Let’s go to the hop….yippee!!!

http://stampinpretty.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f95df92883401b8d0cefdc3970c-piWelcome to the February Pals Blog Hop. This month we are sharing what we love – our favorite Stampin' Up! products and our favorite crafting techniques.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Stop #8  Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

The Pal's Blog Hop Day is one of my favorite days of the month as it is a joy to see all of the creativity! With  31 blogs…you better get HOPPING….so I thought that this adorable bunny deserves to shine!


Is this little guy the cutest or what…he reminds me of a toddler when they are excited! I LOVE that Stampin' Up comes out with great single stamps! This guy is called Happy Easter Bunny (original…right?)

It simply does not get any cleaner or more simple than this! This little guy stands proud on his own, all I did was use the blendabilities. I LOVE the fact that Stampin' Up! is right on trend and came out with these fabulous markers!


The blendabilites are a dream to use and on this card…I did not do any "blending" as I wanted to show you that these markers can be used "as is". I realize that many of you worry about "how to blend"….(it really easy easy though)

The key factor to the Blendabilites is the fact that you do not see any lines…it is a clean, smooth and polished look!


For the dynamics of this card….easy-peasy…the Oval Framelits, another product I LOVE that StampinUp! has…with the help of my main man, Mr. Big Shot I cut (2) white (largest Oval) and (2) Soft Sky (scalloped).

After doing my coloring, I adhered both white pieces to the Soft Sky ones. To the "inside" oval, I took it to the Stampin Trimmer and scored it at 1/2" and then using the bone folder, I gave it a good burnish in both directions and then added a piece of sticky strip to join the 2 together!


Adding some Stampin' Dimensionals under my adorable little guy….is all that is needed! I told you that it was a SIMPLE card…another thing that is GREAT about this card, especially if you are a busy Mom and stamper – you could go ahead and stamp the image of a bunch of Ovals….grab your blendabilites….and color away while you are at a game….waiting in a parking lot for the kids…( I always love to have something to do)



You know that I need to give my envelope some love, and what better way than to use another Stampin' Up! product that I LOVE….the DSP Designer Series Paper Stack in Subtles – these are total "lifesavers" to me!

The envelope liner Framelit is definitely a product of ours that I LOVE...could not…would not be without it!


I hope that you found this to be a FUN card and one that you will give it a try! With having "single" stamps…it not only makes it affordable, it eliminates "piecing" together many different stamp sets to make a statement – This guy says it all….Happy Easter!

Stampin' Up! makes it so easy for all of us as everything coordinates which makes it a total one stop shopping experience! LOVE THAT!

Many thanks for popping in and please keep hopping along the great PALS bunny trail! Please feel free to email me if I can be of help!

The next stop is #10 Rae Harper at WildWestPaperArts.com on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month!


  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  3. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Amy Hoptay at Inking of you
  7. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  8. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Rae Harper at WildWestPaperArts.com
  11. September Gray at www.septembergray.com
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  26. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  27. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  28. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  31. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
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Fall Card Swap #1

I know that you are are super excited to see the swap cards and here is the 1st wave that I will be sharing with you! Please do not worry if you do not see your card….I am showing 10 of them today and then we will have several upcoming post..be patient as I know you will smile when you see yours!


I wish that you could have seen my face with opening up each and every card…YOU ALL ARE AMAZING and I am so darn proud of you! EVERYONE did such a great job and I think that you will agree….there are all so special and fun!

Let's go…I know that you are excited and YOU SHOULD BE…again, thanks for making my heart pitter-patter with joy and pride …They are in no particular order ….grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!


Card made by Bridget T. from Lille, France


Card made Rosanne M. from Chadds Ford, PA


Card made by Stephanie S, from New Smyrna Beach, FL


Card made by Julie D.  from East Aurora, NY


Card made by Evelyn M. from Burlington IA


Card made by Norma W. from Nine Mile Falls, WA


Card made by Georgette H. from Carrollton OH


Card made by Kathy M. from Lower Gynedd, PA.


Made by Jennifer L. from Santa Cruz, CA.


Made by Laura B. from Watertown, MA

Well….do you agree with me…aren't they all amazing! Please do not be shy…please leave comments…and if you have specific questions…leave them and I am sure that they will be answered!

I am having fun with this and you all should get your "surprise" card this week! I am going to do this for the Christmas Holiday (sometime in November) so put your thinking caps on!

It makes me happy that you all enjoy doing this…as long as you like it….I'll keep offering them! Enjoy the day and be a sponge and take these 10 beauties in!

Until tomorrow!


Happy Easter with Weekly Special!


Every week Stampin' Up! is the best in offering us special deals for the week! Each Tuesday, Stampin' Up! offers a grouping of "weekly deals" and today's card…I am featuring some of them! Remember…it's that "out of the box" thing that I talk about….

To me – this out of the box for me was to look at the weekly deal products and figure out a way to make them work in a card…I used 3…and I think that is pretty good! I do not know about you…but "wheels" totally intimidated me until I learned how to turn them into a stamp! With the weekly deal of this gingham wheel just being $4.88…that in itself is a woot-woot!!!

I have 2 confessions for you today! (remember – I always am honest with you guys)

  • I have never used a "wheel"…and truthfully I do not plan in it! WHY? I really do not know but they just look to "messy" – maybe I am totally wrong…but they intimidate me! Mary Fish is my upline and I have learned so much from her and her wonderful group of PALS…please click here to watch a video on how easy it is to do and so practical! Gingham is another thing that makes me smile…
  • I wanted to use the Color Coach as I have not used it for a while…well I did – but I did not have my "readers" on and I used Crumb Cake instead of Sahara Sand!!!! SIlly me – I still love the way it turned out! I went to the Elegant Eggplant Color Swatch and presto…it told me that the colors of Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand would be a good blend….oops – you know I love crumb cake!

Let's go…please CASE away and play with different colors! If you do not have a Color Coach, I highly suggest that you put it on your next order….why??? there are times that we get into a road block with colors…times that we need a little nudge etc….this is the best tool to guide you to think differently!


There is no way that I would have put these colors togther!

  • The base is Elegant Eggplant and this color in itself is soooo beautiful! It is a regular A -2 card and then I cut the mat in the same color at 4" X 5 1/4"
  • Taking that "wheel stamp" that I turned into a stamp…I stamped the right edge with the whisper white craft ink….yes I said craft ink….I usually do not care for this ink but when stamping on a dark shade like this…you need it – but you need patience to let it dry!
  • Using the Secret Garden Stamp Set…I stamped in the colors, Wisteria Winder, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake and then POPPED them out using the matching framlits….that are on sale – woot-woot….who doesn't LOVE a sale!

  • Using another SALE product…I used my "go to…must have….do not understand if you do not have them"….itty bitty shapes punch pack….woot-woot…on sale too!



TIP ALERT: Remember my trick…take the shape and press it down using the stylus…this gives it an instant WOW….then use a glue dot to perfectly place it where you want it!


  • The sentiment…it is from the other go to stamp set., Delightful Dozen…so clean and simple…just like I like it…I will admit – I used the stamp-a-ma-jig…just because! I find it to be the handiest tool…one I would never be without!


  • Last but not under-estimated….the envelope…you know my favorite! I used the Wisteria Wonder DSP from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack….you know….my go-to!!! Works every time!

I hope that this Easter card can fill your heart and better yet….I hope that you will CASE away! Purple at Easter….is perfect! The color scheme is sooooo rich and luscious!


I am oober-goober excited as today is the day that I am going to Arizona! It will be a wonderful training and I am super excited to see and be with so many SU demonstrators that I respect and admire! Trust me…I will be a big sponge and taking it all in!

The other "keeper" of this super short trip is that I will be able to see my cousin….do you remember last year that I was making cards for her son Matthew that was undergoing severe surgeries….I am super excited to see their family!

Please email me if I can help you….please hit that SHOP NOW button and take advantage of the weekly deals! I look forward to them each week and I hope you do as well!

I cannot wait to share with you the Spring Card Swaps that I received….Jeanie was "true to form" and was wow…woo…look at this…look at that….we had a ball…as usual!

Enjoy the day…can't wait to share the fun I will be having with YOU….my wonderful cyber friends and wonderful customers!

Until tomorrow!








“Little bunny foo-foo….”


There are times that I just have to admit….that I "tickle" myself….and this dear little bunny is one of them! Isn't he sooo darn tootin bunny cute!!! I hope that you run out to the store and buy these Lindt Chocolates…and they also come in "chicks" and "lambs"…don't worry – I will have other fun posts with them!

Before we get to this SIMPLE 3-D fun…I want to say a big thank you for popping by yesterday and I hope that you enjoyed all of the fun posts…so many great ideas…so much fun!

