Creative Escape

We’re very busy bees getting ready for this year’s Creative Escape! This post will be a rather short post with a few cards from my stamping friends. But first, here is a supply list for 2020 Creative Escape.

Be sure to watch for posts after Creative Escape and I’ll share some of the cards and scrapbook spreads we created.

Supply list for Cards 2020

Ink Pads:

  • Pretty Peacock
  • Pool Party
  • Crushed Curry
  • Soft Suede
  • Crumb Cake
  • Shaded Spruce
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • PetaSea Foam
  • Memento
  • VersaMark
  • Garden Green
  • Melon Mambo
  • Mango Melody
  • Misty Moonlight
  • Night of Navy
  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Highland Heather
  • Flirty Flamingo

Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers (Light and/or Dark needed- they come in sets now)

  • Smoky slate
  • Real Red
  • Basic Black
  • Balmy blue
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Old Olive
  • Soft Seafoam
  • Crumb Cake…..these are out of stock until October 😦 if you need to order, please substitute with Soft Suede (Lt.) or #154922 the Bronze and Ivory markers.
  • Gray Granite
  • Soft Suede
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Petal Pink
  • Pretty Peacock
  • Pool Party
  • Highland Heather


  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Layering Oval Dies
  • Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Other Supplies

  • Blender Pen
  • Wink of Stella
Scrapbooking Supplies

There are only 8 of you doing scrapbooking this year, so I don’t think it will tax my supplies too much. Also, some of the supplies are retired ones that I have pulled out to use. Don’t stress too much if you don’t have all of these. Having your own inks will be good or if you have Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

Ink Pads

  • Smoky Slate
  • Petal Pink
  • Basic Gray
  • Cinnamon Cider
  • Cajun Craze
  • Bumblebee
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Early Espresso
  • Sahara Sand
  • Real Red
  • Soft Suede
  • Memento

Other Supplies and Dies

  • Petal Pink Blends
  • Happy Tails stamp set
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies
  • Ornate Layers Dies
  • Well Written Framelits Dies
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies
  • Large Letters Framelits Dies
  • Hand-Lettered Prose Dies
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Basic Pattern Decorative Masks
  • Banner Triple Punch
  • Small Bloom Punch
  • Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Definitely a pair of Paper Snips and Take Your Pick Tool will be most used tools also. And be sure to bring your own blocks.

September Stamping Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 15th – Morningside club at 10AM, Zoom invites will be sent out tomorrow sometime

Friday, Sept. 16th – Gastonia club at 10AM at my house (yikes! what a CE mess I’ve got to clean up!!!) Becky is our hostess

Friday, Sept. 25th – Creative Escape Begins!!!

Friday, Oct. 1st – 1st Friday club

Saturday, Oct. 3rd – I am planning a team meeting! It will be at my home at 10 AM. If you can not attend, I will send you a Zoom invite so that you will be able to see the demonstrations at the team meeting. I have several team members doing demonstrations for packaging for gift ideas. Swaps may be fall or Christmas….plan for 15 swap cards.

For Your Inspiration
Here’s another beautiful card with tin art and Stampin’ Up dies from Gwen
Paper Pumpkin card from Linda

Sign up NOW for your Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin to be mailed October 11th! Go to to get yours! You can add my as your demonstrator at the very end.

This picture brought so many smiles to my face! This is not the first team retreat Cathy has had. She is growing as a team and they had so much fun together! We all better watch out at Creative Escape……I think Annette has some BIG plans! 🙂

Thanks for visiting!


Save your tin cans!

That’s right! I have a team member, Gwen, that does some fabulous things with thrown out used tin cans! As my son would say…..go dumpster diving! No, no, better not do that!

Here are a few of the cards Gwen has made.

Using retired die set Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

You might try substituting with current set, Butterfly Beauty. Not totally sure, but I think Gwen may have used embossing paste and palette knife to make a background and then sponge over with ink pads

Metal die cut seahorse on top of background Whale of a Time DSP from Stampin Up

Here’s Gwen’s secret…..

