A sweet shaker for my friend….

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Today is the day that my friends son is having his surgery, please keep him and the family in your thoughts. Today I have a fun shaker card that I made for my friend! I am trying to stock pile several different types of card to brighten their day!

The card was made with the Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelits as the base for my shaker! Because they are all graduated sizes, it is easy to do! You can see in the below picture the “makings of the shaker” (sorry for the icky picture but it will give you the idea)


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The “key element” that makes it easy is using the foam adhesive stripes. Here is a great tip!!!! ~ peel off both sides of the strips as it makes it super easy to bend around and adhere to whatever base you are using. I should have used one long strip and worked around…this IS the easiest wat to do it as when you start cutting into little pieces, it just makes it harder!


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Here is another tip! To prevent your shaker elements from sticking to the sides and the top of the window sheet….take either the stampin’ buddy or a swifter cloth ~ this really help with the sticking and the static.

I used the beautiful sentiment from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle (love this font) for the message inside the heart! I thought that it was appropriate to add little hearts (from the hearts border punch) and I also threw in some sequins…

The over all size of the card is a 4 1/2″ square card. The strip of the GORGEOUS DSP is 1 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ and then a 1/4″ strip of the Daffodil Delight!


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Now to the flowers on the Mint Macaron Base. They are from the Love & Affection Stamp Set and I used Versamark to stamp. Remember, I have blogged before that this is a great way to add an accent. You just need to play with the paper as sometimes it works better using the same color of ink and then there are times that the versamark works better. I love the effect it gives!

That is about it….have you tried to make a shaker card? If not, how about giving it a try! It is like all things we do…if we have the right tools/products, it works…it is as simple as that!



Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help with a shaker card or even any card. I often have people email me a picture of a card they have seen on the internet and they say, “How did they do that?” Trust me, I do not have all of the answers but if I can help, it is my pleasure!

I know that Catherine Ann will love this card. I can see her just want to look at it and then she will shake, shake, shake…and then flash that beautiful smile she has.



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Now to the weekend post….I adore the comments but I must say, my pick was Sunday’s card. I do love Crumb cake for the holidays…and i think that when you see the DSP paper stack, you will see why! I will say that this card is in the running for a holiday card from my family!

This is the home stretch…this week is special! The end of the month…and the UNVEILING or should I say….purchasing from the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!

Have a great day, we all have so much to be thankful for….please remember my friends and I hope that this quotes touches you! There truly is power in kindness, love, belief and prayers!


We Rise by Lifting Others



Thoughtful Branches…super cute!

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Here is to another week that ZOOMED by but I certainly hope that you do not let this sweet card ZOOM by without taking a good hard look at it! I think  that it is super sweet…and Lord knows the sentiment that I stamped tone on tone in the back is a keeper “You’re kindness makes a difference” – WOW…you know how I feel about kindness…..we all need to spread it!

Let’s have a chat about the stamping of this sentiment…CLICK HERE to see how I did it (actually with this same, wonderful stamp set) BUT I did it in Versamark…TODAY I did it in So Saffron…the same color as the card stock!

Do you remember I shared with you that it all depends on the paper? Well, I tried it first with the versamark and it just did not do it for me….then I tried it with the So Saffron, that did the trick in my eyes!

Below you will see the great image of this special limited edition bundle…and look close – can you see where I received my inspiration?


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The inner “Picasso” tried to come out in me today and I did a quick…swish – swish in Soft Sky across the piece of Thick Whisper White (You can get by with this paper and the aqua painter….just double check as you go) and then I simlply let the great stamps from this set do the work!

In the final line up you will see the colors of ink that I used for this card….I bet that you already know that it is going to some special people that helped “my peep” before “Mother Hen” arrived last Friday! FAMILYFRIENDS(I hope that you can take a second and think and give thanks for those (2) F’s in your life – they are the best “secret weapon” we all have!)



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Now to the SMILE….the liner – it is from the Fresh Fruit DSP and I thought that this was the perfect compliment to this sweet card. Please do not take it for granted that what we do DOES NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE….because it does….


