Detailed Trio Punch Meets Beautiful Day

Sometimes I have things I love but don’t give enough credit. The Detailed Trio Punch is one of those things. It just adds so much to a card, tag or other project. Here’s a card I made yesterday that really shows off how lovely it is.

Detailed Trio Punch, Beautiful Day stamp set, heat embossing, Aqua Painters, Stampin' Up!,

And do you love the colors? I saw a color challenge on Splitcoaststampers and just loved it.


Design Notes for Detailed Trio Punch Birthday Card:

The flower from the Beautiful Day stamp set has to be one of my very favorite images. It’s just fun to color in, either with pencils, Stampin’ Blends, or as I did today, with ink and Aqua Painters. I like using the Black Heat Emboss Powder so the the colors stay in the areas. The heat embossing seems to act as a little corral to keep the water and ink inside. Makes this technique easy for a beginner!

The Happy birthday sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set. The stamp actually says, “Happy birthday, gorgeous”. For this card, I just wanted a simple, “Happy birthday.” So, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the parts of the stamp that I wanted to use.

Marker st stamp technique, Stampin' Up!,


The Detailed Trio Punch has three different punch capabilities.  (I know, that’s a surprise.) For this card, I used two of the three, the corner rounding part and the lovely open work part. The punch also helps you create tags by punching a slot for ribbons or twine.

Detailed Trio Punch, Stampin' Up!,


I washed the background with some Coastal Cabana ink and Aqua Painter. After mounting that piece on the Coastal Cabana card stock, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots just to finish things off. I thought about adding some Wink of Stella but restrained myself. Maybe one source of glitter/glimmer is enough. What do you think?

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A Fall Look With Blended Seasons

I am sure you have seen some things made with the new Blended Seasons Bundle. It’s only available for a short time (until August 31 or while supplies last). Today I am participating in a blog hop where all the hoppers are using this great stamp set and Framelits Bundle. Here’s my contribution.

Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Blog hop, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a look at the Colorful Seasons Bundle. The possibilities are unlimited!

Blog Hop Banner

The blog hop begins tonight at 8 PM.

Design Notes for Blended Seasons Card:

I don’t know what it is about fall, the crisp cool air, the beautiful color of the leaves, or the feeling of a new beginning but, I believe that fall is my favorite season. So, I love making fall cards and projects. For this card, I started with using some copper heat embossing to outline the leaves. I colored them by using an Aqua Painter and ink from the ink pads. Next, I cut out the leaves with one of the Framelits from the Stitched Season Framelits set. Can you see the stitching around the leaves? For the background, I chose some Pumpkin Pie card stock and embossed it using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. I wanted to bring out the texture a bit so I sponged with some Cajun Craze ink. The extra leaf and the frame around the leaves are cut from Copper Foil.

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Notes and Reminders:

Be sure to visit some of the other stops on this Blog Hop. You will be amazed at some of the great samples using the Blended Seasons Bundle. Remember, the hop starts at 8 PM EDT.

I know you will want to purchase this Bundle after you see all the samples. Just click on the Bundle icon above and it will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember too, that this month for each $50 purchase you make, you will receive a coupon for $5. that you can use in September. Also, don’t forget to use this month’s Host Code so that you have a chance to win the Host Benefits for this month. (August Host Code TDSUFUR6)

Colorful Season Promotion, Stampin' Up!,

Hope you are having a restful Sunday!








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!



A Serene Garden for My Friend

My good friend is going through a tough time. Her husband has been ill and recovery seems to be a long road. I thought I’d make her a card to show her I’m definitely on her side! I love the new Serene Garden stamp set and thought it was perfect for this kind of card. Today I am also participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. The theme is encouragement. So it all worked out!

Serene Garden stamp set Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love the colors in this card?

Here’s the information about the Blog Hop.


I know you will want to check out the other wonderful card and projects in this hop. Here’s the list.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I thought it just called out for using Aqua Painters. I first stamped the image using Memento ink on a piece of  Watercolor Paper. Watercolor Paper is just the best thing to use with Aqua Painters. It’s thicker and has a nice texture. No curling or warping with this paper. I like to use Aqua painters because if I have and ink pad, I can use that color. As much as I love the Stampin’ Blends, I have lots more colors of ink pads than I do Blends.

When I wanted to add a ribbon, I didn’t have the right color, so I just used a sponge and ink pad and changed the color of the White Ribbon. Easy!

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Hope you are having a good day. Remember to check out the other sites on the blog hop! You won’t be sorry.

High Tide for Sympathy Card

I’m not sure why I was drawn to this stamp set when I needed to make a sympathy card. But, I think ultimately, High Tide for sympathy was a good choice.

High Tide Sympathy, Stampin' Up!,

The colors are all soft and seem to work well with the tranquil feeling of the beach and seagulls.

Design Notes for High Tide Sympathy:

As much as I love using Vellum Paper, it’s always a challenge to make sure that it is adhered well. Adhesive has to be applied where it won’t show. On this card I added a Mini Glue Dot under the sentiment at the top. I also had some Snail adhesive behind the piece with the sea gulls. Finally, I added some Tear n’ Tape under where the ribbon hides the vellum. It’s all about the adhesives!

If you didn’t know that the embossed piece was created using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, would you think they were pebbles in the background? Well, do you think they look like pebbles now that I’ve added that little thought? I think I’ll alert Stampin’ Up! on a possible name change for this folder – maybe “Beach Pebbles” embossing folder?

Petal burst Embossing folder, Stampin' Up

Generally, when I use Aqua Painters, I use Watercolor Paper. It’s a bit heavier stock and has a texture. I knew I was only adding the briefest of color so used Very Vanilla card stock for the coloring of the beach and sky. It seemed to work.


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The “With Sympathy” sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. You HAVE to have this set. It covers every imaginable occasion.


Year End Sale Event:

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Year End Sales Event. Some of the items are items that will are in the Holiday Catalog but are going to be discontinued as of Jan. 2.


Hope you are having a great day! Busy here. I think today I will finally be able to start on our Christmas cards!