Good Morning and Happy “hump” day…when I was a child, we always called Wednesday “hump” day and we always had Meatloaf on Wednesdays when I was growing up! I happen to be a big fan of Meatloaf but I confess, I forget about making it!

Well…before we get to the ins and outs of today’s card I want to say a big THANKS for the feedback from Monday and your wish will be granted….I will share with you a shaker card and then hopefully be able to break it down for you so you will see that YOU can make one as well!

I am so happy that many of you already use the Stampin’ Up! You Tube Channel for inspiration and help. I will say….if there is a tool that I am not exactly sure how to use correctly, I go right to the channel and type the product in the search and usually there is a product video showcasing what I am looking for! To subscribe to the channel you simple hit the subscribe button and then you will get notifications when Stampin’ Up! offers a new video!




Let’s get to this FUN card. You already know that it is FUN because of the classic color combo – Black and White with a POP of color (melon mambo) does it every time. This is what I call a “FORMULA CARD” as I want you to see the simple and classic layout I am using and then I want you to pop back tomorrow as I will use the exact same dimensions but change the paper, stamps etc…and you will see how using a “FORMULA” is a friend!

You know by now I adore square cards ~ but….if you do not care for them ~ no worries, just change the base card size and make some adjustments to the dimensions I am going to share with you. Here you go with the dimensions but I do hope that you will pop back tomorrow to see how I kept the same layout but made a totally different card.




Here you go: (you can see that there is no sentiment) as the sky is the limit with this…I could leave it blank, I could do a Happy Birthday….use you imagination!

  • Melon Mambo Card Base is a 4 1/2″ square
  • White is 4 1/4″ square
  • DSP is 4″  square
  • Top Dot DSP is 1/4″ X 3 3/4″ and the lower dot 1 1/4″ X 3 5/8″
  • The stamped image is 2″ X 3″ and then matted in Black 2 1/8″ X 3 1/8″







The envelope was super easy to do as I used the handy envelope punch board. I often laugh when I am using this tool as I think of 2 things….

  1. How can this piece of plastic be just $20.00 and do so many different things
  2. Why did I let it sit on my shelf for so long before using it….I use to think that it was super hard to use but once you “get it”, it is like riding a bike!




I do love making my own envelopes, it is that little extra touch that finishes off your card. I have been having many requests to do a post on Envelopes….next week I will sneak on in for you all!

I hope that I make you smile and I hope that you can see that having a “formula” can and will be your friend. This thing that we all do….making cards is FUN and we all have different styles and different levels of interest with our designs/layouts. You know me, I am SIMPLE SUSAN and I find “comfort” in working from a “formula” – it is like the card I blogged about on Sunday from Lisa Poe…that is a FABULOUS “formula” – keep these in your memory bank and you will always have inspiration!

We are 1/2 way through the month…the new catalog has been launch...(and it is super fabulous) and summer is getting to be in full swing. Please do not overlook the incredible incentive that Stampin’ Up! is offering for just this month…you can pick ANY (2) stamps sets your heart desires for FREE with your “Ultimate Bundle”…the starter kit that allows you to pick $125 of ANY product and just pay $99 PLUS you can pick 2 Free Stamp Sets!

Please feel free to email me or if you want to go for the deal….click here and get the deal, (I know you will smile) 🙂

It truly is as simple as this, nothing more, nothing less. I think that many of you think that there is an obligation…there simply isn’t. It is YOUR option if you choose to  purchase anything again. Period! 🙂  I love hobbyist and I totally welcome hobbyist…we all like a deal, a discount…!

In closing, this has been a horrific week for our country. I am still in such disbelief but you all know I have a very, very special place in my heart for animals…please click on the below picture and see and read how these dogs are bringing comfort to people in Orlando. There IS good out there and I hope that we all know that kindness does prevail and matter! Now go have a FABULOUS DAY!


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