Celebrate…in a super simple way!




Good Morning and here is to a new week! I have a super simple card for you that I think would make anyone smile and just think of the color choices that you could use….simply endless! For today I let the color palette come to life with inspiration from the fabulous DSP 6 X 6 pack, Picture Perfect.

We chat about this often….Birthday cards are always high in demand for each of us and I think you can see that this beauty has the best of both worlds….easily duplicatable and one that will go for just about any age group. So….the moral of this sweet story is...it’s a keeper!

Below you will see the 3 product images of the “goods” used for the card and then I will give you the simple recipe of measurements (I know you all like when I do that) but really…..it is all about the basics! This is one of those “FORMULA CARDS” that I love to pull out….change the stamp and colors…..works like a charm!









Here you go, the measurements of this fun card! Paper, layers, textures….all simple elements that add up to a fun card. If you have never used versamark ink to do a tone on tone stampin’ effect….I highly suggest you give it a whirl – it gives a super effect will little effort!






  • The Card Base is an A-2 Vertical card (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″) in Bermuda Bay and then the confetti stamp was inked up in Versamark


  • Whisper White piece is 2 1/2″ X 3″ and then the candles were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist (candle base) and then the stripes were stamped in Bermuda Bay with the flames in Daffodil Delight.



  • The envelope love was a simple 1/4″ X 6″ strip of Bermuda Bay and then a 2″ X 6″ piece of the Picture Perfect DSP….instant fun!







It really is as simple as that! The reason that I call this a Formula Card is that the above measurements can easily be adapted with so many stamps we have stashed and also so many fun papers we have. Paper, layers, lifting with dimension….and a simplistic stamped image = a great and useful card!

I do not know about you but….I always forget about Embossing Folders….and I almost forgot about this one as well until I was reading the sentiments from this stamp set and when I saw the word confetti…the lightbulb went off in my brain and thought….go find that  Confetti Embossing Folder!






Here is a tip and one that I hope you try as it works! To get the most from your Embossing Folders, especially the Dynamic Embossing Folders like this one….mist it with water before you run it through the Big Shot…I do a mist on both sides…

WHY??? are you asking??? – easy…the mist helps break the paper fibers down so the Big Shot can do its magic with the folder to give you the deep and detailed embossing! You will be amazed with the results.

Going back to the sentiments….did you notice that I just used the word  “celebrate”….it wasn’t planned that way but it worked out! I am pointing this out to you as it happens to me all the time (things not working out as you had planned it to be)..but you CAN make the most of it…just be creative.

In the inside, I stamped the “happiest of Birthdays to you” in Black…very clean and crisp and a perfect sentiment that again for do the job for anyone that is having a Birthday.

There you go…a quickie to get your week rolling! Formulas are your friends and even if you do not have the products that I used to make this card right now….I encourage you to make a card using this formula with products you have.






I would also write down the dimensions on the back of the card and file it away with other formulas you have made….there is simply nothing like being able to pull out a formula when you are having a creative block and create! Works for me and I know it will work for you!

Let’s all have a great week….below you see the list of goodies I used to create this sweet card! See you Wednesday!







It’s here…the 3 newbies!




Well…the day is here – that is the day that Stampin’ Up! is offering to you 3 new offerings from the great group of Sale-A-Bration products. This year there are (2) tiers of offerings.. at the $50.00 threshold and then some at the $100.00 threshold….We are at the half way point as Sale-A-bration ends March 31st! This IS the sweetest time of the year with Stampin’ Up!

Today I took this yummy paper and did a simple coloring using the light and dark Old Olive with the Stampin’ Blends. They just glided over the paper to add some pizzazz to this simple card. It is super hard to get a good picture of this paper with the camera because of the Silver and Copper foil…but from the polls that I had on my blog, you all love this paper!

Below are the 3 new offerings for Sale-A-Bration…










You all know that I adore sentiment fonts in a die cut and in my opinion…we could never have too many as they just leave an impact and also make creating a clean and simple card a breeze to whip up in no time! The below die word, “celebrate” is from the Celebrate You Thinlits…also a Sale-A-Bration freebie!

I know that we are all so funny about our paper….some may call it hoarding…others may call it an obsession….but I call us “Proud Mamas of Beautiful Paper” – a title that I am proud to call myself. The problem is that we are fearful of cutting it…but come on – we DO NEED TO USE IT as the next reality we need to face is…there will always be other great DSP!

You can see that I did use it sparingly but it still has a great impact. The simple coloring of the leaves made a POP and then the focal part of the Old Olive Card Stock allow the sentiment to really stand out!









Do you have the blends yet? If so…..I know that you are lovin’ them as they go on like butter and if the answer was nope….I don’t have them…then I ask you…WHY NOT? The Blends are an Alcohol Based Marker that just glide over the paper and IF you wish to use the light and the dark to produce some “shading – blending” …you can do that with ease…hence the word Stampin’ Blends!

The below images will show you the wonderful colors that we have and my fingers are crossed that Stampin’ Up! will continue to come out with more and more colors. These colors match our line of cardstock and inks….something that we all love about the Stampin’ Up!, the color coordination!








One question that I am often asked…Which colors do I need 1st?



With a big hmmmmmm I say – all of them! YIKES??? I know, I know….they are pricy but trust me, they are worth every penny as they take us to the next level. True, you will not use all of the colors all of the time but I do think that you know…there are always time that we need to reach for a certain color etc…and once you get them….you will quickly see that you want the collection and yep…



I get it as I am a –  I want it all kinda gal



Why do you want to continue to pay for shipping when you get 2 colors….and then add 2 more etc….I say with pretty much confidence….I think WE ALL have plenty of stamps to play with in our homes…but there are times that we need to invest in supplies and these Stampin’ Blends are well worth it!

You know the easiest way to get them….yep, here comes the scary stuff…..I can see you running (or shall I say clicking) me away but as we know that Sale-A-Bration is the sweetest time of the year…..as yep, you can get the whole darn collection….a $121.50 for just $99 and it ships for FREE….(that is another $12.15 savings)

Then you can pick ANY 2 stamps of your choice (ANY!!!)……with the Ultimate Bundle – no strings attached…..no need to make one more purchase and yep….you have ALL of the Stampin’ Blends PLUS 2 Stamps of your choice….all for just $99!

I love people that love to craft, I love people that like to have fun, I love people that appreciate a discount EVERY single day…..it is as simple as that….PROMISE! Please feel free to email me if you have questions……or simply CLICK HERE  and pick your goodies!





I’m excited. It’s a keeper!



Hi all and Happy Hump Day! I have a card that will make many of you say. that is one great card! I knew that I was going to like this new bundle of a FREEBIE….but after playing with it…I can easily and honestly change the like to LOVE!

I do not think it takes a Rocket Scientist to explain the LOVE for this bundle as the focal basket stamp is beautifully drawn, the sentiments and fonts are sweet, clean and fresh and the embossing folder….an easy WOW! This bundle will be available starting on Friday as a FREEBIE for  Sale-A-Bration with a 100+ order.







Below you will see the images from the stamp set. When I open up a stamp set I always like to condition the stamp, make a stamped image sheet (this helps me know the feel of the stamp) as I think you all “get it” as every stamp can stamp a bit differently. I tuck this piece of stamped images inside the cover of my stamp set…making it easy for me to view it when I use it in the future.








There is really nothing hard at all about this card….as it is super straight forward using the “keeper classic tools” to create a super simple card. You know I say this all the time….getting the basic tools IS the way to go when you are creating as if you have the basics….things just come together….you can wait for the extra fru-fru’s!

The shape of this basket just took me to the size of a card that I adore, a 4 1/4″ Square! I just adore square cards and if you do not want to make your own envelope to fit it perfectly (it will require additional postage as all square cards do) you can simply put it in one of our regular A-2 envelopes and you are good to go with a regular stamp!








I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends and just chose 3 color families to use, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight. It was as simple as putting down the light color and then going back over where there are lines in the images….and swiping the dark color of the same color family. Nothing to it….these are a coloring dream machine!

Don’t you think this Spring Basket would be a perfect Easter Card? Really I think that you could stamp just about any sentiment (a Birthday, a Thinking of You, A Sympathy etc…) anything would go, that is why this stamp set is a keeper. For the inside of this sample, I chose to stamp the sentiment “You are loved” with the butterfly flying up!







I wish that this card was in your hands to see how using 2 different ribbon accents  on the basket….it is super cute (if I must say so myself) under the white small bow I added several threads of the Linen Ribbon…just a PERFECT little extra accent to showcase some additional dimension.

Another thing that I did with this card that take literally no time with a fun accent is that I scored on all 4 sides to the edge of the stamped image. Doing this simple scoring always adds a touch that will always be noticed! Don’t be afraid to pull out simple tricks – they do make a difference.








Now to the image that will make all of us say…..I WANT THIS! Well….let me tell you – YOU can get it and get it for FREE along with the stamp set with an order of 100+ starting on Friday when there will be some more kids on the Sale-A-Bration block…CLICK HERE to see the post that I did showcasing the newbies!

This embossing folder is a dynamic one….meaning that there is extra depth, extra detail that comes to life with a run through the Big Shot. Here is a tip that works so well when using embossing folders like this…spray a mist of water on your paper before you put it in the folder…it helps soften the fibers to make the WOW even stronger!

Look at the depth of this folder on the Crumb Cake shown below. I just had to show you a picture of the detail as I realize that it is hard to see in the pictures with the basket. Trust me, when it is in your hand you will see the little bit sticking out and you say WOW….where did that come from! It is just beautiful!







Well…there you go – a little sunshine and inspiration for your Valentines Day! I hope that your heart is filled with love on this “heart day” Today is also Ash Wednesday marking the 1st day of Lent……it is hard to believe that Easter will be here in 40 days!

I know by seeing a basket of Spring glory will bring a smile to you! I just love simplicity like this…right up my simple alley!

Have a wonderful day….my sweet little swine is getting some Strawberries from her Mama today…..my girl just love strawberries and heck – what do you get a pig for Valentines…….Strawberries work for me and it will be lip smacking good for her!






Fast…Fun and oh so sweet!



Happy Friday! I have been excited to do this post ever since I received an email from a customer, Sue E. from New Hampshire! I just LOVE IT when I am inspired by blog readers and this email led me to a full blown enablement and I am just THRILLED!

I need to be honest….so go grab your Occasions Catalog and turn to page 17. This is where is all begins! I totally skipped right over this stamp set, A Good Day –  I naturally HOPPED on buying the punches without batting an eye as when I see a punch – SOLD as I love the ease and speed of using a punch!

I can remember my first impression of this stamp set was….images are too small….I wasn’t crazy about the Mini Embroidery Hoops as I tend to crack the wooden embellishments and then also the bulk with shipping….UNTIL AN EMAIL…..from Sue and that’s all it took – SOLD ME!

Take a peek of this image and then read on….it will make sense!







Sue said that she watched a Video that Sara Douglas did using this stamp set along with the narrow notecards & envelopes (another item I wasn’t 100% sold on) but keep reading……(I told you I was going to be honest) I then put my investigator hat on and found the video…..it was a FaceBook Live Video that Sara had up on the Stampin’ Up! Website!



I watched this and said an immediate WOW – right up my alley……



Click Here to see the video…it is cute and Sara is just adorable! After I ordered it I immediately called Jeanie and asked her if she had it to borrow….STRUCK OUT….I now know how if feels to be impatient waiting for an order to come….even though I had a ca-zillion other things to work on….I wanted it NOW!







It finally came Monday night and I could hardly wait to play with it and make some of these sweet cards! I warn you….they are like POTATO CHIPS…..super addictive to make and as you make them you start to think…..“These would be great to give to ________ for a little Birthday Gift” or “These would be great to give a set to my Mother In Law for watching Mr. Perfect” (aka Milo)

Below you can see the (2) new punches. These really made putting this project together a breeze. I think that we all can agree….when you can pull out a punch and get the job done….We are HAPPY Crafters! Stampin’ Up! Punches are always so hight in quality and value. In the product line up you will see all of the various sizes of punches….they are just super handy to have on hand…a basis that you will use over and over!






Really…the sky is the limit and it also gets you to think of other stamps that you have that are small in image size to make up and paper….well WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE PAPER….so here is your permission to USE IT UP!

Now you can see why I am giving the Narrow Notecards & Envelopes as my gift with purchase this month! I will also tuck in several of these with the notecards……You can always find the current incentive on the drop down bar on the blog and the current Hostess Code is on the side of my blog.







As you can see in Sara’s Video there is nothing to it in whipping a bunch up! I did add a mat to the samples below…just because – you know me, I love my paper and I do think that it dresses it up a bit!

I also invite you to look at other simple sentiment stamps you have as you can see on the Easter one…..a simple Happy Easter dressed up this sweet bunny – this is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes oldie but goodie stamp!!! (I already know that I am going to make these for Easter and put on the fru-fru when I make Lemon Bread!)

I pulled out my Blends and just added some simple color to make these little sweeties come to life. You can use many different coloring mediums but I find the alcohol based markers are not only speedy….but also super easy!

In the Video, Sara showed how to cut the paper to maximize your cuts. Didn’t you think that it was so darn clever to use the  2 1/4″ Circle Punch to use as an envelope liner? I made the below visual for you to use.







So…..What do you think? Do they make you smile….



I know what I think….I am GRATEFUL THAT SUE EMAILED ME….and that I put some together!!! This would be a wonderful way to get together with friends and make some – you can yack away and have fun chatting and also pound out a bunch of these sweet cards……I literally had to stop myself and put them away as I kept wanting to make more and more….(I plan to make some while watching the Olympics)







Enjoy the weekend and I do hope that you will have time to watch the Olympics. I love watching them and I am always so amazed with the strength, dedication, endless training that these amazing athletes do! It truly is a special time to see the extreme talent.

We are to have a super rainy weekend….better rain than snow….the ice we had earlier in the week has played havic on many of our trees and we lost a HUGE pine tree and also several HUGE LIMBS…..it always makes me sad to see trees die as I think of how many years they were there.

Find some “me time” to craft away and I hope that this post inspired you to look at these sweet notecards. I just get giddy when I see a project that is fun, easy and practical. These would make a wonderful little gift to make up for that hard to buy for person as after all, a gift that you made with your own hands is the best gift as it is from YOUR HEART and HANDS!






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