Saturday, April 29, 2017


I  have to be honest. I only order SU products that speak to me. I mean, if they don't speak to me, how can I make you want them? And I do not believe in pressuring my customers into something they may use once.

You've seen the video from corporate (Friday's post)  but they have nothin' on Miss Barb Mullikin.

After watching this video by Barb Stamps I knew I HAD TO HAVE this set. The dies can be used in a gazillion different ways - many you'll see in Barb's video. So I've ordered them and will be not only showcasing my own card ideas once they arrive but they will be part of my first CUSTOMER SPECIAL from the new catalog.

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Preview

Today, I'm sharing a video from SU about a Sneak Peek Product from our 2017-2018 Catalog that will be available May 1 - YES! Before the catalog releases!

Watch close and you'll get a peak at three of the 2017-2019 In- Colors!

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I apologize for the delay.  I got up yesterday morning to discover the internet was down in our area. Not sure how that works since it's satellite but that's the story Hughes Net gave me.

Today, we have storms rolling through so I'm pushing to get something up before the storms hit. Thunder is rumbling as I speak.

So to introduce you to this month's Paper Pumpkin, I'm going to share Sara Douglas' video with you.

Creative Blessings

Monday, April 24, 2017


My Paper Pumpkin kit arrived on Friday while I was out of town. Those posts will run tomorrow (Tuesday, 25th and Wednesday, 26th)

This kit was specially designed by our CEO Sara and I can't wait to show you what she gave us to play with! 

I intended to have a card up today but after being out and about in wet/ cold weather Thursday and Friday, Saturday I managed to pick up a bit of a sore throat. Instead of creating last night for today's post, I ate chicken noodle soup, took theraflu and went to bed.

Much better today but the house is a mess. Bob did very well keeping his dishes washed up and even had clean sheets on the bed for me to snuggle in last night. But the rest of the house - Ack!!!!

So come back tomorrow for this AWESOME Paper Pumpkin...

Oh yeah, and because Paper Pumpkin falls on the 25th, the Blast from the Past post will feature Christmas on Thursday! 

Creative Blessings!

Friday, April 21, 2017

FAB FIVE FRIDAY - Sealed With Love

As I continue sharing the many creative options you have with sets that our retiring, I thought I'd play with Sealed With Love.  I got the idea when I spotted THIS Valentine card on Pinterest. At first, I thought I was seeing a Christmas card. When I realized Mona from CupcakesCreations had made a Valentine, I thought - why not Christmas?  A Christmas card on a Christmas card. And so the creativity began.

NOTE: Sharon kindly brought it to my attention I'd not said WHERE I got the envelope from.  The envelope used on all of the cards is a die that is part of the Framelits set that coordinates with the Sealed With Love. Unfortunately, the dies are already gone! A perfect example of once something hits the retired list, you have to act fast!

I started with Sealed With Love then brought in sentiments from Oh What Fun and Merriest Wishes(Both from the Holiday 2016 catalog). I also used the bow from Wonderous Wreath. (Retiring this year!)

Then I pulled various Christmas DSP. I'll pinpoint which DSP I used under each card as I go. 

CARD #1:

Home for Christmas DSP ( Holiday 2015)
I used a Garden Green card base. The DSP is cut 4" x 5
The snowflake border is punched from the Martha Steward Snowflake punch. I didn't realize until I'd done this I wasn't using an SU punch.  Any snowflake die/ punch will work. The sentiment is from Merriest Wishes and the Emerald Ribbon (Retiring) 

CARD #2:

This one is my husband's favorite. 

Whisper White base run through the Cable Knit Embossing folder.
The DSP is from Christmas Cocoa (2014?)
I put the band of Whisper White ribbon then tied a bow using both Whisper White and Real Red. 
Sentiment: Merriest Wishes

CARD #3:

For this one, I did the Letter Press effect by brushing the top inside of the Wood Grain  embossing folder (retiring)  with Tip Top Taupe. The mat and the ink is Emerald Envy. I've used red foil from my stash for the 'ribbon' and bow. The bow is cut from Wonderous Wreath and I've added a Basic Rhinestone (retiring) 
Sentiment: Merriest Wishes

CARD #4:

This card uses Candy Cane Lane DSP. The circle beneath the sentiment is cut from Real Red and the sentiment is from Wonderous Wreath.

