Make a Medallion!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend!

I am not sure if you have heard, but Stampin’ Up has released three new Sale-A-Bration items! They are SO good!!!!!


In addition to the other awesome offerings, you can now get any of these three for FREE with any $50 purchase! Don’t think you can only purchase from the Occasions catalog to take advantage, you can order from the Annual catalog, the Clearance rack on the website too! ANYTHING you order counts!

Now, last week I had the Make a Medallion in my hands and I wanted to play. Didn’t have much time, so just play I did!


Even for me, these are really simple. But I just wanted to get a bit inky before bed and didn’t have anything specific in mind.

What I ended up doing was stamping both of the medallion images with Versamark onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then heat embossing with Crystal Clear ep.

I then inked up my Sponge Brayer with Sweet Sugarplum ink, and went over the Whisper White cardstock until it was covered.

*Tip- When doing this, don’t go over the same spot over and over. Vary the rolling, otherwise you will end up with lines. 

I used a piece of paper towel, and buffed off the image, removing the ink from the embossed image. I love this “embossed resist” technique!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have mentioned turning a dye based ink into one that can be heat embossed. Typically dye based inks (such as Stampin’ Ups, with the exception of the craft ink) dry too quickly to be heat embossed. But an easy trick solves this issue!

Just tap your stamp into Versamark BEFORE you tap it into your dye ink. It won’t ruin your dye ink, I promise!

Stamp it as usual, then sprinkle on your embossing powder, heat, and Viola! Your dye ink is now heat embossed!

That is exactly what I did for the Thanks, tapped it into Versamark, then Sweet Sugarplum ink. I used Clear ep to heat emboss it.

Fun idea right?

I applied the medallion to a card made with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and a 2.75″ x 5.5″ strip of Whisper White cardstock. I applied a piece of Stampin’ Up’s beautiful ruched Sweet Sugarplum ribbon under it. The medallion was adhered using Dimensionals.

Like I said, simple card, but it has a couple of fun techniques!

Have a great day!


One card- Two ways!

Good morning!

Hope everyone is having a great week and has fantastic plans for the weekend!

Recently I was checking out another bloggers website- Jennifer McGuire. Anyone know her? She does amazing things!!!! I always find inspiration from her.

Well, she posted a great card with a fun fold that I hadn’t tried before, so I decided to give it a go.


It doesn’t look like much (especially on the white background. Oops! Sorry about that!!). But trust me, it is interesting!


How fun!

It is really easy to do as well 🙂

  • Trim 1 piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″, scoring at 5.5″ to make a top folding card.
  • Trim another piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 7.5″, scoring at 2″.
  • Choose your stamps, I used the Special Reason set.
  • Stamp your first image about an inch up from the bottom of your 4.25″ x 5.5″ card.
  • Create a mask for the image (easy way to do this is by stamping the image onto a Post-It or a piece of Post-It tape, then trimming out).
  • Apply the mask you just created over your image on your card front.
  • Choose your next stamp and stamp right over the mask, again leaving about an inch blank at the base of the card.
  • Keep adding masks to your image, and layering your stamped images.
  • (In my example, I first stamped the large flower, masked it, then stamped the smaller flowers. I kept the mask on the large flower & created 2 more masks of the smaller flowers and put them on the card front, then I stamped the leaves.)
  • After I peeled off the masks, I was left with a pretty little flower grouping!
  • Using my paper snips, I fussy cut along the bottom border, removing that inch that I mentioned leaving blank.
  • Set the card front aside and pick up your other piece that is trimmed to 4.25″ x 7.5″.
  • Choose a sentiment stamp, and stamp it at the top of the 2 inch fold, as show in the photo above.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the card that has the flowers stamped on it, and carefully adhere it to the *inside* of the piece that has the sentiment in it. They should line up easily.
  • *TIP! Use liquid glue here, you are able to slide the card around a bit to make sure that your placement is perfect before it adheres. I know some don’t like liquid glue because it can leave “lines” that are visible through your card. You can avoid this by using only a small amount of adhesive. You don’t need much at all. If you use a Tape Runner, Fast Fuze, etc, and you put the card down incorrectly, you will need to peel up the card, possibly causing creasing/damage to your card.
  • Your card is done! Easy right??

