With Sympathy

Detailed Floral Thinlets
Detailed Floral Thinlets

This card was made in response to my Pastor’s father passing away this week.  He was an older gentleman who loved the Lord, and he will be missed by his family and friends.

When I got my first peek at the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! catalog my heart went pitter-patter when I saw the Detailed Floral Thinlets.  I purchased the coordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases, and I’ll use that on another project soon.  These are part of the Floral Boutique collection a set of beautiful papers, stamps and of course, these thinlets on page 77 of the catalog.

The detail on these thinlets is amazing and I used the Precision Cutting plate to make it cut easier and to get the small pieces out. Works like a charm!  I recommend purchasing it for all of your detailed thinlets, not just the Stampin’ Up! ones but other brands too.

Check it all of this out at my online store at by clicking the “shop now” button now at the top.

Now go and stamp something sweet!

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Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon.  Stamps:  Rose Wonder.   Tools:  Detailed Floral Thinlets and rhinestones.





Fear Not!

Botanical Blooms and Rose Wonder
Botanical Blooms and Rose Wonder

Hi again!  Today I have for you a card that was inspired by several different ones and I can’t tell you exactly which ones.  LOL  I used a combination of Botanical Blooms stamp set and framelet set and Rose Wonder stamp set.  Here in Isaiah 41:10 God is telling us that he will be with us and help us in our times of trouble, but He starts out “Fear Not” as if He were an angel.  Ever noticed that the first line out of all the angels in the Bible is usually “Fear Not”?  But when God is with us, what do we have to fear?  This quote from Isaiah is one of my absolute favorite stamps in the Occasions Catalog.

I used a sheet from Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background and a small layer of Island Indigo. The Botanical Builders Framelets are great to use by themselves or with the stamp set.  I used them both ways on this card.  Every die cut received just a touch, if not more, of ink to give each of the flowers and leaves depth.  Here’s another shot of the card.


I hope you enjoyed the card today and visit my Stampin’ Up! online store to purchase any of the supplied used (listed below), or whatever else you’d like to have!  Thanks again!

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Supplies used:  Stamp sets  Botanical Blooms, Rose Wonder  Paper  Very Vanilla, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight Ink Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi  Accessories  Botanical Builder Framelets.

Happy Birthday (Again!)

Celebrate Today!
Celebrate Today!

I created this card for a very special young lady, I hope she likes it!  I used a retired set (Banner Blast) for the small banners.  I added a heart to each banner just because.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  This is a great stamp set and it’s just full of balloons, hot air balloons and everything to decorate them, banners, dots and kite tails.  A great set for birthdays for all ages.   The sentiments in it are for weddings, babies, graduations and birthdays so it’s very versatile.

Celebrate Today
Celebrate Today

I’ve included a picture of the stamp set so you can see all the goodies in this set.


Here’s a close up of one of the banners and the background paper which is from the retired Sweet Taffy DSP.   I apologize for showing you retired products, but in the past I’ve had the horrible problem of hoarding my paper.  I’ve realized the error of my ways and vow to use all of my current paper while it’s current.  I think continuing to create things for this blog will help me accomplish that goal.


I’d love to say that if you wanted to copy this card exactly all the supplies can be purchased on my online store, but obviously that is sadly not true.  But you could create a card with the same layout that would look a lot like this one and those supplies you could purchase on my online store HERE.

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to create something sweet for somebody today!

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Stamps  Celebrate Today  Ink Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Twist, Wild Wasabi

Painted Petals

Sometimes I love a stamp set so much that even after it retires I continue to use it.  That is the case of today’s subject.


Don’t you just love these flowers?  The background paper is from the retired Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I matched the background with Pacific Point and the stems are Mossy Meadow that I stamped off once before stamping on the project.


I used Stampin’ Up! Oval Framelits to cut the two ovals, these the # 3 and # 4 size (counting from the center of the ovals nested).   Then I added a little bit of Wild Wasabi Seam Binding ribbon.   This is just a simple, classic card and with no sentiment on the front it could be sent to anyone for any occasion.  This type of card is something that is very simple to replicate.  Just go find a flower stamp and if you don’t have paper that matches, stamp it on the background paper and then on a smaller piece.  Of course, if you are one of my customers, you probably have matching stamps/paper because Stampin’ Up! specializes in matching.  🙂  If you don’t or are not one of my customers, what are you waiting for?!  Click here to get shopping on my website.


So now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Painted Petals (retired)  Ink Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow  Cardstock  Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP, Pacific Point  Embellishments  Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon  Tools  Oval Framelits

First Day Teacher Gift

Hi, I’m Cathy and I am a 3D paper craftaholic.  Okay, I’ve admitted it.  So far you’ve seen quite a few cards from me but I warn you, there will be 3 dimensional items in the future.  LOL  Even though I don’t have children in school anymore, I have friends who are teachers.  🙂  Here is a First Day Teacher Gift that I made…..

First Day Teacher Gift
First Day Teacher Gift

I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits to make the box itself.  It can hold quite a few gifts, candy or small cookies or even jewelry if you are so inclined.  I probably wouldn’t put jewelry in this for a teacher’s first day gift, but I might for a birthday or Christmas.  😉


I also used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit collection to cut the “For You” sentiment.  The two tags actually come with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits.   The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits come with a star, a heart, a strip of stars and hearts and several other useful items.   After cutting two of the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit die pieces I adhered a 1″ strip of DSP from the Sweet Li’L Things collection at the bottom just to give it a little dimension.  After that I put the box together by gluing the bottoms together.  After closing the box and adhering the “For You” I tied the two tags with the sentiments “You Rock” and “the little things” with Linen Thread.


With the Holidays coming up this is a great tool to have in your tool box, so is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  You’ll be able to give gifts in cute packaging and be remembered by the recipient and those around who see your gift, if that is important to you.  I just like to see the recipients face when they receive the gift packaged by me specifically for them.  If you would like to be able to package gifts in adorable packaging jump on over to my website and pick up one of these thinlit collections, or both!  All the items needed for today’s project are listed below.  Thanks for stopping by! Now go and and create something cute!

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Stamps:   Hello Life, Crazy About You  InksMemento Tuxedo Black  CardstockCalypso Coral, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry  DSP Sweet Li’L Things Accessories  Curvy Keepsake Thinlit dies, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Linen Thread. 




Balloon Birthday!

It sure seems like I’m posting a lot of birthday cards, right?  Well I’ll let you in on a little secret, the month of August is full of birthdays in my family.  So, I keep churning them out.   Hope you don’t get tired of them!

Celebrate Today!
Celebrate Today!

Today I have a slightly younger looking birthday card, but it would be great for anyone of any age.  I used the Celebrate Today Stamp Set and the matching Balloon Framelet dies.  I also used one stamp from one of my fav stamp sets, Work of Art.   I love the color palette of this card.  These colors are actually an unusual one for me.  I’m more of a pink/purple, soft colors or regal color kind of girl.  But today I challenged myself with these primary colors, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Real Red with just a touch of black to really stand out.  I was inspired by the month August, a traditional Back-To-School time of year.  I don’t have any children in school anymore but I realize this is a time of great excitement and chaos.  As the old Staples© commercial said “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”.   I always laughed when I saw the commercial because the kids were all sad faced while the parent was kicking up their heels on the shopping cart.   When school is out everyone is excited but when it starts back in the fall everyone is equally as excited again.

Here’s a close up of the balloons….


The blue balloon was stamped with Pacific Point on Whisper White.  The “HAPPY” is part of the stamp, a negative within the stamp so whatever color paper you stamp it on will show through that area.  I added the “birthday” and the stars with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  These are two different stamps.   The set comes with stamps for occasions like a new baby, a wedding, graduation and just a general celebration in addition to the birthday sentiment.  After I stamped and cut out the blue balloon I cut out a yellow one out of Crushed Curry cardstock and layered that behind the blue one.  I also stamped the bow image and cut it with the Framelets.  The tail on the balloon doesn’t have a matching framelet so I had to hand cut that.  All straight lines, not that hard to do, unlike yesterday’s post where I cut out a whole plant! If you missed it go here to see it.

One of the main reasons I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is I wanted the discount on the supplies, not because they were so expensive, because they are not, but I really wanted to purchase my supplies from Stampin’ Up! Why? Because of the color coordination.  As you can see on this card and any other project on my blog Stampin’ Up! has ink, cardstock, markers ribbon, buttons, etc, all in the same colors.   In addition we have Designer Series Paper that has images in our colors.  Before I was a customer of Stampin’ Up! and then a demonstrator I remember going to the craft store and trying to find beautiful patterned paper, which was easy, but then I’d try to find some cardstock or ink that matched it and it was very hard.  The paper would be from one company and the ink from another so there was no coordination.   And don’t get me started on ribbon.  Most ribbon in the craft stores is made for fabric projects, not cards and papercrafts.  Our ribbon comes mostly on 10 yard rolls, not cut and sold by the yard.  If you are like me and like things that really match, check out my website for all of our supplies.  As usual if you want to make this card or some rendition of it, I’ve outlined everything you need at the bottom of the post.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you like what you see, won’t you subscribe and then when I post you will get the post right in your inbox.    I love reading your comments and I respond to each comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Here’s one more peek at today’s card….100_3960

I hope that today’s colors  or the card itself has inspired you to create something sweet for someone you are sweet on.   Have a great one!

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Stamps: Celebrate Today, Work of Art  Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories:  Balloon Framelets, Basic Rhinestones.

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband of 35 years!  It’s hard for me to believe it has been that long since I married my high school sweetheart.  He has truly been my anchor.  You know how it is with creative types, we swing from happy to sad to mad in an instant and he’s always there in the middle, helping to steady me.  So I thought it would be appropriate to make him an Anniversary card using the anchor image from Guy Greetings.

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I stamped the first anchor in Pacific Point right in the center and then I stamped again around it without re-inking to make a lighter anchor.  I did that in several rows to make a background.  Then I topped it with “You’re My
Anchor” on crumb cake card stock and Chocolate Chip ink.  I added two hearts in Melon Mambo from the Work of Art stamp set.  I also used the speckled pattern from Gorgeous Grunge across the entire piece.   The card itself was made from our Irresistably Yours (retired) embossed paper that I colored with Pacific Point.  I think the striped pattern gives it quite the nautical theme.  Of course no card is truly complete until there is just a little bit of ribbon of some sort, so I added some silver 1/8″ taffeta ribbon.

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I had a very patient visitor with me the whole time I was working on this card.  She just sat and watched, occasionally bringing me things to play with but never saying a word.


My visitor was my year and a half old puppy, Honeybelle.  She’s really the most patient and loving dog.  She loves to sit in my craft room with me, but occasionally insists that I stop what I’m doing and play with her.  She loves to play tug of war and fetch, and would do that for an hour or more.  I just love her and her company!  Here’s another look at the card…

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Won’t you please let me know what you think?  I love reading your comments and respond to every one personally.   If you’d like to make your own card like this head on over to my Stampin’ Up! website and pick up the supplies you need to create it.  I have them listed below for easy reference.  Now have a great day and don’t forget to create something today!

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Stamps:  Guy Greetings, Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge; Ink: Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip; Paper: Whisper White, Crumbcake cardstock, Irresistably Yours (retired);  Ribbon: 1/8″ silver taffeta.