Graceful Glass Designer Vellum Birds in a Cage

I’m excited to give you a sneak peek of the new Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. It comes in a pack of 24 sheets; two of each design. There are many beautiful patterns, but my favorite is the birds in a cage.

By Su Mohr for Paper Players and Fab Fri; Click Read to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Graceful Glass Designer Vellum; Stampin' Blends; Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, Itty Bitty Greetings; #birdsinacage #bestwishesfromallofus #ittybittygreetings #lasercutpaper #homemadecards #diy

Graceful Glass Designer Vellum Birds in a Cage

I first cut the strip of birds from the 6X6″ piece of Designer Vellum. It cuts very easily with the Stampin’ Trim. The birds look nice in black and white, but I couldn’t wait to color them with my Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers. The colors I chose match (almost) this week’s Paper Players challenge.

I colored the birds on the back side of the vellum, which gives a softer look when turning it over. Aren’t the birds pretty? Plus, it makes the black lines stand out beautifully. You can actually feel that they are raised.

Rather than gluing the birds directly to the Very Vanilla card base, I glued them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut the same size. I anticipated the glue dots would show, so had Black Rhinestone Jewels ready for coverage. I put a tiny dot of glue at the top and bottom of each black line. I’m happy to report, the Tombow glue didn’t show at all, but I embellished the four corners anyway.

Do you see the Very Vanilla lace detail beneath the bird cage? This is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. Love it! I used dimensionals, so the bird cage was raised over it.

The layout for my card was inspired by Fab Friday. Can you see why I added the Laser-Cut paper? It really makes a difference.

The birds wanted to say, “Best wishes from all of us,” and this perfect sentiment is in the new stamp set, Itty, Bitty Wishes.

I decorated the envelope flap with colored dots from Share What You Love DSP. I’m sure the Paper Player’s colors are in there.

For the inside sentiment, I used the Happy Birthday Die for an extra large wish. I layered Very Vanilla on Basic Black for definition. The little bird perched on the “B” is from the Painted Glass Bundle; stamped, colored and die-cut.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the new Graceful Glass Vellum and Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut papers. You can order them at my store starting June 1st.

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Share What You Love with Mint Macaron

The Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is extraordinary! One of my favorite sheets is predominately Mint Macaron, a popular returning color. You can’t imagine how happy I am that it is back!

By Su Mohr for FF; Click read to go to my blog for details; Featuring: Share What You love, Celebrate You, Banner Triple Punch, Nature's Twine, Sequins Embossing Folder, Petal Pair Embossing Folder; #sharewhatyoulove #amazingyou #birthdaycards #stampinup #mintmacaron #celebrateyou

Share What You Love with Celebrate You

Mint Macaron is such a beautiful shade of green, I bought a pack of it when I knew it was retiring last year. So, I was prepared with plenty, and cut a piece in half (5 1/2 X 4 1/4) for this card base. Next, I cut a piece of this gorgeous designer paper (5 1/4 X 4), and used Snail Glue to adhere it to the card base.

The rest of the lay-out was determined by the challenge at Fab Friday. Here is their sketch:


I used another piece of Mint Macaron for the center rectangle. After contemplating different embossing folders, I decided on the Scattered Sequins. Now I have a shower of Mint Macaron sequins. Don’t they look real?

For the banner underneath the rectangle, I used the Banner Triple Punch with a piece of Pear Pizzazz. I embossed it with the Petal pair Embossing Folder.

The bow in the sketch was an easy choice, because I was dying to use our new Mint Macaron Nature’s Twine. I attached it with a Mini Glue Dot, and it is holding fast.

For the sentiment, I wanted to use paper words from the Celebrate You Die Set. I cut the word, “amazing” from the color, Old Olive, double layered it, and used Tombow for gluing.

If you haven’t heard, Old Olive is moving from the “Brights Collection” to the “Regals Collection.” I’m all about green, so as long as it’s in there, I’m happy.


I got carried away on the inside of the card, wanting to use another piece of the DSP. I cut a second banner, the same size as the one on the front. Don’t you love this designer paper? And, I cut “You” with a Celebrate You die, double layered, and Tombow glued.

“Happy Birthday” is from the Better Together Stamp Set, which I stamped in Tranquil Tide. I recently purchased Better Together, a two part set. It has many great sentiments, and will be put to good use. The question is, why did I wait so long?

Thank you for visiting me in my happy, Share What You Love, Mint Macaron world.

How To Make a 3-in-1 Thanksgiving Card

For those of you who receive my daily blog post, you know I love a good challenge. (If you don’t receive it, and would like to, please sign up). There happened to be several challenges within the same time frame, and I decided to combine the requirements of not one, not two, but three challenges!

Tic Tac Toe, using a diagonal row, would give me “oval-FREE-die cut.”


CAS(E) this sketch! would provide the lay-out.


Fab Friday would give me my three colors.


Wouldn’t this be fun? The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is my “go to” for these fall colors, and I selected a piece of Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango for the background. I chose a card base of Thick Very Vanilla to match the dots in the DSP.

