More Loveliness – Serene Garden

This week in my card classes, we used the Serene Garden stamp set. Most everyone loved the card!

Serene Garden stamp set, Aqua Painters, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

One of the things I like about this card is that you could use it for any occasion. On the inside, we used the very versatile Itty Bitty Greetings  stamp set to customize the card.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

There is no way you would ever use bright colors with this set is there? Maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that but I went right to the subtles collection for this card.


We used the Stamparatus to stamp the dove. It’s such an easy way to make sure that the stamp is consistently perfect.

I also set up the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue line across the top. The next step was to stamp the design with VersaMark then use White Heat Emboss Powder. Once that was heated, we used Aqua Painters to fill in the colors. To be honest, it was a little tedious but my gals did a fabulous job!


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Please, Please, Please…

Have you voted for my card? I hope so. Just to remind you. I am participating in a Blog Highlight this week. If you would, click here or on the image below. That will take you to the blog post. Find my card, #14, and click on the heart on the upper right hand side. You should get a message that you voted. Thanks so much. If I land in the top ten, I’ll be able to participate in a Blog Hop in early August. Thanks!

Are you looking forward to a fun weekend? I’m off to a scrap book weekend! I know that will be fun!



Catalog CASE with Timeless Textures

I’ll admit it. Sometimes inspiration is just elusive. But, I can easily find sources to get my mojo going again. One of my favorite sources is to look in the Stampin’ Up catalog. This time I found a card I wanted to CASE (Copy and Share). I used a different stamp set and different colors than the sample. I used Timeless Textures for my card.

Timeless Textures stamp set, Better Together stamp set, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the card that was my inspiration. it’s from page 125 in the 2018019 Annual Catalog.

Stampin' Up! catalog card

Design Notes for Timeless Textures Card:

Can you see which elements I copies and which I changed up? I kept the general layout of the card and added twine to the left side. (I had tried Copper Trim and didn’t like the look.) What I did change: I used different colors. I think this might have been my first time using the Merry Merlot Neutral color card stock. It surely won’t be my last. What a great color. I also changed the sentiment and how it was presented. I decided to stamp the sentiment, from Better Together, on vellum and heat emboss it. Once I had cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits I wanted to back it with a Merry Merlot oval.  I realized I didn’t know how I was going to adhere the Vellum piece. When you adhere Vellum, you need to hide the adhesive. There was literally no where to hide on this piece! So, I just put adhesive everywhere. It turns out, I like it since it added a little more of a textured look.

Timeless Textures stamp set, Better Together stamp set, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin' Up!,

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Both the Timeless Textures and Better Together stamp set come in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?

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There are new colors to choose from! I’ll be featuring these new colors in posts soon. (Mine on on their way.) When you order, be sure to use the June Host Code RJMA2SGP.

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Hope you are having a great day.



Celebrate July 4th with Red, White and Blueberry Bushel!

Over the weekend, we had a houseful of company for an early July 4 celebration. It was all very “Americana”. We cooked out, saw fireworks, and participated in a golf cart parade. (Scroll to the end for pictures.) I even made a blueberry cake and cherry turnovers for desserts. So of course, I made little gift boxes for everyone with red, white and blue (Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel.) Here are some of the boxes I made.

Beautiful YOu stamp set, Balloon Celebration stamp set, Blueberry Bushel paper, ink, ribbon, July 4th, boxes, Stampin' Up!,

I later added the names under the “Celebrate” sentiment.

Design Notes for Blueberry Bushel Boxes:

I first saw Ronda Wade make these boxes on one of her weekly videos. So easy! It’s a one piece box that is made from one piece of card stock. I’ve written up a tutorial for you with lots of photos. All you need to do is click on the title here. Directions for Treat Box.

Beautiful You stamp set, Balloon Celebration stamp set, Blueberry Bushel paper, ink, ribbon, July 4th, boxes, Stampin' Up!,

When you create your treat box, you can decorate it however you like. I used a 2″ wide strip of Whisper White Card Stock. To create the stars, I used a stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and Versamark ink. Some heat and Silver Embossing Powder gave it a little sparkle. More sparkle was added with the Silver Glimmer Paper. The “Celebrate” sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set. The circles are Starburst Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and 1 1/2″ Circle Punch. After I put the band on, I added some Lovely Lipstick or Blueberry Bushel ribbon. Easy, right?


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So Many Good Things in July!

If you are like me, you want to have all the ink colors! Well, do you want to get a whole set of colors for FREE? That’s 10 ink pads! In-Colors, Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, Your choice! This is in addition to the fabulous deal for getting the starter kit – $99 for $125 in merchandise (with FREE shipping on that!) ,

Recruit incentive

On Sunday, the sale on Designer Paper began. Please email me ([email protected]) with your order. Or you can go to my 24-7 on-line store.

DSP Sale


Also, don’t forget that you can now purchase the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! Just add them to your order.

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Thanks for stopping by today!


Oh, here are some pictures from the Golf Cart Parade.

Sheltering Tree for Birthday Greetings

Yesterday was my good friend Wendy’s birthday. To make her birthday card, I decided to pick something that I would like and hope she enjoys it too. I realized that one of my favorite sets has been neglected. Lots of energy has been going to new stamp sets!  Sheltering Tree is such a classic set. Just right for a classy friend!

Sheltering Tree stamp set, heat embossing, birthday, Stampin' Up!,

This week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch challenge was part of the inspiration for this card.


TSOT 370,, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Sheltering Tree Card:

I think my favorite part of this card, as much as I love the stamp set, is the color combination.


To stamp the tree, I first stamped the trunk and branches with Crumb Cake ink. Then the leaves of the tree were stamped with the lovely Mint Macaron ink. Next, I used one of the small stamps and added some Flirty Flamingo ink to the tree to look like flowery blossoms.
As you probably know, I love heat embossing. I thought that the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Balloon Celebration would look great heat embossed with copper.
I decided that some of the copper trim ribbon would add just the right finishing touch.
Sheltering Tree stamp set, heat embossing, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


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I know that you are thinking about ordering the Sheltering Tree stamp set or perhaps some supplies to do heat embossing. If you’d like to order on-line, it’s easy. Just click on the “Shop Now” button and it will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. Be sure to use the Host Code, FUECRK7R, so that you are eligible to win the host benefits at the end of the month. Remember, if you purchase $50 or more, this month I am sending a sampler of the new In-color ribbons. You’ll get 1 yard of each of the five colors. Just a little thank you gift from me.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a great day!




Birthday Wishes Stitched All Around

“Enjoy your Special day” Is there a nicer birthday wish? This particular one is from the Stitched All Around stamp set. I’m putting this card in the mail today for someone who I don’t see often but she often emails me with lovely comments about my blog. I really do hope she enjoys her special day.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,


Design Notes for Stitched All Around Card:

I depended on one of my usual strategies to select the colors for this card. I saw the piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Paper and then went from there. (Each pack of Designer Paper lists the colors right on the package. The colors are also listed in the Annual Catalog.)

I’m not sure I would have selected these colors myself, but I do love the way they work together.

I was feeling it had been too long since I’d done any heat embossing. It’s a habit I’ll never give up! I think the white embossing shows up so well on the Fresh Fig centerpiece.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,

Are you wondering how I cut out that center piece? It was the Stitched Labels Framelits. The Stitched All Around stamp set is part of a bundle with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

Stitched All Around Bundle, Stampin' Up!,

One other thing I wanted to point out to you. Did you notice the Rhinestones? They started out as basic rhinestones but I colored them with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend. Such a neat trick. You can have Rhinestones or Pearls in whatever color you want, just use one of the Blends and you have color!


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Thanks so much for stopping by today!