Easy Layout for June Celebrations

By | June 21, 2017

I posted the card that I made for my dad for Father’s Day last time; today I want to show you the simple layout that I used for Reggie’s Father’s Day card:

Guy Greetings and Suite Sentiments (retired) stamp sets, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.

The thing my husband loves best is baseball – “America’s Pastime!” So, I made this card with a simple layout of embossed cardstock background and a baseball focal element at the top left-hand corner. Although I used a retired stamp from the Suite Sentiments set (Best… Ever.) I stamped the word “husband” from Guy Greetings, cut it out and applied it on top of the other greeting. I stamped the “World’s Greatest” on Smoky Slate cardstock and cut out the banner with my Paper Snips. And what do you think of the embossing on the Real Red cardstock? Ruffles can be feminine, but look how great they work on this card to give the look of movement with the baseball motif!

Tip: You can easily make a baseball image by cutting out a Whisper White circle from the Layering Circles Thinlits (I used the 1 7/8″ size for this card.) Then, with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, just draw the lines and stitches onto the circle! I also sponged a little Smoky Slate ink all around the sphere for dimension. And here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know – there are 108 stitches on a baseball!

We are lucky to live close enough to enjoy some Sacramento Rivercats’ baseball every season – AAA affiliates of the San Francisco Giants!

Now here is another card that I made for a celebration this year – nephew Joe’s graduation from the University of Vermont with an BS in Computer Science:

(Retired products used: Blue Ribbon stamp set, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. Gold Satin Ribbon.)

I didn’t realize at first that these two cards were made with virtually the same layout – an embossed cardstock background with a focal point in the top left-hand corner. But it works in Emerald Envy/Night of Navy as well as Real Red/Basic Black! And it is quick and easy when you need a card fast!

Here are the current products that I used on Reggie’s Best Husband Ever card. Click on any picture to read more or to order online with Code HGHWSG7J:




Happy Father’s Day!

By | June 19, 2017

My sister and I are very lucky that we ended up with such a nice dad, and that he is still here with us so we can wish him a “Happy Father’s Day!”

Happy Father's Day!

My dad, Vernon Krause, my Sister Karla, and her new puppy Riley.

The card that I made for him this year was a hybrid; I have a stash of older cards that I’ve made or swapped for in years’ past, and this card started out as another card that I had made, maybe 15 years ago. It was a nice enough card, but what I made then and what I make now are two different things! So, I took the rather plain card, cut it apart and used the front of it, including the ribbon, the leaves and the gold embossed sentiment. I then attached that smaller panel onto the front of a new card base with Designer Series Paper on the background, and I die cut a bird from Birds & Blooms Thinlits to attach to the front of the card as a focal point:

Happy Father's Day!

Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstock, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Birds & Blooms Thinlits.

Have you ever given your dad a gift of flowers? My sister Karla and I both did on Father’s Day; men like flowers too!

Guy Greetings and Best Birds Photopolymer Stamp sets, Chocolate Chip ink.

As I mentioned, this card was started years ago and so it has some older stamped images on it along with the current ones. Here is a list of the things that are still available:

Supply List

 I hope you were able to celebrate with your dad this Father’s Day, or remember him with love in a special way!

Wish I Could Be… Under the Sea

By | June 15, 2017

We have several SU! colors with names and shades reminiscent of the ocean, Bermuda Bay and the new In Color Tranquil Tide being two of them. Using them together is a double delight because they evoke the peace and calm of a seaside scene, and another new In Color, Lemon Lime Twist,  is the perfect bright complement to these two!

Wouldn’t you agree?

I enjoyed the card swap that I attended a few days ago with my Stampin’ Up! group, and I wanted to be sure and show you a card that I made, designed by one of the other demonstrators:

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

Magical Mermaid (144017) is one of the new stamp sets in the catalog, and as you can see, a little Melon Mambo doesn’t hurt, either! Our friend had these mermaid gals stamped for us in Basic Black Archival ink on watercolor paper, and it was fun to fill in the color with Aqua Painters and ink from the stamp pads. Tip: Press the lid in with your thumbs a couple of times before opening your pad, and you will have a little patch of ink on the inside of the lid, perfect for watercoloring!

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

We made this Eastern Beauty card at a recent stamp class!

This card of mine is stamped with the new Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set, with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits (Available as a bundle -145348.) I know it looks very similar to a card that I already shared (with a peacock feather on it!) But when I prepared the materials for my class to make it, I decided to stamp right on the 3-D lotus flower as well as on the strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I liked being able to take this up a notch with extra stamping, and my friends loved it too! I used the new Oh My Stars embossing folder (142710) on the background panel of Tranquil Tide cardstock.

Here are some of the supplies that were used on both of these cards; click on any picture to see more or to order online (and be sure to use the current Code H6HWSG7J):

Do you know some of the other “ocean” or water-inspired colors that we have in our catalog? See the answers below!

Wish I Could Be... Under the Sea

(Answers: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist and Pool Party)

Stampin’ It Up With My Friends!

By | June 12, 2017

This weekend the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in my group got together for a Shoebox Swap. This is where we each design a card and then bring all the supplies for our friends to make their own copy of it!

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

Valory Degree, Ann Clemmer and Susan Anderson from the 24/7 Stampers group.

We do have a friendly competition with this; you can see in the background the board where we all clip a sample of our cards, then we vote for our favorite. I usually don’t try to be the “winner” with this, though; when we get together and stamp, we might have 15 or 20 demonstrators together, making each other’s cards in the allotted time! This can be a challenge, so I usually try to make a card that will be simple enough to reproduce quickly. Here is the card I designed:

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

The new Label Me Pretty stamp set, Pretty Punch, and 2017-2019 In Color, Tranquil Tide.

We always have the cardstock cut and scored to size, leaving only the stamping, embossing and assembly to do. Sometimes we help out by having some of the stamping done ahead of time, too; on this card I stamped and punched out the sentiment circle beforehand to save a little time.

Here is the color scheme for this You’re The Best thank you swap card:

It’s always nice to have a few color combo ideas to start with when working with the new In Colors for the first time!

After I made the swap card, I still had some of the supplies sitting on my work table, so I designed another card with similar colors:

Stampin' It Up With My Friends!

Eastern Beauty set, Hearth & Home and Detailed Dragonfly dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

The addition of Cajun Craze is a good complement to this card:

Another combination for the new Tranquil Tide In Color!

Here are the supplies that I used to make both cards; click on any picture for more information or to order online with Code H6HWSG7J:

Price: $110.00

What do you think of Tranquil Tide? What other color combinations could you use with this new In Color?

Representing Idealized Love

By | June 11, 2017

I’ve had a few commissioned projects in the past couple of months, and today’s extra large card is the latest! My friend Karlyn will be teaching a lesson today for the women’s group at church on the topic of marriage. She asked me to make a card that would represent the ideal of love, the kind that we all dream of and expect when we first marry, before the challenges of life set in (and things settle into a more realistic version of what love is!)

Representing Idealized Love

My friend had some specific elements that she wanted on this card, and I showed her step-by-step what I was doing. She liked these die cut hearts from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits set, and although they look nice in solid red like this, I suggested that we decorated them with some gold embossed flowers:

Representing Idealized Love

The flat spots on the heart die cuts are designed to be embellished with these large and small flower stamps and dies.

Representing Idealized Love

Here is the completed card, with the word “love” die cut in Gold Glimmer Paper, and some understated dry embossing on the white background.

Representing Idealized Love

Here is a another view of the background embossing. Karlyn wanted a very large card, 9 inches tall, but I didn’t have an embossing folder in that size. So, I embossed several images onto another sheet of Whisper White cardstock, then cut out the designs with my sharp little Paper Snips. I carefully glued the designs onto the card front as shown. Necessity is the Mother of Invention, as they say!

Although the embossing folder and the sentiment die cut are retired Stampin’ Up! products, several of the other supplies that I used on my Ideal Love card are available in the latest catalog! Click on any picture to read more, or to order online:

Have you ever made a very large card like this? This was my first, and I was happy with the result!

Little Boxes Take a Cross Country Trip!

By | June 7, 2017

As  I mentioned in a previous post, I recently finished making a set of fifteen Post-It Note boxes for a friend who lives on the East Coast. She has now given them to her colleagues and team members at work. The original idea for the boxes came from my friend Nancy, who gave me one that she had made, and when Debbie saw it, she immediately asked if I could produce a set for her co-workers!

I started out by making one complete box, then I made the rest, leaving them flat and unassembled.

After putting the boxes together, I kept them in a Stampin’ Up! shipping box for safekeeping from the cats! I attached the lids last, and decorated each one differently. Here they all are, before shipping out to their destination Back East.

This was a really fun project since I used different Designer Series Papers, cardstock colors, images and embellishments on each one. And I’m happy to hear that the recipients loved their gifts, particularly enjoying the unique designs. I usually make cards, so this was a good “out of the box” experience for me!

Little Boxes Take a Cross Country Trip!

Here’s where I do my work, on an antique table, surrounded by my Stampin’ Up! supplies.


Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

By | June 5, 2017

The Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) includes all five new 2017-2019 In Colors in an array of beautiful floral motifs:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

Fresh Florals in Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.

I decided to use a couple of the Powder Pink floral designs paired with an image from the new Label Me Pretty stamp set (143858) to make a classic birthday card:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

This new color is aptly named; it reminds me of a pretty pink powder compact that my glamorous grandmother might have used in the 1940’s – think Max Factor, Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder!

I paired the Powder Pink with Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whisper White for a fresh and classic color combination:

I used the Petal Burst embossing folder to make a background strip of Powder Pink cardstock on which I placed one of the Label Me Pretty images, punched out with the coordinating Pretty Punch:

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

I used leaves and berries dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits set in Old Olive and Vellum!

I colored the leaves and flowers quickly with Calypso Coral and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils (141709) and activated the colors with Blender Pens. The leaves and berries die cuts were taped to the back of the punched out sentiment, and then the entire piece was centered onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here are all of the supplies that I used to make my Powder Pink Label Me Pretty card; you can order these, including all the brand new products,  through the online store by clicking on any image:

Price: $110.00

Which of these new products do you love the most? All of the new 2017-2019 In Colors are at the top of my list!

Surprise! Fun Boxes Full of Treats!

By | June 3, 2017

I have a new friend who recently discovered Stampin’ Up! and has been having so much fun with stamps, paper and ink! In fact she decided to sign up under me as an SU! hobby demonstrator so she can take advantage of special discounts and other incentives on her new favorite papercrafting supplies! Patricia was so excited about Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, in particular, that she decided to make me a “bouquet” of boxes, each unique and designed to say “thank you” for some help that I had offered her when she was just getting started with Stampin’ Up!

Surprise! Fun Boxes Filled With Treats!

Patricia made six containers, some decorated with SU! Designer Series Paper. She told me that she loves working with SU! paper vs some of the other papers that she had on hand. I have to agree; not only is SU! paper high quality and heavy weight, but it coordinates with our exclusive colors and stamp designs!

Here are all the boxes, opened up:

Surprise! Fun Boxes Filled With Treats!

The light blue box in the back contains purse pack tissues. And the watermelon paper box held a watermelon-flavored lip balm; great attention to detail!

I want to say a special “thank you” to Patricia for taking the time to make all of these sweet boxes and filling them with gifts for me.

I did make a special gift for her, too; a Post-It Note box using the same template that my stamping friend Nancy used on the one she made for me a while back. Unfortunately, I was so excited about getting it to Patricia that I forgot to take a picture of it! But the good thing is, I also made fifteen other Post-It Note boxes for my friend Debbie, who ordered them as gifts for her staff at work. I do have pictures of those and will be posting them later, after Debbie receives them in the mail (she wants to be surprised – I made each one different!)

Isn’t it wonderful how papercrafting, and Stampin’ Up! in particular, can bring so much joy to our lives? It’s a simple thing but it just takes a little time and creativity to warm someone else’s heart. Indeed, this is the essence of the Stampin’ Up! mission statement, our “Statement of the Heart”:

To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments… in this we make a difference!


Make a Note: You’re the Best!

By | May 25, 2017

Who are the best people in your life? Your partner or your children? Your childhood friend? The neighbor who always mows your lawn when he does his own?

Well, whoever it is, here’s a card that is sure to delight anyone and let them know that you appreciate their kindness:

You're the Best Balloon front

This is the third card in a row that I share here with Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist as main colors – I must really like them!

On this card I used one of the new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist, the new Oh My Stars embossing folder, and a new stamp set (Label Me Pretty) with the coordinating Pretty Punch! All of these products will be available on June 1st when the new Annual Catalog goes live.

This card design came about by happenstance – I made the label with these colors and a narrow band of black cardstock to frame it (punch out the label shape from black cardstock, cut in half and attach to the back.) Then, glancing over to my scrap pile, I saw a Bermuda Bay die cut balloon and I knew they were made for each other!

