Three Versions – Crazy About You

Well, when I started making the card for today’s post. I couldn’t decide what card I wanted to make. A birthday card?  A graduation card?  A Mother’s Day card? So, I made one of each. Crazy About You stamp has so many choices, It’s virtually the same card, each with a different sentiment.

Crazy About You stamp set, Medallion flower Punch, Hello You thinlits, mother's day, graduation, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Crazy About You Cards:

Don’t the flowers just pop out at you? I used Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo for the flowers. After you punch them out with the Medallion Flower Punch, there is still just the tiniest white line on some of the petals. All I needed to do was add a little color with Sponge Daubers and some ink. The ‘happy’ is cut from the Flirty Flamingo paper with one of the dies from Hello You set of Thinlits. The Crazy About You stamp set, the Hello You Thinlits dies and the Medallion Flower Punch are all disappearing. Yes, it’s true. they are all on the retired list. Get them while you can.


Supply List, Crazy About You Cards:


Retirement List:

As you can see, lots of things are retiring. Believe me, there are lots and lots of great things coming too. But this is the time to get those retireing item that you want. I have provided a link to a list of currently available retiring items.


Hope you are having a great, stamping day!


Giving Some Love – Crafting Forever

Maybe you don’t recognize that name, Crafting Forever. It’s the name of a NEW stamp set from the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. I received this at a Leadership event while I was in Richmond. I just couldn’t wait any longer. This stamp set had to see some ink!

Crafting Forever stamp set, GDP#083, heat embossing, Note Cards, Stampin' Up!,

I can tell already this this is going to be one of my favorites! OH, but one of my favorite colors is here too. Unfortunately, Cucumber Crush is retiring soon. Love the ribbon? The Silver 1/8″ Satin Ribbon is on the list as well. But, get it while you can.

Most times, I create a card because I need the card for some reason. I created this card because I wanted to use this stamp set and for the Global Design Challenge. Now I love it and want to make more to send to some of my good friends! Here’s the logo and link for Global Design Challenge. The challenge was to use bling and sparkle. How do you think I did?


Design Notes for Crafting Forever Card:

Cucumber Crush is such a cheery color. I’m going to love the new In-Colors, but this is one I’m going to miss. First, I cut that paper just the same size as the front of the Note Card. I also used some scraps to punch circles as background for the scissors and sentiment. The scissors were heat embossed with Silver Heat Embossing Powder. Then, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add some color on the handles. I think they look just like my Paper Snips now! I’ll confess, cutting out the little finger holes was tedious, but so worth it! Finally, I added a little Silver 1/8″ Ribbon to add some shine and it was done.

However, I wasn’t finished playing with the stamps! Call in the Cucumber Crush scraps and trace around the envelope flap. Stamp and you’ve got instant cute!

Crafting Forever stamp set, GDP#083, heat embossing, Note Cards, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Crafting Forever stamp set:

Unfortunately, you can’t purchase the stamp set yet, but you might want to hurry and get the Cucumber Crush paper. The ink refill for Cucumber Crush has already sold out.



Give Away!!

I have one extra  Paper Pumpkin Kit from this month. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10, you could win this kit! Just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, list me as your demonstrator and you are in the running. The only way to get this month’s kit is to currently be a subscriber. You had to have been subscribing by April 10. I am sure that refills for this kit will be limited, so this might be the only way you can get this kit. Good luck!!! (US residents only.) To see more details about the kit, click here.




Sheltering Tree Final Hello Spring Card

For two years now, Sheltering Tree has been one of my favorite stamp sets. There was something in the set for each season. But, now it is on the Retiring List. Sigh. We are having beautiful spring weather here so I decided to make a “Hello” / spring card.

Sheltering tree, hello card, Stampin' Up!


What says spring more than a bike ride and a blossoming tree? OH, yeah, there is pollen. but let’s not talk about that.

Design Notes for Sheltering Tree Spring Card:

I tried to keep this card pretty simple. A little hill, a little sky, and a bike. I used some Thick Whisper White Card Stock and a Blender Pen and added some sky in Pool Party ink. Next, the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink then the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. The bike was Basic Black ink. To stamp the frame, I used Basic Black as well but stamped off first. The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set and stamped in Pool Party ink.


Supply List for Sheltering Tree Spring Card:

Sheltering Tree in one of the retiring set, Crazy About You also. So, if you love them, get them now!



Give Away!!!!

Did you see my post on Sunday?  I am giving away a Paper Pumpkin kit from this month. To be eligible, just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10! Easy as that. Get all the subscribing details here.

I just did Face Time with my god daughter’s 11 year old daughter. She was working on her kit while we spoke. And she was loving it!. She is donating her cards to a local woman’s shelter. Isn’t that wonderful?


Hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather. Maybe a bike ride?





Embossing Fun, Anniversary, And Flourishing Phrases

As I mentioned yesterday, I was hankering to do some heat embossing. It’s one of my favorite techniques. I actually did two things on this anniversary card that are a little different twist on embossing. Flourishing Phrases was the stamp set I started with. Take a look at my creation. Can you see the two different ways I embossed?

Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, anniversary, Stampin' Up,

Design Notes for Flourishing Phrases Anniversary card:

Did you see the embossing? I stamped the flowers in Watermelon Wonder ink, using a pad that I had just added reinker to, and then quickly added some Clear Embossing Powder. Then I used the Heat Tool and behold – shiny flower. I did each flower separately. Same process for the leaves. It’s a little addictive. Since I was on an embossing roll, so to speak, I decided to stamp the sentiment in VersaMark and then used Copper Heat Emboss Powder.

The flowers looked like they needed something so I used the Flourish Thinlits dies and some Copper Foil Paper to make the little flowers for the center. Still needed something.  Ah Ha moment. I used VersaMark and some Copper Embossing Powder on the pearls. A little hit from the Heat Tool and you have copper pearls! Cool, right? Here’s a close up on the Pearls.

Embossed pearls, Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, anniversary, Stampin' Up,


Supply list for Flourishing Phrases Anniversary card:

Something to note. The Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish Thinlits are currently a bundle. Buy them together and save 10%. If you wait until after May 31, you can still buy both but they are not in a bundle. Act wisely!




I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend. The weather here in lower Delaware is terrific. Makes it a little hard to stay inside and stamp BUT my Paper Pumpkin arrived Friday afternoon so I hear the call. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll show you what’s inside. IT IS SO COOL!

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Places You’ll Go for Graduation Gifting

Do you have some graduations coming up soon? I love graduations. Such an exciting time in the life of the graduate. It’s wonderful to think about all the possibilities. If you need a card or a gift card holder, look no further. The Places You’ll Go stamp set is just perfect for items for graduations. Though. sadly, it is retiring soon. Here’s a card and a gift card holder I made.

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Places You’ll Go Card and Gift Card Holder:

I think the card is pretty neutral, that is, you could use it for a man or a woman. If you wanted you could certainly change up the colors to match the graduates school colors.

On the card, I stamped the mount for the globe with VersaMark then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. I actually heat embossed the globe on a separate piece of paper with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I sponged over the globe itself with Pool Party ink. Next, I cut it out and popped it up on Dimensionals, The piece needed some more interest and dimension so I did three things. First, I heat embossed some small stars. I also sponged around the sentiment and popped that up on Dimensionals as well. Finally, I embossed the piece of Strawberry Slush card stock with the Seaside Embossing Folder and placed that behind the focal piece. That’s how you add dimension!

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

The gift card holder is pretty easy.

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,



I prepared a video a few months ago to demonstrate how to make the holder. This is the same box, just different papers.


Supply List for Places You’ll Go Card and Gift Card Holder:




Retirement sale, Stampin' Up!,

Remember, this stamp set, Places You’ll Go, is going to retire soon, as is everything Strawberry Slush! When you place an on-line order be sure to use the host code for April (EFSUD9NG that way you will be eligible for winning the host benefits if all orders total $150 or more.

Here’s the complete retiring list. Just click on it and it will open.


I seem to be on a heat embossing roll.. see what tomorrow brings!