Pick Two – Which Ones Will You Choose?

Did you Know?

The 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is full of beautiful stamps for all of your creative projects 
during June you can get two stamp sets FREE when you purchase the Starter Kit?
That’s right! The Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is always a great deal: Purchase $125 (US) of any products in the catalog for $99, plus shipping is FREE!  With the addition of two free stamp sets in your Starter Kit in June, it’s a FANTASTIC DEAL!
Which sets will you choose? Alphabets, flowers, greetings? Here are a couple of ideas:
See more stamp sets on my 2016-17 SU Annual Catty Stamps and Samples boards.
Pick your two favorite sets and add them to your Starter Kit to join the fun before June is over! You have just a few more days left.

Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Deal Ends Tonight!

One Day Deal – Going Soon!

The May Paper Pumpkin kit is very versatile. Here are some Father’s Day cards, and a couple of birthday cards made from this kit, along with some Designer Series Paper and a few embellishments. You can customize the projects in the kit as much or as little as you like!



Watch the video on the May Paper Pumpkin kit to learn more:

If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time to grab the $5 June kit! The monthly kit is normally $19.95, so it’s a great price at only $5. But don’t wait too long – this deal ends TONIGHT at 11:50PM (MT)!

Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” today at http://bit.ly/201qcbG to try it out!

Graduation Cap Curvy Treat Box

Celebrate Grads!

Do you have someone in your circle of friends or family who is celebrating a graduation soon? These little boxes are perfect decorations to hold a small treat for the party!
Curvy Keepsake Box Graduation Caps
  • They are made with the Stampin’ Up! Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die and the Big Shot. Simply use the die twice to cut two pieces of cardstock in black, or the color of your choice.
  • The stamps used here are from the March 2016 Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit. Each kit always contains exclusive stamps available only to subscribers, and the March set is perfect for the graduation boxes! Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are available as either a monthly subscription, or a prepaid 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription. Click the Paper Pumpkin kit link above for the prepaid subscriptions, or find information on the monthly subscription option here.
  • Cut a piece of 2-3/4″ square Basic Black cardstock for the mortarboard. Using an Xacto knife, or your Paper Piercer, and the Curvy Keepsake box die, line up the slit with two of the corners and cut it. You may need to use a paper snips to cut a sliver of cardstock away so that the opening is large enough to fit the box handles through, but not too loose.


    Cut a slit for the tassel
    • Stamp the year with Whisper White Craft ink and the Back to Basics Alphabet stamps for the white box. For the black boxes, the year was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Of the two samples, the Craft ink method was quicker, but the embossed dates stand out more.
    • The Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set is retiring and will only be available until May 22, or while supplies last. So if you like the size of this alphabet set, order it soon!
    • On the black boxes, stamp the Hooray Grad! greeting in Versamark ink, sprinkle it with Heat and Stick powder, heat it with the Heat tool, then sprinkle it with gold glitter.
    • To create a tassel, cut a 1-1/4″ square of cardstock, either in black, or a color that coordinates with the box. (Perhaps the grad’s school colors.) I scored one side at 1/4″, then used the Fringe scissors to cut from the opposite side to the score line. Use Tear and Tape adhesive on the scored edge, and roll the tassel around a piece of Thick White Baker’s Twine. Knot the other end of the Baker’s twine and pull it through the slit in the mortarboard.

  • There are Hershey Kisses inside, but you could substitute your grad’s favorite small treat.
  • See my Curvy Keepsake Box Pinterest board for more ideas using this versatile Thinlit die.
Happy Graduation Celebration!

Mother’s Day

Painted Blooms for Mom

May will be here soon, the temperatures are climbing, and flowers are bloomin’! So it’s Mother’s Day in my craft room. This Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms paper (sadly retired) is one of my favorites for Mother’s Day cards. Good thing I still have some in my paper stash!
Stampin’ Up! Products to make this card:
Strawberry Slush Cardstock (retired); recommend Rose Red
Painted Blooms DSP(retired)
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (retiring soon) *
Ovals Framelits (retiring soon!)*
Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring soon!)*
April 2014 Paper Pumpkin Stamp set
Blackberry Bliss Ink (retiring soon) *
Visit my online store to purchase *retiring products (some discounted up to 50%)! Stamps are available until the end of May, but all other items are while supplies last.

Butterflies for Mom

Mother’s Day Butterflies

Mother's Day card with glimmery Butterflies Thinlits Dies
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. When I go out in the yard and see the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils blooming, I’m in my happy place! So naturally, my spring card creations often feature flowers and butterflies. They’re a great combination for celebrating both spring and mothers!
To create this card:

Graduation Paper Pumpkin

Pocketful of Cheer for Graduation

Graduation is a great time of year, and cause for much celebration! I had a few pieces of the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer left over, so I used them for one more graduation card. This one is most appropriate for someone who is beginning a career.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Graduation card in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
To create this card:
  • Card base – Coastal Cabana cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • March Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer for the graduation cap, green pearls, Bermuda Bay ink, striped cardstock and white square and Hooray Grad! stamp.
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Metallic Silver Baker’s twine for the balloon string.
  • Whisper White cardstock, Balloon Bouquet punch, Bermuda Bay Candy Dot, and Silver Metallic Foil (It looks like black ink for the bow, but it’s not, trust me 🙂 ) for the balloon.
  • Basic Black ink for the graduation caps and Real World part of the sentiment
  • Handpicked Framelits or scissors to cut out the bow.
  • Welcome Words stamp set.
Make your card, then go celebrate graduation! Yay!

It’s A Good Day

Look Out the Window!
When you looked out the window this morning, what did you see? Here in Wisconsin, I saw snow! I’m ready to see green grass and flowers blooming everywhere. So I created this little spring scene in my stamp room.
Once the scene was complete, I needed a little sentiment, so I chose ‘it’s a good day’ from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Home set.
What do you think? Is it a good day? Every morning that I wake up and can get out of bed is a pretty good day!
Enjoy your life today!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Easily Adapt Paper Pumpkin

All in the Family Baby Paper Pumpkin card
I love my Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kits, but I rarely make all the projects exactly alike. It is so easy to make the pieces provided in the kit uniquely yours by adding a few small touches. The March kit had 4 small gift cards and 4 large gift cards.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Small Gift Cards
I made three of the small gift cards and one of the large gift cards following the instructions included in the kit.


March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Large Gift Card
Check out this quick Stampin’ Up! video to see how to create these gift card projects.
Since I didn’t need all of these gift cards right now, I turned a couple of them into cards for other occasions.
First up is a baby card using the baby from the retired Stampin’ Up! All in the Family set, stamped in Soft Suede.
Stampin' Up! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Baby Card
Stamp the baby on one of the self-adhesive circles. Cut one of the small gift cards in half. Adhere the half circle to the plain white half of the gift card. Stamp the greeting. Add the gift card envelope piece.
All In the Family Baby
Use the other half of the small gift card for this graduation card. Add some Cucumber Crush balloons and Basic Black caps, and stamp the sentiment on top with the Stampin’ Up! Bravo stamp set.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Graduation card
Add a tea lace doily and cut one adhesive circle in half to create a different version of the birthday card. The “birthday” greeting is from Celebrate Today.
March 2016 Alternate Paper Pumpkin Birthday card
See how easy it is to use a doily, a different ink pad, or another stamp you already own to turn a Paper Pumpkin kit into your own project!
Join the fun and get your Paper Pumpkin subscription started today! Did I mention there’s a fun surprise in the April kit?
Free Stamp Set
March is a big month for Paper Pumpkin–it’s our third birthday
and we just shipped our ONE MILLIONTH kit! To celebrate, we are sending an
exclusive stamp set called All about Everything in ALL of the April Paper
Pumpkin kits. We’re keeping the artwork a surprise, but we are sure you’ll
love EVERYTHING about it! Sign up by April 10 to get in on the fun.
See the Paper Pumpkin ordering page for details on how you can subscribe, either on a month-to-month basis, or by ordering a prepaid subscription for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.

Lifetime of Love

Wishing You Love and Laughter

Spring is a season of new beginnings, and for many that may include beginning life as a couple. Today’s card expresses a wish for that life to include two essential ingredients: love and laughter.
Bloomin' Heart with Love and Laughter
To create this card:
  • Cut a card base from thick Whisper White cardstock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, and fold in half.
  • Add a layer of Basic Black cardstock, 5-1/4″ x 4″.
  • Cut a piece of Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum 5″ x 3-3/4″ and adhere it to the black cardstock with mini glue dots behind the silver hearts.
  • Die cut a Silver Foil Sheet with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits.
  • Die cut Brushed Gold cardstock (retired) with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits flowers and adhere the flowers to the silver foil with mini glue dots.
  • For the banner – stamp the sentiment in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. This sample shows a sentiment from the retired Stampin’ Up! Love & Laughter stamp set. Cut into a banner. Adhere it to the heart with mini glue dots.
  • Add Cherry Cobbler or other color candy dots to the flowers and you have an elegant wedding card for the happy couple.
Let the celebration begin!



