Using up Designer Paper

Dear friends, if you are anything like me, you have a ton of leftover designers paper ready to be used. Sound familiar? Those pages sure seem to add up quickly and I like to use up what have so I can make room for more!

If you also have designer series paper that need using up, then I have the project for you today. Gift bags! Why buy gift bags when we have paper that is gathering dust, while the new gift bag punch is waiting at our fingertips?  (Click here to see the punch).

My project today uses up some of last year’s paper that I love, and goes very well with some current products. It is my first time using the thick ribbon and it went lovely with the project. I used coordinating paper and inks to embellish. I’ll be making, oh, about 15 more of them. I figured they’d be perfect for the teachers at my kid’s school.


I challenge you! Use up your stash and make something gorgeous.

Stamp Set:  For All Things
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze



P.S. Don’t forget about my new online class!  Click here for more details.



Hello Friends,

I am so excited about something new I’ll be offering soon 🙂  I’m using the stamp set used in the card below. I’ve been working non-stop on this new project for about two weeks and it should be ready in the next few days.  Hold onto your hats, you’re going to love it!

What do you think about the wooden grain texture in the card?  I’d been eyeing it for a while and finally bought it for my fall stamping.  I think that texture and dimension can take a card from “okay” to “WOWSER!”

Hope you manage to squeeze in some stamping time.



Stamp set used: For all Things
Paper: Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi

Color Me Wild


I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful it is in Maryland.  We are in the peak weeks for colors.  It is beyond gorgeous.  The trees are every shade of red, green, yellow, and orange that I can imagine. The colors in nature are uplifting and inspiring my creativity.

This card came out very different than what I’d intended (don’t they always?).  I decided to sponge it, which changed my whole design.  First, I sponged the top in the light blue “Soft Sky” color and the bottom in a light green color, “Pear Pizzazz.”  I love the light colors since they don’t compete with the subtle tree leaves.

For the leaves, instead of using the large leaf stamp, I used the small stamp and choose my own.  I used the following colors: Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Blushing Bride.  For the tree trunk I used Tip Top Taupe.  The swing is in Smokey Slate.  I used a soft color because I didn’t want it to compete with the rest of the card.


Have a GREAT week.

Cutting up an Image

Hello, Friends. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve had a great week.

My card today is based on another template site – this one is called Paper Craft Crew. They are a new site to me, but I thought their template was really fun. Here it is (PCCCS #165):


I decided to use my Sheltering Tree stamp set and cut up the paper after I stamped my image. The card base is in Cajun Craze. I love its burnished red color for fall stamping.

I also enjoyed using the new gold cord. It shows up very clearly, especially on the darker colors.


Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree (137163)

Ink and Paper: Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze



Playing with Flowers

The cool thing about having a blog, facebook site, etc., is that it encourages you to use your supplies.  For months I’ve had Stampin’ Up!’s clay sitting in my craft room.  I needed to make a card so I pulled it out and had a BALL using it combined with my favorite stamp set.  I made flowers using the Stampin’ Up! clay mold (product number 131272 and 130685).


I have to confess that I had a lot of trouble at first making the flowers.  The clay stuck inside the mold and the flowers looked terrible.  I did a LOT of experimenting.  Finally, I stuck the mold in my freezer, had some dinner, came back and took them out and lo and behold, PERFECT flowers.  I made a bunch while I was at it (using the freezer trick) so I’d always have some on-hand.  When you’re in the creative mood, you may not want to wait even a few minutes for the clay to freeze.

To color the flower, before putting the clay into the mold I first put some drops of re-inker into the clay and massaged it in to spread it equally throughout.  There are many ways to color the flowers.  You can use markers, sponge daubers dipped in an ink pad, even embossing powders . . . I’ll show you more results as I continue to play with these flowers.

Here’s the card!  I hope you enjoy and that you try the clay with the molds, too!  Let me know how it goes.

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Cut Card Stock:

  • Sahara Sand 4 1/4 x 11
  • Blushing Bride 3 3/4 x 3 1/2
  • Whisper White 3 1/2 x 3 1/4
  • Vellum 4 x 5/8″

To make the card:

  • Using the Sheltering Tree stamp set, stamp the trunk in Chocolate Chip
  • With Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango ink, stamp off ONCE, then stamp on the card.
  • Add in-color sequins with a dot of tombow ink.  Add little pearls to the center.
  • Stamp grass in Wild Wasabi.
  • Stamp sentiment on vellum using Early Espresso.  Put a banner on one side.
  • Make a flower using Blushing Bride ink (see above) and put a sequin and pear on the inside
  • Adhere to the card together in the following order: Blushing bride card stock, Blushing bride ribbon, Whisper white card stock, velum (attach only on left corner so the adhesive doesn’t show through), and finally, the flower.

Fall Tree – Love this stamp set!

On facebook I posted a challenge for my friends to pick out my favorite stamp set from the new Occasions catalog.  This is it!  It’s called Sheltering Treen (137163).

sheltering tree

I love that you can design your own tree, making it a summer, winter, fall, etc. theme.  I love the bike, swing, it is just darling.  And with photopolymer, you can see where you put the image.

Here’s the first card I made with the set.  It was such fun that the card just flowed and came together quickly.  Don’t you love when that happens?  I call that being “in the zone.”


Cut Card Stock:

  • Pumpkin Pie 4 1/4 x 11 and 4 x 5
  • Whisper White using the Top Note Bigz Die

To make the card:

  • Stamp the tree trunk in Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp the leaves in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo (stamping off first onto scrap paper for each color)
  • Stamp the grass in Wild Wasabi
  • Stamp the swing in Basic Gray
  • Stamp the bicycle in Pacific Blue and Basic Gray
  • Use black ink to stamp the sentiment on Daffodil Delight paper.  Cut as shown and adhere using dimensionals.
  • Adhere white card stock to pumpkin pie using adhesive.
  • Adhere pumpkin pie to base using dimensionals.


A beautiful day

One of the joys in my life are my walks.  I started this ritual years ago, soon after I began my full time job.  Everyone else in my office would go to lunch at the mall or run errands.  I decided that lunch time would be my time to exercise.  These walks have become addicting.  I don’t think I’d be sane today without them.  They keep me grounded and release layers of stress.  Forget about fitness, I take my walks to clear my brain.

Today my walk was beautiful.  The weather was perfect, neither hot or cold.  My mind was racing and work was so busy, I almost didn’t go.  But in the end I squeezed it,  and I’m sure glad I did.  Here’s another tribute to this glorious day.


This card uses a framelit I’ve been wanting for a while (see the white background under the leaves).  Isn’t it elegant?  Glad I got it 🙂

Below are the products used:

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, Friends!  It is looking SO GORGEOUS in Maryland.  Trees are changing, leaves are crunching underfoot, and I am stamping lots and lots of leaves.  Makes me happy!  I’ve established a new routine in my home.  Saturday night is now “Saturday Night Stamping” at my house.  I leave chores undone, the kitchen a mess, and I pick up the phone, call a friend, and stamp away.  It is such a soothing new ritual.  I hope you will join me in your own house with this new tradition.  Let me know.  We will have a virtual stamp party!!

Here’s the card I made last Saturday night.


I used the For All Things stamp set and inked up my brand new color, Blackberry Bliss, for the first time.  It is a yummy purple color!  I also used Hello Honey for the yellow leaf and ribbon.   I used markers for the acorns.  There’s a little surprise inside the card.  I stamped and cut out a leaf.  Looks cheerful and very autumn!