One Last Hurrah for this Bird Ballad Trio!

This Bird Ballad Trio showcases one of the Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Products that will be leaving soon. The new annual catalog will begin on June 3rd and this Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper will be gone!

Before we say goodbye, I want to give you a few more ideas for the beautiful Bird Ballad paper. So today’s post features Get Well, Birthday, and Thinking of You cards, and a few other Last Chance items.

Get Well card - Sending Healing Hugs and lots of birdies with the Bird Ballad beautiful designer series paper from Stampin' Up!
Sending Healing Hugs

Bird Ballad Trio Cards

Get Well Card

The first card’s sentiment, Sending Healing Hugs, is from the So Sentimental stamp set. Die cut it with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies for a perfect quick label. This bundle is carried over to the upcoming catalog, but you can order it now!

The sweet little birdies and the pink polka-dot layer are both from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, which is retiring, and is on sale! While the coordinating Free as a Bird stamp set is available in the new catalog, it won’t be bundled with the Stitched Nested Labels dies at a 10% savings. So if you like the bundle, you’ll want to get it before the discount disappears.

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Birthday card combining three retiring Stampin' Up! products: Bird Ballad paper, the Fable Friends stamp set (duck), and the Botanical Bliss stamp set (Happy Birthday).
This little duck says Happy Birthday!

Birthday Card

The layout for the second card uses the same two layers of Bird Ballad paper, but different patterns. The bottom layer is 3-1/4″ x 5″, and the flower layer is 2-3/4″ x 5″.

Stamp the duck from the Fable Friends stamp set, which is also on the Last Chance list. Color her with Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. NOTE: If you like to buy single Stampin’ Blends markers, take a look at the Last Chance list, because Stampin’ Blends will only be offered in combo packs in the 2020-2021 catalog.

Happy Birthday from this little duck, with help from the retiring Botanical Bliss stamp set! Just die cut the duck and sentiment with the Layering Ovals dies and pop them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Thinking of You Card

Bird Ballad birdie paper with a simple Thinking of You card design. Sentiment from Rooted in Nature by Stampin' Up!
Thinking of You

Like the two previous cards, this one features two patterns from the Bird Ballad paper, with a more masculine look, but the same cutting dimensions.

Stamp the greeting from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Black Memento ink on a Smoky Slate rectangle. Use the 1/2″ circle punch, also on the Last Chance List, for the corners.

If desired, add an additional strip of Smoky Slate card stock at the top to balance out the Smoky Slate sentiment.

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There you have it – 3 different looks for 3 occasions, all with the same pretty paper! What could you make with this Bird Ballad paper today? We’d love to see your creations on our Facebook page! So please share!

Bird Ballad for All Occasions


The Bird Ballad paper has versatile patterns that are great for all occasion cards. Today I’m sharing a simple design that I hope will inspire you to create and send a couple quick cards.

The beautiful bird paper and label punch, as well as the Tropical Oasis card pack are all on the Last Chance list. Click the product links below to grab them before they’re gone!

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Take a moment to enjoy your accomplishment, then send your creation on its way to a special person!

Happy crafting! – Carol

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day is a perfect set for anyone who enjoys coloring! The large butterfly and flower image, shown below, make it easy to add color with Stampin’ Blends, watercoloring, or even colored pencils. There are also two sentiments in the set, and I find myself using the birthday greeting quite often!

Today’s card is very simple. First stamp the butterfly in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Petal Pink card stock. Then add color to the butterfly with the light and dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend markers, leaving the Petal Pink to show through in some areas. After coloring, attach this butterfly layer to a Calypso Coral card base and stamp the greeting in Calypso Coral ink. If desired, make the butterfly shimmer by adding Clear Wink of Stella over it. Finally, add a couple embellishments, such as these Calypso Coral Enamel Dots.

The Beautiful Day stamp set includes a large flower and butterfly that are perfect for coloring. There are two sentiments: 'Always thinking of you,' and 'Happy Birthday. May your day be as beautiful as you.'
Beautiful Day stamp set images

Combine Paper Pumpkin Cards and Beautiful Day Greetings

When putting together the cards in the May 2019 Hugs From Shelli card kit, I discovered that the birthday sentiment from Beautiful Day fits perfectly on the Large label for a quick and easy birthday card. I don’t know about you, but birthday cards are always the quickest to disappear from my stash! So using the Beautiful Day stamp set with the Paper Pumpkin kit was the perfect solution.