You're the Best Balloon open

Black and white are the perfect complement to the neon-bright colors.

A little note attached with Linen Thread adds interest to the front of the card, and two stamped balloons finish off the inside.

Aside from the new products that will be available on June 1st, here are the things that I used to make this cheerful friendship card (click on any picture for more information.)

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…

By | May 23, 2017

To continue with the color and image theme from my last post, I’ve used a sentiment from the new Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set and framed it with a die cut from the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits set:

Eastern Beauty_Garden in Bloom front

Like last time, I’ve cut the medallion from Bermuda Bay cardstock and paired it with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series Paper, this one from the new Fresh Florals stack. I’m also using Tranquil Tide ink; both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide are new 2017-2019 In Colors, and they look super together!

Eastern Beauty_Garden in Bloom side

On this card, though, I’ve used images from an “old friend,” my Garden In Bloom photopolymer set, to turn this medallion into a flower, wrapped with Bermuda Bay and White Thick Baker’s Twine and accented with a Melon Mambo and pearl butterfly!

Here are some of the products that I used that are available now; the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine is being discontinued as of May 31st, but there will be a new Pool Party Thick Baker’s Twine in the new catalog that would work just as well! The Pearls that I used are now sold out, but there will be a new set of Pearls available in the new catalog on June 1st. And finally, the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits are available now, through May 31st, in two special bundles detailed here.

Supply List

I’m having so much fun with these new Eastern Palace Suite products, and the new 2017-2019 In Colors! I know you’re going to love them, too.

Breathtaking Eastern Beauty!

By | May 21, 2017

Getting a copy of the new Annual Catalog at this time every year is always exciting, as is working with those first new stamps, dies and In Colors! This year, a special bundle of products is being offered to our clients ahead of the June 1st catalog roll out, and I can highly recommend these, as the artistic options will be endless:

Why not add a peacock feather to your card? This new suite of products lends itself to the dramatic!

I used the new Oh My Stars embossing folder with a new 2017-2019 In Color – Tranquil Tide – on the background. I paired that with a vertical strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper in Lemon Lime Twist, another new In Color. I used Bermuda Bay cardstock to make the lotus flower from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies set and put a small circle in the center from the new Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers pack. The sentiment from the new Eastern Beauty photopolymer set is stamped in Tranquil Tide on a banner cut piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Stamp another lotus flower and sentiment inside with Bermuda Bay ink.

Here is a link to some of the products that I used on my Peacock Lotus Card, in the Eastern Palace Suite bundles that will be available to purchase only through May 31st. (All of the products will be included in the new catalog on June 1st, but they will  be offered separately, not in these limited edition bundles!)

The current code for online orders is 3YZX3WJF and the online store can be found here.

 If you are like many of us and you can’t wait until June 1st to start working with new stamps, dies and In Colors, here’s your chance to jump right in!

Happy Mother’s Day!

By | May 14, 2017

My family and I had a happy visit with my parents yesterday, to celebrate Mom and let her know how much we love her.

Happy Mother's Day!

My sister Karla couldn’t be there as she is working out of state this week, but she sent Mom this beautiful vase of flowers!

Speaking of flowers, my mother loves them all, but just the other day she mentioned pink carnations as a favorite of hers. So, I made her a card with the Touches of Texture stamp set which includes this easy to stamp flower image as well as the smaller flower, bee, dragonfly and texture stamps. What a wonderful collection of images!

Happy Mother's Day!

I “fussy cut” out the image of the bee after stamping it lightly with So Saffron ink, and I also used my Paper Snips to cut the banner ends on the sentiment strip.

While the Touches of Texture set is staying in the new catalog, I did use a few retiring products , such as the Silver Satin Ribbon and the sentiments, front and inside.

Front sentiment: “Crazy About You” stamp set.                   Inside: “First Sight” stamp set.

Both the Crazy About You and the First Sight stamp sets are on the retiring list, and like the beautiful silver satin ribbon, will only be available through May 31st!

Now, I have a secret to tell you about the colors on this card – the lighter pink cardstock that I used is a current color, Pink Pirouette, but the magenta color cardstock and ink and the green that I used on the leaves are both new 2017-2019 In Colors (Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.) I love the new In Colors and I’m really looking forward to using them all over the next few weeks! (While you won’t be able to order anything in the new 2017-2019 In Colors just yet, they will be available to clients when the new catalog goes live on June 1st.)

