Red, White, and Blue

Red, White and Blue or in the case of Stampin’ Up! colors – Real Red, Whisper White and Dapper Denim.  The perfect combination for a patriotic card.  The 4th of July is quickly approaching and it will be Independence Day – you could use this idea for an invitation to a summer celebration.


I used the Watercolor Words stamp set on page 136 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual catalog.  I even used the card idea on that page!  I just switched up the colors.  The card on that page uses the Note Cards & Envelopes and I actually made a full sized card so I added my Whisper White layer onto a Real Red card base.  My finished card is 5-1/2″ wide and 4-1/4″ tall – that is the normal size that I create.

I added the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape which is a variety of Black & White designs in 5 different widths.  The Real Red strip is stamped and then punched on each end with the Triple Banner Punch.  I added a silver Mettalic Enamel Shaped star.

I even decorated the inside of the card this time –


And be sure to dress up the envelope too – a little stamping and a bit of washi tape too.

Enjoy your day!


Wood Words in Tranquil Tide

I sure do wish I was a good writer.  But I’m not.  I often sit with my fingers on the keys just waiting to think of something to write.  So these blog posts are not always easy.  And I certainly don’t ever have catchy titles like others do.  My title is usually just the fact of what my project is about.  So I hope I don’t bore you.  Perhaps you don’t read any of the words any way and just come for the pictures!

Today’s card uses the Wood Words stamp set and the new Tranquil Tide In-Color.


For this one I decided to use Very Vanilla with the Tranquil Tide and I also used the new Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine.  Have I told you how much I love all the new ribbons.  I do!  And my plan is to make a video and show them all to you.  I think you can see them better that way than you can just looking at them in the catalog.  Hoping to do that this week.  Sorry – I got off topic.

For this card I also stamped on the inside –


I just added a Very Vanilla layer and stamped the corner with the flowers.  We made this card in one of my private card classes and it will also be an option at this month’s Card Maker’s class on Friday.  I’ll have 2 color choices – the Tranquil Tide shown here and also Fresh Fig.  Both look nice with the Very Vanilla.

If you are local to me come on Friday to Card Maker’s Class – I have class at 10 am and again at 7 am.  CLICK HERE for my class calendar on my website – you can read the details of each class and RSVP for the one you’d like to attend.

Thanks for stopping by today!



CASE the Catalog

Have you ever heard some in the crafting world say they CASEd something?  Did you wonder what it meant?

Here in the Stampin’ Up! World we have a definition for the word CASE which means Copy And Share Everything.  So I guess that really makes it an acronym.  In our world we often see ideas and copy them – often with some changes but not necessarily.  Sometimes you change the colors, or the stamp set or the orientation.  Or switch the shapes of elements or any number of other things.  I went through our new catalog one day and marked a bunch of ideas that I thought would be good CASE cards. And then I’ll use those as ideas or starting points for cards I’ll be using in my classes.  This card today was one of those ideas.


I used this card in my team meeting last month to showcase some of our new In-Colors.  There are 3 of the new In-colors on here along with 2 other colors from our collections.  I cased a card out of the catalog.  Can you guess which one?

It is on page 40 – on of the cards in the Pick a Pattern Suite samples.  I followed the layout and kept the elements basically but used different colors, different stamp set and card stock instead of designer paper.

This card also shows the comparison of the card stock colors so from left to right:

Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig


The stamp set I used is the new Label Me Pretty set.  I used two punches – 1-3/4″ Circle and Classic Label.  And I added a little Berry Burst bow!  This card comes together pretty quickly.

Thanks for stopping in today!  I’m finishing up prep work for my Catalog Kickoff and BOGO sale on Saturday so I may not get another chance to post here until after that is over.  If you are local to me I hope you will stop by – visit my calendar for details HERE.

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Feathery Friends card trick

Guess what?

I made another video!  Really I did.  I know they aren’t great but I’m working on it.  I’m a slow talker so hopefully that helps you follow along.  Today I have a video sharing a little trick that I did on this card that uses the Feathery Friends Hostess stamp set from the new catalog.


I created this card for a swap I was in and then also taught my Stamper’s Club how to make it.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers for coloring the flower including most of the new In-Colors – Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.

The trick comes in how I added the Black Baker’s Twine. So watch the video so you can see how I did that.

I hope you like this little card as much as I do.  And you can earn the stamp set free when you host a party or place an order that qualifies for Stampin’ Rewards.

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One more Pick a Pattern card

I have another card for you using some of the same supplies as the last one – the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.


This card is the same layout as an earlier graduation card that I posted.  For this one I pulled out all the patterns with Basic Black and Crushed Curry in them.  I used my 1″ Circle punch for all the circles and randomly layered them on my Whisper White card stock.  I trimmed any that hung over the edge and used those little trimmed pieces to fill in any spots that needed it along the edges.

Create a banner and stamp the greeting.  I wound some Basic Black Metallic Thread around my banner before attaching to the front of the card.  This is a quick and easy card that you can create with any Designer Series Paper and coordinating colors of card stock.

Did you know that many Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators use the acronym DSP when they are talking about Designer Series Paper.  That’s what Stampin’ Up! calls their patterned paper and DSP is easier to say and faster to write! You won’t be disappointed when you look through this new catalog at the paper – there are so many new beautiful papers in it.

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If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!


Pick a Pattern Birthday

One of my favorite new dies in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies.  It comes bundled with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  Besides the new In-Colors that I have been showing you since the catalog started this die is my most used item so far.  Here is another card I made – actually I made this one first and then the one using the In-Colors which is the exact same layout.


This one uses a different Designer Paper which is where the color combination came from.  I think these colors are more suited to a guy or a pre-teen/teen aged birthday.  This paper is the Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper.  It has lot of fun hand-drawn patterns and detailed images and some bright colors. I used the Crushed Curry pattern with the fun circles and paired it with Sahara Sand and Basic Black.


It’s a quick and easy card design – just alter your designer paper piece and choose coordinating colors for the card stock and twine.  You could actually make this card with no stamping at all if you just use the die.  I added the little “belated” stamp from Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.

Thanks for visiting today.  I have my oldest son in town from Seattle for a few days and the middle one is here too.  We have some family time schedule for this weekend.  I hope you all do the same.


And Finally Lemon Lime Twist

And Finally Lemon Lime Twist

And finally the last color in the 2017-2019 In-Color Collection is Lemon Lime Twist!



All 5 of these new In-Colors come in your basics – Card Stock, Ink, Refills, and Stampin’ Write Markers.  Plus the added embellishments – like ribbon, the Itty Bitty Bows, and the Designer Paper.

Now some more about Lemon Lime Twist:



Lemon Lime Twist is our new party color!  It’s fun, a bit loud and kind of neon.  We don’t really have anything like it in our existing colors.  You might not be so sure about it in the beginning but I bet you will love it once you have used it.

Here is a card I made – it really pops against the black:

Happy Birthday Thinlits, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Lemon Lime Twist. Card by Monika Davis


I created this card layout for a swap I was in but originally made it with some different designer paper and colors.  I needed a card that showcased one of the new In-Colors and I decided to use the same layout and switch out the colors.  I really love the pop of the Lemon Lime Twist against the Black.

I’ve also used a couple of other new products – the Happy Birthday Thinlits die and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  You can even order these two as a bundle and save 10%!

Here is a peek at this project in all 5 of the In Colors.



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A new JUNE promotion for hostesses – you can earn an extra $35 in free product – contact me to schedule your party and earn enough to get these new In Colors for free!

Do you have your copy of the new catalog yet?  Email me at  I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you don’t already have one.

If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.


Thanks for visiting today!