Uplifting Pretty Kitty with Stampin’ Up!


Pretty Kitty Stampin' Up!


My wonderfully sweet friend, D’Arcy sent me this uplifting card in sympathy of losing my girl, Hope, two weeks ago. I couldn’t love this card more with all of the personal touches and the beautiful  note inside.

D’Arcy is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator based in Montgomery, TX. She used the set Pretty Kitty and this adorable, mischievous image reminds me so much of Hope when she was a kitten with her pink nose and pink ears and getting into everything. The color scheme D’Arcy used was the perfect balance of sympathy and uplifting that I needed. I keep every handmade card I’ve ever been given because I know how special they are. This one is one I’ll cherish for a long, long time to come.

Pretty Kitty Stampin' Up!

Thank you so much for thinking of me, D’Arcy. Your card was just the happy mail that I needed.

I hope you enjoyed D’Arcy’s card today and I hope that if you have a dear friend going through a bit of a trial, you’ll take a moment to send a note along to them. It helps to know we’re not alone in our troubles.

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Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend! I’m back with a quick and easy graduation card with the help of Simple Stories.

This card goes together so quickly with the Simple Stories Rad Grad 12″ X 12″ Collection.  I pulled some gold foil from my stash to layer the sentiment card on top of my Basic Black card base from Stampin’ Up! and I found some random gold chipboard stars that I didn’t even remember having in my stash to embellish. I’m glad I found these stars; they are the perfect complement and I used up something! I used the “Congrats!” sticker from the card stock sticker sheet and I love how this whole card turned out.  From layout design to finished product, it took about 15 minutes.

Simple Stories Rad Grad Collection

I’ve added some links below on where to find the gold foil card stock that I would purchase to replenish my stash. I wasn’t able to find a good replacement for the gold chipboard stars – – these would be easy to make with the right supplies.  Look for a tutorial post on that soon.

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On a personal note, we’ve been a little sad and teary-eyed this week around my house. On Tuesday, I had to let my beautiful baby girl, Hope, go.  She was 20 years old and it was her time. She was my unfair weather friend and constant companion since she was six weeks old. She is dearly missed.

My beautiful baby girl Hope





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Have You Heard? Summer’s Coming with BoBunny Summer Mood

I have two cards to share with you today. I’m playing with BoBunny’s Summer Mood suite.

Have you heard? Summer's Coming with BoBunny's Summer Mood @thecreativeblend

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The first card begins with a base of retired Stampin’ Up! Baja Breeze card stock. I couldn’t have asked for a better match to the color theme in BoBunny’s Summer Mood suite.  Baja Breeze is my favorite Stampin’ Up! color ever. This color combo just screams SUMMER to me! Sunshine truly is the best medicine. I think this would be a wonderful card to send to a friend who’s been under the weather and needs reminding that brighter days are ahead.

Baja Breeze Melon Mambo Daffodil Delight Color Combo @thecreativeblend

BoBunny Summer Mood Suite @thecreativeblend

The pinwheels and this patterned paper were meant to be together! I love these sentiment banners stacked with the reminders we all need from time to time!

All of the die cuts and embellishments are from the Summer Mood Noteworthy Journaling Cards. Look, ma, no stamping and no ink needed!

BoBunny Summer Mood Noteworthy Journaling Cards @thecreativeblend

The patterned paper is from the BoBunny Summer Mood 6″ X 6″ paper pad. I love these 6″ X 6″ paper pads, you get such a selection of paper sized just right for cards for a great price!

BoBunny Summer Mood 6"X6" paper pad @thecreativeblend

Speaking of savings, Scrapbook.com is celebrating National Scrapbook Day! Save 10% with code: NSD2018

National Scrapbooking Day Scrapbook.com @thecreativeblend

I hope you find some bargains today! I hope you were inspired to bring a little Summer into your world and were inspired by the colors, layout and sentiments used in my cards today.  What are your plans to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this weekend?  Share with me in the comments!

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One Day Scrap and Stamp Retreat – Louisiana Boardwalk
Our next One DayScrap and Stamp Retreat on the Louisiana Boardwalk is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th!
Bring whatever you’d like to work on and we’ll have space for 20 from 9 in the morning until 9 at night!  The low cost covers the meeting room and lunch on Saturday!
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Stamp and Scrap Retreat
WHERE: Marriott Courtyard at the LA Boardwalk
WHEN:   Saturday, April 28th
TIME:       9:00 am – 9:00 pm
COST:    $30. Minimum 10 people; max is 20.
Lunch IS provided on Saturday.

You can also bring any stamp sets, ink pads, scrap paper, embellishments, crafting supplies, etc. you would like to sell or trade. That will all be done on an individual basis.

Feel free to bring any products/brands you like for your projects. Come and go as you please. Your spot is reserved for the entire time.

Reserving Your Spot
Click here to pay by Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/thecreativeblend/30 If you would like to prepay another way, please let me know.  I am happy to work with you.
We have to pay for the room regardless of your attendance. So, if you prepay and cancel within 24 hours of the event or do not show up to the event, your payment will not be refunded.
If you are ready to RSVP for the retreat, please let me know and send your Paypal payment by Sunday, April 22nd!  I will send two payment reminders on March 23rd and April 20th .  If you do not prepay by April 22nd, you will not have a reserved spot.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!  Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.
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Sunny and Cheerful April Birthdays with Stampin’ Up! and Altenew

April Birthday Cards with Stampin' Up! and Altenew

These are the birthday cards that my friends and I made for the charitable organization that we support, Pilots for Patients. These are the ones made for April. Making these cards is a blessing, but it’s also been a great way for me to use up my stash.  I pulled the paper from the retired Stampin’ Up! set, It’s My Party and used Crushed Curry as my color, keeping it more masculine, as these cards are going to the Pilots in Pilots for Patients.

It's My Party Stampin' Up!

The Happy Birthday stamp is from Altenew’s (affiliateBirthday Builder stamp set. This versatile set features 18 unique fonts and loads of different combinations and ways to say “Happy Birthday!”

You may recognize the layout from a previous card Birthday in Perfect Plum. Take a look at how this layout can go from masculine to feminine!

I hope you enjoyed this masculine birthday take on a previous layout. I hope you’re inspired to use this layout for a multitude of your cards in the future!

Check out this card in my Etsy shop here.

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Embossed Vellum Technique with Concord & 9th

Happy Mother's Day Embossed Vellum with Concord and 9th

This beautiful card started with a technique idea – Embossed Vellum. I knew I wanted a bold image behind the vellum to stand out. I found the perfect one in the Concord and 9th set Happy Words.

Starting with a base of soon-to-be retired Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip and a piece from the Kaisercraft Ooh La La paper pack, I stamped the large floral design in retired Stampin’ Up! Watermelon Wonder ink. I embossed the piece of lightweight vellum paper using my Big Shot and the retired Stampin’ Up! Brick Wall Embossing Folder. With a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock and adhesive sheet, I die cut the Happy with the Happy Card die set. I stamped Mother’s Day in Chocolate Chip ink on a piece of retired Stampin’ Up! Crisp Cantaloupe and die cut it out with the banner die from the Happy Card die set. I love this color combo. It reminds me of ice cream and summer and pretty clothes.

watermelon wonder crisp cantaloupe chocolate chip stampin up

I hope you enjoyed this card today. I hope that you were inspired by the technique, layout or color combo. It’s not too early to start on Mother’s Day cards for the special women in your life. Only two and a half weeks away!

This card is listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Delightfully Inspired by Nature – Gina K Stamps and Pencils


If someone could tell me why I forget how happy card making makes me from day to day, I’ll send this card to them. 🙂

So, it’s only been three weeks since my last post. I do apologize. Every now and then my mind plays tricks on me. Makes me think that no one is interested in what I have to share with you.  And I know that’s just not true, is it? I’ll try to do better….

This card was inspired by a little weekend trip I took over Easter weekend.  I like to get in the car and drive. On my drive, the red bud trees, spirea and wisteria were in full bloom.  I always forget that Spring is coming, too.  It was a beautiful weekend, if a little chilly.  And I’ve been seeing those glorious colors in my mind’s eye ever since.

