Monarch Butterfly For An Anniversary Wish

Monarch Butterfly Wishes

The Monarch butterfly is so beautiful and comes in so many different colours.  As we move into Fall, I decided that this monarch butterfly needed to fly the fall colours.

Monarch ButterflyRecipe

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Celebrate.

Ink/Markers: Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral.

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Typeset DSP, Irresistibly Yours DSP, Vellum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Fluttering Emboss Folder, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Banners Framelits, 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

The Irresistibly Yours paper is sponged using Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral inks.  The velum is embossed using the Fluttering Emboss Folder and adhered to the top of the Irresistibly Yours paper. This causes the bright colours to be softened.

To create the Monarch butterfly:

  • Stamp the bottom layer in Daffodil Delight, stamp the second layer in Calypso Coral and stamp the top layer in Tangelo Twist.  Die cut the image with the large Bold Butterfly framelit.
  • Using the Butterflies framelits, die cut an intricate butterfly from Basic Black.  Attach the cutout to the solid butterfly using the Fine Tip Glue Pen which is available from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue. It’s great for adhering small embellishments and paper cutouts to projects.

The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White using Tangelo Twist ink.  A strip of Tangelo Twist card stock forms a contrast to the white sentiment.

Cut a  piece of Basic Black card stock and Typeset DSP using the Banners Framelits.  Attach the two flag and mount on a flagged piece of Burlap Ribbon.

The monarch butterfly is now winging it’s way to wish a happy couple anniversary wishes.

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Cozy Christmas Eve – Oh, What Fun For Family

A Cozy Christmas Eve

Oh, a cozy Christmas Eve.  It’s something that a lot of us think about as the big day gets closer.  A cozy Christmas eve sitting by a warm fire, the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, soft snow falling, the soft glow of the neighbour’s lights, is something we all think about for Christmas eve.

Cozy ChristmasRecipe

Stamps: Cozy Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Night of Navy.

Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Red Foil, Window Sheets, Trim The Tree DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearth and Home Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds, Real Red 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, 1/4” Handheld Circle Punch, Silhouette Pine Boughs, Chalk Pen.

This stamp set is so cute and with it’s 8 stamps, you can create endless cards, tags, scrapbook pages and gift bags.  Of course, the matching embellishments (enamel dots and buttons), Designer Series Paper, Pompom trim and the stripped ribbon, all add to the pretty and cute items that you can create.

I love the new Hearth and Home framelits and they can be used for so many different scenes.

Before stamping the image, the sky was sponged using a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy ink.  Heavy sponging was done at the top and then a lighter touch used as I brought the colour done.  Santa in his sleigh was stamped across the sky and finally, snow flakes were created using the Chalk Pen.

The image was stamped in Basic Grey on Whisper White car stock.   I added some colour in the windows with a Daffodil marker.  The snow on the roof and below the house was created using 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamond glitter.  Such an easy way to add the touch of snow.

Once I had the cozy Christmas scene created, I mounted the Window Sheet and the framelits.  Finally, I die cut the Old Olive boughs with my Silhouette, attached them below the window, punched a few berries from Red Foil and attached them to the boughs.

You can find another scene with the Home and Hearth framelits here.

What have you made using the Hearth and Home framelits?  Do you need any of the supplies to create this card?  You can email me or order directly from my ONLINE store.

The new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalogue goes live September 1st.  Wah Woo!


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Christmas Delicate Ornaments – Hang Them On A Card

Christmas Delicate Ornaments

The Christmas Delicate Ornaments stamp set is new to the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue.  This stamp set will create many possibilities for your Christmas card making.  The best part is the matching Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies to cut out the ornaments.

Three of the dies have very intricate cuts, so Stampin’ Up! has introduced a new product to help with removing the bits after the ornaments are die cut.  It’s the Precision Base Plate.  This is not magnetic and you will need to use the Multipurpose Platform that comes with your Big Shot. The plate is steel and will provide greater performance when cutting intricate dies.

One word of caution: Do Not Use This Plate with The Magnetic Platform as you may pinch your fingers.  Ouch!

There may be a few bits that you will have to coax out of the cuts.  This is easily done using a stiff paint brush that you can find at the Dollar Store.

You can mix and match the die cuts with the Christmas delicate ornaments.  You are able to stamp the ornaments and then cut them out with the solid thinlits or layer the die cuts over solid cardstock as I did with the Olive Green ornament.

Christmas Delicate OrnamentsRecipe

Stamps: Embellished Ornaments.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Gold Foil, Red Foil, Neutrals Colour Collection DSP Stack (Gold Stripes).

Accessories: Big Shot, Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Banner Triple Punch, Gold Embossing Powder, Real Red Ribbon, Gold Cording Trim.