  • rinse and cut the top and bottom of a tin can*****BE CAREFUL not to cut your fingers
  • cut it down one side so tin will lay flat
  • rinse and dry
  • use whatever die you like to cut out image. If you have an older die cutting machine, you may have to reposition the die and roll through a second or third time……BUT if you have one of the NEW Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machines, you should only have to go through one time….it’s such a nice cut!
  • Remember you can also use your punches on tin too….like for balloons, butterflies, and flowers or try the umbrella punch for a little bright card.

Thank you Gwen! and Sue! Love to look at your cards!

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Here’s another little technique to try with the stitched dies…..triangles, squares or rectangles
  • die cut a bunch of shapes and adhere them on to a piece of card stock
  • make sure the sides and ends are all together for even stitching look
  • At this point, you can die cut into a shape or embossing with an embossing folder is nice too

This is what Paulette did on a beautiful card


And for your inspiration….pull out your Birds and Branches Bundle
Stampin Up Sunflower dies by Debbie F.

Stamping Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 8th – Arbors West Club at 10:00am, Jan is our hostess

Tuesday, Sept. 8th – Zoom meeting for clubs not meeting in person @ 7pm I will be sending invites out on Monday. Please let me know if you would like an invite

Tuesday, Sept. 15th – Morningside Club at 10 am, this has been determined to be a Zoom meeting. I will be sending out invitations next Monday, Pam T is our hostess

Friday, Sept. 18th – Gastonia Club at 10am, Becky is our hostess

Friday, Sept. 25th and 26th – Creative Escape Info and Supply lists will be coming this week.

*** My team members Please note in your calendars probable TEAM MEETING on Saturday, October 3rd. I’ll be sending more info in a week or so…..but I’m trying to make this happen.

Thanks for visiting!


Blossoms In Bloom tutorial with layers of color and texture

You know I love texture…..and what a simple stamp and die bundle to get it quick and easy!

Love the rich layers of color in these flowers! And it’s so easy! here’s how….

  • start with die cutting, one each of the 2 dies in the set.
  • For the wider die, I used a piece of DSP from Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. I think Artistry Blooms would be a fabulous DSP to use too!
  • For the narrow die that makes the outline, I used Pretty Peacock card stock as the color is in the DSP
  • Next, I set up my Stamparatus by inserting a piece of Whisper White card stock cut 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ vertical
  • Place your DSP (the wider die image) on top of the Whisper White CS so you can position the stamp for flower color correctly. Not impossible without Stamparatus….but it’s a breeze with the Stamparatus!
  • lay the CLEAN flower stamp over the die
  • close the lid to adhere stamp to lid and
  • then open and remove the die cut DSP
  • ink and stamp
  • I love texture….so once the inked image of flowers was dry, I embossed with Tasteful Textile 3D ( check it out on page 185 #152718)
  • One added little glimmer, I inked a sponge with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint * yeah! it’s back in the catalog #147044 and then daubed it on the stamp to ink stamp and stamped the center of DSP
  • Now, layer it all together! I used Tombo out of habit, but you could New Adhesive Sheets on page 162 #152334 You get 12 sheets of 6′ x 12″ for $10. ** Place your DSP or card stock on the sheets before you run it through the NEW Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine…..little inside pieces just drop out! It is sooooo nice!!!
  • one last little tidbit…. I die cut both parts of a small flower in Rich Razzleberry ink and stamped a “Thank You”
  • Oops! I forgot to give you the rest of the dimensions!
  • Whisper White CS was 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Granny Apple Green CS 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Rich Razzleberry CS as card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Ink flower in Rich Razzleberry
  • Die cut outline in Pretty Peacock CS
  • Die cut wider flower in Forever Greenery DSP

Here are a couple of cards Elizabeth created too

This one was made with the new Magenta Madness color using 6 x 6 DSP in the In Colors page 150 and Silver Foil die cut with flower outline die. For background of card base, stamp smaller flower in Magenta Madness.

This card just had the outline die cut in Whisper White and then us Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color flowers. She also colored 1/4″ Crinkled Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon with Blends for a variegated look.

Enjoy and be creative! It’s easy with just 2 dies and a stamp!

