Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wedded Bliss

Here is a fun wedding card design that uses some of my favorite new products like the Hearts Border punch and the beautiful silver vellum paper. This card was one of the favorites at class this month.

To make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock and punch out a row of hearts using the new border punch. Cut a 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of the silver vellum paper and secure the top part of the paper to the soft sky cardstock just under the hearts you punched out. Don't worry that you can see the glue through the will be covering it up with some silver 1/8 inch ribbon! Simply wrap the ribbon around the glued area a few times and tie a pretty bow. Next, cut a  3 1/4 x 1/2 inch piece of silver glimmer paper...punch out a few hearts in the middle of that piece as well and secure it to the vellum just under your bow. Cut a 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of designer paper....I used the new moonlight DSP and secure it to the left side of the soft sky piece you have been working on. Add a little piece of a paper doily as well and secure the entire piece to your card base. For the sentiment, I used the Wedded Bliss sentiment from the Tag Talk stamp set...stamp the sentiment in smoky slate and punch it out with the coordinating label bracket punch. I matted this sentiment with a little silver glimmer paper also punched out with the label bracket. Secure this piece to your card with dimensionals. Voila! You have yourself a beautiful creation!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Patch ~ Dazzling Diamonds

Happy Monday Everyone!  I thought I would start out the week sharing a fun flower card. This particular card uses a variety of "flowery" products such as:

* Flower Patch Stamp Set
* Flower Shop Stamp Set
* Flower Pot Designer Paper
* Fun Flower Punch
* Pansy (flower) Punch :)

You can find all of these fun flower products on my website at

The card is actually not as difficult to put together as it may look. Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock and emboss it with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of the flower pot designer paper and adhere it to the lower half of the blushing bride piece...leave a little bit of the blushing bride cardstock showing on the bottom (see pic above). Cut a 5 1/4 x 1 inch piece of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and punch out the scalloped dots it to the bottom of the flower pot DSP using glue dots. Add a piece of white organza ribbon to the top part of the DSP. Grab some Daffodil Delight ink and stamp a flower image from the flower patch and flower shop stamp sets...punch them out with the coordinating punch. Cut a dazzling diamond flower using the fun flower punch. Layer all of the flowers together and add a little sentiment.  The dazzling diamonds glimmer paper makes the card so sparkly and beautiful! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flower Patch

Do you love the look of embossing? Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. And I love to experiment with heat embossed images on various patterns of designer series paper. I happened to be playing around with some different patterned paper when I found a variety of black polka dot paper I had on hand. 

Black and white always look so elegant together so I decided to emboss some beautiful white flowers all over it. Turned out kinda cool, hey?

This card is very simple to re-create. You just need some black patterned paper (the smaller the pattern the better). Stampin' Up! has a wonderful selection of designer can browse the selections at Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the black designer series paper (DSP). Find your favorite large flower stamp set, or you can use the new Flower Patch set as I up your flower images with versa mark and stamp them randomly over the DSP. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the versa mark and tap off the excess. I highly recommend rubbing down the DSP with an embossing buddy so that you do not end up with white embossing powder where you don't want it on the black DSP. Heat set the flower images and then embellish to your liking! I embellished the card with some vintage faceted buttons, chevron ribbon, a bitty butterfly (cut from the DSP) and a cute little tag. Super fun! You can make it as simple or intricate as you like!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mini Muslin Gift Bags

Well even though the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention has ended the fun and excitement continues!  I just love stamping and creating! Every time I attend a Stampin' Up! event I have to make little gifts for my stampin' friends....and this event was no exception!

I decided to put together a few little gift bags and a coordinating card for everyone!  There were 8 of us that attended.  I had a blast putting these together and they were super fun!  I started by stamping one of the Bordering Bloom images across the bottom of the muslin bag using Lost Lagoon (a new color) and Chocolate Chip ink. Just a little have to press down pretty hard when you stamp on the muslin bags.  Next, I simply cut out a few flowers using a few different flower punches and the flower shop stamp set.  The cute little flower center actually came from the A Round Array stamp set. I layered the flower pieces together and adhered it to the bag with glue dots. For the final touches, I simply added some chevron ribbon, a bit of lost lagoon stitched ribbon, a little paper clip and some linen thread. Cute, hey? Of course I also had to stamp a little coordinating card to match the bag. Too fun!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gift of Kindness

Well I have returned from convention and I am so excited about all of the new products and techniques I learned! Don't worry...I will share them all with you over the next several weeks. :) The best part of convention is hanging out with all of my fellow stampers...and I believe over 6,000 of them were in attendance! Good times!!

