Simply Sunday: Beauty of the Earth Card Parade

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a treat for you today … a simple yet beautiful Slim Line card and a parade of other cards that were created from the amazing Beauty of the Earth Suite. I will also be sharing some fun techniques on these cards so, grab a cup of coffee and sit back with me while we go through these creative gems!

First up is my Slimline cards, this card fits in a business size envelope … I’m using two different patterns from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and joined them together with the pretty Gold Fine Art Ribbon; it has a touch of sparkle, so I had to add the Genial Gems to keep the sparkle going.

The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set / bundle. I chose the Cinnamon Cider as a mat and Merry Merlot as my card base … they pull those colors out of the designer paper. I find this suite / bundle very gender neutral … who wouldn’t love these cards!

My second card I’m using the same pattern of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper and the Beautiful Trees dies. Another simple card when using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set included in the bundle.

Ready to see another card using the same paper? The amazing thing is that each one looks sooo different! I used a landscape layout verses the portrait as I did on the first two cards and created this unique card. I also used Night of Navy on this card to pull out the blue in the designer paper.

I created the frame with the Stitched Rectangle Dies … I love this look, it’s new and fresh and highlights the designer paper. I added the tree and greeting from the bundle …

Now lets change things up a little by using a different pattern from our Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and a fun technique … the “Split Card Technique”. I’m using Old Olive and Early Espresso to coordinate with my designer paper. You can watch the video to see how to create this card yourself by CLICKING HERE!

Yesterday I shared the next card with you … the card base is Early Espresso and so is the tree itself, it made the Misty Moonlight designer paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper really pop, and when I added the leaves to the trees … WOW! The leaves on the bottom are just another die cut of the top … just cut up into smaller pieces to lay upon the ground. So pretty!

The last card I have to share with you, used the same watercolor background paper but I’m changing up the seasons. Once the leaves are gone … well, winter comes next, and it makes for the perfect Christmas card …

I just love this card and I used the Chalk pen and Wink of Stella to add snow to my tree! How fun is that! I just wanted to show you that this is not just another tree set, but a bundle / or suite that can be used for any season … or any reason!!

Don’t forget it’s Sale-a-bration and you can get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog with the purchase of the suite or the bundle!! If you choose the suite … just add on a few more items and you’ll have enough to get my FREE Delicate Dahlia Class!

Thank you for joining me this Sunday for my card parade, I hope you enjoyed the many styles of cards. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stop back tomorrow because I have another card that will knock your socks off!!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you 

Simply Sunday: Thinking of You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for a “color challenge” I presented to my downline. I posted the challenge on my “Star’s by Design” (private)  facebook page … it’s a place for my team to share ideas, card samples, techniques or just chat.


As I celebrate my 16 years with Stampin’ Up! I realized …

We as women have more opportunities available to us today than ever before in the history of the world. You have the freedom to start your own business, travel the world, and make enough money to pay off some bills, family vacation, or more! The amount you earn is up to you with Stampin’ Up!.

If you want to, you can reach for the stars and follow your dreams—and the only person that can stop you from doing it is you.


The one thing I cannot put a price on is the friendships I have built over the past 16 years. My customers turned friends, my fellow demonstrators, and my downline … the beautiful ladies who have joined me to begin their own journey.

You know I have to say it… I want YOU on my team by our next gathering.

I want you there for your OWN sake, because you’d be having the time of your life, and I want you there for MY sake, too, because I want to meet you and stamp with you and watch you become part of this wonderfully inspiring group of women that have gathered together under the Star’s (by Design).

Knowing them has changed my life, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch the beauty of their growth unfold before me.  Let’s chat about bringing you into our wonderfully inspiring group! Email me: or call 262-334-1009

Now to my card share … Back to Basics! Simply stamp, add some ink colors and my Wink of Stella brush!  My ink colors for our challenge are: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon and Pear Pizzazz.


I used the “Corner Garden” stamp set from the annual catalog. Don’t forget to team up items from the annual catalog with the Occasions catalog … they work well together!

I pushed my ink pad top into the pad to create a ink pallet and then using my “Wink of Stella” brush … I simply pulled the color from the ink (do not pull color directly from the ink pad itself) and then colored my images.

This actually reminds me of those new coloring books for adults … so if you like to color, this is a great stamp! My greeting comes from the “Suite Sayings” in the Occasions catalog.

Again, Let’s chat about introducing you into our wonderful group of star’s … who inspire & have fun! Email me: or call 262-334-1009

Thanks for stopping by ~

Have a beautiful Sunday!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

Our Stampin’ Retreat Swaps to Share ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine turned out great … I FOUND MY SWAP CARDS and will be sharing 3 of them with you today!!!


I have been looking in every bag and container that I brought back from retreat and could not find them anywhere. But today as I was going through my kitchen, I saw the little bag tucked nicely on the shelf and there they were!

It appears that I did not want anything to happen to my swaps so I put them on the shelf to keep them safe while I unpacked everything from the car. Oh my gosh … I couldn’t believe it, but I am so happy.

So today, I would like to share 3 of those cards with you …

Our first swap was done by Kathie D. She used the very versatile “Work of Art” stamp set in the delicious Blackberry Bliss!


The second card is from Cheryl G. She used our ever popular “Lovely as a Tree” and created a beautiful winter scene by adding snow with the help of the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set.


Last but definitely not least (This one won the card contest) is our swap from Meg … she used the new “Ornamental Pine” and a touch of glitter glue to add that holiday sparkle.


Each of these stamp sets can be used for so many different occasions, they should be a staple in your stamp collection. I know most of you already have “Lovely as a Tree”.

I think my stampin’ friends do a spectacular job … there was a lot of talent at my Holiday retreat! We all had a great time. I will be sharing more swaps with you next Monday.

Stop back tomorrow to see how I used the “Ornamental Pine” for an upcoming birthday, and yes … It’s a masculine card!

Have a great Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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