Simply Succulent

I have the Simply Succulent stamp set to share for the first time today.  There are so many great sets in the Mini Catalog, and the Annual Catalog as well, that I just have not gotten to some of them.  I have to say that I truly enjoyed playing with colors to come up with the look I wanted for this card.



Since this is a rather large stamp, I decided to let it be the full star of the show.  I stamped it on a piece of Basic White cardstock measuring 3 3/8 X 4 5/8.  It pretty much fills the paper.  I tried to give it a fairly realistic look.  I think I need just a bit of a piinkish color and it would be good.  I have all of the colors I used in the supply list.

The pot was actually stamped first and masked for the flowers.  Most folks probably stamp the flowers first and mask around the edges for the pot.  I wanted most of the pot to show since the flower part is quite large.  I used Cinnamon Cider as the pot outline and then colored with Cinnamon Cider and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends.

Since I decided to not add a sentiment to the front I went a step further for the focal point.  I love to use the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend as a “shadow” on some stamps.  I did that for this one and went all around the succulents and the pot.  It makes it look more like a painting and grounds it.

The base of the card is Terracotta Tile with the layer of Just Jade.  The Just Jade layer is 4 X 5 1/4.  I added another Terracotta Tile layer behind the White.  It measures 3 1/2 X 4 3/4.  For some added texture, I wrapped the Linen Thread around a couple of times and then added a double bow to the front.

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Amazing Chick Birthday

In cleaning up my desk, I made a really cute card.  I had been putting leftover pieces from cards I was working on in a spot, or three, on my desk.  When cleaning up, I decided to make a card out of those pieces.  You can be the judge of it was a good idea. LOL!!


Stampin' Up!, you are amazing, hey birthday chick, ice cream corner, Jackie Beers


For starters I found the die cut chick from Hey Birthday Chick which had been cut with the matching dies.  The word balloon is from the You are Amazing stamp set.  It was just the stamped balloon on a piece of scrap paper.  I added the Happy Birthday from the same set and then fussy cut the word balloon using my Paper Snips.

The DSP is the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper.  I had used the opposite side of this paper for a card and had two strips.  To join the two, I added the Terracotta Tile and Bumblebee cardstock layers.  For a bit of glam, I added the Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon.  The Blushing Bride and the touch of Gold both work wonderfully with the other colors.

As a finishing touch I added a couple of Rhinestones for a little bling.  I hope you will try a “pieces” card and show what you create.

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Sympathy With Art

I am sure you all dislike the need for sympathy cards as much as I do.  However, they are needed more than we wish they were.  Today I have one to share.  I combined it with a Fun Fold and some gorgeous paper.  The card itself can still be a Happy card, even if the occasion is not.



I used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper as the highlight of this card.  The Pretty Peacock card base was chosen as the best choice, I thought, from the colors of the DSP.  The stamped flower colors came from there as well.

The stamped flowers are from the Art Gallery stamp set.  It is a photopolymer stamp set and that material is a bit difficult to color with the Stampin’ Write Markers as we do with the red rubber stamp sets to get more than one color on a stamp.  I don’t know if it was just the colors I chose, but it worked beautifully this time.  The flower heads are colored using the Bumblebee Stampin’ Write Marker and the leaves are done using the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Write Marker.  (The only negative thing about this is that the markers can only be purchased in the color families, or as the entire set of colors.  The only individual color available is Basic Black.)  The Terracotta Tile center of the flowers is a separate stamp and I used the terracotta Tile Ink pad for that addition.

Here is a look at the Fun Fold and the inside of the card.


The flowers on the bottom of the inside sentiment layer are the same flowers as the front.  I just inked it using the Bumblebee Ink Pad and stamped a little section on the bottom of the White layer.

The front sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  The inside sentiment, which I think is wonderful, is from the Sale-A-Bration set Heal Your Heart.  SAB is over, but there is another two months of SAB later in the year.  I do not know if any of the ones from this past will be available at that time.  I haven’t been able to find information on that as yet.

Regarding the Fun Fold:  I have all of the measurements below.  This one is the same principle as one from last week, in that you cut off a section and then use that as the focal layer.  You can see the other fold HERE.

