Forever Fern: Step it up Sunday!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share two new cards with you today, both a step up (or “jacked up” if you watch Say Yes to the Dress – lol) from my June 22nd card … Click here to view blog post for this card.

I did take yesterday off to spend time and connect with family who have been going through some medical issues. I’m just happy they are getting better and I’m back in the stamp room!

My first card is a true “step up” from the original Forever Fern card with this punch technique … I’m not sure what it’s called or even if it has a name but I’ve used this several times and it always looks fresh and new …

This “step up” is simple … I added a Just Jade bow and a few rhinestones to add a little glitz to the card. These rhinestones were colored with the Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. With Stampin’ Blends, you can coordinate many of our gems / embellishments with a simple pass of the brush tip.

My next card has the same basic layout but is “stepped up” even more … here we will add embossing on the background and layers to our punched shapes …

I began with Soft Seafoam cardstock. The beautiful texture on the background was created with the Tasteful Textile 3-D embossing folder. Our large punched shape (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″) went from 4 down to 2 and were punched from the Forever Fern Designer Series paper.

I then created 4 small shapes … start with a 1″ x 1″ square and punch opposite corners with the corner rounder that is on the Trio punch. I gave them a slight curl but wrapping them around the Take Your Pick tool … I also used this tool to add the stunning new “Elegant Faceted Gems”.

I had to share this angle of the card so you can see the stunning texture, layers and faceted gems on this card! I kept the greeting the same but punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch.

When you bring all these amazing product together, you can create so many different styles and layers to a card. Just sit down and have fun creating and layering. This product suite amazes me … and keeps calling me back!

Hope you enjoyed my Forever Greenery / Forever Fern cards today … from simple to elegant, this suite is perfect for so many occasions and will delight men and women alike!

Thank you so much for joining stopping back and joining me for a bit today. I have another new stamp set to share with you tomorrow.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

Here is a list of the product I used to today’s 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!

The Daisy is Back!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m so excited to let you know that the Delightful Daisy bundle is back and available to order … I have a stunning card to share with you that we made in my Delightful Daisy class earlier this month. 

Speaking of our Delightful Daisy class…  all the lovely ladies who ordered my special class bundle; Your orders were placed and you will get the $5 Bonus Buy from Stampin’ Up!


I teamed up the Daisy Punch with the awesome new “Wood Textures” Designer Series Paper stack … the Whisper White daisies are striking against the deep wood background.  The touch of yellow from the centers really makes the flowers pop. 

The greeting was created using the “Label Me Pretty” bundle … just stamp -n- punch! We colored the pearls with a black Sharpie™ … I wanted it to look like little nail heads that secure the label to the card.

I love both of these bundles and find them versatile and easy to use! I think the daisies are perfect for sending a little cheerfulness in a card!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card as much as the ladies in my class and I enjoyed making it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today …

Hope your day is full of cheer!




Party Animal & Tee?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So … what do you think of my catchy little title?  Let me explain “tee” comes not from the drink but from the “Designer Tee” stamp set that I used to create the cards.  And … the Party Animal is the name of the designer series paper that I used on my cards! 

Today I have two cards for you, both using the “Designer Tee” stamp set and the Party Animal designer series paper. I hope you had a chance to watch the video yesterday and see how much fun you can have creating with the “Custom Tee Bundle”.

My first card began with the thought of using the stamp with the cake, then I remembered that I had some designer paper that had cake on it!! Love that Stampin’ Up! is always coordinating there products. Once I had my designer paper … that helped me with my color pallet.


The greeting / cake is stamped in Tangelo Tango just like the cake on the designer paper. My card base is Crumb Cake … just like the forks, and then the banners and mat for my greeting was done is Emerald Envy and Pacific Point to pull in the colors of the candles.

I used two punches on this card, the tag punch (Discontinued/ I really need to pull them out of my drawer) and the Best Badge.  It is the Best Badge punch that I used to create my cool banner bottoms. I pulled my cardstock through the front and up (outside) of the punch.

The second card is just a whole lot of fun and so easy to do!!  Again I used the Party Animal designer series paper … love those little dots!! So what better stamp to go with my designer paper than one with a smiley face!  The smiley is done in Crushed Curry – the same as the base of my card, and the words in Pacific Point. 


