An Affectionately Yours Trio

What a BIG day today is…the new annual catalog is here!  This is probably the best catalog I’ve seen since my introduction to Stampin’ Up! many years ago.  I was up very early this morning (5 am early) to place my order.  I can’t wait to start creating with all the new stamps, inks, paper and dies…there are so many!

My card for today is for the Global Design Projects #038 sketch challenge…..


Today’s card share features some new products that I was able to preorder.

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The card base is Crumb Cake.  The Watermelon Wonder mat is embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder.  Both DSP patterns are from the new Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper.  I used the new Layering Squares Framelits to cut the sets of three squares.  This is such a complete set of  framelits which includes 19 dies, straight edged and scalloped edge.  The new catalog also has a set of Layering Circles and Layering Ovals which I will be adding to my collection soon.

You’ll notice that there is very little actual stamping on this card.  The only stamping is the banner, which is stamped in Crumb Cake with the sentiment stamped in Watermelon Wonder.  This is from the new stamp set, Thoughtful Banners, which has a coordinating punch called the Duet Banner Punch.  We all know how punches make everything easier!

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The inside is embellished with a strip of cardstock and DSP and left blank to write a personal note.  The Crumb Cake envelope flap is also embellished with DSP for a little added interest.  I think decorating the envelope gives the recipient just a hint of how special the card inside is going to be!

I hope that this card gave you a little flavor of the good things to come from this catalog and that once you take it all in, you will agree that this is a WINNER!  And if that isn’t enough Stampin’ Up! is offering extra Stampin’ Rewards on individual or party orders of $350 or more.  You will receive an extra $35 to spend on these great new products.


And just when you think it can’t get much better….it does!  You can apply your Stampin’ Rewards towards your Starter Kit if you become a demonstrator.  This is an awesome deal with absolutely NO risk.


When you sign up as a demonstrator in the month of June, you will get to choose $125 in product along with two FREE stamp sets of your choice for only $99.  Depending on the sets you choose, this can be up to an additional $104 value.  As always, your Starter Kit also ships free.  As a demonstrator, you will enjoy a 20% or more discount on all future orders.  However, there is never any obligation to make continue or make any other future purchases.  Like I said, this is a total NO risk offer…and cannot be beat!  Why not give it a try, I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed!

Please let me know if you need any additional information about taking advantage of this fantastic offer.  I am more than happy to help and share what I know with you.  You can email me at [email protected] to join or click  Join the Fun.

I guess you can tell how excited I am about this “New Year” at Stampin’ Up!  and I think you will be too!

Take care,



Bye, Bye Bordering Blooms

My card share today features a retiring stamp set, Bordering Blooms.  I’ve used this set a few times in the past weeks when I learned it was on the retirement list.  It’s funny how you want something when you know you won’t be able to have it….that’s what happened with this set.  It has sat on my shelf unused for such a long time and now that it’s leaving the catalog, I want to keep creating with it!  I know that I still can, but you get the idea……

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The inspiration for this card comes from the Pals Paper Arts #302 sketch challenge.


This is a great sketch to interpret and has so many possibilities.  I used a few already retired elements on this card.  So it has product that is long gone, product that is going and product that is staying.

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The focal point is this super sweet sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set which will be around at least another year.  I can think of so many reasons to send this sentiment.  I stamped it in Basic Black on Whisper White and punched it with the retiring Note Tag punch.  I also punched two more tags in Real Red and Daffodil Delight and layered them.  Topping the tag is a bow made with Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon.

The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock with a Pear Pizzazz mat embossed with the retired Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped the image from the Bordering Blooms stamp set on Whisper White and colored it with Stampin’ Write markers in Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz and matted it in Real Red.  Lastly, the little banner on the top of the card is embellished with Real Red Candy Dots.

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The inside is stamped and colored again, leaving plenty of room to write a personal note.  I also embellished the front of the envelope with the same stamped and colored image.  It really took no time at all to put this card together!

Thank you for stopping by today and please remember that tomorrow is the last day of the current catalog and then we are unto so many new and fun products.  I know you will be very pleased when you see the catalog, if you already haven’t.  I have my list prepared and ready to order on Wednesday.

Take care,




The Smallest Things

Happy “unofficial” start of summer!  I say it’s official as I’m tired of the damp, dreary spring we had.  I hope you have some fun plans for Memorial Day.  I will be spending some time in the garden.  I’m a little behind on the vegetable planting so I must get them in the ground this weekend then I will work on the flower pots.

Speaking of flowers, that is the theme of one of the challenges that I am entering this card in.  I was delighted to see flowers as the theme of the Stamp, Ink, Paper #49 challenge.  I’ve combined this with the color challenge at the Global Design Project #37……

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I wasn’t sure how to translate these colors into a flowery card but I think my sweet little blooms do the trick.

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This is such a nice sentiment that I wanted it to be the focal point of the card. The sentiment is from a new set in the upcoming Annual Catalog called Layering Love.  The card base is Island Indigo with a mat of Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla.  The edges of the Very Vanilla are stamped with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Tip Top Taupe ink.  I find it very difficult to sponge edges.  They just never turn out the way I like, so this was a great alternative.

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The sentiment is stamped in Island Indigo and cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I cut two more edges of the same framelit in Island Indigo and Tip Top Taupe cardstock to frame the sentiment.  The sweet little flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set and stamped in Island Indigo ink and colored using a blender pen.  I layered two flowers for a little more dimension and added a pearl to the center.  The leaves are cut from Mint Macaron cardstock using the Bird Builder punch.

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The inside sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set and stamped in Island Indigo.  I just added a few more little flowers to the bottom.


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Just a few more little flowers stamped to the front of the envelope completes card!





Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have a fantastic weekend with family and friends!

Until next time,



Summery Sugarplum Wreath

I’m back today and playing along with Can You Case It #121 color challenge and the Paper Players #296 sketch challenge.

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The CYCI challenge colors are so pretty and summery that I immediately thought of flowers.  Who am I kidding, I usually think of flowers for most of my cards.  I will have to try to go in some other directions in the future.  Then when I saw the PP sketch, I thought of a wreath…

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The new In-Colors are my favorites in quite a few years.  I usually like a couple in the collection but this year I think they are ALL so pretty.  I’m using Sweet Sugarplum on this card.  The card base is Daffodil Delight with a mat of Sweet Sugarplum.  The patterned paper is from My Favorite Things.  I adore gingham and thought this paper had such a summer feel to it.  The sentiment is from the hostess set that will soon be retiring, Best Thoughts, and is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Watermarked Photo 4 (2016-05-24-1409)To create the wreath, I adhered the sugarplum and the gingham layers but didn’t glue them to the card base.  I used a circle from the Circles Collection Framelits to cut a center out of the layers.  Then glued it to the card base.  The flowers are stamped using the Grateful Bunch stamp set and punched with the Blossom Bunch punch.  I only used the middle sized flower from the trio.  After punching them out, I colored them with the Sweet Sugarplum marker and added a rhinestone colored with a yellow sharpie.  They were arranged around the circle.  I finished the wreath off with a bow made from the new Sugarplum Ruched ribbon.

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The inside sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set and is stamped in…you guessed it…Sweet Sugarplum.  With just a little piece of patterned paper and cardstock, you can make the inside as nice as the front of the card.  These small pieces of paper would probably just be thrown away, so why not use them.


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I lined the envelope flap with the leftover gingham paper and because I was just a little bit short, I added a strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock…but no one needs to know that’s why it looks so nice!  I love embellishing the inside and the envelopes almost as much as the front of the card.  It just really pulls everything together for an absolutely custom look.


I hope this card put a smile on your face today and made you feel a little bit summery too.  I am always happy to answer your questions or comments…please let me know if you have any!

Until next time…take care,