Be Creative Every Day

There's a new stamp set coming and it's fantastic!  I just love the saying, "Do something creative every day."  The set is called Crafting Forever and here's my card for today.

Crafting Forever

As soon as I saw this set I thought of my beautiful daughter Jessie.  She teaches art in a high school in Greensboro.  She puts her all into her teaching and has influenced many young lives.  I don't sound partial, do I?  Believe me, the teaching profession needs more Jessies.

Jessie with art

In fact, I sent this very card to Jessie this week.

  • Start with a card base of Basic Black cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 4 1/4.
  • The background patterned paper is called Fresh Florals.  Does it remind you of the Floral Boutique paper we have now in Night of Navy and White?  Stampin' Up! took a few of these designs and made a paper stack with all of the new In Colors.  It's cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  This pattern is in the new Berry Burst.
  • The black patterned paper is from the Pop of Pink Specialty paper on the Retiring List now.  Cut it out with the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.
  • The cup and brushes are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Watercolor Paper.  The colors used to paint are Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate.  I used the Aqua Painter.
  • The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White in black and punched with the 1 3/4 inch circle punch.  Punch a black circle with the 2 inch circle punch.

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The inside is simple stamped with the same stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink and Berry Burst.

Crafting 7

If you are looking at this post, you are probably a crafter.  You will need this set!  Put it on you Wish List right now, but you'll have to wait until June 1st to order.  Thanks for looking today!



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A Lovely Little Sneak Peek

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I get preorder some items from the brand new upcoming 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Of course I want to use those items as soon as I get them.  I know you can't get the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set yet, unless you are a demo, but you will be able to get it in about three weeks!  You could just go ahead and sign up.  Get in touch with me if you have questions.  Here is my card for today.

Lovely Inside & Out

If you have followed me in the past, you know that I send some shut ins from church and some others cards each month.  I realized yesterday that Mother's Day is almost here.  They, the shut ins, will be looking for a card.  I no longer have my mom, but I want to honor these moms.  Maybe it's a way to honor my mom, too.  I pulled out the stamp set Lovely Inside & Out for my card.  They are made on the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  This is a great card if you are making multiples.  Here are the details.

  • Stamp the flower in the middle of the note card in Pool Party.  Add a leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • The Fresh Fig flower is stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the 1 1/2" circle punch.  The Powder Pink flower is also stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  Stamp enough flowers for all of the cards you are making.
  • The leaves are stamped on Whisper White in Lemon Lime Twist and in Old Olive. You'll need twice as many olive leaves.  You will need to fussy cut the leaves, but they are so easy.  Here's a hint:  You don't need to cut the bottom of the leaf nicely.  It will be behind the flower.  I taped the leaves to the back of each flower.  Adhere the flowers and leaves to the card with dimensionals.
  • Most of my cards had Happy Mother's Day on them.  That sentiment came from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Several others will be thank you cards.  That sentiment is also from Thoughtful Banners.  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.
  • Did you notice the little triangle?  That was the first time I ever noticed it.  It's in Thoughtful Banners.  My card needed a little something else.  This is where I might have brought out Gorgeous Grunge or something like that.  I decided to try the triangle and I like it!  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.

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So here is the inside of the card.  Everything is from Lovely Inside & Out except the little triangles.

Lovely 1

Here are both versions of the card.  Some will be sent to customers for online orders. I made 25 Mother's Day cards.  Now I just need to address and get them in the mail!

Lovely 4

These were fun to make, quick, easy, and cute!  I very seldom make a card without my trusty Big Shot, but this card only took punches!  

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A Wedding Card

It's not that easy coming up with cards for my blog when I feel that my mojo is gone. Once in a while the ideas come.  Lately, not so much.  I did get a few new sets lately (new to me anyway) and that has helped.  One of my new sets is Better Together.  It was in last year's catalog.  I didn't want to get it until I knew it would be carried over. This set has some great sayings that can be paired so that you have something for the outside and the inside of the card.  There is one flower with the set and that's what I chose to feature.

Better Together Wedding card

You are going to want all of the new In Colors for 2017-2019!  Today I am using Berry Burst.  Isn't it lovely!  If you are a Stampin' Up! demo, you can order it now!  Want more information?  Contact me.

  • The card base is Berry Burst card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Whisper White.  It measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • There's another Berry Burst layer that is 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.
  • The last layer is the gold dots from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It measures 3 1/4 x 4 1/2.
  • The sentiment is embossed with the Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Just stamp using the Versamark pad on to Whisper White card stock.  Use a dry paint brush to brush away any stray powder before you heat with the Heat Tool.  Use an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut out the sentiment.
  • The flowers were also embossed with gold.  Stamp with Versamark on Watercolor Paper.  Emboss.  Using the Aqua Painter and the ink from the lids of the Berry Burst and the Lemon Lime Twist pads, paint in the flowers.  Allow to dry and then you'll have to fussy cut them out.  I used a total of 8 flowers.  Some are on the inside.

Wedding 5

  • Attach the flowers with a combinations of glue and dimensionals.  The oval was added with dimensionals.  So the flowers were glued on top of the oval and dimensionals were put where the flowers spill over onto the card.

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The sentiment for the inside of the card was also embossed in gold.  Glue the flowers in place.

The gold dotted paper is one of those specialty papers that is really hard to cut.  I do think it was perfect for this card.  You just can't go wrong with a little gold at a wedding, can you.

Better Together

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #456

It's Thursday and you know what that is!  Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Today we are using Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Tip  Top Taupe.  As you know, we will be saying goodbye to Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe at the end of May.  I sure will miss them.

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Today's card is a quick and easy one.  It can be made in 10 minutes!  Some days we just need cards like that, don't we.  Here's the card I made.


I used a little of the old and just a little of the new for my project.

  • The card base is Tip Top Taupe cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  It is scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Mint Macaron layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • Use the Celebrations Duo Textured Empressions Embossing Folder  to make the word celebrate.  This folder debosses which means that the image goes down into the paper.
  • The Happy Celebrations stamp set was used for the circles of color over the word celebration.  I used the larger circle stamp.  Everything for this card was stamped off first on scrap paper.  Use Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron for the circles.  As you stamp, the word will show up better.  Be sure to re-ink your stamp each time so you don't have part of letters where you stamp.  That's experience talking!
  • Your day is stamped without stamping off in Tip Top Taupe.
  • The flowers on this card are from a new stamp set called Daisy Delight.  It's available now if you are a demonstrator, but the rest of you will have to wait until June 1st.  The stem and flowers are stamped off first.  Use Old Olive.

Here's the inside of the card.


The inside uses the same stamp sets, Happy Celebrations and Delightful Daisy, and the same colors.  Again, everything is stamped off.

Create with Connie and Mary Challenge 456

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Leaves Everywhere!

It's truly spring!  The leaves are out.  In my yard, the Crepe Myrtle trees are the last to get their leaves.  Mine always seem to be a little behind the others in the neighborhood.  Maybe they are a different species.  The leaves are out everywhere!  I just love it!  Today my mind turned to the leaves.  Here's my card.

Vintage Leaves and Leaflet Framelits

I usually take my pictures outside.  I seem to do better.  Today it's raining and I've waited to the last minute.  Please be patient with me.  I just got a new stamp set, Artistically Asian.  The sentiment is from that set.  I was happy to see that it would be in the new catalog.

  • The card base is Always Artichoke.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Pear Pizzazz cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.
  • As I said before the Artistically Asian set was used for the sentiment.  I stamped in Versamark, sprinkled in Gold Emboss Powder, and used the Heat Tool to set. Cut the sentiment with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, an oval.  Put dimensionals on the back of the oval and attach some of the Gold Thread to the back so that it hangs over the sides.  Adhere to the card.
  • The leaves are stamped on Watercolor Paper.  Stamp in Always Artichoke, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz.  Using the Aqua Painter, paint over each leaf.  Stay inside the lines and drag the color.  Cut out each leaf with the Leaflets Framelits Dies. The larger leaf on top is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Tie a Gold Thread bow.  I did use one of the wooden bow tiers.  That thread can be a little hard to handle.

Leaflets 2

For the inside of the card I just glued in another leaf.

I know just the person that needs this card.  It's hard when we are second guessing God, but it sure happens, doesn't it.

Leaflets 3

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