First Frost Thinking of You /FMS #356

Today I have a Thinking of You card using the Freshly Made Sketch #356 card sketch. I used Night of Navy and Balmy blue to make this a more manly card because it is for a special guy who lost his wife to cancer 6 months ago next week. Marcia was my very best friend since High School and I miss her very much. This one is for you Bob!

(Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)






Hi Friends,

How are you today? Thanks for joining me today. Almost six months have passed since my best friend from High School, Marcia, died from cancer. I feel like it was just yesterday some days. I miss her so much! We had so much fun and so many laughs. she was the one who got me started getting my nails done. She was my confidante and my cheerleader. She held me when I cried. She pushed me when I needed a push!

My favorite way of coping is denial. I think that is why I have not stayed in contact with my friend’s family. I thought of this today at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) where we are studying Joshua’s life.

We were discussing how Achan sinned and the severe consequences of his sin. achan was told to destroy everything in Jericho but achan chose to steal away and hide some of the riches. Because of his sin the battle of Ai went terribly wrong and 37 men died as a result.

One of the Discussion questions asked if there was anything you had done wrong lately and felt bad about. When I answered the question earlier I had no problem coming up with things I had screwed up. But as she asked the question I felt a pang when I thought about how I haven’t called my friend’s husband or kids or siblings …or sent a card or anything …in the last 5 months! I decided I should send out some cards right away and that leads me to my card for today. This one is for you Bob!

A reminder of the Freshly Made Sketch #356 card challenge was in my mailbox today when I got home from bible study. Later check out my card at the FMS web site. I am #4 sketch. I thought I would try to make my “Thinking of You” card  using this sketch.

Color Combination

My card for today is a combination of Night of Navy (ink 147110/ card stock 100863) , Balmy Blue ( ink 147105 /  card stock 146982) and Whisper White (100730). I wanted this to be a masculine card and thought this color combination would work for that.


I started with Balmy Blue (146982) card stock for my card base-cut 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ and score/folded at the 4 1/4″ mark. I cut  a piece of Night of Navy card stock (100863) 1 1/2″ X 5 1/2″.  I taped this strip in the center of the card horizontally.

Then I cut three pieces of Whisper White (100730) card stock 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″. I embossed these pieces of Whisper White (100730) using the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148726) and Big Shot (143263). I lined them up on the embossing folder so the lines were vertical on the rectangle. When using the Dynamic Texture Impressions embossing folders (148026), I only had to use one clear plastic cutting plate with my Big Shot (143263) because of the extra thickness of this type of embossing folder. I wanted a less defined shape embossed so I left the card stock dry. Usually I would lightly dampen the card stock with my stampin’ Spritzer (126185). I attached the embossed Whisper White (100730) card stock strips to the card base evenly spaced vertically as pictured. The easiest way I found to line the strips up was to first apply the outer two strips and then center the middle strip on the card evenly between the two strips.

I die-cut foliage from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits dies (147894). I cut two foliage die-cuts from Night of Navy card stock (100863) and attached them to the top of the Whisper White (100730) strips using Snail Adhesive (104332). I stamped the center foliage on to Balmy Blue (146982 card Stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (132708) and die cut the shape using the Frosted Bouquet Framelits dies (147894). I attached this to my card with Snail Adhesive (104332) also. Inside the card I attached White Whisper (100730) card stock cut 4″ X 5 1/4″.

I chose an appropriate sentiment from the Abstract Impressions (147513) stamp set: “If flowers were hugs I’d send you a thousand”. This I stamped on a thin strip of Whisper White (100730) card stock with Night of Navy ink (147110).  Using a Stampin’ Sponge (141337), I sponged the edges of the strip with Night of Navy ink( 147110) to help the strip to stand out more. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to pop out the sentiment on the card front. On the inside, I used the sentiment from Colorful Seasons (143726): “Just Breathe” using Night of Navy ink (147110) to stamp the sentiment.

I did not have any Night of Navy Baker’s Twine so I took a piece of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine (124262) and colored it with my Dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends (144039) alcohol ink marker. I tied a simple bow and applied it to the card using a Mini Glue Dot (103683) folded in half using my Paper Piecing tool (126189).

What a fun sketch! I like the way the card turned.  I would love it if I had used Night of Navy ink (147110) to stamp the middle flower. Oh well! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to RSVP that you are coming to the Saturday Sampler workshop this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Come and do 6 different projects including Halloween and Christmas cards. Free with a $25 order from Stampin’ Up! or $10.

Bring a friend and get $5 off your next order.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’







Merry Christmas from a Puppy and Her Bird

Today I have a cute Christmas card using a variety of Stampin’ Up! products. The card is an outdoor scene that has a gorgeous die cut fence decorated with red bows, a 3D tree, a cute little dachshund and a sweet little bird.

Hi Friends,

Thanks for visiting me this morning! I appreciate you all! In fact I have Customer appreciation benefit program called:

SunnyLu’s Spectacular Stampers Club

If you order this month using the September Host Code: NYJEGA2P and

  • Order $30 of products and you will get a Special Hand Stamped card from me.
  • Order $50 of products and you will get a Special Hand Stamped card and a special surprise worth approximately $5 from me
  • Order $100 of products and you will get a special Hand Stamped card, a special surprise worth approximately $5 and $5 off for any other purchase this month
  • If you order $150 of products, do not use the host code so you can get your Stampin’ Up!® rewards plus you will get all the extras of the Club too!
  • If you are thinking of ordering more than $99 worth of product consider joining the SunnyLu Stamper team as an Independent  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. For $99 you can get $125 worth of products of your choice with no shipping costs! And as long as you continue as a Demonstrator you will get 20% off your Stampin’ Up! orders! As you progress in the company you will get 25% off orders as well as other perks! Call me at 616-490-1731 or email me at for details. 

Now lets get on with our card for the day!

True Meaning of Christmas (Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)

Color Combination

My color combination for today’s card is Whisper White (card stock 100730), Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/ card stock 146990) , Poppy Parade (ink 147050/ card stock 119793),  and Balmy Blue ( ink (147105/card stock (146982).

Design Process

I went all out and used a number of stamp sets, dies, and an embossing folder in this card. I started with the fence and pretty tiny bows from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147922). What an awesome fence! I love it! Then I decided to make an outdoor Christmas scene so I chose my embossing folder- Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) -to add some texture to my “ground” or “grass.”

I knew I wanted to use the dachshund from the Ready for Christmas (144823) because I love her sweater and thought the colors I chose for the sweater could tie everything together. I stamped, colored, and cut her out using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Die (144679). Okay, so then I thought what about a Christmas tree? so I chose the tree from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies (144679) to put in front of the fence.

I thought there needed to be something in the tree for the dog to be looking at so I stamped and colored the cute little bird from Sitting Pretty (146615). then I cut it out using the coordinating Pretty Park Framelits Dies (146825).

Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

When embossing with the Dynamic Textured (very thick) embossing folders remember to only use one clear cutting plate, otherwise the sandwich is too thick! I spritzed water on my 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White (100730) card stock -on the top and bottom-  with my handy Stampin’ Spritzer (126185before embossing with my Big Shot (143263). The damp card stock helps the embossing folder leave a better impression in the card stock. Let the damp piece of card stock dry flat before trying to use it in a card. I put a cutting plate over the top of the damp card stock while drying so that it would dry completely flat.

Remember that this process will make the card stock shrink up a bit so cut the piece a bit bigger like 1/8″ on both sides. some people cut the piece even bigger than that and cut the piece after embossing. Both work so try both and see what you like to do.

Directions for my Card

My 4 1/4″ X 11″ card base was cut from Balmy Blue Card stock (146982). I cut a 2″ X 4″ strip of Granny Apple Green card stock (146990) and embossed the piece using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) and my trusty Big Shot (143263). I applied this strip to lower part of the card with Snail Adhesive (104332). 

Using my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the cool fence die from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147992), I cut a delicate looking Whisper White card stock (100730) fence.  I had to use my Paper Piecing Tool (126189) to poke out the pieces between the fence post but I think it’s worth it! What an awesome looking fence!! I attached the fence with Snail Adhesive (104332) and release paper  (using the release paper to collect the extra adhesive). I positioned the fence to cover the edge of the Granny Apple Green strip (146990) with the lower fence rail. I cut bows from Poppy Parade (119793) for the fence using a die from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147992) and my trusty Big shot (143263). I attached the tiny bows to the fence using Snail adhesive (104332), release paper, and my new Take your Pick tool.

Take Your Pick Tool

My new tool (144107)  called “Take Your Pick” was so handy when placing the tiny bows. This is in the new Holiday catalog on page 30. This multipurpose pickup and precision tool makes those kind of finicky tasks easier! The tacky putty end easily picks up sequins, tiny bows, and other small objects. To get more putty you just twist. there are refills available for the putty end too This tool’s other end has two changeable, double-ended tips with a paper piercer, mini spatula, small stylus, and large Style. There are protective end caps included as well as a putty refill! the tool is only 6 1/2″ long so it will fit easily in your tool kit! This is a must have tool!! Order one now at my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! Shop here.

Details, Details, Details

Next I cut my Christmas tree with my Big Shot and the pretty textured tree from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies (144679). I cut the tree out of Granny Smith Green (146990) card stock. I used a stampin’ Sponge (141337) and Call me Clover ink (147139) to accent the branches and edges of the tree. I attached the tree using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

Why use Memento with Stampin’ Blends?

Always use Memento when using Stampin’ Blends and wait a few seconds until the ink is dry so the black doesn’t bleed into your color. Because Stampin’ Blends have an alcohol-based dye ink, they require a certain type of ink to be compatible when coloring stamped images.  Staz-On ink is usually permanent on just about any surface but the alcohol in Stampin’ Blends reacts to the solvent in Staz-On and basically reactivates the dried Staz-On so your stamped image smears.

The Dachshund dog was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (132708) using the Ready for Christmas stamp set (144823).  I colored the dachshund with Stampin’ Blends. The Stampin’ BLends colors I used were dark Poppy Parade (146879), Dark Crumb Cake (144581) , Light Crumb Cake (144582), light (146876) and Dark Granny apple Green ( 146877) and light Mango melody (147943). then I cut out the Dachshund with the die from the Christmas staircase THinlits (146825). I attached the Dachshund with Mini Dimensionals (144108).

My sweet little bird was stamped using Memento Ink (132708) using the Sitting Pretty (146615) stamp set. I colored the bird with Light Mango melody (147943). then I cut the bird out using the coordinating Pretty Park Framelits Dies (146825).  I attached the bird with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional (144108).

The sentiment is an awesome one I think: “May this Season Be blessed with the True Meaning of Christmas.” The His Light stamp set (Wood 147736 / is from the new Holiday catalog on page 26 and has four wonderful sentiments that I will use over and over! I stamped the sentiment with Poppy Parade ink (147050).

Variety is the Spice of Life

I used a variety of stamp sets, dies, and an embossing folder to show how you can use many Stampin’ Products together to make an original card that you can give this Christmas to someone you love. I combined products that carried over from a previous catalog, some from the new Annual catalog, and some from the Holiday catalog. I think the products all fit together. Don’t YOU? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

As always I appreciate your support in my Stampin’ Up! business. If you are looking for a demonstrator I would be so honored if you choose me! Let me know if you have any questions or if you need a catalog! Thanks!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


STAMP CLUB Starting Soon!

Are you in the West Michigan area? Are you interested in joining a Stamp Club? My plan is to have the Stamp Club meet once a month on the first Friday of the month from 1-4pm (alternatively we could meet on the first Mondays if that works better for everyone). At this meeting members would see new products, learn new techniques and make at least 3 cards or 3D projects. 

All 6 members would commit to a 6 month period. Each person would agree to order at least $25 of products each month. Every month one member would be the hostess and would get these hostess benefits. Which would be at least $15 worth of free products. The amount of free products you would earn depends on how much the club members order.

