Coffee Cafe for Global Design Project

I think that the first thing I notice is color. Maybe card colors, clothing, furniture or decor items. So, when I saw that this week’s challenge from  Global Design Project was a color challenge, I knew that I would participate. The choice of Coffee Cafe stamp set was totally random!

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Cpffee Cups Framelits Dies, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Global Design Project, Stampin' Up!,

Isn’t this a great color combination? Here’s the challenge logo. Just click on the image below  to go to the site.


Design Notes for Coffee Cafe Card:

One of the first things I did was to look in the Annual Catalog to see what colors were in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Once I saw that Soft Suede was one of the colors, it was an easy decision to use that paper on my card. I stamped the cup, lid and wrapper with Soft Suede ink and cut them out with the Coffee Cups Framelits..And isn’t the shimmery ribbon a fun touch? Finally, I added a little Wink of Stella on the words to make them stand out a bit.

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Cpffee Cups Framelits Dies, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Global Design Project, Stampin' Up!,

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International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

Can you take just a minute to vote for my card? I’m hoping to land in the top 10. If that happens then in a few weeks, I’ll be in an International Blog Hop.

Just go to this website.

Find my card, #3.

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Click on the heart to vote for my card.

It’s as easy as that!





Shimmery White Embossing Paste Sees Daylight!

When the Occasions catalog came out, I HAD to have the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Have you seen all of the cards and projects I made using it? NO, neither have I. Somehow, it got a little lost and I forgot about it. I rediscovered it yesterday and am so happy that I did. Something different was called for in making a card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.

Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Eastern Beauty stamp set, Thinking of You, Stampin' Up!,

It’s a bit of a different card for me!

Here’s the inspiration chard for this challenge. I think it is so beautiful!

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Just click on the image above to go to Global Design Project and see the other wonderful cards.

Design Notes for Shimmery White Embossing Paste Card:

Can you see the elements of the inspiration card that I used? The shape appealed to me. I really just cut down a standard A2 card. The card base for my sample measures 3 1/2″ x 11″ and is scored at 5 1/2″ . I also centered my design on the right side and left some open space on the left side.

I pulled out the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and used the Shimmery Paste. The paste really does shimmer! Next, I wanted to add some more shimmer and shine so I looped some Silver Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment. Finally, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots over on the left. I debated with myself about stamping the sentiment in Basic Black or adding just a hint of color. Cherry Cobbler won the debate.


Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Eastern Beauty stamp set, Thinking of You, Stampin' Up!,


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Paper Pumpkin March Surprise:

Paper Pumpkin 5 years special, Stampin' Up!,

Sometimes as demonstrators we get a peek at upcoming new stamps or other catalog items. This month, the 5th Anniversary Paper Pumpkin Kit has a special box and a special, extra crafting gift. I have no idea what it is and can’t wait to get my March kit. You can still subscribe in time to get the March kit with all of its surprises. Anyone who signs up in time to get the March kit will get a gift from me as well. Since all of the stamps are photopolymer, I’ll send you a Piercing Mat to use with your stamps. Win, win, win! Right?


Hope you are having a great day and the weather is being cooperative!





Springtime Foils Gift Bag

I needed a gift bag. I wanted something really special. Springtime Foils to the rescue.

Springtime Foils DSP, Stampin' Blends, Gift Bag, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Up!,


If you are curious about some of the Sale-A-Bration items, like this beautiful paper, just hop on over to the Global Design Project for this week. All the entries will feature some Sale-A-Bration item.

Global Design Project, 117

Have you seen this paper? it is so beautiful!

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Design Notes for Springtime Foils Gift Bag:

I have prepared a little tutorial for the gift bag. Here is a tutorial for gift Bag It’s really pretty easy. (Just click to open.)

Once I cut the paper, but before I scored it, I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the leaves and flowers. Talk about a way to chill. I love coloring and coloring with the Blends is just like therapy! Once I finished coloring, I assembled the bag and added the ribbon and punch border across the top. Important to use a good adhesive to both assemble the bag and add the ribbon. Tear n’ Tape was perfect for both jobs.

I decided I needed a tag and found a nice sentiment in the Color Me Happy stamp set. Since I didn’t want to use the entire message (so happy for you) I masked part of it with clear tape to just get the “for you” section of the stamp.

Springtime Foils DSP, Gift Tag, Stampin' Blends, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Up!,

The flower is colored and cut out from some of the paper I had left from the bag. The paper is too pretty to throw anything away!

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Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,

Do you know about this paper? it’s one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration. Purchase $50 and you will qualify for one of the items like the Springtime Foils paper.


Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!




Petal Passion, I’m On a Roll Again!

Well, it seems I just kept rolling with my Sponge Brayers. This time I used some Pear Pizzazz ink on the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. It’s getting to be one of my favorite papers.

Oh So Eclectic, Sponge Brayers, Petal Passion, Stampin' Up!,

The layout for this card was inspired by this week’s sketch over at Global Design Project. Go over there to see some great cards using this sketch.

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Design Notes for Petal Passion Card:

The Petal Passion paper is great. Black drawings on white paper. Some sheets have more black than white. All perfectly lovely. I chose a sheet that had lots of white. A little sponge brayering with the Pear Pizzazz ink and – transformation!  It totally softened the look of the paper. Next, I stamped the flower with Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral on Whisper White card stock. After I stamped the flower, I thought the contrast was a little stark so I rolled a little Pear Pizzazz on the flower and on the sentiment. Finally, I picked up the Calypso Coral from the flower by using some of the FREE Shimmer Ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration package. I topped it off with a little piece of Vintage Crochet Trim. It was my last piece. It’s retired now.

Oh So Eclectic, Sponge Brayers, Petal Passion DSP, Stampin' Up!,


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Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,

This is the best time of the year to purchase anything from Stampin’ Up! For each $50 you purchase, you get to select something from one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures. Like the ribbon I used today? That’s a Sale-A-Bration choice. It’s part of a package with two other, great, shimmery ribbons.

Please call (302.945.1370)  or email me )[email protected]) if I can help you with your order. Let me know if you need a catalog. I’d be happy to send one out to you.

Hope you are having a great day. Any time for stamping today?


Breaking Out the Sweet Soiree Paper

You know I have a paper problem. Sometimes I love it so much I won’t use it! I think there must be a 12 step program somewhere. In the meantime, I’ve been working on getting myself away from that habit. My current, “It’s too beautiful to use” paper is Sweet Soiree. It’s beautiful. I did use it once about two weeks ago. You can see the post here. I decided to use some more of it for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.

Sweet Soiree DSP, birthday, Stampin' Up!, #GDP124

The Global Design Project challenge this week was to CASE (copy) the Designer.

Global Design Project124  I decided to make a square card and also to have a wreath on it.

Design Notes for Sweet Soiree Card:

You have to admit, the paper is really beautiful. I love all of the touches of silver in it and decided to highlight that feature by adding some silver touches – some Silver Baker’s Twine and a few Metallic Enamel Shapes. I made the wreath part from one of the Thinlits in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies. You might be wondering about the flowers. I cut them out from one of the other pieces of paper in the Sweet Soiree package. (Are you proud of me?) I don’t mind fussy cutting. You need good scissors like our Paper Snips. And remember to move the paper not the scissors.

While I was feeling free with the paper, I put a little strip inside.

Sweet Soiree DSP, birthday, Stampin' Up!, #GDP124

I also made a second card. At first, I couldn’t decide which color to pick from the Designer Paper to use behind the wreath. Isn’t that a great thing? When you use Designer paper, your choices are easy. Just look on the package or in the catalog and the colors are right there for you.The first card has Rich Razzleberry and the second card has Berry Burst behind the wreath.

Sweet Soiree DSP, birthday, Stampin' Up!, #GDP124

On this card, I also used some Silver Metallic Thread around the wreath to accent the silver in the paper.

Tip for Today

When you are fussy cutting, use good scissors and remember to let the paper move.

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Hope you are having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.