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Here is your 411 – “Operator Assistance” to CASE this card…how doesn’t like “help sheets” – I sure do and I hope that it is a help to YOU.…but remember, I have the total line up att he end of the post!



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I hope to see you back here tomorrow because I have a TRICK up my sleeve….I know that you will like it as heck – you always like it when I do a 2 day post!

Please do not forget what today is….it is the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games….we are having a “Brazilian Themed Dinner” and I will be glued to the festivities! Do you enjoy watching the Olympics???? I think that it is just wonderful to see the talent, dedication and sheer excitement from all over the world!


Thoughtful Branches…oh my!

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Are you getting excited to purchase this amazing bundle!?!? A week from tomorrow, August 2nd ~ this bundle will be available for you to purchase and YES, I would definitely purchase this as a bundle as the framelits are just amazing!

I am sure that you have seen many, many ideas using it and I think that you agree, it is a special set. I have received emails asking my opinion about this as it is just a available for a limited time and what I can say is…it is a classic and one that you will use for years! I am just amazed at the details and the sentiments…fabulous!


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I think that there is no denying, this DSP Paper, Affectionately Yours is just the BEST. You know that I adore Navy…and then when you throw in the other super fun colors….I say WOW –  This paper that I am showcasing today has some “copper” in it…..and I took the challenge to use the copper embossing powder and I LOVE IT!


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In the below picture you will see how I created the copper leaves…it was fun, it was easy and it makes a statement! I will say, this is a card that I would make as many as I could in using this paper. You only get (1) sheet of this in the pack, this is why I used it as “carefully” as possible!

This strip is a 2″ cut therefore you will be able to make 12 cards from a sheet of paper! I think that you will agree…this would be a super card to have on hand.


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Because I was trying to be “resourceful” in using this special paper, I decided to play with the In Color Envelope Paper for my envelope today! Remember, this is just an A-2 Card so a regular envelope would do the trick as well and I would pull a coordinating paper from the paper pack to make your mailman and recipient smile…. 🙂


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Here is your daily 411 for now (as this is a classic layout) and for the future (after you are able to order this amazing bundle). I hope that you like this card as much as I do and I know that the special person that I am sending this to, will love it….as she is as beautiful as this card is!


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We are in the final week of the BONUS DAYS…this is a GREAT way to knock down the price of this bundle….you know what I say…WOOT-WOOT! Please remember to keep the code that Stampin’ Up! will send you to redeem in August. (You all know I would do just about ANYTHING for you all…but there is no way that I can help you if you lose the code….so print it off or write down the number and put it somewhere safe!)

Also, remember to use the hostess code at the top right of my blog and also see the drop down box on the top of my blog to see the card I will send your way and also the gift if your order is $75+. I have been working on my blog so I hope that you are getting used to be able to see the scoop at a glance!








Tuesday Tips…all about Cardstock!




Happy Tuesday and today is our day that we chat about tips and try to learn about different topics that revolve around stamping, organizing and basically “whatever” for this wonderful habit we have, STAMPING!

Today lets get some chatter rolling on Cardstock and I have for you some tips about what I think is a GREAT way to get a taste of our cardstock paper!




Before I get to my #1 tip for you…I want to say that I only use Stampin’ Up! Paper and let me explain why. One of the things that I adore about Stampin’ Up! is the fact that everything coordinates. For this reason, it is just simply easy to stick with what we have as I know it will always match!

Years ago when I was a Creative Memories Consultant I would have customers call me and say, “Can I come by and get a couple of sheets of the blue paper that I always use….I am in the middle of doing a project and I ran out”

Then this would happen…..she would come over to the house with a scrap of the blue that she needed and it was not a CM Paper….it was something that she purchased somewhere else! She would be frustrated and there was nothing that I could do as how would I know where she purchased it?

Now let me say, I understand that there are sooooo many great choices out there from other companies etc…but it is just easier to stick with what I know we have and what we will always have to match up! (I hope that this makes sense) 🙂 

Here you go! I think the BEST way for you to get the FULL FLAVOR of what we have is to purchase the individual color collections in the sample packs. Below you will see the BRIGHTS COLLECTION and in the store line up at the end of the post you will see them all.

Why I like this is the simple fact that you will get (2) sheets of every color and then you will quickly discover which colors you gravitate towards and then perhaps you might want a full pack of that certain color.




In the catalog where the paper is (pages 169 – 171) you will see in the boxes to the right of the collections, the 2nd down is the 8 1/2″ X 11″ assorted sheets for just $8.00. This works out to be .40 per sheet.

I just want you to know….YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY EVERYTHING….because the truth of it is, YOU WILL NOT USE EVERYTHING! When I first stated with Stampin’ Up!, this is exactly what I did. As I learned the product and I decided to take my Stampin’ Up! love to a bigger step, I did order the colors in packs but you do not need to!

Next….I want to get to the next great and SUPER SMART thing that Stampin’ Up! did. When you look at the DSP Paper Collections (pages 172 – 174) you can see the DPS Papers and then look to the right and you will see the Cardstock Pack that coordinates to the DSP. Below you will see what I mean….I am showing you the Blooms & Bliss DSP and then the next picture you will see the Pack that works with it!

You get (8) sheets of each of the (3) colors offered. True, it is a bit cheaper (per sheet – .34) than the above but you are getting more and you are the one that needs to decide if you need that much paper! (again, hopefully this makes sense) 🙂





Well….there you go – my thoughts on how you can be a SMART SHOPPER and get a feel of the great offerings that we have. If you remember when I went away this winter….I did not take all of my paper bins….I purchased these assorted packs so I could have a little of everything and then when I returned home….I just shelved the sheets away that I did not use.

I hope that this has helped you decide a great strategic plan in how to build your paper inventory! Paper is a KEY and in my opinion a necessary part in making clean and simple cards! Paper adds so much…layers add so much!

Hopefully I was able to teach you another option in getting your supplies in order – have a fabulous day and please feel free to let me know how you love our cardstock!

Coordination is KEY and Stampin’ Up! has NAILED IT!


A keeper card to send love & kindness



Happy Hump Day….can you believe that it is the middle of the week already? Today I have for you a card that I think you can relate to as it is a “keeper” card to let someone know you care and thinking of them! This is one of those card that you can mass produce and if you are tired of your color scheme – CHANGE IT…you will see that I did that!

The color of base is Very Vanilla and using the Timeless Elegance DSP woks perfectly for this card! I was thrilled that Stampin’ Up! came out with DSP collections that pair up to  Very Vanilla….how about you – do you feel the same way?

You have heard me blog about this before….when you have a card that is a classic that you will “go to” often…make them in quantities. I made 8 of these and  it was super fun to do. Before you get going on a project when you are making many…PLAN and have all of your supplies handy and then do it in steps…




I know that you enjoy when I give you measurements and the scoop….so here you go!

  • Cut all of your bases and score
  • Cut your mat paper ( 4″ X 5 1/2″)
  • Cut your DSP (3 3/4″ X 5 1/2″)

Stamp the sentiment on scraps of Very Vanilla. Now it is time for the Big Shot!

  • Cut the sentiment out with the smallest Deco Label Framelit
  • Using the mat that you cut out for the card, use the next size Deco Label Framelit.

Using the White pen, make large dots all the way around….set it aside to dry as you do all of them . Stamp the flowers on scraps of Very Vanilla and POP them out with the coordinating punch.




I used the aqua painter, if you prefer blender pens….that is fine! (I just find that it is easier to use the aqua painter) Color the flowers and put dimensionals on the back.

I think that you will be surprised that I used the aqua painters with the help of the black archival ink….and then colored away! You can see that it works  ~ no watercolor paper needed,..because you are using such a light touch! I get many emails about this….try it and you will see that it is easy and it works!




Time to go back to the sentiment piece…I am sure that the white ink is dry! Place a generous amount of adhesive on the back and lay down 2 pieces of ribbon that are slightly longer than the framelit and adhere. Now….put dimensionals all over the back and press firmly to the front. Trim your ribbon edges to the desired length.

Add the flowers and smile.




I was pleased with this card and I hope that you can see that this would be a great card to have on hand. I hope that you were able to follow my steps that I shared with you and if you have any questions, please email me.

To me, there are times that very vanilla adds that perfect accent/touch that  just softens the total picture. Below are (2) stamps sets that I used today…and both of these….I would highly suggest that you purchase in bundles! The stamp bundles are Grateful Bunch and Rose Wonder. Both of these are great for many cards that you will make! The sentiments in both of these sets are fabulous!






Enjoy the pictures below and I TOTALLY encourage you to make the envelope pretty and special. This is a card that obviously is being sent to someone that is going through something…let them smile even more when they go to their mailbox and see this beautiful envelope. You can also see that this card came out special using the melon mambo!




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That’s it my friends…have a great day and I hope to see you back here tomorrow! Please share my love of clean and simple stamping with your family and friends. I totally believe that word of mouth is the best!

We are on the countdown for Sale-a-Bration to end….3 more weeks! Make sure that you do not miss the opportunity to get the exclusive products for free with every increment of a $50.00 purchase. This year, there are keepers and it is hard to choose the favorites!

Go and make someone smile today….you will be happy that you did it! 🙂













THINK SPRING….(I know you are smiling)



Good Monday Morning…are you smiling? 🙂  I sure hope so as here is a bouquet of flowers for you! I have blogged this card before….but I have made some fresh changes for you….after all, I am sure that the old flowers needed some fresh water! 🙂

I am still referencing back to the question I threw your way the other day about how do you go about in making a card. I totally feel that if you have a card that works…do it and use it over and over! If it worked for you the first time…than guess what???? It will work for you again!






You can see that there are so many ways for you to create this fun card…change up colors of the flowers…use fun prints  for a vase. The key to this card (in my eyes) is to use stampin dimensionals to pop up several of the flowers.

The over all size of the card is a 5″ Square Card….this is super fun….there is nothing like a square card. True it does require extra postage but I think that we can all agree, it is well worth it!

The white base that the flowers are on is a 4 1.2″ square and then I matted it with 1/8″ larger mat in So Saffron.  Before you adhere the white to the saffron take it to you scoring tool and add some embossed lines (if you look close you can see that I did 2 lines on the left and right sides and 1 lines on the top and bottom.

The vase was made with the Circle Framelits, #7 framelit. I am super limited with my supplies while I am away from home so I used the gel pen to add some fun to the flowers and some subtle candy dots!






By now you know how I roll…just go for it! The sentiment is from the Greatest Greetings Stamp Set (Occasions Catalog) and the fun and fresh sentiment of “sending smiles” did the trick. Doing a super fast stamp on a scrap and then mat it….makes it fun and interesting – try it, I know that you will like it as it is super fast!





The finale of this FUN card….the custom envelope – sooooo darn easy with the envelope punch board….it is a very easy tool to use and the best thing – it is on SALE….but it ends today! Keep reading and I will share with you the specials!





Today’s post I am really showcasing 3 products that are on the weekly deals….CLICK HERE to see them.

  • Envelope Punch Board – ON SALE – $15.00 – A MUST HAVE TOOL
  • Pansy Punch – ON SALE – $12.00 – See next paragraph
  • Fast Fuse Refill – ONE SALE – $5.63 – MY NEW OBSESSION…it is like learning to ride a bike….ONCE YOU GET IT, YOU’VE GOT IT!….you get soooooo much more than the snail refill….with the fast fuse you get 21.9 yards versus 13.1 yards….I love it to use with 3-d’s when I am too lazy to reach for the tear and tape!

You know that when you purchase a bundle you save an instant 15% ….and the Flower Shop Bundle is a wise purchase. In the long run…you will save a bit more to purchase the bundle rather than getting the punch at 25% off and then the stamp set separately. You will see in the below showcased products the pricing for the bundle.



That’s it my friends…..I hope that you enjoyed this post (again) and I hope that I have inspired you to make a fun and special card like this to make someone smile…you all always make me smile! Enjoy the day!



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