Floral Phrases Simple Stamping Card

One of my favorites on the Stampin' Up! retiring stamp sets list is Floral Phrases.  It's hard to beat for simple elegance.  Although there are some great wedding greetings, I made an elegant thank you card in two retiring In Colors today:  Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  I like them both!  

Powder Pink and Smoky Slate make a soft, subtle elegant look for this thank you card while the same card in Berry Burst and Night of Navy have a high contrast, bolder look.

Here are my couple of highlights of for today's cards:

  1. Floral Phrases' main image is this gorgeous flower.  It's a "forgiving" stamp meaning it's super easy to stamp, easy to line up, easy to create with.
  2. Berry Burst and Powder Pink are both retiring In Colors.  Powder Pink is our palest pink and much more icy and clear than Blushing Bride.
  3. These cards are #simplestamping:  Stamps, Ink, and Paper with just a bit of ribbon and a few rhinestones.  Quick, easy, elegant, and done--my kind of card!

Click here for the free pdf tutorial!

And see all the products used here listed and linked below.  Be sure to order Floral Phrases while you still can--through late May.

And leave a comment telling me which card is your favorite--Berry Burst or Powder Pink!


Very Vintage Card Ideas with Sponging Effect

veryvintagehostsetstampinupcandyrattrayHave you noticed Very Vintage host stamp set in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog?  I love it!  Here are 2 cards I made on Facebook Live at facebook.com/sweetstamper.  I made the striped one for my sister-in-law's birthday, and the checked one uses identical supplies except for the different pattern of paper and the bow.

Host stamp sets aka Stampin' Rewards are only available when placing a minimum $150 order.  That can be your own purchase or a group of friends ordering together.  That $150 order generates $15 in Stampin' Rewards aka free money to spend on Stampin' Up! products!  While you can use your free money on anything at all, I like to use it on the host only stamp sets.  Very Vintage is only $13.50.  That is an amazing bargain as it's a $27 value.

I have the pdf tutorial for you here.  This is actually a quick and easy card made special with sponging and a really gorgeous stamp set! I'll point out just a few things about my cards:

  • Champagne Foil Sheet is my go-to for really elegant shine.  It's softer than Silver Foil Sheet and not yellowy like Gold Foil Sheet.  I think it's pretty perfect!
  • I opted for Basic Gray vs Black for both my ink and cardstock.  Gray is softer and more in keeping with the effect obtained through sponging.
  • My focal piece is not centered.  Placement is a key element in design, and center is not always best.  Play with placement when you are working on your own cards, particularly when you are the very end of designing.  Sometimes doing something a little different than your original plan is the perfect finishing touch!

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Be sure to go to facebook.com/sweetstamper and like my page so you can see my weekly Tuesday's @ 2 Facebook Lives for weekly card ideas.  




Flourishing Phrases Quick and Easy Card

flourishingphrasesstampinupcaringcardI love to make a card that looks great in both landscape and portrait orientation, and that is what I did with these 2 quick and easy cards using Flourishing Phrases stamp set (a must for sending "caring cards"--the ones that convey heartfelt thoughts, sympathy, and healing prayers) and coordinating Flourish Thinlit Dies.  

All supplies used are in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog (with the exception of the Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet that was free during Sale-a-Bration.  You could easily substitute that for Copper Foil Sheet or Champagne Foil Sheet.)

Here are a few things I had in mind when creating these cards:

  • I love the phrase "with warmth & caring from me" because it covers a lot of ground in the caring department.  When someone is going through any kind of difficult season or rough patch, this phrase is perfect.
  • Leaves seem to always bring a calming effect and are perfect for any type of caring card.
  • Mint Macaron also evokes a calm sense.  Here, I paired it with Shaded Spruce for a largely monochromatic color scheme.  

These layouts are easy to reproduce.  You could make this same card in several colors and Designer Series Papers.  I love having a stash of caring cards on hand so I'm prepared to send some caring mail to those I encounter who need a lift.

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Get them while you can as  a new Stampin' Up! annual catalog comes out in June, and some of these items may retire!


Animal Outing Scrapbook Pages

animaloutingscrapbookpagesstampinupMy new Scrapbook Class Series features 3 coordinating pages to mix and match as you see fit, and this month's scrapbook pages use Animal Outing and the coordinating Animal Expedition Designer Series Papers.

Here are just a few details of my scrapbook pages, perfect for pics of kids.  I'll share another photo once I get my pictures popped in!

  1. 12" x 12" Neutrals Cardstock is a perfect backdrop for my pops of color in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  Those are both retiring In Colors, and I will really, really miss Lemon Lime Twist!  I especially love its vibrancy when scrapbooking outdoor photos. animaloutingstampinupscrapbookpages
  2. When using heavily patterned Designer Series Papers in scrapbook pages, I like to choose one of those patterns to highlight.  For the remaining Designer Series Paper pieces, I use the "B side" aka the subtle side.  I never want to distract from my photos, so I keep strong patterns to a minimum.
  3. I may be in the minority, and maybe it's because I teach a lot of classes, but I actually prefer to make the scrapbook pages first and then find photos to fit.  Otherwise, I spend all day trying to decide my layouts and which photos to use, color scheme, etc.  It takes me way too long!  For me, I usually start with Designer Series Paper and then go from there.  

All of my Stampin' Up! scrapbook supplies used in these pages are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Get some of these basic scrapbook supplies from Stampin' Up! and you will be amazed at how many cool and versatile pages you can make!

If you're in the San Antonio area, be sure to mark your calendar and join us next month for scrapbooking--First Thursday of the month at both 11 AM and 5 PM for your convenience.  I can't wait to scrapbook with you!






By the Bay Beach Scene Card




By the Bay stamp set, free during Sale-a-Bration, is a must-have in my opinion!  I have loved using it and made this By the Bay beach scene card on my Facebook Live today, pairing it with Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper (also free during Sale-a-Bration).

You can see the live demonstration here on my Facebook Live, 3-25-19.  I used a simple, straightforward watercolor technique on watercolor paper.  I made the simple version and then shared the stepped up version.


  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Paper
  • Twine
  • Big Shot element:  Stitched Rectangle

Stepped Up:

  • Stamps
  • Ink bythebaystampinupsaleabrationbeachcardcandyrattray
  • Paper
  • Twine-thick
  • Big Shot element:  Stitched Rectangle X 2
  • Basic Sequins

The free pdf tutorial is here.  Enjoy!  You can earn By the Bay stamp set and/or Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper with a $50 order through March 31st.  Hurry and get yours today!  All supplies used here are listed and linked below.


Fable Friends with Painted Seasons DSP

Fable Friends Duck 2

Fable Friends Squirrel 2


Fable Friends cling rubber-stamp set caught my eye the first time I saw Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog 2019.  The images are reminiscent of Beatrix Potter illustrations (best known for Peter Rabbit).  I'm a huge Beatrix Potter fan and have a collection of figurines I collected during the 9 years we lived in England.  

I've been using the heck out of Painted Seasons DSP!  The gorgeous handprinted, seasonal prints are outstanding.  For today's projects, I flipped the paper over and used all 4 of the "B side" of Painted Seasons and discovered they are just as lovely as the "A side"!

I demonstrated these projects on my Facebook Live (3-24-19).  They use similar elements and just a few Stampin' Blends for simple coloring.  They are super fun to make!  Click here to see the video demonstration.  The written pdf instructions are below.

  1. Fable Friends Duck Card (she might be a goose!)
  2. Fable Friends Squirrel Card

Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper is available FREE with a $50 purchase through March 31st.  I think it's a must-have for any crafter's paper collection!


Painted Seasons DSP Facebook Live Projects-Birthday, Easter, and Christmas!

As promised, here are the projects I shared on Facebook Live (3-23-19) showcasing the gorgeous Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper (free with a $50 order through March 31st) and More Than Words, an exclusive stamp set also available only through March 31st.  

These 3 projects show the amazing versatility of both Painted Seasons DSP and More Than Words stamp set.  I made 3 different projects for 3 different occasions with the same set of designer papers and the same stamp!

The gradient effect I achieved on the word "wishes" comes about through the use of 2 different stamps that layer onto one another.  They are photopolymer so you can see right through them making it super quick and easy

The Whisper White Cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the new Stitched Rectangle Framelits for a nice bit of textured finishing.

I have pdf tutorials below.  Even though the cards are made with identical cuts of paper, I created separate tutorials for ease of use--and files!  Click here to see the video.

  1. Painted Seasons Birthday Card
  2. Painted Seasons Christmas Card
  3. Painted Seasons Easter Treats Pouch


Tea Together with Petal Promenade DSP

Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is a showstopper!  I love how it pairs with Tea Together Cling Stamp Set (Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog) in my teapot card that is full of femininity with a touch of luxury.  

I demonstrated this card on my Facebook Live, 3-21-19.  It's quick and easy but looks really elegant:)  Petal Promenade DSP is an annual catalog item and is available free as we approach the end of Sale-a-Bration.  It was substituted for some of the SAB free items that sold out, and I think it's a great choice!  I shared several other cards pairing Tea Together Cling Stamp Set and Petal Promenade DSP on my Facebook Live, so be sure to check it out!

Here's the pdf tutorial with all the measurements and instructions for my quick and easy--but elegant--Tea Together card.  

All supplies used on my teapot card are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Place a $50 order, and you can choose the Petal Promenade DSP for your free Sale-a-Bration reward!

Summer Crafting Retreat in San Antonio

I've been hosting spring and fall crafting retreats for years, and now it's time to bring my Creative Escape into the heat of a Texas summer.  Please join me for a whole weekend of doing what you want while being spoiled and inspired:)

For my crafting retreat in San Antonio, we are at the Drury Plaza Hotel North Stone Oak (at 1604).

Your hotel stay is optional, and we do have a special retreat rate if you wish to stay.

Friday, July 26-Sunday July 28

$25 non-refundable deposit holds your place.  Early Bird Pricing ends May 15th.  Tickets must be paid in full by that date for the $175 price.

 $175 ticket provides:

  • Awesome goodie bag ($50 value!)
  • Daily spoiling gifts:)
  • Make & Takes
  • Awesome displays to inspire your creativity
  • Exclusive Retreat Tote Bag
  • Use of all our stamps and ink pads
  • Punch Station with a wide selection of punches
  • Big Shot station with 2 Big Shots plus lots of dies and folders
  • Scraps station with free scraps
  • Table space:  6-foot table for each person.  
  •  All activities are optional--but they are popular!
  •  Daily Challenge with prizes
  •  Door prizes all weekend
  •  Bingo on Saturday night!
  • Optional add-on classes for a deluxe weekend experience.  Classes will post May 1st.
  •  Wi-Fi

Registration link is here.

All crafters are welcome to my crafting retreat in San Antonio!  Bring your quilting, card-making, scrapbooking, sewing, journaling, jewelry making, etc.  Our positive, creative atmosphere is the perfect place to get out of the heat, settle in and enjoy your crafting without distraction, and get some projects FINISHED!


Dear Doily Sympathy Card for #GDP178

Global Design
I have a card for this week's Global Design Project 178 Sketch Challenge, #GDP178.  GDP issues a weekly challenge with some sort of creative prompt.  I love a good sketch, so here goes!  

I created a quick and easy sympathy card with the new Country Floral Embossing Folder (free Sale-a-Bration Reward with a $50 order), special words in a beautiful font from Dear Doily Occasions Catalog photopolymer stamp set, and Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon.  Let me point out just a few things in my quick and easy sympathy card for #GDP178.

  • I love browns in sympathy cards.  They bring a somber tone but are much gentler than black.  Losing loved ones is hard, and a somber but not depressing mood is what I try to create in handmade sympathy cards.
  • Sponging ink on the Country Floral Embossing Folder really brings out the texture and adds richness without being flashy or showy--characteristics I eschew in handmade sympathy cards.
  • Velvet ribbon provides the perfect elegant, understated touch for my sympathy card.  I used Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon, but Stampin' Up! velvet ribbon is also available in Rich Razzleberry, and that one is actually available right now as a free Sale-a-Bration item.


Having handmade sympathy cards on hand means I am prepared to offer comfort to those experiencing loss.  I hope you are inspired to build your stash of sympathy cards.  All products used in today's card are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

You can see lots of other great ideas using this same sketch here at the Global Design Project page.