Simply Sunday: Happy Birthday

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today we will keep it short and simple … I know many of you are preparing for your Super Bowl parties!

So let’s begin with our beautiful stamp set “Helping Me Grow” and the hyacinth flower. I chose Perfect Plum and Whisper White for my color combination … simple.


I heat embossed the hyacinth with the White Emboss powder then highlighted the flower by sponging some ink over the flower. It also creates a bit of a shadow around the blooms. Wipe off any excess ink with a tissue so it does not smear.

The greeting was stamped from the Rose Wonder stamp set … you will also notice that I used the die from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. I love that Stampin’ Up! creates their stamp sets to coordinate with each other.


Sweet and Simple … don’t we all love cards like this! Thank you for stopping in.

Enjoy your game day, no matter what you are doing!




Sweet, Sweet Candy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Weekend to you! Many of you know besides being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, a blogger, Mom of 3, grandma of 11 and great-grandma of one … I also manage the candy store in my hometown.

So, what do you think I thought of when I say that little candy stamp in this months Paper Pumpkin kit?

Yep … a sweet but simple card featuring the candy! I used it to create the background …


I wanted plenty of color so I chose the Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cucumber, Watermelon Wonder and Wisteria Wonder and stamped that little candy stamp all over!

Then I chose the “You’re So Sweet” as my greeting and stamped it in Watermelon… that is when I decided to create a banner to highlight the greeting. For a bit more pop of color I added the Daffodil Delight and Crisp Cucumber behind it. (Subliminal message: Green and Gold)

The entire card front was matted with the Watermelon Wonder to make the greeting stand out and then that was layered onto the Whisper White background.


Cute & fun card for any occasion … birthday, sweet sixteen or just because!

Thank you for joining me today ~

I hope your day is filled with fun and lots of color!




Color Combination … put to the test!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

How are you doing this fabulous day?  I’m feeling better every day, so I felt it was time to challenge my brain!   I decided to pick a color combination … then design the card.  What was I thinking?  In reality, it wasn’t that hard.  You’ll understand as you follow me through the steps.

It began with the Sweet Taffy designer paper and my choice of “Pumpkin Pie” …


Once I had the designer paper color, I when through the Color Coach to get my color pallet for my card.  As you can see … Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy completed my color combination.

For some fun and texture I embossed the base of my card with the new “Large Polka Dot”  embossing folder.  Oh boy … this one is going to get used a lot!


With the base done, it was time to adhere the designer paper, I matted it with the Night of Navy and scalloped one edge with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  The combination of these two colors emit a burst of energy!

Next I wanted a focal point that really stood out, so I picked the Hostess stamp set: Bloom with Hope.  This is the perfect stamp set to play with your Blendabilities, and as you have seen if you follow me … I use it a lot.

I used the Pumpkin Collection of Blendabilities, then added the Cherry Cobbler.  These two combined created such a warm and beautiful flower.  The Old Olive collection was used for the greenery and ties in nicely with the color scheme.


I used the Circle Framelit dies to cut out my flower image, then chose the 2-1/2″ punch to mat it because it is smaller & there was not as much of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock showing.   I used the Cherry Cobbler for the mat so it would pull out the cherry highlights out of the flower.

Finally my greeting … I must say, I have wanted to use the “Endless Birthday Wishes” stamp set for a long time, so I pulled the Happy Birthday from there!  This is the cutest stamp set and is Photopolymer.  If you like your stamps clear and stickin’ to your blocks … these are for you!


The greeting was popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I tried really hard to add a 3rd circle (in the flower shop, we always designed with odd numbers) but on this card … it just didn’t work!  Sometimes less is more.

Stay tuned because in the next few days I’ll tell you how you can get the Bloom with Hope Hostess set and a Free color collection of Blendabilities Markers!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and it’s brightens your day a bit.

Take care ~