Botanical Blooms Birthday 5-18-16Are you tired of seeing my Botanical Gardens cards yet?  I hope not – I have another free tutorial for you to download!

This birthday card starts with a Hello Honey card base and is a soon-to-be-retired color (sniff).  Other retiring items used on this card are the Botanical Gardens designer series paper and washi tape.  Get ’em while you can – they are going away for good at the end of this month!

A complete ingredient list, dimensions, and step-by-step directions are all on the tutorial.  Download your copy here!




Another Botanic Gardens Project

In my last post, I mentioned that the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and Botanical Blooms stamp set were not retiring – Yay!! The beautiful Botanical Gardens matching DSP and Washi Tape, however is retiring in just a couple of short weeks. I know, right? (Heavy Sigh…) Here’s another card I made with these great items. 5-12-16

Now, laying out those squares and getting them to line up so precisely is way easier than you may be thinking. Would a full tutorial showing exactly how it’s done help? I just happen to have one all ready for you, and you can download it for free by going here! Several items used on this card are retiring at the end of May. If you want to make it exactly as shown, get your order in now. Products like DSP and Washi Tape are available while supplies last.

I would love to see your version of this card – send me a photo of your card and I just may post it on my blog…






Cajun Craze Botanical Garden

I am sure going to miss the Botanical Gardens DSP pack when it retires at the end of this month!  I have to admit to liking almost every design in the IMG_6358pack, but this one with the Bird of Paradise just left me a little flat.  I challenged myself to use it on a card, and even if I do say so myself, I think this design really hit the mark!  The simplicity of the paper is a perfect backdrop for the Cajun Craze flowers and Mossy Meadow leaves.  Of all the cards I’ve done with this suite, I think this one just may be my favorite!

The Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and Botanical Blooms stamp set are carrying over into the new Annual Catalog (yay!), but the Botanical Gardens DSP and coordinating Washi Tape is not.  If they are on your wish list, put your order in now because they’re only available while supplies last, and will officially retire on May 31st!







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A big thank you to Di for sending you my way on our May edition of ‘Di’s Country INKers’ blog hop!  Hope you enjoyed her darling project.

This time of year always gives me very mixed feelings.  It’s certainly exciting to get an early peek at the new Annual Catalog (one of the best parts of being a demonstrator!  Hint-Hint…)  It’s also a bit sad, though, as we prepare to bid farewell to some really great products that will soon be retiring.  This month, we are giving some of our favorites a bit of inky love before we pack them away.

One of my favorite background stamps is Swallowtail.  Here I’ve stamped that big beautiful butterfly with Versamark on vellum cardstock, and heat 5-1-16embossed it in Whisper White.  I used daubers and Classic inks in Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, and Marina Mist to color over and around the outline of the butterfly – really makes it pop off the page!  Fast Fuse adhesive and glue dots were used to adhere the vellum to a Whisper White panel.  One of the tricks in working with vellum is applying the adhesive in areas that will be hidden by the more solid areas of the stamp as well as any embellishments you will be using.  Here the Rhinestones and Whisper White satin ribbon as well as part of the wing on the right side are working to conceal my adhesives.  This card was case’d from one that former demonstrator Deb Valder did several years ago.

You can see the Retired List here, and have until May 31st to order products from the list.  Don’t hesitate, though – these products are available while supplies last, and there are already several things that have sold out!

Let’s head over to Kathya’s blog and take a look at one of her favorites.  Thank you so much for hopping along with us.  If at any time you get off track, a complete list of the stops on this month’s hop are listed below.






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#imbringingbirthdaysback Perpetual Calendar

It’s the 5th of the month – time for another Creative Circle Blog Hop!  You may have hopped on over from Fran’s blog

, or perhaps you’re just joining us.  Either way, I’m glad you’re here!

This month, we are showcasing Liz’ Perpetual Birthday Calendar.  She’s nicknamed it #imbringingbirthdaysback in honor of the grass roots movement that Shannon West of Stampin’ Up! started.  (If you’d like to know more about the movement, stop back in a day or two and I’ll explain…)  For my version, I’ve used the color scheme of Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, and Delightful Dijon – all colors that are found in the patterns of the Bohemian DSP pack.  I’ve paired my calendar with a suite of cards using the same color scheme and DSP pack and the Happy Birthday, Everyone stamp set.  Here’s my 4-5-16E

The pattern for the calendar is probably one of my very favorite 3D items that we’ve played with to date!  It’s got a lot of pieces, but it went together really easily.  I just LOVE that it’s got a place in the back to store things like a set of cards, or perhaps a pad of paper and pen to keep near the phone. 4-5-16D 4-5-16C









The pattern for this project can be found in Liz’ online store, and as with all her designs, it has a companion video showing you how to assemble your cut pieces.  It’s offered in both an e-cutter format as well as .pdf. When you make your project, the first cube is numbered with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the second cube is numbered  with 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8.  Where’s the 9, you ask?  You use the 6 and turn it upside down!

Time to send you off to see Sandy’s version of the calendar.  Make sure you leave a comment – Sandy is going to be doing a random drawing for a free copy of the pattern!  Thanks for visiting!

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In case you get off-track, our hop this months is:




Barb: (you are here)

It’s My Party Color Challenge Blog Hop

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Happy April Fool’s Day – thanks for hopping over from Di’s blog!  Bet you thought we’d play a joke on you today.  We thought about it, but then Connie suggested that we do a color challenge for this month’s blog hop and that seemed like a lot more fun.  (Don’t worry – we’ll get you next year!)  The colors we all worked with this time around are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron which are all found in the It’s My Party designer series paper stack from the Occasions Mini catalog. 4-1-16A

I have to admit, I have a hard time making masculine cards.  The It’s My Party suite of products in the Occasions Mini catalog has really simplified the process for me this year!  Here’s one I whipped up for a couple of the special guys in my life.  It starts out with a Basic Black base.  Three strips of Washi Tape were added to a 4″ x 4 1/4″ square of the ‘Confetti’ DSP.  I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to die cut a piece of Crushed Curry DSP from the It’s My Party pack and it is layered with another die cut piece of Whisper White.  The greeting is from the Party With Cake stamp set and was done with Basic Black Archival Ink.  It was accented with the Confetti stamp from that same set in Crushed Curry ink.  The piece of Mint Macaron cake is a stamp from that set as well.  You can’t see it, but the cake has a shimmer applied with the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.  A pair of Rhinestones finished it all off! 4-1-16BAs cool as the front of the card is, the real star of the show is the inside!  A strip of the black and white dotted DSP from the pack was die cut with the Party Pop-Up Thinlits die.  I masked off the words and colored the piece with Crushed Curry and Mint Macaron Markers.  The flames on the candles were done with the Gold Wink of Stella.  Another bit of the Washi tape was used to accent the edges of the die-cut piece before it was adhered to the inside of the card.  Makes a statement, eh?

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  Now off you go to see Connie’s lovely project!  Just in case you get lost, links to all the stops on the hop are:
Barb  (You are here)

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