"Bundle Up Before They are Gone" Series - Art Gallery

Art Gallery Bundle

Who likes to spend extra money???  It grows on trees, right? We work for it just because we love to work so much......right??    NO!!   I'm not "cheap", I'm "frugal." I would rather have more money to spend on more stamps, inks and paper! And I know you do too- otherwise you wouldn't be reading this instead of People magazine.

Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Art Gallery Bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although you will still be able to buy the stampset and dies separately in the annual catalog, you will not get the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

Truth be told, the Art Gallery was not one of my favorite stamp sets just because I have a hard time with "abstract" design.  I am finally facing the fact that I might be a little OCD.  But the dies in this set had me sold immediately.  The "Just Want to Say" Die is to die for..... okay, that was only two-thirds of a pun.

Here are some sample cards:
design by Card Zen by Jen

design by Card Zen by Jen

design by Diane Lezada-Donart

Follow my blog so that you don't miss out on the other bundles that will be disappearing!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)

My Meadow

The flowers outside of my house are beautiful but these are the only flowers inside the house that I can keep alive!!!  Who's with me???

 This layout was inspired by Ali Palmer's post on a facebook group. Her creation was larger and had a lot more flowers... I am not that talented, don't have that much time, and my shadowbox was only 8" x 8". 

So, the hardest part was to figure out the dimensions.  After a lot of math, geometry and trig (just kidding on the trig), I had my measurements and it was time to give it a go.  A word of advice: There are no mistakes in creativity, only another direction to follow.  So I invite you to give it a whirl and see what you come up with.  I would love to see it!

  • Cut your background piece to 8" x 8" (Soft Seafoam)
  • Cut Basic White cardstock to 2" x 4" (2 pieces), 3" x 2" (2 pieces), 1" x 2" (2 pieces) and 2" x 1¾" (one piece).
  • Use blending brushes to add Garden Green to the lower portion of the Basic White pieces and Balmy Blue to the top portion of the pieces.
  • Cut these flowers out of Basic White and then color using the Stampin' Blends. Cut the center of the flower out of Early Espresso. 

  • Cut these flowers out of colored cardstock- I used Garden Green, Basic White and Night of Navy. Snip at the top of the green stem and snip the white and navy flowers. Glue them together.

  • I added these flowers and vine from the Garden Gateway Dies using Pear Pizzazz and Magenta Madness. (They were smaller so they could fit nicely on the 1" x 2" pieces.)

  • Snip the flowers apart and arrange them any way that makes your socks go up and down. No rules! I cut apart the parsley leaves (???), ran them through the embossing machine with the Tasteful Textile folder and used them to fill in as needed.
  • I stamped the butterfly from the Positive Thoughts stampset onto Basic White and used Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
  • The green grass was not from Stampin' Up!® - I still have some stash from my scrapbooking days.... don't we all?? But the grass border could be easily recreated using Garden Green cardstock and some scissors.  Just snip your stress away! (I am only condoning the use of scissors on cardstock.)
  • The matte for each piece was simply ¼" larger using Evening Evergreen cardstock. I'm not going to make you do the math- here are the measurements: 2¼" x 4¼" (2 pieces), 3¼" x 2¼" (2 pieces), 1¼" x 2¼" (2 pieces). For the center matte, I used a gold foil sheet cut to 2¼" x 2" (one piece).
  • Place all the pieces on your background until you have them spaced the way you want, then glue them down.
  • I added the bumblebee and ladybug trinkets. 
The nice think about shadow boxes is that you can add dimension so use those "dimensionals" to pop up some of your flowers, the grass and the butterfly.  

I hope I didn't miss anything... just have fun and make it yours!

Did somebody say FREE??? (my favorite four letter F word)
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Sensational Sunset with Ink Alcohol Technique


Add a tealight behind and create a sunset.

The Inspiring Canopy Dies create such beautiful trees in just one swipe of the embossing machine.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  I saw that someone (can't remember who) mounted the trees on a window sheet so that you could see through to the back sheet.  Interesting..... but what if...... and that is precisely when I get myself in trouble and HAVE to create what I am seeing in my head.  Don't ask... there are a lot of cobwebs up there. But just sometimes, I surprise myself.  So here it is.

Items needed:

  • Dies: Inspiring Canopy and Meadow Dies
  • Stampset: Quiet Meadow
  • Cardstock:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Basic White
  • Vellum
  • Stampin' Blend Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
  • 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • twine of your choice
  • Paper towels

Cut Basic Black to 5½" x 4¾", score at ½" so that it looks like this.

