Smiles from the Heart

I hope you have had a chance to look through the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  There are several awesome products in there to choose from when you spend $50.00 or $100.00 in the Annual or Mini Catalogs.  However, there is One thing you might have missed.  It is the Punch Party stamp set.  It is on page 17 of the SAB catalog.  It is FREE with a $300.00 order or party.  So what better time than to gather some friends and have a party yourself.  There are ways we can do this virtually or in person.

The Punch Party stamp set would be in addition to the other $50.00 or $100.00 choices from SAB.  It only for the Host that reaches the $300.00 or above sales.    I am sharing one of those stamps from this wonderful set today.


stampin' Up!, Punch Party, Heart Punch, true love, Jackie Beers




The stamps in this stamp set pair with punches you may already have.  I used a sentiment that would fit not only this heart punch, but the Rectangle Postage punch.  The various stamps coordinates with both of those as well as the new Double Oval Punch.

I paired the heart with the new True Love Designer Series Paper.  This is a totally black and white pack of paper.  I have used two of the patterns on this card. These sheets are wonderful to use in black and white, but are great to color as well.  I have seen some beautiful work from sponging, coloring, etc. Your imagination is free to play.

I love black and white with a touch of red.  So I used a piece of the Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon to cover the joining of the two pieces of DSP.  Instead of a bow, I added just the little knot of ribbon.  For those that say they are bow challenged, this is the way to go!

For the finishing touches, I used the second heart punch to added the scallops to the heart.  I also used the Real Red Stampin’ Blend to color the flowers that are incorporated into the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping in today.  I do appreciate it and love to hear from you.  And I would love to talk with you about hosting a party.  There are several ways to do this.

Also, now is a great time to join my Team!  Any time is a great one to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I would love for you to join my Blue Line Stars Team and find out what all the excitement is about.  And there are some nice incentives from Stampin’ Up! right now.


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Friends Like Seashells

I have some new products to share today and they are a WOW!!  It is the Friends Are Like Seashells Suite.  Everything is just wonderful.



I hate to keep saying this, but the photo does not do this justice.  The embossed paper is the Pearlescent Specialty Paper.  It is a vanilla look with shimmer.  I embossed it with the Seashells Embossing Folder, and that alone was very pretty.  But I went a step further and watercolored the raised areas.  I used the Water Painters and Ink Refills.  The shimmer still comes through the painted areas.

The card base and layer are Soft Sea Foam and Seaside Spray.  Both are beautiful, soft colors that are perfect for this suite of products.  The sentiment is an immediate favorite!  I decided on the set based on this sentiment.  Then the more I saw of the products, the more I was sold.

I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo and punched it out using the Timeless Label Punch.  I couldn’t decide where to place it.  Finally I decided it needed to be grounded.  So a strip of the Seaside Spray was the saving point.  The finishing touch is one of the Opal Rounds next to the sentiment.  (It really doesn’t show in the photo.)


Thank you for stopping by today!  I really appreciate it and hope you will come back tomorrow for another project.



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January Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments. We love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Sale-A-Bration is one of my favorite times of the year!  I love getting FREE products for purchasing things I love!  And I have a “Bundle” of things I have fallen in love with to share with you today.



I have used the Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  These two are a Bundle in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  The bundle is FREE with a $100.00 purchase.  My photo does not do the beauty of the DSP justice.  The colors are very vibrant!

For the center stamped area, I used a separate piece of White cardstock to stamp on.  The outline of the leaves is Garden Green with the inside being Granny Apple Green.  The berries are outlined with Pacific Point and the inside is Balmy Blue.  I also added a few extra berries using a “stamped off” Highland Heather over the Balmy Blue.  I fussy cut those and added a few with dimensionals overtop of the center stamped ones and then scattered a few on the “bridge” in place of an embellishment.

