Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Hello there!! Gonna be short and sweet this week! I am packing and off to the Annual Stampin' Up! convention tomorrow! I will be hanging with somebof my peeps from this blog hop!  

It's a short one this week! Welcome from Robbie's blog & head on over to Sandy's blog when you are through here!

Here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! Colors:

Sorry for the poor picture quality! It's late & my camera is packed! The cell phone did an ok job though.Believe it or not the card base is actually Smoky Slate! lol

The Sprinkles if Life set is perfect for this week's little heat wave here in New England! Probably not S hot as some places but still my kind of weather!! I'm sure to experience it in Salt Lake City! Bring it on!!!

I will be blogging from SLC SO BE SURE TO CHECK BACK & see all we are learning!! Oh, and the fun we are having too!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, July 17, 2015


Phew! I'm so glad I got my entry in for 
this week! I am in a "swap fog" getting all my swaps ready for the annual
Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City next week!!! But this is a fun simple card!

So this week we are looking at Tall & Skinny-anything not a normal 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card! This one isn't super skinny, but it's definitely taller! 
It's actually 6 3/4 x 4.  Qualifies!

It's a simple card without much stamping! Only the sentiment from 
A Dozen Thoughts and a striped pattern to add some umph from 
Gorgeous Grunge. The star of the show here is the beautiful 
English Garden DSP! What a lovely paper pack this is! Lots of different colors to choose from!   

The fancy bow type thingy is the White 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon sort of shredded! Then I used a Stampin' Marker to color it! Tied it in a bunch & glue it on! 

All in all, it's a simple pretty card! Now I need t find an envelope to fit! Oh, I know! I'll take out my Envelope Punch Board & get to work-AFTER convention!

Now go check out The Paper Plunge & see what's hot over there! 

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Hello hoppers! Welcome to another edition of 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!

You may be hopping over from Helen's blog!  Next is Liz's place! Be sure to visit!!!!

Here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
This week I decided to revisit an old friend Amazing Birthday! Haven't used it in awhile, but I needed a birthday card. So I pulled it out! This stamp set is not really "me", as lovely as it is. But I like the way this came out.

This is what is called a Latch Card! The front of the card "latches" under the little circle bobble at the top! Just an extra little diddy to make it kind of a fun treat for a birthday card!

You may be wondering what the diamond shaped paper is? That's our amazing new Color Me Irresistible paper! It comes in several colors, but several pieces are white. You can simply color it with a sponge, dauber, or brayer as I did here. Easy & so versatile! You will always have the correct color paper! 

So signing off with little commentary this week! Between finishing up swaps for convention next week (can't wait!) and redoing my kitchen I'm a bit all over the place! Gonna get some extra sleep if possible! Maybe 5 hrs tonite! lol

So be sure to hop around & enjoy everyone's post! 

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 

You may have hopped here from Helen's blog!! Glad you're here! Be sure to head on over to Liz's blog next! Then just keep hopping until you get back to where you started from!!! Comments always welcome!

Here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:

So I think I went where you didn't expect me to go this week, right? Those colors-ocean for sure!!! Haha! Fooled ya! lo

I just wanted to try out my new Garden in Bloom stamp set! But I really love all these colors together, and I will probably do an ocean card with them later in the summer! I mean after all, it IS Shark Week!!! lol

Big news tho! I did NOT use my Big Shot on this card! That's worthy of a major announcement! lol

I used one of my current fave techniques too-the ombre technique! Can be done several ways. If you'd like to see how I did mine, let me know! I'd love to have a few friends over to learn!  Easy peasy!!!!

So I hope you liked this week's card! I LOVE it!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


It's finally summer! And here at the July 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop 
we are spreading the good weather with butterflies! We will hopefully have them "fluttering" into your world!!!

So here's what I came up with:

I pulled out my trusty Butterfly Thinlets and created this beauty!  It's supposed to be subtle! I added a bit of "yellow"-more specifically
 Daffodil Delight-behing it to give it a pop of sorts!  It's a second layer that is raised up from the card!

The DSP is the very beautiful new English Garden. I love this paper pack! The colors are beautiful, and the designs are bold & unique!  

The only stamping on the card is the sentiment! Its from A Dozen Thoughts! My latest go-to stamp set!  Very unusual for me, but I think this butterfly rules the card!  I love the way it came out!

