Happy Birthday & Happy Mother's Day, Mom

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Today would have been my mom's 86th birthday.  Every few years her birthday also falls on Mother's Day.  This year is one of those years so today I'm dedicating this birthday card to my mom.  I love you and miss you dearly.

I just received the Daisy Lane stamp set, Daisy Punch, and Medium Daisy Punch.  I guess you could say everything's coming up daisies in my world since I literally have about 50 seedlings of Alaska daisies sprouting.  I started about 25 pods of painted daisies but they aren't faring very well right now.  My painted daisy plants from last year, however, are beginning to sprout so I will have some anyway.

I saw a similar card to this on Pinterest that caught my eye so I thought I'd give it a twist and see how it came out.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  The photo doesn't show it very well but I did use the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder on the front.  I really like to pop of color the Mango Melody adds to the card.  I think I'm going to try another card later with a couple of the new 2021-2023 In Colors.

I started with a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" piece of Night of Navy card stock for my base and scored it at 4-1/4" on the long side.  I spritzed the side I was going to emboss with alcohol to help break the fibers of the card stock.  It's important to break the fibers of the card stock when embossing a dense design to prevent cracks.  You can also break fibers by spritzing with water or bending and curling against the edge of a table.  Spritzing with water or alcohol with any embossing folder also helps to bring more definition to the embossed image.

I cut my Basic White card stock into a 1/2 x 5-1/2" strip and a 1-3/4 x 4-1/4" strip.  I used Stamp & Seal adhesive on the back of each then placed the narrow strip vertically along the far left front of the card and the wide strip horizontally about 1" up from the bottom front of the card.  I then cut a 1/4 x 4-1/4" strip from the scrap of Mango Melody card stock, ran a thin bead of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back, and placed it at the top of the horizontal Basic White strip as an accent.

I stamped the large and medium daisy images from the Daisy Lane stamp set using Misty Moonlight ink after stamping off onto scratch paper twice before stamping each image (large daisy twice/medium daisy 4 times) onto Basic White card stock.  This is sometimes referred to as 2nd (actually 3rd) generation stamping.  I then punched the images out with the coordinating punches.  I layered two images by placing a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue in the center.  Then I colored the centers with the darker Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Marker.

Using Shaded Spruce ink, I stamped 2 fern images and 1 daisy stem onto the scrap of Garden Green card stock then fussy cut the images.  Last, but not least, I cut a 1-1/8 x 3" strip of Mango Melody card stock, stamped it with the "Happy Birthday" greeting from Sky Is The Limit (Retired) stamp set in the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then punched the left side with the Banners Pick a Punch.

Once I had all my elements ready, I played around with the arrangement until I was happy with how it looked.  I chose to use a sticker maker for the adhesive on the fern and daisy stem (you could also apply a light layer of Multipurpose Liquid Glue using a sponge) then placed them on the card front.  I then applied a couple glue dots to the center of each daisy and adhered them to the card.  I also curled up the top layer of the daisy to give them a bit of dimension.  Finally, I attached Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to my greeting and placed it on the card front.

I also like to add a piece of 4 x 5-1/4" Basic White card stock to the inside of my cards especially when I use a dark colored base so that my verse or hand-written message can easily be seen.  I also like to add a stamped or fussy cut image or stickers.

If I was able to send this card to my mom, I would have had a birthday verse and added a hand-written "Happy Mother's Day."  Hopefully she's looking down from above and sees my dedication.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.

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Stampin’ Up!® May Updates

Wednesday, May 05, 2021


Just like the Spring blooms popping up all over, so are the specials from Stampin' Up!

1. The 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is now available! I've already started my wish list.

2. Connect, Craft & Collect - From May 4 to June 14, 2021, qualifying orders of $250 or more (before shipping and taxes), you receive the normal Stampin' Rewards PLUS an additional $25 in Stampin' Rewards!

3. Join + - From May 4 to May 31, 2021, new team members will get even more FREE products in their customizable Starter Kit. For $99, you'll get to choose $155 worth of products + free business supplies + free shipping. And don't forget the other benefits of discounted product and the opportunity to pre-order new release products.

Hop on over to my online store to shop or join my team. Be sure to use May's host code AHJVKGAQ unless your order is $150 or more. In that case, you'll want to have your own workshop so you can earn Stampin' Rewards for free product.

Only 2 days left to order from the Stampin’ Up!® 2020-2021 Annual Catalog

Sunday, May 02, 2021

There are only 2 days left to order from the Stampin’ Up!® 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Head on over to my online store at and check out the retiring products under the Sales & Specials tab. They're only available until tomorrow, Monday, May 3rd and while supplies last. Don't forget to use host code S7DCDTYX. I'll be closing the workshop order at noon ET. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Happy shopping!

Challenge: It's all about punches (no, not that kind)

Sunday, April 25, 2021

    The NC Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Blog Hop     challenge for April was to use a punch on our     card.  I used three on mine.  My card didn't make  the Hop because I didn't meet the submission     deadline.  It was just one of those days that day.
✂ 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" Sahara Sand card stock plus scrap for label
✂ 5-3/8 x 4-1/8" Shaded Spruce card stock plus scrap for leaves
✂ 5-1/4 x 4" green checked paper from Pansy Petals DSP
✂ 1/2 x 5-1/2" Real Red card stock plus scraps for strawberries
✂ Garden Green card stock scraps for leaves and stems
✂ Old Olive card stock scraps for strawberry tops
✂ Basic White card stock scraps for strawberry blossoms
✂ Real Red, Garden Green, Old Olive, and Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pads
✂ So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker 
✂ Sweet Strawberry Bundle
✂ Pansy Patch stamp set
✂ Label Me Fancy Punch
✂ Tree Builder Punch (retired)
✂ Project Life Corner Rounder Punch (retired)
✂ Bone folder
✂ Tear & Tape Adhesive
✂ Stampin' Dimensionals
✂ Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
✂ Multipurpose Liquid Glue
✂ Xyron X150 Sticker Maker (Optional/Non SU! Item)
    Score the Sahara Sand card stock at 4-1/4" and fold on the score line.  II used the bone folder to make a crisp crease.  I rounded the corners on both the Shaded Spruce and green checked DSP with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch (Retired).  

    I applied Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of  the Shaded Spruce and green checked layers.  Starting with the Shaded Spruce layer, I removed the protective layer of Tear & Tape Adhesive and adhered it to the front of card and repeated with the green checked layer adhering it to Shaded Spruce layer. 

    I then stamped the stem section images from the Pansy Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set (available May 04, 2021) in Garden Green ink on Garden Green card stock then fussy cut the image to my liking.  I stamped leaf images in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green card stock then punched out images using the Strawberry Builder Punch.  I needed 6 for my card.  I used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out tree trunks and shaped them to use as stems for the strawberries.

    Using Real Red ink, I stamped the seeded strawberry image from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set onto Real Red card stock.  I decided on 3 for my card.  I made sure to leave enough space between the stamped images for the other cuts from the punch.  I punched out the strawberries with the Strawberry Builder Punch.

    Using the strawberry top image from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, I stamped the image using Old Olive ink onto Old Olive card stock for as my 3 strawberries.  Again, I needed to be sure to leave enough space between the stamped images for the other cut outs from the punch.  I punched out the strawberry tops with the Strawberry Builder Punch.

    I stamped the small flower outline image in Petal Pink ink onto Basic White card stock, again, being sure to leave enough space between for the other images on the punch.  I punched them out using the Strawberry Builder Punch then colored the centers with the So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker.

    Before applying any adhesive, I played around with the layout of the strawberry pieces on the card front.  I chose to keep my scene to the lower 2/3 of the card front.
    I used the Xyron 150 Sticker Maker to make my stem pieces and 2 of my flowers into stickers.  (You could also apply a thin layer of Multipurpose Liquid Glue with a sponge instead.)  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the remaining pieces except 3 of the flowers.  I built my scene piece by piece and layer by layer.  I then decided to use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals on the 3 remaining flowers and bent the petals for an added dimensional effect.
    I punched a label from the leftover Sahara Sand card stock using the Label Me Fancy Punch.  I marked the back of the label about 3 mm in from the same edge in pencil so the slit would be relatively lined up.  I stamped "Happy Birthday" from the Pansy Patch Photopolymer stamp set in Real Red ink.  I cut a 1/2 x 5-1/2" strip of Real Red card stock to use as a ribbon.  I slipped this "ribbon" behind the label, attached a Stampin' Dimensional to each end, then adhered the greeting unit near the top of my card.

    I also chose to stamp a verse in Real Red ink from the Pansy Patch stamp set to the inside of my card.
 While this card was bit fussy with all the little pieces, I was quite pleased with the final product.  Of course, my daughter, Grace, was a big help in deciding the number of pieces to use and their layout.  I really enjoy when she works on a project with me and value her artistic opinion.
    I hope you enjoy the card and venture to make one of your own.  I can see so many uses for a card like this.  I can see where this would be a fun invitation to a summer barbecue.  

Batter Up! - May Paper Pumpkin

Sunday, April 11, 2021

 Check out May's Paper Pumpkin!

Step up to the plate, take a swing, and knock it out of the park! With the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, it’s your turn to go to bat for all the people who’ve gone to bat for you. This month’s timeless kit with a “throwback” theme contains enough grand slam supplies to create nine (notice the nod to the baseball theme?) cards—and coordinating envelopes—featuring classic colors, pinwheel and pinstripe patterns, and vintage-washed paper pieces. There’s no “batter” way to root, root, root for your home team and honor the all-stars in your life!

A beloved baseball-themed kit would be incomplete without the sport’s signature, sticky snack—the official bubble gum of the MLB! A favorite in the field, the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit contains a couple sticks of the chewy staple; chew while you craft, slide a piece into a card, or save it for later.

Send a seventh-inning stretch in a classic card with all-star stripes, a nostalgic nod, and a stamp set fit for an MVP! But, before you give it all you’ve got, give this month’s promotional video a watch. See what the Batter Up! kit is all about. Play ball! 

Click on this link to go directly to Paper Pumpkin to sign up: