1 Stamp Set+ 1 Ink Color+1 DSP = WOOT-WOOT!




Good Sunday to all….can you say EASY-PEASY?!?! 🙂 

I need to be honest, I feel like I am in a “creative blue”. Friday was just a L O N G day and I simply did not have the energy to blog yesterday. Friday was Bud’s funeral and naturally I was sad, but it was a beautiful tribute filled with “joy” (darn, I love that word…so short yet so powerful)

Being in that “creative low” for me…I decided to make a “blue” monochromatic card for you! When in doubt…pull it out! What am I talking about? I find that when I am in a “creative block mode” I go to stamp sets that always seem to pick me up and just “work” 😀 







This stamp set, Watercolor Words….does that to me EVERYTIME….(it should be called old faithful) and I also decided to play with the Freshly Made Sketches this week as it is one great sketch!




When you look at the pictures you can see…1 stamp set (watercolor words), 1 Ink Color (night of navy), 1 DSP (Floral Boutique) and it works! There is no need to stress (yikes, look who is calling the kettle black as I have been in a slump) I used the Aqua Painter and took some ink from the top of the lid of the ink pad to lightly add color.








Do not be afraid to keep things simple like I did today. It works and the variety of colors that you could use are endless. I happen to think that the DSP, Floral Boutique is as classic as it can ever get! I think that there are times that we look at papers and say (for example)  – “flowers are not blue” like this….but throw those concepts out the window – we all seem to overthink things…just try it!






I adhered the larger flowers (after paper snipping them out) with “green glue” and then POPPED the entire sentiment and flowers up…that ALWAYS adds the instant WOW.






Fast, easy, classic and FUN! What are you up to today? I hope that whatever you do, “joy” is in it. I am having a workshop with Jeanie and doing the Tin of Cards Kit. I know that there are going to be instant smiles when they get to go home with 16 cards….WOW!!!!!


After the workshop I am planning to come home and start to open up the Card Swap Cards. I know that it is funny that I do not “sneak a peek” because I know if I do – nothing would get done…as you all are soooo darn talented!


Remember, jammie shopping is always on trend…..HIT that paw print and have FUN!


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Paper Pumpkin…..with different twists!



On yesterday’s post…I shared the Paper Pumpkin Kit for October. Today I am sharing with you some ways that I have “tweaked it a bit” to go out of the box! I think that it is fun….actually SUPER FUN to work with to make it work for you!

I have a bunch of pictures for you, I hope that you enjoy them and I have inspired you to make things have a different twist. I had fun making these. Enjoy!






I am one that usually does not like a distressed look but the back ground stamp  is wonderful. It gives a depth to a solid piece of paper in a jif. This “Thank You” comes from the stamp set, Vertical Greeting. To me, this is one of the most unique stamp sets that Stamp’ Up! has come out with…you will see it next week in  card that will make you smile! 🙂









I think that this below card is fun, super fun and super sweet. I chose not to make it a shaker card and to you see the color behind the leaves? It is from the envelope that was provided int his months kit! Yep….I had some scissor surgery on it and I was thrilled to discover that I could use it in a way that was unique!

In yesterdays comments, Ramsey had commented that the envelopes seemed to be too tight when you put the shaker card in. Well…I tried and I actually found the same thing. I did call Stampin’ Up! about this and they said that they tried and it seemed to work. Please let me or Stampin Up! know if you are experincing that.

I agree with Ramsey…it is a super TIGHT fit to go into the envelope so just be careful. This is when I decided to cut up an envelope and POOF!!!! I make it work for me!




Here is the picture of the envelope after scissor surgery. Just look at all of that yummy paper to work with. You might be thinking – what do you do with a card without an envelope? Well, you could use one of our regular envelopes and also I would most likely send a card that has a bunch of “fun and detail” in a padded envelope.

I have blogged about this before in using padded envelopes for special cards.





Isn’t this sentiment the best?!? It is from my good old stand by, Cottage Greetings – I just love that stamp set!


Cottage Greetings






Now…do you see that FUN popper? I blogged about these gems a couple of weeks ago and it always seems that this time of year I make these a bunch. They are an instant “smile maker” . I took Very Vanilla paper and used the stamp from the kit to stamp my paper to look like a DSP. (LOVE the effect it gives) and then made a belly band from the envelope (above) Here is the link to the recent post that I did with the poppers.






Last card for you….I made the shaker card effect but kept the envelope paper as the backdrop. I just used a wee bit behind the windows of the leaves and then a small strip across the top. (with just having a limited amount, I tried to save where I could).

The “congrats” added a fun twist. It is from the Sunshine Wished Thinlit Dies. You know that I adore sentiment words in framelits!








Well, that’s it for today! I hope that I was able to stir up some creativity for you to help show you that you can take that little orange box that you get and make some other projects out of it. It is a fun challenge for me to do and I get excited to see that box in my mailbox monthly.

Remember, you can subscribe to the Paper Pumpkin Program for 1 month, 3 month subscription etc….and it you do not care for it – NO BIGGIE….just cancel, there is no penalty or obligation. With that say, what do you have to loose for a month….just try it and if it wasn’t for you…just cancel. Make it a fabulous Friday!




Grab the popcorn…



Good morning….maybe many of you have seen this video but “just in case” – here you go. I am a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin and each and every month I still have that same HIGH level of excitement each and every month when that box is in my mailbox.

I invite you to watch this quick video (it is just over 2 minutes) and then think of what I will do with it….do you think that I will do it as Stampin’ Up! has showcased it….or will I “shake” it up a bit?



Yesterday I stumbled on a fantastic Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that does an AMAZING job with her videos on how to take the Paper Pumpkin Kit and use alternative ideas….I invite you to check out Rachel Tessman’s videos  ~  she shares and inspires you to take the Paper Pumpkin Kits and make them your own.

You might be thinking….why would I share with you someones videos….EASY – this is how we learn, this is how we grow. It is clearly obvious that Rachel has a passion, desire and talent to think “Out of the Box” – kudos to her!

I am also the first to admit….there are some months that I am not a huge fan of the offerings….but then again, I can only imagine how incredibly hard it is to create these kits. When I get a kit that is “not my likings” – I just have FUN and make it work in some shape or form.

I will say, after I saw Rachel’s video on Septembers Kit….I clicked that button and just purchased more refills! (Yikes…..I bought a bunch when they first were available …..but after seeing her take – LOVE IT!) I can see some FUN Christmas ideas!


Have a great day…..if you live on the East Coast….it is an Autumn summer again, our horses have been “growing hair” with the cooler weather over the past 2 week and now they are sooooooo confused! It’s bad enough if we have troubles with our hair…..but a horse – CRAZY!

See you tomorrow!


A sympathy for “the BEST




Good “Hump Day” to you and yep…we need sympathy cards unfortunately. This card is for Janice….she was the wife to Bud. I am sure (and I hope) that you are lucky enough to know a “Bud” in your life….he was one in a million and my life was blessed to know him.

Many times we blog about happy times, birthdays, holidays etc…but there are always the need for sympathy. I was pleased with the end result. I took the liberty to play with the Global Design Project Challenge this week.  My friend, Brian is on the design team and I wanted to “play in his court” this week. I am getting SUPER excited to go to Atlanta….to see Brian, to see the PALS, to go to On Stage.





The DSP, Petals & Paisleys is the shining star. If you look at the colors that coordinate with it – it is NOT Always Artichoke…actually is it Mint Macaron but I hope that you can see...IT WORKS! (I actually tried to use the Mint Macaron but I really did not like it) To me, this works!


The other shining star is this FABULOUS Stamp set…I admit, I breezed right past it and it was on the “second wave” of my initial order in the annual catalog, maybe because of the price….but WOW – I have used it a bunch and it is a keeper….one stamp set chocked full of goodies!



Better Together Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!







I had someone email me and say, “I love embossing folders” – I thought about that and YEP…she is right – they add an instant touch with minimal work! I admit, I often forget about them  but when I do, I smile! 🙂

The Flourish Framlits were the perfect accent to this card. I did not use the stamp set but I will say, I would purchase this as a bundle. It is a beautiful collection. Please do not be afraid to play with textures and colors….it is FUN and then the linen thread is the perfect accent.






You know that I adore my envelope…and today is no different! Soft, subtle, classic and meaningful….one great layout and one comforting card. I used glue dots to tuck the pieces under the sentiment – the fastest, least frustrating option we have!






Here is your “411 ~ Directory Assistance” picture for you to PIN away….just hover over it and save it – you will be happy that you did when you are in need of a fantastic layout.





My heart is sad that I am having to make a card for the passing of my dear Dads best friend. Bud was the best of the best. He was 84 and my wonderful Dads best friend. He was the ROCK to our family when my Mom was ill almost 6 years ago….and after her passing, he became my rock….as he knew my parents and he helped and taught me many life lessons.

In closing, please take an extra moment to read the excerpt from his obituary, I think you will “get it”

At the time of his retirement, Bud moved to Oxford, MD, and quickly engaged in the life of his new community. He was a member of the Tred Avon and Poplar Islands Yacht Clubs, where he served in leadership roles. Bud loved being on his boat, painting, traveling and collecting beautiful art. Key West, FL became his winter home as he loved all that Key West offered, including walking to daily mass, serving as a Eucharistic minister, and his treasured role as a volunteer at the soup kitchen. His bike became his preferred method of transportation for all errands and he loved being able to walk to galleries, music venues, and restaurants.

Whether working in his business or being retired in Oxford or Key West, Bud was known for the personal touches he took with his customers, family and friends, the pride he took in remembering names and events, his sense of humor and his ability to find the good in any person or situation. He loved his grandchildren, seeing the growth of their talents in the arts, athletics and in their ability to banter with him. Finally, Bud was a friend to all, as he loved the ability to call friends daily just to check in, and to understand how he could help in any way.


I took a walk today and was in awe of some of the beauty. I hope that this picture below makes you say….WOW, and I hope that you are able to touch someones life as “Bud” did for my family – truly…one of a kind!





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