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.




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?

Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, anniversary, Stampin' Up,

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.

Embossed pearls, Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, anniversary, Stampin' Up,


Supply list for Flourishing Phrases Anniversary card:

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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Congratulations Card – Freshly Made Sketches

As you know, I love to participate in sketch and design challenges like Freshly Made Sketches. Also, a friend of mine recently received a promotion. So I merged the challenge and the card need to create this Congratulations card using Flourishing Phrases stamp set, one of my new favorites.

Congratulations card, Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, FMS273

Here’s the logo for the challenge. You should go over to Freshly Made Sketches, to at least look for inspiration. Maybe even try a challenge. It’s fun.

FMS273, challengeDesign Notes for Congratulations Card:

I recently saw a live video broadcast by the Sara Douglass, the CEO at Stampin’ Up! She showed a very cool technique where you just use reinkers and an Aqua Painter to brush blocks of color on the card stock. I tried it here and love how easy it is to really make a colorful statement! Next, I embossed the message with Gold Embossing Powder. Never one to leave well enough alone, I  then decided I needed just a bit of glitz and stamped and heat embossed some dots with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Finally, I was satisfied.

You might think I went a little overboard with the mats. I started with a Whisper White Note Card. Next, I used the same three colors that I used with the reinkers (Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pool Party) and made each of 1/8″ smaller. The Shimmer Paper in the center is actually 1/4″ smaller.

Supplies for Congratulations Card:


I hope my friend Jim likes this card. His new position is important and I know he is just the right person for the job. Congrats, Jim!

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Thanks…So Very Much for Design Challenge

Creating cards for challenges is getting to be something I really like doing. This time I used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, So Very Much for the Global Design Project Challenge this week. The Challenge was to use Delightful Dijon, Silver and one other color to create a card. Here’s my card and the challenge logo.

So Very Much stamp set, heat embossing, GDP069, Carried Away Designer Series Paper, Metallic Elements Shapes


Is anyone surprised that I used heat embossing for the silver? You know that is one of my favorite techniques!

Notes on making So Very Much card:

i actually had a hard time thinking about the third color. White was the obvious choice. I tried Early Espresso. It went well with the Delightful Dijon but not so well with silver. I tried gray and ran with it. I actually used Basic Gray card stock and sponged it with Basic Gray ink. The Designer Series Paper layer actually has Smoky Slate in it. I figured it was probably ok since it’s in the gray family! After the heat embossing and sponging, it still needed just a little something. I think the tilt helped and then I added the Metallic Enamel Shape…. BINGO! POP achieved!

Supplies for So Very Much Card:

Notice that the So Very Much stamp set and Carried Away Designer Series Paper were FREE! You can get FREE items also when you place an order of $50 or more. For every $50 you spend you get to select an item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.



Join, Sale-A-Bration

Don’t forget that there are some other special things gong on during Sale-Bration. If you purchase the Starter Kit for $99 you get to select $125 worth of product from the annual catalog, the Occasions catalog or even from the Clearance section. In addition, during Sale-A-bration, you get 2 additional stamp set. Yea!  Does it get any better than that? I think not. Then you are also part of my team. You can be a hobby demonstrator or perhaps hold a class or two each month. Whatever you purchase for yourself, you get a 20% discount. I have both hobbiest and business people in my downline. We get together once a month and often do a swap, share tips and generally have fun.

Thanks, as always for stopping by today.


All Things Thanks -You’re the Best, Really!

i needed to make one more thank you card. This was for someone special. So, a special card was in order. The sentiment, You’re the Best, from All Things Thanks seemed just right.

All Things Thanks stamp set, heat embossing, Global Design Project Challenge #068, Affectionatly Yours Specialty Designer Paper, So Detailed Thinlits Dies

i was also inspired to make this card by the CASE the Designer challenge over at Global Design Project.

Global Design Project #068

I decided to make my card using the same colors as Jess Williams’s beautiful sample She used Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy and Kraft for her card base.


Isn’t that a great combination? I love it.

Notes about the All Things Thanks card:

When I started playing with the colors, I realized that the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper has the same colors, plus copper. That inspired me to use Copper Heat Embossing Powder for the sentiment. As you probably know, I LOVE to heat emboss. As usual, I had no plan or sketch in mind. I knew the colors and papers, and that I wanted a thank you sentiment. The new So Detailed thinlits were sitting on my table and I thought the sentiment, “You’re the Best” would fit in the space on one of the thinlits. Worked out fine! Sometimes that happens. I found some scraps of paper in the folder with the Affectionatley Yours Designer Paper and I made it work.

I saw an empty little corner on the bottom left. Should I use a flower? No, it had enough flowers? Butterfly? No. Star? Really Dianne? Enamel Dots to the rescue. Just enough to balance the card.

Another card wrapped up!


Supplies for All Things thanks card:

Well, today’s the day, the Occasions Catalog is live and you can order whatever you like! Did you like the stamp set I used? How about the Framelit piece that was on the front of the card? Both of those items are from the current Occasions catalog. And don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration begins today as well! For every $50 yu spend, you can select a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE. If ou order on-line, don’t forget to use the January HOst code.


Thanks for stopping by today. Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my card.