It’s All About The Cupcake!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  If you are a fan of my Facebook page, you’ve already seen today’s card; but I had so much fun making it that I wanted to make sure I shared it with my blog readers too.  (And it just makes me happy to look at so I’m having fun writing up this post!)

I made this cupcake card when I was trying to come up with something that would be quick to make.  I had just gotten my Sweet Shoppe specialty designer paper and when I flipped to the cupcake pattern, I got inspired!

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that since everything is color coordinated, I don’t have to think too hard.  In this case, I could just look at the paper pattern and just pull those exact same colors from my cardstock stash and start stamping and punching away to make a punched out version of the same cupcake.

For both the cupcake base and the sentiment, I used the matching Create a Cupcake stamp set to go with the Cupcake Builder punch (have I mentioned how nice it is to have matching stamps and punches?).  Talk about quick!

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Ok, now I think I want to make some cupcakes.  Yum!


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Punch Art Cupcake Birthday Card Recipe:
Create a Cupcake
Ink:  Soft Suede Classic
Paper: Sweet Shoppe specialty designer paper, Calypso Coral CS, Pool Party CS, Soft Suede CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Cupcake builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Designer Frames Embossed Love Card

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  My day was like pretty much everyday except my hubby was super sweet and let me sleep in a little in the morning.  He even fed Nicholas breakfast while I slept!  That was an awesome enough gift for me. Smile

Well, as evidenced by my just getting my Christmas thank you cards out in the mail last week, I’m a bit behind on my holiday card making.  So, it really wasn’t any surprise that I didn’t get many Valentines done…and by many I mean, I got one done.  Sure, I helped my son make one for his daddy, and so I hurried to put together one from me as well.

I saw a card on the Stampin’ Up! facebook page that used this stamp from the Easy Events stamp set in front of the lattice embossed background and it was inspiration enough to get me started.

imageI was trying to figure out how I wanted to mat the image when I remembered that I had just received the Designer Frames embossing folders as a free Sale-a-Bration item and sure enough, the rectangle frame was a perfect fit!

The really cool thing about these embossing folders is that since the plastic is somewhat see-through, I could stamp my image first and then line it up inside the frame before embossing.  Sure, it leaves a little bit of ink on the folder, but that is easy to clean with a little spritz of the Stampin’ Mist cleaner.

Anyway, after embossing the image, I decided to snazzy it up a bit and used a black marker to outline the embossed ridge near the inside of the rectangle.  Then I cut out the whole frame and sponged to make it “pop” more off the background.

Oh, and one tip I’ll give you about watercoloring your images:
Let the ink sit for an extra minute before you start blending your colors.

I used a blender pen, and though I know the Basic Black ink is water resistant and that classic ink dries really quickly.  I forgot that if you are going to be doing a lot of pulling the color around with a blender pen – let your stamped image sit for an extra minute to totally dry.  I started coloring in almost immediately after stamping and found that if I went over the black lines very much with the blender pen it would darken my color (in this case, I ran into it with the green of the tree).  It still looked pretty and came out fine, but I ended up stamping again anyway because I wanted a more vibrant color when I was coloring.  Letting the image sit while I cut out the frame was more than enough time to be ready to color.

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Easy Events Love Card Recipe:
Easy Events
Ink:  Lucky Limeade Classic Ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic, Soft Suede Classic, Basic Black marker
Paper: Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Basic Black 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lattice embossing folder

Scrapbooking Sunday: Summer Fun Simple Layout

Oops, got behind posting todays scrapbook layout.  This is one of the first pages I did last year when getting back into scrapbooking.  I had ordered the Country Club Simply Scrappin’ kit because I thought it could be very versatile and I think it totally works.

I love Simply Scrappin’ kits because you have a little of everything to help you put together your scrapbook pages and you know it will be all coordinated! Plus, you have everything you need in one small package so it is ultra portable, like in this case when I took the pack to a crop with my pictures, a couple stamps, and some ink.

I stamped and cut out the title using Broadsheet Alpha.  It took a while, but I liked having the individual letters.

Then clustering a few of the kit elements just for fun at the bottom let me play with the different elements of the kit.  Then adding some stamping using the Creative Elements stamp set to create a border along the bottom.

Overall, this isn’t my favorite layout of my recent pages, but the pictures and memories are wonderful and I’m glad to have them captured while I still remember that exact day.

I’m definitely going to have to do more scrapping of days and pictures from everyday activities and not just holidays and milestones.  What do you scrap?


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Broadsheet Alphabet - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Creative Elements - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Broadsheet Alpha Stamp Set                           Creative Elements Stamp Set

Berry Blossom Thank You

Something you may not know about me… I tend to be an overthinker.  That holds true for my card making sometimes.  I sit down with an idea and then take forever tinkering with colors, embellishments, layout, etc.  Well, yesterday was different!  I needed some thank you cards and wanted to get them done before the baby woke up and the toddler got bored and started deconstructing the craft room.

So I sat at my table and said, lets do something fast… and one look at a Lucky Limeade flower sitting on my table and the Berry Blossom designer paper in the box at my feet and I was off and running.

So, I had a scrap of the designer paper and I often pull my color combo cues from the paper itself.  So in this case, I decided to run with the Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Wisteria Wonder combo.  Since I had the Limeade flower, I thought the Wisteria made a good border for the patterned paper and built from there.  I was able to get two cards done in about 10 minutes and then I put together this card from the last few scraps.

I popped the Limeade flower up on the largest flower from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch in Calypso Coral and added a little bling to make it fun.  Then, I had already glued down the Whisper White paper before I stamped the Thank You and after stamping, decided it needed something else.  So, enter the Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write marker to the rescue with a bit of faux stitching.  Fast, and turns out I loved it!  I hope it makes the recipient smile too. Smile

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Love Impressions Scrapbook Layout Recipe:
Chocolate Chip, Wisteria Wonder marker
Paper: Berry Blossom designer paper, Wisteria Wonder CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Calypso Coral CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Loving Thoughts Valentine’s Card

Alright, I’ll admit I’m totally behind on getting pictures taken for my blog right now; but then I realized that there are number of projects that I don’t share on my blog that are great idea pieces out on my demonstrator website.  So, I thought I would post one of those projects so you could see one of the cute ideas.

Totally cute, right?

And it’s actually really easy to put together as well!  Its mainly cutting a few blocks of paper, some hearts using the new Heart Collection Framelits die, add some ribbon and some stamping, and you are good to go!  And do you see the pleated satin ribbon?  Love!

So, if you want to see more about this card or a bunch of other project ideas you haven’t seen on my blog, check out the idea section of my website.  Let me know which projects inspire you!

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Gotten Your Free My Digital Studio Trial Yet?

My Digital Studio

With the holidays having recently passed, you’ve probably either created your own digital project (from calendar to holiday card) or received a number of them in the mail.  The world of digital crafting and creating has really expanded in the last few years and I love that My Digital Studio provides a one-stop-shop for all kinds of projects!

Plus, now you can try the full program for FREE!

Stampin’ Up! has just started offering My Digital Studio Express (the downloadable version of the software) with a free 30-day trial.  So, it is easy to check it out for yourself!

Why is My Digital Studio cool?

  • Create fun digital projects using your favorite Stampin’ Up! artwork, colors, and pre-designed templates
  • You can use the software on either a Mac or a PC
  • The software comes with pre-loaded stamps, punches, embellishments, papers, etc – but Stampin’ Up! is continually adding new content as they come out with new products.  So you can keep adding to your software…AND the downloads you buy can be used in any software program that can open a image file
  • Lots of options for how to print and share your projects including sending to a professional printing service straight from the program.
  • All of your digital download and printing services orders are eligible to earn “hostess” rewards!  So, you could be printing out a bunch of photo books for your family and get free stamps/paper/etc at the same time!

Check out this link to learn more about My Digital Studio including a video highlighting what you can do.


Click here to get your trial now!  Its totally free, so why not give it a whirl and see what fun things you can create!

My Digital Studio Express Trial -- Digital Download

I’ve used MDS for a number of projects personally from cards to scrapbook pages; I’ve even used it to design my blog!  If you have any questions about how it works or what My Digital Studio can do, shoot me an email and I’d love to talk with you more.

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Scrapbooking Sunday & A Superbowl Special!!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been getting back into scrapbooking recently and so I’m hoping to be able to share with you some ideas for how to use your different Stampin’ Up! supplies to make some fun layouts.  So, today is week 2 of Scrapbooking Sunday and stick around to the bottom of the post for my Superbowl Special!

But first, can I share with you some photos of my littlest stamper? Smile

This layout was based on a sketch by my friend Charity Becker.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of collaging photos into one single block before, but I love the look.  And it was perfect for me to put together those multiple “sleeping baby” pictures from when we were still in the hospital after Caitlin was born.  Plus it was the perfect opportunity for me to pull out the Love Impressions specialty paper I scored from the Clearance Rack!

Since the sketch itself was pretty simple, I had fun pulling out some of my new toys and adding some fun touches.  First up…. Framelits labels!

Since you get 6 different sizes of the same shape, I could make 3 different sized but coordinating labels for the bubble border at the top of my pictures.  Plus, I LOVE the fact that you can see what exactly you are cutting out with your framelit and so I could center the grey “LOVE” where I wanted when I went to cut it out.  And just to keep it fun, I used my embossing folders on two of the labels.

And then to balance the bottom of my pictures, I ran a row of the Blushing Bride pleated ribbon.  I really don’t think I can get enough of this ribbon! Color in the XOXO from the designer paper with my waterbrush for a subtitle.  And then one of my favorite touches – I pierced holes at the corners of my photo frame and ran Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine to make a subtle outline of my centerpiece.  It was so easy and really made a bigger impact than I expected for such a small amount of material.

Do you love this stuff as much I do?  So much fun to use!  Ready for a special to help you add these to your stash for a deal?

Superbowl Sunday Stampin’ Special!

Alright, the Superbowl is a big day for many folks – whether you are watching for the game or for the commercials.  So, lets have a little stamping fun along with it!

  • Order discount
    • Call or email me your order at anytime on Sunday and once the game is over, I will total up the final score and the last digit of that number will be the discount for everyone’s orders!
    • So, if the final score is 31-7… add them together to get 38… so the last digit is ‘8’ and so everyone gets 8% off their purchase.
  • Bonus drawing!
    • Everyone who gets me their order prior to the end of the game will be entered in a drawing for a free spool of Pleated Ribbon in the color of your choice!

Contact me at or 425-307-1646 to place your order.

Online orders will be entered into the bonus drawing and discounts will be applied in the form of a reimbursement check.

Alright everyone, GAME ON!  Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll see you back here soon!

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Love Impressions Scrapbook Layout Recipe:
Basic Grey, Real Red, Blushing Bride
Paper: Love Impressions designer paper (CLEARANCE RACK), Real Red cardstock, Basic Grey CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Big Shot, Polkadot embossing folder, Lattice embossing folder, Framelits – Labels, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Glue dots, Water brush, Sponge Daubers