Baby Congrats with Better Together

Some friends recently welcomed a baby girl, Grace, into their family. For so many reasons, this was terrific news. Well, isn’t a new baby always wonderful news? I love looking for just the right sentiment and designing beautiful baby cards.

Beter Together stamp set, Embossing Paste, New Baby card, #GDP173, Stampin' Up!,

I also made this card for this week’s color challenge over at Global Design Project. Just click on the icon below to go to the web site and see all the terrific cards using this fabulous color combination!

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Design Notes for Better Together Baby Card:

Well, first I have to ‘fess up to my oops. As I gathered the materials to create this card, I mistakenly grabbed Blushing Bride Ink Refill and Card Stock, instead of Petal Pink. I didn’t realize it until I was all finished. So, if you want to duplicate this card, try Petal Pink, I bet it will be beautiful!

This card is loaded with texture. The Blushing Bride and Soft Sea Foam pieces were run through the Big Shot with the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. Don’t you love embossing folders? Such an easy way to get a big impact. The real texture addition is from the Embossing Paste. The paste itself is white. But, it’s so easy to add some color. Put a dollop of the paste on a Silicone Craft Mat, add a few drops of Ink Refill and mix with one of the Palette Knives. Yes, it’s that easy. Just spread your newly colored Embossing Paste over one of the Masks and there you have it. Let the paste dry for a few minutes before you do anything else with it.

The sentiment piece is from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. There are all kinds of great pre-cut labels in that kit. Don’t overlook it!

Beter Together stamp set, Embossing Paste, New Baby card, #GDP173, Stampin' Up!,

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Paper Tearing with Sea of Textures

Today I am going to show you a card made with the great Sea of Textures stamp set and also show you a video about paper tearing. I’m a designer on the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday site and today I’m presenting the technique challenge for July.

Sea of Textures stamp set, Paper tearing, Under the Sea Framelits, shimmery White Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!,

I love that octopus! AFTER I stamped and cut him out, I realized it’s not a very realistic color. However, I’m claiming artistic license and we’re going with the Blackberry Bliss.


Design Notes for Sea of Textures Card:

The octopus and the coral were easy. I stamped and then cut them out with the Under the Sea Framelits. I cut the reef out and used the piece of card stock as a mask. Next, I used some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the reef effect.

Did you look carefully at the octopus? At his eyes? I used two tiny pieces from the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give him eyes!

Sea of Textures stamp set,, Stampin' Up!

Learn about the paper tearing techniques in the video below.

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It’s July1!

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

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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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Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Today is the golf card parade in our community. All the kids are here. We’re going patriotic with the cart decorations this year (and keeping it simple!) Pictures to follow!




Pick A Pennant Thank You Cards

I love what I do. Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is fun. I get to meet lots of great people and share what I love to do. When I saw that the theme for this week’s Global Design Project was “Love It – Live it- Share It” , I thought that customer thank you notes would fit into that theme perfectly.  And isn’t the Pick A Pennant stamp set the perfect way so say thanks!

Pick A Pennant stamp set, Embossing Paste, Thank you note card, #GDP143, Stampin' Up! ,

Design Notes For Pick A Pennant Note Card:

Well, I must start off with a confession. I believe that I got this stamp set when I was in Hartford, CT at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. For some reason, I just haven’t used it until today. That’s pretty much when I realized that I have yet to buy the Framelits that go with this set! (That will soon be remedied!) So the pennants and bird were fussy cut. Not hard but not as nicely done as they would be with the Framelits. Ah well, live and learn.

Pick A Pennant stamp set, Embossing Paste, Thank you note card, #GDP143, Stampin' Up! ,

This card was pretty easy to put together. Once I had settled on the colors, I stamped the pennants in Mint Macaron and then used the darker, Pacific Point ink for the letters. I love using the Shimmery White Embossing Paste and figured it would give the card some nice texture as well as someplace for the bird to land!

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Taking a Peek At Accented Blooms

Next week the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live. I’ve been playing with some of the great new stamp sets. Today, I’m giving you a preview of a set called Accented Blooms. Flowers and sentiments – what more could you want? Oh, and there is a coordinating punch!

Accented Blooms stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Shimmery White mbossing Paste, Tailored Tag Punch, Stampin' Up!,


There are so many possibilities with coloring the flowers! I know I am going to have fun with the stamp set!

Design Notes for Accented Blooms Card:

A lot of times, when I know that I am going to color in the design elements, I stamp with Basic Gray. I knew that when I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen the Basic Gray Ink would not run. Since the Basic Gray is softer than Black, it lets the flowers stand out a bit more.

I tried something new here. Did you notice? The small red flowers near the bottom of the card are colored with some bits of Shimmery White Embossing Paste that I tinted with Real Red Ink Refill. (Another great reason to buy the refills each time you buy an ink pad.) I mixed some of the paste with the ink refill on a scrap of cardboard and used one of the Palette Knives and added it to the flowers. Tip – might have been easier to do it with one of the larger flowers. Live and learn. In the center of each flower, I added one of the Faceted Gems.

The last touch was to add some Wink of Stella to the other flowers. You can never go wrong adding a Wink of Stella.


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Shimmery White Embossing Paste Sees Daylight!

When the Occasions catalog came out, I HAD to have the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Have you seen all of the cards and projects I made using it? NO, neither have I. Somehow, it got a little lost and I forgot about it. I rediscovered it yesterday and am so happy that I did. Something different was called for in making a card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.

Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Eastern Beauty stamp set, Thinking of You, Stampin' Up!,

It’s a bit of a different card for me!

Here’s the inspiration chard for this challenge. I think it is so beautiful!

GDP 128

Just click on the image above to go to Global Design Project and see the other wonderful cards.

Design Notes for Shimmery White Embossing Paste Card:

Can you see the elements of the inspiration card that I used? The shape appealed to me. I really just cut down a standard A2 card. The card base for my sample measures 3 1/2″ x 11″ and is scored at 5 1/2″ . I also centered my design on the right side and left some open space on the left side.

I pulled out the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and used the Shimmery Paste. The paste really does shimmer! Next, I wanted to add some more shimmer and shine so I looped some Silver Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment. Finally, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots over on the left. I debated with myself about stamping the sentiment in Basic Black or adding just a hint of color. Cherry Cobbler won the debate.


Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Eastern Beauty stamp set, Thinking of You, Stampin' Up!,


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Paper Pumpkin March Surprise:

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Sometimes as demonstrators we get a peek at upcoming new stamps or other catalog items. This month, the 5th Anniversary Paper Pumpkin Kit has a special box and a special, extra crafting gift. I have no idea what it is and can’t wait to get my March kit. You can still subscribe in time to get the March kit with all of its surprises. Anyone who signs up in time to get the March kit will get a gift from me as well. Since all of the stamps are photopolymer, I’ll send you a Piercing Mat to use with your stamps. Win, win, win! Right?


Hope you are having a great day and the weather is being cooperative!