Celebrating a Special Someone

Celebrating Someone Special

Today I am celebrating the birthday of someone very special to me!  Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!  Knowing her special day was coming up, I just had to design a Super Special card for her!  I think I hit the mark…what do you think?




Masks and Embossing Paste

I’ve been on a Black & White trend lately with my designs.  I love the elegance  it gives  to a card.  Plus, Black just happens to be the favorite color of my birthday girl, so.. (yes, she’s a walking statement of elegance too!)  I love adding texture to my cards…so the Sweet Soire’e Decorative Masks paired with White Embossing Paste was definitely going to add just what I wanted for this card.


Applying Embossing Paste over the Masks is much like icing a cake!  First step, you spread it over the mask just like you would to a cake.  The second step is to use your palette knife to remove all the excess paste from the mask.  Last step, carefully lift up the mask and admire your work!


Decorating with Embellishment Kits

Do you think you must create every element for your cards from scratch?  I don’t!  I love using the embellishment kits Stampin’ Up! offers on my cards.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  And the Sweet Soire’e Embellishment Kit just ROCKS!  It has tassels, scalloped velvet trim, tags and these awesome foiled flowers and vellum foiled leaves!  All I had to do was add some Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the flowers to pop them onto my card front.  I used Mini Glue Dots to add the vellum leaves.


Celebrating with Sentiment Options

The ‘Celebrate’ sentiment was the obvious choice for the sentiment for my card.  A quick 1/2″ Whisper White card stock strip, dove-tailed on one end is all I needed.  I could have used any of the sentiments from the Cake Soire’e stamp set…they all would have been perfect!

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Hugs & Smiles,


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Petals, Bubbles & Sequins…Oh My!

Petals, Bubbles & Sequins…Oh My!

Petals, Bubbles & Sequins

What do petals, bubbles and sequins all have in common?  This gorgeous card, that’s what!



This card uses the gorgeous Petal Palette stamp set (in the new Occasions Catalog) along with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  Of course, you can save 10% by buying the Petal Palette Bundle!  There are so many beautiful images and great sentiments in this stamp set!  Here’s a closer look:


However, for this card, just one of the sentiments is used.  It’s sitting on top of one of the intricate lace-type dies that was run through the Big Shot on a Multipurpose Adhesive sheet for quick and easy assembly! Be sure and check out all the great samples that are shown on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog using the Petal Passion Suite HERE.


The great pop of color comes from the Sale-A-Bration freebie, Bubble & Fizz Designer Series Paper!  It’s so fun and versatile!  And it’s FREE with a $50 purchase.  It’s layered on top of Calypso Coral cardstock to make it pop even more!



Take a closer look at that Vellum Cardstock layer.  It was run through the Big Shot using the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Occasions Catalog).  And the sequins keep coming with those fun Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins scattered on top of the velum for added color and fun…another great find in the Occasions Catalog!


Additionally, if you want to get your hands on some FREE Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins, simply use my January Hostess Code with your order!  You will get these adorable sequins for free with a $75 order!

Also, don’t miss out on the NEW Reward Levels this year with Sale-A-Bration.  Check out my post talking about it HERE!

Hugs & Smiles,


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Cat Got Your…Polka Dots

Cat Got Your…Polka Dots?!

If you’re still needing to get some Halloween cards made for the little monsters in your life, have no fear!  I’ve got a quick and cute card for you today!


This “spooky” cat doesn’t seem so spooky with all those cute polka dots, huh?  Not only do we have polka-dots from our Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, but we’re using the Polka Dot Embossing Folder as well.

This card comes together so quick with all our handy punches.  See the list below of all supplies used.


To get that black speckled look, just flick black ink from your Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker onto your paper using the large end of the marker and the cap.

Use the Banner Triple Punch to punch the end of the DSP strip.

Don’t forget about those Mini Glue Dots!  They’re perfect to adhere the Linen Thread triple bow!

Smiles & Hugs,


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Colorful Sunsets…I mean Seasons

I see a Sunset?  What do you see?  This card reflects the name of the stamp set used on it perfectly…colorful!  If you really want to brighten someone’s day, get out your ink and stamping sponges and let’s get started on this beautiful card idea, courtesy of my stamping co-op!

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  • The oh so colorful focal point of this card is created using a piece of Whisper White cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using Stamping Sponges, pounce Sahara Sand ink along one long edge to at least ½” from the bottom.  Follow with Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and end with Melon Mambo at the top.  Blend colors at “seam” where they both meet.
  • On a piece of 2-3/4’ x 2-3/4” Whisper White, stamp the “Life is Beautiful” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in the center with Basic Black Archival ink.  Die cut with the round 2-3/8” Stitched Shapes Framelits to center the sentiment.  Using Daffodil Delight and a sponge, pounce ink over the sentiment to create a sun.
  • Next, we’re going to use those fabulous Seasonal Layers Thinlits to die cut the Adirondack chair (using a piece of 2″ x 2-1/2″ Whisper White) and the beverage cup with the straw (using a piece of 1″ x 3/4″ Whisper White). You’ll want to stamp the beverage first with Pumpkin Pie ink, then die cut.

Wasn’t that fun?  Now all we have to do is assemble our card!

  • Adhere sun/sentiment to colorful background using SNAIL.
  • Adhere chair and beverage to colorful background using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Set aside to dry.
  • Once dry, adhere the colorful piece to the Daffodil Delight cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) using SNAIL.
  • Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere Daffodil Delight piece to card base of Whisper White cut at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Take about a 6″ piece of Daffodil Delight ¼” Double-Stitched Ribbon, tie into a tiny bow, trim ends and adhere to side of sentiment piece with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Sprinkle a few Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dots on the card front and your colorful creation is complete!


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Hugs & Smiles,


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Spooky Graveyard Gate

I’m really excited to bring you card that just so happens to be my design!  It’s time to get a little spooky in the graveyard!


If these images don’t look familiar to you, then you must not have one of our new Holiday Catalogs in your possession yet, because I used 2 sets from that catalog; Spooky Cat and the Graveyard Gate Bundle.


Spooky Night Background – To get this eerie night-time scene, I used Glossy White CS, Elegant Eggplant and Basic Black Archival ink, a Sponge Brayer and a Stampin’ Sponge. Next I punched a 1-3/4″ circle and tacked it down to cover the area where the moon would be.

Elegant Eggplant ink was used to color the entire Glossy White CS with a Sponge Brayer until I got the desired darkness I wanted, trying to leave some areas light and some areas a little darker.  I then took a Stampin’ Sponge and Basic Black Archival ink and darkened in some areas on the front as well as the edges of the Glossy White paper.

To finish my spooky night background, I removed the punched circle covering my moon area and then placed the ‘negative’ over the un-inked area.  I then sponged my moon using Crushed Curry ink.  It doesn’t get much spookier than that!

The Gate

Do you love this gate?  I love this gate!  This is from the Detailed Gate Thinlits set and I just die cut it using Basic Black CS.  But to make it the fabulous focal point that it is, I simply colored over it with a Clear Wink of Stella pen.  I just love how it turned out!

Fussy Cutting

You know how I love to fussy cut, so of course I did just that for a few of the elements on this card like the:

  1. Owl — After stamping on Basic Gray CS with Basic Black Archival ink. After fussy cutting, I also colored with Clear Wink of Stella and added Black Rhinestone Jewels for his eyes.
  2. Brick column — After stamping with Cajun Craze ink onto Cajun Craze CS. After fussy cutting, I also sponged the edges lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.
  3. Rat — After stamping with Basic Black Archival ink onto a piece of Basic Gray CS scrap.

Hope this inspires you to get some spooky Halloween creations made!   If you were inspired, leave a comment to be entered into my daily drawing for a free gift!

Hugs & Smiles,


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Color Caddy Storage Tip

Do you store your ink pads in the Stampin’ Up! Color Caddy?  Do you love having all your supplies right at your fingertips?  Today I’ve got a quick tip for you that I got from another demostrator (networking is awesome for sharing of ideas).  Here’s a way to keep your ink pads and your Stampin’ Write markers right next to each other for easy access.

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Move your ink pads over just a wee bit and you’ll have room to slide your marker right next to them.  Voila!  No need for one of those fancy-schmancy (and expensive) all-in-one type ink and marker holders.  Your Color Caddy can do it all!

That is, if you HAVE a Color Caddy!  What?  You don’t?  Well, now is a great time to invest in this great tool!  You can even use one of those fabulous $5 Bonus Bucks you earned last month! I just love how you can store all your ink refills on top as well!

Need Markers?

While you’re ordering  the Color Caddy, check to see if you need more markers. Grab those while you’re ordering!

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Hugs & Smiles,


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