Anniversary Wishes – Two Versions

In the next week or so, we know two couples celebrating anniversaries. So, I make cards, it’s what I do. While making these anniversary wishes cards, I ended up making two different cards. They are the same but different. I can’t decide which one I like best. What do you think?

Anniversary wishes, Floral Phrases stamp set, Teeny tiny Wishes stamp set, Detailed floral thinlits,

See what I mean?  The same but different.

Design Notes for Anniversary Wishes Cards:

Sometimes when I start to make a card, I have a pretty good idea of what it will look like. Hummm, not the case here. I know that I have seen literally a million cards made with the Floral Phrases stamp set and the Detailed Floral Thinlits. I’ve loved them all but wanted to do something a little different. For both cards, I embossed the floral motif, one with Fresh Fig ink and Clear Embossing Powder (you have to act quickly!) the other with VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder. Then, using the Precision Plate, I cut out the smaller floral design from Detailed Floral Thinlits on the top of the card (upside down?) Since I didn’t have room for the congratulations sentiment from Floral Phrases, I improvised. I used one of my Go To stamp sets, Vertical Greetings. Again, feeding my habit, I heat embossed the sentiment on both cards.

Version 1

Annversary Wishes, Floral Phrases, Vertical Greetings, Detailed Floral Thinlits

Hard to see but there is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper behind the Fresh Fig layer.



Version 2:

Anniversary wishes, floral Phrases

This one has Silver Glimmer Paper behind the Wisteria Wonder layer.


Supply List for Anniversary Wishes Cards.


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Oh So Eclectic Wedding Wishes

Yes, I am featuring the Oh So Eclectic stamp set again. I just can’t help myself. We made a card something like this is my classes this month and I tweaked it just a bit to create a wedding (or anniversary) card for the Global Design Project Theme Challenge.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


Design Notes for Oh So Eclectic Wedding Card:

As much as I love playing with the stamp set, I think the part of the card that was the most fun, was using the Embossing Paste. I created a mask using one of the Thinlits from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and some Window Sheet. Then used it just like I would any other mask. The flowers were stamped in two steps, first the solid flower image where I used Sweet Sugarplum ink, then the details image with Berry Burst ink. I finished it off with some Wink of Stella. The “Marriage is a journey” sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. I love the sentiment for the inside from that set as well.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


Supply List for Oh So Eclectic Wedding Card:

Good news, the Oh So Eclectic stamp set comes in both clear mount and wood. Even more good news, it is available as part of a bundle with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. BUY and SAVE.


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Brushstroke Alphabet to the Rescue for Happy House-a-versary

The other day my husband and I were talking about how amazing it was that we have been in our current house for 10 years. Jerry then asked, “Is there a card for that?” Well, that was all the prompting I needed. I formulated the card in my head but wondered about the sentiment. Then, an “Aha” moment – Brushstroke Alphabet to the rescue. House-a-versary in the works! (I think I’ve created a new card making occasion. I’m sure I should notify someone.)

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Design Notes for House-A-Versary, Brushstroke Alphabet card:

Well, can you well that I am having fun playing with the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I told you yesterday that you would see something with the paste and masks again soon! (See this post for my first Embossing Paste card.)

The house itself is made from Whisper White card stock with some Embossing Paste that I colored with So Saffron Ink Refill. I used the Home Sweet Home Thinlits to create the house itself. The background needed a little something so I added the Hardwood Background stamp with Crumb Cake ink. Just enough, I think. this card could also be made as a new house card (minus the “House-A-Versary sentiment!)

Supply List for House-A-Versary, Brushstroke Alphabet card:


Hope you have something to celelbrate today! As my mother always said, “Life is short, celebrate everything.”





Farewell Timeless Love – Bye Bye Botanical Blooms

Gee, the title of this blog post sounds pretty dramatic. I am featuring two of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Timeless Love and Botanical Blooms. Timeless Love was definitely my favorite for anniversary cards. In fact, that’s what I made for today’s post.

Timeless Love stamp set, Botanical Blooms stamp set, Stitched Shapes Framelits, anniversary card, Stampin' Up!,

Are you wondering where the little hearts came from? It’s the little heart from the Owl Builder Punch, also retiring!

Design Notes for Timeless Love Card:

This design is actually similar to many cards I’ve done before. What’s different is that I created my own designer paper for the background. I used Pear Pizzazz ink for the leaves and Perfect Plum ink for the flowers. Both stamps are  from the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

The ovals were cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I put a few Dimensionals behind the smaller, Soft Sky piece.

Supply List for Timeless Love Card:

The owl punch and the two stamp set will only be available until tonight! Oh, so sad. Order right now!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, I’ll have something cute from the new catalog to show you!



So In Love Anniversary Card

.My goddaughter Anne Marie and her husband Lee recently celebrated their 9th anniversary. They are a wonderful couple and we love spending time with then. I sent their anniversary card off a few days ago but made some very similar cards using the So In Love stamp set.This set is just perfect for anniversary or wedding cards.

So in Love anniversary card, So Detailed Thinlits dies, Falling in Love Designer Series paper, anniversary card, Stampin' Up!,

I love the muted colors and lacy details. The Falling In Love Designer Series Paper lends a soft, dreamy quality.


Design Notes So in Love Anniversary Card:

Not sure you can see it in the photo but I placed a piece of Vellum Card Stock on top of the Falling In Love Paper. I stamped the vellum with Pink Pirouette ink using a beautiful flower from the stamp set. Remember, when adding Vellum to a card to use adhesive only where it won’t show. In this case, I added it only behind the So Detailed Thinlit piece I had cut from Blushing Bride Card Stock.

The 1/4″ Satin Very Vanilla ribbon just finished the card nicely.


Supply List for So In Love Anniversary card:


You can buy the stamp set in either clear mount or wood mount. You can also purchase the stamp set as part of a bundle with the Framelits and save 10%! Yea!



Many of these items are retiring so if you want them, get them soon!


Almost – Last Chance for Paper Pumpkin Kit from April

Last month, April,  there was a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. The CEO of Stampin’ Up! designed this kit and it is just adorable. There are no refill kits available, however. They sold out in one day. I happen to have an extra entire kit! If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin between now and midnight on May 9, you might win this extra kit!

To find out more about Paper Pumpkin or to subscribe just follow this link.

Paper Pumpkin is a kit that is sent right to your door step each month. The kit includes everything you need. Just add the fun! Printed directions with photos are always included. A video is available at YouTube each month. It’s perfect for all levels of stampers from beginner to expert! You should try it.


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