Special Sunflower Card

My favorite Holiday SU catalog buy has been the painted harvest kit. Here I’ve done a card and envelope for my mother featuring one way to really maximize this kit and do some powerful paper creations.

As you see I’ve not only provided flat layered stamping but also cut outs to position on the card. Also, the envelope was done with a flat layered effect. My mom’s color choice – blues and greens, looks so simple, a little elegance… even if it doesn’t look like fall.

Bring paper to life!


We’ve Been Busy

So, we’ve been busy. My wife has worked a lot of overtime on her other job this past 2 weeks, and Easter is a big season for me. However, we have not stopped making cards. In fact, my wife has made about 20-30+ cards for Easter this past week. In addition to using a new die (NOT A STAMPIN’ UP DIE) that she found. We’ll show you the non SU project later.  Below are a few of the cards she’s been busy with this week. We hope you enjoy. Remember, you can order anytime by contacting us and placing an order for one of her cards she makes. All individual cards are $5 (includes matching envelope)  2 cards for $9.50 and 3 or more cards for $4 each.

This was a cute little homemade treat bag and an easter card that I made for my graphics assistant at church. Janel made the bag, I call it my schitso-bag. One side is fun, the other side, as you’ll see below is classy.  The card is a simple Easter cross and Celebrate, while Happy Easter is on the inside. I used two pieces of other card stock and created a wrap around daisey in flirty flamingo and then a Bermuda bay card stock.

I think my assistant was warmly surprised both by the chocolates and treats but because it just feels GREAT to get a card and something made with love. I think hand made cards and treat bags just seem to show that the person receiving is valuable. Anyone can go to the store… but if you have something hand made, or you make it yourself, that says this person is very special, and worth more than a trip to a card shoppe.

Check out the wonderful ways to say “you’re appreciated”, “You’re special to me” and more below.




This week’s cards.

This past week, we made cards based on a Brandy’sCards Youtube video class. We really love watching Brandy – and while she is not my wife’s upline sponsor in Stampin’ Up! we really appreciate her leadership and dedication to card making. We have purchased a club membership and get Brandy’s magazine, which so far we’ve only received one copy. The photos below are from her Youtube training on the Avant Gardens stamp set (no longer available) it was a 2017 Sale A Bration Freebie. BUT — she shows you how to use another regular flower stamp set to create a similar look and feel. We do plan to order that for future cards – just so our stampers can create the same basic look and feel.

A Little Pink Does the Trick

My wife was asked by our Pastor’s wife to create a birthday card. She did not want to get something from the store–just something original and creative. She did an amazing job with a Stampin’Up design. Of course, she does not have all the same products or tools yet from Stampin’ Up – but she made it look amazing just the same.

Here are some of the samples of this card. (if you want this card it can be shipped to you for $6).


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Upsy Daisy

As I begin to get involved with my wife on a day to day basis, I am learning to be more creative with paper. I am, by training, a digital designer. I work with websites, digital imaging, electronic media. Paper-crafting, well, it’s not what I trained and not what I have worked with until now.

I want to be more involved in helping my wife build a sustainable paper-crafting career – and she is into stamping and card making – so it seems only right that I begin to learn how to do this art.

Here are some samples of my “thank you” cards that I made for my music ministry volunteers. I used a retired Stampin’ Up stamp set, “Upsy Daisy” and created the following.

I used Calypso Coral and Sassy Saffron and matched with papers for a coordinated look. My first card craft EVER.




Mini Album, Maxi Result


Are you ready to be inspired? Great, let’s get started! You can make this cute mini album in one of two ways (beginner or expert), depending on your level of experience and the supplies you have on hand. All you have to do is follow the instructions and have fun!


  1. Building the box—beginner versionTo build the box, you will need two sheets of paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (item 142744). I used two different designs to add contrast.To create the bottom, use one sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper; score at 1″ on each of the four sides; cut corners as seen on the photo and adhere. For the top of the box, use one sheet cut at 5-3/8″ x 5-3/8″; score at 3/8″ on all four sides.


  2. Build the top of the box—beginner version

Decorate the top of your box with two hot air balloons stamped in Early Espresso ink (item 126974) on a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper. To make the tag, I used a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine and a few sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (item 142767), then adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s simple to make but oh-so-elegant—don’t you think?

3) Build a shaker top for the box—advanced version

I made the top of the box a bit more fun for those who want to do the stepped-up version.

Before assembling the top, I cut out a window using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (item 145372). Next, I cut and adhered a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ Window Sheet (item 142314) to the back and assembled the top. Next, I cut a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and this time, I used the hot air balloons that were cut out using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies (item 142748).


To finish the project, I applied Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825) to the edge of the Designer Series Paper, slipped in a few sequins and Sprinkles Embellishments (item 142741) on the Window Sheet, and adhered my paper on the bottom of my cover. I love shaking the box to see the beads and sequins dance around!

4) On the inside

I used two 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of Bermuda Bay Cardstock (item 131197) for the first mini and Calypso Coral Cardstock (item 122925) for the second. First, I cut three strips measuring 3-1/2″ by 11″, scored at 3-1/2″, 7″, and 10-1/2″. Next, I cut a strip of 31/2″ x 7″ and folded at 3-1/2″. All that was left was to fold the accordion as illustrated.


If you can, round all angles and corners as I did using the Project Life Corner Punch (item 135346). This will make it easier to handle and give the project a nice finishing touch. (I adhered the first and last flaps to the top and bottom of the box.)

5) Decorate your album

I created the mini in the spirit of a country fair and its fabulous treats. (I make these recipes on a regular basis when I have guests.) For a simple version, you can play around with the designs on the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack; I used the horse on this one.


I stamped a few clouds in Early Espresso ink on a design and fussy cut them. That’s right, when you don’t have Framelits Dies or the Big Shot, you can still use these assorted stamps. I adhered the horse using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430).


To keep the spirit of a shaker card in the second version, I used some sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit and created a little shaker pocket. The second flap is decorated with yummy cupcakes ready to be tasted.

I hope you enjoy this project!


Aurélie Fabre
2017 Artisan Design Team

Medallion Stamp Set

I love this stamp set. It will be a favorite for many different cards, announcements and more.Get the Make a Medallion Stamp Set for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration (through March 31, 2017)! Carrie from the Stampin’ Up! home office shares many ways this diverse stamp set can be used–for both the beginning and experienced stamper! Contact your demonstrator or visit stampinup.com to learn more.