More Glimmer Paper and Flourish Thinlits

Yesterday I told you to hang on to your hats for more glimmer ( or did I?), for sure I told you I was going to share a pretty cool card. I also told you the card I was going to share was an original. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. There are so many  things I’ve been doing, using items I haven’t used in a while, going out of my comfort zone, AND  posting Monday to Friday. In order to post so frequently, I need product or topic. If it’s product, then I better learn how to get things done faster. Faster, yet great. Today I nailed it (strictly my own opinion). I did it FAST, but Great…. no strike that……GORGEOUS (again my opinion LOL). Again though I really need to learn how to take better photos. I am working on it, but one thing at a time. The greeting is from the stamp set Garden In Bloom. The inside of the card says – Because that’s just what you are! –Glimmer Paper and Flourish ThinlitsIf you are interested in making this card, wanting to place an order, or hosting your own workshop, email me today

Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack FREE from Sale-A-Bration

I LOVE the new Glimmer Paper, and oh my gosh, IT’S FREE during Sale-A-Bration. I could be wrong but I think this is going to be a huge hit. Stampin’ Up introduced 3 new products that can be earned during Sale-A-Bration on Tuesday. I think this is great for those of you that have already taken advantage, but are ready for something new. Tomorrow I am going to show you another show stopper card done using the Glimmer Paper. I have to share with you though (ok, maybe brag a little) both the card today and tomorrows cards are originals. I kept the internet and books closed, and just used what I had. For today’s card I had just gotten in a new shipment. I had ordered the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper for a workshop I have coming up. I saw a sheet that had butterflies on it, and I was hooked! Now if I could just learn how to take really good photos I’d be doing a whole lot better. This picture really doesnn’t do the card justice. The glimmer is so awesome!

I also used the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Flourish Thinlits Dies, as well as the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty  Butterfly Punch. The greeting is from the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set.Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack

We have just over a month left of Sale-A-Bration. It ends March 31st, so if you want to host a workshop and take advantage of all the offerings, or if you just want to place an order and get things FREE,  email me today. Don’t wait because once it ends, you won’t be able to order again.


Flower Patch Stamp Set and Single Layer Card

Create your own card using Flower Patch Stamp Set. This beautiful card can be done quickly and easily, and by just doing a single layer, no real fuss.Flower Patch Stamp Set

Stamp Set
Flower Patch

Whisper White

Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Strawberry Slush,

Pearl Basic Jewels

  1. Fold a piece of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Whisper White cardstock in half
  2. Using Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush inks, stamp random flower images on the front of your card.
  3. Using Garden Green ink, stamp leaves and stems onto cards.
  4. Using Strawberry Slush and Pumpkin Pie ink, fill in card with smaller flower images.
  5. Use Tangerine Tango ink, to stamp inside the large solid Pumpkin Pie Flower Image
  6. Adhere pearls to center of either 3 or 5 of your flower images.
  7. Use Garden Green Ink to stamp your greeting.




Happy Celebrations and Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder

A while back, you will remember me sharing 2 cards with you. These were done with the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, as well as the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder. Today I am going to share how to use both of these,and will share a new card as well.

Happy Celebrations

You don’t have to use both the stamp set and the embossing folder. You can just use the stamp set, and also get different looks.

1. Just use the outline image,

2. Just use the fill image

3. Use the outline image AND the fill image, both with the same colour.

4. Use the outline image AND the filll image, using 2 different colours. For these samples I used similar colours (Cherry Cobbler and Real Red), however if you notice in my one card with the triangles, I used completely different colours, Chocolate Chip and Blushing Bride.

This is another sample I made using the Embossing Folder

Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder

This is a good video put out by Stampin’ Up, that shows you the versatility of both the Stamp Set and Embossing Folder.

Pyramid Pals and Playful Pals perfect for all things KIDS

Happy Monday. Pyramid Pals was my target this past weekend. I was asked to do party favors for a kids party, Pyramid Pals is a thinlit die, and together with the stamp set Playful Pals I had a lot of fun creating. While the Frog and the Giraffe are only 2 ideas, the possibilities are endless. I saw so many great ideas, bunnies, penquins, elephants, cats, dogs and so many more. The box is as you can see a pyrmaid shape. I taped all of it closed, except for the back flap. For this one, I just used a small glue dot. The glue dot allows for the triangle to stay closed, but at the same time, you can open it to retrieve your reward. In this case we put some Hershey Kisses. Pyramid Pals thinlit die can be found in the 2016-2017 Stampin Up Idea Book & Catalog. Pyramid Pals thinlit dies

While I was in a playful mood, I also created some cards using the Playful Pals stamp set. I have to say OMG! Are they not just the cutest?? I think I could have spent an entire day making a whole series of these cards. In fact, I just may come back to it. I


The Playful Pals stamp set is Photopolymer and contains 50 pieces. I am pretty sure every animal out there is a possiblity.Playful Pals Stamp Set

These samples here are from the Stampin’ Up Catalog. Just so you can get idea of other possibilities.

