Hello Fall, It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

Merry Cafe with Coffee Cup Framelits, Seasonal Layers

Stampin’ Up! and Fall go together like Pumpkin Spice and Latte… Perfectly!

This card features a stamp set, Merry Cafe, that’s designed to coordinate with the Coffee Cafe bundle and offers some seasonal options for those coffee lovers in your life.

I started with a stamped burlap background, positioned diagonally on the card so that it looks like a table cloth or place mat.

The little stamped leaves on the cup are from Merry Cafe and I stamped them very similarly to the sample in the holiday catalog.

This stamp set includes Halloween, fall & winter accents and verses, making this set a fabulous addition to the Coffee Cafe Bundle available in Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog.

Finally, the large leaves are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and are cut out of Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

Until very recently, I was not feeling ready for the Autumn season, but I think I’m finally there.  We’ve had a hot, dry summer which I truly enjoyed, but the cool, crisp air of Fall will be a welcome change.

Hello Fall! It’s pumpkin spice latte season!

Product List

Happy Birthday Deer from Card Front Builder Dies

Happy Birthday Deer with Card Front Builder Framelits, by Krista Thomas

I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in western Oregon,  and right now much of my state is on fire.  We have luscious forests here, but after a hot dry summer, all it takes is a lightening strike, a careless person with a cigarette or a thoughtless teenager with some fireworks, and it all goes up in flames.

My card today reflects my love for Oregon and the beauty that surrounds all who live here.  Please pray for our brave and tireless firefighters and praise God for the rain that has recently started falling!

The new Card Front Builder Framelits, from the 2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, were used to make the trees and the deer.  I love it when a Christmas themed set of dies are useful year round.  Masculine cards are always needed, atleast in my family, where the guys definitely out-number the girls, so I’m sure I’ll be making a few more with this versatile set!

If you’d like to order any of the products used on this card, simply click on a thumbnail below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Product List

Custom Silhouette Stamping & Watercolor Striping Techniques

Watercolor Striping with Fabulous Flamingo

I was impressed by a card made by Elizabeth Price over at Seeing Ink Spots and I had to give it a try.  Thank you Elizabeth, for a beautiful background idea!

Here’s how I did it:


On watercolor paper, sponge three different colors in a striped fashion, from one end of the paper to the other.

Today we’re using Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

Watercolor stripe colors, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist & Flirty Flamingo

Cover the entire panel, alternating colors.

Watercolor striping

Use an aqua painter (water pen) to draw stripes across the sponged panel, going over each stripe 2 or 3 times.

Leave a little space between each water stripe. Allow to dry before stamping the flamingo onto the panel.

Watercolor striping

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can make a wavy pattern instead of straight stripes.

Watercolor striping

Stamp the flamingo onto the dry panel. Fill in (blacken) any area that you can see through. This is “custom silhouette-ing”  and can be done with any stamp and a black Sharpie.

Fabulous Flamingo on Water Striped Background



Card dimensions are as follows:
Bermuda Bay card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist panel: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Flirty Flamingo panel: 3 7/8″ x 5″
Watercolor paper panel: 3 3/4″ x 4 7/8″
Inside panel: 4″ x 5 1/4

Product List

Painted Harvest and Tie-Dye Technique Tutorial

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

This card features a new set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called “Painted Harvest”, available beginning September 1, 2017….that’s TODAY!

In the background is a fun and colorful tie dye technique.  Let me show you how it’s done…

Tie Dye Tutorial 1

Open up a white coffee filter.


Gather up the filter until it is long & scrunched up.


Using a baby wipe, dab Old Olive ink onto the coffee filter in a 1″ section at one end.


Continue dabbing colors onto the filter, using a clean baby wipe for each color and leaving a bit of white showing in between each color. You will need to turn the scrunched coffee filter over and dab it from the other side in order to get the ink through all of the layers. Here we have Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.


Open up the filter and check to see if there are any spots that need more ink. If so, scrunch it back up and add the needed ink.

If it looks good, then allow it to dry.


Use a glue stick to cover a white panel measuring 5″ x 3.75″.


Lay the panel onto your dried filter, glue-y side down. Rub to adhere.


Using your glue stick again, cover the back side of the same white panel.


Fold the edges of the filter onto the glue-y panel. Glue all 4 sides down, keeping your corners nice and square.


Turn panel over and admire your beautiful tie-dye!

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

When I stamped the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry for both the first and second layer stamps, and then did a third layer with Pumpkin Pie.  The center is stamped with Cajun Craze and the entire flower is cut out with scissors.  Both layers of the leaves are stamped with Old Olive and then punched out with the new Leaf Punch (#144667).  Glitter Enamel Dots are used as accents on the tie-dyed background.

Finish card.

Product List

Graceful Garden, A Rose for You

Graceful Garden with Petal Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP)


Hello everyone!  Today I’m sharing another card that was made during my Clean & Simple card classes earlier this month.  It features a gold-embossed rose from the Graceful Garden stamp set and is water colored with Calypso Coral and Old Olive.

The background paper is a 6 x 6 stack, called Petal Garden and the colors in it are just stunning!  You can order your package of it by clicking the product picture below.



Product List

Happy Birthday on Burlap, a Clean & Simple Card

Happy Birthday with Daisy Delight & Burlap background

Today I am sharing a daisy card which we made in my Clean & Simple classes this past week.  The background features the large Burlap stamp which is placed diagonally and stamped with Crumb Cake ink on a panel of the same color.  I love the fringed edges of this stamp!

The daisy is stamped twice on white card stock in Night of Navy ink with a Crushed Curry center and then punched out and layered together.  I placed a Stampin’ Dimensional between the two flowers to give it some depth.

The Happy Birthday die is cut twice, once with Night of Navy, the other with Daffodil Delight and then they are offset, allowing for a shadow effect.  A few gold sequins finish off the card.

I hope you like it!  If you need any of the products to make this card, simply click on a product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store where you can shop to your hearts content!  And thank you in advance!

Happy stamping…

Product List

Bright Color Challenge with Eastern Medallions

Ready for a challenge!

This morning while I was having my coffee and browsing the web, I came across a color challenge that I just had to participate in.  I absolutely love bright colors!  This challenge comes from Fab Friday Challenge Blog and the trio of colors are shown below.  They are Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo.

After finishing my coffee I headed to the craft room and started playing.  I grabbed my Pattern Party Decorate Masks and some sponges and after several different attempts, here’s what I came up with.

FabFri118 Color Challenge, Pattern Party Decorate Masks, Eastern Medallions Thinlits

I used Lemon Lime Twist ink on Lemon Lime Twist card stock for a somewhat subtle background, sponging through the large medallion stencil.  Then I used some dies from Eastern Medallions Thinlits to create my centerpiece.  A large Clear Faceted Gem and a piece of Black Mini Sequins Trim finishes off the card with a touch of glam.

The little sentiment “You’re Amazing” comes from Tabs for Everything stamp set and is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Whale of a Tag

Whale, hello there!

That’s the punny saying on this cute card which was made with Message in a Bottle stamp set.

I have just returned from a family camping trip in beautiful Bandon Oregon, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, so this card seemed fitting.  I can’t say that I saw any whales on this trip, but I have in the past and it’s such a sight!

The wavy background was made with Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then I accented with a few small pieces of Bundle of Love DSP.

Message in a Bottle, Stampin' Up

I hope you liked today’s card.  Thanks for stopping by!



Product List



Message in a Bottle

If I’ve told you once…

I’ve told you a thousand times…I love you!  That’s the message in these pretty bottles!

Message in a Bottle with Tree Rings, Stampin' Up!

I’ve mentioned before that the colors in Coffee Break Designer Series Paper make me happy and really speak to me, so it seemed perfectly natural when I reached for it to make this project.  My card today features a stamp set called Message in a Bottle and I chose to make a background using the Tree Rings stamp.

I took my color cues from the designer paper and stamped three bottles, alternating between Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.  I used some Glitter Enamel Dots (#144200) as an accent which added a bit of glam to this otherwise “earthy” card.  Those enamel dots are so much prettier in real life and they really do sparkle!

We often go camping on the Oregon coast and have taken many walks on the beach.  To date I have never found a bottle with a message in it, but I always keep my eyes open for the possibility!  One never knows…

Thanks for stopping by today!  Feel free to subscribe so that you’ll never miss a post.


Product List





Coffee Makes Me Happy!

I can’t start my day without a cup of coffee.  Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had a cup!  It took my husband a long time to learn this and while he now knows it, he sure doesn’t understand it.  He has joked that I should just hook up to an I-V filled with coffee!  Nope, it’s the flavor and smell that I love…an I-V won’t work!

Coffee Cafe Bundle, Foil Frenzy and Bundle of Love DSP

This coffee card features a background of the lovely Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, and yes, those are metallic polka dots in Soft Sky!  It’s so much prettier in real life!  There are three other foil colors in this pack besides the Soft Sky…there’s Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tangerine Tango.  All are simply gor-ge-ous!!

Then I used a piece of Bundle in Love Designer Series Paper behind the coffee cup.  The words are stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then I pieced in the three words that are stamped with Early Espresso ink on Soft Sky card stock.

If you love coffee the way that I do, you’ve might need the Coffee Cafe Bundle so that you can make your own coffee cards.  I see myself buying a lot of coffee stand gift cards in the future as a great way to say “thank you”, complete with a hand-made card!

Order your own bundle today by clicking on the product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Product List