Paper Hugs

Today’s card is a mix of Old and New products.  The cardstock and ink have just arrived in the Upcoming Annual Catalog.  The stamp set and elements are retiring and/ or carrying over.  I love coordinating our different products for a quick and easy project.


Stampin' Up!, comfort and hope, hydrangea mercury glass, painted labels dies, Jackie Beers


Paper Hugs Close The Distance

One of the best things to me is a Hug!  However, due to the virus, and usually a distance between friends, a Paper Hug is the next best thing!  This sentiment is from the Comfort & Hope stamp set.  Sadly it is retiring now.  But I think this little sentiment will have to stay here with me.  It is so appropriate just to let someone know you are thinking of them.

New Meets Old Products

I chose the new Soft Succulent card stock for the base of my card.  Actually I did not do an additional layer.  I stamped directly on the base.  All of the stamps are from the Comfort & Hope stamp set.  The background design stamps are stamped using Soft Succulent Ink and Evening Evergreen Ink.  The lighter stamping down the center is the Soft Succulent.

The Hydrangea Mercury Glass was a bold choice to go with the soft of the succulent color.  I wanted it to stand out with the sentiment.  I think I succeeded!!!  The mercury glass is cut using the die from the Painted Labels Dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen on Purple Posy cardstock.

For finishing touches, I added the bow from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo.  The check ribbon is a great match to these two green color. To coordinate with the Mercury Glass, I added three of the Pastel Pearls for a bit more of the purple.

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The images for the Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen are not available at this writing as they are not available for order by customers.  So sorry!


Waterfall Card

I have a Waterfall Card to share today.  To be honest, I had not made one of these in many years.  But I had a request for a class I was doing for a group of ladies.  They all loved it.  I hope you will as well.


Waterfall Cards are so much fun to play with.  However, there are several steps to getting them to work properly.  The first thing you need is stamps that all work together.  My preference has always been animal stamp sets.  Having the same type animal in different positions and expressions is perfect.  With that in mind, I chose the Way To Goat stamp set.  These goats are so adorable to play with and are wonderfully drawn by the Stampin’ Up! Artists.


Stamps and Paper

I chose the Way To Goat because of the adorable little goats.  I chose the DSP because of this pin stripe piece from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Goats are not at all sophisticated, but the color worked perfectly with the gray outline and white cardstock.   But the more I looked at the card, the more I thought it was a perfect match!

The yellow was for a touch of contrast with all of the gray.  And it matches the flower the first goat you see is ready to eat.  The tip of the pull end was punched using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch .

Measurements and Instructions

This picture shows the fully extended Waterfall.  Click on the picture to get the PDF of instructions and more pictures.



This was my first time adding a PDF to the post.  It did not go as well as planned. I will improve before I add the next one!!!  If you have any questions, please contact me.



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Pals April Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Great Family Occasions.” 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.

I have a bit of a difficult time with Family Occasions.  And in looking through the stamp sets, one has touched my heart a couple of times.  So I went with my heart and made a Grandparents or Grandfather card.  A bit unusual but probably a much lesser made card than most family ones.  I have some “Friends That Are Family” with new Grandbabies and that may have influenced me a bit.

Stampin' Up!, Treasures of Life, Suit & Tie, Well Suited, Jackie Beers

I chose the Treasures of Life stamp set.  It is so well drawn!  The set features men and women with children and a baby.  It would not have to be a Grand Child.

The layout I chose to do is a bit different.  I envisioned the stamped scene being viewed through a heart shape.  However, I could not make that work.  In looking through my different dies, I found the Suit & Tie Dies and this “V”.  It is supposed to be a shirt front “V”.  Regardless of the intention, it fit my idea perfectly.

The images are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I colored them using a variety of Stampin’ Blends.  They are all listed at the bottom of the page under Supply List.  One of my favorite things to do when there is an image and no background is to add color around the entire image.  I always use the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and simply scribble around the images.  It just outlines, or gives them a grounding shadow.

The colors are all pulled from the DSP.  It is the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Maybe the flowers are not exactly a match for the winter dress of the images.  I take creative license there !  LOL!!

The sentiment is from the stamp set and a lovely one to use.  I die cut it using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The enamel dots are from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots in Misty Moonlight.  That is a simple touch and just enough I think.


  • Base card is Night of Navy cut 4 1/4 X 11, scored and folded at 5 1/2
  • The layer is Seaside Spray cut 4 X 5 1/4
  • The White layer is cut 3 3/4 X 5
  • The DSP layer is cut 3 3/4 X 5 and then Die Cut using the Suit & Tie Dies “V” shape.