Now, after I put this card together, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to put down random dots of adhesive, here and there around the flowers. I tried, but you can’t really see them in the images above. But this adhesive is a perfect little accent. It is easily buildable & dries crystal clear.

The next day I was looking at the card again. While I liked it, I wanted to do something more with it.

So I came up with this!



The card base was done the exact same way as the one above. Except this time I didn’t do any stamping or masking!

I die cut the outline of the flowers using Gold Foil cardstock, then die cut the solid flowers using coordinating colors (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Garden Green). I then adhered the gold outlines to the solid images. Now, while the leaves have the outline dies, they don’t have the solid coordinating images. So I just adhered the outlines to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, then fussy cut around the outline. Easy!

I adhered the flowers and leaves down, then as I did above, I fussy cut along the edges of the flowers.

I also added a few drops of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen on this one. If you look at the first picture, you might see a few shadowy circles. Those are the drops of adhesive 😉

At the last minute, I added a sweet little bow to the card. I love the way that it finished it off. Added bonus is that the bow helps to hold the card closed!

This is such a fun style of card, unexpected and interesting 🙂

What do you think? If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have a great day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

As promised yesterday, I want to share a fun card idea with you all. This is so easy, and so much fun!

Outside of the card…




The back…



Die cut 4 circles from DSP, in any size of your choosing. I used the largest scalloped one that I had.

Fold each circle in 1/2. You don’t even need to use your scoring tool, just fold it in half, making sure the edges meet up.

Open each circle up and adhere the 4 pieces together, using a bit of strong adhesive on just the 1/4 edge where it overlaps. The easiest way to do this is place one circle flat on your table with the fold line straight up and down. Take your next piece and place it so that the fold line is left to right, forming a 90 degree angle between the

Fold down each flap, and there ya go!

It doesn’t necessarily need the piece on the back, but I thought that it looked more finished this way 🙂

This is my card for my husband, hope he likes it!!

On a side note, I thought that I would share a funny picture. My mom’s dog, Bella, and my dog are best buddies. They always get excited when you tell them they get to see each other.

Last week my mom was over for some stamp time. Opie has a dog bed down there, and I also keep a blanket for the dogs. Typically one is in the bed and the other is on the blanket.

I looked over, and apparently Bella felt that Opie needed to share the bed this time!


Poor Opie! He got up and let Bella have the bed a minute or two after this lol


I don’t think Bella cares that she doesn’t quite fit! lol

I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!



Thank You!

Good morning!!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We sure did. I am finally feeling 100%, which is cause enough to celebrate. Saturday evening we had a bunch of friends over for cards. So much fun!!! I love entertaining, especially when it is low key like it was on Saturday 🙂

Gotta say though, I can’t hang like I used to!! I don’t know if it is my age, the fact that I am pregnant, or both. But whoa! Went to bed about 12:30 Sat night/Sunday morning, didn’t wake up until 10:30, and still needed a nap by 2!

Anyway! Recently I was playing So Very Much, one of the Sale-A-Bration sets, and had so much fun with it! Incredibly simple technique that was shared with the demonstrators from the Stampin’ Up home office, but I love it!


See the drop shadow under the sentiment?

It is a breeze to create!! I inked up my stamp with Mint Macaron, stamped it off once onto a scrap piece of paper, then stamped it onto my card panel. I then inked my stamp again with Island Indigo, and stamped it onto my card panel, slightly up and to the left of my original sentiment. This is best done using our Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, or another stamp positioning tool.

This card came together so easily and is perfect to have on hand for when it is needed!

I will be back tomorrow to share a FUN Valentine’s Day card I created! So simple, but so impressive. You will love it!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Down for the count…

Good afternoon!

This is a quickie for you all today. I went to the doctor this morning, thinking I had a sinus infection. Nope! I’m glad to say that I don’t!  What I do have though is strep throat. Lovely!!

Hopefully you can give the lack of  real post today, in light of the fact that I’m laying in bed in my jammies, typing this one handed to keep Opie quiet. I’m not normally home during the day. I’m thinking he feels that since I’m home it must be play time lol

I will be back in a day or two with some fun new things I’ve been working on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this!



Good morning and happy Tuesday!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine? It was go go go all weekend long! The best part of Saturday though. I took my hubby to see Phantom of the Opera. It was SO good! I had never seen it before, though I know the soundtrack backwards and forward. I just loved it.

Now, I bought the tickets almost 2 months ago. When I bought them, they were so close to being sold out that I wasn’t even able to pick the seats. I got the tickets in the mail, row N in the balcony. No biggie! We get there, walk in, they point us to row N… Oh my. We were in literally the highest row in the theater. There were 12 seats slightly higher than ours, but that was it. Talk about nosebleed!

I took this to send to my mother-in-law right after we sat.


I had to giggle though, it was crazy! Even with our cloud skimming seats, we still had a great view of everything and enjoyed the show so very much!

The show ended up being 100% sold out, the entire run was. So I guess that I was lucky to get anything!

Dinner was at a great place across the street from the theater. Just delicious!!!!! It was a great date night!

Sunday was bowling, the first time that I have bowled since I found out that I was pregnant. I didn’t do well, at all lol But I had fun and it was nice visiting with everyone 🙂

Last night I had a bit of time to play. I have been toying with the Beautiful You set since I received it a few weeks ago, just playing, nothing serious. It is such a pretty set, so simple and elegant.


Well, last night I finally decided that it was time to get serious with it! I didn’t have a ton of time, this pregnancy makes me want to sleep by 9! But I wanted to do something simple with it to send to a friend.


I’m so happy with the way this card came out!!

  • Stamp woman onto a panel of Very Vanilla
  • Lightly color her dress, hat, and puddle under her with our new Watercolor pencils
  • Adhere a piece of Sweet Sugarplum ribbon around the card (I used the retired glitter ribbon here, but Ruched ribbon would be pretty! Or the 3/8″ ribbon from the Succulent Garden combo pack from the Occasions catalog!!)
  • Stamp sentiment under the ribbon
  • Adhere to a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock
  • Adhere to a piece of DSP from the Falling in Love DSP pack.
  • Adhere to a piece of Very Vanilla
  • Finally, adhere the whole panel to piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, trimmed and scored to form an A2 card

What do you think? I can’t wait to mail this for my friend in a few days!

Do you have any stamping plans this week? My mom is coming over tonight for dinner and to stamp a bit. I can’t wait! My neighbor stopped by last night and so kindly gave me some salmon that he caught on a fishing trip to Alaska. It is GOOD!!! So I will be baking that up tonight with some roasted potatoes and veggies I think. Yum!

Have a great day!!!


Window Shopping… take 2 (or 3!)

Good morning!

Hope that everyone has had a great week! It flew by for me!!!

I haven’t had much time for playing this week 😦 But last night I did carve out a few hours to play with the Window Shopping Bundle from the Occasions catalog!


I have used pieces from this bundle a few times already (check them out HERE and HERE)

This time though, I used the bundle for its original purpose… to make an adorable gift box!

Ingredients listed at the end of the post


This was so much fun to make!!!! Now, making the box is simple. You die cut two of the box pieces, adhere the tabs together, and boom! You have an adorable box!

But I was in the mood to take it a bit further and have fun with it!


After I die cut the box pieces from Crumb Cake cardstock, I stamped the pieces with the Hardwood background stamp using Soft Suede ink. I was hoping to come up with a box that looked like wood.

I also stamped a scrap piece of Crumb Cake with the same Hardwood background stamp, then I die cut 3 of the side pieces side pieces and the top piece out.

The side pieces were trimmed to 1.5″x 1.5″. The top piece? I just trimmed around the image, following the indentations left from the die.

I them grabbed a sponge dauber and my Soft Suede ink pad, and lightly inked the edges of the box as well as the die cut pieces. That gave it a bit more dimension.


Each die cut piece was then adhered to a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, then trimmed, leaving approximately 1/8 of an inch border around the die cut piece.

I adhered all of the pieces to the box, using Dimensionals. I loved that extra dimension it gave the box!

I wrapped a piece of 5/8 Burlap Ribbon and Very Vanilla 1/4 Satin Ribbon around the box and tied it in a simple knot.

The tag was created with a die from the same bundle, and was stamped using a sentiment from the coordinating stamp set. That was tied on with a piece of Gold Bakers Twine (from our Holiday catalog- Retired).


I so love the way this came out, and I completely loved making something other than a card! Trust me, these adorable boxes are so easy to make and can be as complicated or as simple as you want!

Since this is a sample box, the lid doesn’t open. But these little boxes are perfect to stuff with treats, gift cards, candy, or a small gift. The lid closes neatly into the box and holds shut with no adhesive.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have a great day!!

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Hey Chick!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I sure did! My husband and I spent Saturday doing errands and various baby related things. Yesterday he (along with my FIL) spent the afternoon starting to paint our former guest room, preparing it to become the nursery! So exciting!

My mom and MIL were over as well. We had a great family day! We all did a bit of stamping. FUN STUFF! I love stamping with a group. Yes, I get distracted and never quite finish what I started lol But sitting around chatting, sharing ideas, etc. Good stuff!

I played with a couple of things yesterday, but the only card I finished was this one


What do you think? I love this Sale-A-Bration set! Too cute!


This set makes me smile every time I look at it. That chicken in the lower right corner? He cracks me up lol

I water colored the chicken (and egg!) with our new Watercolor pencils. They were a dream to use… the color went on smoothly and blended effortlessly. This time I used our Blended Pen instead of an Aqua Painter to blend the colors and I am so happy with the way it came out.

The chicken wire background was made using our new Hexagons Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder. This is from the new Urban Underground Suite <— Click here to check it out!

The Dynamic Textures Embossing Folders are amazing. The impressions they leave are so much deeper and impressive than the standard ones! I inked up the embossing folder with some Crumb Cake ink before using it to emboss. That transferred the ink to the cardstock, giving more of a chicken wire fence look to it.

The rest of the card is fairly simple, using Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point for cardstock (the same colors that I used on the chicken). A strip of 5/8 Burlap Ribbon finished it off.

What do you think? Does this set tickle you as much as it does me?

Remember! You can get this set free with any $50 purchase! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

Have a great day!


Happy Birthday!

Good afternoon!!!

Thank you for your patience this week 🙂 With my hubby in the hospital things have been nuts, to say the least!

But I am tickled to report that he is now HOME! YAY! I was able to bring him home yesterday afternoon. Life is returning back to normal. He is still in some pain, but you always feel better at home, right?

So on Tuesday I mentioned that I played a bit Monday evening, just a few simple cards.


VERY simple, even for me, but I am so happy with it!

Once again, I used a die from the Window Shopping Bundle.


I love these little candles. So much fun, and so versatile!

I die cut them from a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then adhered a scrap of Bermuda Bay under the candles, and a scrap of Sahara Sand under the flames (with a bit of Wink of Stella for sparkle on the flames!).

You can see that the top panel is adhered with Dimensionals right? I did that to make an incredible simple card just a tiny bit less simple.

The DSP is from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP. Stampin’ Up has done an amazing job at giving us beautiful, fun, and versatile DSP in the Occasions catalog. I plan to use as much of it as possible!

I will be back on Monday with some more fun things to share! I plan on locking myself in my craft room on Sunday for a while, so hopefully I can get a lot accomplished.

Have a wonderful weekend!


So in Love…

Good morning!

Wow, it has been a week, and it is only Tuesday!! But it is all downhill from here, I choose to believe that! My wonderful hubby has been in the hospital since Saturday evening. Nothing too serious, and we are hoping that he will be home tomorrow or Wednesday.

Between going to and from the hospital and still working my regular job, I haven’t had much time to play. But when I got home from the hospital last night, I decided it was time  for some me time.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to play, since I got pregnant I am pretty much a slave to prompt bedtimes! I also didn’t have the mental capacity to do anything too complicated.

I LOVE this card though!!!! I got the idea from another demonstrator, and went with it 🙂


As simple as it is, it makes me happy. Sometimes simple is just what you need! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary on the 25th of this month and I am playing around with ideas for his card.

The base is a top folding A2 card from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, as is the matting around the DSP. The DSP is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper stack. I am not typically a fan of the red and white hearts for Valentines Day, but I adore this DSP! There are some fantastic patterns here that are useful for so many different occasions, not just Valentine’s Day!


The heart is also diecut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, using Stampin’ Up’s Sweet and Sassy Framelits.

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Do you have these? I love them! You get 15 different sizes of hearts, in two different shapes. So versatile!

The bakers twine is sadly retired, but I couldn’t help but to use a bit for a little something extra. I pierced a hole in the heart (that sounds cruel!) and threaded the twine through the hole and around the outside to tie a sweet little bow.

I did create another (simple!) card to share with you in a few days as well! So look for that on Thursday.

Have a great rest of your day!