Colorful Seasons and Rooted in Nature

The maple trees out front of our house are turning rich hues of red, gold and orange and the leaves are just starting to fall off the trees. As the leaves start to pile up with acorns, twigs and morning dew it inspired me to see how you can take fall colors and shapes to make a basic card design and see how to amp it up with a few additions and color changes.

The stamps and dies used are from the ‘Colorful Seasons’ and ‘Rooted in Nature’ sets. (Look for future posts on using these sets for holiday cards and stretching your $$$.)


Start with an A2 cardstock card base in ‘Crumb Cake’ and layer a vine die cut from the ‘Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut’ specialty paper.

Stamp and fussy cut the tree round from ‘Rooted in Nature’  set and ‘Very Vanilla’ card stock. Then stamp and die cut the maple leaf from the ‘2019-2021 In-Color’ card stock pack.  Attach all pieces to card front. Add your sentiment (popped up with ‘Dimensionals’) and there you have a card easy to make and jumping into fall.


To amp up your card with a bit of shine and texture die cut the maple leaf outlines with ‘Copper’ foil paper and layer on top of the solid-colored maple leaves.

Finish with a wrap and bow using the  ‘Copper’ trim. Try playing with the base card color for a whole different look

Another option would be to emboss maple leaves and either layer under a copper leaf or attach as is.

These leaves were colored and embossed with clear powder then embossed a second time with sprinkles of ‘Gold’ Stampin’ emboss powder and melt a second time.

You could stop here but again play with color. Instead of a crumb cake base swap it out for a ‘Pretty Peacock’  A2 base and then layer the crumb cake on top if you want.  So many options… away.

This second card has layers much like the first. the more you add and pop up with dimensionals the better it looks!

There you have it.   A card design that can be as simple or detailed as you want it.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you follow my blog and share with your friends. If you have used these stamp sets please post them. Would love to see your creations.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask…and if you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to be yours… just leave a message.



2019-2021 In Color Sample Pack

Very Vanilla


Copper Foil


StazON Black

Pretty Peacock

 Calypso Coral


 2019-2021 In Color

Copper Trim

Multipurpose Glue


Dandelion Wishes 2

Last year I posted a ‘Dandelion Wishes’ set of cards and already seeing leaves starting to turn, I was thinking Fall.  I got busy and pulled out my same stamp set for some easy-to-make cards.  As I look back I really see how different techniques totally give this set a different look.   Love that… as I want to be able to use my stamps in different ways and get the most value out of them.

These two samples are so easy.   Stamp, add a bit of color with a dauber, embellish with scraps of paper or twine you have on hand, layer up focal with black cardstock and pop on with ‘Dimensional’ and your favorite greeting.   THAT’S IT!



Thanks for stopping by and I would love to see your creations with the ‘Dandelion Wishes’ set.   Look forward to your comments and would love it if you share with your crafting friends.

Need a demonstrator or wanting to join Stampin’Up! and save 20-25% on your purchases?   I would love to tell you how…(and during August you get a whopping $30 more on your initial kit purchase with an extra $10 to spend the next month!)  EXTRA EXTRA  Send me a message and I can give you all the details.

Happy Crafting everyone…..



Dandelion Wishes



Whisper White (cardstock AND envelopes)

Crumb Cake




Calypso Coral

Daffodil Delight

Tukedo Black Momento Ink




Slice of Happiness

Here are three cards representing the bounty of fruit Summer brings using the ‘Slice of Happiness’ distinctive stamp set.  All three cards have common elements.  They are tied together with an embossed background using the ‘Tin Tile’ 3D folder,  a spot of ‘Crushed Curry’ cardstock and a ‘Vellum’ piece behind the focal grouping.

