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!

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March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Easily Adapt Paper Pumpkin 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. I made three of the small gift cards and one of the large gift cards following the instructions included in the kit.   Check out this quick Stampin’ Up! video to see how to create these gift card projects. Since I didn’t need all of these…

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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. 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…

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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 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: Ink up some of the flower images from Flowering Fields (shown below) with Stampin’ Write markers in Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight and stamp them in the middle…

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Endless Kindness

Kindness Lotus Blossoms Tip: When you have a stamp set out, use it to make several cards before putting it away again.Here is the second of my Lotus Blossom fever cards. To create this card: Supplies Ink: Perfect Plum Used on Lotus Blossom stamp 1, then stamped off for stamp 2 So Saffron for Lotus Blossom stamp 3 Old Olive for dark center of stem Pear Pizzazz for outer stemPaper:Perfect Plum Cardstock, 1/4″ x 4-1/2″ So Saffron Cardstock, 4-1/2″ x11″, folded in half. Whisper White Cardstock, 3″ x 4-1/2″ Tea for two DSP (retired), 3″ x 5″ Stamps: Lotus Blossom (retired) Punches & Embellishments:…

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You’re In My Thoughts

Lotus Blossoms Made Me Think of You! I think I have Lotus Blossom Fever. Is there such an illness? I’m seriously having so much fun trying different color combinations with this three-step stamp! I don’t know why it took me soooo long to ink up this stamp from Sale-a-Bration 2015! To create this card: The card base is So Saffron cardstock, 4-1/2″ x 11″, folded in half. Add a layer of Cucumber Crush cardstock, 3-1/2″ x 5″. The next layer is Designer Series Paper, cut to 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″. This sample uses Sweet Sorbet (retired) Cut a piece of Whisper…

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Cherry On Top

Shoe Box Swap Gather To Stamp Last month at the Song of My Heart Stampers demonstrator meeting we had a shoebox swap! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a get-together where each participant designs a card and cuts all the pieces needed to create their design. Then the cut pieces, along with stamps, ink and embellishments are placed in a shoebox or other container. Everyone goes around the tables and creates the project in each box. It’s so much fun! At this gathering, the Stampin’ Up! Cherry On Top DSP (Designer Series Paper) stack and coordinating Washi Tape was a…

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June 2015 Paper Pumpkin

 June Paper Pumpkin (Yes, I know it’s nearly the end of July already!) Sneak Peek Subscriptions Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? I’ve subscribed off and on over the last few years and I’m definitely more impressed with the quality of the kits I’ve received in the last year than the initial kits. They are well worth the price, since you receive a stamp set, at least one ink spot, all the projects pieces with accessories, plus shipping is included. Beginning tomorrow, they’re an even better deal. Deal Details From July 23-September 10, Stampin’ Up! is having a half-off sale for…

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Glass Block Stamping

Monday CASE of a Pretty Flower Block Card Lately, my time for stamping has been quite limited with all the gardens calling to me for daily weeding and nurturing. So I find myself looking for cards to case to get my creativity jump-started quickly. Here’s the one I found today: I love the colors, flowers and graphics. My goal was to create a similar effect with glass-block stamping and some Stampin’ Up stamps and re-inkers. I had so much fun, and this is what I created. Tips and Tricks Vary the sizes and shapes of your glass blocks and stamp…

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You Rock

While I was busy creating the You and Me card the other day, I created a ‘You Rock’ card as well. Once again, it doesn’t look anything like the original card, but here it is in all its glory. 🙂 It features the Adventure Bound paper and the Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree stamp. The tree leaves are embossed in silver then daubed with summer starfruit and certainly celery ink. I had an idea about creating “splashy” water with pool party embossing and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp, but I’m not sure I like the way it turned out. I think the…

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Adventure Bound Case

Last night I went down to my craft room because I was inspired by this card on Pinterest and wanted to CASE it. So I pulled out the Adventure Bound paper stack, looking for the rock paper. I had an idea about using the rocks along the bottom of the paper like rocks by the sea, but after I cut the paper, the card just wasn’t coming together. SOOOO, I …. Chose a different paper from the paper stack Cut it to 5-1/4″ x 4″ Cut a piece of Natural Ivory card stock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for the card…

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Best Day Ever Happy Dance

Do free crafting products make you dance? I love to create things, and when I get free products to make them with, I do a little happy dance! That’s what happened when I received the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the coordinating Best Day Ever Stamp set during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration. (If I mix up Best Day Ever and Best Year Ever, please forgive me. Why couldn’t they both have the same name to make it easier for confuzzled brains like mine to remember?) I’ve already shown you some easy card samples with the Best Year Ever paper…

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PPA 240 You Brighten My Day!

You Light Up My Life & Brighten My Day!

On a gray winter day in Wisconsin, whose day couldn’t use a little brightening? Today I played along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA240) and this sketch:
Last week, as I was twiddling around an idea about how I could combine the sentiments I love from two different stamp sets, I saw this PPA sketch and decided to try it out. So here’s what happened…
Simple.
Bright yellow contrasted with winter gray.
A little cut with the paper trimmer.
Punch, punch, punch.
Add a little washi tape.
Done.
Will you brighten someone’s day with a handmade card today?
Hope so.
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Paper Pumpkin Parts Produce Pretty Patterns

Take a few scraps and leftover pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits and put them together. Ta-da! A bright, pretty patterned card, full of hearts and love:   Hope that cheers you up on a cold winter day! Happy Stamping!

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Have You Used Your Paper Pumpkin Pieces?

Use Every Piece of Your Paper Pumpkin! Do you ever finish creating a kit and have some pieces left over? I’m always behind on putting my Paper Pumpkin kits together! Sometimes I’m not even sure which kit the parts came from 🙂 So recently, I put together a card to clean up some leftovers on my table. It’s fun to mix and match the pieces to come up with a card like this: Love Notes One of the kits I used is the from the Love Notes Paper Pumpkin, January 2014, including the fancy card base with the triangles cut…

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