Gray and Yellow Colors Make Elegant Cards

I needed a quick card recently and I felt like I was getting into a rut with the layouts I had been designing so I started flipping through my designer paper and tried to find a design that called to me.  In the end, I decided to play with the Eastern Elegance designer paper.

I love this sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set. Isn’t it so true?

“Life Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful”

The layout turned out super simple – and quick to make again with different colors and paper patterns – but it is nice to let the pattern from the paper do a lot of the work and be the perfect tone for whomever you are sending the card to.

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Perfect Pennants
Ink – Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit
Paper – Whisper White cs, Smokey Slate cs, Eastern Elegance designer paper
Accessories – Sponge Dauber, Crushed Curry chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Now I need to go try out this layout again with different paper and see how it turns out! Smile 


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Too Kind – A Clean and Simple Card with Vellum

It’s been a crazy few days around our house here in freezing cold Washington… surprizingly it has been actually hanging out in below freezing temperatures here (normally we are cold but not this cold!) My stamping and blogging time has been put on hold a little bit as we’ve celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday this weekend as well as dealing with serious health issues with our oldest cat.  But, I wanted to stop on by and share another card from my recent vellum class.

This is one of the simplest ways to use vellum and it is a great way to add an elegant touch to your cards.  In this case, I stamped the flowers from the Too Kind stamp set and kept the card pretty simple so the flowers would really be the main focal point.  But when I wanted to add the sentiment (also from the same set) I wanted it to fit in with the feeling of the card… so vellum to the rescue!

I stamped my sentiment directly onto the vellum and held it in place with Silver Mini Brads so that it wouldn’t go sliding anywhere.

It is a great way to add a fun touch without adding a heavy layer to your card.  You should definitely give it a try!

Don’t Miss the Deals!

Just in case you thought you missed it, there are still tons of great deals on the Clearance Rack as part of the Clearance Rack Blitz.  The items are while supplies last so don’t delay in checking it out and grabbing your favorites before they are gone.  Plus, while you are there, check out this week’s Weekly Deals to save even more.

Alright, time to tend to the kitty… have fun stamping and I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

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Make 20 Cards in a Snap with the Everyday Occasions Kit

Have you been wishing you had a fast way to create a pile of handmade cards to have on hand that you’d be proud to send out?  And do it without breaking the bank too!  If so, you should check out this new Everyday Occasions kit

When we were at Founder’s Circle last week, they told us that these kits were finally going to be releasing this week.  They are meant to be a great introduction to someone who has never stamped before; but I have to say after looking at the cards, that it looks like fun to me!  Like this love card, how fun is it?!

Since this is meant for the new stamper, all the elements are precut and pre-punched so it makes it quick and easy to assemble.  The kit comes with a 7 piece stamp set that enables you to make a ton of different types of cards including:

  • Happy Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Congratulations
  • For You
  • Love
  • Thinking of You

Wanna see them?  Check it out!

I know, cute…. right?  And I love that they can be used for girls or guys!

The best part? Its only $29.95… so that is less than $2 a card!  Plus you have ink and a stamp set you can use later.  Way better than getting a card in the store!

Want to see what you get for that?  Here is the scoop –


View the full Everyday Occasions flyer with pictures of all the card samples

This may not be available through the online store, so if you are interested in purchasing a kit, please email me at and I will get back to you right away to get you all set up with a kit!


Well, I’m off to work on holiday card samples for my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (get on the list now) and upcoming Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stacks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun projects to share!


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Cozy Comfort Café Thinking of You

I wanted to share with you another card idea that I received as a swap and just loved.  Sure, there isn’t a rhyme or reason specifically for showing off this card other than I thought the colors and the Comfort Café designer series paper felt fitting for a Thanksgiving Week blog post. 🙂

I often get in a hurry when I’m putting together a card at home and don’t always do a lot of matting of my paper pieces… and then I see a card like this and I am reminded why matting your paper can really be that added touch that makes your card look pulled together!

Don’t you agree?

card designed by Lisa Pruett

I also really like the combination of the Boho Blossom punch and the Floral Fusion sizzlet to make the cool flower on the left side of the banner.

