Sailboat Birthday Fun

Sometimes it is nice to throw together a mono-chromatic card.  This can take some of the stress out of what colours will work best together when designing a card and sometimes you just don’t have the supplies on hand to match a colour up with another one.

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I have featured the Dapper Denim 2016-2018 In Colour card stock that will be available to purchase in just a few more weeks from Stampin’ Up!  The stamp set is once again the Swirly Birds set.

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With a few layers of card stock and patterned paper, a card can come together quickly.  Add a bit of Linen Thread and White Emboss the sentiment and you have a cute card ready to go for a young lad celebrating his birthday.

The countdown is on now for the new catalogue.  Are you getting excited?


Sunset Flight

The Wilderness Awaits is a fantastic stamp set to create masculine cards.  While that may be the case, I designed this card using softer colours to create the look of the sun setting over the lake, with a goose taking flight.

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Stampin’ Up’s! watercolour paper is super heavy duty, with the colours soaking in well while still allowing you the chance to blend and create depth.  To separate water and sky, I tied some Basic Black bakers twine around the card and stamped my sentiment below the twine on the lower left corner of the card.

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If you haven’t noticed yet, the card base is the new 2016-2018 Stampin’ Up! In Colour Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  So often I see a purplish hue in the evening sky which made this colour the perfect choice.

Perhaps you have read several of my previous posts. You may have seen several of the different new In Colours. What is your favourite new In Colour so far?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


Sneak Peek – Projects

Ooooh – are you excited for the release of the new catalogue?  Just over 2 weeks away now!   Here is a sneak peek of some projects created using new products in the catalogue.

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Do you see anything that may end up being a favourite of yours?


1st Birthday ft. Emerald Envy

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mid May and we had snow this weekend!  The plus side of that, is I had time to play in my stamp room!

I was hoping to achieve the look of a dragon or dinosaur with this sweet 1st Birthday card.  I think if I coloured a Basic Pearl Black and added it to the top of the ‘1’, I may have a better result in success.  The ruches 3/8″ Emerald Envy ribbon along the die cut sentiment is meant to represent the back/ body of the dragon.  I used simple colours to keep the card boyish.  I have featured the new Stampin’ Up! In Colour Emerald Envy, as well as Crumb Cake.

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I love the Number of Years stamp set and the matching Large Numbers Framelits, so it was a breeze to stamp and cut the number one. The layout is a simple layout that was featured on Mojo Monday a couple months ago and it worked perfect to balance out this baby boy’s first birthday card.

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If you liked this card, please feel free to leave me some blog love.  It gets lonely at times thinking no one is checking out these posts 😉

Have a wonderful Monday!


Window Frame – Double Flap Card

Today’s card features the new In-Colour, Dapper Denim.  Each time I see it, I feel like I need to make a card that looks like a jean pocket!  Maybe its the name that does it to me.

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I love the Hearth and Home Framelits Die but wanted to take the card one step further.  To do this, I created a double flap card.  Basically you create two folded cards, with one being slightly narrower and slightly shorter than the other one.  The window image is cut out of the main flap (larger folded card) and the die cut kept to pop up on the card front.  Since the die cut is the same size as the negative space left in the card front, you need to create a top and bottom frame, also die cut using the Hearth and Home Framelits, that can be attached to the card front and then the window can be attached to the frame using dimensionals.

Before assembling the card front pieces, be sure to stamp the Hardwood background in Versamark ink, cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set!

For the inside card flap, run the front through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder.  Sponge the embossed trees lightly with Crumb Cake ink.  The bird and the snowman were created using a new set in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue called Swirly Birds.  This set features a variety of shapes that will allow you to create a multitude of images and designs!

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To attach the two flaps together, place adhesive on the back of the inside flap and attach inside the Dapper Denim flap.  When you do this, you want to make sure that the flap isn’t laid precisely against the score line for the outside flap or it will not fold properly.  Place it slightly down from this crease line.

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To complete the card I wrapped Linen Thread around the card front a few times and tied in a bow.  Next, I stamped my sentiment from the set Snow Place in Basic Black Archival ink and die cut using the frame in the Rose Garden Thinlits die, trimming the bottom flat.  Finally, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the sentiment on my card front.

I hope this card gives you some new inspiration for your cardmaking!  I would love to hear your feedback or questions you may have, so be sure to leave a comment!





Fear Not For I Am With…..

I am grateful that Stampin’ Up! has faith based sentiment stamps.  My most recent favourite is the Fear Not verse found in the Rose Wonder stamp set.  Reading this verse brings comfort to me, so I can imagine how much it would mean to someone who is going through greater hardships in life than I am.

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I featured the new upcoming Swirly Birds stamp set again for this card, along with the lovely new In Colour Peekaboo Peach for my card base and also for some of the flowers. I also used Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder for the flowers and Emerald Envy (stamped off once) for the leaves.

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I also stamped the Peekaboo Peach flowers on a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock, fussy cut and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up over the stamped image on the card front.  As my husband has this idea that all cards need lots of bling, I made sure to add a few Basic Rhinestones to the flower centres as well.

I do really like the swirly images in the Swirly Birds stamp set for making these flowers.  Fun and easy to do!





Chicken in the Barnyard

What a challenge creating projects with different themes/ images using the new Swirly Birds stamp set from the 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  Featuring the new Emerald Envy 2016-2018 In Colour and the Swirly Birds stamp set, I created this cute 5 x 5 chicken card!

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The chickens body is stamped with Crumb Cake Ink, the comb was stamped with Real Red ink and the eye and feet were stamped with Basic Black Archival ink. I stamped the wing on a scrap piece of Whisper White, hand cut it and popped it up.  The grass was stamped using one of the ‘feet’ images in Emerald Envy ink.  For some sparkle, I added a few sequins from the Silver Sequin Trim.  Since most people like texture, I also embossed the card front using the Softly Falling TIEF.

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The sentiment is stamped using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White and punched out using the 1-1/4″ circle punch and layered on a piece of Real Red cardstock punched out using the soon to be retired 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  This punch is available until June 1st or while supplies last (whichever comes first).

My main stamped image is layered on Crumb Cake cardstock and then added to the Emerald Envy card base.

This card is perfect for a child’s birthday, especially one who loves chickens or is a little farm boy/ girl.

Have you been enjoying the projects I have been sharing so far featuring the Swirly Birds stamp set? I’d love to hear your comments.




Peekaboo Peach – Birthday Tag

I love the new colours that Stampin’ Up! revealed for the 2016-2018 In Colours. Here is a picture of matching cards that were shown at OnStage Live that showcase the 5 new colours

From top to bottom and left to right we have: Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo.  Fun names aren’t they!

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The colours are a bit more bright and vivid than what my camera seemed to capture but this should give you a good idea!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Swirly Birds stamp set that will be available in June when the new Annual Catalogue is released.  With a variety of shapes, so many ideas come to mind of what can be created when looking at the images in this set.

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For this particular tag, I used the solid ‘circle’ image for my balloons, along with half of the tiny bow tie (hard to see in the above pic because light is reflecting off part of this image) to create the tied end of the balloon and finally, the tiny little ‘flag’ image that I used to create the light bubble on the balloons. These were stamped on the balloons using Versarmark and heat setting White Embossing Powder.

tagThis tag shows the colour more accurately!  I cut a strip of cardstock 2″ wide x 5 1/2″ long and punched the end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and embossed it in the Big Shot using the Softly Falling TIEF (textured impression embossing folder).  I created a belly band using the 2016-2018 In Colour Designer Series Paper.  The balloons were all hand cut.  I folded Silver Metallic Thread several times for each balloon and attached in behind the balloon ‘stem’.  To hold it in place, I placed a glue dot over top of the thread and adhering to the balloon image on either side of the thread. The two outside balloons were adhered directly to the tage and the top three balloons were then popped up on top of the tag.  I also used a glue dot to gather the threads from all the balloons and hold it in place off to the left. To cover up the glue dot, I used a single sequin from the Silver Sequin Trim.

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The Happy Birthday banner was created by die cutting the banner from the Large Numbers Framelits, then applying the words Happy and Birthday from the Number of Years stamp set to an acrylic block, inking up with Basic Black Archival ink and stamping on the banner.  I also sponged the edges with Peekaboo Peach so it stood out.  I added lots of Basic Rhinestones and popped the sentiment banner on the tag using Stampin’ Dimensnionals.

The tag is completed by adding the beautiful new Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon to the top of the tag.

If you enjoyed todays creation please share some love by leaving a comment!






Live Laugh Love

This cute little project was showcased on the display boards at OnStage Live last month.  I’m loving all the features of this altered clipboard.  The new set Layering Love, the May Flower Framelits and the Serene Scenery designer series paper all add to beauty of this sweet project.

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The sentiment stamped here is a wonderful reminder to appreciate life each and every day.  Are you getting excited for the release of the new catalogue?  Which of the products shown here is your favourite?


Baby Bear

While at OnStage I was able to see some fun new products in action and better yet, the chance to win some great products.  One of those items was the new stamp set Baby Bear.  It is SOOOOO cute!  I couldn’t wait to get home to play with it.  Needless to say reality set in when I arrived home and I had so many other things take up my time that it wasn’t until last night that I had a chance to sit down and play with it.

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This new set is one of our newer sets that feature three step stamping.  The colour combinations are endless and the results are so adorable!  The bear looks like a real life stuffed teddy bear, that is how well the various images layer over top one another.

I would have loved to have made more cards and projects with the set but I ran out of time, so I’ll have to find time again another evening to play with it!

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For this 5 x 5 card, I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso to stamp the bears three layers.  The card base and embossed layer are Pink Pirouette  and the bow on the bear is Pink Pirouette and the new In Colour Flirty Flamingo (stamped off once).   I used the Lots of Labels framelits to die cut my hello baby sentiment. Check out the patterned paper …. it comes from the new Designer Series paper stack Playful Palette.  It has a lot of great patterns and colours in it that remind me of a painter swiping ink across a canvas!  This pattern is a bit more subtle, which is what made it perfect for this baby card.


The bow is a two step stamp image.  I fussy cut this and adhered over the bear.  I did stamp an image where I masked the bow but it did not turn out as well as I had hoped.  I’ll try it again another day and see if I get better results 😉

What do you think of the new set Baby Bear?






A Little Foxy

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The new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has some fantastic new products and many are available in Bundles, which is great because you save 10%! One of these bundles is the new Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Foxy Builder Punch.  Be sure to watch for these products in the new catalogue as they can create some super cute creatures other than a fox! The above card was showcased on the Display Boards at OnStage Live 2016 in Salt Lake City.  It is sooo adorable!

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If you are a fox lover though, you will be sure to fall in love with the “A Little Foxy” designer series paper stack!

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If you purchased the builder punch or stamp set, what creature would you create with it? Leave me a comment and share your idea!



Stampin’ Up! Retiring List ! While Supplies Last

Sorry I haven’t been around lately.  The past few weeks were filled with designing for card swaps and for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Display Boards as well! I returned from my trip to Utah to participate in OnStage and look forward to sharing so much great information and projects with you over the next coming weeks.


Just a quick note to let you know that the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue retirement list has been released and items do tend to sell out fast.

Be sure to get your orders in quickly.

If you live in Canada, you may place your order via my On-Line store and have it shipped directly to your home! How easy is that?  Please be sure to use Hostess Code : 46EQARPR

I’ll be back later today with more information!