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This bright card was a creation that blended the challenges from Colour Q Challenges and Retro Sketches this week! I LOVED both and wanted to make one more project to show at a mini tool demonstration I did at a team meeting last night. My tips were all about die cuts, specifically ones with more than just 2 pieces when the cut is complete. I’m planning on filming some videos on the tips I shared so those will go up on the blog as soon as I get them done (I’m nursing some dry, broken cuticles back to health before I can film).

Colour Q 339Retro Sketch I’ve still been loving fun foam for popping up larger panels. I still use Stampin’ Dimensionals for most things but I know the fun foam for large panels holds up better if the card is going to be mailed. I’ve rediscovered my love for my ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) so I use that to adhere the fun foam to my cardstock, but any strong adhesive should work well. I have used Stampin’ Up!’s Tear & Tape, as well as Fast Fuse with good results!

Cut List
Thick Whisper White Cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; 4″ x 1-3/4″
Whisper White Cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (no reason you couldn’t use the Thick here – I already had panels cut to this size)
Marina Mist Cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 1-1/2″, 2 strips at 1/2″ x 1-3/4″
Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, and Night of Navy Cardstock: 2 strips each at 1/2″ x 1-3/4″

How To 
1.Die cut Whisper White strip with ‘hello’ die from Hello You Thinlits Dies. Adhere a piece of Marina Mist cardstock to the back of strip.
2. Place regular word die cut (positive image) back into the cut strip to guide where to glue missing pieces in (the loops of the ‘h’ and both ‘l’s, and centers into the ‘e’ and ‘o’). *TIP: I use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (and a tweezers) for this but it is VERY important that you don’t get too much on the small pieces or it’ll squish out and adhere the positive image onto the Marina Mist too!
3. Adhere small colored cardstock strips to the bottom of Whisper White layer. Stamp Dots for Days Background Stamp (RETIRING) in VersaMark ink. Here’s another card using the Dots for Days Background Stamp!
4. Use SNAIL to adhere 1/4″ Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon (RETIRING) about 3″ above the bottom of the card. Fold ends onto back. *TIP: I much prefer folding the ends of the ribbon onto the back of the card and securing them with Scotch tape to trimming the ribbon off at the edges. It often frays if it’s trimmed so taping it onto the back prevents this.
5. Adhere panel onto card base (I used Fast Fuse).
6. Use fun foam to pop up sentiment panel onto card front.
7. Cover a small area of a Tangerine Tango cardstock scrap with the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen. Punch star from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (RETIRING) and adhere to card.

It’s really a pretty simple bright card, great for a masculine or kid’s card. It would also be super easy to make this into a more feminine card with a different color combo and a little heart (like in the original sketch). I was tempted to add some Candy Dots (RETIRING) or sequins to it but didn’t want to disrupt the white space, as I LOVE this sketch. I think I’ll have to use it again.

I have made all the retiring items in red letters, just so you don’t miss out on something you love! The Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is while supplies last for everything except stamps (they’ll be produced until May 22nd) and the last day to order these products will be May 31st. I’m a collector of background stamps and I think the Dots for Days is simply a MUST HAVE!

If you’re interested in checking out the retiring products in my Online Store,
simply CLICK HERE! 


Our As You See It Challenge for the week is a double challenge.  You must use shades of blue and try to finish your project in under 10 minutes!!!  It’s a fun one and I really encourage you to give it a try!  As inspiration, here’s a video of my process from start to finish (I did fast forward while I was at my Big Shot).

How To
1.  Cut Midnight Muse cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4″.  Cut Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut 2 pieces of each of Soft Sky and Marina Mist cardstock and 1 piece of Midnight Muse all to 3-3/4″ x 15/16″.

2.  Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the cardstock strips in an ombre pattern. *TIP:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue is essential when you want to have a minute or two to slide paper pieces exactly where you want them.