I've used a Basic Black base topped with Candy Cane Lane 4 x 5.25"

The banners are as follows:

The banners on the left are cut from black and the ones on the right are cut from the DSP.

I layered them together as a unit before adhering to the card front as follows:


This card uses the same dimensions as the banner card above. The only difference is the mats are not notched into banners. They are left as standard rectangles but the sizes are the same.

One envelope from a Valentine stamp set sending holiday greetings. 
Other than Valentine's, how would you use Sealed With Love? Remember to link the comments section below so I can see your creativity.

Creative Blessings

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Occasions 2011

This week I thought I'd pull out a stamp set I'd not used yet. Yes, I bought this from the Occasions 2011 catalog with the intention of using the images for mixed media projects. Wanting to use this set for a card this week, I turned to the Nature Walk gallery at Splitcoaststampers for inspiration. I saved several to my Favorites... then wound up going my own direction.

I added Kindness Matters to bring in the sentiment. I'm using this card to mail a check to my bank in IL. I always tuck my deposit in a card. Looking through the gallery, it appears as if this set might also have released in 2011. 

Botanical Gazette was the DSP released to coordinate with the set. Two of the matching cardstock colors were Old Olive and So Saffron. I also used a small piece of Vellum and the Label Punch (retiring)

I used the punch to cut a 1/2 label from So Saffron:

Rather than use the whole shape, I punched just beyond the 1/2 way point. Then used the center points as my placement guide below a strip of the DSP.

I used an Old Olive base topped with a 4 x 5.25" piece of the DSP.  Using the hexagon embossing folder, I used the letterpress technique by swiping the inside back of the folder with So Saffron ink. When I embossed the piece of cardstock, this gave me the look of honey being inside the comb. 

I stamped the bee on a piece of Very Vanilla then again on a piece of Vellum using Memento Black. I cut each one out then layered the vellum bee over the vanilla image. I fluffed the vellum wings up a bit for flight then popped the entire 2 layers with a dimensional.

Is there a stamp set you bought but haven't used yet? 
Most Stampin' UP! sets are listed in the Splitcoast gallery. Go HERE  then look for your stamp set by name under the correct letter.... ie both of these sets were under the Stampin' UP! Sets K-N.

Remember, I'd love to see your cards Just link me in the comments section below. 

Fab Five is ready to roll tomorrow!
Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


I'm beginning to think the postal service is holding my April Paper Pumpkin on hiatus. So I will hopefully be able to plug them in for next Tuesday/ Wednesday.

In the mean time, I put together a different sort of card for you today. I belong to several forums at Splitcoast Stampers. One of those is a group called Teapotters. Every week we are inspired to send a card to someone who needs a bit of cheering up. We have sent cheery messages to young children battling a myriad of illnesses, to grownups dealing with their own health issues. Many times members hear of someone celebrating a milestone occasion, like a 100+ birthday ( yes, we've had a couple of those) .

This week we are cheering up one of our own. Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a second surgery. She tries to occupy her mind with things like crafting. We've decided to brighten her spirits with a card shower.

I subscribe to two card magazines from the UK. My April issue of Quick Cards Made Easy came yesterday and had the perfect 'pick me up' tutorial using border dies. Well, I don't have any border dies - yet ;-)  However, the design could be duplicated with simple cut squares.

I thought of two things Lift Me Up and Fairy Celebration.

This is the card on it's way to Elizabeth tomorrow:

I started with 3 panels of thin chipboard (mine was leftover from the box my rolodex came in) and 6 pieces of Whisper White cardstock. I could have chosen not to use the white cardstock on both sides of the chipboard but I wanted the extra sturdiness.

The chip board pieces are cut 4.25" square and the Whisper White 3.75" square

Next I chose my patterns from the Lift Me Up DSP. I selected 6 different ones. I cut 2 strips of Peek A Boo Peach cardstock 3" x 1.5" each for the hinges and scored them longways at the 3/4" mark.

I used tear tape to adhere the papers to the chip board.The 1/4" width was perfect for insuring spacing.

 By placing the score tape right against the edge of the cardstock, I was able to use that as a guide for placing the mat.

Before applying your hinges, ROUND your corners on all of your pieces. I used the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board as it's easier to punch through the thicknesses.
I didn't think of that before hand which made rounding the inside corners 'interesting' LOL

Okay... Individual panels:

I ghost stamped both of the small balloons from Up and Away
The border is stamped in Mint Macaron using one of the images from Delicate Details

Inside Panel 1
Watercolor pencils. I put dots of iridescent stickles on the mushroom dots and brushed the same on her wings. 

Center Panel
Delicate Details in Peek A Boo Peach, Sentiment from Fairy Celebration in Mint Macaron
The fairy is ghost stamped then various ghost stamp levels of the fairy dust in Watermelon Wonder

Panel 3
Stamp the dragonfly on velum with Peek A Boo Peach. Cut out using coordinating die then lightly swipe with Mint Macaron for a bit of definition. I brushed the iridescent stickles over the body. When everything was dry, I added a heart and 2 smallest stones from the Rhinestone basics

This went together rather quickly. I cut enough chipboard pieces while my guillotine cutters was out. as I'd like to do another one when I'm not trying to rush to a blog post. I even think this is one my 9-yr old granddaughter could do with a bit of assistance. The girls will be here for about 8 weeks this summer. Maybe she could make one to pop in the mail to mommy. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. 

Creative Blessings

Monday, April 17, 2017


My upline is lead by Brandy Cox. She calls her team Blooms and Butterflies. Each month she offers up a Color Challenge to inspire us. Here's what she gave us this month:

I'm not sure why but when I pulled these colors from my cardstock selector, my mind went....

I'm kind of on a Christmas kick. I have over 100 cards to have made by Thanksgiving.. plus approximately 60 gift tags for food boxes so I use every challenge possible to add to the card box. 

Here's my card for this month:

I used Basic Black for the top-fold base. We can add in Whisper White or Very Vanilla to any challenge. This time I chose the Very Vanilla to let the Rich Razzleberry mat pop. I chose Wonderous Wreath... If you like this set, order NOW! This set is retiring May 31st. You'll find it in my store by clicking on either catalog button on my sidebar.

I used a standard hole punch to punch out the berries. The Label Punch (also retiring) was a perfect size pairing for my sentiment from Christmas Magic. Rich Razzleberry Enamel Dots gave it that something something every card needs.  Pear Pizzaz Enamel star pinpoints the center of the bow. 

I'd love to see what you do with this color combination! Just leave a link to your card in the comment section below. 

Creative Blessings

Friday, April 7, 2017

FAB FIVE FRIDAY - Basket Bunch

Basket Bunch Bundle - 144731G
Occasions 2017

This week I'm spotlighting the Basket Bunch Bundle. I do have a confession though. By almost midnight last night I had nothing left in me to create so there are FAB FOUR cards this week. I did have another project I wanted to do but the Easter decor piece was too involved for that late at night. However, on the flip side, I'm going to show you a tip for using your polymer stamps.  Let's get started!

While I'm not showcasing all of these colors in this post, I kind of went a little crazy choosing colors. The cool thing is that these colors not only work for Easter, but for May Day as well.

In no particular order:
Pear Pizzaz, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze

So why all the little cubes? Well, I got the idea for this project from watching Maria Kandylas on YouTube. Her baskets are adorable! You can put your style spin on this basic little basket. I chose three colors to with today, but the others will show up in a May Day post coming soon!

These cubes are created from a 3.5" piece of card stock, scored on all four sides at the 1-1/8 mark. When you've finished scoring you'll have a 9-block grid, similar to a tic-tac-toe board.

Here are the three variations I made:

Pear Pizzaz, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake

And a close-up of each one:

With three Easter Hershey miniatures

mini chocolate eggs and what appears to be a chocolate bunny (but is actually the die-cut from the set) I'm not sure what happened to his face unless it was something on my work surface. 

Here I've stuck the handles together at the top center with a glue dot.

The grass is cut with the die then cut apart so the bunny can be tucked in. I've also inserted a piece on the inside back of the basket for a bit of filler.

Next, is a cute treat bag using our 2x8" cello bags:

I used Whisper White and the #2 and #3 (from the outside in) of the Stitched Framelit Circles (#145372) and the Swirly Scribbles thinlits ( #141497) to create the topper.

Cut 1" off the top of the cello bag (#141703). Put 4 Hershey miniatures in (they 'just' fit) then add a bit of adhesive to the inside edge of the opening to close. 

Fold the top of the bag over approx. 1" and seal with adhesive.

Run a strip of adhesive across the width of the top back of the cello bag and adhere the large white circle with the face of the stitched framelit facing down (this allows the 'pretty' side to show on the front. 

Turn the bag right side up and adhere the Swirly Scribble (I used Wisteria Wonder) to the white base (see the above step). I just used a bit of the tape runner to strategically place adhesive on the solid bits of the swirl.

Stamp your sentiment onto the smaller stitched framelit circle and adhere to the center of the Swirly Scribble. 

Positively adorable!

Okay.. a couple of cards.  I found both of these on Pinterest.

The first one comes from HERE. I'm not sure the link to the 'creator' is correct. More promo and less craft, sadly. So if you know who did make the original card, please let me know so that I can give credit.

The basket is stamped/ cut from Daffodil Delight. I used garden green for the grass and Perfect Plum for the sentiment. The flowers are stamped/ cut from Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, Mint Macaron, Perfect Plum (on Wisteria Wonder).  The eggs are Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Soft Sky. I've used the smallest pearls from our Pearl Basic Jewels (# 119247).

And finally, my last card for this week:

This card can be found on my Pinterest Board HERE and is a case from Melissa Davies at RubberFUNatics.

I did change the card up a bit. I stamped the Delicate Details stamps on a Wisteria Wonder mat placed on a Whisper White card base. I stamped the trims in White Stamping Embossing Powder (# 109132) All of the images are stamped in Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock. I colored the bunny's ears in with Melon Mambo and his tie in Dapper Denim. Then added a Rhinestone Basic Jewels (# 119246)  The flower is watercolored with Daffodil Delight and the stems in Garden Green. Since there isn't a Garden Green in our watercolor pencils, I brushed them with the marker then washed them out a bit with the water pen.

Here's how the grass and flower are put together from the back:

For the sentiment, I used the Banner Punch to mat the sentiment.

The GREAT thing about Polymer stamps is they are flexible, allowing you to take a 'straight' stamp and curve it to fit your design.

Here, I've punched out a template with the Banner Punch (#  and adhered it to my acrylic block:

Then I placed my sentiment stamp inside the opening of the one I wanted to use, curving the stamp to fit inside the opening. I inked the stamp in Perfect Plum and stamped onto my banner mat, lining up the mat with the opening I'd punched it from:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST - Chocolate Bunny

With this week's post I'm going to begin showcasing some of my favorite stamp sets from past product lines. Every Thursday (with the exception of Paper Pumpkin Twist posts) will spotlight a retired stamp set or color.

Since we're approaching Easter, I thought the Chocolate Bunny was a perfect way to begin our BLAST FROM THE PAST.

This stamp was only available January - April 2010 Occasions Mini. Retail: $7.95

This image may look plain but when you stamp on Chocolate Chip cardstock with VersaMark then heat emboss with clear embossing powder, the effect is quite Yummy!

I used a Chocolate Chip card base with a Whisper White mat and the same combination for the image and sentiment mats. For a pop of color I added a strip from the Petals and Paisley's (Fall 2016 Holiday). I blended the old with the new by using one of the sentiments from the Basket Bunch stamp set.

What is one of your favorite retired stamps?
Creative Blessings!