Very Classy Very Vanilla

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Some people think vanilla is boring but today I am going to share with you Very Classy Very Vanilla. I have made a very elegant monochromatic card combining the Festive Florets dies and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing folder. Add in some gold embossing and the result is rather stunning if I do say so myself!


Very Classy Very Vanilla


Did you know that the oval dies in the Festive Florets collection layer together beautifully? The insides of the detailed ovals cut out for plain ovals on which to stamp your greeting and the detailed ovals can be layered as well with a stunning effect. I was inspired by Gail Ellis to layer these oval over the Merriest Moments Hybrid embossing folder. It’s a little counter intuitive since that folder has a rectangular opening in the middle but it works perfectly as you will see for yourself.



Festive Florets and Merriest Moments monochromatic Christmas card



Festive Florets and Merriest Moments monochromatic Christmas card closeup


Tone on Tone Poinsettias


For this Very Classy Very Vanilla card I kept the poinsettias monochromatic as well. I stamped the poinsettias in Versamark on very vanilla cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. A few pearls were added to the centre of the flower for a lovely effect.



Festive Florets and Merriest Moments monochromatic Christmas card with embossed poinsettia.


Prime Time With the Pampered Stamper


When COVID started I began Prime Time as a way to keep my business afloat. Members pay ten dollars a month in three month increments and in exchange they get a weekly exclusive video tutorial and a monthly 16 project pdf tutorial. The videos are posted each Thursday and the supply list and measurements are posted on Wednesdays. Members tell me that this is like a weekly class and because they pay a small monthly fee, they take it seriously and it keeps them stamping and using their supplies. It makes me so happy to hear that! You are also most welcome to join! You can do it here. This was the card that we made this week.




Thanks for joining me today, it’s always nice to see how many people come and read my blog posts each day. Did you know that I also have a YouTube channel? Every Tuesday and Wednesday I post videos there at 10am EST. Teaching the joy of card making is what I love to do and I hope you join me and subscribe! Just click on the red subscribe button on the bottom right hand corner of the video.

Have a super day and happy stamping my friends!!


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Festive Florets Collection Available Today!!

Hello stampers. I am SO excited to share with yo the Festive Florets Collection. The collection includes two stamp sets, a set of dies, beautiful 12 x 12 paper and gold gems. What I like so much about it is that with this collection you can make cards for the whole year! as such it is a worthy investment that you will not tire of easily. Shall we take a look?


Festive Florets Card Assortment


Today I made three different cards using this collection. I will also share the video tutorial so you can be inspired to create as well. Two of the cards are Christmas cards and the third one is an all occasion thinking of you card. Together they use all the frames dies included in the set. There is so much more to explore with this collection.



festive florets collection card assortment



I also made some Christmas cards last week with these stamps and dies. These cards will also be part of my Save Your Sanity Stamp Camp

on December 7, 2022.


boughs of holly and festive florets collection cards



fitting florets Stampin'Up!


Video Tutorial




More Inspiration from Other Demonstrators with Festive Florets



The following card is by Amy Koenders and you can check out her full blog post here.



Festive Florets card by Amy Koenders



This beauty is from Gail Ellis. Gail combined the Merriest Frames Hybrid bundle. You can check out more of her fabulous work here although this card is not featured on her blog just yet.



Festive Florets card by Gail Ellis



The last card I am sharing with you caught my eye because of the way she used a pop of red behind her frames. It’s such a simple thing but it makes a huge difference!  I also like the addition of the die cut leaves. You can read about all the details on her blog post here.



Terry Lynn Bright Festive Florets card




I am offering a contest this week for two reasons. One is simply because it is a fun thing to do. The second reason is that I want to see if contests actually work as an incentive to buy. This is how it will work and unfortunately it is only open to Canadians. If you order the Festive Florets Collection AND if at least five people do so, then one lucky winner will get Many Marvelous Markers. That is a very significant prize so I hope that I get a bunch of orders. Everyone will get THREE free pdf tutorials if they order the Festive Florets Collection. That makes everyone a winner don’t you think? Contest closes on Friday November 4 at noon EST. Please use the current host code SBEEKQT when you place your order.


Official Photo of Festive Florets Collection





Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate it when you drop by and of course I would love your business. If you are NOT Canadian, you can still support be by purchasing my tutorials or by joining Prime Time or my Training Group. You can see all those things at the top of my blog under Services


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Simple Cards with Fancy Frames Dies

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. I know, I know. Blog posts are never on Tuesdays. This one is. Today I am sharing with you some simple cards with Fancy Frames dies. I hope you love them as much as I do!!


Fancy Frames Dies


What makes these dies so special is that they make it so very easy for you to make a stunning card with very little effort. No one will know how easy it was for you to create your masterpiece! No fussy die cutting, no cranking of lots of dies, just some pretty paper, coordinating cardstock and a few pretty gems. Sound unbelievable? Take a look!


Card Samples


Here are a few cards that I have made this week using these lovely  Fancy Frames Dies. I also made a video tutorial that I will include at the end of this post.


Ladybug Fancy Frames Dies card


Hues of Happiness and fancy frames dies card with white embossed sentiment



Hues of Happiness card closeup



Abigail Rose paper and fancy frames dies card


Here is a closeup of the Abigail Rose card. I love how this card came together with all those subtle tones! The roses on the front were fussy cut from the patterned paper. “You’re always so good to others…” comes from In The Moment stamp set. The brushed metallic dots are the perfect finishing touch.


Abigail Rose fancy frames card closeup.



Crane of Fortune and Fancy Frames dies cards



Crane of Fortune as a stork


Using Leftovers


Do you see the cards above? I found some leftover Hues of Happiness paper and played with them to make these cards. The polka dot paper is one of the free saleabration items which I coloured with blending brushes and Balmy Blue ink. I love the crane turned into a stork for the baby card!


Video Tutorial


Here is a video showing you how I made some of these cards. Enjoy!! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel. It’s a wonderful to stay in touch with what I am sharing. Lately it seems that Facebook is making it more difficult to find older posts and videos, so YouTube is a great alternative!!



Don’t Forget About Saleabration!


Summer saleabration is in full swing! You can order your Christmas stamps (or anything else!) and get free items as a bonus with each $60 purchase. You can see all the offerings here.

The current host code is 3S2AFM37.


Thanks so much for joining me today! I appreciate that you are a part of my stamping community, have a super day!



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Two Minute Paper Miracle

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a two minute paper miracle for you. If you have been following me for a while you may already know that my favourite things are ones that combine beauty, ease and speed. When those three things come together it make me a very happy squirrel. Paper crafting can be intricate and detailed sometimes, and beautiful things will happen but most people are short on time and patience so two minute paper miracles are wonderful! Let’s take a look at what I am talking about.


Two Minute Paper Miracle


This two minute paper miracle is brought to you with the cracker & treat box dies. I love Christmas crackers but I have never made them and seldom have I bought them. Usually they are overpriced and are filled with junk. When I saw this one in the new annual Stampin’Up! catalog I thought, here’s my chance! It is even easier to use than I had anticipated. Trust me, I am not exaggerating when I say that you can do it in two minutes. I will share both a photo with you as well as a video tutorial.


cracker & Treat box from Stampin'Up!




Why So Thrilled?


Why am I so thrilled with these cracker & treat box dies? Not only are they super cute and fast to make, they also work very well with our patterned paper. The dies do not cause the paper to tear, they give just the right score lines. You can also close them by simply pulling the twine tightly around them. No fussy folding required. It really is a miracle!! I can see that with something this simple, ordinary days are going to be turned into extraordinary ones. This project will also help you with your burgeoning amount of patterned paper, so you can #loveitchopit.


Video Tutorial


Here is the video tutorial so you can see how I made these cracker & treat boxes with the Rings of Love patterned paper. This paper will be free with a $60 purchase when saleabration starts on July 1. Summer saleabration is in effect from July 1 until August 31.





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Dragonfly Garden: The Magic of Mist

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing a card that I call Dragonfly Garden:  The Magic of Mist. Truth be told there was a reason this stamp set had not seen ink for almost a year! I didn’t love it, largely because of the patterned paper that was included in the suite. It didn’t appeal to me, so this bundle sat on the shelf. Today it has been transformed and I like a lot more!! Simply by adding a little mist, these stamps were softened and transformed into a work of art that I love. Let’s take a look.


Dragonfly Dreams


For this card I used two very important products: the stamparatus and shimmery white  cardstock. Without those two things you will have limited success. I Inked up the floral image with retiring In Colour Stampin’ Write Markers:  Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider and Magenta Madness.  Before stamping I would lightly mist or spritz the inked stamp. Be sure to wipe off with your shammy in between inking up again and stamping multiple times.


Dragonfly Garden card


I did end up using the grass stamp from Wildflower Path to fill in the bottom of my scene. Did you notice that I used all the retiring In Colours? This was a happy coincidence but also a timely reminder to check your supplies in these colours. Make sure you have enough cardstock and ink refills and of course the markers!


Video Tutorial


I love watching a video to see how a card is made, it is much easier than reading a written description. Be sure to click on the left hand corner of the video that says “watch on YouTube”.



No Blog on Monday!


Since I will not be blogging on Monday as it is March Break and the littles will have moved in with me, I am going to make this an extra long blog post. I want to share some similar cards also using Wildflower Path. For these cards I did not use “the magic of mist” but I did use my stamparatus!! I used grid paper to create a heart mask. My exclusive video tutorial for these cards is on my Prime Time group. This is a very affordable private group that you are welcome to join! It’s only $10 a month, the price of a fancy drink and a treat. You also get a free monthly 16 project pdf tutorial that is worth $20 so you are getting double the value and then some for your investment. I must be crazy!! Click here to join.

Heart Mask Collage Stamping


Wildflower Path Heart collage


For my flowers I used the following markers: highland heather, daffodil delight, polished pink and gorgeous grape. The leaves and stems were stamped in pear pizzazz. The question is, do we like it better plain or with a sentiment?


Masked Heart collage using Wildflower Path from Stampin'Up!


Here you can see the card with two different sentiments. The long skinny one is from Waves of the Ocean. The die from the other card is also from Waves of the Ocean bundle.


Wildflower Path heart collage cards


Here you can see the gorgeous detail in this closeup of the heart collage card.


Wildflower Path collage detailed closeup


A Little Addicted!


I think I may be a little addicted to this technique. A special thanks to Gez Carpenter for sharing this on the Demonstrator Planning Place on Facebook. You can find her blog here.

I made this last card using a very beloved stamp, Free as a Bird. What do you think? This time I used Pool Party and Balmy Blue Blends to colour the birds.


Free as a Bird Masked Heart Card


Thank you!


That’s it for today, it should give you lots of ideas for inspiration. I hope you have a super day and don’t forget to get the great deal on the mini die cutting machine! I used it last night to do some embossing and it was such a pleasure to work with. (just a heads up the natural tones Blends are backordered until April 4- bummer!)

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Grassy Grove: Elegant Simplicity

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today my post features Grassy Grove. I am on a simple kick lately. Beautiful cards can be simple. Often they are even more beautiful due to their simplicity. These cards fit the bill. Let’s take a look shall we?


Grassy Grove Cards


The Grassy Grove bundle includes a stamp set with beautiful words and images as well as dies to take your breath away!! When you combine the stamps and dies with the New Horizons paper it doesn’t take much to make a stunning card.


Grassy Grove and New Horizons cards



I made these cards in my Stamping Through My Stash weekly video. The card at the  top was made as a result of many mistakes. I am sure you never make any mistakes stamping, but you can live vicariously through me!!



Grassy Grove bundle cards


I think these cards would be particularly suited for sympathy cards or thinking of you. They evoke calm and peace. Trust me when I say that they are even nicer in person.


Grassy Grove silhouette sunrise card


This last card is made by layering two die cuts over each other for a shadow effect. Evening Evergreen is layered slightly offset over Soft Succulent.


Layered Grassy Groves die card



New Horizons Scenic Paper


I find that it is always hard to see how beautiful our paper is in the catalog. I took some pictures as well so you have a better look. If you like it, trust me, when you get it you will LOVE it!! The first picture is of the inside of my “mistake-filled” card.


inside of Grassy Grove card


New Horizons Paper


New Horizons Paper


Video Play Date


If you want to join me for my Stamping Through My Stash video featuring the Grassy Grove bundle and the New Horizons paper, then watch this video which goes public at 10am EST today. When you watch it be sure to give me a thumbs up if you like it and click the red subscribe button on the bottom left hand corner. The reason I keep asking you to do this is because it can really help my business. I love making cards, but this is not just a hobby for me, it is my livelihood! Thank you for your support, it really does mean the world to me.



I published the video early just so I could include it in my blog post and you don’t have to wait until 10am to see it!! Thanks so much for joining me today. The wind is picking up and I am driving to my parents place shortly and then tomorrow to the airport to pick up Gerard!!! Yayayayayay!!! We will be sure to do a video together to say hello. Have a super day.


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