Graceful Grace

GracefulGlasswmLast Saturday I was at a crop and needed to make a quick Thinking of You card for a friend’s grandmother who just found out she had cancer.  I was already playing with the Graceful Glass Vellum paper that is in the new catalog on page 165.  I also used the Stampin’ Blends of Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie with both light and dark shades for both to color the design.

I started the card with Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2′ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.  I then added a layer of Night of Navy cardstock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″. Then a Whisper White layer 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I backed the vellum piece with Night of Navy cardstock adhering it with mini glue dots.  I stamped the Thinking of You in Memento Tuxedo black inklaying it with Night of Navy and Whisper white cardstock, but unfortunately the sentiment stamp is not a Stampin’ Up one.


I took the picture with my phone, so I’m thinking that is the only reason for the white dots, as the card didn’t have any white spots on it!

The supplies I used are :

You may go click on the catalog button to go to my shopping page or you can go to which will take you to my shopping page at Stampin’ Up. My hostess code for June is HU4HFCX3 if your order is less than $150.00. If it is more you become the hostess.

House update:
Painting got started this week, laminate floors done, still have tile to put in both bathrooms and master closet. Starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel!


Till next time,



Graduation Card

Sarah wmHope you had a good Saturday. Just got back from a beautiful wedding of two people who are truly made for each other.

I have enclosed a card that I made for a special friend’s daughter who graduated this year. I used some new Stampin’ Up products and some previous products. I used a new framelet to make the name with.  It is the Layering Alphabet Edgelits which also come in a bundle with the Lined Alphabet stamp set.  The colors I used were Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock that was put on a Whisper White base card.  The flower unfortunately is not a SU product as the majority of my punches are still packed in the POD till we get our house all put back together.

Remember you can always shop online with me by clicking on the SU Catalog which will take you to my shopping page or by clicking on


Hi My Friends,

I have been off the radar for a few months as I have had some personal issues to take care of.  In the last of February I got a bad case of Acute Asthmatic Bronchitis.  I would just get it cleared up and then it would come back.  I could not get rid of it.  They did chest x-rays to be sure I didn’t have a hidden pneumonia which thankfully they were able to rule out.  Finally in mid April the Dr. said that they had tried different antibiotics, I was doing a home breathing treatment at least 3 times a day and nothing was clearing it up.  So, he said I needed to get out of the house for a good two weeks if I could, so I moved in with my daughter.  Within about three days I cleared right up and it didn’t come back.  So, that let us know there was something in the house that kept aggravating my asthma!  A few days after that the hot water heater leaked and we had a lot of water in our computer room on the side closest to the garage.  So to make a long story short we are replacing all our carpet in the house and putting down laminate throughout and porcelain tile in the bathrooms and master closet off the bathroom.  My stay for two weeks has gone into a few more weeks as you can see!  I did keep out some of my Stampin’ Up supplies so I could make cards and work on craft fair items!

The card that I made for my sweet friend who retired from 37 years of teaching last week is made with retiring products except for the Basket Weave embossing folder which is being carried over after being a Sale-a-bration item this year.

So, on to the directions for the card.  Using Whisper White cs cut it 5 1/2 ” x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″  .  Then run the front part of the card through the embossing folder  Basket Weave.  Next, stamp the basket  from Blossoming Basket on your Whisper White cs measuring 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Then using Berry Burst ink for the flowers, Old Olive ink for the leaves and Crumb Cake ink for the basket and handle. Now put some ink in the lid of the stamp pads and use the blender pen to add color to the basket and flowers shading as you go along.  Adhere it to your Old Olive cs measuring 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ using Stampin’ Up Snail tape runner.  Now build the narrow strip of Petal Garden dsp measuring 4″ x 2″ to the old olive paper measuring 4 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ using Snail.  Next, using Snail put the 4 1/8″ paper to the left side of the embossed front of the card.  Then using a Stampin’ dimensional at each corner adhere to the top of the card.  Using a new stamp that will be coming out stamp it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out with the retiring smallest size from Lots of Labels.  Adhere it using mini glue dots and then using linen thread make a small bow and adhere it on top of the sentiment using a mini glue dot.

The following supplies  were used:

February Newsletter

Designs By Penny

Newsletter for February!

There is so much happening right now at Stampin’ Up!!  We are into the half way point of Sale-A-Bration which lasts through March 31st. Starting the 19th there are going to be some new items that you will be able to earn with every $50.00 you spend 😊 The Occasions catalog that came out in January has so many new features to it.

  • The new Stampin’ Blends are wonderful. They come in 12 colors with both a light shade and a dark shade.
  • Card kits that include everything you would need to complete the cards
  • Paper Pumpkin is going to have a special in Mid February to March10th  that you won’t want to miss!


You can when you join me and others who like to be creative at my card making classes.  I love to create and share cardmaking with others.  At these classes I will teach you the basics of using rubber stamps and other techniques to make your cards say “Wow”!    When you add your personal touch to these cards, you will proudly mail them to your family and friends, so they can enjoy getting them as much as you enjoyed making them!  The next one is Feb. 21st 10 -1 or Feb. 25th 2-5.  If interested please contact me.  The theme will be Birthday but they will also be able to be used for other occasions!


If you order in the month of February use this hostess code   WKG2X42S for orders up to $149.99.  For orders $150.00 or more you become the hostess and earn the Stampin’ Rewards.

Till next time and big HUG to everyone!

Penny Nelson

Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator

Occasions Kick Off gathering

Hi everyone,

I hope this finds you all warm, safe and dry!  We have had quite a change in our weather these past few days!!
I would like to invite you all this Sunday Jan. 21st to my 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration kick-off. As in the previous email I sent out iI wasn’t sure where it would be held.  It is going to be at my home  from 2pm – 6pm.  My address is 19918 Eastman Place  Katy  77449.
You will receiving the new Occasions catalog if you have not already done so along with the new Sale – A- Bration  catalog. You will be able to see a lot of the products being offered at this time. There will door prizes given away as also a drawing for a free workshop for you and 5 of your friends, as well as two make-n-take projects.   There will be snacks while you are enjoying shopping! If you spend $25.00 or more you will receive a gift from me with your order.
This is a great time to build up your Stamps, inks, paper, adhesives and other products when you spend $50.00 or more from the annual catalog or Occasions catalog you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
If you are unable to come and would like a catalog please let me know so I can send you one.
I hope to see you all here Sunday.
Penny Nelson
Independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator
  cell# 832-692-7094

Fall Class – Count My Blessings #3

Happy Monday,

I had a busy Saturday!!  The Houston Choral Society a group I have sung with since 1988 had our big Oktoberfest concert.  It was mainly done in German so I’ve been spending a lot of time working on it!! Unfortunately because of it falling on World Card Making Day I was unable to have a group of ladies to come over for a day of stamping!!

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I’m going to be describing the bottom left card.  I love making these “peek – a- boo” cards.  The base is Early Espresso cs cut 5 1/2′ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″  I used Crushed Curry, Whisper White cs, and Colored Me Autumn DSP paper.  I stamped the Acorn design with Memento Tuxcedo Ink  on Whisper White cs and then used blending pens with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Chocolate Chip inks.  The DSP paper is cut 5 1/4′ x 4″ and then find the middle and cut down 1 1/2″ down.  Then fold over each corner and using tape runner to hold it down.  Then adhere it onto the front of the card using tape runner. Next using the Stitched Circles cut the largest out of Crushed Curry and then the next size smaller that you stamped the design on.  Adhere the Whisper White to the Crushed Curry piece and using Stampin Dimensionals to the Crushed Curry to put it on the center of the DSP.  I used Thinking of You from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set using Chocolate Chip ink and punched out using the new Classic Label punch.  Adhere it using the new mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Supplies used:

Fall Card Class – Count My Blessings #2

Went out Wed. night and saw the big full moon!!  It was beautiful and you could really see the craters 🙂  Hope you had a chance to enjoy it!


Today’s card uses the Painted Autumn DSP along with Cajun Craze cs for the base.  You will need an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Cajun Craze scored at 4 1/4″.  You will also need a piece 2 3/4″ x  4″ 1/8″Cajun Craze cs.  The DSP paper will be 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The Very Vanilla piece is 3 7/8″ x 2″ 7/16″.  Using Memento Tuxcedo Black ink you will stamp the flower image.  Then with blender pens use Soft Sky for the flower, Pear Pizazz for the leaves, and Cajun Craze Stampin Write marker for the stamens of the flower.  Before adhering the DSP to the front of the card wrap a piece of Soft Sky Classic Weave ribbon around it.  Then use either Snail or Tombow to adhere it to the card front. Before adhering the Very Vanilla stamped piece use Cajun Craze ink to stamp Happy Thanksgiving that comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. Adhere the stamped piece to the Cajun Craze piece and then use Stampin Dimensionals to put that piece on the card over the ribbon.  Stamp the inside on the $” x 5 1/4″ Very Vanilla cs using the sentiment from the stamp set using Cajun Craze ink .


Supplies used are:

Count My Blessings Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Some other big news is that World Card Making Day in Oct. 7th, but Stampin’ Up is celebrating from Oct. 1-10 with a sale. The following items are on sale:

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Also be sure and check out the Designer Series Paper sale that is going on the month of October.

If you would like to order these products use this code QKR2QA64 for an order $149.99.  If $150.00 or more you be the hostess and earn the Stampin Rewards.

Till next time,


Fall Card Class

Hi all,

Today I’m going to start showing the cards that we made at my Fall card class last week.  This class is going to be repeated Oct. 14th at 2:00pm.  I chose to use the stamp set Count My Blessings!  I’m in love with this stamp set, as it is so versatile for Fall, Thanksgiving, and works great with the Autumn Harvest DSP paper.


This first card uses the Fresh Fig ink and the flower from Count My Blessings.  It is your standard A2 card using Fresh Fig cs.  I stamped on Whisper white cs measuring 4″ x 51/4″ with the flower stamp using Fresh Fig ink all over having some flowers going at an angle, upside down, and stamped off the side of the card.  I then had a piece of Fresh Fig ribbon and wrapped it around the piece I had just stamped before adhering it to the front of the Fresh Fig card.  I then used the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut out the Fresh Fig piece and the Whisper White piece.  I next stamped the flower using Memento Tuxcedo Black ink and with the blender pens used Fresh Fig ink, and Pear Pizazz ink.  Using Stampin Dimensionals I adhered the stamped piece to the Fresh Fig piece and Stampin Dimensionals to adhere to the card on top of the ribbon.

Some other big news is that World Card Making Day in Oct. 7th, but Stampin’ Up is celebrating from Oct. 1-10 with a sale.  The following items are on sale:

WCMD_DEMO-Flyer_USworld card makingworld card making 2Supplies used:

Craft Fair

Hi All,
I’ve been so busy working on items for the craft fair tomorrow that I’m participating in that’s why you haven’t seen me on here much lately!! It is the 9th Annual Arts & Crafts Charity Bazaar at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 2525 N. Gessner Rd. Houston 77080 It is from 10 – 4 and FREE to the public!! Hope to see you there! This is my first time to do this show! I will have a raffle basket worth $ 75.00 you can sign up to win, and I’m going to be drawing three, yes three names for a free workshop for you and 5 of your friends!! What a bargain 🙂 Be sure and come and sign up for a chance to ;win that! Take this opportunity to sign up for my upcoming classes!!

Eastern Palace #4


Today I am going to be explaining how to do the card on the bottom far right.  I just love this stamp set Eastern Beauty!  The measurements are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. The Tranquil Tide piece of cs is 5 1/4″ x 4″. the Whisper White piece that I did the stamping on measures 5″ x 3 3/4″.  First, I stamped the big circle in Lemon Lime Twist  and built the card around it.  Next using Tranquil Tide I stamped the first flower image to the left of the circle.  Next, I stamped the flower to the bottom of the middle stamping off the paper. From there I continued building towards the top left corner.  I then came in with Lemon Lime Twist and using the spritzing looking stamp I went around the whole flower over lapping each petal as I did this.  I stamped the sentiment in Tranquil Tide Ink in the big circle.  I adhered the Whisper White layer to the Tranquil Tide layer and then adhered them to the Whisper White card base.  I completed the card by using a circle from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and put it in the middle of each flower.  This was a very easy card to make 🙂

Supplies used: