Friends & Flowers Fish

Friends Flowers fish 1

How fun is this card!  I set out to build a card that looked like a goldfish bowl showing of this cute and clever stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Friends & Flowers.  It takes a little figuring out what all the pieces in the set are for, but once you see the possibilities, you’ll just have to have this adorable set!  Here’s a beautiful flower card I created with this same stamp set – and they don’t look a bit the same.  I even used the same designer paper – Pretty Petals!  Click HERE to view it.


Friends & Flowers stamp set AND Pretty Petals Designer Paper are retiring AND I Think You’re Great stamp set is retiring, too – with 25% off the stamp set while supplies last.  Grab them while you can!

  • I began my card searching through my designer papers to see what could look like a watery background.  I found it in the unlikely pack Pretty Petals which you’d think would be all about flowers!  But I love that Stampin’ Up! designs the paper usually with a bolder print on one side and a more muted print on the other so you have optimal versatility.
  • I scalloped the top of the designer paper with a Circle Punch and adhered it directly to my Whisper White cardstock background.
  • Next I stamped the pieces I needed for the two fish using Whisper White Cardstock and Pumpkin Pie Ink.   Most of the pieces in the Friends & Flowers stamp set punch out with the coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch!  I assembled them and lightly traced the fins and tails with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  After all, they are goldfish!
  • I searched through my sentiments to find the perfect one for this card and came upon the fun speech bubble in I Think You’re Great stamp set.  It’s stamped on Whisper White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.  Paper Snips cut it out quickly.
  • Fish just need bubbles, right?!  Mine were created using all three sizes of White Perfect Accents.  They’re self-adhesive so went on with no fuss!
  • The fish got Pacific Point Candy Dots in the Brights Candy Dot Pack for eyes.  Candy Dots are all retiring – oh, my!!!  Be sure to add them to your order!
  • I rounded the bottom two corners to be more “bowl like” using the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • I wanted to create the pebbles on the bottom of a fish bowl, and since I had a little shimmer going on, I opted for Gold Foil punched out using the 1/2″ Circle Punch.  A few of the ones on top are adhered with Dimensionals to bring them to life.
  • Lining the envelope to coordinate with the card has become one of my favorite “accessorizing” techniques.  Use the Envelope Liner Framelits with the Big Shot and adhere inside the Whisper White Envelope flap.  And you’re not gonna believe this but the Envelope Liner Framelits are retiring!!!


Friends Flowers fish closeup



  1. Friends & Flowers stamp set
  2. I Think You’re Great stamp set (25% off)
  3. Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper
  4. Brights Candy Dots
  5. Envelope Liner Framelits

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Way to Go and I Think You’re Great

Way to Go

I’m just smitten with the I Think You’re Great stamp set by Stampin’ Up!, new to the 2015-16 Annual Catalog.  You’ll find lots and lots of uses for this set.  I’ll show you one today, and then I have an additional posting coming up using another stamp in the set.

  • My color scheme is from the Brights Collection with a pop of Basic Black and sparkle – Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Old Olive.
  • “Way to Go” is stamped in Pacific Point Ink and is cut out with my Paper Snips then popped up on Dimensionals.  I love how it’s sort of a reverse stamp – the background is colored in and the letters are left white.
  • The star is cut out with the Big Shot and Silver Glimmer Paper.  Love this touch!  AND check out the Weekly Deals – you can grab yourself some Silver Glimmer Paper on sale this week!
  • A Candy Dot Brad Base with a Pacific Point Candy Dot is a nice accent to the Basic Black Cardstock.
  • And another stamp set that is going to be a “must have” for this catalog is the Tin of Cards stamp set.  Of course, it coordinates with the Tin of Cards kit, but beyond that, you’re going to want these stamps for all of your cards.  The two row of “+’s” are created with a stamp in this set.  I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure they were lined up perfectly, even though I was working with a photopolymer stamp set.  I’m just no good at “eyeballing”!  And please remember to use Memento Black Ink with your photopolymer stamps!

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And here are your Weekly Deals this week:
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Bravo and Way to Go


There’s nothing like receiving some unexpected praise in the mail in the form of a hand-stamped card.  We all love to hear that we’ve done a good job, so be sure to pick up the Bravo stamp set by Stampin’ Up! for all your cards of congrats.  There are so many choices in this terrific set – 13 stamps in all!

  • My color scheme today is Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Smoky Slate – colors that are sure to say “wow”!
  • The Circle Framelits used with the Big Shot are one (actually two) of the best purchases you can make.  There are ten different size circles in this set for just $26.95 – an even better value than our great circle punches!  Plus, use them to build layers and frames, too.
  • My accents and embellishments kept with the fun theme.  I used Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Bermuda Bay Sequins and a Tangerine Tango Candy Dot.  One of the sequins was pulled off the strip and attached separately to the card using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.

Way to Go closeup

I made up quite a few of these this month for my From the Heart Stampers teammates who had exceptional sales and recruiting during Sale-A-Bration.  Consider becoming a part of our team – I’d love for you to join us!  I offer lots and lots of support, both locally and long distance.  Click HERE to read more about my team!

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2015 Sale-A-Bration Simply Wonderful

Simply Wonderful SAB

Today is the FINAL day to receive the February Card Shoppe cards!  Be sure to make your purchases using hostess code 2M9PZMM3 by the end of the day to receive free card kits this month.  What’s my free card kit program?  Read more about it HERE.

Can you count FOUR different 2015 Sale-A-Bration free products on this card?  This has to be the best selection of free gifts from Stampin’ Up! ever!  So here are the four:

  1. Simply Wonderful Stamp Set – it coordinates with the XL Oval Punch!  Use any of the great sentiments in this stamp set and make a stack of cards.
  2. Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper – both prints!
  3. Best Year Ever Accessory PackCrushed Curry Ribbon is used, and there’s also Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana ribbon, and buttons in all three colors!
  4. Calypso Coral Assortment Blendabilities – I used the darkest one to color the Pearls.

And, of course, I’ve been in a “lining the envelope” mood lately!  With free designer paper, why not, right?  Grab your Envelope Liner Framelits priced at $26.95, and you’re over half way to a free Sale-A-Bration gift!  And if you don’t own the Big Shot yet, now’s the time – you’ll earn 2 Sale-A-Bration free gifts when you purchase your Big Shot in March!

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Zoo Babies and Flower Pot Designer Paper

Zoo Babies and Flowerpot DSP

It’s funny how an older stamp set can look so fresh and new when paired with a brand new package of designer series paper.  And the color scheme becomes so easy – Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon and Garden Green.  In this card, I’ve combined Zoo Babies stamp set and Flower Pot Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

  • You’ll find lining up all of the zoo babies easier if you cut out your 3-1/8″ Circle first using the Big Shot and Circle Framelits.  That way, you can get a nice  fit.
  • The Stampin’ Up! Fringe Scissors are perfect for making grass!
  • While Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry In Color buttons, I found that a Calypso Coral Button from the Subtles Button Pack matched perfectly.  A bit of White Baker’s Twine is tied through the center.
  • Did you notice the Crushed Curry Candy Dot used for the elephant’s eye?  Boy, those things come in handy!

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And this month, buy Flower Pot Designer Series Paper and two other beautiful new paper packs, and get the fourth package free!


DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SPECIAL:  Buy 3 DSP, Get 1 Free: Have you been waiting for a great deal on Designer Series Paper? Well, wait no longer! When you purchase three Designer Series Paper Packs during the month of July, you’ll get one absolutely free. Don’t miss out on this chance to save money and stock up on beautifully designed paper!

PLEASE NOTE:  Only Designer Series Paper valued at $10.95 on pages 186 and 187 of the Stampin’ Up! 2014-2015 Annual Catalog qualify for either the “buy 3? or “get 1 free!”

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Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  Here’s the hostess code for July’s classes – please use YWXPSZV6 when checking out to receive July’s Stamp Shoppe and/or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE.

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Geometric Triangles

Geometric Triangles

I’m having fun getting to know the Stampin’ Up! 2014-16 In Colors!  They’re beautifully rich and wonderful to use!  If you missed it, I’ve posted another card using the In Colors HERE.

  • I started out my card idea for today because I’ve just received my new Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder and I really wanted to show it to you.  Just love this one – it’s a must in your collection!
  • While I was at it, I realized that triangles are in!  I pulled out my Triangle Punch and punched out a solid color triangle from 4 of the In Color cardstocks.
  • And that led me to try cutting a Whisper White cardstock triangle for the sentiment from Geometrical stamp set stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  Don’t think I’ve ever stamped a sentiment on a triangle before, but I thought it was perfect for this card.
  • I added a Blackberry Bliss cardstock arrow cut from one of the small shapes contained in the Label Card Thinlits Dies assortment and some Gold Sequins for a little accent.
  • You’re going to love the lush, smooth In Color Satin Stitched Ribbon this year – it’s just yummy and ties beautifully!  Here is Tangelo Twist.


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So now that I’ve shown off the In Colors today, don’t you just want them all?!  This would be a wonderful time to join my In Color Club and get all of the great 2014-16 In Color products, either all at once or a little each month.  Read more about my 2014-16 In Color Club HERE then let me know you want in!


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Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  Use hostess code J26ZFXH2 when checking out to receive June’s Stamp Shoppe and/or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE.  Update:  Samples for both classes are here:  Cards & Coffee and June Stamp Shoppe.

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Retro Fresh Journaling Tags for Cards

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags for cards

Here’s a simply, no-stamping card made with some of the products in the Retro Fresh collection – the Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape and the Journaling Tags.  I did add a strip of Crumb Cake Washi Tape from the Epic Day trio because I needed 4 different tapes.

If you were like me and didn’t give these little cards much attention, now’s the time!  They are in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and are just $4.95 for 1 each of 32 designs in 3 different sizes.  And while I was planning this card, I realized (you’ll say duh, Kriss!) that these Journaling Tags are also perfect for the new Project Life line of products that Stampin’ Up! is now carrying.  The 3″x4″ cards will fit perfectly into the Project Life page protector pockets.  You’ll take the 3″x3″ Retro Fresh cards and back them with cardstock measuring 4″x4″ and they’re ready to slip in, too!

Here’s what a few of them look like.  Remember, you get 32 designs!
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This card went together in a snap.

  • I used a So Saffron cardstock base and began my design on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Simply lay on the Washi Tape in whatever pattern suits you then fold the edges around the corners to the back of the cardstock.
  • I trimmed down the “high 5” card ever so slightly so that more of the Washi Tape was visible.
  • I added a So Saffron Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots packet to the top of the arrow then mounted the “high 5” card onto the front with Dimensionals.
  • I repeated using the Dimensionals to place the card front on the card base so there was a little more raised up on my card.

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags close-up

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Learn more about my 2014-15 Annual Catalog Share HERE and sign up for the first round!

Place a qualifying order with me, either online or by contacting me, and you can receive FREE card kits!  Use hostess code J26ZFXH2 when checking out to receive June’s Stamp Shoppe and/or Cards & Coffee card kits FREE.

Order these and all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products at my Online Store HERE.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED – Just click on the photo below to view more details or to add them to your shopping cart in my Online Store.

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Welcoming new team members

I was so thrilled to have 20 women join my From the Heart Stampers group in September!  It was truly cause for celebration!  And what better way to celebrate with everyone than to send hand-made cards.  Each member who signed up a new person to the team received the congratulations card below.


And each new team member received the card below welcoming them to the team.


  • I wanted to use up some scraps I had left over from my Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack.  Punching out the squares with the 1" Square Punch made it a breeze. 
  • I added some texture with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder, and the flower image came from Flower Shop stamp set, punched out with the Pansy Punch.
  • The Large Rhinestones are the perfect touch for centers of the flowers.
  • The Basic Black strips are die cut with my most favorite die – the Tasteful Trim Die.  While this die is a little "pricey" it's something I use all the time, both for cards and scrapbook pages.

Item No. 130134 Brights Designer Series Paper Stack $21.95
Item No. 124094 1" Square Punch $15.95
Item No. 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 130698 Pansy Punch $15.95
Item No. 130939 Flower Shop wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 130942 Flower Shop clear $17.95
Item No. 129324 Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40) $4.95

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This is the final day to sign up for my journal class!  Click here for all the details.

Be sure to order your Weekly Deals – more information here.

There's always free card kits to be had for your online orders!  It's so simple – just grab the code for the current card kit (you'll find them HERE), enter the code in your shopping cart along with a qualifying order and I'll send you the card kit completely free – there's not even any shipping cost!  Start your order now!


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Heaven Knows

Heaven knows

Here's a quick and easy card that gets its "wow" factor from a simple sponging techinque.  I created a mask by using a piece of typing paper run through the Big Shot with the largest of the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  It's pictured below after I've used it.


I simply laid the mask over top of my Whisper White cardstock and used a Soft Sky stamp pad and a Sponge to sponge color inside the mask.  Keeping the mask in place, I stamped the flower from Fabulous Florets stamp set in StazOn Ink within the frame.  When I removed the mask, I had this pretty main image created.

I loved the sentiment from Blessings from Heaven stamp set to coordinate with this card.  It could be used for so many different purposes – friendship, encouragement, birthday or just thinking about someone. 

And be prepared to see LOTS of lined envelopes in my posts!  I'm totally hooked on the Envelope Liners Framelits.  It's so quick to coordinate your card and envelope for that added polish!  The various Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks found on pg. 152 of the Annual Catalog are the perfect purchase.  Here I used the Subtles Collection to coordinate the Soft Sky paper in the envelope with the ink used on the card.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: Heaven knows closeup
Item No. 130102 Deco Labels Collection Framelits $24.95
Item No. 128574 Fabulous Florets wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 123027 Fabulous Florets clear $17.95
Item No. 128487 Blessings from Heaven wood $18.95 OR
Item No. 123052 Blessings from Heaven clear $14.95
Item No. 101610 Stamping Sponges (3) $3.50
Item No. 131210 Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (10 yds.) $6.95
Item No. 132172 Envelope Liners Framelits Dies $26.95

UPDATE:  ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY!  No more waiting!  This "must-have" Stampin' Up! tool is light, portable and helps you whip up 66 different sizes of envelopes.  It even includes a corner rounder punch for the finishing touch!  At $19.95, it's easy on the budget!  Order Item No. 133774 at my Online Store HERE.B1_EnvelopePunch_demo_aug1513_NA

Watch this short Stampin' Up! video to see how simple it is to use this remarkable tool

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Here's a fun and simple card you can use to send for any occasion – just change the sentiment.  The Sassy Salutations stamp set is all you need, with 6 basic greetings contained in one stamp set.  I've used Raspberry Ripple card stock as the card base, along with Orchard Harvest Designer Paper and 7/8" Natural Cotton Ribbon as quick accents. 

Item No. 126705 Sassy Salutations wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 126707 Sassy Salutations clear A$17.95
Item No. 126895 Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 127844 Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon $7.95

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