How to Get Inspiration From Swaps!

Touches of Texture Ann Swap

I attended a demonstrator’s gathering earlier this month where we swapped different card ideas, and this one was designed by Ann with the new Touches of Texture set, with a sentiment from the Perfectly Wrapped set. Her color scheme is Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon and Night of Navy with a little Always Artichoke on the leaves. The corner accents of are made with one of the new Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tapes.

I also love working with the new Touches of Texture images, so I decided to make another card inspired by Ann’s yet different enough that it has my “stamp” on it (so to speak!) Here is the card that I designed:

Touches of Texture Denim

I used the same central flower image, and a similar color family, and the bee as an accent image. Here are the colors that I used on my card:

I also used a base of Very Vanilla, and a little Pear Pizzazz on the leaves, and the Basic Black Archival ink for the outlining of the images.

I used small images with tone-on-tone ink to make decorating the outside edges of the dark blue panel quick and easy. I first stamped the solid color piece of the flower center with Crushed Curry, then re-inked it in Pumpkin Pie and stamped again in a different spot to give the variegated color.

Mounting the flower-stamped card onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock at an angle gives it a little different look. The 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon is so beautiful but easy; it’s just tied in a square knot and then angle cut on the ends.

The last detail was the most whimsical; I stamped the bee on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut it out with Paper Snips, colored it in with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (but this could be done with a Blender Pen too) and I finished it with a little Clear Wink of Stella on the wings for sparkle. The bee was then attached with a small piece of Stampin’ Dimensionals for depth.

So here are our two cards, Ann’s and mine, one for inspiration and one as a result – both lovely:

Touches of Texture Pair

Here are the supplies that I used to make my card; click on any picture for more information or to go right to the online store for ordering:

These colors say “summer” to me; what colors would you use when stamping with this flower image?



A Summer Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

One of the beauties of the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies is that the various flowing shapes can be almost anything – flowers, leaves, sunshine, water, bird nests and so forth. In the case of this piece, I saw a grapevine wreath – one of those rustic rounds formed of dried vines in natural colors.

I also used one of the new Floral Affection Embossing Folders for the subtle flower motif in the background, very lightly sponged with Flirty Flamingo ink on the embossing and edges of the Pink Pirouette panel, and I couldn’t resist highlighting the flowers with Clear Wink of Stella too! The wreath is die cut from Soft Suede card stock with a bit of Gold Metallic Thread interspersed here and there.

Grapevine Wreath Detail

The new 2016-2018 In Color Flirty Flamingo card stock is a gorgeous background for the butterflies and sentiment stamped in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand card stock. Pear Pizzazz card stock is used for the card base, bringing all of the colors together in a pleasing manner.

Here is the color progression for the Summer Grapevine Wreath card:

You can click on any of the swatches to see what other coordinating products Stampin’ Up! offers in these colors!

Here are the products that I used to make the Summer Grapevine Wreath card. Click on any picture for more information or to order directly from the online store:

This is the first time that I have used this color combination, but I really love it! What color combinations do you particularly love? Leave me a note in the comment section; I’d like to hear your favorites.



Sweet Spring Treats

Kathy S Bags

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.) They were filled with a selection of Easter candies for her friends – how sweet!

Kathy S Baskets 1

For her own kids and grandson she made these great Easter baskets from the Berry Basket Die,

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decorated with the Petite Petals and Scalloped Oval Punches. Kathy is always busy making thoughtful gifts for the people she cares about!

Here are some of the products that Kathy used to make her projects. Most of these things are found in the big annual catalog, except for the Designer Series Paper used on the Berry Baskets, which is from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Hint: Did you know that you can color your pearl and rhinestone embellishments with permanent Sharpie markers to coordinate them with your paper colors? Now you know!

Click on any picture for more information or to go directly to the online store:


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What other ideas do you have for using the Mini Treat Bag and the Berry Basket Die during for other holidays or seasons?

Happy Easter – Hello Spring!

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We got a beautiful watercolored hand-stamped Easter card in the mail yesterday from Sherry made with the Happy Home set from the Spring Occasions Catalog.

Here are the colors that Sherry used on her Hello Spring! card. Click on any color swatch to see other coordinating products:


Aqua Painters filled with water are used to pick up ink and apply it to the stamped image on the watercolor paper. Less mess and greater control make Aqua Painters a great alternative to a regular brush!

Here are the supplies that Sherry used to make her Easter card. Click on any image for more information or to go to the online store:

New Year, New Stamps!

What I Love 1

I love that at the beginning of the year we have new stamps and products to work with, for all of the Spring holidays and other occasions!

Even though the Spring Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure begin on January 5th, I’ve already been playing with this three-step stamp set called “What I Love.” This is one of the sets that will be a free gift with a $50 purchase.

Work Area

I’m getting ready for a card swap tomorrow, using “What I Love” and the new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

What I Love 2

Here is my swap; I’ll have 10-12 cards made by other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators using the new products to show you soon!

No Business Like Snow Business!

We received many beautiful handcrafted Christmas cards this year, but with the busy schedule of holiday events and preparations, I’ve gotten behind in my posts! Here are few snow-themed cards to share today:

Snowflakes are the focus of this first card, made by Wanda Morin of Colchester, VT:

Wanda Xmas 2015

Snowflake stamp images, shaped punch, sequins and patterned paper all coordinate to celebrate a white Christmas! The icy-looking square rhinestones are a fun accent.

Next, a snowflake and dove card made by Kathy Pavloski of Woodland, CA:

Kathy P Xmas 2015

I love the way that this Dove of Peace is holding a snowflake-shaped embellishment in her beak! The sparkly sequins are a treat.

Finally, this Snow Family card was made by Sherry Pakulski of Colchester, VT; notice how she shaded the figures with a very light wash of gray ink to give the snowmen dimension:

Sherry Xmas 2015

We actually got a couple of cards made by Sherry this year; this is one that she made for her father to send out. Sherry’s a very busy woman; she makes cards for her dad, herself and also for co-workers to purchase and send. She told me that her goal for 2016 is to make 10 Christmas cards each month so she isn’t pressed for time next winter!

Watch for more beautiful handcrafted cards in tomorrow’s post!



Christmas from a Cat’s-Eye View

You know how cats are always interested in what’s new and different? All you have to do is put a paper bag on the floor, or move a chair away from the table, and the next thing you know the cat is right there in it or on it!

The crowning event of new things has to be the arrival of the Christmas tree each year – not only does it provide an irresistible hiding place, but there is a lot of “low hanging fruit” in the form of ornaments to bat off and play with. We always have to think carefully about which ones we put on the lower branches!

444Graybaby’s not too good at catching mice, but she got that ornament!

Ziggy, our card making assistant, always attends classes when friends come over to stamp, and offers help when needed.

Ziggy Noel

Egypt, however, isn’t much help at all; I actually caught her up on the fireplace mantle the other day, weaving in and out between the cards in her quest to reach the vase of bittersweet. Busted! (The kitty, not the vase.)


Egypt is our smallest and most curious cat; it’s no surprise that she was also seen lurking in this picture of the Christmas tree, no doubt waiting to play with something pretty while my back is turned:

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Here’s wishing you and all of your furry friends a very Merry Christmas!

This Snowman’s a Work of Art

Mindy's SnowladyCreated by Mindy Degree

Our sister-in-law Mindy’s Christmas card arrived today, and I was delighted but not surprised to see that she had used the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art set to create the snowman for the front of her card! Mindy has been using this set so creatively in so many ways, and I know she has many more ideas in mind.

So, looking at Mindy’s card gave me an idea related to a project that our friend Nancy recently shared with members of the Hostess Stamping group:

Nancy took the largest envelope liner framelit die and cut it double, with a fold at the bottom to make a pocket in the back. She then glued the sides shut, decorated the fronts like scarecrows and put treats in the pockets behind.

Nancy's Scarecrows

Created by Nancy Souza

This would be a great idea to make Snowman treat pockets too – with white card stock faces, a black hat and red ribbon, an orange triangle carrot nose placed horizontally and black circles for the smile made of coal!

Here are the main products that Mindy and Nancy used to make their cute holiday projects. Click on any picture for more information or easy ordering:

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I’m Dreaming of a Violet Christmas

While red and green are tried and true Christmas colors, we also like to use glittery gold and silver on our holiday cards!

Another color family that is less common but especially lovely for Christmas are the various shades of purple, especially when combined with some sparkly Silver Glimmer Paper like this one:

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Created by Denise Waddell, inspired by Claudia Perry.

Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder card stock, ink and ribbon, the Softly Falling embossing folder, and the soon-to-be retired Happy Scenes stamp set from the Holiday catalog make a simple and attractive seasonal card.

Purple Peace Bird

Here’s a card that I made a few years ago with the Comfort & Joy stamp set, Concord Crush card stock and ink, and the Tulip Frame embossing folder, all retired now. However, you can still get the White Vellum and Shimmery White card stocks that I used here, both wonderful materials to work with!

Here are some of the products used in both of the “Dreaming of a Violet Christmas”cards featured:

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“Bright Spirits” – Weekly Deals – Tues. Dec. 1st thru Mon. Dec. 7th, 2015

The Weekly Deals have been announced and once again I’ve challenged myself to make a project with as many sale items as possible! The result is this Making Spirits Bright card:

Spirits Bright

The products on sale through Monday, December 7th are the Happy Heart embossing folder, Gold Glimmer paper and Mint Macaron Classic ink pad, all of which are detailed at the bottom of this page.

Spirits Bright Detail

As you can see, hearts can make a great graphic background, and are not just for Valentine’s Day!

Other materials that I used on this card include the Among the Branches stamp set, Mint Macaron and Whisper White card stock, Very Vanilla Satin 7/8″ and Gold 1/8″ ribbons, Gold Sequin trim, 2″ Circle and 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punches, Fast Fuse, Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Dimensionals, all of which can be searched by clicking on the Annual Catalog icon to the right.

Here are all of the Weekly Deals, available through Dec. 7th. Click on any picture to go right to my online store for more information:


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