Celebrate Summer Sorbet

Summer Sorbet heart



Lots of different Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and accessories going on in this simple card.  Sometimes one set just won’t do!  Summer Sorbet is a set of really great bold images, but you’ll need to grab your sentiments elsewhere.  And who can resist using the background stamp from Best Birds on everything.  You’ll need that stamp set just for this great stamp alone!

  • My color scheme is a bit unusual for this card, although I think it works – Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry and Peekaboo Peach.
  • The pretty designer paper is from A Little Foxy Paper Stack.  Remember to use the plainer papers with other stamp sets – it doesn’t just coordinate with the fun Foxy Friends stamp set!
  • Love this fun-shaped heart, stamped using a Rose Red stamp pad.  Just cut it out quickly with Paper Snips and pop it up on Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment comes from Thoughtful Banners and is bundled with the Duet Banner Punch to save you 10%.  This combo will become a staple in your card designing!
  • I miss the scallop border punch like crazy.  But fear not – your Layering Squares Framelits will do the trick!  I’ve added a Peekaboo Peach Heart Enamel Shape to coordinate both with the Peekaboo Peach scallops and the heart motif.  These little shapes are so easy to use with self-adhesive backing – you’ll want them in ever color!


Summer Sorbet Closeup


Kriss’s Kolor Scheme:


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Swaps for first-ever Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event


This past weekend I was excited to attend the first-ever OnStage event that Stampin’ Up! held globally throughout all if the markets in all countries.  The closest one to my home in Rochester, NY, was Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, so we all headed north and over the border.  Here’s a picture of some of those from my team in attendance.  In all, I think we were about 14 – including my 3-month-old granddaughter Aubrey pictured with her mama!

Team in Mississauga

As event attendees, we got to preview the new Occasions Catalog as well as this year’s Sale-A-Bration brochure, even before other demonstrators!  And all I can say is man, oh, man – Stampin’ Up! did it again!  Wait until you see these two amazing publications!

One of the highlights of any Stampin’ Up! event is swapping.  Today I’ll show you the swap I created especially for this event.  Then later I’ll share some of the fabulous swap cards I received in trade.

Since the majority of my Christmas card designing is already over, I chose to create a Valentine’s Day card, since that’s our next major holiday.  And I just LOVE making cards for this special occasion – all the pinks and reds are so fun!

  • I began my card using the stamp set Groovy Love for the hearts and an additional set called Something to Say for the sentiment.  So that the stamped zebra heart was more substantial and traveled well, I used Stampin’ Up! Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  It’s a heavier weight paper and so I was able to pop up that image on Dimensionals and have it look really nice.
  • The Sweetheart Punch lines up beautifully with the zebra print heart, and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits gave me the small heart border, as well as the larger Silver Foil heart.
  • Rounding the corners of the Whisper White Cardstock added some interest.
  • Lots of little embellishments on this one!  The white heart on the Silver Foil heart is just one of the hearts that punched out of the border.  I added a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot from the Regals Candy Dots Collection, and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine is wrapped around the card front three times and tied in a bow.
  • Dazzling Diamonds is held onto the little Cherry Cobbler heart with Two-Way Glue.

I made 40 swaps – it’s always fun to see them all together!



  • Stampin’ Up! Cellophane Envelopes kept all my swaps clean and neat while traveling.  I highly recommend them!


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Using Stampin’ Up! Note Cards

floral wings vase

Creating hand-made greeting cards can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like!  Sometimes we just don’t have time for all the frills, and sometimes a simple card is the best anyway!  Here are two samples of quick and easy cards using two different Stampin’ Up! stamp sets along with Stampin’ Up! Note Cards.

  • Note Cards measure 5″ x 3-1/2″ – just a bit smaller than a standard card – and come pre-scored and include an envelope.  They make card making a bit quicker because everything’s ready to go – just open up the package!
  • My first card uses Floral Wings stamp set.  I created another card using this gorgeous set and different stamp components you can view HERE.  Instead, this one uses the pretty vase.  I just couldn’t do a completely flat one-layer card, so I popped the vase up on Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the “Just For You” sentiment in Memento Black Ink and added the lines with a ruler and a Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Lining the envelope with the Envelope Liner Framelits gives such a clean finished look and even carries the polka dot theme through.  And the Envelope Liner Framelits come with three framelits to line a standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ envelope, a Note Card envelope and a 3″x3″ envelope.
  • My color scheme is Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist, three colors from the Subtles grouping of colors.  The Subtles Collection Designer Paper Slab is perfect for envelope lining.

floral wings vase closeup


And here’s my second card using the same design:

pictogram punch

  • This one uses the sweet vase in the Pictogram Punch stamp set.  As its name implies, this versatile stamp set coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches to make snipping out several of the images as easy as can be!  And, to top it off, purchase both the stamp set and coordinating punches and save 15%!  The heart image and the flowers are all punched out and raised up on Dimensionals.
  • My color scheme for this card comes from the Subtles Collection of Stampin’ Up! colors – Rose Red, Garden Green and Night of Navy.  A little Garden Green Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots accents the vase.
  • For this card, I used my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker to create the lines.
  • I tried my hand at creating my own coordinating designer paper to line my envelope using the flower stamp and Whisper White Cardstock then cut it out with the Envelope Framelits Die and Big Shot.  I really like how it turned out!

Which is your favorite?  I’d love to hear from you.  Post a comment in the comments section on my blog and let me know which one you like the best.


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For Card No. 1:
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Floral Wings and Bold Butterflies Framelits


No one does coordination better than Stampin’ Up! and today’s card is no exception!  Floral Wings stamp set is a photopolymer host-exclusive set in the Annual Catalog and has uber coordination factor in the various pieces of this two-step stamp set.  And Bold Butterflies Framelits along with the Big Shot will cut that sweet butterfly out just perfectly.

  • I’ve grabbed a palette of 2015-17 In Colors again, using Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe.  Gosh, will I ever get tired of these gorgeous colors?
  • Be sure to purchase a package of the 2015-17 In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks.  You’ll receive 40 sheets total, 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in the 5 new In Colors.  I’m tellin’ ya – you’ll be using this paper on every project!
  • The Gold Metallic Doily was the perfect backdrop to my butterfly, but because this is a gate-fold card, I needed that piece to be a little more substantial, so I cut a Delightful Dijon cardstock circle from my Circle Framelits and adhered them together.


  • You can see that this cards folds in half in the center, and the circle motif is what keeps the card together.  Just cut your cardstock base at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ like usual, but then score it at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″.  I used my ScorePal for quick scoring.
  • You’ll want a strong adhesive to adhere half of the circle to the front of the card.  The new Tear & Tape Adhesive works perfectly for this job!  I also used it down the center of the butterfly body to adhere it to the Gold Doily, allowing the wings be free.


  • And here’s the inside of my card.  Some stamping on a Whisper White cardstock liner is another great coordinating element.

Any questions about the gate card fold?  I’d love to hear from you – just leave me a comment!


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Best Mate

Best Mate

This fresh nautical look is perfect for the men in our lives!  And this suite is all about perfect coordination – stamp set, designer paper and ribbon.  It's also a chance to bring in the new Chevron Punch for some added accents. 

  • I paper pierce every chance I get.  It adds so much and once you've purchased the piercer, mat and templates, nothing is "consumed" so you'll have those tools forever!
  • And nothing says nautical like this pretty Pacific Point Striped Ribbon.
  • A new Silver Button with White Baker's Twine makes a nice accessory combo.

best mate closeup

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You Make Me Happy

Happy skies

I have to admit I had just a teensy bit of panic as I began to create this card and realized that we have just a little over three months left with the 2012-14 In Colors!  I can't believe these luscious colors are close to retiring!  I don't know how I'm going to live without Summer Starfruit!  And there's nothing else like Gumball GreenMidnight Muse is so much richer than Night of Navy, and the pinks are so pretty.  And the In Color Dahlias – oh, no!  So if you haven't purchased your 2012-14 In Colors, you won't be sorry if you make the investment.  And if you own stamp pads in these amazing colors, I strongly suggest ordering ink refills for each pad so that you can use them for years to come.

  • My card shows off a couple of Sale-A-Bration items – the stamp set is See Ya Later, and I've used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder on the Gumball Green cardstock.
  • Don't think the High Tide Designer Paper is only meant to coordinate with the nautical stamp set!  Here I've  used the pretty Summer Starfruit pattern to bring some more texture in.
  • The Adorning Accents Edgelit makes a pretty scalloped border.
  • I have to say my most favorite tool in our 2014 Occasions Catalog is definitely the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I've already used it so much, and there are so many interesting ways to use it. 
  • The Hearts Collection Framelits will give you any size heart you need – and I added a Summer Starfruit Dahlia to it – does it look like a sun to chase away the gray skies?
  • Some pretty Primrose Petal Ribbon is tied up with White Baker's Twine to complete the top of the tag.

happy skies closeup

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Sent with Love

Here's a card I made with the Sent With Love Designer Series Paper.  This is a special promotion for the month of April only – buy the Sent with Love stamp set, the coordinating Sent with Love designer paper and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, and save 20% on the bundle.  Or, just purchase either the stamp set or the paper.

This card has absolutely no stamping!  I've created it with using only the designer paper, card stock and a few Big Shot pieces!  Here's how:

  • The pretty Not Quite Navy chevron print as well as the Calypso Coral polka dot are part of the Sent With Love designer paper collection.
  • The "sent with love" circle is from the designer paper, too!  Here's a picture of one of the sheets of paper:

  • And you'll see that you can use different tags and sentiments from this sheet cut out to decorate either scrapbook pages or cards.  So fun and usable!  I used the 1-3/4" Circle Punch to punch out the "sent with love" circle in a snap.
  • Paper piercing gives the Pool Party card stock a little "umph"!
  • The hearts are die cut with the Big Shot and Fashionable Hearts Embosslits.  I added a Rhinestone and some coordinating Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, but you could use the Calypso Coral Baker's Twine that comes with the bundle.

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Item No. 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
Item No. 126189 Paper-Piercing Tool $3.95
Item No. 126199 Stampin' Pierce Mat $4.95
Item No. 126187 Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack $7.95

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Love a Latte

Here's another card featuring a Sale-A-Bration stamp set – this time Patterned Occasions.  Love this cute little cup!  Get this adorable stamp set FREE with an order of $50 placed before March 22nd.

Color scheme is Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray.
Both of these pretty designer papers come from Sunshine & Sprinkles paper pack.
Love, love, love our new Organdy Ribbon, here in Melon Mambo.
Melon Mambo card stock punched with the Small Heart Punch backs the hear button from Bitty Buttons perfectly.
Cup image fits neatly in the XL Oval Punch.

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Item No. 118761 Bitty Buttons (64) $4.95
Item No. 119859 XL Oval Punch $16.95
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Item No. 119245 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95

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Last group of swaps

Here are the last 3 swaps I'd like to share with you – lots of terrific ideas for using Occasions Mini Catalog stamp sets!

This pretty monochromatic wedding card is from Michelle Bertrand; she used Love & Laughter stamp set along with Pool Party and Island Indigo card stocks and inks.  Background gets dolled up with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and a couple of Pearls complete this classy card.

Here's a beautiful card created by Nicole Bertrand.  She used Apothecary Art stamp set, along with Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and Ribbon.  Love the coordination of the stamp set and the Labels Collection Framelits Dies – layering them creates this beautiful border around the main image.


Last but certainly not least is a pretty wedding card from Sharon Vickery.  Sharon's used the Bird Builder Punch along with the stamp set Loving Thoughts to create this beauty.

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Sharing Swaps

Here are a few swaps from a team event we recently had.  All stamp sets featured can be found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  So many talented ladies in our group!  I'll be sharing more as the week goes on – stay tuned!

Designed by Kristin Springer, this card is so beautiful!  Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts stamp sets paired with the new Framelits Labels Collection has been a real hit!  I love the touch of the the double butterflies from Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  Color scheme is Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

Don't know who to give credit to for this darling card!  It uses Mouthwatering stamp set and features a simple color combination of Soft Suede, Island Indigo and Whisper White.  So happy about Stampin' Up!'s addition of 5 new colors of Baker's Twine to coordinate with the 2011-13 In Colors!

KC Groth uses the darling set called Gnome Sweet Gnome to create her soft, pretty card.  Colors are Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder.  Lots of sponging on this card, and the cute little lantern is cut out and popped up on Dimensionals.

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