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.

varied vases poppy parade

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.   

varied vases poppy parade - close up

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.  

varied vases poppy parade

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

bubble over inky angel

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.

bubble over inky angel - close up

  • 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

peaceful place - nancy mobley

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!


Varied Vases Bundle

varied vases sample

The Varied Vases Bundle was inspired by Mary Fish, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator from Tucson, Arizona and a million dollar sales achiever!  I love the simplicity of these floral  designs and the two-step stamp technique that can be used to make hundreds of different projects.  These flowers will never wither, and you can create many different vases by turning them upside down or cutting them.  Please note the tiny tulips — that’s a classic Mary Fish’s signature item.  And, as a special treat, here is Mary Fish’s video showcasing the Varied Vases bundle.  The video is about 15-minutes long and showcases many products designed by Mary.  Enjoy!

Here are just a few of the designs that you can make using this bundle.

varied vases sample 3

And while you can purchase the Varied Vases photopolymer stamp set and Vases Builder Punch separately, you will save 10% when you purchase the bundle.

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


Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

rooted in nature catalog samples

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Another sneak peak: Lilypad Lake

Nothing says summertime more than sailboats and white herons!  Whether you love salt, or fresh water, Lilypad Lake stamp set is sure to please!

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

This card was designed by Inky Angels demonstrator by the name of Sandy Alexander.  She used So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  This card certainly celebrates summertime for me!

Lilypad Lake is a new stamp that will be available to purchase on 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

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



Coffee Cafe Gift for a Friend

coffee cafe gift 1

At a recent Inky Angels Demonstrator meeting, Bobbie Yoakem demonstrated a matchbook style package that holds a single serving pouch of Duncan Hines microwavable cake mix. She used the Lemon Zest Bundle which was inspired by the Lemon Cake mix she found in her local grocery store. 

To save 10% on the Lemon Zest Bundle, please order before midnight on May 31st.  While Lemon Zest stamp set and lemon builder punch will carry over into the new catalog, the special bundle pricing does not.  So if this is on your wish list, please order using the links provided.

While I could not find the Lemon Cake mix, I did find single serve Duncan Hines Cinnamon Coffee Cake mix (yum!) at my local Wal-Mart.  Thus, the cake mix inspired a slightly modified version using Coffee Cafe Bundle, and the retiring Coffee Break designer series paper.  Similarly while the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup Framelits dies will carry over into the new catalog, the special bundle pricing does not nor does the coordinating designer series paper.  If you’d like to save 10% on the bundle and to purchase the coordinating designer series paper, please order before midnight on May 31st.

coffee cafe gift 4 with stamp set

The matchbox measurements are:

  • Card stock – 5 x 11, scoring at 2 ½, 3 and 8
  • DSP (2 pieces) – 4 ¾ x 2 ¾ and 4 ¾ x 2 ¼

The framed front piece measurements are:

  • Old Olive cardstock – 3 ½ x 3 ½
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 3 ¼ x 3 ¼
  • Scraps of Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede cardstock
  • 18″ coordinating ribbon

I used glue dots to secure the top of the cake mix pouch inside the matchbox fold, making sure that the bottom of the cake mix pouch sat squarely on the bottom of the matchbox fold. 

The ribbon is inserted between the square framed piece and a scrap of cardstock, and tied at the top.  I did insert two glue dots in the bottom corners for more stability.

I think this will make a thoughtful gift for a friend or co-worker!  Here is a photograph of the cake mix box — since it is so much easier to find it on the grocery shelf when you have an idea what the packaging looks like.  And, the single serve cake mix just requires 3 tablespoons of water (or milk), a spoon for mixing in 12oz microwave-safe coffee mug and a microwave to cook for for 1 minute 30 seconds.  

coffee cafe gift 9 four different gifts

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


SNEAK PEEK: Abstract Impression

Abstract Impressions stamp set will make you feel like an artist.  This two-step photopolymer stamp set will let you create beautiful flowers and butterflies in dazzling colors to display for all the world to see!  This stamp set is reminiscent of an old favorite red rubber Stampin’ Up set called Spring Garden – a personal favorite.  You’re going to love this new stamp set, especially when paired with Garden Impressions designer series paper and the new rainbow colors in 2018-2020 In-Colors collection!

I love the new Garden Impressions designer series paper and it coordinates so well with  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks and some Green Envy ribbon (retired) in my stash of craft supplies.

abstract impressions 2

Here is the same card in Calypso Coral, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks with Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon.  The image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and diecut using Stitched Shapes Framelit dies — for a beautiful framed artwork effect.

abstract impressions 1

You’re going to make stunning projects crafting with these beautiful colors and wonderful new products — available 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Contact me to day, if you’d like to get your personal copy of the catalog.

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



SNEAK PEEK: Lilypad Lake

I just love herons!  Being from coastal Virginia, this serene stamp set is my number #1 must have stamp set from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Lilypad Lake is a clear-mount, red rubber stamp set that features this elegant, long-necked, long-legged wading bird with lilypads, water and sailboats.

lilypad lake card and stamp set

While those of us from Chesapeake, Virginia claim the heron as their city icon, herons exist on every continent except the Antarctica.  They are solitary hunters during the day, and return nightly to their colony which they share with other herons, egrets and wading birds.  They exist in almost every habitat, except the coldest extremes, the highest mountains, and the driest deserts.  Most herons are frequently seen feeding along the shoreline of lakes, rivers and salt marshes — which is why Lilypad Lake is an appropriate name for this must have stamp set.

lilypad lake card

I made this card using new Stampin’ Up! colors of Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather and Call Me Clover.  The background was made stamping Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana cardstock using Playful Background stamp set

The lily pads were watercolored using my Blender Pens — by first scribbling some Highland Heather and Call Me Clover stampin’ write markers on a clear acrylic block, lifting the color off the block and then coloring the image using my Blender Pen.  Similarly, I used my Blender Pen to add some highlights in Coastal Cabana to the heron.  The heron, lily pads and grass were diecut using the new Lakeside Framelit Dies.  And finally, I applied Wink of Stella to the heron’s body and the lily pad flowers.  Can you see the shimmer?

lilypad lake card close up of wink of stella

The heron is framed with the largest oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and the sentiment is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The new Itty Bitty Greeting stamp set comes with 32 fresh new sentiments in fabulous fonts.  To add another pop of Call Me Clover, I used a retired SU punch to create the photo corners. 

lilypad lake card

Thanks for stopping by for this sneak peek!  You will be sure to find more inspiration in the days ahead.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!