Pomegranate card details:

  • Cut a ‘Crumb Cake’ cardstock piece 5 1/4 x 4″
    • Emboss with ‘Tin Tile’ 3 D folder
    • Attach to A2 Card base
  • Randomly stamp image on ‘Whisper White’ cardstock  with ‘Merry Merlot’ ink and cut to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″ with  ‘Rectangle Die’
    • Stamp another pomegranate and cut out for centerpiece.
    • Attach to right side of crumb cake piece and center top to bottom
  • Cut a banner piece to span across card
    • Attach 1″ from bottom
  • Cut ‘Vellum’ 2 3/8″ circle from ‘Stitched Shapes’ dies
    • Add ‘Dimensionals’ to  center of vellum
    • Take  pomegranate cut out and center on vellum with dimensionals
  • Secure and tuck greeting under pomegranate
  • Add bow with matching crushed curry ribbon or twine


Similar steps to first card:

  • Cut ‘Silver Foil’ sheet for background at 5 1/4 x 4′
    • Emboss with ‘Tin Tile’ Embossing folder
      • Swipe silver piece with ‘Fresh Fig’ ink pad
      • Attach to ‘Blackberry Bliss’ A2 base
  • Stamp grapes in random pattern with ‘Blackberry Bliss’ ink on 2 1/2 x 5″ piece of ‘Whisper White’ cardstock
    • Stamp another for centerpiece and fussy cut out
    • With a bit of water on a brush (not too wet) go over grapes in darkest spots which will bring up color and dimension (‘Wink of Stella’ adds a glisten too)
  • Attatch 2 1/2 x 5″ to left side of card as shown in picture
  • Using the ‘Stitched Rectangle’ dies, cut out a ‘Crushed Curry’ 2 1/5 x 1 1/5″ piece
    • Layer and die cut a whisper white piece from the same die set and stamp a sentiment in ‘Blackberry Bliss’ ink
    • Layer together and attatch to left side of grape piece 1 /14″ from bottom
  • Die cut an oval out of vellum
    • Layer with grape cut out and pop up with dimensionals…same as first card

This card is made the same as the first two except the colors used were ‘Granny Apple’ ink, ‘Crushed Curry’ and ‘Mossy Meadow’ cardstock.



Appreciate you stopping by and hope you give this post a thumbs up.  Give the  ‘Distinctive’ stamp set a try…would love to see your creations to share with others.

Products are listed below.  If you need assistance or don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to be yours.  Just leave me a note…

Products Used:

Slice of Happineess Stamp Set


Whisper White

Crushed Curry



Mossy Meadow

Silver Foil

Blackberry Bliss


Merry Merlot

Crushed Curry

Blackberry Bliss

Granny Apple Green

Mossy Meadow


Wink of Stella

Crushed Curry Crinkled Ribbon  (twine may be used as well)


Tombow Multi Purpose Glue


Good Morning Magnolia Pleated Card

Here’s a sample of how to make a simple card and AMP it up with a pleated design and touch of ribbon to make it a stand out.    Used the ‘Good Morning Magnolia’ stamp set, ‘Magnolia Lane’ designer series paper, some cardstock from the ‘Subtles Collection’ and one small piece of ‘Scalloped Lace’ trim to finish it off.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Layer a 5 1/4 x 4′ old olive piece of cardstock on an A2 base card
  • Layer a 4 3/4 x 3 1/2″ floral piece on top of olive piece
  • Take a 12 x 12′  piece of designer paper and  mark down one side at 1 1/2″ and the opposite side at 4″  Draw a line between them and you should have a wedge looking something like this:


  • With your scoring tool score across the piece at 1″ and 1/2″ and repeat across paper
  • Pleat the folds by folding back and forth on each fold line and press with a bone folder to make the folds crisp

  • Wet Glue the top inside folds of the pleated piece and press until it holds


  • Before attaching the pleat to the card cut a strip of “Petal Pink’ cardstock that is        5 1/2 x 1/2”.
    • Attach to fold about 1/4′ from the top of pleats
    • Glue ribbon on top of that
  • Attach the pleated piece to your card…center and trim to your liking
  • Die cut a petal pink piece from the ‘Stitched Framelit’ dies , stamp a greeting and pop up on card with ‘Dimensionals. You can trim down to the stitching, cut a second piece out of olive green 9or the green you used to frame the piece0 and add a shadow if desired.

Hope you like this tutorial.  Would appreciate it if you would share with others to pass on some inspiration…speaking of that, would love to see your version of a SU pleated card in so others may gather ideas for their own cards.

As always, if you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours so we can share, learn and grow together with our crafting projects.  Just drop me a line for more information.


Here’s the products used for this cards:

Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set

Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper

Mossy Meadow Ink Pad( you can subsitute Pear Pizazz from the Subtles Pack Listed below…a little lighter green)

Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Scalloped Lace Trim

Petal Pink in the Subtles Pack





On My Mind…

A kit in this post brings focus on new ways to maximize it’s value. 

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’Up!  is a monthly kit that is all-inclusive and primarily a card kit but also has other fun items from time to time to keep the kit fresh and fun. Things like treat boxes, gift tags  and seasonal items.  Kits have expanded to give us the opportunoity to include stamp sets and papers we may own or add-on pieces to coordinate and expand our creativity.   Here are samples of the July kit’s cards and two other items made by combining on-hand coordinating items.  

Everything you see on the four card fronts pictured above are included in the kit…so they were easy to make and didn’t need glue or sizzors…or anything!

This treat box was made by coordinating kit contents with the ‘Sailing Home’ bundle and paper from the ‘Come Sale Away’ designer series paper.  

This fourth card was an original creation inspired by the kit’s contents.  The inside is a paper from ‘Garden Lane’ designer series paper and punch out items from the kit.

Didn’t want to forget and show you the quality-lined envelopes that come with the kit. 


Hope this post inspires you to learn more about Paper Pumpkin and  see how this quality product can give you a way to easily make unique cards and other items.  

If you want more information, here is a link to do that:  

Paper Pumpkin

While Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit, here are other kits to consider

Kits that Spur Creativity


As always, if you do not have a demonstrator I would be thrilled to be yours.  Just let me know.  And if you have the July Paper Pumpkin kit, I hope you will share your own creations so others can be inspired to make their own unique items.





Magnolia Lane Memories Card Pack and Large Specialty Card’s and Envelopes

Ever want to make a card that looks like it took hours to make but didn’t take much time at all? Here it is!

The ‘Magnolia Lane’ card pack and ‘Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Cards and Envelopes’ have all the pieces to create 20+ cards in a jiffy and without a lot of effort or extra supplies. You can take the packs with you and whip up in a jiffy and know you will have a quality card when finished.

This is no ordinary card. The excitement is inside when you open it and a pop up greets you. This is accomplished by making a step that pops up the centerpiece of the card…like the birthday greeting in the pix.

To make the step that holds your centerpiece:

  • Cut a piece of ‘Garden Lane’ designer series paper at least 1/4″ smaller (on all sides) than the card base. If you want to layer another piece under as in the picture increase to 1/2″ smaller on all sides.
  • Fold cardstock in half and press with bone folder.
  • Find the center point on the fold, mark it and cut a line in 1/2 inch both to the right and left of the mark. Adjust the width according to the size of the item that will be attached.
  • Gently push the cutout back to the right and press then the same to the left.
  • Glue Centerpice to step for a strong hold
  • Attach a writing space below the centerpiece and embellish behind the centerpiece if desired. No stamping, no coloring just fun putting it all together.

This card format can be as simple or complex as you want. The sample adds a bit more color with a solid ‘Apple Green’ piece of cardstock and a piece of ‘Garden Lane’ designer series paper as well as embellishments included in the card pack. The greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

All supplies used are listed below. If you need assistance ordering or do not have a demonstrator , I would be thrilled to be yours. Just drop me a note.

Have fun making your own creations. Would love it if you’d share this blog with others and help me build my readership.

Have a great crafting day.


Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack

Magnolia Lane Large SpecialtyMemories & More Cards&Envelopes

Garden Lane Designer Series Paper

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue


To a Wild Rose

Here are a few cards with simple variations: Either in stamping technique, embellishment, shape of card, designer series paper or framing technique. One card is  even made from a kit and comes together super fast.

All the cards feature the ‘To a Wild Rose’ stamp set.  It is a distinctive set which has three stamping layers and can give you a ‘photo-look’.    Some are stamped with two layers and at least one with all three.  Can you tell the difference?   The ‘Gorgeous Grape and So Saffron’ card has three layer stamping and shows off the photo-realistic element.

You really can have some fun changing things up just die cutting some of the pieces and popping up on your card for added emphasis and dimension.

Try taking a whole layer and backing with craft foam strips around the edges or cut your A2 card base at 41/4″ wide and 10″ long to make a top fold card. Just doing that gives your card a fresh look  . Add a bit of ribbon/twine/epoxy drops….hey wait a minute….add it all and just have fun.

Look the cards over and would love your comments.


These first two cards have two layers of black and white cardstock.   On the first card the white layers are stamped all around the edges.    Graduate the pieces using the ‘Stitched Rectangle’ dies.  Once cut,  use a water color pencil and smooth out with water to fill in the background of flowers on the smaller white piece.  

Frame  each panel  with a black piece one quarter of an inch bigger.  Layer it all up and pop up the top black layer with ‘Strip Demionals.‘  Add your pieces to a  base and top with a bow and some  enamel dots.    

The second card in this set is much the same with a couple of variations. Stamp only one white piece of cardstock and graduate with the ‘Stitched Rectangle’ dies.  Frame in black and prop us the top black piece with ‘Dimensionals.’  I love how the design flows from the smaller piece to the larger one.  Attach your layers on a black A2 verticle base which gives a different look.


Next, this purple card uses ‘VersaMark‘ink to stamp the outline on a piece of ‘Purple Posey’ paper creating a background design.   Taking a piece of gingham paper, cut it an at angle to cover the bottom half of the card, attact to the background piece  and lay a piece of ribbon over the edge to finish.   The rose and leaves are then stamped, colored and cut out.  One is popped up on ‘Dimensionals’ and a sentiment is stamped in the top right corner.    Novo drops or acrylic dots can be used to fill in the center of the two flowers .   As with the first set of cards the purple layer is backed by   craft foam strips.


Not much direction to give you on this card…Pretty straightforward.  This is a fresh and simple card to stamp, color and finish.  The background paper is from a favorite designer series paper called ‘Garden Lane.’  


This last card was the easiest of all to make.  If you like to make your own cards but don’t have a lot of time you can use the ‘Magnolia Lane ‘large specialty cards & envelopes.  The base and enevlope have silver-lines and an envelope liner that just takes the card to another level.    Stamp the outline and any other floral pieces you like in ‘Early Espresso‘ ink and top with a flower stamped on ‘Whisper White’ cardstock …no coloring necessary.   before placing the flower on the  card  (with ‘Dimensionals’) add a piece of Whisper White Flax’ ribbon.  To make the foliage pop, stamp the outline in ‘Granny Apple Green’ ink and stamp the next layer in ‘Lemon Lime Twist.”   Take the ‘Magnolia Lane Memories & More’ card pack for the inside of the card and glue it in place. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and if you need help ordering I am avaiable 24/7.    Hope you hit like and share with your friends.  Thanks for stopping by.


Supplies Used:


To a Wild Rose Bundle


Whisper White Cardstock

Black Cardstock

Daffodil Delight Cardstock

Garden Lane DSP

In-color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper



Terra Cotta Tile

Grapegrove Grove

Rich Razelberry

Highland Heather

Gorgeous Grape

Granny Apple Green

Lemon Lime Twist

Pear Pizazz

VersaMark Pad & /refill


Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon

Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

Watercolor Pencils – Assortment 2

Foam Strip Dimensionals


Mini Glue Dots

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stitched Rectangle Dies