Hugs and Love

In planning today’s card, I was thinking of using DSP that will be retiring quicker than we think with the end of the Annual Catalog or Mini Catalog.  With that in mind, I was looking for a sentiment or focal image that would work alone.   I have only used this lovely sentiment one other time.  Now is a perfect time for these lovely words.


Stampin' Up!, Positive Thoughts, Nature's Thoughts, Perennial Essence, Jackie Beers


The sentiment is a favorite that I do not believe I will be getting rid of when it retires.  It is perfect for a variety of occasions.  It and other equally wonderful stamps are in the Positive Thoughts stamp set in the Mini Catalog.

The DSP is the Perennial Essence and was chosen because I wanted to use my favorite Stampin’ Up! Color. It is the Seaside Spray.  I went a bit crazy with it when it first debuted and have made myself use other colors for a while.

I paired the Seaside Spray with my second favorite color which is the Purple Posy.  I , like everyone else, was so bummed when the ink color could not be formulated to SU specifications.  That did not deter me though.  I use it regularly with the card stock as well as the marker and Stampin’ Blends.

The Old Olive was chosen as a compliment to the Seaside Spray and Purple Posy.  I love the layers all working together.  As a grounding for the butterfly and sentiment, I used the delicate looking edging cut in the Seaside Spray.  I ended up covering more of it than I had intended.

The butterfly and the edging is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  They were in the release of dies released just after the beginning of the year that coordinated with stamps from the Mini Catalog or the Annual Catalog.

I appreciate you stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for the Pals April Blog Hop.  There will be quite a few great projects for you to hop through.




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Sweet Treat

I have fallen into the not knowing what day it is.  I have been working on projects the last few weeks and have several ready to go.  They are just not blogged about.  So sorry for being late on this early Monday morning.

I have had some different treats in mind for the sweet Printed Gusseted Cello Bags.  These bags are adorable and are part of the Birthday Bonanza Suite of Products.  A large variety of items will fit in them.  For me it was all about the tag.  Here is my Sweet Treat for you.


And here is a closer look at the tag.



This was a very quick project, which I love!  But it is also great for leftover designer paper.  I have used the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper.  For the flap, I used Terracotta Tile Card Stock to fold over the top of the bag and secured with a hand held stapler.  Any desk stapler will do for this.  I then layered a piece of the DSP over top of the card stock and secured it with multipurpose glue.

The tag is from the Bonanza Dies.  I cut the tag itself from Thick Whisper White card stock.  I placed a strip of the DSP ,that had been cut from sizing the flap layer, across the center of the tag. I used the dies to cut a sweet koala bear from the DSP and added him with some dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Little LadyBug stamp set from Sale-A-Bration.  The word bubbles are from the Bonanza Dies as well.

To finish the tag, I added Gray Granite Textile Weave Ribbon through the tag hole .  I wanted a little extra, so added a piece of the Grapefruit Grove 1/8″ ribbon and tied a bow around the larger ribbon.  The tag is secured to the bag topper with a couple of dimensionals.  I thought the tag itself could be a cute little bookmark as well.  I have used this tag previously and folded it for a gift tag.  You can see that project HERE

Thank you for stopping in today.  I hope you can smile from this cute little koala.  I wish I could send one to all of you.  As an old Stampin’ Up! stamp said “Keep Calm and Stamp On” !



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More Like You

I have another Springtime card to share today.  I have also used another one of the products from the Early Release Suite, Ornate Gardens.  Yesterday I used the Designer Series Paper.  Today I am using the Ornate Layers Dies.  At this one at a time rate, I will have used them all by the end of the month. 🙂


Stampin' Up!, Free As A Bird, Bird Ballad, Ornate Layers, Stitched Rectangles, Jackie Beers


The Ornate Layers Dies are fabulous.  The newer dies also seem to be, at least to me, sharper than the old dies. It makes for an easier release of all the little pieces.  I also had a Wahoo find for the sentiment layer.  The smaller of the Stitched Rectangle Dies fits perfectly inside this Ornate layer.

Here is a picture of the die I used.


The sentiment is the only stamp I used from the Free As A Bird set, but I believe it is a great one for so many people during this unusual situation.  From the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, I used two different sheets.  They are layered on a piece of Whisper White, and then onto a piece of So Saffron to match the Ornate Layer.

I used the Braided Burlap Trim to ground the sentiment and join the two pieces of DSP.  It also gives a little nod to the bird colors.

Thank you for stopping in today.  I hope you find some crafting time over the weekend, or whatever you can do to relax.


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You Are Wonderful

Stampin’ Up! has a new Early Release Product Suite that I wanted to share with you.  I know if you are on the internet you have seen several projects from other demonstrators using this suite.  It is gorgeous and I wanted to share and quick card I made using the Designer Series Paper that is included in this suite.  You know I love the Stampin’ Up! DSP !

Before we get to the card, here is the flyer for the suite of products.



And here is the card I have made.


Stampin' Up!, Ornate Garden, Ornate Frames, Perfectly Framed, Daisy Lane, Jackie Beers


There are gorgeous and very detailed dies as part of the Ornate Garden Suite of products.  However, I had it in my mind to use the Perfectly Framed sentiment.  And since that stamp set pairs with the Ornate Frames Dies that carried over from the Holiday Catalog, I decided to go with my original plan.

When I first saw this Designer Series paper, I thought of the two daisy stamp sets that are in the Annual Catalog.  I looked at both and thought the Daisy Lane stamp set was a perfect match.  The angled daisy matches the daisy in the DSP.

I layered my card with colors from the DSP.  I know that is a big shock to you!!  I always do that.  I chose the Old Olive as the card base and then went with Rococo Rose for the coordinating color.  The DSP says it is Terracotta Tile, but I found that the Rococo Rose was a perfect match as well.  I used the Rococo Rose stampin’ Blends to color the daisy on the sentiment band.

Thank you for stopping in today.  Let’s all pray that this virus is over quicker than expected and we can all take back our lives.  I love staying inside and crafting, but I know there are many people feeling huge hardships from this.



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Birthday Cheer

I have a quick #simplestamping card to share with you today.  I was playing with the Follow Your Art Designer Series paper for a different project and had the idea for this card.


Stampin' Up!, Follow your art, Parcel & Petals, #simplestamping, Jackie Beers


This is such gorgeous designer series paper.  I love this sheet especially.  The little cross band is a piece from this pack as well.

The sentiment and flowers are from Parcel & Petals stamp set.  I stamped off with the flowers before stamping on the paper.  I love the sentiment itself so wanted it to be front and center.

I pulled all of the colors from the DSP .  They are Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, and Daffodil Delight.

Thank you for stopping in today.  We may prefer the more layered or dimensions to a card, but I think it is nice to just sit down for a quick break to make one as well.  This card is a great way to use some of the leftover or retired designer series paper.



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