Lovely As a Tree Masculine Birthday

When the retiring list came out, I was so relieved to see that Lovely As a Tree is still with us!  Such a beautiful & versatile stamp set!  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on Masculine Cards today, and I reached for this set to make my card.

I used our new In Color, Tranquil Tide, for this card & I stamped off the background image first to make it a bit lighter.  This is supposed to be a masculine card, but I pulled the sentiment from Beautiful You, a very girly stamp set.  I think it works just fine.

Here’s a similar card without the stamping off.

Which one do you like best?  I can’t decide.  But I do know I love that tree!

Only 3 more days & we have a new catalog!!

Now go check out the other Masculine Cards the SSINK Team has made!


Favorite Tree Stamp!

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team Friday Favorite theme is “Tree Stamp Sets”.

My favorite tree stamp set?  Lovely As a Tree.  This classic stamp set has been with Stampin’ Up! since 2001.  It can be used year round & I never get tired of using it!


Lovely As A Tree Clear-Mount Stamp Set 127793
Price: $20.00

I decided to make a red & green card for Christmas.


Love the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum!  The trees are very shiny & so pretty!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree, Oh What Fun
  • Ink:  Real Red, Versamark
  • Paper:  Emerald Envy Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Real Red (2 1/2 X 4 1/4), Whisper White (2 1/4 X 4 & 2 1/2 X 4 1/4), Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (2 1/2 X 4 1/4)
  • Accessories:  Duet Banner Punch, Red Foil Sheet, Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim


Be sure & head over to the SSINK gallery to see other Tree Stamp Set ideas!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you tomorrow at the Maui Big Shots! Holiday Craft & Bake Sale!




A Hawaiian Christmas

It’s been hot and muggy on Maui for several weeks!  Hurricane weather.  Trying to come up with Christmas Card ideas, I just couldn’t get myself to stamp any snow scenes.  Here’s what I came up with:

A Hawaiian Christmas




At my August Card Class, we made a similar card and everyone really liked the technique.  Found the idea here on Stampin’ Connection.

Here’s the one from class:

Here For You

One more.Hawaiian Santa

I really, really love this card, but not for the reason you think.  The palm and the Hawaiian Santa were a gift from a dear friend, Wendy.  Wendy is the person who got me into stamping many years ago (24 years?!) when our kids were in preschool together.  I remember dropping our kids off then heading over to her house for a few hours of stamping.  We’d stamp some images in a few different colors and just ooh and aah over our creations!  I don’t even think we had any layers or embellishments, but I was HOOKED!!

Wendy passed away after a long battle with breast cancer about 2 years ago.  I helped to care for her for the last 6 months and was very blessed by her courage, her friendship, and her faith.

I’m not really sure how to end this post… so I’ll just say that one of the best things about stamping is the friends I’ve made!

Hawaiian Santa (2)

Lovely As a Christmas Tree

Is your tree up yet?Dec 2014Lovely as a Tree!  This is my “go-to” stamp for a quick and beautiful Christmas Card!

Lovely as a Tree


To order this beautiful set, click here!

Dec 2014 2

The red sparkles are Dazzling Details– Cherry Cobbler.

Be sure & take a look over at Crystal & Anne‘s blogs to see what they’ve come up with for December!

Remember to pause this month to reflect on our most precious gift…JESUS, and to enjoy the small but special moments with friends and family!!

Christmas Cards for Sale!

It’s time to order your set(s) of Christmas Cards!  Hurry…hurry!  I’m making lots of them this week & will ship them out right after Thanksgiving.  I love making the cards and try to make them unique & special…even the inside & the matching envelope.

Here’s an example of some of the cards:


*    Package of 10 cards:  $25

*    Add $6 shipping/handling if I need to mail them.

Shipping is ALWAYS $6, no matter how many sets you order!

Here’s more…


To order, please email me at

Thanks, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Goodbye Ornament Punch!

It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! retires many stamps & products to make room for new things.  One of my favorite punches is retiring:  the Ornament Punch!  If you don’t have it, this is the time to purchase it before supplies run out!

I just got this for a friend for her birthday & added these cards to give her ideas…

Ornament 1



Stamp Sets:  Summer Silhouettes, My Friend


Ornament 2

This gives a pretty effect when you open the card.  I’ve cut out the ornament shape & glued a sheet of Designer Series Paper on the back, so when you open the card, you have a pretty design on the top.  Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor & Open Sleigh (retiring).

Ornament 3Ornament 4

To make this card, I used a Stamp Set that’s retiring:  Delightful Decorations.


Last, but not least… a pretty Christmas Card!

Ornament 5

Another retiring favorite:  Tags Till Christmas.  LOVE this set!!!  And, I finally cracked open Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set.  You’ll be seeing a lot of that set!

Hope you’re inspired to do some stampin’!!  Hurry & get these before they run out!  CLICK HERE to see everything that’s retiring.


Thanks for looking!  Cheryl