Coffee With Friends

I don’t even drink coffee and I am in love with this new Coffee Cafe Suite!  Everything in the suite is just wonderful.  And it’s the little things!  The Designer Series Paper is beautiful, the matching framelits are a must have.  I have used the little tag,( I actually think it may be a tea bag!), several times to attach a tag to a little card or gift.  And I know we have had coffee sets from Stampin’ Up! before, but this one is just at at the top of the scale.  So enough of that, here is the card I made.


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My color inspiration for this card came from this DSP.  As I mentioned in my comments above, everything in this suite of items is wonderful, and the DSP is no exception.  This paper I used is probably my favorite of the DSP pack. And gave me the color combination.

I did this card with my Stamp Club on Sunday and one of the ladies commented that she would have never put these two colors together.  I responded with “I would not have either” it was the DSP’s fault!!

To give some extra color to the open portion of Soft Sky card stock, I used the coffee mark from Timeless Texture stamp set and stamped in Soft Sky Ink. The coffee cup is stamped in Soft Sky with the lid stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  They were cut out with the matching dies in the Framelits set.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  The one thing I would change is the little heart stopper in the lid.  I cut it out in Soft Sky card stock and you really cannot see it.  As a redo I would use the Early Espresso or Crumb Cake for that.

The products I used to day are listed at the bottom of this post.  You can click on any item and be taken directly to my online store.

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Thanks A Latte

Today’s card is one of the small 3X3 cards.  I have really become attached to these little guys.  They would be perfect just to hand out as small Thank you notes, or for any occasion.  Today’s card is a thank you and I used, for the first time, the Coffee Cafe Suite.  And I used almost everything in the suite on this little fellow!


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My color inspiration came from the little coffee cup.  I think the Soft Sky really pairs well with the green and dark brown. That was an unexpected surprise to me.  I love surprises.  The softest color is the one that POPS !


And in case you are not familiar with this Suite of items, the coffee cup is in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  But….there is a die in the Coffee Cups Framilits that fits that cup.  So easy, peasy in getting this cute little guy without having to stamp and color and then cut him out.  Yay for Stampin’ Up! for thinking outside the box again.

As I said, this is a 3 X 3 card.  The base is Pear Pizzaz cut to 3 X 6 and folded in half.  The Soft Sky layer is 2 7/8 X 2 7/8 with the DSP cut to 2 3/4 X 2 3/4.  I love square cards for the simple cutting of layers.

The Soft Sky heart is cut using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  The corrugated heart is from the Suite as well and is called Corrugated Elements.  The “Thanks a Latte” is from the Coffee Cafe stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso.  It is die cut using a matching framelit from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  And I had to add just one more thing for some reason.  So I went with the Copper Trim ribbon.  If you haven’t tried this ribbon , you really should.  It makes the cutest and easiest to do bows.  And that is all there is to this cute little card.  I don’t even drink coffee and would love to receive it!!

Remember that July is Bonus Month….. For every $50.00 you spend on one order, you cannot split it between orders, you will receive a certificate for $5.00 that you can use towards an order in August.  There is no limit to the number of certificates you can earn.  So go for it!!



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And now you are asking what the deal is….. For $99.00, the price of the Starter Kit, you receive $125.00 in products.  And for the Christmas In July special, you will also receive a bonus package.  This includes your basic tool kit of mono adhesive, bone folder, paper snips, grid paper, 2 of the D clear blocks, and the Carols of Christmas stamp set that will debut in the Holiday catalog.  WOW !!  So for your $99.00, you are now getting almost $200.00 in product.  That is a super deal.

Should you want to carry on as a demonstrator, you would be part of my group.  And as being part of my group, you are also an InKing Royalty.  This is a huge group of the sweetest and most talented people I have ever met.  So if you are at all interested or have any questions, I would love to talk with you about this.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!   I really appreciate you checking out my posts and your comments.

The products I used to today are listed below.  You can click on any item and be taken to my online store.


Thank You Flag

Happy 4th of July everyone!!  I hope you have a safe day with family and friends.  My card for today is a Thank You Flag.  The Thank You part is for a variety of reasons.  I am very Thankful for so many things in my life.

I CASED a card I received at a swap a few years ago.  Her card is beautiful and instead of Thank You had words from a Courage set for soldiers, I believe.   It did not have a name as the creator, but just an email.  So if you know some who uses the name KimberKrafts, please let me know.  Here is my version.


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I used a variety of products to create this flag.

  • The base of the card is Night of Navy, cut to 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 and folded in half
  • The Very Vanilla base layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • The Navy field background is 2 1/2 X 2 1/8
  • The Thank You is from All Things Thanks and is 2 3/8 X 2. I used my bone folder on the edges to rough it some.
  • The Cherry Cobbler stripes are 5 1/4 X 7/8 and are stamped from Super Duper in Cherry Cobbler
  • The Very Vanilla stripes are 5 1/4 X 1/2 and are embossed with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder.  I then cut them into strips and sponged with Crumb Cake ink
  • The little stars are from the Popcorn Box Thinlet and I used the handle end of my Paper Piercing Tool to indentT center from the back
  • The swirled paper strips are just think scraps that I wrapped around a wooden skewer
  • The strips are placed with a glue dot under the end of each one and then the stars have our new Mini Dimensionals under each one.


I hope you liked this flag today.  I am very pleased with my CASE.

If you have ever considered becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, now is the time!  There is a great special going on right now. Our normal Starter Kit is $125.00 worth of product for $99.00 with Free Shipping.  During the Christmas in July special, you get an additional $72.00 of Tool Kit type product and one of the new Christmas stamp sets that will be in the Holiday Catalog.  So you will pay $99.00 for $192.00 of product!  That is a super Wow!!

If you would like to talk with me about joining my team I would be thrilled.  I am part of a great group of Awesome Demonstrators and I know y0u would love joining us.

The products I used today are listed below:


Yay for You!

My card for today is for a special occasion.  A good friend’s son just bought his first house.  Of course I have been intending to order the new Host Rewards set “In The City” which would have been perfect.  But since I have not ordered it yet I made do with what I had on hand.

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These are my color choices for the card:


I wanted it to be more masculine, but have some brightness as well.  I believe it came out pretty well.  To add some texture to the card I used the Hexagon Embossing folder on the Sahara Sand card stock. The “YAY” is stamped in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla and cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  The Always Artichoke layer behind it is cut out using the next larger die from that set.

The Balloons are stamped on Very Vanilla in Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry and fussy cut out.  The are layered on top of each other and then raised with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The “string” is Linen Thread.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, “Super Duper”!  and is punched out with the Classic Label punch.  The layer behind it I hand cut.

And that is that for this card.  It came together very quickly, and is a card, and a layout that could be used for most any occasion.  That is a Win/Win to me !

The products I used today are listed below:


Tuscan Vinyard

I am using a “Not Very Much Used” stamp set today.  It is the Tuscan Vinyard.  I fell in love with the set when it debuted last year, but then never really used it.  So today I have dusted it off and I really like the outcome.


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My color inspiration was obviously the grapes, but it led me to another “Not very Used” ink color:  Elegant Eggplant. And on it went from there.  Here are the colors I have used today.


As I was putting the card together and looking at the finished product, I asked myself why I had not been using Elegant Eggplant!  It really pops!  I don’t think I am going to need to “dust it off” for the near future.  I can think of several sets that it would work beautifully with.

I chose to use the smaller items included in the stamp set.   So instead of having a lot of background to cover or additional layers, I decided on a 4 X 4 card.

  • The Elegant Eggplant base is 4 X 8 and folded in half
  • The Old Olive layer is 3 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • The grapes are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with the Aqua Painter
  • The cork screw and the corks are stamped in Sahara Sand ink
  • The splatter is from flicking the Elegant Eggplant Marker tip into the lip of it’s cap. (Thank you #paperpixie, Julie DiMatteo)
  • The wine seal is stamped in Elegant Eggplant and punched out using the 1″ Circle Punch
  • The Linen Thread is just wrapped around the card and the seal is added with dimensionals.


And that , as they say, is that!  A very quick and easy card.  Each time I do the square card I ask myself why I do not do it more often.  Please give it a try.  I do believe you will love it.

Thank  you so much for stopping by my blog today.  If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.

Remember that June Hosts receive additional Host Rewards!!!!  I would love to work with you on a workshop/party or an order if you do not have a current Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.






Happy Birthday

My post for today is 2 for 1.  I needed a birthday card for my cousin and wanted to do something a little different.  I usually give her a gift card.  That is great, but boring!  So after watching my fellow SU Demonstrator Julie DiMatteo’s awesome video for a money envelope, I got to work.  You can see Julie’s great video HERE.  Julie is The Paper Pixie.  She is the best at videos.

Once I had Julie’s idea in my head, I had the idea… cards are great, but so is Chocolate!!!  I adapted the money envelope to fit a full size Hershey candy bar.  Now my cousin gets money and chocolate.  I do believe that is a win/win!

Here are my pair of ideas.

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You may recognize the boots from a previous post I did that was a 4X4 card.  You can see it HERE.  The card is very similar.  But she loves cowboy boots and horses, and all things country.  I just knew that’s the card I had to do for her.

The card and the Money/Candy holder are Sahara Sand and Basic Black card stock.  The Designer Series Paper is from Pick A Pattern DSP pack.  And yes, I know I have used it in almost every card for the last week!  But look back and see how different the paper is.  This is probably my most favorite DSP ever, and originally I thought it was more for children…..Silly, Silly, Me !!!

For the card, I tore the Very Vanilla card stock and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The boots are colored with ink pads and the aqua painter.  The lasso is made from Linen Thread and attached with a rolled up glue dot.

The Happy Birthday is a Must Have die cut!  It is so simple and easy but really packs a Wallop!  Alway remember to attach the Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet to the card stock before you cut it with the Big Shot though.  That way there is no messy glue.  You just peel off the back and stick it down.  For the Chocolate Envelope I used Julie’s directions and then stamped it with the splatter from Touches of Texture stamp set.  The only difference from Julie’s envelope is the belly band.  I added 1/2″ to the length of the band due to the thickness of the candy bar versus a check or dollar bill.  The bow is from Julie’s video as well.

Remember that we alway say CASE !  That means Copy And Share Everything!  You can copy something exactly or use it as the basis for an idea.  It is always nice to give credit to the person you got the idea from too.

Thank You for stopping by today.  Please do not forget to watch Julie’s video (click above or go to to see exactly how to create this cute envelope and bow!

The supplies I used are listed below.  You can click on any item and be directed to my OnLine Store.