Lemon Zest and Shannon West

2018 Milwaukee Shannon West

While attending 2018 On-Stage Milwaukee with my up-line Sherry Herzing, I had the opportunity to meet Shannon West, a Demonstrator Development Manager from Stampin’ Up! corporate office.  You’ve probably recognize Shannon from the many Stampin’ Up! videos showcasing new and wonderful products.  She is warm and beautiful, and graciously autographed my catalog on page 117 of the new catalog — on the Lemon Zest stamp page.  Why Lemon Zest?  Because she was wearing a lovely dress with cheerful yellow lemons!  And, because lemons add a little zest to your life, even on the most bitter cold days when it’s snowing outside in April!  Milwaukee was such a fun place to visit.  We saw Lake Michigan with snow flurries, brilliant sunshine, thunderous clouds and white-out snow events!  LOL! 

lemon zest bundle catalog

Of the 100 swaps I received, the most frequently used stamp set was Lemon Zest!  While this stamp set and punch will carry over to the new catalog, the special bundle pricing will not.  If you want to save 10%, please purchase the bundle before May 31st.

Here are a few of the wonderful swaps that I received.

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It has been a week since convention and I’m still trying to play catch up.  In the days ahead, I’ll post more about the super fun and exciting time that I had while attending On-Stage, which is an exclusive event for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I met people who I’ve always admired from afar, like Shannon West.  I got to touch and play with the new products coming out in the new annual catalog (June 2018).  And  I laughed like crazy with new best friends!  I can’t wait to attend my next convention!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Butterfly Basics is being retired!

One of my all time favorite stamp sets in the annual catalog is Butterfly Basics.  This stamp set comes in all three stamp types — traditional wood-mount, clear-mount and photopolymer — because it is that popular!  It has a wonderful mix of sophisticated line art images, background images and lovely script sentiments.  It also coordinates with the Butterfly Thinlits dies.  Unfortunately, it is on the retirement list and is only available while supplies last.


Here are two card examples I made using Flirty Flamingo, one of the retiring 2016-2018 In-Colors.  

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butterfly basics 1

And, here is another example using a butterfly die cut from gold foil.

butterfly basics sample

These items are available from my on-line store.  Please click on the links provided or click on the SHOP tab above.  If you love this stamp set, then order it soon to avoid being disappointed if it sales out quickly!  

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


Myths & Magic Product Suite

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This product suite lets you loose yourself if glittery world of mythical creatures and magical creations.  The Magical Day bundle lets you send someone a fanciful dragon, a powerful wizard, a fearless knight, a dreaming mermaid, a cute tiny seahorse and a marvelous unicorn! Yes, the world is magical!

magical day bundle

The Myths & Magic specialty designer paper provide you with glimmery backgrounds on one side and colorful images on the other.

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Here is my card created using the Bermuda Bay iridescent bubble background paper, Tranquil Tide cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds specialty paper, Calypso Coral cardstock and the little mermaid and sentiment stamped on Whisper White cardstock.

magical day bermuda bay card remake from Melissa Ellis

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for a wonderful day of magic!



Crafting Forever and Angel Policy

The Crafting Forever stamp set is perfect for sending to your craft-loving friends.  It has classic images of paint brushes, scissors, stamps and fountain pens, plus it has great sentiments for stoking your creative fires.

crafting forever catalog image

Here are some colorful samples using the pot of paint brushes and ink pens.

crafting forever green

crafting forever sample

crafting forever navy pens

And, this stamp set is approved for use in conjunction with the Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy. It comes in clear-mount and wood-mount — every ready to meet your crafting needs!

What is the Angel Policy?  Stampin’ Up! welcomes all crafters who would like to use their copyrighted images on artwork and other projects on items for sale at retail stores, craft fairs, community fundraisers and internet sales.  All Stampin’ Up! asks s that your homemade, handcrafted items for sale be marked with the “(c) Stampin’ Up!” image.  For more information, just click on this link.

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



Apron of Love

Did you know that blacksmiths wear aprons? As do bakers, chefs, butchers, chemists, and more! Aprons symbolize so many things: love, dedication, and caring for others.  The Apron of Love bundle is an incredibly versatile set that can be used for just about anyone.  

apron of love bundle catalog

Whether you want to make a Father’s Day card for the grill-master in your life or send fresh baked goods as a thank you, this bundle is a fabulous “anytime” gift for almost any occasion. 

apron of love email

Here are a few more cute ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This cute little gift box apron is filled with clothespins of baker’s twine and ribbon.  And, with mother’s day and father’s day celebrations ahead, look at these cute cards!

apron of love samples

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the Apron of Love photopolymer stamp set and Apron Builder Framelit Dies.  Tip:  if these items carry over into the new catalog, then will not bundled!  So if these items are on your wish list, please be sure to purchase before the end of May.

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


Fancy Fold Card using Always & Forever

always and forever card front

The other day, I participated in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator swap for fancy fold cards and had to mass produce 16 cards.  With the season of springtime weddings ahead, I designed this Z-fold card featuring the Always & Forever stamp set, paired with coordinating Tree Ring background stamp and sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

This is an A-2 card.  I used a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored along the long side at 4-1/4″.  For mass producing 16 cards, I used my Stamparaus to stamp the tree ring background image on the right side of the score line using Crumb Cake ink.  Note:  I used a piece of copy paper to mark where to place my cardstock for quickly stamping multiple images.

always and forever stamparatus background stamp

I used the step-hinge technique to “walk” the tiny heart images down the left side of the paper in Blushing Bride ink.  The two sentiments were stamped together using Crumb Cake ink.  Unless you pre-ordered the Stamparatus in the fall, you will have to wait to order it when the new annual catalog is released on 1 June 2018.

always and forever stamparatus step hinge

I then scored the tree ring at 2-1/8″ and burnished the score lines to create the Z-fold.

always and forever open card

I diecut to two small hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies in Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake cardstock.  I stamped the large tree ring image on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and then colored the leaves using my blender pen to pick up Old Olive ink from inside the lid of the ink pad. 

After fussy cutting the large tree ring image, I mounted it to the largest circle diecut from Crumb Cake cardstock using Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, and then attached it to 3-1/4″ square piece of Blushing Bride cardstock.  Note, I only placed snail adhesive on left half of the piece.

always and forever card front

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store.  

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



Magical Mermaid

Do you remember when you were a little girl and dreaming about being a mermaid?  Luckily, you can still have the Magical Mermaid stamp set as a fantastic consolation prize for creating .

magical mermaid image

Well this is one of the stamp sets that I choose for an upcoming demonstrator shoebox swap at April On-Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While this isn’t my swap, it is the inspiration.  Paper:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstock.  Inks:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.  Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponges, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, clear embossing powder, VersaMark and dimensionals. Techniques: sponging, diecutting, dry embossing and huffing.

magical mermaid tag

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


Wood Words

The Wood Words Bundle is country-chic with natural rustic theme.  You will love using the images for making lots of creative cards and 3-D items, specially when using Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  

The good news is that Stampin’ Up! announced that Wood Textures Designer Series Paper will carry over into the

Here a simple tag becomes the focal point of this Americana themed card.

wood words tag

  • Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, Craft White
  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP
  • Accessories:  Linen Thread, Banner Triple punch, Scallop Tag Top punch

wood words eclipse card

  • Inks:  Real Red
  • Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits dies, retired oval punches

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



Living in the southeastern Virginia, these class country images are almost an everyday occurrence.  Heritage barns, overalls, geese and tractors are every where.  And, the Heartland stamp set is sure to have you whistling a cheerful tune like the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show.

heartland card plus stamps

heartland catalog  heartland samples

For my card, I stamped the barn image in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand cardstock.  I stamped the boy image in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used diecut it using one of the circle dies from Layering Circles Framelits dies.  I used my blender pen and Stampin’ UP! Watercolor pencils to color the image, which was later matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Inside is blank, but I stamped the tractor and dog in the lower left corner.

heartland card

All of these products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Please click on the links provided or click on the SHOP tab above.  And, thank you for following my blog and kind comments.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


It’s National Puppy Day – March 23rd

Today, we celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.  National Puppy Day is also a day to bring awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about puppy mills.

What better way to celebrate National Puppy Day, then to show some cards using the darling stamp set, Bella & Friends, and make your best friend’s day.

bella and friends catalog

This darling card is quick and easy to make using Stitched Shapes Framelits paired with Layering Squares Framelits and to embellish with a few Pearl Basic Jewels.

bella and friends pacific point

bella and friends melon

And, you can step up your design with a little watercoloring using your aqua painter and little ink from the inside lid of your inkpad. 

bella and friends sample 1

Here are a few ways to celebrate National Puppy Day:

  1. Adopt a puppy from your local shelter, rescue or pure breed rescue organization
  2. Donate money, food, old towels and toys to your local shelter
  3. Have a puppy party and invite all your friends and their puppies!
  4. Volunteer some time at your local shelter 
  5. Buy your puppy a fun, new puppy toy and throw away an old dirty one
  6. Give your puppy a bath and a good brushing
  7. Install a car safety harness to keep your puppy safe during your travels
  8. Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost
  9. Make an appointment with the vet to insure your puppy has all required vaccines 
  10. Teach your puppy some fun tricks
  11. Take your puppy to an elderly community and spread some love
  12. And last but not least – pledge to be patient and kind and to give your puppy lots of love and praise every day

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs , inspirations wishes and lots of puppy kisses!