Use one Sketch to make two different Cards

use one sketch to make two different cardsToday I am sharing two cards that were made from the same stamp set and Designer paper using one sketch to make two different cards.

My Stamping friend Jeannie and I were working on ideas for a Christmas in July class using the new Stampin’ Up!  Be Merry Designer Series Paper and the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

We picked a random sketch from a stack of MojoMonday sketches that I keep around for inspiration.  And as you can see our two cards are very different!

Need inspiration??  I love sketches!  I chose a sketch that has an element that matches the stamp set that I want to use.  In this case Santa’s Sleigh.  Then we selected the Be Merry Designer paper which coordinates with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstocks and inks.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! prints the colors for each designer paper on the back of the package??  I love that.  So when I am designing using a specific paper, I just pull a couple of pieces of each color of cardstock and pick out those inks.   Then it is time to design!

So the Reindeer card is made with a Cherry Cobbler Base, a layer of Whisper White and then a layer of the cute little reindeer pattern from the  Be Merry designer series paper.

The second card uses Garden Green cardstock as the base with a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock and the small triangle pattern in Garden Green that looks like trees.  I have found that if you are working with green shades, brown can be a really good color to use as a layer to set off the pattern of the designer series paper.  For this card, the design is flipped to be landscape to accommodate  the sleigh and the tree.  The Sleigh is cut from Red Glimmer paper to add a little bling to the card.  After all, what is a card without bling?

Want to make these cards?  Here are the supplies!

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Ready to place an order? I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US. If your order is under $150 use the Hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a 6x6 sampler of the Be Merry Designer Series paper.  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, claim your own hostess benefits!

Happy Stamping!

So Which Card do you like better??

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Handmade Orchid Card

Today I am sharing a hhandmade orchid cardandmade Orchid card that I made with the new Stampin’ Up! Climbing Orchid stamp set...  For those of you that know me, I am a flower lover and orchids are one of my favorite sets.  So of course when I saw this set – I had to get it!  So I have had some fun playing around with it.  I am going to record a video on how to use the pieces to make different looks.

I can see some great decorative 3D items with this set!

The card base on this card is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The second layer is a piece of Berry Burst cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  The whisper white cardstock layer is cut to 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ which is layered onto the Berry Burst layer.  The “enjoy today” is stamped using the new in-color Lemon Lime Twist ink pad.

The Climbing Orchids stamp set is a two part stamp.  Two part stamps allow you to get more depth on the flowers.  You can stamp the outline of the flower in one color and then stamp the inside in a coordinating color.  The other great advantage to this set is that you can purchase the set and the coordinating framelits together in a bundle and save %10! 

Each orchid is made up of 3 pieces.  The base of the orchid, the two leaf petal and the flower center.  For each piece of the orchid, there are two stamps, an outline stamp and a detail stamp.  The exception is the center of the flower which is just one piece.

The orchids are stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock.  The outline of the flower is stamped with Blushing Bride ink.  The detail of the flower petal is stamped using Berry Burst ink – stamped off. This means ink up your detail stamp that lines up with the outline image and then stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper.  Then stamp the image a second time on top of the outline image.   You get a layer of Berry Burst that is not quite as intense.  The center of the flowers are Berry Burst stamped at full strength.  They are not “stamped off” first.  Next cut out the orchids using the handy matching framelits!

Each orchid is assembled using a dimensional to attach the double petal to the base of the flower.  I very carefully bent the flower petals to give them some lift.  You want to be careful to not crease the flowers but just slightly bend them.  I placed the orchids on the card first to figure out where the stems should be stamped.  The stems are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards today!  Here are the products that you need to make these cards.

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Which card do you like better?  The Whisper White or Pool Party card base?

Happy Stamping!


Creative Crafter’s Escape was the best!

I just want to say thank you to my team mates on the Stamping New England Team for our first full day retreat last Saturday the 17th filled with Stampin’ Up! fun.  We had soooooo much fun!!!  And we are working on a second day for October 14th!  So mark your calendars now!  You don’t want to miss it! 

Creative Crafter's EscapeThis is the hall all setup before everyone came in.  It looks so peaceful (and clean).

Each person had 6′ of space to themselves to work on their projects.  We also had tables with lots of great retired product for sale.

There were 3 classes offered during the day featuring product from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

A Daisy class featuring the new Delightful Daisy stamp set taught by Jeannie Nielsen.

The second class was a Beautiful 3D Frame taught by Debby Donovan.  These frames are made with the Hightide Stamp set and Colorful Seasons stamp set and framelits.

And the 3rd Class was a Stunning set of cards made with the Stampin’ Up!  Hightide Stamp Set led by Margaret Galvez!

I can’t wait to see what else my team designs using some of the new sets in the gorgeous 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

Are you in the US and need a Demonstrator?  I would love to be your demonstrator.  Send me an email at and I will send you a catalog!


…..what do you use to plan?

One of the first things that I decided I needed to buy from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Love Today Planner.
The great thing about this planner is you build and customize it to meet your needs.  This means that you do need to assemble the planner.  Never Fear, I am going to walk you thru how to build the Stampin’ Up! Planner.  But It will help you get organized and track your daily activities and life!  
When you open the planner there are lots of pieces to it.

The planner includes:
1.  A Binder
2.  Monthly dividers
3.  Calendar pages
4.  Detail weekly pages
5.  Clear photo protector pages
6.  2 pockets
7.  Lots of stickers to decorate and mark individual pages.  They make it fun to check off those tasks each day!

Now – How to build your Stampin’ up! Planner

1.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – Separate out the detail weekly pages.  The pages are divided by Mon, Tues. Wed. on one side and then Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. on the other side.  Some of the back of the T,F,S,S pages have a list page.  This back page is for the end of the month.  Make a separate pile of the pages with the list on the back of the T, F, S, S page.

2.  Since this is June – I decided to start with June as the first month.  So I added the Monthly divider pages to my binder first.  The front of each Calendar month is a sheet with colored blocks which I plan on using to plot our my goals for each month.  Perfect for tracking what my goals are for each month.

3.  Next I added the calendars themselves.  Each calendar is blank so you will need to pull out your cell phone or family calendar to mark which day the month starts on and how many days there are in the month.  If you have a cute little number stamp set – you can stamp the numbers!

4.  Next add 3 of the detail weekly pages  and add one of the pages with the list on the back for the last page for that month.  You will need to write in the number for each day of the month on the detail weekly pages.  Make sure to start with the actual first day of the  month.  For example if Wednesday is the first day of the month, make sure you start numbering for that month with Wednesday.  I would add the numbers from the previous month on the Mon. and Tues.

Once you finish assembling, I added the 4 photo pocket pages.  These will be great to put all the pictures that people give you in one place to store until you can file or scrap them!

There are also 2 pocket pages which will be good to hold receipts until you record your expenses.

I love the stickers.  i used them to Decorate the Cover of my planner and some of the divider pages.  I am planning on using them to mark special events and to mark things done on my daily to do lists!.

There are also 3 batches of post-it notes…  I added these to the inside of my binder so they are handy!

Whew!  That’s it!

Did you make it thru??  I know that it takes a little time – but I think it will
be worth it to have one place to record my day and all of my expenses…

I would love to be your demonstrator…  If you don’t have a demonstrator then click below to go to my online store. If your order is under $150 use the hostess code   QXV3NADB and I will send you a package of Pearl Jewels… I love to share hostess benefits with my customers!

Enjoy and happy Stamping!


the New Catalog is HERE!!

Today is the first day of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!!  I am so excited!!  Ordering will be up around 2pm Eastern time.  Stampin’ Up! needs time to transition to the new catalog!

Here is a link to the new catalog!

….and you also need to know about the JUNE SPECIALS

1.  LOVE FREE PRODUCTS?  GET A $35 BONUS!  June 1 – 30.  Place an order of $350 or more and get $35 in BONUS FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS!   Bonus applies to individual customer as well as on-line orders.   So don’t miss out – call me now to book a party or start collecting those orders from the new catalog from your friends and let’s do a book party!  Then you get the benefits!!

