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?





Touches of Texture for Convention Swap

One of the fun things about attending Stampin’ Up! events is swapping cards. Some people bring hundreds of cards! I’m not that ambitious. For this event in Richmond, I participated in one organized swap with 20 people. That I can handle! I used the Touches of Texture stamp set as well as the Beautiful You stamp set to create my card.


Touches of Texture, swap card, Stampin' Up!, aqua painter,

Design Notes for Touches of Texture Card:

I was pretty happy with the card design till I realized I was making twenty of them. How do those people with hundreds of cards do it? The thing that took the most time was painting in all the flowers with the Aqua Painter. Nice if you are doing one card, a little tedious when you are doing 20. I stamped the flowers with Basic Gray ink first then I colored in with Island Indigo ink using the Aqua Painters. I used a little So Saffron ink in the center to give it a little pop of color.

Supply List for Touches of  Texture Card:

Interestingly, both sets of stamps that I used for this card come in both Clear mount, and wood mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?


Please use my on-line store to order what ever you need. Remember to use the Host code for April when you order.

We are heading home today so I’m sure I will have some great things to tell and show you in the days to come.




Cucumber Crush Is Checking Out

It’s that time of year. The In-colors that we’ve come to love for nearly two years are leaving soon. Cucumber Crush is one of those colors. I know I will love the new colors when they come out in June. In the meantime, I’m just a little sad about letting the 2015-2017 colors go. I wanted to make some cards to send to some far away friends so I decided to spend some quality time with Cucumber Crush.

Cucumber Crush, Affectionately Yours Washi Tape, Best Badge Punch, Stampin' Up!, Punch

Design Notes for Cucumber Crush Hello Card:

I was inspired to created this clean and simple card by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

As soon as I saw the stripes, I thought of Washi tape. I particularly like the Affectionately Yours Washi and it has Cucumber Crush in it so, no further consideration required.  In my first version, I didn’t emboss the Whisper White card stock. I felt, as I often do, that it needed some texture. What does texture better than an embossing folder? This card seemed to call for the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. And do you like the Best Badge with the trim in Cucumber Crush card stock and Copper Foil?


Supply List for Cucumber Crush Hello Card:



Cucumber Crush Items

If you are like me and have really crushed on Cucumber Crush, you might want to stock up. Here are all of the items that will retire that contain Cucumber Crush.



Heading for fun!

Hope you are having a lovely Monday. This is a busy week for me. Classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I leave for Richmond Virginia with some friends. We are attending a Stampin’ Up! event on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night I get to go to a special event for leaders. There will be a lovely dinner, a gift and training. I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!


Stampin' Up! Richmond On Stage Local,


Lift Me Up, Easy Z- Fold

When we had Bingo last week, we did two Make n’ Takes. One I showed you a week or so ago. (Click here to see it.) My friend and down line, Janet, designed this card using the Lift Me Up stamp set and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Janet's MnT, Lift Me Up,, Stampin' Up!

I think her choice of colors was great. I especially love how the clouds were stamped with Mint Maçaron ink! Perfect! She was also able to make cutting out the balloons a snap. That’s what Up & Away Thinlits Dies are for!

Design Notes for Lift Me Up Card:

Making this Z-Fold card is not as complicated as it may appear.

  • Start with a piece of card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2 “.
  • Along the 8 1/2″ side, score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″ .
  • Mountain fold (make a Z) the scores with the small flap on top.
  • Use a piece of card stock 3″ square as a base for the feature/sentiment piece.On this card, the Night of Navy piece.
  • Stamp clouds, and sentiment  on a piece of 2 3/4″ square card stock.
  • Use pieces of Designer Paper that measure 1 1/4″ by 5 3/8″ for the inside of the card and one that measures 2 7/8″ by 5 3/8″ for the front.
  • From a scrap of Whisper White stamp then cut out the Balloons using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Be carful where you place your adhesive on the piece with the sentiment. Place the adhesive just down the center so that it does not adhere to the inside piece!

Supply List for Lift Me Up Card:

Like the Carried Away Designer Series Paper? Get it soon by placing an order of $50 or more. Carried Away Designer Series Paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration items.




Notice that the Lift Me Up stamp set comes in wood or clear mount and that it also comes as a bundle. Always get the Bundle!!!! If you purchase the Bundle, you don’t need to add much to your order to qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (You won’t need to add anything if you order the Wood Mount set.) Then you can get the Carried Away Designer Series Paper for FREE!


Have a great day and make time for stamping!



Easy Cards with Hello You Thinlits

I seem to be in a phase where I am making cute but easy cards. Not a bad thing. Yesterday I wanted to make a thank you card and used just Washi Tape and the Hello You Thinlits Dies. It was so nice, I did it twice, the second card was a Hello card, Same design, different Washi, different word.

Hello You Thinlits cards with Washi, Stampin' Up!,

What do you think? Aren’t they cute?

On this one I used Affectionately Yours Washi.

Hello You Thinlits, Affectionaetly YOurs Washi, Stampin' Up1,


This one is probably my favorite. I used the Floral Boutique Washi on this one.


Hello You Thinlits, Floral Bouquet Washi, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Hello You Thinlits Cards:

There isn’t a lot to say here!. I placed a few strips of Washi in a symmetrical pattern down the middle of the front of the card.  No layers – gasp! The only remotely tricky part was the sentiment. I cut the word out twice in Night of Navy. I carefully glued them together, Remember to pour a little Multipurpose Liquid  Glue on your Silicone Craft Sheet. Then use a Stamping Sponge to spread the glue. Next, I cut one more of the sentiment from Gold Foil. Glue them all together. The two Night of Navy layers give it some depth. I could make these all day.

Supply List for Hello You Thinlits Cards:


Guess What, Guess What, Guess What!!!!

(When I want to drive my husband crazy, I say that. I love it.)

Sale-A-Bration, final days

Anyway, Sale-A-Bration is in it’s final days. Two really popular items have run out, Glimmer Paper and the Card Box. Stampin’ Up! just raised the bar however. There are new items to select from during these last days. Here’s a peek and the list.

Final SAB items

Yes, your eyes have not deceived you. The designer papers and the Washi are items from the Occasions catalog! Yea! Yea! and Yea! (See, the three times thing can be annoying.)

Sale-A-Bration items, final

Pretty exciting, right! When you are ready to order just click on the “Shop Now” icon below., Stampin' Up!