Special Balloon

I have a lot of Designer Series Paper as I am sure you know.  I use it on almost all of my cards.  This time of year I begin to panic that I have too much with the Annual Catalog winding down.  I had the idea of going through the papers and doing a card using each of the packages.  Silly me, that really isn’t going to put a dent in it!!! 🙂



I love the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper.  So it was one of the first packages I picked up.  At first you may think it is only for romance or valentine.  I do not really think so.  It is for any card that comes from the heart.

I saw the sentiment in the Special Someone stamp set and just knew it was a perfect one for our current situation.  I think we all need some healing, even if we have not been sick.  The Special Someone stamp set has a matching set of dies that came out after the stamp set.  I really hope they carry over to the next Annual Catalog.  These critters are so adorable.

I stamped the squirrel and then masked the bottom section of the balloon.  It was too long for the layer I was planning.  I then used the Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker to make the little loop through his hand.  The balloon is stamped and then cut out for a bit of depth.

The sentiment is in two pieces as I have them.  I just cut them out with the Classic Label Punch and staggered them in the corner.  You can see the left end is the normal Classic Label punched end. The right side I put back into the end of the punch to get the flag look.

The two different DSP are both from the From My Heart DSP.  I love using companion pieces to compliment each other.

It may not seem so, but the Mini Catalog and the Annual Catalog are both coming to an end.  June is not too far away.  The Retiring List should be out around the first of the month.  If there are any products from either catalog still on your wish list, now is the time to order.  Especially the outgoing In Colors, they tend to go quickly.

I know there are products that are on the Not Orderable List due to the shipping slow down from China.  I will let you know as soon as I do when items are available again.



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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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Simple Get Well

I have a quick and simple  Get Well card or Thinking of You type card to share today.  Sometimes it seems we need these type cards on short notice.  I like to have some of these on hand so I can send them right away.  My memory isn’t what it used to be!! LOL!!


Stampin' Up!, Healing Hugs, Inspiring Iris, Jackie Beers


Fussy cutting may not be your idea of fun.  But this rose and leaves actually are easy to cut out.  I stamped them originally on a layer and just didn’t like the look, so out came the paper snips.

The sentiment is from one of my new favorite stamp sets, Inspiring Iris.  It is layered using the Story Label Punch and the Timeless Label punch.

The gorgeous background paper is from the Christmastime Is Here Designer Series Paper.  I have used it with the Christmas Rose set.  But isn’t it great to see that it works on a non Christmas card?  Another reason to purchase the bundle of products.

Thanks for visiting today.  Please return tomorrow.  I am participating tin the Pals Blog Hop by Mary Fish.



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Knot Good

Sorry that I came back for a few days and then disappeared again.  We are getting new windows in our house.  Out with those wooden windows that are impossible to get open!!  New windows are awesome, and we are almost finished.  So now I can get back to stamping!

During my stamping absence, a friend hurt her back simply by bending over.  When I was preparing for my Stamp Club, which met yesterday, I came across the Back On Your Feet stamp set.  I knew I had to make a card that I could send to her.



I kept the card very clean and simple.  Other than the coloring, which does not take long at all, this is a super quick card to make.  My favorite kind of card!

The thought / word bubble was made using the Ballon Bouquet Punch.  I simply cut off the little “knot” area at the bottom of the balloon.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you will return the rest of the week.  Also I will be participating in the InKing Royalty Blog Hop on Wednesday.  You would not want to miss all of the great ideas you will see on the hop.




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Well Wishes

I have shifted to the Subtle Family for today’s card.  I love the look of the subtle colors, I just tend to pair them with brighter colors.  Today though is all Subtle.


I am showcasing the Floral Essence Bundle.  I love punches and am so thrilled that a couple of the new bundles include punches in our new catalog.  This one is a flower builder punch.  It is just a single punch, so you don’t feel like you are wasting paper with the little pieces.  Although there are some great extras in those multi punches!

I stamped three of the tri-petal stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I colored them with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends combo, and punched them out.  You can easily do just two , but I wanted a bit fuller flower.  I added the new Perennial Essence Floral Centers instead of trying to stamp a center.  These fuzzy little guys are just so cute!!

The background is a leaf from the Floral Essence set as well.  It matches the Leaf Punch too, great deal! The Stitched Nested Labels are the focal point of this card almost.  I used the Subtle Emossing Folder before cutting out with the die.  I love all the stitching!  And it leaves the stitching on the negative also.  So you will be seeing a card with that negative soon as well.

The sentiment is from Dandelion Wishes and one of my favorites.  I am also thrilled that the White Flax Ribbon carried over.  It is “just enough” to finish the card.

Thank you for stopping in today.  Sorry for the later post.





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Waterfront Wishing You Well

Today’s card is one I made for a very special person.  A friend’s son is in the military and was injured pretty severely.  He is back in the U.S. and has already undergone several surgeries, with more to come. There is not much I can do for him or the family.  But sending a card is right up my alley.  Even if I am a bit late in doing so.  Please put this young man in your prayers if you would.

So here is the card.

Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Waterfront, Wishing You Well, More Than Words

Waterfront, 146386


I love this font on the Wishing You Well.  It is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Although I should have left a white space for it.  The Shaded Spruce is sort of covering it.  Also, I failed to mention the main set I used is the Waterfront stamp set.

Here is the inside piece.



This gorgeous sentiment is from the More Than Words stamp set.  It is on the retiring list, but I think it will be hanging around my house a bit longer!

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