psst…it’s a Secret Garden

This week’s “Creation Thursday” is a card prepared for the Freebee Friday incentive drawing being offered by my Stampin’ Up! team leader.  The challenge is to prepare a card featuring an item from either the Spring Catalog, the Best of Monthly Stamp Series or any current Stampin’ Up! special offer.

Since Spring has arrived and despite the unseasonably cool weather, buds are opening and peeks of early bloomers are starting to show.  These snippets of Spring were the inspiration for using the Secret Garden Stamp and Framelits to create this card.

 Perfect for a quick note to a dear friend!
Secret Garden Stamp Set
 Secret Garden Framelits
“hey there friend” Stamp from Paper Pumpkin
Whisper White Card Stock (CS)
Emboss Powder:  Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango
Inks:  Marina Mist, StazOn Jet Black, and VersaMark
Paper Cutter
Scoring Tool and Bone Folder
Clear-Mount Blocks
Embossing Buddy
Heat Tool
3/16″ Corner Rounder
Stamping Sponge
Stampin’ Dimensionals
SNAIL Adhesive
Scotch Brand Removable Tape

Steps to create card:
  1. Cut Whisper White CS – card base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ and card layer:  3 3/4″ x 5″
  2. Score card base at 5 1/2″, fold in half and use bone folder to create card of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. 
  3. Use corner round to soften the front and back card non-folded edges.  Set card base aside. 
  4. On card layer, stamp leaves using VersaMark and emboss using Wild Wasabi Emboss Powder.  Refer to photo for placement.
  5. Stamp “hey there friend” onto card layer using StazOn Jet Black.  Refer to photo for placement.
  6. On a scrap piece of Whisper White CS, use VersaMark to stamp 3 flowers from Secret Garden stamp set (two of one flower style and one from another). Emboss one with Melon Mambo and the other two with Tangerine Tango. 
  7. With stamping sponge and Marina Mist ink, use a circular motion to apply a light blue background to the entire card layer. 
  8. Attach card layer to card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  9. Cut embossed flowers using Secret Garden Framelits and Big Shot.  Hint:  use removable tape to secure framelit on cutting board of Big Shot.
  10. Attach flowers to card layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To purchase any of the items used in the project, click here.

While on the subject of gardens and flowers, have you checked out the Best of 25 Years Stamps Collection for March?  It’s “Best of Flowers” and perfect to use for all your paper crafting needs.
Click here for more information!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in next week
for “Monday Mishmash”!
Until then, have a good weekend and Happy Easter!


Welcome to Monday Mishmash!

So you ask, “What is Monday Mishmash?”  It’s a weekly post that will highlight a different product or technique.  There will be a variety of offerings – one week, a card using traditional products, another week may be a card designed using My Digital Studio (MDS2), or it could be a combination of  both traditional and digitally designed products. On other occasions, a paper crafted project may be highlighted or a technique may be shared. In other words – it’s going to be a “mishmash” from one week to the next depending upon whatever creative mood strikes!
So for this first “Monday Mishmash”, I’m presenting an Easter card created entirely using MDS2 from Stampin’ Up!. With the weekend’s cold, wet weather I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon experimenting with the MDS2 program and with Easter coming, I wanted a simple but playful card design for my grandson. It was fun experimenting with different layouts, papers and embellishments.  I finally decided on a tri-fold card to stand at his plate with other goodies on Easter morning.  The “Celebrate Easter” Designer Series download was perfect for the theme and the Delightful Dozen digital stamp fit the simplistic design.  After designing the card, it was easy to print using my computer printer.  
Below is the final product…
Front of Easter Card

Don’t you think it’s perfect for a 4 yr. old?
 If you’re interested in learning more about My Digital Studio (MDS) and all the creative possibilities,

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in again this week for “Creation Thursday”.
Until then, have a good week!

Easter is Coming!

What a busy week…hosting the March card class, having fun with the arrival of the first Paper Pumpkin kit and planning for next month’s class.  Oh, what fun!!!

On Monday, the “Easter is Coming” Card and Paper Crafting class was held and attendees created some beautiful cards and projects for the upcoming Easter holiday.  Below are a couple of photos from the class.   Other photos have been posted under the Projects tab.  It was tons of fun!

Easter Card using the Stampin’ Up! Everybunny Stamp Set
Candy Bar Slider Covers

This week for “Creation Thursday”, I prepared a Butterfly Birthday Card.  It is one of the sample cards for the April “Butterflies are Free” class.  The class will craft a four card boxed set of various butterfly themed cards.  The colors of the Floral District Designer Series Paper were the inspiration for the card below and the series paper will be used for the boxed set.  More information on the class and kits for purchase will be posted soon!
Materials & Tools used:
Floral District DSP
Daffodil Yellow, Gumball Green & Whisper White Card Stock 
Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set
Best of Birthdays Stamp Set
Rich Razzleberry Ink
Pearl Basic Jewels
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Edgelits Adorning Accents
Big Shot
SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Sticky Strip

To purchase any of the items used in the project, click here.

 There’s lots of excitement as Stampin’ Up! continues to introduce new
items.  Be sure to visit the Projects tab to view the cards from the
Paper Pumpkin kit…remember it’s not too late to join and you can cancel at anytime.

Also, be sure to check out the “Sent With Love” Promotion before it expires.

 For more details and to order, click here.

Come back often and remember every Thursday is 
“Creation Thursday” 
where another project will be detailed!

It’s Creation Thursday!

I’m excited to share a couple of items this week.

  • First is the launch of Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!, a new monthly kit program that everyone will enjoy! The initial kit has been mailed this week…but don’t fret, it’s never too late to join!

Each month a unique, surprise kit with project-cards, journals, décor, and more will be sent to you! The kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive. There’s no commitment and you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.

Click here for more details and to join:

When you join, you will be asked if you have a demonstrator. Please list me as your demonstrator.
Thank you!

  • The next item for Creation Thursday is the “to my friend” card.  The Swallowtail technique is described in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog on page 19. I immediately fell in love with the look and knew that it would make a great sample for my card class. Though it is not clearly shown in the photo, the butterfly has shimmer paint applied which gives it a nice sheen.

“to my friend”
Products Used:
Summer Starfruit & Midnight Muse Cardstock
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Swallowtail Stamp
VersaMark Ink
Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Friendly Phrases Stamp Set
SNAIL Adhesive
Sticky Strip 
Tools Used:
Stampin’ Trimmer
Bone Folder
Aqua Painter
Clear Mount Block
Heat Tool
Be sure to visit the Projects tab to see other samples.
Come back often and remember every Thursday is 
“Creation Thursday” 
where another project will be detailed!

Lots of Excitement!

With this first blog post, I’m excited to share with you some of the wonderful things being offered from Stampin’ Up! One of the newest items is the introduction of Photopolymer Stamps. The first being offered is the Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Be sure to check out the Promotions tab for more specials!

Stay tuned, there’s much more to come!!!