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Watercolored Die Cut Medallion Card

Watercolored Die Cut Medallion Card

Did you know you can watercolor the medallion die cuts in the Eastern Palace Suite to make a pretty card? Although the Eastern Palace Suite obviously has that Eastern design look to it, I think you can use parts of the suite to make cards and projects without that Eastern look to it by changing the colors or using just certain elements of the design. I saw an example of an Artisan Design Team member, I think from Germany, who had watercolored on Watercolor Paper and then made the Eastern Medallions die cuts into that paper without cutting them out separately. If you are on my mailing list for my Stamping With Karen newsletter then you saw the card I made like that in my newsletter.  (If you are NOT on my mailing list, please join us and sign up in the red box on the top right side of my blog today!)

Yesterday when I first began the watercoloring, which I did on Shimmery White Cardstock rather than the Watercolor Paper, I didn’t care for my first try. But since there are no mistakes in stamping, I just kept that piece and die cut this medallion you see on this card.  Instead of leaving it embedded in the paper, I snipped the tiny connecting edges to release the die cut from the paper. Then today I was able to use it on a new card!

To make this card, I used two of the new In Colors for 2017-2019, Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist for the card base and first layer.  For the top layer of the card, I used a piece of Whisper White and stamped just a small image from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set randomly with the pink and green inks.  The card needed a little something besides just the medallion. The ribbon is the 1/2″ Finely Woven Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.  You can tie it all the way around the backside of the card, but if you would like to save a few inches, just adhere the ends to the back of the card after stretching it across the front.

The medallion was already watercolored on Shimmery White Cardstock with my Aqua Painter and three reinkers put into the lids of the ink pads:  Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst. When dry, the paper was die cut with the Big Shot and the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.

The greeting is in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and is one I love. What a great phrase to send to people!  I stamped it with Powder Pink and die cut with the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I wasn’t sure it would be big enough but I also didn’t want to cover up much of the pretty medallion.  Fortunately, if you work on the placement a bit, that die is just big enough! I didn’t think it even needed another layer behind it.

Remember, the Eastern Palace Suite is available in either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle only until May 31.  And each Bundle has it’s own FREE GIFT! Check the lists carefully to see the contents so you get what you need.

There are lots of possibilities with this Eastern Palace Suite!  If you think this is something you like, I’d urge you to get it in the preorder before May 31 so you get the Very Vanilla free gift in each Bundle!

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Baby Card For a Baby Boy With Bunnies

Baby Card For a Baby Boy With Bunnies

You might have thought the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set was only for Easter or spring, but no!  The bunny in the stamp set is just too cute and I think is perfect for a baby card! A baby card for a baby boy with bunnies just by adding some blue touches or pink for a girl…or whatever pleases you.

This easy card starts with a card base of Soft Suede Cardstock, layered with a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock.  Of course you could use any color that you like or that goes with a theme of a party or baby shower or with a gift. Then on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock I randomly stamped the bunny in Soft Suede ink.  I could have colored in every bunny, but of course that would be a lot of coloring! I thought it would be fun to just color one like a spotlight on one bunny!

To color the bunny, I used the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. I love the Watercolor Pencils even from back in my early Stampin’ Up! days with the original watercolor pencils.  These current Watercolor Pencils are even better because they are in Stampin’ Up! colors. Just color lightly with the pencils, then go over the coloring with a Blender Pen. This softens and blends the color. I love using the Blender Pens!

For a little greeting on the card, I turned to one of my most useful stamp sets, Teeny Tiny WishesI’m SO glad this stamp set is not retiring! I have used it a lot over the years that it has been out. I prefer the wood-mount set with small images like these small words and phrases. The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Classic Label PunchNow to make a layer, just adhere this greeting to a larger piece of Soft Suede and then cut around it ….or vice versa, cut the greeting piece smaller after punching out a layer of the Soft Suede Cardstock. For a little accent, I used the little hearts in the Subtles Enamel Shapes package. I believe the twine I used is retired but I had it in my stash!

There is only about a week left of the Retiring Products being available from Stampin’ Up! so don’t delay if there are products you want!  Here is the math on the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies:  Stamp set on sale for $16.80, Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale $15.50 so the total for the stamp set and dies would be $32.30. The Basket Bunch Bundle actually costs $46.75 so in this case it would be cheaper to buy the stamp set and dies separately!  Quite a savings for a stamp set that has a very useful and versatile basket stamp and die, flowers and dies, chicks, bunny and bow that can be used in SO many projects!  As long as you can look up a product in the Online Store, it is still available, so that is a good way to check rather than look at the list or wonder.

I hope you enjoyed this way to use the bunny in the Basket Bunch Stamp Set to make a baby card for a baby boy or girl or maybe even just a young child’s birthday.

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Ways to Use the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch

Owl Punch for a Baby Card

There are so many ways to use the Owl Punch by Stampin’ Up! and for those reasons I really hate to see the Owl Punch on the Retiring Products list. In looking back, I see that it has been around for many years, but the punch is so versatile I cannot believe that we will not have it available soon.  If you do not already own the Owl Punch, I would urge you to grab one before they are gone. I’m sure most serious stampers already have one, but if you are new, you may not be famiiar with all the creativity this one punch affords.

The baby card I have posted above has been one of my most popular cards! All I did was punch out the portion on the Owl Builder Punch that would be the chest area of the owl. Yes, you can make baby clothes out of this piece of the Owl Punch! Click the link or the card photo above to go to the blog post for more information.

Owl Punch Anniversary Card

Here’s an anniversary card I made using the Owl Punch to make a couple of loving owls in silhouette! And I can’t tell you how many times I have punched those little hearts to use on various cards and projects!

Owl Punch Monsters Birthday Card

The Owl Punch can also be used to make monsters for a birthday card! Just add some arms and scary faces!  Click the link or the photo to go to my blog post for details.

If you have made a great project with the Owl Punch, click the “Leave a Reply” button at the top of this post and leave a comment! I’d love to hear!

These are just a few examples of ways to use the retiring Owl Builder Punch, and I can’t begin to tell you about all the creative ideas I have seen out there using the Owl Punch.  Do a search online and you will find them.  If you are so inspired, be sure to purchase the Owl Punch on the Retiring List before it goes away May 31.

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An Easy Card Design For a Beginning Stamper

An Easy Card a Beginning Stamper Can Make

Sometimes new stampers have a difficult time knowing exactly how to design a card they want to make, so here is an easy card design for a beginning stamper. It is just a simple card with layered paper, a piece of ribbon for an embellishment and a stamped greeting layered on another color. Since this cardstock is a dark color, you probably will want to layer a piece of Whisper White cardstock on the inside and maybe a strip of matching designer paper on the Whisper White or a small stamped image. This card design may be simple but any recipient of this card will think it is beautiful and that you are so creative!

To make this card, I wanted to use the new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137). If you look on the back of the package, every package of designer paper, as well as the catalog, lists the coordinating colors for the paper. One was Tranquil Tide Cardstock (144246) so I chose that to go with this patterned paper. It’s not necessary, but just to help the designer paper stand out a bit from the cardstock, I layered it on a piece of Whisper White. An easy way to embellish a card is just to place a strip of ribbon, in this case, the Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (144136) and then tie just a knot around the ribbon.  Just use a separate piece of ribbon rather than try to tie a knot in the ribbon on the card.

To see another card using this same simple card design, click HERE to view an easy masculine card I made with a layer of designer paper on a card base and a different kind of ribbon embellishment, the Kraft Rope Trim, plus a greeting.

The greeting is stamped on a piece of Whisper White from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set (143726) with Tranquil Tide Ink, then punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. I also punched another circle of Tranquil Tide Cardstock with the 2″ Circle Punch. The Big Shot and all our dies are terrific but basic punches are the easiest and quickest!

A more experienced stamper and one with lots of supplies could even embellish this card a little more, but for a beginner a simple layered card with a bit of ribbon and a greeting is just fine! This card is an easy design for a beginning stamper or anyone and certainly a quick design, so try it out and let me know in the comments if it worked for you! Just click on “Leave a Reply” at the top of this blog post.


