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.


Totally Techniques … “Beautiful You”

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share a card with you from my March Technique Club… it’s totally full of fun techniques. 

Here is the third and last card from my Creating Backgrounds Class using the  “Beautiful You” stamp set.  I begin with the “Delicate Details” stamp set that is in our Sale-a-bration catalog.  I aligned the stamps by laying the large block onto the Grid Paper – that way I was sure they were all straight.

Then it’s inked up with the VersaMark ink … you’ll have to stamp twice because the stamps are spaced closer together.  Once your cardfront is stamped you emboss with CLEAR embossing powder. We are doing the “Emboss Resist” technique.

For the color … I’m also incorporating the “Ombre” technique. The colors are Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo.  I used a Sponge Dauber to apply my ink. (this works best when you start “off” your cardstock and work your way into the card. Blending of these colors is easy and very pretty.

For our lady … she was stamped with the Momento Ink and then colored with the Wink of Stella pen and Bermuda Bay ink refill.  This marvelous pen works just similar to the Aquapainter but with sparkle is included!!  If you have the “clear” pen, like I used here” … you can create as many colors as you have ink refills.  Love this!!  No need to go out and buy different colored Wink of Stella pens, by using the Stampin’ Up! ink refill, you have the perfect way to add that coordinating sparkle ❤ 

Here’s a tip … you could also use the Watercolor Pencils to color your image and then go over it with the Wink of Stella.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, hope your day is a good one.

If you purchase the “Beautiful You” stamp set along with the Wink of Stella and the Watercolor Pencils – you can get the “Delicate Details” stamp set for FREE! Purchase any combination of products below and receive the trio of cards when your qualify for our Sale-a-bration item!  Click on the images below! 



Live * Laugh * Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Here today to share another card from the “Beautiful You” stamp set with a focus on creating backgrounds.  This is card 2 of my trio. The background on this card was created by “Masking” and sponging. Again, going back to basics. Simple yet dramatic.

First we stamped the lady in the lower left hand corner of our card, then we placed the “circle mask” in the upper right hand corner. Using the Soft Sky ink pad, we inked up our sponge and dragged it across the cardstock and mask to create the background. Leaving some white space gives you the illusion of clouds. Remove mask. Stamp greeting.

Then we used Sahara Sand for the lower part of the card. This was mounted onto Basic Black and then “popped up” with dimensionals onto the Sahara Sand card base.

I tried coloring the image but did not like it, so I just used my Wink of Stella brush to color her dress and umbrella! Subtle but very effective.  I think if I would have tried using the new “Watercolor Pencils” … it would have turned out, I used the markers and they were too bold for the rest of the card.

Thank You for stopping by today, hope to see you back again tomorrow for my Simply Sunday series.

Have a beautiful day ~


Here are the products I used to make my projects shown today. You can purchase these and other Stampin’ Up! products at my online store by clicking on the links below each products. During Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 2017.  All $50 orders receive a free Sale-a-bration reward!


Simply Sunday: Friends …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Back today with this simple and beautiful card that you can easily recreate for you friends and family. If you have some larger strips of designer paper, don’t throw it away … use it!  Here is a simple way you can whip up a card…


I began with my designer paper; the Falling in Love designer paper and because I wanted to highlight the designer paper, I teamed it up with the Very Vanilla cardstock.  I also added a touch of the new Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack you can get for FREE from your Sale-a-bration purchase.

If your not into glimmer paper, I thought I would add a touch of lace which comes from the Delicate Details stamp set that is also a Sale-a-bration item and stamped in with Sweet Sugarplum which coordinates with the designer paper and the glimmer paper.

Our greeting comes from the Special Reason stamp set … and cut out from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies from the bundle.


Sweet -n- Simple … that’s how we like our cards!  Thank you for visiting me this Sunday. Hope to see you back tomorrow with another card share.

Have a wonderful day !

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Here are the products used to make my card… You can purchase these and other Stampin’ Up! products at my online store by clicking on the links below each products. During Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 2017, all $50 orders receive a free Sale-a-bration reward!