2.  Paper Pumpkin special – now to June 10th – Join Paper Pumpkin! First-time subscribers get June, July, and August kits at 25% off. Use the promo code STARTHERE to receive the 25% off your first 3 months.  NOTE:  This is only good for month to month subscriptions.

Ready to place an order?

If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store here.
If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code  QXV3NADB  and receive a package of Pearl jewels.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  And if it is over $350 – enjoy the extra $35 in FREE Product!

Have a great Stamping Day!

Delightful Daisy Card

Daisy DelightToday I am sharing a Delightful Daisy card made with the new Delightful Daisy Designer Series paper in the upcoming June Catalog.  I absolutely love this paper!!  It has so many beautiful patterns in it and coordinates so well with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set.

Here are the details of this card!  The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Next is a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ layer of Old Olive cardstock and two coordinating pieces of the Delightful Daisy Designer paper each cut to 3 3/4″ x 2″. These overlap and are adhered to the Old Olive card stock layer.  Then a 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ strip of night of navy cardstock to cover the seam between the two pieces of paper.  This is covered with a piece of the new Daffodil Delight double stitched ribbon.

The daisy is stamped with Daffodil Delight ink and punched out with the corresponding daisy punch. The center is stamped with old olive ink and punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch.  A little Wink of Stella is added to the center to give it a little dazzle!  Do you like this card?  This is one of the cards that was designed and rejected for our Daisy Class!

 This paper, Delightful Daisy Designer paper and Daisy Delight stamp set are being featured at my June 17th Creative Crafter’s Escape! My Creative Stamping New England Design team members are busy designing cards to be part of a Daisy Class that will be offered that day!  You don’t want to miss out!  You can check out information HERE on our Summerfest Getaway!

This is the upcoming stamp set and Designer paper:

Daisy Delight Stamp setDelightful Daisy Designer Series paper stack

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!


Creative Crafter’s Escape for June

Welcome to the kickoff of the Creative Crafter’s Escape! This is a very exciting day today for my Stamping Friend Jeannie Nielsen and me!

Jeannie and I are starting a new group to plan and hold 2-3 Creative Crafting Days each year.  Our first event is scheduled for Saturday June 17th at the Tewksbury Congregational Church in Tewksbury, MA.  We have rented out the a large room in the basement of the church and have planned out a fantastic day of fun for all of our Crafting Friends!  We are starting off with this one day event and would like to schedule a  2-3 day event in September.  We are currently scoping out venues to hold our first 2-3 day event in the September timeframe!

So here are the details on our first event:

Summer Getaway 2017
Saturday June 17th
– 9am to 8pm
at the
Tewksbury Congregational Church
10 East St.  Tewksbury, MA

This is a day of Crafting Fun for all types of Crafters!  Stampers, Scrapbookers and Quilters are w
1.  Each Attendee will have 6′ of table space to spread out and work for the day!  So bring your latest crafting project
2.  You will have access to our Big Shot machines with lots of Embossing Folders and dies for cutting
3.  You will receive a Goodie Bag full of items from the new Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
4.  Lots of inspirational display boards
5.  Lunch and Dinner will be provided

In addition – Two Add on classes will be Available!  Stay tuned for signup information for the Classes.

1.  Delightful Daisy Class – will feature the Delightful Daisy Suite of Designer paper and the Daisy stamp set!
2.  High Tide Class  – will feature the High Tide Stamp Set.

And what is a Crafting Day without Prizes and Giveaways?  Throughout the day there will be ways to earn Raffle tickets for our selection of Raffle Items.  The Grand Prize is a full set of the brand new in-color Products (an $85 value)

Registration Information:

Early Bird Registration is $60 (before May 26th)
$70 On May 27th

Registration absolutely closes on June 9th.  (There are no exceptions as we need time to order all the product)!

You can Register here:

Stay tuned for more information and samples!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sneak Peak – Stampin’ Up! In Colors

Friday I had a little fun in Marilyn’s Creative Playground with the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors!  A few of my team members came over and we played with some of the new stamp sets and papers on Friday!

  Here I am sharing a sneak peak of the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors that will be available with the new Stampin’ Up! catalog in June!  I am so excited!  I love these new colors and they look so nice with the existing in-colors!

So the new In-colors are from left to right:

Berry Burst, Lemon Lime twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and layering down is a card made with Powder Pink.

I highlighted these colors using the new Designer Series paper made with these in-colors.  This designer paper was made using each of the 5 colors.  The new In-color Designer paper stack has 4 design patterns for each color.  If this pattern looks familiar it is because it was in this year’s catalog in a Night of Navy color which I affectionately called the Delft Paper since it had the look of Delft pottery!

The messages on the cards are stamped with the corresponding color and the Layering Love stamp set.  The messages are cutout with the Layering Square, ovals and circles framelits.  If you are an avid paper crafter like me, you need these framelits in your tool kit!  They are perfect for cutting squares, circles and ovals out of cardstock or for pictures in your scrapbooks!

 What I like best about these colors is they are very bold and vibrant but pair nicely with the other in-colors!  Of course that is one of the advantages of using Stampin’ Up! products.  All the colors coordinate!

Happy Stamping!



The Retiring List is out!

Stampin' Up! Retiring List

The time for the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is quickly approaching – so that means that some Stamp Sets and supplies need to retire to make room for new stamp sets and supplies!  This list is from both the Annual 2016-2017 Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  Check out the list of items that we are bidding a fond farewell to  HERE.

Here are a few specifics about ordering retiring products:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
  • These discounts will not be preannounced.
  • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

And speaking of new catalogs.  If you are an existing customer of mine – you will be receiving your new catalog in the mail.  If you are new to me – send me an email at and I will make sure that you receive a new catalog!

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code 49YAFEGU and receive a package of Pearl Jewels from me!  Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sneak Peak Avant Garden Z Fold Card

avant-garden-wToday I am posting a Sneak Peak of a Z Fold Card that I made with the new Sale-a-bration stamp set Avant Garden for a swap.  Swaps are part of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s life when a new catalog is coming out.  Since we can’t buy everything (even though we want to), as a Demonstrator we can purchase sets a month early to make samples and prep for classes.  And we do want samples of stamp sets that we don’t own to show our customers and to use for our displays.  So we all participate in swaps.  Each Demonstrator designs 1 project and then makes multiple copies of the project to trade with other demonstrators.  I just received some cool cards yesterday from a swap with the new sets that are coming out on Wednesday January 4th with the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration!

So this is one of the cards that I designed using the Avant Garden stamp set which is the new floral set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration catalog.  I also made this card in two different color schemes.  The first color scheme is Island Indigo with Mint Macaroon and the second is Rich Razzleberry with Sweet Sugarplum.  The Designer series paper is Blooms & Bliss from the catalog.

Z Fold Card Directions:
Card base: 
5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″ &
4 1/4″ and fold the casugarplum-avant-garden-wrd in a Z format!
Front Background layer:
a 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.

The Inside of the card is a coordinating color (mint macaroon or Sweet sugarplum) cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ with a piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

The main element on the front of the card is the flower from the Avant Garden Stamp set stamped with Island Indigo Ink or Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry stamped on a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The background behind the flower is stamped lightly with Mint Macaroon or Blushing Bride ink stamped off – so the image is very light.  The flower is layered onto a piece of darker cardstock cut to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.  This is layered onto a piece of the lighter cardstock cut to
2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″

The message “Thanks for being you.” is stamped on the front of the card. The flower petals are enhanced with the Clear Wink of Stella brush that adds a little glitter to the image.  And of course Rhinestone jewels were added along the bottom of the piece.  I used a larger jewel in the center to add a little dimension.

Ready to place an order?  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers!  So if your order is under $150, then use the hostess code RHSP2U6R and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

So do you like the Island Indigo/Mint Macaroon or Rich Razzleberry/Sweet Sugarplum card better?

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage

Last weekend was the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Secaucus, NJ.  I went down with a couple of my downlines and had a great time!  We also took two extra days and spent some time in New York City. 

On Friday we visited the new 9/11 Museum that opened earlier this year…  The museum is an excellent presentation of the events of 9/11 and the following days.  Very sobering.
Saturday was our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.   This is a picture of a couple of my team members and other Demonstrator friends that I was with on Saturday.  The highlight is getting the new Occasions catalog that will be released in January.  And of course checking out some of the new products!  I am not allowed to show any of the catalog at this point.  But I did pre-order a few sets and my pre-order will be arriving today!  So planning on making some samples over the weekend which I will be able to share with all of you!

During these events Stampin’ Up! also recognizes Demonstrators that have reached a milestone in their careers.  I just celebrated my 15th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! so was recognized for that achievement!
And lastly these are two of my team members that had the top Sales and Recruiting numbers on my team; the New England StampINKers!


Congratulations to Kathy Bedell and Jeanne Nielsen! 

I have a fantastic Stampin’ Up! Team!  We have such a great time!  Interested in joining us?  Check out joining my team Here.

Then after our Stampin’ Up! event on Saturday, a couple of us went to see Wicked on Broadway on Sunday!  What a great time that was!

wickedWhat a great play that is!!  It is such a great twist on the story of “the Wizard of Oz”!

Here are a few other pictures that we took from the top of the World Trade Center Observatory.


Stay tuned for a few samples from the new upcoming Occasions catalog!

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Falling Flowers Card

falling flowers-wToday I am sharing a Falling Flowers card that I made for the Global-Design-Project Challenge.  This card uses the Falling Flowers stamp set with the coordinating framelits May Flowers.  Make sure to order the bundle!

One of the things that I love about this bundle is the detail of the flowers – I am a sucker for floral stamp sets, but also the detail of the matching framelits.  The framelits not only match the images in the stamp set, but there are also several other flowers and a leaf with details in142329S the framelits.  And there is a beautiful background swirl!  Always great for making a background!

The details on this card:
Card base is Blushing Bride Cardstock with a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The plaid paper on the side is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.  I stamped the decorative flourish from the stamp set with Blushing Bride ink on the Very Vanilla cardstock.

The leaves are stamped using Pear Pizazz ink on a scrap of Pear Pizazz cardstock and cut out with the May Flowers Framleits.

The Dahlia on the card is cut from Flirty Flamingo cardstock and attached to a piece of very vanilla cardstock.  I used an aqua painter and Flirty Flamingo ink to paint in the flower.  Then I cut around the image – the set doesn’t have a framelit for the outline of the dahlia image…  And to add a little zing to the card, I painted the flower with the Wink of Stella marker.

Last but not least I wrapped a piece of the Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine around the Designer paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this card!  Here are the supplies that you need to make this project.

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Flower Patch Card

Today I am sharing a card that my one of my fellow designers and friend Lisa designed using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  fresh printswith the new Affectionately Yours Designer paper.

I belong to a Paper crafting Design Team:  Stamping New England.  Each month, 4 of us make 3 projects each using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set and designer paper.  So we each have 12 unique projects made with the same supplies but each with a different style…  I love this since everyone has their own style and I love having other designer’s ideas to use!

So what I love about this card is the 3D Flower in the center of the card! ….and what really surprised me was how this card was made!  The Flower Patch stamp set comes with a coordinating set of Framelits – the Flower Fair Framelits.  So the flower is made by cutting the Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock with the leaf framelit and gluing them together to make the flower!

I would have never thought of that!

The background on this card is Whisper White with a layer of crumb cake.

This card is one of 12 projects that I offer in my June classes.  I will be sharing this project with my Stamper’s Club this month.  My Stamper’s Club projects are also available in my online store HERE.  Interested in getting projects in your email box every month?  Check out my Stamper’s Club!

Thanks for stopping by!

