Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Flirty Flamingo Hello!

Hi all,

A quick post today as summer is winding down and I'm working to get my kiddo set for his freshman year at college. I know the house will be empty without him, but it's time he heads out in to the world to figure out how life works. My bedroom is beginning to look like a retail store; I'm housing the college stuff in there for the next 2 weeks.

As other demonstrators are sneak peaking holiday items from the new catalog, I'm just not ready to give up on summer. This fun flamingo from Pop of Paradise just makes me smile and I think it would do the same for the recipient.

I broke out my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create my own DSP. I also sponged the raised embossing with Flirty Flamingo to give the background a bit more depth. The sentiment was stamped with Cucumber Crush ink, covered with clear embossing powder and heat embossed. I used the layering circle framelits to create the flamingo backdrop and the banner punch for the banner.

The Flirty Flamingo bow was accented with a bit of Cumcumber Crush Baker's Twine for a fun little finish.

Hope you enjoy this happy hello!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Great Way to Feature and Use Your DSP!


This week I'm sharing the latest birthday cards I'm sending to employees of the company I work for.

Are you one of those folks who has a hard time cutting in to your DSP? I actually know people who won't buy DSP because they think it's a waste of paper to only be able to see one side. Some papers are tougher to dissect than others.

Today's project is a perfect way to spotlight BOTH sides of your DSP in a creative fold called the curtain fold.

I mentioned in my Tuesday post that my monthly employee birthday cards are a great way to use my vintage products. I loved this paper stack from the last catalog; it was HUGE! That's a good thing, but I also had quite a bit of paper and other accessories left at the end of the catalog year. It was so darn festive, I had to use it for employee cards. In the process of making these cards, I actually emptied a roll of Washi tape - I love it when that happens!

This fold is a perfect way to showcase the patterns on both sides of your DSP. You can get 4 cards from a 12 x 12 sheet of DSP. I followed a tutorial by Dawn Griffith and altered it a bit to make it more duplicatable - that word is a bit of a mouthful! I ran a stripe of Washi tape on the inside piece of the card to jazz it up a bit, to tie the inside to the outside and to use up the never ending roll of Washi tape! SU! certainly is generous in the quanity of tape they give us.

That reminds me of a story. A year or two ago, Cheryl Ann, one of the Pals, was on a mission to use her Washi tape. She posted projects for WEEKS using Washi tape in more ways than I ever thought possible. The Pals group has an extremely active Facebook group and although we're scattered throughout the country, many of the Pals have become good friends. Anyway, Cheryl Ann had us all on pins and needles waiting for her next project. The accompanying posts were just hysterical. You had to be there, but Cheryl Ann was a woman on a Washi tape mission!! She certainly brightened my days with her humor and creativity

Ana-hoo, give this fold a try. It's easy, it's fun and it looks much more complicated than it is. You'll end up with a project that is total eye candy!

If you'd like to join our amazing group of Pals, get in touch with me. I'd love to answer your questions and have you on my team. I'll be honest, 97% of SU! demos are hobby demonstrators, joining for the discount, staying for the friendships and the fun. Click here for more information or give me a shout.

Hope your day is a good one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hinged Box Tutorial

Hi all!

Many thanks to those of you who left comments on my blog post last week that featured a hinged box. If you missed it, check it out here. I heard your request for a tutorial loud and clear!

When I first saw this box, I was attracted to its unique presentation. I attempted a few of these boxes following a couple different tutorials, but didn't like the end product so started playing around to make modifications and this is what I came up with.

This box really goes together quite easily. The pattern can be adapted to fit any size cards. You first want to measure your envelope, then add 1/4" to allow some wiggle room in the box. Your next measurement will depend on how many cards you want to add to the box. My box fits 4 A2 cards with envelopes and is 1" high.
                 My envelope measures 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
                        4 1/2" + 1/4" + 2" (1" for each side of the box) = 6 3/4"
                        5 3/4" + 1/4" + 2" = 8"
                 For the top pieces, I divided my 8" measurement by 2 and added 1/16" and also added 1/16" to my 6 3/4" measurement.

