Not All Hearts

Last year, around this time… Pinterest and Facebook were blowing up with so many wonderful creations using the delicate Bloomin’ Love thinlit.


Surely, you’ve seen by now.  It cuts out the most beautiful flowery hearts.

I used this to make one of the cards I showed y’all a couple days ago.  It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day cards.  It would work even on Mother’s Day cards or other cards for a woman.

Well, I used it recently, but in a different way…  The background of a balloon!


Yep, that’s right.  Here is the card… but don’t stop reading because I have a very important tip below…

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and the inside 🙂

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Okay… so you see that I used the Blusing Bride Glimmer Paper.  That is a sparkley, glittery thick cardstock.  It doesn’t so much like being fed through the Big Shot.  Especially on pieces so intricate.  So, here’s the secret…

You can gently peel the paper off the backing.  Just cut the right size and flick the corner a bit to start to peel.  Sometimes it comes off in one piece, other times it may take a few tries.  But, I have never not had it come off.

Now that I have your attention… can you imagine what this would look like with the new bright glimmer paper coming soon and available only for a limited time!?!  What.. you haven’t seen it yet.. just you wait!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!


It’s coming…

It’s nearly here!

That time of the year that every man dreads.  And to be honest, I dread it too.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day.

Sure, it’s a great time to celebrate the one that you love.  But, I don’t know about you, but I surely don’t need some flowers bought out of an assumed obligation that will die in three days or candy that will ruin my diet…

Don’t get me wrong, I love it when my husband buys me such things.  But, I, like most of you all… would love it even more if he did it on a plain ol’ Tuesday and just for the heck of it.

I think the best thing he could give me for Valentine’s Day would be money to buy more stampin’ stuff.  Can I get an AMEN!

But, I will breakdown and make him a card.  I always do.  He is the sweetest man I know.  He does so much for me and our children.  He is always there for me!  Sure, he can be grumpy, especially when he is tired.  But, can’t we all be?  He really is the love of my life.  So, if he wants to buy me flowers and treat me nice.. so be it!

In the mean time, here is a little note set that we did at our recent team meeting.


It uses the Love Notes stamp set in the 2017 Occasions catalog.

The little bag was something that our team member Martha Swift showed us how to do back in the summer time.  It used two pieces of Designer Series paper.  No punch board was used… just some scoring, folding and snipping!  I will find my directions and post them (if I remember to!).

These would be perfect to put in lunches or to leave in a car or by the bathroom sink.  They are double sided… just jot a quick note on the back.  Perfect for all loved ones!

So, what do you do for Valentine’s Day?

Until next time…  keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Gone but not Forgotten!

So, I did some playing over the weekend, blending old and new sets.  I mean.. I have old retired sets and what I am supposed to do with them?  Forget they ever existed?  No… I may be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator… but I am am even more so, a Stampin’ Up fanatic.  I use my old sets and dies!

So, I blew some of the dust off, CASE’d a couple of cards, and went to work!  A couple hours later… this is what I came up with…

One of my husband’s co-workers buys his wife’s cards from me, so I was playing around with come Valentine’s designs.  Then, I started playing with a limited release bundle that was available last summer.  Hopefully it will be in the new catalog coming in June because I just love the set soooooo much!

Did you get it?  The Thoughtful Branches set and dies?

I didn’t much use it when it came out.  In fact, I had only used one of the sentiments up until this weekend.  But… oh my!  It is so versatile.  If you have this set.. get it out right now and create!

I also needed to a make a send a card to my Sailor son who had recently received some not so great news from back at home.  This set had some of the right sentiments, but just didn’t say it all.  Then, I looked up and saw the perfect saying in the Designer Tee stamp set in the current SALE-A-BRATION catalog.

Here’s what I did with it…  what do you think.


and the inside…


Sometimes, a boy just needs a hug from his mom and since I am 900 miles away, a card will suffice.  Plus, I think he saves them all!  He’s really sweet… just won’t ever admit it!

What is your favorite set from years gone by?

Until next time…  keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne