Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today because you are in a for a treat! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Summery Fun! What makes me think of Summer? Flowers! I love all the beautiful flowers the bloom throughout the summer so I decided I would show off the pretty Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) with my projects today.

The first thing I have to share with you is a useful project. I am often making lists and I realized I had just run out of my notepad I keep on the fridge. What better time to make my own!

I started by grabbing some of my computer paper and cutting it to 4 x 9 3/4 (10.16 cm x 23.765 cm). I am not sure how much paper I cut, but I did try to make the thickness as close to a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) as possible. This is important because that matches the width of the Tear & Tape strip. Once I had my paper cut I made it as perfectly lined up as possible at the top. I then held the paper together with binder clips on each side. After that I added the Tear & Tape to the top of the paper. I made sure to press the Tear & Tape down hard so it stuck to the sheets of paper well. Next, I grabbed some of the pretty Perennial Essence DSP and cut it at 4 x 3 3/4 (10.16 cm x 9.525 cm). I used the Be Mine Stitched Dies to give the paper a decorative edge. I laid the DSP under the computer paper and then scored where I would want it to fold over so it would fold easier. I checked to be sure it was lined up with the paper and then folded it over the top. The Tear & Tape keeps it stuck to the top. You do not want to add any glue to the front of the paper so you can tear sheets off easily. I did add some glue to the back of the DSP so it stuck to the last sheet of the notepad. You won’t be able to use this final sheet of paper. Here is a picture highlighting the steps I took so far:

I wanted to dress up the notepad and also make it more sturdy. I first added the lovely Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across the front. It was adhered to the final piece of paper on the back. Of course, I did not want that to show so I also cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4 (11.43 cm x 23.765 cm) to make a base for the notepad. I think it also makes it look more finished. I then used a sentiment the Crafting Forever stamp set to remind myself to still be crafty everyday when I am making those lists! The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I added a layer of Petal Pink card stock cut out with the layering circles Dies as well. Here is a close up of the top of the notepad:

Fun right? I even added a magnet to the back of the pad so I am ready to write out lists once again! Okay, now how about one more project?

Next up is a card I made with the same DSP and the wonderful new Bloom & Grow stamp set!

Fun fact: The DSP used on the card is actually the back of the paper used on the notepad! To make this card I started with a card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (13.97 cm x 21.59 cm) and scored at 4 1/4 (10.795 cm) in the gorgeous Pretty Peacock card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (13.0175 cm x 9.8425 cm). The DSP is cut at 5 x 3 3/4 (12.7 cm x 9.525 cm). I stamped the sentiment from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Very Vanilla card stock. The leaves were also stamped in the same color. I don’t yet have the Pretty Peacock Blends, but I found that the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker was a nice substitute. I colored in the berries with the Light Blackberry Bliss Blends marker. I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the berries as well. Next I cut out the sentiment and a layer of Crumb Cake card stock with the new Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

The pretty ribbon used on this paper is the new Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I used a slightly different way to put this ribbon on because the back of the ribbon is only a Crumb Cake color. So instead of folding it over like I normally would, I actually cut two tails so I could have the front of the ribbon showing in the lower corner. The top corner does have a fold, but you can only see the front. I used glue dots to place the ribbon where I wanted it on the paper. Fun trick, right? I finished off the card by adding the sentiment layer on with dimensionals and adding some Blackberry Bliss springs with my Spring punch.

I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, but there is so much more to go! You need to be sure to head over to the next blog and hop you way through to see all the great Summer Fun ideas.

Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog!

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Melissa Thomas

Corinne Oosterhoff

Sue Vine

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Maureen Rauchfuss

Steph Jandrow

Barbara Welch

Thank you and happy crafting!


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Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 catalog sneak peek #3 – Bloom & Grow!

I am back to share yet another sneak peek with you from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 catalog! The catalog will go live in just 5 DAYS!!! Here is a lovely thank you card made with the new Bloom & Grow stamp set and Budding Blooms dies!

Aren’t the vibrantly colored in stamps pretty? That is one of the things that made me want this set. It is PERFECT for using those blends for coloring! Of course, you could also use our watercolor pencils or blender pens and whatever you choose! I colored in the stamps with the following blends: Light Poppy Parade, Light Granny Apple Green, Light Daffodil Delight and Light and Dark Highland Heather. The sentiment is also from this same stamp set and it has some other wonderful sentiments and many other flower stamp sets too. I used a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Think Whisper White card stock as my base. There is a skinny layer of Smokey Slate and then the Gorgeous Grape layer was embossed with the Subtle Embossing folder. That pretty ribbon is one that will carry over into the new catalog and of course so will the pearls.

