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Penned & Painted

Hello Friends,

I woke up this morning with the Penned & Painted stamp set calling to me.  Have you ever had that happen to you?  The stamp set won't get out of your head until you create something beautiful. That was Penned & Painted this morning.   Plus, the Penned & Painted stamp set is Retiring.  Which means that it will only be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST or until May 31, 2017.

Penned & Painted Stampin' Up!

About Today's Card

 I wanted a soft outline, so stamped all 3 layers including the outline with the same color on each flower.  It's a stamping technique called 3-step stamping.  Each stamped layer builds on the other.

Today's color combo is Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango and Old Olive.  These colors together are a bit of a stretch for me, but I think that they turned out lovely.  It was the Color Challenge this week on Splitcoast Stampers.

After stamping all the flowers and leaves I decided to add just a little more happiness, so I sprinkled in Tangerine Tango dots.

The "sloppy bows" are 5 layers of Whisper White Baker's Twine.


Here for You

Some friends of ours have spent the last several days at the hospital for a unexpected medical emergency.  What do you say at a time like that?  The Here for You stamp set covers so many hard situations.  Here's what my card says inside.

Penned & Painted Fond Farewell


Penned & Painted Get Well Card

See this Get Well Card Here


Perfectly Penned Stampin' Up!

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Penned & Painted Stampin' Up!

Learn about the Color Wash Technique


Penned & Painted Stampin' Up!

Just a Note Details Here


 Good-Bye Penned & Painted.


Have a fabulous day,


Supply List

National Vascular Birthmark Day

My Heart Similes Thinking of You

Today, May 15th, is the first ever National Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day.  Which of course, means that it's time to make a card for the occasion, but more importantly, let's put heart shaped "birthmarks" on our cheeks for Vascular Birthmark Awareness.  I'll share details about the today's card in just a bit, but first let me share our story.

National Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day

Our precious grandson, Levi, was born almost 3 years ago with a Port Wine Birthmark on the left side of his face, but that has not  changed his sunny disposition in the least.  Levi with his ready smile is a little bundle of energy and mischief.  And he always brings a smile to my heart.  Life is beautiful!

Levi, Julie, Lincoln

Here's Levi, Julie (his Mama) and Lincoln (his brother) celebrating National Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day together.  I suspect that Dad is behind the camera, so he's celebrating too.  Lincoln has always been a bit jealous that Levi has a birthmark, so he was delighted to have a birthmark for a day.  

Love You Lots

Today's card gives one last hurray for the fabulous Love you Lots and Suite Sayings Stamp sets.  Both sets are on the Retirement List so their days are numbered.  The Love You Lots stamp set is a hostess set, so it is only available to order on orders over $150.  The little frog was stamped on a piece of the Eastern Palace designer paper and fussy cut.

Not everything is retiring.  The Scribbly heart is was cut with a die from the Sunshine Wishes Dies and the Soft Sky Stitched Square was cut with the Stitched Shapes dies.

And the fun Lemon Lime Twist Envelope was fashioned with the Envelope Punch Board.  The Lemon Lime Envelope should be a real stand out in the mailbox.

Freshly Made Sketches

This Card Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches gave me just the jump start that I needed for this morning.



Have a fabulous day,


50% Off Botanical Builder & Balloon Pop-Up

Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

 Hello Friends,

Can you believe that both the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies and the Balloon Pop-Up Dies are 50% off?  That's a crazy good bargain.  Put up your feet and grab a beverage.  Today, I have a boat load of Card  and Paper Craft Ideas featuring the Botanical Builder and Balloon Pop-Up Dies.  I even threw in a couple of Stampin' Up! Video Tutorials for good measure.  Think of it as a Blog Hop without the hop.

There's a Baker's Dozen card and paper craft ideas, so be sure to scroll all the way down for the complete show.

Let's start with this Botanical Beauty

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Card Making in 3 Simple Steps

Clean & Simple Botanical Builder with Gorgeous Grunge (also retiring)

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  Look Who's Turning 1

Look who's Turning One Birthday Card with sweet little Botanical flowers

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Sympathy Card

Bright and Beautiful Sympathy Card  

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Botanical Builder Stampin' Up!

Peekaboo Peach Botanical Flowers

Take a Peek Here


No Bones About It

Forget the flowers, go for the leaves.  Botanical Builder Goes masculine.

Dig up the details here


Botanical Blooms Card

Softer Side of Awesomeness

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Balloon Pop-Up Card

Classic Red and White and it Pops

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  Balloon Adventures Stampin' Up!

Another Year Full of Adventures

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Balloon Adventures Handmade Birthday Card

A Birthday Card for Him

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Balloon Adventures Pop-Up Card

A Pop-Up Card for a 5 Year Old

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Balloon Pop-Up Dies Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog 2017

Open Me Already  Birthday Box

Find out how to make this box


Balloon Shaker Card

It's not just for Pop-Ups, Make a Shaker Card too!

Here's how to make it shake



Have a fabulous day,