Another Valentine

Today I’m sharing a card my Coffee & Cards group made this week using products from the Painted with Love Suite in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

The Painted with Love DSP is so pretty with lovely color combination and gold accents.  For this card, I started with a Whisper White base and added a panel of Rich Razzleberry.   Next, I added a banner cut from one of the DSP prints.  The heart image and sentiment are both from the Sure Do Love You stamp set and are cut out using the coordinating framelits.  The heart is stamped in Calypso Coral and the sentiment is embossed in gold.

The Sure Do Love You stamp set and Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies are offered as a bundle which will save you 10%.  Purchase a package of Painted with Love Specialty DSP with the bundle and you earn a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  These items can all be purchased from my Online Store.

Supplies Used

Stamp Set:  Sure Do Love You

Paper:  Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper; Whisper White & Rich Razzleberry Cardstock

Ink:   Calypso Coral, VersaMark

Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder

Tools:  Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Triple Banner Punch, Heat Tool


You’re My Valentine

I hope your new year has started out well!  I’ve enjoyed some extra time to play with a few of the beautiful new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

I often struggle with where to start on a new card and find that online challenge blogs are a great source of inspiration.  Today I’m sharing a card inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #280.

You're My Valentine - HSS #280

This card features a few products from the Painted with Love product suite in the Occasions catalog.  The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is absolutely gorgeous!  Each sheet has gold foil accents on one side and brushstroke imagery on the other.  This card makes use of both.   The gold foil doily pairs so nicely with the DSP.  Notice the tinsel trim behind the heart?  What a fun way to add some bling.  The sentiment is one from the Sure Do Love You stamp set.  It coordinates with the heart image in the same set.

Supplies Used

Stamp Set:  Sure Do Love You

Paper: Painted with Love Specialty DSP;  Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry  and Whisper White Cardstock

Ink: Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry

Embellishments:  Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, Metallic Foil Doily

Tools: Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, and the Banner Triple Punch


Stampin’ Up! October Specials

There seems to be a day to recognize everything, including a day to recognize card making!  This year, World Card Making Day is October 7th.  It is a day to make your own cards to send to your family & friends, celebrating the personal connection a handmade card creates.  It is truly a gift from the heart.

To celebrate,  Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets October 1-10.  Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE!  So stock up on your card making essentials and celebrate the best hobby of all!

Click here to view the specials.

Many of the stamp sets discounted with the World Card Making Day special coordinate with Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs.  For the month of October, purchase 3 packs and get 1 FREE!  There is no limit to the number free packages you can earn during this sale.

See the details here.


When you place an order of $300 or more (excludes shipping and tax) in October, you earn an EXCLUSIVE, limited-edition Merry Patterns Stamp Set .   This includes online orders and is in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards earned.

Happy Stamping,


Watercolor Thank You

Today I’m sharing a pretty little fall thank you card.  I have been playing around with the watercolor technique using acrylic blocks and this is my first card using that technique.  The colors are not traditional fall colors, but I really like them behind the copper foil leaf.

To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper roughly 3.5″x3.5″.

Using the Island Indigo and Crushed Curry Ink Pads, I inked up acrylic block D.  It is best to start with the lighter color as you will overlap the two colors.

Next, I spritzed the block until it was completely wet.  This is the part that took me some practice to know how much water was needed.  I also found that I had better results when I held the spritzer about 6″ above the block.

Then I carefully turned the block over and pressed it onto the Watercolor Paper, letting it set for a few seconds for the paper to absorb the ink.  After carefully lifting the block off, I used the tip of a paper towel to soak up just a little bit of the ink in places that may have puddled up.

As it dries, the colors will blend together where they overlap, creating the pretty green.

When it was completely dry, I very lightly spritzed it again, let the drops set for a second or two and then blotted with a paper towel, leaving the fun water spots.

I used the largest square of the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the background.  That was layered onto a scalloped square of Island Indigo.  I embossed the sentiment in copper on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added the watercolored square.  Using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I added the copper leaf and smaller Crushed Curry leaf.

I’ll be entering this in the The Paper Players Challenge #362 featuring a harvest theme.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons, Rose Wonder

Paper: Island Indigo and Very Vanilla cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil Sheet

Ink: Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, VersaMark

Embellishments: Copper Embossing Powder

Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Acrylic Block D, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Big Shot

Earn a Free Stamp Set

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through the new Holiday CatalogHosting a holiday catalog event is always fun—and Stampin’ Up! just sweetened the deal with the exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion. When you host a party with $300 in sales by October 31, you’ll earn the FREE Merry Patterns Stamp Set in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards.  Contact me to see how you can earn this free stamp set.


The Holiday Catalog is Here!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog sales begin today!  It is full of beautiful products to make your holiday cards and gifts.  Click on the image below to browse through the catalog.

Be sure to check out all 20 bundles included in this catalog where select stamps and tools are bundled to save you 10%.

If you want to give handmade cards or ornaments but don’t want to do the prep work, there’s 2 kits for you.  The Be Merry Kit includes 12 ready-to-assemble festive rosette ornaments that you can hang on your tree or wreath or use as gift tags or on packages.  The Watercolor Christmas Project Kit coordinates with the Watercolor Christmas stamp set to make 20 cards.

I hope you enjoy browsing through this catalog and making your wish list.  You can shop my online store anytime!





Make A Card – Send A Card


Stampin’ Up!’s CEO, Sara Douglass, recently asked people to share on Facebook the impact of receiving a handmade card.  Today, I’m sharing a card I received from a friend and fellow demonstrator, Kim Quade, after my recent knee replacement surgery.  It really brightened my day!  Sometimes I get too focused on the creativity I put into making card when really what counts is how it can brighten someone’s day.

So, let those dear to you know you are thinking of them – make a card and send a card!