Varied Vases

Is the Varied Vases Bundle on your wish list??  It was one of the first stamp sets that I acquired from the new catalog.  Varied Vases Bundle in your kit as its so versatile and comes with a coordinating punch so that you can give your loved ones flowers that will never wither in a vase.

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I made this fun and colorful card using the new Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel and Poppy Parade colors with two favorites Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  The photopolymer stamps make it so easy to line up each stamp.  For this project you’ll need the following pieces of cardstock:  4-1/4″x5-1/2″ Poppy Parade, 3-1/4″x4″ Blueberry Bushel, 2-3/4″x3-1/2″ Very Vanilla and a scrap of Crumb Cake.  Plus you’ll need Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blueberry Bushel and Poppy Parade inks, and Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers, a Blender Pen, several clear acrylic blocks and a post-it note for masking.  

First, stamp the small vase in Early Espresso ink on the scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, and punch out using your Vase Builder punch and set aside. Next stamp the scalloped table top using Early Espresso ink on the piece of Very Vanilla, and then stamp the two other vases in Poppy Parade and Blueberry Bushel.  Using a post-it note, cover the vases and scalloped table top, and stamp the sprig of cotton in Crumb Cake, and middle flower in Blueberry Bushel, and the tulips in Poppy Parade.   

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Using the lid of your Poppy Parade ink pad as a palette, color the tulips using the blender pen.  Draw the tulip stems free hand using fine point end of your Crumb Cake stampin’ write marker.  Next color the middle flowers using the brush end of your Balmy Blue stampin’ write marker.  Using the lid of your Crumb Cake ink pad as a pallet, color the sprig of cotton with your Blender Pen and some Crumb Cake ink.  

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Stamp your sentiment, attach the punched vase in Early Espresso, and mat your stamped piece.  I just love how the bold, wide mats add that extra pop of color!


We have a fantastic starter kit promotion on at the moment.  If you buy the starter kit for $99 you can choose $125 worth of any goods of your choice.  You may wish to consider adding the Varied Vases Bundle in your kit as its so versatile and comes with a coordinating punch for making lots of wonderful projects.  And the EXTRA GREAT DEAL THIS MONTH is that you can choose 10 free ink pads in any color family to arrive with your starter kit, yes I said FREE!  That is an extra value of $80 — doubling the value of your starter kit.  Plus, your starter kit will ship for free!

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





Lots of Happy in Tempting Turquoise

The other day, I shared with you three cards that I designed using the components from the all-inclusive Lots of Happy Card Kit.  Today, I’m going to show you how I changed my card design using the full-set of 12 watercolor pencils and my Blender Pens.

And next I added some Lemon-Lime twist for another pop of color.

Tip:  I used a straight-edged ruler and my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to add some thin black lines to soften the bold black and white stripe.

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


Perennial Birthday

Who says you can only celebrate birthdays once a year? There are dozens of them—as many as you know people. And the Perennial Birthday stamp set will help you to stay in party-mode all year long!  It coordinates with a Perennial Birthday Project Kit to create 16 cards – 4 of four designs and to customize a storage box with 12-dividers for monthly birthday reminders so that you’ll never forget another birthday.

Here is a darling card that I made at a recent Inky Angels demonstrator meeting.  It is just so sweet!

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The Layering Ovals Framelits were used to die cut the largest scallop oval from Calyspo Coral cardstock and largest oval from Whisper White cardstock.  We randomly stamped flowers from the Perennial Birthday stamp set on the Whisper White oval piece using Basic Black Archival Ink, and then used sponge daubers to color in the large flowers in Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.  Stampin’ Write Markers in Bermuda Bay and Old Olve were used to color the leaves and the small blue flowers.  The background piece was created by dry embossing Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The sentiment was cut from scraps of paper and the card was assembled using Snail adhesive.  The ribbon embellishment case tied using the gorgeous shimmery ribbon pack from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  

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


Paper Pumpkin celebrates 5 years of fun!


02-11-18_demo-landingpgheader_pp5yr_uscaMarch 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is celebrating five years of creating and sharing together.  And, to say thank you to all of our wonderful demonstrators and customers who have helped us reach this great milestone, the March kit will include a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed box. This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sured to be an all-time customer favorite!

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!
  • Current subscribers will automatically receive the free gift with their March Paper Pumpkin Kit.
  • New subscribers will need to sign up by March 10 at 11:50 PM Mountain Time (or 1:50 AM Eastern Time) as will those who would like to renew their previous subscription.
  • Paper Pumpkin has continued to evolve with fun craft projects and to connect with other demonstrators and customers who share their exciting alternative designs for their kits.  Today, there is truly something special for every crafter in every kit. 

One of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin is — I can craft on the go.  I can take it to my mother’s house, I can craft while sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics, or I can craft in my hotel room while traveling for business or pleasure.  It has everything I need in one box.    


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Just recently, I completed my January 2018 Heartfelt Love Notes kit from my hotel room in San Diego.  It was a pleasure to enjoy the view of San Diego Bay while crafting after a hard day of work!

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


Lots of Happy Card Kit & Refill

Did you overlook this fabulous all-inclusive card kit in the new Occasions catalog?  I know I did — until I started seeing all the wonderful card designs popping up on Pinterest.  The Lots of Happy Card Kit from Stampin’ Up! makes it quick and easy to make 20+ all-occasion cards.  If you need even more cards, a refill kit is available to purchase separately.  Plus, this kit coordinates with an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Lots of Lavender, which can be yours free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion, which will end on March 31st.

This all-inclusive kit comes with everything you need to create 20 cards – 4 of 5 designs as designed or mix-and-match the components of the kit to make your own designs.  While this kit comes with four full-sized watercolor pencils, you may wish to purchase a full set of 12 watercolor pencils and 2 Blender Pens for more color options.  Plus the sentiments for this stamp set works nicely with the new Tailored Tagged punch.  This kit really gives you lots of design options.  Here are a few samples I made using the kit in Sweetsugar Plum.

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




Let’s Kit Together in 2018

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One of the easiest ways to meet your new year’s resolution to make a card, send a card is to purchase an all-inclusive kit or a project kit from Stampin’ Up.  These kits offer many beautiful designs with amazing quality and value for both beginner & experienced paper crafters.  For beginners, I recommend the all-inclusive kits with easy to follow instructions and all the supplies for making beautiful cards and projects.  For experienced crafters, you have the option of following the instructions exactly or stepping up the design with items from your crafting stash.  Whether you follow the instructions exactly or step-up the design, the recipient is going to love receiving your card!

The new 2018 Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-bration brochure offer you several new kit options.

Lots of Happy Card Kit with refill

Perennial Birthday Project Kit with coordinating Perennial Birthday stamp set

Mixed Medallions Card Kit which is available free with a $50 purchase.

Other four more kit options from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:  Color Me Happy Project Kit with coordinating Color Me Happy stamp setHello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit with coordinating Hello Friend stamp set, Oh Happy Day Card Kit and Soft Sayings Card Kit with Refill

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


Perennial Birthday Project Kit & Stamp Set

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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. 

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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

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





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.

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


Holiday Gift Giving with Stampin’ Up!

I just love the holiday season, but it’s easy to for time to slip away as we get caught up with decorating, holiday parties and other seasonal events.  To help simplify your gift giving, consider gifting the wonderful kits that Stampin’ Up! offers.  They are fabulous gift ideas for both beginner and experienced crafters, of all ages.


One of my favorite kits is Paper Pumpkin. It’s creative, unique, great for everyone from pre-teens on up, one-size-doesactually-fit-all, it’s delivered directly to the recipient for you, and you can purchase pre-paid gift subscriptions from 1 month to 1 year, so it fits any budget.  That is an awesome gift!  Just click on the link above to subscribe.

There are several other great kits found in the annual catalog on pages 8-17.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit (which comes with a refill kit) and Oh Happy Day Card Kit are both all-inclusive kits that include coordinating stamp sets, matching card bases and envelops and coordinating ribbons and embellishments.  They are ideal for a stamper who has some stamping supplies, but maybe not a lot of time to design.

The Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit and coordinating Hello Friend stamp set is a wonderful option for the more advanced stamper with a stash of crafting tools and supplies. 

And of course, purchasing bundles and/or selecting items within a product suite will provide you with many coordinating products that are sure to please the recipient!

Thank you for supporting my small business and following my blog.  I truly appreciate your support!  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Paper Pumpkin – holiday gift giving fun

Do you love cute, coordinated Christmas cheer? So does Paper Pumpkin!

Do you love everything heartfelt AND handmade for holiday giving?  Paper Pumpkin is offering back-to-back, made-to-match kits for October and November.  They are perfect for neighbor gifts or hostess gifts or just something little to have on hand when you want to share a little kindness to someone. 


Get the first of two adorable kits during a Season of Style when you subscribe for October’s kit at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10. Remain subscribed through November 10 to make sure you don’t miss out on the second coordinating holiday kit. Happy sharing!

Here a quick 1-minute video with more details.

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