Monthly Archives: May 2016

Please take the time to remember today . . .

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

This facebook post from Matt Ehrin, my cousin Alex’s husband is a perfect reminder of what Memorial Day means, please take a moment to read it.

For those of you who think Monday is just a day off to party…..Memorial Day is a United States (U.S) Federal Holiday that honors service members that died in service to our nation. This day of remembrance, formally known as Decoration Day, is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.
So as Memorial Day approaches, whether you’re making plans to kick off summer with a weekend getaway, or organizing a barbecue with friends and family don’t forget to take a moment to honor our brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our nation’s freedom. FLY YOUR FLAGS HIGH!, and raise a glass to our fallen heros!! Happy Memorial day!

My card for today is a thank you to all the men & women who have served, are serving and will serve in the future.

Memorial Day Card

It was created with a card base from the May Paper Pumpkin, some Real Red & Night of Navy cardstock, a few flowers with clear Wink of Stella, rhinestone and sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day – Craft On!

Congratulations Jon & Steve

Today we are celebrating my cousin Sue’s sons Jon & Steve as they graduate from high school this year. It’s busy month for her,  her oldest son Jacob Aaron graduated from college last week.

The cards I made for Jon & Steve feature the new 2016-2018 In-Color Dapper Denim, retired Brushed Gold Paper and Whisper White card stock. The Dapper Denim and Brushed Gold match their school colors perfect. I used the Large Number Framelits to die cut the 2016 and adhered them with liquid glue, Celebrate & graduation are from the Celebrate Today photopolymer stamp set. The Whisper White is adhered to the Brushed Gold which is then adhered with dimensional to the Dapper Denim card base.

Here is the graduation announcement and cards.

Jon and Steve grad cards

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SIP # 49 = Flowers

It’s been awhile since I participated in a blog design challenge, but when I saw the new Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge this week, I knew I need to play along.  I’ve had some flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits sitting around looking for a home and today’s card is it!

Here is the banner for the challenge, please remember to check out the blog to see all the other designs by clicking here.


To make my card, I’m using a drapery fold with a 5½”x 12″ piece of Designer SP, cut at an angle, scored at 1″ – 3″ – 4″ – 6″ – 7″ – 9″ – 10″ and 11″, folded and secured with fast fuse to start. This piece is adhered to a mat of Cajun Craze with a strip of Basic Black covering the seam, then adhered to a Thick Whisper White card base. Next I adhered the flowers and leaves, added rhinestone and painted some of the flower petals with Clear Wink of Stella. Sentiment from a new stamp set Love & Affection, available June 1st.

SIP Card for my blog

Thank you for stopping by, hope you liked my card, have a great day – Craft On!

Supply list below with link for easy shopping, remember Love & Affection is not available until June 1st. Some of the Designer paper is retiring any may not be available.

Time to Party with Old and New

How is your week going, we have half way through with a three day weekend on the horizon. It’s starting to be graduation time around here, parties the next two weekend. I’ll be taking a break from Simple Saturday’s so I can feature graduation cards for the my cousins sons and daughters, we have both high school and college graduations, not to mention a new certified plumber in the ranks!

Today’s post features both old and new items to create a card that could be used for a birthday or party invitation.

The designer series paper I used is It’s my Party which is retiring May 31st  and confetti in the shaker, foam adhesive strips used to make the shaker and stamp set are from the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog which goes live June 1st. The new punch is called “Sprinkles – # 141472 – $18, Foam Strips – #141825 for $8 and the stamp set is Confetti Celebration – Wood # 141510 for $25 or Clear #142034 for $18.

While I used a stamp on the inside of the shaker, with added candy dots for interest, I stamped the sentiment on the window sheet with Black Staz On ink.

Confetti Celebration card

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Happy 18th Birthday Jake!

Happy 18th birthday to my favorite nephew Jake! Today’s post is all about Jake. Earlier this year he has here for a visit and I snapped this picture of him, he’s not one for having this picture taken, which explains the face. He is turning into a rather handsome young man who will be attending the University of Delaware this fall.

Jake cute

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Jake when he was little, one in the t-shirt I brought him while I worked in St. Thomas and the other with his Uncle Dan before a Pirate game here in Pittsburgh, still one of my favorites!