Measurements and Directions:

  • Cut card base of Pretty Peacock to 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4.  Measure the front flap of the card down 2 3/4 and cut across the from the edge to the score line.  Then cut up the score line to remove that section.  You will have removed a piece measuring 2 3/4 X 4 1/4.  This will be your front focal layer.
  • Cut White card stock to 5 1/4 X 4 for the inside section of the card.
  • Cut DSP to 5 1/8 X 3 7/8 for the inside of the card.
  • Cut White card stock to 2 1/2 X 4 for the bottom flap of the card.
  • Cut DSP to 2 3/8 X 3 7/8 for the bottom flap
  • Cut two pieces of White card stock to 2 1/2 X 4.  One is for the front focal layer and the other for the inside sentiment layer.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed this Fun Fold.  I love the fold and the Art Gallery Suite of products.  This card would work for any occasion with simply a change of sentiment.



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Melt My Heart

I needed a birthday card for a 1 year old little guy.  I know he would not care about a card, but his Mom loves Disney.  And I remembered seeing a card making the mouse ears from the Ice Cream Builder Punch.  that was my start.



I made one of the Quick and Easy Shaker cards, with the added bonus of Micky Mouse Ice Cream.  I used the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch to punch a “scoop” from Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The ice cream stick is from the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set.  The stamp set and punch come as a bundle with a 10% discount!

The “confetti” circle is from the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper.  I used the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.  The sentiment is from the stamp set. I used the scalloped oval of the Double Oval Punch to cut it out.  That “You Melt My Heart” is so cute and unique.  I think it would make a great card for anyone you are sending love to.

The shaker card is made using one of the Clear Envelopes.  I cut a different piece of the Ice Cream Corner DSP to 4 X 5 1/4 and placed it inside the envelope.  I then added quite a few of the Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles.  I closed the envelope, with the closed part on the back side and folded the edges down for a tight fit.  All I had to do now is add Tear & Tape to the back side and adhere it to the card base.  Note:  You have to be very careful as it is a One Shot to make it right type application.  The Tear & Tape is not at all forgiving!!  Ask me how I know!  LOL!!

Once the shaker was put together, all I had to do is add the front pieces and I had an adorable little ice cream card.  It just hints at Disney and Micky, but I know that’s what it is.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will give this easy shaker card a try. And also remember to turn your ice cream scoop upside down for some mouse ears!


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Sweet Friend

The card I have to share today started with one idea, and ended after the third idea!  I hope I am not the only one with those kind of creative issues. LOL!!  I started with the Garden Wishes Bundle, but then ended up with only the die set.  It is a wonderful die set and can be used to create something much different than the stamp set would have you think.



The Dies are titled Dandy Wishes Dies, and they make me Smile!!  The ones I used for these little flowers are more the whimsy than the dies which match the stamps.  I love that you can get two totally different looks from one set.  I chose the bright colors of Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green to create my little dandelions, although they could be just a cute flower.

The perfect pair to the Garden Wishes Bundle is the Dragonfly Garden Bundle.  You have seen me use the Dragonfly Bundle a few times either together or just one part.  Today I paired the Dandy Wishes Dies with the Dragonfly Punch and added some of the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.  I have to say once again how much I Love the way our products all work together!!

The background DSP of the card is from the Play With Pattern Designer Series Paper.  I like the variegated look of the stripes of color.  You cannot see it very well, because the color is light, but the center of the two right hand flowers are white with dandelions.  It is from the Dandy Garden DSP.  The backing to the sentiment is from that same paper.  Of course the dragonfly is from the Dandy Garden DSP. The punch fits perfectly to the large and the small dragonflies on the paper.  You cannot get much easier than simply punching out a beautifully colored dragonfly!.

The sentiment is from the Oval Occasions Bundle.  The Double Oval Punch is the second part of that bundle.  This bundle is one that is great for a variety of occasions.  And the punch is simply a Must Have in my book!

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I have another new stamp set to show today.  It is from the Mini Catalog and one that I have had, but have not inked up until now.  I do love it!  The stamped images are very detailed and stamp beautifully.  It is the Soar Confidently stamp set.  I needed a masculine card and gave this one a try.



I kept this very simple in terms of how much extra I added on.  It is for a young man and I didn’t think he would care for much bling!  I did use the Painted texture Embossing Folder again.  I really am excited every time I see all of the texture it leaves.  It may not be the perfect “sky” but I think it works well for it.