I thought the On My Mind and In My Heart stamp set by Gina K fit my desire to recreate Spring with the pinks, yellows and purples I’d seen on my trip. I’d never used Gina K. stamps before. I am pleased with the quality and the level of detail on the stamp. I stamped this in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card and used the very first set of colored pencils I got, Rose Art, to color in the stamp. I liked how this stamp inked up and stamped on the paper and I liked coloring with the colored pencils on the X-Press It Blending Card. It gave a smooth, crisp finish.



Delightfully Inspired with Gina K and Pencils @thecreativeblend

I used the retired Stampin’ Up! Spring Flowers embossing folder for the background. Any floral embossing folder will do to recreate this layout.

I hope you’ve been inspired today by my colors, technique and layout to recreate a little bit of Spring. And seriously, comment below to tell me why I forget how happy making cards makes me and I’ll mail you this card. Because we could all use a little happy mail every now and then. Have a great weekend!

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Altenew Best Dad Stamp and Die Bundle
@thecreativeblend Altenew Best Dad Stamp and Die Bundle
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Quick Easter Card with The Paper Players – PP386

@thecreativeblend Easter

This week, I’m playing with The Paper Players. I needed a last minute Easter card and this sketch layout was a great inspiration.  I’m using more paper from the Celebrate Easter 6″ X 6″ paper pad from Echo Park.



This card went together so quickly. The hardest part was figuring out what papers to use from the paper pad! Using the colors in the papers I selected, I used this color combo:


I love these soft pastels for this time of year.

I colored the bunny from Technique Tuesday’s Bailey the Bunny Animal House stamp set with only four Copic Markers (R20, W0, W3, W5)

@thecreativeblend Technique Tuesday Copics @thecreativeblend Copic Markers

He is really too adorable! I want to squeeze him and call him George! Anyone remember that?

With the sketch for inspiration, all the paper from the paper pad and a few swipes of Copic markers, this card went together in about 20 minutes! I hope my post inspired you today.  Happy Easter, everyone!



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March Birthdays – Stampin’ Up! Foil Frenzy


Last time I saw you, my girls and I were headed to NOLA for Phantom of the Opera. We had a fantastic time! Nine of us in the streets of the French Quarter on St. Patrick’s Day! The show was everything I hoped it would be and more, the food was spectacular and the company just could not be beat! I highly recommend the girls weekends. If you can throw in a road trip, even better!

I wanted to share with you today the cards that we made for March Birthdays for our charitable organization project. This charitable organization, Pilots for Patients, is so dear to our hearts. This is a local Louisiana organization making it easier for patients to get to medical treatment that is not in their immediate area.  My group and I make these birthday cards every month for the pilots that are donating their time, energy and airplane to fly these patients wherever they need to go at no cost. The cards are a small way to show our thankfulness for what they do.

I love the bright, cheerful color combo on these cards!  I dove into my stash of Stampin’ Up! materials to make these cards.  They feature Tangerine Tango, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy.


Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper, Foil Frenzy, gives a celebratory feature. Also used is Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper, Birthday Bash, for a little accent.  The stamp set used is from Hero Arts Dude.




I hope you enjoyed this card and you were inspired by the layout or color combo.  As cardmakers, we always have an abundance of cards to share.  Find out how you can share your love of paper with those making a difference today!

Until next time,


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Good Friends Are Hard To Find

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My girls and I are heading to New Orleans tomorrow to take in Phantom of the Opera. I am so excited! And, yes, indeed, Good Friends ARE Hard to Find! I am so blessed with an abundance of good friends.

I had to use green on this card because, St. Patrick’s Day.

This Spring-like paper comes from Echo Park Celebrate Easter and the stamp set comes from Stampin’ Up! Lovely Friends.  I found that Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2019 In Color Lemon Lime Twist coordinated perfectly with this paper.

Lovely Friends

I hand-cut the sentiment to let more of that paper show through.

I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration in the layout and sentiment. Have a great weekend!

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