I did email those who asked for the cookie recipe…my computer was acting up so I apologize if I sent it to you twice! (please let me know if you did not receive it and requested it)


Let's go….and boy do I have a bunch of pictures for you…this is so easy that you are not going to believe how easy it is!!! Naturally you can change up the colors and the colors of grass etc….let your imagination go wild – mixing up colors would be super cute!

  • The strip is Strawberry Slush cut at 2" X 11" (make is a teeny-tiny smaller than 2" so it will fit in the Scallop Toppers Punch better)
  • Score it at 4 1/2"….flip it around and score it at 4 1/2" on the other side – use the bone folder for a good crisp fold! Using the Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folders…place an end in as shown below…


  • I told you this was easy-peasy…flip around the other side and run it through the big shot just like you did before!


  • Next, take the Topper Scalloped Punch and POP each ends!


  • The last thing before we get to fru-fruing it is to take the Ex Large Oval Punch and POP out the center!


  • That is IT!!!! Now for the fun! Just put adhesive of your choice and "squish" up your easter grass and press it down firmly and then trim any excess that looks "unruly"


  • Isn't he just adorable!!! I place several glue dots on the bottom of the bunny and gently pressed him down….and he was happy!


  • The simple yet elegant Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon was the icing on the cake! I wish this ribbon would be out in ALL colors as I can actually tie a bow….another reason to do a WOOT-WOOT!

Here's a little side view of my friend….


To me it's like have a floral centerpiece on the table…

you want it to look great at all angles!

I hope that this made you smile and I hope that you make some one smile and make them! These will be on my Easter table and I have also made some for co-workers as well as some for elderly people that could use some joy!

My dear John has a client that has suffered many strokes and he tries to go and visit him weekly  – John took him one! Mr. Johnston loved it and was smiling from ear to ear! Isn't it wonderful that simple things like this can bring us ultimate joy!

YOU popping by my blog brings me joy! Please email me if I can be of help! I love helping you reach your goals and I know that you have many options of being your demonstrator….but please know, if you need one – I'm here!

I love to help teach you to have the confidence that we all have….sometimes it just needs to be "un-leashed"…we all have talents…we all express ourselves in different ways….

YOU can do it….until tomorrow!

“Easter Treats” for my buddy!!!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April. To celebrate Earth Day,  this month we are showcasing projects that feature recycled, re-purposed, or earthy/recycling themed elements.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from hop #15 – Goldie Shaul at Punch and Stamp with Goldie on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.



Hippity – hoppity…..Easter is on it's way!!! 

This is a "simple susan"…"simple stampin' " fun post!!!

I adore our monthly Blog Hops! Today I am mixing up several things….and I know…I know….many of you are just like me…we are scared to death with My Digital Studio…and remember that I have been talking about this "Turtle Thing"…..you know….sticking your neck out and trying something new and different!

Today's post I am "re-using" a good old fashion "Mason Jar" to send some fun cookie mix to my wonderful godson for Easter! He is the best…and I am so proud of him!

Leighton is a freshman at Rhodes College and is doing fabulous! He plays Lacrosse so he will not be able to come home for Easter so I know a bit of "mail man love" will make him smile!


When you are away from home – a care package is always the best…and I know he is going to smile! He calls me "Aunt Goober"….he named me that for some reason and it has stuck!!!

Leighton has a kitchen area in his dorm so I thought he would love to make some yummy cookies to remind him of home! (I'll make sure I tuck some $$$ for him to get some butter and eggs!!!!)

I love jars…on my kitchen island I have a ton of jars – all sizes and shapes filled with candies, nuts, pretzels…I know when he see this cute jar he will think of my kitchen!

If you would like this recipe…please email me and put in the subject line Recipe!

Let's go to this oober cute card! This card makes me smile as this bunny is soooo darn cute and can you say S I M P L E!!! This is about as easy as it gets! I made this hybrid card with the note cards and envelopes and then some super fun digital downloads!


  • The cute bunny came from the Celebrate Easter Ensemble and there is a TON with this download! This is a pricy download as downloads go($12.95)…but I am going to use this for my "other" job for some Easter festivites! It is amazing how many things are in this download!

  • The font is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set…but I used it here from MDS…WOOT-WOOT…I was able to make it the size I wanted! Isn't this bunny adorable! The other GREAT thing about MDS is you can change the color of your rabbit….your sentiment….just have fun!

TIP: THere are so many stamps…sentiments….punches etc already on the MDS Disk…that you would not have to purchase any downloads if you did not wish…the thing that I love is that when we have stamp sets that are discontinued…you can still use them and most of the stamp sets are available as downloads…another reason to do a WOOT-WOOT…

There is a wonderful support line for MDS…and trust me – I call them just about everytime I play with MDS…iy is a learning curve….go check out the website – My Digital Studio!


  • You can see that I matted my focal part on a piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock at 4 3/4" X 3 1/4"…and then POPPED it up with Stampin Dimensionals…my daily vitamins!
  • Now this is what I am super excited about….do you see that oober fun liner? Well that is from the same Easter Ensemble…there are many Designer Series Papers and I thought – what the heck….press the print button and out came a cute piece of paper! (remember, I have a very small and old printer and I am amazed with the quality)


  • Doing what I do daily…out came the Big Shot and the envelope liner framelit...and PRESTO – cute right? I am also going to line some 3 x 3 envelopes with this print….too darn fun!
  • I also used the Circle Framelits and using the #6 circle…I cut a DSP circle for fru-fru the top and added a simple Melon Mambo 1/8" ribbon….simple…DONE!


This was fun…this was different for me…but this is a practical and yummy gift…so go to your closet and find those jars…and put them to use! You might get lucky and get a cookie from it!

I love this time of the year! When I was growing up my Mom always had an Easter Egg Tree and dying Eggs were always a highlight of the year! I have some fun 3-d's for you this week that are sooooo easy and I hope that you make them for your family and friends!

Tomorrow's post is going to make you smile…it is so easy….so cute – you will be running to the store to get the candy before you read to the end of the post!


Thanks for popping by and you need to keep hopping!!!! There are sooooo many great ideas! Enjoy the day…enjoy the hop and please consider trying My Digital Studio!

You all know that I am totally computer challenged – I am trying little by little with this great program! I am an email away and what do you have to loose….nothing as it is FREE for the first 30 days and then it is under $20.00!!! WOW!

The next stop is hop #17 Christie Crosby at Stampin' Creativity on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

Until tomorrow!

  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  3. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  4. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  5. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  11. Martie Pollard at Crafty Bandit
  12. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  13. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  14. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  15. Goldie Shaul at Punch and Stamp with Goldie
  16. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  17. Christie Crosby at Stampin' Creativity
  18. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  19. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  20. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  21. Amanda at Inkflair
  22. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  23. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Happy Easter with the Spring Sampler!




Happy Easter to all! Have you ever started a project to have it not work out the way you wanted it to…but then you looked at it and said to yourself – " it's really not that bad and what could I do to tweek it ?" Well this is what happened to me with this card and I must say – I think it's kinda fun!

The stamps sets that I used were the Spring Sampler and the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set! I knew that I had to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig as this would be only way that I could get my eggs straight! Who would have ever thought that these 2 simple pieces of plastic would ever be the lifesaver it is in making cards – definitely an "A list" product!

Spring Sampler Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I love this Spring Sampler set…it is so versatile and I love using simple and clean shapes like a square punch – and these stamps are the perfect options for making quick and easy projects! After I stamped the eggs I thought it would be a cute touch to work the words of "happy easter" in between the rows! Mission accomplished with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-jig once again!


After doing this…I looked at it and saw way too many white spots for my liking! Out came some ribbon, the new melon mambo striped organdy ribbon to do my classic and trademark knots ( remember – I am bow challenged and I actually like the looks of knots!!!) I attached the knots with a simple glue dot and BAM – done!


I loved the look, feel and effect it gave to the card! For some reason it reminds me of a madras pattern! The liner also is a trump card for the finale of this card! This fun print was from Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper! After adding the body of the card on top of a piece of Melon Mambo to make it pop off of the white…. I POPPED it with Stampin Dimensionals! I call them my card making vitamins!

I hope you have enjoyed today's posting on this special day of Easter! Have a fabulous day and as always….I am an email away and I love your comments! Thank you…..

Today is also the last day to take advantage of the incredible deal of getting the $156.50 of Stampin' Up products for just $99.00! As I said in yesterdays post…..email me and I would love to share with you how you can pull together a kit and be ready to rumble in getting started with some great products!


Stamp Set: Spring Sampler Stamp Set (C -132673), Delightful Dozen (C-122653)

Paper: Whisper White (100730), Melon Mambo (115320),Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Paper
Designer Paper (126922)

Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade

Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Melon Mambo Striped Organdy Ribbon (129293)

Perfect Touch
es: Snail (104332), Glue Dots (1036830), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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