Succulent Birthday

I’m curious – how do you stay on top of your friends’ birthdays? (Assuming you do stay on top of it.) I’m so bad about it…I’m hoping you’re MUCH better than me and can give me ideas. For most of my friends, I have their birthdays in my head and never get around to putting them in my Google Calendar. Then the day passes and as usual, I haven’t sent a card. It’s a pity, because I’ve got some nice cards to send. LOL.

Starting TODAY, as soon as I’m done writing this post, I am putting at least 5 of my friends’ birthdays in my Google Calendar, with reminders set for a week in advance, so I can get some cards in the mail. I hope you join me and go running to do this as soon as you’re done reading this, if you haven’t already. Why not send some joy and cheer around. Isn’t that one of the big reasons why we love card making?


For my card today, I wanted to incorporate some woodgrain into the card, without making it too dark looking. Luckily, I have a slew of browns to choose from. I went with a subtle Sahara Sand (my absolute favorite light brown color) and added some cool texture to the card. I love the woodgrain embossing folder.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Use Your Pretty Paper

The Succulent Designer Series Paper is so beautiful that I’m trying not to hoard it and to use as much as I can in my cards. Some of my paper is actually used up. Really. That never happens, right? The paper I used in this card is so soft and beautiful, it is one of my favorites from the stack. It makes a difference in the card, doesn’t it?

The flowers are so pretty but I didn’t want them to overdone. I stamped a few on scrap paper, using the same colors from the Designer Series Paper. Adhering them to the sentiment is a subtle technique, but it makes everything pop.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

May you have a wonderful day, filled with lots of creativity and joy. Thanks for stopping by.


Birthday with Avant Garden

The famous saying, “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes” is so true in my home! I’m great at making cards, not so great at remembering to send cards. Last year, I totally forgot to make a birthday card for my daughter. Crazy, right? How is that possible? Maybe it happened because I’ve got about 3 million to-do items in my brain? I’m sure I’m not alone. There’s so much to do every day that I can’t always keep up with everything.

This year, however, I was resolved not to forget!! My daughter’s 9th birthday was this past Sunday and lo and behold, I remembered to make her a card! I feel like doing a dance. Woohoo! In case you’re worried, I did remember to buy her birthday gifts. Thank goodness for amazon. She’s really into baking and had wanted her own supplies, so I got her colorful measuring cups and spoons. I also ordered the cutest apron on etsy. This is totally win-win because I’m sure she’ll be baking up lots of yummies. It’s good to have creative kids!

Avant Garden Stamp Set

For her card, I wanted to dig into my new Avant Garden Stamp Set since I hadn’t yet inked it up. I used my favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. (Such a bright, cheerful color!) To start, I stamped the flowers on scrap paper and cut them out. This didn’t take long at all, and really packed a punch!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I then added some stems in Wild Wasabi and adhered the flowers with dimensionals to give them a pop. Once I had this piece in place, I loved the colors against the white so I decided to do something out of character for me, I left the whole card white. Woohoo!! I totally love it!

Thick White Card Stock

There’s something about this card that you can’t see, but I wonder if you can tell from the picture. Did you realize that I used the thick white cardstock as the card base? This is actually my first time using it and I can’t believe it took me this long. It totally makes the card special (in real person, at least) because it has substance and weight. I’ll definitely be using it all the time in the future, whenever my card base is white. It makes such a difference!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

Putting It Together

Once I had my flowers on the stitched square, I had a ball playing. I added a frame with the same Flirty Flamingo pink. I added some layers with the splatter (Early Espresso Ink stamped off twice). I also added some ribbon, a doily, and metallic thread. It was one of those cards that comes together quickly and is fun to create.

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I hope you find some time to stamp this week! Don’t feel that you have to wait for the weekend to stamp. I actually did this card over several weeknights, working a few minutes at a time while chatting on the phone. It was a fun way to get the card made.

Happy Stamping,

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden Stamp Set
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi, and Early Espresso
Other: Layered Squares Framelit, Stitched Shapes framelits, Delicate Doilies, Silver Metallic Thread, Sale-a-bration silver ribbon

Bright and Cheery Birthday Card

I love bright and cheerful cards. The funny thing is that I’m one of the few people in the world who doesn’t love bright and cheerful days. Crazy, right? I prefer rainy, overcast days because they make me feel cozier, even when I need to leave the house. The bright sun, on the other hand, hurts my eyes and sometimes gives me headache. I should be living in the UK, right? No such luck, though…

I don’t like my cards to be drab and gray, though. I love anything bright and cheerful and happy looking. I used to “force” myself to use colors I didn’t love in order to get me out of my comfort zone. But I’ve recently stopped and just go with the colors I love.

For today’s card, I went with the colors that are in the paper, Succulent Garden. The colors are so pretty and I wanted my card to have the same bright, airy look as the paper.

Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in a Sketch

What I love about this card is the sketch. A sketch is the layout of the card. It is perfect for this stamp set since I can stamp random flowers, but the simple bottom of the card keeps it from getting “over the top crazy.” Right? If it had been flowers all over, it possibly could have been a bit too much….
Feel free to copy this card exactly, or copy the sketch, for a card of your design. You can PIN the card above to Pinterest and save it for later.

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Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Using Paper to Cheat

After I made the card, I realized I could have cheated BIG TIME! Instead of stamping the images, I could have used our gorgeous Succulent Garden DSP for the top half of the card. Either way, it would be fantastic. That paper sure is stunning. It’s my favorite of all the paper in the Occasions Catalog.

Did you notice the ribbon on the card? I got it for free with Sale-A-bration. Good times, right? It’s such beautiful ribbon – I’m using it up! I’ve already used it on so many projects. It’s a great neutral. It feels nice and soft, too, so it’s even more fun to use.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. In my life, things are buzzing with my Creative Challenge program. I have some tasks this weekend that I know they’ll enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing all the neat things they’ll come up with.


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A Nordstrom’s card

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!  Hope it’s a great week for you. Did you get any shopping done?  Did you by any chance go to Nordstrom’s? When I was thinking about my card today, it reminded me of the posh department store. When I think of Nordstroms, I think tailored and elegant, which describes my card. I also think EXPENSIVE, LOL. The card does may look classy, but it sure didn’t cost a lot to make.

What is your stamp style. Are you a Nordstroms stamper? Pier 1? Crate and Barrel? I’ve always been a more elegant stamper, but recently I’ve gone more vintage and I also like a “messy” look. The cool thing about stamping is you can do any style you want — and you can change it up with each card.


For this card, I used a tonal effect. I used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for the blues. The flowers are covered in Wink of Stella glitter. This card would also be awesome for Mother’s day, wouldn’t it?

Cutting out the flowers is a little extra work, but it’s so worth it, isn’t it?  I love the effect of the flowers popping out of the leaves. It made the card a little more special.

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Blooming Birthday
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
Ink: Pool Party, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso (sentiment)
Other: Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon, Silver Ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Have a most fantastic week and next time you stamp, think about your stamp style.

Can today really be ridiculously amazing?

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!!  I usually start off my blog on Monday wishing you a good week. Today’s card fits that theme.

Recently, I discovered something that has helped me have brighter, happier days. You’ve probably known this for years, but I only recently discovered it. Here’s what I learned: If I have a good evening it usually carries into the next day. There are many nights after putting my kids asleep and cleaning the house (ha ha, thought I’d throw that one in for laugh) that I’m tired and stressed out. When I wake up the next morning, my mood usually carries over and it takes me a bit till my forced smile feels authentic. However, if I do nothing except relax in the last hour before bed, I seem to sleep better. I usually wake up more refreshed and happy. And my smiles are real 🙂 Guard that last hour before bed. Forget the dishes in the sink and all the “stuff” that needs to be done. Relax. You will be happy that you took the time for yourself.


To make the card above, I used a sketch from the Paper Craft Crew. I was excited to do the sketch since I thought this stamp set would be ideal for it and I hadn’t used it in a while.  (See PCCC189). It was a fun sketch and I enjoyed making the card.


I stamped the sentiment several times in various colors, then snipped out the parts I wanted for the card. Choosing the colors for the card was the hardest part. In the end, I went with a light blue background since I wanted the card to be bright and cheerful.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Ink: Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, and Sahara Sand
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, and Pool Party
Accessories: Rhinestones (of course), Pool Party Ribbon, Silver Buttons, Metallic Doilies, Silver Thread

Hope your day truly is AMAZING.

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Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!  May it be a wonderful week for you.

