Thursday, July 31, 2014

Popsicle Colors

Hi Friends

I'm still slogging away arranging pictures and getting them 'safely' onto Shutterfly.  A few years ago, my computer crashed due to a virus and I lost all my pictures... except those I had transferred off site... like Shutterfly.  I've learned my lesson!  Anyway, thanks for your patience in awaiting our gorgeous Alps pictures... they'll be posted soon.

Meanwhile, I just had to take a break today and play with some colors offered up by the Color Throwdown Challenge.  These colors are so yummy, I just had to use them.  Click on over to see more samples here

I love the crisp, cool "popsicle" colors in the sample - here is what I came up with.

I used my new SU Work of Art for the color splashes and SU's Summer Silhouettes for the flowers.  I was trying to make a card without flowers on it... apparently that is not in my DNA.  I stamped the tiny flower twice and popped it up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is by Reverse Confetti.

I hope you like my cheerful and colorful card... it makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Belated SAS

Hi friends and happy Tuesday to you!!!

I know it's cliche to say 'time flies' but, wow, I'm reminded of it constantly.  It's been a week since we returned from our vacation and I'm making slow but steady progress on sorting/culling our pictures ... I guess 'progress' is the operative word here :-).  So, stay tuned ... I'll share some pix soon.

Sunday my friend, Linda, came over to stamp.  We had both missed Pam's SAS in July and decided to buy the packet from her and make it a play day!  We had a great time making the following cards.  I hope you enjoy them.  Feel free to pin and case any that you like...

Back soon - thanks for visiting.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Fabulous Florets

Hi Friends

Today I want to share a card made for the Color Throwdown.  Love the scene in their sample... sure looks like Venice to me.  This is my first challenge since getting back from my trip and it's one of my favorites.  You can see the other samples here.  I really enjoy playing with different color combinations.  

For my card I decided to do a floral arrangement - but wanted to keep it simple, and so "Fabulous Florets" was the set I chose.  I colored the flowers with my copics trying to get as close to the throwdown colors as possible.  Unfortunately, I don't have these SU markers so here is my effort.

I stamped the flowers onto whisper white ... colored them ... and cut each one out and, using glue dots, arranged them on the card.  The base is whisper white and I ran the white layer through the big shot using the diagonal stripes embossing folder.  Once I had the flowers and leaves placed and stuck down I decided to add just a couple of blingy embellies.  I used my gold stickles for a little depth in the flower centers and some bermuda bay candy dots in the corner.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Messages and I cut it out with the word window punch.

I hope you'll try this color combination sometime... all the complementary colors work for me!

Thanks for visiting


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Punch Art

Hello my friends...

We are back from our vacation to the Alps and (somewhat) back to normal.  I hope you've been enjoying the blogs I prepared for delayed posting during our time away.  I am planning to begin daily postings of our travels on a day by day basis but between the two of us we took over 1000 pictures - some good, some really good, and some, well, not so good - I think it may take some time for me to weed through the pictures and notes so it may be next week before I am prepared enough to post a sampling of our trip.  We started in Munich, Germany and from there went to Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  But more on that later.

During the time I was gone, Stampin' Up had their annual convention in Salt Lake City and I'm sure it was lots of fun.  From what I can glean from other demonstrators, there will be more "punch art" in our futures. That pleases me ... I love punches and am always amazed at the creations people come up with.  Here is a sample of how to use some of the following punches....

Punches used are from pages 219 - 223: Blossom Punch #125603, Pansy punch #130698, Bird Builder (leaves & snail) #117191, 1/2" Circle #119869, 3/4" circle #119873. 1" circle #119868, 1-1/4" circle #119861, 1-3/8" circle #119860


Isn't this cute?  I adore the little snail made with all the circle punches and the bird punch.  Can't wait to try this out.  Here's another picture that was apparently a display at Convention.  Fun, fun!!


Time for me to go play around with my trip photos... stay tuned... and wish me luck... lottsa pix!

                                                              {{{Big Hugs}}}

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Everyday Occasions

Hi Friends

Today I'll be sharing some ideas from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit #134797  $29.95.  Here is a chance for you to invite and share the afternoon with your friends and neighbors who have never stamped before but might like to try it out.  Or keep them all for yourself and have fun some rainy day when you want to make cards but you don't want to engage your brain!  =^..^=

So in love with the new Everyday Occasions card kit!

Stampin’ Up! has introduced a new kit that will make cardmaking super easy for you! It’s the Everyday Occasions Kit, filled with everything you need to create 20 cards for almost any occasion. Even stamps!!! And an acrylic block!!!  The kit includes 20 layouts so you don’t have to design your own. Or if you’d rather make up your own layouts, all the materials are there for you.  All you need from your craft room are scissors and adhesive.  Easy Peasy!!!  I'm definitely getting this one.

I hope you've enjoyed my blogs the last couple of weeks and have gotten inspired to try some of the stamp sets that I featured.  We're back from our travels and I hope to have some great photos to share from our trip.  See you soon!!!

                                                   Have fun stamping!!!



Monday, July 21, 2014

A Little Sumthin' Sumthin'

Hi Friends

I am so in love with this little kit ... It is the "Little Sumthin' Sunthim' Simply Created Gift Box Kit ... wow, that's a mouthful!  It's on page 198  #133794 for $13.95.  You get all the supplies to create 10 (yep, 10) adorable pillowboxes.  I've loved them from first sight, but I kind of wondered what I would do with ten of them?  Well, birthday parties, card parties, bunco favors, teacher thank you's... I'm sure you can think of many more.  Looks like they're the perfect size for you to slip a little treat inside... or a gift card.  Note... it does not include the stamp set, but here it is.  Sumthin' Sumthin' stamp set
                                                                          wood - #134522  $14.95
                                                                          clear - #134525  $11.95
Or us a cute sentiment that you already have in your stash :-)

Let's take a look ....

A Little Sumthin' Sumthin' Gift Box Kit with How To Video - Also NEW Weekly Deals!, Kay Kalthoff, Stamping to Share, Stamin' Up!

A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Gift Box by Stampin' Up!

Here's a video - click here to view

Back tomorrow with another sample for you!

                                                                       Happy Stamping!!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Zoo Babies

Hi there

I hope you're back here today because you are enjoying our little review.  I knew I wouldn't be available to make cards and play challenges these last couple of weeks but didn't want my blog to sit idle.  So, since the last couple of posts were somewhat serious, I thought today we'd do cute and whimsical.  Enter Zoo Babies! This set is not new this year but was on my wish list last year so let's look it over.

Well... I can't resist.  Some time ago I received a birthday card which has stuck with me throughout the years. A hippo, birds, lambs ... here's the verse ... caution!!!  it's pretty corny but I thought it was so cute and you could use Zoo Babies to do this ... ok, here goes...

Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes
Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes
Hippo Birdeeee, dear whoever,
Hippo Birdie two ewes

Don't say you weren't warned  :-) Here are some samples

 Zoo babies stampin up- I may need this stamp set for my collection. So cute.   

Zoo Babies Stampin Up

Fun, handmade birthday card featuring Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies Set and Itty Bitty Banners Set.

Zoo babies:  Stampin' Up! party

Yippee Skippee Zoo Babies Roadtrip Stampin Up birthday basics dsp or baby card by Gloria Kremer

KathleenStamps: Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies stamp set

zoo babies stampin' up, images - Google Search

ZOO BAMBINOS by Karen B Barber - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World of Dreams

Hi there

Today we're going to explore Stampin' Ups new set "World of Dreams" but first I want to thank all the artists and designers out there who have inadvertently appeared in my blogs lately.  Without all your amazing creativity these sets would have a difficult time coming alive as they do.  So... thank you one and all.

Now on to World of Dreams ... another very versatile and inspirational set.

World Of Dreams Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 134186 $19.95 US

Sympathy Card, Stampin' Up!, World of Dreams, Work of Art, Card Creations by Beth

Stampin' Up! An Open Heart, World of Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge, Trust God

Love ya World of Dreams and Work of Art, Stampin' Up!, see also

Stampin up. Watercolor technique with acrylic block. World of dreams. Lullaby dsp. Hop over to for more info

Have fun with your stamping!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Flower Patch

Hi Everyone

Today's cards are going to be using the new Flower Patch Stamp Set.  It is on page 156 of the catalog and coordinates with Flower Fair Framelits (sold separately) on p. 230 #133731. Flower Patch is a set of 19 stamps... wow... and they are in the new 'see-thru' photopolymer. ... read on to learn about the "bundle" where you can save 15% ... 

Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set  #134207
Price: $25.95

Flower Patch by Stampin' Up! 

Which coordinates with Flower Fair Framelits Dies  #133731
Price: $24.95  BUT... if you buy the bundle (p. 156 also) you save 15% and the total is $43.25


Ok, now let's get to the pretty stuff.....  no descriptions necessary ... just enjoy.

Hand decorated journal from the 2014 Australian Convention displays. Uses Flower Patch Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Order your new 2014 Australian Stampin' Up! catalogue now. Just follow the picture link. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Melbourne Australia

Flower Patch by tyque - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

Stamped Silly: Flower Patch & Flower Fair dies from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Card by Becky R: Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Framelits.

                                                                               Thanks for dropping by...

                                                                                 Enjoy your stamping


Friday, July 11, 2014

Kind Koala

Hi Friends

Today I'm going to be featuring a really cute stamp (single) called Kind Koala.  Find him on page 113 of the new catalog.  He comes in wood only ... #134360 $9.95.

Aren't these bags adorable?  Angie of ChicnScratch has a video here on how to make these cute bags.  Note:  you will need one sheet of 12 x 12 paper for each little bag.

Kind Koala Bag

Jackie chose a sunny yellow to highlight her koala

Kind Koala (3)

Michelle made hers into a little tag and then placed it on the card.  This paper is part of the Lullaby dsp set (p.187) #133695 $10.95.

Stamping with Shelle: Kind Koala - Thinking of You.  #stampinup

Of course, you can always 'fussy cut' him out and put him anywhere on your card as Ginger has done.  I'm thinking of putting him in a whimsical tree.

Kind Koala

A little factoid about koalas.  No, they are not bears ... they are marsupials.  So the proper reference is actually just 'koala' not 'koala bear'.  Like ... who cares?  They're just so super cute!!! 

I'd sure like to be your demonstrator!  I will be putting a link on this blog very soon, where you can just click on it to buy your product with me as your demonstrator.  Meanwhile, you can go to and name me, Pat Knowlton, as your demonstrator and place your order that way.  Once I get the notification I will send you one of my thank you cards ... I'll put my message on a post-it-note so you can re-gift it)  =^..^=

I hope you've enjoyed your lesson on Koalas.  So precious, aren't they???

Thanks for visiting


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Work of Art

Hi Friends

Today I'm continuing to share images from some of the new stamp sets from Stampin' Up. These are sets that have either caught my eye right away ... you know, the old "I must have that" reaction ... or sets that I have been "iffy" about.  Today's feature was one of those 'iffy' ones but, in all honesty,  after seeing all the fabulous creations made from this set it is now on the "I must have that yesterday" list ... it's fabulous!!!  In a few simple words, just add color, and enjoy the ride.

That's enough chit chat... sit back and scroll through the samples.

Work of Art Stampin Up In Color CardStampin Up Demonstrator, Sandi MacIver, Stamping With Sandi - Portland, Oregon

Card made with the new Work of Art stamp set from Stampin' Up!

A clean and simple card featuring the Work of Art stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Love the simple watercolor look!

Add Ink and Stamp: Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Wetlands Edition

Stampin Up Work of Art Stamp Set card by Sandi @

work of art Stampin' Up! New 2014-2015 catalog

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Choose Happiness

Hi Everyone

To continue on with my review of new stamp sets, today I've selected Choose Happiness.  This set has so many different elements I think it will be very versatile.

Choose Happiness Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! - 134198 - 17.95


Lisa's collage card featuring Choose Happiness, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Angled Tag Topper Punch, and more. All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! bird card using the new stamp set called Choose Happiness and Deco Label framelits

Choose Happiness | Stampin' Up! - Choose Happiness stamp set Kimberly Van Diepen