Thanks For Helping Me Grow

With all of the graduations going on now, I had a request for a Thank You card from a graduating senior.  To say I was pleased is an understatement!!  The card was for a favorite Aunt who loves to garden.  This is what I came up with.

Helping Me Grow, 140764, $26.00


I used bright colors and a single stem from the Helping Me Grow stamp set and I do like the way it turned out.  I hope the recipient does as well.  Below are the card details.

  • The base is Melon Mambo cut to 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 and folded in half
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • The Wild Wasabi layer is 5 1/4 X 4 and embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder
  • The smaller Melon Mambo is 4 3/4 X 2
  • The smaller Whisper White is 4 5/8 X 1 7/8
  • The flower and sentiment are stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink
  • The flower is colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzaz markers
  • Clear Wink of Stella is added to the flower petals


I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card.  I very much appreciate your comments.  And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Helping Me Grow stamp set is on the Retiring List.  If you are interested in it, I would jump on it now.  You can just mash the Shop button at the top of my page.

The products I used are listed here and you can just click on any item to go to my on line store as well.



Country Livin’

I see 4 X 4 cards quite often and think to myself that I should try that, and of course I never do!  Well today I did it!!  And then I do the imaginary eye roll and ask “why did I wait so long to do this”?  Duh…..  Of course the 4 X 4 cards can be every bit as elaborate as a regular A2 card or just a simple note.  I went with the simple.

Country Livin’ 141925, $15.00


My plan was for a cute little card that could be used for a variety of reasons.  And as most of my cards are, it was very quickly put together. The stamp sets are Country Livin’ and Endless Birthday Wishes.

  • The base of the card is done in Soft Suede card stock = 8 X 4 and folded in half
  • The next layer is Sahara Sand card stock = 3 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • The top layer is Very Vanilla card stock = 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • The boots are stamped in Early Espresso Ink and colored with a Blender Pen and the Ink pads .
  • The boots are colored with Sahara Sand ink, the darker areas are Crumb Cake Ink and the sole and straps are Soft Suede ink
  • The Yippee is stamped in Early Espresso
  • The shading around the boots is Soft Sky ink and a blender pen.  This idea comes from Susan Itell.
  • The ends of the top layer are torn and sponged with Soft Suede
  • The “lasso” is Linen Thread looped around and secured with a Glue Dot.

And that is the building of my card.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I love reading your comments and very much appreciate them.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

There is still 3 weeks of the Retiring List…

The supplies I used are:


Congrats Graduate

It is hard to believe that the school year is already winding down.  YIKES! where does the time go.  And we all have or know the children, who are not children anymore!, that are graduating this year.   This is a quick and glitzy card I  made for a good friend’s daughter.  I cannot believe she is old enough to be graduating and going off to college.  Anyway, here is my Congrats Grad card:


Birthday Blast, Sunshine Wishes, Writing Notes

Sunshine Wishes, 141489, 27.00

In trying to come up with a card I was looking over all of my stamp sets.  When I noticed the background stamp Writing Notes, I decided it would be perfect.  How much note paper do you go through in your 12 years of school?  Once I decided on the paper stamp I had to figure a way to glitz it up to suit a teenage girl.  I hope you like my Glitzy card!

The card is actually very simple. I mounted the layers at angles just to give it a little more modern look. The rest of the items are listed below.

  • The base is Night of Navy card stock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 folded in half
  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper is 5 1/4 X 4
  • The Whisper White card stock is cut to 5 X 3 3/4
  • The Writing Notes is stamped in Marina Mist
  • The “Celebrate You” and “Wahoo” (from Birthday Blast) are stamped in Night of Navy ink.
  • The “Congrats” is diet from Silver Foil Sheets using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • The small stars where the 3 ring holes would be in the paper are from Metallic Enamel Shapes
  • The raised silver foil stars are from a retired punch trio. (sorry about that)

And there you have it. A fairly quick and easy, but with some glitz, Graduation card.  And of course this would work for any reason to Celebrate an Accomplishment!  I know I should do that more often!!

The NEW CATALOG begins June 1 !!  I am so excited.  If you would like to join all of the fun and excitement of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and the benefits that accompany it, please contact me.  I welcome Hobby Demonstrators.  I was only interested in the discount for many years.  There are no pushes for you to continue if you discover it is not for you.  But what a deal you get to begin with:  you get $125.00 of product for $99.00 and FREE shipping!!  That is a great and Ultimate Bundle with no requirements to continue.  So if you are considering, please let me know.

I appreciate you stopping by today.  The products I used are all listed below.  Also, don’t forget the Retiring List, the Clearance Rack, and the early ordering of the Eastern Palace Suite.

You can click on each of the links below to go directly to those products.

Eastern Palace Suite

Retiring Products

Clearance Rack

The supplies I used today are here:


Jar Of Love

My card for today was for my friend Michelle’s birthday.  I didn’t want to post about it until after she had received it in case she saw the post.  Since yesterday was her birthday and I know she received the card, here it is:


Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Independent demonstrator

Jar of Love, 141587


I really adore this stamp set.  I grew up with a lot of mason jars being used for all sorts of things.  And they were the first thing my Mom went to for a flower vase.  This set is a must have!  And please remember the set is carrying over to the new catalog, but it will not have the bundle price.  With the current catalog bundle price you can save 10% on the stamp set and dies together.  And you really do want the dies.  It makes popping up the flowers just so easy.

Ok, now to card details. There are current and retired mixed in the card.  The base is Old Olive card stock with the Brights DSP stack used on the right side and a scrap from some retired DSP on the left.  I was looking for a complimentary/contrasting paper. I stamped the jar in Bermuda Bay to mimic the blue Ball Mason Jars I remember.  The water is Soft Sky.  The stems are Old Olive.  The peach flowers are Peekaboo Peach stamped off for the large part and full strength for the small section.  On the one I tried Calypso Coral and wasn’t as excited by it but though all flowers look a little different…right?  The blue flowers are Marina Mist stamped off and full strength.

The flowers are all cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies that are part of the bundle.  A must have!!  Some of the flowers are flat on the paper and a few are popped up with our Stampin’ Dimenstionals.  The black centers of the peach flowers really just make the flower pop.  For the blue flowers I added small pearls from our Pearl Basic Jewels.

The For You is cut using the Tags and Labels Framelits.  I am really sad to see those on the retiring list.  The little paperclip is a retired item. However there are some cute paperclips in the Occasions catalog with the valentine suite.  I have them and just could not put my hands on them.  Don’t you hate when that happens!  The strip of ribbon is just to help tie in the flower colors a little bit.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out today’s project.  I really appreciate it and hope that you liked this birthday card.  I would love to see your thoughts in the comments.

Please do not forget the Retiring list!!


The supplies I used today:

Watercolor Touches of Texture

We learned this wonderful watercolor pencil technique at our last InKing Royalty Team meeting from Jennifer Spiller.  She is such a talented artist!  She showed us how to use our framelits in a totally unexpected way.  We traced around, or inside, the framelit  of your choice with a watercolor pencil. Next you color inside, and this can be light, dark , or in between.  Then take an aqua painter and spread the color around.  It is so much fun to play with this technique.  I hope you will give it a try once you see my card.

The card is so fun to make and is actually pretty quick to make as well.  Here it is:


Watercolor Touches of Texture


I chose the layering squares framelits and used the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil. You can use either Watercolor paper or Shimmery White card stock for this technique.  On this card I did use watercolor paper.  I traced around the framelit and then went around it again a littler darker.  Next I just took the aqua painter and went to town. To me at least, you should “go outside the lines” !  It gives it a definite watercolor look. I have found that I need to occasionally wipe off the aqua painter because I tend to get too much water.  This is just something you have to play with to find your own method!!

Once the square was dry, I stamped the flower from Touches of Texture in Memento Black ink and then the solid of the flower and the splatter are also Rich Razzleberry ink.  I did go back with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and color in the center of the flower.  I stamped the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

I did not feel that this card needed any additional layers.  So I just mounted it onto a Rich Razzleberry base card.

I hope this card has given you a SMILE today!  Thank you for visiting my blog and I do love to hear from you in the comments.

The supplies I used are: