Valentine’s Day Card Inspiration

Today I want to show you some Valentine’s cards that I made using a number of products from the new mini spring catalog. If you like making sweet Valentine themed cards you’re going to want to check this out. All of these products are available in the new mini as well as the 2021 annual catalog – you can check them out here in my online store.

The primary stamp and die bundle used to make these cards comes in a suite called the Sweet Talk Collection. This suite is currently available as a full suite of products or you can order the paper and other stamps individually. The DSP paper that comes in this kit is a must have…so bright and colorful with lots of hearts and all kinds of patterns and designs making this a great Valentine themed suite or even fun for some wedding cards.

Here are a handful of cards that I made using this suite and some other coordinating products. This first card showcases the mini envelope die that comes with the bundle and these are so fun to use as embellishments for your card. I also used the stitched with whimsey border die to create that fun border on the card front.

This next card is so soft and delicate – for the true romantic! I made great use of the repeating heart die for a fun textured background on the front panel. The sentiment for this card came from the Flowering Tulips stamp set which I will showcase soon in an upcoming blog post.

Another card using the mini envelope die – this time I die cut the envelopes from plain card stock and then stamped a pattern on them with the included stamps from the Sweet Talk set. The scalloped border rectangle was cut using the medium sized die from the Scalloped Contours die set. If you don’t own that die set – it is a must have for your collection!

I hope I am able to inspire you to make some fun Valentine cards to send to all your loved ones this year. All of these products are available to you in my online store. If you decide to shop, don’t forget to use my current host code MY47YYQK and receive a free gift from as a thank you for shopping with me.

It’s almost Friday – have a great weekend everyone!!!

Cactus Cuties

Hello everyone. The other day I needed to get my January card swaps done and so I asked my Instagram followers which set I should use, and the cactus cuties set won by a landslide. So I am here today to show you what I came up with.

The Cactus Cuties is available as a bundle with a great punch, which I always love and have to have. However, if you’re on a budget this year, these stamps are really quite simple to fussy cut, so maybe just get the stamp set without the punch if you’re looking to save a bit. The stamp set is only $17!

This first card was inspired by this card that I saw on Pinterest by “CarolsCreativeCorner” I switched it to a landscape card and changed up the background design a bit and here is what I came up with. The paper used for the background in my opinion is the star of the show. This is the Sunshine & Rainbows designer paper that is available now during Sale-A-Bration. You can get this paper for free with a $50 purchase.

Don’t forget to show a little love to the inside of your cards. In this case, I stamped a little cactus in a pot and added the “hello” sentiment from the set. Super fast and it makes such a difference!

For my next card, I used the same layout but switched up the papers and card stock colors. I finished it off with some sparkly Garden Gems. Don’t you just love that font in this set! It’s so different – a nice change from the trendy scripty fonts that are out right now.

For my last card, I took a similar approach for the background layout, but I embossed the white layer with the hammered metal embossing folder which I think turned out super cool. I removed the circle layer and positioned the cactus so that it looked like they were sitting on a counter or table. The wood grain paper came from the Heart & Home DSP. I love the colors in this one. For the inside I grabbed the sentiment from the Special Moments stamp set which is a Sale-A-Bration set that you can get for free when you purchase $100 or more from the catalog.

Don’t forget to check out the catalog for more inspiration on how to use this set. The catalog is always my first go-to place when I am looking for ideas. Stampin’ Up has some awesome card designers!

Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration time from now until February 28th! If you would like to see the new Mini Jan-Jun 2022 spring catalog, please let me know! I will send you one for free! Click here to request your catalog.

Lots of Pun! Your December Paper Pumpkin Inspiration is here!

Greetings friends! It’s been a hot minute since I have been on my blog – but I am back now…holidays are behind us and I am ready to rock and roll! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and cheers to 2022!

I’m a little late getting this post out because I am showcasing the December Paper Pumpkin kit which is called Lots of Pun. Guys…this kit was so darned cute…I had a such ball with it. And…there is a refill kit available for this set if you just can’t get enough…it’s only $10!

For this hello card below – did you notice I converted the fried egg into a flower? How fun is that! To create the leaves, I stamped the cherries four times, colored just the leaves and fussy cut them out. I adhered them to the back of the fried egg to make it look like a flower…so cute!

I wanted to mention one more thing about this card – because this is such a sweet everyday occasion card, I decided that I would want to make a bunch of these to keep on hand. But…there are only 3 of the hello die-cuts in the kit. So, if you don’t want to order a refill kit, then just go to your Biggest Wish stamp set and stamp out the scripty hello and fussy cut it. This is a perfect sized replacement to the die-cut “hello” that comes in the kit.

This next card is probably my favorite. The little toast guy with the mustache is so stinking cute… I used all the various elements available from the kit – so no added supplies needed. (Whoops…I take that back, I did stamp the red heart inside with poppy parade ink.) I popped up one of the eggs and the toast with a dimensional and the rest of the layers are adhered flat so it’s not so bulky to send. For the inside I added another one of the die cut toasts (but you could also stamp this and color it if you run out of the toast die-cuts and it would be just as cute). This one is going to my dad…because he does tell the corniest jokes and I really “loaf him”. 🙂

For this next card, I cut apart one of the pool party envelopes. I used a large piece on the pool party side for the background and used the remaining flap part of the envelope and cut it down to 2 x 3.75″. I flipped to the red polka dot side and layered it on the front. I did the same with the with the yellow envelope – cut it apart and used it for layering pieces – in this case, I used the rainbow striped side for a layer on the front. The bright red circle was punched from poppy parade card stock using a 2 1/4″ circle punch which is sadly retired, but you could also use your circle layering dies to the same effect.

I thought this would make an adorable valentine’s day card, so for the inside, I used the Sweet Conversations stamp set – which is a brand new set available in the Jan – June Mini catalog that just released. I stamped and colored the cherries for a little pop of color to the inside and added a little rainbow strip that was a remnant from the envelope I cut open. Cute, huh?

The next card design was taken right from the instruction sheet that comes with this kit. The only thing I changed up was that I used the “thanks a bunch” sentiment instead of “peel better soon”. Lots of layers and lots of color with this card – it’s super fun. This inside was left blank – but I did add a small yellow strip of trim to the bottom to tie it all together. Isn’t this such a happy looking card?

This last card sample I made came together so quickly! I love the splatter stamp that comes with this set and so I inked it up with some poppy parade ink and stamped just a couple times around the green splatter on the card base. I stamped the “hi” and the “you are cherry sweet” in early espresso and cut them down with my trimmer. The rainbow strip and the scalloped red strip came with the kit, so nothing extra needed. Pop up the sentiments and the cherries with some dimensionals and add a bow – voila, you’re done!

I left the inside blank, but this would make a great thank you card – so just add a thank you sentiment from your stash.

I hope these cards offer you some inspiration to create more cards with your kit! If you are not a paper pumpkin subscriber but would like to be – just click here to sign up. You can stop or start your subscription at any time with no penalty and it’s such a fun surprise to get in your mail box each month. Next month is a valentine themed kit and you’re not going to want to miss out on this one! It even has an add-on kit with gold foiled treat boxes that coordinate. I can’t wait!

DIY Wood Gift Tags & Ornaments

So I found these wooden tags at Michaels. You get 50 of them for 10 bucks and when I saw them I had to have them even though I had no idea what to do with them. (It looks like Michael’s is sold out on these now but you can find all kinds of similar tags on Amazon…just search “wood gift tag” and a ton of items show up.) So, anyway, I get home and I decide to paint some white and some black, and then maybe stencil on top of them a fun Christmas image. I gave this a shot and was sorely disappointed. I guess I am not a stenciler…I am not even going to show you a photo…it was THAT bad. 🙂

So fast forward a couple days and I attend a crafty class that my friend hosted and one of the projects she had was making a gift tag using the same wooden tags that I had purchased just a week ago. Her approach was so much simpler than mine – she used patterned paper for the background instead of messy wet paint. How could I have overlooked this? Doh! I LOVE paper…yet I didn’t’ think to use it as the background until I saw what she did with them.

So, here is my version of a DIY gift tag and I think you’ll like them. They were so fun and easy to make….I hope you give it a try. Using a stampin up punch for the focal image (like the tree, deer and ornament) came in SO handy to quickly punch multiples and then stack them up to build dimension. There is a super quick video (linked below) that shows the step by step.

I also made this cute gift box to bundle up the tags in case you want to give them as a gift like I did. I will post a link to the box tutorial soon! My hair dresser gets a set of handmade tags from me every year and this was her gift this year. She LOVED them. Please leave me a comment and let me know what YOU think!

Get started and SAVE!

Hi everyone…hope you are all having a great week so far. Stampin’ Up is running another starter kit special and I want to tell you about it! I don’t know about you but I am always looking for a deal, and let me tell ya’ll…this one is a doozie!

Right now from Nov 4th – Nov 30th, Stampin’ Up is offering the full starter kit for JUST $75.

What does that mean? Holy smokes, you guys…this means you pay just $75 + tax (free shipping) and in return you get to pick out $125 worth of product from any of the current catalogs. So, basically you are getting $50 of product for FREE.

With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this great offer and get lots of free products. You could stock up on paper supplies to complete your holiday cards, tags and gifts. Or indulge in some new stamping tools like our Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, or try some of our new punches. You can choose anything you want!

Still not sure you’re ready for this? Well, let me tell you there is no catch here. You can simply purchase your starter kit for $75 and walk away – with no further commitment. Seriously…there is no “Gotcha’s” here. It’s really that simple.

Once you sign up and get all of your goodies, you have 3 full months of shopping Stampin’ Up products where everything you buy is 20% off. If after your three months are up and you don’t want to be a member anymore, then you do nothing. No cancelation process…you simply just do nothing and just go about your merry way. However, if you want to stay on as a discount shopper (after your initial 3 months are up) you will need to meet the quarterly purchase minimum of $300. I say discount shopper because that really is what it is. You don’t have to sell or go to meetings or do anything outside your comfort zone. Simply take advantage of the 20% discount on everything you purchase.

Here’s a list of everything you will get when you join Stampin’ Up through this Starter Kit promotion (going on now through Nov 30th, 2021)

  • Choose $125 worth of product and pay only $75 (+ tax). (this can be anything from either current catalog)
  • One free Paper Pumpkin Kit (typically from the prior month)
  • 20% discount off all products purchased
  • Early and exclusive access to new products
  • Full access to me ( your demonstrator) whenever you need help or inspiration.
  • Monthly stamp sessions with my team, The Crafty Ninja’s (if you want – these are optional)

Are you ready to go shopping? Let’s do this!