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 …




Two for Tuesday: Picture Perfect Party

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m back with 2 super cute, super easy cards that you can create with the new Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper stack! I made this easy peasy card with the candle pattern and the Happy Birthday Thinlet …

I used Bermuda Bay and Basic Black cardstock to create the big bold birthday wish on this card. I glued the two pieces together but “off set” them so you get the shadow effect which really makes the greeting pop!

My second card I used the designer paper with the circles on it. I really wanted to make this a FUN card so I used the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and Ribbon …

I also used a touch of black cardstock to mat my designer paper and to cut the “celebrate” greeting. The “YOU” is cut with the Silver Foil paper to create the focal point, and it coordinates with a couple of the dots on the designer paper.

The die cut greetings are an exclusive item that you can get FREE with a qualifying purchase. The Celebrate You thinlets dies are in our Sale-a-bration catalog and it’s our biggest and most fun promotion of the year… Seriously, who doesn’t like FREE stamps and / or accessories … and NOW Thinlets!!

Hope you enjoyed todays Birthday cards … we can never have too many of those.

Thank you for spending a part of your day with me, it’s always nice to hang out with a friend.

Have a great day!



Birthday Alternative ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a special birthday card … my sister Eileen’s. I could not share this card earlier because we just celebrated her birthday yesterday.

I used the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin as my base … and then I changed it up to create a unique birthday card. I wanted to use the beautiful “Happy Birthday” on my card and to do so, I had to change out the top layer of my card …  this is where I decided to use the Oval Dies to create my opening for a shaker card.

When I cut out my oval, I used the outside of my die as a template to draw an “Old Olive” line around the oval … this was to add a bit more of the Olive color to my card.  I used the background, window sheet, sequins and foam strips from the kit for my card.

I added the deer and I did that because I wanted to add a touch of black to pull the color from the greeting and the plaid background. At this point the card was a little masculine so I added the pretty “sparkly” black bow because it tied into the color theme and added a feminine touch to the card. Now … don’t you think that did the trick!

Hope you enjoyed my Paper Pumpkin alternative … a great base to create a very special birthday card.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope your day is a good one.

March Madness: Sale-a-bration Celebration Ends Today

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hard to believe that our Sale-a-bration promotions is coming to an end.  But don’t fret … you have all day today (till 11pm) to place your order. Don’t forget to pick out your Sale-a-bration Freebie and you’ll get FREE cards (with instructions) from me. Don’t let this happen to you …

Now…  a reminder of how this works, and then a review of all 10 cards!

$50 Order: Choose 5 of your favorite cards featured plus a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!

$100 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

$150 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 3 FREE Sale-a-bration items AND Hostess Dollars!!!

All cards you choose will be sent to you fully assembled & with full instructions & tips.

I will post all the cards, then a list of the ingredients as some were used on multiple cards.

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Please note that your card will have the Party Animal Designer Series paper and the coordinating cardstocks. Otherwise the overall design will remain the same, as will the directions.

Card #4

Card #5

Card #6

This is a double card which means  the small card opens up to another flap (right side) that also opens!

Card #7

This is a stop card and was designed to fit into a normal A2 card envelope!

Card #8

Card #9

Card #10

Pick your 5 favorites or get them all …

$50 Order: Choose 5 of your favorite cards featured plus a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!

$100 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

$150 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 3 FREE Sale-a-bration items AND Hostess Dollars!!!

All cards you choose will be sent to you fully assembled & with full instructions & tips.

And our Ultimate Starter Kit also ends tomorrow  …

Contact me with your questions, or concerns on either the card or the kit promotion.

Don’t delay both end tonight at 10:55 pm.

Thanks so much for hangin’ out with me today.

Have a wonderful Friday ~


A Review of the products used in our March Madness Cards …


Celebrating National Women’s Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a card to share with you that was “in my head” when I prepared for my Technique Clubs this month.  We are “creating” backgrounds. Back when I started we didn’t have all the beautiful designer papers that we do today so it was fun to learn different ways to create a background – in class they are doing the “Emboss Resist” and Sponging. Today’s card is basic stamping …

For all the cards, we used the “Beautiful You” stamp set, pretty good timing since it was International Women’s Day yesterday!! I will share those with you when my classes are done, I like to surprise my stampers.

