Paper Crafting Blog Hop Happy Birthday To You

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Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia are participating. We have a wide array of fun projects and design styles to share with you! I am excited to be joining this blog hop for the first time!   You may have arrived from Sue McDonald’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

This month’s theme is birthdays.  I chose the Happy Birthday To You stamp set and Best Dressed Designer Series Paper to make this card.  I love the versatility of this set – by switching up the sentiment this card could easily be made for other celebrations, giving you even more possibilities – and other uses for all the beautiful DSP!


The measurements and paper/cardstock used are as follows:
  •  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Petal Pink (card base)
  •  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ Old Olive
  • 4″ x  5-1/4″ Best Dressed DSP
  • 3″ x 5-1/4″ Purple Posy
  • 2-3/4 x 5-1/4″ Best Dressed DSP
  • scraps of Basic Black and Whisper White
Other products used:
  • Stamp Set:  Happy Birthday To You
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
  • Birthday and Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
The video tutorial can be found at the bottom of this post.
Thank you for joining this month’s blog hop!  Now click on the Next image to zoom to Amastasia’s blog and see what fun project she designed.
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Free as a Bird Framed Card

A friend of mine and I were talking recently about how much we liked paper crafting back when we were kids, and we just never outgrew it.  When I was a kid my mom gave me a kind of doll house that was put together with all paper.  I must have colored, cut and glued for hours.  And honestly, I am so glad I haven’t outgrown that childhood pasttime.

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I haven’t played with the Free as a Bird stamp set in a while, so it was fun to create this card with it.  I have been working with brighter colors lately, so I was due to make a card with these softer colors.

Here are the cardstock and measurements for the card:

  • Soft Saffron: 11″ x 4-1/4″ scored in the middle and folded in half (card base), and a scrap 3/4″ wide
  • Whisper White: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Petal Pink: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • DSP: Bird Ballad – 3″ x 3″

Other products used on this card (can be found at my online store – link on the right)

  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Stampin’ Blends: Light Ivory, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral Light, Old Olive Light
  • Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems
  • Bloom Punch (Sale-a-bration item)

Below is the video tutorial.  Enjoy!





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Pocket Card with Bookmark using Parisian Blossoms DSP

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Happy Leap Day! I posted a challenge in my facebook group today and I’d like to share here as well:  Join the two day challenge – buy no craft supplies February 30 and 31.  I’m in!  How about you?

Today’s card features the beautiful Parisian Blossoms DSP.  I paired it with the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set to make this card featuring Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede cardstock.    I have the PDF instructions that are free when you sign up for my newsletter.  Just click the subscribe to my newsletter button on the right, and you will be sent the PDF straight to your email.

Here is the video tutorial for this card.  Thanks for stopping by!


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It’s a Lily Fun Card!

I’ve always described my scrapbooking and cardmaking as linear.  I love how other card and scrapbookers can combine paper and embellishments together and voila! have a beautiful and unique card.

lily imp

I recently stumbled across an older book from 2008 with oodles of samples and ideas for card making.  I stepped out of my comfort box a bit  and made this card, using some ideas from this book.  The sample used a different technique instead of giving the Designer Series Paper texture, but I sure had fun coming up with this idea!

Here are the measurements for the card:

  • Pear Pizzazz – 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored in half (base of card)
  • Melon Mambo – 4-1/4″ x 3″
  • Crushed Curry – 3-1/2″ x 5″
  • Lily Impressions DSP – 3-1/4″ x 3″

These are other supplies used for this card:

Strong & Beautiful Cling Stamp SetTAGS & MORE ACCESSORY KITcolorful enamel dotsdeep pink cardstockpear green papergold yellow paperblack stamp ink pad

Here is the video tutorial.  Enjoy!




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Crafty Weekend Plans

A nice perk of not having a filled calendar on the weekend is that I am able to spend some time – real time – in my craft room.  Today after we ran errands and did the chores I worked on making cards, and filming, editing and uploading videos on my youtube channel.  I never realized how much time filming and editing a video takes until I started doing it myself.  Whew!  It does take time, but I have learned so much in the process!


This card I made earlier this week and shared it on Facebook Friday.  If you are on Facebook, I’d love to have you join us!  We have a fun group!  Here is the video with directions for the card.  It was a live session, so there is some chatter going on 🙂


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Embossed Happy Birthday Card

Happy February!  A few weeks ago I visited my local library.  Years ago I would faithfully go every three weeks.  It had been months since I had last visited.  There’s something about the feel of a book in your hands that a Kindle just can’t replace.

