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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


Hope you are having a great day.


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?

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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.

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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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This Wasn’t the Card I Intended to Make With Delicate Details

Delicate Details. That was the stamp set I wanted to use. White heat embossing, Night of Navy card stock. I had that much in my mind. I heat embossed one of the stamps in white on Night of Navy. “Gee,” I thought, “this looks like a lacy curtain.” After that, I was on a totally different track. Here’s what I ended up with.

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Design Notes for Delicate Details Anniversary Card:

Once I saw the lacy curtains I knew I needed a window and then I just was on the search for a scene! I ended up using four different stamp sets for this card.

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For the inside of the window, I used a piece of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. It was light enough that I could stamp the champagne glasses and then the hearts on it. The window background is a piece of Whisper white card stock which I sponged with Night of Navy ink.

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Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice that two of the items on this list are listed as $0.00? That is because they are Sale-A-Bration items. For each $50 you spend,  you are entitled to select one item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Spend $100 and you could get two items. Remember, Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of this month. Call (302.945.1270) or email me if you’d like to place an order. Or, you can go directly to my 24-7 on-line store to place your order. Just click on the Shop button to the right. Remember to use the March Host Code.

Thanks for stopping by today.


P.S. There will be a card made featuring the Delicate Details stamp set  soon!