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the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is HERE!

Happy June and welcome to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!   

Click on the catalog image below to see the new catalog! 

2016-annual-catalog_engDo you have a copy of the catalog yet?  If not and you are in the US – enter your name HERE and I will send  you a copy.

Not only is there a new catalog this month but also two great specials for the month!   This is going to be an EPIC month!


Earn an extra $35 in Host rewards for orders over $350! 

So let’s get this Done!  Schedule a party with me — either in your home, a virtual party on Facebook, or just collect orders — and if it totals at least $350 you will receive an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards!  Contact Me at for more information!

… and did you know you can use your Stampin’ Rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit?  That’s right, you could host a party and get started in your new diy home business at the same time!  A $350 party would net you $77 in Stampin’ Rewards… and the starter kit is $99 plus tax!

And best of all – Join my team this month and receive 2 EXTRA stamp sets of your choice in your starter kit!  That is a value of up to $104 in addition to the $129 worth of supplies that you already get with the starter kit!

What are the benefits?  The Stampin’ Up! kit is completely customizable and always a great value. And shipping is FREE! PLUS get an immediate 20% discount (or more) on future purchases.

Check out more information on joining Stampin’ Up! and my team today.

Happy Shopping!

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Flower Patch card with new colors

Todfresh flowersay I have a card that I made using the Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch stamp set and a couple of the new in-colors that will be available on June 1!

I choose the Flower Patch stamp set since that is the set that the Stamping New England Design Team is using for our June Projects.

This card was inspired by this week’s Global Design Team challenge which was to CASE the Designer.  Here is the image.  Since I am a literal person, I used a similar flower set and copied the layout of the card.  GDP036
Then of course I had to my own touch to the card which is the whole idea of a CASE (Copy and Share Everything).  Use someone’s idea for inspiration and then make it your own.  I decided to add a little depth to the card by making a frame around the garden image.  So here are the details:

The card base is the new Flirty Flamingo (I guess I will get good at spelling that word over the next two years!) cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Next is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 8″ x 5 1/4″ scored at 4″.  On the top of this piece of whisper white, I stamped the flower stems with the new in-color ink Emerald Envy.  I then stamped the flowers with Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks. 

Then I cut a frame from another 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white cardstock.   To cut a frame from a piece of cardstock, line up your piece of cardstock on your paper cutter at the width that you want the frame.  This frame is 3/4″ around – so I lined up the first edge of the cardstock at 3/4″.  Before you lower the arm with your cutter blade – make sure the blade is in the middle of this side of the cardstock.  The trick with this technique is to look down on your cutter and use the ruler that is on top of the plastic strip that the blade is in.  Move the blade down to the 3/4″ mark from the bottom edge of this side and then back up to 3/4″ from the top edge of the cardstock.  Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and cut the next side.  Repeat with each side of the cardstock until you have cut out the center to make a frame.
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I wanted to add dimension to my card so I used dimensionals around the edge of the frame and then layered it over the stamped garden image.  In the new catalog there are these really cool dimensional strips that will be perfect for this technique! 

Next of course is the message which I stamped on the frame with Flirty Flamingo ink.  I punched a small butterfly using the small butterfly punch from a scrap of So saffron cardstock.  Last but not least is the bling.  I used Rhinestone jewels on the center of the flowers, the butterfly and around the edge of the card.

 I know that you can’t order the new color inks yet.

So an update on me and Marilyn’s Creative Playground.  I am now moved into my new house but without a lot onew craft spacef furniture.  My furniture has stayed at my other house for now until I have a signed purchase and sale.  But my new Creative Playground is almost all setup.  There are still a few things that I haven’t been able to find and I still need to do some organization.  But I did visit ReStore which is a store that sells used items to raise money for Habitat for Humanity…..  and I found some padded chairs from a conference room that had been turned in.  So I now have a few new chairs.  There were only six – so make sure you are on time to class if you want a comfy chair!!

Until next time…  More ideas coming!  i hope that you liked this Flower Patch card.

Have a great weekend!

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