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It’s a birthday fiesta!

I love the Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta bundle!  It’s perfect for this time of year.  Since I live in San Antonio, Fiesta is a big deal.  For 10 days in April, the whole city celebrates with all kinds of events and parades.  Inspired by the city’s festivities and the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments, I created this card for a dear friend who’s birthday is in April.  It’s a fun sketch created by Angela McKay. 

Stampin Up birthday fiesta cardWith the bundle it’s easy to create all the elements on this card.  I love the ‘papel picado’ banner.  So easy to create.  I die cut the banner in Whisper White then stamped each banner with bright colors.  To create the light color background on the banner I stamped off then stamped the detail of the banner with the stamp fully inked.  To make my card shine, I used clear Wink of Stella all over the ‘Tempting Turquoise’ background and added sequins in Bermuda Bay and gold and basic rhinestones.  I love how it turned out.

To see more inspiration for this challenge go to Hand Stamped Sentiments.  You have until noon Monday, May 1st, 2017 to submit your creation.

Birthday Fiesta card

Card Size:  5.50″ H x 4.25 W

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer stamp set

Paper:  Card stock:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight

Ink:  Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer set, Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, Clear Wink of Stella, Bermuda Bay Sequins, Gold Sequins


Hearts a Flutter, Love You

With Valentine’s day a few weeks away, I created a Valentine’s day card.  I used the Hearts a Flutter Framelits and stamp set.  Although the stamp set is retired you can still purchase the digital set.  I used the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments to inspire me and the colors of Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Whisper White.

The designer series paper is from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  The cute border was created with the new Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  It creates a cute border and lots of cute hearts.  The scalloped red heart is stamped with White Whisper Craft ink then die cut with Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and die cut with a banner from the Bitty Banners Framelits set.  The small hearts are the hearts punched out with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  To add sparkle I embellished the card with basic rhinestones and vintage faceted buttons.

Stampin' Up! Valentine cardUse the sketch from the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge to inspire your project.  For more inspiration go to Hand Stamped Sentiments to see what the rest of our talented design team has created.

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Hearts a Flutter, Love You card

Size:  5.50″ h x 4.25″ w

Stamp Sets:  Itty Bitty Banners

Paper:  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe; Stacked with Love DSP

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink, Real Red ink

Accessories:   Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Bitty Banners, Dimensionals, Hearts a Flutter stamp set, Confetti Hearts border punch, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, White Bakers Twine

Groovy Love From My Heart

This week’s challenge is a color splash challenge with the colors of Basic Black, Whisper White and Melon Mambo.  These colors inspired me to use my Groovy Love stamp set and coordinating heart punch to create this card.  I also used the new Happy Heart embossing folder from the Occasions catalog on the Whisper White layer along with the Fun Frames embossing folders for the hearts.  After embossing the frame on to Whisper White I cut the frame and sponged with Melon Mambo.

I stamped the polka dot heart and used the Sweetheart punch to die cut it.  I also used the punch to die cut a Melon Mambo and Whisper White hearts.  The edges of the Whisper White heart is sponged with Melon Mambo.  I then adhere the hearts on to the frame with Dimensionals.  I then used 1/8″ Melon Mambo taffeta ribbon to embellish.

Stampin Up Valentine from the Heart cardBe inspired and join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and checkout the projects from our talented design team.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Groovy Love From my Heart card

Size:  5.50″ h x 4.25″ w

Stamp Sets:  Groovy

Paper:  Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black

Accessories:   Happy Heart embossing folder, Fun Frames embossing folder, Sweetheart punch, Bitty Banners framelits, 1/8″ Melon Mambo taffeta ribbon, sponge dauber, Dimensionals

Happy Halloween My Digital Studio Card

For this week’s challenge I decided to play with My Digital Studio to create a Halloween card.  The colors were inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge of Tangerine Tango, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Basic Black.  Don’t these colors just scream HALLOWEEN!  It was so much fun using the coloring tool to add different colors to the digital stamp images.  If you haven’t tried digital crafting, download the free trial version of MDS here.  You can create cards, scrap book pages and books, journals and whatever your paper crafting mind can conjure.

Halloween card-001

Create a scary or funny Halloween card, scrap book page or 3D item using these colors and upload your card to Hand Stamped Sentiments.   If you need more inspiration go to HSS and see what our very talented design team has created.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Happy Halloween My Digital Studio Card

Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Howlstooth & Scaringbone – designer series paper\Howlstooth & Scaringbone – 9

Scallop Dots Ribbon\Scallop Dots Ribbon – black
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones\Basic Pearls and Rhinestones – rhinestone large
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones\Basic Pearls and Rhinestones – rhinestone large
3 Antique Brads\Antique Brads – brad 5

Splatters\Ink Splatters\Ink Splatter 4
Splatters\Ink Splatters\Ink Splatter 5
Spooky Things\Spooky Things – happy halloween
_Designer Kits\Chevron\Chevron – 1 grunge
_Designer Kits\Chevron\Chevron – 8 grunge

Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Card Stock\Textured Card Stock\Textured Card Stock – Elegant Eggplant
Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Small Polka Dot\Garden Green Small Polka Dot
Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Frightful Sight – designer series paper\Frightful Sight – 2
Labels & Tags\Lots of Tags – shape 4,  Filled with: Card Stock\Textured Card Stock\Textured Card Stock – Elegant Eggplant
Labels & Tags\Lots of Tags – shape 4,  Filled with: Card Stock\Textured Card Stock\Textured Card Stock – Tangerine Tango

Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

I found myself needing a sympathy card and reached for the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.  My inspiration for this card is from this week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge.  The sketch made it easy to put this card together in not time.

Stampin' Up! sympathy card

I used Soft Suede for the card base and Naturals Ivory card stock.  I like how these colors look together.  The tree and the greeting are embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder.  The small buttons on the upper right are from the Vintage Trinkets assortment.  I like the transparency of the seam binding ribbon on the side and also used the twine at the bottom of the image to bring focus to the tree.

Here’s the sketch I used to create my card.  I love this sketch because it has so many possibilities.  Visit Hand Stamped Sentiments to see how this sketch inspired our design team.

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge 162

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy card

Size:  5.50″ w x 4.25″ h

Stamp Sets:  Thoughts and Prayers

Paper:  Cardstock:  Soft suede, Naturals Ivory

Ink:  Versamark

Acessories:  Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Vintage Trinkets, Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Linen Thread

2012 in review

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.  Thank you to all of my followers and visitors.  I love creating and posting and it’s because of you that it makes it all worth while.

Here are my crunchy numbers:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 84,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2012, there were 66 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 291 posts. There were 259 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 174 MB. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 1,161 views. The most popular post that day was Sea of Love Valentine Card.  I hope I can beat this number in the coming year!

Attractions in 2012

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

How did my visitors find me?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stampin up wedding card ideas, valentine cards, corset template, stampin up christmas treats, and stampin up blogs.

Thank you to my top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. splitcoaststampers.com
  2. paperpunchaddiction.com
  3. demosites.blogspot.com
  4. handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com
  5. pinterest.com

Where did my visitors come from?

They came from 144 countries!
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & Australia were not far behind.

Who were they?

My most commented post in 2012 was Sea of Love Valentine Card

These were your 5 most active commenters:

Thank you!

See you in 2013

I look forward to your visits!

Inked Embossing Folder Technique

This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is a technique challenge – Inked Embossing Folder Technique.  I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I tried it and guess what?  I LOVE IT!  If you would like to learn how to do this technique SCS has a tutorial here.

I used the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and inked it in Basic Gray.  I love this new folder.  It’s so vintage-looking.  This card came together very fast.  For the flower I punched 6  flowers with the Blossom punch then lightly sprayed with water.  This is to make them easier to fold.  I then stacked the layers then made a hole with my paper piercer then used a brad to keep the flower together.  The butterflies are stamped with Papillion Potpourri then punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch.   The sentiment is from the From my Heart stamp set.  For that extra sparkle I added rhinestones.  Super easy!

Stampin  up inked embossing Lacy Brocade folder Kindness card

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Stampin up inked embossing folder technique challenge

Be inspired and join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  I look forward to seeing your projects.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Kindness Card

Size:  4.25″ H x 5.5″ W

Stamp sets:  From my Heart, Papillion Potpourri

Ink:  Basic Gray

Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla

Embellishments:  Big Shot, Lacy  Brocade Textured Impressions folder, Blossom Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, retired Ticket Corner Punch, Primrose Petals Satin Stitched ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Elementary Elegance Birthday Card

I have quite a few friends with birthdays this month and one of the cards I made was inspired by PPA’s color challenge of Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla.  Beautiful colors!  For the Birthday stamped image here’s a sneak peak of the Elementary Elegance stamp set in the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Sale-a-bration begins later this month on January 24 through March 31.  During this event you earn free products from the catalog with every $50 purchase.  How cool is that!