The birthday sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set fits perfectly on the labels in the Hugs From Shelli May 2019 Paper Pumpkin card kit!
May 2019 Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin card with the Beautiful Day birthday greeting.

Case Catalog Cards

The next card, shown below, is found on page 131 in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Isn’t it pretty? It uses a technique called No Line Watercoloring and here’s what you need to know to copy it or change it up.

To create this watercolor effect, for each butterfly, stamp off the butterfly image in Sahara Sand ink, then stamp it on Shimmery White card stock. Next, use Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, and Merry Merlot ink pads and an Aqua Painter to loosely watercolor in the butterflies. Build layers of the ink wash. Cut out the butterflies with Paper Snips.

Now, emboss a piece of Shimmery White card stock with the Subtle embossing folder. Enhance this layer with a watercolor wash in Pool Party ink. Then add the butterflies to the white layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card base, use Gray Granite card stock. Stamp the ‘Always Thinking of You’ sentiment from Beautiful Day in Merry Merlot ink on Whisper White card stock. Die cut the labels with the Stitched Label Dies and further embellish the card with sequins and the Petal Pink 5/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon.

Butterfly card pictured on page 131 in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. It features butterflies stamped in Sahara Sand ink on Shimmery White cardstock, then water-colored in Pool Party, Petal Pink, Roccoco Rose and Merry Merlot.
Watercolored Beautiful Day Butterflies

Have a beautiful day! Give these gorgeous butterflies a try and let us know how it goes. As always, if you need any supplies, please visit my store!

It’s Sale-a-Bration Time

During Sale-a-Bration (January 3 – March 31, 2020) you can earn free products for every $50 spent on any Stampin’ Up! products (before tax and shipping)! So, you could purchase the Beautiful Day stamp set ($21 US) along with card stock and several ink pads and get an item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog free! Awesome, right?

Heads Up – Here’s What’s New!

Finally, a heads up for those who like to know what’s coming next! The February Paper Pumpkin kit, called Lovely Day, will be a set of 9 cards! Envelopes are included. The coordinating colors are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose and Old Olive. It also coordinates with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. So, perhaps you’ll want to choose that as your free item, and purchase the February Paper Pumpkin too! But hurry! Be sure to order before February 10, 2020!

Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin – Order before February 10th!

There’s another great deal for Paper Pumpkin too! Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions (3, 6 or 9 months) qualify for free Sale-a-Bration items.

Contact me for more information or to join my team and get the very best deal!

A Little Sparkle

Are you the type of person who likes to add a little sparkle to each of your projects? If so, the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is perfect for you! My favorite sentiment in this set is ‘Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go’. These words are appropriate for cards for so many occasions, including birthdays, weddings, and congratulations!

The Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set also has two sentiments for encouragement: ‘Believe’ and ‘Make Your Dreams Come True’. The unicorn, star and flourish images are beautiful when stamped or embossed, with or without added color. If you like, you can sponge, color or paint them too!

Here are images of all the stamps in this set, along with a couple of projects featuring the unicorns from Leave a Little Sparkle.

Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set images
Two Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set samples: a bag with a unicorn tag and a card with a rainbow-colored dancing unicorn!

My project today is inspired by items left on my crafting table. I used up a fancy die-cut piece from the Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (Stampin’ Up – retired). If you don’t have this paper, keep reading and I’ll give you a couple of alternative product ideas!

Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut paper and Leave a Little Sparkle greeting.

I also have these three Not Quite Navy flowers (from the retired Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch) in my stash. So I chose the coordinating Not Quite Navy card stock color for the card base. The starburst is from a Paper Pumpkin project, and it measures about 1-1/2″ in diameter. It is the ideal size to fit in the indentation of the white laser-cut layer!

Finishing Touches

Finish off the card with a little sparkle! Here I added a couple of blue Glitter Enamel Dots, but use whatever sparkly embellishments you have on hand. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the products for this card. Part of the fun is recreating a project with different items!

Alternative Product Ideas

For example, instead of the retired Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, try the Shimmer Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper in the 2019-2010 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. For the flowers, how about the Medium Daisy Punch and Daisy Lane stamp set? Bundle them together in the Daisy Lane Bundle and save 10% on your purchase! Substitute a starburst or circle punch, or a die like the Stitched Shapes Dies for your sentiment piece. Add Clear Faceted Gems or Glitter Enamel Dots for a little sparkle.

Leave a Little Sparkle!

Now, make your card and Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go! If you need any products for your project, please visit my store. I’d love to help you with your next project!

‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer

‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer! Have you seen many deer in your neighborhood lately? While I haven’t spotted any in my yard recently, I’ve seen evidence that they’ve been around! Whether you’ve seen them or not, deer are always a great addition to your holiday cards. So today I’m sharing a Christmas card featuring two stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalog: Dashing Deer on page 71 and Itty Bitty Greetings on page 30.

'Tis the Season greeting with Dashing Deer stamped image for an easy Christmas card

If you don’t have a catalog handy, here are the stamp sets we’ll be using:

The Dashing Deer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! contains several deer images as well as sentiments like Happiest Christmas Wishes.
Dashing Deer stamp set
'Tis the Season sentiment and other images from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set
Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

If you would like to view the online catalog instead, click here to go to the catalog page.

We’ll be embossing the deer image with the Heat Tool and Clear Embossing Powder. Heat embossing is always a fun technique, because the embossing powder melts like magic right before your eyes! If you would like to make a simpler card, just stamp the image and skip the embossing step.

Details for ‘Tis the Season Card

Supplies and Dimensions:

Stamping and Assembling:

  1. Fold the Old Olive Card Stock on the score line to create your card base.
  2. Use the Stitched Rectangles Dies, Whisper White Card Stock and your favorite die cutting machine to cut out the rectangle. Alternatively, just use the Whisper White piece without the stitching element provided by the die cutting.
  3. If embossing, rub the Embossing Buddy over the white rectangle. Stamp the deer image from the Dashing Deer stamp set in Soft Suede Ink. Immediately sprinkle the Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped deer image, then heat with the Heat Tool to melt the powder.
  4. Stamp the ‘Tis the Season sentiment in Real Red ink, in the center, about 1/2″ from the bottom of the white rectangle.
  5. Embellish the white rectangle with sequins or other coordinating embellishments.
  6. Adhere the pretty paper approximately 1/4″ from the left side of the card base.
  7. Center the white rectangle, overlapping the pretty paper by about 1″.

Alternative ‘Tis the Season Sample

If you’re like me, you love to make cards that are unique! That’s so easy to do by using this same design and stamp sets, with different paper and embellishments! Here’s another sample I created with the Let It Snow paper from the 2019 Holiday catalog with Pool Party ribbon and a few star sequins.

Changing the pretty paper to Let it Snow and adding different embellishments gives the ’Tis the Season for Dashing Deer card a whole new look!
Alternative Sample for ‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer

So now it’s time for you to take a look at your pretty paper and see what ideas you can come up with!

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Clean-Up Project for Your Craft Room

Those of you who know me can guess that a clean-up project for my craft room begins like all my other clean-up projects. Cleaning the liquor cabinet involves drinking the leftover blackberry brandy. Emptying the refrigerator means eating the rhubarb crisp. Tidying up the freezer requires cooking the last three turkey burgers, and so on. So my craft room clean-up project starts with using up the many bits on my table left over from other activities.

Clean Up Project with the Label Me Pretty stamp set, Pretty Label punch, vellum and flowers.
Clean Up Project Birthday Card

I challenge you to use the Label Me Pretty stamp set and coordinating Pretty Label punch, along with your scraps to create your own version of this birthday card. First choose colors for the card base and embossed layer. I chose a Granny Apple Green base, with a layer embossed first with yellow embossing powder, then with an embossing folder. The yellow embossed piece was one of my leftovers.

Stamp an image from the Label Me Pretty set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Punch it out with the Pretty Label punch and color it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Use shades that complement your card colors. My pencils are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo.

The Label Me Pretty stamp set has images that are perfect for gift-giving, as well as card-making. Two of them are decorative, with space to stamp a different sentiment.
Label Me Pretty Cling Mount stamp set
The lockable and stackable Pretty Label Punch coordinates perfectly with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.
Pretty Label punch
13 smooth colored pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White. They're perfect for watercoloring stamped images!
Watercolor Pencils
10 smooth colored pencils in Stampin' Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2

Use Your Stash in your Clean-Up Project!

