The Petal Park Stamp Set and Petal Park Punch are part of the Regency Park Suite Collection starting on page 30 in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog.  It is an extensive suite with two bundles,  an embossing folder, ribbon, embellishments and paper!  I particularly like the Textured 12" x 12" Shimmer Paper in three colors!  This stamp set has leaves and flowers and coordinates with the Petal Park Punch which will cut out the three main flowers.

Petal Park Bundle

Sudsol picture 1

Petal Park Thinking of You Card

Petal Park Pic 2

For this card, I used a Balmy Blue card base, and attached a 1" strip of Country Gingham DSP to the right edge. I cut a white panel and used a die from the Basic Borders set to cut a decorative edge along the right side.

The leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron. The outline stamp is full strength, and the solid stamp was stamped off once on scrap paper for a lighter hue. I did the same with the flowers in Balmy Blue on a Basic White scrap and punched them with the Petal Park Punch. I stamped the greeting from Go To Greetings in Balmy Blue.

The white panel is adhered to the front of the card over the DSP strip and the flowers are attached with Dimensionals. Finally, the card is embellished with Pastel Pearls.

Go To Greetings

Petal Park Pic 3

Go To Greetings is one of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual Catalog, you can find it on page 26. It has FOUR different greetings in THREE sizes, plus a small Hello. It definitely is my Go-To sentiment set when I’m cardmaking, as there’s a greeting for almost everything ~ in a variety of sizes!!!  You'll love it!

The DSP makes it easy peasy!


Irresistible Blooms Suite: Creating Cards with Designer Series Paper 

Have you noticed that Stampin’ Up! has been designing papers that work with their punches and dies? The first few times I was a bit skeptical that just cutting images out of paper would allow me to create a beautiful card. It sounded something like what I did in grade school.

But no more, especially with Stampin’ Up!’s newest online-only suite, Hello, Irresistible. (Online-only means that the product will not be in a catalog.)  When I saw the samples that they showed in their introductory flyer about this suite, I knew I had to see if I could create cards that I liked just as much as theirs. Success! And I did it with die-cut images.

Irresistible Card1

This card is made with several products from the new suite of products. The Hello, Irresistible Designer Series Paper is the background. The stamped splash marks and the die-cut image in the center are also from the suite. But what I’d like you to focus on for this article are those beautiful flowers. The flowers and the leaves aren’t stamped – they’re die-cut from prints in the same paper set as the background layer. The idea for this card came from a square card in one of the Stampin’ Up! product flyers.

Irresistible Card2This card is also based on a card in a Stampin’ Up! flyer. And those flowers and leaves are also die-cut from the same set of papers. No fancy stamping and embossing here. Just some quick and easy die-cutting!

I’m going to focus on three of the prints in the Hello, Irresistible Designer Series Paper set that’s now on sale.

Irresistible DSP1 

This first sheet has images you can cut with both floral outline dies in the Irresistible Blooms Dies. There are three of the larger flowers available to cut and four of the smaller flowers. You can take this entire 6” x 6” sheet of paper and run it through the full-size Stampin’ Cut ‘n Emboss machine. Notice how the color of this print moves from yellow to pink. There are several different colors of flowers that can be cut.

Irresistible DSP2

The sheet is the same print as the first, but colored mostly with a darker pink. When you cut from this paper, the flowers are going to be a bolder color than when you cut from the first sheet.

Irresistible DSP3This is one of two sheets with leaves that you can cut with three of the dies in the Irresistible Blooms die set. You can actually get all three dies onto the paper at the same time for one run through the cutting machine. I didn’t try to count the number of leaf sets you can get from this. It’s a lot!




Seaside Bay Class 2

This is the second card from Saturday afternoon's Seaside Bay class.  We used the 6" x 6" (fabulous) designer series paper on page 23 in the Mini Catalog.  The paper is 4" x 5 1/4".  This is an easy card and an easy 'card sketch' that can be used over and over.  Cyndi ordered the BY THE BAY SUITE COLLECTION at our class on Saturday and, it was then that I found out, the dies are not available (out of stock) until the week of March 27!!!  So, I ordered everything else for her and will put a note on my calendar to order those dies!  Sorry Cyndi!


Card Sketch ~ Seaside Bay

February Card Sketch

Seaside Bay Card


Out of ideas???  When you’re having that problem, reach for a sketch. Sketches are great for inspirational ideas. Get your supplies together and see what you come up with!

Here are the products used for this card ~ following the card sketch above.

Supplies ~

Seaside Bay Bundle ~ page 22 & 23 January Mini Catalog

Ink: Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Soft Suede

Cardstock with cutting dimensions:

Night of Navy 5 ½ X 8 ½ scored at 4 ¼, Balmy Blue 4 X 5 ¼, Basic White 4 X 5 ¼, 2 ¾ X 4, ¾ X 2 ¾, & scrap, By the Bay DSP 1 X 4, ¾ X 5 ¼.

Tools & Accessories:

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Blending Brushes, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals.


1. Prepare your base card and set aside.

2. Emboss the  Balmy Blue cardstock using the Seashells EF.  Adhere to card base.

3. On 2 ¾ X 4 Basic White start your blending of the sand using your Crumb Cake ink and Blending Brush. Then turn card around and create the sky using your Balmy Blue leaving room in the center for your water which will be created using your Pacific Point ink. Use the “sand” stamp and your Soft Suede Ink to create texture to the sand.

4. Stamp the bird on a scrap of Basic White using Soft Suede and run through the die cutting machine with the coordinating die.

5. Adhere your DSP to the right edge of the beach scene.

6. Adhere the above to your card front about an inch from the bottom.

7. Attach the bird using Dimensionals.

8. Stamp your sentiment on Basic White using Night of Navy ink. Using your Paper Snips cut a flag in one end. Add Dimensionals and attach to bottom of card below the image.

9. Attach the DSP strip to the right side of the Basic White and then adhere to the inside of your card with your personal message.


Favored Flowers DSP (Sale-A-Bration)!

Beautiful Thistle Bundle

Beautiful Thistle Bundle

The Beautiful Thistle bundle in the January – April Mini Catalog (page 60) features a great selection of stamps and dies that enable you to create a varied selection of thistles. There are dies to cut out the stamped images and detailed dies to build up thistles from the different pieces.

The stamped images are beautiful line drawings that enable you to color them in a variety of different ways. So whether water coloring, markers or even pastels are your favorite coloring medium of the moment, you will love these stamps.

Card Sketch - Beautiful Thistle (2)

Card Sketch for Beautiful Thistle Card

The project that I am showing today has been created from a card sketch. Sketches are always a great starting point for your creativity. You don’t have to stick rigidly to the layout, you can always change the shapes and orientations on a sketch if that works better for you.

Favored Flowers DSP with Beautiful Thistle Bundle

 Favored Flowers DSP with Beautiful Thistle Bundle

This card needed some Designer Series Paper. This Favored Flowers pack is one of the Level 1 Sale-a-Bration choices until the end of February. As well as the beautiful floral designs, there are also some generic colored prints in this pack, including Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia patterns which are perfect for this project.

Beautiful Thistle Front

Beautiful Thistle - Front

This card features a Fresh Freesia card base with a Blackberry Bliss DSP mat on top. The larger square is a piece of Fresh Freesia Designer Series paper. The large Thistle has been stamped onto a square of basic white. It has been colored with Old Olive and Fresh Freesia Blends. A Blackberry Bliss Blend has been used to add some highlights to the thistle at the bottom of the petals and at the base of the thistle where it meets the leaves.

The texture image stamp has been stamped around the edge of the basic white in Fresh Freesia ink. A bow of white twine is stuck to the thistle with a glue dot.

The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. 'Thinking of You' is such a useful sentiment, whether someone is having a rough time, or you want to send a “just because” card.  Stamp the thistle inside the card and on the envelope to complete your presentation.  Enjoy!

Beautiful Thistle Inside