The gorgeous plaid blue DSP is the flip side of the berry DSP.  I decided I wanted contrast instead of all of the panels being the same.  The two sentiments I have used are part of the Berry Blessings stamp set.  I stamped those using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stand out from the bright colors of the DSP.  And of course… I used the Double Oval Punch.  It seems as if I have used that punch on every card I have made since it debuted!!

This fold will still fit inside an A2 envelope.  Here is a photo of it flattened for inserting into an envelope.



You can see that the left side is folded and the right side is flattened out.  It will do this in either direction.  So depending on how you decorate, it will still flatten out.  The size of the flattened version is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, so normal size of a card.

I had a request for a Bridge Fold Card for a class I am doing soon.  After figuring out what it was, I have really enjoyed making this card using that fold.  My favorite thing is different Folds!

I have the measurements for you and would love to see your version of this Fun Fold.

  • Base of the card is cut to 8 X 4 1/4 (Tip: cut the 3″ off of the 11″ side before cutting in half for the 4 1/4.  You can use this piece for the inside and the bridge piece)
  • Score on the 8″ side at 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 5 1/2, and 6 3/4.
  • The inside White layer is 2 3/4 X 4
  • The four sections cardstock layer is 1 1/8 X 4 1/8
  • The four DSP sections are 1 X 4
  • The base of the Bridge is 1 X 5 1/2
  • The cardstock layer is 7/8 X 5 3/8
  • The DSP layer is 3/4 X 5 1/4


Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my project and will give it a try.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping ← YOU ARE HERE
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations



Crocodile Smile

I am having so much fun playing with all of the new Mini Catalog products!  I especially love the more humorous sets.  These are calling the “inner Child” in me.  I do not mean that they are intended for children by any means.  They just make you Smile and Laugh!!



I always say that I love cards or projects that make me Smile when I see them.  This one is sending a Smile!  From the first time I saw this set, I knew it would come to my house.  The sayings are so darn cute.  I have a friend who always says “Oh Snap”!  That is in the set, and is the set’s name.

I kept this card very clean and simple.  I used the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper as the jungle background for the crocodile.  He is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then filled in with both of the Granny Apple Green Blends.

For the sentiment, I used the Double Oval Punch.  I would apologize for using this as much as I have, but I just cannot feel bad about it!  This punch is awesome for so many of the sentiments that we have.  It is probably my Number 1 from the Mini Catalog.

I did not use as many layers as I normally use.  I only did the background and then DSP or the layer and White.  My one finishing touch is a Holiday Rhinestone in the bright green beside of the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping in today.  Please come back tomorrow.  Tomorrow is the first Pals Blog Hop of the new year.  There will be many great projects for you to hop through.



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Berry Calendar

I enjoy making little 3D items to give to friends for various occasions.  This year at Christmas I did a couple of more detailed projects.  One is a Stand Up Calendar / Post It Note Holder.  I had received one from a friend at our last in person Stampin’ Up! Event and have had it on my desk.  Every time I used it, I would think that I needed to make some of those.  Finally, the time was right.



Above is a photo of the closed notepad and you can see I do have the calendar.  I will say that my Christmas gifts did not have the calendar, as they were delayed in arriving.  (Imagine that with the crazy mail this holiday!)  So those had a stamped sentiment as the focal point.

Here is the stand up and open view.



For this version of the notepad, I used the Sweet Strawberry Bundle along with the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  The paper is part of the Sale-A-Bration Berry Blessings Bundle.  They are a great match!  I do love the contrast of the two different paper pieces I used.

For an added touch to the top of the notepad part, I stamped and punched a couple of strawberries.  I used Cherry Cobbler ink as the outline of the strawberry with Flirty Flamingo as the inside filler.  I paired the softness of the Flamingo with Granny Apple Green to keep my cheery strawberry theme going.

I have not done a video for this because when I looked, I found a couple of them.  I do have the measurements and instructions for you.  It is really quite simple.


  • Base is 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 3 and 5 1/2
  • Card stock same as base cut to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • DSP is 4 X 5 1/4 (need 2 of those)
  • Pen holder is 3 X 2, folded in half and secured together and then secured beneath the calendar
  • Notepad cover is 3 1/8 X 4 1/8, score on 4 1/8 side at 5/8 and 1
  • Calendar layers are 3 1/2 X 2 3/4 and 3 1/4 X 2 1/2 (I used Taylored Expresseions calendars, yours may be a different size)


Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for another new project.



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Hydrangea Smile

I don’t know if you have seen the new Hydrangea Haven Bundle yet, but OH MY!!!  All of the products in this suite are awesome.  I love hydrangea anyway, so this was right up my alley.  The colors are also made up of almost all of my favorites.  Today I am sharing a few of the products with this card.


If you are a fan of Purples, then this card is for you!  I started with Gorgeous Grape as the card base.  I then went to the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for the background.  To layer on, I added a piece of the Hydrangea Mercury Glass DSP.  And finally my flower!

For the multicolored flower, I used the baby wipe with re-inkers technique.  I mixed Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, and Rococo Rose re inker drops onto a folded baby wipe.  I then used that as my ink pad to ink up my stamp.  I was thrilled with how it turned out.  TIP: I normally do the outline and then stamp the filler stamp.  But because of doing the technique and not knowing how it would look, I stamped that first.  That way no harm if it didn’t look good.

I stamped the flower outline and the leaf outline using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The leaves are filled with Mossy Meadow.  The fill left some light spots on the leaves.  To finish this off, I used the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend and went over the entire fill area.  I believe it worked perfectly to give the shading I like.

I used the die cut from the Hydrangea Dies that are part of the bundle.  It does leave a bit of white outside of the stamped image.  Normally I do not mind that, but for this card I did not want it.  To remedy that, I went back to the Stampin’ Blends. I went around the stem and leaves with the Light Old Olive.  I then did a few tests and found that the Dark Balmy Blue was the best match for the flower colors.  I hope this is an idea for you to use.

As a finishing touch, I used my FAVORITE sentiment.   “You Make Me Smile” from the stamp set.  (My goal with my stamping is for my cards to make you SMILE.)  I cut it out using the scalloped layer of the Double Oval Punch.  I love the angled fit of the saying in the shape.  I also added a little bow to hold the sentiment to the flower using the Snail Mail Combo Pack of Bakers Twine.  The Combo is White and Petal Pink.  The pink picks up the Rococo Rose I added in the flower.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I really appreciate it.  Please come back on Monday for another new project!


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Simply Ink

I have one of the fabulous new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets to show you today.  This one is the A Touch of Ink.  And it is really nice!!  I have made the card to fit within the #simplestamping guidelines.  Which simply means, keep it simple and not a lot of extras.

#simplestamping, hummingbird, stampin' up!, Jackie beers

This card is just ink and paper.  Granted I did use a few different colors of ink, but that is all.  This set is so great though, you do not need to add to it.  There are two sheets of stamps in the case of this set.  The outlines, and then the centers for the two step stamping.  Plus there are some great sentiments.  This simple “Hello” that I used is perfect.  There is also a “Love”, as well as some other nice ones and they are smaller in size.  I think that it is always nice to have the smaller sentiments.

I went with bold colors today.  I chose Magenta Madness and Just Jade as the main colors.  The flower and leaves are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and then filled with Magenta Madness and Old Olive.  For the hummingbird I used Shaded Spruce for the outline.  Then I filled it with Just Jade.  I do love hummingbirds so I cannot wait to try this again with a variety of colors.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for another new card.  I am sharing some of the Hydrangea products!


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Spotlight Garden

I have an old technique to share with you today .  It is called Spotlighting.  There are a few different versions of this technique.  Mine is a very simple one.

Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Garden, Dandy Garden, Layering Circles, Jackie Beers

My version of spotlighting is to draw a circle, or any shape, around a section of a stamped image.  Then I only color the inside of the circle, leaving the rest of the image simply the ink color.  For this card I used the second smallest of the Layering Circles Dies.  I used my Black Stampin’ Write Marker , the hard tip, and went around the outside of the die.

The stamped image is from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set.  Actually I used two images, the flowers and the swarm of dragonflies.  I colored those images using Stampin’ Blends.  All of the colors are listed in the supply list.

The gorgeous DSP is the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.  I wanted the beautiful color and at the same time hated to not use the other side.  It includes large and small dragonflies that are already colored.  They are perfect to punch with the Dragonfly Punch.  This stamp set bundles with the Dragonfly Punch.

I finished off the card with a triple strand of Linen Thread.  I LOVE my Linen Thread for garden theme cards.  I also added a touch of Wink of Stella to the dragonflies and the flowers.  I hate that it doesn’t really show in the picture.  It gives a touch of shimmer like they have some dew on them.

Here are the measurements for this card.

  • Base card of Granny Apple Green is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 folded in half
  • Whisper White layer is 5 1/4 X 4
  • DSP layer is 5 X 3 3 /4
  • Granny Apple Green center layer is 4 3/4 X 2 1/4
  • Stamped layer is 4 5/8 X 2


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying the new Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Please let me know if I can help you in any way.  If you do not currently have a demonstrator, I would love to become your Demonstrator.


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Snail Mail

The Snailed It Bundle was the first set I wanted from this Mini Catalog.  I think it is just so cute and definitely brings a Smile!!  I love Smile cards.


I paired the Snail with the gorgeous Snail Mail Designer Series Paper.  The hard part was trying to decide which of the paper to use!  It is so cute!!

I chose the Bermuda Bay from the DSP as my background and then added the Snail Mail Combo Twine for the added touch.  The twine is thinner than normal and great to work with.

I hope you are enjoying looking at all of the new products.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All of the new items are not available yet for me to pull pictures for my supply list.  They should be up tomorrow.  I will try to remember to update the supply list then.



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Corner Flowers

Hello everyone!  I hope your New Year has started off well.  Except for failing to finish this post and get it scheduled, I am wonderful !! 🙂

Today’s card includes two items from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  I hope you have received yours.  With the extra Christmas mailings, I believe they are behind in being delivered.  Fingers crossed that you have yours now.

Here is the card I have to share.


Stampin' Up!, Enjoy The Moment, Flowers and Field Designer Series Paper, Corner Bouquet

The stamp is the Corner Bouquet.  I stamped it in Granny Apple Green, to match the green in the paper.  I then went over the fuller part of the leaves with the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend.  It gave a softer look without as much white showing between the leaves and stems.

The second SAB item is the DSP.  It is the Flower and Field Designer Series Paper.  The colors are just as vibrant on all of the sheets as this one is.  It definitely makes me ready for spring!

The flowers are from the Confetti Flowers Punch.  This is a border punch, if you are not familiar with it.  But I used the punched out flowers instead of a border.  The flower colors are Bumblebee and Cherry Cobbler.

I went a bit overboard with the pearls!  In some recent cleaning I found a couple of sheets of pearls from Stampin’ Up! that were quite a few years old.  (Can you relate??)  These sheets had some tiny pearls on them.  So I decided these flowers would love those little pearls for the centers.  I actually used two different sizes.

To finish the card I searched for an appropriate sentiment that was an “any occasion” type.  I found it in the Enjoy The Moment stamp set.  It is in the upcoming Mini Catalog.  I used it last week.  It has the seed pods from all over the world.  I do recommend that one!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Sorry I was late, the old brain is still on vacation I believe.  I do want to remind you that today is the last day you can order the Curvy Christmas stamp set and the Classic Christmas DSP from the Quite Curvy products I have listed below.

And the Mini Catalog plus Sale-A-Bration begin tomorrow!!  WooHoo!!




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