Thank you very much for visiting today and joining in our hop.  I would love for you to comment and let me know your thoughts on my layout idea.

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 May 12th when our theme is “2021-2023 New In Colors” when our Design Team creates a project with the new family of In Colors for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  6. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  7. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  8. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  10. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping  ← YOU ARE HERE
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  21. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  24. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
  25. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  26. Annette Elliott at AEstamps a Latte




Coloring With True Love

It is pretty obvious to those of you who follow my posts that I LOVE Coloring.  Especially using the Stampin’ Blends.  So today’s card is all about the coloring!  Oh Boy!!



I am so going to miss the beautiful True Love Designer Series Paper.  The black and white pieces are timeless by themselves.  I chose to use two different sheets in the True Love package.  A big Thank You to whoever decided to try coloring on the DSP years ago!!   Because when you add color to these sheets they are just elevated into Art.

My Color Choices

I opted to go a bit out of the norm for the main flower color and chose Poppy Parade.  I used both the Dark and Light Stampin’ Blends.  To compliment these , and add a touch of lighter color, I added the Dark of the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  For the leaves I used both of the Just Jade Blends.  The “sky” behind the flowers is colored using the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blend.  I am so very sad to see this color retire.  It is my favorite Blue in the Stampin’ Up! color family 🙁

Finishing Touches

For the finished card, I added some twine from the Playful Pets Combo.  The black and white pairs perfectly with the black and white layer of the DSP.  I still felt it needed something.  So I added a little “Hello” from the Snailed It stamp set.  The tag if part of the Hydrangea Haven Dies.  I love that Stampin’ Up! seems to always have a little tag available in a set or two.  They are great finishing touches.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for the Pals Blog Hop.  You will find lots of wonderful projects to view.




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Pocket of Posies

The card I have for today is a new favorite Fun Fold.  I have to apologize up front because I cannot remember or find the card which inspired this one to give credit.  I would have sworn I wrote down the name!   That said, I hope you love this cutie as much as I do.



I made this card originally for a class I held.  The card uses Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper and Misty Moonlight Cardstock for the main colors.  They are followed by Highland Heather large flower and Purple Posy small flowers.

The In Bloom Bundle is a Must Have for flowers!  I love that you do not need to stamp them to get wonderfully textured flowers.  All of the flowers are from the dies.  The pocket is from the Well Suited Suite and the Suit and Tie Dies.  It has stitching around it that matches the flower stitching.

The sentiment, which is Amazing 🙂 is from the In Bloom stamp set as well.  Here is a view of the inside so you see the Fun Fold part.  I almost forgot to show it.


The Fun Fold section is 4 1/4 X 6, scored and folded at 3.  That is all that opens on the card.  But there is plenty of room for a sentiment and signature.  The card base is 5 1/2 X 4, with Misty Moonlight cut 5 1/4 X 4, then another White cut 5 1/8 X 3 7/8.  The DSP strip is cut 2 X 3 7/8.

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My card to share today is another one which has a cute little critter and a touch of whimsey.  It began with the Walk In The Woods stamp set.  After debating on how to showcase the stamps, I came up with a bit of fussy cutting and some DSP to create the scene.



The mushrooms and little hedgehog ( at least I think that is what he is?) seemed perfect for a watercolor look.  They are made almost like a pen and ink drawing, so a bit of watercolor goes well.  I used Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends along with Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends for the mushrooms.  The hedgehog is colored all over with Light Crumb Cake Blend and highlighted with the Dark Crumb Cake.  For the finishing touch I colored the background , white area, with Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blend.

After fussy cutting the stamped images, I found the perfect piece of DSP in the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I love how the green fades from one shade of green to another to.  I added a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock as a layer on a Granny Apple Green card base.

The sentiment is from the stamp set.  Since I have the white edge of the fussy cutting, I simply stamped the sentiment and cut using the Classic Label Punch.  Can you believe this punch is retiring?  So sad!

This card is not for a high school graduation.  But I think it would be great for a elementary or middle school graduation.  It would work for anyone off on a new adventure.  And we all need that right now!!

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Fine Art

On Monday I shared a card made with the Wrapped Bouquet Bundle and the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  When I cut the DSP I had six different sections to choose from.  Today I am sharing a card using one of the other sections.  This one has much more of the floral from the DSP showing than Monday’s card.



The Wrapped Bouquet Bundle was also used for this card.  Even the same floral stamped image is used and die cut.  I colored this one just a bit differently and to match the colors in the DSP.

