Flowering Foil 2020 Sale-a-bration

I am in love with the 2020 Sale-a-bration Flowering Foil Designer Paper. OMGosh! I tend to shy away from a lot of coloring. I don’t find a relaxing at all. Lol! Today I am sharing three design I created using the Flowering Foil 2020 Sale-a-bration designer paper. Why yes……I did several types of coloring and even enjoyed doing it. [grin]

Below is my first design using the large floral images. They are fabulous, white cardstock with copper foil embossed flowers. I colored them us an aqua painter with Purple Posy and Highland Heather ink pads. I did fussy cut each flower, I know I’m crazy but I find fussy cutting relaxing. [smile] The centers are brushed with Wink of Stella. The sentiment is copper heat embossing onto Vellum. Everything was popped with Dimensionals.

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Large Poseys

My second design uses that mini all-over posy design. I sponged the entire piece with Purple Posy. I love the soft effect it gives. The sentiments are from the Ornate Thanks stamp set (available April 1st) and are heat embossed silver and copper onto Silver and Copper foils popped with dimensionals. I used the faux suede technique on the Pear Pizzazz band. It’s my go-to when I want a bit of subtle texture.

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Mini All-Over Poseys

My third design using the square graphic design. I used my Aqua Painter again to color in a checker board pattern the squares in Pear Pizzazz and Purple Posy. The “Thank You is heat embossed onto Purple Posey with Copper and, you guessed it, fussy cut. [smile] I placed it with dimensionals onto a strip of Copper Foil cardstock. Also, I placed everything onto a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2” card base. I don’t have to write an much on the inside and it still fits in an A2 size envelope. Woohoo!

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Square Graphic

Below is the color combination I used for these designs.


  • STAMPS: Dressed to Impress, Ornate Thanks (available 4/1/2020)
  • CARDSTOCK: Pear Pizzazz, Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Flowering Foils 2020 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper, Vellum, Silver & Copper Foil
  • INK: Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Ornate Layers (available 4/1/2020) | Emboss Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Copper & Silver | Wink of Stella

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these designs and are inspired to ink up your stamps! I would love to hear what you think or any questions you may have.

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Little Ladybug Trio

It’s been a while since my last post. I went back to school and working full-time kept me busy. I have taken a break from school and had fun getting back to my studio and designing. Getting back to my happy place has been so relaxing! To start I made a trio of designs using the Sale-a-bration Little Ladybug stamp set. The first one is this Little Ladybug Trio.

SAB 2020 Little Ladybug Trio

Flirty Flamingo is one of my favorite colors. After I finished coloring the trio of Ladybugs I did my “happy chair dance”. The bright, light color make me happy. Ooh, I did black emboss them first which made it easier to color within the lines.

I did fussy cut my ladybug trio, BUT, there is a Ladybug die set. Woohoo…no fussy cutting!


  • STAMP: Little Ladybug (2020 Sale-a-bration)
  • CARDSTOCK: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • INK: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • BLENDS: Flirty Flamingo (Lt & Dk), Petal Pink (Lt & Dk), Daffodil Delight (Dk)
  • ACCESSORIES: Punches–1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ | 3D Embossing Folder–Coastal Weave | Emboss Powder–Black |

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy stamping!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly

Well Said Butterfly Happy Birthday

Woohoo……Spring has finally sprung! I had fun creating my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly bright and bold design. This card includes many cool techniques that can help spark your design mojo. [smile]

I have fallen in love with the new Granny Apple Green color. I paired it with one of the new 2018-2020 In Colors, Blueberry Bushel. This combination is bright, cheery and very gender neutral. [TIP: Leave off the butterfly and this would make a great masculine card.]

Both the Gingham bands are from the 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper Botanical Butterfly. It recently retired but I just loved it so much I used the blank & white design brayered with more of that fun Granny Apple Green. Love it!

I also included two types of embossing:

The first is dry embossing……this is on the Blueberry Bushel rectangle that I first cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. This was layered onto another rectangle in Basic Black that I tore the edges to give even more texture. [sweet!]

The second is the butterfly. I heat embossed the image with VersaMark and black embossing powder. Then I colored with sponge daubers using those wonderful Granny Apple Green and Blueberry Bushel inks.

Finally, I topped it all off with Happy Birthday. The “happy” is from the Well Written set of dies along with the Well Said stamp set, that I am ecstatic both are carrying over. Woohoo!

I appreciate you stopping by to check out my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly card card and hope that you have a great day. AND that you are inspired to get your hands inky!


  • STAMPS: Well Said, Butterfly Gala
  • PAPER: Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Basic Black, Whisper White, 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper–Botanical Butterfly (vintage)
  • INK: Granny Apple Green, VersaMark, Blueberry Bushel
  • ACCESSORIES: Punch–Butterfly Duet | Dies–Well Written, Rectangle Stitched | Emboss Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Black

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Vertical Greetings Happy Birthday

Vertical Greeting Happy Birthday

Hooray for scraps! I always seems to have scraps laying around on my table. This design was inspired by Gingham Gala strips from a previous project. I was playing with the colorful Organdy Sale-a-bration Ribbon Pack and coordinating Gingham Gala Designer Paper strips (scraps) and created this bright and springy Vertical Greetings Happy Birthday design.

I had just gotten the Rectangle Stitched dies and thought they would be a perfect fit with the ribbon. After playing with a strip of ribbon in each of the five colors I thought wouldn’t it be cool to have them floating in a cut out. Then I pondered how I could make the ribbon float without showing on the inside. Haha!!! Add a front layer and cut through both layers. That was the ticket!!! [TIP: It really needed something so I embossed the front with the Subtle Embossing Folder……oh yeah!]

Next the Gingham Gala strips came into play. I was trying different stamps for the cut out and had my second “ha-ha” moment. The rectangle cutout with the strips adhered to match the ribbon on the card front. Then adhere the rectangle to fit within the cut-out on the card back. I did my super happy chair dance. Woohoo!

Finally I contemplated what sentiment I wanted. I couldn’t find anything that made me happy. No pun intended……Lol! After going through all my stamp sets I came across the Vertical Greetings set and new it would be perfect. I went a step further and made the sentiment float within the cutout. There was a narrow strip of window sheet on my desk and I placed it between the layers like the ribbon strips. Then I adhered the sentiment with glue dots to the window strip. Voila’!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s bright and springy design and are inspired to get your stamping mojo on! Have a great day!

Don’t forget today is the last day to earn FREE Sale-a-bration items. You can check out what fun items are available here.


  • STAMP: Vertical Greetings
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Gingham Gala Designer Paper, Window Sheet
  • INK: StaZon Jet Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits–Rectangle Stitched | Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Sublte | Sale-a-bration 3/8″ Organdy Ribbon (5 colors)

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!