Friday, August 24, 2018


I have needed way too many sympathy cards lately! I decided to make a few different ones to have on hand!

These are all made with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set!

Here's the first:

This one I used the Bouquet Bunch Framelits to cut out the flower details. The beautiful backgrounds the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing folder!   This one is very simple-I made several! 

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings. The ribbon is the 
Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain ribbon.  I did have a couple of extra sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin kit! They matched perfectly!!!

Here are the 2nd & 3rd:

Both cards are made from the same stamp set & framelits! Amazing how 1 stamp set can make such different cards!  These are almost the same, but I used a little different placement with the ribbon. The DSP is from the 
Wood Textures 6x6 DSP Pack. It's from the same piece reversed. Which one do you like best? Did you even notice the difference? lol

The ovals are from the Stitched Frame set & the Layering Ovals Framelit pack.  

I pulled out the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the sentiment. While I love the new one, this one will always be close by for sentiments! They just "fit" anywhere!!!  The rouched ribbon was from the last catalog. Retired but the color is still current. Yes, I do use up my retired materials! lol 

So same sentiment, same stamp set, 2 very different styles! I love this bundle! You can get it HERE!!!!

Use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B  when ordering!!!  And pray I don't need any more sympathy cards too soon! Geesh!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Yes I love this stamp set! I've been playing a lot with it! lol Sea of Textures never fails to amaze!!! I love the way everything comes out!

With this one I was dying to use the cute little octopus!! There is an octopus framelit in the coordinating Under the Sea Framelit pack! Of course it goes with the stamp! The seaweed & such on the bottom are also cut with the framelits! So many to choose from! It's a great deal!!!

So  the DSP is from the Tranquil Textures pack! I've almost used this pack up! I love it! It goes with every stamp set & can be used for every sentiment!!!

The sequins are leftovers from a recent Paper Pumpkin set.  There are always plenty of extras in those kits! Not a subscriber yet? Boy are you missing out!!! Contact me to find out how you can join!!!

Anyway, thats really the only extra used here! Oh, the Baker's Twine on the octopus is white colored with the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Marker! A bit messy but quite an effective way to get the colors you want! I thought the little bow made him "one of a kind" like the sentiment says!!!

Anyway, if you'd like this stamp set/framelit bundle, you can save 10% by ordering HERE!   

Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B at checkout!!! Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, August 18, 2018


So today's stamp set is quickly becoming one of my favorites-Sea of Textures! If you follow me you know I'm from Cape Cod. I am all about anything ocean, sea, nautical, etc! So when one of these stamp sets come out I get all giddy! lol And this one lives up to the hype! You can find everything in this post in our amazing Annual Catalog!

I needed a card for a neighbor who was in the hospital. She's a neighbor from where I grew up-on the Cape! So this stamp set seemed like the natural choice!!

I absolutely LOVE how this came out! The background is from 
Tranquil Textures DSP pack. This paper is part of the same suite as 
Sea of Textures, but it's super versatile!!!! I thought this one was kind of like bubbles!!! lol

When you use the Under the Sea Framelits with the stamp set it's a win-win combo! I love these sand dollars!

It's finished off with some Crumb Cake Twine from the 
Nature's Twine Combo Pack!  The greeting is from the new 
Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set! I love having the versatility of those little words!!! So many to choose from!

If you like the Sea of Textures/Under the Sea Framelits combo, you can save 10% on the bundle!! You can order it HERE!!!

Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B at the payment section of the order!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Just a sweet thinking of you kind of card for a special friend who unexpectedly lost her brother to the horrible cancer disease.  I would rather send her something that doesn't say "sympathy". She's not that kinda gal!

This Sitting Here stamp set has always been an enigma to me. I love it, but was never really comfortable how to use it! She is a cat lover & has one of her own, so I wanted to feature the cat sitting serenely on the bench.  I think I like the white space here. I don't like to leave too much, but I think it works here.

I pulled out a couple of our recently retired colors for this one-Wisteria Wonder & Perfect Plum.  We have some beautiful new purples in our new color collections, but I am slowly building up my supply of new colors. Haven't gotten to the purples yet!

I used the Stampin' Blends to color all the details here. Talk about amazing! I love them! Otherwise, all the images come from the Sitting Here stamp set.

All materials can be ordered HERE! Or you can click the Order button on the Home page of this blog!

Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B when ordering.  

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


So life has quieted down a bit & I can finally get back to my crafting!  Oh how I've missed it! I pulled out some of my newbies from the new Annual Catalog! I needed a few cards! lol

Today I'm going to share with you a super fun little stamp set called 
Little Elephant!!! Here's the first card! (2nd is further down!)

So this set is really designed for a fun baby card! It has the adorable matching Elephant Builder Punch-which punches out a small and a large elephant & their little ears!

This is a cute baby card for a boy or a girl! I always try to go neutral unless I know-and even then...! lol

The background is from the amazing Tranquil Textures DSP! Wow is that paper beautiful & versatile!  That really cool ribbon is the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. That's fun!  I also used some white Baker's Twine, and cut the squares out with the Stitched Framelits!

Now as you probably know, the stamp sets aren't not exclusive to one subject or another! Here I used it as a congratulations card! I'm sending it to a family member who just bought her first home! Not sure what an elephant has to do with a new home but it's super cute! lol

The background here is from the Tropical Escape 6x6 DSP Pack!  Just threw in a little Bakers Twine & some Stampin' Markers to color the balloons & it's an adorable card!!!!

So just a fun share of one of the new stamp set bundles from the 
Annual Catalog! Buy both the stamp set & the bundle & you save 10%!  You can find them HERE!!!! Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B when ordering!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I've been playing with my In-Colors! It's been rainy so needed some "bright" in my life! So thought I would pull out one of my all-time favorite stamp sets Vertical Greetings and "light up my life"!

Now this embossing is A-MAZ-ING!! It's called the Tufted Dynamic embossing folder! Wow is it cool! Reminds me of the old headboards on the beds with the leather look! Or a chair! lol I didn't add anything to it except the Wink of Stella for the "button" areas. Can ya see it? I wanted the embossing to stand on it's own-and I think it does!

I've combined colors from both sets of In-Colors: Lemon Lime Twist from the 17-19 set & Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove from the 18-20 set! I used Granny Apple Green for the stems & sentiment as I wanted a bit of a "pop". 

The ribbon is the Grosgrain in Grapefruit Grove & Pineapple Punch, and the stamp was colored with the Stampin' Markers!

So just a simple, fun card! Hope you enjoyed! All supplies can be ordered HERE!

Placing an order? Be sure to use Hostess Code UKXWUT4B  when checking out!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


This month's Paper Pumpkin kit Picnic Paradise is soooooo cute!!! Very timely too-makes great teacher gift for back to school-just saying!!!
It makes a ton of fun items!!!

So here we will give you some ideas on alternative uses for the materials in the kit! There are so many fun materials in this kit!!! I know you'll find some amazing ideas!!!

Here's mine:

So I made a simple little card to go with the gift set! 

Whenever I "alter" the  kits for these hops I like to try to stick to using only the materials in the kits, keeping it very CAS (Clean And Simple)! I have some beginners using these kits, & I want them to feel comfortable also! 
Clearly we have a ton of other products that you can use, but a lot of people are exclusive with the kits! Plus, those little red boxes are perfect to take on a vacation or business trip for some "quiet" time! I know I always have one with me. I throw in the block & some scissors & maybe a piece or 2 of card stock & I'm ready to craft anywhere! Card making is my "therapy", so after a busy day I love to settle down with a Paper Pumpkin kit!

All I added to this card that's not included in the kit is some                           Soft Suede card stock & one of our Note Cards & Envelopes.

Just for comparison sake, here is what the kit is designed to look like:

There are some adorable little note cards to fit into the cute little basket! The plaid paper is included-as is everything else you see here!!! Ink, adhesive, papers, baker's twine, etc., etc., etc.!!!

So just a simple little card to give with the cute basket of cards as a nice gift!
Next hop over to Sharon's blog & I know you'll see some really amazing alternative uses for the Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin kit! Just click on her name or the "Next" icon below!

If you're new to Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin & don't yet have a demonstrator I'd love to be yours!! Why not take advantage of this amazing deal!!!! Contact me for info!!! Or click on the picture to subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


This month on the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop we have a color challenge!!! We could use only the 3 colors below (with a spattering of black or white!). This was a real challenge for me! These colors are beautiful together, but I wouldn't have chosen them to use together. Plus, I haven't stocked up on embellishments in all the new colors yet!!  I always enjoy a challenge though! And I like this one!!!

Here is the color challenge:

Here is my card:

I am on a kick with this particular "fancy fold" cards lately! I think they add just a little extra fun!! I was randomly going through my stamps & decided to use the Dragonfly Dreams! It's such a pretty stamp set-especially when you can combine it with the Dragonfly Detail Thinlet Dies!! 

The embossing on the front is the beautiful Layered Leaves. I thought it would be appropriate that the dragonfly needs leaves to land on! lol  That dragonfly was cut first with the solid Blackberry Bliss, then the detailed over piece was cut from the Vellum Card stock & colored on the back with the                 Stampin' Markers! I just finished it off with some Basic Rhinestone Jewels!  I even added some fun to the inside! I love how the big dragonfly is "peeking" over the top!

This 3-fold card is kind of fun! In fact, you get 2 cards from 1 sheet of card stock! Just like when making regular cards!!  You can use them either portrait or landscape orientation Here is the other one I did.

I kept with the same color scheme.  The little kangaroo from the             Animal Outing stamp set set was colored with the Blackberry Bliss ink pad & the Aqua Painter, but the color didn't carry over like I'd hoped. It's a bit pink! I actually double checked the ink pad to be sure it was the correct color! lol But still a cute card!  Simple cards but cute to give to a friend!

So now hop over to Ginger's blog & enjoy her creation! Click on her name or the icon below!!! Then keep going! Lots to see using these 3 cool colors-all returning In-Colors I might add!!!

Happy Stampin'!


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