Here are the products that I used on my mother’s Pink Carnation card:

There are just two weeks left to get some of these products before they are gone, and the Silver Satin Ribbon is on sale for 40% off! ($7.00 reg./$$4.20) The current Code for online orders is 3YZX3WJF.

More Swaps Before These Stamps are Gone!

By | May 5, 2017

As promised, here are a couple more swap cards that I found that haven’t yet been shared on the blog:

More Swaps Before These Stamps Are Gone!

Swaps made with Traveler stamp set and Little Cuties photopolymer stamp set.

First, this simple masculine card is made with the Ocean Liner stamp from the Traveler set on page 116 of the Annual Catalog, due to retire at the end of this month.

More Swaps Before These Stamps Are Gone!

There are six finely detailed vintage style stamps in this set; in addition to the ship there is a locomotive, suitcase, camera, passport and globe. I know that Sherry Pakulski has this set; it’s right up her alley with vintage and collage-style artwork! But I traded for this card at one of the Stampin’ Up! conventions a while ago. In fact, we no longer have the background map stamp in our catalog. But any similar Designer Series Paper would do as well.

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This swap by Nita Eddings from my 24/7 Stampers group is as cute as can be, and so nicely made! There is a lot of attention to detail and everything is very neatly constructed. She used the Little Cuties photopolymer stamp set on page 17 of the Occasions Catalog and it is also due to retire at the end of May.

Here are the products used on both cards that are still available while supplies last. Click on any image to see a full-sized picture, and if you are placing an online order, please use Code G2VU4FJH:

Price: $110.00

I Hit the Swap Jackpot!

By | May 2, 2017

I was looking through some boxes at the bottom of a bookcase in my stamping corner, and lo! and behold, I just unearthed some long ago swaps that I had put away and forgotten.

Grateful Bunch set

While a good number of them are made with stamps that are long retired, I did find some with current stamps and accessories that are due to be discontinued at the end of this month. Well, I need to show them now, or forever hold my peace! These two cards both feature flowers made with the Blossom Bunch punch ( 140612) which coordinates with the Grateful Bunch photopolymer stamp set (140619) used on card #2.

While the Grateful Bunch stamp set and the Blossom Bunch punch are both on the retired list, the punch is on sale for 50% off ($9.00 instead of $18.00!) It also turns out that the Confetti embossing folder (140592) used on this card is also retiring and on sale for 50% off ($3.75 vs $7.50.) So far all of these products are still available, but that could change at any time since things are selling out daily.

Blossom Bunch Botanicals for You

Now, card #1 is a hybrid of sorts; this demonstrator used the Blossom Punch for the yellow flowers, but she used the Dies from the Botanical Builder Framelits set (140625) which are – you guessed it – on sale for 50% off while supplies last! ($16.50 instead of $33.00.) The stamps (minus the greeting) are from the Botanical Blooms photopolymer set which is on sale for 25% off ($12.75 rather than $17.00.)

Now, if you don’t have these products but would like to get them before they’re gone, you’re the one who has now hit the jackpot! Here are all the retiring products that are still available as of the time of this post. Click on any picture to see more details and the sale prices. If you are ordering online, please use code G2VU4FJH:

Spring Cards From Vermont

By | April 30, 2017

Kathy Sherry Easter 2017

Before the month of April is out, I wanted to be sure and share these two Easter cards that we received from Kathy and Sherry, my husband’s sisters who live just a hop, skip and a jump from each other in Colchester, VT.

These cards are both such a cheerful expression of the holiday and the season! To be honest, the advent of spring is a serious business in Vermont; after six months of snowy weather, everyone is ready for some green grass and fragrant flowers to make a welcome appearance.

Kathy and Sherry, two of my Vermont rubber stamping colleagues, also learned how to make felted sheep at the library!

Kathy Easter 2017

Kathy and I both used the same basket image from the Basket of Wishes photopolymer stamp set for our Easter cards, but she filled hers with decorated mini eggs.

We also both used ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies set:

My Easter cards using the Basket of Wishes (142200) and Suite Sayings (142971) sets.

Sherry Easter 2107

Sherry created a whimsical interpretation of spring with this card – all stamps and materials are by Stampin’ Up! except for the bird image. I love how she sponged Garden Green ink under the blades of grass – perfect!

Thanks for the cards, Kathy and Sherry; you continue to delight and inspire me!