The Birthday frame is heat embossed with pewter embossing powder.  The sentiment is stamped in Not Quite Navy and clear embossed.  I used the Elegant Lines embossing folder for the background and butterflies die cut with the Beautiful Wings Embosslits.

Stampin Up Elementary Elegance Birthday Card
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Pals Paper Arts color challengeI’ll be posting the other birthday cards I created in the next few days.  So stay tuned.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Elementary Elegance Birthday Card

Size:  5.00″ h x 5.00″ w

Stamp sets: Elementary Elegance

Paper: Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze textured

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Curly Label punch, Eyelet Border punch, Basic Pearls, 1/4″ Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Pewter Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Baja Breeze Marker

2011 in Review

I would like to thank all of you for my 2011 blogging success.  I appreciate you stopping by to see my projects and to comment.  I had a total of 76,560 visitors to my blog in 2011!

Crunchy numbers

About 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year.  My blog was viewed about 76,000 times in 2011.  If it were the Eiffel Tower it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 124 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 225 posts.  There were 462 pictures uploaded.  That’s about 8 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 1, 716 views.  The most popular post that day was Fashion Inspired Bay Leaf Square Wreath card.  My goal for this coming year is to use more punches.  Stampin’ Up! is having a clearance rack blitz and of course I bought more.  With 40% off who can resist!

Stampin up crad

click image to enlarge - this post was viewed 1,716

Where did all my visitors come from?

Thank you to these top referring sites in 2011.  They were splitcoaststampers.com, paper punch addiction com, demosites.blogspot.com, stampinconnection.com and handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com.

My blog Attractions in 2011

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2011.


Pretty Christmas Tag December 2011


Flirty Valentine Corset Card February 2011


HSS Inspiration Challenge – Cupcakes December 2011
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Sexy and Sweet Valentine corsets August 2010


Watermarks page

Again, a big THANKS to all of you for visiting and in celebration of a great blogging year I have some blog candy to giveaway (U.S. entries only).  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me to enter you.  If you are getting this post via e-mail, please CLICK HERE and then leave a comment.  I will use the random generator to pick a name and announce it on Monday, January 9.

Blog Candy Stampin' Up!

Enter to win this Stampin' Up! stamp set Silhouette Sentiments

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I’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award

My blog, Stampin’ by Genny, was awarded the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD by Erin Gonzales, my SU upline and fellow design team member at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  She’s a good friend, always so helpful and super talented.

 There are just a few requirements for the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Award 15 other blogs with this FUN mention -AND-

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

Fifteen blogs… hmmm.  I thought it would be difficult to come up with fifteen but I go to so many it wasn’t difficult at all.  Here are the 15 I came up with.  Please visit these wonderfully creative blogs and say hi.

1. Crafty Maria’s Stamping World

And now 7 things about me…

1.  I love to cook!  Not bake but cook! I don’t know if I’m lucky but desserts and sweets don’t tempt me.  Not only do I love to cook for my husband and friends but I love to eat.

2.  I have three fur children.  Chula (my beautiful Chihuahua), Chummy (a very communicative Bengal cat) and Rocco ( a sweet and loving Bengal cat).

left to right - Rocco, Chummy, Chula

3.  I live in the country so every day I see lots of deer and wildlife.  The photos below were taken in my yard.

4.  I’ve been married for 17 years to my best friend.  My husband is the best.

5.  I am so lucky to have wonderful friends.  Many I’ve met through paper crafting and work.  I wish we could spend more time together but life happens.

6.  I’ve always been creative and I truly think that my creativity and love of crafting comes from my grandmother.  She was a professional seamstress and during the depression she was able to earn a living because of it.  Not only did she know how to sew but she crocheted, embroidered and smocking.  She also was very crafty and made our piñatas for our birthday parties for me and my siblings.  Below is a picture of me and my brother in outfits she sewed for us.

7.  I love gardens.  When my husband and I go on vacation we always visit botanical gardens.  At home I have a beautiful garden that my husband planted for me.

I hope you liked getting to know me better and be sure to visit all the wonderful blogs mentioned above.

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