Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

Grandson’s Graduation Card

Graduation card for grandson using Large Letters Framelits

What to do for a graduation card for an eighth-grader? You make a quick card using the Large Letters Framelits, retired Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper...easy, peasy and so quick! The letters take center front and I’m really happy the framelit set includes punctuation.

Inside of grandson's graduation card

Now this particular boy did not like middle-school and was not very excited about going to graduation. So I computer-generated the sentiment on the inside. I printed it out and used the Stitched Shapes Frameiits to cut it out. The white label on a white background would not have been very impressive so I backed it with an oval of the same pattern as on the front of the card. I really love this Naturally Eclectic designer series paper. Check out all the wonderful designs in it and place your order for it by clicking on the image below. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I invite you to grab a cup of coffee and take some time to browse through my blog. Leave me a comment so I know you have been here.

Beautiful You Grad Card

Graduation card created with Beautiful You and Sunshine Sayings stamp setsDoesn’t this woman from the Beautiful You stamp set (wood-143004, clear-143637) exude happiness and joy? I thought it would be a perfect image to use on this graduation card for our granddaughter who graduated from high school yesterday. Almost all the product used in this card is new to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The background is one of the patterns in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. I stamped the woman with Basic Grey ink onto Whisper White cardstock; colored her with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral (for her skin) and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils; then fussy cut her out.  The sentiment came from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. I have fallen in love with the 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon in Island Indigo and am going to order both the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist colors on my next order.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. If you need to order any of the supplies I used for this card, just click on the images below to find them in my online store.

Flourishing Phrases Anniversary Card

I love it when you can make a quick card from just one stamp set like Flourishing Phrases (wood – 141531, clear – 141534). Our daughter and son-in-law are renewing their marriage vows on their 33rd anniversary on Saturday. The 33rd anniversary stone is the amethyst so I used Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum for this card. I have not used those colors in a long time! The rhinestones were added to the card for a little bling and because there was a tiny extraneous spot of Perfect Plum ink by the top sentiment. This is a great way to cover up booboos! You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below which are linked to my online store. Thanks for stopping by.

Detailed Dragonfly Birthday Card

Birthday card created with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and Watercolor Wash stamp set

Just look at those beautiful dragonflies cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper! Yes, you read that right…Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper. A pack of glimmer paper which includes 4 sheets each of Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, and Mint Macaron glimmer paper is one of the three new FREE Sale-A-Bration products you can choose from when you spend $50 in Stampin’ Up! products during January, February, and March.

Now on to the card. I resisted getting the very popular Dragon Fly Dreams bundle for a while because I already have all the butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! offers and really didn’t need to also have a set of dragonflies as well. Yeah…right! I especially love this particular die with the dragonflies flying up and it is this die that finally hooked me into getting the bundle.

I envisioned the dragonflies coming up out of grass with flowers in the background so I brought out my Watercolor Wash background stamp and used Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, and Pool Party markers on it. Then I spritzed it with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The sentiment is from the Special Reason stamp set. Click on the images below to go to their place in my online store to order any of the supplies you need to CASE this card.

Good Tools = Quick Cards

handmade birthday card created with Window Box Thinlits Die

When you have good tools, you can create a birthday card so quickly! This card used one of the dies from the Window Box Thinlits Dies, a Layering Ovals Framelit, one of the Stitched Shape Oval Framelits, and a greeting from the FREE Sale-A-Bration Avant-Garden stamp set. I put a square of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper behind the cutout and then covered it on the inside with another piece of Whisper White cardstock. (I didn’t want the cactus pattern which is the reverse side of this pattern showing on the inside. It doesn’t fit the theme of this card.)

The Big Shot Die-Cutting machine, great dies, and wonderful designer paper, plus ink, stamps and adhesives = great quick card! Click on the images below to order the supplies I used in this card so you, too, can make a quick card when needed.

Oh, and…the beautiful ribbon is a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice when you order $50 in product! This ribbon is soft and sooooo beautiful! It comes in a Combo pack of white ribbon with a silver metallic thread and Very Vanilla ribbon with a gold metallic thread.

My Father’s Day Card

Handmade Father's Day Card using the Wetlands stamp

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I created this Father’s Day card for my husband. The Wetlands stamp set is one of my favorites and when I saw this beautiful designer series paper from the new Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, I knew I needed to use that stamp set! I used the Hello You Thinlit dies and the Crazy About You stamp set for the greeting. This card was so easy to put together since the beautiful background was all done for me on the designer series paper. Both of these stamp sets and the Hello You Thinlits are carryovers from last year’s annual catalog. That makes me really happy!

You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to go to each item in my online store. Remember that for each $50 you order in one order, you can check off a box on my Customer Appreciation Tracker to earn $45 in free product from me. Check it out here.


Father’s Day Card using Botanical Blooms

Father's Day card using Botannical Blooms and Crazy About You stamp sets

As coordinator of the SUDSOL Design Challenge, I posted the challenge of creating a Father’s Day card using a floral stamp set. Let me say right now that I had a struggle with this challenge myself. I ended up using the leaf stamp and the background stamp from the Botanical Blooms stamp set to make the backgrounds of this card. The greeting is from the Crazy About You stamp set.

I wanted a gold border around the greeting so I cut out the label shape from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits twice, once from Whisper White cardstock and once from Gold Foil paper. When you cut the label out of the foil paper, you end up with an embossed line around the opening. I cut on this line with my paper snips to get the frame. A strip of Gold Foil paper covers the seam between the two backgrounds. You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below.

I was delighted to see that both of these sets are in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Have you seen it yet? I love the cover and am so excited about the exciting new products in the catalog. You can download the catalog here or better yet, contact me so I can send you your own copy to hold in your hands and pour over many times.

Front cover of 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

Number of Years and Large Numbers Framelits

Sweet 16 Birthday Card usinngNumber of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies

When I bought the Number of Years Stamp Set/Large Numbers Framelits Dies bundle, I had little idea of how often I would be using it. March is a big month for birthdays in our family and I have used this bundle on almost every birthday card I’ve sent this month. This card is for a sweet granddaughter who turned 16 today. I love, love, love the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper with its soft colors and the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. I didn’t find the word ‘sweet’ in any of my numerous stamp sets so I created it with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp. This rotary stamp comes in handy when you are wanting a specific word that doesn’t come with a stamp set. You can order any of the supplies used for this project by clicking on the images below to go to my online store.

Remember that through March 31st, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 in product you purchase. You check out the Sale-A-Bration freebies below. Be sure to place your order by March 31st to get these free items!

Botanical Gardens Love

Yes, I love the Botanical Gardens Suite in the Occasions catalog! I actually love each of the items and am having so much fun playing with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. The curve of the leafy vine is so graceful and I love the way the petals on some of the flowers can be popped up for more dimension. I created this card for our granddaughter who turns 15 on Monday.

handmade birthday card using the Botanical Builder Framelits and Large Number Framelits

Here is a tip for you: If you want the leaves of the vine to point up, cut them out on the wrong side of your paper. If you cut on the right side of the paper, the leaves will point down as in this card. Be sure to have the solid leaves pointing to the edge you want to cut off. Otherwise you will end up with a very narrow piece of paper.

Birthday card created with the Botanical Gardens Bundle

You can order the supplies I used for these cards below. Remember we are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration when you get a free item for each $50 you spend in product. Also remember my Customer Appreciation Program where you can earn $45 in free product from me. You can see the details here. The Happy Birthday on the second card is from the Sky Is the Limit Sae-A-Bration stamp set which retired Feb 15th. Sorry. 🙁

Wink of Stella

Wink of Stella is my new favorite tool. It comes in Clear and in Gold. Here is a short video from Stampin’ Up! about it.

I used the Clear Wink of Stella (141897) to embellish this first card.

Handmade valentine using Bloomin Heart Thinlits and Clear Wink of Stella

Notice the shimmery hearts? This is what the card looked like before I added the Wink of Stella.

Valentine created with Bloomin' Heart ThinlitsThe Wink of Stella added the touch of shimmer to balance the glimmer of the Red Glimmer paper.

On the next card I used the Gold Wink of Stella (141898) to color the pearls. While the pearls already shimmered some, now they have gold shimmer. :o)

Non-Valentine Bloomin' Love card with Gold Wink of Stella

Ready to order your own Wink of Stella? Just click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember that for each $50 you spend on product, you can choose one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and you get to fill out one box on my Customer Appreciation Tracking Form. Check out those details here.