Sailing Home Gold Anchor

Sailing Home Gold Anchor

Today’s share is my second design featuring the Sailing Home Bundle. After creating my Red White Blue Anchors design I wanted to create something in the total opposite direction……from Bold and bright to soft and subtle. My Sailing Home Gold Anchor card is my take on subtle and neutral.

BASE: The base starts with Sahara Sand layered with a Balmy Blue strip embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. Next a Whisper White rectangle layered with a smaller Striped Come Sail Away Designer Paper rectangle were adhered to the Balmy Blue.

FOCAL: This starts with a slightly smaller Whisper White rectangle generation stamped three times using the swooshy image from Sunshine Saying stamp set (vintage) in Balmy Blue ink. First you stamp the fully inked image at the bottom then two more times (without reinking). That is called generational stamping……very cool!

Next is the shiny golden anchor. I stamped the “Anchor” from the Sailing Home Stamp Set with VersaMark onto Whisper White and then heat embossed with Gold Emboss Powder. Even guys need a little shine in their lives. [giggle] Then I die cut the anchor using the Smooth Sailing Die Set. That’s right……no fussy cutting involved! Sweet!!!

SENTIMENT: Finally is the sentiment. I used the Layering Circles Dies to cut the two circles, the bottom circle is Balmy Blue and the top is Whisper White. Using Crumb Cake ink I stamped the sentiment, also from the Sail Away Stamp Set. There are so many images in this fun nautical themed set to choose from.

I really had fun and enjoyed designing with this stamp set. I hope you enjoyed today’s Sailing Home Gold Anchor share and are inspired to get your hands inky! Have a stampingly wonderful day!


  • STAMP: Sailing Home
  • PAPER: Sahara Sand, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Come Sail Away
  • INK: Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Layering Circles, Smooth Sailing | Emboss Powder–Gold

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!


Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake

Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake

Well I really liked my first Steampunk inspired card I posted a couple days ago [click here to check it out]. BUT, I must confess this is my fav. The cake, hat and gears give a steampunk feel. [At least I think so, wink.] Today’s share I’m calling my Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake. (giggle)

This gender neutral design is full of shine with a vintage feel. The base starts with Balmy Blue, layered with Night of Navy and Sahara Sand embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder. I sponged the ridges with Sahara Sand to add a distressed look.

The cake is Balmy Blue with it’s edges sponged to add dimension. It sits upon a Gold Foil pedestal, from the Call Me Cupcake Thinlits Set. I cut apart Gold, Silver and Copper Foil gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits and placed them randomly. (The best I could being a TypeA. Lol!) To finish the cake I topped it with a Night of Navy hat from the Best Bunny Stamp Set. I clear embossed the hat and fussy cut it before placing onto the cake.

To finish the card I added the Sahara Sand band complete with my “go to” faux suede technique. The sentiment is from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set stamped in Night of Navy.


  • STAMPS: Geared Up Garage, Best Bunny
  • PAPER: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Foil–Gold, Silver, Copper
  • INK: Sahara Sand, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy
  • ACCESSORIES: Thinlits–Garage Gears & Call Me Cupcake | Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder–Corrugated | Embossing Powder–Clear

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake card and are inspired to get your design mojo flowing

Below are the supplies I used to create my Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake Card.  To add any of the items you need, just click a pic! THANK YOU for choosing me to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Geared Up Garage Steampunk Gears

Geared Up Garage Steampunk Gears

When I saw the Garage Gears Thinlits in the 2019 Occasions Catalog I wanted to make a steampunk style card. Of course I checked out Pinterest and found loads of inspiration……gears, distressed vintage, and touches of gold. Today’s share I call Geared Up Garage Steampunk Gears card.

The base started with Smoky Slate layered with Smoky Slate embossed with the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder. I ran it through vertically then horizontally to get the grid effect.

The group of gears in the Garage Gears Thinlits were cut from Gold, Silver and Copper Foils. To bring down the shininess of the foil I lightly rubbed the gears with Stazon black ink. I then went about cutting the gears apart and placing them to mix up the foil colors.

I wanted to keep the sentiment subtle but easy to see. Using two layers of Vellum stamped with StaZon Jet Black Ink. Vellum in easy to see through so the two layers brought the opacity up and then wrapped it around the front layer. This doesn’t show adhesive and popped it slightly. It was a happy accident. Lol!

I had fun creating this gender neutral design and have started worked on another “steampunk” inspired design. Make sure to stop by soon to see my next design.


  • STAMP: Geared Up Garage
  • PAPER: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Foils–Gold, Silver & Copper, Vellum
  • INK: StaZon-Jet Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Thinlits–Garage Gears | Embossing Folder–Simple Stripes

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll get your hands inky and let your design mojo run wild. Have a great day!

