Love What You Do

This is a quick and easy card to make.  I needed a thank you card and couldn’t find any at the cottage.  I’ll have to remember to bring some from the house next time I go there.  It only took about 10 minutes to make.

I used the stamp set called Love What You Do. It is part of the Share What You Love Suite by Stampin’ Up!.  It has this great stamp set with flowers, leaves and some great sentiments.

This Suite also includes an embossing folder called Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions.  This means the folder is thicker than a regular embossing folder so it makes a deeper impression.  When you use these Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folders you only use one Big Shot plate on the top with the Platform.

Here is a close up of the impression:

The colors I used for this card are Highland Heather, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I colored the flowers using the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Club Member Cards

Last week my monthly stamp club met.  Every month I give them a challenge to do.  Usually it is a sketch challenge but occasionally I give a theme (such as a birthday card) or a color challenge.  Last week we did a sketch challenge.  I am sure you will able to get an idea on what the sketch looked like after seeing their cards.

The first set of cards were made by Laura and Renee.

These next two cards were made by Char and Lynette.  Ok, so what is your opinion?  If the bird on the right a Blue Heron or an Egret?  We had quite a discussion about that.

These last two cards were made by Debby and Carol.

They are all so talented!  They did a great job, don’t you think?


Animal Outing

Today we are celebrating another birthday in my family.  It is my youngest son, Zachary’s birthday.  It is hard to believe he is 31 years old today.  I don’t know where the time goes but it sure goes quickly!

Zachary is my baby.  He is a sweet and kind young man.  This is a switch from when he was a baby because he was a very crabby baby!  Thankfully he grew out of that stage a long time ago.  Rob and I always enjoy our time we spend with Zachary.  He is easy going and likes to spend time with us, which is awesome.  Now, to top it all off, he has become an amazing father to Emory Jade.

I made this card using a couple of new stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that I received for free when I went to OnStage in Hartford.  The first one is called Animal Outing.  This stamp set has matching Thinlits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I colored the images using my Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The box around the Rhino is from another stamp set I received called Swirly Frames.

Happy birthday, Zachary, from all of us (Dad, Emma & me!).  I am so very proud of you.

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Varied Vases

Today is my daughter-in-law, Tara’s birthday.  Tara is an awesome person.  She is a terrific mother to two of my fabulous grandchildren (Madelyn and Nolan).  She is a kind and patient wife to my son, Sam and she is a considerate and loving daughter-in-law.  Right now Tara and the family are in the midst of moving from Cleveland to Nashville.  They are kind of in limbos they have sold their house in Cleveland buy have not moved to Nashville quite yet.  I feel badly because I could not send her a birthday gift or even a card because there is no address to send it to so I want her to know that I hope she has a wonderful day and to tell her I love her.

I made this card using a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Varied Vases.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Vases Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I found the sketch for this card on Pinterest so I am not sure where it came from.  I stamped the vases in Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Flirty Flamingo.  Then I layered them over a square cut out with a die from Stitched Shapes.  I stamped the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Happy Birthday Tara!  I owe you a card and a gift!

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Rooted In Nature

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting on Wednesday.  I have to say, I just love this group of ladies.  Some of them have been with me since the beginning (2008) and others have just joined but they all get along so well and we have a great time.

We used a new stamp set from the new 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is called Rooted In Nature and is absolutely gorgeous.  It is kind of like Lovely As A Tree but stepped up and even better.  It also has a set of matching dies called Nature’s Roots and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Actually both of these items are part of a suite called Nature’s Poem.  The Suite includes the stamp set and dies plus it has Designer Series Paper, ribbon, cardstock and these adorable metal leaves called Leaves Trinkets.  They come in silver and copper.  You can see what they look like on the card.

The color I used to make this card is Tranquil Tide.  The Designer Series Paper is called Nature’s Poem and the twine is called Nature’s Twine.  You get four colors in the pack (Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron.

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made showing you the Nature’s Roots Bundle:

Don’t forget about my Designer Series Paper Club.  You can get more information HERE.

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Cardstock & Designer Series Paper Club


Every new catalog means a new selection of gorgeous Designer Series Paper! We want it all – but not necessarily the whole package of each design. Plus, when we buy it we always have leftover sheets.  What to do?  I’ve got your answer!

Join my Designer Paper & Cardstock Club!

For the first 3 months, you’ll receive:

  • 12 half sheets (6” x 12”) of 2 different packs of Designer Series Paper (24 half sheets total each month), PLUS 48 A2 half sheets (5 ½” x 8 ½”) of the matching cardstock for these DSP packs.

On the 4thmonth:

  • You’ll receive 12 half sheets (6” x 12”) of 3 different packs of Designer Series Paper (36 half sheets total), PLUS 72 A2 half sheets (5 ½” x 8 ½”) of the matching cardstock packs for these DSP packs.


  • Each month you will pay $25.00 before the 15th of the month beginning June 15thby PayPal, check or cash
  • DSP and Cardstock will be cut & packaged by me, and you can pick it up at my home by the 30thof each month (if there is a delay due to shipping, holidays, etc, I will advise you by email).
  • If you’re unable to pick up your package, it can be mailed to you for an extra $7/month.

If you were to purchase all of these DSP and cardstock packs in full, you’d spend more than $215 and you’d probably have way more than you needed! By joining this Club, I am going to pay the Stampin’ Up! shipping costs so you’re getting what you need for less than half price!  You will be able to make 216 cards with a variety of papers and colors.

The 9 Designer Series Paper packs that are included are:

  • Tea Room Specialty, Broadway Bound Specialty, Twinkle, Twinkle, Under the Mistletoe, Nature’s Poem, Petal Promenade, Tranquil Textures, Animal Expedition and Best Route.

***This club does not include the Share What You Love DSP, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper or the 6” x 6” DSP Packs.

By joining this Club, you are agreeing that you will participate for all 4 months.  Anyone is welcome to join.  If you are already a member of my club, this does not count towards your minimum purchase.

To register – email me at shcommish@ gmail. com or let me know in person!  If you are Canadian my fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Deborah Smart, is also offering this deal.  You can email her at for more information.


Bubble Over

Bubble Over is a stamp set that was carried over into the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog from another catalog.  I am so glad it was.  It is just a fun set to have and use and it has matching dies called Bottles & Bubbles Framelits.

The fun part of this card is I used the Stamparatus to make it.  That is why the bottles  are perfectly lined up.  I can never it get perfect when I try to stamp with a block but the Stamparatus takes care of that.  You just figure out where you want to place the first bottle and then stamp it.  Here I used Bermuda Bay Ink.

Then you leave the stamp in the same place just move the plate down one notch and stamp it again in Lemon Lime Twist.

The third time I stamped I used Pacific Point Ink.

It is the most awesome tool ever and it is now available for anyone to order!

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