A Quick and Easy Card Layout For All-Occasions

A Quick and Easy Card Layout For All-Occasions

If you need a quick and easy card layout that you can use for an all-occasion card or any occasion really, this card fills the bill! Just make a card base with some matching designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!, add a greeting and you’ve got it!

To make this easy card, I started with a card base of one of the new In Colors, Powder Pink (144244). For a card base, just cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and then fold in half for your card. Just for a little extra, I made a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White to go on top of the card base with a layer of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) on top of the white. This new paper stack is 12″ x 12″ so you will have lots of beautiful papers to use!

For a little embellishment, I tied a new ribbon, the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Powder Pink (144134) around the designer paper layer before I adhered it to the Whisper White. When you add ribbon, you don’t really have to have it go all the way around the layer, just adhere the ends to the other side.

The greeting is a stamp from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. This is a stamp set being carried over from last year’s catalog and I’m so glad because it is a beautiful set! You will see it in the Retiring Products section in the Bundles because all the bundles of matching stamp set and dies are retiring.  However, you will be able to purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies separately in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. If you want to save 10%, get the Bundle now before May 31st! To make it extra fancy, I layered the greeting, die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dieson to a Powder Pink oval and then onto a scalloped oval of Silver Glimmer Paper. Then just adhere the whole layered greeting over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you don’t have a Big Shot and dies, you could just cut or punch your own greeting and layers and adhere to the card.  There is always a work-around.

When you need to make a quick and easy card, this is a layout you can use, or even if you want to make several cards at once to have on hand. Make them assembly-line fashion and you will have many cards in the same design very quickly!

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New Stampin’ Up! Product & Video: Soft Sayings Card Kit

Some of the very popular Stampin’ Up! products in recent years have been the card kits in the catalogs! These are great for people who do not have a lot of crafting and stamping supplies or who are new to crafting, and let’s face it, for those of us who are experienced but like the ease of just opening a kit and having it all planned out for us….as well as being something new from Stampin’ Up!  Who can resist that?!

One new card kit coming in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog is the all-inclusive Soft Sayings Card Kit (145466). Make 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs and three different sizes of cards. Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below for all the information!

Once you have made all the cards in the kit, if you want more, or want to share and make some with a friend, you can order the Refill Kit (145387) and get all the consumable supplies just for the cards minus the stamp set, ink, box and block.

This kit will be available, along with the new catalog items, on June 1, 2017!  Can’t wait!

In the meantime, remember to check out these things:

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(Bundles and FREE GIFT only available through May 31, 2017)

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!

(Remember, if Mother’s Day doesn’t live up to your expectations today, Stampin’ Up! is standing by to take your big order tomorrow to make up for all of it!!  Sometimes we have to take care of ourselves! )

But I do hope you get the bouquet of flowers, the handmade card, breakfast in bed, brunch out, a special dinner, lots of hugs and kisses, the phone calls from kids far away, the hand-drawn portrait of Mom from your little one, chocolate covered strawberries, or whatever your heart desires!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us!

Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits

Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits

I think the two favorite things of everyone in the Eastern Palace Suite of products, an early catalog release from Stampin’ Up! during the month of May, are the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. Instead of hoarding them (tempting!), I used the largest Gold Vinyl Sticker for the background of this medallion on this Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits.

The card base is the new Tranquil Tide Cardstock, one of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors.  It is one of three new In Colors you can get in one of the Suite Bundles, both in the ink pads and cardstock. For the card layer, I used a piece of Very Vanilla, but you could also use Whisper White.  These vinyl stickers are  high quality! They are not flimsy, they are sturdy and easy to handle…and sticky, so you want to make sure you get them in the right place! Next I cut a piece of Gold Foil to go in the center underneath the medallion die cut.

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies are some of the prettiest you could have and offer so many possibilities the way they are designed.  Some cut the shape all the way out, some do not, so you have so many creative ways to use them.  And you can mix and match a lot of the pieces. The Layering Circles  Framelits Dies work great with this set.

The greeting is from another set and die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped with the Tranquil Tide Ink and the scalloped layer is a die cut piece of Gold Foil.

This was really an easy card for looking so elegant and fancy! Remember, you can choose from two bundles of new products in the Eastern Palace Suite during May, before the new catalog comes out June 1st. You also get a Very Vanilla FREE GIFT in each one!  If you are a new stamper or do not own a Big Shot (yet!), just choose the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle that comes with the NEW Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes as your free gift!  If you have a Big Shot, then you will surely want the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle that has the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies.

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Easy Birthday Card With Die Cut Greeting

Easy Birthday Card With Die Cut Greeting

This is an easy birthday card to make with a big die cut greeting on the front. One of the new products in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Happy Birthday Thinlit that die cuts “Happy Birthday” all in one piece.  The designer paper is the reverse side of the paper I put on the card I made yesterday in this post. That’s all there is to this card!  So easy!

The card base is made with Pool Party cardstock, one of the coordinating colors with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I used this beautiful floral print for a layer on the card. The greeting is die cut from Calypso Coral cardstock, but I felt like it needed some kind of layer behind it.  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, but that didn’t seem to be enough. Then I cut a larger layer of Calypso Coral to go behind it. Usually I don’t like the off-kelter style of layering, but somehow the layers turned out this way on this card and I liked it! Or at least I thought it was fine for this card!  That helped the die cut stand out from the busy print background without  taking away from the beautiful paper. Like I said yesterday, just keep playing with your card or project if you aren’t satisfied with it, and when you get it, you will know it!

This card could probably be further embellished in many ways, but I decided to keep it super simple and easy because we often need a birthday card in a hurry.  This one would be perfect to make under those circumstances, although it would be better to have already made up in your stash! This Happy Birthday Thinlit Die was one I had seen online and thought was very cute in the samples, so I was happy it was on the preorder list for Demonstrators and was one of the first new products I wanted to use!

When the new catalog ordering begins June 1st, check out this Happy Birthday Thinlit Die (143700) so you, too, can make some quick and easy birthday cards!

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Easy Thank You Card With Delightful Daisy

Easy Thank You Card With Delightful Daisy

It was like Christmas here last night when UPS finally delivered my Stampin’ Up! preorder – new products coming in the Stampin’ Up! catalog for you in June! Not that I ordered everything (we just had limited choices for our preorder and I couldn’t even order all of that!) but what I got was exciting!

I quickly made this card with the Delightful Daisy Suite. The card base is Calypso Coral, one of the coordinating colors of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I actually had the flower print pattern on the other side of this paper picked out to make the card. I love the flower prints in this package of paper! But for some reason, maybe because I was in a hurry and had to leave for an appointment, I just could not get it to come together. This is the lesson:  just keep playing, you will get it!! I tried all sorts of placements, colors, etc. and it just didn’t please me. I happened to look on the other side of the paper and there was THIS pattern!  I laid that down, put down the greeting, grabbed the punched daisies, and there it was!  Love it!

The new Daisy Punch punches a large daisy!  I think I will like punching two daisies and then layering them together. I put a Stampin’ Dimensional in between the two daisies and stamped the center with a stamp in the set, Daisy Delight.  I also stamped two leaves from the set, you get the inside color and the outline of the leaf with two stamps.  Then I just cut them out by hand with my Paper Snips.  The greeting also comes in the stamp set along with another nice little phrase.

While you are waiting for your new catalog, don’t forget the Retiring Products and the Clearance Rack! If you are interested in the Eastern Palace Suite of products, be sure to order during May so you get the free gift! And I think you might want to put this Delightful Daisy Suite on your Wish List for the new catalog!


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Make a Sunflower Card Using the Eastern Medallions Dies

Eastern Palace Medallion Sunflower CardIf you purchase the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle and start playing with all the pieces, you will find that this Bundle has incredible creative potential. Who would think with something called “Eastern Palace” that you could make a beautiful sunflower with the Eastern Medallion Dies?

To make this sunflower card I decided to make a woodgrain background on the Crumb Cake card base. I stamped the whole card front with the Hardwood Wood-Mount Stamp.  This is a large background stamp, and I recommend getting the wood-mount with background stamps because it is just easier to have that large stamp already mounted on the wood block when you want to use it.

Instead of stamping the “regular” way with a background stamp, I recommend, placing the stamp face up on your table, inking with the ink pad, and then placing the card on the stamp. Rub with your fingers to transfer the ink to the card.  Cover with a piece of scrap paper if you want to keep ink off your fingers. I love these big background stamps!

To make the sunflower, use the die cut and Big Shot. The interesting thing about a lot of these dies is that they do not cut all the way through, which is a good design element for certain things, and if you want it separate, just snip the points where the die cut is still attached.

Eastern Palace Medallion Die & Big Shot

Eastern Palace Medallion Die Cut

I just needed to snip the tiny bit in between the points (petals) with my Paper Snips, a great pair of scissors for this job!

For the flower center, I used Chocolate Chip Cardstock for the top design and Early Espresso for the contrast underneath. You can really just make this center with whatever dies you like, maybe just one layer if that is all you want. The Layering Circle Framelits Dies are really handy to have if you purchase this Premier Bundle or even if in June you purchase just the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For the dies that do not cut all the way through, you can use a circle die to cut out the piece to use separately.

Eastern Palace Medallion Sunflower Card Close Up

During the month of May, you can purchase one of two Bundles in this Eastern Palace Suite.  I recommend the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle because you get EVERYTHING in it, even a FREE GIFT of the new Very Vanilla THICK Cardstock and a package of Very Vanilla Envelopes. If you prefer or if you are a newer stamper, you might like the smaller Bundle, the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle, just as well, to get your started.  It also comes with a FREE GIFT, a package of the new Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes.  Check out both Bundles and see which one is for you!  Remember, these products WILL be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but they will not all be bundled together except for the stamp set and dies. And no free gift! Get your Bundle by May 31.




Make a Margarita Card For Cinco de Mayo!

Margarita Card for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo 2017 was yesterday, May 5th, but I think it can be celebrated all weekend here in Houston! One way to celebrate would be to make a Margarita Card for Cinco de Mayo!  For those of us who love Mexican food, I guess you could say we celebrate it almost everyday. Actually, my brother and I celebrated a day early at my favorite Mexican restaurant (well, one of them!) and boy, did we enjoy our dinner! More about that later.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo (yesterday) I found this delicious margarita card I made a few years ago!  To make a Margarita, use our Stampin’ Up! Vellum Cardstock. Vellum cardstock is a little sturdier than “just” vellum so it is better to work with to make the margarita glass.  Just cut a circle for the glass, a thin stem from the scrap and punch a small oval.  You can use punches or dies, whatever you have that works. Cut off a portion of the top of the circle to make the shape of glass you want. There’s no good way to hide your adhesive under vellum so do the best you can. I used Sticky Strip on this card, but now we have Tear & Tape Adhesive.  You could also try sponging on small bits of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue which might not show very much,

To make the margarita glass, sponge on some green ink on the underside of the vellum. Make it as light or dark as you like. I left a border to look like the glass. For the “salt” on the margarita, spread a line of adhesive or use the Tear & Tape again and sprinkle on some glitter if you have some, particularly if you have some of the retired Chunky Glitter. Or you can have your margarita without salt!

Now if you are not into margaritas, you can use the same technique to make a regular shaped glass of lemonade or punch or anything you want. Just color the backside of the glass with whatever color drink you want to portray – or even layers of different colors for a fancy drink!

My brother surprised me the other day! We don’t get to see each other often enough at all as he lives in Wichita, KS, but on rare occasions his company has him fly a small plane down here for one reason or another or to test one for a customer. Thank goodness for cellphones and perhaps a bit of obsessiveness because when I finished with an appointment Thursday afternoon I checked my cellphone before driving home. There was a text from my brother asking if I was home and then told me he was in Houston! I didn’t know if that meant for five more minutes at the airport or if I could go see him for a little while or if he could come to my house for a visit.  Thankfully it meant the plane was not ready and he and the other pilot had to stay overnight. I picked him up at the hotel and brought him to my house where  we looked through some old scrapbooks of my mother’s, our grandparents confirmation and marriage certificates, and bunches of old family photos from great-parents to our own children!

