Run For the Roses – Kentucky Derby Rose

Only need 400+ to make a Garland of Roses!
How to Make Your Own Kentucky Derby Rose

One of my favorite days of the year – the first Saturday in May – also known as Kentucky Derby Day – is here! I love everything about this day, from the horses to the hats. So in honor of today’s Derby, I’ve got a little video showing how to make a 3D paper rose. Whether you make one or 400, it’s a little bit of the Derby right at your fingertips.

A few facts pulled from the official Kentucky Derby site:

Each year, more than 400 roses are sewn into a green satin backing to create the Garland of Roses. The crown, a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner’s Circle. And the winning jockey is presented with a bouquet of 60 long stemmed roses wrapped in 10 yards of ribbon.



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Pop Up Gift Card Card Holder – for Graduation

With graduations coming up soon, it’s nice to have a handcrafted gift card holder at the ready. And with My Digitial Studio, it’s easy (and quick) to have several versions. See the video here or read on for the printed version.

Front of Grad card – popped up cap
Pop Up Gift Card Holder - Graduation Sparkle
Front of Grad Card – with bling
Inside Pop Up Gift Card Holder
Inside Pop Up Gift Card Holder


Pop Up Gift Card Holder

Step by Step

For pop-up:

2 pieces of DSP 4 ¼ x 2, score every ½” on the short side
1 piece of DSP 4 ½ x 4 ½ for scallop envelope

  1. Die cut scallop envelope using the Big Shot – line up the DSP to not cut the scallop edge.
  2. To one of the rectangular pieces: Apply adhesive on the right side (the side you want to see) on the long edge.
  3. Attach to top inside of the card, just above the crease.
  4. Align other end of scored piece to card base – it should look like a long box without ends.
  5. Adhere scallop envelope to center of long box
  6. To the second rectangular DSP:  Apply adhesive on the right side (the side you want to see) on the long edge.
  7. Adhere to scallop envelope.
  8. Adhere other side to base of card.

For envelope:

Enclose flap of envelope in Stripes Embossing Folder; run through Big Shot and remove.

For card:

Design card front using My Digital Studio with Graduation Stamp Brush Set, export as .jpg, print and trim. Mat with Basic Black card stock and mount on Crumb Cake card stock. Add Rhinestones or fussy cut grad cap and pop up with Dimensional.

Supply List

My Digital Studio with Graduation Stamp Brush Set; Big Shot, Scallop Envelop Bigz Die; SNAIL, Neutrals Designer Series Paper, Basic Black and Crumb Cake card stock, Stripes Embossing Folder

Retired Stamps and Accessories Lists Are Here!

Get Your Favorites!
Get Your Favorites!

It’s here! The retired list is split into two separate files to make it a little easier to see if your wishlist items are retiring.

Retired Stamp List PDF

Retired Accessories List PDF

It’s time for you to sit down and mark up your Stampin’ Up catalog.  Use the lists by page number to go through  and note the retiring items.

Some of the accessories – the inks, papers, ribbons, designer papers, buttons, brads, etc. may end up on the clearance rack.  We never know but if there is something you want, better get them QUICKLY rather than waiting.

It’s a little sad, but then I think about the new catalog and it’s all ok .:)


Embossing Without the Fuss

Love the look of embossing but don’t have time? This little treat pouch takes care of that – it uses the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper. Embossing without the fuss, as the Natural Composition is already embossed for you!  All you have to do is color it (I won’t tell if you go outside the lines). Finished dimensions are 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″. Another great Mother’s Day gift idea.

Natural Composition Embossed Treat Pouch
Natural Composition Embossed Treat Pouch

Just for You Treat Pouch

Step by Step

  1. Color the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper using Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Markers. Blot excess ink using a facial tissue.
  2. Using the Simply Scored, score the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper at 1/2″, 4-1/2″, and 6″; fold at each of the score lines. Wrap the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper around the Cellophane Bag filled with candy and adhere the flap.
  3. Punch two holes in the flap using a hole punch. Thread the holes with Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, then tie a bow.
  4. Stamp the stems and leaves image in Lucky Limeade ink on the back of a piece of Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper. Punch out the image using the Extra-Large Tag Punch. Punch a hole in the end of the tag using the 1/16″ Circle Punch. Thread the Linen Thread through the hole and tie it to the ribbon.
  5. Stamp the sentiment in Island Indigo ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Cut the stamped cardstock into a banner shape and curl using the Bone Folder. Adhere the banner to the tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Supply List:

Just Believe Stamp Set; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper; Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad; Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin’ Pad; 2011-2013 In Color Stampin’ Write Marker; 4″ x 6″ Cellophane Bags ; Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and Linen Thread; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Extra-Large Tag Punch; 1/16″ Circle Punch ; Simply Scored; facial tissue  and hole punch


Altered Notebook with Everything Eleanor

Need a place to jot down some notes? Why not make it a pretty altered notebook while you’re at it. Add a monogram to make it even more personal. A great Mother’s Day gift!

Altered Notebook
Altered Notebook

Altered Notebook 

Step by Step

  1. Fill a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Summer Starfruit ink. Spritz the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper and blot the excess ink using a facial tissue. Adhere the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper to the notebook cover.
  2. Stamp the frame image in Island Indigo ink on the Whisper White Cardstock. Cut out the frame and adhere it to the notebook.
  3. Stamp the floral image repeatedly in Pool Party ink on Pool Party Cardstock. Cut the stamped cardstock into a banner shape and curl using the Bone Folder. Set it aside.
  4. Stamp the wreath image in Lucky Limeade ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock; stamp the floral image in Summer Starfruit ink in the wreath center. Punch out the image using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Adhere the Pool Party banner to the back of the stamped Very Vanilla Cardstock circle. Adhere the circle to the stamped frame using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Cut the letter from Tangerine Tango Cardstock using the Big Shot and the Alphabet Bigz Die. Adhere the letter to the notebook using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Punch the flower from Summer Starfruit Cardstock using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Curl the flower petals upward using a Bone Folder. Adhere the flower to the letter. Adhere a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the flower center.

Supply List

Everything Eleanor Stamp Set; Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White Cardstock; Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper; Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad; Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Big Shot; Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die; Stampin’ Spritzer; facial tissue, mini notebook and rubbing alcohol


Faux Silk Technique with Video

Wow, another video! This card showcases the faux silk technique, adding lots of texture. And it’s simple to do! Watch the video or read on for the how to.

Faux Silk with Pleasant Poppies
Faux Silk with Pleasant Poppies

Faux Silk Technique

Step by Step

Cut base cardstock and score in half

Run through Big Shot with Card Base Pop N Cuts

Stamp swirl from Kindness Matters on bottom front of card

Stamp Forever and Always on inside of card – set aside

Stamp Pleasant Poppy in middle of white tissue paper with Stazon Jet Black ink

Carefully color in poppies with Summer Starfruit marker, or use blender pen w/ink pad

Crumple up tissue paper

Apply Anywhere Glue to entire surface of piece of Whisper White cardstock

Gently unfold tissue paper and apply to the glued surface

Trim overhanging edges with scissors

Mat and layer onto card front with Dimensionals



Big Shot; Card Base Pop N Cuts; Whisper White and Basic Black card stock; Pleasant Poppies, Kindness Matters, Loving Thoughts stamp sets; Jet Black Stazon ink; Anywhere Glue Stick and Dimensionals


And More This and That

Can you tell I like This and That? I had to get two of the journals as my head is just spinning on what I can put in them.

Epic Day This and That journal page sample
Epic Day This and That journal page sample

More This And That

Here’s another spread in the Epic Day This and That journal. Do you see that washi tape? Squee!

This and That - spy the wash tape?
This and That – spy the wash tape?


This And That – An Old Fashioned Pinterest!

What did we do before Pinterest came along? We pulled out pages in magazines, printed stuff from the web, or scratched our head while sayin’ where did I see this? The new line, This And That, from Stampin’ Up! is the perfect way to keep track of things you like in a very pretty way.