Below are the supplies I used to create my Geared Up Garage Steampunk Gears Card.  To add any of the items you need, just click a pic! THANK YOU for choosing me to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Takeout Treats Grouping

Takeout Treats Grouping

Have you had a chance to check out the new 2018 Holiday Catalog?  It’s been out for several weeks and my wish list is crazy long.  Lol!

After perusing the catalog several times I finally noticed several “you can make it” groupings.  I thought huh, that’s something new and interesting.  When I started really looking at what these were all about I realized they had created groupings that provided everything needed to create the accompanying projects shown.  Wow, wow, wow!!! were my first words!

It got me thinking “I want to create my own grouping” and that’s how this fun variety grouping of projects came about.

When I placed my first order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog I purchased the Takeout Treats stamp set, Buffalo Check Background stamp and Spirited Snowmen stamp set.  Yes!  that was all the stamps I purchased, along with other accessories, embossing folders and designer paper.  This was even before I had decided to create this group of projects.  So I’m thinking this was meant to be.  Lol!

Here are the items I chose to made up my grouping — Takeout Treats Stamp Set, one set of Notecards & Envelopes, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Real Red Ink Pad, Call Me Clover Ink Pad, Blender Pens and Clear Block D.  Yes, everything you will need to create these projects I just listed.  Well, there are few things that you will have in your craft area.  They are scissors, thin metal ruler, post-it notes, sponge (from your kitchen is fine) and a pencil.


This Tiered Z-Fold card was the first design I created.  I had watched Dawn Griffith’s 4-fold card and thought how I could create it with just notecards.  I finally was able to make it work with two notecards.  Woohoo!  It only needs one envelope so that left an unused envelope.  I remembered the oldie but goodie Bag-a-Lope.

Tiered Z-Fold & Mini Bag-a-Lope


The valentine heart told me it could be made into a flower.  Another cool fun fold card in the Card in a Box.  The Call Me Clover green panels are created by taking your Blender Pen and putting green onto your clear block, then spritzing lightly and stamping onto your piece of cardstock.  It creates an amazing watercolor effect!  This one took two notecards as well.  So that left an envelope to turn into another project.  I thought a cute party gift box would be fun.  I used the same bag-a-lope idea but cut the envelope in half and made two small party gift box sizes.  Adorable!

Card-in-a-Box and Half Mini Bag-a-Lope


I finally stepped back into the traditional card box and these fill several more holiday card needs.

The first is the Love You Lots Valentine card.  The double lines behind the hearts are the edges of the clear block inked with Read Red and stamped twice next to each other.  Yes!  Another use for your clear block.

The second is the Thank You Mug.  My trimming the top off the rectangular image you get the shape of a mug and the handle is the edge trimmed away from the hearts on the Card-in-a-Box.  It’s hard to see but there is steam rising from the mug I created this by taking the small grouping of hearts and inking the black ink and stamping off several times then into the card.

The third is the Less Tricks and More Treats Halloween card turning the rectangle image on its side into a Cauldron.  The Call Me Clover is sponged to create steam rising.  Hey, it’s the best thing I could think of for Halloween.

Valentine, Thank you, Halloween

I’m very happy with how my projects turnout with limited supplies and colors.  This was WAY OUTSIDE my comfort zone but I think they are pretty cool.  AND……if you haven’t already noticed, there is no bling on any project.  That’s right NO BLING!  Lol!

I set out to combine the most versatile stamp set, ink pads and paper to create the most varied of projects.  Well, do you think I hit the mark?  With making multiples of each project I was able to create a total of 25 items, yes 25 items.  Hang on……I will share in just a moment.  The “you can make it” groupings in the Holiday Catalog range from $43.50 to $75.50.  My grouping total is $74.00 (plus tax and shipping).  That is $2.96 per item……YES!  If you purchase just one more package of Notecards and Envelopes this drops down to $1.61 for 50 items!  Sweet!

Here are how many of each project can be made.

  • 3 — Tiered Z-Fold Cards
  • 4 — Mini Bag-a-Lopes (perfect for a full-size Hershey’s Candy Bar)
  • 2 — Card-in-Box
  • 10 — Half Size Party Gift Box Bag-a-Lopes
  • 2 — Each of the Valentine, Thank You and Halloween notecards


  • STAMP:  Takeout Treats
  • PAPER:  Notecard & Envelope Pack (20 ea)
  • INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Call Me Clover
  • ACCESSORIES:  Blender Pens, Clear Block D
  • HOME ITEMS:  Scissors, Thin Metal Ruler, Post-it Notes, Sponge, Pencil


Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed today’s projects.  Have a great day and get your hands inky!


Sparkly Hugs, Carol