New Wonders Fairy Hello

New Wonders Fairy Hello

I am woefully behind in posting my card designs. I am getting back and starting with a cutie that we did in class a couple months back. The New Wonders Stamp Set includes such cute fairy images that I couldn’t resist ordering it and promptly created a couple designs. Today’s post is the first of two using New Wonders Fairy Hello that I am sharing with you.

I stamped the top square with the fairy image. Then the corner was trimmed away for layering over the leaves peeking out from the image layer below. The same image was stamped on each Whisper White layer.

The bright Granny Apple Green and soft Highland Heather make this design pop. I did add a wee bit of Gorgeous Grape to her skirt petals to even more dimension. You might be asking…… “Hey……where’s the sparkle? With the bright color palette I only added several rhinestones on the floating hearts to add that touch of sparkle. Sweet!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s New Wonders Fairy Hello and are inspired to pick up a stamp and get inky with it! [grin]


  • Stamp: New Wonders
  • Paper: Granny Apply Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White
  • INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crumb Cake
  • ACCESSORIES: Rhinestones (yup, that’s it)

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Best Bunny Hopping By

Best Bunny Hopping By

I hope you are having a great day with family and friends. Today’s share is one of the cards we created in my March Card Class. This colorful and bright Best Bunny Hopping By card would also make an adorable Easter card.

The bright spring colors made me feel happy when I was working on this design. I loved the The Dot to Dot varied dots embossed colored strips, they give nice texture. The torn edges on either side of the embossed strips add another layer of texture and interest. Coloring and fussy cutting of the bunnies were an easy option.

Springtime in our neighborhood means many baby bunnies hopping around. This is another reason this card made me smile.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day and are inspired to get your hands inked up with this Best Bunny Hopping By design.


  • STAMP: Best Bunny
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
  • Memento Tuxedo Black,
    Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Blushing Bride–Marker
  • ACCESSORIES: Embossing Folder–Dot to Dot

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!

Sale-a-bration Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!

I think this design is my way of wishing for the sunshine and warmth of spring to arrive. It’s been weirdly cold here in February and March, we’ve even had snow this month, very odd for Portland, Oregon. My share today is my Sale-a-bration “Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!” design.

Derek and I were walking in the mall and I saw this fun kid’s t-shirt. It had a rainbow cupcake on the front. It was just the right inspiration. The bright colors made me smile and feel warm inside. Another great part to this design was deciding what rainbow colors to use.


First, I embossed the Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Poppy Parade with the Subtle Embossing Folder, Then I layered them onto the Whisper White base.


Second, the cupcake was placed on top of the Whisper White rectangle that I embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Also, I rounded the two opposing corners to soften the overall look.

Next, the cupcake wrapper was stamped in Smoky Slate ink and colored with the same colors as the strips listed above. I trimmed the “shadow” from the cupcake shape to clean up the look. The “frosting” is Whisper White cardstock stamped with VersaMark, then heat embossed with White embossing powder. I was going for a shiny frosting look. What do you think?

I was so happy when I found that Stampin’ Up! created the Call Me Cupcake Framelits die set. It is even more amazing that it coordinates with the Hello Cupcake Sale-a-bration stamp set. Woohoo! I’m one of those funny people that doesn’t mind fussy cutting, I find it relaxing. My ladies are always happy when they get to use a coordinating die or punch instead of fussy cutting. Lol!


To finish things off I added the “Celebrate Your Day!” another of the sweet sentiments also from the Hello Cupcake Sale-a-bration Stamp Set. After I started designing with this set I found it amazing versatile. This stamp set has fabulous sentiments as well fun cupcake building shapes.

I appreciate you stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day! design. Don’t forget there are only 20 left to get your free Sale-a-bration items. If you don’t know what Sale-a-bration is feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to share the the deets with you.


  • STAMP: Sale-a-bration Hello Cupcake
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade
  • INK: Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits-Call Me Cupcake | Embossing Folders–Subtle & Softly Falling | Embossing Powder–White

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


WHO LIKES FREE? The very popular HELLO CUPCAKE stamp set is a FREE Sale-a-bration reward from Stampin’ Up! right now with any $50 order. That’s right……you can’t buy it. You can only get it as a gift. Woohoo!


Stamparatus Hello Friend Goldfish

Stamparatus Hello Friend Goldfish

Today’s share is the second card we created in my June Stamping Saturday Class.  I’m calling it my Stamparatus Hello Friend Goldfish.  [Giggles]  If you haven’t heard Stampin’ Up! has created the Stamparatus and it’s now available in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.  Woohoo!

You might be thinking……”What is a Stamparatus and why do I need one?”  Oh boy, let me share my excitement with you.  The Stamparatus is The Best stamp positioning tool on the market!  It allows you to stamp an image multiple times in the exact same place each time.  OMGosh……Yes!  It also works great with multiple step stamping sets!  AND the plates are easily reversible so you have 4 surfaces to place your stamps.  Woohoo!

When I was ready to begin designing for this project I did some research on the internet and found a cute video by Susan Levasseur showing how to create a template that let’s you stamp “wreath” style designs with ease.  Woohoo!  [I set up my template using a 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ square]

My inspiration came from a fun design I came across on Pinterest by Susan Horr.  You can check it  out here.  I was drawn to the bright colors she used.  After a bit of trial and not necessarily errors I used this lovely color combination.

1)   The base starts with Bermuda Bay layered with Silver Foil and Whisper White squares.

[TIP:  You need to cut both circles from the Silver Foil Square before adhering it.  It awesome when you get more bang for your buck!]

2)   The large circle was punched into the Silver Foil square as far in as possible with a 2-1/4″ Circle punch.  Then the 1-3/8″ Silver Foil circle was punched from the center of the 2-1/4″ circle.  [TIP:  The large circle will look like a donut.]

Stamparatus Hello Friend Goldfish Circles

3)   Stamp the images from the Jar of Love (Goldfish) and Eastern Beauty (Bubble Circles, Hello & Corner Dots) onto Whisper White using Mango Melody and Pool Party inks.  [TIP: Ink Spots work best when using smaller images.]

4)   Cut the “hello” circle using the Layering Circle Framelits.

5)   Stamp “Friend” from the Jar of Love stamp set on a scrap of Whisper White with Bermuda Bay ink.  Punch out with a 1-1/4″ Circle punch.

6)   Adhere the Silver Foil and Whisper White squares to the Bermuda Bay base.

7)   Adhere the Whisper White circles onto their accompanying Silver Foil circles.

8)   Apply the large and small layered circles with Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Stamparatus Hello Friend Goldfish card.  AND you are inspired to get your hands inky.  [grin]

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful day.


  • STAMPS:  Jar of Love, Eastern Beauty, Tabs for Everything
  • PAPER:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Foil
  • INK:  Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Pool Party
  • ACCESSORIES:  Stamparatus | Punches–1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circles | Framelits–Layering Circles


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Lovely Words Thinlits – Friend (3 of 3)

Lovely Words Thinlits - Friend (3 of 3)

Happy Independence Day!  I hope today finds you spending time with family & friends and enjoying their company.  We spent Sunday gathered with family and enjoyed a nice potluck lunch.  I went a bit overboard (Lol!) and made my usual deviled eggs, a healthy black bean & corn salad AND a yummy new chocolate cupcake recipe.  The cupcake was my nod to Hostess Cupcakes.  They were a HUGE hit!  I found a new chocolate cake recipe on Pinterest, it uses Chocolate Cake and Fudge Brownie Mixes.  While I was baking my first batch I thought ooh this could make a great Hostess Cupcake version.  I scooped out the center, filled it with whipped cream, then topped with chocolate ganache. Oh man they are soooooo yummy!!!

Okay, now that our mouths are salivating lets move to today’s post, it is my final design using leftover pieces from my first design that featured the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.  As you can see I tried several different combinations before committing to the original version.  Lol……an understatement!  I had A LOT of leftover pieces and challenged myself to use them.  This clean and simple design is the third and final one I created.

BASE:  Today’s design is all about “layers”.  The base starts with Powder Pink, then a Powder Pink layer for a tone-on-tone frame effect.  Then to frame the three “friend” die cuts I layered a Textured Smoky Slate (vintage) rectangle onto a slightly larger Dazzling Diamonds rectangle.  I then popped those layers with Dimensionals to add height.

SENTIMENT:  The Flirty Flamingo, Basic Gray and Whisper White “friend”s were popped with Dimensionals to add more height.  (grin)  I felt it was still missing something so I scoured my stamps and decided to add “Hello” from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set.  It was stamped onto Whisper White with Basic Gray ink.  Then I layered it onto a slightly larger layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer and popped it as well with a Dimensional.

This clean and simple design makes for a great all-occasion card you can give to a friend or as a gift with the two previous designs featuring the Lovely Words Thinlits.  I hope you were inspired to take a second  look at those bits and pieces on your work table and create something to share.  I’d love to see what you create.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I also hope you have a great July 4th.


  • STAMP:  Sunshine Sayings
  • PAPER:  Powder Pink, Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
  • INK:  Basic Gray
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits–Lovely Words, Basic Jewels–Rhinestones


Sparkly Hugs, Carol