Sample two-page spread from This and That
Sample two-page spread from This and That

Love the colors, designs of the paper pack and the stickers! See this post for more on the Epic Day This and That Bundle.


Color Refresh

It’s spring here in the Midwest, and it sure looks dull outside right now – lots of brown dead grass, mud, and the occasional resisting-melting dirty snowpile. Ugh. The robins are back – I’ve seen a few flying about, but not enough to REALLY feel like spring. And there’s still a chill in the air. That’s why Stampin’ Up’s recent announcement of a Color Refresh makes me happy – color brightens my day.

Color Refresh
Color Refresh

Some of my favorite colors from the past are back!  Love my Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Island Indigo. Can you tell I’m a Pisces? All blues and greens 🙂

Brights Collection
Brights Collection
Subtles Collection
Subtles Collection
Regals Collection
Regals Collection
Neutrals Collection
Neutrals Collection

So glad to know I don’t have to hoard my favorites! How about you – what are you’re favorites?

This and That Journal

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast.

So I’m happy to introduce Stampin’ Up’s newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go.

This and That Journal will debut in the 2013-2014 annual Stampin Up catalog, but you can get it now.

From today through April 30, you can get all five This and That products in a bundle for 15 percent off!


Here are the Stampin’ Up! item numbers and a pdf you can download:

  • Epic Day This and That Bundle – 133350 – $32.08 (15% off)
  • Epic Day This and That Journal  – 131268 – $10.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper  -130814 – $10.95
  • Remember This and That Rotary Stamp – 130133 – $5.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers  – 131271 – $4.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape – 131269 – $4.95

The fine details…

  • Stampin’ Up is introducing the line with these five products, but will be adding more This and That stuff as time goes on.
  • Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle will be available in May and in the new catalog, but we’re only offering the discounted bundled until April 30).
  • You can get as many This and That products or bundles as you want.

I’ve got my bundle ordered, and will share pictures and details as soon as it arrives!

Better than Angry Birds!

Want to get creative on your mobile device? Then I’ve got the app for you! Simply Sent is a cute little digital design app for creating quick, custom greetings to share with someone special. And it’s free!

Simply Sent sample
Simply Sent sample

From your Android device, go to the Google Play Store. Search for Simply Sent, select the application, select install and follow the prompts. From your Apple device, go to iTunes or the App Store to download.

Pick a background, add text, a picture, an embellishment or two, then share.

So instead of getting frustrated ’cause you can’t get past level 25 in Angry Birds, try creating with Simply Sent!

Still Clean & Simple

A few simple changes – a little piercing, matching sentiment, sponged edge, and a lined envelope can make a whale of a difference!

Clean & Simple Whale with Lined Envelope
Clean & Simple Whale with Lined Envelope

Now I love this card, and it’s still clean and simple. And the changes took only a few minutes. Quick directions on how to line an envelope. Cut Designer Series Paper to 4″ x 5 11/16″, slide into top of envelope with a little adhesive, trim to fit outside edge of flap.

Watch my YouTube channel for an upcoming video if you need a visual on how to line an envelope.

Too Clean & Simple?

My first attempt at a Clean & Simple card using the super cute Oh Whale stamp set is a bit TOO Clean & Simple for my taste.

Too Clean & Simple Whale
Too Clean & Simple Whale

What I like:  keeping my palette to just two colors, quick and easy

What I don’t like:  feels unfinished to me

Let me know if you like this look. And check back to see what I do to this card to take it up a notch.

Up, Up & Away

Any of you who know me know that I go crazy when it comes to hot air balloons. And these three are no exception.

Up, up, up & away times 3
Up, up, up & away times 3

The bright colors are an instant mood lifter, along with the breezy embossed cloud layer and the psychedelic layer behind the sentiment. A little sponging around the cloud layer gives the card more depth.

Let me know if this card brightens your day by commenting!

The Original Red Box



I love this vintage British phone booth – although my version is a modern Tangerine Tango orange! A little texture courtesy of the Big Shot and Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and a flat bow finishes it off. Video coming soon on how to tie these bows.