Friday, May 29, 2020

Stamp Off Birds and Branches with Birds and More Dies

It's Stamp Off challenge Friday, with Susan, Buffy
and I.  I'm hoping that you had a wonderful Memorial Day.
It sure has warmed up here in Ohio!
This week, we have a color challenge, starring 
Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Crumb Cake.

I love this color combination, but was not sure how 
I would use it for this two step stamping
bird from the new (Sneak Peak) Birds and Branches set (p120).
The Pool Party and Mossy Meadow ended up being
the perfect combo!  I used the Birds and More dies (p 174)
to cut out the bird and branches.  The sentiment comes from
the returning Waterfront set (p 129).  It fit perfectly in that
beautiful window.

Now it is time to pop on over to Buffy and Susan's 
blogs, to check out their beautiful color challenge cards.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Peaceful Poppies with Honey Bee

Here are more products that I will miss.  I LOVE the 
Peaceful Poppies DSP, with those rich colors.  The
realistic looking bees from the Honey Bee set were
perfect for pairing with many sets and papers.
This is a joy fold card, so the sentiment flap is
fastened under the bees.

I am happy to say that the So Sentimental Set,
with coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies are moving
forward into the new catalog (page 179)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tropical Chic

I had to post one more Tropical Chic card.  Petal Pink 
and Soft Sea Foam make such a pretty combination.
I will miss this bundle.  It is very unique!
People really appreciate cards that make them wonder
how it was made.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Dies

It's really entertaining to go through your scrap stack.  I
often have dies cuts, sentiments and other surprises.
For this card, I pulled out some retiring Flourish Dies 
flowers.  I used the sentiment from the retiring
Flourishing Phrases set.  I love this set, for both it's dies
and the many beautiful sentiments.  It is both elegant and

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tropical Chic

I've been going back and falling back in love with sets
that will be retiring in less than a month.  This is Tropical
Chic with the coordinating Tropical Dies.
 I decided to use some of the retiring In Colors 
(Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch)
with the See a Silhouette DSP.  That background of reds
and oranges makes the card look like it's glowing. 
Since most of us have not traveled in a while,
this might be the closest I get to a sunny beach!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Magnolia Lane Rectangles with You Always Deliver

This is another card that I did for Friday's Rectangles
challenge.  I used the Stitched Rectangles dies to cut
pieces of the Magnolia Lane DSP.  The sentiment comes 
from my all time favorite, retiring, You Always Deliver
set.  I decided to add a little sparkle with several strips
of the Sparkle Glimmer Paper.  The Petal Pink layer
was run through the Subtles 3D folder and sponged 
with Versa Mark

Friday, May 15, 2020

Stamp Off Butterfly Gala with Poppy Parade

Hey Stampin friends!  Susan, Buffy and I are back
for a Stamp Off Rectangles challenge.  Stampin' Up! has many products that  work for this challenge.

I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies, to 
create a DSP backdrop for the sentiment.   The Peaceful 
Poppies DSP has many rich colors that allow you to
coordinate with preferred colors.  My fav colors are Poppy 
Parade, and the wonderful Noble Peacock Foil,
so that is how I designed my rectangles card!

I used the sentiment from Butterfly Gala and cut it out
with another Stitched Rectangles Die.

I hope that this card has given you some creative inspiration,
and urge you to check out the wonderful cards
created by Buffy and Susan!

Lastly, be well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Inspiring Irises

I am happy to say that Inspiring Iris will be moving
forward to the 2020-21 SU catalog.  I love this set because
it is a quick and easy way to send an uplifting card.
In this example, I stamped the Iris and then colored them
with Retiring In Colors using the "smoke" stamp from 
the Geared Up Garage set (also moving forward to 2020-21).
I realize that there are stamps to color the Iris, but 
sometimes you have to deviate from the obvious plan!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Butterfly Wishes

Butterfly Wishes on page 16 in the 2020-21 catalog.
I like this set because it has an "artistic" look to it.
You can add the butterflies, to add a 3D layer.
It's a good thing!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Witty-Cisms with Peaceful Poppies DSP

I think that the Witty-Cisms set on page 37 of the Jan-June
2020 catalog is an wonderful set.  I love witty, cheeky
comments, as do many of my family members.  My Mom
doesn't want sappy, sentimental cards (well, unless they are
for someone who has serious illness or has passed).  She
prefers sarcastic sentiments for birthdays and such.
I always enjoy the very rude cards that she sends
for my birthday, often 2-3 because they were "funny."

I layered the focal images on a piece of Peaceful Poppies (p 25)
DSP.  This Designer Series Paper is spectacular, in that
you have options for lovely flowers, of patterned colors.
This kind of pairing is perfect for this set,
which will be RETIRING in June.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Best Catch with Catch of the Day Dies

This is a product bundle that I am really sad to see
retiring, especially since my brother has purchased some
lakeside property.  Our family also loved fishing when we
were growing up.  Wisconsin had so much to offer in terms of 
good fishing lakes.   We caught an abundance of sun fish,
bass, walleye, pike, musky and even a sturgeon.
 I have great appreciation for 
Best Catch (page 150) with the 
Catch of the Day dies (page 191)!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Tasteful Backgrounds with Butterfly Gala

Here's another Tasteful Backgrounds Dies (page 196) card.  It 
took me a bit to get into the groove of using these dies, but
I really like the unique looks that you can create.  I used some
of the Peaceful Poppy DSP for the background layer, and added
 Peacock foil flower centers.  The sentiment comes from
the Butterfly Gala set.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Stamp Off Retiring In Colors

Today our challenge is retiring In Colors (Lovely Lipstick,
Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call me Clover and
Blueberry Bushel).  I think that Susan, Buffy and I should
have taken a survey as to our feelings about these colors,
as SU tends to alternate Subtles and Brights for In Colors.
 It's ok with me if these colors retire.
I worked in the schools for over 30 years and they
remind me of school construction paper colors.

I decided to use the First Frost set, because it is also
retiring.   I combined Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove and
Old Olive.  I added a little Silver Foil sprig,
because the foils always lifts the other colors. 
I used the Big Shot to cut out the images with
the First Frost dies, layering them on to an Ornate Layers
frame.  This sentiment comes from Butterfly Gala and
I use it ALL the time!

I'm glad that you could stop by for a nod to Stampin'
Up!'s retiring In Colors.  Please enjoy Buffy and 
Susan's offerings.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tasteful Backgrounds

The SU retiring list has now been published and some of
my favorite products are retiring.  The Tasteful Backgrounds,
on page 196, gives so many options for classy cards.  It's 
hard to tell the colors used from this pictures.  They are 
In Colors Lovely Lipstick and Rococo Rose.  I cut out the die
twice, so that I could inlay the Rose color.   I also love the
Copper Trim on page 174.

I needed to include this photo from my little orchard.
I have a number of smaller fruit trees, including a 12 foot peach,
two 5 foot cherries and two little 5 foot apples trees.  They are
small, but mighty, as all of the little trees bear fruit each year.
Last year, when my Mom was here, I had about 80 peaches,
which I piled in front of her.  She loves peaches.
The peach and cherry trees are already done blooming, so
I had to take some pics of my apple blossoms.   I enjoy
looking out my kitchen window, to see spring literally in bloom.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Ornate Layers Good Morning

This is another card using the Ornate Layers Dies
(upcoming SU catalog).  The Good Morning Magnolia
set on page 38 is another great combo with these dies.

I had to add one more picture.  This is my 90+ year old Mom at
my sister's.  I did not have permission to post, so blurred her face
but trust me, she was sporting a big smile.  She told my sister
that the ride was a bit scary.  My sister asked "Do you want
to go home, or go a little further."   Mom's reply
"oh, we can go further."   She's a goer, that little Mom!

Friday, April 24, 2020

First Responder Cards

I've been working on cards for hospital staff and first
responders. I appreciate their dedication so very much.
 This also gave me the opportunity to use
up some retired DSP!  I will be mailing them out today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Magnolia Memory Dies

I always find it interesting that I miss some dies within a set
of dies.  The Magnolia Memories dies (p 194) 
cut many of the stamped images from the 
Good Morning Magnolia  stamp set (p 38),
but a number of the dies "stand alone".  I decided to use the
sentiment from the set, with the flower dies that layer together.
The colors I used included Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit
Grove and Poppy Parade.  As usual, I ran the card base
through the Subtle 3D Embossing folder on page 199.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Ornate Layers with You Always Deliver on Magnolia Lane

This is a really quick card using the Ornate Layers Dies
and the Magnolia Lane DSP on page 165.  I added the
sentiment from You Always Deliver (page 50) to a 
piece of the Magnolia Lane DSP.  The card base was
run through the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder and 
sponged with a little VersaMark ink.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Stamp Off Inspiring Iris on Ornate Layers

Susan, Buffy and I continue our Stamp Off challenge, although I know that Susan has most of her stamping supplies packed up!
  I will admit to being an introvert, so hanging
out at home, crafting,  is totally in my wheel house.

For this challenge, we are featuring flowers.  We had 
some wonderful Easter flower displays, followed closely
by cold weather!

