The Gang’s All Meer

Hopefully you have taken time to look through the 2020 Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It has several cute stamp sets available for FREE and one such is The Gang’s All Meer.  Who knew that meerkats could be so adorable.  I have always thought of them as burrowing, weasel-like mammals in parts of Africa.  Leave it to Stampin’ Up! to make a weasel look cute!

Watch the short video below as Brian, from Stampin’ Up!, demonstrates using the Masking Technique with The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set.  Then you’ll be able to recreate the card featured above.

Place your qualifying order of $50 (before shipping & taxes) so you can select The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set for FREE!  Remember, the Sale-a-bration reward period ends on March 31, 2020.

As we are traveling and may have intermittent internet service, there may be delay in my answering emails or comments.  I appreciate your patience. 

Remember,you can place your product orders directly via my online store.  (just click and follow the link)

As an extra bonus, I’m holding a drawing on January 25th at 12 noon EST.  All customers who place an order of $50 or more between January 3 – January 24 (midnight EST) will have their names submitted into the drawing.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Stampin’ Up! gift certificate!  Be sure when you order to select me as your demonstrator and allow contact.  If you select ‘no contact’, I will not receive your name and will be unable to add it to the drawing.  Your name will be added for each order placed during the time period between January 3rd-24th, 2020.

Thank you for stopping by.  Follow me on my Facebook page as I’ll being sharing photos of our travels!

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for January is 6QHPCCUD:  Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards! 

A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.


Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

Ordering reminders:
  • During the month of October, for every $50 order (before shipping & taxes), you’ll receive a Thank You gift of the Shimmery Crystal Effects from me.  Thank you for your support and I appreciate your business.  Note: If you place your order as a guest and indicate “no contact”, I am unable to send your gift as I will not receive your name and address information.
  • The Host Code for October is 2RS937Q3:.   Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards! 



Royal Peacock Happy Birthday

Earlier this week, I shared a simple peacock note card.  Now, I’m sharing another card featuring the Royal Peacock Bundle.  It’s a Royal Peacock Happy Birthday card.  While the note card was simple, this card takes more time but the results are beautiful. Don’t you agree?  Card details and tips are continued below the card’s photo.

Royal Peacock Happy Birthday Card

Royal Peacock Happy Birthday Card Details:

The card base uses Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ and scored, then folded at 4-1/4″.  A second card layer of Basic Black cardstock (5-1/4″ x 4″) is added.  The top layer is a layer of Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Old Olive design (3-3/4″ x 5″).  TIP:  Before adding the Noble Peacock Designer Series Paper.  Wrap a piece of the Blueberry Bushel 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon around the paper (refer to photo for placement). 

Stamping the Peacock – TIP: Due to the complexity of the design, I recommend using the Stamparatus to ensure stamping success as you may need to re-ink and repeat the stamping. The peacock is a two stage stamp set.  First, stamp the full peacock using Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  Use the Old Olive watercolor pencil from the Watercolor Pencils set to color the back and lower feathers of the peacock.  With an aqua painter, lightly wash over the Old Olive coloring.  Using a clean aqua painter, color the top portion of the peacock using Blueberry Bushel ink.  For the second stage, stamp the additional feathers onto the lower area using Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin’ Pad.  With the coordinating die from the Detailed Peacock Dies, cut the peacock shape.  Add to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment:  Stamp the sentiment from the Here’s A Card stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Ink.  Cut shape using the Stitched Labels Nested Labels Dies.  If desired, trim the right side to align with the top layer of the card.  

Complete the card by adding Noble Peacock Rhinestones to embellish the peacock tail feathers and the sentiment.  


Now is a good time to join Stampin’ Up!  with the EXTRA! EXTRA! promotion. From now through August 31, new demonstrators will receive additional dollars to put toward bonus products in their Starter Kit. THEN, they’ll receive a $10 coupon code the following month. The bonus at initial sign up allows you to select $30 more than usual. You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155  worth of Stampin’ Up! products in your Starter Kit.  Plus, as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you will have online access to the Holiday Catalog and can even select items for your Starter Kit from the Holiday Catalog.  The coupon code you receive is valid until October 31, 2019 so you can use it when ordering products from the Annual or the Holiday Catalog.  Click here to read more details and join the fun!  Would love to have you join my Playtime with Paper team!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend and check back next week for more project ideas.

Project Materials:  (click on link to order) 

The Host Code for August is: CZ9HMVB2.   Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards! 


On To Adventure Birthday Card

Today is my husband’s birthday so I decided to use the On to Adventure stamp set stamp set to create his birthday card.  Since his retirement, he spends several days a week playing golf.  So when I saw the On To Adventure stamp set, I knew the golfer would get lots of use.  The Well Written Dies provide the birthday greeting and help keep the focus on the golfer.  If you’ve not seen the set, be sure to check it out in the Annual Catalog on page 28.  In addition to the golfer, there are three other stamps that can be combined with other sets to create fun cards.  And the Well Written dies provide a variety of sentiment options.

Masculine Birthday Card

Card Details:
  • Night of Navy cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-12″, scored & folded at 4-1/4″) creates the card base.
  • A 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of  See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper is the second layer.
  • Card front layer is Whisper White cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5″).
  • With Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the golfer onto a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color, as desired, with Stampin’ Blends.  The Stampin’ Blends colors used for this card are Ivory, Dark Night of Navy, Dark Balmy Blue, Light Granny Apple Green,  Light Smoky Slate, Light and Dark Crumb Cake.  Cut using the medium circle in the Stitched Shapes Dies.  With Snail Adhesive, layer onto a Night of Navy cardstock circle cut using the Layering Circles Dies.
  • Cut sentiment from of Night of Navy cardstock using the Well Written Dies.  To adhere to the card front, lightly sponge Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto the back of each word and place on the card front.  TIP: use a sponge dauber.  Rinse after use then label the dauber to use specifically for applying liquid glue.
  • Crisscross Braided Linen trim across upper portion of card.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the golfer to the card over the crisscross.  

Be sure to check out all of the stamps in the On To Adventure stamp set.  The stamp designs with the shaded areas make coloring easy to do.

Just a reminder – BONUS DAYS are here!

For every $50 you spend (before tax & shipping), you will earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used August 1-31.  There is no limit to the number of Bonus Days coupon codes you can receive.  The coupon codes are sent via email.  If you earn multiple coupon codes in a single order, all of the coupon codes will be in one email.  


 Now is a good time to join Stampin’ Up!  with the EXTRA! EXTRA! promotion. From now until August 31, new demonstrators will receive an additional dollars to put toward bonus products in their Starter Kit. THEN, they’ll receive a $10 coupon code the following month. The bonus at initial sign up allows you to select $30 more than usual. You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155  worth of Stampin’ Up! products in your Starter Kit.  What’s great is the coupon code is valid until October 31, 2019 so you can use it when ordering product from the soon to be released Holiday Catalog.   Click here to read more details and join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for July is: 9HRS3HHQ. 

Please use Host Code only if your order is less under $150.   You will receive the host rewards if your order exceeds $150!


A Monochromatic Blueberry Bushel Card

Since the announcement of retiring products by Stampin’ Up!, I am using my retiring products to make room for new items. Who else is a paper hoarder?!  My paper tray has been holding a package of the In Color 2018-2020 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper waiting for use. Instead of recreating the wheel, I chose to recreate a monochromatic Blueberry Bushel card sent to last year’s In Color Club members.  Because instructions were included with the card, it was easy for me to quickly make a series of cards.  By varying the sentiments, I have cards ready for a variety of occasions.  

Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper Monochromatic Card

To showcase the Blueberry Bushel designer series paper, strips are cut from the different designs.  Because the card is monochromatic, the designs coordinate and create visual interest.  You can locate the instructions for this card under the Tutorial tab.

Reminder:  The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available for order starting today.  This medley is only available during May and while supplies last.  Don’t forget that if you place your order with me, you’ll receive the blank note cards and envelopes set as a Thank You gift.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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Grab Your Favorites

It’s that time of year, so grab your favorites before they retire. The 2017-2019 In Colors will be retiring with the end of this year’s annual catalog.   It’s always sad to say goodbye to some of the colors we have been using for the last two years.  However, it also makes room for the new colors being released with the new 2019-2020 annual catalog. 

There are a lot of products to consider.  The retirement list comes out on April 15th.  All of the retiring In-Colors are going to go fast.  Especially the ink refills, markers and card stock.  You can click on any of the pictures above to go to my online store here.  Remember to think about the accessories and embellishments that have the In-Colors in them.   

Happy Stamping!

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