Peony Expressions

The card I am sharing today is a special one.  It was made as a shower card for a sweet young lady I consider to be my Goddaughter.  And of course her fiance as well .  Pink is not really one of her wedding, or shower, colors. But pink and a peony just seem to go together.


Stampin' Up!, Expressions In Ink, Prized Peony, Color & Contour, Gold Foil, Jackie Beers


Stamp Sets

The star of this card is the peony.  It is from the Prized Peony stamp set and has matching Dies but is no longer a Bundle.  The Peony is stamped with Versamark onto Basic White cardstock.  I then used White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the image.  Next was the fun part.  It is an old technique that we used to use the sponges to create.  However, now we have the awesome Blending Brushes.  I used Polished Pink Ink and a Blending Brush to cover the entire embossed image.  After adding the color, I went back over the flower with a tissue and wiped the ink off of the White embossing.

Not to leave well enough alone, I tried a different technique as an addition for the leaves.  Using the Just Jade Light Stampin’ Blend, I did basically the same thing except just over the leaves.  I then used a tissue to wipe it off of the embossed area.  It is not as dark as I anticipated, but I like the subtle shading it gives.

For the sentiment I found this sweet one in the Color & Contour stamp set.  I stamped it using the Polished Pink Ink.  The ink color matches the darker areas in the Designer Series paper.

Dies and Punches

To cut out the peony image, I used the matching Die set that is aptly named Peony Dies.  It really does allow the peony to be the star of the card.  After choosing the band of Gold Foil to ground the peony, it left me without an area to stamp the sentiment.  Since I love punches, and have all of the current ones, I checked all that would fit the size I needed.  The one that fit the bill the best was the Essential Tag Punch.  It has just enough of a defining shape without competing with the flower and paper.  I did trim about 1/2″ off the bottom as it was a tad larger than I needed.


It is hard to believe that this fabulous paper is my final area to comment on.  For once the Expressions In Ink Designer Series Paper is NOT the star of the card. That is really hard to believe.  Because this card was for a special occasion, I went wild with the Gold Foil.  That is not something I normally do.  Usually less is better.  However, when dealing with the gorgeous DSP and the veins of gold, I had to have gold as the background layer.  Then I needed a grounding of some kind for the peony and tag. So add a strip of gold instead of a piece of ribbon as I normally would.

The finishing touch is a scattering of tiny Pearls.  There are more than I normally would use, but they add to the elegance.  I also used the Simply Elegant Trim (It has both Silver and Gold Trim in the Combo pack) to make a tiny bow for the tag.  I hope you are as happy with this final result as I am!

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Smile and Keep On Stamping,






With Love

I hope you had an enjoyable Valentine Day yesterday.  We do not get too excited about these holidays.  It was just a nice, relaxing, and WET, day.  I am ready to go out and see sunshine!!!  I am happy we just have rain and not the snow and storms some are having.  I hope all of you are safe and dry!

Today’s card is an extra Valentine card I made but did not share.  It could also be for a wedding.  I paired a few different products from the Forever & Always Bundle and suite.


Stampin' Up!, Forever and Always, Metalic Ribbon, Love you always foil, true love , Jackie Beers


I mixed several blingy pieces on this card.  I began with the card base of Blushing Bride cardstock.  Next is a layer of the Love You Always Foil Sheet, which is blush or champagne color.  The foil is topped with True Love Designer Series Paper in the polka dot.

I added a banner with an angle cut made from the Love You Always Foil sheet.  It is wrapped with a ribbon bow from the Blushing Bride Metalic Ribbon.  The ribbon is beautiful!  The back is Blushing Bride and the front is a mixture of blush and gold.  I had to fiddle with my bow to keep only the front of the ribbon showing.  It is well worth the fiddling time!

For the focal areas, I stamped the flowers from the Forever & Always Bundle and colored with Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends.  The leaves are colored using Just Jade Stampin’ Blends.

I went a bit rogue on the “LOVE”.  I had used the Blush Foil, but wanted to bring out the gold in the ribbon.  So I used Gold Foil to cut the background of the LOVE. (If I had a do over, I would use the blush for this as well)


  • Blushing Bride card base is 4 1/4 X 11
  • Foil layer is 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • DSP layer is 3 3/4 X 5
  • Angle Foil is 2 1/2 X 3 7/8 with a 1″ angle cut (place a mark at 1″ on the right side and put the mark on the cutting line.  place the opposite corner on the cutting line as well, cut from mark to point)


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you like my mix of products and will give these items another look in the catalog.  Please let me know if you have any questions.



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Heaps of Happiness and more

I apologize for being so late posting today.  It has been a crazy morning.  But it has allowed me to update my blog with the DSP Sale Flyer!  WooHoo!  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is the very popular Buy 3, and Get 1 Free on Select Designer Series Paper.  The flyer is at the end of the post so you can see which ones to choose from.  My September Host Code is at the bottom as well.

Another AWESOME bit of news is tomorrow is the beginning of the Holiday Catalog!  I cannot wait for you to be able to order these wonderful items.  I want it all!!

Now on to today’s project.  It is a Happy card, and great for showers of any kind.


