This card starts off exactly the same as yesterday. I wanted to take the very quick, clean and simple card and take it up a notch whilst still keeping it clean and simple.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words and Happy Heart TIEF

After stamping the elements from Watercolor Words in real red on whisper white card stock, I trimmed the excess white space quite severely. I’d had a piece of real red embossed with hearts using the Happy Heart TIEF on my desk for a few days and it was definitely the inspiration for this card. Of course that piece of real red didn’t work here, so the original inspiration piece is still there. Waiting!

After I’d embossed a fresh piece of real red, I put it right in the centre of the thick whisper white card base. I tend to use the thick whisper white for bases and the ordinary for everything else. I then realised that I needed a thin real red border around my main focus. Once I’d added that I popped up the matted sentiment with dimensional and positioned it on the card. Not in the centre, that was just too predictable, but slightly more to the right. In my opinion, it brings it to life. I again added the dry embossing to the envelope flap, as I did yesterday.

So, here are the two side by side. Which do you prefer?

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words and Happy Heart TIEF

Here’s the, again, short list of supplies needed to make this card

Don’t forget to pop over to CAS Colours & Sketches to check out this week’s challenge and enter your card. There’s no pressure, change a friendly challenge to help you stretch your card making skills.

See you tomorrow,


When I was creating the card for my 400th post on Tuesday, I also made this one. It’s clean and simple in the extreme but I love how effective it is. And yet again, it underlines my surprise that Watercolor Words wasn’t on my first shipment from Stampin’ Up!’s current annual catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words

As long as you don’t manage to get red ink on your fingers and add a fingerprint smear, it’s a very quick card. For some reason, I find that the red ink has more affinity for my fingers than any other colour! It’s just a quick stamp of the sentiment in real red on whisper white card stock and then a couple of hearts in the same colour. Glue this to a real red card base and you’re done. I did of course play with the envelope as well.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words and Happy Hearts TIEF

I dry embosssed it using the Happy Heart TIEF. Because of the way that the folder is created, you easily can have the hearts the right way up, but you can only have 6 hearts in width. I rather like the border around the hearts even though there’s no avoiding it!

As I reminded you, on Tuesday was my 400th blog post and I had some blog candy to celebrate. The closing date for comments was midnight last night.

Stampin' Up! Lotus Blossom and Heappy Heart TIEF and Jewels basic rhinestone and sequin trim

Using a random number generator, I got that #3, Nicole Garabrant won the candy. She said:

“400th post, you go girl! This card is gorgeous and perfect for Valentine’s day. Thanks so much for a chance to win the blog candy! :)”

Contact me to give my your address Nicole, and I’ll get it sent to you pronto.

As for Sandra and D’Ann – contact me as well with a US address and I’ll send you a little thank you of a few of my cards for taking part in my celebration.


It’s a very short list of supplies to make this card today – and even shorter is you just use a plain envelope, or just stamp on it.

If Watercolour words didn’t make it to your wish list, I hope that today’s post has changed your mind! If not, stop by tomorrow for a variation on today’s card. Actually, stop by anyway!

See you tomorrow,


I was playing with the Sunburst dies the other day and cutting out a number of samples when I used the Have a Cuppa DSP. Actually I was planning on using the reverse side but it didn’t work out. This combination of colours though I really like.

Stampin' Up! Sunburst Sayings and Sunburst Thinlits Die and Have a cuppa DSP

The sunburst is larger than the pool party card base so I trimmed it after gluing the centre with the multipurpose glue. This way there is no glue on my stampin’ trimmer! Once I’d done the trimming, I attached the ends with snail. You can use any glue for this. Then I stamped the sentiment from Sunburst Sayings in bermuda bay on a scrap of pool party and punched it out with the 1 1/4 inch punch. I made a mat using bermuda bay and one of the circles collections framelits dies. I dry embossed the envelope although you can’t really see it here. But I just cannot send out a plain envelope!

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to comment on Tuesday’s post to have a chance to win blog candy.

How are you doing on sending cards this year? Did you decide to join me and resolve to send more? I’m doing better than I expected, I’m up to 14 so far this month with one slated for a birthday tomorrow. It’s amazing how happy it makes people to receive a hand made card. I encourage you to give one to somebody today.

See you tomorrow,

It’s Thursday and that means that it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. And with this sketch challenge, I’ve just completed my first month as a Design Team member. It’s fun and it’s definitely going to pull me out of my comfort zone and that’s a good thing.

Stampin' Up! Cupcake Party and Helping Me Grow and Have a Cuppa DSP

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card

I was going to use vellum but that was getting too fussy so I looked for a DSP with small images that would work showing just at the corners. And found just what I needed when flicking through the Have a Cuppa DSP stack. This obviously led me to the Cupcake Party stamp set. This card has been through many iterations – it was all in wisteria wonder, then I added melon mambo before finally deciding on cherry cobbler because it made the cherry believable. I still wasn’t happy with the card last night until I realised that it was the missing border that was bothering me. The sketch doesn’t allow for matting so I used the line of dots stamp from Helping Me Grow instead. This seems to give all the white space some purpose rather than it just being there.

I punched out the cupcake liner from the Merry Moments DSP out of the annual catalog; I chose this because I needed a very small pattern for the little cake. I even punched the cherry out of the same paper managing to get it without any of the gold dots. The top of the cake is stamped in wisteria wonder and punched out also.

I hope that you’ll pop over to the challenge page and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team have produced and then have a go yourself. It’s fun to push yourself.

I also hope that you’ll take a look at my post from Tuesday and enter to win the blog candy that I’m offering to celebrate my 400th post. You have until midnight (EST) on Friday to enter. Sorry, it’s only open to US residents.

Stampin' Up! Lotus Blossom and Heappy Heart TIEF and Jewels basic rhinestone and sequin trim

Here are the supplies that I used to make the card.

See you tomorrow,

That’s the name of the DSP – It’s My Party DSP, not that I’m having an actual party today.I CASEd the idea of this card from Allison Okamitsu. I love the big bold typeface of the word hello paired with the fun It’s My Party DSP.

Stampin' Up! It's My Party DSP and Hello

I used versamark and crushed curry embossing powder for the beautiful word and then stamped the hat in melon mambo on whisper white and quickly snipped it out. I then cut out the hello and a matching mat in crushed curry using a couple of the ovals collections framelits dies. I chose this fun paper for the background and cut out a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece (you can get 6 of these out of a single piece of the DSP) and adhered it to the crushed curry card base. The only thing popped up today is the little party hat. I stamped the sentiment “birthday girl” on the inside of the card rather than following Allison’s card closely and putting it on the front. And there you have it – a quick and easy  birthday card. Actually I need a masculine one today, I don’t think this quite cuts it so I’m going to my stash for that.

Don’t forget that I have blog candy for you at the moment to celebrate my 400th blog post (yesterday). You have until Friday midnight EST to enter to win. Read all the details in yesterday’s post.

Finally, a hearty welcome to my new subscriber. I’m so glad that you decided to click on the Subscribe button! Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions.

See you tomorrow,