Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Have you ever ordered a product and, in the time it takes to arrive, forget what you had planned to do with it?  That happened a few months ago when I ordered the Twinkle Builder punch.  Admittedly,  it was a snap decision to order it, but I'm sure I had a good reason.  The plans I had for that punch have never come back to me, but I put it to use on this Christmas card:

When I started designing cards for this month's stamp-a-stack, this was one of the (eventually rejected) designs.  I really like this card, but I decided that it may not be too much fun to place all of those little stars and circles.  What do you think about the color combo?  That was something else that I was wanting . . . non-traditional colors with just a touch of glimmer.

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Twinkle Builder punch
Merry Moose stamp set
Silver Glimmer paper
Basic Gray cardstock
Granny Apple Green cardstock
Bermuda Bay cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tufted embossing folder
Silver Metallic-Edge ribbon
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

Although I haven't tried it yet, I think a small handful of punched stars and circles would work great in a shaker card.  I hope to try that before too long!  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


A masculine sympathy card was needed recently and, if you're a card maker, you know that masculine cards can be challenging.  But . . . I have found that a nature theme is always a perfect choice!  Actually, trees and leaves never disappoint--for men or women--although I tend to gravitate to flowers for the ladies.

The tree image that I used is from Stampin' Up!'s Snow Front stamp set, and that fun background is the retired Weathered stamp.  My sentiment and leafy stem are from Simon Says Stamp!'s Sketched Flowers set.  It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the Very Vanilla layer was embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  When all was said and done, I really liked all of the texture created by the embossing and multiple layers in assorted shapes and sizes.

Want to see more sympathy cards that I've created?  Just type "sympathy" in the search box in the top left corner above my blog banner.  😊

Friday, November 1, 2019


Soooooooooo . . . I 💗 the Beautiful Friendship stamp set!  The images in this set make it too easy to create something pretty--and colorful!  Today I'm sharing two cards that were stamped pretty much the same . . . one sympathy and one thank you. 

Of course, the beautiful images in this set really dress up an envelope.

I can't think of anything else that needs to be said about the gorgeous projects that can be made with Beautiful Friendship . . . except that your stamp room needs this set, and you can order it from me HERE!