Eastern Palace Sunflower Card

How much fun is this card?  I love sunflowers…how about you?  They have a special meaning for me as every time I see one it causes me to stop and remember a special little boy.

If you know me, you know that I love clean and simple cards.  It’s my style for two reasons…one, I need for my card making to be quick!  If I have to spend too much time it just isn’t fun for me.  Are there many of you out there that feel the same?  And two, luckily, I love the look!

I’ve been playing with the Eastern Palace Suite for a couple of weeks now and though I love the entire suite I am crazy in love with the dies!   So I decided for stamp club this month they would get to make this fun clean and simple sunflower card.

  • The Eastern Palace die used for the petals is perfect for making sunflowers.  I use the Precision Plate and Die Brush for all my intricate dies now.  The Precision Plate helps to make deeper cuts so that all the intricate parts of the die are cut through.  Then the Die Brush with it’s mat make it so you don’t have to sit and poke all the little pieces out. These are must have tools if you are into intricate dies.
  • There are a number of wonderful sentiments in the Eastern Palace Stamp Set but I am loving the two curved ones so much!


The Eastern Palace Suite is so much fun. Today's card is a sunflower card made with one of the dies. I love this set the more I use it and see the possibilities.

  • Embossing folders are a great way to give your cards texture.  Here, the center of the sunflower is a 2″ circle that’s been embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I’m sad to say that this folder was on the retiring list and has been sold out since I designed this card for my stamp club.  But, with all the embossing folders both new and old I’m sure there’s a folder that would still look great.
  • The little bee, if you are loving her, is one of the stamps in the Touches of Texture stamp set.  You do have to fussy cut her out but it’ s really easy to do if you have a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips.  They are so sharp and easy to use.

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Sheltering Tree/Clear Block Stamping

sheltering tree/block stamping with water

We made this fun fall card in Stamp Club this month using the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  By taking markers, a clear block and some water you can produce some really cool effects.  I loved the way each person marveled at each others cards.  Every card though done the same way came out completely different.  Sure wish now I had taken some pics of all the different looks.

Sheltering tree/thinking of you handmade card

  • The colors in this card are Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers which are water based markers and perfect for this technique.  And the white layer is just Whisper White card stock so no special paper needed.


  • Always remember to color from light to dark.  This is so you don’t contaminate your light color markers with dark ink.  I use Crushed Curry first and then Olive Olive and lastly Cajun Craze.


  • Use a Stampin’ Spritzer with water to spritz the block.  Hold it at arms length and spritz 2 or 3 times.  You will see the colors run and blend a little.  The more water the more it will look water colored.  I used less water on the one above and   had a slightly different look.  Practice and play until you like the look.

Sheltering Tree - background done by coloring a clear block and spritzing with water

  • I have one little Rhinestone in the tree.  Not sure if you can see it …look close.  It sparkles in person!

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This Thoughtful Branches Card Could Be Yours!

I’m giving another Thoughtful Branches Card Away Today!

Yesterday I posted a gorgeous tree and now today some beautiful Hydrangeas.  Both were created with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  If you didn’t comment on yesterday’s card and would like a chance to have it sent to you please Click Here, take a peek and make a comment.  I’ll be choosing a person to receive that card tomorrow morning.

I’ll be posting additional cards throughout the rest of the month using this bundle and every time I do I’ll be choosing someone to receive it.  So yes, please comment on today’s card and I’ll be choosing some lucky person on Monday morning.

  • The hydrangeas are again two die cuts adhered together slightly off set.  Just like yesterday’s tree it provides fullness.
  • One flower is Melon Mambo sponged with Perfect Plum.  The second is actually two colors…Elegant Eggplant on the bottom and Wisteria Wonder sponged with Perfect Plum on top.
  • See yesterday’s post to learn more about what Big Shot platforms and plates work best with intricate dies.

  • Here you can more easily see the Clear Wink of Stella used on the flowers.  It’s an easy way to give some shimmer and shine to your completed card.
  • The bow is Stampin’ Up’s! Very Vanilla Lace Trim.
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Live Laugh Love In My Favorite In Colors

I fell in love with the Layering Love stamp set as soon as I saw it.  Sentiments that I like to incorporate in my life. Today’s is the Live Laugh Love stamp.  I was struggling to remember how the saying went and thought I would google it.  To my surprise there are lots of versions.

  • Live every moment Laugh every day, Love beyond words
  • Live well, Laugh often, Love much
  • Live with promise, Laugh with pleasure, Love with passion
  • Live your life to the fullest, Laugh at every stupid thing, Love like there’s no tomorrow
  • Live life, Laugh lots, Love forever
  • Live life, Laugh often, Love God
  • Live like there’s no tomorrow, Laugh like you did when you were little, Love like you’ve never been hurt

Which one is your favorite?

  • Give your cards a pop of color with the new Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape.  I like to just tear it off the roll…quick and cute!
  • This year’s new Stampin’ Up! In Colors are trendy and beautiful.  And if you’re like me you’ll want every one of the five colors with all the coordinating products.  Can you guess which two are my favorites?  If you said Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum you are correct…at least for now.
  • The new Heart Famelits are called Sweet and Sassy.  Included are both traditional shaped hearts like in my card today or the cute sassy shaped ones.


  • The Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches are well loved punches in my stamp studio.  If you are a beginner stamper or just haven’t ordered both of them yet…what are you waiting for!!
  • A Perfect Touch! A White Perfect Accent added to the layered butterfly is exactly what was needed.


Another cute project right from the pages of the new catalog!

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You are My Sunshine!

I am so LOVING the die cut words in the Sunshine Thinlits Dies.  And when you pair them with the Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set you can say just about anything you would like!

  • I trimmed the first layer to 3-1/4  X 5 so that the Sunshine die cut would hang off each side a smidge showing some Melon Mambo card stock behind the Bermuda Bay.

  • Easy!  You know that’s my kind of stamping!  Just a couple of die cuts and your card is complete and ready to add some sunshine to someone’s life.
  • Save 10%!  Purchase the Sunshine Wishes Dies and the coordinating Sunshine Stampin Set and save 10%.

  • Glue dots were used to adhere the flower and word die.  Roll them up a bit and place them behind the thicker parts of the die.  This allows the flower to pop off the face of the card.
  • The new Big Shot Platform adds just the right amount of pressure in the middle of the plate for a clean cut of the flower and sunshine dies cuts.  Use the Big Shot Die Brush to remove the little pieces that don’t pop out after cutting.
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Love You Lots Ladybugs!

I used the new hostess set Love You Lots for today’s card.  It’s one of the cutest sets ever by Stampin’ Up!. No really I think it’s one of the cutest sets EVER!

I can’t sell this set to you but…YOU CAN EARN IT!  At the end of the post I’ll tell you how.

I paired it with the new Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  I know…where’s the pink!  That’s what makes this paper so versatile.  Lot of Melon Mambo pink on one side and the other side is black and white and can be used with ANYTHING! Today I paired it with Real Red.

Plus the two one-sided sheets with the Gold Foil are so much fun!  I’m sure you will find so many uses for this gorgeous paper.

After layering a few strips of the paper including the gold foil dots I cut a frame using the New Layering Squares Framelits to mat the ladybugs.  And then tied it up with the New Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine.

There are 19 dies in this set of framelits giving you the capability of layering in so many ways.  A tiny scalloped mat like I used today or mix and match straight and scallop the width you would like.

In Addition to these cute little ladybugs there are 3 other critters that will make you and the person receiving your cards smile.

How can you earn this adorable Love You Lots Stamp Set?
  • If you’re local – Join Stamp Club!  I provide a free class each month and you place a minimum order of $20.  Once during the club rotation you earn $30 in Stampin’ Rewards!  And since this set is only $9 of you rewards you get to choose this set and others goodies too. Plus stamp club is a lot of FUN!!
  • Host your own stamping party or private card class.  You invite your family and friends to join you for a fun time of stamping and I do all the work.  Let’s make it a sip and stamp evening or cards and chocolate. You decide!
  • Host a ‘book party’!  If you don’t want to actually host a party or class then just show the catalog and samples to your friends, family and co-workers and collect orders.  I will provide you with a cute basket filled with samples, catalogs, order forms, and a cute little gift to give to each person that orders. Remember even if they aren’t crafters every home can use a good paper trimmer and sharp pair of scissors.  Or ribbon to tie in the little one’s hair!
  • Not sure you want to do any of the above.  Then just place your own $150 order!  It’s easy to do because there are so many wonderful products in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!  You may find it difficult keeping it to $150.  I know I did!
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