Pull out some flowers and leaves from your stash and then layer them on your card. Most of the ones I used are leftovers from Paper Pumpkin kits. Afterwards, punch some Vellum leaves with the Sprig punch and add them in the background with mini glue dots. Since I also had a narrow scrap of woodgrain paper, I added that as a planter box for my flowers. So now I’ve used up the embossed layer, woodgrain piece, and both flowers and leaves from my stash. Above all, I didn’t create any new leftovers!

Quickly punch out sprigs for your projects with the Stampin' Up! Sprig Punch. Use a single punched piece as an accent on your clean-up project, or cut multiple sprigs to create a wreath.
Sprig Punch

By adding the Happy Birthday greeting on top of the other layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, you can make it stand out. In order to finish the card, just add a couple of Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins, or other small embellishments. I love these sequins, because they change from peachy to pinkish, depending on the light. Note that both of these colors coordinate with the rest of the card!

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see what you have created with your scraps, so we can admire your handiwork! Leave a comment and let us know what you made.

Crafting Storage Tip

If you have a lot of little cutouts cluttering your space, re-purpose a storage bin. Label each compartment with the type of die-cuts it contains. I took a bin from my workshop that used to have screws and fasteners in it, moved it to my craft room, and filled it with the bits of leftovers shown here. Then when I needed a couple of flowers, I knew exactly where to look!

Storage in labeled workshop bins helps in your next clean-up project. Re-purpose a bin for your craft room today!.
Storage bin for Die Cuts

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Crafting or Housework?

Scissors background created with the Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Color it with your favorite markers.
What will you craft today?

Which will it be today, crafting or housework? If you’re like me, crafting is at the top of your list! So go ahead and proudly declare it!

The Crafting Forever stamp set has the perfect sentiment for this declaration, as well as several other crafty sentiments, such as We are Cut Out to Be Friends. In addition, this stamp set includes the Stampin’ Up! copyright image for compliance with their Angel Policy. Today’s card features the scissors image from this set. After all, what self-proclaimed crafter doesn’t have scissors? Here are all of the stamp images included in Crafting Forever.

Images in the Crafting Forever stamp set include scissors, pens, paint brushes and Baker's Twine. Greetings include We are Cut Out to Be Friends, Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever, and Do Something Creative Every Day.
Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Crafting or Housework Card Supplies and Dimensions:

2 Inch Circle Punch
2 Inch Circle Punch

Begin Creating Your Card Layers

Create your card base: fold the Highland Heather Card Stock in half. Following this step, rub the Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card stock and stamp the scissors image repeatedly on it with Versamark ink.

Sprinkle black embossing powder over the Versamark ink. Finally, heat it with the heat tool in order to melt the powder. As a result, you will create beautiful black raised shiny scissors to color!

Attach the Whisper White layer to your card base with SNAIL or other adhesive. Then choose your favorite Stampin’ Blends colors, and brighten up the scissors handles, either all in the same color, or multiple colors.

Add the Crafting or Housework Sentiment

To create the sentiment, cut a scrap of Gorgeous Grape card stock to approximately 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″. Secondly, emboss the greeting by stamping it with Versamark ink, as we did above. This time, sprinkle the stamped image with Whisper White embossing powder and heat it, in order to make it really pop on top of the darker card stock.

Lastly, round the end of the sentiment by inserting one end of it through the center of the circle punch, leaving the other end out of the punch. As a result, you will create a unique shape for this layer!

Embellish and Send Your Creation

Conclude with embellishments – perhaps a few enamel shapes, rhinestones, or other accents. Then send your beautiful creation to a crafty friend, and get back to your housework 🙂

Craft Today!

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Vellum for a Beautiful Day

Light Blue all occasion card with embossed leaves and vellum. It features the Love What You Do stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is filled with card samples featuring Vellum. Because I haven’t used any vellum on my cards since the Good Luck card, I decided today would be the day that Vellum is the star!

Supplies for the Vellum It’s a Beautiful Day card:

Love What You Do stamp set images
Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set
Vellum Card Stock in 8-1/2" x 11" sheets.
Vellum Card Stock

Card Base

Begin by scoring the light blue Card Stock on the long edge at 4-1/4″, then fold it to create the card base.

Embossed Layer

In order to add texture, emboss the Balmy Blue layer with the Layered Leaves Embossing folder. Attach it to the card base on a slight angle with SNAIL or other adhesive.

Vellum Layer

To create the vellum layer, stamp off the Balmy Blue ink on scrap paper using the largest watercolor image from Love What You Do. Then stamp again near the center of the vellum. Let the ink dry completely. If your ink pad is very juicy, you may need to blot the image with a paper towel, in order to prevent blotchiness.

  • Once the Balmy Blue ink is dry, rub your Embossing Buddy over the Vellum to keep stray bits of embossing powder off of your image.
  • Stamp the greeting in Versamark ink, leaving room for flowers on the left.
  • Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the Versamark image and heat it with the heat tool until the embossing powder melts and becomes shiny.
  • Then stamp the flowers to the left of the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz ink. Immediately cover the ink with Clear embossing powder and heat set it with the heat tool.


  • Stamp the flower image in Lovely Lipstick ink on a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock. Once the flowers are stamped, cut them out with Paper Snips.
  • Use multi-purpose liquid glue to attach the cut out flowers over the stamped Pear Pizzazz image. Additionally, if desired, use Lovely Lipstick light and dark Stampin’ Blends markers to add some detail at the base of the flowers.

Tips For Attaching the Vellum Layer and Embellishing!

Because you don’t want the adhesive to show through the delicate vellum layer and spoil your card, hide glue dots underneath each of the flowers to secure this layer.

Embellish the focal piece with three gold metallic pearls, then attach a glue dot on the back side of the vellum, directly beneath the pearl. Because the pearl will hide the glue dot, you can secure the vellum without adding unsightly adhesive marks.

Another great feature is that the embossed leaves subtly show through the vellum layer, giving extra texture to your card! That’s it – your card is finished, except for the kind or inspirational words you’ll write inside!

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You’ve Been On My Mind

Who would you send this little You’ve Been on My Mind note card to? Is there someone you’ve been thinking about a lot lately? Maybe a friend who is going through a rough patch, someone who has lost a loved one or perhaps somebody who is away from home for school or travel. Then let that special person know that you’ve been thinking about them with a note card like this one!

Butterfly note card with Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch

Note Cards

Stampin’ Up! has the perfect note cards with matching envelopes for this project. They are 3-1/2″ x 5″, just large enough to mail easily with no special postage requirements (US). Simply fold them along the score line and start decorating! You can order them here, if you don’t already have some on hand.


In addition to note cards, use some cheery gingham paper cut to 3″ x 4-1/2″, such as the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper that comes in a variety of designs. Choose any of the In Colors, Neutrals, Brights, Subtles or Regals paper stacks. The card above shows Grapefruit Grove gingham from the Spring Occasions catalog.


In order to create the butterflies, use the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Duet Punch and the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set. Punch butterflies from Whisper White scraps and adhere them to the gingham piece. Then stamp two additional butterflies with Lemon Lime Twist ink (or any bright green ink) and punch them out. Adhere these butterflies over any two of the white butterflies using glue dots or liquid glue only in the center. Add the body and antennae with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Gently bend the wings to make them stand up.

Butterfly Gala Stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Butterfly Gala Photopolymer stamp set.
Butterfly Duet punch that will cut out a set of butterflies from the coordinating Butterfly Gala or Butterfly Wishes stamp sets.
Butterfly Duet punch – coordinates with the Butterfly Gala and Butterfly Wishes stamp sets.
Butterfly Wishes Cling Mount Stamp Set
Butterfly Wishes Cling Mount stamp set.

After adhering the white butterflies, trim any that extend over the edges of the gingham. Tie a bow around the gingham layer with the beautiful Silver Edge Metallic Ribbon. Then attach the gingham piece in the center of your card base with SNAIL or other adhesive.

Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon tied in a bow.
Silver 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon


Start by stamping your desired sentiment in Versamark ink on a Basic Black scrap. (The piece shown is 1/2″ x 2-3/4″, after trimming.) Then sprinkle the Versamark ink with White Stampin’ Emboss powder, shake off the excess, and heat emboss it with the Heat Tool. Finally, attach the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Versamark Ink - Used for heat embossing as well as tone-on-tone stamping.
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
White Stampin' Emboss Powder used to create glossy embossed images.
White Stampin’ Emboss Powder


To finish off your note card, add some sequins, for instance, the Lemon Lime Twist flower sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins collection.

Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
Gingham Gala Sequins

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This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy!

