Marquee Messages

Birthday Trip and an Unexpected Birthday Card

I want to share a few beautiful photos of the trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh that we took on my birthday. My two friends, Lori, BJ and I have been to Phipps in the past, but never at Christmas.

The gardens are decorated and lit with stunning displays of flowers and lights for the holidays. Its just breath-taking in person.

The photos are pretty, but it should really been seen in person to really appreciate the beauty.

This is the what it looks like as you enter the Conservatory.


The snowman is made of a bunch of white hydrangeas.


We had to get a few selfies while we were there!


Rows and rows of Poinsettias.

 Rows and rows of Christmas Trees. I think this was the birthday girl chair...



Very cool outdoors displays as well.


These were some of my favorites.



We even witnessed a proposal on the other end of this archway.


Check out these super cool tubes that lit our pathway.


Pink Poinsettia heaven.

One last photo of one of the beautiful trees and an ice skating reindeer.


It was a fun trip and my friends even took me to dinner afterward. If you are in the Pittsburgh area from now thru January 11th, stop by Phipps Conservatory to get a first hand look at the gorgeous displays while they are still up.

 Meanwhile, back at home... I received this birthday card in the mail from Shannon West. Shannon works at Stampin' Up's! home office in Riverton, Utah. The most amazing thing about getting this card is that Shannon actually had a heart attack on my birthday and still managed to get this card to me a few days later. Unbelievable. Shannon is okay and doing well, I'm happy to report. This is even one of my favorite birthday stamps in the Stampin' Up! catalog. Marque Messages- how did she know?


She even took time to write a sweet note:


I hope YOU are doing well Shannon and I'm so thankful that you were able to celebrate Christmas at home with your family.

I'm glad you all stopped by my blog today... I hope you enjoyed seeing photos of my little trip to Phipps.

Come back tomorrow,  for a sneak peek of the New Occasions Catalog which debuts on January 4th.

Until then,

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Stampin' Up! Marquee Messages: Feelin' Retro

I'm totally loving this new stamp set: Marquee Messages. At first I wasn't sure what to do with it, but once Sara Douglass- CEO of Stampin' Up! demonstrated some fun cards at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Convention, I was totally reeled in!

The retro look of this set is so cool. I decided that the first card that I make with this set, is going to be done in a 1950's color scheme for sure. The 50's had some of the coolest colors ever, in my opinion.

I absolutely had to go with the turquoise, pink and black- nothing says retro 50's like this color combination.

So, I used basic black archival, tempting turquoise, soft sky and melon mambo inks and cardstocks. Oh my gosh, this set is so much fun to stamp with.

I stamped the marquee in basic black archival ink onto whisper white cardstock. I then cut it out. I stamped it again on melon mambo and on tempting turquoise and cut out the pieces that I attached back onto the whisper white stamped image. I colored the sign in with an aqua painter dipped in the lid of an inkpad. Soft sky, tempting turquoise and melon mambo inks were used to color the signage.

The splatter background was done with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in tempting turquoise ink onto soft sky cardstock.


The designer paper is from the Pop Of Pink designer paper package. It matched perfectly for the theme of this card. I really just cut random stripes and played around until I got the desired look.


Here's a close up. I wanted to duplicate the big white bulbs that are typical on these retro signs, so I used the Stampin' Up! pearl jewels and they worked out perfectly.


You'll notice that the words and those little starlight things are glossy and shiny... and you are probably wondering how they got that way, since Stampin' Up! has retired the crystal effects...( so sad, so very, very sad) Well, turns out that the Fine Tip Glue Pen works just like crystal effects! It even dries quick AND, it goes on so nicely because of the "fine tip." Oh my gosh, I was so excited to find this out, because I love me some crystal effects. Yay!


I can't wait to make more cards with this set. It has some other very cool greetings as well.


Just so you know... I think YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks for stopping by!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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