flying home thank you cards

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith,

can’t stop coloring!

Okay, I did warn y’all in my last post… I am absolutely addicted to the Stampin’ Up! Blends!  And like my last post, these little birdie thank you cards are all about coloring with those awesome Blends alcohol markers.  I can’t seem to stop:  I’m repeatedly stamping every image I can find that can easily be colored, building a nice little stack of images on my desk, and then taking every spare minute I can find to color away all my worries and stress.

flying home

These bird nest images from the new Flying Home stamp set were already  stamped out and just waiting for color.  I was in need of a couple of thank you cards, and decided that these would work fine for that.  It’s fun to make cards that “match”, but that aren’t identical, so I went for two different color schemes.

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith,

This one is my favorite (but then, I love the color red).  I decided not to stress over what kind of birds these were, so it didn’t matter what colors I used. For each card, I colored two copies of the image.  I cut the first one into a square for my focal image, and then just fussy-cut the nest and two leaves from the second one.  Using dimensionals, I popped up the nest, and then I used rolled up glue dots for the two tiny leaves  I love the dimension you get with this!  Eventually, I would like to work on my shading, but any shadows you see here are actually from the layering.  🙂

blue, too

And here’s a close-up of the second one:

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith,

A nice frame around the image, a simple sentiment from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set, and a bit of paper “ribbon” using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch finish these two cards off.  Oh… and those jewels in the upper left corners?  Those are all just regular clear rhinestones.  I colored them to match, using those Stampin’ Blends.  Cool, huh?

thank YOU!

These cards are a thank you for you, too!  I am so grateful for the kind words I’m getting on my cards, and I’m so thankful that you stopped by my little blog today!  It’s so exciting to see where this card-making journey is taking me;  I’m just getting started!  Will you stick around and join me for the adventure?  😀  Have a terrific day!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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good vibes card – fun with stampin’ blends

Good Vibes card using Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith,

good vibes, creating and giving

Okay, this stamp really says it all, the reason I’m an obsessed card-maker:  I love sending out good vibes into the world!  And my favorite way to do that is by sending happy mail.  I like to think that, if I’m happy when I make a card, that the card somehow retains some of those good feelings, and that the recipient can feel that.  It’s the reason that my “logo” (how I sign all of my cards) has a heart:  because all of my cards are made with love… and good vibes.  🙂

fun with coloring

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this card.  In fact, I pretty much have a new favorite technique:  coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and fussy-cutting details.  This is not a fast card, but it is an easy one.  That whole image is just one stamp.  (Cool, huh?)  I stamped it several times on white cardstock, colored one image with Stampin’ Blends, then colored just parts of a second image.  I fussy-cut out three of the larger flowers, and two tiny ones, and popped them up to add dimension to the card.  The big flowers were attached on top of their duplicates using dimensionals.  The two tiny flowers (top and bottom left corners) were actually colored three times, cut twice, and adhered on top of the raised larger flowers with rolled up glue dots.  This gave them just a bit more dimension.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Good Vibes card, colored with Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith,

the details

Before adhering the popped up flowers, I took a black brush-tip marker and ran it around the edges.  This makes such a difference when adding cut-outs to a card!  (Thanks to Kristina Werner at KWernerDesign, who was the first one to show me this trick, and so many others!) I also took a white gel pen, and added some details to some of the flowers, and the letters.  The words were coated with clear Wink of Stella.  There are also some black dots, here and there (mostly clusters of 3) that I added with a black pen.  Sure, the added details take time, but I really think it makes a substantial difference.  (And another shout out to Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker.  She has some seriously mad coloring skills, and is so inspiring!)


I have resisted the Call of the Copics for years now.  I managed to convince myself that colored pencils were better… but it wasn’t easy.  It seems like the whole crafting community has embraced the alcohol marker trend.  And now I know why.  When Stampin’ Up! released their Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, I just couldn’t resist any longer;  I had to try them.  It was love at first swipe.  These things rock!  Seriously, the very most stressful day just melts away after a few minutes of coloring with these babies.  I am SO hooked.  Is my blending perfect?  No, but it totally doesn’t even matter.  These are so easy to work with!  There WILL be more cards using these on my blog in the future.

the best part:

Now, I admit that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator did play a part in my marker purchase, but I have to tell you why I think these are awesome, especially for beginners.  First, there are a limited number of colors (at the moment, anyway).  This is a very good thing for my pocketbook, because, of course, I had to have ALL of them.  But Stampin’ Up! does sell these markers individually, so you can totally pick one or two of your favorite colors and give them a try.  Second, these colors come in “light” and “dark”.  This makes matching colors and blending a breeze!  Had I gone down the Copic rabbit hole, not only would I be broke (because I’d have to have ALL of them, LOL), but I’d be absolutely lost when trying to choose colors.  Too many choices, too much confusion when it comes to blending.

Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet?  If you’re curious, just buy the light and dark pens that best match your favorite color, and then buy the color lifter pen.  I strongly recommend the color lifter – it helps push color around, and basically gives you a “lighter” version of every color you have.  And it helps to erase mistakes.  (Ask me how I know.)  😉 

Is coloring for everyone?  Maybe not.  And fussy-cutting definitely requires a special kind of patience.  But for me, this is truly my happy place.  And I just have to share my happy!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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party with pandas card

Party Pandas birthday card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

panda party!

Aren’t these little fellas cute?  I couldn’t help smiling when I made this card – I mean, who can resist a panda party?  And the best part?  This stamp set, Party Pandas, was FREE, with a $50.00 purchase.  This is that most wonderful time of the year for Stampin’ Up! fans.  It’s Sale-a-Bration time!  (More details about this awesome event below.)

card details:

For this card, I just took a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock, and figured out where I wanted my pandas to go.  I stamped them in black, then stamped the Happy Birthday in Melon Mambo.  The confetti bits were stamped here and there, around my playful pandas, in Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  That decorative strip on the left was cut from Melon Mambo paper, using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  It sort of covered up that one little guy’s balloon, but that just gave me the perfect excuse to use my Balloon Bouquet Punch to give him a bigger, better balloon.  The balloon and birthday present were both attached with dimensionals, for a little “oomph”.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to add color to the party hat and envelope.  A Daffodil Delight card-base finishes it off.



Now, about this awesome event called Sale-a-Bration…  the way it works is that you spend at least $50.00 on just about anything from Stampin’ Up!, and you get to add something from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for free.  You can buy items you’ve been drooling over in the Annual Catalog, or you can choose something from the new Occasions Catalog.  (I want it all, LOL.)  The more you spend, the more you get.  There’s even a word die set you can get FREE with a $100.00 purchase.   (See product links below.  Please note that all clear-mount sets are also available as wood-mount and/or in French.)

So, if there are things you’ve been wanting from Stampin’ Up!, now is the best time to stock up.  (And if you’ve ever thought about being a demonstrator, there is no better time to sign up than right now.  I myself signed up during Sale-a-Bration last year, and I’m so glad I did!)


free with $50.00 purchase: 

free with $100.00 purchase: 


no demo? no problem.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, and you live in the US, I would LOVE to be your demonstrator! Just send me a note and I’ll make sure you get a catalog, plus answers to questions, and advice from a bashful-but-passionate card-maker.  🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Card-makers rock!  Have a wonderful weekend, and happy Sale-a-Brating!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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hug in a mug card

Hug in a Mug Stampin' Up! card by Kitty Smith,

hug in a mug

Okay, so… I don’t have a good New Year’s card this year.  (I’ve done some in the past, but this year, I think my creativity was just plain frozen.)  But, given that much of the country (even Florida!) is experiencing colder-than-normal temps today, I thought that we could all use a bit of hot chocolate… and hot chocolate is like a hug in a mug, right?

This card actually came about one evening when the air seemed especially chilly.  I had a handful of stamped images that I had wanted to color, and this one jumped right out at me.  I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils, and just had some fun coloring.  The next day, though, I decided that I was pretty happy with how this image turned out, and decided to make it the focal point of this card.

card set-up:

The rest was pretty easy.  I just matted the image with some nice, warm, bright red paper, added a zig-zag accent strip, punched out three red hearts, and stamped the oh-so-perfect sentiment.  To me, this card is all about the stamp set – everything else was just a case of using what I had.  The good news is that this set – Hug In A Mug Photopolymer Stamp Set – is still available from Stampin’ Up!  The bad news is that you really have to hurry, because after tomorrow, it’s being retired.  This last holiday catalog was my favorite catalog to date – I loved every single item in it!  Everything was a must-have. (Too bad my bank account didn’t agree with me.  😉 )

The photo’s a bit fuzzy – it was snapped in a rush, as I needed to get this one in the mail right away to someone up north.  We’re going to be slipping into the 40’s this week (brrrrr!!!), but this friend is dealing with snow and ice and MUCH colder temps.  She needs all the warm cocoa she can get.

happy new year!

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  While I certainly do have things to work on, I decided a while back that I was more likely to accomplish my goals if I didn’t call them resolutions.  🙂  This year?  I am going to focus on connecting better with people.  It’s time for this hermit to find “her people”, and climb out of this shell.  Are you my people?  If you think you might be, please leave a comment, or send me a note and let me know!  Thank you so much for visiting my page!  Wishing you a very happy 2018 and beyond!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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’tis the season…

Reindeer Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

for reindeer! 

and lots and lots of cards.  I LOVE Christmas cards.  Okay… I love all cards, but there are always so many MORE cards this time of year.  I know that some people don’t send them anymore, and I totally get that – sending cards is a lot of work, and life is busy – but that isn’t going to stop me.  😀

The last few years, I’ve picked one favorite design, and made a whole bunch of the same card, for friends and family.  This year was different.  Because I’m teaching classes now, I ended up creating a bunch of different designs.  It’s been so much fun!  I’ve shared a couple already, and I hope to share more, but Christmas is almost here (woohoo!), so I’m going to share a few today.

reindeer games

This first card (above) is all about the reindeer.  It’s not my original idea – a bunch of brilliant people have demonstrated on the Internet how to make a reindeer using the old Owl Builder Punch.  Yes, it’s retired, but there’s a ton of them out there.  The owl punch is so versatile, but so are all the “builder” punches.  I made his antlers and ears from the still-current Tree Builder Punch.  If you Google “punch art”, you’ll get tons and tons of ideas on how to create cute critters from misc. punches.

To showcase my little Rudolph, I adhered him to a white circle, framed with a scalloped red circle, and popped it up with dimensionals on a white piece with embossed diagonal stripes.  I die-cut the pine branches using the Christmas Staircase  Thinlits dies, and stamped the sentiment using a two-step stamp from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  This card was just plain fun to make.  (Who doesn’t love Rudolph?

Christmas Tree Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

decorate a tree

For card number two, I had some fun decorating a paper tree.  I started with a Garden Green tree, cut using the Christmas Staircase thinlits die.  (I’m getting so much use out of this set!)  I used a bit of gold thread to create a garland, and just dug up some shiny confetti bits for ornaments.  The sky is the limit here, though.  You can use all sorts of bits and baubles to decorate your tree – just look for shiny things.  🙂  Or make your own, like I did with the sparkly star at the top (die-cut from Gold Glimmer paper).  Using dimensionals, I popped up the decorated tree onto some pretty patterned paper (Be Merry Designer Series Paper), and just free-hand cut a trunk from some brown cardstock.  This whole piece was attached to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, with a sliver of that Gold Glimmer paper added the left, and a row of border-punched stars on the right, all added to a white top-fold card.  A simple sentiment heat-embossed in gold and matted with Cherry Cobbler cardstock, finishes it off.

Cup of Christmas Cheer card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

nice, hot cup of cheer

To finish off this post, how about a nice cup of hot cocoa?  (With soy milk, of course.) I know I owe someone credit for this idea – my apologies to whoever thought of it first.  To give the cup a Santa look, I die-cut it from Real Red cardstock, used a strip of black for the belt, and added a gold glimmer belt buckle made with two nested square dies.  The cup and “whipped cream” are from the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the coordinating Merry Cafe Stamp Set.  I just love how Stampin’ Up! makes these coordinating products!  The Merry Cafe set is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, but it coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies from the annual catalog.

one last thing

Happy Holidays!  And thank you so much for stopping by my little space on the Internet.  I’m looking forward to continuing to grow as a card-maker, and as a blogger.  (Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome!  You can leave a comment, or send me an e-mail.  I’d love to hear from you!)  Wishing all of lots of good cheer, tasty treats, and love & joy this holiday season!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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warm, fuzzy, quilted christmas

Quilted Christmas Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

Sale!  But first…

How about we start today with a nice, warm, fuzzy, quilted Christmas card?  It’s high time I started posting (and mailing!) some holiday cards.  I can’t believe it’s December already!

(Please note: this post contains some affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you, but if you purchase anything from these links, I can earn a small commission, which will help to keep this blog going.)

I can’t take credit for this technique, though I did put my own spin on it.  This card uses the “Stack and Cut Quilt Card” technique, by Betty Taciack.  She did a wonderful tutorial for it on Split Coast Stampers.  While it isn’t essential for this technique, Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Quilt Stamp Set, and the coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, are just perfect for it!  I also used the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Here’s an alternate version, same technique:

Quilted Christmas card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

Now, I wanted to make sure I showed you these cards today because I just found out that they are RETIRING this set!  We just got the news this morning.  I just don’t get it – I thought it was one of the best things in our recent holiday catalog!  (Okay, so maybe I’ve said that about nearly everything in our recent holiday catalog, but still…)  Anyway, if you had been thinking about buying any part of this suite, you’ll want to do that now, because once they are gone, they are gone.  (Of course, they will be replaced by all sorts of cool new things, but most likely not quite like this.)

Not just for Christmas!

This set also makes wonderful “non-holiday” cards as well.  Here’s more of a “hang in there, thinking of you” type card:

Quilt Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

And here’s another – same design, different colors:

Quilt Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

Don’t you just love that itty-bitty needle?  I used a die from the set, and cut it out of silver foil paper – so cute!  The paper was just some old stuff I was trying to use up.  (The sentiment really says it all here – this set is perfect for using up old scraps!  LOL.)

Year-end Sale:

So, today through January 2, 2018, Stampin’ Up! is having their Year-End Sales Event.  Many of these items are just “while supplies last”.  Need any last-minute Christmas gifts?  (I shouldn’t say “last minute”… I haven’t even started my holiday shopping yet.  Yikes!)  And while this is such a joyful time of year, it’s hard to beat what’s coming up:  Sale-a-Bration!  (More on that later.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have any comments or questions?  Just send me a note, or leave a comment.  I LOVE talking about crafty stuff with other crafty people.

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free shipping – woohoo!

Free Shipping!

Yup, today I’m just getting right to the point: free shipping!  We all love that, right?  For Cyber Monday, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping for ALL orders.  This offer is valid for MONDAY only, November 27, 2017, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm MT.  If there’s anything you’ve been thinking about ordering, this would be an ideal time to do it.  And if you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love it if you purchased through me.  I may be a relatively new demonstrator, but what I lack in experience and sales volume, I make up for in passion!  Wouldn’t it be great to be one of the first members of my tribe?  (Pssst… I plan to spoil my tribe as my business grows. 😉 )

Yikes!  I almost forgot.  If you do plan to make a purchase from me, could you please use the host code XpR7Y6WH  By using this code, I can earn host benefits, which I can use to reward my customers!

So, no cards to share today, but I’ve been crafting up a storm and hope to have some ready to share very soon.  Please feel free to send me a note, or leave a comment, if you have any questions or ideas.  Don’t be bashful… actually, DO be bashful, but write to me, anyway!  If I can blog to the whole world, you can reach out to me.  Still looking for my peeps!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a totally awesome day!

happy thanksgiving!

Fall Leaves card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I’m just sharing a quick fall leaves card, and popping in to say how grateful I am – today and every day – for everyone who has visited my blog!  I am so lucky to get to spend time doing something I love.  Sharing my passion with others has made my life so much richer!  Life really is a beautiful thing.  🙂

Card details:

I’m not going to give a huge step-by-step today, but I’ll give you the basics (with product links below).  Using some nice autumn colors, I sponged ink onto my Marbled background stamp.  I gave it just a couple of squirts of water before pressing a piece of watercolor paper to it.  I love this technique because each time you try it, you get a different result.  After letting it completely dry, I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold, added three die-cut leaves in coordinating colors, and one detailed leaf from golf foil paper.  Easy-peasy.  🙂

Talking Turkey

For the holiday, I just thought I’d share a picture of one my neighbors.  The highlight of my Thanksgiving was watching five of his friends stroll through our yard this morning.

Feed them… don’t eat them. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by, and have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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happy extravaganza!

‘Tis the season for shopping!

Happy Extravanganza, everyone!  I just returned from a wonderful vacation, and it seems that while I was gone, all sorts of incredible things were happening in the Stampin’ Up! world!  No time to share new cards – I’ve just got to get the exciting news out to everyone!

First, TODAY ONLY, Stampin’ Up! is having a big sale on some wonderful stamp sets!  There are some really awesome stamps on sale.  I’ve already placed my order… but must confess that I already have quite a few of these, because they’re awesome stamps!  There are going to be deals running all week long, but this particular list is just available today, November 20th.  The list includes Garden Girl, and Good Vibes – two sets that were just meant to be colored with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  (Want to know how I spent my vacation?  Practicing with my new Blends!  I love these things!)  There’s a little bit of everything in this sale, though:  you’ve got hearts and flowers, ice cream and chocolate, giant numbers and beautiful sentiments.  So much to love!

Finally, perfect placement!

The big news, though, is a new toy that is going to be the end-all, be-all, MUST HAVE product next year – the Stamparatus!  Seriously, I am beyond thrilled with how cool this thing looks!  You’ll have to be patient – the first “window” to reserve one sold out in minutes!  Yes, it’s that cool!  The next reserve window will open on December 5th, at 2:00pm Mountain Time.  I expect that this one will sell out in minutes as well, but I’ll be doing my best to be on that list.  Note that this is just a “reservation”, to be able to order the product early next year.  I know, I know… crazy system, but Stampin’ Up! is trying to make sure that they don’t have any backorders.  It feels like the longest wait ever, but we just have to realize that something this cool took time to perfect.  (Yes, I’m talking to myself here, LOL.)  Here’s a video showing 5 things you must know about this new wonder:


That’s it for today – got to get this posted before it’s old news!  Happy stamping, and happy shopping!

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happy halloween cards 2017

Happy Halloween Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,


Oh gosh, I nearly missed posting on my favorite holiday!  I love Halloween.  And I love making Halloween cards!  (I just wish I was better about actually mailing them.  Sorry friends!)  Okay, so just a quicky post, to share a couple more of this year’s cards.

Lovin’ the Cat Punch

The first card (above) is a mish-mash of old and new products, but the design is totally doable with any paper;  I just wanted to use up some old Halloween Designer Series Paper that I had left over.  Using the old “Halloween Night” Specialty DSP, I chose three different designs, and just cut out small pieces, inking them with a bit of black ink (the two “whiter” ones looked a little stark as is).  I matted all three pieces on a piece of black cardstock, and applied it to an orange card-base.  The jack-o-lantern was cut from the new set “Spooky Night” DSP, and popped up with some dimensionals.  There are some great cats in that set that actually fit in the new, awesome, Cat Punch, but I chose to go for basic black, with a little orange & black twine bow.  I also popped him, and the sentiment, up with dimensionals.  Super quick and easy, but cute.  😀

Halloween Owl card, using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith,

Something Wicked This Way Comes

My second card uses all stuff from the new holiday catalog.  I got the moon-lit tree from the designer series paper, Spooky Night, but the owl is actually a stamp from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  And I just thought he absolutely HAD to have googly eyes.  They make every card critter more fun.  The sentiment is from the new Labels to Love set.  When I first put it on the card, it just didn’t “pop” enough, so I punched out a second Everyday Label from black card-stock, sliced it in half horizontally, and glued it to the back of my sentiment label, adding some space in the middle.  This is a great trick when you don’t have “nested” punches or dies.

I know they’re here somewhere…

I had planned on using the ultra-cool new black rhinestones as an accent, but I looked everywhere and could not find mine.  (They showed up a week later, exactly where they should have been.  Does that ever happen to you?)  So, I pulled out some clear rhinestones, and colored them with a black Sharpie – worked just fine.

To pull the card all together, I added three thin strips of coordinating cardstock to a piece of Vanilla (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″).  I matted my owl image on some black cardstock, giving it a small border.  Then I matted a matching bit of striped paper with black cardstock, popped up the sentiment with dimensionals, and glued on three (faux) black rhinestones to the striped piece.  And there are some dimensionals under the owl image, too.

That’s it from me today.  Gotta post this before the special day is over!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a spooky-but-fun Halloween!

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