Best Fishes on Your 60th!

Best Fishes

I have two brothers-in-law named Bob, but the one who is turning 60 today is the one who is getting this card in the mail to celebrate!

It looks like I am still following Van Gogh’s advice to add some orange to a blue art project, but I really think it works, don’t you? (I’ll tell you a little secret; whatever I’ve just finished becomes my new favorite card, so right now it’s this “Best Fishes” card with the goldfish swimming in a Mason jar!)

Best Fishes Side

All of the stamps on this card are from the new photopolymer set, Jar of Love, and it is truly an amazing collection, with 37 pieces, including 3 jars, lots of images to put in them and many coordinating sentiments. Not only that, there are 17 Everyday Jars Framelits to match! Honestly, you could keep yourself busy with endless combinations of these pieces for the foreseeable future. I am in love!

Here is the color palette for this card, along with Whisper White:

Just a couple of notes on the details of construction: I cut a solid blue jar to put behind the white jar to give the impression of a shadow, and I furthered this image by mounting the white jar on Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop up. A little linen thread around the top of the jar to hold the mini tag with sentiment is a small detail that adds a lot of charm. The banner at the top was made with the stamped image that looks like textured burlap and it was trimmed out freehand to give the impression of cut fabric.

Best Fishes Detail

Here are the supplies that I used to make the “Best Fishes” card. The stamps and framelits can be purchased separately, or as a bundle for 10% savings. Click on any picture for a closer look or to order:

After looking at the images in this set, what ideas would you like to try? There are so many possibilities!


You Matter to Me – the Restful Blues

You Matter

While I mentioned in my last post that combining blue with its complementary color, orange, will infuse energy into your project, a monochromatic theme, in the same color family, will be soothing and restful to the eye.

This floral spray is from the new Touches of Texture set and I have used Soft Sky as a background, the new 2016-2018 In Color Dapper Denim as a frame and both colors together water colored with blender pens on Whisper White. Stamping the outline image first with Archival Black waterproof ink makes water coloring easy and smudge proof!

You Matter Side

The sentiment is from the new Bunch of Blossoms photopolymer set, and I’ve used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Metallic Foil Doilies and Lots of Labels Framelits Dies to make the layered frame for the image, mounted on foam Dimensionals for depth.

Here are the colors that I used with my blender pens to shade the flowers and leaves; click on any color swatch to see other coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! offers:

Here are the supplies that I used to make the You Matter To Me card in shades of blue. You can click on any image to read more or go straight to the online store to order:

Price: $110.00

As you can see, the Softly Falling Embossing Folder doesn’t have to be used only for snow! I think this looks like a softly falling spring rain. What other uses can you think of for this versatile embossing folder?



Retiring Stamp Idea #3 – Going Places!

Red Going Places

On pages 38-39 of the Spring Occasions catalog you can see the wonderful Going Places Suite of products, including the Going Global stamp set, all of which are retiring in a few short weeks.

While all of the examples were done with a color palette that includes some of the retiring 2014-2016 In Colors, this masculine, travel-oriented set can certainly get a different look by changing the color scheme. As I’ve said many times before, you can never go wrong with black and red together; it’s exciting, romantic and classic all at the same time!

Red Going Places Detail

There are actually two different road map papers in the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, and while I used one to line the envelope, the other pattern was perfect for providing a heart-to-heart street map using Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.

Two other things to remember: the envelope liner framelits and the mini heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack are both on the retiring list too!

Here are the colors we used for our “Lost Without You” card:

And here are all of the retiring products that were used to make this card. Click on any picture to read more or to order:

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Reminder: All stamp sets will be available at least through May 22nd, all other retiring products are available while supplies last only and some have already sold out. Some items are on sale for reduced prices. To see the entire Retiring List, check here.



Retiring Stamp Idea #2 -Flip Over This Paper!

“Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun…”

English Garden Cards

Well, actually I was sitting in my garden this morning, enjoying the California sun, but I thought using the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper for our projects today would be great! This time I used the big, pink watercolor roses on the front of the sheet for the first card, then flipped it over and used the buzzy bees on the back for the second one.

That’s the one of the best parts of DSP, you get twice the number of pattern choices in each package!

English Garden Roses Card

When you need to make a card quick, Designer Series Paper does a lot of the work for you. After putting a trimmed panel of this patterned paper onto the retiring Mossy Meadow card base, I stamped out a greeting from the retiring Petite Pairs stamp set, punched a couple of card stock ovals from the retiring Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, and added some trim with retiring Seam Binding Ribbon in Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Three pearl accents and a couple of foam Dimensionals to attach it to the card and I was done.

Here is the color palette for the English Garden Rose Card:

hing Bride

English Garden Bees Card

I cut this panel of DSP on the diagonal, giving me two pieces, one of which I can use later on another card, either this bee motif again, or flipped over to the pink rose side (choices!) In addition to the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper, the Hello Honey card stock and the Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon that I stapled to the sentiment tag are retiring, as well as the Chalk Talk Framelits Die set that I used to cut the tag (and it’s on sale for 30% off!)

Note: All of our Seam Binding Ribbon is being discontinued and it won’t be in the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, make sure you get some now before it’s all gone! Plus, all the colors I used and some of the others are on sale for 30-40% off, so check it out!

The stamp set I used is not retiring; it’s a lovely photopolymer set called Garden in Bloom (139433.) Notice what I did on the top and right-hand side of the card – I used the flower stem to outline and define the edges! Soft Suede ink (126978) and a few gold sequins as an accent (132983) were used to finish the card.

Here are the colors used in the English Garden Bee Card:

All of the retiring supplies used to make both cards are listed here. Click on any picture for more information or to go to the online store: (P.S. remember the Chalk Talk Framelits are 30% off!)

Just remember that while stamp sets will be available through May 22nd, all other supplies are limited to stock on hand. Some items have already sold out. To look at the entire Retiring List and check availability, go here.



Paying Attention to Details


My grandmother, Nana, always chose the best gifts, and one year she gave me the perfect dress for my birthday. This was in the mid-1960’s, so it was kind of a Jackie Kennedy-inspired style, except made for a little girl. The thing I loved most about it was the colors – chocolate brown and cotton candy pink – and to this day I love that color combination! It brings back such happy memories.

Chocolate Butterfly

This year I chose those colors for my husband’s Valentine card – a luscious combination reminiscent of a box of cherry chocolates!

Butterfly Close Up

I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the shape, and then re-cut the butterfly with the new Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits to get that lacy look. Accented with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, this is a card for someone special!

Envelope Liner

Attention to detail is important when constructing your own handcrafted cards. I lined the envelope with some complementary Designer Series Paper. I also stamped a “made by me” image on the back, signed and dated it, and finished up by tying Tip Top Taupe and Pink Pirouette ribbons around the envelope.

Here are the supplies that I used to make the Be Mine chocolate butterfly card; any of these products can be ordered online by clicking on the image.

What color combinations do you love? Do they correspond with a happy memory from your past? What ideas do you have for using these fun products?

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Golden State #30 Birthday Card

My son John is an “authentic fan” of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, and since he is celebrating his 30th birthday today, I decided to have a little fun making his card:

Golden State Jersey flat

Not only does this basketball jersey card reflect my son’s new age and decade, it’s also the number of Steph Curry, one absolutely amazing member of this fantastic team!

Steph Curry 1

It was easy to make this card by cutting the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half the long way, putting the fold at the top of the vertical card. I used the next to the smallest die from the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the arm and neck holes. Then I used Snail adhesive on Daffodil Delight 1/4″ cotton ribbon to outline the armholes and neckline. I cut the numbers using the new Large Numbers Framelits Dies.

Golden State Jersey side

What color of yellow did I use for the numbers and the inside panel, you ask? Why, “Crushed Curry” of course!

