February 10, 2015


Stella, Stella, Stella. My honey granddaughter. She so has my heart forever!

As you already know, I try EXTRA hard to create EXTRA special cards for the various occasions throughout the year for Stella. This Valentine's Day was no exception. 

I dug out of my stash one of my favorite stamp sets for paper piecing, now retired, Greeting Card Kids. 

I stamped the little girl's dress and hair ribbon on some retired Designer Series Paper. The heart she holds is stamped on the reverse side of the same DSP. 

This was the second project I used my newly-acquired (from Sale-a-Bration!) Blendabilities. They are really a lot of fun to work with, and give great results!

The mosaic look around the edges of the card was simple to do. I had another sheet of DSP with stripes of the same color palette as that used in her dress. I actually just cut the stripes apart and then used my paper cutter to trim them into 3/4" pieces. 

The important thing about doing a blocked edge like this is to lay it in place before gluing the pieces down. You see, I had envisioned it looking a tad different. But when I started putting them in place, they did not fit the way my mind saw it. So, because I hadn't glued them in place, I could simply move them around so they fit well. So much for planning and envisioning, eh?

The mosaic overlaid on the Happy Heart embossed background offered just enough peeks of the embossed hearts to be effective.

Having simply stamped the image for her dress and ribbon randomly onto the DSP, I was delighted with the serendipitous discovery I was treated to. You see, after I had cut out the dress, I was thrilled to discover the placement of the two white lines on the DSP on the top of her dress. It had landed in just the right spot! What a happy accident!

The layered "buttons" for the embellishment were created by using the retired buttons Embosslit. They had holes through which I could thread some of our Whisper White Baker's Twine and tie it in a darling little girl bow at the back. Stampin' Dimensionals popped it up on the card front.

What are some of your favorite retired Stampin' Up! products/stamp sets that you wish had never been retired? Even though they are retired, do you still grab them and use them to show them the love they so richly deserve?



  1. That is so cute!! Lucky Stella, to have a grandma like you!!

  2. Lucky me, to have a granddaughter like Stella! Thanks, Christina! :>)

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  4. Oh wow! I think this is by far my favorite card of yours that I have seen. Not sure if it's the adorable card, the fact that it was made with so much love for your Granddaughter Stella, or both but I LOVE it! Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-Host OMHGWW

  5. HA! So cute! I love this! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. This design is so precious! Thanks for sharing this (:

  7. What an adorable stamp! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - We hope to see you again next week.
    Life With Lorelai

  8. I would have never know those 2 white lines were by accident. This is so cute!

  9. Darling design! Thanks for sharing on Sunday FUNday! Hope to see you at this weekend's party!