Brusho Birthday

The Brusho Crystals create fun, unique backgrounds.  I used a combination of Prussian Blue, Gamboge, and Yellow crystals for the background of this birthday card.  The bright colors just seem to say “Celebrate!”

A couple of tips when using the Brusho Crystals:

  1. Use a light touch when shaking the crystals onto the paper.  The pigment in the crystals is intense.  You can always add more color.
  2. Another very important tip is to NOT remove the lid of the containers. You can use a push pin to pierce a small hole in the lid which will allow you to sprinkle lightly.  This will also prevent a disaster if the container is accidentally dropped.

To make this card:

  • Card base – Lemon Lime Twist cardstock cut 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″
  • Island Indigo cardstock cut 3.75″ x 5″
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
  • Spritz the Watercolor Paper & sprinkle with the Brusho Crystals. Sprintz again to blend the colors.
  • Using the Happy Celebrations stamp set, stamp the outline letters with Versamark ink onto a 1.75″ x 4″ strip of Island Indigo yardstick.  Heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Fussy cut the individual letters and adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the rest of the sentiment with Island Indigo ink onto an 1/2″ wide strip of Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Layer this onto a 3/8″ strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!





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

Birthday Shaker Card


Today I’m sharing a fun shaker card.  They are so easy to make using Stampin’ Up!’s new Foam Adhesive Strips, a window sheet, and some sequins for the bling.  Don’t you love the font for the sentiment and the cute party hat?  They are from the Better Together stamp set.  The new Layering Circles framelits make it so easy to add a scalloped frame around the window.   For this card, I cut the base 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ so that the finished card is square but fits nicely into the standard A2 envelopes.



Be sure to stop over at the CanYouCaseIt? challenge blog for other great shaker card ideas.




Stampin’ Up Products Used:

  • 141736 – Better Together clear-mount stamp set
  • 138337 – Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • 138334 – Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
  • 100730 – Whisper White Cardstock
  • 142314 – Window Sheets
  • 132708 – Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • 138323 – Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad
  • 141825 – Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 129026 – Fast Fuse Adhesive
  • 110755 – Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • 104430 – Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • 143263 – Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • 141705 – Layering Circles Framelits

Retired products used – It’s My Party DSP and 2015-2017 In-Color Sequin Assortment.





Another Sneak Peek


Isn’t this airplane great for a masculine card?  It is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Sky is the Limit.  You can earn this set with a $50 purchase beginning Jan. 5, 2016! It is such a versatile set with sentiments that will work well for birthday, valentine’s day, congratulations and more.  I also used paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Pack available Jan. 5, 2016.



To create this card, I started with this sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I stamped the airplane image in black onto a piece of DSP and added some clouds stamped in Sahara Sand.  I used a couple of other pieces of DSP for the lower border.  The sentiment is stamped in black onto a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and the ends punched with the Triple Banner Punch.


I wish you a Happy New Year and hope one of your resolutions is to send more cards in 2016!

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Happy Birthday To My Dear Husband

Steve's Bday

Yesterday, we celebrated Steve’s birthday.  It was a busy day for us, ending with a fun dinner with our friends, Kim & Pat.  Kim is a fellow stamper and created this card for the occasion.

Bday card by Kim

Isn’t this a great masculine card – very clean & simple.  In fact, I’ve already CASE’d it as I needed to get one in the mail today for our son-in-law’s birthday!  Be sure to visit Kim’s blog to see her other awesome creations!

Listed below are the Stampin’ Up! products I used to create my card.  The Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack is currently available on the Clearance Rack for just $2.79.  I also used the HSSSC #221 sketch over at the  Handstamped Sentiments challenge blog.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Stamp It Blog Hop – Fall Leaves

Oct Blog Hop HeaderWelcome to this month’s Stamp It Group blog hop!  You may have arrived here from Siara Acdal’s blog.  But, if you this is your first stop on the hop, be sure to use the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of this post to see everyone’s wonderful creations.

The theme is Halloween and Fall. Since I love the rich colors of fall, I chose to create a card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Leaflets Framelits.

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To create this card, I started with a Soft Suede card base.  To create the variegated maple leaf, I first inked the stamp in Tangerine Tango. Next, using a sponge dauber, I added some Crushed Curry to the center of the leaf.  Finally, Rich Razzleberry was added to the edges of the leaf by using the Rock & Roll technique –  lightly rolling the edge of the stamp in the ink pad.  Since gold accents are so lovely with the traditional fall colors, I added a small leaf in Rich Razzleberry embossed in gold, and a bow made with Gold Cording Trim.  And isn’t the little wood acorn so cute?  It’s one of three shapes in the Into the Woods Elements set.  The sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede, is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  Although I chose Happy Birthday, other sentiments would work as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  A complete list of products used to create this card can be found at the bottom of this post.

Now it’s time to head over to Oksana Semenska’s blog to see what amazing creation she has for us:

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Garden in Bloom

FF70-SSC107Happy Wednesday!

It’s been a while since I posted a card.  My husband and I traveled to the west coast for vacation – 3 weeks and 4100 miles in the car!  We first stopped in Salt Lake City so I could attend the Stampin’ Up! convention and then we traveled on to beautiful southern Oregon.  We had a wonderful time relaxing, hiking, and eating lots of yummy food. But, it’s always good to return home and I’m happy to be back in my craft room.

FsbFri70SSC107FFor this card, I used inspiration from two challenges –  the Fab Friday 70 sketch challenge and the beautiful color challenge over at Sunday Stamps. I thought of the English Garden DSP when I saw this color challenge.  The two prints I selected had 4 of the colors in the challenge, and I added some Cherry Cobbler for the fifth color.  Using the flower from the Garden in Bloom set, I stamped the outline in Cherry Cobbler, and filled in with Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.  To give the card some dimension, I fussy cut the flower. The stem and leaves are stamped in Old Olive.  The sentiment is from the Express Yourself set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

Thanks for stopping by!


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