Free As A Bird Gets Framed!

No doubt, you’ve seen some cards made with the beautiful new stamp set, Free As A Bird. I’ve made a card or two with that set. I just love it! Today, I tried something new – a shadow box. I used one of the birds in the frame.

Free As A Bird stamp set, Stampin' Bends, Shadowbox, Simply Scored, Stampin' Up!,

Don’t you love the shadow box? I first saw it on my friend, Brian King’s blog (see his shadow box here.) But the pattern for this cool frame comes from Julie DiMatteo. She has some samples, directions and a great video on her blog post here.


Design Notes for Free As A Bird Shadow Box:

I won’t give you any directions for the shadow box. Julie does a great job with that! I did add some trim using a framelit from the Magnolia Memory Dies set to add some interest to the frame.

The bird was so much fun to color. I used Stampin’ Blends for the bird, branch and flower. I also did a little experimenting with the Color Lifter. Gotta confess, I’ve had it for awhile and had not used it before this! But, WOW, it worked perfectly! I colored the breast of the bird with the Calypso Coral Light Blend. It was just a bit darker than I wanted and used the Color Lifter to lighten it up. I’m hooked now!

Free As A Bird stamp set, Stampin' Bends, Shadowbox, Simply Scored, Stampin' Up!,

I added a little “Hello” stamped in Seaside Spray. A bit of twine added some interest there. Finally, I stamped, colored and cut out a tiny flower. The center was completed with a Metallic Pearl.

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Let’s Shine a Little Light!

Each year, during my December card class, I have an extra project for my friends to make as a little gift from me. This year everyone is making a Seasonal Tea Light.  It will be easy to make and so cute. Here’s my sample.

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I also decided that this would be perfect for this week’s challenge over at Global Design Project.

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Design Notes for Seasonal Tea Light:

If you have a Simply Scored Tool, your life is made so much easier! I’ve made these tea lights before and also made a video. The tea light in the video has the same dimensions but is decorated differently. I used the Seasonal Layers Dies  for the snow flake and the Sweetly Stitched Framelits  and the Twinkle Builder Punch for the trees.

The measurements for the vellum are 4″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″.


Purchase List for Seasonal Tea Light:


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Side Step Fold In Fall Leaves

For today’s Fun Fold Friday, I decided to try something I’d never done before. I’ve looked at the Side Step Fold Cards over the years and thought they looked pretty complicated. Long story short – EASY! I’ve even prepared a photo tutorial for you, so you will see how easy it is! Here’s my first try.

Side step crd, Falling for Leaves stamp set, Deatailed Leaves Thinlitsdies, Stampin' Up!,

Yes, of course, I also did heat embossing!

Design Notes for Side Step Fold Card:

Well, I found a video somewhere and followed along. In my usual fashion, I wrote up the directions, with lots of photos myself. Here’s the tutorial. Side Step Card Tutorial I think it looks very fallish and would be a perfect Thanksgiving card. I used some of the new Country Lane Designer Series Paper along with the Thinlits from the Detailed Leaves set. As I mentioned, I did some heat embossing. Here’s a close up of that.

Side step crd, Falling for Leaves stamp set, Deatailed Leaves Thinlitsdies, Stampin' Up!,

How can you not love heat embossing?

Here’s another picture of the card to give you an idea about the folds and steps.

Side step crd, Falling for Leaves stamp set, Deatailed Leaves Thinlitsdies, Stampin' Up!,


Supply List for Side Step Fold Card:

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Broadway Birthday Gift Bag and Card!

Confession time – when I first looked at the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, Broadway Birthday was not on my Wish List. And believe me, my Wish List was pretty long! But, for the month of June, the Paper Pumpkin kit featured stamps and projects that coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite. (See my cards and scrap book projects here.)  That was all I needed. The Broadway Bound Suite items moved to the top of my list! I recently saw a video that Ronda Wade made where she demonstrated how to create a gift bag and card from two pieces of designer series paper. It seemed perfect for this paper. What a fun project.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Broadway Birthday Gift Bag:

The bag went together so quickly! There was a piece of paper left over for a card. I saved it for another time and used a different paper from the same package, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. The coordinating Framelits, Broadway Lights,  made it easy to cut out the “Wish” and marquee pieces. I finished off the “Wish” with the stamped  “Make A” and one of the Candle Embellishments. The Candle Embellishments are so cute and even have adhesive on the back.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Broadway Birthday Gift Bag:


Big News:

There are two things you need to know about

New colors of Stampin’ Blends are now available!

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Here’s a list of all of the Blends available. The ones with the Red “N” are new.

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The other big news is that starting tomorrow, there is a SALE on Designer Paper. Buy 3 packages, get 1 for FREE!

DSP Sale

Order on line at my 24-7 on line store or email me ([email protected]) with your order.

Hope you are having a great day.

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Spooky Night Suite for Door Prize

In case you have made your way to the end of the new Holiday Catalog, very near the end you’ve seen the Spooky Night Suite. I LOVE IT!! There’s Designer paper, stamps, a cat punch, ribbons, and even Treat Tubes! Oh, and Black Rhinestones! What more could you want to create terrific Halloween cards and treat holders? I decided to use some of the products to create little wrappers for the Halloween Tic Tacs I found in my local supermarket. These will be door prizes for my monthly card classes. Winner!

Spooky Night Suite, Spooky Cat stamp set, Cat Punch, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

These truly were pretty easy to make. I folded the paper around, and scored as I went since the top on one side is a little wider than the other. It required a little bit of fussing. I also cut down the wrapper a bit where the flip top is. The cat got a little lost when I put it on the Spooky Night Designer Paper. So, I just punched out another cat from Basic Black card stock and off-set that one behind the stamped one. The shadow was all it needed to stand out. And don’t you love the Vintage Crochet Trim collar?

After I finished the prototype, I realized I didn’t like see the ‘naked’ container top. Bring in the Washi Tape. I used the Old Olive tape from the Washi Basic Pack 2.

Design Notes for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

Supply List for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

You can find the Spooky Night Suite on page 52 and 53 in the Holiday Catalog. And guess what! The Spooky Cat stamp set and Cat Punch come as a Bundle! You know what I’m going to say… BUY THE BUNDLE! Save 10% and be 100% happy.



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Hurricane Harvey Donation:

If you are like me, you have been glued to the TV to sadly witness the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. I know you are as concerned as I am to see the loss of life, of homes, the complete alteration of lives. It will take a long time to recover. I know, like me, you want to help. Here’s one little way.

Please shop with me in September, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. I will donate 20% of your order total (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank (See Charity Navigator here. )

  • All orders must be placed between today, September 1 and September 30.
  • You can place your order by emailing me, [email protected] We can work out what you want, payment, etc. You can also call.
  • If you are coming to any of my classes you can order then.
  • You can order directly on line. To get to my 24-7 online store, just click on any item in the Supply List and that will take you there. You can then select what you’d like to order.


Thanks so much. Enjoy summer’s last weekend!