Birthday Wishes Stitched All Around

“Enjoy your Special day” Is there a nicer birthday wish? This particular one is from the Stitched All Around stamp set. I’m putting this card in the mail today for someone who I don’t see often but she often emails me with lovely comments about my blog. I really do hope she enjoys her special day.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,


Design Notes for Stitched All Around Card:

I depended on one of my usual strategies to select the colors for this card. I saw the piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Paper and then went from there. (Each pack of Designer Paper lists the colors right on the package. The colors are also listed in the Annual Catalog.)

I’m not sure I would have selected these colors myself, but I do love the way they work together.

I was feeling it had been too long since I’d done any heat embossing. It’s a habit I’ll never give up! I think the white embossing shows up so well on the Fresh Fig centerpiece.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,

Are you wondering how I cut out that center piece? It was the Stitched Labels Framelits. The Stitched All Around stamp set is part of a bundle with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

Stitched All Around Bundle, Stampin' Up!,

One other thing I wanted to point out to you. Did you notice the Rhinestones? They started out as basic rhinestones but I colored them with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend. Such a neat trick. You can have Rhinestones or Pearls in whatever color you want, just use one of the Blends and you have color!


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For My Best Friend – Dragonfly Dreams

Today I’m participating in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. The theme this month is Friendship. Of course, I immediately thought of my best friend and wanted to make a special card for her. Dragonfly Dreams is such an elegant stamp set so I knew I would be able to make something suitable for my friend.

Dragonfly Dreams, Kylie's Internation Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

Click on the logo above  or ckick on the link below to go to the site. I’d love it if you could vote for me! If I land in the top ten, I’ll be able to participate in a Blog Hop in early July.

  • Go to the The HIghlights site. Find my card, #20.
  • Click on the upper right hand corner, where the heart is.
  • You should get a message that you have voted.

Thanks so much!

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

Do you love all the copper accents on this card? I first heat embossed a dragonfly with Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Then I cut another dragonfly from Vellum Card Stock that I had colored with some Pool Party ink and a sponge. The heat embossed sentiment was also highlighted with some Pool Party ink and just a smidge of Copper Thread was wrapped at one end.

I used a piece of Copper Foil Paper behind the Pool Party card stock. Lastly, I took a piece of Copper Trim and pulled it as my final touch of copper.

Detailed Dragonfly stamp set, Kylie Bertucci's International bog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

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Rooted In Nature – My Favorite?

For the last few weeks, I’ve been able to play with some things from the new catalog, which goes live today! I thought that on this day I should use my favorite stamp set. Well, that proved to be too hard. I couldn’t decide which set was my favorite! So, I just went with a set I love and hadn’t show your before today, Rooted in Nature. To make it even better, Rooted in Nature is part of a bundle!

Rooted in Nature Bundle, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Primise Designer Series Paper, Nature's Roots Framelits Dies, Thank You Card, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

I liked it so much I made it twice. Well, actually many times since I am using it as a thank you for my May customers. I also made it for the CASE this Sketch challenge. Just click on the icon below to go to the website and see all the great cards. (In this challenge CAS(E) means Clean and Simple.)

CASE This Sketch 274, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Card:

To be honest, I’m not really sure if the image I stamped and cut out in the center of the card is a section of a tree or a mushroom! What do you think? Anyway, i like it. I stamped it in Soft Suede, stamping off first. Stamping off gives a lighter image and that’s what I thought would go best with the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. The only other stamping was the sentiment.and the leaf. I heat embossed both of those. The sentiment is actually longer but I taped off part of the sentiment each time i inked it up  then removed the tape before I stamped. I’ve shown this technique before. If you want more detail, check it out here.

Rooted in Nature Bundle, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Primise Designer Series Paper, Nature's Roots Framelits Dies, Thank You Card, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The leaf was cut out with one of the Framelits from the Natures’s Roots Framelits.

One of the great things about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates. All I had to do was look on the package of Designer Paper (or in the catalog) to see what colors are in the papers. Then I knew which colors I could select for the card. Do you like one better than the other?

Rooted in Nature Bundle, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Primise Designer Series Paper, Nature's Roots Framelits Dies, Thank You Card, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Mint Macaron accents


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Order today!

Do you have your wish list all ready? the new catalog goes live today and yu can order any time after noon (EDT) Please use the Host Code if you will place your order on line. If your order is $50 or more, I will send you a sampler of In Color ribbons! You’ll get 1 yard of each of the five new in colors. Find the ribbon on page 200 in the new catalog. Here’s the June Host code: FUECRK7R.

Hope you are having a crafty day!



Handbag Inspired Thank You Card

I recently received a beautiful handbag from goddaughter Caroline. Immediately, I set to thinking about a card that looked like the handbag. Well, I took a few liberties but the handbag was definitely the inspiration for the card, with some help from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

Touches of Texture stamp set, thank you, Brusho, Stampin' Up!,

To appreciate it, you need to see it with the handbag.

Touches of Texture stamp set, thank you, Brusho, Stampin' Up!,



Design Notes for Touches of Texture Thank You Card:

I had other ideas for executing this card. I spritzed and added Brusho Crystals on a piece of Watercolor Paper. Then I stamped and heat embossed the flowers on top of that. I think the Brusho in that case was too dark. I ended up stamping and heat embossing the flowers on card stock then painting them. To paint them, I spritzed some water on an acrylic block, then added a bit of Brusho. From there, I used an Aqua Painter to color in the flowers. Finally, I cut them out with Paper Snips. I opted to use Smoky Slate as the background, even thought the bag is clearly more of a beige tone. Call it artistic license. the silver piece is the middle is my attempt to mimic the buckle. Again, artistic license.

Touches of Texture stamp set, thank you, Brusho, Stampin' Up!,

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Blog Hop Coming…

On Monday, I am participating in a Blog Hop organized by the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday blog. All of the cards will follow a masculine theme, birthday, Father’s Day, etc. Aren’t we always searching for good designs for men? Be sure to come back on Monday to see this great hop.

Blog Hop, TSOT

Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.



Bye-Bye Bird Banter

The other day I realized that the Bird Banter stamp set was retiring. Well, I knew it was but I hadn’t really thought about it. I know I will find something just as cute to replace it but I need to use it one more time. There’s something I really appreciate about the just the tiniest bit sarcastic sentiments. For that matter, maybe the birds even look a little sarcastic. I have a friend who shares my sense of sarcasm and had a birthday recently. This card is for her. (The sarcasm shows up on the inside.)

Bird Banter stamp set, Birthday, Heat embossing, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a picture of all of the images and sentiments. Don’t you love it?

Bird Banter Stamp Set


Design Notes for Bird Banter Card:

Well, here is another sad, retiring item story. I love the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve saved all the scraps from various projects. When I realized I had a few 1″ wide strips I wondered if I could weave them together. Well, it’s probably not my best weaving job but I thought it turned out okay! I seemed to be in a gold mood. To pick up the gold highlights in the Designer Paper, I used Gold Heat Embossing Powder to stamp the bird, backed the peace with Gold Foil and added some Gold Ribbon! Did I over gold? I think not!


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Going, Going, Gone…

Here are the Retiring Lists. Be sure to order what you want soon. Things are beginning to run out.

Annual Catalog:  AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog:  OCC Retired List-US

Discounted: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Remember, if you place an order of $50 or more on my 24-7 on-line store, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you gift. Just the perfect touch for any project.

Thanks for stopping by today.