Good Friends Like You Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing the second card that our Technique Club made in our February meeting.  If you recall, we did the “Peek Through” technique. The layout is almost the same as the card I shared with the new glimmer paper …


We began with a Whisper White base and cut our flower into the Night of Navy.  Our second flower was cut out from So Saffron.  Both used the Precision Base Plate on the BigShot.

We also used the stamp set more on this card as we used not only the greeting but stamped a smaller flower and a leaf as well. Because the small flower, greeting die and leaf are all open dies (not detailed like the flowers) we used the Magnetic Plate. All of the images cut out used the coordinating framelits … Love them bundles!


We tied the entire card together with the Bakers twine. I love that you can see all of the dimension on this card!  We popped up the entire Night of Navy piece along with the greeting and Saffron flower.

You can see step by step instructions on the cutting of the two main flowers on my Wednesday, Feb. 15th post. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

I  thank you for checking in on me and my blog today. Let me know if you have any questions on this awesome bundle.

Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend!

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SNEAK PEEK … Special Reason Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a nice Valentines Day yesterday. As promised I am here today to share a bit more with the Stylish Stems and a sneak peek!

As if Sale-A-Bration wasn’t great already; Stampin’ Up! has added more great to the greatness! Beginning February 21st they will release THREE new exclusive Sale-A-Bration products. Today I’m going to show you one …


YES!! FREE Glimmer Paper … can’t get better than that. It comes in Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay. There are also 2 new stamp sets being released.

Now … are you ready to see what happens when you mix the Special Reason bundle and the new Sale-a-Bration Glimmer paper? Well wait no longer ….


Stunning right! Not hard to create at all. We’ll begin with a Sweet Sugarplum base (which coordinates with the new Glimmer paper) and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Thick Whisper White cardstock.

First take the thick cardstock and cut out the largest flower to create a “peek through” …  the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper will be underneath! Oh but I cannot waste… so I cut out my glimmer flower from the “right” side of the paper.


Cutting the large detailed flower takes two steps, you just completed the first. Next you will use the outline die to actually cut the flower out. Today’s card illustrates both ways to use that die.


I attached the flower to the front of the card using the Tombo glue – it really holds nice (I will also use this to adhere the finished card front onto the base). I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the white cardstock onto the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper.


The greeting comes from the stamp set “Special Reason” that’s in our bundle. I backed that with a piece of the Mint Macaron glimmer paper and then cut out the leaves. Our greeting says: There’s no special reason for this card …  INSIDE: … except to let you know how special you are!

I really wasn’t sure that I needed another flower card, but when I saw what could be done with this bundle, well … I had to have it. The bundle in Clear Mount is $45.75 so if you add the pretty Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon – you can get the Glimmer Paper free (But Remember … it’s not available until the 21st) You will also receive another stamp on your Virtual Rewards card!


Thank you for joining me this Wednesday ~

I hope you have an awesome day!

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Simply Sunday: Peek Through Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today we’re pulling out the BigShot to create our Simply Sunday card, which features the Peek Through technique.  This is the technique my Technique Clubs learned this month and this is one of their cards.

It’s a done in our Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White, in fact, we are using the “thick” Whisper White for today’s technique card. Our base is in the Sweet Sugarplum and our Thick Whisper White is our 4″ x 5-1/4″ front.


We are using the Special Reasons bundle found on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog. These special dies create our “Peek Through” by cutting the flower without cutting the edge so it gives you an almost negative image and allows you to see through to the back ground. It also comes with an outline die that will cut out the same flower … so it gives you two uses!

We used the Precision plate with our flower die and placed it onto our thick cardstock and rolled it through. It cut out beautifully and easily releases the pieces, however if you have the die brush you can use that to hurry the process of removing the pieces.

You can see from this camera angle that the entire white front piece has been popped up which creates a wonderful dimension to the flower and the card.


The greeting comes from the Suite Sentiments stamp set found on page 54 of the Occasions catalog … you’ve seen me use this stamp set many times.  Did you know that the fonts in this stamp set coordinate with fonts from some of the other Occasions stamp sets! Good to know 🙂

The ribbon is the coordinating Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and is used as an anchor to the card. Then just a touch of bling was added to draw your eye around the entire card, and it really completes it.

Thank you so much for joining me this Sunday,

I hope you have a wonderful day.

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