Spring is in the house – ROSES!







Hello and here is to a NEW WEEK! I am doing the HAPPY DANCE all week for the time to change this coming weekend! I know that many if you are i my camp of….I AM DONE WITH WINTER….and I am sooooo ready for Springtime to be here….plus the longer days!

Yesterday we had snow….this morning we were plowing and shoveling…..right now it is sooooo beautifully sunny out (that I cannot believe that I am inside typing this) but I am trying to get into a schedule!

I had a FABULOUS time in Boston visiting my son….I plopped myself for 2 days at his school and the grasshoppers he teaches were just adorable! They are from 6 – 9 years old and let me tell you…..they do things now that I never dreamed a grasshopper could do – all in all – I perfect time and he sooooo appreciated his Mom being there!

Let’s get to this BEAUTY as I truly think it is just that…..a TRUE BLUE BEAUTY of a card and I have been excited to share with you! I was in the mood to use the good old aqua painter so all of the cards that you see are with the aqua painter and the shimmering white paper!


? for you….do you have the shimmering white paper?


Chances are….if you are anything like me you are not that familiar with it! I had heard of it but I really did not use it until my dear friend and partner in crime with paper, Jeanie Stark said – that is just the best to watercolor with….so being the stamper I am – I hit that button and bought it and she was right, it is GREAT to use with the aqua painter!

Let’s face it…there are several items that we do not use often but when we are in the position of needing it…you are thankful that you have it readily available as it is things like this that pull projects together!

Keep reading as I am going to share with you the dimensions of this card as it is one of those that I clearly call “a keeper” and I think that you can also see that the sky is the limit with the colors that you can use and also the DSP!






I was NOT going to get another Stampin’ Up! Rose set as I have some from the past BUT…the reason that I hit that button to purchase this bundle was simple!

  • I loved the sentiments and the font styleT
  • The Bundle price point was great
  • The floral image would be SUPER easy to color
  • The trellis and the sentiment die were over the top vesatile
  • That stamp of the shapes (not sure what to call it) – this would be perfect to stamp off as it is very unique.

I highly encourage you to ask yourself questions before you make an investment, Also, use the samples in the catalog for inspiration as you can see some similarities to my card!






One of the things that I was super tickled with was….I was able to heat emboss on Vellum and hide the adhesive! Vellum is another item that we do not use often but watch out as when we do…..next is usually a smile!

How did I hide the vellum?  After I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and it was ready to be assembled…I took the green glue and added a super thin layer of it over the entire vellum banner and then popped it up with mini dimensionals just on the left tucked under the floral image…when the glue was dry….you could not see it!





This is one of those cards that is much prettier in person than what the pictures can do for it so please trust me, it is just stunning! True your fingertips are sticky but to me a simple wash of your hands is better than seeing adhesive peek through vellum!






The other think that I think makes this a keeper is the scoring lines I did on either side of the layered whisper white piece. This is something that I do quite often and it is something that truly makes a difference when you hold the project in your hand. I ALWAYS prefer to use the Simply Scoring over the trimmer when scoring lines like this – you just get a much deeper impression!

Here you go…..and if you want one of these cards as well as 1 yard of EACH color of the Organdy Ribbon…..is is your for free with the purchase of this bundle from me!

This Organdy Ribbon as a Sale-A-Bration item that SOLD OUT…..but I have an extra package of it so I can make (5) people happy with a yard of each of the 5 colors!






Here you go….some quick bullet points on the ins and outs of how I made this card! I do hope that you will try it! Remember, if you purchase the Bundle from me…..I will send you one of these cards and envelopes along with a yard of each of the 5 colors of ribbons (5 yards total)


  • Card Base – thick Whisper White in vertical fold, 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • Regular weight whisper white  4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ and scored on each side 4 x’s as shown
  • The Gingham Paper is 2 1/2″ X 5 3/8″
  • I used (3) of the trellis and adhered them together with green glue
  • The floral image was color with the aqua painters in the colors listed below on shimmery cardstock
  • A simple bow out of the Organdy Ribbon tied on the Flax Ribbon added the perfect simple bling!


Remember, we are on the LAST MONTH of Sale-A-Bration…..so make sure that you take full advantage of the freebies that you can earn with every $50.00 increment. Stampin’ Up! has added more….so CLICK HERE to see all of the availabilities!





Have a super afternoon and for you Voice Fans……(Sonny I know for sure!!!!) they are back on so yep, I will be watching and smiling! I hope that this sweet card perked up your day and I do hope that you will find some well deserved me time and make one! This is a great layout for many stamp sets that I am sure that you have!






WOOT-WOOT…fun and colorful!





Good Morning….oops….Good Afternoon!

(It happened again as I am with my Dad but he is doing great!)


I have a fun and colorful card of inspiration for you today….PLUS a chance to win BLOG CANDY!! You can tell by the colors that I am using that I am sooooo ready for Spring! I invite you to look at colors and just have FUN with combining them together.

One thing that I hope you can see right off the bat is that this card is all about the basics again! You know me…..that works for me and I never get tired of pointing that out to you, To be honest….I hadn’t put away the square framelits away from Tuesday as well as the Tutti-Fruit paper and I thought – challenge yourself to make something that is right in front of you!

When I say the basics….look at this….

  • Whisper White Card Stockyep….gotta have it in both Thick and Regular Weight.
  • Trimmer yep – need this too!…gotta have this for ease of making perfect cuts in all sizes and you can score as well!
  • Big Shotyep – of course!…true an investment….but one that you will buy once but use over and over! (I call mine “Mr. Big”)
  • Square Framelitsyep-a basic!..another one time investment that you will use for your crafting lifetime!





  • Sentiment Dies  – yep again plus this is free, this is one thing that I am a HUGE LOVER of…..I just adore sentiment dies and my fingers are crossed that we keep coming out with more and more of them! The great thing about this one….you will get it FREE as it is a choice in the SAB Freebies!




  • Sentiment Stamp Setyep – I do love my sentiments!, when you are choosing stamps, go for the sentiments as you can always tuck a sentiment in here and there that are classic and timeless….just look at how many useful one are in this stamp set, Sunshine Wishes!









I am just a huge believer if you have the basics you can go from there and add as needed. I know that we all get super excited with buying more and more stamps….but I truly think that as you build your crafting collection you need to have the basic tools/supplies….and all of the ones that I listed above are ones that I would recommend as a must have!



Let’s have a little fun and how about some BLOG CANDY 



What is the combination of basics that I have listed below that would get you to $124.50 (the maximum amount of product that you could get is $125) that you could choose as your “ultimate bundle” and just get it all for $99.00 (and it would ship for FREE)

On top of the savings…you would be able to pick any 2 stamp sets of your choiceYEP – ANY 2…and I always think it is super fun to hear what people pick….some go for the most $$$$$….some go for the newer ones….it’s completely your choice!

The 2 FREE STAMP OFFER is just good until March 31st……so each week until then….you will have 4 opportunities to guess what items from the list below (at the end of the post) would I pick that would add up to $124.50 for my starter kit is I was a newbie!

Each week until then I will be offering a different Blog Candy FREEBIE….this week it is the Tutti-Fruiti Notecard & Envelopes….and if we have multiple winners…I will honor it to the first 3 that guess it correctly! Have fun and see if we think the same! I will list the winner (s) on Saturdays post.

I think that you can see from this card that there are simple shapes (squares) and a sentiment. I stacked up several of the sentiment word and I do think that this adds a fun impact. Also adding dimensionals add depth and interest to this simple card.






I used some color inspiration from the Tutti-Fruiti 6X6 DSP….and I actually covered the entire front panel of an A-2 card and then I used the extra scrap to give the envelope some love.

There are 2 other additions that I used that are not Stampin’ Up! Products but ones that I consider great ones to have on hand….(actually I always have 2 white pens as I would be lost without it) and these fun and sassy blings….from Honey Bee.







I hope that this super clean card will inspire you to think about using minimal products…..lots of FUN color…..to create a card that would make anyone feel super special! This is truly a less is best example and one that would be easy to make up in the masses.

I hope that you have fun playing the “puzzle/challenge” to see in the below product line up….what I would pick to add up to $124.50! I will give you a hint…..the Big Shot is not one of the items item… ha-ha, well at least not this time 🙂 ……

If you wish, leave your guess in the comments and up to 3 will win the Tutti Fruiti Notecards & Envelopes! Have a great afternoon and remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with be being simple in your style  – I think that this is one sharp and fun card!






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!






3 Thinlits + No Stampin = A FUN Result!




Happy Hump Day! Did the subject line peek your curiosity? Well, YEP….that is right – no stamping today…just die cuts and special ones at that as these 3 thinlits are free with a qualifying order of $100+ during Sale-A-Bration!

There is a stamp set, Amazing You that also coordinates with it but today I am focusing on just these 3 words….it is called the Celebrate You Thinlits I think that it makes a fun yet kinda dramatic look and feel, making it super special. I know that if I were to receive it, I would beam and also  oooo & ahhhh over it!

Below is a super short (under 2 minutes) video that the home office did about these 2 products…there are some amazing samples in there that will perk you up and then you will see where my inspiration came from, YEP….I cased a card!








Every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! shares weekly updates with Demos and then they also help us by sharing with us a weekly training piece to help us, inspire us and teach us focusing on a specific product. When I clicked on the email yesterday and saw the picture below I know that I needed to case it as it is truly a fantastic card!

First I adore a tone on tone and truth be told I like it best in White or Vanilla but I thought that might be hard to see in pictures so I went with my favorite Stampin’ Up! color…..lemon lime twist….(I can hear Chris R. right now making all sorts of faces as she does not care for this color…tee-hee-hee  😀 ) but me, I LOVE IT as it is big and bold and looks fantastic with black and white!







Now here is my take on this fun card! You can totally see the CASE that I was going for….the repetition of the word celebrate! I added some simple changes to share with you how you can see something that you love….tweak it a wee bit and make it work for you!

I do not know about you but…I have GOBS of Washi Tape….I buy it….but then I do not use it. I placed a thin piece of Washi Tape down the left side and POP….and think that it makes a huge difference as it pulls together the black sentiments plus the thin black thread that I placed behind the banner….do you agree?








You know me….I like to find ways to make this whole process we do fun and as simple as possible and truth be told…there are products out there that make it easier. Below you will see the Elmer’s Adhesive Spray. I have blogged about this before and even though I do not use it often, when I need to – it sure is great to have on hand.

You can purchase it from a craft store…I think I picked it up at Jo Ann Fabrics and there are a ton of different brands – I just went with good old Elmer’s as I figured – WHY NOT….that brand worked for use when we were kids at school…I just figured this was the “grown up version” 

When I use spray adhesive I make sure that I spray it in a deep box so there is no chance of spray residue getting on my work area and I also like to use little piece of wax paper after each spray. I have found this to be super helpful in not having adhesive stick to the next thing you are going to spray (I hope that this makes sense) I then just throw the wax paper away and I can reuse the box the next time I need it.







This font of “amazing” is that indeed….just amazing! I do like the idea of having the 2 words in the same color family but also at the same time making them a bit different – this black and white dot is from the Petal Passion DSP collection. This offering of paper is over the top! I admit…I am going to be sad when it leaves at the end of this catalog but in the meantime….get used to seeing it as it is a keeper, each and every print!

I realize that there is just (2) colors, black and white to this collection but the contrast when you POP it with a color like I did today is just classic. You can also use your blends to color right on the paper to add a super dramatic look….you will see a post on that look in the future!







Check out in the picture below how I keep my Washi Tape. I use a simple ring clip  – I only do this with current Washi Tape collections so I can easily spot the current ones. The others that are retired I keep in a super cute basket in my work area….

You can see from the below picture that I simply used (3) additional items that most of us have….and in using these in a minimal way made an impact on the card! My little dots around the banner and also on my envelope flap just added that simple yet detailed touch that would certainly make the recipient smile….remember, it’s the little things that people remember!







One last peek of this fun card. It really did not take a bunch of time to do. The longest part was cutting out the word 5 times and the spray adhesive made it a cinch to adhere!

I first thought that I needed to do a bunch of measuring to make sure that everything was just right in the spacing and then I thought to myself…KEEP IT SIMPLE….and that is what I did!

I started with the center celebrate words (that was mainly under the banner) and then just added above and below….it’s not perfect but IT WORKS! After making one of these…I thought – WOW…..I need to do this with other sentiment words that I have!







Enjoy your day….and we are having what feels like a heat wave on the East Coast…..now it is not that warm out BUT it is a heck of a lot better than the sheer bitterness we have been having….I am even thinking about taking a nice long walk!

Below you will see the items that I used to make this fun card and I know that there are many of you that have been “eyeing up” this framelit offering. I agree with Donna from the video….Sale-A-Bration IS the sweetest time of the year for us crazed Stampin’ Up! lovers!






A party of furry friends!





Good Morning and do I have a cutie for you today! I just smile when I see this stamp set….and then when I say the name of it – We Must Celebrate ..I just giggle!!!  I envision this foursome to be holding up banner flags saying hooray….look at us! It is a new kid on the block and it is super sweet!!!

I was going to share this with you yesterday….but I have been in the trenches….the Product Share Trenches and WOW – I have dug a huge dent into the pile of paper and goodies….Many have shipped and the rest will go out on Monday. If you thought you were in my first wave of the Product Share and you did not receive a confirmation and or Pay Pal Invoice….please email me as they all went out on  Catalog Launch Day!

Below is the stamp images…aren’t they just the sweetest!?!? Do you have a favorite? I think I am taken to the Bear and the Silly Squirrel. The sentiments are super sweet and you all know that I am a lover of a great sentiment. On the inside of this card I simply stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment…a perfect clean and simple card!








This card is so straightforward for you but I do want to point out some things I have learned from making it. This is a card that I went ahead and stamped up 12 of and then just put the extras in one of our clear envelopes to color at a later date. I invite you to do this when you are stamping an image like this as it is a fun thing to do when you are on the go!

The way that I look at it is….you have the stamp and ink out…why not just go ahead and stamp many of the same image so you are ready to color when you have the time! Coloring is so fun to do while you are watching a movie or simply waiting somewhere – I use these Zippered Mesh Bags for sooooo many things but one thing I would suggest if you get any…..BUY A TON OF THEM as trust me, they will disappear.

I alway have a pile of them as when the peeps come home – they seem to raid my stash as they truly are handy for many on the go things that we do or to simply keep us organized. If I am somewhere and I pull one of them out….I can almost guarantee I will have someone ask me where I got them. They are so darn affordable and I will say that I use all 3 sizes! Ok – enough on this but you know I love organizational tips for you an goodies to help life be easier!







I do love our Blends. Here is a tip that I have been doing lately. When I use the Stampin’ Blends I am finding that I am preferring using the regular (thinner) Whisper White Card Stock I admit, ever since Stampin’ Up! came out with the Thick Whisper White Card Stock I have kept a skeleton amount of the thinner but I am finding that I am reaching for it more and more when using the Blends.

Perhaps it is just a personal preference but I find that the Blends glide over the paper perfectly. The #1 reason that I adore the Blends is the simple fact of no lines showing!!!! To me, it is just simply the best to have a coloring product that just glides and gives a smooth and even coverage.







I know that many of you worry about knowing how to “blend” colors together…but hear me out – the 1st thing for you to master is just simply feeling comfortable with the coverage of the markers. I invite you to NOT WORRY about mastering the “blending” aspect of this product…rather embrace the fact that there are 12 color families – hence you have 24 different colors to play with!


The blending will come in time and it will only happen with one concept….that is PRACTICE!


I am just hoping that Stampin’ Up! keeps coming out with more and more colors. If I showed you how many Copic Markers I have you would say….a BIG – OH MY!!!! I just love the coloring result you get with an alcohol based marker but always remember to use the appropriate ink when stamping….use the Memento Black Ink as it is safe for the markers.









Did you notice the envelope love….I am still getting used to the new DSP offerings…but this one is one of the Sale-A-Bration FREEBIES….shown above. Trust me on this one….this picture does not do it justice as when I saw this picture I was not a fan of this paper but once I saw it in person….I thought of many projects that it would work for and heck – it is FREE….so who doesn’t love that!

Same drill as I always do….a 1/4″ strip of card stock and then a 2″ X 6″ piece of the DSP….adhere it and trim off the excess! This way I can get 12 envelope flaps out of (1) sheet of DSP! Works for me!

After I did my coloring fun and went to mat it onto the Sahara Sand….I thought it needed a bit more to POP…..so I simply used the stampin’ trimmer to cut a 1/4″ strip of paper and then matted that across the top and bottom of the colored image!







There you go…a super simple yet super fun card. I do enjoy working with a whimsical stamp set like this as I truly do not think it is for just the “young at heart” To me, it just conveys a FUN TIME and you could use a sentiment in the inside such as “We’re rooting for you” or “Sending well wishes”…just about anything would work!

Enjoy the day and stay warm…we are on day 3 of the horses being in the bard as it is just too darn bitter with the wind to go out! I have one miserable and super grumpy pig on my hands as Daisy simply hates the cold weather…..she is like a ground hog…..she would rather stay in her heated penthouse and just come out when it gets warmer.

Trust me, she grumbles at me when I push her out to go potty but she does what she needs to and then runs (well waddles) right back to the door to the heat! She really is not a fan of this weather!

I do hope that you can have some “crafting time”  over the weekend. I am going to be doing some and then switching to the product shares….a little of each makes Susan a happy stamper! Isn’t it just wonderful to know the simple tricks that make us happy…..I want to play stamps, paper & ink…John wants to watch football….and Daisy wants to sleep – life is great! 🙂





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