Would this interest you? Do you have any Stamping friends that might join us? Call 616-490-1731 or email me today

Thinking of You with Fall Leaves: ‘Retro’ Cas(e) This Sketch #55

Retro Case This Sketch #55Hi Friends,

Hi Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day! I had a busy, tiring, lovely day yesterday! My lovely daughter, her husband and their sweet son came to visit. We had the “great grands” over for a visit and brunch so they could spend some time with Levi, my grandson. He put on quite a show with his big vocabulary for a 2 year old, he wow-ed them with his knowledge of the different colors and number order. He is just in love with trucks. We got a large toy semi-truck with spaces for smaller “matchbox” style cars for his Christmas present and this semi has lived with us since. This way he has a special toy to play with when he visits.

I had so much fun but boy was I tired out yesterday evening and I woke up during the night because my naughty back was misbehaving! All this to say I am a little behind on my card making! This afternoon I got motivated and made two very different cards. One is for my grand daughter’s 7th birthday later this month and the other is the card for today.

(Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)

Color Combination

My color combination for this card  is Poppy Parade (ink 147050/ card stock 119793),  Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/ card stock 146990), Whisper White (100730), and Mango Melody (ink 147093/ card stock 146989).

Card Directions

I cut my Poppy Parade (119793) card base at 4 1/4″ X 11″ and scored/folded at 5 1/2″. I cut my Whisper White (100730) card stock layer 4″X 5 1/4″. I dry embossed my Whisper White (100730) layer with my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147906). I love this new embossing folder from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

I die cut the Granny Apple Green (146990)  fence using my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147922). Yes! I got to use my new Take Your Pick Tool (144107) to poke out the sections between the fence posts. This is a great new all-in-one type tool from the Holiday catalog. See my description of this tool from yesterday’s post here.

I stamped the three leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) with Poppy Parade (147050), Mango Melody (147093), and Granny Apple Green (147095) inks.  I cut them out with my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the coordinating die set called Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) .

Assembling the Card

I used Snail Adhesive (104332) generously to attach the Whisper White (100730) embossed layer to the card base. I attached the fence after carefully applying Snail Adhesive (104332) to the fence while laying it wrong side up on release paper or on a silicone craft sheet (127853).

The bottom Poppy Parade leaf is attached with Snail Adhesive (104332). The Mango Melody leaf is attached with Mini Glue Dots (103683). The Granny Apple Green leaf is attached with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

The white Baker’s Twine (124262) was colored using my Mango Melody Stampin’ Write marker (147160) since I did not have any of that color twine. After the twine dried, I tied a bow and attached it using a mini Glue Dot (103683).

My sentiment, “Thinking of You” is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) and is stamped in Mango Melody ink (147093).  I used the Pretty Label Punch (143715) to punch out the sentiment and used Poppy Parade ink (147050) to sponge (141337) the edges of the label. The label was attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Well that took longer to describe than do! I hope you enjoyed my card for today. If you are looking for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be so please if you would ask me! I am available for questions about products or classes or anything stamping related!

My online shop is available 24/7 here.

Hope you have an awesome day and Happy Stampin’


PS: I am still looking for Stamp Club members. See details here.

Reasons to Hostess a Workshop in September

There are many benefits to host a workshop. I purchased my Stampin’ Write Markers New Color Assortment with the “50% off of one item” I received when I hosted a workshop with over $450 in sales. This is a great way to purchase a larger ticket item! Hosts receive free products too! The amount of free product earned is determined by the amount of sales from the work shop. As long as the sales are over $150, the host will receive a minimum of $15 of free product!

Workshops can be in your home, online, or catalog parties.

In addition to the regular host benefits, in the month of September, Stampin’ Up! has an additional benefit for those workshops with over $250 in sales. You can get free Christmas DSP Called Dashing Along. I have the details listed below.

September Dashing Along DSP Host Promotion Details

  • Promotion period: September 1–30
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $250 (before shipping and handling).
  • One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many qualifying orders can be placed in September.
  • Demonstrator, Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.