You’re in LUCK today…sweet & simple!

Happy Weekend…Happy St. Patricks Day and a special shout out and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our one and only “Chris. R. from Iowa”

I hope that you have a special day and that there are many happy and healthy returns to you! (you always keep us in stitches with your “life happenings“)

I have a card for you today that will put a “spring into your step” as the minute I saw it….I knew that I needed to CASE it! There are many reasons why it “spoke to me” as it is right up that simple alley that I love in being clean and simple with design.

We also have “winners” from the can you guess on Wednesday’s post  – these have been fun! I know that many of us have “the basics” and that makes me super happy,….but I also know that many of us could easily find $125 worth of Stampin products that we use on a regular basis that would be thrilled to pay just $99 and it ships for free (free shipping is music to my ears)








Now to this super simple yet super fun card! As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator we get a quarterly Magazine called, Stampin’ Success sent to us. When I see it in my mailbox I get super excited as I usually sit at the end of our lane to do the quick flip through and look at the pictures of amazing samples….YEP, I did it again on Wednesday when it arrived.

You know that I adore Versa Mark…as this IS the key to heat embossing as this is the “stick” for our embossing powder but I also use it and often blog about it as a tone on tone effect it will give you when you use it like an ink! It is a magical must have…







I think that many of you think that it might not dry….trust me, it does and heck – if you are also using an embossing technique (like I am today) you will already have your heat gun out….just add some heat to speed up the drying process. I usually just let it set and it dries perfectly.

You know me….it needs to be simple, clean & easy and this is all of that and more. I started with a 4″ X 5″ piece of white cardstock and added a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to it. This product IS one that many of you forget to have handy but it IS one that needs to be with you as it is a TIMESAVER to the max. I actually have many scraps with this adhesive on already in the basic colors (white, vanilla, black, sahara sand) already with the adhesive on it….so when I need a piece, I am ready to go!







I took the 5 colors that I chose (melon mambo, flirty flamingo, lemon-lime twist, bermuda bay & pool party) and cut them into 1/2″ strips and placed them on the white piece of paper that had the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on it. This adhesive if forgiving until you give it a firm press or a good “run over” with the bone folder….(and YEP, I will share with you MY FAVORITE bone folder) at the end of the post!

HOW SIMPLE IS THIS??? I just cleaned up the edges and then matted it on a piece of black cardstock that is a “smidge” larger. I just adore the look and feel of the color and just think of the ENDLESS color schemes you could go with….now to the other “easy element” that made this card special.







Now here is the stamp of the show. It is called Beautiful Day and it is from the Occasions Catalog. This is a stamp that would be super fun to color but today….a quick stamp….how simple is this!







I used the STAMPARATUS to do my stampin’ of the butterfly but by all means, you do not need a placement tool – I just wanted to do a good and firm stamp (I actually stamped it twice) to get a darker versamark image. How beautiful and simple is this? I was beaming from ear to ear with the end result.

Carrying out the theme and design I pulled out a sentiment from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set, this is in the Annual Catalog and as you can clearly see below….it is a fabulous stamp set full of great “thank you’s” with fun fonts! I heat embossed it in White on the black cardstock so the black matting would POP! This IS a stamp set that truly gives you a bang fro your buck as it is priced perfectly!





It wouldn’t be one of my cards if I did not have a fun envelope for you….and YEP….same drill as what I did for the card except I made the width of the strips a bit smaller so I could fit all of them on. I know that it doesn’t take much to make me happy…but this card DOES make me happy and I will use the design and layout for many cards that I create in the future….(A formula) as I like to call it!





Now to WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS…..please go back to the blog post from Wednesday to see….then it will make perfect sense! The items that I would have chose from the ones that I listed were…… and we have 2 winners……



WOOT-WOOT to Kathy Beemer & Pam Traffis…



These are the items that came to $124.25 – Yep….all keepers and you would only pay $99 and it is free shipping! (heck, that is an additional $12.40 off)… Envelope Punch Board, Stampin’ Trimmer, Extra Blades for trimmer, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals & Foam Adhesive Strips.

The key hint that I gave was…“what tools/aids” would I use…..I was super proud that no one put the bone folder (that means you read) and below I will share my favorite. If you look at the picks that I chose…you will see that I did them for a purpose….to be “set” for creating with the basics! Way to go….Kathy…..please email me…I know Pam’s address!

Let’s Chat about Bone Folders as these little gems are a must have for what we do. I always say that I am honest with you in the things I love and use to make the process work for me and true, the stampin’ up! bone folder gets the job done (and it is great for a beginner) but once you get your paws on a teflon bone folder….you will see what a GAME CHANGER it is.

I also have this one, the Ergonomic Square Bone Folder and I am thinking that I like this better as it fits on my hand perfectly and I can give it a good grip…I know…I know – many of you are saying….why in the world would someone spend that money on these???…well – I am just being honest as these are tools that I use ALL OF THE TIME and they make what I do more enjoyable and easier for me!







Why do I like the teflon material with these bone folders??? They are both SUPER SOLID and it will not leave any of that shiny residue (especially on darker cardstocks) when you score. I love a very solid and firm score with my projects as it is this element that really makes your projects look more polished.

There you go….some inspiration for your weekend. I cannot wait to continue to play with this layout design. Please go to your stash and great the stripe part today so you can get the feel and then look at it and think of all of the ways you can use it! I think even after you create the base….it would be super cute to cut a circle out and make a fun and festive shaker card!






That is why I love this thing that we do….there are always sooooo many ways to create and I do love sharing my passion and love with you. Now to the answers that I asked about me…from Wednesday…..

  • If you could be anywhere in the world for New Year’s Ever this year, where would you most want to be? THIS ONE IS SUPER EASY….HOME! There is no place that I would rather be than HOME call me simple…call me boring but I just love the simplicity of home. Many of you got this one!


  • What is your favorite saying or quotation? I loved your guesses and YEP, you do know me but the key word that is in my saying is “JOY” I think that is such a powerful word….and just think 3 simple letter…..that has one HUGE MEANING! Here you go…..and trust me – this goes through my simple little head a bunch as it is soooooo true…..


“If there is no joy in the journey…than there is no joy at the journeys end”


There you go….to me, a great way to live by. Have a fabulous and safe weekend. For you Basketball Fans out there……YIKES – big shake up last night…#1 seated Virginia lost to UMBC….I am sure there are lots of brackets messed up! I will see you on Monday…all of the supplies that I used will be found below and I do hope that you let some fun and festive stripes in your life and card making!







The BEST Bundle in the Catalog!





Ok….hands down….I think that this is the BEST bundle in the new Occasions Catalog! For us Stampin’ Up! fans….it gives us the best of all worlds – great florals….amazing sentiments…. Fantastic artwork on the stamps…and framelits that will WOW us in many ways….I say a HOME RUN!

The minute I saw this catalog…I knew that this bundle would have a forever home on Randall Lane. It is just stellar in so many ways. When you have the best of all worlds it makes it super easy to create. That sums this up…it is just one beautiful bundle and I ask you, how can you go wrong when the “moon and the stars line up” like this does! 😀






No worries about fussy cutting this gem….in the picture below you will see that there is a framelit that cuts out this beautiful cluster of flowers. Here is another thing that you could easily do…snip off a portion of the flower and adhere it with a dimensional to add another layer of a flower for a dramatic POP!

The other thing that I think is a win-win about this bundle is the large, detail framelit that is just the “greenery” For my card today I did cut (2) different colors out, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. I know it is hard to see that I have both colors, but in person the variation of the green colors makes a statement.

The reason that I like this piece is that it is a great “filler” when you need to tuck a little something “here and there” to round out a design! Hopefully that makes sense…but I often finish a design and stand back and say….it needs just a little something more….and YEP – this die allows you to snip a little off if needed….a quick tuck and BAM!