Finally we decided to go for dinner at Pappasito’s and had delicious fajitas and shrimp and chips & salsa! It looked like quite the feast! No margaritas, though, only paper ones, since I still had lots of driving to do!

Karen & John at Pappasito's

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Eastern Palace Medallion Card Blue & Gold

Eastern Palace Medallion Card Blue & Gold

The Eastern Palace Suite offers so many creative opportunities for you in your cardmaking and other papercrafting projects. I got the idea for this Eastern Palace Medallion Blue and Gold Card from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that I saw online and just changed the paper and the greeting a little bit. This card uses a lot of elements that are in the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle. This Bundle may seem expensive, but you get all the pieces in the Suite PLUS a free gift of the new THICK Very Vanilla cardstock and envelopes. You will get three of the new ink and cardstock In Colors as well – Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide. Besides the coordinating stamp set, Eastern Beauty, you get the cute Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and Mini Tassels Assortment.  The stickers are not your ordinary stickers – they are heavy duty and die cut pretty closely to the design so you have less of the excess border.  Really nice, and so pretty to add to your card.

The card is actually made with Very Vanilla cardstock as the base, with the fold at the top and then a layer cut 5 1/2″ x 4″.  The designer paper is a piece with gold foil in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. When you see the word “Specialty” within the title of designer paper, that means there are probably two sheets in the package with gold foil or some special coating or design. Those two sheets are usually not double-sided like the other sheets. Beside the strip of blue & gold designer paper I added a strip of the gold vinyl stickers. The ribbon is the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim which goes perfectly with this Suite and the tassel is tied on with a piece of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.  This ribbon has been around for years and is so useful! It also comes in Silver.

The medallion on the front of the card is die cut with the beautiful Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies after being stamped with a matching image in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set. For the medallion center, I placed a gold sticker on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap and punched with a 1/2″ Circle Punch and then adhered to the medallion center. The greeting and other little decorations around the medallion are also in the stamp set. I love that greeting to add to many cards!

Eastern Palace Medallion Card Blue & Gold Close Up


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Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents

Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents

This Eastern Palace Medallion Card With Gold Accents is made with products in the newly released Eastern Palace Premier Bundle.  This Bundle contains products that will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog coming out in June. This is your chance to get your hands on brand new Stampin’ Up! products right now while you wait for the new catalog! In face, these two Bundles that are being offered, will not have all these products bundled together in the new catalog, only the stamp set and thinlits dies.

These Bundles have so many exciting products, you will barely know where to start creating!

Let’s talk about the card I made. It starts with the card base made from the new In Color, Tranquil Tide. I originally chose two patterns of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper to layer on the front of the card, one on top and one on the bottom, but then I changed my mind and only used the one piece!  I took the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies to the Big Shot with a piece of the Tranquil Tide Cardstock just to experiment with the dies. No matter what dies you use, I’m convinced the medallions will turn out just beautiful! Since I had a scrap of Shimmery White Cardstock on the table, I used that, and that ended up being the piece I used as the focal point on the card.  It is adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals snipped a little smaller to make them fit on the back of the medallion. This pops up the medallion a little bit for a nice look. Then I put another die cut piece layered on the center of that medallion. This piece the petals can be pulled up for a 3D effect if you like. The little “hello” greeting is in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, and I punched it out with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers are a new item in the Bundle and are going to be fun to use! They have a clear border that is cut very close to the design so they aren’t going to scream “stickers!”. You get a lot of stickers in the package.  You can see the strip of gold accents I added to the bottom the designer paper. For two more accents on the card, I folded over a small piece of the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim.  Thankfully this ribbon is not being retired because I think it will go quite well with the Eastern Palace products! And for a little bit more bling, I used the Metallic Enamel Shapes which come with both gold and silver in the one package.  These are sticking around as well!

Here’s a close up of the focal point of the card so you can see the dimension.

Eastern Palace Medallion Card Close Up

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New Stampin’ Up! Product Available Today! Eastern Palace Suite Bundles!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer Banner

If you are too excited to wait until June to get new Stampin’ Up! Catalog products, here is your chance to get a whole SUITE of products during the month of May! Beginning today, May 1, 2017 you can purchase the Eastern Palace Suite in a Bundle!  Choose from either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle.  These products will be available separately in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but not in the Bundle with the FREE GIFT! So take advantage of the Bundle while you can!



Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

Notice that with each Bundle, you get a FREE GIFT!

  • Starter Bundle:  Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes (NEW!)
  • Premier Bundle:  Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes AND Very Vanilla THICK Cardstock (NEW!)

Get your hands on the these colorful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite one month before they’re released in the 2017-2018 annual catalog!  I can tell you that the Eastern Medallion Thinlits available only in the Premier Bundle right now are really amazing!  Lots of creativity with these dies!

By purchasing one of the Bundles, you will have lots of new product to make lovely cards and projects while you wait for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!!




Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card

Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card

I thought this Elegant Gold Foil Botanical Blooms Card would be difficult to photograph, but I think it turned out better than I thought! With all the gold foil, I knew the glare from my lighting would be a problem. I think it is a surprise that this gold foil patterned paper comes in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper! That is why it is called “specialty” but you wouldn’t think it would be included in something called “Pop of Pink”! Somehow I came up with the idea of adding Gold Foil flowers and just making an all white and gold card.  This would be perfect for a 50 Year Golden Wedding Anniversary!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock and the paper, as I already mentioned, is the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. This designer paper is on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List so be sure to check it out and order it if you are interested in case it runs out at some point. It’s even on sale! To make the flowers, I used the Botanical Builders Framelits Diesalso on the list AND on sale 50% OFF!!  I wouldn’t pass that up if you don’t already have these dies! In fact, I can’t believe these are being retired.  There is also the coordinating stamp set, Botanical Blooms, on sale and retiring, too.  The paper I used is the Gold Foil.

Now as I assembled this card and tried to place the flowers (I also cut out extras while I was at it!), it just seemed like the card needed something. I looked at some previous cards I made recently using these flowers, like this black & white cardand thought I would try adding a Gold Glimmer Paper strip to the side. I like that, and decided to just have one large gold foil flower on the card instead of more.  For one more little something, I added some pearls (retired) to the flower centers. I didn’t even add a greeting, but I can if I use the card for an occasion that needs a greeting.

If you already own some retiring designer series papers, don’t hoard them!  Get them out and use them!  Then you will be ready for the “new stuff” in a month when all the new products comes out in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  You KNOW you will want the new papers and products! And if you don’t already own some of the popular papers that are retiring May 31, be sure to order what you want while it is still available.


How to Make a Z Fold Birthday Card With Pop of Pink

Z Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card

Learn to make a Z-Fold card and everyone will think you are extremely talented, as with this
Z- Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card.  The fact that you can make a card with a fancy fold such as this example will really impress, and YOU know that really all you had to do was fold back the front of the card!  Look at the photo below!

Z Fold Plain Card

How to Make a Z-Fold Card

1.  Make the usual card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half.

2.  Grab the right edge of the front of the card and fold back to the left edge of the card.

3.  Embellish!

OR, if you prefer to measure and score, score the front of the card at 2 1/8″ (center of the 4 1/4″ card front) and fold back as in the photo above.

The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and coordinating Washi Tape is on the Retiring List of the outgoing Stampin’ Up! Catalog so grab some while you can! I have always loved the white, pink and black mixed in with some gold, which is why it is called “Specialty” paper.  There are two sheets with gold foil, as I used for the birthday present on this card. And the designer paper is ON SALE!

The only “trick” to this card is to make a panel for the front of the card and glue it ONLY to the front z-fold panel. Hold it on the card before you apply adhesive and just make sure you know where to put the glue. Make sure none will extend beyond that front of the card fold or it will also stick to the inside of the card! My panel on this card is 3 1/4″ x 4″ but you can make yours whatever size you like.

Since I decided to put some Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside of the card where the greeting would go or note, I had to make a Whisper White panel to go inside.  I made it slightly smaller than the front panel and made sure it lined up BEHIND that front panel. When the card is closed completely flat you do not see the white panel on the inside. Now I have space to write or stamp a note or greeting even though I have decorated the card with the designer paper. There also is the back of the card which is plain where you could write more of a note if you wished.

If you want to see another example of a card like this one, check out my Z-Fold Valentine Card HERE.  This one is just a slightly different orientation.

Try this z-fold card today and check out the Pop of Pink paper in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


Eastern Colors and Design Coming in New Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Palace Suite Link to Video
A week from today, May 1st, you can get your hands on the Eastern colors and designs coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!  During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be offering two different suites of products that all coordinate to make beautiful cards and projects.  Click the video above (it will go to YouTube) to see a group of people gathering together to stamp with the new Eastern Palace Suite!  New In Colors, new ink pads, stamps, and more!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer

Click the flyer above to read the details!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits themselves will help you make beautiful projects!

These Bundles will be available to customers May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.  This will ease your waiting for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is a little more for the beginning stamper and you receive the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes FREE!

The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle has everything!   Besides the new stamp set, ink pads, designer paper, and stickers, it also comes with tassels and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For a FREE gift, you will receive the brand new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock and Envelopes.

Remember, these Bundles cannot be ordered until May 1st, but in the meantime, you can check out the Retiring Products List by Stampin’ Up! The easiest way to check if an item is still in stock is to look it up in my Online Store.  If it comes up, it is still available to purchase!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video and enjoy dreaming about the Eastern colors and design coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

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Make an Easy Elegant Birthday Card With the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Elegant Birthday Card With Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Make an easy elegant birthday card with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies for someone special! Let the Big Shot and the dies to most of the work! I am SO glad that these dies are not on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List of products!  There are a lot more beautiful cards to be made with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies!

To make this easy elegant birthday card, or card for any occasion, I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock. If you have it, I would recommend the Whisper White Thick Cardstock which is a little sturdier than the regular cardstock. Use the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies to cut cardstock in the color of your choice. For this card, I used the In Color Flirty Flamingo. This is the grouping for 2016-2018 that is sticking around for another year! For an embellishment, I tied around the Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon. This ribbon, as I write this, is on sale on the Retiring Products List, not because of the color but because they are retiring the ribbon style!  I loved this type of ribbon, though.  You can get it on sale right now, while supplies last.

I stamped the greeting on Whisper White and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies that give that little stitched look around the die cut.  I love those dies!!  Then the greeting is layered on the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Click here to see a similar card I made with these beautiful dies.

When you are using the intricate dies like these Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, you will get the best results with your Big Shot if you use the Precision Base Plate and use the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out any stubborn little pieces.

You may notice on the Retiring List that the Floral Phrases Bundle is retiring, but that just means that all Bundles in the current catalogs retire and will not be offered as bundles any more.  However, in a lot of cases you can still buy the components separately! But if you want to save 10%, get the bundles that are available before May 31 while they are available. If the two items are on sale, you might want to do the math and see which is the better deal, the separate items on sale or the 10% off Bundle!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List of Products!

The easiest way to see the Retiring Products that are still available is to just go to my Online Store HERE.


Make Easy Animal Party Favor Treat Boxes and More!

Pyramid Pals

Two of the items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List are the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set which can help you make easy animal party favor treat boxes and more! It’s an infinite number of cards, party favors, gift boxes, party decorations and more that you can make. Fill these Pyramid Pals with candy or a treat or just make them for fun or for a decoration.  Just think of the fun you could have with your children or grandchildren if you make the box and then they help you decorate the pyramid to make an animal. Or just make a pyramid box, decorate with some designer paper or stamping or perhaps a clear window cut out, and use it as a party favor or gift box. Use the stamp set to decorate the boxes or just to make cards and other projects.

Both the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are still available as I write this post, so if you think this is something that would be fun and useful to own, grab it while you can.  All retiring items are available until May 31 or while supplies last.

Playful Pals Bundle

The Playful Pals Bundle may not still be available but you can order the dies and stamp set separately. It’s a fun and different product to use!