Pierced Blooms Front Flap Card


I am always looking for new fun fold cards and although this probably isn't "new" it is one that I had never seen before. It is called a Front Flap card and is very easy to  make. 

It uses Navy, White & Misty Moonlight cardstock as well as Paper Blooms DSP (free level 1 SAB item). 

The die cuts are from the Pierced Bloom dies - flowers and label and the sentiment is from Happy Thoughts.  

Ink~Stamp~Share Feb 2021 Showcase Blog Hop


Welcome to the Ink~Stamp~Share Showcase Blog Hop!
Today I am sharing projects that I worked on for my "VGaS "(pronounced Vegas & stands for Virtual Games and Stamping) night  that I held last night.
This is the first of 3 cards we made and it features..... what else.... my new favorite bundle - Hey Birthday Chick! I have layered white on white for the base and used the Stitched With Whimsy dies to frame the top layer of the card. All the coloring was done with Stampin' Blends - Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade & So Saffron. I gave the sentiment a "lift" by die cutting it twice - and layering the black one behind the Just Jade.
Hey Birthday Chick

My next card features the level 2 SAB DSP - Berry Delightful DSP. The top 2 layers were run through my die cutting machine with the Stitched With Whimsy dies to give them some additional texture. I used the double oval punches for the sentiment and added a few rhinestones to the front of the card.
Berry Delightful

My last card features Handsomely Suited bundle and DSP. This is such a versatile bundle and not just for masculine cards which you can see here
Handsomely Suited

We had a great time last night!  Stamping, Bingo & prizes.  I am excited for the next VGaS night on March 12!
Be sure to register for our "next trip to VGaS" and join my VGaS Facebook page to stay up to date on all the events!!
VGaS Nights, Virtual Stamping

Be sure to continue your blog hop journey on to see what fabulous projects Donna Coffman has been working on this week! 

Craft Collaborations Blog Hop - Hey Chicks


Hello and welcome to For the Love Of Stamping!  You have landed on the Hey Chick Blog Hop!
These little hens & chicks bundles are just adorable.  
And Stampin' Up just released on Feb. 2 some additional offerings to supplement the J2J mini catalog. 
First of all, you may remember this stamp set from 2017 SAB. Hopefully you kept it because you can now get coordinating dies for it!!  WOOHOO!
If you didn't keep it and or would like to get it, then you can now, along with a coordinating set of dies!
So adorable!  I love all the choices of dies! So many options!

In the J2J mini, on page 52, there is a new Chick stamp set call Hey Birthday Chick. 

And now, there is a set of coordinating dies to go with!! Woohoo! Check it out.

Again, an awesome assortment of coordinating dies.
So why do you need both the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles?
1. They just work perfectly together!
2. You will regret not having both!
3. Buy them both with a chalk marker and qualify for 2 level 1 (like the Oh So Ombré DSP used here) or 1 level 2 SAB items!
4. Place your online order here http://bit.ly/3pNnLMB and qualify for 2 entries into my "Win a Mini Stampin' cut & Emboss Machine!

So let's have a look at my card.  I combined both of the sets to make this fun card.  I LOVE the corn stalks!!!  Never knew I NEEDED corn stalks - LOL!

Hey Birthday Chick

To create this card you will need the following
Here is a breakdown of what is available now!

I am having so much fun playing with the bundles that I made several other cards. Be sure to check out my Facebook page  and other blog posts for more ideas!

Hey Birthday Chick with Oh So Ombre DSP


Hey Birthday Chick
Here is an easy way to create an ombré background. Start with the Oh So Ombré DSP  - I have used the Bermuda Bay ombré sheet. Then, using a Blending Brush, pick up some Night of Navy and blend over the upper section of the DSP.

This is a "safe" way to get your feet wet with the Blending Brushes!

 I have to admit that I am truly enjoying playing with the Hey Chick & Hey Birthday Chick bundles! 

Why do you need both the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles?
1. They just work perfectly together!
2. You will regret not having both!
3. Buy them both with a chalk marker and qualify for 2 level 1 (like the Oh So Ombré DSP used here) or 1 level 2 SAB items!
4. Place your online order here http://bit.ly/3pNnLMB and qualify for 2 entries into my "Win a Mini Stampin' cut & Emboss Machine!

On my design today, I am using both bundles. You can't have one without the other! Trust me it is worth the investment. And if you purchase both you will qualify for 2 level 1 or a level 2 SAB item.  I have colored the chicken with Stampin' Blends and die cut the sentiment and hen house. 

Would you like to try your hand at this card? Join me in my Blending Brush class on Feb. 20 - I have one spot left!

Hey Chicks & Birthday Chicks Baby-to-Be Card

Hey Birthday Chick
Ok, sometimes I have a  bit of a weird sense of humor. But for some reason I thought this was clever - the Momma chick is waiting for the arrival of her baby chick - lol.

I have to admit that the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles are addictive!  I just can't put them down.

For this card there are a number of steps - but honestly they are all easy peasy!


  1. Run white cardstock through the die cutting machine with the Stitched With Whimsy dies
  2. Use Blending Brushes (#153611 - get them while you can - these babies are selling out fast!) to create the background (Balmy Blue, Soft Seafoam and Crumb Cake used on my card)
  3. Ink up the hen house die with crumb cake ink and run it through the die cutting machine on Crumb Cake ink - then use a blending brush to add some additional color (crumb cake).
  4. Die cut the corn stalks, corn, sign, fence and chicken wire
  5. Color the chick and the egg with Stampin' Blends.
More samples to come!!  Be sure to order your Hey Chick bundle and Birthday Chick dies on Feb 2!

Hey Birthday Chick & a Special Surprise Coming on Feb. 2nd


Hey Birthday Chick
Time for a little fun!  I have been playing with the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set today along with a couple of other items that will be available on Feb. 2nd!

If you remember way back to 2017 during SAB there was a stamp set that you could earn for free called Hey Chick. Now, if you are like me, you didn't keep the stamp set - tsk! tsk!  

I should've kept it because in a couple of days, the Hey Chick stamp set and the coordinating dies will make a limited time appearance!  Yep you can purchase the stamp set  & dies individually or as a bundle!

Not only that, but SU will be releasing coordinating dies for the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set as well!!!!    I am so excited!  These whimsical little chickens are adorable and the sets of dies are awesome!

Here is the breakdown


Hey Chick Bundle

$ 60.25



Hey Chick Stamp Set

$ 23.00


Hey Chick Dies

$ 44.00


Hey BD Chick Bundle




Hey BD Chick Stamp Set

$ 29.00


Hey BD Chick Dies


Check back on the 5th when I post another project for a Blog Hop that I am participating in!

Ink Stamp Share - January Blog Hop


Welcome to my blog! Today I am sharing a card that I created for the Ink~Stamp~Share Monthly Blog Hop!

Our theme this month is Spring/Summer & Sale-A-Bration and I am using the new stamp/die bundle Welcoming Window. I have waited for the right opportunity to create a theater card. I wasn't until the Jan to June mini catalog came out that I figured out what I wanted to do! Welcoming Window stamp/die bundle is perfect for this fancy fold. 

Here is my take on the Theater card. 
When closed I thought it looked like the front of an apartment building. The card base is Early Espresso and I have layered In Good Taste DSP. I die cut the center with the Stitched Rectangle dies and added a frame around the opening. 
Here is what it looks like when you open the card. I have stamped & die cut the floral images, the shelves and the pots using the Window Flower Box dies.  

Technique Blog Hop - Blending Brushes


OOOHHH! I am so excited to share with you the AMAZING NEW BLENDING BRUSHES from Stampin' Up!
Once you try them you will never go back to sponges!!!
Check out this card I created for this hop!
I used 3 techniques on this card.
Blending with Blending Brushes
Emboss Resist
Water Painter Lift
Blending Brushes

  1. The first step is to emboss your images in white on white.
  2. Then use the Blending Brushes to add ink over the entire surface of the embossed layer. I have used Just Jade, Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana.
  3. Wipe excess ink with a paper towel. This allows the embossing to show through more.
  4. Using a Water Painter, dip the tip into some water and "paint" inside the lines of all the images - dab the water each time with a piece of paper towel to soak up the water and remove the ink.
  5. Once the layer is dry, adhere your die cut greeting (Floral Gallery dies used here) and the "Thank You" sentiment.
I hope that you will give this a try! I think it would look amazing with other colors! Now be sure to hop over to JoAnn Pollock's blog to see what she has created for you with Blending Brushes!

Stampin' Dreams January 2021 Blog Hop - Something New


Welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Stampin' Dreams January Blog Hop! Our theme this month is "Something New" - could be a new idea, a new project, a new product... anything "new" and I am excited to show you my "something new"!

Since I got my Blending Brushes on my preorder in Dec.,  have been playing with them non stop! These brushes can be found in the J2J mini catalog on page 70!  
For this card, I have stepped out of my "comfort zone" and chosen a color pallet that I have never tried - a "new" color pallet!
I have used Memento, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry & Mango Melody with the Blending Brushes to create the background. 
Before blending the colors I embossed the flower and leaves from To A Wild Rose in gold embossing powder and then masked them. 
They were colored with Stampin Blends in Rich Razzleberry & Night of Navy
For the sentiment I have used the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set - embossing the sentiment in gold, blending Mango Melody and Rich Razzleberry over top and then layering it onto gold foil.

I love how dramatic this is!

I hope that you enjoyed my "Something New" project and are encourage to give it a go!
Be sure to check out the other blogs for more inspirational projects.

Crafty Collaborations - LOVE Blog Hop


Welcome to For the Love of Stamping and to the January Crafty Collaboration Blog Hop. Our theme this month is "LOVE".

If you have been following me on Facebook or even here on my blog you will notice my new found "love" for Blending Brushes

New and available from the J2J mini catalog these brushes are amazing and something that you MUST GET!!!

Blending Brush Technique, Love You More Than
My oh my do they ever work nicely!  Blending ink is super easy with a simple light circular motion. They make creating beautiful cards like this so easy!!  Once you try these brushes you won't ever use a sponge again - TRUST ME!

On my card, I have only used 2 colors - Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight.

I started by blending the 2 colors on white cardstock and when I got the look I was striving for I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Subtle embossing folder. I then adhered a white die cut fern from Forever Flourishing

Using a scrap of white cardstock I blended only Magenta Madness on the cardstock creating an ombré look and then used the Love You More Than dies to create the sentiment on the card. 

The final touch are the Frosted Epoxy Droplets.  

Well, thank you for stopping by For The Love of Stamping. I have enjoyed creating this project for you today. Now be sure to continue your blog hop journey by clicking the links below! Happy Hopping.

Crisp and Clean

I have been playing more with the Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes and wanted to share with you this card that I created today. I love this color pallet of "blues and greens" on white - don't you?
It is crisp and clean!
Blending Brushes, Stitched With Whimsy
Making this card was relaxing. Using the new Stampin' Up! blending brushes (#153611) are my new favorite way to add color.
To make this card I started with a layer of white cardstock which I ran through my die cutting machine with the Stitched With Whimsy dies. I then began to add color starting with the lightest shade of blue - Coastal Cabana. I then applied Bermuda Bay and finished with Pacific Point resulting in an ombré look.
I punch 2 medium daisies and without "re-dipping" my blending brush into the ink pad, I merely used what was on the brush to add a bit of color to the top daisy.  The center of the daisy are 2 layers. - both were die cut using Poppy Moments
The green ferns were die cut from the Forever Flourishing dies in Granny Apple Green. Using my "green" blending brush (I have one brush for each color family) I applied some Granny Apple Green ink to the Granny Apple cardstock to give it an ombré look.
The blue fern is Balmy Blue cardstock, brushed with Pacific Point ink. I was so excited to see how this changed the Balmy Blue cardstock to Turquoise (a color that I dearly miss from the Stampin' Up! color selections).  Now I know how to create the color.
I used my Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends marker (dark) to color 5 rhinestones for the front of the card. And finally I added a greeting which I embossed in white on black cardstock. This greeting is from Approaching Perfection - a FREE SAB stamp set with a net $60 purchase. 
I hope you enjoyed my project today!  I hope you are inspired to get your hands on some Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes.

Brushed Blooms Bundle - J2J 2021 Mini Catalog

 Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. New to my blog? I am glad that you stopped by! I have a couple of cute projects for you today using a brand new stamp bundle from the Jan to June 2021 mini catalog called Brushed Blooms.  

Brushed Blooms
Inspired by Lisa Nieland - A Stamp Above
Check out the cards that I created today. I love the paint brush die cut strips. Especially because you get 5 strips each time you run it through your die cutting machine. 

Here I am using Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape. 

Brushed Blooms

My second project I cased from the J2J 2021 catalog. 

It also is based on white cardstock.  This time I used the brushstroke stamp from the Brushed Blooms stamp set to create the colorful background. The colors I used are Magenta Madness, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade and Pacific Point. 
The flower was die cut in 3 pieces, Purple Posy, Highland  Heather and white. The sentiment was stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Check out my video on how this card came together . 

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Flower & Field SAB DSP

 Some days the ideas come easy. Today was one of those days. I am sharing a card that I created using the Flower & Field DSP that you can earn for free with a net $60 order during Sale A Bration.

I love how Stampin' Up! coordinates their products from inks to paper to stamps and punches! The medium daisy punch is perfect for this project.

When I saw this DSP I immediately thought of a friend of mine that I have known for over 50 years! (Yes we were toddlers when we met). Her name is Penny and I will be sending this to her!  

Making this card is SUPER EASY!

Here is what you will need.


Cardstock: Granny Apple Green, Whisper (or Basic) White & Pool Party

DSP:- Flower & Fields (free with a net $60 order)

Dies: Floral Gallery (J2J mini), Stitched So Sweetly

Misc: Matte Black Dots (J2J mini, medium daisy punch, Tombow glue and dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Pool Party & Granny Apple Green)

Want to see how I put this together? Check out my video.

It's Sale-A-Bration Time!

 Finally! SAB is here and along with it comes a brand new mini catalog!  So many amazing new products to be had.

Today's project features the FREE SAB Oh So Ombre DSP.  On my card I am using the Happy Dies.  If you like this DSP you can order the So Much Happy Bundle and earn it for FREE!

Happy Dies, So Much Happy, Oh So Ombre

Need a catalog? Send me a request using my contact form on the left side bar. In the mean time you can view them here.

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Well Suited - Not Just For Masculine Projects

 Just 2 more sleeps and the J2J mini catalog and SAB catalog goes live!!  Who's excited???

I sure am!  So many amazing products coming. One of those is the Well Suited Suite that contains the Handsomely Suited stamp set and the coordinating Suit & Tie dies, Plus Well Suited DSP and a combo pack of twine!

Now at first glance you might think..... hmmm... that is just for masculine projects.

Well I am here to demystify that myth!  Check out these feminine projects I have made using this suite.

Well Suited

Using the V-line die I created this sexy glitzy dress, outlining the neckline and straps with pearls. 

The dress was die cut from Black Glimmer paper (carrying over from the Aug to Dec mini). 

Inspired by Maryann Hayslip
 Next up.... Pajama pants!

Using the V-Line die I die cut the PJs from Printed Blooms DSP (Free DSP with a net $60 order during SAB).

I added a drawstring using Blushing Bride Metallic ribbon and buttons - Pastel Pearls. 

The white layer has been embossed with a new embossing folder called Painted Texture 3D EF.

Well Suited
Inspired by Melva Peters

Need a little more inspiration?  How about a Purple Posy Sweater? 

Well suited

Or maybe a Merry Merlot cardigan... with Fine Art Floral DSP...

So many possibilities.... I would love to hear what you come up with.

Have I inspired you? Do you now want the Well Suited Suite? Order it here 

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