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Tuscan Vineyard

No, sorry, I didn’t take a trip to Italy to visit a Tuscan vineyard. And I’m not under a Tuscan sun, either. I am, however, fortunate to have a neighbor who keeps us supplied in red wine. And I’m not just talking about a teeny little bottle. No, I’m talking about a ginormous bottle:

Tuscan vineyard

Now THAT’S what I call a good neighbor, hahaha! She’s very sweet and we’ve been neighbors for probably about thirty years or so. Now mind you, my husband and I are the only two drinkers here, and that there bottle will probably last us till Christmas! Anyway, I want to share with you a card I made using the

Tuscan Vineyard

stamp set, which is a set that has been held over from last year’s catalog and can be found in the new catalog on page 145. Here’s my project:

Tuscan Vineyard

This was a CASE of a card idea from last year. I stamped the large circle image first and then cut it down, because the stamp image is oval-shaped, and I just thought it took up too much of the card front. Here are the directions:

  • Start with a standard A2 card base in Soft Suede (4¼” x 5½”)
  • Cut a Very Vanilla card front, 4″ x 5¼”
  • Using the So Saffron Classic ink randomly stamp all over the piece of Very Vanilla
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 2″ x 4½” and stamp the flourish in Crumb Cake ink at the top of the piece
  • Then use the Just a Note sentiment from Flourishing Phrases and stamp it in Early Espresso on the bottom
  • Stamp the vineyard scene in Elegant Eggplant onto a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Again using the Elegant Eggplant, but stamping off once, stamp the small toscana vigneto stamp on a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Use the layering circles to cut out the vineyard scene and then use a larger circle cut out of Soft Suede to mount behind it
  • The small stamp fits the 1″ circle punch perfectly; adhere it to the card base with a Stampin’ Dimensional, layering it over the larger stamped circle
  • The only embellishment you need is a Pearl Basic Jewel to stick onto the middle of the flourish

Now I’m off to crack open that gallon of Paisano, so while I’m otherwise occupied, go do something creative today! Hic!


Oh, Whale

Whale, would you look at that! Here I am just back from the National Aquarium in Baltimore and today’s project features… a whale. Of course, there isn’t a whale at the Aquarium, but I’m just channeling sea creatures right now.

Oh, Whale

is unfortunately retired, but I was still able to spruce these cards up with a couple of new products. Check them out:

Oh, Whale

Aren’t they just the cutest? They’re 3 x 3 inch cards, ready to be tucked into a little gift for two babies coming in June. One of my oldest daughter’s high school friends is having her first child, a baby boy. My niece is expecting her second child, a little girl. She already has a super cute little boy named Henry. (If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page where there are related posts you’ll see his little face)!

So how did I make something old new again? Here’s how:

  • I used Wink of Stella on the blue whale card by coloring in his water droplets and the little star.
  • On the pink card, I used Powder Pink cardstock and ink, Sweet Sugarplum ink, and a background stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.
  • I lined the Powder Pink card with a piece of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.

Okay, you got me, the Tempting Turquoise whale doesn’t have much new,  but he’s still adorable!

Oh, Whale

Another retired product used was the 3 x 3 envelope liner framelit. I really wish Stampin’ Up! hadn’t discontinued the liner framelits – they really make any envelope fancy-looking!

Oh, Whale

Powder Pink is growing on me – my favorite pink is still Pink Pirouette, but I like the fact that the Powder Pink seems to play nicely with so many of our other colors.

Now that the gift cards are done, whale, there’s one thing left to do: go shopping for some baby stuff (one of my favorite things to do in the whole world)!

Okay, I’ve done my part. Now you go out there and do something creative today!


Balloon Adventures

I’m going to miss the Balloon Adventures bundle from the Occasions catalog. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Yup, sounds like a country song. But it’s true.

Balloon Adventures ~ a complete product suite!

balloon adventures

It had everything, in Stampin’ Up! fashion: Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy ribbon, little balloon trinkets, and a great pop-up insert for cards:

balloon adventures

The bright, cheery color palette is perfect for birthdays for young and old, male and female. I’m definitely going to hold on to this stamp set and framelit, because now that I have rediscovered it I will put it back in my must-use pile.

All this is to say, don’t be afraid to hang on to your old stamp sets and dies. Inspiration is a fickle thing, and sometimes you have to look at the past to see into the future.

Not to mention the fact that Stampin’ Up! products never go out of style – or demand. Now, if you have no space, or need to liquidate for other reasons, no worries. Just know that you aren’t the only one out there who is a craft hoarder. We are many and we are determined!

Now go forth, raid your stash, and do something creative today!

Hit Me One More Time

You may have guessed by now that I am smitten with the Eastern Beauty stamps, as are most of you out there, according to the Sales Department. You’ve gone and bought up many of the pieces parts of the Eastern Palace Suite and now some of them are on back order!

Come on, hit me one more time!

one more time

I promise, that for the near future, at least, I will try to restrain myself from bombarding you with the Eastern Beauty. But one of the things I love most about it is that while it may look complicated and intricate, this card is actually fairly simple. One cut, some patterned paper, a tassel and some easy stamping, because it is a photopolymer stamp set so you can see exactly where your stamped image is going to go.

I came across another example of a card made with this set, and what really impressed me is the color palette used. It gives the card a whole different vibe.

one more time
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Here Sylwia has cut out a scalloped circle first and then she cut out the medallion. The card front also has the medallion cut out (in Crumb Cake) and the Whisper White medallion sits over it. Then she mounted the Crumb Cake card front to a Whisper White card base. Not the gold tassels, the sweet wood-cut leaf embellishments, and the gold trim. Just yummy!

So thanks for humoring me one more time, and tomorrow we will return to the catalog order reveal. I got my shipping notice today, and it usually takes about a week for it to come east from Utah, so I’ll just have to hold on a little longer!

In the meantime, go forth and do something creative today!


Catalog Order Part 3

Something you will notice in the new catalog is that there are a number of stamp sets with big, bold sentiments. These definitely make a statement, and seem to be one of the latest trends in card making images. So without further ado, here is my

Catalog Order part 3

While I am waiting for my order to arrive I have been scouring the interwebs and Pinterest to scope out what everyone has been creating with the same products that I have on order. Today I’m focusing on Floral Statements. Coloring is a hot new trend, and using a bigger stamp with a sentiment as well as an image to color in is genius on the part of Stampin’ Up!


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Folks, believe me now and hear me later, cause this stamp set is going to be the one that everyone puts on the back burner and then when they see a project made with it, they run right out to get it. Running, you know, to the computer. Cause you can’t get all this pretty at any old store!

It is hard to find samples out there using Floral Statements, but I came across a couple. The first one is from the Artisan Design Team at Stampin’ Up!

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See what I mean? Stunning! Here are a couple of projects from the Stampin’ Up! corporate office:

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Yup, that’s another new stamp, Sheet Music, that is the background for the Floral Statement. This next one is also easily as magnificent.

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So there you have it, this lovely, lovely set. I’m itching to get my hands on it! Can’t wait to try it out. Have you enjoyed seeing these little peeks at my catalog order?

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Catalog Reveal part 2

Today I’m going to highlight Wood Words for our

Catalog Reveal part 2

This is a fun little set that can be used in so many ways! It includes

  • a stamp set:
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  • coordinating Framelits Dies:
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  • a matching Designer Series Paper Pack, Wood Textures:
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  • and there is also a Bundle:
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Now let’s take a look at some of the projects my fellow demonstrators around the world have created. I think you will be surprised at how different each of these samples look considering they were all made with the same product!

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I love how Paula has used the Wood Textures paper as the background for her card base. Note the cute Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon as well!

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This one from Nina really highlights the floral image of the stamp set and the die cut heart is a nice little embellishment. Next up is a set of note cards from Sacha:

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All of these great project ideas can be made with the stamp set. But the Framelits also include this adorable little wood crate, which Janneke has used to hold some little note cards:

catalog reveal part 2

Okay, that’s it for day 2 of the catalog reveal. Tomorrow we’ll look at Floral Statements.

Now go forth and do something creative today!


My Catalog Order Part 1

Greetings and Salutations from Baltimore, and welcome to my catalog order part 1 reveal!

Baltimore is named after a Lord Baltimore, and in the war of 1812 it was condemned by the British for being a “nest of Pirates.” Now that’s an interesting tidbit – pirates sound both romantic and scary at the same time! So today I am going to share with you some of the “booty” from the new catalog and a glimpse at my “treasure!”

Catalog Order part 1:

There are so many new bundles and paper packs and ribbons and trim that it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, we want it all, right? Today I will highlight my number one favorite product in the new catty.

Birthday Memories Suite

You will find this nostalgic and colorful suite in a two-page spread on pages 68-69. There are 6 products in this suite:

  • Birthday Delivery, which features 23 fun photopolymer stamps: over half a dozen sentiments and ten delightful images
  • Birthday Friends Framelits, that includes a total of 10 dies: BONUS: the images in the paper pack coordinate with the framelits, so if you don’t think your coloring techniques are up to par you can just die cut your favorite images right from the paper
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, a total of 12 double-sided sheets, 12″ x 12″
  • ¼” Stitched Edge Ribbon in four bright coordinating colors
  • Birthday Memories Cardstock Pack which includes twenty-four pieces of 8½” x 11″ paper in Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Soft Sky
  • Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments: 12 pieces in three colors, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Soft Sky

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your lineup:


And here are some cute ideas using this product suite:

Birthday Delivery Catalog Order Part 1

Sandi is a Canadian demonstrator who is sharing a card made by cutting out the images in the Designer Series Paper Pack using the framelits. I love the colors she has chosen for her backgrounds, they are so bright and cheery!

