Category Archives: Cards

Label Me Pretty

Label Me Pretty.0617Happy Friday!  This lovely little thank you card has gotten good use.  I used it in my last Card Buffet Class way back in June and I also used it in both workshop/parties I held last week.

This is a fairly easy card to make yet you get to play with the Big Shot and punches.

Isn’t this a great color combination?  Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.  Both of these are new In-Colors for 2017-2019.  They are probably my favorite new In-Colors although I can’t seem to get enough of that Lemon-Lime Twist!  It’s so bright and fun!  Which new In-Colors do you like the best?  Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know.

Of course the Label Me Pretty stamp set COORDINATES perfectly with the new Pretty Label Punch!  Who doesn’t love COORDINATION?!  It’s great when Stampin’ Up! makes my life as a crafter easy!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Carols of Christmas!

Carols of Christmas.0817Yes.  I know it’s only August but Stampin’ Up! is offering a wonderful holiday stamp set and framelit bundle early just for you!  You’re going to love the new Carols of Christmas Bundle and it will give you a chance to get a head start on those holiday cards!

This is an easy card that I’ve designed for my Card Buffet class next month.  Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake.  Isn’t that a nice color combination?  You can’t tell from the picture but I used Wink of Stella on the words to give the card a little sparkle.

I didn’t use any of the coordinating framelits on this card but stay tuned as I plan on playing with this bundle later today.

So you can purchase the stamp set, the framelits or the whole bundle during the month of August.  Remember that you save 10% if you buy the bundle!  Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned last month!

Item Description USD CAD
146036 Carols of Christmas Bundle (wood-mount) $52.00 $69.25
146037 Carols of Christmas Bundle (clear-mount) $45.00 $59.25
146038 Lot Cantiques de Noël Bundle (French; clear-mount) $45.00 $59.25
144674 Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies $30.00 $40.00
144801 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (wood-mount) $28.00 $37.00
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (clear-mount) $20.00 $26.00
145028 Cantiques de Noël Stamp Set (French; clear-mount) $20.00 $26.00

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! has made that shows this fun bundle.  Check it out and order your bundle today!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I LOVE Flamingos!

Enough is enough!  I’ve been home for two weeks and it’s time to get the show on the road!  It’s time to start posting to my blog again!  Sheesh!

The first week I was back I was trying to recover from jetlag (boy does that wipe you out!) and plan for a couple of stamping parties as well as my August card buffet.  Both parties went well and I’m excited for the next one coming up.  This past week was spent doing the stamping parties and designing for my upcoming August Card Buffet Class.

Fabulous Flamingo.0617But you don’t care about all that!  You want to see some fun cards!  Today’s card features the flamingo!  There is something about flamingos that I absolutely LOVE!  It could be because they are PINK!  🙂

This meant the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set was one of the first ones that I had to have from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  I designed this card for a swap I participated in and we also made it at my last class.

The body of the flamingo is a 3 stamp process and the legs are another 2 step process.  One of my favorite parts of this card is how the water turned out.  I stamped all of the images on Shimmery White card stock.  The water stamp is just the line image you see but then I took my Aqua Painter and “smeared” the line image a bit.  It really looks nice.  I waited for the water to dry before stamping the grass images so that they wouldn’t smear.

Not only do I like flamingos but I like whales too.  Of course, now that I’ve been to Thailand elephants rate right up there too.  What are some of your favorite animals?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Cafe.0617I don’t drink coffee.  I never have and I probably never will but I love Stampin’ Up!’s  new Coffee Café bundle!

“Thanks a Latte”.  How cute is that?

An adorable stamp set. COORDINATING framelits and COORDINGATING Designer Series Paper.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Not only is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper coffee themed but one of the papers has little take-out coffee cups on it and there’s a framelit in the Coffee Cups Framelit set that cuts it out!  Oh, my!  That is COORDINATION at it’s finest!  🙂

Oh, don’t forget the ribbons that match the paper too!  I LOVE COORDINATION!  Check out page 31 in the new Annual Catalog to see all these products that….COORDINATE!  🙂

Don’t you love this color combination?  Soft Sky, Whisper White and Early Espresso?  I usually pair earth tones together but this combination is gorgeous.  I think I’m going to have to start stepping out of my color coordination box and try new combinations.  What about you?  Do you stick with the same old color combinations?  Let’s work on color together….

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coming Soon….Christmas in July

Stamp Camp0617Saturday was our Sassy Stampers and Friends Summer Stamp Camp and it was a success!  You can’t go wrong when all the comments you get are “I love coming to Stamp Camp!” and “I love all of the projects!”.  It makes all the hard work worth while.

I love these gals!  They are a fun bunch to work with.  Four of them are on my team and four of them make up the “Friends” part of Sassy Stampers and Friends.  I am so blessed to have met and to know these wonderful women.  I wouldn’t have know any of them if it wasn’t for Stampin’ Up!.

Guess what?  Stampin’ Up! has a FABULOUS promotion starting in July that you will want to take advantage of…Christmas in July!  If you have ever considered signing up as a demonstrator, whether to earn some extra money for your family (or yourself!) or even just for the discount on the amazing Stampin’ Up! products, this promotion is for YOU!

Oh, my gosh!  This deal is amazing!

When you sign up to be a demonstrator the cost is $99.  For that $99 you usually get to choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  During the month of July, not only do you get to choose your $125 in products, you will also receive a FREE “Essentials Pack” AND a FREE stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog called Carols of Christmas.  Oh, my!  So much free stuff!  The Essentials Pack contains 2- Clear “D” Blocks, a package of Grid Paper, a pair of Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive and a Bone Folder,  WOW!  That’s over $72 of additional FREE stuff!

Seriously!  July is the perfect time to become a demonstrator and join my team of Sassy Stampers and friends.  Want to give it a try?  Just go to my website and sign up on July 1st.  This promotion runs for the entire month of July.

Let’s get “SASSY”!  Join my team in July! (Who doesn’t want a discount on Stampin’ Up!’s amazing products?!)  For more information on what being a demonstrator entails contact me today!  I love you to get “Sassy” with us!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happiest of Days

Happiest of Days.0617It’s always someone’s birthday, right?  Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday and today it’s my crazy friend Amy’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to all!

The Happiest of Birthday’s stamp set was one of the first stamp sets in the new catalog to catch my eye.  (page 70)  It has a couple of fun images of a cake and gifts but it also has some sweet floral and sentiment images.  I’m going to be using this stamp set for my swaps for Stampin’ Up!’s Thailand Incentive Trip.  I have the card designed and will share it with you soon.  I just need to start working on all the cards for the swap!  I guess I’ll get to that after I’m organized for tomorrow’s classes!

Yes, I’m starting to go a little crazy.  I’m trying to plan classes, make swaps AND get ready for my trip to Thailand!  Yikes!  It’ll all get done though. No worries!  🙂

This is one of the cards we’ll be making at classes tomorrow.  I tell you….you can never have enough birthday cards!  I used the fun cake image that I mentioned above as well as the equally fun Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  You really must check it out.  So many fun patterns and colors!

Don’t you just love the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding?!  It’s so soft and FUN!  The Crinkled Seam Binding also comes in Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach and I have them all!  I told you that the ribbons are the first things I purchase from a new catalog!

This was a fun card to make and pretty easy too.  I hope you like it.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Thinlit

Happy Birthday Thinlits.0517Hello!  Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year!  I should probably have some kind of Summer Solstice card for you today but instead I have another birthday card.

This was the most popular card at my recent Card Buffet Class.  I had about 13 people attend this class and between them they made 33 of these cards.  That’s a lot!

This Happy Birthday Thinlit is quite popular and I’ve seen so many great ideas using it.  One fun idea is to die cut multiple images and then layer them on top of each other.  It’s quite a stunning look.  I just used a single layer on my card.

The die cut image is large enough that you can easily use your Fine-Tip Glue Pen on it or even your Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I chose to use the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the die cut on mine.  These new adhesive sheets work perfectly for die cutting.

I first cut a piece of card stock large enough to fit my Happy Birthday Thinlit.  Then I cut a piece of the adhesive sheet the same size, removed the backing and stuck it to the card stock.  I next ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit, removed the backing from the adhesive sheet and then stuck it to my designer paper.  SO easy!  No fuss.  No mess!  🙂

I’m anxious to get this Thinlit out again and try that layering techinique.  What about you?

Big on Birthdays

Big on Birthdays.0517Happy Monday!  This card is in honor of my sisters who celebrated their birthday on Friday.  (Yes…they’re twins)  I wasn’t able to celebrate with them as they both live in the Minnesota Homeland.  I’m sure I’ll see them some time this summer though.

Here’s a picture of the three of us at my son’s wedding a few years ago.  Sisters.1.1013As you can see, my sisters don’t really look anything alike.  Happy Birthday Lori & Linda!

This gorgeous card was made using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  It’s new to the annual catalog but it made it’s debut in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Simple, yet elegant.  I love the flower spray and it looks perfect when colored with the new In-Colors Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

I did have a little trouble getting the large sentiment to stamp cleanly but then I just used my trusty Basic Black Marker to touch things up.  It worked like a charm!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I’m Going to Thailand!

Incentive.1It’s getting closer a more real.  My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  Woo Hoo!  I’ve been stressing about what to pack but yesterday I received our little travel wallet from Stampin’ Up! and it was so much fun!

Did you notice the fun ribbon it’s wrapped with?  That’s the Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the new catalog.  It also comes in Berry Burst (my new favorite color!), Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  I can’t wait to use some of this ribbon on my projects!

Incentive.2Here’s the wallet opened up.  In the plastic part at the top is a pin that says “My first incentive trip”.  Yes.  I’m a rookie.

I think my favorite part of the whole wallet are the luggage tags!  They are absolutely adorable!  Colorful little elephants.  I can’t wait to use them on my luggage!

We leave in 3 weeks, on the 4th of Incentive.3July, YIKES!  It’s coming up fast.  Things are coming together but I still have to figure out what to bring and pack!

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful customers and downline who helped make this trip a reality for me!  You’re the best!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

You Gotta Love It!

Eastern Medallions.0517I’m going to be honest with you.  The thought of the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist really didn’t do anything for me….at all!  It brought back night mares of the old In-Color Kiwi Kiss….Yuk!

HOWEVER!  You gotta love it!  Lemon Lime Twist is my second favorite In-Color after Berry Burst and right up there in my top 10 current colors.  It’s really fun! It’s the perfect accent color.  Check out this card!  Lemon Lime Twist coordinates perfectly with dark colors like Basic Black.  I love it!

This card just makes me say “Wow!”.  I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the COORDINATING Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  I just die cut the large medallion.  Then I stamped the flower medallion twice, die cut them and made a double flower.  I popped the flower on with a couple of dimensionals, added the gorgeous ribbon and I was done!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Memories & More

Hello!  Today’s video is going to give you a peek at a whole new line of products for Stampin’ Up!.  You may find them vaguely familiar as it’s Stampin’ Up!’s own pocket scrapbooking line.  The great thing about Memories & More is the “More” part.  This line of products includes the album, pages and pens.  It also includes the different themed card packs with coordinating stickers and overlays.  You’re thinking “how is this different than Project Life? which Stampin’ Up! used to carry.  Well…..let me tell you…..the card packs coordinate perfectly with other Stampin’ Up! products!  Stamp sets, designer paper, colors!  Woo Hoo!  COORDINATION!

Check out the two videos below that will acquaint you with the Memories & More

product line.  I think you’re going to love it!

 

Video Week: Oh, So Eclectic Bundle

Hello!  I have to admit that I didn’t really get a chance to play with all my new toys yesterday.  I did get them put away but in order to do that there was a lot of cleaning up and organizing to do. Yuck!  I really wanted to play.  It is a good feeling to be organized though.

I’m calling this week Video Week on the blog.  Stampin’ Up! has some great videos out about some of their new products and I want to share them with you.

Oh, So Electic.0517The first video I want to share with you is about the Oh, So Eclectic Bundle.  I used this stamp set on the card I shared a few days ago.  There is so much you can do with this stamp set and COORDINATING framelits.  Here’s a simple card  that I made using just the stamp set and the new Fresh Fig In-Color.

Be sure to check out the samples at the end of the video.  There are some really cute ones that I’m anxious to try.

You can check out more details on this bundle here.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Saturday: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Oh, So Electic.0617It’s Simple Saturday!  So….when I started designing this card I intended to go real simple:  single layer….just the card.  However, that’s not what I ended up with.

First of all my images were too small for a full size card and it was just way too plain even when I tried it on a note card.  What to do, what to do….

Add a layer of course!  Well, it was kind of like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”….you know, the kids book…  One layer just wasn’t enough so I needed another layer…and then another one.  Luckily I stopped at four layers.  Ha!

Of course, once I got all of the layers put together I still thought there was too much white space.  Honestly, I thought I was over the fear of white space on a card but apparently not.  I needed something on the lower portion of the card.  I didn’t have many of the new ribbons from the new catalog so I decided to go with the Basic Black Solid Baker’s twine.  I added a small bow with long tails that hung down into the scary white space.  Ta da!  It is finished!  Yep, that was the answer.

Even with water coloring the flower image this was still an easy card.  Easy yet elegant.  I can’t wait to see all of the easy and not so easy cards I’ll be able to design once I have my stash of new products….that will be here MONDAY!  Woo Hoo!

Have you ordered your new products yet?  Have you even checked out the new catalog yet?  Get on it!  The catalog is fantastic!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Delightful Daisy

I’m SO excited!  I place my (HUGE) order from the new catalog yesterday and it should arrive on MONDAY!  That gives me a whole week to play before my New Catalog Premier and Card Buffet!  Woo Hoo!

Daisy Delight.0517Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new bundles with you.  The Delightful Daisy stamp set and the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Once again when I first saw this stamp set I didn’t think I really needed another flower stamp…..I was SO wrong!  I LOVE this daisy stamp…especially since you can get a COORDINATING punch for it!  Woo Hoo!

Now, don’t go and get too excited….the Daisy Punch is already on backorder.  Everyone has loved it as much as I do.  Don’t fret though….you’ll be able to order it again by the end of the month…it’s only a few short weeks away.

The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is GORGEOUS!  Don’t you love the pattern I’ve featured on this card?  So fun!  I also got to use my favorite embossing folder, Petal Burst, on the card.  I love this card!  I’ve used so many favorite products!

Now that I’ve been home for almost a week it’s time to get some serious stamping done.  I’m way behind on sending out cards.  Graduation, thinking of you and even birthdays.  Time to get busy!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!  Don’t forget to check out the new catalog!  You’re going to love it!

Today is the Day!

2017 Annual CatalogYES!  Today is the day we can order from the brand new and amazing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  Woo Hoo!

Set your alarms for 12 noon (MT) and get that order placed!  I can hardly wait!  I’m not going to tell you how large my order is….suffice it to say that I’m ordering all of the new ribbon and all of the new designer series papers.  Yikes!

Why?  The ribbons are always the first things I purchase out of a new catalog.  A lot of times my card designs are determined by the ribbons available.  If I can’t add ribbon I can’t make a card.  Ok…that’s not quite true.  I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been making quite a few cards without ribbon.  I will definitely be going back to my old ways though because the ribbons in this new catalog are GORGEOUS!  I can’t wait to play with them!

Colorful Seasons.0517I know I haven’t posted many cards lately so here’s a quick peek at one of the new stamp sets in the new catalog.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set is fun because it has images for all four seasons.  Best of all it has COORDINATING Thinlits!  🙂

Did you notice the ribbon on the card?  Yep….one of the gorgeous new ones.  It’s the Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.  You’re going to LOVE it!

I designed this card for my Catalog Premier and Card Buffet on June 11th and 12th.  Stop by and pick up a new catalog or sign up for the Card Buffet Class and get your catalog then!

Don’t forget to check out the new catalog and get that order placed!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

High Tide

High Tide.0517Hello!  Today’s card is one of my favorite from the “Guys Class”.  It reminds of when we lived in Michigan, right on Lake Michigan.  Well, we didn’t actually live right on the lake but we were only 10-15 minutes from the lake and a lighthouse.  But I digress….

This card was fun to make.  Not only do you get to do 2-step stamping with the lighthouse but you also get to mask the lighthouse and sand to stamp the water.  In those respects the card was a little more involved to make but my customers got to try some new techniques.

Don’t you love how the piece of Pacific Point car stock is embossed with the Seaside Embossing Folder and looks like a  wavy ocean?  🙂

You’ll be happy to know that this great stamp set (which you can now find in the Occasions Catalog) will be in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Woo Hoo!  I guess I’ll have to design another fun lighthouse card!

I’m off to Pilates and then Mom and I will be heading to the grocery store to get some items for the salads we’re making for tomorrow’s graduation party.  My son is pretty excited to finally be graduating from college.  Woo Hoo!  I’m sure I’ll have pictures of graduation for you on Saturday.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Moon Baby

Moon Baby Girl.0417Have you checked out the Moon Baby stamp set yet?  It’s pretty darn cute.  It contains quite a few adorable images for those baby cards you need to make and it’s perfect for boys and girls as you can see from my two cards here.