I love receiving cards from you all! It feeds me too! And adds to my wish list! Here are a few beautiful cards I’ve received lately

from Helen
from Helen on page 5 in the Holiday Catalog Tags are georgous!
from Helen using again the Boho Indigo Product Bundle

September Stamping Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 1st – Spartanburg Club @ 7:00pm, Linda is our hostess

Friday, Sept. 4th – 1st Friday club @ 6:30pm, Christine is our hostess

Tuesday, Sept. 8th – Arbors West Club @ 10:00am, Jan is our hostess

Tuesday, Sept. 15th – Morningside Club @ 10:00am

Friday, Sept. 18th – Gastonia Club @ 10:00am, Becky is our hostess

Thursday, Sept 24th arrive at Creative Escape and

Friday, Sept 25th – Saturday, Sept. 26th – Creative Escape!

Thanks for visiting!


Anna’s married!

It was such a beautiful wedding! God blessed with a beautiful day, lovely people to help make it so special, and we are so thrilled to know our Anna has a husband, Daniel, that totally loves God and her!

Instead of the traditional wedding cake, Anna opted for an ice cream truck! I must say, everyone loved the ice cream and the fun of having an ice cream truck!

Sorry, I don’t really have any more pictures. Elizabeth snapped a couple of these and one I got from Mrs. Zellers, Daniel’s mom.

I have a few cards I’ve received this past week to share with you. This first one is from Peggy F. I love the colors and design she made from 3/4″ strips of Flowers for Every Season 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper

And next is a card from Paulette O. Notice also, the strips of DSP for the backdrop of flower. Perfect use of scraps to make something so beautiful!

And a card from Judy P. She combined one of my past favorite Designer Series Papers and the admirable Prized Peony dies. What a winner!

And, got to show you this picture! Pam T. has been helping this young one to make her very first card!!! Good job Pam and Autumn! Makes me smile!

August/September stamping events

Friday, August, 28th – Gastonia club, Debbie Y is our hostess at 10 am.

Tuesday, September 1st – Spartanburg Club @ 7pm, Linda M is our hostess

Friday, Sept. 4th – 1st Friday club at 6:30pm, Christine is our hostess

I’ll post the rest of Sept. next week. I’m off to the races….no, actually to get a good nights rest and then to focus on this year’s Creative Escape….counting down the days…..32 days 🙂

Thanks for visiting!

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Forever Flourishing adorn you scrapbook spreads

I keep coming back to Forever Greenery DSP! All the greens just sing! I especially love the Pretty Peacock and Shaded Spruce colorations in the Paper. Here’s a look at all the sheets together.


Colors look so much better in real life….but this gives you an idea to scrapbook your special someones.

  • Layering Squares were used for the square matte tiles in Pretty Peacock CS, Just Jade CS, and Forever Greenery DSP
  • Many Medallions die was used in Just Jade CS layered on top of Pretty Peacock going across pages
  • Forever Flourishing Dies were used for leaves in bottom left
  • Tasteful Touches stamp set was used to make background images
  • Joy Dies are used to die cut “Joy” for a dimensional effect with ease

Our other scrapbook spread for August, again, I was back and revisited a Designer Series Paper I have used before, but can’t get enough of….Whale of A Time 6×6 Designer Series Paper.

  • For interest, rhinestones were added to the letters on FUN
  • Love Love how Seabed 3D on vellum has to the ambiance of the beach spread
  • Well Written Words dies were used for “happy” and “you

I want to show you another card made by Gail. She always makes beautiful cards and here is one using the Leaf Punch

August Stamping Schedule

Tuesday, August 18th – Morningside Club at 10am Zoom, Helen is our hostess

Sunday, August 23rd – probably will not blog

Friday, August 28th – Gastonia Club at 10 am, Debbie is our hostess

Tuesday, September 1st – Spartanburg Club at 7pm, Linda M is our hostess

Thanks for visiting!


Playful Pets Suite

Almost everyone has that favorite 4 legged friend that is special! Stampin’ Up has designed bright, cheerful Designer Series Paper, Stamps, and Dies to create brilliant cards and favor projects to share.

Here are some projects my friend, Ann made! I just had to share…..she is fabulous at creating these cards! I am so inspired and proud of her!

And here are some of Ann’s other creations for your inspiration! Pull out that retired DSP and stamps!

And here are beautiful cards from Helen….She used the new kit, Boho Indigo Product Medley….look on page 9 in the annual catalog. I can’t wait to play with this Product Medley! It has all elements included.

And following are card from my awesome team mates! I absolutely think these cards are awe inspiring!!!

by Dereama from In Good Taste Suite
by Peggy from Sending Sunshine
by Tammy from Sweetest Time Bundle
by Linda from Dove Of Hope Bundle and World Map Dies
by Sherry from Poinsettia Petals Bundle
by Marilyn from Flight of Fancy
by Peggy from Snowflake Wishes
by Annette from Gift Wrapped Bundle
August Stamping Schedule

I can hardly believe it’s August! Next month is Creative Escape!!!

Tuesday, Aug. 11th – Arbors West Club at 10 am, Theresa is our hostess

Saturday, Aug. 15th – Scrapbooking at 6 pm

Tuesday, Aug. 18th – Morningside club at 10 am….this will be a Zoom meeting, Helen is our hostess

Friday, Aug. 28th – Gastonia Club at 10 am, Debbie is our hostess I will have individually wrapped snacks for you.

Tuesday, Sept. 1st -Spartanburg club at 7:00pm, Linda M is our hostess

Thanks for visiting!


Stampin’ Up Celebrate Sunflowers

This week, we made sunflowers from Stampin’ Up Medium Daisy Punch and Stampin’ Up 3/4 ” Circle Punch for our scrapbook spread.

  • Create small sunflowers by punching 2 daisy’s from Medium Daisy Punch from Bumblebee card stock
  • Attach them in the center rotating them so all the petals are showing
  • With small sunflower stamp from Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, stamp in Cinnamon Cider ink onto Cinnamon Cider card stock and punch out the center of the sunflower with 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Attach the center to the Bumblebee petals
  • Use Ornate Bordrers in Old Olive card stock for the greenery behind the small sunflowers
  • Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle #154065

I love how the large die cut sunflower looks…so rich! NEW PRODUCT from the August – December mini catalog on page 45…Brushed Metallic 12 x 12 card stock. It comes with 3 colors to a package….Bronze, Copper, and Gold.

Here the Bronze color added such a shine and richness to the whole look of the sunflower!

  • Stamp a large sunflower from Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set in Cinnamon Cider ink on Bumblebee card stock
  • Color some of the petals in with Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker
  • Die cut using Sunflower Dies HINT: rotate until the petals line up….seems like you turn forever and then it just falls in to perfect placement!
  • Die cut the outline sunflower from Sunflowers Dies in Bronze Metallic paper
  • Die cut center for sunflower also in Bronze Metallic paper
  • Attach all together in the center…for added dimension, use Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sailing Home Scrapbook spread

You all know, I love the texture on projects! Here’s a new idea to try! It was taught to me by Gwen, a team member in Florida and Sue. We used to use tin drink cans when emptied to die cut with the old Sixxix die, the kind with the black foam around the knife blade……. WELL…..turns out our regular dies will also cut the tin!!!Fun! Find a pretty colored can and get happy!

Now I did go over back and forth a few times in the die cutting machine just to make sure it all gets cut well. HINT: when taking out of die, you may want to bend to get it to release also.


  • So the wheel was die cut from a Root Beer Zetvia can and the sail boats and light house were all cut from one small Pepsi tin can
  • Tear a 3″ x 12″ piece of Crumb Cake and sponge randomly for each side to make the sand come alive.
  • Alphabet is from Pattern Play pg. 102. Nice thing about this alphabet set is that it comes with multiple common letters 🙂
  • Sailing Home stamp set #149457 and Smooth Sailing Dies #149576

Awesome team cards from August – December Mini Catalog – lets get ready for Christmas!

by Annette G.
by Cathy C.
by Elaine S.
by Judy P.

