Sending Love

Yesterday was B is for Book and today is B is for Black. I’m sending love as I’ve been experimenting with the new Lots of Love stamp set, and am smitten with the big. bold, Brush font that is used for the “sending lots of love sentiment.”  You’re also getting a look at one of the papers in the new Just Add Color Designer Series Paper pack, but here I have chosen to use it as a simple black and white background without coloring it in.

Sending Love

The patterns on this paper tend to be very large, so I thought that using it as a card front would require a landscape orientation, as opposed to the standard portrait orientation.

I was trying to decide how to use the Brush font sentiment without totally obscuring the beautiful background paper, so I went digging in my filing cabinet and found some adhesive-backed acetate.

Here’s what you need to know about acetate:

  •  it takes a long time to dry when you stamp on it.
  • You cannot use a heat tool because that will warp the plastic. Trust me on this. It’s painful to watch.
  • You cannot increase the ink coverage by stamping repeatedly, even with a MISTI. The ink just leaves pools of color.

So what can you do? Well, in this case, since I was using black ink, I let the acetate dry completely and then any areas where the color wasn’t as deep as in others I simple colored those places in with a black Sharpie. Boom! Done! I let the Sharpie ink dry completely and then carefully removed the backing on the acetate and adhere it to the front of my card base.

Sending love to you all!

Now get out there and do something creative today. I’m counting on you!!

Here are my supplies; clicking on the links will take you to my online store.

**  A note about the Window Sheets below: they are NOT adhesive, but they are the same quality as the acetate I used. Staz-On ink, which we no longer carry (sad face), is probably the best type of ink to use. It dries a lot quicker and doesn’t smear at all. Just sayin’.


B is for Book

B is for Book

Welcome to the June 2017 Pals’ Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B”, features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays, Brides, and Books, just to name few. You might just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or you have come from my dear friend Jeanie Stark, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

B is for Book

So I’ve told you that my favorite new product suite is the Birthday Delivery set, right? While I sat brainstorming (aah, another B), I kept thinking about how the art work in that suite would be perfect for a children’s book. Oh, right, Book begins with B! Problem solved! (And while we’re on the topic, I think the little critters in this suite could be right out of something by Richard Scarry).

Well, I am a librarian, after all, so Book it is.  A Squash Book, that is. Yup, one of those all folded up types that seems impossible to get back together once you’ve opened it, am I right?

I have made many of these before, but this time I decided to use 12 x 12 paper, so the book comes out as 6 x 6.  Here’s the cover:

B is for Book

I die cut the images from the Designer Series Paper and then die cut a piece of matching fun foam to adhere them to for added stability. Remember, each square is 6 x 6, so here’s the short person trying to get a full picture of the whole thing opened up:

B is for Book

I managed to get a couple of pop-ups in there, as well:

B is for Book

B is for Book

I used the sentiments from the Birthday Delivery set and just one sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (Party Time).

B is for Book

And yes, those little balloons have strings. And yes, I’m losing my mind! Haha!

B is for Book

There you have it. Now it’s time to close the book on this post.

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We’re having a pattern party! Now hop along to the next in line, Pamela Sandler or by using the Blog Hop Line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals’ Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  4. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore     Ü  here we are!  
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  26. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  27. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming


winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

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!


Back from Baltimore

I made it home yesterday. Today I had a dentist appointment and I arrive, didn’t have to wait to long, went in to the hygienist, sat down, and the first question she asked was “Did you pre-medicate?” Oh, dang. Totally forgot. Well, that was a total waste of time. Wish I had stayed in Baltimore, for crying out loud!

Wednesday we went to the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. It is a gorgeous building, and the flow through the aquarium is very smooth, even when it’s crowded. As it was when we were there. At the very top of the building is the rain forest section, and I snagged a picture of this beautiful orchid in bloom among the greenery. One of the attendants there told me that she has worked there for eleven years and this is the first time it has ever bloomed!

Baltimore Aquarium

My little grandson had a great time there. It was his first visit ever, and he was very excited. So many of the displays were accessible at his level, and of course, many of the fish were much bigger than he is. Every time something caught his eye he would say “Whoa!”  For an eighteen month old he was very interested and very well-behaved. Which is a lot more than I can say for many of the folks there. Sheesh!

My daughter’s birthday is coming up on Tuesday. We won’t be able to celebrate in person, but we’ll be doing the FaceTime thing which is almost as good as being there. So in her honor here is a little card I made not too long ago in some of my favorite colors. I really like the fonts in the scalloped circle – I believe it’s a Simon Says Stamp set.

Enjoy your Saturday. Hope you’re doing something fun. I’ll be doing laundry. You know, that thing you always have to do once you get back from a trip!

Now get 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!


catalog reveal part 3
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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!

Catalog Order Part 3
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See what I mean? Stunning! Here are a couple of projects from the Stampin’ Up! corporate office:

catalog order part 3
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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.

catalog order part 3
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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:
catalog reveal part 2
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  • a matching Designer Series Paper Pack, Wood Textures:
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  • and there is also a Bundle:
Catalog Reveal part 2
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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!

catalog reveal part 2
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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!

catalog reveal part 2
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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:

catalog reveal part 2

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!