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.



Sneak Peek – Inking Royalty’s May Blog Hop


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects that offer you a sneak peek at new items in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog. We are so excited about the June 1 release of this new catalog – it’s AMAZING – and we are excited to share our sneak peek creations with you today. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

My card for today’s InKing Royalty Hop is using items that I won at OnStage and that I got with the pre-order that us demonstrators LOVE!  Is a great treat to see the catalog first and to then get to touch and play with new items.

Oh So Eclectic, Lovely Inside and Out

The sets I used are Lovely Inside & Out for the sentiment and Oh So Eclectic for the flowers and leaves.  Oh So Eclectic is a very versatile stamp set and can be used singly or as a TWO STEP process.  I did the two step process and stamped the leaves in Pear Pizzaz and then the top with Always Artichoke.  The flower is stamped in Fresh Fig (one of the new InColors and one I LOVE!) and then secondly in Archival Basic Black. I used a Pear Pizzaz Stampin’ Write Marker to color the stem of the flower.

I added the sentiment in Pear Pizzaz and Always Artichoke and then used my friend Julie DiMatteo’s technique ( Julie’s posts are a must see, she is Number 2 in todays lineup.)  I added a little splatter to the white part of the card.  To do easy splatter Julie uses a marker, Fresh Fig, and flicks the large tip on the inside of the cap.  It is so simple….proof is in the card that I did! I then added a couple of rhinestones just for some bling.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Karen Browning at

. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  6. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB


I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of these great products.

The supplies I used today are:  I do not have a photo of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set ….So sorry !!


Techniques and Texture

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Thank you for joining me on this Blog Hop!  I have Technique, Texture, New, and Retiring in my card.  Take a look and then I will explain!


In The Meadow, 140754, Daisy Delight (new)


This card has quite a bit going on, but I don’t think it is too much.  I just ADORE the new Daisy Delight!! A must have from the upcoming catalog.  And it bundles with a Daisy Punch, which is wonderful!  As I said, this card is a mixture.  So I will go through the details of each:

  • The Daisy is stamped on Shimmery White card stock , watercolored with re-inkers and the Aqua painter in Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Daffodil Delight.  It is then punched out with the new Daisy punch.
  • The flowers are from the Daisy Delight set as well.
  • The grass and butterflies are from In The Meadow set.  It is retiring (insert sad face)!  This set is so versatile.
  • The Petal Burst Embossing Folder was used on Old Olive card stock.  And I used the reverse side instead of the “raised  up” embossing for a different look.
  • The card base is Calypso Coral cut to 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 and folded in half.
  • The black layer is cut to 5 1/4 X 4
  • The Old Olive embossed layer is cut to 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
  • The smaller Black layer is cut to 3 1/2 X 3
  • The Whisper White layer is cut to 3 3/8 X 2 7/8

The Daisy is definitely the star of the card.  The Shimmery White Card Stock is a must have in your paper supply.  Without adding Wink of Stella you have a shimmer. And it is great for watercoloring without the super thickness of watercolor paper.  A definite Win/Win in my book!

And did you notice the center of the daisy?  That is the new Faceted Gems from the upcoming catalog as well.  Isn’t that fabulous?  They come in Gold and Clear and are in a couple of sizes.  You really need to add these to your wish list.

As always if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  4. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  21. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  23. Shawn de Oliveira at


The supplies I used today are:


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:


Two For One of You’re Sublime

My post today is a 2 for 1 card deal.  Who can resist a sale, or in this case a treat?  I was making a gift card and realized that I had the hard part of a full size card already made.  And the rest is what you see below.


You’re Sublime, 139309, 19.00

I know that my picture taking needs some improvement!!  But hopefully you can see that the scalloped Bermuda Bay layer on the gift card is the center opening on the full size card.  Now you see why I said I had a 2 for 1 card.  I actually had the idea for this as I was getting ready to cut the scalloped square from a scrap piece of card stock.  I stopped myself just in time, and went with a full piece of 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 piece. (Although I did go back and use that scrap piece of card stock, because now I needed 2 of the scalloped square pieces!)  I then stamped the wheelbarrow of flowers twice on Whisper White Thick card stock and cut them out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits that were a size smaller than the scalloped square.

I colored both wheelbarrows with our amazing Watercolor Pencils but I then used a Blender Pen on one and the Aqua Painter on the other. If you do use the aqua painter on this card stock, please be careful and use minimal water or you can get some pealing of the paper.

For the gift card I simply layered the pieces onto a 6 X 3 piece of Rich Razzleberry that is folded in half.  I forgot to punch the hole and attach my Baker’s Twine before I took the picture.  I used the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch for the whole.  And it will punch threw both pieces at one time.

On the card, I placed the front side in the Petal Burst Embossing Folder and ran the entire piece through the Big Shot.  This embossing folder will go through sideways.  Lucky Me !!  I then closed the card and scored it very well.  Due to the embossing folder, it really doesn’t want to close and lay flat.  After layering my focal point, I added dimensionals and placed it through the closed card and through the cut out area.  I did this first without removing the backing from the dimensionals to make sure it would work.  I recommend you doing that as well!!  And it did work perfectly, so there you have the finished product.

Even though I have talked/typed a lot, this was pretty quick and easy to do.  It could be ramped up some moe with additional layers, more embellishments, etc.  The only embellishment I did was to add a Rhinestone to the center of the wheelbarrow’s wheel on each card.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed my 2 for 1 card.  If you have any questions please ask me, I am happy to help.

If you do not have a current Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to send you the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  They will be available towards the end of May.  And I would love for you to Join My Team if you love SU as much as I do!

Please do not forget the Retiring List  (Good through May 31, while supplies last) and the Clearance Rack.

Click her to go to Clearance Rack !

The supplies I used are listed below.