Tips for Using Pop of Petals Stamp Set

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I love flower stamps because they are so friendly and cheerful, which means I had to purchase the Pop of Petals bundle.  It provides you a plethora of pretty petals to punch and pop up on your projects.


Recently when using my stamp and punch, I had difficulty in aligning my images.  Then I noticed that the four petals are not symmetrical; therefore, I needed to be more strategic in the placement of my stamped image. 

While the images are very similar, the Bermuda Bay and Lovely Lipstick flowers are actually 180o degrees apart.  In fact, the Lovely Lipstick flower is upside down!


After carefully studying the stamped images, I realized that one petal had two smooth petal edges, while the other three petals had one slightly curved petal edge.

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To avoid a problem the next time I used my stamps and punch, I marked them with a sharpie.  TIP:  Mark the one smooth petal on both sides of the stamp using a dot of Sharpie Marker.  By looking on the backside of the punch, it was easy to see which petal had the two smooth edges.  As a measure of precaution, I took a moment to verify which was the smooth petal by punching a stamped image!  Then, when I was sure, I marked the back of the punch with a sharpie marker.

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Now, I am ready to punch some flowers!  If you found this tip helpful, please leave a comment.  I just love hearing from you!

Here is another card using Highland Heather, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Gorgeous Grape inks.  The butterfly is colored with Pineapple Punch and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend markers, and the antenna are made with Black Baker’s Twine secured with a dimensional.

pop of petals - pineapple punch

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



Dandelion Wishes

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Dandelion Wishes stamp set is perfect for sending wishes of luck, love and happiness.  Do you remember how to wish on a dandelion?  First, look for the fluffiest white puffball that you can find and pick the stem carefully to retain the magic.  Next, determine the direction of the breeze to ensure good flight for your wish and hold that fluffy puff ball near your mouth.  For the strongest magic, you must blow away all of the seeds in breath. Now take a deep breath, make your wish and blow.  Taking the time to watch until the last seed is out of sight helps the wish come true.

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When is the last time you made a wish on a dandelion?  Or sent someone dandelion wishes?

No one knows for sure how or why people started making wishes on dandelions.  These flowers have been around for thousands of years, and there are the many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions such as granting wishes when you blow on those fluffy white puffballs.  Some include dreaming about dandelions or carrying dandelions in a bridal bouquet will bless you with good luck.  Many people believe that if you blow every seed of the dandelion off while thinking of a person you love, it means that they love you back.  Another legend is that your loved one can feel your love – when blow those white seeds in their direction.  Conversely, if you then blow on the bloom and there is at least one remaining seed on it, it means your loved one is thinking of you too.

Dandelions have many secret meanings behind that bright yellow flower.  It is known to have nutritional and healing powers that rejuvenate our bodies.  Its bright yellow color symbolizes the power of the sun.  Since dandelions thrive in even the harshest of conditions, they are considered as symbols of survival and overcoming the greatest hardships in life.  Bright, yellow color of a Dandelion flower is a perfect symbol of happiness and joy that brings back fond memories of our youth playing in summer time.  And finally,  dandelions seeds have been used to make a wish for as long as we can remember. Picking up a flower and blowing to make the seeds fly into the air, and then making a wish is something I did as a child and probably you have too.

How many of these superstitions hold any truth? You can be the judge. The one thing that is for sure, scientifically, is that blowing a dandelion’s seeds into the air will have consequences. Where those seeds fall on fertile soil, there will likely be new dandelions in the future!

dandelion inky sample

This card features the Bokeh Dots background stamp, that has been colored using Stamparatus and Sponge Daubers in Merry Merlot, Old Olive, Gray Granite and So Saffron.  

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


Petal Palette in Bermuda Bay

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I just love birds, and this little bird in the Petal Palette stamp set is super cute!  And, this card just pops with the color combination of Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party

The bird and two floral sprays are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, and colored  using the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  The leaves were colored using a Blender pen and some Mossy Meadow ink squeezed onto the lid of the ink pad.  These beautiful accents were die cut in record time with dies and the Big Shot including the little lacy piece die cut in Mossy Meadow and the large circle die cut in Bermuda Bay from Stitched Shapes Framelit dies
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The background piece was created using tone-on-tone stamping — in this case, Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock using the Hardwood stamp. The large size is ideal for backgrounds, or you can stamp it, then cut out an accent from the stamped image.  The background piece was double matted.

petal palette - inky bermuda bay

If you do not have a demonstrator, I am interested in helping you in your creative journey and crafting needs.  Just contact me to join my team of demonstrators or to attend my monthly stamp camps or just follow my blog.  

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



Blended Season in Gorgeous Grape

Just look how beautiful the floral image is when colored with Stampin Blends Gorgeous Grape Combo and Stampin Blends Granny Apple Green Combo and paired with Brights 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper.

blended season - gorgeous grape

Celebrate all year long with the Blended Season Bundle — flowers, wheat stalks, leaves and bowels of holly images and delicate die cut frames and embellishments for every season and occasion.

blended seasons - gorgeous grape blends All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, just use the links provided.

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


Little Elephant

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There are times in life when you just need a cute little elephant. How about an elephant with balloons or tulips or little birds??  If so, you’re going to love saving 10% on the Little Elephant Bundle — with Little Elephant stamp set with a coordinating Elephant Builder punch.

And with some Daffodil Delight paper from the Brights 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper Pack, a circle punch and some White Baker’s Twine, you can create cute cupcake decorations to add a little extra special touch.

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


Mediterranean Moments


mediterranean moments with bermuda bay watercolor wash

It’s vacation time!  Do you need a quick getaway? Stamp an image of a quiet cafe on a hidden street in Italy or a scooter ready to whisk you off to beautiful locales.  The Mediterranean Moments stamp set is perfect for a mini craft vacation in your craft room!  This set was inspired by Susan Nygaard, one of Stampin’ Up!’s Million Sales Achievers.  Yep, designing a stamp set is just one of the many perks offered to Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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I just love the traditional scenes of line art drawings with gradations for shading and dimension.  It provides a sophistication and dimension that some other art forms lack.  And better yet, these traditional line art drawings make a quick and easy card – as is, with a bit of coloring or a lot of coloring.

mediterranean moments with bermuda bay watercolor wash

For example, this card is simple yet stunning.  The large cobblestone street image is stamped in VersaMark ink with Gold Embossing Powder applied and then heat set to create a stunning raised-gold embossed image.  Next, a light watercolor wash is applied with an Aqua Painter and Bermuda Bay ink — with slightly heavier color being applied to the greenery and shadow areas.  The art piece has a bit of gold paper behind it and it is applied to the full width of the Smoky Slate card base, and tied with White Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment is from Rooted In Nature stamp set and it is stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink and fussy cut to emphasize the greeting. While the Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate add subtle color, the card would be equally striking with just Very Vanilla stock and Gold Embossing.

This image will be just as beautiful when colored with Watercolor Pencils or Stampin’ Blends.  Stay tuned for my next post to see Mediterranean Moments in full color.

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


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!




Layer, Texture & Embellish

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This card using Bubble Over Bundle is a terrific example of the Card Maker’s Rule of Three:  Add layers, texture and embellish. 

I love layers.  Layering is a simple technique for a WOW Factor.  The oval layers from Stitched Shapes framelit dies help to enhance the focal point on this card — a bottle of refreshment and the sentiment — from Bubble Over photopolymer stamp set and Bottles & Bubbles framelit dies.  For visual and tactile texture, I used the Scattered Sequins embossing folder and embellished with gold metallic pearls and linen thread.  The bottle was die cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged with Crushed Curry to add dimension.  First generation and second generation stamping was done to add interest for the bubbles and circles in Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay.

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  • Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry,  Early Espresso and Tangerine Tango. 
  • Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.
  • Accessories:  Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder, Gold Metallic pearls and Linen Thread.

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



Tips for Writing a Note inside a Sympathy Card

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Do you ever wonder what to say in a sympathy card? Sometimes the right words are hard to find.  The family and friends of the deceased are hurting, and no matter what you say, that pain won’t go away.  However, please do not let that fear keep you from sending a comforting message. It is important to them to know that you care. 

Your message doesn’t have to be long. Usually a short, handwritten note is all that is necessary to show them that you are thinking about them.  And, while it is best to send your card as soon as possible, there is no time limit

Often I send a card immediately, and then jot a note on my calendar to send a second card or even a third card — maybe on those important dates in the near future such as a birthday, an anniversary or a holiday — on those special days when you know that they will be missing their loved one.  

Things you may want to include in your sympathy note:

  • That you are praying for them; 
  • That you are thinking about their family during this difficult time;
  • Sharing a short, personal story about the deceased — something positive, like a special day spent together, how they influenced your life or why they will be missed; and 
  • Offering to help with a shoulder to cry on, or getting together just to talk

Remember, no one expects a sympathy note to be perfect!  It just needs to be authentic and from the heart.  The main thing is to show your support and that you care!

In the days and months ahead, please remember to talk about the deceased.  While there may be a few tears, people need to know that the deceased is fondly remembered and missed.  Reminiscing about those happy memories will make it just a little easier to bear the sadness of their loss.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and heartfelt tears to my friend Nancy, who lost the love of her life this week.


Must Have Stamps from new Catalog

The new annual catalog is a hit with demonstrators and customers!  I am having so much fun flipping through the 240+ page catalog for inspiration.  Of course, I love stamps from Stampin’ Up!.  Just like children, it is hard not to play favorites….but here are three brand-new, must-have stamps that I believe every paper crafter needs to have:

Itty Bitty Greetings — 32 sentiments for almost every occasion

Friendly Expressions — five big sentiments for when your heart is full

Healing Hugs – because sometimes only a hug will do

All of these stamps sets are available in clear-mount or in wood-mount, and available in English and French.  Just check on the links provided to learn more about these wonderful must-have stamp sets.

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