Just do it!

My thought for today is JUST DO IT! I really appreciate Nike spending all that money on their advertising all those years ago to come up with this slogan. It is ingrained in my psyche. I use it often. It is short and to the point! JUST DO IT!

Does this happen to you? I find I get wrapped up in the “day to day” and forget to let myself enjoy “me” time. Funny how everything else jumps ahead of taking a mere 20 or 30 minutes spent just doing an activity that I love to do and that relaxes me so. Sound familiar? Being the wife, the Mommy, the Gramma, the caregiver, the "everything wrapped up in one" takes its toll. Let’s be honest, it is all so rewarding, but it is all so draining!

Join me and give yourself permission to JUST DO IT. Do it, whatever IT is for you. JUST DO IT!

My happy place! For me it all about creating, and most often that creation is a card. I am not talking about some show-stopping, fireworks & waterfalls card. I am talking the most simple and basic card. A little paper. Just a little stamping. Classic, basic, no thinking. Use the supplies on hand!

I know you have supplies on hand. That is the thing I hear most often, “I have a ROOM FULL OF STUFF!” Ok, then go in there, pull out one sheet of cardstock (Melon Mombo), a piece of paper (Pop of Pink), ONE stamp set (Rose Wonder), ONE ink pad (Melon Mambo or Basic Black) and JUST DO IT! Make one card! Heck! Go crazy and make two…the piece of cardstock will make two cardbases! Embellish it if you want!

JUST DO IT! You will feel so happy once you do it! The inner artist in you will squeal in delight! Then do me a favor, write a little note inside that card and mail it to someone JUST BECAUSE! Spread that happiness you feel! Bring delight to someone else’s day! JUST DO IT!


Easiest Card Design ever

4×6 Rip Flip TechniqueThe easiest card design ever shown in the Rip 'n Flip collage

What is the easiest card design ever? The Rip Flip Technique! I am a long time fan of Austrailian demonstrator Marelle Taylor and she had shared this technique with fellow demonstrators on a Grand Vacation retreat to Hawaii. Then she graciously shared it for the rest of us. You can see her original post here. This technique will help you turn one of your 12×12 double sided pretty papers into 6 cards! It’s kind of like a One Sheet Wonder but even easier! If you used a whole pack of Designer Series Paper you could get 72 cards from 12 sheets of paper! That would take you along way in your card making very fast!

You may have guessed from the name of this technique how it’s done, but here are a few more details. Basically you can cut your pretty 12×12 double sided papers into SIX 4″x6″ pieces. Then you take each 4″x6″ piece and rip it at around the 2″ mark and flip one piece over. Then all you need to do is tape those two pieces onto a card base. Super easy!! Just embellish from there. In the photo you will even see one design that only uses one half of the ripped paper then it leaves plenty of room for your larger greeting stamps. Use the other ripped piece on another card base and you have two cards for the work of one! 

Tips for Lining It Up: Use a card base of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″. When taping on the first pretty paper piece, line it up so that you have the same size border on all 3 un-torn edges. Then with the second piece line it up so you have the same size border on all 3 un-torn edges AND make sure that the edges line up with the first piece you taped down.

Embellish! With a technique this easy you can embellish as much or as little as you like. You could add a simple 1″ wide greeting on Whisper White and banner cut one end. Just attach to the card with dimensionals and add an enamel shape, rhinestone or pearl to finish it off.

Go grab a piece of 12×12 paper and give this technique a try!!

Running low on 12x12 paper? You are in luck! There is still plenty on the retirement list and some of it is even at a discount!  Here are some of my favorites (on sale)!

Product List



I hope you will share your Rip & Flip cards with us on Facebook!

Quick and Easy Easter card idea


One of the highlights of attending team meetings is to swap with the other demonstrators. This is a card that I created for our Spring Theme swap. The highlight is that I used the Balloon punch to quickly make my eggs! Some washi, a little ribbon, and tone on tone stamping to create accents. Finish with sponging a darker edge to bring a little "grunge" to a "frilly" card!

The Sun is setting on 2016-17

Duchess of Design setting sun retirement banner

The sun is setting on many products in the 2016-17 full line and Occasions catalogs! It is sad when the products retire, but the good news is you can snatch them up before they are gone and get some up to 50% off! 

Accessories & tools will be while supplies last!  Keep in mind, some will be gone by morning! 

Stamp sets are available until May 22, but after that it will be while supplies last or until May 31.

SHOP RIGHT NOW! You can see all the retiring products here!

Need to see a list?!  Please use this handy pdf that has the retiring products sorted by page numbers in the full line and Occasions catalogs. 

Here are a few of my favorites that are retiring!!! I will try to hold back the tears!

Bear Hugs! Here are a couple of adorable projects that use the Bear Hugs stamp set & framelits


Duchess of Design Bear Hugs card I love you this much

See this project idea here!


Duchess of Design brights Bear Hugs family Birthday card

See the product here

I had to share one of my favorite cards of all time, and as of today it includes almost all retiring products! (sniff, sniff)


Duchess of Design thoughts and prayers butterfly and flowers card

Included retiring products:  Papillon Potppurri stamp set, Elegant butterfly punch (Bitty punch is retiring too), Subtles paper stackDecorative Label punch, and the Blossom Bunch Punch

Okay, I have shed enough tears, but don't let yourself shed any because you missed the product while it was available! Do yourself a favor and Shop Now!

Lacy Greetings


Here is a quick and easy card that is both pretty and a classic layout that can be used over and over. I offered this at a recent local cardmaking party as either a wedding (as shown) or with different greetings within the same stamp set as a sympathy card. Imagine the color choices you could use! This design is so versatile! The Delicate Detail stamp set is not for sale, it is only available for FREE during Saleabration with a qualifying purchase ($50).

This is the year to shine

This is your year to shine - Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

When I bought my Stampin' Up! Starter Kit over 12 years ago I did it to get the great deal, now the deal is even better! You get $125 in product plus two stamp sets of your choice for only $99 (until March 31)! Shipping is free! I didn't join to do parties or to even sell anything. I just wanted to get my crafting supplies at a discount! I changed my mind once I discovered that I am not selling, I am sharing ideas. What you do with that Starter Kit is up to you! There is no pressure and there are no strings attached. Get the deal and do nothing more OR get the deal and see if this is your year to shine! I have a page with more information or contact me lori@duchessofdesign.com if you have any questions!

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!