The card stock measurements for the box I made in the tutorial are:

6 3/4" x 8"
4 1/16" x 6 13/16" - you need 2 of these
4 5/8" x 1" - you need 2 of these

So, cut your card stock and follow along!

If you have any questions on the directions, give a shout. I'd also greatly appreciate your feedback on the tutorial. I'm new to videos and am looking for ways to improve.

In the video I talked about aligning the card stock to the outside of the track. If you look at the center of the box in the photo below, you'll see there's a wee bit of an overhang onto the side of the box. If you cut too close to the center, you lose that overhang and that's the look that I don't like. There is a reason for my persnicketiness - is that a word??

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Wishing you a Daffodil Delightful day!

A Swirly Masculine Birthday Card

G'day all!

No, that's not a greeting native to Wisconsin; I was just in the mood!

I think I've mentioned that in my HR role, I send birthday cards to each of our employees. When I first started, I knew I couldn't send 'just a birthday card'. So I started making cards to send. I work in health care, which employs a majority of females, but we do have our guys to celebrate too!

Making a dozen plus cards each month is a great way for me to use my vintage stock and no matter the vintage, the cards are appreciated!

This week I needed a masculine card, so I started flipping through my DSP. Hmmmm, nope that won't work. Wellllll - nah, I don't think so. I finally got to a Huh! I think that's it! Okay, we have a base and some DSP, now what? Tah Dah! This is my final product.


I made a half dozen of these, which will last for a couple months. Out of 160 employees, we have maybe a dozen guys. Any of you moms out there looking for a place for your son to meet a woman - tell him to get a job in health care and he'll have lots of choices!!

The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set, cropped with the Decorative Label punch. The ovals were cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits. I used dimensionals between the Night of Navy and Crumb Cake ovals. You likely recognize the Swirly Scribble die cut that added the perfect touch. An easy card to make and I now have one less piece of DSP!

Stop back on Thursday to see what I made for the ladies. To be sure you don't miss it, follow me by email; simply enter your email address in the required field in the right column.

Until next time, take gentle care,

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pineapple Swap Card


Welcome! Thank you for taking a moment in your busy day to relax with me. I greatly appreciate your visits and your comments.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been in Chicago, actually Schaumburg, for a gathering of stampers. Besides learning lots, catching up with old friends and making new, one of the highlights of the gathering was the swap. We were asked to make 40 cards and at the end of Friday's classes, we spent some time swapping. I love going back to my room and laying all of the swap cards out on my bed.

It's always so much fun to see all the amazing creativity and different styles. These will go on to sample boards to have out at my classes.

I chose the Pineapple stamp for my swap card.

If you read my earlier blog featuring this stamp, you'll know that I cut this stamp into two pieces. It made it MUCH easier to create 40 cards!

I used watercolor paper for the main image. I stamped the bottom half of the pineapple in Delightful Dijon. With the thick end of my Chocolate Chip marker I carelessly traced the lines on the stamp. I gave the stamp a spritz of water and stamped my image. Pear Pizzazz was used for the top of the stamp. The sentiment is from the Layering Love set. The DSP is Delightful Dijon from the In Colors stack. I added a bit of linen thread to finish it off. I had lots of compliments on the card. The shading from the marker provided a realistic look.

I'm working on the tutorial for the box I featured in this post. I've only done one video tutorial, so it will take me a bit to get it right. I'll have it for you next week.

Again, thanks for stopping. Wishing you an enjoyable day!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Detail Floral Wedding Card

Hi Stampers!

My project for today is a wedding card for my godchild, Katie, whose wedding was this past Saturday. Katie and her husband are both police officers on a local force. With all of the recent happenings with our people in blue, it's scary to think of her out there protecting her community because in my mind, having known her since she was a baby, she's the one that needs protecting!

Anyway, I wanted to make an elegant card and the Detailed Floral Thinlits made that job a snap. My first stop for inspiration is always Pinterest, lots of ideas out there, but not exactly what I was looking for.

I used Shimmery White card stock for this project:
4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
4 1/4" x just shy of 5 1/2"
3 3/4" x 4 1/8", scored at 1/2" on the short side
3" x 4 1/8", scored at 1/2" on the short side

Using the scored pieces of card stock, line up the thinlit with the score line and run through the Big Shot. You'll need to use the Precision Plate with this die. The Die Brush will also make using this die much easier.

Burnish your score lines and attach the die cut pieces to the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of card stock.

The pattern on this thinlit has a lot of open space and I don't like being able to see the writing through the paper design, so I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen on the die cut piece on the left side, slipped the additional piece of Shimmery White card stock (4 1/4" and just shy of 5 1/2") behind the diecut piece and adhered it. I also added a few rhinestones for a bit more sparkle!

The sentiment is from the Floral Phrases stamp set that bundles with this die (SAVE 10% with a bundle). I cropped it using the new Sweet and Sassy framelits. 

I slid the die cut piece on the right under the sentiment embellishment and bow to close the card.

Floral Phrases was used to complete the inside of the card.

You could easily incorporate the bridal colors in this card, either in the die cut pieces or the background. This beautiful die makes creating an elegant piece oh so easy.

I hope these tips help. If you have any questions, please comment below.

Until next time, take gentle care,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Floral Affection

Happy day to you!

If you're looking for a quick, easy, clean and simple card, look no furter! The Floral Affection embossing folder makes a powerful impression in this layout.

I CASEd this set from fellow Pal, Susan Itell. Her clean and simple style spoke to me with this card.

I'm going to make an admission. I have a bit of a hard time getting rid of retired paper, ink, etc and do my best to use what I have, but then end  up not using current items, so that before I know it, I have lots of other paper that is now retired. It's a vicious cycle! Do you ever do that? This is LAST project I made using retired card stock - Not Quite Navy. My church is holding a huge garage sale and after making this project, I pulled out my box of one gallon zip lock bags along with my retired card stock and filled the bags by color - retired card stock, ribbon, ink and marker. I added a few more household items to my boxes and drove to church and dropped them off. I now don't have to think about retired card stock! I feel so free:)

No matter the color, this layout is beautiful and makes a wonderful gift. I recently met a colleague for lunch and presented her with this set. She loved it! She was so impressed that she asked me to design a gift for the presenters at an upcoming conference she is planning. How fun!

This is a great set to make ahead and have on hand when you need to give a little something to a host or friend.

What makes this card pop?
       Scored lines 1/4" from the edge
       Dimensionals lifting the main panel from the base
       A coordinating stamp on the inside of the card and one one the envelope

Thanks so much for stopping. I'd love to hear about your stash - please share!

Hope your day is a creative one!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pineapple, the Symbol of Hospitality

Greetings Stampers!

I spent last Thursday through Saturday at a stamping event in Chicago hosted by Lisa Pretto. Guests included many of Lisa's InkBig members and Mary Fish's Pals. My convention roomie Janet, flew in from Nebraska. I picked her up at the airport and we pretty much talked non-stop until I delivered her back to O'Hare on Saturday evening. Speakers included Lisa, Janet Wakeland, Sam Hammond, aka Pootles, Patti Bennett and Kylie Bertucci. What fun it was to learn from expert SU! demonstrators. I'll share more stories as well as some swaps in the upcoming weeks.

You likely know that the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality as well as an extremely popular image right now. SU! is right on trend and has a fabulous Pineapple stamp that can be seen on page 124 of the catalog or by clicking here.  It comes in clear mount and wood mount. I used this stamp for my swap card (I'll post that soon) and was commissioned by co-worker Jane to create pineapple note cards to give to her friend who is hosting an upcoming gathering.

So, I hit Pinterest to see what was out there and found a great layout by fellow Pal, Windy Ellard - who was in Chicago too! Here's my CASEd version of Windy's card.

In addition to the Pineapple stamp, this card features the Hello stamp from Pop of Paradise, the In Color DSP stack and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. The Thinlits coordinate with the Swirly Bird stamp set. This duo is as versatile as the Work of Art stamp set. It is definitely a set to own if you don't already; you'll use it in so many ways.

To make stamping this image MUCH easier, I cut apart the stamp, separating the greens from the fruit. You can use a sharp scissors, an exacto knife or one of the wire/heat tools that cuts rubber and styrofoam. I don't have one, but have seen them used online - pretty slick. If you do want to create the full image in one color, it's easy to do with the clear mount stamps, simply apply both pieces to a clear block and you're set to go.

Here's a peek of the inside. The small pineapple is also from the Pop of Paradise stamp set.

Okay, I CASEd a great card, but now, how do I contain them? Hmm.... I did some searching and found a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for a hinged box that looked pretty neat. I made one with some modifications only to find out that it was too small! I liked the box, so did some math and came up with measurements that worked for my set of 4 cards with envelopes.

What do you think? If you'd like to see a tutorial on how to make this, leave a comment below. Here's the final presentation.

Update: To view my video tutorial on this project, click here.

The set features Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon and Old Olive. I hope Jane's hostess likes it - for that matter, I hope Jane likes it!

That's it for now. Thanks so much for stopping. I love to read your comments, so be sure to let me know what you think of this project; would you like to receive this? Better yet, would you like to make it? All of the products used in this project are available 24/7 in my online store.

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Until next time, take gentle care!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Pardner!

Hi All!

I had fun with today's card. My co-worker Jane, often asks me to make special cards for her family and friends. She provides me with background information about the recipient and away I go. This card will fill her most recent request.

This is a photo of Jane's nephew as a youngster. He LOVED his cowboy boots and for some reason, Aunt Jane still has them. A couple weeks ago, Jane's nephew was in Texas and tried on some mighty expensive cowboy boots that he fell in love with but would never buy due to the cost.

At the upcoming birthday party, Jane is wrapping and giving her nephew his childhood boots along with this card. The next package will be from the family who all contributed to the mighty expensive cowboy boots. She has already scripted what she is writing in the card as a lead up to the big gift. It will be a wonderful surprise for him and I think he'll get a chuckle out of the card.

Some of the products used in this card include the Large Numbers Framelits, Hardwood stamp and linen thread.

Time for me to mosey off. Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Crate of Goodies

Hi all!

My last post highlighted the Fruit Stand DSP. This is a fun suite of products and you'll see more to come. If you check out page 148 of the catalog that features this suite, you'll see the small crates. I've seen them on Pinterest and thought they were pretty dang cute.

A couple weeks ago I made treat holders for mini Hershey bars to hand out at a staff meeting. I brought home the leftovers and was trying to figure out what to do with them.

My son, Michael, currently has a prescription that is quite costly and is not covered by insurance, so I searched online for coupons and took them to the local WalMart. The pharmacy staff at this WalMart have gone above and beyond in finding every possible discount for me. They've been able to save me about $400 per month on this scrip. 

Now is when the crate comes in. I thought of the pharmacy staff in my figuring on what to do with the treats, but needed to come up with a cute container to hold them - tah dah - the crate!

I used the Hardwood stamp on each of the pieces - love how it turned out. I figured out how big I needed the space to be to hold the number of treats I had, then determined how high I needed the sides. So, if the space I needed was 3 x 4 and 2.5" high, I cut my cardstock 3' wide by 9" (4 + 2.5 + 2.5) long and scored 2.5" from each end. The slats are 1" wide by 5' long and scored at 1/2" from each end. I added Tear n Tape to the 1/2" pieces to attach them to the sides of the crate. Because my crate needed to hold some weight, I reinforced the bottom and side slats with pieces of cardboard cut from a DSP stack.

The pharmacy staff loved the treat. The pharmacist told me the 'girls' were taking photos of it, but he just enjoyed the chocolate, something for everyone! It's so much fun to give, isn't 

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Thanks for stopping! Until next time, take gentle care,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hooray for Fruit Stand!

Hi Stampers!

I first saw the Fruit Stand DSP on a Center Stage live stream video. Center Stage is an international Stampin' Up! event held twice a year. The main event moves every six months from a location in Europe to one in the South Pacific and then to Salt Lake City, Utah, which is home base of Stampin' Up! In addition, there are local events held in multiple locations in the countries that are not hosting the main event. For those of us who are not able to attend, many of the sessions are live streamed so we can get in on the action!

Anyhoo, that's when I first saw and fell in love with this DSP and the stamp set. They just sing summer! 

Here in my little corner of Wisconsin, we look forward to the Michigan peach truck. The local freebie shopper advertises the location and approximate time the truck will arrive. You need to arrive early or you may miss out. Everyone piles out of their vehicles when the truck pulls in. The fruit is picked, packed, loaded and sent on to Wisconsin; you can't find anything more fresh! Over the years I've learned to slice the peaches and then pull each section off the seed. If you bite into them, you have juice running down your chin. There is nothing better. The truck typically makes two stops several weeks apart in each of the surrounding communities. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the fresh fruit without it spoiling. YUM!!!

So I think that's why I reached for the peach DSP! This card uses Daffodil Delight for the base and a layer of Tangerine Tango. I cut the DSP 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" and layered it at an angle. The sentiment comes from Confetti Celebration, one of the stamp sets I received from my day of stamping with Lisa Pretto and the InkBig gang. I inked up the stamp with Versamark, then inked it with Crushed Curry ink, stamped it on Whisper White, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it for a real pop of color.

TIP: Did you know that you can emboss ANY color using the method I mentioned above? HOORAY for that technique!!

I layered the sentiment onto Pear Pizzaz, used some burlap ribbon, a vintage button tied with a linen thread bow and have a fresh birthday card!

This is the card I originally intended to make. Oops! I didn't mean to cut the DSP in THAT direction. It's off to plan B and the birthday card in the vertical orientation above. There is no such thing as a mistake in paper crafting - it's called  'an interpretation'! This is a good example of using the same layout but in different ways. The stamp I used here is from the Tin of Cards set. Be sure to give this 'two for' a try!

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Until next time, take gentle care,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Last week I shared a graduation card I made for Billy. In addition to that milestone, Billy also attained the status of Eagle Scout. His project was a beautiful arbor and bench, fully landscaped and set on a walkway in town. The beautification committee has been working hard to spruce things up in town. The PGA tournament is being played next year at a local golf course, so everyone is working to 'paint the town'!

I couldn't let this big event for Billy pass without a card and gift. 

The card is CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from fellow Pal, Kim Jolley. I should have made the blue piece bigger to get better proportion, but I decided that I'm being an impressionist and just left it as is! I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlints for the flag. Remember, this detailed die requires the use of the Precision Plate. You can use the framelits without it, but removing the cardstock from the die is MUCH easier with the specialty plate.

The box is made from Real Red cardstock. I purchased a cut glass paperweight that features the head of an eagle. I measured it and designed the box for a perfect fit. I used Whisper White satin ribbon, a few scraps of Real Red and Night of Navy vintage ribbon and added a bit of sparkle with the sequin trim. I thought it matched the theme of the celebration, don't you?

Thanks for stopping. Be sure to pop back in next Tuesday when I'll be featuring a birthday card using Fruit Stand DSP. I love that stuff!

Until next time, take care,

Monday, July 18, 2016

NEW! Thoughtful Branches Bundle


  • You will be able to order the Thoughtful Branches exclusive, limited-time bundle between August 2 and 31 (while supplies last).
  • IMPORTANT!  All exclusive items associated with this promotion will be available until August 31 (or while supplies last).
    • See the Thoughtful Branches Bundle here!
    • You may use your Bonus Days coupons on the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer stamp set, Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Thoughtful Branches Bundle OR ANY Stampin’ Up! products (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions – new prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed).
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bonus Days

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days are Here!

  • For every $50 (on a single order, price before shipping and tax) you spend between July 7 – 31,  you’ll earn a $5.00 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 2 – 31, 2016.
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    • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
    • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
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