Flower Patch Great Handmade Occasion Card

Handmade Occasion Card Uses the Flower Patch

It’s always great to have a few handmade occasion cards on hand.  You just never know when you will need one and if you make generic enough you can use it for just about any occasion.  This stamp set, the Flower Patch lend itself to that special occasion.

This stamp set even comes with a matching Framelit set – Flower Fair.  As an added bonus, if you purchase the stamp set an the framelit, you will receive them at a discounted price – 15% off.  Such a deal.

Why do I say that you can use this stamp set for any occasion?  All you have to do is add the sentiment that comes with the set .  There are 3 sentiments that can be used for a birthday, a thank you or a just because you are “Be You {tiful}”  That one is very cute.

You can make a stack of handmade cards and then just tuck them away.


Blooming Flower Patch Handmade Occasion CardRecipe

Stamps: Flower Patch (p-134207, p 156, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss.

Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP Stacks.

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits.

I did up these as a general swap for the #inspirecreateshare2014 Convention in Salt Lake City this week.  That’s one of the fun things you can do at convention is exchange cards so that you come away with lots of ideas.  The ideas are endless.  I believe if you have lots of people creating with a single stamp set, you will get amazing and different ideas every time.

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Bloom with Hope, Blendabilities and Swaps

Swaps -Blendabilities and the Bloom with Hope Hostess Stamp Set

Blendabilities, the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! are so fun and so easy to use.  These markers come in a set of 3 – light, medium and dark and I have found that they will blend easily.  The one thing I really like about these blendabilities, is that you do not require a lot of different shades to effect the blending process.  These are great for those learning to color with alcohol markers.

Bloom with Hope, Blendabilities and Swaps Recipe

Stamps: Bloom with Hope (c-133952, w-133949, p 240, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Another Thank You (p – 136835 , p 148, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Mocha.

Paper: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Mini Clothes Pin, White Gel Pen.

To color the petals, I started with the lightest shade of the Rich Razzleberry blendabilities and coloured the whole petal, taking the medium shade and blending where there would be shadow and finally taking the darkest shade and blending where the shadows would be the deepest.

Finally, I took the Color Lifter Pen and highlighted several areas in the petals.  The Color Lifter pen does not eliminate the color, but moves it around to create lighter shades.

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Gifts for Others – a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

Gifts Galore – What a Way to Share

Creating gifts for others is a perfect way to share your creativity and inspire others.  For me it’s the creating and the giving that I so much enjoy.  – You know that saying…“It’s better to give than receive”.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am a lover of MDS and my Silhouette e-cutter.  These 2 are so much fun to use together.  You can import stamps, punches (as long as they are SVG files), card stock and yes, designer papers.

I saw this idea on Bronwyn Eastely’s blog and I knew that I need to create these little boxes.  This MDS set called Cool Like That Giftable Templates has 8 different boxes you can create and tags to go along with them.

And, no, you do not need an e-cutter to create these babies – a pair of snips will do.

Gifts for Others - a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

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Gifts for Others - a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

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Stamps: By the Tide (c-129120, w-131910, p 131, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Work of Art (c-134114, w-134111, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Window Sheets

Accessories: MDS – Cool Like That Giftable Templates (136573), Anchors Aweigh (134683), Scallop Tag Topper, Angled Tag Topper, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Champagne Glass Glitter

For the gift, I added a set of Catalogue Labels that I created a couple of weeks ago.  You can see that post and a video HERE.

The shaker is made using Window Sheets and filled with Champagne Glitter Glass.  The clam shell and the star fish were cut using the e-cutter at the same time the boxes were cut, so there was no fuss, no muss.

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Happy Stamping

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

Stampin’ Up!s 2014 Convention is Under Way

Is there a better way to share at Stampin’ Up!s 2014 Convention than doing swaps?  I don’t think so.  It’s an opportunity to share your creations with hundreds of other convention goers.  It’s a great way to create ideas for classes, workshops or just to share with your customers.

There are so many talented people out there and just as many ideas.

This year, the convention’s them is Inspire, Create, Share, so that is what I will be doing over the next several posts.

This card is for an organized swap where 12 people will swap their vintage style cards.  This is one of my favourite styles so when I saw that this type of swap was open, I had to jump for it.

Stampin Up 2014 Convention is underwayGood thing, I only had to make 12 of these cards, as I fussy cut the blossom and the leaves.


Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (c-126747, w-132076, p 159, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue), Itty Bitty Banners (c-126257, w-132022, p 79, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue), I Love Lace (c-134036, w-134033, p 175, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue).

Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Flowerpot DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Banners Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Sponge Daubers.

Two of the new products introduced in the 2014/15 Catalogue is the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder and the I Love Lace Background stamp.  If you enjoy making vintage cards, these 2 products are a must have.

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

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Happy Stamping

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party

Emmet Goes to a Birthday Party

The Lego Movie released this past Spring was certainly a success.  If you are big or small, at sometime you have probably played with Lego.  Lego allows your imagination to go wild and brings out your inner creativity.

So what better way to celebrate a birthday than to have Emmet attend.  And he is attending a Birthday Party today for a new 7 year old.  I cased Emmett from Crafty Owl.  Thank you.

For Emmet, I had to put on my thinking cap on and try different punches to get him looking like Lego.

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party


Stamps: Yippee-Skippee (c-131344, w-131341, p 12, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Positively Chevron (c-130499, w-130496, p 175, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Basic Black Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Punches: 1” Square, Corner Rounder, Owl Builder, Word Window, 3/4” Circle, White Gel Pen, Small Oval, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds

Some of the details on how I created Emmet:

  • The Everything is … statement was created in MDS, however, you could also use MS Word, print on card stock and trim.
  • The button was created with the Simply Pressed Clay and after it dried was coloured with the darkest Pumpkin Pie blendability pen.  These markers are great for colouring embellishments as the ink will not rub off because they are an alcohol marker.
  • The word “Awesome” was coloured with the Pacific Point marker, stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Word Bubbles Framelits.
  • Emmet’s shirt and pants were cut out free hand as were the straps, belt and badge.

So if you know someone who is crazy about Lego and the Lego Movie, give this one a try.

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party

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Happy Stamping

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered

From time to time, I will have a crafting disaster.  It’s not so much about the disaster, but how I recovered from it.  Sometimes you have a vision of how the card is supposed to look and how you are going to get to that look.

Has that ever happened to you?

My latest disaster was creating the card that I am focusing on today.  The stamp set I chose was the Ray of Sunshine, a new stamp in this year’s catalogue.

I had envisioned the sun with the first set of rays stamped in full ink, a second set, stamped off once and then a third set stamped off twice.  This would give the sun a cluster of arrays some appear in the fore ground and then the rest receding as the rays got further from the sun.

But my vision was not to be!

I tried to create the effect at least 4 times.  I ended up with the rays in the wrong places, not remembering to stamp off 1 and 2 times on the rays, and because I was using the 2-step stamping tool, smudging the ink and generally making a mess, muttering under my breath, and feeling frustrated, I decided to go another route.

Here is how my card ended up, and I am happy – that being the main thing.

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered


Stamps: Ray of Sunshine (c-134210, w-134339, p 159, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue.

Ink: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Banner Punch, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks, Sponge Daubers.


So instead of beating my head against a wall, I abandoned the receding rays.  The main rays were stamped and fussy cut and evenly spaced around the sun.  The interval rays are punched from Champagne Glitter paper with the Banner Punch and attached to the card.

New Product

One of the new products I used was the Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask.  These masks are great because you can create interesting background for your cards, scrapbook pages and other projects.  You can spritz, sponge, trace and emboss the various elements onto your papers.

My Crafting Disaster and How I RecoveredClick on Image for More Details  #133777

Just imagine the possibilities with this newest product

Sometimes when we have a crafting disaster, we just need to move on and stop dwelling on the disaster.

Leave me a comment and tell me about your crafting disaster and how you recovered.

Happy Stamping.

Holy Batman – A Birthday Card, Yes I can

Holy Batman, It’s A Birthday Card

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with Lloyd’s grandson about making cards and he put a challenge to me to make a Batman birthday card when his birthday came around.

So, I like challenges and thought to myself, “yes, I can do this”.

Of course thank goodness for the internet and Pinterest as I thought I could probably find something out there to help me with my challenge. And by the magic of the internet, I did find something!  POW, BAM!

Thank you to Lucia Dane who published the punches and some instructions to help me out.  The picture was somewhat blurry so sometimes I had to guess what to do, but I did it.

Holy Batman, It's A Birthday Card


Stamps: May 2014 My Paper Pumpkin

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate, Basic Black Marker

Paper: Night of Navy, Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Circles Collection, Punches: Small Oval, Large Oval, Extra-Large Oval, Owl Builder Punch, 3 -Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Bat Punch – MDS, Silhouette – City Shape, Exclamation Call-out, POW Cut-out

I really love creating punch art – and yes, sometimes it can be challenging.

The inside of the card I created the city in Basic Black by using a download from Silhouette – You can now find the download for the super heroes in MDS.

Holy Batman - A Birthday Card

MDS Download – #138001 – Click on Image for More Details

This stamp set is also available in Photopolymer, Item #138002 See the details HERE.

You can see the instructions HERE

Happy Stamping

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom

June The Month for Brides and Weddings

Why do a lot of brides choose the month of June to get married?

Here is your history lesson for the day…June is recognized as a romantic month in Roman history. The Roman goddess of marriage, Juno was very popular in Roman times and the month of June is named after her.  Many Romans chose June as the month to marry because it was believed that she would bring them good luck during their marriage.

One of my friends saw a wedding card that I did last year using the Pop n’ Cuts card base and the Dress Form Pop n’ Cuts die and asked me to make a wedding card to give to a friend.

I love these types of requests, as I can usually get as fancy as I want and allow my creative juices to flow quite freely.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


Stamps: Sweet Essentials (c-126457, w- 132085)

Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo

Paper: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Silver Foil, Gold Foil, Modern Medley DSP, Gold Fancy Vellum

Accessories: Big Shot, Card Base Pop n’ Cuts Die, Dress Form Pop n’ Cuts Die, Dress Up Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Expression Thinlit Die, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder,  Vintage Crochet Trim, 1/8” Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Flower Trim, Rhinestone Jewels, Pearl Jewels, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Unfortunately, this die cut and matching framelits have been discontinued, however, I will hang on to them so that I can continue to use them in some capacity.

To make the base for this card, fold a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock in half lengthwise and line up the folded side with on side of the die.  This will give you a double sized card.

So that the tables behind the bride and groom have a contrast to the Modern Medley designer paper, I cut 2 pieces of Basic Black from the Dress Form die from only the table and then attached with adhesive.

Then I started to fancy it up, extending the dress form to make the wedding dress and covering with flower trim.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


The front of the card uses the Labels collection framelits to frame the sentiments.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


The inside bottom of the card used the Labels Framelits dies to cut the Basic Black to form a frame, the Gold Heart Fancy Vellum was attached, the “Love” from the Expressions thinlits cut in Gold Foil and applied over the Fancy Vellum.

Even though most of the materials I used on this card are retired, I am sure that some of you still have the Pop ‘n Cut die and this is an example as to how you can use them.

Happy Stamping

Dad’s Handmade Birthday Card – Old and New

Dad’s Birthday Card – A Little Bit of Old, A Little Bit of New

This card is a transition between new product and old retired product.  It’s always hard to see products that you love retire.  At the same time, it’s always exciting to see and try out the new product.

Dad's Handmade Birthday Card - Old and NewRecipe

Stamps: Tag It Stamp Set (c-130303, w- 130300, p45 2013/14 Annual Catalogue), Work of Art (c-134114, w- 134111, p165 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Paper: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Wild Wasabi, Lullaby DSP,

Ink: Markers: Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi,Versamark

Accessories:  Chevron Border Punch, 7/16” Trim

The new is the new 2014-16 In Colors, the Lullaby DSP, while the old is the image from the Tag It stamp set.  This is a really cute stamp set and was made to support the Ronald MacDonald House Charity.  Stampin’ Up! is a corporate sponsor for the charity and every year a new stamp is issued.

This year, the stamp set is Flamingo Lingo.

Something new, something old

Clear – 134306, Wood – 134303
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For each stamp that is sold, $3.00 goes directly to support the Ronald MacDonald House Charities.  To date, over $1,000,000 has been contributed.

Thanks to all that support this initiative.

Happy Stamping

Get Organized With Labels – Makes Life Easier

Organize Yourself!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find products in your catalogue without have to thumb through every page?  Well, now you can


Create a Set of Labels for Your 2014/15 Stampin’ Up! Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue

I used the File It Fun digital download which also has a variety of other labels and elements for you to use to create your own labels.


File It Fun Digital Download Item # 130062
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MDS (My Digital Studio) and an e-cutter comes to the rescue.

What? You don’t have MDS or you don’t know how to use it?

Visit the Free Trial page using this LINK and see how you can benefit from MDS.  You will have 10 step-by-step videos to take you through the month so that you will be comfortable using MDS.

Did you know that you can download the trial version of MDS and use it for 30 days?  It’s just that easy.

I also created a step-by-step video showing you exactly what you have to do to get your labels and paper colors over to an e-cutter.  I used a Silhouette Cameo but I am sure that with a bit of tweaking, you could use the instructions with any type of e-cutter.  Your e-cutter must work with your computer though.


If at any time you have questions, please contact me.


Happy Stamping