Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Valentine in Blue and Green

 I've adapted this design from fellow Demo, Mary Ann Cowan. Don't you just love this paper? I really like the idea of making Valentines with blues and greens, especially for a guy in your family. I have tip for  you. I recently discovered that if you use a sponge dauber to apply ink to this style of Dis-ink-tive stamps, you will get more even distribution of ink. It's more clear and even looking.


  • Stamps: Country Bouquet

  • Paper: Cardstocks: Thick Basic White, Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, and Country Floral Lane DSP

  • Ink: Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron

  • Embellishments: Balmy Blue Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

  • Tools: Country Bouquet Punch, Stylish Shapes Dies


  • Thick Basic White 11 x 4-1/4 scored @ 5-1/2. Cut off 2-1/8 from score line to edge.

  • Mint Macaroon cs 4 x 5-1/4

  • Mint Macaroon cs 2 x 5-1/4

  • Blue striped DSP 3-7/8 x 5-1/8

  • Blue striped DSP 1-7/8 x 5-1/8

  • Balmy Blue die cut using the 3rd from the largest Stitched Rectangle Die

  • Basic White die cut using the 3rd from the largest Stitched Rectangle Die

  • Blue & Green Heart DSP 4-1/8 x 2-3/4

  • Mint Macaron from 2nd largest circle in Stylish Shapes Dies

  • Basic White from 3rd largest circle in Stylish Shapes Dies


  1. For the card base, cut Thick Basic White cs 11 x 4-1/4 scored @ 5-1/2. On the score line, cut from the edge to 2-1/8, which is the middle.

  2. For the front flap: adhere Blue striped DSP 1-7/8 x 5-1/8 to Mint Macaroon cs 4 x 5-1/4

  3. For inside, adhere Blue striped DSP 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 to Mint Macaroon cs 2 x 5-1/4

  4. For the front, adhere Balmy Blue die cut using the 3rd from the largest Stitched Rectangle Die to the bottom front flap only so that the card will still open.

  5. Adhere Blue & Green Heart DSP 4-1/8 x 2-3/4 over top of the Balmy cs.

  6. Stamp two large and two small hearts in Mint Macaron ink on Basic White cs, then punch out

  7. Stamp one large and one small hearts in Balmy Blue ink on Basic White cs, then punch out

  8. Cut two circles from the Stylish Shapes Dies: Mint Macaron from 2nd largest circle, and Basic White from 3rd largest circle.

  9. Stamp sentiment on the white circle diecut, then adere to the Mint Macaron circle. Secure to the middle of the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

  10. Adhere heart diecuts with Stampin' Dimensionals and ribbon with glue dots.

  11. Adhere the Basic White Stitched Rectangle diecut to the inside – making sure to align it with the rectangle on the front so that it won't show through.

  12. Stamp the inside and envelope with sentiment and hearts

Monday, January 23, 2023

New Projects For A New Year

 It's a Happy New Year at our house, we finally got high speed internet out here in the country!! We've been streaming movies, watching  YouTube videos and..... I can create videos to show how I made something! Of course, I now have to master video making! I need to learn how to set the White Balance on my camera phone. I've got some short videos uploaded to my YouTube channel to show a few Mini Albums that I made this month.

Directions for this envelope mini album is found below.

This is the video I watched to learn how to make a star fold book:
So... I'm not very experienced making videos, The color is off a bit, and the picture is not as clear as I'd like. I'm working on it! Take a look at those awesome stickers that look like stained glass! I hope you can see in the video there's one on the cover and then a couple more on the last two pages. They are the cutest things. I found them in Hobby Lobby and they're made of plastic but they really look like stained glass very cool for $2.99 -40% off!! To make this mini album, I watched this awesome video by Caroline Hamm.

Envelope Mini Album

All measurements in Inches

6 Envelopes 4-3/8 x 5-3/4

3 Card Bases 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

6 DSP mats for card bases 4 x 5-1/4

6 DSP mats for envelopes 4 x 5-1/2

4 cardstock for inside envelope pockets 3-7/8 x 5-1/4

4 DSP mats 3-5/8 x 5 for cardstock inside envelope pockets

Front and back cardstock mats 4 x 5-1/2

2 DSP for front and back 3-3/4 x 5-1/4


Gue dots


1 inch Hole Punch

20 inches Ribbon

Remember the envelopes are a bit larger than the card bases.

Each signature consists of two envelopes glued together at the flaps, with a card base glued over the flaps: envelope page – card base page – envelope page

  1. Glue two envelope flaps together, do this in three pairs, creating 3 “signatures” for your book.

  2. Trim the unglued side of each envelope down 1/8 inch. One side will be the flaps glued together, and the other side will be open, creating a pocket.

  3. Place adhesive on all four sides of the two 4 x 5-1/2 DSP mats to the envelopes of the signature, making sure to leave the flaps out...flowing in the breeze lol!

  4. Adhere the card base to the envelope flap in the middle of the signature, applying glue to all four sides of the inside of the card base.

  5. Adhere a 4 x 5-1/4 DSP mat to each side of the card base page.

  6. Use circle punch to make a semicircle thumb hole on the matted side of the two envelope pages.

  7. Repeat the process for the other two signatures.

  8. Glue the three signatures together front to back – envelope page to envelope page, be sure to leave a quarter inch space at the spine to allow for expansion of completed book.

