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How to you give a handmade card to a stamper extraordinaire?


It’s a daunting task…. I tell ya… my friend, themauistamper, had a birthday. And so… I needed a card. But. Not just any card. Had to be a good one. Couldn’t just be out of the ol’ card box. And I’m not saying that she wouldn’t appreciate whatever I sent… she’s not like that. But as a friend and fellow stamper… I needed something nice.  Now… my sister asked me once… that why to my family I often send store bought cards (gasp….I know) but then she answered her own question… “oh, cause store bought cards tells me I really matter… cause you didn’t just get it out of your box… you had to put effort into getting it.”  Yeah. We go with that. And now I’m paranoid that everyone thinks that when I send them a card.  But oh well…And, for my family,  I’m usually looking for something really funny…which I’ve not mastered. Anyway. Store-bought wouldn’t work for mauistamper… CAUSE SHE IS A STAMPER. I really procrastinated on this cause I didn’t know what to do…. but, pinterest saved the day again… and this is what I came up with…


The original idea was the normal card size (4.25×5.5) but I wanted to be different. So I did square.  I like it when the card stands out in the mail. And, of course…. I wanted to make the envelope so it’d be really special. I’m sure the USPS isn’t  all that excited about my special cards (square cards require extra postage…and you should use a white label on dark dsp so the address could be clearly read)… but some times special people call for special circumstances. And with all thanks to the USPS for humoring me… (and it is still the best purchasing value…. if I wanted…I could send a card to my family…which is about 5000 miles… for only 48¢. I sure can’t get there for that…)  anyway…  here is another view…


And for a super special person… I decided to go crazy with rhinestones… who doesn’t like diamonds??  I used summer starfruit and raspberry ripple for the colors…and my favorite, the tasteful trim die to make the scallop border…


So… that’s it. Thats what I got for mauistamper extraordinaire.


Ciao, BABY!!


Welcome Back to the “Stamp of the Month” Blog tour.  March’s installment uses Ciao, Baby from the Spring Occasions catalog.  I ordered this set as soon as I saw it.  Wanna know why…  It fits the petite curly label punch available in SAB… and the tiny scallop circle in the Occasions catalog.  And, I’m a sucker for little tags.  You can use them on everything.  Now, this set would make gorgeous cards in it’s own right…3×3 cards, tags, etc… but, when we get to March, I know the Stampin’ Up catalog is in it’s, hum, shall we say, last few moments (don’t get alarmed, you still got a couple of months…) But, as a demonstrator, with the new catalog coming in June, I have to start looking at the stamps I have and seeing what have I used, what has gotten ‘hidden’ behind something else on the shelf…  and I did… and found Baby Boutique.  It kinda got stuck back behind some other stamps, and I realized this WHOLE year has passed and I’ve not really made anything with it.  SO….  I’m paring Ciao, Baby with Baby Botique.

I wanted to do a few quick and simple cards, cause these images really are nice and bold…  for both sets…

Here is what I did:


Simple colors, easy lines, fun and fast to make.




Though it doesn’t specifically say it, This one would make a perfect Easter card.  I love the little detailing in the bird.  And, the Happy Day stamp from Ciao Baby looks like the bird chirped it.  I used the border from the Tasteful Trim die (I use that for EVERYTHING….not just on this blog post).  I used so saffron paper and the polkadot textured impressions embossing folder to add just a little detail…  Oh, I used crumb cake for the scallop punch and very vanilla for the card…



This one makes a great card for someone who you need to give a note of encouragement or thanks!  Island Indigo ink makes a very cheerful greeting.



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And, the baby pajamas.  That’s what made me want to by the Baby Boutique stamp set in the first place.  This one uses pool party, but it could easily be made in any color for either gender baby… and, you can take the ‘Thank you’ stamp from the Pretty Petites (another SAB freebie) and make a set of thank you cards for the new-to-be mom.  Thank you cards… that’s what I started giving as gifts to baby and wedding showers….  a set of cards, pretty pen, stamps, and return address labels…  A perfect, hand-made gift…

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!!  Off to your next stop!  See what Deb Leigh has for you…




And if that link doesn’t work, here is the full list of people in the tour:


Another Smooch


You may get sick of all the smooching around here… or maybe not.  This new Bright Blossoms set is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  In order to figure out what I was going to do for the class Anne and I are offering (see yesterday’s post) I made several samples…  And, I really enjoy the bright colors and cute, simple stamps.  They are perfectly cheerful…will make ANYONE’S day.  Wouldn’t  you love getting this card?

This card also features the Summer Smooches DSP.  I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut the ric-rac out…  And, that is Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (I think Seam Binding is my favorite all the ribbons).  We needing a good yellow ribbon…  Anyway, these products are sneak peeks into the new catalog coming out June 1…  This is your chance to get your hands on a few things early (only during April)…and there are a couple of items (the brads and stencil) that WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE during April…meaning they are NOT in the new catalog…  I will have upcoming samples with them…


And, for you clubbers… This is one of the cards we will make for the APRIL clubs…. exciting isn’t it…


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So, here is another Happy Easter Wish!!  This cute little chicks are made using the bird builder punch (you have to cut some off of the bird’s behind in order to make him fit in the egg… The eggs are simple…just the XL oval punch and the grass is that tasteful trim die.  SUPER SIMPLE.  And the ribbon, I just love the skinny taffeta.  Makes it a slim card that is easy to mail.  Enjoy!