New month ~ new products online!

I think that you are going to LOVE some of these products that are available on the 5th!  My favorite is the new FLOWERING ZINNIA SUITE!  I have a card class scheduled using this new suite on Saturday morning, March 23, at ten.  Put it on your calendar and email me so that I can add you to my class list!  EMAIL ME NOW!



Softly Sophisticated ~ this time it's a card!



Softly Sophisticated Hello Card

Add a touch of elegance to your handmade cards with the Softly Sophisticated bundle. The elegant florals and hand-lettered sentiments help you say thanks or thinking of you in the most beautiful way. The stem and flower images are separate, so you can stamp each part in the colors you want.

Softly Sophisticated Bundle (2)
Sale-a-bration catty, FREE, #162947

The corresponding embossing folder adds texture and depth to your card front. The all-over dotted pattern covers a complete card front and looks fabulous on vertical or horizontal cards.

Here’s a simple but very pretty card idea that is easy to create using this bundle.

Softly Sophisticated Card


· Stamp Set – Softly Sophisticated* (bundle: 162947)

· Cardstock – Wild Wheat (161725); Basic White (159276)

· Ink Pads – Wild Wheat (161651); Garden Green (147089)

· Misc. – 2023-25 In-Color Designer Series Paper (161646); Perennial Postage Dies (162607); 2023-25 In-Color Dots (161620); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

*FREE with a $100 product order (by 29 February)



· Basic White: 3 3/4"” x 5; 4” x 2 ¾”

· Wild Wheat: 5 ½” x 8 ½”; 4 ¾” x 3 ½”

· In-Color Designer Series Paper (DSP): 1 ¼” x 5 ½”


1. Fold Wild Wheat card stock in half to create card base.

2. Emboss Basic White layer using Softly Sophisticated embossing folder. Adhere to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

3. Adhere Wild Wheat In-Color strip across card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4. Die-cut Wild Wheat layer using Perennial Postage Dies.

5. Ink leaves image using Garden Green ink and stamp onto Basic White layer. Ink flowers using Wild Wheat ink and position to add flowers to leaves image.

6. Ink ‘hello there’ image using Wild Wheat ink and stamp to the right of the flower image.

7. Adhere flower layer to Perennial Postage layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

8. Attach flower layer to card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

9. Add 3 Wild Wheat In-Color Dots to card front to complete card. 


Softly Sophisticated


This bundle is from the Sale-a-bration brochure (available until the end of the month), you can find it on page 14.  The stamp set is bundled with an embossing folder that has a very subtle design creating a nice background.  I used the flower image to create a set of note cards using the Note Cards & Envelopes on page 135 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  The note cards are available in Basic White or Very Vanilla and there are 20 cards and 20 envelopes for $8.  A package of four pretty note cards makes a great friend gift!!!


Flight & Airy DSP ~ so pretty!

Flight & Airy DSP is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices from the SAB brochure.  It is 12" x 12" designer series paper, 12 sheets ~ 2 each of 6 double sided designs.  It is acid free and lignin free in beautiful colors with images of darling birds on one side of the paper.  It would be great to use with the SEASONAL BRANCHES BUNDLE on page 21 in the annual catalog and appropriate for almost any occasion.  Here are some samples ~ please feel free to CASE.  This paper is free with a purchase of $50 during saleabration but ~ only this month!

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Poetic Expressions Suite



The January – April Mini Catalog has eight suites of products to enhance your creativity. The suite I fell in love with is the Poetic Expressions Suite (162826) found on pages 60 - 62. I can see a variety of ways this suite can be used. Let’s look at the components of this suite and then I will give you a tutorial for using this suite to make a card.

My attention was drawn right away to the Thoughtful Expressions bundle (162822), especially the Thoughtful Expressions dies (162821). The dies have beautiful ruffled circle dies in a great number of sizes. These circles have stitching both on the inside edge of the die and on the outside. There is also a die to cut out the hummingbird that is in the stamp set and some of the flowers.

Thoughtful Expressions Bundle photo 1

The name of the suite comes from the designer paper name, Poetic Expressions Designer Series Papers (162814). The colors used in these papers are Wild Wheat, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Boho Blue, Moody Mauve, Bubble Bath and Basic White. The patterns have a vintage look to me with florals, stripes, and textures.

Poetic Expressions DSP photo 2 Poetic Expressions DSP reverse side photo 3

All suites have to have some bling, right? This Poetic Expressions suite has Champaign Iridescent Dots (162824). These are non-adhesive flat-backed dots of varying sizes. They coordinate well with the colors in this suite.

Champagne Iridescent Dots photo 4

Now let’s make a card with these products.

