Stylized Happy Birthday for my Quilting Friends

One of my neighbors, Sue, is a wonderful quilter. The other day, she showed me a quilt she had recently finished for her son. So beautiful!  I was immediately inspired to make a card using the same quilt pattern and Stylized Happy Birthday stamp. I’m not sure I captured ‘quilt’ idea in the background, but I thought it turned out o.k.

Stylized Happy Birthday stamp Stampin' Up, ,

And here is Sue’s quilt. well the top, at least/

Sue's quilt top


Design Notes for Stylized Happy Birthday Card:

Since Sue’s quilt had a masculine look to it (though it would be perfectly lovely anywhere!) I decided to use the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack. I fashioned a trapezoid from card stock, then traced and cut shapes from the Designer Series paper. Don’t look at my card too closely, the shapes are not perfectly aligned. I think my career as a quilter would be short lived. Sue had a lovely border fabric all around the edges. I decided to use two layers of ribbon to form an interesting border,  Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon and Copper Trim. Pretty much any excuse to use Copper Trim works for me.

In this picture, you can see the copper heat embossed “Happy Birthday”. I did some fussy cutting and then used Dimensionals, both regular and Mini, on the back.See where I used the Mini Dimensional on the top of the H?


Stylized Happy birthday stamp, mini Dimensionals,

So, while I was at it, I became inspired, again, to make a more feminine card. Here’s how that one turned out.

Stylized Happy Birthday stamp, quilt card, Stampin' Up!,

For this one I used Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon and Silver Natural Trim. Again, don’t look at my ‘quilting’ too closely!

Supply List for Stylized Happy Birthday Cards:

This list includes materials for both cards. Remember, when you are ready to purchase, just click one one of the images below to go to my 24-7 on-line store.


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Seaside Shore for Swimming Teacher

A friend recently asked me to make a thank you card for her daughter’s summer swimming teacher. No brainer. I went right to Seaside Shore stamp set. All those little fish swimming around. What doesn’t work with that!

Seaside shore stamp set, Thank you card, Stampin' Up! ,

Do you see the envelope? I love adding a little clue about the card to the envelope.


Design Notes for Seaside Shore Thank You Card:

The Swirly Scribbles set of Thinlits has been a favorite since it first came out. I love the swirly flowers and have found lots of uses for the lines that blend together. Here I used them as waves. I had the Soft Sky waves on the paper and it looked a little blah. Then, I cut the swirly lines from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and paired the two together. I was purposely not super careful about lining them up. The effect is kind of cool, right?  The little bubbles stamp added a nice background,. I used White Heat Embossing Powder to add a little more texture. I later thought that I could have used White Craft ink. Next time. Here’s a close up so that you can see the Glimmer Paper.

Seaside shore stamp set, Thank you card, Stampin' Up! ,

My final, “I think it needs something else.” touch was to add some Glitter Enamel Dots. I love those things!


Supply List for Seaside Shore Thank You Card.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Both stamp sets come in both Wood Mount and Clear Mount. Always good to have choices, isn’t it?


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gifts with join by July 31. '17preview Carols of Christmas stamp set

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Hope you are having a good day. It’s been very hot here. Good time to stay in side, keep cool and craft!


Butterfly Basics for Global Design Project

I always like a good challenge. This week’s Global Design Project was to copy the designer. I started out trying to use the same colors – I did deviate a bit from that. I sort of followed the general sketch of the card but really needed to add the butterflies. What’s a card using Butterfly Basics without butterflies? Anyway, I like my card, a lot. I may or may not have followed the lead of the designer but I was definitely inspired by her card. Here’s my card and the logo and link for this week’s Global Design Project.

Butterfly Basics stamp set, heat embossing, GDP, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Butterfly Basics Card:

To achieve the two colors on the flower, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers with Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide directly to the stamp. I decided I wanted it to have a little sparkle so I then restamped the flowers and leaves  with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder. Even though the stamps are clear, I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help me position them accurately.

The butterflies were a last minute addition. I made all three butterflies from one inking, just kept stamping off. The one at the top is actually also heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder to give it a little sparkle. Oh, and using the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals was great for these tiny butterflies.

Supply List for Butterfly Basics Card:

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Hope you are having a great day.


P.S. I found out that I came in 10th in the voting at Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. I’m VERY happy. That means I will be able to participate in an International Blog Hop in early July. I’ll keep you posted! Thanks for your support.


Label Me Pretty – Yummy! Yummy!

One of my neighbors has been in the hospital and is now home. I made her some of my somewhat famous chocolate chip cookies*. Doesn’t that help anyone recuperate? Also, one of the loveliest ladies in my class fell and fractured her right hand and missed class yesterday. Treats were a necessity for her as well! I pulled out my new Label Me Pretty set and made a few tags for goodies.

Label Mr Pretty, Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack, heat embossing, Stampin, Up!,

For this tag I used Petal Garden Designer Paper. I heat embossed the ‘from my KITCHEN to yours’ with white embossing powder on Chocolate Chip card stock (appropriate, right?)

Striped Treat bags, Stampin' Up!,

I took Anna Marie a few peanut butter cookies I had made for class and put them in this adorable Striped Treat Bag. The tag is heat embossed on Lemon Lime Twist card stock. I used gold embossing powder to coordinate with the gold stripes on the bag. Love the bags!

Label Me Pretty, copper embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Finally, I made one more tag, just in case! This one uses Wood Texture Designer Series Paper and Copper Foil Paper along with some of the new Copper Ribbon.

Supplies for Label Me Pretty Tags:

The Label Me Pretty stamp set is part of a bundle. If you purchase the stamp set, wood mount or clear mount, you can also get the Pretty Label Punch in the bundle. Save 10%!

Supplies for all three tags:

These are the additional supplies for the first  Chocolate Chip tag.


Supplies for yellow tag.

Finally, supplies for the copper tag.


Hope the goodies help each of these lovely folks feel better.


P.S. Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe available on request!

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.