It took a vocabulary lesson for me to like this stamp set

When I opened the Occasions catalog for the first time, I was hoping for a really nice Valentine’s Day stamp set.  I have to be truthful, I really didn’t like the You Plus Me stamp set because I didn’t know what the word ‘twitterpated’ meant.  I really didn’t want this stamp set because of that.  I loved the font but not the word.  As a matter of fact, I bought the paper during the pre-order but not the stamp set.

And then, I got the bright idea to look up the definition of that word, and when I did, I fell in love the word!  So if you are like me and don’t know the meaning of the word twitterpated, here is a vocabulary lesson for you too.

adjective, Informal.
1. excited or overcome by romantic feelings; smitten.
Origin:1942; first used in the movie Bambi; twitter + -pated

1942, apparently first attested in the Walt Disney movie “Bambi” (there also was a song by that name but it was not in the studio release of the film), a past participle adjective formed from twitter + pate (n.2) “head” (cf. flutterpated, 1894).

Thumper: Why are they acting that way?
Friend Owl: Why, don’t you know? They’re twitterpated.
Flower, Bambi, Thumper: Twitterpated?
Friend Owl: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you’re walking on air. And then you know what? You’re knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!
Thumper: Gosh, that’s awful.

Isn’t that adorable? Well, know that I now what Twitterpated means, I really like the word.  And yes, I caved I bought the stamp set! (If I bought the stamp set and Stacked with Love Paper stack together, I could have saved 15%).   And it was the perfect stamp to use to create this card just for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my answer to the challenge:

IMG_4600[1]I have to say that I just love this stamp set, I love the twitterpated sentiment with the little heart, and I love the paper.  This simple sketch really lets the elements shine because it’s not too busy.  The wonderful Stacked With Love paper stack did all the work for when it came to choosing the fabulous color combination of Real Red & Crisp Canteloupe.  The patterns are fun and the heart was a cinch to crop out using the Heart framelits dies.  I used Versamark ink and White embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment onto the Real Red card stock.  A little flower punched from the same paper adds a finishing touch.  Here’s a close-up of the sentiment.


Stop over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see what others have done with this sketch.  And challenge yourself;  use this sketch to create a card yourself!  It’s a simple sketch that has so many possibilities, you’ll probably find yourself going back to this sketch layout time and time again.

So now that you now what Twitterpated means, do you love it as much as I do?  If you’d like to purchase the You Plus Me stamp set, make sure you bundle it with the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack and save 15%.  You can order this bundle, and any other items thru my secure on-line store here.

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You Plus Me Equals…..

I love the new Valentine set in the 2015 Occasions catalog! When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch challenge I knew this was the set I would be reaching for. And when I saw the challenge for the Paper Players, I knew my card would fit the bill for that challenge too! That’s killing two birds with one stone so to speak! Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

…and here is the Paper Players

And here is my card:  IMG_4571[1] I used the new “You Plus Me” stamp set for the sentiment and the “Stacked with Love” DSP paper stack for the background paper and the middle circle layer.  Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock round out out the ingredients used in this card.

I kept it simple with a Whisper White card base.  The B&W XO pattern was just right for the main panel.  A small strip of Basic Black cardstock embossed with the new Happy Heart TIEF gave me a good foundation for the main star of the show; the sentiment!  It was stamped in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock.  My circle thinlits dies did all the heavy cropping of the circle, and the patterned Real Red 2nd circle. These were backed up by a Real Red cardstock Starburst circle.

Simple and clean convey the message loud & clear!  I love how the paper and stamp set do all the work for me.  You can get the stamp set & paper as a bundle and Save 15%.   Bonus!

If you’d like to order any of these products, or any other products, shop securely at my online store and have your order delivered right to your home.  Just click on the item below.  And for every $50 in product you order, you can choose 1 Free sale-a-bration item.

I have some other cards up my sleeve using this fun set so be sure to check back later in the week.  If you are in one of my stamp clubs,  you can look forward to using this set at our next meeting!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!



First Pals Blog Hop of 2015

Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015!  We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month – the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don’t know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products – contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

When I first saw the 2015 Occasions catalog, and Sale-A-Bration catalog, several items went straight to the top of my Must-Have List!  One product suite that really caught my eye was the Chalkboard Paper and Colored Chalk Ink pads on page 25.  The chalkboard technique and fonts are really hot & trendy right now and this just fit that trend.  (If you don’t believe me, just spend 3 minutes n Pinterest!)  The FREE stamp set, Big Day, was the perfect font style & images for the chalkboard technique so it’s kind of like a marriage made in heaven!

I must say that the color isn’t as deep as I hoped it would be, but using a trusty stamp-a-ma-jig, it is possible to double ink to achieve a darker color.  It also doesn’t photograph too well!  It does look much better in person.

Big Day and Chalkboard paperHere’s a closer up view of just the chalkboard portion:

IMG_4539 See what I mean about the images/font being just perfect for the Chalkboard technique?

139109G Big DayAnother item that I knew I just had to have was the Bow Builder Punch.  This is like a mini version of the  Gift Bow Bigz Die.

IMG_4540How adorable is this bow?  It adds just the right finishing touch.  I’ve been making lots of bows lately – you’ll be seeing them on several of the Valentines’ Day cards I have in the works as well as birthday cards.

IMG_4538If you need any of the items I used to create this card, just click on the item name to see it in my online store.  Remember, for every $50 of products that you order, you can choose one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!  Maybe you’ll choose the Big Day stamp set.

The next stop is Jane Knudsen at on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.



  1. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space — YOU ARE HERE—
  12. Jane Knudsen at
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

Lotus Bloom Meets Irresistibly Yours

A Match made in Heaven!   Yesterday I shared with you my favorite paper from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog; a specialty paper called Irresistibly Yours.  You can see that blog post here.

Today, I am sharing with you my favorite stamp set from Sale-A-Bration:  Lotus Bloom.  When Lotus Bloom and Irresistibly Yours went out on a blind date, it was love at first sight and they have been inseparable ever since!

Lotus Bloom is a 3-step stamp.  Yes, 3-step.  That’s not a typo, it is a 3-step; not a 2-step stamp set.   The Lotus flower image is irresistible (probably why it is in love with the paper of the same name!)  on its own, but the font in the sentiments is to die for.  lotus bloomNow let me show you the magic that happens when you stamp all three flower images, one of top of the other.

IMG_4531See the gorgeous depth & detail?   This is actually created from just one color ink; Lost Lagoon.  But by layering the 3 stamps, and stamping off between layers, you can create various shades of the same color.

Now, for the font:  IMG_4528I love when a print and a script are combined.   Excuse me if this is a little blurry; it got distorted trying to zoom in & crop such a small area.

Now when Lotus Bloom and Irresistibly Yours are going steady; this is the result:

IMG_4528Don’t you just love these two together?  They make such a cute couple.  I think I hear wedding bells….   The Irresistibly Yours paper and sponge daubers allow you to create light & dark areas on the paper; it mimics the light and dark areas on the flower.

I bet you didn’t even mind waiting until last to see the final project.  I usually show you the final project first, then zoom in on the details but today I flipped it around.

Want to see more on how to use this 3-step stamp?  Watch the video:

Remember with Sale-A-Bration, every item in that catalog is FREE with a qualifying purchase.   $50 (before tax & shipping) earns you one FREE Sale-A-Bration item, $100 earns you two and so on.  Don’t forget, when you reach $150 in one order; you’ll start to earn host reward dollars too.  So $150 product order gets you 3 FREE Sale-A-Bration AND $25 host reward dollars.  SAB Host RewardsWhether you host a party, or place an order for yourself, or gather orders from yourself & some friends, the Host Reward Dollars are the same.  See the chart for all the details.  You can see how your FREE merchandise really adds up.  No wonder Sale-A-Bration is the most popular promotion of the year.

Click here to shop online now.  Email me if you’d like to host a workshop; whether in person if you are in the Scranton, PA area, or online.

Share this post and video with your friends.  Then leave me your comments on Lotus Blossom.  Do you plan to add this to your stamp collection?




Irresistibly Yours

One of my favorite items in the Sale-A-Bration promotion is a specialty paper called Irresistibly Yours.   At first glance it looks like plain white paper, but when you look at it close; you see a tone-on-tone pattern.  But the real beauty comes when you add color.  The pattern is designed to resist ink, so when you add ink, either by spritzing, daubing or sponging, the color reveals the pattern!  It was love at first sight for me.


Irresistibly Yours

Imagine being able to create a patterned paper in any color to match any project!  That is exactly what I did to create this card below.

IMG_4518[1]The color challenge for this weeks Colour Me Color Challenge is Perfect Plum and a neutral.  I needed to make a sympathy card for a special girl and thought Perfect Plum would be cheerful.  I didn’t have any patterned paper in Perfect Plum but with my Irresistibly Yours specialty paper; that didn’t matter.  I had an ink pad and a re-inker in Perfect Plum so I was set.

I simply filled a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol and 12 drops of ink and sprayed the paper.  Using a tissue I rubbed the ink off to reveal the pattern.  Easy peasy!  You get 12 sheets (2 each of 6 patterns) in the package of paper, and the paper is FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

I also stamped an image on the inside of the card; both the flower, and the inside & outside sentiments are from Bloom With Hope stamp set.

Bloom With Hope Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!   IMG_4517[1]






The sentiment on the front was heat embossed with White embossing powder on Perfect Plum cardstock.  The embellishment is actually an old retired Builder Brad that I pulled from my stash.  There is an Artisan Embellishment kit in the New Occasions catalog that is reminiscent of an old Artisan Embelllishment kit that I pulled this from.

IMG_4516[1]Tip:  When using a dark colored cardstock for my card base, I like to glue a piece of Whisper White paper on the inside for writing.  It gives the inside of the card a polished look too!.  Of course, envelopes need some jazzing up too!  A simple bloom from the same stamp set adorns the outside.

Want to know more about the Irresistibly Yours paper?  Watch this video:

Remember:  During Sale-A-Bration, you get FREE items for every $50 in product you order.  So place your orders in $50 increments for maximum savings.

IE:  I have a customer who orders $35 every month on-line.  A $35 order won’t yield you any free items.  If during each month of Sale-A-Bration (January, February & March) she placed a $35 order; she would spend $105.  If she spent that same money in two orders of $52.50 each she would get 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  So spend smart!

Want to order any of the products I used to create this card? Just click on the item below in this chart to go right to that item in my online store.

Click Here to view the Sale-A-Bration flyer to see all the products you can get for FREE with a qualifying order of $50 (Before tax & shipping)
Click Here to go directly to my online store.
I hope you see the beauty of this awesome paper.  I have already ordered 2 packages of this paper so I’ll have some to hoard keep and some to share!
Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Did Irresistibly Yours top your list?  Come back tomorrow and I’ll share the other item that tied for my #1 Fav from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!
In the meantime, Happy Stampin’,

Ring in the New Catalogs!

Sale-A-Bration & the 2015 Occasions Catalog Start Today!

Occasions Catalog (click cover to view)

Occasions Catalog PDF
Spanish Flyer

On Sale NOW!  There are so many fresh, new spring products to tempt you in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. It runs from Jan. 6 – June 2, 2015.

Sale-A-Bration is the biggest sale event for Stampin’ Up! – most die-hard Stampin’ UP!pers (myself included) can’t wait to get their hands on the Sale-A-Bration catalog and all the FREE products (including many exclusive products) that Sale-A-Bration has to offer!

For every $50 in products (before tax & shipping) that you order; you can choose 1 items from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  And there is NO LIMIT!  Order $100, choose 2 items.  Order $150, choose 3 items AND get host rewards of $25 too!

Playful Penguins Punch Art

I saw these adorable little punch art penguins a few weeks back and thought they were so stinkin’ cute I just had to make some!

Itching to make them ever since, I knew I had my opportunity with the Friday Mashup Challenge #191.   This week’s Mashup Challenge is:

  • Create a project with a “Winter theme”.
  • Create a project with “Snowflakes”.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a “Winter project with Snowflakes”

Hello: Winter, Snowflakes, Penquins! It was a natural fit!


So here is my Friday Mashup – Penguins playing in the snow.

Penguins Playing in the Snow Aren’t they adorable?  I just love them.  Here’s a close-up of the stars of the show:  IMG_4505[1]

I thought I bookmarked the page where I saw them, so I could give credit to the designer, but for the life of me, I can’t find it!  My apologies!    They are created from the Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch

I’ve created a PDF tutorial showing step-by-step instructions on how I made the penguins.

You can click here to download the PDF if you’d like to try your hand at making the penguins yourself.

I created the card by starting with a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Island Indigo card base.  A layer of Soft Sky cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ was placed on top of that.  I cut a strip of Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/4″ wide and tore the top edge to create the snowy hills in the background.  I then stamped a snowflake using the smallest image from  Endless Wishes in White Craft Ink and in Illuminate ink.  I then sprayed this layer with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spray to create the illusion of falling snow.

I used a strip of Dazzling Diamonds paper to create the snowy hill in the foreground.  Since the snowflakes were so soft & muted (and therefore, didn’t photograph well)  I added a few Frosted Snowflake Sequins just so the judges at the Mashup would know for sure that I added snowflakes ;)

The penguins were popped up using stampin’ dimensionals.  (Do I ever make a project without stampin’ dimensionals?  Hardly.)

Playful Penguins

And I know you noticed that the two penguins are looking at each other.  Simply placing the black dots on the edges of the white circle, rather than the middle, allows you to make the penguins look as they are ‘looking’ in a particular direction.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I hope you like my penguins as much as I do.  Leave me a comment – I love to hear from you.  Please do print out my Penguin Punch Art PDF and try to make them yourself.   And if you do, please send me a photo of what you make; I’d love to know that I helped  you create something cute!

If you need any of the supplies to make this card, or any Stampin’ Up! supplies, click on the item name and go right to that product, or click here to go to my online store where you can shop safely & securely 24/7.   Don’t forget, the Year End CloseOuts end on Jan. 5th.  (The Frosted Sequins are on sale for only $2.99! so get them now before they are gone).   On Jan. 6th, our 2015 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog go live!

Happy Stampin’,


My {Freshly Organized} Stampin’ Space

The New Year is always a great time to clean, organize and declutter, don’t you agree?  I can’t be alone on this; the sale ads are chock full of storage containers and other organizing things to make our lives more organized and our homes less cluttered.

Well, My Stampin’ Space seemed to take a beating this past month.  Lots of last minute cards & tags to make, lots of new products ordered, and NO TIME to put things away!  The better part of the day last  Sunday was devoted to cleaning & organizing My Stampin’ Space, and boy, do I feel better! A messy space = mental chaos.   A clean space = mental clarity to me.    I need that clean space to help me feel more creative (and to find things!).

So here is a little tour of my newly organized space.  No, I didn’t take any ‘before’ pictures.  I have very little room due largely in part to a 6′ wide window in front of my desk.  So I make room where I can.

This is where I sit.You can see part of that big window in front of me.  I take advantage of the deep windowsill;  it is perfect for my stampin’ scrub, embellishment holder, and my marker storage.

window sill close upMy old stampin’ scrub got broken at the hinge; so I keep both parts open and easily accessible.  The rotating organizer holds all those little containers of buttons & brads and other embellishments.  I used a divided pencil cup on its side to hold my Blendabilities.  I covered toilet paper rolls with DSP, & glued them together to create my own pyramid of marker holders.

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To my left, is a bookshelf that faces the desk.  I found 3-drawer storage units at Wal-Mart that fit on those shelves perfectly.  They also perfectly hold my inks and other supplies.

photo 3I labeled each drawer so I know where everything is at a glance.  Hanging from the side of that bookshelf is a hanging cosmetic bag that holds my punches (old style).  Another 3-drawer unit (much larger) sits on the floor at my side.  The top drawer has my adhesives, and lower drawers have my clear blocks and my Christmas stamps.  I have my clock/radio right there along with a pen/pencil basket and and extension cord for my Iphone, heat tool, and glue guns.

I really needed more stamp set storage so I mounted this DVD storage rack on the narrow strip of wall above that.  (I can’t believe its almost full already! – No wonder I didn’t have room to stamp anymore, these were just the stamps that didn’t fit on my stamp set shelf and were just piled up on my desk!)

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It was a cheap unit and kind of flimsy.   It is designed to just have one rack to hold the DVDs but it wouldn’t hold anything.  Since I had 2 double racks, I just mounted them next to each other so my stamp cases were in two racks for added stability.  You can see some are still a little wonky as the holders are not that sturdy, but it did the trick.  (Thanks to my wonderful hubby for measuring and mounting so the 2 pieces are perfectly level to one another!).

There is a door right there, which is why the wall is so narrow.  The door is a metal door (and I don’t use it too much) so I thought I would make that useful too!  Metal baskets and a few magnets are all that were need to hold my growing collection of Washi Tape in sight but corralled nicely.

IMG_4412[1]Behind me is a narrow shelf unit my hubby custom built for me to hold my stamp sets, punches and ribbon.  The top shelves are used to house my stash of finished cards.  This is built onto the side of our furnace so I have to leave the grill on the bottom open so air can get into the furnace.  But another 3-drawer unit and a rack to hold my tools fit perfectly without obstructing airflow!.  IMG_4441The rack, again a Wal-Mart find, is designed to hold pot lids.  But my bigger tools, like my punch boards, and rotary arm for the Stampin’ Trimmer are neatly stored and easily accessible.  IMG_4448The drawer unit has become my new home for My Paper Pumpkin kits.  I love the red boxes, but since being a subscriber since the spring, the red boxes were really piling up.  So this is how I contained them:  IMG_4447IMG_4462 IMG_4461

I have each kit contents in a gallon sized ziploc labeled with the date & kit name. The ziplocs are standing up in the drawers.  I have all the ink spots in a wood mount case.  Suddenly a tower of red boxes in under control!  Nice :)

Well, that’s all for today!  My stampin’ area is actually a 12′ long counter.  One side of the counter is where I stamp, and the other end is my actual office desk/computer area.  That side did NOT get cleaned  & organized so no photos of that just yet.  But I promise I’ll have that ready for you soon, and show you the neat way I keep my embossing folders, dies & framelits organized!  You’ll love what I found to keep them in.  AND Wonderful Hubby is going to solve my 12×12 paper woes (but not for another week or two).

Please let me know how you liked the tour of My Stampin’ Space.  Did you find any helpful tips or organizing ideas that you’d like to try out in our your space?   I’d love to hear from you if you found anything helpful.  Stamping is my passion, and probably yours too!  But organizing is an essential part of a crafters’ life too.  I hope that you were able to find a tip or two.   Until next time, Happy Stampin’ and Happy Organizing  :)


Free is always “a happy thing”

Happy New Year & Welcome to 2015!   I’m excited about the New Year and the many things I have planned for you, my customers!  (Like MyStampinSpace on Facebook to stay abreast of all the news!)   I’m also really excited about the soon to be released 2015 Occasions Catalog, and it’s counterpart – the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

2015 Occasions Catalog Cover2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog Cover


When the 2014 Holiday Catalog was introduced, I really thought Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the ball park, but I can honestly say that these new catalogs trump the Holiday Catalog!   It’s amazing how Stampin’ UP! is constantly outdoing themselves! Being a Stampin’ Up! demo, I get to see the new catalogs about one month before they are released to the public, AND order new products at that time too! (I love this perk that comes with being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!)

I’ve had the new catalogs for a few weeks now, and if you are one of my regular customers, then you should too!  I’ve mailed the Occasion Catalog  to you which you should have received around mid-December.  And I’ll have the catalogs posted on my blog when they go live on Jan. 6th.

But with all the busyness of the holidays, I haven’t had a chance to actually USE any of my new products!  YIKES!!!  Well that had to change.  Earlier this week I carved out some time to clean, and organize My Stampin’ Space.  (It had gotten quite messy, I’m ashamed to admit!)  I bought a couple of storage pieces to help conquer the clutter so I could banish the chaos and create in a clean space.  (My creative side doesn’t function well in a mess).  Stop back tomorrow to take a virtual tour of My Stampin’ Space and glean some organizing tips from me.

My clean space was just calling for me to create something, so I did!

One of the ladies in my stamp club has a birthday coming up so I wanted to make her a birthday card, but, I found out that she is in the hospital!  So I had to make a Get Well Card too!.  I discovered I don’t have any current stamp sets that say “Get Well”.  (That will have to change!)  But in the meantime, I combined some old and new to create this Get Well Card.

IMG_4403[1]This stamp set, “A Happy Thing” is free as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  The stamp set features this lemon, and a bird, and two sentiments.  I couldn’t wait to use the lemon stamp and my Blendabilities and I thought that luscious lemon yellow was so cheerful it would brighten anyone’s day.

Luscious Lemon

Here’s a close-up of the lemon.  I used the Momento Ink in Tuxedo Black, but I stamped it onto a piece of scrap paper, and then stamped my image.  This gave me a much more muted grey shade, rather than the dark, crisp black the Momento Ink produces.  The Blendabilities markers let me create depth by layering highlights and shadows.   This is what makes the lemon look so realistic and not just flat.

Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon makes the perfect drapey double bow.  Are you loving the paper behind the lemon?  Doesn’t it pair perfectly with the leaves on the lemon stamp?  It’s new too!   It’s called Painted Blooms DSP and let’s just say, you’re going to LOVE it!

Notice my layers?  Because the Daffodil Delight is such a strong bold color, I wanted the layer of Daffodil Delight Cardstock behind the image panel to be very thin so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.  That color is repeated 3 times; on the major element (the lemon), in the ribbon, and on that cardstock layer.  By contrast, the solid Wild Wasabi cardstock layer behind the DSP is alot larger to anchor it to the background.

I know you’ve been checking out how I lined the envelope with the same DSP.  Doesn’t that add such a nice touch?   The Envelope Liner Framelit dies make that a snap to do.

Are you loving this set, yet?  I thought so!  The best part of this stamp set is that it is FREE with a qualifying order.  Every item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog is free with a $50 purchase.  And there is no limit; purchase $100 get 2 items for FREE.  Purchase $150 and get 3 items FREE AND $25 in host dollars to spend anyway you want!  Purchase $200 and get 4 FREE sale-a-bration items AND $30 host dollars to spend.

You can really maximize your purchasing power by letting the Sale-A-Bration and Host Reward Dollars work for you.  If you really want to put your purchasing power on steroids, consider joining Stampin’ Up!  Many demos join Stampin’ Up! to get the 20% discount AND the added perks of seeing & ordering from the new catalogs one month prior to the release date.  If this sounds like something you’d like to explore,  email me.  I’d be happy to set a time where we could chat and see if this would be right for you.

So,  I hope that this new year brings you joy and happiness, and good health!  I hope too that you’ll find lots of time to play with paper & create lots of pretty projects.  If your New Years Resolutions include improving your paper crafting skills, then you’re in luck!  Sign up for my newsletter and stay tuned for some information that will make you a better and more educated stamper in 2015!

See you tomorrow for some organizing tips when I take you on a tour of My {freshly organized} Stampin’ Space!  Happy 2015!





Winter Wishes Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Patti MacLeith on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the project.

When I first saw the 2014 Holiday Catalog, I pretty much wanted the whole catalog!  I found myself marking my catalog, not by products that I wanted, but by pages!  Seriously, I wanted everything on page 5 and page 43, and so on!  (And I did actually buy almost everything in that catalog too, by the way!)  But I knew that Ornamental Pine was the set that I would use to make most of the Christmas cards that I would mail out.

Here is my most favorite card I’ve made yet using the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set


I started with a card base of Soft Sky and stamped the pine needle image in Lost Lagoon.  I added a Lost Lagoon banner that was cropped using the Project Life framelits to balance out the Lost Lagoon color on the card.

Then I thought I wanted to step up the card a notch; so I recreated the card but this time added a  Lost Lagoon panel.  Here is my stepped up card:


What do you think?  The little panel really adds a lot, doesn’t it?   A simple one-layer card is always nice but I really think adding a layer of a contrasting color just adds a whole dimension and really makes it classy.

Here they are side by side so you can really see the difference:


Nothing wrong with the 1-layer card, but the added layer just makes the card look more finished and polished, at least that’s what I think, and I’m sure you’ll agree because I know that great minds think alike :)

But the jewels on this card are the pinecones.   I heat embossed the pinecones in Pewter embossing powder onto Whisper White card stock.  My heat embossing tool is one of my favorite tools.   I used my paper snips (another tool I couldn’t live without!  – proof that all scissors are NOT created equal) to fussy cut the pinecones.  The pewter pinecones and the ‘snow’ resting gently on some of the pine needles add just enough sparkle without going into glitter overload.  I know you really want to see the sparkle up close so here it is:

IMG_4260-001Yes, the snow capped pinecones look so real you don’t believe that I stamped them.  You think I went outside, picked some pinecones from my pine trees, don’t you?  Nope, they are stamped, heat embossed, fussy cut & popped up on a stampin’ dimensional.

See the snow glistening on the pine needles?  I used my white chalk marker to draw snow on some of the pine needles and then added a little bit of Dazzling Details to select snow.

How did I get such a crisp white sentiment on the Lost Lagoon cardstock?  Heat embossing.  Great for putting light colors on darker colored cardstock.

Because I chose to make a square card, and a fairly large square at 5″ x 5″, my Envelope Punch Board is another favorite tool of mine.  It makes simple work of making custom sized envelopes so my cards are no longer limited to a standard size envelope, leaving me free to create whatever works best for me and the stamp set I’m working with.  How liberating is that?

To recap: Ornamental Pine is my favorite stamp set from the Holiday Catalog and the heat embossing tool, the paper snips and Envelope Punch Board are my favorite, must-have, can’t live without tools.  If you don’t already have them, be sure to put them on your wish list.  Then let your friends & family know that you have a wish list, and let them know that your wish list can be fulfilled right here!

BTW, I’ve seen the 2015 Occasions Catalog AND the Sale-A-Bration catalog and all I can say is you better have lots of paper;  you’re wish list is going to be very long!  The good news is that the more you buy from the Occasions catalog, the more you’ll get in FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.   If you are a regular customer of mine, than your catalog is on its way to you.  If you are not, but you’d like to be, just contact me. I’d be happy to be your demonstrator if you don’t already have a relationship with another demonstrator.

So now, please tell me which card you like best, and if you enjoy heat embossing as much as I do, or if you’ve never heat embossed at all.  Then hop along to see the rest of the projects from our amazing talented Pals.    The next stop is Maggie Mata at on the Pals Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.



  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  3. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  4. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  7. September Gray at
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace – – – YOU ARE HERE – – -
  11. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  15. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  16. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  24. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  25. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  26. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  27. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  30. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  31. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  32. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  33. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  34. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  35. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  36. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  37. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  38. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomWithBecky