Swallowtail Butterfly Card Set

Stampin Up Swallowtail card set

Stampin Up Swallowtail card set

A friend helped me get some info that I needed recently & I wanted to make her a thank you card.  I had seen a similar card to my night of navy version somewhere in my meandering, and I thought I would see what other color options worked with this design.

Here is what I used for these Swallowtail stamped card sets:


  • Swallowtail stamp (PG 71, current Stampin Up Catalog)
  • En Francais background stamp (Current Stampin Up catalog)
  • Tiny tags (retired)


  • Crumb cake (background ink & cardstock base)
  • Night of Navy
  • Island Indigo
  • Bravo Burgundy

Just a quick post today to share with you all what I have been up to this gloriously sunny weekend.

Until next time stampers!

** Love these cards but don’t have the time to make them yourself?  All of my work is available for purchase in my Etsy store.  **

Manly Masculine All Occasion Cards Tips

Masculine or manly card are always so difficult to come up with.  Most stamps that are ‘masculine’ are very traditional – so I found I had to think outside the box when coming up with masculine cards.

Tips on making a card masculine:

  1. Use masculine colors:  this includes ALL neutrals as base colors.  Add splashes of regals for accent colors.
  2. Keep layouts simple.  WE (ladies) love ribbon, bling and sparkles… I know that men may not appreciate embellishments as much as we do.  SO, if you’re going to add embellishments to a masculine card –
    1. use base metal colored brads
    2. making knots with your ribbon, rather than bows
    3. use wood buttons

I have the best boyfriend in the world.  He is SOOO supportive of me with my Stampin Up endeavors and is always ready to help out.  For my last “Boys & Babies” card workshop, he sat at the table with me and punched 50 little circles for the wheels on the baby pram cards, then put the right number of punched out pieces in each card kit – he even knew how to punch and optimize the paper so there was no waste.  Whaddda sweetie!!

So to thank him I made him this card.  I LOVE the new ‘smoky slate’ grey from Stampin up – I used a retired background stamp, stamped in smoky slate ink on whisper white & smoky slate card stock.


Stampin Up Manly Masculine Card

Stampin Up Manly Masculine Card


Do you have any great masculine cards that you have made? I would love to see your work too!  Comment below with a link to your blog ❤


Until next time stampers!

Stampin Up Cake Pops

Hi Stampers!

Here is what I have been up to lately:  CAKE POPS!!

Cake Pops with Stampin Up for Father's Day gift treat

Cake Pops Stampin Up style for Father’s Day gift / treat

These were actually for my partner, who was returning from a week long business trip – I wanted to make something special for him, and I knew he had a sweet tooth.

It occurred to me while I was making them that this would also be a GREAT Father’s day gift as well.  It could be a fun thing for Mom’s to do with kids to make the cake pops, then Mom could get in there with her Stampin Up gear and make the labels.

These are a great manly / masculine gift period – I found the trick is to make sure you use ‘manly’ colors – like the brown sprinkles and neutral colored tags etc.

I pretty much used half of my craft room for this – but you could really use ONE stamp set and they would still look great!

Here is the list of Stampin Up tools I used:


  • Postage Due
  • Chalk Talk
  • ** I’m missing a few – I will have to check the exact name – stay tuned **


  • Crumb Cake
  • Night of Navy
  • Real Red


  • Postage stamp
  • Petite curly label
  • 1/2″  circle
  • Chalk talk framelits
  • XL oval
  • Small & large tag punch (retired)


The cello bags came from the dollar store along with the curly ribbon. The candy melts & lolly sticks we got at Michaels.  I made the cake pop stand out of a styrofoam block (also from Michaels) and I wrapped it in kraft paper (meant for sending parcels) and put a ribbon around it to cover up the tape a little bit 😉



  1. The recipe on the Duncan Hines website states to use half the icing tub – I actually only used a QUARTER of the tub.  Using half would probably make your cake pops a little too moist and they may fall off the stick while you are trying to coat them.  Try adding a tablespoon at a time until the mix is moist enough to make a into ball.
  2. To melt the (Wilton) candy / chocolate: use the DEFROST button on your microwave if you do not have a double boiler.

Both of these tips are crucial to the success of your cake pops!  I tried to make cake pops before and it was a disaster.


I am happy to share any info you would like that I may have missed here – simply leave me a comment!

Until next time stampers!




Mother’s Day Card: Banner Greetings & Penny Black

I wanted to make my mom an ‘non traditional’ Mother’s day card this year. Something that did not have flowers and the standard Mother’s day imagery on it.


This is what I came up with:


Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother's Day card

Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother’s Day card

This is the supplies I used:

Paper:  Stampin Up – crumb cake (base), very vanilla (mat)
Stamps:  Stampin Up:  Banner Greetings in 2013-2014 In Colors, Hedgehogs – Penny Black, Cirlces / bubbles from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set of stamps (designed by Kristina Werner!) “Best Mom Ever”


As always, your comments & feedback are always welcome!


Until next time stampers!