Moving On To Retirement

Today’s projects is a Retirement card using the Special Moments and Best Delivery stamp sets.  Moving On To Retirement is a good thing!


Stampin' Up!, Best Delivery, Special Moments, Senior Years, Jackie Beers



Making it to Retirement is a wonderful event.  But cards are a bit difficult for this, and especially when it is a man!  However, as soon as I saw the big moving truck, I knew it would make a perfect retirement card.  Guys like motor vehicles and it has that large side for the announcement.  So Best Delivery stamp set to the rescue!

For the sentiment, I turned to the Special Moments stamp set from Sale-A-Bration.  That set has amazing sentiments for so many occasions.  And to add some excitement to a large truck, I used the balloons from Best Delivery set, in two colors, blowing out the back.  I can envision using this truck for other announcements now.  On the inside, I stamped the Happy Retirement sentiment from Senior Years stamp set.


Since the truck is rather large, I went with a couple of cardstock layers instead of DSP.  Not a lot of the layers are actually seen.  So Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight were my colors of choice.  And that is definitely a change for me since I tend to use multiple pieces of DSP on a card!  For the truck to be lighter and allow the outlines to show, I went with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends for the cab and boarder of the cargo part.

I hope you will see this truck in a new light now and consider all of the “Announcements” that it can be used for.


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Your Dreams

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s blog hop!  It was my first Christmas card of the year.  I will try to do one every now and then, but I mainly will be sticking to summer into Fall for right now.  It’s way too hot to be thinking of Christmas here in the south.

Today’s card is a retirement card for a friend.  Everything , even the sentiment, would work for other purposes as well.  I hope you like it.



This stamp set is the Sailing Home set.  It is a carry over in the annual catalog.  I love it for the stamps, but also that it works for anyone who loves the water and sailing.   I wanted a “water” color for this card, so went with Coastal Cabana as the base.  I then found the perfect compliment of DSP in the Brights 6X6 Designer Series Paper.  The pattern on the paper works for so many things.

The boats are stamped using Smoky Slate Ink.  The bit of water beneath each one is colored using the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.  I use it for various shadows on items.  It is just enough color.

The sentiment layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana Ink.  I die cut the sentiment using a die from the Smooth Sailing Dies.  They used to be a bundle with the Sailing Home stamp set, but are not longer.  They are just available individually.  To get the Bermuda Bay layer behind the sentiment, I did a little trick that I have used a few times.  I flipped the die over, and used a pencil to draw around the outside of it.  I then fussy cut, carefully, just outside the line.  (For me, just outside the line is easier than trying to cut on the line.)  It may not be perfect, but I love the look it gives when you do not have a companion back layer.

The finishing touch was a few of the Epoxy clear dots.  Just a bit of water splash in my mind!

Thank you for stopping in today!  I really appreciate it and thank you for the nice compliments yesterday.  If you missed the hop, here is the link to my card and you can hop around from there.  Click Here

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Botanical CASE Catalog

Today is another of the Royal Challenge cards I made last week.  This one is a CASE of the catalog.  I chose to use the catalog card as the idea, but used everything different than they used.  A CASE can be just the idea, layout, or a pretty much copy.  I love that we SHARE EVERYTHING!


This is a CASE from page 41 of the Annual Catalog.  When I saw the DSP behind the cut out, I realized I had done a similar one recently.  But I love the look and I just happened to be playing with the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.  I knew I had to use it.  This gorgeous paper is simply above and beyond all the other beautiful paper Stampin’ Up! carries.

For my card, I used the Stitched Rectangle Framelit Dies and cut out Daffodil Delight.  I then stamped on the “frame” with Daffodil Delight Ink and a stamp from Botanical Bliss stamp set.  I also die cut the Garden Green stems using the Botanical Tags Dies.  The sentiment and flower is from Botanical Bliss as well.  It is stamped and then punched with the Darling Label punch.  I love this almost square punch.  It is the only one that is not more oval shaped!

Thank you so much for visiting today.  I will have another new project to share with you tomorrow.





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Winds of Change for June InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around NEW. With the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, NEW gives us the opportunity to showcase new products and play with new colors. There are also new occasions (babies, weddings, graduations) to celebrate, so you are going to see a variety of projects in this hop. 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.

My card reflects two of the NEW theme ideas.  I am showcasing a NEW stamp set, Winds of Change.  I looked at this set when I received my catalog and it was a must have.  As you know, I love to color with the Stampin’ Blends, and this set is perfect for coloring.  I also LOVE to travel.  Next month I am going on another Viking River Boat Cruise.  And we begin in Amsterdam!  I have never been to Amsterdam before, so this is my second NEW for the theme.  I am so excited about the trip, and am equally excited to share my card idea with you.



Even the sentiment on the card goes along with the theme!  I googled Amsterdam and looked at all of the windmills for some color inspiration.  They are typically brownish, but the blades can be different colors. I added just a touch of the Granny Apple Green to my blades to match the bottom section of the windmill building.

All of the pictures I saw were in vibrant colors, so that is what I went with.  I always prefer a mix of colors in flowers,  so I mixed my tulips and then added a whimsical touch with the butterfly.  The butterfly is from the Hold On To Hope stamp set and the Cross of Hope Framelits.  I colored it with Granny Apple and Daffodil Delight markers then die cut it.

The sentiment is done with my favorite new technique.  I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and cut to fit the size I needed.  (As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are several videos out there on how to do this little trick).



Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. 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. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping   ←  YOU ARE HERE
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping



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Wishes For You

I have been using the well loved retiring products for a while with only a sneak peek of new items.  Today I have another new suite to share.  And the paper is AWESOME!!  I know, I tend to love all the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper.  But if you have not seen the Perennial Essence DSP, be prepared to be in awe!  The piece I am showing today is beautiful but not close to the prettiest of the pack.


Stampin' Up!, Floral Essence, Perennial Essence DSP, Perennial Essence Vellum, Leaf Punch, Jackie Beers

I wish I could paint like this DSP.  It is a beautiful watercolor.  You almost hate to cover it up with anything.  I was sweating when I stamped the sentiment onto the DSP.  I love the unexpectedness of that.  But I am always saying a small prayer to not mess it up!

The flower is from the Floral Essence stamp set.  I stamped it and colored with the Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends Combo.  It is fussy cut with my sharp Paper Snips.  The vellum leaves are just perfect for the softness of the DSP I believe.  This suite of products has , not only the Perennial Essence DSP, but Perennial Essence Vellum!  A definite WOW!  There are several soft shades of vellum that match the DSP.  This is definitely a suite where “I Want It All!”.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you like this card.  It is a bit different than my usual cards.




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Check out the new Storage by Stampin’ Up!


And here is a video showing the versatility!!






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Cheers To You

I have some awesome new products to show you at the bottom of the post. So don’t close out too soon!  But let’s get to the card of the day first.

The layout I have used for today’s card is one that would work for pretty much any card.  And I adore it!  It is also great for the scraps we all cannot stand to through away.  The layers can be adjusted actually so that they would fit the scrap pieces you have.  Isn’t that a great idea?


Itty Bitty Birthdays, 148618

I planned this card as a Birthday card, but in adding the categories that it wold fit, I realized this sentiment is an awesome one.  It would be great for a Graduation, which is coming up real soon, or a retirement.  And probably a few others.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I love all of the “Itty Bitty” type sets.  They are the perfect size and usually cover almost any occasion, even the more unusual ones.  Or at least ones that you do not use very often.

I have not used a lot of Grapefruit Grove card stock, so decided to remedy that today.  It is one of the colors in the pack of this gorgeous DSP.  It is the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I also used Night of Navy as the DSP backing , and Pineapple Punch for the sentiment backing.

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s card and will return tomorrow to see another new project.



Storage by Stampin’ Up!
And Here is an AWESOME video showing the versatility of the new storage products.

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