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One of my all time favorite stamp sets is Retiring.. so sad

I was hoping the day would never come... One of my all time favorite stamp sets and coordinating dies are retiring. I loved "Flower Patch" from the moment I laid eyes on it.

The flowers are so stinkin' cute and the coordinating framelits fit just about every image in the entire stamp set.

Its truly is an awesome duo. I've used this set so many times for so many occasions. I used it in every ink and cardstock color imaginable as well. So, in honor of its retirement, I've made up a few cards to share with you as a final fairwell to one of my favorite stamp sets ever.

We will be making one of these cards at Kim's Card Class next week. I won't say which one... it will be a surprise to those who are attending.

Here's the first one. Quick and easy, but ever so cheerful, sweet and lovely.


The colors that I chose for these cards are: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizazz and Wild Wasabi. This is a 2 step stamp set so I layered the colors on top of each other for this dimensional look.

Soft sky was used on this card in place of the pool party. I used the coordinating framelits on this card as well.


One more card to share with you.


And here's a fun close up :)


I hope you enjoyed this set as much as I do. And if you don't have it, you're going to want to get it. There's nothing like it, even in the new catalog. Its awesome and amazing and fabulous and thats the honest truth!

If you'd like to see more samples, click on the Flower Patch link in the list on my sidebar. It will take you to the other cards made with this set, that I have posted on my blog. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Blooming Inspiration

This week a few long- time friends and I made a trip to Pittsburgh, to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

I love flowers and plants. However, I do not have a green thumb. I wish I did. Seems everyone I know, loves to garden, including two of the three friends that accompanied me to Phipps.

I've known these girls since Jr. High School and we have always kept in touch. Actually, 3 of us all live in the same neighborhood, still today.  Lori and Billie Jo, live within a mile or less of me, but Lucy lives in Florida. She has lived in some very cool places since leaving our home town, including Singapore.

We always try to get together when Lucy is home. On this particular occasion, it was near Lucy's birthday, so we celebrated with a trip to Pittsburgh.

Of course, good food and fun places to visit are always a must. We chose Pamela's in the Strip District for our morning meal. This place is kind of a big deal. The First Lady ate here when she was in town and I do know that Pamela was invited to the White House by President Obama, to cook with his chefs. Pretty cool, huh?


Pamela's is known for their crepe pancakes and they have a variety of options, from plain, to banana, strawberry and croissant french toast. 


The portions are huge. We ate until we couldn't eat any more. Everything was so very good.

After breakfast, we were off to the Conservatory. The all glass building is stunning, especially in the sunlight.


The flowers, plants and trees were so lovely. I especially love the orchids. 



The succulents were so colorful and cute. IMG_4739

 Umbrellas brightened up the Asian gardens.


This is one of the many amazing, Chihuly Glass Sculptures.


We spent over 3 hours wandering around the huge exhibit, both inside and out. They even had a vegetable garden! 

We sure worked up an appetite over those 3 hours. So, we decided to have dinner at a well known restaurant in Pittsburgh, called The Church Brew Works. Its an old church that was converted into a lofty space that serves delicious food and brew. I don't drink beer, but it is very cool to see the gigantic vats of beer located throughout the restaurant. 


The Church Brew Works has a traditional Pittsburgh menu, including our famous perogies. Lucy took full advantage of being back home, and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Perogies. Yum.


As always, it was a fun filled trip, full of laughs, reminiscing and story telling. Being with these ladies is always good for my soul. <3

Our trip to Phipps and all those gorgeous flowers, plants and beautiful colors, definitely inspired me to pull out my favorite flower stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, "Flower Patch" and "Remarkable You." 

Here's a few of my flower card creations. The first card was Lucy's birthday card.IMG_4780

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I hope these lovely flowers and gardens brightened your day and inspired you too.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon. 






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Stamping Technique- Acetate Window Card

I want to share a spring card with you today. I'm so ready for the warmer weather. Winter lasts way too long here in western Pennsylvania.

This is what I call an acetate window card. The acetate functions as a window to the inside of the card.

I stamped the greeting in stazon black ink, which adheres nicely to the acetate and dries quickly.

The stamp set that I used is my favorite flower set in the Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 annual catalog, Flower Patch.

To make this window, you'll need to cut a piece of window sheet (acetate)  4 1/4" x 2 1/2". Cut the front flap of the card off at 2 1/2". Keep the left over piece and cut it into a 1" x 4 1/4" piece to use on the bottom part of the window sheet.


Here's a photo of the inside of the card. I attached the window sheet with snail adhesive.


The colors are crumb cake and whisper white cardstock along with Sweet li'l Things designer paper.  Ink colors are soft sky, so saffron, mint macaron, and watermelon wonder.


I love the unique look of acetate window cards. I hope you'll give it a try and put your own spin on it.

Until next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!




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