Sunburst Thinlit and Bow Builder Punch

Sunburst ThinlitThis is only the second time I have used the sunburst thinlit. It’s really cute, and I think there are a lot of possibilities for this. I bet you can use it as a template, and sponge sunset colours with it too. I must try this! I think with this card, less might be more. I just used Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride cardstock, and then for the bow, used Cucumber Crush, it really made the pinks pop! To achieve 2 colours for the greeting, you can easily just colour directly onto the stamp set, using markers or blender pens.  Don’t forget Sale-a-bration is still on. For every $60.00 you spend, you get one FREE sale-a-bration reward. There are so many great stamp sets to choose from, not to mention, paper and so much more. Click on the links to look at  the Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration catalogue, or email me today to get your own FREE copy

Stampin Up Lift Me Up Bundle

Don’t forget to contact me, so you can place your order during Sale-a-bration 2017. For every $60.00 you get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. If you order the Lift Me Up Stamp et and Up & Away Thinlits Bundle, that’s enough to get you something FREE. (wood bundle  $68.25). Want to make it at your  own workshop? Call me today, I still have openings available! Hostesses get their class FREE, plus they get all my samples. Guests only pay $10.00 each, and make 3 cards each. I supply all materials. Email me to book your date now

Carousel Birthday – Under the Big Top

Carousel Birthday

This is another card done using Carousel Birthday. In the Stampin’Up Occasions Catalogue there is a picture of this card. I totally CASED it! It’s such a simple card, and yet so cute. Problem is, I couldn’t tell how they made it from the picture, so I did my own interpretation. Could very easily be the same thing, but that is the beauty of card making. I AM NOT a creative person believe it or not. I am not able to come up with many exclusive designs, so thankfully we have easy access to “GOOGLE”. I just put in the name Stampin Up ___________ (and then insert the name of the stamp set), choose images, and TA DA, there you go. I go to the cards that grab my eye, and make it. A lot of times I may tweak it, or use different colours, however why work harder than you have to at coming up with your own ideas?

For this card I just used an 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White Cardstock and folded it in half.  Then I cut out another piece of Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ and stamped the greeting directly on it using Cherry Cobbler Ink. On a scrap piece of white, I stamped the Big Top Tent in Bermuda Bay ink, and then cut out. I added different colour bakers twine. Of course to tie in the colours I used 2 of the same colours that I used in ink. So Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Bakers Twine. I used dimensionals to adhere the tent just above the greetings, and once again used dimensionals to pop up this whole completed piece onto front of folded card. How EASY was that?

You can order this stamp set online and  from now until March 31, 2017 for EVERY $60.00 you order you get a FREE Sale-a-bration Reward. There are some really great stamp sets and products in this years Sale-a-bration. Don’t miss out!

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Carousel Birthday


As soon as I saw this stamp set, I immediatley pictured the horse in gold. So of course when I started preparing card I used gold embossing powder.  In order to balance your card, you should use the “gold” idea in another aspect as well. I used gold foil behind horse as well as greeting. I originally stamped greeting with gold embossing powder but I personally didn’t care for it, so used the Elegant Eggplant Ink. I’ve started using the Bow Builder Punch a bit more, and thought it was suited to this card as well. Don’t you think the Sunburst Thinlit Die really adds to this card? This stamp set can be found in the Occasions Catalogue and is available until May 31, 2017.

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Happy Celebrations Stamp Set


Happy Celebrations

One of the new stamp sets in Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue is Happy Celebrations. I made this card in minutes, and was pleased with the simplicity yet the appeal. Two of my favourite colour combinations are pink and brown (or maybe they are my daughter’s favourite), either way, I feel like this card is another winner. By just adding a few rhinestones, this card comes alive. Again, Stampin Up has offered another stamp set that has multiple greeting card combinations, Happy Birthday,  Celebrate New Beginnings, Happy For You, Celebrate New Baby or Celebrate your Day, are just a few examples of what the theme of your card can be.  You will want to add this stamp set to your collection, you will use it over and over, and once I show you the embossing folder, you will LOVE it even more. Remember when stamping your card to not use too many colours. For this card I used Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip Cardstock, and then made sure I used the same colour inks, and even the ribbon is Blushing Bride.

Watch for more posts on this Happy Celebrations Stamp Set. It is AMAZING!I  I will also be sharing with you a coordinating embossing folder for this stamp set, there are so many combinations….I LOVE IT.

Happy Celebrations is available until May 31, 2017 from the Occasions Catalogue. Why wait? Get it now. Shop online, or  email me today with your order.



Our favourite time of year is back. Not only that, but I am back too. I have lots planned for the upcoming year. If you are not on my mailing list, make sure you sign up now. Be the first to hear announcements, new dates and so much more. The most exciting new thing I will be introducing will be online classes.  I will be holding some contests and so much more. 2016 was not a great year for me, but looking forward to a brand new start.

Now on to Sale-a-bration! With each $60.00 (Cdn) you spend you get a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. There are so many new and wonderful sets in the Occasions Catalogue, that you will want to add to your collection. So why not shop now, and get your FREE product? I am really loving the offerings that Sale-a-Bration has, and choosing which one to show first, was my hardest decision.


How can you not love this stamp set? It has so many options, and even better I coloured using the NEW Watercolor Pencils from the Occasions Catalogue. I just kept this card simple, no layers, and the only embellishment was the Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine. Quick & Easy.

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Party Wishes

Party WishesThis is another card we did at the latest Stampin’ Up event. It uses the Party Wishes stamp set and the Party Punch Pack. Party Punch Pack is a trio of 2 punches, the cupcake, the balloon and a candle, that punches out perfectly the images in the Party Wishes Stamp Set. If purchased together you can bundle and save 15%. Just make sure to use the code 14073 for wood mount or 141071 for clear mount.  This is another stamp set you can use forever, it’s so versatile.  The paper is from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack.

You can order any of these at my online store, and remember the post from Thursday, use the code and you will be entered to win the Apple of My Eye Stamp Set.

First Fabulous Friday

Birthday BloomsFridays are all about Fabulous, and I couldn’t resist this card. This is another 100% cased card from Stampin’ Up.  I’m going to be honest but I don’t usually love so many card ideas from Stampin Up, but they sure are getting it right these days!  Stampin’ Up used an aqua painter to colour the Birthday Blooms stamp set, but I used markers. I think they both work fabulously. The cardstock used as the background is the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. This card has been a hit at my workshops. If you would like to make this card, email me and book your own workshop today.

More Ideas for Apple of My Eye

Today is Take away Thursday! This means it’s the beginning of a new order week! This is the first one with my new web design. What this means is that if you want to place an order you have from now until next Wednesday evening (8:00 p.m. EST). Just go to my online Stampin Up site, and use the hostess code 4X274EP3 when placing your order. Anyone placing an order with this hostess code will win Apple Of My Eye Stamp Set. HOW AWESOME IS THAT! And it’s really that easy. Just follow the link and remember to use hostess code 4X274EP3.

Apple of my EyeHere are 2 more examples of cards using stamp set Apple of My Eye. The card at the top I stamped the first orange (or is it a grapefruit?) using Tangerine Tango ink, then I stamped it again at the bottom going slightly off the page. I did not re-ink the stamp so that when I stamped it the second time, it came out lighter. The other colours used are crushed curry and watermelon wonder. I punched out the watermelon wonder image and used a dimensional to give it some depth.  Used crushed curry bakers twine as a final touch. So easy!

The example below is cased from Stampin’ Up and is in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.
Appleof my eye

Botanical Blooms

botanical blooms2 botanical blooms botanical blooms.

One Stamp Set, One Framelit Die = 3 of the most awesome cards.  I think I will find many more uses for these this Botanical Blooms stamp set and  Botanical Builder Framelit die. I LOVE it.  The sample with the red, I also embossed with  the Decorative Dots embossing folder. If you purchase the stamp set and the die at the same time you can save 15%. It just gets better and better doesn’t it? Make sure you use the item code 140819 to get the discount.  They are both included in the 2016 Occasions catalogue, and are only available until May 31, 2016

Garden In Bloom

Today must be Technique Tuesday!!! It’s such a simple technique, yet needs a little bit of direction. Working with vellum doesn’t seem to be as popular as I thought it would be. I had to hunt quite a bit to get ideas. Guess where I found this one? Right in the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up Idea Book & Catalogue! You can find their sample on page 119. It uses Garden In Bloom stamp set for the greeting, and English Garden Designer Series Paper.  The technique comes in stamping on vellum paper. I stamped the greeting on the vellum cardstock, and used versa mark and  black embossing powder. There are a couple of ways to attach the vellum to your card. One is to cut the vellum a little longer than the card, fold it behind the designer series paper, and adhere from the back. This way you won’t see any tape lines through the vellum cardstock. You can also use mini glue dots. I found that they barely show through, and you have to look hard to see it.

Garden In Bloom

Going Global

Today’s card idea is one we did at a Stampin’ Up event. If you are looking for a good masculine card, I think this one fits the bill. It uses Going Global Stamp Set and the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. Both of these can be gotten from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.

Going Global

Birthday Blooms on Vellum

Birthday BloomsI have a workshop coming up, and my hostess wants to learn how to stamp on vellum. It’s been awhile since I’ve used vellum, so thought I better practice first. I am you actually quite please with how this sample turned out. I’m surprised how simple it turned out to be. I used Birthday Blooms stamp set from the occasions catalogue, and stamped it using white embossing powder. I then turned it over and just used markers to colour. By doing it on the back you don’t have to worry about it smudging at all. I used watermelon wonder, and red markers, for the main flower, and old olive for the leaves. You can do your darker colour first, and just add it to the petals, or around the petals, and then fill in with your lighter marker. I went over the red a couple of times just to darken it up a bit, so it was easier to see from the front. I then used my heat embosser to dry the ink. I stamped the greeting using watermelon wonder, and dried it too so that it wouldn’t smudge while I was assembling. I adhered the vellum over top of a piece of designer paper from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, also from the occasions catalogue. As you may know you need to careful when adhering the vellum as whatever you use, may show through. I used mini glue dots, and they worked perfectly!

Apple Of My Eye

Apple of my EyeToday’s card uses the stamp set Apple of My Eye from the Occasions Catalogue. All I did was stamp the apple image using Cherry Cobbler ink, on the white cardstock, and added the stems and leaves using Cucumber Crush. I then stamped another apple on a scrap piece of cardstock. used versamark and white embossing powder to stamp greeting over top of stamped apple. Punch out the apple, and popped it up.  Pretty easy and can be done in a matter of minutes. Cute card, for that special someone.

Party Wishes from Occasions Catalogue


Party Wishes

Party Wishes Mint Macaron Party Wishes Melon Mambo

This card design was so simple to make, and I totally cased it from the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalogue. It uses Party Wishes Stamp Set  You can easily personalize with any greeting under the bottom “Happy Birthday” By using It’s My Party Designer Washi Tape you can get more mileage from your stamp set. Use different colour cardstock, and depending on greeting you use can be feminine or masculine, or someone’s favourite colour. These samples use Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Melon Mambo, which co-ordinates beautifully with the washi tape.

This stamp set is only available until May 31, 2016. You can place your order through me directly or go to my online ordering site.

You can align the Happy Birthday so easily by using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I love mine and use it a lot. I used the same Baker’s Twine on all 3 samples, but of course depending on ink colours you use, you can switch that up too. For these Samples I used Crushed Curry.

I used Enamel Candy Dots on 2 cards, but on the middle card, I used Basic Pearls and used my blender pen to colour Mint Macaron.

You will notice that the common trend in all these cards is matching the colours. I used only 3 colours in each card, and made sure that my cardstock matched the washi tape, the bakers twine, the inks and the candy dots. To make cards pleasing to the eye that is the best secret to use on ANY card you make. Match your ink colours to your cardstock or accessories.

This Party Wishes Stamp Set is so versatile, and you will get a lot of uses, and have it around for a very long time, even if Stampin’ Up stops carrying it after May 31st.  Don’t be disappointed, order today.