Friday, September 1, 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Well today is the start of the long Labor weekend and the end to summer as most people view it.  I'm already for the cooler days and getting my jeans out of the closet too!

This is the last card that I made for the upcoming auction, which will be held this month at the Assisted Living Facility that my daughter works at.  I hope they do as well as they did last year!

Of course this card was made for a man, so I brought out my tried and true set, Lovely As A Tree!  This time I remember to take a picture of the inside of the card too!

I'm always so happy with how well the cards turn out when using this stamp set too.  I did use a retired embossing folder called Wood Grain, but I felt it would go better with the tree than the Hardwood background stamp.  I did light sponge it with ink the bring out the grains better.  Here is a picture of the inside.  I also stamped the envelope with this same image and colored it in too.

Here is what I used:

Stamp sets: Lovely As A Tree and Flourishing Phrases
Card stock:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla
Inks: Jet Black Staz-On, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso and Soft Sky
Aqua Painter
Burlap Ribbon

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bear Hugs

I had a request from my daughter for a one year old birthday card with an outdoor theme.  So I put on my thinking cap and and scanned Pinterest too.  If you remember, last year I made my Dad's birthday card using this set, you can see it HERE.  I used the same colors on this card too!

I hurried to make this card for her because I will be out of town next week, visiting my daughter.  Hubby will be home and holding down the fort!  Anyway, I was just getting done and she called and said she was coming by to pick up some items we had for her, one hour early, so I didn't get a picture of the inside to share with you this time.  When I gave it to her, she loved it and said the parents would really like it too!

To get the background of the trees, I lightly dragged my Crumb Cake ink pad over the embossing folder, run through the Big Shot, and when done, rinse the embossing folder off with water and dry.

Here is what I used:

Stamp sets: Number of Years and Bear Hugs-retired
Framelits: Large Number and Bear Hugs-retired
Card stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Inks: Craft Whisper White, Crumb Cake
SU Markers: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral and Always Artichoke
Linen Thread
Embossing Folder: Woodland

Thanks for coming by,  Mary

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Open Sea

I'm still busy making cards for the auction next month.  Today I'm sharing another card that is great to give to your favorite guy in your life.  This is another Pinterest find, with a few slight changes.

Here is what I used.

Stamp sets: Balloon Adventure-sentiment, The Open Sea-retired
Card stock: Midnight Muse-retired, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler
Inks: Midnight Muse-retired, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler
Stipped embossing folder-retired
Linen Thread

I love how this one turned out!  Thank you for coming by.  Mary

Friday, August 25, 2017

From Land to Sea

The card I'm sharing is going to my uncle who lives in Iowa.  Over the Labor Day weekend he will be going on the Freedom Flight and people who know him were asked to send him a letter or a card to let them know how special he is to us.  I mailed this card to his daughter, who will be picking him up at the airport, and they will give him all the cards and letters that were sent to him!  He is going to be so surprised!  Click on the picture to enlarge it.

I got this stamp set right before the retirement list came out, but was still happy to have it, because it makes a great man card!  I did see a card like this on Pinterest, I CASE'd Tracie St-Louis for this card..  I did change it very slightly.  I did fussy cut the Sea Turtles out and popped them up on Dimensionals.  Seeing the picture, it looks like I could have sponged the Soft Sky a bit more.

Stamp set: From Watercolor Wash, Land to Sea and By The Tide-both are retired
Card stock: Shimmery White, Marina Mist and Early Espresso
Inks: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Staz-On Black
Aqua painter

Thanks for dropping in, I so appreciate you visiting my blog!  Mary

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

So In Love

As promised, I'm going to share with you that I made for my Dad to send off to his nephew's daughter for her upcoming wedding next month.

I did use all retired products for this card, sorry about that, but it's gotta get used too.

Stamp set: So In Love
Card stock: Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla-both current
DSP: Falling In Love
Thinlits: So Detailed
Ribbon is retired also

I like how pretty this turned out and hopefully they will like this card too!

See you all Friday!  Mary

Monday, August 21, 2017

Beautiful Ride

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great day to the start of your week, mine is off and running!

Remember not to look at the eclipse today unless you have your special glasses and don't stare at it for the whole time either!

Todays card that I'm sharing is going to my cousin's daughter, she will be getting married next month, so I made her two cards, one from hubby and me and other one, which I will share Wednesday, from my Dad.

I pulled out a retired stamp set called Beautiful Ride.  Yup, it is a set that I kept after it retired.  I've had the "beetle" cut out for probably over a year and it has been laying on the craft table waiting it's turn to be used on a card!

Here is the inside of the card too!

I really like how it turned out and I hope they enjoy the card!

Stamp sets: Sheltering Tree and Beautiful Ride-retired
Card stock: Whisper White, Marina Mist and Watercolor paper for the "beetle"
Inks: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso
Markers- various colors and various colors for the "beetle"

This card took awhile to make, but it was also fun building the scene too!

Thanks for dropping by, see you again on Wednesday!  Mary

Monday, August 7, 2017

Tranquil Tulips Thank You

Well I'm here, just alittle bit late in posting, was busy yesterday doing other things around the house.  Saturday night, I went to my 45th High School Reunion, GASP!!  I can't be that old, can I??!!

On to the card.  I found this card at Tracy Gray's blog and she found it at Erica Cerwin's blog, either way, it is a beautiful card and I wanted to make one.  I did change it up a bit, but I was inspire by both of them!  I made two cards, which I do anytime I make a card, so one is a Thank You and one is for my friend, so a Friend card.  I did fussy cut the tulips out for this card, but you could easily arrange your flowers so you don't have to do that.

Here is what I used:

Stamp sets: Tranquil Tulips and Beautiful Bouquet
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive 
DSP: Color Theory
Scallop Oval
Stitched Ovals
Sweet Sugarplum ribbon-retired

Off to do some more cards, need to make a few more for the upcoming auction!  Mary

Friday, August 4, 2017

Vertical Greetings

Well the weekend is finally here.  I have a non-Christmas card to share with all of you today.

I've had this stamp set for awhile and was decided to pull it out and make a quick card to share with you.  As I have shared in the past, each year I make some cards up to give to the assisted living facility where my daughter works.  They have all kinds of items donated to them and then they hold a auction where anyone can place a bid.  All monies raised are then donated to the Alzheimer's Association!  Last year my donation helped raise $50.00!!

To get a two-tone effect on the greenery, I colored in with Pear Pizzazz marker and then "thumped" over it with my Old Olive marker.  The stems were color in with my Crumb Cake marker.

Here is what I used for this card:

Stamp set: Vertical Greetings and Timeless Textures
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White and Cajun Craze
Ink: Cajun Craze
Stampin' Write Markers: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
Linen Thread
Glue Dot

I'm off to finish making another card, hope you come back soon too!  Have a great weekend!  Mary

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christmas In July, Winter Wishes

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you decided to come to my craft room today to see what I have to share with you!

Earlier I shared with you a card I made using the negative image made with the Santa Sleigh Thinlits.  Well I had four more of those images and I really didn't want to throw away this glimmer paper, so here is another card that I came up with to use two of those with.

I like the warm, rustic feel to this card and it would be a good one for a single guy on your Christmas card list!  Here is what I used,

Stamp sets: Hardwood and Winter Wishes-retired
Inks: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Card stock: Garden Green, Real Red and Crumb Cake
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
Warmth & Cheer DSP-retired
Santa Sleigh Thinlits
Cable Knit Embossing Folder

I'll be back on Friday with one more Christmas card, then off to making something new, I hope you have a great day!  Mary

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas in July Suite Seasons

Hey everyone, I'm back again with another Christmas in July.   I promise not to do the whole month of August with Christmas cards too, I will sprinkle a few here and there as I feel the need to add some more for my Christmas card list.

This card was CASE'D from Allison Okamitsu who is on the Artistian Design Team which is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the Globe!  While her card used a different stamp set, she used one I didn't have, I knew I could use the rest of her design to make this card, which was fairly simple to make!

Here is what I used:

Stamps: Suite Seasons
Markers: Real Red and Always Artichoke
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Warmth & Cheer-retired
Metallic Foil Doilies
Baker's Twine-retired

Thank you for stopping by and I hope your Monday is off to a great start!  Mary

Friday, July 28, 2017

Christmas In July Tin of Tags

Onward with my Christmas card making.  So far I've got half of my cards done, WOOHOO!!  Even if I don't get them all done before September, at least I have a good start on them and won't feel so rushed now in November or December to get the rest done!  I will continue sprinkling some Christmas cards in, here and there.

I based this card on one I saw by Eileen Mathys, not a full CASE, as I did change a few items from what she shared.

Here is what I did for this card.

Stamps: Music Sheet and Tin of Tags-retired
Card stock: Real Red and Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Memento
Framelits: Stitched Circle, Star and Banner, both of which are retired
Holly Textured Impression Embossing Folder
Red Glimmer paper
Gold Foil paper

Well this is all for this week, I will continue on into August for a day or so, then get back into making other types of cards, the most important one is a birthday card for my grandson, who is turning 2!!

Thanks,  Mary

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Herb Expressions

A quick share today.  I needed a thank you card and pulled out this stamp set to send to a friend who is teaching me about Essential Oils.  I used the note cards that Stampin' Up! sells and this card was done in 15 minutes!!

I also used Wisteria Wonder card stock and Stampin' Write marker to color in the lavender with and then Pear Pizzaz writer too.

See I told you quick!  Thanks for coming and seeing me.  Mary

Monday, July 24, 2017

Christmas In July Baby Bear

Well, my plans got derailed a bit with making Christmas cards in July, but have plans to start up again!  I just got too busy to go into the craft room and stamp, "gasp"!!

So lets get on with this.  I decide to use this cute stamp set called Baby Bear.  Once again I saw this idea on a demonstrator Facebook page, but no name was given with the picture.

I stamp the opposite of what the stamp set tells you, I stamp #3 first, then #2, then #1 last.  I did fussy cut the bear out, but it is not hard at all.

Here is what I used:

Stamp sets: Baby Bear and Christmas Pines (for the sentiment)
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Real Red, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz
Inks: Crumb Cake for #1, Soft Suede for #2, Early Espresso for #3
Punch: Santa Hat-retired
Thinlits: Pretty Pines-green behind the bear
Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder: Cable Knit
Baker's Twine: Real Red-retired

Thank you for coming to see my creation!  Mary

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christmas In July, Santa's Sleigh

Well, I've had these negative pieces from these die cuts laying in my craft room for almost a year, couldn't stand the thought of throwing them out, I mean, these were still good pieces of Silver Glimmer Paper, lol!!

So I decided to emboss the retired Mint Macaroon with the Holly Embossing folder to add some interest to the background.  I mounted the negative cut out onto some Flirty Flamingo card stock, not too bad, but after taking the picture, hmmm, needs something else, but I can't figure out what, any suggestions!  So I only use two, will make something else with the four remaining that I have.  Will share those in the future.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped using Memento Black ink.  Thinlits are called, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits.

You can see the card I made using the positive cut HERE.

Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it!!  Mary

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas In July, Holly Berry Happiness

Well, I'm on a roll, four down and many more to go!

I bought this stamp set last year along with the coordinating punch, Holly Berry Builder.  It is really a nice set to have.

I saw a card like this one on the demonstrator Facebook page last year, I didn't see a watermark with the name of the creator, but I was inspired by her card.  I did change a few things to make it my own.

The card base is Sahara Sand, with a leftover strip of Cherry Cobble behind the embossed card front to add a bit of color.  The embossing folder is Softly Falling.  I did use the retired Red Metallic Thread behind the sentiment.  The holly berries are punched out of Red Glimmer paper scrap, the Holly leaves were stamp on Always Artichoke card stock with the same color of ink.  The sentiment is embossed in Gold, then punched out with the retired Washi Label punch, which is mounted on a scarp piece of Cherry Cobbler.

Another simple Christmas card, so now onto another one.  Thanks for coming by......Mary

Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas In July, Lovely As A Tree

Well, I'm a week late getting my Christmas In July going, so I will continue you into August if I have too, lol!  This year I'm determine to get my Christmas cards done earlier than waiting until November to start them, now if I can just continue :).

The card I'm sharing today was one that was shared by Maureen on the demonstrators Facebook page last year.  While I didn't totally CASE her card, I did use it as a starting point.  Of course, I used one of my favorite sets, Lovely As A Tree!

I used the Layering Oval Framelits to cut out the oval from copy paper for my mask for sponging the background and also to stamp the two smaller trees.  Then I removed the mask and stamp a tree as a focal point.

For the sponging, I used Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Always Artichoke inks.  The addition of Always Artichoke was a total mistake, but once I sat back and looked at it, I really liked what it added to the background!  For the tree, I used Always Artichoke and my Soft Suede marker to fill in the trunk.  Sentiment is stamped in Memento Black ink.  For the snow I used my retired Two-way glue pen and then sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds, so pretty.

