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Silhouettes Require No Coloring!

You know you can have color without coloring...Silhouettes Require No Coloring but can be used with a beautifully colorful background! Take a look at this little beauty... Flirty flowers

Look at this delicately colorful background with a sharply contrasted silhouette stamped in stark black! So you have color again without coloring (if you missed Tuesday's Colorful without Coloring...check it out here

Again, with this card I used a piece from the Petal Gardens Designer Series Papers...there are several papers in this stack that lend themselves well to silhouette stamping...I usually look for a pattern that is relatively subtle but still has a spark of interest.

I'll give you the brief directions for this card and you can order your supplies from my store by hitting the Shop Now button at the side of this blog. Remember you can cash in this month on freebies...

First, for each $50 in product that you purchase, Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon that you can spend in August.

Second, for each $5 in product that you purchase and use this month's Hostess Code (XSAN44DC) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Here are the simple directions;

1. Cut 4 1/4 X 11 Pool Party cardstock, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2.Cut 4 X 5 1/4 Bermuda Bay cardstock; adhere to front of cardbase using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 from the Pool Party with leaves sheet from the Petal Gardens DSP pack. Stamp the Flirty Flower silhouette in Archival Basic Black ink in the left side of the card front; stamp the verse (same stamp set) in black. Tie a 15" piece of Bermuda Bay satin ribbon around this layer; adhere this layer to the cardfront using liquid glue.

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to place your order through my store and collect your freebies!

Simply Colorful without Coloring

Love color but not coloring....then you'll love this card with Simply Colorful without Coloring! It's this a beauty? Check out the layers of color and that awesome background..... Roses

OK, now I have to admit...this may be the simplest card I've shown you in a long time! Do you recognize this beautiful paper from Petal Gardens Designer Series Paper? Yep, that's's designer paper and the only stamping I did was "It's a Good  Day" from Best Birds stamp set.

Well, of course, I did add a bit of sparkle with the Wink of Stella--any stamper worth her weight in ink will have a Wink of Stella in her hip pocket at all times, right. Here's a close up of the Wink--you can see a bit better than the bigger picture of the whole card. Wink of stella

I will give you the brief instructions for creating this card followed by the list of supplies. You can order your supplies by using the Shop Now button at the side of this page. Remember there are 2 ways to earn freebies in July

First, for each $50 in product (excludes shipping/tax) you purchase, Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon that you can use in August.

Second, for each $50 in product that you order online and use this month's Hostess code (XSAN44DC), you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2. Cut Powder Pink 5 1/4 X 4; adhere to front of cardbase with multipurpose liquid glue

3. Cut the rose patter sheet (Petal Garden DSP) at 5 1/8 X 3 7/8 (note: you will want to cut a bit from the top and bottom to center your flower in this layers.) Adhere this to the Powder Pink layer with liquid glue.

4. Stamp "It's a Good Day" (Best Birds stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink.

5. Now add a bit of Clear Wink of Stella on the Fresh Fig portion of the rose.

You card is complete! Now mail it to someone who can use an uplift to their day.

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to order your supplies.

Hey, That's Not Washi Tape!

Here's another great butterfly but, Hey That's Not Washi Tape!  2 ribbon card frontYou're right, it's not! It's ribbon. The new Stampin'Up! annual catalog has an array of beautiful new ribbon...I used 3 of these for this card.

(If you missed the Washi Tape butterfly on Tuesday check it out )

I'll give you the step by step to create this card & then the supply list so you can use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to order your supplies.

Remember, there are two ways to earn freebies in July:
First, when you place an order (online or with me directly) you will receive an email from Stampin'Up! with a $5 coupon that you can spend in August (make sure SU has your current email address---they cannot re-issue these coupons)
Second, when you place an online order through my store --use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog) I will give you $5 worth of Stampin'Up! product for every $50 you purchase in product (excludes shipping/tax IF YOU USE THE CURRENT month HOST CODE XSAN44DC .  Note: if you purchase $150 or more, don't use this host code---you will receive the SU Host Rewards instead.


 1. Cut Daffodill Delight cardsdtock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase); use Layered Leaves embossing folder on the front of cardbase.

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 1/4 X 3 1/4; using strips of ribbon* cover the front of this piece. Attach the ribbon using Snail adhesive....layer the colors and designs in any way that is pleasing to you.(Note: do not adhere ribbon within 1/2" of the edge--we don't want the tape to show on the outer edge of the black) *I used Double stitched Daffodil, Mini chevron Curry, and Stitched Satin Curry.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 1/8 X 3 1/8; cut butterfly outline (Move Me thinlets) from center of this piece (sandwich: Magnetic base, Precision base, cardstock, thinlet, standard cutting pad); then run through the Oh My Stars embossing folder. Note: keep the butterfly for later.

4. Adhere the white cardstock to the black cardstock using dimensionals.  Adhere unit to the cardfront using multipurpose liquid glue (item: #110755)

5. Stamp "thinking of you"  in Archival Basic Black classic ink on Whisper White cardstock; punch out using the Classic Label punch. Adhere to cardfront using mini-dimensionals.

6. Cut inner butterfly thinlets from White butterfly (from above); adhere inside card with liquid glue. 2 inner butterfly Daffodil inside card

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies:

Earn As Many $5 Coupons As You Want!



Want some extra spending money..Earn As Many $5 Coupons As You Want!

Starting today (July 1st) for each $50 in Stampin'Up! product that you order, Stampin'Up! will email you a coupon for $5--as many coupons as you want!  You may spend these coupons in August! What fun!

Place your orders today

    *Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog

    *Call 410 836 8016


Watch your email and collect those coupons to spend in August.

Note: Be sure your correct email is contained in your account with Stampin'Up! because that is where the coupons will appear.

Print them out, file the email in a secure folder...don't lose them...Stampin'Up! cannot reissue these coupons!

Remember...when you place a online order, you will also receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products from me for each $50 in Stampin'Up! product you order...when you check out just use the current Host code July's code is XSAN44DC 

So collect those coupons and receive those free SU products!

Place your orders today

    *Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog

    *Call 410 836 8016


New Stampin'Up! Designer Series Paper Club

By now you must be drooling over all 11 new Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers (DSP) join the club...the New Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Club. That's right, there is a droolers' club...and the best part is that you can HAVE all that DSP--you can touch it, linger over it, and own it!

For example, look at one of the Daisy Delight papers....hard to see all that beauty in the snipet of a picture in the catalog, right? One sheet

Now this club is a bit different that some DSP this club we focus on getting you 12 X 12 sheets (except for some of the specialty designs--then it's 6 X 12 sheets) because we want you to have the full effect and be able to use it for all your creative ventures without being limited to a 6 X 6 sample.

Below you will be able to see the samples of all 11 new DSP's---I have to tell you that these pictures do not do justice to these gorgeous really need to see it "live"  to appreciate in full the wonderful designs and colors of these beautiful papers.

The club will provide you with a half pack of the DSP--this means you'll be able to own all the papers without having to purchase a full pack of each paper (this would be about $150 including shipping and tax).  Now as fun as that would be, if you are like me, you have other new products that you also want to try. So by joining the club you can sample all the papers and see which ones you'll want to order full packs of and still be able to order some of the other new items (e.g. stamps, framelits, punches).

You can download the brochure for the Club---you'll see which packs you'll get 12 X 12 and which  papers will be provided as a 6 X 12 sheet--but you'll always have 1/2 the complete pack. Download the info here  Download 12 X 12 2017 DSP Share

For a grand total of $75.21 (plus shipping to you if you are not local) you can get 12 X 12 samples (in most cases) of all these gorgeous papers.

Join the Club, call 410 836 8016 or email: right away and be the first in your neighborhood to have it all!

Now take a look at the papers'll want to touch and play with every one of them!

New Stampin'Up! In Color Club

By now you have seen those new Stampin'Up! In Colors  (2017-2019) and must be chomping at the bit to get join the New Stampin'Up! In Color Club.  Just listen to the names: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide!  Which is your favorite so far?

I'm sure there are other new products that you'd also like to by joining the club you can get all the new 2017-19 In Color products without breaking the budget while still being able to purchase those other hot items on your Wish List. And, by joining the club, you will have all the products of a single color so you'll be able to get creating right away!

PLUS at the end of the club (5 months) you will get a FREE gift from me (8 1/2 X 11 2017-2019 In Color  multicolor cardstock) 144247Swhich is like getting a 4% discount on all those great products!

Here's how it's very simple.  Each month you will receive a pack of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock, classic ink pad, ink refill,  spool of ribbon and  the Stampin'Write marker for that month's color.

You can select the order in which you receive the colors...everyone has their favorite and you'll want to select that as one of the first colors you receive.

On the second month, you will receive the In Color Bitty Bows along with the second color in the family.

On the fifth month along with that last choice color, you'll receive the entire pack of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Here's what the first month will look like if you choose Berry Burst as your first color to receive:

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and the single Berry Burst Stampin'Write Marker

Then on month two, you'll receive the entire packet of Bitty Bows

And the last month (along with your color of the month)  you'll receive the whole pack of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper
144131S Sign up today to join the club of stampers who want to have it all! Here's the brochure that describes it all Download In Color Club.  The monthly fee is $40 (plus shipping to your location if you are not local). 

Get your In Color products each month until you have them all! And all this (plus the extra gift of 8 1/2 X 11 In Color cardstock) without breaking the bank--this means you can purchase other favorites from the new catalog while still getting all the new In Colors.

And one more thing, each order comes with a hand-stamped tag that can be used for your own gift-giving, you can turn it into a card or decorate a notebook front as a gift (or for yourself)!

And one more thing, you will receive a lovely printed tag on Whisper White cardstock listing each of the new In Colors. When you receive your color of the month, you can stamp an image and punch out a piece of cardstock on the bookmark. It will be fun watching it fill up and a great resource for you to use when matching up colors in your crafting activities.

To join the club, call 410 836 8016 or email: TODAY!

New Rewards Program for Stampin'Up! Online Orders!

We're starting a New Rewards Program for Stampin'Up! Online Orders just in time for the new Stampin'Up! Catalog going live today! Here's how it works!

When you place Online orders

You will receive Stampin'Up! products valued at $5 for each $50 in your order

*Each Month I will post a Hostess code on my blog (

*For each $50 in product (excludes shipping & taxes) you order online

You will receive Stampin'Up! product

(Value $5 for each $50 you spend in product)


How easy is that!

  1. Go to, get the HOSTESS code for the month
  2. Place your online order through my store (Use the Shop Now button)
    3. enter the current month Hostess code when you check out.

(scroll down each month to find the Hostess code if it is not included in the current post)

I will receive notification of your order from Stampin'Up!
Then you will receive your gift from me!

Important Notes:

*  If you place an online order for $150 or over,
DO NOT use the monthly hostess code
because you will earn Host Rewards through Stampin'UP!)

*This does not apply to orders placed for a hostessed event..your order must use the hostess code for that event


So grab your catalog, prepare your order, and Hit the Shop Now button to place your order through my store--use the Hostess code for this month (Host Code for June VAWE76SW) , and receive Stampin'Up! product valued at $5 for each $50 you spend in product

Get the Stampin'Up! New Big Catalog FREE!

Do you want to Get the Stampin'Up! New Big Catalog FREE ?5-17-17 catalog coverThere are gorgeous and funny new stamp sets (Wait till you see "You've Got Style"--reminds me of Maxine). Super coordinating accessories and have you seen the new embossing paste? We're going to have a class where we learn the ins and outs of using that. OK, I can go on and on want to get your copy, right?  Here's how...

You can get your FREE copy by 

  1. Stopping by 313 Esther Drive, Forest Hill, Md 21050 (let me know you are coming first, 410 836 8016)
  2. Call 410 836 8016 and I'll mail a free catalog to you (you only pay $5 shipping but you receive a $5 coupon to use on your first order placed by June 30, 2017)
  3. Email: and I'll mail a free catalog to you (you only pay $5 shipping but you receive a $5 coupon to use on your first order placed by June 30, 2017)

You can have your own copy in a couple of days (or sooner if you stop by)! You can order from the new one June 1st!

P.S. There are still some great deals in the retiring products that you can order right now before the are gone's the list in pdf format  Download Retiring_List_US or Excel format  Download Retiring_List_US.  Use the Shop Now button to shop in my store and get those great retiring stamp sets and accessories before they are gone forever!

P.S. You'll want to stop by my blog next week and see some of the clubs available to you --you can get some of these great new products quickly and maybe get some freebies besides!

Fancier but Still Simple

We are playing some more with the new Eastern Palace Suites and a new card Fancy but Still Simple!

If you missed the debut of the new Eastern Palace Suites that are now available check out the post on Monday

The brochure describing all the products in both suites is here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

Today I played with the thinlits---the layering & the options are almost endless...I used a set of 3 concentric thinlets that do not cut the outer edge but just the inner pieces...check out the card

Eastern Palace Card - Fresh FigThis one uses the new Fresh Fig cardstock---this is going to be a huge hit! Now notice the awesome (and I mean AWESOME) medallion in the center---is that not to die for....get it "die" for...ok, let's move on. As I mentioned, this was a result of layering 3 dies....but as you may recall, sometimes things jump around on the Big Shot platform so I wanted to make sure that they would stay in place (and that if I wanted to play more, that I wouldn't have to position the dies each time). 

Tape thinlits together

Here's the secret...lay the dies cutting side down and use scotch tape across the back...I used about 3 strips. after the dies go through, use your piercing tool to poke through the tape--the tape actually stays in place for many runs through and I didn't have any trouble getting the cardstock out of the die with the tape on there.

So after I created this one I decided to use the same design and go for super elegant and this is the result

Vanilla card with medallion thinlitI'll give you the directions (same for both cards) and following that are the Supplies needed. Use the Shop Now button to purchase what you need through my store...use this month's Hostess code (7MQNATZF) and get your name in the drawing for $50 Stampin'Up! product!

1. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2. (card base)

2. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8; dry emboss with the Sparkle embossing folder; adhere to the card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut gold glimmer paper 3 1/2 X 3 1/2; cut Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/8 X 3/3/8--adhere to gold glimmer with glue dots.

4. Cut Fresh Fig 3 1/4 X 3/1 4, use Medallion set (see above picture) to cut the medallion in the center. (sandwich: Precision base place, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad.)   Adhere to the vanilla layer with liquid glue. Adhere a gold Metallic Enamel dot to center of medallion. Adhere unit to card front using liquid glue.

5. Stamp Happy Anniversary (Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Fresh Fig ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Punch out with Classic Label punch; adhere under medallion with dimensionals.

Your card is completed.

Here is the Supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies through my store.

Fast and Fancy


We've got new toys to play with so I made something Fast and Fancy for you!  The new toys are called Eastern Palace Suite and they are available by Bundle only (there are 2 bundles--one for the beginning crafter and one for the avid crafter). 

They include an awesome stamp set, 3 new In Colors (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide) Ink Pads, Designer Series Paper, Gold Vinyl stickers, and FREE Very Vanilla Note cards & Envelopes. For the Avid Crafter the bundle includes these extras: cardstock pack (has Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig), Mini Tassels,  and Eastern Medallion Thinlets, plus Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (FREE).  

Eastern Palace Designer Paper

The full description is in the brochure atttached here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

These bundles are available from May 1st - 31st--after that, the items are available in the new catalog but not at bundle price!

And obviously....the Free Notecards & Envelopes nor the Thick Very Vanilla cardstock will not be FREE!

Here's a Fast and Fancy card I created to get us started (tune back Friday for something fancier)!

Eastern Palace Card with tassels
I'll give you the directions for this cute card which goes together very quickly--but isn't it pretty? I just love tassels. Then I'll give you the Supply List. Use the Shop Now button to order the bundles (remember bundle prices are only valid until 5/31)

1. Cut Thick Very Vanilla cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Eastern Palace Designer Paper 4 1/4 X 3 and adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue. 

3. Cut Tranquil Tide cardstock 1/2 X 4 1/4 and adhere with liquid glue above the designer paper.

4. Cut 16" Natural Trim Gold, tie around the card front in a knot. Cut about 8" white twine and loop the Tranquil Tide and metallic gold tassels on, then tie around the knot.

5. Stamp "to think of you is to smile" in Tranquil Tide ink. Adhere 3 gold Metallic Enamel shapes in a triangle.

Your card is complete---imagine what you can do with the other designer series paper designs!

Here are the supplies, use the Shop Now button to order your supplies (use this month's Hostess code 7MQNATZF be entered in the $50 Stampin'Up product drawing).