Sweet Valentine & Tasteful Touches!

Don’t you just LOVE my card?! I know my SWEET HUBBY will love it! Slim Line cards are all the rage these days so I jumped onto that band wagon! This is my very first Slim Line card and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I am tickled PETAL PINK how my card turned out! LOL! When I brainstorm a card design, I pick out a few things I know that I want to use. In this case it was the heart and the “Love you” stamp from the January 2021 Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Kit plus the left over heart embellishments. Do you see them inside the heart?

I used my last large heart embellishment under the sentiment, which is from the Tasteful Touches Cling Stamp Set. I LOVE the coordinating Tasteful Labels Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Dies. You can buy the stamp set and dies separately or buy them as a bundle and SAVE 10%.

I also knew that I wanted to use Poppy Parade and Petal Pink. January 2021 Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Kit included a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Spot and Petal Pink was one of the coordinating colors in the kit. I used the heart stamp for the focal image and to also create my own DSP (Designer Series Paper), which is so simple to do. I just stamped onto Petal Pink cardstock using the heart stamp. My card base is Poppy Parade. By the way, what do you think about how I did the ribbon? I struggled on how I was going to utilize ribbon as I don’t have a lot of current ribbon on hand. The only current white ribbon I have is Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon so that is what I used on my card. Then I had to figure out how I wanted to do the ribbon. I came up with loops! What do you think?!

Taking pictures of my cards are a real struggle as I fight for natural light! There are no windows in my Hobby Nook. Our home has a lot of windows but we sit at a diagonal of the sunrise and sunset.

I used a sentiment from Daisy Lane Cling Stamp Set on my inside panel. By the way, you can use other stamps such as the Always In My Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set for the focal heart image. You can see it in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog #154337 page 12 $18.00. Check it out! You can download the catalog from the right side of my blog! Purchase $75 in product (before shipping/taxes) before the end of March and you’ll receive the NEW 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Our current annual catalog ends May 3, 2021.


  • Poppy Parade Base 7-1/2″ x 9″ | Score at 3-3/4″
  • Basic White Panel 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Petal Pink Panel 1″ x 3-3/4″
  • Basic White Inside Panel 8-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Heart images stamped in Petal Pink
  • Sentiments stamped in Poppy Parade | Use Clear Blocks or Stamparatus for stamping.
  • Add Embellishments
  • Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon | 4-3/4″ strip dove tailed & enough to create 6 continuous loops. Tip: I just used a long strip of scotch tape to secure the loops on back of label. The I added the strip to go straight across.
  • Pop up main sentiment die cut label with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Add panels using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. It’s more forgiving to situate the panels into place on the card base.
  • I would love to know what you think about my Slim Line card! Please leave me a comment!

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Happy 30th Anniversary Card with FMS #234!

WOW! My Sweetheart and I have been married 30 YEARS TODAY! The odds were against us since we only knew each other for three weeks before getting married. I even turned him down the first time he asked me out! We met each other at a mutual friend’s apartment in our apartment complex in Houston, Bear Creek actually. It was a whirlwind after I finally said yes to having dinner with him! I don’t recommend getting married that quickly to someone but it has worked for us . . . and the rest is history! My Sweetheart is my best friend, my partner in life, the love of my life! I’d be lost without him!

Well on to my card, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to make a 30th Wedding Anniversary card. I did know my card needed to have the color green and pearls which signifies a 30th Wedding Anniversary. I really wanted to have some silver and the digits “30” on it but that didn’t happen. Sometimes I struggle when it comes to making cards and that is where layout sketches can really help! I loved this week’s sketch by Jen Timko over at Freshly Made Sketches! Here is my card . . .


Freshly Made Sketches layout by Jen Timko . . .

2016.4.29_FMS 234

Be sure to visit Freshly Made Sketches to check out all the wonderful cards! I don’t always participate with each new weekly layout sketch but it’s one of my FAVORITE card challenge sites! I really appreciate all those involved in providing us with such a great card challenge site! Thank you!

On another personal note I have to share what my Sweetheart bought me for our 30th Wedding Anniversary! HE DID GOOD!! I LOVE Pandora Charms and look what he gave me to add to my collection! Squueeeel! Love ’em! Love him!


I thought it would be fun to share two photos! This is us at the courthouse with 12 1/2 (baby involved) friends in attendance! I was 25 and he was 24 at the time. It was such a fun, happy day for us because we were crazy in love!

2016.4.29_Our_Wedding_JP Office2016.4.29_Wedding_PicI hope you enjoyed hearing about how I’ve been married to my Sweetheart for 30 years! We have one beautiful daughter, Tenaya, that is a blessing from God! I was told I wouldn’t be able to have children. She is now married with her own little blessing, Theä Sage who is 2 yrs old. We are so very blessed!


Supply List


  • Mossy Meadow card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Whisper White panel: 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • English Garden DSP panel: 4-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ & 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ (striped section)
  • Mossy Meadow sentiment label: 2-3/4″ x 7/8″
  • Whisper White sentiment label: 2-1/2″ x 1/2″

Sometimes I don’t add certain things to my supply list because it’s just a given that I use certain products when I create a card. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE my Stampin’ Trimmer! I had a different brand for many years and continued using it even after it had broken while awaiting the release Stampin’ Up!’s new Stampin’ Trimmer. I’ve been using this since it was available  . . . perhaps two years ago or so now. You can’t go wrong with this trimmer!

If you haven’t use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, you are totally missing out! I attended a card club for a couple of years and NEVER was exposed to this product! This product should’ve been introduced from the get go as many of us would voice our disappointment when we would stamp our sentiment and it would be crooked! This is back when SU only offered Wood Mount stamp sets. I LOVE my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!

If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!


Retired but Not Forgotten! Color Challenge PP270!

I haven’t participate with the Paper Players since 2012! I’m so excited about sharing my card today that meets their challenge of colors: Black + White + Silver or Gold plus one Color of my choice! I chose Silver and Poppy Parade (retired card stock). I made this card for my hubby whom I love so dearly! He is the BEST HUSBAND and my MY BEST FRIEND, whom I love with all my heart and soul! I wanted my card to have some elegance and I think I achieved it.


My title “Retired but Not Forgotten!” has to do with the fact that I used some items that are now retired from Stampin’ Up! BUT you can easily tweak this layout and colors to make it your own! This could also be used as a Valentine’s card or even a Wedding card. I will include “My Recipe” below but first check out the color challenge from the Paper Players!


My Recipe: 

  • Stamp Set: Punch Potpourri, Something to Celebrate (both retired Hostess Sets)
  • Card Stock: Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Paperbilities Special Occasion (non SU – sorry!)
  • Ink Colors: StazOn Jet Black
  • Accessories: 3/8″ Whisper Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
  • Tools: Full Heart Punch (retired), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I used cardstock from Special Occasions that has some elegance to it. The silvery gray paper has a pin-striping affect to it to add some dimension to the bottom half of my card as well as the top heart. I popped the hearts with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love the formal look of my card! How about you?

I would love to hear from you! What do you think my card today? Do you think you could replicate it in some way? I bet you can because everyone has a bit of creativity within themselves! I find my inner creativity with the help of card challenges that helps me with layouts and/or color combinations! Like this one from the Paper Player!

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Tonya, The Sweet Inker!