Update on Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines

If you are a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, you may order the new machine on August 4th! Happy Day! I can’t wait!!! There is still no date on the mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. September 1st begins sales for everyone to purchase the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machines.

Cash in your coupon codes during the month of August!

August 4th begins sales for August – December mini catalog

Stamping Schedule for August

  • Monday, August 3rd – Club Zoom meeting for anyone in 1st Friday club, Spartanburg club, and Gastonia club at 7:00pm. Please RSVP so I can send you an invite!
  • Tuesday, August 4th – Spartanburg club at 7:00pm, Judy P. is our hostess
  • Friday, August 7th – 1st Friday club at 6:30pm, Carolyn is our hostess
  • Tuesday, August 11th – Arbors West club, Theresa is our hostess
  • Saturday, August 15th – Scrapbooking at 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 18th – Morningside Club at 10:00am, Helen is our hostess
  • Friday, August 28th – Gastonia Club at 10:00am, Debbie is our hostess

Thanks for visiting!


August-December 2020 Mini Catalog

These hot days make me look forward to cooler days ahead! And this year’s Holiday catalog – the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog has sooooo many nice images to stamp, die cut, and embellish in it!

August 4th begins the date for ordering out of the new catalog and time to start making fall cards and Christmas cards on these hot summer days we continue to social distance. Might as well make the best of it all, right?

This past Saturday, we met for our team meeting and shared projects from the new catalog. I must say, I definitely have a lot of favorites!!! It just keeps getting better! My most favorite are the Dove of Hope, Peaceful Nativity, and Poinsettia Petals…..those I’m saving for Creative Escape but there are so many more I really really like and can’t wait to enjoy!

Bonus Days. Earn in July, spend in August.
Redeem your coupons starting August 4th!

August Stamping Schedule

Saturday, August 1st – July Scrapbooking @ 6:00pm

Monday, August 3rd – Zoom club meeting for Spartanburg club, 1st Friday club, and Gastonia club @ 7:00pm Please let me know you want an invite.

Tuesday, August 4th – Spartanburg club @ 7:00pm, Judy P. is our hostess

Friday, August 7th – 1st Friday Club @ 6:30pm, Carolyn is our hostess

Tuesday, August 11th – Arbors West Club @ 10am, Theresa is our hostess

Saturday, August 15th – possible August scrabbooking or maybe kit

Tuesday, August 18th – Morningside Club @ 10am Will be Zoom meeting

Saturday, August 22nd – Anna is getting married!

Friday, August 28th – Gastonia club @ 10am, Debbie is our hostess

Linda used the Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes #153069 10 boxes for $7.50 and filled it with fun things to use.

A card from Sara, Stampin’ Up CEO for missing the incentive trip this year due to Covid 19
from Debbie Y. Total classic design that is beautiful in Night of Navy
Wonder of the Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes #153539 with Snow Wonder stamp set #153344
Ornate Envelopes Bundle #155168
Autumn Goodness Bundle #155194
Sweetest TimeBundle #155169 and Red Velvet Paper Pack #153490
Beautiful Autumn Bundle #155189 with Guilded Autumn Specialty DSP #153520

Thanks for visiting! More beautiful cards coming up next week from August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

If you did not receive a catalog, please let me know and we’ll get one in the mail to you.


Enjoying cards….making and receiving

I must admit….somehow this has been a busy week and it’s been really hot outside! It’s just nice to stay inside and make, send, and receive cards! Here are some I’ve enjoyed lately…….

by Ann S.
by Donna J.
By Gayle M.
by Debbie Y.
By Annette G.
by Carole K.
By Hailey B.
by Nancy O.

With so many beautiful and inspiring products in the new catalog combined with 10% savings During the Bonus Days… won’t want to pass up! You can use your $5 coupon next month when ordering out of the Holiday catalog! 🙂

July Stamping Schedule

Tuesday, July 21st @ 10 am ZOOM club meeting for Morningside Club, Pam C. is our hostess

Saturday, July 25th @ 10 am in person team meeting at Esther’s house. I will be texting time for Zoom team meeting and

Scrapbooking. See you in person or Zooming!

Thanks for visiting!