A beautiful spring birthday card with the Oh So Succulent stamp set

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am excited to report I have had a bit more time for stamping recently. YAY!  It is really nice to feel like life is calming down enough that I can enjoy my favorite hobby more often.  Today I have a beautiful card to share with you.  It showcases another stamp set from the occasions catalog I just love, the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  There is  a lot you can do with this set, especially when you add the Framelits that match! Just do a search on pinterest for this set  and you will see what I am talking about.  Now onto my card!

Oh So Succulent Birthday card


I wanted the pretty flowers to be the star of my card so I made sure to use a simple background.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz.  I also wanted my patterned paper to pop, but not take away from the flowers. So I added the Gold Foil paper for the pop, but selected a more subdued patter from the Falling in Love DSP set.  Once I had that figured out I stamped my sentiment.  This is part of the Oh So Succulent sentiment choices.  Now it was time to make the flowers.  I used Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum for the inside of my flowers, but I stamped off before adding the color. This makes it look more soft in my opinion.  The outline of the flowers were all stamped in Tip Top Taupe, but again I stamped off once with that color too.   I used the dots stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set to add a little more color in the background.  This was done with the Sweet Sugarplum ink, once again stamped off once.  That is definitely my theme for the colors on this card! Before I adhered the pattern paper to the card, I  made a few loops with my Gold Metallic Thread.  Then a put all the flowers on in a somewhat random pattern.  I finished things off with various sized pearls on each flower.

I have quite a few friends that would enjoy receiving this card so I look forward to choosing someone special to send it to when their birthday comes around!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Friday!


Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Fun!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Though my time for stamping is low these days, I try to fit it in every now and then.  I see so many beautiful things in the Stampin’ Up! catalog I want to buy it all! Since time is a factor, I try to pick my very favorite items.  This stamp set is one of them.  The minute I saw the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and matching Thinlits, I knew it had to be mine.  I have seen so many beautiful cards with this stamp set, I hope you find my card is one of them!

Dragonfly card


To make this card I used Mint Macaron as my card base.  I used the watercolor paper for the second layer.  This card shows how beautifully our new Watercolor Pencils turn your card into a little art masterpiece! To make that background I taped the watercolor paper down to my desk with washi tape on all four sides to mask that part of the paper. Then I started lightly scribbling lines across the paper in equal sections with the following colors (in order from the top): Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  Once I had the colors on the paper I used my aqua painter and added water to each section in a downward motion, slowly.  Do not go back upwards or the colors will mix! Once I had the look I liked I set it aside to dry.

To make the dragonfly I cut out an intricate dragonfly for the top part with Mint Macaron cardstock. There is also a layer of vellum underneath that I cut with the open dragon fly.  These were both cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. Before I put them together, I used my sponge daubers to sponge in Rich Razzleberry on the top wings and Wisteria Wonder on the bottom wings.  I finished that off with Wink of Stella in clear.   I could not believe how much it looked like real wings when I did this! I carefully glued the pieces together.

When I knew the watercolor paper was completely dry, I used Versamark to stamp the adorable dots that come in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I then covered them with gold embossing powder. I heat set that and also added a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp too.  I added some gold thread little more sparkle.

This card sounds much more difficult than it is to make.  If you don’t have the Watercolor pencils or this stamp set, I highly recommend you add them to your supplies!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I can post again sometime soon!


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Stampin’ Up Flurry of Wishes Suspension Card

Hello my friends,

After such a long period without posting I finally have time to share something with you!  I must admit I am behind in everything these days.  Would you believe I have barely even started my own Christmas cards? It is going to be an interesting December….  The good news is that I have a few made so I am going to share one of the fun ones with you today!

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This is one of those cards that is much easier to make than it looks!  To begin I used a Soft Sky Card Base and then added layers of Silver Foil Paper and the pretty Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I needed to cut a hole out of all three layers so the snowflake has a place to hang.  This many layers was just a bit too thick to cut all at once, so I cut the top layer and the Soft Sky layer together with a circle framelit just the right size to fit the snowflake. Then, I used the next size up from the circle framelits to cut the silver paper. This way if my circles weren’t perfect it would still work out.  After I had everything all cut I used a sponge to lightly add Soft Sky ink to the front of the Fancy Frost paper.

Next it was time to work on the snowflake.  I used the Flurry of Wishes Snowflake and stamped it in Versamark on Soft Sky cardstock x2.  Then I embossed it with white ink.  I punched it out with the Flower Medallion Punch. I added one White Perfect Accent Embellishment on each cut snowflake. To make the suspension work I used the Silver Thread and adhered it to one side of the snowflake with some hanging from the top and bottom.  I made sure it lined up with a point on top and bottom.  Then I laid the snowflake in the circle on the Soft Sky cardstock.  I pulled the string tight and adhered it with Tear tape on the top and bottom cut out from the Softy Sky paper.  It is super important for the thread to be tight and adhered well or  your snowflake will look floppy! Once I had that in place it was time to adhere the silver and white layers. Before I tacked it down tight, I did add the silver glitter ribbon.   I wanted to finish off the circles on both sides so I used more Soft Sky paper and the Layering Circle framelts to make a border for the circles.  To finish off the ribbon I tied a second piece of glitter ribbon around the adhered piece in a knot.  I covered that up with a flower cut from the Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies in Silver foil paper.  I topped that off with sequins and a Rhinestone.  That’s it!  I chose not to add a sentiment because this card just look right without it.

Now onto some exciting news!

Since black Friday is right around the corner Stampin’s Up is offering deals this week!


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Online Extravaganza only happens once a year and you can save up to 40% on select products! But, for today only, there is even a flash sale. Check out the flash sale items!!



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Happy shopping and Check back later this week for info on the second Flash Sale!!


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Stampin’ Up! Cookie Cutter Halloween Trick or Treat!

Hi my Crafty Friends,

I am back with more Halloween fun!  I can’t let myself pass up the chance to make as many Halloween cards as possible. I only get my favorite holiday once a year you know!

This cards shows of sooo many Halloween goodies, I hope you like it!


To make this card I used multiple stamp sets and supplies.  I started with a Basic Black Card Base.  Then I cut a smaller layer in Smokey Slate.  I used the Halloween Scene Edgelits Tree to make my big hill. Then I cut a smaller hill out of Basic Gray to give it dimension and be a backdrop for the fence.  This tree is in Landscape position which is a little wider than what the tree and fence are meant to cut. No worries, jut make the hill your own where you need to! Once I had that laid out I stamped the moon from the Spooky Fun stamp set and fussy cut that out.  I sponged the moon with So Saffron Ink.  I then added a few bats in the sky. These were also from the Spooky fun Stamp set.  I also stamped the Jack-O-Lanterns from the same set and used the edgelits to cut them out.  The next step was to stamp and color in the cute mummy and vampire from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  I used some non-Stampin’ Up markers and some leftover blendabilities to do this.  I also stamped and colored the little trick-or-treat bags and then I fussy cut those out.  The last step was to stamp the greeting, give it a layer behind it, and turn it into a banner. I topped it off with a Pumpkin Pie Halloween Night Enamel Dot.

There is still more Halloween fun to come from me so I hope I am giving you some inspiration!


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Vintage Leaves Masculine Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am taking a break from Halloween cards because a masculine birthday card is needed for one of my family members.  I never seem to have enough of these so I should really make them more often.  I wanted this one to look very Fallish since the individual’s birthday is right in the middle of Fall.


To make this card I started with a base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  I layered that with a very thin layer of Soft Suede cardstock and stamped some of the Vintage Leaves with Versamark.  Then I worked on the top layer of the card by stamping a random background on Tip Top Taupe cardstock.  To do this I used mostly the Timeless Texture stamps, however I also pulled in one from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set! The colors I used are Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede inks.  Once I had the background look I liked, I then used a sponge dauber to sponge in Crumb Cake across the whole card.  I feel like this gives it an aged look.   When I had all my stamping images I liked, I used versamark to stamp the leaves and ink splatters.  Then I added Copper Embossing Powder to that and heat set it.  I sure do love this Copper Embossing Powder! I decided to also emboss my sentiment and keep it a tone on tone look.  Once I had the front all finished I layered the stamped paper with Rich Razzleberry and added Dapper Denim ribbon to finish it off.  Once I had my idea it didn’t long to make this card so give it a try!

Don’t forget about the great sale still going on!


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I hope you are enjoying this fall season.  I have not yet made it to a pumpkin patch, but I hope to get there soon!


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Fun with the Spooky Fun stamp set on World Card Making Day, and a deal!

Happy World Card Making Day!!

I hope everyone is finding more time to be crafty than I am!  The day job I have keeps getting in my way of fun stuff like stamping…. don’t you hate it when that happens? If there is any day we should all make time for it, it is today!

