Monday, April 30, 2012

Mocha Thanks

This week our challenge at Late Night Stampers is to make the following Hallmark card better using Stampin' Up! products.

For this card, I used the Mocha Morning specialty paper and the Kindness Matters stamp set.  I added a little strip embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder and the sentiment is framed with a scallop circle.

Kindness matters
Mocha Morning specialty paper
Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede card stock
Basic Black classic ink
Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder
scallop circle punch
1 3/8" circle punch

Sunday, April 29, 2012

You Did It!

Today's card is a graduation one that I made with the Sale-a-bration set Sprinkled Expressions and the Summer Smooches designer series paper.

Sprinkled Expressions
Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight card stock
Island Indigo classic ink
Summer Smooches designer series paper
Summer smooches fabric brads
large oval punch
scallop oval punch
5/8" grosgrain Daffodil Delight ribbon

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Live in the Sunshine

Another preview challenge done for VC Rocks this week.  I used For All You Do, Pursuit of Happiness and Simply Soft as my stamp sets and Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White as my colors for ink and paper.

For All You Do
Simply Soft
Pursuit of Happiness
Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede, Whisper White card stock
Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz classic ink and markers
Spice Cake buttons
Brights stack DSP
white bakers twine

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mocha Morning Dream

This paper is one of my favorite especially for masculine cards and I will be sad to see it retire.  Of course Stampin' Up! always comes out with awesome new papers so I am sure there will be many more favorites when we start the new catalog!

This card is just a quick and simple one showcasing the Mocha Morning Specialty paper, I intended it as a masculine graduation card but it could be used for other occasions as well. 

Word Play
Very Vanilla, Soft Suede card stock
Mocha Morning specialty paper
Soft Suede classic ink

Thursday, April 26, 2012

To My Friend

We have some fun preview challenges at VC Rocks and this is one card that I made from them.  One day we might pick the base card stock and then another day we mix it with something else and you never know what you will end up with for your final card.

Creative Elements, Friendly Phrases
Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Basic Black card stock
Marina Mist, Basic Black classic ink
1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retiring Accessories

It is time to say goodbye to a large number of items and they will only be available as supplies last from now until May 31st.  You can click on the picture below to see the items and to shop.

Get them before they are gone! The retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including D├ęcor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of our Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog.

In addition:
  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections

  • Shop early to ensure you will be able to stock up on your favorites before they are gone!

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012


    Another stamp set I will miss - Simply Soft which is one of the hostess sets.  I have used a technique that I have shown you before on the background using acryllic paint, an impressions folder and a sanding block.  It has become another favorite technique of mine and is really very simple to create.

    The flower image is colored in with Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink markers and all the images are stamped in Soft Suede.

    Simply Soft
    Loving Thoughts
    Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock
    Soft Suede, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi classic ink and markers
    large oval punch
    scallop oval punch
    Victoria crochet trim ribbon
    Finial press impressions folder
    sanding block

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Pinterest challenge

    At Late Night Stampers this week, we are supposed to CASE a card we have seen on Pinterest.  The card below is the one I cased and I think I should have left it the same colors instead of trying to change it a little!

    I used French Foliage and Loving Thoughts for my stamp sets and changed the colors a little bit to Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz.

    Saturday, April 21, 2012


    I broke out the Take a Seat stamp set for this card along with Pursuit of Happiness for my sentiment.  There is some retired designer series paper and also some Beau Chateau designer series paper in the mix and I used some faux mother of pearl on Very Vanilla card stock as well.

    The ink is Early Espresso and the card stocks are Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Marina Mist.

    I added a few little embellishments - subtles buttons, vintage trinkets and Victoria Crochet trim ribbon.  The little flower on the bench is made from the Boho Blossoms punch and the itty bitty shapes punch.

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Tool Shed

    It is a little early for Father's Day, but I thought I would share this card I made for a customer of mine.  I used the Tool Shed background stamp and added some cork and vintage trinkets between that image and the sentiment.

    The colors are Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Tea Shoppe for you

    I was playing around with my Tea Shoppe stamp set again and used a couple colors that I will be missing after May 31st - Concord Crush and Peach Parfait. 

    Tea Shoppe
    Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White card stock
    Concord Cruch, Wild Wasabi and Peach Parfait classic ink
    Finial Press and Elegant Bouquet impressions folders
    labels collection framelits
    scallop oval punch
    large oval punch
    basic rhinestones

    There are some awesome ideas on the blogs below...

    Anniversary Cards

    I had a customer order some 20th and 25th anniversary cards from me a little while ago and thought I would share what I came up with.  They are very simple using Very Vanilla card stock and glimmer paper along with some embossing folders and dies.

    Timless type junior alphabet die
    red and silver glimmer paper
    Scallops #2 die
    hearts framelits
    1 1/4" circle punch
    Elegant Bouquet impressions folder
    Vintage wallpaper impressions folder
    Very vanilla card stock
    Vanilla taffeta ribbon
    glue dots

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Happy Birthday!

    Today is my Dad's birthday and although this isn't his card, I thought I would share a masculine birthday card with you today.

    Happiest Birthday Wishes
    Mocha Morning Specialty paper
    Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Basic Black card stock
    Basic Black classic ink
    crop - o - dile
    basic pearls
    Velvet vanilla ribbon
    Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder

    Monday, April 16, 2012


    This week our Late Night Stampers challenge is to use shades of Pink, Green and Yellow.  For my first sample, I chose the Vintage Vogue stamp set that has been collecting dust in my stamp room and paired it with some Flirtatious Fabric and the Brights Designer series paper pack.

    I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Pear Pizzazz as my color combination and used the brights brads for my little flowers.

    Vintage Vogue
    Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink card stock
    Brights designer series paper stack
    Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink classic ink
    eyelet border punch
    Flirtatious fabric
    brights brads

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Retiring Stamp Sets

    The retiring stamp sets list is out and it is a big one.  You can view the list and shop here to get them before they are gone forever. 

    This is a quick and easy card using the Simply Soft stamp set (retiring), the layers are
    both popped up with dimensionals.  

    Simply Soft, Loving Thoughts
    Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake card stock
    Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz classic ink and markers
    1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon
    vintage trinkets

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Watercolor crayons

    I have a bunch of watercolor paper that I played with last fall just waiting for stamped images and I pulled a piece out for this card and stamped an image from the Artistic Etchings stamp set on it.

    The background is strips of Bashful Blue card stock adhered to a Very Vanilla layer.  After I attached them together, I used the Big Shot and the Finial Press impressions folder.

    Artistic Etchings, Happiest Birthday Wishes
    Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Soft Suede and watercolor card stock
    Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso classic ink
    Vanilla taffeta ribbon
    Finial Press impressions folder
    3" circle die
    2 1/2" circle punch

    Friday, April 13, 2012


    Finally found some time to do Mary Jo's sketch challenge again, it has been a long time!

    I flipped the sketch for my card and used some Twitterpatted designer series paper, Creative Elements and Loving Thoughts.  There is some white gel pen around the edges and a few basic rhinestones on the flowers. 

    The Pear Pizzazz strips have been run through the Big Shot with the Finial Press impressions folder.

    Creative Elements, Loving Thoughts
    Twitterpatted dsp
    Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz card stock
    Basic Gray and Riding Hood Red classic ink
    white gel pen
    Finial Press impressions folder
    basic rhinestones

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Vintage Thanks

    Today I have another sample using our sketch for Late Night Stampers using the same colors and designer paper as the last sample.

    For this card, I flipped the sketch and used pleated ribbon instead of a border punch and embossed my background with the Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder.

    I had a couple of the flower accents left and added them to the squares on the side and I modified the modern label punch a little bit for the sentiment.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Suspended Hearts

    This is my final project created for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2012.  I had fun playing with the Hearts framelits on this one and creating a suspension card with them.

    There are still lots of great projects in the lineup and all the sets have complete instructions and lots of pictures.  If you would like to join us you can start at

    Have a wonderful day!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    New Clearance Rack items!

    Stampin' Up! has just added lots of great new items on the clearance rack - punches, fabric, albums and so much more!  You can check out the new items by clicking on the picture below.

    This is another Lovely as a tree card I did with some background sponging and is just one layer with a little embossed strip on the side.   

    The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations and I used Early Espresso, Garden Green and Bashful Blue inks on the card.

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Sketch Challenge

    Our Late Night Stampers Challenge this week is the sketch below and I chose to use the Beau Chateau designer series paper and Tea Shoppe stamp set for my first sample.

    I added a few little pearls and the flower image which I inked up with Blush Blossom and Pear Pizzazz.

    Tea Shoppe
    Beau Chateau dsp
    Very Vanilla, Basic Gray card stock
    Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz classic ink and markers
    eyelet border punch
    basic pearls dimensionals

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Happy Easter!

    I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and have the chance to spend time with your families. 

    One of the recipes I have "pinned" on Pinterest lately was for Jello cookies and I thought I would try them with our Sweet Pressed Cookie stamps.  I left out the baking powder and stamped them like I would with the recipe that comes with the stamps. 

    They turned out great and look fun, but for me they don't taste as good as the one that comes with the stamps and my kids agree.

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    Bright Blossoms

    On this card, I tried out the preview stamp set called Bright Blossoms and paired it with the Summer Smooches designer series paper. 

    On the Whisper White layer, I used the Simply Scored Tool and the Diagonal Plate to make some diagonal score lines. 

    Card stock and ink colors:
    Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Fancy Fabric Flowers Take Two

    This is another version of the card I shared with you yesterday using the Fancy Flower punch with fabric behind it.  The fabric today is from the Twitterpatted collection available in the Occasions Mini catalog. 

    I again popped up the embossed layer and added a brad to the middle of the flower, this time an antique brad.  The sentiment is from the retired stamp set Because I Care and the ribbon is some Old Olive taffeta ribbon.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Fabric Fancy Flowers Take One

    I have shown you a similar card before using the Blossom Punch and Flirtatious Fabric, but on this one I used the Fancy Flower punch and the new Summer Smooches fabric. 

    There is also a summer smooches fabric brad in the middle and I popped up the Daffodil Delight Layer with dimensionals.

    The sentiment is from With all my heart and I added some 1/8" taffeta ribbon behind it as well.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Dots and Doilies

    This is the third project I can share with you that I created for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2012.  The top card is a flag card with some fun pop up flags in the middle of it.

    Come over and join us  - there are over 40 projects with full PDF tutorials!  Click on the picture below to get started.

    Double Pocket

    Patti Bennett posted a fun and easy double pocket card video on her blog a few days ago and this is my twist on it.  I used the Sweet Shop specialty paper as my base and the Bring on the Cake and Every Little  Bit stamp sets.

    The tag on the inside is made from the Two Tags die.

    I used a large paper clip in my front pocket instead of the other tag from the die.

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