Count On Me

I cannot believe that Father’s Day is Sunday!  Yesterday it was a month away.  Or at least it seems that way.  Since I do not generally post on the weekends, I made a quick Father’s Day, or just for any occasion, card.  I used the new Count On Me stamp set.  It is adorable and it called to me for this card.



Quick and Easy is Great

I went with a more plain card to showcase only the adorable Black Bear.  I am from East Tennessee originally and I love my Smoky Mountain Black Bears!  Of course he could be any color of bear to match your favorite.

The layout and colors were all about the bear.  I went with Crumb Cake card base for a more natural look.  It is paired with Basic Black, for the bear, and Real Red, for the heart.  There was much debate on adding some tone on tone stamping on the red layer I do have to say.  In the end I felt like clean was the way to go.


The bear and grass are from the Count On Me stamp set.  The bear is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with the Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend.  After it dried for a minute, I went back and added some shading using the same color.  It added just a touch of darker color.  The bits of grass are also from the same set and are stamped using Mossy Meadow Ink.

The sweet sentiment is from the Hats Off stamp set.  I love the font and the wording.  This would work for any occasion really.  Looking at my card, it would work for any occasion as well.

It is shocking to me, but this is two cards in a row with minimal products used!  Wow!!  I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and are able to share some happiness!


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Smile and Keep On Stamping,






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




Tropical Birthday

I have a masculine birthday card today.  I had not made a card like this in quite a while.  But saw one from fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrtor Jeanie Stark recently.  I looked in my card file I have for different folds and did not find this one. I figured out the measurements as I went along and am really happy with this different fold.  After I was finished, I looked on my wall and there was the card I remembered!  DUH!



The star of this show is the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper.  I love this sheet from the stack.  Those cars remind me of the beach and the Beach Boys songs!  The bottom piece of DSP is the opposite side of the paper.  I was intending to use the Coastal Weave embossing folder, which is part of this suite of products, but it was not necessary.

The sentiment is from the Timeless Tropical stamp set.  I layered it on Mint Macaron using the Timeless Label Punch and the Story Label Punch.  It is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals and does double duty of keeping the top flap down.

Here is a look at the inside.



The inside card pulls out and there is plenty of room to slide a gift card in there as well.  If you follow me at all, you know how I love gift card holders!  I hope you will give this one a try.  I have included all of the measurements below.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will be happy to assist you in making this sweet card.


  • Base card is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 2 1/4 and 6 1/4  (It ends up as 5 1/2 X 4 instead of 4 1/4)
  • NOTE:  The two “flaps” are the same measurements, it does not matter which you choose as the top.
  • Front flap bases are 5 1/4 X 2 ( you need 2)
  • Front DSP is 5 X 1 3/4 ( you need 2)
  • Inside card is 3 1/2 X 4 3/4
  • When securing bottom flap to hold inside card, lay the card in place before peeling off the Tear & Tape to secure the flap.  This ensures you have room to easily slide the card in and out.  If you are adding a gift card, lay it down there as well prior to securing.




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A Classic

Today’s card is one that is masculine but could be used as a Father’s Day or any other reason.  I used the Geared Up Garage stamp set , which is a great one for any guy, or gal, who loves cars.

Geared Up Garage, 148590


Everything I used, except for the card stock, is part of the Garage Suite.  I love the coordination of our Suites of Products.  Actually the card stock is part of the Suite as well.  The colors come from the designer series paper.  Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry are perfect and unexpected at the same time.

Did you notice the little accessory hanging off the ribbon?  It is hard to see, so here is a close up of it.


These Classic Garage Metal Elements are also part of the suite.  I think they are awesome.  I chose to use the key since I had showcased the car.  There are also wrenches in the set.  They are all perfect additions to the card.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you liked a masculine card for a bit of a change.  All of the supplies are listed at the bottom of the page.  I also have the retiring products link for you as well.


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A Wish for InKing Royalty June Blog Hop



Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Here Comes the Sun.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. We are excited to share our 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.

To me Sun = Summer, at least it did when I was a child.  Another childhood summer memory is blowing on the little dandelion flowers and watching the fluff float around.  Now I think of allergies and where I was spreading those little seeds!!  But let’s stick with childhood summer good times!  This is the first thing I thought of when I saw the stamp set Dandelion Wishes in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  And when I saw the theme for this  month’s blog hop, again I immediately thought of the dandelions!  So here is the card made from my summer memories.



Dandelion Wishes, 146747



I totally love that sentiment!  I love the font as well as the statement.  And I am pleased that the card did come together as I envisioned it.  That is a super win for me.  Almost all of these products are new, which is another thing I love.

The colors I chose obviously were to match the Sun theme.  I believe they totally worked to create the summer feeling.  The new Pineapple Punch is a serious WOW and packs a punch (of color)!!


Color Combination:



In case you haven’t figured it out, the sun is from the Painted Harvest sunflower.  I stamped the center and then the least defined of the flower section.

All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the post.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King. 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. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Imogene Thomas at
  5. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Sandra Cornejo at Madly Crafting
  12. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  15. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  16. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  17. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping



It is still a great time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I would love to have you join my team.  A great perk for demonstrators this time of year is getting to see the new catalog first.  Then we get to order and play with the new products a month early.  For me, that is one of the best parts of being a SU Demonstrator.  Of course, the discount helps!  If you are interested, please contact me and let’s talk.





You Are Wonderful

Wasn’t yesterday’s Blog Hop wonderful?  There is always a great variety of stamps, colors, and embellishments.  Today I have used the same stamp set as yesterday. I am on a more masculine streak it seems.  Today’s card would be perfect or Father’s Day.


Rooted In Nature, 148353


I made yesterday’s card over a week ago, and as I was writing this post realized how very alike these two cards are.  I am not sure if that is good or bad!!

This card is quite a lot of green.  I used he Handwritten stamp as the background and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.  The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers in the Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede for the tree.  The leaves/branches are Old Olive both full strength and stamped off.

To give the sentiment layer some depth without trying to cut and piece the punch to create a background, I have a very easy method I use.  I simply run my Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the punched piece a time or two.  My holding the marker almost flat, I touch the fatter part of the large tip end on the edge of the cardstock.  Give it a try, I believe you will like the result.

Thank you very much for hopping yesterday and for coming back today.  I promise to use a different stamp set tomorrow! LOL…   All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.



It is still a great time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I would love to have you join my team.  A great perk for demonstrators this time of year is getting to see the new catalog first.  Then we get to order and play with the new products a month early.  For me, that is one of the best parts of being a SU Demonstrator.  Of course, the discount helps!  If you are interested, please contact me and let’s talk.