There are a couple of additional new products used on this card.  It’s the Red Foil paper and the Gold Cording Trim. These 2 new products give you lots of options for making your fall and holiday cards.

So, have you started creating Christmas delicate ornaments in your head?  Are you creative juices starting to flow? Remember you can order from my Online Store on September 1, 2015.


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Christmas Birch Tree Limbs Display Their Ornaments

Christmas Birch Tree

A Christmas birch tree with ornaments makes a beautiful Christmas Card.  It is so serene and elegant…and very simple to recreate.

There are a couple of 2015 Holiday Catalogue sneak peeks on this Christmas Birch tree card.  Can you see them?  Actually the majority of the products used on this card are new!.  I can’t wait until September 1st so that you can order from this catalogue.

Christmas Birch TreeChristmas Birch Tree Recipe

Stamps: Among the Branches.

Ink/Markers: Smokey Slate, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Wonderland Specialty DSP, Silver Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Woodland Embossing Folder 2-1/2” Circle Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Thread.

So how did I create this card?

The card base is the new Whisper White thick card stock.  This new card stock is the cat’s meow for card bases.  It is heavier and more substantial than the normal Whisper White card stock. Well, actually 20#s heavier.

The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is also new in the catalogue.  You will notice that the size of the new embossing folders are larger.  They are 6″ x 6″.  Stampin’ Up! went to this new format to accommodate the international market which uses different measures when creating cards.  These need the Big Shot with the platform and are too large for the Textured Embossing machine.  Boo-hoo.  The Textured Embossing Machine was so handy.

The branch is stamped in Smokey Slate ink on Whisper White paper.  The two ornaments are stamped in Versamark and embossed with Silver Embossing.  This stamp set is made of photopolymar and you can see through them.  So it was easy to line up both the ornament stamps on the clear block.  Just position your stamps where you would like them making sure that the smooth side of the stamp is up.  Now place your block over the stamps.  Wherever you want to stamp, you will get perfect placement.

The image was punched using the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and mounted on the piece of Winter Woodland DSP which was cut using Circles Collection Framelits.

The Among the Branches stamp set will give you all sorts of reasons to create a Christmas Birch Tree card.  Leave me a comments and let me know what you think of this card.


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Poinsettia Handmade Card For Christmas

Poinsettia Handmade Card

A poinsettia handmade card just says Christmas. Yes, it’s a sneak peek from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalogue. Poinsettias come in many colours, however, I prefer the red ones.  Every year I purchase a poinsettia plant before Christmas and I consider myself lucky if I can get it to last until New Years.  I don’t have a green thumb.

This is a very pretty stamp set and it has many different options for you.  First, you can purchase the Reason for the Season stamp set and the Festive Flower Builder Punch as a bundle.  By purchasing as a bundle, you will save yourself 15% on each product.  Such as deal!!

Using the punch and the several of the stamps, you can build your own poinsettia.  You can also punch out a flower center in the colour of your choice.

The other option is the 2-step stamping.  Stamp the line image (flower and leaves) in Basic Black (the new archival Basic Black).  Then stamp the petals in Real Red and the leaves in Cucumber Crush.  Both the flower petals and the leaves stamps have a guide for easy line up. Voila, you have your flower to mount on your Poinsettia Handmade Card. Of course, to mount the flower on the card front, you will have to fussy cut it.

Poinsettia Handmade CardRecipe For Poinsettia Handmade Card

Stamps: Reason for the Season.

Ink/Markers: Basic Black, Real Red Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party Wonderland Specialty DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask, White Tea Lace Paper Doily, Gold Thread, Gold Embossing Powder.

The background panel was made using the stripe mask from the Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks.  You can make interesting backgrounds by sponging, brayering, or spraying your inks on your cardstock with the mask held in place with removable adhesives.

The strip of white and gold Winter Wonderland DSP, along with the Gold Foil Frame add to the elegance of this poinsettia handmade card.  To even go further with the elegance, loop some of the Gold Thread behind the sentiment.

Don’t forget to add 1/2 of a Paper Tea Lace Doily.

Check back to my blog often, as I will be blogging some more Sneak Peeks.


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Christmas Card Ideas – Gently Falling In the Forest

Christmas Card Ideas

It’s a bit early for Christmas card ideas. However, the time sneaks up on us and it’s time to start planning and designing your Christmas cards.

There is nothing more serene than a tree in the forest and the snow coming down.  Sometimes the view can just take your breath away.

Yes, the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is here and there are lots of Christmas card ideas to choose from.  Today, I am sharing a card that I cased from the catalogue.  There are a few changes from the original picture, but it’s very close.

Christmas Card IdeasRecipe

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Jingle All The Way.

Ink/Markers: Basic Black, Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White, Vellum, Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling EF, Gold Cording Trim, Snowflake Elements, Gold Embossing Powder.

As you can see, I used the Lovely As A Tree as my stamp for the forest.  This stamp set as been around for a very long time and it is so versatile.  It’s one of those stamps that you need to have in your stamp collection.

The trees were stamped 3 times on Whisper White cardstock with the new Archival Basic Black ink. In addition, before reinking, I stamped more trees.  This gave me my forest.

Then, I stamped my forest again on Vellum card stock, matching the original forest as close as possible.  This provides an appearance of depth to the forest.

Before embossing the panel, the “Silent Night” sentiment from the Jingle All the Way stamp set was stamped in Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  When everything dried, the vellum panel was put through the Big Shot using the Gently Fall Embossing Folder.

The vellum panel was attached to the card base using Glue Dots.  When attaching vellum, try and put your adhesive in spots where it won’t show.

Finally, strips of the gold striped paper from the Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP was added at the top and bottom.  In the corner, I wrapped loops of the Gold Cording trim and adhered it to the panel and placed a snow flake from the Snowflakes Elements on top of the loops.

These products will be available to order starting September 1st.

If you have the catalogue, now is the time to start looking for Christmas card ideas.  I am sure that you will find a few that you would like to recreate.

If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and live in Canada, please contact me to receive your 2015 Holiday Catalogue. Get your Christmas card ideas flowing.



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Pumpkin Harvest – Handmade Fall Greeting Card

Pumpkin Harvest Card – Sneak Peek

The pumpkin harvest has started.  As we head into September, we will see a lot of pumpkins from our windows.

The Happy Scenes stamp set is perfect for making different scenes as we go into the fall season.  I can be used for Christmas, Halloween, Winter and Fall.  The best thing though, is the matching Hearth & Home thinlit dies which as a perfect match for this stamp set.  You can create you own window to view the different happy scenes.

These scenes can be switched out for many different cards depending upon the sentiment you attach to your card.  A few of the images like the trees can be used for male birthday cards.

For now, I have decided to go with the pumpkin harvest scene.

Pumpkin HarvestRecipe

Stamps: Happy Scenes.

Ink/Markers: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow Marker, Tangelo Twist Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Tangelo Twist, Window Sheet, Into the Woods DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearth and Home Thinlits, Pear Pizzazz 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Paper Tea Lace Doily.

This card is quite straight forward to make.  I did use some colour wash in the background after stamping the image. Using a sponge, the sky is sponged in Soft Sky ink and the ground is sponged in Pear Pizzazz.

The leaves and pumpkins were coloured in with the markers.

Finally to make the window, a piece of Window Sheet was cut to the same size as the stamped image panel.  The stamped image panel was cut and trimmed using the window from the Hearth & Home thinlits as a guide.

The window was attached to the stamped image panel and the window frame using Mini Glue Dots.

Finally the work “Grateful” was coloured with Early Espresso ink.  I picked out this word from the full sentiment – “Thinking of You….with a Grateful Heart”.  You can make up your own sentiments.

So what will your pumpkin harvest be?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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Watercolor On Paper With the You’ve Got This Stamp Set

Watercolor On Paper

Have you tried the watercolor on paper technique?  Watercoloring is making a resurgence and adults have started to color images on different types of medium.

Why is this technique making a comeback?  It’s like everything else in life, what is old, is new again.  Many people find that to watercolor on paper is a way to relax especially in these days of go, go, go.

Most people when they think about watercoloring, think about a painting on canvas.  Did you know that can also watercolor on paper? There are many techniques and tools to help you out with this process.

My card share today uses markers and the blender pen from Stampin’ Up!.

watercolor on paperRecipe

Stamps: You’ve Got This.

Ink/Markers: Marina Mist, Soft Sky Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey Archival Ink, Basic Black Archival Ink.

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Soft Sky, Neutrals DSP Stack (Basic Grey Script Sheet).

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, 1/4” Circle Punch, 5/8” Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Blender Pens, Clear Block.

Steps to create this card:

  • The  flower was stamped on Whisper White using the Basic Black Archival ink.
  • To color the flower, the Marina Mist and the Soft Sky markers were scribbled onto a clear block.  This becomes your pallet for picking up the colors. Using a Blender Pen, pick up some of the Marina Mist and start coloring.  Leave some white space on the flower petals.  Now pick up some of the Soft Sky ink off the clear block.  Start to shade the petals and again leaving some white space.  This will allow the look of shading.  THe leave were done in the same manner using Cucumber Crush and Pear Pizzazz
  • The large background stamp is stamped on Basic Grey card stock using the new Archival Basic Grey ink.  This product will be available to order when the Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 1st. This panel was die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits, holes punched in each end with the 1/2″ Circle punch.
  • Before attaching the die cut panels, string the Satin Ribbon through the punched holes and tie in a know.  Don’t forget to trim your ends.

Try the watercolor on paper technique and enjoy the sense of relaxation.

Let me know how you did and I would love to see your project.  Email it to me and I will post on my blog.   Of course you will receive credit for your beautiful creation.

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Fall Cards Sneak Peek from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue

Fall Cards Sneak Peek

Today, I am sharing fall cards and I do know that it is a bit early for fall.  But I couldn’t wait.

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I am able to pre-order new products a month earlier than the live dates for the catalogues.  One of the perks of a Stampin’ Up! demo.

So when I received my order, I knew I had to try out some of the new stamps and other products.

So, I decided to ink up the Among the Branches stamp set.  The other stamp set I decided to use on this card is the Vintage Leaves from the Annual Catalogue.

Fall CardsAutumn Wishes Recipe

Stamps: Among The Branches, Vintage Leaves.

Ink/Markers: Tangelo Twist, Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow.

Paper: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Into The Woods DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Circle Framelits, Leaflets Framelits, Woodland Embossing Folder, 2” Circle Punch, 5/8” Natural Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Gold & White 3/8” Glitter Ribbon.

I love the colours on fall cards.  I am so fortunate to live in an area where we can see the fall colours and enjoy the beautiful fall leaves.

Some items of interest on this card:

  •  The card base if made using the thick Whisper White card stock.  This is available in the Annual Catalogue and it is 100# paper as compared to the regular Whisper White at 80#.  I absolutely love this paper.
  • The small leaves were randomly stamped on the card base using Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow and Delight Dijon.  Some of the leaves were stamped off and some were stamped at full strength.
  • The small leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and sponged with Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow and tied together with Linen Thread to act as an embellishment.
  • The White 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon was coloured on the wrong side of the ribbon with a Tangelo Twist marker.  Remember to let the ribbon dry before you apply to the card.
  • Did you notice the new embossing folder?  It’s the Woodland Embossing Folder and it will be put to lots of use as it can be used for so many scenes besides fall cards.

I hope that you enjoyed the Fall cards sneak peek.  Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite season is.


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Wedding Card in a Bag and with a Matching Gift Card

 Wedding Card In A Bag

Have you ever given a wedding card in a bag?  I thought I would create something different for an up coming wedding.

This year, Stampin’ Up! introduced the Glassine Sheets.  Glassine sheets are translucent with a wax paper-like feeling.  They are resistant to grease, air and water, which makes them an excellent choice for paper crafting.

This was my first time using the glassine sheets to create a project. I was quite pleased that the sheets were easy to work with.

Wedding Card in a BagWedding Card in a BagRecipe

Stamps: For the New Two.

Ink/Markers: Stazon Black, Watermelon, Soft Sky, Old Olive.

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, 2015-17 In Color DSP Stack (watermelon floral), Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, White Vellum Cardstock, Gold Foil, Glassine Sheets.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Gift Card Envelope & Trim Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Lots of Labels Thinlits, Gold Metallic Thread, Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Sahara Sand 7/8” Lace Trim, 1/8” Gold Trim, Mini Metallic Clothespins.

The wedding card in a bag was die cut using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit and then constructed normally.  For adhesive, I used Mini-Glue Dots.  After the treat bag/envelope was together, I embossed the whole thing with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.

How did I do the wedding card in a bag once I had the bag together.

I placed a piece of Sahara Sand card stock in the wedding card bag to write a message to the happy couple.  This also helps to make the bag less transparent. The bag is wrapped with a piece of Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon and Sahara Sand Lace Trim.

To make the tag, a piece of the Watermelon flowered designer paper from the 2015-17 In Color Designer Paper Stack was die cut with the Lots of Labels Thinlits and squared off at the bottom. A piece of Fancy Foil Velum (gold hearts) paper was die cut the same size.  The sentiment, flowers and leaves were stamped in Black Stazon ink.  The flowers were coloured with Soft Sky and Calypso Coral markers and the leaves coloured with Old Olive markers. These were fussy cut and placed onto the tag.  A Gold Foil heart was die cut with the heart from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit. Finally, a length of the Gold Metallic Thread was looped and placed behind the heart.

The gift card holder was made using the same DSP as the tag and cut with the Gift Card Envelope & Trim Thinlits.  This can be tucked into the wedding card in a bag and the bag held closed with the Mini Metallic Clothespin.

Would you make a Wedding card in a bag as a gift and card for a couple that are getting married? For a more traditional wedding card, see this POST.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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