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Happy Birthday Linda…

Unknown-18 Today is my cousin Linda’s Birthday

Here is the card I made for her:


Here’s what I did: (All products are Stampin’ Up!)

1.   Cut a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock .

2.   Scallop all edges with the Scallop Punch and then score the card stock at 4-1/4″

3.   Cut a 6″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Peach Parfait Card Stock.

4.   Cut another piece of Whisper White Card Stock at 5-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

5.   On the 5-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White in Old Olive Ink stamp the large flower silhouette image from the Just Believe Stamp Set

6   Layer the stamped piece of Whisper White onto the Peach Parfait Card Stock.

7.   Wrap a piece of Peach Parfait 1/2″ Stitched Ribbon around both pieces of card stock.

8.   Layer as shown above and along the ribbon place three Basic Pearls.


Thanks for stopping by everyone.

Stampin’ Hugs,






If you would like to make Linda’s Birthday Card here is a list of the Stampin’ Up! products I used. You can order on-line or email me at to place your order.

STAMP SET:    Just Believe (116948) Wood, (120453) Clear 

PAPER:    Whisper White Card Stock (100730), Peach Parfait Card Stock (119794)

INK:    Old Olive (102277)

FRILLIES:    Basic Pearls (119247), Peach Parfait 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon (119265)

TOOLS:    Scallop Punch (119882)


Kimono Kids and Paper Lanterns…


I LOVE this new Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set “Kimono Kids.”  This is the fourth project from my FAN-tastic class. Everyone in class was busy stamping and then coloring all these great images. The card came out adorable! See if you agree?




This is a pretty straight forward card. Here’s what to do:

1.    Cut a  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2.    Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock.

3.    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of a Whisper White Card Stock.

4.    On the Whisper White Card Stock, with Basic Black Craft Ink, stamp the images from the Kimono Kids Stamp Set as shown. 

5.    LET THE INK DRY and then color in the images with Markers.

6.    With Cherry Cobbler Ink stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Curly Cute Stamp Set.

7.    With your Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, pierce two holes on each end of the lantern string and place a Cherry Cobbler Brad in each hole.

8.    Adhere the layers as shown and add Basic Rhinestones and Pearls where you want. I added a few on the lanterns and two of the smallest pearls in her hair.


ADORABLE I tell you!!!!


Stampin’ Hugs,







120498S STAMP SET:    Kimono Kids (117000) W, (12059) C, Curly Cute (117014) W, (120510) C

PAPER:    Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119085), Melon Mambo (115320), Whisper White (100730)

INK:    Basic Black Ink (102995), Cherry Cobbler (119685)

FRILLIES:    Regals/Cherry Cobbler Brads (119731), Basic Rhinestones (119246), Basic Pearls (119247)

TOOLS:    Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Snail Adhesive (104332)


BirthDay of Gratitude…

Welcome Back Lakeside Stampers,


This is the third card we made at the FAN-tastic Class. I originally wanted to use half of the beautiful motif from the Stampin’ Up! Day of Gratitude Stamp Set as a fan, but my idea didn’t work out. Instead I wound up making the following card. I have to say it’s not a bad second! This stamp st can be found in your new Holiday Mini Catalog.  Don’t have a mini yet?  Email me at to get one.




This card was made by cutting a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Concord Crush Card Stock scored at 4-1/4″, 5″ x 3-3/4″  piece of Cherry Cobbler, 4-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ Perfect Plum and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ of Crumb Cake.


On another  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake I stamped the  medallion motif from the Stampin’ Up! Day of Gratitude Stamp Set using my Old Olive, Concord Crush and Cherry Cobbler Write Markers. To do this technique you apply the marker directly on the stamp beginning with the lightest color first. After you are finished applying the color you give the stamp a few huffs to moistened the ink. Once the ink was dried I cut the medallion out.


On the 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ of Crumb Cake I sponged Cherry Cobbler Ink on the edge with my Sponge Dauber, stamped Happy Birthday from the Curly Cute Stamp Set in Concord Crush Ink and tied a piece of Concord Crush Poly Twill Ribbon around it. The class had the choice of which saying to stamp on their card from this versatile stamp set.


I layered everything as shown and placed Dimensionals on the back of the medallion motif to pop it. In the center I placed a Basic Pearl that was dyed with Cherry Cobbler Ink. To find ot how to dye pearls sign up for my newsletter where the information will be in the mid-month newsletter.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs,






DSC_0830STAMP SET: Day of Gratitude (120835) W, (121148) C, Curly Cute (117014) W, (120510) C

INK: Concord Crush Marker (119801), Cherry Cobbler Marker (119681), Old Olive Marker (100079), Concord Crush Ink Pad (119785), Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad (119669)

PAPER: Concord Crush Card Stock (119792), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Perfect Plum (101889), Crumb Cake (120953)

FRILLIES: Concord Crush Poly-Twill Ribbon (119266), Basic Pearls (119247)

TOOLS: Sponge Daubers (102892), Dimensinals (104430) 


Elements of Style Step-Card…

This is the fifth and final card from my Garden Class. These step cards are intriguing. They are quite simple to make and so much fun to decorate. The trick is to have something on each layer or step that doesn’t compete with any other image on another step. Rather you should try to have images that compliment or work well together. For this card I choose the Elements of Style Stamp Set because I really wanted to use it in a different way than just on a card front. I also knew I wanted to place it in the Scallop Oval Frame.   



Okay this is what I did. I started with a 10-1/2″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Then I scored it at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 4-1/4, 6″, and 8-1/4″. 



I folded it with my Bone Folder in mountain and valley folds like you would fold a fan. The first fold is a mountain fold. You should have two valleys and three mountains when done.


On the front step I cut a 5″ x 1-1/2″ strip of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and scalloped the top. I adhered it and tied a piece of Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon around it. On a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped the “Birthday Wishes” from the Watercolor Trio Stamp Set in Always Artichoke, punched it out with the Oval Punch and layered it on a piece of Always Artichoke punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch. I cut a small butterfly with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit out of So Saffron.

For the second or middle step I stamped part of the flower bouquet from the
Elements of Style Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink and  stamped the hummingbird from the same stamp set in Perfect Plum Ink.  I stamped a few flowers from the bouquet on a piece scrap piece of Very Vanilla, colored it and cut it out. I glued it onto the middle step as shown and had one leaf extend upwards for some depth. I cut out the hummingbird and place it  so it looks as though it’s  getting nectar from a flower. On each top corner, with a Dauber. I sponged  Always Artichoke; again for depth.

The last step was decorated with the Big Shot and the Scallop Oval Frame out of Very Vanilla. I then stamped the bouquet of flowers in Chocolate Chip Ink on the middle part of the frame.  For the coloring I used a combination of Markers and Watercolor Pencils. I cut another frame out of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and adhered the outer part of the frame over the Very Vanilla frame. I placed the stamped middle back by using a little tape on the back and secured the oval frame to the last step with two brads.

And that’s how you make a step card. It’s not as complicated as it looks but you will certainly “Wow” any one you send it to-if you can to part with it.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin’ Hugs,






STAMP SET: Elements of Style (118611), Watercolor Trio (117050) DSC_0524

INK:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Perfect Plum (101437), Always Artichoke (105219)

PAPER: So Saffron-butterfly (105213), Old Olive DSP (112160), Always Artichoke (105119)

FINISHING FRILLS: Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon (109035)

TOOLS: Markers (105541), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Big Shot (113439), Oval Scallop Frame Die (114521), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)


Felt Flowers Love a Sunny Blue Sky…


 My cousin Linda said this was her favorite card and I can understand why. It’s so perky and up beat with these great stitched felt flowers standing tall reaching for the bright blue sky.  This card is very much like Linda, a bright blue sky in my life!

For this card the class learned how to make these wonderful puffy clouds. I did not invent this technique but I did make my own templates and showed the class how to do the same. Bashful Blue Ink was the perfect color choice to shade them.


I love the color combination on this card. I used a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock and scored it at 4-1/4″. I layered a 5″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Pretty in Pink and on top of this I layered a  4-3/4″ x 3″  piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I always, well almost always, use this  formula where there’s a 1/4″ border (the Chocolate Chip in this case)  then a 1/8″ border (Pretty in Pink)  showing. I think the balance works. 

On the Very Vanilla I first shaded the clouds with Bashful Blue Ink and a Sponge Dauber to form the clouds. I made cloud templates out of a piece of card stock by cutting small circles resembling cloud puffs as shown below. Yes, you have to hand cut these as a circle punch will not work because it will leave a concave form. These templates work as a mask except along the edges where I used a circular motion with my Dauber. The area underneath the template will remain the Very Vanilla. I randomly moved the template down and from side to side  and repeated the circular motion technique along the edge. When I painted years ago sometimes I used stencils in a similar manner. I hope this is clear. I’m hoping to do videos as soon as I get up enough nerve.


Once the clouds were done I took a 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and tore it to use as the grass. On a piece of Pretty in Pink Card Stock I stamped the birthday greeting from the Hugs and Wishes Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip. Using the Wide Oval Punch I punched it out. With my Crop-A-Dile I punched a hole and secured a Brass Eyelet as shown. 

DSC_0507  I love these Felt Stitched Flowers. They not only are easy and whimsical but, they add dimension to any thing you put them on. For the stems I simply cut them out of another patterned Old Olive Designer Paper. That’s the great part about DSP-all the different choices and even though it’s the same color, because of the patterns, the color appears just a little different. Try mixing up the patterns for a little excitement on your work.

I wrapped a piece of Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon and layered the card as shown above.

I truly hope you like this card and try one. It wa great fun to make. Leave me a comment or two and if you have any questions feel free to email me at:

Stampin’ Hugs,






Designer Paper Birdhouse and Bird…

Here is another card we made at my Friday’s class similar to a swap card I received. This one can be made from all of those small scraps of designer series paper you have. You know we all have lots and lots of scraps in a box and this is the “Perfect Project” to make with them. This was a fun card to put together.


I first cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock and scored  it at 4 1/4″.

I then cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock (available July 1) and a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of So Saffron Card Stock for the layers.

For the birdhouse I cut a 3″ x 1-3/4″ piece of Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper for the roof and a 2-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Tea Party Designer Series Paper for the bottom. Along one long edge of the roof piece I scalloped it with the Scallop Edge Punch.

Out of s scrap piece of Regal Rose Card Stock I used my Big Shot and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit to cut the embossed heart as the birdhouse opening.

The bird was cut out of piece of Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper with the Two Step Bird Punch.

I stamped the “Wish Big” from the Short and Sweet Stamp Set in Garden Green Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. I then layered it onto a piece of Garden Green cut out of the Scallop Punch.

I layered the card as shown and adhered a Sweet Pea Felt Flower on the roof.

Make sure you make lots of these for spring birthdays, Mother’s Day or any other occasion you can think of. Don’t forget to send me any cards or projects you make using Stampin’ Up! fabulous products. I will feature them on “Your Gallery Page.” “Your” meaning you so, get busy and leave me a comment from time to time.

Thanks for taking the time out to visit with me.

HUGS & stamps,


DSC_0443 STAMP SET:  Short & Sweet (115060)

PAPER:  Pretty-in-Pink (100454), Very Vanilla (101650), Garden Green (108584), Wild Wasabi (available July 1), Regal Rose (105130), Tea Party DSP (113992), Bella Bleu DSP (113974)

INK: Garden Green (102272)

FINISHING FRILLS: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt Flowers (117266)

TOOLS: Two-Step Bird Punch (117191), Large Oval Punch (107308), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit (117332)


Inspiration of a Kettle-Corn Bag…


This is an over view of what we made at Friday’s class.



Undoubted one can find inspiration anywhere, as I have on a kettle-corn bag. I absolutely love these colors together. I usually steer away from black so, these cards were a bit out of my comfort zone. A good thing. These are the cards I was inspired to make.


DSC_0446   This card was made from one of my all time favorite colors, Baja Breeze which was retired and now it is going to be returned as a subtle collection color in the new catalog. Oh JOY!!!! I stamped the Solid Stripes in Baja Breeze and the greeting and cake images from the Happy Moments Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration, in Basic Black Ink. I colored everything using Stampin’ Up Markers. Along the edges of the greeting and the cake Scallop Circle I dabbed on Pixie Pink Ink with a Dauber. On the cake and the cake pedestal I used Platinum Shimmer Paint for a little glitz.

This next card was made using the same color combination. On the Baja Breeze Card Stock I used my Big Shot and the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. I cut two of the Little Leaves Sizzlit out of Basic Black Card Stock. On Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped in Basic Black Ink the bird cage image from the Happy Moments Stamp Set and the greeting from the Well Scripted Stamp Set. I punched the greeting using the Wide Oval Punch and hand cut the bird cage, I layered the card as shown and attached the bird cage with a piece of Black Gingham Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

HUGS & stamps,


DSC_0457STAMP SETS:  Well Scripted (117072), Happy Moments (118664), Solid Stripes (115707)

PAPER:  Baja Breeze (retired), Basic Black (102851) & Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)

INK:  Baja Breeze (retired), Basic Black (101177)

FINISHING FRILLS: Hodgepodge Hardware (111325), Black Brads (109100), Silver Brads (101336), Black Gingham Ribbon (104832)

TOOLS:  Big Shot (113439), Paper Piercer (116631), Mat Pack (108826), Wide Oval Punch (112082), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Little Leaves Sizzlit (114511), Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (115964), Many Marvelous Markers (105541) 



Nancy’s Birthday…

My girlfriend Nancy and I have been friends for about 35 years. On Thursday it was Nancy’s birthday and here are the birthday cards I made her.  Her favorite color is purple and she is an avid gardner and bird lover-like me!

This card was made from Nellie the Nest Lady and old retired Stampin’ Up! set which I love and can’t seem to part with it. I had some purple rick rack ribbon and decided to use it  to frame Nellie.DSC_0160

Here is another angle of the card:


Here is the other crd I made for my mom to give to Nancy. I used  another retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Nesting Place. The background is Bashful Blue Card Stock with Brilliant Blue Ink that I sponged on using my Sponge Daubers.  For this card some of the leaves I stamped in Old Olive and some in Certainly Celery Ink directly onto the background card stock. Some  of the leaves I stamped on a scrap piece of card stock and cut them out.  The birdhouse was stamped in what else but Lavender Lace Ink,, cut out and attached to a cut out branch and held on by a small wire loop. For the sign I dragged a piece of Very Vanilla through Soft Suede Ink to resemble a little wooden sign and held it in place with a brad. See the detailed photo.


Sorry this photo is blurry.DSC_0158

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you love these cards as much as I loved making them for Nancy.

HUGS & stamps,





Meg’s Birthday Cards…

These are the birthday cards I made for my daughter Meg. 

For the first one I did the following:


I cut a piece of  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Pixie Pink Card Stock  and scored it at 4-1/4″, a piece of 5″ x 3-3/4″ Whisper White Card Stock, a piece of 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ Green Galore Card Stock and last a piece of 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ of Whisper White Card Stock. I centered using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped the cupcake tier from the Crazy for Cupcakes Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. I colored the cupcakes with my Stampin’ Up! Markers. For the frosting on the cupcakes I painted them with the new Shimmer Frost White Ink and an Aqua Painter. After coloring in the cherries I carefully placed a drop of Crystal Effects on each one. I stamped the greeting from the Birthday Bliss Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink on Whisper White Card Stock  and punched it out with the 1″ Square Punch. With my Square Scallop Punch I punched a square out of Pixie Pink Card Stock. I wrapped a piece of Black Gingham Ribbon around the 4-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock and layered everything together.

This is an enlargement of the Shimmer Frost White Ink cupcakes:


This is the second card I made. I actually made it fro scraps of Retired Designer Series Paper I had in my scrap box. The stamp set I used is All Wrapped Up Stamp Set (retired). This one I posted just for eye candy without giving a lot of detail. Gotta go and thanks for visiting!


HUGS & Stamps,





It’s Raining, It’s Pouring….

First, today is John’s Birthday!

Here is the card I made for him before we left on vacation for Sunset Beach. I used Stampin’ Up’s In-Colors Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede I stamped the turtle from the Natures Nest Stamp Set in Soft Suede. The turtle image is fitting because here the the island we see turtles all of the time.


Actually it’s my husband John’s birthday, my brother John’s birthday and my nephew Cody’s birthday. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY  “Y’ALL!”

Second, it’s raining. I mean it’s not just raining but it’s pouring! 


What you asked do we do at the beach on a rainy day well this is what we do. 


It’s a jig-saw puzzle. If you haven’t done one of these in a while you really should. So far, it’s turned out to be a most relaxing day, along with some good eats, a little wine, napping and reading. Life is good.






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