I designed these cards for a card buffet so I didn’t want them too difficult.  I chose the little image with Moon Baby Boy.0417the critters and stars and I used the watercolor pencils to color them and I smoothed the color out with a Blender Pen.

I added a little stitching around critters with a marker.

These cards are pretty quick to make and are a good addition to your stash of cards.  Pink or blue.  The choice is yours.

Speaking of babies….mine graduates from college on Friday!  Yikes!  How did that happen?  Congratulations Kyle!  Love you!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Let’s Ride!

One Wild RideDo you ride or know someone who does?  Here is a fun motorcycle card for anyone who rides.  One of my downline, Kim, designed this for a stamp camp she participated in that I attended.

Isn’t this card fun?  My favorite part is the Silver Foil embossed with the Hexagons 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Wow!  That’s a mouthful.  That’s the official name….I just call it the Hexagons Embossing Folder…so much easier!

Right now you will find this embossing folder in the Occasions Catalog but I’ll let you in on a little secret….you’ll also find it in the new upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog along with 4 other 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders including the Cable Knit one from this past Holiday Catalog.  Fun stuff!

It is Technique Tuesday so let me give you some tips on using these fun folders.  First of all, when you run them through your Big Shot you don’t need a bottom Standard Cutting Pad.  The folder is so thick you only need to use the top one.  This second tip will give you a really deep, dimensional embossed impression when used with regular cardstock:  before you place your card stock in the embossing folder lightly spritz it with water.  Try running your folder through the Big Shot with and without spritzing the card stock.  You’ll be amazed!

Well, enough chit-chat for today….my parents arrive tomorrow for my son’s college graduation so I guess I better get ready.  Yikes!  Then on Thursday evening my older son and his wife arrive.  We’ll have a houseful for a couple of days but it should be fun!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Custom Tee

Custom Tee.0517It’s May and it’s time for my annual Guy Class.  It’s the class where we make 5 cards for guys.

Guy cards are hard to come up with.  I do think I came up with a pretty nice selection this year though.

Here is one of the guy cards from classes this week.  I used the Custom Tee stamp set and the coordinating T-Shirt Builder Framelits.  I thought these coordinating items were pretty cute when I saw them in the catalog but they’re even more fun to play with!  This little dress shirt turned out so stinkin’ cute!

You first stamp a t-shirt.  Add the row of buttons to the t-shirt and then die-cut it out.  Next you want to stamp the collar and die cut it.   Stamp the tie, color it and adhere it to the die-cut t-shirt before adding it to the t-shirt.  Then finally add the collar to the t-shirt and you have your dress shirt!

Be sure to check out these fun products while they last.  They’re on the retiring list so they won’t be available after May 31st!  Get ’em while you can!  There are so many fun little images in this stamp set.  Not only can you make shirts for guys, but you can also make girly t-shirts too and add flowers and lace collars!  These are definitely versatile products!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Pop of Paradise Flamingo

Pop of Paradise.0417I LOVE Flamingos!  I can’t seem to get enough of them!  I’m not sure why.  I was so excited yesterday.  I was walking around Kohl’s thinking I could probably use a new nightgown and what did I come across?  A navy blue nightgown with pink flamingos on it!  Woo Hoo!  My day was made!  🙂

Another exciting thing is that the Pop of Paradise stamp set and this adorable flamingo will be in the new catalog!  Yeah!  Guess what?  There is another flamingo stamp set in the new catalog too!  How great is that?!  It’s a 3-step stamping set and it’s not quite as whimsical as this one.  Don’t worry…you’ll be seeing samples with it because it will definitely be one of the first stamp sets I will purchase!

Do you want to know a sneaky little trick I used when stamping the flamingo?  I inked up the whole stamp with Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then I simply took my Basic Black Marker and colored the beak and the legs….right over the pink ink!  Don’t you love quick tricks like this?

Do you have the Petal Burst Embossing Folder?  It’s another favorite of mine.  It makes the greatest background for any kind of card!  I’m thinking I’m going to have to start a special post on Fridays….Friday Favorites.  It will be the perfect way to share my favorite products with you….of course I’ll probably never run out since I have so many favorite things!  Ha!

Have a wonderful day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!