Have You Ever Felt Butterflies in Your Stomach?

I gush with delight because this card came out perfect!  Finishing this card made me feel butterflies in my stomach… LoL.  It took me months to figure out my style and I will never stop repeatig myself… I’m a clean and simple girl.  Well, sometimes I’m a little dirty, but nothing that a little soap won’t fix… LoL… and I’m not implying soap in my mouth. =)

I often get feedback from friends that they are not creative.  Well, I hate to break the news to you darlings, but neither am I!  Everything I create comes from an inspired picture or fabric.  As simple as a tiled floor gets me thinking, “hey, I could cut paper and make it resemble that!” =)

I challenge you to simply buy one stamp set (and ink if you don’t have it)… yes just one!  I will send you enough paper with a layout, so you can recreate it yourself to make FOUR cards.  You will be very surprised and a little beside yourself.  You will say, “SELF, I CAN MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CARD!”  This I promise you.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Easy Events, Make a Cake
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Subtle DSP
Ink Pad:  Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle

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Sweet Summer Sunshine Blossom

Sweet Summer sunshine is rich in color and sweet as honey.  How can you not smile and almost feel the warm rays of the sun when you see this card.  I put this card together for my friend Mindy Franks.  She is a sweet lady that is always smiling and is a joy to be around.  I met Mindy at work when I was transferred from a different job center to the medical center.  We are both busy people at work and making her a card for her birthday was a great reason to eat at the hospital dining facility.  Who likes hospital food?

Mindy likes it for sure.  She’s worked there so long, she pretty much knows the menu schedule… LoL…  I must say, I love talking to her.  So, I will eat hospital food anytime we both have a chance to chat.  Love ya Mindy!

To make quick clean and simple cards one does not ‘have’ to be creative… simply have a creative coach (like me).  If you are itching to start this fun hobby and find yourself overwhelmed not knowing where to start, start by downloading a few simple layouts that have been created by the Pals Paper Arts design team.  I keep the sketches handy for the days I have no idea what to do or if I’m short on time.  Go ahead give one a try.  If you need help… send me an email.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Easy Events
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
Ink Pad:  Real Red
Ribbon:  Daffodil Delight Binding Ribbon
  Boho Blossoms, Blossom Punch
Basic Pearls

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A Late Birthday Wish

Wow!  These are certainly some bright bold colors.  I really truly hate missing birthdays!  But oh what the opportunity it provides to using some of the cutest stamp sets.  Here I used the Easy Events stamp set that will still be in the 2012 Catalog.  I also took the opportunity to add some bold Pumkpin Pie cardstock from the Brights Collection.  I absolutely LOVE the new Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper too!  I will definitely need to order some more come June 1st!

Don’t let time get away and get your 2012 Catalog today!  The Labels Collection framelits are in there too… take a look.

Stampin’ Up! a Hello Friend

A quick hello to a friend on the other side of the world.  He’s been gone for quite a while, but time is going fast and he will be home soon.  I continue going back to the Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack – Neutrals Collection because it’s perfect for masculine cards.

It’s so much easier to add pretty pearls, buttons, and rhinestones, but for a guy… I don’t think he would care too much for all the girly stuff.  I must say… this paper stack is perfect!

I used the Easy Events – Clear-Mount Stamp because it’s a matter of time before my friend will be back with his family. I added a small piece of Chocolate Chip card-stock underneath the Whisper White card-stock to prevent the white from drowning in the Crumb Cake base card-stock.


Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Easy Events – Clear-Mount Stamp
Paper:  Whisper WhiteChocolate ChipCrumb Cake
Ink Pad:  Jet Black Stazon
Other:  Early Espresso 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

A Well Worn Birthday

Brother #2 (Reyes) had a birthday last week, Jan. 6th… obviously just a tad  late, but never the less, he will know it was especially made just for him.  My brother is a very sweet and loving brother.  He has helped me out during times of trouble and has always been my ATM, my hotel, my mechanic, and my friend.  He is a great family man and his life got sweeter when he married my childhood BFF 20 some years ago.

Card Ingredients
Paper: Well Worn (122359), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), River Rock (108640)
Stamp Set: Easy Events (123225), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink Pad: Basic Black (109192), Whisper White (101731)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402), Modern Label (119849)

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