My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary tomorrow and here’s the card I’ll be giving him. I wanted to use the Epic Day This and That paper and was drawn to the subtle colors of this particular sheet of paper — I love the mix of Pool Party, Gumball Green and Basic Gray. I created the heart by using the scalloped heart die in the Hearts a Flutter Framelits set. The polka-dotted heart is the second-to-smallest heart in the Hearts Collection Framelits set and the small, floral heart is the smallest die in the same set. The smallest heart was die cut out of Smoky Slate cardstock and was stamped in Smoky Slate ink with the floral hexagon in the Six-Sided Sampler set.

Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Pool Party, Epic Day This and That DSP, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Die, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Silver Mini Brads, Rhinestone, Pool Party Satin Ribbon (retired), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat


Lovely Romance


I’ve been working on an upcoming class today and this is a stepped up version of one of the cards the attendees will be making.

Have you seen the new Venetian Romance paper?! The prints in this pack are absolutely gorgeous!

If you’d like directions on how to create the scalloped flower, you can find them in a previous post found HERE.

Stamps: Lovely Romance, Papillon Potpourri

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (Smooth and Core’dinations) Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Venetian Romance DSP

Ink: Tangerine Tango, VersaMark

Accessories: Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits Die, Bitty Butterfly Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Sanding Block

50th Wedding Anniversary


50th wedding anniversary card for my husband’s aunt and uncle. I used my daughter’s birthday card from last year (found here) as inspiration. It’s very difficult to work with only two colors on a card — I kept wanting to add a splash of color on the butterfly and the flower. In the end, though, I think just using the gold embossing powder with the vanilla background worked well and it kept with the golden anniversary theme.

I created the flower by punching seven scallops out of Very Vanilla cardstock with the  7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. One at a time, I placed a scallop in the palm of my hand and lightly spritzed it with water and crumpled it into a ball. After crumpling all seven, I carefully opened them up, stacked them all together and punched a hole in the center using a paper piercing tool and mat. I then attached the Antique Brad and shaped the petals. Once the piece was dry, I gently pressed just the edges of the flower onto a VersaMark ink pad, then dipped the edges in gold embossing powder and embossed it. I was initially going to use SU!’s Brushed Gold cardstock for the numbers, but it didn’t quite match the gold embossing, so to create the letters I did the following: 1. Pressed a VersaMark ink pad on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 2. Applied gold embossing powder and heat set it 3. Die cut this embossed piece using the 5 and 0 from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die.

So everything’s all matchy-matchy, which makes me happy-happy. 🙂 Now to send this off to California without squashing it! Does anyone have any suggestions for mailing bulky cards? I am tempted to send it in a plain old shoe box! 😉

P.S. I’m working with a new camera and ended up taking this photo in landscape rather than portrait — if it’s too small to see, please click on the photo for a closer look.

Stamps: Papaya Collage, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Very Vanilla

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Pearls, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

For today’s card, I was inspired by yet another sample in the catalog — I changed mine up a bit by adding some ribbon and using a different sentiment and accents. I do love these colors together! I created the background by embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″) with the Stripes embossing folder. I cut seven strips of Gumball Green cardstock (3/16″ x 4-1/2″) and glued them in the “valleys” of the embossed piece. The polka-dotted piece layered behind the sentiment is a stamp from the Layered Labels set. I stamped the image in Early Espresso ink, die cut it with the coordinating Apothecary Accents framelits die and cut it in half and attached one piece at the top and one at the bottom.


Stamps: You’re Amazing, Layered Labels

Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Early Espresso

Ink: Early Espresso, VersaMark

Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Blue Ribbon Birthday

Here’s a masculine birthday card using the Blue Ribbon stamp set, as well as the new Soho Subway paper. To create the medallion, I cut a strip of Soho Subway paper 1-3/8″ x 12″ and then scored it every 1/4 inch. I also ran a VersaMark ink pad along one edge of this piece, applied Early Espresso embossing powder and heat set it.


Stamps: Blue Ribbon

Paper: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Soho Subway DSP

Ink: Island Indigo, Old Olive, VersaMark

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Mini Brad, Stampin’ Dimensionals

For a high school graduate whose school colors are blue and gray (*sigh* this is only two months overdue). ;). This is another complete CASE of a card in the new SU! catalog. I was worried that it would be difficult to create a card with these colors for a female graduate, but I’m really pleased with the results. 🙂


Congratulations, Illyanna!

