It certainly was…”The Happiest of Days”



Good Sunday to you….I have what I think is a super special card for you and one that I do hope that you will not only CASE your little heart out but also think of me and my dear Aunt Jean when you use this stamp set! She is truly one in a million and a total inspiration to me.

I have shared with you that she is turning 90 and yesterday we made the trek to her daughters home to celebrate her 90th and her great-grand daughters 1st Birthday! That in itself was oh so special as think….we have totally 2 different spectrums of “life” – both making you smile and both making you realize the sheer beauty that life brings to us!

I will share with you the card I made for Virginia’s Birthday next week and I think that you will beam as much with that one as I hope you are doing right now when you see this card.

I should have typed this up before I gave the card away but “life” was in the way so I am going from my head but I am thinking that perhaps I should do a video on it as it is super easy and fun. Just think of all of the endless possibilities we have with paper and colors of ink to re-create this over and over! you know what I call is…..“a keeper” The stamp set –  Happiest of Days is the star of the show today.







The over all size of the card is a 4 1/4″ square (I adore this size) and today I did make a custom envelope with the envelope punch board but if you did not want to make your own envelope you could use on of our regular envelopes and it would be “just fine” and not require additional postage.

Here comes that “broken record” that I say over and over….but here you go AGAIN….



You just can’t go wrong with the basics



I invite you to LOOK at this card and see that there are minimal products used and the ket factor…basic shapes! I am tellin’ you – you just cannot go wrong! With the help of the trimmer, Mr. Big and framelits…a fun card is whipped together in no time!









Now let’s chat about the stamped image! This is what I like to do…stamp it on a piece of scrap Thick Whisper White and then cut it out using the framelit. I will say RIGHT OF THE BAT…I use my Stamp-a-ma-Jig for perfect placement when creating a card like this.

When you look at the stamp image in the set you can see that there are 3 gifts on that particular stamp…I actually used a small post it to eliminate that gift when I stamped but using the stamp-a-ma-jig made it super easy to see right where I wanted all of the placement of stamps.







You can see that the “cake” image appears to be behind the gifts…this was made by doing a fast mask of the polka dot gift I was able to put my mask down and then stamp the cake image! I simply stamped the cake on a small post it and fussy cut it out.

Using the Aqua Painter I did a quick wash of color to make the colors POP with the fun DSP that I used. The DSP Strip is just 1″ wide and isn’t it amazing that just this minimal piece of DSP sets the tone for the whole card!







Here is a picture for you to PIN and hopefully re-create! I just adore using layers of paper as layers of paper are a minimal expense with a maximum end result. I hope that this card has “brightened your day” and I would love to hear what you think of it!

I think that many of us are intimidated with the technique of masking and I even admit, I doubt myself as which one to mask but just remember, the image that you want to be in front is the one that you will make a mask of.

Here is a bit of advice, find some “me time” and take a stamp set and play…that IS the best way to learn and feel comfortable!








Here are some pictures from yesterday! I ask you….is she one beautiful person? Is was a joy to see her so happy having family from all over to be there together celebrating such a special milestone. My daughter Hannah is blest to live close to her and I am proud of Hannah for checking in and snagging a lunch or dinner with her.

Here is a funny…..about 2 months ago Hannah was going to Raleigh to see Aunt Jean for dinner and she said, “Hannah – how about if you just come to my house and then we will decide where to go”…well she did and that day the 2 of them sat around and she showed Hannah some of her old Text Books that she had while going to Chapel Hill years ago…and being the “science nerd” that Hannah is…she asked if she could borrow them.

After their “show and tell of the past” Aunt Jean said, let’s get an Uber and go downtown for dinner. Hannah looked at her with amazement and said ok – where are we going…Aunt Jean said, “I”ll call for one” and she picked up her I Phone and got an Uber herself…..I say = AMAZING!









Now go have a fantastic day and take a moment to smile when you think of someone that has inspired you in your life! We all have them…we just need to find the “me time” to sit and reflect….do it, you’ll be glad that you did. I can honestly say that 7 hours in the car for 3 hours of fun…..was well worth it and my “joy tank” is filled!





Fun & Fresh for your Friday!





Hi there! I have a fun and fresh one for your Friday! (now say that 3 times super fast!!!!) I have been itchin’ to get this beauty inky….as I think we can all see that this is what I call, “a keeper” I ask you, how about these sweet images and the fun font!

The Happiest of Days Stamp Set is found on page 70 in the Annual Catalog and I hope that you did not breeze right past it! It is a super sweet and simple set but one that definitely can hold the test and mark of  an amazing card!

You have heard me say this before, I adore stamp sets that have small images that are super simple. WHY? Simple just works!








This is a very straight forward card (except the fun fru-fru bow) and we will get to that in a bit. It is all about the basics with clean and crisp lines….works each and every time and will never, ever go out of style,

You know me by now, I just adore white. There is something just magical about a white card with a POP!  This card really uses minimal products but still produces a big punch.









Since this is a new stamp for me, I conditioned it, stamped all of the images and put the image paper in my stamp set for future references and went to town. After I saw how incredibly simple these images are….I thought – all I need is a super quick swoosh-swoosh with the aqua painter and inks ….presto – DONE!

I really was not sure what I was going to do today….so I did use the Stamp-a-ma-jig on the stitched square….but then again, if I had a vision for this card – I could have skipped this step and simply did my stamping and then take the stamped scrap to the Big Shot and cut it out with the squarea! Silly Susan!!!









To help break up the white and add some interest and texture…out came the Sparkle Embossing Folder. I am starting to get a bit better in remembering to use them. They DO make a difference and they are so affordable. Don’t forget, I am giving the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder for all orders of $75.00 or more this month!

Embossing folder are fast and effective and there are many different techniques and different ways that you can use them. Simple me, I go for the tried and true old fashion way….just like I do with this card but you can isolate some areas that you want embossed….google for alternative embossing ideas and I am sure you will find some great ideas!








Time to chat about this fun fru-fru. First I want to say, it is not super bulky In the picture it appears that way but it is not. The reason why is that amazing Navy Crinkled Ribbon.I am just lovin’ this ribbon and I knew that I needed a bit of oomph to jazz up the card so I thought….play around!

Are you ready….cause this is super hard (ha-ha…it is sooooo easy) ….all I did was put down 3 short pieces of the navy ribbon and then took a piece of the Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon and cut it down to be a narrower width as it is a1/2″ ribbon and then tied it in a knot!

Next I took my scissors and cut into the edges of the navy ribbon to make them into random widths to add some poof! After I had them the way that I loked them…I took the Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon and make the next knot and simply trimmed the ends. Securing it into place was a cinch with a simple glue dot!

Now I ask you…how easy is that!?!? That Navy ribbon just has a natural POOF which is giving it the visual of it being bulky but it is “just perfect” for this card!








I just cold not stop with the envelope……I was having so much fun with this card – I just could not stop! To help pull the whole thing together, I just took the coordinating card-stocks and cut them into random widths and jazzed up the envelope before also adding a small piece of the embossing paper as well.

Call me crazy for always making my envelopes fun but that is just me, that is hope I roll and it is just a habit of mine. I can honestly say that whenever I create a card, you can bet that there is an envelope that is also fun! I feel….it “sets the stage” for when someone gets Happy Mail!








Have a great day and I hope that it is an “oh, happy day” as each and everyday is a great one!! I hope to see you tomorrow…there’s a baby to celebrate….in a Simple Saturday kinda way!

Don’t forget…jammie shopping is sooooo on trend (just sayin’!) I know that the new catalog is right around the corner and that is SUPER exciting but one thing I will suggest….is to get a piece of paper out and be realistic as what you want to accomplish over the next couple of months!



What am I talking about??? Well let me share!



I am sure that you are like me…that you like to make gifts with your hands – that is GREAT and you know that I am all about that but make a list of all of the things and people that you want to make things for….you will be soooooo happy that you did as it is a HUGE help to visualize that..,and then put a plan into action. I know that IF I can see it and IF it is written down that I have a better chance on breaking it into action steps!

Now go grab this Friday and make your mark it!





Blog Candy time…let’s Paint Play!





Happy Hump Day to you and do I have a fun and flirty little number for you today but before we get going I have 2 SUPER important things to go over……are you ready!!!

  • The Daisy Delight Bundle IS BACK IN STOCK….ok stampers – I think that we can all say that there has never been an item that has been so popular than this HOT duo. If you do not already have this, than this IS your time to hop on the stampin’ wagon. It not only is a “smart stamper” to get it before it potentially goes on back order again ( I hope not)…but you are so close to being about to earn a bonus day buck! This is the featured product for my weekend post and trust me, you need it!


  • We have a BLOG CANDY WINNER from yesterday! Are you ready….get ready to slide that chair back if you are PAT ROPCHAN and if you are Pat… need to GET UP and DO IT…..DO THAT HAPPY DANCE!!!! Pat – you won the Watts of Occasion Stamp Set! I just adore that stamp set and I know you will enjoy it as well! Please email me your address and I will ordered this FUN stamp for you!



Many thanks to ALL for leaving a comment but remember…It’s CANDYLAND all week long on my blog so you will have more chances to win – my thanks to YOU for the support and sheer fun we have together!

Now let’s get to todays post and the Blog Candy for you. How many of you have this little number???…chances are you buzzed right past this in the catalog. It is call Paint Play and it can be found on page 161.

I like to feel that I know my customer pretty well and if my hunch is correct – you all flew right past this little number! This is why I love it….it is FRESH…it is FUN….it is soooooo VERSATILE….it’s just a KEEPER. This is a great example of a stamp set that will go far as when in doubt….there are always lots of images in this one that you could add to another project to give it that “something that you need” 







As I shared yesterday, I have a dreadful summertime cold (most likely from being in a plane for so long) and because none of the dogs were coming to my pity party yesterday I decided to turn the music up and stamp with fun color to perk me up….. and it worked.

I must say, I LOVE this card. This is the 1st time that I have inked up this stamp and I was excited to take it for a test drive. Before we get to the pictures and blog candy for today….let’s chat about conditioning your stamp. As I shared,  this is the 1st time that I have used this stamp so I needed to condition it!






Now before you SIGH….hear me out – trust me, I get it…that time thing gets in the way. I ask you this….would you rather take the time NOW when you have a new stamp set and condition it for a clean and crisp stamped image or take the chance of being frustrated in not having a clean stamped image? I know what my answer would be! 💡

We all spend good money on our products so why not have them work to your advantage? I know that I have blogged about this many times but it also is something that I get many emails about….this is what I do…


  • Stamp the image in versamark on a piece of scrap paper. (I usually use a discontinued color so I can see the image) and if it does not stamp well….I redo this again until I get the look I need.
  • I use my chamois to clean off my stamp (you really do not need to do this as it will not contaminate your ink) and then stamp it using a dark or bold color onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.


DONE… I have a quick reference for the actual size of an image within a stamp set and I also know that when I need to grab this stamp…it is already conditioned and ready to rumble!







Now I ask you…..isn’t this a super fun card! You can be your own Picasso and go to town with the color. At the end of the post you will see all of the colors that I used for this card! I just adore that POP of Bermuda Bay that I used and the contrast of the Early Espresso is great together.

Now how about that ribbon. I am over the moon with the ribbon this year and hold on to your pocketbook for the NEW RIBBON in the upcoming catalog….can you say AMAZING and yep, I will do a product/ribbon share.

This ribbon, the Powder Pink Woven Ribbon is a dream machine to work with! It just “behaves well” and I think you know what that means – a perfect bow each and every time! Truthfully, if Stampin’ Up! had this ribbon in every color….they would all be on Randall Lane!







Did you notice the DIY Designer Series Paper made from yours truly!?!? I was just having so much fun with this stamp that I decided to stamp away on a piece of Whisper White and use it on my envelope!

I took a 2 1/2″ X 6″ strip of paper and stamped it…added a strip of powder pink and a sliver of flirty flamingo for a POP and then trimmed the excess away! PRESTO!








Now for the Blog Candy…..leave me a comment and let me know if you condition your stamps???… you find it to be helpful???….if you have a different method, PLEASE SHARE –  but also, PLEASE let me know how you like this sweet card! (ha-ha)!!!



One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

Paint Play….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!



Now HERE IS SOMETHING to take heart of and I will say that you really should view this as a great marketing strategy…..for every $50.00 you spend in July, you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use in August! That’s why hopping on the Daisy Delight Bundle would help you get closer to that threshold!




I LOVE this promotion and have taken advantage of it personally but if I were you……I would add that extra $25.00 to be able to pick a free stamp from my vault…..(just saying as there are 100’s of stamp sets needing a new home) WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?

I have finally “corralled” my retired product….and it is a CANDYLAND for YOU! When you enter the vault….you will be in heaven (I have several in there right now….so hurry and make your selection before it gets swooped up)

I have updated the Hostess Code and if your order is $75.00 or more with me….you can GO TO THE VAULT and pick out any stamp your heart desires. I did this last year and it was a huge hit….but now….it is STOCKED TO THE MAX….as it is up to date from the Catalog that ended on May 31st.




Good luck with the Blog Candy….I can’t wait to read your comments about the conditioning of your stamps and also how you like this card! Have a GREAT Hump Day and I am staying low for another day…..but watch out….hopefully tomorrow I will be back in the swing of things!







Stepping it up with some New York bling!




Todays guest designer is Nancy Farrell from the great state of New York and more specifically Massapequa, NY….(now that’s a mouthful to say!) I was super excited when Nancy wanted to do a card and I love how she “blinged it up a bit”. Make sure that you read to the end of the post to see the fun facts I have about Nancy – my way of getting you to know the “pups” in the Top Dog Team!

When Nancy mailed me her card so I could take pictures of it and also be able to type the post I instantly smiled. I smiled because I was so happy that she just made it hers with simple yet fun minor changes that in the end made it a signature card that would bring a smile to whomever was lucky enough to receive it.

This 2 day post is a great example of how simple works. The #1 concern that I hear time and time again from people about their crafting desires and goals is…“There is just not enough time”…sound familiar? I think that you are already going to know what I will say about this….but here you go.

Time is a precious thing that we all seem to have a struggle with. Look at the time that you have for card-making as an outlet not only for yourself…but as a way to make a difference to others. This wonderful little thing that we do is a gift in itself and it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you find that you are overwhelmed…sit back and say – I can do this…because you can – remember it is not Hallmark…it is YOU and that IS the “gift”!







Above you can see side by side the 2 cards. Both super clean and super classic and today Nancy just tweaked it a bit to bling it up! If you were to hold the 2 cards in your hand you would notice the bling a bit more…but the center of the Popsicle is Dazzling Diamonds Paper…and that wee bit of bling makes the card!

In the “stick” – it appears that Nancy used Crumb Cake and heat embossed it to make the stick shiny….another little change! Here is a definite go-to in you are down in the dumbs with your card-making….pull out the heat gun and Heat Emboss. There IS ALWAYS SOMETHING MAGICAL about this technique….as the “I did it and wow factor” happens each time you see the powder melt.








Do you remember what I shared with you yesterday about Bakers Twine? Well yep, today is no different! Nancy used some fun Bakers Twine that we had earlier in the year and just the wee bit of metallic shimmer in the ribbon is the perfect amount of interest.

I think that the contrast of color against the white really makes the difference. The one thing that I m not sure about  is…on the sides of the card where the bakers twine is…Nancy has “notches” on both sides of the card with is a great “resting point” for the twine….I am not sure how she did this but hopefully she will “POP” on and leave a comment about it!








A classic card that will certainly make someones day! If you were to give someone this card in person….here would be a great gift idea! Go to the grocery and buy a box of Popsicles’s…. get the recipient a couple of magazines and in the card write the sentiment and say….Here’s to your special day…..enjoy some good old fashion “me time” and enjoy!

To me, all I would need is a hammock and that would be a welcomed treat! Many thanks to both Bridget and Nancy for sharing thier time and talent with us this weekend. It is a joy to be able to see their work and to share!






I will be BACK IN THE SADDLE on Tuesday and I am hoping to provide a FUN week for you as it will be “MY TURN” to inspire you with some simple and clean cards/projects but more importantly…it will be a week of Blog Candy as this is MY CHRISTMAS IN JULY gift to you!

Please pop back on and we will get the comments rolling. I have missed being “present” from my home computer with you but I tried my best to keep you on your toes! I will upload some pictures of the fun we had while we were away. I did purchase a new camera before I left and I am soooooo glad that I did – you will be able to be “up close” with the Elephants and also see the amazing foods that John and I made at a cooking class!

Enjoy the day and before we leave….her is THE BEST fun fact about Nancy and each and every Thursday I think of her. On Thursday she gets together and plays Scrabble with a friend. I just LOVE that idea and it probably hits home to me because I adore that game and no one in my family likes to play with me…as YEP – I just seem to go for the “simple words”….it is always a conversation when the peeps are home!

Nancy was one of my 1st that joined with Stampin’ Up! She has the most beautiful heart and that wonderful heart of hers crochets her little hands off for people. I feel blessed to be the lucky recipient of her work and each and every time I see it….there is a sense of calmness that comes to me  as I know that it IS a gift of art from her heart!

Now let’s give Nancy some love for being a turtle and doing a card for you today! Stampin’ hugs to all!



Simple Saturday with Bridget!




Happy Weekend to all~ I have another 2 day post for you from team members! Bridget was so excited that she wanted to pair up this weekend with a SUPER fun gal from New York (I will keep you in suspense as to who it is) so I guess you will have to POP back tomorrow!

Now how about this super clean and simple summer Birthday Card! I was just thrilled that team South/North chose this stamp set as it is a classic! I simply think that each of us can remember great memories of an ice-cream treat!

The stamp set is Cool Treats and I was thrilled that it was carried over into the annual catalog! There are matching framelits so you already know that it is an instant WIN-WIN!







I think that just about any stamp company out there has an ice-cream stamp set out but I will say that I think that Stampin’ Up! nailed it with this one with all of the possibilities of “2 step stamping” they have and the sentiments….yep – a classic!

You can clearly see that there are a BUNCH of framelits in this beauty and I agree that this would not be a hard one to “fussy cut” out…but I like to go through my scraps and take the time to cut out a bunch of “cones” and then they are ready to go when I need one.

If you try to get in the habit of doing this….you will find that it makes the journey of paper-crafting much easier. There is nothing like having some elements all ready to go so when you do have the “me time” to craft….you can sit down and craft away!







You can see that Bridget took the Red, White and Blue theme ( I actually think the treat like this is called a Rocket Popsicle)  and the one cone is flat on the card and then she POPPED up the 2nd one for a subtle and fun interest.

If you missed Bridget’s fun fold card last week….click here to see it and you will be able to read that she is from the North Carolina area….in case you live near her!

This stamp set is a photopolymer so you know what that means…..yep…..easy to stamp as you can look right through it for perfect placement each and every time when using multiple colors! By far…this IS my stamp of choice and WOW…..we have come a long way with photopolymers!







You all know how I feel about Bakers Twine….LOVE IT and I feel that we all need to have it in every color. Now I know that is a big statement to say but hear me out….it is super affordable and does the trick! Stampin’ Up! offers great color choices and also do not forget to check in the clearance area….(its a bit skimpy right now) but I scoop up twine whenever I see it!

Bridget wrapped the twine around 3 times and then a simple bow! Again, just another element of texture did the trick!






Now how about giving Bridget some love with her card today! I am super proud that these ladies wanted to share their work with you and it is my pleasure to blog about it for them!

Pop back tomorrow and you will see how it was stepped up! This is a great example of clean and simple and you know that the shy truly is the limit with color combinations. Wouldn’t it be fun to do the shaving cream technique with a cone to make a marbled looking ice cream treat? Hmmmmmm…..into my memory bank for the future!

See you tomorrow…..enjoy the day!







Hip Hip Hooray….it’s Friday!




Can you say….Hip Hip Hooray! I have a fun and fast one for your Friday! This new stamp set, Celebrate You is one “fast stampin’ dream machine”…basically it is a wham – bam…stamp…YOU’RE DONE stamp set!

I think that this is one of those “blue ribbon winners” in the catalog and this would be a stamp set that can easily be made in the masses to have a surplus on hand. I think that we all know that you cannot have too many Birthday Cards on hand!







The shapes in this stamp set are super easy to “fussy cut out” to make a simple card that truly is a simple one but it carries a BIG and CLASSIC punch!

After stamping the image on a piece of scrap in Flirty Flamingo I just quickly cut it out. Now for the fun…I took a piece of the new Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and cut the side binding off and then “pulled the ribbon” to let the little fine threads in both the white and pink get separated! FUN…right!!!







Here you can see the fibers a bit better…..I thought that this would be a fun alternative to do. A quick Whisper White Bakers Twine Bow over top of the fru-fru ribbon was the perfect accent. Here’s a tip….and one that you have heard me say over and over….glue dots are the PERFECT adhesive of choice for adding bows…

I just think it is a fun to see how we can use products in different ways and the fun fibers showing the colors of the flirty flamingo adds not only FUN but texture!







I know that it is super hard to see but I did use the polka dot embossing folder to the overlay of the card…a simple addition that takes guess a “sec” to do but if you are like me…it is something that I just forget about doing….(truth be told -I think it is because I need to move my container of embossing folders to the forefront of my Big Shot area….out of sight  – out of mind!!!)







Do you love the DSP as much as I do….it is from the Pick a Pattern and there are all sorts of ways to use these papers for such a wide variety of projects…I use my swatch books that I make when I do a product share as they truly are the lifesaver/timesaver for me to use when coming up with the perfect compliment for my envelope – the colors and unique patterns of this paper are such a WOW!

I do not know about you but…there is usually one side of the DSP’s that I gravitate to…and with this specific print – YIKES….I like both sides as I am a HUGE fan of a great black and white pattern!







Can you see that I used the new Washi Tape on the envelope?! I love the way that the Washi Tape is with the new catalog…all in one place….YIPPEE, page 195!

I know…I know – we all seem to have a ton of washi but….really – what is one more when it is sooooooo adorable!










So Hip Hip Hooray….it is another Birthday! I hope that this glimpse of this stamp set has made you think and see that it’s a keeper. Birthday cards are ones that we always seem to need and this lends itself to a fast and fun card!

Have a fabulous Friday and guess what tomorrow brings…..a team member will be in the house so get ready for another weekend post from 2 team members! You will be smiling….as I sure was when they shared with me their talent!

Thanks for popping in……make it a great day!





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