Best of Flowers Sympathy

Although I dislike making Sympathy Cards, I like to have some on hand just in case.  This became a Sympathy Card because I needed to use some kind of saying with it and the stamp set called Loving Thoughts seemed to work.  The first thing I did was take a flower stamp from the Best Of Flowers and ink with with Versamark.  Then I sprinkled White Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  If you haven’t gotten the Stampin Up! Heat Tool, you should consider it.  It is so much quieter than my old one plus it has two settings – one for melting embossing powder and one for drying wet ink.  Love it!

Anyway, after I set the embossing powder I stamped the same set in Calypso Coral over the first set of flowers and then took a paper towel to wipe off the ink that was on the white flowers.  Ink does not dry on embossing powder so you would have mess if you didn’t wipe it off.

The card still looked a little plain so I sponged Calypso Coral Ink over everything.  I like the way it came out.

Best of Flowers Sympathy Card

Best of Flowers Sympathy Card


Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit


Mother’s Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There’s no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.


As if that weren’t enough, the kit contains a “baker’s dozen”! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn’t normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you’d like to give a little “thank you” to-and introduce them to Stampin’ Up!


Ordering information:

Item 134542 $12.95

Available starting April 29, while supplies last.


Kit contents:


  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12″ X 12″ cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems


Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

Rob Plays With Dude, You’re Welcome

Rob, my husband, came home from work last night and said he needed to have a card for his secretary.  I bought him the Dude, You’re Welcome Kit a while ago but he has never used it so I made him come down into my stamping area, which was a struggle!  He thought he should be able to stamp upstairs but I wasn’t going to lug all my stuff up there.  He says “what stuff?”.  Well you know, there is more to stamping than just ink!  You need a cutter, adhesive, ink, paper, and Stampin Mist to clean the stamps on a Stampin Scrub.  At that point I just got an eye roll but he did come downstairs.

The first thing he had to do was figure out how to open an ink pad.  Here is the results of that adventure:

Rob's Inky Fingers

Rob’s Inky Fingers

He wanted a Thank You card but when he saw the #%&@! stamp he thought that would be much more fun.  I had to remind him this was a card for his secretary.  So he inked up the thank you stamp (I was all prepared for this venture because I sealed the wood prior to him making a mess, thank goodness) and practiced stamping it on the paper mat.  Then he stamped it on the card stock.  He did pretty well with that but decided he needed more than just Thank You.  I pulled out my The Open Sea set, which he loved and then started stamping all over the place.  Here is the result:

Rob's Card

Rob’s Card

Not too bad, huh?

Pinwheel Wreath

I was looking through all my Designer Series Paper and discovered that I had quite a bit I haven’t used that is going to retire on June 1st so I decided I needed to start using it.   I can’t have any kind of flower or grape vine wreath on my front door this time of year because the robins like to make nests in them.  Now, I know it seems kind of a sweet thing but believe me!  Those birds make a huge mess all over my door and front stoop, not to mention they ruin my wreaths.   I decided to make a wreath out of pinwheels.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Floral District.  It has Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade in it.  I think it came out pretty well!

Pinwheel Wreath

Pinwheel Wreath

Fab Friday & Sneak Peek

Here is the sketch for the Fab Friday challenge:

Fab Friday 17

Fab Friday 17

One of the best things about being a Stampin Up! demonstrator is that you get to see and order sneak peeks from our new catalog before the catalog is even out!  The card I made for this challenge uses some items I was able to order.  It included Designer Series Paper is called Quatrefancy Specialty, a stamp set called Mosaic Madness with the matching Mosaic Punch. You will be able to order these items on May31st.

Fab Friday 17

Fab Friday 17

By The Tide RAK

Every month I give the members of My Stamp Club a challenge.  Sometimes it is a layout challenge and sometime it is a color challenge.  The hostess of the night gets to keep the cards everyone makes.  The problem with that is I don’t get to keep any and I always forget to take pictures.  Debby Whelpley is a member of the Club and she always makes me an extra card.  I love that!

Last month Debby used the stamp set called By The Tide from the Occasions Catalog.  Here is her card.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Card By Debby Whelpley

Card By Debby Whelpley

Freshly Made Sketches & New (Old) Colors

Here is the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #83:

FMS+Final+83-001As you all know, Stampin Up!  is doing a Color Refresh this year.  They are bringing back some In Colors that had retired and adding them to their regular color list.  Two of these colors are Blushing Bride and Pear PIzzazz.  I decided to make a card using these two returning colors.  The colors will be available for purchase on May 31st.

The Designer Series Paper is called Twitterpated (which will be retiring this year) and the stamp set is one of the sets that is also retiring called Tea Shoppe.  I will miss this set because I think the tea cups are so cute piled on top of each other.  If you like this set, it will be available until May 31st!

Tea Shoppe

Tea Shoppe