Lovely as a Tree

If you need a simple and quick Christmas card, then grab one of my favorite all-time stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree.  These timeless tree images will fill any landscape and keep you in tune with Mother Nature.   Besides, the beautiful fir tree image is a classic, that will never go out of style!

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This stamp set is probably the oldest and dearest stamp set running in the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog.   It debuted in 2001 and was the very first stamp set that I purchased.  Lovely As A Tree is the equivalent of the little black dress in your wardrobe.  It is perfect for every occasion and you receive compliments every time you wear it.

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This card, created for my last Christmas card class, is no different.  Everyone loved it – so simple, so elegant.  Nothing says Christmas like a fir tree that is silver embossed on Whisper White cardstock.  While this card can be re-created in any color and for any occasion, I chose to sponge a halo around the tree in Tempting Turquoise ink, and mat the image in silver foil paper and Dapper Denim cardstock.  The 1/2″ wide banner is also silver embossed using “Merry Christmas” sentiment from retired Come to Bethlehem stamp set and popped up with mini dimensionals.

Do you have this stamp set already?  Is it on your Wish List?  If not, here are some cards to encourage you to purchase this stamp set.  



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



Part 2: High Tide Stamp Set

High Tide is a Two-Step Stampin’ set is terrific for combining several stamped images for capturing a beautiful beach scenes in the colors you want.  This is a photopolmer stamp set which is totally transparent to ensure perfect image placement every time!

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This stamp set is available from my on-line store; just click on this link or the SHOP tab above.

And if you need inspiration, would like to learn stamping techniques or craft with friends, I offer monthly workshops and stamp camps.  Just click on the CONTACT ME tab above.

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


Father’s Day is June 18th

Father’s Day is a special day honoring our fathers and the special men who influence our lives.  It is celebrated on various in many parts of the world on different days of he year, but in Europe and the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. 

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This card features the new Wood Textures Designers Series Paper Stack, Colorful Seasons Bundle (stamp and dies) and sentiment from retired Beautiful You stamp set.


Have you made your favorite guy a card yet?  

On Thursday, June 8th (7pm) and Saturday, June 10th (10am), I will be hosting stamp camps with a card buffet.  This is your perfect opportunity to make a stash of father’s day cards or birthday cards for the men in your life. 

A card buffet is where you get to pick and choose what cards and how many to make.  Each card is $3 and that price includes all PRE-CUT card stock, paper, envelopes, embellishments PLUS the use of all my tools, stamps and inks required for each card.  Each card design will have step by step instructions and you’ll have the option of making it exactly as is or adding your own special touches.  There will be 10-12 different card designs to choose from, featuring new and many retired masculine Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  And, after 15 years of card making, I have sets lots of great stamp sets – golfing, football, fishing, lighthouses, sailboats, tall ships, cars and motorcycles.

Contact me soon to reserve your spot.

Until next time, happy crafting!


High Tide

Do you hear the beach calling your name?  Or the light from the lighthouse beckoning you?  Well, this is one stamp set that you’re definitely going to want to play with in your craft room!  The High Tide is a a Two-Step Stampin’ set that can be used in lots of different ways.  The images are perfect for someone who loves the beach, nature and the outdoors.  Change the colors, and it makes a handsome masculine card.  And paired the right sentiment, you’ll make a lovely encouragement card for someone special.

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Here, I used my watercolor pencils and aqua painters to create a soft sunrise using just three colors:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.

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Here I used the two-step stampin’ technique to create depth and changed the colors to create a more masculine card using Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake inks.

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And finally, here are some more ideas from the catalog.

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This is a great set — did you notice how the flying seagulls were used differently in each card design?  This is accomplished by selectively inking the stamp image plus thoughtful placement.  

Until next time, happy crafting and inspiration wishes!


Nailed It


If I had a hammer stamp, I’d stamp it in the morning, I’d stamp it in the evening, and all over this land.  As I’ve mentioned before, when you see a great masculine stamp set — buy it.  And, that’s just what I did.   I just loved this stamp set as do many other stampers.  

The Nailed It stamp set was the most popular set from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  Sadly, it will be retired on May 31st.  And, fortunately for you, it is still available and on sale for 25% off.

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Since my wonderful husband can build and fix anything, this made the perfect birthday card for him!

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And, my son is just as talented as his father.  So while his birthday isn’t until August, here is a sneak peek at the card that I made for him.

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For these cards, I stamped the image first on silver foil paper, and again on Crushed Curry cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the tool handles from the Crushed Curry cardstock, and adhered the handles on top of the silver foil image.  This little trick really made the tools pop of the card.

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


A Birthday Card for an Ohio State Fan

For almost two years, I’ve been working out with a personal trainer, Tony Bonawit.  He has really encouraged me, teased me, and pushed me to lose weight while improving my strength and balance.  Knowing that his birthday was approaching, I wanted to make him a special card and have everyone in my bootcamp class sign it.  

Now, Tony is a big Ohio State football fan – which is probably an under statement.  I think Ohio State fans are just as loyal and just as intense as Va Tech Hokies.  For Tony, it was only appropriate to incorporate Ohio State logo into the design.


