Real Life Color Inspiration: My New Beach Towel!

Last week, I went shopping for pool chemicals and toys, and bought some new beach towels as well.  The one I bought for myself has different shades of blues and greens, with bold white flowers.  I loved it the second I saw it!  When I got it home and opened it up, I immediately thought of all the Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with it, and I knew I wanted to make a card based on the design!  Here’s a pic of the towel:

Isn’t it pretty?  Figuring out which colors I needed to use was pretty easy!  The only color I couldn’t use an exact match for was the middle stripe.  My first thought was to use Tempting Turquoise, but since it just retired last week, I didn’t want to use it.  So I substituted Bermuda Bay instead!  Here is the color palette I used:

Since I do not have dies that are the same type of flower on the towel, I just substituted the large flourish from the Flourish Thinlits Dies instead.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, and the die that frames the sentiment is from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  Finally, I embellished the card with a few iridescent sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment!



Measurements for this card are as follows:
Whisper White Thick Cardstock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Basic Black Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
Color Strips: 1 x 3-3/4 inches each
Whisper White flourish piece:  3 x 4-3/4 inches
Whisper White sentiment piece:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches


This card layout is easy to replicate and can be used with any colors and dies you wish! Designer Series Paper strips could be substituted as well for added details and design options!

Thanks so much for visiting today!



Bright and Fun Lemon Zest Card

I was just flipping through the new Annual Catalog when this bright and fun image caught my eye!  It’s on page 117 of the catalog, and it features the Lemon Zest stamp set, along with some bright and sunny colors…perfect for summer!  I do not actually have this set (yet), but I figured I would share this image anyway!

This card was made with the Lemon Zest stamp set, the Lemon Builder Punch, the 1-3/4 inch Circle Punch, and some cute embellishments to dress it up a bit!  The Lemon Zest stamp set contains 11 red rubber stamps, and comes in both wood mount and clear mount.  It has a great mix of both images and sentiments. Here’s a peek at the full set:

As far as colors go, I am going to have to give it my best guess, as I did not make this card myself! So my best guess for colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, and possibly Melon Mambo?  And of course, they are all set against a background of Whisper White!

If any of you happen to know for sure what the colors are for sure, please let me know!  🙂
I really just love the fun vibe of this card!  I will definitely be putting this on my wish list ASAP, especially with summer right around the corner!
Thank you for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



It’s HERE!!!

It’s finally here!  The new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live for ordering TODAY!  Just a couple of things you need to know:

Ordering will not be open until NOON Mountain Time (that’s 2:00 pm for us East Coast folks!)  This is so that Stampin’ Up! can have time to switch over the ordering system from the old catalog to the new one.

Once ordering IS open, ANYTHING from the new catalog may be ordered EXCEPT any Stampin’ Blends Markers in NEW colors only, and the Big Day Planner Kit and Refill.  All of the previously released Stampin’ Blends colors will be available again beginning June 1st.  However, there are a bunch of new colors shown in the new catalog that will not be available in the Stampin’ Blends until sometime mid-June.  Stampin’ Up! is working to get these new colors into your hands ASAP, so please check back for updates, and as soon as I know anything, I will let you know!

You can now view a PDF of the new catalog right on your computer!  Click HERE to view/download, or click the image of the catalog on the righthand side of my blog!

Otherwise, happy shopping! Let me know if you have any questions or need anything!


As one door closes, another one opens…

Well, it is finally time to say good bye to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  While I am sad that many products I love are retiring, I am SUPER excited about what’s right around the corner with the NEW catalog!  You are going to LOVE the new colors, products, and more in this catalog!

There is still time to get your retiring favorites!   Today is the LAST DAY to order last chance items.   Visit the online store to check out what’s left before everything goes away tomorrow.  Click the icon below to go to the online store and see if there’s anything you just HAVE to have!



Please feel free to contact me with questions or for help placing an order!  Thanks for stopping by!


Retiring Products are only available until TOMORROW!

Don’t forget, TOMORROW, May 31st, is the LAST DAY to order retiring products before they are gone for good!  There are still many products that have not sold out, and many that have been discounted up to 50%!  Be sure to visit the online store before May 31st at 11:50 PM Mountain Time and shop for your favorites!  Click the image above to visit the online store.  If you place an order less than $149 (before tax and shipping), please be sure to use host code 7FH6N3H7!  

Also, don’t forget about all of the retiring colors as well!  Be sure to stock up on your favorites, especially ink pads, reinkers, and cardstock!

Let me know if you have any questions or need anything!  Have a great day!


Sending Prayers with the Rooted in Nature Bundle

Today’s project was made with the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle.  This new bundle includes both the 16 piece Rooted in Nature stamp set, as well as the 12 piece Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies.  I also used a VERY cool new product called Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the leaves up the left side of the card.  This new product allows you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than just cut!  This opens up so many new possibilities for embossing!

Here’s a peek at the Rooted in Nature Bundle:

Of course, both the stamp set and cutting dies are available separately, but purchasing them as a bundle will save you 10% off the cost of the two products separately!

Other products used on this card include the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits, Linen Thread, Leaves Trinkets, Clear Wink of Stella, and the NEW Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set!


Measurements for this card are as follows:

Soft Suede cardstock base layer:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Very Vanilla layer:  4-5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla square layer:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Finished trees:  1-3/4 x 3 inches (approximately)


The Rooted in Nature bundle is part of the new Nature’s Poem Suite, which will be available June 1st!  Have you received a copy of the new catalog?  If not, and you do not already have demonstrator, I would be happy to send one to you!  Contact me today to get yours!

Thanks for checking in!



Grateful for Those Who Fought and Died for our Freedom

Today in the US, we celebrate Memorial Day, which recognizes those who fought and died for the freedoms we are so blessed to have here.  I come from a family that has many military servicemen and women, both past and present.  I also have many friends who are either former service members, or are currently serving.  Friend or family, I am so grateful for them all, as well as their service.  I am even more grateful that those I love have all come home safely.  I realize not everyone who has loved ones who serve can say that.

My card today was actually made last year, but I have never shared it here, so I decided to share it today.  It is a very simple design, made in red, white, and blue, with the Loyal & True stamp set.  The only added embellishments are a few silver Metallic Enamel Shapes.


Measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy cardstock card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Real Red middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches


I hope that wherever you are and whatever you do, that you have a great day today!  If you are in the US, please take a moment to remember why we celebrate today! Thank you for stopping by!



Zachary’s 7th Birthday Gift

My son and his friends are all turning 7 this year.  One of his friends, Zachary, had a birthday this week and his birthday party was today.  When I asked his mom what he wanted for his birthday, she mentioned that he would like cash to put toward a new baseball bat.  That worked for me, but I didn’t want to just put it in an envelope, as he’s still kind of little.  I wanted to come up with a fun, colorful way to give it to him!  So I cut some letters out of some old paper I had and made this poster, then adhered rolled up one dollar bills to it.  I then rolled up the whole thing and tied it with a bright green ribbon, put it in a bag, and gave it to him.  He loved it!  🙂

While not all of the products used on this are from Stampin’ Up!, many are.  I have listed them below.

Stampin’ Up! products used on this include:

Pick a Pattern Washi Tape (wrapped around the bills)

Daffodil Delight Cardstock (for the stars)

Wood Crate Framelits Dies (to cut the stars)

Mini Glue Dots (to adhere the rolled bills to the poster)

Snail Adhesive (to adhere the letters and stars to the poster)


This was a fun way to give a gift that is normally just placed inside a card or envelope!  Just something a little different!

Thanks for stopping by!


Check out this bright and beautiful birthday card!

Last week I received this beautiful birthday card from my upline, Sarah Wills!  I always love the cards she sends.  She puts such beautiful colors together!  This card uses a combination of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Powder Pink, as well as Whisper White.  It also uses a combination of both retiring and current products.  It’s always so nice to get happy mail!

You can find all of the products that she used to make this card listed below.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Friday!