And here is the entire suite of products in a delightful birthday party display, created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!:

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Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day!

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Back around Mother’s Day I shared with you the card I made for my daughter, and I told you that I would update it with new products since some of the items I had used have now retired. This was the card:

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Please bear in mind that I have not yet received my ginormous product order with all the many new things coming my way; ordering only opened yesterday, so it’ll be next week some time till I get it. So what I wanted to share with you today is a CASE I did of my own card, using only new or still available products:

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

I’ve already told you that I’m just crazy for balloons, and the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous has two: one with texture and one with the Hooray sentiment.

  • I used Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay inks and papers
  • the embossing folder is called Softly Falling, and it gives a nice light texture to the paper
  • See those balloon strings? I separated a piece of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine into two-strand segments, and after I punched the balloons I hand-tied all the strings to each piece.
  • The cute little bow is from some new Bermuda Bay chevron ribbon
  • I threw some of the Glitter Enamel Dots on there for some bling
  • the congratulations sentiment is also from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

As you can see, I followed the same basic template for this card as for the other, but I was able to change it up with a few different products, all of which are available to purchase.

I am on my way to visit my daughter for a few days, so I have decided to highlight some of the products I have ordered (and am impatiently waiting for) with ideas and videos from Stampin’ Up! So stay tuned, and

Go forth and do something creative today!


Adirondack Chair

My husband recently celebrated a birthday (don’t ask; let’s just say the Fire Department could have been called). The card that I made him I have shown you previously, the black and white hot air balloons card.

Let’s show the Adirondack chair some love today!

Have I ever mentioned that my husband and I are both originally from upstate New York? Not the White Plains upstate, but the real one, Albany and further north. His mother’s family is from a tiny town named North Creek, and it is located, obviously, in the Adirondacks. You see where I’m going, right? Yup, the origin of the Adirondack chair. Knowledge is power, my friends!

So my sister-in-law, who also happens to be my downline, sent him the card below for his birthday. Totes adorbs, am I right? I love the way she distributed the elements around the card, and of course, the fancy fold makes it that much more special. Cute, right? Makes me long for the beach!

Adirondack Chair

Isn’t it amazing how just folding a piece of paper in a different way can totally change not only the way a card looks but the impact that it makes? So thank you, Linda, we all loved your card!

That adorable little Adirondack chair is from the Colorful Seasons Bundle; it’s part of the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies. The coordinating stamp set is called Colorful Seasons, and you can see all the pieces parts in the new Annual Catalog, pages 146-147.

Now go forth and do something creative every day!


Eastern Palace Product Suite

I really can’t say enough about the Eastern Palace Suite. And I know I have talked about it before, but I just can’t get over my excitement about it.  It really is amazing. And I showed you a scrapbook layout I did with it previously, but I will share part of it with you again:

The color combos in the Designer Series Paper Pack are so versatile. You will have to get your hands on the Gold Vinyl Stickers to understand just how beautiful they are – and being vinyl, they are very easy to use because they aren’t flimsy like a regular sticker. And yes, I admit it, I do have an unnatural fondness for polka-dots. So there. 🙂

And if you’re a card maker, then you will certainly appreciate how the thinlit dies you get look so amazing on a card. And every little detail has been thought of, so the stamps that match the thinlits give you endless different ways to stamp around the medallions. Here are the three cards I made using a template from Stampin’ Up! (which you get for free as a demonstrator):

I don’t know which one is my favorite, because they’re all so pretty! And p.s., I was in Target just the other day and I can tell you for sure that tassels are really in this year. They were on everything from shirts to shoes to purses!

This suite of products is my second favorite suite in the new Annual Catalog. My very favorite and number one product suite that I can wait to get my hands on is the Birthday Delivery Suite, on page 69 in the catalog. And I just ordered it today, the first day that we, as demonstrators, can order from the full catalog – and yes, we do get a discount, thank goodness. And no, I have no idea where I’m going to put all the things that will be coming. But they’re just so pretty, and I like to have pretty things around me.

Oh, you haven’t seen the new catalog yet? Seriously? Well, just  Click here to download a digital copy of the new catalog.  And then go look at that page and see how cute that Suite is.

Now go forth, and do something creative everyday!