Here are all the supplies I used to make the Warrior’s Jersey card:



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Peaceful Blues and Greens

Blue snowflake, green Christmas trees – here are three more handcrafted cards that our family received this year to celebrate the season of peace:

First, here is Sherry Pakulski’s card – the one that she sent in addition to the one she made for her dad to send!

Sherry P Xmas 2015

I love this color combination – my favorite, blues and greens together! You can see that she used two stamp sets for this, Festival of Trees and Among the Branches. With rhinestones, glimmer paper and a sparkly ribbon, this one really shines.

Kathy Degree of Colchester, VT made this next one:

Kathy D Xmas 2015

See what she did here? By embossing the medallion from the retired Mixed Bunch set, she has created a beautiful silver snowflake 0n this pale blue background.

Our third example is a clean and simple design created by Ann Clemmer of Yuba City, CA, the leader of our 24/7 Stampers SU! group:

Ann C Xmas 2015

Oh, Ann, just when I thought I had everything I needed from the Holiday Catalog, you show me what a beautiful pairing can be made with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder and the Peaceful Pines/Perfect Pines stamp and framelits bundle!

Here are a few of the great products used on these cards – (some only available while supplies last, through January 4th!)


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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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Online Extravaganza! – Save up to 50%!


This is the week to make a list and check it twice – because Stampin’ Up! just put out a super list of things on sale, starting today, Monday the 23rd, and ending on Monday the 30th of November! Everything is listed here:


As you can see, everything is organized by 50% off, 40% off, 30% off and 20% off, but at the beginning of the list there are two 24-hour sales; the first one is a group of items on sale only on Monday, 11/23 and the second are the things that are on sale only on Monday, 11/30.

The page numbers refer to the 2015-2016 Catalog (you can search each product by item # and order through the online store by clicking on the catalog icon to the right.) Call or email me if you’d like a copy of the catalog for your own use!

Online items refer to past Paper Pumpkin Kits such as these (reg. $17.00):

From top, clock-wise: Happy Thoughts Kit $8.50 (only available Nov. 23rd) Sew You Kit $10.20, Simply Snowflake Kit $13.60, Thanks A Latte Kit $11.90.

(Paper Pumpkin Kits include stamps and ink, but Paper Pumpkin Refills do not.)

Other online items are limited time Photopolymer stamps like these (reg. $16.00):

From top, clock-wise: Just Kidding Set $11.20, Banner Blessings Set $11.20, Gentle Peace Set $12.80.

My personal favorites on this sale are the selection of punches – don’t miss out if you need any of these!

50% Off Punches – Sweetheart Punch $8.00, Bow Builder Punch $9.00

30% Off Punches – Hearts Border Punch $11.20, Chevron Border Punch $15.40, Pansy Punch $11.20.





Sisterly Love

Reggie Bday 1

Now that we’re back from our vacation, I’ve had a chance to take some pictures of the handcrafted cards that have come our way in the past week. These cards were made for Reggie by his sisters, Kathy and Sherry, and one of our sisters-in-law, Mindy, who all live in Vermont.

Reggie Bday 4

Kathy’s card in bright primary colors has a heat embossed greeting (one of her favorite techniques) with a dry embossed background, all focusing on the “Happy Birthday” theme.

Reggie Bday 2

Mindy’s card in earth tones features the Canada Goose from the Wetlands set, and she cleverly uses the watercolor swashes from the Work of Art set to add color to to her images. The addition of twine is a nice natural accent.

Reggie Bday 3

Sherry has made good use of the Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey In Colors to coordinate with her designer paper, as well as echoing the spherical shapes using balloons from the Celebrate Today set. The tiny rhinestones are a perfect finishing touch.

Thank you for the beautiful cards, everyone! We always look forward to seeing what you have created for us.

Here are some of the supplies that were used to make the “Sisterly Love” cards:

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