I am getting so excited for the new catalog, are you?? I am ready to send you one if you need it. Just send me a personal message with your address. You can click on contact me at the top of my page to do so!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon with more creativity for you!


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Happy Birthday to me!

What better day to post a birthday card to share than your own birthday?

Today is my 48th birthday and I am so happy I still get to celebrate. I am enjoying a day at my craft desk crafting and creating. I always make sure I take my birthday off from my day job so I can do something I love. Do you also take your birthday off?

The card I am sharing today shows off the spotlight technique. This simply means I am highlighting an image or paper. This lovely paper is a favorite from the Occasions catalog, and it will soon be leaving us! This is the All My Love DSP and you can still get it until June 3rd! To make this card I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 inch card base in Basic Gray. I then cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of the All My Love DSP. I used my Layering Circle Framelits to cut out a piece of the DSP near the bottom left of the card. I also cut out a slightly larger circle in Lovely Lipstick card stock. I colored the flowers in the circle I cut out with my Light Real Red and Light Flirty Flamingo Blends. This is what makes it more of a spotlight! I added some All My Love Ribbon and added the circle on the card, with dimensionals, so that it matches up to the design on the paper. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment, from the Amazing Life stamp set, and Metallic Pearls to finish it off.

Be sure you are checking out all the lovely items that will soon be no longer available by shopping the Last Chance Items on my site. Just click the banner below to start shopping!

I will be sharing another sneak peek from the NEW catalog this weekend so be sure to come back soon!


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Stampin’ Up!2019-2020 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek #2 – Above the Clouds

Hello Creative Friends!

I am back to share another sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog coming out June 4th! For this card I used a new Stamp set and punch, check it out!

The new stamp set used is called Above The Clouds and it has a fabulous matching punch that allows you to cut out the hot air balloons as well as the little basket. The name of the new punch is Hot Air Balloon. The stamp set and punch are not the only new things on this card. This card has TWO of the new In-Colors for the 2019-2021 time frame! These beautiful colors are called Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile! As you can see, the blue is a fabulous, soothing color and the Terracotta Tile is a superb, earthy tone you could mix with many colors. To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches card base in Seaside Spray. The next layer is a skinny layer of Terracotta Tile cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5 inches. I used one of my sponge brayers to quickly run some Seaside Spray across the White card stock in straight across lines. I wanted it to appear to be a light sky. For the clouds I used Balmy Blue stamped off once. The outline of the small balloons were stamped in Terracotta Tile full strength. The more pale inside part of the balloon is a separate stamp using Terracotta Tile stamped off once. I used this same technique for the large Balloons in both colors. the little baskets were stamped in Gray Granite. The sentiment was also stamped in Gray Granite. I popped the large balloons using dimensionals and added some basic rhinestones to finish it off.

Check out all the great stamps that come in this set and the handy punch that matches!

I hope this sneak peek helps you get as excited as I am for the new catalog! Come back soon for more creative inspiration!


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I can’t get enough of the Stampin’ Up! Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper!

Hello Creative Friends!

I am still busy trying to come up with fun creations to share that give you a sneak peek of the new catalog. In the meantime, I had to share another card I made with the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty paper!

So pretty!! I have a fun trick to give you regarding how you might add the adhesive to this super delicate paper. The paper pack comes with some card sized designs and some 12 x 12 designs. The paper used in this card is from the 12 x 12 paper. I just cut out a section big enough to fit onto a piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock. In this case that is 4 3/4 x 3 1/2. This paper looks best when well adhered to the card stock. So I used my Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue and a sponge dauber so I get glue all over. I simply put a small amount of a glue in a container and then I lightly dabbed the dauber into the glue. I laid the laser cut paper on my silicone mat so I could dot the glue all over and it would be easy to clean up the extra glue off the mat. Once I had enough glue, I carefully stuck it on the Blueberry Bushel paper! It makes it so much quicker and easier to do it this way! I then layered the laser cut paper on a Whisper White layer cut to 4 7/8 x 3 5/8. It is a super skinny layer that makes the detailed paper look as though it has a border.

The rest of the card is pretty easy. I cut a 1 x 3 5/8 Blueberry Bushel strip of card stock and then layered the 3/8 inch Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon on top. I used the Happy Anniversary sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set for my wishes. I added some pearls to finish things off.

Nearly all the items I used to make this card will soon be going away! I am happy to report for now you can get the stamp set, the paper and the ribbon, but only for a few more weeks! It is also possible it could sell out so head over to my website to grab these items today and you can make this card lickety-split! Click here to start shopping!

Check back soon as I will have a sneak peek for the new catalog on my next post!!


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