Double Z card


This was a really cool card that I pinned on Pinterest and then later came across the You Tube video when I was watching some Stampin’ Up! videos. It was evening, I was home alone, so I thought, “I should just make this with her right now!” And I did! The “her” is Jan B. from the UK. I have seen a few of her videos over the past year. She made hers with flowers and butterflies, but I needed a masculine birthday card for another brother-in-law. Yes, my husband has a few brothers. I missed 1 of them this year…as well as a few other friends, but have really been making an effort to get cards out every month!

This card is called the Double Z and is really quite easy! I’ll post the measurements for the card stock at the end of this post.

I will be changing a few things when I make my next one. For example…I would start with a bigger card since the balloons are so big or use a different stamp set with smaller balloons. Then, on the front where the white strip is, I think I would go ahead and stamp the banners across there as well. On my card, it looks too blank. I would also put the patterned paper under the banner on the inside where it is all white currently. You can’t really write there, so I think the patterned paper would look better. I would also only use 1 stamp on the top to give myself some writing space, or use white on the other side where the balloon is. Although, really, there isn’t a need to write much and the starkness of the white would probably throw it all off. Of course, her card used different colors and had a different theme, so really, it just depends on what you want from this card. As a simple birthday card, this works for me…with the banner stamped on the front, I would be completely happy!

The measurements for this card are all in inches. If you need the metric measurements, or want to see the original, you will want to go look Jan B. up on You Tube here.

The stamp set I used is called Celebrate Today, which you can find HERE. For the inside blurb, I used some retired stamp sets, however, I am sure you can find something in your stash or on the website that you could use.


  • 11 x 4 – base color of card stock of your choice, Score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  • 11 x 1 1/8 – strip of base color with same scoring as above
  • 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 Whisper White card stock
  • 2 5/8 x 3 7/8 Whisper White (2 of these)
  • 2 5/8 x 1 Whisper White (2 of these)
  • 5 3/8 x 1 Whisper White
  • 2 1/2 x 3 3/4  DSP (Patterned paper that matches your base color – a small print is best)
  • 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 DSP (same patterned paper)
  • left over Whisper White from cutting previous pieces
  • base color scraps for layering (I used for making the balloons)
  • a 2nd matching solid color for layering (I used this to make the other color balloons)

I challenge you to make this card and let me know how yours turns out! I am always curious as to what others create! I like to be the foundation and bring an idea to you and then see what you end up creating!

I’m going to make some more and see what I come up with! I’ll post the others for inspiration! Enjoy!! Have fun!



My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found

OK, OK,  I know this isn’t Stampin’ Up! products. However, it is creative scrapbooking and I did create these pages for Scrap4Less, the crop and place that I do teach scrapbooking classes using Stampin’ Up! products. Each month I get papers that she has an abundance of, create pages for her (she only makes cards) and then she makes kits out of them! Soon, I will be teaching the classes with these kits as well! It’s scrapbooking and teaching, so I. AM. IN! And, isn’t the whole purpose of having this blog to share my scrapbooking (ok, cards, too) passion with you?! Yes, it is! So here they are…

I have never been really big on using lots of patterned paper, it frightened me really! I would use it as accents and such…then she gave me a half dozen patterned papers and said, “Here, what can you do with this?” YIKES! I was not so sure. I will admit that I went straight to Pinterest to see what others did with it! And then the creative juices started to flow…gotta love Pinterest!

Here is the 2-page layout I did using the Lost & Found papers she gave me from My Mind’s Eye. She has lots of paper from them. It’s good stuff!

These are great Boy/Men pages! I love the quotes! The big rectangles are obviously where you would put pictures. She didn’t ask me to use my own, yet I did suggest she put her pictures in there then, to help get people excited about the paper! Scrapbook pages look so much better with pictures on them!! Don’t you think?

If you like these papers, come shop at Scrap4Less on the 2nd Friday and Saturday of the month! Or even better, stay and scrapbook or any other craft, as well! Always love having folks to scrapbook with!! You can also sign up for classes of all kinds! I teach the scrapbooking ones and leave the card making, quilling, and iris folding to the other ladies. You can SIGN UP NOW! for any of the classes! I am usually there on Saturday’s only right now…and plan to be there on Fridays, as well, come August. When you come, let me know you saw this here! I love meeting people!!

June: D’s Stamping Team USA Blog Hop – New Products


Hello! Welcome to my first Blog Hop with D’s Stamping Team USA Blog Hop for the month of June (my favorite month, of course!)!! I am so excited to be participating! There are so many wonderful new products in the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog…so I just chose a couple of my favorites! I also chose to make a 5×5 square card, something I rarely think of doing.



I made this birthday card for my brother-in-law. I asked him what his favorite colors are and he said blue, black, and red, so I challenged myself to make a card using them! The blue became Dapper Denim (a new In Color). The red became Cherry Cobbler (a deeper red, that I prefer), and the black is Basic Black (that was easy)! I also added some Whisper White for the banner and white embossing powder for the sweet little phrase at the bottom.

I used 5 of the stamps from Timeless Textures for the background using Dapper Denim and Cherry Cobbler inks. I just worked it around the edges and toward the center, since that is where I was going to focus the numbers. The numbers and phrases are from Number of Years stamp set…this one will get tons of use in my house, especially since it has the matching framlits! No more fussy cutting! Sweet!

When I used the white embossing powder, I used the Versa Mark ink pad. I also used a small piece of Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon to add a flag on the 9. For the black strip in the middle, I cut a 1″ strip and ran it through the center of the Softly Falling embossing folder to give it some more texture. Overall, I am happy with this card! I trust he likes it too!

Thank you for stopping by! Next you will go to Megan Thompson’s blog and see her work of art!



Stampin’ Up! Product used for this card:

  • Dapper Denim paper, ink, and Ruched Ribbon
  • Cherry Cobbler paper and ink
  • Basic Black paper
  • Whisper White paper
  • Timeless Textures Stamp set
  • Number of Years Stamp set
  • White embossing powder
  • Versa Mark ink
  • Softly Falling embossing folder

If you would like any of these products, you can click Right Here!



4th Sunday Card Class



Here are the 3 cards we will be making on Sunday! Class is $10 for 3 cards. Sign up today! Space is limited! We “play” from 1-3pm at my house.

We’ll be using the new In Colors and one of my favorite stamp sets…Work of Art! We’ll also be doing one if my favorite techniques! You gotta come to find out what that is!
You’ll also get to choose a card from one of my Paper Pumkin boxes to make as your 3rd card! I love getting my Paper Pumpkin every month and thought I would share it with you! I am also going to raffle off a Paper Pumpkin box to those who sign up and show up to this class!

Plus, if you bring a new friend, you get a free stamp set! WooHoo! Who doesn’t love free stuff?!
Sign up now! Email me!!

Mother’s Day Cards

I know, I know…Mother’s Day was last month and Father’s Day is this weekend…well, I forgot to post the cards I made for the Moms in my life…so here they are!

The one with the 5 butterflies was a neat idea to me…it was for my SMIL (Step Mother-in-Law…my husband’s ex-stepmother…it’s complicated) Anyway, she helped with raising my husband and his brother (2 small orange butterflies) for the short time that they were married had 3 children (big butterflies) of her own with my FIL. She was, however, a positive influence in their lives during that time. She really liked the card, and that is all that matters to me!!

I like how the Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, and Tip Top Taupe color combo came together. It didn’t work for me until I used the framelits to cut out the butterflies…then I loved it!