Mother’s Love- Red version

Recently for the Pals February Blog Hop I showed the Mother’s Love pink birthday cards. See the pink cards here.

Today I’m showing you the red version.  I used the Oval Framelits to cut the oval from the red paper cut at 5 1/4 x 4.  I then used that “leftover” piece to make the card on the left.  Whenever I cut Stampin’ Up! card stock or Designer Series Paper (DSP), I try to think about how to cut it and get to use the “leftover” piece.  I also organize the scraps from the card stock and DSP.

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My craft room used to be covered in card stock scraps that I planned to sort by color some day.  Well, some day usually didn’t happen… then my world was changed.  I now have a four drawer file cabinet that has significantly simplified my retired paper and scrap paper storage.  Here’s a picture of my “current Stampin’ Up! colors” scrap drawer.  I use my scraps.  It’s easy to put them away.  Problem solved!  Two other drawers are for retired Stampin’ Up! cardstock.  In those I keep both the full sheets and the scraps together in the same folder. If you are looking for a package of retired Stampin’ Up! card stock, please email me.  I probably have it.

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I put the ten current “In colors” in the front.  I have the rest of the current colors starting with yellow and going all the way to black at the far back.  Since I have gone through Stampin’ Up! color family changes, I’ve found it’s easier for me to not worry about the color families -Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals.  I have all the yellows from light to dark and then the pinks light to dark,etc.  I never have any trouble finding the color I’m looking for.  When I start making a card I check the scrap drawer before cutting a new full sheet.

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I have a file folder for each color labeled and a circle sample of the color.  Let me know if you’re interested in how I store my DSP or current colors full sheets.

Sweet 16 Birthday!

Our sweet daughter is 16 today!  I wanted to make her a very special card.  I knew I wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Countless Sayings 2 Photopolymer Stamp set.  In fact, I might have bought this set knowing I needed the very cute “Sweet” for her Sweet 16 Birthday card! Do you ever buy a stamp set for a certain word or image you know you need to have?  Hopefully I’m not the only one.

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The Happy Birthday inside the card also came from the same set.  I used the Little Letters Thinlits to cut out the “ABBY.”  Blendabilities were used for all the coloring.  You might have noticed I used the medium Coastal Cabana Blendabilites marker, but it matches the Bermuda Bay cardstock.

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I hope Abby doesn’t see this card on Facebook before she gets home from school, because I haven’t given it to her yet.  Abby- stay off Facebook at school!  Dad and I love you so much and hope you have a wonderful birthday.  Yes, this does mean it’s time to get your driver’s license!

Abby requested Pulled Pork for her birthday dinner.  My Pulled Pork recipe takes about 48 hours, but is oh so good.  Let me know if you’d like the recipe.  It’s actually very easy, just many hours of soaking in a brine and many hours to bake.  My house smells heavenly today.  When Keegan got up this morning he said, “I hope whatever it is you’re making is for us.”  I guess he’s used to some food being made to go out the door for other people or events.  LOL

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Here’s Abby’s card with the matching envelope.

Mother’s Love Birthday card

Welcome to the February Pals Blog Hop. This month we are sharing what we love – our favorite Stampin’ Up! products and our favorite crafting techniques.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Becky Volpp at Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

I have so many favorite Stampin’ Up! products!  I rarely make a card without using my Big Shot.  When Stampin’ Up! first started selling Big Shots, I was sure I didn’t need one.  Well I was wrong.  It is the most versatile machine ever.  I love that it doesn’t need batteries or have computer controls.  It works everywhere, all the time, with no instruction manual needed.  Sale-A-Bration is the best time to get a Big Shot, if you don’t already own one.  You will get two free Sale-A-Bration items with the purchase of a Big Shot.

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I used Mother’s Love from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog to make a birthday card for my Mom.  I stamped the flower in black Momento ink.  I used the Melon Mambo Blendabilities to color in the flower and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.  Coloring with Blendabilities is so much fun!  Blendabilities is another product that at first glance I wasn’t sure I needed. I have found that coloring with Blendabilites relieves stress, and I really like the cards colored with Blendabilities.

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I love the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks for making sure the envelopes are cute and color coordinated.  Do you feel special when the card you receive has a matching envelope?  I know I do.

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The Oval Collection Framelits do a great job “framing” the artwork.  They have become my new “go to” item for my cute and simple cards.

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After I cut the Melon Mambo oval rim for the black card, I had this beautiful leftover piece of Melon Mambo left that seemed like it needed to be made into a card too.  Above is a picture of the card I made with leftovers. Which do you like better?  My original black card or my “leftover” melon Mambo card?  Click on “Mother’s Love Birthday Card” title at the top of this post and then scroll back to the bottom to find the comment box, if you would like to leave a comment.  Thanks so much!

  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Amy Hoptay at Inking of you
  7. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  8. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Rae Harper at
  11. September Gray at
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Becky Volpp at
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  26. Peggy Noe at
  27. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  28. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  31. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers

The next stop is Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.