Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 2020 Stampin Friends Blog Hop
Congrats, Grads, Brides, and Babies

Hello, stamping friends!   Happy first day of SPRING!  I hope you have come from Katja's blog.   The list of bloggers is at the bottom of my blog where you will find lots of inspiration for paper crafting.

This month our theme is CONGRATS, GRADS, BRIDES, AND BABIES.  My card and 3-D project feature BABIES.  Here they are:
What You Need For the Card Front--Stampin' Up! order numbers are in parentheses
Blue Card Stock 8.5 x 5.5  Scored at 4.25 (146982)
White mat 4 x 5.25
Pretty Paper (Designer Series Paper) background 5 x 3 (Subtles DSP 6 x 6 149615)
Pretty paper for the letters
Four white stitched and scalloped rectangles (Stitched So Sweetly stamp set 151690)
Scrap blue piece for stars (Stitched Stars die cuts 150653) and small scalloped "welcome" mat (Well Said stamp set 148796)
Ribbon   (Unfortunately this organdy ribbon is no longer available.  So sad....I love it!)
What you Need to Do
Adhere the pretty paper piece to the white mat.
Wrap 6 inches of ribbon across the top portion of the card bringing the ends to the back. 
Adhere the ends with tape.
Make a bow and adhere it to the ribbon with a glue dot.

Die cut the letters and adhere them to the white scalloped    rectangle.

Use the smallest star die to cut four stars.
Adhere the white background piece to the blue card base.
Stamp "welcome" on a 1/2 inch scrap piece.
Adhere to the blue scalloped rectangle.  
Adhere over the ribbon with dimensionals.

What You Need for the Inside of the Card
White background 4 x 5.25
White piece for inside greeting  2 x 4.5
Blue mat for inside greeting  2.25 x 4.75
Embossing folder (my heart folder is now unavailable, but there many to choose from in the  catalog)
Blue scraps for heart (Stitched Labels die cuts 146828) and stars (these are tiny and difficult to pick up with my "old, numb fingers."  The Take Your Pick tool to the rescue! 144107)
Wink of Stella (141897)
Dimensionals (104430)
What You Need to Do
Emboss the white background piece.

Use a sponge to apply color to the embossing and then adhere that piece to the inside of the card.     
Stamp the inside greeting.  I used a stamp (not Stampin' Up!) that I have had for years.
Use a blue scrap to die cut the stars and heart.  Adhere to the inside greeting piece.  Use a dimensional to give the little heart some dimension.  For a glittery look, coat the heart with Wink of Stella.              
Adhere blue mat and inside greeting to card base.

What You Need for the Mini Pizza Box
Mini Pizza Box (144645)
Blue background for the top  3.25 x 3.25 (Layering Squares 141708)
White mat for the top  2 7/8 x 2 7/8
3 x 1/2 inch scraps of pretty paper for sides of box (I LOVE using scraps in my projects!)
3 1/4 x 5/8 in blue mats for sides of the box
What You Need to Do
Adhere the pretty paper strips to the blue strips.  
Then adhere them to the sides of the box.
Adhere the blue square to the top of the box.

What You Need for the Woven Embellishment on Top
Six blue strips  1/2 x 4 (Yay!  Using scraps again!)
Six pretty paper strips  1/2 x 4
White backing piece 4 x 5
Blue piece for tag (Swirly Snowflakes--a retired set, but many of our punches could be used  make a tag)
White scraps for stamping "for you, baby" and "to:/from:" (So Sentimental 151691)
What You Need to Do
Put a small amount of glue on one end of a blue strip.  Adhere it to the white backing piece.

Put a small amount of glue on another blue strip and adhere it to the white backing piece placing it next to the first blue strip.

Continue gluing the remaining blue strips.
Weave the pretty paper strips through the blue strips.

When all the strips are snugly in place, glue the other end of the blue strips to keep everything straight and in place.

Put the scalloped square die cut on top of the woven  piece, centering the design.

Run it through the Big Shot. Then glue it to the white mat.

Attach the woven piece to the top with dimensionals.
Make a the tag. Wrap ribbon around the box and tie the tag to the ribbon with baker's twine.

My blogging friends have lots of great ideas for all those GRADS, BRIDES, AND BABIES.  We would love to see your comments!

  1. Rachel Rife -
  2. Teri Pocock -
  3. You are here:
  4. Jean  Beaulieu Kim Quade (US) -
  5. Maureen Rauchfuss (US) -
  6. Ann Marie Hile -
  7. Steph Jandrow -
  8. Barbara Welch -
  9. Tiziana Milano -

If you see some products here that you MUST have and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I would love to help!

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If you would like a "hard copy" catalog, let me know and I will get one to you.

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Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Welcome to our February Stampin Friends Blog Hop.  The theme this month is FAVORITES.  Be sure to hop along and visit my crafty friends' blogs to be inspired by their cards and projects. If you "get lost," along the way, scroll down to the bottom of each blog for a list of bloggers.  I hope you have come from Teri's blog.  After you view my blog, continue on to see Stephanie's FAVORITES.

FAVORITES!  What fun! How to narrow it down?  Here goes with some of my FAVORITES:

Season:  summer
Color:  color of tropical waters (Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay of course!)
Flower:  morning glories (stamp set Morning Star found in the Stampin' Up! 2020 Mini Catalog)
Stamping tool:  stamparatus
Adhesive:  dimensionals!
Die cut sets:  Lace and Stitched Shapes

I have a dear friend who will be undergoing cancer treatments in the near future, and I am sending her this pocket card, bookmark, and one of our FAVORITE books
 to cheer her up during her treatments.  

 I was inspired to make this pocket card after seeing a YouTube posting by Connie Stewart called Easiest Pocket Card Ever.  Thanks, Connie!  

Connie's pocket card is made with designer series paper, but one of my FAVORITE techniques is creating my own patterned paper by stamping tone on tone images to card stock.  I cut and scored the Coastal Cabana cardstock, trimmed off two bottom tabs, and punched a finger hole resulting in this template:

For perfect placement, I used my FAVORITE tool ever--my stamparatus to stamp these images on the front panel using Bermuda Bay ink.  
I used the Lace die and the trimmer edge die piece to create the lace piece:

The So Sentimental stamp set and the Stitched So Sweetly die set are my first FAVORITES in the 2020 Mini Catalog.  This greeting was perfect for my friend:

I stamped it with Bermuda Bay ink. Both the white piece and the Bermuda Bay piece were cut with dies in the Stitched So Sweetly set.   

I completed the pocket by folding and adhering the flaps to the back, adding some sequins (a free item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog--always a FAVORITE!) and adding a ribbon. 

The pocket insert was stamped with more morning glory flowers and vines found in the Morning Star stamp set.

This origami corner bookmark was created following directions I found on Pinterest.  Thank you, Andreja Vucajnk for your demonstration!  Find her at
Andreja recommends origami paper, but I used a 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper (Coastal Cabana) from the Brights collection.  (Color coordination of Stampin' Up! paper, ink, and embellishments is another one of my FAVORITES!) Because my paper was sturdy, my folds weren't as perfect as I would have liked.  Fortunately, my circle embellishment covered the little gap between the front folds!

After stamping the images (Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz), I used one of the Stitched Shapes dies (another FAVORITE set!) to cut the white circle and a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles set.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects and have gotten some inspiration to create something of your own.  I would love it if you would leave a comment for me below.  Be sure to click on the names below where my Stampin Friends are sharing their FAVORITES!

Until next time.....

Here are the February SF Hoppers--for more great ideas click on their links.  Please leave comments  to show appreciation for their work.  Thanks!

  1. Rachael Rife
  2. Jo Blackman (UK)
  3. Teri Pocock
  4. Jean Bolen Beaulieu You are here
  5. Stephanie Jandrow
  6. Katja Ettig
  7. Tiziana Milano
  8. Kim Quade (US)
  9. Kim Lamos
  10. Anne Marie Hile
  11. Cheryl Taylor (UK)
  12. .Heidi Collins
  13. Barbara Welch
  14. Maureen Rauchfuss

If you see some products here that you MUST have and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I would love to help!
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Stampin Friends 2020 Blog Hop Birthday Bash

        Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop!  
We are a group of worldwide paper crafters who share their creations every third Thursday of the month.  This month's theme is Birthday Bash.  If you are following along the hop, you have arrived from Maureen's blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of Blog Hoppers at the end of each blog.  

Here are the projects I created for this month's hop:   a card and a gift card holder.

I am an avid flower gardener with several beautiful iris plants in my yard.  When I saw the Inspiring Iris stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2020 Mini Catalog, I couldn't resist!  

Here's what you need to make the card and gift card holder:

Balmy Blue 4 1/4" by 10 1/2"   Scored at 5 1/2"
Pacific Point 4 1/4" by 5" and a scrap to fit the smallest           stitched rectangle
Granny Apple Green  6" x 5" ( this is enough for both projects)
Watercolor Paper  3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (you will need two of these to make both projects) and 4 1/4" x 1"
Granny Apple Green
Pacific Point
Basic Black
Stamp Sets:  
Inspiring Iris
Varied Vases
Stitched So Sweetly set--the three largest scalloped stitched rectangles
Stitched Labels set--scalloped edgelit
Stitched Rectangles set--smallest
Classic Label Punch
Watercolor pencils (pacific point, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry)
Blender Pen

Die Cutting
1.  Cut two granny apple green scalloped rectangles with the second largest die (you'll need one for the gift card as well).  These will be used as mats for the two iris images.  Set aside.....

2.Cut one small stitched rectangle out of the pacific point scrap.  Set aside.....

3.  Center the largest scalloped rectangle die on the shorter end of the balmy blue card stock and run it through the Big Shot creating a "window."

To create a mat under  the "window," adhere the pacific point cardstock to the inside of the cover, over the top of the "window." 
Turn it back to the front side, center the second largest scalloped die in the window area, and run it through the Big Shot.

This window is the exact same size as the green mat for the iris image.

4.  Place the scalloped edgelit from the Stitched Labels die set along the edge of the 1" watercolor paper piece and run it through the Big Shot.  Set aside.....

1.  "Birthday Wishes" on a scrap of water color in Pacific Point ink.
     Then punch it out with the Classic Label Punch and adhere it to the Pacific Point stitched rectangle.  Embellish with a twine bow.
2.  "Hoping your day blooms with happiness" in the center of the watercolor paper scalloped strip.
3.  Iris image in black on the watercolor paper.  Do this twice since you will need one for the gift card envelope.  When the image is dry, color the flowers with watercolor pencils and blend. Center the third largest scalloped rectangle die over the iris image and run it through the Big Shot.
Adhere the flower image to the Granny Apple Green scalloped rectangle with dimensionals.  Apply Tombow to the back of the green piece.  To have correct placement, shut the card and put the green piece in the window opening and adhere.
Adhere the inside greeting.
Adhere the front message.
Inside view

For the gift card holder, I CASED a Pinterest post by Chris Slogar of Buckeye Inklings. She has an excellent YouTube video with all the directions for her circle tab gift card holder and envelope.   

I have used the same color scheme, cardstock, and ink colors as my birthday card. 
The base of the envelope is 4 1/4" x 9 1/4". Score 1/2" along both long sides.  Rotate and score at 5".   After cutting and scoring the pocket holder, I used the leaf and stem stamp to create some background interest.  Use a circle punch to cut a "finger hole" at the top of the front section.
The insert is 3" x 5 1/2".  Score at 4 1/2" and fold up to make the little pocket.  Decorate it  as desired.  Attach a circle pull tab at the top. The sentiment is from the So Sentimental stamp set from Stampin' Up!

  I hope you like my projects.   This is my first blog hop, so I am learning as I go.  Feel free to comment below with constructive feedback on how I can improve my format and content. Thanks!!  Don't forget to hop around the other blogs and see what everyone else is making for Birthday Bash cards and projects--lots of inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

12.  Jean Beaulieu  You are here!

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