Thinking of You: Snowflake Flowers

Today’s card is a Thinking of You card. I was thinking of non-wintery ways of using the special new November Snowflake bundle and these flowers are what resulted.

Thinking of You Card using Stylish Christmas and November Specials Snowfall Thinlits and Snow is Gllstening
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Hi Friends,

Today’s card is a “Thinking of You” card. I was thinking of non-wintery ways of using some of the new November 2018 Snowflake Showcase items and these flowers are what resulted. This card was made for my friend who lost her mom recently.

Snowflake Showcase: Available on November 1st

While Supplies Last

The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Showcase becomes available on November 1, 2018 and includes the items pictured below. On the left is the Snowflakes are Glistening (149742) stamp set and on the right is the Snowfall Thinlits (149692) Die set. These two sets were used to make today’s card.


More Snowflake Showcase Items

Here are a couple more items from the Snowflake Showcase November Special! The picture on the left shows the Snowflake Trinkets (149620) and on the right is the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set (149744). Another item that will be available is White Velvet paper (149619). Remember all these items become available on November 1st and are available while supplies last or until November 30th.

Color Combination of Today’s Card

Today’s pastel color combination is made up of Whisper White (100730), Balmy Blue (ink 147105/card stock 146982), and Petal Pink ((ink 147108 /card stock  146985).

Card Recipe: Cutting

I started out with a 4 1/4″ X 11″ Petal Pink (146985) card base. I scored and folded at the 5 1/2″ mark. Then I trimmed off 1 1/4″ off the bottom of the front of the card. I cut a 3 3/4″ X 4 3/4″piece of Balmy Blue (146982) card stock and a 3″ X 4 1/4″ piece of Whisper White (100730). I cut a 2 3/4″ X 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the center. I also cut a 1 1/4″ X 4″ strip of 6X6 Subtles Designer Series Paper (DSP) (146966).

Big Shot

Next I used my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Snowfall Thinlits (149692) Dies set. I cut out the pictured shapes from scraps of Petal Pink (146985) and Balmy Blue (146982) card stock. I especially like the lacey flower on the lower central flower. I used the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set to stamp the snowflake centers of the Petal Pink( 146985) flowers with Balmy Blue (147105) ink. I layered the flowers using Snail Adhesive.

Final Touches

I put the flowers together with the lovely swirls from the Stylish Christmas (clear 146773/ wood mount 146770) stamp set. I stamped the swirls in Balmy Blue (147105) ink. Then I layered the Whisper White layer with the Balmy Blue layer using Snail Adhesive (104332). I attached the two layers to the card base leaving an even amount of petal Pink card base around the three top sides.

I attached the top two flowers with Snail adhesive (104332) and the bottom flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I applied the Whisper White (100730) piece of card stock to the middle of the card and then the DSP strip to the bottom of the inside of the card. I finished with small blue gems to the middle of the flowers.

Do you like my Snowflake flowers? Aren’t these sets awesome!! Call or email me today and I will put you down for a set. I will place the order for you on November 1st! Otherwise the new items will be on my 24/7 online shop on November 1st! Don’t hesitate or they may sell out!

Check out my upcoming events page here for my regular card classes and a special event Saturday November 10th!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Petal Promenade Team Card Challenge and Dentistry Adventures

Today I present a Stampin’ Up! Petal Promenade Friendship card! I made this in response to a challenge from my Up-line team Leader. Don’t you love how Stampin’ Up! has matching Designer Series Paper, card stock, inks and other doo-dads!

Team Challenge Card made with Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper


Hi Friends,

Today, I present a that I made in answer to a Stampin’ Up! Team Challenge. The challenge was to use the “labels” from one of the pieces of Petal Promenade Designer’s Series Paper (DSP) (146913). The challenge was thrown down by my up-line team leader Christi Waite. I always love a challenge! And this took my mind off my poor sore jaw (to be explained later in post).

Color Coordinates of DSP

Don’t you love the way Stampin’ Up! puts the names of the coordinating colors of card stock and ink for each type of DSP on the back label. Having this list of coordinates makes color matching a cinch. Petal Promenade DSP lists the colors: Blushing Bride, Fresh Fig, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Whisper White. Lots of choices!

My Color Combination

But I struggled with the listed colors. I felt I needed to accent the roses and the colors Blushing Bride and Petal Pink did not quite work. So, I went slightly out of the box with my color choices for this card. My color combination includes Cherry Cobbler (ink 147083 / card stock 119685), Mossy Meadow (ink 147111/ card stock  133676),  Smoky Slate ink  147113 /card stock  131202), and Whisper White (100730).

Accent Color for the Roses

Notice that Cherry Cobbler (119685) is not on the list of coordinating colors. After trying many different “Coordinating Colors” from the list, I decided to lay the Mossy Meadow (133676) and Smoky Slate (131202) on all the pinks/reds card stocks I had. I went through many different colors and finally decided that Cherry Cobbler (119685) fit the bill.

Cherry CobbleR

I liked the Cherry Cobbler (119685) card stock best with this particular label from Petal Promenade DSP(146913)  that I needed to match. I really wanted to add some pinkish-red from the roses to my color combination. So, I cut my card base from Cherry Cobbler (119685) card stock at 4 1/4″ X 11″. I scored and folded the card stock at the 5 1/2″ mark. 

Card Construction

I had already chosen my two frames from the list of coordinating colors. My Smoky Slate ( 131202) card stock was cut 4″ X 5 1/4″ and my Mossy Meadow (133676) layer was cut 3 3/4″ X 5″.  I attached each of these frames to my card base with Snail Adhesive (104332). Then, I attached a 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White (100730) piece of card stock to the inside of the card since the card base is a dark color.

A Little Sparkle

My ‘label’ was trimmed to 3 1/2″ X 4 3/4″. I chose my sentiment from the Abstract Impressions Stamp set (147513) and used Mossy Meadow ink (147111) to stamp the sentiment. I love the sentiments as well as the flowers on the Abstract Impressions stamp set. Then I attached my label to my card frames with Snail Adhesive (104332). I still felt he card needed something so I added a few pink, purple and yellow gems to add a little sparkle. I think it turned out pretty good!

Team Meeting

I was a bit surprised that I had time and energy to make this card before my team meeting Thursday night. That is because my life hit a little bump this week Wednesday . About 3 1/2 months ago I had a root canal dental procedure because of a very bad toothache. Unfortunately, I had to move on to a tooth extraction since I was still in severe pain a week after the root canal! The root canal and extraction were a breeze compared to what I went through for my tooth implant.

Tooth Implant Consultation

Because I am still quite young, I decided that I would go with a tooth implant to replace the tooth that was removed. I met with the dentist prior to the procedure. He explained how what the procedure entailed. He said most people have the procedure with local anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide (laughing Gas). He seemed very nice. I thought I was prepared for getting the implant, but the actual procedure was pretty awful!

One of Many

On the day of the procedure, the dentist came in and said I was the eighth implant for that day. Hmm, I thought that was quick work since it was only 1:30pm. This won’t be so bad.

Why so Tense?

I started out with some Nitrous oxide. I barely started feeling the gas when the dentist came in and gave me four injections into my jaw. He had the guts to pat my wrinkled brow and say “relax, you are going to give yourself a headache. Why are all you people so tense today?”. Really???? I was cringing in pain and I was trying to hold still. I can guess, if “all you people” are going through what I was going through at that moment, they were probably in intense pain! That’s enough to make anyone tense!

Nitrous Oxide Begins

After my injections, the dentist goes out the door with the statement, “we’ll let you numb up and let your blood pressure come down some”.  I should have walked out then but I kept breathing through my nose hoping for some laughing gas to help me calm down. my mantra was “hang in there, hang in there”.

Testing, Testing

Some time later, the dentist walks back in and says,”let’s perform a little test”. I had my eyes squeezed shut so I am not sure what he poked me with but I think it was a clamp to hold my mouth open. But whatever he did made me cringe with pain in my jaw/gum area. He says, “Oh, I guess we’re ok then”. I should have run screaming out the door at this point but no, I decide to be the “good patient” and trust the doctor’s decision. Big Mistake!

Famous Last Words: “Feel a Little Pressure”

Then “we” continued with the procedure with some drilling and an occasional “you are going to feel a little pressure” and “keep breathing through your nose.” Here I am gasping for air because I am in so much pain and he calls it “a little pressure.” Okay, maybe I am being paid back for all those times as a nurse I used the words, “Just a Little Pressure now”.

Good Bone

Finally, I think “we” are done but nope, “we” still had to put the actual implant in yet. The dentist actually says to me “you got some good bone in there; made us work a lot harder.” I remember thinking, ‘I am paying someone a lot of money to do this to me?’ 

Finally, Anesthetic Kicks in

I am fairly tough and have a pretty high pain tolerance. I decide, “in for a penny, in for a pound” and decide to see the procedure through. I continue to suck in the laughing gas, hoping to make it through the procedure without crying. The implant goes in with a lot of twisting and tugging and pain. but finally the numbing medicine or laughing gas kicked in. I made it through without crying!

Discharge Instructions

As the dentist leaves he pats me on my numb cheek and says, “there, now don’t mess up the stitches or eat anything sharp or the implant won’t take.” The dental assistant explains this statement by saying that the implant has to stay immobile while healing or the bone graft they put in, won’t harden around the implant. Then the implant could change position and they won’t be able to fit the “tooth” or crown part on. Great incentive to be careful! I was never afraid of the dentist but now the idea of going has me concerned.

Paper Pumpkin

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Well enough about my woes! on to better subjects! The December Paper Pumpkin is going to be very fun and festive! This is a great way for newbies to try paper crafting as well as great for veteran crafters! The set includes all you need but a scissors and adhesive. Order by December 10th!

Let me be your Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

Both the Annual and Holiday catalogs have some wonderful stamp sets and bundles. If you would like a Holiday or Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog, just email me at Email your name and mailing address and I will get one out to you! You can access by 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop here or just drop me a line!

I would love to be your personal Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Have a wonderful Saturday and Happy Stamping,




For unto you is Born this Day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord

Today I have a Christmas card with a night time scene Bethlehem on Christmas night. The card has an easy fun fold that lets a little glitz shine through.

Hi Friends,

I hope you are having a great day. Today I am squeezing in a special Christmas card recipe with a Bethlehem scene. This Christmas card has a wonderful reminder about celebrating Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem- the true reason for celebrating this upcoming Christmas season. I had this card at my Saturday Sampler Event on Saturday and my friend Carole really liked it. So, now I am sharing the card with you!

I used an old retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas set from 1998! The stamp set is called “City of David”. I was fortunate to find a woman, here in West Michigan, who was getting rid of her old stamp sets. I got this set at an excellent price! I would have paid much more for such an awesome set. Now some exciting news from our sponsor-just kidding 🙂

Celebrating World Card Making Day

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Officially World Card Making Day is Saturday October 6, 2018 but Stampin’ Up! is celebrating all week long with a special sale. Check out this link.The sale is 10% off of Dimensionals, some Kits, some Stamp Sets, some paper, and much more! Prices are good until Sunday October 7th. Shop now at my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! online Shop!

Busy Week at the Quilt Show

Today I began a busy week of volunteering with the West Michigan Quilt Guild’s “Quilts on the Grand” 20th Biennial Quilt Show. Today, quilts entered in the show were dropped off for judging. Tomorrow and Wednesday I will be helping with the process of judging of the quilts. Our quilt guild has some very talented quilters and I M THRILLED WITH WHAT I HAVE seeN come in for this show! Thursday is the Quilt Show set-up. Friday and Saturday is the show! If you are available this weekend Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th, the quilt show will be open 9-5pm at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. now back to my card for today.

Today’s Card Color Combination

First of the all, the color combination for today’s card is Night of Navy (ink 147110 / card stock 100867), Gray Granite (ink 147118/ card stock (146983), and Whisper White (100730).

Today’s Christmas Card

I started with a Night of Navy card (100867) stock base cut 4 1/4″ X 11″. I scored and folded the card stock at 5 1/2″. Then I cut 1″ off the bottom of the front part of the card.

Next, I cut a piece of Gray Granite (146983) card stock 3 1/4″ X 4 1/4″. also, I cut a 2 3/4″ X  3 3/4″ whisper white card stock (100730) for the front of the card.

I stamped the Whisper White card stock (100730) with Night of Navy ink (147110). I used the City of David stamp set to stamp the Bethlehem scene and the sentiment.

Now a little Glitz: A Shining Star

I cut a small star using my Big Shot  (143263) and a die from the Starlight Thinlits dies set (141840).  I cut the star from a specialty flashy card stock from my stash that is very sparkly. You could easily substitute Sparkle Glimmer paper (146957) for a similar effect. I taped the star on top of the stamped star. I suppose I could have used a dimensional but I wanted the shiny star to cover the stamped star completely.

Then I cut a 1″ X 5 1/4″ strip of the flashy paper and attached it to the base of the inside of the card. I attached the whisper white (100730) card stock to the Gray Granite (146983) card stock. Then I attached these pieces to the card base leaving an even space on the three sides of the card base. I used Snail Adhesive (104332) to attach all the pieces together. I placed a 2 3/4″ X 4 1/4″ piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock inside of the card at the very top of the card.

Hope you like the card for today. I like the flashy star and the little bit of flash peeking out at the bottom of the card. Off to make some more cards and relax a bit before the busyness of the next couple of days!

Have a wonderful night and Happy Stampin’