Field of Flowers: Stepped Up!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Sunday I shared a card with the Field of Flowers bundle and promised to share a “stepped up” version, so today I’d like to share a few tips & techniques you can used to step it up a bit! Here is Sunday’s card ….

The heartfelt greetings and beautiful images of meadows, flowers and a dragonfly allow you to express your feelings of friendship & love. It’s fun to pair with the Confetti Punch to create layered images of blossoms.

Today’s card is layered and I borrowed a sheet of the designer paper from the Forever Fern suite to begin. I added dimension in my greeting by stamping the “Thinking of you” on the Garden Green cardstock this time.

I wanted to change up the look of the designer paper, so I ran it through my embossing machine using the Subtle Embossing Folder … stunning!! It adds a subtle texture which really changed the look of the background … try it!

My card front is now smaller and the focal point on the card. I switched out the Daffodil Delight for the new In Color Bumblebee which gave me the opportunity to add the delightful ribbon that coordinates so nicely. No need to add rhinestones today … I did not want to detract from the overall look of the card.

If you look closely … you will see a “double layer” of stamping on the greens, this added depth and a slight change of color, even though I’m still using the Garden Green … I just didn’t re-ink my stamp. And “no” dragonflies on this card either.

It’s amazing what a little “steppin’ it up” can do for your card. Both are pretty … It all comes down to “your style of stamping”. Isn’t that beautiful?

Thank you so much for stopping back to visit with me today. Join me tomorrow as I share another look at all the new In Colors.

Have a beautiful day ~

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create this card. You can click on any image for more information, or to begin shopping. It will take you to my On-line store.

Simply Sunday: Field of Flowers

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared a card that featured the Field of Flowers stamp set, so today on this “Simple Sunday” … I’d like to share a card that I created featuring the Field of Flowers bundle.

You can celebrate love and friendship with the heartfelt greetings and beautiful images of meadows, flowers and a dragonfly. It’s fun to pair with the Confetti Punch to create layered images of blossoms.

The Confetti Flowers Border Punch, punches out flowers in six different sizes … and you can turn them into easy embellishments by layering them onto your stamped image like I did below …

The larger flowers I attached with “rolled up” Glue dots, and the rest I used the Multipurpose Glue … the centers were touched with a marker to add some color and then a dot of the Shimmery Crystal Effects was added. The larger flowers got rhinestones.

I stamped the greeting front and center in Garden Green to coordinate with my greenery and my card base. The Dragonflies were stamped around the greeting in Pretty Peacock and bedazzled with the Shimmery Crystal Effects on the body and Wink of Stella on the wings.

Thank you so much for taking a stroll through the flowers with me today. Join me tomorrow as I will “step up” my Field of Flowers card.

Have a beautiful Sunday 🙂

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create this card. You can click on any image for more information, or to begin shopping. It will take you to my On-line store.

Simply Sunday: Sneak Peek Forever Fern

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share a NEW stamp set with you today! Yes, it comes with all the bells & whistles in the product suite; dies, designer paper, embossing folders … oh my!!  But today, we are taking it back to the basics; Stamps … Ink … and cardstock. Simply beautiful.

The new Forever Fern is filled with beautifully designed realistic foliage, and will steal the show when you create with this set! Just take a look …

So much beautiful foliage to choose from … I picked 3 different types of leaves, the speckles and the greeting.  There are four ink colors: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce and Pretty Peacock.

The little skinny leaf foliage was stamped in Garden Green, I then stamped the “bushy” foliage in the Pear Pizzazz and the little leaves were stamped in the Shaded Spruce.  The greeting and the speckles were done in the Pretty Peacock.

I love those little speckles … they really do seem to tie everything together so nicely and adds some dimension to a “stamped only” card. This is perfect for beginner stampers as you can get beautifully hand stamped cards with a small investment.

Those of you who have to have it all … well, that is there for you as well!  With coordinating dies, embossing folders and embellishments, you are going to have a blast!!  Don’t worry … I’ll be sharing samples of some “jazzed” up cards for you.

We all need quick cards once in a while and this will fit the bill for either a feminine card or … you can most definitely make a masculine card with this set.

Enjoy your Saturday, and I thank you for dropping in to check out my blog.

Here is a list of today’s card supplies: The Forever Fern will be available for purchase on June 3rd, when the 2020-21 Catalog goes live …


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…

Simply Sunday: Celebrating Women Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Mothers Day to you! Today I have a special post for you … we are celebrating woman with stunning Perennial Essence Designer Series paper and the Strong & Beautiful Stamp set.  The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper features hand-painted impressionistic imagery in rich colors and it’s on sale right now.

Today’s four cards are easy to create, just stamps, ink and paper … and maybe a punch!  Let’s begin with honoring our Mothers today with our Mother’s Day card.  All the greetings used today come from the Strong & Beautiful stamp set.

I wish you could see the beauty of this paper, it really does look hand painted on canvas… stunning! My greeting was stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then just angled for a totally different look.  I think it makes makes the greeting stand out.

The next card highlights the Blackberry Bliss in the designer paper, the soft hues contrast our strong like a diamond greeting.  This is the perfect card to send to a friend who’s fighting on the front lines of this virus right now…

Here is a list of the products I used to make my cards today …

My next card is perfect to send to that friend who is always there for you.  The soft pink flowers on this card dance sweetly across the hand painted background…

I added the pretty little touch of silver by cutting the silver edge off the ribbon and pulling out only the silver pieces … then wrapped it around to create an eye catching embellishment.

My final card is perfect for our 2020 graduates, whether it be high school or collage, these kids have really been through a lot this year. I think the sentiment is perfect.  I used the Everyday Label punch again (it was also featured on the last card) but this time cut it in half so I could use it to make my greeting the focal point.  Couple of rhinestones and your card is complete.

If you like your cards clean and simple, these layouts are perfect … and the Strong & Beautiful stamp with with the Perennial Essence designer paper are a winning combination.  I’ll be back tomorrow using the same combo, but we’re stepping up the card layouts … time for some “Fun Folds”.

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

Have a wonderful Mothers Day!


Celebrating the 2018-20 In-Colors

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have the 2018-2020 In-Colors … a reminder that these pretty colors will hit the discontinuing list in a few weeks!!  We will be saying good-bye to Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel …

Each card is stamped with it’s coordinating color and embossed with the Lovely Floral embossing folder (DISCONTINUED) … Sorry!!

I know many of you have told me these are some of your favorite colors because they are so close to the basic / primary colors.  I’m going to keep reminding everyone that NOW is the time to get your colors … and don’t forget the ink refills … you will want them and you won’t want to find them on ebay later for 10x the price!

LOVELY LIPSTICK: I simply love this fun new color! It’s not quite red or hot pink but somewhere in between to give you a fun … sassy red!

GRAPEFRUIT GROVE … I don’t know how to describe this color other that it really looks like the wonderful grapefruit color you see when you slice open a juicy grapefruit .. YUM!!

PINEAPPLE PUNCH … and speaking of YUM, who doesn’t like pineapple? This color is a soft, sunny yellow that will just bring a smile to your face.

CALL ME CLOVER … Callin’ all lovers of green, you will definitely fall for this one, just like laying in a patch of clover on a warm summer day!  Hmmm … does that bring an image to your mind that makes you want to match this up with another new color? Let’s just wait and see!!

BLUEBERRY BUSHEL …  Another yummy color, this warm blue will really remind you of pint of blueberries. I am really liking this one!

Are you in love with the new In-Colors yet?  I am going to miss this color pallet … it’s new and fresh and complimented our color line.

If you haven’t wandered over to the CLEARANCE RACK yet … you might want to hurry, some of them goodies are going fast.  These are sold at discounts up to 60%.  The retirement list is on it’s way but some items will not be discounted.

I want to thank you for joining me today and taking time out of your day to share it with me.

I wish you a colorful day filled with fun!!




To Santa Christmas Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So happy the weekend is here and hope you have something fun planned! I am continuing on my upcoming stamping retreat but I also have several classes in the works! One of which ties in with todays Super Simple Christmas card …

I used The Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards & Envelopes that made cardmaking easier than ever! Adhere cards from the Night before Christmas Memories & More Card Pack to these card bases, and you have instant cards! The only work I did was to pick out which card I wanted and to pop up the card with the use of the dimensionals.

Not sure if there is an easier way to make your Christmas cards and for those of us who get busy with everything else … I will be hosting a Night Before Christmas Class in early December!  This will be a pre-paid class were all your supplies will be ready for you … they have to be … we’re making 20 cards!! Remember, quick -n- easy … you’ll love this class as you go home with 20 card patterns to recreate because you’ll be going home with the extra cards & envelopes to make even more cards. Watch for the announcement … coming soon.

Thanks much for stopping back to check out todays cards. I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another quick -n- easy showcase of Christmas Cards.

Have some fun today!



Christmastime Simplicity in Gold …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

If your overwhelmed with all that’s going on in life, but love to make your own Christmas cards, I have some great suggestions for you.  Over the next few days, I will be sharing different quick -n- easy ideas so you can hand craft Christmas cards without any stress.

Todays card is easy to make if you have an die cutting / embossing machine … and I believe most of my stampin’ friends do.  We will be using the Seasonal Wreath 3D embossing folder! To make this super simple … we are using the Gold Foil Edged Cards and Envelopes.  There are 20 Whisper White card and envelopes trimmed with gold foil.  These are your regular A2 sized cards so no extra postage will be required!

I slid the pre-scored card into the folder and centered the wreath and then ran it through my machine.  It just fits inside the gold foil edges but looks so elegant!  The next thing we need to do is add a greeting … now, you could stamp a greeting in the center and heat emboss it in gold, but as you can see … I used a die cut greeting.  My greeting comes from the Jolly Seasons set of dies which comes from the Holly Jolly Christmas Bundle in the Night Before Christmas Product suite.

If you the “Merry Christmas” dies from last years catalog, you could use those for your greeting, or you could get the “Word Wishes” dies found on page 197 of the annual catalog.  This set of dies includes 12 dies and highlights 9 holidays!

You could jazz this up by sponging a little gold on the embossed wreath, or color it!  I am sharing quick -n- easy and sometimes, as I’ve said before, less can be more. Enjoy the beautiful simplicity of the card and get your holiday cards done this year.  I will be back with more simply creative ideas for you.

Thank you for joining me today, see you tomorrow!

Have a beautiful day ~

Today’s Stamping Supply List …


Simply Sunday … Using Card Kits for Quick-n-Easy Cardmaking

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you always struggling to come up with card designs? Let me help you by introducing “kits” that work well together.  Today I am taking the base from one of the cards included in the July 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit and pairing it up with some of the amazing contents in the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Kit.  Creating with any of our card kits makes designing cards so easy.

Most of you know that I am a Lighthouse fanatic!!  They are so majestic and full of history … the are the guardians of the seas. OK … a little more about the card now!!  The base is from the July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, then I pulled the rest of the images from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack.

The card pack includes 50 total double-sided cards (2 each of 25 designs), 4 sticker sheets, all Acid free, lignin free and work perfect for scrapbooking or cardmaking.  The background and base are both cards from the pack and then I started adding the stickers. Let me mention that the stickers are not flimsy stickers but sturdy die cuts with adhesive… the stand up well to your cards and scrapbooks.

The rope border, both greetings / verbiage and anchor are all stickers from the card pack.  The adhesive allows you to move it around a bit while you are creating, as long as you are not pushing it down too hard. We all need quick -n- easy cards, and these kits solve the problem!!

Did I forget to mention that the Paper Pumpkin kit has coordinating envelopes as well?  Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber … you can purchase any past kits that are available. Plus … Pinterest is FULL of alternate designs!!


I really love the way this turned out. Did  you know that when you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase past kits as well? So it’s never too late to start …  Click here to get your subscription started by August 10th for the August kit.

If you have earned Bonus Days Coupons last month … you can reap the rewards now!  Bonus Days coupon code that can be redeemed August 1–31. Your Coupon Codes were emailed to YOU … If you have questions, please contact me 🙂

There is still time to get in on the EXTRA, EXTRA! Promotion …

From July 1 until August 31, receive an additional $30 in product for free in your Starter Kit. So instead of $26 for free, you can get $56 in free product (and of course free shipping as always). That’s right! Choose $155 worth of product for $99 + tax!! And if that wasn’t awesome enough, a $10 coupon code will be gifted to you the following month to use towards an order by October 31st.


Let me know if you have any questions about the Paper Pumpkin or our Memories & More Card kits. They really do make creating easy.

Thank you for spending a part of your Sunday with me.

Have an great day!


Using Scraps to Create Beautiful Cards ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

And a Happy 4th of July to you and your family. I hope you are out enjoying the festivities, if that is not your thing, I’m thrilled that you stopped here to visit me! I have a fun card created with the Garden Lane Designer Series paper. I find that designer papers are one of the quickest ways to create fun, beautiful cards and we have so many beautiful papers.

Todays card was created simply with some left over designer paper and scraps … those little pieces we don’t know what to do with but never throw away …lol.  A quilt makes a good pattern, today’s is simple – a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Mint Macaroon base with 4 pieces of Garden Lane Designer paper measuring at 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares.

Adhere the small squares evenly onto the Mint Macaroon base. To add some texture to the card, I added a Clear Faceted Gem to the center with the Mossy Meadow Bakers twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack behind it. Because I added the twine to the adhesive on the gem, you can either use Glue Dots or a small dimensional to adhere the gem to the card.  Don’t you love the dimension and the texture of this card ….

The base is Whisper White and cut horizontally to an 4-1/4″ by 11″ size where you will score and fold at 5-1/2″ (center). The front of the card base has a 4″ x 4″ coordinating piece of Garden Lane Designer paper that is mounted directly to the card base approximately 1/4″ from the top.  The quilt piece described above was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some additional dimension.

The greeting comes from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and is stamped in the Mint Macaroon. This is the perfect layout for any occasion … just change out the designer paper and the greeting!

Thanks again for joining me on this 4th of July … I’ve enjoyed your company!

Have a wonderful day and a safe and happy holiday weekend.









Simply Sunday: Magnolia Style

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another card created with the stunning Magnolia Lane bundle, and it’s super quick to create yet beautiful to look at. I also have some great tips in store for you.  Many of my stampin’ friends are oh so busy, that is why I dedicate my Sunday blog posts to simple cards, and what quicker way to create gorgeous cards that with our pretty designer series paper.  The Magnolia Lane Designer Series paper is one of my favorite floral papers.

With a simple base and a piece of designer paper … you have a beautiful card.  Add your greeting and a pretty strip of ribbon and you’re done! Here’s a great tip for you … While you have your paper cutter out, cut some extra card bases, then cut your designer paper into 4″ x 6″ pieces (then cut the 6″ side down to 5-1/4) Use the extra piece of designer paper to put inside your card 🙂  Why you could create your own little card kit!! Stamp up a few greetings as well and tuck them in little box and tag it Magnolia Lane. You could do this with all of your designer paper packets (even your older ones… makin’ sure we use them)!

On today’s card, my second stampin’ tip is … I let the floral pattern of the designer paper dictate where I would put my ribbon and greeting!  We don’t want to cover up all those pretty flowers, so I found a spot that I felt was made just for my greeting … lol.  I used the greeting from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set in the suite, and punched it out using the Tailored Tag punch. You’ll see I punched the mat (Early Espresso) and cut it in half … I really made the greeting show up better.

The ribbon is not in the Magnolia Lane product suite, but it should be, it matches perfectly and is so elegant.  You will find the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon on page 174 with the other ribbons.  The ribbon pack that is in the Magnolia Lane suite will be featured on tomorrows card.

I hope you enjoyed todays cards and the stampin’ tips inspire you to create your own card kits so making up a card when you need it will be super quick -n- easy. Let me know if you have any questions, or need anything… here to help.

I want to “Thank You” for hanging out with me this Sunday.

I hope you have an awesome day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you would like to purchase any of the items used in creating these cards and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions or would like a catalog, please message me.


A Rosy Thank You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Don’t you just love Fridays!! I do … and I have the day off of work, it can’t get better than that 🙂  Although, I do have a pretty little card to share with you today.  It is from the Everything is Rosy product medley.  Today is the last day you can order this amazing product medley. On this card I showed my “Rosy” class, three fun and easy ways to use the Rose Gold Glimmer paint that is included in the kit … on this card we “stamped”!!

Stamping with this beautiful shimmer paint is only one way to use it, you can also spatter and spritz!!  I have the instructions for all 3 techniques noted in the “Card Instructions” when you purchase the Product Medley from me.  This view shows all the shine … love it!!

Do you see the cute frame around the “stamped” greeting?  That was part of the multiple images we got out of our one pass through the BigShot! They really enjoyed all the stampin’ tips during this class. It’s always my goal to show something fun and new at my card classes.  The beautiful floral embellishment is included in the kit … easy breazy card!!

This view shows a little more detail … sometimes all that shine and glimmer is a little bright for the camera! lol  Not for me, I love it!  The Rose Gold Foil paper in this kit is stunning and so many of the patterns in the designer paper have the Rose Gold Foil in it to coordinate so beautifully.

Please let me know if you have any questions on this amazing kit, just remember if you are thinking about ordering it … TODAY is the LAST DAY.  I have listed the items below for your quick reference or shopping… and I thank you!!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow.



Simply Sunday: Petal Palette Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and I thank you for taking time out of your day to stop and visit my blog.  Today I have a sweet -n- simple card for you, that I created using the Petal Palette stamp set (Annual Catalog – page 119) and the coordinating Petals & More Thinlits Dies.

I used the monochromatic style when creating this card which is done in the Balmy Blue …

My base is Whisper White as was the oval for my greeting and the flowers that were die cut with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I don’t know about you but I feel in love with the Gingham Gala 6″ X 6″ Designer Series Paper … it’s just so “springy”! Reminds me of a warm sunny day. I chose the smaller gingham side (other is wider) and then backed it with Balmy Blue.

The oval was cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die and stamped in Balmy Blue.  As I stated earlier … I die cut the flowers with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies and colored them with the Balmy Blue and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends Combo packs.  They were then popped up using mini dimensionals and embellished with the clear faceted gems (so pretty).

I think the stitching adds the perfect touch to the gingham and those clear faceted gems really make the little flowers pop! Cute yet quick … that’s just how we have to have it sometimes!!

Again, thanks for stopping in today!

I wish you a beautiful Sunday ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


Simply Sunday: Birthday Candles

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

If you are looking to make quick -n- easy birthday cards, look no further than your “Happy Birthday” Framelits die and your favorite designer paper! Today I have selected the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer paper.  It has bright party designs on one side, all-occasion designs with gold foil on the other side—all you need for glitzy and bold projects!

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, gold foil, Gray Granite, Lemon Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White!  I chose the black and white candles with a touch of gold, perfect card for any age …

With a simple Basic Black base (everyone needs a little black dress for the party… right!) and the gold foil enhanced designer paper you are sure to be the hit of the party.  The candles are ageless but this card is for my nephew who turns 50 this year. I put a small piece of Vellum Cardstock behind the Birthday greeting so it showed off even more.

Such a fun and simple way to make a card and you can change who it will go to just by changing your designer paper.

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

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …




It’s Meant to Be

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the last day of 2018 and many of us are reflecting upon the past year, and looking ahead to the new one.  Yesterday I stepped back to the basics of stamping and today I’m just bringing it up a notch plus adding a few stampin’ tips along the way … especially to our new stampers.

I will be using the Meant to Be stamp set again, and I took the other 1/2 of the cardstock we cut yesterday to start todays card…

Using the 1/2 sheet from yesterday, we folded it in half and now we are going to create a background by stamping. This is one of the first techniques that I learned when I began stamping almost 18 years ago.  I’m using one of the small hearts included in the stamp set …

Now we’re going to create a focal point on our card.  You’ve got your paper cutter so we are going to cut a 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White to stamp on.  I figured out the dimensions after placing my stamps on the block.  I use my grid paper to align my stamps and determine the size of carstock I need to stamp on.

Adding both stamps on one block is a great way to get perfect placement each time you stamp.  I do however ink my stamps differently.  I flip my block upside down and ink the stamp by tap, tap, tapping the ink pad onto the block … It is much easier to see where and how much ink you are placing on your stamp images!

When your ink is applied properly and evenly you will get a sharper, crisper image … and because you can see where you are inking your stamp (and you don’t “PUSH” stamps into the ink) you won’t get that inky mess on your blocks!

Now that our “focal point” is stamped, we are going to back (or mat) it with the beautiful Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet which you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase during our Sale-A-Bration!

To finish off my card and attach the “stamped focal point” … I used our Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some dimension to the card. These are a must have in any basic stampers (or advanced stamper) stampin’ tool kit.

As I reflect on this past year I don’t think I could have chosen a more fitting greeting; Meant to Be, because being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family was truly “meant to be”.

Thank you for joining me today and for being a part of my family of stamping friends ~ Stop back tomorrow as I take it up to the next level of stamping.

PS.  You are welcome to join my family of Star’s anytime … and during Sale-A-Bration, they are offering an amazing package when you join this journey of stamping, friendship and fun.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: Please note that the “Meant to Be” stamp set is not available until January 3rd.