Christmas in July – Carols of Christmas

Who doesn’t enjoy a little holiday cheer in July! I love the holiday season and I’m so excited that the new Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog will be available soon.

For this month’s blog we decided to showcase the new “Carols of Christmas” bundle. I saw many beautiful cards made by other demonstrators using this stamp set but I wanted to create a card that would be unique and use the amazing frame making die in the Card Front Builder Thinlit die set that is part of the bundle.

See what you think…

I selected one of the Be Merry designer papers that has small white stars on a cherry cobbler background.I knew I wanted to highlight the frame making die so I decided to cut it out of Whisper White paper.I cut a piece of Whisper White paper 4″ by 3″ and put the paper through my big shot twice using the frame making die at either end of the paper.

Then I attached the paper to a 4.25″ by 3.25″ piece of gold foil paper. The gold foil shows through the paper and makes the design stand out. I think it also gives a little elegance to the card. I decided to use the “Peace on Earth” stamped in cherry cobbler and carefully centered it on the paper. The last step was to color 4 pearls with my cherry cobbler marker and place them in the four corners of the card.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Then please check out the other amazing cards from other demonstrators below.

Happy Stampin!


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May 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to Our May 2017 Blog Hop!

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I love the new Daisy Delight bundle!  I’m always attracted to flower stamp sets but I especially like the variety of flowers and fonts on the sentiments in this set.  I’ve also enjoyed playing with the daisy punch.

Created by Susan Schultz
        Stampin’ By San Francisco Bay

I decided to use Calypso Coral cardstock because it is one of the coordinating colors with the paper I selected from the new Delightful Daisy designer paper pack.  I didn’t want to just attach a daisy to the front of the card, so I decided to use two different circle framelits. One framelit to cut a circle into the designer paper which was glued to the cardstock.  I used a second circle framelit to make a Calypso Coral scalloped frame to go around the circle opening. I added the “Thank You” sentiment from the stamp set.

I used Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the daisy image onto a piece of Whisper White and Daffodil Delight card stock to have a daisy with different petals. I punched out both images and glued them together in the center.

I attached the 3-dimensional daisy on the inside of the card and lined it up so the petals would fit through the hole in the front of card. I added a new clear embellishment called “Faceted Gem” to the center of the daisy. Then I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set. Finally, I carefully closed the card bringing all the petals forward to the front of the card.

I hope you enjoy my design and that you will take a few minutes to write some comments.

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Be sure to visit the other blogs to see some incredible cards.

  1. Christine
  2. Merit
  3. Pamela:
  4. Susan:
  5. Stacey
  6. Jennifer


Happy Stamping!


April 2017 Blog Hop

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We decided to make a Mother’s Day card to honor our mom or a special woman in our lives.  My mother loves flowers so I decided to use the “Circle of Spring” bundle to create her card.  I started with Daffodil Delight cardstock for the background.  Then I took a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock and used the Petal Burst embossing folder to create a background with falling petals.

Created by Susan Schultz
Stampin’ By The San Francisco Bay

I stamped the wreath with black ink and colored the leaves with Wild Wasabi and the different flowers with Daffodil Delight and Sweet Sugarplum. I added some clear Wink of Stella to all the flower petals to give it a glittery look. I used the die to cut out the wreath and then a bow out of Sweet Sugarplum paper. I assembled the card using  dimensional.

Please leave a comment and visit the other great posts for this blog.

  1. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings
  2. Pamela Wu – Stinky Tofu
  3. Kathy Thisted – Stampablog
  4. Susan Schultz – Stampin’ by the SF Bay
  5. Stacey Lane – A Work of Carte
  6. Jennifer Blomquist – NW Stamper

Happy Stamping!


March 2017 Blog Hop

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For this month’s Blog Hop we decided to make a card and a project to showcase SALE-A-BRATION stamp sets and papers to send the sale out with a bang.

For the Card:  I took inspiration from Jenny Gregorski and participated in the March INNSPIRATION Color Challenge  to showcase three colors (Perfect Plum, Melon Mambo, and Tip Top Taupe) and I used the new SALE-A-BRATION Make a Medallion stamp set and the previously released Delicate Details stamp set.  I started with stamping the larger stamp with Melon Mambo and then used Perfect Plum ink to stamp the  scalloped shape.  Then I used the Tip Top Taupe to stamp the “Thanks” in the center of the Medallion.  I used two different sizes of the Layering Circles to cut out the large medallion and also stamp out the center of the Medallion.   I also used two different sizes of the scalloped circles to cut out little backgrounds – I used Perfect Plum for the center and Tip Top Taupe for the larger circle.  Next time I’ll plan to use a larger scallop cut for the center piece and slightly smaller one for the larger medallion.




