A fun, festive PPA Color Day!




Good Morning! I am doing the happy dance as I think that this is one super cute card! I will say, it does not do it justice in the photos so once again, I wish we were all together to ooh and ahh over this fun and festive card.

Today is a color PPA challenge and what a fun palette we have to work with! Peggy Noe came up with this color combination and if you are not familiar with Peggy, you need to as she is one super stamper!





Here is the “JOLLY” bundle and you have to admit….it is super whimsical and fun! Darn, there just never seems to be enough time to stamp all that we want to but you bet that I will be playing with this super fun set a bunch more – heck – it is still September…….and it was almost 90 degrees today!





Do you remember earlier this week I shared with you a card that used the 1″ punch? Click here to see it and guess what – when I checked last night…it is still on the clearance rack…WOOT-WOOT and it truly makes it so much easier to go punch,punch,punch and have the exact same size each and every time! I built the FUN squares of color on a piece of paper and than ran it through the Big Shot!





Look below….do you own this framelit? I bet that many of you do not as I truly think it is overlooked in the catalog. I will say that I have used this a BUNCH and it is one that has great shapes for sentiments and also the larger ones are great for an image like I did today! (It is one of those secret weapons that I like to refer to)






Now this below picture is one that we can do a bunch of chatting about the in’s and out’s of this festive card! I really….really did not want to use flowers with this color palette so OUT OF THE BOX I went!

  • The base is an A-2 vertical card in whisper white.
  • The Emerald Envy rectangle is 2″ X 4 3/4″ and then run through the Big Shot with the Sparkle Embossing Folder (love the texture it gives)
  • The 1″ square pieces were built on a piece of white paper 4 wide and 5 high and then ran through the Big Shot with the above framelit
  • The Moose…the dear Moose….pretty straight forward with this  – so darn cute! I added a little wink of stella to the end of the hat and the brim 🙂
  • A quick chat about the FUN on the squares….HOW???? – easy, I stamped the dear little images that are in this stamp set with Versa Mark – I love the effect!







Now we still have some more chatting to do…..let’s look at these precious little mice – adorable……right? I just love their expressions on their little faces! I used the sentiment for our card today – you WILL be seeing these guys…..a bunch! I just stamp the sentiment on a scrap and then used my scissors to make a banner cut!







I know that this below picture looks like “one hot mess” but hopefully it will be helpful for you! He is just the cutest and it will be fun to dress him up! Today he is ready for Peggy’s challenge!






Enjoy the day…..here is a clip from our local newspaper about the dear sweet boy that we all have been praying for….what a great young man, what a great family….this week he has had a wee set back of fatigue…..all in all – it is a miracle that this was caught and he is sooooo blessed.



dog shop now





Stampin' Up! Christmas Card, Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer, PPA #316,Susan Itell- simplestampin



WOW…it is here…FINALLY ~ the day that the new catalog goes live and I am sure that many of you are as excited as I am with it but we need to get down to Thursday business…a Pals Paper Art Challenge and this week we have a sketch to work with and this one is right up my alley, allowing my style and love of clean & simple to shine through!

Fellow PAL, Patti MacLeith provided us a super fun sketch that is in my mind, a keeper so if I were you….I would save this for future projects! I just love when you can add smaller stamps into an area – so clean and fun!



PPA #316, Susan Itell - simplestampin



Here is a tip that will really, really help you! The white piece is 5″ X 3 3/4″…why” I like to make the vertical side an even number that I can easily divide (remember, I am Silly Susan) and trust me, it is easy to find 2 1/2″ and then use this as your start point to center the square. Then it is super easy to do the top and bottom!

I love the layering framelits. I admit, when they first came out I was not as excited because the old ones did the trick for me but I will now say that they are super easy to use and make frames, like I did below in the garden green ~ to me…it is a fun and easy finishing touch!



Stampin' Up! Christmas Card, Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer,Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine,Layering Square Framelits, PPA #316,Susan Itell- simplestampin


The DSP that I used today is a new kid on the block, Presents & Pinecones!  It is fun and fresh and I have the colors listed below that coordinates with it. It is Cherry Cobbler, in the picture it looks rather like “coral” to me….This print is on the flip side of the little stars!