Sample from SU Catalog Sample of Pyramid Pals from SU Catalog

Try your hand with both the thinlit die and stamp set. The only advice I can give is, grab a drink, a snack and close the door! Put out the do not disturb sign, and start creating. You could spend a lot of time and have fun while doing so, and in addition loving everything you created. Go for it!


Balloon Builder Stamp Set – not just for Balloons you know

Balloon Builder Stamp SetYes you saw the headline right, Balloon Builder! So not only do I say what I mean in a heading, but did I not promise you another way to use this stamp set rather than just for balloons? Guess what else? Its FRIDAY!

When I was looking for ideas for this stamp set, it was honestly hard to choose. People have the best imaginations. For this little bunny, the stamp piece used for the feet and hands (or are they paws?), I saw them used in many different colours and were jelly beans!

If you are  considering this stamp set, you must do a google search so you can see the possibilities. This stamp set can be used over and over again. Balloon Builder is definitely a good choice if you don’t want to have a lot of stamp sets.

Balloon Builders

Beautiful You Stamp Set – very popular for a reason

Beautiful You Stamp SetThe Beautiful You Stamp Set sure seems to be one of the trending stamp sets. There is something so personable about this stamp set. I’m still hooked on the Watercolor Pencils, and they are perfect for this stamp set. This time I used the Shimmery White Cardstock. It’s a shame you can’t see the glimmer it gives off in this photo. The Shimmery White Cardstock is also perfect for watercoloring. I used Dapper Denim cardstock for the main card, and then the Designer Series Paper is also Dapper Denim from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks. Just add a few rhinestones, and you’re done.  It’s seriously that easy! Beautiful You stamp set is available only until May 31, 2017, so don’t put off getting it.

I can’t resist this Hey Chick Stamp Set, and ssshhhh it’s FREE

Hey ChickHey Chick! Nooooo, I don’t mean you the reader, I mean Hey Chick Stamp Set. Seriously, is this just not a cute little card? I posted a card last week using one of the other stamps from this set, but the more I look online, the more samples I see, that I just can’t resist!

Have I told you I LOVE this stamp set? Did I tell you it’s FREE? Yes you heard me correctly. It’s one of the stamp sets you can earn and pay $0.00 for if you spend $60.00 from any current Stampin’ Up catalog.  I promise I won’t go on about this, because I’ve already mentioned it in every post so far LOL.

The Designer Series Paper for this card is called Carried Away. But because I promised I won’t go on, I can’t tell you that this too is FREE! So you are going to have to do a little research to find out what I am talking about. (or look in the Sale-a-Bration) catalog and you will find out all the great details there.

I used Watercolor Pencils for the colouring. I’m not sure if the picture shows you the detail or not, but I stamped him twice, and just cut out his wing and then used a glue dot, to hold his wing, and his sign up.

Have you noticed I strayed from Pacific Point? Moved on now to Emerald Green. I love his ribbon. It’s 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and comes in all the colours in the 2016-2017 In Color Collection. Such a pretty color.

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Balloon Builders stamp set says Happy Valentines Day to you!

Happy Valentines Day.  I wanted to use the Balloon Builders stamp set for todays technique. If everything works out the way I want it to today, then I should have a little something for each of my 4 daughters made, my husband, and my 3 grandchildren. But first I wanted tOwl builder punch and Balloon Builders Stamp Seto make sure I showed you todays technique.

The technique is called Masking. It’s when you want to stamp more than one object in the same area, but you don’t want the full image all overlapping. In this case the masking was used on the 3 balloons. You can see how the heart balloon appears in the foreground, and the 2 other balloons appear to be in the background. This is accomplished as only part of the image of the 2 balloons is stamped.

It’s very easy to do this, and can be used for absolutely any image at all.

Step #1: Stamp the first image you want in the foreground onto your cardstock.

Step #2: Stamp that same image on a scrap piece of cardstock, and cut that image out. (I used a different colour [purple] so that you could follow easier)

Step #3: Place the cut out image over top of the stamped image.

Step #4: Stamp your second image in the location you want it. Part of that image will be stamped on top of that cut out piece. Because it gets stamped on the cut out piece, it won’t transfer to your cardstock.

Step #5: Reposition your cut out piece if it moved, and stamp your third image where you want it to go. Again, part of your image is stamped on that cut out piece, which is exactly what you want to happen.

When you remove the cut out piece, you now have the overlapping image you wanted. In addition, if I had wanted to stamp a larger number of balloons, I would simply have stamped and cut out another balloon, and used that to place overtop of the balloons that were already stamped.

For this card, because I wanted a distinct difference in the balloons, the heart balloon was done using Read Red, and the other 2 balloons were done using Cherry Cobbler. The stamp set I used for these balloons was Balloon Builders. It is a 2 step stamp set, but it also can be used to give the effect of watercolor. Very versatile stamp set. I have seen many cards done with this stamp set, but the images created were animals, and even little ballerinas. Watch for another post using this stamp set. In the spirit of making sure I use all my current stamp sets, I will show you what I mean.

This is a technique we can teach at your own workshop. If you want to do this, email me and book your date today. If there is another technique you have always wanted to learn, email me , and I can do on an upcoming blog post.

Birthday Blast and Star Blast Thinlits Combo

Don’t you just love these colours? The stamp set is Birthday Blast, and the overlay is the Star Blast Edgeliit Die. I think I just may use this card for my Grandson’s birthday.  The main card is Pacific Point, which is the colour I used to cut out the star blast, and the colour I stamped the image in as well. The Designer Series Paper is Party Animal Designer.  All 3 of these features, Birthday Blast Stamp Set, Star Blast Thinlits, and the Party Animal Designer can all be found in the 2017 Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog. Order the stamp set and thinlits together and you save 10%. Don’t forget for every $60 you purchase during Sale-a-bration you get to choose a FREE reward.

Birthday Blast

More from Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy As promised yesterday, these are 2 more samples done using Flourishing Phrases. I have also incorporated the Flourish Thinlits into them. The greetings are from Flourishing Phrases, and the cutouts from the Thinlits. Just by using 2 different colours and 2 different greetings, you can easily make 2 different yet beautifully appropriate cards. To add just a touch of elegance, I used basic pearls.Flourishing Phrases Marriage

Flourishing Phrases – a stamp set that offers lots of alternatives

Flourishing PhrasesThis pretty card is from Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.I was going through my stamp sets yesterday, and thought OH MY GOODNESS! I have a lot of stamp sets that I need to use before they retire. Some of them I have used once or twice.Some of them more often for workshops, and then ssshhhh……… some of them not at all. I have made a decision to use them all in upcoming posts.

I love stamp sets that lend themselves to different occasions. Flourishing Phrases is a perfect example of flexible. Not only that, but it also has a co-ordinating thinlit die. The Flourish thinlit increases the variety of cards you can do. Tomorrow I will upload a couple more samples so you can get an idea of what I mean.

To give this card a bit more dimension, I used the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. By using the embossing folder, I felt it softened the whole feel of the card, and in my mind earthy woodgrain matched better with floral, rather than stark white background. That is just my opinion of course, but feel free to tell me what you think. If you have this stamp set, do a card and email it to me. I would love to feature it!

Card Details

The colours used for this project were Watermelon wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron. I used dimensionals to pop up one of the flowers, as well as the greeting. Both the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, and the Flourish thinlit die are available in the 2016 – 2017 Stampin Up Idea Book & Catalog. If you purchase the two of them together, you can save 10%.

You can always place an order online at my Stampin Up store, or you can email me your order. Remember to watch for tomorrows samples using the same Flourishing Phrases and Flourish thinlits.


The History of Greeting Cards

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer’s and manufacturer’s perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer’s used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer’s held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine’s offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800’s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn’t have its own greeting card!

Still lots of time to book your own workshop

I have just completed another workshop, that’s 3 in the last 5 days, It seems this year is pretty popular with both the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration. Sale-a-Bration is on until March 31, 2017 and the Occasions Catalog until May 31, 2017. Ladies are loving the cards we are making at the workshops, and loving even more that they are earning FREE rewards when they shop. I laughed out loud, when one lady said “This is a start the car moment”. For those of you that have no idea what that means, there is an IKEA commercial, where a lady is running through the parking lot to her husband that is already in the car. Her arms are loaded with shopping bags, and she yells to her husband “Start the car” because she is worried that someone from IKEA will stop her from taking home all her bargains. I’ve used this phrase myself a few times, when I’ve been out shopping varioius places, and I get excited about a sale item, so when this lady used it at a workshop, I burst out laughing, because I thought I was the only person on the planet that used this phrase!

At a workshop, as a guest you pay a small fee, and I walk you through steps, and you create 3 great cards. I supply all the paper and ink, embellishments and envelopes. The only thing you need to supply is the tape to complete your projects.

As a hostess, your class fee is FREE, you get to make the same 3 cards, but in additon you also get my samples that I made for  that class.  In addition if you have party sales of $200 – $374, you earn 10% of your sales that you can use  for catalog products, including exclusive host-only items that are also reduced. If party sales are $375, you earn 12% and it continues to increase from there. During Sale-a-bration if you hit $330 in party sales, then you get an addtional $35 MORE in Stampin Rewards, that’s at least $68.00 in FREE product.

If you want to host your own class, and you live within Brantford, Paris, Woodstock, Hamilton, Burlington and areas  email me today to book your date.  If you live outside of these areas, I have lots of friends that are great demonstrators and I can give you their info. OR, get ready, because ONLINE CLASSES are coming within the next couple of months. The only way you will find out about them is to be on my mailing list, so make sure you sign up, using the sign up box, in the top right corner of this website.

FREE Stamp Set makes this card even better.

Hey ChickCan you believe this stamp set is FREE? It’s the Hey Chick Stamp Set from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. I think I could do a whole series of cards with this stamp set. It is so cute. I ended up using the watercolor pencils to color. Normally I would use watercolor paper or shimmery white cardstock, but I was able to get away with it on just normal Whisper White Cardstock. I colored the hair and tail randomly with the pencil straight to paper, but then I used an Aqua Painter and just dabbed color, so that it gave it a 2-tone look.