As I was browsing, I found a few older handmade card books.  I have been using some of the examples in the books to make a few cards.  It’s been fun to take an older example using new supplies and create cards. This is the first card I made:


Here are the measurements for the card:


Garden Green 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (score and fold in half). This is the card base.

Lovely Lipstick 5″ x 3-3/4″

Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

Supplies used:


Thanks for visiting!  Below is the video tutorial for this card:



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Tri-fold Peekaboo Card with Peaceful Poppies Suite

I don’t think I will ever get tired of the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  The happy colors of the DSP and variety of stamps make creating cards a breeze!  Here are the products used and measurements of the paper used:

Rich Razzleberry: 4-1/4″ x 11″,  Score on the long side at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2.”  Fold and crease along the scored lines.

Peaceful Poppies DSP:  a piece each of size 4″ x 4″ and 4-1/4″ x 3/4.”

Whisper White: scrap for die cutting a small circle, a 4″ x 4″ piece for the inside of the card.

Scraps of Poppy Parade and Old Olive – for die cutting out circles (see video).

Other Products used:

Stamp sets:Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments

Ink:  Blackberry Bliss

Die Cuts:  Layering Circles Set

Tools:  Corner Rounder, Adhesive

Below is the tutorial of how to put the card together.

I have also made a few other cards using different stamp sets and paper.  I’d love to see what you do with this card idea!



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Use a Card Sketch to Make One Card – Or Twenty!


This card sketch is my go to when it comes to making cards.  One of the great things about this sketch is it can be made in either landscape or portrait mode, with the dimensions of the card staying the same, for the most part.  As always, I am giving you the dimensions for the card here on my blog, but  – and drum roll, please! – I have made a PDF which has the instructions for you!  Can you believe this is my first PDF I have ever made?!  Click on the the word “blueprint” above (next to the picture) and it shoud take you to the PDF.  If it doesn’t, please comment below.  I’m still learning 🙂


Here are the dimensions for the paper used for this card:


Cardstock:  Purple Posy 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, Old Olive 5-1/2 x 1/2″ , Best Dressed DSP 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″, scrap of Whisper White to make an oval shape (I used the Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies)

Below is the video tutorial for this card.  Enjoy!


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2020 Mini Catalog Paper Share

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The Paper Share for the 2020 Mini Catalog is almost here!  Here are the details:

What you get:  ¼ of a pack of every Designer Series and Specialty Designer Series paper in the new mini catalog.  There are seven different papers, which means you will receive a total of 84 sheets of paper sized at 6”x6”.

The cost for the paper share is $35.  This includes the 84 sheets of paper and PDF instructions to make seven different cards using the different paper included in the share.   If you would like to have the paper shipped to you, an additional $5 will be invoiced for postage.

See below for important dates:

January 1 – Deadline to sign up.  To join, please contact me via email at

January 2 – payment is due.  Cash, check (email me for address), paypal, venmo accepted.

January 3 – I will place the order (I hope to receive the order by January 10).

January 10 – cutting and prepping time.

January 15 – shares will be delivered/shipped/ready for pick up.

If you have the new mini 2020 catalog already hopefully you’ve had a chance to look at all the beautiful paper that is in it.  Paper shares are a great way to sample all the paper without the big cost.  Please contact me if you have any questions. It’s a great way to welcome in the new year!




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Poinsettia Holiday Card


I braved the stores on Black Friday – yes, Walmart on Black Friday! – and was really surprised that there wasn’t a mass of people in the store.  I think we must have missed the crowd since we were not up at the crack of dawn, or the shoppers did their shopping the day before on Thursday.

While I was there I browsed the Christmas card section and got my inspiration for my card from one of the cards on the shelf.  I knew I had to have something that would make a poinsettia, and the Nature’s Root’s dies were just what I needed.  Here are the dimensions and supply list of what is needed for this card:



Wrapped in Plaid 1 x 5-1/4″


Shaded Spruce 3/8″ ribbon 6″ piece

Gold Faceted Gems

So Many Stars Stamp Set

Nature’s Root’s dies

Gold Embossing Powder

Embossing Buddy

Heat Tool

And, as always, here is the video tutorial.  Enjoy!

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