September 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall/Halloween Blog Hop

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I’ve never been much of a Halloween Fan but I have fallen in love with the new Spooky Cat bundle and the Spooky Night designer paper.  I made a number of cards with the Spooky Cat bundle but then I decided to play with the designer paper, the Labels to Love stamp set and the Everyday Label Punch, and the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Die set. I used Cajun Craze as an alternative to the more traditional orange and black colors.  So I used Cajun Craze card stock for the background on each of my cards.


My first card highlights some of the great Halloween papers from the Spooky Night designer papers framed with basic black card stock.  I added a strip of basic black card stock and a Halloween sentiment from the Labels to Love stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using basic black ink onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and then I punched it out using the new Everyday Label Punch.  I added a few rhinestones for a final touch.




For my second card, I started with Cajun Craze card stock and used a patterned paper from the Painted Autumn designer paper.  I made a frame out of Cajun Craze using the square stitched die and I added a piece of vanilla paper inside the frame.  Using the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Die set, I cut out different size pumpkins from the Spooky Night designer paper.  I arranged the pumpkins and add a dimensional to add some height to one of the pumpkins.  Then I used the “Trick or Treat” sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set and stamped it in basic black.  I used two dimensional to attach the sentiment.  This was a very simple card to make. I hope you give it a try.



Please leave a comment and then check out the other amazing cards designed by other demonstrators in our group.

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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!


January Card Sketch Challenge

SSINKC#41: Happy Birthday

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’


June Blog Hop

Welcome to our June Blog Hop

To celebrate the new 2015-2016 annual catalog from Stampin’ Up, we decided to focus this month’s blog hop on Something New and Something Old.

I created this card with the By the Tides stamp set.   I used the new 2015-2017 in color – Tip Toe Taupe for stamping the sea-horse.  The ferns were stamped using Real Red.  I used Pacific Point to stamp both of the fish.  For the background mats I used Real Red, Pacific Point, and Whisper White card stock.  The greeting was stamped in Coastal Cabana.

Mascline Cards


The card below was made using the Celebrate Today stamp set, I used the star embossing folder for the background and colored them in with the 2015-2017 in color -Delightful Dijon.  I really like using these images and color combinations to create a more masculine card.  My husband, son, brother, and nephew all had birthdays in May so I was able to put these cards to good use.  Both of these stamp sets are in last year’s and in the new annual catalog so it’s not to late to order them. 🙂


Balloon Birthday

In preparation for Father’s Day.  I used the Wetlands stamp set. The stamp set is also featured in the new annual catalog.  The new aspect of this card is a new technique that I’ve learned called Bokeh.  I used a dauber starting with the darkest color (Pacific Point) and just made a series of random circles on the paper.  Then I used the medium blue (Tempting Turquoise) and purposely overlapped some of the original circles.  I followed that with a lighter blue (Sky Blue) and again made sure to overlap some the lighter circles with some of the darker circles.  Finally, I used Whisper White and made a few highlights to brighten some of the darker areas.  I also used a dauber to ink the sides of my second and third layers to make a border.  I have resisted inking the borders in the past but I really liked the effect it made on this card.

Happy Father's Day



Please leave some comments and make sure you visit the other card makers’ blog sites.  We hope this will provide you with some inspiration.



Fun & Crafty Blog Hop

Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Tobe B. of The Craft Sea

Susan S. of Stampin’ By The SF Bay

Pam W. of Stinky Tofu

Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles



Birthday Celebrations

I just love birthday celebrations!  A number of friends and family have birthdays in March so it is the perfect month to focus on making some birthday cards.

Cake 1

I designed the cover of this birthday card using new products from the SU Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Brations brochure.   The background designer paper is from the Birthday Bash paper pack and I love the multiple colors in the design.  I decided to use the deco label framelits in the Daffodil Delight paper.  The stamp set is displayed in the Sale-A-Brations handout and got it for free with my $50 product order.  I really like the stamp set because there are a number of stamps that you can use together or separately which gives me lots of flexibility.  I wanted to highlight the cake and the “celebrate banner” so I used dimensionals to make them stand out.

Cake 2

I watched a video by Dawn Olchefske and I learned how to make three cuts on the inside of the card.   The cuts allow parts of the card to pop out which I decorated with different papers to look like gifts and  I put a custom-made bow on the top.  You have to have gifts at any birthday celebration, right?


Materials Used to Make This Card:

Stamps: SAB Big Day

Punches: 2″ Circle and Bow Maker

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection

Markers: Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight

Inks: Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango

Paper:  Birthday Bash DSP,  Whisper white, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Bermuda Bay Designer paper.


Fun & Crafty Blog Hop March

A number of friends create cards each month for a blog hop and we post them on our websites to share with others. This month’s theme is birthdays.  Please spend some time looking at each of our creations and remember to write down comments so we know you have visited our site. 🙂

Stacey – A work of Carte
Pam – Stinky Tofu
Tobe – The Craft Sea
Jennifer – NW Stamper
Susan – Stampin’ By The SF Bay