I have been playing around with all my Halloween stamp sets as I am having time.  I always have a goal to try and come up with something new.  I had seen other stamps stamp images that essentially look like a faux background paper and I thought I would give it a try.


To make this I used only stamps from the Spooky Fun stamp set which works perfectly for this technique.  I wanted it to appear as though it was pre-printed paper rather than stamped images. To do that I try to stamp in similar groupings all around the card.  I think it worked, what do you think?  I also really wanted to try using the cute little tassels in the Holiday catalog.  I love them! I decided to give the ghosts a little sparkle, can you see it?  That was added with the clear wink of stella pen.

You could try this technique with any set of stamps that are meant to coordinate. Give it a try!

Now lets talk about some deals! In honor of World Card Making Day Stampin’ Up! is offering you a discount on some fun items!


As you can see this deal is only for 5 days so don’t miss out!!

Not enough deals for you?  Well not to worry because another one starts today too!!


How about that?  You can stock up on all the paper you need to make your Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards or anything cards!! This deal goes through Oct 31 so you have a little time to think through which ones are your favorites! Just click on the flyers to check out my website and start shopping!

I hope all the deals inspire you to sit and do some creating today! Enjoy World Card Making Day!!


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Fall/Back To School – Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall/Back to School Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

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So glad you are checking out the Blog Hop! If you arrived from Steph Jandrow’s Blog, thank you for continuing with the hop! Don’t forget to click the Next Button to check out Yolanda Nixon’s amazing creations. PLUS, keep reading for a chance to win a bunch of new crafty prizes!

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This month we are excited to have three Awesome Guest Hoppers that you should definitely check out.

Yolanda Nixon

Barbara Welch

Mandy Reedyk

We are just starting to feel a little nip in the air in the Chicago area so making fall projects seemed like just the right thing to do. Stampin’ Up! has so many wonderful things to choose from to make fall projects it was almost hard to chose what to do! I settle with the fun Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set for my card and the beautiful Vintage Leaves for my 3-D project.


Halloween Scares scarecrow

This card has so many fun elements! I started by using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and So Saffron to make a pretty, fall evening sky. I then cut out various shaped hills in Soft Suede, Kraft and Early Espresso  card stock.  I used the Halloween Scene Edgelits to cut out the tree in Tip Top Taupe, the Fence in Early Espresso and pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie (stamped with Basic Black ink).  I needed to make the tree look as though it was further off in the distance since the scarecow is a on a slight bigger scale. I made the scarecrow’s post by stamping with with the Hardwood background stamp on Tip Top Taupe paper with Tip Top Taupe ink and cutting small strips of paper.  To color in my scarecrow I decided to use a very fine tip paint brush with just a little water added to my ink.  I stamped him using Basic Black Archival Ink on Watercolor paper. The colors used are: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Lastly, I stamped the Crow in Basic Black and fussy cut him out so he could sit on the tree.  It turned out to be a pretty cute card!  I did not add a sentiment so I could decide at a later time what occasion may be the right fit for me.

Now onto the project!

Vintage Leaves Copper

This box is a good example of what you can do when you don’t have all your supplies with you!  I attended a paper crafting retreat and forgot to take my handy Gift Bag Punch Board. Never fear, you can still make one when this happens! Granted it is not quite as easy, but it can be done.  I started with a piece of Kraft Cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ x 10 1/5″.  I then turned it to landscape position and scored at 2-1/2”, 5”, 7-1/2” and 10”. Then turned the cardstock to portrait view and score at 2-1/2”.  Now all that was needed was to cut the flaps for the bottom of the box (the 2 1/2 scored part) and fold each score line in so that you make the bag! But of course, before do that you need to do the stamping!  I was looking forward to finally using my beautiful new Copper Embossing Powder and it did not disappoint.  It is so pretty.  I randomly stamped with the Vintage Leaves set using Versamark ink.  After heating the powder, I then used sponge daubers to color in each leaf using the following colors: Rich Razzelberry, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  I did not want it to be perfect so I actually went outside of the leaves to give it a more “artsy” look. To make the label I used my Layered Circle Framelits to cut out a scalloped circle with the Copper Foil paper.  I layered that with Crushed curry and then used the Thoughtful Banners outline stamp and the Sentiment from Acorny Thank You to finish it off.  I made a belly band with Rich Razzelberry cardstock.  I stamped the acorn in those same colors and punched it out. I punched holes in my bag and tied it up with the Gold 1/4 inch Natural Trim.  I also added some Gold Thread around the acorn to finish things off.

I hope these projects give you some fall, crafting inspiration!

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