So Very Vellum and the Forever Blossoms

I am ready for Spring!  If you are ready too, then you need to check out and participate in the Festive Friday challenge #FF54.


All you need to do is pick at least 3 items from the Inspo List to include in your project and then post it in the Festive Friday gallery.  Here's more information about how to play along with the Festive Friday Challenge.

I chose flowers, green, pastel colors, and stitching to use on my project.


I used the new So Very Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper in Purple Posy for the card base.  This beautiful embossed vellum is part of the Sale-A-Bration  2nd Release products.   This pack of paper is FREE with a $50 order.  There are 3 colors: Pool Party, Purple Posy, and Soft Sea Foam.  In the pack you get six 12" x 12" pieces, 2 each of three colors.  


The beautiful flowers are from the Forever Blossoms bundle and are colored using Stampin' Blends.

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This is inside of the card.  I wanted to cover up the adhesive that was showing through from the front so I added the top rectangle as well as  the bottom.  All the rectangles are the same size.

I have written a tutorial for you on how to make this card, CLICK HERE  for the tutorial. In fact, every member of the Festive Friday design team creates either a video or a written tutorial on their project so be sure to check it out!

I look forward to seeing your project in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Special Someone

Ready for another Festive Friday Challenge?  


How do you play along?  Just pick 3 items from the Inspo list to include in your projects and submit it to the Festive Friday gallery by the due date.   The project you create doesn't have to celebrate Valentine's Day but it does need to include 3 items from the Inspo List.  Here is a link to how to play along with the challenge.


I chose to use hearts, doilies, and red from the Inspo List. I could even claim glitter since he is holding a glittery red heart.   Isn't the raccoon from the Special Someone set so cute?  From the first time I saw the catalog I knew the set would have to be mine.  Beginning on February 4th, the Special Day dies that coordinates with the Special Someone set will become available.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order them which is what I used to cut out Mr. Raccoon.  

Let's Make It

  • Cut out 2 tags from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (Sale-A-Bration choice)  using the tag die from the Bonanza dies.   
  • Score the bottom of the tags 1-1/4" .  This is how big the item I wanted to insert measures.
  • Apply adhesive to one of the 1-1/4" rectangles and place the other tag over it. 
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  • Secure the treat in the holder with adhesive.  I used a Ferrero Rocher.
  • Thread a 4" piece of Real Red ribbon through the tag holes and tie a bow around the ribbon using White Baker's Twine
  • Stamp the outline raccoon image in Basic Gray ink.
  • Ink the bold raccoon stamp in Basic Gray ink and stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper and then over the outline raccoon image.
  • Cut out the raccoon using the Special Day dies or fussy cut.  
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the raccoon to a red heart doily
  • Stamp "for you" on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the banner die from the Clubhouse bundle.
  • Cut 2 hearts out of Red Glitter paper 
  • Attach one heart to the raccoons paws using a part of a Stampin' Dimensional.
  • Attach one heart to the banner.  Attach the banner using SNAIL adhesive to the doily.
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the doily to the treat holder.


Cute and simple little treat to give to your friends, co-workers, or anytime you need a little treat holder.  Now it is time for you to figure out what you are going to make for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0051.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Bonanza Dies

A Quick Card Stand Tutorial

I have had questions about how to make the stand I showed with my calendar.


I do not know who to give credit to for the stand.  I had a sample of the stand in my files.

  • Start with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"  card stock.  The ones I made for the calendars were made using Stampin' Up! Basic Black card stock
  • Score in half at 2-3/4"


  • Draw a diagonal line from the fold line to the lower right hand corner.
  • Measure 3/4" up from the bottom and draw a line from the edge to the diagonal line


  • Draw a line from the 3/4" mark to the diagonal line 1/2" up from the corner.
  • Now cut from the top of the diagonal line stopping at the 1/2" marking.
  • Cut along the short diagonal line from the 3/4" marking to the 1/2" mark.



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Hope you found this helpful.  

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Christmas Gleaming and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0048

Welcome to another Festive Friday Challenge!  The festivity we are being inspired by is Wear Your Pearls Day!  Bet you didn't know there was a special day to celebrate wearing your pearls.  The Inspo list for this challenge is so fun.  To play along all you have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project and share it on the Festive Friday blog.  Easy peasy and a lot of fun too!


For this challenge I chose to use rhinestones, black & white, pink, and embossing paste.


It is a little hard to see that I used Shimmery White Embossing paste.  There are flecks of glitter in the paste which makes for a very sparkly background. 


I think you can see the glitter in the embossing paste in this picture.  The mask I used is from the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog on pg 35.  It is a little hard to find.  


To make things even more sparkly I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the body of the ornament and some Frost White Shimmer paint on the top of the ornament.  I thought I might as well go all out and added rhinestones  and a glittery black bow to the ornament.  To finish it off, I added a die cut sentiment from the Jolly Season dies

Want a tutorial and list of all the products I used?  Here is a link to a tutorial.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  


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Snowman Season Gift Card

Ready for a fun to make and receive gift card holder?  Let's go!


Here's what you will need:

    *Coastal Cabana 5-1/2" x 6-3/4" scored at 4-1/4" &  a Stitched Nested label (2nd largest) 

    *Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" & Stitched Oval largest & scraps for snowman, tree

    *Real Red Layering Ovals scallop oval (largest)

    *Let it Snow DSP cut 2 at 2-1/4" x 5-1/4"

    *Snowman Season bundle

    *Tree stamped from Perfectly Plaid set in Shaded Spruce

    *Sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas

    *Star Designer Elements

    *Let it Snow Embellishment kit

(Look below my signature for a complete list of supplies and links to where you can purchase it.)


Score the Coastal Cabana Stitched Nested label as shown below.


This tab is what you will secure between the Coastal Cabana card base and the Whisper White layer.  I like to use glue or Tear & Tape.  Secure down the Whisper White layer to the Coastal Cabana card base.

Stamp in Coastal Cabana ink the snowflakes from Snowman Season on the Whisper White Stitched Oval. 

Layer the stitched oval on to the Real Red scalloped oval.  

Attach a plaid tree stamped in Shaded Spruce using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the snowman from Snowman Season on to the Whisper White Oval.

Attach the star to the top of the tree.  Attach a cap to the snowman.  Color in the snowman's nose using Pumpkin Pie Blends or Stampin' Write marker.

Stamp "lots of love" in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White CS and cut the banner.  Attach a little red heart to the end and adhere.

Attach the oval to the Coastal Cabana label.  

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corned in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Attach one of the DSP sheets to the outside piece.


Punch a half circle in the middle of one of the long sides of the remaining DSP piece.  This is the opening where you will put in the gift card so do not put any adhesive along this long edge.  Run a thin line of liquid glue along the 2 short sides and the long side that does not have the half circle.  Attach this to the inside.


Super cute and easy to make too!  Hope you liked this gift card idea.  Check out the links below for a complete list of products used.

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hanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Here's to Strong Women

It is Festive Friday Challenge time!  I am really liking the changes that were recently made in the challenge.  There is now an Inspo list (aka Inspiration).  This Inspo list has elements inspired by the festivity.  You pick at least 3 elements from the Inspo to use on your project.  


The 3 items from the Inspo List I chose for my project; blue, encouragement, hearts.


This big beautiful sentiments is from the Here's to Strong Women stamp set.  I have been using this stamp set a lot lately, especially this sentiment.  We are all going through something and I love sharing a little bit of encouragement & support.  I wanted to make something that was easily mailed that would stand up on its own.

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This card has its own build in stand.  It folds up fairly flat and will fit in a note card size envelope (5-1/8" x 3-5/8") which is a mailable size.  There is even a little place in the back for you to write a little message.


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If you would like to make your own CLICK HERE for a PDF tutorial.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Festive Friday blog and enter your project in the gallery!  

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Festive Friday Challenge #0042

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0042.  This challenge marks the start of something new.  The Festive Friday challenge Inspo list.  We are still being inspired by upcoming festivities but now you can choose from 3 different items from the Inspo list to use to create your project.  I think this will be a lot easier, more fun and hopefully will inspire you to join in the challenge!


I chose to use these three items from the Inspo list; black, gold, and birds for my project.


This is a tri-fold card.  It is fun and easy to make.


These lovely birds were die cut from the Bird Ballad DSP .  The polka dot pattern is also from this paper pack.  The Bird Ballad DSP is one of the packs that qualify for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.


This is the inner panel.  The sentiment is from the Here's A Card stamp set.


Ready to make this fun card?  

Stamps: Here's A Card 149438

                Free As A Bird 149468

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad 132708

         Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends 146866

Paper: Petal Pink 146985  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

            Basic Black 121045 4-1/4' x 5-1/2"  scored at 1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"

            Whisper White 100730 4" x 5-1/4"

            Gold Glimmer 146958 3" x 7-1/2"

            Bird Ballad DSP 149592  

Dies:  Layering Oval dies 141706

            Stitched Be Mine dies 148527

Embellishments: Petal Pink Organdy ribbon 149441

  1. Die cut an oval (use the #6 oval, #1 being the smallest) in the 4-1/4" 5-1/2" Basic Black cs.   Use the long scallop stitched die to cut along the edge of the Basic Black card stock.
  2. Place the #6 oval die on the Gold Glimmer paper and the #7 scalloped oval around it.  Next to it place the #6 scalloped oval and run them both through the die cutting machine.
  3. Adhere the Gold Glimmer oval frame around the oval cut out in step 1.
  4. Layer the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic Black cs on to the front of the Petal Pink cs.  Make sure that the fold is on the bottom.  Layer the polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad DSP on to the black card stock.
  5. Attach the Basic Black flap (1/2" score line) to the back of the Petal Pink card base.  
  6. Use the #6 oval to cut out the birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.  Adhere  it on to the remaining Gold Glimmer oval.  Position the ovals on to the  polka dot pattern so that it fits the oval on the Basic Black flap.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and the flower on the Whisper White card stock.  Color the flower using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  Adhere to the inside of the card base.
  8. Tie a bow using the Petal Pink Organdy ribbon and secure it to the front of the card.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for Festive Friday Challenge #0042!

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Fun Fold Friday

I received some questions on how I made this card.  Here's a quick tutorial.


  1. Card Base:  Night of Navy card stock 5-1/2" x 11".  Score at 3-1/4" and 7-1/2"
  2. Very Vanilla CS: 4" x 5-1/4", DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


    3. Front Panel DSP  3-1/4" x  5-1/4"


    4.  Very Vanilla CS-3" x 5-1/4",  DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


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This fold is a great one to show off your Designer Series paper.  Here's another card using the same fold.





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Just a few more sleeps until the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog goes live on September 4th!   Contact me if you would like a Holiday catalog and are not currently working with another demonstrator.  I would be happy to send you one!

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On to Adventure Easel card & tutorial

I have a fun card today featuring the On to Adventure stamp set and a tutorial.


This easel card is fashioned after an easel card I made for the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop.  Here's the card.


I received a lot of questions on how I made this card so i thought I would do  a quick tutorial for you.  

I am starting with a pre-made card base.  The one I am using is not currently available.  

    1.  Use a paper trimmer and cut starting from the middle (2-3/4") of  the card fold  to the bottom edge of the front of the  card base.  Once you understand the basics of this card you can choose to make your easel different sizes.

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    2.  Score one of flaps (card front) at 2-1/8".  Apply adhesive to the other flap and secure.


    3.   Stamp the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock and color using Stampin' Blends.  Cut the image out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Cut a coordinating scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits in Soft Suede ink.

    4. Stamp "Congratulations" sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a 3/4" x 3-1/2" strip of Whisper White card stock.   Line up the strip so it lines up with the edge of the closed flap and attach the other end to the Soft Suede scalloped circle.

    5.  Fussy cut the leaves and rose images from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP. Arrange some roses and leaves around  the main image and attach them to the back of the Whisper White stitched circle.  Sandwich the flowers and leaves with the Soft Suede scalloped circle 

    6.  Attach a flower and leaf to the back of the sentiment strip.  


    7.  Cut a 1/2" x 2-3/4" strip of DSP and attach it to the inside of the card.  Stamp "Follow your Bliss!"  on Whisper White card stock and cut out using the Layering Circles dies.  Cut a coordinating Soft Suede scalloped circle.  Adhere the Whisper White circle on to the Soft Suede.  Attach it to the DSP strip using a Stampin' Dimensional.  This will act as the "stop" for the easel.



Now you know how to make an easel card.  It is easy and now you can play around with different widths and orientations of your easels.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and spotlight on the On to Adventure stamp set!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment.  Here's a list of the supplies I used.  You can click on any link and it will take you to my online store. Thank you!

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On To Adventure Cling Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Balmy Blue Light Stampin' Blends Marker
Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stitched Shapes Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Noble Peacock Rhinestones

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Tasteful Textures and the Floral Essence bundle

Ready for another idea on how to use the Tasteful Textures Bundle?  


You know I adore a black & white card with a pop of color.  The pops of color are provided by the Floral Essence bundle.  Why the Floral Essence bundle?  I chose the Floral Essence stamp and punch because the shape of the petals mimics the look of this Tasteful Background die.  It is almost as if they were meant for each other.

Here's how I made this card

    1.  Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Use the Tasteful Background die and cut it 4-5 times through a die cutting machine.

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2. Use the Stitched Rectangle die that cuts out a 3-3/8" x  4-3/4" rectangle and the die that cuts out a 2-1/4" x  3-5/8" rectangle and cut out a frame.

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    3,  Set aside the frame.  We will use it on tomorrow's card.  

    4.  Cut a  2-5/8" x  4" Basic Black Stitched Rectangle.  Layer the inner rectangle from the frame on to the stitched Rectangle.


    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" Thick Whisper White card stock card base.  Layer the inner rectangle (step 4) on the front of the card base.

    6. Stamp the 3 petal flower (from the Floral Essence stamp set) in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  Repeat.  Use a blender pen and color in     the petals using just the ink that is already on the petal.  Punch out the petals using the Perennial Flower punch.  Assemble the flower.   

    7.  VersaMark a strip of Real Red card stock.  Sprinkle  Glittery Goodness mix (one part Dazzling Diamonds glitter & one part Clear Embossing     powder) and heat emboss.  Punch a 1/2" circle and attach it to the center of the flower.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue pen and apply a layer of glue over the     Real Red flower center.  Set aside to dry.  

    8. Stamp in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock the leaf from the Floral Essence stamp set.  Punch out using the Leaf punch.  

    9.  Use a Basic Black marker or carefully ink up just the "Thanks" (part of a sentiment in the Tasteful Textures stamp set) and stamp on a strip of Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die 7/8" x  2-7/8".

    10. Attach the sentiment strip (trim one end so it doesn't extend past the black layer 2-5/8") using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Attach the flower using a     Stampin' Dimensional.  Tuck in the leaves and attach using glue dots.  


Below you will find all the supplies I used to make this card.  Click on the link/picture to easily shop for supplies.  Remember July is Bonus Days!  For every $50 (US) you spend in July you will receive a coupon for $5 you can spend in August! 

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Leaf Punch

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the card I made using the frame portion!  

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