First Fabulous Friday

By | March 11, 2016

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

By | March 10, 2016

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.
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Botanical Blooms

By | March 9, 2016

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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

By | March 8, 2016

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

By | March 7, 2016

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

By | March 4, 2016

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

By | March 3, 2016

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

By | March 3, 2016


Party Wishes

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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.


By | February 28, 2016

After so many hiccups, I think I am on my way back. For the last while my sisters and I have been looking after my terminally ill mom. She passed away in September, and it is by far one of the greatest challenges I have ever had to go through. I miss her dearly.

In the meantime, I lost my webpage, as I didn’t have the energy to keep it up,  and have had to start ALL OVER AGAIN!!! Now that is frustrating!!! However onward we go. I am getting my energy back, and hope to goodness, I can finally move forward.

Thank you to so many of you, that have sent me encouraging emails and texts!! These have helped me get stronger. I am very blessed to have the family and friends that I do in my circle. I consider all my customers Friends, as you have been such great supporters.

Stay tuned!!

In Memory of My Mom

By | February 28, 2016

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This is for you mom. You kept asking me to get back to what I loved doing. I kept telling you, that you were what I loved the most. I will continue on, knowing you are watching over me, and cheering me on. (Even though you hated making cards LOL.) Love you dearly, and miss you every day.