I love this stamp set!  It is the Birthday Goodness set that has donuts and macarons.  What is not to LOVE??  I wanted to do a variety of colors because I love the different flavors of macarons.  However, the choice of paper made me settle on just two.

I chose the Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow to go with the Daffodil Delight roses.  The designer series paper is a reverse side of one of the Magnolia Lane DSP.

The adorable ribbon combo is actually a Ribbon Combo (HaHa!) from the Magnolia Suite of products.  It is Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo and is the great linen like ribbon with a Mossy Meadow Baker’s Twine to match.

Thank you for checking in today.  Be sure and check out the DSP Sale the starts tomorrow and add it to your list from the Holiday Catalog.  If you do not have a Holiday  Catalog and would like one, please contact me and I will get one to you.



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September 2019 DSP Sale Flyer




Love And Joy

I hope you love the Woven Heirlooms suite of products as much as I do.  Partly because I think it is a fabulous suite.  And partly because I have another card from it to share with you today.  This will be the last of my favorite piece of the DSP, because I am out of it.  It is on my next order list though!!


As I have said before, this is an awesome set but additionally it has made me fall in love with the Seaside Spray InColor.  It is a beautiful blue with just a hint of a purple, at least in my opinion.  Having used it so much with the DSP, it has become a fast favorite.  To top that off, Stampin’ Up! added a Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon to the Holiday Catalog.  WooHoo!!!  As you can see from the photo, it has a touch of shimmer to it.

Since I love the designer series paper so much, and the added beauty of the Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon, I had to have an equally gorgeous sentiment.  I love this sentiment, which is from the Woven Heirlooms stamp set .  I believe it is great for a birthday or wedding, and maybe other occasions.  And I love the fonts used in the sentiment as well.  To showcase the sentiment I looked through my dies and found the Stitched Labels Die.  The sentiment fit perfectly and the die really stands out on the card.  Yay!!

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Please come back tomorrow for another new project.  Also, please remember that the Stampin’ Up! Join Promotion is coming to an end on Saturday.  I truly love being a demonstrator, I love Stampin’ Up! products, and most of all I love all of the friendships I have made because of it.  I would be happy to answer any questions you have if you are thinking about becoming a demonstrator.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!  And I would love to have you join my team.




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Today I have once again used the Cake Soiree stamp set.  I have paired it with the fabulous Gorgeous Grape from the Color Revamp.  This is a beautiful color and if you are a fan of purples, then this one is definitely for you.


Stampin' Up!, Cake Soiree, Gorgeous Grape, Detailed Trio Punch, Jackie Beers

Cake Soiree, 145745



Please forgive the smudge under the cake!  Somehow by simply laying on my craft table waiting for me to take the photograph it got a smudge!  I cannot even blame it on one of the cats!!

I colored the cake with the Stampin’ Blends. And WOOHOO they are back in stock to catch up on the backorders and I am anxiously awaiting the availability of the additional colors.  I do LOVE the Stampin’ Blends.  The background layer of Pear Pizzaz is embossed with the Ruffled Impressions Embossing Folder.  This gives almost a 3D effect in person.

There are three new items on this card as well.  The 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, which comes in Whisper White and Very Vanilla, and the Detailed Trio Punch.  Both are awesome!  The ribbon is very easy to work with and added just enough of an additional element.  The Detailed Trio Punch is super!  It punches the little flower you see here.  It also punches a ribbon hole as well as is a corner rounder.  And it is super easy to use.  If you had the trio punch from a few years ago, it might have been a little difficult to actually punch.  At least mine was.  This one is super easy and I love the little flower!  As well as the corner rounder since the old one retired. Oh…..I forgot the 3rd item.  It is the Share What You Love Pearls.  And they are gorgeous.  I added several of them to my cake and the flowers.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you like this card.  I see it as a birthday or a bridal shower.  All of the supplies I have listed at the bottom of the page.  I hope you have a great rest of your day!



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Yesterday’s Bike Ride card was a small centered focal point.  Today is basically the same, without a sentient, and very unintentional.  I have played with the Cake Soiree stamp set and from the large set I chose one little stamp.  I suppose I am in “small” mode this week!


Stampin' Up!, Cake Soiree, Tranquil Texture, Jackie Beers

Cake Soiree, 145745


I believe that the Designer Series Paper, Tranquil Texture, is more prominent than the stamped gift.  I really, really love this paper and combination of colors.  I stamped the package onto the DSP and then colored the flowers using the Stampin’ Blends.  (Which are back in supply!  WooHoo!!)  I used the colors from the DSP for my blending.

I wanted this to be just a cute card and decided not to add a sentiment.  To help enhance the center, I added the Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon for some shine and bold color.  I also added the silver/white baker’s twine for the package bow.   I know the colors seem a tad dark, but the dark layers of the card are the returning favorite Blackberry Bliss.  The base of the card is one of the New colors, Balmy Blue.  It is a really nice and soft blue.

Thank you for visiting with me again today.  I very much appreciate it.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.  You can click on any item and be taken directly to my online store.

Reminder:   The current catalog as well as the Occasions Catalog end on May 31st.  That is only a couple of days away.  If there are items that you are interested in grab them now, and they may already be sold out.  ALSO….. if there are bundled products that you love, even if they are carrying over, they will not be bundled any longer.  So get them now and save the 10% for another purchase!!

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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.