Let’s start our week with something sweet. A cupcake!!  For this week, I decided to challenge myself with two sketches.  Using one sketch is a challenge — adding more than one . . . now that’s when the challenge gets fun!  For this week I did the TGIF challenge (#TGIGC48 challenge) and the Stampin’ Celebration Challenge (SC#125).

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For the challenges, I had to use the colors Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, and Pool Party and something sweet. I also had to follow the design sketch above.  Wowser, it was neat trying to figure it out.


To fit the sketch, I put glimmer tape on the top of the card.  Using scissors, I cut the washi tape into banners of different sizes.  I chose white glitter tape instead of a different metallic color because I wanted a subtle look.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life, Blooming Birthday
Paper: Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Birthday Bouquet DSP
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette
Accessories:  Glimmer washi tape, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Elegant dots embossing folder

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Hope you have a sweet week

Birthday Blooms

Dear Friends,

One of the fun parts of stamping is buying a set that you’ve been wanting for a while. I love the Birthday Blooms set but didn’t buy it right away. I just bought it and couldn’t wait to use it.


I’m happy to report that the stamp set is as fun as I thought it would be. I’ve already used it twice.  Once for the card below and again just for the sentiment. The sentiments in the stamp set are amazing. The combination of script and text is adorable. I know I’ll be getting my money’s worth out of this one . . .


Now do you see why it was so much fun?  To make the card, I first embossed the flower in black onto Shimmery White card stock.  The card stock was new for me, too.  I’d never used it before and it was AWESOME for watercoloring. I like it much better than watercolor paper.  It took the ink and the water very nicely.  The glitter on the left of the image is from the glimmer washi tape.  <swoon> Oh is that tape amazing.  I’m hoping it never retires.  I’ll be using it a TON.

The inspiration for the card design came from the Paper Craft Crew (PCCCS185).  Isn’t it a sweet sketch?  Love it 🙂

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Stamp Set: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739), Silver Baker’s Twine (132976), Glimmer Washi Tape, DoileyTools: Aqua Painter

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Hope you have a great week,



Elegant Birthday

Hello dear friends,

I’m so excited about the card I’m sharing with you — but the picture truly doesn’t do it justice.  It is very cool in real life because there is a lot of dimension and the colors compliment each other.  The inspiration for the card came from sketch #TGIFC43.

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The card started out as two mess-ups.  I did the inner piece with the stamped flowers and didn’t like it.  Next, I decided to replicate the card on a bigger piece of white and see if I’d like it better.  However, I didn’t like it either.

Then I put the two together — and BINGO!  I had inadvertently created a Double Layer Card.  Together, they looked really neat.


Once I had the two layers together, I added more pieces, such as the lace, banner, etc.  I glitzed it up by covering the bird in glitter.

The moral of the story — great things can come from “mess ups.”  Never never never get down on yourself for trying.  Just keep going and you never know, your “mess up” may become your favorite creation.

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Here are supplies used for the card:

Hope you make something beautiful today.


Flowering Fields

I cannot get enough of the Flowering Fields stamp set!!  I love using it since the images are so pretty, but I also enjoy the paper that coordinates with it so beautifully.

The card below was inspired by my little girlies.  They were playing with me just before I did the card so I was in a happy cheerful mood, which comes through in the card.  I love the effect of the two card layers being a little askew (which reflects my life most days . . .)


When I was done the card I realized it needed a little “umph,” so I added the banners at the bottom and a little gold embossing.  Gold makes everything better, doesn’t it?  If you look carefully, you’ll see a little silver thread behind the banners.


Hope you have a great week!  Make something pretty . . . it’ll put a smile on your face, guaranteed.

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A card that flips? No way!

Be still my heart.  A card that flips through different images at the tug of a ribbon?  Yes, it’s true!  And no, it’s not crazy hard.  It’s called a Waterfall Card.  And a picture is worth a thousand words, so let me show you.

From the front, it looks like something is going on, but you’re not quite sure what.  I designed the dimensions of the card so that you would see the first image, but the images under it would be hidden . . . until you tugged at the ribbon!


When you tug at the ribbon, the card flips through three more images.  Cool, no? Here’s a picture to show how it looks as you start tugging:


So adorable!  I have never made a card like it.  My kids went nuts over it. (I had to sneak it away from them so I could take the pictures :)).

Below is a video on how to make the project:

Click Waterfall Card for a project sheet with dimensions.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I did! Be sure to send me your pictures.

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