Country Livin’

This truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set was a perfect image for my dad’s Father’s Day card.  It brings back fond memories of my grandfather tinkering around with his old truck.  The new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a rustic background which pairs well with the old pick up truck.  I also used the truck image on the inside of the card.


To make this card:

  • I started with a Smoky Slate card base.
  • I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Smoky Slate cardstock.  After lightly misting it with water, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  When it was dry, I lightly sponged some Smoky Slate ink across the texture of the planks and around the edges.
  • Next, I stamped the truck image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Using my Aqua Painter with the Dapper Denim, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Old Olive and So Saffron ink pads, I colored the image.
  • I cut it out with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered it onto a larger Dapper Denim oval cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  • I added a strip of Mossy Green DSP from my stash of papers and a strip of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, which added to the rustic look.
  • The Best Dad Ever sentiment is from the retired  And Many More stamp set.  I stamped it in Dapper Denim ink and punched it out using the Classic Label punch.
  • For the inside of the card, I inked the image in Dapper Denim ink and stamped off twice before stamping on white cardstock.
  • The Happy Father’s Day sentiment from the Guy Greetings set is stamped in Dapper Denim.

Happy Stamping!





Delightful Daisies

I hope you have had a chance to browse through the new 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  What are your favorite products?  The Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch are among my favorites.  And the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is absolutely gorgeous!   Something about daisies just make me smile.

Here is a card I made with these products.


To make this card:

  • Start with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ Whisper White (100730) card base, folded in half.
  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Calypso Coral cardstock (122925).
  • Cut a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ layer of the coral watercolor daisies from the Delightful Daisy DSP (144137).
  • Using the Layering Squares Framelits, cut a scalloped square from Calypso Coral and a smaller square from Whisper White.
  • Using the Delightful Daisy stamp set (143669), stamp the daisy twice using Daffodil Delight ink (126944) on Daffodil Delight cardstock (119683).  Stamp the daisy center with Early Espresso ink (126974).
  • Using the new Daisy punch (143713), punch out both daisies and adhere them together.
  • Stamp the leaf outline image using Tranquil Tide ink (144085) onto Old Olive cardstock (100702).  Fussy cut the leaves and adhere to the back of the daisy.
  • The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (140697) and is stamped in Calypso Coral.
  • Using the Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), pop up the center panel onto the card.

I’d love to have you leave a comment on your favorite products in the new catalog!

Happy Stamping ~ Karen

The 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is Here!

You are going to LOVE the new catalog with so many exciting new products and samples!  Treat yourself to some creative inspiration by browsing through the online catalog.

2017-2018 Annual Catalog – Click Here to View

Be sure to check out the new 2017-2019 In Colors.


They are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, and Tranquil Tide.   Wondering how these colors coordinate with the existing Stampin’ Up! pallet?   Click here for a handy chart that will help you start creating with these fabulous new colors.

Get your wish list started and shop my online store now!  Please use Host Code 7H64HZQS when placing an order.

Happy Stamping,


Garden in Bloom Birthday

img_0603 Today I’m sharing a card I made to play along with the color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


I’ve had this lovely color combination in my mind for several days and I kept thinking of flowers.  Tonight, I finally had a chance to get out the Garden in Bloom stamp set and play with these colors.  I kept the card very clean and simple, adding the white enamel dots over the black flower centers.  Since I always need birthday cards, I decided to use the sentiment from the Rose Garden stamp set.

After I completed this card, I noticed that the current challenge at The Paper Players is to use Flowers, so I will be posting this card there as well.  pp328-flowers


Stampin Up! Products:

  • Garden in Bloom and Rose Wonder stamp sets
  • Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, and Whisper White cardstock
  • Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy, Tuxedo Black Memento inks
  • Rose Garden Thinlits, White Perfect Accents, Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon

Beautiful You


One of my favorite stamp sets in the 2017 Occasions Catalog is Beautiful You.  It is so versatile with 3 different images of women and wonderful sentiments.

143637-beautiful-youBeautiful You

#143637 – Clear Mount,

#143004 – Wood Mount

hss-254The sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments provided the layout of this card.  I used the paper piecing technique to dress the lovely lady.  It’s really an easy technique.  Simply stamp the image onto a piece of Designer Series Paper and cut out the portion you want, which in this case, is the dress.  Then adhere the dress to the image stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock.  To complete her outfit, I colored her hat using an Aqua Painter and my Emerald Envy stamp pad.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

  • Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Emerald Envy Cardstock; Playful Palette DSP
  • Emerald Envy and Tuxedo Black Memento Inks
  • Ovals Collection Framelits, Aqua Painter

Earn Free Products During Sale-A-Bration

Today is an exciting day as the 2017 Occasions catalog is launched and Sale-A-Bration begins!


The Occasions catalog is full of beautiful new products, including products for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.   Enjoy browsing through the catalog by clicking on the image below.




What is more exciting than FREE product??  From January 4, 2017 – March 31, 2017, you can earn free products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  View the products by clicking on the image below.


There are four ways to earn free product –


For every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax), you get one item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.


Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription (#137859) for $55 and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!


Purchase a 12-Month Prepaid Subscription (#137861) for $215 and you will earn Stampin’ Rewards and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

This offer will end on March 31, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).


Need another excuse to get together with friends? For individual or combined orders of at least $250 in sales, you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards!  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!



For $99 you get to choose $125 worth of products, 2 Sale-A-Bration products, and get free shipping.  If you would like more information on joining my team, contact me at

Let the shopping begin here!  If your order is less than $150, please use Hostess Code APWPBGGU. Thank you!

Happy Stamping,



Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek

Tasty Trucks
Stampin Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration begins January 4, 2017, and today’s card features the Tasty Trucks stamp set which is one of the FREE products you can earn with a $50 purchase!  This card also features the new Watercolor Pencils available January 4th in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  They come in a set of thirteen Stampin’ Up! colors and can be used alone to fill in stamped images or can be used with an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen to achieve a watercolored look.

This stamp set is so adorable, but I have to confess that my interest in the set also has to do with the fact that my son had a food truck for a couple of years from which he served up some awesome tacos!


I used Freshly Made Sketches #268 as the starting point for this card.  I also used elements from the Gorgeous Grunge and Swirly Birds stamp sets to add the diagonal lines and splotches.


Have a great week!