Clearance – One of My Favorite Words!

I almost said, “My favorite word.” but I thought words like love should take precedence. However, CLEARANCE definitely is right near the top of my favorite words list. And right now, Stampin’ Up has recently put some new items on the clearance list. Yea!!!!

Clearance, Stampin' Up!,

My Top 10 Favorite From the Current Clearance List.


Any that’s just the top ten. There are some other great things, things for Halloween, Christmas and Easter as well as wonderful everyday things. However, these things tend to go fast at these great prices so be sure to order soon. Please contact me if you’d like me to order for you.

Please do not select “No Contact” if you order online. That means I have no idea who ordered and can’t personally thank you. I promise not to bombard you with emails!

Oh and one more thing. Have you voted for my project yet? It’s easy to do. Just click on the image below and it will take you to Kylie’s Blog Highlights. My project is #18. Just click on the heart in the upper right hand corner. Thanks.

August International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comKylie's Highlights, August

Hope you are having a great day.


P.S. Here’s something I made back in May using the Candles Border Punch. I was so sad when that retired! Be sure to get it now!

Clearance, Candles Border Punch, Endless Birthday Wiahes stamp set, GDP#080, Stampin' Up!,


Can Climbing Orchids Be Peach?

If you saw my blog post yesterday, you know that I made a box and note cards for a teacher gift. The note cards featured Climbing Orchids stamp set with Peekaboo Peach ink and some with So Saffron ink. After I finished everything, I wondered if there really are peach colored orchids. I can’t seem to find such things but something like that can’t stop creativity. I think they look pretty. As I promised yesterday, here’s a close up of the card.

Climbing Orchids, Note cards, Aqua Painters

Well, I think they look lovely even if peach colored orchids don’t exist.


Design Notes Climbing Orchids Note Cards:

It’s so easy to work with the note cards. For these, I just used a piece of So Saffron card stock as a mat. After that I stamped Thank You (from the Daisy Delight stamp set) and tied some Copper Trim across the top. On a separate piece of paper I stamped the orchids on Whisper White card stock using Basic Black Archival ink. I used the Black Archival because I knew I was going to use an Aqua Painter and know that if I use the Archival ink, it won’t smear. Then to the Big Shot and the Orchid Builder Dies. The stems and leaves were stamped right onto the card stock. Final step? Wink of Stella, of course! Easy right? For the other cards, I used the same techniques, just reversed the colors. I used Peekaboo Peach card stock and colored the flowers with So Saffron ink.

So Saffron Climbing Orchids, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Climbing Orchids Note Cards:

The Note Cards & Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! are one of the best deals in the catalog. You get 20 cards and envelopes in the package and you can purchase them in either Whisper White or Very Vanilla. You can’t pass that up!


Did You Vote Yet?

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

In yesterdays post, (see it here) I mentioned that I am in a Blog Highlight. If I finish in the top ten, then I will be an a Blog Hop. Would you vote for me, please? My card is #18. Just click on the heart in the upper right hand side of my card. You will then get a notice that you have 4 votes left. No, you can’t vote for me again. But, I am sure you will see other lovely projects there to vote for if you wish. Just click on the image above or click here.



Time for Teacher Gifts!

The beginning of the school year is always a time of mixed emotions, especially for teachers – excitement to start a new year paired with a bit of regret that the summer has come to an end. I loved teaching and especially  loved my years as a 4th grade teacher (one of MANY jobs I held!) Occasionally I would receive a note, card, letter or even a little gift from a student or family at the beginning of the year. Nice! Perhaps you live in a part of the world where the school year is coming to a close. That’s another good time for a thoughtful gift. Today I am participating in Kylie’s Blog Highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts. I know that when I was a teacher, I never had enough note cards. So I thought some note cards and a little box would be a good gift for either the start or finish of the year.

Teacher Gift, Note Cards, Climbing Orchid, Foil Frenzy specialty DSPOrchid

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

I made two each of the cards for a total of four.

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

The box was pretty easy. To be honest, I think I have a pattern somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So, I just made this one by measuring and folding and a little hit and miss. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made It pretty quick to prepare. I loved working with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is definitely sturdy enough to hold the cards. I decorated the box with some of the orchids from Climbing Orchids and some of the lovely Copper Trim.


Card box, Teacher Gifts, Stampin' Up!, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Can you guess where I got the sentiment for the front? It from a new set from the Holiday catalog called Merry Little Labels. The stamp I used coordinates with the Everyday Label Punch. You can’t be without that punch. Fortunately, the stamp set and punch are a bundle. You can save 10% when you purchase them together. You just have to wait a few more days.

Supply List for Teacher Gifts (the Box)

Tomorrow I will focus on the cards I made. This list is for the box, thought many materials for the cards are the same.



If you are reading this after 6PM on Tuesday, August 15, I would appreciate it if you would go to this web site and vote for my card (#18). I’d like to be part of a blog hop and need to be in the group of the top ten vote getters. In the upper right hand corner of my picture you will see a little heart. Just click there. You can only vote for my card one time. I know you will see other wonderful projects there. You will have five votes so you can vote for 4 others,



Oh No! Envelope Punch Board to the Rescue!

Yesterday my blog post showed two cards I made in my new series about quilts as inspirations for cards. After I did the video and was straightening everything up, I realized that the lovely 5″ x 5″ cards would not fit in a standard envelope. Envelope Punch Board to the rescue. Do you have things that you forget you have? I think that is what has happened here. I just forgot I had it. There was a time when I couldn’t wait to use it. I had forgotten how satisfying it is to create a custom envelope. Here’s a shot of the cards and envelopes.

Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Up!,

For the two Dapper Denim cards, I selected some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper and for the Berry Burst one I used paper from Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Have you ever made an envelope? It’s really easy. Here’s a brief video from Stampin’ Up that shows you just how easy it is.


After I make the envelopes, if I am not ready to send the card. I just add a Glue Dot to the flap and leave a little piece of the waxy paper from the Glue Dot roll. By the way, I will put a plain mailing label on the front so that you can actually see the name and address!

Envelope Punch Board

Supply List for Envelopes:


Be sure to check in tomorrow. I will show a special project as part of a Blog Highlight and be asking for your vote!



P.S. Want to order an Envelope Punch Board? Just click on the image in the list above and it will take you my 24-7 on line store.

Quilt Inspiration – Cards and Video Tutorial

I used to say, “When I retire, I want to learn to quilt.” Well, scrapbooking and then card making came up and no room or time (or talent) for quilting. However, a few weeks ago, I went to a local quilt show. Wow! Some of the quilts were beautiful. And so much work! But, I was hit with “Quilt Inspiration”. I am in the midst of designing some cards inspired by some of the quilts I saw there. Over the next few weeks I’ll present the cards, the inspirational quilts and I’ll show how I made the cards. Doesn’t that sound like fun? And so much quicker than quilting!

I made two versions of the card.

Quilt Inspiration, Berry Burst, Stampin' Up!, Quilt Inspiration, Dapper Senim, Stampin' Up!,

Are you wondering how to create these cards? Do you have a quilter in your life that would like a card like this? You are in luck. I’ve prepared a video to show you how I made these cards.



Measurements for Quilt Inspiration Card:

  • Dapper Denim Card Stock, 5″ x 10″, score at 5″. Also need some scraps for two pieces cut from smallest square in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • Whisper White Card Stock, 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, plus scrap for stamping sentiment
  • Pieces of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, for smallest squares from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • 4 pieces from Wood Texture Design Series Paper Stack cut 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • For the Berry Burst Birthday card, sentiment is cut from smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits.


Supply List for Quilt Inspiration Card:



Hope you are having a wonderful day!