The circles were punched from Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Emerald Envy.  The punches I used were the 1/2″, the 3/4″, the 1-3/8″ and the 1-3/4″. I love my punches and my dies but sometimes it’s just better to be able to punch, punch, punch! 

Two of the circled were mounted directly to the designer paper, and the other three along with the greeting were all popped up using the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed these alternative cards to the ones you saw in the video. I love showing you different ways to use your products … it’s much more cost effective (and fun!).

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Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow with my Simply Sunday post.


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The Smallest Things …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s card is created with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and coordinating punch. This is one of the bundles you can purchase and save 10% right off the top!

Don’t forget that the Bonus Days are going on now and all purchases of $50 (before Shipping & Taxes) will get you a coupon worth $5 to spend next month!


A simple card really, I began with a Whisper White base and a Soft Sky mat. The stem and leaves were stamped with Garden Green. I then set out to create my flower.

The flower was punched from Whisper White … 3 larger petals and 2 smaller petals. The center of the flower was punched from the smaller petal on the punch out of Crushed Curry cardstock. And finally the base of the flower was punched out of Garden Green from the star like image on the punch.

I put a dab of adhesive onto the bottom part of each of my 3 larger petals, put them together and fanning them out slightly to create the back of my flower.  With a dimensional… I added the Curry petal in the center.


I then began the front piece of the flower … the two pieces were adhered together and  fanned it out to cover the center piece and then popped them up with dimensionals as well.

To complete the flower, I wrapped the star like image around the front and the back of my flower and curled up the sides as much as I could so it appears the flower is sitting inside of it. This image really shows the dimension of the card nicely, including our banner.

The banner was punched from our triple banner punch and stamped in Garden Green with the words from the “Layering Love” stamp set. I love the wording in the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, however I wanted to use this verse because it fit so well with just a single flower. The banner was anchored with 2 pearls to complete the card.


Hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear what you think.

Thank you for checking in on my blog today…

Have a good one!



These two items will qualify you for the “BONUS DAYS” Coupon!

Feelin’ Foxy?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to introduce to you a few friends … they’re a bit punchy but they are a lot of fun! Besides, who wouldn’t love to get a handmade card stamped with a fox, a kitten, a deer, or other tiny critters?


Mix and match the images in this stamp set to create your own wilderness menagerie, then cut them out in a flash with the Fox Builder Punch. Watch and see how easy it is!

Aren’t they just the cutest! And so easy to make … I have the links below, just click on them for more details or to purchase. Remember, save 10% when you bundle the stamp set and punch together.

Thank you for checking us out today.

Hope your day is a good one!




More Tunnel Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Finally Friday … Awesome!  I am back today to share more Tunnel cards with you! The first three are the cards we made in our Technique Club this month.  They all have the same layout, but I used different colors to match the Designer Paper “Cherry On Top”.

The last card will be a spin off of the original Tunnel Card I shared.  I used the same paper, dimensions, ribbon … I just switched out the stamp sets. AND instead of stamping on the inner flaps … I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch. 

Enjoy …

This is our Cucumber Crush “In-Color” teamed up with Melon Mambo. The greeting and inside verse comes from the “A Whole Lot of Lovely” Hostess stamp set.


The inside layout is also the same on all the cards so I’m just showing the Cucumber one today.


This was made with the “Crushed Curry” cardstock with a touch of Marina Mist.


For my last card with the same layout, I used Bermuda Bay with just a hint of the Crushed Curry.


Are you ready???

Remember the cardstock for the original? Here it is …


NOW … Combine those with our “Friendly Wishes” stamp set and this is what I came up with. As you can see, I added a butterfly from Papillion Potpourri and the  Elegant Butterfly punch to catch your eye!


The inside has been stamped with the butterfly too but the bottom right has been punched out to create some awesome texture. Inside greeting also comes from the Friendly Wishes stamp set.


Hope you enjoyed the additional samples, and thank your for stopping back to check them out.

Have yourself a fabulous Friday!!


Today’s Highlighted Stampin’ Supplies ~


Guest Stamper: Linda K.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I missed you yesterday but the flu bug caught me … not surprised with the weird weather we’ve been having! One day it’s almost 70° and the next it’s 34° and slushing outside … YUK!! 