So now go "flutter" over (see what I did there?! lol) to Tina's Crop Shop & enjoy her beautiful creation! Just click on either her name or the yellow box below! Be sure to leave her a note!  Then keep going & visit all the talent on this blog!! They're amazing!! We love comments!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


I LOVE this week's card! Ok, here goes!

So this week at 
Coloring Down the Lines
  we are looking at some really fun colors! It's a short hop this week-everyone on vacation for the 4th! But the 3 of us here have some fun for ya!!!

So after me hop over to Robbie, then on to Helen, where you probably hopped from to get here! lol  

Here's my card:

So here's the inspiration photo:

And the colors from Stampin' Up!:
Every now & then I like to use the photo design as almost a template for my card. This week I took it literally!  The picture is daisies!!! That's my totally favorite flower!!!!  So I had to go with it!!!  I'm not actually sure the flowers on here were meant to be daisies when they forged the stamp, but that's what they are now!!!

The stamp set is Flower Patch. I kinda stamped them with the Smoky Slate. By kinda, I mean I inked up the stamp & then stamped off onto a piece of scrap paper. Made it lighter in color! I then cut out all the pieces with the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits!  Fussy cut?? No way!!! lol

The background is my new Brick Wall Embossing Folder! I LOVE it!!!! One of my fave items from the new Annual Catalog!! I thought I'd make it look a bit like the flowers were growing up the wall. Or a bunch growing in front of the wall.

The sentiment is from my current "go-to" sentiment set A Dozen Thoughts! I actually had that set last year, but never really looked at it much. When most of my sentiments retired, I had to find some new ones, so I revisited this one. Now I use it all the time! I really like it!!!  Here I sorta tried to make it look like it's a brick in the wall (I sound like Pink Floyd! lol). Now I think I should have distressed the edges some. But oh well. It's cute.

And as always I finished it off with a little bling-Dazzling Details-and I love my card!!! Please don't eat the daisies tho! (Wow, full of puns today! lol)

So enjoy our short little hop this week & have a fantastic and safe 4th of July! Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, June 26, 2015


This week over at 
we are creating monochromatic cards! Now that doesn't mean all the same color, but rather multiple shades of the same color. Make sense?? If you head over to the Plunge you'll understand!!! Makes a pretty card!

So here's my card:

I chose green tones for this card! The base is Mossy Meadow. The matte is Wild Wasabi. The images are Mossy Meadow, and the small rectangles are Mint Macaron.  That Mint Macaron is a tricky one! When you look at it, it's green.  But when you hold it up against the green, it has a bluish tint! But I think it sure pulls the greens here!

I used my new stamp set From Land to Sea for the jellyfish! Kind of an interesting image! It needed more "oceany" stuff though, so I added the little fishies from Sea Street!  When I stamped the jellyfish, I embossed with some Iridescent Ice. Gives it a bit of bling & movement.

The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts-becoming one of my favorite go-to sentiment sets. Simply stamped, cut & edges shaded!

Finished it off with some of my new Mossy Meadow Striped Cotton Ribbon!!! That stuff is nice & thick! I could use it in some household decorating! Quality stuff!!!

Now head on over to The Paper Plunge and see what color schemes the other designers have come up with for you! You'll see some great designs!!!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


It's Wednesday! You know what that means!
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop

You maybe hopped over from Helen's blog! Next is Lizzy's blog! Be sure to visit them all! Pretty colors this week!

So here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:

So I've been revisiting my Simply Scored Board these days!  I like to use it as an embellishment of sorts on the card! Love how the lines look!  I used it to make a border this time!

I also used my brandy new embossing folder-Elegant Dots! I. Love. It!!! When I first saw it in the catalog I just jumped over it. But it is so pretty in person!!! Very versatile!

The flowers are stamped with Beautiful Bunch stamp set & punched with the coordinating Fun Flower Punch!  The border on the side is stamped with Bordering Blooms. The sentiment is from Crazy about You! Some creative use of the little Word Window Punch and the Triple Banner Punch.  

Add the Candy Dots for dimension & the 7/8" Scallop Punch & voila!  Hope you like! Now go visit the rest of our designers this week!!!

Happy stampin'!

Friday, June 19, 2015


This week over at 
we are creating masculine cards! It's very timely as Father's Day will be this coming Sunday!  I got to use one of my new stamp sets that I've been waiting to create with!!!!

Here's my card:

Now here's the story! See, my DH is a hunter. We have 2 dogs-puppies actually-that are Llewellyn English Setters. Very pretty little things! But puppies will be puppies!  This is how they are all the time-in my stamp room! It's always playtime! Meet JoJo & Shiner!

