Wishing You a Lovely Day with Lovely Wishes

Here’s a simply elegant card to wish someone a lovely day!  It is made with the Lovely Wishes stamp set, which is found almost all the way at the back of the Occasions Catalog on page 50.  I love the simple, graceful lines of this set, as well as the sweet sentiments!  I find the whole set to be elegant and lovely!

The set contains multiple floral line images, with additional stamps that can be used to fill in the lines with color.  Because it is a photopolymer set, and the stamps are totally clear, lining up the stamps is very easy!  You can also just color in the images with the coloring product of your choice, or even just leave them unfilled!  For this card, I chose to keep it super simple, just adding a bit of color with the coordinating filler stamps.  I used Very Vanilla as the base, along with Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Real Red.

Once I cut my layers, I stamped the the two large floral images first in Old Olive.  I then inked up the filler stamp in Old Olive as well, but stamped it off once before adding it to the leaves, to give it a bit of contrast by making the leaves a lighter shade.  I then filled in the flowers with the Real Red, using coordinating stamps from the set as well.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  Before adhering the top layers to the card, I stamped a different stamp from the set in Old Olive in the corners of the card base, just to add a little extra detail.

The top layers are adhered to the base with Dimensionals to add a little more height and texture to the card.  After making this card, I sat for about twenty minutes trying to figure out a way to embellish it a bit.  I even put it away and came back to it the next day, trying to figure out if I should add anything else!  I tried a few different things, but I just didn’t like anything I tried, so I decided to leave it as is.  I really like the simplicity of it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Wishing You a Lovely Day!  🙂



Another Petal Palette Creation!

As I was getting ready to write today’s post, it occurred to me that I have used the Petal Palette stamp set or full bundle on a LOT of recent projects.  I guess I really like it!

Today’s card features the roses from the Petal Palette set.  I stamped them in Basic Black archival ink and then watercolored them with Brusho.  For this project, I did not sprinkle the crystals on the cardstock and then add water.  I sprinkled them on a clear block, added water to mix, and THEN colored the image, as I wanted to keep the color within the lines!  Once it was dry, I cut it with the coordinating die from the Petals & More Thinlits.  (Don’t forget, you can purchase both the stamp set and the thinlits together as a bundle for a savings of 10%!)

The Brusho colors that I used on the flowers are Brilliant Red and Gamboge.  The leaves were watercolored with Lemon Lime Twist, as I wanted them to coordinate with the middle layer and trellis looking die cut on the right.  That die is also from the Petals & More Thinlits.  I love the contrast of the bright colors against the black and white!

For the background, I used a brand new embossing folder called Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It really looks like a bunch of different sized sequins scattered across the paper!  Here’s a close up of the impressions:

All of these products are from the Occasions Catalog and are now available in the online store!  Time to get my boys fed and out the door for school!  Happy Friday!  🙂



Celebrate with Petal Palette and Celebrate You Thinlits

The card I made today is inspired by one of the cards I made in November at OnStage.  Of all the samples we made, it was my favorite!  To see the original card, please click here.  For today’s card I used paper from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper as the background.  The bird layer is stamped in Powder Pink ink and cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits, for a little added detail. I skipped a stamped sentiment, and instead went with a die cut one from the Celebrate You Thinlits, which you can earn for FREE with a $100 purchase before tax and shipping!  It is one of the NEW $100 level rewards that can be earned this year during Sale-a-Bration!

Before cutting the sentiment, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back.  Doing this, in essence, creates a sticker from the die cut, and makes it simple to adhere your die cuts with very little effort/mess.  When you’re ready to apply, you just peel off the back layer and stick!  It’s a little extra work and expense, but definitely worth it!  Honestly, no matter how careful I am with glue, I ALWAYS make a mess!  So the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets are definitely a life saver for me!

Once the card was assembled, I added an extra scalloped circle layer behind the bird, and adhered the whole thing with dimensionals to make it pop a little!  I then added a few embellishments to finish it off.  I used two embellishments from the Occasions catalog on this card.  First, the silver leaves are from the Petal Passion Embellishments.  I then added a few epoxy shapes from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.  These are one of my favorite new embellishments to use!  They are clear and very tiny, but they give a nice added touch to projects!  I used the glitter ones, which have just the tiniest hint of glitter!  Here’s a close up:

These cards will be going to new team members and members who have birthdays this month!  I hope they like them, and I hope you do too!  🙂

If you have any questions about this card, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Enjoy your day!



Quick and Easy Birthday Cards with the Perennial Birthday Project Kit

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy project! Or other times, you just want to make some cards without putting a whole lot of time and energy into the design. Then KITS are definitely the way to go! And this kit is gorgeous! The Perennial Birthday Project Kit from Stampin’ Up! is the perfect product to have on hand when you need pre-designed, ready to assemble cards on hand for birthday wishes! The kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 different designs, and includes all the components to make them! Here’s a look at what comes in the kit:

Kit includes:
* 16 printed card bases, folded size 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
* 16 white Medium Envelopes
* 12 printed tabbed dividers, 6-3/8″ x 5-1/4″ (16.2 x 13.3 cm)
* printed and white die-cut accents
* gold foil sticker sheets with month names in English, French, and German
* gold 5/8″ (1.6 cm) satin ribbon
* Dapper Denim Solid Baker’s Twine
* printed storage box, 6-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ (17.2 x 13.3 x 9.5 cm)

Use this kit to make 1-2 cards at a time, or make them all at once and store them in the beautiful storage box to have cards ready to go whenever a birthday comes up!

To complete the full kit, you will need to following products:

Perennial Birthday Stamp Set

The Perennial Birthday stamp set includes 14 rubber stamps and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.  It can be found on page 16 of the Occasions Catalog!

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Mini Glue Dots

I also recommend Snail adhesive as well!

To learn more about this kit and see it in action, here’s a short video from Stampin’ Up’s You Tube channel:

To see this kit, and all of the other kits available from Stampin’ Up!, please click HERE.

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!



Introducing the Sweet Soiree Suite

This little box was another sample that I made in November at OnStage!  It features products from the NEW Sweet Soiree Suite, now available from Stampin’ Up!  These small silver gable boxes measure 4 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches and are food safe, making them the perfect size for favors or small gifts!  The bottom portion of the box is wrapped in Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the tag was stamped using stamps from the new Cake Soiree stamp set.  The box is embellished with Berry Burst 3/8 inch Metallic Ribbon, tied in a bow, to give it a finished, elegant look!

Here’s a closer look at the products used on this project:

Silver Mini Gable Boxes

12 silver boxes for gifts and goodies.
4″ x 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (10.2 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
Food safe


Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper

Silver foil adds a textured look to these handpainted designs.

Silver foil accents on one side, colorful printed images on the other.

12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs * 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Acid free
Lignin free

Coordinating Colors: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Silver Foil, Whisper White


Cake Soiree Stamp Set
This versatile set will be your go-to set for birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations. But look beyond the cake for all-occasion uses–build flowers, send thinking of you messages, and more.

Contains 18 rubber stamps, available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.


Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon


3/8 inch wide ribbon with metallic edges.
10 yards per roll.


While this project used four of the products from the new suite, there are many other coordinating products also available!  To check out the full Sweet Soiree Suite, please click HERE.


Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day!



Bold Floral Card with TWO of My Favorite Occasions Products!

Today’s card features two of my favorite NEW Occasions products: the Beautiful Day stamp set and Brusho Crystal Color watercolor crystals!

The new Beautiful Day stamp set features five rubber stamps, including a large butterfly, a large flower, two sentiments, and an accent stamp.  It’s available in both wood mount and clear mount, and will be available to order starting January 3rd!  For this card, I used the flower stamp, along with a sentiment from a different set called Petal Palette (also a new Occasions product!)  Here’s a peek at the full Beautiful Day set:

To start, I heat embossed the flower in white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then applied the Brusho, and colored with an Aquapainter to get the bright, bold colors!  (I am not going to talk too much about the Brusho today, as I plan to do a whole post about it tomorrow.  I hope you’ll check back for the details then!)  But I will say this: it is SUCH a fun product to use!  If you love watercoloring, or love how watercoloring looks on projects, you are definitely going to want to give it a try!

Here’s a peek at the Brusho packaging:

Don’t let the plain black and white packaging fool you!  There’s a whole bunch of color in that unassuming little box!

Once the flower was colored and dry, I layered the top layer of the card with Real Red cardstock on a Basic Black base, stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette in black, and added some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  (I stamped and punched the leaves with the Painted Harvest Bundle, and used Versamark ink on the veins of the leaves, just to add a hint of detail.)  The flower was fussy cut with Paper Snips, and applied to the card with Dimensionals, so it pops off the card a bit and really stands out!

Tomorrow’s post will be all about Brusho!  Hope you’ll check back to learn more about this new product and how fun it can be to use!  Have a great day!



Introducing the NEW Petal Passion Suite!

Today I have a project that I created when I went to OnStage in Salt Lake City in November!  It uses products from the Petal Passion Suite, which is one of seven new suites in the 2018 Occasions Catalog!  This card features four new products from the suite.  They are the Petal Palette stamp set, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, Whisper White 1/4 inch Organza Ribbon, and Petal Passion Embellishments.  All of these products will be available beginning January 3rd when the Occasions Catalog goes live!

Here’s a closer look at each of the new products used on this card:

Petal Palette Stamp Set

The Petal Palette stamp set contains 15 rubber stamps, and is available in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount.  There are also coordinating cutting dies available for this set (not shown).  The stamps and dies will be available separately or together as a bundle when the catalog goes live.  The bundle will save you 10% over the price of both individually!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

I love the new Petal Passion DSP!  There are twelve different black and white designs that look gorgeous as is OR with added color from any one of Stampin’ Up’s many coloring products!  If I remember corrrectly, we used a Stampin’ Write Marker to color in some of the flowers at OnStage.  I can’t wait to use this paper in more projects!

Petal Passion Embellishments

I LOVE these adorable silver embellishments!  They come in a package of 24, and you get 12 each of two designs. There is the flower that was used on the card, as well as leaves.  The original sample at OnStage used the leaves, but I switched them out for the flower!  I am sure I will be using a lot of these on future projects!

Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon

This ribbon is super versatile. The size and color makes it perfect for use on almost any project!  The ribbon is 1/4 inch wide and comes 10 yards to a roll.  I have a feeling I will be using a lot of this as well!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first sneak peek at new Occasions products.  They will all be available starting January 3rd!

Enjoy your day, and please check back tomorrow for another fun Occasions project!


Lovely Friends Friendship Card

Sometimes you find a stamp set that makes it super easy to make simple, yet elegant cards with very little effort!  The Lovely Friends photopolymer stamp set is one such set. This set contains two large, bold statement stamps, as well as lots of accents, and smaller sentiments!  For this card, the sentiment is definitely the focus!  It is accented with some flowers and leaves in shades of yellow and green, and embellished with Glitter Enamel dots.  Although this card is simple, it definitely makes a statement!  The color combination for this card is as follows:

To make the card, I cut my layers, stamped the sentiment is Basic Black archival ink first, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it. Once the card was assembled, I added a few Glitter Enamel dots, and I was done. It really was a super simple card to make!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great weekend!


My OnStage Card Revealed!

I am having a great time in Salt Lake City at OnStage!  It’s so much fun to be here with so many other amazing demonstrators, as well as Stampin’ Up!  It’s pretty cool when you get to be in the same room as the founder of the company, as well as the CEO and her family, and all of the employees and trainers that I’ve watched so many times only in videos!  This whole place is full of such positive energy!  And I’m SO happy to finally be able to meet so many members of my team that I’ve only known through Facebook…we are having a blast!  🙂

So, I gave a little sneak peek of my card a couple of days ago, but this is the finished product!  I have always loved the combination of pink and black together.  And I adore this stamp from the You’ve Got This set.  The peony really becomes the focus of the card due to the size of the stamp!  I used the NEW Stampin’ Blends to color the flower.  I used the dark shade of Pink Pirouette to color around the edges of the whole flower, and added a little in some random spots elsewhere for some shading.  I then went in with the light Pink Pirouette marker and filled the rest of the flower in, blending the two shades wherever they came together.

The center was colored with Daffodil Delight, and the stems were colored with both shades of Old Olive, again, blending the light and dark shades together.  I like to add the darker shade first, and then blend and finish off with the lighter shade of each color, but there’s really no wrong way to do it!  The new markers are so much fun to color with and blend so beautifully, it doesn’t really matter which one you start with.  And if you add too much color, and want to lighten it up a bit, you can just go back over it with the Color Lifter until you get your desired look!

I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to frame the flower, and mounted it on a white card base, with a black polka dot background.  (There is a pink layer in between the white and black layers.)  The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty set, and it’s finished off with some ribbon, a doily, and some metallic enamel shapes!

I hope you like the finished result!  Thanks for stopping by!


OnStage Sneak Peek

This weekend, I will be in Salt Lake City with thousands of other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the country at Stampin’ Up’s OnStage event!  Every six months, Stampin’ Up! holds these events for demonstrators and they are SO much fun!  We get to see new products, new catalogs, make projects, win prizes, and of course, meet lots of new people!  One of the best things about going is that many demonstrators make “swaps”, where you make a bunch of cards and swap with other demonstrators for what they have created.  Unfortunately, I completely dropped the ball this time on general swaps, but I did make some for the other demonstrators that are going from my team.  There are twelve of us total.  I don’t want to show the finished card until I have had a chance to give them out, but here’s a little peek!  I used the new Stampin’ Blends to color the peony stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set. The stamp is large, so it really ends up being the focus of your card when you use it!  I used both the light and dark shades of the Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends on the petals of the flower, as well as Daffodil Delight on the centers, and both shades of Old Olive on the stems and leaves.  Even though I tried to color each flower the same, each flower is unique and different from the next in terms of blending and shading!  I will post the finished card sometime in the next couple of days.  I hope you’ll check back to see the final result!

Have a great day!