Month: August 2013

SU Papillon Potpourri

Here’s a monochromatic card using the SU Papillon Potpourri stamp set which is bundled with the Bitty Butterfly Punch at a 15% discount through September 30.  I was inspired by Lori Tecler’s card at the MUSE Card Club #32 this week. Lori had a panel with a “thinking of you” sentiment with butterflies surrounded by a blue background.  I  love all the different hues  of blue that SU carries that lend themsleves to various moods and messages I want to convey with my cards. SU Marina Mist is what I think of when I think of BLUE- a warm and cool color of blue all rolled into one! What is your favorite blue?

SU Papillon Parade Blue

The larger butterfly is punched out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the smaller one is punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. Think how versatile these two punches are with one great stamp set!
SU Papillon Parade Blue CloseUp

Card Recipe:
STAMPS: SU Papillon Parade, SU Loving Thoughts
INK: SU Marina Mist
PAPER: SU Marina Mist, SU Whisper White, SU Pattern Stack (retired)
TOOLS: SU Elegant Butterfly Punch, SU Bitty Butterfly Punch, SU Corner Rounder, SU Stampin’ Dimensionals, Nestabilities Die

Here is Lori’s sweet CAS card:

Head over to the MUSE Card Club  on Monday after 8 am and vote for your favorite three submissions:)

Butterfly Bundle Offer! and SU Word Play

Check out the new SU Butterfly Bundle Offer HERE:

The beautiful and versatile Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set is bundled with the Bitty Butterfly Punch for a 15% discount!

Now through September 30, 21012
You can see the stamp set on p. 90 and the punch on p. 183 of the Annual Catalog

Clear Mount #135311       Reg. $30.90       Now 26.27          Savings of  $4.63

Wood Mount #135312     Reg. $34.90     Now 29.67            Savings of $5.23

If you want to order this BUNDLE, give me a call at 724-323-2296 or email me at

If you prefer ONLINE ordering, go to my stamping store on the right side bar.

And more FUN today…

As I mentioned a few days ago, I came up to camp with the hubby this week and have been preparing for my card classes next week and my card swapping club that meets in early December. I have thank you and graduation/wedding cards for my part of the swapping so I decided to design my last graduation card using Nance’s cool sketch with diagonals and chevrons at The Paper Players # 160 this week. I used the new Stylish Stripes embossing folder on this card. I just cut out a portion of it and mounted it on a diagonal. I also used the new Chevron punch from the Holiday Mini-catalog. I know both of these new toys will get played with often:)

SU Word Play 2 Chevron Bling

Card Recipe:
STAMPS:  SU Word Play (retired), SU Oh, Hello
INK: SU Smoky Slate, SU Basic Black
PAPER: SU Basic Black, SU Whisper White, SU Basic Gray, SU Silver Glimmer Paper
ACCESSORIES: SU Mini Silver Brad
TOOLS: SU Oval Framelits, SU Stylish Stripes EF, Geometric Shapes dies by Sizzix


I keep everything!

Yes, I am a stamp hoarder…really, I do not think I have ever let go of one!  And, I was glad when I saw The Friday MashUp # 124 this week- Lili’s sketch with a school theme. I have a current SU alphabet and a recently retired one but neither one was “schooly” enough for me. Alas, I had my old SU Alphabet Attitude Uppers and Fun Numbers circa 1998 neatly stored on the top of my wooden stamp shelf ! What about you, do you regularly purge or squirrel away stamps for just the right card?

SU Alphabet Attitude Uppers and Alphabet Fun Numbers

I used  the SU Woodgrain Background inked up with SU Baked Brown Sugar ink on the same paper , the pencil image from an unknown NBUS box–and a SU Brights Designer Button from last catalog. I was going to smudge up the blackboard but remembered how much I loved a squeaky clean chalkboard when I walked into class;)


SU Summer Silhouettes

So, the hubby decided to renovate his “lil fishing cabin on the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh this summer. This has  turned into a complete overhaul of the three room cabin- a bedroom/bath, living room and kitchen- one thing leads to another- when he upgraded the electric, he had to rip out the walls. When he ripped out the walls, he needed to change the floor and the list goes on. In the end, he ended up rewiring, drywalling, painting, and decided to put in an actual kitchen with nice hardwood floors. Our kids have enjoyed this little cabin with their friends all through college- of course, when it was a dumpy place. Now, mom and dad are going to enjoy it as well! Jim has been gone all week at camp so I decided to go up and visit. I thought while he worked, I could get some card swaps done. I packed up all my necessary stamping supplies and off I went. Once I got there with all my clear mount stamps, I found I out I forgot my acrylic blocks!!! I almost started to cry. Jim, my carpenter in shining armor, quickly came to the rescue…


I was happy to have my stamps temporarily mounted and could finish up my MUSE Card Club #31 submission.


But, I forgot it had to be posted by Monday morning. Ugh…no internet out here. But somehow, I was able to tether my laptop to Jim’s iPhone and get it loaded up! What would I do without him?

SU Summer Silhouettes Muse

Sorry about the lighting, I was working with a temporary lightbulb dangling from the kitchen ceiling.

Card Recipe:
STAMPS: SU Summer Silhouettes, SU Lots of Thanks
INK: SU Rose Red, SU Regal Rose, SU Lucky Limeade, SU Bermuda Bay
PAPER: SU Rose Red, SU Regal Rose, SU Lucky Limeade, SU Bermuda Bay, SU Whisper White
TOOLS: SU Stamp-a-ma-jig (thankfully I remembered that since I did not have my clear blocks!)

Here’s Marion Vagg’s fresh card  with shades of pink flowers and an accent of turquoise that inspired me to create my mine after quite a few hurdles.

muse marion vagg

SU Gifts of Kindness

I have been wanting to use my new SU Gifts of Kindness stamp set and thought the sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts #  169  and the color challenge at Dynamic Duos # 67  were a great way to use it.  Thanks for the inspiration Pals and gals at DD:)

SU Gifts of Kindness

The black polka dot embossing was hard to capture in a photo taken by amateur me so here is a close up:

SU Gifts of Kindness Close-up

I just LOVE the SU Candy Dots with the brad bases — So easy to dress up a card or project!

Card Recipe:
STAMPS: SU Gifts of Kindness
INK: SU Basic Black, SU Calypso Coral
PAPER: SU Basic Black, SU Crisp Cantaloupe, SU Calypso Coral, SU Whisper White
TOOLS: SU Perfect Polka Dots EF
ACCESSORIES: SU Candy Dots with brad bases