Here’s a CAS card using a couple of the new in colours, delightful dijon and watermelon wonder.

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

I used one of the small flower “insides” from the Flower Patch set, stamped in the two colours. The sentiment, stamped in watermelon wonder, is from a just retired hostess set, Because You Care although it’s only half of the sentiment. The Hello that’s the top portion of the sentiment was just too big for this card. I stamped on a piece of very vanilla and mounted that on a watermelon wonder card base. And that’s it. Easy to reproduce this one.

This is a first – I’ve created a card that complies with the rules of two challenges! The Paper Players and CAS on Sunday. Both challenges are tic tac toe and I’ve used birthday, embossing and flower for the Paper Players and Birthday, Black and white plus one colour and embossing for CAS on Sunday.

Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch and Endless Birthday Wishes

Here are the grid from each:

CAS on Sunday

The Paper Players

I heat embossed the flower image in using black embossing powder onto whisper white card stock – don’t forget your embossing buddy. I then used my aquapainter and minimal water to colour in the flower using rich razzleberry. I started colouring each petal in the centre so that the colour faded a little towards the edge. The sentiment is from the Endless Birthday Wishes set – new if you’re not in the US but a photopolymer set from a few months ago if you are – and is also stamped in rich razzleberry. The whisper white is then mounted onto a cardbase of rich razzleberry.  I’m continuing to use up my Backgrounds DSP stash lining the back of the envelope flaps. The fact that I still have some of the Backgrounds DSP left (in every colour family) of course hasn’t stopped me from ordering the new patterns today!

Lately I’ve been publishing posts later in the day that I used to; I’m happy to have this one scheduled at the “usual” time, because I’m starting at a new job today. It’s been a great six months between jobs – especially the language learning in Barcelona – but now it’s time to get back to work.

See you tomorrow,


Today is a special day – it’s the single day where the Stampin’ Up! catalogues overlap. Today you can order from the 2014-2015 catalogue, the Occasions catalogue AND the new just released today 2015-2016 catalogue. It’s also the last day where you can take advantage of the old style hostess awards. And that is worth taking advantage of! In addition, if you decide that you need a lot of stuff (and you will!), if you sign up as a demonstrator this month, you get two free stamp sets. Any stamp sets that you like in the catalogue and they aren’t all priced the same so figure out the best deals! That’s in addition to the great deal where you get $125 worth of stuff for $99 and with free shipping (that’s another $10 saved right there). It truly is a great time to sign up and there’s no obligation to do a single thing after signing up. But if you spend (personally or you get customers to spend) $300 by the end of September, you remain as a demonstrator for another month and continue to get your discount. And discounted product is a good thing!

So sit on the couch and browse through the catalogues with a large piece of paper on which to write your wish list. And then join up and have fun.

See you tomorrow,


I was reading Susan Itell’s Simple Stampin’ blog this morning and she likes to issue a personal challenge on Mondays. Today’s was to use four colours from the same colour family. I started off using the subtles but moved onto an autumnal idea and the regals. This is also a sneak peek of the new catalogue (going live tomorrow!) since the stamp set, Sprinkles of Life is the new charity set  – for each one purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of life

I started by stamping the tree in always artichoke on very vanilla card stock. I then decided to use the baby wipe technique for the leaves. You take a baby wipe and put drops of different re-inkers onto it. I used cherry cobbler, crushed curry and cajun craze and then pressed the leaves stamp firmly onto the baby wipe to get inked up.  As you can see, you get a great variegated image. I liked it so much that I decided to do the same thing for part of the sentiment. The sentiments are both from the Endless Birthday Wishes set – a familiar set if you’re in the US, new tomorrow if you’re not.

I mounted my very vanilla piece onto a piece of cajun craze just 1/8 inch larger than the vanilla. This then was mounted onto a crushed curry card base. I didn’t think about my envelope until I’d cleaned the stamps so I decided that some dry embossing was the way to go. I used the retired folder Pretty Print to coordinate with the script of the sentiment.

Yesterday was my one year anniversary of starting to make cards and also of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. What a year of fun it’s been. I’ve made 587 cards (not all different) and had a great time, met a lot of fun new people and sent way more cards than in the previous year! Why not join in the fun? You won’t regret it. Just fill in the Contact Me form and we can chat.

See you tomorrow,