granddaughter is going to LOVE this card!! To highlight the beautiful unicorn, I colored his mane in multiple colors and then added Wink of Stella. Oh how I wish this would have shown up on the picture … it is amazing!  To finish off my card, I added those cute little embellishments that were in the kit as well.

I love playing with these kits and seeing how well they pair up with other stamp sets … don’t forget, you get a stamp set in each kit!  These are exclusive to the Paper Pumpkin kits.

Hope I’ve added a little more fun and color to your day today. If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and give it a test run, I have the links listed for you below.

Thank you for stopping back and joining me today.  Hope your weather is as beautiful as ours is here today.  Enjoy …

Here are links to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin or the “Leave a Little Sparkle” stamp set ….

Say It with Color …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

They say the sunshine is coming out today!! And guess what I got in my mailbox … yup, my Paper Pumpkin and … my pre-order from the NEW Catalog comes on Friday!!  Maybe I’ll do a Facebook Live so you can see what I got!! I want more … just saying!!

I’m so excited that this kit features the NEW In-Colors and rainbows!!  I’ve got some cute ideas to share with you tomorrow for an alternative project to the kit … I will also have samples in the near future as I think this kit would work great with some catalog stamp sets!

This kit is so fun … I can see why it “Sold Out”.  Don’t let that happen to you for our June kit.  This exclusive Sara-inspired Paper Pumpkin kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. It includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to help you create a box full of cheer. Once you’ve made all the cards, use any leftover pieces to decorate the box. Fill it with yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine! Watch our video to see more …

I’d like to invite you to try out Paper Pumpkin … these fun kits come directly to your home.  Enjoy putting them together as is, or play around and create your own projects.  There are always left over supplies so you can keep playing … besides, the stamp set included will last forever!

I’ll meet you back here tomorrow to share an alternative project and a little something else!!

Thank you for joining me today… hope yours is a good one.

Here are quick links to bringing “Fun to your Doorstep” …


Ornate Garden Suite …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you an exciting sneak peek into the new catalog. It’s a bit more than a sneak peek as you can purchase this wonderful suite before the catalog release date.  Let me show you more about this suite with a quick video and then some beautiful samples …

OH … the border dies and beautiful!! And the flowers are blooming right on time.  I can’t wait to get my hands on on these!! Let take a look at some of the samples …

You will see a nice selection of what is included in the product suite on this card.  The beautiful designer paper is blooming with color!  The delicate die cut mat behind the greeting, which is then highlighted by some stamped images and adorned with the beautiful ribbon.

This pretty card shows off the pretty embossing folder, upon that is layers the stamped floral arrangement.  The greeting is embellished with some of the cute die cut flowers and all tied up with the ribbon.

This little cutie was created with the designer paper and then lightly colored. The flowers dance across the card with this edgelit die … one of my favorites!! There is just so much you can do with this suite.

Here is a list of all the goodies inside this “early release” product suite: The Ornate Garden …

This is your first official peek at a product from the new annual catalog; and you’ll be able to buy it right away! So don’t wait. Be the first to have this early release suite from the upcoming catalog so you can start making beautiful cards to share with your friends & family!

Thank you for the visit … I can’t wait until they are no longer virtual. I’m itching to get back to my regular “in-person” classes.

Enjoy your day ~

Background Technique: Using Dies for Inking Backgrounds

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Not sure how you feel about it, but the weekend sure does go by quickly! However, I have been busy playing with my stamps. Yesterday I shared a cute -n- quick card that highlighted the Honey Bee Bundle.  Here are my samples in both the portrait and landscape format.

Today, I’m going to share with you a fun technique that I found on Pinterest and wanted to share with you.  If you don’t have designer paper, this is a fun way to create a background … Use your “dies” as a stencil to create your background!!

I laid the smooth side against my cardstock and held it tight with my fingers, however, you can tack it down with washi tape or post it notes, and then you use your sponge daubers to dab ink within the die to create your background!  If you don’t like that you may get ink outside of the die … just die cut a piece of scrap paper and use that as your template.

You will notice that my card is pretty much like yesterday’s except for the “hand sponged” background and a couple more bee’s!! Of course … I did add the Wink of Stella to this one too.  I don’t know what it is, but it makes it look like gold!

The beehive is stamped in Crushed Curry and embellished with a swam of bees … well, we did create a honeycomb so they were busy creating the sweetness for this card.

So … what do you think? Fun background? I like getting my money’s worth out of the products that I buy and I can use them for more than one purpose … well, it draws me like bees to honey!!

Thank you so much for stopping back to check out my background technique.

Wishing you some sunshine and happiness today.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


Simply Sunday: Wishing You Sunshine …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

How are you on this rainy day? Well, I have a little sunshine to share with you today! Straight from the Honey Bee bundle. This super sweet card is easy to recreate and is sure to bring sunshine into the life of the person who receives it.

I realized that the designer paper was from Sale-a-bration but it’s so stinkin’ cute, I had to use it. I will come back tomorrow with another sample for you without the designer paper, just in case you didn’t get your hands on some. You’ll want to stop back and see it … we’ll “bee” creating a fun background.

My Simply Sunday cards focus on creating cute -n- easy cards … basically keeping to stamps and paper. Here I stamped the bee hive in Crushed Curry and the greeting in Black.  Our little bee was stamped, colored with the Crushed Curry Marker and die cut.  Normally I don’t use dies but … it’s much easier to die cut the bee than to hand cut him! lol  If you do have the designer paper, the small bee die will cut out the small bee on the designer paper!!

I added Wink of Stella to the bee hive and my little bee … the person who is getting this card has a sparkle in her eyes and a big fan of all thing glittery!  The original layout was designed as “portrait” but as I was ready to place the hive to the front of the card, I decided that a landscape layout worked better … all based on the bees on my designer paper.

Hope you enjoyed today’s quick -n- cute card and be sure to stop back tomorrow as I share an alternative to the designer paper.

I’d like to Thank you for stopping by today and wish you sunshine and happiness.

Here is a list of the products I used on today’s card…

Animal Outing: Mirror Image Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing some cute cards with a little help from my friends. What do a frog, a giraffe, a koala bear, a bird, a kangaroo and a rhino all have in common? The answer’s obvious: they’re all in this stamp set!  I don’t often buy this genre of stamp sets but I could not resist Animal Outing, and I will miss it when it retires in a couple weeks.

Let me share some cute cards created with “Animal Outing” and the Mirror Image technique I taught with this set.  Our “Welcome Little One” card showcases the Kangaroo and also highlights the beautiful “Perennial Essence” Designer Series paper (Last Sunday I showcased 4 cards using this designer paper). You can view them by clicking on the link.

You will not find this card short of dimension or texture! The die cut background creates depth and our cute little stitched hearts help to create a focal point around our mama kangaroo.

On the second card the rhino gets the glory …

Our Rhino is highlighted with a die cut oval and backed with some scrap pieces of the Dinoraur Designer Series paper … going to miss that bundle too 😦  The die cut leaves and greeting create some added texture and dimension to this card as well.

My last card highlights the giraffe and a technique called “Reverse Image”.  I taught this technique in one of my classes which showcased the Stamparatus! You can see the step by step instructions here.

Now … they might be a little close for today’s “Social Distancing” but never the less … they really do make a cute pair.  I created some added depth to this card by stamping the leaves in the same color as our cardstock; Garden Green. The dimension is added by popping up the greeting and the giraffe from the background … a little Linen Thread behind our greeting adds some texture to the card.

Check out the punches as there are some on the discontinued list as well. You can do so by heading over to my website (Click Here) and then hit “SHOP” in the upper right hand corner. You can go directly to the punches or click on the retiring products.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me. I hope you check out the other cards and instructions I shared with you today.

Enjoy your day ~

Here is a list of the highlighted supplies used in today’s cards …


So Many Wonderful Moments …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you as happy as I am that it is finally Friday?  I don’t think my body knows what’s going on!! lol  First your at home, now back a work … I’m a little flipped upside down. One thing that is stable is meeting with you here each day and share some stamping. Today’s feature stamp set …. Wonderful Moments.

There are many wonderful moments in life. With this stamp set you can make your special events even more unforgettable.

Let’s begin with our very special friends… what would life be without our friends who are there by our sides to support us, and to be there to share all of the special moments in our lives.

It’s so easy to tell someone how much you care when you send them a card telling them how special they are.  You can add texture to your cards by adding a die cut background and some metal embellishments.

Our next card is so beautiful … the watercolor paper teamed with the Soft Seafoam cardstock creates a warm and inviting card, kind of like a hug.

I love that the dress was stamped onto the Bird Ballad designer paper and then cut out and dressed  up our bride.  Now … that’s a quick way to introduce a lot of color onto your card without doing all the work!!

The doily dresses it up and the stitching and bakers twine adds some texture to this card.  So much celebrating you can do with this amazing stamp set … just a reminder, it is on the “retiring list”. 😦

I thank you for hanging out with me today, it is stability in this crazy world. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.

Have a wonderful weekend!