Manly Monday with Better Together

While it hasn’t been every Monday, it seems about once per week, I’ve given you a sample for those sometimes challenging cards for men. This Monday a bright birthday card fits that bill. I think you will like the color combination and the layout that I used with the Better Together stamp set.

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Freshly Made Sketches #344,

Design Notes for Better Together Card:

I love the color combination!


Are you wondering about the middle part? I used a Sponge Brayer and some Blueberry Bushel ink on the inside of the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder. After you ink up one side of the folder, carefully place the card stock and run it through the Big Shot. I inked up the front part of the folder, where the title is. I thought the dots echoed the dots on the In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper.

The rest of the card is pretty straightforward – clean and simple is good!

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Better Together Card:


There’s a SALE!

Have you purchased your Designer Designer Series Paper? There is sale going on right now. When yo  u purchase three packages of Designer Series Paper from the list below, you get a fourth one for FREE! Yes, FREE, my favorite price!

DSP Sale

Designer Series paper Sale, Stampin' Up!,

Hope you are having a great day with some time to create!



Hanging Garden For Global Design Project

I was excited to see a color challenge this week at Global Design Project. However, when I started to work on the card, I couldn’t get anything to work the way I wanted it to! I realized the stamps I was trying to use just didn’t lend themselves to a color challenge. Inspiration hit and I grabbed the Hanging Garden stamp set. Sometimes when a new catalog comes out, I forget about some of the other wonderful stamp sets I have. Here’s what I came up with.

Hanging Garden stamp set, #GDP141, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the logo for the challenge. Just click and you can see the designers samples and other entries.

#GDP141. Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Hanging Garden Card:

I love these three colors! They are all now in the Regals Collection. But they are all very intense, saturated colors, so I had to be careful not to use too much solid color. I ended up using Stampin’ Write Markers in the three colors for the flowers in the basket. Note my addition of greens for the leaves and just the tiniest bit of yellow for the center of daffodils. I think I can be forgiven for that! But, it turns out the background piece is really my favorite. I used the Sponge Brayers to create just a light touch of each of the three colors. The Real Red bow at the top of the hanger and the mat of Rich Razzleberry seemed to pull it all together.


Supply List for Hanging Garden Card:


Paper Pumpkin Time is Coming:

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If you are you know that it will arrive on your door step in just a few days. Yea! Here’s a some info about this month’s kit.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Here’s a look at the suite of things that this month’s kit coordinates with.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will just be the exciting beginning of creating when you order some of the Broadway Bound suite products. Just contact me to order. Check out the catalog, pages 68 and 69. Let me know if you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin but hurry. You need to subscribe by June 10 to get this month’s kit.

Thanks for stopping by today.




Play Ball, Just for Fun!

Well, the fun was mine. Aidan, my goddaughter Caroline’s son, is pretty serious about baseball. His team is doing a fund raiser for new uniforms and such. I wanted to send him a little check. Heaven forbid, I just put a check in an envelope! Considering how little I know about baseball, “Play Ball” is really the only baseball phrase I know. So, blog post and card are called Play Ball.

Play Ball card for Aidan, Stampin' Up!

I think the interesting thing is that I didn’t use any stamps with this card. Lots of cutting and some embossing but no stamps. The Woodgrain Embossing Folder added some texture and wood look to the bat. Then I use one of the Sponge Brayers to add a little more color to the bat. The rest was just punching and cutting and trying to figure out how to get the baseball diamond look!

Supply List for Play Ball Card:


Here’s a picture of our guy at one of the first games of this season. He’s pretty athletic and I’m sure he will be very successful for his team.

Aidan playing baseball, Play Ball


Don’t forget, our new catalog goes live on June 1. If you’d like one of our catalogs, let me know. Anyone who has purchased from me in the last year is set. More importantly, you need to look at the Retirment list and make sure that anything you want, you purchase soon. Many items are already unavailable.

Here’s a link to the Retirement list PDF. Retiring_List_US_17


Remember that there are still a few days left to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and earn a chance to win April’s Paper Pumpkin kit (already sold out!)

Hope you are having a fun day!



Sponge Brayer, Candle Border Punch – Winner!

I feel like I have neglected my Candle Border Punch. Border punches always add a fun touch and this one is no exception.Always needing a birthday card I used the Sunburst Sayings stamp set and came up with this card.

Sunburst Saysings, Candle border punch, birthday, Stampin' Up!,  

I also made a second version, but used basically the same materials including A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. There are different papers used. Can you pick out any other differences between the two cards?


Sunburst Saysings, Candle border punch, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Candle Border Punch Card:

I decided to make a stencil using the Candle Border Punch. I like to use the Thick Whisper White card stock when I make a stencil or mask. It’s (obviously) thicker and holds up better if making more than one card. I also like to use some Washi tape to hold the stencil in place while I use the Sponge Brayer.


Sunburst Saysings, Candle border punch, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Since I had the Candle Border Punch out anyway, I punched out some candles from Silver Glimmer Paper and carefully glued some of them onto the candles I’d stenciled. Added a nice little shiny touch. Finally, I added a few layers of Wink of Stella on the tops of the candles to make you think of flames!


Supply List for Candle Border Punch Card:




I ‘m liking this card a lot. It will probably show up in my monthly card class. I think it would be appropriate for almst anyone.



Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!

Did you like the ribbon on this card? It’s part of a pack you can get as a Sale-A-Bration item. One package of the ribbon is gold flecked and one is silver flecked.

Hope you are having a good day.


Welcome Baby, Cards and Coffee

Our first session of “Cards and Coffee” will be coming up soon, Monday, September 16 at 9 AM. Here’s the first card we will be making.

new babyI think this card would be great to send to a new Mom and Dad or new grandparents. Notice that you could send it for a new baby boy or baby girl.

I was playing around with the embossing folder and brayer again! I used the brayer and So Saffron ink on the raised side of this (retired) folder to get this effect. I have featured this technique on other posts (look here.) I think the little pennants and banner are a cute way to welcome a cute new little one. And aren’t they all so cute?!

Remember,  if you live in lower Delaware, you can just come to Coffee and Cards on Sept. 16 and make 3 of these for $6.00. And, you can have coffee, (or tea) and muffins in the bargain! Call or email me to save your place.

If you are not so close, here are all the things you will need to recreate this card. Be sure to email me ([email protected]) if you want the dimensions for the papers.

Remember, just go to my 24-7 on-line store to order any of the materials you might need for these cards.

Stamp Sets: