Follow Your Heart Farewell Card

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share this card with you that is slightly different from some of my normal cards but it was made with a very specific person in mind and was well received.  I made this card for my sister’s office who needed a card for a staff member who was leaving after working for the company for a number of years.  The person who the card was made for favorite colors are red and black so that is where I started along with a sentiment that seemed appropriate as she was not leaving to retire but for personal reasons.

I utilized Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Basic Grey for my card stock and then used the Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I also used 3/16″ brads in basic black and the 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Riding Hood Red.  I used my largest circle punch and largest scallop circle punch as well as the Appothecary Accents Framelits and the coordinating Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack,  This card really is about creating repeating layers of color and shapes as I have the colors repeated in the rectangle layers as well as the round layers in the center.


This card design would work well for a mascaline card as well and could easily be personalized with simple color changes.  I want to make more cards using this design for my personal card box.  I am trying to keep cards on hand so that I can easily send cards out to people when they need a little pick me up or I just want to let them know I am thinking about them.  Social Media lets us stay connected with what is going on in friends and families lives but I think a hand made card sent through the mail really makes people feel special and cared for.



Gift Tag Make and Take

I think I am going to be ready for the craft show.  My project for today is the make and take I am going to have for people that visit my booth at the craft show.

I needed something that took no prep work on my part and something that was quick to make.  I came up with a gift tag made with no cutting just punches.  I also used the East Events Stamp Set.  I layered 4 layers of punched circles, flowers, and scalloped circles together all in coordinating colors.  I made sure my last layer was a light enough shade to make writing on it easy to read.  I finished the gift tag by punching a slot and threading the stitched satin ribbon in Gumball Green through and tying a knot.  The ribbon is on special this month free with a $40 purchase.


The colors I used were Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Gumball Green. I used Gumball Green to stamp the image and then my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to color the berries and then my blender pen and Gumball Green ink pad to to color the leaves. If you remember my post on the Easy Events Christmas card I made this card using the left overs from that card. These pieces were from ideas that I had and that I tried and then decided I liked something better. I never throw anything away if I could possibly use it in someway on another project.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225

Ink:  Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Blender Pens #102845

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Gumball Green #126840, Cherry Cobbler  #119685

Tools/Accessories: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green #126848, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Fancy Flower Punch #118073, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294, Anywhere Glue Stick #104045

I can’t wait to wrap my gifts for Christmas or any special occasion and add a great tag like this to it. See you tomorrow.


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Easy Events Merry Christmas Card

Sorry this is so late today.  I got behind and have not been able to get caught up and now my internet is down so I am forced to post from my phone.  I am not sure if I am ever going to get caught up and back to posting in the am or not.   The only thing I know is that I am going to keep posting no matter what.  I am enjoying designing and sharing my cards with you and a little of my life as well.  I just need to build some more customers so that I can have my passion help support my family.

Ok on to today’s card.  I received a shipment from Stampin’ Up with some of the Core’dinations Card Stock in Cherry Cobbler from the Holiday catalog and the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. I couldn’t wait to try these two things together. The Core’dinations Card Stock is essentially two toned paper with a lighter tone inside. To bring the two tones out I first embossed the paper using the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and then took my sanding block and sanded the top of the paper until I was happy with the look. When I showed the paper to my mom she said “it feels like velvet”. I then took my circle punch and punched a 2 1/2″ circle out of Gumball Green. I am using the easy events stamp set again and stamped the Merry Christmas image on Whisper White in Gumball Green. I colored the berries using my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker. I decided to use my Blender Pen and my Gumball Green ink pad to get a lighter shade of green and have the outline of the leaves show through. I punched the design out using my 2 3/8″ scalloped circle punch. I attached the Whisper White piece to the Gumball Green circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then used some of the 3/8″ Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon to balance the card. I added a little ribbon knot as well. I used Gumball Green again for the card itself.


I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Card. See you tomorrow with more Christmas,new products and a new stamp set.


I will post my supply list when I can get on a computer again.