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Flowering Flourishes, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Basic Gray

Ink: Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Gumball Green

Accessories: Modern Mosaic Folder, Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Catching Up!

It’s been almost two months since I’ve stamped and a little bit less than that since I last posted anything. Life has been busy! My son graduated from high school in May and I started a new position at work recently. I work at a hospital and just received another Epic certification in Cadence (Epic’s scheduling application). Obtaining this certification was a little bit easier than the last one. I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin twice for training and then it took me about two months to complete my project and take two tests (and pass all three :)). Here’s proof:


Now on to stamping! I am participating in an “I Am the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser and will be supplying three sets of cards for three baskets. This fundraiser is close to my heart as I lost a dear friend to breast cancer two years ago this month. She is the reason I went to get my first mammogram (I was too afraid to go and had my head stuck in the proverbial sand). During that first screening, there were some suspicious areas that showed up. These areas would have only shown up on a mammogram — I never would have felt them they were so tiny. It wasn’t cancer, but it was the stage before it turns in to cancer. Because of my dear friend, it was caught early and I was able to have surgery to remove the areas. Subsequent mammograms have been clear. I am blessed!

Because it’s been so long since I’ve stamped, I looked through the new catalog for inspiration. The Wildflower Meadow sample on page 83 caught my eye and served as inspiration for my cards.


I stamped the large background stamp in VersaMark ink on the Whisper White panel and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I ran this piece through the Big Shot with the Wildflower Meadow embossing folder. I then colored the one flower on the stamp with markers (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery), stamped on Whisper White scrap, cut it out with scissors, and then adhered it to the card with Tombow adhesive. Super simple but very pretty, I think. 😉


Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Loving Thoughts

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, VersaMark

Accessories: Wildflower Meadow Folder, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Pearl

The June 2013 Paper Crafters Sampler issue has been released and is now available for purchase!

Click HERE (or click the image below) and you’ll be taken directly to the website where you can view sneak peeks of all the projects, as well as purchase the sampler!

June 2013 widget-med

Here’s a sneak peek at my project:


Memorial Day Gratitude

Today on Memorial Day, I’ve been thinking about my grandparents who have since passed away, but were a tremendous influence in my life after my parents divorced when I was a teenager. My grandparents made sure that my mother, two brothers and I were always taken care of — that we had food and clothes and, most importantly, a godly heritage. I love them and miss them very much!


To create the striped, “flag” background, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Stripes embossing folder. I then cut eight strips of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3/16″ x 5-1/4″, sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and then attached them to the “valleys” of the embossed, striped piece. Then it was just a matter of die cutting this piece with the Ovals Collection Framelits Die that measures 3-1/8″ x 4″. All edges were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, More Mustard

Ink: Black StazOn, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Fancy Fan Folder, Ovals Collection Framelits Die, Stripes Embossing Folder, Blossom Party Originals Die, Big Shot, 1/2″ Circle Stamp, 1-3/8″ Circle Stamp (to round corners), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Antique Brad, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Welcome to the Control Freaks May 2013 blog tour! We’ve created projects using new items from the upcoming 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! catalog. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from Barb Mullikin’s blog.

Here are my two projects!

PROJECT #1 – Graduation Thank You Card


My first project is a graduation thank you card. My son graduated from high school last week and his school colors are red, black and white. I wanted a design that would have a masculine feel to it and be easy to replicate. The new Mosaic Madness stamp set and coordinating Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder and Mosaic Punch all came in handy for this project.

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Lacy & Lovely

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black

Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red

Accessories: Modern Mosaic Folder, Big Shot, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Mosaic Punch, Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone, Stampin’ Dimensionals

PROJECT #2 – Graduation Open House 3×3 Thank You Notecards


My second project is a set of small 3×3 thank you notecards for those who attended my son’s open house. The “Thank U” stamp is from the Pennant Parade set and is punched with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.


Stamps: Label Love, Pennant Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Big Shot, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Patty Bennett is next! Thanks so much for taking the tour!