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'!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
Wednesday!! Pretty in purple this week!!!

Hello visitors hopping from Amanda's blog! Helen took the week off.  Not feeling well. Feel better Helen! We miss you!!! Be sure to keep hopping over to Liz's blog next! Then keep going until you get back to where you started!!!!

So here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
What's that you say? Another stamp set that looks unfamiliar? Yes!!! It's another new one from the brand new Annual Catalog which goes live NEXT WEEK!!! This is going to be one of my favorite stamp sets. Pretty, yet simple. Lots of potential here!  It's called You've Got This. The sentiment is from the familiar Wetlands

The embossing folder is Stylish Stripes & IS sticking around!!! Yeah!  I used my Blender Pens to add a bit of color to the base of the flowers-altho they did look ok with no shading. I just think it gives a pop! 

Gotta love my Handheld Stapler!!! So cute & fun! Works great! And as for the banner, well there's a special treat in the catalog just for you!!!! You will LOVE it!!!

So anyway, go hopping & enjoy everyone's creation!!!

And don't forget-this is the LAST full week to order from both the 
current Annual Catalog & the Occasions Catalog! Don't miss your faves!!! Many will be gone for good!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015


So this week at 
we are creating with red, white & blue for Memorial Day! 

Here's my card:

Stamp set-Be the Star. Star Framelits. Star Punch from the Mini Punch Pack.

Beyond that, all I want to say is thank you to all the men & women who gave their lives for our country and to the families they left behind.

Also, Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember all the wonderful people who have left this earth. Until we meet again.

Now go visit The Paper Plunge for some amazing inspiration. Maybe add your own Patriotic creation!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Welcome to Wednesday's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
Lots of fun happening here!!!

If you are hopping over from Helen's blog, you already saw some great stuff! Be sure to continue on to Liz's blog to see some more great stuff! Then keep going! We are glad you're here!!!

Here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
You may be saying, "Hey, wait! This is a Stampin' Up! ONLY blog hop! I don't recognize that stamp set or punch art!"  Well you're actually getting a sneak peek into the brand new catalog that we will be ordering from on June 2!!!!

The stamp set is called Sprinkles of Love! The punch is called the 
Tree Builder Punch. The embossing folder is called Boho Chic!  Fun stuff coming up in the new catalog!!! I just wanted to give you a teaser! 

You still have the rest of May to order your old faves from the current catalog!!! Don't miss out on those! But trust  me, you will LOVE what's coming up!!!!

So now go hopping & enjoy!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Hello! It's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!!!  This week we have some nice springy colors!!!!

If you arrived here from Helen's blog, glad to see you!!! Hope you enjoy!!! Remember to keep going onto Liz's blog next! Then just hop on through all the wonderful creations here on this little hop!!!

So first, here is my card:

Second, here is the inspiration photo:

Lastly, here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
I love this stampset-Choose Happiness-but always have to look at how to use it.  I think it works perfectly for this card! I think it also brings out the colors nicely!  The little bird is so cute! I'm happy to say this stamp set will be returning in our new catalog! Very happy!

Speaking of the new catalog, time is totally running out on the RETIRED LIST products! Many are already gone for good! Don't miss out on your favorites! My new catalogs & goodies arrive tomorrow! I can't wait to share with you!!!! So much fun!!!

So hop over to Lizzie's and enjoy!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015


This week over at 
The Paper Plunge 
we are "growing" May flowers!  There certainly were enough April showers here anyway!! lol

Here is my card this week:

So this is one of those little postcard type cards! I like to do these every so often because they work great to tape onto a gift. The card base itself is just that-a base! The sentiment is inside the flower! A Round Array is leaving us this year! :(

That's the reason the flower looks a bit skewed in the first photo! Trust me, when it's closed, it's straight! lol

I'm using up my retiring In-Colors.  It's all going! The paper, ink, accessories, everything. I'll miss this batch! Well I guess I say that every year! They are like old friends now after 2 years. The new batch promises to be a hit though! Really nice, current colors! I think you will like! 

So go pop on over to The Paper Plunge & see the "flowery" creations from our amazing Design Team! You won't be disappointed!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


It's Father's Day at the 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop
Seems early, but it gives you time & ideas for planning! So please follow our hop & find your "masculine" card ideas!!!

Here's my Father's Day card:

First, my theory with masculine cards is KISS (Keep It Simple Simple!) Guys aren't usually into blitz, bling, frills, etc. This card is a fairly simple card. I love the idea of color blocking on a guy's card. Adds a whole new level, but still kinda plain. I think the embossing adds just the right touch!

I also like this sentiment for a dad! I know it doesn't say Father's Day on the outside, but I left that for the inside!

I pulled out my retiring In-Colors (boohoo!) for this card! I will surely miss these colors! But trust me, you will LOVE the new ones!!! Soon grasshopper! Soon!!!

The stamp set is One Tag Fits All from the Occasions Catalog! Also soon to be gone! As is the In-Color Baker's Twine & Sequins.  So long old friends!

So now keep hopping over to Tammy's blog & keep going! We love to hear how much you enjoy our creations! Just click on her link above or the picture below & it'll take you to Tammy's blog! Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!


Wow it's good to be back with my 
Coloring Down the Lines 
peeps! I missed this blog hop so much! Well this week's colors are my faves-yellows!!!

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog! Sandy's blog is next! Keep going & check them all out! We are a small group this week, but we pack a punch!

Here's my card this week:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
This is a fairly simple card, but I love the way it looks! My DIL already CASEd it! lol Again, Clean & Simple is my style! I do make fancy cards, but I like to make cards that will work for everyday stampers & even beginner stampers! These are fairly simple & offer a good idea to try!

Only 1 stamp set was used here-Kinda Eclectic! The dots are all the colors in the challenge! Once again owning up to retired ribbon! I know it's not always good to use retired products on hop cards, but why not ribbon! You can easily change this out for a current Wild Wasabi ribbon! It's just the only one I had on hand! Still looks lovely!

Kinda hard to see, but there's some Dazzling Details on the butterfly & some of the dots. Just to give it a bit of texture. I like this card!

So please visit my hop friends & enjoy their creations! I know they will  make you smile & get some great ideas!

Don't forget to check out the retired list! It's dwindling down quite quickly! Last call for your old favorites!!! And a reminder for those of you waiting, the Butterfly Thinlets are here!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015


So I'm back fresh from my 2 weeks in Hawaii! Trying to get my feet on the ground! Anyway, I'm glad to be back designing for
once again! I miss my plunge peeps!!!

This week we are featuring Mother's Day projects! Mine is a card!

I know it's kind of cliche to do flowers on Mother's Day cards, but as a mom, I like getting flowers! It works for moms!  

This one is a bit of a fancy fold! I made it a tri-fold of sorts. The front looks nice, but when you open it, it's a whole new surprise!

Here's the inside!

The stamp set used is Flower Patch! And just a hint-we got to see the new Annual Catalog today, and this stamp set will be around for another year!!!  As well as it's Flower Fair Framelits to match! Love this set! 

I also used a couple of punches! The Petite Petals, and the flower from the 
Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  Throw in some Rhinestone Jewels.  The flower & ribbons come from the beautiful Artisan Accessory Kit in the 
Occasions Catalog. So pretty! Only around for a short while!

So pop over to The Paper Plunge & check out our design team's beautiful designs! You'll get great inspiration for your Mother's Day cards!

Now I can't share with you anything from the new catalog yet-but trust me-you'll LOVE it!!!! I can, however, remind you & send you to the 
Retiring Products List! Many of the items are being sold at a discount, and many are already gone!!! Go check it out to get a nice little deal on some of your faves! Once they're gone, they're gone! While supplies last!!!

Wanna see all the new stuff in the new catalog? Can't wait? Well only demonstrators can see the catalog early! Join my team! Early catalog viewing. Early ordering. Everything discounted. And so much more!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!