Cascading Leaves

Vintage Leaves is a stamp set I will never tire of. I don’t know if it’s because of the gorgeous images or the versatility of the leaves, but it’s a great stamp set. Throw in the matching framelits and you have an amazing pair of tools at your fingertips.

For my card today, I wanted to do something simple yet elegant. I wanted to cascade leaves down a card. Such fun, isn’t it?

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this Card

After deciding on the style, my next step was to pick my colors. I decided to do something a little less traditional by using Mint Macaron as my focal color. The rest of the colors were chosen to coordinate with the soft green of Mint Macaron. I was sad that Lost Lagoon has retired, since it would have been a great addition to this card. If you have any hidden in your stash, it would be awesome in this card!

To go with Mint Macaron, I selected Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze. I like how none of the colors overpower each other, but the green stands out nicely.

Once I had the colors chosen, creating the card was easy since it was simple stamping and cutting using big Shot.

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The sentiment comes from the stamp set, One Big Meaning. I’ve used this stamp set at least once a month since it’s arrived – on all different kinds of cards. It’s amazing for its “Thank You” sentiments.

Now is a great time to be creating fall cards, but to tell you the truth, I create them year-round. Fall is my favorite season since it looks so beautiful where I live. Here’s a picture from last year.


Happy Fall, my friend, and thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate you and your wonderful comments more than you realize.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Other: Leaflet Framelits, Frost Sequins

Ombre Vintage Leaves

Do you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set as much as I do? I think I love it so much because the leaves are incredibly realistic and remind me of the maple leaves I see in my neighborhood. I love to go on walks at any time of the year, but I especially love walking in the fall and hearing the crunch crunch of leaves underfoot.

Ombre and Vintage Leaves

For my card today, I decided to do the leaves in ombre. I’ve been featuring a lot of ombre on my blog this month since it’s the technique of the month. There are so many ways it can look wonderful. For my card today, the effect is subtle in the leaves. The card certainly doesn’t scream ombre, yet the subtle effect is definitely there.

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

Multi-tasking – Friends and Cards

I actually made this card when I was chatting on the phone with a good friend who lives far away. This was the perfect project for it! I was able to take my time coloring while laughing and having a good time on the phone.

Do you ever stamp while you chat? If not, I recommend it! It’s a great way to get closer to someone while also making a project. Every time you see the project you’re full of warm fuzzies because you think of your sweet friend.

Tips on using Blender Pens

To make the leaves, I used blender pens. I first stamped the image in leaves with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, since I find that works best with the blender pens. The Momento ink runs much less than other inks and as you go over and over the image with the blender pen, it holds up better and doesn’t bleed as much. We don’t want any bleeding on our projects!

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

To make the variation in color, I choose a variety of different color inks. For some of the leaves I went from light to dark, but for others I reversed it. We don’t want to be predictable! Each leaf has three different colors in it.

I like to use blender pens with scrap paper. After coloring on the stamped image for a few seconds, before picking up more ink, I color onto the scrap paper to release any black residue that comes onto the blender pen. This helps keep my coloring crisp (and reduces that bleeding effect!)

Below is a video on ombre showing different techniques than ones that were used today. There are a gillion ways to ombre. But no matter how you do it, it is a lovely effect. I hope you give it a try!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Momento Black, various shades of green, orange, and yellow, Versmark
Other: Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Bye Bye, Pedal Pusher

I am going to miss the Pedal Pusher stamp set so much when it retires. Would you believe that I love it so much, it actually inspired me to get a bike?  Yep, last Sunday I went to the bike store and fell in love with a beautiful bike, the same beautiful blue color as Pool Party. Too bad it costs a little more than the bike stamp, otherwise it would be home with me now 🙁

For my card today, I thought it would fun to put together a scene with the bike. I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set with Pedal Pusher.  I love fall colors, so I made it a fall scene.


The road lines (under the bike) are made from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I was excited when I saw it and realized it would work . . . since I always have Gorgeous Grunge out and ready to go, it jumped into my card, almost on its own.


I used a blender pen to color the bike so it would have a more subtle effect.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pedal Pusher, Sheltering Tree, and Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Sky, Smokey Slate, Archival Black, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake

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Using up Designer Paper

Dear friends, if you are anything like me, you have a ton of leftover designers paper ready to be used. Sound familiar? Those pages sure seem to add up quickly and I like to use up what have so I can make room for more!

If you also have designer series paper that need using up, then I have the project for you today. Gift bags! Why buy gift bags when we have paper that is gathering dust, while the new gift bag punch is waiting at our fingertips?  (Click here to see the punch).

My project today uses up some of last year’s paper that I love, and goes very well with some current products. It is my first time using the thick ribbon and it went lovely with the project. I used coordinating paper and inks to embellish. I’ll be making, oh, about 15 more of them. I figured they’d be perfect for the teachers at my kid’s school.


I challenge you! Use up your stash and make something gorgeous.

Stamp Set:  For All Things
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze



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Hello Friends,

I am so excited about something new I’ll be offering soon 🙂  I’m using the stamp set used in the card below. I’ve been working non-stop on this new project for about two weeks and it should be ready in the next few days.  Hold onto your hats, you’re going to love it!

What do you think about the wooden grain texture in the card?  I’d been eyeing it for a while and finally bought it for my fall stamping.  I think that texture and dimension can take a card from “okay” to “WOWSER!”

Hope you manage to squeeze in some stamping time.



