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

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Petal Palette in Daffodil Delight

petal palette card of yellow roses

The Petal Palette stamp set will give you a stunning card in just few minutes.  So simple.  So lovely.  And here’s how:

  1. Stamp the floral image randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Basic Grey Archival Ink and heat set to help prevent bleeding 
  2. Using a light touch, color the floral images using Blender Pens and lifting the ink off the inside lid of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Old Olive ink pads.
  3. To fill in the white space, create small dots (individuals or trio clusters) using both the fine and brush ends of Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker 
  4. Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White in Old Olive ink and punch out with 1-1/4″ circle punch
  5. Mat the sentiment with 1-3/8″ scallop circle punch in Old Olive
  6. Using the Pretty Label punch, punch in Daffodil Delight and in Basic Gray.  Cut the Basic Grey punch in half lengthwise.  Mat the Daffodil Delight and the Basic Grey pieces behind the sentiment.
  7. Mat the color floral image in Basic Grey cardstock and embellish with Old Olive 3/8″ mini chevron ribbon using a faux box.  Attached sentiment with dimensionals.

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Perennial Birthday Project Kit & Stamp Set

perennial birthday project kit finished

With the start of the new year, it is a great time to make birthday cards and to get organized for the coming year!  The Perennial Birthday Project Kit has everything you need to make 16 birthday cards – 4 each of four different designs – plus a beautiful box to store them in. 

perennial birthday project kit

The box has 12 dividers with a place to record the birthdays so that you know at a glance who is having a birthday that month and on what day.  This project kit makes it simple to create beautiful cards and to organize them so that you’ll never forget a birthday again!  

The Perennial Birthday Project Kit coordinates perfectly with the sayings and flower images in the new Perennial Birthday stamp set (purchased separately) so that you can make more wonderful cards of your own designs. perennial birthday stamp

This project kit comes with detailed directions so that you can make everything in about an hour.  You’re going to love making this kit and having this organization.  Plus, it makes a great gift for your mom, your grandmother and your friends! 

All of these items and more are available from my online store.  If you purchase these two items and some adhesive, you will qualify for one free Level I item in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! 

Click here to view the Sale-A-Bration catalog

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Sneak Peak – Lots of Happy Card Kit

There’s lots to love in this all-inclusive card kit in the new 2018 Occasions catalog — available January 3, 2018.  The Lots of Happy Card Kit is making a grand entrance in the occasions catalog next month and here’s a sneak peek of the kit in action.   This kit easily piques the interest of any stamper; it’s exactly right for someone just beginning their crafting journey, and seasoned crafters will love the simple sophisticated style.

lots of happy card kit

The Lots of Happy card kit lets you create all-occasion cards, then add your own color using the included Watercolor Pencils. Each kit makes 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set; however, you’ll have this wonderful stamp set to use in making more cards.

Click here to see the video, if the link above doesn’t work.  

While this kit comes with everything you need, you may wish to purchase a set of watercolor pencils and a set of blender pens for more coloring options, as well as some dimensionals for creating depth.

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Tree Rings

It’s exciting, it’s earthy, it’s full of texture!  This background stamp called Tree Rings is timeless and can really punch up your designs! tree rings background stamp

Here I combined Soft Suede cardstock with Copper Embossing Powder to create a striking background that is matted with Copper Foil Sheets and Tranquil Tide cardstock. 

tree rings lisa 1

The sentiment from So Many Shells was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The sentiment was punched with 1-1/4 circle punch and matted with the NEW 1-3/8 scallop circle punch — which will be available for purchase on January 3rd.  The leaves were die cut from Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies and embellished with 1/2″ wide Finely Woven Ribbon.

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Beautiful Bouquet

The “Beautiful Bouquet” bundle can be used for many different occasions — its beautiful sentiments combined with many different floral images provides you with countless design choices to brighten someone’s day.   While the stamp set and coordinating die can be purchased separately, you save 10% when they are bundled together.

beautiful bouquet bundle catalog image

This lovely card was made with Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped and with Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate inks.  The floral pieces were die cut and popped up with dimensionals.

beautiful bouquet catalog image

The sentiment piece was die cut using straight edge and scallop edge squares from the Layering Square Framelit diesThe card base front was dry embossed using the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder.  And a piece of one of the Delicate White Doilies and White Perfect Accents were used as soft embellishments.

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, just click on the links or the SHOP tab above.  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to assist you in your stamping adventure.

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Packaging Part 4 – Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies

Make treat packaging for popcorn or other goodies using Stampin’ Up! Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies.  You can die cut these boxes in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot and embellish them for the fun factor.

packaging - popcorn box thinlit catalog image

By coloring several flowers from You’ve Got This stamp set before die cutting, you will create a beautiful box with a lovely scalloped edge that almost looks like a vase.  And,  tall gifts can be sealed in 3″x6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags.

packaging - popcorn box thinlit feminine

And, you can score and fold down the top to create a cute closed box clipped shut with mini Gold Binder Clips.  Here, designer series paper and cardstock were used to create darling boxes for small gifts and treats. 

packaging - popcorn box thinlit gifts

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Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

garden trellis example

It is easy to make a great impression especially when using Stampin’ Up! embossing folders.  Just place a flat piece of cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a subtle textured design.  

For this card, I used the Garden Trellis embossing folder to create texture and interest using Lemon Lime Twist, one of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors.  I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add a shimmer to the Lemon Lime Twist piece of the butterfly. Some Finely Woven Ribbon and new Black Rhinestones (#144639, available September 1st in the holiday catalog) completed this elegant, yet simple design.  

garden trellis card

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders make clear, crisp impressions—great for card fronts and accent pieces.  Check out pages 210-211 in the annual catalog to see the many different designs of embossing folders –the “regular” textured and the “deeper” 3D Dynamic textured impression embossing folders.

garden trellis product

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CASE-ing Birthday Blooms

CASE – Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit

In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying.  In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it.  As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it.  For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).

And, the best place to look for inspiration is your catalog!  Here is the card image from page 70 using Birthday Blooms stamp set.

For the background, the floral image is stamped twice with Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral image is them stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake.  A blender pen or aqua painter was used to apply Old Olive to the leaves.  The floral image was fussy-cut and popped-up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede.


Using the above catalog image for inspiration, I created the background piece as described above and added a birthday sentiment from the same stamp set.  Next, I made a design decision to heat set the floral image using gold embossing  powder on Thick Whisper White cardstock to create a raised gold outline image.  I used my aqua painter to color the image using Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  I also used my watercolor pencils to deepen the color when necessary.  I then fussy cut the image, adhered it to the background piece and matted it with Melon Mambo cardstock.

birthday blooms for megan

And when I was done, I had a lovely birthday card for my wonderful daughter!

With CASE-ing, you can take an idea from any kind of project and create something completely different.  For example, the method used to create the card background above (Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock) can be used to dress up a plain paper gift bag with a similar or contrasting ink color.  

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