Our background is simply stamped with the “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” stamp, and I did color on color and my choice of color is “Peekaboo Peach”, one of the 2016-18 In Colors. I love this technique because it is subtle you easily seen, and the font on this stamp is very forgiving … you don’t notice if every time you stamp it’s not exactly perfect.

My focal point is the “women” image … she was stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits. I then stamped the image onto the coordinating sheet of “Envelope Paper”.  I’ve used this several times as a designer paper or to line my envelopes and now to “dress” or image!

You could just leave the card as it is, in it’s simplest form … or you can embellish it by adding some flowers around a part of the oval or some pearls, either way is a cute card and who wouldn’t want to be told they look gorgeous on their birthday!!

Thanks for checking in on me today.

Have a wonderful day … and celebrate being a women!


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!


Birthday Across the Miles …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you a card that I used as a Make & Take at Kathie’s workshop. I’d like to thank Kathie for inviting me into her home to share my passion of stamping. It was so great to see old friends and meet new stampers! What a great group.

Kathie’s guests ranged from “never” stamping before to stamping longer than me … and I’ve been doing this for almost 17 years. Time flies when you’re having fun!! My challenge was to come up with Make & Takes that were easy for newbie’s to do, yet fun enough for seasoned stampers.

Here is what I came up with ….


I chose one of my favorite bundles … the “Lift Me Up” bundle found on page 10 of the Occasions Catalog.  We talked about how easy it is to create a card using Designer Series paper – here you see the “Carried Away” Designer Series paper (Free with a qualifying purchase).

Of course stamping is easy … Stampin’ Up! creates these great stamps and we just use ink and paper to create something fun and cute! We simply stamped our greeting in Night of Navy and then stamped the small Hot Air balloon from the stamp set in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron cardstock.

Ok … they’re thinking this is fun, and easy! While we were at it, we stamped the inside of the card as well. Again the salutation in Night of Navy and the balloons in Mint Macaron. Then I pulled out the BigShot!


Ohhh… don’t be scared, let me show you have easy this is!  They took the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and set it on the Precision Base Plate on top of our BigShot platforms and rolled it through. Check to see if it’s all the way cut through, yes …

OK, now let me show you how easy it is to get all the little pieces out of this balloon die (enter … Die Brush) Man – that little brush really knocks out all those pieces. And it’s fun!!

Wow … all we have left to do is secure our Hot Air balloon. You can either use the Fine Tip Glue pen or the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Can you believe it!! You just made that card … it wasn’t hard at all. Three simple steps combined can create a fun, layered card.  Did you notice that by stamping the small balloon in the same color as the cardstock gives that appearance that it is farther away than your focal point – the balloon done with the glimmer paper.


Now is a great time to have a Stampin’ Party because not only do you get your hostess (rewards) benefits … Your guests have the opportunity to earn FREE goodies too!! I’d love to stamp with you and your friends … contact me, and we’ll set something up.

Thank you so much for dropping in today ~

Hope you have some fun today!

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More on Birthdays

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share another video that highlights a birthday card kit!

Stampin’ Up! trainer Brandi and her daughter Lily Jane, share some tips and tricks for the Birthday Bright Project Kit–a brand-new kit in the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog.

I thought it was so cute to see Brandi’s daughter Lily Jane showing us how to make this card.  You’re never too young or old to stamp!  My granddaughter started stamping when she was 4 years old … and I have many stampers that are well (shhhh) we never tell a women’s age!!

This kit is awesome and the cards are so cute!  Twelve cards with envelopes and 12 gift tags and the cute storage box… wow! Don’t forget the envelope template … how neat to have that for all your future mailings.  I now have this on my next order!! Let me know if I can order one for you, or just click on the pictures below and you can shop directly from my on-line store.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today.

I hope your day is a good one.

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …



Birthday’s & Balloon Adventures …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Tuesday to you!  Today I’m going to share with you a video of a great new product that was introduced in the Occasions catalog, the Balloon pop up die …

Watch Stampin’ Up! trainer, Brandi, give some tips and tricks on using the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits.

I love learning all the tips and extra things you can do with a product before you purchase, that’s why I love to share these videos with you.  If you want “hands-on” …. invite me and some friends over and let’s have a Stampin’ Party. 

Now is a great time to host a stamp party, it’s Sale-a-bration – You and your guests can earn FREE products! Maybe we can even get you this bundle for FREE too!

Let me know if you have any questions with the products shown here today, or would like to host a stampin’ party!  Stop back tomorrow and see what I’ve come up with using this fun product suite.

Thanks for checking it out, see you tomorrow.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Timeless Tags Card & Class Annoucement

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this fine Monday?  Me? I’m great … starting a much needed vacation! So while I got my computer running better, I’m power blogging so I don’t miss a beat while I’m gone.  I’ve got some great cards to show you this week!

Today we’re going to step it up a notch.  Yesterday I share two cards with you that used the “Falling in Love” Designer paper and the “That’s the Tag” Bundle, so today I took the pink card and I’m going to show you how you can “step it up” ….


We are taking the pretty flower cut from the Timeless Tags Framelits Die and we’re going to mount it to a piece of coordinating cardstock – Sahara Sand and then cutting out the same image in two different colors so we can “piece” those pieces into our original frame. Here are the results ….


Isn’t that pretty! The colors coordinate so nicely especially against that Bokeh background on our designer paper.

I have some great stampin’ tips for you when using this technique.  Mount the frame of your image onto your mat before you begin … I use the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Set it aside for now.

When die cutting your colors: Only use a small piece of Pear Pizzazz to cut out your leaves, you do not need the entire flower, pop out the pieces you need and mount them directly into your frame. Again, I use the Fine Tip Glue Pen and put the glue into the recessed area of your frame.


Next, I used Blush Blossom for my petals – I die cut the entire image.  DO NOT POP OUT YOUR PIECES (Petals) Take them out as you assemble them, that way you will know exactly where that piece belongs.  When you are all done with your petals, you can pop out the other pieces and save your frame for the next card!


Lastly, I cut the center of the flower with a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz. I also did a bit of paper piercing around the edge of my flowers center.

You could use a yellow if you wish, however I thought using just these two colors worked best and really brought out the sparkly color from out Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper Frame.


Hope you enjoyed my “Stepped Up” Timeless Tag card.  If you would like to learn how to do this “Hands On”- I’m hosting a TIMELESS TAG class on Wednesday, February 15th. / Cost $60

This class will include: That’s the Tag Stamp Set, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Paper Piercer, Stampin’ Mat and a minimum of 3 projects! Wow, that’s a basket full!!  BUT WAIT, I’m not done – YOU also qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item of your choice!! A $75+ Total Value!!

MUST RSVP by FEB. 1st, 2017 to ensure we get all your supplies & goodies ordered by class time.  Limited seating: 8 attendee’s per class.  I will schedule a second if the first class fills.

You will learn: Hands On the Paper Piecing / Puzzle technique used on today’s card, plus additional tips and techniques that highlight the fabulous dies and stamps in the “That’s the Tag” Bundle!!


Hope to see you in my Timeless Tags class. You can also RSVP by calling me at 262-334-1009

Thank you for joining me today, I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

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Simply Sunday: That’s the Tag

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a simple and easy cards for you that delights the eyes with our beautiful “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper. The possibilities are endless when you teams this designer paper with the “That’s the Tag” Bundle!

On the first card I chose the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper that had the delicate flower pattern. The color is Sahara Sand so I used Very Vanilla as my base and my tag.  I stamped the tag with the oval dot pattern and the thanks from the “That’s the Tag” stamp set from the bundle of the same name.


I then added the pretty little “Falling in Love” embellishments from the Falling in Love suite. I placed them to align with the pattern on the paper and to anchor the greeting. Simple!


My next card, I again used the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper but chose the “Bokeh” style paper. Bokeh, which is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh, refers to the wonderful out-of-focus light and shapes. The color pallet on my card is Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand.


On our first card we used the simple oval tag for our greeting, on this card we stepped it up with the pretty flower die cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Oh so pretty!

Again, the greeting comes from the bundle and I created a simple banner and then backed it with a touch of the glimmer paper to make the greeting pop.


Simple cards to make but dramatic in texture and design. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards … I will be back with more of the items we used today.  You can see a list below.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Sunday to visit me.

Have a wonderful day ~

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Balloons, Balloons, Balloons … See what the fuss is all about!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you how Stampin’ Up! introduces our new Occasions Catalog! It gives you a fun way of seeing what these fabulous stamp sets and accessories can do … in motion! Take a look …

 Wasn’t that fun!!  How do you like the new “tool” set? Great for the much desired “man” cards!!  Now, I have another video for you to watch  …

Watch Stampin’ Up! trainer, Brandi, give some tips and tricks on using the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. Contact me to order yours or visit to order yours today!