Does the image of a dancing piggy carrying a flower make you happy? If it does, you’ll love the card we have for you today! It features one of the cute little pigs from the This Little Piggy stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

This Little Piggy card with sentiment You Make Me Happy

Here are all of the adorable little piggies in the stamp set, the little clouds shown on this card, and some great sentiments! There are 9 stamps in the set, but you can cut the greetings from the images, so that you can combine them with other sets.

This Little Piggy stamp set images
This Little Piggy Cling Mount Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy Card

When designing a card, I often use what is in front of me on my desk because it’s easier than putting all those little scraps away. So I encourage you to do the same – see what you can create with the scraps you have!

In this case, I have a Crumb Cake card base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″), a piece of yellow gingham paper, a Whisper White scrap with stitching along one side, and a piece of dark brown woodgrain paper.

Start with the Main Dancing Piggy Image

Begin by stamping the piggy on the Whisper White paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and coloring it with pink, green and orange alcohol markers. Once it’s colored, trim it to about 2-1/2″ x 2-7/8″.

Add Some Layers

Next cut the gingham paper down until you’re happy with the size. Mine is 1-1/2″ x 3″. For the dark brown woodgrain paper, use one of the Stitched Shapes Dies to create a stitched 2-5/8″ square. Then layer the gingham paper, the woodgrain square and the little piggy on the card base toward the left side. If you prefer, you could center the piggy on the card and leave off the leaves on the right side.

Balance the Elements

But since I had already placed my piggy on the left side, I needed something to balance the right side. I chose leaves from the Botanical Bliss stamp set. I stamped them in Cucumber Crush ink along the right edge of the card base.

Botanical Bliss stamp set images
Botanical Bliss Cling Mount Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

In order to fill in a little of the background space, stamp clouds with Versamark ink at the top of the card base. It’s fine if the images go off the edges too!

Decorate With Fun Embellishments

The little yellow flowers in the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins pack are a perfect addition to the leaves on the right and the flower that piggy is carrying. Add pearls or other small embellishments to the flower centers if you want to make your flowers pop!

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The Stitched Shapes Dies are very versatile. Here is an idea for a gatefold card that features these dies!

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Fabulous at Any Age

Fabulous at any age is one of the sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, which includes stamps to cover almost every occasion you’ll need! This sentiment is great for cards for friends of all ages, just change the pretty paper to make a variety of cards. Or keep the same paper and design, but change the stamp to create cards for more occasions.

Itty Bitty Greetings

Here are all the sentiments in the Itty Bitty Greetings set. As you can see, the greetings are very versatile and suit many occasions from anniversaries to birthdays and graduations, as well as most holidays:

Get sentiments for all occasions with the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Itty Bitty Greetings Cling Mount Stamp Set
Bold butterfly birthday card with the sentiment Fabulous at Any Age

Fabulous at Any Age Card Instructions

Today’s card is quick and easy! Just grab a piece of pretty paper and trim it to 2″ x 5-1/2″. I chose the Stampin’ Up! Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper because butterflies make me smile!

Next, select a color for your card base, cut it to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, and score it at 4-1/4″. The one shown above is Lemon Lime Twist, one of the colors in my butterfly paper.

To make the butterflies pop, they are matted on a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trimmed to 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. So choose a color that coordinates with your pretty paper. After adhering the butterfly paper to the mat, attach it to the card base, about 1/4″ from the left side, as shown, using SNAIL or your favorite adhesive..

Embossing and Layering your Greeting

Finally, choose your greeting and stamp it in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock. Heat emboss it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat tool. Then die cut it with the Layering Circles dies.

I layered the smaller black circle, which is about 1-3/16″, onto a larger white circle, about 1-3/8″ in diameter. However, you can adjust the size of the circles to fit your sentiment. In order to give the card a little dimension, attach the black circle to the white circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Simply embellish with rhinestones or other small jewels to add a little bling!

Now, go get out the list of cards you’ll need this month. Create a bunch of cards using the Itty Bitty Greetings set, this easy card design, and your favorite paper. You’ll be ready for all the upcoming occasions and can just pop the cards in the mail when you’re ready!

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Enjoy Life in your Craft Room!

Enjoy Life bicycle card using sponge daubers, Circle Tab punch, and multiple ink colors.Each year I look forward to June! School’s out, concerts, festivals and BBQ season are in full swing, and birthday season begins in our family. (Of course, we celebrate birthdays almost every month of the year, but we’re especially blessed with summer birthdays galore!) Summer means time to relax, spend more time outdoors, root for our favorite ball players and teams, wear sandals and flip flops, and sip cool, refreshing beverages! It’s a great time to enjoy life!

So, to start the summer season off, we used the Enjoy Life stamp set in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog (shown below) for our card! This set was designed by million-dollar sales achiever Connie Fitzgerald with her family in mind. It has both great sentiments and images that can be used to celebrate lots of occasions. One of my favorites is “Wake up. Kick butt. Repeat.”  As usual, my stampers are able to use any of our featured stamp set sentiments and images so that they can make cards suitable for upcoming occasions. Here are the options available in the Enjoy Life stamp set.

Images and sentiments in the Enjoy Life stamp set include a bird, butterfly and bicycle, Thank You kindly, and Wake Up. Kick butt. Repeat.

Enjoy Life stamp set

For the Enjoy Life class, I designed several cards using this set with sponge daubers and some of the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! colors! The designs vary from easy to more challenging. We often choose to do the most challenging card first, because after a long day, we’re freshest and most attentive at the beginning of the evening. However, two of the cards for this class used sponge daubers, which were new for some of the stampers, so we did the easier of the two cards first.

Wake Up. Kick Butt. Repeat. Sentiment from Enjoy Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Wake Up. Kick Butt. Repeat – Enjoy Life!


  • Granny Apple Green
  • Mango Melody
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Balmy Blue
  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black Archival

Crafting Tips:

  • Stamp the grass from Enjoy Life at the bottom of the Whisper White piece.
  • Use the sponge daubers, beginning with Mango Melody, then Flirty Flamingo, and finally, Balmy Blue ink in a circular motion to create the sunrise.
  • Finally, with a well-inked stamp, stamp the person and sentiment in Basic Black archival ink. If you have the Stamparatus, or other similar tool, you can use it to make sure you get a good solid black stamped image.
  • Use the Hardwood stamp to create the small strip on the left, or use a piece of patterned paper. about 1/4″ wide.

Additional Enjoy Life Cards

For the other two cards use a similar technique with sponge daubers or aqua painters to create the background, then stamp images or sentiments from the Enjoy Life set in Archival Black ink on top.

Precious Privilege sentiment from Stampin' Up! Enjoy Life stamp set. This handmade encouragement card also features the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

All of the card bases are Balmy Blue, 8-1/2 x 11″, folded in half. In addition to the Whisper White layer (2″ x 4″), the card above uses the Layered Leaves embossing folder for the Basic Gray layer, which measures 3-1/2″ x 4-9/16″.

Enjoy Life bicycle card using sponge daubers, Circle Tab punch, and multiple ink colors.

For the bicycle card use an Aqua Painter and overlap the ink colors slightly. Create a background using the Hardwood stamp in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White card stock. Punch Silver Foil with the Circle Tab punch and use the Tabs for Everything (retired) or other stamp set and a 3/4″ circle punch for the “To Do” sentiment. The Hardwood layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″. The Whisper White layer is 2-1/4″ x 4″. The Basic Gray layer frame is 2-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.

Enjoy Life in your stamping space, and be sure to let me know if you have questions about any of these designs!

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Wishing You Sunny Days

Wishing You Sunny Days Ahead is one of the great sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! Sunny Days stamp set. There are several others that I love too, like Make Your Dreams Happen, and You Can Do Hard Things. All of them work well for all occasion cards, especially when combined with the cute fruit and lemonade stand images in the set.

This stamp set is retiring June 3rd! It is still available, only while supply lasts. It’s a great set for summer when lemonade is often my beverage of choice on a hot muggy day!

Stampin' Up! Sunny Days stamp set with fruit and lemonade images and wonderful sentiments!

Be sure to take a look at all the last chance products that are still available and order your favorites today!

I used my Detailed Trio Punch to round some of the corners on scraps of a retired 6″ x 6″ paper, called Moonlight (2014-15 catalog). Then I arranged 1″ and 1″ x 2″ pieces in patterns I liked. Finally, I stamped the sentiments in coordinating ink colors. I just die cut a couple of circles with the Layering Circles dies, which I use A LOT! Since I still have many Enamel Shapes embellishments in my stash, I used the Crushed Curry stars and hearts to finish off these cards.

Layering Circle dies
Detailed Trio punch – great for decorating or rounding corners and for punching a tag hole!
Sunny Days card
Sunny Days stamp set. Make Your Dreams Happen card.

So now it’s your turn! What pretty paper do you have that you could use to create your cards?

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Peekaboo Thank You Card

When you have beautiful paper, like the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, this peekaboo Thank You Card is a snap to create! Simply cut a curve in your pretty paper with paper snips, separate the pieces and layer them on a card base.

Next you’ll need a greeting and a couple of embellishments. Here I stamped Thank you in Grapefruit Grove ink, and used the Stitched Shapes dies to cut it out.

Because it’s so easy to make these cards, you’ll want to make a bunch to have on hand. This could easily be a birthday, all occasion, or even a Mother’s Day card!

The Share What You Love paper is a specialty paper with handpainted designs. There are four papers with a translucent pearlized finish, and best of all, there are 24 sheets, 4 each of 6 double-sided designs! This is a Last Chance product, available only until June 3rd, or while supply lasts. See a sympathy card we made using another design from this paper pack here. You’ll want to make sure you have some in your stash!

Be sure to take a look at all the last chance products that are still available and order your favorites today!

Supplies for Peekaboo Thank You card

Stamp Sets:

    Love What You Do (p-148042)


    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)


    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips


    Die-Cutting Machine
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)


After folding the So Saffron CS in half to create a card base, adhere the two cut pieces of DSP to the card base, leaving a gap between them, as shown. Stamp the greeting from the Love What You Do stamp set in Grapefruit Grove ink onto the Whisper White scrap. If desired, punch out your sentiment, or die cut it with the Stitched Shapes dies. Adhere the sentiment to the Share What You Love DSP, positioning it over the gap. Finally, embellish the sentiment with Glitter Enamel Dots, or another element from your stash.

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Three Quick Note Cards

When you need a card in a hurry, reach for your 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note cards and envelopes and use your favorite pretty paper. Here are three quick and easy note cards that only require paper, ink, a greeting, and maybe a few pearls or other small embellishments!

All three samples use the beautiful and bright Stampin’ Up! Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, which comes in 6″ x 6″ sheets:

Bright patterns in the Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions paper stack. This gorgeous paper is only available while supply lasts!

The colors in this paper pack are Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Powder Pink, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron and Whisper White. As you can see, there are many florals, as well as abstract patterns in this set! You can make a ton of quick note cards with them. Which one is your favorite? I gotta say, I love them all!

Wedding Wishes

The first card I created uses two 1″ x 3″ strips from one sheet, with a 1″ x 4″ piece of another pattern in the center. By choosing to use two strips of the same paper, you keep the design balanced, and not too busy.

The designs are all gorgeous, so choose your favorite combo and a coordinating 1-1/2″ x 3″ solid color paper for your greeting. Here, I stamped the wedding sentiment from Floral Phrases on So Saffron card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Wedding Wishes with Floral Phrases and Garden Impressions.


For the second card, I chose a pink and coral floral design to cover the front of the note card with a 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece. It’s so pretty on its own, so I just adhered a 1″ x 3″ coral banner with Congratulations.

Congratulations with a beautiful pink and coral floral from the Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions paper!

Thanks to You

Finally, I used a 1″ x 5″ strip of coral card stock, and adhered a 3/4″ wide piece of Garden Impressions paper on top. Cut two 1″ squares of the same design and snip them in half to create the triangles at the bottom. After attaching these pieces, I stamped a long Thank You greeting above in black ink.



These three note cards are cute without any embellishments, but on one of them, I added a couple of Artisan pearls. On another, I used some coordinating enamel shapes. So use what you have, or leave them plain. They’re adorable either way!

Transition Time

As many of you know, May is a transition time for Stampin’ Up! We’re saying goodbye to some of our favorites from the annual and spring catalogs, and anticipating all the goodies in the new catalog, available June 4th. The good news is that the Garden Impressions paper is still available! If you love it, hurry to my online store, and order it today! Click on the Last Chance Products to get all your favorites while supply lasts. Don’t forget to add Whisper White or Very Vanilla Note Cards to your order too!

The stamp set, Floral Phrases, will not be in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, but availability is guaranteed until May 24th. During this transition period, wood-mount and clear-mount stamps will be leaving, but the new cling-mount stamps will be arriving! Be sure to get the retiring sets you’ve had your eye on before they’re gone!

Eastern Beauty, another of my favorite sets, is also retiring. See how I used it to create another pretty note card!

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