Cut vellum to 5½" x 4¼", then use the Stampin' Blends to color it as shown.

To mimic a sunset, I inked in this order.

Watch the quick video showing how to do the ink alcohol technique.

Once the vellum dries completely, adhere to the black cardstock using Stampin'Seal+.

Cut the trees from Basic Black cardstock.  Add glue to the back of the trees using a sponge dauber then adhere to the front of the inked vellum. 

Cut a piece of Basic Black about one inch tall using the wavy edge cutter in the Inspiring Canopy Dies. Adhere it to the bottom of the vellum over the bases of the trees as shown.

Cut the Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4" x 5¼".  Then stamp the inside sentiment from Quiet Meadow. 

Stamp the sentiment (Quiet Meadow) on Basic White and cut out using the label die (Meadow Dies). Adhere to the front using dimensionals.  Add twine of your choice.

And there you have it, your sensational sunset.  Hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to comment or show me your creation.  I love to know that I am not talking to the air 😉!

Tie Dye Heaven


Get this card FREE by placing an order using 
host code P77FS46G in the month of May!
See the new products below!

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin' Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.  You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. Happy hopping!!

This card uses three of my favorite things (so far) from the new Stampin' Up!™ catalog- the Spiral Dye stamp set, the Flowers and Leaves punch and the new "in color" Polished Pink!  Oh, you haven't met them yet??? Let me introduce you!

  • The Spiral Dye can be used to create a "tie dye" effect by using 2,3 or 4 different colors.  To achieve the "tie dye" look, I stamped the image with Pumpkin Pie on basic white cardstock.  I then turned the paper 180 degrees (upside down) and stamped the image in Polished Pink.  (The Stamparatus™ has been the key to getting perfectly lined up images every time. )  

  • I love the Flowers and Leaves punch. The flower was stamped in Polished Pink then punched out.  A little more pink was added to the petals using the Water Painter. The petals on this punch remind me of dogwood flowers- they are so beautiful!

  •  The "In Colors" 2021-2023 are absolutely breathtaking.  Say "hello" to Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulant, and Fresh Freesia.  These colors are available in paper, markers, inks, ribbons, and embellishments.  Grab a few for yourself.... remember to use my host code P77FS46G so that you get the May card for FREE!

Check out the newest goodies in the new annual catalog and tell me your favorite!!  I'd love to hear from you!

Now hop along to the next blog for more ideas and inspiration.

These are a few of my Favorite Things------last day to order is May 3, 2021!!!!!

Out with the old....

Retirement can be a good thing- if you are the one retiring.  But my heart is sad that some of these stamps, dies, punches and papers are heading out.  I want to show you a few of my favorites so that you can grab them before they go!!!  Just in the time it took me to get this blog ready, I already had to delete four items that are sold out.  (insert sad face here)

If you want to order any one of these, just click on the link to see it and buy now!!!

**The Dog Punch**- creates the perfect silhouette dog for use on pet sympathy cards.  Here are a few I've created in the past.

**Under my Umbrella Stamp Set and Umbrella Builder Punch**

    This stampset has endless possibilities and if you are a Friends fan.... get it now!!

 **Sending Sunshine** stampset

**Seaside View** stampset

**PAPER, PAPER, PAPER*** If you liked any of the DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual catalog, you better get it now!!   All is retiring, except one. 
Artistry Blooms

Forever Greenery

Peony Garden

World of Good with the New!!!!!    Come back on May 4th to see some of the new items in the new Annual Catalog that will run from May 2021 to April 2022.

My Mom's Welcoming Window

Window Flower Box Dies
Mother's Day will be here in 3 weeks... 3 weeks!!!!  Wow, time sure does fly.  I'm not panicking...are you panicking?  I spent the day making cards in preparation for the upcoming holiday and this one quickly became my favorite!!   The stamps and dies made this super easy!!

Items needed:

  • Welcoming Window stamps 
  • Window Flower Box dies
  • Inks: Smoky Slate, Garden Green, Fresh Freesia (new color)
  • Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cinnamon Cider, Basic Black, Basic White, DSP for curtain( I used Oh So Ombre)


  1. Cut the Smoky Slate to 8½ x 5½, scoring it at 4¼. This will be your card base.
  2. Cut Basic White to 5¼ x 4.  
  3. Stamp the bricks using Smoky Slate ink.  You can stamp off to make some lighter, if preferred. There are no rules, just have fun.
  4. Use the "wooden" window, shutters and flower box dies to cut from the Cinnamon Cider cardstock.
  5. Cut the iron decorations from the Basic Black.
  6. Pick the paper you want to be your "curtain."  Cut the width to match the width of the window.  You can cut the scalloped edge by hand or you can use the edge die from the Prized Peony Suite if you have it.
  7. Stamp the greenery in Garden Green, then stamp the flowers in Fresh Freesia.  Repeat.  Cut the two flower arrangements using the coordinating die cut. 
  8. Assemble your card as shown above but be sure to glue your curtain BEHIND your window first.  Don't ask... it was a long day.  Use dimensionals behind your flowers.
  9. You can handwrite the "mom."  I found this from a Paper Pumpkin stampset I had laying around.  Say what??? You don't know what Paper Pumpkin is???  It is the easiest and inexpensive way to build up your stamps and inks when you are just starting out.  More info below!!
Welcoming Window Bundle (click to buy now)

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Delivery from Doily Doldrums

Square Vellum Doilies

I will be honest, the Square Vellum Doilies are just not my favorite but I seem to have a truckload of them.  Are they like bunnies??? 

So I challenged myself to find other ways to use them.  

This tutorial will show you how I used them as a stencil.

Items needed:
Silver foil cardstock cut to 3"x 3"
StazOn black ink
Repositionable/temporary adhesive

  • Place a little temporary adhesive on the back of the doily and center it on the silver square. This will help hold it in place while you are sponging. **

  • Use the sponge to apply StazOn in over the doily.  

Applying the ink.

  • Remove the doily to reveal your stenciled design.  The inked doily can be used for another project.

  • On this card I used a plain doily behind the inked silver square. The silver appears different as the light bounces off it. Yu have to see it in person to get the full effect.

**Helpful hint: You will see that I missed punching out all the "hanging chads". Make sure that all the pieces of the vellum have been punched out before you ink it up.

Butterfly Baskets


Find out how to get these beautiful butterflies below!!

I was searching for party favors for my first Sip N Stamp. You heard that right-time to shake off the dust and put on my lipstick!!   Since Easter is two weeks away, a basket seemed to be the way to go.  These baskets have been around for a while in one shape or another but then I realized that baskets are not just for Easter.  Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for some other ideas!!

This tutorial will show you how to make a quick and easy basket using a 6"x 6" sheet of DSP! And what stamper doesn't have at least 3,000 sheets of DSP in this size laying around???  

My biggest dilemma???  Not eating the candy before the stamping party gets here!!


  • Pick any 6" x 6" DSP or cardstock. 
  • Score it at 2" and 4", then turn it 90 degrees and score it again at 2" and 4".  Fold it at all score lines.
Dotted Lines= Fold
Solid Lines= Cut
  • Now take your scissors and cut at the lines indicated in the photo.

  • Place glue at the areas indicated by the green marker.

  • Now bring the two outside pieces together, right side first, followed by the left side (with the glue on the corner). Match up the points at the top.  Hold for a moment to let the glue work.

  • Turn it over and repeat to make the other side.
  • Handle: Cut a strip of DSP to ¾" x 6".  Add Stampin' Seal+ as shown by the green marker lines. You can also use a heavy ribbon for the handle of your basket.


  • Adhere the strip to the inside of the basket, making it the desired height.

  • Now decorate the outside as desired and fill with goodies!  
Here are some other baskets I made and the items used to decorate them:
DSP: Peony Garden
Stampset: Prized Peony
Dies: Peony Dies
Ribbon: Metallic Mesh and Gray Granite Textured Weave

DSP: Gilded Autumn
Stampset: Whiskey Business
Ribbon: Faux Suede Trim

DSP: Golden Honey
Stampset: Honey Bee
Dies: Detailed Bee

DSP: In Color 2019-2021
Stampset: Butterfly Brilliance* see below
Dies: Forever Flourishing, Brilliant Wings

The Butterfly Brilliance Bundle is a sneak peak from the upcoming annual catalog in May 2021.  But you can order it now!!!  That's right, now!!  The DSP that coordinates with this stampset has already sold out, so don't wait.  These butterflies and dies are the most detailed stamps I have ever seen.  They are absolutely beautiful and can be used for any occasion.
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