Saturday, May 31, 2014


  I LOVE the SU! paper stacks!  These are so affordably priced and the papers can be used as photo mats or for punching out things, or making cards and crafts.  This NEW MOONLIGHT designer series paper stack comes out Monday!  Be sure to tune in here to start ordering from the NEW SU! IDEA book for 2014-15 that goes LIVE then!

I made these two cards below using one of the sheets from the new Paper stack by SU!  The colors are great.  They are the NEW Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.

Friday, May 30, 2014


The page above is a digital masterpiece created using SU! digital program MY DIGITAL STUDIO.  The photo was taken on our wedding day 22 years ago.  Yes, we still look this great! LOL!

This month's edition of MY PAPER PUMPKIN has a great set of cards to make that can be used for graduation, anniversaries, birthdays, thank you's and more.  I just LOVE the quality.  The card stock and the envelopes are even a heavier weight than typical SU!  So easy to stamp on and decorate.  This month's was geared more to the men in your life, but I can see these being made for anyone.  I made the first card for my hubby for our wedding anniversary today and the second card for a colleague's birthday.
I stamped the HON with my NEW SU! rotary stamp.  You can make any word or phrase with this stamp.  I love this! Thanks SU!

The package insert below shows what SU! designed for this kit.  I love the embellishments that come with the kit, especially the candy dots and the double colored matching twine.
Then this is the card, modified for a birthday card.  I did add some crystal effects.

Here's a SU! You Tube video exploring this month's MY PAPER PUMPKIN.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


I used a recent MY PAPER PUMPKIN KIT BY SU! to make these CONGRATS cards. I made one for my niece and one for my son.  They both graduate from 8th grade next week.  The MY PAPER PUMPKIN KITS are AWESOME. Everything you need to create a wonderful project or cards are included in the kit except for adhesive.  These kits are great to take along and you can embellish them with the kit contents or anything else you may have on hand.  I stamped the graduation stamps on the cards.  I loved this particular month (I've loved everyone this year so far) especially for the great wooden words pieces that I could alter.
In the above card, I inked the wood piece to match the card then added dazzling diamonds glitter.  It looks so cool up close and personal.

Most of the stamps I used are from the recent SU! OCCASION CATALOG with a few of the graduation stamps by SU! on my shelf from the past year.  I love the NEW graduation stamps. 

As for GRADUATION, I know that when I hear POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE, I'm going to bawl!  Love that tune for graduation!
The card above has the plain wooden piece and it looks great too.  Do you like the gold glimmer paper?  SU! has NEW gold glimmer paper in the NEW IDEA book.  We will still carry champagne glimmer paper but this one is more true gold and wowza!

Here's what came in the MY PAPER PUMPKIN KIT.  This one was the MARCH KIT.
So much is included in these kits.  I received the wooden words, ink spots in great SU! exclusive colors, the gold glimmer sticker paper, several clear acrylic SU! quality stamps, the high quality cards that look handpainted, envelopes and gold foil inserts for the envelopes to make them look elegant. They also supplied glue dots, so I guess for this kit, no adhesive needed.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I wanted to send my friend Linda K. a THANK YOU card for her recent kindness.  I used the HARDWOOD stamp for the background on this card using the NEW SU! IN COLOR - LOST LAGOON, which is becoming a fast favorite now that I have the NEW IN COLORS.  Next I stamped a gorgeous floral image from the NEW SU! HOSTESS SET BLOOM WITH HOPE which comes out June 2nd (just a few more days, woo hoo!) I stamped the image using MEMENTO BLACK ink which works best with any type of ALCOHOL based markers and actually, ink I've been using for a very long time.  I then set off to color the flowers with the NEW SU! BLENDABILITIES. 

I also used brand NEW coordinating LOST LAGOON satin ribbon which is so smooth.  It's really easy to use the BLENDABILITIES and I'm going to recommend them over every other alcohol marker on the market.  I've never used the copic markers, so they may be better, but they are too expensive and I don't color with markers enough to make them worth it.  I do have the spectrum noir that I invested a lot in.  I may keep those. I haven't decided yet.  However, I LOVE that the SU! BLENDABILITIES coordinate with all of the SU! inks and papers and embellishments, but more than this...they are SUPER EASY to use. I think I colored this image in 5 minutes or less.

Here's the card and the coordinating envelope!  The envelope used all of the NEW SU! IN COLORS for 2014-16.
The envelope also was stamped with the HARDWOOD background (lightly) and then I also used PETITE PETALS and GORGEOUS GRUNGE as well as a THANKS stamp from SU!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


NOTE:  MDS MONDAY is featured today because yesterday was MEMORIAL DAY and MY DAD's BIRTHDAY and I wanted to feature a card we made for him yesterday.

One of my most favorite places to travel to is Marco Island, Florida.  It's so surreal.  I can't even believe such a place exists!  Here's a digital page created using SU! My Digital Studio showcasing a beautiful evening in Florida!  We just got back from a great adventure to Florida's great GULF COAST.  Take me back!

MDS Supply List

     Designer Series Paper\First Edition - designer series paper\First Edition - 1

    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - diangonal tape, Color = 109,190,69
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - lucky people have fun like this, Color = 239,37,122
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - quatrefoil border, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - livin' a swell life, Color = 111,200,198
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - quatrefoil border, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255

    Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - designer series paper/Nobody's Business - 10
    Extras\Flag Punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - designer series paper/Nobody's Business - 3 

You can try MDS for FREE anytime.  There's always a FREE MONTH's TRIAL on my website -

Monday, May 26, 2014


I want to take the opportunity to wish my DEAR FATHER a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!  You're the BEST DAD and POP POP to all of your children and grandchildren and all of our spouses and significant others.  Of course I can't forget to mention what a great husband you are to our mother.  ENJOY YOUR BIRTHDAY DAD!

Click on the photo of the card to see it in greater detail.  It's an awesome card!

Here's one of the cards I made for my dad with my son JP's help.  We stamped the LOBSTER and colored him in with the NEW SU! BLENDABILITIES. GOSH!  how I love those markers and you will too!  They are so smooth and easy to work with.  After coloring him in and doing the background of the card, we had to add crystal effects and glitter.  The photo almost makes the glitter look like little stars.  So cool!

This card features the stamp set BY THE TIDE! which will be in the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK, as well as LABEL LOVE, which has a coordinating punch!
By The Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set 129120
Price: $19.95
Beautifully rendered and exquisitely detailed--who wouldn't want to add this extravagant seven-piece set to their stamp collection? Makes a wonderful gift for ocean and nature-lovers. Coordinates with the 1" Circle Punch.
Set Quantity: 7
Label Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set 130622
Price: $17.95
Have you ever been accused of over-labeling? Then the Label Love Stamp Set is perfect for you! Use one of six pre-created labels, or customize one of your own. Coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. Clear-mount. Also available in Spanish and French.

Set quantity: 7
Set Quantity: 7

Sunday, May 25, 2014


I stamped this card for my niece REBECCA who is receiving her FIRST HOLY COMMUNION today. The images on the front of the card are not SU! but the inside image of the angel is a favorite SU! stamp of mine.
The card stock is SU! as well as the silver foil card stock that is embossed.  I love the way SU! foil papers emboss and add such a richness to the card.

The envelope was made with SU! designer paper and the SU! envelope maker.  I embossed on the outside and also stamped REBECCA's name with the OUTLINE alphabet (retired) by SU! and watercolored it.

Have a beautiful day REBECCA!  

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I hope you are enjoying your MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!  Let us take time to REMEMBER ALL OF OUR LOVED ONES who have gone on this weekend as we get ready to start off the SUMMER SEASON.  Especially let us remember those who have bravely served our country and died protecting it!

Friday, May 23, 2014


Here's another WORK OF ART.  I die cut the heart with the SU! framelit and then stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat embossed with smoky slate embossing powder.  I also stamped some of the splotches from GORGEOUS GRUNGE with white craft ink by SU!  Then I created my rainbow with the WORK OF ART set and some rainbow colored inks by SU!  After stamping, I ran the stamped piece of card stock through the BIG SHOT using the STYLISH STRIPES embossing folder by SU!  All will be continued in the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK debuting to the public June 2nd.

The envelope was also stamped with images from the GORGEOUS GRUNGE stamp set by SU!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


The HARDWOOD stamp by SU! is one of my favorite backgrounds and YES! it will be in the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK coming out on June 2nd.  I used it for the background for this card and USED BRAND NEW SU! IN COLORS.   The card base is LOST LAGOON and I stamped the HARDWOOD with the coordinating NEW IN COLOR.  I LOVE THIS!
I stamped the PETITE PETALS with the NEW IN COLORS - TANGELLO TWIST and BLACKBERRY BLISS.  I love that these flowers have a coordinating SU! PUNCH! I also added the gold/white SU! TWINE and Adhesive backed SU! PEARLS that I colored with coordinating ink.
I also stamped some GORGEOUS GRUNGE splotches with whisper white SU! craft ink and the gorgeous grunge lines with ENCORE GOLD - and that ink will be in the NEW IDEA BOOK also.
The THANK YOU is stamped in BLACKBERRY BLISS from the stamp set LOTS OF THANKS - which is also carried over into the NEW SU! BOOK!

I will be sending this card to someone I'm very grateful to, but not before I CASE my own card a few times.  I love how the petite petals flowers arrange so nicely on this card, almost like a spring wreath on my front door!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


There's a GREAT MY PAPER PUMPKIN deal going on right now and on MAY 22nd YOU CAN PURCHASE SU! BLOWOUT ITEMS.  But these will go very quickly. This sale will go until June 4th but only while supplies last!
Use the CODE 4MT9MUN7
 on my website when you order.  web -

Hello Stampers,
If you've never subscribed to our monthly subscription for Paper Pumpkin OR if you have in the past but dropped I'd like to invite you to try it in June!  Sign up before May 23rd using the promo code SHELLIDEAL and receive 50% off the price of your kit. So that's your first kit for $12.50! WOW - and remember, even though I know you will LOVE your kit, you can unsubscribe anytime after June 15 if you don't want to receive the July kit.
Here's a quick video from Shelli Gardner, our CEO, explaining this awesome offer:


I love my paper pumpkin and you will LOVE your first kit.  April and May were awesome!!!!!


This stamp set has to be my current fave. I love the SU! set WORK OF ART!  It's absolutely awesome and the ideas in my head for using this set abound!  Despite that, sometimes, I just take the set out and apply ink to one of the stamps and GO!  It just lends itself to any kind of card anytime. can be paired with any stamp or stamp set you own.

This stamp set will be available from SU! JUNE 2nd when the NEW IDEA BOOK goes live.  Yikes!  That's coming up pretty soon!

I designed this card with 2 of SU!'s NEW IN COLORS for 2014-16 - HELLO HONEY and BLACKBERRY BLISS. I LOVE the NEW IN COLORS.  Seems I always do.  It could be because they are NEW and fresh.  I really am happy with these and the colors from last year.  Way to go SU!
The stamped image that is paired with WORK OF ART was stamped with the HELLO HONEY and die cut with my SU! FRAMELITS - the CIRCLES collection and the WINDOW FRAMES collection.

Here's my envelope.  Gosh!  I just love these swashes of color on the envelope.  Looks like I just took a brush and went VOILA!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


This stamp set PEACEFUL PETALS is still available from SU!.  I don't have it yet but it needs to be on my next order.  It's gorgeous! I did get a chance to experiment a bit with it at the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT at the end of March. That's a craft retreat I attend twice a year for the last 4 to 5 years with my crafting buddies.  This set would be great colored with the NEW SU! BLENDABILITIES ALCOHOL markers!  Oh the possibilities!

Here are 2 samples I cased with my own twist.  Enjoy these lovely cards for a beautiful day in Baltimore in May where flowers abound everywhere.  It's a lovely time of year.

I used the lovely HARDWOOD background stamp set here and the NEW DECORATIVE DOTS embossing folder  Both are carried over into the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK that will be out June 2nd.  The sentiment is also from a stamp set that is carried over into the new book called VIVID VASES.

Here's another card I made while on retreat.  I used some of the DSP I earned FREE from SU! saleabration and I added some taffeta seam binding from SU! which I absolutely love.  Really adds delicacy to the card.  All of the images in both cards were watercolored with SU! inks.
PEACEFUL PETALS is still AVAILABLE but not for long.

Peaceful Petals 133107
Price: $20.95
Let your loved ones know you're thinking of them with this sweet set. Includes 7 stamps. This limited-time set is only available from January 3 through May 31, 2014, so order yours today! Available in both wood- and clear-mount.


Monday, May 19, 2014


I'm proud to say that I carry a STARBUCKS GOLD CARD.  What does that mean?  It means I drink a lot of coffee.  My absolute favorite coffee is Starbucks.  I've tried many different brands and my next fave would be SEATTLE BEST but there are very few places that carry that coffee. Luckily, the hospital cafeteria does cover it.  Good thing they don't have Starbucks or I'd be broke.  I am lucky that there are 3 or 4 Starbucks in my area and one has a drive up.  Boy do I love the drive up.  Here's my MDS (My Digital Studio) offering for this week featuring my favorite Starbucks.

MDS Supply ListEmbellishments
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - hexagons (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - green tape (re-colored) Color = CHERRY COBBLER 165,30,44
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - gray tape (re-colored) Color = HANDSOME HUNTER 42,86,73
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - blue tape (re-colored) Color = REGAL ROSE 255,146,165
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business - embellishments/Nobody's Business - bubble (re-colored) Color = GUMBALL GREEN 105,132,51

    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - frame, Color = 84,123,109
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - livin' a swell life, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    _Designer Kits/Nobody's Business/Nobody's Business - triangles & dots, Color = 246,238,57
    Perfect Blend\Perfect Blend - rule the world temporarily

    Basics\1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255