Beautiful Days with You

floral essence lisa with wild rose dies

Homemade cards are hugs folded and mailed.  They bring instant joy and happiness to the recepient.  For this card featuring Floral Essence photopolymer stamp set, I combined the softness of Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaroon with Rococo Rose.

While the Floral Essence photopolymer stamp set coordinates perfectly with both the Perennial Flower Punch and the Leaf Punch, I choose to use the delicate leaves from Wild Rose die set for soft color.

floral essence stamp and punches

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Wonderful Moments – Part 2

Wonderful MomentsWonderful Moments in Rich Razzleberry.  The simplicity of this design is the key — bold monochromatic color with a few layers for texture and interest!  

wonderful moments sample with balloons

You can recreate this design with Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White Cardstock, Classic Label Punch, ink pad, ribbon and an aqua painter.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Creating a Pop of Color with Pop of Petals

Pop of petals samples

Hello my crafty friends.  If you’re looking to create beautiful projects with pops of color in a plethora of colors, please consider the Pop of Petals bundle.

pop of petals bundle

I love bundles with stamps and coordinating punches.  When combined with different color inks, the punch adds that extra wow factor.  Here is a design I created for a recent card swap using Pop of Petals Bundle.

pop of petals onstage

This color combination is so cheerful:  Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz.  And, the sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink from Butterfly Gala stamp set just pops against the Whisper White cardstock. The flowers are popped up with dimensionals.

Save 10% on this bundle when ordering Pop of Petals Bundle before June 2nd.  While the Pop of Petals stamp set and Four-Petal Flower Punch carryover into the new catalog, the bundle pricing does not!  If you are interested in any of these products, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Simple Card with a Punch!

butterfly gala inky angels

The focal point of this card design is the Butterfly Duet punch!  Here a piece of Garden Impressions DSP peaks through the punched butterfly images from a scrap piece of matted Whisper White cardstock.

butterfly gala inky angels close up

Tips & Tricks #1 – Cut Whisper White piece 2-1/2″x4″ and Basic Black piece 2-3/4″x4-1/4″, attach the two pieces together then punch.  Punching through two pieces of cardstock requires more pressure to punch but it can be done.  Alternatively, you can cut the Whisper White piece the same length as the Basic Black piece, and then trim 1/4″ off the bottom of the Whisper White piece so that it is the correct size.   Align the punched opendings and attach using snail adhesive.  Once you have your punch piece matted, then stamp sentiment.

Tips & Tricks #2 – Use Stampin Blends to color Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to create custom embellishments that coordinate perfectly!  It only takes a few seconds for the droplets to dry.  Once dry, attached droplets to matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Wrap a piece of 1/8″ Grosgrain ribbon around the matted punched piece and secure from the back side with snail adhesive.  Then tie a faux bow and secure to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.  Be sure to add a second mini glue dot under the ribbon to attach the faux bow to the matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Use dimensionals or foam adhesive strips to pop up the matted punched piece from the Garden Impressions DSP piece.  Next add a few more matted layers to create a wow factor.

butterfly gala inky angels

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes that pack a punch!





