I rarely share a card made completely with retired products, but last weekend I was away at a crop and one of my friends was busy making 149 Christmas cards. On Saturday night, she mentioned that she was leaving early the next day because it was her anniversary and oops, she didn’t have anything to make a card for her husband. So the rest of the table started grabbing stamp sets and paper stacks from bags and all sorts of supplies were perused and I said I’d make the card.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator -  Beautiful Ride

The stamp set that made sense (because apparently Rich has been called love bug) was Beautiful Ride which I stamped twice – once on the whisper white cardstock and once on the DSP (the retired Love Blossoms DSP stack) which I then cut out. Next I stamped the sentiment and the image of the couple, both also from the Beautiful Ride set. Using my aquapainter and very little water, I coloured in the tyres and the people. Once this was successful (my first attempt was not, since I added a smudge from a finger) I glued on the cut out car. In case you’re wondering at Rich’s hair colour – it’s a mixture of cajun craze and pumpkin pie which, having seen photos, is pretty accurate. The mat is crumb cake to match the car.

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Firstly I’d like to say Thank You very much to the team at CAS on Sunday for picking my recent card (a Paper Pumpkin May 2016 alternate) as a favourite. It was wonderful to go to the site to see this week’s challenge to find that I’d been chosen. And on a special day for me…

Happy Anniversary to me – Stampin’ Up! anniversary that is. Two years ago today I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and what a fun two years it’s been. As I’ve mentioned previously, my sister Caro is a demo in the UK (where we originate although I’m in NJ now) and she told me about Stampin’ Up! and how much fun it is. She further claimed that the colour coordination between paper and ink means that anyone can make cards. I insisted that this was not true and that I, having the creativity of a brick, would be unable to make any, so to prove this I bought a kit. After I’d made my six cards in one sitting (in between run to the computer to show her them on Skype) I signed up on the spot and had to wait, impatiently, for UPS to bring me my starter kit. Yesterday I made my 834th card, so I guess you can say, it’s working out for me! Yes, I number them. I don’t really know why except as a mathematician, I like data that has to do with numbers.

So, to celebrate my Happy Anniversary and to hopefully make it happy for someone else, I’m offering some blog candy. Although I’ve made 834 cards, I haven’t sent anywhere near that many (although I’m doing better than last year) so I’m offering a dozen of my handmade cards. All you have to do is to comment on this post before Saturday 4th  and to tell me why you like creating cards.

Here’s a photo of the blog candy. I’ve packaged cards like this before, click here to see the details.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder and Lots of Labels collection

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I hope that everyone is having a great Memorial Day or Bank Holiday Monday.

See you tomorrow,



Here’s the card that I sent to my sister and brother in law last month for their anniversary. I didn’t want to post it on the day since they were away on vacation and I wanted them to see it in real life before posting it on my blog – although I’m pretty sure that Ben doesn’t read this! This card is yet another side effect of the card that I made for Dr Demaira – you can see that card here. I’d borrowed a stamp set with a cat on it and this stack of presents were included.  I liked it so much that I stamped a number of stacks for later. Actually I ended up finding the set on ebay so I can do as many stacks as I like now. For my birthday back in August, my sister made me a card using DSP and red and pink together – here it is – in an attempt to show me that you don’t have to follow the rules. I couldn’t think of a way to combine crisp cantaloupe and pistachio pudding (two colours that she really finds underwhelming) so instead decided that I’d have to pop something up on their card. She has only recently stopped stating that she will never use stampin’ dimensionals (she needed them on my birthday card actually!) so I couldn’t resist. cool cats crushed curry anniversary

Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ Crushed Curry

Top layer: 4″ by 5.25″ Very Vanilla

Stamp sets: Cool Cat (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes

Inks: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo

As I mentioned, I had already stamped the stack of presents onto the very vanilla by colouring in the presents using Stampin’ write markers in crushed curry, pumpkin pie and melon mambo. I got the colour selection from the colour coach – I don’t think I’d have come up with this combination on my own, but I love it. I then took the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and randomly stamped in the three colours all over the very vanilla. The card looked a little flat at this point so I grabbed another stamped present (luckily in the same colours) and snipped it out, adhering it over the stack on the card with stampin’ dimensionals. Here’s a side view of the card balanced on my colour coach.

cool cats crushed curry anniversary side view

I like having the stack of presents also stamped on the card itself. I think it gives more depth. I glued the very vanilla to the base and used the backgrounds DSP in Crushed Curry to line the envelope.