3.  Stamp this piece with the World Map background stamp in VersaMark ink.  Glue it onto the Midnight Muse cardstock.

4.  Stamp the sentiment from Starburst Sayings onto Whisper White cardstock with Midnight Muse ink.

5.  Cut the sentiment out with the matching Starburst Framelits Dies, using the Magnetic Platform to hold your framelit in place on your stamped sentiment.  Attach it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I’m having a customer appreciation event tomorrow night, including Make-and-Takes (the card above is one), a prize drawing for over $100 worth of SU! goodies, handmade items for sale, my Stampin’ Stash Sale, as well as an opportunity to get FREE SHIPPING on the orders placed tomorrow only (read on for more info).  It’s the LAST day of Sale-A-Bration tomorrow so it is the FINAL opportunity to get in on the Exclusive, FREE products with every $50 you spend.

The card above uses 4 of our Sale-A-Bration items!!!  Can you tell I’m a fan of this year’s offerings?  I used the stamp set See Ya Later for the greeting and Banner Blast for the banners.  I then punched out the banners with the fabulous, matching Banner Punch.  I ran the Whisper White layer through the Big Shot (AFTER stamping) with the 4th SAB item, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.

I also wanted to share the Envelope Punch Board with my crafters, so we’re making the 3D Open Box too!  This was a fantastic idea from SU! Demo, Sam!  LOVE it!


Out of town customer?  You can be entered into the drawing for placing an order before the event.  If you are placing an order under $150, use the Hostess Code 666UFGFP to qualify for the FREE shipping offer (I will have to PayPal you the money back or send you a check if you live out of town).  If you are placing an order over $150, I will still offer the FREE shipping, but do not enter the Hostess Code as you qualify for Hostess Benefits on your order alone.

Anyone in the Saint Joseph, Missouri area is welcome to come to my event tomorrow night!  Feel free to send me an email at or call/text 816.341.0208 if you’d like directions to my house!  You can also call, text or email if you have other questions but my event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm tomorrow night so I will answer everything after that!  Orders must be in by 11:30 pm Central Time so I can get everything entered in before Sale-A-Bration ends.  I’m sad it’s coming to an end, as it’s my favorite time of year, but glad that there’s one more day!  I don’t want you to miss out! 🙂


Hi there!  Today I have my husband’s Valentine’s Day card to share with you!  I combined a few great challenges to bring a fun, masculine card to you (at least my hubby says it is still masculine with the pink since it was for V-day and he says ribbon is ok too).  Loving this lovey combo of colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge and the FABULOUS sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  I can tell you I will be using this layout again soon!  LOVE!

I received the Language of Love stamp set (Wood-Mount 133074, Clear-Mount 133077) at Stampin’ Up! Leadership in Houston in January (FREE perk for attendees!  Woohoo!) and had NO idea I’d fall in love with it (no pun intended…honestly) this much!!!  I combined it with the perfect sentiment from the FREE Sale-A-Bration exclusive stamp set, See Ya Later (Wood-Mount 133533, Clear-Mount 133536)!  LOVE IT!  This sentiment is also GREAT for any love card: Valentine’s Day (obviously), weddings, anniversaries, best friends, and even for adopted parents/children too (I instantly thought of how much my parents changed my life when they adopted me).

One tiny detail you can’t see well from the picture?  I used markers to ink up the 5 Heart Strip stamp from Language of Love in the 4 different colors I used and stamped it in the bottom left corner of my envelope.  I used the Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker to put a tiny “W + S” in one of the open hearts on the envelope for a personalized touch for my hubby, William.  I also used the Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (132172) to line the envelope with some Real Red patterned paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (130134).

You can earn See Ya Later, or any of the other 12 SAB exclusive choices, FREE with any $50 product order!  Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!  Click here, or any of the links below to visit my Online Store!

How To
1. Cut Basic Gray cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score in half at 4-1/4″.  Cut a strip of Basic Gray to 4-1/4″ x 1″.  Cut Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

2.  Using Small Heart Punch, punch 2 hearts out of scraps of each of Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, and Real Red cardstocks.  Push the punch in as far as it will go and leave space between the 2 punched hearts for the next step! (Set aside the hearts you punched out, as you actually want the negative image for this project!)

3.  Using the 1″ Circle Punch upside down (so you can see where you’re punching), center it around each of the punched hearts from Step 2.  Punch all 8 of these out and decide on how you want to arrange them! 🙂

4.  Stamp the 5 Heart Strip stamp from Language of Love on 1″ strips of Whisper White cardstock in each of the following colors:  Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette and Real Red.  Use the 3/4″ Circle Punch to punch out 2 hearts from each color.  The hearts that look white above are actually Pink Pirouette.  This color is VERY pale and hard to pick up in the photo.  Sorry about that!  *TIP:  The hearts are close enough together that you will punch an edge of the heart next to it.  This is not a big deal at all because you won’t see that through the little circle/heart windows we made in Step 3.

5.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals (cut apart) to adhere the circle/heart windows from Step 3 onto the stamped heart circles from Step 4.  I put my dimensionals on the back of the circle/heart windows – a half dimensional at the top of the heart point and a quarter dimensional on each side of the bottom point of the heart.  Then I lined it up over the top of the heart I wanted behind the window and pressed down. 

6.  Next I laid out where I wanted the circles to be and made a mark between the 2nd and 3rd set of circles so the sentiment could be right in the void between the circles.  I then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the “Someone” sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration choice See Ya Later stamp set in Real Red ink.  Earn it FREE with a $50 purchase from now until March 31, 2014.

7.  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to adhere the circle hearts down to the white layer.  *TIP:  Use the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive anytime you need a bit of time to move things around a titch.  That’s the beauty of a liquid adhesive – it’s a total life saver for my perfectionist nature!

8.  Run the strip of Basic Gray cardstock through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the pinked edge from the Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies.  You’ll have to run it through once for one edge and a second time for the second edge. 

9.  Run the strip of Basic Gray through the Big Shot again using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder to give it a bit extra oomph and add some texture to the card!  It is rare that I can make a card without these things!!!  *TIP:  Do all embossing LAST!  If you have any cutting to do with the Big Shot, running an embossed piece through the machine will flatten the embossing a bit. 

10.  Glue the Basic Gray strip to the top of the card.  Trim the excess off of the edges.  *TIP:  I shared this yesterday, but when I’m going to emboss and I need it to be a specific size (this strip needed to be 4″ wide), I cut it a bit bigger and trim it after embossing, either on my paper cutter or with Paper Snips if it is a strip that will overhang the edge like this one.

11.  Finally, tie a knot of ribbon around the white layer and adhere the layer to the card base!  🙂  *TIP:  Whisper White and Very Vanilla are a bit thinner than our other cardstocks and thus I have trouble with them buckling when I go to tie my ribbon around a single layer of these cardstocks, so I used my favorite ribbon tying trick on this card.  Check out the video posted below for how I do this.  On this project, as I mentioned in the video, I used a Glue Dot (Stampin’ Up!’s are mini sized) in the center of my knot to put it exactly where I wanted it.  Also, in the video, I used our regular Stampin’ Mist bottle.  Since the ribbon needed to span 4″ (plus some to tape on the back) on this card, I used the Stampin’ Mist Refill bottle as my cylinder (it is larger).  I taped the edges to the back before adhering it to the card base. 

*BONUS TIP:  The ribbon tip in this video will also help you use a little less ribbon too – stretching your roll to make even more projects before it runs out!  Just by a couple of inches of course so not huge but if you’re using a specific color tons or mass producing cards, you’ll notice a difference.

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This card was entered into challenge at:  Color Throwdown, Cupcake Inspirations, Freshly Made Sketches, Artistic Inspirations, Crafting from the Heart, Challenges 4 Everybody, Cuttin and Stampin, Digistamps4Joy, Lexi’s Creations, Lady Bug Crafts, Oldie But a Goodie (Woodgrain folder, Edgelits, Punches, Pink Pirouette), Paper Pretties, and Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It (Red, Red, Red).  🙂

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