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Hello, I Miss You!

Hello, I Miss You!

Over the years and many moves due to the military, I’ve left behind the dearest of friends.

While we may be miles apart the friendships stay fresh always.  One way to keep the friendship fresh is through a handmade card.

Today, I’m sharing a card using the Vertical Garden stamp set and one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets, Hey Chick.


Vertical Garden

The Vertical Garden stamp set is now available and perfect for many projects.  Make sure to check out the Vertical Garden Project kit, a home decor kit you will adore.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

  • Begin stamping the hello image using Delightful Dijon ink by stamping off several times and then stamping.  Each time you stamp, the image should get darker as you work your way towards the bottom of the card.
  • The small scallops were created by die cutting a large scallop square from Calypso Coral cardstock.
  • Attach the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Delightful Dijon cardstock.


Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


  • Attach the ribbon, acetate and cardstock using a stapler.


Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


Lastly, one of my favorite kits in the Occasions catalog is the Vertical Garden Project Kit.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


This is a perfect kit for spring,  I’m thinking a lot about spring with the recent cold snap here in Florida.  Click HERE to view the Vertical Garden Project kit and order yours to create today.

Be sure to see this kit in the video below.


Be inspired with more ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set HERE  and HERE.

Plus don’t miss my favorite card using this stamp set HERE.

Take Advantage of Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-a-Bration is here and in full swing.  The Sale-a-Bration catalog is filled with great products to fit all different types of projects.

You may have seen this recent post using the Hey, Chick stamp set.  This set has become one of my favorites from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and you will find tremendous inspiration on Pinterest using this set.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

  • Use Watercolor Pencils to color each of the stamped images.
  • Archival Basic Black ink is perfect to use for all of your watercolor needs. Heat set the image before you watercolor.
  • My favorite tool to use for watercolor is the Aqua Painter.  Two pens come in a pack with a medium and fine brush tips.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!


  • The Urban Underground Suite offers the perfect coordinating products to compliment the Hey, Chicks stamp set. My favorite is the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder creates a deeply embossed image.
  • Use the Tags & Label dies for the greeting.


The Hey, Chick stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase of products from my Online Store.

Click HERE and start shopping and earning FREE stamp sets.

New Exclusive Tutorial Available!

Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
  2. Purchase the tutorial HERE for $15.  You will automatically receive the tutorial download after purchasing.

If you are a tutorial subscriber, this tutorial was emailed yesterday to you.  Please email me directly if you did not receive it.  


Price: $110.00

Creative With Color Using Best Birds Stamp Set

Best Birds Stamp Set

Have you ever started creating with colors and think to yourself this could be bad?

Sometimes one of the hardest parts for starting a project is color choices.

I have this mentality that I have to be “different!”  Like someone else hasn’t used the colors I’m about to use EVER.

Over time I’m learning that I don’t have to be different so to speak… but I can be creative.

I started out with a completely different color scheme for today’s card because I wanted to keep it traditional.

That idea quickly wound up in the trash and I unleashed the creativity.

Sometimes this works, others not so much.


It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Traditional

The card I’m sharing today is one that I had shared at an event at OnStage using the Best Birds stamp set.

This is another timeless set like I shared yesterday.  I’m branching out of the traditional blue bird so bare with me!

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


I’m in love with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper and the gorgeous backgrounds this paper can create for projects.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


This is where the creative coloring came into full play when I started this card using this paper.

I started with three ink colors and my Sponge Brayer.

The first color used was Peekaboo Peach.  Without cleaning my Sponge Brayer I added Calypso Coral and then Watermelon Wonder.  The beautiful thing about the Sponge Brayer is the clean up.  Simply place the brayer under water and rinse.  Let the brayer air dry and then its ready to be used again.

This brayer places a smooth coat of color every single time.  I love it.


Tips & Tricks

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


Here are a few tips and tricks to create this card.


  • The bird was stamped onto Watercolor paper then colored  using and Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, and Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink.
  • Texture emboss a 1-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock using the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder.
  • After coloring the bird and branch,  use the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies to die cut the stamped images.
  • Add a small 1/2″ piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper across the Woodgrain Texture along with a 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.
  • Lastly, the greeting was stamped and die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies- one of my favorite die cuts.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


Add your favorite accessories to the card to complete and give it the finishing touches.  A few products I used were the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (one thread), a few sequins, and of course a small piece of a doily.


Be Creative

Like I’ve always expressed, it doesn’t matter if you have a pink bird or a blue bird.  As long as you are happy with the creative process that’s all that counts.

One thing for sure, the Best Birds stamp set is timeless.  Regardless of what colors you love to use this can be a stamp set you can run to for years.


Save MONEY!  Remember that this stamp set is a bundle therefore you can save money when you purchase the bundle.

Click the photo to see more details and pricing on this stamp set.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

Document Your December 


Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!


Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Have an amazing Tuesday!!

Creating Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

I have to admit that I do live in a tropical paradise already.


For years however, I had to create my own tropical paradise.


For instance… a cold winter day I’ve been known to lotion up with a little suntan lotion to smell that paradise.


Not kidding…. sometimes we have to be really creative, right?


Totally Trees

This year Stampin’ Up! is helping me out in creating a tropical paradise with my stamps.

The new Totally Trees stamp set caught my eye with the palm tree image.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



When I started to create this card the Moroccan Designer Series Paper was sitting on my desk from a previous project and the colors in this pattern I chose reminded me of outdoor patio furniture.  It was right then the idea was born…


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


I couldn’t help but fall in love with palm tree.  Being from Florida, palm trees are a dime a dozen… and of course pine trees.

To create the perfect green for my palm leaves I dabbed my solid palm image into the Bermuda Bay ink first and then did a light tap into Emerald Envy ink.  Once I stamped it over the palm tree I let out a big “WOW!”  It was the perfect color.


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


To create this card click HERE to download the instructions.  


Creating Your Paradise

The truth is, whether it’s a palm tree or a Santa image we are stamping, we create our own paradise when we craft.


Stamping is paradise for crafters.

  • provides peace
  • takes us to a calm, happy place
  • stress reliever
  • brings joy

I look at all of the characteristics above and instantly I think that is paradise.  It’s my personal paradise.  A place that I can enjoy peace.

Now don’t get me wrong… there are times I can feel frustrated in my personal paradise as well.  The times when nothing goes my way when I’m trying to create.  However, it’s still paradise.  It still brings me joy.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

What Does Your Paradise Look Like? 

Is stamping your paradise? Or do you have something else that creates a paradise for you?

I’d love to hear.  I’m sure others would too.  What do you find JOY in?

Believe it or not friends, others can learn from you as well.  Leave a comment.  Tell others what brings you joy.

Is it your oasis you live in?

Is it a stamp set? Stamping time? Crafting time?

Exercise? (I wish this did bring me joy… it tends to WEAR me SLAP out!)


Before I Go Back to Paradise…. 

A couple of things-

First… have you joined my mailing list? I hope so.  My mailing list is where I share all my FREE tutorials.  YES! Free tutorials with amazing cards that are never seen here on my website.  Typically 4-6 cards at once.  WOWSA!

If you love to have a written tutorial of creativity at your fingertips, make sure to sign up for my mailing list HERE.

I don’t send junk and I typically send out an email twice a month.  Sometimes more if I’m REALLY excited about something and I can’t wait to tell you.

Second… you can order 24/7 in my Online Store.  Receive a FREE gift from me and a FREE Class tutorial when you place an Online order.  If you spend $50 in my Online Store you will receive THIS tutorial FREE.  It’s AMAZING.  Not to be missed. OR, you can purchase the tutorial HERE.


One Last Thing

With the new Holiday catalog fresh on the streets- your wish list might be long.  I know mine was.  Did you know you can get all of the products you want at a discount? YEP!  You can join Stampin’ Up! and receive 20% discount on your purchases.  For $99 you can receive $125 in products.  BIG NEWS FLASH… There is NO OBLIGATION to do another thing.  BUT…

  • You would be a part of a fun, growing crafty community of amazing demonstrators
  • You would enjoy a 20% discount

If this sounds like something you are interested in click HERE to learn more information or simply ask me.

If you want to know a little more about me, click HERE

I just completed a comprehensive training for New Demonstrators that is sure to kick start anyones hobby or business.  I’d love to share it with YOU!!


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



Price: $110.00

Try This Color Combination


A Boy and His Kite

A Boy and His Kite

I can’t tell you the last time I actually flew a kite but after stamping this card I had the itch to find a kite and fly it.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


I pulled out my Happy Home stamp set again and the little boy flying the kite is precious.

If you missed the last card I created with this set you can check it out HERE.  It was more frilly for a girl.


Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


So much cuteness in this set.  I love the small images that create a scene.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card by using stamping the image on Whisper White cardstock and then punching the image with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  The other circles were die cut using the Circles Framelits.
  • The missing you greeting was stapled onto the circle layers to keep it together.
  • The acrylic dots were laying on my desk from a Project Life accessory kit.  I keep a small basket with little trinkets like this that I can find little treasures to use on cards.  They are usually remnants from a kit or something I’ve stamped and didn’t trash.  Love using these little trinkets.
  • The image was colored using a Sponge Dauber for the sky and a Blender Pen for the grass.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


If Happy Home is a stamp set you are falling in love with there is still time to purchase.  This set is retiring from the Occasions Catalog on May 31st and will no longer be available.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Here are a few more projects that were created by the amazing concept artists from Stampin’ Up!

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Are these NOT the cutest ever? Remember, this set is a bundle.  Click HERE to see the bundle.

Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

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Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Travel News 

Today I probably wish I was flying a kite.  That’s not happening.  Todays the day I need to have it ALL done.  All the packing, lists for the house sitter, house picked up (HA HA HA-like that is going to happen!)  I feel like I will never accomplish everything on my list, but I’m keeping it ALL real and telling myself that even if I don’t get it all done, we will survive.

Honestly, the hardest part of this has getting things ready for the couple staying in our home.  They have a job let me tell you.  Dogs, cat, Guinea Pigs, and my 150 gallon fish tank.  These poor people.  I feel better that someone will be able to love on the fur babies while we are gone.

The kids are cracking me up.  Brandon cannot contain his excitement.  Alexis, still very excited is only worried about the outfits.

Okay… It’s time for me to finish up the last minute details.  XOXOXO

PS- Coming next week… ALL NEW stamps coming.

PSS- If you have ordered from me this year you should have received a FREE catalog.  If you have not, and you wish to order contact me using the link at the top of this page and I will send you a catalog when I get back.



Quick & Easy- Affectionately Yours Suite

Quick & Easy- Affectionately Yours Suite

Quick & easy and Affectionately Yours…  at first glance you might have stopped for a second and wondered who’s blog you stumbled upon.  LOL.

My title sounds a bit crazy… but so am I so we are all good.

Really, I have a quick and easy card today and it’s using the Affectionately Yours Suite.  It’s NEW.

I’ve been holding out on sharing some of the new products because I feel kinda “na na boo boo” about it.  Does that make sense? This time of year is a struggle for me because I have new products in my hands.  I want to use them.  BUT… there are so many great stamp sets retiring and I want to get a lot of use out of them before they go away.

Ultimately I need about 10 more hours in my day and I could accomplish all things.

Affectionately Yours Suite

Todays card is using a new stamp set called Love & Affection.  At first glance I wasn’t head over heals in love but then I used it.  That’s when the change happens.  It happens all of the time to me.  Suddenly I am in love once the ink hits the stamp and then to the paper.  SHAZAM.  Love!

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!


The designer paper in this suite, Affectionately Yours is beautiful.  It’s a mix of bright colors as well as a few darker tones and COPPER.  The paper I used for this card is one of my favorite prints from the collection.  I love how the blue looks on the craft.


Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating today’s card using the Love & Affection stamp set.

  • I embossed the large and small flower using Whisper White craft ink with White Embossing Powder onto Vellum cardstock. I placed the same size sheet of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4 x 4-1/2) under the Vellum.  You can see the yellow hues peeking through the vellum.  To create that look use a sponge dauber and swirl Daffodil Delight ink in a circular motion where the flower centers will lay over.  I just lifted the vellum and made quick ink marks where the centers would lay and then went back to darken the yellow ink.
  • Once the stamping was complete the Vellum/Whisper White cardstock was matted onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock (3-3/8 x 4-5/8) and popped up using dimensionals.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a Tags & Label framelit and the left side of the label was trimmed off.
  • The new Thick White Bakers Twine is going to be a great addition to our core line of ribbons.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!


The greetings are very fun in this stamp set but most of all I love the font.  It’s ridiculously amazing.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!

You can see I also added a little bit of a doily under the label and greeting.  I love how something as simple as a doily can make the entire card look delicate.

What do you think?


You can see all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below.

Do You Want this Set NOW? 

You can also get the Love & Affection stamp set in your hot little hands by getting the Ultimate Stampin’ Kit- “starter kit” with Stampin’ Up! Yes.  NEW products can be added to your kit.  If you are interested and would like help knowing the new products you can add to your kit, please contact me.

Remember, there is no obligation to sell a thing.  The only obligation I request is you have FUN. My Stampin’ by the Sea community is a group of incredible talented people.


Supply List

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!

Do YOU Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? 

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!

If you are thinking about joining the Paper Pumpkin subscription… here is a sneak peek of what’s coming next month.  Sign up before May 10th and you will receive this kit perfect for manly cards.

Becoming a subscriber is easy and you receive great perks when  you become one of my subscribers.

My subscribers just received this fun tutorial yesterday packed with all of these project ideas.  They receive this monthly as a subscriber.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me when you join.  The stamps and kits keep getting better and better every month.

Click HERE to join.  See the different plans we offer- 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month.  Give it a try.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!