Falling for Leaves Bundle

When you think of autumn, do you think of the changing leaves? Beautiful leaves create awesome fall projects.  And even though it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, everyone will love the Falling for Leaves Bundle which can be used any time of year.

Here is a closer look at this fall card designed for the avid or advanced crafter in mind.  The background is created using heat gun, Versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder and a little sponging, then it is dry embossed using Big Shot and Woodland Textured embossing folder.  The art piece is double matted, and embellished with a few die cuts and yellow ribbon.

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For the beginner, check out the little Thank you note card in the lower left corner.  To create the art piece, just stamp the various leaf images in different color inks of Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay.  The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals and embellished with silver metallic threads and Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon.  The art piece is poped up on dimensions to card base made with a piece of Sahara Sand folded in half.

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Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating stamp set and dies in the Falling for Leaves bundle and save 10%.  Just click on the links provided and visit my online store.

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




Lilypad Lake

Lilypad Lake is one of my favorite stamp sets from the annual catalog.  The heron, the sailboats and lilypad images are just so peaceful.  

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Here are two versions of the card — one advanced and one simple.  The images were stamped on 1.5″ squares of Whisper White cardstock, colored with Stampin Write Markers of Pool Party, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  The stamped images were matted with Pool Party cardstock with additional layers of cardstock in So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  The more advanced card used Linen Thread and extra layer of Sahara Sand cardstock.

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The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Perennial Birthday stamp set, while the “to see far…” sentiment is from the Lilypad Lake stamp set.  I used my stamparatus for the sentiments in order to get a crisp and solid black impression using Stazon Jet Black ink.  

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Here’s a close up of the other card.

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


Happiness Surrounds

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Have you taken a close look at the limited edition Snowflake Showcase?  There are two photopolymer stamp sets (Snow is Glistening and Happiness Surrounds) and a coordinating die (Snowfall Thinlits) for year-round joy. 

These products are only available to purchase while supplies last or until November 30th.

The Happiness Surrounds stamp set coordinates perfectly with Snowfall Thinlits die set to make delicate flowers.  Someone will feel pure happiness to receive this card.

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For this card, I used a piece of Wood Textures DSP stack and stamped the medallion from Happiness Surrounds stamp set in Balmy Blue ink several times to create a unique background piece.  Then I matted the background piece with Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake cardstock.  Using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the striped flower in Flirty Flamingo and die cut it with my Big Shot machine.  The leaves are punched from Mint Macaron cardstock using the Leaf Punch.  Using more scrap pieces of Whisper White and Crumb Cake cardstock, I die cut several delicate leaves and flowers.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and punched using the Classic Label punch.  

If you would like to purchase any of these products, please visit my on-line store or click on the links provided.

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Snowflake Showcase ideas


The other day, I showed you five limited edition products available from the Snowflake Showcase — which are perfect for making Christmas cards or holiday crafts.  Plus this showcase comes with a coordinating year-round stamp set for more creative possibilities.  Let’s take a closer look at the design possibilities using the Snow is Glistening stamp set, Snowfall Thinlits dies, Happiness Surrounds stamp set, Snowflake Trinket charms and White Velveteen Paper.


This large beautifully detailed snowflake creates the focal point for this card.


Here the monochromatic design of snowflake flourish is accented with snowflakes die cut from glimmer paper.


And here, the large medallion creates elegant backdrop for floral die cuts and banner.

These limited edition products will be available to purchase on November 1st, whiles supplies last.

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


Snowflake Showcase & More

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Let it snow! Or at least, create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products coming for limited time on November 1st.  This showcase includes two stamp sets with year-round possibilities, limited edition white velveteen paper, snowflake trinket charms, dies and unlimited creative opportunities!


First, let’s take a look at The Snow is Glistening stamp set with 14 stamps — detailed images and beautiful sentiments for seasonal projects.  And guess what, if you have the discontinued snowflake punch — it coordinates beautifully with this stamp set!


The coordinating, year-round stamp set is called Happiness Surrounds with large medallion, floral images, leaves and fun sentiments.


And there are 20 dies in the Snowfall Thinlit die set.  And to compliment this product suite are Snowflake Trinket charms and White Velveteen paper to add those finishing touches to your project

Snowflake Showcase isn’t just for winter, but these products are perfect for year round.   Check out this video with the lovely Shannon West.

These limited edition products are only available from November 1–30, while supplies last!    If a product’s supply is depleted before November 30, it will no longer be available for purchase.  Stay tuned for more card making and crafting ideas using this product showcase.

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




Flourish Filigree

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Recently for Boss’s Day, I made cards for my co-workers to sign for the seven supervisors in our Directorate.  I repeated stamped the large medallion from Flourish Filigree stamp set on a piece of cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat set with Copper embossing powder.  The copper really popped on the different colors of cardstock – Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy, Merry Merlot and Early Espresso.  The stamped piece was then matted with Copper foil

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The Whisper White banner was stamped with VersaMark and heat set with Copper embossing powder with a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases stamp set.


These two stamp sets would be a great addition to your craft room — classic design and beautiful sentiments — which are perfect for any occasion.

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





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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!