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You’ll love the classic beauty of Celebrate Sunflowers

When I was younger I didn’t much care for sunflowers – I just thought they were an ugly flower. However, as I’ve grown older (and hopefully wiser), I’ve come to appreciate the simple beauty of sunflowers. To me the are a symbol of joy; with their vibrant yellow petals and lush chocolatey center they bring a smile to me whenever I see them.

Stampin’ Up! has captured the simple beauty of sunflowers in their new Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. The large sunflower image contains rich details that show so well in a variety of ink colors. The image is beautiful just stamped with ink or stamped and colored with any of our coloring tools (watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write Makers, Stampin’ Blends).

You can watch my tutorial on YouTube channel (thanks for subscribing!) where I show you how easy it is to make the cards below. I’m also featuring this stamp set for my October Class to go. You can get all the details from my Facebook Event page

These cards were so simple to make using just a few supplies. Both cards are 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. The Misty Moonlight card just has three (partial) sunflowers stamped with Misty Moonlight in on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. A .75″ x 3.74″ banner cut from Bumblebee card stock (ends punched with Lovely Labels Pick a Punch) with sentiment stamped in Bumblebee ink completes the card design. The Bumblebee card features a 3.5″ x 5″ layer of Soft Suede topped by a 3.25″ x 4.75″ layer of Whisper White. Add Bumblebee ribbon to both layers prior to attaching them to the card front for an elegantly simple card. The “Hello” sentiment is from the new Life is Beautiful stamp set.

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You’ll wow them with the delightful Prized Peony

The new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog has ten new Product Suites that make it so easy to create beautiful projects. The color coordination is one of the hallmarks of the Stampin’ Up! product line. From inks to paper to embellishments, it’s so easy to successfully create stunning one of a kind cards and gifts. One of my new favorites is the Peony Garden Suite (#154129; $97.50). The Suite features the Prized Peony Stamp Set, Peony dies, Peony Garden Designer Series Paper, Square Vellum Doilies, Elegant Faceted Gems, Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon, and Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder.

Peony Garden Suite

This elegant suite of products is geared to the avid crafter but beginning stampers can also create lovely simple stamping cards with this beautiful stamp set. Using just stamps, ink and paper you can create a simple yet elegant card as shown below


This card was created with just two stamps and a few layers of paper. The card base is an 8 1/5″ x 5 1/5″ piece of Gray Granite card stock scored at 4 1/4″. The first layer is a piece of 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. The final layer is a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. The images are stamped in Basic Gray ink. More avid crafters can step it up with die cuts and embellishments as shown below.

Peony Garden Product Suite

This card has a 8 1/5″ x 5 1/5″ Petal Pink card base (scored at 4 1/4″). The Basic Gray layer (4″ x 5 1/4″) has been embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing folder. A 2′ x 4″ piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper adds a pop of color as does a touch of the Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon. The sentiment was die cut using the Stitched so Sweetly dies and stamped in Old Olive ink. The peony flower was die cut in Petal Pink and colored with a sponge dauber and Blushing Bride ink. The center was die cut from Bumblebee card stock and the leaves area combination of Old Olive and Garden Green. You can check out my video tutorial here. You can order the products used for these cards here.

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Something Old/Something New

This old saying isn’t just for weddings.  I love it when I can take my “old” craft supplies and pair them with something new!  I absolutely love Stampin’ Up’s Tropical Chic stamp set – it’s just a fun, happy design and who couldn’t use a little fun and happy right now?  I also like Stampin’ Up’s new Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) and so I decided to pair my “old” stamp set with the “new” DSP.  I also love making fancy fold cards that look difficult but are secretly very easy (SHHHH!  Don’t tell anyone).  This fun double gatefold card is sure to impress your family and friends. See directions and supply list below.  Let me know if you make this card and how it turned out!  Happy Stampin!

PS – You can order all the supplies needed to make this fun card and lots more by clicking HERE to reach my online store.

Double Gatefold card


Tropical Chic stamp set and matching dies

Tropical Oasis DSP

Grapefruit Grove Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock

Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin Pad

Pretty Label Punch

Simply Scored

Snail Adhesive

Glue Dots

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mint Macaron 1/8” sheer linen ribbon

Paper Snips


Card base  – Grapefruit Grove cardstock cut to 5 ½ x 8 ½ and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 1/8  

1st Layer – 2 pieces Mint Macaron cardstock cut to 4 x 2 ½

2nd Layer – 2 pieces Tropical Oasis DSP cut to 3 ¾ x 2 ¼

Scrap of Whisper White cardstock for sentiment

Scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock for leaf

12 inches of ribbon

Optional – 4 x 5 ¼ piece of Whisper White cardstock for inside of card


1:  Fold cardbase along score lines; use paper bone to crease

2:  Adhere DSP to 4 x 2 ½ card stock; repeat for 2nd strip

3:  Attach one strip to upper left of card base; Attach one strip to bottom right of card base

4:  Stamp sentiment in Grapefruit Grove on scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punch using Pretty Label punch.  Optional:  roll edge of punched label on ink pad to add a touch of color.  Adhere to upper left of card front with Stampin dimenstionals

5:  Tie ribbon in a bow and attach over top of label with glue dot

6:  Stamp leaf in Mint Macaron on scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock.  Use matching die to cut out or fussy cut with paper snips.  Adhere to bottom right of card front with Stampin dimensionals

7:  Optional – adhere a 4 x 5 ¼ piece of Whisper White card stock to inside of card.  Stamp along left edge with one of the background stamps from the Tropical Chic stamp set

Double Gatefold card


Wildly Happy

When I attended Stampin’ Up!’s April On Stage event I received the Wildly Happy stamp set for a prize patrol. I was so excited as I though the set was just adorable. Fast forward three months and I am finally in my workshop playing with this set and oh my! Do I love this set.

Each month Stampin’Up! has a #simplestamping challenge and this month the challenge was to highlight some of the new Designer Series Paper (DSP). I had been thinking about the Wildly Happy stamp set and how it would pair so well with the new 2019-2021 In Colors . I knew this #simplestamping challenge was the perfect time to execute my concept! Panda’s paired with Pretty Peacock, foxes with Terracotta Tile, bunnies with Rococo Rose, and elephants with Seaside Spray. Add in the matching cardstock, ink, and DSP and Voila! Four adorable cards perfect for all stampers.

Take a look at my cards. You can order your own stamp set, ink pads, and paper through my online store. And if you order now, for every $50 spent in July you will receive a $5 bonus coupon to use in August. Happy Stampin’.


But I’m just not crafty….

All too often I hear those words uttered by people who look at what I do and exclaim how lovely my cards are; how they would love to be able to create something like it but they “are just not crafty”. This makes me crazy – as if placing ink on a piece of paper is a hidden talent only bestowed upon the chosen few! NO! No No No – this just isn’t so! Everyone and I mean EVERYONE has the ability to put ink to stamp and stamp to paper to create a one of a kind art work. There is no secret sauce necessary for creating stunning and unique cards and other papercraft items. All it takes is a willingness to let go and have fun; to be open to trying new things. In the words of Maya Angelou “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Oh how I love that quote! I have seen for myself how the more I work with my stamps, ink, and paper, the more I want to create and share my passion with others. Studies have shown that engaging in creative behaviors improves brain function, mental health, and physical health. A creative act such as stamping can help focus the mind, and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. … Creativity reduces anxiety, depression, and stress. And the best news of all? EVERYONE has the ability to be creative and I can help.

Whether you are new to stamping, a casual crafter, or an avid creator, Stampin’Up! has just what you need. From all inclusive kits, to monthly subscription boxes, to our full catalog of stamps, inks, and papers, Stampin’ Up can help you find your creative side! Check out my online store for inspiration and to place your order today. Join me on the creative journey and enjoy the all the benefits creativity has to offer.

Notes Of Kindness Card Kit Item #148266 Price $35 Makes 20 cards -5 each of Makes 20 cards: 5 each of 4 designs
Kit Includes : Set of 6 photopolymer stamps; Clear stamp block; 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes; Giftable kraft box, Die-cut stickers and accents; Archival Basic Black Ink Stampin’ Spot; Baker’s Twine; Stampin’ Dimensionals; and Adhesive-backed pearls

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription kit program by Stampin’ Up! Each month a fully designed project kit arrives at your door filled with stamps, ink, and paper…

Product Suites include everything you need to create gorgeous one of a kind handmade cards