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Happy Easter, everyone! C’mon in and take a peep peek at our April blog hop…

Silly me forgot to snap a photo of the Easter card I sent out to my family this year, so I’ve chosen to show you another card that I did for a fellow co-worker who recently retired. She was moving out of state and taking very little with her, so a bouquet of roses simply wouldn’t have been practical as a gift.  The Petal Passion Suite came to my rescue and I made her a card with roses that would last forever! 


I stamped the roses from Petal Palette stamp set and colored them with Stampin’ Blends markers and die-cut them with the Petals & More Thinlits dies. The sweet little bird is from the same stamp set and also has a coordinating die to cut him out with.  With so many images in this stamp set, it wasn’t difficult to find a greeting and additional flowers to complete the front panel.  The Basic Black card base was layered with two of the lovely patterns found in the Petal Passion designer series paper pack.  A little Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon and a few rhinestones were all the accents needed to complete this card.  With 15 images in the stamp set, 10 dies in the coordinating die set, and the gorgeous papers, ribbon and embossing folders, this suite is by far one of my most favorite in the Occasions catalog!

If only spring would arrive in my neck of the woods.  As I write, it is a brisk 23 degrees out which feels like 14 with the wind chill.  Yes, it’s April and we are still talking about wind chill factors!  I’m heading back to my studio to stamp some more birds and flowers and dream of spring.  I hope you’ll head over to Kathya’s blog and see what she’s stamped for you today.  

Barb's Signature





P.S.  If you get lost – here are this month’s hoppers:

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and this month we’ve chosen to show off some of the projects we’ve been creating for our loved ones. I am over the moon about the Painted with Love Specialty DSP pack, and wanted to make a card that showed off as much of this beautiful paper as I could.  The pack is full of designs that have an abstract brush stroke look with gold foil accents.  It’s bold, flashy and sweet all at the same time – I just love it!!

My project begins with a tent-fold card base made from Whisper White Thick card stock which is layered with a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Powder Pink card stock.  I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut a heart from the Powder Pink layer, and then backed it with a bit of  the bold brush stroke patterned DSP.  The two smaller hearts were also cut from the Sweet & Sassy set, one from Gold Glimmer Paper, and one from another Painted With Love paper.  The smallest heart was heat embossed in gold with the tiny leaf pattern from Heart Happiness.  The “love” was die cut from Gold Foil paper using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  The striped pattern at the bottom is also from Painted With Love.  A few sequins from my stash were used as accents.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project – all the products I used are listed below and can be found in my online store by clicking on the images.  It’s time to send you off to see what Kathya has to show you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!





Our hoppers this month are:

Di          http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb     http://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Mary    http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Trisha  https://www.creativelystamping.blog



2018 New Year, New Catalogs Blog Hop

Happy New Year!  Today we are featuring projects from Stampin Up’s new 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that go live in just two days!  I don’t know how they do it, but Stampin’ Up! always manages to wow me with each new catalog they release, and this one is no exception.  The very first suite of products that caught my eye was Sweet Soiree beginning on page 12 of the 2018 Occasions catalog.  I love to make birthday cards, and I especially love florals, so of course, these coordinating products really tickled my fancy!

Power Pink birthday card featuring Stampin' Up! Sweet Soiree product suite

Here I’ve paired Powder Pink cardstock with a strip of DSP from the Sweet Soiree pack.  It’s accented with some Silver washi tape from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment pack.  The gift was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver.  I used reinkers and an Aqua Painter brush to color in the florals with Berry Burst, Calypso Coral and Old Olive ink.  That was fussy cut and layered with some Silver Metallic Thread.  I did a wash of Rich Razzleberry right on the card base and popped up the gift with dimensionals.  The ‘For You’ greeting was heat embossed with Silver powder and die cut with the oval from the Coffee Cups Framelits set.  A few scattered rhinestones finished off the piece.

Start getting your wish list together – these catalogs and Stampin’ Up’s best sale of the year launch on January 3rd!  With every $50 in merchandise ordered, you earn your choice of free products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  This year, there are two $100 level choices as well!  Cute stuff – if you haven’t gotten your catalogs yet, let me know and I’ll be happy to get a set out to you.

Off you go now to see what Kathya has to show you!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  In case you get off track, the hop stops are shown below.


Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com (you are here)
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Melissa http://www.stampinupwithmelissa.blogspot.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog/





Wink of Stella Enameled Dragonfly

A few weeks ago, I posted this card and promised to do a video tutorial on how I made the Dragonfly embellishment.  Here’s a close-up:

It’s so darned difficult to photograph anything that sparkles.  Turns out it’s difficult to capture on video as well!  After what seems like hundreds of takes, I finally decided to just pull the trigger and post a video.  I’m a bit of a novice at the video editing program I’m using, and the learning curve is pretty steep – at least for me.  I will keep trying, though, and hopefully those rough edges will smooth out over time!  During this video, I mentioned that I had other footage that better showed the sparkling effects, and I do.  However, trying to splice that in proved too much for my pea brain to make happen, and so it ended up on the cutting room floor.  If I can get the software to cooperate, I will do an updated post and let you know. 

Thanks for watching – holler if you have any questions…




Springtime Blog Hop

It’s the first of the month and that means time for another Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  You may have arrived from Di’s blog – what did you think of her Springtime project?

Today’s card was one we made in class this week.  The little purple blooms remind me of Lilacs, which, if it ever stops raining, will soon be in bloom here.  I don’t know about you, but I think the springtime scent of Lilacs is one of the prettiest smells on earth! 

Today’s project begins with an Emerald Envy card base.  The foliage, from Number of Years, was inked in Emerald Envy and stamped off twice.  The flowers, from the same set, were inked in Wisteria Wonder and also stamped off.  The greeting, also from Number of Years, was stamped in Emerald Envy.  We used the Layering Squares Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White squares in the focal point. 

Now, it’s a bit hard to photograph sparkles, but you can kind of see how sparkly and shiny this little Dragonfly is.  While I was designing this card, I was playing around with a few different ways to take this little guy up a notch, and I came up with a new-to-me technique in the process.  I showed it to the girls in my class this week and they were just as excited about it as I was.  It’s hard to describe, so I’m working on a video to show you what I discovered.  I’ll have it posted in a few days.  Here’s a close-up…

Close-up of Dragonfly Die-cut

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  A full list of the products used is listed below as well as all the stops on our hop.  Please try to leave our hoppers a little comment love – your feedback really means a lot!  Now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you.


Our hoppers:

Barb   (You are here)



Valentine’s Blog Hop

Welcome to our February Blog Hop – this month we are featuring all things Valentine’s.  How about Di’s project – cute, eh?

In December, I had a bunch of Holiday treats and holders left over from a craft fair I participated in and I was looking for a way to sell them.  I asked if I could put them on display in the salon my daughter works in.  (Vickie’s Personal Touch Salon in Wauconda, IL;  Ask for Vera!) Now, being made with Stampin’ Up! product, they were, of course, cute, but I was floored at how quickly the products sold!  Several of their customers asked if there would be any Valentine’s items for sale, so I went to work to give the customers what they wanted!  I made a few different types of treat holders to see what would sell best – here’s one of them:

I brought in some 4 oz quilted jelly jars, filled them with Valentine’s Day M & M’s, and decorated them Stampin’ Up! style!  The layers on the lid are: Bottom:  Melon Mambo cut with the 2 1/8″ layering circle framelit die.  Middle: Red Glimmer Paper cut with the 2″ circle punch. Top: Whisper White cut with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  On the top layer, I stamped the “Sealed With a Kiss” from the Sealed With Love stamp set in Versamark and used Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  Once that was heat set, I stamped the lips image in Melon Mambo ink.

Around the jar band, I used a length of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Real Red and concealed the seam with a bow made of the same ribbon.  I stamped the heart from the Sealed With Love set in Versamark ink onto Melon Mambo cardstock and diecut it with the largest heart die from the Love Notes Framelits set.  It was attached beneath the bottom layer of the lid assembly with a piece of Baker’s Twine. Then the band was screwed on.


Keep your eyes peeled for some additional Sale-a-Bration items in a couple of weeks!  I got to preview them today and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!!

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today.  Your next stop on the hop is Kathya and I just know you’re going to love her project!


Just in case you get lost, here are the stops on today’s Valentine’s Day Blog Hop:

Barb    (You are here)


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