Monthly Archives: April 2013

Beautiful Butterflies


So… I bought the Papillon Potpourri stamp set when this current catalog came out.  And, used it once in my easel calendar class back in December and that was it.  But I LIKE it.  And it makes beautiful cards.  I’m sorry I didn’t use it sooner!!  Image

We did this as one of our April Stamp Club projects.  I love how the big butterfly fits the elegant butterfly punch (and, everyone thought that it was DSP, but it is a stamp–which is great cause it comes in ANY color).  I made this sample as mother’s day (from teeny tiny wishes) but you could add any sentiment.  I wish I could say that I made this idea up, but I didn’t.  I copied it from Krista Fenton.  Pretty much completely copied.  Colors and everything. (I did change some little details…)  She did such a beautiful job, I figured I shouldn’t mess with that!!

Here’s a little closer look:Image

Colors used are Baja Breeze (retiring!!), Summer Starfruit an Elegant Eggplant.  I used the scallop border punch and the Summer Starfruit ribbon to add a little embellishment.  It’s so nice and simple.  The small butterfly punch is from the Spring Occasions Catalog, but it is going to be available in the 2013-14 catalog as well!!  You could make sets of cards like this, with different colors, and change the sentiment.  Yeah, And, I know it is white layered on white.  And, I used to think that it was a huge waste.  And it probably is. But, even in it is subtleness (??), it still gives a VERY nice effect.  And, that makes it all worth it.

AND… The second purpose of this post is to announce to you that Mother’s Day is in 2 weeks.  TWO WEEKS.  So, don’t forget.  You can’t say you weren’t warned.  And, if you need a card, you can make this one.  If you need a gift….well, I can help you there too.  If you order soon, it will come by Mother’s Day.  If you don’t know WHAT to order, you can get a gift certificate from me.  And, let me tell you, as a Mother, I do believe I would LOVE a Stampin’ UP gift certificate…  🙂  If you would like for me to forward the link to this blog to your significant other as a ‘subtle’ reminder that a. it’s mother’s day and b. this is what you should buy…  I’d be happy to do so.  We aim to please…



Best of …PEEK-A-Boo…


So Hello!!  And welcome back to the BEST OF blog tour…

(and for those of you who have been following me, I survived the hazardous stamping incident from a few days ago…  and, it must have been REAL bad cause the following  morning, I went to school with two different pairs of shoes on…)  HUM.

ANYWAY…  BEST OF FLOWERS!!  Lots of nice flowers here…  And, the flower I use from this stamp set was one of my favorites, until it went into the great stamp beyond…  Glad to see it back!!


This little flower stamp fits perfectly into the Decorative Label punch..  Makes a nice peek-a-boo window!!

So, it is a little tricky to get it lined up all right, but it’s not too hard to master.  What I did was make a template where I could line up the punch on the front of card with the place I wanted to put a mask for the inside.  I used the corner of the paper to line up the punch…


When I had the template put on top of the card stock (Oh, which is Bashful Blue… one of the ones we are losing… so sad).  I just traced the inside top of the template with a pencil.  This way, I could see where to punch…


So, I just put the pencil mark on just the inside of the punch and that will make sure the hole on the front of the card is punched in the right place.

I also made an INK template… It’s same as the punch template, but I didn’t wanna risk transferring ink to the front of the card.  SO…  You glue a white panel inside the card, and line the template up on the corners.  Stamp THROUGH the template hole and sponge.. (I used Midnight Muse for the flowers and bashful blue for the sponging.  Ignore the daffodil on the template… I changed my mind..


This is what you get:


And, here it is when it is closed…  Your flowers peek through the window you  made.


Embellish it up a little bit…I used the bashful blue taffeta ribbon, I used the little four petal flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I LOVE that punch.  I put a little DIAMOND (my friend likes to spell it DI-HU-MUNDS…) and WHO DOESN’T LOVE THOSE??  (I suppose legal requirements would propel me to explain that they are not really diamonds, but rhinestones).  STILL BEAUTIFUL.

And, this is what you get!!20130418_214229

and here is a close up of the flower window…


Oh… I embossed the front of the card with the polka-dot embossing folder!!

Anyway… Hope you enjoyed it…

Click below for the link to the next blogs…  And ENJOY your tour!!

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If that link doesn’t work, here is the list:

The Hazards of Stamping


So.  I have both my clubs meeting this weekend.  And, it’s Wednesday night.  And, I still have NO idea what they are going to make.  And, I’m trying to put stuff together and nothing is coming and I’m frantically combing pinterest, stampin’ connection, and all my favorite stampin’ bloggers.  Nothing.  Nothing at all.

And, I’m so INVOLVED in scouring these interwebular spectacular inspiration-starters that I don’t notice that my arm has been resting on my staz-on ink pad.  BLACK STAZ-ON INK PAD.  For several minutes.

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That’s my arm.  With a big, black, permanent rectangle.  And an outline of a rectangle.  I’ve tried to get it off.  But, it didn’t come off.

Tomorrow is gonna be a long-sleeve day.



And, if you wanna see if I actually survive my hobby until the weekend, check back THIS SUNDAY for the Next Installment of the BEST OF stamp tour.  This month we will feature ‘Best of Flowers’.



Ode to More Mustard and Riding Hood Red


Well…  Up until SU posted the color refresh, I knew what stamp I had to use for this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Tour, but had NO IDEA what color pallet to use.

Then, SU SAVES THE DAY.  (They seem to do that a lot for me)

The color refresh got me to thinking that I should use some the colors I loved, but have kinda ‘strayed away’ from in light of the new in-colors and what have you.  Kinda feel sorry for the ‘main-stay colors’  Though moving from an IN-Color to a  color collection definitely must be a promotion….  I would think the color collection colors must feel, hum, how shall we say, over-looked in the newness of things?  The ‘red-headed step child’???  NEVER.  I could not imagine… but alas, I was at fault for LOVING our in colors and not always remembering to use the main-stays.  Forgive Me.  I hope there are no hard feelings.


Secret Garden.  IT’s LOVELY.  Page 17 in the Spring Occasions Catalog.  It has Framelits Dies to match…. and therefore comes as a bundle (dies and stamps–15% off if you buy them together–and if you buy today, you won’t pay shipping).  woo-hoo.  ANYWAY.  I love this flower set.  Extremely versatile.  Has both solid and outline flowers.  Leaves on a stem, and those leaves can be easily trimmed off to be separate leaves.  And, some of the flowers can really be made to look tropical (an PLUS if you are living in Hawaii and you need some tropical themed cards).  SO.  Here it is…

I made 3 cards:


The color scheme is the now retiring More Mustard and Riding Hood Red.  And, I also used Soft Suede (not retiring).  I did the bottom and right card in the ‘one-sheet-wonder’ technique.  This is an AWESOME technique. if you have never tried it.  You stamp a sheet of whisper white or very vanilla ALL over with your images.  Then you cut it and use it like a dsp.  And the two cards are basically the same… just the exact opposite in composition… The bottom one has a dark background and light strip, and the right one has a light background and dark strip.  Then, flipped from  horizontal to vertical… SO, you can see how different you can make a card look just by altering something VERY simple.  This one-sheet-wonder technique would let you make SETS of cards (think gifts, favors, etc… Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, and END OF SCHOOL is COMING!!–and as a teacher, I can say, a set of beautiful, hand-made cards would be an awesome teacher appreciation gift!!).  ANYWAY, I digress… here are some closer pictures.


I added some subtle texture with the honeycomb embossing folder.  (LOVE IT) and used the soft suede taffeta ribbon for the knot.  The Labels are dimmensionaled to make it stand up a bit…


Here is the companion card.  I trimmed the label tags to just peak out under the ribbon….

I also have to show you the 3rd card I made…My inspiration for this one was a invitation I made for my mother-in-law’s 50th birthday party using the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp set from a couple years ago.  I enjoyed that set.  And, I was happy to see this one, cause it pays homage to a wonderful stamp set (this one is NICER cause it has both outline and solid stamps…AND FRAMELITS).

Anyway, here is the card:


Simple.  Delicate.  LOVE IT>  Sometimes simple is good.  This would make a good sympathy card now that I think of it.  (I need to make some sympathy cards…. it’s on the brain…)

Here is a picture of all the cards, including the invitation from a few years ago…just so you can see.


More Mustard, Riding Hood Red… though you may be gone, you will not be forgotten…

But, we must not tarry… on to the next blog tour!!  (AND WOW.  I cannot believe I did all that without using the framelits.  They are fabulous… even though they weren’t displayed….)

Click on the image here to take you to the next blog.  If it doesn’t work, there is a list of the people on the tour… you can move along ‘old school’.


Tamra Davis
Becky Evans

Crystal Kondo




This is just a quick note to tell you that the FREE SHIPPING special that SU is offering Imagestarts TODAY.  And will only last 3 days!!  so… HURRY.  This works on anything… catalog items, online store items, clearance rack items, DIGITAL PRINT ITEMS….You can call me to place an order or go to my online store and just order directly from there if there is anything you want.  It is a great time to take inventory of your supplies and see if you need anything.  And, as a fellow stamper (and downline) reminded me…  with the new color refresh going on,  you may wanna take inventory of the retiring color stock you have and see if you  need anything… these are the colors we will be saying good bye to:

  • Regal Rose
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Bashful Blue
  • Certainly Celery
  • Baja Breeze
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Bravo Burgandy
  • Not quite Navy
  • More Mustard
  • River Rock

As she mentioned, accessories in these colors WILL GO QUICKLY (ie, ink refills, paper, ribbons, markers, brads, ANYTHING that has matching of these colors).  So, if you need to replenish your supply, don’t wait until the retired accessories LIST is released.



Check back tomorrow and we will be featuring the NEXT STAMP OF THE MONTH BLOG TOUR!!  It will be featuring Secret Garden from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  And, in light of the recent color refresh, it will be an “Ode to More Mustard and Riding Hood Red”.  Hope that sparked your interest.  (It LOOKS way better than it sounds… trust me…I would never joke about ink colors…)

Anyway, see you tomorrow…