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Hearts a’Plenty

13 Feb

How to make this card:

  1. Cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Cherry Cobbler card stock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Fold in half to create an A2 card.
  2. Top with a layer of Crumb Cake card stock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  3. Top with a layer of Very Vanilla card stock, cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″. Before adhering to Crumb Cake, sponge the edges with Cherry Cobbler.
  4. The focal point of the card consists of three (3) hearts, all punched with the Full Heart Punch. Each heart got a slightly different treatment:
    1. Top Heart: Cherry Cobbler. Punched and then run through the Big Shot using Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
    2. Middle Heart: Crumb Cake. Punched  and then run through the Big Shot using the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder. Then I sponged Cherry Cobbler ink on the petals. I finished off the heart with five (5) self-adhesive Pearls. Remember, using an odd number is more visually appealing.
    3. Bottom Heart: Cherry Cobbler. Punched. Topped with a Crumb Cake heart punched with the Heart to Heart Punch. Sponged the edges of the Crumb Cake heart with Cherry Cobbler. Topped with a Cherry Cobbler heart punched with the smallest heart in the Heart to Heart Punch. Popped up the smallest heart with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  5. Inside  is a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and then sponged around the edges with Cherry Cobbler. The Heart to Heart Punch was used to punch the bottom right corner before adhering the Very Vanilla piece to the card, allowing three little red hearts to peek through. The sentiment, from Teeny Tiny Wishes, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

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  • Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock
  • Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock
  • Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock
  • Cherry Cobbler Classic Stamp Pad
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Full Heart Punch
  • Heart to Heart Punch
  • Basic Pearls
  • Stampin’ Dimensionls
  • Stamping Sponge
  • Snail
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Big Shot

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Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Black and White, and Red all over!

11 Feb

Valentine’s Day is almost here! I’ve got another Valentine to share with you (only a few days left to get them in)! In my not-so-humble opinion, this is a great card for a guy! In fact, I’m sending it to my 23-year-old son!

A CASEed card!

This card is definitely a CASE…Copy and Share Everything…card! I discovered this card, by Rochelle, on Stampin’ Addicts. Here’s the link to Rochelle’s blog to see her original card: Thanks so much for sharing, Rochelle!

How to make this card:

  1. Cut Whisper White card stock at 11″ x 4-1/4″. Fold in half so that fold is at the top of card.
  2. Cut Basic Black card stock to 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  3. Cut Whisper White card stock at 4-1/4″ x 4″. Run through the Big Shot, using the small dot side of the double-sided Texturz Plate. Rochelle used the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder but mine is MIA, so I opted to use the very subtle effect offered by the Backgrounds Texturz Plates.
  4. The focal point is created with a variety of elements:
    1. Start with a block of Basic Black card stock cut to 3″ x 1-1/2″.
    2. Overlay the Basic Black with a Whisper White circle, punched with the 2-1/2″ Extra Large Circle Punch.
    3. Overlay the Whisper White circle with a square of Basic Black, punched with the 1-3/8″ Extra Large Square Punch.
    4. Overlay the Basic Black square with a square of the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (Okay, it’s really Basic Black and Very Vanilla but it works just fine with the Whisper White!). This square was punched with the 1-1/4″ Large Square Punch.
    5. Overlay the DSP square with a Real Red heart, punched with Extra-Large Full Heart Punch.
    6. Overlay the Real Red heart with a tiny Red Glimmer Paper heart, punched with the smallest heart in the Heart-to-Heart Extra Large Punch. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this paper! But only had a little bit of it so I just added a little pop with a little heart, instead of doing the full heart, as Rochelle did! Lots of punches, huh? I absolutely love punches!!
    7. Finally, the happy valentine’s day sentiment, from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, is stamped in Real Red Classic Ink on a strip of Whisper White, cut to 1/2″ x 2″. Just snip the ends after stamping.
    8. Every layer of the card is “Snailed” to the other, except for the sentiment, which I popped up with one (1) Stampin’ Dimensional, cut in half, and at each end.
    9. As you may have figured out, if you’ve looked at any of my other cards, I like to leave the inside of a card blank, with lots of room for a personal message.
    10. What to write inside this one? For my son, I’m listing some of the things I love about him! With 11 inches inside, I’ve got plenty of room for my VERY LONG LIST!

If you haven’t made your Valentines yet, get busy! There’s still time! I’ve shared some easy-to-make cards with you…and I’ll have another one for you tomorrow! You can still get them in the mail tomorrow, with delivery on the big day! Better yet, if you’re able, hand-deliver your hand-made card!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN!

Bravo Burgundy Valentine…out of my comfort zone!

8 Feb

How many of you have a freezer, a fridge and cupboards full of food but nothing to eat? In reality, you have plenty to eat but none of your favorites. Instead of getting creative with what’s there, you head to the grocery store to re-stock your comfort foods.

My husband and I, working with a very tight budget, have been trying to get creative. And we’ve been surprised with the results. Just about every night, we say “There’s nothing left in the house to eat!” We’re tempted to head to the store BUT then the creative juices start flowing and we make dinner from what’s here…and a good dinner, if I do say so myself.

A couple of nights ago, Oakley was putting on his coat and heading to Kroger “for dinner.” He said there was nothing left to make dinner with. I yelled after him, as he headed out the door, “WAIT! We’ve got potatoes!” I know. Funny! I laughed, too! But the result was a delicious potato soup! Mind you, I didn’t have a lot of ingredients on-hand so I googled “Potato Soup.” I discovered a recipe that I thought I could make work. With a few substitutions, it did. In fact, it did more than just work, it ended up being a delicious dinner! Accompanied by a loaf of Oakley’s Sour Cream & Chive Bread (thank goodness for the breadmaker), we enjoyed a fabulous dinner, despite there being “nothing to eat”!

"Nothing-left-in-the-house-to-eat" Dinner

Here’s the recipe I found at


2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (Lucky…I had four carrots left in the fridge. We used them all.)

2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I didn’t have any celery so it wasn’t in our version.)

1 large onion, coarsely chopped (No onions in the pantry. We used a few tablespoons of Onion Flakes from the spice cupboard.  They worked fine!)

1-1/2 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I told you: I had potatoes..russets, at that.)

1/2 stick unsalted butter

4 cups water

1 cup whole milk (We don’t use whole milk. Skim worked/tasted great!)

2 tablespoons chopped dill (We had dried dill flakes in the spice cupboard so that’s what we used.)


Cook vegetables in butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot, covered, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown and stick to bottom of pot, about 15 minutes. Add water, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. {Took longer than that for us.} Transfer 3 cups soup to a blender with milk and blend until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return to pot, then stir in dill and salt and pepper to taste.


Now, I don’t know about you, but just as I gravitate toward those comfort foods, I find I gravitate toward certain comfort colors, too. I decorate my home with them, wear them, bejewel myself with them, and make cards with them! Well, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve run out of all of my favorite colors of card stock so I’m pulling from the others in my stash. I’m getting creative. Just as the soup, created out of the thing I had — potatoes, turned out to be a delightful dish, so, too did the card I created out of the color of card stock I had — Bravo Burgundy.

"Out-of-my-comfort-zone-colors" card

The card base is a half sheet of Bravo of those colors I NEVER use, as evidenced by the full unopened package I had on hand — which I ran through the Big Shot with the brand new to-die-for Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ( Check it out on p. 28 of the Occasions Mini Catalog!).

Next, I cut another piece of Bravo Burgundy to 3″ x 4-1/4″ so that it would sit inside the border. I popped it up with four Stampin’ Dimensionals, one at each corner.

The focal point is the beautiful Be My Valentine stamp, a single stamp, also available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I inked the stamp with Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink and then stamped it on another back-of-the-cupboard color choice — Naturals Ivory (which I also added to the inside of the card). Turns out I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the look…very vintage! After snipping around the edges of the stamped image, I added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it POP! One tiny little Pearl finished off this simple, vintage-look card beautifully, don’t you think?

This card is the result of my being out of Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stocks. I know! I know! But, just as we got creative for dinner when we used what we had — and ended up with a new favorite — I got creative when I challenged myself to use what card stock I had — and ended up with a card my husband says is his all-time favorite!

Inspired by “Letterpress Love”

4 Feb

Happy Friday!

Rarely do I create a card from scratch. I mean, I don’t sit in my stamp room (aka “The Padded Room) and look at my stamps and go “Oh, I know! I think I’ll  create a beautiful card now!” Then, pull out everything I need — cut, glue, embellish, done! Perfect card! Doesn’t happen.

What does happen is that I see cards made by others…on our demonstrator-only website, on Splitcoaststampers, swaps, in the Stampin’ Up! catalog or elsewhere and I’m INSPIRED by them. They become my jumping off point. I might like the colors used, or the lay-out, or the stamp set, or the embellishments. I might just LOVE the whole daggone card! That’s how my creative process starts.

So, having seen a card that INSPIRED me, I head to “The Padded Room” to recreate it or to come up with my own rendition. Invariably, I don’t have something that the original had. I might not have the same colors of cardstock. I might not have the same ribbon. I might not have the same stamp set. I might not have the same embossing folder. I might not have the same punch. I might not have the same embellishments. That’s where my creativity kicks in!

I recently saw a card posted by Robin Merriman…remember her? She’s my stamping hero; I honestly can say I have not seen a card she created that I didn’t LOVE! Wow! She’s awesome! Needless to say, I have been inspired by her work. When I saw the card I’m talking about here, I oohed and aahed over it — out loud — sitting here at my computer! I just had to re-create it! Check out Robin’s card HERE!

Now, to my version of Robin’s card:

I started with a Pretty in Pink card base, folded to create what I call a “horizontal card — 5-1/2″ W x 4-1/4” H). A Rose Red topper, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, is placed flush to the card crease. The next layer is Whisper White, cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″. Because I can’t find my Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder — apparently it grew legs — I ran the piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. And I love it! Before placing it flush with the crease, as I did with the Rose Red, I sponged it with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink.

Then, back to the Big Shot. I ran a quarter sheet of Rose Red cardstock through with the Top Note die. Then, I generously inked up my Letterpress Plate with VersaMark before running the Top Note piece through the Big Shot again. I cut the Top Note in half and placed the right-side-up half flush with the crease.

Be My Valentine — a single stamp, available in the Occasions Mini Catalog — became the focal point. I inked it up twice — once with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink and again with Rose Red Classic Ink — on Whisper White cardstock. Then I used my Paper Snips to cut out the entire Pretty in Pink image and the banner from the Rose Red image. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the Rose Red banner right over top of the Pretty in Pink banner, and then the whole thing to the cardfront.

I pulled out my Color Spritzer and added some Rose Red spritzes to the card front. Finally, the crowning touch, was added…a Rose Red Vintage Flower Adornment from the Occasions Mini Catalog, attached with a single  Mini Glue Dot.

Robin may not have liked her card when she was finished with it, but I did! AND, I loved my card, too!

So, what did I change?

  • Robin used Pink Pirouette.
    • I used Pretty in Pink. (I didn’t have any Pink Pirouette cardstock.)
  • Robin used Very Vanilla.
    • I used Whisper White. (I just wanted to!)
  • Robin used Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
    • I used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. (I can’t find my Polka Dots EF!)
  • Robin used a button, tied with Linen Thread.
    • I used the Rose Red Vintage Flower Adornment. (I didn’t have a button that matched.)

I’m not going to ask which card you like best. I know that both cards are beautiful! That’s the point. Be inspired by others and then let your own creativity take over. Thank you, Robin, for your INSPIRATION!

I hope you, too, are inspired by Robin’s work, and by mine! Now, go make something!

Friends Fur-ever Valentine

2 Feb

I want to share a card with you that was created by my friend, and downline, Rachel Lanier! I posted another card creation of Rachel’s a while back. It was her first completely original card. I told you then there would be no stopping her after that. And, I was right! Take a look at this precious card! What a fabulous Valentine!

Friends Fur-ever

Rachel used the precious Scotties in the Friends Fur-ever stamp set. That little table between them? That’s the chair from the same set, minus the chair back! What a great idea! The doggy bowl is from the same set, but that pile of hearts which fills it to overflowing? That’s from the Loads of Love set! Clever, huh?

The sentiment comes from the Love You Much stamp set. Rachel stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White and then punched it, twice…once in Real Red…with the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch. Take special note of that one teeny, tiny Pearl on Scotty’s collar. Wouldn’t a Rhinestone look great too?

I’ll keep this short…and sweet, just like this card! Hope you like it as much as I do!

Easy-to-make Valentine gifts for all ages!

31 Jan

My goal was to blog everyday! I’m pushing my deadline today! It’s 11:43…almost tomorrow. But, I’m bound and determined that I’m posting today! So, it may be late but here it is!

