Come Sail Away Anniversary card

Yesterday was my 47th wedding anniversary.  Wow, I can't believe it's been so long because it still seems like yesterday!

Here is the card I made for my husband



Being at the beach and only a day after Father's Day, I didn't have a lot of time to make my cards.  He was gone for the weekend so I was able to do a little crafting at night.  Using the Come Sail Away Memories & More cards made this much easier!  

The base of the card is soft suede, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4".  I topped that with a piece of whisper white 5 1/4" x 4" and cut out with the rectangle stitched dies.  That piece was topped with a Memories and More card that I stamped the sentiment on with Soft Suede.  I added 3 gold pearls (colored bronze with my Blends) just below the sentiment.  Linen thread was wrapped around that piece and tied into a knot before attaching to the card base.

I stamped the lighthouse and the compass in Soft Suede and then die cut them using the Smooth Sailing Dies and the Layering Circles dies.  I die cut the compass needle out of Soft Suede and attached to the compass with a glue dot.  I added a gold (colored bronze with my bronze Blends) pearl to the top.

The inside was fairly easy using two Memories and More cards trimmed down to fit side by side.  The sentiment on the inside is from Itty Bitty Greetings.

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there and especially to my dad (who turns 98 in a couple of weeks), my hubby, my two sons and my son-in-law, all of whom are great dads!

I made cards for my dad and husband (sorry, boys, I didn't get cards to you this year since I'm making them at the beach and beach time!)

Here is the card I made for my dad

I love this "A Good Man" stamp set.  It is reminiscent of a set Stampin' Up! had many years ago that was wildly popular (I still have it!).  Since my dad lives at the beach, I thought this was appropriate for him.  Up until the last few weeks, he walked on the beach daily.  I would normally have watercolored this with our inks but I forgot to bring watercolor paper or shimmery white paper with me to the beach and regular cardstock doesn't hold up very well to watercolors!  I colored this with Blends instead.

For my hubby, I also used this stamp set 


He is always carrying the grandkids around on his shoulders so this was perfect!


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July "On My Mind" Paper Pumpkin Kit

The July Paper Pumpkin kit is called "On My Mind" and it coordinates with 3 different new suites in the new catalog:  Woven Threads (page 13-14), Garden Lane (page 40-41) and Come Sail Away(page 144-145).  

This kit will contain 9 mailable cards (3 each of 3 designs).  The coordinating colors are gold, kraft, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile.  This should be a really fun kit!  I love when the Paper Pumpkin kits coordinate with our current products!  

You must have an active subscription by July 10 to get this kit.  Subscribe here  Or if you just want to try out Paper Pumpkin, you can purchase a one-month subscription (warning:  you will have to pay the regular shipping and handling charge with a prepaid subscription so add it to a regular order to reduce the amount you have to pay).  You can also get a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription (you'll save on the 6-mo or 12-mo ones).

Notes from the Beach

I am at the beach (Ponce Inlet, FL) for the month of June so will probably not be posting as often as I usually do.  My daughter and her family have been here all week and I wanted to spend time with them.  They are leaving today so I'll be able to clear off the dining room table and play with my new products that arrived this week.  I need to get Father's Day cards made for my hubby and my dad.

Speaking of my dad... he really scared us this week.  He had to go to the hospital with shortness of breath (he had a touch of pneumonia) and came home in horrible shape the next day.  We truly thought he was dying!  They gave him some medication that lowered his blood pressure and he collapsed.  I really think he would have died if we hadn't gotten him into his recliner and gotten his feet up.  At the hospital he overheard some nurses talking about him and believed he was dying.  We couldn't convincde him otherwise.  And then yesterday a nurse came to check on him (we had called in hospice because we thought him dying) and she was so surprised at how well he had recovered.  She's now convinced him he's not dying anytime soon.  It's nice that my dad lives at the beach so I can spend time with him plus enjoy the beach!  I know my time with him is limited (he's almost 98) so I'm happy to be able to spend time down here with him.

I'll be sharing the Father's Day cards I make later this week so check back!

New Catalog LIVE Today!

You can now order from the new catalog!  I absolutely love the new products available!  You can click on the image below to see a pdf of the catalog.  Holding one in your own hands is even better!  So if you don't already have a catalog and want one, just request it!  Stampin' Up! also has a new brochure for beginner stampers (but it is really for everyone) with products not available in the annual catalog! Its called "Experience Creativity".  You can request that brochure too and I'll send it on to you!


Stampin' Up! has released a bunch of videos showcasing products in the catalog.  You can watch them here:

Paper Flowers Featuring Good Morning Magnolia

Come Sail Away Memories and More

Magnolia Lane Memories and More

Above the Clouds Bundle

Cuckoo for You Bundle

Tropical Chic Step It Up

Lovely Is the Day Bundle

Ride With Me Bundle

Praiseworthy Prose Bundle

Take Your Pick Tool Update

Pressed Petals Suite

Daisy Lane Bundle

For the Love of Felt

Designer Series Paper (this is a series of 8 very short videos showcasing some of the Designer Series Paper)

If your wish list is super long like mine, you might want to get the Starter kit ($99 with free shipping and you get to choose $125 in products).  Once you order that kit, you'll be able to place additional orders and save 20%!  If you have any questions, email me at  You can also click on the Ink Spot Inkers link on the side of this blog for additional information.

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"Hugs from Shelli" May Paper Pumpkin kit

The May Paper Pumpkin kit "Hugs from Shelli" was designed by Stampin' Up! co-founder, Shelli Gardner.  It is a beautiful kit of 12 note cards of 4 designs.  I made some of the cards as directed --well, kinda as directed--I did use different sentiments than on the samples.  I'll be carrying those notecards around with me to hand out as "thank you" cards to the many people I come in contact with. 

I also cut up one of each card to make full-sized cards.

Here are close-ups of those cards

And this one I colored in with my Blends

The coordinating colors for this kit were Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.  

When making your cards, don't forget to "pretty up" the envelopes too!  Then even the mailman gets a glimpse at what's inside!

You may not be able to get this kit (unless there are still some extras) but you can still subscribe and get the June kit.  You can subscribe month-to-month or purchase a prepaid kit (6 months and 12 months subscriptions save you money).  We've been given some sneak peeks:

This kit has 16 small notes (not mailable unless you put in a larger envelope) with a special tote to hold the little notes. These are beachy fun to spread a little joy around!  They are perfect for holding a gift card or adding as an enclosure for a gift.  Pass them around to people you see when out and about!  I'll be making these as "thank yous" for passing out around town.  Colors are Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.

Here is a video you can watch:



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Everything Is Rosy One Sheet Wonder Cards

I love to make One Sheet Wonder cards!  It's so easy to create a bunch of cards with one sheet of Designer Series paper or any pretty paper!  I have templates for 6 x 6. 8-1/2 x 11, and 12 x 12 papers.  I am in a One Sheet Wonder Club, run by Jessica Taylor and we get a new template, video and card samples every single month!  Sometimes we even make our own pretty paper!  It's loads of fun and a perk of being in Jessica's downline (you could join my team and also get this perk!)

The first set of cards I've made with my May template (a 6x6 one) uses the Everything is Rosy Medley, available only until the end of May (or "as supplies last").

This is what you get in the Everything Is Rosy Medley:

It really is gorgeous in person!  Rose gold foil paper plus Rose Gold Shimmer paint!  Two rolls of ribbon! Stamps and Dies you can use over and over! I can't wait to make more cards using this medley!  And I plan to make some cards using different colors and different paper.  

If you are interested in this medley of products, don't delay in ordering!  It's going fast and available only until the end of the month!



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Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder

My daughter asked me to make gift card holders for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I chose Picked For You as my stamp set (gee, I wish they hadn't retired this set!  It's great for teachers!  You can still get it through May 24).  My card design was inspired by another demonstrator's card (Rosanne Mulhern) and you can check out her post here.  I made mine different in almost all ways except the cutting and design of the card.

It looks complicated but really is not.  

Here are all the details:

  • The card base starts with Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 11".  Score on the long side at 2-1/2" and 6-3/4" and then at 2-3/4" on the short side up to the 6-3/4" score line.   That will create an A2 card that will fit in regular envelopes. 
  • Cut on the 2-3/4" line to remove the top part of the card--stop at the 6-3/4" line.
  • Fold that front panel over to form a gift card pocket.  
  • Cut Lemon Lime Twist cardstock at 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" for the main part of the card.  Cut 2 pieces of Lemon Lime Twist at 4-1/8" x 2-5/8" for the small front piece and the piece for the gift card pocket.
  • Cut Poppy Parade cardstock at 5-1/4" x 4"; then cut a piece 4" x 2-1/2" for the front and a piece 2-3/8" x 2-5/8" for the gift card pocket 
  • Cut the Gingham Gala paper 5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; cut a second piece at 2-1/8" x 2-3/8"
  • Using the Pocket Framelits die cut a pocket out of Crumb Cake.  Emboss that pocket using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder.
  • On Whisper White Card stock stamp the apples--2 red using Poppy Parade ink and 2 Green using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Stamp the stems using Early Espresso.

Now for some information on using those apple stamps.  There are 3 stamps that you use.  They are photopolymer so easy to line up.  They are also numbered on the acetate stamp sheet so that you know in what order to use.  For some of these, I stamped them twice to get the look I wanted.  Practice with these stamps first so that you can get the look you want.  And if you don't line them up exactly, just take a little paint brush and some water and smooth out the lines.  I also used some Wink of Stella on the apples in areas I thought would naturally shine.  I then fussy-cut the apples leaving a small border.

For the front sentiment, I stamped in Poppy Parade on Whisper White and die cut using the smallest narrow Stitched Rectangle dies.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the sentiments in both Poppy Parade and Lemon Lime Twist on Whisper White and die cut using the next to the largest of the ovals in the Stitched Shapes dies.  I backed that with a scallop oval from the Layering Ovals dies.

Putting the front together:  I adhered the embossed pocket to the front of the card and then trimmed off the top that showed over the top edge.  I used my Fast Fuse (you can use whatever adhesive works best for you!) to adhere the red apples to the front and then popped up the green apple using dimensionals.  I added the front sentiment using both snail on the left side and a mini dimensional on the right.  

For the gift card pocket:  Put the Poppy Parade piece and the gingham paper on the inside flap.  Using a 1-inch circle punch, cut out a notch.  Add adhesive to the edges of the fold-over piece to create the pocket.  I then added a second green apple to that pocket.

With all the layers, this card is heavier than most so you might not want to mail it.  If you do mail, then you will need additional postage.

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