Go to Gift Card Holder

This will become your go to gift card holder! Mine is shown as a wedding card, but with different paper, greetings, and colors it could easily work for a baby gift, birthday gift, or any congratulations card, such as a housewarming. I presented this at our recent team meeting as a group Make n Take, and I am very flattered and honored to have my dear friend Lyssa create her own tutorial for this card! You can see hers on her blog: www.songofmyheartstampers.com. I waited until today to post this to my blog because as usual I want my newsletter subscribers to get the first chance at the information!

I have a full tutorial available as well with a list of products used. I hope you like this. It was shared with me, and I shared it with my fellow demos, and now with you!

Spring Forward

Spring is on it's way! This weekend the time changes! Are you ready for that?! I sure am! We have had a LION start to March, so I am hoping it will go out like a lamb. So far just more LION!  I don't know where you live, but we had very stong winds blowing thorough our area (southern Wisconsin) and there are pieces of my roofing, a table, and some tree branches that have arranged themselves in my yard overnight, that I am not very excited about rearranging. But, it is what we have to do to get ready for Spring and pretty flowers and warm temperatures, so OKAY! Just for a few more days you can be strong winds, and temperatures can be cool, and rain can come, but by the end of the month! That is it! I am done with you!

Talk about things that are almost done - Sale-A-Bration is ending in just three weeks! I don't want you to miss out on any of the fun freebies. One of my favorite is the card tin. UPDATE: The Card Tin is completely gone! Out of Stock! No longer available! Sorry! I missed out too!

I plan to use mine for Christmas gifts. I will put the tins in my stash and then as I make some cards I will add them to my tins. UPDATE: If you love the tin idea for holiday gifts, may I suggest the Designer Tin of CardsIt is the same great tin, with dividers, and a whole card kit that includes the card bases, envelopes and some embellishments already! You just need to add the stamp set and ink (Mint Macaron is one of the suggested colors for the kit and I gave you my tip on ordering the retiring colors below). Purchasing both the Tin kit and the stamp sets qualifies you for a Sale-a-bration freebie. So if you place your order right now maybe you can still get the Hey Chick stamp set! Fingers crossed! Spit over your left shoulder, click your heels together three times and repeat after me, "There's no place like home. There's no place...." Oh. Wait. I saw that in a movie once. Just get your Sale-a-bration order in as soon as you can and you won't miss out on any more of the freebies!  Don't hesitate, you might miss out! Place your order today!

Build your stash! It is that time of year to get your refills and stash of cardstock and embellishments for the outgoing In-Colors. Officially they retire at the end of the catalog (May 31), but you won't want to wait for the retirement list. Usually, by the time it comes out at the end of April, the In-Colors are sold out! Take a look at a few of my favorite colors:  Mint Macaron or Watermelon Wonder for some spring and summer fun! If you don't have the ink pads yet, collect all five but remember to get the ink refills too so that your stamping fun can last for years longer!  There are beautiful paper packs12x12 cardstockembellishments, and markers that are also available right now! As a bonus, until the end of the month you can build your stash AND still qualify for Sale-A-Bration freebies! Maybe you will be able to get a card tin or two yourself! 

So remember on Saturday night before bed to set the clock forward an hour so we can Spring Forward! Remember we gain longer days of sunshine soon so that one hour of sleep is okay to lose! Enjoy the lion as we prepare for the lamb!

Thanks for Everything everyday

Quick and easy thank you card idea using the painters tape technique

I can not begin to say Thank You enough! I think it is so important to send thank you cards and to say thank you when it is due. Honestly, can't you think of at least one person who deserves your thanks everyday? I can. My neighbor comes over and plows out my driveway anytime we get more than an inch or two of snow. He is the same guy who helped us get a dead skunk out of our basement. A simple card can't be enough for that kind of help, but it certainly is a start! Who needs to get a thank you card from you today?

Back to my project this week! This card is super easy to recreate yourself. I created the background using "Painter's Tape Technique". You "stamp" the stripes using painters tape that has been dipped in the ink pads. 

Here are some tips for you:

  • You will need a piece of painters tape for each color. No cross contamination allowed.
  • Measure your piece to be longer than the cardstock you are stamping on to. I used a piece about 6" long so that I had enough for the 4" cardfront and had room for my fingers to not get them in the ink! 
  • You can get the complete instructions here
  • I used the color combination from the Tasty Treats paper. Among the colors are: Peekaboo PeachWatermelon WonderPear Pizzazz, and Chocolate Chip. I don't know if I am drawn to these colors because they are so pretty or because they sound so yummy! I could have used Pool Party ink, but opted to use that color for my ribbon accent. I love all of the stitched ribbon! It is so pretty!

It is still Sale-a-bration time! Stampin' Up! just added three new rewards to the freebies you can get with your qualifying order! Guess what? If you purchase the items used on this card, you will qualify for one Sale-a-bration reward. It will be hard to choose which one! It might be easier, if you had copies of the catalogs to look through at home. Please drop me a line if you want to receive both the Occasions and the Sale-a-brations catalogs of your very own!

As always, I hope this project inspires you to create your own thank you cards. I'd love to see what colors you choose and which embellishments and stamp sets you use on your Painter's Tape technique card! Please post your creation to my Facebook page!




Banners of Love


Classic design done up pretty with red and white paper and delicate ribbon.

Bear Hugs from Me to You

One of my favorite card ideas is an I love you card. I am not a big fan of the traditional Valentine's Day card, but this card would work for it. I fell in love with the Bear Hugs stamp set when it arrived on the scene with the new full line catalog. It was a BONUS that it has matching framelits so I don't have to do "fussy cutting" on it. 

This card receiced raves review when I presented it at our recent event. I like that it is simple to put together but packs alot of punch. Just a little bit of stamping and a little bit of Big Shot work. If you are on my newsletter you will receive access to the full instructions, but if you are not, then use the form on the side bar to get on my weekly email list! For now, here are a couple tips:


  • First, stamp the hearts in a pattern on the background. I used ink in the same color as the cardstock (Pink Pirouette). After I top folded the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock, I left it folded then stamped three hearts down the left side. Then I moved over and stamped two hearts down making sure they landed in between the three hearts. I continued to fill the front of the card with hearts in this pattern until I finished on the right side. Then I went back in and filled the open spaces with partial hearts.


  • Second, after you stamp the larger bear on Crumb Cake cardstock with Soft Suede ink you can cut him out with the matching framelits. To save you a little time, position the bear and leave some room to position the scalloped circle from the Layering Circles die on some Whisper White cardstock on the platform. Thus, cutting both at the same time. 

Sale-A-Bration good news! If you don't have the Bear Hugs stamp set with the matching framelits, your purchase would qualify you for a freebie! Even better, if you need the other supplies required to do this card, you could qualify for even more freebies! Still need a Big Shot? Talk to me about getting a Starter Kit, you can choose the Big Shot and a few other things for your $99 purchase! It really is one of the best values we offer!  

Love is in the Air - Rose Wonder


A big beautiful rose is perfect for Valentines Day, wedding cards, anniversary, or as this one shows saying hello to a wonderful friend. Coloring can be done with the new Watercolor pencils (once they are available again) or like I did, using a regular ink pad and a Blender pen or an Aquapainter if you prefer.

Love is In the Air & Birthday BASH

Love is in the Air Stampin' Up catalog photo

There are so many people who we love! There are our spouses, significant others, boyfriends, girlfriends, family, and friends. There are different degrees of love. Sometimes it is a deep meaningful, important love and sometimes it is a mutual share of fun times and bonded friendship. No matter the type of love, isn't it fun to let that person know how you feel? Make up some quick and easy notes or make more elaborate Valentines. Either way, make sure you share your feelings with the special people in your life!

The Stampin' Sisters - Teri, Kari, and myself will be gathering NEXT Saturday January 14, 2017 at 9:30 am in Madison, WI for a Love is in the Air cardmaking event. We would love to have you join us! You can get all the details and RSVP on my event calendar page. There will be 12 different card designs for your fee and lots of fun and surprises too!

Birthday surprises using lots of new Stampin' Up! product.

Maybe a Birthday Card Bash is just what you need this time of year? It would be so fun to get started making some of the Birthday cards that you will need for this year. We know that your weekend times are precious so we are happy to offer two options for your Birthday card making pleasure. The afternoon Birthday Card Bash will be Sun January 22, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in Waunakee, WI. We will follow up with a morning option on Sat February 11 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm in Madison, WI (on the east side). You can get all the details for the afternoon bash or get the scoop for the morning bash on my events page. We hope you can join us once or two times. No cards will be repeated!

Top 12 List - October to December

Boy the year went fast! October through December were pretty fresh in my mind, but it was fun to look back to try to choose cards to feature as the best of the best! For me it is a great time to reflect back and check my consistency with blogging. It was better than years past, but I plan to get even more consistent in 2017. So, I hope you will join me as I look back, but also stay with me as we go into the new year!

October 2016

Classic fall colors and texture make this simple thank you card shine.

Grateful for Fall is the perfect blend of texture, shine, and simplicity! First you notice the subtle color scheme, Soft Suede card base topped with Very Vanilla for contrast and then the embossed layer in Cajun Craze. You can cut out the leaf shape from the Leaflet Framelits before or after you emboss with the Petal Burst embossing folder. Be sure to use the leaf shape inside the card for a fun surprise! There is shine and extra shine with the Copper Foil paper and the 1/8" gold ribbon both perfect for your fall themed projects! One of my favorite products from the full line catalog was the stamp set and punch bundle Thoughtful Banner. There are so many useful greetings, borders, and punch ideas to make each project special. You can get more information about this card by reviewing the blog post.

November 2016

Seasonal Bells are ringing in Christmas cheer.

Christmas Bells are ringing was my favorite card from November and I made a lot of cards in November! I used this design a few times but changed up the colors. This card is stunning in blue, white, and silver! My favorite part of this card design was the stampers looked at this card and thought it would be hard to make, but soon found it was so easy and that the elegant stamping made it look complex. Check out the post and get some more details for this card!

December 2016

Blue and silver snowfalkes on this Christmas card make seasons bright.

Layered Snowflakeis a fun card that uses product that I had in my stash. I love the star border punch used on the background cardstock piece. The stamp set is Holly Jolly Greetings and was a new set last Holiday Catalog. The colors are Island Indigo and Pool Party.   One my favorite things to do is create fun layers with texture from the star punched piece, a little silver glimmer paper, and the stamped panel. The step by step instructions are available, check them out here

Wasn't that fun? Did you remember all the cards? Did you check out some of the other ideas that didn't quite make the cut into the Top 12? If not, please take another visit and be sure to save some of your favorites to Pinterest! I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and looking forward to having you join me again for more project ideas, great sale specials, and more!