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Less is More Challenge Entry #2 One Layer

Well, what a weekend this has been!  Two days of garage sale, a fun night spent with friends, a Sunday Morning of worship, and then an afternoon spent helping my sister because she had a migraine and had a long list of stuff that had to get done for a big week at work.  Needless to say all that did not leave a lot of time for me to stamp or blog.  I missed my goal of posting everyday in September but I also learned that I need to make sure I have enough time for God and my family and posting yesterday would have gotten in the way of both of those.  So I am going to continue to post daily except on the weekends and then work to post at least one day on the weekends.

I did go downstairs last night about 9 pm and make my entry card for this weeks challenge on the Less is More blog but I did not stay up to type my post.  I am trying to get that done in between everything else that I am doing today, so I apologize for how late this is today.   I almost feel like an artist after making this card because I had a picture form in my head of what I wanted this card to look like once I saw what the challenge for the week was and it really does look like what I pictured in my head.  I always wanted to be artistic.  My Grandmother did beautiful china painting, my Aunt could draw and paint and make beautiful stuff out of nothing, and my mom can sew and make beautiful clothes so I have a family full of artists and I always wanted to be artistic and never was but now I am beginning to think I just needed to find my art form.

I had just seen how to create a moon effect using masking and sponging ink and wanted to try it.  I saw this technique using yellows and oranges for a Halloween card.  I wanted to do a Christmas/winter scene so I used blues.  I started by taking sticky notes and punching several sheets with my 1 3/4″ circle punch to get the circle for my moon.  I then placed my moon and tree and then used scrap paper and removable adhesive to tape off the white part of the card.  I used my lightest blue Marina Mist and sponged color onto my Whisper White card base working out from the center of my moon.  Next with Midnight Muse, I worked from the outside of my space towards my moon.  I finished off the space with some Night of Navy to blend for the finished look.  I can say it was very easy and I only did two cards last night to get a look I was happy with.  I used the stamping sponge which comes in a large circle cut into wedges.  I got 4 wedges out of half the sponge.  After I finished with the blue, I removed my circle and stamped my tree image.  I used the pine tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set and my Stampin’ Write markers in Early Espresso and Garden Green for the two toned stamped image.  (I am going to be doing some videos to show how I do some of these techniques.  I just have to have time when my sister is available to help me learn how to set up and use her camera.  I would love to know what you would like to see demonstrated.).  I cleaned my stamp and then strategically re-inked the stamp with versa mark ink so that I could add the white embossing on the tree.   Once I was all done embossing I added some Summer Starfruit ink to the moon and then wiped the excess off the tree with a paper towel.  Once I was all finished I removed the masking over the white space and stamped my greeting in Midnight Muse.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Lovely As a Tree Wood #115026 — Clear #127793 and Four the Holidays (retired)

Ink: Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126860, Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad #119668, Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad #126970, Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad #126991, Versa Mark Ink Pad #102283, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker #119680, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers #119701 (this number is for the Regals pack of 10 markers)

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Heat Tool #129053, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder #109132, Stamping Sponges #101610, removable adhesive

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this one layer Christmas Card.  See you again tomorrow.


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3-D Happy Birthday Card

Well it worked I managed to successfully schedule yesterday’s post so I am at it again writing the night before. In fact, I am writing this as I am settling my daughter down for bed. She thinks mom’s blog is a bedtime story.

Today’s card is one I used for a workshop I did back in June. I got the idea for the card from a swap made by my upline Donna Pelon. It is not your traditional side or top fold card. It is a 3-D card that is a kind of shadow box. I used the Four Seasons Hostess stamp set.  Of course, I couldn’t make a card without using my Big shot machine and both the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder.  The colors for this card are Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla.  I also used several punches.  I again finished the butterfly with a couple of the small pearl jewels.

The design inside the circle is stamped in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla and is then mounted on a circle of Riding Hood Red.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in Pretty in Pink on Very Vanilla and then mounted on Riding Hood Red.  I made another version of this card using two smaller circles instead of the one large circle and that can be seen on my blog post Vintage Vogue Class Preview.

I hope you can see how this card is 3-D and how it is constructed from two pieces of card stock that are scored at the ends adhered together and then folded to make the card stand up.  You can write on the back of the card instead of on the inside.  I have flattened and puffed my card a number of times and it stands every time.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Four Seasons Hostess Set Wood #126830 — Clear #126832 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink: Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #126968, Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad #126955

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty in Pink #100459, Riding Hood Red #111348

Tools/Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439,Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Pearls Basic Jewels #119247, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 1″ Circle Punch #119868

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this 3-D card.  See you again tomorrow.


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Before and After Embellishments

I said yesterday I would do a before and after post showing how embellishments can improve a card and here it is.  The first card is one that my daughter, Lainy and I created together for her to use as her thank you notes after her birthday party.  They were a great card for an eight year old to make and send to her friends.   She was thrilled with the card and excited that she got to help design a card with mommy.  We used the Big Shot Die cutting machine with the Paper Dolly Sizzlits L die  that debuted in the spring mini catalog and is now in the current annual catalog.  We also used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch and the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The card stock is a combination of current and retired colors as this was a project that I could use some of my retired stock on.  The stamp set we used is Easy Events which is in the current annual catalog and is the featured stamp set for my stamp set of the month club for September.  Lainy liked this stamp because she used my Stampin Write Markers to color the flowers in on each card.  This card really is easy to create.  The toughest part of this card is getting all the little pieces of the doily punched out.  I use a set of very pointy tweezers to get the pieces out of the punch-out and out of the die.  I love this doily and feel it is worth the time for the look you get with the doily.  Lainy helped with each step and many of them she did herself while I worked on other cards.  We finished the look off by using Stampin’ dimensional to pop up the scalloped circle.

The second card is one I created for a workshop I did at the beginning of June.  The hostess was wanting to learn how to create classy cards without them looking over done.  She had a tendency to over do her cards so I created three projects that focused on being simple but complete.  This is one of those projects.  I used the exact same supplies as the first card but I also used the 1/4″ stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, two pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels, and a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.  I added the ribbon across the top of the card both inside and out.  It is threaded through a slit I cut into the side fold.  I could then  hide my ends beneath the butterfly.  I don’t like seeing the cut ends of ribbon unless it is on a bow.  The two pearls finish off the butterfly.  The picture doesn’t show them as pearls but that is what they are they are not silver ( I am working on my photography skills).

Here is my supply list for this project.  I am listing everything only for the second card shown.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is the Stamp of the Month Club stamp set for September)

Ink: Gumball Green Stampin’ Write Marker#126856 (This is for the set that includes all 5 2012 – 2014 In Color colors the Gumball green marker is not sold separately), Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker #105115

Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840, Lucky Limeade #122926, Daffodil Delight #119683, Pumpkin Pie #105117

Tools/Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Paper Doily Sizzlits L Die #125592, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine#113439, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Sticky Strip #104294, 2 3/8′ Scallop Circle Punch #118874. 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Daffodil Delight #126872,

I hope you enjoyed seeing the difference between these two cards.  See you again tomorrow.


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Vintage Vogue Class Preview

I was saddened by the retirement of one of my favorite stamp sets. This inspired me to offer a class using that stamp set before it is retired. I am still looking to do this class and would love to get a group together yet before the end of May and spend some time making these beautiful cards inspired by the Vintage Vogue stamp set by Stampin’ Up. 

The first card is very different from a traditional card it does not open but is more 3-D. The card stands up and gives a shadow box effect showing off the designs through the holes.

The next card is more traditional and elegant. The very delicate crocheted lace and vine stamp with tiny pearl accents make this card a lady’s card perfect for Mother’s Day sentiments.

The third card also use the vintage vogue set but also features Butterflies made using Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  This is a favorite of mine.  It also has pearl embellishments and a small ribbon bow at the top.

If you like these cards contact me for more information on how to attend a class or you could even host a private class with your friends.  For specifics on the cards and what was use to make them from the Stampin’ Up Catalog check out my Stampin’ Up Website projects page at

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