I stamped the hot air balloon and colored with patriotic colors in Light Real Red and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  Since the background sky is blue, I thought those colors would work well.  I stamped the balloon in Night of Navy Ink.  A Tip:  let the Night of Navy dry a minute or two before you begin coloring or it may bleed over just a bit.  The balloon is raised using Stampin’ Dimensionals to add to the 3D effect of it floating.

I fussy cut the balloon and it was a really easy one to do.  For the sentiment, I used one from the stamp set.  I stamped it in Real Red on White cardstock and used the Banner Pick A Punch to get the banner tip on one end.

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Hydrangea Beauty

I have previously shared products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite.  Today I have again used quite a bit from the suite.  I love everything in that group and want to use it regularly!


Stampin' Up!, hydrangea hill, hydrangea haven, jackie beers


From the photo it is a bit difficult to see the card base.  I played with different colors of cardstock to see what I prefered to pair with this gorgeous DSP this time around.  The Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper has a variety of gorgeous colors.  I finally decided on Purple Posy as the card base and Seaside Spray for the layer.  Both are very soft colors that I feel compliment those in the paper.

I chose to use two different pieces of the DSP.  The stripe piece is 2″ and the floral is 3 1/8 in height.  I used the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon to tie the two pieces together.  I made a simple wrap of the ribbon , which is secured on the back of the layers.  Then I cut a separate 4″ strip that i slid beneath the ribbon on the front and just tied a knot.  These are my favorite kind of bows!!

I also added a tag from the die set, Hydrangea Dies, although it is part of the Hydrangea Haven Bundle.  I die cut the tag and then placed a glue dot on the larger section.  That made it very easy to slide the small loop beneath the ribbon and position it properly before allowing the opposite end to touch and adhere.

The flower is the star of the show and I wanted it to PoP!!  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends.  I mixed in a few different colors for the little blossoms after coloring the entire flower lightly with the Light Purple Posy Stampin’ Blend.  The leaves are colored with Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The flower is die cut and then has quite a few Stampin’ Dimensionals under it to raise it to show off its color and give it some depth from the DSP.  The final touch was to add a couple of Pearls to the flower head.  I opted for the basic white pearl instead of the Pastel Pearls so they would stand out a bit more.  The pastel ones would be lovely as well.

Here are the measurements I used.

  • Base card of Purple Posy cardstock cut 4 1/4 X 11
  • Layer of Seaside Spray cut 4 X 5 1/4
  • Flower layer of DSP cut 3 7/8 X 3 1/8
  • Stripe layer of DSP cut 3 7/8 X 2


Remember that Sale-A-Bration ends on Sunday night.  If you have been waiting , the time is almost up.  If there is anything I can assist you with, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Also, Stampin’ Up! has released one little bit of information regarding the Strawberry Punch.  It has been backordered and they are two shipments on the way.  However, delays happen.  So they have allowed us to say that the Strawberry Bundle will be carrying over to the next Annual Catalog!  WooHoo!!!  I love this bundle, and obviously a lot of you do as well!!.  I am thrilled that it will carry over so I can continue to enjoy using it.

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Bird Greenery

I have mixed the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper with the stamp set Free As A Bird for today’s card.  I am not sure why I never thought to put these two together before.  They seem made for each other.


Stampin' Up!, free as a bird, forever greenery, Jackie Beers


The DSP speaks for itself and is as gorgeous as ever.  For the other card colors, I waited to color the birds before choosing them.   I sort of made my own bird with the coloring.  We have a lot of little small birds, Cardinals, and Robins at our bird feeders.  So I started as a Robin and then took some creative license 🙂

The birds are stamped and colored Flirty Flamingo and Real Red.  The branch is Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  The flowers are Light Flirty Flamingo with some Mossy Meadow leaves.  Once colored, I cut the birds out using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I love the stitching around the edges!  Because the DSP is so pretty, and also very Busy, I opted not to put a second layer behind the birds.

Thank you for checking in today.  I really appreciate your looking at my creations and I love your comments.

