Bee Thankful

As much as I don’t like to admit it, it seems summer is leaving us so fall isn’t far behind. With fall comes the start of the new school year.  One of my daughters is a school teacher. When I saw the Bee Happy stamp in the annual catalog, I had to make some thank you cards for all the precious gifts she will be receiving from her students this year.

Isn’t the Bee Thankful stamp the cutest stamp you’ve ever seen? I couldn’t wait to play with it!


I used different color combinations for a variety of looks for this layout. You could use many different designer papers also but I choose the 6 x 6 Designer Series Papers on page 168 of the annual catalog. There are four different designs on these papers all wonderful for a background on your project. Supplies are listed below.

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Inspiring Iris

The Inspiring Iris set was on my must have list when the new catalog came out in June. I love the instant gratification of 2-step stamping. For 2-step stamping, stamp the outline in black or a darker ink then stamp the color inside the lines. It makes the card come together very quickly.

Just like my last post you can see here, I made my own designer paper by randomly stamping the flowers, leaves and words. Make sure you also stamp off the edge of the paper to make it more interesting. This also helps to balance out the design.

The center of the flower is a small circle. It works perfectly for filling in small areas and giving more interest to the design.

Turning the card changes the design also. It’s a nice change to alternate which way the card opens by either turning it or cutting your cardstock opposite of your normal cut. You can use a soft pattern or an embossing folder behind the stamped layer. Add an embellishment like a ribbon and a sentiment and your card is complete!

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Seaside Notions

I’m fortunate to spend time at a little place in Narragansett Bay during the nicer months. I love being near the water, listening to the waves hit the shore and watching the ships and boats in the bay. So it seemed only right to play with the Seaside Notions stamp set while I was here.

I wanted to make my own background paper with this set. I randomly stamped the images with Basic Gray then colored areas with the Blends markers. As a result, the cards look great with any cardstock that coordinates with the Blends colors used. I also colored the white ribbon with the Blends marker to match the card. This card uses Calypso Coral cardstock.

The card below used So Saffron. The stamped background is the very same as the card above. The ribbon was colored with the So Saffron Blends marker.

Here is another card using Seaside Notions with more of a neutral tone. I sponged and roughed up the edges on the cardstock layers. The seahorse was stamped and cut out. I had sponged the color lightly on the seahorse and used dimensionals.

Here are a few more ideas to spur on your creativity.


There is so much you can do with this set and there are great sentiment stamps included! Below are the supplies used for my card samples. Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons earned in July! 

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Open House 2019

When the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog comes out in June, it’s time for Open House! A lot of planning and preparation goes into those few hours of fun such as what will we do for make & takes, the display table samples and ideas, the door prizes and raffle basket and of course the refreshments. The retired table is always a hot spot as well.

I couldn’t do it all without help from my downline girls, friends and family. I was blessed to have my daughter Abby helping this year as well. We all work together to make Open House a successful and fun time for all my customers.

I include a thank you card in the orders when they come in. I am very grateful for my customers and their support of my business. I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack and the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards and Envelopes for the thank you cards.

These card packs make card making a breeze. You can mix and match the cards, use coordinating cardstock or ribbons and you can make many cards from one card pack. Check out all the pieces still left after making a bunch of thank you cards.There are many more cards that can be made from the pieces left over from my card making.

Don’t forget to save your Bonus Codes if you placed a $50 order during the month of July. You can spend them In August. You still have until July 31 to earn more Bonus Codes. Each code is worth $5 off your order in August.

I look forward to stamping with you soon at a workshop or class. Why not schedule a workshop so you can earn free merchandise from the new catalog. Contact me today to book your date!

Sheila Rudnicki

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Beautiful Friendship

When you get the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog in your hands, what is the first thing you look for?  Usually, I go to the back and look at all the new accessories. This year, however, looking through the new catalog, I fell in love with a bunch of new stamp sets. The Beautiful Friendship stamp set really stood out to me. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and start playing! I needed a few thank you cards so this is the card I created.

The main card is Rococo Rose with a layer of Smoky Slate. First I stamped the Birch stamp on a layer of Whisper White cardstock.  Doesn’t the Birch background stamp make the perfect layer (stamped with Smoky Slate) behind the flowers from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set?  Then I stamped the Beautiful Friendship flower layer with Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzaz and Rich Razzleberry (for the center of the roses and stamped off once for the floral spray randomly stamped to fill in). The sentiment is from the set Parcels & Petals (another favorite! but more on this set later). The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon finishes this card off just right don’t you think? I stamped the bottom corner of the envelope with the flowers because a stamped envelope is a nice way to finish off your cards.

This Beautiful Friendship stamp set has wonderful detail which makes it very easy to make beautiful cards. Pick your three colors and start creating! All supplies to make the card is listed below.

DON”T FORGET!!! Open House is June 27 from 5-8 pm. Come have a fun night out with friends. Get the new catalog, see samples and new products. There will be 2 make & takes, door prizes and a raffle basket worth $100.00  RSVP by June 22 to or respond to the event on my Facebook page Stamping With Sheila. I hope to see you there!

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First Steps

I love going to baby showers. I love seeing the excitement and anticipation of the mom-to-be. She is usually tired and happy at the same time as she talks about her little one. Here is the card I made for a baby shower I recently attended using the First Steps stamp set .

The First Steps stamp set is so cute with the baby hands and feet.  The foot stamps are individual stamps which makes it easy to do patterns and backgrounds. The hand stamps are the same. There are also word stamps in the set which means you can easily complete your project with one set. Below you can see another card from the same set using the hand stamp.

Enjoy making all these special moments even more special with a handmade card. They will truly be appreciated! I’ve listed all the supplies below for the card I made.

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2-1/2" Circle Punch
2-1/2" Circle Punch


Happiness Blooms Suite

I am so ready for Spring aren’t you? Flower stamps are some of my favorite stamps. This Happiness Blooms Suite was a must have for me. I love all the bright colors in the designer papers. Here is a birthday card created for a swap I recently participated in.

As you can see in the image below, there are so many options with this Happiness Blooms Suite.

I used the Dot To Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the birthday card above. It’s easy to miss in the Occasions catalog if you’re not looking for it. It is located on page 25. Its just the right background for this suite and also looks great with the frog set So Hoppy Together in the Sale-A-Bration catalog on page 13.

See below for all the supplies used for the birthday card shown above.

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All My Love Designer Series Paper

Doesn’t Stampin’ Up! carry the most beautiful designer papers? They take paper crafting and card making to a whole new level. The All My Love Designer Series Paper is a set of those gorgeous papers.

The patterns in these designer papers coordinate nicely with each other. You can use the busier designs paired with a more muted pattern design and have a quick easy card that looks great!

My Tip – Remember to check the coordinating colors listed on the back of the All My Love Designer Series Papers. Choosing these colors helps to tie your project together nicely. All supplies for this project are listed below.

 Sheila Rudnicki


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Meant To Be Bundle

Have you seen the new Occasions catalog yet? If you don’t have one, let me know and I will certainly get you one along with the Sale-A-Bration catalog. During Sale-A-Bration when you spend $50 in merchandise you get a FREE item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Spend $100 and you get 2 FREE items and so on. There are so many new things to explore!

The Meant To Be Bundle is the first set I played with from the new Occasions catalog. All the different heart stamps in the set have various designs with many different shaped hearts. My favorite is the heart with the design all along the inside edge. And how cute are those little hearts?

The Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies are part of this bundle. My favorite die so far is the detailed heart shown above cut out in the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets (a freebie in the Sale-A-Bration catalog). There is a tiny heart at the very bottom of the point of the heart. I was looking for a little something to put around the words and this tiny heart was just the ticket. It was just Meant To Be. This die set also has many different size hearts and edging dies to make some really beautiful cards for that special someone for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, weddings or to let someone know you care and are thinking of them. The All My Love Designer Series Paper goes well with this bundle. I pulled the colors from the designer series paper for the coordinating cardstock.   A couple of tips in making this card – The Powder Pink cardstock is embossed using the new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. When using these Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folders, be sure to lightly spritz the cardstock with water. It helps to break down the cardstock fibers a bit so the cardstock does not crack when embossed and gives better detail from the folder. Also use glue dots to adhere the cardstock layers on top of the embossed cardstock layer. The snail adhesive does not hold as well as the glue dots on the uneven surface.

All supplies are listed below for this project.

Don’t miss out on all the excitement of the New Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

Contact me today to get yours!

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More Christmas Card Ideas

Here are the last few Christmas cards I am sharing this year. They are some of my favorites. This first card I wanted to use up Christmas designer papers I had from the Holiday catalog. I also used glimmer paper with the Sprig punch to make the swag embellishment. I always use glue dots when putting glimmer paper together. There is dimensionals behind the sentiment for added texture. The bow is also adhered with a glue dot.

The next card is actually a gift card or money holder. I got the idea from Patty Bennett. I changed up the designer papers. I wanted to make it look like a present. The sentiment inside actually came from two different stamp sets.

This next card uses the Dashing Deer Bundle from the Holiday catalog. I love the dies in this bundle.

This last card is simple but elegant. I like to use embossing during the Christmas season. I used copper embossing powder on this card. The inside words are also embossed. The sentiment on the front is actually two stamps put on the same block.

I hope you all have a happy, healthy new year and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sheila Rudnicki

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