Anyway, this is why I love swaps, it is a great way to see beautiful art and get great ideas that you would never have come up with on your own!

I hope you saw something in this card too that gave you a new idea or motivation to use in your cards.


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Halloween Colors but not a Halloween Card

This afternoon, I finally got to have some quality time with Photoshop on my computer and finished editing a bunch of project photos to share here on my blog.  However, when the time came to pick what to share with you tonight, I kept gravitating towards Christmas cards, and while I can’t wait to share more holiday ideas with you, I just wanted to give Halloween and pretty fall colors their time too.  🙂

So I thought I would share this card I received as a swap at convention that I just loved.  I thought it was so pretty and a great way to show that a few simple punches and some tied ribbon can make a big impression.


I don’t know who the designer was of this card since there is no name or contact info on it (though if you do know, please let me know so I can give proper credit!) but whoever you are, thanks for the great inspiration!

All the butterflies are from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and the main butterfly was punched using the new butterfly punch.  Yes, I know what is going on my Christmas and Birthday wish list!  I just love the versatility I see in this stamp set and punch.  Does anyone really miss the old butterfly punch?  🙂

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this non-Christmas inspiration.  I’ll be back again with more Christmas cards soon!

PS – Ready for the new Stampin’ Trimmer?

I just want to make sure everyone had heard… Stampin’ Up! is finally ready with their new and very improved paper trimmer.  It is available for demonstrators to preorder now and will be available for all orders starting in November.  So get your wish lists ready!

If you have any questions about the trimmer and why it is so awesome, let me know and I can fill you in.  I got to play with one at Convention and have been impatiently waiting ever since :).


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Papillion Potpourri Orange and Black Card Recipe
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Papillion Potpourri
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Basic Black Scallop dotted ribbon, Tangerine Tango 1/8” taffeta ribbon, 1-3/8” circle punch, butterfly punch, scallop circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Orchard Harvest Thinking of You Card

Orchard Harvest was one of those designer papers that I loved as soon as I saw it in the catalog and so I had to get some.  But then my fear of using things up kicked in and I just looked at it and couldn’t bring myself to cut it up.

Well… as I look at my box of retired designer papers that I also couldn’t bear to use up… I am trying to get better and actually enjoy the papers and share them with others. 🙂  So, here is the first step – a fun fall card!


I tried to mix up a few textures and dimension with this card.  We have the patterned paper, embossed Lucky Limeade paper using the Stripes embossing folder, some Stitched Satin ribbon, and then the smallest sized Labels framelit for the sentiment.

I have to admit though, my favorite thing about this card is that I used the colors that were found in the Orchard Harvest paper to pick the other elements of the card.  And so because of that, I discovered that More Mustard and Raspberry Ripple can actually go together!  I would never have thought those colors could go together but they totally do!


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Orchard Harvest Card Recipe
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, More Mustard
Paper: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest dsp
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Framelit, Stripes embossing folder, Sponge Daubers, Basic Rhinestones, Stitched Satin Ribbon (Raspberry Ripple), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Summer Afternoon with Watercolor Pencils

Each month the gals in my team of Fun n Crafty demos participate in a card swap where we each create a card for one of the other folks on the team.  It’s a lot of fun to see the different styles from everyone and to take time out to create a card for a specific person each month.

This was the card I made for Bethani recently.  This hostess stamp set – Summer Afternoon, made me think of her, and the image just begged me to color it in!  So, I grabbed my trusty watercolor pencils and got to work.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card


I kept the colors more subtle and then added pops of color with my cardstock and ribbon.  I grabbed some Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight cardstock for my bright colors and then matched the strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock with a piece of Daffodil Delight stitched grosgain ribbon to add some texture to the card.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card close up


I hope she enjoyed the card and I loved seeing her change it up and use this similar layout for a class she held recently.  (If you are in the Mountain View area of California and looking for card making classes, she has some great ones!)

And if you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, we’d love to have you join our group and our monthly card swap!  You can learn more about all the benefits and stay tuned for more details on a cute project kit that you can get FREE when you sign up in August!