The size of this card is a good old Whisper White Notecard, so it is 3 1/2″ X 5″ . I was thrilled to be able to use this bundle with a smaller size of a card…..again, you are getting the best of both worlds! This would be a super card to make a bunch up and give it as a gift….we all know that handmade gifts from the heart are the ones that are super special!

Because this layout is so simple….I would go ahead and stamp up several of the sentiments on a 1/2″ white piece and then tuck them in with a bunch cards to give as a gift! I would put a piece of tear N Tape on the back of the sentiment strips so the recipient can simply pull off the release paper and adhere it to the card.

Trust me, this would be a gift that not only is so thoughtful and practical….but it would be one that she would remember……because YOU took the time to show you cared by making it!







We have another new product in this new catalog that totally deserves some “talk time”…and that is the 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon! WOW – this is beautiful and it makes the most “well behaved bows” – What the heck is a well behaved bow????

To me…..(because I am a bit bow challenged) it is when you can tie a simple bow just like you are tying your shoe and it works out to be perfect! YEP, this ribbon does just that…you can “fluff up” the loops and they will “behave and stay put” or you can press the loops flat and it looks perfect each and every time!

Because it is white…it works perfectly with just about any project, I am thrilled with this addition. Also remember, this ribbon you can run it across your ink pad and make your own “custom color” of ribbon. Jeanie does this all the time and the results are amazing….but then again, what doesn’t she do that doesn’t look amazing!







Can you also see that I tucked under the “behaved bow” some silver thread? This is a great added touch that take little time with a big return. Using a simple glue dot helps hold everything in place.

Did you forget about this DSP that I used for the back flap of the envelope? It is from the Delightful Daisy DSP collection. When I go to create I simply grab a swatch book and flip through to find a perfect, complementary color and feel of DSP to finish my project.

I am a HUGE believer of the swatch books as they are total time savers. My 1st wave of product shares are closed but if you want to get in the next one, please email me – you will love having a “bit” from all….without having to buy it all! I have the new Occasion Swatch Books available and trust me, once you have them….you will see what I mean about being a lifesaver.







We need to chat….a chat about the coloring and rhinestones. It is so ridiculously easy when you use the Blends…yep, that’s right…these alcohol based markers do all of the work for you without having lines. It is coloring 101 with great results each and every time.

I did not “blend” at all….all I did was put down the lighter of the color (daffodil delight and then old olive respectively) and then went over where there are the darker, pronounced areas are and used the darker shade – THAT IS IT!

For the rhinestones…you can make any color of a rhinestone by simply coloring them with a Blend….or you can also use a Sharpie Marker – it is fast, easy and no mess….leaving you with a perfect “bling” that creates that extra special something to a project!






There you go…a clean and oh so special notecard that is just beautiful! I am using this bundle this month for my monthly card kits ( I knew it the minute I saw it)….It is just a wonderful addition that is just timeless! Remember, if you purchase this bundle, you will qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item… see…that is why I say it is the “sweetest time of the year” – we get to pick FREEBIES!

If you are interested in my Card Kit, please email me…..I have a couple of spots open and the last day to sign up will be Thursday. I know you you will enjoy the offering and you will be a happy stamper when you can sit and create designs that I made! It is always my goal for you to feel confident about your stamping experience!

Enjoy the day and trust me, you will see me use this bundle a bunch as it is just a keeper! All of the 1st wave of my Product Shares are OUT THE DOOR today and now I am turning my time towards my Monthly Kits…… it feels great to have them completed and I know that you all will be thrilled to receive the newbies!

Until Hump Day…..go make someone smile!







“Watt’s Up”…a reservation for one!

Good Morning and Happy Last Saturday of the year! WOW…that sounds super scary but yep…it is true!

I hope you all have been having a wonderful Holiday Season sharing love and laughter with family & friends!


Before we get going…I want to thank you for the well wishes for my dear Dad…he “sprung”  from the hospital yesterday and is soooooo happy to be in his own home and is doing GREAT!

It’s funny how your body reacts to things….my “internal clock” woke me up to say…..“It’s time to get crafty!!!” and I admit, it felt great knowing that I was going to be able to have a “jammies day” as I am not going anywhere!!! Driving back and forth takes a toll on you…and truth be told – I wanted to get this STAMPARATUS inked up!



WARNING….this is a LONG post

(but I do hope that you will read it as my hopes are you to learn more facts about the STAMPARATUS!)



I have a super sweet…super easy….super duplicatable card for you today! As I shared, I woke up before the chickens and wanted to have some good old fashion “me time” and make some thank you’s but really, REALLY wanted to play with the new kid on the block so I can give you some feedback.


(click on the image to see it in use)



Here you go….let’s open the book of “Confessions of an Honest Stamper”….remember- this is the book of ME that I share with you as I always want to be upfront and honest with feedback of products that I use….and that is both Stampin’ Up! products and also others that are not Stampin’ Up!…here you go…





I firmly believe that a Stamp Positioner is a necessity for a card maker. There are all types of stamp positoners…let’s start with the Stamp-a-ma-jig….I can hear MANY OF YOUR SIGHS…..but YEP, I do love it but I agree that there is a learning curve but it is like learning to ride a bike…once you “get it…you get it”….and I DO think that there is always a need/purpose for this handy and inexpensive positioner.

Moving to the “nuts & bolts”…..many of you have heard of and possibly have a MISTI…it made its debut in 2014 ( I think?) and brought a whole new element to stamping in being able to mass produce….to have stamps stamp not only a super clean and crisp image, but also to be in perfect placement.

I do have a MISTI and also a Mini one and YEP, I have learned to use it…and I have used it hard. There was a learning curve but I ask you….Don’t you think there is a learning curve in just about everything we learn to do?

I admit, at first I did not like it because I did not take the time to embrace learning the “how to”…and I thought – well now that I bought this….I will be an expert card maker…(doesn’t work that way)

Earlier this year, Tim Holtz came out with a Stamp Postioner….and YEP, I bought it and I too have used this hard. I have known that Stampin’ Up! was developing a Stamp positioning tool but I also knew that I needed to try, play, get familiar with….other products so I could give a fair and honest feedback on what Stampin’ Up! was going to come out with.

We all know that it is hard to develop something that already is an amazing concept and I truly think that this is one of the reasons that it has taken Stampin’ Up! soooooo long to develop the STAMPARATUS….but they have and it is AMAZING!

I do want you to know that just because Stampin’ Up! comes out with a product…doesn’t mean that I need to use it or blog about it…I use and promote what I like….and what works for my stamping needs!

I learned to use the MISTI and then earlier this year when the Tim Holtz one came out….I learned to LOVE the Tim Holtz one….and I think that I found this one to be easier of a curve than the MISTI but again, I am just giving you feedback from my personal experience.

I also at first glance thought that the STAMPARATUS was basically the same as the Tim Holtz one but with 2 plates….I WAS WRONG!








Once the final prototype of the STAMPARATUS was developed I admit, I was getting a bit “perkier” about the design and how the whole “double hinged reversible plates” was going to work. Well – let me tell you….I have been up since 4:30 a.m. and I am like a kid in a candy store. This product is a keeper of all keepers!

Not only is the design of it brilliant…but the sheer ease of use is a big winner in my eyes. I am all about being able to “get the job done” with ease and precision.

For this card I used both a clear mount stamp (red rubber) and also a photopolymer stamp as I wanted to have the “feel” of both types of stamps on the plates. I even took it a step further to mount a third stamp so I could get the feel of how it felt to take the plate off and rotate it to the other side…and YEP, it worked perfect.








To me, this is a wonderful concept…when using Photopolymer keep the black foam in the STAMPARATUS and when using red rubber…take it out! This is just amazing that you can use all sides of the plates for different stamps!


I am just in amazement that the STAMPARATUS does the job so effectively yet with ease.


I know that there are many blogs and videos out there from Demos that have already received their STAMPARATUS but I invite you to watch these short videos from Linda Heller as she perfectly showcased this product! Linda calls it her Stamparatus 101 Series.

I know that there are (6 videos) but trust me….they are each super short and Linda does a fantastic job in describing all of the in’s and out’s. Linda demonstrated this tool during the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event so she has had it for months and is sharing her knowledge and tips!

I know without a doubt that you will find these videos a HUGE help to you shine the light on this amazing product.


  • 4 Step Stamping with the STAMPARATUS – click here
  • Die Cut Stamping with the STAMPARATUS – click here
  • Perfectly Stamped Sentiments with the STAMPARATUS – click here
  • Alignment Tips and Tricks with the STAMPARATUS – click here
  • Hinge Stamping with the STAMPARATUS – click here
  • Inking, Cleaning and Storage with the STAMPARATUS – click here


Well…I was right!!! Isn’t Linda just the best in explaining all if the aspects of the STAMPARATUS. For those of you that are not familiar with Linda….she also has an amazing online school called Stamping School where she does videos every week! Take a moment and check it out!

Whew….I am sorry that this is such a LONG POST but I felt the need to really let you know my thoughts about this new product. This will be a game-changer for Stampin’ Up! and they have really thought this through and have really made it the best.

Today IS the last day for you to “make a reservation” for your STAMPARATUS until the New Catalog comes out in June of 2018. Here is what I would do…

I would HIT THAT PAW PRINT BELOW and reserve yours. Please remember, this will NOT be offered again until the new annual catalog comes out in June. I ask you….why in the heck would you want to wait that long when you know that this will not only make your stamping cleaner and more precise…but it will be a time saver as well.



(scroll down a wee bit and to the right –  then click the STAMPARATUS image to get going)



Here me out here…have you ever made a reservation at a restaurant or a hotel and then had to cancel it? Well…my guess your answer is YEP….well….this is how it will work with the STAMPARATUS as well.

Beginning March 19, Stampin’ Up! will ship the Stamparatus in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in the warehouse.

When your “reservation window” is available (remember..first in, first out) you will have the opportunity to cancel the order (which I am sure you will NOT do) and also be able to add other products onto your order….so you can see….there is plenty of time for you to continue to learn about this product and then IF for some reason you change your mind….no worries, just cancel your reservation!

As I continue to play and learn all about this product, I will continue to share my thoughts, learning curves, tips & tricks with you. As always, it is my goal to give you honest feedback.

Please make sure that when you secure your reservation that you leave current info (shipping, cc# etc…) You will NOT be charged until you confirm and close your reservation when notified. This is a new ordering system for Stampin’ Up! and they are trying to minimize backorders.








WHEW AGAIN….this was a bunch to put into words but I do hope that you have found this helpful. You can see, you have nothing to lose in making a reservation. Remember, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY until JUNE 2018.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions…I know that this is a bunch to take in and I know that many of you have been on the fence because of having other stamp positioners. I admit, I am thrilled with the design mainly because I can use the “set up” for an entire card if I am using multiple stamps like I did for this card. Being able to use up to 4 stamps with one tool….WOOT-WOOT – I’m doing a happy dance!

I am sure that I might get some questions as to where the other stamps came from? Well…I am sure that you and are are the same in the way that we do not buy all of our groceries at the same store or wear just one brand of clothes….well I am also the same with my stamping.

When I see something that I think is useful for my needs, it’s simple….I just get it and use it. The other stamps that I used were here and here….you know me, I adore sentiments (and especially simple and useful ones) and I adore my envelopes!

Also….my Occasions Catalog Product Share is now open. If you want to get in the first wave of the share please email me your share requests and I take care of you! I have also added a Share Drop-down box on my blog header to make it easy to find!

I will NOT be sending Pay Pal Invoices out until January 3rd as per Stampin’ Up! policies so when you see your invoice, please take care of it to finalize your share. Product Shares ARE the best way to take advantage of the goodies!

Have a fabulous day…it feels great to be at home and also to know that I am not going anywhere! There is nothing better than a jammie day!





A Classic Crafty Thanks….




I must say….today I have a “Susan kinda card” for you! I needed a super simple layout that I could make in the masses and yep, I think I nailed it. You know me…when I am on a mission I just try to figure out what will work and GO FOR IT!

To me…a super classic layout like this is always in style and one you get all of the cutting down….stamping a single image is a cinch….(plus thanks to the MISTI) I can crank them out in a jif….and then sitting and coloring is fun!

The below stamp set was the blue ribbon winner for me. I think that this stamp set and the pig stamp set were probably 2 of my favorites when the catalog was unveiled.







Because we all know that the “new kids on the block”STAMPIN’ BLENDS are getting a huge pitch all around the internet right now….I just had to use them! They were a dream machine to quickly color.

I think that is one of the things I love best….they are super fast and easy to use and “heck with shading” if that is not your bag…..just color! I adore the fact of not having lines when you color… “smooth sailing”










The sentiment was from Thankful Thoughts…a goodies that has beed around a while but we all know that “oldies are goodies” and this one will get the milage with upcoming thank you notes that will need to be written during the holidays.

I adore this font (I really am a font geek) and matting it with a wee bit of smokey slate just gave it the right uumph!







I ask you, how can you go wrong with a BIG splash of DSP like I have done here? Let me help you out….YOU CAN’T! I invite you look at your stash and use your paper. I think that is one of the first things that grows and grows… bought it…..USE IT UP!

You know that whenever we have a new catalog that I offer product swatches of DSP’s….I adore them as with this card it was super easy for me to grab the swatch book and flip through….presto……works for me!

It will surprise you…..just because the name says “Birthday Memories” – the paper I used had a TOTAL different look and feel! I encourage you to look and see what you have….trust me, we all have gobs of paper to use!






One other tip I want to touch on…..the size of the white piece is 3″ X 4″ (so I was able to get (6) from a sheet of paper)….I matted it with Smokey Slate 3/8″ larger and then scored around on all sides…..

I think that this makes a difference… about you? I know that I do this a bunch but I can also say….to me, it is a simple touch that takes minimal time & effort to produce a great effect.







There you go….a card for the masses and I think any crafty friend would LOVE this! I know that I still have to tell you all about my adventure….I will – promise because I know that many of you will get a kick out of it!

Now for GREAT NEWS…..BLACK BEAUTY is OFF….and I am thrilled!!!! I start PT on Tuesday and wow, I did not think in a million years that someone as active as I am would feel sooooo darn weak. I “get it” – it will take time to get the strength back…..but I wish that you could see my poor thumb nail….

It has beed covered (as my thumb was totally immobilized) and it could use a little manicure. I still have a brace that I need to wear but I’ll take it……just to be able to take a shower without a trash bag was the best luxury I could ask for!

Please let me know how you like this card….I was super happy with the end result and I am looking forward to coloring the rest today and then popping them in the mail!




A “fruity” thank you….




Happy HUMP day! Today I have a “sweet & fruity” thank you that I created using the June Paper Pumpkin! It is so funny to me….when it is time for the Paper Pumpkins to arrive (around the 12th of the month) there seems to be a buzz going around…..“Did you get your Paper Pumpkin yet….What is the kit” – the fun is the mystery each month!

Here is the video of the kit and on Friday I will share with you another take that I did using another part of the kit. For me…it is fun to try to use them in a different way than what was intended but truth be told there are months that I just like to sit and have some “me time” and put it together while watching the video!






You can see that the kit is soooooo festive and fun for Summer! I always LOVE the stampin’ spots and this month there were 2….I say – WOOT-WOOT!!! These little gems come in handy and are great to have if traveling! (you can re-ink them just like the big ones)

You can see that I cut the DSP of the fruit and made it into a simple square and then matted it to make a fun square card! One thing that I want to touch on…can you see how distinct the melon mambo sentiment is?

That comes from “conditioning the stamp” – I have blogged about this many, many times and this card is a great example of why I believe that taking the time is totally WORTH IT because your end result will be a great clean and crisp stamp!







The stamp set is Thankful Thoughts. It was carried over this year which made me happy as it is a clean stamp that covers many cards that we will make when a simple “thanks” is in need! Aren’t the fonts great?

I wasn’t sure what to do today so all I did was STAMP….get the scissors out and GO TO TOWN and cut it randomly and then a quick mat. I say, when in doubt…..pull those scissors out! It’s a fun look and take seconds….just do it!






I enjoyed reading the comments on yesterdays post so I kept the party rolling. It truly is fun to add the extra pizzazz to the envelope. Remember, there are no rules other than to have FUN!







I love the bright and bold elements of this card and I think that the square size looks super with the fruit! I am excited for you to see Fridays project…..(heck – I would love it if Stampin’ Up! added this) to our product line…it was super fun and fresh!

I know that Paper Pumpkin is not for everyone but the element that is always true…you can make it work for you. I admit that there are months that I am not over the moon about but I will say they always can be put to use! That what creativity is….making it work for your needs!

Guess what tomorrow is….YEP – TIC TAC TOE day! I hope that you will pop back tomorrow and see the card that when with yesterdays post….it’s a keeper!





Stepping in UP for your Sunday!




Good Morning and welcome to the day of the 2 day personal challenge that I do were I take yesterdays project and step it up a wee bit. As I said yesterday, this is a SUPER fast and easy card to whip up and I will say, Stampin’ Up! taught me a lesson…..the lesson that we all have heard – don’t judge a book by its cover.

I admit, this stamp was not on my “A list” and truth be told not even on my “B list” (I am being totally honest) but I had a customer that just loved it and wanted a dozen of these cards. She loves to send cards out but sadly does not stamp….she just buys! When a new catalog comes out she loves to look through…and yep – this caught her eye.

I am still in amazement with how fast it comes together and I am going to say it out of the gate, I like both cards but today’s wins my heart. I will say…the pictures are hard to give it the love it deserves….but that’s my pick – todays card.






Below you will see the stamp stamp that was used to make these cards and if you did not see yesterdays post….I would go back and read how I truly believe that conditioning a stamp is the key to great success with a clear, clean & crisp image. Face it…if you stamped this and it is not a solid black image….you are going to be struggling to have a great end result. Taking the time is well worth it!









Now to some close ups and comments. I think the reason that I am leaning towards this card is that I like the “white” – I am crazy over So Saffron as I think So Saffron always makes things better but I just like the White with the matting of the Pear Pizzazz.

The Shimmer Pear Pizzazz Ribbon… also a smile maker and it just adds a subtle yet classic touch and feel to the whole card. I just used Tear -N- Tape to hold the ribbon in place and then tool a small piece and made a quick knot and adhered that with a simple glue dot!









The other addition I did today was using the Clear Wink of Stella Pen over the letters and in the centers of the flowers….that wee bit or shimmer does the trick when you hold the card in your hand! That is a “secret weapon” that we all need to have in our stash!






There you go…another weekend post in the archives! I hope that this perked you up to take another look at this stamp set. I will say that we always are learning lessons and this is one that I am glad that I learned!

Happy Fathers Day to all of those wonderful men in our lives…..we worked our little tails off yesterday around the house and are going to take some “us time” today! Thanks for the Oscar wishes….he is doing well but yesterday I think he had a bit of a tummy ache and for you people put there that have horses… know that it is something to not take lightly…..

I wish that I could have re-wound sleeping last night….but worrying about the animals and checking Oscar throughout the night was needed. I think we are on the right track….A quickie on Mr. Perfect Dog…aka – Milo…..he is getting around like a tripod would do….that little leg of his is straight out but he is in no pain…he continues to melt my heart!

Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!




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