I just cannot say enough about this beautiful Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  The colors are simply beautiful.  My coloring does not match the beauty in the paper.  I colored the bouquet using Stampin’ Blends and added Wink of Stella and a couple of Basic Pearls for some added depth and bling.

Once again, I did not add a sentiment.  Just allowing the paper to star is fine with me.  I did add a piece of the Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.  The bow is anchoring the little bouquet.  This is another very quick and easy card that allows the beautiful Designer Series Paper to shine.

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I Miss You

I have a monochromatic, sort of, card to share today.  There is only one different color used.  I have been in a bit of a whimsical card making mode the last few days.  This one I believe is adorable.  I hope you do as well!



There were no cute pups harmed in the making of this card!  LOL!!!  As soon as I saw the sentiment in this Hog Dog stamp set, I knew I wanted to “stretch” the cute pup.  I hope you all see this the same way I do.

I began by stamping the pup with Soft Suede Ink and coloring with both of the Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends.  I fussy cut around the pup leaving just a hair of a border.  The difficult part was cutting him in half.  To get the length I needed, I placed the stamp in the center of a strip of DSP and then layed the pup down on each side.  The sentiment is stamped using Cinnamon Cider Ink.

For the Stitched Rectangle, I used the third largest rectangle and cut the ends and bottom section.  I then moved the DSP piece up to the top as much as was needed and matched the end stitchings again.  It takes just a minute of close looking to get the stitches lined back up.  But it is well worth the trouble to get a stitched piece the size you need.

The card base is Coastal Cabana with a piece from the Playing With Pattern Designer Series Paper.  I added the darker Bermuda Bay border to break up the two similar colors.  The same is true for the focal layers.

For a finishing touch I added a collar to the pup with a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay and a stamped heart.  I had to trim both to appear to fit the pup.  The heart appears to be partially beneath his ear.  Or at least I hope it appears that way!  The balloon is in the stamp set along with the heart.  I fussy cut the ballon and added string from the Snail Mail Twine Combo.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my touch of whimsy.

Here are the measurements:

  • 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 card base
  • 5 1/4 X 4 border layer
  • 5 1/8 X 3 7/8 DSP
  • 4 1/2 X 2 1/4 focal border layer
  • Pup layer used 3rd largest Stitched Rectangle Die and just cut to fit.  Approximately, 4 3/8 X 2 1/8.


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Special Love Note

Today’s card is another of the Retiring Bundles from the Annual Catalog.  This is the Posted For You Bundle.  I am excited that the punch will be carrying over.  It is the Rectangle Postage Punch.  However the stamp set is retiring.



The Love “postage stamp” and the seal are both from the stamp set.  I envisioned this as looking similar to a post card by using the “Special Delivery” seal.

The Love is colored using the Stampin’ Blend Markers of Rococo Rose, Just Jade and the letters are Crumb Cake.  I used the same colors, minus the Just Jade as the card base and ribbon.   The little heart inside the seal is from the Dog Builder Punch.  Sadly it is on the retiring list as well.

My plan is to make a set of these in the outgoing In Colors.  I love the Scalloped Linen Ribbon in each color.  These cards would be a nice little gift using the various colors.  It is a quick card to make.

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Wrapped Bouguet

I have such mixed feelings when catalogs are retiring.  I am excited to see what the new catalog brings.  But at the same time sad to see some of my favorites going away.  So I am going to share some of my favorites in the coming couple of weeks.

Today’s card features the Wrapped Bouquet Bundle from the Mini Catalog.  I love the matching dies and especially the folded newspaper to hold the bouquet.   Here is my card.


Stampin' Up!, Wrapped Bouquet, Fine Art Floral, Jackie Beers


I paired the Wrapped Bouquet with the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  I chose all of the colors based on the DSP, as usual!

The bouquet is stamped using Old Olive Ink.  I made that choice since the main leaves of the stamp are solid.  I then colored the bouquet flowers with Stampin’ Blends.  The newspaper is stamped using Smoky Slate Ink for a faded look.  It is then die cut using the matchiing dies.  The newspaper die has score lines included in the die cut for ease and a perfect fold.

The Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper is gorgeous!  And it has so much detail.  It looks like if you touch it, it will feel like an oil painting.  The texture it gives is amazing.  The piece I chose to use has just a few flowers and the great textured background.

The only added touches I made were to add some Wink of Stella to the flowers.  And I added a couple of pearls to the larger ones.  I debated on a sentiment, but finally decided to just let the paper and stamped bouquet be the card.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope your day is a good one.




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