Drapery Fold Flowering Fields

Experiment with Card Folds

Every once in a while, it’s good to shake up your card-making routine by using a different technique. This card features an easy fold that allows you to see both sides of your pretty Designer Series Paper.
Flowering Fields Drapery Fold card
It is called a Drapery Fold or Pleat Fold, and you can find some videos on how it’s done on YouTube.
Try it with your favorite paper!
This sample shows the Autumn Traditions DSP, which is a retired Stampin’ Up! paper from the 2009-2010 Annual Catalog, a card base in Tip Top Taupe, and a Whisper White layer.
Whichever paper you choose, just color the Flowering Fields flowers with Stampin’ Write markers in coordinating colors. Punch them out with the Extra Large Oval punch.
Layer the flowers on a coordinating paper die cut with the Stampin’ Up! Ovals Framelits. The colors shown here are Perfect Plum, More Mustard, and Always Artichoke.
Punch the Bitty Butterfly in Perfect Plum and adhere it with a Mini Glue Dot. Use the  Curvy Corner Trio Punch to add a pretty detail to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White layer.
To finish off this card, stamp the banner from Endless Thanks in Always Artichoke, and stamp a sentiment from the same set on the banner in Perfect Plum. Snip out the banner with your Paper Snips and add it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Now you have a pretty fold to show off your favorite double-sided paper! Why not give it a try today?
Sale-a-Bration continues until March 31st and Flowering Fields could be your free item when you place a $50 qualifying order!


Where is Spring?

Flowering Fields Work of Art

Last week the box of flowers I ordered in February arrived for the “right time for planting in Wisconsin”. But it’s been cool and rainy lately, so I planted some flowers in my studio instead.
Flowering Fields with Work of Art
Flowering Fields

This was my first chance to play with the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration Flowering Fields stamp set, and it was so much fun!

To create this card:

You can still earn the Flowering Fields stamp set by placing a $50 order (before tax and shipping) BEFORE MARCH 31st. Here’s the link to get started.

If your wish list is a bit longer, you can also get the matching Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-Bration catalog on page 12.

Start growing your Flowering Fields today, and spring weather will arrive soon, even in Wisconsin!

Special Celebration Paper Pumpkin

Free Stamp Set
March is a big month for Paper Pumpkin–it’s our third birthday
and we just shipped our ONE MILLIONTH kit! To celebrate, we are sending an
exclusive stamp set called All about Everything in ALL of the April Paper
Pumpkin kits. We’re keeping the artwork a surprise, but we are sure you’ll
love EVERYTHING about it! Sign up by April 10 to get in on the fun.


Oh, did I mention that there’s also a special on the 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription going on now?
Here’s the deal:

See the Paper Pumpkin ordering page for details.


Time For Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Trio Punch and Other Weekly Deals

Just last week we had a little stamping get-together at my house and we used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch, along with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to make this cheery birthday card.
This week the punch is on sale in the Weekly Deals! So if it’s on your wish list, now is a great time to grab it – and remember it’s still Sale-a-Bration time, until the end of March. That means every $50 order before Tax & Shipping earns you a free product!
Sprinkles of Life birthday card

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

139683G Curvy Corner Trio Punch Item # 139683
Regular Price: $20.00 US
Discounted Price: $15.00 US
Who doesn’t love a few pearls?

Pearl Basic Jewels Item # 119247
Regular Price: $5.00 US
Discounted Price: $3.75 US

Silver 5/8″ Satin Ribbon Item # 134548
Regular Price: $7.00 US
Discounted Price: $5.25 US
White Perfect Accents Item # 138416
Regular Price: $5.00 US
Discounted Price: $3.75 US
Gold Stampin’ Glitter Item # 133457
Regular Price: $4.00 US
Discounted Price: $3.00 US


Let me know if you have any questions about these items. I’d be happy to help answer them!

With Sympathy

Lotus Blossom Sympathy

Unfortunately, we often have a need to send Sympathy cards. It seems that the older I get, the more often I need them.
This one uses the Lotus Blossom stamp again with a simple sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.


Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock (retired)
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Sweet Sorbet DSP scrap (retired)

Crisp Cantaloupe ink (retired)
Old Olive Ink – dark stem color
Pear Pizzazz Ink – light stem color

Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set – sentiment
Lotus Blossom stamp set (retired)

Balloon Framelits Dies – for the bow

Stampin ‘Dimensionals
Snail Permanent Adhesive

Regals Candy Dots
Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled ribbon (retired)

Quick is Good for Thank You Cards!

Make Great Quick Cards with Pretty Paper!

Sometimes you just need a quick card to say Thanks! Use your pretty paper and you’re off to a great start.
Thanks card with Hello You Thinlits dies and pretty paper
This card uses two colors of cardstock, one piece of pretty paper, and no stamps.
Instead, the sentiment is die cut with the Big Shot and Precision Base Plate using the Stampin’ Up! Hello You Thinlits, then attached using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. That’s It!
The paper for this card is from Autumn Traditions (retired) in the 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s actually fall paper with leaves, but for some reason the color and little red speckles remind me of strawberries 🙂
The weather has turned from sunny and warm back to blustery and cool and I’m getting anxious for those strawberries in my garden to get growin’!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!