I hope you enjoy these little Valentine gift ideas! My stampers made all three of these at Stamp Camp on Saturday!

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A gift that's on the mark!

To create this bookmark: Cut Rose Red cardstock to 2″ x 5-1/2″. Cut Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini, p. 19) to 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″. Use the Eyelet Border Punch to punch the bottom edge of both pieces, before adhering them together. I used an old punch on the top corners but you could use a different punch or choose to leave it unpunched. Use the Full Heart Extra Large Punch to punch the heart out of the DSP, leaving the Rose Red heart peeping through. I looped the Victoria Crochet Trim through a hole punched with my Crop-a-dile. I snipped the ends of the ribbon and there you have it. To give as a gift, I think I’d stamp a To/From sentiment on the back and fill in the appropriate names. What a great way to use scraps of paper and ribbon to create a gift that will remind the recipient of you everyday…or at least every time they crack a book!!

Chocolate is always the perfect gift...IMO!

Another demonstrator shared this idea, but, as usual I’ve created my own rendition. I started with a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square of Very Vanilla. I trimmed it out all around with the Scallop Trim Border and the Scallop Edge Border to create a lacey edge. Then I cut a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler. I attached the Cherry Cobbler to the Very Vanilla and folder them into a triangle.  On a Very Vanilla scrap, I used Early Espresso Classic Ink to stamp an image from the brand new, stinkin’ cute, gotta-have-it-if-you’re-a-chocoholic stamp set — Eat Chocolate ! Can you see what it says? “So much CHOCOLATE, so little time!” If that ain’t the truth, I don’t know what is!! Anyway, I punched that cute little sentiment out with my Decorative Label Punch. Of course, it needed a little bling so I ran my Two-way Glue Pen around the edges and topped it off with a sprinkling of Silver Glass Glitter. Just before inserting that scrumptious dark chocolate Hershey Bar, I punched a hole with my Crop-a-dile and ran a length of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon through it. A simple square knot and you have a perfect gift …in my opinion!

Treats for your sweets!

Wouldn’t this be perfect for a classroom exchange? Skip those chintzy little store-bought valentines and make this little cello goody bag instead. I’ve used a Medium Cellophane Bag and filled it with kid-friendly candy (It’s left-over from Halloween…but don’t tell them that…the wrapper colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day!) I topped it with Real Red Cardstock cut to 4″ x 4″ which I folded in half. Then I ran a quarter-sheet of Whisper White through the Big Shot with the Top Note Die, and folded it in half, too. I put that Big Shot to work again to give some Real Red cardstock a little texture, using the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then I punched out a big red heart with the Full Heart Punch. I added another little heart, punched out of Brushed Silver cardstock using the Three Heart Punch and blinged it out with a self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewel. The To/From sentiment is from the Winter Post stamp set.  How cute is this little baggie??

A Valentine that doesn’t scream VALENTINE!

30 Jan

Here’s a Kathy Original!

I wanted to create a Valentine that didn’t SCREAM Valentine!

What do you think? Was I successful?

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Layer 1: Melon Mambo –  cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; fold in half using Bone Folder (a MUST-HAVE); fold is on left side
  2. Layer 2: Pretty in Pink – cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″
  3. Layer 3: Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini Catalog); cut two different patterns to 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″
  4. Embellish with 2 pieces of Melon Mambo Trim (Occasions Mini Catalog), cut to 4-1/4″; I used three Mini Glue Dots per piece of trim to adhere them to the card, 1 at each end and one in the middle, but you could use Snail, if you prefer
  5. Sentiment: The sentiment is from the Dreams du Jour stamp set (p. 101, IB&C). I inked it up with Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock cut to 3″ x 1-1/4″ — the same size as the wood block.  I added a little texture with the Turquoise Stampin’ Write Marker and the Color Spritzer Tool. You know I hadn’t used that thing in a while and had forgotten how cool an effect it gives! I popped up the sentiment with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals on layers of Tempting Turquoise (3-1/4″ x 1-1/2″) and Melon Mambo (3-1/2″ x 1-3/4″). Done!

Now, were I the one to write the sentiment in this card I might say something like this:

And I love your blue eyes.

And your sense of humor.

And the way you smile when I tell you I love you.

And that you’re mine forever.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Honey!


What would you say?