Tag – You’re It!

I love making cards, but sometimes creativity takes me in a slightly different direction which was the case last night and this morning.  The linear part of my brain decided to do some co-mingling with the crafty side and the result was…tags!  I had forgotten how much fun these can be and some of our DSP just naturally lends itself to being – well – linear!

Take for instance, the Just Add Color DSP.  I wanted to share some with my daughter-in-law while I was in Texas and cutting up some of the designs in this series is a bit challenging unless you give in to its linearness (is that even a word LOL).  When all was said and done, this little beauty just popped right up begging to be made into a tag.

Tag for Karen C

I started with a base of Whisper White cut to 3-1/4 x 6-1/4.  This was covered by some paper from the Birthday Memories DSP series and feeling somewhat radical, I punched the hole in the corner rather than the center.  Next, I used alcohol markers to color in the strip of Just Add Color panel, pulling in colors from the polka dot paper.  I fussy cut the strip so that I could pop up one half of it on top of the other with dimensionals to give it depth.  This panel was then glued to the tag using Tombow mono glue.  Wink of Stella was applied to the coral bits and the fish were given a coat of Glossy Accents.  Tranquil Tide ribbon was the finishing touch.  What a fun blast of summer!

Stampin’ Up! Tea Anyone for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop


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I am delighted to be participating in my first blog hop!

Love the new catalog, especially all the lovely DSP so it should come as no surprise that this card uses 3 different ones.


I started with Peekaboo Peach card stock cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″.  To that I added my favorite design from Oh So Lovely (the colors in it set the colorway for the rest of the card).  I then cut a section from the Just Add Color DSP and fussy cut to leave the top portions of the teapot and cups open.  Since I mixed up my patterns, I decided to mix up my coloring mediums too.  I started with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol for the base coloring of each and then added Copic alcohol markers for the floral images – I know, radical, right?  Looked great but decided to add Glossy Accents to lift the floral images even more and love the dimension that gave them.

Once all was dry, I used Tombow to adhere the focal panel to the card.  The sentiment I chose is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set – just love that font – which is stamped on a stitched oval.  It kinda looked naked sitting all by itself though so I grabbed a small piece of the 3rd DSP I used and I’ll bet you can’t guess which one….it’s Birthday Memories!  That is, it’s some of the grass from the largest print in that group of paper.  Gotta think outside the box sometimes LOL!

That finished the outside of the card so moved on to the inside.


Sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and is stamped onto Whisper White.  I used more of the grass from Birthday Memories for the top and the bottom and really like how crisp it looks.  This was such a fun card to make!

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And here is a list of everyone participating in today’s blog hop – be sure and visit all of them for fabulousness and inspiration!

  1. Jaimie Babarczy: 
  2. Sue Prather:
  3. Linda Richenberg: You are here!
  4. Mary Deatherage:
  5. Amy Koenders:

Patterned Orchid

I love orchids!  They are so graceful, so delicate and oh so beautiful!  So it’s no surprise that this was first on my must have list in the new catty.  I had all sorts of coloring ideas, but as I was removing it from the case, it fell onto some DSP and that became the inspiration for this card.


I started with Very Vanilla card stock for the front panel onto which I stamped the sentiment from the Climbing Orchid stamp set and then sketched out the curve of the branch.  I then used two of the branch stamps from that set to stamp along the curve and erased the pencil marks.  Next, I stamped the orchids in black on DSP from the Petal Garden stack and then fussy cut them out.  I did snip the bottom petals away from the middle ones just slightly so I could curl the middle ones and have them stand away from the others.  This gave them some much needed dimension.  Lastly, I added a little bit of crystal drops to the center of them and attached them to the branch with dimensionals.  I then glued the panel to a mat of DSP from the Whole Lot of Lovely paper series.  This was glued to another sheet of the Petal Garden DSP and lastly adhered to the card base of Old Olive.

The inside received another panel of Very Vanilla to which I added a border of the same DSP the orchids were stamped on.

Will I go back to coloring in images like this?  Absolutely!  But what fun to step outside the box and try something so different!

If you have any questions about how to make this card, or you need help with ordering the supplies for it, please drop me a comment and I will get back to you right away.  Happy Stamping!


Swing into Summer

While we all wait patiently for our new goodies to arrive, how about playing with a favorite stamp set that may already be in your collection?  I just love this swing and couldn’t wait to try it out with a summery feel in Lemon-Lime twist.


Yes, I cheated a little as I already had the new in-color since I preordered the Eastern Palace suite when it became available.  Ok, actually I cheated a lot as the DSP is also new and you had to be a demonstrator to preorder it but couldn’t wait to show it to you – it comes in all the new in colors and I know you are going to love it too!

But let’s talk about how the card was made.  It starts with Whisper White cut to be a top folding card.  The front is then covered with Color Theory DSP in Old Olive followed by some of the new Fresh Florals DSP in Lemon-Lime Twist cuton the diagonal and placed at the top and bottom corners.  The focal image is from the Sitting Here stamp set and is stamped in Lemon-Lime Twist on a stitched rectangle which was matted with another piece of the Color Theory DSP in Old Olive.  The cute pillows were stamped onto a scrap piece of the Fresh Florals DSP (the reverse side of the floral images – so versatile!) and then cut out and glued down.  To balance out all the white, the oval piece was sponged with Lemon-Lime Twist and the sentiment stamped in Versafine ink.  This was adhered to the focal panel with dimensionals.  Three enamel dots in the upper right corner of the focal panel finish the card out perfectly!

I hope you enjoy this card and if you have the stamp set already in your collection, why not “swing into summer” by making one yourself?

Simple Delights

Every time I see a daisy I think of visiting my grandfather’s farm when I was a child.  Such simple pleasures to be had – the strawberry patch, mooing at the cows and running through the wild daisies in the field.  This card so reminds me of the joys of that time.

I am teasing you with this card though as all of the materials are from the new catalog coming out in just a few a few more days.  So many new goodies it can be a bit overwhelming but I promise this suite will be one of your favorites.

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I started with old olive card stock cut to 4-1/2″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.  To this I layered 2 strips of Delightful Daisy DSP.  The floral one was cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and the narrow strip is 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.  I then cut two very thin strips of Color Theory DSP (also coming out June 1st) to line either side of the green stripe.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Daisy Delight stamp set on Whisper White card stock with Always Artichoke ink and cut it down to a simple rectangle.  Then I stamped 3 daisies, also from the Daisy Delight stamp set; 2 with Cajun Curry stamped off and 1 with Always Artichoke stamped off.  After curling 2 of the daisies, I layered all 3 of them together with Tombow Multi Media glue.  Lastly, I added the daisy and sentiment strip to the card, popping them up with dimensionals.

I hope this card reminds you of simpler times when the sun was always warm, the air fresh and life carefree.

Happy Together

Sometimes, a card just falls into place – literally!  I was sorting through some DSP and one piece fell onto another creating a gorgeous contrast.  Out of that happy accident, this card was born.


I started with a Whisper White card base and layered the floral paper (Blooms & Bliss – retiring) on top of that with Tombow multimedia glue.  I cut a 1-1/2″ strip of more of the Blooms & Bliss designer series paper and layered it vertically on top of the first.  I then cut the oval using a stitched oval die and stamped the image from Butterfly Basics in Tranquil Tide.  The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set available 6/1/17.  The finished oval was popped up on dimensionsals on top of the narrow strip.

While this was a super simple card to put together, it was the falling paper that inspired it.  Maybe that’s a sign I should organize my DSP more often LOL!  I hope you enjoy this little beauty and that it moves you to sort through your paper to see what inspires you.

My (dream) beach cottage

Balmy days always make me think of the beach, and if I didn’t spend all my money on crafting, I would have a beach cottage LOL!  But hey, I can always daydream about it and in my dreams, this is what you would see walking up to the front door.


This card looks intricate but was really easy to make.  The stamp set is At Home With You (available 6/1/17) and if you purchase the bundle it includes the matching dies.

First, I stamped the door and colored it with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  Then, I used one die to cut it out, then another to cut out the 3 sides of the door.  I also stamped/die cut the flowers, the wreath, the welcome mat and the lantern after coloring them.  I did not use Gamsol on the mat as I wanted it to look textured, just like a real welcome mat would.  Next, I glued wood grain DSP onto the front of the card base (Whisper White).  Then, I mounted the door on foam tape to give it dimension.  I mounted the flowers, wreath and lantern with dimensionals and glued down the welcome mat.

Now for the best part, THE DOOR OPENS!  Which left the perfect place for this lovely, warm sentiment which was stamped in Dapper Denim.  I just love this set!


I hope you enjoy this peek into my beach cottage daydream. You can visit it anytime!

As always, if you need a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator or have any questions about this card, just drop me a comment.  Oh, and if you want this stamp/die set before June 1st, now is the perfect time to become a demonstrator yourself!  Contact me for details – would love to have you join my fun-loving team!