Magical Mermaid Birthday Card

Today is my only granddaughter's birthday--she is 7.  I found a silver mermaid necklace for her and made her a card to match.


I stamped the mermaid on Shimmery White with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with my blends.I fussy cut it and attached to the card front using dimensionals. Wink of Stella makes her tail and body shine.  Her headband has pearls on it.  The card base is Bermuda Bay topped with pool party.  I stamped the seaweed with gray granite and bermuda bay and then I used a retired embossing folder to emboss the pool party piece.  I took a piece of very vanilla and stamped the "sand" in crumb cake on it and tore a piece off for the bottom of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on Shimmery White and cut out with the Layering Circle Dies backed with Bermuda Bay.  

The inside uses a piece of Shimmery White cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies and the sentiment and mermaid were done in Bermuda Bay.

Happy birthday, sweet Quinn!


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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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