For Summer Notecards and Gift Bags From Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!

What says summer more than a cute melon theme for some gift bags and notecards?! This is the June 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up!, all designed for you and ready to create in a cute box with everything you need for the project!  Going to a friend’s house for a swim party or barbecue?  Just stick a little treat in one of these gift bags or wrap up some of the notecards for a little hostess gift.

Paper Pumpkin is by subscription only, so get signed up now so you will be on the list for the July Kit to be shipped to you mid-July.  Once you are a subscriber, you can also look at any past kits or refills that Stampin’ Up! is offering if you want to pick up something you missed.

You can subscribe by the month or if you are ordering regular products from Stampin’ Up!, choose a prepaid option in the Online Store and perhaps boost your order total to earn Stampin’ Rewards! You will receive an email detailing how to set up your Paper Pumpkin account and a code to put in the Promo Code box so it will identify you as a prepaid customer.




Either way, the fun will arrive in your mailbox around mid-month. No risk, no obligation. Skip a month now and then if you need to. Get an extra kit for a friend or loved one. The Paper Pumpkin fun never ends!


Make an Easy All-Occasion Card

Make an Easy All-Occasion Card

We can always use a stash of “all-occasion” cards, or maybe they should be called “any-occasion cards” and this easy to make all-occasion card fits the bill! And sometimes you just want to make a quick and easy card and not spend a lot of time designing something super-special. Last night that was the case with me, as my niece had just come for a visit for several days, so I just wanted to try out some of my new paper but not take a lot of time right then making a card.

I decided to use the new Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper on this card. I chose a color for the card base from the list of coordinating colors with the paper on the back of the cardboard in the package (or you will find the colors in the catalog). I went with Peekaboo Peach, one of the continuing In Colors that we will have for another year. When I first laid this piece of designer paper on the top of the card, I loved it. Then I played around with other half and half combinations, etc. and nothing was striking me.  So I went back to the original paper and added a narrow margin of Soft Sky behind it. The Peekaboo Peach Ribbon is retired, but I had it so I used it!  You can substitute some other new ribbon.

For the greeting, I used the new stamp set Label Me Pretty and the coordinating punch, the Pretty Label Punch.  I stamped the greeting with Peekaboo Peach ink and then punched out. I thought I probably wanted to layer the greeting on something so I first thought I would cut off the margin of the punched greeting so I could layer that on the piece of cardstock punched with the Pretty Label Punch. But before I did that, I punched two pieces of Peekaboo Peach and layered them under the greeting and it seemed to be just fine!  What do you think? You can’t really tell it’s two separate punched pieces! There are other ways to make a punched layer look larger, like we used to do with the Decorative Label Punch but cutting two pieces in half, one horizontally and one vertically.  If you like the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and the Pretty Label Punch (who wouldn’t?!), then buy them together in the Label Me Pretty Bundle, either clear-mount or wood-mount.

I think this is a very nice, simple stamp set and punch that you can use together or separately and get a lot of use out of. And of course the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper is pretty on it’s own and help you be very creative!

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Make a Bold Bright Card For Any Occasion

Make a Bold Bright Card For Any Occasion

Make a bold bright card for any occasion with this beautiful designer paper, stamp set and trendy colors!  I just love this Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I made a project the other day with the pattern on the other side of this black and white polka dot paper, so today I used this dramatic pattern. I decided to pair it with the Lemon Lime Twist new In Color for the card base and ribbon.  The bold greeting is from the Lots of Love Stamp Set.  I wasn’t quite sure how the size of the greeting would work on the card, but stamping it on a larger piece of paper gave me the idea to tie the ribbon around the bottom of the greeting.

You really never know exactly what you are going to come up with when you start stamping! You may think you have a specific idea, but then as you work, often some other idea pops into your head! These pretty designer papers this year in the new catalog as just scrumptious to work with! Be sure to check them out and however much you think you might like them, just multiply that by 200% by how you will like them in person!

I think this Lemon Lime Twist color (am I finally learning the proper name of it??) was one that maybe a lot of people didn’t like at first, but I think it is going to turn out to be a favorite.  I also love the Powder Pink.  And the Berry Burst isn’t bad either!

The ribbon I used on the card is the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.  I think you will like it.  It’s very soft and easy to tie.  I think it makes beautiful bows.  You can get it in any of the In Colors. So many pretty Stampin’ Up! ribbons this year too!

Go check out Lemon Lime Twist and see if that color appeals to you or grows on you!  You can get an assortment package of the In Color paper, that way, you can try them all and pick your favorites. Then go make a bold bright card for yourself!

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How To Make an Easy Watercolored Birthday Card

How to Make an Easy Watercolored Birthday Card

Online I saw several examples of a watercolored background and then the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die adhered over the watercoloring, and I really liked that look. It just takes some random watercoloring to make this so easy watercolored birthday card.  Just imagine all the different backgrounds you could make like this in so many colors!

The card base is Pear Pizzazz, layered with Fresh Fig, one of the new In Colors. The Happy Birthday Thinlits Die is also made with Fresh Fig. You have two choices for the top layer of the card. Whisper White is not very good for watercoloring although you can do a very minimal amount. A better choice is the Shimmery White Cardstock (I love that paper because it has the most subtle shimmer under the light!). This is what I used on this card. The best choice for watercoloring is, amazingly, Watercolor Paper!

To make the watercolored background, I just picked up various colors of ink in the lids of the ink pads with my Aqua Painter, one of my favorite tools, and randomly watercolored some blobs of color on the Shimmery White.  If you squeeze the ink pad top to bottom before you open it, you likely will cause a puddle of ink to appear in the lid of the ink pad.  If you do not, then put a tiny drop or two of reinker in that lid. You can also just touch the Aqua Painter to the actual ink pad to pick up ink but try to just do this on the corners of the ink pad so as not to get a lot of water in the ink pad. Also, if the puddle you make in the lid is real watery when you are finished, just take a paper towel and wipe it out before closing the ink pad so as not to get water in the ink pad. Depending on dry your ink pad seems to be, you might consider reinking it while you have it out!

The greeting on the card is just the Happy Birthday Thinlit Die so that serves as both an embellishment on the card and the greeting!  I love this die! Here is another card I made recently with the Happy Birthday die.  

I don’t own them yet, but I think Stampin’ Up! carried them in the past, the new Multipurpose Adhesive SheetsYou can adhere a piece of the adhesive sheet to the paper you are die-cutting, then the die cut will automatically have adhesive on the back.  No putting tiny dots of glue on the back of a finely die-cut image. So that is a product to consider if you are having trouble with adhering these intricate die cuts.

For some extra embellishment, I used a few of the retired Candy Dots scattered around, but now we have new versions you can purchase in the new catalog on pages 196-197.

I highly recommend the Happy Birthday Thinlit Die because it is bold enough to adhere over a lot of different backgrounds yet very delicate and pretty. Try the watercoloring technique for a background for your card as a different way of making an easy watercolored birthday card.

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View the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

One of my favorite new designer papers from Stampin’ Up! in the new catalog is called Whole Lot of Lovely. Now I say one of my favorites but, so far, I think every pack of paper I have ordered is my favorite!  I think Stampin’ Up! did a bang up job this year on the designer paper. And you know that in person, every paper looks even a million times better than just the picture in the catalog.

Here is the rest of the paper.  I guess I didn’t count evenly!  There are 12 sheets of paper in the package, double-sided.

Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

There’s no way any photo can really show how pretty this paper is.  I see lots of potential projects with each different pattern.

If you look in the catalog or on the back of every package, you will see the colors listed that coordinate with these designer paper.  I find it most handy to look on the back of the package for the coordinating colors, but since they are written in pretty small print, I usually just take a Sharpie marker and write out the colors, larger, on that white chipboard that backs the package.  That way I can see at a glance what colors I might us rather than having to grab my reading glasses!

These are the coordinating colors:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White.

If you missed the easy little gift bag I made yesterday using the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and the Gift Bag Punch Boardclick HERE to see my post or click on the photo below.

Make Your Own Gift Bag With the Gift Bag Punch Board

Check out all the beautiful designer series papers in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!


Make Your Own Gift Bag With the Gift Bag Punch Board

Make Your Own Gift Bag With the Gift Bag Punch Board

When I received my new catalog order the other day, as I quickly skimmed through the papers in the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, this pattern with the black background and little flowers just struck me that it would make a pretty gift bag! Of course the inside with the white polka dots is also really cute….which side to use??!

Instead of looking up directions online for how to measure, score, and fold  the paper to make a gift bag, I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board. The instructions are printed right on the punch board so I didn’t have to go looking for them. A scoring tool is tucked right into the board in a storage slot.  You can make the bag so that the sides are just straight, or you can score it as you make it so that the sides are gusseted and fold in a bit on the sides. This bag is basically a 3 3/4″ square size, but you can make various sizes with the punch board.

To finish off the bag, I just punched two holes in the top and threaded some new Pool Party Shimmery Ribbon through.  Very pretty ribbon! I also made a little tag using a stamp in the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set. I die cut that with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Die and layered the tag on a die cut scalloped circle made with the Layering Circle Framelit Dies. I used some Linen Thread to tie the tag onto the bag.  Linen Thread is a valuable product to have in your collection to use in many ways, sometimes as a visible accent and sometimes are something that doesn’t detract from the rest of the design.

Here’s the Stampin’ Up! video you can watch about the Gift Bag Punch Board and see how to use it.

I urge you to take a good look at the new designer papers in this new Stampin’ Up! Catalog because I think they are especially beautiful this year! I would say this Whole Lot of Love Designer Paper is my favorite, but then I’d say the Delightful Daisy paper is my favorite, but then I’d love the Foil Frenzy Paper, too!  So look them over and let me know which ones are your favorites!  Then try making your own gift bag with one of your favorite papers and the Gift Bag Punch Board!


Easy Tulip Card With Tranquil Tulips

Easy Tulip Card With Tranquil Tulips

My Stampin’ Up! order of new products came late last night (yes, we live close to the UPS place so I think they save our neighborhood until last and then go back to UPS when they are done! Ugh!) so now I have all kinds of good things to play with, like the Tranquil Tulips Stamp Set to make this easy tulip card. Normally I don’t get the Host Sets that you can purchase at a discounted price with your Stampin’ Rewards with an order of $150 or more, but I’d already seem so many pretty cards with these tulip stamps!

I used a card base of Pear Pizzazz to match the color on the stems and leaves that I stamped. The designer paper is one I just got last night in the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper package. Oh my goodness, the patterns in that package are so gorgeous!  I think they hit the jackpot this year with designer paper!  Really pretty!  And you can bet that the paper you look at in the catalog or online is going to be 200% prettier in person when you get it!

I stamped the tulips in Powder Pink and the stems and leaves in Pear Pizzazz. Now the tulips are “two-step stamping” which means you stamp one layer and then you stamp over that same image with another stamp that adds more depth and detail. You could even use two different colors. Just so you are aware, the first stamp stamps like this in my photo.  It looks like something is wrong with the stamp but there isn’t. It’s that textured, watercolored kind of look. Then when you stamp over it with the second stamp, you see the details of the tulip.

Tulips Stamping

After I had my tulips and stems stamped, I die cut them with the next to largest oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and then die cut another Powder Pink oval with the scalloped oval in the same package. After adhering those two pieces together I adhered them to the card front with the designer paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Do you know there are Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals in the new catalog??)

That’s it!  Easy card and so pretty!  I didn’t add a greeting yet, I’ll see what I need and then put one on.

If you put in a large order of $150 or more or gather some friends’ orders in order to reach that amount, you might consider choosing the Tranquil Tulip Stamp Set in the Host section of the catalog. It’s an easy tulip card to make for the summer and next spring and can be used for so many different kinds of cards.


Quick and Easy Happy Birthday Card to Make

Quick and Easy Happy Birthday Card to Make

If you need a quick and easy happy birthday card to make, this is it!  You do need a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  If you don’t own one, I’d highly recommend treating yourself to one. I’ve had mine since Stampin’ Up! started carrying them and use it practically everyday. It can do so much work and all you have to do is crank the handle!

For this card, I just used a Whisper White Cardstock base and a Whisper White layer. I think it gives a nice, elegant look!  I embossed the white layer with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, a new folder in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. The “Happy Birthday” is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It’s so simple to just have one die cut on the card but has such a fun impact!  I used a piece of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. You could also just used a piece of cardstock.

Now if you don’t own a Big Shot, the next best thing would be the Stylized Birthday StampIt’s  a single wood-mount stamp and quite cute for stamping a birthday greeting.

There are so many quick and easy way to make a birthday card, whether you own a Big Shot and accessories or just stamps, ink, and paper. Make those cards and mail them out! Real mail, real birthday cards, real cards to say I’m thinking of you can make a bigger impact on a person than you might imagine!

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Father’s Day Card Oval Window Using Lovely As a Tree

Father's Day Card Oval Window Lovely As a Tree

Here’s my idea for a Father’s Day card using stamps that you may already have, a Father’s Day Card with an oval window using Lovely As a Tree.  Since Lovely As a Tree has been around “forever” in Stampin’ Up! and I hope it never retires, I thought it could be one stamp set lots of you have and could use to make a Father’s Day card since Father’s Day is sneaking up so fast! Father’s Day is next Sunday, June 18th! I thought we just started June!

On this card, one new product I used was the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. It is layered on the front on top of Chocolate Chip Cardstock.  If you don’t have this paper, you can leave it plain or use an embossing folder or whatever you like.

Before I die cut the oval with the largest oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits DiesI stamped the inside and watercolored the trees with my Aqua Painter and ink inside the lids of my ink pads (several greens and a touch of yellow).  I adhered this piece inside my card, then die cut an oval out of scrap paper, laid it over the trees on the inside, put a small piece of Snail Adhesive on the top of the scrap and closed the card so that the scrap oval would be attached to the inside front of the card.  In this way, I could place the oval die exactly where I wanted the window to be on the front of the card to showcase the trees on the inside of the card, and then I die cut that oval.

The greeting is from one of my favorite sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes. It’s just stamped on a scrap strip of Very Vanilla and I cut the little banner ends with my Paper Snips.

Here is the inside of the card.  Don’t worry about perfect watercoloring and don’t fuss too much or the paper will pill or the brown ink on the trees might smear.  Just apply some color as if you were an artist!  Just blob some down here and there, not totally solid, not too much.  And I used some Soft Sky for a bit of sky color.

Father's Day Card Inside With Lovely As a Tree

Now as I was uploading my photos for this blog post, I realized I had already made a very similar card!  Check it out in THIS BLOG POST!  They say “Great minds think alike.”  Maybe the same mind thinks alike!  The cards are basically the same but have some differences, so choose whichever one you like!

Don’t delay in making a Father’s Day card for the father (or husband) or special man in your life! Lovely As a Tree has always been a classic stamp set to use for masculine cards or really any kind of card!  If you don’t already own it, you might want to add it to your order of brand new products!


Stamping Chores Chart

Stamping Chores Chart

Here is your list of things to do today, Saturday June 10, 2017.


Today is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin’ Up! exclusive papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail.

We want to make sure every NEW customer can have the full Paper Pumpkin experience, so our Creativity Starts Here promotion is offering first-time subscribers (YOU!!) an introductory 25% discount on June, July, and August 2017 kits. Not only will you like saving money, but you’ll also love starting a new creative journey. It has never been easier to skip to the fun! USE PROMO CODE:  STARTHERE (all caps, in the Promo Code box, then hit “APPLY”).

JOIN HERE!  This link takes you directly to my page so you won’t have to find my Demonstrator name!  Promo Code:  STARTHERE

Here are videos of the past three months kits!

Besides a great introductory discount, what are the other perks of having a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month. So fun to wait for that box!!
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Join Paper Pumpkin today to get this 25% discount before 11:50 PM (MT).

You deserve a summer  treat!

2.  Your Stampin’ Up! Wish List!

Sit down with your new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and pen and paper (or laptop) or view it online while you have your feet propped up and a summer drink by your side (I make no judgments….soda, lemonade, margarita, gingerale, wine, water).  Make a list of what you want to order!

Stampin’ Up! Catalog PDF

3. Stamp something!

Now that you’ve been inspired looking through the Stampin’ Up! Catalog, go get out some stamps, ink, and paper and stamp something!


That’s it!  That’s all you have to do today!  Just make sure to order your monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit today to get a discount on your June, July and August Paper Pumpkin kits!  That way you can try Paper Pumpkin and find out if you like it…..and you probably will!  No risk, no obligation! Very simple!

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Craft Kit in the Mail from Stampin’ Up! 25% Off Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin 25% Off Promo June 2017

Want to craft but feel like you don’t have the right supplies? Sign up for Paper Pumpkin! Once a month you will receive a package in the mail called Paper Pumpkin and inside you will find all the supplies you need to make the papercrafting project! Each month is a surprise so you get something new and different every month!  Each kit comes with an exclusive stamp set, an ink spot, directions, all the materials you need, and usually even the appropriate adhesive! You can even go online and watch a video from Stampin’ Up! that shows how to put together the project. Even though I can read the directions, I always like to watch the video, too, before I start working on my project.


A first-time customer can save 25% on each of the first three kits – June, July, and August! Just use Promo Code:  STARTHERE


Give yourself the gift of creative time to de-stress and relax! Experience the thrill of finding your Paper Pumpkin box in the mail, open it just like the gift that it is, and enjoy the crafting experience awaiting you without having to design anything or gather supplies!

Watch the video for the cute May 2017 Kit! Each month is a new creative idea!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
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  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 US.


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It’s just that easy!  By mid-June, your first Paper Pumpkin Kit will be on the way to you! And you’ll be saving 25%!  Go ahead!  Subscribe!  Try it out!  You deserve it!


Using Scraps to Make a Card with the Eastern Palace Suite

Using Scraps to Make a Card with the Eastern Palace Suite

In looking for inspiration for making a card, I wanted to use the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paperso I looked in the new catalog and decided to “copy” one of the samples displayed. As it turned out, making this card shows a way of using scraps to make a card with the Eastern Palace Suite.  I made my card slightly different than the catalog sample, but this shows that the catalog is a great place to look for ideas. What you end up with might be entirely different than what you started copying.  I might add this card was difficult to photograph because of the glare of the gold foil on several different pieces.

The card base is one of the new In Colors, Tranquil Tide. I randomly stamped a few of the small images in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set on. the card with Tranquil Tide ink. Then I began placing some of my Eastern Palace Paper onto the card, somewhat like the sample I was copying from the catalog.  One of the pieces of scrap paper has the gold foil design, plus I added a thin Gold Foil Sheet strip on the top edge of another Eastern Palace piece. Since I had a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist CardstockI used that piece on the card whereas the Stampin’ Up! sample used a piece of designer paper in the pack. The greeting is stamped with images from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set.

Different from the Stampin’ Up! catalog sample, I found the urge to use the fun Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers too strong to resist! The sample card used a piece of the new Gold Mini Sequin Trimbut since I don’t have that yet, I felt the card needed a little more pizzazz, which I had already tried to add with the gold foil pieces of paper. Since we have the gold stickers, I looked in there and chose some to use on the card. The stickers are high quality, easy to use, and fun to use!

This card was made with one half sheet of cardstock plus scraps I found mixed in with my designer paper pack, so don’t under estimate what you can do with small pieces of your precious designer paper, since I know we are all paper hoarders! Use your scraps, even as small pieces, to decorate a card or project. We can all get a lot of mileage out of our large sheets of designer paper.

Be sure to use the Stampin’ Up! catalog as a source for ideas for your projects.  It’s a gold mine!

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Find Out About the New Memory-Keeping System From Stampin’ Up!

Get acquainted with the new memory-keeping system by Stampin’ Up! Doesn’t that video just make you want to get your photos together and start designing your album? However, this system isn’t just for memory-keeping, as evidenced by the name, Memories & More! This system is comprised of Card Packs that you can buy to keep handy to use on regular greeting cards, to write quick notes on, or to slip in a Pocket Page along with photos and journaling for memory-keeping. These Card Packs come with extra accessories as well, plus coordinate with other Stampin’ Up! products, so you will have plenty of supplies available to you!

Besides the Card Packs, there are also Albums, two in a 6″ x 8″ size and one in a 12″ x 12″ size. There are Variety Packs of the Photo Pocket pages plus one kind that holds a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper or enlarged photo.

Watch Bonnie from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office share about the Memories & More products and system.

I think these Card Packs are so fun to have on hand! If you still have little children in school (or even BIG ones!) you can use these cards to hide in their lunch box or backpack for just a sweet or encouraging note from you! Keep them within reach if you want to dash off a short note to a friend. Once you get started you probably will think of other uses as well!

Just having these Card Packs, pocket pages and albums on hand will get your creative juices flowing. Keep it as simple as you want!  Simply slide photos and cards into the pockets and maybe add a bit of journaling on one card (believe me, future generations who see your albums will appreciate this!). Now if you WANT to, get really creative and have fun adding extra embellishments to some of the cards or photos, jazz it up however you like.  But at least start with the simple version so you can make some progress.  Then you have that done, at least, and can go back later to embellish more if you like.

If you received my Stamping With Karen Newsletter yesterday, you saw a traditional-looking scrapbook page I made with several of the cards in the Color Theory Card Pack, plus I added some stamping from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. (And if you aren’t on my mailing list, sign up today in the red box on the top right of my blog page so you won’t miss these new projects!)

Color Theory Card Pack

Images (c) Stampin’ Up! 2017

You’ll find Memories & More products in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog on pages 190-193.

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Easy All-Occasion Daisy Cards

Easy All-Occasion Daisy Cards

This weekend I took my own advice and once I made one card that I liked, I made several of the same design and even branched out using the same Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper on several others. This is a good way to make easy all-occasion cards. I didn’t even add greetings yet because I thought I might wait until I HAVE an occasion, whether “thank you” or “birthday” or “thinking of you” to add a greeting.  Or I might even just leave it plain and write a note inside! Remember, like in the olden days when people wrote letters and real notes inside cards and mailed them?!!!

I found that I loved this Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and want to order more! These cards were very easy to make, especially with the new Daisy Punch and Daisy Delight Stamp Set. Sadly, the Daisy Punch is backordered and unavailable to order right now until probably near the end of June. The good news is, that tells you it was extremely popular with Demonstrators during our preorder period so it must be good! But in the meantime, the Delightful Daisy Paper is so pretty, I’m sure you can make pretty cards without the punch. Also, the Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon is just the right color to go with the Daisy paper so you can embellish with that on some cards.  I also did a  little “watermark” stamping on the cardstock with the same color ink just to add a little interest.

Sometimes just easy, basic cards are all we need to make and other times we can make the fancy cards for special occasions or special people.  Of course, anybody who gets one of our handmade cards IS special!  Make some easy all-occasion cards just to have on hand to pull out when you need them and add the greeting at that time.

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