Daisy Birthday Wishes

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This fabulous sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! is CTS_230my inspiration for today’s card.  This is one of those sketches that I’ll save and revisit a bunch of times. I’ve already cut the pieces for about 10 more cards in various papers, to be made up when I have more time to fiddle with how I want to finish them off.

This card, however, was for one of my closest friends. Our group of seven friends have been together for forty-plus years now…and we’ve called ourselves “the Daisies” for about half that time.  (DAISY is an acronym for a now-long-forgotten description of us that we came up with when we were all still young enough to NOT be eligible for the Red Hat Society, but liked the concept of having our own group moniker. Ah, those were the days–young, brash, and just plain silly!  😉 )  Anyway, so when SU offered their Delightful Daisy suite this year, it was naturally first on my list. Between the beautiful paper prints….and the stamp set….and the PUNCH!….I’m in daisy heaven, which is definitely a delightful place to be!

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Daisy Delight; Big on Birthdays (retired)
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral; Daffodit Delight; Tranquil Tide; Pool Party
  • Paper: Delightful Daisy DSP; Wood Textures DSP Stack (to make the “lattice”); Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, and  Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools:  Daisy Punch; Layering Ovals and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
  • Embellishments: Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon; Pool Party Seam Binding (retired); Pearl Basic Jewels


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Fab Friday Sunshine


This simple sketch (#111 from Fab Friday) FabFri111 (1)inspired something far less simple by the time I’d finished it.  Lots of layers going on here, some serious die-cutting activity, a tad of bling…and just a smidge of actual stamping on this one. Using some more of this scrumptious paper– which gives me my much-loved very-vintage look, with no work on my part whatsoever. So I get to stay true to the clean lines of the sketch, but still accomplish my “messy” style. Win!



Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Jar of Love (that tiny little heart stamped behind the bling)
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (retired)
  • Embellishments: Some lovely baker’s twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Sunshine and comfort for CAS#220


CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #220 CAS-sketch 220provided a lovely sketch to showcase some paper I’ve been hoarding  keeping in my stash awhile, but decided it was time to crank out some cards with now. I kept the fundamental placement of elements for the sketch, but took some liberties and changed the sentiment panel shape. And I just now realized that, while I kept the corner elements from the design, I didn’t keep them as the trio of dots the designer intended/wanted to see.

But I had those die-cut elements I really wanted to use to provide a pop of color here! Hopefully, I’m forgiven, since I truly was inspired by the sketch. The ribbon that coordinates with this paper has also been hoarded in my stash awhile, and it has that same lovely scallop shape as the sketch. The combination of the subtle comfort of the neutral elements with the small bright pop of sunshine-y colors gave me just the feeling I wanted for this card intended for a friend who could use a bit of both–comfort AND sunshine–right now.

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (retired)CAS#220-2
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede
  • Paper:  Something Borrowed DSP; Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral Cardstock
  • Tools:  Layering Ovals Framelits; Stitched Shapes Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Scallop Border Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Just that one line of retired Sahara Sand Lace. (This was a very clean and simple card for me!)


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Some 11th-hour Mojo

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I think I’m in under the wire for Mojo Monday 494.

I loved this sketch and knew immediately what product I wanted to use and what I wanted to create with it.  I love this DSP! It’s vintage, sweet, soft, and has lovely colors.  (I’m particularly fond of the “blue-side” of this double-sided paper, but wanted to give the opposite side of the color wheel a workout, too.)  And who doesn’t love a carousel?  There’s something about this paper that can be either softly romantic or evoke fond memories of childhood–all with the same image. And since I’ve got quite a few friends right now that I want to send a personal “hi-I’m-thinking-of-you” card to because their lives could use a bit of sunshine–this card seems made-to-order.

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
  • Embellishments: Ribbon only–some Calypso Coral and some wide white retired-but-happily-residing-in-my-stash and a piece of metallic-threaded-Baker’s Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit

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I Simply Adore (color and sketches)

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This card was inspired by this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (#285) and the colors from Just Add Ink #357. The two combined for my version of a clean-lined card–still lots of layers and some generous touches of “accessorizing”.

FMS285I changed up FMS’s star shape to a diamond to suit my sentiment placement and I used the circle shape in the layout to allow for some more stamping.  I love how two separate stamp sets have flower shapes that complement each other so well.






To make the JAA color scheme work, I pulled in some retired Sahara Sand lace to pull the SS cardstock base fully through the design, used Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Island Indigo inks on the flowers and sentiment, and added a tiny touch of Island Indigo cardstock to mimic thread in the button, which sits atop the lace I glue-gathered for the “buttoned-bow” I used as the finishing touch.

This card’s going to a great-niece…who is pretty darned great!  I think it’s a good idea to remind folks of these kinds of things quite often!

Here are the specifics on what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Love & Affection; Mixed BordersFMS and JAA-2
  • Inks and Paper: all the colors from the JAA challenge, plus some Whisper White cardstock
  • Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits; Curvy Trio Corner Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Sahara Sand lace and a Silver Basic Metal Button (both retired)

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Simply Gorgeous

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New technique for me here–“smacking acetate”.  Wonderfully messy and fun, and I enjoyed working with different color combinations to see what would happen. None of my efforts turned out anything like I thought they would, or had envisioned, but I like the effect nonetheless….gorgeous.

So it’s entirely appropriate to use with this perfectly gorgeous stamp set.  Who of us doesn’t need to hear words like that as the calendar rolls around another year?

HBD Gorgeous2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Beautiful You
  • Ink:  Island Indigo for the image (stamped off, it looks a lot like Pool Party, doesn’t it?); Blackberry Bliss (retired) for the sentiment; and a plethora of colors for that background: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral
  • Paper: Island Indigo and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon; Whisper White Satin Ribbon (retired); some silver sequins from my stash of Paper Pumpkin leftover goodies.

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Thanks for CTS#218


This week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge has a very versatile sketch that I took some liberties with but loved that I finally really embraced some white space with my project.

CTS_218The clean-lined sketch just about begged me to use some of the Floral Phrases suite of products to complete it.  While my card somehow photographed looking black and white, it’s the fabulous Night of Navy DSP that has both a fresh and vintage vibe to it.  From the same suite, I’ve also included a portion of the lovely, intricate diecut for the horizontal piece below the sentiment, and topped it with a pop of color via some bright ribbon and a happy heart to complete.

This project had me really happily playing with paper again. I’ll still never be a “clean and simple” gal, but I think I kept with the integrity of the sketch, managed to keep it fairly CAS, and still got to use some ribbon and a LOT of layers–a good compromise!


Here’s what I used (all product by Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink: Night of Navy; Watermelon Wonder
  • Paper:  Floral Boutique DSP; Whisper White and Night of Navy Cardstocks
  • Tools: Detailed Floral Thinlits Die; Modern Label Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder ribbon (retired); 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

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Hello, Yellow


The Paper Players’ Sketch Challenge (#341) pp341this week encouraged me to break out this lovely daisy die for the first time. It’s intended as a tag, but it’s also perfect on a card.  I also got to play with one of my favorite color combos here–navy blue, white, and a soft yellow.  I’m disappointed that absolutely nothing I tried with the photography would produce an actual navy-looking color…but this looks good as BLACK, white, and yellow, too, in the photograph, so I’ll likely play with that color combo very soon!


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink: Night of Navy (really!)
  • Paper: Floral Boutique DSP; Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies
  • Embellishments: some retired So Saffron ribbon from my stash, that I ruffled randomly around the oval frame. (I pretty much can’t live without ribbon somewhere on my cards.)

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Elegant Congratulations


A simple, shiny card with a bold, elegant impact. So easy with great tools!

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):Congratssilver

  • Stamps: Floral Phrases
  • Ink:  Black Stazon
  • Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock; Silver Foil Sheet
  • Tools: Detailed Floral Thinlits; Curvy Corner Trio Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Metallic Metal Shapes

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Suite Sayings celebration

K Bday 2017-2I’m on a birthday-cards-made-with-vintage-yumminess kick, so here’s another one along that line.  Lots of pretty bows and banners happening here. This one is a belated card for a great-niece who is officially a teen this year. (How is this possible??)  We DID “celebrate her” on her special day–I just didn’t get a card made in time! EEK!  That’s okay–she said this one was worth waiting for (gotta love that!)

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):K Bday 2017-3

  • Stamps: Suite Sayings
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine, twisted with some So Saffron and Pool Party Baker’s Twines from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit (and the little Pool Party bows are from that kit, too); Metallic Enamel Shapes

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