Beautiful Day Birthday with a Surprise!

Tuesday was goddaughter Anne Marie’s birthday. Hopefully, her card arrived on time. Anne Marie likes to do crafts and will sometimes make cards herself. So, I always like to have something new or different for her birthday card. I saw a video a week or so ago by Ronda Wade, a fellow demonstrator. She showed a card similar to this one and I knew right away that I would make one for Anne Marie. This Beautiful Day card has a little surprise!

Beautiful Day stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Classic Label Punch, Delightful Daisy DSP, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


I know this looks like any ordinary card, but wait until you open it!

The flower slides through the opening in the front of the card! Isn’t that cool? Here is the tutorial for this Pop Through Card. Flower Pop Through Card

Design Notes for Beautiful Day Card:

I made a step by step tutorial for this card. It’s not hard but you do need to pay attention to the way the objects are folded, glued, etc. I also made one with a butterfly. You can use any large flower or shape to create a card like this. For the butterfly, I used the same stamp set, Beautiful Day. This time I used Watercolor Pencils to color it then added some smoothness to the colors  with a Blender Pen. For the flower card, I used Stampin’ Blends and topped it off with some Wink of Stella.

Beautiful Day stamp set, Stampin' UP!,

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

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Oh How I Love Climbing Orchid!

Each time I work with the Climbing Orchid stamp set, I realize that it is really one of my favorites. I also think, “Why don’t I have orchids?” Hummm…. I think they are flowers that take some specialized care, not my strong suit with flowers. Think I’ll just leave my orchid love to stamping them. Here’s my most recent orchid creation.

Climbing Orchid stamp set, thinking of you, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge.


Can you tell that I’ve been playing with my Stampin’ Blends? They are perfect for coloring things like flowers, especially orchids.

Design Notes for Climbing Orchid Card:

The orchids are so easy to color. I first colored with the light Pink Pirouette Blends Marker then accented with the dark. Do only one or two leaves at a time if you are going to blend colors. Be sure to stamp with the Memento Ink if you are gong to using the Blends alcohol markers.

Climbing Orchid stamp set, thinking of you, Stampin' Up!,

I know it may not look like it but I added Wink of Stella to each of the flowers. It is hard to see in a photograph! I may add another layer or two.

The background piece is cut from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I just trimmed around the edge so that it was a separate piece.

Tip for Today

When using Wink of Stella, shake before you remove the cap! Let dry and apply a second or even third time for more obvious glimmer.


Supply List for Climbing Orchid Card:

The Climbing Orchid stamp set is part of a bundle with the Orchid Builder Thinlits. You know what I say: Buy the bundle. Save 10%, be 100% happy.


Hope you are having a splendid day!




Hanging Garden Occasions Catalog Bookmarks

I might be a little behind schedule. Yesterday I mailed out the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure to all my distant customers. Hopefully, they will be able to start the new year making a wish list of items from the catalog. To help them keep their place, I created a bookmark using the Hanging Garden stamp set. It’s one of my new favorites from the Occasions Catalog.

Hanging Garden stamp set, Stampin Up! Occasions catalog, bookmark,

Doesn’t it make you think of spring!?

Design Notes for Hanging Garden Bookmark:

Working with this stamp set just made me happy! Flower basket – coloring – what more could I ask? I used my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers. Nothing fancy, no blending even. I just wanted to use them because I could! The bookmark itself is pretty straightforward. First I cut Peekaboo Peach card stock cut to 2″ x 5 1/2″ . Next I punched the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and added the Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding. The flower basket was stamped with Memento ink. After stamping, I colored each of them with the Stampin’ Blends (my favorite part) and cut out with Paper Snips. The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Hanging Garden stamp set.

Here are all the bookmarks set out for me to admire!

Hanging Garden stamp set, Occasions catalog bookmark. Stampin' Up!,

After the photos were taken, I gathered up all of the tags. A bouquet of Berry Burst Ribbon!

Berry Burst ribbon, Stampin' Up!,


Supply List for Hanging Garden Bookmark:

You can order this stamp set beginning Wednesday, Jan. 3.

By the way, the Hanging Garden stamp set comes both in clear and wood mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?



When you want to order the Hanging Garden stamp set or any other products, all you need to do is click on the image above. That will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. While you are there, be sure to check out the Clearance area. Some nice bargains there!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a great holiday weekend.

Happy New Year!


Color Me Happy with New Blends

About two years ago, Stampin’ Up! developed Blender Pens. I loved them. However, they were not perfect and Stampin’ Up! withdrew them from our catalog but continued to work with the manufacturer. (They were drying out too quickly.) I’m happy to say that they have reintroduced the pens and now they are perfect! There is also a new stamp set, Color Me Happy, to go along with them. The new Blends are so much fun to use. Here’s one of my first projects.

Color Me Happy Stamp set, Thank you, note cards, Blends, Stampin' Up!

These great markers go on sale on November 1 !

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Note Card:

There are lots of lovely colors to choose from but I decided to use the two Cherry Cobbler pens for the flowers. You will see that there are lots of ways to work with Blends. For this card, I choose to color a few petals with the lighter shade then go back and add some accents with the darker shade. I also used the Highlighter to give a little depth to the petals.

You may be wondering about the flowers and stems. I used a masking technique – different from the one I showed you yesterday. With this technique, I masked the “Thank You” sentiment so that I could stamp the whole stem.

To do this:

  • First, stamp sentiment that you want masked on a scrap of paper
  • Next, cut out the sentiment
  • Then, use a little adhesive on the back of the cut out sentiment and cover the card front sentiment.
  • Stamp!

Here’s what it looked like.

Color Me Happy stamp set, Blends, masking

If you look carefully at the mask piece, you can see the stems that were masked.

Supply List for Color Me Happy Note Card:


Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Right now, if you go to Stampin! Up! Facebook page, you have a chance to win a set of Stampin’ Blends! Just like, comment or share the Stampin’ Blends post and you are in the running! ( One grand prize winner will receive the entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a $121 value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of the 12 signature colors (a $9 value).


Hope you are having a great day!