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Pretty Papillion Potpourri

I recently had someone request that I put together a class for her and some friends based around a few cards she had seen online.  Unfortunately, one of the cards used the old Strength and Hope stamp set that retired last year and I had never purchased.  So, I set to trying to come up with a fun, similar card using the new Papillion Potpourri stamp set and matching Elegant Butterfly punch.



This was my first time using this stamp set and punch and I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile I found the images to be. For some reason, I didn’t expect the differences in style you get from the different butterflies in the set.  Anywho… aren’t these butterflies so pretty?

Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set

One tip that I learned when stamping and punching the center butterflies – the punch is just slightly smaller than your stamped image.  Often the punch is a teensy bit bigger than your image but not in this case.  It didn’t impact my final punched out image, but caught me offguard when I was trying to line up my stamped image on my paper with the punch outline.  So, I thought I would share.

I spent so long working on this card one night – tweaking this and that – that in the end I wasn’t sure I liked it.  But now that I’ve had some space, I like it more. 🙂 Would this be a card you would want to do in a class or workshop?

Well, I’m off to make more samples and get my July and August classes up on the calendar!


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Papillion Potpourri Thinking of You Card Recipe
Papillion Potpourri, Curly Cute
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Daffodil Delight marker, Wisteria Wonder marker, Calypso Coral marker
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, sponge daubers, stampin’ dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Everyday Enchantment CASE

Last night was my Creative Card night and it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out a few different card ideas that I had been wanting to play with.  One of those ideas was to play around with a design by my downline, Pam Wu.  She had made this very cool card using the Sale-a-Bration Everyday Enchantment designer paper and framelits, and so when I was trying to create something for my class; it was the perfect place to start.  In the end I changed things up a bit, but its clear the inspiration came from her!



I loved her idea for using the Everyday Enchantment brads in the center of the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  I also really liked how the designer paper looked with the scallop trim border punch on each side of the paper.  So I started with those elements and went from there.  I had wanted to play with the organdy ribbon that came with the Everyday Enchantment brads and so I wrapped it around and through the scallop trim.


Finally, I had the hardest time deciding how to do a sentiment (though I think it would look just fine without one).  I ended up pulling out my Curly Cute stamp set and getting a little creative.  Because the words are so close together on the stamp, I used a marker to color one word at a time and stamped them spaced out on my cardstock.  Then I could cut them out with extra padding around the words and sponge the edges to help them blend.

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If you are loving this designer paper (or the Organdy ribbon and brads) like I am, just a reminder that they are only available for 4 more days.  After the 31st, they will not be available again!  So, don’t miss out.  Shop online or email me and we’ll make sure you get your favs.

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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Chocolate Chip marker, Lucky Limeade classic
Paper: Everyday Enchantment designer paper (SAB), Chocolate Chip CS, Pool Party CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Calypso Coral CS
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment brads and organdy ribbon (SAB), Scallop Trim Border punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Cheery Berry Blossom Thinking of You Card

Earlier this week, I held a card class with my meetup group (if you are in the Seattle-area, I’d love to have you join us!).  I was using convention displays as inspiration for the four cards we were going to be making; but after designing the first 3, I decided that my 4th card was just going to be too much for the evening.  So, I did a quick change and pulled together this card that afternoon of the class.  Turns out, it ended up being one of my favorites of the night!

One of the things I love about this card is that it is so simple, but with a few different elements (scallop ribbon, dotted brad, stampin’ dimensionals) you get so much texture and dimension.

I was also using this card as a way to start getting over my fear of using my super cute brads and the new designer paper (the first cut is always the hardest! Smile)   And wouldn’t you know, it worked!  I can’t wait to use these accents some more.  Woo hoo!


Don’t Forget!  This Berry Blossom designer paper is one of the many available as part of the buy 3 get 1 free promotion going on this month.  So, feel free to cut into and make lots of fun projects with you paper.  You can always get more at effectively 25% off!  See all of the patterns you can choose from online now.



Berry Blossom Thinking of You Card recipe:
Raining Flowers, Curly Cute
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Berry Blossom dsp, Whisper White cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Chocolate Chip ribbon, In Color Dotted brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals