make-your-own ice cream sundae card

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Card, by - made with Stampin' Up' products.

Nom nom nom…

Last night’s card class was so much fun!  One of the projects was this “make your own” ice cream sundae card.  It took a fair bit of “prepping” for me, but I wanted to make it as easy and fun as possible for the participants.

I started with a Crumb Cake card base – standard A2 size, top folding, portrait style.  Using a retiring stamp set (Gorgeous Grunge), I added some tone-on-tone texture to the background.  Any type of texture stamp would work here.  For the sentiment, I just used my trimmer to cut a piece of Whisper White to 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″, and a piece of Real Red to 4″ x 1-1/2″, to give it a nice mat.  Doesn’t that big, bold sentiment practically pop off the card?  To display the focal image, I used some old dies, but anything would work for this.  I cut a 3″ circle from Whisper White, and a 3-1/2″ scalloped circle from real red.  And then the fun began!

The Fun is in the Details

Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.

Each participant was given a bright red bowl, a silver spoon, and a cherry for the top of their sundae.  The rest was up to them!  I went for all vanilla on my card example above, but I gave everyone a few choices for their ice cream.  I wanted to offer more, but in the end, I went with the basics:  vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  And lots of hot fudge, of course.

Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.I was a little stingy with the spoons and cherries, but no one minded when they saw how cute they were.  I die-cut the spoons from silver foil paper, and the cherries from Real Red… but I wasn’t happy with just red cherries – I had to do this right.  So I also cut the cherries from brown cardstock, cut off those teeny tiny stems, and covered the red stem with brown.  But that still wasn’t good enough.  Maraschino cherries are always so shiny – so I added some Glossy Accents to each one.  Yes, it was really way too much for a simple card class, but I just couldn’t resist.  🙂

Chocolate Chips?Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.

I did actually toy with the idea of offering chocolate chip and mint chip ice cream, but that REALLY would have been too much work.  However, if you’d like to make some for your own, I found that if I took one of the leftover brown cherries (the ones I used just for the stems), and cut it into about six pieces, these actually made for some decent chocolate chips.


Candy sprinkles from Stampin' Up dies.

The finishing touch just had to be some brightly colored candy sprinkles.  I was determined to make sure there were plenty of sprinkles for everyone… which would have taken FOREVER with the die that comes in the Frozen Treats set.  It cuts out three little sprinkles at a time.  That’s fine if you’re just making one card, but not if you’re planning to make more than 20.  Thank goodness another blogger came to the rescue!  I wish I could remember where I read this, so I could give them credit.  Someone, somewhere, mentioned that they had discovered that the basket die from the Basket Builder die set cut out little pieces that were an exact match to the sprinkles!  Only, instead of three at a time, you get eighteen!  It made all the difference.  (However, I now have a whole ton of brightly colored baskets, LOL.  Any suggestions on what I could do with these?)

Finished Card Close-up:

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday card by, using Stampin' Up product.

The only thing that would have made this class more fun was if I had actually brought real ice cream, LOL.  However, Ione came through for us.  It was her birthday yesterday, so she brought us cookies!  (Thanks Ione!  I hope your birthday was wonderful!)  If you have any questions, thoughts, suggestions… or you just want to say “hi”… please leave a comment, or send me a note

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a super-duper-sundae kind of day!




happy mom’s day! mother’s day card 2017

Handmade Mother's Day card, using Stampin' Up dies, by Kitty,

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all the wonderful, loving, hard-working moms out there an amazing day!  I don’t have any children, but I have so much respect for mothers – they work tirelessly, 24/7, doing the most important job there is:  raising our future.  🙂  (Thanks Mom!)

The Card

For this card, it was all about the die-cuts.  I love this die set!  It’s the Flourish Thinlits set, and it has a bunch of amazing dies that work well together, or by themselves.  I started with some Blushing Bride cardstock, and I cut out two of those lacy strips.  To get them to fit on the card this way, I did have to trim them down a bit, but if you’re careful, you can easily cut off on end to resemble the other, as I did here, and it’s nearly impossible to tell it was altered.  Because those strips are longer, though, you can easily rotate this design and make a portrait card.

Focal Image

The flower in the center was made by layering three different dies, and adding a rhinestone to the center.  It’s placed on a white square, which is placed on a pink square, and the whole thing is then added to the card base, diagonally, with dimensionals.  I don’t have a good, current Mother’s Day sentiment, so this is just an old stamp from my stash.  You could certainly use this design for other occasions – I think it would make a nice Thinking of You card.

Measurements and Details

I just love how this card turned out!  Simple, elegant… but so easy!  While I did the die-cutting in advance, to save time, I did use this card design for a class, and everyone seemed to love it!  If you’d like to try it, you’ll need:

(1) piece of Blushing Bride, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored (standard A2 size)

(1) piece of Whisper White, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″

(1) 2″ square of Whisper White

(1) 2-1/4″ square of Blushing Bride

Plus the following die-cut pieces: (2) lacy strips in Blushing Bride, (1) large flower in Blushing Bride, (1) medium flower in Whisper White, and (1) small flower in Blushing Bride.  And you’ll need one rhinestone, and adhesive.

If these measurements and details are helpful, please let me know.  If you have any comments, ideas, suggestions… or if you just want to say “hi”, please leave me a comment, or send me a message.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!



balloons pop-up card – birthday fun!

Handmade card by Kitty at, using Stampin' Up Balloons Pop-up dies.

Pop-up Card

Woohoo!  My first pop-up card!  Gosh this was fun.  I have to tell you, though, that I almost didn’t buy this die set… but it’s being retired at the end of this month, and it’s on sale (so hurry, if you want it) – I just couldn’t pass it up!  However, I did decide to hold off on the matching stamp set.  I really thought that the dies would work fine without them, and I’m happy to say that I was right.  Not that you shouldn’t get the stamps, too (which are also retiring, and are also on sale!), but I’m afraid I’ve gone a little crazy with the spending over the last couple of months.  (But those stamps still might find their way into my cart before month’s end.)

How to

To make this card, you need a standard A2-sized card base (I used Real Red), and slightly smaller piece of white cardstock.  There’s a little flexibility with this piece – I cut mine at about 8-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, which gave me a nice border.  And while it isn’t necessary, I liked using the thicker white cardstock for this card, to make the delicate details a little more stable.  However, what I gained in stability, I lost in the fact that this card doesn’t fold closed all that well.  I’ll be able to stuff it into a standard envelope, but it’s probably going to give me a little grief in the process.

Putting this together is so much easier than it looks.  Take your white piece (or whatever color you’re using), and score it right down the middle – from top to bottom.  Then, place the die with the center right over your score line, and evenly spaced from top to bottom.  A little bit of washi tape, or any “low tack” tape to hold the die in place is a good idea here.  Once your piece is cut, you just punch out the pieces, fold it on the three scorelines (created by the die), add adhesive to the back just along the left and right sides, and adhere it in the center of your card base.  I do recommend playing around with it a bit before gluing it down, to get the placement just right – but honestly, it’s all pretty self-explanatory once you get your piece cut.

Parts & Pieces

In addition to cutting out the “pop-up”, this die set also comes with a bunch of very handy accessory dies.  You can cover, stamp, or color your balloons any way you want.  I chose to use the two patterned balloon dies that come with the set.  For the middle balloon, I used the big polka dots in Daffodil Delight; for the balloon on the left, I used the stripes in Calypso Coral; and for the balloon on the right… well, I got a little creative.  I could have just given it a solid color, but I really wanted a third pattern.  So, using Real Red cardstock, I cut out the striped balloon, twice.  Then, I cut out the stripes from one of the balloons, and carefully glued them to the back of the other, to create a sort of grid pattern.  It worked perfectly!

The Background

It was at this point that I started thinking about decorating around the pop-up image.  Presents seemed like the perfect thing for a birthday card, but I felt that the white paper needed some color.  So, I took a couple of post-it notes, covered up the balloons, pulled out my messy box, and used my ink splatter technique to add hits of red, yellow and orange to the background.  (See my previous tutorial here, for more about the ink splatter.) I also sponged on some of the orange ink around the edges.


The presents were easy.  I just cut a rectangle with my trimmer for the red one.  The two orange ones were cut with a die from the set.  This die only cuts the TOP of the box, with the bow, which allows you to make the finished box as long or as short as you’d like.  The set also comes with the two different bow dies, as well as one that creates a tag of sorts.  That’s what I used for the yellow package – I used the die in the center of my paper, and folded at the score line.  I plan to use the inside of this tag for a personal note to the recipient.

Finishing Touches

I finished off the inside of the card by adding some stamping to two of the presents, some dots to another using a white gel pen, and I stamped a sentiment across the banner under the balloons.  I was happy to find that the Happy Birthday stamp from Sunshine Sayings fit perfectly here.

Handmade birthday balloons card by Kitty at, using Stampin' Up products.

The Front

This is the first time that I spent WAY more time on the inside of the card, than the outside, but of course, it had to be decorated, too.  I did the ink splatter/sponge edges thing on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of white cardstock, to match the inside.  Then, using a punch, I just cut out a bunch of balloons in rainbow colors.  Using Versamark ink and white powder, I heat-embossed different patterns on each balloon.  I then tied a bit of white floss to each balloon, and adhered them to the card, popping up two of them with dimensionals.  The sentiment was also heat-embossed, cut into a banner, and adhered with dimensionals.  I like how it turned out, but the inside is really the star of the show here.

I wouldn’t call this a “quick” card, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it looks, and it was a lot of fun.  Have you made any pop-up cards?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a marvelous day!


Supplies used (with some “very close substitutes” shown).  Please note that some of these items are retiring soon, and quantities may be limited:

indigo blooms card

Handmade card using Stampin' Up DSP, by

Blooms and Bliss

Yikes – I’m taking a chance with this post, so I’ll start with an apology.  That pretty paper you see above?  It’s Stampin’ Up’s Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  It’s retiring this month, and inventory is low, so if you love this pack as much as I do, please act quickly!  (There’s a link below.)  However, this  card design would work well with any patterned paper and matching cardstock, so I’m going to share it, anyway.  (And… I’m not supposed to talk about it, but there will be some NEW pretty papers available in the new catalog, coming out on June 1st!  Shhhh… it’s a secret.)

I really wanted to post “something” today – I know I’m getting behind.  It’s because I’ve just taken on a wonderful new challenge.  Yesterday, I taught my first card class!  ClassES, actually – three separate classes, each one an hour long, with two different card designs.  The card above was one of them.  (The other was very pretty, and more elaborate, but you’ll have to wait a bit to see it – I have a special recipient in mind for that one.)

Card Dimensions

For this card, I used Island Indigo cardstock for the base (standard A2-size), with a piece of Mint Macaron (also retiring, and on sale!) cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Then, I chose three different designs from the designer series paper pack.  I cut two pieces to 3″ x 1-3/4″, and one piece to 1-3/4″ squared.  I also took a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and cut it into a 1-3/4″ square for the sentiment.  The rest is pretty easy to figure out – arrange and adhere as desired.


I was super excited to see a few of the women in my classes mix this up a bit.  I totally encourage that – make it your own!   “There are no rules in card-making; just opportunities for embellishment.”   🙂  Some chose to skip the sentiment on the front, and just stamp a flower on the sand cardstock piece.  Others laced up their buttons so that they appeared to be sewn onto the square.  Some of them tilted the sentiment square diagonally (so that the sentiment was straight).  Awesome variation – I loved this!Button Collection,

Buttons, buttons, buttons

Everyone really seemed to enjoy just pawing through my large button collection, finding just the right ones.  (I seem to have WAY TOO MANY jars of buttons.  It’s my grandmother’s fault – she collected buttons, and I loved looking through her collection when I was a little girl.)

“Some” of the supplies I took with me to class.


This is such an awesome opportunity!  I love getting together with these woman, and sharing my passion for making cards!  And, I’m tentatively planning to share many of these cards with all of you, too.  It takes a lot of supplies, though, to run a class like this.  Want to help me clean up?  😉

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions… just let me know.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a super awesome day!

Supplies used: