Love and Hugs

A great way to let someone know we are thinking of them is by sending a card.  And today’s card is Sending Love & Hugs!  What a great combination.


Stampin' Up!, Sending Smiles, Scallop Contour Dies, Butterfly Kisses, Jackie Beers


Stamps and Dies

This card is one that I consider a Smile card.  It brings a smile to my face with the fun colors and sentiment.  Hopefully it does to you and the recipient as well.  Plus it has SMILE in the name.  The Sending Smiles Bundle is a die bundle.  It includes the flowers and sentiments I used with additional pieces as well.  Another nice thing about this card is that it was made using only the one stamp set.  All of the sentiments which pair with the “Sending” are just as cute as this one is.

For the Dies used, most are from the Bundle.  This includes the flowers, stems, sentiment shape, and the double layer of “Sending”.  Additionally I used one of the Scallop Contours Dies for the shape of the background.  Those scallops fit the personality of the other pieces.

Paper and Color

Strangely enough for me, the stamp set came before the DSP this time.  But in deciding what colors to use for the flowers, I looked at different DSP to get them.  And I found this sweet piece from the Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper.  The bold hearts are a perfect match.

The flowers are Fresh Freesia stamped onto Fresh Freesia cardstock.  The leaves and stems are Parakeet Party, as is the sentiment layer.  Since these colors are softer, I wanted a bolder color for the large layer.  And the Starry Sky fit perfectly.  Again, I chose that from looking at which color stood out the most on the DSP piece.

Extra Touches

The two layers for the “sending” sentiment are what really makes this card I believe.  And I will admit to having had to die cut two of the top layer.  The first time I failed to add some of the Adhesive Sheets to the cardstock prior to cutting.  Those letters are really too fine, and it’s a long word, for me to attempt to add liquid glue.  So an adhesive sheet is a time and sanity saver for me!!

The final touch for the card was adding a little bit of bling.  This time I used a couple of the Glossy Dots.  They come in a variety of colors on one sheet and a variety of sizes.  There are two of the small ones one each end of the sentiment and a large one on the largest flower.


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Smile and Keep On Stamping,






I Miss You

I have a monochromatic, sort of, card to share today.  There is only one different color used.  I have been in a bit of a whimsical card making mode the last few days.  This one I believe is adorable.  I hope you do as well!



There were no cute pups harmed in the making of this card!  LOL!!!  As soon as I saw the sentiment in this Hog Dog stamp set, I knew I wanted to “stretch” the cute pup.  I hope you all see this the same way I do.

I began by stamping the pup with Soft Suede Ink and coloring with both of the Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends.  I fussy cut around the pup leaving just a hair of a border.  The difficult part was cutting him in half.  To get the length I needed, I placed the stamp in the center of a strip of DSP and then layed the pup down on each side.  The sentiment is stamped using Cinnamon Cider Ink.

For the Stitched Rectangle, I used the third largest rectangle and cut the ends and bottom section.  I then moved the DSP piece up to the top as much as was needed and matched the end stitchings again.  It takes just a minute of close looking to get the stitches lined back up.  But it is well worth the trouble to get a stitched piece the size you need.

The card base is Coastal Cabana with a piece from the Playing With Pattern Designer Series Paper.  I added the darker Bermuda Bay border to break up the two similar colors.  The same is true for the focal layers.

For a finishing touch I added a collar to the pup with a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay and a stamped heart.  I had to trim both to appear to fit the pup.  The heart appears to be partially beneath his ear.  Or at least I hope it appears that way!  The balloon is in the stamp set along with the heart.  I fussy cut the ballon and added string from the Snail Mail Twine Combo.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my touch of whimsy.

Here are the measurements:

  • 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 card base
  • 5 1/4 X 4 border layer
  • 5 1/8 X 3 7/8 DSP
  • 4 1/2 X 2 1/4 focal border layer
  • Pup layer used 3rd largest Stitched Rectangle Die and just cut to fit.  Approximately, 4 3/8 X 2 1/8.


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