I used my Silhouette digital cutter to copy and cut out the Ohio State logo in Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Next, I positioned and stamped the muscle man image from the Guy Greetings stamp set inside the “O”.  So that’s my really masculine birthday card for an Ohio State fan!  Hope you got a big chuckle out of it!  You probably know someone that would like a card just like this one!  Those Buckeyes fans are about as numerous as those Hokies!

Until next time, happy crafting!


Simple Design Enhancements

Recently, I was challenged to take a previous card project and step up the design with a few simple changes.  Now in the normal course of things, I continue to fiddle with the design until it is pleasing — which is why I love every card I make.  But, this challenge requires taking a card that I’m already happy with and changing up the design!

Here is the original, masculine card I designed using a striking color combination of Whisper White, Basic Black and Bermuda Bay and using “One Wild Ride” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This card is actually one of the masculine cards from the gift set of home-made cards that I gave to my mother to use throughout the year.  I’m sure that one of my nephews will love receiving it later this year!


With a few changes, I was able to step up the design using some metallic embellishments from the “Urban Underground” from the new SU Occasions catalog and some foil tape from Home Depot.  The hexagon nuts and the foil tape add some dimension and interest which complements the masculine design.   So, I was able to add some bling without making it girly!  LOL!

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How to Use Foil Tape

My up-line, Sherry Herzing, taught me this trick of using an $8 roll of HVAC Foil Tape to add dimension and to create intest on a card.  The foil tape is about 1 7/8 inches wide with a paper backing.  I peeled off the paper backing to expose the adhesive and mounted the foil tape on 2 ½ inch wide scrap of Basic Black cardstock, leaving a thin black border on either side of the foil tape.  And taking care to carefully align the piece inside the SU “Arrows” embossing folder, I ran it through my Big Shot Machine to create another metallic embellishment that looks like a tire tread.

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It was fun to make a few changes to step up my original design.  I’m sure that the recipient will love receiving either card!  Please leave a comment and let me know which card you liked best — the original (on the left) or the simple design changes (on the right).

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I look forward to seeing how you step up one of your designs with a few simple changes.

Happy Crafting!

Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams is a delightful new stamp set from the new 2017 Occasions Catalog. With a simple cut, I created two cards using one 6″ x 6″ sheet from the beautify Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used the following supplies to make these cards:

  • SU Bundle:  Dragonfly Dreams (stamp and die)
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz
  • Ink:  Soft Suede and VersaMark
  • Other supplies:  Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack, Big Shot Machine, Snail adhesive, Fine Tip Glue Pen, scissors, Clear Embossing Powder and heat gun
  • Note:  the “sending wishes your way” sentiment is from Butterfly Basics stamp set


If you’d like to make these cards, I’m happy to schedule a stamp camp for you and your friends.

Happy Crafting!

First Blog Post: Masculine Cards

With the start of the new year quickly approaching, I’ve started on a new adventure of blogging my crafting activities.  And, it only seemed appropriate to use a new stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog that will be available on  January 4th.  So, let’s get started.

If you’re like me, you never have enough masculine cards on hand.  And, I really liked the combination of Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake with a touch of Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy.  This card uses a 5″x6.5″ card base in very vanilla.

2016-12-29-15-27-45This card is inspired by very talented Valerie Moody and features the Lift Me Up stamp and Up & Away Thinlit dies from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
  • Inks:  Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy
  • Other SU products used:  Timeless Textures stamp set (grid), and Detailed Floral Framelits (edge), Neutrals Designer Series Paper (DSP – Striped Crumb Cake), Big Shot Machine, Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, and Snail adhesive

Cut:  Very Vanilla cardstock sized 4.25″x 5.5″, Striped Crumb Cake DSP 4.5” x 6”

Using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the clouds on scrap pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock, then positioning the cloud dies over their stamped images before running them through the Big Shot Machine.  Next sponge the edges of the clouds using Crumb Cake.

On a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, stamp the small balloon in Night of Navy and the larger balloon in Watermelon Wonder.  Position the balloon dies over their stamped images and run through the Big Shot.

Using a piece of Very Vanilla card stock sized 4.25″x 5.5″, position the Detailed Floral Framelits (edge piece) along the top short edge of the cardstock before running it through the Big Shot.  Now check the length and width of this piece of Very Vanilla relative to the Striped Crumb Cake DSP.  Trim the length and width of Very Vanilla piece for an even border (approximately a 1/8 inch border along the three sides), noting the extra margin at the top edge.  Now, sponge the edges of the trimmed Very Vanilla piece and the Striped Crumb Cake DSP using Crumb Cake ink.


Using Crumb Cake ink and the grid stamp from Timeless Textures stamp set, stamp in the grid image in the lower right, near the edge of the cardstock (about ¾ inch from the bottom of the Very Vanilla piece).  If necessary, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.  Using Watermelon Wonder, stamp the sentiment slightly lower and to the left of the grid image (about ½ inch from the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla piece).

Use snail adhesive to finish assembling the card.  Happy Crafting!