Now I need to get busy and make some more cards to share with you, until then, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Mary

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daisy Punch and Bundle

The Daisy Punch is on backorder again. Extraordinarily, the demand for this punch has not died down at all; in fact, this is Stampin' Up!'s highest selling punch in the last five years.
The next order of punches will arrive at the Stampin' Up! warehouse on approximately August 1, 2017. Because of the very high cost of taking backorders and the amount of time until the next order arrives, Stampin' Up! will be making the Daisy Punch and the Daisy Punch bundles temporarily unorderable beginning Friday, July 7, at 8:00 AM (MT).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Best Birds

I've had this stamp set and thinlits for awhile and decided to pull them off the table and make something with them.  Here is what I made!

I was so pleased with how it came out!  I colored the bird image in with my Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter.  I stamped the branch image onto a piece of Watercolor paper and also used the Watercolor pencils on it too.  The coordinating Birds & Blooms Thinlits was used to cut out the bird image.  Before I mounted my bird to the paper, I used a stamp in Sahara Sand to stamp the cross-hatching, then added some Gold Metallic thread to add just a bit more interest.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  Then I mounted it onto a piece of Marina Mist.

Thank you to coming by and I hope you have a great day tomorrow too!  Mary

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Christmas in July for New Demonstrators

Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator!  In addition to the already great deal on the Starter Kit where you get $125 in products for only $99, New recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! This gives my recruits a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, Stampin' Up!  will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! With so many basic items provided for you, you’ll be able to get your brand new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Essentials Gift Pack
D Block (X2)
Grid Paper
Paper Snips
SNAIL Adhesive
Bone Folder
Here is a picture of the stamp set

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.
Whether you want the Stampin' up discount, 20% or higher, depending on your title, as a hobby demonstrator or do it as a business builder, it is up to you.  All you have to do is meet your minimum quarterly to stay active.  No strings attached, you can drop at anytime and keep all of your goodies, so it is a win-win situation!  

I've been a hobby demonstrator for 6 years and have made many new friends with other demonstrators and customers alike.

Contact me at for more information!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bonus Days Start Today

Bonus Days are back! For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.

  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.
  • Phone: July 31, 2017 by 6:50 PM (MT)
  • OEX/Online: July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)

Friday, June 30, 2017

At Home with You

Well today I head off to my daughters house in Jefferson City, MO to dog sit my grand dog, while hubby holds down the fort with our three dogs!  She was going to kennel him while she goes on a float trip, but that would get expensive for her, so I'll ride the train down and have fun with him.

I was able to pre-order this stamp set and framelits a month before the catalog when live.  It looks like a versatile set.  I found out last week that my cousin has moved his mother in with them, so I wanted to send her a card, I'm sure it will be a big adjustment for all of them, she lived in her home for 51 years!  A fellow demonstrator shared this card on a Demonstrator only Facebook page, thank you Karla D. for sharing your card!!  It is a total CASE too.

This card was very involved, so I would not make this for a swap!  You can click on the picture to enlarge it to see it better.

Stamp set: At Home with You
Framelits: At Home
Brick Wall embossing folder
Card stock: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Inks: Sahara Sand and Memento Black
Markers: Pool Party, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Crushed Curry
Retired Gold ink for the door handle

This set will also be good for those special Christmas cards too!

Thank you for coming by and have a great week-end too!  Mary

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Retired Stampin' Up! Blog Hop June 2017

Welcome to the very first blog hop made up of members from the Retired Stampin' Up! Products for Sale Facebook page.  Today's theme is Fourth of July and every project is made with retired Stampin' Up! products.  We are very excited to show you our creations and hope to make our hops something that you will follow each month.

For these two cards I used the retired Too Kind and Love Sparkles stamp sets.  The Too Kind stamp set is really a flower set, but if you turn the flower upside down it makes a perfect firework!  I used the Celebrate and the stars from the Love Sparkles stamp set, also retired, which I embossed with Silver embossing powder.   I used Whisper White, Real Red and Night of Navy card stock.  I also used the Star embossing folder, on the base layer, which is also retired.  I'm very happy with how the cards turned out!  Need a closer look, just click on the picture and it will be enlarged for you!

You can continue to hop from blog to blog from the line-up below to see all the projects.  Please feel free to leave comments as you hop along the way.  We hope to see you again!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daisy Delight Sympathy

Hello everyone.  Last week I was in need of another sympathy card.  My Dad's friend from the country school that they attended together passed away, so I told my Aunt that I would make his wife a card to send to her.  I hope I don't need to make anymore anytime soon!

I was inspired by Amy O. and her thinking of you card, she used the Brick embossing folder and I used the Hardwood Background stamp, which I stamped off once for a softer background.  It was a simple card, which I'm liking more and more.

Stamp set: Hardwood, Daisy Delight and Flourishing Phrases
Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Black Memento
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Whisper White
DSP is retired
Daisy Punch

You could use this lay-out for any type of card.  Thanks for coming by!  Mary

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weather Together Doodle Flowers

Oh my, I forgot to set up my blog post for today, so here it is a little bit late.

I was watching a video by Dena Rekow on how to do doodle flowers and she used a cute water can, but I don't have that stamp set, so I thought the flowers coming out of a upside down umbrella would make a cute holder for my flowers!  I do need to practice with this technique some more but really there is no right or wrong way to do them!

Pretty easy and simple to do as there is no right or wrong, just how you like it!!

Stamp set: Weather Together
Card stock: Night of Navy, Rose Red 
Watercolor Paper
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Rose Red, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach
Black Archival Ink
Project Life Journaling Pen 01--retired

Be back next week!  Mary

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool Treats Birthday

I finally got my Cool Treats stamp set out and the matching Framelits to make my Dad a birthday card.  He LOVES ice cream, so I think this card is appropriate for him!  I was inspired by Patty B. card.  Oh my Dad is turning 90 on June 23rd!!

I did use the retired Tasty Treats DSP, which really did a lot of the work for me!

Now the ice cream dish looks black in this picture but I did use Silver Foil, which I also used to cut out the spoon too.  This card is pretty flat, so it shouldn't need any extra postage, I made three cards while I had all the supplies out!

Stamp set: Cool Treats
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso
Silver Foil card stock
Tasty Treats DSP
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Craft White
Oval Stitched Framelits
Scallop Oval Framelits

Thank you for coming back to see me, I appreciate it.  Mary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Wild Ride

Well as I mentioned on Monday, I would share my card with you today.  This is the card kit I received from Erica Cerwin, but I changed the image from what she had suggested to use.  I don't know anyone who rides a motorcycle, but I maybe able to find someone to give this too!

This uses the retired Urban Underground DSP, and I did make the focal larger then what she had suggested, but I do like how it turned out too!

Here is the inside of the card.

It was a pretty simple card to make and I like how it turned out too!

Stamp set:  One Wild Ride
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Urban Underground-retired
Ink: Black Memento 
Layering Square Framelits

Now I need to get busy and make my Dad's birthday card!  Thanks for coming by.....Mary

Monday, June 12, 2017

Built It Framelits

Good Monday to all of you, I hope your week-end was a great one.

I was busy yesterday trying to clean the house some but I also allotted some time too for crafting.
I wanted to finish making my two Father's Day cards so that I can get one of them mailed out to my uncle in Iowa.

I received a card kit in the mail from Erica Cerwin to make a card with the One Wild Ride, but I wanted to use the retired Built It Framelits.  My Dad use to be a carpenter and my uncle is a great mechanic, so those tools would be perfect for their cards.

Now the kit had some retired Urban Underground DSP, but there was not enough for two cards.  So being a crafty crafter, I decided to make my own DSP.  I used the Work of Art for the zigzag part of the DSP and for the small circles I used the letter "O" from a retired alphabet set and then a fine tip of the Black SU marker.  I really like how well my DSP turned out too!

Here is my version of the Urban Underground DSP.

Here is the original DSP.

Wednesday I will share the card that I made with this card base.

Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Delightful Dijon, retired
Ink: Black Memento
Stamp Set: Nailed It, retired, sentiment on the inside of card
Built It Framelits
Silver Foil
Layering Square Framelits

Thanks for coming and make sure you drop back by on Wednesday to see my other card too!  Mary

Friday, June 9, 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Well it will be a sad week-end at our house, my husband's uncle by marriage, passed away from the cancer he has been fighting.  He was a wonderful man and we will all miss him.

It seems that my go-to stamp set for men's sympathy cards is Lovely As A Tree.  This stamp set was first offered by Stampin' Up! back in 2001!  One year at Convention, Shelli made mention about this set and all the demonstrators where saying AWWW and she said, no no, we are not retiring it and we all clapped!  It truly is a very versatile stamp set.

I did make this card 5" x7", as I sent a laminated copy of the obituary to my husbands aunt.  I used the card base and envelopes that you can find at the big box store, M, for this card.

I made a frame to go around the stamped image and added color with my sponges.  Clean, simple and very mailable too, which I'm finding I like very much.

Stamp set: Lovely As A Tree and Flourishing Phrases
Card stock: Whisper White and Early Espresso
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive

Thank you for coming by and I appreciate you coming too!  Mary

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daisy Delight

The Daisy punch has been wildly popular with demonstrators so much so that they were sold out before the catalog even went live and are on back order as of right now.  Last I checked, they will be available again around June 26th.  Have no fear, the coordinating stamp set can make some really cute cards without the punch.  Here is some interesting information that Stampin' Up!  has shared with their demonstrators:

On average, Stampin' Up sells about 7,000 of any given punch in a year. Knowing that the Daisy Punch would be popular, the initial order quantity (a four-month supply) was 10,000—more than a year’s supply for a typical punch. Then, in the first two weeks of the preorder, demonstrators bought 7,200!  As soon as Stampin' Up saw how quickly it was selling, two additional orders were placed. Unfortunately, those take time to produce. After negotiating with the manufacturer and upgrading the shipping method more punches are exepected by June 26 and then an additional order in July.

I found a card made by Pat Tecza and had to give it a try.  I did change mine just a bit, but I like how clean and simple it turned out and very mailable too!  I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I repeated two of the flowers and stamped a sentiment from a retired set.  You could easily make some splatters to the background, if you desired.

I did use some retired ribbon, but everything else is current product.

Stamp set: Daisy Delight and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card stock: Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz
Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron and Pear Pizzaz

Hope you have a great day!  Mary

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone, did you miss me last week?  My family decided to have a family garage sale and we all worked on getting it set up for last Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  So I was too busy with that to make any cards and let me tell you, I really missed my creative time in my craft room too!

The card I'm sharing today is one I made for a recent online order, with a thank you note inside and a few goodies too, that I received from one of my customers, who can't use a birthday card!  I wanted to try the new Happy Birthday Thinlit.  It does have a coordinating stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, but I decided I wanted to use the circles in a stamp set called Happy Celebrations.  Makes for a quick card too!

I used Rose Red and the new Lemon Lime Twist for a fun color combo.  The card stock is also Rose Red.  Rose Red is very close in color to the new Berry Burst.  The colors are so much sharper in real life and I really like how it turned out!

Thank you for stopping by, see you Wednesday!  Mary

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Catalog Goes Live June 1st, 2017

 June 1, 2017 at noon ( Mountain time) 
Time the catalog will go live in your  time zone
Central time 1:00 pm 
Eastern Time  2:00 pm 
Pacific Coast 11:00 am
Alaska Time 10:00 am 
Hawaii  time 8:00 am 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Hello to all, today I want to share with you a card that I found online made by Jill Chapman, you can see her card HERE.  When I saw Jill's card I knew I had to give it a go, it is so pretty.  In hind sight, I should have popped the letters up so they could be seen better, but I'm going to donate this card to a auction later in the year, along with more, so I want them to be mail friendly!

I'm going to try this again!

Here is what I used:

Stamp set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Framelits: Large Letters
Ribbon: Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon-retiring
Inks:  Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling

This card is so much prettier in real life then what I photo shows!

Have a great day!  Mary

Monday, May 22, 2017

Colorful Seasons

As you know, as a Demonstrator, I get to order new products a full month before the catalogs go live, woo-hoo!!  This was one of the stamp set and Thinlits that we were able to preorder!

I made this for our vet who just finished her last round of chemotherapy!  I've  been sending her a card each month to let her know we are thinking of her and praying for her.

I used the new In Color, Lemon Lime Twist, it is bright but goes so well with so many other colors too!  This stamp set is called Colorful Seasons, page 147 in the new catalog.  The Thinlits are called Seasonal Layers, on page 146 and 216.  I used our Card stock Vellum to cut out the flowers and turned them over and sponged them with Pink Pirouette ink.  The branches are cut out of Early Espresso card stock.  The drink was stamped in Daffodil Delight and a frame lit is included to cut it out too!  I watercolored the background with Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz.  I used Soft Suede ink for the sentiment.  I've seen a lot of cute cards made with this set, it is really a great bundle to have.

Hope your week if off to a great start!  Mary

Friday, May 19, 2017

Paper Pumpkin April 2017

I'm still making cards with the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit and I still have enough product to make five more cards!  Here is the latest one I made.  I used the embossing folder, Celebrations Duo to emboss the "celebrate" into the watercolor paper.  Simple and quick!!

The kit came with plastic flowers but I didn't want to have to use more postage to mail it out, so I've been using the Petite Petal punch to make some cute flowers with.

See you next week!  Mary

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers

Hello to all of you.  I think Spring/Summer is finally here to stay, it has been so nice around here, but nice to sit outside and enjoy it all.

My husbands' aunt just found out that she has Colon cancer and luckily it was caught early and is the kind that she will not have to have chemo either, the sad part though is that her husband is in hospice care now because he has Pancreatic cancer.  So they have been hard hit and we are all saying prayers for them.

I wanted to send her a get well card to let her know we are thinking of her and I pulled out this current but older set called Thoughts & Prayers.  I use the sentiment that comes with the set, but I put part of the sentiment on the inside of the card.

I used:
Stamp set: Thoughts & Prayers
Card stock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Rose Red and Black Memento
Embossing folder: French Script-retired
Ribbon: Old Olive-retired

Very simple and pretty card.  Mary

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daisy Delight

Well I'm still using the new Daisy punch that will be available in the new Annual Catalog in June.  So many possibilities with this punch and coordinating stamp set.

For these two cards, I used a lot of retired products, except for the Brick Wall embossing folder, which is still available.  I used Thoughtful Banners for the words, which is current too.  I don't know the name of the Designer Series paper, but you could use whatever you have or like for this type of card.  I do know that the ink color is Coastal Cabana.  I use some Hello Honey for my daisy and the ribbon is Delightful Dijon, which seems to go well with this DSP!

I'm trying to use up some DSP that I got a couple, maybe even three years ago in a Paper Share, so I have a lot to use up and hopefully my daughter's work will find a good use for the cards too, win win!!

Have a great day!  Mary

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Today is Friday and want to share with you one of the new Hostess sets in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I saw a card that Michelle Suit made before I placed my preorder and knew I had to get this one, it is a two-step stamp set but it is so easy to use and the flowers turn out so pretty too!

I used the following products:

Stamp set: Tranquil Tulips
Card stock: Whisper White and Peekaboo Peach
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach and Black Memento
Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding ribbon-retired

I stamped off a few extra leaves to add to the front.  Next time I would add Old Olive for the leaves and stems.

This is a stamp set I would definitely get!  Mary

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On The Grow and Lots of Thanks

Today is a beautiful day here in the Midwest with our near 80 degrees temperature, I think spring is finally here, yea!

One of the perks of being a Demonstrator is being able to order new items from the catalogs a month before the catalogs go live.  One of the preorder items we could order was the new Daisy punch, along with a stamp set called Daisy Delight.  I as inspired by a fellow Demonstrator, Melinda Whitting.  I use Mint Macaroon, which will be retiring soon, along with the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge and I also used some retiring ribbon from the past Holiday catalog.  I use the Layering Oval Framelits.  The sentiment is from a retired set called On the Grow.

As you can see this is a simple layout and you could use any color you'd like.  

I did add some Basic Pearls and some Wink of Stella, which doesn't show in the picture, but it does add a nice little touch.

Thanks for stopping....Mary

Monday, May 8, 2017

April 2017 Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing

Good Monday to all of you, I hope you had a great week-end.  I did, I finally got into the craft room to play with some of my preorder products that will be available on June 1st, had a fun and relaxing afternoon too!

I want to share with you the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit that the Stampin' Up! CEO, Sara Douglass designed for this month's kit. cute!!  I didn't stray from the enclosed instructions for the first three, but there are so many wonderful alternatives for this kit, which sadly, the refill kits sold out in a flash!!

I'm going to to make some for me for Thank You cards and donate the rest to the Assist-Living facility where my daughter works.

Thank you for dropping in, I've got my cards made for the rest of the week, just need to load them up and write a short note on each.  Mary