Its Game On with Whiskey Business

Whiskey Business meets Game On

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  It is Game On with Whiskey Business.  If you need masculine cards, then you’re going to love this mash up of two great masculine stamp sets!

Using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the glasses and the decanter with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the playing cards with Garden Green classic ink to coordinate with the retired Country Club DSP.   I added some color to the playing cards with a few swipes of my Blender Pen.

Whiskey Business coloring with Stampin Blends

To be honest, when I first colored my decanter, it was bland.  Then I realized the prism of the pineapple crystal decanter needed to reflect the color of the Whiskey.  Using my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends and my Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends, I achieved a more realistic coloring that was more pleasing and caught the eye.  Here is a close up.  Do you see how I added color on the edges of the crystal decanter?  The decanter image on the left is bland.  The middle image has more color but still not quite right.  The decanter on the right just shines – as it should from the top shelf!

Whiskey Business coloring with Stampin Blends close up

I then fussy cut the images using my Paper Snips.  On a strip of Basic Black cardstock, I used VersaMark ink, Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder and my heat tool to make the sentiment shine!  After adding a few Gilded Gems and popping up the Whiskey glass with Stampin’ Dimensionals, this card is ready to send my favorite poker player!

Whiskey Business meets Game On

Please leave a comment if you liked this mash up of two masculine stamp sets – Game On and Whiskey Business.  Who would you send this card to?

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


Game On for Great Masculine Cards

game on Andrew and Henry cards

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  You will have so much fun creating great masculine cards using Games On stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  It has classic game images – dice, playing cards and chess pieces.  While not classified as a distinktive stamp, it has the subtle shaping clues which makes blending or coloring a breeze – especially with the Blender Pens.

I love watercoloring with Blender PensThese dual-tipped pens are filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily.  Here, I just blended the ink “left” on the paper from the stamped image.  You can also lift ink from an acryllic block, the lid of an inkpad or the tip of a watercolor pencil.  After coloring, clean your Blender Pens with a few scribbles on scrap paper.  Quick and easy!  

game on Andrew card

These cards are very similar; I just used different pieces of Country Club DSP (retired) for a pop of color.  For the dark blue card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and popped them up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

game on Henry card

For the second card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and the dice, and I used a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  Now, I have two great masculine cards in my stash of ready-made cards!

Do you have a stash of ready-made cards?  Please leave a comment and let me know how you store them.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for great masculine cards!



Happy 4th of July

fourth of july card

Celebrations aside, Independence Day is an important time to reflect on our country’s unique history from its people, its political leaders and its revolutionary thinkers alike.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are why we are so lucky to live in “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  Thank you to our military, first responders and essential workers!

I hope that you are celebrating with family and friends a delicious barbecue with picnic appetizers, juicy burgers, and festive desserts — until the fireworks light up the summer night sky.   Enjoy and be safe!  I love you and appreciate you for supporting my small business!

Wishing you a fabulous Fourth of July holiday.




Bonus Days are Back!

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends. 
It is becoming a popular summer tradition – our “Bonus Days” promotion is back! Bonus Days means you can earn coupon codes on the goodies you order in July and you can redeem your coupons for savings in August! 
For every $50 you spend from July 1 – August 3 (before shipping and tax), you will earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be redeemed August 4-31. If you spend $50, you will receive one code.  If you spend $100, you will receive two codes.  If you spend $150, you will receive three codes.  And, so on.
To make this promotion even better, the new August-December Mini Catalog with all the new wonderful Holiday products will be released on August 4th.  Your coupon codes will provide you with a little shopping spree and save you money on the holiday-themed goodies that you know you want to make your holiday celebrations special! 
After you place a qualifying order, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with the coupon code(s).   These emails are sent after the order confirmation email, so watch for that second email from Stampin’ Up!.  Print it out and save it electronically!  That way, you have your codes to use starting August 4th. So, put together your wish list, prioritize and start checking it off today! 
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Simple Sunflowers

celebrating sunflowers - browns and goldsUsing the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, here is a monochromatic card using Very Vanilla, Crumbcake and Soft Suede cardstock, brighted with a few Gilded Gems, some Bumblebee stems from Sunflowers dies and a pretty bow made with Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon.

I used a Blender pen to watercolor the centers of the sunflowers using the Soft Suede ink from the stamped sunflower image.  I stamped the sentiment on 1-1/8″ x 4-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and created an elongated punched sentiment using the Timeless Label Punch.

Tips & Tricks:  Elongate the length of your Timeless Label punch. By inserting only one the right-side of the cardstock strip through the punch opening, I punched the only the far right edge.  Then I inserted the other end of the strip through the left-side of the punch in order to punch the opposite side.  By sliding one end of the strip of cardstock at a time into the punch, I was able to “extend the length” of the punch to accommodate a longer sentiment.  This is a great trick to get more use from your punches.


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If you are interested in purchasing any of the items shown, please visit my online store using the links provided. Orders of $50 or more will receive a FREE gift from me!

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


Celebrating Sunflowers

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other flower. And what better to celebrate summertime friendships than making a handmade card using the stunning sunflower stamps and die cut images from the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle.


FUN FACTS: The large cheerful face of sunflowers come in many colors — yellow, red, orange, maroon, purple and brown. Sunflowers are native to North America. They are commonly found with cheerful yellow flower petals and brown centers that ripen with 2,000+ seeds. Because sunflowers love the summer heat, are drought-tolerant and are pest-resistant, they are a symbol of courage and strength. These flowers thrive in full sun, soaking up the sunlight and tracking the movement of the sun such that the flower is always facing the sun.

Celebrate Sunflower Bundle


To create this card front, I used a piece of wooden plank paper from from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack, matted with Early Espresso and Bumblebee cardstock.


The large sunflower from Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set was first stamped with Crushed Curry ink on Bumblebee cardstock and then die cut using the solid die from Sunflower Dies.

To create a 3D-effect, the open sunflower die cut from Bumblebee was attached only at the center of the stamped sunflower image, and flower centers were die cut in Early Espresso and Cinnamon Cider cardstock and popped up with Black Dimensionals. Similarly the leaves were stamped, die cut and attached with mini glue dots underneath the sunflower.

The sunflower was embellished with Clear Wink of Stella applied to the Early Espresso center, three 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to the Cinnamon Cider center, and three Spring Punches in Soft Suede to fill in the sunflower focal point. The belly band was created by weaving Bumblebee Twill ribbon through one of the bronze metallic slides from Antique Corners & Slides elements.

The hello sentiment from Blossoms in Bloom stamp set was stamped on scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink, punched using Classic Label punch and tucked behind the sunflower with a mini glue dot.

Did you enjoyed this post? Please leave me a comment about what you liked or what you would like to see in a future blog post. I love to hear from you!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items shown, please visit my online store using the links provided. Orders of $50 or more will receive a FREE gift from me!

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


Celebrating Anniversaries!

celebrating sunflowers - blues with many mates

No matter what the milestone, an anniversary is always a special commemoration for a long lasting relationship. It is a day to remind us about love and what is important in life.  It sparks memories of happy times and gives us a chance to look back over the years and reflect on how the union of two people has shaped so many lives.

Making cards is a great way to celebrate anniversaries of family and friends.  After all, our friendship with them would be vastly different but for their marriage and how their marriage shaped them as individuals, as a couple and perhaps as parents. 

Here is a card that I created using Celebrate Sunflower Bundle and Medallion Dies.

celebrating sunflowers - blues with many mates close up

Here is a close up showing the texture and dimension created by layering design elements.  Texture was created using the tone-on-tone layering of the Many Medallion die cut in Smoky Slate on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and some pearls on the flower center.  Dimension was created by layering solid and open die cuts of the Sunflower flower and leaf images and attaching those design elements in the flower center, providing the option to curl up the open petals and leaf die cuts.  Some die cut stems were added to complete the floral focal point.

celebrating sunflowers - blues with many mates I just love this card.  With a simple change of the sentiment, this card could be used to mark any special occasion or relationship.  

Did you enjoyed this post? Please leave me a comment about what you liked or what you would like to see as I love to hear from you!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items shown, please visit my online store using the links provided.   Note that stamp and die bundles save you 10% .  Orders of $50 or more will receive a FREE gift from me!

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


Happy Father’s Day

rooted in nature fathers day card

I older I get, the more I realize I was so bless to have a father like my Dad.  My Dad taught me many life lessons of the importance of family .  He also taught me to enjoy and to appreciate the beauty found in nature, and shared his passion for being outdoors, including camping and hiking.

Naturally, I took inspiration from his love for the outdoors to create his Father’s Day card using the beautiful stamped imagery from Rooted In Nature stamp set, the stately fir tree die cuts from Majestic Mountain dies, the sentiment from Well Said stamp set, some punched accents using the Sprig punch and texture using the Woodland embossing folder.  The color combination in Very Vanilla, Crumbcake, Garden Green and Soft Suede is very appropriate for the outdoors and for a masculine card.

I hope that you are celebrating the good men in your life today.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Take a Chance, It’s “Game On”

Game On with In Good Taste DSP

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends.  Everyone knows how much I love beautiful line art and that I love to collect masculine stamp sets.  Which is why it should not be as surprise that the Game On stamp set was on my “MUST HAVE” list. 

Game On catalog image

For my card, I used a 4×5.25″ piece of photographic wood paneling from In Good Taste DSP, matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The imagery was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Since this is a distinktive stamp set, a blender pen was used to watercolor the images by blending the Early Espresso ink from the stamped image itself.  Then, I fussy cut the images and attached them to the card front with NEW Stampin’ Seal and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was “inked” using my Early Espresso Marker Pen to just select the word “Lucky” to stamp and was die cut using the smallest rectangle die in the Stitched So Sweetly die set.  

Game On close up of cardfront

For the background and inside the card, I stamped images from Game On and Beauty Abounds (splatters) in Early Espresso.

Game On with In Good Taste DSP inside

To brighten this monochromatic card front, I added some gold Metallic Pearls and some Wink of Stella on the light areas of the chess pieces and dices, and to the top left corner of each of the five playing cards.

Game On close up of cardfront with Wink of Stella

The classic game imagery makes it easy to create handsome cards and scrapbook pages.  In the craft room, it is simply “fun & games” to play with the Game On stamp set.  So, you will probably see many more blog posts with this stamp set.

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


Open House – Today is the Big Day!

BOGO Header

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  I am so excited to show you the many wonderful new things in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  There are over 60 new card samples, 2 Make & Take cards, lots of Freebies and of course my BOGO sale of new-in-package and previously loved Stampin’ Up products.

Doors open at 10am and you will will want to come early for the best selection.

Here’s the welcome center — chocolate, hand sanitizer and masks.  Plus a little reminder why making and sending cards to family and friends is so important right now.Open House BOGO Welcome Center

Here is a sneak peek of the many freebies and two make & take cards for those that come today.

Open House Freebies and Make & Takes

Here are the BOGO stamps, dies and punches — all alphabetized to help you find what you want.

Open House BOGO stamps dies and punches

Here are my previously loved inkpads, ink refills and markers in rainbow order — both retired and current colors!

Open House BOGO inkpads refills and markers

Here are some card kits, project kits and organization items. 

Open House BOGO kits and organization items

You do not want to miss this opportunity.  And, I understand if you are uncomfortable getting out and about right now.  You may shop my list of BOGO items and place an order by phone with me.  For that next week, all BOGO items will be available on a first reply-first receive basis — and everything is offered “as is” and there are no exchanges.

  • If you place an order with payment at the Open House, you may take your BOGO items with you and I will update my previously loved list so that others know what is still available.
  • If you place an order online with payment (using Host Code- ST9A923F), please send me an email with the BOGO products you want (and maybe a few alternaties, if something is no longer available).  I will put them aside for you along with the make & take cards.  We can arrange a pickup date or you can pick up everything when your order arrives.
  • If you would like a complementary catalog, please let me know.  In the meantime, you can review the catalog online by clicking here.

And two last photos to tempt you to stop by — over 60 new card samples!

And finally, THANK YOU for supporting my small business.  I am  looking forward to seeing you today and hearing from you over the next few days.  And, while I cannot hug you, I can showering you with lots of freebies and great deals on wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Until next time, sending you lots and lots of crafting hugs!