So...getting back to business...this fun little design was something I put together prior to heading off to Utah.  It showcases the Gift of Kindness stamp set which has some beautiful sentiments. The card is pretty simple to put together...

Start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of pink pirouette cardstock, round the corners and stamp the flowery polka dot image onto the cardstock using the same color ink (pink pirouette). Once you have stamped the flowery image, emboss the cardstock using the polka dot embossing folder. Punch out a 2 1/2 inch basic black circle, set aside. Stamp the flowery image onto a scrap piece of white cardstock and then punch out part of the design with the 2 3/8 inch scalloped punch.  Stamp one of the sentiments, using black ink, right in the center of the scalloped circle...then do a bit of paper piercing on the scallops. Since I choose a thank you sentiment (in the center of the scalloped circle) I decided to stamp the "thank you" image on a scrap piece of paper, cut it square, and adhered it below the circle image.  I tucked a piece of a paper doily behind the circle and embellished it with a bit of black chevron ribbon. Pink and black are so elegant together, don't you agree?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Color Wonder ~ Work of Art

Yesterday was the last day of the Stampin' Up! convention and it has been a blast!  So many ideas are just swirling around in my head right now! I have been swapping card designs like mad with other demos and I am so excited about all of the beautiful swaps I have received.  The card I am sharing with you today is actually another one of my swaps. 

Super simple design and it only requires the use of one color! Yep, I only used ONE color...perfect plum. 

So are you wondering how to achieve the multi-color look by only using one color?  It's a simple "stamp off" technique.  For this card I used the chevron pattern from the Work of Art stamp set. The "stamp off" technique works like this...basically ink up your stamp, ...stamp the first chevron image on the bottom of your white cardstock.  Then...without re-inking your stamp...continue to stamp the second and third chevron.  You will notice the color lightens as you continue to stamp the image.  That's it!  Super simple, hey?  Then I just embellished the card with a few butterflies and rhinestones. If you need to make a bunch of cards, this is the technique for you! Give it a try!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Polka Dot Pieces

Right now I am enjoying my time in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah!  I am so happy to have the opportunity to attend this year's Stampin' Up! convention!  It is always such a spectacular event with product demos, sneak peeks, swapping and, of course, stamping!  I love swapping cards with my fellow demos at this event...and this happens to be one of the many cards I put together to swap with my stampin' buds! This little beauty was inspired by a picture in this year's Stampin' Up! Annual catalog. I actually changed it up a little bit for the swap by embellishing it with pearls and using crisp cantaloupe for the base of the card. 

But...if you are looking for instructions on how to make this card as pictured, well, here they are...

Start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card and emboss it with the new large polka dot embossing folder. Cut a 4 x 3 inch piece of the 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series paper (one of the crisp cantaloupe designs). I actually ran that piece through the bigshot using one of the banner framelits. Next, cut a 2 1/4 x 3 inch piece of pistachio pudding cardstock and cut it out with one of the banner framelits.  If you don't have the banner framelits you can easily snip the ends to make the banners too. Punch out a large 2 3/8 inch scalloped circle using crisp cantaloupe cardstock....paper pierce the scallops. Stamp one of the circular images from the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set in pistachio pudding ink and punch it out with the 1 3/4 inch scalloped circle punch. Stamp the butterfly image from the set using crumb cake ink and punch it out with the elegant butterfly punch. For the finishing touch, I stamped the curvy little sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock and then cut it out by hand. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gold Soiree

Gold, Gold and more Gold!  If you love the elegance of gold, then you are definitely going to enjoying putting together this beautiful gold card!  I designed this for a wedding but it works well for any special occasion just simply change out the sentiment.  This card features a variety of gold products from the Stampin' Up! Catalog:  Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, Gold Glitter, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil and Gold Washi Tape.

So let's talk about how to make this beauty!  Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Grab your versa mark, some heat & stick powder and gold glitter. Use the versa mark on the big elegant swirly image from the Everything Eleanor stamp set, sprinkle on some heat & stick powder, then heat to set. Next, sprinkle the gold glitter over the image and heat to set. On a scrap piece of white paper, emboss some of the beautiful flower images using gold embossing powder...cut then out, by hand, and secure them to your glitter embossing image as shown. Punch out a gold foil elegant butterfly and a gold glimmer paper bitty butterfly...layer them together and secure to your card. The lower portion of the card is decorated with some small pieces of gold soiree DSP, a bit of washi tape and a gold embossed sentiment from the Label Love stamp set. Simple and elegant!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bloom with Hope

This month I had so much fun playing with my new stamp sets and designing all of the cards for my upcoming classes! I have soooo many favorites...and this is definitely one of them!  This card was inspired by a design that I saw in one of the past Stampin' Up! catalogs...I simply changed out the stamp set and added a few little things of my own.

The Bloom with Hope stamp set featured on this card is a hostess set...this means that you can only purchase this set with hostess dollars (Check out the chart on page 236 of the big Annual Stampin' Up! catalog to see how you can qualify for hostess dollars). Start with a piece of perfect plum cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of so saffron cardstock, score one of the sides at 1/2 inch then tear the oppposite side as shown. Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4...tear the right side of this piece (this is the piece you will do your stamping on). Stamp one of the flower images onto the cardstock using always artichoke ink. Using a sponge dauber, add a bit of perfect plum and so saffron ink to the flowers. Stamp your favorite sentiment and sponge some crumb cake ink on the torn side. Secure to the so saffron piece (under the 1/2 in flap). Punch a few holes on the flap and add some little vintage brads, pearls and a pin, with a bit of lace, to embellish. Cut a 1 x 3 inch piece of always artichoke cardstock and add a bit of the Venetian Crochet Trim. Stamp some of the little stems on the base of the card using perfect plum ink. Secure the lacy green piece onto the card, over the top of the little stems. Secure your embellished flowery piece to the card with dimensionals. Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ribbon Shares

Have you seen all of the beautiful styles of ribbon in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog! Each spool of ribbon contains 5, 10 or 15 yards of ribbon depending on the style you are looking for.  If you were to purchase each style of ribbon shown below, in every color, it would cost $421.04 plus tax and shipping!  Whew...that's a lot of moola!  

We all need to have every color of ribbon...right?!? Right!!!  When you purchase a ribbon share you can get every color of that ribbon style at a much lower cost.  Most people don't need 5, 10, or 15 yards of one color ribbon. So I have taken each of the styles and colors of ribbon shown below and cut them down into 2 yard increments...that way you can enjoy 2 yards of each color (instead of 5, 10, or 15 yards). And the best part's at a fraction of the cost!

Check out the assortment of new catalog ribbon shares and get your favorites today! You can shop online by using the drop down menu on the right hand side of this website.  Tax is included in the price. Ribbon shares will be shipped via USPS. Once your selection(s) are made, I will send you a separate shipping invoice (as I want to make sure we can find the cheapest rate for your purchase)!

Ribbon Shares

5/8” Satin Ribbon
8 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
4 Colors:
Gold, Silver, Very Vanilla and Whisper White

 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon
10 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
2014-2016 In Colors include:
Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist

1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
16 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
8 Colors:
Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky

1 ¼” Striped Grosgrain
10 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
5 Colors:
Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry

3/4" Chevron Ribbon
24 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
12 Colors:
Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie and Wisteria Wonder

1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon

24 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
12 Colors:
Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder

1/4" Cotton Ribbon

24 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each color)
12 Colors:
Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White

Variety Pack

12 yards

(Approximately 2 yards of each ribbon type)
6 ribbon styles:
1/8” Gold Ribbon (not pictured but same style as silver ribbon)
1/8” Silver Ribbon
5/8 Whisper White Organza Ribbon
1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon
7/8” Cotton Ribbon
Natural 5/8” Chevron Ribbon

All ribbon shares are packaged in a clear plastic storage container.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

World of Dreams

Since I have been sharing a variety of cards which showcase "sponging" I thought this card would fit the theme nicely! This card was inspired by a good friend of mine, Sue Dumproff. She made a variety of beautiful cards with "sponged clouds." And...she gave me some awesome templates to sponge with!

To make this card start with a piece of Hello Honey cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock for a matte; then cut a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock (this is the piece we will do the stamping and sponging on).  Start by randomly stamping the nature images from the World of Dreams stamp set....I used early espresso and mossy meadow inks. 

Once the images are stamped across the bottom of the card, you can begin to sponge the clouds.  I used the awesome cloud template (see pic) but you can accomplish the same thing by cutting out a cloud design from a scrap piece of paper.  Place the template on the top part of the white cardstock and sponge some soft sky ink, lightly, around the scallops of the cloud template. I used a dauber so that I could be more precise with my scallops. I just kept randomly sponging as I turned the "cloud" template in different directions.  Overlap a few of the scallops so that the clouds look fluffy and bunched together. Once you have achieved the desired look, then sponge some color around the stamped images on the bottom (sponge right up to the clouds) using colors like hello honey, crumb cake and a bit of tangelo twist. Then add a little sentiment or just leave it without one.  It's a fun and simple little technique that has such a beautiful effect! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wisteria Wonder Flowering Flourishes

So the other day I shared a version of this card done up using the new Blackberry Bliss In Color ink. This time I decided to change up the colors on the card to which one I liked better!  Well, this one wins for sure! The wisteria wonder and whisper white are so elegant together, don't you agree?

So to make this version of the card, start with a piece of wisteria wonder cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the flowering flourishes image on a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock using white embossing powder. Sponge wisteria wonder over and around the embossed image until you achieve the desired effect. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp your favorite sentiment on it. This sentiment comes from the Four You stamp set. You can accent the sentiment by adding some silver glimmer paper trim punched out uisng the scalloped dots. Then just embellish with a butterfly or flower and a few rhinestones! Beautiful!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blackberry Bliss Flowering Flourishes

It's been awhile since I played around with my embossing powders and heat gun. So I got to thinkin'...I bet the new blackberry bliss color would look so awesome sponged around a bit of white embossing! Hence, this card was born! :)  Now I have to admit, I don't really like it much even though I have had a lot of compliments on it. It was quite difficult to sponge such a dark, deep color over the top of the white embossed flowering flourishes image. The blackberry bliss color actually stained the white embossed image...that the first time I have had that happen!  I do like the blackberry bliss and smoky slate colors together though. :)

So to make this card, start with a piece of smoky slate cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss the big flowering flourishes image using white embossing powder. Sponge the blackberry bliss over and around the may want to blot off the sponge a bit and practice on a scrap piece of paper before you use it on the card.  Next, cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on it.  Using the scalloped dots punch and some silver glimmer paper, I added a fancy little border to my sentiment. For the final touches, embellish with a butterfly, some silver glimmer paper shapes (use the little punch pack shapes), some candy dots and rhinestones.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

So it is only fitting that I feature a patriotic card on the Fourth of July, right?!?! :)  This card was designed by Jena Schultz, one of my team members, and I was one of the lucky swappers that received it!  She used one of my favorite stamp sets called "Work of Art." This is one of the most versatile stamp sets I have ever worked with!  The set contains a variety of "blotches" and "swoosh" images that you can use to add background color can create flags and other fun images!  Super cool card!  Thanks so much for sharing it with me Jena!  

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration today! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hostess Party Box

Looking for a simple way to host a party and earn FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise? Well I have been busy working on some new ways to bring the fun to YOU and your friends!  I have designed what I like to call the Hostess Party Box

A box full of fun projects for YOU and your guests! 

The party box comes with sample projects and all of the materials you need to put them together...except the stamps and ink. I know I need the stamps and ink to make the projects! :) Well let me tell you how the hostess party box works....
  1. The Party Box was designed for hostesses that want to hold a book party. It's perfect for those of you that do not live near me or if you are looking for a new and exciting way to host a party!
  2. The first thing you need to do is contact Lynn Dunn (that's me) by phone at (262) 573-6442 or via email at and let me know you want to host a book party
  3. I will send you some Stampin' Up! catalogs in the mail and a few invoices for you to collect orders.
  4. You will also receive a hostess code if your guests prefer to shop online for your party.
  5. Once you have gathered all of your book party orders, call me.  We will figure out the $$$ amount of your FREE hostess items and close the party!
  6. I will design some projects for your and your guests specifically based off the products you ordered through your party! (That's where the stamps and ink come in).
  7. Once your book party is complete, I will send you a handmade Hostess Party Box (like the one pictured above). Your party box will contain 2 different projects and all of the materials you and your guests will need to create them! You just need to supply the stamps and ink!
  8. Set a date to get together with your guests, relax and enjoy creating the projects! 
Contact me today and get your party started!