Stamp set used: For all Things
Paper: Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi

Color Me Wild


I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful it is in Maryland.  We are in the peak weeks for colors.  It is beyond gorgeous.  The trees are every shade of red, green, yellow, and orange that I can imagine. The colors in nature are uplifting and inspiring my creativity.

This card came out very different than what I’d intended (don’t they always?).  I decided to sponge it, which changed my whole design.  First, I sponged the top in the light blue “Soft Sky” color and the bottom in a light green color, “Pear Pizzazz.”  I love the light colors since they don’t compete with the subtle tree leaves.

For the leaves, instead of using the large leaf stamp, I used the small stamp and choose my own.  I used the following colors: Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Blushing Bride.  For the tree trunk I used Tip Top Taupe.  The swing is in Smokey Slate.  I used a soft color because I didn’t want it to compete with the rest of the card.


Have a GREAT week.

Cutting up an Image

Hello, Friends. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve had a great week.

My card today is based on another template site – this one is called Paper Craft Crew. They are a new site to me, but I thought their template was really fun. Here it is (PCCCS #165):


I decided to use my Sheltering Tree stamp set and cut up the paper after I stamped my image. The card base is in Cajun Craze. I love its burnished red color for fall stamping.

I also enjoyed using the new gold cord. It shows up very clearly, especially on the darker colors.


Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree (137163)

Ink and Paper: Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze



Playing with Flowers

The cool thing about having a blog, facebook site, etc., is that it encourages you to use your supplies.  For months I’ve had Stampin’ Up!’s clay sitting in my craft room.  I needed to make a card so I pulled it out and had a BALL using it combined with my favorite stamp set.  I made flowers using the Stampin’ Up! clay mold (product number 131272 and 130685).


I have to confess that I had a lot of trouble at first making the flowers.  The clay stuck inside the mold and the flowers looked terrible.  I did a LOT of experimenting.  Finally, I stuck the mold in my freezer, had some dinner, came back and took them out and lo and behold, PERFECT flowers.  I made a bunch while I was at it (using the freezer trick) so I’d always have some on-hand.  When you’re in the creative mood, you may not want to wait even a few minutes for the clay to freeze.

To color the flower, before putting the clay into the mold I first put some drops of re-inker into the clay and massaged it in to spread it equally throughout.  There are many ways to color the flowers.  You can use markers, sponge daubers dipped in an ink pad, even embossing powders . . . I’ll show you more results as I continue to play with these flowers.

Here’s the card!  I hope you enjoy and that you try the clay with the molds, too!  Let me know how it goes.

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Cut Card Stock:

  • Sahara Sand 4 1/4 x 11
  • Blushing Bride 3 3/4 x 3 1/2
  • Whisper White 3 1/2 x 3 1/4
  • Vellum 4 x 5/8″

To make the card:

  • Using the Sheltering Tree stamp set, stamp the trunk in Chocolate Chip
  • With Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango ink, stamp off ONCE, then stamp on the card.
  • Add in-color sequins with a dot of tombow ink.  Add little pearls to the center.
  • Stamp grass in Wild Wasabi.
  • Stamp sentiment on vellum using Early Espresso.  Put a banner on one side.
  • Make a flower using Blushing Bride ink (see above) and put a sequin and pear on the inside
  • Adhere to the card together in the following order: Blushing bride card stock, Blushing bride ribbon, Whisper white card stock, velum (attach only on left corner so the adhesive doesn’t show through), and finally, the flower.

Fall Tree – Love this stamp set!

On facebook I posted a challenge for my friends to pick out my favorite stamp set from the new Occasions catalog.  This is it!  It’s called Sheltering Treen (137163).

sheltering tree

I love that you can design your own tree, making it a summer, winter, fall, etc. theme.  I love the bike, swing, it is just darling.  And with photopolymer, you can see where you put the image.

Here’s the first card I made with the set.  It was such fun that the card just flowed and came together quickly.  Don’t you love when that happens?  I call that being “in the zone.”


Cut Card Stock:

  • Pumpkin Pie 4 1/4 x 11 and 4 x 5
  • Whisper White using the Top Note Bigz Die

To make the card:

  • Stamp the tree trunk in Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp the leaves in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo (stamping off first onto scrap paper for each color)
  • Stamp the grass in Wild Wasabi
  • Stamp the swing in Basic Gray
  • Stamp the bicycle in Pacific Blue and Basic Gray
  • Use black ink to stamp the sentiment on Daffodil Delight paper.  Cut as shown and adhere using dimensionals.
  • Adhere white card stock to pumpkin pie using adhesive.
  • Adhere pumpkin pie to base using dimensionals.


A beautiful day

One of the joys in my life are my walks.  I started this ritual years ago, soon after I began my full time job.  Everyone else in my office would go to lunch at the mall or run errands.  I decided that lunch time would be my time to exercise.  These walks have become addicting.  I don’t think I’d be sane today without them.  They keep me grounded and release layers of stress.  Forget about fitness, I take my walks to clear my brain.

Today my walk was beautiful.  The weather was perfect, neither hot or cold.  My mind was racing and work was so busy, I almost didn’t go.  But in the end I squeezed it,  and I’m sure glad I did.  Here’s another tribute to this glorious day.


This card uses a framelit I’ve been wanting for a while (see the white background under the leaves).  Isn’t it elegant?  Glad I got it 🙂

Below are the products used: