Thanksgiving Sheltering Tree in Autumn Colors

This Thanksgiving card for today is made with the Cat Punch and the Sheltering Tree stamp set. The colors chosen to make this card include Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate.

Hi Friends,

I hope you are doing well today! Thanks for spending time with today! Today’s card is an autumn scene made with the Sheltering Tree (137163) and  Winter Woods (wood mount 147658/clear 147661) ink stamps. I also used with the Cat Punch (144666) and a retired thinlit set called “Hearth and Home” (139666).

Color Combination

Today’s card is made with the colors Cajun Craze (ink 147085/card stock 119684), Crushed Curry (ink 147087/card stock 131199), Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/card stock 146990), Smoky Slate (ink 147113/card stock 131202), and Whisper White (100730).

Card Recipe: Cutting

I started off by cutting a 5 1/2” X 8 1/2” piece of  Cajun Craze (119684) card stock. Then I scored and folded the card stock at 4 1/4”. Next I cut Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock 4” X 5 1/4”.  Using my trusty Big Shot, (143263) I cut a window in the Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock. Then I used my Big Shot (143263) to cut a Crushed Curry (131199) card stock window frame. I cut a 2 1/2” X 3” piece of Whisper White card stock (100730). Lastly, I punched two cats out of Smoky Slate card stock (131202) using the Cat punch (144666).


Next, I stamped the bunch of trees stamp from Winter Woods (wood mount 147658/clear 147661) stamp set. i used Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) ink and my Stamparatus (146276). When I use my Stamparatus, I can stamp multiple times, if necessary, to get a dark clear image. Then, I used the leaf canopy stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163) and Cajun Craze ink (147085). Next, I wiped off the tree stamp and then used Crushed Curry ink (147087) to stamp the “leaves” on the trees.


I wanted to make my kitties look like my mom’s kitty, Willow. She is a Balinese and is just gorgeous! She has dark tipped ears, toes and tail. I used a Stampin sponge (141337) and Smoky Slate ink (147113) to lightly color the kitties’ ears, toes and tails.

I positioned the Whisper White (100730) piece so that the trees looked good out of the window. To do this I used my trusty release paper trick! I applied double sided tape to the back of the window frame. I laid the Whisper White (100730) piece right side up on the release paper. Then I could easily position the frame in the best spot and not get adhesive all over! I trimmed any Whisper White peeking out behind the window frame.

FInally, I inlaid the Crushed Curry (131199) Window in the opening in the Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock. ThenI attached the two kitties so they would appear to be looking out of the window.


I stamped the sentiment “thankful for you” from Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163) with Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) as pictured. I stamped “Thinking of You This Season” using Cajun Craze ink (147085) on a piece of 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White card stock. Then I attached the 4” X 5 1/4” Whisper White (100730) card stock piece to the inside of today’s card.

Well, that’s it! What do you think? I am pretty happy with how today’s card turned out. Makes a pretty good Thanksgiving card I think. If you would like to purchase any of the items for this card I would appreciate your business. You can contact me to order or just go to my 24/7 online shop here.

Some Announcements

FYI: My next Stampin’ Up! Event is Tuesday November 6th from 1-4pm! Put it on your calendar now and plan to spend some fun time making Holiday cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Stamp Club Group starts Friday November 30th from 1-4pm! Looking for new members-still have room for 3-4 more! Stamp Club meets each month on the fourth Friday at my home. You will have a chance to make cards and other projects as well as learn new techniques. Requires a six month commitment of ordering minimum $25 Stampin’ Up! order each month. In this way each member has a turn being the hostess. The hostess brings the snack for the month and receives the hostess benefits (a value of at least $15). JOIN NOW!

Another Upcoming Event: Holiday Workshop at Westend Christian Reformed Church at 1015 Westend Ave NW Grand Rapids, Mi 49504

Saturday November10th from 9-4pm

(Profits to benefit Christian Education for the children of our church)

Have some projects to finish up for Christmas? You can “rent” a table for the whole day! Bring your quilting, sewing or paper crafting projects, bring your friends and plan a fun day together! We will have lunch available.

For an extra fee you can participate in the following special activities:

  • one on one ‘Learn to knit’ session with a seasoned knitter
  • Learn to make jewelry with my friend Jane
  • Learn some tips for Holiday food preparations with Pampered Chef Demonstrator my friend Beth!
  • Make a wooden Palate sign with my friend Teresa
  • With me you can make some Christmas cards ($2 each), decorate a special Holiday Notebook ($5) or 2019 Calendar ($5), make some simple gifts for your friends or Sunday School kids ($1). I will have Annual and Holiday Stampin’ Up! catalogs available. You will have a chance to sign up for some new Events I have planned for November and December.

There will be lunch available for a nominal cost. More details will be coming soon so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Snowflakes are special and so Are YOU!

Today’s card is made with a special Stampin’ Up! stamp set and die set coming out on November 1st! This easy one layer card looks much more complicated than it is!

Christmas Card 2018
(Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)
Hi Friends,

Happy Monday! Hope all is well with you this evening. I had a busy day today. Part of my day was spent preparing this card for you: “Snowflakes are special and so Are YOU!” I made this card using a brand new stamp set called “Snow is Glistening” (149742) and a new die set called “Snowfall Thinlits” (149692). These items are coming out on November 1st. The set will only be available from Stampin’ Up! only during the month of November.

Color Combination

My color combination is Highland Heather (ink 147103/card stock 146986), Gorgeous Grape (ink 147099 /card stock 146987), Balmy Blue (ink 147105/card stock 146982) and Whisper White (100730).

Card Recipe

My card starts out with a Highland Heather (146986) card base cut 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″; score and fold at 4 1/4″.  I cut the large snowflake out of Whisper White (100730) card stock using the Snowfall Thinlits dies (149692).  What a gorgeous snowflake! Definitely worth having to poke out the little pieces using my Paper Piercing Tool (126189). I stamped a small snowflake in the middle using Highland Heather (147103) ink and the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set.

Decorating the Card Front

Next I stamped the front of the card using the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set. I first stamped the large snowflake three times with Balmy Blue ink. Next, I stamped the medium snowflake seven times using Highland Heather (147103) ink. Finally, I used the Gorgeous Grape ink (147099) to stamp the sentiment on the bottom and the small bunch of snowflakes numerous times.

Inside the Card

I stamped the sentiment “Sending a blizzard of wishes for a wonderful season” on a piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock. The piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock was cut 4″ X 5 1/4″. I added a couple stamps of the small cluster of snowflakes using Gorgeous Grape (147099) ink.

Benefits of Being an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Such an easy one layer card, isn’t it? I really like how the card turned out and I love this new bundle too! One of the many benefits of being an Independent Stampin’ Up!  Demonstrator is being able to pre-order new products. Plus the discount on purchasing items is great! Plus I love stamping and love to share this love with others!

Have a wonderful evening and Happy Stampin’





Dashing Deer and Snowflakes

Today I have a great Christmas card that features two dashing deer.

Hi Friends,

Today I have a fun Christmas card using the Stampin’ Up! Dashing Deer stamp set (wood mount 147731/  clear 147728) and Detailed Deer thinlits dies set (147915). These sets can be purchase in a bundle which saves you 10%! The Dashing Deer bundles are available in wood block mounted 149934  and (not mounted) clear (149935). This is a great set and I have had so much fun playing with this bundle!  

Update on the WMQG “Quilt on the Grand” Quilt Show

As I said in my post on Monday, today we are going to finish up quilt judging. I have learned so much about technical aspects of quilting by hearing what the judges say about the various quilts. Tomorrow is set-up time and the show opens at the Delta-Plex here in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday morning at 9am! The hours will be 9-5pm both Friday and Saturday (October 5th and 6th).

Tie that Bonds Fund

The majority of the profits from the quilt show go to a special fund that our quilt guild started many years ago. This fund is called “The Tie that Binds” because the money goes to help parents bond (or keep the bond going) with their babies. This fund is used for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at DeVos Children’s Hospital. The social workers for the NICU use the funds to give gift cards for gas purchases or for a meal at the hospital cafeteria or one of many monetary needs that parents have while having a baby in NICU.

Quilt Raffle

Also our guild has over 20 quilts that we are raffling off to support our charity. Come to the show, purchase some raffle tickets, and win a chance at a home-made quilt! Tickets for the raffle are just $1 or 6 for $5. I hope you will come out to see the quilts and support the “Tie that Binds” charity.

Back to our Card for Today: Color Combination

My color combination for today is Balmy Blue (ink 147105/ card stock 146982), Highland Heather (ink 147103/ card stock 146986), and Whisper White (100730).

Card Recipe

I started out by cutting my Balmy Blue (146982) card base 4 1/4″ X 11″.  My next layer was a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Highland Heather card stock (146986). Next I embossed a 3 3/4″ X 5″ piece of Whisper White Card stock (100730) using my Blizzard Thinlits Die (147902), my Big Shot (143263), and Big shot embossing Mats (146327). If you need a refresher on using your Big Shot embossing mats check out my post on this process here Called: “Returning to a Favorite: A Butterfly Visits Some Soft Colored Flowers”.

Adding Texture to my Background

I added some texture to my embossed card stock by using my Stampin’ Sponge (141337) and Balmy Blue ink (147105). I very lightly dabbed my sponge in some ink and lightly, with a circular motion, added some Balmy Blue to accent the snowflakes to add some texture. I think it makes the background look like when it is snowing.

My Dashing Deer

My larger deer is from the Dashing Deer Stamp set (wood mount 147731/ clear 147728) . this deer was stamped with Highland Heather ink (147103) on to a  scrap of Whisper White (100730). Then I cut out the large deer using the Detailed Deer Thinlits dies (147915). I love the pattern stamped on the larger deer…don’t you? It’s so pretty!

I, then, stamped the small deer from the Dashing Deer stamp set (wood mount 147731/  clear 147728) on to Balmy Blue card stock (146982using Balmy Blue ink (147105). Next, I used the smaller deer die to cut out the deer. I attached both deer to my card with Snail Adhesive (104332).

The Sentiment

I go back and forth on whether I should punch out my label before or after stamping. For this card I chose to punch out a Pretty Label Punch (143715) from Whisper White card stock (100730) before stamping. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Dashing Deer stamp set (wood mount 147731/  clear 147728) : “Remembering you this season with warm Thoughts and a Wish for Everything Merry”. This sentiment fits, but it is a tight fit! I decided to sponge the edges of my label with Highland Heather ink (147103). Finally, I attached a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card.

Stampin’ Up! Catalogs Available

I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! if you are interested in learning more about Stampin’ Up! PLEASE check out my online 24/7 shop at SunnyLu Stampers. If you need a Holiday or Annual catalog please send me an email at with your name and email address.

Well that’s it for today! I am off to help with the Quilt judging. I will be back on Friday with another card for you. 

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’