A Little Note


I love creating my own backgrounds, using a multiple of stamps and colour. Pinterest is a huge inspiration for me.

Card Base – Very Vanilla
Early Espresso 5 1/4×4
Very Vanilla 5 x 3 3/4

I created the background first, using the accent stamps from Beauty Abounds, then added some butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp set. Larger circles in Granny Apple Green, smaller circles in Crushed Curry, sprinkle stamp in Flirty Flamingo and butterflies done in Early Espresso ink. Both of these stamp sets are available in a bundle with dies, as well. You can save 10% when you purchase the bundle option.

Very quick and easy card. I usually make these in multiples, so I’m never without a quick note card.

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Birthday card for a friend

This card is lovely in its simplicity and clean lines. Much like my quilts, I often tend to head more in the “tone on tone” colour ways.

Card base is Crumb Cake
Matte – Blushing Bride – 5 1/4×4
Front – Whisper White – 5 x 3 3/4

I stamped the designs with Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride – keep it simple. A little “Wink of Stella” on the flowers gave it just enough ” je ne sais quoi”. Again, Pinterest was my inspiration for this card.


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Beautiful Friend Card

used this design for our niece’s wedding a couple of weeks ago and put the word LOVE instead of FRIEND.  This is one of my favourite cards. I saw this card on Pinterest, by Gail Ellis. I loved it so much, I cased it as is!

Powder pink – 4 1/4×5 1/2 … Emboss with “Subtle” folder
then die cut using the largest die from the Stitched Rectangles

Whisper White – 8 1/2×5 1/2, score 4 1/4
Whisper white – 3 1/2×4 1/2, die cut into frame using Stitched Rectangles
Whisper White – scraps for word dies
Vellum 4x 3 1/2 – Use Versamark and White Embossing Powder to create stamp and die cut the floral image.

I die cut the word “FRIEND” out three times and layered them for more dimension.gw9r8uneq96jhaas8h8kla.jpg

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Further to my Valentine challenge


I decided to take my valentine card a little further and make it more generic. I added a couple of critters and voila.
– Card Base – Real red 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2
-Black matte 5 1/4 x 4
– Front – Smokey Slate 5 x 3 3/4 (stamp sentiment before embossing )
– I put smokey Slate ink on the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder before embossing the card stock.
– Inside – Whisper white for the sentiment 5 1/4 x 4
– The “ribbon” was made with the Buffalo Plaid background stamp – Memento Ink on Real Red cardstock.
– The hearts are part of the Dog Builder punch.

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Happy Birthday to my husband

51092572_957557267774922_5222670353511219200_nI love this Geared Up Garage Stamp set. I saw this card on Pinterest (where i practically live), and as it happens, my husband is car shopping this. week. Today is his 65th birthday, and I thought, this card is perfect.  I used the “oil drip” stamp with Basic Gray ink to distress the Basic Gray background, then cut two sets of the gears, using the large gear combo in the thinlets, out of the Grapefruit Grove foil.  The foil combo is free with any $60 purchase during our Sale-a-Bration event, from now until March 31st.  I used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, which are new in the Occasions Catalogue, and can be bundled with the Amazing Life Stamp set, to save 10% off the two items.

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Valentine Team Challenge

As a fairly new Team Leader, I challenged my team to a Valentine Challenge. Two cards, current Stampin’ UP! products only.  I was excited to do this challenge, because a) I needed a Valentine card for my husband, and b) this would make me actually make one instead of just thinking about it. Both of my cards were inspired from cards I’d seen on Pinterest.

I’m crazy about the “Hey Love” stamp set.  It’s whimsical and sweet – just like me, right? LOL.   I used the Botanical Butterfly DSP for the banner (black and white check), as well as the Lovely Lipstick foil sheets for the hearts and the filagree accent from the Petals and More Thinlets.  These two products are FREE with the purchase of $60 each, during our Sale-a-bration event, which continues to March 31st.  The large heart comes from the Support Ribbon thinlets, and the small hearts were punched out with the Dog Builder punch.  The skunk, from Hey Love, was coloured with the Basic Gray Dark Stampin Blend, and the hearts with the Lovely Lipstick Dark Blend Marker.  ADORBS!!!  I used the Layering Ovals and the Stitched Framelits for the skunk’s background.

My second card is on a background of Real Red cardstock.  I created the “ribbons” with the Buffalo Plaid background stamp – Memento on Real Red cardstock, then cut into 1/2″ strips.  The gray background is  Basic Gray cardstock, layered on Basic Black.  First, I stamped the sentiment on to the cardstock, then using a light stamping of Basic Gray ink on the positive side of the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder, I embossed the gray ink into the gray cardstock, to create the beautiful wood background.  The hearts are from the Support Ribbon thinlets, sponged with basic gray around the edges and highlighted with the White Stampin Chalk Marker.

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Pillow Gift Box


I first saw this little pillow box on You-tube, compliments of Dawn Griffith.  Isn’t it adorable?  Some of the products in this project are FREE, when you make a purchase of $60.  During Sale-a-bration, January 3rd til March 31, you will receive a free gift with every $60 purchase.  SO!!  If you spend $120, you can choose two Level 1 gifts, or one Level 2 gift.  Check out the Sale-a-bration flyer here.


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