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! I hope you enjoyed the videos.

Stay warm Wisconsin … and everyone, have an awesome day!







Wonderful Birthday Wishes

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you a sweet card to celebrate a friends birthday, and what better way than to send a “Basket of Wishes”. This is the stamp set that creates the focal point of your card.

Let’s begin with the “Pretty Paisley” textured embossing folder … this is your first step in creating this card. I love the way the oval encompasses the greeting and our dragonfly, then brings your eye right to your focal point … the basket of flowers.


The basket and flowers were simply colored with multiple markers … you could watercolor with the Aqua Painters is you wanted a more subtle look.

Our cute little dragonfly comes from the “Touches of Texture” stamp set found on page 141 of the Annual catalog. There are no rules that say you can’t mix and match stamp sets, in fact, Stampin’ Up! designs many of their sets to coordinate and flow with each other … Love it!

Just a quick post today to get you back to your weekend, but I appreciate that you stopped in to check out my blog. Thank you.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

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Time to Celebrate!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m really excited as I pack up all the Make & Takes, Displays, Snacks and more for our Catalog Kick-Off party tonight. I’ll share pictures with you, but today you’re going to get a sneak peak at one of the special cards created for our “My Hero” stamp set board.

The My Hero stamp set is this years Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! donates $3 for each stamp set we sell, so I created 7 really cute cards to showcase how versatile this set is … two of which are Make & Takes, the other 5 will be raffled off at the end of the night!

Today’s card is the “Celebrate” card and I teamed it up with the totally fun “Festive Birthday” Designer Series Paper and Festive Impression Embossing Folder …


The designer paper and the Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise cardstock just scream … Fun! Fun! Fun! I turned them into banners using our “Triple Banner” punch, then I added the new “Enamel Shapes” to anchor the end of the banner.

This card is just waiting for the party! Are you ready?

Thanks so much for dropping in today.

Enjoy your Monday.






Just for You ~

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m back with a dazzling birthday card for you! Today’s card is full of fun and ready to party. It all begins with the “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper.

So many fun patterns to work with and when you team it up with the “It’s My Party” cardstock pack you could have endless cards … just add a stamp set! I used the Botanicals for You stamp set in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.


I highlighted the designer paper by adding Silver Glimmer paper as a mat. It just adds enough sparkle to really make the card shine. Speaking of shine … I added stars which I created with the Star punch and framelits.

Stampin’ Tip … To create the double layer star like you see on my card, punch the small star out of the Silver Glimmer paper and then use the smallest framelit to cut out the star. It’s much easier than trying to punch out the center of the framelit star.


Quick and cute for today … Wanted to keep it on the simple side because I did not post my Simply Sunday this week.

I will be back tomorrow with the weekly deals. Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have a really nice Monday ~






A Little Something for You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you one of the cards we made at my “Birthday Bash” class. What an awesome turnout … two great nights full of fun and fabulous stampers!! Love you ladies ❤

The class focused on the “Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies” and different ways to use them, plus some great tips and techniques. You’ll want the “Bundle” … we used the “Party With Cake” stamp set on some of our other cards.


This card shows that you can use your pop up die cut as a stand alone greeting … we snipped it away from the die cut and mounted it onto a doily!

Our designer paper comes from the “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper stack and teamed it with the “It’s My Party” Cardstock Pack.  I love the cardstock packs … it’s a great way to get the colors you need for your designer paper without breaking the bank and buying 3 full packs of cardstock!!


Our fun little balloon comes from the “Party Punch Pack” which is bundled with the “Party Wishes” stamp set.  Our inside saying “a little something for you” comes from this bundle too and stamped in Melon Mambo.

On this card you can see our balloons are tied down with the “White Bakers Twine” … my other class used the “Linen Thread”.  Either one works great.  Glue dots came in handy throughout all our cards!


Don’t forget the Stampin’ Dimensionals … a must have to pop up your balloons.

I just love this card … quick and easy to make and it’s totally FUN 🙂

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed making it.  Stampin’ with friends makes for the best evening… it just throws all those stresses out the window! We all know “Laughter is the best Medicine”


I would love to do a stamp party with you and your friends, or just join in one of my classes.  Check out my “Classes & Events” tab at the top of the page.

Thank you for “POP”PING in on my blog today …

Hope your day is a great one!