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:




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)


Creative Circle Valentine Blog Hop


12370906_1076423485742037_8593387562599901650_oWelcome to the Creative Circle Valentine’s Day blog hop!  Did you see what Sandy had to show you – great stuff, eh?

I love making girly girl cards, and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set with matching Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits dies let me frill out to my heart’s content, and they are available as a discounted bundle!  Here’s one of the cards we made in a recent 2-5-16A

The Crumb Cake base was layered with a sheet from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. A Whisper White heart die cut was inlaid into the negative space of the top Blushing Bride layer.  The greeting was stamped in Blushing Bride classic ink, punched out with the 2″ circle punch, and popped up with dimensionals.  The flowers were cut with the thinlit set out of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and accented with pearls.  The final accents at the bottom are a strip of the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and a ribbon/bow of Whisper White seam binding.  Hearts and florals work together so well to make a lovely Valentine!

Wouldn’t this make a great card to add to the Mailbox from last month’s hop?  Here’s the one I made: 1-5-16BThe pattern is available from Liz Holloway’s online store – you can get it here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – next up is Liz and I know you’re going to love her project!  If at any time you get lost, just click on one of these links to pick up where you left off.




1. Sandy Mott –
2, Barb Stencel – (You’re here)
3. Liz Holloway –
4. Fran Cassidy Sabad –





Be My Valentine Blog Hop

Feb 2016 Blog Hop Button ResizedWelcome to our February issue of Di’s Country INKers blog hop!  Did you enjoy what Diana had to show you?

It’s Sale-a-Bration time and I’ve been playing with some of my new FREE stamps!  As soon as I saw the heart-shaped vapor trail in the Sky is the Limit stamp set, I knew what the first card I made with it would be – a Valentine!  Take a look: 2-1-16AI started with a base of Basic Grey and layered it with Real Red and a Basic Grey striped panel from the Neutrals DSP stack.  On the 5″ x 3″ main panel, I stamped the airplane and greeting in Basic Grey, and the vapor trail was stamped in Smoky Slate.  I used a blender pen and Real Red classic ink to color in the body of the airplane.  The ‘Valentine’ stamp is from a retired set called Something to Celebrate.  I stamped it in Real Red on a banner of Whisper White, and layered that over a slightly larger Real Red banner.  I shaped it with my bone folder and wrapped a little silver cording around the left edge.  I like how it looks as if it’s fluttering in the wind!  The final touch was to add a little Wink of Stella glimmer to the heart in the vapor trail.  Here’s a closer look at the pretty shimmer: 2-1-16BAs if there aren’t already some wonderful items in the Sale-a-Bration catalog that you can get for free, on February 15th there will be a few new items added!  With every $50 in product ordered (before tax/shipping) you get to choose one award – doesn’t get much better than free!

Ok, now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you.  Something delightful, I’m certain!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.


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Just in case you get off track, here are the stops on this month’s hop:


Barb (You’re here)









So Very Grateful Valentine first stamp set I ordered from the 2014 Spring Mini catalog was So Very Grateful.  A couple of weeks ago, I was playing around with the stamps and came up with this card – I liked it so well, it became part of my Valentine’s Day Class!

I started with a card base of Very Vanilla.  I layered Blushing Bride cardstock over Cherry Cobbler and ran them through my Big Shot with the second smallest die from the Hearts Collection Framelits.  The sandwich left an impression on the Blushing Bride layer that I used as a template to lay down a fine line of glitter glue then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over that.

I stamped the corner floral image from So Very Grateful in Versamark and heat embossed it with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The Flower centers were accented with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. The Cherry Cobbler/Blushing Bride panels were adhered together and popped up with Dimensionals.  The stamp in the center of the hearts is from the Best Of Love set.  The card was finished off with a rhinestone in the center image.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you – tell someone you love them today!!


Hearts A Flutter Valentine

IMG_2475I just love how Stampin Up is grouping products together in their catalogs to create product suites.  It makes it even easier to make beautiful cards when all I need to do is start out with things that already coordinate with each other!

I created this card for a Spring Mini swap and used lots of stuff from the More Amore Suite.  See the large, lacy Primrose Petals heart on the left side?  That was snipped from the laser-cut sheet that comes with the More Amore designer series paper!  Then I stamped the lacy heart from the Hearts a Flutter set in Versamark and embossed it with Pool Party embossing powder and stamped the ‘hearts’ heart from the same set in Real Red to create the stamped layers.  Here are the ingredients for this card:

Card stock:  Pool party, Very Vanilla, More Amore DSP

Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That’s the Ticket

Ink:  Versamark, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Pool Party

Accessories:  Clear & Pool Party Embossing Powder; 5/8″ Flower Trim; Ticket Duo Builder Punch, Homemade Shimmer Spray, Pool Party 1/4″ Satin Ribbon (a Sale-A-Bration award from the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack)


Sale-A-Bration is in full swing!  You won’t want to miss out on all the wonderful things you can get for FREE!!  Place an order today or call me to book your workshop.  Don’t forget, for each $50 in merchandise, not only will you be able to choose a Sale-A-Bration award, but you will earn a chance for a free clear-mount Oh Hello stamp set just from me…

Hope you have a terriffic Tuesday, and take some time to be creative!



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