Then I stamped Delicate Details in Perfect Plum on either side of a strip of Whisper White paper so they were off center with one another. Then I glued a strip of Tip Top Taupe paper between the two Delicate Details strips. I assembled the pieces of background paper (Perfect Plum and Melon Mambo) on the Tip Top Taupe card base and centered the strip of paper with the Delicate Details stamping onto the card.  I used dimensionals to raise the center of the medallion and  to center the larger medallion over the paper strip.  Finally, I added a few pearls to either side of the medallion to finish off the card.

I’m looking forward to replicating this cards with some of the glitter paper colors.


For the Project: I decided to make a 3-D picture frame out of the SALE-A-BRATION Carried Away designer series paper.  I learned how to make the picture frame by watching a video by Jan B at:

It was fairly easy to make using my scoring board, making a number of folds and a few scissor cuts, and using red tape to secure the edges.  Once the picture frame was finished, I used the Lift Me Up bundle to make some embellishments for my picture frame and I added an oval stitched shape so my friend can stamp their own sentiment.

Happy Stamping



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1. Christine Szekeres | Artful Musings:…


February 2017 Blog Hop

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I really like the Bokeh Technique because you  just use different colored ink and it allows you to create unique backgrounds for your card.

I’ve been playing with the new Lift Me Up bundle. I started making the background by using the Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and water coloring on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Susan S. Stampin'ByThe SF Bay

Susan S. Stampin’ByThe SF Bay

Once I was happy with the blending of the colors for the background, I used a dauber and Whisper White (pigment ink) to create the white circles on the card.  While it dried, I used Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight cardstock to make the card and then attached the Bokeh piece of cardstock.  I decided to use a strip of Daffodil Delight paper instead of ribbon and stamped the sentiment.  Then I used the die cut and gold foil paper to punch out the balloon and I added a few rhinestones.

This was a quick card to make and I hope you try it.

Happy Stamping!


Please check out my colleagues creative cards.

January Card Sketch Challenge

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Here is this month’s template:

I decided to create a Birthday card for a special friend using some of the new SU stamp sets. I used Pacific Point cardstock for the card base and made a circle with one of the new papers from the Party Animal DSP.  I just love the new Star Blast die set.  I made a banner with the Star Blast cut out on the top using Crushed Curry as a complementary color. I selected the “It’s Your Birthday” from the Balloon Adventures stamp set and centered the words on a piece of Pacific Point cardstock cut out with the Layering Oval Framelits Die. I added some rhinestones inside each of the stars.   I hope you like my design.

Happy Stampin’ Susan


Congrats to Susan S.

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January 2017 Blog Hop

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I’ve been creating lots of Valentine’s cards for a class I’m conducting next week.  I’ve had a wonderful time designing cards with the Sealed with Love Bundle.  There are so many different stamps and the die sets are amazing in this set.  I encourage you to add this to your SU collection if you don’t have it already.


This first card was inspired by Sue Vine who used the multiple heart die in the Sealed with Love Bundle to cut off the edge of the card front for a nice effect and I added 6 red hearts to the image.  I used Real Red ink to stamp the heart cluster image to make my background on a piece of blushing bride cardstock and I attached it to the basic black card front.  I really like this image as it reminds me of the many Amish designs I used to see in Penn. Finally I used the stitch  die to cut out a circle and stamp Happy Valentine’s Day in basic black.  It’s a quick card to put together for a class.



My second card was inspired by my love of quilting and the beautiful papers in the Sending Love designer paper pack.  There are so many amazing papers it was impossible to pick just one so I decided to use two different patterns and to make a pinwheel quilting design alternating the red and white paper backgrounds.  Again I used the stitch die to cut out a circle out of real red cardstock and to attach a “love note” to the front using the stamp and dies from the Sealed with Love bundle.  I added a pearl to the O in Love.  The card didn’t seemed finished so I added the “Sealed with a Kiss” stamp in basic black.  This was another simply card to make.



img_2590-revisedMy third card was designed for a new “Occasions Catalog” swap with a group of demonstrators. I started this card with a very simple image but it quickly turned into a more time consuming card. I love how it turned out! I started with Real Red cardstock for the card base and for a strip to put on the front of the card.  I’m so happy the Happy Heart embossing folder was not retired as I love to use the multiple heart background for cards and for this card I embossed the images using Whisper White cardstock.  I made a small envelop using the Sending Love DSP and added a love note with Real Red ink that comes out of the envelope that says “Sending Love” from the Sealed with Love Bundle. I placed the envelope and love note on a small square of Blushing Bride paper. I also stamped and used the die to cut out the heart in the center of the card and added a Blushing Bride arrow using the die set to go through the heart. Finally, I used another die to cut out a fold up card that I stamped the word “Kiss” on the inside and placed it on a small piece of DSP and then on another Blushing Bride square.  This card takes more time but I think you will agree that the final product was worth it.

Please leave a comment on my site and then enjoy the beautiful Valentine’s cards made by the rest of the group.  Happy Stampin’