A Facebook Find – Amazing Life

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Hello, everyone! 
These Amazing Life cards were designed by Tanya Rees, another member of Stampin’ Up’s 2019 Artisan Design Team and featured on the Stampin’ Up Facebook page.  
Amazing Life FB2
Each card uses two techniques:  (1) one-on-tone stamping technique to create the stamped background by repeatedly stamping an image on cardstock using the same color ink or VersaMark ink; and (2) heat embossing the stamped sentiment and a few stamped images with embossing powder and fussy cutting them with her paper snips.  
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I love how Tanya uses these doilies in her designs — to draw your eye to the focal point that birthday cake. 
The fussy-cut cake image and the word cake were colored with markers.  The words “too short” were stamped with VersaMark ink on Balmy Blue cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder and her heat tool
Plus, the little extra detail was added to the sentiment panel with that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
Amazing Life FB4
The same techniques were repeated on this second card.  Here, Tanya used VersaMark ink for the tone-on-tone background.  When VersaMark ink dries, it leaves a watermark for creating that tone-on-tone effect.  The word “life” was stamped with VersaMark ink on Petal Pink cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder and heat tool
The flower images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Stazon ink, colored and fussy cut to create extra embellishments.  And, once again, she repeated that little extra detail for the sentiment panel using that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
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For this last card, Tanya used the four-leaf clover images stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink on the Lemon Lime Twist piece of Gingham Gala designer series paper.  Here the doily is partially hidden so that the sentiment is showcased with a circle diecut from the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies as the focal point.  
I love how each card of Tanya’s three cards complements each other, but they are all so different!  
Tanya and I invites you to Copy and Share Everything (CASE) her designs and techniques to create these projects using the Amazing Life stamp set, or to Copy and Selectively Edit (another definition of CASE) using your favorite stamps.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Coloring Fun and Humming Along

humming along samplesIf you love coloring, these images of a  cheerful hummingbird and a gorgeous flower are delightful to color.  You are sure to make wonderful projects with the Humming Along cling stamp set and the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits Dies.  Purchase these two coordinating products in the Humming Along Bundle and save 10%. 

humming along bundle image

This bundle is sure to inspire the beginner stamper, the casual stamper and the advanced stamper.  Stay tuned for more inspiration with Humming Along Bundle.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Birthday Hugs

healing hugs - megan's card.jpg

This month, my darling daughter celebrates her 22nd birthday.  It is hard to believe that my baby is all grown up.  She is strong, smart and beautiful and currently living in Pittsburgh for the summer.  This time next year, she will be studying for the bar exam and advising people in important legal matters.  Wow!  Where did the time go!

Since she already received her card in the mail, it is safe to post photos of her card.  Using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the rose from Healing Hugs stamp set in Lovely Lipstick, Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay inks and the leaves in Granny Apple Green inks.  The roses and leaves were fussy cut, so that they could be popped up with dimensionals.  For the background Whisper White piece, I stamped the sprigs in Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet in Gorgeous Grape ink. 

healing hugs - megan side view of dimensionals

To create the 3-D effect of this card, I used snail adhesive on the bottom of each rose, and dimensionals on the top of each rose.  I then attached the leaves with glue dots or dimensionals, depending on their location.  I added the seven Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and matted the piece in Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather cardstock.

This photorealistic roses are is so pretty, and they just pop with the vibrant colors and dimension of this card!  Here is another version of this same card using Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes! 



Butterfly Basics & Dragonfly Dreams

Butterfly Basics stamp set is retiring, and it is a last chance item that is available until May 31 or while supplies last.  And, Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies are carrying over to the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  

These three items work perfectly together with a wonderful mix of organic images, dies, backgrounds, and sentiments.  Here, I combined Whisper White and Lemon-Lime Twist with a piece of Tranquil Tide from Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

dragonfly dreams and butterfly basics

Add some rhinestones and Lemon-Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre ribbon for a little bling and some extra style, and you have a wonderful card for celebrating a special occasion!  

Need more inspiration?  Here are a few samples created by Stampin’ Up!

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, please click on the links provided.  And, if you love the retiring Butterfly Basics stamp set, please order it soon.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Magical Mermaid

Do you remember when you were a little girl and dreaming about being a mermaid?  Luckily, you can still have the Magical Mermaid stamp set as a fantastic consolation prize for creating .

magical mermaid image

Well this is one of the stamp sets that I choose for an upcoming demonstrator shoebox swap at April On-Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While this isn’t my swap, it is the inspiration.  Paper:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstock.  Inks:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.  Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponges, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, clear embossing powder, VersaMark and dimensionals. Techniques: sponging, diecutting, dry embossing and huffing.

magical mermaid tag

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!