Lots of Happy Card Kit

I would like to share one more card kit, Lots of Happy Card Kit, then I will get back to cards using new stamp sets. I wanted to make a Thank You card for a neighbor that helped me with a new car battery. I didn’t want anything with flowers or cute patterns, not his style (wink)! So I pulled out Lots of Happy. I remembered the bold black and white stripes and great label options. Once I pulled out the pieces I wanted to use, I decided I needed just a little bit of color but simple, because I wasn’t going to use the flower and vellum pieces that come with the kit. I used a simple pattern from the new Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper.

I like the way it turned out and easy to make! The Lots of Happy Card Kit has three size envelopes and cards that can be used as gift cards or the full size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card for mailing like I chose for his card. There are lots of patterns to color with the watercolor pencils included in the kit, vellum shapes, white and gold foil tags and labels, ribbon,  cardstock for the card bases and of course stamps with a variety of sentiments.  You can find it on page 9 of the Annual Catalog or by clicking on this link then Kits on my website to see all of the card kit options.

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.  – Ferdinand Porsche.

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Calligraphy Essentials Kit

The new Calligraphy Essentials Kit is a project kit with supplies to make 16 cards of four designs. In yesterday’s blog I talked about creating quick and easy cards by using some of the various Stampin’Up! kits such as Paper Pumpkin, new and returning cards kits or Memories & More card packs.  The Calligraphy Essentials Kit is one of the new project kits that you will find at the front of the Annual Catalog on pages 6-11.

Watch the Stampin’Up! product video as Shannon shows us how she practiced lettering and created cards from the kit.  

Click here to watch the video!

I’ve also posted the image from my Online Store of the products included in the kit,

A few months ago I began seeing an ad on Facebook with creative lettering kits.  I didn’t know at the time that Stampin’Up! was going to introduce this great project kit with practice pages for lettering. I like the workbook that I ordered but I must admit the Stampin’Up! lettering in the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit are better so I can’t wait to order it and resume practicing my lettering.  Sometimes there just isn’t a word or a sentiment in the stamp sets that says exactly what you want.  The various letters stamp sets certainly help with that, but at the very least,  I would love to hand write prettier greetings inside of a card!

I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it’s done in handwriting.   – Nelson DeMille, American author

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Project kits make card creation easy!

Stampin’Up! project kits make card creation easy! Whether it is a monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit, new and returning card kits at the front of the new Annual Catalog or our lovely Memories & More card packs, you can put together a card easily and quickly!  You can make the card just as suggested in the directions or do your own thing. As a matter of fact since my card sample for today was so easy, I decided to share cards from the May Paper Pumpkin kit (that I just got around to opening!). I’ll post the products below the two samples.

Today’s Card Sample

For this card I used the new Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack. No stamping, no ink! The card packs were originally created for memory keeping and scrapbooks but so many of us began to use the lovely designs on cards we were creating that Stampin’Up! introduced Whisper White Memories & More cards and envelopes. There are two sizes with 10 cards and envelopes per pack. Use the 3×4 inch for small cards or the 4×6 inch for larger cards. You can find them on page 194 of the Annual Catalog.  I just used a larger card design, trimmed it a bit and put on a standard 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

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Paper Pumpkin Alternate Design from the Catalog

With the anticipated June Paper Pumpkin on the way to me, I figured I better open up May! That happens some months. Now that I have opened it, I love it! I have seen so many great cards by other demonstrators and Paper Pumpkin fans, but I wasn’t sure what I would think. LOVE IT!

I created two cards as suggested in the monthly kit (if you aren’t familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it’s a monthly subscription that includes everything you need to create a project with a different theme or project every month). Then I used the cardstock and mountain stickers along with items from the Annual Catalog to create a third card.

May Paper Pumpkin Kit: 

Did I mention the ink color this month is Mossy Meadow! Now you know why I love it!

My Alternate Card:

Product List – along with the May Paper Pumpkin cardstock, mountain & tree stickers and stamps 


Life is either a great adventure or nothing.  – Helen Keller

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Find Joy in Nature

There is beauty everywhere, just stop, look and find joy in nature around you! I have bird feeders outside my office window, I love to look up and catch a glimpse of a little yellow finch, perched and ready to grab some sunflower seed hearts. However, it has been gloomy with rain and storms lately, I haven’t seen one for a couple of days. So, I thought I would create one! 

I used Petal Palette for the bird and branch and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper as my background on cardstock. I love the vibrant colors and playful flowers in this DSP. Can’t find a sentiment or word to add to your card? Make your own!

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  – C.S. Lewis

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Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You

One of my favorite sentiments in the new Annual Catalog is Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You. It is one of the sentiments in the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I have seen several cards on our Demonstrator Facebook page and Pinterest with layering of the tall trees in the stamp set, there are so many options and ways to use them. 

I used a wash of Pear Pizazz on watercolor paper in the background and Mossy Meadow (have I said how happy I am that Mossy Meadow is back?!) for the trees on Whisper White and Very Vanilla. I think it would be awesome to play with lots of our new greens with this stamp set. 

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Ovals Collection Framelits Die

Ovals Collection Framelits Die


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  – Albert Einstein

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Quick and simple images

Quick and simple images can make beautiful cards whether a flower image or Eastern Beauty patterns as used in this card. The simple circle stamp with lotus flower pattern inside repeated in various spots on the paper create a pretty background.

In keeping with my theme to highlight new items in the Annual Catalog, I used Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper on the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

I added black to make the images more striking on the DSP and cardstock. The label was easy too, I simply cut out a second label in black and cut it in half with scissors then used adhesive to attach the top and bottom halves peeking behind the white.

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Welcome Little One to this world!

Welcome Little One to this world!  What an adorable way to send a baby welcome than with the new Animal Outing Stamp Set.  It is such a sweet set and the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper helps create cute backgrounds, trims, patterns to fussy cut or use in scrapbook pages. 

We are so excited waiting for our first baby in the family. My niece Maureen and her husband Ben are waiting for Baby Holmes on July 1, so you may be seeing a lot of baby cards as I play and experiment with different cards! I can’t wait!

Animal Expedition DSP is one of the papers that will be offered in the Buy 3 get 1 Free special in July. Take a look online or in the catalog (stamp set and DSP on page 27 of the Annual Catalog) to start planning all the ways you will use this paper!

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ba-by  (noun) A little bit of heaven sent down to earth

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Around the Corner Stamp Set

Around the Corner Stamp Set is a new set in this year’s Annual Catalog.  It can be found on page 40 of the catalog and is perfect for using the new Stamparatus for perfect stamp placement. I used it to place the corner sentiment and position the little party hats.  There are a couple of corner sentiments and designs in this set, it’s really a cute stamp set! I used Stamparatus to position Happy Birthday from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. 

I wanted to use the new Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. I thought the black, white and gold foil would really stand out with the bright red of new Poppy Parade Classic Stamp Pad. But as you can see it is very juicy. When I used the Stamparatus a second time to create a better Hapoy Birthday image there was too much ink on the Y in Birthday! So, as I mentioned yesterday, not all projects turn out perfectly! Have fun anyway.  Regardless, I love using the Stamparatus for positioning stamps. (I should do a Facebook Live to show you how it works!)

I also realized when I saw the post in email, for those of you who get the email update when I add a new post, that the email includes all the posts since the last one. That is why you saw two.  So I guess I will leave the post on until I can figure out a better way.  Thanks for opening and reading the post, I appreciate your interest in stamping!

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It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.  – Dale Earnhardt

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Fun in the Sea

Have fun in the sea with Sea of Textures stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I had so much fun with this set, selecting the colors to use for the seaweed, sand dollar, fishing net and of course the octopus.  This set will definitely become one of your favorites. I will post the products used for this card below the other updates in this post.

I have a couple of updates to share so I turned the blog post/email option on for this post. Maybe I will turn it on every other or every third post. If you are reading this post from an email, click on the link at the bottom of the email (or the link “Read in Browser), you will leave the email and be routed to my blog. There you will be able to scroll and see cards for the days that I did not share the post in email. Let me know what you think of sharing in this way.

July Designer Series Special!

I will share some of the new Designer Series Papers that have been introduced in the new catalog this month. Once again, Stampin’Up! is offering a Buy 3, Get 1 free special in July.  If the card project I share includes one of the DSP’s that will be part of the offer, I will note it.  This will be a great time to purchase some of the new papers!

June Paper Pumpkin

June Paper Pumpkin is going to coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite of products. You don’t have to order the suite if you are already receiving Paper Pumpkin monthly or if you choose to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin this month, but it will be a fun month to use the stamp set and coordinating Framelits! Subscribe by June 10 to receive the project.  The Broadway Bound Suite can be found on pages 68-69 of the Annual Catalog.  I will use a piece of the Designer Series Paper in tomorrow’s card project. I love the paper with gold foil on some of the sheets! I had issues with the new Poppy Parade ink but I will share the card so you can see that not all projects turn out as planned! LOL!

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

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Just breathe and relax

Just breathe and relax with Peaceful Reflection photopolymer stamp set. I had a vision of flowers emerging from the water with floating lotus flowers. I used the “just breathe” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set but instead of having a long sentiment, I masked each word while I stamped the other.  You can do this with a post-it note but I use Therm O Web Purple Tape, it is gentle and delicate and doesn’t tear your cardstock if you use the tape to hold cardstock and framelits in place when running through the Big Shot or securing cardstock in the Stamparatus.  You can purchase it from several vendors, I’ll post a picture below with the products I used for the card.

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Therm O Web Purple Tape:

We will be more successful in all of our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and recenter ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.   –  Thich Nhat Hanh, author and teacher

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