I Just Love You

I've been MIA this week.  I had keyboard problems on my laptop and I am technology challenged.  Today I found out that I could have just plugged in another keyboard for a temporary fix.  So I was off to Walmart.  Since my tech guy said just plug it in and showed me where, I felt I should get one with a cord.  They only had one and it was $10.99.  It works.  Meanwhile the keyboard cannot be resurected.  It seems that for the thin, light laptops, the keyboards are fused inside so that screws are not needed.  So, I think a new computer is in my near future.  I'm going for a little more bulk!  Enough said.  I will get through this.

My card for today uses the Petal Palette stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  

Petal Palette and Tutti Frutti DSP

Begin with a card base of Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.

There is a layer of Cherry Cobbler card stock 3 3/4 x 5.

The patterned paper is from the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  It is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I just love that black and white stripe!

The lattice piece is cut from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies out of Old Olive card stock.  For me, the easiest way to adhere this is to add a dab of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue on your Silicone Craft Sheet.  Use part of a Stamping Sponge to spread the glue on the back of the lattice.  Be careful not to move this around on the silicone mat so you don't get glue on the front.

The flowers are stamped in Memento Black on Whisper White.  Color with the Light and Dark Old Olive Blends and the Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Blends.  This stamp is part of the Petal Palette stamp set.  Cut this out with the Petals & More dies.  Adhere the flowers with dimensionals.

The bird is also stamped on Whisper White with Memento Black.  Use the dies to cut it out.  Glue down.

Petal Palette  Tutti Frutti close up

The sentiment is stamped on a 1/2 inch scrap.  I used the Basic Black marker and my Cherry Cobbler marker to color in the words.  I wanted the LOVE to be in cobbler.  I did use my Stamperatus to make sure that the sentiment would be dark wnough.  Notch the ends of the paper.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Petal Palette  Tutti Frutti inside

The inside of the card is all Petal Palette.  The designer paper at the bottom is 3/4 x 5 1/2.  The flower is stamped on white scrap and cut with the thinlit dies.

Petal Palette  Tutti Frutti

The Petal Palette stamp set is wonderful.  There are so many great sayings included!


Thanks so much for reading my blog today.  After several days off, I can say that I really missed writing my posts.  Cross your fingers for technology!  I would love to be your demonstrator.  I actually need your orders and I promise to treat you right!  Let me know if you need any catalogs.  See you next time!


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Computer Problems

Hello to all of you.  Thanks for coming to my blog today.  My keyboard has died on my laptop.  I'm just not savvy enough to write a full post on my phone.  I will be back as soon as possible.

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You're Inspiring and Blends

I remember when I was little that Mom had daffodils growing along a little brick wall.  I loved going out and looking to see the different kinds that she had.  I have a special fondness for daffodils and for irises, too.  When I saw the You're Inspiring stamp set, I knew I had to have it.

You're Inspiring

Begin with a card base of Thick Whisper White measuring  five and a half by 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The patterned paper is from the Color Theory Paper Stack in the annual catalog.  The largest layer is 4 x five and one fourth.  The banner measures 2 by five and one half.  Notch with the Triple Banner Punch.

Stamp the daffodils on Whisper White card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Color using the new Blends in light and dark Old Olive, light and dark Daffodil Delight, and light Calypso Coral.  Cut out with the Layering Oval Framelits Dies.  Cut a scalloped Daffodil Delight oval, too.

You're Inspiring flowers closes

Use the new Whisper White Organza Ribbon from the Occasions catalog to tie a bow across the stems of the daffodils.  Mount the flowers with dimensionals onto the scalloped oval and glue to the card.

The sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke.  The words are from the You're Inspiring stamp set.  Trim the saying and cut the words apart.  Use dimensionals to adhere to the card.

Add a few Glitter Enamel Dots to the card.

You're Inspiring card insides

Add the smaller group of daffodils inside.  I stamped on Whisper White and colored with the Blends and then trimmed around.  Glue to the card.  I did this because the Blends do bleed through the paper.

You're Inspiring cards

I think we needed a little spring.  I know it's early, but it's really been cold out there!  Springtime in my mind!

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Bamboo Party Pandas

I am so excited about my card today.  It has been rambling around in my head for a week now.  I just kept thinking that the Color Theory paint chip looking paper would be perfect to make bamboo.  It's from the annual catalog Color Theory 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  Well, let me show you my card!

Bamboo Party Pandas

I love how it turned out!  Don't you just love it when an idea actually works!  Here's how I made it.

The card base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  I've said it before, but you really must score this thick paper.  It folds so much easier and cleaner!

Cut the paint chip paper in 1/4 inch strips.  I used 5 on the front and one more inside the card.

The leaves were the best I could find for the bamboo leaves.  It's not perfect, but it works.  They are from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies.  I think I cut about 10 or so from Old Olive card stock.  I added them to the back of the strips with glue dots.

Stamp the pandas with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped all three of them.  There's also one on the inside.  I used the one with the hat.  I did use my new Stamperatus for the pandas.  It allows you to ink and stamp over and over again to get that solid dark image.  I love it!  Fussy cut the pandas.  I did not use the balloon that one panda is holding.  By the way the Party Pandas stamp set is one of the free Sale-a-Bration picks with a $50 purchase.  Free is a wonderful word!

I laid out the strips and the pandas and figured out where I wanted them.  I then added the leaves where I thought they were needed.  Finally I started from the right and glued down as I went left.

I colored the circles on the hat and the heart with the Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker.

The sentiment is also from Party Pandas and is stamped on white scrap in Melon Mambo.  Trim closely.  The sentiment is added with dimensionals.

Bamboo Party Pandas inside

Here is the inside of the card.  The sentiment here is from the stamp set Picture Perfect Birthday in the Occasions catalog.

Bamboo Party Pandas card

I hope you will try this card.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I know these pandas are going to be very popular.  Remember they can be yours free with a $50 purchase!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #491 Celebrate You

The Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure are in full swing!  It's an exciting time for Stampin' Up!  The challenge for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a color one.  We are using Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Peek-a-boo Peach.  


My card today has lots of new items in it.  Some are in the Occasions catalog and some are free with purchase.  Just choose what you want from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.


We have designer papers that are perfect for this challenge.  So that's the direction I decided to follow.  Let me tell you how to make this card.

Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  Mine measures 4 1/4 x 11 and is scored and folded at 5 1/2.  You can easily use the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 measurement.

The Berry Burst and the Peek-a-boo Peach papers come from the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions catalog.  The Bermuda Bay paper is from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper.  It is one of the free picks from Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order.  These papers measure 1 1/2 x 6.  Glue down the top and the bottom papers first.  Add the middle one so that it angles just enough to cover the white background.  Trim the edges to fit the base.

The words are cut from more of the designer paper.  The amazing is cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  These words are from a free Sale-a-Bration pick called Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  This year Sale-a-Bration is shaking things up a bit.  We've always had free choices for a $50 purchase.  But this year if you want to step things up a bit, you have a few choices for a $100 purchase.  These thinlits dies are part of this.  Stampin' Up! has also told us that these dies will be in the next annual catalog!  Of course you can still pick 2 items for your $100 purchase if you wish!  When attaching these words make sure that you get them straight.  It's hard with that one piece angled on there.

CCMC491 close up

Now for the balloons.  They comes from the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  Stamp the strings right on the card in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Then stamp the balloons on the designer paper and cut them out.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Now you might have noticed that I have an ink mark near that top balloon.  Does that ever happen to you?  Of course.  I left the block with the balloon lying there.  You would think I would know better.  I don't have any yet, on order, but I think that the Tutti Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the Berry Burst would have been good to hide my mistake.  Just add one over the mark and two more on the card wherever you want.  That would probably look great without the mistake.

CCMC #491 Celebrate You card

You might have noticed that I don't use the brighter colors as often.  I did end up loving these colors together.  That's what is so great about a challenge.  It forces you to go outside of your box.  See what you can do with these colors! 

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