Jake St Thomas

Jake and Dan


Here is the card, with matching envelope, I made for him this year, features It’s my Party Designer Series Paper, Number of Years, Balloon Celebration Bundle and Timeless Textures stamp set. Sentiment is from Aged Awareness stamp set, which is retiring.

Jake birthday card front larger file

Here is a look inside the card featuring more balloons (backed with dimensionals) and the inside section was stamped with the Timeless Textures stamp set, great for backgrounds and borders.

Jake birthday card inside

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you liked his birthday card. Have a great day, Craft On!

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Simple Saturday Hexagon version

Welcome to Simple Saturday, where I feature a card made with one stamp set. Today’s card features a sentiment from the stamp set, Six-Sided Sampler along with matching Hexagon Punch, both of which are retiring items. This stamp set comes in wood or clear and is part of a bundle where you get the stamp set and punch at a 15% discount.

To make the card first I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla and punched it out. Next, using the Bohemian Designer Series Paper I punched out a bunch of hexagons, I laid down all the parts to create the pattern and using liquid glue, adhered them to a piece of Very Vanilla. I turned the piece over and trimmed off any designer series paper that was over hanging. The Very Vanilla is then adhered to Delightful Dijon which is backed with dimensionals and adhered to a card base of Blackberry Bliss. It’s a fun easy card to make and a great way to use scraps.

Just using the punch alone and scraps of designer series paper you could make a card front, using matching ink stamp a greeting on cardstock banner (use the punch to create the ends) and adhere with dimensionals for a very cute card. To me, the hexagon punch is a must have, order it while you can.

Simple saturday six

Reminder, all stamp sets are available on orders placed through May 23rd, after that it is while supplies last.

Thank you for stopping by today, have a great day – Craft On!

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Sunday Stamper cards . . .

Yes, you are correct, it’s not Sunday and I’m sharing my Sunday Stampers cards. Running a little behind but wanted to make sure I shared the cool cards we made this past Sunday. The Fancy Fold card was seen by a few stampers on Pinterest and as the good demonstrator I am we made the card. We also had a new stamper, Linda who enjoyed herself and plans on joining our group, welcome!

First is the Fancy Fold Double Pocket card – a piece of designer series paper cut to 8½” x 11″, folded in half vertically and horizontally then with the paper open fully, fold back the top left and bottom right to create pockets, fold up and over and bingo, a double pocket card!   A coordinating card and belly band finish off the card. This is a fun card to make, one suggestion is to use a piece of computer paper to create a sample before you make the actual card with the designer series paper.

Sunday Stamper Card part 1

Here are the other two cards, you might recognize the card on the left from Simple Saturday card, the group liked it so we made one.  The card of the right features the “drapery” fold, a hot trend right now. The fold is created using a piece of 6″ x 3″ designer series paper, scored at ¾”, 1″, 1¾”, 2″, 2¾”, 3, 3¾” and 4″, then a portion of the bottom trimmed off on the diagonal from the 3¾” score line to the center of the far end and fold away!

Sunday Stamper Card Part2


Thank you for stopping by today, hope you liked the cards. Have a great day – Craft On!

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Simple Saturday with the Fabulous Four

Welcome to Simple Saturday, a weekly series featuring cards made with one stamp set. Today’s cards features designer series paper and the retiring stamp set “Fabulous Four” – available in both wood and clear mount.

The card starts with creating the design using strips of designer series paper.  First I cut about 20 strips, ½” wide of designer series paper and a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  To start I determined what strips would be used to break the white into four segments and used Fast Fuse to adhere them. Next is the fun part, just adhere the strips in any pattern you desire, once all are attached, flip the piece over and cut off the “over hang” of designer paper. This piece was then adhered to a card base of Whisper White (or you could use coordinating card stock).

The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White, adhered to cardstock matching the ink color and backed with Stampin’ dimensional’s when placed on the card.  These are fun easy cards to make using even scraps of paper, have fun creating your own masterpieces!

Close up of the ‘Celebrate’ Card, let’s party with cake & candy:

Simple saturday celebrate_edited-1


Close up of the ‘Sorry you’re Sick’ Card, who doesn’t think of tea when they are feeling under the weather?

Simple Saturday Sick card

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Happy Birthday Shannon!

At the Stampin’ Up! office Shannon West decided she wanted to “bring birthday’s back” and designed a stamp “imbringingbirthdaysback” to get people back to sending birthday days instead of just wishing facebook birthdays. How many of us are guilty of not sending enough cards? Let work on changing that ! ! !

Today is Shannon’s birthday and I wanted to share with you the card I sent her at the office. From what I hear she is getting tubs of cards from all over the world, how cool is that!

My card uses Cherry on Top Washi Tape as a decorative item along with a stamp set from the new catalog, Moroccan Nights – available June 1st,  on a base of Watermelon Wonder. Sure hope Shannon likes the card.

May13 Shannon West Bday card

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Happy Anniversary Mike & Diane

Happy Anniversary to Mike & Diane my brother and sister-in-law, many more happy years to come!

Thought I would share with all of you the card I sent them for this special day using the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, which happens to be retiring at month end.  This is a great paper to use for boxes and looks pretty cool on cards as well. The card was rather easy to make, a piece of the designer paper on a Bermuda Bay card base decorated with flowers made from the Botanical Builders Framelits and the Itty Bitty Accent Flower punch. Sentiment is from Crazy about You stamp set. Both the framelits and stamp set are part of bundles going away at the end of the month, if you are interested in each now is the time to make that purchase. While the items will still be available, with the new Catalog June 1st, the bundle pricing will not be.

Mike & Diane Anniv card

Thank you for stopping, hope you liked the card. Have a great day – Craft On!

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Simple Saturday – ROYGBIV

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. Today’s card features the stamp set Balloon Celebration and the matching Balloon Bouquet punch. Until May 31st you can purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle, that pricing will go away June 1st, so get your bundle today.

Have you ever heard of “ROYGBIV” it’s an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet … well they were the inspiration for my cards today.

Since it’s Simple Saturday, a one stamp set simple and easy card, ROYGBIV was an easy color selection to use with it, not to mention I just love saying ROYGBIV.

To make the card was simple, I first stamped the bunch of balloon strings in Basic Black, the stamped the six balloons using the colors of the rainbow directly on the Whisper White, which is matted on Basic Black on Whisper White card base. The Happy Birthday was centered carefully when stamped, since this is a photopolymer stamp set that was easy.

Simple Saturday version:

Simple Saturday Balloons

For a Stepped Up Version I stamped the Balloon outline stamp and used the Balloon Bouquet punch to punch them out, some are adhered directly to the card base others are backed with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped on a banner and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals :

Simple Saturday Punched Balloons

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Marquee Madness . . .

Today I am sharing with you a card made with a brand new stamp set,  Marquee Markers #141727, from the new catalog that goes live June 1, 2016.

The stamp set was in our bags at On Stage. It’s a fun set you can stamp, cut out and layer. Don’t forget the rhinestones for added bling.

New Card

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A Happy Hello

So how is your week so far? Mine is going well, I’m in Stamford CT for business, learning new responsibilities for my day job as Lead Finance Manager. Being a remote employee in another state, it’s nice to see and meet people you normally only talk to on the phone.

Today’s card features the retiring Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and the Tin of Cards stamp set. These two items are paired with Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron card stock, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon and It’S my Party enamel dots finish off the card.

To create the card I cut two pieces of designer series paper the same size, then cut both horizontal and vertical using the same measurement and mixed them together, another fun way to use your designer series paper. Once the pieces are adhered to  a card stock mat, you can either use fast fuse or dimensionals to adhere to the card base.


Happy Hello Card

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Amazing what a 4″x4″ square of DSP can do . . .

Today’s card was inspired by fellow 24/7 demonstrator Valory Degree who used this design which was part of a presentation during On State this past April, it’s where a 4″ x 4″ square of designer series paper (DSP) is used for the background. The key to the design is cut the paper diagonally and adhere to a card base with space between the two pieces, you can even back the designer paper with dimensionals for depth. The card base is your basic 5½” x 4¼” size.

For a focal image on my card I matched the background by using balloons, backed with dimensionals, and a greeting from the same stamp set Balloon Celebrations. It’s a fun card to make and a great way to use that designer series paper! I hope this inspires you to give it a try.

Balloon 4 square card

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