They look so fierce here! They're such babies! lol JoJo on the left, Shiner on the right.
Anyway, I saw this stamp set, The Wilderness Awaits, and I knew I  had to have it!!! Now the dog on that set is a Pointer. We had to send our beloved Pointer Sunny to the Rainbow Bridge last year. Very difficult. So I really wanted to try to make the dog look like my setters! The setters really are just pointers with long fur anyway! lol

So I used my UniBall White pen to add the "fan" to the tail. They really do look like that when they point!  I added some of the black ticking on the fur.  It's not exactly my "kids", but it's pretty close! I actually like the way it came out. It sorta looks like a cross between my 2 fur babies!

I also got to use my highly anticipated Brick Wall Embossing Folder for the first time!!! Ok, this is my new favorite item from the new Annual Catalog!!! I can see so many fun things with this!!! Can't wait to explore it a bit further!!!  

I think simple is better with masculine cards. So I think this fits the bill. The only embellishments really are the Candy Dots. I think that's appropriate for a guy.

The inside states the point of the card! Thank goodness for the 
Crazy about You stamp set! It fits the bill for any occasion.  
Teeny Tiny Wishes is good for that too, but Crazy about You is a bit bigger.

So now that you've seen my masculine card, head over to 
The Paper Plunge and see what the rest of the Design Team has in store for you! Guaranteed not to disappoint!!! And shhhh! This is DH's 
Father's Day Card!

Happy Stampin' (and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


It's Wednesday! 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!  This week it's a bit "pinky"! lol

You may have traveled here from Helen's blog! Welcome! After you are through enjoying here, hop on over to Liz's blog!! Then keep going & have fun!

Here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
This is kind of a fun floral card this week! I pulled out one of my preferred stamp sets from the old catalog-thank goodness continuing to the new 
Annual Catalog-Sweetbriar Rose.  It's a perfect stamp set for watercoloring, marker coloring, or just leaving as a pretty outline! 

I really enjoy now using those Work of Art swoopy things for the background now!!  I think for these blackline stamps it really works!  I just added some fussy-cut petals for dimension.

The sentiment, from Work of Art, is stamped on an altered punch out from the Tag Punch.  The big is a bit of Crystal Effects. Just because! Finish it off with the Venetian Crochet Trim & it's a pretty card1

So now keep hopping & enjoy!!!!

Happy Stamping'!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Had a great time the other night with my Stamp Club girls! It was our first get together with the new Annual Catalog! We had a blast!!!

Here is the card we made:

I designed it to introduce them to the Sprinkles of Life stamp set! It's this year's Ronal McDonald House set. $3 from every stamp set sold goes to RMH! Plus, there's a brandy new punch-The Tree Builder Punch! It's perfect!

I used the Hardwood stamp as the background because I thought it looked like you were looking out a window!  

I used my new Banner Punch for the sentiment. I LOVE that punch! I think I've used it more than any other new "toy"!  Added a bit of Gold Bakers Twine to finish it off! Fun all around!

This stamp set will be available all year in the new catalog!!! Not only can you get a cute stamp set, but you can help out a very worthy cause!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


This week over at 
we are creating using black and white with just a pop of color! Just one little pop!!!

This week I decided to use a Mojo Monday sketch as my design! I think it worked well for this challenge, although it was  a challenge on its own just to figure it out! lol

Here's my card:

It's a nautical, maybe manly card. Although there are plenty of women who are also into nautical!

Stamp sets used are The Open Sea and A Dozen Thoughts.  Add a 
Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder & some black Embossing Powder & voila!

For my "pop" of color, I added some Island Indigo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. I thought the blue tone kept it kind of "ocean-y"!

So now go hop on over to The Paper Plunge & see what the other amazing designers have for you! If you're looking for some designs, 
Mojo Monday posts a new one each week! Check them out too!

Happy Stamping'!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Happy Wednesday! We are 
Coloring Down the Lines 
again! So glad you decided to join us on our blog hop! Small group this week, but lots of great ideas for everyone!

Welcome hoppers from Amanda's blog!!! Hope you enjoy your visit, then keep going to Liz's blog!!! Then just keep going until you get back to where you started!

So here's my card this week:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
Now I normally don't take my cue from the inspiration photo-other than the colors. But these colors just worked so well for that photo that I had to steal the idea!  I love the way the background came out here!

Of course I pulled out my trusty Brayer! Only use it every so often, but when I do, I really am glad I did! lol  I used the tree from my Sheltering Tree stamp set! It is a great set that can be used for so many different things!! Very versatile, and works for male, female or kids!

Of course there's some Iridescent Ice bling in the sky! Me-with no bling? Never happen! lol

So hope you liked this week's card. I enjoyed creating this this week! Love the inspiration!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the 2015-2017 In Colors

Well our Annual Catalog is now live!!! Very exciting!!! So this month on our ICS Blog Hop, 
we are featuring our brandy new 15-17 In-Colors!!! And they are AMAZING!!!!

So glad you decided to join us tonite! Be sure to hop all the way through the blog hop! You're guaranteed to see some amazing projects-ones that you'll want to Pin for sure! But also so creative ways to use your new In-Colors!!!

Here's my card:

I tried to get all the colors in there! lol  The new ones even have fun names-Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron! They actually sound so yummy!!! lol But don't eat them!

I also tried to use some of the new accessories for the In-Colors. The ribbon this year is the very beautiful Dotted Lace Trim! So striking! The little flower is from the Blossom Accents. Cute little guys!  The DSP is actually from the Cherry on Top DSP Pack. Lots of the In-Colors in that pack! And so cool-the DSP packs this year are 6"x6"!!! Perfect for not only your cards, but for your Project Life pages too!

I'm totally loving the new You've Got This stamp set!!! You'll be sick of that one before long! lol  I find myself gravitating towards it! It is just such a pretty outline stamp. It has a nice background stamp in the set too, but I went for a clean page here. The flower on this card is colored with my 
In-Color Stampin' Markers!  My current favorite technique! But don't blink! lol

So now go hop on over to Tina's blog & enjoy her creation! Just click on her name here or the picture below.  Then be sure to keep going! Oh, did I ask you to leave a comment? Please do! We love to hear from you! Tell us if you like our projects! Then we'll know we're on the right track!!!

Enjoy your shopping in the new Annual Catalog!!! I know I sure am!!!

Happy Stamping'!!!


Happy Wednesday! It has finally stopped raining here in Massachusetts! Still hoping for a bigger warm up, but the weather dudes say it's coming! We shall see!

Anyway, here we are again at
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!!  
It's gonna be a great week!  Before me this week is Helen! So glad she's feeling better! After me is Liz! Gonna be something amazing there!!! Be sure to hop all the way around!!! We are small but powerful!!! lol

So here's my card:

Here's this week's inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
Thank you again to our leader Robbie for keeping us in living colors!!!!

So this is a fairly simple card this week! Only 2 stamp sets-Summer Silhouettes & B.Y.O.P.  These colors to me are beautiful together, but I couldn't find an inspiration! So I just grabbed a stamp set & went to work! Fortunately, both these stamp sets can still be purchased in our brandy new ANNUAL CATALOG available NOW!!!! So exciting!!!!

Of course if you visit here frequently you know there'll more than likely be some bling! Luvs me my bling!!! Dazzling Details does it here! 

I do love the pop the Tangerine Tango added to these colors! It's kind of hard to tell, but the background is Smoky Slate. Didn't photograph too "gray" here! But really-it is!!! lol

So now go visit Miss Lizzy & keep going! Then when you are done hop over to the new 2015-2016 ANNUAL CATALOG!!  So excited to be able to share it with you FINALLY!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


The NEW 
IS HERE!!!!!!!




Friday, May 29, 2015


Over at 
this week we are creating cards with only 1 layer! Now for many of us that's really tough! So much to play with!!! But I actually LOVE 1-layer cards!!!

Here's mine:

It's a simple card, yet I think it packs a punch! There are 3 stamp sets used here! Bordering Blooms, Feel Goods, and Kinda Eclectic!  It's an upbeat, positive, cheery card! I used my Stampin' Markers to color the flowers! 

See some colors you don't recognize? There are new In-Colors there!!! Next week you'll be able to order your own!!!! They are so pretty this time! And they coordinate so nicely with all our current colors!

By the way, I stamped this on one of our Note Cards! They come in 
Whisper White & Crumb Cake & with matching envelopes! A bit smaller than a normal card, but they are perfect for any sentiment! I used them frequently!!

So now head over to The Paper Plunge and see what the rest of the Design Team has in store for you! I've seen some & they're really cool! Be sure to visit their blogs! Oh, and get creative! Add your own creation!!!! All are welcome! Just must be Stampin' Up! products!!! Have fun! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Happy Stampin'!