Monday, October 3, 2022

Two Stamp Sets Instead of One?

 While preparing for our World Card Making Day party, I wanted to try my hand at creating a version of the Cottage Rose card without using the Cottage Rose bundle.  Here is the card we created with the Cottage Rose set during the World Card Making Day event:

I perused my sets and thought the two that looked like they might work best to create a close alternative version would be the Hand Penned Petals and Shaded Summer sets and the Penned Flowers Dies.  Here is how my card turned out:

It was a fun experiment, though I think I still like the Cottage Rose design better.  How about you -- which card do you like better?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Happy World Card Making Day 2022!

 Hi!  Happy World Card Making Day!  I enjoyed being able to celebrate with friends yesterday.  My friend Connie and I hosted a gathering on my back patio, and it was so fun to visit with friends, stamp together, and watch the Stampin' Up! presentations (including a sneak peek of the Fitting Florets Suite from the January-June catalog, which will be available to order as part of a customer special in November, and which demonstrators will be able to pre order this month!)  Here are some photos from our gathering:

If you would like to see the video presentation we watched and check out the three projects Stampin' Up! designed for us to create together, you can do that here:  (The video and resources will be available through October 18th).

Here are the three cards we created:

This card uses the Warm Welcome Bundle, which is a set pre-released from the upcoming January-June Catalog.  I love the shading technique we did with Mint Macaron and Fresh Freesia inks and Blending Brushes.

I think this card with the Cottage Rose Bundle may be my favorite of the three cards.  It is just so soft and pretty, and I really love the different layers of stamping and die cuts!  


For the third card, I didn't have the Cottage Wreaths bundle (yet), so had to substitute a retired die set and used the Forever Fern stamp set with it.  The watercolor wash technique we used to create the wreath was great fun -- and everyone's came out so different and so beautiful!  For example, Margery and Connie mixed in some Flirty Flamingo with the Old Olive washes on their wreath pieces with some really beautiful results!

Stay tuned this week as I'll be sharing some alternate ideas made with these products and card layouts!  

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy Stamping!


P.S.  Some fun news from the event -- on October 4th, Stampin' Up! will have free shipping on orders of $75 or more.  And, from October 4th-31st, there will be a "boosted" and discounted starter kit for those who join as demonstrators -- please let me know if you'd like more information about that!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

SUper Friends May CASE the Catalog Cards

 Happy Wednesday!   Today I have another fabulous set of cards for you from my SUper Friends group.  These are the cards created for our May CASE (Copy and Share Everything) the Catalog swap to celebrate the release of the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog in May.  For this swap, each person chose a favorite sample in the catalog to recreate either as shown or with their own personal creative touches added.  (It also turns out that now is a great time to share these because Stampin' Up! is having a special sale on the sets in the Annual Catalog for one day only tomorrow, September 15th -- more info on that at the end of this post!)  

Margery drew inspiration for her beautiful Daffodil Daydream card from a sample on page 20 of the Annual Catalog.   The card showcases the Daffodil Dies with an assist from one of the Fabulous Frames dies.  A couple creative changes Margery made to her version include making her card a birthday card with a white-embossed sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, and instead of designer paper, stamping the background using the stone wall stamp from the Peekaboo Farm set -- very clever, right?!

Kallien's gorgeous card comes from a sample for the Pansy Patch Bundle on page 165 of the Annual Catalog.  Kallien changed the colors a bit to shades of Calypso Coral and Old Olive, used a die from Painted Labels for the greeting, and I believe used Stampin' Blends to add just the right shade of yellow to some Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels:

Connie S. created her wonderful card with the Let's Set Sail Bundle and Diorama Dies.   I like how she changed the placement of the greeting banner and created a perfectly matching piece for the inside:

Judy-Ann's stunning card is inspired by a Wisteria Wishes sample on page 92 of the Annual Catalog.  Judy-Ann used the Wisteria Wishes stamp set and dies (available as a bundle and save here), but rather than using the Balmy Blue shown in the sample, used a two-step stamping technique to color her wisteria with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape: 

Kate drew inspiration for her lovely card from sample made with the Happiness Abounds stamp set and dies on the Annual Catalog cover.   Kate eliminated the white layer and changed the greeting to a vellum piece to show off more of the gorgeous Hues of Happiness designer paper:   

Connie M. chose a sample on page 14 of the Annual Catalog with the Sending Smiles stamp set to inspire her marvelous creation.  She stepped up her version of the card by adding a piece cut with the Sending Dies for the "a card to say hello" part of her greeting:

Cathy's sweet and delightful card is inspired by the Hello Ladybug sample on page 30 of the Annual Catalog.  Cathy kept the layout with two daisies made with the Medium Daisy Punch in the sample, and used the Ladybug Builder Punch to give the ladybug a friend on the second daisy:

Cathy finished the inside of her card with some stamped flowers from the Hello Ladybug set:

The Tea Boutique suite is one of my favorite in the Annual Catalog, so I chose a sample made with it on page 12 to CASE.  I did step-up my card with a die cut piece of vellum behind the tea cup, a stamped image from the Stitchery stamp set along the bottom, and Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels for some sparkle on the die cut hearts.  

I used the new Limited Edition stamp set on the back of my card:

And, stamps from Stitchery and Cup of Tea for a dressed up inside:

Thanks so much to the SUper Friends for these excellent cards!!! 

I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by them as well!  In fact, if you are in the U.S. and would like to purchase any of the stamp sets used in these cards, you will be able to get them 15% off only on September 15th (tomorrow, at least at the time I'm writing this -- might be today when you are reading this!)  

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stamping (and sale-shopping)!

Stamp-tacular 15 percent off on September 15th


Very excited to share a special sale with you!  Here are the details:

** All stamps from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog will be 15% off for 24 HOURS ONLY on September 15 (Host sets excluded)

** Take advantage of the Weekly Deals and add to your order to make the most of shipping – stack these promotions!  See the Weekly Deals in my online store under Specials - September Weekly Deals -

** Have you seen the amazing Perfect Partners promotion? Get these exclusive dies / bundles while supplies last! Check out the Perfect Partners promotion in my online store under New – Perfect Partners -

** Grab those products for your holiday crafting– cardstock, envelopes, adhesive, embellishments, ribbon – ‘tis the season!

** The sale is ONLY for 24 hours on September 15 - don’t miss out!

Order online at  - if your order is less than $150, you can use Host Code BFK4E9WM or use this direct link: 

I’m happy to add an order for you, please contact me by 7pm on Thursday, September 15.

Happy shopping,

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

SUper Friends April Color Challenge Swap

Hello!  For our April swap, my SUper Friends group decided to do a color challenge.  The colors chosen (thanks, Judy!!!) were Basic White, Magenta Madness, Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam, and Granny Apple Green.  This was a fun combination!   

For her gorgeous card, Judy-Ann picked the Happiness Abounds Stamp set and Blossoming Happiness Dies (available in a bundle, though as of the time this is published, the dies and bundle are temporarily unavailable).  She colored the stamped and die cut images with Blends and used the intricate die cut to create a soft and pretty background behind the flowers: 

Connie S. chose the Color and Contour stamp set for her card, and I love the way she used the Scalloped Contours Dies to create some lovely background layers for her pretty flowers.  The bow and brass butterfly provide the perfect finishing touches as well:

Cathy's lovely card is a tri-fold with a peek a boo window for the greeting!  The beautiful butterflies are created with the Brilliant Wings Dies and small butterfly punch.

 Kallien's stunning card features the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch.  The white embossing on the strawberry really shows it off beautifully, and it is a little hard to see in the photo but there is some wonderful texture on the background as well as sparkle from the Genial Gems Kallien added as a finishing touch:

Connie M.'s eye-catching card masterfully combines flowers from the Color and Contour set with leaves from the Artistically Inked set, greeting from Dragonfly Dreams, and Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper in a really fun layout: 

Margery's awesomely creative card uses this color combo to create a fantastic nautical scene, featuring the Let's Sail Set and Gentle Waves Background Stamps, along with the Layering Diorama dies and Subtle Texture Embossing Folder:

For my card, I also used the Happiness Abounds Bundle.  My card opens to reveal a surprise inside -- it is a W Fold card!  (I followed this tutorial by Jackie Bolhuis of Klompenstampers to create my card):

Thanks to the SUper Friends for these wonderful cards!  And, thank you for visiting my blog -- I hope these cards will inspire you to try out this color combination!  

- Michelle

Saturday, April 23, 2022

SUper Friends Saturday: March Flowers Card Swap

 Happy Saturday!!!  I have a treat for you today!  I am sharing the gorgeous creations from my SUper Friends' March card swap.  Our theme for this swap was flowers, and I think you'll agree, it is so fun to see the variety of stamps and colors everyone chose for this one!  

Connie M. chose a lovely, soft pastel palette for her card, which features the Art Gallery stamp set, Floral Gallery dies, and Scalloped Contour dies:

Connie S. created her bright and beautiful card with the Daffodil Daydream Bundle and coordinating designer series paper (from Sale-a-Bration):

Cathy's bright and happy card combines the Flower Shop stamp set, Pansy Punch, and Jar of Flowers stamp set, plus cute little fireflies from a Paper Pumpkin kit: 

Judy's spectacular card is a Floating Gatefold, which shows off the lovely Heart and Home Suite designer paper, stamps, die cuts and doilies.  Judy watercolored the flower images inside the card with the colors from the designer paper:

Kallien's bright flowers really pop on the black card base she chose for her elegant card.  The flowers are die cute with the soon-to-be retiring Pierced Bloom dies (if you don't have these, you will want to be sure to add them to your collection before it is too late-- and at half off original price, while supplies last!).  Kallien's embossed sentiment is from the coordinating In Bloom stamp set (also retiring soon): 

Kallien dressed up the inside of her card using a piece created with one of the Ornate Layers dies (also retiring soon) and flowers created with the Pierced Bloom dies:

Margery's fantastic card also features the Pierced Bloom dies, alsong with a fabulous watercolored background, embossed with the Ornate Floral 3d Folder (retiring soon!), and fern and bee die cuts made with the Iconic dies (also retiring soon!):

Nancy gave her delightful daisy card a fun 3D center.  The wonderful sentiment is from the Abstract Impressions stamp set:

For her bright and cheery floral card, Agnes combined elements from the Safari Celebration Paper Pumpkin kit along with some fun flower die cuts:

My card is a pop up fun fold, and I combined images stamped and cut from the Daffodil Daydream Bundle with the coordinating designer series paper, plus mixed in some images stamped and cut with the Honeybee Home Bundle:

I colored my stamped images with blends.  The background behind the stamped images is stenciled with one of the Butterflies and Flowers Layering Masks.  

On the back of the card, I added more designer series paper plus a white cardstock panel for a message:

Thanks so much once again to the SUper Friends for their beautiful artwork!!!  And, thank you for visiting my blog.  Hope you are inspired to create something of your own today!  Please let me know if you have questions or would be interested in joining one of my SUper Friends swaps.

- Michelle