Basket of Wishes

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Basket of Wishes is one of my favorite stamp sets.  It is one of those classic stamp sets that will quickly find its place among your favorites.   These country images can be mixed and matched for almost any season, and with any sentiment.

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Strawberries for spring, daisies and succulents for summer and sunflowers and pumpkins for fall.  And there are three types of traditional baskets — a pint basket, a bushel basket and a flower basket.  And, these image are perfect for using any coloring technique — new Stampin’ Blends; new watercolor pencils which can be used dry or wet using a blender pen or aqua painter; or the Stampin’ Write Markers.  

basket of wishes sample

All of these items may be purchased from my on-line store — just click here, on the product links provided, or the SHOP tab above. 

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



Floral Statements

floral statements sample 3Large detailed images will give a big impact with a delicate softness or bold color. The Floral Statements stamp set provides you with a large image, that is perfect for trying all the different coloring tools Stampin’ Up! has to offer.  For example, watercolor pencils can be used dry or wet for delicate softness, and the new Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection can be used for  lots of bold color to add that WOW factor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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!

lovely as a tree stamp

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.  



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Falling Flowers

With its fun shapes and modern cuteness, the Falling Flowers stamp set is sure to become a favorite especially when coloring these flirty flowers with your collection of Stampin’ Blends markers.  These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.

falling flowers with blends

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped three large bold flower using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 

  • After allowing the stamped image to dry for a minute or two, begin by coloring the flower first with the brush end of Dark Pink Pirouette marker.  (Note:  pink provide a natural highlight for the flower once colored.)
  • Next, color the flower using the brush end of the Light Cherry Cobbler marker, and then added shading using the fine tip end of the Dark Cherry Cobbler marker. 
  • Blend the edge where the light and dark reds met, using small circular motions with the fine tip of the Light Cherry marker
  • Blend the edge where the pink and red inks met, using small circular motions with the fine tip of the Dark Pink Pirouette marker. 
  • Color the flower centers using Daffodil Delight.
  • Color and fussy cut the three flowers.
  • On a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White, stamp the swirling vines image and a sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  (I used the sentiment from Birthday Blooms.)
  • Color the berries with Dark Pink Pirouette and Light Cherry Cobbler, and the leaves with both light and dark shades of Old Olive.
  • Pop up the flowers with Dimensionals, and mat the piece with Old Olive cardstock.

falling flowers card

All of these items are available to purchase using my on-line store, just click on the links provided or use the SHOP tab above. Please note that the Stampin! Blends are sold individually, in combo packages of light and dark shades and in full-collection of 27 markers. 

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


You’ve Got This

Stampin’ Blends are just so easy to color with especially when working with nice big flower from You’ve Got This stamp set.  The other night, I stamped the flower with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on thick Whisper White cardstock and enjoyed experimenting with the various markers.  Each and every flower looked terrific, so I matted them to create four cards!

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For the flower on the left, I started with Light Pool Party, then added Dark Pool Party and Light Night of Navy to deepen the color at the bottom of each petal. 

For the flower on the right, I started with light Pink Pirouette — but switched to light Rich Razzleberry instead.  Then I added light and dark Cherry Cobbler to deepen the color at the bottom of each petal.

The Stampin’ Blends can be purchased individually, in a combination pack of light and dark shades or in a full set.  The dual tips — brush tip and fine tip — make blending a breeze.  The brush tip lays down a good wet base coat of color of the lightest shade.  Next lay down a darker shade using light flicks – flicking and lifting the marker from the darker creases towards the lighter shade.  Then use the fine tip of the lightest shade to blend out the darker shade using small circular motions.  

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There is also a Color Lifter marker — its colorless solution moves and pulls color from images you colored to add highlights and dimension.  This is a must have item!

There are also two skin tone markers — in Ivory and BronzeWhen combined with light Pink Pirouette, light Crumb Cake and light Smokey Slate — you can blend any color skin tone.

The Stampin’ Blends Collection of 27 markers will make a great Christmas gift to yourself — or right my name and phone number on your Christmas Wish List — and I’ll see that you have a Merry Christmas!

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





Got Coffee?

Can you believe that it’s almost October? Do you know what that means?

That’s right! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and your Stampin’ Up! catalogs and study the designer series paper packs!

From from Oct 1-31, Stampin’ Up! is offering an amazing deal — buy three packages of Designer Series Paper, and get one free!  Choose from the following selection of 12″x12″ paper packs or 6″x6″ paper stacks in the annual and holiday catalogs:

  • Just Add Color 
  • Delightful Daisy
  • Birthday Memories
  • Be Merry
  • Pick A Pattern
  • Coffee Break
  • Naturally Eclectic
  • Whole Lot of Lovely
  • Christmas Around the World (holiday catalog)
  • Painted Autumn (holiday catalog)
  • Petal Garden (stack)
  • Color Theory (stack)
  • Wood Textures (stack)

Look at these wonderful cards Merry Cafe’ stamp set and designer series paper.  This fun stamp set has sentiments and images for all seasons! These cards feature patterns from the new Painted Autumn and the Coffee Break design series paper packs.

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coffee cafe samples fom catalog

merry cafe simple design

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



Random Act of Kindness

random act of kindness is any action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a place mat in Sausalito, California in 1982.  Ten years later, Anne published a book, entitled Random Acts of Kindness, speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

Today, RAKtivists are changing the world through random acts of kindness.   


‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’ – a kindness ambassador who inspires others with hope, kindness and generosity through their actions.   RAKtivists are everywhere.  The stranger who stops to hold the door open for a young mother with her hands full.  The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger.  The person who leaves behind painted rocks for others to find.  The crafter who sends cards to brighten someone’s day.   Yes, you are a RAKtivist!

Recently, I received two RAK cards from other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  These are ladies that I have never met – but they choose to send crafting hugs to me.  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox.  I couldn’t wait to open a crafting hug to me!

This card uses the “Crafting Forever” stamp set.  

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And this card uses “Oh So Eclectic” bundle.

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World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017

While we should probably celebrate kindness every day, the official day is Monday, November 13th.  So mark your calendar & get ready to spread lots of kindness!

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



Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

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This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

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Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

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Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

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This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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


Touches of Texture

The Touches of Textures stamp set will add dimension and character to any of your cards with the many fun, eclectic and useful design images found in this stamp set.

This card features the floral sprig image and the bumble bee and the splatters plus the Delicate Doilies and Lots of Labels framelits dies.


Add some cardstock, designer paper and baker’s twine, and you have a finished card for any occasion!

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