I continue to enjoy using the Ornate Layers dies, and what
better background for a flower?!  I felt that the 
Inspiring Iris set on page 111 had kind of a fluffy look,
that went well with the Poppy Parade Ornate frame.  
I did a bit of coloring with Stampin' Blends and ran the
card base through the Absolutely Argyle 3D embossing folder.
This was a pretty quick card to put together, and I 
decided to omit the sentiment so that I could grab it
when I needed a card with a floral theme.

Thank you for stopping by and please trot on over to
check out the flower projects offered by Buffy and Susan!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Noble Peacock with Good Morning Magnolia

Every once in a while, I have to pull out my
Noble Peacock stamp set (page 26) with coordinating
Detailed Peacock dies.  In this example, I layered the 
velum peacock over Highland Heather, which was then
layered over some Subtles 6x6 Designer Series Paper.
The sentiment comes form Good Morning Magnolia on
page 38, cut out with the die from Smooth Sailing (p 195).
I love using that die with sentiments, as the shape is 
sort of rectangular, but without the sharp corners.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Inspiring Iris

Inspiring Iris (page 111) is one of my favorite go-to sets.
The images are lovely, fun to color and perfect for cards
that have that watercolor look.  I added a layer of
See a Silhouette DSP to incorporate more color.

Sunday, April 12, 2020


Easter Blessings

Friday, April 10, 2020

Grace's Garden with Gateway Dies

There are so many things that you can do with the
Grace's Garden Stamp set and coordinating Gateway Dies
on page 13 of the Jan-June 2020 catalog.  I love all the
scenes that you can place behind the trellis. 
I used the Subtles 3-D embossing folder to add texture
to the background, and added the sentiment from the
Honey Bee set (page 30).

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Ornate Layers with Dandelion Wishes

This is another sample, using the Ornate Layers dies 
and the Dandelion Wishes set on page 77.  I like the 
option to create layers on top of the Ornate frame.
I hope that you enjoy.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Ornate Layers Dies with You Always Deliver

The new Ornate Layers dies
create lovely frames.  This makes it extremely easy
to make a WOW card for someone, with little effort.
There is something about a fancy frame that is so
attention getting.  Well maybe not for the guys, but that's ok.

In this example, I added a layer of the See a Silhouette
Designer Series Paper (page 166) to coordinate with the 
frame.  The sentiment comes from You Always 
Deliver on page 59 of the annual catalog.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Ornate Layers Dies with Witty-Cisms

Happy Friday Friends.  Today Susan, Buffy and I are
challenging ourselves to use a Fun Fold.   

I think that
Buffy and Susan are a little more at ease with fun folds
than I am.  It seems they always require some "math",
which is a real challenge for me.

For my card, I used the new Ornate Layers dies,
to create a frame, with a latch that holds the card closed,

As you can see, the latch attaches under the
focal frame, which features an image from Witty-Cisms.

The end of the latch is glued to the back of the card.

Thank you for stopping.  I urge you to click on over
to check out the Fun Folds featured by Buffy and Susan.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

So Sentimental set with Stitched So Sweetly

Here's one more SAB "left-over", that lovely
Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Anytime
I see glossy DSP, I go for it because of the easy of
changing the paper color by sponging it.  In this example,
I cut out some of the golden bees with the Detailed Bees Dies.
The sentiment comes from the So Sentimental set,
with layers cut out with the coordinating
Stitched so Sweetly Dies 
(page 20 in the Jan-June 2020 catalog).

Monday, March 30, 2020

Witty-Cisms with Gang's All Meer

As I've said in the past, sometimes you get an idea,
and you just have to get it out of your head.  It doesn't
mean that it is a good idea, but it feels good to exorcise 
it from your brain!

This card is a mash-up of Witty-cisms (Jan-June 2020) 
and The Gang's All Mere SAB set.  I added the hat from
Best Catch (page 150) in the annual catalog.  I figured that
a cactus would benefit from googly eyes and a good hat!

Please have a great Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Best Catch and Beautiful Bouquet

I'm always happy to use product from the annual catalog,
because there are some excellent bundles.  Best Catch
(page 150) with the Catch of the Day dies (page 191), is a
great (masculine) bundle.  I love coloring that fish with
Stampin' Blends.  In this example, I created a background
by sponging Coastal Cabana and then stamping the vine
from Beautiful Bouquet.  I spattered a bit of water on the
background to give it a more watery appearance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Inspiring Iris

I often make blank cards, because they leave things
open-ended when I need to quickly grab a card.
Inspiring Iris, on page 111, is a great set for a card
fitting a variety of situations.  In this case, I sponged
Granny Apple Green on the card base that had been
run through the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder.
For the focal image, I layer in the Iris over sponged
ink, silver foil and Polka Dot Tulle.

Monday, March 23, 2020

#loveitchopit with Good Morning Magnolia

Kylie Bertucci has come up with a wonderful,
#loveitchopit strip technique that is presented Here.
It makes use of scraps, and is very forgiving in terms of 
gluing the strips of Cardstock or DSP down.
In this example, I used Granny Smith Green, Calypso Coral,
Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss and Peaceful Poppies
DSP (Jan-June 2020 page 25).  The sentiment comes from the 
Good Morning Magnolia Stamp set (annual page 38) and was
cut out with the Stitched Rectangles dies on page 196.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Stamp Off Grace's Gateway Dies

Greetings creative friends.  Susan, Buffy and I
are back for another challenge.  
This week is all about "The Color Purple!"  

I have been posting cards with the the Grace's 
Gateway Dies (Jan-June 2020 catalog) and different
background DSP.  In this example,  I paired the Peaceful
Poppies (page 25) with these delightful dies.  I picked a 
segment with a lot of purple, and just a pop of Poppy!
I really like using the Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing
Folder to perk up cards.   Highlighting the pattern with some
VersaMark helps the card pop.  Finally, the sentiment from 
the Honey Bee set was cut 
out with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies on page 20.

Now that you've checked out my purple project, 
please click on to enjoy Buffy and Susan's
wonderful cards.  I'd also like to wish my dear friends, Buffy, Susan and all of our "visitors" health and peace of mind,
 as we move through this challenging time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

On the Adventure with Sending You Thoughts

Given the challenges we face right now, I had to
get out the "On to Adventure" set on page 28 of the
annual catalog.  The images always make me smile.
I paired this magical lady with a sentiment from 
"Sending You Thoughts" (SAB page 11).  This
set has the perfect amount of sarcasm.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Grace's Gateway Dies with Magnolia DSP

I've been trying different DSP with Grace's Gateway Dies
(Jan-June 2020 Mini Catalog).
Using the Magnolia Lane DSP makes it easy create the gate background.  In this example, the flowers come from the Royal
Peacock Stamp set and Detailed Peacock Dies
(page 192 of the annual catalog)

Friday, March 13, 2020

Tasteful Backgrounds Dies

This is a card that uses the dies to make an impression on
cardstock.  Tasteful Backgrounds on page 196 work well
when trying this technique.  It makes for a simple, yet 
elegant card.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Good Morning Magnolia

I have to say that I'm really glad that I was able to post
today.  Behind the scenes, I have been having computer 
problems for several months....ugh!!  Hard drive and logic
board were replaced in my 2+ year old computer.  I believed
my computer problems were behind me.  No such luck.
Apparently when the computer was put back together, the
internal microphone was covered over.  For some, that
would not be a problem.  However, given that I do Zoom
meetings, in order to work from home, it was a huge problem.
I found myself asking "can you hear me now?"
So I headed back to the Apple store today.  It was a 
ghost town because of a certain virus, so now's the time to take your computer in.
Anyway, the tech knew immediately what had happened and
had it fixed in an hour.  I am overjoyed to say that I am
back in business, literally and figuratively.

So, my card for today uses the Good Morning Magnolia set 
(page 38).  This is a set that enables coloring of spectacular
images, with blends, aqua painter or watercolor pencils! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Tropical Chic with Tropical Dies

The Tropical Chic stamp set (page 93), with 
coordinating Tropical Dies (page 197) are an elegant
combo.  The ability to easily create a fern window
makes it look like you worked harder than you
actually did.  That's the kind of product that I like!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Stamp Off DSP Challenge

Hey Crafters.  It's our first Stamp Off Challenge
for March.   Susan, Buffy and I are featuring cards with our
favorite Designer Series Paper.

When it comes to DSP, Stampin' Up! has a bunch of
lovely packs to pick from.  My favorite has got to be the 
Peaceful Poppies DSP on page 25 of the Jan -June 2020 
catalog.  This paper is so effective
as a stand-alone background, paired with your favorite
sentiment.  In this example, I used the 
So Sentimental bundle (So Sentimental Stamp set with
Stitched So Sweetly Dies) on page 20.  These products
are a perfect pairing.  

At church, I am changing up our name tags, by putting
the printed names on a DSP background.  I had to use some
of the Peaceful Poppies paper, because it was just too
stunning to keep to myself.  Now those name tags Pop!

Now that you've checked out my card, please
click on over to see the projects offered by
Buffy and Susan

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Best Catch with Catch of the Day Dies

The Best Catch Bundle with Catch of the Day Dies
(on page 150), has got to be one of my favorites. 
Having been born and raised in Wisconsin, this is a
familiar scene.   Wisconsin fish really put up a
good fight.  In this example, I simply colored the lure 
and fish with blends and stacked the elements on the 
card.  I love the fact that you can color fish any way
that you want, so that any card stock can be used.