Presesnts & Pinecones DSP, Stampin' Up, Susan Itell, simplestampin


You know me…I could not resist…envelope love is one of my all time favorites and all it takes is just a couple of extra steps but it is WELL WORTH IT! I know that when I send a card to someone with a FUN envelope…they ALWAYS comment on it – it does make a difference. Look at it this way…


It is the little extra touches in life that make you smile…and a fun envelope makes me smile!


Stampin' Up! Christmas Card, Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer,Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine,Layering Square Framelits, PPA #316,Clean and Simple Christmas Card,Susan Itell- simplestampin.jpg



Stampin' Up! Christmas Card, Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer,Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine,Layering Square Framelits, PPA #316,Clean and Simple Christmas Card,Product Details,Susan Itell- simplestampin.jpg.jpg



You can click right on it and start seeing and have fun! I will be back a bit later today with another post about the new catalog! I do hope that you POP over to the Pals Paper Site to see what the other super talented designers came up with! Talent galore!

See you in a bit with Post #2 for the day….have fun!


Holiday Catalog Stampin' Up!


dog shop now



Fun and colorful for the PPA!


This is a FUN color palette for the Pals Paper art challenge and leave it to the super creative Mary Fish to pick the palette we are working with this week! These colors are sooooooo Mary….and it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

I did a THROWBACK THURSDAY and went to a card from before so…… I CASED my own card for this fun card for you today! I am going to let me pictures tell the story today but please feel free to email me if you have any questions!




We are having very , very windy weather here in Mississippi and today the horses were scratched from competing….it is just toooooooo windy and unsafe. The rain is next to come but I am hopeful that it will come and go QUICK!

Milo and I decided to pack it up and head back over to see my brother. He is such a special person that ALWAYS is the one that makes the effort to come to Maryland and I thought….I am going to go back – make him a yummy dinner – spend the night and be back early!




The 2 stamp sets that I used for this card are from the annual catalog and to me they are both keepers. The below bundle is one that it always a great go-to…this is exactly why I brought it with me. Here is a tip…when you are not 100% sure what you will be wanting to make….always have a great, solid stamp set that can have a total different look with some minimal changes!

Pop back over the weekend and you will see, after all ~ our main goal is to be able to make MANY projects with our stamp sets that we invest in….not just get a single card out of it!

The other single stamp, Bloom for you is another great one, You know how I feel about single stamps and this one is not different. How can you go wrong with this beauty when we have a coordination punch to go with it! Simple works for me!






The next series of pictures will show you how I go about creating the pattern. To me, it is super fun and it is also relaxing. It is like putting a puzzle together but you know where the last piece will go without frustrations! It is so much easier to work on a base and then cut the excess away!

I started out with a base of 5 1/4″ X 4″ and built my FUN and then trimmed the out piece to meet the edges of the black paper and then I took this to my trimmer and cut it to 3 3/4″ X 5″ and then matted it to a piece of white that is 5 1/4″ X 4″








This is a fun card….right? The sentiments are super sweet and it just works each and every time! I think that you can see the versatility of this stamp set and the sentiments can be used with so many other clean and simple cards that you create. Remember, it is all about having timeless stamps in your stash so you can create fun works over and over!








Tomorrow I am going to share with you some of my ins and outs in how I was able to work and keep my blog going while I have been away. The below swatch ring is one that has been a lifesaver. It is so handy to have all of our papers on one ring….all marked with their name and the collection they came from. I am sure that many of you that are viewing this post and have purchased one from me will agree…it is a fabulous tool to have!

If you are interested in getting one, please email me and when I get home I will be making more up!  (Please put in the subject line Card Stock on a Ring so I can SPOT IT) These also make super gifts for your favorite stampin’ friend and I have had many demonstrators  purchase them for their downline as a quick “giftie” – perfect for Easter around the corner!





One last look….a super fun way to use up paper, have fun and do something differently and creative! You can do it….I know you can because if I can do it – YOU CAN! It is so fun what we are able to do…I hope that you can get inky today……fingers crossed that the storms will not be as bad as they say!





Please pop over to the Pals Paper Art Site and see whats brewing! There are some adorable cards that will inspire you to the max! The talent is out there for all of us to me a BIG SPONGE and soak it up! Until tomorrow!



Childhood memories!



Ok – I am sure when you see this card you are going to say…"What the heck is up with that title of today's post"??? Well…if you are anything like me, when I was young I loved to get a fresh coloring book and a new box of crayons and color away!

That is exactly what I did for todays card….it looks like it would have been hard and time consuming but I must say….it was SUPER-DE-DUPER fun and relaxing to color! Do you remember that on yesterdays card I used the Blender pens…well they are my new favorite best friend.


Today is the Pals Paper Art Challenge and this week it is a color challenge (my favorite) and here is the palette for today…..please play along – I would love to see your work in the gallery.


You know that I adore the Aqua Painters and I still do and always will but I must say, I did not play with the blender pens much at all and after yesterday I thought….lets try it again! Many of you are timid with the Aqua Painters and if that is you….than I would say – purchase the Blender Pens to build your confidence up!

I will go in and respond to your comments yesterday while I enjoy my coffee….I am liking having my "me time" with you….my cyber friends! I adore hearing from you!

There is nothing to it at all…if you can color with a crayon, than you can color with a blender pen. I squeezed the top of the ink pad to get some ink on the inside cover then simply took the blender pen to pick up a bit of ink and colored away!


I am the first to say that I do not understand the whole "shading….looking to how the light goes…..etc" – I just color away! There is nothing to it other than deciding on the colors that you want to use! This was a cinch today as I follow the palette and the extra is crushed curry!


This stamp set is a beauty! The font on the sentiments is very beautiful and the floral images are clean, fresh and oh so easy to color! Today, I used the Black Staz On Ink and you can see in the below picture of the stamp set that I used both floral stamps and just "fit them together"…with the help of my stamp-a-ma-jig!


I hope that you can see that I am still being "true to my clean and simple style" with this card. It looks fussy because of the coloring but the coloring was the FUN part!

The funny thing was that I was just playing around with a scrap of paper and thought…what the heck – try to connect both floral images and it worked so I ended up with an odd size. How did I adapt it? Simple just added 1/4" all the way around and even though it is a bit shorter, it fits and looks great in a regular envelope!


The outer liner is from the Brights DSP Stack and the words are just PERFECT with the sentiment on the front of the card. These stacks are sooooo darn tootin HOT and I am so glad that I am offering them again on my product share.

Speaking of product shares….you can click here for Holiday Catalog 2015 Product Share. I will be sending a confirmation emails of the pre-orders I have received over this coming weekend, remember – it is Stampin' Ups! policy that I cannot bill you or send you the products until the catalog is live, which is September 1st. (I am getting ready as I have been able to pre-order and my swatches are ready to rumble when I can etc…)

Please feel free to email me if you need help with the card today and/or if you have questions about the product share! I do take great pride in my shares to offer you a great "taste without the calories"

Here is another peek of today's card….I love it – I know it is a bit different than I normal do but I think it is pretty! What do you think? Do you like it….do you use blender pens…..let's here!


Have a fabulous day and I am SUPER excited to say – my 2 day weekend fun will be back this weekend…Simple Saturday and Step it up Sunday! I know you all enjoy it and I do to!

I know that you will love this picture….too sweet – there is only one Eddie….he has not been eating much lately but his energy has been good – loving his ball and swimming! Everyday is a gift.



Until tomorrow!

p.s. – oops I forgot to mention this one…..you have heard me say COUNTLESS times that the itty bitty accent punches are a must have…well they are – but did you see that I used an epoxy sticker over top of a razzelberry heart and look at how instant FUN it brought!

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It’s a PPA Day!


Happy Thursday! Today is the day of the week that we do our challenges and this week we are challenged with a sketch! Here it is…how about playing this week – it is a super straight forward sketch and I took it very literally this week! Kerry sure does know how to provide us with great sketches!


With Fathers Day being this weekend I thought that this would be a simple card for you to case away. This is the first that I have used the new Brick Wall Embossing Folder and let me tell you….IT IS WONDERFUL…WHY??? – It is a 6" x 6" folder which is a new size for us and the impression of the bricks is soooo deep which really brings it out.

This is sooo darn straight forward and the other NEW speed tool that I used is the Banner Triple Punch…this punches 3 sizes of banners BUT REALLY it punches so many more than just 3!


True it has 3 channels to punch in the widths of 1" 1 1/2" and 2" but if you basically place any odd size of paper and flip the punch over to where you can see the paper to make the banner part….POP – you can make your own size!

This is what I did today for two the them. The sizes are 1 3/4", 1" and 3/4". I also had some fun with the very vanilla ones by stamping on them.Being able to "see thru" the stamp made perfect placement a cinch!


This is probably the most simple punch Stampin’ Up! has made…I am sure that many of you thought….this is silly – we can easily make our own banners (I was one of the,…I 1st thought it was silly) but once you have it, you quickly discover how amazing and FAST it is to use.

The base is in Very Vanilla and then the “brick wall” is in Sahara Sand. Do you notice how nice and deep the impressions are of the folder, this really makes a dramatic effect.


The DSP banner is from the Go Wild Paper Stack and I took advantage of using the other banners to use some of the stamps  from the Guy Greeting Stamp Set.

I know that many of you feel that we do not have a bunch of masculine stamp sets, but this one , Gut Greeting, is clearly a versatile one. Did you notice that Stampin’ Up! has made this set in all 3 mounts? I prefer the photopolymer for the ease of seeing through!


The envelope love came from some stamping on the front as well as I carried the brick wall in the Sahara Sand on the back flap…I love dressing up an envelope like this – you can do anything with "plain jane" paper!

I hope that you can find some time to play with this challenge. Hop over to the site to see what the beauties!

Remember that I am offering "Round 2" of my Product Share. I have all of my cutting and labels supplies all ready for me as I will be staying downstairs.This is the best way to get a taste of the new kids on the block!

Remember, shopping in your jammies is FUN…I’ll be in my jammies  for the next couple of days. Enjoy the day…go do something fun and remember to make memories!

Until tomorrow!


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PPA Sketch Day!


Good Thursday! It is time for a Pals Paper Art Challenge and today is a sketch Challenge that the super talented Kerry Willard Bray came up with! I love it as it is super simple and straight forward! HINT-HINT….for those of you that have been missing my personal Monday challenges..how about trying this one today!

Here you go…fun – right?

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Confession time again….the sentiment came from the stamp set Guy Greetings Stamp Set. I was on the fence about this stamp set as I was waiting to see if it was being carried over and once I saw that it was….BINGO – I made the investment as it is a great masculine stamp set…(Something that we do not seem to have to many of)

I should have known better as Stampin' Up! has this stamp set in all 3 mounts! I personally prefer the photopolymer as it is a cinch to see through but I know that we all have our own personal preferences.


I do not think that you need me to figure out this card…but the layout is a keeper and I would "file it in you memory bank"…you can see that this is a super quick card with minimal product.


Do you see something new? The cute border that I stamped on either side of the sentiment is a sneak peak from a new stamp set called, Bohemian Borders. I have blogged before that do not underestimate the fun and wow a simple border can make. Not only are thy great "fillers" – they are super easy.


The Maritime DSP was the fun for the day and remember it is on the weekly deals this week – this is a simply classic pack of paper with just amazing patterns and colors.


I added some fun on the front of the envelope and it was super easy to do, no Stamp-a-ma-jig necessary as I could see right through the stamps…and presto – a fun envelope front!

I am sure that whomever receives this would have no clue what was inside…this would be a great card to thank someone….for a great friend –



Please pop over to the Pals Paper Art site to see what the other designers came up with and then go to it…take the challenge and have fun…if you do not have the hexagon punch, no worries – just make a substitution of a circle of square.

Thanks for popping in, please share my blog and stampin' fun with your family and friends and do not forget that if you are placing an order, please use the hostess code of K3VX2TKD. This code is good through May 31st and one person will be able to reap the benefits!

Enjoy this day…and until tomorrow!

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