The circles in CAS(E) this sketch became ovals, which I die cut with the Layering Ovals, to satisfy the Tic Tac Toe challenge. I also used die cutting (Layering Seasons die set) for the leaves.


The sentiment (retired from Lighthearted Leaves) was stamped in Fresh Fig ink, for the Fab Fri color challenge. This color was also used for one of the die cut leaves.

For the Tic Tac Toe “free” square, I added lace at the bottom in honor of Peggy Noe, (she loves lace) who is this week’s designer.

I like to send a few Thanksgiving cards, so this one will come in handy. Thanks to the three great challenges for providing inspiration!

If you click on their graphics, it will take you to their sites.

Rudolf from Santa’s Sleigh for FabFri123

It is a fabulous Friday, and I had so much fun creating this card today, although it will post on Saturday. I made this card exclusively for the Fab Friday Challenge #123 for a very good reason. Here is my card and the designer’s sketch:



My very good reason is that my card was chosen as a Fab Fave in the last challenge. It’s such an honor to be selected, and I’m very appreciative of the time it takes the design team to make their thoughtful comments. This is the link, if you’d like to see it. 

Autumn Bouquet Thank you Card


Now, for today’s project. I began with a Garden Green card base, layered with a red and white striped pattern from Be Merry Designer Series Paper. This was layered with a green patchwork pattern from Quilted Christmas DSP. You can tell, I was definitely making a Christmas card.

One of the main elements in the sketch was the banner in the upper right corner, and I knew the Banner Triple Punch would do the trick. I used the 1 1/2″ size for the Wood Texture DSP, and the 1″ for the Whisper White. I stamped “There’s a feeling of Christmas” from the Feeling of Christmas stamp set in Garden Green ink on the white cardstock. The font is so pretty, and reminds me of my grandmother’s handwriting.

For the horizontal line, I used Burlap Ribbon topped with Quilted Christmas Ribbon, and secured it with Tear Tape. This made a perfect, little path for Rudolf.  Santa’s Sleigh provided the die for cutting Rudolf, which I did three times, once with Wood Textures DSP and twice with Thick Whisper White cardstock. I like how he looks like he’s been cut with a jigsaw.

I completed the inside by adding a piece of Whisper White, and stamping it with, “May it continue to last throughout the year.”


Rudolf wanted a red nose, but I liked how handsome he was without it. So, I told him, “next time.” 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love sharing with you!


Autumn Bouquet Thank you Card

This project is a combination of not one, not two, but THREE challenges.  The theme is Autumn Floral from Paper Players.

The colors of Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, and Rich Razzleberry are from Fab Friday.

The sketch is from CASE(E) this sketch.


You would think that with all of this input, there would be nothing left to decide. Not true. But, it did narrow my choices, and I saw a picture in my mind of the end result.



I began with a Tranquil Tide card base topped with a piece of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper embossed by the Hexagon embossing folder. I chose a lighter shade of the Wood Texture DSP for the diagonal strip in the sketch. I layered this on cardstock for strength, and used an Eclectic Layers die to cut a trellis for my flowers.


The flowers and leaves, also from Eclectic Layers, were die cut from Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. I used my Aqua Painter, swiping the brush across the Rich Razzleberry ink pad, and coloring the two flowers. I turned up the edges of the flowers while they were still damp, and let them dry. The same coloring method was used for the Tranquil Tide leaves.


You’ll never guess where I found the Cajun Craze blossoms. I used a Detailed Floral Thinlits Die on a prior project, and couldn’t toss these cute, little cut-outs. They became part of my Autumn Bouquet, and I was glad I saved them. I know hoarders understand.


I glued the flowers and leaves to the front of the trellis, and carefully placed dimensionals on the back where they would be hidden.


The final detail was the wooden “THANKS” sign from The At Home With You set.

Thank you to the designers of all three challenges for your inspiration! This 3 in 1 really was a challenge!


Calico Cat Punch

What do you do when UPS delivers a box from Stampin’ Up? You tear it open as fast as you can, and make a card! That’s what I did anyway. And the first thing I reached for was our new Cat Punch. With the colors of the Fab Friday Challenge #118 in mind, my cat became a Melon Mambo Calico Cat.

I was also anxious to use the Quilt Top Textured embossing folder, and rolled it through the Big Shot with Whisper White cardstock. I decided to layer that on a Flirty Flamingo card base, and Lemon Lime Twist would be for the sentiment and plants. Aren’t the plants adorable? They are in the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, and they come with dies to cut them out.

There’s also a fabulous plant die without a stamp that I didn’t use, but don’t overlook it. Jack-o-lanterns are my favorite part of Halloween, so this set was at the top of my list. My husband carves a pumpkin every year, without fail. 

Since the embossed quilt had circles, I decided to use the Stitched Shapes Circles for the cat, and the sentiment. I stamped the plants and sentiment (“have a Magical Birthday” from the Magical Mermaid stamp set) in Lemon Lime Twist, and die cut the plants. 

Three Glitter Enamel Dots were the final touch for my whimsical card. Thank you, Fab Friday, for the inspiration with these colors.

I love to read your comments! Let me know if there is a color or pattern you would like to see for my cat on future cards. Or, if you’d like to make your own cats, I can help you order.