Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team blog hop for March. Spring Fling is our theme this month. Who's ready for Spring? I sure am! We've actually had a very warm winter so far,'s still winter.

I went for "easy" this month. Time is something a lot of us just don't have anymore. This is really an elegant and simple card and gift to make.

I love using the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I especially love them with intricate flower stamps which have been embossed in either Gold or Silver embossing powders. I chose the "You're Inspiring" stamp set to showcase these other new delicate spring flowers.

I used the "Petal Burst" embossing folder, Gold Foil, and the Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer ribbon to dress up the cards even further and add more sparkle. As I always say, a girl's got to have some sparkle and shine.

I decorated a simple store-bought flower arrangement to give as a gift for the hostess at Easter Dinner this year. It matches the card with the same floral design. Easy-peasy.

Here's the silk floral arrangement - kind of cute on it's own, huh?

 Love the sparkle!

I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy project this month. Please follow the listed links below to see all the other great creations by our Team!  Just click on their names and enjoy!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CREATIVE INKING BLOG HOP - Creating with Color

Welcome to February's Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month's theme is "Creating with Color". I'm featuring the new Stampin' Blends - alcohol markers perfectly matched to the blend with Stampin' Up! papers and accessories. I'm also feature two of the new embossing folders.............

The "Cake Soiree" stamp set and "Sweet Cake" framelits are so detailed and perfect for embossing. I embossed with Silver embossing powder to bring out the details (and it makes coloring the images a lot easier as well). The embossing folder is the new "Simple Stripes" textured embossing folder. 

I used the new embossing folder "Petal Pair" on this card. Love the florals!

The sentiment is from "Better Together" (annual catalog) and a little strip of Berry Burst "Fresh Florals" designer paper adds to the inside of the card.  Here's a close-up of the detail on the cake stamp.

This stamp set is the "Petal Palette" set (stamps and framelits bundle) and is embossed with Copper embossing powder. The sentiment is also backed with Copper Foil. Using the same basic card layout also makes creating easy.

I love working with floral stamps - embossing powders in Silver and Copper really make them stand out and it's easier to color them.

I hope you enjoyed my post. Follow the hop by clicking on "next blog" below to see the what wonderful creation Lori Mueller has for us.  Go to the "prior blog" and see Colleen Vassos' great creations.

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop. This month we are featuring "Love is in the Air".  I chose to do some children's Valentine's Day party treat bags and matching cards. The Spring Catalog is here and I'm loving all the great new stamp sets, bundles, and accessories.

I used the new "Magical Day" bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits). I love the dragons and mermaids in this set and the matching Designer Series Paper "Myths and Magic" with it's irridescent glittered designs was the perfect thing for my treat bags and cards:

We'll start with the dragons - so cute! You can add a punched or die-cut heart and the words "Be Mine" (from the "Bloomin Love" stamp set) and make any children's stamp set into cute Valentine greetings:

These treat bags are so easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board. Just follow the directions for the small bag. These stand 5 1/2" tall, so you would cut  your cardstock 5 1/2" x 10".

Here's a closer view of the front of the matching card:

 I used Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Smoky Slate cardstock along with the Silver Glitter Paper. The treat bag cardstock is Night of Navy and Smoky Slate and the backing for the dragon was embossed with the "Sparkle" embossing folder. The ribbon on the treat bag is the "Silver 1/8" Ribbon".

 And now for the Mermaids:

I used Bermuda Bay and Old Olive cardstock. I embossed the card front with the "Seaside" embossing folder and added the new Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper in Light Green. The ribbon is the new "Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon". 

Here's a close-up of the card:

And last, but not least, we can't forget the CHOCOLATE.

 I hope you enjoyed my creation. Please follow along with the team and see everyone's great creations!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing the wonderful stamps and bundles from the Occasions Catalog and/or Sale-A-Bration sneak peeks.

I don't have enough masculine cards to send to grandsons and other family members, so I chose the "True Gentleman Suite". This is a stamp set/punch bundle and I love the Designer Series Papers that coordinate!

I kept the designs simple.

I fussy-cut a pair of glasses to add to the sentiment and mounted it on Night of Navy cardstock. I used the "Sparkle" embossing folder on Tranquil Tide cardstock. The card front is matted on Very Vanilla cardstock and adhered to a Tranquil Tide card base. The sentiment and cut glasses are popped.

I made a regular bow (cut off the ends real close to the knot on the back) out of 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon to make this bow-tie. I used Very Vanilla for the card base and the card front is mounted on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Don't forget that the Clearance Rack has lots of new arrivals!  Now let's go see what great project Lori has created for us. Just click on the "Next Blog" button below.

Here's wishing you and yours the best Holidays ever!