I’m sure that all of us here in Wisconsin are wondering where Spring is?? Even the robins look confused!

Anyhow … I have a special card I’d like to share with you today, it’s a Birthday card I got from one of my stampers: Linda K.


Don’t you just love the big bold flower! It is amazing what we can do with punches. The layers of browns are beautiful and then the pop of Delightful Dijon (or may have been More Mustard) really draws you into the card … Love it!

This is an easy card to make with just a few punches, but with the detail in layering, Linda made this card look stunning. You’ll also notice the pop of the newsprint designer paper … so handy to have around because it works great on so my types (man, women, birthday, etc.) and styles!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card share as much as I did receiving it!  Thanks again Linda for such a beautiful card, and to everyone else who reached out on my birthday. Much appreciated… sure know how to make me feel special.

Have a wonderful day today ~

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Christmas Poinsettia in Red Foil …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a lovely card to share with you that I created for our 2015 Holiday Stampin’ Retreat last weekend. Not sure if I could pick a favorite but this one was at the top … I think it’s the beautiful red foil poinsettia.

I will take you step by step as I create the poinsettia from our “Festive Flower Builder” punch and used on my card ….


First let me begin with the how many pieces I used to create the flower and how I cut my cardstock. I use 1 – 3″ x 6″ piece and 1 – 1-1/2″ x 6′ piece of cardstock. You will punch a full punch on the larger piece twice … then punch 2 more smaller petals and 1 large petal from that piece. On the smaller piece you will be able to easily punch 5 more larger petals for a total of 8.


You need 8 – larger petals, 4 – small petals, 2 double petals (which you will get when you fully punch). You will also need a circle punch as a base.  You can see mine is full of the Tear & Tape adhesive.


Before I begin assembling … I get a little curl by using my Paper Piercing tool.


Next I take the circle base and adhere 4 of the large petals directly onto the base. I add 3 dimensionals on top of the petals in the center to create lift and to help hold it together.


Now layer the next four large petals onto the dimensionals and place them between the first set of petals you placed on your base. I adhere the petals so they almost touch each other in the center. Then I place one dimensional in the center.


The next step is to place the double petal into the center and between the last layer of petals. Before I place the last double petal onto the stack, I add a glue dot to the center to ensure that it holds together well.


To finish off the poinsettia, I colored the Rhinestones yellow with my Blendabilities but you can easily use a Sharpie. I just figured I would use what I have handy at home. Ohhhh … isn’t it pretty!! We did the poinsettia in the red foil and red glimmer paper!


It’s hard to see from this photo but the Whisper White is actually embossed with the “Stylish Stripes” embossing folder and then the center was highlighted the beautiful “Holiday’s Fancy Foil Designer Series Vellum”. I love all 3 of the patterns in the vellum!!

The poinsettia is then attached to the vellum area with dimensionals. I finished off the card with rhinestones that I had colored red.

If you take a peek on the inside of my card … you will see the homestead from the “Cozy Christmas” stamp set.

I really love these pretty flowers, and once Christmas is over, you can begin your “spring” garden of flowers! I’ve been making quite a few over the last few days so we can finish off our cards.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me!

Have a wonderful day ~




Simply Sunday: Spooky

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Before we begin I would like to “WELCOME” all our new blog readers! So glad you joined us and I appreciate that you all take time out of your busy day to visit my blog… Thank You!

As many of you know, my sister and I have been busy preparing for our upcoming Holiday Retreat, so I have decided that I’m going to celebrate the upcoming holiday …. Halloween, by sharing a week long feast of “Tastefully Spooky” cards and more!!

Today’s Simply Sunday post is a quick -n- easy card that is sure to bring a smile to those who receive it. A simple pumpkin created with 3 circles punched for our 2-1/2″ punch. I sponged the edges to create an appearance of dimension that you would see on a real pumpkin.


The cute little face on my pumpkin comes from the “Sparkly Seasons” stamp set. I purchased the bundle and saved 15% which gave the the “Spooky” from the “Seasonal Frame” thinlits dies! I used the silver glimmer paper so it would add that Halloween sparkle to my card.

The leaves come from another bundle (yes, I like things on sale!) the Vintage Leaves and Leaflets Framelits. The stem was just cut free hand … easy!


My background designer paper comes from the “Timeless Elegance” collection. Wait till you see what I did with it on tomorrows card! Remember, I’ll be sharing “Halloween” projects all week long.

Thanks again for joining me today!


TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … Click on any item for details or to begin shopping.         

Thank you.


Just for you ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared a sneak peak at one of our Halloween stamp sets and one of the things I spoke of was the “layout” of the card.

Here is the card I shared with you yesterday …


Here is today’s card with the same layout, just a new designer paper and stamp set! 


I chose Pretty Petals designer series paper stack and teamed it up with the “Watercolor Words” stamp set. I stamped the greeting in Old Olive on Very Vanilla and punched it out using the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch. I followed up by punching out an Old Olive circle with the 1-3/4″ punch.

Then I highlighted the flowers by punching them out and adding a Calypso Coral mat behind it.  The layout is so fun and easy to use … think kids cards, Christmas, Birthday … anything really!


I have added the stampin’ supply list below so you can begin making your cards today! If you need any of the items used today, just click on the link and begin shopping.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a great day ~






Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute card I’d like to share with you! I’ve seen many cards done with this layout so I thought I’d do one for you. Of course … I had to use stars!


I’ve seen this style of card done with butterflies and other shapes too.  It’s easy and so much fun. It’s also a good way to use up some of those scrap pieces!

This card can be used for so many different occasions … especially with the “Hip Hip Hooray” greeting! I embossed it using White craft and White Embossing powder – I like how the white on white really stands out.

When I trimmed off the top of my card front, it was too cool to throw away … so I put it in the inside of my card and added a star!


Here’s a tip … when you want to put adhesive on something thinner than your adhesive, use the Silicone Craft Sheet! You can run your adhesive over the top without making a sticky mess every where else. It’s a MUST HAVE!!

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to visit my blog!

Have an awesome day ~






Simply Sunday … You’re the Best!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a cute card for you, and as promised I have used the “Irresistibly Yours” Specialty Designer Paper and the “Simply Wonderful” stamp set.

Yesterday you saw Brenda’s swap that showcased sponging on the “Irresistibly Yours” Specialty Designer Paper and I have shared in a previous post (Click here to view) how to create a watercolor background with your Aqua Painters. You can also brayer this fabulous paper but …

today I’m going to show you how simple it is to use your markers and just color!


Using my Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo markers (the original Stampin’ Write markers) nothing fancy … I simply colored the first 3 spaces with Pool Party, the next 3 with Bermuda Bay, the next 3 with Island Indigo, then back to Bermuda Bay until all the lines were filled in.

Then I used a “baby wipe” to clean off my specialty paper …. I wiped off the excess in the direction of the lines. Quick & gentle … just enough to get the excess ink off, it also helps soften any lines from my coloring.


Using my 3 colors from light to dark also created the “Ombre” look… a very popular technique!

I did team up the Sale-a-bration items with the Bundle of the “Petal Potpourri” stamp set and coordinating “Flower Medallion” punch that is in the Occasions catalog – page 23. If Stampin’ Up! bundles it … I purchase it, I love the 15% savings!! Gives me more money to buy more goodies!

To finish off my flower, I added some of our Dazzling Details glitter adhesive (glitter glue) to the center. I think it adds just enough glitter without being over powering.


How simple was that!? Just image all the color combinations you can do with this simple technique. This paper is amazing … you don’t want to miss out! Our Sale-a-bration period ends March 31st and all you need to do is make a purchase of $50 before shipping & handling and pick the Irresistibly Yours paper for your Sale-a-bration freebie!

I have the list of ingredients for making this card below. just click on any one of them to see more details or go to my on-line store.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.

Have an awesome Sunday!


Today’s Supply List …

Halloween Scares & Savings …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

On this beautiful Sunday I am going to share with you some Halloween card samples … and savings!  Now days we all have a tighter budget, so why not shop our Clearance Rack!

Today I will focus on the Witches Brew Designer Series Paper It’s priced at only $4.39 and one of my Halloween favorites… Now that’s something to scream about!

I love the Clearance rack, because it may be discontinued from the catalog, but it’s still available and discounted, some up to 80%!!

134925LOn my first card I teamed up the Witches Brew DSP with the Bootiful Occasions stamp set ….



The second of my card samples really showcases the Witches Brew DSP … to view the original post CLICK HERE.



Here is the cute little bat I created with the Witches Brew DSP in the background …


Last by not least is the card that I teamed my favorite Halloween designer paper “Witches Brew” with one of my favorite techniques … CLICK HERE to view the original post.


Oh well … one more!  Here is the cute sign I put up at the candy store.  I thought it was quite appropriate and downright cute!!  I’ll be using that sign again very soon at the Candyman on Main.


OK … ONE MORE!!  This card is one sweet treat!


I hope you enjoyed today’s collection of the Witches Brew Designer Series Paper card samples.  Don’t ever “Be Afraid” to check out all the frightfully awesome products in our CLEARANCE RACK.

Have a beautiful day ~

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Although the Witches Brew states $10.95 … the price at checkout will be $4.39


A Flower for a Friend …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a nice weekend.  I spent a big part of mine cutting cardstock and preparing for the upcoming Appreciation Party.  I really do find it quite relaxing, and quality time with my sister Eileen.

Today I’d like to share with you a simple card with the cutest little punched flower!  Let’s begin with our card base … I am using the beautiful Blackberry Bliss.  It not only looks but sounds yummy!


I paired the Blackberry Bliss with the Whisper White and Park Lane designer series paper and added the Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to soften the edge between the two.

The pretty little flower was created with the Pansy and Petite Petals punches in Blackberry Bliss and Perfect Plum.

STAMPIN’ TIP: The Perfect Plum portion of the flower was created by cutting out one of the petals from the Pansy Punch and then bringing the ends together to form a smaller flower.  The leaves were also created from the Pansy Punch – cutting into the center and then trimming into a leaf shape.


The greeting comes from the Feel Goods stamp set and is stamped in the Blackberry Bliss to coordinate with the card base, flower, ribbon and designer paper.  Gotta love that!


My list of ingredients are listed below for your convenience … just click on the image to view details or begin shopping.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Enjoy your Monday ~



Let’s get this party started …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I just want to send a quick  “thank you” to all those who came last night and helped me kick off the brand new catalog … and the beginning of my celebrating 15 years with Stampin’ Up!

Today I want to share with you, one of the cards the ladies made last night.   It comes from the stamp set “We’re in this Together” … how fitting, don’t you think?  And isn’t that what stamping is about? … Doing something we love, with people we love to hang with, for people we love to give to.


The image was stamped onto a 2″ wide strip of Whisper White using the StazOn Ink pad.  StazOn is what I like to use when coloring.  The tag was topped off with the beautiful new Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.

I love the greeting on this stamp “It’s Time to Celebrate!”… which was strategically picked out for this event. lol (It’s actually on the stamp)

Our party girl was colored in with the new 2014-16 In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers – Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey!  All of these new In-colors pair up so nicely.  I just love working with them, and you will see more of the colors used in the next few posts.

The background is the new Blackberry Bliss cardstock (Congratulations to Barb who won the prize for picking out my favorite new In-color)  Oh my gosh … this color is so luscious!!  It was embossed with the “Perfect Polka Dots” embossing folder.


To add a splash of color and to draw your eye right to the focal point (our stamped image) we added 3 pretty flowers punched from the “Petite Petals” punch.  Of course you must have pretties in the center, so we added the largest of the pearls.

I have a sneak peek of another card in this photo taken of Kris during the stampin’ party…


Congrats to our Door Prize winners … Payton, Ann W., Cindy P., Kris H., Olivia, Kathie, Alice, Janet H., Janet Z., Connie, Cindy B., Karie, Amy, Cheryl, and Marge.  We had 15 winners, one for each year!!  I wish I would have gotten a picture of all my winners together… that would have looked so cool!

We also want to say “CONGRATULATIONS” to Connie for winning the Grand Prize of the Creative Options Tote, Cardstock, Designer Paper, Ribbon Pack, and Buttons, on my!


And what a better way to complete the night but to have my upline, Vicki Towell stop in and surprise me with a bouquet of flowers.  THANK YOU VICKI … that was so sweet and they are beautiful!


It was a fun night, and there is much more fun coming this year!  I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Thank you for checking out my blog today ~