Thoughtful Expressions Card photo 5


Bundle – Thoughtful Expressions (162822)

Ink – Pecan Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (161665), Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (147116)

Stampin’ Blends – Lemon Lime Twist Combo (161682) Dark, Daffodil Delight Combo (154883) Dark, Flirty Flamingo Combo (154884) Light & Dark

Paper including cutting dimensions –

Basic White Cardstock [CS] (159276) 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 4 ¼” and folded for card base, 4 ½” x 2”

Pecan Pie Cardstock [CS] (161717) 5 ¼” x 4”

Boho Blue Cardstock [CS] (161724) 6” x 3”

Poetic Expressions Designer Series Paper [DSP] (162824) Boho Blue Flower design 5 ¼” x 2”

Accessories –

Thoughtful Expression Dies (162821) next to smallest to cut Basic White CS and third in from outside to cut Boho Blue CS, Champagne Iridescent Dots (162824), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653) or Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (150673)


· Add the Pecan Pie CS to the front of the card with Stampin’ Seal.

· Apply the DSP to card front.

· Stamp the single flower on one end of the smaller piece of Basic White and color it with the Stampin’ Blends.

· Stamp the greeting on the other end of the Basic White piece and cut both out with the next to smallest ruffled circle die.

· Cut two circles from Boho Blue CS with the third in from outside circle die.

· Apply the greeting near the top of one of the Boho Blue circles and apply it to the card front as shown.

· Add the flower circle to the middle of the other Boho Blue circle and add it to the card front as shown.

· Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere one of each size of the Champagne Iridescent Dots to the upper righthand corner of the card.

Contact me (Text 757-641-9354) or visit my online store to order the supplies to make this project.




Friday Fun!

You can find this cute sloth in the JUNGLE PALS stamp set (162950) in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  It is a purrrrfect animal for today and this weather.  I read online that sloths have "an exceptionallly  low metabolic rate and spend 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping"!  Not that he could tolerate our present weather anyway because he lives in tropical rain forests but it is so cold I think it might just be possible to sleep that long today!  Oh!  And, there is also a set of dies to go along with the five cute animals in the stamp set (162973).  Sale-A-Bration lasts this month and next.  When you place your order (online, give me a call or stop by) every $50 purchase earns more Friday Fun!


Jungle Pals

Notes of Nature & an easy peasy card!



If you like handmade vintage cards (love them!), then you are going to love using the new Notes of Nature bundle and Nature’s Sweetness Designer Series paper!

Notes of Nature Bundle

Combine these three elements to make a simple but impactful card and add a couple of the new Adhesive-backed Cork Rounds to create a final textured element.

Notes of Nature Card

Here’s how to make this card ~ easy peasy!


· Stamp SetsNotes of Nature (bundle: 162640)

· Cardstock – Basic White (159276); Pecan Pie (161717)

· Stamp Pads – Pecan Pie (161665); Basic Gray (149165)

· Misc. – Nature’s Sweetness Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) (162616); Something Fancy Dies (160424)); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653); Adhesive-backed Cork Rounds (162643); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


· Basic White 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 3 ¼” x 3 ¾”; (2) 2 ½” x 2”

· Pecan Pie: 4 ¼” x ½”

· Nature’s Sweetness: 4 ¼” x 5 ½”


1. Fold Basic White card stock in half and crease to create card base.

2. Adhere Nature’s Sweetness layer to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

3. Ink leaf image using Basic Gray and stamp onto Basic White card stock using a light touch. Die-cut.

4. Ink phrase using Pecan Pie ink and stamp onto Basic White. Die-cut using Something Fancy Die.

5. Adhere Pecan Pie strip across card front.

6. Attach phrase using Dimensionals.

7. Adhere leaf images to card front, tuck slightly under phrase.

8. Add 2 Adhesive-backed Cork Rounds to complete card.




Double Gatefold Card

Gatefold 1




· Bundles: Painted Lavender (162594), Perennial Postage (162598), page 23 January Mini Catalog

· Cardstock: Highland Heather 146986); Basic White (159276)

· Stamp Pads: Granny Apple Green (147095); Gorgeous Grape (147099)

· Misc: Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper (162593); Purple Fine Shimmer Gems (162611); Perennial Postage Dies (162607);


· Highland Heather: 11” x 5 ½”; 9 ¾” x 1” for Belly Band; 3” x 2 1/8”

· Basic White 5 ¼” x 4”; 3” x 2 ¼”

· Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper 2 pieces 5 ¼” x 12 7/8” Crumb Cake Gingham; 2 pieces 5 ¼” x 1” flowers


· Score the card base at 1 ¼”, 3 3/8”, 7 5/8” & 9 ¾”. Accordion fold with mountain, valley, mountain valley

· Adhere the Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper to the front and side pieces as shown in picture

· Adhere the Basic White to the center.

· Cut out the Perennial Postage piece in Basic White 2 7/8” x 2” die. Stamp the “grass” in Granny Apple Green by stamping off them stamping on the Basic White. Stamp the sentiment over the Granny Apple Green. Adhere to the Highland Heather 3” x 2 1/8” piece

· Place the belly band piece around the card and score with your fingers. You don’t want it too tight, so it can be removed easily. Adhere together at the back.

· Add the sentiment piece to the front of the belly band.

· Adhere the Purple Fine Shimmer Gems to the sentiment piece.


Gatefold 2