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Pretty Petals Quilt

I love pretty paper.  No surprise, right?  I also tend to hoard my pretty paper.  Sound familiar?   I also keep scraps of my pretty paper.  We are not talking just big scraps but little ones too.   During my recent craft room shake up I found lots of these little bags of scraps.  I tried to throw them away but just couldn't do it.  Today's card is a result of my inability to throw away those bags.  I think I will be making a lot of these cards.

Six Sided Sampler quilt May 2016

This is the Pretty Petals DSP stack.  I love this paper stack  and sadly it is retiring.  I used the Hexagon punch also retiring and just punched out a lot of hexagons and started arranging them on a piece of cardstock.  It was fun playing around with the placement of the different patterns.   Each card will be a little different.

Six Sided Sampler quilt side May 2016

I used the Floral Frames framelits to make the little flower.  The Floral Frames are also retiring.  

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Did you see the little strip of DSP inside of the card?  That is why I cannot throw out scraps.  Seriously, I am going to work on being less of a hoarder and enjoy actually playing with my pretty paper.     Be sure to order your retiring products soon.  

Perfect Pennants and Floral Frames

Sorry it has been a little quiet around here.  I just got back from a  trip and even though I had planned to post while away there never seemed to be enough time.    The upside of this is that I now have a few cards ready to be shared!   This is a really good thing.  It always takes me a few days to get back into the flow of things after being gone.  

Perfect Pennants Floral Frames April 2016


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Perfect Pennants Floral Frames openApril 2016

Now I need to tackle my email inbox.   Be sure to order your favorite items from the Retiring list.  Many items(accessories) are already sold out.  Please shop my online store, I would really appreciate it!


Bordering Blooms Round Up...Sad to See You Go!

Another set that is on the Stampin' Up! retiring list is Bordering Blooms.   If you are wondering, should I buy this set or not?  I thought I would do a round up of some of the cards I made using this set.  I think the answer is...YES, I need that set.  

Bordering Blooms calypso Coral

Bordering Blooms crumb cake

Bordering Blooms hey there

Bordering Blooms in Black

Bordering Blooms Vellum

Bordering Blooms strawberry slush

Bordering Blooms is a photopolymer set.  Don't you love it that you can bend it a make a curvy border too?

Bordering Blooms Curve
Bordering Blooms is a perfect set for quick, easy cards.  Great for making note card sets for gifts.  If you want to snag a set for yourself  here is a link to it in my online store.   Happy Shopping!


Gift Card Enclosure Pack...I'll Miss You!

I have looked at the Stampin' Up! Retiring List a lot and I keep seeing new items that I missed before.  I was surprised to see that the Gift Card Enclosure pack (136662) is on that list!  Tell me it isn't true!  I have made numerous note card holders with it and probably one of my favorite projects, a get well gift. These projects were posted here last year.  I am sharing them again as a tribute to the versatile Gift Card Enclosure!

Remember this note card holder?  I think the only thing retiring on this project is the gift card enclosure.  Wait, the sentiment on the note card is from the Sumthin' Sumthin' (134525) set

Flower Patch&Gift Card Enclosure

On this post there is even a quick tutorial on how to score the gift card enclosure to make the holder.

This gift card enclosure turned get well gift is fun and easy to make!

Get Well Gift Encloaure front

The Back to Black DSP (133700) and the sweet Finishing Touches edgelit (127010 at $4.98!)are also on the Retiring list.  

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Lattice Window and the Watercolor Wonder DSP

My stamp room is a room divided.  The lines have been drawn between current and retiring products, what is staying and what needs to go.  I find myself using bits and pieces from both and going through the mental list of all the cards I have meant to make and just haven’t done.  The lattice window card is one of those cards since the Lattice die is retiring.  Mixing a little current with the retiring.

Lattice die window Watercolor Wonder DSP

Stamps: Wetlands
Ink: Calypso Coral
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack 
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot TIEF,  Window Frames Collection, Lattice Bigz
Extras: Basic Pearls, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon
(I bolded and italicized the items that are on the retired list)

Here are a few links to past posts that use the Lattice die.
   * White on White Lattice and Vintage Wallpaper

    *A Challenging Week

    *Live in the Sunshine

    *Have a Wonderful Week(end)

    *Mixed Bunch and the Lattice

Lattice window Watercolor Wonder DSP side




Retiring Stamps and Accessories and FREE SHIPPING!

Typepad has been a little crazy lately so I am going to keep this short in hopes that I can get this posted.    Here's the link  to the Retiring Stamps list and the Retiring Accessories list.  Remember Free Shipping April 21-25!  The stamps and accessories on the retiring lists are only available while supplies last.  There are some items that have already sold out!  Let me know if you need help.

Last Day to Order Retiring Stamp Sets

Sad to say but it is the last day you can order from the Stampin' Up! retired stamp set and accesories lists.    Here's another look back  at some past projects.

Little Friends Tempt Turq


Little Friends whisper white

Stamps: Little Friends122667

This is not my usual style but I sure enjoyed watercoloring the images.

008 copy
013 copy
Incolor aviary
Stamp set: Word Play 120651  and Aviary120462

Bordering on Romance on black
Bordering on romance double embossing
Bordering on Romance 125482

011 copy
018 copy
French Foliage 121166

So, don't delay and  order your retiring stamp sets  before they are gone!

I forgot to share with you th Best of 25 Years stamp set for June....Greetings!

Best of 25 greetings
8 great greeting for $14.95!  Best of Greetings 133485

You are My Sunshine

You are My Sunshine daffodil delight

Love this single stamp Sunshine!  When it was first released I knew I had to have it.  Just seeing it reminded me of the day when my son was about 5 and just out of the blue started singing this song to me.  I can still see his little face and remember my heart feeling so full and happy.  

Stamp: Sunshine 132671 (retiring on May 31)
Ink: VersaMark, Daffodil Delight marker
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Big Shot: Scallop Square Duo Bigz die (retiring on May 31)  
Extras: Black embossing powder, 1/2" Black Scallop Dots ribbon (retiring), Neutrals Glimmer brads 

Do you want to know a secret.  This isn't your ordinary 1/2 sheet of cards stock card.  Let me show you.

You are My Sunshine inside

Kind of a fun little fold.  

You are my Sunshine side

Do you have a song that everytime you hear it brings back happy memories?   Hope you have a smile on your face remembering it!  

Best of the Retirement list...Button Buddies

Have you checked out the Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps set list?  Here it is if you have not.  I 've been feeling a bit nostalgic for some of the stamp sets and accessories that are retiring so I decided to do my own little Best of Series,   Best of the Retirement lists.  

Today's Best of the Retirement list will focus on the versatile and adorable set...Button Buddies!

Button Buddies white on white

I love this flower in this set.   Being able to punch it out with a 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch makes it so easy to use and don't even get me started on the Silver Glimmer paper under the polka dot brads!  You can read abou this card here.

Button Buddies cherry hearts valentines

This is kind of a cheat since the only thing Button Buddies is the cherry stems but there would be no cherry hearts without the stems!  More about this card here.

Button Buddies vase with dots

This little vase also got a lot of use.  It is just a cute, simple image.  More on this card here.

CPC card box

This was a card box I made using a tutorial from Craft Project Central.  You can read about the Card box here and about all the cards i made to go in the box here, and here.

Double TIEF vase of Flower

One last one that was so fun to make.  To read about this card go here and to see the video on who to use the 2 folders go here.

Thank you for indulging me on my blog walk through some of my favorite projects  from the Button Buddies stamp set.  Have a wonderfully creative day and hope to stamp with you soon!






In Colors and Array of Sunshine

Today I was shifting things around on my crafting table to ease some of the congestion and found a treasure.   Back when the 2011-2012 was brand new, Gail K (good friend and downline) cut out, glittered and layered the big flower from the Array of Sunshine hostess set in the then new In Colors.  She packaged them in a cute little box and gave them to me.  You will see that it was a lot of work  and she did a beautiful job.  

In Colors 2011-2013

Yes, each flower is made up of 3 layers all glittered and popped up with dimensionals.   I knew I did not need to do too much since the flowers are the show stopper so I just used some Whisper White card stock and Calypso Coral DSP.    The sentiment is from the Welcome box of My Paper Pumpkin.  I love this stamp.   My dear friend who passed away last fall  would always call and say "hey there"  so I knew I needed this stamp and I think about her everytime I use it.

If you are wondering aren't there 5 In Colors?  You are right.  I ran out of room on this card and so I had a Wisteria Wonder flower left to use on another card.

Wisteria Wonder flower

Pretty simple card but i am totally going to make a set of cards using this layout.   I used the same elements as the first card except i embossed the sentiment with Black embossing powder to make it stand out.  Thanks again Gail for making these gorgeous flowers for me.  

These In Colors are supposed to be retiring soon but I know that the Calypso Coral and Pool Party are used in the new This and That product Suite so I assumeat least those two colors will be sticking around.   We will know more soon and I will let you know.  

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