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Today’s card is Bright, Cheery, and a Fun Fold.  I think it is a winner and gives me a Smile.  It is Black and Magenta Madness.  I was thinking Black with a touch of Red, but wanted something that says Happy.  You cannot get much brighter than Magenta Madness.


Stampin' Up!, Forever and Always, True Love, Magenta Madness, Jackie Beers


The Magenta Madness along with the True Love Designer Series Paper is a winner in my book.  The black and white of the DSP needs a bright color, but just a touch.  The flowers are from the Forever & Always stamp set.  There are matching dies in the die set, but I wanted a more subtle look.  Although a single raised flower would be a step up!

The best part of this card, to me, is the Fun Fold.  Better yet, it is a simple Fun Fold.  I started with a piece of Thick Basic White cardstock that is cut 4 1/4 X 11.  I scored it at 5 1/2, the normal fold, and then cut off 3″ from one end.  The cut off piece is 3 X 4 1/4 and becomes the front stamped area with the flowers and sentiment.  Here is the ope view.


There is quite a bit of flexibility with this.  The card could be turned in two other directions ( upside down so fold is at the top, or sideways with the fold on the left).  It could also be used as a gift card holder if instead of cutting off the 3″ piece you scored there and only cut off 1 1/2″ then fold that under.  I have made those previously.

The finishing touches are the sentiment and the In Color Dots.  The sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  The dots are placed randomly to keep the Magenta look going.  The centers of the flowers are also colored using the Dark Magenta Madness Stampin’ Blend.


  • Base card is 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2, then cut off 3″.
  • The base Magenta Madness is 4 X 5 1/4
  • The striped DSP is 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • The Magenta Madness folded section is 4 X 2 1/4
  • The fold DSP is 3 7/8 X 2 1/8
  • The Magenta Madness sentiment layer is 4 3/8 X 3 1/8
  • The sentiment layer is the cut off base card and is 4 1/4 X 3
  • The inside writing layer is 2 1/2 X 4


I hope you will give this Fun Fold a try.  It is a great base card and I would love to see your take on it.  You will be surprised at the few products I used to make this one.  The supply list is at the bottom of the post. Please come back tomorrow for another new card.


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Wrapped For You

Today’s card has new products and a new technique.  The technique is not new, just I have not used it in years.  To be truthful, I have always been a little afraid to try it.  I worry about messing up my stuff.  And that sounds silly even saying it!!


Stampin' Up!, Wrapped Bouquet, Art Gallery, Painted Texture, Jackie Beers


First, let me say that I made this card for the Global Design Project Challenge.  It is a CASE the designer challenge.  Here is the challenge card.

My new technique is the adding of ink to the inside of the embossing folder.  It has been around for a number of years.  But I have never tried it.  I always worried about messing up my folder.  But today I was brave and gave it a try.  Silly Me!!!  it was a piece of cake to clean up.  So please do not be like me, be brave and just go for it!!

Here is a close up of the texture and how the color only is on the “high” points.


I should have said earlier that my color inspiration came from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  Then is decided I wanted more texture behind the focal point.  So off I went to look at embossing folders.  I have not used the Painted Texture Folder previously.  I cannot answer as to why not because I purchased it immediately. Duh!!

Anyway, all of that led me to the colors and the background texture.  I stamped my Petal Pink Ink on the inside top layer of the embossing folder and then ran it through the Cut & Emboss Machine.  I was so excited with the results.  I actually did two, as I tend to make two cards when I design one.  After the second one, I took the folder to the sink and just ran water over the embossing folder.  The ink ran right off and it was clean as could be.  I cannot attest to any other brand of ink, but the Stampin’ Up! Ink ran right off.

My post is a bit disconbobulated today.  I never mentioned the stamp set.  I used the Wrapped Bouquet Bundle as the focal point.  Several years ago there was a single stamp that looked similar to this one and I totally loved it.  In this set, you can stamp the flowers and newsprint as one stamp and die cut or do it as two separate stamps and two separate dies.  I used the two separate ones.  I like the added dimension the folded newspaper gives.

For the banners I took scraps of Basic Gray and Petal Pink cut to different lengths.  I then punched one end of them using the Banner Pick A Punch.  I did the same with the White for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.  I finished everything with a couple of Champagne Rhinestone Jewels.  They matched my color scheme perfectly.

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