Good Things in Life

wonderful romance by melissa ellis

I received this very beautiful card from Melissa Ellis, my fourth level upline. 

Her amazing design features Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock which coordinates beautifully with Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper; Butterfly Gala Bundle (sentiment and punch); the Lace Dynamics Embossing Folder; Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Fresh Fig; stampin’ dimensionalsand Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins (petal pink). 

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To put her design over the top, Melissa used the smaller rectangle die cut and the little butterfly punch inside her card!  How cute is that?!?

Tip:  Always emboss the card stock first, then cut the embossed cardstock to size.  When the cardstock (or DSP) is compressed and embossed, cardstock stretches in different ways.  Therefore, it is best to cut to size afterwards to ensure straight edges!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tuscan Vineyard to the rescue

tuscan vineyard with jug

The other day, I needed a quick card.  I used Tuscan Vineyard, Half Full and Colorful Season stamp sets to make a quick designer paper for the background — stamping several images on Very Vanilla cardstock and sponging it in Old Olive ink.  Then I stamped the bottle images in Soft Suede and the die cut it using Stitched Shapes Framelit dies.   Some Burlap ribbon and some dimensionals and that’s it!  The result was a lovely card for a new friend.

tuscan vineyard catalog

To send a piece of Tuscany to a friend with the beautiful and artistic stamp set, just click on the links provided above.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Amazing Life Stamp Set – a must have!

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I am one of those people who firm believes that cake is worth celebrating.  Any cake, home made or purchased from a Bakery — I love my cake!  And, I love to eat it, too!  While I would prefer to not have to work off the calories associated with cake, I certainly enjoy every savory bite!  Please don’t tell my personal trainer — I’ll have to do a bazillion mountain climbers and gazillion burpees!

amazing life stamp set

The Amazing Life stamp set is beautifully designed with many versatile sentiments that are appropriate for many different occasions.  This is a great stamp set to have in your craft room. 

Did you notice the four-leaf clover?  Stay tuned for some Saint Patrick’s Day theme cards.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Time for a Tropical Escape!

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With all this rain, you’d think we are living in a rain forest!  Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I am definitely ready for some warm weather or better yet — a vacation!  Somewhere with a warmer climate — maybe  Bora Bora? Maldives? Turks and Caicos? Bahamas? No matter the tropical destination, this card will put you into a traveling mood in no time!
Created using the Tropical Chic stamp set, this card was stamped using Granny Apple Green and Old Olive inks on Whisper White cardstock and matting it with Early Espresso cardstock.  

Actually, Stampin’ Up has put together the Tropical Escape product suite that features lots of coordinating products — including Tropical elements and Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  Tip:  You save 10% when purchasing the Tropical Chic Bundle before the new catalog is issued in June.  After that, you will have to pay full price for the Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Thinlit dies.  

tropical chic samples

If you’d like to escape to the Tropics and create your own masterpieces, please click on the links provide to visit my on-line store.

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



Day Dreaming about Warm Sunshine

by the bay watercolor

Hello Crafters!  This crazy wet and cold weather in February is the perfect time to spend a lot of creative time stamping!  And, it is perfect time to warm up your creative juices while enjoying Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year — now through March 31st.  Our Sale-a-Bration just got sweeter with another release of new free gifts –– more stamps, gorgeous designer series paper and a lovely embossing folder.  Now there are hundreds and hundreds of ways to find creative inspiration with 16 free gifts to choose from!

The By the Bay cling stamp set used  in this card is a FREE gift when you spend $50 during Sale-a-bration — but these are a limited edition, and inventories are getting low now at the half-way point of this promotion.  Please visit my on-line store to place your qualifying order and earn your special Sale-a-Bration gifts.

by the bay catalog imageAnd this stamp set is sure to have you day dreaming about walking in sunshine on the warm beach sand in another month or two.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to chase those winter blues away!


Friendship is a Million Little Things

beauty abounds in balmy blue and crumbcake

Friendship is a million little things. And the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set celebrates friendship and lets you show someone just how much their friendship means to you.  The background piece uses the bubble and splatter images in Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue ink.  The butterfly is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Stampin’ Blends and popped up with Dimensionals.  The sentiment is matted with .  The sentiment was punched with 2″ circle punch and matted with Starburst punch

This lovely Organdy Ribbon is a very popular Sale-a-Bration gift offering and part of a five ribbon combo pack. Unfortunately, this ribbon combo pack is currently unavailable.  Stampin’ Up has ordered additional inventory and you will be notified once this item is back in stock.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Incredible Like You

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This beautiful two-step stamp set has beautiful flowers images and four lovely sentiments to let your friends know just how much they mean to you.  This first card using Incredible Like You photopolymer stamp set is embellished with a few colored scattered pearls from Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and features a winning color combination of Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy and Lovely Lipstick.  The card is triple matted with Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy cardstock with some Brights 6×6 Designer Series Paper.

incredible like you catalog

This second card features another winning color combination in Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy.  The hinge technique on the Stamparatus was used for the perfect placement of the lovely script sentiment from Humming Along cling stamp set.  And the floral images were stamped and matted are Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock that was die cut with the new Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies for the delicate stitched detail.

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I just love the sentiments from this stamp set, making it one stamp set that I am constantly reaching to use time and time again on my projects.   There is also a coordinating project kit for this stamp set.  The Incredible Like You Project Kit features delicate laser-cut overlays to create four each of four all-occasion cards.

incredible like you project kit

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




Happy Valentines & Joy of Card Making

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Happy Valentines Day, My Dear Friends! 

I know that you know and appreciate the true joy of card making. It is the simple act of thinking of others.  It is a powerful token of affection that instantly provides a gift of wonder, warmth and joy.  And, it is appropriate for every occasion.

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In this digital age, receiving a homemade card in the mail is sure to bring someone a smile, melt someone’s heart and have someone doing a happy dance at the mailbox!  A homemade card is more meaningful and personal than an email or text message.  While it may be just as attractive as a store bought card, it means a lot more because someone took the time to make it by hand, took the time to write a personal note, and took the time to put it in the mail.  Someone did all of those things just because they were thinking of you, wishing you well or thanking you for just being you.

bloom by bloom inky angels sample

Handmade cards are often displayed on fireplace mantels and bookcases with other collectibles.  People tend to keep handmade cards because it is a heartfelt gift, a masterpiece of art and affection.  Handmade cards are more meaningful than any present you can buy.

Forever Lovely sample

There are many benefits of handmade cards.  You are making someone happy, which makes you happy.  It is fun.  It is creative.  It brings the joy of anticipation of the recipient’s reaction.  The bottom line is handmade cards bring a lot of joy to you and the lucky recipient!

What could be better?  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs AND Valentine kisses!


All My Love Product Suite

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All My Love product suite has delicate flowers and hearts for sending loving messages this Valentine’s Day.  The Forever Lovely bundle provides you with lots of lovely stamped images in the distinktive stamp sytle with precision die cuts for your paper crafting needs.  Product in each suites coordinate perfectly, taking away the guess work and perfectly combining colors, images, designs and accents for an enjoyable crafting experience with stunning results!

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Here is the card that I made at On-Stage Orlando using the Forever Lovely bundle.

Forever Lovely sample

And, the Forever Lovely cling stamp set complements and coordinates perfectly with another distinktive stamp set called First Frost (carried over from the Holiday catalog) — to provide you with more design options and stamping fun!

Purchasing these the products will qualify you to receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift of your choice!  Simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store and place your order.

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


So Hoppy Together times Three

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These whimsical frogs are just so darn cute! 

The other day, I had so much fun coloring the frogs from So Happy Together cling stamp set.  And, well, I just had to make at least one card with googly eyes, some Gingham Gala 6×6 DSP, and cardstock in Basic Black, Lemon-Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight!

So Hoppy Together with googly eyes

This happy frog card is an example of simple stamping and a little fussy cutting.  To create the white belly, I stamped the same frog on Whisper White and trimmed the belly image using my beloved paper snips.  The belly is simple attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The stamped image was embellished with a banner and Black Baker’s Twine

Since I fell in love with this frog, I had to make two more versions.  One tossing valentine kisses, and the other juggling silver balls (metallic pearls).

This stamp set is one of the free Sale-a-Bration gifts with a $50 purchase.  And, coming March 1st during the Sale-a-Bration Coordination promotion, you can purchase the Hopping Around Framelits for $27 for more crafting fun!  Be sure to plan accordingly, because I am sure that these happy frogs will be one of the items that sale out fast! 

Click here to visit my on-line store to place a qualifying order of $50 or more and earn free Sale-a-Bration gifts!  Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspirations wishes for a fun Sale-a-bration experience.