Number of Years

When I first saw the Number of Years stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog my first through was, “I don’t like that set.” Well, I was wrong!  After seeing some fabulous cards on the Internet, I just had to have it!

The set is versatile.  You could use it for anniversary cards, birthday cards, and scrapbook pages.  I could see using the numbers for either a card or scrapbook page to coordinate with a football, baseball, basketball, number on a jersey. How about for a grade level?  What about a house number?  Your bowling score; number of children you have; days until retirement?  The possibilities are wide and varied!

After all those possibilities, I’ve made a birthday card to share with you.

Number of Years My Tanglewood Cottage

For this card, besides using the Number of Years stamp set I used The Open sea, Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures sets.  The card stock colors used are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Very Vanilla.  Ink colors are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Crumb Cake. Thanks for stopping by!

There was not fussy cutting required to cut the numbers, the Large Numbers Framelits Dies are the perfect fit!

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The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates Occasions

February 2016


Are you ready a fabulous February Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  There are ten of us this month, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see projects from some amazing stampers.  The projects will feature products from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions, Sale-A-Bration and annual catalog to celebrate the occasions in our lives.

Before I share my projects with you, I want to remind you this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the hop you would have arrived here after visiting Heidi Weaver’s blog.  She never fails to amaze me!

Happy Hopping!

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Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics

The Timeless Textures in the Occasions catalog is quickly becoming one of my favorite sets.  The set can make an interesting background with a variety of options.

For this card I also used Butterfly Basics, using the small butterfly from the set as the focal point.  I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits, then used the small butterfly die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer on top of it.  I wanted a vintage look for the card so I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges.

My Tanglewood Cottage Timeless Textures Butterfly Basics

The greeting “Sending Wishes Your Way” is perfect for a birthday card, anniversary, job promotion, or…  What would you use this for?

Birthday Bloom

There are many beautiful cards on the internet featuring the lovely set, Birthday Blooms.  Another hit from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions catalog.

On many occasions I need a card to say I care for a friend, and this card works well to express my love and respect for those who bless my life.  I love the font they used for the greeting “for you”.

My Tanglewood Cottage Birthday Blooms

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flower.  Water coloring would work well with this too.  You could even use colored pencils or crayons!  (I am going to be stamping this image on colored paper too in the near future.)

After stamping and coloring the flower I cut a portion of the flower away and then slide a Ovals Collection Framelits under and around the flower to cut out the oval (the breakout technique).

The card base is Pool Party and then a layer from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually used Calypso Coral to layer the banner along with the Pool Party layer which was embossed using the Softly Falling EF.  Did you notice the cute Botanical Gardens Jewel?

Everything Eleanor

With winter slowly moving towards spring here in Oregon, I decided to make a butterfly card.  I was in the mood for something more whimsical and light and just love the flourish stamp in Everything Eleanor to achieve the whimsical look.

My Tanglewood Cottage Everything Eleanor BD Blooms

The white leave were cut using a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. Once again I used the Butterflies Thinlits to cut out the white butterfly layer and then used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper layer.  The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms set.  The final touch to the corners was made using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Well stampers, it’s time to move on to Raquelle Clifton’s blog.  I’m so excited to see what she has created to inspire us! She is new to our hop, so please be sure to take time to welcome her.






Bloomin’ Heart Valentine Wish

With Valentine’s day being a day for card giving it seemed only fitting to do a Valentine’s day post.

It is a time for love whether it be romance or showing appreciation to the friends in one’s life. I remember passing out tiny cards with lollipops, candy hearts, or chocolate to my classmates as a child, and it was always nice to see how happy it made people. As the years progressed my love for giving and making cards grew. Sharing my craft with others has brought me a special joy. Looking back on those fond memories is where I got the inspiration for these two cards which are  perfect for the sweethearts in your life.

This first card is a clean and simple card which I created for the Creative Crew February Challenge.  A single rectangle with the heart from the Bloomin’ Hearts stamp set are the focal point.  The single butterfly from the Watercolor Wings was cut out using the Butterfly Thinlits and adds the finishing touch.

I used the thick Whisper White card stock for my card base.  This extra thick card stock allows me not to have to put an additional piece of white card stock inside my cards!  I love it!!!


Bloomin Heart My Tanglewood Cottage


This card has the same basic elements as the first card, I just added layers of Rose Red, Blushing Bride, and the  Love Blossoms DSP Stack.


Bloomin Heart Friend My Tanglewood Cottage

Hope you were inspired to get out your stamps and make a card today!


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Bloomin’ Heart Transformed Into A Tag

The intricate, delicate design of the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies provides a feminine flare to any project.   When you add the beautiful flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies you have an elegant combination.

This card was made for the Creative Crew Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Tags seem to be the rage these days.  They are used in so many different ways, such as, for packaging to a friend, on a card for a loved one, or even a bookmark.  Because of their popularity we were challenged to make a tag with a not-so-common item, i.e., clothespin or a cute bow or a fancy tie like that ribbon heart. We were to make the tag flirty and fun.  See all the February projects here.

When is a Heart a Tag?

My not-so-common item is the design of the tag it’s self.

I started with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die.

  • First I cut out the heart shape with the Bloomin’ Heart die then I laid the banner die on the heart I just cut out.
  • Next I cut out the banner shape for my “lacy” tag.
  • I cut out an additional black banner to layer behind the “lacy” tag.
  • After adding the flowers to the tag I finished it off with a Botanical Gardens Jewel.

That my friends is when a heart is a tag!


Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage


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