Simply Sunday: Botanical Birthday

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m here today with a pretty and simple card that made a big hit at our Annual Spring Stamping Retreat. Sometimes less is more, and still makes a big statement …


Today it’s a Birthday Card, created with the Exclusive Hostess Stamp set; Happy Birthday Everyone. As a hostess stamp set … it will be retiring and gone for good at the end of May.  In fact, everything except the Mint Macaroon cardstock and inks are retiring.

Our greeting is stamped in Mint Macaroon and complimented with Cajun Craze. The colors were picked from the designer paper; Botanical Gardens. Mint Macaroon was also used for the base of our card and a banner along with a Cajun Craze banner.


The banners were spotlighted with the pretty “Botanical Gardens Jewels” … so pretty and really adds a nice touch to the card. The entire greeting was raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a bit of dimension to the card.

Sweet and Simple … this describes our card to a tee!

Thank you for joining me on this Sunday ~

Have a beautiful day!




To a Good Friend: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all had time to enjoy the beautiful weather, or at least had a wonderful weekend. I took time to make some cards (many events coming up) yet I still got outside for a bit, we even had a cookout … brats and potato salad! Yum … summer food (:

Today I have a technique to share with you … Spotlighting.  It’s not a new technique but I put a little twist to it.  I’ve used designer paper to spotlight. The “Timeless Elegance” paper is so beautiful, with the floral designs it’s perfect to spotlight a piece of it.


I began with two identical sheets and cut out the 4 x 5-1/4 inch base. Then I cut down one of the two pieces to highlight my flower. Just so happens that it was in the center of my card, but it could have been anywhere … for this technique it does not matter.

I colored just the flowers on the designer paper that I cut to highlight – you will see the remainder of the flower on the second sheet. So the technique “spotlight” just means that you highlight a section of your card and put it “in the spotlight”.  Does that make sense?


I used the Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz markers to color with because they are a bit muted and not so bright. I thought it was a good match with the soft subtle design of the paper. I also used the Chalk Marker to bring out the little white flowers … wow, they really popped!

I brought back my “Happy Birthday Everyone” stamp set that I used yesterday for my card today, except this time the birthday went on the inside …


It’s so cute, it could actually be the front of the card! Remember … this is a hostess set that you can earn for FREE with qualifying party sales. (Home party, private party or do it yourself party) Just ask.

To finish off my card I added the “strips” of pearls … I just love them little buggers! Most of the time I cut them apart and I get soooo many more pearls for my cards, but I really do like the string of them for some of my projects (like today!)


Let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate you taking time to stop at my blog and check it out.

Have a wonderful day ~





Simply Sunday: To an Amazing Women

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have my Simply Sunday Series card for you. Simple yet so pretty … it’s the English Garden Designer Series paper that makes this card.  There are so many pretty patterns in this paper pack that it was hard to choose.


I chose the small flower pattern because I new my greeting was a bit larger, so I didn’t want them competing, however I think this cute pattern shines on it’s own.

The designer paper has Blushing Bride in it so that is what I used for the base of my card. I highlighted the Melon Mambo by using it on a portion of my greeting… all stamped on our Whisper White cardstock.

Our birthday greeting comes from the hostess stamp set “Happy Birthday Everyone” … one of my favorites. We all need birthday cards and this one is so versatile, and I LOVE the font!


I wanted to add a little bit more to draw your eye directly to the greeting so I punched the upper left hand corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. You will find this punch on page 31 of the Occasions catalog. And while you’re on that page … check out the Iced Rhinestones I used on the card above the cute little banner.

The cute little banner was punched from Blushing Bride with the Banner punch and adhered to the back of the greeting. The entire greeting was popped up with our Stampin’ Dimensionals.


All my rhinestones were colored with a Sharpie™ marker. I love that you can just color in the center and leave the outer bling as is. It really does get your attention!


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

Enjoy the rest of your day ~




Happy Birthday … Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy 1st day of June!! Today is my last sneak peek because tomorrow you can begin ordering from the new catalog!!

Last week I shared a masculine birthday card using the “Bohemian” Designer Series paper and the “Happy Birthday Everyone” Hostess stamp set, so today you will get the feminine version, and a step up!


To step it up a bit … I used the Labels Collection Framelit (only 2 days left to get this one) and cut out the center of my designer paper.  I did this so our birthday greeting would be highlighted … the focal point of the card.

I stamped the birthday greeting in the Island Indigo and the “to a good friend” in the new Delightful Dijon. The flowers are punched from the “Itty Bitty Accents” punch pack (available in new catty too) and topped them off with our beautiful pearls.


As you can see, I used the Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the designer paper. To make it nice and sturdy, I glued the paper onto a pieced of the Very Vanilla that I had left over from cutting my card base. It adds so much more dimension to the card.

Such a pretty card to give to a friend, and a bouquet of flowers already attached!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful day ~