  1. On the back, attach 10 inches ribbon with Tear & Tape, then adhere 4 x 5-1/2 cardstock panel and 3-3/4 x 5-1/4 DSP panel over top allowing the ribbon to hang out.

  2. Adhere ribbon, cardstock and DSP mats to front cover in the same manner.

  3. Place 3-7/8 x 5-1/4 cards inside each envelope. Dry fit to see if they need to be trimmed. Adhere 4 x 5-1/4 DSP trim if necessary, then adhere to one side, leaving the other side plain for journaling.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Jan. to April Mini Catalog

 The new Mini Catalog is live and ready to go! I have four samples to share with you today. 

The first two were created with stamp sets that coordinate with punches, which I find so easy!! 

The Country Floral Lane DSP even has images that can be punched out, which I did for the second sample.

The third card has a what's called a "drapery fold."  Click on the image below to enlarge.

The last card was such fun to make with coordinating stamps, diecuts and DSP, in fact TWO different packages of DSP!


Lucky Clover Stamp Set


Garden Green, Basic White, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Dainty Flowers DSP (SALE-A-BRATION)


Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive


Stampin' Dimensionals


Clover Punch, Stylish Shapes Dies, Painted Texture Embossing Folder


Country Bouquet Stamp Set


Country Floral Lane DSP, Basic White


Sweet Sorbet, Mossy Meadow


Stampin' Dimensionals


Country Bouquet Punch, Eden Dies


Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set


Orchid Oasis, Basic White, Fresh Freesia


Orchid Oasis, Old Olive Fresh Freesia, Pool Party


Crinkled Seam Binding


Two-Tone Flora Dies, Sponge Dauber


Desert Details Stamp Set


Delicate Desert DSP, Dry Brushed Metallic DSP, Calypso Coral, Basic White


Calypso Coral, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent, Petal Pink



Desert Details Dies

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Spring Mini Sneak Peeks


Here are two more sneak peeks from the New Spring Mini! The first one is using a stamp set called Lucky Clover and it's paired with some DSP that can be earned for free with purchases from SALE-A-BRA-TION. I used Old Olive and Garden Green inks to make this happy St. Patrick's Day card.

The second card is made using the Two-Tone Flora bundle. This design is from fellow Demo, Tami Hewlett. Using the 2nd largest Stitched Rectangle Die, I ran it through the machine a second time to cut off some of the width, leaving a skinnier piece. The background flower images were stamped in Pool Party ink, then I used a Sponge Dauber to add Orchid Oasis to a few places then stamped it on Basic White cardstock. The detail flower stamps were stamped in Starry Sky ink.  

Monday, January 2, 2023

New Mini Catalog: Jan. to April AND SALE-A-BRA-TION!

Take your paper crafting to the next level with the Fancy Flora Suite by Stampin' Up! From Stampin' Up!'s January - April 2023 Mini Catalog the Fancy Flora Suite has a lot to offer! You will love all of the amazing products included in this suite.

This video features the Sweet Citrus Bundle, On The Ocean Bundle, and Greatest Journey Bundle.

This video shows the new Designer Series Paper found in the Mini Catalog. What a great way to get an indepth look at all the patterns and colors found on both sides of each DSP package.

Regency Park Suite includes plenty to choose from: The Petal Park Bundle, The Sentimental Park Bundle, Textured Shimmer Paper, Can Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon, Adhesive-Backed Milky Dots, and the Regency Park Designer Series Paper.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Star Fold Book

 This book was made with the new Details bundle, and two coordinating DSP packages: Delicate Desert and Dry Brushed Metallic. When open and secured with the hidden magnets you see the star shape.

I watched this video:

Here are my measurements in inches. Using three different colors of cardstock:

11 x 5-1/2 (Cut 6)

8-1/2 x 5 (Cut 6)

7 x 4-1/2 (Cut 6)

  • Fold all cardstock in half

  • Decorate only the smallest pages

  • Before applying 5-1/4 z 5-1/4 DSP to front and back covers, attach magnets for closure

  • Largest sheets: attach back to front using Tear & Tape on three sides (not the fold side). Don't apply tape all the way to the spine.

  • Middle and smallest size sheets: apply Tear & Tape only on the outside edges (on the back)

New Year New Mini Catalog

 I hope this finds you well and that your family had a wonderful Christmas!

The new Mini Catalog will be available for ordering on Thursday, January 5. I'm excited to have a Valentine's stamp set with the greeting "Happy Valentines Day" and a St. Patrick's Day stamp set with the greeting Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I've been wanting these two things for a while, yipee!!!

Below are two cards made with the Country Bouquet Bundle and the Country Floral Lane DSP.

  • This fun fold was made with a Sweet Sorbet card base cut to 8-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches, scored on the long side at 5-1/2 in. 
  • The center square which is glued only on the left side is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.
  • The layers on the front flap are Basic White 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 and the DSP 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 in.
  • The circle in Basic White was cut from Stylish Shapes Dies.
  • When open, there is a Mossy Meadow layer of 4 x 5-1/4 in. with a Basic White layer of 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 in.
  • The strip of color towards the bottom is Sweet Sorbet 1 x 5-1/4 in. and the DSP is 1 x 5-1/8 in.