Places You’ll Go for Graduation Gifting

Do you have some graduations coming up soon? I love graduations. Such an exciting time in the life of the graduate. It’s wonderful to think about all the possibilities. If you need a card or a gift card holder, look no further. The Places You’ll Go stamp set is just perfect for items for graduations. Though. sadly, it is retiring soon. Here’s a card and a gift card holder I made.

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Places You’ll Go Card and Gift Card Holder:

I think the card is pretty neutral, that is, you could use it for a man or a woman. If you wanted you could certainly change up the colors to match the graduates school colors.

On the card, I stamped the mount for the globe with VersaMark then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. I actually heat embossed the globe on a separate piece of paper with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I sponged over the globe itself with Pool Party ink. Next, I cut it out and popped it up on Dimensionals, The piece needed some more interest and dimension so I did three things. First, I heat embossed some small stars. I also sponged around the sentiment and popped that up on Dimensionals as well. Finally, I embossed the piece of Strawberry Slush card stock with the Seaside Embossing Folder and placed that behind the focal piece. That’s how you add dimension!

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

The gift card holder is pretty easy.

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!,



I prepared a video a few months ago to demonstrate how to make the holder. This is the same box, just different papers.


Supply List for Places You’ll Go Card and Gift Card Holder:




Retirement sale, Stampin' Up!,

Remember, this stamp set, Places You’ll Go, is going to retire soon, as is everything Strawberry Slush! When you place an on-line order be sure to use the host code for April (EFSUD9NG that way you will be eligible for winning the host benefits if all orders total $150 or more.

Here’s the complete retiring list. Just click on it and it will open.


I seem to be on a heat embossing roll.. see what tomorrow brings!





Fond Farewell Wetlands Stamp Set

Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.

Wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.

Gloibal Design Project, challenge #082

Design Notes for Wetlands Card:

I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils

wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.

Watercolor Pencils, Wetlands stamp set, Blender Pen, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Wetlands Card:

Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.


Retirement List:

2017 Retirement List, Stampin' Up!,

I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.

Retiring_List_US, Stampin' Up!


Coming Soon:

I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.





Convention Gifts with Friendly Wishes

Wow! What a great weekend. Got back from Richmond late Sunday afternoon and have been sorting through all my goodies. I realized that I never got to show you the gifts I made for my roommate and friends. It’s one of the nice traditions of going to a Stampin’ Up event. Along about Wednesday night, I dug out my Friendly Wishes stamp set and got to creating!


Friendly Wishes gift bags, Stampin Up!,

I worked pretty late on Wednesday night and did not quite finish. (We left Thursday morning.)  So I ended up finishing them in the hotel on Thursday. Not the first time that has happened!

Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!,

My prototype and and tags. Creativity is a messy process! Note the candy that filled the bag. You can never go wrong with Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

To decorate these cute bags, I ran three strips of Affectionatly Yours Washi Tape diagonally across the bag. The tag was made from Whisper White card stock and some more Washi Tape near the bottom. Next I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the top and then used one of the thinllits from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set. Stamp my sentiment and done!


Supply List for Friendly Wishes Gift Bag:



New Catalog/ Retirement List:

I received a new catalog while I was in Richmond. I even received a few stamp sets from the catalog. There are so many things you are going to love. But, with the new coming in, some old goes out. Later today (3 PM EDT to be exact.) a Retirelemnt list will be issued. I will post it as soon as I can. There will be some thing on sale! But everything is pretty much ‘while supply lasts’. If you see it, GET IT!  Call me, email me, or order from my 24-7 on-line store, but do it quiclky.

If you are a regular customer of mine. I will give you a new catalog as soon as I can. If you would like to be a customer of mine, let me know and I can arrange to give or send you a catalog. Just send me an email at


I will send out another email today notifying of you of the Reitrement list post. It will be short but sweet!




Here’s a picture from the Leadership dinner and training on Friday night. Fun!




Touches of Texture for Convention Swap

One of the fun things about attending Stampin’ Up! events is swapping cards. Some people bring hundreds of cards! I’m not that ambitious. For this event in Richmond, I participated in one organized swap with 20 people. That I can handle! I used the Touches of Texture stamp set as well as the Beautiful You stamp set to create my card.


Touches of Texture, swap card, Stampin' Up!, aqua painter,

Design Notes for Touches of Texture Card:

I was pretty happy with the card design till I realized I was making twenty of them. How do those people with hundreds of cards do it? The thing that took the most time was painting in all the flowers with the Aqua Painter. Nice if you are doing one card, a little tedious when you are doing 20. I stamped the flowers with Basic Gray ink first then I colored in with Island Indigo ink using the Aqua Painters. I used a little So Saffron ink in the center to give it a little pop of color.

Supply List for Touches of  Texture Card:

Interestingly, both sets of stamps that I used for this card come in both Clear mount, and wood mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?


Please use my on-line store to order what ever you need. Remember to use the Host code for April when you order.

We are heading home today so I’m sure I will have some great things to tell and show you in the days to come.